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A stroll through the Slope: Putting the guidebook to the test

Books: This guidebook gave me a run for my money! Comment
Blind Spots: A group of mourners gathered on Tuesday to sing hymns and say prayers on the Bushwick pavement where a hit-and-run driver fatally ran over a 4-year-old girl one month prior, kicking off a year of such vigils to mark each month that passes since young Luz Gonzalez’s tragic death. Comment

Gave its blessing: Council green-lights rezoning for Ft. Greene church’s affordable tower

Fort Greene: Clergy at a Fort Greene house of worship cheered Council following its unanimous approval of their request to rezone a swath of land on S. Portland Avenue, where they intend to erect a 13-story tower of below-market-rate housing. Comments (7)
Dining: Call them ladies who lager. Comments (1)

Tree’s removal cuts deep: Botanic Garden members cry foul over plan to replace old plant with young sapling

Prospect Heights: Some Brooklyn Botanic Garden fans blasted its staff for recently chopping down a stately old London plane tree in favor of a younger plant, claiming the green thumbs’ switcheroo reeks of arboreal ageism. Comments (9)

Making a splash: NYC Ferry launches first jumbo boat in East River

Fort Greene: The first super-sized boat to join city’s fleet of ferries started shuttling commuters across the East River last weekend, allowing even more straphangers to trade trips through crumbling subway stations for travel on the high seas, according to leaders of the service. Comments (1)

Graphic violence: Famed comic book writer pens ‘Brooklyn Blood’

Books: Brooklyn is in his blood! Comments (1)

Gov. dedicates millions to grow boro’s community gardens

Crown Heights: The governor is showering 22 Kings County community gardens with $3.1 million in state capitol funding as part of a billion-dollar-effort to improve the quality of life for residents in some of the borough’s lower-income neighborhoods. Comments (1)

Goon steals teen’s backpack and hits him in the head with a bottle

Fort Greene: Plus more relentless crime from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

Bandit swipes bike chained on Union Street

Park Slope: Plus all the other crime from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct blotter. Comment

Brute punches coworker and flees

Carroll Gardens: Crime from the 76th Precinct in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Thief takes soda bottle from store and injuries employee

Brooklyn Heights: Plus all the other crime from Brooklyn Heights and Downtown’s 84th Precinct blotter. Comment

Fighting for a full package: Anti-circumcision group calls for end to practice outside Atlantic Terminal

Fort Greene: Costumed protestors in all-white getups with red-stained crotches on Monday took to the streets outside Atlantic Terminal, where they preached what they claimed are the dangers of circumcising baby boys to passersby, slamming the medical procedure as unnecessary, painful, and a form of child abuse. Comments (25)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The ground beneath a seating area outside Gowanus’s Whole Foods started sinking towards the toxic waterway it abuts after equipment workers used in the Superfund site’s scrub shook the land around the store, forcing employees to rope the space off indefinitely, according to the Feds leading the canal’s cleanse. Comments (4)
Fuzzy Brooklyn: Dapper pups dressed in the latest canine couture turned out for a beloved Park Slope bar’s dog fashion show on Saturday, where the furballs’ finery won them even more affection from neighbors than usual, according to one mutt’s mom. Comments (1)

Taxi terror: Pair violently robs cab driver whom they threatened to shoot

Fort Greene: Two creeps attacked and threatened to shoot a taxi driver before robbing the guy after he picked them up early on Friday morning in Fort Greene, police said. Comment
Downtown: A long-awaited project to build a vending-machine-style parking facility beneath a promised park on Willoughby Street Downtown is not on the rocks despite previous reports, according to its developer, who said his firm secured the cash it needs to break ground and may do so as early as this fall. Comments (4)

Clean start: Developer reveals rehab of old Dumbo rehabilitation center’s building

Changing Brooklyn: The Brooklyn builder that wants to erect a controversial megadevelopment on the edge of Boerum Hill recently turned its attention to Dumbo, scooping up two neighboring Jay Street buildings in the area’s historic district that its bigwigs hope to transform into a single, live-work space for creative types, they told city preservationists last week. Comments (1)
Williamsburg: Police are hunting for a crook who stole cash out of the register at a Williamsburg Chinese restaurant after threatening to shoot an employee last month. Comments (3)

Safety fur-st! Locals receive lesson in animal CPR

Fuzzy Brooklyn: More than a dozen animal lovers learned how to give vital mouth-to-snout resuscitation to their furry friends at a Brooklyn Heights rescue’s first-aid seminar on Wednesday. Comments (2)
Bridge ‘Park’: A Tuesday meeting to discuss plans for some of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s last undeveloped land beneath its namesake span quickly devolved into back-and-forth bickering about dots, leading an exasperated member of the green space’s community-advisory group to question why some of her colleagues even bothered to show up. Comments (5)

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