Billy Thai (l.) and Charles Ragusa (Photos via Kings County Politics)

Is a Brooklyn District Race Dividing the Chinese Community?

Brooklyn, East Asian, Politics July 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm

A challenge against signatures collected by Billy Thai, a candidate for male Democratic district leader of the 47th Assembly District in South Brooklyn, has increased the hostility in the battle for control of a district with a large Chinese population, reports Kings County Politics.

Mother and son co-owners of  Suzy’s Roti Parlour, Narvin and Suzy Seemungal (Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

A Caribbean Restaurant Stays in the Family After a Chance Meeting

Brooklyn, Business, Caribbean, Food July 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm

When Narvin Seemungal and his mom Suzy looked to open a roti shop in Brooklyn, little did they know they would end up taking over a restaurant run by a long-lost cousin, reports Ditmas Park Corner.

Outside the MAS Sheepshead Bay Community Center at 2812 Voorhies Avenue (Photo by Alex Ellefson via Sheepshead Bites)

Community Joins Mosque Opening in Sheepshead Bay

Brooklyn, Muslim July 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm

After years of pushback and court challenges, a mosque in Sheepshead Bay opened its new doors with the help of interfaith leaders and public officials, reports Sheepshead Bites.

Oko Farms (Photo via City Limits video)

Raising Fish and Plants in Bushwick

Brooklyn, Environment, Food July 19, 2016 at 4:31 pm

In a City Limits video, the owners of Oko Farms, an aquaponics farm in Bushwick, say they aim to make healthy food accessible and encourage young people of color to go into urban farming.

Ingrid Stewart (Photo by Melissa Noel for Voices of NY)

A Home Skincare Business, Thanks to a Micro Loan

Ingrid Stewart used a $1,200 micro loan to start a home business as an aesthetician. She got the help through the Trillion Dollar Women’s Investment Group (TDWIG).

Phedy Pierre

Haitian Musician Gives Back to the Community

As part of the free piano lessons he offers to low-income students in Brooklyn and Yonkers, Phedy Pierre also provides mentoring.

via Sing Tao Daily

Group of Chinese Allege Verbal Abuse from Chinese Cop

Asian, Brooklyn, Police July 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Three Chinese men in Sunset Park claim they were discriminated by a gas station owner who called 911 on them, and then insulted by the responding Chinese officer, reports Sing Tao Daily. The owner and cop tell a different story.

Sex Trafficking ‘In Our Backyard’

Sex Trafficking ‘In Our Backyard’

Brooklyn, Crime, Video, Women July 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm

BRIC TV takes a look at “In Our Backyard,” a documentary on the underground sex trafficking trade in Brooklyn, with director Danielle Rose and survivor Iryna.

Monirul Islam (left) and family, Kensington neighbor and student at Brooklyn Tech. (Photo via Ditmas Park Corner)

Eid in Brooklyn – ‘Today is the Day We Celebrate’

Brooklyn, Muslim, Traditions July 6, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Muslims in Kensington and Ditmas Park tell Ditmas Park Corner how they celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

Dionne Davis mixing some ingredients for her line of lip care products. (Photo by Melissa Noel for Voices of NY)

Starting a Natural Lip Care Biz in Brooklyn

Brooklynite Dionne Davis started “Darker Shade of Ebony,” her natural lip care product line, with financial help and moral support from the Trillion Dollar Women’s Investment Group.

Spreading Love on the Streets of Bed-Stuy

Spreading Love on the Streets of Bed-Stuy

Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts, Video July 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm

Avenue Music Group’s pop-up summer series “Spread Love” uses an old-school form of music to spread positive messages as part of a campaign to fight violence.

Playing pétanque, which is often done while sipping a glass of pastis, an aperitif. (Photo by Mary Frost via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Celebrating Bastille Day with Pétanque and Pastis

Brooklyn, Culture, Western European July 6, 2016 at 11:23 am

About 20,000 people are expected in Boerum Hill on July 10 for one of the largest Bastille Day celebrations in the U.S., writes Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Sophia Dawson, artist-in-resident at ARTs East New York (Image via City Limits video)

‘ARTs’ in East New York

Brooklyn, Culture July 1, 2016 at 5:28 pm

A City Limits video profiles ARTs East New York, a nonprofit intent on changing perceptions of the Brooklyn neighborhood and empowering the community through art.

808 Nostrand Ave. in Crown Heights, Brooklyn where the prayer group will meet the third Saturday of every month. (Photo via Google Maps)

An Orthodox Jewish Prayer Group Led by Women

Brooklyn, Jewish, Women June 30, 2016 at 12:40 pm

At the Brooklyn Women’s Chavura, women lead the prayers while the men sit cordoned off, writes The Forward.

Irene Chu (right), the new president of the Stars & Stripes Democratic Club, with other members and guests at the club's annual dinner dance. (Photo by SB News via Brooklyn Reporter)

New President for South Brooklyn Democratic Club

Brooklyn, East Asian, Politics June 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Brooklyn Reporter and Bensonhurst Bean report that Irene Chu has been appointed the president of the Stars and Stripes Regular Democratic Club of the 49th Assembly District, a sign of the growing political clout of the Chinese community in South Brooklyn.