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Nostrand Avenue: Why It’s the New Gentrification Flash Point

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Edmon Braithwaite remembers the struggle of finding ways to help businesses along Nostrand Avenue. The area was among the least desirable areas of Brooklyn to open a business.

As founder and chairman of the Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District, he spent many days negotiating with banks and trying to persuade city officials that the artery was worth focusing on. Most of those businesses, a majority of which were minority-owned, had trouble securing loans, getting insurance and finding operating capital.

“We were under the delusion that funds would be made available to minority businesses, but it never materialized,” said Braithwaite, who owns Nostrand Avenue Wines and Liquors. Yet against the odds, many of those businesses survived. Now they face a very different challenge: Nostrand has been discovered.

Read more here: https://thebridgebk.com/nostrand-avenue-why-its-new-gentrification-flash-point/

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Written by Madison J. Gray

August 2, 2017 at 6:11 pm

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WATCH: Sparks Fly During Zimmerman Trial Opening Statements

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The murder trial in the Trayvon Martin case opened Monday with profanity and an ill-timed knock-knock joke, followed by witness testimony describing the Miami teenager’s last hours

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/06/25/watch-sparks-fly-during-zimmerman-trial-opening-statements/

Written by Madison J. Gray

December 16, 2013 at 12:26 am

Texas Mom Fends Off Attacker Inside Her Minivan

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“I told him, he messed with the wrong… witch,” said Dorothy Baker, who held her own against the would-be robber who popped up in the backseat of her van.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/06/19/texas-mom-fends-off-attacker-inside-her-minivan/

Written by Madison J. Gray

December 16, 2013 at 12:20 am

Chicago Girl Who Performed at Obama’s Inauguration Killed in Shooting

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Honor student and majorette Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was gunned down in a shooting barely a mile from President Obama’s Chicago home.

Read more: http://nation.time.com/2013/01/30/chicago-girl-who-performed-at-obamas-inauguration-killed-in-shooting/

Written by Madison J. Gray

February 20, 2013 at 2:20 am

Rebuffed at Ground Zero

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When the World Trade Center collapsed, killing nearly 3,000 people, and creating more than one million tons of debris in and around the site, the theme for the day and ensuing weeks was complete chaos and horror.

That didn’t stop Las Allen’s desire to help a city that had been shaken like no American city had been shaken before. His company, Ovan Construction, a Queens-based firm, rushed down to the scene, volunteering to help remove debris in hopes that lives and property could be saved.

But after that, he says, his services were no longer needed.

Read more: http://www.indypressny.org/nycma/voices/18/news/news_3/

Written by Madison J. Gray

August 1, 2011 at 2:30 am

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