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Pink flowers, blue hair

Famous for its beautiful display of cherry blossoms, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri is now a popular gathering for costumed anime fans. Comment

Gender rollers!

Cinema: It takes a real man to hit like a girl. Comments (1)

Carmine’s conundrum: Why are there only 60 minutes in a cocktail hour?

Sunday Screech: This week, the Big Screecher skips the chit-chat and heads straight for the carving table! Comments (7)

Carmine eats his way through El Caribe’s cocktail hour

Big Screecher: The clock is ticking and the Big Screecher has just 60 precious minutes to taste everthing he has to offer? Can he do it? Click and find out! Comment
Cinema: Who needs Dolby digital? Comment

Van Gogh’s bromance

Theater: A new rock musical will leave you with a good “post impression.” Comments (1)
Books: Knicks legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe had a storied career — and a life worth telling. Comment

It's Playoff time!

For the Nets to win, Kris Humphries must show up — literally

Front Court: Brooklynites are spoiled — one year and already a playoff berth. Comment

Guards must be on top of their game to beat the Bulls

Back Court: Four times the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls have faced off this season. Three times the Nets have walked away losers. Comment

Boston Marathon bombings show that Americans are terror targets, around the clock

A Britisher’s View: Terror alert: Bloodlusty cowards can’t stand to see Americans happy, according to our columnist. Comment

Celebrating the life of Jackie Robinson

BoroBeat: Some Brooklyn kids took a trip see the new movie “42: The Jackie Robinson Story,” meet a Mets Hall of Fame player, and a former pro player all on April 15 — Jackie Robinson Day. Comment

We were right! Paul McCartney to play Barclays Center

Awesome: We had the guts to make the call, and we were right — Paul McCartney will play two-nights at the Barclays Center in June. Comments (5)

Beep’s Childs play: Old Coney relic will become new amphitheater

Borough President Markowitz revealed his new dream for a Coney Island amphitheater at his final state of the borough address, bringing new life to the legendary Childs Restaurant and giving a permanent home to his long-running Seaside Summer Concert series. Comments (1)
Sunset Park: Meet Sunset Park’s newest Chinese immigrant. Comments (14)

Triumph and tragedy for Brooklyn runner in Boston

Prospect Park Alliance spokesman and dedicated Brooklyn runner Paul Nelson set his personal racing record at the Boston Marathon — less than an hour before bombs exploded at the finish line, separating him from his wife who remained on the course. Comments (35)
Sheepshead Bay: This family owned franchise kicks it old school. Comment
Brighton Beach: Residents of the Oceana Condominiums in Brighton Beach took to the Boardwalk once again on Sunday to protest against the city’s plans to build a high-rise, flood-resistant bathroom on the beach in front of their luxury abodes, where they pay top dollar for their view of the ocean — not a latrine. Comment

Dad’s daughter is going to his alma mater, or is she?

The Dad: It is done. My daughter will be going to college next year — and not just any college. She’ll be attending the very same institution of higher education I attended oh, so many, years ago. Comment

Insane in the frame

Art: Just because they’re picture books don’t mean you can’t read them out loud. Comment
Digital editions: Admit it, you’ve wanted to click on a link like that for your entire adult life, but never had the guts to actually do it. So do it now, because this time you won’t wind up on some grimy site with pop-up ads, invasive cookies, and a URL that would make your creepy uncle make that creepy smile that used to creep you out. That creep. No, this time, you can click that link and get something completely different: the juiciest, hottest community news. We’ll tell you what’s going on behind closed doors, undercover, and even in plain sight — because we always keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

If he designs it, he will win

Standing O: Brooklyn’s biggest booster is shouting out to Poly Prep senior. Comment
BoroBeat: The annual Your Highness Grandmother pageant saw Brighton Beach grandmothers pull out all the stops to be crowned queen. Comment

Bushwick’s Severe takes his time

Joe Knows: Patience has long been a crucial part of Jon Severe’s career, and his college decision is no different. Comment

Toilet seat lifted: Thief does something nasty in W’burg bar bathroom

Williamsburg: You don’t want to take this sitting down. Comments (18)

You won’t find another deal this good on a pre-owned Eldorado!

