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The Auction

By Katerina Valdivieso “Then, we’ll open at $415,000. Any one gives anything else?” said Judge Betsy Barros to nearly 40 bidders. The house on 437 Waverly was been auctioned in the judge’s chambers, in Brooklyn’s Supreme Court. For a decade the house had been vacant. Had it had eyes, it would have been passively watching...


Photo for 11/16/09: Foreman vs. Santos

Yuri Foreman, an Orthodox Jewish boxer raised in Brooklyn, became the first Jewish World Champion since 1932. On Saturday night in Las Vegas he defeated champion Daniel Santos to win the WBA Super Welterweight title. Foreman is studying to be a rabbi.


Photo for 11/02/09: The election

The candidates for New York City Mayor delivered last-minute appeals to voters on Sunday. At a catering hall in Bedford-Stuyvesant Comptroller William Thompson urged New Yorkers to reject an incumbent “who thinks he’s above democracy.” Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked for a third term to “keep making progress.”


The Mother

We all worry about our loved ones, especially in dire circumstances. Here's a scene from Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in East Flatbush.



By Daniel Roberts Sunday afternoon. The subway ride to South Brooklyn is a quiet one. People sleep or try to read. But on this Sunday, the D-line is undergoing renovation. At the Prospect Avenue stop, the conductor makes a garbled announcement about this becoming an R-train. Passengers snap up from their stupor and look surprised,...