Brooklyn

A six-alarm fire damaged the apartment building at 702 44th Street in Sunset Park on April 3. (Photo by Jieen Yan via World Journal)

Bleak Times Ahead for Victims of Sunset Park Fire

Brooklyn, East Asian, Housing April 8, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Many of the Chinese residents who lost their homes after a massive fire in Sunset Park are encountering problems when applying for assistance, finds World Journal.

“We don’t believe the NYPD narrative,” said Lorna Vassell. “We never did.” (Photo by Paul Frangipane via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A Year Later: Urging Justice for Saheed Vassell

Brooklyn, Police April 5, 2019 at 4:18 pm

At a march in Crown Heights on the anniversary of the death of Saheed Vassell, his family, friends and other supporters continued their push for accountability, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Parishioners of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church  (Photo by Corazon Aguirre/ebrooklyn media via Brooklyn Reporter)

Historic Lithuanian Church in Brooklyn Restored

Brooklyn, History, Northern Europe, Religion April 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Williamsburg, now in its 149th year, held a rededication ceremony, writes Brooklyn Reporter.

VERGE (Photo courtesy of curator Jamie Martinez via Bushwick Daily)

Immigrant Artists Cross Borders in Bushwick Exhibit

Brooklyn, Culture April 2, 2019 at 4:14 pm

An exhibit in Bushwick features the work of artists who reflect on “borders, territories, immigration, people, and edges,” reports Bushwick Daily.

The tenants of 25 MacDonough St. are angered that the city has not been forthcoming about the takeover of the building and several told KCP they were never given proper notice that the city took it. (Photo by Tsubasa Berg via Kings County Politics)

City Ordered to Return Seized Properties Back to Owners

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, Latino March 29, 2019 at 5:43 pm

The city’s seizure of six properties in central Brooklyn has been ruled unconstitutional, “restoring millions of dollars of intergenerational wealth in the Black and Latino community,” writes Kings County Politics.

A local resident asking NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer a question about HPD at the Bed-Stuy community town hall. (Photo by Susan Watts/NYC Comptroller’s office, via Kings County Politics)

Another Program Reducing Black Home Ownership?

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Housing March 28, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Brooklyn residents say that Black-owned properties are being seized through yet another NYC Housing Preservation Department program, reports Kings County Politics.

Sam Adewumi, a Brooklyn Tech alumnus and Founder of Creative Acheivment Success Prep (CAS) tutors local students. (Contributed photo via Kings County Politics)

Bed-Stuy Test Prep Programs See Results

Brooklyn, Education March 26, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Two prep programs in Bed-Stuy, which “prove Black students can compete” when it comes to the Specialized High School Admissions Test, do more than just prepare students, writes Kings County Politics.

Ifa Bayeza, the sister of Ntozake Shange, addressing the National Black Writers Symposium (Photo by Keishel Williams via Bklyner)

An ‘Unapologetically Black’ Celebration of Black Writers

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture March 25, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Bklyner reports on the National Black Writers Conference, held March 24 at Medgar Evers College, which honored the late Ntozake Shange.

Honoring Shange at the National Black Writers Conference

Honoring Shange at the National Black Writers Conference

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture March 21, 2019 at 2:55 pm

The National Black Writers Conference to be held March 23 will honor Ntozake Shange and feature playwrights and screenwriters, reports Bklyner.

Bonifacio de la Rosa, part of a group of 371 South 5th St. Brooklyn tenants who are protesting preferential rent laws. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Facing Sudden Hikes, Tenants Call for Preferential Rent Reform

Brooklyn, Housing, Latino March 20, 2019 at 5:28 pm

A group of Hispanic tenants in Brooklyn who are experiencing sudden hikes in their preferential rent apartments started a rent strike and are joining activists and elected officials in calling for more protections for New York state tenants, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Kashif Hussain at Midwood rally (Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

Brooklyn Reacts to Christchurch Attacks

Brooklyn, Muslim March 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm

Bklyner attended a rally and Brooklyn Daily Eagle spoke to Muslim leaders in the borough to see how the community is coping in the wake of the massacres at two mosques in Christchurch.

The Brooklyn Irish LGBTQ Organization (Photo by Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden via Irish Central)

A First for the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Parade

Brooklyn, Immigration, LGBTQ, Western European March 15, 2019 at 7:36 pm

An LGBTQ contingent will march in the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year for the first time, reports Irish Central. Meanwhile, The Wave reports that the grand marshal of the Manhattan parade spoke out against anti-immigrant sentiment.

Escovitch (Photo via Red Hook Star-Revue)

Jam’it Brings Jamaican Fusion Food to Red Hook

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Food March 15, 2019 at 7:32 pm

Red Hook Star-Revue pays a visit to the recently opened Jam’it, Red Hook’s sole restaurant to offer Jamaican dishes.

Patty Brenes (left), one of the Carriage House’s first chefs, and Dorothy Waggelman (Photo by Pamela Wong via Bklyner)

Granddaughter of Irish Immigrants to Shutter Bar on St. Patrick’s

Brooklyn, Business March 14, 2019 at 5:34 pm

Dorothy Waggelman speaks to Bklyner about running the Old Carriage Inn in Park Slope since 1983.

Industry City has agreed to delay filing its rezoning application to allow community involvement to continue. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Reporter)

Slowing Industry City Rezoning Process

Brooklyn, Business March 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Industry City postponed a discussion of its rezoning proposal, says Brooklyn Reporter.