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Rent Freeze Leaves Some Tenants and Owners Feeling Left Out in the Cold

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

The Rent Guidelines Board has voted to freeze the rents on rent-stabilized apartments that are up for a one-year lease renewal between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017, and has agreed on a 2-percent increase for two-year leases. It’s the second year in a row that one-year leases will not face a rent increase– a move that had previously been unprecedented in the 47-year history of the board.

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Bushwick Residents Rally at City Hall to Decry Deadlock on Immigration Reform

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

“Today we suffer, in November we vote,” dozens of protesters chanted in front of City Hall this afternoon. Some 40 people gathered to express dismay over yesterday’s Supreme Court deadlock over President Obama’s immigration plan, which would have given undocumented immigrants protection from deportation and the possibility to work in the United States. The rally was organized by the Bushwick chapter of Make the Road New York, a non-profit dedicated to representing the city’s Latino and immigrant communities.

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Bushwickers Rally Against Gentrification as Pols Decry ‘The Great Rip-Off of Our Time’

Marchers in Bushwick (Photos: Daniel Hoffman)

Marchers in Bushwick (Photos: Daniel Hoffman)

A few hundred longtime residents marched through Bushwick this morning to protest fast-paced gentrification and demand stronger rent stabilization laws and an end to legal loopholes. Students, clergy leaders, business owners and families displayed signs in English and Spanish, loudly drummed on buckets, and chanted slogans such as “Fight, fight, fight, ‘cause housing is a right!” Halfway through the march, the crowd stopped on Knickerbocker Avenue for a common prayer for “more justice to save our community.”

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Bushwick Residents Call For Gun Control in Wake of Shooting Near Police Station

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Scene of the shooting. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Local elected officials attended an open meeting in Bushwick today, at the site of a shooting in broad daylight on Saturday that left five people hospitalized. Residents, most of them Hispanic, gathered on the sidewalk at Menahan Street and Knickerbocker Ave, holding signs that demanded “Stop Gun Trafficking.”
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