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Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007

Know your sign: The Paper reveals Bridge path marker

Downtown: For years, many Brooklyn Heights residents have wondered about the unknown person who had been secretly hanging hand-painted wooden signs in Cadman Plaza Park to guide visitors to the famed, but impossible-to-find, Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian pathway. Comment.

WE’RE ALL BROOKLYN PAPER NOW

Here it is, folks, The Brooklyn Paper.

We’ve done more than just tinker with our logo. We’ve taken our Web site — the oldest locally produced news, arts, and entertainment site in Brooklyn — and relaunched it, bigger and better.

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Book mark: Dine with famous authors at BAM

Books: Eat Drink & Be Literary Festival returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Jan. 11 with Pete Hamill, Kurt Andersen and more literary lions. Comment.

Resolution revolution: Pols and people mark new year with 2007 plans

Resolutions. Everyone makes ’em, everyone breaks ’em. But we at The Brooklyn Paper feel that, as journalists, it’s our job to hold these people accountable. Comment.

Classically cool

Music: Chiara String Quartet wants to attract a more youthful crowd to their hip, cool chamber music concerts, so they’re taking their set list to a Williamsburg club. Comment.

Brooklyn to Ford: Miss you

Our 38th president, Gerald Ford, lived in infamy in the minds of some New Yorkers, thanks not only to the famed Daily News headline, “Ford to City: Drop Dead,” but his pardon of Watergate fiend Richard Nixon. Nevertheless, his death on Dec. 26 at age 93 unleashed more than a small amount of sympathy for the accidental president. Here are two ways in which Brooklyn mourned. Comment.

At your local pizzeria, it’s hold the tables!

Brooklyn Angle: I went into my local pizzeria the other day and half of it was missing. Comment.

Roger cuts ‘Green’ for Yards review

Atlantic Yards: In a final strike against Atlantic Yards opponents, outgoing Assemblyman Roger Green blocked a promised grant of $100,000 for an independent review of the project by a coalition of 40 civic groups, citing a racially charged comment made by a lone individual. Comment.

Vito’s bus adjustment requires sprint

Bay Ridge: Be prepared to speed up your pace if you want to take advantage of a change made to speed up your morning commute. Comment.

Italian sojourn

Dining: Cobble Hill’s Bocca Lupo wine bar triggers memories of Venice — and a hangover Comment.

Roger Green, at long last, have you no sense of decency?

Editorial: The disgraced former Assemblyman — who once had to resign after being convicted of stealing state funds — hit a new low just before leaving office last month with a vendetta-filled move to block funding for an independent review of the massive Atlantic Yards project. Comment.

Word on the Arab ‘street’? Shhh…

Bay Ridge: The execution of Saddam Hussein was big news from the Euphrates to YouTube. But along Bay Ridge’s heavily Arab-American Fifth Avenue, the death of the tyrant was greeted with silence. Comment.

Bold strokes

Art: “Solo Flight,” an exhibition of Ed Rosko’s graphic depictions of boxers — on unconventional surfaces like corrugated building materials — is on display now in Prospect Heights’ Gallery on Dean. Comment.

Bridging the divide

Music: The “Brooklyn Jazz Underground Launch Festival” starts Jan. 11 … in Manhattan? Comment.

Toddlers get a life lesson

Downtown: Federal prosecutors have bagged a trusted employee who stole $150,000 from a Downtown nursery school. Comment.

‘Angel’ on the market: Clinton Hill amalgam is yours for $1.5 mil

Fort Greene: It’s the ultimate fixer-upper. Comment.

Oh, babies!

A Flatbush couple triumphed in the hard-fought race to deliver the city’s first baby of 2007. Comment.

Sofa so good

Shopping: Bo Concept, the sleek Denmark-based home furnishings retail chain, just opened an outpost in DUMBO. Comment.

Teen Spirit’s New Year’s IM showed a real lack of IQ

Smartmom: Aside from the drunken woman who threw up (and just missed Smartmom) on the A train, Smartmom spent an exceedingly pleasant New Year’s Eve drinking champagne and sparkling cider with Hepcat, the Oh So Feisty One and a gaggle of college friends in the West Village. Comment.

