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Cinema: The Ben Affleck flop tops an impressive list of Hollywood stinkers we love to hate. Comment

Playing with water

Playing with water

Red Hook: In Brooklyn, an empty pool can be a music venue, a seemingly meaty pulled-pork sandwich can be vegan — and apparently a barge can be a theater. Comment

Primary smackdown!

Sheepshead Bay: Before hitting the polls at tomorrow’s primary, read our cheat sheets on Southern Brooklyn’s most interesting races, such as the battle between Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz and Ben Akselrod. You’ll be glad you did. Comment

NYPD: Gun-wielding teen threatens restaurant employee

Canarsie: The arrest leads this week’s 69th Precinct police blotter. Comment

Arts avengers!

Art: Why play video games on your TV when you can play it on a skyscraper? Comment
Ditmas Park: In “HappyFlowerNail,” a playwright takes on five characters in a nail salon. Comment

Greenwood Park hosts Freaktoberfest

Greenwood Heights: It’s that time of year again — Freaktober! Comments (5)

Folk party! Brooklyn celebrates Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday in song

Music: Happy 100th birthday, Woody Guthrie. Comment

Under the muck

Under the muck

Toy boats are taking on the most polluted bathtub in the city. Comments (51)
Fashion: In a neighborhood known for its sometimes-schizophrenic style sensibilities, a carnival fashion show is just right. Comment

Police: Burglar attacks homeowner

Marine Park: Plus a host of other crimes from Marine Park’s 63rd Precinct. Comment

Carmine is funny, and this week he proves it!

Sunday Screech: This week, Carmines promisies to make you laugh or … your money back! (See, that was funny!) Comments (9)

‘Take Ed Greenspan off your letters page!’

Letters: Our letter writers love to go off on neighborhood politicians, city agencies, and our reporters. This week, they’re taking aim at one of their own. Comment

Carmine is funny, and this week he proves it!

Big Screecher: This week, Carmines promisies to make you laugh or … your money back! (See, that was funny!) Comment

Our pigskin prognosticator is back!

Ida Eisenstein, Courier Life’s beloved gridiron gal, has been raring to pick a winner since Monday, February 6. Comment
This is the week when news agencies across the globe scramble to write speculative stories about Apple. Don’t think we’re going to miss out on the fun. Comments (50)
Gravesend: A Republican state assembly candidate who claims to be a gang expert says that violent, vengeful crews could be jacking up crime in Gravesend — and the proof is in the grafitti. Comment

Boss loss emboldens borough Democrats

Politics: Scandal-scarred Assemblyman Vito Lopez is losing his ironclad grip on borough politicians, as leaders who never dared cross the influential Democratic boss are defying his wishes now that he’s stepping down from his party post due to a sexual harassment investigation. Comments (9)
Mean Streets: Riding a unicycle isn’t all fun and games. Comments (8)

The aftermath of the terror attacks — 11 years later

A Britisher’s View: The U.S. rose like a phoenix from the ashes after the Sept. 11 attacks — proving the best revenge is to celebrate a new day. Comment
Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator tries out the experimental cocktails at the Counting Room. Comments (6)

Cops: Thug whips man with bike chain

Bensonhurst: Get ready for your weekly run down of crimes from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment

Tonight! Ridge and Dyker Heights to be covered in pesticides

Bay Ridge: The city is bringing its pesticide-spraying trucks to Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights tonight — whether you like it or not! Comment
Manhattan Beach: Manhattan Beach residents are slamming Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz’s plan to transform the park’s long-shuttered bath house into a Russian immigrant cultural center — a move many are calling a political ploy to gain Russian votes as his race against Belarus-born challenger Ben Akselrod heats up. Comment
Flatbush: Cops are offering $12,000 for any information leading to the gunman who killed a young mother and wounded three others — including a 13-year-old boy — when he peppered Clarkson Avenue with bullets on May 30. Comment

Troubled high-schoolers a threat at tot lot, Prospect Heights parents say

Prospect Heights: Toddlers will get an unwelcome education in the school of hard knocks when an “alternative learning center” for suspended high school students opens next door to a Prospect Heights tot lot, parents of young children fear. Comments (13)

