Sunset Park Chron Has Moved

It’s official. Sunset Park Chronicled has moved to its home, You can still sign up for a feed, leave comments, search, and peruse. In addition, there will be sideshows and better multi-media storytelling. Come visit, and send feedback!


Lisa, Sunset Park Chronicled blogger

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Moving on Up: Sunset Park Chronicled Gets New Website

Dear Readers,

Sunset Park Chronicled is moving! You can find all the old content, and a few new things, at

Though still in its beta infancy, the website allows for better multimedia content and, hopefully, better navigation for readers. But to maximize the advantages, I have to hear from you. What do you like? What do you hate? Do you find the categories helpful?

I am working through a few issues with images on the homepage, but I hope soon to have that kinks ironed out. As always, send feedback through comments or emails to



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Tabula Rasa Gallery Hosts A Fundraiser for Haiti

Last week a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, demolishing the capital, Port-au-Prince, and crippling areas throughout the troubled country. Thousands died. One week later, a 6.1 aftershock made a tragic situation worse. In the midst of looting, hunger and torn families, NPR found one story with a bright spot–an employee and a guest trapped in pitch-dark elevator shafts side by side. They kept one another company, offered hope and survived. In that same spirit…

The Tabula Rasa gallery is asking Sunset Park and those throughout the city to reach out to strangers miles away to help raise funds this Saturday, January 23 from 1-4:30 pm. All the money raised will go to charity.

Local artists are donating work to be auctioned from the gallery at Saturday’s event. The back room presentation space will be used to hang the work in a display which will be constantly “turning over” as donations are made and new art replaces work being taken.

Anyone writing a check of $75.00 DIRECTLY to one of the designated charities can select an artwork 11″ x 14″ or smaller. Anyone donating $150.00 can select from these or a larger works. Any and all contributions are welcome. For those who can’t give, the gallery is also looking for volunteers for the event.

Tabula Rasa Gallery, 224 48th Street between Second and Third Avenues in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

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In the News: Ortiz Seeks Higher Office and Threat to Sunset Park Post

Assemblymember Felix W. Ortiz, image from

*Assemblyman Ortiz Looks Up
For Felix W. Ortiz (D), time has come for the Latino community to make its presence known in New York politics–and Ortiz thinks he can make that happen.
“The Democrats and Republican parties need to have a clear understanding of the major role that Hispanics are playing in politics today,” he told City Hall News. Continue reading

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Picturing Sunset Park: Winter Afternoon

View from Sunset Park, Brooklyn at 4:30pm on Monday, January 18, 2010.

Looking at Bush Terminal from Sunset Park, Brooklyn. January 18, 2010 at about 4:30 pm.

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In the News: Potential Changes to Legal Services, and a Look at 11220’s Netflix Queues

Legal Services Examines Structure of Legal Aid Organizations in Brooklyn, and Considers Changes

*Community leaders, representatives and non-profit executives have voiced opposition to a potential restructuring of Brooklyn’s legal services that would merge offices around the borough into a single entity, the Courier-Life reported. Continue reading

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The Center For Family Life Offers Training and Opporunity for a New Career

Sunset Park-based non-profit the Center for Family Life has a new initiative called The Cosmetology School Project. Targeted at low-income individuals, the program hopes to provide a path to full-time employment for New Yorkers currently un- or underemployed.

Training will begin at one of two four-week training sessions, the first in February and another in April. Participants then enroll in an eight month cosmetology program. Applicants must be 17 or older, and hold a high school diploma, GED or demonstrate math and reading skills at an 8th grade level.

The program is completely free of charge. To find out more, you may visit the website or call 718-633-4823.

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City Rolls Out Tools to Help New Yorkers Navigate Subways and Schools

*NYC schools have gone mobile: the city this week announced an upgrade to Notify NYC that will allow parents to receive updates on school emergencies, dismissals, and closures by cell phones. The upgrade to this emergency system offers subscribers real-time updates on everything from snow days to school relocations in up to five zip codes by phone, email or text message. Interested? You can subscribe here.

*Speaking of schools, you can see how your local one fared at the New York Post website. You can sort the Post’s list by name, borough and other categories. Check out your school and report back–did it make the grade? Do you think your school is better, or worse, than the score reflects? Leave a comment!

*The MTA has mounted a new site that provides real-time updates on delays and service changes to New York’s 26 subway lines, meant to help regulars in its 468 stations keep on the go.

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What To Do This Weekend in Sunset Park: An About Face

Image by Clarity Haynes, on view at Tabula Rasa Gallery in Sunset Park.

Ready to switch up the regular Saturday afternoon routine?

Tabula Rasa, an art gallery that shows the work of new and established Brooklyn-based artists, is finishing up a group show called “About Face.” Stop by the show, hung in a turn-of-the-century carriage house, to see portraits and portrayals in various media before it closes on January 23rd. Tabula Rasa, 244 48th Street between Second and Third Avenues. Gallery open Thursday through Saturday 1-5pm, and by appointment.

Anything else happening in the neighborhood this weekend? Let us know (and include time, place, and date) at


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In Sunset Park, Affordable Housing is in the Eye of the Lease Holder

For 13 years the Vazquez family has watched Sunset Park change from the window of their three-bedroom apartment on 55th Street. This year, the shifting tides of New York real estate hit home.

Developer Galla Condominiums recently bought and converted to condominiums a dozen apartments in the 16-unit building at 546 55th Street where Carmen and Alex Vazquez live with their children. Each unit that goes up for sale marks one less rent-stabilized apartment in a neighborhood where such units are scarce.

As the number of rent stabilized units dwindle, long term residents find themselves living surrounded by housing that rents and sells at rates far beyond what many longtime and new immigrant residents in this working-class neighborhood can afford. Continue reading

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