East Flatbush

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Christine Quinn Won Four Percent of Votes in Majority-Black Neighborhoods

    In East New York, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got 3.7 percent of the vote. In Brownsville, 3.3 percent. In South Jamaica, 3.2 percent. In Canarsie, 2.7 percent. In East Flatbush, 1.6 percent. In all, four percent of voters in majority-black neighborhoods chose Quinn, according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    How To Get Out of A Public Urination Ticket

    It's pretty simple, really: if you want to beat the rap for a public urination ticket (or a ticket for pot possession, littering, spitting, or riding a bicycle on a sidewalk) all you have to do is wait for the right day and show up at a Brooklyn church for Safe Surrender, a semi-regular event put on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Is Lead Exposure Behind Cities' Schizophrenia Problem?

    In New York City, like in many other major metropolises, schizophrenia is a disease that can be more visible than most. In 1999, after a schizophrenic off his meds pushed a woman into the path of an oncoming N train, New York State even came up with a law to make the mentally ill seek compulsory tre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Bloomberg Tells Police That Critics of Stop-and-Frisk Are "Courting Disaster"

    Judging by NYPD crime metrics, 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far--there have been fewer murders than this time last year, and 2012 was itself a record low. Shootings are down, too. And yet, when it comes to public relations, 2013 has been an annus horribilis for New York police: wee ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2013

    Cathedral Is A Haitian House of Worship

    A small restaurant shines bright on Church Avenue

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Lambi and Other Haitian Delights

    Lambi is a fricassee of conch in coconut milk with root vegetables, variegated bell peppers, and chiles. This week, Counter Culture slithers into Cathedral, a Haitian restaurant right on Church Avenue on the edge of East Flatbush. Offering a shifting roster of dishes as the week progresses, the pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Bob Marley Wants You to CHILL!

    Legal (except in New Jersey schools) tranquilizers? Peeking out from among the Malta cans and bottles of kola champagne and ginger beer in bodega refrigerator cases in neighborhoods like Flatbush, Bed-Stuy, and Clinton Hill, beverages bearing a likeness of Wailers lead singer (and prodigious pothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Thursday's Good News: Homicide/Shooting Rates Have Dipped In First Quarter Of The Year

    Given that it's Thursday, which means it's one day closer to Friday, we figured that it's time to shine some light on the good news out there in the world. According to NYPD data released yesterday, the overall shootings and murder rates are down in New York City, with comparison to this time last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    A Funeral and a Demonstration in East Flatbush for Kimani Gray

    Kimani "Kiki" Gray was buried last weekend on a windy hillside in Cypress Hills Cemetery. The killing of the 16-year-old by plainclothes police officers two weeks ago set off rolling protests in the neighborhood, but the funeral was somber and peaceful. Family and friends slowly filed into St. Cath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Voice Reporters Talk Kimani Gray on Current TV

    Last night, Nick Pinto and Ryan Devereaux appeared on Current TV's Viewpoint to discuss the police shooting of Brooklyn teen Kimani Gray and the subsequent (and ongoing) reaction in East Flatbush. Read more in this week's cover story, "Everybody Wants a Piece of Kimani Gray." Video from Current TV a ... More >>

  • News

    March 20, 2013

    Everybody Wants a Piece of Kimani Gray

    How a boy's death became street theater in Flatbush

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2013

    Identities of Officers Involved in Kimani Gray Shooting Revealed

    A pair of New York City police officers responsible for killing a Brooklyn teen last weekend have been named in five federal lawsuits on allegations ranging from illegal stop and frisks to physical abuse. According to court records reviewed by the New York Daily News, settlements resulting from sui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    East Flatbush Unrest Continues Thursday Night; Kimani Gray's Mother: "I Don't Condone Any Riots"

    After three nights of demonstrations in East Flatbush, the police were out in force Thursday evening. Metal barricades were set up in front of businesses while officers lined the streets, stood guard on horseback and hovered above in a helicopter. In the end, protesters clashed more with one anoth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Police and Protesters Clash at Kimani Gray Vigil in Brooklyn

    What many had hoped would be a peaceful vigil for a teen killed by police in East Flatbush ended with dozens of people arrested Wednesday night. It was the third night of demonstrations in the neighborhood, prompted by the death of 16-year-old Kimani Gray and sustained by a deep-seated frustration ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Eyewitness "Certain" Kimani Gray Was Unarmed When Police Shot Him

