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The opening of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday was a historic moment for Brooklyn — but with five piers to build out, an unclear path to funding their upkeep and the unsolved issue of private housing in the park’s boundaries, critics see a storm brewing. Comment

A ‘Crucible’ of great theater by the Gallery Players

Now that the hysteria over health care reform has reached its crescendo — hopefully — why not revisit the classic parable of groupthink run amok, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”? Comment

A wheely good bust!

This cop is driving burglars crazy! Officer Edward Hugee (left) was named the 66th Precinct’s “Cop of the Month” for March for taking down a burglary crew on Dahill Road. Deputy Inspector John Sprague, the precinct’s commanding officer (right), said that Hugee and his partner were responding to the burglary call when they found the thieves loading video games and flat-screen TVs into the back of a Honda Civic parked in the homeowner’s driveway. The cops blocked the driveway, giving the thieves nowhere to go, Sprague said, adding that both suspects had criminal records. Comment

Cops: Watch your back in East Flatbush

Flatbush: Eight woman — including senior citizens — have been robbed at gunpoint on the streets of East Flatbush, police report. Comment

Paper trail shows a lack of LIRR openness on bollards

Newly obtained blueprints reveal that city officials were considering building the tomb-like bollards at the Long Island Railroad terminal at Atlantic Avenue and Hanson Place in 2005 — though at least two renderings were subsequently released to the public without those drastic security measures. Comment

Int’l terror expert speaks: LIRR bollards are ‘overkill’ and ‘ugly’

A counter-terrorism expert who has instructed police officers and the U.S. military on security tactics has joined the chorus of critics complaining that the mega-bollards in front of the new Long Island Rail Road terminal are “overkill,” and “excessive and ugly.” Comment

Kudos to outstanding cops

It may have been a lucky coincidence, but, just in time for Women’s History Month, a trio of female officers was in the spotlight during the March meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council. Comment

All they were saying is give peace a chance

War is over — if you want it. Comment

Brooklyn Bridge bark! No dogs allowed in park portion opened today!

It’s the greatest thing to happen to Brooklyn open space lovers since Prospect Park was built in the Civil War era — but it’s not so great for their dogs! Comment

Hungry for redemption, Poly Prep is after state crown

High School Sports: Matt Roventini vividly remembers the pain he felt when last season ended. He remembers the shock and disappointment etched across his players’ faces after falling to Berkeley Carroll, 4-1, in the NSYAISAA title game at Columbia University. Comment

Inexperienced Midwood opens season with thrilling win

High School Sports: Joseph Madrazo took one quick look back as he raced up the near side with the clock winding down and a defender at his heels. What he saw was Midwood coach John Murphy waving him toward the net as he made up his mind to keep his feet moving. Comment

Despite senior losses, Midwood returns with high hopes

High School Sports: Charlie Barbieri was asked what starters graduated and how many of them, and he hesitated. Midwood lost plenty of them. There was his shortstop, his second baseman and his center fielder, his catcher, right fielder, and his entire pitching staff. Comment

Cougars roar to PSAL Class A title

High School Sports: There were no guarantees in the playoffs for Medgar Evers. Starting guards Ashley Castle and Camera Miley were off the team as late as last month. Miley’s mother held her out for academic purposes. Castle was suspended by the school’s principal for disciplinary reasons and missed the Cougars’ first postseason contest. Comment

Gold standard: Dolphins win ‘B’ title

High School Sports: It was the most trying time of the season for Leon Goldstein. Its two best players were on the bench in the fourth quarter and Academy of American Studies was mounting a furious rally. Comment

CHSAA Brooklyn softball preview: Irrera ready to lead new-look Kearney

High School Sports: Tiffany Irrera’s in-game responsibilities remain the same. The Bridgeport-bound windmiller will be Bishop Kearney’s unquestioned ace and one of the top pitchers in the city. But there are added duties this time around. Irrera is just one of three seniors on a Tigers team filled with juniors looking to repeat as CHSAA Brooklyn division champs. Comment

Boys & Girls makes memorable appearance on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

High School Sports: Boys & Girls already excelled under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, winning its first city championship in 31 years March 6. Thursday, March 18, the Kangaroos faced another kind of lights – national television beams. Comment

