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Dance group mixes things up for the holidays

BoroBeat: The Brooklyn Dance Center performed its holiday show, “Illuminations of Christmas,” to a sold-out crowd at IS 281 in Bensonhurst. For highlights of the performance, see our slideshow. Comment

Christmas party draws more than 500 kids

BoroBeat: Councilman Mathieu Eugene’s annual holiday toy party in Flatbush drew a big crowd this year when kids, parents and Santa gathered at PS 92 to celebrate Christmas. For more on the fun, see our slideshow. Comment

Fire guts Seventh Avenue apartment; two injured

Park Slope: Flames, smokeeaters and heroes in Park Slope — and we’ve got the pictures! Comment

Who has the best Christmas decorations in Dyker Heights?

Dyker Heights: Like the lighting of the Menorah at Cadman Plaza, getting a Christmas card from Marty Markowitz, or getting wasted with Santa Claus at Sunny’s in Red Hook, cruising Dyker Heights during the holidays and gawking in awe at the incandescent splendor of the neighborhood’s Christmas decorations is a Brooklyn holiday tradition. Comments (1)
BoroBeat: Holiday shoppers dispelled their big-box blues by heading to Williamsburg for an Asian night market-styled souk. Comment

PS 52’s got talent! School showcases students at annual fundraiser

BoroBeat: Students — and some faculty — performed at the Nostrand Avenue school’s talent show on Dec. 8 and 9. See the talented school in our slideshow. Comment

Ed and Anne-Katrin hear the fowl bawl in Park

Meadows of Shame: At least one double-crested cormorant is thankful that Anne-Katrin Titze always travels with her trusty needle-nose pliers. Comments (10)
BoroBeat: The city co-named Brighton First Place in honor of community activist Fran Kaplan during a ceremony on Dec. 1. See our slideshow for more. Comment
BoroBeat: The “Fantastia on the Loose” campaign acquainted visitors with one of the world’s largest — and prettiest — serpents. Comment

PS 216 shows its true colors with a concert for Veteran’s Day

BoroBeat: Pint-sized freedom-lovers at the Gravesend school showed their appreciation to area war heroes with a red, white, and blue salute. Comment
BoroBeat: The riding club held its 23rd annual Christmas Toy Run in Coney Island, delivering early holiday gifts to kids. Comment

HERE THEY ARE! Slideshow gives you the goods on Bridge Park hotel.

Bridge ‘Park’: Here’s a first look at the exciting (and not-so-exciting) designs that potential hotel and condo developers for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 have proposed to the city. Comments (1)
BoroBeat: Pie-eyed Ridgites showed up for the second annual Bay Ridge Pie Social on Sunday to show off their baking skills, sample the sweet treats, and raise money for a good cause. Comment

Borough races into athletic history with ‘Brooklyn Marathon’

BoroBeat: Read, set, GO! Runners storm the site of the Battle of Brooklyn for the first-ever borough marathon at Prospect Park. Comment
BoroBeat: Students, staffers and supporters mixed business with pleasure when they dressed up in costume for their third annual benefit walk. Check out their costumes in our slideshow. Comment

Elders salute vets and staff at Senior Citizens League of Flatbush

BoroBeat: Snazzy seniors put on the glitz during a fall frolic at the Ditmas Park center. See all the fun in our slideshow! Comment
Art: The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s new museum and visitor’s center is as much about the history of what was once the center of American shipbuilding as it is about its even-brighter future. Comments (3)

True-blue Veteran’s Day salute at Fort Hamilton honors our war heroes

BoroBeat: Heroic freedom fighters — past and present — were the men and women of the hour for grateful patriots eager to show their true colors. Check out our slideshow. Comment

Prospect Park gala laid on the glitz

BoroBeat: Dancing, drinks and awards mark the Nov. 10 event. Comment

Spirit is willing — and the flesh is full of gin!

Nightlife: Brooklyn’s newest craft distillery is churning out the hooch with the spirit of a Prohibition-era bootlegger. Comments (3)
BoroBeat: Students at the Sheepshead Bay school gave vets a star-spangled tribute on Nov. 10. Comment

Grandmas are ‘glam-mas’ for senior beauty pageant at ‘National’ restaurant!

BoroBeat: Elder lovelies show that age is merely a number as they strut their stuff during the 10th annual contest of glamor and grit in Brighton Beach. See all the coverage in our slideshow! Comment

What, pray tell, is gin, old chap?

