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December, 2013

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Days be merry in Brighton! Neighborhood group hosts holiday blow-out

The Brighton Neighborhood Association threw its annual holiday bash at National Restaurant on Dec. 18. Comments (1).
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Flatbush celebrates Hanukkah

Kids celebrated Hanukkah in style at the Flatbush Park Jewish Center on Dec. 1, where they played games and ate pizza during the community group’s annual holiday party. Comment.
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Tree lights up Marine Park kids and seniors

Families ushered in the Yuletide with the eighth annual tree lighting at the Carmine Carro community Center on Dec. 12. Comments (3).
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My breakfast with Santa

Dozens of little ones from across the borough joined Santa and Radio Disney for breakfast and a dance party at Aviator Sports and Events Center on Dec. 15. Comment.
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Let there be light! Scandinavian celebration breaks the winter darkness

The Scandinavian East Coast Museum held its 10th annual Santa Lucia Day celebration on Friday — honoring the blinded Sicilian-born martyr who became a symbol of brightness in the Nordic nations. Comment.
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Brooklyn Real Property celebrates Christmas with a kids’ party and staff awards

Christmas cheer was on the playbill when Brooklyn Real Property kicked off Yuletide festivities with a children’s party at its Boerum Hill office, and an employee awards ceremony at Greenhouse Cafe in Bay Ridge. Comment.
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Lions and lambs! B’hurst club throws holiday bash for special-needs kids

The Bensonhurst Lions Club hosted a party for hundreds of special-needs students on Dec. 10. See our slideshow for all the fun — and special characters who decided to drop in. Comment.
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Let there be light — lots of it

Frank Seddio flipped the switch on his annual Christmas light display on Dec. 8, giving life to a $350,000 collection of lights and animatronics that hasn’t stopped growing. See our slideshow for the festive fun. Comment.
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Playtime in Canarsie!

Canarsie Park is now officially home to a brand-new, $3-million playground, which was unveiled last week to the delight of parents and kids alike. Comment.
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Big hearts in Dyker Heights! Party benefits Ridge boy

The Dyker Beach Golf Course catering hall hosted holiday meals and deals on Dec. 8 — with proceeds going to help a Bay Ridge boy. Comment.
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Home for Christmas! Kids count on base for holiday fun

Brooklyn’s only military base trimmed up the tree and threw a holiday bash for its service members and their kids on Dec. 6. Comment.
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Kids celebrate Dutch Christmas

Kids visiting the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum on Dec. 7 met Sinterklaas — the Dutch Santa Claus — and learned some Dutch holiday songs. Comment.
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O Christmas tree! Shore Road Park greets the season

The Shore Road Park’s gazebo was a-glow with Yuletide goodwill on Dec. 5 at the annual tree lighting. Comment.
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Wild Hanukkah

The Beach Haven Jewish Center took a walk on the wild side for its Nov. 27 Hanukkah party — hosting a show-and-tell for kids with an iguana and a fennec fox. Comment.
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Ho, ho, go: Park Slope kickstarts the holidays with small biz bash

Hundreds of Fifth Avenue boutiques and restaurants kicked off the winter holidays on Saturday with music, morsels, and — as the season would dictate — many chances to shop. Comment.

November, 2013

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Slice of life! Bake-off at Bay Ridge Greenmarket

A Bay Ridge teen took home top prize in the Bay Ridge Greenmarket’s apple pie bake-off on Nov. 23. Comment.
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus join bikers for toy drive

Mr. and Mrs. Claus rode into the borough on Saturday to join the Bikers of Brooklyn’s annual toy drive for kids in need. Comments (1).
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Let there be light

Santa Claus and kids — and a little holiday magic — turned on Kings Plaza’s Christmas trees on Saturday’s lighting. Comment.
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Gala delight

The E. 49th and E. 48th Street Block Association honored its members, politicians, police, and community members at its annual awards gala on Nov. 13. Comment.

