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Cirque de macabre

Nightlife: Fans of Edward Gorey’s art should check out this unique presentation of the Lost Circus. Comments (19)

Untitled artists

Untitled artists

Art: The revolution will be anonymous — and funny, too. Comment

Cartoon characters

Cartoon characters

Cinema: Beavis and Butt-head meet Felix the Cat at this upcoming animation festival. Comments (1)

‘Sound off to the Editor’ — a lively sounding board for the topics of the day

Letters: Want a good read? Check out our readers’ thought-provoking opinions on the most effusive soap box around. Comment

Here’s the pitch: Screecher goes to a game

Big Screecher: This week, Carmine and the gang head to MCU Park and have the time of their lives! Comment

Four Bay Ridge restaurants are robbed in less than a month

Dining: Burglars using strikingly similar methods have raided four Bay Ridge restaurants in the past month and made off with thousands of dollars worth of loot. Comment

Video game rock stars

Video game rock stars

Music: Bet you’ve never heard a sick Gameboy solo. Comment

It’s the Bartoonist — on ice!

Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator goes on a frozen drinks adventure. Comments (1)

Blackout coaching staff engages new fans with anti-bullying workshop

Event: The Brooklyn Blackout’s coaching staff headed to the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in Prospect Park South to teach kids how to prevent bullying. Comment

Squealing Edward Snowden is headed to the curbed world — where he belongs

A Britisher’s View: Edward Snowden sold out his nation like a puffed-up stool pigeon, but he is about to discover the harsh realities of living in a truly oppressed land, if he hunkers down in Venezuela, Nicaragua, or Bolivia, all of which have offered the traitorous American asylum, writes our columnist. Comment
Changing Brooklyn: Will the famous “Watchtower” sign that has welcomed Brooklynites home from more than 40 years come down? Well, some Brooklynites want it to stay put. Comments (48)

Hotel Le Bleu is on the block for $12 million

Park Slope: Park Slope’s posh Hotel Le Bleu has hit the real estate market. Comments (2)

Celebrities play softball for a good cause

BoroBeat: MCU hosted a game of celebrity softball on July 12, featuring New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, heavy-weight boxing champ Evander Holyfield, singer Nelly, and “Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino. Comment

Girl power!

Girl power!

Nightlife: It’s scary, it’s sporty, and it’s posh — it’s a Spice Girls singalong. Comment

Smith Street eatery Saul is moving to Brooklyn Museum

Dining: Saul, the renowned Smith Street restaurant, served its last meal Sunday before shutting its Boerum Hill location for a move into the Brooklyn Museum later this year. Comments (13)

Standing O welcomes a new vitamin shop

Standing O: Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting Everyday Vitamin, a new natural supplement store in Bensonhurst. Comment
Digital editions: Studies show the best way to stay cool during this heatwave is to sit back on a blow-up float in McCarren Park pool and read the broadsheet version of The Brooklyn Paper, which can also be used as a sail that will take you from point A to point B. The cool breeze off Lorimer Street, combined with the sensation you get while taking in the most important news of the day, will allow you to forget your troubles and, of course, keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Read more…

Comedy troupe raises cash to make TV series

Plenty of young Brooklynites call themselves budding filmmakers, but a group of borough-based comedians are actually working to make their dreams a reality by raising more than $85,000 to cover the costs of producing their own independent television series. Comments (1)

Lessons learned on a tour of Europe

Fearless Living: This week, Stephanie travels to Europe, and lets her kids drink Coke and eat burgers. Comment

Loughlin’s Williams proves he’s elite with Rutgers commit

Joe Knows: Mike Williams will get his chance to prove all the doubters wrong and show that he’s fit for a Division-I team in a major conference. Comment

Phase two in Food Co-op’s war on plastic begins

Park Slope: First they came for the plastic bags. Now they are coming for the other plastic bags. Comments (17)
Bay Ridge: Hinsch’s legendary luncheonette iconic neon signs have been taken down by new ownership. Comment
Our pals at have the latest on Hinsch’s famous candy and soda sign. Click here to read all about it! Read more…

Zombtrees spread fear through Brooklyn

Bay Ridge: If the city doesn’t take care if its dead-tree problem, then the dead trees are going to take care us. Comments (4)

Viva la France! French nationals bring some je ne sais quoi to Williamburg

Awesome: Break out the berets and the Godard movies, because a new French language school and cultural center in Williamsburg is planning to bring a little more branché to the borough Comments (6)

We need more truth in the news

Not for Nuthin’: Ever since man decided to write the day’s events and post it on a pole in the fork in the road, we the public have had an unhealthy fascination with all things news. What once let us know how many ruts there were in the road and how to avoid them has become a giant media circus with huge corporations running the show and vying for the number-one spot. Comment

Phenoms get better with time — and practice

Fast & Furious: Writing has always come easy to me. Comment
Marine Park: A coalition of gardeners and environmentalists protested a proposed natural gas pipeline that will run along Flatbush, and its accompanying metering station, at a demonstration along Flatbush Avenue on Sunday. Comment

Cyclones notes: This week’s ups and downs

Ups & Downs: Check out this the latest Cyclones trivia. Comment

Fidler fingers ‘mole’

Midwood: A bombshell letter lobbed into a crowded Council race has raised eyebrows and prompted contradictory denials. Comment

