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Still Counting in Closest City Council Race

African American, Brooklyn, Politics September 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm

The Democratic primary race for the City Council seat in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights could drag into October, reports the Amsterdam News. As a recount starts and amidst allegations of voting irregularities, Robert Cornegy leads Kirsten John Foy by a mere 68 votes.

Students protest co-location at Coney Island Prep, in 2011. Co-location is a concern across the city.  (BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/file photo via Home Reporter News)

Co-Location Woes in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Education, Elections 2013, Politics September 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm

One community in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn is left reeling after the decision for a co-location charter school took place without parents and teachers being adequately notified, reports Home Reporter News.

Immigration Reform Supporters Rally to Reinvigorate Cause

Immigration Reform Supporters Rally to Reinvigorate Cause

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration September 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Following a sluggish summer, supporters of immigration reform across the country will rally on October 5.

(Photo by Gabrielle Sierra/Voices of NY)

Poles Petition to Keep Greenpoint Polish

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Featured Posts, Housing, Voices' Picks September 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Community leaders press to keep Greenpoint’s Polish roots and character intact amidst gentrification, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Master Sabu gives more than karate lessons in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

For One Master, It’s More Than Karate

African American, Brooklyn, Sports September 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Karate instructor Thomas Lewis, or Master Sabu as he’s known to his students, gives free lessons that involve more than the physical elements, finds Amsterdam News. With much of his focus on black youths, he provides a strict but nurturing environment within his studio walls.

(Photo by Pamela Granda)

Menchaca Becomes First Mex-Am. Elected in NYC

Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Featured Posts, LGBTQ, Mexican, Voices' Picks September 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

Carlos Menchaca beats three-term incumbent in Brooklyn to become city’s first Mexican-American elected official.

Constant Bernard started the Haiti 155 nonprofit to strengthen the bond between Haiti and the U.S. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Spreading the Word on Haiti Via a Flea Market

Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Environment, In the News, Social Services September 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Constant Bernard started the Haiti 155 nonprofit to strengthen social and economic ties between Haiti and the U.S., reports Amsterdam News. On weekends, he’s actively promoting the cause – alongside the handbags and sunglasses of his stand at a Brooklyn flea market.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. (Photo by Shulamit Seidler-Feller, via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Opinion: Does DA Hynes Deserve to Be Re-elected? I Think Not

Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Opinion, Revson Covering NYC September 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

After 23 years in office, Charles Hynes’ failures make a strong case for why New York City’s district attorneys should be held to the same term limits as every other elected official.

(Photo by Josh Nathan-Kazis)

Orthodox Jews Split on Mayoral Candidates

Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Featured Posts, Politics, Religion September 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Orthodox Jewish issues are getting more attention but the Brooklyn community is split over who to support.

Muslim men, mainly Bangladeshis, observed the end of Ramadan, or Eid, in an East New York parking lot. (Photo by Abigail Savitch-Lew via Brooklyn Bureau)

Brooklyn’s Growing Bangladeshi Enclave

Brooklyn, Culture, Demographics, In the News, South Asian August 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

The City Line area of East New York is fast becoming an enclave of the burgeoning Bangladeshi community, reports the Brooklyn Bureau. The area has undergone a rapid demographic change over the last decade.

Tremaine Wright owns the Common Grounds coffee shop in Bed-Stuy, which has been a Safe Space for the LGBTQ community for over six years. “I think defining ourselves as such makes it a comfortable environment for everybody,” she said. “So that people don't feel like they can pick on any particular group or that they can ostracize anyone.” Wright is pictured in Brooklyn's Hebert Von King Park during the 3rd Annual Bed-Stuy Pride event on Aug. 17, 2013. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Brooklyn Bureau)

‘Safe Spaces’ for LGBTQ in Bed-Stuy Businesses

The Audre Lorde Project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, asks local businesses to become safe havens for the LGBTQ, a community which has had an uneasy relationship with police, reports Brooklyn Bureau.

(Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario-La Prensa)

Getting Pardoned in a Court of Worship

Brooklyn, Crime, Religion August 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

The Project Safe Surrender program in Brooklyn allows residents to go to a designated church to resolve pending legal cases, a location where no one can be arrested, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

‘A-Rod’ Bodega Suffers Ridicule by Association

‘A-Rod’ Bodega Suffers Ridicule by Association

Brooklyn, Business, Dominican, In the News, Sports August 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

The owner of a Brooklyn bodega is thinking of ditching the now infamous name, reports El Diario.

Though secular studies are frowned upon by some Haredi leaders, B’Derech aims to supplement, rather than supplant, yeshiva education. (Photo by Yermi Brenner via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Brooklyn Program Prepares Ultra-Orthodox Young Men for Secular Job Market

Brooklyn, Culture, Education, In the News, Religion August 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm

An academic program for ultra-Orthodox Jews is preparing young men to be competitive on the job market by providing secular education and skills, reports Yermi Brenner in The Jewish Daily Forward.

Musician Val Jeanty by Richard Louissaint, one of four artists whose work is featured in the "Haitians from the Diaspora" photo exhibit. (Photo via Haiti Cultural Exchange)

Photo Show Captures Haitian Diaspora

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Immigration August 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

A Brooklyn gallery in partnership with the Haiti Cultural Exchange is hosting a photo exhibit featuring images of the Haitian diaspora in New York shot by four Haitian-American photographers, reports Amsterdam News and Brooklyn Daily Eagle.