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Chestnut proposes to girlfriend before winning hot dog contest

In a moment that he'll relish forever, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend before he roasted the competition in the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island last Friday. … Full Article

PHOTOS: Thousands celebrate Brooklyn color run

Welcome to the world's happiest 5K. More than 10,000 people were doused in color at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn last Saturday and Sunday as part of "The Happiest 5K On The Planet." … Full Article

‘Thanksgiving’ at Rooftop Films: ‘Catnip for Hipsters’ finds stride

The first 20 minutes of “Thanksgiving” resemble an extended Vampire Weekend music video, but devoid of any self-mocking irony. … Full Article

Double Dutch and hoops: PAL’s Summer Playstreets open Monday

The Police Athletic League (PAL) will be launching its 2014 Summer Playstreets program in Brooklyn on Monday, July 7th. … Full Article

‘Las Bicicletas’ ride into Brooklyn parks

Cheerful metal bicycle sculptures by famed Mexican artist and cycling enthusiast Gilberto Aceves Navarro, 83, are being installed in 10 locations across the city, with the help of the city’s departments of Transportation and Parks. … Full Article

Lifelong Brooklynite Hank Blaustein presents new sketchbook diary

Hank Blaustein, a native and lifelong Brooklynite, born in 1937 in Crown Heights, has been drawing the world around him since he could hold a pencil. His work illustrates the people, places and things that he finds captivating; his goal is to capture their essence and personality on paper. … Full Article

PHOTOS: Shaggy, Olivia, others draw crowd to Brooklyn Borough Hall

Grammy Award-winning superstar Shaggy thrilled a lunchtime crowd at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday at the kickoff to the Summer Music Series and blood drive sponsored by Music Brings Life, working to boost summer blood donations with the Red Cross. … Full Article

Ignite Gala celebrates BAM’s education programming

The second annual BAM Ignite Gala celebrated the expansion of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM’s) education programming on June 30, raising $850,000 in funds and awareness to ensure their continued impact in the community. … Full Article

Schooner helps Bay Ridge celebrate eco dock opening

It’s not every day you get to board an historic schooner and it’s certainly not a common occurrence in Bay Ridge. But on Saturday, people lined up for the chance to board the Lettie G. Howard, an 1893 fishing schooner that was docked at the 69th Street pier for the day. … Full Article

Rooftop venues, waterfront residents ecstatic over return of 4th of July fireworks

The views are spectacular from the Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm within the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Unfortunately, they haven’t fulfilled their potential for the fourth of July since 2008. … Full Article

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