Serena Dai

Reporter/Producer @ssdai sdai@dnainfo.com

Serena Dai is a reporter/producer covering Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick.

Before coming to Brooklyn, Serena covered Lakeview for DNAinfo’s Chicago site, home of Wrigley Field and Chicago’s gayborhood. She’s previously worked for TheWire.com, the Associated Press Chicago bureau, The Miami Herald and New York magazine.

Serena is from Knoxville, TN, and a graduate of Northwestern University, where she helped launch a news site that was once described as "flamboyant and destructive," but eventually won an award for best online student publication in the nation.

Her past work has required everything from grilling politicians to digging into development news. But the unusual stories — like a man who lived to trap feral cats, or a perplexing parking spot known to attract hoards of bird poop — have been the highlight of neighborhood reporting.

Fun Fact: Serena reported at Heidi Klum’s 2010 Halloween party and was fortuitously mistaken for a member of the supermodel's inner circle. It took three awkward minutes for someone to notice she didn’t belong behind the velvet rope.

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November 24, 2014

Brandy From Brooklyn Makes its Debut

The brandy is for sale at Kings County Distillery.

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November 21, 2014

Sake 101: How to Choose a Sake for Every Taste

Cherry Izakaya's new Sake Sundays offer a Sake 101 class for beginners to learn about the beverage.

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November 21, 2014

Greenpoint Pastor to Talk 'Harsh Realities' of Homelessness After Man Dies

A 41-year-old homeless man died in McGolrick Park earlier this month, police said.

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November 20, 2014

Williamsburg Bakery to Feature Wall of Candy

Sweethaus will offer cupcakes, macarons and cookie sandwiches in addition to nearly 200 candies.

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November 19, 2014

SantaCon Will No Longer Take Place in Bushwick, Organizers Say

Bushwick doesn't have the capacity to host the holiday pub crawl, organizers said in a statement.

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November 19, 2014

City Shoots Down SantaCon's Bid to Kick Off in Bushwick Park

Maria Hernandez Park isn't big enough to safely fit all the pub crawl's revelers, officials said.

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November 19, 2014

15-Year-Old Arrested for Hate Crime Attack Against Jewish Man, Police Say

The victim, 53, was hit with an umbrella at the Marcy Avenue train station in Williamsburg, police said.

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November 19, 2014

Man Robs Williamsburg Bank With Note Saying He's 'Ready to Kill': Police

He looked "like a normal customer" when he entered the bank, police and a teller said.