Promenade bike backlash: Neighbors angry over rule-breaking cyclists

Mean Streets: Too many cyclists ride on the pedestrian-packed Promenade, ignoring signs and putting park-goers in danger, some regulars at the famous Brooklyn Heights vista say. Comments (24)

An old Italian tradition gets new life in Bensonhurst

Bensonhurst: Step aside Santa Rosalia — a new religious procession is about to wend its way through Bensonhurst. Comment
Digital editions: And we’re back! It might seem like a long off-season, but after seven days off the field, The Brooklyn Paper is hitting the presses again. And we’re doing it harder than ever! In the time off, we’ve trained extensively, worked out to the point of exhaustion, and studied our game plan until we had it locked down with exactitude. Are you ready for some community journalism? Because we certainly are — and we always keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…
Crown Heights: Thousands flocked to Eastern Parkway to celebrate Caribbean pride during the 45th annual West Indian Day Parade on Monday. See all the colorful costumes in our slideshow. Comment

Bensonhurst residents: 18th Ave. Feast defined by fights, intoxication, urination

Link: Our pals at BrooklynDaily.com have the story on the recently resurrected Santa Rosalia Festival, which some residents claim left 18th Avenue in shambles. Read more…

Learning to love yourself is the greatest gift of all

Fearless Living: This week, Stephanie learns that Whitney Houston was right. Comment

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

Standing O: We’re patting everyone on the back — and our hands never get tired. Comment

DA: Convicted bank robber sentenced to 26 years in prison

Gavel to Gavel: The sentencing leads this week’s Gavel to Gavel. Comment

The Clones are going to the playoffs!

The Ride: So what they got creamed in the last game of the season — Brooklyn’s boys of summer have clinched the wild card spot. Comment

Burned! Gun-toting thug robs tanning salon, police say

Sheepshead Bay: Get ready for your weekly run-down of crimes from Sheepshead Bay’s 61st Precinct. Comment
Politics: Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez rushed to the aid of Councilman Lew Fidler when the Marine Park Democratic district leader was misdiagnosed with leukemia in July, the grateful city legislator said this week as he warned colleagues not to judge a book by its cover — even one being investigated for sexually harassing female staffers. Comment

Residents: Santa Rosalia Feast brought anarchy to 18th Avenue

Bensonhurst: Drunken teens attending the resurrected Santa Rosalia Festival left 18th Avenue in shambles, according to residents who hope the once-cancelled end-of-summer tradition doesn’t return to the neighborhood. Comment

Insider: Storobin will be a ‘Super Jew’ as election draws near

Midwood: Republican state Sen. David Storobin is wearing his Judiasm on his sleeve as he tries to snag the new super-Jewish district from Democratic challenger Simcha Felder, an Orthodox Jew with deep roots in Midwood and Borough Park, political insiders say. Comment

Councilman Fidler: Vito Lopez helped me get a new lease on life

Link: While other Democrats across the state are calling for embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez to step down in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, Councilman Lew Fidler is warning his colleagues not to judge a book by its cover. Read more…

Hero bus driver could lose Coney Island home, friends say

An off-duty bus driver who injured his arm saving a young Coney Island girl from a three-story fall says the Metropolitan Transportation Authority nearly derailed his health insurance, leaving him scrambling to provide for his family on measly disability payments. Comments (12)

Worker slashed outside popular Park Slope diner Dizzy’s

Park Slope: A knife-wielding criminal stabbed a beloved Dizzy’s Diner employee outside the popular Park Slope restaurant — and co-workers now need help raising cash to pay for his hospital bills. Comments (7)

Guidos and guidettes fade into the sunset

Not for Nuthin’: This week, our columnist says goodbye to the gang from the Jersey Shore. Comment

Futons on Fulton! Raymour & Flanigan to set up shop Downtown

Changing Brooklyn: Furniture retailer Raymour & Flanigan will open a store in the Fulton Mall — continuing the suburban mall-ification of the busy shopping corridor. Comment

