BKLYNER is a Brooklyn-wide news site, with its beginnings in Southern Brooklyn. Our roots are in community reporting, and we care about the communities we cover. We strive to cover the diversity of the Brooklyn neighborhoods and the news, issues, events, and businesses that matter to their residents.
Where we excel is building community — online and off — and that comes by focusing on the needs of all residents. If you have an issue you’d like us to cover, or just want to share an amusing anecdote, email email@example.com or call (917) 496 5888. Email is much preferred.
BKLYNER started as a network of neighborhood news sites, some established as far back as 2008, and grew to include the following: Bensonhurst Bean (2011), Ditmas Park Corner (2012), Fort Greene Focus (2009), KensingtonBK (2012), Sheepshead Bites (2008), South Slope News (2013), and Sunset Park Voice(2016). In January 2017 they were all consolidated in one site, Bklyner.com
Fort Greene Focus began its life in 2009 as The Local, published by the New York Times, and then the CUNY Journalism School ran the site as “The Nabe” in 2013 and 2014.
We are funded through subscriptions from our readers, as well as advertising from local businesses and institutions. You can read more about our work in this piece from The Atlantic: Who’s Left Covering Brooklyn With the Big Newspapers in Retreat?
STORIES: If you have a tip, story idea, or want to send us a press release, feel free to email/call us directly. If you’re writing in with a tip, please be as specific as possible and include all the information you have. If you’ve got photo or video, you can send it to us in an email firstname.lastname@example.org. If it’s an emergency or breaking news, it’ll be best to call us at (917) 496 5888.
LIENA ZAGARE is the Publisher and Editor at Bklyner. Liena was born in Latvia, then part of the Soviet Union. After graduating from LSE with a degree in Economics, Liena worked for the IFC in Central and Eastern Europe, on a variety of investment projects. Seeing what unfettered development can do to cities led her to pursue a degree in Urban Planning from NYU, and start Ditmas Park Blog in 2007 – one of the earliest online neighborhood news sites in the city covering the bit of Flatbush where she had settled with her family in 2005. After selling the sites to AOL, Liena briefly worked for Patch, leaving in 2012 to start Corner Media to provide neighbors with community news through Ditmas Park Corner and its sister sites in a manner that would serve the needs of the neighborhoods best. They have since all become Bklyner. You can reach her at Liena@bklyner.com or (917) 496 5888. Liena is fluent in Latvian, Russian and English. When you’d like to advertise or partner with us, please reach out to her by filling out this form.
Irina Groushevaia is the Managing Editor and social media wizard and covers Bushwick, Williamsburg, and beyond. Irina is fluent in Russian and you can reach out at Irina@bklyner.com
Zainab Iqbal is a general assignment roving reporter, mostly around Southern Brooklyn. You can reach her at Zainab@bklyner.com She is also fluent in Urdu.
OPEN POSITIONS – political reporter, also covering Crown Heights and the surrounding Central Brooklyn neighborhoods and Park Slope/Downtown Brooklyn. We will fill them as soon as we hit our subscriber targets.
ADVERTISING: Got a business or service you want to promote to the residents of Brooklyn? Bklyner is definitely the place to do it. We’ve built a strong, loyal readership that is engaged with the neighborhood. They’re interested in supporting local businesses and are aware that a good community is founded on a thriving local economy. Email Liena@bklyner.com for details about our readership and rates for an advertising campaign.
EVENTS LISTINGS: Please feel free to add to our events calendar at Bklyner.com/calendar/, and email Editor@bklyner.com if you need any help. All events need to be approved, so may not post instantly. Our events roundups are at editorial discretion. If you’d like to have your post featured in teh calendar, the rate is $50/week, please email Liena@bklyner.com.
NEW BUSINESS: If you are opening a business in Brooklyn, we’d like to know and give you a shout out in one of our openings roundups which we try to do monthly for as many neighborhoods as we can. Please email details including contact to Editor@bklyner.com with a subject line: FOR NEW BUSINESS ROUNDUP. If you’d like a sponsored post, please email Liena Zagare at Liena@bklyner.com.
CONTRIBUTING: Love your neighborhood and a desire to express it? Looking to build up a portfolio of writing? We’d love to provide a regular forum for your work, and are open to your pitches. Send an email pitching what you’d like to do and why you’d like to do it, and please include some writing samples, to email@example.com. We pay for the work we publish.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR/OPINION PIECES – We welcome letters to the editor on any subject. We will consider them for publishing as long as there is a clear Brooklyn connection, and the topic is timely, and they are not overly lengthy. Please send your submission to Liena@bklyner.com.
COMMENTS POLICY: We encourage and appreciate comments from our neighbors and readers on our stories. However, those comments must contribute to a neighborly conversation, and in general, they cannot be abusive, contain personal attacks, be inflammatory, or be overly profane. We reserve the right to make the decisions about which comments violate these ground rules, and will moderate the comments at our discretion. We currently moderate all comments, which is why if you add yours in the middle of the night it will not show up instantly.
LEGAL NOTICES: We publish online daily and only print occasional neighborhood issues so we cannot publish your legal notices to fulfill publication requirements.
Corner Media, Inc, is a member of the Local Independent Online News Publishers Association.
Corner Media, Inc. is a certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) by the City of New York.
Corner Media Inc (the publisher of Bklyner) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other classification prescribed by applicable law.