Rapper will have to beat the rap

Crime: Brooklyn rapper Ronald “Ra Diggs” Herron, 28, was indicted on Oct. 6 for running a murderous drug crew responsible for much of the crack and heroin in Boerum Hill’s Gowanus Houses — the same day his latest rap hit stores. Comment

Bensonhurst celebrates Columbus Day with parade

BoroBeat: Red, white and blue — along with some red, white and green — were seen all over 18th Avenue on Oct. 8 in celebration of the 29th annual Columbus Day Parade. Comment

Junk bandits battle filthy Prospect Park Lake

BoroBeat: They were more than happy to take the crap. Comment

Not the same old ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

This stage version amps up the best part of the play — the humor — for an enjoyable, two-hour production that’s entertaining for adults and tweens alike. Comment

‘Punk’ rocks — and other good buys

A “punk” annual tradition returns to DUMBO, while two new stores bring fashionable styles to Red Hook and Clinton Hill. Here’s what’s on our market watch this week. Comment

The best bird art isn’t even on the walls

This one’s for the birds. Comment

Recipe: Make your own ice cream

One of the members of the ice cream social shared with us her signature dish, which is good enough to eat any time of year. Comment

Join the coolest club — literally

Here’s the scoop on one of Brooklyn’s coolest new social club. Comment

Tragedy is shared by all

By Gary Buiso Comment

Roofus: Lopez gives voters no choice

This week, Roofus explains why it’s so easy to vote in Williamsburg. Comment

Starbucks is a crime nexus

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Hats off to DNA!

Canarsie: DNA dunk Comment

Fred Tomaselli show at the Brooklyn Museum starts Friday

Artist Fred Tomaselli’s black light poster-esque psychedelic images are everywhere — online, in books, and even on album covers — but to truly appreciate the art, you need to see it live. Comment

From Romeos to ruffians

Brooklyn Courier: 77th Precinct Comment

13-year-old killed in horrific crash

Kings Courier: A 13-year-old was killed when her 16-year-old friend — driving with just a learner’s permit — smashed a speeding minivan into a corner house on a quiet Midwood street Sunday. Comment

Tax Ratner for parking — not us!

Editorial: To residential parking permit — or not? That is the latest taxing question to confound Prospect Heights and Fort Greene residents since City Councilwoman Letitia James’s recent announcement that she intends to reheat Bloomberg’s residential parking permit leftovers — an indigestible portion of the mayor’s failed 2008 Congestion Pricing Plan. Comment

Midwood mourns boy killed in blaze

Midwood came out en masse on Thursday to mourn the death of an 8-year-old boy with “a pure holy soul,” killed after a vicious fire ravaged the top floor of a three-story home on Avenue P. Comment

Bankrupt firm to help ‘pay’ for Gowanus clean-up

Brooklyn Courier: A chemical company with two dirty Red Hook plants agreed this week to help foot the bill for the $1-billion Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal — oh, but there’s one catch: the company is bankrupt. Comment

Tool time on Douglass Street

Brooklyn Courier: 78th Precinct Comment

Home invasions continue to plague nabe

Mill–Marine Courier: Home invasions are quickly becoming a neighborhood pastime. Comment

Flatbush Ave. store employee attacked

Mill–Marine Courier: Flatbush Ave. follies Comment

Thieves nabbed in elevator robbery

Kings Courier: Followed and robbed Comment

Man shot in the back on Foster Ave.

Flatbush: Shot on Foster Comment

Two girls rob a woman

Brooklyn Courier: 76th Precinct Comment

No shore thing

Canarsie: The city is putting together a master plan to give residents access to its 500 miles of shoreline — except in Canarsie. Comment

Golden oddity: Marty rallies against tax, but didn’t vote against it

Last week, state Sen. Marty Golden railed against the state’s decision to bring back the 4.375-percent tax on clothes and shoes — which began Friday — even though he was a no-show when the Senate voted on the measure on Aug. 3. Comment

Another shooting at dodgy club

68th Precinct Comment

Ida Eisenstein is our pigskin prognosticator!

