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Music: This is no joke — on April Fool’s Day, a Bee Gees all-metal tribute band will rock your socks off. Comments (2)
Cinema: Get to Greenpoint this month for highly original, experimental film. Comment

Brooklyn Bridge Park cars are running on the rays of the sun

Brooklyn Heights: The city’s first solar-powered charging station is up and running in Brooklyn Bridge Park, powering the waterfront development’s five electric cars with good, old-fashioned Brooklyn sun. Comments (6)

Quake revives memories for A-bomb survivor

Perspective: Worried Flatlands resident Joan Heaney — née Ikeda — was overjoyed to get in touch with her 86-year-old brother, Kuji, in Tokyo last week after the monster earthquake and tsunami clobbered Japan, shifting the coastline 2.4 meters, sweeping away entire villages, plunging the island nation into a nuclear crisis and killing nearly 7,000 people, with as many still missing. Comment

New look St. Edmund working to build off success

High School Sports: St. Edmund had the benefit of senior leadership last season, but this year have the promise of youth around a veteran core. Comment

Stan’s tips for giving — and saving — money

Perspective: It’s that time of year again — when the national charities start their Easter-Passover pitch for contributions. Comment

The road to yale begins at pre-K. Not.

Perspective: Can somebody smack some sense into this dumbed-down mom and her lawyer, too? Comment
Williamsburg: Neighborhood graphic designers, animators, and video producers are discovering Bitmap, an office space on Graham Avenue that opened last month for independent workers. Comments (5)

Ready, set, pitch! Got a book idea? Head to this speed-publishing event

Books: Book ideas are like belly buttons — everyone has one. But not everyone knows how to make a solid book pitch — so thankfully, there is Pitchapoalooza at Greenlight Bookstore. Comments (2)

Foes say ‘No Housing’ committee report is lowballing them

Bridge ‘Park’: Community members and elected officials are furious that a report studying ways to fund Brooklyn Bridge Park’s massive maintenance budget may be leaving good cash on the table. Comments (8)

Jerky boys! These guys are making dried beef like it oughta be

Dining: Kings County Jerky Company knows dehydrated protein. Comment

Carl Kruger — hero or villain?

Perspective: Click below for opinion pieces — pro and con — on the scandal-tarred state senator. (Yes, we found someone to defend him.)
Bay Ridge: It’s finally time to hit the books. Comment

Same sad story

Weekend Watch: Here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, March 26 at 12:01 am to Monday, March 28 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comment
The city is moving ahead to designate a Sears store on Beverly Road in Flatbush a landmark — and if the stunning Art Deco ediface gets the approval, it will have a single enthusiastic preservationist to thank. Comments (1)
Here they are, your inevitable weather photos. Comment

Bierkraft to open beer garden

Nightlife: Spring may finally have sprung, but at Bierkraft, the gourmet grocery and beer emporium on Fifth Avenue and Union Street in Park Slope, it’s beginning to look more like Oktoberfest. Comments (7)

Markowitz says he’ll ‘wait and see’ about giving back campaign cash from disgraced developer

Borough President Markowitz says he will not immediately return thousands in campaign contributions from a developer who was arrested earlier this month in a federal investigation into bribing a prominent south Brooklyn state senator. Comments (9)

Our chef offers toothfish for two

Prime Time: Joe Raiola from Morton’s puts down the red meat for a week and gives us a great fish dish. Comments (3)
Mean Streets: Eastern Parkway would be transformed from a menacing speedway into a pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly strip under a new city plan that will begin construction next month. Comments (30)

Turf war looms in Red Hook Park as city high school seeks field takeover

Red Hook: A Manhattan private school is planning to install artificial turf at a Red Hook Park field for the benefit of their sports teams, which have been practicing there off and on for decades. Comments (2)

All-metal tribute to the Bee Gees at Brooklyn Bowl on April 1

This is no joke — on April Fool’s Day, a Bee Gees all-metal tribute band will rock your socks off. Comment

Pet disco party returns to McGorlick Park on Sunday

Now here’s an event that’s for the dogs. Comment

Drum majors! Soh Daiko troupe takes banging to the next level

Music: Taiko may be the Japanese word for drum, but you can expect more than mere banging from Soh Daiko. Comment
EXCLUSIVE

Barclays Center will be nest for the Blackbirds

Atlantic Yards: The Blackbirds are looking to nest with the Nets. Comments (6)
Downtown: A deep-pocketed developer entrenched in an ambitious, federally funded plan to build the borough’s tallest building at Albee Square has been quietly thrown off the project for his involvement in the FBI’s sweeping bribery probe into state Sen. Carl Kruger. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s renowned high-rises are not, politically at least, in Bay Ridge. Comments (4)
Park Slope: A long-shuttered Christian school at the heart of Park Slope’s real estate goldmine will soon sprout into a towering condo. Comments (4)

