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Who’ll Be the First to Buy This J.Crew Williamsburg Tote? [B+B]
Construction Watch: Two City Point Residential Towers Will Top out by Year’s End [Curbed]
Concord Hill Is Now Open in Former Home of Williamsburg’s Sel de Mer [Free Williamsburg]
Hundreds Gather on Coney Island Avenue for Vigil After Peshawar School Attack [Kensington BK]
Eight Local Diners to Satisfy Your Burger Binges After El Greco’s Closing [Sheepshead Bites]
Brooklyn Dollar Vans Offer Free Rides This Saturday [DNA]

Photo by Anthony Fine

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Eight-Story Karl Fischer Project to Replace Freestanding Victorian in Flatbush [NYY]
Eight-Story Building Planned for Former Movie Studios in Midwood [Sheepshead Bites]
86th Street Chevrolet to Be Torn Down [Bensonhurst Bean]
Lincoln Park Tavern to Move? [Q Parkside]
Bartel-Pritchard Greenmarket Now Open Through the Winter [South Slope News]
NYPD: Woman Arrested After Attempting to Shoplift, Biting Employee at Foodtown [Kensington BK]

Photo by Eugene Gannon

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This Is What’s Left of the Domino Sugar Factory [Animal]
Up, Up and Away [Q Parkside]
Wild Animal Mural Near Prospect Park Needs Protective Coating, Artist Says [DNA]
“30 Rock” Star Kevin Brown Hosts Bed Stuy Tree Lighting [DNA]
Borough Pres Seeks to Replace Brighton Beach Parking With Affordable Housing [Sheepshead Bites]
Yet Another Williamsburg Music Venue to Close [Greenpointers]
This $900,000 Pink House in Gravesend Is Tackiness Incarnate [Curbed]
Don’t Forget the Tree Lighting in Carroll Park Tonight [PMFA]
Annual Community Clothing Swap and Coat Drive at P.S. 139 Is This Sunday [DPC]
Another Crown Heights Listing Over $2 Million: 1193 Bergen Street [BK to the Fullest]
Claire and Mike’s Park Slope Kitchen Renovation [Sweeten]
A 134-Year-Old Italian Gelateria Is Coming to Williamsburg to Serve Salmon Sorbet [B+B]

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Security Ramps up at Crown Heights Precinct After Officer’s Car Is Burned [DNA]
Seeds of Love: A Small New Neighborhood Coffee Spot at 421 Court Street [PMFA]
NYC Is Bringing Even More Fashion Initiatives to Sunset Park [Racked]
Barclays Center Forms Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment Advisory Board [Eagle]
Local NYPD Precincts Join Social Media, Tweet First Tweets [Bensonhurst Bean]
Demolition Nears for 100-Year-Old Storefront to Make Way for 30-Story Tower [Sheepshead Bites]
Pete’s Waterfront Ale House Is Changing Ownership, Adding Pizza to the Menu [BHB]
Flatbush Artists to Hold Their Holiday Exhibit This Weekend [Kensington BK]
Brookly Diocsese Introduces “Creeper Jesus” to Woo Millennials [Brokelyn]

Photo by Mitch Waxman

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Cream Doughnuts Makes Its Debut in Bay Ridge [BK Based]
Windsor Terrace Is One Step Closer to Becoming Park Slope [FIPS]
Amira’s Is Closed “Until Further Notice” [South Slope News]
Tsob-Tsobe! Restaurant Replaces Back to USSR on Coney Island Avenue [Sheepshead Bites]
Q & A with Greenpointer Eric Weiner of the Wild Honey Pie [Greenpointers]
Neighbor: Vacant Building in Brooklyn Heights Is Trespasser Magnet [BK Paper]
Catch a Ride on the Nostalgia Train [Bensonhurst Bean]
Space Robot Company Lands in Brooklyn Navy Yard [DNA]
Christmastown Brings Artist-Created Christmas Village to Bushwick [BK Daily]
Checking in at 626 Flatbush [Q Parkside]

Photo by Juni Safont

Max Levy, Professor Mac Levy. Brooklyn Eagle, 1903

On New Year’s Day, 1897, Brooklyn’s premiere physical culturist, Professor Mac Levy, received a late holiday gift from the fitness gods. That evening he was at the Union League Club, on Dean and Bedford Avenues, giving the membership a lecture and demonstration of his journey from a consumptive and puny teenager to a fit and super strong modern day Hercules. Afterwards, he had planned to join friends downtown for some New Year’s Day cheer. They all met near the Elks Club on Schermerhorn Street, after which Mac Levy was headed for the trolley that would take him to his home on Union Street.

