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A history of violence: A bare-bones ‘Julius Caesar’ looks at brutality

Theater: Friends, Romans, Brooklynites — lend us your ears! Comments (1)

Weekend Reads: Booksellers give us their recommendations

Books: Brooklyn booksellers give their top picks for March 9. Comments (1)

There’s snow reason not to follow shoveling laws

Speak Out: Readers weighed in on topics including the need for residents to keep sidewalks clean following snowstorms, the latest call to bifrucate R train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and more in this week’s Letters to the Editor. Comments (9)
Editor’s Picks: Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment

The Newsstand

Digital editions: A truck bursts into flames on the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway! Flatbush-bound 2 and 3 train tracks inside Hoyt Street station ignite when metal debris touches their third rail. Borough son, Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, returns to Brooklyn for the first rally of his 2020 presidential campaign. Yes, this week, your beloved Paper has all this — and more! Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…
Digital editions: Schneps Media is proud to present the latest print edition of Brooklyn Weekly, which can be found each Sunday in the New York Post. Check it out, along with our other local editions of the Bay News, Mill Marine Courier, Park Slope Courier, and Brooklyn Graphic! Read more…
Standing O: Executives at Macy’s Fulton Mall location partnered with a charity founded by the late actress to present checks totalling $70,000 to organizations dedicated to combating HIV and AIDS. Comment
Health: Educators at a Williamsburg yeshiva allowed a virulent measles outbreak to infect 21 new victims by letting an unvaccinated child attend class there, according to the city’s chief physician, who urged parents to inoculate their kids against the potentially fatal illness. Comments (22)

How close is too close?

Fearless Living: This week, our columnist ruminates on the boundaries — or lack thereof — in her relationships, with a little help from Bob Marley, and a sign greeting Brooklyn-bound drivers on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Comment
Blind Spots: Park Slope residents and other passersby on March 5 laid mementos and offered silent prayers at a memorial near the Fifth Avenue intersection where a driver hit and killed two kids as they crossed the street one year ago to that day. Comment

Cop convicted of brutally beating man amid fit of road rage while off duty

Midwood: One of New York’s Finest will spend as many as seven years behind bars after a jury convicted him of brutally beating another man with his gun and handcuffs during a fit of road rage in Midwood last year. Comments (4)
Changing Brooklyn: The city must scale back some of the new building-height limits officials proposed in their scheme to rezone a massive swath of Gowanus, locals demanded, because erecting structures as tall as 22- and 30-stories along parts of its namesake canal could physically divide the area much like the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway did in Cobble Hill when workers laid the roadway through that neighborhood. Comments (9)

Building big on the banks: Massive distribution center to rise near mouth of Gowanus Canal

Changing Brooklyn: Developers will erect what they claim will be the country’s largest distribution center on an 18-acre site near the mouth of the Gowanus Canal, after purchasing the massive swath of land earlier this year. Comments (9)
Downtown: Local jurists celebrated the end of Black History Month in style by swapping their classic black robes for colorful, African-inspired garb at the 21st-annual Black History Month Fashion Show at the Kings County Supreme Court. Comments (1)
Downtown: Some vandal defaced a Downtown memorial honoring locals who died in World War II by scrawling the name of a popular YouTube celebrity on it, disgusting residents with their choice of canvas and inspiration. Comments (8)
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On BPR: It’s trains, parades, and audiophiles!

Podcast: That’s right, folks, this week’s new Brooklyn Paper Radio episode featured all of the above, as our co-hosts and their guests talked their way through the latest calls to split service on the beleaguered R train, the first formal appearance of LGBTQ marchers in the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and the imminent debut of the Brooklyn Public Library’s first podcast series. Comments (2)
Mean Streets: He’s taking a walk on the safer side. Comments (11)
Midwood: Thousands of left-leaning locals packed Brooklyn College’s East Quad on Saturday to watch borough son, Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, deliver the first rally of his recently announced 2020 presidential campaign. Comments (13)
Park Slope: Organizers of the borough’s eponymous St. Patrick’s Day parade this year will formally welcome local LGBTQ marchers for the first time in the procession’s 44-year history — a historic change for the event that excluded those communities for too long, according to a longtime Irish-American LGBTQ advocate. Comments (7)

Brooklyn is burning!

Mean Streets: Firefighters rushed to put out a blaze on the Brookyln–Queens Expressway on Monday, when a truck burst into flames on the highway near the Columbia Street Waterfront District. Comments (4)
Downtown: New York’s Bravest rushed to extinguish a fire inside Downtown’s Hoyt Street station on Monday, which sparked when equipment came in contact with metal debris on the tracks, according to officials. Comments (3)

Difficult diagnosis: Rehab center will open in Coney regardless of community board’s overwhelming opposition, director says

Health: Coney Island civic leaders overwhelmingly voted against opening a new outpatient rehab center in the neighborhood, but leaders of the firm behind the facility will forge ahead with their plans regardless, claiming not doing so would be a disservice to the area. Comments (5)
UPDATE

Recruiters postpone start of Coney Island job fair

Coney Island: Organizers of a summer-job fair in Coney Island cancelled the event’s Monday session due to inclement weather, and encouraged interested applicants to attend on Tuesday, when recruiters will look to fill at least 600 seasonal positions at the seaside amusement district. Comment
Members of the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board recently voted in favor of a fare hike that will increase costs for unlimited weekly and monthly passes in order to raise more cash for the beleaguered agency, our sister publication QNS reported. Click to read the full story. Read more…
Gowanus: Firefighters pulled a man out of the Gowanus Canal after he jumped into the notoriously polluted waterway on Friday. Comments (1)
Blind Spots: Police are hunting for the hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a cyclist in Williamsburg on Thursday, without stopping, while behind the wheel of what cops described as a tanker. Comments (15)
Flatlands: Flatlanders are rejoicing after the city filed applications to demolish a notorious Avenue L home packed to the roof with junk, an eyesore that neighbors said plagued the neighborhood for more than a decade. Comments (4)
Sunset Park: They’re hoping these questions lead to some answers. Comment
The civic group’s annual event, inside a packed auditorium, largely focused on the city’s controversial proposal to transform the Brooklyn Heights Promenade into a six-lane highway in order to to repair the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway’s triple cantilever, our pals at Brownstoner reported. Click to read the full story. Read more…
Fixing the BQE: Department of Transportation officials will meet with leaders of local community boards behind closed doors on March 11, to get the civic gurus’ input on the proposals to repair the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway’s crumbling triple cantilever, according to an agency spokeswoman. Comments (16)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The city will painstakingly restore two walls of the Gowanus Station building after razing the rest of the ancient structure to erect a water-filtration facility on the site, according to the Feds leading the cleanse of Brooklyn’s Nautical Purgatory, who recently reached an agreement with state preservationists about what parts of the Station to save. Comments (3)

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