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Superfund site specific: Pollution play staged beside Gowanus

Cleaning Our Waterways: It’s not just the feds who are dredging up issues in Gowanus. Comments (23)

Banjo destruction!

Here’s your chance to throw a banjo into the Gowanus Canal!

Music: The Gowanus Canal is polluted with heavy metals — but for one day only it’s going acoustic. Comments (11)

A history of violence against instruments

The Who’s band leader has been turning rock stages into scenes of ungodly guitar carnage for nearly 50 years, leaving a trail of shattered Les Pauls and Rickenbackers all across the globe. Comments (4)

God complex

Books: The gods must be crazy — especially when it comes to family. Comment

Gather ‘round: Carmine wants to talk about learning

Sunday Screech: I’m madder than I was back in high school when the Brooklyn Tech yearbook club failed to name the then Young Screecher “most likely to Screech” about the way people forget how education shaped their minds and the minds of tomorrow. Comments (2)

Blonde roots! Norwegian-American girls return to Brooklyn

Dyker Heights: Just like the migratory Chaffinches of Scandinavia, the daughters of Brooklyn’s Norse diaspora return to the borough each year for an age-old contest of Viking womanhood. Comment

Sheepshead Bay HS, a gem until open enrollment

Letters: Our comemntariat tosses its weight behind important issues of the day — from open enrollment in high schools and the new pope, to NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and Puxatawny Phil! Comment

Our bartoonist wants his beer cans opened for him

Bar Scrawl: The Brooklyn Paper’s drinking illustrator is not impressed. Comments (13)

A novel romance: Great expectations for this lit-focused singles night

DUMBO: High school nerds, take heart — grow up, move to Brooklyn, and you will no longer be forever alone. Comment

Sláinte! Ridge Paddy parade brings out big crowd

BoroBeat: Bay Ridge’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off for the 19th time on March 24 — and for its first-ever time on Third Avenue. Comments (8)

Spring break field trip

Students on break took a field trip to Floyd Bennett Field on Tuesday to celebrate the park opening much of its green space after Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Bam’s Pales-whine in Israel

A Britisher’s View: President Obama should have addressed the epidemic of Palestinian-stoked violence, instead of laying the blame for Mideast unrest at Israel’s doorstep, according to our columnist. Comment

Fun starts in People’s Playground — but not for everyone yet

Coney Island: Coney Island’s amusement district came riding back triumphantly from Hurricane Sandy on March 24 — though a demonstration by neighborhood residents showed that storm clouds still linger over much of the peninsula. Comment

Here's what the Nets must do to win

We missed Kris: Boro pumped because Humphries is out of his slump

Front Court: While the country has been focusing its collective attention on the darling Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast University and the madness that is college basketball in March, the Brooklyn Nets have pulled an upset of their own: proof of life for Kris Humphries. Comment

Injured Johnson a worry for Brooklyn

Back Court: One half of Brooklyn’s back court looks ready to take on the world. The other half is a mystery. Comment

Hook sinker? Red Hook Houses could be key to Gonzalez seat

Red Hook: Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez’s primary challenger, Carlos Menchaca, accuses the 10-year incumbent of being missing in action in the months following Sandy’s assault on Brooklyn’s largest public housing complex — a charge Gonzalez denies, and she says she has the photos to disprove it. Comments (7)
Digital editions: There are so many cycles in life, it can be hard to keep order. So just listen to your body and focus on one cycle: the news cycle. Abide by the teachings of the gurus at The Brooklyn Paper — their natural state is one of balance, objectivity, and newsiness. It’s no stretch, just breathe. Now it’s time to repeat the mantra: Always keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Read more…

Labor pain — Residents should get rebuilding jobs, says activist

Coney Island: A leading People’s Playground activist is calling for Coney Island to be rebuilt by Coney Islanders. Comment

How much love is just enough love?

Fearless Living: This week, Stephanie tries to measure the unmeasurable. Comments (1)

Gather those rose petals

Standing O: Brooklyn’s utlimate cheerleader is leading the cheering squad by issuing well-deserved Standing Os to the borough’s good citizens. Comment
Boro of Nerds: The literature at a new Bushwick bookstore is bound to raise your spirits. Comments (43)

The future of the Carnegie libraries

The future of the Brooklyn Public Library system hinges on a simple question: what would Andrew Carnegie want? Comments (7)
The classics are a struggle for the Brooklyn Public Library. Comments (4)

Carroll Bridge will close for repairs

Gowanus: The city will shut down the historic Carroll Street Bridge to all traffic for at least four months for critical repairs, Community Board 6 announced Monday. Comments (2)

‘The Heat’ has heart

Gerritsen Beach: Heather Hardy’s work has been a welcome distraction from the tribulation of her home life over the past yearn despite the fact that her job involves getting punched in the face. Comment

