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The time has come to close the books on another news-packed 365 days in Brooklyn. And what a year it was! Read on for a month-by-month list of headline-making moments that happened in the year of our Lord, two thousand and eighteen, in our year in review. Comments (3)
Bay Ridge: Kind-hearted Kings Countians donated some 3,700 toys to leaders of a local political club for its annual year-end toy drive, making the season very merry for those in-need youngsters who received the presents, according to an organizer. Comment

Bear necessities: What you need to know about the Polar Bear Plunge

Event: Time to grin and bear it! 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
Cinema: The previews are finally over! 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)
Standing O: Ring the bells for Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Frank Seddio and his wife Joyce Becker-Seddio, who celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary at a swinging soiree this month. Comment
Downtown: Members of the Brooklyn Bar Association packed Downtown’s New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday night for the group’s annual Foundation Dinner, which salutes local judges and their civic contributions to Kings County. Comment
Fort Greene: It’s a beloved holiday tradition! Comments (5)
Event: Legal eagles with the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn packed Gargiulo’s eatery in Coney Island on Dec. 6 for the group’s annual Judges Night. Comment
Editor’s Picks: This week we’ve got a mystic musical, some loud London louts, Christmas queens, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment
Event: It’s a beloved holiday tradition, borrowed from the Dutch! Comment
Downtown: Hundreds of revelers on Tuesday gathered outside this newspaper’s Downtown offices at MetroTech Center for the neighborhood’s annual tree lighting — which for the first time in nearly three decades almost didn’t happen, because the bulbs strung around the 60-foot plant failed to light on cue. Comment
Bay Ridge: These Dems traded their signature blue for red and green! Comment
Nightlife: It’s a Brooklyn Miracle! Comment
Park Slope: A man with an insatiable appetite ate his way to victory during a local creamery’s annual ice-cream-eating contest on Saturday, becoming the first person to win the Slope’s “triple crown” in competitive eating following his triumphs in two other timed chow downs earlier this year. Comments (1)

Honoring Bklyn’s best men: Boro’s community leaders celebrated at Kings of Kings awards

Bay Ridge: Brooklyn, meet your new kings of Kings! Comment
Dining: The 11th-annual Toast of Brooklyn wine festival, held in Williamsburg on Saturday, brought about 1,000 booze enthusiasts to the sixth and seventh floors above William Vale park. Comment

Heroes honored: Korean War vets celebrated at ceremony

Downtown: It was a salute to their service. Comment
Shopping: Macy’s bigwigs today unveiled their newly remodeled location inside the historic Downtown buildings once home to Brooklyn’s beloved homegrown department store Abraham and Straus. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: A dozen grandmas from the borough and beyond showed off their talents at this year’s Grandmothers Pageant in Brighton Beach. Comment
Bay Ridge: The Golden era has come to an end. Comments (18)

Snap judgment: Editor picks amazing pics of Kings County for book

Books: She’s bringing Brooklyn to the world. Comment
Bay Ridge: Thousands of spectators took to the streets of Brooklyn to watch more than 52,700 athletes — including this reporter — run the longest leg of the 26.2-mile New York City Marathon on Nov. 4. Comment

Race spotlight: Mathylde Frontus vs. Steven Saperstein

Bay Ridge: Frontus and Saperstein are battling to claim an Assembly seat tainted by the corruption of disgraced former Assemblywoman Pamela Harris. Comment

Race spotlight: Zellnor Myrie vs. Jesse Hamilton

Crown Heights: State Sen. Jesse Hamilton is heading into this year’s general election on the back foot, after Democratic voters awarded the blue party’s nomination to political newcomer Zellnor Myrie in September’s primary. Comments (2)

Running unopposed: Incumbents set to return to office

Politics: These federal and state pols will almost certainly stay in office for another term, as they face no contests for their seats. Comments (3)

A thrill for the whole family: Young and old celebrate Halloween at MCU Park

Event: Hundreds of costumed tykes ran around MCU Park on Tuesday during a Halloween party that was as fun for kids as it was for kids at heart, according to a mom. Comment
Park Slope: Legions of pint-sized ghouls and goblins formed a ghastly procession along Seventh Avenue in Park Slope on Wednesday for the neighborhood’s 32nd-annual Halloween Parade, which over the decades has grown to become the nation’s largest family friendly monster march of its kind, according to organizers. Comment
Fuzzy Brooklyn: Furry, four-legged Brooklynites modeled a gamut of getups in Fort Greene Park on Sunday during the neighborhood’s annual dog-costume contest, where one mutt had onlookers salivating with his breakfast-inspired disguise, according to an admirer. Comments (1)
Fort Greene: The head honcho of the Silicon Valley tech titan revealed a slew of new products to its cultish followers during a highly anticipated appearance at Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday — but when it came to mention the place where the event took place, he was in a New York state of mind. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: Locals packed a Kensington elementary school on Saturday to honor their deceased ancestors while savoring festive food and music at a Day of the Dead celebration filled with authentic Mexican flavor, according to attendees. Comment

Scary cute! Dressed-up pups strutt their stuff at Terrace rescue’s Halloween bash

Fuzzy Brooklyn: It’s a spook-tacular Windsor Terrace tradition! Comment

Your guide to Boo-klyn’s best!


