• An Outstanding Aural Experience

    Welcome to The BK Buzz, your go-to place for audio stories all about Brooklyn, the best borough in New York City.

    With so many unique and interesting people residing in Kings County, there are more than just a few stories to share, and we aim at sharing them with anyone who wants to listen.

    We are particularly dedicated to uncovering the untold stories of New York's most populous borough, the things that not everyone knows about yet and the people who make exciting things happen.

    With 71 square miles, 2.5 million people, and 40+ unique neighborhoods, there are plenty of stories to hear, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

    (And if you know of any stories you think we should cover, feel free to send us a tip at thebkbuzz[at]gmail.com, or, you know, if you just want to say hi, you can do that too!)

Ambiguous Borders

Exploring the Definitions of Community in Red Hook, Brooklyn Ambiguous Borders is an audio walking tour based on the oral histories producer Shannon Geis collected while obtaining her Master’s degree in Oral History from Columbia University. It is a two hour listening experiement best experienced by walking through the neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Ambiguous Borders explores the … Continue reading

The Sounds of Red Hook

We often think about what makes a community unique. And usually the things we consider include the people who live there, the places with visiting, and maybe some of the intangible feelings you get when you are there. But one aspect that I don’t think is considered as often as it should are the unique … Continue reading

Terminal New York

You may have noticed the lack of posts here at The BK Buzz. We’re very sorry about that. We’ve been caught up with graduate studies at Columbia University and a new job developing and giving walking tours throughout New York City. In fact, just so you know that we haven’t completely disappeared off the face … Continue reading

A new way to listen

Did you hear? The BK Buzz is now a part of BBOX Radio! You can keep up with us here as always or you can check us out at bboxradio.com! And be sure to check out some of the other great shows on BBOX, including Both Kinds of Music, Ask Brooklyn, and Old Time Religion … Continue reading

Racing brings a father and son together

Ray Penfold has been racing in rural Maine since the 1960s and his son, Bill, started racing with him in the 1980s. Despite grisly crashes and flaring tempers, racing is what has kept this father and son so close. Listen in to Shannon Geis’s story about this unique family.

Island Connection

Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine is full of islands. Many of the islands host a sizable summer population and a few have year round residents. But how do the people who live on these islands get to and from the mainland? By ferry boat, of course! Shannon Geis rode along with a ferry … Continue reading

Spending the Fall in Portland, Maine

The BK Buzz creator, Shannon Geis, is spending the next few months at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. On the plus side, this means that she will be producing some really interesting new pieces and working with other audio producers to hone her skills. On the down side, she won’t be … Continue reading

Celebrating History in the Little Things

The BK Buzz recently visited the City Reliquary, a museum dedicated to the little bits and pieces that make up the history of New York City. We spoke with the director, Dave Herman, about why the tokens and souvenirs the museum collects are important to remember. Check it out: We think the Embee Sunshade Company … Continue reading

White Noise

What happens when four separate construction projects begin on one residential block simultaneously? What would you do if jackhammers kept you up all night and your street was torn up for months straight? The residents of John Street in the Financial District found out first hand how to deal and you might be surprised about … Continue reading

Documentary celebrates the artistic community of 80s and 90s Fort Greene

As you may have figured out by now, we at The BK Buzz love documentaries, especially documentaries about Brooklyn. And we have another great Brooklyn documentary to tell you about called Brooklyn Boheme. We attended a screening and discussion of the film at Long Island University Tuesday night and we have to say, this is … Continue reading