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December, 2013

Big hearts in Dyker Heights! Party benefits Ridge boy

Dyker Heights: The Dyker Beach Golf Course catering hall hosted holiday meals and deals on Dec. 8 — with proceeds going to help a Bay Ridge boy. Comment.

Santa does Atlantic

Boerum Hill: There was enough festive singing and dancing at the Atlantic Avenue winter holiday party on Tuesday night to shake off two Thanksgiving meals! Comments (1).

Starry night: Carroll Gardens church brightens up BQE commute

Carroll Gardens: A star light, star bright went up above Sacred Hearts–Saint Stephen church on Dec. 7. Comment.

Owl’s Head Christmas tree lighting a hoot!

Bay Ridge: It was a night of pure holiday bliss in Owl’s Head Park on Dec. 2. Comment.

It’s Yours-day and Buy-day: Black Friday bled into Thanksgiving in Brooklyn this year

Photo Galleries: Shopaholics across the borough jumpstarted binge season early this year, lining up outside big-box stores as early as 7 am on Thanksgiving morning for a shot at half-priced flat-screen televisions. Comment.

November, 2013

Tiger in your tank: Family finds cat trapped in engine during drive

Photo Galleries: A smelly engine could mean anything, but, when your car starts meowing, you know you’ve got problems. Comment.

Football at Fort Ham! Big game promo comes to base

Bay Ridge: The New York-New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committe rolled out the “Huddle Shuttle” — a mobile practice center — at Fort Hamilton on Nov. 23. Comment.

Slice of life! Bake-off at Bay Ridge Greenmarket

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge teen took home top prize in the Bay Ridge Greenmarket’s apple pie bake-off on Nov. 23. Comment.

Mural memorializes vets in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: It’s Bay Ridge’s wall of honor. Comments (7).

UPDATE: Coney Island Creek dolphin found dead

Photo Galleries: The wayward dolphin that accidentally took a turn on Coney Island’s most dangerous water ride yesterday has died. Comments (16).

Brooklyn celebrates Veterans Day

Gravesend: Brooklyn could not wait for Monday to honor its veterans, as servicemen and school kids gathered across the borough late last week to hear tales of bravery and sacrifice and to reflect on the impact of American wars. Comment.

PHOTOS: A year after Sandy cancelled Halloween, freaky festivities return to BOO-klyn

Photo Galleries: Witches, ghouls, and goblins gathered across the borough on Halloween to trick-or-treat and strut their stuff. And we have the pictures to prove it. Comment.

October, 2013

Gathering of the Hush Puppies: Basset hounds pal around in Prospect Park

Park Slope: A bunch of long-faced pooches and the people who love them converged in Prospect Park on Sunday for the third annual Brooklyn Basset Hound Meet-Up, hosted by the North Park Slope Basset Association. Yes, such an organization exists. Comment.

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS: President uses Prospect Park as his personal hel-O-pad, gives speech, gets cheesecake

Crown Heights: President Obama’s visit to Brooklyn closed parts of Prospect Park for six hours this afternoon as the commander-in-chief made a dramatic entrance, headed to Crown Heights to speak about education, then got a bite to eat at Juniors. Comments (23).

Costumed kids pack Prospect Park Zoo for spooky Halloween blowout

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens: Throngs of cute youngsters dressed up like lions, cats, foxes, and even superheroes and princesses at the Prospect Park Zoo “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween bash on Oct. 26 and 27. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comments (1).

Brooklyn after Sandy: Then and now

Photo Galleries: How have we done since the storm of the century struck one year ago? Check out our slideshow to find out. Comments (3).

Green sweep! Volunteers clean and green Park Slope’s Fourth Avenue

Awesome: Volunteers tackled street litter and planted flowers on Saturday to spruce up Park Slope’s busiest thoroughfare. Comment.

Bowl-ing for dollar signs: Soup fest raises cash for Cobble Hill high school

Carroll Gardens: They got it while it was hot. Comment.

Autumn harvest! Narrows Botanical Garden celebrates season with pups and pumpkins

Bay Ridge: Ridgites brought their kids and pooches to the Narrows Botanical Garden’s annual Harvest Fest on Oct. 13, for pumpkin painting and a canine-costume contest. Comments (5).

Vivo Columbus! Parade takes 18th Avenue

Bensonhurst: They don’t call it Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard for nothing! Comments (3).

Fall kicks off in Bay Ridge with parade and street fair

Bay Ridge: The Ragamuffin Parade — a classic costumed kiddie cavalcade — got bright sunny skies for its 47th run on Oct. 5, but the 40th annual Third Avenue Festival the next day wasn’t so lucky. Comment.

