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Prime Beef: Scenes From the Burger Bash

A look at the burgers from Friday night's competition in Brooklyn, featuring Michael Psilakis, Rachael Ray, and Katie Lee.

By Michael Alan Connelly and Melissa Hom

Miss Brooklyn Pageant Roiled by Scandal

The Miss Brooklyn Pageant, recently revived after a sixteen-year hiatus, is already enmeshed in scandal, though not of the topless-Facebook-photos variety. At least, not yet. Anyway, as it turns out, this year's winner, 22-year-old Leigh-Taylor Smith, who was crowned after she charmed the audience at Long Island University's Kumble Theater last week with her off-key rendition of "Nobody Does It Like Me," lives in Manhattan. And that's not all! The Brooklyn Paper did some digging, and now they have revealed that the judges were not only aware of this fact, they chose to turn a blind eye. “We only had a few committed girls from Brooklyn,” Kim Thomas, the executive director of the Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Program, explained to the paper. “We couldn’t have a contest with only three girls.” Miss Brooklyn is from … Manhattan [Brooklyn Paper]

Brooklyn Chabads Battle Over Marty, Mr. Met

We love the Brooklyn Paper. It's like the blog of our local print media. Their staff writes funny stories, they have good takes, and they tell us about very special things that we wouldn't otherwise know about. Like, for example, the competing menorah-lighting ceremonies in Brooklyn earlier this week. The Chabad of Brownstone Brooklyn and the Chabad of Brooklyn Heights both hosted events on Tuesday night to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. The gatherings, run by rabbis (who are in the same family) both claim to be the biggest in the borough and compete for the best guests (like Marty Markowitz and Mr. Met. No question who wins there). After the jump, the Paper's genius tale of the tape comparing the contentious Chabad events.

Park Slope Child Strikes Again

Natalie Shea
Natalie Shea, the Park Slope child whose neighbor called the fuzz on her when she tagged the sidewalk in front of her building last week, remains free, despite our efforts. And it appears that she still hasn't learned her lesson. The Brooklyn Paper caught the little ruffian scribbling on the sidewalk again this week, and it looks like she was doing so with the encouragement of her parents. “We just think the whole thing is ridiculous, and we’re showing it,” Natalie’s mom, Jen Pepperman, told the paper, clearly high on the publicity they received last week after the paper's original story was picked up by the BBC, among other news outlets. “This created more controversy than the Bush wiretapping,” said Natalie’s father, George Shea, who is described as a public-relations expert. (Christ. If he worked for us, we would fire him immediately for saying something so totally Brooklyn-y.) But exactly how far are the Pepperman-Sheas (Christ. The 'Pepperman-Sheas.') willing to go with their stand against The Man? They have one more week to respond to their letter from the city asking them to remove the graffiti before they get slapped with a $300 fine. Will they remove the graffiti and risk being fined? And then, will they pay the fine or let their daughter go to the pokey? If it's the latter, we suggest little Natalie watch out for Foxy Brown. She doesn't take any shit, we heard. Defiant Tot: I'll Tag Again [Brooklyn Paper] Earlier: Sidewalk Chalking Is a Gateway Crime