A waste facility in the south bronx (Photo by Sarah Crean via New York Environment Report)

Fighting for ‘Waste Equity’ in Trash-Burdened Areas

Bronx, Brooklyn, Environment, Health, Politics, Queens February 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

A bill before the City Council would help to promote greater “waste equity” and relieve three neighborhoods – the South Bronx, North Brooklyn and Southeast Queens – of the heavy waste processing burden they carry for the city’s trash, reports New York Environment Report.

Mrs. Shittu and other attendees at a baby shower at the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community Center (NAMIC) in Crown Heights (Photo by Samual Lieberman for Voices of NY)

In Brooklyn, Countering Views of Nigerian Muslims

African, Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Muslim February 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm

A beacon for the community in Crown Heights, the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community center fights misconceptions about Muslims.

"SuperFrench" at the Georges-André Café in Brooklyn. (Photo via French Morning)

In Bed-Stuy, ‘SuperFrench’ Runs the Show

Brooklyn, Food February 24, 2015 at 5:08 pm

There are many coffee houses in Brooklyn like Bed-Stuy’s Georges-André, but this one is run with an iron fist by ‘SuperFrench,’ French Morning reports.

A Brownsville mural emblazoned with a paraphrase of a quote from Theodor Herzl. (Photo from Project Groundswell via The Jewish Daily Forward)

The Jewish Past of Brownsville

Brooklyn, History, Jewish February 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm

A CUNY professor accompanies a reporter for The Jewish Daily Forward on a tour of Brownsville to uncover its Jewish history and some lingering remnants in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

(Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

Teaching Polish to Greenpoint Newcomers

Brooklyn, Eastern European February 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Two friends hope to bridge the divide between longtime Polish locals and newer non-Polish residents through a language class, reports Greenpoint Gazette.

Public Versus Charter Schools: One Family’s Experience

Public Versus Charter Schools: One Family’s Experience

Brooklyn, Education, Featured Posts, Video February 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

Learn what the parents of children in one Brooklyn family have to say about the merits of public versus charter schools in this video by Bianca Flowers.

Peter Liang in Brooklyn court on Feb. 11 (Photo via World Journal)

Opinion: No Chinese Should be a Scapegoat

Brooklyn, East Asian, Opinion, Police February 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

In an editorial, World Journal says that many Chinese worry that NYPD officer Peter Liang, indicted by a grand jury for murder, may be made into a scapegoat for racial tensions between the police and Black communities. But the paper warns against a rush to judgment.

Willie Mae Brown (Photo courtesy of Tabla Rasa Gallery via The Brooklyn Paper)

Remembering Selma and King

African American, Brooklyn, History February 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm

East Flatbush resident Willie Mae Brown, who was raised in Selma, Alabama, on Feb. 15 will read excerpts from her memoir of growing up during the civil rights movement, The Brooklyn Paper reports.

Justin Thomas, Lauren Lattimore, and Wi-Moto Nyoka are reading an anti-lynching play from 1919. (Photo by Gwynne Hogan/Voices of NY)

Reviving Anti-Lynching Plays in Brooklyn

Black, Brooklyn, Featured Posts, History, Voices' Picks February 10, 2015 at 12:27 pm

In Brooklyn, staged readings of decades-old anti-lynching plays are part of “Forward Ferguson” activities.

Carlos Menchaca at a Red Hook event last year. (Photo via The Red Hook Star Revue)

Opinion: Menchaca ‘Has Held Fast to Principles’

Brooklyn, Business, Opinion, Politics February 6, 2015 at 5:40 pm

The Red Hook Star-Revue offers a spirited defense of Carlos Menchaca, who was ousted as co-leader of the Brooklyn City Council delegation on Feb. 5.

Shown is Councilmember Brad Lander describing the social impact of the Stronger Together program. (Photo by Kevin Downs via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

New Anti-Poverty Initiative for Red Hook, Gowanus

Brooklyn, Social Services February 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Red Hook and Gowanus public housing residents can avail themselves of a new community-based anti-poverty initiative, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

from Jewish Daily Forward

‘Under Cover’ at a Yarmulke Store

Brooklyn, Jewish, Traditions February 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Step inside a yarmulke store in Brooklyn and learn “everything you wanted to know about Jewish headgear” in a video and accompanying article from The Jewish Daily Forward.

Atticus Lish at a Sunset Park mosque, where he did research for his book “Preparation for the Next Life.” (Photo by Tyler J. Kelley via The Brooklyn Paper)

Brooklyn Author’s Sources of Inspiration

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian, Muslim February 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Different neighborhoods and spots in New York, including a mosque and Islamic school, served as inspiration for a critically acclaimed new novel, The Brooklyn Paper reports.

Natasha Creese relaxing with family and friends after a Sunday lunch. She recently faced a 112 percent rent hike.
(Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Some Crown Heights Rents Soar

Brooklyn, Housing January 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm

New landlords in Crown Heights are revoking “preferential” rents and imposing staggering increases on residents, City Limits reports.

Elza Kan, owner of Cafe At Your Mother-in-Law. (Photo via Sheepshead Bites)

‘Your Mother-in-Law’ Serves Up Uzbek-Korean Food

Asian, Brooklyn, Food January 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Cafe At Your Mother-in-Law in Brighton Beach and Bensonhurst offers Russian and Uzbek food alongside Korean dishes. Sheepshead Bites details the story behind this popular family-run eatery.