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.

In Williamsburg’s Orthodox Section, It’s ‘No Sleeves, No Service’

Brooklyn, Business, Religion July 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

New York City customers are used to abiding by the “no shoes, no service” rules posted in many restaurants and stores. But dress codes that ban shorts, sleeveless shirts and low-cut necklines in Williamsburg’s Orthodox Jewish section have drawn criticism and started a debate on the limits of religious freedom, reports The Jewish Press.

Dennis Flores (Photo via ELDP)

Wielding a Camera, Activist Fights Police Misconduct

Brooklyn, Latino, Puerto Rican, Video July 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

A run-in with police a decade ago started the activist Dennis Flores on his path to filming and monitoring police misconduct — and teaching others to do the same, reported El Diario La Prensa.

Hany Youssef standing outside the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George in Dyker Heights on Sunday morning. (Photo by Jihii Jolly via The Brooklyn Ink)

Brooklyn’s Egyptian Christians Worry About Muslim Brotherhood Rule

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Politics July 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Coptic Christians and Muslims in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights are distinctly divided over the election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamad Morsi as Egyptian president, The Brooklyn Ink reported. Christians said they’re nervous about the future of the Christian minority in a Muslim Brotherhood-led country.

Bob Baxon, a resident of East New York, said he was stopped and frisked by the police seven times in one day. (Photo by Pearl Gabel/Brooklyn Bureau)

In East New York, ‘Fear and Anger’ over Stop-and-Frisk Tactics

Brooklyn, Crime June 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

City Limits’ package on stop-and-frisk police tactics in East New York paints a bleak picture of a Brooklyn neighborhood where the 75th Precinct’s tactics have created an atmosphere of “fear and anger.” The package includes a database, an interactive map, and a “day in the life” of police stops.

Keeping Eye on Crime: A new program will put more cameras in Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It will be run by volunteer groups, not the police. (Photo by Shmuel Lenchevsky, via The Forward)

Orthodox Volunteers to Run $1M ‘Leiby Kletzky Security Initiative’

Brooklyn, Crime June 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm

After the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky last year, Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn will have security cameras near schools and synagogues, courtesy of a $1 million state-funded program, reported The Forward. The cameras may be monitored by the Jewish Shomrim patrol, which has been criticized for failing to promptly notify the police of crimes.

A K-pop enthusiast, a terminally ill patient, who was given 5years to live, is supposed to go to Korea by help of benefactor. (Photo via News Kann)

A Brooklyn K-Pop Dream Come True

Brooklyn, Culture June 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm

A 15-year-old Brooklyn girl, Donika Sterling, who suffers from a progressive nerve disorder, is an avid fan of the Korean pop music known as K-pop, News Kann reported. This month she will travel to Korea to meet her favorite stars.

After Violent Incidents in Sunset Park, a Chinese Guide to Dealing With Police

Brooklyn, East Asian, In the News May 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Several recent confrontations between Chinese residents of Sunset Park and police officers — including some that became violent — led Sing Tao Daily to publish this guide for readers, explaining their rights in police interactions and how to behave prudently and safely when confronted by officers.

Still from the video "Gentrification’s Casualties: Brooklyn Under the Radar" by Brooklyn Ink

The Human Cost of Brooklyn’s Gentrification

Brooklyn, Housing, Video May 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

A video piece from Brooklyn Ink puts a human face on the cost of gentrification, profiling a tenant who says her landlord set fire to her apartment to force her family out, and another who says the unsafe conditions in her apartment have left her with serious health problems.

Philadelphia Factory in Fatal Fire Owned by Family of Brooklyn Developers

Brooklyn, Crime, In the News May 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

The owners of a neglected factory in Philadelphia that caught fire in April, killing two firefighters, come from an influential Hasidic Jewish family based in Brooklyn, reported The Jewish Daily Forward. The two men also have plans in the works to develop rental apartments in Williamsburg.

Meilyn Soto grows basil, blueberries and flowers at Holy Spirit Community Garden in the Los Sures neighborhood of South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Photo by Carolina Ledezma/EDLP)

Patches of Green Spread Through Southside Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Environment May 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

In the Latino neighborhood of south Williamsburg known as Los Sures, where open space is scarce and asthma rates are high, eyesore empty lots have become green gardens for residents as part of the “Green Light District” project by the neighborhood organization El Puente, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Uria Garcia said there are "many heads" to style at the barber shops of Bushwick. (Photo by Carolina Ledezma / EDLP)

Dominican Barbers Make Bushwick a Destination

Brooklyn, Crime, Dominican April 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Renowned Dominican barbers specializing in the exotic designs and shaved patterns that many rappers favor have carved out a niche in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, attracting customers from as far away as the Bronx, Long Island and New Jersey.

Organizers of Occupy Sunset Park have distributed pamphlets in various languages to reach out to their diverse community. (Photo by Zach Campbell/Brooklyn Bureau)

Taking Pages From OWS Playbook, Occupy Sunset Park Thinks Local

Brooklyn, Mexican, Politics April 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

While the Occupy Wall Street movement has been relatively quiet recently, a group of Sunset Park residents hope to create some noise with a protest that serves the interests of their immigrant-rich neighborhood, The Brooklyn Bureau reported.

Video: A Century of Scoops

Brooklyn, Food, Video March 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

The ice cream parlor Anapoli Restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is celebrating more than 100 years of scooping ice cream for their devoted regulars. Some of those customers have lived in the neighborhood for 75 years, said the restaurant’s owner, Manny Saviolakis.