Brooklyn

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.

Jobs and services at the Brooklyn Public Library struggle to survive amidst millions of dollars in budget cuts.

Brooklyn Public Library facing $17.5M budget cut

Brooklyn, Economy, Education January 10, 2012 at 12:45 am

The Brooklyn Bureau reports that the public library system is barely keeping its head above water after just over $1M in cuts last fiscal year. Now officials are wondering what will happen when that reduction is multiplied by 17.

The changing face of Bath Beach, Brooklyn.

The changing face of Bath Beach, Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Immigration, In the News, Mexican January 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

A combination of Chinese, Russian, Mexican and Italian immigrants are mixing it up in Bath Beach, Brooklyn. Home Reporter News reports that the once Italian neighborhood is changing, and some locals say in many ways it’s for the better.

Thousands without heat during frigid temps

Thousands without heat during frigid temps

Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, Latino, New York January 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Last week’s wave of freezing temperatures literally plunged thousands of families into the cold. During the first four days of the new year, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) received a total of 5,480 reports from people that didn’t have heating.

Debate over homeless shelter continues in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Greenpoint residents object to homeless shelter

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Housing, New York, Politics January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Residents of Greenpoint, Brooklyn are confronted by the reality of homelessness daily. The Brooklyn Bureau reports that men and women sleep on city sidewalks, in the subway station, in McGlorick and McCarren parks, and under the BQE. According to a report by the Coalition for the Homeless, New York CityRead More

Cold winter in Brooklyn shelter

Cold winter in Brooklyn shelter

Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, New York January 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

It’s another cold winter for homeless families living in one of the city’s worst shelters. The Auburn Family Reception Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn is known as the birth place of basketball legend Michael Jordan, but it is also notorious for poor heating, misbehaving security guards, and as Brooklyn Ink reports, really bad food.

Egyptian center opens in Bay Ridge

Egyptian center opens in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, North African January 3, 2012 at 9:44 am

Egyptian Americans have opened a new community foundation in Bay Ridge, but administrators say you don’t have to be a member of the Arab community to benefit from its after school program, complementary law and health care assistance and ESL classes.

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.