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February 11, 2010

Save us Jay-Z!

Brooklyn Downtown Star
by Daniel Bush

With nowhere else to turn, Prospect Heights residents fighting to reopen a closed homeless shelter have turned for help to the one and only Jay-Z.

A coalition of community groups angry at the city for closing a Dean Street homeless shelter to make way for the redevelopment of Atlantic Yards sent Jay-Z a letter recently urging the Brooklyn-born entertainer, whose real name is Sean Carter, to intervene in the situation.

The rapper has an ownership stake in the New Jersey Nets, a team that plans to move to Brooklyn once a new arena is built at Atlantic Yards.

“Dear Jay-Z,” the letter started, “we wish to call your attention to a situation that you are unaware of, in the hope that you can do something, anything, to help put things right.”

It went on to tell the story of the Pacific Dean Shelter Annex, located at 603 Dean Street in Prospect Heights, which closed last month to make room for construction at Atlantic Yards, sending some 80 families to other shelters throughout the city.

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Posted by eric at February 11, 2010 2:53 PM