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Mean Streets: Everyone on Fifth Avenue agrees that the struggle among cars, trucks, buses, bikes and pedestrians is ridiculous — but over the weekend, it again turned deadly. Comments (22)
Cyclones: Of course he was safe! The Cyclones are on a 10–2 tear! Comment
Mean Streets: The traffic circle at the southeast corner of Prospect Park is such a mess that the neighborhood group most known for its disapproval of the Department of Transportation has joined forces with the hated agency in support of a plan to lessen traffic, ease pedestrian crossing, and improve safety for bicyclists and horses. Comments (3)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The Gowanus Canal is in an unusual position of having two governments bitterly fighting for the right to clean the horribly toxic waterway — and both Mayor Bloomberg and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are upping the rhetoric with less than a week left in the public debate. Comments (4)

Save the food vendors!

Editorial: Our editorial board believes that licensed street food vendors are a valuable part of our urban life. Comments (8)

Web readers ask: What’s so bad about street food vendors

Letters: Our online story about a Bay Ridge group’s efforts to ban food vending (“Sh-WAR-ma! Ridge group seeks city ban on food vendors,” June 26) received an astounding number of comments. Here’s a fair synopsis. Comment
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension raves about Yinka Shonibare. Comment

It’s tee time for Dyker Beach course!

Fitness: It’s a hole in one for Brooklynites this summer! Comment

One wrench in Ratner’s plans

Atlantic Yards: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming offers his take on the latest Atlantic Yards court battle. Comments (2)

It’s giglio time in Williamsburg!

Event: Music will fill the air. Kids will fill the rides. Canolis will fill the mouths. And, most important, an 80-foot-tall, three-ton statue will rise above it all. Comment

Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black at the Bell House!

Nightlife: On July 15, Gowanus will be Brooklyn’s comedy central. Comment

State’s highest court sees some ‘appeal’ in Yards eminent domain case

Atlantic Yards: In a twist that could be disastrous for Bruce Ratner, New York’s highest court surprised many and agreed to hear an appeal that the state has illegally used its power of eminent domain to spearhead the embattled $4.9-billion Atlantic Yards project. Comments (11)

Nurses: Give us more nurses!

Fort Greene: Nurses at Brooklyn Hospital took to the street on Wednesday morning to demand a larger nursing staff and an increase in the Fort Greene medical center’s “terrible” nurse-to-patient ratio. Comment
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July 4 will be America’s darkest day

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist predicts that Takeru Kobayashi will triumph at Saturday’s hot dog-eating contest in Coney Island. Comments (4)
Fort Greene: Get ready to start rocking around the clock tower. Comments (6)
Nightlife: The hippest, most happening bowling alley ever is about to open. Comment

Bar Reis goes into the sandwich business

Dining: Just what you want: tapas sandwiches! Comments (1)

Fee sting! This DUMBO cash machine charges $3.99!

DUMBO: Talk about soaking the tourists! Comments (4)

Marty likes Bill and David — two borough pols — for higher office

Politicrasher: Surprise, surprise: Borough President Markowitz has endorsed the only Brooklynites in the races for public advocate and comptroller. Comment
Bushwick: Everyone knows that Bushwick has arrived — but will the shoppers follow? Comments (11)
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Let’s be frank: No one sings of hot dogs and buns like Amos!

Event: The eyes of the world will be on Coney Island again on Saturday, when two-time world hot-dog-eating champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut faces off against Takeru Kobayashi, the six-time champion who redefined competitive eating greatness before Chestnut dethroned him in 2007. Comment
Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom remembers the father she lost last year. Comment

These are R(epulsive) and N(asty) trains

Transit: Now we know what the “R” and the “N” stands for in the names of two of Brooklyn’s key subway lines: “Rancid” and “Nasty.” Comments (5)
Greenpoint: A proposal to sell the naming rights of the someday-to-reopen McCarren Park Pool has put a long-deceased state Senator in the fight of his afterlife. Comments (2)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The proposed Sponge Park along the banks of the fetid Gowanus Canal is finally living up to its name in one way: it’s soaking up federal money. Comments (3)