Point taken: Jones leads Bedford past South Bronx and to ‘A’ crown

High School Sports: Since entering Bedford Academy four years ago, Brent Jones and Anthony Mason Jr. have often talked about winning a championship. Comment

Walt Whitman was beat, man

Allen Ginsberg and Walt Whitman have more in common than impressive beards. Comment

More high-flying fun comes to Galapagos

Break out your 1940s vintage finest. Comment

Big pimpin’

Brian J once said you can’t kick a can in Williamsburg without hitting another musician. To build a following, you have to be doing something pretty special. Comment

Ear-splitting sound

Kerretta lets the music do the talking. Comment

Borough Hall wears green

BoroBeat: Bagpipes, green bagels and a touch of blarney accompanied the tribute when Borough President Marty Markowitz launched local St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities with an awards breakfast at Borough Hall. Comment

Toni Morrison leads a true ‘write’ of passage for black authors

The reining queen of American literature, Toni Morrison, is coming to the borough of writers in yet another Brooklyn celebration of the arts and letters. Comment

Lucky B13! MTA takes part of lightly used bus off scrap heap

Williamsburg: The B13 bus has been saved — somewhat. Comment

Hot Dogg! Snoop Dogg’s Bklyn show tix on sale today!

Snoop Dogg is coming to Brooklyn, fo shizzle. Comment

City jonesing for Smith bike lane fix

Fresh on the heels of the new Flushing Avenue bike lane, the city unveiled plans for a bike-friendly facelift for Smith Street, turning the much-used approach to the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges much less harrowing. Comment

Crackdown! Cyclists say cops are fining them on Downtown bike routes

Riding a bicycle in Downtown Brooklyn can be hazardous — to your bank account. Comment

My own little happy place on Rocky Road

Perspective: Her lectures cover every facet of women’s health, literally from the cradle to the grave. From sex, before during and after menopause and the many new treatments for women who have a hard time adjusting from one phase of their lives to the next.One of the most interesting of her suggestions was her theory on how to relieve stress, thereby reducing stress hormones, thereby easing and/or alleviating hot flashes, just by focusing on a happy thought. Some of her suggestions included envisioning puppy dogs, kittens, babies, baby birds, you get the drift. Comment

Photography on the fringes

Broken-down industrial structures might detract most people, but for photographers with a sense of adventure, they can be ideal spots for urban exploration and inspiration. Comment

CB2: This project takes no ‘Toll’ on DUMBO

Brooklyn Heights: A “gritty” and very urban residential tower proposed by one of the nation’s largest suburban homebuilders breezed over the first hurdle of the public review process when a Community Board 2 committee approved Toll Brothers’ Water Street design on Wednesday night. Comment

Ibeam kicks some serious brass with trombone fest next month

It’s not often that trombonists get to toot their own horns in music circles. Typically, they’re one of many in a horn section or the punch line of a joke (see: sad trombone). But next month in Gowanus, they’re front and center. Comment

Storm of the year devastates Green-Wood!

That really was a heck of a storm! Comment

Believe it! Paulie Gee’s has opened in Greenpoint

Williamsburg: For months, Twitter, Facebook, foodie blogs, and even pizza blogs kept sounding the alarm that the opening was imminent. But the delays only fueled the excitement. Comment

A ‘Ten’ shun! City rejects Enrique Norten’s Park Slope project

Internationally renowned architect Enrique Norten’s Carroll Street proposal was dealt a death blow on Friday when an obscure city board rejected his argument that he needed to expand the size of the Park Slope project to make it financially viable. Comment

Finally, a ‘Stable’ situation in Kensington

Kensington Stables rides again! Comment

Another big Boerum Hill prostitution bust

For the second time in as many months, cops collared a bevy of would-be Johns on the corner of Butler and Nevins streets in Boerum Hill on March 9. Comment

School comes to its Seneshes

Community Newspaper Group Comment

It’s a Tish-grace! Councilwoman James sues over scratch

Community Newspaper Group Comment

They’re the ‘Sloan’ rangers!

Some of the best city workers are right here in Brooklyn. Comment

More Mid-East peace talks? Yawn!

Perspective: As if the world has nothing better to do. Comment

Summit Academy at a nadir

It’s looking less likely that Boerum Hill’s hottest prostitution corner will become the site of a new charter school. Comment

CB1 to DOT: Get off our waterfront!