DA challenge: Thompson says George will seal Hynes victory

Politics: One of the two candidates battling to replace District Attorney Charles Hynes is demanding his empty-pocketed opponent drop out of the race because he doesn’t have enough money to win. Comments (9)
Save the G: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority finished its review of the G train and agreed to make many changes, but it still needs money to increase service. Comments (19)
BoroBeat: Thousands of French ex-pats and just as many local Francophiles turned out for the annual street fair celebrating French independence. Comment

LICH update: Advocates say ambulance ban puts lives in danger

Cobble Hill: The state’s ban on ambulances dropping off patients at Long Island College Hospital’s Cobble Hill emergency room could lead to the unnecessary death of residents who now have to be rushed extra miles for urgent care, hospital advocates claim. Comments (1)

Clones earn day off with win

The Ride: Cyclones win! Cyclones win! The Cyclones have won the game. Comments (1)

Senior run down

Senior run down

Bensonhurst: A 79-year-old woman was struck by a car and killed while crossing Bay Parkway a block away from her Bensonhurst home on July 13. Police, fire fighters, and paramedics rushed to the accident near 72nd Street after witnesses called 911 at 9:07 pm, where they found 79-year-old King Fong lying in the street unconscious. Comment

Residents: Teen vandals set fire, threaten people and dogs in McGolrick Park

Meadows of Shame: A gang of marauding teenagers is terrorizing McGolrick Park in Greenpoint, breaking park benches, setting fire to the maintenance building — and threatening local puppies with death, neighbors say. Comments (42)

Beware the Zombtrees!

Bay Ridge: If the city doesn’t take care of its dead-tree problem, then the dead trees are going to take care of us. Comment

Stroll lotta love! Third Avenue prepares for second year of pedestrian plaza

Awesome: Third Avenue’s Summer Stroll is back this year, and amped up in every way. Comments (1)
BoroBeat: Children of deceased police officers were treated to an annual day of fun in the People’s Playground on July 9. Comment

It is getting ugly: Cyclones lose again

The Ride: The Cyclones scored the first four runs of the game, but watched as the Tigers score six in a row to steal the second game of a three-game-set from Brooklyn on Sunday. Comments (1)

Beloved Carroll Gardens activist Lydia ‘Buffy’ Buffington, 61

Carroll Gardens: She was “Buffy” to her friends and “Mami Giga” to her family, but late Gowanus Canal Community Development Organization “heart and soul” Lydia Buffington will live on as a neighborhood icon in her beloved Carroll Gardens. Comments (10)

Stan empties his wallet and learns a little about himself

It’s Only My Opinion: “What’s in your wallet?” I seem to hear that question every time I flip on the TV. Comment
High School Sports: The Brooklyn high school sports season produced numerous champions and historic runs. There were great players, great games and exceptional teams. Who had the best year of them all? Comment

Cyclones pitchers hold Connecticut to 2 hits in win

The Ride: An RBI double by Anthony Chavez in the ninth drove in James “Papa” Roche to break the tie and John Mincone held Connecticut at bay for the 2–1 win. Comment

Cyclones lose again

The Ride: Its been a tough road trip for our beloved Boys of Summer. Comments (1)

Cops: Suspect leads cops on car chase

Greenpoint: Plus all the other crime from Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct. Comments (1)

It don’t fit: Residents blast Methodist building plan

Park Slope: A massive “u”-shaped medical building that New York Methodist Hospital wants to construct in Park Slope will be a blot on the face of the historic neighborhood, claimed dozens of fretful Slopers at a meeting announcing the hospital’s plan last night. Comments (27)

Police sting shuts 12 sketchy massage parlors for alleged prostitution

Bay Ridge: Cops raided 12 Southern Brooklyn spas and arrested 19 people on July 10 for an array of charges including prostitution. Comments (20)

Democracy at work! Park Slopers approve Fourth Avenue slow-down plan

Mean Streets: Community Board 6 approved of a traffic-slowing plan that reduces car lanes in both directions from three to two to make room for wider parking spaces and fatter pedestrian islands — after the city made some minor changes to it. Comments (33)

New, temporary park with bike track, small farm, and yoga classes opens at Domino site

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Have a blast at Havemeyer Park! Comments (15)

Bill would require house party planners to notify police

A push to require house-party planners to notify the police in advance of ragers has ruffled the feathers of Brooklynites who say they will fight for their right to party. Comments (8)

Brighton Beach ambulance company ‘fesses up to Medicaid fraud

Brighton Beach: A Brighton Beach ambulance company took the state for a ride — and now it will have to pay the fare. Comment

Brownsville native Walker working for second chance at NBA dream

Erving Walker is looking for a second chance to play in the NBA. Comment

Lose one, win one

The Ride: The Cyclones split a doubleheader with the Auburn Doubledays Thursday, losing the first — a continuation from Wednesday’s suspended game — and winning in the seven-inning second game. Comment

Police searching for five thugs who tied up, robbed elderly woman

Crown Heights: Police are hunting for five gun-wielding crooks who tied up an elderly woman and robbed her in her Crown Heights home last month. Comment

Tortilla factory owner gets jail time after gruesome accident

Williamsburg: The owner of a tortilla factory, where an employee died in a dough-mixer accident, will serve 90 days in jail and pay nearly a half million dollars in restitution for failing to for pay workers’ compensation insurance. Comments (3)

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