October, 2013

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Spooky fun at Aviator

Pint-sized ghouls, princesses, and ninjas spent the day at Aviator eating, decorating pumpkins, and parading in costume during the Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 26. Comment.
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Costumed kids pack Prospect Park Zoo for spooky Halloween blowout

Throngs of cute youngsters dressed up like lions, cats, foxes, and even superheroes and princesses at the Prospect Park Zoo “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween bash on Oct. 26 and 27. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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Prost! Aviator celebrates Oktoberfest with food, games, and plenty of beer

Southern Brooklyn celebrated Oktoberfest at Aviator Sports and Events Center on Oct. 19, where beer lovers enjoyed drink specials, German delicacies, and drinking games. Comments (1).
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Park ‘n’ ride! Ridge families clean greenspaces

Dozens of Ridgites descended on Shore Road and Owls Head parks to rake, pick up, and paint on Oct. 19 — part of the citywide clean-up effort, “It’s My Park Day.” Comment.
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Seniors strut their stuff for title of top grandma

Southern Brooklyn celebrated its matriarchs with the annual Your Highness Grandmother Pageant at the Kings Bay Y on Sunday. Comment.
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Recess now better than ever

Students at Canarsie’s PS-IS 109 have a brand-new playground thanks to a $160,000 grant. Comment.
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Hunters hope to land job at Kings Plaza Job Fair

Thousands of New Yorkers queued up at Kings Plaza on Oct. 17 for a shot at working for one of the mall’s many retailers. Comments (3).
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Students roll up sleeves and pick crops from school garden

Students at PS 276 celebrated a Harvest Day Festival on Oct. 15 by picking veggies and fruits out of their schoolyard garden. Comment.
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Autumn harvest! Narrows Botanical Garden celebrates season with pups and pumpkins

Ridgites brought their kids and pooches to the Narrows Botanical Garden’s annual Harvest Fest on Oct. 13, for pumpkin painting and a canine-costume contest. Comment.
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‘Tunnel to Towers’ retraces the fearless footsteps of 9-11 Firefighter Steven Siller of Park Slope

Thousands of runners from across the world upheld the memory of tragic 9-11 fireman Steven Siller on Sunday. The Squad One smokeeater ran through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to the burning World Trade Center, never to return home. Comment.
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Aviator’s fall open house introduces mom, dad, and the kids to a family playpen in their backyard

Interactive games, giveaways, and the lowdown on classes, clinics, and more, capped Aviator Sports and Events Center’s fall open house on Sunday. Comment.

September, 2013

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Wyckoff House Museum harvests fun fall party

The Wyckoff House Museum celebrated the harvest season with its second-annual Country Fair on Sept. 21. Comment.
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West Indian Day Parade kicks off for 46th year

There was no shortage of booming steel drum beats or bikini-and-feather-clad dancers at Monday’s popular parade along Eastern Parkway. Comments (1).
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Race of remembrance — Fort Hamilton holds annual Run for the Fallen

More than 100 soldiers and civilians honored soldiers killed in the line of duty with the annual Run for the Fallen in Bay Ridge on Sept. 15. Comment.
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These colors do run!

Aviator sports was the home to this year’s color run! Click above to find out what it was all about! Comment.
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Coyle Street hosts annual stickball game

Former neighbors and old friends from across the country flocked to Coyle Street on Saturday for the annual stickball game and reunion. Comment.
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Thousands revel in wigs, platform heels at Bushwig

The annual festival of drag performances known as Bushwig drew dozens of performers and more than a thousand fans to event space Secret Project Robot on Saturday. Comment.
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Historical occasion! Fort Hamilton museum re-opens

Fort Hamilton Army Garrison cut the ribbons on its Harbor Defense Museum on Sept. 5, after a year-long closure for renovations. Comment.
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Diamond dogs! Cyclones fans get to bring pups to park

Cyclones fans brought their pooches to MCU park for the annual “Bark in the Park” event on Aug. 28. Comment.
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Pols use West Indian Day Parade to campaign one last major time before primary election

The annual West Indian Day Parade wasn’t just a jubilant celebration of Caribbean culture this year, it was also one last major chance for New York City politicians to campaign one more time before the upcoming primary election. Comment.

