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Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce ‘winter gala’ honors pols and biz leaders

BoroBeat: Movers and shakers were hailed for their advocacy of the borough at the group’s annual end-of-year awards ceremony. Comment

Guman robs motorist, takes tobacco

Marine Park: Plus a smattering of other crimes from this week’s 63rd Precinct police blotter. Comment

Dance group mixes things up for the holidays

BoroBeat: The Brooklyn Dance Center performed its holiday show, “Illuminations of Christmas,” to a sold-out crowd at IS 281 in Bensonhurst. For highlights of the performance, see our slideshow. Comment

Merry Christmas — from Carmine, with anger

Sunday Screech: Carmine’s a humbug! Comments (6)

Yes, Virginia, we do receive letters

Letters: Here’s a Christmas present: Our letters to the editor! Comment

It’s a very Carmine Christmas, and — you guessed it — he’s angry!

Big Screecher: In this week’s screech, Carmine goes off on Christmas! Comment

Van rob leads to 10 injuries

Brooklyn Paper: Plus an assortment of other crimes from the 70th Precinct. Comment

Christmas party draws more than 500 kids

BoroBeat: Councilman Mathieu Eugene’s annual holiday toy party in Flatbush drew a big crowd this year when kids, parents and Santa gathered at PS 92 to celebrate Christmas. For more on the fun, see our slideshow. Comment

Father vs. son in Canarsie fistfight

Canarsie: Plus a guy who likes to punch Honda Pilots! Who can ask for more from this week’s surprisingly thin 69th Precinct police blotter. Comment
Bay Ridge: When it comes to garbage cans, it’s Marty’s way, or the highway. Comment
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Bar backlash! Williamsburg tavern owners form trade group to fight CB1

Nightlife: The neighborhood’s bar owners are in open rebellion against a new booze-license policy that will make it more difficult to open a bar with an outdoor space. Comments (49)

Impeach Judge Evelyn LaPorte!

A Britisher’s View: Our columnist thinks that the judge who released accused cop killer Lamont Pride should have stuck with her first choice of profession — airline stewardess! Comment

Light ’em up! Ridge parks ablaze with Christmas spirit

BoroBeat: Bay Ridge was full of holiday spirit last week as residents, a state senator and, of course, Santa, gathered to carol, sip hot chocolate and celebrate Christmas with two tree lightings. Comment

This week’s tribute to Brooklyn’s holiday heroes

Standing O’s boosting the best of our borough Comment

The war — class war — on Christmas?

The war — class war — on Christmas?

Shopping: Has “Occupy Wall Street” changed the gift-giving holiday forever? Here are two views.

Your weekend reads — from three booksellers

Books: Once again, the ladies of BookMark Shoppe, Greenlight and Word give us their hot books of the week. Comment

Ida in the homestretch!

Our pigskin picker — Ida Eisenstein, the glue that holds together our media empire — makes her predictions after a huge week for her. Huge! Comment
Bar Scrawl: A new Fort Greene tavern earns a rave from our bartoonist. Comments (3)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

City eighty-sixes 86th Street left-turn ban

Bay Ridge: The city has 86ed its controversial plan to ban all left turns on 86th Street at Fourth Avenue after a local panel scoffed at the notion that the intersection should be louie-free. Comments (6)

It’s curtains for Timboo’s

It’s curtains for Timboo’s

Park Slope: A great old man bar will close on Fifth Avenue. Comments (9)
The Greatest Story Ever: It was a matter of time! Comments (7)

Crooked cable guy hits Brighton Beach

Coney Island: Plus a smattering of other crimes from Coney Island’s 60th Precinct. Comment

Another year, another Christmas poem

Not for Nuthin’: Not a creature was stirring, not daughter, not spouse. Comment
Dining: A great Yuletide tradition — across the borough. Comment
Nightlife: And last weekend, he united with his band in Stylofone at Brooklyn Bowl. Comments (9)

Police: drunk driver mows down teen

Bensonhurst: Plus a handful of other crimes from the 62nd Precinct. Comment

Judge: Group has right to sue Food and Drug Administration

Gavel to Gavel: Plus an elevator repairman is facing 25-years for allegedly ignoring safety protocols in this week’s Gavel to Gavel. Comment

Christmas crustaceans: Make a feast — with seven fishes!

