05/02/14 8:00am

Spring weather means picnics, concerts in the park and all manner of socializing after a long winter indoors with your Netflix. Which means you’ll need something to talk about (other than the weather). Before you head to the party, check out our 10 favorite in-depth Brooklyn tales from the past thirty days.

1. The Mama of “Marry Your Baby Daddy Day” Gets Cold Feet

(Illustration by Corrine Mucha / Narratively)

Illustration by Corrine Mucha for Narratively

Longtime Brooklynites may remember Marry Your Baby Daddy Day, a 10-couple wedding extravaganza at Borough Hall held a few years back. You might be surprised to learn what the woman behind MYBDD is up to now.

2. Brooklyn’s Weird Wacky-Tobacky Harvest of 1951


Photo courtesy Brooklyn Public Library

In the summer of 1951, New York City was consumed by two things: the Subway Series and the city’s mysterious cache of 41,000 pounds of weed.

3. The Accidental Marathoner

(Illustration by Rachel Dukes / Narratively)

Illustration by Rachel Dukes for Narratively

Have you heard the one about the illegal immigrant who moved to Brooklyn, and on his first day here accidentally ran the New York Marathon?

4. Imagining a New Atlantic Avenue

Streetsblog wonders what Brooklyn’s most dangerous boulevard could be like if Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan actually encourages drivers to slow the eff down!

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