Irania Sanchez, 45, has severe asthma and the dust from the demolished apartment across from hers makes her short of breath. (Photo by Gwynne Hogan/Voices of NY)

Bushwick Buildings Gutted As Tenants Hang On

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Housing, Voices' Picks December 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Tenants who resist buyouts may find apartments undergoing demolition around them.

Workers near the former Woff-Alport factory in Ridgewood (Photo by Marc Fader via Brooklyn Bureau)

EPA Proposes New Superfund Site on Brooklyn-Queens Border

Brooklyn, Environment December 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm

The former site of a chemical factory in Ridgewood may soon be designated a Superfund site by the EPA, reports Brooklyn Bureau, which has evaluated the city and state’s progress on addressing problems at brownfield sites like this one.

Curtis Sliwa with fellow Guardian Angels Shaggy Wilfred (left) and Manuel Colon. (Photo by Adam Dickter via The Jewish Week)

Guardian Angels Fight ‘Knockout Punch’ Attacks in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Crime, Jewish December 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Brooklyn’s Jewish neighborhoods are being patrolled by volunteers of Guardian Angels following a string of “knockout punch” attacks, involving some 10 victims, reports The Jewish Week.

NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott (via Gotham Schools)

New School Honoring Mandela Smooths Bed-Stuy Tensions

Brooklyn, Education December 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

The Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice, slated to open in September 2014 within the Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, appears to be garnering community support, reports GothamSchools.

Students at Henryk Sienkiewicz in  Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, learn about traffic lights in Polish. (Photo by Joanna Plucinska/Voices of NY)

Polish Saturday Schools Serve a Changing Diaspora

For the children of immigrants, the seven NYC schools maintain connections to Polish language, culture and history.

Image from "Somewhere in America" video

Hijabs and Hip Hop: Video Challenges Stereotypes

Brooklyn, In the News, Media, Muslim, Video, Women December 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Women’s eNews reports on a new video set to a Jay-Z song of veiled Muslim women in Brooklyn and across the U.S. playing sports, posing in trendy styles and just hanging out, in hopes of turning the tables on mainstream depictions and stereotypes.

Daesean Hill, 8 (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Boy’s Death Leads to Force for Change

African American, Brooklyn, Crime November 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Man Up! commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Daesean Hill, reports Amsterdam News. The community advocacy group attributes its founding to the senseless death of 8-year-old boy, who was hit by a stray bullet.

Public Advocate-elect Letitia James (center) and City Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo. (Photo via Ken Thompson's campaign Facebook page)

Political ‘Renaissance’ for Blacks in Brooklyn

African American, Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Politics November 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm

African-American wins in Brooklyn on Election Day ranged from City Council seats to borough and citywide positions, suggesting a community “renaissance” or at the least a “renewal,” reports The Brooklyn Ink.

Three days a week Cedillo leaves to shop to sell flowers in busy locations in Williamsburg and on the border of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant. (Photo by Gwynne Hogan/Voices of NY)

Flower Vendor: ‘It’s Not Hard Work for Me’

Brooklyn, Business, Featured Posts, Mexican, Voices' Picks November 19, 2013 at 11:21 am

Florencia Cedillo works seven days a week selling flowers in Bushwick to help support five daughters.

The Red Hook Initiative brings digital innovation to the working class neighborhood by setting up a community wireless network that is run by local residents. (Photo by Stephanie Deji/Red Hook Initiative via Colorlines)

Wiring Up Red Hook with Communal Wi-Fi

Brooklyn, Social Services, Technology November 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

In Red Hook, Brooklyn, home to the borough’s largest housing project, a community group has assembled a wireless network that is set up and maintained by local residents, and held a training program, bringing a bit more diversity to digital innovation efforts, reports Colorlines.

At only 24, Crystalyn Costa opened a Hawaiian restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Photo by Juliette Dekeyser/Voices of NY)

Native Hawaiians Keep Their ‘Aloha Spirit’ in NYC

Hawaiian food, hula dancing and ukelele workshops offer homesick Hawaiians reminders of home.

Polish Businesses Adapt to Changing Greenpoint

Polish Businesses Adapt to Changing Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Business, Demographics, Eastern European November 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Polish businesses in Greenpoint have had to adapt and shift focus to survive, as changing demographics have transformed the Brooklyn neighborhood into a hipster mecca in recent years, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Not just for kids – marching in the Bay Ridge Ragamuffin Parade. (Photo by Mark Kortum, Creative Commons license)

When Halloween Fell on Thanksgiving for Irish NYers

Brooklyn, Culture, History, Western European October 31, 2013 at 7:09 pm

In the first half of the 1900s, the standard of dressing up and going door-to-door for treats took place in late November heavily Irish neighborhoods, according to an Irish Central column.

The newly-drawn City Council District 48. (Image via Center for Urban Research)

‘Super Jewish’ District Turns ‘Super Russian’

Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Jewish, Politics October 29, 2013 at 5:38 pm

After redistricting, City Council District 48 in southern Brooklyn has more residents from the former Soviet Union and the percentage of Jewish voters has dropped 20 percent. What does this mean come Election Day when four newcomers vie for the vacant seat?

Members of the Central Park Five, left to right - Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, and Raymond Santana. (Photo by Maysles Institute, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: Are Prosecutors Untouchable, Free of Accountability?

Brooklyn, Government, Opinion, Revson Covering NYC October 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

In instances like the Central Park Jogger case, in which five innocent teens were convicted for a vicious crime they did not commit, what are the consequences for the prosecutors who oversaw such a travesty of justice? Are they untouchable? Are they free from accountability?