No drama over Park Slope humps

Park Slope: Some love them, some hate them, and some love to hate them — but however you feel, there are two new speed humps on 13th Street, and residents are crowing. Comment.

All Drawn Out

Calvin Washington

Checkin’ in with: The basic arc of a typical New Year’s Eve for the over-18 set is simple: imbibe thousands of fizzy, alcoholic calories, dance a little silly dance, notice a jiggling upper arm or lower abdomen, and resolve to go to the gym. But few of us make good on those resolutions. So this week, reporter Ariella Cohen (who, by the way, hasn’t been to her gym since the early days of 2006) checked in with Calvin Washington, a personal trainer at Crunch Fitness in Fort Greene about that perennial and typically short-lived post-Jan. 1 gym rush. Comment.

Tasters’ choice

Dining: Following the wine bar trend, Tini opens in Red Hook. Their twist: a list of vino that is predominantly organic and biodynamic. Comment.

Councilman: Indeed, I do have a great bladder

Letters: I write to thank you for awarding me “Bladder of the Year” (“Here’s to the winners,” Year in review, Dec. 30). Indeed, my bladder deserves this award, as it boldly withstands a daily barrage of coffee that would destroy most other bladders. But even the boldest warriors must find relief at times, and my bladder does quite often, as it must in order to survive the hell that I put it through. Comment.

Big price tag in Hook

Red Hook: Transforming a cargo port on the Red Hook waterfront into a maritime tourist attraction will cost $326 million, according to an internal city document obtained by The Brooklyn Paper this week. Comment.

Losing pol Owens doles out advice to Obama

Politics: Just because you lost the race for your father’s Congressional seat doesn’t mean you don’t have really good political advice to impart. Comments (2).

Clark St. restaurant closes

Downtown: It’s “finito” for Palmira’s — the latest eatery to close at the cursed corner of Clark and Hicks streets. Comment.

Columbus Park — or Park-ing?

Downtown: Years after they turned a neighborhood park into a car park, Brooklyn’s Supreme Court judges have agreed to remove some of their vehicles from the greensward’s pedestrian pathway. Comment.

A gay old time

Red Hook: Queen Mary 2 is about to host a bunch of queens. Comment.

DUMBO gets trees, lighting

Downtown: Just in time for the dead of winter — street trees! Comment.

No ‘Toll’ on Gowanus

Development: The builder that gave the ’burbs a shine with its trademark McMansion isn’t ready to get its tools dirty along Brooklyn’s Lavender Lake. Comment.

The year in crime

Park Slope: A new year means a new chance to see whether crime is up or down. Here’s how Park Slope’s 78th Precinct fared for the just-ended calendar year. Comment.

The year in crime for Ridge, Bensonhursturst

Bay Ridge: A new year means a new chance to see whether crime is up or down. Here’s how Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst precincts fared for the just-ended calendar year. Comment.

2006: The year in crime

Downtown: A new year means a new chance to see whether crime is up or down. Here’s how precincts in and around Downtown fared for the just-ended calendar year. Comment.

Tweaking tool thieves thwarted

Park Slope: A crack binge left a trio of construction-site thieves sitting ducks for police on Dec. 29. Comment.

Bank robber drops gun, picks up cash

Bay Ridge: An armed thief dropped his loaded weapon, but escaped with more than $2,200 when he robbed a Fifth Avenue bank on Dec. 30, police said. Comment.

Boxing Day beat-down in Heights

Downtown: A man breaking into a Jeep on Clinton Street turned his violence on a Brooklyn Heights man walking home on Dec. 26, cops said, but still ended up empty-handed. Comment.

A Wine Lover’s Resolutions for the New Year

Advertorial: I’ve learned that most (alright, all!) of the resolutions that we make for the coming New Year that set the bar too high will fail... and yet, there ARE things that I want to change. My solution is: this year’s resolutions will be ones that I can keep, and that will have a built-in incentive. Here’s my list, so far. Comment.

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