Closing Bell: A Hard Look at LeFrak City

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LeFrak City, the 20-building, 40-acre housing complex in Corona, has seen a lot in its nearly 51 years of existence. The Commercial Observer pens an in-depth piece today about the complex’s origins as a self-sufficient “city” built for middle-class New Yorkers, its struggle through the crack epidemic, and the diversity found there today. The complex has produced stars like NBA players Kenny Anderson and Kenny Smith, Sony Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai, and many musical artists. The Commercial Observer interviews Prodigy, a member of the hip-hop group Mobb Deep, on his time there from 1985 to 1990. As one longtime resident states of LeFrack today, “It’s not the same as it was 50 years ago – the whole climate has changed. But they’re working on it now to improve the quality of the complex.”

LeFrak City at 50 [Commercial Observer]
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