Furry and feathered congregants flock to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Fuzzy Brooklyn: Dogs, carts, birds, and other critters received a new leash on life, after participating in pet blessings across Brooklyn to honor St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. Comment.

Back to the block: Revelers flocked to Atlantic Antic on Sunday

Brooklyn Heights: The Antic boasted all the staples of a typical New York street fair — there was more funnel cake and grilled corn than you can shake a skewer at — but the many-block party offered not-so-standard fare as well. Comments (12).

‘Tunnel to Towers’ retraces the fearless footsteps of 9-11 Firefighter Steven Siller of Park Slope

Red Hook: Thousands of runners from across the world upheld the memory of tragic 9-11 fireman Steven Siller on Sunday. The Squad One smokeeater ran through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to the burning World Trade Center, never to return home. Comment.

September, 2013

Residents throw stones at Methodist’s glass house

Park Slope: Dozens of Park Slopers attacked new plans for New York Methodist Hospital’s expansion that features new glass-topped structures. Comments (23).

Prospect Park trashed again after Nickelodeon kids fest, park lovers say

Meadows of Shame: A Nickelodeon extravaganza in Prospect Park last weekend further wrecked a massive meadow in the heart of Brooklyn’s backyard, claim park regulars who say that the beloved field has endured too much abuse from big-ticket events. Comments (26).

‘Les Miz’ comes to Brooklyn!

Bay Ridge: They dreamed a dream — and then it came true! Comments (1).

Beautiful Sunset! Festival takes Fifth Avenue

Sunset Park: The Fifth Avenue Festival filled the corridor between 59th and 44th streets with families, food, and fun for the 14th year in a row. Comment.

Scared safe! Barclays Center transformed into blood-soaked disaster zone for chemical attack drill

Prospect Heights: On Friday night, the Barclays Center turned into a disaster area packed with dead and dying people and emergency personnel rushing around in hazardous materials suits — and it was all part of a military drill to prep for a possible chemical attack. Comments (4).

Street eats feast! Vendys hit Sunset Park

Dining: A Red Hook food truck took home the top honors at the Ninth Annual Vendy Awards — the Oscars of the sidewalk dining world. Comment.

Not forgotten: Brooklynites mark Sept. 11 at ceremonies throughout the borough

Photo Galleries: They said to never forget — and we haven’t. Comments (17).

Pig out! Pork lovers dined in droves at Pig Island food fest

Red Hook: Pig-partial foodies were in hog heaven at the swine fest’s Red Hook debut. Comment.

Carroll Gardens Catholics honor ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’ through annual holy march

Carroll Gardens: Devout parishioners from Sacred Hearts and St. Stephen Church honored the patron Saint of Mola Di Bari, Italy, during the 65-year-old procession. Comment.

It’s back to school for Brooklyn kids!

Photo Galleries: Sharpen those pencils and get ready to hit the books — school is back in session! Comments (1).

West Indian Day Parade kicks off for 46th year

Crown Heights: There was no shortage of booming steel drum beats or bikini-and-feather-clad dancers at Monday’s popular parade along Eastern Parkway. Comments (5).

Pols use West Indian Day Parade to campaign one last major time before primary election

Crown Heights: The annual West Indian Day Parade wasn’t just a jubilant celebration of Caribbean culture this year, it was also one last major chance for New York City politicians to campaign one more time before the upcoming primary election. Comments (2).

Sunny’s rises from the Sandy sludge

Red Hook: Bottoms up! Comment.

August, 2013

UPDATE: Now with slideshow! The first Brooklyn VMAs dazzled and dismayed, depending on who you ask

Prospect Heights: The show had its moments that will no doubt be replayed approximately one bajillion times. And then there’s the stuff we found out. Comments (12).

Pure imagination! Narrows Community Theater brings Willy Wonka to life

Bay Ridge: It’s scrumdiddilyumptious! Comments (1).

‘Battle Week’ kicks off with commemoration of heroic Maryland 400

Photo Galleries: Brooklynites kicked of Battle Week on Sunday to commemorate the Maryland 400, who died in the first real battle of the Revoluntionary War. Comments (2).

Sand fight! Sculptors compete in beach grit-molding battle

Photo Galleries: Hundreds of artists descended on the People’s Playground for the annual Sand-Sculpting Contest on Saturday. See our slideshow for all the sandy fun. Comments (1).

Coney Island feels the ‘Power of Love’

Photo Galleries: Huey Lewis and the News performed in Coney on Thursday, entertaining the crowd with hits off the album “The Heart of Rock and Roll,” and the well-known song from the ’80s hit “Back To The Future.” Comment.

Arabian day — Shore Road Park hosts seventh annual bazaar

Bay Ridge: Some 3,000 Middle Eastern-Americans flocked to Shore Road Park on Aug. 11 for the seventh annual Arab-American Bazaar. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.

