The collection features red "Cannonball Shorts" and a red "Seahorse Tank." (Photo via Brooklyn Industries)

Say Hello to Summer With a Post-Sandy Rockaways Photo Shoot

Brooklyn, Culture, Environment, In the News, Media May 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Brooklyn Industries had plans last year to market its 2013 summer collection through a photo shoot in the Rockaways. Then Sandy hit. But the hipster clothing store forged ahead, a move called out for its insensitivity by Gothamist and Sheepshead Bites.

The seminar attracted a large number of elderly Chinese.  Second from the right is Charles Hynes and Lena Chen is second from the left. (Photo via World Journal)

‘Blessing Scam’ Defrauding Elderly Chinese in South Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Crime, East Asian April 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Scammers are defrauding elderly Chinese in Sheepshead Bay of money, IDs and other valuables. Local police and community organizations are joining hands to educate the area’s seniors about how to protect themselves from such crimes, reports World Journal.

Three Pakistani Americans discuss the upcoming elections in Pakistan at Gourmet Bakery and Sweets on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn. (Photo via The Brooklyn Ink)

Election Fever Grips Brooklyn’s Little Pakistan

Brooklyn, In the News, Politics, South Asian April 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Pakistani residents in Flatbush are busy debating their favorite candidates in the May 11 parliament elections. The Brooklyn Ink reports that support for the party of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan’s is high in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Members of the Caribbean community worry about the increasing susceptibility of young people in East Flatbush to gangs. (Photo by Tom Giebel, Flickr Creative Commons License)

West Indian Youth Join Gangs to Fill Void at Home

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Crime, Social Services April 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

Carib News finds community members worried that Caribbean youth have started turning to gangs as a result of a lack of attention and comfort at home, where working parents do not always have the time or resources to provide the care their kids need.

Seven Hasidic stores on Lee Avenue in Williamsburg have been charged with discrimination for signs requesting customers dress in modest clothing. (Photo by Paul McGeiver, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Hasidic Stores Charged with Discrimination

Brooklyn, Government, Religion April 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

The New York City Commission on Human Rights filed charges against several Satmar hasidic stores owners in Brooklyn for going too far in their requests for customers to wear modest clothing, reports The Jewish Week.

Photo by Kirsti Itameri for MetroFocus/City Limits via The Brooklyn Bureau

Brownsville Voters Thinking Liu, de Blasio, Quinn, not so Much Thompson

African American, Brooklyn, Politics April 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

As the New York City mayoral race starts heating up, residents in one of Brooklyn’s many low-income neighborhoods are still not sure who they will vote for. But they know what they want to see in a mayoral candidate, reports Brooklyn Bureau.

Dark Skies, Sad Ladies Inspire Scottish Illustrator

Dark Skies, Sad Ladies Inspire Scottish Illustrator

Illustrator Katy Smail gladly left her small Scottish countryside town for the big city life four years ago. But fragments of her homeland – dark skies, melancholic ladies, gothic folk tales – still inspire her artwork.

Jewish and Turkish Muslim members of Young Peace Builders have bonded through joint religious and educational program. (Photo via The Jewish Week)

Jewish and Muslim Teens Build Ties in Southern Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Education, Religion April 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

A little-noticed friendship between Russian Jews and Turkish Muslim teenagers is taking root in southern Brooklyn thanks to Young Peace Builders, a program started three years ago by a community center and a school, reports the The Jewish Week.

Dimitris Kokotos, 50, a former businessman from Athens, Greece, is one of the victims of the notorious Greek crisis. (Photo via The Brooklyn Ink)

Fleeing Economic Debacle at Home, Many Greeks Start Over in NY

The financial crisis in Greece has turned thousands of Greeks into immigrants. According to a report in The Brooklyn Ink, men and women of all ages and educational background are fleeing the record 27 percent unemployment rate and arriving on American shores.

The buffet at African Cuisine Restaurant. (Photo: Aaron Leaf)

Carving a Slice of West Africa in Brooklyn

African, Brooklyn, Culture, Food April 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds heads to Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn where an enclave of West Africans flourish with restaurants, food stores and shops. A stop at an African buffet gives a taste of the diverse countries of the region.

Crime entangles Brownsville and residents pinpoint the roots of the problem. (Photo by Anthony Lanzilote/City Limits)

Untangling Roots of Crime in Brownsville

African American, Brooklyn, Crime March 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

The Brooklyn Bureau heads to Brownsville where residents don’t describe their worries as simply just “crime,” but rather, they’re concerned about the teenagers and seek ways to combat the problems from the ground up.

Brooklyn DA candidate Abe George (Photo via

Two Indian-Americans Running for Office in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Politics, South Asian March 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Abe George will challenge veteran incumbent Charles Hynes for Brooklyn DA, while Natraj S. Bhushan will face Michael Nelson who has been in the City Council since 1999, reports.

(Photo by Ross Barkan/City Limits)

Is Diversity to Blame for Sheepshead Bay Slow Recovery?

Brooklyn, Business, Economy, Environment, Immigration March 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

The Brooklyn Bureau reports that with 40 percent of businesses in Sheepshead Bay still closed after Sandy, there’s few cohesive efforts by local businesses to recover. But is this because of the area’s heavily-immigrant communities?

(Image via El Diario-La Prensa).

El Diario Kicks Off 100th Anniversary

Brooklyn, History, In the News, Latino, Media, Voices' Picks March 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

El Diario/La Prensa, America’s oldest daily newspaper in Spanish, will turn 100 on October 12. To celebrate this milestone, the Brooklyn-based newspaper issued a commemorative supplement and announced a series of community events, including a web page for readers to share their stories.

Students from Redemption Inc., a youth organization, perform a skit about gangs and guns. (Aisha Asif/The Brooklyn Ink)

Finding the ‘Right Things’ After Fatal Police Shooting

Brooklyn, Crime, Education March 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm

High schoolers in East Flatbush attended workshops on violence, sex ed, and police interaction, in a seminar which happened to fall a week after the NYPD shot and killed local teen Kimani Gray, reports The Brooklyn Ink.