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The surveillance state is weird. One of the weirdest parts is how same issues that apply in the large scale, like NSA wiretapping, also apply on a small scale, like the guy who caught somebody digging up hostas from a tree pit in front of his house in Fort Greene. He caught someone doing something […]

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The 100-pound Edward Snowden bust that was illegally placed in Fort Greene Park by a group of guerrilla artists on April 6th has been sitting in the NYPD’s 88th Precinct since it was confiscated, just hours after installation. Now, a group of activists are calling on the city to return the statue to the people […]

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While most people slept, a trio of artists and some helpers installed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Brooklyn on Monday morning. The group, which allowed ANIMAL to exclusively document the installation on the condition that we hide their identities, hauled the 100-pound sculpture into Fort Greene Park and up its hilly terrain […]

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Homeless families, some with up to eight children, are crowded into filthy rooms littered with rat feces and keep buckets in the room for nighttime bathroom needs since they don’t trust the bathrooms at midnight that they’re forced to share with strangers, the NY Daily News found at the Auburn Family Shelter in Fort Greene, […]

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To me, the phrase “bike garden” conjures up a vision of a magical, secluded place where nymph-like young folks frolic around on their fixies and freewheels, with nary a flat to be found and free tools and spare parts for all. As it turns out, I’m not so far off the mark. “We’ll literally have […]

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This past Saturday, Urban Spaces organizer, Joann Kim Nunez, generously donated ANIMAL a booth at Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market . So what did we do with our 10′ x 6′ space?  Oh we just gave away some money. Sort of. A few months back, ANIMAL founder Bucky Turco covered a story informing New Yorkers of an opportunity to reclaim […]

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A new Brooklyn Academy of Music performing center in Fort Greene hopes to fill a void in community-centered arts spaces after the Barclays Center left some residents of the area cold. The Richard B. Fisher Building, located at 321 Ashland Place, is scheduled to open its doors on September 5th, and will offer new classrooms, […]

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On Monday evening, a sinkhole swallowed up a piece of Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene. The area was taped off and a squad car was dispatched to “keep the stupid people taking pictures from falling in” according to the police officer guarding it. A week ago, a Brooklyn man was injured after he fell 7 […]

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Last week, the New York Times’ Fort Greene blog blew the cover off a “secret underground climbing gym” by publishing, then deleting the story, ensuring maximum exposure. Now, according to commenters, the “bizarre hybrid of subterranean climbing gym and hippie speakeasy” has been shut down. An ex-climber from the once covert space confirms, via email, […]

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Apparently, if you’re going to infiltrate and blog about covert underground operations, say a subterranean rock climbing lair, you should get permission to blow up the spot first. “This is both the neighborhood-y, Local thing to do and simple journalistic ethics,” according to The Local, the Times’ Fort Greene/Clinton Hill-based blog. The site unpublished yesterday’s […]

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