Ethan McLeod

Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in CityLab, Slate, Baltimore City Paper, DCist and elsewhere.

Seven years after closing it, city reopens a renovated Harlem Park Rec Center

Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Albert Wiley kept hearing the complaints on the evening news: Responding to ongoing crime involving city youth, Baltimore residents were telling the TV cameras that teens need a place to keep busy, engaged and productive, away from crime.

Wiley, president of the Harlem Park Neighborhood Council, wanted to be part of the solution. And it dawned on him: “There’s a recreation center right in our neighborhood that’s closed.” He meant the Harlem Park Rec Center, one of more than 20 that were shut down by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration in 2011 and 2012.

It took some major financial help from a private partner, the University of Maryland Medical Center, but today Wiley stood alongside city officials inside that same building to celebrate its reopening.

Baltimore Spirits Co., McClintock Distilling swapped ingredients for twin Genever-style gins

Image courtesy of Merchant Professional Services

In a first-of-its-kind collab among Maryland booze makers, Medfield-based Baltimore Spirits Company and Frederick’s McClintock Distilling have traded grains to produce a unique pair of gins.

Want to chime in on future redevelopment of Penn Station? Tomorrow’s your chance

Photo via Amtrak

With $90 million pledged from Amtrak and a master development agreement now in place, the overhaul of Baltimore’s centrally located transit hub is fast approaching. If you’re someone with strong feelings about how this could reshape Station North or the city as a whole, tomorrow is your time to chime in.

Agent from FBI’s Baltimore office tapped as BPD deputy commissioner overseeing internal affairs

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison (left) and soon-to-be Deputy Police Commissioner Brian Nadeau speak at a press conference. Still via Baltimore Police Department/Facebook.

Baltimore new deputy commissioner—one of four serving under top cop Michael Harrison—is leaving his job with the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office to oversee the Baltimore Police Department’s internal affairs section.

Gaming haven No Land Beyond plans comeback in bigger space with two bars in Old Goucher

The future home of No Land Beyond on Maryland Avenue. Photo courtesy of No Land Beyond/Patreon.

After a year of serving the city’s gamers in Station North, followed by an ongoing hiatus after its lease expired in April, No Land Beyond is picking back up with a bigger vision in Old Goucher this fall.