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Monday, March 23, 2015

Swan ransom: State will spare birds — if you pay

Sheepshead Bay’s swan enthusiasts can save their beloved birds — but it’ll cost them. Comments (7)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Carmine loses power — and his mind!

Sunday Screech: In this week’s Screech we find out what happens when Carmine is trapped in his apartment without power or water. Fact is, it gets pretty ugly. Comments (6)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

What to read this week

Books: Brooklyn booksellers give their top picks of new lit. Comment

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Editor’s Picks: Comedy and choreography combine, ’60s Cuban cinema, bizarre corporate musicals, and other great things to see in Brooklyn, March 20–25. Comment

New novel details the horrors of apartment-hunting in Brooklyn

Books: This is a different kind of scary story. Comments (2)

Sham-rock the Ridge!

Bay Ridge Nights: Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t over until Bay Ridge says it is over, and our pals at BrooklynDaily.com have all the details on where to go and what to do before, during, and after the big parade. Comments (1)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Call me 'Vinnie'

My candidate Vinnie: Gentile adopts shorter name in House bid

Bay Ridge: He’s the candidate formerly known as Vincent. Comments (11)

The variations of Vinnie

Bay Ridge: Councilman Vincent Gentile adopted the “Vinnie” moniker for his congressional bid against Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, but that’s not the only position he’s changed over the years. Comments (2)

Bensonhurst author describes leaving the Hasidim

Books: This writer is in the spotlight, losing his religion. Comments (2)

Goodbye to all this: A Brooklyn Paper editor says sayonara

Nathan’s Famous: Our deputy editor looks back on years of Brooklyn Paper fandom culminating in the best job he has ever had. Comments (10)

Shat show! Film night celebrates the lesser-known works of William Shatner

Cinema: Boldly watch what no man has seen before. Comment

Crummy realizes that he wasn’t high all this time — the Nets are just slow

Flagrant Fowl: Our curmudgeonly Nets columnist recounts his years of medicating with marijuana — and gives District Attorney Ken Thompson a special shout-out — as a way of assessing the late-season Nets. Comment

My daughter and drugs on the college campus

The Dad: This week, the Dad hashes out his expectations of his college-age daughter when it comes to taking illegal drugs. Comment

The cats and the cradle and The Brooklyn Paper

Page 1: An editor arrived just the other day, came into the office in the usual way. But there were deadlines to meet and meetings to slay, and he learned how to cut while I was away. And he was writing active before I knew it, and as he grew, he said “I’m gonna be like you, boss, you know I’m gonna be like you.” He was here for a year just the other day, asked “Can I have a raise, boss” I said “There’s no way. It seems that we’re for sale and we’ve got nothing to spare.” He said “Fine by me, I’m working this story on LICH healthcare.” Then he turned in that story on deadline too and said, “I’m gonna be like you, boss. You know I’m gonna be like you.” Well he’s since gave his notice and he moved away, I called him up just the other day. I said “I need some help with a silly rhyme.” He said “I’d love to, boss, but I’m on deadline. You see, the guys I’m editing here, they don’t have a clue, but it’s been sure nice talking to you, boss. Sure nice talking to you.” And as I hung up the phone it felt like a punch in the chin, I guess I gotta keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. We all gotta keep hustlin’.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Beyonce it ain’t so! Merchant group head stole $ to buy concert tix, prosecutor says

Prospect Heights: The former head of a Flatbush Avenue merchant group serving Park Slope and Prospect Heights embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the group and used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, including Beyonce tickets, according to prosecutors. Comments (6)

Cement truck topples over in W’burg, bystander scoops cement into pothole

Mean Streets: A cement truck driver injured his back on Tuesday morning when the loaded truck he was driving tipped over, spilling wet cement all over Varick Street in Williamsburg, officials said. What happened next was someone making the best of a bad situation. Comments (5)

Instant gentrification: Detroiters bristle over Galapagos’s plan for art empire

Art: Former Dumbo arts space Galapagos is barging into the Detroit area like it owns the place and could foster the same kind of gentrification it fled in Brooklyn, according to Motor City artists who are leery of the recent transplant. Comments (14)
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Staying Put-nam: Panel members want to keep controversial plaza

