Brooklyn’s Week (Dangerous Schools, Hassidic Rockers…)

August 3-9, 2014

AP Trina Merry

AP Trina Merry

Body-painted models show off Brooklyn landmarks Brooklyn Eagle

More than half of New York State’s most dangerous schools are in Brooklyn NYS Department of Education

SUNY treated thousands of patients at LI College Hospital for free for almost two years, losing more than $100 million Brooklyn Eagle

Hasidic ‘Rocker Chicks’ branching out (but ban men from the audience)

Wall Street Journal

“God you’d better find me an amazing female drummer”

Bed-Stuy gallery calls on artists to honor the Notorious B.I.G.

Brooklyn News 12

Is Deron Williams slow?

The Brooklyn Game   New York City libraries struggle to meet demand for English-language classes

New York Times

Skeleton wearing Nets hat found in Prospect Park. Team denies it’s new mascot.

NBC New York skeleton in Nets hat

Crime and Criminal Justice | Transportation | Housing and Development | Memorials | Sports | Culture | Things To Do | Things Not To Do | History | Community | Food


Tragic accidents cause Flatbush Ave to become 25 MPH slow zone

Ft. Greene Focus

New city program aims to expose illegal van operators

NY Post

New app helps Brooklynites share cabs

Brooklyn Magazine

Bed bugs on the N train spawn blogger conniptions:


Housing and Development

Bed-Stuy prices soar in one year


Low-rent apartments in Bk Heights, Dumbo, Downtown are sitting empty for lack of lower-income people left in the neighborhood to rent them

NY Post

Iconic  Domino sugar signed to be removed

Daily News

Donald Trump tries to block Coney Island rent reduction, but judge says no

Brooklyn Eagle

Discount supermarket chain opens in East NY

Brooklyn Magazine

Designs for the Towers at Brooklyn Bridge Park include chickens, migrant farmers (?) and fishermen

Brooklyn Heights Blog

Brooklyn  bridge park design renderings

Politics & Government

Anthony Weiner to open Rockaway restaurant with “locally sourced food”

NY Post

Council member Jumaane Williams grades DeBlasio’s affordable housing plan, defends endangered subway dancers and does the Nets chant

City and State NY

Democratic pol touts “local craft food store” in Williamsburg – despite 83 health violations (rats, mice, roaches etc)

NY Daily News

Council member Brad Lander reassures that reusable grocery bags wont cause e coli

City and State NY

Cuomo proposing to hold off funding needed sewer infrastructure projects Capital NY


So, how well did the Nets do off season?

The Brooklyn Game

Nets rookies answer fan questions on Reddit The Brooklyn Game

Surging Cyclones ready for stretch run Brooklyn Eagle

Handball tourney returns to Coney Island Brokelyn


Brooklynite WWII vet found, and stomped on, Hitler’s hat

Brooklyn Eagle

Former prisoner, Eddie Ellis Leaves Legacy of Innovative Prison Policy Reform, 72

Our Time Press

On Instagram, mknmvz posted this tribute to urban basketball legend James “Stix” Williams:

James williams memorial instagram

Crime and Criminal Justice

Marine Park Dad gets prison time for shooting assault rifle at teens

NY Post

DNA found on Lasagna Pans Used by the BK Bridge Flag-Switchers

New York Magazine

Extradited from Israel, a member of a Brooklyn Jewish watch group faces trial for an assault on black man in Crown heights.

Talking Points Memo

An East Flatbush black girl is raped and murdered. An upper east side white woman disappears same day. A suit claimed that one wasn’t taken seriously, the other was. A Brooklyn judge weighs in on whether it’s systematic racism. Daily News

Brave Canarsie teen describes mother’s stabbing death by father in court

NY Post

Brighton Beach con man pretended to be local lawyer for years

Sheepshead Bites

Eric Garner chokehold homicide fallout: Spike Lee’s Ft. Greene tribute  (photo on left)

Brokelyn   Spike Lee Eric Garner tribute Retired Brooklyn cop describes what criminal charges cops should get Our Time Press  


Beyonce choreographer helps kids make Brooklyn Nets dance team

DNA Info

9 Great Novels set in Brooklyn and where to read them


“John Wojtowicz tried to rob a bank in Brooklyn. He needed money for his husband’s sex-reassignment surgery.” New documentary describes the real Dog Day Afternoon

NY Daily News

In conversation with a Polish crochet arstist


Fiction: Navigating Fear “ Children gliding up and down their streets on scooters, testing out their own first attempts at freedom. The stretches of subway on the F train with no cell phone reception and people reading paper books….The city, breathing.”

Brooklyn Quarterly

Things To Do

Brooklyn Based’s “ideal” week of things to do

Brooklyn Based

5 places to go for great  live shows

Brooklyn Magazine

My life as a budding BK horticulturist

Brooklyn Feed

Things Not to Do

14 Reasons to break up with a Brooklyn man


“1. His homebrew tastes bad…”


When Elvis Presley came to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Eagle


“In Williamsburg and Greenpoint, the Puerto Ricans and Hasidic Jews created a countrapuntal symphony of religious sounds on the streets”

Journey Through NYC Religion

The Italian rag pickers




Macon Street in Bed-Stuy Wins Greenest Block in BK


New phone app alerts  you if you’re in a “sketchy’ neighborhood. One blogger says it’s racist; founders say it fights bigotry

Crains and Brooklyn Magazine

18 Foot weeds attack Prospect Park

DNA Info

Japanese kids who survived Tsunami play baseball with Brooklyn Hurricane Sandy survivors

Voices of NY

AmeriCorps and Habitat help Sandy recovery

NY Daily News

Why is Brooklyn’s flag so lame?

Brooklyn Magazine

Columbia J School Students Chronicle “Changing Brooklyn”

Brooklyn Ink

Brooklynites rally to support Israel

Sheepshead Bites

Blogger Outraged as Brooklyn Bridge ‘Love Locks’ Replaced by Love Garbage

Brooklyn Heights Blog

Hurtful graffiti found in Kensington

Kensington Blog

Get ready for hurricane season

Brooklyn Brief

Arab American bazaar in Bay Ridge

Voices of NY

Create a flag for your neighborhood (contest)


Night Out Against Crime Brings Police & Community Together Our Time Press


Controversial restauranteur to open diner with spin-the-bottle table

DNA Info

Brooklyn-mades came out at the bottom in local IPA taste test

Brooklyn Magazine 

How to make the “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” sundae (banana, bownie, carmel etc) 

Edible Brooklyn