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Other Visions Rise in Prospect Heights

Developer Bruce Ratner has been busy in negotiations with the city and state, moving one step closer to his plan to build a basketball stadium and several office towers in Prospect Heights.

Gleason’s Gym: Where the "Sweet Science" Thrives

“See, pretend somebody said something bad ’bout your queen. It make you want to cry, it makes you so mad. Now we ain’t playing games here!”

An Open Letter On Atlantic Center (August, 1996)

As you are already aware, the Downtown Brooklyn community is very uncomfortable with your current development of the Atlantic Center because of the level of economic inequity that this project represents. This is exacerbated by your own—as well as your company’s—overt defiance and blatant disregard for the people and small businesses in the community.

The Brownsville Rec. Center— Where the Legends Return, and the Youngsters Learn

Shaquan and his two friends stand over six feet tall, so it’s little surprise they boast about being the dunk masters of the Brownsville Recreation Center (BRC) where they practice their high-flying basketball skills every day.

Saving No Kill Shelters

Late 19th-century New York City wasn’t a good time or place to be an animal. Socialite fashions included whole stuffed creatures such as sparrows, otters, and foxes. One matron made headlines by attending a Vanderbilt dress ball in a stitched-up display of the heads and tails of white cats—dozens of them.

New York City’s Most Famous Birds

While many New Yorkers consider Columba livia, or the conventional street pigeon (an estimated 7 million of which live in New York City), the only bird in town, for Paul Sweet, collection manager of the Ornithology Department at The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), it accounts for less than a dozen of the over 800 thousand bird specimens he must care for.

D4D’s Politics of the Word

Downtown For Democracy (D4D) has a goal: regime change in America. It has a method: challenging progressives to move beyond stylish apathy into political involvement. And it has the means: via hip cultural events, it’s raising money to help progressive candidates in the 2004 election.


The Brooklyn Rail

APR 2004

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