Photo of City Council Chamber by Barbara Eldredge. Photo of Bill de Blasio by Kevin Case via Wikipedia

Mayor de Blasio has won.

He and the City Council have hammered out a compromise on the mayor’s contentious affordable housing plan — the one some Brooklyn residents feared would wreck their neighborhoods with tall buildings and out-of-control rents. Now the City Council is expected to vote yes on it next week, according to the New York Times.

Read on for more details.


Photo of Donald Trump by Michael Vadon via Wikipedia. Photo of Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia. Photo of Hillary Clinton by Marc Nozell via Flickr

The likelihood that a candidate with New York links will take the Oval Office in November is becoming ever more possible, with Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each drawing a significant amount of support and each having connections to the city.

Check out the Brooklyn relationships of these three presidential hopefuls.


A new commercial building at 214 Starr Street in Bushwick will soon be home to a bar, cafe, and community and social justice coworking space named Mayday. It’s set to open in the fall, although the second floor event space will be available July 1, according to the group’s online description.

Event and office space will be available to rent on a sliding scale, and longtime Bushwick community organization Make the Road will hold adult education classes and other events there. The bar, a fair-trade cafe and more event space will be located on the first floor in a 1,000-square-foot room with a “top-notch sound system.” The bar and rentals will help subsidize public programming and social justice initiatives, said the group. 

We’re not sure who is behind the venue or the building, but permits give the owner’s address as performance space Bushwick Starr, just down the street. GMAP


Harlem was long considered the epicenter of black political power in this city, but now Brooklyn, with three newly elected black candidates, has become the new home for much of the city’s black politics, according to the Daily News.

Public advocate elect Letitia James, the first black woman elected to citywide office (above); Ken Thompson, soon to become Brooklyn’s first black district attorney; and Eric Adams, who will become the borough’s first black president, are all natives of central Brooklyn.


There were few surprises in yesterday’s election, but a lot of Brooklyn:

Park Sloper Bill de Blasio won the mayor race by a landslide, although turnout at the polls was light. Fort Greene Councilwoman Letitia James will take his place as public advocate. “After demolishing a packed field of third-party contenders, [she will become] the first African-American woman to hold a citywide position,” said The Brooklyn Paper.

State Senator Eric Adams easily won Brooklyn Borough President over conservative Elias Weir. He will be the first black politician to occupy the office.

In his acceptance speech, de Blasio “reiterated his pledges to combat economic inequality by taxing rich people, providing universal prekindergarten, ending racial profiling by police, and fighting to keep hospitals from being closed to make way for luxury condos, as activists and judges have said the state wants to do with Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital,” said Brooklyn Paper.

“‘The feeling of a few doing well while the rest slip further behind is the defining challenge of our times,’ DeBlasio said to cheers. Fighting to keep the Cobble Hill hospital and Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant open in the face of state closure plans in his role as public advocate has been a signature effort of his campaign — he has gone so far as to get arrested protesting the shuttering — and a group of hospital staffers came out on Tuesday night to show their appreciation.”

On the controversial topic of stop-and-frisk, The New York Times quoted him as saying:

“Public safety is a prerequisite for the thriving neighborhoods that create opportunity in this city. And so is respect for civil liberties. The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, we must have both. We must work to promote a real partnership between the best police force in the world and the communities they protect from danger, be it local or global. New Yorkers on both sides of the badge understand this.”

Do you think he will make a good mayor? Did you vote?

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