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Red Hook’s sandwich heroes: Gourmet grocers bring broccoli rabe to Sandy-ravaged section

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: Owners of this fancy sandwich counter chose an unfortunate time to set up shop: three months before superstorm Sandy. Comments (2)

UrbanGlass reopens as a ‘treehouse’

This forest is more at risk of breaking than burning. Comments (5)

Experience swine dining at this battle of the bacon concoctions in Gowanus

Dining: When you’ve got 15-pounds of bacon, anything is possible. Comments (5)

Sound Off to the Editor

Our commentariat sounds off on one of the best soapboxes around! Comment

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment
Theater: The surreal buddy comedy rocks, rolls, and does ballet. Comments (2)
Mill Basin: A group of Mill Basin parents thinks “Success” could mean failure for their children’s school. Comment

Focusing on Islam, Part III: What tomorrow holds

A Britisher’s View: In the final installment of her three-part series, “Focusing on Islam,” our columnist writes about a global future, where a quarter of all world citizens will be followers of Islam, predict world watchers. Comment
Bar Scrawl: Superstorm Sandy could not lick the cash-only Red Hook fixture and our drinking cartoonist has the proof. Comments (7)

A tale of two hospitals

Perspective: Long Island College Hospital will close. New York Methodist Hospital is growing. Our publisher weighs in on the two. Comments (25)

Quag-mire! Gentile and rival trade blame at first debate

Bay Ridge: The challenger came out swinging against the incumbent at the first debate to determine who will represent Bay Ridge in the City Council. Comments (113)

Blackout run over by New Jersey Express

Marine Park: The Brooklyn Blackout basketball team narrowly lost its inaugural game against the reviled Express from New Jersey 79–71 at the Aviator Sports and Event Center on Sunday night — but with only three practices under its belt, the rookie club could have done far worse against the 2013 American Basketball Association North-East Division champs. Comment
Digital editions: Let’s be clear: The Brooklyn Paper cares about you and the neighborhood you live in. That’s why our staff works so hard to keep you up to date and informed about all the things that make this borough great, and, at times, not so great. We do it because we understand that an informed public is the bedrock of a free society. So each week when you pick up The Brooklyn Paper, remember that reading it helps ensure the liberty you’ve enjoyed for generations, and your investment in time will pay dividends for years to come. Oh, and keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Read more…

Low blows! Parents, pols, teachers, and kids blast charter school plan

Gravesend: Families and teachers from Seth Low Intermediate School decried a city plan to install a controversial charter school chain in the building at the corner of W. 12th Street and Avenue P during a raucous public hearing on Sept. 30. Comment

It’s a one-child household now

The Dad: This week, the Dad focuses all his attention on his youngest daughter — and that’s something that has never happened before. Comments (4)

Femiano shines at Poly Prep

Joe Knows: Brenden Femiano is establishing himself as one of the city’s top football players, and one of the biggest reasons for Poly Prep’s perfect start. Comment

Wunderbar! Where to take the final sips of Oktoberfest in Brooklyn

This weekend is the chance to party like a German — Oktoberfest style! Between sausage tastings and stein-holding contests, it can be hard to pick which party is right for you. That’s where we come in, helping you decide which bretzel and bier spot to head to and break out your favorite lederhosen. Comments (2)

Maison Bric: Arts organization unveils refurbished theater in Ft. Greene

Art: The refurbished Strand Theater will be an all-arts venue for the first time since the 1950s. Comment

Letitia James wins public advocate run-off and likely the office

Politics: Come January, James will in all likelihood go from Fort Greene’s three-term councilwoman to a heartbeat away from the mayor’s office. Comments (21)

Raucous caucus! Golden and Eaton collide at Brooklyn GOP Convention

Politics: Every Republican was seeing red at the Brooklyn GOP convention on Sept. 30, as a faction led by state Sen. Marty Golden tried — and failed — to boot party chairman Craig Eaton. Comments (18)
Aviator Sports Complex is closed indefinitely as a result of the shutdown of the federal government, which shuttered all national parks — including Gateway National Recreation Area, where Aviator is located. Comments (12)

Get the wooden spoon out for the parents — and the kids!

Not for Nuthin’: In this week’s dispatch, Joanna points out that sometimes, kids get what they deserve. And now is one of those times. Comment

Your headline here: The New Yorker’s caption contest comes alive for one night only in Gowanus

Nightlife: The New Yorker’s caption contest garners lots of entries each week, but it’s only once a year that the highfalutin magazine’s cartoonists and their citizen-writer counterparts walk into a bar together. Comments (5)

Gearing up for a return to the Gowanus Canal’s industrial heyday, minus the toxic sludge

Cleaning Our Waterways: The hundreds of workers and the huge machinery involved in the federal clean-up of the fetid Gowanus Canal will make the waterway look like it did in its industrial heyday, federal officials say. Comments (3)

Fontbonne’s rally falls short

Fontbonne’s rally falls short

High School Sports: A dramatic comeback attempt wasn’t enough to please Fontbonne Hall volleyball coach Linda Strong. Comment
High School Sports: A dominant first-half performance turned into a disappointing tie for Grand Street. Comment

Government shutdown strikes Brooklyn: Floyd Bennett Field closed

LINK: The federal government has ground to a halt over Republican objections to Obamacare and the far-reaching crisis is causing problems in Brooklyn’s only national park. Our pals over at have the story. Read more…

Aviator shuttered!

