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Got a minute? That’s enough time to see a great play at Brooklyn College

Theater: The 60-second play festival is back. Comment

Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off with Andrew Bird next Friday night!

Music: The annual outdoor festival begins with the jazzman’s lush sound. Comments (2)

Can the city afford a ‘Living Wage’ bill? Two views

Perspective: The City Council is considering a bill that would require employers to pay a “living wage,” or roughly $10 per hour. We invited two partisans to weigh in. Click below for their opinion pieces.
Books: Unpublished novelists, prepare to get jealous. Comments (2)
Music: The third annual Brooklyn Folk Fest has expanded by one day and one venue. Comment

A cool gay bar (but aren’t they all?)

Bar Scrawl: Our cartoonist heads to Metropolitan in Williamsburg. Comment

This week’s weekend reads — handpicked by your favorite bookstore

Books: See what the ladies behind WORD, Greenlight and BookMark Shoppe are recommending. Comment

The ‘L’ hell continues

Weekend Watch: L train riders will likely have their ironic moustaches in a twist this weekend. Read more about that, all the transit changes that affect your travel plans this weekend (Saturday, June 4 at 12:01 am to Monday, June 6 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: Locals are slamming a Bay Ridge pol’s plan to turn a 10-block stretch of Third Avenue into a Manhattan-style pedestrian plaza nine times this summer — banning cars in favor of shoppers and pedestrians. Comments (27)
Prime Time: Joe Raiola from Morton’s gives you the perfect fish marinade. Comments (4)
Greenpoint: It took only four decades, but the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is finally meeting federal clean water standards. Comments (1)

Two craft fairs for the Etsy crowd

Shopping: Find your fellow brethern at the Renegade Craft Fair and Celebrate Brooklyn this month. Comment

Greek to us! Schermerhorn Street’s annual Greek festival is back

Dining: This one’s not to be missed — they invented the ‘edible’ complex, after all. Comments (7)
TV: The Greenpoint man behind “Dr. Claw” gets his own Cooking Channel show! Comments (9)
Greenpoint: A member of the Creativity Movement, which plastered Greenpoint cars with “White Power” fliers last week, spews some of his hate in this exclusive. Comments (29)
Rep. Anthony Weiner stands accused of sending a picture of his underwear-covered penis to a woman in Seattle. But the congressman says his Twitter account was hacked. Comments (30)
Williamsburg: A hometown hero lost his shot at glory, losing a coveted Skee-ball title to a clutch California competitor. Comment

The ‘Boys’ are back in town again!

After a sluggish start, last year’s Brooklyn Kickball finalists, the Pony Boys, collected three wins on Memorial Day weekend and raising their record above .500 for the first time this season. Comment
Dining: The oldest Italian restaurant in the borough has new owners and a new attitude. Comments (6)
Cobble Hill: Long Island College Hospital can now officially be taken off life support. Comment

Skull and bones found in Greenpoint backyard

Greenpoint: Cops aren’t saying a crime was committed. Not yet, at least. Comments (3)
Greenpoint: Greenpointers are upset by white supremacist fliers that were plastered all over car windows on Greenpoint Avenue near Leonard Street. Comments (73)

It’s open season on hipsters!

Subtle hate crimes against bearded, plaid-wearing, band-joining Williamsburgers keep occurring, yet no one seems to be putting an end to it! Comments (33)

Defending the PS 29 vandals — and their parents

The Dad: Here it is — The Dad’s most-controversial column ever. With parents calling for the heads of the spoiled brats who torched the PS 29 playground, our columnist finds a way to defend them. Let’s keep those cards and letters coming, folks! Comments (11)
Sunset Park: Veterans — even, gasp, Confederates — were front and center all weekend. Comments (1)

Circus returns to the Waterfront Barge on June 5 — and the price is right

Parenting: We were already big fans of “Showboat Shazzam,” a long-running circus series at the Waterfront Museum and Barge in Red Hook. And now that it’s cheaper, we love it even more! Comment

