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Merchants: Market may stink, but our goods don’t!

Our readers weighed in on the district attorney’s investigation of the organizers of a much-hyped holiday market that some vendors called a scam — and more — in this week’s Letters to the Editor. Comment
Editor’s Picks: This week we’ve got a song for Scrooges, adorable animals, a nightlife Noel, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment
Brooklyn Heights: Members of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association spread some year-end cheer at the group’s annual holiday party, which included a toy drive that collected gifts for kids of domestic-violence victims. Comment

Dastardly duo: Federal jury convicts Canarsie father-and-son gang members on racketeering charges

Bay Ridge: This bad apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Comment
Downtown: Cops from all over Brooklyn are now patrolling America’s Downtown after a recent uptick in shootings there, including a fatal November incident when a gunman shot and killed another guy at the foot of an escalator inside a swanky new shopping center. Comments (2)
Leaves of Grass: Brooklyn’s top prosecutor is clearing records — and breaking them! Comments (8)
Greenpoint: It’s a new look for an old park named for an eternal hero. Comments (1)
Nightlife: It’s black for the third time! Comments (5)

Prosecuting subway-fare beaters is only fair

The Right View: Our columnist argues that officials must continue to bring charges against fare beaters on city subways and buses — whom Manhattan’s district attorney declined to prosecute earlier this year — if they truly hope to shore up the cash-strapped system. Comment
Digital editions: And yes, you might freeze out there, especially if the snow gets up to your knees out there. But the Paper will not use the temperature as an opportunity to dive into the latest controversy over the classic holiday ballad. No, instead, the Paper will use the chill settling in across the borough as a reminder to keep Brooklynites in need top of mind this season. So as you bundle up, and wrap up the last gifts for under your tree, remember to give to those who cannot afford to get for themselves. And keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…
Cinema: The previews are finally over! Comment
Bay Ridge: These students got their day in court! Comment

Staten Island man charged for killing Bravest on Belt Parkway

Bensonhurst: A Staten Island man faces 25 years to life behind bars for allegedly murdering an off-duty firefighter on the Belt Parkway earlier this month. Comments (9)

Slope state Senator tells flack for chamber’s GOP to ‘kill yourself’ on Twitter

Park Slope: A Park Slope state senator told the deputy communications director for Senate Republicans to “kill yourself” in a Tuesday Twitter post, after the spokeswoman claimed on social media that a parking placard displayed inside a car illegally parked along a city bike lane belonged to the lawmaker. Comments (21)
Dining: He’s leading a life of spice. Comment
With the L train shutdown looming, renters in Williamsburg and Bushwick seeking relief from the inconvenience have options on the other side of the Hudson River, in Jersey City. Read more…
Wild Brooklyn: Addled raccoons possibly infected with the dog-killing distemper virus are wandering out of Prospect Park and onto the streets of surrounding neighborhoods, according to numerous residents who reported no less than three sightings. Comments (3)

Oy to the world! Rabbi discusses Jewish X-mas traditions

Dining: It’s a Christmas mitzvah! Comments (2)

Market watch: Slopers ponder Fifth Ave. Key Food’s fate after months pass with no signs of site’s redevelopment

Changing Brooklyn: They want to know what’s in store! Comments (12)
River of Tears: Christmas may come early for local L-train riders, who are now waiting with baited breath for Gov. Cuomo to reveal findings from the late-night — and arguably last-minute — tour he took of the subway’s superstorm Sandy–ravaged Brooklyn–Manhattan tunnel on Dec. 14. Comments (5)

On Gay City News: Lesbian comic back in biz after kosher venue reversal

A lesbian comedian’s New Year’s Eve gig is back on in Flatbush after rabbis appear to have backed away from pressuring multiple kosher restaurants into pulling the plug on her event. Click to read more about it over on Gay City News. Read more…

Pod-casting! Boro fishing club’s new audio show shares seafaring stories from Kings County

Park Slope: This podcast will reel-y hook ya! Comment

Marine Park man cuffed for threatening to ‘put a bullet in’ U.S. senator critical of Trump

Bay Ridge: The Feds arrested a Marine Park man for threatening to kill a United States senator in a hostile message he left on the answering machine of her district-office phone. Comments (3)

Crown Heights man gets 40 years to life for violent sexual assault of Bushwick woman

Bushwick: A Crown Heights man is headed behind bars — possibly for the rest of his days — for sexually assaulting a woman and threatening to kill her inside her Bushwick home, according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor. Comment
Event: She’s talkin’ bout a resolution! Comment
Sunset Park: Hundreds of New York’s Bravest gathered on Thursday to bid farewell to their colleague whom authorities suspect a man killed days before, amid a fit of road rage on the Belt Parkway that turned fatal. Comments (4)

Truck driver arrested for fatally mowing senior down with big rig in Kensington

Bay Ridge: Cops arrested an out-of-state truck driver for hitting and killing a senior in Kensington while behind the wheel of his big rig with a suspended license. Comments (8)

Feast for the eyes: BPL installs teens’ decorative window screens at interim Sunset Park branch

Sunset Park: These windows are something to look at! Comments (14)

Two thumbs up: Civic gurus applaud builder’s proposed renovations to landmarked Shore Theater

Bay Ridge: Coney Island civic gurus cheered a developer’s plans to restore the exterior of the landmarked Shore Theater to its former glory — even though the builder will completely gut the inside of the nearly century-old site as part of the job to transform it into a hotel and spa. Comment
Changing Brooklyn: Locals with deep pockets can soon rent dozens of newly built waterfront apartments in Brooklyn Bridge Park, now that the developers of Pier 6’s two controversial towers are putting the finishing touches on their shorter high-rise, new renderings of which they released on Wednesday. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: It’s a beloved holiday tradition — while it lasts! Comments (7)
Park Slope: The curtain is about to go up! Comments (2)

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