Claim jumpers

Gerritsen Beach: Lawyers offer free advice on defending insurance claims from adjustors’ tricks. Comment

Saying ‘I Do’ shouldn’t be a constitutional decision

Not for Nuthin’: Stop the presses! The Supreme Court justices, all nine of them, have had to decide on marriage — the same-sex kind that is — in the appeal against California’s Proposition 8. In the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the judges have to determine, is it constitutional or is it not? Comment

Amenities coming to waterfront parks

Marine Park: The parks around Jamaica Bay will soon be open for business. Comment

Jumpin’ Bean’s back

Sheepshead Bay: If at first you don’t succeed, reinvest and hope for sunshine. Comment

Reloading Poly Prep boys lacrosse team seeks state title

Poly Prep coach Brooks Sweet is cautiously optimistic about his boys lacrosse team this season. Comment

Collapse in Canarsie

A construction worker was rushed to Brookdale Hospital in serious condition on March 22, after a building collapse in Canarsie left him buried beneath a mound of cinder blocks and wooden debris. Comment
And the winner is … Brooklyn! Comments (32)
Park Slope: Park Slope churchgoers stepped out of mass on Palm Sunday clutching their blessed reeds and wearing their pre-Easter finest, but little did they know a modern-day revelation at Mount Sinai was underfoot nearby. Comments (8)

Eastbound and up: Prospect Heights businesses are on the move

Prospect Heights: Prospect Heights merchants have adopted New York City’s most predictable migratory pattern: the eastward move. Comments (10)

Misson accomplished

The Falcons outplayed Ossining, the state’s top-ranked team, 75–60, for Ford’s first state Federation Class AA girls basketball title at the Times Union Center on Saturday night. Comment

Lincoln falls to LuHi in Federation semifinals

Coney Island: ALBANY – Lincoln star Isaiah Whitehead struggled at Albany’s Times Union Center Friday night far more than he had at the Garden. Comment

Critical crossing

Sheepshead Bay: Three people were rushed to Lutheran Hospital, one in critical condition, after a speeding motorist mowed them down on Ocean Avenue on Saturday in a disastrous attempt to make a changing light. Comment

A new Fourth Avenue

Bay Ridge: A radical redesign is in store for Fourth Avenue, if a new Department of Transportation proposal goes through. Comments (54)
Mean Streets: Swapping all of Boerum Hill’s traffic lights for stop signs would curb reckless drivers and facilitate a more efficient traffic flow, according to one longtime resident of the brownstone enclave. Comments (37)
Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn’s got a brand new bridge. Comments (8)

‘He gave me a strange look and just stabbed me’

Carroll Gardens: A Court Street man says his roommate pulled a knife and cut him — then lunged at cops responding to the crime. Comment

Stan’s no fool, but he plays one in April

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, our colomnist breaks out some of his best pranks. Comment

Ford reaches Federation final with suspended coach looking on

ALBANY – The game’s outcome was never in doubt for Aaliyah Jones once suspended Bishop Ford head coach Mike Toro walked into the Times Union Center Friday night. Comment

Nazareth girls can’t close out Long Island Lutheran

ALBANY – A season-long problem with closing out games again reared its head for Nazareth in its final contest of the season. Comment

Heartbreaker for Kingsmen

Albany Academy’s Jack Morrow hit a buzzer-beating 3-poiner to send the Nazareth boy’s basketball team home in heartbreaking fashion, 43–40, in the state Federation Class AA semifinal at the Times Union Center in Albany on Friday night. Comment

Kingsborough reigns over rankings

Manhattan Beach: Kingsborough Community College is the best community college in the country — almost. Comment

Murder in Bensonhurst

Bensonhurst: A Bensonhurst woman died of a gunshot to the head on March 20 — and police say it was murder. Comment
Getting from Park Slope to the Columbia Street Waterfront District would get a lot easier for cyclists if the city rolls out a new bike lane on Sackett Street, planners say. Comments (49)

Blocks vs. bikes: Vinegar Hill residents fear cycling route would harm stone streets

Mean Streets: Two petitions from the Vinegar Hill Neighborhood Association attack the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway — a planned 14-mile bike lane stretching from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge along the water — as a threat to their streets, and their way of life. Comments (81)
Transit: The long-shuttered Smith–Ninth Street subway station will finally open next month after transit-starved Red Hook straphangers waited nearly two years for major renovation work to come to an end. Comments (5)

Support for synagogue

A Nostrand Avenue synagogue and education center got the go-ahead for its plans to add three additional stories to its building from Community Board 18 on Wednesday night, despite the impassioned pleas of nearby residents and a recommendation from Marine Park Civic Association to oppose the synagogue’s expansion. Comment

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