Williamsburg: There’s more to this elusive tempress than just soaking neutral spirits in juniper berries. Comment
Protesters decry “crony capitalism” at Atlantic Yards, Albee Square and other locations. With a slideshow, even! Comments (12)
Brooklyn Paper: Beautiful Avenue H station reopeneds — $48-million later. WITH SLIDESHOW! Comment

More recess, please! PS 212 cuts ribbon on new playground

BoroBeat: Students and teachers celebrated the opening of their new play space at the Gravesend school on Monday. Comment
BoroBeat: Mom, Dad and the kids welcomed the golden season with a harvest festival at the John Malone Community Center in Bergen Beach on Saturday. See all in the fun in our slideshow. Comment

Vollie grimebusters make a clean sweep of Mermaid Avenue

BoroBeat: Have you noticed how Mermaid Ave. between Stillwell Avenue and W. 33rd Street looks spiffier? Thank Astella Development Corporation, the Coney Island Board of Trade, and area residents, who joined forces for a clean-up day along the commercial corridor. See all in the fun in our slideshow. Comment
BoroBeat: NOBODY cheers louder and better than Brooklynites — and the marathoners received their fair share of rah-rah-rah as they cruised the borough on their way to Queens. See all the action in our slideshow. Comment
Brighton Beach: Firemen were able to pull three construction workers from a pile of rubble when a portion of an under-construction building on Brighton Fifth Street collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, but one of the workers later died after suffering a heart attack during the ordeal. Comment

BRIC anniversary bash strokes borough artists

BoroBeat: Brooklyn-based artists had a close brush with admiration when they were honored at Pier 41 for helping to shape our vibrant, creative community! Comment

Smith Street soup crawl creams the competition!

BoroBeat: There’s nuthin’ meek about soup, according to celebrity judges who picked the cream of the crock during a bisque, broth and bouillion festival in Carroll Gardens. Comment
BoroBeat: Kids — and adults — came decked out in their finest Halloween costumes on Monday for the Trump Village Apartments’ third annual holiday bash. Comment

Trick-o-treaters get their ghoul on at Kings Plaza!

BoroBeat: Kings Plaza howled with Halloween spirit on Saturday as children donned their freakiest glad rags and strutted their spooktastic selves for prizes and bragging rights! See it all right here in our slideshow. Comment
It was a delightful dog’s life for triff tail-waggers at the ninth annual mutt costume contest along the promenade! Comment

‘Lawrence P. Dorsey Way’ unveiled to cheering crowd of residents and artists in Prospect Lefferts Gardens

BoroBeat: The unpretentious art patron and area merchant showcased the works of internationally-acclaimed African-American artists — now, his legacy will live on at the corner of Rogers Avenue and Fenimore Street. Comment

Spooky fun at the Park Slope parade

Park Slope: Here’s our slideshow from the annual Halloween Parade — featuring our editor as a bike lane! Comments (4)
BoroBeat: Kids decked in Halloween costumes danced the afternoon away at IS 211 during the 69th Precinct Community Council’s holiday party. See all the fun in our slideshow. Comment

BPL’s ‘Masquerade Bowl’ was spectacular

BoroBeat: A-listers to D-listers, they were all there at the Brooklyn Public Library’s benefit Halloween masked ball at Brooklyn Bowll, where merrymakers were no crankers when it came to having phant-tastic fun! Comment

These amateur chefs went casserole crazy

Contestants at the seventh annual casserole cookoff in Williamsburg really took the cake this year. Comments (15)

Grab your partner! Down-home hoedown celebrates newly renovated park

BoroBeat: Ridgites do-si-doed during a rootin’, tootin’ family hoedown at Owls Head Park on Saturday. See all the fun in our slideshow. Comment

Crest Hardware carves up a ghouly good time

BoroBeat: The art-smart showed us how it’s done in Williamsburg by devilishly decorating orange beauties for the zaniest day of the year! Yes, that’s Osama and Saddam. Comment

Dead Williamsburg cyclist was a major art figure

Mean Streets: Locals mourn rising star Mathieu Lefevre — and we join the tribute with a slideshow of his amazing work. Comments (33)

Benefit walk raises money for ailing food pantry

BoroBeat: Reaching-Out Community Services found a friend in the community, which teamed up with clients and others to raise money for the cash-strapped soup kitchen. Comment
BoroBeat: For eight years, this devilish decorator has been terrifying Bath Beach with his homage to Halloween. Comment

Tail-waggers put on the dog for Halloween at Narrows Botanical Gardens!