Bay News: Our gridiron guru Ida Eisenstein proved something this week that many in the office pool began to question, at least privately: she’s human. Ida had an off-week, winning just five of 14 contests, a devastating blow to her fans, but not to her confidence, which remains solid as a lump of osmium. Comment

Crooked moves: Cops looking for dancing mugger

Bay News: Dance dunce Comment

Joanna takes Rachel Ray’s challenge

Perspective: After watching Rachael Ray’s new show, “Week in a Day,” I decided to take the challenge. The premise is to make five meals in one day. So I picked the weekend to compete. Comment

Haj doesn’t separate good from evil

Perspective: Radicals and moderates alike will press flesh and embrace as brothers and sisters of one family when Muslims from around the world travel to Saudi Arabia next month to begin their annual pilgrimage of Haj. It is Islam’s most heralded custom at its holiest site without which a free pass to heaven — and a hobnob with those virgins — is not guaranteed. Comment

Pooches battle it out in Doggie Olympics

BoroBeat: Saturday was the day when the best and the brightest came out to show their skills, the day when stamina and endurance were tested. That’s right, it was the sixth annual Doggie Olympics in Marine Park. Comment

25 years for baby killer

A Bay Ridge woman who claimed not to have any memory of pitching her baby in a trash bag is expecting 25 years in prison now that she’s been convicted of killing the newborn. Comment

Take me out to the ball game!

BoroBeat: It was a clean sweep for the Young Old-Timers on Oct. 2, during the 42nd annual Brooklyn Stickball Old-Timers game. Comment

Apology not accepted: Girlfriend’s testimony to be heard

Crime: A man facing domestic abuse charges for attacking his estranged girlfriend tried to get out from under his impending conviction with 300 carefully worded apologies, according to court papers. Comment

Parking permits will help

Editorial: I recently spoke out in support of residential parking permits for Downtown, specifically in the area surrounding the Atlantic Yards project and the upcoming Barclays Center. I have long been a supporter of these permits; even before this development, I felt that permits offered a viable solution to the “park-and-ride” issue at the Atlantic Center terminal. Comment

Pay to park on residential streets?

Editorial: The City Council is discussing a controversial bill that would create residential parking permits in the neighborhoods around Bruce Ratner’s Barclays Center, under construction at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues. Is that the solution to ease traffic? Here are two views. Comment

Colton: I’ll sue to stop garbage complex

Bay News: A Bensonhurst lawmaker said this week that he’ll sue if the city’s proposal for a garbage facility at Shore Parkway and Bay 41st Street is approved by the state. Comment

Cab drivers ignore new “No Standing” signs on Sheepshead Bay Road

Bay News: New parking restrictions beneath the Sheepshead Bay Road train station have livery drivers saying “catch me if you can” to police and potential passengers in hot pursuit of their vehicles. Comment

Bloody family ties

Bay News: An unhinged 45-year-old went wild during a clash with his estranged in-laws on Oct. 1, killing his former sister-in-law and wounding three other relatives — including a four-year-old boy — during a bloody rampage inside the family’s Sheepshead Bay home. Comment

Panel: Illegal business needs to go

Bay News: They want him gone for good. Comment

Turnovers do in Xaverian in loss to St. Anthony’s

High School Sports: It was probably the one play Bryan Rhodes didn’t make all game. The St. Anthony’s defensive lineman stripped Xaverian running back Laray Smith on the final play of the first half and had a sure touchdown as the ball rolled toward the end zone. Comment

Paul, New Utrecht fail to find offensive rhythm in loss to Campus Magnet

High School Sports: Jordan Paul kneeled at midfield as Campus Magnet defenders celebrated their victory around him. The strong-armed New Utrecht quarterback kicked the ball like a soccer player three times before slowly walking to his sideline. Comment

Wild brawl ignites after FDR tops James Madison

High School Sports: The postgame handshake lines quickly turned into an all-out brawl following the James Madison-Franklin D. Roosevelt Brooklyn A West boys soccer game. Comment

Vital statistics: QB runs for 209 yards to lead Lincoln

High School Sports: Andrew Vital was apoplectic after the game. The quarterback was down on himself and his Lincoln football team. Comment

Built Fort tough: Tigers rout Clinton, remain unbeaten

High School Sports: They are big, they are quick and they are extremely skilled. Comment

Glodowski, Fontbonne finish Senior Day off with a bang

High School Sports: Less than an hour earlier, Amanda Glodowski’s teammates were singing her praises as part of Fontbonne Hall’s Senior Day festivities. But in the huddle, after the Bonnies dropped their first league set since the season opener, coach Linda Strong called out her 6-foot-1 middle hitter. Comment

The best bird art isn’t even on the walls

This one’s for the birds. Comment

Oh for two!