Carroll Gardens gets in the (re)zone

Carroll Gardens: The rush to restrict building heights on 86 blocks of Carroll Gardens and the Columbia Street Waterfront District moved forward last week when the Community Board 6 Land Use Committee approved height limits on new construction in the historic brownstone neighborhoods. Comment

Sh-WAR-ma! Ridge group seeks city ban on food vendors

Dining: Bay Ridge’s community board is pushing the city to ban street food carts from several commercial strips. Food vendor fans are crying foul. Comments (17)
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Our most-shocking (Gowanus) podcast ever!

Art: Meet a woman artist who uses one of the most disgusting places in the city as her muse — in this exclusive video! Comment

Money train derailed for DiBrienza

Windsor Terrace: The city’s yearly cash stream to a former Councilman Steve DiBrienza’s not-for-profit — a flow of money that became such a political liability that he was forced to drop out of the race for his old seat — has been plugged. Comment
Politics: And you said there was no Brooklyn angle on the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson! Comments (5)

Pools out for summer!

The public pools are finally open. Whew. Just in time for more rain! Comments (1)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comments (2)

Chemistry not enough in NYC’s 31-14 loss to Island

HEMPSTEAD, L.I. – Najee Tyler was keeping things in perspective. His New York City team just fell to Long Island, 31-14, in the 14th annual Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge in a lackluster performance Tuesday night in front of 8,224 at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium. Comment

Cyclones’ Moore gets plenty of support in victory

Brandon Moore’s first year of professional baseball didn’t go nearly as planned. He was used as a spot starter and middle reliever. Then he injured his back. Comment

Baby Bombers-Cyclones slog through soggy Sunday

Neil Medchill had an eventful professional debut on a soggy Sunday afternoon. The Staten Island Yankees leftfielder not only hit his first career home run, a solo blast in the second inning, he also sat through three rain delays at KeySpan Park before umpires called the game after 5 ½ innings. Comment

Cohoon, Cyclones improve to 2-0 against Yankees

Mark Cohoon couldn’t catch a break. Comment

Old glory inspires Brooklyn patriots young and old

Kings Courier: Marine Park morphed into a patriot’s haven, drawing a sea of red, white and blue for a troop rally and Flag Day celebration, presented by State Senator Marty Golden. Comment

‘Bad’ dream back

Kings Courier: A controversial charter school has set its sights on School District 22. Comment

70th Precinct Medal Day

Kings Courier: The 70th Precinct Medal Day awards ceremony at the Prospect Park Picnic House last week wasn’t just about accolades. It was also a time for the officers to take up a special challenge. Comment

Hearing set for Coney Island rezoning

Kings Courier: Coney Island is about to experience a summertime scorcher. Comment

Carnival days come to Public school 197

Kings Courier: A fun−filled revel was on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers to kick off a carnival at Public School 197. Comment

13th Annual Avenue J Student Art Show

Kings Courier: Avenue J’s Apple Bank, Park Avenue Bank, and Berkshire Bank sponsored the 13th Annual Avenue J Student Art Show, held at The Berkshire Bank, 1119 Avenue J. Comment

‘Change’ falls flat around here

Flatbush: At the end of the day, an effort to revamp the direction of one East Flatbush community organization sputtered, with members re−electing the incumbent chairperson to serve a fourth term. Comment

Spike it to mike

Flatbush: Less a debate and more a conversation with concerned citizens, the mayoral candidates’ forum at Our Lady of Refuge Church last week was “give and take” in its purest form. Comment

8 shot, 4 dead in the last 3 weeks

Flatbush: While overall felony crime remains down in East Flatbush, violent crime has spiked, leaving the 67th Precinct command vigilant heading into summer. Comment

Leadoff spot suits ‘clone just fine

Canarsie: John Servidio had never batted leadoff before Friday night. Not in college. Not in high school. And certainly not during his one injury−shortened season of professional baseball. Comment

