Community News

BP Adams: Rental Assistance Available

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is up and running to provide support for both renters and landlords who need rental assistance. Apply now for this important program.Emergency assistance and resources continue to be available to those in need of Hurricane Ida-related support, from the City and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including their Hazard Mitigation […]readmore

Justice Matters

NYCHA Employees Offered Bribes for Contracts

Honest Employees Stepped Forward to Report Illegalities  Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Margaret Garnett, today announced that nine contractors have been variously charged in multiple indictments with bribery, giving unlawful gratuities, offering a false instrument for filing and conspiracy for allegedly offering NYCHA employees bribes in […]readmore

Black History

Vulcan Society Remembers 9/11 Heroes

Firefighter John Coombs remembers 9/11 as a very warm and beautiful day when he started work on some plumbing in his Bed Stuy basement. It was when he came out to buy water that he heard about a plane hitting the twin towers. At first, he assumed it was a small training plane “I couldn’t […]readmore

Health & Wellness

Pesticide Ban Is a Win for Children – and Science

September 17, 2021Nicole GreenfieldBack in 1989, a groundbreaking NRDC report called Intolerable Risk detailed the perils children faced just by dutifully eating their fruits and vegetables. “These staples of children’s diets routinely, and lawfully, contain dangerous amounts of pesticides, which pose an increased risk of cancer, neurobehavioral damage, and other health problems,” its summary stated. […]readmore

Community News

National Grid Employees Give Back

More than 1,000 National Grid employees gave back to their local communities on Monday, September 20 to celebrate a Day of Service across the company’s 26,000-square-mile New York service area. Company employees reaffirmed their spirit of altruism across the state by volunteering at food banks, Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels, as well as […]readmore

Arts-Theater

Melvin Van Peebles Dies: Icon of Black Cinema Behind ‘Sweet

By Erik Pedersen,www.deadline.comMelvin Van Peebles, an actor, writer, director, producer and icon of Black cinema whose films include Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song and Watermelon Man, died Tuesday night at his Manhattan home. He was 89.His death was confirmed by his son, Mario Van Peebles, who said in a statement: “Dad knew that Black images matter. If a picture is worth […]readmore

Business

Local, Organic and Black-owned Groceries at Buy Better Foods

If you are looking for plant-based foods, bulk herbs, supplements, wellness items, etc. then you want to visit BBF. Owners Aimee and Myriam Simpierre have brought a health food haven to north Bed Stuy at 371 Kosciuszko Street at Marcus Garvey Blvd. You can order online at: www.buybetterfoods.com On Saturday 18, they had a Fall […]readmore

Community News

NYC Revises Testing, Quarantine Protocols for Public Schools

by Jessica Gould, WNYCMayor de Blasio has announced some revised testing and quarantine protocols for the city’s public schools, which will go into effect next Monday. Sample COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated students will now happen weekly, rather than twice-a-month at all elementary, middle, and high schools. This comes a day after the city’s teachers’ union, the […]readmore