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Are you a nerd — or looking for one? Come to Union Hall on Dec. 29

Event: Union Hall will host an unprecedented speed dating night for nerds, because nerds need love, too! Comments (2)
Digital editions: See that weird blue sentence above, the one that changes color as you roll your mouse over it? That’s actually a link that will take you to a wonderful place where you can download our entire print edition, right now. It’s really quite exciting — all the articles, graphics, columns and calendars are yours with one easy click. And, hey, happy holidays. Read more…

Bikes in buildings? Don’t hold your breath

Editorial: Our editorial board has some real problems with the city’s new “Bikes in Buildings” law. Comments (2)

No bull! This Montreal man will change your notion of pastrami forever

Dining: Noah Bernamoff is taking Brooklyn’s national dish to a new level. Comments (15)
The Best Thing We Ate This Week: You don’t go to a British-style pub for the food — and you certainly don’t go for the dessert. Comments (3)

Face it, you need help finding some bubbly for New Year’s Eve

Shopping: And the Greene Grape is happy to lend a hand. Comments (1)

Our cartoonist’s take on the MTA service cuts

Cartoon: This week, Roofus says that there’s plenty of blame to go around regarding MTA service cuts. Comment
BREAKING

MTA approves massive transit cuts!

Transit: Brooklyn is facing a full-blown transit apocalypse — include massive bus service reductions and the elimination of an entire subway line — thanks to severe cuts approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board this morning. Comments (7)
Mean Streets: On Saturday, there will be nudity on Bedford Avenue — to protest the city’s removal of the bike lane, of course! Comments (29)

Bonds away! Ratner’s tax-free bonds are snapped up fast

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner scored roughly half the money he’ll need for his Atlantic Yards arena in a matter of hours yesterday, selling out $511 million in tax-free bonds that were snapped up by investors thanks to their high interest rate and investors’ faith in the project. Comments (4)

Veggies take a blow as Red Bamboo brings in meat

Dining: Vegetarianism may not be dead, but it’s certainly on life support now that stalwart veggie restaurant Red Bamboo will add meat to the menu. Comments (23)
Brooklyn Angle: It’s the most wonderful time of the year — unless you’re Mike Jordings, the manager of the Key Food in Windsor Terrace. Comments (23)

The mailbag is full

Letters: Big news: The lede letter this week is from the Catman! Comment

MTA cuts would slice and dice Brooklyn

Transit: Brooklyn is facing a full-blown transit apocalypse — include massive bus service reductions and the elimination of an entire subway line — thanks to severe cuts approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board this week. Comments (17)
Mean Streets: The city has lavished its traffic-calming gifts on the southern portion of Grand Army Plaza — but now, the Department of Transportation is poised, Santa-like, to start working on the North pole of Brooklyn’s most muddled roundabout. Comments (5)

Mugged and beaten

Park Slope: A thief knocked down a man and stole his briefcase on Sixth Street. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comments (1)

We did it! Paper helps singer raise money for new album

Music: Singer-songwriter Greta Gertler will finish her new album — and she has Brooklyn (and its Paper) to thank for it. Comments (3)

Cyclist killed by trucker in Greenpoint!

Mean Streets: Another cyclist has been killed in a collision with a truck driver — this time just a few blocks from where activists were protesting the city’s removal of a popular bike lane on Sunday. Comments (11)
Park Slope: Injuries, pain, sorrow are a swan’s only companion. Comments (22)
Mean Streets: Too much rain — and too many cops — made a repainting of the removed cycle path an impossibility. Comments (2)
Williamsburg: The many faces of Claus were on display at the “Santa Con” at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday, giving us exclusive pics of St. Nick as you’ve never seen him! (Far left) Santa grabs a smoke. (Top) The ever-jolly seasonal icon chugs a cold one. (Left) The Big Man texts about all the fun guys he’s meeting. Comments (2)
Books: Our exclusive interview with the greatest writer of his generation, whose new book, “Eating Animals,” is a non-fiction work about the disaster that is mass consumption of meat. Comments (11)

A salt on Columbia Street

Columbia St Waterfront: That big salt pile has blown granulues all over the neighborhood again. Comments (1)

What about those racy photos of the Oh So Feisty One on Facebook?

Smartmom: Photos from last week’s Marriott sleepover somehow got on Facebook. Comments (5)

Do NOT bring your bike into your office today

Mean Streets: Sure, the “Bikes in Building” law goes into effect today. But that only starts the process! Comments (7)

Join us for one wild ride

Mean Streets: Starting today, The Brooklyn Paper will be following all the rules to ensure that our Metrotech office building follows the “Bike in Building” law. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Comment

UPDATE: OK, we’ve done our part!

Mean Streets: The first phase of our effort to bring our bikes into our office has been achieved: We’ve written our boss! Comment
Mean Streets: Exclusive! They may have been caught white-handed, but two people who were arrested this week for repainting the Bedford Avenue bike lane say they’ll go to trial to beat the rap. Comments (1)
Dining: First Jim Mamary — and now Alan Harding! Man, can a guy just get a decent meal anymore? Comments (11)

Van Brunt project is stalled, but trucks are in gear on Columbia Street

Mean Streets: Columbia Street residents are sick and tired of construction delays on neighboring Van Brunt Street that are causing traffic congestion in their sleepy corner of the world. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: Here she is, Smith Street pedestrians — your new crossing guard. Comments (5)

Bad reality TV

Williamsburg: A thief robs a deli — and the owner watches it all go down on TV! Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comment

Manhattan Beach icon is honored

The deeds one does in life are often what is most remembered by loved ones and the community at large after a person dies. Comment

NbPAC Lights Up Your Life

When the sun goes down, McCarren Park will be warmly illuminated this month, only it has nothing to do with the holidays. Comment

Graffiti plagues Sheepshead Bay and Homecrest area

Graffiti is rearing its ugly head again. Comment

Gowanus joins Generation Facebook

The Gowanus Canal has finally joined the 21st century: The fetid waterway has its own group on Facebook. Comment

Crime slide continues in 76th Precinct

Crime statistics in the 76th Precinct are mostly good, a little bad, but certainly not ugly, according to the precinct’s top cop, who pointed to data showing a downward trend of criminal activity. Comment

Fast acting cops honored by 76th Precinct Council

A cell phone snatcher was no match for a duo of dynamic cops from the 76th Precinct, recognized recently by the 76th Precinct Community Council for dialing in some fine police work. Comment

Local business people weigh in on ban of roll down metal shop gates

Local businesses and business leaders checked in with their views on the recently passed city legislation that would gradually ban the use of roll-down metal security gates on shops to cut down on high rates of graffiti. Comment

Triangle Squared! Rezoning Passes Two Key Council Votes

The City Council’s Land Use Committee and its Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions passed the controversial Broadway Triangle plan Monday morning, all but clearing the way for approval from the full body. Comment

Meet “Cooking for Bachelors”

There’s a new cooking show in town. Comment

Buy a dreidel, fight dyslexia

Leah David is hoping to beat dyslexia using one dreidel at a time. Comment

60 cop promoted, celebrates 20 years in Coney Island

Coney Island has been home to a lot of carnies and clowns over the years. Now it’s home to a bona-fide detective. Comment

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