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Permits Filed to Demolish the Brooklyn House of Detention, Marking Step Forward in Rikers Closure

Permits Filed to Demolish the Brooklyn House of Detention, Marking Step Forward in Rikers Closure

The permit filing comes two years after the facility was closed as part of then Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to close the Rikers Island jail complex

Crown Heights Man Charged With Hate Crime for Allegedly Assaulting 67-Yr-Old Asian Woman: BK District Attorney

The man allegedly told police that Chinese people were not supposed to be in this country
Housing Rights Activists Put Tax Lien Sale on Trial for Displacing Families of Color in Brooklyn

Housing Rights Activists Put Tax Lien Sale on Trial for Displacing Families of Color in Brooklyn

The Abolish NYC Tax Lien Sale Coalition held a rally Saturday in East New York, putting the City’s Tax Lien Sale program “on trial" for what they say is a predatory process that targets families of color.
Nikki Lucas Declares Victory in East New York Special Election

Nikki Lucas Declares Victory in East New York Special Election

Unofficial Board of Election results show Nikki Lucas with 78.3% of the votes cast in Tuesday’s special election
Small BK Synagogues Get $250K in Security Upgrades Amidst Uptick in Antisemitic Attacks

Small BK Synagogues Get $250K in Security Upgrades Amidst Uptick in Antisemitic Attacks

The funding can include the installation of new doors, locks and video cameras, and active shooter and access control training.

Crown Heights Assembly Candidates Face Off in Valentine's Day Forum

Assemblymember Diana Richardson is vacating her 43rd District seat to become deputy borough president. The future of the seat will be decided in a special election, March 22.
Councilmember Chi Ossé is on a Mission to Install a Protected Bike Lane on Bedford Avenue

Councilmember Chi Ossé is on a Mission to Install a Protected Bike Lane on Bedford Avenue

Chi Ossé, who represents Bed Stuy and North Crown Heights, wants to establish a protected bike lane, new crosswalks, speed bumps and more.
The Week in Crime: Spotlight on Brownsville

The Week in Crime: Spotlight on Brownsville

Overall, crime is up in Brownsville, and in Brooklyn as a whole.
Two Brooklyn Schools Face Anonymous Shooting Threat, Thought to Be Bots

Two Brooklyn Schools Face Anonymous Shooting Threat, Thought to Be Bots

The NYPD is investigating two incidents of threats to “shoot up at the school” at two Brooklyn private schools
Keron Alleyne and Nikki Lucas Compete for East New York Assembly Seat in Special Election

Keron Alleyne and Nikki Lucas Compete for East New York Assembly Seat in Special Election

The election marks the end of a political dynasty in which Charles or Inez Barron represented the community from Albany for two decades