It’s six degrees of incarceration. Comment

A Kaddish for Nathan Handwerker

Bay News: It wasn’t easy to get to know “Mr. Nathan,” the Hot Dog King with his unrelenting workaday regimen. Comment

Celebrating 60 years of wedding bliss, in style

Bay News: My oldest sister Susie, at 90, had to be kept in the dark about the party until that morning, because the family feared she would slip up. I call both sisters everyday and many times found myself biting my tongue to keep the secret. Imagine my poor brother-in-law’s dilemma: being on guard every moment every day for over a month? Well, the ruse went well — Jennie was surprised. Comment
Art: Take the Fred Tomaselli bird walk through Prospect Park for some real-life nature. Comment
Books: Meet graphic memoirists Martin Lemelman and Julia Wertz at Word Bookshop next week. Comment
Art: Artist Fred Tomaselli’s black light poster-esque psychedelic images are everywhere — online, in books, and even on album covers — but to truly appreciate the art, you need to see it live. Comments (1)

Lemon-y goodness at BAM this month

Dance: Ralph Lemon is back, plumbing the depth of pain. Comment

Simply the best! Mile End leads Bklyn to top of Zagat Survey

Dining: The newest deli in the city is now officially the best deli in the city. Comments (7)
Midwood: Midwood’s weather forecast for Monday: Cloudy with a chance of religious oddballs. Comments (37)

Vito needs a new clubhouse? Here’s our guide

Dining: Now that Cono’s is closed, we all need a new place to call our own. Thankfully, we’ve found them. Comments (5)
Greenpoint: The people have spoken, and they want a super-sleek cable-stayed structure to take the place of the tired Kosciuszko Bridge. Comments (6)

New pier show in Red Hook asks you to get in ‘line’

Art: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s new exhibition is “Lineage.” It’s about lines. Comment

Roofus: Lopez gives voters no choice

Cartoon: Our cartoonist thinks Vito Lopez is just making it easy for the public. Comments (2)

Boardwalk landlord seeks ‘sit-down’ restaurant

Coney Island: The executive who runs Luna Park — and controls the fate of the honky-tonk boardwalk business that surround it — says he’d like to see a fancy restaurant on the waterfront. Comments (1)

Regina Myer’s art attack in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Bridge Park officials slapped themselves on the wrist this week after they errantly tried to kick a couple of permit-wielding art vendors out of the waterfront development. Comments (7)

City seeks new operator for old Cyclone

The city is looking for a new operator to run the Cyclone — but a word of warning comes from the current operator: that old rattletrap thrill ride is a money pit. Comment
Awesome: Dude, Squibb Park is open, and it got a gnarly facelift — Brooklyn Heights’ long-defunct playground is now a skater’s paradise with a sick view. Comments (3)
Art: Their favorite son made it big. Comment

Carroll Gardens graffiti vandal just wants to ‘Share’

Carroll Gardens: And cops just want to share a pair of cuffs. Comments (2)

‘City of Walls’ duo has a new installment for Comic Con

Books: It all starts this weekend. Comment
Mean Streets: The city has found a triangular solution to the traffic problems on Flatbush Avenue from Atlantic Avenue to Grand Army Plaza. Comments (3)

Worst movie ever? Sounds like a great idea for a show!

Theater: “Plan 9 From Outer Space” gets the theatrical treatment this month at the Brick. Comment

Shooting at notorious Dyker club

Dyker Heights: A man was shot — and hundreds were sent fleeing into the street — when a party inside a notorious Dyker Heights nightclub turned violent on Sunday night. Comment

‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ icon restored!

Downtown: Borough President Markowitz will unveil the old “Fourth largest city in America” sign to former Beep Leone on Thursday. Comments (1)

Hey, Mr. Spaceman! Slope man sends camera into the cosmos

Park Slope: It’s literally an out-of-this world father-son project. Comment

Tupper knew! Park administrator objected to goose slaughter — yet said nothing!

Park Slope: Prospect Park’s top administrator knew the feds were coming for the geese, but chose not to cry fowl — partly because the slaughter was Mayor Bloomberg’s idea. Comments (20)

Sharon Van Etten finds a home at the Rock Shop on Saturday

Music: Sharon Van Etten’s best move may have been getting the hell out of Nashville. Comment
Theater: Forget holy deities — the gods of 1980s-era America were World Wrestling Federation stars. Comment

It’s time to heed the fall craft advisory

Shopping: Fall into the season with a timely market, a new boutique, and updates to a borough favorite. Comment

The best baklava is in Bay Ridge

Dining: To baklava connoisseurs, Samia Ziade’s baklava is legendary. It is the kind of stuff rarely found in this country — airy, not too sticky or tooth-achingly sweet like most baklava. Comments (1)

Parks Department’s new broom promises to sweep clean

We have a new borough commissioner — and he wants a cleaner park. Comment

City shuts down Monty Q’s

Dining: Monty Q’s, the popular Montague Street pizzeria, was shut down by the Health Department on Monday for a second time in three years. Comments (5)
No goose is safe, stunning new documents reveal. Comments (37)
Greenpoint: The 2010 Brooklyn Kickball season is over — and the champions are the Mellencamps. Comment

