Beyond PoPo Event: Bringing Public Safety to Crown Heights

Join us as we use Voices of Crown Heights oral histories to frame a community discussion and vision of what true “law and order”and “peacekeeping” look like in Crown Heights. WHEN May 16, 2017 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm WHERE Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue CONTACT Walis Johnson · walisjohnson@gmail.com · 7187717000 RSVP link: http://brooklynmovementcenter.nationbuilder.com/beyond_popo_bringing_public_safety_to_crown_heights

Third Rail Eps 56: Tenant Matters

In this episode of Third Rail we focus on those in Central Brooklyn who are on the front line of gentrification: tenants and renters. This past June, Governor Cuomo signed into law a sweeping new collection of rent regulations which re-set the bar for tenant protections and curtailed the power of landlords to dictate rates […]

Third Rail Eps 55: A Plant Grows in Brooklyn

Cannabis or Marijuana use in a Black area like Central Brooklyn has always been a complex issue. While many people call marijuana use a “gateway” to heavier drug addiction, the reality is, getting picked up by the police for distributing or using weed has been a gateway to the criminal justice system. In this episode […]

Third Rail Eps 54: Black Brooklyn Oscars

In a special post Academy Award edition of Third Rail, we indulge our twin loves, BK and movies, by paying homage  — and occasional shade — to Black Brooklyn through the lens of cinema. Specifically, we pose the question, what are the best Black Brooklyn movies ever made? Joining Third Rail host Mark Winston Griffith […]

Third Rail Eps. 53 Central Brooklyn Food: Unifier or Gentrifier?

Food, one of the most potent cultural forces in American life, represents our ability to come together across tribal lines, especially during the holidays. At the same time, in Central Brooklyn and other gentrifying cities, where restaurants and groceries stores are not just markers of distinct tastes and cuisines, but of race and class privilege, […]

Third Rail Eps 50: What’s The 911?

The shooting of Saheed Vassell by the NYPD on April 4th in Crown Heights re-ignited a chronic community safety debate: What kind of discretion should we use in calling the police when we know that it can result in a death sentence for an unsuspecting Black person?   Today, we investigate what runs through people’s […]

Learning Curves: A New Generation of Parents and Educators Take on Change in Bed-Stuy’s District 16

Shaila Dewan, a reporter for the New York Times who covers the criminal justice system, moved to Bedford-Stuyvesant with her husband in 2012, when she was “very pregnant” with their first child. “I didn’t really know that much about the schools,” she said, “except that nobody I knew went to any of them. I asked […]

Third Rail Eps 43.5: Blewish Part Two: The easy myths and hard truths of Black-Jewish relations.

In this special mini-episode we continue our conversation about Black-Orthodox Jewish relations and take a look at the conflicts between two othered communities in one area, Crown Heights. Mark talks to Leo Ferguson a leader in Jews for Economic and Racial Justice (JFREJ) about equating Jewishness with whiteness, the similarities and differences of Black and Jewish […]

Are Central Brooklyn Charter Schools Best for BK Students?

At the heart of the debate around charter schools in Central Brooklyn are issues of race and real estate. Brooklyn Deep contributor Max Freedman, who has been looking closely at demographic and enrollment patterns throughout New York, answer questions on charter schools in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights.

Brooklyn Deep is LIVE on Kickstarter – And We Need You To Act

We are proud to announce our first-ever crowdfunding campaign, now live on Kickstarter.   Here’s the thing: this is an ALL OR NOTHING campaign – if we don’t hit our goal of $15,000, we don’t get a dime.   That $15k will help us keep Third Rail going, hire additional journalists, and help us lay […]