Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Local, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

The New York Times has launched three new blogs under the heading "The Local," and one is going to be all about Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Here's a description of the new blog from editor Andy Newman:
The Local is an online news site for these communities. But if we build it right together, The Local will be something much more: a glorious if cacophonous chorus of your voices singing the song of life itself in these astoundingly varied and vibrant neighborhoods.

With your input, The Local will tell stories that matter: crime and politics and culture and civic life and everything else. Some stories will be snapshots, mere moments. Others will unfold over days or weeks or marking periods — the birth pangs of a food coop or a high school newspaper, the aftermath of a crime, and, as the unstoppable wave of local gentrification crashes into the unstoppable wave of global economic meltdown, an ever-growing tale of loss and struggle.

I heard Andy on NPR yesterday and really enjoyed listening to him. I look forward to reading the blog in the coming weeks. It's certainly a welcome addition to the print edition of the NYT's local Brooklyn coverage.

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