Brooklyn’s Latest Local News Site Aims For Gritty, Not Trendy

The world isn’t lacking for news about Brooklyn’s artisanal pickles, flea markets and beekeeping, but a new site, Brooklyn Bureau, aims to focus on the less hip side of New York City’s largest borough.

Brooklyn Bureau will be launched this fall by NYC civic news site City Limits.

“While ‘Brooklyn’ gets a lot of ink in the trends and travel sections of national news outlets, many of our biggest communities have little access to essential local news, making the borough’s voice much softer than its 2.5 million headcount demands,” Marilyn Gelber, president of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, said in the release. To that end, the site will “spotlight media-deprived communities like Central Brooklyn, as well as immigrant groups and areas undergoing change” and will aggregate hyper-local news stories.

The site received $100,000 $50,000 in funding from the Knight Foundation. Philanthropic organization Brooklyn Community Foundation is kicking in another $100,000 $50,000 over two years.

Many neighborhoods in Brooklyn are not lacking for local coverage–even outside trendy areas like Park Slope and Fort Greene. AOL’s Patch recently hired Liena Zagare, the founder of a network of Brooklyn neighborhood blogs, as its national community editor. Zagare and her husband, Politico editor Ben Smith, launched the Ditmas Park Blog, the Kensington Prospect, The Midwood Blog, The Windsor Terrace Blog and The Flatbush Blog.