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Friday, April 24, 2015

All clear! Test proves Gowanus was OK for a swim

Cleaning Our Waterways: Turns out the most polluted waterway in America would have been deemed fine to swim in by the city had it tested the fetid waters that day! Comment.

Residents, pol, riled over report Manhattan’s sex offenders moved to Greenpoint

Brooklyn Is Angry: Greenpoint residents are up in arms over reports that the city moved more than a dozen sex offenders into the men’s homeless shelter on Clay Street. Comments (9).

L yes! MTA increasing service on L, M, 2 lines

Transit: It is also making transfers between the G at Broadway and J or M trains at Lorimer free while the L train is closed overnight and on weekends. Comment.

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Editor’s Picks: Meet Johnny Rotten, go to a “Pretty in Pink” prom, browse the Brooklyn Zine Festival, and other great things to do in Brooklyn, April 24–28. Comment.

Last-ditch LICH! Activists hold rally to stave off impending sale

Hospitals in Crisis: They are still alive and kicking — even if their hospital is not. Comments (1).

Bartoonist has a wine time in Cobble Hill

Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator visits new Court Street wine bar June. Comment.

Don your fancy pants in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge Nights: The Ridge is getting classy this weekend, and our pals at BrooklynDaily.com have all the high-brow details. Comment.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

No reservations: Mayor omits promised Williamsburg park from environmental agenda

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Mayor DeBlasio shafted Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents on green space for Earth Day, park activists say. Comments (6).

Recap: The Great Gowanus Canal Swim of 2015 — with slideshow!

Cleaning Our Waterways: No one covered yesterday’s Earth Day swim of the Gowanus Canal like The Brooklyn Paper, and no one will give you a recap like this one. Enjoy! Comments (7).

Donovan ducks Bay Ridge debate

Bay Ridge: The only mark they’ll put next to his name is “absent.” Comments (13).

Sorrentino renaissance

Writers celebrate the lost Bard of Bay Ridge

Books: They’re turning over a new page on an old master. Comments (2).

Gil-ded pages: Sorrentino’s Ridge-centric literature

Books: Familiarize yourself with Gilbert Sorrentino’s many meditations on Bay Ridge. Comment.

Jane’s Addiction to play shocking show at Brooklyn Bowl

Waiting in the Wings: Shocker! Comments (2).

Classical musicians and boxers to perform in harmony

Music: Get ready for another round of “Strike!,” where classical musicians belt out Bach while boxers just belt each other. Comments (1).

Steph learns to relax while traveling abroad

Fearless Parenting: “I loved being in Guatemala. I loved the slower pace. I loved seeing the ladies wash their bright clothes in communal areas where they scrubbed them by hand and then packed them up in fabric bundles to hang out to dry, no machine necessary,” says our Park Slope mom. Comments (1).

Dive in to The Brooklyn Paper

Page 1: Look, if he could do it, you could do it. Dive on in to The Brooklyn Paper. You don’t even have to wear a wetsuit. Or a drysuit. You don’t have to worry about getting sick. You don’t have to fear a rainstorm will come and flood you with, well, you get the picture. So enjoy this latest edition of The Brooklyn Paper glove-free, and keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LIVE BLOG: Man swims the Gowanus Canal — the world’s most polluted waterway!

Cleaning Our Waterways: Activist Christopher Swain is going to swim the entire length of the fetid Gowanus Canal at noon today. Our intrepid reporter Noah Hurowitz is reporting live from the scene. Comments (7).

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Lie-brary! Opponents of Heights branch redesign call community input ‘a charade’

Brooklyn Heights: A friendly meeting to discuss ideas for the new Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library turned heated Monday night when opponents of the controversial plan to knock down the book-lending outfit’s present building and replace it with a high-rise claimed the gathering was just a dog-and-pony show. Comments (6).

B’wick residents protest tax breaks for ‘Colony’ apartment building

Changing Brooklyn: The developers of the building will save more than $8 million over 15 years, say activists. Comments (12).

Sleeping with the fishes: Group hopes man-made ecosystem brings life back to Newtown Creek

Cleaning Our Waterways: A group of volunteers helped build a new floating dock that they hope will become a habitat for the myriad of species struggling to survive in the polluted Newtown Creek, the Gowanus Canal’s less ugly — but nearly equally polluted — step-brother. Comment.

Flower power

Magician will bring tricks, tradition to cherry blossom fest

Event: They’re the oldest tricks in the book — but with a new spin. Comment.

Five things to do and see at this year’s cherry blossom fest

Event: A hip-hop tea, cosplay fashions, cross-cultural comedy, and more. Comment.

Ninth Street bridge to close nightly through October

Gowanus: Do not pass Go-wanus. Comment.

Crummy asks: Do the Nets want to win?

Flagrant Fowl: Well, if they do, they better start getting the ball to the Big Lug. Comment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The great Gowanus Swim

Don’t do it! Feds warn this guy not to swim in Canal

Cleaning Our Waterways: An environmental activist’s plan to swim the entire length of the toxic Gowanus Canal is a fool’s mission that could land him in the hospital — or worse — warned the nation’s most important environmental agency on Tuesday. Comments (3).

Toxic avenger! Activist to swim Gowanus

Cleaning Our Waterways: A clean-water activist plans to take the ultimate plunge on Earth Day, swimming 1.8 miles through Brooklyn’s nautical purgatory — the Gowanus Canal. Comments (11).

Truck slams into traffic-death memorial — as it goes up

Mean Streets: The back end of a tractor-trailer smashed into a wall in Williamsburg where a group of activists were installing a memorial to New Yorkers killed in traffic accidents. Comments (9).

School’s wall crumbles on Dyker students

Dyker Heights: Class ended early for students at IS 201 when a wall collapsed into a packed fourth-floor classroom on April 20. Comments (7).

Heat-seekers will compete to down world’s hottest peppers

Event: They’re pepper pigs! Comments (1).

Fishing families bash trash in Prospect Park

Park Slope: Families flocked to the Audubon Center at Prospect Park on April 19 for a day of fishing, bird-watching, music, and trash clean-up in an early celebration of Earth Day. The fish may not have been biting plentifully for one man’s brood, but that did not stop the fun, he said. Comment.

Gospel show! Actor to perform book of Mark in C’Gardens church

Theater: He is a Jesus Christ superstar! Comments (2).