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0 Photo Of The Day: Piercing
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Politics
0 Local Leaders Push For Plastic Bag Surcharge During BYOBag Week
Council Member Laurie Cumbo is one of several NYC council members supporting a bill that would put a 10-cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags at grocery stores and more, and has been out trying to gain public support during BYOBag Week. During rush hour yesterday evening, Cumbo joined Council Members Brad Lander and
Food & Drink
0 Bite Of The Day: Pigging Out At The Smoke Joint
There’s something to be said for the summery connotations of hot dogs–but on the whole, this cooler weather is just begging for indulgence in some comfort food. Enter Fort Greene standby The Smoke Joint (87 South Elliott Place at Lafayette Avenue). We stopped by one recent evening to savor some of their goods, including juicy pulled pork
Art & Music
0 BRIC’s First Biennial Starts On Friday
This Friday, September 19 will be the opening reception for BRICArts’ inaugural biennial. The exhibition, to be held at BRIC House (647 Fulton Street at Rockwell Place), will feature works by more than 20 “emerging and mid-career” artists. For their first biennial, curators Elizabeth Ferrer, Jenny Gerow, Leslie Kerby, and Fawz Kabra have chosen pieces
Education
0 BP Adams Steers Millions To Brooklyn Schools For Upgrades
Several Brooklyn educational institutions are receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars each for repairs, upgrades, and improvements as part of a $3.1 million allocation by Borough President Eric Adams. The BP unveiled 16 school-related capital projects yesterday that will benefit from the allocation, which was packed into the city’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The allocations are largely for
Photos
0 Photo Finish: Silhouettes
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Development
0 For Iconic Clinton Hill Buildings, Is Change Welcome?
Two important area buildings have been the focus of real estate blogs as of late–the former Von Glahn Bros building (now called The Chocolate Factory) at 275 Park Avenue, and the former Broken Angel house on Downing Street. Each a notable address in its own way, these buildings remind us to question the importance of historic or otherwise significant structures
Health
0 CrossFit Outbreak To Open Next Month On Grand Avenue
Neighbor Adam Sturm and business partner Shimi Litkowski have been offering no-cost CrossFit classes in Fort Greene Park on recent Saturdays, but they’re not stopping there–the fitness enthusiasts are working towards opening a studio, CrossFit Outbreak, this October at 10 Grand Avenue (between Park and Flushing Avenues). “[I] have been fortunate to see the area
Food & Drink
0 Now Open: Brewklyn Grind Roasters
After a little delay, the crew at Brewklyn Grind Roasters (557 Myrtle Avenue between Emerson Place and Classon Avenue) tells us they’ve opened their doors to the public–and they’ve sent along a video to commemorate the occasion. The big red “B” sign you’ll find at the shop (made by BGR creative director Dan Gearity) stands, of
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Kelly Taylor Of KelSo Beer & The NYC Brewers Guild On Clinton Hill’s Blocktoberfest

Next Saturday, September 20, members of the NYC Brewers Guild will descend upon Waverly Avenue to present Blocktoberfest 2014. Ahead of the event, which will feature brews and representatives from multiple Clinton Hill and other NYC beer makers, music, and food (including Jimmy’s No. 43 BBQ) across a total 8,000 sq ft of beer garden space, we asked KelSo Beer
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Beyond The Fence: BLDG 92’s John McGhee

When visitors enter the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, they are usually greeted by two notable fixtures – a 22,500-pound anchor from the assault ship USS Austin, and the equally grand smile of John McGhee, a security guard who has served as the Center’s unofficial ambassador and greeter since it opened in 2011.