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Historic bridge has awkward history

Coney Island: It’s a bridge to the past — but is it a bridge too far? Comment

Characters not wanted: New comic book depicts Brooklynites, hipsters

Books: The main character of a new comic book struggles with life in Brooklyn — where he’s surrounded by hollow friends, vain artists, and pathetic hipsters. Comments (1)

BayFest to highlight post-Sandy recovery

Sheepshead Bay: Come for the services, stay for the music. Comment
Nightlife: It’s like drinking whisky in “Highlander.” Comments (4)

Brooklyn now hostile to hostels

What’s a budget-conscious tourist to do? Comments (1)

Carmine’s power-broker breakfast!

Sunday Screech: This week, everyone heads to Kingsborough Community College to kiss the Screecher’s ring! Comments (1)

Access this ride

Marine Park: Is the city trying to handicap Access-A-Ride? Comment

Volunteers turn out to spruce up Ridge parks

Bay Ridge: Whose park? My park! Comment

Tardy city stumbles on Gravesend road repairs

Letters: The city has repaved just two blocks of a two-mile road — years after complaints were first logged, sez reader. Comment

Turn Gowanus glop into land, sez group

Letters: The feds should go ahead and extend the Red Hook shoreline with sewage dredged from the Gowanus Canal, according to local activists. Comments (1)

When Carmine has a breakfast, everybody shows up!

Big Screecher: Carmine’s latest gathering brought together Brooklyn education power brokers! Comment

Hopeful hip hop

Hopeful hip hop

Marine Park: The venerable Dance With Me Dance Center in Marine Park hosted a well-attended charity recital called “Hip Hop for Hope,” raising nearly $2,000 that will be donated to four different charities. Comment

Woodlands for walkups: Liven up your apartment at terrarium building class

Greenpoint: It’s a whole new world in a itty-bitty living space . Comments (1)

Great catch — cops say serial burglar in custody

Bay Ridge: Cops busted a Bensonhurst man, who they claim was behind a string of late April burglaries in Bay Ridge, on May 3. Comment
Art: Just look at the way this painting captures the hastily scrawled graffiti over peeling paint. Comments (8)

Who’s your momma? A Mother’s Day guide for every kind of matriarch

Brooklyn’s got something fun for your mom, whether she’s an art geek or an athlete. Comment

Bartoonist experiments with mixing science and suds

Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator visits a physics-themed watering hole called Supercollider. Comment

Gifts from the sea — friends of the Mermaid Parade offer fabulous prizes to Kickstarter donors

The mermaids of Coney Island may not go extinct after all. Donations are pouring into a Kickstarter campaign set up by Mermaid Parade organizer and Sideshows by the Seashore founder Dick Zigun to fund the iconic freak-fest after Sandy laid waste to the fishy ladies’ natural habitat. Comments (5)
Digital editions: You’ve been doing it since the day you were born. Dotting those eyes and crossing those tees. Digging deeper to get to the truth. Running out that easy ground ball to second base. Playing until three a.m. to make sure you get to the next level. And the level after that. Going out of your way to eat that cherry even though you know its only worth an extra 100 points. Looking up these references on Google to find out just what the hell we are talking about. Yeah, you do those things, because you’re from Brooklyn, the County of Kings, and you know there is nothing more important than to keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Read more…

Fun? At 42? Is it posible?

Fearless Living: This week, Stephanie wonders if it is okay for her to have some fun. Comments (5)

Is the line between radical and moderate Muslims blurring?

A Britisher’s View: Our columnist thinks so. Comment

No more bridging the gap in Coney

The city is burning its bridges — or at least the pedestrian walkway connecting the W. Eight Street train station to the Coney Island Boardwalk. Comments (7)

Some Prospect Park-goers fear second coming of Great GoogaMooga

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens: Angry Prospect Park-goers fear the second coming of a giant music and food fest in Brooklyn’s backyard will leave the green space worse for wear — just like they say it did last year. Comments (36)

Battle of the Rx-es!

