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Food stamps for sugar sodas?

Editorial: Mayor Bloomberg wants to bar the use of food stamps for sugar-filled beverages and sodas on the grounds that such products are unhealthy. Of course, they are — but is the mayor’s initiative a public-health boon or just “nanny state” politics run amok? Comment

Join the coolest club — literally

Here’s the scoop on one of Brooklyn’s coolest new social club. Comment

Vans plan jams on Saturday in Greenpoint

Williamsburg: The newest skateboard park in the city is set to open on Saturday in Greenpoint — but it’s only for professional skateboarders. Comment

Fight for real mass transit

Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority deeply reduced transit service, including eliminating several useful bus routes across Brooklyn. The agency’s reaction was, basically, “Tough luck, commuters.” Comment

Roofus: For God’s sake

This week, Roofus hates the hate that a hate-spewing Kansas church was spewing this week. Comment

Fred Tomaselli show at the Brooklyn Museum starts Friday

Artist Fred Tomaselli’s black light poster-esque psychedelic images are everywhere — online, in books, and even on album covers — but to truly appreciate the art, you need to see it live. Comment

Lots of bag swipes

Brooklyn Courier: 78th Precinct Comment

Van man can’t stand the plan!

A private van operator is “bleeding money” trying to provide transit service in Brownstone Brooklyn — part of the city’s controversial program to provide “dollar van” service along routes slashed by the MTA. Comment

Face-off! Residents evacuated from Sackett St building in facade collapse

Brooklyn Courier: and Joe Anuta Comment

She’s clocked in DUMBO

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Midwood fire update: Two kids remain critical

Two of the children injured during a high-holy day fire that killed their 8-year-old brother late last month remain in critical condition, according to source with friends close to the family. Comment

Ida Eisenstein is our pigskin prognosticator!

Bay News: She’s gone from prognosticating pariah to pigskin princess! Comment

Sick day bill is about fairness

Editorial: It’s something most people probably take for granted: when you are sick, or your child is sick, you can take a day off of work without getting docked, or fearing that you’ll lose your job. Comment

Paid sick days — bad for business?

Editorial: The City Council is considering a bill that would require employers to provide paid sick time for workers. The business community has come out against the proposal as too costly, while unions and others claim it will reduce workplace sickness and give workers a vital benefit. Comment

Anti-war rally at Rep. Mike’s office

BoroBeat: Peace advocates marked the ninth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on Oct. 7 with a protest in front of Rep. Mike McMahon’s Bay Ridge office — demanding that our soldiers in the Middle East are immediately taken out of harm’s way. Comment

Two girls rob a woman — again

Brooklyn Courier: 76th Precinct Comment

‘Welcome back’ — to Borough Hall

BoroBeat: The iconic “Welcome to Brooklyn” sign from the 1970s has found a new home in Borough Hall. Comment

Shootings rattle Marine Park, Mill Basin

Mill–Marine Courier: Bullet bonanza Comment

Two nabbed in Midwood iPhone robbery

Kings Courier: Ave. L mugging Comment

Flatbush woman left in stitches

Flatbush: Toasting violence Comment

Video villains raid gaming store

Canarsie: They got game Comment

Girl stabbed!

68th Precinct Comment

Paid sick leave is bad for business

Editorial: Over the past few weeks, the debate over the City Council’s pending “paid sick leave” bill has heated up. Intro 97 seeks to mandate every business — regardless of size or nature — to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Businesses of 19 employees or less would be required to provide a minimum of five paid sick days for every part- and full-time employee while firms of 20 employees or more would be required to provide a minimum of nine days. Comment

McMahon: Situation is ‘Grimm’ at foe’s businesses

Bay Ridge GOP congressional hopeful Michael Grimm touts himself as a successful small businessman, but one of his bungled ventures mainly succeeded in racking up city health code violations. Comment

Thugs get to woman by threatening son

Bay News: Coerced out of cash Comment

Teen music sensations Josh Golden and Burnham burn up Center Stage at Aviator

BoroBeat: Shrieking teenyboppers thronged the barricades with outstretched hands — some weeping their tweenie hearts out — when teenage music sensations Burnham and Josh Golden headlined at CenterStage at Aviator Brooklyn on Saturday. Comment

Gravely injured: Victim tells us what happened the night he was shot in leg

The victim of an Oct. 3 shooting inside the violence-prone F1 nightclub in Dyker Heights says that he stared into his assailant’s eyes right before the unknown man pulled a gun and shot him in the leg. Comment

Spooktastic sights abound at John Zammit’s house of horrors

BoroBeat: Attention daredevils: This spooktacle comes with gourds of fun. Comment

City’s shore plan is watered down

SoBro gets the shaft! Comment

Swastikas appear on bus shelter

Bay News: Police say the swastikas drawn on a bus shelter on Ocean Avenue between Voorhies Avenue and Shore Parkway North were an isolated incident, and not the work of a serial, bigoted tagger. Comment

Block busted: Angry residents cry fowl over giant ‘eyesore’

