Intersect: Insights on Brooklyn Neighborhoods Impacted by Sandy

From BKIndependentTV

Intersect Eps. 20: Gerrymandering

Original Air Date: 11/1/2010
On this episode of Intersect we read between the lines for an examination of election zone redistricting and how it affects Brooklyns voting power. Host Brian Vines is joined by Jeff Reichert whose new film Gerrymandering delves into the history of the practice that allows lawmakers to redesign election districts and Mark Botnick, co-executive director of New York Uprising a non-partisan, independent coalition formed by former Mayor Edward I. Koch that advocates for meaningful government reform across New York State.
From Brooklyn Independent Television‘s Intersect.

Intersect Eps. 19: Protecting Gay Students from Bullying

Original Air Date: 10/18/2010
Recent hate crimes aimed at homosexuals, derogatory comments made by public figures and the tragic suicides of several teenagers after being bullied for being (or suspected of being) gay has the state’s focus on the treatment of LGBT students in and out of school. Host Brian Vines is joined by Colleen D. Babb, Executive Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s School Advocacy Bureau, Earl Brown, board member for Brooklyn Community Pride, and Francisco Roque, Director of Community Health at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in a discussion offering information and strategies for parents, teachers, and gay students facing bullying from fellow students.
From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Intersect.

This Week’s New BIT Episodes

This week’s (June 7 – 12) new Brooklyn Independent Television episodes. Tune in to Brooklyn Time Warner 56, Cablevision 69, RCN or in all five boroughs, Verizon 44 to watch. Of course, you can stream these online at or download any of these episodes or more on iTunes (keyword: “Brooklyn Independent Television.)

Monday, June 7th
As the federal government and BP scramble to stop the massive oil spill polluting the Gulf Region, Brooklyn still remains the site of the single largest oil spill in US history. Beginning is late 1800’s Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek was home to several oil refineries that left a legacy of oil and petroleum leaks amounting to some 30 million gallons of oil and waste currently under Greenpoint and in the surrounding waters. On this episode of Intersect host Brian Vines,  Elizabeth Ernish a Senior Planner at the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and Murad Awawdeh Environmental Justice Organizer at the UPROSE organization discuss environmental justice in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn On Site
Tuesday, June 8th
Black Brooklyn Drum Call: Drumming artists take over Grand Army Plaza to celebrate the history of African drumming in Brooklyn. Featuring beats from African, Afro-Caribbean, African American and Hispanic communities, this demo is followed by a symposium on the history of African drumming traditions in Brooklyn moderated by world-renowned Brooklyn drummer Neil Clarke.

Neighborhood Beat: Canarsie
Thursday, June 10th
1:30pm & 8:30pm
On this exciting Canarsie episode, we’ll step out on Avenue L to hang with the young dancers at April’s Dance N Feet. We experience summer fun at Canarsie Pier with the Urban Divers and learn how to kayak at the Sebago Canoe Club. Then back on Avenue L, we’ll find everything we need for a fabulous shindig at Havin’ A Party before we sample Caribbean creations at Canarsie’s own Haitian restaurant, Ambiance.

In the Zone
Saturday, June 12th
On this episode of In the Zone, Host Micheal Bellamy sits with Elizabeth Cross of the New York Fencers Club for a discussion about the world of foils and sabers; skateboarders are on the move to raise funds to upgrade Thomas Green Park in Gowanus; and Lauren Moraski covers Special Olympics Opening Ceremony at Wingate Park.

New Public Affairs Program: INTERSECT

(L-R) Host Brian Vines with guests Councilman-elect Brad Lander (D-Park Slope), Carl Hum, President and CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and Gil Cygler, Owner of All Car Rent A Car

Exciting! This new public-affairs program has been in the works here at BRIC Community Media for a couple of months now. It’s so exciting to have an official premiere date and— a BRIC Community blog exclusive! — what the first show will be about. Take a look at the January 4th Intersect description:

“Legislation before the New York City Council requiring that businesses give a minimum number of sick days to city workers has some City Council members and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on opposite sides of the bill.  On this premiere episode of INTERSECT City Councilman-elect Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) faces off with Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carl Hum who is accompanied by small business owner Gil Cygler.”

Check out the official press release:


Brooklyn, NY (December 28, 2009) – BRIC Arts |Media| Bklyn launches its newest Brooklyn Independent Television (BIT) program: Intersect. Premiering January 4th 2010, Intersect will serve as a forum where Brooklyn’s “issues and ideas meet.” Intersect will be cablecast as part of the BIT lineup on the BCAT TV Network, the community media network of BRIC Arts| Media| Bklyn and will replace the bi-monthly public affairs show Reporter Roundtable.

Hosted by longtime BIT reporter Brian Vines, produced by Senior Producer Ron Dodd and Associate Producer Lauren Moraski, Intersect will feature guest panelists representing Brooklyn community activists, political leaders, business owners, residents, and journalists. Panelists will weigh in on topics important to the people of Brooklyn and beyond. Viewers can expect a lively discussion representing all sides of an issue, as well as firsthand insight into the impact these issues have on the people of Brooklyn.

“We’re not talking sound bites here,” says Greg Sutton, Executive Producer for the BCAT TV Network and Director of Community Media. “It’s rare for media outlets to devote the time needed to really dissect issues that affect our community. These issues demand our attention and on Intersect, we’re going to talk about them with the Brooklynites who are at the center of the debate.”

Sutton adds, “One of the goals of Brooklyn Independent Television is to give our viewers the tools they need to live their lives better in the borough. Intersect is yet another way we’re accomplishing this goal,.”

Intersect will premiere on Monday, January 4th at 9:30pm on Time Warner 56, Cablevision 69, RCN 84 and in all five boroughs on Verizon 44. Re-airings will occur Mondays and Thursdays at 1:30pm & 9:30pm. Episodes of Intersect can be found online at


BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is a multi-disciplinary arts and media non-profit dedicated to presenting contemporary art, performing arts, and community media programs that reflect Brooklyn’s diverse communities, and to providing resources and platforms to support the creative process. All of its offerings are free or low cost, to enhance the public’s access to and understanding of arts and media. Each year, upwards of a million people in Brooklyn and citywide are served through our programs.

BRIC’s community media program offers affordable media facilities, equipment and education as well as Brooklyn-focused television programming to Brooklyn residents through the BCAT Media Center; the Brooklyn Center for Media Education, and the BCAT TV Network with its three programming initiatives: Brooklyn Independent Television (BIT), the community-produced Brooklyn Free Speech TV and the Brooklyn Bulletin Board, a 24/7 looping community announcement service used by over 2,000 Brooklyn non-profits. The BCAT TV Network’s programming is cablecast into the homes of 485,000 Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, RCN and Verizon subscribers throughout Brooklyn and streamed online to reach viewers all over the world.

Brooklyn Independent Television (BIT) produces over seventy hours a week of Brooklyn-focused television programs covering public affairs, arts and culture, health and business, sports, and Brooklyn neighborhoods, aimed to reach the diverse audiences within New York City’s most populous borough.

Be sure to tune in on Monday, January 4th at 9:30pm to watch the premiere episode of Intersect. If you have any questions about this or any other BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn program, please visit our press inquiry web page: To learn more about Intersect, visit the Intersect web page at


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