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Virginia K. Smith

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Along with yet another update on how much Brooklyn rents have spiked in recent years—77 percent between 2000 and 2012, jesus!—a new report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer indicates something a little more surprising, that amid all this real estate scrambling, New York's median incomes have actually dropped over the same period of time, going down by 4.8 percent. "Rents are going through the roof, incomes are going down, and that’s where you’re having...
Brooklyn may have launched a million trend pieces over the past decade (and become home to the best neighborhood ever for millenials), but you know what it's also home to? Manhattan's trash. Lots of it. In fact, Williamsburg and Greenpoint have the highest concentration of garbage dumps of anywhere in the city, per data from the New York Public Interest Group. Feeling good about what you pay for your apartment yet? Bedford + Bowery reports...
Right after news of several disturbing recent shootings in Bushwick, another to add to the list: the Daily News reports that a 14-year-old allegedly shot a 15-year-old outside of a Foot Locker this weekend in a dispute over line cutting. Both were waiting early in the morning for the release of the new Kanye West-designed Pro "Yeezy" Nikes. After an argument, the shooter left with threats to return with a gun and did just that,...
More good news for Rough Trade now that they've been able to start hosting shows again post-noise complaints: their long-anticipated in-house branch of Five Leaves is officially open for business, according to Greenpointers. The small cafe, dubbed Five Leaves Crate (get it, on account of it being in a record store?), is open from 11am to 9pm daily, and more pertinently, seems to have expanded on its home base's menu to include savory pies....

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