Brooklyn

A Rainbow Connection in the Time of the Virus

A Rainbow Connection in the Time of the Virus

In 1979, Kermit the Frog sang: “Someday we’ll find it The Rainbow Connection  The lovers, the dreamers, and me” In 2020 during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Brooklynites finally found it. All across Brooklyn, families are placing rainbow drawings and paintings in their windows, creating a makeshift I-Spy game for children in the neighborhood as social distancing […]

The Art of Making Dominican Chocolate

The Art of Making Dominican Chocolate

Damion Badalamenti, chocolate maker at Kah Kow U.S.A. the first Dominican chocolate factory in New York City, explains what makes Dominican chocolate unique. The Rizek Cacao company is a family-owned business that has been exporting cacao beans from the Dominican Republic for over 100 years. Fifth-generation Nadia Rizek wants to share the potential of Dominican […]

Plans to Build a 13-Story Luxury Building in Brooklyn is Under Fire

Plans to Build a 13-Story Luxury Building in Brooklyn is Under Fire

Updated: March 7, 2020, 8:54 p.m.   Overcrowded public schools, jammed traffic circles, flooded streets—these are the problems residents of Windsor Terrace say they face, too many for them to welcome a 13-story luxury building to their neighborhood with open arms. A proposed mixed-use complex at 312 Coney Island Avenue has enraged residents of the […]

Brooklyn’s Muralists Take a Stand

Brooklyn’s Muralists Take a Stand

Many building walls all over Brooklyn are covered by 40-foot advertisements or sleek glass floor-to-ceiling windows. But the borough is also a gallery for muralists, cultivating waves of activist artists who seek to represent the communities around them. Sunset Park in particular, with its diverse immigrant population and sizable industrial buildings, is one neighborhood that […]

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