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It’s a congressional smackdown! Who will you choose — Jeffries or Barron?

Before you go out to vote tomorrow, make sure you check out our handy guide on the race between Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and Councilman Charles Barron. Comments (9)

Cops: Shopper tried to sneak out with stolen clothes

Marine Park: Plus a host of other crimes from Marine Park’s 63rd Precinct. Comment

Carmine’s back, and he doesn’t believe the interweb!

Sunday Screech: This week, Carmine flashes back to his favorite episodes — because the interweb lied to him! Comments (10)

Councilman Fidler: Your report is inaccurate

Letters: This week, Councilman Lew Fidler gives us an earful about our Marine Park tennis court coverage. Comment

Carmine says don’t believe the interweb!

Big Screecher: This week, Carmine says he’s learned a valuable lesson the hard way: don’t believe what you read on the internet! Comment
Digital editions: Brooklyn Daily is proud to present the latest print editions of our Courier Life newspapers. Read more…

Gastastrophe! Planters say Floyd Bennett pipeline won’t make their garden grow

Mill Basin: Neighborhood diehards say the proposed Transco Pipeline will destroy Brooklyn’s only federal park. Comment

Fourth avenue event space takes heat for restaurant plans

Gowanus: A private party space accused by neighbors of bringing unreasonable noise, triple-parked cars, and unsavory characters to Fourth Avenue may open as a bar and restaurant — and critical locals are already giving the plan bad reviews. Comments (9)

Pun out and play

Punderdome 3000 makes geeky wordplay cool again, giving pun masters a chance to prove themselves before a crowd. Comments (3)

Deport ‘Jaafarious’ Syrian — ASAP

A Britisher’s View: Syrian henchman Bashar al-Assad’s former aide is now studying at Columbia University, which puts her in the same class as anti-American PS 90 Principal Greta Hawkins, and unpatriotic schools chief Dennis Walcott, our columnist says. Comment
Bar Scrawl: This week, Bill Roundy finds cocktails and fans at the new bar Donna Comment

It’s going to be a sweet weekend on the subway

Weekend Watch: It’s going to be another beautiful weekend on the rails — giving you every reason to keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

Come for the food, stay for the facts

BoroBeat: Kids and families were treated to the Family Fun Festival on June 16, where they took part in good food, games, and some facts on helpful services. Comment

Popped water balloons are a tot lot choking hazard, parents claim

Windsor Terrace: Big kids with water balloons have turned a Prospect Park tot lot into a choking hazard for toddlers, say concerned Brooklyn parents. Comments (14)

City no longer hitting brakes on Slope bike lanes stalled by PPW controversy

Mean Streets: The city is rolling out a pair of new Park Slope bike lanes after hitting the brakes on the paths last year amid the controversy over the Prospect Park West cycling route. Comments (67)

Ballooning city permit prices creating tennis cheats

Marine Park: What a racket! Comment

Hog wash! Residents want Coney Island Avenue business to clean up its act

Kensington: A neighborhood car wash is stopping traffic on Coney Island Avenue, critics say. Comment

CB10 votes for calmer cars

Bay Ridge: The board voted to reduce accidents along the commercial corridor after rejecting a similar city proposal twice in the past year. Comments (13)

Sheepshead Bay Road merchants will pay for more customers

Sheepshead Bay: Sheepshead Bay Road’s struggling merchants want to form a business improvement district to draw more shoppers and compete with other commercial corridors — but critics blasted the idea as simply a ploy to squeeze more dough out of them for city services they already pay for. Comment

Clones lineup comes alive!

The Ride: The Cyclones win three straight as they pound the hated Staten Island Yankees 7–2 on the Rock. Comment

Goose advocates try to stop exterminations with documentation

Williamsburg: David Karopkin and his crew are actually happy when they see goose poop in the morning in East River State Park — it’s a sign the football-shaped waterfowl have survived another day. Comments (26)

Here they are — the best of the borough

Standing O: It’s Thursday, and the Courier celebrates with some Standing Os! Comment

Thinking inside the box: cutting-edge photo exhibit brings shipping containers back to DUMBO

DUMBO: With gallery space tight, the post-apocalyptic photo festival provides a glimpse of a not too distant future. Comments (1)

Life’s lessons — from a dog

Fearless Living: This week, the family welcomes a new dog — and all that comes with it. Comments (1)

Thug slugs man in face, takes cash

Bensonhurst: Get ready for your weekly run down of crimes from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment
Mean Streets: Talk about a long wait for a stoplight. Comments (26)

Ridge residents: Prince Hotel is a royal pain

Brooklyn Is Angry: Residents of 93rd Street are calling on the city to shutter a controversial hotel that they say is a hotbed of crime — but the building’s 83-year-old owner says nothing illegal is going on at his spotless neighborhood inn. Comments (7)
Coney Island: A Coney Island carny booted from the Boardwalk in favor of more upscale businesses says his trumpeted comeback to the People’s Playground has been stalled — thanks to bureaucratic red tape. Comment

Cyclones do it again

The Ride: Superb pitching carries the Cyclones to victory over the hated Staten Island Yankees. Comment

Meet the new kids on the mic

Cyclones Confidential: Three baby-faced college students will by calling Cyclones games as they try to fill the late, great Warner Fusselle’s shoes. Here’s a preview on what you’ll be hearing from the catbird seat this summer. Comments (1)

Berry binge in Ditmas Park

BoroBeat: Hungry kids and adults sunk their faces into heaping piles of strawberry shortcake at the Cortelyou Greenmarket on Sunday in hopes of being crowned Brooklyn’s king of cake eaters. Check out our slideshow for all the messy fun. Comment

Cha Cha’s amusement park held back by red tape

Link: A Coney Island carny booted from the Boardwalk in favor of more upscale businesses says his trumpeted comeback to the People’s Playground has been stalled — thanks to bureaucratic red tape. Read more…

Will they start this trial already!

