I’d like to take a minute to reply to the Wall Street Journal article “Brooklyn Before the Hipsters” on July 4th, 2013 – Independence Day. It was Gilbert Gottfried grade business propaganda.July 6, 2013 City Politics, Classic, New, The People
In the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal a lot of my friends keep asking how I get around the walls and watchers that the internet has installed all around us in Web 2.0 land. There are no surefire ways to be completely anonymous, and most of the time I’m not, but there are definitely ways to mediate who knows what about your personal preferences and search habits. Here is a comprehensive guide to bypassing the people who want to watch you.July 4, 2013 Classic, New, Technology, The People, Video
“There’s a search box and they own it and we put our dreams in it and they eat them,” said Columbia Law professor Eben Moglen in a lecture called “Freedom of Thought Requires Free Media” at the 2012 re:publica conference in Berlin. His was not a new revelation, even then.June 14, 2013 Classic, Multi/Media, New, The People, Video
On NYPD Stop & Frisk, Hakeem Jeffries says ‘Jim Crow may be dead,’ But ‘still has a few nieces, nephews that are alive’
Hakeem Jeffries must be really dedicated to the youth vote – the state assemblyman and now congressional candidate won’t let the issue of stop and frisk and racist drug policy laws die, kinda.February 29, 2012 Boroughing, City Politics, Classic, State Politics, The People
If you’re like me you might live next to a building that was foreclosed on and is now inhabited by local vagrants. Here’s how foreclosure overtook it.May 5, 2011 Boroughing, Classic, Real Estate
In his third edition of a speech almost unheard of on a district level, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries took on the federal government, the banking and real estate industries and the criminal justice system.February 2, 2010 Boroughing, City Politics, Classic, Multi/Media, Real Estate, State Politics, Video
What are the cops in your neighborhood up to? In the past 30 days, there have been 21 homicides in New York City – 29 less than the same period last year. Twelve of the homicides in the past 30 days took place in Brooklyn. Specifically Brownsville, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Clinton Hill – and it’s clear that more officers are on the streets of Crown Heights these days after a summer punctuated by the sound of gunshots.September 28, 2009 Boroughing, City Politics, Classic, The Locals, The People
Residents, elected officials and family members gathered at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene this week to remember Shem Walker’s life – an innocent Clinton Hill resident fatally shot by an undercover police officer – and discuss the implications, policy and the prevention of tragedies like this one.September 24, 2009 Boroughing, City Politics, Classic, State Politics
In his third run for the office of public advocate, Norman Siegel is making sure you know how much he wants this job, and just how qualified he is – to the chagrin of his opponents.September 11, 2009 Boroughing, City Politics, Classic, Real Estate, The Locals, The People
A shot was fired on Dean Street between Bedford and Nostrand Avenues in Crown Heights last night around 9pm, striking a victim in the chest. According to officers at the precinct reached by phone today, the victim survived and was taken to Kings County Hospital. The motive was unclear and an investigation is pending.September 9, 2009 Boroughing, City Politics, Classic, The Locals, The People
In spite of the menial attention garnered by Brooklyn’s violent and pervasive drug trade in the local news media, borough residents are making sure you’ve heard about their loved one, or even strangers, senselessly gunned down – but they’re not snitching.July 13, 2009 City Politics, Classic, Culture, The Locals, The People
The morning after residents of Crown Heights took the Police Commissioner to task for drug dealing, prostitution and quality of life issues in the neighborhood, Ray Kelly was awarding the Deputy Inspector of their local 77th precinct a unit citation at Medal Day ceremonies.
The same precinct where, according to department statistics, crime has plummeted 18%.
“If you look at statistics at this precinct, they are very, very impressive,” Commissioner Kelly had told the crowded basement of Berean Baptist Church. “If you’re the victim of a crime, you don’t want to hear about statistics, I understand that, one crime is one crime too many – but the numbers here are really an indication of the work that’s being done.”
With all the talk about statistics, it sounded like the crowd was watching The Wire.June 10, 2009 Classic, Night/Life, Queer News, The Locals
There was an elephant in the basement of Berean Baptist Church in Crown Heights on Monday, when Police Commissioner Ray Kelly spent an hour addressing the questions of residents concerned with violence, drugs and quality of life issues on the streets of the 77th precinct in Brooklyn.
That elephant came in the form of allegations that officers from the 77th assaulted two lesbian women outside of a local nightclub while spewing anti-gay remarks. The question never came up during the meeting and the commissioner gave a terse “no comment” when confronted with it on his way out the door.June 9, 2009 City Politics, Classic, Queer News
According to a report, two lesbians were allegedly beaten in front of a nightclub on Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. Jeannette Grey and Tiffany Jimenez are alleging that NYPD officers used excessive force and hateful speech when they encountered the women outside of Ife Lounge on May 16.June 8, 2009 City Politics, Queer News
Anyone who has ever tried to take a taxi from Manhattan to Brooklyn is familiar with the hostile tone of a cab driver that generally refrains a Brooklyn address.
But rarely does it come to blows as it did on Washington Avenue and Prospect Place on January 13. Around 10pm, one male and one female passenger in an SUV cab began arguing with the driver, who demanded payment after hitting the male passenger in the face. Shortly after, another car pulled up, the driver hopped out, ran up to the scene and hit the male passenger twice in the face.
So much for a hassle free ride.January 14, 2009 Night/Life, Real Estate, The Locals
I finally got a bike. It’s a vintage Fuji, and it belonged to my dad. I took it out for a spin through Prospect Park over Memorial Day weekend. I zoomed around the park, stopping to enjoy the lake for a bit, and again to listen to a drum circle where a large group of people were dancing. I sat on my bike, one foot on the curb, and took in the scene.May 30, 2008 Boroughing, City Politics, Culture, Real Estate, The Original BTB