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This Week's Good News from Brooklyn: March 25 - 29

Smoking ban anniversary, Olympian athlete visits YMCA, and an elephant makes March Madness pick.

 

This week's positive and uplifting stories from neighborhoods near Bed-Stuy.

New York City

City Celebrates 10 Years of a Smoke-Free NYC

City’s smoking rates are at record lows, while resident life expectancy at record high, according to Mayor Bloomberg.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issues consumer alert on hiring tax preparers.

Spring Break in NYC: Six ways to keep your child productive during spring break.

BROOKLYN

Barclays Center To Host 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

This will be the first major awards show to take place in Brooklyn—ever.

Ditmas Park

Ditmas Park Block Voted Among 50 Best in Brooklyn

Westminster Road, between Beverley and Cortelyou roads, was named one of the best blocks in the borough to live on.

Qathra to Open Newkirk Ave. Cafe 'Within Weeks'

Milk and Honey to have a 1930s decor.

Fort Greene - Clinton Hill

Basketball court now features wall padding, customized bleachers and scoreboard.

Send In the Clowns: Brooklyn Hospital Pediatric Patients Visited by Circus Performers

Clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brought juggling, cheer, and pratfalls to young pediatric patients at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Fort Greene Celebrates Spring With Dekalb Classic

Fort Greene's first month-long cocktail competition will see five of Dekalb Avenue's restaurants throw down to see who is the best of the best.

Neighborhood Blocks Voted Among 50 Best in Brooklyn

A Clinton Hill block was named the best for bikes and a Fort Greene block was one of the best to live on.

Lulu & Po to Add Outdoor Cafe

Fourteen seats will be added to the eatery in time for summer.

Prospect Heights

Ringling Bros's star elephants helped celebrate March Madness by predicting the NCAA's winner and shooting some hoops themselves at the Barclays Center.

Tooker Alley Makes TONY's Best New Bar List

Time Out New York compares Washington Avenue cocktail lounge to Clover Club.

Carroll Gardens

Will You Help Repair Eight PS 58 Bathrooms?

This short video illustrates one of Carroll Gardens' 2013 Participatory Budgeting projects. Take a look.

Cobble Hill Gets One Nod in L Magazine's 'Best Blocks' Roundup

Red Hook received two mentions, and Gowanus one as well.

Pink Pepper Boutique: A Clotheshorse Of Two Different Colors

Whether you're searching for something office appropriate or after-hours chic, this Court Street shop is ready with styling tips.

Park Slope

Sister Mary Maloney Retires from Park Slope Soup Kitchen and Shelter after 26 Years

On Wednesday, Maloney said goodbye to CHIPS on Fourth Avenue after nearly three decades.

Park Slope to Get One Bike-Share Location in May

As Citi Bike will launch this spring, one location will be on Fifth Avenue and Dean Street.

A Taste of Fifth Ave at Grand Prospect Hall on April 10

Buy tickets for the annual event for $45 and enjoy music, dancing, and wine and beer!

MillionTreesNYC Program Plants 31 Trees in Park Slope

Today, the Department of Parks and Recreation planted trees along Fifth Avenue, Eighth Avenue, and along President and Union streets.

Vote for Bark Hot Dogs for ‘The Most Life-Changing Hot Dog In America’

Esquire Magazine is hosting a contest to find the best damn frank in the nation. Will the Park Slope eatery grab the title?

Bed-Stuy

Olympic Swimmer Lia Neal Dives in at the Bed-Stuy YMCA

The Olympic bronze medalist from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, visited the Bed-Stuy Piranhas on Friday to impart a few lessons

Easter Re-Imagined and According to Br'er Rabbit

Aisha Cousins has started “Brer Rabbit Day,” a day for children to celebrate their culture while exercise their creativity and brains over brawn.

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