Category: New York City

Fort Hamilton
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Should a Brooklyn Street Honor Robert E. Lee?

Two streets at South Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton army base honor Confederate generals: General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive. And despite protests, the Army is keeping them. After New Orleans removed Confederate memorials, Brooklyn's Democratic Members of Congress called on the Army to do the same. Last week, just days before neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched in Charlottesville,…

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Jared Kushner
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You’ll Never Guess Which Presidential Son-in-Law Violated the Law

Okay, actually you will. (Donald Trump only has one married daughter, after all). The Housing Rights Initiative is suing Kushner Companies (of which Jared was CEO until he left for Washington) for flagrantly violating New York rent regulation laws. The suit, on behalf of nine tenants, claims that a Brooklyn Heights building, 89 Hicks Street, should…

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The NYPD won't be able to arrest people for certain old warrants.
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It’s Been Long Enough

Prosecutors from every borough except Staten Island dismissed 645,000 old warrants. The warrants, all more than ten years old, were for non-violent infractions and had been issued to people who have not since had any criminal justice issues. Many of the people subject to those warrants weren't even aware of them. They'd only find out about the…

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The Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights is part of a city-wide debate over affordable housing and gentrification.
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Will the Poor Pay the Price for NYC’s Affordable Housing?

That's the question a provocative new article in the New York Review of Books poses. As Michael Greenberg argues, building affordable middle-class housing in poor neighborhoods like East New York, South Williamsburg, and Crown Heights, leads to gentrification. (If the several-page article is too long, Curbed has a handy Cliff Notes.) What happens? Because the affordable housing…

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State Senator Dan Squadron is heading for the exits.
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Quitting Time

State Senator Dan Squadron, a Brooklyn Democrat and leading reformer, announced in a Daily News op-ed that he's leaving the State Senate. He'll launch a new project focused on improving state government around the country. What's next? The Senate seat should be filled in a November special election. The Democratic nominee (and presumptive next Senator) will likely…

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