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Reel Brooklyn is a biweekly column chronicling the definitive history of Brooklyn on-screen, one film—and neighborhood—at a time. Whatever else you make of it, Allen Baron's indie uber-noir Blast of Silence (1961) is undoubtedly the sourest Christmas movie ever made—not before or since have the beloved New York iconography of the season, up to and including a stroll past the tree and ice skaters at Rockefeller Center, been sneered at with such cynical derision. That...
East New York has been the topic of a great deal of debate recently—will the blighted, crime-ridden neighborhood be the next real estate hot spot? What kind of impact will the de Blasio administration's rezoning project have on the area? Could this be the city's last chance to get it right with affordable housing? Will they succeed? But in speaking with Catherine Green, Founder and Executive Director of Arts East New York—an organization that supports...
Last November, amidst massive demonstrations of outrage at the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an NYPD officer shot and killed an unarmed black man close to home. Akai Gurley, 28, was gunned down in the stairwell of an East New York building in late November. Police Commissioner Bratton stated that Gurley's death was due to Officer Peter Liang's "clumsiness" while patrolling the Louis H. Pink housing projects. Liang was reportedly a rookie...
Interested in saving money on rent? Ha ha. Talk about your rhetorical questions, right? Right. Of course you are. Rent consumes a ridiculous amount of our incomes (some estimate that it eats up as much as 60%, which sounds about right) and so we're always interested in hearing about affordable housing—particularly when it happens to be not only affordable, but also chock full of amenities. But that kind of real estate unicorn doesn't really exist,...

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