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Music: This trombonist has made some horny music! Comment

Boro goes ‘Clear’: DA expands program offering some suspects caught with drugs counseling instead of possible jail time

Downtown: Many suspects busted on low-level narcotics-possession charges across Kings County will now get a chance to participate in counseling programs in exchange for avoiding community service and potential jail time, according to the borough’s top prosecutor. Comments (2)
Changing Brooklyn: An adored Williamsburg DVD rental-store that in 2012 started serving booze to stay afloat as its core business of loaning flicks fell out of fashion is closing its doors at the end of the month, after more than a decade in the neighborhood. Comments (4)

On BPR: Heights Association brain trust on the destruction of the Promenade

Brooklyn Heights: A pair of Brooklyn Heights civic gurus discussed their ongoing effort to convince officials to do everything they can to avoid turning the Brooklyn Heights Promenade into a highway during the city’s repairs to the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway on the latest episode of Brooklyn Paper Radio. Comments (7)
Windsor Terrace: A plan to transform Windsor Terrace’s Kensington Stables into a swanky new riding facility is at a standstill until the Red Hook concrete tycoon who bought the dilapidated barn ponies up thousands in fines, a Department of Buildings spokesman said. Comments (11)
Brooklyn Heights: The still-shuttered Squibb Bridge connecting its namesake park on Columbia Heights — where Brooklyn Bridge Park bigwigs plan to put a new public pool — and the waterfront green space below will likely remain closed for at least two years, and maybe even longer, according to a local pol. Comments (5)
Art: It’s a tale of two Syrias. Comment

Crooks grab man’s phone and wallet

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

Police: Suspect pummels woman with chair inside homeless shelter

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

Scoundrel smashes car window and takes owner’s bike

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

Police: Man struck a woman with metal pipe

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

Hocus Scotus: Bushwick witches will hex Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday

Bushwick: A group of self-proclaimed witches will gather in Bushwick on Saturday to perform what they described as a “punitive” hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, weeks after 50 United States senators voted to confirm him to the nation’s highest court despite multiple women accusing the judge of sexual assault. Comments (8)
Williamsburg: Bigwigs at Chase Bank opened a new Williamsburg outpost on Saturday that offers patrons couches to relax on, a space to charge laptops and phones, and free wifi — the latter amenity previously unavailable to customers in the neighborhood, according to the branch’s manager. Comments (3)

Split decision: Vote on Downtown tower galvanizes board before majority pans project

Downtown: Community Board 2’s full board last week outright rejected a developer’s request to rezone Fulton Street land in order to erect a 40-story tower — but not before the civic guru who cast the lone vote in favor of the 80 Flatbush megadevelopment when the full board voted against it earlier this year urged his colleagues to follow suit this time around, arguing doing so would at least give the panel a seat at the table for discussions should the project move forward. Comments (4)

Promenade in peril! Mayor says replacing walkway with highway is better option for fixing BQE

Fixing the BQE: Mayor DeBlasio would prefer to turn the Brooklyn Heights Promenade into a speedway for thousands of vehicles to zip through the neighborhood instead of sending that traffic down local streets during the looming repairs to the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway, he announced on Friday. Comments (25)

Police: Guy socks teen girl leaving bodega in broad daylight

Clinton Hill: Cops are hunting for the jerk who socked a teenage girl in the face as she walked out of a Clinton Hill deli on Wednesday. Comments (10)
Breaking Chews: These machines are on a roll! Comments (1)
Sunset Park: A team of Frenchmen opened a new indoor soccer facility last month in Sunset Park that boasts ten fields and two rooftop lounges with views of the distant isle of Manhattan. Comment

City sanitation driver cuffed for hitting and killing man while going wrong way on one-way street

Blind Spots: Police arrested a Department of Sanitation driver who hit and killed a man in Crown Heights after turning his city garbage truck the wrong way on a one-way street early Thursday morning. Comments (6)
Clinton Hill: A Brooklyn artist will resubmit his proposal to co-name a Clinton Hill street after the late local hip-hop legend, Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, at a meeting of Community Board 2’s Transportation Committee next Thursday, according to information from the board. Comments (9)

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