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.

From left to right:  Mariusz Kwiecień (baritone at the New York Metropolitan Opera), Krystyna Dura (owner of Christina's Restaurant), Andrzej Zielinski, and Krzysztof Medyna. (Photo from Krystyna Dura via Nowy Dziennik)

A Taste of Polish Culture at Christina’s

Brooklyn, Eastern European January 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Christina’s Restaurant in Greenpoint serves as a mini Polish cultural center where food, discussions and performances thrive, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Concerned area residents attending a meeting about proposed plans for a 40-story tower in Coney Island. (Photo via Bensonhurst Bean)

A ‘Hipster Enclave’ on Coney Island?

Brooklyn, Real Estate, Seniors January 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Seniors booed a developer’s proposal at a lively meeting in Coney Island, the Brooklyn Daily and Bensonhurst Bean reports.

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#BHeard at BRIC’s Town Hall on Gentrification

Brooklyn, Business, Housing January 26, 2015 at 3:25 pm

BRIC is hosting a town hall on gentrification in Brooklyn on Jan. 28, urging all voices in the borough to #BHeard.

A Day in the Life of Miguel

A Day in the Life of Miguel

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration, Labor, Mexican January 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Miguel, 29, is a Mexican immigrant working in a Brooklyn deli. Rahim Chagani follows him at his job in this photo essay.

No more room: Housing activists, including some Orthodox Jews, say a segment of Hasidics have moved into nearly all the affordable housing in the Broadway Triangle, and have blocked out other Jews, Latinos, and blacks. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via The Brooklyn Paper)

Discriminatory Housing Development in Williamsburg?

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, Jewish, Latino January 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm

A coalition of 40 housing activists wants the city to halt development in the Broadway Triangle neighborhood, claiming apartments are being constructed to serve mostly Hasidic Jewish families, The Brooklyn Paper reports.

Arab-Americans will be able to identify themselves as Arab when they fill out their 2020 U.S. Census form if a proposal to change the form is adopted. (Photo by Paula Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Counting Arab Americans Correctly

Brooklyn, Demographics, Middle Eastern January 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Arab Americans should be able to check off a new designation of “Arab” on the 2020 U.S. Census, Linda Sarsour urges in an email, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

Wind turbine at Sims Municipal Recycling in Sunset Park (Photo courtesy of the company via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Wind Power on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Brooklyn, Environment January 13, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Wind power in NYC is getting a boost with the 160 feet turbine to be dedicated Jan. 14 at a recycling plant in Sunset Park, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

Making Art from Toys

Making Art from Toys

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Voices' Picks January 12, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Japanese artist Shu Ohno makes sculptures from toys and other found objects and calls them “The Doodles.”

RAJE is located at the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. (Photo by Vlad Iorsh, Creative Commons license)

Bringing Young Russian Jews Closer to Judaism

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Jewish January 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm

A program sponsored by the Russian American Jewish Experience appears to be successfully connecting Russian Jews – raised in secular households – with their heritage, reports The Jewish Week.

Exterior of John Avelluto's Bay Ridge bar, the Owl's Head. (Photo by Daniel Stein-Sayles via City Limits)

In Brooklyn, Unequal Support of the Arts

Brooklyn, Culture January 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm

In New York’s hip borough of Brooklyn, some neighborhoods receive paltry support for the arts, City Limits reports.

Helena Bakke and daughter Arlene Rutuelo will close Nordic Delicacies at the end of January. (Photo via Home Reporter)

Nordic Stronghold in Brooklyn Closing Shop

Brooklyn, Business, Northern Europe January 6, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Nordic Delicacies, which once catered to a bustling Scandinavian community in Bay Ridge, is going out of business after nearly three decades, according to Home Reporter.

Students at Progress High School in Brooklyn videoconference with counterparts in the Kurdistan region in Iraq. (Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

Students in Kurdistan and Brooklyn ‘Meet’ Via Video

Brooklyn, Education, Middle Eastern, Youth December 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Students in Irbil, Iraq and Brooklyn, NY met via a videoconference sponsored by Global Nomads Group to learn how their counterparts live.

Screen shot from "The history of Dyker Heights" with 1896 depiction of luxury housing construction planned for the area.

A History of Dyker Heights

Brooklyn, History December 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm

A History of Dyker Heights, a new documentary, has been made by a Brooklyn filmmaker and the official historian of the Dyker Heights Civic Association, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.