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NY1 Political Reporter Calls Spike Lee a Hypocrite for Gentrification Rant

Louis_Errol-534x300In his column in the New York Daily News, Errol Louis, political reporter for Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour news channel NY1, calls out famous filmmaker Spike Lee for comments Lee made recently about gentrification ruining his childhood neighborhood.

Lee, who grew up in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene, went on an extended expletive-filled rant about the gentrification of New York and asked the audience at a Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, “why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better?”

Louis took exception to Lee’s rant saying Lee, himself, has contributed to and benefited from the changes.

It’s the sacred right of every New Yorker to bewail, blame and bemoan the arrival of the folks who arrive in the neighborhood five minutes after we do, but somebody has to call bull on Lee’s complaints about gentrification. This is a man who has made epic contributions to the phenomenon he finds so troubling.

>RELATED: Spike Lee: My First Big Break

Start with Hatch House, Lee’s 9,000-square-foot palace on East 63rd Street — complete with internal courtyard — which he bought from artist Jasper Johns for $16 million in 2006 and recently put on the market with an asking price of $32 million. My friends in nearby Yorkville have been gnashing their teeth for years, complaining about how rents have risen to insane levels, thanks in part to owners buying and flipping high-end properties. Read more

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Anthony Weiner Sits Down With NY1 For First TV Interview Since Resignation

As he continues to contemplate a return to the political arena, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner sat down with NY1′s Errol Louis in his first television interview since he resigned from office (video above).

Louis began the interview on a personal note. “The last time you were on our show was in the middle of this crisis that led to your resignation, and I think the most troubling thing for me and for many other people was that there was such an element of deception involved,” he said. “You asked to come on the show, and then said a lot of things that just weren’t true.”

“There’s no disputing what I did was wrong, the actions that led me into this place were wrong,” Weiner answered. “They were dishonorable … they were by extension dishonest to you and to my constituents. And for that I’m very sorry. I’m very sorry in general, but I’m very sorry to you as well.”

Watch the full interview here (NY1′s video player does not allow embedding).