Bay News: Gravesend residents are furious over a city ruling allowing construction to resume on a house that dwarfs their properties and violates current zoning laws — after the builder lied to the city about his plans. Comment

Home sweet home: Xaverian pounds St. Francis Prep

High School Sports: For two straight weeks, all the talk that surrounded the Xaverian football team has been about losses – on the field in terms of back-to-back defeats and off the field in terms of the dismissal of star receiver Kendall (Speedy) Thomas for an incident during detention. Comment

Shorthanded St. Ann’s stays positive after loss to SIA

High School Sports: Frank Davis took away plenty of positives even in defeat. Comment

Sheepshead sidesteps disaster, routs Lehman

High School Sports: The day certainly got off to an inauspicious start for Sheepshead Bay. When coach Fred Snyder was driving to the Brooklyn school before the team left for Alfred E. Smith in The Bronx, he got a text from starting running back/cornerback Devin Lee stating that Lee couldn’t make the game because he had the flu. Comment

Madison returns to field, but takes it on chin in loss to Lincoln

High School Sports: James Madison was back on the pitch Thursday evening, eight days after its ugly brawl with Franklin D. Roosevelt cost the Knights two games in the standings, one starter for two games and another the rest of his senior year. Comment

Grand disappointment: Wolves lack bite against Brooklyn Tech

High School Sports: Mike Lightfoot saw some things with Brooklyn Tech that he knew his team could exploit. But midway through an eventual 36-8 loss Sunday to the Engineers, the Grand Street Campus coach came to a realization. Comment

Fort Hamilton starts slow, but finishes fast

High School Sports: With less than a minute before halftime, Campus Magnet led Fort Hamilton by a touchdown — the first time the Tigers have trailed this year. Comment

Engineers chug past Grand Street with power run game

High School Sports: Brooklyn Tech left the bells and whistles at home. After turning the ball over seven times last week in a loss to Thomas Jefferson, the Engineers had the most conservative of game plans: just pound the run, play after play. Comment

Safety first: Baptist edges Ford in defensive struggle

High School Sports: Derelle Hunter is the leading rusher in the entire CHSFL and has carried St. John the Baptist in the opening month of the season. Comment

Remembering our military men and women

BoroBeat: The members of The American Legion from Flatlands post-391 honored military men and women who lost their lives this past year, by marching to a memorial service in Gerritsen Beach on Oct. 10. Comment

More election fraud alleged against Vito Lopez

Voting improprieties in Bushwick last month appear to be part of a larger pattern of election fraud by poll workers allied with — and in some cases, hired by — Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Comment

Sour stomachs across southern Brooklyn as Kings Plaza Diner closes

The beloved Kings Plaza Diner, a Mill Basin mainstay for 35 years, will close, leaving a gaping hole in the stomach of southern Brooklyn. Comment

Rep. Mike McMahon: ‘I’m not angry’

Two candidates for a Bay Ridge congressional seat came out slugging this week, and Democratic incumbent Mike McMahon admitted he’s not fighting just a GOP rival, but an irate nation. Comment

A big Brooklyn ‘Stew’ as singer returns to BAM with boro-themed song cycle

Music: Stew and The Negro Problem are back! Comment
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Jay Street to drop ‘Boro Hall’ and add ‘Metrotech’

Downtown: It’s a new name for an old subway station. Comments (11)

Van man can’t stand the plan!

Cobble Hill: City program to replace slashed MTA bus routes is floundering. Comments (3)

Fight for real mass transit

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper’s editorial board says “We told you so” about the city’s ‘dollar van” plan for failed MTA bus routes. Comments (3)

Paid sick days — bad for business?

Perspective: The City Council is considering a bill that would require employers to provide paid sick time for workers. The business community has come out against the proposal as too costly, while unions and others claim it will reduce workplace sickness and give workers a vital benefit. Click below for opinion pieces on the controversial subject.
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The greatest (8-year-old) guitarist ever!

Music: This video is stunning — a must watch! Comments (2)

Filene’s on Fulton! Mall gets major retailer

Downtown plan: Fulton Mall took another big step toward a retail renaissance this week with the announcement that Filene’s Basement and SYMS would take the spacious ground floor of the old Strawberry building. Comments (3)

Stephen Brown really is a tireless reporter

Downtown: Of course he is — his bike was just stolen! Comments (19)

McMahon: Situation is ‘Grimm’ at foe’s businesses

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge GOP congressional hopeful Michael Grimm touts himself as a successful small businessman, but one of his bungled ventures mainly succeeded in racking up city health code violations. Comments (1)

Face-off! Residents evacuated from Sackett St building in facade collapse

Carroll Gardens: Talk about a face-off. Comments (1)

‘No help’ EMT busted for letting woman die Downtown

Downtown: The EMT accused of failing to aid an asthma-stricken pregnant woman as she suffocated at a Downtown cafe has been criminally charged in the woman’s death — 11 months after East Flatbush resident Eutisha Rennix breathed her last. Comments (4)

