Brooklyn, United States
Bay Currents, founded by an entrepreneurial journalist in August 2004, is an independent newspaper focusing on oceanfront Brooklyn, New York, including Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, and Coney Island. The newspaper is published bi-weekly by Brooklyn Media. It has a readership of about 30,000. Its interactive website, www.baycurrents.net, is continually attracting more visits.
Bay Currents is known for its coverage of many pressing issues facing the oceanfront community. It was the first to disclose plans by the city to convert a large portion of the iconic Coney Island boardwalk into a concrete walk; covered the personal use of cell phones by drivers of the popular Access-A-Ride van service while transporting their passengers, and was the first to reveal that a local radiology clinic suddenly closed down and left hundreds of patients without the means to retrieve the results of their exams.