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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September 19, 2014

'420 Fight Club' Aims to Combat Lazy Stoner Stereotype

Marijuana legalization group Occupy Weed Street hosts free weekly martial arts classes.

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September 18, 2014

Bushwick Burglaries Up as Thieves Target Boom of Construction Sites: Police

Burglaries have jumped 39 percent, partly driven by thefts of new appliances and tools, police say.

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September 17, 2014

Woman Fatally Struck by City Bus While Retrieving Cellphone From Street

The woman was run over by a city bus while trying to grab her phone from the street, witnesses said.

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September 17, 2014

Jason Mraz Gets His Hands Dirty at New Williamsburg Community Garden

The Grammy Award-winning singer helped out at La Casita Verde, a vacant lot once plagued by rats.

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September 16, 2014

Greenpoint Man Robbed by Woman After Overnight Tryst, Police Say

A man who spent the night with a woman awoke to find her gone, along with his stuff, police said.

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September 16, 2014

Swastika Fliers Emblazoned With 'Uber' Probed as Hate Crime, Police Say

The fliers were found on Bedford Avenue and Williamsburg Street in Williamsburg.

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September 15, 2014

Williamsburg Businesses Relaunch Bid to Add Bike Corrals

Summers Juice and Coffee, BikeSmith and CrossFit Virtuosity all want bike corrals to replace parking.

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September 12, 2014

Bushwick Rents Up 23 Percent This Year Amid New Development, Report Says

New apartments are driving up average rents in the neighborhood, real estate firm MNS found.