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Death of a legend

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Death of a legend

Ayveq, the walrus whose bizarre, though oddly compelling, masturbation rituals made him an international sensation at the New York Aquarium, has died. He was 14. Comments (13)

Supremes sing the blues to Yards foes

Atlantic Yards: The Supreme Court will not hear a case brought by property owners who are slated to lose their land to make room for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project — but the property owners say they will take their case through New York State’s court system, which has traditionally not been sympathetic to property owners in eminent domain cases. Comments (4)

Frank Powers, 67: Was, briefly, GOP candidate for Fossella seat

Bay Ridge: Frank Powers, who had been selected by Republican power brokers to run for the congressional seat being vacated by disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella, died in his sleep on Sunday. He was 67. Comment
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Ikea docks in Red Hook

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Ikea docks in Red Hook

Red Hook: Red Hook’s long-awaited Ikea — with a suitably long line — opened on Wednesday morning, heralding a new era for furniture shoppers, bargain hunters, meatball lovers and, perhaps more important, the troubled waterfront neighborhood. Comments (3)

tkt-yes! Half-priced Broadway tix on the way to Downtown

Downtown: It’s going to be a lot easier for Brooklynites to give their regards to Broadway starting this summer — thanks to a new TKTS booth Downtown. Comments (1)

State: Tranny flick too racy for park lineup

Bridge ‘Park’: The transsexual punk rocker of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” was too racy for state officials, but the ax-wielding psychopath of “The Shining” was just fine for this year’s movie lineup in Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park. Comments (3)

Tourist ‘trolley’ goes the way of the Dodgers

Transit: The fake, gas-guzzling tourist trolleys that have failed to attract visitors to Brooklyn’s cultural institutions have been quietly put out of their misery, and will be replaced later this summer with fuel-efficient models that will go all the way into Manhattan in search of tourist treasure. Comments (3)

Ikea opens

Don’t kill Red Hook

Editorial: It is tempting to see the opening of Ikea in Red Hook as a sort of “retail therapy” for a neighborhood in the doldrums — but locals should not be tempted into inviting more big box stores to play in the Hook sandbox. Comments (4)

Hook: Lines and sinking?

Red Hook: Red Hook residents are bracing to see if Ikea will do what no other controversial project has been able to do — reinvigorate the hardscrabble neighborhood or wipe it off the “up-and-coming” map for good. Comment

Big blue box doesn’t scare nearby mom-and-pop

Red Hook: The opening of Ikea provided a good chance to pay a visit to Michael Sokol, an old-school furniture monger on Columbia Street. Comment

Two wheels good, four wheels bad

Red Hook: Red Hook — haven for big box shoppers or the most bicycle friendly neighborhood in the city? Well, why not both, thanks to this new design competition? Comment

All drawn out

Red Hook: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. This week: Ikea. Comment

The Latest Development News

Kiss the glass library goodbye

Development: The Brooklyn Public Library’s ambitious plan to build an iconic, Enrique Norten-designed performing arts branch near the Brooklyn Academy of Music has been abandoned, but rising in its place will be another Norten creation, this one a luxury residential, cultural and office edifice. Comments (1)

Coney’s re-zonie baloney: Foes find common ground over city’s land grab plan

Coney Island: The fight for the soul of Coney Island begins for real next week when supporters of independent amusement operators and the neighborhood’s private developers battle a city plan to buy up land and create a new and expanded amusement area that the mayor believes will save the faded “People’s Playground.” Comments (1)

Hung over at Hank’s

Carroll Gardens: A developer’s bid to build a seven-story condo building over Hank’s Saloon in Boerum Hill was unanimously blocked last Wednesday by Community Board 2. Comment

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Cyclones storm into season

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Cyclones storm into season

Cyclones: The Brooklyn Cyclones are on pace to go 76–0. Comment

Zach is back! ‘Lutz the Klutz’ shows what he can do

Ups & Downs: Now we know why we were so excited about Zach Lutz on Opening Day last year! Plus items on Sandy the Seagull and a two-handed Yankee pitcher. Comment

A tale of two boroughs

Play’s the Thing: Queens and Brooklyn are rivals on the diamond, but for Cyclones fans, this is the best of times. Comment

In the mix

In the mix

Nightlife: Julie Reiner is a cocktail rock star. The Park Slope resident owns a set of swanky Manhattan lounges and is known worldwide for her spirit smarts and magical mixing. But when it came time to launch her next project, Reiner looked no further than her own backyard for a place to serve more of her high-class cocktails. Comment
Art: A photograph of a life-size, fake deer stares mournfully at us from a tiny yard in Carroll Gardens. Bits of moss and grass, collected from all over the borough, are pressed into abstract collage that is literally Brooklyn on paper. These are just a couple of artworks featured in “Brooklyn Au Natural” — a visual exploration of the interface between nature and the city — a show which opened at the Safe-T-Gallery in DUMBO on Thursday. Comment

Your family

In fact, Teen Spirit needs his space

Smartmom: Smartmom was fretting over her teenager’s long absences until she learned that it’s all normal. Comments (3)

Mo Willems bails on our borough and heads north

Brooklyn Angle: The beloved kids author and Brooklyn fixture has moved to Massachusetts from Park Slope, the neighborhood that served as his creative font for more than 15 years. Comments (1)
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Free condoms

Downtown: Trojan was handing out free condoms in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday, June 13, 2008 — so we sent summer associate Marie Cunningham to get the story and some condoms. Comment

CIRCUS comes to town!

Dooley Noted: There is a small miracle taking place on the Red Hook waterfront — CIRCUSundays at the Barge Museum. Comments (1)

Graduation special!

Parenting: It’s that time of the year again, folks — graduation season has come and gone. But before we send the newly minted grads out into the real world (or, “The Real World” on MTV — filming next month on Willoughby Street!), let’s recap how our area’s major colleges and universities honored the class of 2008. Comments (1)

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun and games for you and your family. Comments (1)

The happy (DUMBO) couple

DUMBO: At least one prime DUMBO property is officially off the market — real-estate developer Jed Walentas got hitched. Comments (1)
Bridge ‘Park’: The Floating Pool in the Brooklyn Bridge Park site was cool for swimmers last summer — but this year, the park will make a big splash with art lovers. Comments (1)

Montague on grass!

Montague on grass!

Brooklyn Heights: Montague Street could look more like Paris than Brooklyn Heights, thanks to a plan to close the street on Sundays in July, put out café tables and even install a lawn. Comments (3)

Get lit

Books: Get out your hardcovers and smudge-proof autograph pens, because the celebrity riddled Brooklyn Book Festival will show its spine on Sept. 14. Comment
Bay Ridge: Frank Powers, the presumptive Republican candidate for the Bay Ridge congressional seat being vacated by disgraced GOP lawmaker Vito Fossella, introduced himself to the public days after national Democratic Party officials made the rare move of endorsing Staten Island Councilman Mike McMahon in his intra-party primary. Comments (1)

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comments (1)

Pols want more Yards scrutiny

Atlantic Yards: State legislators want to take oversight of Atlantic Yards away from a state development agency controlled by the governor’s appointees and give it to … a new agency controlled only slightly less by the governor’s appointees. Comments (3)

Victory docs can’t help car wreck victims

Bay Ridge: Doctors at the soon-to-close Victory Memorial Hospital couldn’t help the victims of a brutal car wreck in front of the 92nd Street medical center on Friday morning — because they weren’t allowed to. Comments (3)

‘Green Chuch’ fans in Ridge seek Golden rule from Marty

Bay Ridge: The preservationists fighting to save the so-called “Green Church” are calling on a higher power to rescue Ovington Avenue’s emerald house of worship — state Sen. Marty Golden. Comments (3)

Windows We Are: School we are not!

Bay Ridge: This land is your land — and that land is my land, says the owner of the Bay Ridge glass shop Windows We Are. Comment

What’s up, doc?

Park Slope: New York Methodist Hospital has a new urology chief — and you gotta check out this photo! Comment

Ridge market battle goes co-op

Bay Ridge: In grocery-starved Bay Ridge, shopping is about to become a team effort. Comments (6)

Hysterical fiction

Hysterical fiction

Books: Despite sipping Earl Grey tea, like one of the characters in her debut novel might do, Ann Herendeen isn’t your average romance novelist. “Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander,” Herendeen’s first novel, takes place in England in 1812, but the characters aren’t unrecognizable to Brooklynites today. Comment

Fit camp

Fitness: Most people think of the Brooklyn Bridge as a landmark and traffic thoroughfare, but for Ariane Hundt, the 125-year-old icon had even more untapped potential. Comments (3)

Crook on wheels gets handbag

Park Slope: A British lady out for a stroll on June 15 lost her beloved Voo Doo Dolls green shoulder bag to a mustachioed crook on a bike. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Shots misfired

Carroll Gardens: Police arrested a teenager on Dwight Street on June 10 after a witness reported the young man was showing off a firearm and only later did the cops discover the hooligan had tried to blow them away. Plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment

Criminal minded

Fort Greene: A hoodlum abandoned his effort to rob a woman inside a Clinton Avenue apartment building on June 8 after first roughing her up in a stairwell. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

‘Kong’ queen

Theater: Like a giant gorilla tearing up the streets of New York, Pamela Sneed’s one-woman show — “Kong,” at Bath Beach’s Harry Warren Theater through June 29 — is taking on and tearing down the passivity and lack of responsibility that she said define theater today. Comment

Sidekicks are turning into a thief’s best friend

Downtown: At least two more punks stole the popular Sidekick cellphones last week. Cops said the phones are lucrative for robbers because it is easy to reuse them by just buying a new data card. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Downtown, Boerum Hill and DUMBO’s 84th Precinct. Comment

Gunpoint, Bklyn

Williamsburg: Masked gunmen mugged three women as they walked home from a bar on June 15. Plus all the crime news from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comments (1)

Unreal estate

Williamsburg: A crooked real-estate broker scammed a Manhattan woman out of $2,300 that she thought would help her secure a Thames Street apartment. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90 Precinct. Comments (1)

Young thugs

Bensonhurst: A threesome went on a mini-crime spree on June 11. Plus all the crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment

Bad breaks

Bay Ridge: It was a big week for burglary, with at least five break-ins. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment

Topiary terror

Crime: Shrub-hating vandals overturned foliage at a Bergen Street building on June 14. Plus all the other crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment

Garden party

Garden party

Shopping: On most days, Prospect Heights boutique Harriet’s Alter Ego wears two hats — store and art gallery — but on Saturday, the shop will be wearing (and selling) just a few more. Comment

Mural is fant-Aztec!

