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Midwood’s Nikovic commits to Queens College, completing memorable year

Enees Nikovic’s greatest strengths on a basketball court are his soft hands and quick feet to go along with a 6-foot-7 frame. He’s quite the decision maker, too. Comment

Shattered Japan gives lesson in humanity

Perspective: Valiant Japanese survivors of the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami can give all of us a lesson in composure and civility as they try to piece together their torn lives in the midst of one of the worst disasters in the history of the world. Comment

Weekend reads from our bookworms

The BookMark Shoppe’s pick: “Viola in the Spotlight” Comment

Markowitz will sing his bike lane parody at satire showcase

Borough President Markowitz is taking his anti-bike lane stance to the musical stage! Comment

Midwood’s Smith finds the right fit in Fordham

Bryan Smith verbally committed to Fordham University for the same reason he remained at Midwood for four years when other high-profile schools came calling: loyalty and academics. Comment

Stan likes to tell you what he hates

Perspective: You’ve read about many of the things I like in this space, but here are some that I don’t like. Comment

New mix brings high hopes to Poly Prep

High School Sports: Poly Prep’s mission last year was simple: Get to the New York State Association of Independent School’s Athletic Association’s title game and win. Nothing else mattered for the senior-laden club. Not a fourth straight Ivy League crown or its 56 straight league wins, which was snapped by Fieldston. Comment

Library’s books to get cooler

Bookworms won’t have to suffer through a long, hot summer at the Dyker Heights library because the city is going to replace the branch’s 37-year-old-air conditioning system — but they’ll have to go two months without its services before they can feel the cool. Comment

Steeples saved!

Hallelujah! Comment

One nation under GOD?!

Perspective: Schools all over the city are struggling again over the Pledge of Allegiance, a 31-word oath to the flag that offends some people because of its vaguely totalitarian message and its insistance that we are a nation that exists “under God.” Click below for opinion pieces on both sides of the issue:

Greek is the word at this Hellenic version of ‘Medea’

Don’t let the costumes fool you — this ain’t no toga party. Comment

Buster Keaton — with a live swing accompaniment — at Jalopy

It’s a marriage made in old timey heaven. Comment

Weekend reads from our bookworms

Books: Word Bookshop, Greenlight and The BookMark Shoppe offer this week’s picks. Comment

The return of our online Letters to the Editor!

Letters: And they start with a missive from a Canadian woman who disliked one of our “anti-Native American” stories (there’ve been so many!). Comments (3)

A darn tootin’ good saloon

Bar Scrawl: Bar Scrawl takes his cartoonists’-eye view to Prospect Heights’ Branded Saloon. Comments (6)

D stands for depressing

Weekend Watch: Here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, April 9 at 12:01 am to Monday, April 11 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comments (2)
Red Hook: One man’s trash is another man — and woman’s — treasure. Comments (28)
Williamsburg: Now that’s a bad neighbor. Comments (11)

Brooklyn firms want you — to get a job

Downtown: More than 80 employers — all of them with a position or two or 10 — will be on hand at the first borough-wide “jobs fair” on April 13. Comments (3)

Ridgites: Don’t kick the can!

Bay Ridge: The city is seriously considering removing public trash cans from three commercial street corners — but some Bay Ridge residents think the plan will make the neighborhood even dirtier than it already is. Comments (10)
Mean Streets: Cops are slapping cyclists with nearly double the number of traffic tickets in the wake of a “crackdown” on rogue bikers in Brooklyn. Comments (99)

Fort Ham students will walkout on Friday to free Ms. Milo

Bay Ridge: Students are rallying behind an unhinged art teacher who threatened to turn Fort Hamilton HS into another Columbine — and are planning a school-wide walkout Friday to protest her arrest. Comments (8)

Grimm finds a friend in Washington

The freshman congressman from Bay Ridge adopts a puppy. Awwww. Comments (1)
Fort Greene: A controversial Arabic-language middle school — founded after a highly divisive public battle that involved curriculum, staffing and even whether the school would churn out terrorists — will be closed by the city for its gravest sin: failing to attract students. Comments (15)

Heights Players soar on Coward’s ‘Wings’

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Heights Players is finally feeling its age with its production of Noel Coward’s light-hearted comedy “Waiting in the Wings” — but the plucky Willow Place troupe has never been more charming. Comment

Fifty-nine reasons to see this show

Art: What’s in a number? Nothing — and everything — in a new exhibition at SET Gallery in Gowanus. Comment

Winery finally picks the Next Great Bottle Artist

Art: Talk about a Chateau Margeaux! Comment
Carroll Gardens: An illegal addition is finally coming down. Comments (2)
Park Slope: An overcrowded Park Slope elementary school will relocate its pre-K program to add a fifth kindergarten classroom, clearing the way for more than half of the kids on a waiting list to be enrolled. Comments (6)
Atlantic Yards: After years of false starts, economic malaise, local protests, lawsuits and atrocious basketball, New Jersey Nets officials finally unveiled some positive team news on Monday: The Barclays Center will be open on Sept. 28, 2012. Comments (18)

Fired Ozzie’s barista gets out-of-court settlement in ‘union’ flap

Park Slope: A former barista who sued Ozzie’s coffeehouse, alleging that store owners fired him for trying to unionize, won a $15,500 out-of-court settlement from the Park Slope java joint last month. Comments (34)

Taps for Ridge memorial parade?

