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Beginning in the 1960s and 70s, Brooklyn—specifically Flatbush and Crown Heights—became the epicenter of Caribbean migration to New York City. If you were coming from one of the 27 island nations within the Caribbean Sea, the areas directly to the south and east of Prospect Park were your likely entry point into New York City. In 2000, Councilwoman Dr. Una Clarke—the city’s first Caribbean-born elected official—leveraged city money to build the Flatbush Caton Market on...
"There are some crazy things about it and some things that aren’t as crazy as people think they are," Jeff Strabone, chairman of New Brooklyn Theatre company told me over the phone. He was referring of course to the story of the Slave Theater, a place at the center of a real estate dispute full of so many twists, turns, conspiracy theories, and corruption that the word “crazy” doesn’t even begin to capture the...
Wow, so this one turned out even worse than we'd imagined. After the Times reported that cops were planning to arrest approximately 50 people on Tuesday, about a dozen of them Department of Buildings employees, the suspects turned themselves in today. And this morning the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., revealed the specific details of the 26 separate indictments brought against 11 employees from the Department of Buildings (DOB), five officials from the Department of Housing...
Just a few minutes ago, we received an email from our Food Editor, Sarah Zorn, which read, in part: "did u hear that Greenwood Cemetery is under threat of losing its landmark status?" We read it and thought to ourselves, What? How could historic, well-over-one-hundred-years-old Green-Wood Cemetery—final resting place of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein, and Boss Tweed among others—lose its landmark status? This must be a mistake. But, reader, it turns out the mistake was ours...

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