Neighbors Fight Expansion of Brooklyn Jail

Neighbors Fight Expansion of Brooklyn Jail

In the golden days of 2006, the city had all kinds of lovely plans for the Brooklyn House of Detention: it was going to get condos, stores, maybe even "an upscale food market" and "a boutique hotel." Alas, reality intruded, and it was just going to become a bigger jail. Now community groups backed by councilmember David Yassky and Comptroller Thompson are suing to block the expansion, saying it "would have a destructive effect on the local economy." The current plan includes some retail space, but with the addition of 1,500 prisoners, we're not sure how vibrant a commercial environment this will create. Photo via Gowanus Lounge.


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