Mural is fant-Aztec!

DUMBO: A new Mexican-themed mural has DUMBO speaking a new language. Comments (2)

Once again, our Wal-Mart editorial provokes ire, praise

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Wal-Mart, the Prospect Park bridle path, and the ongoing hot-dog contest controversy. Comments (1)

Be the star

Be the star

Theater: According to actress Gyda Arber, the only thing more attractive to an audience than seeing a star is being one. Comment

CB2 parking: Hey, what about us?

Downtown: Downtown Brooklyn won’t get new alternate-side parking regulations until at least the fall — after the city finally finishes installing new signs in Park Slope that have allowed that neighborhood to have a parking reprieve all summer. Comment
Williamsburg: All it takes is a ton of cash and a dream to save an old Con Ed power plant — and so far, all they’ve got is the dream. Comments (1)

This park’s for the dogs

This park’s for the dogs

Fort Greene: The persistent pack of dog-owners who want a dog run in historic Fort Greene Park are still barking up the wrong tree. Comments (2)
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Send in the Clones

Cyclones: The Cyclones began their quest for New York–Penn League greatness on Tuesday night with a 3–1 win over their hated rivals, the Staten Island Yankees. Join Gersh Kuntzman and Vince DiMiceli in the Eye of the Storm. Comment

The Kitchen Sink

All the latest local gossip, news, tidbits, bric-a-brac, potpourri and fun. Comments (1)

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment

Free for all!

In the spirit of encouraging a free exchange of ideas, The Brooklyn Paper makes this space available to our readers. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Safe at home Comment

McCarren Park grooves with MIA, Cutie and many more

Williamsburg: While the empty expanse that is the pool at McCarren Park will one day be filled again through renovations by the city Parks Department beginning the end of this year, this summer, concerts are on at the pool-cum-venue, with top acts coming out to the North Brooklyn spot once again for both ticketed and free events. Comment

Jonah Smith comes to Union Hall

Williamsburg: For the past several years, Jonah Smith has been perfecting his craft – polished, rootsy, country-twinged folk tunes – from his base in Brooklyn. Comment

Celebrate Brooklyn at 30

Williamsburg: Celebrate Brooklyn! culminates 30 years this summer with a season that exemplifies the singular variety of music, dance, film and multimedia works the festival brings to the Prospect Park Bandshell — programming that is deliberately representative of the borough’s tremendous cultural diversity. Comment

Turning up the heat

Williamsburg: Sun maidens Yevgeniya Grofimova, 18, (left) and Sasha Zlotina, 19, could moonlight as meteorologists if their frolic on Coney Island beach is any barometer. The pretty pals soaked in the sun as they struck a pose near the famed Parachute Jump. Comment

Tenants, owners clash: Renters, pols call for moratorium on rent increases

Williamsburg: Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment

Show your pride at multicultural fest: Brooklyn Pride coming to Park Slope on June 14; celebrates borough’s diversity

Williamsburg: New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment

Senate race is on in BK: Alliances form as locals look to unseat Martin Connor

Williamsburg: You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment

See summerstarz at McCarren Park

Williamsburg: Town Square’s SummerStarz 2008 is just around the corner. The 2008 program will start July 9, so mark your calendars to spend for 10 Wednesday summer evenings on the lawn in McCarren Park, Lorimer Street and Bedford Avenue. Comment

Local nurse a shining example for home care

Williamsburg: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) named Alisa Huggins the winner of the statewide “Caring Award” for her exemplary work as a community health nurse. Comment

LICH not an ‘afterthought’: Staff claims mismanagement by Continuum Health Partners

Williamsburg: Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Downtown Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment

Keeping the pulse of the community

Williamsburg: The SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn held a Cultural Health Fair to celebrate the center’s patient diversity and committed staff. Comment

Holocaust remembered: Brooklyn survivors unite at somber ceremony

Williamsburg: Nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors and many others filled Borough Park’s Temple Young Israel-Beth El recently for a somber remembrance of the Holocaust. Comment

Former BP aid throws in hat for seat: Yvonne Graham, resigned special assistant to Markowitz, to run to succeed him

Williamsburg: The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment

Family fun for all at BWCC field day

Williamsburg: More than 600 students, parents and teachers from the Beginning with Children and Williamsburg communities convened at the playground at Beginning with Children Charter School (BwCCS) for the school’s family field day. Comment

Long waits top Wyckoff’s concerns

Williamsburg: A few months ago, Tom Perrin fell down the stairs in his home and suffered a knee injury. After waiting in the emergency room at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (374 Stockholm Street) for eleven hours, he received a hospital bed. Comment

Cut the budget cuts: Pols urge fund restoration

Williamsburg: Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment

Condo sales on the rise in North BK

Williamsburg: Defying a slow housing market throughout the nation, Brooklyn’s housing market is still robust, according to recently released quarterly statistics from the real estate website ResidentialNYC.com. Comment

BK super delegates for Obama: Borough democrats back Barack after Hillary Clinton drops bid for presidency

Williamsburg: In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment

Best park in Bklyn: Vote for McCarren in contest

Williamsburg: Yes, Americans are in full-fledged voter fatigue after the interminable Democratic primaries, but for Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents, it’s time to gird up to rock the vote once again. Comment

Beep ode to Brookln’s Award-winning poets

Williamsburg: Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater back in the Brooklyn fold

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented citations and proclamations to celebrate the return of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment

Hands off my dollar

Letters: Stanley Gershbein, (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I really appreciate your addressing the use of food stamps to purchase more costly products than regular consumers can afford. I have been noticing it for the longest time and it makes my blood boil. Comment

A weighty decision

Letters: I’ve been following the Methodist church news. It’s most interesting that the Bay Ridge United Methodist is meeting at Good Shepherd. Comment

Animals in need

Letters: This is in response to Arthur Goldberg’s recent letter, regarding a neglected dog, and a very caring person, Tammy Grimes, who rescued this abused animal. Comment

All in a day’s work

Letters: So, now we know some of what Dom Recchia got in return for screwing over Staten Islanders when he voted for congestion pricing. Comment

Ace crime-busters

Letters: My purse was stolen, recently, when I walked out of the Chase Manhattan Bank on Sheepshead Bay Road. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Raging, hot-flashing monster makes Hulk look tame

Williamsburg: I don’t do heat well. In fact, to be honest, when the temperature gets above 68 degrees I become a raving lunatic. So it should come as no surprise that this past weekend when temperatures soared above 90 degrees, I was a little bit testy. Normally I would just take a dip in the pool or plant myself in front of the air-conditioner vent with the ceiling fan on high, a cold drink in one hand and the other holding a cold cloth to my head. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

TV can teach you to be a real operator

Williamsburg: One of the primary goals of a television commercial is to get the right message to the right people at the right time … to sell a product or service … mostly to make a profit. For several months there’s been a commercial that starts with a surgeon talking on the telephone - “First you make a three inch incision …..” Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

M.I.A. lights up McCarren’s pool: Internationally renowned artist kicks off the summer festivities the park venue

Williamsburg: The first time I saw M.I.A., probably my favorite female artist, perform live was this weekend at McCarren Pool in Williamsburg. The first time I listened to M.I.A. was in 2005. I was about to go to Kolkata, […] Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

‘Summit’ needs to call for black attitude change

Williamsburg: “Shootings and violence within our community by one of our own is an outrage and an issue that we must confront as diligently and as passionately as a sensational case of police misconduct or brutality.” Comment
CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Summer savings galore

Williamsburg: If Brooklyn’s red-hot deals don’t get you into the shops this week that the blessedly cool air-conditioning should. While you’re why not check out these exciting deals. Comment

‘The Strangers’ sneaks up on you

Williamsburg: Silence cuts like a butcher knife in “The Strangers,” an unsettling, well-crafted film that finds terror not by dumping buckets of blood, but by employing restraint. Comment

Take a twirl with Astaire & Rogers

Williamsburg: red Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together in 10 films and into movie history. Film historian Phillip Harwood will present film clips of legendary performances by Astaire and Rogers and he will take you behind the scenes of movies such as “Top Hat,” “Swing Time,” and “Shall We Dance.” Comment

A ‘sketchy’ Zohan

Williamsburg: he way comedian Adam Sandler sees it, there’s only one person who can bring peace to the Middle East. Comment

‘Roots’ of the African diaspora

Williamsburg: s people from diverse ethnic groups were brought from Africa to what would become the U.S., they brought a steady stream of knowledge, more precious than the mythical seeds said to be stored in their hair during the Middle Passage. Comment

‘Holy Holes: Absolute stalls’

Williamsburg: umbo Arts Center announces a new show, “Holy Holes: Absolute Stalls” curated by Denise Carvalho, June 14-August 3 with an opening reception June 14 from 6-9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Comment

Urban walking tours

Williamsburg: he Center For The Urban Environment (formerly BCUE), now at its new location at 168 Seventh Street in Brooklyn, continues its season with a host of walks throughout the borough and beyond. Comment

Steel wheels & red birds

Williamsburg: he New York Transit Museum’s ‘50 Years to Far Rockaway’, ‘Coney Island Bound!’ and ‘Multi-Anniversary Tour of the IRT’ highlights the “Summer Nostalgia Train Excursions,” June 15, July 13 and August 2. Comment

Roses like none others at BBG

Williamsburg: une is Rose Month at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). Comment

One group of ‘Lucky Shots’

