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Feds plan massive urban campsite at Floyd Bennett Field — with private help

In the next few years, camping at Floyd Bennett Field may be brought to you by Bass Pro Shops and L.L. Bean. Comments (3)

The play’s the play as gaming and theater are merged at this festival

Theater: This year’s Game Play Festival, which features theatrical works that draw inspiration from the world of video gaming, offers as many different types of shows as there are consoles. Comment
Music: This band still has it after more than 30 years on the Chicano rock scene. Comment
Theater: It’s called “La Calista,” and it’s pretty hot. Comment

What freedom means to me

What freedom means to me

Perspective: Look, we don’t need any excuses to be patriotic — but the July 4 holiday gave us a grand old reason to explore what we love about freedom. Click below for opinion pieces on the subject:

Bombs? Away! Coast Guard makes part of Gravesend Bay off limits to boaters

The Coast Guard is permanently barring boats from passing through a bomb-littered portion of Gravesend Bay, but the decision makes it less likely that the agency will remove the 1,500 unexploded anti-aircraft shells that experts say could explode. Comments (2)

Bar Great Harry lives up to its name

Bar Scrawl: A rave for a Smith Street local from our Bar Scrawl columnist. Comments (1)

Enjoy the ‘View’! Pier 1 film series returns with ‘Manhattan’

Cinema: Yes, it’s a movie about that other island, but what else do you expect from Woody Allen (the Spike Lee of Manhattan)? Comment

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

Books: See what the ladies behind WORD, Greenlight and BookMark Shoppe are recommending. Comments (1)

Some weekend headaches

Weekend Watch: The 4 train takes a holiday and the N train creates a few headaches this holiday weekend. Read on for all the news that affects your plans. (Saturday, July 2 at 12:01 am to Monday, July 4 at 5 am unless otherwise noted). Comment

New top cop in Bay Ridge

Capt. Richard DiBlasio is taking over command of Bay Ridge’s precinct after its former commanding officer left to handle the Flatbush beat. Comment

Go ‘Fourth’! Here’s our guide to a great Independence weekend

Don’t stay home without our July 4 roundup. Comment

What? No charges? Locals slam Hynes pizza stab case

Carroll Gardens: Residents of Carroll Gardens were incensed by District Attorney Charles Hynes’s decision last week to drop charges against two mob-tied rivals who settled a beef the old-fashioned way — with a brazen and bloody daylight knife fight in front of a public school. Comment
Now that gays can get married, the only color of the pride rainbow is green. Comments (6)
Williamsburg: The East River service is popular in its first week of paid rides. Comments (1)

Ladybug Transistor is back

Ladybug Transistor is back

Music: That quirky Ditmas Park-obsessed New Wave band is back at the Knitting Factory on July 6. Comment

Get ready for the Giglio fest!

Event: Williamsburg’s favorite feast is back, with the first “dance” on July 10. Comments (1)

Dinner and a movie — in one place!

Cinema: Nitehawk Cinema opens in Williamsburg. The reviews are positive. Comments (1)

Lots of food — but no one’s shopping — at the Smorgasburg Greenmarket

Don’t just eat that kimchee hot dog — do some real grocery shopping. Comments (2)

Cheap trick! Piper Theatre does Moliere’s ‘The Miser’

Theater: And the 17th-century playwright’s still got it (with some new 21st-century references). Comment

At this restaurant, you not only order the food, but come up with the menu

Dining: Park Slope will soon get some “suggestion box”-inspired grub. Comments (3)

Big bath salt drug bust in Billyburg

Williamsburg: Calgon said, “Take me away!” And then the feds did! Comments (19)

Cyclones take the rubber game, 1–0

Cyclones: A pitcher’s duel keeps the Cyclones in first place. Comments (1)
Fort Greene: A controversial Arabic-language middle school that is failing to draw students will be transformed into a high school next year — a decision that critics say destroys the purpose of a school. Comments (4)

Raise your knish consciousness with this stuffed course at Brooklyn Brainery

Event: Laura Silver leads the most important two-session food course since Julia Child taught us how to cook coq au vin. Comments (1)

Brooklyn Museum’s Vishnu show is fit for a king

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: A king obsessed with Vishnu, of course. Comments (3)

Rats! Atlantic Yards site is full of rodents

Atlantic Yards: Neighbors of the Atlantic Yards project say that freakish, cat-sized rats coming from the construction site are invading their homes, gnawing on their cars, eating through garbage cans, and climbing up their legs. Comments (8)
Bloomy in the ’Hood: Just call Hizzoner “The Piano Man.” Comments (4)