BoroBeat: It was a spooktackle — and then some — when the Narrows Botanical Gardens held its annual Halloween canine costume contest and harvest festival. Read on for more on the wag-nificent fun! Comment
BoroBeat: Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good boy? Check it out in this photo essay! Comments (2)
Park boosters “topped off” a new recreational and educational facility at Prospect Park, trumpeting the completion of the building’s frame as a milestone for one of the park’s biggest projects ever. Comments (1)
Park Slope: About 100 people — including Borough President Markowitz — gathered to fight greed. Did they succeed? Not initially, but we did get a great photo spread out of it. Comments (7)
BoroBeat: These guys went from being the scourge of the subways to the toast of the art world. Comment
BoroBeat: Many tried out, but few were chosen for next week’s finals in hopes of being the voice of the Brooklyn Nets. Comments (3)

Stick it to ‘em! ‘Old-timers’ face off with next generation in annual stickball tournament

BoroBeat: The Brooklyn Stickball Old Timers’ 43rd annual tournament pitted younger players against their older counterparts for a series of stickball matches on 80th Street between Third and Fourth avenues. Comment
BoroBeat: Brooklyn’s canaries and larks sang up a sweet storm in Bay Ridge for the fifth annual elder song competition, proving that the borough’s golden crooners are neither old nor cold when it comes to exercising their vocal chords. Comment

It was a tyke-errific time when the annual Ragamuffin Parade unfurled its magic in Bay Ridge!

BoroBeat: Fun was the word around town as lads and lasses got gussied up and put a festive foot forward for the area’s premier tot parade. Comment
BoroBeat: Brooklyn group lauds members and others for helping to improve our quality oif life. Comment
BoroBeat: They were dancing — and eating — in the streets! Comment

John Starks hosts IS 227 hoops clinic

BoroBeat: The Knicks legend wowed students during a hoops clinic at a Bensonhurst school. Comment
BoroBeat: The 10th annual race was more celebratory than mournful as tens of thousands of runners put their best foot forward in memory of 9-11 firefighter Stephen Siller, who worked in Park Slope. Comments (2)
Park Slope: Parks officials set free a once-injured hawk in Prospect Park on Thursday, trumpeting the release as a symbol that the city aims to make parks “friendlier” to urban wildlife. Comments (6)

Shorefront food drive kicks of Rosh Hashanah in Brighton Beach

BoroBeat: The Jewish New Year arrived in Brooklyn with a food distribution by the Shorefront Jewish Community Council, proving that charity begins at home. Comment

Move over Carrie and Clay — there’s a new ‘Idol’ in town!

BoroBeat: Brooklyn’s first “Teen Idol” is a 13-year-old warbler from Park Slope! Comment

Flying high! Joystick jockeys helps fight breast cancer

BoroBeat: The fight against breast cancer soared to new heights on Sept. 26 as members of the Pennsylvania Avenue Radio Control Society held a unique fundraiser in Floyd Bennett Field — where flying aficionados got to take model airplanes up for a spin while helping an important cause. Comment

Awards dinner hails urban warriors

BoroBeat: An area group lauds seven honorees for helping to improve the neighborhood. Comment

Brooklyn Heights chooses top dog — it’s Woodley!

BoroBeat: The second annual Brooklyn Heights Dog Show brought canines big and small, but only one Goldendoodle stole the show! Comment

Fetching the gold! Daisy the pit bull wins three-peat at Doggie Olympics

BoroBeat: Dozens of pooches — and their masters — flocked to Marine Park on Saturday for the seventh annual competition. Daisy the pit bull took home her third gold medal. Comment

BAM gala celebrates a classic

BoroBeat: What would you do for your 150th birthday? Comment

Last week’s Park(ing) Day was fun

They put the “park” in “parking.” Comments (1)
BoroBeat: Volunteers once again collected dozens of pounds of broken glass in Fort Greene Park this Saturday — the second weekend in a row that locals had to clean up a park that they say is increasingly neglected. Comments (9)
Dining: Appetites were conquered, thirsts were slaked, and dreams were realized at the annual food fest. Comments (1)
Forgetting which trains run to Coney Island is impossible when they’re tattooed on your calf. Comments (3)

Community Bookstore celebrates 40 years at the heart of the Slope

More than 800 book lovers defied the supposed death of print on Saturday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Community Bookstore, a fixture in a neighborhood that has changed, but still loves the printed word. Comment
Hurricane Irene came and went, and Brooklyn is cleaning up the small mess it left behind. We tell you all about it, with a slideshow! Comment
Tread lightly folks, it can be a little messy out there. We’ve added a slideshow of images from around the borough. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: Hurricane Irene mostly spared the city, but it destroyed a beloved and controversial 80-year-old tree that Brooklyn Heights residents once battled a co-op board to save. Comments (9)

Update: Here it comes!

Update: Here it comes!

Hurricane Irene is bearing down on Brooklyn, and Mayor Bloomberg has ordered the evacuation of low-lying areas, including all of Coney Island and Brighton Beach, and a huge swath of Sheepshead Bay. Comment

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