On the Grid
2017 New York Emmy Award Nominee. Director: America Maldonado. BRIC TV
is a Documentary Series with Zephyr Teachout, 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, with help from CUNY’s Center for Urban Research, is redrawing Brooklyn’s traditional neighborhood boundaries. Gone are the arbitrary borders of Gravesend and Sunset Park, Williamsburg, and Fort Greene—instead, she’s exploring the maps of Brooklyn that tell the story of today’s demographics from ‘Republican Brooklyn’ to ‘Yiddish Brooklyn’ and beyond.
In this episode, Zephyr Teachout explores the explosive nightlife in Brooklyn. Some hot spots include: Sunny's Bar in Redhook, Videology in Williamsburg, and Salsa dancing at Eddie Jr.'s.
Yiddish in Brooklyn
Explore the cultural differences of three Hasidic Yiddish speaking communities in Brooklyn through their culture and language. See the insular nature of the Satmar sect in Williamsburg, the outward nature of the Lubavitch of Crown Heights and the ultra-Orthodoxy of the Haredi of Borough Park. We finish the journey with a look at the intersecting musical traditions within various Yiddish speaking communities.
Chinese Immigration in Brooklyn
The growing population of Chinese immigrants in Brooklyn has birthed and cultivated one of the largest Chinatowns in NYC. We visit the Brooklyn Chinese American Association as they host a community wide cleanup day, learn about the cultural significance of dim sum at Pacificana Restaurant, follow a local patrol team as they protect the neighborhood, and finish with the newer tradition of karaoke at 100Fun.
Biking to Work
Brooklyn is the biking borough of New York. Out of 30,000 people who bike to work in New York City, 15,000 of them live in Brooklyn.