World of wonder — Deno’s Wonder Wheel hosts Coney throwback

Photo Galleries: Thousands of visitors turned back the clock at the third annual Coney Island History Day at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park on Saturday. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comments (5).

Coney kids play in MCU Park — and even meet Santa!

Photo Galleries: Youngsters who weren’t able to enjoy Christmas last year because of Hurricane Sandy were treated to games, food, and even a visit from Santa Claus on Aug. 9 at MCU Park. Comment.

Soap box derby returns to the Slope

Park Slope: Kids took to 17th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in the annual Soap Box Derby, held on Saturday. Comments (17).

Firefighters face off in Red Hook BBQ competition

Photo Galleries: Borough firefighters threw down and put their grill skills to the test on Red Hook’s waterfront Wednesday. Comments (2).

July, 2013

Fashion world returns to Prospect Park for Summer Soiree

Park Slope: Hundreds of young fashion-forward do-gooders flocked to Prospect Park’s historic boathouse Wednesday night for the annual gala benefitting Brooklyn’s backyard. Comment.

The murky depths below: Remote boats scan Gowanus

Event: A fleet of remote-controlled, camera-equipped miniature boats got up close and personal with the toxic Gowanus Canal during the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s annual City of Water Day celebration on Saturday. No bodies were found. Comments (10).

Parrot stuck in tree rescued by firemen

Photo Galleries: A hapless owner’s vain attempts to coo down his three-month-old tropical bird from 18 hours in a tree Saturday evening ended with a call to the New York’s Bravest, who valiantly retrieved the colorful fowl the next day. Comments (3).

One to Watch: Will iconic Watchtower sign go the way of the dodo?

Changing Brooklyn: Will the famous “Watchtower” sign that has welcomed Brooklynites home from more than 40 years come down? Well, some Brooklynites want it to stay put. Comments (32).

Smith Street goes red, white — and bleu — for Bastille Day

Boerum Hill: Thousands of French ex-pats and just as many local Francophiles turned out for the annual street fair celebrating French independence. Comment.

It don’t fit: Residents blast Methodist building plan

Park Slope: A massive “u”-shaped medical building that New York Methodist Hospital wants to construct in Park Slope will be a blot on the face of the historic neighborhood, claimed dozens of fretful Slopers at a meeting announcing the hospital’s plan last night. Comments (27).

Fourth of July picnic celebrates freedom with free rock concert

Event: Brooklyn’s most patriotic neighborhood rang in the 237th anniversary of America’s birth with its sixth annual Fourth of July picnic in Shore Road Park. See our slideshow for all the patriotic fun. Comments (3).

Thousands celebrate the Fourth in Coney

Photo Galleries: Thousands of people from all over swarmed Coney Island to celebrate the Fourth on Thursday by eating at Nathan’s, playing in Luna Park, and escaping the heat with a dip in the water. Comments (2).

June, 2013

Mermaid Parade floats down Surf Avenue for 30th year

Photo Galleries: Hundreds of marine-themed floats, half-naked revelers, and cavorting dance crews flooded Coney Island to see the annual Mermaid Parade on June 22. See our slideshow for all the fun of the swimsuit-clad spectacle. Comments (17).

Here’s the bling: New, brighter lights for Parachute Jump

Photo Galleries: The neighborhood’s iconic Parachute Jump came back to life in full glittering glory, as the tower’s new $2-million lighting system came online. Comments (2).

Wildlife advocates clean up harmful debris around Prospect Park’s lakeside

Park Slope: A group of nature-lovers got down and dirty in Prospect Park on Saturday to help keep the wildlife of Brooklyn’s backyard out of harm’s way. Comments (2).

Thousands turn out for Smith Street ‘Funday’ fest

Event: Smith Street bustled with handcrafters, independent designers, renowned restaurateurs, eclectic artisans and an estimated 50,000 frolickers on June 22 during the annual ‘Funday Sunday’. Comment.

Carnivores Devour Dinosaur, barbecue that is.

Dining: Brooklyn’s barbecue-loving carnivores praised the smoked meat gods when renowned restaurant chain Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened its first borough outpost in Gowanus last week. Comments (1).

Dam! Ferry lovers’ Coney plan could be blocked by mayor

Development: A plan to bring a ferry to a pier in Coney Island Creek had a promising test run, but would be dead in the water if the mayor has his way. Comments (5).

Season’s greetings! Slope’s Festa Junina celebrates winter in South America

Event: A group of moms brought a little piece of South America to Park Slope last weekend. Comment.

Dive in! Gowanus Canal race a success

Event: Floating dead rats and decomposing human feces couldn’t stop 50 fearless boaters from racing in the Gowanus Canal. Comments (10).

