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Rumba in the books! Indie-rock salsa band to play library

Music: They’re ordering hits with a side of salsa! Comments (4)

Take that Kodachrome away! Our columnist doesn’t need to see every photo of your kid on your smartphone

Rhymes with Crazy: Face it, folks, there is a limit on how many out-of-focus photos of your little angel I can take. Comments (4)

Sound Off to the Editor

Letters: Catch up on what your neighbors are thinking on the best soapbox in town. Comment

Step off! Carmine can’t get into the post office because of a six-inch rise!

Big Screecher: This week, the Screecher tries to get his passport — and finds he can’t magicially levitate to get inside! Comment

Slow your roll! Bergen Beach couple’s new app tells parents when kids are speeding

Bergen Beach: They’re not your typical software moguls. Comment
Editor’s Picks: Meet Johnny Rotten, go to a “Pretty in Pink” prom, browse the Brooklyn Zine Festival, and other great things to do in Brooklyn, April 24–28. Comment
Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator visits new Court Street wine bar June. Comments (1)

Don your fancy pants in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge Nights: Poetry and opera? The Ridge is getting classy this weekend! Comment

Don your fancy pants in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge Nights: The Ridge is getting classy this weekend, and our pals at have all the high-brow details. Read more…

The art of memory

Manhattan Beach: Nearly 500 students entered the Holocaust Memorial Creative Arts Contest at Kingsborough Community College on April 19. Comment

Hillary takes her presidential campaign comedy show on the road

A Britisher’s View: Her Snootiness launched her presidential campaign with a public disconnect bigger than Mars, writes our columnist. Comment
Cleaning Our Waterways: No one covered yesterday’s Earth Day swim of the Gowanus Canal like The Brooklyn Paper, and no one will give you a recap like this one. Enjoy! Comments (7)

Locals blast plans to rezone Marine Park

Marine Park: The city’s proposed citywide rezoning has some Marine Park residents fearful that their close-knit community will become just another overcrowded neighborhood. Comment

Lights, camera ... Baldwin!

Sheepshead Bay: The stars came out in Sheepshead Bay for the filming of an indie flick written by and staring a borough native. Comment

Donovan ducks Bay Ridge debate

Bay Ridge: The only mark they’ll put next to his name is “absent.” Comments (13)

Sorrentino renaissance

Writers celebrate the lost Bard of Bay Ridge

Books: They’re turning over a new page on an old master. Comments (2)

Gil-ded pages: Sorrentino’s Ridge-centric literature

Books: Familiarize yourself with Gilbert Sorrentino’s many meditations on Bay Ridge. Comment
Marine Park: Dozens of residents celebrated the sun and soil at the Salt Marsh Nature Center’s 10th-annual Earth Day celebration on April 19. Comment
Music: Get ready for another round of “Strike!,” where classical musicians belt out Bach while boxers just belt each other. Comments (1)

Bien venue and welcome

Standing O: Standing O lauds local libraries, speechifiers, and a borough-bred banker. Comment

Steph learns to relax while traveling abroad

Fearless Living: “I loved being in Guatemala. I loved the slower pace. I loved seeing the ladies wash their bright clothes in communal areas where they scrubbed them by hand and then packed them up in fabric bundles to hang out to dry, no machine necessary,” says our Park Slope mom. Comments (2)
Digital editions: Look, if he could do it, you could do it. Dive on in to The Brooklyn Paper. You don’t even have to wear a wetsuit. Or a drysuit. You don’t have to worry about getting sick. You don’t have to fear a rainstorm will come and flood you with, well, you get the picture. So enjoy this latest edition of The Brooklyn Paper glove-free, and keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

All-star games were about more than hoops for Fraser

Joe Knows: Brianna Fraser wanted to take advantage of every last opportunity to play basketball as a high school baller before starting her collegiate career at Maryland. Comment

Man swims the Gowanus Canal — the world’s most polluted waterway!


Man swims the Gowanus Canal — the world’s most polluted waterway!

Cleaning Our Waterways: Activist Christopher Swain is going to swim the entire length of the fetid Gowanus Canal at noon today. Our intrepid reporter Noah Hurowitz is reporting live from the scene. Comments (7)

Man disappears in Flatbush

Flatbush: Police are looking for a 26-year-old man who vanished from his Flatbush home on April 20. Comment

Lie-brary! Opponents of Heights branch redesign call community input ‘a charade’

Brooklyn Heights: A friendly meeting to discuss ideas for the new Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library turned heated Monday night when opponents of the controversial plan to knock down the book-lending outfit’s present building and replace it with a high-rise claimed the gathering was just a dog-and-pony show. Comments (6)
Changing Brooklyn: The developers of the building will save more than $8 million over 15 years, say activists. Comments (12)

Happy hunting: Coney youth group’s scavenger hunt takes them to Carribean

Coney Island: Talk about the trip of a lifetime! Comment
Cleaning Our Waterways: A group of volunteers helped build a new floating dock that they hope will become a habitat for the myriad of species struggling to survive in the polluted Newtown Creek, the Gowanus Canal’s less ugly — but nearly equally polluted — step-brother. Comments (1)

Flower power

Magician will bring tricks, tradition to cherry blossom fest

Event: They’re the oldest tricks in the book — but with a new spin. Comment

Five things to do and see at this year’s cherry blossom fest

Event: A hip-hop tea, cosplay fashions, cross-cultural comedy, and more. Comment

Joanna contemplates frozen embryos, and Mel Brooks

Not for Nuthin’: What to do with frozen embryos when the parents’ relationship gets icy? Comment

Ninth Street bridge to close nightly through October

Gowanus: Do not pass Go-wanus. Comment

Crummy asks: Do the Nets want to win?

