Old Brooklyn

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With a steadily shifting population (including rapidly growing African-American and Latino demographics) and an equally changing economic landscape (with Chain Reaction slated to bring at least five new businesses into the area), Old Brooklyn is entering a new era. FreshWater Cleveland is excited to cover the neighborhood’s ongoing transformation in its first-ever On the Ground community reporting initiative.

For 10 weeks, FreshWater Cleveland will practice embedded journalism in Old Brooklyn—uncovering the people, places, and projects that are shaping and driving its future. Along with reported stories, content will include photo essays and multimedia, as well as a live event.

The On the Ground initiative is being made possible by partnerships with the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland Development Advisors, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Explore one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods—and newest hotspots—with us.

Chain Reaction: Applications open for sixth season of small business pitch competition
Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Council of Smaller Enterprises announced that applications are now open for the sixth season of Cleveland Chain Reaction—the small business pitch competition.
Saving bees and kids: A honey company connects corporations and communities
When a neighbor left Chris Bush and Mindy Brasdovich with his beehives, the two saw a sweet opportunity to combine making honey with hands-on job training for students.
A new Jesse Owens tree takes root at Old Brooklyn’s Rhodes High School
A group interested in preserving history and Olympic athlete Jesse Owens’ Cleveland legacy last week planted a second cloned sapling of an oak tree given to Owens after the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The sapling now stands at James Ford Rhodes High School, the site of the last known standing Jesse Owens oak.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot in Old Brooklyn
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Pearl Road
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Wild Ride: Asian Lantern Festival extended; nighttime biking event returns to close festival
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has extended the Asian Lantern Festival and is bringing back Wild Ride, a one-night event at the close of the festival when guests can ride their bikes through the Zoo for one last look at the illuminated lanterns.
Asian Lantern Festival next week returns to Metroparks Zoo for a fifth year
The always popular Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo returns next week with some of the largest displays yet.
A look back, a glimpse ahead: CDCs navigated challenges in building up communities in 2021
A trio of local Community Development Corporation leaders are striving to accentuate the positive during the pandemic while casting ahead to a brighter future with the programs they've offered in their neighborhood this past year and the plans they are making for 2022.
Work group shines a bright light on the efforts of CDCs to meet regional economic development needs
An assembly of local Community Development Corporation directors—collectively named the Economic Development Working Group—is taking a joint approach in meeting the pressing regional needs of Cleveland neighborhoods to make the city a better place to live.
I Live Here (now): How improv comedy paved Michael Busch's way back to CLE
Michael Busch grew up here during the era when Cleveland was more of a punchline, and now that he’s back after living in Los Angeles for 15 years, he’s rediscovering the Land—and bringing the laughs with him.
Beyond the Pleasuredome: Shonberg’s psychedelic art shines at the Buckland Museum
Guests can get a taste of the psychedelic and the occult at the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick with the works of artist Burt Shonberg, known as the Grandfather of Psychedelic Art.  
Go Green! Recycle your technology devices to save the gorillas on World Gorilla Day
This coming Friday, Sep. 24 is World Gorilla Day, so MCPc and the Metroparks Zoo are teaming up to encourage people to come to the zoo and drop off their unused electronics to save the gorillas.
Satanic Panic: Exhibit at the Buckland Museum takes a spooky look at pop culture
Just in time for the Halloween season, a new exhibit at the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Majick explores the 80s pop culture obsession with the occult.
Cleveland Metroparks, partners mark the completion of two projects
Last week the Cleveland Metroparks joined Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Old Brooklyn CDC in opening Brighton Park, and then officially opened the Wendy Park bridge and Whiskey Island trail.
A legacy of a legend: Jesse Owens oak lives on through clones in Rockefeller Park
The legacy of Jesse Owens was continued last Friday when a clone of one of the oak trees given to Owens after the 1936 Olympics was planted at the Rockefeller Park Lagoon on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The Creative Cafe prepares to open its doors in Old Brooklyn
Will Sanchez hasn’t been able to reopen the doors to his vibrant Clark-Fulton art gallery, La Cosecha Galeria, in nearly a year— but that’s not stopping this long-time local artist. Instead, Sanchez is doubling down and opening a new gallery space in Old Brooklyn, replete with a café and retail component.
Indrah makes three: Malayan tiger cub joins Amur cubs at Metroparks Zoo
A two-month old Malayan tiger, Indrah, joins the two Amur tiger cubs at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to hone their social and behavioral skills. 
Two Amur tiger cubs come roaring into the Metroparks Zoo
Two tiger cubs were born on Christmas Day at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. They are still growing and getting their footing, but will soon be on exhibit.
Saturday’s alright for shopping: CLE neighborhoods gear up for big impact on Small Business Saturday
Community Development Corporations around Cleveland are thinking outside of the box as they gear up for Small Business Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Open for leisure: Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail sees its first visitors with ribbon cutting
After more than two years, Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail Extension project—an urban stretch of 1.9 miles between the northern entrance to Steelyard Commons and Literary Avenue in Tremont—is complete and open to the public.