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

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

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

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

Moving Out/On

Today, we are posting something a little bit different. The BK Buzz creator, Shannon Geis, recently went through the process of helping her mom move out of the home where Shannon grew up in rural Nebraska. Although Shannon lives in Brooklyn now, the house has a lot of important memories for her, especially memories of … Continue reading

Explore a bit of history at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Most in Brooklyn have a vague knowledge of the Brooklyn Navy Yard (primarily knowledge of Steiner Studios, located on the property) but how many know the history of the site and what kinds of things go on their today? We at The BK Buzz were unsure ourselves, so when we heard that the Yard had … Continue reading

Discovering the history of Brooklyn through literature

Brooklyn has become known recently for it’s writing scene, having even been compared to 1920s Paris by The Huffington Post earlier this year. But maybe the literary history of the borough isn’t so new. That’s what Evan Hughes focuses on in his new book Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American … Continue reading

Documentary focuses on the gentrification of Fulton Mall

A new documentary is currently in the works, which tackles the issues of gentrification and city planning in Downtown Brooklyn. Written and directed by Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean, the film, called My Brooklyn: The Battle for the Soul of a City, focuses on how city planning policy affects the changes we see in … Continue reading

‘Tis the season for sand and sunscreen

We here at The BK Buzz really love to spend time outside and so for Memorial Day last week, we made our first trek to Coney Island of the season. It was packed with people celebrating the three-day weekend but we had a good time all the same. In honor of beach season and because … Continue reading

Learning about the past at Green-Wood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery has been a popular attraction for tourists and New Yorkers alike since it opened in 1838. Its popularity in the mid-19th century inspired the construction of Central and Prospect parks. The premiere place to be buried in New York City, it is full of famous and influential New York residents. It is also … Continue reading