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Given the frequency and borderline hysteria with which every single New York media outlet talks about gentrification (us included), it can feel like sort of a drumbeat; the re-zonings, the hideous new condos,  the terrible Times style section pieces about the people who live in them, the commenters who barrage us with reminders that "hipsters should fucking die," all coalescing as part of the same inexorable force pushing the city toward an expensive, bland future. And this...
In March 2009, Penina Roth put together a reading at a new bar called Franklin Park in Crown Heights, where she’d lived for about ten years, featuring three of her close friends. “I thought it would just be a fun night for locals and my writer friends,” she told us. “But Franklin Park’s owners were impressed by the turnout—we had about 60 people—and the drink sales, so they asked me to turn it into...

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