Learning Chinese Hits Close to Home

Learning Chinese Hits Close to Home

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts February 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Love comes in more than one language for an Italian-Chinese couple who is attending the first-ever free Mandarin Chinese classes at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. The offering reflects the growing clout of the Chinese language in New York and around the world but for some, it’s simply the language of family.

Meytex Cafe (Photos by Braden Ruddy, Owen Dodd and Rob Navarro of Global Soccer, Global NYC)

Following the Fans of the African Cup of Nations

African, Brooklyn, Culture, Sports February 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Bloggers from Global Soccer, Global NYC were at Meytex Cafe, a social center for the Ghanian community in Brooklyn, to witness the tremendous cheers for the Black Stars at the Africa Cup of Nations.

(Photo by Ariel Jankelowitz, via The Jewish Daily Forward).

Orthodox Jewish Groups Exploit Government-Funded Library Program

Brooklyn, Religion, Social Services February 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

The federally-backed library subsidy program E-Rate has committed $1.4 million to ultra-Orthodox religious institutions in Brooklyn that don’t actually qualify as libraries, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

Testing literature at Brooklyn Men Konnect. For the first half of 2011, Brooklyn led the city, with 495 or 28 percent of new HIV diagnoses. More than 27,000 people in the borough are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), second only to Manhattan, with more than 33,000 PLWHAs. (Photo by Pearl Gabel via Brooklyn Bureau)

AIDS Rises in Brooklyn, Federal Funding Drops

Brooklyn, Health, LGBTQ February 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Out of the five boroughs, Brooklyn has the highest number of new HIV cases. As the demographics of those infected change, however, treatment and prevention is hindered by losses in funding, reports Brooklyn Bureau.

Tequia Green answers the questions of one of the volunteers who participated in the annual yearly count of the homeless, on January 28, 2013.

City Surveys Homeless New Yorkers

Brooklyn, Demographics, Social Services February 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Brooklyn Ink reports that the city conducted its annual survey of the homeless population with the help of volunteers. One of those volunteers, Tequia Green, brought personal experience to the project, having lived on the streets of Brooklyn herself.

Mohamed Mohamed runs Gold Star Deli Grocery with his father Mohamed and another employee, also named Mohamed (Photo by Kiran Sury via The Brooklyn Bureau).

Yemenis and the Arabification of the Bodega

Brooklyn, Business, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Religion January 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

They serve BLTs made with beef bacon and feel guilty every time they sell beer or a lottery ticket. The Brooklyn Bureau delves into the cultural challenges of increasingly Yemeni-owned bodegas.

Herbert Von King Park in Bed-Stuy (Photo by Ken Ficara)

Residents, Officials Demand End to Gun Violence in Bed-Stuy

Brooklyn, Crime January 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm

An increasing number of shootings in Bed-Stuy has residents of the central Brooklyn neighborhood in distress, reports the Amsterdam News. One person died and three, including a 2-year-old boy, were injured in three different incidents over two days.

The Greenpoint Shul is experiencing a revival thanks to the return of Jews to the Brooklyn neighborhood. (Photo via

Revitalizing Jewish Life in ‘Little Poland’

Brooklyn, Culture January 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm

As young and secular Jewish New Yorkers move to a gentrifying Greenpoint, the Polish neighborhood that once thrived with Jewish culture, Rabbi Appelbaum hopes to enliven the heritage through all-inclusive center. pluralistic Orthodox synagogue

This month's “Racism Still Exists” billboard in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn on the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Halsey Street brings up stop-and-frisk. (Photo by Jamilah King/Colorlines)

Bed-Stuy Billboard Campaign: ‘Racism Still Exists’

African American, Brooklyn, In the News, Media January 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

The anonymous billboards in the gentrifying neighborhood voice issues of racism against African Americans. With a new topic every month, each billboard is accompanied by an online post that provides evidence to back up the campaign’s blunt messages.

(Photo via The Amplifyer).

Understanding the ‘Feminist Aspect of Islam’

Brooklyn, Immigration, Religion January 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

An intern at the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) in Brooklyn writes in The Amplifyer about how the experience led to “understanding the feminist aspect of Islam.”

Posters in Brooklyn call on Jewish women to abide by ultra-Orthodox standards of ‘modesty.’ (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward.)

Inside Brooklyn’s Feared Hasidic Modesty Patrols

Brooklyn, Crime, History, In the News, Religion December 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

One of the most striking ironies of the trial of Nechemya Weberman is that the counselor convicted of sexually abusing a minor was a member of Williamsburg’s Va’ad Hatznius, or modesty patrol, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

French Institute Opens Two New Centers, One in Brooklyn

French Institute Opens Two New Centers, One in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Manhattan, Western European December 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

The FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française) will open two new centers, in the East Village and in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, France-Amérique reports.

When the Congregation Leader is in Need

When the Congregation Leader is in Need

Brooklyn, Environment, In the News, Religion, Staten Island, Video December 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

The congregation of the House of Prayer, a Russian Protestant church in Brooklyn, rallies to support its leader after Hurricane Sandy left the pastor’s home on Staten Island in ruins.

Olga Mamaeva (left) and her classmates Carnelia Simon. Mamaeva commutes to the Canarsie library from Park Slope twice a week to learn English. (Photo by Dominik Wurnig)

Learning English Remains the Challenge

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Education, Featured Posts, Immigration December 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm

After winning the visa lottery, Olga Mamaeva and her son moved from their native Russia. With her limited spoken English skills being the biggest hurdle, she attends courses and looks beyond the classroom to improve her language proficiency in pursuit of her American Dream.

Interfaith president and CEO Luis A. Hernandez said the hospital, "was a victim of New York state’s drastic Medicaid reductions in 2010." (Photo by David Kene/Amsterdam News)

Interfaith Hospital Files for Chapter 11

Brooklyn, Health, Social Services December 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Amsterdam News reports that with 65 percent of Interfaith’s patients relying on Medicaid or related care, funding has been hard to come by after Albany slashed Medicaid funding in 2010. Its options may be limited now to going bankrupt or merging with other hospitals.