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Monday, May 23, 2011

History hot spot! Learn all about the 1911 fire that nearly destroyed Coney Island

Event: At one point, the amusement district’s biggest attraction wasn’t the rides. Comments (3).

Spend this Saturday with the one you love — your bike

Event: Pedaling paramours will demonstrate their devotion to two-wheeled transportation at Bicycle Fetish Day in Williamsburg this Saturday. Comment.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Big DUMBO arts party on Thursday

And there’ll be wine! Comment.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Check out our new gosling picture — and enter our naming contest

They’re getting big, these duckers! Comments (19).

Red Hookers upset at ‘takeover’ of popular field

Red Hook: Coaches are battling a Manhattan-based private school over its plan to create a state-of-the art, synthetic field — and then control its use on weekdays. Comments (8).

A concrete Boardwalk?

Coney Island’s fabled Boardwalk is crumbling — and now there’s talk of turning its wood slats into concrete slabs. We asked two interested parties to weigh in on this controversial plan.

A simply enormous beer bar opens in Greenpoint

Bar Scrawl: Hundreds of brews and more space than the Milky Way. Comments (3).

F-ing nightmare begins again

Weekend Watch: Spring is in the air — but that doesn’t mean things will be turning up roses for F train riders this weekend, as the troubled line won’t be running between Jay Street-Metrotech and 18th Avenue. Comment.

Blind baker makes one heck of a cookie

Dining: Amy Berg may be visually impaired, but her sense of taste is 100 percent intact. Comments (1).

Thursday, May 19, 2011

On patrol! Group starts a 24/7 ‘goosewatch’ in Prospect Park

Park Slope: Meet the goose patrol. Comments (58).

Mega-party space to rise across from Barclays Center

Atlantic Yards: And guess who’ll profit from it? One of Bruce Ratner’s old opponents! Comments (2).

Usama, get your gun! FBI reaches out to Muslim youth — with firepower

The FBI built bridges with Brooklyn’s Muslim community last weekend with the help of some really serious firepower. Comments (6).

Smokers to Bloomy: Butt out of our puffing!

The city will begin enforcing its sweeping prohibition on public puffing on Monday — but smokers say they’d rather fight than switch. Comments (3).

Great weekend reads from our bookworms

Books: Word Bookshop, Greenlight and The BookMark Shoppe offer this week’s picks. Comment.

Arms and the woman! It’s lady wrestling time again

Williamsburg: Come to Union Pool on Sunday for some serious biceps flexing — and it’s all for a good cause! Comments (1).

Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ heads for Coney Island

Cinema: Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar, you’re gonna go far — if you head to the beach to see a classic rock and roll film. Comment.

You’ll go ‘Coconuts’ for this comedy show

Nightlife: A new monthly showcase from the guy from the website Videogum. Comment.

The ultimate ‘Hedwig’ singalong at the Bell House

Nightlife: Don your most fabulous outfit, work on that German accent and find the blondest wig you possibly can as the Bell House hosts a singalong to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on May 26. Comment.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Another ‘Bloombox’ stolen from snow plow

Park Slope: Another “Bloombox” has been taken from a Sanitation snow plow — the second such theft of the post-snowpacalypse navigation systems in as many months. Comments (2).

The best damn sandwich on Twitter!

Dining: Each Sunday, Matt Ross and Eric Finkelstein will debut a new “mystery” sandwich at Court Street Grocers. This week, the real hero was suckling pig and pecorino! Comment.

PS 29 vandals surrender claiming ‘YouTube accident’

Cobble Hill: They wanted to slide through a burning ring of fire. Comments (12).

One of the last relics of old South Brooklyn — Joe’s Superette — closes

Carroll Gardens: A vestige of Smith Street’s Little Italy ends its 50-year-run — and takes its prosciutto balls with it. Comments (13).

Trash talk! City removed cans in Bay Ridge — now nabe is dirtier than ever

Bay Ridge: Some Bay Ridgites are saying that litter along Fourth Avenue has gotten worse since the city removed public garbage cans at the request of a local panel that thought doing so would make the neighborhood cleaner. Comments (10).

You know what — Moby has still got it!

Prospect Heights: Moby may be known for his ambient electronica, but at a recent Brooklyn appearance, you wouldn’t know it. Comment.

Finally, a hospital gala that was fun

It was the doctors’ turn to get a prognosis on Saturday — but not about their health. Comment.

Kickball was one ‘Hot Mess’ this weekend

Greenpoint: The mud, and poor play, really hurt an up-and-coming squad. Comments (1).

