Brooklyn Activists Map Out All the Different Types of Street Harassment on a Depressing, Useful Chart

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There's almost nothing that'll ruin your morning faster than a disgusting kissy noise, emanating from the face of some idiot trailing you down the block. Or a "flattering" remark about a body part you possess, which quickly turns into the outraged yelling of "BITCH! LESBIAN!" when you don't respond in quite the way he wanted. And those are the mildest forms of street harassment, which can quickly turn less mild and more criminal. In a 2007 online survey about subway harassment by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's office, about 1,800 people responded, most of them women. Two-thirds said they'd been sexually harassed, and one-third said they had been sexually assaulted.

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City Lawyers and Councilman Stephen Levin: Plan for Brooklyn Broadway Triangle is Solid

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Elected officials like to be cheerleaders for affordable housing. But that doesn't mean they're always cheering for the same thing. For some Brooklyn pols speaking out this week about the Broadway Triangle -- the 31-acre parcel of city-owned land on the border of Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant, where gentrification tensions are high -- there is, shall we say, a lack of consensus on the best path to produce affordable housing.

Yesterday we reported on a group of advocates and electeds rallying at City Hall to criticize the city's plan and praise a recent state Supreme Court decision that bars the city from moving forward with its housing development. The opponents of the city's plan, with support from City Councilwoman Diana Reyna and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, argue that the current proposal would promote segregation by giving preference to those living in the whiter parts of north Brooklyn. The courts agreed last week, saying the project would perpetuate discrimination and granting the city a preliminary injunction barring the plan.

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Mike Bloomberg Walks By Press Conference Criticizing Him as Advocates Applaud Brooklyn Broadway Triangle Court Decision

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg awkwardly walked past a press conference on the steps of City Hall this morning as advocates criticized him and called on the city to change its housing plans for Brooklyn's Broadway Triangle.

The group of advocates and residents, with the support of two electeds, had rallied today to urge the city to support inclusive affordable housing in the Broadway Triangle, a plot of city-owned land in north Brooklyn at the heart of the borough's gentrification tensions. Along with arguing that the city's plan violates the federal Fair Housing Act, the group came to City Hall today to celebrate a state Supreme Court decision last week that granted a preliminary injunction barring the city from moving forward with its housing development on the border of Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant. The decision argued that the city's plan would perpetuate discrimination.

"We want to send our city and our mayor a message about perpetuated segregation in Brooklyn," said Juan Ramos, chair of the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition, glancing to his left as the mayor walked around the press conference and up the steps of City Hall. "And what is that message? That we don't accept segregation in Brooklyn."

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Defenders of Mary Ward, 82-Year-Old Facing Eviction, Join with Occupy Wall Street to Fight Foreclosures

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The group Organizing for Occupation will bring Occupy Wall Street to Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, in a joint action from the two groups at Brooklyn Supreme Cout that will call for an end to foreclosure auctions.

"O4O" first made news in August, when their members surrounded the home of 82-year-old Bed-Stuy resident Mary Ward in an "eviction blockade." Staffing her home with volunteers willing to get arrested, they kept marshalls at bay from removing Ward from her home of four decades. Stunningly, two months later, Ms. Ward is still there. In that time local representatives, and even Attorney General Eric Schniederman's office, have gotten involved. This week, negotiations are continuing about possible ways to keep Ms. Ward in her home.


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Mary Ward, 82-Year-Old Facing Eviction, to Meet with Attorney General's Office

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Mary Ward, the 82-year-old Bed-Stuy resident facing eviction following a predatory loan debacle, has been granted a meeting with the investigation team of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office next week, her lawyer Karen Gargamelli tells us.

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Mary Ward, 82-Year-Old Facing Eviction, Still in Her Home (and on Russian TV)

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Michael Premo
An update on Mary Ward, the 82-year-old facing eviction in Bed Stuy: as of today, she is still in her home, and as of late yesterday afternoon, no marshall had been scheduled to evict her by the close of business this evening.

Jay Kim, one of Ward's attorneys at Common Law, tells us that a follow up meeting will be held today between Assembly woman Annette Robinson, Ward, and Shameem Chowdhury, the "alleged owner." They had hoped to have this meeting on Monday, but it didn't occur. Instead, Karen Gargamelli, Ward's other attorney, only delivered a letter outlining Ward's demands to Chowdury.

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Crowds Gather Outside Home of Mary Ward, 82-Year-Old Bed-Stuy Resident Fighting Eviction

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Update below: A decision about a marshall will come later today.

Our Steven Thrasher is currently on the scene outside the home of 82-year-old Bed-Stuy resident Mary Ward. Ward was scheduled to be evicted today and her home foreclosed on, but Thrasher reports that Assembly woman Annette Robinson "seems to have brokered an agreement to at least meet with the 'purported owners' of the home to keep Ms. Ward in her home."


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Fast Food Robber On the Loose in Brooklyn

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The police are seeking the public's assistance in finding a suspect in a string of commercial robberies around Bedford-Stuyvesant. The suspect held up a McDonald's, a Jamaican restaurant, a Golden Crust, a drug store, and a Burger King between August 3rd and 6th. In most of the robberies he would walk in, display his gun, and demand money, except for at the drug store where he pretended to be buying vitamins. No injuries were reported as a result of any of the incidents. The report describes the suspect as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, between 6'0" and 6'3", approximately 210 lbs. He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck of Chinese characters and was seen wearing a gray t-shirt during some of the robberies.

Anyone with info on the crimes asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit tips tips by visiting the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

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Darell Smith, 17, Stabbed to Death in Crown Heights; Teen Suspect ID'ed

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Orpheus Nelson, wanted in connection with death
​Cops are looking for Crown Heights teen Orpheus Nelson in connection with the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Darell Smith in Crown Heights late Tuesday night. Smith, who lived in Bed-Stuy, was found shortly before 11 p.m. at 1785 Pacific Avenue, with multiple stab wounds; he was DOA at Kings County Hospital. Nelson, 18, lives on the second floor at 1783 Pacific Avenue. Anybody with info on this senseless homicide can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips at nypdcrimestoppers.com or text info to 274637 (CRIMES), entering TIP577.

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