‘Chisholm’ trail! Fort Greene gets building named after legendary congresswoman

Fort Greene: She was unbought, unbossed and unafraid to fight for women’s rights — and now legendary Rep. Shirley Chisholm is getting an honor usually set aside for dead white men. Comments (2)

Lopez, under investigation, chases his tormentor Cuomo

Williamsburg: Gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Cuomo just can’t seem to shake Vito Lopez. Comments (6)
But the new deal only lasts for three months. Comments (1)
Dining: Two ladies are running a great restaurant out of their Prospect Lefferts Gardens backyard. Cue the bureaucrats! Comments (1)
Dance: Green-Wood Cemetery’s site-specific show ends its life at the boneyard this Saturday. Comment

The ‘Soul’ returns to the Bell House this weekend

Music: It’s the second-annual Brooklyn Soul Festival. Comment

Tell Tchaikovsky the news!

Tell Tchaikovsky the news!

Music: Great music, no instruments. Comment

From Romeos to ruffians

Prospect Heights: Thugs ask her for her number. She says no. They mug her. Plus all the other news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment

Still ‘Rail’ing after all these years

Books: The Brooklyn Rail puts out a 10th anniversary anthology. Sure, they’re competitors, but, hey, we’re big enough to say, “Good job, guys.” Comments (1)
But test results are not in yet for other reporters’ and editors’ workspaces. Comment

Kickball finals set — Mellencamps vs. the Pony Boys

The former champs vs. the ultimate dark horse — tonight at McCarren Park! Comment

Today! Bedbug battle comes to our doorstep!

Downtown: The forces of evil have made it to Metrotech — but we’re ready! Comments (1)

Stabbing at Vanderbilt bar

Stabbing at Vanderbilt bar

Prospect Heights: An unhinged dog walker with an extensive criminal record has been arrested for yesterday’s rampage outside a popular Vanderbilt Avenue nightspot where two employees were stabbed — one fatally. Comments (8)

Cut! Paterson freezes funds for Vito’s charity

Bushwick: Gov. Paterson has halted $25 million in state contracts due to a Bushwick-based nonprofit affiliated with embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez — a move that could financially cripple an organization that provides services to more than 6,000 Brooklyn residents. Comments (14)
Atlantic Yards: Barclays Center won’t be ringed with massive stone sarcophagi, as at LIRR terminal. Comments (6)

‘Midwood Mouth’ no more! Weiner mellow as House passes 9-11 bill

Politics: But American has spoken: We want Mad Anthony! Comment

Rube ‘Goldberg’! Reis sheds his chameleon skin again in Slope.

Foodie-in-Chief: Now he’s opening a taqueria. Plus all the food gossip from our “Foodie in Chief.” Comment

Bankrupt firm to help ‘pay’ for Gowanus clean-up

Cleaning Our Waterways: A chemical company with two dirty Red Hook plants agreed this week to help foot the bill for the $1-billion Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal — oh, but there’s one catch: the company is bankrupt. Comments (3)

Tax reboot! Sales tax on clothes returns today!

The next time you go clothes shopping, bring an extra 4.375 percent with you. Comments (4)

The tragedy of war — quite literally — in this play about Kosovo

Theater: It took a very real tragedy to get a group of actors to confront a ruthless world. Comment

Taste — and support — Red Hook with charity food fundraiser

Dining: It’s not often you can feel good about yourself after a round of binge eating — but at the Taste of Red Hook fundraiser on Oct. 6, you can stuff your gut in the name of charity. Comment

Bill Saunders — beloved Democratic leader — is dead

Clinton Hill: William “Bill” Saunders, who was long considered the face of Democratic Party politics in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, died of heart failure on Monday. He was 91. Comments (3)
Atlantic Yards: You and your friends are welcome to hang out at the colossal plaza in front of the Barclays Center, but you’ll be kicked out if there are more than three of you. Comments (24)

From the mailbag — another reason to ‘Veto Vito’

Letters: My husband and I were at the meeting of the Kings County Democratic County Committee, and we were appalled (“Vito: It’s my party! Boss adds more hand-picked lackeys to Dem leadership,” online, Sept. 23). Comment
Cinema: Filmmakers and novelist — all from the Slope — collaborate on big Hollywood film, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Comment

Must-see TV! Gowanus Canal turns into the River Styx before your eyes

Cleaning Our Waterways: This month’s tornado uprooted trees, tore off the roofs of houses and also served up a stinky and B-movie-style reminder of why the Gowanus Canal is such an environmental disaster. Comments (1)

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