Brooklyn

Lomzynianka Restauracja in Greenpoint is one of the many businesses that has catered to the local Polish community, whose once thriving numbers are decreasing as gentrification seeps into the Brooklyn neighborhood. (Photo by Gabrielle Sierra/Voices of NY)

Greenpoint Confronts Polish Exodus

Brooklyn, Demographics, Eastern European October 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Almost half of the Polish immigrants who lived in Greenpoint in 2000 left the Brooklyn neighborhood in the last decade pushed out by gentrification and rising costs. Nowy Dziennik reports on efforts taken by leaders to reverse the trend.

(Photo by Linda Sarsour @lsarour via Twitter)

Immigration Rally Through Social Media

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration, Voices' Picks October 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Highlights of Saturday’s immigration rally in Queens Latino, El Diario, Colorlines and on Twitter and Instagram.

(Photo via Hynes Facebook page)

In Turnaround, DA Hynes to Stay in Race

Brooklyn, Elections 2012, Revson Covering NYC October 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ campaign says he will run for re-election on the Republican and Conservative party lines in November after losing the Democratic nomination in September.

(Photo from Asian American Writers' Workshop Page Turner Festival)

Dumplings, DJs Add Spice to Brooklyn Lit Fest

Asian, Brooklyn, Culture October 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

“Half block party, half book bash,” Saturday’s Page Turner Festival blends literary and pop culture.

Robert Cornegy has won the Democratic nomination to represent the District 36 seat for City Council, over two weeks after the primary elections took place. (Photo from campaign website)

Closest City Council Race Has a Winner

African American, Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Politics October 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Gotham Gazette reports that 17 days after the primary elections and following a paper ballot recount, there’s a winner in the City Council Democratic primary for Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

Photo by Sierra Leone Starks

Young Boxer Finds Second Chance in Ring

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Sports September 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Claude Staten Jr. takes his fight from the East Flatbush streets to the Barclays Center ring.

Photos from their campaign websites

Still Counting in Closest City Council Race

African American, Brooklyn, Politics September 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm

The Democratic primary race for the City Council seat in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights could drag into October, reports the Amsterdam News. As a recount starts and amidst allegations of voting irregularities, Robert Cornegy leads Kirsten John Foy by a mere 68 votes.

Students protest co-location at Coney Island Prep, in 2011. Co-location is a concern across the city.  (BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/file photo via Home Reporter News)

Co-Location Woes in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Education, Elections 2013, Politics September 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm

One community in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn is left reeling after the decision for a co-location charter school took place without parents and teachers being adequately notified, reports Home Reporter News.

Immigration Reform Supporters Rally to Reinvigorate Cause

Immigration Reform Supporters Rally to Reinvigorate Cause

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration September 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Following a sluggish summer, supporters of immigration reform across the country will rally on October 5.

(Photo by Gabrielle Sierra/Voices of NY)

Poles Petition to Keep Greenpoint Polish

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Featured Posts, Housing, Voices' Picks September 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Community leaders press to keep Greenpoint’s Polish roots and character intact amidst gentrification, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Master Sabu gives more than karate lessons in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

For One Master, It’s More Than Karate

African American, Brooklyn, Sports September 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Karate instructor Thomas Lewis, or Master Sabu as he’s known to his students, gives free lessons that involve more than the physical elements, finds Amsterdam News. With much of his focus on black youths, he provides a strict but nurturing environment within his studio walls.

(Photo by Pamela Granda)

Menchaca Becomes First Mex-Am. Elected in NYC

Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Featured Posts, LGBTQ, Mexican, Voices' Picks September 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

Carlos Menchaca beats three-term incumbent in Brooklyn to become city’s first Mexican-American elected official.

Constant Bernard started the Haiti 155 nonprofit to strengthen the bond between Haiti and the U.S. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Spreading the Word on Haiti Via a Flea Market

Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Environment, In the News, Social Services September 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Constant Bernard started the Haiti 155 nonprofit to strengthen social and economic ties between Haiti and the U.S., reports Amsterdam News. On weekends, he’s actively promoting the cause – alongside the handbags and sunglasses of his stand at a Brooklyn flea market.

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.