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Monday, April 23, 2007

Ratner demolitions protested

Atlantic Yards: More than 50 opponents of Atlantic Yards rallied on Monday morning in front of three buildings that Bruce Ratner plans to demolish this week, arguing that the developer should wait until pending litigation on the project is resolved before tearing them down. Comment.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Demolition delayed: Facing lawsuits, Ratner will wait for ruling

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s wrecking ball was stopped this week — and it was the developer himself who decided not to do the swinging. Comment.

Killer’s toll felt here

The body of heroic Virginia Tech professor Liviu Librescu is carried through the streets of Borough Park on Wednesday before his funeral. Comment.

Bar thrown for a loss

Carroll Gardens: Everyone loves bar games, but one Red Hook bar has decided it can no longer afford the price of fun. Comment.

Boroughing

Dining: Park Slope wine shop launches ‘Brooklyn’ vintage. Comments (1).

Oy vey! Junior’s loses its kosher status

There’s something not so kosher going on at Junior’s: The legendary cheesecake purveyor has lost the coveted Orthodox Union seal of approval. Comment.

What a pair!

Dining: Stinky helps us pair cheeses to our new favorite wine. Comment.

Brooklyn to the Hampton Jitney: Ho-hum

Brooklynites are shaking their heads at the latest evidence that their borough is the new Upper West Side: news that the Hampton Jitney is coming to Brooklyn. Comment.

A whale of a, well, whale

Carroll Gardens: The whale that became an instant celebrity in the Gowanus Canal has died. Comment.

The Nor’Easter of the Century

Inspired by three days of “sky-is-falling” hysteria from the local networks, The Paper geared up for its exclusive team coverage of the great Nor’Easter of 2007. Comment.

Saved by Con Ed: Sheep, llamas and goats (oy!)

Park Slope: Heroic Con Edison workers rescued sheep, goats, llamas and a cow named Aggie at the Prospect Park Zoo during the “Nor’easter of the Century.” Comment.

Other Voices

Pizza-gate: Closed by the Health Dept., DiFara’s is back

Brooklyn Angle: Dom DeMarco is back behind the ovens at DiFara — and the world is back in order. Comment.

Trying to avoid becoming Ms. Frump in middle age

Smartmom: Our columnist heads to the cosmetics counter for a midlife spruce-up. Comment.

Two-Timer

Dining: Park Slope’s Miriam expands to Court Street, brings along great food. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Credit where due

Editorial: Former Borough President Howard Golden was honored for saving the borough on Monday night — but The Brooklyn Paper has a slightly different view of who deserves the credit. Comment.

‘Golden’ moment honors former borough prez

Politics: Some of the borough’s bold-faced names came out this week to celebrate, well, themselves — and all the hard work they did to make Brooklyn the hot, happening place it is today. Comment.

Heights bridge to the future?

Bridge ‘Park’: A futuristic, pod-like pedestrian bridge has emerged as a likely solution to an urban design problem that has vexed planners for years: how do you connect the famed Brooklyn Heights Promenade to the waterfront below — and avoid angering the posh neighborhood’s various interest groups at the same time? Comment.

Bobble me Marty

Cyclones: The Brooklyn Cyclones will “honor” Borough President Markowitz with his own bobblehead doll this season. Comments (2).

Go postal

Dining: Williamsburg’s PT Restaurant has the whole package. Comment.

New blood tries to save Slope’s Montauk Club

Park Slope: The 120-year-old Montauk Club — founded during Park Slope’s first “golden age” — is trying to retool for a new epoch. Comments (1).

Yearly magical drinking

Nightlife: The Atlantic Frantic enters its infancy. Comment.

Other Local Stories

Where’s the beef? It’s all over the place on Montague Street

Downtown: The Montague Street hamburger wars have begun! A new joint, Five Guys, will soon open right near two beloved neighborhood greasy spoons, Grand Canyon and Happy Days. Comment.

Murder rap for mother in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: The mother who allegedly left her newborn baby girl outside to die has been charged with murder. Comment.

Ninth Street freezeout: Neighbor vs. neighbor on bike lane plan

Park Slope: Whose Ninth Street is it anyway? That’s what Park Slope residents are asking after the neighborhood clashed this week over a suddenly controversial city plan to add bike lanes and left-turn bays to Ninth Street. Comment.

Molotov shrimp cocktail? Firebombed grocer vows to reopen days after arson

Carroll Gardens: An arsonist lobbed a firebomb through the window of Chop Chop, a Smith Street grocery store early Monday. Comment.

A ‘historic’ effort

Fort Greene: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill activists are pulling out all the stops to protect the “character” of their rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. Comment.

Tall tower, high rents

Downtown plan: Talk about the Manhattanization of Brooklyn: A new mega-development slated for the booming border of Fort Greene and Downtown is being built by the same real-estate giant that built a luxury Xanadu with a Whole Foods in the lobby on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Comments (1).

