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Farewell to a Hero

Like many Brooklynites, I knew the late Frank Mickens mostly by his reputation and good works.  He turned Boys & Girls High into a place that, more than any public school I have known, genuinely welcomed the outside world. Countless panel discussions, political town hall meetings, community celebrations and other gatherings were held there, notably […]readmore

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Commerce & Community

Senate Standoff It’s a mistake to think of the stalemate in the New York State senate as the product of mere incompetence, as if the 62 members were simply unable to create a governing quorum. This is a bona fide power struggle in which the first side that blinks will lose. From January 7 until […]readmore

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The Black Business Explosion

Here’s an interesting fact: nationwide, the number of businesses owned by African- Americans has gone through the roof in the last few years.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, black-owned companies increased a whopping 46% in the five years between 1987 and 1992, from 424,000 firms to 621,000.  This is nearly twice the rate of […]readmore