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Whether you have a yearning to transform yourself into Neptune or Venus on a half-shell, or you just want to ogle someone who would, set aside Saturday, June 25 for the 23rd annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. Comment


At age 84, conductor Julius Rudel (pictured) shows no signs of slowing down. Comment


Just when you thought there wasn’t a single place to sate your craving for a catfish taco, Miracle Grill opens on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. The airy space is the first Brooklyn outpost of the restaurant, which already has locations in the East Village and Murray Hill. Comment


This Father’s Day, take dad for a walk through Prospect Park that he’s sure to remember. Whether he wants to stay cool and watch the kids ride the carousel or break a sweat and take the pedal boats out for a spin, there’s a lot going on for both kids and their dads this Sunday, June 19. Comment


On Sunday night, the Brooklyn International Film Festival wrapped with an award ceremony that skimmed the cream from the crop of this year’s line-up. At the closing night ceremony held at the Brooklyn Museum, writer-director Alison Murray garnered awards for best feature as well as the Chameleon Award for best film of the festival for her road trip flick, "Mouth to Mouth." Comment


When I heard that Chez Henry had opened at 60 Henry St., I couldn’t help but recall the jinxed restaurants that had come before. I’d dined at that Brooklyn Heights address about a year earlier when the place was Balzar, a bistro of sorts with a difficult-to-define menu and dishes that ranged from dismal to outright travesties. Comment

Dumped by beep, member is back

Atlantic Yards: It’s a hard battle, fighting the man. Especially if that man has veto power, and many of your opinions are diametrically opposed to his. Comment

Ikea buys site for its Red Hook store        

In a development that may seem a bit anticlimactic to Red Hook residents, who have been rallying for and against a planned Ikea big-box store on the neighborhood’s southern waterfront for more than a year, the Swedish home furnishings giant said this week it had completed its purchase of the Erie Basin site. Comment


From the cafe to its entrance, the New York Aquarium in Coney Island is awash with new things to see - and eat. Two new exhibits opened on June 7, and when visitors need to take a break from their sightseeing, they can nosh in the Aquarium’s new Seaside Cafe. Comment


On June 9, the Brooklyn Arts Council opened to the public its new offices at 55 Washington St. in DUMBO. Comment

YARDS AWAY Ratner train relocation could affect eminent domain fight

Atlantic Yards: If he wants to build a new home for his New Jersey Nets basketball team atop rail yards at Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, developer Bruce Ratner will have to pay for more than air space over the Long Island Rail Road tracks — he’s also going to have to help pay to move those tracks. Comment

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