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ANYONE NEED A ROOMIE IN NY?

My name is Mikki, I am a 20 yr. old undergrad art student from TX, and I was granted the opportunity to study in the New York Arts practicum for the summer! June 4- July 29 and am in need of a place to stay. 

I’m looking for a place in these neighborhoods: Astoria, Long Island City, Flushing, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, South Bronx, Harlem, Inwood, Morningside Heights, East Williamsburg/Bushwick, Crown Heights, Bed Stuy, Gowanus, South Slope, Windsor Terrace, Lefferts Gardens. Any place with a bed, bath, kitchen, wifi, and desk would be amazing. 

I just really need a place to come back from work and study, and a place that would be offered extremely soon. This is so, so important to me. I hope to secure housing for the internship before at the end of May. Please let me know if any of you guys have a place for me. Shoot me a messages about yourselves and the room, and I would love to chat with ya’ll. From there, I can also send more information about the practicum and myself as well.

Thank you.

Spike Lee goes off on gentrification

For close to seven, profanity-laden minutes, Lee criticized gentrification in general, and especially the trend of what he views as white people entering neighborhoods with little reverence for the people who live there and their culture:

I mean, they just move in the neighborhood. You just can’t come in the neighborhood. I’m for democracy and letting everybody live but you gotta have some respect. You can’t just come in when people have a culture that’s been laid down for generations and you come in and now shit gotta change because you’re here? Get the fuck outta here. Can’t do that!

Lee pointedly asks why it appears to have taken an influx of white people into the “south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy and in Crown Heights” to improve facilities in those areas.

“So, why did it take this great influx of white people to get the schools better?” Lee said. “Why’s there more police protection in Bed Stuy and Harlem now? Why’s the garbage getting picked up more regularly?”

And then there’s something Lee calls the “Christopher Columbus Syndrome:”

You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherfuckin’ African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin’-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin’ people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not — he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic! We bought the motherfuckin’ house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin’-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013? Get the fuck outta here!

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Here’s the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It’s changed. And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? The garbage wasn’t picked up every motherfuckin’ day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. P.S. 20 was not good. P.S. 11. Rothschild 294. The police weren’t around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o’clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something.

Then comes the motherfuckin’ Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherfuckin’ African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin’-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin’ people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not — he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic! We bought the motherfuckin’ house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin’-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013?

Get the fuck outta here!