Season on the brink: Clobbered Clones cling to half-game lead

The Ride: The Lowell Spinners destroyed the Clones in the second to last game of the regular season, leaving Brooklyn’s boys of summer clinging to their playoff hopes by the thinnest of margins. Comment
Windsor Terrace: Windsor Terrace residents have released a list of demands for a Walgreens that’s set to replace the neighborhood’s only supermarket — and they say they’ll boycott the drugstore if it doesn’t meet their requirements. Comments (24)
Bay Ridge: Homeowners are responsible for repairing the sinkholes forming throughout Bay Ridge since most of them are caused by pipes that connect private homes to city sewer lines, officials say. Comments (5)
Ditmas Park: The Parks Department is turning the Lt. Federico Narvaez Tot Lot on Cortelyou Road into haven for night owls, say Ditmas Park parents who claim city officials leave the park wide open all night, then keep the gates locked for most of the morning. Comment

Councilman Williams marches at West Indian Day Parade — with the police!

Link: Cops who didn’t recognize the Flatbush legislator arrested him at last year’s parade for being in a barricaded-off area. This year, two cops were assigned to stay with the pol along the entire parade route. The Daily News has the story. Read more…

Shuffle kerfuffle! Club owners scale back plans after neighbors protest

Nightlife: The owners of a proposed shuffleboard club in Gowanus are changing their game plan and reducing capacity after neighbors claimed the sprawling play space would flood the community with drunken revelers. Comments (3)

Mugged at gunpoint for an iPhone

Carroll Gardens: Plus all the other crime from the 76 Precinct, which monitors Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, and Cobble Hill. Comments (1)

One more win and the Clones are in the playoffs!

The Ride: Scrappy offense and a great outing by hurler Luis Cessa let Brooklyn’s boys of summer take the first of three games against the Lowell Spinners in MCU Park — putting the Clones one game ahead in the wild card race with two left to play. Comment

It’s Labor Day!

Brooklynites everywhere will be marking the end of summer with parties, trips to the beach, and scrumptious barbecues. But, if you get bored with all of that, here’s one or two other things you can do. Comment

Just one little English Muffin does the trick for Stan

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, Stan discusses the miracle of Philly creamcheese on an English Muffin instead of an everything bagel — and why his pants are too large. Comment

Playoff hopes in jeopardy after loss to hated Staten Island Yankees

The Ride: A solo homer let the loathed Staten Island Yankees squeak past Brooklyn’s boys of summer in a shutout loss in Coney Island — jeopardizing the Cyclones’ chances for a playoff spot. Comment

Brooklyn clings to wild card lead by beating hated Staten Island Yankees

The Ride: A strong showing by Cyclones starter Julian Hilario and a save by closer John Mincone — along with a little help from the Mini-Mets offense — propelled the team past the loathed Staten Island Yankees in a key, late-season win. Comment

Clones crush hated Staten Island Yankees

The Ride: Big bats pushed the Clones past the hated Staten Island Yankees — letting Brooklyn’s boys of summer maintain their narrow lead in the wild card race. Comment

District Attorney: I won’t prosecute Vito Lopez, but someone should

Politics: District Attorney Charles Hynes wants the state to assign a special prosecutor to investigate sexual harassment claims against Assemblyman Vito Lopez — because the soon-to-step-down Democratic party boss helped him get elected. Comments (8)

Schooled! Two mosque protestors snubbed at backpack giveaway

Sheepshead Bay: Two Sheepshead Bay residents still fighting the hopeless battle to stop the construction of a Voorhies Avenue mosque protested a school supply giveaway in front of the still-under-construction house of worship on Saturday — but were easily drowned out by the dozens of parents and children looking for free backpacks, notebooks, and pencils. Comment
Link: A 29-year-old mom was murdered and three others, including a teenage boy, were injured when a gunman opened fire near the corner of Flatbush and Clarkson avenues last night. Our pals at the New York Post have the story. Read more…

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