Archive | December, 2011

Next Step Shelter Program Uses Punitive Measures

The Sumner Avenue Armory on the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Chris Haire/Brooklyn Ink). It is a Monday morning before dawn and a man in his twenties, a bag slung over his shoulder and a black beanie on his head, exits the iron gates of the Sumner Avenue Armory. The […]

Before Crisis, Wall Street Knew

Some of us are still trying to figure out how the leading causes of the ongoing U.S. economic crisis went unnoticed before it began in 2008.  Author Michael Lewis, however, in his book, The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine, focuses on Wall Street traders who not only foreshadowed the problem, but also made a […]

Boerum Hill Merchants to Use Social Networking Against Criminals

Shopkeepers in Boerum Hill have formed an anti-crime organization through which Facebook, Twitter, email, and text alerts will warn merchants of suspicious activity in the area, according to Carroll Gardens’ Patch site. Brooklyn Merchants Against Crime, or B-MAC, is local business owners’ response to increasingly dangerous store robberies. Read more at


Portrait of a Rogue, Painted Roguishly

The worst thing about reading a book about Sarah Palin is reading a book about Sarah Palin. In the case of a public figure defined in large part by her relationship with (and attitude toward) the media, the reader of her biography cannot escape a particularly strong sense of complicity in the circus that has […]

Nonprofits Push For Brooklyn Housing Court Reform

A coalition of tenant advocate organizations is campaigning against alleged unfair practices at Brooklyn Housing Court, according to the New York Daily News. The push comes on the heels of a new report that claims the court is overcrowded and procedurally confusing and that it gives preferential treatment to landlords’ attorneys. Deputy Chief Administrative Judge […]