Flatbush

Brooklyn's Dirty Masquerade

J'ouvert Mourning: Remembering the Brooklynites Who Died Before Dawn

Tyreke Borel and Tiarah Poyau were fatally shot during 2016's annual street masquerade in Brooklyn. We followed up with their families and friends to see how they are coping with their loss.
Amdé Mengistu
3.3.17
Brooklyn's Dirty Masquerade

Brooklyn's J'ouvert Is New York's Most Polarizing Street Festival

Brooklynites and city officials weigh in on the raucous West Indian street masquerade that some say celebrates Caribbean culture and others say is marred by violence.
Sonja Sharp
3.1.17
THE WORST DRUG IN THE WORLD

How Synthetic Weed Is Ravaging Brooklyn's Homeless Population

Call it spice, K2, spike, or Flamingo—by any name, it's the cheapest and most dangerous way to get high right now.
Allie Conti
7.27.15
News

​Former Gang Members Are Trying to Snuff Out Violence in New York City

Crime is up in New York City, but there seems to be a decent way of reducing gun violence that requires absolutely zero police involvement.
Samuel Lieberman
3.25.15
Stuff

Talking About Life With the Chess Players of Union Square

VICE columnist and former competitive chess champion Giancarlo T. Roma talks to chess players in NYC's Union Square about life and the game.
Giancarlo T. Roma
12.29.14
News

Alleged Gun-Planting by Brooklyn Cops Raises New Questions About the Death of Kimani Gray

A report that the NYPD has allegedly planted guns on suspects in Flatbush, Brooklyn, further fuels the mystery surrounding the shooting death of a black teenager at the hands of plainclothes cops there last year.
Peter Rugh
12.23.14
News

Omnipresence Is the Newest NYPD Tactic You’ve Never Heard Of

The cops in New York City are stationing officers and floodlights in high-crime housing projects.
John Surico
10.20.14
Music

The Underachievers Talk About Stop-and-Frisk and Kimani Gray

The Underachievers have managed to rise up out of their Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush. But it wasn't long ago that they were getting stopped and frisked by the cops, just like the other hundreds of thousands of black and Latino male New Yorkers. I...
Wilbert L. Cooper
4.12.13