Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Theater: Neighbors BAM and Theater for a New Audience are both staging “King Lear” this season. Let the battle begin! Comment

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Former child soldier pens book on life after warfare

Books: Brooklyn novelist Ishmael Beah was once a child soldier in Sierra Leone. Now he is working to spread a message of peace through his books. Comments (2)

Lit legend Joyce Carol Oates launches new novel in Dumbo

Books: The prolific author will read from her new novel, “Carthage,” at the powerHouse Arena on Jan. 22. Comment

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Carroll Gardens: The state put up three signs directing traffic to the “Hugh CareY” tunnel, then rushed to fix it after we pointed out the error. Comments (8)

Bartoonist goes long

Bartoonist goes long

Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator visits the revitalized Long Island Restaurant — now just the Long Island Bar. Comment
Nightlife: Hot events to pass the cold Brooklyn nights. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Bay Ridge: Sandy swamped their People’s Playground dreams, so now they’re seeking higher ground. Comments (11)

Graphic scenes: Art Spiegelman puts graphic novels on center stage

Theater: It is comics as you have never read them before — live on stage! Comments (1)

Schoolhouse rocker offers to do teens’ homework if they’ll come to shows

Music: An underground concert promoter is offering to do high school kids’ homework if they come to his shows. Comments (3)

Pulling the plug: Guitarist goes off the grid to recharge

Music: As electric as his playing is, guitarist Ryan Ferreira prefers an unplugged life. Comment

Steph leads her kids to water

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie figures there something to be said for taking the reigns. Comments (2)

Grab a blanket and go for a brisk picnic

Dining: “Competitive Winter Picknicking” will pit teams of cold-weather diners against each other in a battle to create the finest alfresco feast in Prospect Park. Comments (1)

Five-game winning streak

Kirilenko defies easy analysis

Back Court: The NBA is in a golden age of statistics. Comment

Big Ticket at center could be ticket to playoffs

Front Court: Can Kevin Garnett lead the Nets to the playoffs from the middle? Comment

Go Fourth and prosper

Park Slope: Fourth Avenue has been wrecked by luxury developments and needs more affordable housing and beautification pronto, according to a Park Slope civic group that is calling on the city to help make the thoroughfare more livable for the average Joe. Comments (7)
Page 1: Jury duty throws a wrench in your ability to take an impromptu trip to the park or pick up your niece from school. But it also forces you to sit side-by-side with a cross-section of Brooklynites, all focused on the singular purpose of deciding who is telling the truth and what that is worth. Or on coming up with a last-ditch excuse to get kicked out of court. That type of democratic clarity is hard to find, but we are mining the borough to bring you the un-varnished facts fresh from the source every day — even if it means we miss a few laundry cycles. So enjoy this batch of raw truthiness and keep hustlin’ Brooklyn. Read more…

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

Mall is loft! Luxury apartments coming to Fulton

Downtown: Forget waterfront high-rises, condos in former factories, and houseboats on the Gowanus Canal — Brooklynites will soon have the chance to live in a loft above Fulton Mall. Comments (8)

Fright night: Former child star debuts storytelling night

Nightlife: Mara Wilson, best known for her childhood roles in “Matilda” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” is back on the stage — but in very different capacity. Comments (4)

Composting comes to Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: The city wants your table scraps. Comments (27)

Weird workouts for the new year

Fitness: Already cheating on that New Year’s resolution to get in shape? It could be that your workout routine is just plain boring. Comment

If it’s Wednesday, it’s half of a crime news day on!

Crime: Editor’s note: It ain’t over till it’s over, but this week looks like the beginning of the end of the blotter blackout. Commanding officers at three of the 13 precincts we cover allowed reporters back in to their station houses to go over crime report information, bringing the total number of cooperating precincts up to six. Greenpoint and Willamsburg’s precincts had commanding officer sit with our scribe as she went over complaint forms while Fort Greene’s 88th Precinct made no change to its protocol. Brooklyn Heights’ 84th Precinct said it was not ready to reopen its files but would be next week. If this progress stalls, our readers can count on reading all about it right here next Wednesday. Read more…
Politics: He did it again! Political reporter extraordinaire Will Bredderman was a guest on yesterday’s edition of BK Live! hosted by our pals at Brooklyn Independent Media. He talked the early days of the DeBlasio administration and what an ultra-progressive bloc means for city politics. This is must-see TV and you can watch it right here. Comment
Music: New York’s annual celebration of Balkan music and dance turns 30 with a two-day festival at Grand Prospect Hall. Comments (1)
Gowanus: A kid-friendly restaurant that will double as an adults-only nightclub after 8 pm will turn a quiet block in Gowanus into a madhouse, opponents of the plan claimed on Tuesday. Comments (7)

