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The Tiny NYC Community Forgotten for Decades

A 12-block neighborhood just 10 miles from Manhattan’s glittering towers is perhaps best known for constant flooding, vacant cars and a mob graveyard. But hope for change may be stirring.

From Bloomberg:

When the weeping willow near his apartment building started to teeter, threatening the overhead power lines, David Lopez did what any responsible citizen would. He called the New York City Parks Department for help. Nobody came, so he grabbed his chainsaw and felled the tree himself.

Lopez and his neighbors are used to handling problems that most big city residents take for granted. For decades, their tiny 12-block New York City neighborhood, known as The Hole, has routinely flooded. It sits at the bottom of a basin on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, disconnected from the city’s sewer system.

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