Hope Count: Brooklyn Review

Each year for one cold night, the New York City Department of Homeless Services and a team of over 3,000 volunteers head into the streets, from midnight to 4am, to participate in the homeless outreach population estimate, also known as the Hope Project. In Brooklyn, hundreds of volunteers checked-in for training session this year, before heading out to canvass parks, subways, and other public spaces in search of unsheltered people who might need a warm place to lay their heads.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Brooklyn Review, episode 275. Original air date: 2/1/2013. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Sandy Soup Kitchen: Brooklyn Review

Continuing the theme of service, in Park Slope, a historic church has joined forces with a popular restaurant to create the Sandy Relief Kitchen.
We visited the church where a group of volunteers were busy preparing hot meals and collecting canned goods for delivery to Brooklyn residents in the hardest-hit sandy zones. Reporter Fred Brown was on-site to lend a helping hand.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Brooklyn Review, episode 275. Original air date: 2/1/2013. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Day of Service: Brooklyn Review

President Obama used the occasion of his Inauguration to spur Americans to participate in a nation-wide weekend of service. In the days preceding the swearing in, people connected with their communities through collective works. In Brooklyn, the Sheepshead Bay High School opened its doors to a flood of volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to give the school a face lift.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Brooklyn Review, episode 275. Original air date: 2/1/2013. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Hipster Bar in Bay Ridge: Brooklyn Review

Bay Ridge has traditionally been known for its bars and restaurants so news of another one on the horizon may not seem out of the ordinary. The difference in this case is that the owner is opening a beer garden in a former locksmiths store on fifth avenue, and it’s being called the area’s first hipster bar. The idea has some residents who live nearby fearing all night noise and rowdy bar patrons, but the new owner and several other local establishments say they’re doing what they can to make sure disturbances are minimal. Reporter Sherry Karabin has more.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Brooklyn Review, episode 275. Original air date: 2/1/2013. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Brooklyn Celebrates MLK Day: Brooklyn Review

The Revered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself couldn’t have ever dreamed that his own bible would be used to swear in Americas first Black president for his second term in office. But that of course happened on the day when the nation pauses to honor Dr. King and his legacy. In Fort Green, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosted their 27th Annual MLK Day observance, where there were words, songs and a big screen view of history in action.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Brooklyn Review, episode 275. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Brooklyn’s Miss America 2013- Mallory Hagan!: Brooklyn Review

Developed by the Miss America organization, the Miss America Pageant is more than just swim suits and talent — it’s a national program that provides personal and professional opportunities for young women to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community. And here in Brooklyn, we have the big winner! Reporter Fred Brown sat down with Miss New York Mallory Hagan who just won the coveted title of “Miss America 2013”!

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Brooklyn Review, episode 274. Original air date: 1/11/2013. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Coney Recovers: Brooklyn Review

Coneyrecovers.org is an initiative of the Alliance for Coney Island, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting “the people’s playground” and improving quality of life for the entire Coney Island community. The group has received over $200k in grant money and set up new mobile truck units and Sandy headquarters, as Coney island continues to restore businesses, heat and electricity, and other services months after the devastating storm.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Brooklyn Review, episode 274. Original air date: 1/11/2013. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

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