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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April 17, 2015

Landlord Brothers Illegally Pushed Tenants Out, Prosecutors Say

The Israel brothers are accused of destroying rent-stabilized apartments.

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April 17, 2015

Boro Prez Backs Williamsburgh Savings Bank Liquor Permit Despite Concerns

Locals are furious the offical supported the liquor license bid, after the community opposed it.

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April 17, 2015

Uber Offers $5 Rides Between Manhattan and W'Burg During L Train Shutdown

Anyone with a destination along the L train in Manhattan and Williamsburg is eligible for the deal.

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April 17, 2015

7 Things to Do in Your Brooklyn Neighborhood This Weekend

From foraging in a cemetery to open studios in Sunset Park, DNAinfo has you covered this weekend.

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April 14, 2015

Woman Beaten and Robbed by Gang Members in Williamsburg, Police Say

The woman suffered a hairline fracture in her ribs from the incident, police said.

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April 14, 2015

Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Killing Bushwick Teenager

Michael Keating escaped to Jamaica after shooting the boy, 16, in 1997.

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April 13, 2015

Bushwick Crunch Gym Finally Opens After Two Years of Delays

The general manager did not know why the gym took so long to open.