Flagrant Fowl: Well, if they do, they better start getting the ball to the Big Lug. Comment

Made in Brooklyn: Industry City makers show off their digs

Some of Brooklyn’s most cutting-edge manufacturers opened their doors to the public during Industry City’s open studios on April 18. Comment

Experienced Poly striving for lacrosse state title

High School Sports: Poly Prep’s girls’ lacrosse squad is tired of playing second fiddle. It believes its experienced roster will allow it to make a run at a private school state title this season. Comment

The great Gowanus Swim

Cleaning Our Waterways: An environmental activist’s plan to swim the entire length of the toxic Gowanus Canal is a fool’s mission that could land him in the hospital — or worse — warned the nation’s most important environmental agency on Tuesday. Comments (3)
Cleaning Our Waterways: A clean-water activist plans to take the ultimate plunge on Earth Day, swimming 1.8 miles through Brooklyn’s nautical purgatory — the Gowanus Canal. Comments (11)
Mean Streets: The back end of a tractor-trailer smashed into a wall in Williamsburg where a group of activists were installing a memorial to New Yorkers killed in traffic accidents. Comments (9)
Dyker Heights: Class ended early for students at IS 201 when a wall collapsed into a packed fourth-floor classroom on April 20. Comments (7)

Flatbush man missing

Flatbush: Police are looking for a 56-year-old man who vanished from his home in Flatbush on April 17. Comment

Heat-seekers will compete to down world’s hottest peppers

Event: They’re pepper pigs! Comments (1)
BoroBeat: Families flocked to the Audubon Center at Prospect Park on April 19 for a day of fishing, bird-watching, music, and trash clean-up in an early celebration of Earth Day. The fish may not have been biting plentifully for one man’s brood, but that did not stop the fun, he said. Comment
Theater: He is a Jesus Christ superstar! Comments (2)

Poly Prep holds off defending champion Fieldston

High School Sports: Clutch hitting and some slick fielding provided Poly Prep with an important win over its Ivy League rival. Comment

2015 All-Brooklyn Boys’ Basketball Honors

High School Sports: Brooklyn may not have won a citywide boys’ hoops championship this season, but the borough was still home to some of city’s best squads. Comment

Veteran Xaverian squad has sights set on repeat baseball crowns

High School Sports: The Xaverian baseball team rebounded from an error-ridden loss to St. Francis Prep with two lopsided victories over Archbishop Molloy last week. Comment
BoroBeat: Art lovers flocked to the Brooklyn Museum on April 15 to toast the museum’s departing president, Arnold Lehman, Comments (7)

Grand theft auto

Flatbush: Police say three men broke into a car, stole credit cards, and then used them to buy video game consoles. Comment
Williamsburg: The massive warehouse in Williamsburg that houses the borough’s eponymous bowling alley and brewery is for sale for $50 million, putting both businesses’ long-term futures in Brooklyn in jeopardy. Comments (4)

Lest we forget

Dozens of residents honored the survivors and remembered the victims of the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, at events across Southern Brooklyn on April 15. Comment
Bensonhurst: It may be these cats’ final stop. Comment
Fuzzy Brooklyn: The transit authority is conspiring to starve a colony of feral cats living in a Bensonhurst subway station, according to locals trying to save them. Our pals at have all the details — and photos! Read more…

Teen falsely accused of bashing cops fights back in court

Sunset Park: A Sunset Park teen who was beaten by police and then falsely accused of being the aggressor is suing the city and several police officers. Comments (2)

Stan: Euro, you’re on your own

It’s Only My Opinion: In which our columnist reflects on the falling value of the euro, and the rising political capital of camera-loving Sen. Charles Schumer. Comment

Injured protester says officer bruised her ribs with ‘power shove’

Prospect Heights: Talk about push coming to shove. Comments (15)

Grill baby grill! Prospect Park opening new east-side grilling area

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens: Prospect-Lefferts Gardeners now have a license to grill! Comments (13)

Salvation Army lot sells for $36 million

Williamsburg: A Manhattan developer has purchased the former Salvation Army lot at the corner of Bedford Avenue and N. Seventh Street for a whopping $36 million. Comments (4)

Alleged slumlords face 15 years behind bars

Courts: Cops arrested landlords Joel and Amrom Israel this morning, and the pair now face up to 15 years in prison for allegedly destroying rent-stabilized apartments to force tenants out. Comments (24)
Bushwick: They’re going the whole hog. Comments (2)

Killer who fled to Jamaica finally sentenced after 18 years

Bushwick: A criminal who was on the lam in Jamaica for more than a decade after killing a teenager in a Bushwick drug turf war will have to serve life in prison. Comments (2)

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