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Saturday, March 24, 2007

City: One-way plan is DOA

Park Slope: A city proposal to turn two Park Slope avenues into one-way streets is dead, a victim of last week’s unanimous community board rejection of the scheme, city officials and community leaders said this week. Comment.

Battle still rages over Arabic school

Park Slope: The city will not back down from a plan to cram an Arabic language and culture middle school into a building that houses an up-and-coming Park Slope elementary school, despite the pleas of parents who rallied against the plan in the freezing rain on Friday. Comment.

The art of feminism

Art: Brooklyn Museum opens feminist art center Comments (8).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Ratner’s lobby hobby: Bruce spent big in Albany last year

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner spent more than $2 million to lobby state and local lawmakers last year — the year in which his Atlantic Yards project slid through the state approval process. Comment.

New gripe against Barclays

Atlantic Yards: Barclays Bank’s partnership with Bruce Ratner is under fire from the state Libertarian Party — not because of the bank’s slavery- and apartheid-linked past, but because the British banking behemoth’s participation in the Atlantic Yards project is a tacit endorsement of the state’s use of eminent domain, which Libertarians despise. Comment.

Know Dice: The real story of Andrew Dice Clay

Downtown: Andrew Dice Clay is back. But we remember his days as a quick-talking Court Street process server. Comment.

Who is Khalil Gibran?

Park Slope: It’s fitting that New York City’s first public Arabic language and culture school should be named for poet and novelist Khalil Gibran, who embodied the notion of dual identity, published in both English and Arabic, and was an early advocate of the emancipation of women. Comment.

Survival of the Fittest

Fashion: BK Fashion Week(end) designer Sena spills her beans! Comment.

Sacklash!

Art: Brooklyn’s OG feminists have a bone to pick with the new girl Comment.

Lost in translation: Top Chinese editors visit Paper office

We’re still scratching our heads about it, but this week, four of China’s top newspaper editors journeyed to our DUMBO offices to talk politics, media and, oddly, Bruce Ratner. Comment.

Other Local Stories

God to pols: Thou shalt destroy the Green Church

A prominent Bay Ridge church sided with a controversial plan to tear down the historic “Green Church” this week — and for good reason: the cash-strapped church is about to suffer the same fate. Comment.

Pas de dough: Dance studio booted

Park Slope: After 32 years, the beloved Park Slope Dance Studio will be shunted aside for more offices on June 30. Here’s why. Comment.

What’s in a name?

Downtown: How can you tell that DUMBO is officially a “real” neighborhood? Bureaucrats have started renaming its streets after other bureaucrats. Comment.

Don’t despair for this ’cock

Boerum Hill’s amateur ornithologists were left swooning this week when the John Cusack of the bird world landed in an Atlantic Avenue garden this week. Comment.

Critter Ridder hits Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: A local councilman is again on the prowl for raccoons. Comment.

Gardens kidney kid needs your help

Carroll Gardens: A 6-year-old Carroll Gardens kid needs a kidney. Comment.

War rally on Sunday

Politics: Cobble Hill mom Helen Selsdon’s little anti-war walk this Sunday has become a bona-fide march. Comment.

St. Charles to reopen — sort of

Downtown: The mystery surrounding the St. Charles Borromeo school has finally been solved: the school will reopen. But what kind of school? Well, therein lies another mystery. Comment.

This mess will soon be a ‘Grand Plaza’

Fort Greene: The city wants to turn this messy triangle near BAM into a “Grand Plaza.” Comment.

Sour notes from old piano factory

BAM District: A developer turning an old Rockwell Place piano factory into condos took a not-so-subtle swipe at his competition this week, calling the controversial Forte tower “more along the lines of a Manhattan-type skyscraper.” Comment.

Club Shadows fights on

Bay Ridge: Club Shadows will have its day in court next month. Comment.

Asian Accents

Dining: myThai’s mild Thai misses Comment.

Prospect Heights families facing eviction

Park Slope: After half a century in Prospect Heights, Evelyn Suarez may soon have to find another place to call home. She’s among a handful of tenants fighting to keep their rent-controlled apartments in a building on Bergen Street, near Carlton Avenue, that the new owners hope to use for their own growing family. Comment.

Good chemistry

Dining: Alchemy makes gold for Tina! Comment.