Cyclones blow a game — bad

Cyclones: An error in the final frame sinks the Cyclones after clawing back. Comment

Brooklynites: Bloomy cab bill is one hail of a good idea

A bill to allow livery cabs to pick up street hails is just a signature from Gov. Cuomo away. Comment
The kabuki dance ends with all eight firehouses saved. Comment

The great teams keep on rolling

Greenpoint: At the mid–way point of the season, Brooklyn’s kickball powerhouses are hitting their stride. Comment

Booze bust! Cops shut down Williamsburg screening over liquor dispute

Williamsburg: It’s just the latest in a line of nightlife crackdowns in the hip neighborhood. Comments (1)

Packer’s Owens craves chance to represent USA in the steeplechase

High School Sports: Eddie Owens has accomplished plenty of significant marks this year and throughout his career. But this weekend the Packer Collegiate star can claim a special and elusive honor. Comment

Role model: Eagles safety Jaiquawn Jarrett offers NYC support

High School Sports: Standing on the New York City sidelines in plain clothes for the 16th annual Empire Challenge, Jaiquawn Jarrett was more than just a friendly face. The former Fort Hamilton star, four-year Temple standout and Philadelphia Eagles soon-to-be rookie safety was a symbol of a world of possibilities, of what can happen when talent, fortune and relentless work ethic is mixed together. Comment

Our All-Brooklyn baseball honors

High School Sports: Brooklyn is known as the basketball borough and for good reason with the PSAL boys champion calling BK home for the past six years. Comment

Dive right in — public pools open on Wednesday

Suit up — the public pools are open. Comment

Enjoy the ‘View’! Pier 1 film series returns with ‘Manhattan’

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Movies with a View outdoor film series returns next week — with a movie called “Manhattan.” Comment

Our Celebrate Brooklyn pick of the week: Los Lobos

Once upon a time, Los Lobos was just another band from East L.A. Comment

Raise your knish consciousness with this stuffed course at Brooklyn Brainery

The knish is ready for its comeback. Comment

Get ready for the Giglio fest!

The more things change, the more the Feast of the Giglio stays the same. Comment

Don’t be a jackass: don’t drink and drive

Perspective: The truth is the truth, no matter how you slice it. Last week, Ryan Dunn of Jackass fame, died in a fiery crash. The accident was attributed to Dunn’s intoxicated state (his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit), while he was driving his Porsche 911 GT3 at an excessive rate of speed (reportedly in excess of 110 miles an hour). Comment

‘Seven in Heaven Way’ — way to go for 9-11 heroes

Perspective: Their supreme sacrifices are immortalized in our hearts, and now also on a street sign in Red Hook. Engine 202 and Ladder 101 Firefighters Joseph Gullickson, Brian Cannizzaro, Salvatore Calabro, Thomas Kennedy, Patrick Byrne, Joseph Maffeo and Terence McShane rushed to answer the call on 9-11 with an obligation to duty that only super-humans who storm burning buildings without a thought to their own safety can fully understand. Comment

Coney’s illegal furniture stores are packing up

Bay News: Four longtime Coney Island furniture stores that are loathed by People’s Playground enthusiasts for taking up prime amusement district real estate are finally packing it in. Comment

Beach hooch blockers

Bay News: Residents who fear that a new bistro on the eastern edge of Manhattan Beach will bring rowdiness and drunk driving to the quiet enclave are rallying to make sure the new business doesn’t get a liquor license — even before its owner applies for one. Comment

Weiner’s gone, but he’ll live on — on us

Perspective: Congress has been very, very good to Anthony Weiner. His sexting fiasco may have gotten him canned from a cushy seat, but his golden parachute is positively platinum. Comment

Muslim con-verts in the pokey

Perspective: It takes just one grouchy sympathizer to carry out a terrorist act in the name of Allah — and America’s prisons are spilling at the seams with Islamo-cozy anarchists. Comment

Wingate winners as Brooklyn takes home multiple awards

High School Sports: Brooklyn represented at the Wingate Awards last week at St. Francis College. Here’s a roundup of the winners in four differnet sports. Comment

Sheepshead’s Boston leaps to historic long jump title

High School Sports: Rolyce Boston wasn’t exactly sure what to pack. The Sheepshead Bay senior felt he had nothing to wear to the outdoor state track and field championships in Caledonia, N.Y., until he came across a particular shirt. Comment

Zafar’s blast seals FDR’s first PSAL cricket title

High School Sports: It was a championship-winning blast that just a few months ago wouldn’t have been possible. Comment

