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Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

In small packages: Slope gallery proves bigger isn’t always better

Art: At 440 Gallery’s annual “Small Works Show,” size really does not matter. Comment.

Kwanzaa extravaganza: Dance studio to hold musical holiday celebration

Dance: Long-time observors and newcomers alike can celebrate the history and culture of Kwanzaa through song, dance, and percussion. Comments (4).

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

Master of puppets: Marionette maven puppetizes classic kids’ stories

Theater: Expect some very wooden performances at this Park Slope holiday show. Comment.

Kick starter: Tony Roma’s Kickin’ Shrimp kicks it off right

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: Come for the ribs, stay for the seafood. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013

Where to GO this week!

Nightlife: Got plans for this coming week? No? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

Council approves, but Coney gardeners may still bury Marty’s amphitheater plan

The Council voted to approve Borough President Markowitz’s dream of constructing an amphitheater in Coney Island’s Childs Building — but a technicality could still derail the plan, say the keepers of a garden the project would uproot. Comments (28).

Bartoonist heads underground

Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator goes digging for cocktails underneath Williamsburg’s Rye. Comment.

’Twas the nights before Christmas

Nightlife: There are only five more nights left to wear ugly sweaters and sing silly songs. Make the most of it with our guide to the best Christmas events in Brooklyn. Comments (2).

Extreme cartoon collector to screen vintage holiday animations

Cinema: A local projectionist and animation archivist will show off his horde of ancient holiday-themed cartoons on Dec. 21. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

Funny photos: Greenpoint photographer captures comedians in the act

Books: Seth Olenick spent seven years photographing the likes of Weird Al, Judd Apatow, and Zach Galifianakis for his new book, “Funny Business.” Comment.

Happy and fearless this holiday season

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie is really joyful — in a way she can’t get from a bottle. Comments (11).

The 12 Pages of The Brooklyn Paper

Page 1: In 12 broadsheet pages, The Brooklyn Paper gave to me: 12 color pages, 11 writers writing, 10 Lords of Flatbush, 9 Days in Brooklyn, 8 front-page stories, 7 news pages, lots of classifieds, 5 editor’s picks … 4 GO pages, 3 silly typos, 2 ads for dentists and a blotter blaaack ouut! Comment.

It's a turnaround

Nets find Johnson, and he’s sinking baskets

Back Court: ISO Joe is a thing of the past. Comment.

Finally! The Nets are relevant

Front Court: A few wins has our columnist feeling a bit more confident. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

FIRST LOOK: We got a sneak peek at Prospect Park’s about-to-open ice rink complex

Shake the dust off those skates and tape up your hockey sticks. Comments (1).

Saved by the yells: Crowd rushes to rescue unconscious woman from Atlantic subway tracks

Awesome: Dozens of commuters rallied to save a woman who fell onto the subway tracks from being crushed by a train pulling into the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center station this afternoon. Comments (6).

State to DeBlasio: You want LICH? You can have it

Cobble Hill: The decision to put off a decision on a plan to turn the beleaguered Cobble Hill hospital into condos came with an offer to let mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio take over the place. Comments (4).

Snow stopping us

Williamsburg: Many Brooklynites spent Tuesday huddled indoors, away from the snowstorm, but not these guys. Comments (18).

Marching music: Brooklyn parades break out boom boxes and bike bells

Music: Get ready to make some noise! Comments (1).

Grandma lives! Beloved clown returns in Brighton Beach

Theater: New York’s favorite geriatric clown, Grandma, has left Manhattan’s Big Apple Circus for the bright lights of Brighton Beach. Comments (7).

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Whole-hearted embrace at Whole Foods’ first day — almost

Gowanus: Some kale seekers at the gourmet grocer’s opening said they will be trading trips to their old standby stores for the one-stop-organic-shopping experience alongside the fetid Gowanus Canal. But skeptics say they will have to wait and see what greens may come. Comments (3).

Let there be light! Scandinavian celebration breaks the winter darkness

Bay Ridge: The Scandinavian East Coast Museum held its 10th annual Santa Lucia Day celebration on Friday — honoring the blinded Sicilian-born martyr who became a symbol of brightness in the Nordic nations. Comments (2).

Marking Christmas with Markowitz mathematics

Look what came in the mail. It is a winter holiday card from our outgoing Borough President and it is packed with references to recent history. Let us break it all down for you. Comments (7).

BIG trouble near rapper’s childhood home

Clinton Hill: Cops are looking for a jerk who they say stabbed a guy in Clinton Hill, steps from where Notorious BIG grew up. Comments (1).

Lightbulb moment: Christmas trees brighten up Carroll Park, Columbia Street

Columbia St Waterfront: Competing tree lightings in neighboring neighborhoods brightened up the night this weekend. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Introducing a new borough politics column from intrepid staff reporter Will Bredderman

Will’s Watch: Will Bredderman beats the pavement to give you up-to-the-minute news on Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Coney Island. But he also spends his share of time in smoke-filled rooms, collecting insights on the creaky inner workings of Brooklyn’s rival political machines. That is where his column Will’s Watch comes in. Our friends over at BrooklynDaily.com will give you the cream of Bredderman’s political crop every Monday, starting this week with the story of how the borough’s GOP rift supposedly started with a Christmas party gone wrong. Comments (1).

Swing would be missed: W’burg senior center braces for fight after rent hike

Williamsburg: An embattled Williamsburg senior center and daycare got another batch of bad news this week in the form of a huge rent hike and a threat of eviction, according to the center’s manager. Comments (14).

Ferry good run: East River Ferry extended through 2019

Williamsburg: Big wheel keep on turning. Comments (1).

Homecoming king: Mike Tyson gets a hero’s welcome in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Iron Mike has come home for the holidays. Comments (3).

Delay bells ring: State accountability hearing for LICH handling pushed back again

Cobble Hill: Yes they can — kick a decision on whether to fine the State University of New York down the road again. Comments (7).

Flatbush Avenue tower inches toward reality

Downtown: They’ll de-pave a parking lot, but will the tower they put up be paradise? Comments (5).

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

This Christmas season, a very special Carmine

Sunday Screech: This week, Carmine cheers one of his favorite groups of people. Comments (2).

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Pretty please: Methodist Hospital hopes new designs will woo community board

Park Slope: New York Methodist Hospital has gone back to the drawing board — again. Comments (1).

Library bookmarks Brooklyn Heights branch plans

Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn Public Library has picked seven possible designs for the new building that will house the Brooklyn Heights branch, including one that provides a permanent home for the hipster food fair Smorgasburg. Comments (3).

Council OKs Brookhattan

Development: The Council gave the green light to mega-developments on the Greenpoint waterfront and in Bushwick’s industrial core this week, while the Domino Sugar factory project cleared another round in the approval process. Comments (7).

Box fort: Atlantic Yards tower gets first building blocks

Atlantic Yards: The second phase of construction on the first and only Atlantic Yards tower now being built is like a game of Jenga in reverse. Comments (9).

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Light in the blotter blackout

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s 68th police precinct allowed a reporter in on Wednesday after our first report on the ongoing blotter blackout. Only this time, instead of cops there providing crime reports to written form, an officer read incident summaries aloud, leaving out some basic information. Comments (3).

Green means no in Red Hook: Community board votes against pricey private school

Red Hook: A charter school chain’s bid to build a pricey private school in Red Hook is an out-of-nowhere, elitist moneymaking scheme that has no place in the working-class neighborhood, said a local panel that voted to block its bid on Wednesday night. Comments (8).