Williamsburg: he Gallery at Harriet’s presents its latest exhibition, “Lucky Shots,” the culmination of more than a decade of Mike Schreiber’s diverse work as a photographer. Comment

Grocery shopping with Steve

Williamsburg: aturalist and author, “Wildman” Steve Brill, will lead one of his world-famous “Wild Food and Ecology Tours” of Prospect Park, June 21 (and repeated on July 6 and July 19). Comment

Free Cultural fun

Williamsburg: ome to Cultural Mix 2008 at Prospect Park, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It all happens on the Bowling Green at the Prospect Park Parade Grounds, with The Prospect Park Alliance Youth Council’s showcasing the tremendous diversity of the city. And it’s all free. Comment

Crafts Festival

Williamsburg: he 32nd Annual American Crafts Festival At Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park will be open to the public on two consecutive Saturdays and Sundays, June 14-15 and 21-22, 12-9 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, with different craft displays each weekend. Comment

Carnegie concerts

Williamsburg: his spring and summer, Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series offers free concerts in Brooklyn, with performances scheduled through June 29. Comment

BK ‘Au Natural’

Williamsburg: he diaphanous veil of civilization that we call Brooklyn will be gently, but firmly, removed as nine exceptionally strong artists, each in his or her own way, will reveal “Brooklyn Au Natural” — an exuberant and exultant salute to nature in New York’s most bodacious borough. Comment

‘Shaker Loops’

Williamsburg: enowned for defying convention, Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Director Michael Christie and the Brooklyn Philharmonic will continue to embrace the unexpected by performing a free outdoor concert, which includes a performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams’ celebrated piece, “Shaker Loops,” accompanied by a synchronized fireworks display, June 14 at 8 p.m. at New York City’s South Street Seaport. The event is free to all. Comment

Viva vino: Hop aboard the Little Wine Bus with pals

Williamsburg: hile Brooklyn may not be wine country, it doesn't take much to get out to one. Comment

Union Hall invites you to come and ‘Name That Tune’

Williamsburg: n a Sunday night in April in the small performing space at the Park Slope bar/venue Union Hall, teams of music hipsters sat in chairs with pieces of paper and something to write with in hand. They’re here to compete in Name That Tune, a contest held every other Sunday at the Hall that tests people’s knowledge of pop music trivia. Comment

This Jalopy is built for music

Williamsburg: he club Jalopy offers a unique line-up of musical performances over the next week. Unless otherwise noted, shows are at 9 p.m. Comment

Scribe sings the borough’s praises in new ‘Song’ book

Williamsburg: el Brooks. Spike Lee. Joan Rivers. Comment

Rhythm & Blues

Williamsburg: AM and MetroTech Center continue their 2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech. Comment

First time authors come at you with ‘Hot Mess’

Williamsburg: oung readers in Brooklyn looking for something to add to their summer reading lists can look no farther than Hot Mess: Summer in the City, a new book out by first-time authors Julie Kraut and Shallon Lester. Comment

Celebrate Brooklyn at 30: Just hitting its musical stride

Williamsburg: n 1979, a summer series began in Brooklyn with local jazz musicians and city choreographers converging on Prospect Park's Bandshell to reinvigorate the park. Comment

Zimbabwe stone

Williamsburg: AMBA, an award-winning community service organization based in Brooklyn, presents its “Annual Sale of Stone Sculptures from Zimbabwe,” June 19-22 at its gallery at 19 Winthrop Street in Flatbush. Stunning works by Zimbabwe’s leading established and emerging artists will be available at affordable prices. Comment

‘UR Here’ to create the art experience

Williamsburg: R Here, a create your own performance adventure presented by Artichoke Dance Company, will be held June 14 and 15, at 2 p.m. (rain dates June 21 and June 22 at 2 p.m.) at JJ Byrne Park in Park Slope, Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth streets. Comment

‘Uncertainly’ at Smack mellon

Williamsburg: e live in uncertain times of deep cynicism and audacious hope. Assumed structures, both political and social, once deemed infallible have once again revealed their cracks. Our global world has reshuffled historic relationships, shifting economic and cultural paradigms, while fires, floods and war ravage the landscape. Comment

‘The Accused Items’

Williamsburg: atch series co-creator and BAX Dance Artist in Residence Andrew Dinwiddie presents a work in progress showing of “The Accursed Items,” June 13-14 at 8 p.m. at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). Comment

The world premiere of ‘Apian Way’

Williamsburg: he Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre presents their fifth annual New York season with a world premiere and the return of an audience and critics’ favorite “Apian Way,” set to Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin and inspired by the social interaction of bees and the mystery of their modern day disappearance. Comment

The best circus artists from around the world

Williamsburg: he Waterfront Museum, located on a permanently moored barge in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, continues its CIRCUSundays in June, bringing the circus to this shorefront area of the borough every Sunday. Comment

21st century look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Williamsburg: his is “Macbeth” like you've never seen it before. Comment

Revival Reggae at the new LOX Lounge

Williamsburg: s the summer heats up, so does Revival Reggae Sundays at the all new LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Comment

Mighty ‘Kong’

Williamsburg: he Ryan Repertory Company presents “Kong – A New Performance Work,” written and directed by Pamela Sneed and co-directed by Barbara Parisi. Comment

Good & Plenty: The Best of RAA

Williamsburg: he Rockaway Artists Alliance presents “Good and Plenty: The Best of RAA” exhibition, plus an art auction and a Russian Folk Art exhibition, now to June 22 with an opening reception June 15 from 1-3 p.m. Admission to the show and all events is free. Comment

GI60: 1 minute on the stage

Williamsburg: rooklyn College’s Department of Theater hosts “GI60” (Gone in 60 Seconds), an international one-minute play festival with performances on both sides of the Atlantic and on the Internet. Comment

Delve deep into the tea bowls of Japan

Williamsburg: h’i Contemporary Fine Art announces the opening of “Tea Bowls and tea bowls,” a group exhibition of Japanese tea bowls by Peter Callas, Joe Campbell, Kristin Muller, Takao Okazaki, and Shane Sellers. Comment

Three cheers for Bishop Kearney

As they approached the mat, the Bishop Kearney High School cheerleaders savored the bittersweet taste of the final performance of the season. Comment

Midwood Hornets buzz with pride

The Midwood Hornets racked up their third consecutive PSAL lacrosse title last Sunday with a commanding 9 – 5 victory over the Tottenville Pirates. This most recent win brought the Hornets to a […] Comment

Knights fall to Trojans

In a contest full of missed opportunities, the Madison Knights baseball team fell 4-0 in 11 innings to the George Washington Trojans in the “A” Division championship game. Comment

Gaelic gladiators score victory

A little less than a year ago, the thought of a Gaelic football team at St. Edmund Preparatory High School was nonexistent but the team just won its first match against the New York Celtics. The game […] Comment

Female boxers rule the ring; look for support: Team Freeform fights to change perceptions

“Just like the boys,” as the saying goes, they put in hours of grueling work, absorb punches, and spit blood in buckets. Comment

Cyclones desk jockeys take a swing

The 2008 baseball season kicked off at Keyspan Park last Friday, but a quick look at the players on the field showed that something was not quite right. Comment

Clipper ace leads team to CHSAA title

Anthony Hajjar is a versatile performer for the Xaverian High School varsity baseball team, for he could pitch and see action in the outfield. And he is outstanding at both positions. In addition, he is only a junior. Comment

Bishop Ford champs in the house

Bishop Ford High School’s Boys Varsity Team was invited to Borough Hall for winning the New York City Catholic Championship, and then going on to win the New York Catholic State Championship for the Division A Basketball. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, pictured, center, presented the team with a proclamation for their achievements. Pictured with the Borough President are John Infortunio (far left), Anthony Rizzo (second from left), Marc Petit (fourth from left), Pete Goyco (fourth from right), and Will Jenkins (second from right), Varsity basketball coaches, along with Ford President Raymond Nash (far right), and members of the winning team. Bishop Ford is located at 500 19th Street in Windsor Terrace. Comment

You win because you care

Brooklyn Courier: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) named Alisa Huggins the winner of the statewide “Caring Award” for her exemplary work as a community health nurse. Comment

‘Zorro and Diamond’

Brooklyn Courier: Lilac Co., and ensemble theater company, and Saint John’s Theatre present “Confessions of Zorro and Diamond,” a work-in progress presentation of a new play written and directed by Sean Lewis, at 9 p.m., June 14, 15 & 16 in the basement of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenpoint, 155 Milton Street. Comment

‘Best of Brooklyn’

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz recognized Brooklyn’s elementary, middle and high school students, as well as groups or teams that have attained recognition in Brooklyn, with the annual Best of Brooklyn award. Comment

Wily wall crawler is brought low on PPW

Brooklyn Courier: Cops cart off a 15-year-old thief caught trying to break into an apartment on Prospect Park West. Police said that the thief and a friend, also 15, were seen scaling the fire escape in the back of the […] Comment

Vying to be beep: Yvonne Graham throws hat into the ring

Brooklyn Courier: The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment

Turning Point benefit gala

Brooklyn Courier: Turning Point, a leading Southwest Brooklyn multi-service agency, will hold its Annual Benefit Gala, June 16 at The Palm House, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. (cocktails and silent auction) followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment provided by The Sidewinders, a New York-based jazz band. Comment

The greener way to have lots of family fun

Brooklyn Courier: Mom, dad and the kids joined festive forces with like-minded revelers and headed to the Red Hook waterfront for an arts festival, presented by Dance Theatre Etcetera. Comment

12th Annual Brooklyn Pride fest: Extravaganza to celebrate inclusion and diversity

Brooklyn Courier: New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment

Texting yourself a fat ticket

Brooklyn Courier: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

Terrific teen, tutor too

Brooklyn Courier: A teenager and a tutor were recognized recently in Borough Hall for their boundless dedication to community service. Comment

Tall salute to fallen cops

Brooklyn Courier: Marching two abreast, hundreds of cops from throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South poured into St. Anthanasius Church in Bensonhurst last week to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make the borough a safer place. Comment

