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Event: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, the six-time champion of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest will look to defend his title and set a record of seven straight championships at Coney Island on the Fourth of July. Comment

Pip boy included

Pip boy included

Theater: Video game festival goes apocalyptic with “Fallout”-inspired play. Comment

Flavor factory

Dining: Sausage ice cream anyone? Comments (22)

Disco fever

Park Slope: A party pays tribute to John Travolta’s “Stayin’ Alive.” Comment

A pig-headed dish

A pig-headed dish

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: Williamsburg Fatty ’Cue encourages you to get your hands on some pork face. Comment

Carmine’s lament: I can’t ride the Carousell

Sunday Screech: Somewhere in this week’s screech, Carmine lets spellcheck get the best of him. Comments (8)

Readers ‘Sound Off to the Editor’

Letters: Readers take to our weekly soapbox about the mayor’s composting plan, to laud our columnists, and to trash a local diner, among other buzz-worthy gems on the best letters page around. Read on for more food for thought.. Comment

Face it, you won’t see Carmine on the carousel

Big Screecher: This week, the Screecher heads to Coney Island to check out a light show. Comment

Pinups and pompadours

Nightlife: Festival features rockabilly burlesque dancer, bands, photobooth. Comments (3)

Tracks to the past

Tracks to the past

Lots of trains go slow, but this one actually takes you backward in time. Comment
Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator checks out a guitar-centric bar in Ditmas Park. Comments (1)

FDNY visits local preschool

BoroBeat: Students at a Coney Island preschool learned about fire safety on Monday — and then were allowed inside a fire truck. Comment
Event: The Midwood Development Corporation’s 36th Mardi Gras street festival had one of the best showings since the event’s inaugural bash in 1977. Comment

Happy Birthday to the land of the free and the home of the brave

A Britisher’s View: On Thursday, July 4, the U.S. turns 237 years old, giving liberty lovers everywhere an opportunity to salute her incomparable contributions to humanity, writes our columnist. Comment
Gerritsen Beach: Gerritsen Beach and 600,000 more residents now reside in the city’s most dangerous flood areas, according to the new hurricane evacuation zones released by the city on Tuesday. Comment

Brooklynites cheer Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling

Gay Brooklynites traveled to the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan on Wednesday and gathered with gay-rights activists to cheer the repeal by the Supreme Court of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, marking the first time that the federal government has recognized the marriage of two people of the same sex. Comments (10)
Williamsburg: A group of 20 artists who like to think big spent the weekend creating giant pieces of street art at the Open Canvas block party. Comments (1)
Bensonhurst: A Bensonhurst auto shop owner says the Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority want him to pay $30,000 to replace the fractured sidewalk in front of his business — pavement he claims the MTA destroyed. Comment
Digital editions: You don’t need a bunch or people in robes to tell you that its perfectly alright to take the latest edition of The Brooklyn Paper to bed with you. There’s no law against it, and at the present time, no legislature has the guts to propose one telling you where you can and cannot take in all the information The Paper affords you. So go on and settle in, pull the covers up, and make yourself comfortable. Fall asleep right next to your good friend, then wake up rested, informed, and ready to keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Read more…

PS 128 teacher earns an A-plus

Standing O: Brooklyn elementary school teacher Cartherine Downey is in a class of her own, after winning the first citywide Big Apple Award. Comment

An eye-opening high-school graduation

The Dad: This week, the Dad figures its good that kids sometimes let their emotions get the best of them. Comments (2)

Poly Prep’s Stapleton hopes to make UConn new destination for city’s football talent

Joe Knows: Cameron Stapleton thinks he can strike gold at UConn. Comment
Park Slope: Park Slope’s New York Methodist Hospital plans to demolish at least 15 buildings to make way for new ambulatory centers, sources familiar with the plans said. Comments (24)

Living quarters are small, but dreams are big

Fast & Furious: This week, our young columnist compares his hotel room with those of the players, and finds they have a lot in common. Comments (1)

Mayor: Don’t worry, build higher

Gerritsen Beach: The city is planning for a higher skyline. Comment
Neighborhoods along Kings County’s storm-battered coast are mourning the deaths of hundreds of trees, and experts blame the pandemic on the salt water dumped on Brooklyn shores by Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1)

Clones lose in 10

The Ride: A walk-off single by Hudson Valley’s James Harris with bases loaded capped a comeback from five runs down and Renegades beat the Cyclones 6–5 in 10 innings to avoid the sweep. Comment

Mermaid Parade floats down Surf Avenue for 30th year

BoroBeat: Hundreds of marine-themed floats, half-naked revelers, and cavorting dance crews flooded Coney Island to see the annual Mermaid Parade on June 22. See our slideshow for all the fun of the swimsuit-clad spectacle. Comments (17)

Army’s got talent! Soldier Show performs at Fort Hamilton

BoroBeat: Soldiers celebrated the birthdays of Fort Hamilton Army Base and the Army with a special show. See our slideshow for some of the performances. Comment

Joanna breaks out the Kleenex again!