Prime Time: I love Christmastime: the countless hours at work, cold weather, long lines at the malls, extra heavy traffic and high balances on my credit cards … um, I mean … Christmas is the time for giving, for family, and most of all, for cooking those special once-a-year meals. Comments (1)

It’s all about the beer at the new Brooklyn Tap House

Nightlife: If this doesn’t please the beer snobs, nothing will. Comments (3)

Fire guts Seventh Avenue apartment; two injured

Park Slope: Flames, smokeeaters and heroes in Park Slope — and we’ve got the pictures! Comment

Weepy Kruger resigns, admits taking $1 million in bribes

Bay Ridge: Disgraced former pol Carl Kruger was a shell of his former self as he tearfully resigned before pleading guilty in Manhattan Federal Court. Comments (17)

What is the story behind this bizarre white line dividing Ditmas Park?

The Greatest Story Ever: It showed up out of nowhere — but this graffiti vandal’s idea of art has enraged a neighborhood. Comments (14)

Hanukkah in the house: Mill Basin family brightens up the ‘Festival of Lights’

Mill Basin: They don’t call Hanukkah the Festival of Lights for nothing! Comment
Park Slope: Finally, you can download e-mails from that Nigerian prince amid the splendor of Prospect Park. Comments (10)
Mean Streets: The NYPD lost key evidence and botched the investigation of a fatal hit and run of a Williamsburg artist two months ago because officers had “more serious crimes” to deal with, the late cyclist’s family charged on Monday. Comments (19)

Eye in the sky: Manhattan Beachers seek cameras to slow down traffic

Manhattan Beach: Manhattan Beach residents say they have found the silver bullet in the quest to stop speeders along Oriental Boulevard: an electronic eye in the sky. Comment

Lenny and John’s celebrates new expansion

BoroBeat: The 42-year-old neighborhood staple is offering customers a bigger slice of the good life after expanding its restaurant and upgrading its menu. Comment

Who has the best Christmas decorations in Dyker Heights?

Dyker Heights: Like the lighting of the Menorah at Cadman Plaza, getting a Christmas card from Marty Markowitz, or getting wasted with Santa Claus at Sunny’s in Red Hook, cruising Dyker Heights during the holidays and gawking in awe at the incandescent splendor of the neighborhood’s Christmas decorations is a Brooklyn holiday tradition. Comments (1)

What’s Shakin’? Chains are gentrifying Fulton Mall, that’s what

Downtown: It started long before yesterday’s Shake Shack grand opening, but this time, it looks like the Main Street of Working Class Brooklyn will really change this time. Comments (13)

Ridge kids tap into Swedish tradition

BoroBeat: Students from the Christ Church After School program celebrated Lucia Day last Tuesday, dressing in traditional garb and singing songs. Comment

Burglar nabbed in Manhattan Beach

Sheepshead Bay: A near break-in on Oriental Boulevard leads this week’s 61st Precinct police blotter. Comment
BoroBeat: Seventh graders at Fahari Academy Charter in Flatbush presented their very own “Museum of Brooklyn History” last Monday with documentaries and posters on a borough subject of their choice — which included Jay-Z. Comment
BoroBeat: Holiday shoppers dispelled their big-box blues by heading to Williamsburg for an Asian night market-styled souk. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Heights’ much-loved PS 8 will expand to include a middle school under a new city proposal — bringing relief to parents who’ve rallied for a neighborhood option for years. Comments (8)

Report: Kruger to plead guilty

Politics: State Sen. Carl Kruger will reportedly plead guilty today to accepting at least $1 million in bribes — and, in doing so, lose his powerful seat in the Senate. Comments (3)

Brooklyn man to be the voice of the Barclays Center

Atlantic Yards: The Brooklyn Nets show that it is serious about its first name. Comments (7)

Christmas spirit comes to Midwood

Park Slope: Old-time family spreads holiday cheer in Jewish ‘hood — and the neighbors love it! Comment

Czech out this mitteleuropean ‘Christmas Carol’

Dooley Noted: The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater presents “A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa (Happy Ramadan)” through Jan. 1. Our reviewer wasn’t that impressed. Comment

Avenue P-ainful! Residents demand city pave P.

