Sign up for daily news emails!

News archive

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006

Park backers lose waterfront lawsuit

Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Heights residents who sued to block the state’s plan to include condos in the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront development vowed to appeal this week’s dismissal of their case. Comment.

ZANES-Y ZIDEO

On an overcast morning in October, in front of a brownstone in Cobble Hill, passersby were surprised to see a dozen young kids, two trumpets, one trombone, an upright bass, two flutes, percussion instruments, two saxophones, a large cow, two pigmy goats, a sheep, a llama and some cameras. Comment.

A PERFECT MATCH       

Atlantic Yards: The Brooklyn skyline has been changing for years, but now everyone is taking notice. Comment.

SHADES OF ’GRAY’      

There are many fields in the film industry where one can make a really good living; there’s editing, cinematography and, of course, writing. Comment.

ONE BIG EASY       

There’s a whiff of Bourbon Street on Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue. The dreary India House has closed, and in its place is NoNo Kitchen, a Louisiana-style eatery with a setting meant to "Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler" - or "let the good times roll." Comment.

’TALK’ IS CHEAP

Enjoy a free evening of readings by contributors to the NY Writers Coalition’s first anthology, "If These Streets Could Talk," on Tuesday in Park Slope. Comment.

’HALF NELSON’ GOBBLES UP GOTHAM     AWARDS

"Half Nelson," the critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based film about the unconventional relationship between a young female student and her crack-addled teacher, took home fully half of the prestigious Gotham Awards Tributes for career achievement given out by the Independent Feature Project this week. Comment.

DRAMATIC GIFTS

The Brooklyn Academy of Music has just announced its slate of dance, theater, pop music and opera performances for its "2007 Spring Season," and the revelations come just in time to thrill those tough-to-buy-for-folks on your holiday list. Comment.

Ratner’s bro on the warpath

His brother Bruce is not exactly beloved in Park Slope, but Michael Ratner will certainly earn brownie points this week after calling for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to be prosecuted for war crimes. Comment.

CARNY-VORE:
Developer adds Astroland to his Coney Island kingdom

Coney Island: Coney Island’s Astroland amusement park was sold this week to a real-estate developer who plans to tear down the family-run carnival to make way for a $1.5-billion fantasyland of hotels, movie theaters, neon-lit shops, beachfront luxury condos and even a few new rides. Comment.

BCAT programming catches the ‘bug’

Want to know the difference between “professional” and “amateur” programming on Brooklyn’s cable access network? Just look for the bugs. Comment.

City to Scarano: Get buildings up to code

Development: The city will prohibit some residents from moving into a building designed by Robert Scarano if Brooklyn’s bad-boy architect does not bring their units up to code. Comment.

Thor is god of Coney

Editorial: The news this week that a Coney Island real-estate developer will raze Astroland and build a $1.5-billion, Vegas-like menagerie was greeted with the usual hue and cry from nostalgia-addled Brooklynites who remember the “glory days” of Coney Island. Comment.

Spirit’s cruel, but usual, punishment 

Smartmom: Trouble on Third Street. Last Friday, during a rehearsal of Teen Spirit’s band, Cool and Unusual Punishment, in Drummer Boy’s apartment, the downstairs neighbors (DNs) called up and told them to cease and desist. Comment.

Empire warehouses could be home to concert hall

Bridge ‘Park’: DUMBO’s long-vacant Empire Stores warehouse is being eyed for a new performing arts venue within the proposed condo-and-open-space development commonly referred to as “Brooklyn Bridge Park,” state officials said this week. Comment.

GO FISH!

Atlantic Yards: State lawyers this week slammed a suit seeking to block the Atlantic Yards mega-development as nothing but a “fishing expedition” designed to delay the imminent approval of the $4.2-billion project. Comment.

’Tis the season to light up

If you’ve turned on a radio lately, you know that Christmas is coming. But starting this week, your ears won’t be the only organs reminding you of the upcoming holiday. Comment.

Corked!

Advertorial: Just imagine the response, if the whole wine industry had been using screw-tops for generations and some bright spark popped up to tell us there was this great new thing called cork. Of course, it means that about ten per cent of wine will be tainted, there will be dulled fruit flavours, musty odour problems and variation in wines as they age. But hey, it makes a great sound when you pull it out of the bottle! Comment.

March for Flatbush Ave traffix

Atlantic Yards: While thousands of Brooklynites took advantage of the day after Thanksgiving to shop, more than a dozen Atlantic Yards protesters used “Black Friday” to highlight the gridlock that even supporters of the project say cannot be remedied. Comment.

They’ll re-take Manhattan

As Melanie Greenberg unpacked boxes in her new 500-square-foot Lower East Side apartment, her next-door neighbor was, for no apparent reason, on the fire escape singing mournful ballads. Comment.

Grass menagerie

Development: The controversial carpet of plastic grass is finally in place at Cadman Plaza Park. Let the games begin (and the squabbling continue)! Comment.

City: Raccoons YOUR problem

Raccoons are popping up across the borough, from Jacuzzi covers to backyard kiddie pools, and the city’s advice? Calm down and call 311 —even though calling the city hotline won’t solve your varmint problem. Comments (4).

See your Community Board chair with a lampshade on his head!

The holiday season is upon us, and that means one thing: it’s time to party, Community Board style. Comment.

Arch friends

The Daily News sponsored the new lights at the arch in Grand Army Plaza, plus similar illuminations at Bartel-Pritchard Square in Windsor Terrace and Park Circle in Kensington — and informed its readers of its largesse by running a black-and-white photo of Publisher Mort Zuckerman’s kid. The Brooklyn Papers, of course, would never stoop to such self-promotion. Pictured here is a color photo of Editor Gersh Kuntzman’s daughter Jane Kuntzman (left) and pal Ella Marriott at Monday’s ceremony. Comment.

Raccoons got nuttin’ on snow-white squirrel

Brooklyn Angle: Park Slopers may be furious about the recent raccoon invasion, but the neighborhood famous for its peaceniks and organic produce consumption loves its albino squirrel. Comments (1).

Coney hot for development, cool to housing

Coney Island: Coney Island is strongly behind developer Joe Sitt’s $1.5-billion plan to transform the rundown amusement area into a mini-Las Vegas — but a sizable minority does not want to see new housing be part of the mix. Comment.

Links