Aviator shuttered!

Marine Park: Aviator Sports Complex is closed today as a result of the shutdown of the federal government, which closed down all national parks — including Gateway National Recreation Area. Comment

Gerritsen Library shows off $1.5 million fix

Gerritsen Beach: The Gerritsen Beach Library has been renewed. Comment

Aviator’s fall open house introduces mom, dad, and the kids to a family playpen in their backyard

BoroBeat: Interactive games, giveaways, and the lowdown on classes, clinics, and more, capped Aviator Sports and Events Center’s fall open house on Sunday. Comment

Keep Brooklyn wired: City to bring free public wifi to Downtown, BAM, Brownsville

Picture a bunch of Brooklynites standing around in public places, thumbing their smartphones and tablets. Now picture the city spending $900,000 to try to get them to do it more. Comments (4)

Parker’s big day leads Poly Prep football to homecoming win

High School Sports: Not even a banged up shoulder and a mishandled punt could spoil Chris Parker’s day. Comment

Reenergized Fort Hamilton remains undefeated

High School Sports: It’s safe to say the Fort Hamilton football program has offically put last season behind it. Comment
Art: Artist and activist Monica Jahan Bose unwrapped herself from a 216-foot sari that cascaded down Water Street near Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the Dumbo Arts Festival on Sunday, landing on a soft bed in the middle of the street. Comment

Back to the block: Revelers flocked to Atlantic Antic on Sunday

Brooklyn Heights: The Antic boasted all the staples of a typical New York street fair — there was more funnel cake and grilled corn than you can shake a skewer at — but the many-block party offered not-so-standard fare as well. Comments (12)

‘Tunnel to Towers’ retraces the fearless footsteps of 9-11 Firefighter Steven Siller of Park Slope

BoroBeat: Thousands of runners from across the world upheld the memory of tragic 9-11 fireman Steven Siller on Sunday. The Squad One smokeeater ran through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to the burning World Trade Center, never to return home. Comment
Canarsie: A catastrophic crash in Canarsie destroyed a brick wall, totalled two cars, and sent six people to the hospital in the early hours of Sept. 27, all because a driver fled a traffic stop, according to police. Comment

Williamsburger: I was the victim of an anti-gay beatdown steps from my front door

Williamsburg: The victim tried to fight back, but did not want to let go of his dogs and ultimately suffered a broken nose and eye socket. Comments (19)

Utility agrees to resurface profane pavement

Bensonhurst: Turns out nothing is set in stone — at least not when Brooklyn Daily is on the case. Comment

Cash for Kingsborough

Manhattan Beach: Storm-wracked Kingsborough Community College will receive the lion’s share of a $7-million federal grant for new job-training programs. Comment

Sheepshead Bay Library wins $10K grant

Sheepshead Bay: They’ve been lending more than books at the library in Sheepshead Bay — in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the branch also lent a hand to the surrounding community, depite getting flooded itself. Comment
Dance: Another Williamsburg arts mecca is packing up and saying goodbye to the nabe. Comment

Stan finds more stuff in his pockets

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, our columnist once again digs deep and finds gold. Comment
DUMBO: Take a walk in this park — it’s pretty much all you can do. Comments (4)

Back wall of South Slope building collapsed, fire officials say

Park Slope: The collapse comes a month after Department of Buildings issued a complaint against the building’s owner for illegal after-hours construction work. Comment

OK, you got us. We have no idea what Carmine has done this week

Sunday Screech: This Sunday Screech has all of us shaking our heads. Find out why! Comments (9)

Carmine can’t believe how bad the road is on this sidewalk

Big Screecher: This week, the Screecher sounds off on a terrible sidewalk he has dubbed the White Cliffs of Dover! Comment
Park Slope: Dozens of Park Slopers attacked new plans for New York Methodist Hospital’s expansion that features new glass-topped structures. Comments (23)
Greenpoint: Officials are about to begin handing out $19.5 million in oil company money to Greenpoint community members with creative ideas on how to gussy up a neighborhood that suffered through an oil spill that was three times the size of the Exxon Valdez disaster, but some residents worry that the biggest chunks of money will be reserved for well-connected companies, leaving crumbs for everyday environmentalists with innovative ideas. Comments (2)

Tower takedown: Locals win fight against mondo condo

Marine Park: An infamous Kimball Street building that Marine Park residents have dubbed “the Monstrosity” may finally be cut down to size now that the owners have filed for permits to demolish the three upper floors, giving hope to locals who have fought the developers for nearly a decade. Comment
Ditmas Park: The centrally located, 7,000 comfort station was installed because all that Gatorade had to go somewhere, park officials said. Comments (5)
Gowanus: Legendary performer Bette Midler rang in the reopening of a spruced up neighborhood garden just blocks away from the fetid Gowanus Canal on Wednesday. Comment
Art: The approaching one-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy is not lost on organizers of the Dumbo Arts Festival, which runs today through Sunday. Comment
A bogus bomb threat forced the evacuation of Coney Island’s Abraham Lincoln High School on Sept. 25. Comments (3)

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