Could a Former Brothel Ease Sunset Park’s Overcrowded Schools?

Video still via BRIC

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    What began with an unsettling prostitution-related raid on a Sunset Park hotel has sparked a possible solution for the neighborhood’s school overcrowding problem.

    In October, the neighborhood’s 39 Hotel on 39th Street was raided, shocking locals. The building has lately become the poster child for the neighborhood’s controversial “epidemic of hotels” — created by a loophole in the area’s zoning.

    So residents have banded together and identified the raided site as a good location for the neighborhood’s much-needed new school. In the video below, via BRIC TV, members of the Sunset Park community articulate their frustration with the bureaucracy that keeps them from getting the classroom space they need.

    Can this problematic building become a school? Many locals hope so.

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