Dead men do tell tales — in this play at Green-Wood Cemetery

For a show about the dead, “The Spoon River Project” is very much alive. Comment

Don’t stop ‘til you get enough at this Michael Jackson sing-along show

Calling all pretty young things and smooth criminals. Comment

Get ready for some hot summer nights

Here’s a good reason to go back to school this summer. Comment

‘Golden’ ticket! Campy Coney play lets wives get revenge over their scandal-ridden pols

A new play inspired by scorned political spouses who take revenge on their scandal-ridden husbands is coming to Coney Island --— and no, Anthony Weiner’s wife is not a character. Comment

This weekend, a beer crawl like it oughta be

This is one deal we can raise a glass to. Comment

Brooklyn Philharmonic wants to give you free summer concerts

The New York Philharmonic dropped the baton on its outdoor summer concert series, and Brooklyn’s symphony is itching to pick it up. Comment

Gunpoint mugging near Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene: The latest incident in the crime-addled greenspace. Plus all the other crime reports from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (5)

Grain of deception! Senate makes corn the state ‘vegetable’

The good news? Greenpoint Assemblyman Joe Lentol is prepared to shuck the whole effort. Comments (9)
To settle a lawsuit accusing his gigs of violating city noise rules, the borough president has agreed to obey the rule, which prohibits the use of amplified sound within 500 feet of a house of worship. Comments (11)

‘Seven in Heaven Way’ — way to go for 9-11 heroes ‘Seven in Heaven Way’ — way to go for 9-11 heroes

Their supreme sacrifices are immortalized in our hearts, and now also on a street sign in Red Hook. Engine 202 and Ladder 101 Firefighters Joseph Gullickson, Brian Cannizzaro, Salvatore Calabro, Thomas Kennedy, Patrick Byrne, Joseph Maffeo and Terence McShane rushed to answer the call on 9-11 with an obligation to duty that only super-humans who storm burning buildings without a thought to their own safety can fully understand. Comment

Golden: Who are lawmakers to change the law about gay marriage

Bay Ridge: The only Brooklyn state senator to vote against gay marriage thinks that the people, not the people’s elected representatives who do everything else, should vote on the issue. Comments (29)
Mean Streets: Cops have written more than 121,000 moving violations so far this year — more than any other borough. Comments (9)

Don’t be a jackass: don’t drink and drive

The truth is the truth, no matter how you slice it. Last week, Ryan Dunn of Jackass fame, died in a fiery crash. The accident was attributed to Dunn’s intoxicated state (his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit), while he was driving his Porsche 911 GT3 at an excessive rate of speed (reportedly in excess of 110 miles an hour). Comment

Cyclones punish the Ironbirds

Cyclones: Lots of timely hits and great pitching this time. Comment

Joe’s got crabs!

Prime Time: Our chef gives you the perfect recipe for the soft-shell crustaceans. Comments (4)

Brooklynites enjoy the great outdoors at Floyd Bennett Field 

Brooklynites flocked to the Aviator Sports Complex at Floyd Bennett Field on Sunday for the annual Summer Fun Day, which featured nearly every outdoor activity under the sun. Comment
Clinton Hill: Cops say they have arrested the man who climbed fences and jumped into backyards to break into Clinton Hill homes, fueling hopes that a spate of daytime burglaries is over. Comment

Pole position: City says Verizon skirted the law with major totems

Verizon broke the law — and the city let it do so — when it installed 20-foot-tall Fiberglass poles in historic districts in Greenpoint and Flatbush without getting permission to do so. Comment

Inside job at Metrotech office

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Bike thieves on a roll

Brooklyn Courier: 77th Precinct Comment

New CB14 head

Kate Briquelet Comment

Trashed! Neighbors say vacant lot is a health risk

Flatbush: The owner of a vacant lot in Kensington has allowed it to become a trash pile that’s home to vermin, marsupials, and cats — and neighbors say the city won’t do anything to clean up the mess. Comment

Hail to the chief!

Flatbush: Deputy Inspector Ralph Monteforte exited the 70th Precinct on Lawrence Avenue for the last time Wednesday afternoon — escorted out by bagpipers, cops, community leaders and neighbors marking the beloved top cop’s retirement. Comment

Gun madness on Kane Street

Brooklyn Courier: 76th Precinct Comment

Thief sneaked through the doggie door!

68th Precinct Comment

Stuart Street sniper

An unhinged 30-year-old Stuart Street resident perched himself at his second-floor window and opened fire on a group of rowdy teenagers hanging out in front of his home on June 18, hitting two of them. Comment

Double-crosswalked!

