GO Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Paper#8217;s essential guide to the Borough of Kings
Coney Island had its allegedly grand opening on Sunday, but the signs of desolation were everywhere — from the vacant former Astroland site to the empty lots near Keyspan Park. It’s obvious that the area, which has always been a place of freaks, geeks, wonders of human curiosity, spills, chills, thrills and vaudeville, is not going to change. But its scale has. Comments (7)

Byrne baby, Byrne!

Music: Leave it to head Talking Head David Byrne to get people talking. Comment

Hooray for ‘Hollywood’

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Mike McLaughlin, the Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension, loves the Heights Players’ “Shakespeare in Hollywood.” Comment

Who’ll win the half-marathon this year? Coney Island!

Event: Thousands of legs are about to give Coney Island a shot in the arm. Comment

A writer’s love bites

Books: Two decades of romantic ups and downs left author Giulia Melucci with a broken heart — but never an empty stomach. Comments (2)

There’s a new pizza on the block — is Grimaldi’s scared? (Uh, no)

Dining: There’s a new pizza kid on the block in DUMBO a mere 100 yards from legendary pizza giant Grimaldi’s — but Ignazio’s owner Louis Termini (pictured) maintains that there’s room for both. Comments (6)

This gallery show is truly celling sex

Art: Your racy cellphone photos, sultry mobile videos, and salacious text messages aren’t just 21st-century smut — they’re also high art. Comment

Vanderbilt salon is clean and green

Spa: It’s finally time to clean up the dirty business of looking beautiful. Comment

Checkers checks in at Busy Chef site

Breaking Chews: The Busy Chef is about to become the burger chef. Comments (5)

Smash! Trash! Inevitable Backlash!

Smash or Trash: The heavy metal band, The Inevitable Backlash, asked The Brooklyn Paper’s “Smash or Trash” team to review its song “My Two Brookes” in advance of the band’s April 26 show at Cameo in Williamsburg. Sorry, but when your name is The Inevitable Backlash, our Smash or Trash team had a pretty easy time helping you live up to it. Comment

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