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Fort Greene: Neighbors BAM and Theater for a New Audience are both staging “King Lear” this season. Let the battle begin! Comment
Theater: Neighbors BAM and Theater for a New Audience are both staging “King Lear” this season. Let the battle begin! Comment
Cobble Hill: Talk about bridging the gap. Comment

Call him Ishmael: Former child soldier pens book on life after warfare

Fort Greene: Brooklyn novelist Ishmael Beah was once a child soldier in Sierra Leone. Now he is working to spread a message of peace through his books. Comment

Former child soldier pens book on life after warfare

Books: Brooklyn novelist Ishmael Beah was once a child soldier in Sierra Leone. Now he is working to spread a message of peace through his books. Comments (2)

Lit legend Joyce Carol Oates launches new novel in Dumbo

DUMBO: The prolific author will read from her new novel, “Carthage,” at the powerHouse Arena on Jan. 22. Comment

Lit legend Joyce Carol Oates launches new novel in Dumbo

Books: The prolific author will read from her new novel, “Carthage,” at the powerHouse Arena on Jan. 22. Comment

Sound Off to the Editor

Letters: Catch up on what your neighbors are thinking on the best soapbox in town. Comment

Read this Carmine if you need a good laugh!

Big Screecher: This week, the Screecher breaks out his famous joke book Comment
Carroll Gardens: The state put up three signs directing traffic to the “Hugh CareY” tunnel, then rushed to fix it after we pointed out the error. Comments (8)

Bartoonist goes long

Bartoonist goes long

Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator visits the revitalized Long Island Restaurant — now just the Long Island Bar. Comment
Nightlife: Hot events to pass the cold Brooklyn nights. Comment
Marine Park: Mill Basin school kids may be saved by the bell, but Kings Plaza merchants hear the chimes of hell. Comment

Bay Ridge Nights is rocking all weekend!

Bay Ridge Nights: Welcome back to Bay Ridge Nights. It is a great week for live music in the ’hood — and we are letting you know where to hear it! Comment

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito put a terrorist ahead of Americans

A Britisher’s View: New Yorkers do not need a migraine in the form of a new City Council speaker with a troubling past as an unrepentent apologist for terror-mongers, writes our columnist. Comment
Mill Basin: Local leaders are unimpressed by the decision to include Mill Basin, Marine Park, and Canarsie in a program that will invest more than $16 million in the area’s vital infrastructure to make it more storm-resistant, because residents will first have to put their mouths where the money is. Comment
Bay Ridge: Sandy swamped their People’s Playground dreams, so now they’re seeking higher ground. Comment
Bay Ridge: Sandy swamped their People’s Playground dreams, so now they’re seeking higher ground. Comments (11)

Graphic scenes: Art Spiegelman puts graphic novels on center stage

Theater: It is comics as you have never read them before — live on stage! Comments (1)

Schoolhouse rocker offers to do teens’ homework if they’ll come to shows

Music: An underground concert promoter is offering to do high school kids’ homework if they come to his shows. Comments (3)

Pulling the plug: Guitarist goes off the grid to recharge

Williamsburg: As electric as his playing is, guitarist Ryan Ferreira prefers an unplugged life. Comment

Pulling the plug: Guitarist goes off the grid to recharge

Music: As electric as his playing is, guitarist Ryan Ferreira prefers an unplugged life. Comment

Graphic scenes: Art Spiegelman puts graphic novels on center stage

Fort Greene: It is comics as you have never read them before — live on stage! Comment

Steph leads her kids to water

Fearless Living: This week, Stephanie figures there something to be said for taking the reigns. Comments (2)

Go for a picnic while snow’s still on the ground!

Park Slope: “Competitive Winter Picknicking” will pit teams of cold-weather diners against each other in a battle to create the finest al-frescop feast in Prospect Park. Comment

Five-game winning streak

Kirilenko defies easy analysis

Back Court: The NBA is in a golden age of statistics. Comment

Big Ticket at center could be ticket to playoffs

Front Court: Can Kevin Garnett lead the Nets to the playoffs from the middle? Comment

Go Fourth and prosper

Park Slope: Fourth Avenue has been wrecked by luxury developments and needs more affordable housing and beautification pronto, according to a Park Slope civic group that is calling on the city to help make the thoroughfare more livable for the average Joe. Comments (7)

Barclays Center should replace Garden as PSAL basketball title games host

Joe Knows: Madison Square Garden has become synonymous with New York City high school basketball champions, because it has hosted the Public School Athletic League boys’ and girls’ title games for the past 23 years. Comment
Page 1: Jury duty throws a wrench in your ability to take an impromptu trip to the park or pick up your niece from school. But it also forces you to sit side-by-side with a cross-section of Brooklynites, all focused on the singular purpose of deciding who is telling the truth and what that is worth. Or on coming up with a last-ditch excuse to get kicked out of court. That type of democratic clarity is hard to find, but we are mining the borough to bring you the un-varnished facts fresh from the source every day — even if it means we miss a few laundry cycles. So enjoy this batch of raw truthiness and keep hustlin’ Brooklyn. Read more…

