We may not be able to agree on a name for the neighborhood—is it Flatbush? or Ditmas Park? or Prospect Park South?—but at $2 million, the house at 114 Westminster Road is definitely a record for a single-lot Victorian home in whatever you choose to call it. (A house at 145 Argyle Road around the corner sold for $20,000 more last year, but it included an adjacent vacant full-sized lot.)
One candidate meowed. Another, taking a page from the Anthony Weiner playbook, rose up to denounce most of his rivals. And a third claimed his Russian opponent, a fellow Soviet émigré, was engaging in Communist class warfare.
The Democratic candidates for the open 48th Council District seat squared off in Flatbush last night, and made it clear, early and often, that they do not like each other.
Billy from de block
Warring for Caribbean-American votes with mayoral rival Bill de Blasio, Bill Thompson spoke extensively about his own Caribbean roots in front of a packed Brooklyn ballroom this morning.
The candidate’s “Caribbean Americans for Thompson” effort, aimed at tapping into crucial black votes in central and eastern Brooklyn, struck a more populist tone than he typically wields–at one point even borrowing candidate Jimmy McMillan’s famous catchphrase.
“I’m gonna steal a line from somebody: the rent is too darn high,” declared Mr. Thompson. “We’re being pushed out of our neighborhoods all across the city, priced out of our neighborhoods … The rents keep going up, those of us who made our community strong, who stayed, aren’t able to live there any longer.”
A long train ride away from his Upper West Side home, comptroller hopeful Scott Stringer stumped at a bustling Brooklyn intersection yesterday, straining to introduce himself to voters who had never heard of the low-key Manhattan borough president.
Passing out campaign literature with Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams near a Flatbush subway stop, the bespectacled, suit-clad Stringer struck a contrast with the many working class, black voters hustling into and out of the Flatbush Avenue station.
Anthony Weiner and his media circus descended on Jewish Flatbush this morning, as the comeback candidate attempted to revive his embattled mayoral campaign with a photo-op volunteering at a kosher food pantry.
But Mr. Weiner’s presence, in the wake of revelations that his sexting continued long after his resignation from congress, riled many in the conservative neighborhood of modest, below-the-knee skirts, kosher delis and yarmulkes.
Prospect Lefferts Gardens sure has come a long way! When we moved to the neighborhood last February, a few brands of kettle-cooked chips at the Yemeni guys’ bodega on Flatbush were the closest thing there was to gentrified retail.
But just a few weeks ago the folks at the Wholesome Gourmet Market unsheathed their new storefront, Read More
Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is not happy that the Rent Guidelines Board, which decides rules on allowable rent hikes for stabilized apartments each year, has, citing poor attendance, stopped holding meetings outside of Manhattan.
“This arrangement all but assures the working people most affected by the board’s decision will be unable to participate, and their voices will have no bearing on the final rent increase decision,” Mr. de Blasio told The New York Times last week. “This is not a mere inconvenience—it is a downright failure of the democratic process.”
Mr. de Blasio’s complaint taps into two very powerful forces in New York City politics—outer borough resentment at being left out of Manhattan-centric decision making, and the pervasive feeling that the rent is too damn high. But is it justified?
There was a cacophony of horns blaring at Coney Island Avenue, as policemen directed traffic around the Hess Station at the corner of 18th Avenue.
The city is looking for developers to renovate and operate the landmarked, long-derelict Loew’s Kings Theater—“the Kings” as locals called it back in the day—on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Designed in 1929 by Rapp and Rapp Architects, the 3,769-seat movie palace modeled after the Paris Opera House is the only one of the five “Wonder Read More
Cynthia Darrison, the woman who spent eight years building Eliot Spitzer’s mighty fund-raising operation, has calculated that there’s a market for people with skills like hers.
“I don’t think donors themselves are necessarily in tune with why they’re giving,” she said in a telephone interview Saturday night from her home in Flatbush, hours before the Read More