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Monday, March 2, 2015

Flatbush concert celebrates Woody Guthrie’s Jewish, Coney songs

Music: We all knew Woody Guthrie was a mensch. Comment

Brooklyn author demystifies contemporary art

Books: You don’t need an art degree to understand contemporary art — just this book. Comment

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It’s March, and Carmine comes in like a lion!

Sunday Screech: You hear that screeching? That’s Carmine, dabnabbit! Comments (2)

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Bartoonist sings us a song of a piano bar

Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator visits the Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint. Comments (1)

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Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Editor’s Picks: See the NYC Porn Festival, read Doctor Dread’s memoirs, learn the dirty secrets of the Gowanus Canal, and other great things to do in Brooklyn, Feb. 27–March 5. Comments (1)

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Wendell Pierce stars in Fort Greene play about gentrification

Theater: The stars are out! Comments (1)

Welcome to Williams-ice-berg

Williamsburg: Massive ice floes are lining the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront after weeks of freezing temperatures. Comments (6)

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Circuit Lord: Circuit Lord is taking a brief vacation. Check back next Thursday for another electrifying edition.

Meanwhile, in southern Brooklyn

Gravesend: Gravesend Bay is a patchwork of ice floes after weeks of frigid weather froze it and parts of the lower harbor into a scene typical of the Arctic (or Antarctic). Comment

Trade winds blow: Garnett gone, but Brook Lopez will stay

Flagrant Fowl: Brace yourselves for an extended winter, Brooklyn. The Nets didn’t pick up much by the trade deadline, and that won’t change in the coming seasons, our curmudgeonly columnist writes. Comment

Cash only! Annual Johnny Cash celebration adds kids’ show

Music: The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash is turning 10 — and now 10-year-olds can actually attend. Comments (1)

The Californians: Steph and the family go West

Fearless Parenting: This week, our fearless mom learns the difference between traveling and vacationing. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper, a perfect icebreaker

Page 1: Do you have trouble meeting people? Has anyone ever described you as cold? Or as a piece of glaciation from the planet Hoth? Do people have difficulty moving around you, for fear that if they get too close you’ll puncture their personal space and submerge them in your neuroses? Well with The Brooklyn Paper proudly displayed at your prow, all that awkwardness will melt away as fellow mariners, seeing the display from afar, will hone in on the intriguing headlines and strike up a conversation. Keep warm, and keep hustlin’, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Pol walks back weird white-people diet remark, sez ‘I didn’t mean to offend’

Clinton Hill: A legislator on Tuesday backpedaled from a bizarre racist remark she made the night prior while discussing the closing of a Clinton Hill supermarket at a town hall meeting. Comments (30)

Housing crisis

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Landlord trying to evict rent-stabilized tenant took public housing $, judge says

Bushwick: The brother of a murdered Williamsburg landlord may have grown fat off government money meant for those who cannot afford Brooklyn’s skyrocketing rents, and the proof appears to have surfaced while he was trying to evict a low-rent tenant in white-hot Bushwick. Comments (9)

Slum diary: Reporter recounts life as tenant of landlord now in the news

Bushwick: I lived in a Bushwick apartment owned by Al Stark (I would later find out his real name is Aron) for one year starting in July, 2012. Comments (14)

Gentrification blues: Tenants, lawyer, contractor describe ‘cycle’ of landlord abuse

Bushwick: Between long-time renters and starry-eyed new arrivals, when it comes to Bushwick real estate, everyone is getting screwed. Comments (3)

Kosciuszko Bridge breakdown: Broken road unwelcome sight on morning commute

Greenpoint: The state scrambled on Tuesday to repair a piece of the Kosciuszko Bridge roadway that popped out of place just before the morning rush hour. Comment

Cops: Man predicting zombie apocalypse smashed up shop windows

Williamsburg: A drunk man with a vision smashed up several storefront windows while raving about the coming zombie apocalypse, cops said. Comments (1)

Opera reconstructs 17-ton ancient Chinese temple inside BAM

Theater: Talk about a weighty performance! Comment

Sketch comedy! Cartoonists and comedians team up for Gowanus comedy night

Nightlife: We are calling it a draw. Comment

Cold school! Fort Greene play is set in chilly New England winter

Theater: Think New York is cold right now? Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Green roof grief: Barclays ironworker crushed to death by beams

Prospect Heights: An ironworker died on Tuesday afternoon when steel beams fell on him as he worked to install Barclays Center’s new green roof, according to a police spokesman. Comments (13)

Black pol’s gentrification claim: ‘White people don’t eat the way we do’

Changing Brooklyn: An old-school supermarket that will soon close in Clinton Hill needs to be replaced with a similar joint, and not some fancy-schmancy shop for white gentrifiers, a state legislator proclaimed this week. Comments (44)

Help find this disappeared girl

Police are searching for a 13-year-old girl who vanished from her Flatbush home on Feb. 11. Comment

Expert: No more free rides out of Brooklyn

Transit: A plan to put tolls on all bridges and tunnels and drop existing ones could help ease Brooklyn traffic, a respected traffic guru said this week. Comments (29)

Chefs will crank out all-you-can-eat sausages in Bushwick

Dining: It is a sausage fest — literally. Comment

Forward-thinking Brooklynites gather to discuss the future

Event: Next Monday night, they’re sending you back to the future. Comment

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Happy ewe year! Year of the Sheep is pride of Windsor Terrace, Prospect Park

Fuzzy Brooklyn: It may be the Year of the Sheep, but the Lunar New Year came roaring into Brooklyn like a lion. Comment

Happy hour for Teddy’s owners: Williamsburg’s oldest bar sold

Nightlife: The oldest bar in Williamsburg is in new hands. Comments (3)

Wendell Pierce to open Bed-Stuy theater’s Fort Greene run

Theater: He will star in a play about gentrification in New Orleans — in gentrified Fort Greene. Comment

Back for seconds: Bridgeview to remain diner after sale

Bay Ridge: Regulars at a Bay Ridge diner won’t have to take the check just yet, according to the soon-to-be-former owner of the neighborhood institution. Comments (8)

Dead-ford Avenue! Murder mystery author sets new book in Williamsburg

Books: Mystery is afoot in Williamsburg. Comment

Playground under tracks to reopen, thin crowds in Carroll Park

Carroll Gardens: Saint Mary’s Park will reopen someday, but summer, as distant as it seems, will come sooner. Comments (1)

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Hit-and-run driver who killed couple found guilty, faces life in prison

Mean Streets: The driver who killed a pregnant woman and her new husband in a hit-and-run crash in 2013 is facing life in prison after a jury found him guilty on Friday of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Comments (11)

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Gov calls for special election to fill Grimm’s congressional seat

Bay Ridge: Election Day is coming early this year. Comments (4)

Siggy’s owner on closure: Brooklyn Heights is now pricier than Manhattan

Dining: She puts a big portion of the blame on Brooklyn Bridge Park, saying it convinced landlords they could charge more even than on the island across the East River. Comments (7)

Lyceum’s former owner: Judge hornswoggled me out of the property

Park Slope: A Brooklyn judge cheated the owner of a landmarked Park Slope building out of his property when she illegally allowed its sale at auction to pay off creditors, a lawsuit claims. Comments (13)

Railway runway: Bushwick designer holds fashion show on L train

Fashion: A Bushwick designer turned a Manhattan-bound L train car into a models’ runway last week with an impromptu fashion show. Comments (9)