Stop signs a go for G train

Transit: G train riders are seeing signs all over the place. Comments (5)

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

Prospect Heights: Cheap Nets fans have lost their seats. Comments (16)
Cinema: Long before a federal clean-up was poised to dredge the toxic sludge from the bottom of the Gowanus Canal, one canal-side recording studio was kicking out a different kind of jam. Comments (4)

Get up, stand up! Amnesty International concert series coming to Barclays

Music: Finally — a throwback concert for the millenials! Comments (3)

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Marsalis’ druthers: Playing a Fort Greene senior center

Music: A Fort Greene senior center got a dose of Lincoln Center on Friday night when jazz trumpeter and impresario Wynton Marsalis stopped by to play two sold-out shows. Comment
Prospect Heights: Between the Nets beating the Heat, GQ opening a new in-arena barbershop, and Jay Z performing a homecoming show, Brooklyn’s arena saw a lot of action over the weekend. Comments (1)
Bushwick: A scrappy acrobatic arts venue has signed a new lease on life. Comments (4)
Theater: Brooklyn is bringing up a bumper crop of comedians, but the vast majority have honed their craft in Manhattan — until now. Comments (7)
Gowanus: A planned kid-friendly bar, restaurant, and venue in Gowanus that locals say is going to flood the neighborhood with noise and boozed-up music fans will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday morning. Comments (12)
The Fort Greene medical center that wants to buy Long Island College Hospital and turn it into apartments with some medical facilities has come a long way since 2005. Comments (11)

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

The Screecher breaks out his joke book

Sunday Screech: This week’s column is for those of you who “get” Carmine. Comments (3)

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

DeBlasio corrected for showing up to jailer graduation an hour late

Politics: Sloper-in-Chief DeBlasio further cemented his reputation for serial tardiness yesterday, when he kept the Department of Corrections academy’s graduation ceremony waiting. Comments (18)

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Small Bushwick library caught in Big Oil lie

Bushwick: An experimental Bushwick library’s attempt to get into the black backfired after book-minders’ tale that they turned down money from Big Oil sprang a big leak. Comments (16)

Greenpointers on the street after they say landlord killed the heat

Greenpoint: These rent-stabilized tenants are suing, saying the money-hungry owner of their building had someone take an ax to the boiler, thermostat, and electrical system so that the city would lock them out. But before all that, the conditions were so bad one family was forced to use buckets for a toilet. Comments (20)

Police, please! Ridge board wants traffic cops for troubled intersection

Bay Ridge: Could a traffic agent point the way out of Bay Ridge’s dysfunction junction? Comments (16)

Spend your frosty Bay Ridge Nights at local hotspots

Bay Ridge Nights: Looking for something to do in Bay Ridge this weekend? Check out reporter Will Bredderman’s weekly guide over at Whatever you’re in the mood for, whether it’s a DJed dance party or a zither inferno, he has the lowdown. Read more…

Windsor Terrace massage parlor offered banned job: Cops

Windsor Terrace: Cops cuffed a lady at a Windsor Terrace massage parlor on Wednesday afternoon after they say she offered to rub an undercover cop the wrong way. Comments (8)

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Brooklyn Hospital wants to buy LICH

Cobble Hill: It’s the lifeline that could kill the full-service hospital to make way for some apartments and some medical facilities. That is not likely to sit well with Long Island College Hospital staffers. Comments (14)
Park Slope: Community Board 6 is happy to have New York Methodist Hospital mow down a bunch of old houses to build the medical center of its dreams, but the thumbs-up comes with some stipulations. Comment

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