Fill 'Er Up:After lawsuits, rallies, cost overruns and redesigns, a reopened Brooklyn House of Detention is set to start filling up with inmates early next month, city officials told the NY Daily News.
The Boerum Hill jail will “be refilled slowly over a period of several months” starting in early February, eventually filling all 759 beds.
Since the jail was first opened -- and then shuttered -- the area surrounding it has become increasingly upscale, including expensive condos, hotels, high-end retail and destination restaurants.
Neighbors fear the return of the blight that accompanied the jail when it was last operating at full capacity -- garbage, hypodermic needles and crime.
It could have been worse:
In 2007 the city wanted to "supersize" the Big House, with a proposed 165,000 expansion and two huge towers of residential or commercial space.
Previous Stories About the Jail:
- Brooklyn House of Detention Contract Rejected by Comptroller Thompson
- Anti-Jail Rally on Brooklyn Courthouse Steps Almost Didn't Happen
- 'Stop the Brooklyn House of Detention' Rally
- Don't Get Your Pants In a Twist Over Brooklyn House of Detention, Says Eagle
- Brooklyn House of Detention, Now With Retail
- Goodbye Supersized, Butt Ugly Brooklyn House of Detention Condos, Hello Bigger Jail
- Brooklyn House of Detention Forum Thursday -- Commissioner Horn Will Answer All Your Questions
- House of Detention Site May Be 'Most Valuable Square Block in Downtown Brooklyn'
- Brooklyn House of Detention Could Get 'Super-sized'
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