Cool Design, Etsy’s Woe, and a Red Scare in Park Slope

Your weekly roundup of the latest Brooklyn business news, from The Bridge and its media colleagues

At the Smart Cities expo at the Navy Yard, Gian-Carlo Crivello of PBSC Urban Solutions shows off a new shareable bike (in red) that's lighter than the typical Citi Bike (Photos by Steve Koepp)

Brooklyn has two cool expos at the same time: Smart Cities NYC ’17 and BKLYN DESIGNS. Struggling Etsy gets new leadership. The Trump Effect may crimp the borough’s tourism business. And a beloved Park Slope principal is accused of being a Communist.

1. 7 cool things from the Smart Cities expo in Brooklyn

Clever trash cans, lighter bikes and observant street lights, all from the kickoff of a four-day conference at the Navy Yard. Read more. [The Bridge]

2. Style springs forward at Brooklyn’s design expo

In Greenpoint, the three-day show will include sleek lighting, a smart home, and plenty of local personality. Read more. [The Bridge]

3. Brooklyn's Etsy posts loss, ousts CEO, announces layoffs

Etsy Inc. is replacing its CEO and cutting about 8% of its workforce after the online marketplace reported a first-quarter loss. Read more. [MarketWatch]

4. Ten things the HR people are thinking about you

At a Brooklyn conference, HR reps tackled the big issues of their business: diversity, employer branding, and sending out “exploding offers.” Read more. [The Bridge]

5. Brooklyn’s office boom isn’t drawing big Manhattan tenants

Brooklyn’s image as New York’s hub of hipness attracts residents from artists to bankers. Yet in at least one respect, the city’s most populous borough is struggling to live up to its hype. Read more. [Bloomberg]

6. Inside the indie bookstore you’ve been waiting for

Novelist Emma Straub’s much-anticipated Brooklyn shop, Books Are Magic, delivers on its promise. Read more. [The Bridge]

7. The Trump Effect: Its impact on Brooklyn tourism


A visiting couple from Australia offers help taking snapshots in Brooklyn Bridge Park

The borough’s booming hospitality business is likely to take a hit from the immigration crackdown. Read more. [The Bridge]

8. Starting up a middle school, designed for diversity

Why two seventh-grade teachers want to launch their own private-school venture in Brooklyn. Read more. [The Bridge]

9. B'klyn Flea cancels W'burg site amid community discontent

Owners of Brooklyn Flea canceled their East River State Park outpost and are looking for a new home after a month of mobbed Saturdays where huge crowds turned up to pick through vintage wares. Read more. [DNAinfo]

10. A Park Slope principal is accused of being a Communist

It was early March when a rep from the Department of Education’s Office of Special Investigations sat down with Jill Bloomberg, tprincipal of Park Slope Collegiate, to inform her that she was under investigation. Read more. [New York Times]