Spend time in Seventh Heaven

Brooklyn Courier: The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 31st Annual Park Slope Street Fair, “Seventh Heaven,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15. Comment

School budget buster: Pols vow to defy Bloomberg

Brooklyn Courier: Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment

Rockin’ in Carroll Park: Nabe concert series returns

Brooklyn Courier: The Carroll Park Concert Series is back for summer 2008. Comment

Roam free: Fido wags tail for off-leash hours

Brooklyn Courier: Canine brethren doffed their ties and frolicked unencumbered at Prospect Park‘s Long Meadow to celebrate the first anniversary of the off-leash passage. Comment

Rallying cry for Atlantic Yards project

Brooklyn Courier: The plaza outside Borough Hall morphed into a court of action and frolics when Forest City Ratner and Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted a pro-Atlantic Yards rally, which doubled as a Brooklyn-Queens Day celebration. Comment

NYC Hall of Fame

Brooklyn Courier: With a wealth of information and a dramatic flair, the New York City Hall of Fame’s new website has been launched at www.nychalloffame.org. The site features the inductees from 2007 and is open for nominations for the Class of 2008. Comment

Moratorium on rent hike urged

Brooklyn Courier: Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment

Manifest Destiny Conference

Brooklyn Courier: Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment

Lambda backs Connor re-election: LGBT voting block makes startling endorsement

Brooklyn Courier: You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment

Kid-friendly fun

Brooklyn Courier: Watch for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum tent at community events this June and throughout the summer, and stop by for some family fun. Comment

Kid artists in the spotlight: Families First exhibit shines

Brooklyn Courier: Taking a few steps not so far back in time, student artists from Public School 29-The John M. Harrigan School journeyed from fourth and fifth grade back to their toddlerhood to create a group exhibit for Families First, a non-profit family support center in Cobble Hill. Comment

Kid artistry on display

Brooklyn Courier: A life-size papier-mâché fireman, created by Public School 154 kindergarten students, peeks brightly at visitors to the office space shared by New York State Assemblymembers Jim Brennan and Rhoda Jacobs. Comment

It’s a pirate’s life along the Gowanus canal

Brooklyn Courier: Maidens hobnobbed with manciples and pirates pressed flesh with pagans on the Gowanus Canal when the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy presented its annual ferry boat ride to the Red Hook Waterfront Festival aboard the type of shipping canoe once used by local Native Americans. Comment

Ikea pulls up a chair: Furniture giant celebrates opening of Brooklyn store

Brooklyn Courier: Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment

Health fair

Brooklyn Courier: The Mount Lebanon Samaritan Refferal Ministry is hosting its Eighth Annual Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 14 at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, 230 Decatur Street. Comment

GOP to host Tom Ridge

Brooklyn Courier: Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

First Annual SummerFest

Brooklyn Courier: The Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters, a second-year middle school in Fort Greene, will hold its First Annual SummerFest, June 21 from 12-3 p.m. at 225 Adelphi Street. Comment

Designing careers

Brooklyn Courier: The Institute of Design and Construction, a fixture in the world of Architecture and Construction for more than 60 years, has announced another innovation: frequent Career Information Sessions. Comment

Deadbeat EDC: Agency owes millions of dollars

Brooklyn Courier: The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment

Cure lies on the ‘mountain top’: Cancer fighter tackles Mt. Hood

Brooklyn Courier: As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment

Click on your sport

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (right) joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (second from right), Health Commissioner Thomas Freiden, New York Mets Manager Willie Randolph (second from left) and others to launch BeFitNYC, a Parks recreation search engine that allows users to locate recreational and accessible activities in their neighborhood. They are seen with New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton, left. Comment

Civic invests in the youth: John Jay High School teens score $1,000 scholarships

Brooklyn Courier: Three deserving students from the John Jay Campus High Schools (237 7th Avenue) will have an extra $1,000 to pay for college thanks to grants awarded by the Park Slope Civic Council. Comment

Civic bestows ’08 Lovgren Awards: YMCA exec, former CB6 chair win awards

Brooklyn Courier: At its monthly meeting last Thursday, the Park Slope Civic Council awarded its annual Lovgren Awards, honoring two people who have served the community in a professional and volunteer capacity, respectively. Comment

Children excel in rhythm, rhyme and meter

Brooklyn Courier: Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment

Child and Family mental health Clinic debuts

Brooklyn Courier: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure — and now there’s a new facility that provides early recognition and intervention services for health-smart boroughites. Comment

Celebrity opera stars live: Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Courier: Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment

Brooklyn is Obama country: Hillary super delegates officially commit to Barack candidacy

Brooklyn Courier: In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment

Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, founded by Ariane Hundt, is inviting fitness enthusiasts to “Boot Camp Workouts” on the Brooklyn Bridge, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. Comment

A volunteer for all seasons: Cobble Hill Health Ctr. director receives special honor

Brooklyn Courier: Karen White, Cobble Hill Health Center’s director of volunteers, was the recipient of the Worksite Supervisor of the Year Award from the Department for the Aging’s Intergenerational Work Study Program. Comment

Youth is well served inside CB 14: First-ever expo held at Brooklyn College

Kings Courier: The converted gym on the third floor of Brooklyn College’s Roosevelt Hall hummed with myriad voices. Comment

White Island backlash

Kings Courier: The Parks Department’s $15 million plan to woo a wayward sparrow back to White Island might sound cuckoo to some, but the project could seriously impact the people who live and recreate on the water. Comment

Top 70th Pct. cop helps make streets safer

Kings Courier: A 70th Precinct cop’s instinct and training kicked into high gear recently, leading to another gun being taken off the street and earning the officer “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment

The Circle of Excellence: Beth Israel King Hwy Ctr. hails outstanding staffers

Kings Courier: Recognition by their peers, co-workers and patients distinguish a special group of Beth Israel Medical Center nurses who were honored at the recent Beatrice Renfield Circle of Excellence Awards ceremony and represented the hospital at the 1199 SEIU-League of Voluntary Hospitals Nurse of Distinction competition. Comment

Teens try on NYPD brass: Kid commisioners take a crack at crime-busting

Kings Courier: The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment

Taking the pulse of the community

Kings Courier: The SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn held a Cultural Health Fair to celebrate the center’s patient diversity and committed staff. Comment

Public school 203 knows how to cap off the year

Kings Courier: Starry-eyed students commanded the spotlight when they performed a year- end spring gala at Public School 203. Comment

Prognosis Magnificent: LiCH looks great at 150

Kings Courier: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment

Picture-perfect students shine bright at P.S. 255

Kings Courier: Budding Rembrandts were in a class by themselves when they exhibited their masterpieces during an art show at Public School 255. Comment

No more books, just singing & dancing

Kings Courier: Singing, dancing, art exhibits and good cheer marked the end of a successful academic year at Public School 197, where students hailed the onset of summer with a talent showcase. Comment

Nets provide a full-court press at Public School 315

Kings Courier: Retired professional hoopster Albert King Star and Nets team mascot Slyfox received a slam-dunk of a welcome when they visited Public School 315 to promote the written word as part of the National Basketball Association’s ‘Read to Achieve’ literacy campaign. Comment

More patrol cops to combat robbers: 63rd Precinct shakes administrators loose

Kings Courier: More cops are out on patrol in the 63rd Precinct, the station house’s top cop told community council members last week. Comment

Mill Island Civic officers: Slate installed at El Caribe

Kings Courier: Members ushered in a new slate during an officer installation, presented by the Mill Island Civic Association. Comment

Many vie to sing anthem for cyclones

Kings Courier: Oh, say did you see the long line of patriotic crooners at Kings Plaza mall, juggling their vocal cords for a chance to sing the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones? Comment

Lightning strikes on Knapp St.

Kings Courier: Firefighters were called to Knapp Street near Voorhies Avenue Sunday night after a lightning strike set a power line on fire. Witnesses said that amidst the heavy rain and thunder claps, lightning reportedly hit a power line that fell to the ground and caught fire. Responding firefighters put the small blaze out without incident. No injuries were reported, nor did any homes lose power, according to officials. Comment

KCC has top doctor on call: Dr. Richard Maraia to deliver 43rd commencement address

Kings Courier: Dr. Richard Maraia, chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology, Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the address at the 43rd Kingsborough Community College commencement exercises. Comment

In the 70th’s loop: New C.O. vows transparency

Kings Courier: With serious felony crime statistically flat for the year, the new commanding officer of the 70th Precinct vowed last week to keep local residents in the loop regarding crime trends. Comment

Hodges hosts baby raptors: Peregrine falcon family roosts atop Marine Parkway Bridge

Kings Courier: Talk about a bird’s eye view. Comment

Hebrew hotbed of controversy: New charter school raises constitutional concerns

Kings Courier: A proposal to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn’s District 22 has been met with concerns about maintaining separation of church and state – and questions about how nearby public schools will be affected. Comment

Extinguisher goes haywire

Kings Courier: One person was injured as he and nine others were doused with a Halon extinguisher system at a Flatlands gas station. Officials said that the victims were pumping gas at the station at the corner of Kings Highway and Flatbush Avenue Saturday when the Halon extinguisher system suddenly went off, dousing the victims in chemicals. At least one of the victims suffered chemical exposure to their skin. The others were checked out with respiratory problems. Members of the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps treated the victims. It was unclear what caused the fire extinguisher system to go off as this paper went to press. Comment

District 22 showcase for young musicians

Kings Courier: Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment

Bridezillas dash for prize

Kings Courier: Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment

Beep ‘crowns’ chess royalty

Kings Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, left, honored Midwood resident Aleksandr Ostrovskiy, a sixth-grader at IS 234, 1875 East 17th Street, who was crowned national chess champion after out-maneuvering more than 2,000 students at a tournament in Pittsburgh. Comment

Affordable housing

Kings Courier: Councilman Kendall Stewart will host a Clergy Breakfast from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 14 at Café Omar, 1744 Nostrand Avenue. Comment

