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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Hot dog on a roll: Pampered pooch pushed in stroller

It isn’t enough that we save them a spot at the bottom of the bed, wrap our restaurant leftovers for them as a late-night snack, or wake up early mornings to follow them around in the rain with a pooper-scooper, today some pampered pooches now need wheels. Comments (4).


Spa: Are Spa Week bargains: beauties or beasts? Comments (1).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Questions Ratner still hasn’t answered

Editorial: This week, Bruce Ratner finally responded to a question from The Brooklyn Paper — the first time in a year. So why does he ususually dodge? Because he doesn’t want you to know the truth. Comment.

Ratner moves to protect wall of art

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner will protect the legacy of Sol LeWitt, a world-famous conceptual artist who had a workshop in one of the Prospect Heights buildings the developer plans to raze for his Atlantic Yards mega-development. Comment.

One week later, pols bury Yards tunnel plan

Atlantic Yards: Two Brooklyn lawmakers have already abandoned their week-old proposal to dig a tunnel under the proposed Atlantic Yards project as a way of fixing the mega-development’s anticipated traffic — a sad foreshadow of how difficult it will be to find a solution to the coming traffic snarl at the intersection of Flatbush, Atlantic and Fourth avenues. Comment.

Unbuilt arena already in the way

Development: The city hasn’t demapped the northern-most block of Fifth Avenue to make room for Bruce Ratner’s basketball arena, but the Department of Transportation is already acting as if the street no longer exists, announcing Wednesday that it will reroute a Park Slope bus line next month. Comment.

Quiet riot

Cinema: Silent film series at the Brooklyn Public Library has everyone talking. Comment.

New $3,000 wedding dress up for grabs!

A Brooklyn Heights woman whose Big Day last year was almost ruined after her bridal shop went out of business on the eve of her wedding now wants to give away the lush silk gown that she’d ordered but never wore. Comments (2).

Hot shot chef put in the cooler

Crime: One of Smith Street’s hottest young chefs was arrested this week and charged with stealing goods from the restaurant’s kitty. Comment.

Pol says ban bags

Politics: A local lawmaker wants to forever change your grocery store experience by banning the plastic bags that have become a ubiquitous part of every shopping trip. Comment.

Other Local Stories

Builder’s bridge to the arts

Art: David Walentas has hired a culture czar to keep DUMBO’s artists happy. Comment.

The joke’s on Walentas

Theater: DUMBO real-estate mogul David Walentas is being spoofed on a neighborhood stage. Comment.

Guesthouse owner doesn’t hail Manhattan cabbies

Carroll Gardens: A Boerum Hill woman filed a complaint with the Taxi and Limousine Commission after at least five Manhattan hacks refused to take guests over the river. Comment.

No hope for hit-run victim

Park Slope: A young motorcyclist was left brain-dead Saturday morning after a dark SUV slammed into her at a Clinton Hill intersection and fled, said police. Comment.

Sonny fought City Hall — and won

Bay Ridge: Sonny Soave has beaten the Department of Sanitation — and all of Bay Ridge is cheering. Comment.

A long, hot gridlock summer on tap for Ridge motorists

Bay Ridge: Lots of construction will snarl the neighborhood for the next two years. Comment.

Battle over Fifth Ave housing

Park Slope: Supporters of a plan to build low-income studio apartments in the South Slope fought back against Borough President Markowitz’s surprise rejection of the proposal, storming a hearing this week to urge the city to move forward with the plan. Comments (1).

Dyker downzone moves ahead

Rezoning: A city plan to block over-development in low-rise Dyker Heights moved another step closer to reality this week as a local civic association backed the proposal. Comment.

D’ag in the bag?

Park Slope: Breaking chews: The D’Agostino supermarket on Seventh Avenue is apparently closing at the end of the month. Comment.

Busses to go in circles

Community Board 2 wants to slam the brakes on a city proposal to reroute the B-54 bus for at least the fifth time in 20 years, arguing that the plan will only further “degrade” the much-maligned bus route. Comment.

Pollster to Hookers: Whom do you trust?

Carroll Gardens: A game of telephone is going on in Red Hook. Comment.

Raising the roof at PS 185

Bay Ridge: The new rooftop playground at PS 185 is a hit! Comment.

Our accountant gives you the real deal on income tax

Our reporter’s accountant gives up his last-minute tax tips. Comment.

And the wiener is…

Dining: Tina unleashes her frank opinion on the borough’s hot dogs. Comment.

Her Gap suit: Jeweler sues retailer over ‘stolen’ design

Fashion: One of Brooklyn’s hottest designers is taking the Gap to court for ripping off her handiwork. Comment.