Mean Streets: Drivers — including our own Lou Powsner — want Avenue P paved before someone gets hurt! Comment
Downtown: Shake Shack finally has a Brooklyn accent. Comments (15)

There’s a new ‘Peach Pit’ in town — at the Mill Basin Deli

BoroBeat: Fine deli fare with a chance to gaze at Chagalls, Ertes and works by other renowned artists show that the famous deli’s new expansion is no greasy spoon. Comment

Fidler puts Santa out of work!

BoroBeat: A Councilman and his elves collect more than 8,000 toys for needy children — all without Santa’s help! Comment

Macbooks stolen from school!

Carroll Gardens: Believe it — more computers stolen out of a school. Plus all the crime from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (2)
Cleaning Our Waterways: A city panel has denied Whole Foods permission to build on the banks of the Gowanus Canal, and demanded that the green grocer return with more evidence that its mega-store would not harm the environment. Comments (29)

Take a dive! Brooklyn College bans Midwood HS swim team from its new pool

Brooklyn Paper: The Midwood HS Hornets swim team used to dive into a pool across the street at Brooklyn College, but now that the college has opened a new fitness center featuring a new pool, it won’t let the teenagers take a dip. Comment

Tree vandals spark fire in Gerritsen Beach for the third time since fall

Gerritsen Beach: Hardwood haters thumb their nose at nature. Comment

Democrats eat, drink and make merry at Thomas Jefferson Club holiday party!

BoroBeat: Politicans from across the city visited the TJ club — and we were there to see them let their hair down! Comment
Williamsburg: Friends of a Williamsburg disc jockey who was seriously injured in a bizarre accident inside an Oregon motel room last week are rallying to help pay his medical bills. Comments (6)

Helter shelter! City gives B61 riders a place to wait for their lame bus

Red Hook: Red Hook straphangers will at least have a dry place to wait for their lousy B61 bus. Comments (3)

It looks like the good guys won the war on Christmas

It’s Only My Opinion: The war on Christmas is over, and we can get back to normal. That is, if you agree with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has renamed the 30-foot-tall “holiday tree” in the Rotunda of the state capitol the “Christmas tree.” Yes, the evergreen tree decorated with ornaments is again officially a symbol of Christmas, in spite of the fact that we observe several holidays around the same time. The menorah and the dreidel remind us of Hanukkah. An ear of corn, a cup, seven candles in a candelabra and fruits on a mat are in honor of Kwanza. Comment

Drug deal — Pfizer angers locals by putting last three lots up for sale

Williamsburg: Global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer — which operated a massive complex in South Williamsburg for all of the 20th century until closing in 2007 — has listed its last three parcels on Harrison Avenue near Gerry Street and Wallabout Street. Comments (4)
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Holidays? Schmolidays!

Fearless Living: Our columnist explains why her “mixed” marriage isn’t such a big deal after all. Comments (1)

The liquor gods frown on Athena

The liquor gods frown on Athena

Cobble Hill: Community Board 6 voted unanimously on Wednesday night to reject a liquor license bid for Athena restaurant after neighbors of the Cobble Hill eatery claimed that the owner is hosting booming parties and serving booze without a valid permit. Comments (3)

The full guide to the best milkshakes in the borough

Dining: Shake Shack is coming — but there are other great drinkable desserts in this city, you know. Comments (1)
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Pizza the action! Alfred Ng, legendary intern, leaves us with a slice

Podcast: Say goodbye to The Brooklyn Paper’s longest-serving intern, Alfred Ng, in this teary, pizza-filled video tribute. Comments (1)

Grimaldi’s reopens in new location — with a coal oven!

DUMBO: The city relents — and soon the battle between Grimaldi and Grimaldi’s will be on. Comments (10)

Skate free weekend: Aviators games postponed

Mill Basin: Dash it all! Comment

Brighton Beach woman stabbed to death in home

Brighton Beach: A 51-year-old Brighton Beach woman who was stabbed multiple time in the back died Thursday night shortly after cops arrived at the woman’s home. Comment
Clinton Hill: Tillie’s, a beloved Fort Greene coffee shop and bohemian stomping ground, will serve its final cup on Dec. 31 — breaking hearts and reducing caffeine levels across the neighborhood. Comments (10)

Despite protests, Eva’s charter gets space in Cobble Hill school

Cobble Hill: The city overwhelmingly approved a controversial charter school’s plans of taking space inside a Cobble Hill high school building on Wednesday night, despite opposition of parents and teachers. Comments (18)

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