    The only civilian eyewitness to come forward in the case of a Brooklyn teen shot dead by a pair of plainclothes New York City police officers is "certain" the 16 year-old was empty-handed when the cops opened fire. Kimani 'Kiki' Gray was shot several times by two officers patrolling East Flatbush i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Tensions Mount After Police Fatally Shoot Brooklyn Teenager Kimani Gray

    A candlelit vigil for a Brooklyn teen killed by New York City police officers left two people injured and led to one arrest Monday night. At approximately 7:00 pm, roughly 200 people gathered in East Flatbush for a somber vigil to remember Kimani Gray, a 16 year-old shot and killed by plainclothes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Karim Camera, Assemblyman, Says Board of Elections Botched Sept. 13 Primary in His District

    What if they held an election, and nobody came? Rather, what if they held an election, but there was no place to vote (see totally unrelated picture at right). That sort of happened on September 13 in the 43rd Assembly District, according to Assemblyman Karim Camera. Camera sent a letter yesterda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Chained To 2004 Murder Of Sarah Fox

    The Occupy Wall Street movement has been linked to the 2004 murder of a 21-year-old Julliard student -- and that link is in a chain occupiers used to wreak havoc at a Brooklyn subway station earlier this year.Police have linked DNA recovered from a chain occupiers used to hold open a gate at the Bev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2012

    The Shantel Davis Story Ignites Protests in Brooklyn

    On Thursday afternoon, 23-year-old woman Shantel Davis was flying down Church Avenue in East Flatbush, blowing through stop lights and cutting drivers off left and right. The car she was in had been stolen just a week before: Davis had pulled a pistol on an unsuspecting driver and told her to get ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    NYPD Officers Shoot and Kill Woman Driving Stolen Car in Brooklyn

    Police officers shot and killed an unarmed woman driving a stolen car in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn last night, sparking tension in the neighborhood. Police spokesman Paul Browne said the woman was shot in the chest by an officer who was trying to shift the gears into park while holding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Not in My Backyard! Brooklyn Residents Say New Hotel Will Bring Prostitution and Drugs to East Flatbush

    ​East Flatbush is a lovely neighborhood in Brooklyn -- but it's just not really a tourist destination. So if a developer is looking to open a hotel in the area, it can only mean one thing: Prostitution, drugs, and other bad, bad activity. Right?  This is the line of thinking behind a new not- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Brooklyn's Nitty Scott MC Gets A 16-Bar Break On BET

    ​"Oh, snap, it's the real-life rap Halle Berry..." And lo, with 16 bars rapped over an instrumental spun by underground hip-hop gate-keeper DJ Premier, a new star was born at the BET Hip-Hop Honors earlier this week. Well, maybe—at the very least, the performer in question saw her profil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    At Least 48 People Were Shot Over the Weekend in New York City

    ​This weekend marked a disturbing surge in gun violence, in which at least 48 people were shot in the city. Most recently, last night, two cops were wounded in a gunfight in Crown Heights, and three people were killed -- one of them a 56-year-old woman named Denise Gay, who was hit in the head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Trevonne Winn Shooting Caught on Video in Brooklyn

    The murder of Trevonne Winn, 24, was captured by a camera on Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, outside of a Crown Fried Chicken. The clip above shows the victim blurred, but the Daily News has an uncensored version. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2011

    Gabrielle Giffords Can Stand On Her Own; Yemen Protests Escalate As Pres. Says He'll Quit

    ​Doctors say Gabrielle Giffords can now stand on her own and walk a little bit, and is working on her gait. Her left side is fine, but she's only been able to use her right side on a limited basis. According to the Arizona Republic, Giffords is still struggling with longer sentences, mostly st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Today in El Diario: Electricity Bills Must Be Paid

    ​Latinos to pay electric bills New York's Latinos have decided that there's only one way to deal with proposed electricity rate hikes: paying their power bills, the Spanish-language daily reports. "Well, you [have got to] pay it," Felix Rodriguez, who owns a Lower East Side tailor shop, told ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2011

    The Haitian Specialty Djon Djon Rice at Ambiance in Canarsie

    ​This delicious heap of sculpted rice is #27 in our 100 Days/100 Dishes Small, spindly, and hard to spot, mushrooms of the species Psathyrella hymenocephala are native to the northern part of Haiti, but also found on the island of Martinique. These 'shrooms form the basis of djon djon rice, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Download: Beans' Latest Avant-Rap Fashion Statement, "Deathsweater"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. "Man, I'm old"​A shrapnel bomb of ill-angled words and sputtering electronic bloops, Beans has been the most visible member of longstanding NYC avant-rap crew Antipop Consortium. He says his confessi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Police Seek Man Wanted in 3 Brooklyn Sex Assaults

