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What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment
Call it the reading rainbow after the storm. Comments (3)

Art from the storm

These artists are still in the eye of the storm. Comment

Are you afraid of the park?

Are you afraid of the park?

Theater: A Carroll Gardens theater company brings dark and eerie tales to life on Halloween night. Comment
Red Hook: One year after Hurricane Sandy poured more than 10 feet of harbor water into their Red Hook home, Clyde Harewood and Jean Bleasdell are still waiting to get back inside. Comments (4)
When the Dalton School athletic director and boys’ hoops varsity coach Teddy Frischling started his Dribbl Basketball program in 1995, he wanted to give kids a different avenue to learn and improve outside of the travel teams — which some aspiring hoopsters may not yet have the skills to join. Comment
DUMBO: She spent 27 years restoring the beloved merry-go-round and it was almost washed away in just a few hours last October. Comments (2)

Sound Off to the Editor

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

Bartoonist’s Scot whiskey at Duke of Montrose

Bar Scrawl: In a bonus Bar Scrawl, our drinking illustrator finds Scotch is the obvious choice at Park Slope’s only Scottish pub. Comment

Only Carmine can get Carmine where Carmine has to go

Big Screecher: In this week’s Screech, the Screecher complains that he’s the only one who knows how to get around this great borough. Comment
Nightlife: Got plans the coming week? No? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Comment
Books: A Midwood author’s new book is full of fascinating facts about your excrement. Comments (4)

Kvetch Comedy: Jackie Mason brings his schtick to Brighton Beach

Theater: He’s ruled the Borscht Belt and Broadway — now he’s coming to Brooklyn. Comment

Brooklyn rises after Sandy

A Britisher’s View: The tough get going when the going gets tough — and Brooklyn’s stamina only grows stronger a year after Hurricane Sandy, writes our columnist. Comment

Bartoonist hits Brooklyn’s only Welsh bar

Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator lets his Welsh flag fly at Longbow. Comments (6)
Crown Heights: A group of crafty librarians fabricated news stories, filmed a fake documentary, and lied to this paper, all to make it appear that the central library at Grand Army Plaza is haunted, this paper’s paranormal investigations unit has learned. Comments (16)
Bushwick: A proposed cluster of high-rise apartment buildings in an industrial part of Bushwick that opponents say will overwhelm the neighborhood with traffic and further spike rents got the green light from a city panel on Wednesday. Comments (8)
Marine Park: A plan to erect a five-story apartment building on Nostrand Avenue hit a snag on Oct. 16, when Community Board 18 voted to ask the city to refuse the variance needed to build the tower. Comment

Plank proponents say Sandy slammed concrete Boardwalk

For all the destruction it caused, Sandy mostly spared Coney Island’s iconic wooden Boardwalk — and one group of activists is hoping that the storm might even have saved it. Comments (2)
BoroBeat: Dozens of Ridgites descended on Shore Road and Owls Head parks to rake, pick up, and paint on Oct. 19 — part of the citywide clean-up effort, “It’s My Park Day.” Comments (8)
Digital editions: We know you’ve waited for this moment your entire life, and now that it is here, you have the confidence you can make it happen. But can you really pull it off? Do you have the guts, kid? Do you have the moxie? Well, there’s only one way to find out, and The Brooklyn Paper is ready to give you the chance. Many people have tried, and a precious few have succeeded. It’s out there for the taking, kid, so dive on in. And keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Read more…

The seventh-grade itch: Steph’s son is growing up, but will she let go?

Fearless Living: This week, Stephanie realizes that her son is getting older, and making decisions on his own, whether she likes it or not. Comments (5)

Seniors strut their stuff for title of top grandma

BoroBeat: Southern Brooklyn celebrated its matriarchs with the annual Your Highness Grandmother Pageant at the Kings Bay Y on Sunday. Comment
Standing O: Family run buisness celebrates 30 years of boiling and baking. Comment

Loss may doom Erasmus title run

Joe Knows: Erasmus Hall lost more than a football game in Coney Island last Friday night. Comment

Former Rep. Major Owens dies at age 77

Politics: Former longtime Brooklyn Rep. Major Owens, a Democrat who helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 during his 24 years in congress, died on Oct. 21 in Manhattan. He was 77. Comments (5)

Former Rep. Major Owens dies at age 77

Politics: Former longtime Brooklyn Rep. Major Owens, a Democrat who helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 during his 24 years in congress, died on Oct. 21 in Manhattan. He was 77. Comment

Board slams plan: CB10 rejects city’s Fourth Ave. traffic proposal

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s Community Board 10 has put up a road block to the city’s plan for slowing traffic on Fourth Avenue with an overwhelming vote against the reforms Monday night. Comments (35)

Cavallaro parents rip co-location plan

Bensonhurst: A plan by the city to move a kindergarten- through fourth-grade charter school into an excelling Bath Beach middle school will make it impossible for any of the students to learn, claimed angry parents on Monday night. Comment

Moving at the movies

Sheepshead Bay: This Sheepshead Bay gym gives new meaning to the term “movie buff.” Comment

Jo hates the black hole at the end of the line

Not for Nuthin’: This week, our columnists says she’s mad as hell, and she’s not going to take it anymore. Comment
Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean fun is done in Coney Island! Comment
Brooklyn Heights: It is the last store in Brooklyn Heights where you can rent “White Christmas,” but this year, its Christmas is going to be blue. Comments (2)
Make cash at your computer for Prospect Park by throwing the computer away. Comments (8)