August, 2013

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Toda! Kosher food giveaway in Bensonhurst

The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty gave out more than 700 packages of kosher food at the Bensonhurst Council of Jewish Organizations on Aug. 22, ahead of the Jewish New Year next week. Comment.
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World-famous Rockettes high-kick their way to Park Slope

Dressed in sparkling showgirl outfits, the long-legged Rockettes passed out ice pops in front of Union Street’s People’s Pops on Tuesday. Comment.
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Kids take a swing at golf

Junior high schoolers tried their hand at golf as part of a partnership between Millenium Development and Marine Park Golf Course. Comment.
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Buona festa! 18th Avenue Feast returns

The Festa di Santa Rosalia — also known as the 18th Avenue Feast — kicked off on Aug. 22. Comment.
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Pols play stickball at Borough Hall

A handful of political candidates tried to see who could hit the ball the farthest outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday. Comment.
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Free exchange! Stop ‘N’ Swap at Ridge Jewish Center saves old stuff from garbage dumps

Some 300 people turned their trash into somebody else’s treasure — or vice versa — at the Bay Ridge Jewish Center’s Stop ‘N’ Swap event on Aug. 18. Comment.
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Encore!

Music lovers said this year’s Marine Park Summer Concert Series finale on Aug. 21 was a rockin’ good time. Comment.
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Bushwick big on ‘Buck’

It comes as no surprise that Pinebox Rock Shop, Bushwick’s diveiest bar that serves only vegan drinks, is also the Big Buck Hunter capital of New York — racking up 285 more games in a month than its closest competition. Comment.
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‘Battle Week’ kicks off with commemoration of heroic Maryland 400

Brooklynites kicked of Battle Week on Sunday to commemorate the Maryland 400, who died in the first real battle of the Revoluntionary War. Comment.
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Sand fight! Sculptors compete in beach grit-molding battle

Hundreds of artists descended on the People’s Playground for the annual Sand-Sculpting Contest on Saturday. See our slideshow for all the sandy fun. Comment.
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Kids audition to be mini Brooklynettes

Hundreds of boys and girls auditioned for the Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team on Wednesday, giving them a chance at the coolest after-school job in the world. Comments (1).
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Coney Island feels the ‘Power of Love’

Huey Lewis and the News performed in Coney on Thursday, entertaining the crowd with hits off the album “The Heart of Rock and Roll,” and the well-known song from the ’80s hit “Back To The Future.” Comments (2).
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Family fun in Flatbush

Families were treated to good food, good fun, and some great talent at the 12th annual Family Day event at Paedergat Park on Saturday. Comment.
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Arabian day — Shore Road Park hosts seventh annual bazaar

Some 3,000 Middle Eastern-Americans flocked to Shore Road Park on Aug. 11 for the seventh annual Arab-American Bazaar. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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World of wonder — Deno’s Wonder Wheel hosts Coney throwback

Thousands of visitors turned back the clock at the third annual Coney Island History Day at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park on Saturday. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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Coney kids play in MCU Park — and even meet Santa!

Youngsters who weren’t able to enjoy Christmas last year thanks to Hurricane Sandy were treated to games, food, and even a visit from Santa Claus on Aug. 9 at MCU Park. Comment.
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Blackout tryout

Brooklyn’s up-and-coming basketball squad held its second round of tryouts at Aviator on Aug. 10. Comment.
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Locals play softball for fallen Brighton Beach friend

Brighton Beach residents and out-of-towners gathered for the annual Anthony Senisi Memorial Softball Game on Sunday, where they reminisced about their late friend. Comment.
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Kids, cops connect in Marine Park at annual Night Out Against Crime

Marine Park kids got to spend some personal time with New York’s Finest during this year’s Night Out Against Crime, held on Tuesday night in the neighborhood’s park. Comments (1).
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Feast of faith

Thousands came out for St. Bernard Church’s annual Fest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, held Friday through Sunday in Bergen Beach. Comment.
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Play on! First-ever Brooklyn Shakespeare Fest hits Bay Ridge

The main knoll of Owl’s Head Park became an Elizabethan wonderland on Aug. 3, as two Ridge theater companies put a festival honoring the Bard. Comment.
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Bike tour gives cyclists epic view of borough

Some 750 bike lovers skirted the edge of the borough from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach in Queens on Saturday to promote a unified Brooklyn waterfront bike path. Comment.

