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Kwanzaa celebrations at Boys and Girls HS Brooklyn

Kwanzaa transforms Boys & Girls High School

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts December 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn was transformed into an African marketplace as students and families celebrated Kwanzaa.

Worst landlord in the Bronx

Bronx, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York December 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

The award for the worst landlord in the Bronx goes to… 1071 Home Corp. Being home for the holidays is not a happy experience for tenants of this company’s eight buildings. Problems like pests, a lack of safety, and delayed repairs are among the litany of woes that this landlord’s mostly Latino tenants endure.

Brooklyn's Chinatown/Tiffany Ap

Brooklyn Chinatown bursting at seams

Asian, Brooklyn, Culture, Economy, Environment, Immigration December 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

A growing Chinese population in Brooklyn has led to shoppers gridlock in Sunset Park’s Chinatown. The Brooklyn Ink reports that while zoning laws prevent Chinese business owners from expanding further, a strong belief in “lucky number eight” is keeping merchants clustered on Eighth Avenue where Chinatown was formed three decades ago.

Discount stores in Bed-Stuy

No new jobs from Bed-Stuy gentrificiation

A City Limits report points out that the predominantly African American and West Indian neighborhoods of central Brooklyn have seen the greatest jump in unemployment since the onset of the Great Recession. Unemployment in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the northern slice of Crown Heights has leapt from 6.0% in 2008 to 15.3%Read More

Resident Cathy Santopietro captured this rat running on the sidewalk

MTA moves to trap Bensonhurst rats

Brooklyn, Communities, Environment, In the News December 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

New York City Transit is stepping up efforts to trap a rat problem that has gotten out of hand on New Utrecht Avenue near 79th Street. Home Reporter News says Angry residents complained to Community Board 11, which then demanded that the strip be cleaned. One homeowner said a suddenRead More

Children at the school playground in P.S. 217

School overcrowding causes concern in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Education, Featured Posts December 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

According to the New York City Department of Education’s 2010-2011 capacity report, about a third of NYC elementary school buildings are over capacity. Nearly a hundred of these schools are in Brooklyn. Out of the 5,003 new seats the department provided to schools this year, Brooklyn— the most populated borough—received only 343 of them.

DA refuses to name Orthodox Jewish sex offenders

Brooklyn, Communities, In the News, Politics December 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

In an apparent policy shift, the District Attorney has stepped up prosecution of child sex abuse cases in Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. About 85 people have been charged with sexual abuse, attempted kidnapping and sodomy over the past three years.

Press release from the Office of the District Attorney on the indictment of Dr. Kulik and his wife, Oksana Shulim.

Medicaid fraud charges for Russian-American doctor, wife

Brooklyn, Health, In the News, Metro Area December 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Dr. Pavel Kulik, a specialist in internal organs, wouldn’t want anyone to investigate his internal affairs. Kulik’s name translates in English to mean sandpiper. And while Russians refer to the old proverb “Every sandpiper swaggers about his swamp,” this is probably not a swamp he’d like to swagger about.

Yocheved Lerner-Miller and other women seek to join the Hatzalah ambulance service.

Orthodox women seek role as EMTs

Brooklyn, Culture December 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

A group of Orthodox Jewish women is agitating to join the ranks of the Brooklyn branch of the Hatzalah, the volunteer ambulance corps born in the Hasidic neighborhoods of the borough that has grown to a worldwide organization.

Republicans seek ‘Jewish superdistrict’

Brooklyn, In the News, Politics December 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

With the deadline to present maps of new district lines approaching, various ethnic groups are pressing for more representation in Congress and the State Legislature. Now, they’ve been joined by Republicans who see a “Jewish superdistrict” in Brooklyn as a key to maintaining their majority in the Senate.

“Legendary graffiti artist Lee Quinones pays homage to Notorious B.I.G. and Che Guevara with his latest mural.

Legendary artist finishes mural in Fort Greene

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts November 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

A new mural in Brooklyn pays tribute to gangsta-rap artist Notorious B.I.G., a hip-hop pioneer gunned down in 1997.

Yitzchak Shuchat is pending extradition from Israel, wanted in connection with the attack on a black teen in 2008.

Hate crime charge roils Jewish patrols

Brooklyn, In the News November 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

A hate crime case puts a feud between Jewish groups back in the spotlight.

Small business owners in Brooklyn claim they were fined “excessively” by city inspectors for small violations that they immediately corrected.

Small businesses denounce petty fines

Brooklyn, Economy, Featured Posts, Latino, Mexican November 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Small business owners claim they were fined “excessively” by inspectors for small violations that they immediately corrected.

Captain Tadeusz Wrona at the Polish & Slavic Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Polish Americans outraged over SNL skit

Brooklyn, Eastern European November 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Polish Americans are outraged over a “Saturday Night Live” skit that took an ethnic jab at Polish Airlines pilot Tadeusz Wrona, dubbed the “Polish Sully” after he safely landed a plane with malfunctioning landing gear in early November.

Anti-violence town hall attracts crowd

Brooklyn, In the News November 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Town hall meeting held to combat violence in Brownsville, Brooklyn.