Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. (Photo by Shulamit Seidler-Feller, via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Opinion: Does DA Hynes Deserve to Be Re-elected? I Think Not

Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Opinion, Revson Covering NYC September 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

After 23 years in office, Charles Hynes’ failures make a strong case for why New York City’s district attorneys should be held to the same term limits as every other elected official.

(Photo by Josh Nathan-Kazis)

Orthodox Jews Split on Mayoral Candidates

Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Featured Posts, Politics, Religion September 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Orthodox Jewish issues are getting more attention but the Brooklyn community is split over who to support.

Muslim men, mainly Bangladeshis, observed the end of Ramadan, or Eid, in an East New York parking lot. (Photo by Abigail Savitch-Lew via Brooklyn Bureau)

Brooklyn’s Growing Bangladeshi Enclave

Brooklyn, Culture, Demographics, In the News, South Asian August 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

The City Line area of East New York is fast becoming an enclave of the burgeoning Bangladeshi community, reports the Brooklyn Bureau. The area has undergone a rapid demographic change over the last decade.

Tremaine Wright owns the Common Grounds coffee shop in Bed-Stuy, which has been a Safe Space for the LGBTQ community for over six years. “I think defining ourselves as such makes it a comfortable environment for everybody,” she said. “So that people don't feel like they can pick on any particular group or that they can ostracize anyone.” Wright is pictured in Brooklyn's Hebert Von King Park during the 3rd Annual Bed-Stuy Pride event on Aug. 17, 2013. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Brooklyn Bureau)

‘Safe Spaces’ for LGBTQ in Bed-Stuy Businesses

The Audre Lorde Project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, asks local businesses to become safe havens for the LGBTQ, a community which has had an uneasy relationship with police, reports Brooklyn Bureau.

(Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario-La Prensa)

Getting Pardoned in a Court of Worship

Brooklyn, Crime, Religion August 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

The Project Safe Surrender program in Brooklyn allows residents to go to a designated church to resolve pending legal cases, a location where no one can be arrested, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

‘A-Rod’ Bodega Suffers Ridicule by Association

‘A-Rod’ Bodega Suffers Ridicule by Association

Brooklyn, Business, Dominican, In the News, Sports August 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

The owner of a Brooklyn bodega is thinking of ditching the now infamous name, reports El Diario.

Though secular studies are frowned upon by some Haredi leaders, B’Derech aims to supplement, rather than supplant, yeshiva education. (Photo by Yermi Brenner via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Brooklyn Program Prepares Ultra-Orthodox Young Men for Secular Job Market

Brooklyn, Culture, Education, In the News, Religion August 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm

An academic program for ultra-Orthodox Jews is preparing young men to be competitive on the job market by providing secular education and skills, reports Yermi Brenner in The Jewish Daily Forward.

Musician Val Jeanty by Richard Louissaint, one of four artists whose work is featured in the "Haitians from the Diaspora" photo exhibit. (Photo via Haiti Cultural Exchange)

Photo Show Captures Haitian Diaspora

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Immigration August 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

A Brooklyn gallery in partnership with the Haiti Cultural Exchange is hosting a photo exhibit featuring images of the Haitian diaspora in New York shot by four Haitian-American photographers, reports Amsterdam News and Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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.