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Stopping traffic!

A traffic light has finally been installed near Fontbonne Hall Academy after years of begging and pleading with the city to do so, and students and faculty at the all-girls school couldn’t be happier. Comment

French food, made by a Ukrainian, in Sheepshead Bay

Dining: Chef Roman Nikhman may be Ukrainian, but he’s bringing French food to Sheepshead Bay. Comment

Despite it’s name, Harway Holiday party a success

Perspective: Happy New Year to all, we’ve just been through a decade of change that has shocked the world. Who would have thought, at the beginning of the decade, that blood thirsty maniacs would crash and destroy the Twin Towers in the name of religion? Who would have thought that the Catholic Church would ever close schools and churches? Who would have thought that a billionaire mayor would buy elections, abandoning the will of the people? Apparently anything is possible and the only hope we have for the future are our children. Comment

Try Le Bouchon’s cured short ribs — at home!

Dining: Le Bouchon Cured Short Ribs Comment

Locked out workers say greedy landlord ruining Christmas

Flatbush: Angry workers, tenants, and politicians gathered outside the management office of Flatbush Gardens three days before Christmas to protest the three-week-old lockout of 70 maintenance workers who claim they can’t celebrate the holidays because of a greedy landlord. Comment

Pols play ‘Stall-mart’ to keep retail giant from Brooklyn

Several local lawmakers say they will hold a giant parcel of state-owned land hostage until they get a guarantee that Walmart won’t ever be allowed to lease space atop it. Comment

Living Nativity at Historic New Utrecht Church

BoroBeat: A circle of curious young faces ringed the kraal set up on the lawn of historic New Utrecht Reformed Church, eager to get a close-up peek at Baby Jesus — or maybe at his mom as she passed by in flowing robes, or even a couple of Wise Men in their finery. Comment

FDNY fuming over pol’s pump bill

The Fire Department is hot and bothered about a bill being pushed by a Southern Brooklyn lawmaker that would shrink the “no parking” area around fire hydrants from 30 to 20 feet, saying its big rigs need all the space they can get. Comment

Musical magic in Flatbush

BoroBeat: It’s only been a short time, but children who first picked up musical instruments a little over two years ago are making beautiful music together, thanks to an innovative program that has brought music education into their Flatbush school. Comment

Jacket jacked!

Brooklyn Paper: 76th Precinct Comment

Purse snatch

Brooklyn Paper: 76th Precinct Comment

Stokes, Lincoln end Bed-Stuy hex

High School Sports: Lincoln has owned PSAL boys basketball across the last decade, winning seven city titles and nine division crowns. In that time, its only kryptonite was Boys & Girls’ loud gymnasium. Comment

Keep on giving

Looking to put a little extra starch in your loved one’s stocking? Comment

Floored! Bank boobs screw up late night heist

Kings Courier: Bank-jack Comment

Unsuccessful bank robber sought

A pincher in a white parka is being sought for trying to knock over a Sheepshead Bay Road Citibank on Dec. 15 — one of at least three bone-head bank robbers that’s hit southern Brooklyn, all unsuccessfully, this Christmas season. Comment

A Visit from the Cleaning Mom

Perspective: Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, Comment

All-Brooklyn football honors

High School Sports: Brooklyn is not just for basketball anymore. Comment

It’s tough to be heard in Bloomberg’s New York

Perspective: One winter Sunday my fellow columnist Carmine Santa Maria phoned and left a message for me to meet him three blocks away from my house, but it was too late, because we had already left home with theater tickets. Comment

Fear of flying

The state has approved a plan to open a charter school for troubled youths at Floyd Bennett Field, but community leaders, politicians, and even the neighboring businesses the school hoped to partner with say they don’t want it there. Comment

Lights out!

Dyker Heights’ famous Christmas lights went dark last week, but it wasn’t the neighborhood’s colorful, blinking incandescence that caused a series of blackouts on Dec. 12, it was Mother Nature. Comment

Sex shop owner: I’ll open late

It’s a Christmas miracle! Comment

Stan rehashes — and explains — the quotes of the year

Perspective: • “Happiness is meeting Alan Grayson on the unemployment line.”Are election losers permitted to collect unemployment? Comment

Failed terrorist gets life behind bars

Crime: A 58-year-old former member of Guyana’s parliament was sentenced to life in prison on Dec. 15 for planning a terrorist attack against JFK Airport that never came to fruition. Comment

iPhone stolen on C

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Say what? iPhone sellers turn into thieves

Mill–Marine Courier: iPhone exchange Comment

Holiday greetings to Marine Park’s fallen son

Mill–Marine Courier: Merry Christmas, Carl. Comment

Long overdue! Fort Hamilton branch library will finally reopen

Talk about a book that was long overdue! Comment

Knife work — and he can get it

68th Precinct Comment

Fast, furious and busted

Canarsie: Wild ride Comment

Coney man arrested for killing mom

Bay News: Mom killer busted Comment

Rezone offense

Bay News: Parents and teachers at PS 97 on Stillwell Avenue say the city’s plan to shrink their school’s zoning footprint will send their kids to a school that’s too far from home. Comment

Bar fiend at Washington Commons

Brooklyn Paper: 77th Precinct Comment

Tree lighting at McKinley park ignites seasonal spirit in Gravesend

BoroBeat: Lady Moody Square glows with good cheer — thanks to state Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge). Comment

Breakfast with Santa fuels festivities at Aviator

BoroBeat: Little Belle Harbor belle Annabelle Emmolo and dad Guy knew that Brooklyn was where the Yuletide action was when they headed over to Aviator Sports Complex for a buffet breakfast with Santa. Comment

Horror show: Vandals target Washington Cemetery, toppling 200 headstones

Vandals cut a swath of carnage across Washington Cemetery at the corner of McDonald Avenue and Bay Parkway last weekend, where 200 headstones were covered in graffiti, then toppled over. Comment

Legendary ‘short-stay’ hotel satisfies its last customer

The Greatest Story Ever: Sheepshead Bay’s Golden Gate Inn, a longtime “hot sheets” motel, closes, raising the question: Where will we go now for a nooner? Comments (16)

Upset at graffiti? You would!