Court’s LICH watchdog goes rogue, calling state handling of hospital ‘evil,’ ‘arrogant’

Cobble Hill: A court-appointed ombudsman tasked with making sure that the state doesn’t take any steps to close Long Island College Hospital is fed up with what he sees as state officials disobeying with impunity — and he’s not afraid to say it. Comments (18)
Dining: New York’s annual Food Film Festival is taking on a decidedly Brooklyn flavor. Comments (1)

Pedestrian killed in Borough Park

A 69-year-old woman was killed while crossing 11th Avenue in Borough Park Sunday night when a driver mowed her down on a crosswalk, cops said. Comment
Ditmas Park: Folks came from near and far to Ditmas Park on Oct. 10, where they had the opportunity to see what some of the neighborhood’s best restaurants and bars had to offer during an event called Courtelyou at Twilight. Comment

Flatbush woman didn’t have to die in Central Booking, her family says

A woman died in a jail cell after suffering for hours while police stood idly by, ignoring her cries for help, her family alleged in a federal lawsuit filed on Monday. Comments (22)

Pipe dream come true! Organ reborn at Flatbush church

They’ve got the keys to Brooklyn’s heart! Comment

Green sweep! Volunteers clean and green Park Slope’s Fourth Avenue

Awesome: Volunteers tackled street litter and planted flowers on Saturday to spruce up Park Slope’s busiest thoroughfare. Comment

Former Bishop Ford star Lewis making mark at St. John’s

High School Sports: Former Bishop Ford star Aaliyah Lewis is getting early praise — and may be in for some extra playing time — just weeks before the start of her freshmen season with the St. John’s University women’s basketball team. Comment

There can be only one!

High School Sports: Lincoln beats rival Erasmus Hall to become the sole undefeated team. Comment

Kangaroos earn bounce back win over Clinton

High School Sports: Boys & Girls coach Clive Harding understands that his team is best known for its multi-back running attack, so fans often don’t pay much attention to the contributions of quarterback Dashawn Brice. Comment

Bowl-ing for dollar signs: Soup fest raises cash for Cobble Hill high school

Carroll Gardens: They got it while it was hot. Comment

Fontbonne can’t keep up momentum against Christ the King

High School Sports: Fontbonne Hall just couldn’t keep its late season momentum going against Christ the King. Comment

First Person: 14 years after attack, she takes self-defense class

Perspective: She was almost murdered in 1999, but she fought off her assailant. Now, she’s making sure she’s prepared if it happens again. Comments (13)

Meet the new top cop at the 76th Precinct

Carroll Gardens: Capt. Justin Lenz recently took over command of the precinct, which patrols Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, and parts of Gowanus, after its former commanding officer was reassigned to head the Ozone Park beat in Queens. Comments (7)

Offsides! Candidate claims Coney left out of football donation plan

Coney Island: A Coney Island council candidate blasted the mayor for letting the People’s Playground get left out of a massive donation plan quarterbacked by the group bringing the Superbowl to the New York metro area. Comment
Williamsburg: Cops are asking for help collaring a gunman who opened fire on several people inside a Williamsburg public housing complex last weekend. Comments (10)

Recess now better than ever

BoroBeat: Students at Canarsie’s PS-IS 109 have a brand-new playground thanks to a $160,000 grant. Comment

For Stan, he who laughs last, laughs best!

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, Stan puts his column to song. Comment

Hunters hope to land job at Kings Plaza Job Fair

BoroBeat: Thousands of New Yorkers queued up at Kings Plaza on Oct. 17 for a shot at working for one of the mall’s many retailers. Comment

Texans bring barbecue, turkey tails to Prospect Heights

Dining: Morgans Brooklyn Barbecue serves up its specialty the way nature intended — by the pound. Comments (8)

Carmine gets places better when he drives from the back seat

Sunday Screech: Thought Carmine had already said it all? Try again. He’s back with another instant classic, this one about how difficult it is for a man of his stature to get where he has to go! Comments (10)

Brooklyn Museum’s latest installation: A fancy restaurant

Breaking Chews: The renowned Smith Street eatery Saul will open inside Brooklyn Museum Friday night after closing its 14-year-old Boerum Hill location in July – and the owner is calling his new digs a work of art. Comments (13)

Suddenly, Russian kingmaker joins Brighton Beach council race

Brighton Beach: A Russian-language media mogul threw his ushanka in the ring as a last-minute candidate for a council seat that represents Brooklyn’s “Little Odessa” —but he’s going to need voters to bring their pens to voting booths on Nov. 5. Comment
Gravesend: There’s new “Love” in Gravesend. Comment
Marine Park: The Aviator sports center in Floyd Bennett Field has reopened now that Congress put an end to the federal government shutdown, which had shuttered national parks, including the Gateway National Recreation Center where the popular events center is located. Comment

Canarsie crash kills motorcyclist

Canarsie: A motorcyclist died after colliding with a Toyota sedan in the early morning on Thursday, in a crash that left Rockaway Parkway strewn with debris from his shattered highway cruiser. Comment
Bay Ridge: Two cars collided on Oct. 16 at a Ridge intersection that neighbors say they’ve been begging the city to fix for years. Comments (19)
Bushwick: A city plan to shoehorn a third school into a building that houses an elementary school and middle school made up of mostly black and Hispanic children is racist, a leader on a Bushwick school board claimed this week. Comments (26)
Gowanus: Go for the organic kale, stay for the craft beers. Comments (27)

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