Cyclones survive soggy slop

Canarsie: Mark Cohoon couldn’t catch a break. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

Canarsie: Acquittal in Jet Ski death Comment

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Fireworks prohibition Comment

A Britisher’s View

Canarsie: Planet earth doesn’t possess a launderette big enough to wash modern−day Iran’s stockpile of dirty laundry, nor a closet large enough to hide its skeletons. Comment

Not for Nuthin’

Canarsie: I can’t help it: I like to watch game shows. I know most people won’t ever admit it, but I do — proudly and openly. The sillier they are, the better. Comment

It’s Only My Opinion

Canarsie: Here’s a piece of America by the numbers. Comment

Mortgage problem solving

Canarsie: If you’re behind in or concerned about your mortgage, come to Neighborhood Housing Services every Tuesday for an open house from 2−5 p.m. for referrals or other free assistance at 2806 Church Avenue between Nostrand & Rogers avenues. Comment

Candidates court Canarsie voters

Canarsie: Canarsie residents crammed into a small room at a local synagogue to hear candidates running for election this year make their pitch for their support. Comment

Farewell Holy Family School

Canarsie: Misty−eyed students and teachers joined the community – among them alums from the Class of ‘65 – in bidding an emotional farewell to Holy Family School, which is shutting its doors after schooling Canarsie’s children for 59 years. Comment

Public school 115 gets in the game

Canarsie: Potato sack races, sprint dashes and other fun games had youngsters challenging mettle while engaging in some down time during a sports day at Public School 115. Comment

More support for park redux

Canarsie: By unanimous vote, Community Board 18 last week gave its hearty endorsement to the third phase of a city plan determined to remake Canarsie Park. Comment

Shocking hospital death: 1 year later

Canarsie: A Brooklyn woman who died unnoticed on a floor of a psychiatric emergency room floor last June became the poster child for “murder by neglect” when rallyers marked the first anniversary of her death with a vigil outside Kings County Hospital Center. Comment

Public schools to lose close to half−a−billion dollars

Canarsie: The public school system will lose $452 million this September. Comment

Help sweep the beach

Canarsie: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2009. Comment

Bone yard boo!

Canarsie: Capitalism is dead — at least in Canarsie Cemetery. Comment

Fourth of July Parade, and more Indy celebrations

Canarsie: This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment

Mortgage fraud suspected here

Canarsie: The Kings County District Attorney’s office investigation into mortgage fraud may not have hit your home, but it may have hit your neighbors’. Comment

Gains and losses inside new budet

Canarsie: The new $59.4 billion budget agreed upon by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council has good news and bad news for Brooklynites. Comment

Brooklyn Poet Laureate Ken Siegelman dies at 63

Canarsie: Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn’s poet laureate, died in his Gravesend home on June 20th after a decade long struggle with kidney disease. He was 63 years old. Comment

Mermaids don’t need dry land

Canarsie: Tinseltown titan and Brighton Beach native Harvey Keitel – and wife Daphna Kastner – morphed into majestic Mighty King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, pounding their webb−tastic feet alongside exquisite ice princesses and spectacular sea urchins, who helped transform Coney Island into a rollicking boulevard of fun and festivity for the annual Mermaid Parade. Comment

‘Everything is going to work out’

Canarsie: With things looking bleaker than they already are in Albany, Democrats in the State Senate are now looking to a Canarsian for solace. Comment

Prison stripes loom for cross−dressing con artist

Canarsie: The last six years had been one long drag for Thomas Parkin. Comment

Committee balks at changes to Holocaust Park

Canarsie: Believing that the decision was “politically motivated,” members of the Holocaust Memorial Committee are steadfastly against the city’s plans to place five markers in Holocaust Memorial Park to honor homosexuals, gypsies and political upstarts killed by the Nazis. Comment

Clara Barton star runs away with Wingate Award

High School Sports: Track & Field was a part of Kadian Dunkley’s life growing up. She ran for fun back home on the Island of Jamaica and when she came to Brooklyn at the age of 12. Comment

