What We Read This Week: Nov. 3, 2017

Welcome to IMPACCT Brooklyn’s inaugural roundup of news we’ve read this week about the communities and neighbors we work with. Did you come across a story or report that informs or inspires you? Let us know at info@impacctbk.org!

Don’t forget that this Sunday, Nov. 5 is the New York City Marathon! Be sure you’re prepared for the street closures. And everyone gets an extra hour of sleep thanks to the end of Daylight Savings Time the evening before. Turn back those clocks!

You can also use that extra time to read up on the election races happening in your community — polls open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Check out your voter’s guide and find your polling site at voting.nyc.

We also want to recognize local reporters we read every day for their hard work to update us and our communities about everything that happens in our streets and on our blocks!


New York Times: Staying in Crown Heights, Even as It Gentrifies

The lawyer discovered that not only was Ms. Mathis a rent-stabilized tenant as well — lease or no — but she had been charged more than the legally allowable rent all those years. It felt like a victory. But before long, she realized that fighting for her right to stay was only the first of many skirmishes.

StreetEast Blog: Income Required for NYC Apts Far Exceeds What Most Earn

The recommended household income in Dumbo, the borough’s most expensive neighborhood, is $165,160 — nearly 200 percent greater than the $55,150 earned by the typical Brooklynite.

Bklyner: Bushwick Landlords Pay $132,000 Settlement for Tenant Harassment

“Tenants should never feel harassed into vacating their homes,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This settlement makes clear that we will aggressively enforce the law to protect tenants from those who seek to put profit before New Yorkers’ rights — and we’ll continue to fight for the tougher state laws we need to criminally crack down on tenant harassment.

Curbed NY: Inside a Brooklyn firm designing for the 99 percent

Some five decades later, in 2013, Caples and Jefferson completed the Weeksville Heritage Center, with it intending not only to preserve the history, stories, and artifacts of this exceptional neighborhood, but activate its beleaguered current reality. “It’s a community center, but it’s not just generically a ‘community center,’” says Caples.

New York Daily News: City Council repeals cabaret law that kept New Yorkers from dancing in most bars and clubs

“The city’s cabaret law is outdated and unresponsive and has only gotten in the way of New Yorkers’ ability to fully express themselves — even pushing dancing to underground and unsafe and unregulated spaces,” Espinal said at City Hall Tuesday.

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