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Community activist Jerry O’Shea dies at the age of 77

Brooklyn has lost its “Santa Claus.” Comment

Would you like some music with your Norman Rockwell?

What better way to appreciate that most American of painters than with the accompaniment of American music? Comment

Motorists: No to ‘Select bus service’ on Nostrand Avenue

Southern Brooklyn motorists are furious at the MTA’s plan to bring bus-only lanes and larger B44 buses to Nostrand and Rogers avenues in hopes of speeding up the notoriously slow route. Comment

Vandal splatters red paint on woman’s house

Yom Kippur may have long since passed, but someone apparently wants a Borough Park woman to atone for her campaign to end an ancient Jewish ritual critics say is inhumane. Comment

The drama of Atlantic Yards

To the reams of paper, scores of legal proceedings, hours of hearings and years of anger over Atlantic Yards, you can now add one more thing: an unsuccessful theater production. Comment

Bullets and wisdom: Gun-toting thief explains why his victim should fork over his cash

Mill–Marine Courier: Public service message Comment

Look out for the pumpkin bomb!

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Complicated graffiti: Suicide stanza surprises Coleman Street resident

Talk about a killer catchphrase! Comment

Sizzling Sosa shoots New Utrecht to first Class B crown

High School Sports: Ivette Sosa wasn’t considered one of New Utrecht’s stars during the regular season. That title was reserved for Jennifer Paolino and Carmela Marchica. But there may not have been a more important and clutch performer in the postseason. Comment

Bishop Loughlin’s Pinkston charged in brawl at Villanova

High School Sports: Former Brooklyn high school basketball standout Jayvaughn Pinkston has been charged with two counts of simple assault and harassment stemming from a fight outside of a Villanova frat house early Sunday. Comment

Getting with the program: Coach wants to change South Shore’s reputation

High School Sports: Anwar Gladden wants to change the culture of South Shore girls basketball. If the Vikings don’t accomplish anything else this year, the coach wants to alter his team’s reputation. Comment

Undersized Transit Tech expects to compete in loaded Brooklyn AA

High School Sports: Forty-one points per game, close to 30 rebounds, the leadership and toughness that came with those numbers. They are gone, off to college. Comment

Hellish home healthcare aide

Crime: A 53-year-old home healthcare aide is facing a year in jail after being convicted of abusing the 86-year-old woman she was charged with looking after. Comment

Movin’ on up: Tight-knit Jefferson plans to let play do the talking

High School Sports: “Madison Square Garden” are three words often uttered this time of year. Every PSAL Class AA boys basketball thinks it’s going to the World’s Most Famous Arena in November. So does Thomas Jefferson. You just won’t hear the Orange Wave talk about it. MSG may as well be an expletive. Comment

A ‘Tosca’ like it oughta be

This “Tosca” is just how Puccini himself envisioned it. Comment

The O’Jays bring the ‘Love Train’ to BAM

Hop abroad this “Love Train.” Comment

This column is coterminus with last week’s

Perspective: “Dear Chairman Mark. Comment

Thank God for Christianity

Perspective: The harrowing survivor stories, relayed in the Middle East Media Research Institute report “The Plight of the Iraqi Christians: An Update,” expose the cruelty of the murderers: A pregnant woman gunned down while her gravely wounded husband tries to protect her and their unborn child. A man ordered to convert to Islam before being shot in the head. A priest murdered in cold blood. Terrorists respond to a second priest’s query about why they slew a peaceful man of God with, “What do you expect us to do?” before killing him, too. Comment

The voters speak, and Stan cheers!

Perspective: The president ran and was elected on change. The results of the Nov. 2 election are in, the shouting has quieted down and we learned that the American people disagreed with his brand of change. At first those of us that disagreed with the president were called racists — WRONG! Then we were called morons — WRONG AGAIN! Then, they said we were angry — RIGHT! Comment

Soto switches it up, signs with Pitt

Elvin Soto sat in the president’s office at Xaverian and, flanked by his head coach Lou Piccola and his proud parents, the Clippers catcher signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the University of Pittsburgh last Wednesday afternoon. Comment

The other ‘Other Israel’: Film fest comes to Bay Ridge with Palestinian focus

Palestinians are front and center as a popular Israeli film festival unveils a spinoff this weekend in Bay Ridge. Comment

