Follow-up Friday: Brooklyn kids need bigger dance studio

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NEW YORK — Crystal Defreitas, 12, reached out to PIX11 News, asking for help getting her and 75 other dance students in Brooklyn a bigger studio.

The owner of Bianca's Dance Academy on Fulton Street said she can't fit all the children who need classes and doesn't want to turn anyone away.

"It's like the size of a closet. But they are enthusiastic and so talented," said Bianca Hunter, the owner of the studio.

After our story aired Tuesday, borough president Eric Adams reached out, and promises his community liaison will help the children find a bigger place to dance.

Danskin also reached out with promises of new dancewear for all the children.

On Wednesday, Laverne Bundy from Williamburg shared her horrifying story of sewer rats taking over her kitchen. She captured video of rats running rampant in her home.

After our story aired, the New York Housing Authority exterminated and plastered holes in her kitchen.

"They came 15 minutes after you were here," Bundy said.

On Monday, PIX11 News visited a dangerous intersection in East Flatbush at East 40th Street and Farragut Road.

Assemblyman Nick Perry tweeted us saying school bus drivers were complaining about the conditions of the street.

After our story aired, the Department of Environmental Protection paved the street.

On Thursday, PIX11 News spoke with a Bronx mother, who wanted us to protect her identity. She showed us hypodermic needles in city grates and sidewalks, where she walks her sons to school.

The NYPD told PIX11 News they have already assigned two officers to monitor the neighborhood and a community group is cleaning up graffiti in the the area.

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