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Saturday, May 5, 2007

From this … to this! Older suburbanites settling on Smith St

Carroll Gardens: It’s the invasion of the suburban grandparents! Two Westchester seniors are selling their leafy estate and moving to Smith Street! Comment.

Drink it up

Nightlife: The Brooklyn cocktail finally comes into its own. Comment.

Other Local Stories

Bill stumps for Hill in Heights

Downtown: Former President Bill Clinton stopped by actor Gabriel Byrne’s Garden Place home last Thursday to raise money for his wife’s White House bid. Comment.

Stripped of its park

Downtown: The Parks Department has a reputation for stamping its maple leaf logo on everything — but now they’ve even put it on a parking lot! Comment.

Fossella’s fried green proposal

Politics: Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) is pushing a bill that will encourage restaurants to take their used frying oil and turn into an environmentally safe fuel. Comment.

Not just Ikea: Red Hook waterfront could become big box Mecca

Red Hook: The site of a future Ikea in Red Hook could also be home to other big box chains. Comments (1).

The six-month solution? City: 86th Street renovation to be done faster

Bay Ridge: Merchants along 86th Street who hoped that a proposed two-year water main replacement project would be done in two segements didn’t get everything they asked for — but officials did promises to finish the job six months ahead of schedule. Comment.

‘Concrete’ plans

Red Hook: A 90-foot-high monument to industrial decline — a set of grain silos in Red Hook — will soon return to service. Comments (2).

A Butler–Douglass building bust

Park Slope: The Stoop solves the mystery of those five abandoned buildings on supposedly booming Fourth Avenue. Comment.

The ‘Elephant’ in the womb

Art: Two artsy Brooklynites are betting that Wallabout — the northern edge of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — will be the next “it” place in the Brooklyn art scene. Comment.

Vinegar Hill power play

Downtown: Mayor Bloomberg’s greener New York City plan may have a benefit in Vinegar Hill. Comment.

Courts are appealing to Jehovah’s Witnesses

Downtown: An open-air tennis court is getting spruced up in DUMBO. But don’t practice your backswing just yet. Comment.

A messy crash on Berkeley Place

Park Slope: This is one bad car crash. Comment.

Everybody in!

Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklynites may be able to doggy-paddle, scissor-kick, swim laps and do cannonballs in the East River this summer — without having to touch its murky waters. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Magic’s latest trick

Fort Greene: Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson is in talks with Councilwoman Letita James (D–Fort Greene) and a prominent Clinton Hill pastor to build affordable housing in the fast-gentrifying neighborhood, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comment.

Council takes up ‘Railroad’ fight

Downtown plan: The battle over whether the Underground Railroad passed through seven houses on Duffield and Gold streets made it this week to the City Council, which could block a city plan to destroy the houses for a hotel parking lot. Comment.

Affordable housing at old jail site

Fort Greene: Community leaders hailed the city’s selection of Pratt Area Community Council as one of three groups that will develop the site of the former Navy Brig on the border of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comment.

Casting of characters

TV: Are you ready for your close-up Brooklyn? Well, you don’t have to be — but your house does, as two Home and Garden TV shows get set to tape in the borough. Comment.

Her name was Lola

Dining: Chez Oskar’s adventurous little sister sure is a charmer. Comment.

Other Voices

Save the Duffield Seven!

Editorial: The Paper opposes a city plan to tear down seven houses linked to the Underground Railroad. Comment.

Law would destroy my livelihood!

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist slams a Council bill that would ruin his livelihood. Comments (4).

A mea culpa to stepmoms everywhere

Smartmom: Smartmom learns to stop worrying and love her stepmom. Comment.

Brooklyn, Senegal

A far-flung pal snapped this shot of Brooklyn’s well-traveled name. Comment.

Sarah Goodyear

Checkin’ in with: The “View from a Burning Bridge” author chats it up with GO Brooklyn. Comment.

This week’s ‘Hero’ and ‘Goat’ are the same man!

