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As we scan news cycles with varying degrees of attentiveness, it is hard not to feel (this year above all) that the bad news overwhelms the good, and that our streets are not particularly safe, especially when some of the bad news we see happens close to our homes. Despite impressions like these, Brooklyn officials had surprisingly good news for us to round out a rather glum year: The last 12 months in Brooklyn have been the safest on record, reports DNAinfo. Acting...
You know those relatives who offer to buy you mace, or grimace in fear when you tell them about walking alone after dark in Park Slope? Well, here are some statistics to wave at them. In 2014, the violent crime rate in New York City is the lowest that it's ever been. That's right: The last 11 months have had historically low levels of robberies, murders, grand larcenies, and all the other nasty surprises...
Some possibly good news has arrived on the wave of this weird, foggy cold front. According to a just-released Elliman Report, Brooklyn's median rents have leveled off since the beginning of this year. This stands in contrast to our friends in Manhattan, whose median rents have risen by 1.6% in the past month alone. So, hey, remember that thing we said back in winter about Manhattan's  market dying and how we idly speculated about whether Brooklyn is...
L train ridership continues to soar (it increased by 5.3% from 2012 to 2013), and—pleasant surprise—the MTA actually appears to be doing something about it. This fall, get ready to stand (slightly less) longer on a (slightly less) crowded platform, when 56 more round trips get added to the L train. According to DNAinfo, among the other service updates are: - 33 more round trips on Saturday from 9am to 8pm - 23 more round trips on...