Williamsburg: It’s a parking lot with the best view of the Manhattan skyline — and Community Board 1 wants to turn it into a park. Comment

Battle over Broadway Triangle begins in court

Williamsburg: The city discriminated against blacks and Latinos during its controversial Broadway Triangle rezoning last year, awarding two politically connected groups no-bid contracts to develop city-owned land, opponents charged in court last week, the opening salvo of a legal battle seeking to derail the plan. Comment

Gunplay at party

Williamsburg: 94th Precinct Comment

Tween beaten — twice in one day!

Williamsburg: 90th Precinct Comment

A struggle over a bag

Brooklyn Courier: 78th Precinct Comment

Popped over free pills

Mill–Marine Courier: Popped over free pills Comment

Bomb threats at Madison

Kings Courier: Bomb blues at Madison Comment

Robbed of $2,500

Flatbush: Robbed of $2,500 Comment

Wake and bake

Brooklyn Courier: 76th Precinct Comment

Police vans targeted

Canarsie: Gunning for police vans Comment

Rally against hate crime in Carroll Gardens

Community Newspaper Group Comment

Turns out, Monty blaze was not so spirited

Brooklyn Heights: It turns out that the spirit of Brooklyn Heights is not all burned out! Comment

New beer garden for Williamsburg?

Williamsburg: Community Newspaper Group Comment

Flushing Avenue to get two-way protected bike lane!

Williamsburg: Flushing Avenue will sprout a protected, two-way bike lane to link cyclists between the Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg, the city revealed on Tuesday. Comment

Berkeley Carroll School gets expansion OK

Community Newspaper Group Comment

New look for 86th Street station

It’s not exactly a Madison Avenue gallery, but the 86th Street station on the R line will soon be sporting art, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) proceeds with a program to put mosaic murals on the station’s mezzanine. Comment

Thin ice! Park skaters out for two years as rink rehab begins

Sunday’s skating in Wollman Rink in Prospect Park was bittersweet — not just because it was the last day of the season, but because there won’t be any ice time at all for the next two years. Comment

Breaking blues! Southern Comfort Band caves in and changes name

Bay News: The Southern Comfort Band’s rebel yell was quelled to a whisper last week after the (slightly) better-known liqueur company finally got the Bay Ridge troupe to give in and change its name. Comment

Tray magnifique!

Paper or plastic? More and more, city’s schools are taking paper. Comment

A faith-based chat with Park Slope’s God squad

We had so much fun a few years ago with our first annual interfaith smackdown, that we invited Rev. Daniel Meeter of Old First Reformed Church and Rabbi Andy Bachman of Beth Elohim Synagogue in Park Slope to chew over the issues of the day facing the “faith-based” community. On the eve of their religions’ holiest periods, Meeter and Bachman checked in with our atheist editor, Gersh Kuntzman. Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

Cyclones ‘YOUniform’ tryouts Comment

Brooklyn South’s Got Talent! Show stoppers galore at Brooklyn College extravaganza

It may not have been “American Idol” or “America’s Got Talent,” but it was pretty close. Comment

60-year-old run over in Brighton Beach

Bay News: Run down Comment

He will survive! A timeline of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards

Thursday’s symbolic groundbreaking of the Atlantic Yards project practically demands a look back at the long history of this ambitious and controversial project. Here’s a timeline. Comment

Big court win yesterday — groundbreaking today

Hours before Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Bruce Ratner’s Barclays Center arena, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled in the developer’s favor on what is the last of the major lawsuits against the mega-project. Comment

Ratner breaks ground! Jay-Z celebrates! Others protest!