Tenants, owners clash at hearing

Greenpoint: Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment

Sex & the city (of BK): Babeland opens in boro

Greenpoint: Break out those batteries – Babeland is finally open! Comment

See Summerstarz at McCarren Park

Greenpoint: Town Square’s SummerStarz 2008 is just around the corner. The 2008 program will start July 9, so mark your calendars to spend for 10 Wednesday summer evenings on the lawn in McCarren Park, Lorimer Street and Bedford Avenue. Comment

Place matters in BK: Greenpoint design center honored by city art society

Greenpoint: The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC), the largest non-profit industrial developer in New York City, is used to working under the radar. A recent award from the Municipal Art Society and City Lore recognizes GMDC’s Manhattan Avenue facility as an influential cultural location. Comment

New tool to get fit: City launches search engine BeFitNYC at Prospect Park

Greenpoint: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (right) joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (second from right), Health Commissioner Thomas Freiden, New York Mets Manager Willie Randolph (second from left) and others to launch BeFitNYC, a Parks recreation search engine that allows users to locate recreational and accessible activities in their neighborhood. They are seen with New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton, left. Comment

Former beep aide throws in hat for Markowitz’s seat

Greenpoint: The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment

Drinking in moderation: New support group looks to reduce harm of alcohol use

Greenpoint: There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment

Condo prices on the rise: North Brooklyn market up, according to new survey

Greenpoint: Defying a slow housing market throughout the nation, Brooklyn’s housing market is still robust, according to recently released quarterly statistics from the real estate website ResidentialNYC.com. Comment

Best park in Bklyn: Vote for McCarren as your pick

Greenpoint: Yes, Americans are in full-fledged voter fatigue after the interminable Democratic primaries, but for Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents, it’s time to gird up to rock the vote once again. Comment

Beep ode to Brooklyn’s Award-winning poets

Greenpoint: Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment

Chew on this: Brooklyn restaurant tastier than ever

Brooklyn Courier: The tip of Brooklyn’s culinary iceberg was splendidly on display at the borough’s annual foodie pig-out, Brooklyn Eats. Comment

Weeksville enters a brand new era: Ground is broken on new arts building

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (fifth from right) joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (seventh from left), Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, Weeksville Heritage Center Executive Director Pam Green and others to break ground on the new Education and Cultural Arts Building at the Weeksville Heritage Society’s historic Hunterfly Road Houses. Comment

Uncover exciting artifacts at the Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the world’s first museum for kids, is also one of very few children’s museums internationally with a permanent collection of artifacts. Acquired over the past century, the museum’s collection now includes nearly 30,000 cultural objects and natural history specimens. Comment

Thompson has his say

Brooklyn Courier: The Atlantic Yards project, budget cuts to community boards and holding up City Council discretionary funds to non-profit organizations. Comment

The Hawthorne debuts: 12-unit mixed-income condos open on Classon

Brooklyn Courier: Local residents, elected officials and stakeholders integral to the success of the project gathered at The Hawthorne, a 12-unit mixed income condominium, to celebrate its grand opening at 418-420 Classon Avenue between Gates Avenue & Quincy Street in Clinton Hill. Comment

12th annual Brooklyn Pride Festival: Inclusion & diversity reign

Brooklyn Courier: New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment

Students ace ‘boards’

Brooklyn Courier: Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment

Revved up, ready to go: Babeland opens its doors on Bergen Street

Brooklyn Courier: Break out those batteries – Babeland is finally open! Comment

Rent hike battleground: Moratorium urged on proposed increases

Brooklyn Courier: Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment

Prescription for LICH: Continuum-ectomy: Many say facility should dump management

Brooklyn Courier: Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Downtown Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment

New faces on Community Bd. 2: Five new appointments announced before the summer break

Brooklyn Courier: As the last Community Board 2 meeting before summer recess went into session, five new board members were named. Comment

Lambda endorses Connor run

Brooklyn Courier: You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment

Graham: I want to be Beep

Brooklyn Courier: The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment

Dirty easy street: Alternate-side cutbacks coming

Brooklyn Courier: The good news is that life will become easier for residents of Community Board 2 who own cars. Comment

Celebrity opera live

Brooklyn Courier: Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment

Budget stonewall: Pols vow to oppose mayor’s school cuts

Brooklyn Courier: Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment

Brooklyn is Obama country

Brooklyn Courier: In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment

Winthrop’s real winner: Teacher wins Siemens Science Award for outstanding work

Flatbush: An award-winning teacher works at the East Flatbush Community Research School. Comment

Top cop recovers .357 magnum following shooting

Flatbush: A 70th Precinct cop’s instinct and training kicked into high gear recently, leading to another gun being taken off the street and earning the officer “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment

The farm comes to Flatbush: Fresh greenmarket produce being sold on local streets

Flatbush: The greening of Flatbush is well underway. Comment

Teens try on police brass for size: Kid commissioners see what it’s like being a big city crime-buster

Flatbush: The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment

Student artists in the winner’s circle

Flatbush: The Midwood Development Corporation (MDC) and the Avenue J Board of Trade announced the winners of its 12th Annual Students Art Show. Comment

P.S. 119 dares to dream of a world at peace

Flatbush: Budding Picassos at Public School 119 are also emerging pacifists. Comment

Merchants eager to welcome MTV neighbors

Flatbush: “The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

Making beautiful music together At P.S. 219

Flatbush: Assemblyman Nick Perry recently visited PS 219-The Kennedy-King School and was welcomed by Principal Winsome Smith, Music Teacher Anthony N. Lucas, UFT Representative Ellen Mandleberger, and students from classes 4-404 and 3-316 in their new high-tech music classroom. Comment

$1,000 makes for a good read at P.S. 249

Flatbush: Literacy is the good word for members of the Newkirk Area Neighborhood Association, who take Public School 249 students on a tale-telling journey to promote the love of reading after donating $1,000’s worth of books to the Flatbush school, 18 Marlborough Road Comment

Long Island College Hospital marks 150th b’day

Flatbush: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment

Junior’s smoking essay earns class a trip to ‘Bodies’

Flatbush: Thanks to an 11th-grader’s award-winning work, a class of Midwood High School students viewed actual human specimens. Comment

DOE school squeeze play: Funding being cut from your kid’s education

Flatbush: Schools in Canarsie and Flatbush will lose thousands of dollars this September. Comment

D.A. ‘forecloses’ on crooks: Real estate scammers face 25 years in prison

Flatbush: In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment

Congestion sticks in Flabush’s craw

Flatbush: Residents of Flatbush joined with representatives of the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss the omnipresent congestion on Church Avenue. Comment

Chess wiz puts Marty in check

Flatbush: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, left, honored Midwood resident Aleksandr Ostrovskiy, a sixth-grader at IS 234, 1875 East 17th Street, who was crowned national chess champion after out-maneuvering more than 2,000 students at a tournament in Pittsburgh. Comment

Capt. vows to keep residents in the loop

Flatbush: With serious felony crime statistically flat for the year, the new commanding officer of the 70th Precinct vowed last week to keep local residents in the loop regarding crime trends. Comment

‘Shake Shack’ attack: Popular burger joint headed for for a spot inBrooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Shake Shack, the wildly popular Manhattan burger stand, might soon find a mobile home in Brooklyn, it was reported this week. Comment

The sun shines on ‘Annie, Jr.’

Brooklyn Courier: Talented drama students engaged a rapt audience at Middle School 442 when they took to the stage for a homespun performance of “Annie, Jr.” Comment

Texting yourself a big fat ticket: New effort underway to penalize dangerous drivers

Brooklyn Courier: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

Teen fires on 76th Pct. cops; gun jams

Brooklyn Courier: It’s one of those stories that make you wonder if angels are looking over our shoulders. Comment

SUNY Downstate students ace ‘boards’

Brooklyn Courier: Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment

Strolling & IKEA shopping: Superstore to include 6.5 acre public esplanade

Brooklyn Courier: When IKEA opens its massive new store in Red Hook next week, it will also be unveiling a 6.5-acre public esplanade along Erie Basin, no charge card required. Comment

Push to revamp WWII memorial: Supporters say important site in need of facelift

Brooklyn Courier: A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment

Prospect Park to host Pride festival: 12th annual extravaganza to be a celebration of borough diversity

Brooklyn Courier: New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment

Prescription for LICH: Many recommend management-ectomy

Brooklyn Courier: Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Down-town Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment

NY Methodist deserves a hand

Brooklyn Courier: To provide an exceptional level of care for patients who are coping with hand, wrist and arm injuries, New York Methodist Hospital expanded its hand surgery services and hired two new specialists. Comment

New canal zoning: Plans for Gowanus area announced

Brooklyn Courier: City officials last week presented preliminary plans for a rezoning proposal near the Gowanus Canal, a long-anticipated plan said to increase the “openness” along the polluted waterway. Comment

Money for stadiums, but not schools

Brooklyn Courier: Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment

Live celebrity opera: Gheorghiu, Alagna to perform at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Courier: Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment

Lambda supports Connor run: LGBT voting bloc makes surprising state senate endorsement

Brooklyn Courier: You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment

Kids track history to cemetery

Brooklyn Courier: Budding history buffs from David A. Boody Junior High School paid a visit to their famous namesake’s resting place during a field trip to Green-Wood Cemetery. Comment

It’s tenants versus landlords: Groups urge Rent Control Board to back moratorium on increases

Brooklyn Courier: Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment

ISO Symphonic band strikes a chord with many

Brooklyn Courier: The music of Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Fred Ebb came alive as the talented student-musicians of the ISO Symphonic Band performed before hundreds of celebrants at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day concert. Comment

Guv says ‘I do; others ‘No way’: Brooklyn pol joins opposition to gay-marriage okay

Brooklyn Courier: While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment

Green is everyone’s new favorite color

Brooklyn Courier: Area environmentalists took fun-filled steps towards living an eco-friendly lifestyle during the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s first annual “Gowanus Goes Green” festival. Comment

