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Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

Don’t lay off this ‘Whisky!’

Music: Alex Battles and the Whisky Rebellion pay homage to Johnny Cash. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012

Uh-oh, Carmine is giving out awards

Sunday Screech: Look, there comes a time when even the angriest columnist in Brooklyn has to say some nice things. Comments (1).

Choco-holic! This moonshine’s chock full of cocoa

Dining: When life gives you leftover cocoa husks, make chocolate moonshine! Comments (1).

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012

Brussels sprout in Brooklyn

Dining: Mini cabbages have captured the hearts of the borough’s foodie community. Comments (1).

Comedian tells Brooklyn what it’s like having agoraphobia

Books: Not only did Sara Benincasa conquer her agoraphobic fear of leaving her apartment — she became a standup comedian, and wrote a whole book about it. Comments (2).

The Brooklyn Museum is redecorating

Art: The museum is lending its historic period rooms as canvases from modern artists. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

This ‘Terroir’ is your terroir

Park Slope: Finally, a wine bar for the people comes to Park Slope. Comments (2).

Spend the money on the Boardwalk!

Perspective: The Parachute Jump is a unique structure that deserves the landmark status it was granted in 1988. However, when funds are in short supply, they should be used to address the most pressing needs first. Rather than spending an additional $2 million, beyond the 1.4 million already spent, on making the lighting on the Parachute Jump brighter — a superficial concern — these funds should be spent addressing Coney Island’s most important and immediate need: preserving its iconic, world-famous wooden Boardwalk. Comment.

Bigger Slope historic district could curb development near arena

Park Slope: Preservationists and elected officials are pushing to expand Park Slope’s historic district — a move that could protect the neighborhood’s charm amidst a predicted wave of development sparked by the soon-to-open Barclays Center. Comments (4).

Your weekend reads — from three Brooklyn booksellers

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

Happy rails to you!

Weekend Watch: Good news! There are shouldn’t be many surprises for subway riders this weekend, though the J train will skip a few stops and the Q train remains out of commission. 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, Feb. 16, 2012

Doormen accused of hogging parking spots in Slope ‘parking ring’

Park Slope: The doormen at a posh Park Slope building are running a “Seinfeld”-style parking spot-saving scheme that has triggered mini-war between drivers hunting for spaces, neighbors say. Comments (64).

Kolache crazy!

Dining: Texan breakfast pastries make their way to Brooklyn. Comments (24).

NYPD grilled for Lefevre investigation

Williamsburg: The mother of a deceased Bushwick cyclist blasted police at a tense City Council hearing on Wednesday for failing to thoroughly investigate the hit-and-run accident that took her son’s life four months ago. Comments (7).

Classic Kushner play ties Reagan to Hitler

Theater: An early work by the man who brought you ‘Munich’ comes to Brooklyn College Comment.

Exotic orchids inspire one special garden party

Prospect Heights: The world’s most seductive flower attracted the borough’s most seductive crowd for a dance party on Friday at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

Coffee … for kids! ‘Babyccinos’ are espresso shots for tots

Parenting: They grow up so fast. Coffee shops around Brooklyn are reaching a whole new generation of cafe-goers. Comments (73).

Drivers cry foul over Fowler Square pedestrian plaza plan

Mean Streets: Fort Greene motorists are lashing out against the city’s plans for a pedestrian plaza between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue, saying the tiny block of S. Elliott Place is better used as a roadway than as a leafy hangout. Comments (33).

‘How to be Black’ with Baratunde Thurston

Checkin’ in with: Funnyman and Onion editor’s hilarious new take on race relations Comments (2).

This opera is ‘wright’ on!

Music: Rufus Wainwright brings his debut opera to BAM. Comments (1).

Lucky dogs in Brooklyn Heights get ‘pawdicures’

Fuzzy Brooklyn: Pampered Brooklyn Heights pooches got gussied up by a “pawdicurist” — helping them look their best for Valentine’s Day. Comment.

