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Rico Cleffi

Rico Cleffi is based in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where he edits Frequency and Amplitude ( a website dealing with the world of NYC-area analog radio. He would like to thank the very helpful and patient librarians at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Center for Brooklyn History and the Archives at the Queens Central Library. Readers interested in viewing many of the sources used in the research for this article are invited to visit

Reading Ridgewood

Two decades ago, when I used to work in the industrial reaches of Maspeth, Queens I became fascinated with the Ridgewood Times, a local paper that mixed extreme-reactionary politics with neighborhood news.

Accentuate the Positive: YIMBY in the Service of Development

One thing that has never been in short supply is ideas for solving the housing crisis. Comptroller Scott Stringer proposed a Land Bank of vacant city-owned properties. Scholars and activists have churned out countless books and reports on social housing.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2023

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