Kindershule (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Learning Yiddish After School

Brooklyn, Education, Jewish July 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

The Jewish Daily Forward attends a class of a program that’s “something of a unicorn” – Kindershule, an after-school program in which secular Jewish children learn Yiddish, and Jewish history and culture through songs and stories.

(Photo by Katarina Hybenova via Bushwick Daily)

Wall Art vs. Billboards in Bushwick

Brooklyn, Culture July 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm

More and more billboards are popping up on walls where the Bushwick Collective’s art has appeared, Bushwick Daily reports.

(Photo via News India Times)

Honoring the Best High School Cricket Players

Bronx, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Manhattan, Queens, South Asian, Sports June 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm

News India Times reports on the June 20 competition between high school cricket players from around the city.

In Clinton Hill (Photo by Michael July via Brooklyn Daily)

In Praise of Natural Hair

Black, Brooklyn June 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

The “Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair” exhibit at House of Art Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant displays Michael July’s photos of afros, dreadlocks and other natural Black hairstyles, reports Brooklyn Daily.

A ‘World of Dance’ in Brighton Beach

A ‘World of Dance’ in Brighton Beach

Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts, Youth June 24, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Children performed dances from different cultures at the Brighton Ballet Theater’s annual World of Dance Festival.

Elza Kochueva in Times Square (Image via video)

A Family From Russia Hopes for a Future in the US

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Immigration June 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Elza Kochueva and her parents say they faced persecution in Russia because of their appearance and religion. They applied for asylum but the odds are stacked against them. A NYCity News Service video captures the family as they await an immigration hearing and then find out the judge’s decision.

Karolina Gumpert (standing) leading a Polish Flavors workshop. (Photo from Greenpoint. The Transition via The Greenpoint Gazette)

Polish Flavors ‘More Than Just Pierogis and Kielbasa’

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Food June 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Polish Flavors, a cooking workshop taught by Karolina Gumpert, is part of the half-year long Polish celebration Greenpoint. The Transition, and also provides an opportunity for people to reflect on the changes the neighborhood is undergoing.

Marta Avilés is one of the documentary’s protagonists. (Photo via Uniondocs)

‘Los Sures’ Comes Back to Life

Brooklyn, History, Puerto Rican June 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

An expansive multimedia project recovers the memory of Williamsburg’s Puerto Rican enclave.

Class held at a Gorsky Jewish primary school in Quba, Azerbaijan in the early 1920s. (Photo via the Jewish Encyclopedia in Russian on the Web)

Preserving Language and Traditions via Theater

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Jewish June 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm

The language and heritage of the Gorsky Jews from the Caucasus were on display recently as a Gorsky theater group participated in a festival in Brighton Beach, Russkaya Reklama reports.

Rob Burstein protesting the replacement of the Coney Island boardwalk planks with concrete. (Photo by Elizabeth Graham via Brooklyn Daily)

Does Wood a Sturdier Boardwalk Make?

Brooklyn, Environment June 12, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Wooden planks at the Coney Island boardwalk have been repurposed in locations such as Milan, Italy, while some residents are protesting the use of synthetic materials and concrete to replace the wood, The Brooklyn Paper reports.

Sunset Park residents who attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan (pictured above) will be able to continue celebrating in their own neighborhood this year. (Photo by Rian Castillo, Creative Commons license)

Decades Later, Puerto Rican Parade Returns to Sunset Park

Brooklyn, Culture, Puerto Rican June 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Sunset Park’s Puerto Rican Day Parade returns to the Brooklyn neighborhood and will be held after the one in Manhattan. According to Home Reporter, securing the permit did not prove easy for community group El Grito de Sunset Park.

(Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

Ready for Work: Students Pick Up Skills (By Making Grilles)

Brooklyn, Education, Labor June 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

A job training program gives students at the Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design a chance to get hands-on experience at the manufacturing company Architectural Grille, reports the Greenpoint Gazette.

Working to End Violence Through Art

Working to End Violence Through Art

Brooklyn, Culture, Video May 29, 2015 at 6:51 pm

BK Live, a show from Brooklyn Independent Media, features a segment on Arts to End Violence, a project of the community group Save Our Streets, which seeks to end gun violence in central Brooklyn.

(Photo via Sheepshead Bites)

New Plans for Brooklyn Greek Festival

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European May 28, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Organizers of the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek Festival in South Brooklyn hope events for kids, a vendor market and Cretan Night will turn the annual celebration, which has “been stagnant in recent years,” into a major community event, reports Sheepshead Bites.

Many families will be affected by the closure of the day cares in Williamsburg. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Two Beloved Williamsburg Day Cares at Risk of Closing

Brooklyn, Education, Latino, Youth May 26, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Some 200 children in northeastern Williamsburg may lose their day care centers after the city decided not to renew the leases for Nuestros Niños and Small World, El Diario reports.