Bruce Ratner and a deep bench of supporters of his Atlantic Yards mega-project broke ground on a basketball arena for his Brooklyn-bound New Jersey Nets on Thursday afternoon, drawing to a symbolic close to more than seven years of delays for the developer. Comment

New meter-reading devices hit the nabe

New high-tech transmitters that the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says will eliminate the need for meter readers to visit homes have begun appearing around Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bath Beach and the rest of the borough as well. Comment

Allegations fly in 44th District City Council race

Things are getting down and dirty between candidates David Greenfield and Joe Lazar in the imminent 44th District City Council race. Comment

Brighton Eye Associates: your neighborhood eye care experts

Dr. Millie Fell, ophthalmologist, of Brighton Eye Associates (2727 Ocean Parkway, 718-332-0444) personifies the type of doctor you want caring for your eyes. Comment

Cost of barn raising sends city back to drawing board

Flatbush: Efforts to reconstruct a 19th century barn adjacent to the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum have been stalled by financial issues. Comment

New supermarket is the ‘Key’ to Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge has put out the welcome mat for its new supermarket. Comment

“Princesses” don’t exactly get royal welcome

Bay News: A new charter boat dubbed the “New York Princess” has berthed at Pier 8 in Sheepshead Bay and another is expected to arrive shortly at Pier 2. Comment

City digs out of weekend Nor’Easter

City agencies and utility companies were still digging out late Monday afternoon from the nor’easter that pummeled the borough over the weekend. Comment

Falcons playing to honor recovering assistant coach

High School Sports: Bishop Ford made a detour on its way to Archbishop Molloy for its CHSAA Class AA state quarterfinal game. The team stopped to visit assistant coach Mary Gillespie at her home near the Park Slope school. She was their recovering from a heart arrhythmia she suffered earlier this week and the surgery to deal with the problem. She is considered a grandmother figure to many of the players. Comment

Fontbonne falls short, but season remains memorable

High School Sports: Fontbonne Hall’s memorable season was basically over. Comment

District 22 schools fear budget cuts

If city and state politicians approve another school budget cut, there may be a “lasting impact” on District 22 schools. Comment

Brooklyn shines at AY groundbreaking

Featuring star power and street cred, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Barclays Center Arena - for better or worse - opened up a new era in the borough’s development. Comment

AY protesters march on groundbreaking

Impersonator Elliot Crown, wearing a three-foot long Marty Markowitz mask, stood in front of Freddy’s Bar and bellowed. Comment
Page 1: There are so many great stories in our full print edition, that we just had to break out in that old song about the world’s oldest profession. It’s stuck in our head, thanks to our stories about the prostitution busts and the proposed school on the same Boerum Hill corner! Yes, those stories — and more — are just one click away in our full print edition, downloadable right here, right now. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Rabbi Harvey rides again!

Rabbi Harvey rides again!

Awesome: Steve Sheinkin’s fictional Wild West spiritual leader tackles his toughest fight ever — the Wisdom Kid — in the latest chapter in the Yiddish-themed saga. Comments (1)

It’s a Tish-grace! Councilwoman James sues over scratch

Fort Greene: Councilwoman Letitia James has filed a personal injury suit against an itinerant laborer after she allegedly injured herself walking into his legally parked truck. Comments (50)
Kensington: The city Board of Health balks at major horse-boarding rules, sparing the Kensington Stables. Comments (7)
Boerum Hill: It’s looking less likely that Boerum Hill’s hottest prostitution corner will become the site of a new charter school. Comments (3)
Checkin’ in with: Clinton Miller leads one of Brooklyn’s most important black churches. Comments (8)
Brooklyn Heights: It started in the Laundromat, not the liquor store! Comment
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Allegria Salon turns 10

If winter has you seeking a warm and friendly place, no need to travel far; the Allegria Salon in the Brooklyn Marriott has what you are looking for. Read more…

Rally against hate crime in Carroll Gardens

Carroll Gardens: Dozens of Carroll Gardens residents rallied against hate on Monday night at Luquer Street between Hamilton Avenue and Clinton Street, steps from the spot where a gay man was attacked two weeks earlier. Comments (3)
Bridge ‘Park’: Public boozehounds rejoice — Brooklyn Bridge Park will have an outdoor wine bar and plaza if everything goes according to plan, development officials revealed on Monday night. Comments (7)
Checkin’ in with: In our second-annual “Interfaith Smackdown,” our atheist editor sits down with a rabbi and a reverend. Watch the secular sparks fly! Comments (2)

Another big Boerum Hill prostitution bust

Boerum Hill: Four Johns are collared on Nevins Street. Comments (4)
Williamsburg: It’s a parking lot with the best view of the Manhattan skyline — and Community Board 1 wants to turn it into a park. Comments (3)
Williamsburg: Opponents say that the city was racist and unfair. Wow, a double-whammy! Comments (10)