    ​The NYPD is asking for the public's help locating the suspect in the police sketch, who's wanted in connection with three sex assaults in the same neighborhood of East Flatbush, Brooklyn. He's described as a black male in his late 20s, approximately 5'9" to 5'11" with a medium build, medium t ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 8, 2010

    Rage Over Wages in East Flatbush

    Scrooge locks workers out in the cold

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Volunteer Football Coach Fired by Humorless School for Mooning Opposing Team

    ​Let this be a lesson to you: If you pull down your pants, even in fun or during a very dramatic football game, even if you get laughs, there will be penance to pay. A volunteer assistant football coach at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn has lost his job over mooning opposing fans after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Charting The Rise Of "Hold Yuh," Gyptian's Inescapable, NYC-Driven Dancehall Summer Anthem

    "When I played it for him, he said, 'Go back to that, what a ping ping ting?'"​Whether you know it by name or not, if you've stepped outside in the last several months, you've heard Gyptian's "Hold Yuh" flickering out of at least a few idling vehicles. The über-minimalist dancehall ditty's pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Man Shot Dead in East Flatbush

    View Larger Map Date: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, 11:51 p.m. Location: 71 East 95 St., East Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police say a man in his 20's was found shot numerous times to the body at the above address. Paramedics took him to Kings County Hospital where he was declared dead. No arrests. The pol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Crime Beat: The Girl Next Door -- Too Beautiful to Live, She's Killed, and Cops Seek Neighbor

    Rachel Uchitel: Working on her gripCops were searching last night for a neighbor of beautiful Rockland County gym teacher Jami Erlich, who was stabbed and bludgeoned to death Sunday night. No sign yet of the neighbor, a temp described as a "quiet loner" who may have taken it on the lam. As opposed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Pix from Ambiance, a Haitian Restaurant in Canarsie, Brooklyn

    ​Djon djon rice is a Haitian homestyle specialty, rice boiled with spindly black mushrooms native to the island along with baby lima beans. While Hatian restaurants in town were originally concentrated in Flatbush and East Flatbush, a fanning out of the Haitian population in Brooklyn has resu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Major Mackerel Will Think Twice About Serenading the Neighbors Next Time

    ​Some former reggae stars are too charming for their own good. Major Mackerel's moment may have gone the way of Sluggy's, but he's still out in East Flatbush, singing the wrong songs in the direction of the wrong women, reports the New York Post:

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Gillibrand Talks the Talk on Guns; Walking the Walk Pending

    Since being told to evolve on guns by Chuck Schumer, new Senator and longtime NRA favorite Kirsten Gillibrand has been trying to show some sensitivity in that regard without looking weak. Yesterday, as the Times ran a story called "To Some in Gillibrand's Old District, Her Evolution Is a Betrayal," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008

    Apocalypse Now? Purse-snatchers and iPhone Robbers

    It's Friday the 13th, and the papers are full of all kinds of horrors: Gas hits $5 a gallon in the city, thugs lure you to deserted blocks with the promise of cheap iPhones and then rob you blind, and a sweet, grandmotherly Catholic school teacher gets suckerpunched on the way to school by a purse-s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2005

    Two Blows in Brooklyn Council Battle

    Good news came in twos on Thursday for City Council candidate Darlene Mealy, the transit worker who's battling William Boyland, Sr., for the Brownsville council seat that his term-limited daughter Tracy Boyland now holds. Good news, Part I: Assemblyman Nick Perry, who represents Brownsville and Ea ... More >>

  • News

    March 30, 2004

    East Flatbush Dustup

    Asbestos-Infested School is Exhibit A in Maintenance Battle Between Union and Educrats

  • NYC Life

    March 30, 2004
  • Music

    February 18, 2003
  • News

    December 3, 2002

    Digital Deterrence?

    Battling a Rise in Domestic Violence

  • NYC Life

    September 10, 2002
  • NYC Life

    September 3, 2002
  • NYC Life

    August 7, 2001
  • News

    July 31, 2001

    Flatbush Fast-Forward

    Full Force Float on, From ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ to Britney and Beyond

  • News

    May 8, 2001

    Landlord Meets the Mob

    One More Woe for Ailing Brooklyn Development

  • News

    June 13, 2000

    Police Brutality and Voodoo Justice

    Rudy, Race, and Religion in the Wake of Louima and Dorismond

  • NYC Life

    May 25, 1999
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