Mitt Romney is likely to do well in a few Brooklyn districts. (Photo by Gage Skidmore via City Limits)

Blue Brooklyn has a Few Solidly Red Districts

Brooklyn, Elections 2012, Politics October 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Tucked away in a sea of blue, several neighborhoods in Brooklyn consistently vote Republican. The Brooklyn Bureau highlighted these areas, some of which not only lean Republican but vote heavily in the party’s favor.

Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on "Sesame Street," was the keynote speaker at the Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference. (Photo by Sierra Leone Starks)

Latino Writers Address Publishing Challenges

Brooklyn, Culture, Economy, Featured Posts, Latino October 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Latino writers, including actress-turned-writer Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on “Sesame Street,” talked about the many challenges they face getting their work noticed in the publishing world at the first ever Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference in Brooklyn.

Mexican Pesos Accepted in Brooklyn

Mexican Pesos Accepted in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Economy, Featured Posts, Latino, Mexican October 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

A store in Brooklyn has decided to accept Mexican pesos, bringing back a practice that however rare dates back four centuries, El Diario La Prensa reported.

The meeting focused on the creation of shelters in Greenpoint (Photo by Eryka Volker via Nowy Dziennik)

Greenpoint to Add Two More Homeless Shelters

Brooklyn, Housing September 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm

It looks like Greenpoint is going to get two additional small homeless shelters in November, reports Nowy Dziennik. Last Monday, volunteers, representatives from Common Ground, and the Department of Homeless Services met to discuss two new shelters — one for women, the other for men.

Masjid At-Taqwa in Bedford-Stuyvesant. (Photo: Aurora Almendral)

Muslims Speak Out Against Anti-Islam Video and Protests

Brooklyn, Religion September 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds’ Aurora Almendral headed to Bedford-Stuyvesant, where Muslim immigrants added an often-missing voice to a heated topic. Still, many didn’t want to share their opinion, fearing it would “cause the anti-Muslim ugliness to be directed to them.”

Senator Storobin greets a passerby in front of his Brooklyn District Office on Avenue U. ( Photo by Laurent Y.Peter via TheBrooklynInk)

In Brooklyn’s ‘Super Jewish’ District, Storobin Courts Fellow Russians

Brooklyn, Elections 2012, Politics September 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

The Brooklyn Ink offered a glimpse into the campaign of David Storobin, the Republican incumbent state Senator from Brooklyn’s District 27, who is running for re-election barely six months after he narrowly won a special election to replace disgraced state senator Carl Kruger.

Where boats will dock for loading and unloading trash. You can see the Marine Basin Marina in the background. Photo by Jen Fiorentino via The Brooklyn Ink

Outrage Over Plans For a Bensonhurst Marine Trash-Transfer Station

Brooklyn, Environment August 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Residents in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn are outraged by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s green light to build a marine trash-transfer station in the area, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

The entrance to the homeless shelter in Greenpoint

Greenpoint Homeless Shelter Quietly Opens Despite Local Opposition

Brooklyn, Housing August 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm

With the homeless population citywide soaring, a controversial homeless shelter has opened in Greenpoint ahead of its planned start date next month, much to the chagrin of those in the Polish neighborhood who oppose it, fearing a rise in crime, Nowy Dziennik reported.

Former site of Eva Daniels Realty (Photo by Shayna Estulin via The Brooklyn Ink)

Fort Greene’s Black Businesses, Victims of Their Own Success

African American, Brooklyn, Business August 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Changing demographics and the economic revitalization of Fort Greene’s Fulton Street have an unintended victim – the area’s black-owned businesses that once made this ‘black and brown ghetto’ a hub for art and culture, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

(Photo by Josh Nathan-Kazis/Jewish Daily Forward)

Orthodox Patrol Seeks to Block Police Access to Security Camera Footage

Brooklyn, Crime August 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Even as the state prepares to set up a $1 million security camera system in Boro Park, the head of an Orthodox Jewish security force has argued for blocking the New York City Police Department from direct access to footage from the cameras, reported the Jewish Daily Forward.

Pirate Radio Transforming — Going Online

Pirate Radio Transforming — Going Online

Brooklyn, Media August 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Pirate radio has filled pockets of airwaves in New York for a long time. Over the years, these unlicensed, illegal radio stations have maintained their presence as a movement. But the times they are a-changin’ and the pirate radio movement is going online, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

Jewish Institutions Reach Out to Relocated Interfaith Families

Brooklyn, Demographics, Housing, Video August 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Jewish institutions have sprung up in neighborhoods around Prospect Park to serve new areas where young, liberal families have moved, according to the Jewish Week. To attract a more diverse demographic, many organizations have adapted their offerings to welcome people of different faiths and backgrounds.

The Brooklyn-based Redeemed Christian Church of God is one of many Nigerian Churches in New York City (Photo via The Brooklyn Ink; By Ernest Chi)

Brooklyn’s Nigerian Community Feels the Heat of War

Brooklyn, Religion, Sub-Saharan African August 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Brooklyn-based immigrants from Nigeria are struggling with the negative impact of religiously motivated violence in their home country, spearheaded by the Islamist militant movement Boko Haram, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

Prostitution in Sunset Park (Photo via El Diario)

Tensions Rise Over Growing Problem of Prostitution in Sunset Park

Brooklyn, Crime, Latino August 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

The growing prevalence of prostitution near bars and brothels in Sunset Park was reported by El Diario La Prensa. Residents report feeling harassed by the tense and dangerous atmosphere in some parts of the neighborhood.

Justin Gatlin crossing the finish line. (Photo from Amsterdam News)

After His Rise and Fall, a Brooklyn Sprinter Tries Again

Brooklyn, Sports July 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Justin Gatlin ran the 100-meter dash in 9.85 seconds, winning the gold and earning himself the title of “fastest man alive.” Amsterdam News last week told the story of the Brooklyn native’s fall from grace, and his return to the Olympics.