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Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011

Merry Christmas — from Carmine, with anger

Sunday Screech: Carmine’s a humbug! Comments (6).

Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

Bar backlash! Williamsburg tavern owners form trade group to fight CB1

Nightlife: The neighborhood’s bar owners are in open rebellion against a new booze-license policy that will make it more difficult to open a bar with an outdoor space. Comments (49).

See ‘Dick and Jane’ drink

Bar Scrawl: A new Fort Greene tavern earns a rave from our bartoonist. Comments (3).

Your weekend reads — from three booksellers

Books: Once again, the ladies of BookMark Shoppe, Greenlight and Word give us their hot books of the week. Comment.

The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

City eighty-sixes 86th Street left-turn ban

Bay Ridge: The city has 86ed its controversial plan to ban all left turns on 86th Street at Fourth Avenue after a local panel scoffed at the notion that the intersection should be louie-free. Comments (6).

Time cops! Fancy watch maker wages war against Rolex Deli

The Greatest Story Ever: It was a matter of time! Comments (7).

It’s curtains for Timboo’s

Park Slope: A great old man bar will close on Fifth Avenue. Comments (9).

Go fish! Eat seven fishes — or more — this Christmas Eve

Dining: A great Yuletide tradition — across the borough. Comment.

Power chords! Steve Levin is councilman by day and bassman by night

Nightlife: And last weekend, he united with his band in Stylofone at Brooklyn Bowl. Comments (9).

Christmas crustaceans: Make a feast — with seven fishes!

Prime Time: I love Christmastime: the countless hours at work, cold weather, long lines at the malls, extra heavy traffic and high balances on my credit cards … um, I mean … Christmas is the time for giving, for family, and most of all, for cooking those special once-a-year meals. Comments (1).

It’s all about the beer at the new Brooklyn Tap House

Nightlife: If this doesn’t please the beer snobs, nothing will. Comments (3).

Fire guts Seventh Avenue apartment; two injured

Park Slope: Flames, smokeeaters and heroes in Park Slope — and we’ve got the pictures! Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Weepy Kruger resigns, admits taking $1 million in bribes

Bay Ridge: Disgraced former pol Carl Kruger was a shell of his former self as he tearfully resigned before pleading guilty in Manhattan Federal Court. Comments (17).

Free Internet in Prospect Park — but some users call it ‘Why Fi’

Park Slope: Finally, you can download e-mails from that Nigerian prince amid the splendor of Prospect Park. Comments (9).

What is the story behind this bizarre white line dividing Ditmas Park?

The Greatest Story Ever: It showed up out of nowhere — but this graffiti vandal’s idea of art has enraged a neighborhood. Comments (14).

Family: NYPD doesn’t care about dead cyclist

Mean Streets: The NYPD lost key evidence and botched the investigation of a fatal hit and run of a Williamsburg artist two months ago because officers had “more serious crimes” to deal with, the late cyclist’s family charged on Monday. Comments (19).

Who has the best Christmas decorations in Dyker Heights?

Dyker Heights: Like the lighting of the Menorah at Cadman Plaza, getting a Christmas card from Marty Markowitz, or getting wasted with Santa Claus at Sunny’s in Red Hook, cruising Dyker Heights during the holidays and gawking in awe at the incandescent splendor of the neighborhood’s Christmas decorations is a Brooklyn holiday tradition. Comments (1).

What’s Shakin’? Chains are gentrifying Fulton Mall, that’s what

Downtown: It started long before yesterday’s Shake Shack grand opening, but this time, it looks like the Main Street of Working Class Brooklyn will really change this time. Comments (13).

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Middle march! PS 8 to add MS to its offerings

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Heights’ much-loved PS 8 will expand to include a middle school under a new city proposal — bringing relief to parents who’ve rallied for a neighborhood option for years. Comments (8).

Shake it, baby! Shake Shack comes to the Fulton Mall today

Downtown: Shake Shack finally has a Brooklyn accent. Comments (15).

Report: Kruger to plead guilty

Politics: State Sen. Carl Kruger will reportedly plead guilty today to accepting at least $1 million in bribes — and, in doing so, lose his powerful seat in the Senate. Comments (3).

Brooklyn man to be the voice of the Barclays Center

Atlantic Yards: The Brooklyn Nets show that it is serious about its first name. Comments (7).

Christmas spirit comes to Midwood

Midwood: Old-time family spreads holiday cheer in Jewish ‘hood — and the neighbors love it! Comment.

Czech out this mitteleuropean ‘Christmas Carol’

Dooley Noted: The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater presents “A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa (Happy Ramadan)” through Jan. 1. Our reviewer wasn’t that impressed. Comment.

Deconstructing Marty’s gay holiday greetings

Santa loves gay marriage! Comments (14).

Macbooks stolen from school!

Carroll Gardens: Believe it — more computers stolen out of a school. Plus all the crime from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (2).

Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

City blocks Whole Foods until (get this) the grocer proves it won’t mess up the Gowanus

Cleaning Our Waterways: A city panel has denied Whole Foods permission to build on the banks of the Gowanus Canal, and demanded that the green grocer return with more evidence that its mega-store would not harm the environment. Comments (29).

Injured DJ needs your support

Williamsburg: Friends of a Williamsburg disc jockey who was seriously injured in a bizarre accident inside an Oregon motel room last week are rallying to help pay his medical bills. Comments (6).

Helter shelter! City gives B61 riders a place to wait for their lame bus

Red Hook: Red Hook straphangers will at least have a dry place to wait for their lousy B61 bus. Comments (3).

Drug deal — Pfizer angers locals by putting last three lots up for sale

Williamsburg: Global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer — which operated a massive complex in South Williamsburg for all of the 20th century until closing in 2007 — has listed its last three parcels on Harrison Avenue near Gerry Street and Wallabout Street. Comments (4).

Holidays? Schmolidays!

Fearless Parenting: Our columnist explains why her “mixed” marriage isn’t such a big deal after all. Comments (1).

The full guide to the best milkshakes in the borough

Dining: Shake Shack is coming — but there are other great drinkable desserts in this city, you know. Comments (1).

The liquor gods frown on Athena

Cobble Hill: Community Board 6 voted unanimously on Wednesday night to reject a liquor license bid for Athena restaurant after neighbors of the Cobble Hill eatery claimed that the owner is hosting booming parties and serving booze without a valid permit. Comments (3).

Pizza the action! Alfred Ng, legendary intern, leaves us with a slice

Podcast: Say goodbye to The Brooklyn Paper’s longest-serving intern, Alfred Ng, in this teary, pizza-filled video tribute. With video … Comments (1).

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011

Grimaldi’s reopens in new location — with a coal oven!

DUMBO: The city relents — and soon the battle between Grimaldi and Grimaldi’s will be on. Comments (10).

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

Sale fails — so Tillie’s will bail

Clinton Hill: Tillie’s, a beloved Fort Greene coffee shop and bohemian stomping ground, will serve its final cup on Dec. 31 — breaking hearts and reducing caffeine levels across the neighborhood. Comments (10).

Barclays Center traffic changes screwed Boerum Hill, residents say

Mean Streets: The city’s efforts to tinker with the traffic flow around the Barclays Center to reduce congestion near the under-construction arena have not only failed, area residents say — they’ve actually made things worse on Third Avenue in Boerum Hill. Comments (35).

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

Despite protests, Eva’s charter gets space in Cobble Hill school

Cobble Hill: The city overwhelmingly approved a controversial charter school’s plans of taking space inside a Cobble Hill high school building on Wednesday night, despite opposition of parents and teachers. Comments (18).

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