Gay or straight is OK by me

Fearless Parenting: Our parenting columnist addresses the subject of sexuality with her kids — and ponders her free-wheelin’ parenting style. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

Greenpoint’s fart factory could be built with nabe’s cleanup cash

Greenpoint: A power company might turn Brooklyn’s farts into fuel by using money the state promised to spend cleaning up Greenpoint, a city environmental insider revealed. Comments (4).

Beer garden blooms Downtown

Downtown: Bottles, cans, and kegs won’t be the only containers for beer when a Downtown market starts serving ales al fresco in a courtyard flanked by shipping containers. Comments (8).

High-end high-rise planned on Flatbush

Downtown: He has a background in real estate and a name linked with entertainment, but the developer behind the borough’s newest proposed luxury high-rise says he’s no Donald Trump — and he’s not building a garish, Trump-like tower. Comments (9).

Bushwick hospital bails from $450-million merger plan

Bushwick: A $450-million state plan to merge three ailing Brooklyn hospitals could be in jeopardy because a financially troubled Bushwick health center refuses to sign off on the proposal and lose its independence. Comments (2).

In a neighborhood of condos, condoms

Williamsburg: Williamsburg’s hot dog king is doling out a different kind of sausage casing for Valentine’s Day. Comments (1).

Assault trial of state Sen. Golden’s nephew begins this week

Link: Our pals at BrooklynDaily have the story on the pending trial of state Sen. Marty Golden’s nephew, who stands accused of assaulting a cop in a Bay Ridge bar brawl. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

Lawsuit rolls on: Bike lane opponents appeal Prospect Park West ruling

Mean Streets: Like a bike with no brakes, the fight over the Prospect Park West bike lane just keeps rolling. Comments (45).

Singer misses connections, makes music

A love-obsessed singer-songwriter lifts her lyrics straight from the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist, using the stories of lovelorn Brooklyn subway riders as fodder for her strange-but-romantic ditties. Comment.

The need for speed bumps: Parents try to tame Cobble intersection

Mean Streets: Children walking to school will be hit by unseen, speeding cars unless the city installs bumps and mirrors at a dangerous Hicks Street intersection, claim Cobble Hill parents. Comments (72).

Final delivery: Columbia Street protests post office closure

Brooklyn Is Angry: The federal government is closing the only post office in the Columbia Street Waterfront District — but neighbors in the geographically isolated hood say the branch shouldn’t be stamped out. Comment.

Critics: Third Ave. piazza will be a haven for drunks

Bay Ridge: Merchants say a car-free boulevard could drum up business, but some residents have problems with the bold plan. Comments (11).

Shipping-wrecked: Pols and longshoremen say feds killing Red Hook port

Red Hook: A plan to end hand inspections of containers shipped to Red Hook will hurt business, say waterfront stakeholders. Comments (6).

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

School’s out forever: City closes Clinton Hill’s MS 103

Clinton Hill: Teachers are furious the city is closing their Clinton Hill middle school and replacing it with a brand new middle school — claiming officials let the school fail instead of answering their pleas for help. Comments (6).

PS 8 gets a middle school: City okays beloved Heights elementary’s expansion

Brooklyn Heights: The beloved Brooklyn Heights elementary school PS 8 will open a much-desired middle school several blocks away — pleasing neighborhood parents who have long urged the city to expand the popular school. Comments (1).

Booze at Smorgasburg? Not yet, says W’burg civic group

Dining: The Williamsburg food festival Smorgasburg wants to add alcohol to the menu — but neighborhood leaders put that plan on ice. Comments (14).

State Sen. Eric Adams wants to be next Borough President

State Sen. Eric Adams wants your vote this fall — and next fall, too. Comments (9).

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

iPad-seeking thugs beat up man on Van Brunt Street

Carroll Gardens: Plus a smattering of other crimes from the 76th Precinct in Carroll Gardens. Comment.

Meet the flockers! Two doomed geese show up from Canada

Meadows of Shame: Meet Prospect Park’s celebrity couple du jour — two geese with tags on their legs and targets on their heads. Comments (45).

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