Your guide to Boo-klyn’s best!

Event: The season of spooks and spirits is upon us! If you want to survive the upcoming plague of ghouls and zombies, you need a plan! So consult this list of upcoming eerie events, starting 13 days before Halloween. Comment
Coney Island: About 300 of the borough’s top business leaders and local pols gathered at Gargiulo’s restaurant in Coney Island on Oct. 24 for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership meeting and trade show. Comment
Bay Ridge: More than 35,000 participants strolled down Coney Island’s Rieglmann Boardwalk on Oct. 21 for the American Cancer Society’s 16th-annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in the borough, which raised $744,000 for breast-cancer research, according to a rep for the national organization. Comment
Fixing the BQE: Brooklyn Heights residents are inviting locals to show how much they love the neighborhood’s imperiled Promenade by taking chalk to the walkway and covering it in messages stating what the esplanade means to them. Comment
Marine Park: It’s Marine Park’s own Monster Mash. Comment
Editor’s Picks: Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment
Art: It’s a tale of two Syrias. Comment
Event: They took to the streets with pride. Comment
Awesome: Thousands of basketball fans flocked to Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday to watch Brooklyn Nets stars hit the court during an open practice at the green space. Comments (13)

Word on the street! Giant greeting now outside BK Museum

Art: Oy, you can say that again! Comment
Brooklyn Heights: It was a gala of a good time! Comment

See ya tow-morrow! Navy Yard leaders want to get rid of NYPD tow pound

Fort Greene: They’re looking to shed a tow pound! Comments (9)
Event: They went gold for their girl. Comment
Red Hook: More than 30,000 do-gooders from around the world descended on Red Hook on Sunday for a 5k walk-run fund-raiser that honored those firefighters and other rescuers who lost their lives responding to the 9-11 attacks 17 years ago. Comments (10)
Fixing the BQE: It was a dream come true for Brooklyn Paper editor-in-chief Vince DiMiceli, who got a chance to see just how decrepit the BQE really is — or isn’t. Comments (26)
Party Line: Letitia “Tish” James is likely to become the state’s first black attorney general following her Democratic primary win last week, and a handful of local lawmakers are reportedly ready to step into her citywide watchdog role if she does. Comments (19)
Perspective: More than 300 cheered women and men in business at the Hilton Garden Inn Thursday night. Comment

Primary news: Tish moves forward, Salazar stuns Dilan

Primary news: Tish moves forward, Salazar stuns Dilan

Politics: Brooklynite and former Fort Greene Councilwoman Letitia James is now the Democratic nominee for New York State Attorney General, and was just one of the self-described progressives who won big in Thursday’s primary elections. In Bushwick, upstart Julia Salazar topped longtime state Sen. Martin Dilan, and another political novice bested sitting state Sen. Jesse Hamilton in Crown Heights. Read on for our full recap. Comments (27)
Politics: Read on for our primer on today’s statewide primary elections before you hit the voting booth to cast your ballot. Comments (11)
Bay Ridge: Kings Countians came together for memorials across the borough to honor those lives lost 17 years ago. Comment
Park Slope: Do-gooders decked out in the blue-green color stepped through Prospect Park on Saturday to celebrate a decade of fund-raising for ovarian-cancer research and awareness. Comment
Event: These kids are ready to rule the school. Comment
Class Action: It was a race to beat the bell! Comment

Cultural cornucopia: Costumes and cuisine delight spectators at annual Caribbean parade

Crown Heights: Millions of revelers queued up along Eastern Parkway on Monday for the 51st-annual West Indian Day Parade, which offered spectators a feast for the eyes — and stomachs, according to a vendor who peddled homemade cuisine along the route. Comment
Brighton Beach: It was a jubilant day for Brighton Beachers. Comment
Event: They had the whole world in their hands. Comment
Editor’s Picks: This week we’ve got an alien invasion, an evil empire, jokes about junk, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment
Bay Ridge: Around 100 Brooklynites headed to Coney Island beach for the neighborhood’s 28th-annual sand-sculpting contest on Aug. 18. Comment

