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  • A homeless shelter serving a predominantly African-American population at 603 Dean Street in Downtown Brooklyn, within the planned Atlantic Yards development area, was shut down yesterday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, through the use of eminent domain, sparking outrage in the community. Local officials, including City Council member Letitia James and State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, joined neighborhood advocates and Freddy’s Bar, whose outlandish protests of the Atlantic Yards eminent domain seizure have drawn local exposure, in protesting the closure of the Pacific Dean Shelter. The vigil, which began at midnight yesterday outside the recently-closed facility, came on the heels of a weekend-long protest of the shuttering. “I will put myself on the ground in front of the bulldozers,” Montgomery said during the protest Saturday. “I will do anything I can to stop this.” The video above contains footage of the protest. … [more]

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  • Defining a historic district

    June 30, 2009 03:43PM


    The Landmarks Preservation Commission last week approved the Prospect Heights Historic District, which includes about 850 residential and commercial Brooklyn buildings. It is the largest historic district to be designated in the city since 1990. In the video above from the Municipal Arts Society, City Council member Letitia James, Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Robert Tierney, historian Francis Morrone, and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council’s Gib Veconi talk about the survey and promotion process behind creating the new district. … [more]

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  • A four-story building collapsed yesterday, injuring four people and
    forcing the evacuation of several buildings nearby, officials said. The
    building, at 493 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, was cited for having a
    crack in its facade last month, received complaints from tenants of
    shaking and vibrations, as well as a violation for work on the building
    without proper permits, according to the Times. The building, which is
    owned by William Sang, had apartments on the upper three floors and
    Vesper Bar and Lounge occupied the ground floor. City Council member Letitia James, who represents the district, said a four-story building at 491 Myrtle Avenue, which was attached to the fallen building and suffered significant damage, would have to be demolished. [NYDN] and [NYT] and [Post][more]

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  • The City Council
    is expected to vote tomorrow on Jed and David Walentas’ Dock Street
    project in Dumbo, a 17-story residential building near the Brooklyn
    Bridge that City Council member David Yassky says is too tall. Another
    Council member, Letitia James, who is an opponent of the Atlantic Yards
    project, has supported the Dock Street project because it will also
    house a school. City Council speaker Christine Quinn is reportedly
    supporting the project.

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