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Fort Greene Focus is about and for Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. We bring you the unvarnished news you need, tell you the stories about your neighbors you wish you’d known, and cover everything from the newest restaurant to the cutest dogs. We are unabashed fans of Fort Greene, we’re admirers of great local organizations and businesses, and we will always look for ways to make the neighborhood better.

Fort Greene Focus began life in 2009 as The Local, published by the New York Times. The site is now published by Corner News Media, Brooklyn’s leading digital publisher. We’re an independent company whose full-time staff already ably serves Brooklyn neighborhoods through Ditmas Park Corner, Kensington BK, Park Slope StoopSouth Slope News, Sheepshead Bites, and Bensonhurst Bean with integrity and heart.

We’re also thrilled to be partners with the CUNY Journalism School, which ran the site as “The Nabe” in 2013 and 2014.

Please get in touch with us at if you’ve got a tip.

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Heather ChinHeather J. Chin is a third-generation Brooklynite who grew up in Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay and has worked for six years as a reporter and editor covering neighborhoods all across Brooklyn and, briefly, Philadelphia, writing about health, education, business, food, theater, and more. She also enjoys singing, eating, and tweeting reactions to her favorite TV shows. Feel free to ask questions, suggest tips, and share photos at or 347-506-4793.

noraNora Whelan has lived in Brooklyn for eight years, serving as editor of Ditmas Park Corner before joining Fort Greene Focus. She loves little more than bagels and flea markets, and she probably wants to pet your dog (or compete in a look-alike competition with him–see photo).
Paul McCaffrey is a writer, editor and multimedia journalist as well as a longtime resident of Clinton Hill. He received his a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2013. His Brooklyn-based reporting has appeared in The New York Times – Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Local and the Brooklyn Eagle. He can be reached via email at

Jeremiah SierraJeremiah Sierra is a writer and managing editor for Trinity News, a magazine published by Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal church in New York City. He has an MFA from the New School in creative writing, and has written for the Huffington Post and On Faith. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and tweets at @jeremiahspeaks.


Mitchell Trinka is a multimedia journalist who resides in New York City. Mitch began his career in journalism for a small weekly in upstate New York on election night 2005, and never looked back. To gain perspective and skills he earned a degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2010. Since then he has worked as a fellow for The New York Times – Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Local, as a multimedia teaching fellow for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and currently as the Community Manager for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Managing Editor

mary subway cheesecakeMary Bakija is the Managing Editor of Corner News Media, overseeing content of a network of neighborhood news sites that currently includes Fort Greene FocusDitmas Park CornerPark Slope StoopSouth Slope NewsKensington BK, Sheepshead Bites, and Bensonhurst Bean. Mary was previously the editor of the Ditmas Park Corner and the Ditmas Park Blog. You can reach her at or 347-748-1921.


lienaLiena Zagare is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Corner News Media, a network of four neighborhood news sites in Brooklyn. Liena has eight years of experience bringing neighbors news they care about, and helping local businesses succeed. Liena is super approachable and brilliant when it comes to ideas on how best to promote your business and reach your customers.

When you’d like to advertise on any of our sites (Fort Greene Focus, Ditmas Park Corner, Park Slope Stoop, South Slope News, Kensington BK, Sheepshead Bites or Bensonhurst Bean), please reach out to her at


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.