The Brooklyn Moment!

February 17, 2012

Image courtesy of Payton Chung/Flickr

This is our Brooklyn moment.

In the midst of an unprecedented period of growth and development, we’re feeling like a “city” again. And we are creating new ways to bring our 2.5 million residents the private and public resources that our “sister city” across the bridge already has. among these is local information: the tool for engaging and inspiring our communities to take on challenges and trigger progress.

Yesterday, we saw a great step forward for Brooklyn’s otherwise fragmented and under-covered news landscape: the official launch of the Brooklyn Bureau.

Created in partnership with City Limits, will tell the Brooklyn story. Not of murder and mayhem or artisanal cheeses and trendy boutiques, but the stories that give insight into the Brooklyn experience—from our basketball courts to our courts of justice, our school yards to Atlantic Yards.

For its official launch, the Brooklyn Bureau has published a series of articles on the physical changes we’ve seen in Brooklyn over the past ten years, and what lies ahead.

For our part, we’ve contributed a new column from Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber, to tell the story behind the changing statistics—population, income, ethnicity—in our neighborhoods.

We’ve been seeing a lot of change, but what we also need is progress: stronger communities that can influence new investment and development; better lives for Brooklynites, whether they moved here five minutes ago or have lived on the same block for fifty years.

We have the opportunity to leverage this exciting moment and our “Brooklyn brand” to bring awareness to our communities’ needs, and to make Brooklyn better for all.

We can’t wait to see what’s next for Brooklyn, and it’s up to us to imagine it, fight for it, and build it!

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What's Happening Across Brooklyn

Here are a few highlights of news and events we’ve shared with our followers this week. Don’t miss a thing! Like us at and follow us at

We Are All Brooklyn (WAAB) Grant Opportunity
The 2011-2012 Leading By Giving Committee will award a grant of up to $1000 to a Brooklyn-based project that addresses issues of community safety with youth anywhere within the borough. Grant applications are due April 1, 2012. For more information or download links, please click here, or contact

AG Announces Plan to Revitalize New York Nonprofits
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced a plan to reform and revitalize New York’s nonprofit sector.  The plan includes legislation intended “to eliminate outdated and costly burdens on nonprofits, strengthen oversight and accountability, and reaffirm his office’s commitment to policing fraud and abuse.”   The AG has also announced a number of partnerships with the business and academic communities to help nonprofits address financial and strategic challenges by enhancing their governance. Read more from the New York Nonprofit Press here.

Brooklyn Greens: "Greening from the Ground Up" - Note the New Date and Location!

Build a Better Brooklyn
Please take a moment to cast your vote for Brooklyn Community Foundation in Bay Ridge Toyota's Build a Better Brooklyn Facebook contest. The dealership will give the winning charity a percentage of the proceeds from every car sold during the first quarter of this year. Vote here!