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 1, 2014

How Would You Fix Public Transportation in Williamsburg and Greenpoint?

A neighborhood advocacy group needs your suggestions on how to improve commutes in North Brooklyn.

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September 30, 2014

Teen Charged in Kickstarter Burglary Busted for Second Williamsburg Theft

The 16-year-old walked into buildings by holding the door after people left, authorities said.

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September 30, 2014

4 North Brooklyn Restaurants Gain Michelin Stars

East Williamsburg's Blanca is the only two-star Michelin Star restaurant in Brooklyn.

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September 29, 2014

Thief Steals Laptops From Kickstarter Headquarters, Police Say

The man took three MacBooks and an iPhone 5s after following a food delivery worker into the building.

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September 29, 2014

Man Charged in Bushwick Anti-Gay Shooting Left Jail Less Than a Month Ago

Matthew Smith had been in jail on a domestic violence charge and a robbery charge.

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September 29, 2014

3 Men Charged With Anti-Gay Shooting in Bushwick, Police Say

Cody Sigue, Matthew Smith and Tavon Johnson allegedly shot a man after yelling anti-gay slurs at him.

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September 29, 2014

Woman Fights Off Would-Be Rapist in Greenpoint, Police Say

The would-be rapist attacked at Morgan Aveune and Driggs Street before 3 a.m. Sunday.

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September 29, 2014

Make Your Own Wine at Home With Help From Brooklyn Winery

Brooklyn Winery's wine-making class offers simple advice for you to make your own vintage at home.