It’s Memorial Day, so show some respect

It’s Memorial Day, and you don’t have a beach house or lakeside cottage to run off to. Don’t feel left out — there’s plenty to keep you occupied this long weekend in Brooklyn, from patriotic concerts to amusement park birthday parties to even, paradoxically, a TV party. You’ll friends will be jealous they even left. Comment

Two craft fairs for the Etsy crowd

A hip craft fair returns, and Etsy makers find a new home in this week’s Market Watch. Comment

Underdog and undermanned Lions battle, but fall short

High School Sports: Berkeley Carroll had a freshman on the mound (Ian Miller) and a freshman behind the plate (Yanai Feldman). Its cleanup hitter and second baseman (Anthony Spina) was a sophomore, as was one of its top starters. Its ace, catcher and third-place hitter (Joey Martinez) was laid up in a hospital bed, recovering from surgery on his broken right leg. Comment

‘Perfect’ second quarter enough for Poly to claim boys lacrosse crown

High School Sports: There is an old adage that you need to play four strong quarters to win a game. For Poly Prep all it took was one spectacular one. Comment

Clippers sow top seed for championship tournament

High School Sports: Thanks to a brilliant pitching performance by Anthony Pastrana, who allowed three hits in the first complete-game of his career, Xaverian wrapped up the top seed for the upcoming CHSAA Class AA championship tournament with a 4-0 victory against Monsignor Farrell last Saturday at the College of Staten Island. Comment

Sweet six-cess: Underdog Devils keep dynasty alive

High School Sports: The Poly Prep dynasty might not have been dead, but it was certainly on life support. Comment

House tour season continues, this time in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush

Prospect Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush are getting their turn at apartment envy. Comment

‘Perfect ending’: Zapata, sixth-inning rally propel Poly Prep to win crown

High School Sports: Andrew Zapata enjoyed a storybook sophomore season, winning six of his seven starts, throwing five shutouts and tossing a complete-game, one-hitter in May 25’s New York State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Association title game at Manhattanville College in Purchase. His most important contribution, however, in the 8-1 win over Berkeley Carroll had nothing to do with the lightning in his right arm. Comment

Hill of an effort: Ace, Madison fall in 10 innings

High School Sports: Kayla Hill had just completed her own personal Houdini act, magically getting out of jam after jam against Tottenville, which boasts the city’s best lineup. She left the bases loaded once and stranded two on twice. She navigated around Division I stud hitters. Comment

This week’s weekend reads — handpicked by your favorite bookstore

The BookMark Shoppe’s pick: “The Postmistress” Comment

Golden: Parker should face same tribunal as Monserrate

Call it the Golden rule. Comment

Merchants on Ave. H want to conquer divide

A band of Midwood merchants say their piece of Avenue H has the potential to become the next hip strip in Brooklyn, but construction on the nearby B and Q trains has made its blessed subway station a curse. Comment

Restaurants that really spring into spring

Dining: Spring is in the air — and on our plates — thanks to the seasonally inspired fare at some of Brooklyn’s best market-driven restaurants. From Berkshire pork to fiddlehead ferns to that ultimate chef’s obsession, the ramp, here are our picks for spring’s dining musts. Comment

Spring forward! Mark your calendars for a full season of fun

Dining: The snow has melted and the crocuses are sprouting — spring is pretty much here. But that’s not the only thing that’s arrived. The next few months are chock full of must-see music, art, theater and, of course, outdoor events. And, to help you make the most of it, here’s our ultimate guide to the season. Don’t leave home without it. Comment

City makes ‘sexist payout’ to wounded female cop

Crime: The city offered a disabled female cop a $325,000 court settlement on March 29 — a day before claims that her sexist NYPD superiors had refused to give her a large line-of-duty injury pension were heard in Brooklyn federal court. Comment

It’s seafood time!