Composting comes to Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: The city wants your table scraps. Comment

Marsalis’ druthers: Playing a Fort Greene senior center

Fort Greene: A Fort Greene senior center got a dose of Lincoln Center on Friday night when jazz trumpeter and impresario Wynton Marsalis stopped by to play two sold-out shows. Comment

Mall is loft! Luxury apartments coming to Fulton

Downtown: Forget waterfront high-rises, condos in former factories, and houseboats on the Gowanus Canal — Brooklynites will soon have the chance to live in a loft above Fulton Mall. Comments (8)

Breast wishes: Please don’t feed that kid during church

Not for Nuthin’: Should women be allowed to breastfeed their kids during mass? Our columnist says “no way!” Comment

Fright night: Former child star debuts storytelling night

Park Slope: Mara Wilson, best known for her childhood roles in “Matilda” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” is back on the stage — but in very different capacity. Comment

Fright night: Former child star debuts storytelling night

Nightlife: Mara Wilson, best known for her childhood roles in “Matilda” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” is back on the stage — but in very different capacity. Comments (4)

Composting comes to Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: The city wants your table scraps. Comments (27)

Weird workouts for the new year

Fitness: Already cheating on that New Year’s resolution to get in shape? It could be that your workout routine is just plain boring. Comment

If it’s Wednesday, it’s half of a crime news day on BrooklynPaper.com!

Crime: Editor’s note: It ain’t over till it’s over, but this week looks like the beginning of the end of the blotter blackout. Commanding officers at three of the 13 precincts we cover allowed reporters back in to their station houses to go over crime report information, bringing the total number of cooperating precincts up to six. Greenpoint and Willamsburg’s precincts had commanding officer sit with our scribe as she went over complaint forms while Fort Greene’s 88th Precinct made no change to its protocol. Brooklyn Heights’ 84th Precinct said it was not ready to reopen its files but would be next week. If this progress stalls, our readers can count on reading all about it right here next Wednesday. Read more…
Harbor Watch: Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Brown gave the gift of life during the Reserves’ blood drive at the Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton Base in Bay Ridge on Jan. 9. Comment
Politics: He did it again! Political reporter extraordinaire Will Bredderman was a guest on yesterday’s edition of BK Live! hosted by our pals at Brooklyn Independent Media. He talked the early days of the DeBlasio administration and what an ultra-progressive bloc means for city politics. This is must-see TV and you can watch it right here. Comment
Park Slope: New York’s annual celebration of Balkan music and dance turns 30 with a two-day festival at Grand Prospect Hall. Comment
Music: New York’s annual celebration of Balkan music and dance turns 30 with a two-day festival at Grand Prospect Hall. Comments (1)
Gowanus: A kid-friendly restaurant that will double as an adults-only nightclub after 8 pm will turn a quiet block in Gowanus into a madhouse, opponents of the plan claimed on Tuesday. Comments (7)

Get up, stand up! Amnesty International concert series coming to Barclays

Prospect Heights: Finally — a throwback concert for the millenials! Comment

Stop signs a go for G train

Transit: G train riders are seeing signs all over the place. Comments (5)

Heyer helps Bishop Kearney hold off wild Monsignor McClancy rally

High School Sports: Christina Heyer has an exuberant style of play, known for behind-the-back passes and giving her kneepads a workout on the hardwood, but the Bishop Kearney senior guard had to play it cool in final seconds on Monday, when the win depended on sinking a series of free throws. Comment
Politics: Political reporter extraordinaire Will Bredderman is a guest on today’s edition of BK Live! over at Brooklyn Independent Media. He will be talking about Mayor DeBlasio’s latest round of commissioner picks and what to expect from the many new faces on the Council. This is must-see TV and you can catch all the insightful action right here. Comment
Flatbush: Turns out one person’s trash in another person’s life saver. Comment
Prospect Heights: Cheap Nets fans have lost their seats. Comments (16)
Sheepshead Bay: A woman was trapped in the driver’s seat of her car in Sheepshead Bay Sunday morning, after her vehicle careened off a black sports utility vehicle and crashed into a nearby traffic pole. Comment
Cinema: Long before a federal clean-up was poised to dredge the toxic sludge from the bottom of the Gowanus Canal, one canal-side recording studio was kicking out a different kind of jam. Comments (4)