Not for Nuthin’: This week, our columnist says its time to get the trial of Khalid Skeikh Mohammed moving. Comment

Fact to fiction — financial reporter writes Wall Street thriller

Books: After 25-years of hard facts, a little fiction goes a long way. Comment

Lawsuit: School didn’t stop anti-gay assault

Gavel to Gavel: A brutal bias attack at Roy H. Mann Junior High School leads this week’s Gavel to Gavel. Comment

Cops: Man arrested for Gerritsen Beach attack

Sheepshead Bay: Get ready for your weekly run-down of crimes from the 61st Precinct. Comment
Bridge ‘Park’: Toll Brothers, the country’s largest developer of luxury homes, will construct a $295-million hotel and condominium complex at the foot of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Mayor Bloomberg announced on Tuesday. Comments (14)

Boro’s newest elected starts Albany career with law to ban gay marriage

Newly elected state Sen. David Storobin has a message for his gay constituents: you shouldn’t be allowed to marry each other. Comments (14)

Move over Nancy Drew, Park Slope’s kid detective is on the case

Park Slope: A bird-brained bandit stole a metal sculpture of a heron from a Park Slope family’s garden — and now there’s a 7-year-old sleuth trying to crack the case with the help of her mom. Comments (3)

Big rig rumble leaves Ditmas Park shaking

Ditmas Park: Big rig drivers love to keep on truckin’ — right through two bucolic Flatbush neighborhoods. Comment

Surf and turf: Red Hook crab shack and minigolf course putts it all on the table

Dining: A rustic new crab shack in Red Hook is serving up mini-golf alongside buckets of fresh fare — and seafood loving Brooklynites are already shelling it out for the new summertime destination. Comments (13)

Cyclones topple hated Yanks in opening day win

The Ride: Coach Rich Donnelly should be proud — his team of teens played some good clean baseball. The Yankees, however, did not. Comment

Grinders flip over new skate park

Canarsie: Skaters cheered the opening of the new skate park by jumping, swerving, and grinding their way through the course. See our slideshow for all the rad moves. Comment

Pets suit up for ‘wagging rights’

Coney Island: Pets paraded the Boardwalk dressed in their best and wackiest outfits all in hopes of winning great prizes in the second annual Pet Day Costume Contest. See our slideshow for all the costumed craziness. Comment

Lou’s back! And he’s speaking out about his days in the military

Speak Out: Lou Powsner returns with a tale of his days in the Air Force. Comment

We will never eradicate bed bugs, so we must change our perspective, author says

Books: A Park Slope bed bug expert is sleeping tight without letting them bite — but the rest of us might not be so lucky. Comments (11)

Hot dogs! Coney canines in costume contest

Link: Costumed creatures took over the Coney Island Boardwalk at the second annual Pet Day on June 16, dressing in their best and wackiest outfits — and yes, we’ve got a slideshow of all of the adorable action. Read more…

Bay Ridge celebrates U.S. Army’s birthday

Bay Ridge: The U.S. Army is 237 years young! Comment
Meadows of Shame: The Bloomberg administration can’t afford to build two long-promised parks in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, city officials said. Comments (4)

Feds slam Gravesend Bay’s big bang theory

Gravesend: The Army Corps of Engineers claim the unexploded munitions that many say are lining the bottom of Gravesend Bay won’t blow up if they start dredging for a new waste transfer stations — but critics are already covering their ears. Comment

Green point in Greenpoint! McGolrick Park gets farmers market

Dining: Lazy Sundays are becoming grazing Sundays in Greenpoint thanks to a new farmer’s market at McGolrick Park. Comments (6)

Baby hitters club: Youthful ‘Clones prepare for new season

The Ride: The boys of summer are back — and this year, they really are just boys. Comment

America by the numbers

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, our columnist spells it out for you — then adds it all up! Comment

Barclays bar fray: Neighbors angry about Jay-Z bar’s late last call

Atlantic Yards: Rap mogul Jay-Z will open a sprawling, high-end sports bar inside the Barclays Center — but neighbors have 99 problems with a plan to serve booze until 2 am at the posh lounge. Comments (19)

Cake topper: Park Slope pastry chef wins big in frosting art contest

Dining: This Park Slope pastry chef takes the cake. Comments (1)
Link: Brownstone Brooklyn bombshell Mallory Hagen beat out 25 other contestants for the coveted Miss New York tiara last night. The Daily News has the story. Read more…
Bensonhurst: The five people killed in a 2010 fire may have survived if building owners hadn’t added extra living spaces to maximize their profits, investigators claim. Comment

Rep. Grimm gives lawyers $321,000 as probe into Israeli donor scandal continues

Link: The Bay Ridge legislator is paying big bucks to defend himself against allegations that he accepted campaign donations from foreigners, as well as bullied followers of a celebrity Jewish mystic into giving $500,000 to his 2010 campaign. Our friends at City and State have the story. Read more…

Van dance! Art collective seeks cash to buy groove-mobile

Dance: If you want to be in on the summer’s biggest dance craze, you’ll need to trust a bunch of bizarre-looking strangers and get in their van. Comments (9)

Thieves take off with G train rider’s phone

Carroll Gardens: Plus a smattering of other crimes from the 76th Precinct in Carroll Gardens. Comment

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