July, 2013

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Celebrities play softball for a good cause

MCU hosted a game of celebrity softball on July 12, featuring New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, heavy-weight boxing champ Evander Holyfield, singer Nelly, and “Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino. Comment.
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Fourth of July picnic celebrates freedom with free rock concert

Brooklyn’s most patriotic neighborhood rang in the 237th anniversary of America’s birth with its sixth annual Fourth of July picnic in Shore Road Park. See our slideshow for all the patriotic fun. Comment.
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Kids get special day in Luna Park

Children of deceased police officers were treated to an annual day of fun in the People’s Playground on July 9. Comment.
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Thousands celebrate the Fourth in Coney

Thousands of people from all over swarmed Coney Island to celebrate the Fourth on Thursday by eating at Nathan’s, playing in Luna Park, and escaping the heat with a dip in the water. Comment.
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Flatbush Avenue Street Fair features pint-sized rapper

It was fun, games, and an impromptu performance from a young YouTube star at the annual Flatbush Avenue Street Fair on Sunday. Comment.

June, 2013

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FDNY visits local preschool

Students at a Coney Island preschool learned about fire safety on Monday — and then were allowed inside a fire truck. Comments (1).
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Costumed pets compete for prizes

Furry friends dressed in their most wag-nificient getups in hopes of taking top prize in Saturday’s annual Pet Day and Costume Contest at the Wonder Wheel. See our slideshow for the cute costumes. Comment.
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Mermaid Parade floats down Surf Avenue for 30th year

Hundreds of marine-themed floats, half-naked revelers, and cavorting dance crews flooded Coney Island to see the annual Mermaid Parade on June 22. See our slideshow for all the fun of the swimsuit-clad spectacle. Comment.
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Army’s got talent! Soldier Show performs at Fort Hamilton

Soldiers celebrated the birthdays of Fort Hamilton Army Base and the Army with a special show. See our slideshow for some of the performances. Comment.
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Mural of the story!

Talk about leaving your mark! Comment.
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Blackout hold tryouts

Two Brooklyn ballers are building a professional basketball squad from the ground up. Comment.
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Sunday School Union turns 184

The annual Sunday School Union of eight borough churches marched for the 184th time on Sunday. Comment.
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Journey to the East in McKinley Park

More than 1,000 people gathered in Dyker Heights on June 9 for the 11th annual Pan-Asian Heritage Celebration. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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Babies ’r’ us! Coney Island Hospital natal nurses throw party for kids

Coney Island’s neonatal intensive care unit held a tea party on June 5 to bring together the staff and the children they helped bring into the world. Comments (2).
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Midwood Idol

Students at the Anne Sullivan Public School wowed parents, peers, and teachers at the annual talent show on May 30. Comment.
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Marine Park kids excel in science fair

Students at Marine Park Junior High School took two of the top three trophies for their informative projects. Comments (1).
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Thousands brave heat for Fifth Avenue Spring Festival

The mercury neared 90 degrees at the Fifth Avenue Spring Festival, but that didn’t stop thousands from coming out. Comment.
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Children’s museum celebrates children and Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum hosted a gala, themed “Ignite the Imagination,” on Wednesday night. Comment.

May, 2013

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Bergen Beach Civic president steps down after 29 years

Flo Hirsch was honored with plaques, proclamations, and many a kind word when she concluded her service with the civic association at a May 23 meeting. Comment.
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Vikings Invade Bay Ridge!