Jennifer Egan is still talking about her book, ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’

Books: Well, good for her — and us! — it just won an award from the National Book Critics Circle (beating Franzen!). Comments (2)

More some good, old-fashioned fun from the Paper Bag Players

Parenting: This is one theater troupe that can act its way out of a paper bag! Comment
Williamsburg: The scenic waterfront banquet hall is burglarized. Comments (2)
He told locals that he’ll run a quiet, neighborhood joint while he was telling the State Liquor Authority about his security guards, outdoor serving area and bottle service. Comments (12)

Union sundown! Ratner risks losing labor support with prefab tower

Construction Update: Developer Bruce Ratner has yet to birth a building at the Atlantic Yards site, but he’s already causing labor pains. Comments (9)

No jail for Sen. Parker — and Dem gets to keep his seat

State Sen. Kevin Parker — the pugilistic pol responsible for a handful of violent outbursts during his nine years in office — is all but certain to keep his job after a judge sentenced him to probation instead of jail for his 2009 assault on a New York Post photographer. Comments (1)

Bank on it! New owner has plan for massive banquet space in old branch

Williamsburg: Want a unique place to get married in Williamsburg? Go to the bank. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: But the city won’t change the signs because St. Anthony’s on Leonard Street may reopen this fall. Comments (2)

He stole the Easter baskets

Brooklyn Courier: 77th Precinct Comment

More thievery for computers

Brooklyn Courier: 76th Precinct Comment

Hate emerges at Mosque rally

The leaders of the group suing to stop construction of the Sheepshead Bay mosque have softened their anti-Muslim stance, but they didn’t have a problem letting other residents slam the builders as backers of terrorism at a protest on Sunday at the site of the project. Comment
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The play may be called “Jitney” and set in a gypsy cab station, but August Wilson’s early work is not about driving cars. Comment

Old man beaten in Red Hook

Carroll Gardens: Plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (1)
Red Hook: A gunman was arrested on Monday after shooting two men in Red Hook and one in Park Slope in a flurry of violence early on Saturday morning. Comments (2)

Event of the day: Steve Levin, arts and beer!

Event: If you go to one “town hall” meeting this spring, this is the one: Councilman Steve Levin’s art “town hall” at the Brooklyn Brewery. Cheers. Comments (6)
The Dad: Our columnist confronts every parent’s fear: that his 16-year-old is addicted to coffee. Comments (24)
Mean Streets: The community board asks the city to install speed bumps along the bike lane. Comments (62)
The New York Aviators now find themselves in unfamiliar territory — with their backs to the wall. Comment
Fort Greene: The Brooklyn Navy Yard has fired its hand-picked developer for a controversial supermarket project after he was arrested in a widening bribery scandal that has already implicated two Albany legislators and a well-connected lobbyist. Comments (1)

BookCourt expands — again

BookCourt expands — again

Shopping: There’s even more BookCourt to love. Comments (2)

Brooklyn’s finest: Midwood claims first crown in 43 years

High School Sports: Bryan Smith was the story of the PSAL’s Class A division with his prolific offensive performances and the interest he garnered from Division I programs. His teammates swore by him because he was egoless, putting wins over personal accomplishments. Comment

So much for brotherly love

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Gunman raid Flatlands Ave. office

Mill–Marine Courier: Office raid Comment

Four grand taken by gun-toting thieves

Kings Courier: Gunning for cash Comment

Shoe raid: Gunman storms Payless

Kings Courier: Payless pinch Comment

Missing couple found in trunk

Flatbush: Left in trunk Comment

Another heartless senior scam

68th Precinct Comment

Motoring mystery: Man found dead in car

Police say they have no idea how a man who was found dead inside a red GMC SUV parked on 83rd Street on March 14 died. Comment

Blood on the streets: Man stabbed outside train station

Bay News: Brutally stabbed Comment

No charges in bloodbath

Bay News: 62nd Precinct Comment

By George, it’s a Gershwin tribute!

George and Ira are back where they belong. Comment

Unlucky number: Gunman collared seven years after dirty deed

Canarsie: Cold case solved Comment

‘Hoops for Heart’ at PS 197

Kings Courier: Fancy-footed students at PS 197 are now also heart heroes after raising close to $5,000 for the American Heart Association with a jump-a-thon. Comment

Lost at sea (sort of!)

