Where The Sun Disappeared | -19,’20 | Issue No. 35

We’ve lived in Brooklyn long enough ago to know that the only thing that makes New York worth living in, is summer in the city.  But this one’s been weird, so far, to say the least, and while the city struggles with how to spend it safely, this week we’re giving up the ghost of summers past. Revisiting stories of Brooklyn’s hottest blocks, parks, parties, and people and reminding ourselves why we stayed.

While the city’s COVID wave may have crested and waned, the wave of gun violence in the city is picking up at pace. The fireworks are over, the streets are back to life, and you can hear the music and the children playing. 

This week we’re giving up the ghost of summers past:

“The God Squad”
by Sriyanka Ray and Anna Lueck

For the last decade, a team of Baptist and Episcopalian ministers, Seventh Day Adventists, and at least one rabbi have been bridging the gap between law enforcement and residents of the 67th Precinct. This clergy crisis response team is known locally as the God Squad, and producers Sriyanka Ray and Anna Lueck interviewed these faith leaders about their work to combat violence in their communities. 

“Hands, Kings and Brooklyn Streets”
by Najee Omar

Najee Omar is a Brooklyn-based poet, performer, and educator, who uses the arts to build community. He has performed at the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on Russell Simmons’ All Def Poetry, and at the Ingersoll Community Center’s We Are Brooklyn Block Party. This week, we’re featuring Najee’s reading of his poem Hands, Kings & Brooklyn Streets.

“Skater Spirit”
by Khyriel Palmer

They say that meditating is like exercising a muscle -- the more you do it, the more natural it starts to feel. We spent a day last summer with Muhammad Floyd -- a young man from Mt. Vernon, New York who has put in his 10,000 hours and picked up a few tricks along the way. 

“Soap Box Derby”
by Charlie Hoxie

When we’re not in the middle of a viral pandemic, Brooklyn has a summer camp for just about everything. Back in 2011, there was even one for building and racing your own soap box car, where campers got to combine power tools and engineering with craft and enginuity. This week, we take a trip down memory lane. 

“Hazel Brown Eyes” & “Brower Park Skaters”
by Sriyanka Ray and Emily Boghossian
[45:06 - 54:43 ]

Back in 2017, we met Queen Hazel, who rides around town on a lowrider bicycle selling her gourmet take on a city summer staple. There’s more to do in the park than just play basketball and run through sprinkles. Sometimes kids find passion where they’re least expected to. This week, we hear from the boys of Brower Park.


“Weekend Weather with Junior Meteorologist Giff City” was produced by Emily Boghossian, Taylor Cook, and Lauren Germain. Brooklyn USA’s “Messages From Over Here” are produced by Voltron.

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Brooklyn, USA is produced by Sachar Mathias, Emily Boghossian, Shirin Barghi, Khyriel Palmer, Mayumi Sato and Charlie Hoxie, with help this week from Sriyanka Ray and Anna Lueck.

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