Unbeatable ‘off the bend’

High School Sports: John Thomas’ start can pretty much decide the finish to most races. Comment

Ace Lincoln hurler overcomes ‘regrets’

High School Sports: Katharine Fuentes has her fair share of regrets. The Lincoln senior wished she played more travel softball – she played just a few games with the Brooklyn Cyclones last summer. But more than anything else, she wants to soak up some more knowledge from new Railsplitters coaches Kim Procida and Nicole Adisano. Comment

BK product goes for gold

High School Sports: At 6’6” and 300−plus pounds, Oday Aboushi is the kind of guy who’s used to getting noticed. Comment

‘Hot−shot’ freshman

High School Sports: Sometimes Adrienne Alexander has to forget she is just a freshman. She is one of the best shot putters in the state and the best in the CHSAA, but at first had realize just how close she was to the upper−echelon throwers. Comment

Boom−A−Ring debut

Canarsie: If pitching a tent on one of the planet’s most famous boardwalks for the summer wasn’t enough, now Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has its very own street to toot its horn along – through September 7. Comment

Big screecher

Bay News: In last week’s column, I wrote about how great it was being on Bay Parkway south of 86th Street waiting for my wife to take the three−minute trip from Bay 50th Street. Thanks to the MTA, an hour later she finally met me in Pet Land where I was supposed to buy another Siamese fighting fish. We decided to come back to Pet Land after we finished walking through the festival, rather than jostle the Betta in a bag for hours. It was like we were in a different world, not like the Bensonhurst we grew up in. True there were lots of Asians, Mexicans, Russians, Pakistani, Polish and many other new Americans of various nationalities, not only in the streets enjoying themselves but vending their wares, foods, games, rides and what have you. It was a fun day. Comment

Speak out

Bay News: Can it be 36 years ago that Lou Powsner tried to live his ‘impossible dream’? Returning from war and graduating college, my Dad needed help. He was aging and needed aid running his Coney Island Men’s Shop full time. It was time to step in and help to run his store. We joined my Dad just as the tides of crime were beginning to engulf the tides of Coney Island and the City at large. Comment

‘Waterpod’ surfaces in Sheepshead Bay

That weird−looking thing sitting on the end of Pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay isn’t part of any cheesy “Bio−Dome” sequel, but it is home to four forward−thinking artists with a starry eyed vision of the future. Comment

It’s stop and go at latest town hall on traffic

Those who have a speed bump on their block want it gone. Comment

Belt Pkwy Redux

Reconstruction of Brooklyn’s Belt Parkway bridges is expected to begin soon, commencing a massive, half−billion−dollar project to replace the aged spans. Comment

‘Hutch’ hailed as Patrick Brennan Cop of the Year

On any given day in the 67th Precinct on Snyder Avenue, Detective Leroy “Hutch” Hutchinson can be found in the building’s lobby, talking with visitors. Comment

Poet laureate dies at age 63

Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn’s poet laureate, died in his Gravesend home on June 20th after a decade long struggle with kidney disease. He was 63 years old. Comment

A star−spangled salute to independence

This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment

July 4th without fireworks

Local cops have already kicked off their anti−fireworks efforts for 2009. Comment

Memorial committee calls changes to park ‘political’

Believing that the decision was “politically motivated,” members of the Holocaust Memorial Committee are steadfastly against the city’s plans to place five markers in Holocaust Memorial Park to honor homosexuals, gypsies and political upstarts killed by the Nazis. Comment

More input sought on Tillary makeover

All it takes is a dream, and a meeting to present it. Comment

St. Patrick’s baseball diamond has a new shine

Bay Ridge boasts its own two−million−dollar emerald empire of dreams – thanks to Councilmember Vincent Gentile. Comment

Be a Bread & Life volunteer

St. John’s Bread & Life, Brooklyn’s largest soup kitchen with an array of social service programs, is seeking volunteers for the summer months. Specifically needed are Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Polish and Russian translators who are fluent in one of those languages and English to help guests apply for social service programs. Other volunteers are being sought for data entry. Comment

Kids can Run! Jump! Fly!