Politics: Assemblyman Karim Camara (D–Crown Heights) won The Brooklyn Paper’s coveted “Hero of the Week” award for introducing legislation that would cap legislators’ terms at just 12 years, but also won The Brooklyn Paper’s ignominious “Goat of the Week” award after being arrested on a drunk driving charge on Wednesday morning in Albany. Comment.

Home invasion

Event: Pratt House opens for a peek in house tour. Comment.

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Collapse at Yards stalls Ratner’s wrecking balls

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s demolition of the Ward Bakery inside the Atlantic Yards footprint remains blocked by city officials, a week after hundreds of pounds of debris crashed onto Pacific Street as workers began tearing apart the historic building. Comment.

Meet the new Yards

Atlantic Yards: It’s back to the drawing board for the Atlantic Yards — they wish. Comment.

Working week

Books: Joshua Ferris chronicles life in cubicles. Comment.

A nod to the Pod

Play’s the Thing: Cyclones’ tickets went on sale this week — and Dodger great Johnny Podres was there! Comment.

Fast fashion

Fashion: Brooklyn Fashion Weekend strikes Williamsburg. Comments (1).

Killah in Brooklyn

Music: Ghostface comes to the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Pig out

Dining: Pigfest comes back to DUMBO. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Second helping on baker story

Heights Lowdown: Herve Poussot: Assaulted or assaulter? Let’s review some new evidence! Comment.

Arabic TV on 94th St?

Yellow Hooker: What happened when an Arab man started digging up the sidewalk for a “television station”? The neighbors — and the community board — was just a bit concerned. Comment.

School teaches art of the deal

Greene Acres: A Brooklyn school has taught some developers a lesson in real estate, beating out more than a dozen competitors for a prized piece of land in central Clinton Hill that could have supported at least six floors of luxury housing. Comment.

Stop driving while dumb

Brooklyn South: A traffic light now burns on Van Brunt Street, yet so does the rubber. Comment.

A meaty tale of local success

PS … I Love You: Our columnist tries to figure out the secret of one butcher shop’s success. Comment.

Montgomery woman mugged at home

Park Slope: Traffic in Park Slope is enough to make anyone’s blood boil. But not all drivers take their frustrations out with a tire iron — plus all the other crime news from the 78th Precinct! Comment.

Police seek pervert in bizarre attack

Downtown: A woman wakes up to find herself being fondled — plus all the crime from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown. Comment.

Master of disguises cashes $30,000 at phantom auto shop

Bay Ridge: A man created a new identity for himself before swindling his victim out of almost $30,000 — plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst! Comment.

Spoil-sports: Con Ed coughs up dough

Park Slope: After eight months of battling Con Edison for thousands of dollars in damages stemming from a 24-hour power outage last summer, the Park Slope Co-op received finally received a check last week. Comment.

Sister Act 2: Sibling indicted in baby murder

Bay Ridge: The sister of the Bay Ridge woman who allegedly smothered her newborn baby girl and then left her outside to die is now facing charges of her own. Comment.

That sinking feeling

Bay Ridge: A partial building collapse during last week’s heavy rain shut down a popular Fifth Avenue men’s clothing store and also sent an old-timer to the hospital with minor injuries. Comment.

Supportive housing supporter has say

Letters: Another voice in favor of a Fifth Avenue Committee project — plus all your letters. Comment.

Wanted: bike lane

Letters: We received a remarkably high volume of mail regarding the controversy of a city plan to eliminate one lane of traffic in each direction on Ninth Street and replace them with left-turn bays and install bike lanes on each side of the street. Virtually every letter was in favor of the city plan. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Graffiti clean-up builds community

Fort Greene: The 88th Precinct wants your help in ending the scourge of graffiti. Comment.

Get your Gersh on

Our editor moderates another show on BCAT. Comment.

Verses & Reverses

The poet laureate of Park Slope weighs in on Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. Comment.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Judge: What is ‘Yards’ benefit?

Atlantic Yards: A State Supreme Court justice opened a long-awaited legal challenge against Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development on Thursday by grilling state lawyers over whether the project has a substantial enough “public benefit” to justify condemning privately owned buildings and turning then over to the developer. Comment.

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