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"Earth" - a  ceramic ball filled with soil from different parts of the world and covered with clay tiles (Photo by Wojtek Maślanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Soil From All Over the World to Fill ‘Earth’ in Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Immigration September 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm

“Ziemia” (The Earth), the work of Polish-born artist Martynka Wawrzyniak, to be installed in McGolrick Park, will feature a ceramic ball filled with soil from the U.S., Poland and other parts of the world of importance to Greenpoint residents, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Because Pete McGuinness Senior Center is located in Greenpoint, most of its patrons are Polish immigrants. Each day some 130 people visit the center. (Photo by Marta Kustek via Nowy Dziennik)

A Home for Polish Seniors in Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Seniors September 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

A Nowy Dziennik reporter visits the Pete McGuinness Senior Center in Greenpoint which serves mostly Polish seniors regardless of their immigration or financial status.

(Photo by Garrett Ziegler, Creative Commons license)

‘No Free Walls’ in Bushwick?

Brooklyn, Culture September 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

The documentary “No Free Wall,” takes a look at the Bushwick Collective and founder Joe Ficalora, who some consider a “harbinger of gentrification,” writes Bushwick Daily.

at "After the Fête" on Sept. 15. (Photo by Georgine Benvenuto via Brooklyn Paper)

A Positive Fair in the Wake of J’ouvert

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture September 19, 2016 at 5:09 pm

The Flatbush Junction BID sponsored a fair on Sept. 15, Brooklyn Paper reports, to demonstrate “the positivity of Caribbean experience and culture.”

Robert Carroll, who is running for the assembly seat currently held by the retiring James Brennan, is among the candidates winning the endorsement from the New York City Asian-American Democratic Club. (Photo courtesy of Friends of Robert Carroll, via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Asian-American Club Endorses Candidates

Brooklyn, Politics September 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports on endorsements in key local races, coming from the recently formed New York City Asian-American Democratic Club (NYCADC).

District Leader Vote Could Make History for Haitians

District Leader Vote Could Make History for Haitians

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Politics September 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm

A win in the Sept. 13 primaries for Josue Pierre, the candidate running to become the 42nd Assembly male district leader, means control of the Democratic Party in Flatbush for the Haitian community, reports The Haitian Times.

Members of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York with community organizer Ali Najmi on the right. (Photo via Kings County Politics)

Muslim Democratic Club Pushes for a Progressive Vision

Brooklyn, Muslim, Politics September 9, 2016 at 11:38 am

The Muslim Democratic Club of New York seeks to educate and motivate Muslim voters, particularly those in parts of Brooklyn this year, reports Kings County Politics.

Male District Leader Josue Pierre, Assembly Member Helene Weinstein, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, NYC Commissioner of Finance Jacques Jiha, Brookyln College President Michelle J. Anderson, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Assembly Member Nick Perry, Founding Executive Director of Haitian Studies Institute Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul, Haitian Consul General Peter Bernard, Assembly Member Kimberly Jean-Pierre (Photo from Rona Taylor, NYS Assembly via The Haitian Times)

Haitian Studies Institute Opens at Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, Caribbean September 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Community leaders and elected officials attended a press conference to officially recognize the Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College, reports The Haitian Times.

Getting the Taste of Baklava Just Right

Getting the Taste of Baklava Just Right

Mehmet Akkurt wanted to bring genuine baklava from the Antep region of Turkey to the U.S., so he imported all the ingredients, and brought a pastry chef here, to make the famous Turkish dessert.

At the Festa Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst (Photo by Rachel Silberstein via Bensonhurst Bean)

Honoring the Patron Saint of Palermo in Bensonhurst

Brooklyn, Culture, Western European August 30, 2016 at 4:13 pm

The 10-day Festa di Santa Rosalia just concluded in Brooklyn. Bensonhurst Bean reports on the event, with photos.

Michael Bloomberg, then Mayor, greeted in 2009 by jubilee director Pat Singer, while Russian-language media mogul Gregory Davidzon, left, looks on. (Photo by Butch Moran via Brooklyn Paper)

A Festival in ‘Little Odessa’

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European August 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm

On Aug. 28 Brighton Beach will host its 40th Jubilee, which draws thousands to “Little Odessa,” writes Brooklyn Paper.

Rabbi Eli Cohen of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council and Mike Joseph from steel pan group Harmony Music Makers shake hands at the One Crown Heights festival on August 21. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini in Brooklyn Paper)

An Anniversary Marked in a Changed Crown Heights

African American, Brooklyn, History, Jewish August 24, 2016 at 6:05 pm

The Brooklyn Paper and The Jewish Press report on Crown Heights, 25 years after the turmoil that divided Black and Orthodox Jewish neighbors.

(Photo courtesy of  Shahana Hanif's Twitter page)

Kensington Rally Unites Local Mosques for the First Time

Brooklyn, Muslim, South Asian August 23, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Bangladeshi community members, religious leaders and elected officials were among those who attended the Peace and Unity Rally on Aug. 21 held in response to the shooting deaths of Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin, reports Ditmas Park Corner.

Screen shot characterizing land use for different properties in Bushwick. (From the North West Bushwick Community Map)

Mapping for Housing Justice in Bushwick

Brooklyn, Housing August 22, 2016 at 2:48 pm

A new mapping tool can help housing justice advocates in Brooklyn’s Bushwick, reports Bushwick Daily.

Eastern Parkway, the dividing line between north and south Crown Heights. (Photo by Shawn Hoke via City Limits)

Crown Heights, 25 Years Later

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, History, Jewish August 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Twenty-five years after tensions gripped Crown Heights, numerous media outlets take a look both at the events and the lessons learned, and how the neighborhood has evolved.