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City to seek land transfer for 85 new below-market-rate rentals in Bedford-Stuyvesant

The city wants to transfer three vacant lots in Bedford-Stuyvesant to a pair of development firms to build 85-units worth of deeply affordable housing, which reps for the builders claim will benefit existing residents of the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.  “We all know the real big issue is that the market-rate housing that’s sort of exploded on us has brought a lot of folks in and we’ve seen a lot of Bed-Stuy residents depart,” Gordon Bell, an executive at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, told members of Community Board…

The last night before gentrification: The 77′ NYC Blackout

I remember my aunt (who will undoubtedly toss some cents at this post) telling us it was a blackout. My grandmother or maybe my mom, was skeptical. On this mid July day 40 years ago I was a tiny child and the day was still brightly lit at something passed 7:30 PM or probably later based on what came next.Also the TV was on. Contradictory to any “Blackout” talk the house offered, Roger Grimsby a name who bore a a news man on Channel 7 to fit it, joylessly told the news of the day, and I’m certain (due to my strange memory) he was talking about power outages. The household debate between a girl, her…