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Bronx's Local beats

Back in the Bronx - A fun site devoted to Bronx nostalgia and trivia.

Bronx Council on the Arts - the official cultural agency in the borough, offers the Bronx Cultural Card (for discounts), the Bronx Writers' Center, info on job training, grants and other services.

Bronx Mall - Free classifieds for merchandise, autos, jobs and pets, Bronx View where visitors can look for old friends, request information, or express opinions about controversial issues like "Graffiti: Art or Anarchy?"

Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation - Information on free assistance provided to new and existing Bronx businesses as well as to residents seeking employment.

Bronx Sights - Great pictures of historic and cultural sites throughout the only borough situated on the mainland of North America.

Bronx Zoo - The fun, educational web site of the world-famous zoo. - This site offers a diverse, if somewhat haphazardly compiled, range of stories about happenings in the Bronx. The witty headlines are wildly sensational, but the reporting and photos are not.

Hostos Art Gallery - Events and information about Hostos Community College's art gallery.

Hunts Point Express - Produced by students at Hunter College, and edited by Bernard Stein, who is the Pulitzer-Prize winning publisher of the Riverdale Press, the Hunts Point Express, launched in 2006, covers the Hunts Point and Longwood neighborhoods of the Bronx.

Inner City Press - Inner City Press, headquartered in the South Bronx of New York City, engages in investigations and journalism regarding human rights, transparency, corporate accountability, community reinvestment, predatory lending, environmental justice, fair housing, social exclusion and related topics.

Judaica Museum - Exhibitions and information about the Riverdale museum.

Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler - Membership information, gift shop items, and the history of Fort Schuyler.

New York Botanical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden is 250 acres of dazzling beauty and hands-on fun. From the newly-restored Enid A. Haupt Conservatory with an eco-tour of the world under glass, to the new Everett Children's Adventure Garden where kids explore nature and plant science, to 48 magnificent gardens and plant collections, the Garden is alive with discovery.

Norwood News - Bi-weekly community newspaper serving the northwest Bronx communities of Norwood, Bedford Park and Fordham Bedford. Founded in 1988 by Mosholu Preservation Corporation.

Riverdale Press - The only neighborhood weekly in New York City to win a Pulitzer Prize, this family-owned newspaper covers communities in the Northwest Bronx.

The Point - The website for a youth organization based in the Hunt's Point Area of the South Bronx. There is a good deal of information on this attractive site - information on the group's fifteen-or-so youth programs, musical tours of the area, an updated calendar of events, and lots of photographs.

West Bronx Blog - A blog associated with the West Bronx News Network, this site offers regular posts from the "editors, reporters and readers" of several community newspapers in the western Bronx.

West Bronx News Network - This site combines news from three Bronx publications -- the Norwood News, Highbridge Horizon and the new Mount Hope Monitor, with the intention of filling a gap left by the lack of local coverage of the area in other publications. Content is available in both English and Spanish.

Yankee Stadium - Official site of the world-famous Bronx Bombers.

Brooklyn's Local Beats

1010 President Street - Features Brooklyn stories and neighborhoods. - Everything that's on the Net about Williamsburg is on this site: events, calendar, local artists, businesses. Discussion forums, virtual tours and more.

Brighton Beach - Head to Brighton Beach, a thriving immigrant community. Whether you're a Neil Simon fan or not, this site from the Brighton Beach Neighborhood Association will tell all you need to know about this legendary beachfront community.

Bring Basketball To Brooklyn - Forest City Development, Bruce Ratner's real estate company, set up this website to promote its idea to build a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn -'s Brooklyn guide has lengthy lists of where to go for the theater, for dinner, or for worship. LIke all pages, it is very commercially minded.

Brooklyn Academy of Music - Dating from its first performance in 1861, BAM has grown into a thriving urban arts center that brings international performing arts, media, and film to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Borough President - The Brooklyn Borough President's stunningly detailed Internet resource of more than 60 Brooklyn neighborhoods. Includes history and current profiles. Worth a long look.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Visiting this site is the next best thing to visiting the garden, with virtual tours and everything you would ever want to know about Brooklyn’s horticultural mecca. Also find here gardening information and access to the library and resource center

Brooklyn Children's Museum - Brooklyn Children's Museum offers over 27,000 square feet of interactive exhibition space, designed expressly for kids between the ages of 2 and 10. Ten different galleries offer fun-filled adventures in world culture and natural science.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle - The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was founded in 1841, and covers current events in Brooklyn. The print edition features a daily list of new businesses in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Museum of Art - The Brooklyn Museum of Art is the second largest art museum in New York City and one of the largest in the United States. One of the premier art institutions in the world, its permanent collection includes more than one and a half million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represents almost every culture.

Brooklyn Papers - Three weekly papers, one covering Downtown Brooklyn, another Park Slope, the third Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. They specialize, they say, "in covering the hip, hot, literary areas of Brooklyn." The papers are available online only in pdf format.

Brooklyn Public Library - Homepage for library and information on its 60 locations. Includes links to children activities, events, and an email newsletter.

Brooklyn Views - Since November 2005, Brooklyn architect Jonathan Cohn has been blogging about the Brooklyn Nets project. Cohn is critical of the plans, but he writes about why it's a bad piece of urban planning. Posts are fairly long, fairly sober, and some have charts!

