Utica Avenue Subway

The Utica Avenue A/C stop, where a man opened fire Tuesday evening

Since Monday evening, there have been three unusual and disturbing shootings in Brooklyn.

A man shot into a crowd of people inside the Utica Avenue A/C subway station in Stuyvesant Heights during rush hour Tuesday evening. It was not a terrorist attack, but those who witnessed it may have thought it was, coming just days after events in Paris. (more…)

Volunteer & Donate Brooklyn NY CHiPS Park Slope

CHiPS soup kitchen and women’s shelter in Park Slope. Photos via CHiPS

Looking for a way to give to people beyond your friends and family this winter? Brooklyn has no shortage of opportunities to get involved and give back to the community. The list below is just a few of the many, many ways to do so, be it through clothing donations, empowering youth or adopting a pet.

And many of these opportunities here are year-round, so you can keep giving even after the holiday season is over. (more…)

Brooklyn Changes Since 2004

In honor of Brownstoner’s Steel Anniversary, we asked a number of longtime Brooklynites — from borough bigwigs to longtime Brownstoner readers, in neighborhoods from Cobble Hill to Flatlands — for their thoughts on how Brooklyn has changed since the site was founded in 2004.

Here’s their take on gentrification, Brooklyn’s international reputation, the real estate market, Atlantic Yards and more. (more…)

Neighborhoods Complaints

A non-service-animal pet was present in a Park Slope food shop on Tuesday, a Chinese takeout spot in Red Hook has received a C grade, and a homeless encampment was reported on Gates Avenue in Bushwick, according to a comprehensive new tool that lists subway changes, rat problems and water leaks.

Created by the City of New York and Vizalytics Technology, neighborhoods.nyc is a public mapping of 311 complaints. (more…)

Tenant Harassment Bill
292 Bedford Avenue was erroneously declared vacant, allegedly exposing tenants to health risks caused by construction.

For some, rising Brooklyn property values means a declining quality of life, as landlords attempt to rid buildings of longtime tenants and increase rents.

New York City Council members Wednesday introduced a package of 12 bills intended to stop tenant harassment in the form of building construction.

The bills are sponsored by 11 council members, all Democratic, including Brooklyn representatives Stephen Levin, Carlos Menchaca, Rafael Espinal, and Antonio Reynoso. As well, coalition advocacy group Stand for Tenant Safety helped draft the bills, aiming them specifically at quickly changing residential areas like Crown Heights where construction has increased, according to the New York Times. (more…)