The annual Viking Fest and the Norwegian Independence Day Parade both thrust onward through wet weather last weekend like a mighty Norse longship against the tide. Comment.
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Nation’s oldest Memorial Day Parade marches in Bay Ridge

The nation’s oldest Memorial Day parade marched for the 146th time just blocks away from where the British invaded the Narrows in 1776, and started the first major battle of the Revolutionary War. Comment.
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You can build it — Boardwalk tour teaches kids about construction careers

Meet the builders of tomorrow! Comment.
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LIU’s graduation day is a slam-dunk at Barclays Center

Students from Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus held their graduation day at the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Comment.
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Hundreds brave rain for Park Slope’s Fifth Ave. Fair

Brooklynites flocked to Park Slope’s annual Fifth Avenue Fair Sunday despite the stormy weather. Comment.
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Greek rush! Bensonhurst students compete in Spartan Race

Approximately 1,000 high school students tested their mettle in the Spartan Race — a grueling obstacle course worthy of Ancient Greece. Comment.
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Run, Brooklyn, run! From Prospect Park to the Boardwalk — joggers run the borough

About 22,000 joggers — including New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith — pounded 13-plus miles of pavement between Prospect Park and Coney Island on May 18, wrapping up in front of Ruby’s Bar on the Boardwalk. It was all part of the Brooklyn Half, an increasingly popular run designed to boost business in the most populous borough. Comment.
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Dinner and dancing New York Methodist gala

Staff at New York Methodist Hospital were treated to cocktails, food, and a raffle at the medical center’s bash, held at the Brooklyn Museum. Comment.
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Old-time fun at Shore View Nursing Home

The Shore View Nursing Home celebrated its grand re-opening on May 2 — six months after sustaining damage from Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

April, 2013

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Celebrating the life of Jackie Robinson

Some Brooklyn kids took a trip see the new movie “42: The Jackie Robinson Story,” meet a Mets Hall of Fame player, and a former pro player all on April 15 — Jackie Robinson Day. Comment.
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A cracking good time! Golden egg hunt brings out thousands

Thousands of tots came out for the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Shore Road Park! Comment.
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Grandmothers compete for crown

The annual Your Highness Grandmother pageant saw Brighton Beach grandmothers pull out all the stops to be crowned queen. Comment.
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Big Screecher’s big bash!

Big Screecher Carmine Santa Maria and the Bensonhurst West End Community Council honored the neighborhood’s leading men and women at the annual awards gala. Comment.

March, 2013

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Sláinte! Ridge Paddy parade brings out big crowd

Bay Ridge’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off for the 19th time on March 24 — and for its first-ever time on Third Avenue. Comments (4).
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The winners are in

Kings Plaza hosted the Brooklyn Derby, where young Scouts put their pinewood racers to the test to prove who has the fastest ride in town. Comment.
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Kids write, direct, and score musicals at Murrow High School

Students at the Midwood high school took part in the annual school-wide competition, SING!, to compose and perform their own plays. Comments (3).

February, 2013

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Super bowl!

Big-hearted alley cats bowled to raise money for cancer research at Maple Lanes on Feb. 24. Comment.
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Golden Jubilee ticket

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and his wife joined the ranks of Brooklyn’s couples married for more than 50 years — and celebrated at the annual Brooklyn Sweethearts Celebration on Feb. 14. Comment.

January, 2013

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Peace and quiet! Ridge religious groups hold candlelight vigil for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dozens of Ridgites gathered at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Monday to remember Dr. King, Jr. and pray for peace. Comment.
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Lego-mania! Lego robots duke it out Downtown

Kids trade pirates for robots but keep the Legos Comment.
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Disney characters thrill young hospital patients

Kids at Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Pediatric Hematology and Oncology unit got a big treat when Disney on Ice stars Mickey and Minnie stopped by on Jan. 23. Comment.
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Prep rally! School raises $6,000 for charity with dance show

Students at Poly Prep High School raised money for special-needs charities with the annual Afternoon of Student Choreography show on Jan. 13. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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St Edmunds transforms civic meeting into symphony

This band is more than meets the eye. Comment.
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Investment bank gives $1,000 gift cards to storm survivors

Hurricane-hurt families each received $1,000 from financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald on Jan. 11 to help with their recovery efforts. Comments (5).
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Zumba! Brooklyn sweats to the beat for world record attempt

More than 400 people filled Aviator Sports Center’s gym on Sunday to shake it in an attempt to set the world record for the largest indoor zumba class. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comments (1).
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Multigenerational dance party shakes Midwood Senior Center

Students from PS 203 got seniors at the Midwood Senior Center on their feet when they stopped by to perform on Jan. 4. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comments (1).

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