Not for Nuthin’: My Facebook page was full of graduation news this week — from high schools, colleges, kindergartens, pre-ks, elementaries, and middle schools, all the way up to graduate schools, family and friends celebrated the flying diplomas, caps, and tassels. Comment

Cops seek suspect in Greenpoint rape

Greenpoint: Police have released a sketch and a video of a man they believe was responsible for a knifepoint rape in Greenpoint earlier this month. Comments (4)

Here’s the bling: New, brighter lights for Parachute Jump

Photo Galleries: The neighborhood’s iconic Parachute Jump came back to life in full glittering glory, as the tower’s new $2-million lighting system came online. Comments (2)

Vigil for Arlo

Vigil for Arlo

Greenpoint: Little Arlo the Pomeranian will live on the hearts of many who showed up for a Sunday night vigil to commemorate the tiny pup who died in the jaws of a larger canine. Comments (13)
Park Slope: A group of nature-lovers got down and dirty in Prospect Park on Saturday to help keep the wildlife of Brooklyn’s backyard out of harm’s way. Comments (2)

Clones win in ninth

The Ride: Last-inning rallies are becoming commonplace for our beloved Boys of Summer. Comments (1)

Salt from Sandy is creating treepocalypse across county

Gerritsen Beach: Neighborhoods along Kings County’s storm-battered coast are mourning the deaths of hundreds of trees, and experts blame the pandemic on the salt water dumped on Brooklyn shores by Hurricane Sandy. Comment
Event: Smith Street bustled with handcrafters, independent designers, renowned restaurateurs, eclectic artisans and an estimated 50,000 frolickers on June 22 during the annual ‘Funday Sunday’. Comment
High School Sports: Lance Stephenson has officially joined the pantheon of great basketball players to come out of Abraham Lincoln High School. Comment

Thompson, Ndiaye both win Wingate award for wrestling

High School Sports: Keanu Thompson of Grand Street Campus High School and Cheick Ndiaye of Brooklyn International High School both won for wrestling the Public School Athletic League’s Wingate award, given to the top senior in each sport. Comment

Maimonides bone and joint cener opens on Bay Parkway

Bensonhurst: Maimonides Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of its Bone and Joint Center’s new Bay Parkway location on June 20. Comment

Papa, don’t preach! Williamsburgers want weekend preacher to turn it down

Williamsburg: A group of Brooklynites are banding together to try to quiet down a street preacher whose bombastic, amplified sermons have annoyed them for years. Comments (83)

To infinity and Biondi! Cyclones win in 13

The Ride: The Cyclones used another ninth inning rally to send the game into extra innings for the second-straight night, but this time the team pulled it out in 13, 4–3. Comments (2)

Mural of the story!

Mural of the story!

BoroBeat: Talk about leaving your mark! Comment

Stan’s got nothing to hide, so here’s his secret recipe

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, our columnist spills the beans on his family’s famous cholent. Comment
Paulie Malignaggi believes he should still be champion — but the judges said otherwise. Comments (3)

City team loses third straight Empire Challenge

High School Sports: Jefferson’s Thomas shines in city team’s lopsided loss to Long Island in Empire Challenge all-star game. Comment

Cyclones rally in ninth, but lose in 10

The Ride: That headline pretty much sums up last night’s game, but Donnelly’s got something to say about his pitchers’ inability to throw the ball over the plate. Comment
Health: More than 100 angry, screaming residents demanded that Governor Cuomo reverse the closure of Long Island College Hospital’s emergency room to ambulances during a June 22 rally at LICH playground. Comment

Cyclones’ newest player is good with mechanics of the game

The Ride: Brooklyn Cyclones fans got their first look as a robotic pitcher threw out the celebratory first pitch for opening night at MCU Park Thursday. Comment

Comeback! Clones win with four late runs

The Ride: The Cyclones erased an early 2–0 deficit and beat the Aberdeen IronBirds to even up their season record at 2–2. Comment

Carnivores Devour Dinosaur, barbecue that is.

Dining: Brooklyn’s barbecue-loving carnivores praised the smoked meat gods when renowned restaurant chain Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened its first borough outpost in Gowanus last week. Comments (1)

Deals abound at borough’s newest restaurant week

Breaking Chews: The first ever Bushwick Restaurant Week spotlighted 35 bars and restaurants in the quickly-gentrifying neighborhood where a new establishment seems to open every week. Comments (1)

Judge: LICH leadership breaking law by closing ER to ambulances

Cobble Hill: State officials broke the law when they shut down the emergency room to ambulances at Long Island College Hospital, says the judge who demanded the money-bleeding hospital continue to service the community. Comments (10)
The Greatest Story Ever: The Borough of Churches’ latest addition is a group of pagan women who have set up a Wiccan church in Bushwick that is routinely holding ceremonies based on celestial beings and menstrual cycles. Comments (13)

Third-party endorsement could take Coney race to the wire

Coney Island: This party won’t be over in September! Comment

Police seek duo for gupoint robbery on Smith St.

Boerum Hill: Cops are on the hunt for a man and woman they say may have robbed a Boerum Hill man at gunpoint on June 14. Comments (7)

Bay Ridge Community Council celebrates community pillar at annual dinner

Event: The Bay Ridge Community Council singled out James McHugh, one of the area’s native sons, for its 2013 Civic Award. Comments (1)
BoroBeat: A group of moms brought a little piece of South America to Park Slope last weekend. Comment

For openers, a win!

For openers, a win!

The Ride: The Cylclones finally got into the win column Thursday night with a 3–0 win over the Aberdeen IronBirds. Comment

Wild pitch — Joe Torre’s daughter saves child on Third Avenue

Awesome: Her father first made a name for himself as a catcher — now she has too! Comments (2)

Cyclones drop second straight to open season

The Ride: The Evil Empire of the New York-Penn League have taken the first two games from our beloved Cyclones. Comment

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