Wake and bake

Carroll Gardens: A pothead gets into a crash on the BQE. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment

Our foodie-in-chief gives you the lowdown

Foodie-in-Chief: Borough hopping: Thomas Ferlesch, chef-owner of the much-adored Fort Greene Austrian eatery Thomas Beisl, is apparently making a run for the border. The Lafayette Avenue eatery is up for sale on a local real-estate Web site, and the chef is rumored to be Manhattan bound. A call to the restaurant was returned, but Ferlesch had nothing to say. Comments (2)

Thin ice! Park skaters out for two years as rink rehab begins

Fitness: Sunday’s skating in Wollman Rink in Prospect Park was bittersweet — not just because it was the last day of the season, but because there won’t be any ice time at all for the next two years. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge has put out the welcome mat for its new supermarket. Comments (3)
Park Slope: And other tales from this weekend’s “Mutt Show.” Comment
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Freshman Councilman Steve Levin has come out against the $1.2-billion redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar refinery on the Williamsburg waterfront, calling its 2,200 units too big for a neighborhood that has seen massive growth since a 2005 rezoning that encouraged just such development. Comments (3)

Breaking blues! Southern Comfort Band caves in and changes name

Bay Ridge: The Southern Comfort Band’s rebel yell was quelled to a whisper last week after the (slightly) better-known liqueur company finally got the Bay Ridge troupe to give in and change its name. Comments (2)
That really was a heck of a storm! Comments (1)

New beer garden for Williamsburg?

Nightlife: It looks like there’s a new beer garden in town! Comments (2)
Park Slope: Internationally renowned architect Enrique Norten’s Carroll Street proposal was dealt a death blow on Friday when an obscure city board rejected his argument that he needed to expand the size of the Park Slope project to make it financially viable. Comments (6)

Smartmom has a new persona: Crazy Lady

Smartmom: Her family is driving her mad, so why not, right? Comments (7)
Meadows of Shame: Splattered blood on the rocks, smashed turtle shells, a suspicious attempt at a campfire — and finally an arson blaze that scorches a swath of reedy underbush. It’s not latest Linda Fairstein mystery novel — it’s last week in Prospect Park. Comments (20)

School comes to its Seneshes

Carroll Gardens: Hannah Senesh Day School’s controversial courtyard plan is off. Comments (3)
Mean Streets: The Parks Department makes it tougher to park in Coney Island this summer — except for Cyclones fans. Comments (6)
Cleaning Our Waterways: And it could save the Gowanus Canal! Comments (2)
Park Slope: He took the high road — and now the young dancers of Dancewave in Park Slope are closer to their dream of performing in Scotland. Comment

Berkeley Carroll School gets expansion OK

Park Slope: The city has approved a Park Slope private school’s expansion plan, a controversial scheme that vexes some residents who fear that the new building will undermine the neighborhood’s historic character. Comments (1)

Welsh pub in Bay Ridge gets it right

Nightlife: Michael Colbert knows what he’s doing with Long Bow Pub. Comments (8)
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Our exclusive video from the Atlantic Yards groundbreaking

Atlantic Yards: Join The Brooklyn Paper team of Andy Campbell, Stephen Brown and Gersh Kuntzman as they take you inside — and outside — Bruce Ratner’s Barclays Center groundbreaking on Thursday. Comment

A better ‘Vue’ is coming to the roof of Hotel LeBleu

Breaking Chews: Turns out, the Vue stunk — and now, in its place will be a classy rooftop Italian restaurant, the landlord of the Hotel Le Bleu has revealed. Comments (4)
Brooklyn Heights: The spirit of Brooklyn Heights has burned out! Comment
Dining: It seems like there were years of fits and starts, but the Greenpoint Avenue pizzeria is cranking them out! Comments (7)
Dining: Blue Bottle Coffee comes to Williamsburg. Comments (3)

A new ‘Benchmark’ for Park Slope

Dining: There’s a secret restaurant — serving high-end steak — behind the Loki Lounge on Fifth Avenue! Comment

Here they are — your Police Blotters

Crime: If it’s Wednesday, it’s Police Blotter day on BrooklynPaper.com. Find your neighborhood below or click the link above to get a full list. Read more…

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