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“Hansel and Gretel” opera tunes in crowds at OLPH

BoroBeat: Move over Lincoln Center, there’s a new gig in town that rocks the socks off its pricey peers. Comment

Smith’s late heroics sends Midwood to Aviator tourney title

High School Sports: Victor Gjecaj had a message for Bryan Smith as the Midwood star crossed half court with the game on the line. Comment

Loughlin bounces back from busted bus to beat Dobbins

High School Sports: Barely out of Brooklyn, the coach bus taking Bishop Loughlin to the fourth annual Villa Holiday Classic broke down. Comment

On the right track: Railsplitters beat Medgar Evers, win Baseline tourney title

High School Sports: Lincoln came into the season with relatively modest expectations. With two brand new coaches and many inexperienced players, the Railsplitters didn’t seem ready to compete with the PSAL’s upper-echelon teams. Comment

Everyone loves the Three Kings Day Parade

It’s not every day you see a camel walking down Graham Avenue. Comment

Uke in bloom! Bliss Blood at the Castello Plan

The charming, ukulele-sporting Bliss Blood brings some jazzy tunes to The Castello Plan, a newish Ditmas Park wine bar, for an evening of good food and good music this month. Comment
Perspective: We polled Brooklyn luminaries for the wackiest, craziest and downright realest predictions imaginable. Comments (3)

Uke in bloom! Bliss Blood at the Castello Plan

Music: The ukulele vixen will be at the Ditmas Park wine bar on Jan. 13. Comment

Snow problem on the rails!

Weekend Watch: There may be “Out of service” signs all over your station this weekend, but all work (except here noted) is canceled due to the threat of snow. So, officially, here is the only service change this weekend (from Saturday, Jan. 8 at 12:01 am to Monday, Jan. 10 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comments (4)

Pablo is free!

Williamsburg: The beloved bike messenger — trapped in a Jersey immigration center for months — is out, baby. He’s out. Comments (10)
Carroll Gardens: Ignore the signs in your station this weekend. The threat of snow has forced the MTA to delay its plans to begin major work this weekend. Comment
Brooklyn Is Angry: Brownstone Brooklyn was still awash in refuse on Wednesday, more than 10 days after the first flakes from the Mega-Blizzard of 2010 began. Comments (8)
To promote its new TV series, “The Cape,” the network will put superhero garb on four statues that honor real live borough heroes. Comments (5)

Bikelash! Cops to crack down on two-wheelers

Mean Streets: A big enforcement effort against cyclists is coming. Comments (103)
Downtown: Heartless thieves stole a Downtown lunchtime legend’s brand new food truck on Dec. 27, but the crime reverberated much further than its victim — workers throughout the area are going to lose their Mexican food haven. Comments (5)
Here’s our guide to the new year’s newsmakers. Comments (8)

Strip poker! Will new Red Hook ‘burlesque’ club be legit or nuisance?

Nightlife: The new operators of a notorious Red Hook bar want to transform the former noisy joint into a “burlesque comedy club,” but neighbors suspect it will morph into yet another rowdy watering hole that will keep them up at all hours. Comments (5)

Swan lake! Crippled cygnet saved in Prospect Park

Meadows of Shame: It was nearly curtains for Groucho the swan on Monday — but two Prospect Park advocates saved the creature from becoming duck soup. Comments (16)

Bad news! Crime on rise in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

Williamsburg: Car thefts, robberies and burglaries rose in Williamsburg and Greenpoint this year — but violent crime remained low. Comments (2)
Dining: All it takes is a website, a dream, and one or two tables. Comment

City fast-tracks preservation of Remsen St. building

Brooklyn Heights: The city set aside its own landmarking rules on Tuesday to speed up historic preservation of a glorious — though dilapidated — Brooklyn Heights building. Comment
Dyker Heights: A 18-year-old thief sparked a tense two-hour standoff with police when he launched a New Year’s Day raid on the borough’s only Coptic Orthodox Church — hours after a Coptic church bombing in Egypt put the NYPD on a terror alert. Comment
Carroll Gardens: Trains will skip three key Brownstone Brooklyn stations starting on Monday, due to necessary trackwork on the elevated Culver Viaduct. Comments (14)
Red Hook: Toxic fumes from cruise ships continue to poison Red Hook because a two-year-old plan to make the smoke-belching tourist boats more environmentally friendly is stalled in a fight over a different kind of green. Comments (6)
Coney Island: Coney Island’s amusement operators improperly demolished the “Shoot the Freak” booth on the Boardwalk late last year, the city said. Comments (9)

Pants on fire! Join the bottomless subway ride on Sunday

Event: Brooklyn, it’s time to make public your privates. Comments (9)

Man, her boys love her breasts!

