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From left: Brigido Canales, 57, has lived in (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: Brigido Canales, 57, has lived in Huntington Station with son Osman, 22, and wife Rubenia, 60, for over a decade. Although the family likes their home, as Salvadoran immigrants, they have had their cars broken into, and have had items stolen from their front yard. Just a week ago, one of their sons was violently mugged on his way home from work and ended up in the hospital. (Dec. 15, 2011)

Life in Huntington Station's core

A tight grid of streets and avenues on either side of the New York Avenue commercial stretch has, over decades, become defined by crime and the street gangs associated with it. Huntington Station residents, activists, officials and the new Suffolk County executive, Steve Bellone, are striving to change the community's reputation as one overwhelmed by crime.But challenges facing the community are representative of similar issues in other suburban LI areas

Despite the crime, many, like the Juan Gonzalez
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Despite the crime, many, like the Juan Gonzalez family, have decided to remain in Huntington Station's core neighborhoods. Here, Gonzalez, his daughter Jacqueline and nephew Rico, enjoy a mild spring day in the front yard of their home. (March 23, 2012)

The Compruebe Bodega & Deli on New York
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The Compruebe Bodega & Deli on New York Avenue is among dozens of small businesses that cater to the Hispanic population of Huntington Station. (March 22, 2012)

A woman pushes a stroller across New York
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A woman pushes a stroller across New York Avenue in Huntington Station. New York Avenue is the commercial center of this diverse community. (March 21, 2012)

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The densely populated core neighborhood of Huntington Station
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The densely populated core neighborhood of Huntington Station reflects the changing demographics. Several storefronts along New York Avenue cater to the many immigrants who have settled in the community from places like El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Guatemala. Here, a pedestrian passes the Central American Deli & Grocery. (March 21, 2012)

Views of the intersection of New York Avenue
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Views of the intersection of New York Avenue and Pulaski Road in Huntington Station. (March 21, 2012)

The densely populated core neighborhood of Huntington Station
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The densely populated core neighborhood of Huntington Station reflects the changing demographics. (March 21, 2012)

One one corner of New York Avenue and
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One one corner of New York Avenue and East 9th Street sits one of many bodegas that serve the core area of Huntington Station. (March 23, 2012)

Alexander Avelar and his girlfriend, Jasmine Martinez, walk
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Alexander Avelar and his girlfriend, Jasmine Martinez, walk down Depot Road in Huntington Station. (March 23, 2012)

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From left: Brigido Canales, 57, has lived in
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From left: Brigido Canales, 57, has lived in Huntington Station with son Osman, 22, and wife Rubenia, 60, for over a decade. Although the family likes their home, as Salvadoran immigrants, they have had their cars broken into, and have had items stolen from their front yard. Just a week ago, one of their sons was violently mugged on his way home from work and ended up in the hospital. (Dec. 15, 2011)

Anna Canales and her brother Osman, with Anna's
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Anna Canales and her brother Osman, with Anna's 1-year-old daughter Natalie Canales, prepare to say goodbye to their sister Reyna and her family, who were in for a holiday visit from North Carolina. (Dec. 29, 2011)

Anna Canales and her brother Osman help their
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Anna Canales and her brother Osman help their sister Reyna gather things together before she, her husband and children return to North Carolina after a holiday visit. Her daughter Joanna (green shirt) is in the foreground. (Dec. 29, 2011)

Jacqueline Garcia (left) and Mariuxi Palacios (right in
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Jacqueline Garcia (left) and Mariuxi Palacios (right in green) of the Huntington Station Latin Quarter community group work on creating and wrapping holiday gift baskets at the Tri County Youth Agency in Huntington Station. (Dec. 10, 2011)

Marchers carry signs as they chant slogans during
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Marchers carry signs as they chant slogans during a peace march in Huntington Station. (Dec. 3, 2011)

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Police cars at the Jack Abrams Elementary School
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Police cars at the Jack Abrams Elementary School on Tower Street in Huntington Station, where a teenage girl was shot in the leg in the school's parking lot around 1:40 a.m. She was transported to Huntington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (July 11, 2010)

Three people were shot in Huntington Station in
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Three people were shot in Huntington Station in the parking Lot of the Lincoln Farm Apartments Sunday afternoon at approx 3:19 p.m. The apartments are located at the intersection of 9th Street and 1st Avenue. All three injured were taken to Huntington Hospital, according to police, with two of them having life-threatening wounds. (Nov. 27, 2011)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announces to the
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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announces to the media how the county plans to combat gang violence by decentralizing the police department's gang unit at a news conference in the parking lot of St. Hugh of Lincoln Church in Huntington Station. (Jan. 24, 2012)

Huntington Station resident and community leader Bernadette Watkins
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Huntington Station resident and community leader Bernadette Watkins talks about the gang situation in her town after Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced to the media how the county plans to combat gang violence in the area by decentralizing the police department's gang unit. (Jan. 24, 2012)

Views along New York Avenue in Huntington Station.
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Views along New York Avenue in Huntington Station. (Dec. 29, 2011)

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Views along New York Avenue in Huntington Station.
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Views along New York Avenue in Huntington Station. (Dec. 29, 2011)

Views along New York Avenue in Huntington Station.
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Views along New York Avenue in Huntington Station. (Dec. 29, 2011)

View of Huntington Station LIRR train station. (March
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View of Huntington Station LIRR train station. (March 16, 1988)

The view of Huntington Station heading southeast on
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The view of Huntington Station heading southeast on New York Avenue between 10th Street and 11th Street. (Oct. 6, 1984)

Whitman Village Condominiums at Lowndes Avenue and Church
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Whitman Village Condominiums at Lowndes Avenue and Church Street in Huntington Station. (Oct. 6, 1984)

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Urban renewal homes built in Huntington Station. (Dec.
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Urban renewal homes built in Huntington Station. (Dec. 15, 1972)

Stanley Freeman of Riverdale, Urban Renewal Representative, and
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Stanley Freeman of Riverdale, Urban Renewal Representative, and Huntington Supervisor Quentin B. Sammis watch a bulldozer push over a house on Lowndes Avenue, marking the beginning of urban renewal for Huntington Station. (Aug. 29, 1967)

The Gateway Gardens housing project at Lowndes Avenue
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The Gateway Gardens housing project at Lowndes Avenue and New York Avenue in Huntington Station. (July 13, 1967)

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