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Saturday, March 17, 2007

‘Love’ em or Lethem

Books: Boerum Hill’s prodigal son returns with his new Brooklyn-free novel. Comment.

Board votes down one-way proposal

Development: Park Slope community leaders unanimously rejected a city proposal to turn Sixth and Seventh avenues into one-way streets at a packed meeting Thursday night. Comment.

Public ‘Issue’

Art: Issue Project Room brings the avant-garde to Carroll Gardens. Comment.

Holy war! Slope parents protest Arabic school plan

Park Slope: Park Slope parents are outraged by a Department of Education plan that would squeeze an Arabic-language middle school into the elementary-level PS 282 building on Sixth Avenue. Comment.

Rock stars

Cinema: Bed-Stuy’s Chris Rock chats with GO about his new movie. Comment.

Proof! City plan would create speedways

Development: There is now conclusive proof that cars have turned Park Slope’s one-way Eighth Avenue into a mini-speedway, lending credibility to residents’ fears about a proposal to turn Sixth and Seventh avenues into one-way streets. Comment.

Exclusive Shaya Boymelgreen interview

Boymelgreen: No new Brooklyn projects — for now

Development: Brooklyn’s luxury condo boom is petering out — at least according to one of the borough’s biggest developers, Shaya Boymelgreen. He talks about unions, Fourth Avenue as the new Park Avenue, and his support of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards. Comment.

Shaya Boymelgreen: The Brooklyn Paper interview

Development: In his own words: Developer Shaya Boymelgreen talks to The Brooklyn Paper. Comment.

Prices up, but not as much

Development: Is Brooklyn’s real-estate bubble finally bursting? At the very least, it’s sprung a leak, according to a new report released last week. Comment.

Truck you: Rolling out the unwelcome wagon

Development: They’ve tried inflatable rats. They’ve tried lawsuits. But now opponents of developer Shaya Boymelgreen are using a rolling ad truck to get their message out. Comment.

All Drawn Out

Still booming: Fourth Avenue starts to bear fruit for developer

Park Slope: Developer Shaya Boymelgreen says he’s going to stop building luxury condos in Brooklyn. But in the present tense, his high-end units are selling like hotdogs at a ballgame. Comment.

Come-ta Sutra

Dining: Tina hits the Park Slope dessert emporium. Comment.

To Market

Dining: Le Petit Marche teaches the Heights fluent French. Comment.

Atlantic Yards Coverage

The Ratner ripoff

Editorial: The Paper wants to know why the city is buying land for Bruce Ratner. Comment.

City buys Ratner land: Councilmembers ask why

Atlantic Yards: Why is Mayor Bloomberg spending $100 million of your money to buy land for developer Bruce Ratner? Comment.

A great day for Lady

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner did not steal Patti Hagan’s dog — but the longtime Atlantic Yards opponent is happy to report that her precious pooch has been found. Comment.


Honor at the court!

Politics: Finally, someone is making a federal case out of honoring Hugh Carey. Comment.

Mayor Marty? Golden won’t say

Bay Ridge: Is he or isn’t he? Our correspondent sits down with mayoral hopeful, state Sen. Marty Golden. Comment.

‘Dine’ on the divine

Dining: ‘Dine in Brooklyn’ enters its fourth year. Comment.


Dining: GO Brooklyn’s in the kitchen with Victoria Gotti. Comments (2).

The Latest Development News

Big shakeup — and big cost — at Brooklyn Bridge ‘Park’

Bridge ‘Park’: State development officials fired the chief planner of its Brooklyn Bridge Park project last week — and were forced to admit that the controversial housing and open-space development will cost twice as much as anticipated. Comments (1).

Railroad homes derailed again

Downtown plan: A new city report has again cast doubt on claims by residents of Duffield Street that their Downtown Brooklyn houses were part of the Underground Railroad. Comments (1).

Hospital to become condos

Development: A 105-year-old Cobble Hill landmark is on its way to condoville, thanks to its sale by Long Island College Hospital. Comment.

Other Voices

The area of my expertise

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist reveals his true calling: working the checkout line at the Park Slope Food Co-op. Comment.

Wanna stay together? Have time apart

Smartmom: Look, Smartmom and Hepcat are NOT headed for Splitsville. They just like some time apart, OK? Comment.