Fearless Living: Our columnist deals with having two boob-obsessed young boys. Comments (18)

Purse snatch

Brooklyn Courier: 76th Precinct Comment

Feeling dumped on

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Snow blind! Boro vents its fury over lame city blizzard response

The winter of Brooklyn’s discontent lingered into Wednesday as borough streets from Williamsburg to Sheepshead Bay remained unplowed more than 72 hours after the city’s fifth-worst snowstorm dumped two feet of snow. Comment

Fort Greene is the star of this show

Books: Historian Francis Morrone explores a new corner of the borough next week at Greenlight Bookshop. Comment

Simone Dinnerstein’s instant ‘classic’ returns on Sunday

Music: Brooklyn has its own certifiable mini-Carnegie Hall, and you have Simone Dinnerstein to thank. Comment

Goaaaalllll! Great new soccer store opens in Boerum Hill

Shopping: For soccer fans, it’s the ultimate field of dreams. Comments (2)
The Greatest Story Ever: To promote its new TV series, “The Cape,” the network will put superhero garb on four statues that honor real live borough heroes. Comments (2)

Labor pain! Federal panel sides with fired Ozzie’s java slinger

Park Slope: A barista who claims that he was fired from Ozzie’s coffeehouse because of his union affiliation is being backed by the government in his fight to get his job back. Comments (12)
Williamsburg: A fancy condo building that almost went bust in the real-estate crisis is now almost entirely sold out. Comments (1)

Stealing Christmas toys

Mill–Marine Courier: Toys ‘R robbed Comment

Shooting and fleeing

Kings Courier: Shot in the back Comment

Christmas party gone awry

Flatbush: Bad Santa Comment

Christmas Eve clash

Canarsie: Christmas Eve cutting Comment

Bank robbery yields $4,300

68th Precinct Comment

Midwood fireman facing jail for texting death

Crime: A Midwood firefighter who prosecutors say killed a man while speeding through Bensonhurst with one hand on the wheel and the other on his cellphone keypad is facing seven years in prison. Comment

Taking pot shots

Bay News: Bullets for Christmas Comment

Mosque in Sheepshead Bay — A year-long saga

Six letters have never caused so much controversy. Comment

Snow job! Brooklyn pols blast lackluster storm response

Brooklyn received a one-two punch this week — first when Mother Nature pummeled us with the fifth-largest snowstorm ever, then when City Hall didn’t do enough to clear the streets of the most-important borough. Comment

Lions tamed by TMLA

High School Sports: Bishop Loughlin began its league schedule with games against arguably three of its top four teams, all losses, only missing out on defending New York Federation Class AA champion Christ the King. The outcomes have set a new barometer for the Lions, who are off to a fine start overall. Comment

Deja vu for Jefferson as Orange Wave falls to another elite foe

High School Sports: Lawrence (Bud) Pollard is sick of watching his Thomas Jefferson boys basketball team fall short against elite opposition and he has a plan to fix those issues. It doesn’t include benching any starters or scrapping his offensive sets. Comment

Fort Hamilton’s Reddish taking time with recruitment

High School Sports: Brandon Reddish, Fort Hamilton’s dynamic wide receiver/safety, is so tough in the open field because of his patience, his ability to wait until the final second to let his speed take over. He’s treating the recruiting process the same way. Comment

Boxed in: Rodriguez’s defense leads Banneker over Grand Street

High School Sports: Jenipher Rodriguez had one job and one job alone against Grand Street Campus. The Banneker junior was to stick on Wolves dead-eye shooter Clarissa Gallagher like glue in the Warriors’ box-and-one defensive set. Comment

No boats allowed! Portion of bay off-limits due to unexploded bombs

The Coast Guard has barred boats from passing through a football field-sized portion of the bay next to the Brooklyn tower of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, but the off-limits area does not include a bomb-littered section that the city wants to dredge for a controversial garbage pier. Comment

More quote analysis from Stan

Perspective: Last week I offered some of the best quotes of 2010. In the interest of space I pared my list down and am now looking at several more that I deleted which are informative, entertaining, and sure to stimulate conversation when it slows down at your next cocktail party. Let’s start with an easy one for those of us who are grandparents. Comment

Brrr-ing in the New Year with a dip in the Atlantic

In Brooklyn, there’s no better way to greet the new year than a case of hypothermia. Comment

Cheap date! Union Hall hosts ‘Hundredaire Matchmaker’ next Monday

Nightlife: Finally, a dating show for the rest of us cheapskates. Comments (1)

Everyone loves the Three Kings Day Parade

Event: Why should you go to Sunday’s event? Well, it’s not every day you see a camel walking down Graham Avenue. Comments (5)

Jennings’ late 3 shoots Ford past St. Francis Prep

High School Sports: It wasn’t shaping into the best of games for Jeane Jennings. Comment

‘Zombie’ jamboree! Patton Oswalt at Warsaw on Jan. 8

Patton Oswalt may be the least likely Renaissance man. Comment

Wizard of Ahhh! Catch burlesque ‘Friends of Dorothy’ at Galapagos next week

Pasties and glitter and drag, oh my! Comment
Skip the “I resolve to lose 10 pounds” thing. You’re never going to do it. But here’s our guide to resolutions that you can — and will — keep. Comment
Brooklyn Angle: Mayor Bloomberg. In Brooklyn. Up to his ankles in snow! Comments (22)

Blizzard baby!

Bushwick: Most of the city was furious at city workers during the great Blizzard of 2010 — but one family was praising two NYPD heroes who rushed an expectant mom through the storm so she could deliver a little snowball of joy on Monday. Comments (4)

What a pan! Celebrate Christmas with a Three Kings Day cake

Dining: Talk about “ringing” in the Yuletide season! Comment

Hit-and-run on Flushing Avenue

Mean Streets: A hit-and-run driver critically injured a 2-year-old as he slammed the tot as he was being pushed by his 13-year-old sister near the dangerous corner of Kent and Flushing avenues on Tuesday afternoon. Comments (2)

Here are three chances to learn pizza-making from the pros

Greenpoint: It’s not delivery, it’s do-it-yourself! Comment
Things were certainly popping in Kensington as the Blizzard of 2010 melted on Sunday. Comments (1)

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