Bay News: Don’t park, it’s a trap! Comment

Manhattan Beach security battle

Bay News: Super-safe Manhattan Beach may be getting a second neighborhood patrol because two feuding civic groups can’t agree on who should be keeping an eye on ne’er-do-wells in the tony seaside neighborhood — but neighbors say such a move could make it more difficult to patrol the area. Comment

Shut out!

Bay News: The Home Depot on Cropsey Avenue has been breaking a city-issued mandate to allow access to a waterfront esplanade next to the store, according to locals and city officials who say that the gate to the esplanade on the big-box store’s property is often locked up long after dawn and well before dusk — the times it is supposed to be open to the public. Comment

Gun mugging in the heart of Carroll Gardens

Brooklyn Courier: 76th Precinct Comment

The passage of time is not a Kodak moment

The Dad: Our columnist realizes that he’s missing stuff that he can’t even remember missing. Comments (1)

Carmine’s on fire! Says Bloomie can’t close Coney’s hook and ladder

Sunday Screech: This week, Carmine goes on the offensive over the mayor’s plan to close a firehouse, then rails about a sunburn he got while attending a parade! Comment

Theatre for a New Audience gets a new theater, audience

BAM District: The renowned Manahttan troupe breaks ground on a nifty new glass house near BAM. Comments (1)
Gravesend: The borough president says he doesn’t mind Joe Sitt’s plan to bring a BJ’s Wholesale Club to Gravesend Bay, as long as he can eat there. Comments (3)

Cyclones finally beat the Renegades

Cyclones: And beat them bad! Comment

Wrongful death suit in ‘Vespa Mom’ crash

Fort Greene: A Fort Greene man whose wife was run down by a Treasury Department agent while she rode her Vespa last July intends to sue the department to hold it responsible for his wife’s death. Comments (8)

Mom: Fort Greene Festival promoter has shady past

Fort Greene: The promoter of this Saturday’s Fort Greene Festival cheated a retired schoolteacher out of thousands of dollars in proceeds from last year’s festival that was supposed to be set aside in honor of her dead son, the woman claims. Comments (19)

PS 107 gets new boss — from PS 321!

Park Slope: The upstart Park Slope school steals its principal from its elite rival (oooh!). Comment

Cyclones fall — again — to the Renegades

Cyclones: Weak hitting is a problem for a second night. Comment

Report: City won’t kill Prospect Park geese this year

Park Slope: The city’s mass extermination of geese in Prospect Park last year was so effective that it will not be repeated this summer, city officials revealed on Thursday. Comments (20)

Locals want cops to search every bag on the Boardwalk

Brighton community demands post-9–11 type security in wake of June 9 shooting. Comments (8)
Editor’s Picks: Er, we mean where to go to have fun this weekend, that is. Comments (1)

Trash can shuffle: Golden rules as city puts garbage pails back on Fourth

The city returned two public trash cans to Fourth Avenue after state Sen. Marty Golden performed an end-around on the local civic group that demanded the baskets’ removal — and one member of that group says the Republican legislator is subverting the will of the people. Comments (5)

Civic leader says ban all litter baskets

Greg Ahl is pushes his “no-can” agenda into Dyker Heights. Comments (8)
DUMBO: Brooklyn’s hottest new carrying case is one powerful piece of apparel. Comments (2)
Cyclones: Nelfi Zapata’s Sunday night homer was a major deal for the minor-leaguer. Comment

Cyclones fall to the Renegades

Cyclones: Weak hitting and weak fielding is a bad combination. Comment

Lou Brock is sweet on Brooklyn

Downtown: Lou Brock was under doctor’s orders to talk about diabetes — but the legendary St. Louis Cardinals outfielder couldn’t help talking about the great American pastime. Comment

Brooklyn Philharmonic wants to give you free summer concerts

Music: The New York Philharmonic dropped the baton, so, of course, Brooklyn is going to pick it up. Comments (2)
Atlantic Yards: Brooklynites have slung a lot of mud at Bruce Ratner’s controversial Atlantic Yards Project over the years. On Tuesday, the project returned the favor. Comments (5)
Downtown: And this photo sequence by the immortal Tom Callan shows how it went down. Comments (7)
Cleaning Our Waterways: Leave it up to Brooklyn’s party animals to celebrate the centennial of the Gowanus Canal’s “flushing tunnel,” a bit of infrastructure that has been about as much use as a handbrake on a canoe. Comments (1)

Cyclones win fifth straight!

Cyclones: Great pitching and good hitting tend to win a lot of games. It did last night. Comment

Dive right in — public pools open on Wednesday

Event: And that includes the Double D. Comment

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