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Leaves of Grass: This musical debuting tomorrow will be — hold on. Are you a cop? Comment

Joint sessions: Other events for 420 day

Leaves of Grass: Weed all about it! Comments (1)
Health: These runners are on track for a second national championship. Comment

Checkin’ in with ... the new chairman of Sunset Park’s Community Board 7

Checkin’ in with: Cesar Zuniga took over as the new chairman of Sunset Park’s community board earlier this year after serving on the panel since 2009, and told us his goals for the two-year term — which include forcing honest conversations with the city about neighborhood homeless shelters, and with builders about the continued development of the waterfront — in our exclusive sitdown. Comment
Music: It’s gone from Sonic Youth to sonic middle-aged! Comments (1)

Questionable question: Local pols and experts condemn adding citizenship question to census

Bay Ridge: Immigration experts, activists, and local pols are condemning the Trump administration’s push to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census, noting that the inquiry could have an outsize effect on Southern Brooklyn. Comments (1)

America needs a soccer culture

I’ve been following international soccer for a long time and remember when in the mid-70s, an over-the-hill Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, who by his own estimation played for the Cosmos at 75 percent efficiency, came to New York for a mega-bucks contract to promote soccer in the U.S. To induce Pele to play for the Cosmos — in addition to the money — the organization incorporated the colors of Brazil (Pele’s national team) into the Cosmos’s uniforms. Comment

What to read this week

Books: Brooklyn booksellers give their top picks. Comment
Editor’s Picks: This week, we’ve got a beer bash, the Brooklyn ballet, moving metal, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment

The beat goes on in Bay Ridge!

Bay Ridge Nights: Bay Ridge is jamming this week! Comment
Sheepshead Bay: Some Southern Brooklynites are skeptical of the protection they can expect from an expedited plan to construct a seawall in Jamaica Bay. Comment
Mean Streets: A Brooklyn Heights cyclist and civic guru created a Twitter bot that spits out motorists’ traffic violations so concerned users can identify reckless individuals who cruise their local streets. Comments (23)
Park Slope: Slopers chowed down on the finest eats from a bevy of Fifth Avenue restaurants at a Tuesday feast that packed more than 45 vendors beneath the gilded roof of the resplendent Grand Prospect Hall. Comment
Event: These pictures are coming to life! Comment

Man gets life in prison for fatal shooting at illicit Bklyn gambling den

Crown Heights: A Crown Heights man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for gunning down the alleged operator of an illegal East New York gambling parlor, Brooklyn’s top prosecutor announced on Wednesday. Comments (1)

Dem boss takes sides in state Senate primary

Party Line: Brooklyn’s Democratic Party Boss is throwing his support behind Bay Ridge Democrats member Andrew Gounardes in his campaign to again unseat longtime state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) over his Democratic primary opponent, Ross Barkan. Comment

How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

Standing O: Green-thumbed students at St. Anselm’s Catholic Academy planted, pruned, and implemented their own keyhole gardens. Comment

Suppose things aren’t the way they are supposed to be

Fearless Living: Our columnist reminds herself that life is what it is, not what it’s supposed to be. Comment

Is the ‘Golden Era’ coming to an end?

The Right View: Could this election season be the end of the line for Marty Golden? Comment
Digital editions: It could be the best ever! Or not. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Shot down: Local NRA group pulls plug on polarizing fund-raiser

Brooklyn Is Angry: Organizers of a controversial National Rifle Association fund-raiser that outraged Brooklynites forced out of two different venues officially canceled the event, according to a Wednesday e-mail sent to ticket holders the day before the planned banquet. Comments (4)

Fix it already! Locals demand action, not a study, from city at deadly intersection