Heights Players get serious for cancer couple

Brooklyn Heights: Members of a Brooklyn Heights community theater are banding together to help a former thespian and her husband — both diagnosed days apart with fatal cancer. Comment.

RELOCATED! Brooklyn Bridge Park’s dance party tomorrow is moved to Tobacco Warehouse

Event: Celebrate Brooklyn is not only hot, but wet, too. Comment.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New PS 29 Mom-strocity! Thieving PTA treasurer may face no jail — and parents are angry

Cobble Hill: The former PTA treasurer accused of swiping nearly $100,000 from a Cobble Hill public school won’t face any jail time if she returns every dollar — and parents at the school feel like they’ve been victimized again. Comments (10).

Everyone loves Brooklyn — the name

The name of our borough is now the 34th most-popular girls name in the country. But who gets the credit: Marty Markowitz or Brooklyn Decker? Comments (4).

Perfetto trial to get underway today

Bay Ridge: Opening arguments in the trial of the century — a former district leader charged with pretending to be a lawyer at a relative’s meaningless preliminary hearing. It’s a barn-burner, folks! Comment.

Macy’s to spruce up Fulton Mall flagship — finally

Downtown: Officials at the Fulton Street Macy’s will transform the emporium’s ugly parking garage into a work of art, after city officials, shoppers and residents demanded that the store’s shabby façade better fit into a Fulton Mall that’s evolving from low-end to upmarket retail. Comments (12).

New ‘Mizrahi’ duds for Bklyn youth chorus

Music: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy’s fly new uniforms are something to sing about. Comment.

Say hello to ‘Bye Bye Birdie’! Heights Players does a great job with hoary old B’way classic

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: It’s a rave for the Willow Place theater troupe from our critic. Comments (2).

It’ll be a record night at Pete’s when singer belts out tunes about Guinness Book heroes

Music: Finally, the Guinness Book of World Records has been set to music. Comment.

The new sports heroes — major league dads

The Dad: Our columnist hits a home run on the controversy of the day: Should Major League Baseball players get — and take — their paternity leave during the season. Comments (1).

Finally, Fort Greene can go postal

Fort Greene: The Myrtle Avenue post office has reopened after a 14-month shutdown. Comments (2).

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pols: Ban all tourist helicopters

Brooklyn Is Angry: A radical solution to chopper noise is put forward by Brooklyn elected officials on Sunday. Comments (15).

The late show: Millman bill would turn bar patios into pumpkins at stroke of midnight

Politics: The city that never sleeps now apparently wants to nod off by midnight. Comments (9).

Five Guys opens in Metrotech — this is a game-changer

Downtown: And this exclusive video will make your mouth water. With video … Comments (7).

Fascinating — Demolished Coney arcade to rise again

Coney Island: The legendary Faber’s Fascination arcade will reopen in a Surf Avenue building owned by the same “developer” who tore down its original Coney Island home. Comments (8).

Pay to play! PS 29 vandals promise cash to repair their damage — neighbors outraged

Cobble Hill: Parents of the privileged teens who torched a Cobble Hill playground have set aside $50,000 to cover the damage, but critics say the PR move amounts to little more than a cynical sociology lesson about class — and, perhaps, the lack thereof. Comments (23).

Get on the pole — at Galapagos

Nightlife: The DUMBO art space hosts a pole-dancing celebration. Comments (1).

Artist Robert Lobe can see the trees for the forest

When skeptics tell modern artists to go jump in a lake, Robert Lobe takes them seriously. Comments (2).

Dyker’s ‘Boulevard’ of bookstore dreams

Books: Don your party hats — Boulevard Books is having a birthday bash. Comment.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Here it is! Carmine’s Sunday Screech — new on BrooklynPaper.com

Sunday Screech: Seventy-five year old Carmine Santa Maria has been screeching about problems in Brooklyn for years in the pages of our much vaunted sister publication, the Brooklyn Graphic. Now, he brings his trademark piss and vinegar to BroolynPaper.com. Enjoy! Comments (6).

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Nets Lopez was the ‘center’ of attention on Bergen Street

Prospect Heights: The New Jersey Nets don’t move to Brooklyn until next October, but one of the team’s stars couldn’t wait that long to take a look at his future home. Comments (17).

Friday, May 13, 2011

Riding the line between Brooklyn and that other place

Event: Matt Levy leads a bike tour along the Brooklyn-Queens border. Comment.

Cops say this cabbie raped a passenger

Williamsburg: Cops have released a sketch of the rogue cab driver who they say tied up and raped his passenger at knifepoint at the end of a horrific ride through Williamsburg last week. Comments (7).

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