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Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Broken homes: Ridgites fight to stop illegal conversions

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge residents and politicians are scrambling to stop greedy property owners from illegally carving up one-family homes into multi-family flophouses. Comment.

Nursery crimes! MC Frontalot has a twisted take on fairy tales

Music: And they all lived rap-pily ever after. Comment.

Days of awe-some! P’Slope rabbi hopes to make high holy days hip

Boerum Hill: The high holy days are going hipster. Comment.

Money talks: Startups seek social shakeup via online currencies

Circuit Lord: The bottom line at these social networking companies is that they look beyond the bottom line. Comment.

The Brooklyn Paper: Dealing with contractions

Page 1: It’s been the editor’s dilemma since Guttenberg invented the printing press: how to ensure ‘it is not” is properly shortened. Sure, we could demand “it’s not,” but that invariably gets turned into “its not,” which everyone knows is wrong (unless we put a “k” before “not). So how about “it isn’t?” That seems more reasonable. We’ll go with that. But what about the first word of this paragraph? Does it mean “it is” or “it has?” We’ll leave that to you, dear reader, to help ensure you keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Comment.

Teaching the lessons Ray Rice to my teens

The Dad: This week, the Dad has a teachable moment. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Sold! Brooklyn Heights library to developer for $52 million

Brooklyn Heights: That is one heck of a book sale. Comments (1).

Crush hour! Canarsie garden store hosts grape-stomping contest

Event: Wine lovers should jump feet first into this contest! Comments (3).

Spill, baby, spill! Oil dumping back on Newtown Creek

Greenpoint: Someone has been dumping oil into the Newtown Creek, further polluting the notoriously filthy waterway, according to the state. Comments (1).

Wholesale ahead! BJ’s opens in Bensonhurst

Bensonhurst: Big-box buying comes to Bensonhurst. Comments (8).

Fire escape: Burglar strikes four apartments in one G’point building

Greenpoint: A prowler broke into five Greenpoint homes in one afternoon this week, police said. Comments (2).

Ridge church reborn

Bay Ridge: The Union Church of Bay Ridge is getting a facelift. Comments (2).

Locals only: New Bric biennial highlights Downtown artists

Art: Downtown is going up on the wall. Comment.

Brooklyn Expo enter

Northern Expo-sure: Greenpoint convention center opens its doors

Greenpoint: Move over, Javits Center. Comments (2).

Un-conventional attractions: What we think the new venue should host

Greenpoint: Now that the dust has settled from the Brooklyn Expo Center’s ice-breaking antique and book fair, it is time to start filling up the calendar with other events. We figured we would help out by offering some ideas. Comment.

His way is the high way

Williamsburg: A real estate executive is proposing a network of sky-scraping trams as a way to beat the crowded subway commute between waterfront Brooklyn neighborhoods and lower Manhattan. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Gowanus residents: Ex-prisoners not welcome here

Gowanus: Dozens of Gowanus residents turned out to a community meeting on Monday night to lambast representatives of the state prison system for keeping secret plans to consolidate all of Brooklyn’s parole offices into a three-story headquarters where Second Avenue dead-ends at the Gowanus Canal. Comments (18).

Trash the ‘downfall of 18th Avenue’

Bensonhurst: Locals say this Bensonhurst corridor has turned into a dump. Comments (2).

R-ejoice! Montague Tunnel reopens

Bay Ridge: All aboard! Comments (3).

End of an era at Brooklyn Museum

Checkin’ in with Brooklyn Museum’s director as he eyes the exit

Checkin’ in with: The outgoing Brooklyn Museum director has a piece of advice for his successor: march in the West Indian American Day Parade. Comment.

The Lehman legacy: A retrospective

Art: Here is an expertly curated timeline to help guide you through retiring Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman’s nearly two decades on the job. Comment.

Pho-nominal pho!

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: We were bowl-ed over by this new Bensonhurst Vietnamese restaurant. Comment.

Russian revolution! Performance art inspired by cosmonaut’s orbit

Weird Art: The space race continues — in Clinton Hill! Comment.

Dogs kiss and smell in Gowanus

Fuzzy Brooklyn: A canine kissing booth, a doggie selfie station, and a paw-print-painting area were among the activities at this animal-rescue fund-raiser. Comment.

Girl Scouts aim to rout Gowanus pollution

Cleaning Our Waterways: This wasn’t your average pitchfork-wielding mob. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Commuters: Rush-hour drawbridge lifts must stop

Car commuters trying to travel to Queens via Greenpoint’s Pulaski drawbridge are demanding the Coast Guard stop boats from motoring up Newtown Creek during rush hour, when they say traffic is regularly brought to a standstill by the bridge being raised for a sole vessel to pass. Comments (10).

Downtown shooting: Photo project documents rapidly changing ’hood

Art: A group of local shutterbugs has been posting snapshots of Downtown life online — now they’re getting an exhibition. Comments (3).

Developer digs deeper into pockets for Gowanus cleanup deal

Cleaning Our Waterways: A developer has inked a deal with the feds to cover tens of millions of dollars worth of Gowanus Canal-side cleanup in exchange for immunity from future pollution lawsuits. Comments (6).

Ladies’ night! Young and old-school female emcees to perform free BAM show

Music: The beat will drop — but the pitch will not. Comment.

Columbia Street fair fouled up by weather

Columbia St Waterfront: When it rains, street fair attendees go indoors. Comment.