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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.

Queens' Local Beat

Bayside Historical Society - Archives, exhibits, events, and publications of the 35-year-old society.

Concerned Citizens of Laurelton - This community group works to "maintain the beauty and quality of life for all Laureltonites." Includes a community calendar of events hosted by the group.

Holliswood Gardens Homeowners Association - Information and history about Holliswood and Holliswood Gardens Queens. With poetry!

Kissena Park Civic Association - Kissena Park Civic Association website

Kupferberg Center Performances - Information regarding upcoming show and events.

Little Neck / Douglaston - LIRR schedules, area history, and information on community groups in this suburban-style Queens neighborhood. Home of John McEnroe!

Queens -'s online guide to Queens touches on the basics of the borough, with guides to neighborhoods, restaurants, and tidbits of Queens trivia like where Archie Bunker lived (on a fictional street in Astoria, it turns out).

Queens Borough President - Website of the Queens Borough President

Queens Botanical Garden - Contains calendar of events, photographs, and educational links.

Queens Chamber of Commerce - Everything you need to know about Queens. Contains excellent links.

Queens Community Board 13 - The Queens Community Board representing Queens Village, Springfield Gardens, and the surrounding areas has a simply presented Web site with the schedules and agendas of upcoming meetings, as well as archived meeting minutes and community board newsletters in pdf format. There is also a complaint form that can be filled out online, though block party applications and new tree requests must still be made on paper.

Queens Council on the Arts - The Queens Council on the Arts is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1966 to support, promote, and develop the arts and individual artists in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the greater-Queens community.

Queens Courier - Another weekly Queens newspaper.

Queens Historical Society - Information about the society, with some insight into Queens history.

Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee - Mission, meetings, and upcoming events.

Queens Public Television - Links to other Queens organizations, a newsletter, and, of course, TV listings.

Richmond Hill Historical Society - An in-depth look at Queens and Richmond Hill history, as well as maps and links to other relevant sites.

Shea Stadium - A comprehensive look at the home of the New York Mets. Contains stadium history and trivia.

Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce - Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Astoria Historical Society - A non-profit cultural/community organization dedicated to preserving the past and promoting Long Island City's future.

USTA National Tennis Center - More than just the home of the US Open, the Tennis Center is open to the public 11 months a year.

West Flushing Civic Association - Neighborhood Information, a Local Calendar, Community Pages, and links to Queens organizations and Queens-related news items.

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