Engineers that could: Tech wins wild, 2-OT affair with Jefferson

High School Sports: The season was just about over for Brooklyn Tech. The Engineers hung tough for four quarters and an overtime period, but were going to fall short again to Thomas Jefferson. Comment

Taco terror

Brooklyn Paper: 77th Precinct Comment

Highlights of the ‘Other Israel’ fest

Here is the lineup for the Palestinian-centric offshoot of the Other Israel Film Festival this weekend in Bay Ridge. Comment

Fast-acting heroes save life of Erasmus AD

High School Sports: Two decades ago, Marshall Tames was Chris Miccio’s football coach at Midwood. On Saturday, Miccio was helping save Tames’ life. Comment

My college tour de farce

Perspective: Recently my daughter’s Facebook status said, “Filling out college applications will be the death of me.” Comment

PS 114’s turkey trot: Beloved Canarsie school’s fate to be revealed by Thanksgiving

Canarsie: Children from PS 114 may have very little to be thankful for this turkey day — their school may soon be falling under the Department of Education’s very sharp performance axe. Comment

Pistol packing purse pincher busted

Canarsie: Close, but no purse Comment

Thief hits two Bay Ridge banks: and threatens tellers with bomb

A bomb-threatening bank robber is on the loose in Bay Ridge! Comment

Robbed at LICH

Brooklyn Paper: 76th Precinct Comment

Pomeranian pinch!

Kings Courier: Dognapper sought Comment

New school planned for Coney Island Avenue

Flatbush: After dragging its feet, the city is finally fulfilling an old promise to build a new school in Flatbush. Comment

Ave. Z Jewish Ctr. hosts Israeli bonds luncheon

BoroBeat: Mazel tov. Comment

Latest front on the odor wars: Filters to be installed in Fort Ham Parkway sewers

The city has a Christmas present for long-suffering Fort Hamilton Parkway residents. Comment

Construction on Sheepshead Bay mosque begins -- but for how long?

Bay News: Construction quietly began on the Sheepshead Bay mosque and cultural center slated for Voorhies Avenue this week, but backers of the controversial project may soon be facing something worse than outraged neighbors and Tea Party protestors — a lack of construction capital. Comment

Cops: Just wait till next year

Bay News: Cops from the 61st Precinct are preparing for their biggest fight yet — a Gerritsen Beach Halloween tradition that shows the tight-knit community’s uglier side. Comment

Did city ignore bike lane in Gowanus exit fix?

The city’s latest “exit strategy” for a controversial Dyker Heights intersection has some members of a local panel scratching their heads because the plan doesn’t take into account new bike lanes — which the same agency is proposing. Comment

Man shot in head -- and survives!

Bay News: Shot in head Comment

Grady High gets new principal: and federal funds: to turn report card around

Bay News: Principal Geraldine Maione is looking to make Grady grade-A. Comment

Two bank jobs!

68th Precinct Comment

City promised to keep construction work quiet

Bay News: Noise-mitigating tools being used during reconstruction of the Hubbard Street/Guider Avenue Bridge and access ramp to help residents living near the work get a good night’s sleep just aren’t doing the job, according to those residents. Comment
A show that will make you rethink the whitebread painter. Comment
Bridge ‘Park’: The St. Ann’s Warehouse theater company — the world-renowned troupe based in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO for 21 years — will take over and renovate the vacant Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, converting it into a $15-million mixed-use performance hall and plaza, officials announced on Wednesday amid charges that the selection process was corrupt. Comments (4)

Bklyn party boss lived in Queens!

Vito under the Microscope: An old mortgage on Vito Lopez’s Long Island lovenest listed the foreign address. Comments (12)

ExxonMobil to pay $25M to fix Greenpoint mess

Cleaning Our Waterways: The state has reached a $25-million settlement with ExxonMobil, ordering the oil corporation to finish cleaning up the state’s largest oil spill under Greenpoint. Comments (2)

Take a chair! City removes tornado-blown seat from tree

Park Slope: Park Slope’s newest neighborhood icon — no, not a baby stroller, but a chair stuck in a tree on Fifth Avenue, was uprooted by Parks officials on Wednesday, hours after this newspaper alerted the agency to a curiosity that dated back to September’s tornado. Comment
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Henry Kissinger’s bird is dead!