Mean course! Many start, but few finish bike race in Navy Yard

Red Hook: Talk about mean streets! Only five riders could finish the latest leg of the Red Hook Criterium. Comment.

Pooch-friendly scavenger hunt helps pups without a home

Fuzzy Brooklyn: Pooch lovers teamed up with their canine friends last Sunday for a fun-filled competition to raise funds for a local animal rescue organization. Comments (1).

Gay pride fills Park Slope at 17th annual parade and fest

Park Slope: Park Slope boomed with pride Saturday as rainbow-clad marchers celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities stepped off for the borough’s famous parade along the neighborhood’s Fifth Avenue. Comments (2).

Maple leaves! Bowlers say goodbye to beloved lanes

Changing Brooklyn: Bowlers struggled to keep their spirits out of the gutter at Maple Lanes’ last night on June 2. Comments (13).

May, 2013

Bushwick Open Studios returns

Photo Galleries: Knock, knock, artists. Comment.

Sausage fest! Italian staple the draw at Carroll Garden’s fair

Carroll Gardens: Sure, sausage and pepper heroes have become ubiquitous at street fairs across Brooklyn (you can even get them at the Native American Festival at Floyd Bennet Field), but there is something about the Court Street Festival that makes them a must-have. Comments (2).

GoogaMooga wreaked havoc on Prospect Park, say watchdogs

Park Slope: Prospect Park activists say last week’s GoogaMooga music festival destroyed the park’s Nethermead. Now, promoters of the event say they will pay to clean the mess. Comments (4).

Vikings Invade Bay Ridge!

Event: The annual Viking Fest and the Norwegian Independence Day Parade both thrust onward through wet weather last weekend like a mighty Norse longship against the tide. Comments (1).

Run, Brooklyn, run! From Prospect Park to the Boardwalk — joggers run the borough

Event: About 22,000 joggers — including New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith — pounded 13-plus miles of pavement between Prospect Park and Coney Island on May 18, wrapping up in front of Ruby’s Bar on the Boardwalk. It was all part of the Brooklyn Half, an increasingly popular run designed to boost business in the most populous borough. Comments (1).

GOP bash hosts Catsimatidis, Reagan

Politics: Two things were certain no matter who you asked at the Brooklyn Republican Party’s Abraham Lincoln Dinner at El Caribe in Mill Basin Thursday night: the food was great and John Catsimatidis will be the next mayor of New York City. Comments (1).

Coney isn’t the ‘one and only’

Photo Galleries: Coney Island — the Wonder Wheel, the Cyclone, the River Runner?! Comment.

April, 2013

Little League season begins with boro’s most adorable parade

Park Slope: Play ball! Comment.

March, 2013

Dogs on parade in Park Slope

Park Slope: The Westminister dog show has nothing on the pooches of Park Slope. Comment.

Fairway reopens, Red Hook rejoices

Red Hook: Red Hook’s massive Fairway Market opened its doors last Friday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy, spurring jubilation throughout the waterfront neighborhood. Comment.

February, 2013

Daughter’s day! Second father-daughter ball at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Crown Heights: Dads had so much fun with their daughters at the annual Dads and Daughters Ball at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum that moms were feeling a bit left out. See our slideshow for all the doting dads and darling daughters. Comment.

Remember when it snowed?

Photo Galleries: The weekend’s majestic snowfall has turned into slush, but through these photos, its glory lives on. Comment.

Fairway will reopen on March 1!

Red Hook: Red Hookers will once again be able to sink their teeth into fine artisanal cheeses and organic produce in less than a month. Comment.

POLL: Who was the best leader of the Big Apple?

Perspective: Mayor Koch is gone, and that got us wondering who was the best mayor in the history of New York City. Comments (31).

Koch in black and white

Photo Galleries: We have dug through our massive photo archives and found a bunch of pictures of Mayor Ed Koch, who died today of congestive heart failure at the age of 88. Check them out, and let us know your remembrances on the man who led New York City back from oblivion during his reign as mayor from 1978 until 1989. Comments (8).

January, 2013

Moms march against guns

Downtown: The National Rifle Association has a tough new opponent: the Mom lobby. Comments (2).

It’s that time of year again when Brooklynites make their own mulch

Photo Galleries: On the 19th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me — lots of mulch! Comments (11).

So long, Celia

Carroll Gardens: She’s going away — but she won’t be forgotten. Comments (4).

PHOTOS: Swimmers brave the cold for the 2012 Polar Bear dip in Coney Island

Photo Galleries: Who needs Hawaii in January? Comment.

January, 2012

Brooklynites toss old electronics at e-waste recycling drive

Gowanus: That giant desktop computer and 17-inch monitor you bought in 2003: $2,200 Comment.