Other Local Stories

Now that’s Italian! Beloved delimen are back

Carroll Gardens: Just when Vinny Badala thought he was out, Mastellone Italian Deli pulled him back in. Comment.

Victory finds partner

Bay Ridge: Victory Memorial Hospital has been saved, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comment.

Protect Fort Greene and Clinton Hill? Wait a few more months

Fort Greene: Wasn’t Fort Greene and Clinton Hill supposed to be downzoned by now? That’s what some residents are muttering. Comment.

Mr. Bloomberg, tear down this wall!

DUMBO: WEST DUMBO, March 13 — Allied forces announced today that the DUMBO Wall must come down. Comment.

Vets: War is hell

Bay Ridge: Want to honor veterans? Prepare to hear an earful. Comment.

Hungry for the future on Vanderbilt

Park Slope: Will Vanderbilt Avenue become the new Smith Street or the old Vanderbilt Avenue? Comment.

Step right up and fall right down

Fort Greene: Our writer discovers lots of problems at the steps in Fort Greene Park. Comment.

Cobble Hill playground is a parent trap

Carroll Gardens: Are three Long Island College Hospital–run playgrounds in Cobble Hill poorly maintained? One parent thinks so. Comment.

A saint of confusion

Downtown: The St. Charles Borromeo school saga continued this week as some parents remain convinced that the school will reopen while the Diocese of Brooklyn insists that it is not going to happen. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Writer’s block? More like writer’s shock

PS … I Love You: Our columnist suffers from writer’s remorse now that she finally has her hands on her finished memoire. Comment.

A Golden city on the hill?

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist imagines a city led by “Mayor Marty Golden.” Comment.

Bring back dog days on Bond Street?

Brooklyn South: Some want the wild dogs to return to Brooklyn — if only to keep home prices down. Our columnist has a different take. Comment.

Inside the beast of the belly

Greene Acres: In the midst of a Health Department crackdown, our column dives into a restaurant that was once called one of the city’s dirtiest. Comment.

Want to end war? End recruiting

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist follows some anti-war marchers through Brooklyn Heights and discovers a new approach to ending the fighting in Iraq. Comment.

Haute stuff

Fashion: Brooklyn Fashion Week is back! Comment.

Dandy ‘Candy’

Books: Brooklyn writer Emily Barton hits Pete’s Candy Shop. Comment.

Sanitation ‘blitz’ on Ridge block

Bay Ridge: Residents of 73rd Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues returned home from work last Monday to discover litter summonses greeting them at the door — the latest example, some say, of an ongoing ticket blitz in Bay Ridge. Comment.

Your Local Police Blotter

Valet dude, where’s my car?

Bay Ridge: All the crime — including the theft of a valet-parked car — from Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. Comment.

Bookworm beaten at main branch

Park Slope: A violent thriller at the central library branch. Comment.

Bomb-wielding bank robber strikes on Montague

Downtown: A bank robber got away with nearly $3,000, but things could have been a lot worse during the March 9 heist. Comment.

Calling all units: the turkey and salami are on the lam

Carroll Gardens: A trio of gun-toting thieves made off with cold cuts instead of cold cash when they took a delivery truck on March 9, police said. Comment.

Big screen

Cinema: Jhumpa Lahiri jumps from the page to the silver screen. Comment.

Do you want lies with that? Whole Food’s answers ain’t kosher

Letters: The latest sampling of our mailbag, including a movie recommendation from our councilman and a letter from a former Paper reporter! Comment.

Wild meeting over the Green Church

Bay Ridge: Everyone in Bay Ridge believes the Green Church should be saved — everyone except the parishioners at this 100-year-old house of worship, that is. Comment.

Dealing with Wine Leftovers

Sponsored Content: There are so many reasons why we all end up with a half bottle of unfinished wine, aren’t there? Dinner for one, and the wine that you want doesn’t come in half bottles; One bottle (or two) wasn’t enough for the dinner party, so another one was opened and not finished; Sometimes just a glass or two is enough. So, what to do with the wine that’s left over? Comment.

Get your Gersh on … again

Catch our editor on BCAT this week. Comment.

Civic calendar

Your local community meetings Comment.