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Melissa Mark-Viverito Elected as Council Speaker, Becomes NYC's First Latina Citywide Elected Official

New York City's Newly Elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito was selected today as the next Speaker of the New York City Council by a unanimous vote, becoming the first Latina citywide elected offi

Will Rising Rents in Crown Heights Lead to Fewer Gas Stations?

Shuttered gas station at 43 Empire Boulevard Photo: brownstoner.
Happy Mentoring 2014!

Happy Mentoring 2014!

I found out something new this past weekend. I was attending the Inaugural Ceremony of Council Member Robert E. Cornegy and during his address he mentioned that January is National Mentoring Month .

Wynton Marsalis to Play in Fort Greene on Friday

Wyton Marsalis will play two shows in Fort Greene this Friday, January 10 WHAT: Wynton Marsalis-- In celebration of 40 years of Community Service, The Fort Greene Council, Inc. and Jazz 966 present Wynton Marsalis.

Mark Your Calendars: Free Seminar on Navigating The Affordable Care Act

'Notify NYC' Sends NYC Residents Up-to-the-Minute Alerts on City Emergencies

'Notify NYC' Sends NYC Residents Up-to-the-Minute Alerts on City Emergencies

Sign up now to receive free alerts over your phone or email from the City through "Notify NYC." Notify NYC is offered for informational purposes to help make the public aware of emergencies and other planned incidents in New York City.

In a Cloture Vote, Senate Says 'Yes' to Extending Unemployment Benefits

The Senate passed with bipartisan support a cloture vote on Tuesday to advance legislation extending unemployment benefits for another three months.
Crown Heights: This Week in New Rentals

Crown Heights: This Week in New Rentals

Newly listed properties for rent in Crown Heights: A 1000-square-foot, no-fee duplex studio is available at 1554 Pacific Street (between Troy and Albany), on quiet block in Crown Heights. This unit is brand-new and has never had tenants.
Chavela’s: Greedy Girl Does Cactus Tacos and Loves It!

Chavela’s: Greedy Girl Does Cactus Tacos and Loves It!

Chavela's , affectionately named after singer, Chavela Vargas , is located at 736 Franklin Ave in Crown Heights, in a section of Franklin Avenue that has been experiencing a renaissance over the past few years.

Community Board 3 Meets

Oma Holloway, first vice chair of Community Board 3, chaired Monday's meeting After a brief winter break, Community Board 3, covering the neighborhoods of Bed-Stuy and parts of Crown Heights, returned Monday night for its first monthly meeting of 201