Graham wants to be Beep

Brooklyn Courier: The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment

Gowanus balks at new hotels

Brooklyn Courier: Areas zoned for manufacturing use should be rendered inhospitable to hotels, a local lawmaker urged last week. Comment

Former CB6-er: Beep blackballed me

Brooklyn Courier: The borough’s top boss is a politician who keeps his promises, according to a former member of Community Board 6. Comment

Enjoying a bumper crop of Park Slope living

Brooklyn Courier: A cultural greenmarket of family-friendly delights was in store for visitors when Spoke the Hub presented its Local Produce Festival in Park Slope, complete with a nibble of dance and a sip of jazz, granting visitors a tempting taste of the arts – Brooklyn-style. Comment

Dylan on a Brooklyn stage

Brooklyn Courier: Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment

Differing views on zoning text change

Brooklyn Courier: Supporters of the Carroll Gardens zoning text amendment are dismissing concerns this week that, if enacted, the measure would still allow the construction of 13-story buildings on the neighborhood’s signature courtyard blocks. Comment

Crime dips down: 76th Pct. C.O. credits cops for felony drop

Brooklyn Courier: Hold the compliments. Comment

Connor, Squadron showdown: Incumbent, challenger strengthen their base for upcoming fight

Brooklyn Courier: With petitions beginning to be circulated in the upcoming grudge match for the 25th State Senate District, incumbent Martin Connor seems to have sewn up the support of most of the Democratic clubs in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

CGNA on the move once more

Brooklyn Courier: The Carroll Gardens Neighbor-hood Association (CGNA) held its final meeting before the summer break this week and won’t be back until September. Comment

Cashing in on ‘The Real World’: Merchants eager for Bridge St. neighbors

Brooklyn Courier: “The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

Carnival days come to Middle school 88

Brooklyn Courier: Family frolics were on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers for a carnival at Middle School 88. Comment

Brooklyn is Barack Obama country: Former Hillary Clinton super delegates officially switch their votes

Brooklyn Courier: In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment

BK’s ‘House of Contention’: Opponents of jailhouse expansion mobilize as city presses forward

Brooklyn Courier: Local stakeholders from downtown Brooklyn met last week to present a convincing argument against the planned expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention (HOD) on Atlantic Avenue. Comment

A new patch of nabe green: New community garden for Columbia Street Waterfront District

Brooklyn Courier: After an 18-year battle, the Columbia Street Waterfront District will officially open the gate to a new community garden on June 11. Comment

110 Amity gets thumbs-up

Brooklyn Courier: A Community Board 6 committee last week gave its blessing to a once controversial Cobble Hill development at 110 Amity Street. Comment

Yeshiva kids blamed for scary brush fire: Local residents fear for their homes

Canarsie: A recent brush fire in the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve is having residents living next to the dry wetlands worrying if their homes are in jeopardy. Comment

Would-be crooners vie for anthem slot

Canarsie: Oh, say did you see the long line of patriotic crooners at Kings Plaza mall, juggling their vocal cords for a chance to sing the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones? Comment

Turning up the heat…

Sun maidens Yevgeniya Grofimova, 18, (left) and Sasha Zlotina, 19, could moonlight as meteorologists if their frolic on Coney Island beach is any barometer. The pretty pals soaked in the sun as they struck a pose near the famed Parachute Jump. Comment

To protect and serve...NYPD reflects on lives lost in the line of duty

Canarsie: Marching two abreast, hundreds of cops from throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South poured into St. Anthanasius Church in Bensonhurst last week to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make the borough a safer place. Comment

Suny downstate cultural health fair

Canarsie: The SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn held a Cultural Health Fair to celebrate the center’s patient diversity and committed staff. Comment

Streets in need of real repair

Canarsie: After he and his staff personally inspected the area, and found that they are in poor and unacceptable condition, Assemblyman Alan Maisel told the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation that many of Canarsie’s streets are in desperate need of repair. Comment

Solemn reflection at Salem Fields: Kings County Jewish War Veterans salute those who gave all for the USA

Canarsie: The Kings County Council-Jewish War Veterans, under the guidance of Executive Director Harold Engelmann, presented a special memorial service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, honoring the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, and Korea and Vietnam. Comment

Showing pride in the boro we call home: Brooklyn Pride Multicultural Festival and Parade coming to Park Slope June 14

Canarsie: New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment

Sex and drugs on Canarsie Pier: Concerned neighbors react to new restrictions; argue merits of new schedule

Canarsie: One person’s fishing haven seems to be another’s waterfront den of ill repute. Comment

Seventh Heaven

Canarsie: The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 31st Annual Park Slope Street Fair, “Seventh Heaven,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15. Comment

Running down cancer: Annual relay for life campaign kicks into high gear

Canarsie: With the 10th annual Bay Ridge Relay for Life little more than a week away, planning is picking up steam to make this year’s event the most successful one so far. Comment

Racy new toy store debuts: Babeland shop sells vibrators and more in BK

Canarsie: Diapers and dildos, strollers and strap-ons, bottles and bondage. Comment

P.S. 115 students make all the right moves

Canarsie: Budding Alvin Aileys executed some fancy footwork, transforming their playground into an outdoor theater during a dance festival at Public School 115. Comment

P.S. 115 bookworms keep principal peddling

Canarsie: A Canarsie principal has an interesting way of encouraging his students to read. Comment

Pennies make good cents: I.S. 211 brings in a copper haul of cash for charity

Canarsie: As the old axiom goes, “It is better to give than to receive.” And another axiom states that “Charity begins at home.” At John Wilson Intermediate School 211, helping others through charity is a way of life. Comment

Over 6,000,000 souls lost, but not forgotten: Holocaust survivors bear witness to man’s inhumanity to man

Canarsie: Nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors and many others filled Borough Park’s Temple Young Israel-Beth El recently for a somber remembrance of the Holocaust. Comment

Maraia to address KCC

Canarsie: Dr. Richard Maraia, chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology, Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the address at the 43rd Kingsborough Community College commencement exercises. Comment

LICH celebrates 150 years of health care

Canarsie: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment

Learn to be prepared in an emergency

Canarsie: Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Learn how, learn now at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop, June 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 5506 Church Avenue in Flatbush. Breakfast and refreshments will be served. Comment

Kids try on NYPD brass for a day

Canarsie: The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment

John Brown looms large for scribe: Brooklyn writer returns to Harper’s Ferry for debut novel

Canarsie: Although he has lived in New York for over a decade, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., has not strayed from the mind of John Michael Cummings, a 44-year-old Park Slope resident whose debut novel, The Night I Freed John Brown, is set in his hometown. Comment

I.S. 68 educator places in top 10

Canarsie: A science teacher at I.S. 68 in Canarsie is tops in the city. Comment

Ikea makes big push in advance of opening

Canarsie: Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment

Guv says I do; others no way: Brooklyn state senator joins those opposed to gay marriage okay

Canarsie: While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment

Don’t get in Bridezilla’s way

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Times Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment

DOE squeezes Canarsie schools

Canarsie: Schools in Canarsie and Flatbush will lose thousands of dollars this September. Comment

Complete coverage from TSC Direct

Canarsie: When it comes to navigating all of the perils that come with driving in the Big Apple, the only people who truly know New York drivers are New York insurers. Comment

Cashing in on the ‘Real World’: Merchants welcome MTV neighbors

Canarsie: “The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

Captain makes fuba friends: Striking a chord with nabe group

Canarsie: It takes an immigrant to know an immigrant community. Comment

Canarsie kids blast off with astronauts: Spacemen and women video conference with P.S. 115 students

Canarsie: An elementary school in Canarsie is using NASA astronauts as teachers and earning money in the process. Comment

BSA backs cell phone tower: Controversial spire to rise over Canarsie Road

Canarsie: A controversial cellular phone tower will be allowed to take rise on a residential block in Canarsie, a city panel ruled last week. Comment

Brooklyn Housing & Family Services

Canarsie: Brooklyn Housing & Family Services will hold its Annual Fundraising Dinner, June 19 from 7-11 p.m. at The Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street. Comment

Bildersee Rallies round the may pole

Canarsie: Community unity reigned supreme in Canarsie when Bildersee Junior High School hosted a seasonal celebration, complete with a maypole plaiting and the crowning of local royalty. Comment

‘Annie, Jr.’ doesn’t wait on the sun

Brooklyn Heights: Talented drama students engaged a rapt audience at New Horizons Middle School 442 when they took to the stage for a homespun performance of “Annie, Jr.” Comment

Sweet street sweep: The ‘dirt’ on new parking rules

Brooklyn Heights: The good news is that life will become easier for residents of Community Board 2 who own cars. Comment

SUNY students ace ‘boards’

Brooklyn Heights: Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment

Sex in the city (of Bklyn): New ‘Babeland’ shop debuts on Bergen Street

Break out those batteries – Babeland is finally open! Comment

Ridge in BK

Brooklyn Heights: Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

Prospect Park to host Pride festival: 12th annual multicultural extravaganza to celebrate borough’s diversity

Brooklyn Heights: New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment

Pirates of the Gowanus Canal

Brooklyn Heights: Costumed thrill seekers ferry to the Red Hook Waterfront Festival during a flotilla masquerade and eco-cruise along the Gowanus Canal, presented by the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy. Comment

Opera royalty at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Heights: Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment

New faces on Community Bd. 2: Five new members named to 50-person representative body

Brooklyn Heights: As the last Community Board 2 meeting before summer recess went into session, five new board members were named. Comment

Money for stadiums – not schools

Brooklyn Heights: Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment

Landlord balks at kitty: 57-year-old could lose apt. over cat

Brooklyn Heights: Marlene Maldonado and her five-year-old cat Billy don’t particularly want to move out of their Brooklyn Heights apartment. Comment

Lambda members back Connor run: LGBT voting bloc makes surprising endorsement

Brooklyn Heights: You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment

Inside ‘minister gate’

Brooklyn Heights: Shavana Abruzzo’s appraisal of Barack Obama’s “Minister Gate” concisely and eloquently reveals the true meaning that lies beneath the more salacious elements of this story (“Why couldn’t they just stick to the religious stuff?” Á Britisher’s View, 6-5 issue). Comment