Dining: Southern Brooklyn is sizzling. Comment

Folkin’ ay! Brooklyn fest is now a three-day stand

The one thing the owners of Jalopy can’t stand is turning people away. So when they were planning this year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival, they knew that the popular event needed to go big — or make people go home. Comment

Free at last: school’s out for EVER

Perspective: For the past 13 years, from pre-K on up, I have awaited June and the end of the school year with both joy (“Hey! Bri passed and she’s promoted!”) and trepidation (“Hey! September is two months away. What are we going to do until then?”) Comment

Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off with Andrew Bird next Friday night!

Forget the solstice — here, the summer officially starts when Celebrate Brooklyn does. And this year, the annual outdoor festival of music, film and dance kicks off on June 10 with a free performance by Andrew Bird. Comment

It’s seafood time! You want crab, lobster and shellfish? Journey to Southern Brooklyn

Dining: Southern Brooklyn may have lost some of its charm and gritty waterfront cred as the borough’s working fishing village, but for seafood, the area from Sheepshead Bay to Mill Basin still cannot be beat. Comment

The full Brooklyn Folk Festival schedule

Here’s the full finger-pickin’ good schedule for the Brooklyn Folk Festival. Comment

Prime cut: Woman wigs out at Prime Meats

Bay News: Prime nuisance Comment

Salty and sweet — here’s one heck of a ribs recipe

Dining: Ribs are all the rage this month as the Brooklyn Kitchen hosts a class on how to slow-cook a rack on May 21. But you don’t have to wait until then to get cracking. “The New Brooklyn Cookbook” (remember that?) features a recipe courtesy of the General Greene in Fort Greene — a salt-pepper-sugar rub that’s dressed up with a spiced yogurt sauce. We can hear those lips smacking already. Comment

First robbery at T.J. Maxx

68th Precinct Comment

Teen shot on Memorial Day

Canarsie: Teen shot Comment

Easy Apple picking

Brooklyn Paper: 76th Precinct Comment

Dining with the ‘Mayor’ of Little Pakistan

Dining: When you’re hankering for some Pakistani cuisine, there’s no better place to head than Brooklyn’s own “Little Pakistan.” And on a recent trek to Coney Island Avenue for the spicy fare, I couldn’t have had a better culinary tour guide: the mayor of Little Pakistan himself, Asghar Choudhri, president of the Pakistani American Federation of New York. Comment

Tenants, union, team up against ‘Gardens’ landlord

A group of tenants at one of the borough’s biggest private apartment complexes has teamed up with the its locked-out union to sue their landlord — who the residents claim stiffed them on a promise to renovate a community center. Comment

Panel says ‘no’ to concrete on Boardwalk

Bay News: Concrete-wary members of a local panel banded together Tuesday night to reject the city’s plan to replace wooden planks on the Boardwalk with a road — a surprise victory for those who feared the iconic seaside attraction would start to look like an everyday sidewalk. Comment

Coney condos to move forward

Luxury condos could finally be coming to Coney Island Beach nearly 40 years after they were first shot down. Comment

Two dead, one wounded in Sheepshead Bay shooting

The Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses was awash with blood and the smell of gun smoke Sunday morning after three people were shot — two fatally — following a violent early-morning altercation. Comment

Peru is as close as Sunset Park

Dining: You want fries with that? Comment

Off duty arrests lead to fisticuffs

Flatbush: Guns and goons Comment

Man gunned down on Kings Highway

Kings Courier: Killed on Kings Highway Comment

Roll call! Coney Island getting its rickshaws back!

