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Brooklyn calling: Karaoke night is for punk rock lovers

Music: Celine Dion is not welcome at this karaoke night. Comments (5)
Art: If a tree falls in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, give it to an artist. Comments (11)

Fried chicken the Brooklyn way: New W’burg eatery serves up waffles, vegan option

Dining: A touch of Southern charm has landed on Bedford Avenue. Comments (1)

Riding, reading through Brooklyn: Cyclists can hit up all 60 of the borough’s branches

In a borough where bikes and books are ubiquitous, the Brooklyn Public Library’s daylong bike tour through the Kings County’s 60 branches is a match made in heaven. Comments (5)

Carmine’s been hacked by some interweb troll!

Sunday Screech: There’s no need to panic, people. Carmine is not stuck in some foreign country. But he could still use some money. Comments (2)

Board of Ed vs. the Lord of Ed

Letters: Our weekly soapbox features the best critics around — Courier readers. Comment

Carmine’s had it with fishing!

Big Screecher: This week, the Screecher wants everyone to know that despite what theat e-mails says, he is not stuck in the Phillipeans! Comment

Skinny Dennis: A new honky-tonk bar in Williamsburg

Bar Scrawl: The Brooklyn Paper’s drinking illustrator checks out a country and bluegrass joint on Metropolitan. Comment
Books: In case you haven’t picked up a comic book in ten or twenty years — local shops are giving them out for free. Comment

Muslims ho hum after Boston

A Britisher’s View: Prominent Muslim Americans are keeping typically mum about Islam’s terrorists after the marathon bombing, writes our columnist, adding her media survey confirms her suspicions. Comment

How do we stop the bombs?

The Dad: This week, the Dad tries to get inside the head of those young men who do terrible things. Comments (1)

Joe Lhota forsaking Williamsburg vote?

GOP hizzoner hopeful Joe Lhota’s proposed policies would hit Brooklyn’s growing hipster demographic where it hurts. Comments (41)

Blacktop jungle — educators say reckless drivers endanger students

Dyker Heights: This is one educational fast track you don’t want your kids to be on! Comment

Movie madness: Filmakers raise $18K to get flick in can. Meanwhile, their subject gets charged with rape

Williamsburg: Two young female filmmakers who became infatuated with an overweight, often shirtless Williamsburg eccentric while filming a movie about his life, have convinced the masses to donate thousands of dollars to help them finish their masterpiece — while its temperamental subject sits in cell on Rikers Island convicted of menacing his neighbors. Comments (13)

GOP mayoral candidates hitch wagons to anti-foodcart movement

The Republican contenders for mayor say they are fed up with food carts — a declaration that drew applause from Bay Ridge business leaders who battled controversial halal wagons, and boos from mobile vendor advocates. Comments (8)

Frightening Fourth claims another victim

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s Fourth Avenue once again became a scene of roadway carnage April 30 when a driver struck and killed an elderly woman crossing the thoroughfare. Comment

Closing time — controversial lounge shut down

Bay Ridge: Call it Al Capone 2.0. Comments (1)
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Sandy in Coney — again!

Sandy in Coney — again!

Coney Island: Coney Island has a gritty reputation, but this is ridiculous! Comment

Collage garbage: Artist makes works of art with discarded everyday items

Art: One woman’s old lingerie is another woman’s art. Comments (3)

Tea time! Anti-tax speakers rock Salty Dog

Bay Ridge: People usually go to the Salty Dog to drink beer, but on April 25 dozens of right-leaning Ridgites poured into the popular Third Avenue bar for a taste of tea. Comment

It is do or die for Nets tonight

Joe Johnson must become a winner — not a scorer — if the Nets want to come home again

Back Court: All season, star shooting guard Joe Johnson was a curious case. Five games into the playoffs, the mystery continues. Comment

It is Game Six, and the Frontcourt better show up

Front Court: Will the Nets force a deciding Game 7? Our columnist does the math. Comment

Standing O is at it again!

Standing O: Join in our shout-outs this week to a brilliant junior, a big-hearted grassroots group, a music historian, and more. Comment

Overlooked Berkeley Carroll making people take notice

Joe Knows: The underdogs are kings of the yard now. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: Fight for your right to party — at a park named after a Beastie Boy. Comments (3)
Cleaning Our Waterways: A band of Red Hookers say the federal government should approve a plan to turn sludge dredged from the toxic Gowanus Canal into a concrete landmass off the community’s shore. Comments (94)

Zumba for life

Mill Basin: It’s the Latin invasion! Comment

Entrees ahoy!

Entrees ahoy!