One last dose of summer fun: Ridgites flock to Face of Fifth Avenue Summer Shindig

A few clouds didn’t stop these Ridgites from soaking up one of the last street fairs of the season. Comment
Theater: A couple of German tourists were granted lifetime passes to the Coney Island Circus Sideshow after one of them bought the one-millionth ticket to one of the city’s longest-running off-Broadway shows. Comment
Editor’s Picks: This week we’ve got the Beach Boys, the Battle of Brooklyn, sand sculpting, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment
Marine Park: This grand opening had a lot in store. Comment
Bedford-Stuyvesant: Black vegans and vegetarians from around the borough brought their appetites to Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday for a new plant-based food festival that some herbivores couldn’t wait to sink their teeth into. Comments (9)
Boro of Nerds: A Brooklynite with a love for blades turned his hobby into a full-time job teaching others how to make swords and other hand-crafted sharp objects at his studio in Red Hook. Comments (1)
Bay Ridge: They want this pol to slow down and listen up. Comment
Awesome: Brooklynites mingled with members of New York’s Finest at events across the borough on Tuesday that fostered camaraderie between residents and those men and women who protect and serve them each day. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: A group of four women grieving for loved ones killed by speeding drivers spent eight hours walking a full 26.2-mile marathon around the block of state Sen. Marty Golden’s district office on Aug. 2 to protest the pol’s inaction on reviving and expanding the citywide speed-camera program. Comments (5)
Bedford-Stuyvesant: A team of pint-sized Brooklynites faced off against their counterparts from China during a friendly baseball game in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Aug. 2 where the athletes from opposite ends of the world bonded over their love of the sport — even if they couldn’t talk about it. Comment
Event: This Stroll was a walk in the park. Comment
Sheepshead Bay: Locals and families with kids with special needs had a blast last week at the Connie Lekas School-P811K eighth-annual Summer Carnival on Aug. 1. Comment
Fuzzy Brooklyn: Animal lovers flocked to Prospect Park and its surrounding neighborhoods on Saturday and Sunday for a pair of events chock full of four-legged fun. Comment

CB7 committee tackles homeless shelters

Development: Members of Community Board 7’s committee on homelessness convened on July 25 to address the problem of the city opening shelters in Sunset Park without consulting the board, according to the board’s district manager. Comment
Coney Island: It was a night to remember someone who remembered everyone else. Comment
Blind Spots: A group of mourners gathered on Tuesday to sing hymns and say prayers on the Bushwick pavement where a hit-and-run driver fatally ran over a 4-year-old girl one month prior, kicking off a year of such vigils to mark each month that passes since young Luz Gonzalez’s tragic death. Comments (2)

Making a splash: NYC Ferry launches first jumbo boat in East River

Fort Greene: The first super-sized boat to join city’s fleet of ferries started shuttling commuters across the East River last weekend, allowing even more straphangers to trade trips through crumbling subway stations for travel on the high seas, according to leaders of the service. Comments (1)
Event: This stroll wasn’t for the birds. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: Music-lovers from across the borough and beyond boogied down in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday as an all-star lineup of performers closed out this year’s Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Comments (1)
Art: These drawings have been given a new platform! Comments (1)
Editor’s Picks: This week we’ve got a circus in a cemetery, a Bastille Day bash, a mini comic con, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment
Bay Ridge: This contest was, frankly, amazing. Comment

Getting the lay of Quay: Pier 6’s larger tower offers sprawling views, swanky condos, for a pretty penny

Changing Brooklyn: Developers of the fast-rising condo building at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park recently took this newspaper on an exclusive tour of the 28-story, East River–facing high-rise, touting vistas that they advertised as breathtaking whether you’re looking through its ground-floor windows or penthouse panes. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: President Trump must reunite the migrant children separated from their families when the immigrants attempted to cross the border without permission, demanded thousands of marchers who strode across the Brooklyn Bridge. Comments (11)
Coney Island: It’s finally summer! Comment
Fort Hamilton: They got a head start on the holiday! Comment
Bay Ridge: Any closer and they could bite you! Comments (2)

Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks

Event: Check out our rocket roundup of the best places to watch the skies. Comment
Breaking Chews: Hungry Kings Countians trekked Downtown on Thursday to savor locally made treats from dozens of vendors at the Brooklyn Eats food-and-beverage trade show. Comments (2)
Bensonhurst: It was a family day to remember! Comment
Bay Ridge: The Ridge was rocking at the June 26 kickoff of the annual “Summer Concerts in the Park” in Bay Ridge, Marine Park, Gravesend and Dyker Heights. And it’s only the beginning. Comment
Blind Spots: Family and friends of the 4-year-old killed when a hit-and-run driver ran over her on a Bushwick sidewalk on Sunday commemorated her short life at a memorial march on Wednesday, where young Luz Gonzalez’s godmother demanded the motorist apologize for slaying her goddaughter, whose name means “light,” she said. Comments (23)
Awesome: Kings County kids celebrated the first day of public schools’ summer vacation on Wednesday by diving into city pools across the borough, which opened for the season the day after classrooms emptied out. Comments (1)
Bay Ridge: Peanuts, Cracker Jack — and swag! Comment
Event: They took a stand — with their strollers. Comment
Prospect Heights: Hundreds of revelers hit Eastern Parkway on Sunday to toast the cultural contributions of individuals and institutions hailing from neighborhoods in the heart of the borough, including a Bedford-Stuyvesant–born, award-winning performer honored at the bash who thrilled attendees with a surprise show. Comments (1)
Dining: Braven Brewing, Grimm Ales, and Stillwater will open in the next few months. Comments (1)

Making a splash: Mermaid Parade brings out the joy of Coney Island

Bay Ridge: It was a sight to sea! Comment
Brooklyn Heights: Students from classrooms across the borough piloted self-made sailboats into the East River from Brooklyn Bridge Park last week, culminating the end of an eight-month ship-building course that taught the youngsters the value of a hard day’s work, according to its director. Comments (1)
Editor’s Picks: This week we’ve got mermaids on the march, a paen to a Prospect Park’s planner, bros with beer, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment
Event: There is plenty to sea — and do! Comments (2)
Dining: No more tokens! Comment
Williamsburg: Fans of the great outdoors flocked to the Williamsburg waterfront on Sunday to be among the first to step inside the newly finished park at the old Domino Sugar factory campus on its opening day. Comment
Podcast: Human rights should have no party affiliation, according to the councilman from Bay Ridge, who joined an all-new episode to discuss the ongoing case of a pizza delivery man facing deportation after he was detained while dropping off food at Fort Hamilton Army Base earlier this month. Comments (30)
Park Slope: Thousands from the borough and beyond descended on Park Slope on Saturday to celebrate Kings County’s LGBTQ community at events that culminated with an absolutely fabulous parade along Fifth Avenue that was far superior to similar marches staged across the East River, according to an attendee. Comments (1)
Bay Ridge: Locals packed Fifth Avenue in front of Balady Foods Market for the annual Ramadan Community Dinner on June 6, breaking the fast and building bonds. Comment
Bay Ridge: The federal government must release an undocumented immigrant who Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained while he made a routine pizza delivery to Fort Hamilton Army Base on June 1, demanded protesters gathered just across the street at John Paul Jones Park in Bay Ridge on June 6. Comments (43)
Bay Ridge: It’s the day when Fifth Avenue becomes Bay Ridge’s Main Street! Comment

Outrage burns on Bklyn Bridge: Orange-clad protestors march across span in latest call for gun-law reform

Brooklyn Heights: These activists wore their fiery passion on their sleeves. Comments (29)
Power Women: Courier Life Publications and Community News Group honored 26 of the borough’s most worthy women at a May 31 awards gala at Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights, celebrating of our Brooklyn Women of Distinction, class of 2018. Comments (4)
Williamsburg: The owner of a hot Williamsburg restaurant where foodies can wait weeks to snag a reservation teamed up with a do-good group to open a different kind of kitchen that cooks up hot meals for some of Brooklyn’s most vulnerable. Comments (2)
Wild Brooklyn: These Brooklynites love their Mother! Comment

‘Wood’ working! Brooklyn Paper cited for best headlines in state

Your friendly neighborhood editors at The Brooklyn Paper took home the most attention-grabbing award at this year’s New York Press Association conference in Albany. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: A group of culturally curious explorers hit the streets of Little Caribbean in parts of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush for a taste of what some local businesses are serving up in the area. Comment
Park Slope: Slopers chowed down on the finest eats from a bevy of Fifth Avenue restaurants at a Tuesday feast that packed more than 45 vendors beneath the gilded roof of the resplendent Grand Prospect Hall. Comment
Crown Heights: A massive crowd formed in Crown Heights on Thursday at a vigil that quickly turned into an anti-cop protest on the street corner where police the day earlier gunned down a man brandishing a metal pipe like a pistol. Comments (8)
Prospect Heights: A cadre of local conjurers enchanted an audience with tricks and tales straight out of Coney Island’s fabled theme-park district, which was once a magic Mecca for both up-and-coming and world-famous performers. Comment
Event: It was their lucky day! Comment
Event: Call these girls Vi-queens! Comment
Brooklynites hoping for sunny skies on Wednesday as they began the second day of the season were dealt no warm embraces by Mother Nature, who pummeled parts of the borough with more than a foot of powder — the most dumped on New York City in spring in more than a century. Comments (9)
Brooklyn Is Angry: Thousands of students rallied for stricter gun laws during school walkouts across the borough on Wednesday — one month to the day that a gunman killed 17 people when he opened fire inside a Florida high school. Comments (5)
Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge attorney and Civil War buff commands a collection of more than 10,000 miniature military figurines poised in the midst of famous battles — and even showcases about 4,000 of them at his Fifth Avenue law firm. Comments (1)