Still spooning: Clinton Hill man’s spoon rest trove is tribute to dead wife

Fort Greene: Frank Cassa offers no profound explanation for why he’s amassed the world’s largest collection of spoon rests. He says he just likes to collect things. But the collection is more than just kitsch — it’s a living tribute to his late, beloved wife. Comments (1).

No Hope for Yvette

Politics: Find out what Rep. Yvette Clarke has against Bob Hope. Comment.

Beginning of the end: 50 years ago this week, Dodgers began final season here in Brooklyn

The Dodgers’ last season in Brooklyn began 50 years ago this Monday. It’s time to finally answer the question: Did the Dodgers leave Brooklyn or vice-versa? Comment.

Amazon adventure

Dining: Smoothie moves at Amazon Cafe in Carroll Gardens. Comment.

Slinging Webb

Music: TK Webb brings the blues back to Brooklyn. Comment.

Clarke: Save Duffield Houses

Downtown: Rep. Yvette Clarke threw her support behind the owners of several Downtown Brooklyn houses who claim their buildings were once part of the Underground Railroad. Comment.

If it ain’t “Broke”

Books: “Leaves of Grass” is great and all, but how long can Brooklyn hang its hat on one epic poem?  Comment.

Stab victim fights back — with lawsuit

Park Slope: A Park Slope lawyer who had his throat slit in the parking lot of his building, leaving him “sick, sore, lame and disabled,” with “pain and mental anguish,” is fighting back and, in the process, angling to take down one of the borough’s biggest developers. Comment.

Bring a map

Theater: “Lost in Yonkers” found in Brooklyn. Comment.

Your Local Police Blotter

Laptop bandit hits Tea Lounge

Park Slope: A laptop is stolen at the Tea Lounge — and all the other crime news from Park Slope. Comment.

Man heads to bar; it’s closed; he’s shot

Bay Ridge: The tale of a shooting on Fifth Avenue — plus the rest of the crime news from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst Comment.

Thugs choke man in DUMBO

Downtown: A would-be kick-boxer defended his life, but lost his cellphone to armed thugs — and the rest of the crime news from the 84th Precinct. Comment.

Man and son threaten tenant’s dog

Carroll Gardens: An angry landlord and his son threatened to harm the pet dogs of a tenant they are trying to force from a Dwight Street building — and all the other crime news from the 76th Precinct. Comment.

Crack addict moves in at art school

Fort Greene: A crack addict has been hanging around the campus of a Clinton Hill art school — plus other crime from the 88th Precinct. Comment.

Brew ha ha

Nightlife: Is this man giving the Brooklyn Brewery a run for their money? Comment.

Top news

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

April recommendations

Sponsored Content: Here’s one I discovered in Chile, and it’s Biodynamically grown! Fermented in stainless steel, so the fresh, ripe fruit tastes are not covered up by oak, this is an outstanding wine and an outstanding value. Flavors of pineapple, lemon, lime leaves and quince. Smooth, rich & delicious! $8.95 Comment.

City: Make big house bigger

Development: City Corrections officials are inviting developers to pitch plans for the (big) house of their dreams. Comment.

Other Voices

A trip with Diaper Diva brings out sibling rivalry

Smartmom: So, Smartmom and her twin sister Diaper Diva went on vacation together — and the fur flies! Comment.

Obamania hits Brooklyn

Brooklyn Angle: If Barack Obama is going to beat Hillary Clinton, the road to victory goes through Brooklyn. Comment.

Verses & Reverses

Perspective: The poet laureate of Park Slope weighs in on online shopping. Comment.

Food drive

Dining: Forget the farmer’s market, here’s Urban Organic. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Is this my Pabst Blue weekend?

Brooklyn South: Will the weather — and the neighbors — finally allow our columnist to drink outdoors? Comment.

In Clinton Hill, skin is in

Greene Acres: A plastic surgery clinic’s naked pictures raise more than just eyebrows. Comment.

A column that’s lovely as a tree

Heights Lowdown: A woman wants to save a historic tree in Brooklyn Heights — yet is meeting resistence. Comment.

A culture of death in Bay Ridge?

Yellow Hooker: Has a darkness settled over Bay Ridge? Comments (1).

A toast to the good guys

PS … I Love You: Our columnist explains the enduring appeal of Slope Cellars. Comment.

Bill Baird

Checkin’ in with: A legend in the fight for reproductive rights sits down with The Paper. Comment.

A bank for Jews, by Jews

Is this a bank or a bar mitzvah? Comment.

A bus driver enjoys his holiday in Fort Greene

Letters: A full mailbag of letters this week. Comment.

A golden landmark

A building at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden — the one with the public toilet (a coincidence?) — gains city landmark status. Comment.

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comments (1).

Buy some ink & save a tree

Downtown: Want to turn those empty printer cartridges into trees? Here’s how. Comment.