Because it was New Year’s Day, and because it was cold and miserable out, the trolley was nowhere to be found. The Professor was no longer in a good mood. He was walking up Court Street and had almost reached Union when two men stepped out from behind a building and demanded his money. It was late, and cold, and the police patrol was nowhere around, and he had been made to walk home. The old Max Levy would have handed his money over, and prayed he got home in one piece. Professor Mac Levy, the “young Hercules” whispered a prayer of thanks for this gift, and got busy. (more…)

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We have been trying to improve the human body since we became aware of its strength and beauty. Mankind has been exercising for a very long time. We may have started with “run for your life” being a literal cry to escape predators, but in the centuries that followed our trip from the cave to the city, that mantra is still popular, although perhaps “run for life” is more accurate. The ancient Greeks and other civilizations glorified the perfect physical body, after all, they established the Olympics, and left an artistic record of their pursuit of the body beautiful, an ideal many still strive to reach. The Romans incorporated that ideal into their civilization, as they did so many of the ideals of their conquered foes.

The Dark Ages in Europe obliterated that Greco-Roman philosophy. Between plagues and religious zealotry regarding the sinfulness of the human body, physical perfection took a rest of a few centuries. But the Renaissance restored the glorification of the body human, and as nations rose and fell, so too did the idea of fitness. Of course, the lower classes utilized physical strength much more than the upper classes, so those above were getting weak, compared to those below. That did not go without notice, and over the course of the next few hundred years, various programs of physical fitness were delineated and put into practice in different countries and communities. (more…)

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Is It Time to Ban Tourists From the Brooklyn Bridge? [Brokelyn]
Vomit Town USA: SantaCon 2014 Is Coming to Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]
City to Invest $140 Million in Brooklyn Navy Yard [Crain's]
Lightstone Group to Provide Info on Construction Activity for Gowanus Project [PMFA]
On Church Avenue, Finding a Sense of Community That Is Stronger Than Ever [DPC]
Dance Party Funeral for Williamsburg Coming to Glasslands [Free Williamsburg]
Nail Salon Coming to Long-Vacant 92 7th Avenue [Here's Park Slope]


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Seafood Restaurant Tygershark to Land on Vanderbilt Avenue [DNA]
DOT Wants to Put More Bike Lanes in Bushwick With Local Input [DNA]
Armed Robbery at Lark Café Last Night [Kensington BK]
Annual Apple Pie Bake-off at the Cortelyou Greenmarket This Sunday [DPC]
The New York City Porn Festival to Be Held in Bushwick Is Seeking Submissions [Bushwick Daily]
San Francisco’s ALT School Coming to Brooklyn Heights [BHB]
Lights Out! No Festival of Light for You! [FIPS]
New Vision Zero Map, Vision Zero View, Will Show You NYC’s Traffic Carnage [Brokelyn]
Is THIS What Will Replace the Wood-Clad Building That Stood at 159 Smith Street? [PMFA]
Petition to Allow Us to Use OUR Parade Ground [Q Parkside]

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Central Brooklyn: Modest Turnout, Few Issues in Morning Voting (Developing) [BK Brief]
Brooklyn Hospital Center Looks in Sunset Park, Williamsburg [Crain's]
Screw the Governor’s Race. There Are More Important Issues That Need Your Vote! [Greenpointers]
CB9 Ends Meeting Abruptly, Cutting off Public Comments on Rezoning [DNA]
Video: Animal Heads Found Dangling From Park Slope Street Light [DNA]
Tonight: Sheepshead Bay Plumb Beach Civic to Discuss Loehmann’s [Sheepshead Bites]
Finally! $689 Apartments in Williamsburg [BK Paper]
Equality For Flatbush Will Launch Community Survey About Police Checkpoints [DPC]
Remembering The Loew’s Kings Theatre (Which Will Be Reopening So Soon!) [DPC]
Open for Business: Nuteria at 82 5th Avenue [Here's Park Slope]
Coney Island Rumor Mill: Amusement Park Coming to Thor’s Lot [ATZ]

Photo by Eric Konon