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Gowanus: High-school graduates enrolled in a local do-good group’s technical-education program geared to land them construction jobs cannot begin their classes until President Trump decides to reopen the government and end its longest shutdown in American history. Comments (4)
Mean Streets: A bicycle vault coming to the streets outside Atlantic Terminal Mall this spring will provide a new, hip way for cycling commuters to stash their pedal-powered rides, according to its creator. Comments (2)

Man charged with murder for killing guy with hammer at Sheepshead Bay restaurant

Sheepshead Bay: Police arrested a Brighton Beach man and charged him with murder for brutally killing a guy with a hammer inside an Emmons Avenue restaurant in Sheepshead Bay on Tuesday. Comments (4)

Bklyn’s Nautical Purgatory in purgatory! Fate of canal cleanse in limbo with EPA off job due to federal shutdown

Cleaning Our Waterways: The Feds’ slow-going cleanse of the toxic Gowanus Canal is now stuck in the muck yet again thanks to the longest government shutdown in American history. Comments (5)

Near East ear feast! Balkan music festival takes over Grand Prospect Hall this weekend

Music: They’ll make your Balkan dance dreams come true! Comment
Page 1: Have you read the one about 11-year-old drag queen Desmond is Amazing, whose family is beseiged by city social workers investigating complaints made following the boy’s chaperoned December performance at a Williamsburg bar? Or how about the one about the city giving the developer it tapped in 2013 to build Willoughby Square Park — and the futuristic parking garage beneath it — until the end of the month to close a long-awaited deal on the project, before it starts again from scratch? Maybe the one about the latest concerns over the placement of a controversial statue inside the bucolic Green-Wood Cemetery? The Paper has ‘em all, folks — and originally reported each at that. So keep reading, and keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…
Parenting: The family of an 11-year-old Brooklyn boy known internationally as one of the city’s most talked about drag queens continues to receive death threats, as well as investigatory visits from city social workers, weeks after writers for conservative and pro-life websites ignited a firestorm over his recent performance at a Williamsburg bar. Comments (15)
Mean Streets: Scaffolding outside a Downtown building came crashing down on Tuesday, after a man smashed his sport-utility vehicle into the temporary wooden-and-metal structure on Cadman Plaza West, according to a Fire Department spokesman. Comments (4)
Theater: This musical takes the crown for oddest premise! Comments (3)

Driver fatally collides with empty car in Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach: A man died on Monday after smashing his van into another vacant vehicle parked on a Brighton Beach street, cops said. Comment

Pickup-truck driver fatally hits man in Williamsburg

Mean Streets: A man died after a driver hit him while he crossed a Williamsburg street, police said. Comments (7)

Marine Park-bred illustrator who cut his teeth at Brooklyn Paper dead at 65

Marine Park: A legendary Brooklyn-born comic artist — who got his start doodling strips for the Brooklyn Paper — died on Saturday at 65-years-old, following a two-year battle with brain cancer. Comment

Silence on statue sparks concern: Locals worry cemetery may go rogue after refusing meeting about controversial monument

Greenwood Heights: Green-Wood Cemetery leaders may be backing out of their promise to consult the community before installing a statue of a polarizing doctor in the burial ground, according to critics of the sculpture, who said a graveyard bigwig recently shot down their request for a sitdown about the fate of the monument to gynecologist J. Marion Sims. Comments (7)

City votes down developer’s request to upzone Surf Ave. block

Coney Island: The city rejected a developer’s controversial request to upzone a block of Surf Avenue in Coney Island, citing this newspaper’s reporting that the builder would consider going against city code by revising the application to only upzone its own properties on the stretch. Comment

Goodbye to Bravest: Boro lays firefighter who fatally fell from Mill Basin Bridge to rest

Marine Park: It was a Kings send-off. Comment
Our pals at our sister site Brownstoner did a deep dive into the history and creation of the beloved Promenade, and the three-tiered engineering marvel beneath it — whose looming repairs may spell the end of the beloved walkway as locals know it. Click to give it a read! Read more…

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