Ditmas Park: A Brighton Beach restaurant owner will open a modern mom-and-pop pharmacy on Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park, and she has some fighting words for her two competitors located just a few doors down. Comments (5)

Fiddle me this: New Orleans music festival invites you to jam

Music: It’s the music festival that asks its audience to join the band. Comment

Residents rage against the latrines

Brighton Beach: That’s no ordinary bathroom — that bathroom’s a killer. Comment

MCU pops it out of the park

MCU pops it out of the park

Standing O: Shout-outs to MCU and Regal Cinemas for a day at the movies. Comment

Nets’ game 7 defeat highlights first-season flaws

Front Court: It was an embarrassing end to an inaugural season with such high expectations. The Nets’ dreams of a long playoff run came crashing to an underwhelming halt on their home court last Saturday night in a game seven defeat to the Chicago Bulls. Comments (1)

Humiliating game 7 loss was team effort

Back Court: The stage was set for the Nets’s first big postseason moment in their new home on Atlantic Avenue: Game 7, Saturday night, the only matchup on TV. Comment

My big, fat Greek Easter!

My big, fat Greek Easter!

Bay Ridge: It may have been Cinco de Mayo in Brooklyn’s bars, but in Dyker Heights, on Eighth Avenue between 68th and 69th streets, it was Paskha — Greek Easter! Comment

It’s not easy being green after Sandy

It may be spring on the Sandy-swamped Coney Island peninsula, but residents say the season hasn’t fully sprung — and possibly never will. Comment

Telecom’s Palacios on his way to city title run, pro baseball dream

Joe Knows: Telecommunication’s Josh Palacios is set up for a big finish to his senior baseball season after an injury-plagued start. Comment
The city has quietly installed electronic devices at busy intersections that use E-ZPass technology to collect data on cars — and possibly their drivers — as they pass below, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (57)


Tank battle: City defies feds, says it won’t build Gowanus sewage storage

Cleaning Our Waterways: The Federal Government wants to put the proverbial toilet seat down on raw sewage flowing into the Gowanus by building expensive storage tanks to hold run-off, but the city says its an unnecessary expense. Comments (13)

Save our pool! Residents battle feds Double-D closure plan

Cleaning Our Waterways: The Double-D pool is in danger, and locals are again rallying to save it. Comments (12)

Coney candy confrontation: Big sweets chain opens near candy-apple Mecca

Coney Island: Call it a sugar showdown! Comments (5)

Hey Bruce! Build! Mayoral wannabes push Ratner on housing

Atlantic Yards: The next mayoral administration could put Forest City Ratner under the axe for failing to build housing on the Atlantic Yards development site. Comments (15)

The MTA can kiss Joanna’s app

Not for Nuthin’: This week, our columnist wonders if the her smartphone will ever figure out the MTA. Comment

Greenpoint’s Keramos Hall restoration wins two preservation awards

Greenpoint: The recent restoration of Keramos Hall, a 19th-century Greenpoint landmark known for its Swiss chalet-style wood frame, was so successful that the building’s return to former glory has won two preservation awards. Comment

Residents clean up at East River State Park

Awesome: They did not have enough shovels to pass out to the nearly 100 volunteers who showed up to help clean up the East River State Park on Saturday. Comments (3)

Sigismondi’s need for speed

High School Sports: Xaverian starting pitcher Andy Sigismondi knew he had a few extra miles per hour on his fastball in warm ups. Comment

Morales proves her worth as Telecom tops Grand Street

High School Sports: Christina Morales proved again on Monday afternoon why her coach feels she’s one of the best players in New York City. Comment

Cyclones will play on artificial turf!