Taking the Fifth

Here are the clues for this year’s Fifth Avenue “quest trek.” Comment.

Why people are mad

Editorial: The city needs to stop dumping plans on Brooklyn neighborhoods with no consultation or discussion. Comment.

Wham, BAM, Thank you ma’am

Event: GO Brooklyn gets fancy at BAM’s spring gala.  Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

A sandwich smackdown

Brooklyn South: Our columnist mediates the Boerum Hill banh mi smackdown. Comment.

Liquors story is a boozy romp

Greene Acres: A sordid tale from the former owner of Liquors restaurant in Fort Greene. Comments (2).

Want to stop DOT? Make our streets safer

PS … I Love You: Our columnist offers five ways to block the city from instituting the bizarre one-way Seventh and Sixth avenue plan. Comment.

Growing out of Gotti

Yellow Hooker: The Gottis were coming to Bay Ridge for a book reading, so our columnist went in search of historic Gottiland. Comments (1).

How to build a neighborhood

Heights Lowdown: For a while now, DUMBO residents have been wondering why BoConcept and West Elm (both of them high-end furniture stores) ended up side by side on Front Street, while there isn’t a single pharmacy or several other vital stores in sight. Turns out, it was done on purpose. Comment.

Your Local Police Blotter

My ex stole my sex toy, Slope woman tells cops

Park Slope: At least two women’s ex-boyfriends stole items — including a vibrator — from their apartments using their own keys to the formerly shared units, police said. Comment.

‘Shady’ graffiti vandal tagged by cops

Bay Ridge: The arrest of a graffiti “artist” and all the other crimes of the week. Comment.

‘Bomb box’ bank robbers strike in Heights again

Downtown: Police brass aren’t officially labeling it as a trend — yet — but detectives in the 84th Precinct are investigating two more bank heists that involved a robber who claimed to be carrying a bomb in a box. Plus all the other crime news. Comment.

Hair-raising heist

Fort Greene: Talk about a bad hair day — a teenager gets pulled by her hair, plus all the other crime news. Comment.

Thieves hit “leadership” school

Carroll Gardens: Less-than-positive leadership was on display when burglars vandalized a Red Hook school and stole $1,500 in electronics on March 12. Comment.

I art Brooklyn

Art: Williamsburg artist Greg Lindquist’s visions of the future. Comment.

Other Voices

In defense of a technocrat

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist defends the Department of Transportation bureaucrat who wants to convert two avenues into one-way streets. It’s getting ugly, folks. Comment.

Help wanted: Hepcat needs a job

Smartmom: Sound the alarm: Hepcat got laid off! Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Q & A with Greg Lindquist

Art: GO Brooklyn’s Chris Varmus sat down with local artist Greg Lindquist, whose exhibition “To Brooklyn” is  currently on display at McCaig-Welles Gallery in Williamsburg. Comment.

Table stable

Shopping: DUMBO designer furniture emporium hits Williamsburg like a ton of exposed bricks. Comment.

No tenderness on this Hurst block

Bay Ridge: Finding a parking spot is never easy in Brooklyn, but one unfortunate block of Bensonhurst residents has been facing a “perfect storm” of parking perils. Comment.

Register it! Ovington is historic

Bay Ridge: Move over Senator, there is a new historic block on the block: Ovington Avenue will be included in the State Registry of Historic Places. Comment.

I’ll Have Vouvray

Advertorial: Vouvray is another of those delicious and wonderful white wines, known to connoisseurs, often misunderstood by most, that breaks almost every wine stereotype. Vouvray can be bone dry, off dry (often labeled tendre) or nutty sweet. It is most often a still wine, but it can also be pettilant (just barely fizzy) or mousseau, sparkling. While the accepted wisdom is that white wines must be drunk while young, well-made Vouvrays can be cellared for unbelievable lengths of time, improving with age and changing in the bottle into incredibly complex and truly amazing treasures. Comment.

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment.

Correction

Correction: Developer Shaya Boymelgreen had only two bones to pick with last week’s package of articles about him. Comment.

Verses & Reverses

The poet laureate of Park Slope, Leon Freilich, was so inspired by the “Dine in Brooklyn” program that he weighed in with this epic offering, “Come dine with me.” Comment.