Some pretty awful things have happened in my little corner of Crown Heights over the last couple of weeks: pair of shootings, a subway suicide, and the fire that destroyed the apartment block above Homage (and from what I've seen since, Homage too). I don't have any analysis, but there are a lot of people hurting right now, and my heart goes out to them.
Thankfully, there are a lot of good people in CH too: Nostrand Park had a very successful day of service (thanks to all their volunteers and community pillars Bristen's and Tish James, among others), and the folks on the Brooklynian Crown Heights message boards are talking about pulling together something to help those who lost their things and livelihoods in the fire. Thanks to all of them, both for their work and for being reminders that there's a lot of good living to do in the midst of rough times.
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