The Ride: The Brooklyn Cyclones will play home games on artificial turf this year, and the grass at the city-owned ballpark in Coney Island has already been ripped up and replace with the synthetic kind, the team announced today. Comments (7)

Hot dog! Fire at Nathan’s in Coney Island won’t postpone Memorial Day re-opening

That’s not the smell of burning hot dogs! Or is it? Comments (5)

Racist marks sidewalk

Sheepshead Bay: Avenue Z residents woke up Monday morning to the words, “Dumb Muslims Die,” scrawled in paint on their sidewalk, only a few blocks away from a controversial mosque that has stirred up racial tensions in the neighborhood. Comment

Historic Carroll Street Bridge to get $1 million in FEMA aid for Sandy damage

Gowanus: The historic Carroll Street Bridge suffered the indignity of being submerged in disgusting Gowanus Canal waters during Hurricane Sandy, and now the city’s only active wood-planked movable bridge will receive more than $1 million in federal disaster aid so it can get a well-deserved bath. Comments (3)

Sandy-ravaged Sunny’s Bar raises $12,000 at benefit concert

Red Hook: Sunny days are forecast for Red Hook’s iconic Sunny’s Bar. Comment

Scissor-wielding fiend tries to rape child in Coney

Coney Island: Cops are looking for tips on the identity and whereabouts of a man they say attempted to rape a 13-year-old girl at scissorpoint in Coney Island on April 30. The police declined to specify the location of the attack. Comment
Checkin’ in with: Who is Ed Janoff? Read this and find out. Comments (17)

Bonnies top Terriers

High School Sports: Christina Calascione’s RBI single didn’t travel far, but was more than enough to secure Fontbonne Hall a championship. Comment

Popovsky leaves Fontbonne for Kingsborough

High School Sports: Victor Popovsky got an opportunity he just couldn’t pass up, no matter how hard it would be to leave Fontbonne Hall. Comment

Birthday girl Kennedy helps Poly past Horace Mann

High School Sports: Poly Prep’s Jacquie Kennedy held balloons and flowers given to her by friends and family to celebrate her birthday before Friday’s game against Horace Mann, and the celebration continued into the game for the senior shortstop. Comment

It’s hip to be Christ

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s Catholic Church is hoping to attract the hipster set via a new ad featuring Jesus as the “original hipster.” Comments (19)
Brighton Beach: You can call it vehicular mannequin slaughter. Comment

Backing hipsters, pols demand MTA run trains to Williamsburg big fest

Mean Streets: The MTA should cancel its plans to close the L train during the Northside Festival in Williamsburg next month, say some reps. Comments (13)

It’s a mikvah mitzvah!

Park Slope: The first mikvah ever in Park Slope finally opened after more than five years of construction. Comments (15)
Greenpoint: Wait a second — there is a truck stop in Brooklyn? Comment

Stan has some talking points for a faithful readers

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, Stan lets you know what to say when the volume goes down. Comment
Carroll Gardens: Sure, sausage and pepper heroes have become ubiquitous at street fairs across Brooklyn (you can even get them at the Native American Festival at Floyd Bennet Field), but there is something about the Court Street Festival that makes them a must-have. Comments (2)

Left hook! Green Party candidate challenges Democrat Gentile

Bay Ridge: Will Bredderman: So how has Councilman Gentile (D-Bay Ridge) let the planet Earth down? Comment

Bike tour to close roadways Sunday

If you’ve ever said to yourself you could move faster on the Gowanus Expressway if you were riding a bike, here’s your chance to prove it. Comments (24)

Keep the Mermaid Parade afloat — and get one-of-a-kind rewards!

Friends are throwing a lifeline to this floundering mermaid. Comments (22)

F train most delayed ride, study shows

The F train gets an F! The subway line experienced more delays than any other during the first 10 months of last year, according to a study by the Straphangers Campaign. Comment

Month in Review: Brooklyn bloomed news in April

Perspective: A ticket tribute to Dem Bums, an extended Di Fara’s menu, and a bike lane on the Verrazano Bridge were some of the stories to grace our pages and website last month. Read on for more! Comment

Blaze in Flatlands

Flatlands: A blaze engulfed a two-story Flatlands home on Avenue L May 1. It took 60 of New York’s Bravest an hour to put out the flames, but not before they ushered two residents to safety. Comment

High-speed chase in Sheepshead Bay

Sheepshead Bay: Someone’s been watching a few too many reality-TV cop shows. Comment

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