Among the kosher toys found at Wise Buys are Totty Mentchees action figures. (Photo by Kristen Clark via The Forward)

A Hasidic Toy Store Grows in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Business, In the News, Jewish March 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

At Wise Buys, which serves an ultra-Orthodox customer base, Barbie and SpongeBob are nowhere in sight. The Jewish Daily Forward profiles its owner, Samuel Lipschitz.

85 Cornelia St. in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (Photo by Rob Abruzzese via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Vying for Brooklyn’s Ugliest Building

Brooklyn, In the News, Real Estate March 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle compiles the borough’s most hideous buildings, reviled by neighborhood residents and berated by real estate writers.

(Photo by Karla Ann Cote via Brooklyn Bureau)

How Hospitals Provide a Refuge

Brooklyn, Health, Social Services March 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Some hospitals are increasingly serving as refuges for people who “can’t or won’t” go home, filling an unmet need for social services, reports Brooklyn Bureau.

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. (Photo by by Talk Radio News Service, Creative Commons License)

Resources Urged for Brooklyn’s Unrepresented Districts

Brooklyn, Government, Politics March 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke is calling upon Albany to support community organizations in Brooklyn’s seven State Senate and Assembly districts that currently lack representation, Sheepshead Bites reports.

Saint Petersburg, a store in Brighton Beach. (Photo by Svetlana Didorenko/Voices of NY)

Crisis in Ukraine Grips Immigrants, Divides Facebook Friends

As Russia signals it may annex Crimea, Brighton Beach residents privately ponder Ukraine’s future.

Stainless steel railings and doors are a common site in Sunset Park. (Photo Esther Wang, via Open City)

Changing Demographics Stir Aesthetic Divide in Sunset Park

A growing Chinese population in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn has created an aesthetic divide by replacing ironwork with stainless steel, reports Open City.

Her parents worry that Chen, missing for the third time, might be recruited into criminal activity. (Photo via World Journal)

Chinese Families Worry over Runaway Teens

Brooklyn, East Asian, Immigration, Youth March 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm

In one case, parents worry that their teen who has run away for the third time has come under the influence of a drug-dealing group in Brooklyn, World Journal reports.

Renters and activists rallied recently on Union St. in Crown Heights (Photo by UHAB via Brooklyn Bureau)

Tenants Union Protests Landlord Actions in Crown Heights

Brooklyn, Housing March 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

About 50 residents and activists protested against landlords trying to remove tenants from rent-stabilized apartments in Crown Heights, Brooklyn Bureau reports.

Indian-American Comedian to Launch Debut Album in March

Indian-American Comedian to Launch Debut Album in March

Brooklyn, Culture, South Asian, Video February 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm

“Waiting for 2042,” the debut comedy album of Hari Kondabolu, a Brooklyn-based Indian-American stand-up comedian, will be released on March 11, reports News India Times.

Presenters on LGBT aging issues at the Sephardic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Photo by Jaime de Jesus/Home Reporter)

Easing Fears for LGBT Seniors

Brooklyn, Health, LGBTQ February 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

In Bensonhurst, community members are learning how to make LGBT seniors comfortable in accepting medical and other services, according to Home Reporter.

Le Pain Quotidien's new home in the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID area. (Photo by Lore Croghan, via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

‘Barclays Effect’ Spikes Fifth Avenue Retail Rents

Brooklyn, Business, Real Estate February 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

Store rents on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue are rising thanks to increased foot traffic drawn by events at the nearby Barclays Center, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The church at 1255 Bushwick Ave., where apartment units will soon be built. (Photo by Ian Marsh via City Limits)

In Bushwick, Churches Converting to Apartments

Brooklyn, Housing February 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Two churches in Bushwick are slated to be turned into apartments, Brooklyn Bureau reports.

Will Paid Sick Leave Burden Bushwick Businesses?

Will Paid Sick Leave Burden Bushwick Businesses?

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Health, Labor, Latino, Voices' Picks February 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Some Bushwick merchants worry about the new paid sick leave law, but many believe it’s only fair.

Residents of a building on 5th Avenue and 119th Street were pleased with the decision to reintegrate 28,000 apartments into the rent stabilization system. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario-La Prensa)

Rent Agreement Benefits Brooklyn and Manhattan Residents

Brooklyn, Housing, Manhattan February 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Tenants are encouraged by an agreement which reintegrates 28,000 apartments into the rent-stabilization system and will monitor landlords, compensate abused tenants and permit tenants illegally evicted to return, El Diario-La Prensa reports.

Brownstones in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Photo via Our Time Press)

Preserving the African-American Legacy of Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News February 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Some residents say debates about “gentrification” have become stale in neighborhoods such as Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, Our Time Press reports.