Mean Streets: Brooklynites blasted the city’s transportation agency for waiting to conduct a traffic study before it fixes a perilous Kensington intersection where a trucker fatally struck a man in February, charging that transit leaders should already be well acquainted with the crossing where two people died in the past five years. Comments (9)
Canarsie: Police are investigating the discovery of a dismembered body in Canarsie Park on April 9. Comment
Carroll Gardens: Preservationists cheered city officials on Tuesday after they took the first step towards saving a pair of ancient Carroll Gardens buildings that neighbors, pols, and activist-musician Joan Baez demanded not face the wrecking ball due to their shared history of serving educators and ministers. Comments (1)
Event: Take these kids out to the ballgame! Comment
Theater: The king here does keep a hundred knights and squires! Comments (2)

Man allegedly bites off cop’s fingertip

Canarsie: A man allegedly bit off a chunk of a cop’s finger during a jailhouse struggle on April 6 in Canarsie. Comment
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Former Editor Gersh Kuntzman sings his new hit folk song!

Carroll Gardens: Joan Baez is fighting to save a historic Carroll Gardens home — and her crusade has inspired our own in-house bard! Comments (1)
Transit: City officials recently butted heads with Mayor DeBlasio over the future of his beloved $2.5-billion trolley that would run from Sunset Park to Queens, admitting reservations about its financial feasibility that they then recanted after their boss proclaimed on public radio that the project is rolling forward. Comments (11)
Marine Park: They’re really trash-talking these bike lanes. Comment
Blind Spots: Authorities since 2012 dealt roughly 2,000 violations — hundreds of which were criminal — to the private-carting company with a history of recklessness at the wheel that the city pays millions in taxpayer dollars to haul trash, records show. Comments (5)
Park Slope: Spring has sprung in Brooklyn’s Backyard! Comments (1)

Hit-and-run motorist kills senior crossing E. Flatbush street

Mean Streets: A driver smashed into a woman crossing an East Flatbush street on Sunday — then took off — leaving the victim with injuries that she died from the next day. Comments (1)
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Police searching for pair of men wanted in four-day robbery spree

Bensonhurst: The police department is asking the public’s help identifying two men wanted for questioning in connection with a series of four robberies in as many days in Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Long Island City, and Mapleton. Comment
Crown Heights: A massive crowd formed in Crown Heights on Thursday at a vigil that quickly turned into an anti-cop protest on the street corner where police the day earlier gunned down a man brandishing a metal pipe like a pistol. Comments (8)

Ten-penny savior: LPC landmarks W’burg Dime Savings Bank amid owners’ planned makeover

Williamsburg: This bank can no longer receive change! Comments (3)

Barclays brawl: UFC champ Conor McGregor busted after violent tirade outside arena

Prospect Heights: Celebrity mixed-martial-arts brawler Conor McGregor turned himself in on criminal-assault charges at the 78th Precinct’s Prospect Heights station house on Thursday, following a fracas outside the Barclays Center that left two fighters and another man injured. Comments (2)

Coney Parachute Jump lit-up blue to highlight autism

Event: These folks are a guiding light for autism awareness. Comment

Man stabbed to death at controversial Sunset Park address

Crime: A Sunset Park man was killed on April 1 when he was repeatedly stabbed in a fight in front of a troubled 64th Street sushi restaurant in his neighborhood, according to police. Comment

Familiar taste: W’burg cookware store to replace beloved Bklyn Heights kitchen supplier

Shopping: The owner of a Williamsburg culinary-supply shop is hard at work stocking shelves inside the Brooklyn Heights space recently vacated by beloved retailer A Cook’s Companion, where she will open the third outpost of her homegrown cookware empire next month. Comment

Fort Hamilton honors Vietnam vets at annual event

Event: Fort Hamilton Army Base hosted its annual ceremony honoring veterans who served in the Vietnam War on March 29. The event is a favorite among the former soldiers, but is more of a somber commemoration than a celebration, according to the media relations rep for the base. Comment
Crown Heights: New York State’s top prosecutor is investigating the city’s Police Department after officers shot and killed an unarmed black man wielding a metal pipe like a gun in Crown Heights on Wednesday. Comments (20)

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