And to think, you’ve been walking on the Boardwalk all these years like a sucker! Comment

Up in smoke! Beach-goers protest the city’s ban on smoking in parks

Beach-goers didn’t waste any time blowing smoke in the face of the city’s recently enacted ban on public puffing, as dozens lit up along the Boardwalk in protest during the beach’s opening day. Comment

Man with bad hat mugs deliman

Brooklyn Paper: 76th Precinct Comment

Cops nab a scammer

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Woman hit in office shooting

Mill–Marine Courier: Shot in office Comment

Senior center stuck

Mill–Marine Courier: The highly anticipated opening of the new “green” Marine Park field house has again been postponed, and city officials, who blame the building’s high-tech, environmentally friendly design for the delay, aren’t sure when the ribbon on the new facility will be snipped. Comment

Dean Street gun mugging

Brooklyn Paper: 77th Precinct Comment

Stan will take cheap oil over caribou

Perspective: How much, you ask? Comment

Santa’s elf needs a shave

Perspective: I have mentioned in previous columns my utter disgust and disappointment at the politically correct trend to call the Comment

Planters pulled!

The city-installed planters on Oriental Boulevard that residents claim have been impeding drivers’ vision since 2005 were hauled away to the Kingsborough Community College campus on Nov. 24 in a victory for Manhattan Beach residents who have been trying to convince the Parks Department to remove the 31 behemoths. Comment

Public buses or dollar vans — two views

Editorial: privatizing our entire mass transit system? Comment

Billboard is classic hate-mongering

Editorial: American Atheists has a special hatred of Christianity, and that is why it seizes on the Christmas season — it would take too much courage to focus on Ramadan — to sell its anti-Christian message. Their latest assault is their billboard outside the Lincoln Tunnel that takes direct aim at Christmas. Comment

Atheism is more than non-belief

Editorial: The billboard has two target markets and serves two purposes. Comment

Salem Lutheran Church saved — for $2.5M

The entire campus of the Salem Lutheran Church has been sold for $2,650,000 to a new congregation that plans to renovate and reuse the complex — saving it from the fate of Bay Ridge’s beloved “Green Church,” which was demolished two years ago. Comment

Coastal rallyers form a human chain in Coney Island

BoroBeat: -— Shavana Abruzzo Comment

Cop chases down phone-thieving posse

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Tribute to jazz great Joe Maneri

Bay News: This February 9, the Irondale Center will hold a tribute to Joe Maneri, a Williamsburg-born jazz musician and composer who died this past summer due to complications of heart failure. Comment

Sunk on 16th

Brooklyn Paper: Put a tennis ball on one floor of Arthur Strimling’s South Slope home, and the suddenly precocious sphere will take on a life of its own. Comment

The anti-Valentine’s Day parties

Bay News: There’s not just good eating in the borough this Valentine’s Day. Check out the events below for some special love-themed events in Brooklyn, some traditional, some not (murder ballads, anyone?). Comment

No new mosque in ‘Brooklynstan’

Bay News: Muslims should be the first to understand why a mosque in 2010 Brooklyn, USA would be problematic. Comment

Hot wheels! Fire claims truck in Mill Island

Firefighters douse down a truck that caught fire behind Gil Hodges Lanes Friday. Officials said that the blaze erupted inside a trailer behind the bowling alley, near the corner of Mill and Strickland avenues, just before 11:45 p.m. on March 5. No injuries were reported. Witnesses said that the vehicle was among some construction equipment parked in the alley. The fire, which didn’t extend to the bowling alley, was not considered suspicious, an FDNY spokesperson said. Comment

Circus returns to the Waterfront Barge on June 5 — and the price is right

Event: The best damn circus money can buy (and now for less money). Comment

City closes door on historic traffic summit

Mill–Marine Courier: You’re not invited to one of the most anticipated meetings of the year. Comment

Washington Cemetery’s waiting game

The 22 gravestones toppled by snow-clearing sanitation workers at a Bay Parkway cemetery may not be repaired for several months because the city takes its sweet time before shelling out money to cover damage it is responsible for. Comment

Islands of death: Some say calming measures have seniors dying in traffic

Flatbush: Pedestrian islands installed by the city on Fort Hamilton Parkway to make it easier for senior citizens to cross the street are wreaking havoc on the area’s economy, hampering garbage pick ups, and slowing traffic so much that people are dying en route to nearby Maimonides Medical Center because ambulances can’t get through, say angry neighbors. Comment