Park Slope: Park Slopers are confused by a slew of graffiti tags popping up along Seventh Avenue with a cryptic message: You would. Comments (6)
Several local lawmakers say they will hold a giant parcel of state-owned land hostage until they get a guarantee that Walmart won’t ever be allowed to lease space atop it. Comments (23)

The ‘retired’ Assemblyman

Vito under the Microscope: Assemblyman Vito Lopez will start his 14th term on Jan. 1. But the day before, he’ll “retire” so that he can collect his pension while also drawing his legislative salary. Click below for a critique of the scheme and an interview with Lopez defending the arrangement.

Study: Brooklyn leads the ‘chain’ gang

The chains are hooked on Brooklyn! Comments (13)

FDNY fuming over pol’s pump bill

The Fire Department is hot and bothered about a bill being pushed by a Southern Brooklyn lawmaker that would shrink the “no parking” area around fire hydrants from 30 to 20 feet, saying its big rigs need all the space they can get. Comments (11)

Service with a stamp! New church owners are known for mail-order prayers

Bay Ridge: The church group that bought Salem Lutheran Church on 67th Street is a controversial ministry known more for mailing out literature than holding services. Comments (12)

Our guide to not making rookie mistakes on New Year’s Eve

Event: We’ve separated the Champagne from the Champale to bring you a great way to ring in 2011. Comment
Bushwick: Massive damage from the September tornado is repaired, thanks to 74 new trees. Comment

It’s lunar-cy as our shutterbug captures eclipse

You need a physics degree to understand it, but high above Brooklyn on Tuesday morning, something happened involving the moon, the sun and the earth that delighted stargazers. Comments (3)
Bridge ‘Park’: Could the Jehovah’s Witnesses save the soul of Brooklyn Bridge Park? Comments (12)

Comic coal! Mike Birbiglia mines jokes from despair

Nightlife: If self-deprecation had a crown, Mike Birbiglia would be wearing it. Comment

Jacket jacked!

Carroll Gardens: A woman’s Michael Kors coat is stolen. Plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (1)

A real festival of light at Invisible Dog

Art: Fans of the French artist Thierry Dreyfus are in for a treat this month, as the acclaimed light designer launches his first solo show in America on Dec. 25. Comment

Long overdue! Fort Hamilton branch library will finally reopen

It was the termites! Blame them! Comment
Greenpoint: Some people might find a rock to crawl under after failing to get even one percent of the vote in an election — but Jimmy McMillan is not some people. Comments (16)
Mean Streets: It may be the first time that a chamber group is named after a controversial city transportation strategy — but remember people, this is Brooklyn. Comments (23)

Ovenly goodness! Two gals start a savory snack business

Foodie-in-Chief: Sayonara, stale popcorn. Bon voyage, boiled peanuts. Hungry bar patrons in Williamsburg just got a brand new snack to munch on, and it tastes a lot like bacon. Comment
Event: For one month every year, a southern Brooklyn neighborhood is renamed. Comment

Ring in the New Year in style in these dresses

Shopping: Almost as big a question as what you’re going to do on New Year’s Eve is, what are you going to wear? Of course, you can always forego your tired wardrobe buy something new, and we found the perfect items in which you can ring in the New Year — dresses that are chic yet still affordable (well, there’s one splurge in there). Comment

Catch the Moscow Circus this weekend

Event: This is a circus show for people who take circuses seriously. Comment
Art: Reduce, reuse, recycle, recreate. Comment

Bodega be damned! Khim’s Market replaces Deli Mart on Bedford

Williamsburg: Williamsburg’s busiest corner has a new tenant — an organic grocery store. Comments (4)

Bob Diamond gets the shaft — literally!

Atlantic Avenue tunnel discoverer is booted from the site (even as National Geographic prepares a documentary on him!). Comments (11)
Books: The former Brooklynite signs copies of his commemorative book on his greatest movie. Comment

Kayak flip flop! City will lift ban on boat launches into filthy Newtown Creek

Cleaning Our Waterways: Don’t worry, Brooklyn — you’ll soon be able to kayak in heavily polluted waters. Comments (2)
Mean Streets: Borough President Markowitz turned Scrooge on Thursday by turning down a gift two-wheeler from cycling activists who showed up at Borough Hall to complain — in song! — about his anti-bike lane stance. Comments (10)
Greenwood Heights: A somber memorial at the old boneyard. Comment

Attention, Fort Greene shoppers! Robberies are up — just in time for the holiday

Fort Greene: Hold onto your wallets in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — robberies are up more than 42 percent this month. Comment

Guilty plea in Ridgewood Bushwick fraud case

Bushwick: A former employee of a Bushwick-based nonprofit facing a federal investigation pleaded guilty this week of defrauding the city of $4,080. Comment

Give yourself the boot at wacky Boerum Hill footware-making class

Boerum Hill: Give a man a pair of boots, and he walks for a year. Teach a man to make a pair of boots and he walks forever. Comments (3)

Vito goes double-dipping — goes for pension while still in office!

Bushwick: Assemblyman Vito Lopez just got re-elected to a 14th term in Albany, but he wants to start collecting his state pension right now. Comments (8)

Roll ‘em! New moviehouse slated for film starved Williamsburg

Cinema: Williamsburg residents won’t have to take the L train to Union Square to catch the latest blockbuster. Comments (17)

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