Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
With the holiday season looming, many families are struggling to put food on the table. Now, amid federal cuts to food stamps, the food pantries operators are predicting major shortages as they try to serve the hungry during the busiest time of the year.
An estimated 1.5 million New Yorkers are expected to seek emergency food services this winter. In Brooklyn, the Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger already is struggling to meet the demand for food as new clients pour in.
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Jacob Hunt was stopped by police and asked for identification as he left a parking lot in Bay Ridge several years ago. He fit the description of a suspect in a crime. But Hunt wasn’t worried.
“Ninety percent of calls you hear on the police scanner are ‘Hispanic, Black, 5-foot-9, 200 pounds. That’s me,” Hunt said.
“But if I’m doing nothing wrong, I have nothing to worry about,” said Hunt, a registered Republican who counts several cops as friends. “I don’t hold no animosity toward them. It’s a scary job.”
Hunt was one of dozens of people interviewed throughout Southern Brooklyn amid the November 5 mayoral election. The interviews revealed a wide breadth of views on policing.
See what residents from around Brooklyn have to say about stop and frisk using the map below. Click on the dots for quotes from locals.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
Cars and buses lined bumper-to-bumper along 39th street Sunday evening, November 3, as 5,400 rabbis and their guests made their way to the annual International Chabad-Lubavitch Conference of Emissaries, held at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.
The event – billed as the city’s largest sit-down dinner in the city – celebrated the men of the Brooklyn-based Chabad movement who run Jewish outreach centers, known as Chabad Houses. There are Chabad Houses in 81 countries, making Chabad one of the largest Jewish organizations in the world.
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Buddy Heffernan had just put his Gerritsen Beach house on the market with plans to spend the rest of his golden years with his wife on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Then, Superstorm Sandy washed through the seaside community, forcing him to navigate the murky waters of a real estate market with plummeting prices and rising flood insurance rates that can, in extreme cases, run $10,000 a month.
“Before the storm I could have sold my house for $300,000 easy,” said Herffernan, 76.
Like many people selling property in Gerritsen Beach, Heffernan said he’s been forced to lower his expectations – now he’s asking $279,000 for his two-bedroom, one-bathroom home.