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Community board member Sam Tsang, shop owner Meijiao Chi, and Community Board Chairwoman Theresa Scavo posed outside Chi's store.

City Fines Multiplied as Chinese Shop Owner Struggled to Understand

Brooklyn, East Asian, Economy February 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

World Journal reported on a Chinese-owned fabric and toy store in Sheepshead’s Bay, Brooklyn, where the owner faced rapidly increasing fines from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

Avrohom Mondrowitz (left) is in Israel, while Attorney Michael Lesher (right) seeks documents related to his case.

Child Abuse Case Tests the Freedom of Information Law

Brooklyn, Crime, Politics, Religion February 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

A decades-long investigation into allegations of child molesting against an Orthodox rabbi has also ignited a battle over New York’s Freedom of Information laws that may have ripple effects nationwide.

Opinion: ‘The Time has Come for American Jews to go on a Strictly Non-Kosher Diet’

Brooklyn, Food, In the News, Middle Eastern, Opinion February 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Even as the movement to boycott products from Israel in protest of that nation’s treatment of Palestinians gathers steam, The Jewish Daily Forward drew attention to another call to boycott Israeli products — this one from within the Jewish community, and for very different reasons. Shmarya Rosenberg writes in the Forward that consumers who do not want to support a hard-line anti-Zionist ultra-orthodox movement should avoid foods that bear the seal of the Badatz Yerushalayim kosher supervision, as well as that of the Brooklyn-based Central Rabbinical Congress.

On Jan. 29, protesters including Councilman Fernando Cabrera, Seungho Yang of the Korean Council of Churches and Comptroller John Liu marched across Brooklyn Bridge.

Churches Brace for Eviction From Public Schools

Bronx, Brooklyn, New York February 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

The news that from this Sunday, religious institutions will be excluded from renting schools for worship has set off a flurry of protest and organizing by the affected congregations. Among the congregations that currently worship in schools are Haitian and Korean churches, churches with primarily African-American congregations and churches where services are conducted in Spanish.

Przemek Adolf and Monika Luczak started their sauce company in Brooklyn.

Friends Bring Saucy Polish Flavor in a Jar to Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Environment, Featured Posts, Food February 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Monika Luczak and Pzremek Adolf started their Polish sauce company, Saucy by Nature, in Brooklyn in May 2011. Their mission is to support local businesses by providing a link between local farmers and city dwellers.

In Brooklyn, a Battle Over Whether Lunch Should Come on Wheels

In Brooklyn, a Battle Over Whether Lunch Should Come on Wheels

Brooklyn, Economy, Food February 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

An article from City Limits’ Brooklyn Bureau focuses on the mom-and-pop store owners and chain restaurant franchisees of Bay Ridge, who complain that the food trucks are taking money out of their pockets.

Greek restaurant 'The Santorini Grill' Sign

Greek Restaurant Offers its Own ‘Greek Bailout’

Brooklyn, Eastern European, New York February 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Paula Douralas, the owner of Santorini Grill, has invented her own version of a “Greek bailout” at her Williamsburg restaurant. Since November, she has run her restaurant under a “Pay what you want” policy, The Brooklyn Ink reported.

Vanessa Bransburg, Luz Maria Hernandez and Irene Alcanta Gonzalez are members of Si Se Puede!, a cleaning co-op based in Sunset Park.

For immigrant women’s co-op, best praise is imitation

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino February 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Across the country and world, worker cooperatives have emerged as a tool to spur economic development among immigrants, and 2012 has been declared the United Nations’ International Year of Cooperatives. Here in New York City, Home Reporter News recently profiled a co-op based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, which has becomeRead More

What it means to be a black man in America

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, New York, Video January 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

An exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is bridging the gap between questions about the much maligned male African American identity and the reality of how black American men live their lives.

Judge: city housing plan boosts segregation

African American, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, New York January 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

A state judge has ruled that a planned Brooklyn housing development would violate federal law and increase segregation in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Amsterdam News reports that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to appeal the decision of state judge Emily Goodman.

Vacant Lefferts Hotel in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Bed-Stuy building owners wait for market rebound

Brooklyn, Economy, Housing, In the News January 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Advocates for the homeless have found that Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn “has the highest density per square mile of vacant property buildings and lots” in New York City. The Brooklyn Ink is reporting that building owners are engaging in the practice of “warehousing,” which involves owners “sitting” on empty properties until housing prices go up for a more profitable sale.

OWS moves into housing injustice

Brooklyn, Economy, Housing, Video January 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Members of Occupy Wall Street occupy foreclosed, vacant houses in East New York.

Iraqi refugee Alaa Majeed now lives in Brooklyn

Iraqi talks about refugee life in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Immigration, In the News January 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Alaa Majeed is one of 60,000 Iraqis who came to the United States after the 2003 invasion. She is married to an American, and has settled in Brooklyn. But even as the last US troops left Iraq, Majeed was not making plans to hurry back home. She tells City Limits the destabilizing effects of the war will continue. It’s hard to say when Iraq might be safe enough for her and her family to begin considering a return.

Faria Imtiaz, Muslim student at Brooklyn College

Muslim community on edge?

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, New York January 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Pakistani Muslim writer Omar Akhtar embarks on a journey through Muslim Brooklyn and finds paranoia, fear, and outrage. Akhtar says his journey was prompted by recent reports of secret NYPD infiltration into New York City mosques. He explores the question of what it’s like to be young and Muslim and living in an America.

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Greenpoint church to aid the homeless

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Housing January 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

When the temperatures drop in Greenpoint, the St Anthony of Padua Church will open its door to homeless members of the community. In addition, the Polish Consulate has provided sleeping bags for people with no place to call home, since a large portion of Greenpoint’s homeless community is Polish.