What a jerk! Caribbean food fest celebrates all the islands

Dining: Curry on down to Canarsie! Comment

Amazing Gracie: Violin-piano duo launch debut album

Music: It’s a high school musical story. Comment

Sound Off To The Editor

Letters: Your article on taking away parking and charging to enter Manhattan by vehicles is short sighted much the same way the city’s is. All New Yorkers currently lose over a billion dollars a year due to traffic congestion. How do they solve the congestion? By removing lanes of traffic for bike lanes, removing parking spots, Vision Zero changes and lowering requirements in new building to provide less parking spaces for tenants. This is just some of the reasons why traffic just keeps getting worse. If we had a good mass transit system, it might convince people to use it. Comment

What to read this week

Books: Brooklyn booksellers give their top picks. Comment
Canarsie: The city must fix a water-filled pit in the middle of a secluded and long-ignored Canarsie byway — Church Lane — that’s nearly deep enough to catch a fish in, the local pol charged. Comment

Transit access

Access excess? MTA spending $6M to make stairless station handicapped accessible

Canarsie: The state plans to make the Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway station handicapped accessible within the next few years, but straphangers and local community leaders can’t understand how the street-level L train platform isn’t already compliant for disabled riders, said one local resident who has been begging for an elevator at the treacherous Broadway Junction station nearby for years. Comment
Canarsie: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority must install elevators at the Broadway Junction subway station so aging straphangers, parents with strollers, and riders in wheelchairs can reach the trains without having to climb the station’s three-stories-worth of treacherously steep stairs, say locals. Comment

There is so much to do in Bay Ridge!

Bay Ridge Nights: A free flick, tons of music, and a party in the park await you in Bay Ridge this week! Comment
Editor’s Picks: This week we’ve got funky beats, throwback sports, a mini zine festival, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment
Art: He’s creating connections. Comment
Crown Heights: They took to this class like ducklings to water! Comment

Hello, Dali! Burlesque show celebrates surreal painter

Nightlife: This show is trippy and strippy. Comment

No time like summer to learn how to go with the flow

Fearless Living: The season’s long, idle days offer a lesson in keeping an open mind, says our columnist. Comment

The ferry tale of Red Hook

The ferry tale of Red Hook

Ferry Tales: Paint the town Red! Comments (3)

Cyclones optimistic despite rough start to season

Cyclones Confidential: Brooklyn’s Boys of Summer have not started a season this poorly in more than a decade. Comment
Page 1: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And, of course, the most important right of all: to keep hustlin’ Brooklyn! Read more…
The Cosmos set off some late fireworks on July 4, notching a goal in the 86th minute to record a 1–1 draw with Indy Eleven at MCU Park. Comment

Cyclones blow lead, hand Tri-City a win

The Ride: They found no relief. Comment
Photo Galleries: They welcomed summer with a splash! Comments (1)

Second act for Vegas Diner: Jewel of Bensonhurst shines in new mob drama

Bensonhurst: Now that’s a send-off! Comment

Trumpcare is a big flim flam

Not for Nuthin’: It’s a flim flam! Just in time to celebrate the country’s independence, members of the Senate, the House — and yes, even the White House and the press — are putting the shells on the table and asking the public to find the nut. Comment
Bay Ridge: Thousands more commuters than expected are piling onto the citywide ferry’s South Brooklyn route — leaving many stranded locals unable to board the packed ferries. Comment
The Cyclones honored the 25th anniversary of “A League of Their Own” on July 1 with a pre-game event celebrating some of the film’s stars. Comment

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

Hot on the heels of out nation’s birthday comes the month’s second-most-important holiday — National Fried Chicken Day on July 6 — and Sunset Park’s Pollo Campero is celebrating with a half-price deal. Comment

Cyclones suffer embarrasing defeat to Connecticut

The Ride: A couple of good at-bats were not enough to stop the Cyclones from getting pounced by the Tigers. Comment