Boerum Hill: Sad news out of Boerum Hill — a beloved cockatoo belonging to community activist Leslie Lewis is dead. Here’s our heartfelt video tribute. Comments (4)

More F-ing work

Weekend Watch: Big service changes for our F, G, A and C riders. You’re welcome. Comment

Christian Lander’s ‘White’ stuff

Books: The “Stuff White People Like” blogger is back. Comments (2)

Would you like some music with your Norman Rockwell?

Music: At the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, a marriage of song and fine art. Comment

Up a tree! Chair has been stuck in branches since tornado

Mean Streets: A white plastic chair has been lodged in a Park Slope tree since the vicious tornado in September — and is on pace to overtake the baby stroller as the iconic symbol of the neighborhood. Comments (3)
Greenpoint: A plan to convert an occupied industrial loft on the corner of McGuinness Boulevard and Clay Street into a 200-bed men’s shelter would not help the local population and only bring more problems to the neighborhood, the area’s councilman told the city this week. Comments (4)
Downtown plan: The Brooklyner puts the loftiest unit on the market. Comment

How do you get to Borough Hall? Use this map

Downtown: By February, you’ll never be lost in Downtown again — thanks to dozens of giant map kiosks that only took 10 years and $1.4 million to erect. Comments (3)

Cyclist speaks: ‘I was doored!’

Mean Streets: A driver’s carelessness in opening a car door — not a collision with another vehicle, as witnesses reported — caused a serious cycling accident on Sixth Avenue last week, according to the biker who broke a hip and an arm in the ugly crash. Comments (17)

A salty, gooey take on an American classic

Dining: Use this recipe to make the caramel apple pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Comments (2)

Don’t want to cook this Thanksgiving? Use our guide

Dining: Our annual report on the restaurants that want to make it easy on you this turkey day (some even without turkey!). Comments (1)

A ‘Tosca’ like it oughta be

Music: This “Tosca” is just how Puccini himself envisioned it. Comments (1)

The other ‘Other Israel’: Film fest comes to Bay Ridge with Palestinian focus

Cinema: Palestinians are front and center as a popular Israeli film festival unveils a spinoff this weekend in Bay Ridge. Comment

Hoier’s new band, Boom Chick, breaks out

Music: Frank Hoier and Moselle Spiller at the Trash Bar on Sunday. Comment
Mean Streets: The city’s latest “exit strategy” for a controversial Dyker Heights intersection has some members of a local panel scratching their heads because the plan doesn’t take into account new bike lanes — which the same agency is proposing. Comments (10)

Get shopping this weekend

Shopping: There’s lots to keep you shoppers busy this weekend, as we’ve got news on a new children’s store, an art toy show and holiday markets. Yes, the season is fast upon us. Comments (2)

New Assemblywoman votes for change — by re-electing boss

Bay Ridge: It’s “Press Release of the Week” time. Comments (6)

Grimm times ahead! Our first interview with Bay Ridge’s congressman-elect

Bay Ridge: He believes in less government, protecting local businesses from arduous fines, that the science of global warming is unsettled and that Muslims need to suck it up — and he’s your new congressman. Comments (8)
The 250 geese and goslings that were massacred in Prospect Park in July were only the tip of the goose-berg, new documents reveal. Comments (374)
Mean Streets: Designers unveiled three ways to tame the cavernous Brooklyn–Queens Expressway trench on Monday night — but city officials are already expressing concern over how to pay for any scheme bold enough to “fix the ditch.” Comments (2)

More violence at a Fort Greene train station

Fort Greene: There were at least four more violence incidents at a Fort Greene subway station last week — an eerie echo of a spate of four attacks at two other stations nearby. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: You’ve heard of sidewalk cafes — now here come the parking lane cafes. Comments (17)

Comic book opens the vault

Books: One of the country’s biggest collections of comic books will be opened to the public for the first time ever this weekend. Comment

City begins a concrete move to fix decrepit Borough Hall plaza

Downtown: The city finally got to work fixing the dangerous cracked slate in front of Borough Hall last week — and all it took was a broken hip and a lawsuit. Comments (3)

House organ! Vito and allies have their own state-financed newspaper

Bushwick: Assemblyman Vito Lopez and his political allies have found a nifty way of ensuring good press: publishing their own newspaper — and you’re paying for it! Comments (8)
Event: In other words, pull out the old-school knickers and shirtwaists. Comment

This cop could see the future

Fort Greene: He stops a kid, who admits he was about to rob a woman. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (1)

Who could ask for anything more (than an Ethel Merman tribute)?

