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Moe’s to Close After Negotiations Falter

By ROXANNA ASGARIAN, CUNY J-School Published November 23, 2010, 3:00 PM in The Local blog of the NYTimes. James McDowell has no desire to save Moe’s. The beloved bar has been a staple Fort Greene watering hole since it opened in 2001, and serves a large group of neighborhood regulars who are sad to have […]

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Locals Debate Cuomo’s Job Plan

By ROXANNA ASGARIAN, CUNY J-School First published in The Local blog of the New York Times, November 5, 2010 Derrick Beard leans against the wall of the Job Center on Bed-Stuy’s DeKalb Avenue and lights a cigarette as he waits for his appointment inside. A tall, lean man in a plaid shirt and tan Timberland boots, […]

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The Week in Crime: Comic Book Capers and Traffic Fiasco

By ROXANNA ASGARIAN, CUNY J-School First published in The Local blog of the New York Times, September 23, 2010 Last week the 88th Precinct dealt with multiple purse snatchings, $10,000 in missing comic books, and several scuffles, including one involving obstruction of traffic on the highway. Here’s the complete crime blotter from the week of Sept. […]

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Community Board Approves 470 Vanderbilt Plan

Published September 16, 2010, 7:51 PM in The Local blog of the NYTimes By ROXANNA ASGARIAN, CUNY J-School In an about-face, Community Board 2 gave their stamp of approval Tuesday to a plan to lease parts of a block-long building on Vanderbilt Avenue for use as a welfare services center. The Human Resources Administration hopes […]

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‘Hell house’ still bedevils neighbors

Voorhies Colonial continues to decay and depress By Roxanna Asgarian Published Tuesday, August 17, 2010 1:13 PM EDT in Bay News (Courier-Life Publications) A once-grand Voorhies Avenue mansion remains the neighborhood “hell house” more than four months after it was purchased by a new owner vowing to solve the problem — and neighbors remain furious. […]

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Report: Prospect Park West bike lane is working

BY ROXANNA ASGARIAN First published in The Brooklyn Paper, August 3, 2010 Drivers are much more likely to adhere to posted speed limits on Prospect Park West, thanks to the controversial bike lane that reduced the roadway to two lanes from three, a new study has found. Park Slope Neighbors — which supported the construction […]

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