Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Weiner Hits Home, or How to Localize a National Story

The press has been on a feeding frenzy over the scandal involving now former Congressman Anthony Weiner and his decision to sext pictures of himself to random women. It’s a story with national implications, but it also impacts tens of thousands of Weiner’s constituents who are now left without a congressman. That story isn’t as sexy, and it’s not going to get anywhere near the same press that Weiner’s pictures of his (ahem!) got. Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: A Walk Through Olde Park Slope

Thumbnail of one of Hamill's boyhood homes via Here's Park Slope

Here’s Park Slope editor Dan Myers took readers on a jaunt through the old neighborhood recently, following in the footsteps of legendary New York writer Pete Hamill.

Hamill recently published an autobiography, “A Drinking Life.” Myers brings Hamill’s world alive, even though the streets have changed considerably from when the writer grew up in the neighborhood in the 1940′s and 1950′s. He uses excerpts from the book, and finds old pictures, comparing them to the present-day neighborhood. Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: BK Southie and the IS 278 Fire

I’m going to try a new format for the best hyperlocal journalism of the week posts, in order to focus more closely on one story each week and explain what makes it great. For the week of April 4, I’m choosing “311 is a Joke: City Hotline Useless After Marine Park Fire” by BK Southie, a hyperlocal site that covers Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Tales of Crime and Real Estate

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Photo by Avi

From the constant changes in Lower East Side real estate to increasing crime in parts of Brooklyn, last week was another busy one for New York’s hyperlocal bloggers. Check out some great reporting below: Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Cops, ‘Copters and Robbers

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Photo of full moon on March 19 by asterix611 via flickr.

A low and glowing full moon on March 19 led to a news-packed week and lots of great hyperlocal reporting in neighborhoods throughout the city. Check out our selection below: Continue reading »

Good News for Hyperlocal Editors: EveryBlock Gets Better

EveryBlock, the nifty neighborhood data provider, has redesigned its website and shifted its focus. In a post on EveryBlock’s blog, founder Adrian Holovaty says that the site will change from a “one-way funnel of information,” to a more collaborative enterprise that’s “about participation more than passive consumption.”

EveryBlock, now a unit of MSNBC.com, has always been a good resource for community-minded people (including hyperlocal editors). It aggregates tons of data that would Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Don’t Mess with the Bronx

Maybe it was the slightly warmer weather, but the reporting by New York’s hyperlocal websites seemed extra feisty last week. See why people in the city are mad, happy and sad in this week’s best hyperlocal reporting below: Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: The Bike Wars

Bicycling was a hot topic last week, as a lawsuit against the city sparked a debate about bike lanes, and a bicyclist was hit by a car on the Lower East Side. That, and a series of crimes dominated the best hyperlocal reporting of the week. Check it out: Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Time to Dredge Sheepshead Bay

Last week, politicians railed against all sorts of things, including Planned Parenthood and senior center closings. Luckily, hyperlocal news sites were there to record all of it. Check out the best reporting of the week below: Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: A Predator in Sunnyside

This week, Sheepshead Bites did some in-depth tow truck reporting, fires and criminals plagued the streets, and the Bronx is getting a new bikini bar, courtesy of a liquor authority error. Check out the best hyperlocal journalism of the week below. Continue reading »