The Red Hook area of Brooklyn, once notorious for its booming crack trade, now is more famous for its burgeoning culture, says the New York Post. "The neighborhood was drug-ridden, crime-ridden . . . There was really no hope," said Earl Hall, 36, a former resident of housing projects. "A lot has changed." The neighborhood had its darkest hour – and its turning point – on Dec. 17, 1992, when popular school Principal Patrick Daly was killed in the crossfire between rival drug gangs. Attitudes toward law enforcement changed. The community demanded a stronger police presence. The city delivered. The area was . . .
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