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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sheik your booty: Mid-East meets dancehall at Brooklyn Bridge Park dance party

Music: Balkan Beat Box is coming home to Brooklyn — and bringing the sounds of the world with it. Comment

Monday, May 5, 2014

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Drawing from Brooklyn: Ralph Bakshi is still making films about his home borough

Cinema: The Brownsville-raised director of “Fritz the Cat” is now working on a film about the seedy underbelly of 1960s Coney Island. Comments (1)

Coney clash! Doc on People’s Playground battle screens in Bay Ridge

Cinema: Coney Island is coming to Bay Ridge. Comment

Saturday, May 3, 2014

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment

Friday, May 2, 2014

Where to GO this week!

Nightlife: A star-studded tribute show, Kickstarter’s block party, a bicycle-themed quiz, literary karaoke, and other great things to do in Brookyln May 2–7. Comments (1)

Bartoonist uncovers a sweet speakeasy

Bar Scrawl: Featherweight is a cocktail bar hidden behind Sweet Science in Bushwick that punches above its weight. Comments (8)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Empire strikes back! New owner at Crown KTV just more of the same, board suspects

Dyker Heights: The new owners of a controversial Dyker Heights karaoke lounge swear they will change the business’s tune — but neighborhood leaders believe the song remains the same. Comment

Coney comes out for block party

Families flocked to Coney Island last weekend for its first-ever Family Day Block Party. Comment

Color scheme: Partygoers dance in powdered paint at Holi-inspired fest

Nightlife: Paint the town red — and blue, green, yellow, and pink. Comments (23)

Auto dealer forced to pay nearly $100,000

Bay Ridge: Talk about driving a hard bargain! Comments (6)

Electric dreamer: Connan Mockasin is psyched to play Williamsburg

Music: Call him a dream-pop star. Comment

Giving it the ol’ college try

The Dad: This week, the Dad wonders what’s more important: making his youngest do the things necessary to get into a good college — or letting her be a kid. Comments (2)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Flooding in Gowanus: Drivers traverse mega-puddle

Gowanus: A day’s rain translated into a foot-deep pond on a Gowanus street this afternoon. Comments (12)

Cops: Man fired into crowd in Clinton Hill, hitting three

Clinton Hill: The wild fire may have been sparked by a dispute over the affections of a lady, a police source said. Comments (5)

The donkey in the room: Every other candidate to host political bash stinks

Prospect Heights: Brooklyn stands head and shoulders above the competition for putting on the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Here is why. Comments (8)

Pretty in Red Hook: Dance studio throws ’80s prom for adults

Nightlife: If your high-school prom was more “Carrie” than “Pretty In Pink,” here is your chance for a remake. Comments (2)

A head-start for late silent-film star

Cinema: A nearly forgotten silent-film star’s memory is finally being marked at Green-Wood Cemetery. Comments (1)

Ch-check it out: Beastie Boys fans honor Adam Yauch with MCA Day

Music: It’s just you, your posse, and MCA. Comment

Tal of the town! We check in with serial commentator

Checkin’ in with: The comments section is coming alive in the first installation of The Brooklyn Paper’s “Get to know a commentator” series. Comments (30)

It’s all a-board for W’burg gamers

Boro of Nerds: Brooklynites are rolling the dice on a new pastime. Comments (1)

Pony up: Celebrate the Kentucky Derby Southern-style in Greenwood Heights

Nightlife: With mint juleps, fried green tomatoes, big hats, and... a tricycle race? Comments (2)

Nets playoff action

Veteran leadership must do its job

Front Court: For the Nets to advance, the nets big men have to do the things they are paid to do, says our columnist. Comment

Deron Williams the key to Nets victory

Back Court: The chances of the Nets moving on all come down to two words. The first two words of the headline above. Comments (2)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

It’s Brooklyn vs. Philadelphia in smackdown for political bash

Prospect Heights: Our favorite to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention is obvious, but will common sense prevail? We ask some local leaders, here and in the City of Brotherly Love, how the suitors stack up. Comments (12)

Bishop Ford faithful: Church acting out of greed in closure push

Windsor Terrace: Now with video: The closure of a beloved Windsor Terrace Catholic school will throw students for a loop for the unworthy cause of making the church a quick buck, parents, students, and alumni said at a rally in front of the place on Monday. Comments (12)

See the hard way! Kids at experimental school make wacky contraptions

Get a load of the Rube Goldberg machines youngsters from Brooklyn Waldorf School created. Comments (3)

He’s the brains, sweetheart! ‘Star Wars’ trivia night coming to Park Slope

Boro of Nerds: May the fourth be with you! Comments (1)

Fair fun on Church Ave.