L & M Tours celebrates 15 years in business with a party for staff and customers

BoroBeat: The Bay Ridge bus-tour operator and full-service travel agency hailed its milestone anniversary with a fete for customers and workers on Jan. 11. Comment

Get up, stand up! Amnesty International concert series coming to Barclays

Music: Finally — a throwback concert for the millenials! Comments (3)

All-Brooklyn Girls soccer honors

High School Sports: Here’s our list of the best in high-school girls soccer. Comment

Fraser’s late free throws secure South Shore tight victory over Murry Bergtraum

Missing her first two free throws bothered South Shore star forward Brianna Fraser, and inspired her to sink her last four when it counted. Comment
Will’s Watch: Republican sources say supermarket mogul and former GOP hizzoner hopeful John Catsimatidis is urging Democrat Andrew Gounardes to take another shot at unseating state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) — who spurned the founder of the Gristedes chain in the 2013 primary in favor of former Metropolitan Transportation Authority head Joe Lhota. Comment

Marsalis’ druthers: Playing a Fort Greene senior center

Music: A Fort Greene senior center got a dose of Lincoln Center on Friday night when jazz trumpeter and impresario Wynton Marsalis stopped by to play two sold-out shows. Comment
Prospect Heights: Between the Nets beating the Heat, GQ opening a new in-arena barbershop, and Jay Z performing a homecoming show, Brooklyn’s arena saw a lot of action over the weekend. Comments (1)

Skipping recess? Kids at PS-IS 206 give up free time to help younger kids learn to read

Sheepshead Bay: Sometimes students make the best teachers. Comment
Bushwick: A scrappy acrobatic arts venue has signed a new lease on life. Comments (4)
Theater: Brooklyn is bringing up a bumper crop of comedians, but the vast majority have honed their craft in Manhattan — until now. Comments (7)
Gowanus: A planned kid-friendly bar, restaurant, and venue in Gowanus that locals say is going to flood the neighborhood with noise and boozed-up music fans will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday morning. Comments (12)

Stan is sure he can keep it up

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, our columnist once again doesn’t miss his deadline. Comment

Career night from Mockford powers St. Francis past rival LIU in Battle of Brooklyn

St. Francis College’s Ben Mockford could hear someone on the Long Island University bench yelling at him that he can’t shoot, like a bully jeering on a playground. Comment
The Fort Greene medical center that wants to buy Long Island College Hospital and turn it into apartments with some medical facilities has come a long way since 2005. Comments (11)

Our Lady of Solace youth baseball league looks to get back on the field

Coney Island: Superstorm Sandy destroyed their office and all their equipment, but it couldn’t dampen the resolve of the Our Lady of Solace baseball league organizers to rebuild the program. Comment

The Screecher breaks out his joke book

Sunday Screech: This week’s column is for those of you who “get” Carmine. Comments (3)

DeBlasio corrected for showing up to jailer graduation an hour late

Politics: Sloper-in-Chief DeBlasio further cemented his reputation for serial tardiness when he kept the Department of Corrections academy’s graduation ceremony at Brooklyn College waiting. Comment

DeBlasio corrected for showing up to jailer graduation an hour late

Politics: Sloper-in-Chief DeBlasio further cemented his reputation for serial tardiness yesterday, when he kept the Department of Corrections academy’s graduation ceremony waiting. Comments (18)

Small Bushwick library caught in Big Oil lie

Bushwick: An experimental Bushwick library’s attempt to get into the black backfired after book-minders’ tale that they turned down money from Big Oil sprang a big leak. Comments (16)

Greenpointers on the street after they say landlord killed the heat

Greenpoint: These rent-stabilized tenants are suing, saying the money-hungry owner of their building had someone take an ax to the boiler, thermostat, and electrical system so that the city would lock them out. But before all that, the conditions were so bad one family was forced to use buckets for a toilet. Comments (20)

Spend your frosty Bay Ridge Nights at local hotspots

Bay Ridge Nights: Looking for something to do in Bay Ridge this weekend? Check out reporter Will Bredderman’s weekly guide over at BrooklynDaily.com. Whatever you’re in the mood for, whether it’s a DJed dance party or a zither inferno, he has the lowdown. Read more…

Windsor Terrace massage parlor offered banned job: Cops

Windsor Terrace: Cops cuffed a lady at a Windsor Terrace massage parlor on Wednesday afternoon after they say she offered to rub an undercover cop the wrong way. Comments (8)

Brooklyn Hospital wants to buy LICH

Cobble Hill: It’s the lifeline that could kill the full-service hospital to make way for some apartments and some medical facilities. That is not likely to sit well with Long Island College Hospital staffers. Comments (14)
Park Slope: Community Board 6 is happy to have New York Methodist Hospital mow down a bunch of old houses to build the medical center of its dreams, but the thumbs-up comes with some stipulations. Comment

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