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Historic NYC neighborhood protests pawn shop with ‘Bling Baby’ mural


A storefront mural in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn is causing quite a controversy.

Painted by New York artist Jamie Hef, it has stirred anger in residents of the area.

At its center it depicts a baby wearing a crown, holding a stack of bills. A “bling” style chain hangs from his neck. More stacks of money and pieces of jewelry complete the work, including rings and watches.

Hef created the work for a pawn shop and jewelry store on Park Place near Franklin Avenue in a predominantly African-American neighborhood.

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“The rent is too damn high” political party [Yes it’s a real thing]

In New York’s gubernatorial race, Carl Paladino and Andrew Cuomo have been getting the most attention. But, at last night’s debate, another candidate stole the spotlight.

Jimmy McMillan, from the ‘Rent is too Damn High Party’ became the crowd-pleaser Monday night in Hempstead. The black gloved, 64-year old self-professed karate expert said he has an obvious singular agenda: lowering everyone’s rent.

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No apartment vacancies… if you’re African American

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo accused the landlords of a Brooklyn apartment complex Tuesday with discriminating against African-American potential tenants.