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action, their newest, extremely hands−on exhibit, lets kids try out activities they’ve never before encountered and helps develop balance, strength, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance while they pretend to be action heroes in training. Run! Jump! Fly!, designed to help combat childhood obesity and inactivity by showcasing the fun and other benefits of fitness activities they can pursue alone, with their families, or in teams, is open now to September 6. Comment

Starting off with a ‘Boom’

If pitching a tent on one of the planet’s most famous boardwalks for the summer wasn’t enough, now Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has its very own street to toot its horn along – through September 7. Comment

Leaving the CEC

School District 20’s Community Education Council (CEC) bid adieu to several members. Comment

Bright futures for Bishop Kearney class of ‘09

Bishop Kearney’s class of 2009 is currently in the process of selecting where they will attend college, from an impressive array of schools to which they have been accepted and received scholarships. Comment

New faces and old friends change places on Community Board 10

It was time for goodbyes, and hellos, at Community Board 10’s June meeting, where the board’s four new members were introduced, and two retiring members were honored for their service to the board. Comment

Mom tees off

The Dyker Beach Golf Course Clubhouse was packed to capacity as members of the Visitation Academy’s Mothers’ Club, in addition to more than 300 family members and friends, celebrated the club’s yearly achievements during its annual lunch at the catering hall on Seventh Avenue & 86th Street in Bay Ridge. Comment

Fifth Ave. merchants’ ‘fantastic’ forecast

There’s plenty of good news for merchants along Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment

Lutheran salutes stellar team

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Real Estate & Development Committee announced the winning projects for its 2009 Building Brooklyn Awards. The largest annual real estate industry event in the borough, the Building Brooklyn Awards (BBA) recognizes recently completed construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and economy. Comment

Borough hails BK’s best chiefs

There were a lot of cop cars, but no criminal activity at Borough Hall Wednesday. Comment

MDA vollies

Volunteers looking for a rewarding and memorable experience should consider Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps. Volunteer counselors are needed to assist young people with muscular dystrophy and related diseases, and help them enjoy a fun−filled MDA summer camp August 16−22 in Spring Valley, NY. Comment

Over 1,500 seniors attend special fairs

State Senator Martin J. Golden hosted his seventh annual series of senior fairs to offer local seniors and their families an opportunity to learn of the services available to assist them with their property taxes, their prescription drug coverage, their personal safety, and their health. Comment

Cops ‘blitz’ teens

Gangs of teens have Ridgites distinctly on edge. Comment

Guild for Exceptional Children benefits from $1,500 ‘Easter egg

At an annual Orthodox Easter celebration held outside his Bay Ridge restaurant, Spartan Souvlaki owner George Lykovrezos has provided free food and drink to residents who gather outside to celebrate the holiday and season. When some residents insisted on paying him for his generosity this year, Lykovrezos decided to take his generosity one step further. Comment

68th Police Precinct hails some of its finest

Two 68th Precinct officers took center stage at the recent meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council as “Cops of the Month” for June. Comment

Forget the trouble in River City, Visitation Academy revives ‘The music man’

Starry−eyed students at Visitation Academy attuned themselves to a Broadway classic by taking to the stage for a crowd−pleasing version of “The Music Man.” Comment

Building Brooklyn Award winners

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Real Estate & Development Committee announced the winning projects for its 2009 Building Brooklyn Awards. The largest annual real estate industry event in the borough, the Building Brooklyn Awards (BBA) recognizes recently completed construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and economy. Comment

12th Annual Pastor’s Tournament at Dyker Beach

Members of St. Anselm Youth Activities stepped up to the tee for the group’s 12th Annual Pastor’s Tournament Golf Outing at Dyker Beach Golf Course. Comment

Summer Art Series at The Narrows

The Narrows Botanical Gardens & Gallery 364 invites you to celebrate its ongoing “Summer Art Series,” every Sunday throughout the summer, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment

