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Williamsburg Councilman Calls For the City to Conduct a Racial Impact Study Prior to a Rezoning
Williamsburg Councilman Calls For the City to Conduct a Racial Impact Study Prior to a Rezoning

Dec. 7, 2019 By Kristen Torres

Elected officials and civic groups are banding together in an effort to make it mandatory for the city and developers to study the racial impacts of a rezoning.

Council Members Antonio Reynoso, Rafael Salamanca and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams appeared alongside advocates Wednesday calling on the Council to pass legislation that would require the city to predict demographical changes in an area before a neighborhood rezoning.

The group gathered to present a study completed by Churches United for Fair Housing, a NYC-based advocacy group. The study, entitled Zoning & Racialized Displacement in NYC, revealed that after a number of city-led neighborhood rezonings, areas such as Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Park Slope experienced unanticipated demographical changes.

Comedy Club With Manhattan Roots Opens in Williamsburg

The owner of a popular Lower East Side comedy club owned has opened a new venue–this one in Williamsburg.

Comedian Edward Farrell, who established Old Man Hustle Comedy Bar on Essex Street in 2013, opened a second and much larger venue by the same name last month at 308 Bedford Ave. The space was previously occupied by the movie-screening bar Videology.

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