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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December 19, 2014

Take Shots of 6 Flavored Vodkas on Tap at Williamsburg's New Russian Bar

Masha and the Bear will offer borscht and horseradish flavored vodkas, along with Russian food.

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December 17, 2014

500 New Trees to Be Planted in Greenpoint With Grant Money From Oil Spill

The project is one of six to be awarded money, the state announced Wednesday.

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December 17, 2014

Sustainable Gift-Making Workshop Teaches Kids to Design Their Own Fashions

Kids will learn how to make slippers out of fabric scraps and pom poms out of old yarn.

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December 16, 2014

Robber Tells Man 'I Have to Feed My Baby,' Police Say

Two men robbed a man walking home of about $100 and an iPhone, police said.

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December 15, 2014

State Politicians Plan to Use Eminent Domain to Save Community Center

The Swinging Sixties Senior Center in Williamsburg has been around for 40 years.

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December 15, 2014

Teens Write Play About Fictional Street Drug Inspired By Life in Bushwick

Bushwick teens wanted the play to be "something that a person from my block would understand."

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December 15, 2014

MTA Seeks $300M to Increase L Train Capacity, Add Entryways at Stations

More than 2,000 additional people could ride the L train per hour with the improvements, the MTA said.

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December 15, 2014

Hipster 'Bushwick Board Game' Finds Home at Boobie Trap Bar

It speaks to "the underground experience of living in Bushwick," the game's creator said.