Lit cigarette results in blaze

Bay News: Sheepshead Bay smoke eaters were honored as heroes after they pulled a couple from a Brighton Beach blaze Monday night. Comment

New designation honors St. Brendan’s Church

Bay News: The faithful can now pound the holy grail along “St. Brendan’s Way.” Comment

P.S. 100 students entertain Trump Village

Bay News: A senior−student sing−song – plus an award−winning dance presentation – was on the books when Public School 100 pupils trekked over to Trump Village for a morning of music and merriment. Comment

God help you if you’re caught posting illegally

Bay News: City Councilmember Simcha Felder is putting yeshivas, churches, mosques, meeting halls and every other kind of religious institution on notice: “Even if you’re selling God,” you don’t have a right to put up illegal posters. Comment

KCC opens food pantry to help feed cash−strapped students

Bay News: Kingsborough Community College sits in one of the most affluent sections of Brooklyn, but some of its students are so needy that the school has opened up a food pantry and taken to handing out leftovers to help them make ends meet. Comment

Marine Park Civic looks fit & spry at 83

Bay News: Eighty−three years of community service were hailed with rites and festivity when the Marine Park Civic Association celebrated the milestone anniversary with the induction of a new slate of officers. Comment

Crime down on Coney stat sheets

Bay News: The impact zone appears to have made an impact on the violent crime spree occurring on the western end of Coney Island. Comment

Ribbon cut on new Public School 205 playground

Bay News: Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s plan to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10−minute walk of a recreational space bore its first fruits when Hizzoner helped snip the ribbon on a new, $820,000 playground at Public School 205. Comment

Cops: livery cab stick−up man has long rap sheet

Bay News: In a nutshell, he was driving neighborhood livery cab drivers crazy. Comment

Gangs frustrate 60th Pct.

Bay News: While police acknowledge the presence of Hispanic gangs in Brighton Beach, ridding them from the neighborhood is a more thorny issue. Comment

P.S. 52 staff and students step up to the plate

Bay News: Just call teachers at Public School 52 budding Cat Ostermans. Comment

Become an MDA camp volunteer

Bay News: Volunteers looking for a rewarding and memorable experience should consider Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps. Volunteer counselors are needed to assist young people with muscular dystrophy and related diseases, and help them enjoy a fun−filled MDA summer camp August 16−22 in Spring Valley, NY. Comment

Mark Twain JHS holds commencement exercises

Bay News: Mayor Mike Bloomberg returned to school, helping help heap honors on beaming Mark Twain Junior High School students during their graduation day at Brooklyn College. Comment

Muslims to city: we want school holidays too

Bay News: Brooklyn’s diverse Muslim community is urging the City Council to pass legislation to include the two holiest holidays of Islam on the New York City public school calendar before the end of June. Comment

New post for Assemblymember Maisel

Bay News: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver appointed Assembly Member Alan Maisel as the new vice−chair of the New York State Legislative Commission on Solid Waste Management, established in 1984 to evaluate solid waste management practices in New York State. Comment

A whirlwind of yankee−doodle dandy delights

Bay News: Visitors got up close with Lady Liberty, retraced the steps of immigrants who arrived through Ellis Island, and then took a trip on Cyclone roller coaster – all without leaving Public School 177. Comment

Volunteer at BK’s largest soup kitchen

Bay News: St. John’s Bread & Life, Brooklyn’s largest soup kitchen with an array of social service programs, is seeking volunteers for the summer months. Specifically needed are Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Polish and Russian translators who are fluent in one of those languages and English to help guests apply for social service programs. Other volunteers are being sought for data entry. Comment

A poppin’ picnic for the 4th

Bay News: This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment

‘Boom−A−Ring Boulevard’ is home to circus fun

Bay News: If pitching a tent on one of the planet’s most famous boardwalks for the summer wasn’t enough, now Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has its very own street to toot its horn along – through September 7. Comment

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