Condos for Christ?

Bay Ridge: Is the physical structure of a church sacred ground that should be preserved at all costs? Or is it merely mortar and stone that has nothing to do with its congregation’s larger mission? Comment.

Fire on the Gowanus

Carroll Gardens: The merry pranksters behind David Letterman’s late-night hijinks have drafted their own “top 10 list” for what they want from the city — and there’s only one entry: stop the proposed residential rezoning of the area around the Gowanus Canal. Comment.

A canal runs through it

Carroll Gardens: Profiles of some Gowanus Canal–zone businesses that would be affected by a city bid to encourage residential development along the waterway. Comment.

Hurst to city: Don’t dump trash on us!

Bay Ridge: Angry Bensonhurst residents made a stink about a proposed garbage-transfer station on the shore of Gravesend Bay — but city officials say they’re pushing on with the plan. Comment.

Jewish crêpes?

Downtown: Can a French delicacy — made by an Israeli — make it on Brooklyn’s meanest street? Comment.

Delay, thy name is Duffield

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist on the latest effort to save some historic — and possibly slave-linked — houses on Duffield Street. Comment.

You won’t go hungry

Downtown: The toughest corner in the history of Brooklyn Heights — the so-called “Corner of Cranberry” on Henry Street — is about to welcome some new victims … er, tenants. Comment.

Earth angels

Park Slope: Lots of Earth Day excitement all over the place. Comment.

Bay Ridge’s Boys (and Girls) of Summer open the season

Bay Ridge: The Boys — actually, the boys and girls — of Summer have finally taken the field for the 68th Precinct Youth Council’s baseball league. Comments (1).

D’Agostino will close in weeks

Park Slope: It was the high rent, not the high prices, that did in the popular D’Agostino supermarket on Seventh Avenue. Comment.

Paradise Lost

Theater: GO Brooklyn reviews the Sackett Group's production of Comment.

Brooklynopoly

We take on the Brooklyn board game. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

One driver for the bike lane

PS … I Love You: Our columnist, a renowned leadfoot, supports a city plan to add bike lanes to Ninth Street. Comment.

Offer adds up to mulch

Greene Acres: Win a free composter … and a free lesson on how to use it! Comment.

Ridge on a slippery ‘Slope’

Yellow Hooker: Is Bay Ridge becoming the new Park Slope? And what will it mean for Dyker? Comment.

Anti-car artist strikes again!

Brooklyn South: A Red Hook artist, who just wants a quiet neighborhood, once again installed his “Traffic Stopper” piece. Reviews from police were negative. Comment.

The 411 on 7th from 10th to 12th

Park Slope: In the past week, Seventh Avenue between 10th Street and 12th Street is buzzing with new activity. Comment.

Smell that

Fashion: Bottling Brooklyn's scent. Comment.

Top news

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Join us for a great tasting!

Advertorial: Rosé wines, dry, not sweet, are the “official” casual warm weather quaffs in winemaking countries all over the world. Comment.

Your Local Police Blotter

Thief turns apartment into an electronics store

Park Slope: A huge haul of computers and cameras from a Fifth Street apartment — plus all the other Park Slope crime. Comment.

Rat in a hole at late-night take-out

Bay Ridge: A popular Chinese take-out restaurant was robbed after thieves crawled through a hole in the wall — plus all the other crime stories you love. Comment.

Elderly lady snagged in pimple scam

Downtown: A vicious stabbing — and all the other crime news from the Heights, Downtown and DUMBO. Comment.

Fancy thief hits Smith Street optician

Carroll Gardens: Someone swiped a half-dozen pairs of Chanel sunglasses from an optician — plus other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook. Comment.

Space case

Music: The Brooklyn Philharmonic offers you the stars. Comment.

History lessons

Event: Spring semester begins at the Jewish Learning Institute.  Comment.

Major plans $1 paper

Politics: Extra, extra! Former Congressman Major Owens is getting into the newspaper business. Comment.

Zoning? Bensonhurst calls out, ‘Next!’

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights got theirs, now Bensonhurst wants “in” on the downzoning frenzy. Comments (1).

Hit-run victim dies

Crime: The Brooklyn motorcyclist left brain-dead after a hit-and-run accident earlier this month was removed from life support and died last Wednesday. Comment.

Foes of supportive housing in Slope fight back

Letters: Lots of anger over our coverage of a supportive housing facility in Park Slope, plus all our other letters. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Friday, April 20, 2007

Ratner demolitions OK’d

Atlantic Yards: Bring on the wrecking ball — a federal judge has ruled that Bruce Ratner can start knocking down buildings in the Atlantic Yards footprint, even as several court cases aimed at stopping the mega-development percolate through the court system. Comment.

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