Clinton Hill: Members of Clinton Hill’s community board want a pedestrian plaza to stay on Fulton Street, despite opposition from local businesses. Comments (15)

Three cheers! Performing-arts group lands on its feet with room to spare in G’point

Dance: Sometimes getting thrown out on the street can be a good thing. Comments (2)

Espresso yourself! Big coffee and tea festival moves to Greenpoint

Event: This event comes with some perks. Comments (1)

Everybody dance now! Learn moves from upcoming Mark Morris shows

Dance: You can dance if you want to. Comment

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Refuge on the market: Fort Greene community center’s days numbered, officials say

Fort Greene: A Fort Greene building that has housed daycare and senior centers for four decades is up for rent to the highest bidder because the city failed to reach a lease renewal deal, according to administrators of the city-funded programs. Comments (9)

Jungle bookworms: Sunset Park middle schoolers take trip to Amazon

Sunset Park: Students from Brooklyn’s concrete jungle got to see the real thing on a trip to the Peruvian Amazon last month. Comment

Night fever! Legendary disco DJ throws birthday bash in Coney

Nightlife: At 60, he is stayin’ alive. Comments (1)

Cobble Hill couple attempt to record every Carter Family song

Music: This Brooklyn family will not let the circle be broken. Comments (1)

Lodge and burn: Bushwick darkroom gets new, wider-angle digs

Art: This Bushwick photography facility is going large-format. Comment

Warring parties: Same time, same place, competing fund-raisers for rival pols

Dyker Heights: A political chasm may separate them, but for one special night, they partied in the same building. Comments (3)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Murder in Gowanus

Gowanus: Someone shot a man to death on Saturday afternoon in front of the Gowanus Houses building where he lived, police said. Read more…

Neighbors: Brooklyn Expo Center cars parked across sidewalks

Greenpoint: Greenpoint’s new convention center is causing parking chaos, as vendors and guests are regularly taking up blocks of sidewalk with their cars, angry neighbors say. Comments (25)

Hip to be square: Ridge couple keeping rural dance alive

Gravesend: They’re the original hipsters. Comment

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade rolls through Slope

Park Slope: Hundreds of bagpipers, dancers, military veterans, and others in the Irish spirit marched in the Brooklyn Saint Patrick’s Day parade on March 15. Comments (3)

Brooklyn-Queens caress-way: Locks on freeway pedestrian bridge mark lovebirds’ bonds

Carroll Gardens: The trend of lovebirds affixing padlocks to Brooklyn’s scenic bridges has spread to a decidedly un-picturesque pedestrian bridge over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Carroll Gardens. Comments (5)

Cradle will rock: New children’s museum head has big plans, defends new direction

Crown Heights: In the wake of a scathing New York Times article where current and former staffers accused the Brooklyn Children’s Museum of forsaking its roots in Crown Heights, new president Stephanie Wilchfort says it is still for everyone, including the rest of Brooklyn. Comments (2)
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Ken Burns does Brooklyn

Cinema: It was the shortest Ken Burns sequence in history. Comments (1)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Stuck in park: Williamsburg, Greenpoint residents take waterfront fight to City Hall

Williamsburg: More than 300 protesters rallied outside City Hall on March 12 to demand the city make good on its decade-old promise to turn a waterfront plot in Williamsburg into parkland. Comments (11)

School protesters are Cuomo-phobic

Clinton Hill: These students, parents, and teachers give the governor’s education policies an F. Comments (9)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Justice, Staten-Island style: Officials hiss at prosecutor over indictment of Slope pol’s aide

STATEN ISLAND — Politicos turned out by the dozens to back a Park Slope councilman’s aide as she pleaded not guilty to charges of campaign finance fraud last Wednesday, shouting on the courthouse steps in Staten Island that the special scrutiny she received makes no sense in light of the approach to the Eric Garner case. Comments (2)