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Darren Sands

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Darren grew up in Long Island and later in Boston, but currently resides in Bed Stuy. He attended Dublin School in Dublin, N.H. He attended Hofstra and then Fordham University. His journalism career began at the Boston Globe. He wrote about local politics, minority communities and small businesses in addition to working as a clerk for the Globe’s Metro desk on weekends. Darren reported on a family’s mourning of a murder victim in Dorchester. After finding that that victim’s family and friends had mourned the victim on a street corner for three straight days, Darren chronicled the insensitive nature of the dismantling of the memorial site by police. Boston City Councilor Sam Yoon convened a hearing on the matter with many of the victim’s families and law enforcement officials in attendance. The hearing prompted a new ordinance on public memorials to murder victims – and a flood of e-mails into the Globe from readers expressing their concerns on the issue. Darren worked at Newsday for three years where he was a local sports writer. He is writing a book about the 1993 Zambian soccer team that perished in a plane crash off the coast of Gabon on its way to a World Cup qualifying match in Senegal (Zambia just won the prestigious African Cup of Nations Final held in Libreville). He currently teaches writing and journalism workshops at high schools around New York City and currently also contributes to He is an active member of the Young Journalists, Sports and World Affairs Task Forces of the National Association of Black Journalists.


Articles, Investigations and Blogs

In 2000, a war memorial in Saratoga Park was stolen off its pedestal. Amid a complicated mix of changes in Bedford-Stuyvesant, there's an effort to restore it.

In Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay, the storm's impact can still be seen in houses, apartments, storefronts and the people attempting to rebuild.

The Toast of Brooklyn celebrated the history and potential of the neighborhood, where some hope a $20 million revitalization project will spur an economic revival.

Six years ago Dr. Mathieu Eugene was hailed as the first Haitian-American to sit on the City Council. Now he faces a contest that reflects the growing diversity of his central Brooklyn district.

For years, the Heatwave barbecue in Prospect Park was a huge event for young black professionals. Then it disappeared. Why?

Whether Bed-Stuy's Boys and Girls High School—with its declining enrollment and F ratings—survives is not just a professional concern for Principal Bernard Gassaway. His classroom roots, his former marriage, his career ambitions are all tied to the building on Fulton Street.

A federal Promise Neighborhoods grant in hand, one Brooklyn organization is asking residents how best to address the causes and consequences of poverty in their neighborhood.

The dramatic slow-down in housing construction at the Brooklyn site is fodder for opponents of the project. But supporters believe the development will still make good on its commitments.