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BrooklynBornThis blog started in my head when I listened in the 90's to friends who feared Brooklyn and newcomers who blogged about BK as if it barely existed before they arrived. Brooklyn as Tabula Rasa. My blog satisfies my need to hear and air feelings of B'klyn from the people whose life experience was born here. Also I hope to provide balance to some of the revisionist historical musings I've seen how Brooklyn and her residents used to be, we're still here. If we can all live as best possible while appreciating the past and neighbors we've inherited that would be great too.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Do you smell a rat?

The protesting rat and the building under protest at 525 Clinton Ave.

As you may know (and was mentioned previously in this blog) a worker was killed last week when the scaffolding of the luxury apartment building he was working on collapsed dropping him twelve stories at 525 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn.

This morning I saw the rat, specifically the inflatable rat that many New Yorkers have encountered at the site of various forms of usually labor related protest.

According to the men who summoned the rat (self-described members of Local 73 a construction union) they wanted to draw attention to what they say are unsafe conditions on the site, low wages paid to the workers, the fact that construction was not halted the day after the accident, as well as their contention that a local church picked up the cost when the planned building owners took no action toward the funeral of the worker who died on duty.

More to come, I'll keep you informed.