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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October 20, 2014

Man Accused of Killing 3-Year-Old Attacked Inmates and Guards Behind Bars

He also sprained a correctional officer's wrist while at Riker's last year.

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October 17, 2014

MAP: Nearly 600 Apartments Coming to South Williamsburg Next Year

A 19-unit building will be among the few affordable developments.

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October 17, 2014

1,000 Daffodils to Be Planted at McGolrick Park Saturday

The event is partly in celebration of $1.3 million in funding to replace the park's playground.

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October 16, 2014

Most Brooklyn Rentals on Airbnb Are in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, AG Says

The report from the state attorney general said most of the city's Airbnb rentals are illegal.

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October 16, 2014

Wilson L Stop Repairs to Only Make Manhattan-Bound Platform ADA Accessible

The MTA does not have enough money to add an elevator to the Canarsie-bound platform.     

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October 15, 2014

Bushwick Man Freed After Nearly 30 Years in Prison, DA Says

David McCallum was wrongly imprisoned for a 1985 murder of a Queens man, Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson said.

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October 15, 2014

Transgender Woman Critically Hurt in Bushwick Anti-Gay Attack, Police Say

Four suspects argued with the victim and knocked her unconscious on Sunday, police and reports said.

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October 14, 2014

Thief Leaves Bathroom Surprise After $3K Haul from Williamsburg Home

Police said the toilet had not been used before the burglary.