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Spread Love, Brooklyn! Where to Give on ‘Giving Tuesday’

After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is… #GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday, this year taking place on November 27, is the global day of giving when individuals and organizations are encouraged to be generous and philanthropic to those nonprofit organizations that serve as the backbone and strength of every community. Started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the […]

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Out of the Penal System, Back Into Life: Friends of the Island Academy Gives Support Where None Exists

“Essential Brooklyn” is an 8-part series spotlighting the people and organizations working overtime to lift up their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the ones who give the most with the least resources. They’re our true essential workers, our community anchors; the ones who often go unnoticed, until you need them…. The ones who have […]

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Despite Recent Break-in, Extreme Kids and Crew Keeps Going

Extreme Kids and Crew, a Brooklyn-based cooperative of families raising children with special needs, two weeks ago suffered an unfortunate setback when the group’s play space in Clinton Hill was broken into and vandalized. Eliza Factor— founder of Extreme Kids and Crew– opened the door one morning to the group’s one-room park house located in the Crispus Attucks […]

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The STEM Future is Female and Diverse, Thanks to Digital Girl Inc.’s Hackathon

With the Youth Tech Challenge, Digital Girl Inc. challenges Brooklyn kids to envision the changes they would like to see in their community through technology What do Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Yahoo, and apps like Uber, Seamless and Spotify – among many others – in common? They are all founded by men. Bed-Stuy’s Digital Girl Inc. […]

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Car Ride

By Karine Lee I was reading The Paris Interviews one evening, and George Plimpton stated, “Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.” I placed the phone down and turned off the lights. I regretfully stared into the ceiling noticing a small […]

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Clinton Hill Play Space for Special Needs Children Broken Into, Vandalized

Eliza Factor— founder of Extreme Kids and Crew, a Clinton Hill play space for children with special needs— could hardly believe her eyes. When she opened the door of her non-profit organization’s space Easter morning, it looked like Hurricane Sandy hit it. The play space, located in a one-room park house in Crispus Attucks Playground off of […]

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Filmmaker Attika J. Torrence on the Tribeca Film Festival, Trayvon Martin and the Truth About Black Films

Attika J. Torrence had to check with his wife first before agreeing to an interview at his home in Brooklyn– only because, he “might need to pick up his daughter from school at that time, or she might be getting the floors done,” he said. You know, family stuff. Torrence is a family man, an […]

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Five years after Common Core’s Introduction, Are New Yorkers Finally Saying ‘Yes to the Tests?’

On March 23, more than 100 parents from across the five boroughs rallied at City Hall in Manhattan as part of a statewide “Say Yes To The Test” effort to encourage parents to get behind state the Common Core standardized testing. The rally was a precursor to the start of the standardized testing season, which kicked off […]

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Your Brooklyn Weekend Events

The weekend has returned Brooklyn, and the weather might be a little weird. It’s going to be quite windy and cold and it’s even going to snow on Friday, so you can have the real possibility of wearing a pair of chancletas and a pair of Uggs all within a twenty four hour period. I […]

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Annual ‘Restore Brooklyn’ Benefit Honors Rosie Perez, featuring Spike Lee

Monday night, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation honored Rosie Perez, the Honorable William Thompson Sr. and Bruce Gordon at the annual “Restore Brooklyn” Benefit Dinner held at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The evening featured a special performance by Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele and was emceed by CBS anchorman Maurice DuBois. The benefit celebrated Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation […]

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From Brooklyn to Haiti, a Light Shines

“We know that a population that is not educated will always be taken advantage of,” said 22-year-old Pierre Albert of Crown Heights. “Without education, it will be difficult to rise up the socio-economic ladder.” This belief in education as the key to socio-economic progress is what led Albert to join with his friend Michael Charles, 33, founder of the […]