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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Noise of summer

Music: The fourth annual ‘No Fun Fest’ hits Red Hook. Comment.

No contest! Miss Polonia pageant fixed!

Bay Ridge: The fix was in. Inez Zuska, the 21-year-old pride of Bay Ridge, was crowned Miss Polonia — but pageant organizers eliminated the formal judging that was once a Miss Polonia tradition. Comments (1).

Slope ousts Arabic school; City caves, relocates Gibran Academy to Boerum Hill

Park Slope: The city has given up its controversial plan to squeeze an Arabic language and culture middle school into a Park Slope elementary school — and will now place the controversial Khalil Gibran International Academy in a Boerum Hill high school. Comment.

Bay Ridge pharmacy raided in steroid probe

Bay Ridge: State drug enforcement authorities raided the popular Bay Ridge mom-and-pop pharmacy Lowen’s on Wednesday, seizing hundreds of thousand of dollars worth of steroids and growth hormones. Comments (3).

Anatomy of a debacle

Park Slope: How Gibran Academy planners got buried — and what they can learn from the process Comment.

Principal says ‘salaam’ to Gibran school

Park Slope: The city announced that the first Arabic language and culture academy will be housed in a Boerum Hill high school, just five days after parental opposition forced the city to quash a plan to house the academy in a Park Slope elementary school. Comment.

Other Voices

At long last, please set Judge Phillips free

A guest editorial charges that Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes sent an old adversary, retired Judge John Phillips, on a road to perdition. Comments (1).

Smartmom & OSFO apart for the 1st time

Smartmom: For the first time in 10 years, Smartmom and the Oh So Feisty One are going their separate ways — and both are looking forward to it. Comment.

Let’s hear it for good speaking

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist gets an earful of some bad speeches at a college lecture contest. Comments (1).

New boite on the block

Dining: Williamsburg’s Juliette speaks French with a Brooklyn accent. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Selloff! But Witnesses say they will remain kings of Kings

Downtown: The Jehovah’s Witnesses may be selling a third of their Brooklyn Heights holdings, but they’re not going anywhere. Comments (4).

Boro homes buck trend

Development: Brooklyn real-estate prices continue to flout the nation’s weakening market, as house prices rose 9 percent in the first quarter of 2007. Comment.

Suds and cargo on tap for Hook

Red Hook: Red Hook may get to drink its beer — and unload its cargo, too, now that city officials are considering retaining a container port that has long been slated for eviction and giving a nearby waterfront parcel to Brooklyn Brewery. Comment.

It’s in the jeans

Carroll Gardens: Lucky who? The trendy clothier known for selling 200 jeans with the words “Lucky You” emblazoned on the fly of each pair will open its first Brooklyn store on Smith Street at the end of June, The Stoop has learned. Comment.

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Yassky to city: Hold Ratner accountable

Atlantic Yards: Councilman David Yassky slammed city economic development officials for allocating $205 million contribution to the Atlantic Yards mega-development without getting a guarantee that developer Bruce Ratner will make good on all of his “promises” to Brooklyn. Comment.

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 last 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.

State will watch Bruce — times 3

Atlantic Yards: The Empire State Development Corporation — which approved developer Bruce Ratner’s the $4-billion mega-project last year — now says it will create two new positions to oversee the project, in addition to an already created (though yet to be filled) job of “environmental monitor.” Comment.

Politics

Press release of the week: No one for prez … yet

Politics: State Sen. Eric Adams has not — repeat, has not! — endorsed anyone for president yet. Whew, that was close! Comment.

Arrested pol Karim Camara finally speaks out

Letters: A letter from Assemblyman Karim Camara — and other hot missives! Comment.

Golden ‘running’

Bay Ridge: It is official: possible mayoral candidate Marty Golden has decided to make the run — for charity, that is. Comment.

The whole enchilada

Dining: New Mexican hits Prospect Heights. Comment.

Whoa, Mama!

