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.

Green-Wood Cemetery (Photo by Raanan Geberer via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Cemetery Records Bring History to Life

Brooklyn, Demographics, History, In the News February 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

As many as 20 million people may trace their roots to the people interred at the Green-Wood Cemetery, which now offers genealogy research, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

Even as a child, Sarah Herbst helped her father design glass. (Photo via Sheepshead Bites)

Making Stained Glass Since the Great Depression in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture February 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

Sarah Herbst continues a family legacy of decorative stained glass making, reports Sheepshead Bites.

Tenants rally against questionable practices of their Bushwick landlord. (Photo by Ian Marsh via Brooklyn Bureau)

Bushwick Tenants Protest Gutted Apartments

Brooklyn, Housing January 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm

The Bushwick Housing Independence Project demonstrated against one of the neighborhood’s landlords, Brooklyn Bureau reports.

Yuda Schlass makes his $15 sandwiches in his kitchen. (Photo by Helen Chernikoff via The Jewish Week)

Hipster and Hasid in Edible Harmony

Brooklyn, Food, Jewish January 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Yuda Schlass runs the Hassid+Hipster sandwich shop, one of several eateries in Brooklyn that intertwine the two iconic subcultures of the borough, reports The Jewish Week.

Sander’s Bakery on Lee Avenue, the heart of the Williamsburg Hasidic community. Sander’s is one of seven stores whose mandatory dress codes were challenged by the city Human Rights Commission. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps, via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

City Drops Suit Against Brooklyn’s Hasidic Stores

Brooklyn, Business, Jewish, Religion January 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

The New York City Human Rights Commission (HRC) has dropped a lawsuit against seven Hasidic stores in Brooklyn that posted a dress code for shoppers after a judge ruled in favor of the businesses, reports The Brooklyn Eagle.

A recent lunar New Year celebration in Manhattan’s Chinatown. (Photo by Patrick Kwan via Brooklyn Bureau)

More Protection Offered During Lunar New Year

Brooklyn, East Asian January 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Local police precincts in Sunset Park will offer more police protection in the days leading up to the February 2 parade celebrating the Year of the Horse, reports Brooklyn Bureau.

A privately-owned lot in Sunset Park, where parents are pushing for new school construction. (Photo by Jonathan Barkey)

Sunset Park Parents Push for New Elementary Schools

Brooklyn, Education January 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm

In Sunset Park, the paucity of available sites, rather than funding, appears to be the biggest stumbling block to new school construction, according to Brooklyn Bureau.

Enjoying a Saturday night at Toñita’s. (Photo by Kristen Clark)

Bar Holds Latino Williamsburg Intact

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, Latino, Puerto Rican January 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Toñita’s, one of the last remaining Puerto Rican bars in Williamsburg, keeps the Latino community alive as gentrification alters the Brooklyn neighborhood, reports Brooklyn Based.

The September meeting on grants for Greenpoint, organized in the Polish National Home "Warsaw." (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Nearly 100 Proposals to ‘Green’ Up Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Environment January 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

An environmental fund in Greenpoint has received proposals from local businesses and others for projects aimed at improving land devastated by a massive oil spill decades ago, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Routes (Photo courtesy of Pratt Center for Community Development via Brooklyn Bureau)

Bus Rapid Transit in Brooklyn Could Promote Growth

Brooklyn, Economy, Transportation January 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm

The Pratt Center for Community Development proposes eight new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes in Brooklyn to help workers in transit-deficient neighborhoods get to where the jobs are, Brooklyn Bureau reports.

Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights Draws Chinese Residents

Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights Draws Chinese Residents

Brooklyn, East Asian, Featured Posts, Voices' Picks January 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Dyker Heights’ Chinese residents have not always been welcome in the traditionally Italian-American area.

Five Brooklyn Stories to Look for in 2014

Five Brooklyn Stories to Look for in 2014

Brooklyn, Government, Housing, Politics January 3, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Brooklyn Bureau’s Jarrett Murphy spells out five stories to follow in the borough during 2014.

(Photo by Juliette Dekeyser via The Nabe)

Wine Shops Multiply in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill

Brooklyn, Business, Economy December 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Burgeoning wine shops in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill are learning to co-exist, but fears of some closing down persist, reports The Nabe.

A past performance of The Nutcracker from Brighton Ballet Theater/School of Russian American Ballet. (Photo via Sheepshead Bites)

Diversity Takes the Stage at Brighton Beach ‘Nutcracker’

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European December 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

The young students of the Brighton Ballet Theater/School of Russian American Ballet (BBT) will perform “The Nutcracker” this weekend, reports Sheepshead Bites, which profiles the immigrant roots of its founder and the work ethic she instills.