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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. shopping block

    As Red Hook Workers Fret Over Fairway Fate, Residents Say Grocer Priced Poor Out

    The Brooklyn neighborhood transformed by the 2006 arrival of the now-bankrupt upscale market chain could see a major employer vanish.

    shopping block

  2. ny-9

    Two Congressional Hopefuls Sharing the Same Brooklyn Coworking Space

    Politics makes strange office-fellows. Isiah James and Alex Hubbard, long-shots in the NY-9 race, have headquarters just steps away from each other.

    ny-9

  3. helping hands

    Puerto Ricans in New York Help Homeland, Using Lessons from Maria

    Grassroots aid efforts sprout following the Jan. 7 earthquake as local politicians pledge support and critics say Washington is MIA.

    helping hands

  4. big challenge

    Greenpoint Activist Vies to Unseat 47-Year Incumbent Lentol

    With her Brooklyn Assembly run, community board member and environmental advocate Emily Gallagher joins wave of upstarts rattling entrenched pols.

    big challenge

  5. child victims act

    Poly Prep Coach Sexually Assaulted Student, Lawsuit Alleges

    Tennis coach William Martire was sued Thursday under the Child Victims Act for allegedly sexual assault of a student during the 1980s.

    child victims act

  6. losing streak

    Another ‘Worst Landlord’ Nod for Troubled Housing Group

    Tenants and contractor say Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corp. owes them big money as it sells buildings through bankruptcy.

    losing streak

  7. education

    Two Brooklyn Schools Prepare for Merger That Would Further Student Integration

    As other desegregation battles flare, Fort Greene’s Arts & Letters aims to fold into Bed-Stuy’s PS 305 to reduce crowding and boost diversity.

    education

  8. house hunting

    Housing Bias Fight Carries on Case by Case While Citywide Response Waits

    “Where We Live NYC” project to fight racial and other discrimination approaches its second anniversary, while results are still under wraps.

    house hunting

  9. death on the job

    Construction Overseers Charged With Manslaughter in Luis Sánchez Almonte’s Death

    Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez presses rare manslaughter prosecutions in the 2018 fatal crushing of excavation worker Luis Sánchez Almonte in Sunset Park.

    death on the job

  10. housing

    From Shelter to Home to Street: One Man’s Homeless Struggle

    Karim Walker counted as a success story when he moved into permanent housing. Now, he’s living in the subways. Can de Blasio’s new Outreach NYC help?

    housing

  11. storm watch

    Council Deluges City Hall with Criticism Over Sandy Response, Seven Years Later

    The 2012 storm’s anniversary spurred complaints about slow progress as lawmakers vowed a hearing on the flood insurance crisis revealed by THE CITY.

    storm watch

  12. special report

    NYCHA’s Post-Sandy Rebuild Mired in Delays and Dubious Contracts

    Red Hook and Riis houses residents live in construction mazes while most damaged complexes are still awaiting repairs seven years after the storm.

    special report

  13. unexpected development

    Troubled Nonprofit Gets Payout in Flip of Bed-Stuy Landmark to Upscale Developer

    City deed restriction removal paved the way for a court-ordered $12 million sale of a historic building supposed to be used for “youth development.”

    unexpected development

  14. 2020 vision

    New Central Brooklyn Food Co-op Aims to Nourish and Empower Locals

    A crowdfunding campaign, starting this week, seeds a black-led, customer-owned hub for affordable fresh food Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Brownsville.

    2020 vision

  15. housing

    Rockaway Developer Gets Tax Breaks Via Troubled Nonprofit Partner

    Peninsula Hospital affordable housing site under City Council review owned by Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corp. under fire from tenants.

    housing

  16. housing

    Bed-Stuy Tenants Bid to Evict Nonprofit Landlord Over Dire Conditions

    NEBHDCo, entrusted by the city with nearly 1,000 Brooklyn apartments, strikes a tentative deal to sell some buildings amid violations and bankruptcy.

    housing

  17. welcome back bill!

    New Yorkers Give de Blasio His Marching Orders

    We spoke city residents with strong ideas on where the mayor should focus his energy, post-campaign. Here’s a sampling of responses.

    welcome back bill!

  18. water fight

    Group Floats Separate Swimming for Men and Women at Williamsburg Pool

    A Brooklyn pool’s women-only schedule made waves among civil rights activists three years ago. Now the ladies who swim are offering men a deal.

    water fight

  19. lofty goals

    Williamsburg Loft Building’s Tenants See Hopes to Stay Fade

    New owners of Brooklyn’s 240 Broadway proceed with eviction cases and construction as city Buildings Department declines to nix past permit.

    lofty goals

  20. trial by fire

    Tenants Ousted by Brooklyn Blaze Fight for Answers and Action

    More than five months after their building went up in smoke, longtime renters are pushing the Sunset Park condominium’s board to rebuild.

    trial by fire

  21. complex numbers

    East Flatbush Co-op Embroiled in Conflict Still Gets $11 Million State Loan

    Repair funds arrive while lawsuits fly among leaders of Brooklyn’s Harry Silver apartments.

    complex numbers

  22. growing pains

    Youth-led Brooklyn Garden Plan Tangled in Years of Confusion

    After three years of work, a game of bureaucratic hot-potato throws kids’ hopes for a vegetable patch on a city-owned dumping ground into jeopardy.

    growing pains

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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.

    jails

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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.

    cone of silence

  42. 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

  43. 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.

    barred

  44. 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

  45. 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.

    mail boxed

  46. 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

  47. 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