Airbnb’s Changes to Central Brooklyn

Airbnb has allowed tourists from Europe and around the country joining the cultural and demographic changes that have come to define areas like Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Editor of Brooklyn Deep, and Murray Cox, data activist, and Veralyn Williams, Brooklyn Deep’s Managing Editor talk about the home sharing platform’s impact on […]

Gentrification + LGBTQ Community in Central Brooklyn

Brooklyn Deep leads a discussion on the impact gentrification is having on one particular demographic in Central Brooklyn: the LGBTQ community of color. As our recently published article puts it, the story of Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPoC) residents, “are rarely anything but a side note in the mainstream [gentrification] conversation.” Guests include: […]

Third Rail Eps 42: Airbnb in Central Brooklyn: Chaos or Community?

A recent article in Brooklyn Deep ran an exclusive on a study by Inside Airbnb, an Airbnb activist project that has been largely critical of the Airbnb enterprise.  The study concludes that Airbnb acts as a racial gentrification tool in New York City’s predominantly Black neighborhoods. “Across all 72 predominantly Black New York City neighborhoods, Airbnb […]

Third Rail Eps 38: Dear White Friend

Through this provocative lens, Mark and Veralyn explore what it looks like to show up for racial justice as a white person, and how Black people should position themselves relative to white folks figuring that out.  This is a candid discussion about action and solidarity around combatting racial violence, privilege and institutionalized oppression.  Segment One: […]

TR Express: Impact of Orlando on Central Brooklyn

The LGBTQ community in Brooklyn woke up to a nightmare on Sunday. Reports of the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida filled Brooklyn and the rest of the world with horror. In this edition of Third Rail Express, local LGBTQ community members share their stories while attending healing events throughout the city. “My […]

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 […]