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Ramadan Fast Ends with Eid Feast, More Events

Ramadan Fast Ends with Eid Feast, More Events

Brooklyn, Culture, Middle Eastern, Queens, South Asian August 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Muslims marked the end of Ramadan on Thursday, ahead of a weekend of events.

(Photo by Angela Sharp via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Bklyn Tavern Witnesses 80 Years of Neighborhood Changes

Brooklyn, East Asian, Immigration August 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm

The Soccer Tavern was opened in 1929 by Norwegians who were part of the waves of European immigrants that gave way to the Chinese in the 1990s. The homely bar stands “like a Cheers right in the middle of 8th Avenue Chinatown,” says its Irish owner, featured in a Feet in 2 Worlds’ piece.

A pre-mural painting by teen participants in Groundswell’s Recovery Diaspora Project Photo: All photos courtesy of Groundswell via Colorline

Teen Artists Portray Sandy Stories in Murals

Brooklyn, Culture, Environment August 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

A community organization in Brooklyn’s Park Slope is working on a series of murals to restore some of what Hurricane Sandy washed away. Groundswell is employing teenage artists from across the city to paint their Sandy stories, reports Jamilah King in Colorlines.

(Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Bringing Nobel-Winning Financing to Hasidic Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Business August 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Hebrew Free Loan Society started off assisting Russian Jews but over a century later, it has set its sights on Hasidic small businesses in Brooklyn, lending out money via a micro-finance program, which has its roots in a Nobel Peace Prize-winning trend, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

(Photo by MTA, via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

DA Hynes Seeks 7th Term, Legacy Under Attack

Brooklyn, Crime, Elections 2013, Revson Covering NYC August 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm

One of the most significant campaigns in the 2013 election cycle is also one of the least known: The race to unseat Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, a veteran Democrat whose tenure is under attack over a series of wrongful convictions.

Candidates for the 48th City Council District, from left to right: Ari Kagan, Theresa Scavo, Chaim Deutsch, Igor Oberman, Natraj Bhushan, David Storobin. (Photos courtetsy of the campaigns via Gotham Gazette).

Sandy’s Lessons Shape Council Race in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Environment, Politics August 1, 2013 at 11:52 pm

The debate about how best to prepare for the next major storm that could hit New York City’s shores is dominating the fiercely contested 48th City Council District in southern Brooklyn to replace Councilman Michael Nelson, reports Latima Stephens in Gotham Gazette.

P.S. 20 in Clinton Hill will have French dual-language classes in which French- and English-native kindergarteners will be in the same class. (Photo by Jonas Cuenin via The Nabe)

French Dual-Language Programs Expand in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Education August 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm

P.S. 20 in Brooklyn will start the new school year with French-English dual immersion classes, composed of half French speakers and half English speakers, reports The Nabe. The program reflects the growing French-speaking community in the northern Brooklyn area.

Adding a Jewish Face to the Undocumented

Adding a Jewish Face to the Undocumented

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Voices' Picks July 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Roy Naim has “become the Jewish face of activism for immigration reform,” finds the Jewish Daily Forward, in a profile on the Israeli-born Brooklynite, one of only a relative handful of undocumented Jewish immigrants.

From left: Assemblywoman Inez Barron, Councilman Charles Barron, Gail and James Hilton, whose son James, 23, was shot and killed a year ago (Gail holds James' daughter), and Man Up! Founder and CEO Andre Mitchell. (Photo by Nosayaba Odesanya via Amsterdam News)

A Year Without Shootings for Brooklyn Nabe

African American, Brooklyn, Crime, In the News July 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

East New York in Brooklyn celebrates 363 days without a shooting or killing, thanks to community group Man Up! inc., whose workers intervene in cases of potential violent conflicts and mediate the situation with “peaceful communication,” reports Amsterdam News.

Musicians from the Turkish Cultural Center serenaded guests upon their arrival, and performed at various points during the Iftar. (Photo by Francesca Norsen Tate via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Fasting Fosters Jewish-Muslim Friendship in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Religion July 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Brooklyn’s Jewish and Turkish Muslim communities use the common religious practice of fasting to build bridges of friendship and understanding, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

(Photo by Lem Peterkin via Amsterdam News)

African Festival Brings ‘Justice’ to Brooklyn Park

African, African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Traditions July 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm

July descended on Fort Greene through drums beating, feet pounding, and Caribbean food wafting, courtesy of the International African Arts Festival, a four day celebration under the theme, “Ndunga,” which translate to justice, reports Amsterdam News and The Nabe.

(Photo by Ateqah Khaki via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Project Captures Muslim Call to Prayer in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, Religion July 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds profiles artist Ateqah Khaki, who has collected multimedia clips of everyday life in Boerum Hill as a Muslim call to prayer emits from a local mosque. The website that holds the collection allows visitors to recreate the experience for themselves.

(Photo by Clementine Gallot, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Brooklyn Pantries Feel Pinch of Looming SNAP Cuts

Brooklyn, Food, Government, Social Services, Women July 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

With the advent of summer, Brooklyn food pantries see a surge in visitors, with almost two-thirds already reporting supply shortages, reports the Brooklyn Bureau. With cuts to the the food assistance program on the horizon, the Food Bank for New York City is bringing awareness to what the cuts would mean.

(Photo from Feet in 2 Worlds video)

Keeping Latino Past Alive in Gentrified Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Culture, History, Housing, In the News, Latino June 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds goes on a tour of the south side of Williamsburg with Ramon Peguero, head of Los Sures. The 41-year-old non-profit helps longtime Latino locals with affordable housing and also strives to keep the community’s history and culture intact amidst heavy gentrification.

Mafia controls street vendors in Queens (photo by :  Archivo/La Opinión)

Hats Off to 65-Year-Old Brooklyn Store

Brooklyn, Culture, Demographics, Religion, Voices' Picks June 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Bencraft Hatters, of Williamsburg and Boro Park, supplies a wide variety of hats to a diverse clientele, from hipsters to the Lubavitch community. A video by the Jewish Daily Forward offers a glimpse into this family business that’s not having trouble finding customers.