All about that brass: Balkan music fest showcases Raya Brass Band

Music: These bands are Balkan up! Comment
Theater: Turn your head and laugh. Comments (2)

Resolving to resolve this whole resolution problem

Rhymes with Crazy: It’s easy to keep your resolutions as long as you’re willing to bend a little. Comments (1)

Classic Carmine: A visit to the Guggenheimlich!

Big Screecher: We look back at the time Carmine headed to the city for a day of art and eating. Well, actually, just eating. Comment

What to read this week

Books: Brooklyn booksellers give their top picks. Comments (1)
Editor’s Picks: In this new year, Brooklyn is looking to the stars — “Star Wars” and “Star Trek!” George Takei pays a visit to the Bell House, the Muppets drop in on Luke Skywalker, and we all look to the future. All this, and music stars, too! Comment

Chill out with classic rock in the Ridge

Bay Ridge Nights: Despite the cold, Bay Ridge bars are still hot! Comment

Trumping logic! America’s love affair with The Donald

A Britisher’s View: Donald Trump’s presidential campaign surges onward with the shelf life of Yoo-Hoo, writes our columnist. Comment
Sheepshead Bay: With the proposed B82 Select Bus Service grinding locals’ gears in Canarsie and Sheepshead Bay, we caught up with straphangers using the borough’s first select bus, the B44, to see how it’s going two years after it first rolled out. Comment

Standing O is at it again!

Standing O: Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Boro of Nerds: Call it the romance of the nerds. Comments (1)
Red Hook: Charming secluded seaside town or transit-starved industrial district? We road test Brooklyn’s apparent new holiday hot-spot. Comments (3)

Holiday cheer! Did I drink too much this season?

The Dad: This week, the Dad tries to reconcile his choice to imbibe or not to imbibe in front of his teens. Comments (5)

Center’s stage: New music series at East Midwood Jewish Center

Music: Midwood has a new music spot! Comment
Digital editions: Every year, The Brooklyn Paper makes the same New Year’s resolution, and every year, The Brooklyn Paper keeps it. That’s because our resolution is — and will always be — to bring you the best in communty news, day in and day out. Except New Year’s Day, when we take the day off. So keep your promises, and keep hustlin’ Brooklyn. Read more…

Brooklyn stars powering Pirates hot start

Joe Knows: They’re off to one Hall of a start. Comment

Tipping point: Comeback kids Loughlin can’t rally without stars

High School Sports: Bishop Loughlin has proven it can rally a comeback win — just not without its top players. Comment

Controversial Vinegar Hill school rezoning gets passing grade

Class Action: The city will to go ahead with a controversial plan to expand a Vinegar Hill elementary school zone next year to include students from Dumbo, after a panel of public school parents voted Tuesday to approve the scheme. Comments (2)

Lane drain: Bus service would remove lane from Flatlands Ave., Kings Highway

Canarsie: They’re shouting “Stop the bus.” Comment
Brooklyn Heights: Tenants of a Cadman Plaza West co-op building will host a public forum on Wednesday night to urge residents of a neighboring building to turn down a lucrative offer to sell part of their property to developers, who want to build a 40-story tower and shopping complex there. Comment

Looking forward

The 16 to watch in 2016

The 16 to watch in 2016

The people, organizations, elections, and sundry other issues to keep an eye on over the next 12 months. Comments (5)
Did every Kings County mover and shaker who promised to lose weight in 2015 follow through? We asked! Comment
Red Hook: Talk about peak condition! Comment

Jo’s New Year’s resolution grace period

Not for Nuthin’: Jo starts her New Year’s weight-loss regimen two days late, becasue all the leftovers were weighing on her mind. Comment
Art: This show is more than skin-deep. Comment

Panthers panting

Panthers panting

High School Sports: Turn-around victories continue to elude Bedford Academy. Comment

Pioneering Williamsburg gallery Pierogi ditching nabe for up-and-coming borough of Manhattan

Changing Brooklyn: Williamsburg is now so mainstream, art galleries are fleeing to Manhattan for an edgy alternative! Comments (3)
Podcast: This week, Christopher Swain — the only man with enough guts to swim the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek — tells us what its like to be the only mammal to ever survive a dunk in both. Comments (1)

Ringing in the new year

Revelers avoid Times Square in favor of the People’s Playground

BoroBeat: Times Square? Fugheddaboudit! Comment

Big splash! Polar plunge draws record number of swimmers

BoroBeat: These polar bears are anything but endangered. Comment
Our pals at The Brooklyn Paper have a great interview with the only man who has the guts to take a swim in the Gowanus Canal — and Newtown Creek! Yeesh! Read more…

2015’s best in Brooklyn high-school sports

High School Sports: The Wolves have come a long way in short time, and the program once known mainly for baseball and wrestling stretched its wings in a big way in 2015. The Grand Street football team won its first public school city title at the highest level and did so without a single loss. The girls’ soccer team garnered a division crown and reached the quarterfinals, and boys’ soccer and girls’ basketball squads each reached the city title game for the fi Comment

Still growing: Boys and Girls ladies’ basketball needs maturity, coach says

High School Sports: The Boys & Girls High School girls’ basketball team has the talent, but not the maturity, and that’s irking its head coach as the squad readies for this season’s difficult second half. Comment

Today on Brooklyn Paper Radio: Christopher Swain

Podcast: Brooklyn Paper Radio returns from a brief vacation with the man who swam the Gowanus Canal and, for good measure, Newtown Creek! Comment
Sunset Parkers are demanding the city and a homeless shelter operator reign in wild residents at a controversial hotel-turned-shelter. Comment
Brighton Beach: The Department of Transportation extended a Coney Island Avenue sidewalk into a Belt Parkway on-ramp, and now drivers have to swerve to avoid the precarious outcropping, locals say. Comment

Your tag is showing! Sheepshead Bay graffiti complaints up amid police initiative

Sheepshead Bay: Blame the police for an explosion of graffiti complaints in Sheepshead Bay. Comment
Photo Galleries: The yuletide season is behind us, but Brooklyn’s most beloved holiday tradition is just beginning! Comments (1)

Crticisms of ‘The Donald’ all trumped-up

It’s Only My Opinion: In which our political pontificator points out just how mega-builder Donald Trump’s presidential qualifications stack up, defends the practice of racial profiling, and gives precocious youth some pointers on college applications. Comment

Sound Off to the Editor

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

Your favorite stories of 2015!

Your favorite stories of 2015!

Talk about citizen journalism! Here are our top-ten most-read stories from the past year — curated by you, our readers. Comment

DeBlasio: I won’t rezone promised Bushwick Inlet Park land for apartments

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: It may not be a park — but at least it won’t be condos. Comments (10)

Finally! Robot shop opens in Williamsburg

Boro of Nerds: These are the droids you’re looking for Comments (1)
Crown Heights: Police arrested a man with “Team U.S.A.” tattooed on his forehead, who they say masturbated on a subway train while ogling a female straphanger on Sunday afternoon. Comments (5)
Red Hook: A seaside getaway is just a B61 bus-ride away! Comments (4)

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