Racism, traffic, and ‘booze cruises’ in Brooklyn

Captains of “booze cruises,” or party boats, in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, say the city’s decision to ban them from going out late at night is a racist action against their mainly Caribbean-American clients. Many residents of the heavily Russian-American neighborhood, however, say the problem is that the boats bring traffic, noise, and drunken antics. My latest: https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2018/8/bn-city-stops-late-night-booze-cruises-sheepshead-bay-2018-02-23-bk.html

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My first appearance on Brooklyn Paper radio

I appeared on Brooklyn Paper radio to discuss concerns of overdevelopment in southern Brooklyn:

https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/41/7/bpr-marine-park-development-2017-02-16-bk.html

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Brooklyn Public Library’s all-night philosophy inspired by 1968 French protests

The Brooklyn Public Library and the French consulate in New York City are holding an all-night philosophy event, where people will attend lectures, converse and drink coffee from sundown to sunrise. The consulate wants to recapture the spirit of the 1968 protests in France with the event, and the talks focus on collective action. For Brooklyn Paper:

https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2018/4/mm-rockaway-parkway-shrinkage-2018-01-26-bk.html

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Mayor’s traffic safety proposals meet opposition

Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero initiative seeks to eliminate traffic deaths by the year 2020. The NYC Department of Transportation is proposing moving Rockaway Parkway – a busy street in east Brooklyn – from two lanes to one to this end, in an effort to reduce speeding. But many locals feel this unfairly punishes drivers. The article:

https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2018/4/mm-rockaway-parkway-shrinkage-2018-01-26-bk.html

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The wealthy conservative town in Brooklyn that will be ‘killed’ by the GOP tax bill

Mill Basin, Brooklyn is home to many large waterfront properties. It’s a conservative area in liberal New York that voted for Trump, and is home to many Russian immigrants. But their taxes are going to go way up cause of the Republican tax bill. My latest:

https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2018/2/mm-mill-basin-property-tax-whack-2017-01-12-bk.html

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The Brooklyn newspaper publishing in pre-Colombian languages

For this piece I spoke to the editor and translator of Zenka Sunqu , which is an indigenous-themed newspaper in Williamsburg that publishes in English and Spanish, as well as Quechua, Mixtec and other pre-Colombian languages.

https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/41/2/all-indigenious-language-newspaper-2018-01-05-bk.html

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To build or not to build

There is significant tension over development in southern Brooklyn, and the sides often form on ethic lines, with Orthodox Jews favoring more development and others opposing it. This piece demonstrates the above:

https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2018/1/mm-avenue-t-big-dog-house-2018-01-05-bk_.html

 

 

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