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Save Our City

The battle lines have been drawn. From the West Side of Manhattan to downtown Brooklyn, from Harlem to Long Island City, and from Red Hook to here in Williamsburg, large developers—with help from their many, many friends in city government—are getting to build exactly what they want.

Brooklyn’s Organ Transplant

Organ music swells and reverberates against the vaulted ceiling of the Baptist Temple in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Sitting with his back to the auditorium, a man sways forward and back on the organist’s bench as his hands dance across the keys and his legs lurch from pedal to pedal.

A Developer Wants to Take My Tax Money to Destroy My Neighborhood and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

For most of the last year Bruce Ratner, a developer who has made a career out of being the “stealth mogul,” has tried to put a sunny face on yet another of his taxpayer-subsidized, utterly-out-of-scale Brooklyn proposals: the 7.8 million-square-foot Atlantic Yards.

Ambulatory's Many Obstacles

The Ambulatory Surgery Center, located on a grimy residential block underneath the Gowanus Expressway, has been in operation since 1971 and provides multilingual treatment for a range of ailments, from gynecology to podiatry to pulmonary difficulties.

The Brand New Same Old Hustle

Twenty-five years ago, on April 29, 1980, charter buses from Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Harlem brought protesters to the downtown offices of Governor Hugh Carey for one of the most unique protest marches in the history of New York City.

On Politics and the Dailies

New daily newspapers have hit the streets of New York, and in an old-fashioned way. Until the advent of free commuter dailies, the time-tested methods of the newsboy had seemingly been forgotten.

March for Peace, Pay for War

Growing up with a red diaper mother, I learned at a very young age that politics was center stage in shopping. Grapes were absolutely forbidden in our home, as were GE products and Nestlé. My parents could participate in such boycotts relatively risk free—with the exception of my nagging whine that they just be “normal.”

Letter to Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council

The following is a letter written by Jane Jacobs to Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council about the rezoning of the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. As modified during the May 2nd negotiations between the Bloomberg administration and the council’s Land Use Committee, the plan now calls for some industrial retention and makes nonbinding, incentive-based provisions for affordable housing.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2005

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