Cops nab two rapists in separate attacks

Williamsburg: One rapist assaulted a 13-year-old and another attacked a 30-year-old. Both are behind bars, cops say. Comments (1)

Morning, Wood! Brick’s take on ‘Plan 9’ is late-night fun

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: If you need a fix of camp and kitsch this Halloween season, look no further than the Brick’s production of “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” Comment

Dig this! Django fest at Jalopy this weekend

Music: This month, Jalopy gets into the swing of things. Comment

Call this avant-cowboy show ‘Naked Brokeback Lunch’

Theater: The Brick Theater is up to its old tricks with “Git Along Li’l Doggies.” Comment
Park Slope: Heavy rains knocked out F-train service in a fluke outage that inconvenienced tens of thousands of evening commuters on Monday night — and flooded Fourth Avenue just like it always does. Comments (1)

Clinton Hill shooting this morning claims life, snarls commute

Fort Greene: A gunman shot a 33-year-old at the corner of Classon and Lafayette avenues on Oct. 12, leaving his victim bleeding to death at the busy Clinton Hill intersection and paralyzing Tuesday’s morning commute. Comments (1)

Will Mommy divorce Daddy?

Fearless Living: Our mom columnist doesn’t like how her husband gets frustrated at the kids — but is that enough of a reason to get a divorce? Comments (286)

Two girls rob a woman — again

Carroll Gardens: It’s the second week in a row that vicious girl-on-girl action leads the blotter. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment

DiSanto’s ‘Golden’ moment against Sen. Marty

Bay Ridge: Political newcomer Mike DiSanto slammed longtime state Sen. Marty Golden as a “hallway” hack who skipped out on key votes in Albany rather than take controversial positions. Comments (8)

This lamb burger is ‘Strong’

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: The best hamburger in the borough right now might just be the one without any burger in it. Comment

‘Punk’ rocks — and other good buys

Shopping: A “punk” annual tradition returns to DUMBO, while two new stores bring fashionable styles to Red Hook and Clinton Hill. Here’s what’s on our market watch this week. Comment
The Greatest Story Ever: Dogs in heat are strictly forbidden. Question is, how can you tell? Comments (9)

It’s a ‘Battel’ royale at Warsaw on Friday

Kaiju Big Battel — think Godzilla meets the WWF — is back. Comment
Dining: For your next dinner party, impress your guests with some fine French food, the likes of which you’d find cooked by a professional chef. In fact, this recipe comes courtesy of Sheepshead Bay’s newest French spot — Le Bouchon. Bon appetit! Comments (1)
Theater: Yes, everyone stages “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — all the time — but don’t let that persuade you from checking out the version by the hip Aquila Theatre at Brooklyn Center this Sunday. Comment

More election fraud alleged against Vito Lopez

Voting improprieties in Bushwick last month appear to be part of a larger pattern of election fraud by poll workers allied with — and in some cases, hired by — Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Comments (5)
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Sure, it’s community theater, but the Heights Players stage a fun and funny version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Mikado.” Comments (1)
Bushwick: The city’s investigations into a nonprofit riddled with alleged fraud has claimed another victim — the nonprofit’s effort to developed a huge city-owned plot of contaminated land called the Broadway Triangle. Comments (3)

What’s German for Bay Ridge? Oktoberfest!

Dining: Three Ridge bars really shine during the German heritage festival. Comments (1)
Williamsburg: This weekend, the “L” is for lousy. Comments (9)

Rep. Mike McMahon: ‘I’m not angry’

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s Democratic congressman is in the fight of his life — but his opponent is not just a GOP rival, but an irate nation. Comments (3)
Red Hook: What’s old is new again in Red Hook, as the borough’s first modern windmill is nearing construction, paving the way for more of these ancient — and environmentally friendly — power plants. Comments (28)

Pay to park on residential streets?

Perspective: The City Council is discussing a controversial bill that would create residential parking permits in the neighborhoods around Bruce Ratner’s Barclays Center, under construction at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues. Is that the solution to ease traffic? Click below for two viewpoints.

Our cartoonist says: ‘Mission Dolores is amazing’

Bar Scrawl: The latest installment of our new feature, Bar Scrawl, offers our cartoonists’-eye view of a great Park Slope bar. Comment

Join the coolest club — literally

Dining: Here’s the scoop on one of Brooklyn’s coolest new social club. Comments (1)

Monty Q’s is back in business!

Dining: Our official late-night, go-to pizzeria and salad bar returns after a bit of business with the Health Department. Comments (1)

Poll workers say Vito oversaw election fraud!

Bushwick: Two Bushwick centers affiliated with Assemblyman Vito Lopez — one of which who’s already under investigation — played host to serious election fraud that helped secure a Lopez victory last month, poll workers charged this week. Comments (18)

Union says Methodist is a few nurses shy of a load

Park Slope: The nurses at New York Methodist Hospital are understaffed and overworked because administrators are violating a contractual obligation to provide enough medical workers, the state’s largest nurses union alleged this week. Comments (4)

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