The salty old sailors of Southern Brooklyn say that the city’s plan to remove an important landmark from just outside Sheepshead Bay will make it difficult for them to find their way home — forcing them to rely on fancy electronic devices instead of their God-given eyes. Comment

Can you dig it!?

Longboaaardeeeers, come out to plaaaay-aaaay! Comment

Suit: College muzzled us on abortion, gay marriage

Two Kingsborough Community College students say the school has attacked their right to free speech by trying to sabotage their plans to hold a seminar on the “negative consequences” of gay marriage, and by forcing them to stop handing out anti-abortion leaflets on campus. Comment

For Dr. Strauss’ 90th, I defer to his daughter

Perspective: With a stirring eloquent welcome from Rabbi Alvin Kass of the East Midwood Jewish Center to start the festivities, Doctor Strauss’ beautiful bride of 65 years, Shirley, controlled the crowd as only she could. After all, she raised her son Elton to became the head of Mount Sinai’s Orthopedic Division, and daughter Bonnie to become one of the first female wizards of Wall Street. Comment

Some civil servants DO deserve what they get

Perspective: One of the big differences between Gov. Scott Walker’s bill before the state legislature in Wisconsin and Gov. John Kasich’s bill in Ohio is that the Wisconsin bill does not apply to cops and firefighters. I have a completely different feeling about cops and firemen than I do about teachers, sanitation workers and pretty much all other civil servants. Comment

South Shore’s hype train derails above Penn Station

High School Sports: From the very beginning of the season, Anwar Gladden was nervous about one thing involving his team. It had nothing to do with South Shore’s talent, athleticism or depth – those were all golden. It was their mental psyche. He feared that if expectations got to their head, they might fold. Comment

Nazareth holds off furious Royals rally to win CHSAA ‘AA’ state title

High School Sports: The Nazareth players remembered what last year felt like. Comment

Lincoln falls short in return trip to Garden

High School Sports: Dwayne (Tiny) Morton must have felt like he was in an alternate universe when he walked into the Madison Square Garden multipurpose room Sunday afternoon. Comment

Ford track standouts sign with Long Island University

Jonathan Pineiro still remembers Elijah Taylor tapping his shoulder in history class as a sophomore. Taylor was looking for a sport to join to break the monotony of just going to school and going home. Comment

Bishop Ford’s Castillo heading to North Florida

A few months ago, Oscar Castillo didn’t know anything about the University of North Florida. Comment

Pizza by the rules

Dining: Talk about tradition. Comment

Brooklyn gets in the swim with Malia Mills

Shopping: Several ups and downs in the Market Watch with week, with two big openings and one quiet closing. Comment

Pet disco party returns to McGorlick Park on Sunday

Event: Now here’s an event that’s for the dogs. Comments (3)

More some good, old-fashioned fun from the Paper Bag Players

Theater: This is one theater troupe that can act its way out of a paper bag! Comment
Downtown: Turns out, the biggest upset in basketball history isn’t so easy. Final score: North Carolina, 103–LIU, 87. Comment
Carroll Gardens: Six people were injured — though two were heroically rescued — as a massive fire ripped through a Court Street building on Friday morning — a blaze that was fueled by years and years of hoarding, officials said. Comments (10)
The Brooklyn Paper has picked up a new bucketful of new honors from a major national newspaper association. Comments (2)
Downtown: Our own basketball nut Gary Buiso profiled the Bad News Blackbirds on the eve of the team’s historic upset bid over the heavily favored University of North Carolina Tar Heels. So before tonight’s exciting action, click above to read Buiso’s yarn. Read more…

Dorothy Turano, Kruger ally and partner, ducks and weaves at CB18 meeting

Instead of jeers, Community Board 18 District Manager Dorothy Turano got flowers. Comments (8)

Frank Griffin, community news legend, is dead

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge newspaper legend Frank Griffin, who published the Home Reporter from its creation in 1956 to just a few months ago, died on Monday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan of cancer. He was 83. Comment

A salt on Columbia Street!

Columbia St Waterfront: Things are salty again along the Columbia Waterfront District — and fed up residents are ready for a low-sodium diet. Comments (2)

A tribute to reporter Andy Campbell

Podcast: It seems like only yesterday we were telling reporter Andy Campbell, “Welcome to The Brooklyn Paper. Now, work harder.” Alas, after just a year, Campbell has been hired by our sister paper, The New York Post. As such, here’s our loving, somewhat frustrated, tribute to the man we’ll always know as “the Dude.” Comments (7)
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The new production of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at the BAM Harvey is laughable. Comment
Podcast: The late night funnyman has thrown his considerable weight behind LIU in its underdog fight against North Carolina in Friday’s NCAA Tourney opener. Comment

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