From left to right: Carlyle McKetty, co-founder of the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR); filmmaker Storm Saulter, and CPR co-founder Sharon Gordon at a 2013 CPR event (Photo courtesy of Sharon Gordon)

Preserving Reggae Music in Brooklyn – and Beyond

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Featured Posts April 24, 2015 at 4:16 pm

The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend with a performance of the International Women of Reggae at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.

Akim Funk Buddha’s Urban Tea Ceremony brings hip hop style to a traditional Japanese ritual. (Photo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Japanese Culture in Full Bloom at Brooklyn Festival

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian April 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

The 34th annual Sakura Matsuri (cherry blossom festival) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, and will include an urban tea ceremony and a cosplay fashion show, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Pop-up Exhibit Features Local Thai Artists

Pop-up Exhibit Features Local Thai Artists

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts April 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Two Thai artists who have lived in NYC for some years teamed up for a pop-up exhibit in Bushwick recently.

Co-ops operate by membership. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Food Co-ops Invite Latinos to Join

Brooklyn, Food, Latino April 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

Food co-ops in Brooklyn seek to attract Latino customers by hiring Spanish-speaking workers and offering discounts to members of community organizations, El Diario reports.

Amy Kar Yee dishes up bowls of Hong Kong-style noodle soup at a Carroll Gardens gallery. (Photo by Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Daily)

A Noodle Shop in a Brooklyn Art Space

Brooklyn, East Asian, Food April 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Brooklyn Daily reports that on April 25 the Kar Yee Noodle Shop will return for a day to the Court Tree Collective, featuring authentic home-style Hong Kong noodles with crispy pork.

Aureliano Sosa and his students (Photo courtesy of Aureliano Sosa via Home Reporter)

Boxing Lessons for Sunset Park Youth?

Brooklyn, Sports, Youth April 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Former professional boxer Aureliano Sosa, who teaches youth in Flatbush, wants to revive free boxing lessons on his home turf of Sunset Park, says the Home Reporter.

Trying to Save a Beacon in Fort Greene

Trying to Save a Beacon in Fort Greene

Fort Greene Council, which serves both seniors and the young, is in danger of losing its lease. Politicians and community members are rallying to save it.

Frisbee playing at the Red Hook ball fields (Photo by Robyn Lee, Creative Commons license)

Checking the Soil for Lead in Red Hook

Brooklyn, Environment April 9, 2015 at 5:13 pm

The EPA will soon report on lead levels in soil samples taken from the Red Hook ball fields, says New York Environment Report.

The President of the New York City Council’s Committee on Immigration sees the New York ID cards as a huge victory. (Photo by Enrique Soria via Diario de Mexico)

Carlos Menchaca: ‘I am Responsible for Creating Bridges’

Brooklyn, Immigration, Latino, Mexican, Politics April 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Carlos Menchaca is becoming a non-traditional leader for the Mexican community in the Big Apple and for immigrants in general, reports Diario de México.

Chef Andrew Gerson at work. (Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery via Brooklyn Daily)

A Taste of Nieuw Amsterdam

Brooklyn, Food, History, Native American, Western European April 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Brooklyn Brewery’s chef plans a Nieuw Amsterdam dinner for April 16 featuring old Dutch specialties along with Lenape clams, reports Brooklyn Daily.

RAOA President Belogorodsky holds up NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s official stamp of approval. (Photo courtesy of RAOA via Sheepshead Bites)

Russian American Officers Recognized by NYPD

Brooklyn, Eastern European, New York, Police April 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

The Russian American Officers Association was officially accepted as a fraternal organization of the NYPD, Sheepshead Bites reports.

MS 50 Principal Denise Jamison with a Teacher's Time Book from 1915 (Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

A School Celebrates 100 Years in Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Education April 6, 2015 at 6:12 pm

M.S. 50 in Williamsburg is celebrating 100 years in the community, Greenpoint Gazette reports.

Police observing a March protest at the Vegas Auto Spa, whose owner has now signed a two year contract with the workers. (Photo by Elizabeth Graham via The Brooklyn Paper)

Car Wash Workers Win Contract

Brooklyn, Immigration, Labor April 6, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Car wash workers at Vegas Auto Spa in Greenwood Heights won a two-year contract and are back to work, The Home Reporter and The Brooklyn Paper report.

Jared Wellington was one of 100 kids at Red Hook Houses who learned to take photos. (Photo via The Brooklyn Paper)

Kids in NYCHA Snap Photos for New Book

Brooklyn, Culture, Housing, Youth April 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

A photography project that put cameras in the hands of public housing residents, most of them young people, has culminated in the upcoming release of “Project Lives,” reports The Brooklyn Paper.

Assembly Members Joe Lentol and Dov Hikind join Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson and Jewish leaders at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)l

Distributing Food for Passover in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Food, Jewish April 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Across Brooklyn, food was distributed to the needy in advance of Passover, report Brooklyn Daily and Greenpoint Gazette.