Sheepshead Bay: Emmons Avenue celebrated the grand opening of its first floating restaurant on Sunday, the Amberjack V. And if the locals have anything to say about it, the new seafood eatery won’t raise anchor anytime soon. Comment

Former Xaverian lineman Aboushi takes off with Jets in NFL draft

The fact that the New York Jets drafted him hasn’t quite sunk in yet for former Xaverian lineman Oday Aboushi. Comments (1)

Former Xaverian lineman Aboushi takes off with Jets in NFL draft

The fact that the New York Jets drafted him hasn’t quite sunk in yet for former Xaverian lineman Oday Aboushi. Comment

Jo on America: Love it or don’t come to it

Not for Nuthin’: This week, our columnist suggests that people who don’t like this country should stay out of it. Comment
Gravesend: Put ‘em in coach — they’re ready to play! Comment

Warm welcome for frozen treat shop

Mill Basin: The health-minded brothers behind the Gourmet Grill, a Mill Basin diner, have expanded from entrees to dessert with the opening of their new frozen-yogurt joint, Frozen Planet. Comment

Poly Prep lineman Hayes nominated for Army All-American Bowl

High School Sports: Poly Prep defensive lineman Jay Hayes is a step closer to being an All-American. Comment

Saving Sunny’s days

The iconic Red Hook bar is making one last push to raise enough money to reopen, with a benefit concert at the Bell House in Gowanus. Comments (2)

City agency wants bocce boondoggle

Marine Park: Usually the thing that stalls park improvements is lack of funding, but for the Marine Park bocce courts, the hang up appears to be insufficient beauty. Comment

Girl Scouts troop fights to save Pacific branch library

Park Slope: A passionate troop of Girl Scouts has taken matters into their own adorably tiny hands. Comments (12)

A flea too many

Williamsburg: Some Williamsburg residents are up in arms over the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, claiming the borough’s celebrations of tchotchke shopping and locavore meals have turned East River State Park into a circus. Comments (64)

Brownsville’s Judah loses title fight decision to Garcia at Barclay’s Center

Brooklyn’s own Zab Judah can’t call himself champion again quite yet. Comment

Xaverian baseball climbs into first place with win over St. Francis Prep

High School Sports: After a rocky start, with just one win in six games of division play, Xaverian’s baseball team has finally gotten its groove back. The Clippers are now in a three-way tie for first place in the Brooklyn-Queens Class AA Division. Comment

Severe Fixes on Fordham

High School Sports: New York State’s top senior basketball player and Bushwick’s own Jon Severe is staying close to home at Fordham University. Comment

Hornets sting Dolphins at Aviator

High School Sports: Command and control were the keys to the second-half comeback that led to Midwood’s girls lacrosse victory last Thursday — and a rare defeat for a formidable opponent. Comment

Xaverian baseball climbs into first place with win over St. Francis Prep

High School Sports: After a rocky start, with just one win in six games of division play, Xaverian’s baseball team has finally gotten its groove back. The Clippers are now tied for first place in the Brooklyn-Queens Class AA Division. Comment

Green$pace! Advocates fear Bushwick Inlet Park will go private

Williamsburg: Williamsburg park lovers are worried that the city will let apartments rise up in the planned Bushwick Inlet Park because of the glacial pace it is taking to fund the greenspace. Comments (22)
The long-shuttered Smith-Ninth subway station is finally back in business after two drawn out years of major renovation work. Comments (17)

Nelson staffer wants his seat

Sheepshead Bay: La Chaim! Comment

Awesome! Max Fish reeled across West River

Awesome: Manhattan’s loss is once again Brooklyn’s gain. Comments (4)

Stan has a plan for bomber

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, Stan suggests justice the old-fashioned way. Comment

Guardians of the Ridge

Bay Ridge: Meet Bay Ridge’s greatest defenders! Comment

Brownsville’s Judah hopes to claim title at Barclays bout

Brownsville native Zab Judah plans to silence his critics — along with unbeaten champion Danny Garcia when the two clash at the Barclays Center Saturday night. Comment

LICH lives!

Cobble Hill: It’s alive! Long Island College Hospital may stay open after all — at least in some form — now that the State University of New York has withdrawn its controversial closure plan for the troubled institution. Comments (7)

City to dredge Newtown Creek

Greenpoint: For nearly 40 years, the filthy silt at the bottom of Newtown Creek has been untouched by human dredgers. That’s about to change. Comments (4)

Coffee talk: Gorilla to open in Gowanus

Park Slope’s famous Gorilla Coffee is expanding its habitat. Comments (14)

Shooting on Fifth Avenue

Bay Ridge: A man was shot on Fifth Avenue Wednesday along the corridor where politicians are demanding police surveillance cameras to combat drug dealing. Comments (35)

The business of schmoozing: Chamber of Commerce parties travel across the globe — of Brooklyn

Marine Park: The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce visited the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Mill Basin April 17 for an afternoon of networking amongst the borough’s business elite, who toured the recreational facility and met the wildly attired acrobats of the Kings County’s own UniverSoul Circus. Comment

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