Sanitation to skip blizzard hearing

Residents outraged by the city’s poor handling of the Dec. 26 blizzard that left parts of Southern Brooklyn buried will have a chance to vent their frustrations next week — but the representatives of the agency responsible for wielding the shovels and driving the snowplows is skipping the gripefest. Comment

The savings are fantastic, the clothes, foreign

Perspective: My roommate was sitting at the table, opening the mail, and let out a geschrei. Comment

It’s time to ‘Dine in Brooklyn’ starting next Monday

Dining: For Brooklyn foodies, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Comment

‘Kaboom’ is a taste of Sundance at BAM

You don’t need to schlep all the way out to Park City, Utah, to see the best of Sundance. Comment

Tonight! The borough’s hockey team fights on towards the playoffs

Who needs Madison Square Garden when you can get all the puck-swiping, fist-swinging action right here in Brooklyn — and your New York Aviators won’t pull up on the reins this season until there’s blood on the ice and a championship trophy lifted over their heads. Comment

Flatbush Garden workers locked out

Flatbush: Flatbush Gardens management locked out its maintenance workers on Monday, sending in replacement workers to do their jobs. Comment

Sheepshead Bay Turkish joint is a restaurant with balls

Dining: You’ve really got to have guts to try the balls at this restaurant! Comment

Rezoning rescinded!

Bay News: The city has killed a controversial elementary school re-zoning plan that some parents feared would force their kids to travel too far to get to class. Comment

Grimm battles Obamacare rivals

Freshman Rep. Michael Grimm lashed out at Obamacare advocates for calling him a “hypocrite” after he said he was taking his government-sponsored health insurance even as the newly sworn-in pol gets ready to abolish the President’s controversial health care legislation. Comment

City to rebuild Ocean Avenue bridge over LIRR

Flatbush: The city will rebuild an Ocean Avenue bridge over a little-used Long Island Rail Road freight line between Avenues H and I. Comment

House tour season continues, this time in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush

Event: Victorians and limestones are the highlights here. Comment

Bushwick opens up for annual art studio tour this weekend

Art: And here’s Aaron Short’s guide to seeing (and eating) it all! Comment

New wine bar for North Slope

New wine bar for North Slope

Dining: Park Slope’s new wine bar has a hard metal facade — but there’s nothing gruff about its warm communal seating. Comment
Event: Honor the fallen — and then hear a concert, eat some barbecue or go to a cool event at the Bell House. It’s all part of our Memorial Day guide! Comment

Lost in the flood!

Bay News: The offices of the Brighton Neighborhood Association were left in ruins following a massive May 17 flood — a disaster that the director of the 34-year-old advocacy group claims was man-made. Comment

Stan says know who you donate to

Perspective: We recently spoke about the Charity Navigator, the largest evaluator of charities in America. This organization ranks the not-for-profit associations on their financial strength, the effectiveness of their programs, their control of administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the transparency of their operations. The ratings awarded each charity range from zero to four stars. Go to and take a few minutes to look up some of America’s most popular charities. You will be shocked to learn where some of your hard earned money has been going. Comment

Getty gunmen strike Canarsie

Canarsie: Getty rob Comment

Poly’s Dahldorf beats buzzer, Riverdale in wild 2OT win

High School Sports: Jessica Dahldorf wasn’t trying to beat the clock, but she was trying to use it to her advantage. Comment

Making the best of a bad Sitt-uation

The Coney Island waterfront became home to Joe Sitt’s latest “development” — and now freaks and sunbathers alike can get a box of “Tide” without having to visit a supermarket. Comment

Arnold knows PR and, you guessed it, he’ll be back

Perspective: What better way to stage a comeback than to have a scandal? And what better kind of scandal than sex and a love child — with the maid! Aaahnold really knows how to stoke the star-making machinery. Comment

