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 24, 2014

TEDx Williamsburg Conference to Feature Archeologist, Former Rikers Inmate

The latest TEDx New York event aims to "paint a picture of New York in broad strokes."

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October 23, 2014

Williamsburg Apartments Starting at $640 Per Month in Housing Lottery

Nearly 40 units at 59 Frost St. will be available in the lottery, which is now open to applicants.

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October 23, 2014

Fate of Radio Bushwick Up in Air as All CMJ Gigs Canceled

The music venue had to cancel all of its planned CMJ performances amid a court fight with its landlord.

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October 22, 2014

Bushwick Police Plan Domestic Violence Outreach After 3-Year-Old's Murder

"We want to help those people before they become a victim," the commanding officer said.

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October 21, 2014

Karaoke Bar Gets Liquor License Rejected by Community Board

A former Sing Sing manager wants to open in Williamsburg, but neighbors are wary of noise.

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October 21, 2014

Music Venue Glasslands to Close After 8 Years in Williamsburg

The music and art space has been open since 2006 and will host its last show on New Year's Eve.

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October 21, 2014

Williamsburg Man Has Apartment Looted After Bringing Home Trio From Bar

The thieves spent more than $200 at a local McDonald's after stealing the man's debit card, police said.

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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 Rikers last year.