Seniors embrace technology at Bay Ridge fair

Bay Ridge: These silver-haired locals got an upgrade! Comment

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

We are off ringing-in our great nation’s 241st birthday. Enjoy your day celebrating with friends, family, and, of course, fireworks, and come back tomorrow when we resume our up-to-the-minute news coverage from our headquarters in America’s Downtown.
Bay Ridge: The city missed out on $61,000 in fines from the infamous Prince Hotel in Bay Ridge because an inspector made a “half-hearted” attempt to serve notice to the owner, a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge ruled on May 12. Comment
Here they are! The best of the best in Brooklyn softball. Comment
Red Hook: The limb washed up in Manhattan on Saturday, days after the victim’s dismembered torso was found. Comments (4)
Bensonhurst: Ride a bicycle built for two — or four or six! Comment

Clones win one, lose one in double-header against Connecticut

The Ride: The boys broke their seven-game skid, but did not start a winning streak. Comment

Robber uses pepper spray, sledgehammer in attempt to steal gun

Bensonhurst: Police are searching for a would-be robber who pepper-sprayed a gun store clerk and smashed a display case full of firearms at a sporting goods store on New Utrecht Avenue in Bensonhurst on June 28. Comment
Bay Ridge: Police fished the body of a man who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge out of the Bay Ridge Channel on June 29, according to a police spokesman. Comment
Kensington: The bizarre death of a convicted child-murderer’s brother just got even more mysterious. Comments (4)
Ditmas Park: This flower shop is pushing up daisies. Comments (5)
Flatbush: The kids will be alright! Comment

Rainstorm postpones Clones–Tigers matchup after one-and-a-half innings

The Ride: It was a heated game while it lasted. Comment

Cyclones swept by Ironbirds, suffer seventh straight loss

The Ride: Brooklyn’s Boys of Summer did not even get on the board. Comment

Cyclones handed sixth straight defeat by Ironbirds

The Ride: Ramos got battered! Comment

Namaste! Yoga in the park

Namaste! Yoga in the park

Marine Park: Do the downward dogrun! Comment

Sheepshead Bay enjoys Summer Stroll

Sheepshead Bay: It’s summer by the bay! Comment

Johnny and Barry talk to ghosts!

Johnny & Barry: Well, at least they talk to a guy who investigates ghosts. Comment

Yelena Sokolin

Women of Distinction: Growing up in the Eastern European city of Gomel in Belarus, Yelena Sokolin never dreamed that she would be helping hundreds of teens live their best lives in far-off Brooklyn, New York. Comment

Violetta Livshiz

Women of Distinction: Founding a nonprofit organization isn’t unusual; founding one at the relatively young age of 25 may be less common. Comment

Tonya Ores

Women of Distinction: Tonya Ores is a true blue Brooklynite, born the 15th of 16 children in the former St. Mary’s Hospital in Crown Heights. Comment

Stephanie Stellaccio

Women of Distinction: Stephanie Stellaccio worked as a sales executive for Courier Life Newspapers, now part of Community News Group, for 34 years and has recently retired. Comment

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Butler

Women of Distinction: The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Butler is a minister, an author, an activist and an educator who remembers what a friend — from Philadelphia, actually — once told her: “There are only two kinds of people in the world; those who live in Brooklyn, and those who want to live in Brooklyn.” Comment

Rev. DeVanie Jackson

Women of Distinction: Rev. DeVanie Jackson has dedicated her life to the pursuit of justice — specifically, food justice. Comment

Pauline Yeung-Ha

Women of Distinction: Going above and beyond is something Pauline Yeung-Ha has been doing just about all her life. Comment

Rev. Amy Kienzle

Women of Distinction: The Rev. Amy Kienzle is not your ordinary pastor; in fact, she proudly calls herself: “the coolest pastor I know.” Comment