Freak out! Plan a party at Coney’s ‘Sideshow’

Talk about getting your freak on! Comment

Talk about green! Inventor has clean way to haul food, garbage

It’s as “green” as it gets! Comment

Class KO: Student knocked out in Sheepshead Bay HS fight

Bay News: Knocked unconscious — in school! Comment

Parents group hopes to stop charter invasion

Bay News: Parents from a Coney Island public school are appealing the city’s decision to cram a growing charter school into their West Avenue facility, which they say is already overcrowded. Comment

Midwood tops Tottenville to send senior-laden team out champions

High School Sports: Blake Koch shed some tears after the last two city championship games and planned on doing exactly that after this one — just for difference reasons. Comment

City keeps its housing complaints close to chest

New York’s biggest slumlord could be the city itself — but no one knows because it doesn’t release information about tenants’ complaints. Comment

A pizza the action: Ridge contest to determine best slice

Some of Bay Ridge’s most popular pie spinners will face off on June 2 to see who’ll be crowned the godfather of pizza. Comment

Gunman hold up Ave. N eatery

Mill–Marine Courier: Restaurant raid Comment

Mr. Mayor: Tear down this condo!

Mill–Marine Courier: The developer responsible for an illegal — and out-of-scale — condo project on Kimball Street wants the city to set aside its rules and give him permission to complete his monstrous building in a move that’s brought outraged Marine Park residents to a boiling point. Comment

Knifeman on a bike on Flatbush

Brooklyn Paper: 77th Precinct Comment

Cop chases down phone-thieving posse

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Don’t give up! It may be Lent, but here are foods that we won’t do without

Dining: Mardi Gras is over, so the faithful are about to give up something for the 40 days of Lent. Comment

Rental damaged in road rage incident

Kings Courier: Rental rage Comment

Teens clean beach

The gates of historic Denyse Wharf were opened last Sunday as environmentally aware students helped cleanup the beach after a harsh winter. Comment

Teachers sues over PS 114 merger

Canarsie: The United Federation of Teachers is suing to stop a charter school from invading PS 114’s building, putting a monkey wrench in the two-month old “separate-but-equal” compromise between school officials and the city that saved the beleaguered elementary school. Comment

Man with bad hat mugs deliman

Brooklyn Paper: 76th Precinct Comment

Our guide to your great Memorial Day weekend

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and you don’t have a beach house or lakeside cottage to run off to. Don’t feel left out – there’s plenty to keep you occupied this long weekend in Brooklyn, from patriotic concerts to amusement park birthday parties to even, paradoxically, a TV party. You’ll friends will be jealous they even left. Comment

Man arrested for killing in-law

Flatbush: In-law killing Comment

Oh, the humanity! He jacked an old man’s scooter!

Sunday Screech: Carmine’s angry about the crime of the century! Comments (1)
Here it is, our annual opening-day-at-the-beach photo — and our Coney Island summer guide. Comments (6)

Our days and nights on the hustings with Steve Buscemi

Our days and nights on the hustings with Steve Buscemi

Park Slope: The actor, Park Sloper and former fireman sent most of Thursday rallying in support of Brooklyn firehouses. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: Get ready to dance the Flatbush-to-Fourth Two-Step — whether you like it or not. Comments (44)
Downtown: NYU is expanding its existing Polytechnic Institute to include two more buildings in Metrotech Center, a move that borough officials cheered as a magnet for Downtown development — and a sign that university is serious about Brooklyn. Comment
Park Slope: Prospect Park’s sheep got a little off the top — and sides, and legs and chests — at their annual shearing last weekend. Comment
Bay Ridge: A Brooklyn jury has convicted former Bay Ridge District Leader Ralph Perfetto of unlawfully posing as an attorney to help a relative during a preliminary court hearing in 2008. He’s now facing a year in the slammer. Comments (9)

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