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ARTICLES BY: Claudia Irizarry Aponte

Claudia covers Brooklyn for THE CITY. Her reporting has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and NPR’s Latino USA. A 2018 graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she’s a recipient of the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for Social Justice Reporting.

  1. gun violence

    Brownsville Demands Action in Wake of Mass Shooting

    Some say Mayor de Blasio’s $9 million criminal justice budget boost isn’t enough as local activists set own priorities for healing the community.

    gun violence

  2. rent

    Game Clock Ticking on Affordable Housing at Brooklyn’s Pacific Park

    Local watchdogs doubt the sprawling development that includes Barclays Center will reach the goal of 2,250 low-rent apartments by 2025.

    rent

  3. special report

    On the Brink of Being Homeless in a ‘Sanctuary City’

    After an ICE raid took a Queens family’s breadwinner, his loved ones fight to keep their home, with no help from housing aid off limits to immigrants.

    special report

  4. department of correction

    Borough Presidents Demand Do-Over on Mayor’s Planned Jail Towers

    City Planning Commission will consider mayor’s case for Rikers Island replacements — amid objections from borough presidents and community boards.

    department of correction

  5. caveat motor

    No Cars Allowed: Community Boards Get New Funding Boost, With Warning

    New city budget includes another $42,500 for all 59 community boards — this time with vehicle purchases banned after Brooklyn SUV fiasco.

    caveat motor

  6. housing

    City Task Force to Take Fresh Look at Feared Foreclosure Program

    Housing agency forms advisory group to “modernize” controversial Third Party Transfer, as Council readies tough questions for officials.

    housing

  7. uproar

    Brooklyn Bistro Owner Says Far-Right Polish Pol Duped Her

    The manager was readying a table for 15. Then, Robert Winnicki showed up to make a speech at the Greenpoint restaurant — with 100 fans.

    uproar

  8. uproar

    Far-Right Polish Politician Finds Brooklyn Perch After Church Ouster

    Nationalist leader Robert Winnicki draws an audience of about 100 to a Greenpoint restaurant after bishop canceled his church appearance amid outrage.

    uproar

  9. uproar

    Brooklyn Churches Cancel Speeches by Right-Wing Polish Figures

    Events nixed after letter to Brooklyn’s bishop and THE CITY’s inquiries over planned appearances by accused anti-Semite author and nationalist pol.

    uproar

  10. building a case

    Besieged Brooklyn Loft Tenants Have High Hopes But Few Options

    Williamsburg tenants who want Loft Law protection say they’re being pushed out — just as city officials begin to investigate building’s status.

    building a case

  11. driving up costs

    Brooklyn Board Manager Defends SUV Splurge: ‘I’m Not Going to Parties’

    Gerald Esposito of Williamsburg-Greenpoint Community Board 1 says the rules were followed in buying the $26,000 Toyota with public funds.

    driving up costs

  12. jails

    Local Boards Reject Rikers Replacement Jails, But Council Reps Hold the Key

    Local Council members wield the votes that count most. Some say they’re undecided, though behind-the-scenes signs point to an all-but done deal.

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  13. driving up costs

    Mayor de Blasio Calls for Probe of Community Board SUV Purchase

    He spoke out after THE CITY revealed a Brooklyn board’s $26,000 Toyota splurge. Meanwhile, the City Council will look at board spending citywide.

    driving up costs

  14. driving up costs

    Brooklyn Community Board Roils Over $26,000 SUV Splurge

    Williamsburg’s CB 1 used a City Council grant to buy a Toyota RAV4 – which THE CITY found parked Wednesday night near the board manager’s house.

    driving up costs

  15. big move

    Planned NYCHA HQ Move Leaves Some Tenants in Dark

    The agency is shifting eviction hearings from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn – but public housing residents and attorneys say there’s been little notice.

    big move

  16. special report

    Thousands of Tenants Evicted, Even in Areas with Free Lawyers

    Advocates’ analysis reveals the landlords racking up the most evictions in the 20 zip codes where city-paid attorneys represent low-income residents.

    special report

  17. home front

    Brooklyn Foreclosures Must Stick, City Lawyers Argue

    City housing agency says Third Party Transfer property transfers were done by the book. But some advocates and pols say the program is flawed.

    home front

  18. census 2020

    Making it Count: Immigration Advocates Seek Census Outreach Funding Boost

    A pending U.S. Supreme Court decision and budget woes could stymie local efforts to get an accurate tally in next year’s count, some fear.

    census 2020

  19. cone of silence

    Brooklyn Pedestrians Say Broken Traffic Signal Has Been Ignored for Months

    Since February, a cone has stood where a pedestrian signal once did. The intersection is just blocks from where Mayor de Blasio launched Vision Zero.

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  20. special report

    Dialing 911 Daily: How Mental Health Crisis Strains Neighborhoods

    Alarmed residents near psychiatric hospitals and shelters for the mentally ill help fuel surge in “emotionally disturbed persons” NYPD calls.

    special report

  21. barred

    Locked Out: Jails Critics Say They’ve Been Nixed From Post-Rikers Talks

    The city set up advisory committees and vowed transparency. But opponents say there were kept out of invitation-only sessions on life after Rikers.

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  22. sign of times

    Bye-Bye Bergen: Brooklyn School Sheds Slave-Owner Family Name

    Prospect Heights’ P.S. 9 will be renamed after Sarah Smith Garnet, the first African-American woman to become a New York public school principal.

    sign of times

  23. mail boxed

    Stamp of Disapproval for Brooklyn Post Office in IG Audit

    Long lines, missed mail, understaffing and other headaches have Bushwick residents, politicians and union officials feeling boxed in.

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  24. death on the job

    The Price of a Laborer’s Life: $63,647 OSHA Fine for Shady Contractor

    OSHA investigators found that a cave-in warning was ignored shortly before immigrant construction worker Luis Sánchez Almonte died buried in rubble.

    death on the job

  25. vox pop

    Vox Pop: What Can THE CITY Do for You?

    Our reporters scoured the five boroughs — and got our marching orders from dozens of New Yorkers.

    vox pop