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Who made de Blasio’s real estate reopening council — and who didn’t

It’s rarely a good sign when a press release is issued late on a Friday afternoon, as was the case this week when Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his construction and real estate advisory council. That’s when the fewest people (and journalists) are paying attention to the news, which makes it a good time to air dirty laundry or just put out information not viewed as having PR value. But perhaps the panel names were

Bushwick councilman drops out of Borough President race

Bushwick Councilman Rafael Espinal dropped out of the Borough President’s race on Thursday, saying he couldn’t endure another two years campaigning for the beep’s hotly contested seat. “While my dream has been to serve as the Brooklyn Borough President and lead the Borough forward, my heart wasn’t in the idea of spending the next two years running for office,” he told the Brooklyn Paper.  The north Brooklyn legislator had amassed a meager war-chest of only $11,649, raising only $4,444 since announcing his candidacy in September and suspending fundraising efforts in November.  Espinal’s sudden dropout coincides with the circulation of rumors about First Lady Chirlane…

The latest threat to US landlords? Cities are arming tenants with lawyers

Half a dozen U.S. cities plan to provide tenants free legal counsel in eviction cases in an effort to reduce evictions and prevent homelessness. The programs are expected to be costly and challenging to implement, but advocates contend they will help keep people from becoming homeless and entering the shelter system, according to the Wall Street Journal. The cities include San Francisco, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Newark, and Santa Monica. All but San Francisco limit assistance to

Opinion: Max Rose’s post office Cabrini tribute is a sham!

What do you think of our postal service? For most, the response would be pretty negative and include some choice words that can’t be printed here. However, in a cynical attempt to pander to the Italian-American community and Catholics in his district, Congressman Max Rose has proposed renaming the Dyker Heights Post Office after Mother Cabrini. A saint should be revered and not relegated to having their name slapped on an aging and architecturally bland federal building. To add insult to injury, this proposal seems to have been made for purely political purposes. For background, this all began when the She Built NYC Initiative was created in 2018 to erect public monuments or statues to honor women’s history. There was an open call for nominations…

Back in Brooklyn, Sanders predicts White House win in 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday returned to Brooklyn, his birthplace, for the first rally of his second presidential campaign and sought to tie his working-class background to his populist views that are helping reshape the Democratic Party. He predicted he would win the nomination in a field of now-double digit rivals and then defeat President Donald Trump, “the most dangerous president in modern American history.” The emotional peak of Sanders’ speech came as he remembered his childhood in Midwood, not far from where the rally was held. “I know where I came from,” he said. “And I will never forget that. Unlike …

Amazon’s about-face will hit Greenpoint developers, but it’s not a knockout punch

Greenpoint landlords may miss out on long-term profits because Amazon’s not coming to Long Island City — but it won’t be the end of the world. “For Greenpoint, Amazon was the cherry on top,” Mike Salvatico, an associate broker at Marcus and Millichap, told the Brooklyn Eagle. The behemoth company had planned to use nearly $3 billion in city and state subsidies to build a headquarters in Long Island City and hire 25,000 employees. Over a five-year period, Amazon’s presence would have sparked a 20 percent increase in Greenpoint apartment rents…

News about L Train brings joy followed by anger and confusion

(Credit: Getty Images) With yesterday’s announcement that the L Train shutdown has been cancelled, most of us affected have gone from feeling shock, to joy, to confusion. Commuters and business owners are the biggest winners, but let’s not forget about our lucky neighbors who received rent reductions: Rents in North Brooklyn have fallen a cumulative 1.5 percent since the shutdown was first announced, while rents borough-wide increased by a cumulative 3.3 percent. “Look for rents to rise sharply as many who thought they were forced to look elsewhere adjust …