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Brooklyn This Week is your source of all news Brooklyn brought to you in a weekly package of headlines, history, discussion and in-depth looks into Eagle stories.
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New York City is home to almost nine million residents. It needs up to 20,000 people in the cybersecurity industry, yet meeting that demand is a serious challenge. With cyber attacks on the rise against governments, corporations and individuals, the city’s institutions are teaming up with the public and private sector to train those able to combat these threats.
Eliseo DeLeon got his first breath of freedom after 24 years Tuesday afternoon when he was released by a Brooklyn judge who ruled that he was wrongfully convicted of a 1995 murder. 
Last weekend, the city saw a video of a churro vendor being detained at a subway station for not having a permit. Vendors like her have a problem: The number of permits offered to vendors by the city has not increased since the 1980s. Proposed city and state bills now seek to change that. 
You may have enjoyed an extra hour’s sleep this week, but was that added rest really worth the trouble of setting your clocks back? A growing number of state politicians think not. 
Because this episode comes out on Halloween, we thought it would be fun to delve into our archives to see how Brooklynites historically celebrated the holiday, and what superstitions we may have forgotten.
Brooklyn This Week tends to stick to harder news topics such as climate change, gun violence, or police misconduct. Occasionally we like to focus on something lighter. This week’s episode has five Brooklyn-based comedians commenting on the borough, the ins and outs of the local comedy scene and sharing some of their best (and worst) Brooklyn experiences. Plus they’ll discuss what it takes to make it as a comedian in The Big Apple, as well as how they react when nobody laughs at their jokes.
Nearly 100 community gardens on city-owned land are in danger of closing or relocating due to a new licensing agreement. Some gardeners are calling the agreement unfair, while others have already started the process of moving out of their current locations.
Families of those killed by police officers can request an independent investigation of their cases. Yet the majority of those in Brooklyn have not. Many of them do not know this is an option, and the Civilian Complaint Review Board cannot launch an investigation automatically because of bureaucratic restrictions. 
The Brooklyn skyline has changed dramatically over the years as more and more buildings rise from the earth. This has been especially true downtown ever since a 2004 rezoning paved the way for a development boom that would come to define the internationally-sought after borough.
Coal tar, oil, and used contraceptives are only some of the items routinely found floating on the highly polluted Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek — Brooklyn’s two federal Superfund sites. Though the waterways are only a few miles away from each other, they have vastly different stories. 
When Councilmember Carlos Menchaca called a meeting Monday night to discuss his thoughts on Industry City’s rezoning plan, he was cut short by chants and curses from those in opposition to the proposal.
The iconic 2.7-mile boardwalk in Coney Island attracts seven million people a year from all over the world. It was even declared a scenic landmark last year. But residents have complained for more than a decade that the far ends of the walkway are in disrepair.
New York can regularly make more than $500 million in parking tickets a year. Yet many city officials have been allowed to park illegally simply by displaying a city-issued parking placard. Many call this placard abuse. 
This September will mark 62 years since the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game as the borough’s home team. Ebbets Field has long since given way to a housing complex, but the memories and love for the team still endure.
From re-enactments and musical performances to art shows and tours, Brooklyn turns back the calendar to 1776 each August to commemorate the largest battle of the American Revolution — regardless that it was the war’s first loss.
Sunset Park’s Third Avenue, dark, perilous and dirty, currently sits under the Gowanus Expressway hosting a makeshift parking lot between six lanes of highway-speed traffic.
The city Housing Preservation and Development’s Third Party Transfer program just went through a city council probe, still faces a class-action lawsuit, and may yet come under a federal investigation. The tax enforcement program, designed to rehabilitate physically and financially distressed properties, is being labeled by local advocates and politicians as a form of deed theft.
The heavy rain on July 22 caused havoc across New York City, quickly flooding subway stations, streets and freeways. One Brooklyn woman even got out of her car and helped unclog several sewer grates on the Long Island Expressway — all while wearing Crocs.
You hear a knock at the door. They demand that you open up. When you ask who it is, they say it’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 
Four new jails are coming to every borough but Staten Island as the city plans to close Rikers Island by 2026. In Brooklyn, public hearings have drawn local residents and outside activists, who have not only commented on the physical makeup of the jail, but also on the implications a larger facility in Boerum Hill would have on the city’s incarceration culture.
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