Colin Kinniburgh

How a Group of Activists Won a Key Fight to Stop the Onslaught of Gentrification in Their City

On Jan. 7, as the first big storm of the winter was busy dumping nearly a foot of snow on the New York area, more than 25 neighbors and activists rallied on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn with signs reading: “Give Errol’s a New Lease!” The beloved Errol’s Bakery, a Flatbush staple renowned citywide for its Jamaican patties and jerk chicken, was facing eviction after 15 years on the block, and the community was having none of it. “Greedy landlords go away, we want Errol’s Bakery to stay!” the group chanted as the snow pelted down.

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