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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Success! Charter chain convinced city to give it middle-school space, honcho says

A powerful charter school chain has successfully pressured the city into giving it space to set up new middle schools and fifth-grade classrooms within public-school buildings in Williamsburg and Cobble Hill, an executive with the company said. Comments (1).

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

New Year’s revolution: Countdown to 2015 coming to Coney Island

Champagne, a midnight kiss, and a … Nathan’s hot dog? Comment.

Windmill of change: Brooklyn skyline gets a massive propeller

Sunset Park: A Sunset Park recycling facility is putting the finishing touches on Brooklyn’s first major windmill since the 19th century, and the city’s largest ever. Comments (1).

Face-off! Roller-hockey players vie to save Kensington rink

Kensington: Roller hockey players want the parks department to body-check a planned overhaul of a playground in Kensington that erases the park’s hockey rink. Comments (5).

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Nightlife: Run DMC at Barclays, a holiday party for Harry Potter fans, a carol-free Christmas Eve, and other great things to see and do in Brooklyn, Dec. 19–25. Comment.

Parade will bring Appalachian dancing to Flatbush Avenue

Music: This is a good time to get caught flatfooted! Comment.

Yappy holidays: Fort Greene pet store hosts canine Christmas party

Fuzzy Brooklyn: Here comes Santa Paws. Comment.

Hey, that’s an ice sled you’ve got there!

Williamsburg: A group of elementary school kids had a blast on Wednesday evening at the McCarren Park ice rink, where they tried out new, handicap-accessible ice sleds. Comment.

We’re dreaming of a Bay Ridge Christmas

Bay Ridge Nights: Jingle bells are rocking in the Ridge this weekend, and our pals at have the inside scoop. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Fairway ho! Year-round ferry service comes to Red Hook’s other big store

Red Hook: There is nothing like a boat ride in the winter. Comments (2).

Musical cars: Here’s how Car2Go’s fleet gets moved around all day, every day

Circuit Lord: Moving your car once a week for street cleaning seems like a breeze compared to this guy’s job. Comments (13).

Crummy’s secret: Feathered rumble in the rafters led to leak in Barclays roof

Flagrant Fowl: Our curmudgeonly Nets columnist fesses up about his role in Tuesday’s debacle. Comments (4).

Transplant-trashing rapper Awkwafina coming to W’burg

Music: She is giving New York newcomers a bad rap. Comments (5).

Steph seeks the perfect holiday season

Fearless Parenting: All she wants for Christmas this year is sanity — and some pecks on the cheek. Comment.

Scary Christmas! Krampus party celebrates creepy holiday legend

Nightlife: SantaCon never made it to Bushwick, but the evil twin of Saint Nick is coming to Gowanus on Dec. 20. Comment.

The Brooklyn Paper: Cuba Libre!

Page 1: In a highball glass filled with ice, mix 12 centiliters Coca-Cola, 5 centiliters rum, and 1 centiliter fresh lime juce. Garnish with a lime wedge, sit back, enjoy, and keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Gravesend trash depot trashed

Gravesend: The city is moving forward with work on a controversial waste transfer station in Gravesend, and opponents may ask a judge to block construction. Comments (4).

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Rain delay as Barclays Center springs a leak

Construction Update: The roof was decidedly not on fire at Barclays Center on Tuesday night. Comments (5).

Salaam-ukkah: Arabs, Jews rally outside Barclays against police violence

Prospect Heights: For Hanukkah this year, they are asking for justice. Comment.

Money grows trees: Plans to plant across Greenpoint, redo library get oil $

Greenpoint: It’s a green sweep. Comments (2).

Pols on LICH: Never again — without loads of paperwork

Hospitals in Crisis: A hospital closure like Long Island College Hospital’s should not happen again without the state doing a whole lot of explaining beforehand, according to a bill state lawmakers plan to propose early next year. Comments (1).

Schools chancellor won’t help city fight home conversions that overcrowd schools

Dyker Heights: Bay Ridge pols and parents are calling on the education department to share data on where kids live with the buildings department to help crack down on the illegal carving-up of area apartments that has schools bursting at the seams. But the head of the city’s schools says it’s not her “role to play.” Comments (27).

A moving performance: Artist creates show about life with ALS

Theater: Art isn’t just imitating life. For this artist, her work is also a way to live. Comment.

Dig in: Construction begins on second Atlantic Yards tower

Construction Update: Here we go again. Comments (4).

Beep, NYPD union in tiff over bringing up Garner killing at tree lighting

Downtown: Borough President Adams butted heads with a police union rep on Monday over a plan to use the Borough Hall Christmas-tree lighting to commemorate the death of Gowanus native Eric Garner at the hands of officers. Comments (4).