Nella Khenkin

Women of Distinction: Nella Khenkin has been a social worker at Maimonides Cancer Center for the past 20 years, but even now, she doesn’t do it for the money. She does it, she says, for the hugs. Comment

Marina Trofimova

Women of Distinction: Soon after she arrived in the United States almost 20 years ago, Marina Trofimova realized what she most wanted to be: a volunteer. Some 14 years after that, she realized that to be the best volunteer she could be, she would have to “Be Proud.” Comment

Maria D’Alessandro

Women of Distinction: Maria D’Alessandro wants to be remembered as a caring person who did her best for all she met along life’s journey. Considering how dedicated she is to her family and her community, we’re sure that is exactly how she will be remembered. Comment

Lola Star

Women of Distinction: Lola Star says she first “dreamt her fabulous T-shirt line into existence,” in 1991. It was a dream, she explains, “born out of the magical thumping techno bass of abandoned electronic music parties in Detroit,” the city where Star started selling her line of glittering tees. Comment

Kim Moore

Women of Distinction: She is a Korean woman who has found success in male-dominated fields. Comment

Katie Lusso

Women of Distinction: Katie Lusso’s profession is reporting about Brooklynites who make a difference in their communities — this time, she’s the one recognized for doing so. Comment

Hon. Katherine A. Levine

Women of Distinction: Kings County Supreme Court Justice Katherine A. Levine lives in a full house. It includes her husband, family therapist Dr. Monty Weinstein; her two daughters — college student Sophia, and Moira, who will enter La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts in the fall; and a veritable menagerie of four-legged friends: two rescue dogs, three rescue cats, and two turtles. Comment

Heather Cuccia

Women of Distinction: Heather Cuccia has spent 15 years working in the health care industry, but it was philanthropy that was her calling since her teen years. Comment

Grisel Amador

Women of Distinction: Her name is Grisel, her daughter’s name is Grisel, and her two granddaughters’ middle names are Grisel. A third granddaughter, as yet unborn, is also expected to share the name. Comment

Frances Schwartz

Women of Distinction: Her mother was still dancing at discos when she was 90 years old, and Frances Schwartz plans to do the same. Comment

Diana Kane

Women of Distinction: Feminism. For Diana Kane, it’s more than a movement, it’s a way of life. Comment

Denise P. Levine

Women of Distinction: Psychotherapist Denise Levine might call herself just a regular Brooklyn gal, but to her patients and students, she is so much more. Comment

Candace Woodward

Women of Distinction: Ask Candace Woodward what motivated her to become such a community service dynamo in her Park Slope neighborhood, and she’ll answer in two words: A layoff. Comment

Brigitte Zabbatino

Women of Distinction: Brigitte Zabbatino is a successful businesswoman who wants to see others succeed as well — a goal she works to achieve through active and passionate volunteerism. Comment

Anastasia D’Amato

Women of Distinction: In Marine Park, it’s probably safe to say that many folks really like ice cream, and that many folks really like the “Ice Cream Lady.” Comment

Alberta Gulotta

Women of Distinction: The daughter of Italian immigrants, Alberta Gulotta grew up bilingual in Brooklyn, with a deep appreciation for the language and culture of her parents’ homeland. Comment

Aileen McKinnon

Women of Distinction: Aileen McKinnon has retired from her 36-year career as a rehabilitation therapist, and now spends her days working to rehabilitate her East Flatbush community and the lives of young people who live there. For the past eight years, she has served as a community advocate, partnering with local legislative personnel and the community board, which seek to promote development and encourage improvements in the neighborhood, as well as in greater Brooklyn. Those who know her say McKinnon is both open to advice, and unafraid to speak her mind about what’s going on in East Flatbush. Comment
Red Hook: A woman’s headless, dismembered body was found floating in the water near Red Hook on Tuesday morning. Comments (5)

Man! Cyclones lose again!

The Ride: Make it five losses in a row for our hapless Boys of Summer. Comment

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