Hellenic pride in the Heights

Brooklyn Heights: Melt-in-your-mouth kebabs, pulsating bouzouki music and special attractions were among the pleasures enjoyed by frolickers who headed for a taste of seasonal fun – Grecian-style – in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

EDC doesn’t like to pay its bills: Comptroller says agency owes $4.6 million in unpaid water tab

Brooklyn Heights: The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment

Dogs deserve better

Brooklyn Heights: I hope no prosecutor in this region will ever emulate the shameful conduct of District Attorney Richard Consiglio of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Comment

Continuum-ectomy prescribed for LICH: Many say facility needs to dump management

Brooklyn Heights: Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Downtown Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment

BK is Barack country: Former Hillary super delegates make the switch

Brooklyn Heights: In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment

Beep’s no.2 wants to be no.1

Brooklyn Heights: The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment
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Old-time Coney Islander

Bay News: Hey Lou, When Are They Bringing Back the Old Coney Island? Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Wakes can unlock a lot of history

Bay News: What is that old saying “We only meet at weddings and funerals? ” Comment

66th Street feels the squeeze: Multiple developments have residents feeling boxed in

Bay News: The good news for residents of 66th Street, between 12th and 13th Avenues, is that a hotel is not going up on their block. Comment

Suffering under DOE cuts

Bay News: Brooklyn schools are already feeling the effects of budget cuts to be implemented in September. Comment

Pitched battle for 60th A.D. seat: GOP puts up retired detective to challenge Janele Hyer-Spencer

Bay News: A candidate who unsuccessfully attempted to secure the Republican nomination two years ago for the Assembly seat in the 60th A.D. is giving the seat a second try. Comment

Off to the races: Bridezillas dash for prize

Bay News: Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment

Life’s cabaret for students

Bay News: The Upper School of Visitation Academy presented its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances by the school’s Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” held at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street. Comment

Green thumbs up at Visitation Academy

Bay News: The Alumnae Room of Visitation Academy held a plant sale, in support the Sisters for the Visitation Grounds, with a variety of plants, homemade crafts, and baked goods. Attendees were able to purchase jewelry by Jennie NG, hand-painted Art Glass by Maria, hand-sewn crafts by Cathy, and specialty gifts by Mariana of Lola’s Boutique, and everyone was thrilled to buy gifts for their mothers, grandmothers and that special person in their lives. The committee for the event was comprised of Isabella Orsi, Diane Batri, Christine Freglette, and chairpersons Kelli Kilbride and Donna Tzivas. Visitation Academy is located at 8902 Ridge Boulevard. Comment

From car wash to public school: Dist. 20 looks for 5,000 new seats

Bay News: With construction underway at various places in southwestern Brooklyn, the Department of Education (DOE) is still looking at sites to fulfill its commitment to add more than 5,000 seats to School District 20, as part of its current capital plan. Comment

Dems duke it out over Iraq: McMahon pegged as GOP light; Harrison as waffling

Bay News: If the sparks flying at a recent club meeting are any indication, it’s likely to be a long, hot summer for Brooklyn and Staten Island Democrats. Comment

Death on the street: Calls for light follow fatal accident

Bay News: A recent pedestrian fatality has sparked a new push for more street lights and signage on Brighton Beach Avenue, this paper has learned. Comment

Congratulations!

Pictured are Max Bachman and Lori Powsner on their wedding day. Lori is the daughter of Farrel and Sheila Powsner of Mill Basin, and granddaughter of Courier- Life columnist Lou Powsner. The couple will reside in their new home in Bergen Beach after a return from their Aruba honeymoon. Comment

Brooklyn youth try on police brass

Bay News: The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment

BRCC looks good at 57: Group holds annual gala

Bay News: Strains of Beatles tunes may have been nostalgic, but the focus was as much on the future as the past as civic leaders from Bay Ridge joined together to celebrate at the annual Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC) dinner dance. Comment

Golden opposes gay okay

Bay News: While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment

Youngsters try on NYPD brass

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment

Women at the barricades

A group of past and present military women gathered at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, (WIMSA), at Arlington National Cemetery, this past Memorial Day, to commemorate fallen comrades and celebrate women’s contributions to the nation’s defense. Comment

Willy Wonka Jr. live: Visitation Academy produces spring concert

The Upper School of Visitation Academy presented its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances by the school’s Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” held at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street. Comment

Walkers team up against cancer: St. Francis College hosts benefit on track

Big-hearted boroughites teamed up with like-minded benefactors to boost the stricken and survivors, alike, during the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life benefit at St. Francis College. Comment

Turning point gala

Turning Point, a leading Southwest Brooklyn multi-service agency, will hold its Annual Benefit Gala, June 16 at The Palm House, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. (cocktails and silent auction) followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment provided by The Sidewinders, a New York-based jazz band. Comment

TSC Direct puts you in the driver’s seat: Providing New Yorkers with homeowner and auto insurance for almost 25 years

When it comes to navigating all of the perils that come with driving in the Big Apple, the only people who truly know New York drivers are New York insurers. Comment

Too old to serve, but not to help: Nonprofit founder finds a way to support the troops

Carolyn Blashek was determined to answer her nation’s call to duty following Sept. 11, 2001, but recruiters from every branch of service offered the same sad refrain: “You’re too old.” Comment

66th Street squeeze: Multiple condo developments have many feeling boxed in

The good news for residents of 66th Street, between 12th and 13th avenues, is that a hotel is not going up on their block. Comment

5th Avenue is packed with spring fun

Frolickers headed for a splash of seasonal fun by enjoying a day of revels at a street fair in Bay Ridge. Comment

SUNY Downstate makes healthy living fun

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn held a Cultural Health Fair to celebrate the center’s patient diversity and committed staff. Comment

Strictly ballroom at William McKinley Junior h.S.

Budding ballroom dancers at William McKinley Junior High School now have a space in which to practice their suave moves – a state-of-the-art dance studio. Comment

Standing tall on Lookout Point

The Kings County Conservative Party hosted its 27th Annual POW/MIA flag dedication ceremony at “Lookout Point,” 81st Street and Shore Road, to commemorate Memorial Day, the federal holiday remembering fallen servicemen and women who gave their lives to their country. Comment

Seventhheaven

The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 31st Annual Park Slope Street Fair, “Seventh Heaven,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15. Comment

Racy toy store debuts in BK

Diapers and dildos, strollers and strap-ons, bottles and bondage. Comment

Plants, crafts & goodies, a recipe for success

The Alumnae Room of Visitation Academy held a plant sale, in support the Sisters for the Visitation Grounds, with a variety of plants, homemade crafts, and baked goods. Attendees were able to purchase jewelry by Jennie NG, hand-painted Art Glass by Maria, hand-sewn crafts by Cathy, and specialty gifts by Mariana of Lola’s Boutique, and everyone was thrilled to buy gifts for their mothers, grandmothers and that special person in their lives. The committee for the event was comprised of Isabella Orsi, Diane Batri, Christine Freglette, and chairpersons Kelli Kilbride and Donna Tzivas. Visitation Academy is located at 8902 Ridge Boulevard. Comment

New traffic signals won: Devices due by September

State Senator Martin J. Golden announced that the New York City Department of Transporta-tion has approved two of his requests to install traffic lights at busy intersections throughout the community. Comment

New heights for Berlin Airlift

The historic humanitarian efforts of the Berlin Airlift, which occurred 60 years ago, was celebrated with an air show at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Comment

Never tired of the wild blue yonder

Lt. Col. Michael Brill, a pilot assigned to 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, has been breaking world aviation records since 1993, when he became the world’s first pilot to fly 3,000 hours in the F-16. Recently he broke his own record when he surpassed the 6,000-hour milestone. Comment

more seats

With construction underway at various places in southwestern Brooklyn, the Department of Education (DOE) is still looking at sites to fulfill its commitment to add more than 5,000 seats to School District 20 as part of its current capital plan. Comment

Memorial unveiled for fallen troops

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and other senior officials began the Memorial Day weekend by participating in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus that included the unveiling of a memorial honoring 22 Marines and a Navy corpsman killed in Iraq. Comment

Long blue wall of honor and respect: Patrol Borough Brooklyn South cops salute the heroic lives of fallen comrades

Marching two abreast, hundreds of cops from throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South poured into St. Anthanasius Church in Bensonhurst last week to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make the borough a safer place. Comment

Kings County GOPers to host Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

It’s ‘tee time’ for Bloomy in Brooklyn: Mayor helps kick off Junior Golf Center festivities

The Brooklyn site where the late father of Tiger Woods learned golf and fell in love with the sport is now also home to the nation’s first free golf center for children, complete with a six-hole course and pointers from the pros. Comment

It’s nice to be nice in Bay Ridge: ‘Kindness’ essay puts spotlight on talented kid writers

Student scribes proved that they had “the write stuff” thanks to an essay contest sponsored by a local civic organization. Comment

Ikea makes big push in advance of debut

Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment

Hi-tech toilet on the 69th St. Pier

This is how Bay Ridge residents may soon spell relief: A-P-T. Comment

Health insurance forum for seniors

Approaching age 65 is a big transition for most people, when questions about health insurance options become prime concerns. There are many options available and many choices to make. Comment

GOP banks on retired detective: Joe Cammarata to challenge Hyer-Spencer for 60th A.D. seat

A candidate who unsuccessfully attempted to secure the Republican nomination two years ago for the Assembly seat in the 60th A.D. is giving the seat a second try. Comment

Golden jeers gay marriages

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment

Flags fly at Salem Fields: Jewish War Veterans honor the lives of fallen comrades

The Kings County Council-Jewish War Veterans, under the guidance of Executive Director Harold Engelmann, presented a special memorial service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, honoring the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, and Korea and Vietnam. Comment

Emergency preparedness

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Learn how, learn now at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop, June 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 5506 Church Avenue in Flatbush. Breakfast and refreshments will be served. Comment