Hallo Spaceboy: Brooklyn Museum welcomes a stellar David Bowie exhibit

Art: The Starman has touched down in Brooklyn! Comment
Boerum Hill: It’s a hole new day! Comments (2)
Changing Brooklyn: Builders are hard at work finishing five projects that will transform Fort Greene’s once-industrial Navy Yard into a new commercial hub when all are completed by early next year. Comments (4)
Awesome: Patients recovering at a Boerum Hill rehabilitation center celebrated Valentine’s Day with a bunch of local do-gooders, who lifted the convalescents’ spirits with some singing, dancing, and handmade cards. Comment
Downtown: Hundreds of Brooklynites packed a Downtown hotel on Saturday to celebrate the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s 100th year of boosting local businesses. Comments (2)
Bedford-Stuyvesant: Young bookworms celebrated the long-awaited reopening of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s spruced-up Marcy Library on Monday, when the reading room welcomed its first patrons after a prolonged renovation that honchos originally expected to end last summer. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: They collected a pot of gold! Comments (1)
Shopping: Wedding bells are ringing in Bay Ridge! Comment
Dyker Heights: The Sisters of Mercy lived up to its name — and bowed to loud public backlash — by backing down on the early eviction of the Narrows Senior Center from the Angel Guardian home. Comment
Marine Park: It’s a blast from the past. Comment
Red Hook: Loyal patrons of a beloved Red Hook dive bar took their last swigs at the liquor-slinging pub on Saturday during a rowdy final farewell party that bested any other night in the nearly 15-year-old spot’s existence, its owner said. Comments (2)
Fort Greene: Here’s what’s in store for customers when Fort Greene’s new Whole Foods Market 365 opens tomorrow. Comments (3)
Mean Streets: City transit honchos will hand over 100 on-street parking spots across North Brooklyn to rental-car companies as part of a new program encouraging locals to ditch their own rides for borrowed ones, according to maps recently released by the Department of Transportation. Comments (34)
Greenpoint: A local drag queen took to the altar of a Greenpoint church on Sunday to read stories to a crowd of youngsters, defying gender and religious norms to remind the kids that they can be anything they want when they grow up. Comments (3)
Crown Heights: A small army of New York’s Bravest quenched a fire that raged inside a vacant four-story Crown Heights building on Wednesday. Comments (1)
Fort Greene: Brooklynites flooded a Fort Greene theater on Monday to honor the late Martin Luther King, Jr. at an annual tribute that adopted a more critical tone this year as local leaders vowed to overcome the racist rhetoric spewed from the White House. Comment
Flatlands: A fire ripped through a car wash in Flatlands on Jan. 13, but didn’t injure anyone. Comment

18 big stories to watch in 2018

18 big stories to watch in 2018

Our dedicated team of Kings County connoisseurs predicts some of the biggest stories you’ll be reading about over the next 12 months. Comments (6)
Bedford-Stuyvesant: Brooklyn welcomed its first newborn just 25 minutes after the New Year’s Eve ball dropped, and the boy is nothing short of a miracle, according to his parents, who said he arrived six years after his great-grandmother died on the very same day. Comments (1)
Park Slope: Revelers packed Grand Army Plaza to watch explosives light up the sky at Prospect Park’s 38th-annual fireworks extravaganza. Comment

The water’s frigid! Brooklynites dive into Atlantic at Coney New Year’s Day plunge

Event: Brave Brooklynites converged on Coney Island Beach on Jan. 1 to take part in a more-than-century-old tradition of starting the new year with a plunge into the icy waters, which stung with temperatures in the mid-teens. Comment
Mean Streets: It was a ride in the park — and history in the making! Comments (24)
Crime: A 58-year-old man died after smashing his sport-utility vehicle into a van while driving before sunrise in Brownsville on Wednesday. Comments (1)

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