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Long synonymous with the Williamsburg waterfront, the Domino Sugar Factory is now but a relic of the neighborhood's industrial past. For Ditmas Park artist Paul Raphaelson, however, the building has long held a mystique as an alluring artistic playground. That's why in 2013, he decided to venture inside Domino's decaying factory floor to shoot photos of its looming ceilings and rusted metal catwalks. “Domino had always been in the back of my mind," he says, but notes that the...
A superficial recent-history of New York would state that lousy hipsters moved in and suddenly no one could afford to live here anymore—not even in Brooklyn. But a closer look would find a concerted effort between the Bloomberg administration and large developers to rezone and remake entire neighborhoods to attract wealthier buyers, thus the sparkling new condo towers poking out of Williamsburg, Downtown Brooklyn, and half the communities in the city. Bill de Blasio...

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