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

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

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

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

Battle for Brooklyn

We at The BK Buzz attended a screening of the new documentary Battle for Brooklyn last night at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in Park Slope as part of the Rooftop Films series, “Films for the Occupation.” The film documents the Atlantic Yards project from the time it was announced in 2003 up through the … Continue reading

Embroidered love stories

Iviva Olenick was walking home to Boerum Hill one night when she came up with a creative idea for telling Brooklyn love stories, which soon became The Brooklyn Love Exchange. Olenick, who teaches embroidery at the Pratt Institute and at Etsy at 3rd Ward, began documenting love stories gathered from all over the borough in … Continue reading

Filmmaker uses personal experiences to break abuse cycle

Being a dad is hard. Being a dad in a family that has suffered from generations of domestic abuse is even harder. What does it take to address the issue and look for ways to change? In his autobiographical film, House Devil, Street Angel, Fivel Rothberg takes a deep look at his relationships with his … Continue reading

The Cyclones are a home run for Brooklyn

Brooklyn loves baseball, just ask anyone taking in a Cyclones game at MCU Park near the beach in Coney Island. Although the major league season is heating up with the postseason just around the corner, minor league is just rapping up. And even though the Cyclones didn’t win the championship this year, they’ve won the … Continue reading