Brooklyn West Indian Carnival - Features the history of the annual event celebrating the West Indian Caribbean culture.

BrooklynX - A project of Brooklyn Information and Culture. Extensive links about all things Brooklyn, with community calendar, bulletin boards, map and neighborhood links.

Brownstoner - Brownstoner covers the entire borough with plenty of visuals, focusing on everything from crime to culture to the essential issue: property. The blog also has 25 'neighborhood archives' pages, so readers with an interest in a specific area can skip straight to the news they're after.

Coney Island Circus Sideshow - An on-line overview of the "last remaining authentic ten-in-one circus sideshow in the U.S."

Coney Island History Project - Fun website on Coney Island history. Tons of photos, videos and audio interviews, as well as Q&A.

Gowanus Lounge - This blog covers "life and real estate development in post industrial Brooklyn and New York City." It keeps up with the local development battles, and on what's happening in and around the Gowanus Canal. - Community calendars, art, info on officials, demographics, and entertainment. Extensive and impressive site, full of information.

Hello Brooklyn - An on-line Brooklyn guide covering everthing from community events and entertainment to news and weather.

Neighborhood Roots - Brooklyn community organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of historic Greenpoint.

New York Aquarium - Official website, provides hours and rates, news, and events. Also has little bios on some of the animals.

No Land Grab - A guide for those who oppose the Brooklyn Arena plan. This site consists of a web log of news relating to the project, a calendar of arena-related events, and instructions on how to oppose the plan. The site focuses on the opposition of local residents, giving a photo tour of the neighborhood and posting letters from Brooklynites.

Nonprofit Firm Paid by Casino - The city's campaign finance laws and matching fund program allow the public to see into a candidate's war chest as if it were made of glass.

Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn - This blog, serving "Park Slope, New York, and Beyond," focuses more on the Brooklyn social life and less on, well, the proposed basketball arena, than many of the other blogs based in this area. The author is a mother, and one of her main concerns is how the Brooklyn baby boom is playing out in Park Slope.

Planet PLG - This blog covers Prospect Leffert Gardens, with print and audio interviews with local officials, reports about new restaurants opening, and regular exclusives such as fully illustrated coverage of police officers hunting ducks in the neighborhood's streets.

Prospect Park Alliance - Places to go and things to do in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, from the private-public partnership that oversees the park’s operations.

Set Speed - This Fort Greene-based blog keeps close tabs on local real estate. Its interest is split between big issues, like gentrification and the Atlantic Yards project, and the prices of local condos.

The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel - Features color photos from recent tours of this long-defunct railroad tunnel, as well as historical information.

The Brooklyn Expedition - On this educational site jointly produced by Brooklyn's Children Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Public Library, kids can explore themes derived from library and museum materials. Topics range from "Structures" to the art, history and culture of Latin America.

Two Way Streets Sought - A group of Park Slope residents is urging the city to convert the one-way speedways of Prospect Park West and Eighth Avenue into two-way streets in hopes of avoiding sometimes fatal car-bike collisions.

Waterfront Museum - Dedicated to celebrating the waterfront. Circus, live music and education visits for kids. Extensive links.

Wildlife Conservation Society - Information on projects devoted to saving wildlife and wildlands throughout the world.

Manhattan's Local Beat

Chelsea Now - A weekly launched at the end of September, 2006, it is published by Community Media LLC, which also puts out The Villager, Downtown Express, Gay City News, and NYC Plus.

Downtown Express - Lower Manhattan community weekly.

East Harlem Online - Community calendars, East Harlem's art, virtual tours, info on officials, demographics, and community boards. Highly recommended.

Manhattan -'s Manhattan page is a guide to the borough, but also features citywide news prominently (something the other borough's pages don't do). Find out how to get married at City Hall, or read an article about finding a no-fee apartment.

Manhattan Community Board 11 - Manhattan Community Board 11 represents East Harlem. Along with basic community board information, its Web site has a good list of links and resources, including public officials, police precincts, and hospitals. The board also offers an email newsletter.

Morningside Heights Residents Association - Site contains information on the architecture, history, as well as current zoning and planning issues for the almost gentrified area near Columbia.

NoHo Manhattan - A place to go to find out what's going down in the North of Houston neighborhood. The website includes a listing of upcoming community board hearings, the history of NoHo, pictures and descriptions of landmarks, cultural listings, and links to get involved with NoHo activism.

NYC Upper East Side - Extensive calendar about all goings-on Upper East Side; links to businesses, shopping, news and community info.

SoHo Alliance - The SoHo alliance is run by the umbrella group for all SoHo block associations, and reports on news and development in SoHo.

Upper East Side - A wealth of links on all things Upper East Side - art, dining, shopping, health, finance, and even pets. Light on text, but heavy on links.

Villager, The - Greenwich Village community weekly.

Washington Heights and Inwood Online - A thorough site with information on Manhattan's two northernmost neighborhoods. Includes a full calendar of events, features and message boards, a gallery of photographs, a lengthy list of links, and a serious history lesson that contains over fifty articles about the area.

West Side - Your basic neighborhood site: classifieds, business listings etc.

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