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RIP PhifeDawg, aka Malik Taylor and some of 90′s NYC

(Above a still from the music video for “Jazz/Buggin’ Out” by “A Tribe Called Quest” (1991) featuring a then mostly desolate DUMBO waterfront in the background. Of course that building behind them in this shot is being made currently, into condos.)Phife Dawg is dead at 45. This one personally hurts.”Phife Dawg” aka Malik Taylor was a lyricist and key member of hiphop’s ground breaking group “A Tribe Called Quest”Some folks rant about people mourning the death of entertainers or celebs, and if you’re kind of fan of “A …

Bath Beach apartment building to replace two-family house on Bay Parkway

In a sign of major changes taking place in Southwest Brooklyn’s housing stock, a two-family home on Bay Parkway will be torn down to make room for a much larger structure, an apartment house containing residential units. The new seven-story building, slated to be constructed at 8800 Bay Parkway in Bath Beach, could help ease the housing crunch in the area, according to civic leaders. YIMBY was the first to report that the property owner has filed permits with the New York City Department of Buildings to construct the apartment house. But a demolition permit to tear down the two-family home has not yet been obtained, according to YIMBY, which reported that the dwelling was originally built in the 1920s. The property owner…

Culinary Institute for Refugees recognized as ‘Hero of the Month’

A Carroll Gardens nonprofit that works with refugees and survivors of human trafficking to build culinary careers was honored by the Borough President last week as a “Hero of the Month.” Borough President Eric Adams presented Alexander Harris, chef and culinary director at Emma’s Torch, with the award at a ceremony on Thursday at Borough Hall.  The organization is named after Emma Lazarus, the poet and author who wrote the words that still mark the Statue of Liberty to this day: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” The restaurant …