Bay Ridge: The Bay Ridge Memorial Day Parade may need a memorial parade of its own if organizers can’t come up with $20,000 necessary to put on the march down Third Avenue. Comments (2)

The Great Emancipator will return to Grand Army Plaza

Park Slope: A statue of Abe Lincoln is on the move — honest. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: City officials will reconsider plans to extend a bike lane over the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge after residents and local business owners said that the truck route is too dangerous. Comments (36)

Nasty pistol-whip on Myrtle Ave.

Fort Greene: And for once, Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center don’t make the crime report from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (5)

Cops: We have the ‘holiday’ bank robber

Bay Ridge: The holiday is over for at least one Bay Ridge bank robber. Comments (4)
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: State officials made the $3-million waterfront facility on Manhattan Avenue one of seven finalists for a $7-million pool of grant money. Comments (1)

Dis a Vowell? Never when the writer is this good

Books: Sarah Vowell will rock your world at the Brookyn Public Library on Sunday Comments (2)

Memorial service for the ‘lion’ of Cobble Hill is on Saturday

Cobble Hill: Murray Adams, a civic stalwart who co-founded the Cobble Hill Association and spent nearly half a century battling for neighborhood causes, died last Tuesday from complications from a stroke. Comments (1)

Greek is the word at this Hellenic version of ‘Medea’

Theater: The greatest revenge story in herstory — all told in its original language (don’t worry, there are subtitles). Comment

Chic restaurant, housing plan moves forward

Williamsburg: A cool dive bar — with some new affordable housing — is coming to the south side! Comments (3)
Atlantic Yards: Want Nets tickets? You’ll have to make a higher calling. Comments (12)
Mean Streets: Starting tonight, the Brooklyn Bridge’s Manhattan-bound lanes are eliminated late nights. Comment
Mean Streets: Park Slope’s assemblyman has tossed aside the results of his own survey to conclude that the controversial two-way bike lane on Prospect Park West must be eliminated in favor of a standard one-way lane. Comment

House training! Bridge Park supporters say condos are the best way to raise dough

Bridge ‘Park’: Supporters of housing inside Brooklyn Bridge Park brought out the big guns last week to support residential units inside the park as the best way to meet a state mandate that the park generate enough revenue to cover its maintenance budget. Comments (4)

Circus maximus! Coney Island Sideshow hosts reunion congress

Event: This is one curious show. Comment

Hey, kids — let’s not only put on a show, but also start a new theater company!

Theater: It all starts this weekend with the Brooklyn Players Community Musical Theater production of “Urinetown.” Comments (2)

State ed boss overrules city on charter school inside PS 9

Brooklyn Is Angry: Turns out, you can fight City Hall and win. Comments (4)
Music: Borough President Markowitz is taking his anti-bike lane stance to the musical stage! Comments (19)
The first of two meetings to divide up $1 million in waterfront grant money is tonight. Comments (2)
Dining: The Brooklyn Beefsteak is back. Comments (2)

Raising Cubs fans links daughters to Dad’s past

The Dad: Baseball season offers this reminder: Our columnist is not a New Yorker, even if his daughters are. Comments (4)
Cinema: It’s a marriage made in old timey heaven. Comment

Selloff! Ratner hawks half of his malls to raise $ for A’Yards

Atlantic Yards: Cash-strapped developer Bruce Ratner is selling half his stake in two of the borough’s largest shopping centers as he struggles to begin his $4.9-billion Atlantic Yards project across the street. Comments (4)
Park Slope: Her big, green shoes were brimming with good cheer on Saturday when retired Prospect Park Alliance founder Tupper Thomas was honored in the Brooklyn park where she left her verdant stomp for future generations to enjoy — or not. Comments (2)
Construction Update: Our photographer, Paul Martinka, takes you inside the construction of the world’s most expensive basketball arena rising right now near the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues. Watch this exclusive slideshow now. Comments (11)
Mean Streets: The survey says — again! — that Park Slopers like their controversial bike lane. Comments (45)

City will move Marty’s concerts from Asser Levy Park

Coney Island: The shows will go on — but not in Asser Levy Park. Comments (20)

Oh, ship! Vessel at the bottom of the Gowanus could be WW II boat

Cleaning Our Waterways: A World War II vessel resting on the bottom of the Gowanus Canal could be the first archeologically important relic awaiting liberation from the polluted waterway, officials said this week. Comment

Cops hunting this man in Windsor Terrace bank robbery

Windsor Terrace: What a shady character! Comments (1)

Young hopeful takes own life at 26

Williamsburg: A 26-year-old fashion photographer ended her life on Sunday, leaving her friends and family bewildered and stunned. Comments (14)
Mean Streets: There is just not enough money to move ahead on an ambitious — and popular — proposal to bury the aging Brooklyn–Queens Expressway in a tunnel. Comments (17)

New details about PS 29 ‘Mom-strocity’

Cobble Hill: Authorities investigating the former Cobble Hill PTA trasurer accused of stealing $100,000 said on Wednesday that she used special school events as cover when she cut several big checks to herself. Comments (12)
Atlantic Yards: The New Jersey Nets started selling tickets on Wednesday for its games in Brooklyn — the first tangible evidence that the Barclays Center arena is on schedule for its 2012 tipoff. Comments (1)
Concrete-hating Community Board 13 has rejected the Parks Department’s latest proposal to keep a cement path along the Riegelmann Boardwalk, but cover some of the iconic waterfront walkway with recycled plastic lumber. Comments (2)

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