Music: And it’s at Kingsborough Community College this Saturday. Comment
Art: Emily Wilson’s picture archive tells the story of Williamsburg’s 1990s rock scene. Comments (2)

Knicks to Brooklyn: We are your team

Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn to Knicks: Gedoudaheah! Comments (37)
Greenpoint: Legendary competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi thinks he won his huge battle to become a gustatory free agent — but in the end, he couldn’t beat a small pizza. Comments (4)

City tightens ban on Newtown Creek kayaking

Cleaning Our Waterways: Local outdoorsmen are livid, but agency says that Superfund designation demands “caution.” Comments (4)
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The inside story on how Achilles was saved

Meadows of Shame: A swan with an illegal barbed fishhook through its foot was saved from a painful fate by two wildlife enthusiasts on Friday, in the latest clash between waterfowl and Prospect Park fishermen. Comments (17)

The Kobayashi story

Greenpoint: A timeline of a legendary eater’s rise and fall. Comments (1)
Music: Tell all the folks in Russia and China, too! Comment

Crises are not just for middle age

The Dad: Our dad columnist runs the marathon and realizes that his daughters are looking for their own challenges. But boxing? We’ll see... Comments (1)

You can call him Rae

Art: Curator McGrath has show in his own Bedford-Stuyvesant gallery, starting this Saturday. Comment

Adams denies ‘incredible’ testimony on corrupt Aqueduct gaming plan

A Brooklyn state senator accused of giving non-credible testimony to a panel investigating the corrupt process to bring gambling to Aqueduct racetrack fired back this week, saying that his conduct was proper. Comments (5)
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Achilles, the snared cygnet, is saved!

Meadows of Shame: Two heroic park advocates have saved Achillies — and we have the exclusive photos and video! It’s part two of our “Hail, Achillies!” coverage. Comments (24)
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The good tie young! Cygnet trapped in fishing barb!

Meadows of Shame: We’ve got another bird down in Prospect Park — a cygnet with a fishing barb through his cute little webbed foot. And we’ve got the video! Comments (15)
Park Slope: A raging fire ripped through a Park Slope Associated Supermarket on Friday afternoon, closing off Fifth Avenue between 17th and 18th streets in all directions for several hours. Comments (11)
Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper editorial board thinks that the new Fulton Mall Shake Shack is a harbinger of some good, but many bad, things to come. Comments (12)

Downtown smoke shop busted for tax evasion

Downtown: Police arrested the owner of a popular Downtown smoke shop last week, part of an ongoing crackdown against the scores of tabacconists who hawk untaxed smokes to insiders in schemes that are wholly unknown by the non-smoking public. Comments (4)

The future of Coney Island

Perspective: The operators of Luna Park declined to renew the leases of nine old-school Coney Island businesses, including the Depression-era Ruby’s Bar and the retro-chic Shoot the Freak booth. What does it mean for Coney Island? Click below for opinion pieces by two main actors in the unfolding drama.

Break out the bubbly as local restaurants make their own sodas

Dining: Brooklyn leads the gassy revolution. Comment

Vets restore memorial to beloved Greenpoint war priest

Greenpoint: Nearly 70 Catholic war veterans from the Father Edward Giorgio Post on Lorimer Street honored the post’s namesake in a Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday that restored a plaque that thieves had stolen two years ago. Comment

Our cartoonist says: Get a whisky at the Whiskey Brooklyn

Bar Scrawl: The latest installment of our new feature, Bar Scrawl, offers our cartoonists’-eye view of a good Williamsburg bar. Comments (2)

Keeping up with the stuff hipsters hate

Checkin’ in with: Brooklyn bloggers Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich celebrate hipster eccentricities with an anthropologist’s intensity. Comments (10)
Brooklyn Heights: On Veterans Day, no less! Comments (5)

Exciting dog rescue on Ocean Parkway

Mean Streets: Call it “win Diesel” as firefighters free trapped bulldog. Comments (7)

Roofus: Court loss or not, Yards moves ahead

Atlantic Yards: This week, Roofus says what everyone knows: There is no stopping Atlantic Yards. Comments (13)

An ‘F’-ing nightmare

Weekend Watch: Big service changes for our F, G and C riders. You’re welcome. Comments (4)
Theater: The battle over Atlantic Yards may be over, but it’s still brewing on stage. Comment

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