In the market for a sleek, pre-owned car with great gas mileage that a little old lady used to drive back and forth to bump into people? Comment
Bay Ridge: Ten months later, the sinkhole is filled, but life nearby is still the pits. Comments (3)

Big Screecher’s big bash!

BoroBeat: Big Screecher Carmine Santa Maria and the Bensonhurst West End Community Council honored the neighborhood’s leading men and women at the annual awards gala. Comment

Environmentalists blast auto mall expansion

Mill Basin: The long-awaited expansion of a Mill Basin auto mall is finally underway, but locals say the plan is a lemon. Comment

Mea culpa! My left-foot!

Not for Nuthin’: Joanna thinks she has the answer to get her church on track. Comment

Medgar Evers’s Baird eyes the Olympics

High School Sports: Kadecia Baird hopes her first taste of international competition won’t be her last. Comment

Tireless Vondrak pitches Blackbirds to victory

High School Sports: It was going to be a long day for the Long Island University softball team and ace Cassie Vondrak against Wagner. Comment

Brooklyn runners react to Boston Marathon tragedy

Brooklyn runners react to Boston Marathon tragedy

Brooklyn runners were shocked and saddened by the bombings that rocked their sport at its most prestigious event yesterday. Comments (2)
Mean Streets: The city’s much-hyped bike-sharing program is coming — and cycling activists are on a quest to make sure the sight of a blue cruiser does not instill panic into the hearts of borough riders. Comments (32)
Dining: Say ciao to the fresh mozzarella, veal cutlets, and homemade roast beef. Comments (11)

Free fun at Floyd Bennett Field

Mill Basin: Brooklyn tots flocked to the Aviator Sports and Recreation Center at Floyd Bennett Field for the entertainment complex’s free Spring Facility Fun Day on Saturday. Comment

Jefferson’s Lynch stars in Jordan Classic victory

High School Sports: Thomas Jefferson’s Jaquan Lynch and his New York City teammates weren’t about to let any out-of-towners spoil their day at the Jordan Brand Classic. Comment

Giordano takes the reigns at Midwood

High School Sports: Michael Giordano spent the past three years being groomed to take over the Midwood girls lacrosse program, and now his time has come. Comment

Lafayette’s Edwards overcomes hamstring injury to win Mayors Cup gold

High School Sports: Lafayette’s Moses Edwards was really more concerned about his hamstring than about winning at the Mayor’s Cup at Icahn Stadium on Saturday. Comment

Preposterous Parks padlock

Marine Park: The boondoggle’s got a Band-Aid — and locals say any crook can rip it off. Comment
Bushwick: Someone’s putting the bush back in Bushwick. Comments (25)

Chess Kings: Boro students win big in national contests

They don’t call it the game of Kings for nothing. Two teams of Brooklyn youngsters have brought national honors to Kings County — one restoring former glory, and another achieving greatness for the very first time. Comments (2)

Stan empties his pockets, and remembers some things he wanted to tell you

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, Stan the Man wonders out loud about why things are the way they are. Comment

Golden hungry for answers — but could get Eaton!

Bay Ridge: State Sen. Marty Golden is demanding the outing of a shadowy unnamed figure in the Smith-Halloran scandal — who could very well be his old ally, Brooklyn Republican Party chairman Craig Eaton! Comments (3)
Politics: Look out Jimmy Kimmel — Borough President Markowitz is coming for your job. Comments (14)
The G train is on a roll, with its surging ridership growing faster than any other line citywide. Comments (28)
They’re birds of a feather, and stool pidgeons to boot. Cops have arrested four suspects in connection to the cold-blooded murder of a cargo-van driver on Tuesday. Comment
Williamsburg: Pedestrians and bicyclists scored big in Williamsburg this week as two street plazas and a bounty of bike parking spaces won approval from Community Board 1. Comments (38)

Jay-Z is selling out — his stake in the Nets

Jay-Z’s going to be “Big Pimpin’ ” some ballers, but first he has to get out of the Nets. The Brooklyn-born rap mogul has a plan in the works to sell off his share in the team he helped launch. Comment

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