Nicholas Heyward Sr. speaks to the crowd gathered at a day of remembrance held in Boerum Hill to honor his late son who was shot and killed while playing with a toy gun.

21 Years Later, Father Still Grieves Son’s Shooting by NY Police

NEW YORK — It was supposed to be just fun and games on that dreary, rainy September day 21 years ago. But child’s play in that stairwell quickly turned deadly when a shot was fired, with 13-year-old Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. the bullet’s target.

Windows From Prison

Windows from Prison Provides Visions of Home

NEW YORK — This isn’t your typical prison photography. But it isn’t supposed to be.

As part of his Windows from Prison workshop, Mark Strandquist asks incarcerated individuals a simple question: “If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?”

Aje Stroud

Scrappers for Life, Brothers Flout the Recycling Law

NEW YORK — Hunting curbside metal trash at dawn, brothers Luqman and Aje Stroud creep down the streets of eastern Brooklyn in a banged-up white van they call the White Ghost. Now in their mid-20s, they have been at this since they were in grade school.

It could be a family business if the city didn’t say it was against the law.

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

Runaway and Cast Off: One LGBT Teen’s Story

Since he was 16, Ivan Cabrera has been spending time at New Alternatives, a drop-in center for 16- to 24-year-olds who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — and homeless. He goes there almost every Sunday for a free meal, HIV testing and a talk with other clients and caseworkers.

Cabrera calls the people there his family.

A young protester has a powerful message.

NY Families of Youngsters Killed by Police Want Political Reform

Family members of youngsters killed by New York City police are imploring the governor to enact a law that would create a special prosecutor to investigate such killings.

New York activists have argued for decades that the New York Police Department and the prosecutors’ offices in the five boroughs work together too closely to have them be honest arbiters in investigating police abuse.

Teens act as jurors during a session of the Red Hook Youth Court — a program that trains youth in the community to handle low-level offenses such as vandalism, assault and truancy, involving youth ages 10 to 18. The court has the ability to issue sanctions such as community service hours, workshops, letters of apology and essays.

Brooklyn Youth Justice in the Hands of Teens

The Red Hook Youth Court trains teens to serve as jurors and judges to handle real-life low-level misdemeanors committed by their peers. The all-teen jury has the power to impose sanctions such as community service hours, workshops or essays.