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Lobster shift! Waterfront Book Festival celebrates maritime literature

The waterfront has long been a source of inspiration for Brooklyn writers, from Walt Whitman to Budd Schulberg. Comment

It’s no ‘Illuscination’ — new Ringling circus is solid entertainment

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey hails itself as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” but the latest incarnation of the company’s one-ring venture in Coney Island is more like “The Subtlest Circus on Earth.” Comment

‘Fiery’ talk from Furnaces co-founder

Ten years ago, Eleanor Friedberger didn’t have too many places to play in Greenpoint. Comment

Funky fresh sound

Hank & Cupcakes have been making music for over a decade, but it took moving to Brooklyn to put them on the map. Comment

Mermaid Parade returns on Saturday!

The Mermaid Parade returns to Coney Island this weekend, with shiny scales, elastic flippers and, yes, widespread nudity on Surf Avenue. Comment

Grit and bear it at this all-grits festival

Joe Pesci’s Vinny Gambini character in the movie “My Cousin Vinny” was probably the first Brooklynite to eat grits, but he sure won’t be the last. Comment
Coney Island: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey open in Coney Island — and Dooley likes it (for the most part). Comments (5)

Grit and bear it at this all-grits festival

Event: Joe Pesci’s Vinny Gambini character in the movie “My Cousin Vinny” was probably the first Brooklynite to eat grits, but he sure won’t be the last. Comment

Mermaid Parade returns on Saturday!

Event: This is an eye-popping good time. Comments (1)
Downtown: Forget soccer. This month, Brooklyn is the international home of swordplay as the Fencing World Cup comes to the Marriott from June 18-20. Comments (1)
Dining: Sherri Eisenberg has traveled the world as a travel writer, and has found that nothing compares to Brooklyn’s culinary scene. Comment
Music: Forty years ago, one of the most seminal jazz albums — Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew” — was released, a record that changed the course of music history. Hear why on Saturday night. Comment

Head to this ‘Williamsburger’ BBQ on June 21

Dining: Brooklyn’s got plenty of burgers, hot dogs and live music, but at the fourth annual Williamsburgers and Wieners BBQ, you can get all three for free. Comment

Hot food gossip — including a new biergarten

Foodie-in-Chief: Better rev up that appetite — it’s been a tasty few weeks in the county of Kings. Here’s the best of the borough’s openings, closings, and of course, restaurant rumors. Comments (1)

Hidden history

Hidden history

Event: One of Brooklyn’s prized historical sites — the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights — will host the first annual “NYC Underground Railroad Festival.” Comments (2)
Art: An art gallery in DUMBO isn’t the coziest place to spend a week, but it certainly could be worse. Comment

Hipster loses his cool on Jamaican trip in hot new film — screening tomorrow!

Cinema: A pair of Brooklyn filmmakers has taken two of the fundamental aspects of the borough — hipsters and West Indian culture — and thrown them together in a road trip-flick that is earning awards on the festival circuit. Comment

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