Congregation votes to sell out: Bay Ridge Jewish Center will make put of property up for sale

The wrecking ball continues to swing ominously over Fourth Avenue. Comment

Commencement address at KCC

Dr. Richard Maraia, chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology, Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the address at the 43rd Kingsborough Com-munity College commencement exercises. Comment

City behind on water bill: EDC owes $4.5M over 22 years, audit shows

The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment

Channeling John Brown’s voice: Brooklyn writer revisits Harper’s Ferry with new book

Although he has lived in New York for over a decade, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., has not strayed from the mind of John Michael Cummings, a 44-year-old Park Slope resident whose debut novel, The Night I Freed John Brown, is set in his hometown. Comment

Cashing in on the ‘Real World’: Brooklyn merchants eagerly welcome MTV neighbors

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

Brooklyn ‘Bridezilla’ keeps eye on the prize

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment

Bare-knuckle brawl over Iraq war

If the sparks flying at a recent club meeting are any indication, it’s likely to be a long, hot summer for Brooklyn and Staten Island Democrats. Comment

Army day at Shea Stadium

The US Army will be celebrating their 233rd Birthday on June 14 with fun activities at Shea Stadium, 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing Queens. Comment

A pocket-sized lifeline for many

Gift cards can make a stay away from home while a loved one is recovering easier for service-members and their families. Comment

A Family Affair

Pictured is Sgt. Lixandro Colon (center), a retired combat veteran with the Army National Guard who served for 23 years along with one year in Iraq and 2 months at Ground Zero in New York City. Colon is flanked by his sons Airman First Class Miguel Colon and Lance Corporal Alexsandro Colon. Colon is very proud of both his sons in their service to this country. He is especially proud that he was able to pin the shield on his oldest son’s, Miguel, uniform upon his Airforce graduation in Texas. Comment

Act gives vets more money for college

According to Congressman Anthony Weiner, co-sponsor of the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act, Brooklyn’s nearly 2,887 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will receive additional money for college as the House of Representatives provided $52 billion over 10 years in a new G.I Bill. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Killed in Coney Comment

‘Cut day’ furor: Charges of civil rights violations

Bay News: The 61st Precinct’s handling of “senior cut day” in Manhattan Beach on Friday was either a sterling example of police work at its finest or a stunning case of authoritarian control at its ugliest – depending on which side of Sheepshead Bay you happen to live on. Comment

Would-be crooners step up for shot at Anthem

Bay News: Oh, say did you see the long line of patriotic crooners at Kings Plaza mall, juggling their vocal cords for a chance to sing the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones? Comment

Turning Point benefit

Bay News: Turning Point, a leading Southwest Brooklyn multi-service agency, will hold its Annual Benefit Gala, June 16 at The Palm House, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. (cocktails and silent auction) followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment provided by The Sidewinders, a New York-based jazz band. Comment

The Coney Island experience through kid eyes

Bay News: Starry-eyed students took visitors on a trip down memory lane when they staged a presentation about Brooklyn’s premier amusement Mecca entitled, “Through Our Eyes – The Coney Island Experience.” Comment

Terrific Tara Fest at the old stone house

Mom, dad and the kids enjoyed emerald frolics as they rose to a day of thrills and frolics — Irish-style — when the Old Stone House hosted a Tara Festival. Comment

Tall salute to fallen cops: Finest loom large in hearts

Bay News: Marching two abreast, hundreds of cops from throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South poured into St. Anthanasius Church in Bensonhurst last week to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make the borough a safer place. Comment

Survivors meet for memorial: Holocaust’s memory still vivid

Bay News: Nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors and many others filled Borough Park’s Temple Young Israel-Beth El recently for a somber remembrance of the Holocaust. Comment

Summer reading challenge

Bay News: Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr. reminds children and families that the New York State Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner. Comment

Sex in the city (of Bklyn): Racy ‘Babeland’ shop debuts

Bay News: Diapers and dildos, strollers and strap-ons, bottles and bondage. Comment

Salem Fields memorial: Tall salute to fallen heroes

Bay News: The Kings County Council-Jewish War Veterans, under the guidance of Executive Director Harold Engelmann, presented a special memorial service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, honoring the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, and Korea and Vietnam. Comment

Robbery spike hurts Beach

Bay News: Four strong-arm robberies committed within a few blocks of each other in just a week’s time is enough to make anybody sit up and take notice, but when they happen in sleepy Manhattan Beach the man paid to safeguard the community suits up on his day off to deliver an accounting. Comment
P.S. 52

what a bunch of characters!

Bay News: Spidey hobnobbed with Pocahontas and Pinocchio pressed flesh with a pirate during a character parade at Public School 52. Comment

Prognosis Magnificent: LICH looks great at 150

Bay News: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment

Pride fest at Prospect PK: Event to celebrate borough’s diversity and spirit

Bay News: New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment

Oriental makeover looming: DOT commish takes active role in traffic concerns

Bay News: Manhattan Beach might be one step closer to remaking Oriental Boulevard this week following a special meeting with Department of Transportation (DOT) Brooklyn Commissioner Joseph Palmieri. Comment

Off to the races: Bridezilla’s mad dash for nest egg

Bay News: Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment

New Utrecht returns to Civil War days

Bay News: A Civil War encampment, a free concert and a pomp-filled parade capped the festivities as Liberty Weekend celebrations got underway at New Utrecht Reformed Church. Comment

New traffic signals

Bay News: State Senator Martin J. Golden announced that the New York City Department of Transportation has approved two of his requests to install traffic lights at busy intersections throughout the community. Comment

Matching musical wits live on stage: Kids to put music knowledge to the test

Bay News: Teams from PS 236, 193 and 312 in Brooklyn will join 30 other teams from public schools throughout the city to compete in Riverside Symphony’s Music Memory Citywide Finals, May 28, 10:30 a.m., at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Comment

Lightning strikes on Knapp Street

Bay News: Firefighters were called to Knapp Street near Voorhies Avenue Sunday night after a lightning strike set a power line on fire. Witnesses said that amidst the heavy rain and thunder claps, lightning reportedly hit a power line that fell to the ground and caught fire. Responding firefighters put the small blaze out without incident. No injuries were reported, nor did any homes lose power, according to officials. Comment

Impressive ‘body’ of work for teen: Scribe carries class to exhibit

Bay News: Thanks to an 11th-grader’s award-winning work, a class of Midwood High School students viewed actual human specimens. Comment

Ikea debut coming

Bay News: Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment

Home invasion!

Bay News: Cops are looking for a brazen pair of gun-toting hooligans who terrified two Bensonhurst families residing in the same home. Comment

Hebrew hotbed of controversy: New charter school raises constitutional questions

Bay News: A proposal to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn’s District 22 has been met with concerns about maintaining separation of church and state – and questions about how nearby public schools will be affected. Comment

Health insurance for seniors

Bay News: Approaching age 65 is a big transition for most people, when questions about health insurance options become prime concerns. There are many options available and many choices to make. Comment

Guv says ‘I do’; others ‘No way’: Brooklyn lawmaker joins effort to block gay marriage OK

Bay News: While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment

Getting a leg up on cancer: Relay for Life gearing up for its most successful year ever

Bay News: With the 10th annual Bay Ridge Relay for Life just days away, planning is picking up steam to make this year’s event the most successful one so far. Comment

Fundrasing gala

Bay News: Brooklyn Housing & Family Services will hold its Annual Fundraising Dinner, June 19 from 7-11 p.m. at The Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street. Comment

Emergency preparation course

Bay News: Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Learn how, learn now at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop, June 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 5506 Church Avenue in Flatbush. Breakfast and refreshments will be served. Comment

Doc to give KCC address

Bay News: Dr. Richard Maraia, chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology, Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the address at the 43rd Kingsborough Community College commencement exercises. Comment

Design and construction

Bay News: The Institute of Design and Construction, a fixture in the world of Architecture and Construction for more than 60 years, has announced another innovation: frequent Career Information Sessions. Comment

D.A. ‘forecloses’ on crooks

Bay News: In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment

Cuts mean fewer teachers, larger classes

Bay News: Brooklyn schools are already feeling the effects of budget cuts to be implemented in September. Comment

Civic meeting

Bay News: The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s annual meeting and election of officers and directors will be held June 19 at 7:30 p.m., in the lower auditorium of the Kings Highway Reformed Church, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment

Channeling John Brown- Brooklyn writer returns to Harper’s Ferry

Bay News: As much as Park Slope writer John Cummings loves his adopted home, a part of him will always reside in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, the beautiful and historic Blue Ridge town in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he grew up. Comment

Cashing in on ‘The Real World’: New MTV neighbors on Bridge St.

Bay News: “The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

Brooklyn Youths try on NYPD brass for size

Bay News: The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment

Brighton calls for safer streets

Bay News: A recent pedestrian fatality has sparked a new push for more street lights and signage on Brighton Beach Avenue, this paper has learned. Comment

Beachside patrol takes backseat: Questions about security linger as feud continues

Bay News: A string of rapid-fire robberies in normally sedate Manhattan Beach last week has left members of the neighborhood’s private security force feeling a bit more than red-faced. Comment

Bare-knuckle fight over Iraq: Democratic hopefuls trade jabs on opposition to the war

Bay News: If the sparks flying at a recent club meeting are any indication, it’s likely to be a long, hot summer for Brooklyn and Staten Island Democrats. Comment

An axe hangs over kids: School advocates fear DOE will be devastating

Bay News: Budget cuts planned for Brooklyn schools this September will have devastating effects for schoolchildren, according to a local parents’ group. Comment

Alvin Ailey mastery rubs off on P.S. 194 dancers

Public School 194 third-graders received an A-plus for fancy footwork when they took to the stage for an end-of-year dance festival, proudly showcasing skills learned under the supervision of noted choreographers. Comment

A banner day for Public School 195

Bay News: Public School 195 received two special gifts for its 60th birthday when Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz stopped by with a pair of American flags to celebrate the milestone anniversary. Comment

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