Thousands of Brooklynites made the pilgrimage to the Church Avenue Business Improvement District’s street fair. Comments (1)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Grimm reaper — Ridge Rep. indicted for alleged shady business practices

Politics: United States attorneys indicted Rep. Michael Grimm (R–Bay Ridge) on April 28 on charges of illegal business practices at a Manhattan restaurant he operated prior to winning office. Comments (20)

Smells like clean spirit! G’point residents demand city build trash depots faster

Greenpoint: Williamsburg and Greenpoint still stink. Comments (7)

Would-be LICH developer faces May 4 deadline

Hospitals in Crisis: Long Island College Hospital could be handed over to a developer that has no plans to keep it a hospital if the company currently on tap to take over does not get its finances in order by May 4. Comments (3)

Court and Smith merchants seek city sprucing-up

Shopping: Some of Brooklyn’s swankiest shopping strips are just not clean and inviting enough, say merchants who are banding together to compel the city to spruce them up even further. Comments (3)

Nation’s oldest children’s library celebrates centennial

The Stone Avenue Library in Brownsville celebrated its 100th anniversary this week, reopening after eight weeks of renovations. Comments (1)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Shooting at Clinton Hill cleaners raises complaints of ‘drug-prone corner’

Clinton Hill: A neighbor says that the gunfire that wounded a man should spur District Attorney Ken Thompson and Public Advocate Letitia James, who live in the vicinity, to take action to stop the drug trade on the block. Comments (14)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Cops: flame-throwing Borough Parker headed for cooler

Cops say they’ve got the Borough Park Molotov cocktail arsonist on ice. Comments (1)

Boro potheads: District attorney’s weed policy makes sinsemilla

Top prosecutor Ken Thompson says he will not prosecute people arrested for low-level marijuana crimes, according to a memo obtained by the New York Post. Comments (35)

Prosecutor: Men arrested for attack on gay man are W’burg Shomrim

Williamsburg: The ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood patrol group says that not all of the men arrested for an alleged brutal mob attack are members, despite a claim by prosecutors. Comments (12)

Michelle Obama to give Botanic Garden national award

Prospect Heights: One of Brooklyn’s lushest oases is getting some national recognition with a government award presented by first lady Michelle Obama. Comments (4)

Turning over a new Leif! Shuttered Ridge pub making comeback

Bay Ridge: A beloved Bay Ridge watering hole is getting a new leif on life. Comments (34)

Body found in Gowanus Canal identified as Boerum Hill resident

Gowanus: The cause of death has not yet been determined, according to police. Comments (1)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Volatile Molotov! Borough Park pyro lights up bodega

Crime: Talk about a hot item! Comment

Rock of wagers! Eric Adams, Rob Ford bet on NBA playoffs

Nets: The pols reached across municipal and national boundaries to bet on the Nets-versus-Raptors series after some serious trash-talk, and after Adams took beer out of the equation. Comments (4)

Greenpoint boat club mutinies from would-be first mate

Greenpoint: A Newtown Creek boating group backed out of a plan to build a boathouse in an industrial space along the foul channel and will set up shop in free digs at a movie production facility instead, angering their would-be landlord who wanted to collect rent on the aquatic outpost. Comments (91)

Judgment day! Slope bench hopeful once slapped for professional misconduct

Will’s Watch: A Democratic candidate for the civil court district covering Park Slope and Flatbush was on the receiving end of a censure for professional misconduct from the second-highest court in the state in 2007 and our pals at BrooklynDaily.com have the whole story. Comments (1)