Four Brooklyn moms weigh in on Mother’s Day. Comment.

Lost in Brooklyn!

Theater: A Brooklyn Paper article takes on a new life as a musical. Comment.

Dog run in danger?

Park Slope: Will Rover no longer be able to live up to his name during those lazy afternoons in Prospect Park? Comment.

He’s Mr. Write: Sloper Auster honored by Beep

Park Slope: Marty gives author Paul Auster an award — and the rest of the Brooklyn Book Festival story. Comments (1).

Sean Meenan

Checkin’ in with: The Cafe Habana Outpost mastermind chats with GO Brooklyn about his eco-friendly restaurant. Comments (1).

Paper gets NOW nod; National women’s group honors us

The National Organization for Women is praising The Brooklyn Paper for becoming the first newspaper in the borough to join NOW’s campaign to ban ads for “escort services” and “massages” — ads that many believe support human trafficking and prostitution rings. Comment.

Cops seek robber who is either working or fishing

Park Slope: Cops are searching for a robber who broke into an Eighth Avenue apartment on May 4 and took power tools and a fishing pole — and all the other crime news from Park Slope. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Just say neigh at this stable

PS … I Love You: Manhattan lost its riding academy, but Brooklyn still has its stable. Comment.

No room for this here hotel

Brooklyn South: Our columnist explains why a hotel plan on Atlantic Avenue died — and why it’s a good thing. Comments (1).

Ghost of Nixon is Eaton Craig

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist analyzes why an otherwise reasonable man would want to head the Brooklyn Republican Party. Comments (1).

This ‘Angel’ is still broken

Greene Acres: The Broken Angel may finally have met its demise, thanks to a recent court ruling. Comment.

DUMBO asks, ‘Can we talk’?

Heights Lowdown: The third part in our trilogy about the battle between a DUMBO baker and a man scorned. Comment.

Moaning and whaling

Theater: Moby-Dick takes new life in a cemetery. Comment.

Gun heists shatter DUMBO’s calm

Fort Greene: Life in trendy DUMBO isn’t always as hip and happy as it seems: Two people were robbed by separate pairs of thieves who showed off — or claimed to have — handguns on the cobblestone streets of one of downtown Brooklyn’s hottest neighborhoods within days of each other last week, police said. Plus all your crime news from Downtown, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. Comment.

Diagnosis: Severe case of missing car

Bay Ridge: A man who got a clean bill of health at a local hospital on May 3 came outside to find that he no longer had a car — plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. Comment.

Other Local Stories

‘Raccoon House’ vexes neighbors

Bay Ridge: What is the deal with that abandoned house on 79th Street? Ah, therein lies a great story. Comments (2).

9th Street bike lane losing air

Park Slope: A city plan to put bike lanes on Park Slope’s Ninth Street has proven to be surprisingly controversial, meeting with opposition again this week, this time from state Sen. Eric Adams (D–Park Slope). Comment.

Eat and shop on the same corner

Fort Greene: A jeweler from Niger plies his trade at Madiba. Comment.

Everybody on the bike!

Carroll Gardens: More than a hundred bicyclists rode from DUMBO to Red Hook last Saturday on what was the first-ever bicycle tour along the long fenced-off waterfront. Comment.

A story as lovely as a tree

Fort Greene: Fort Greene Park has the only “tree trail” in the city. Comment.

Titans’ ‘Clutch’ battle is over

Downtown: A squat little DUMBO building that was coveted by two Brooklyn real-estate titans is about to be demolished by the man who won the fight. Comment.

Street lines explained

Downtown: A look at all those weird markings on Joralemon Street. Comment.

All ages

Music: Canadian indie rockers Shapes and Sizes bring all-ages fun to Park Slope. Comment.

Water music

Music: McCarren Park’s pool opens up for another summer of concerts Comment.

Lip locks

Fashion: Mustache bash comes to Red Hook Comment.

Mayor Bloomberg may make Ridge commuters ferry happy

Bay Ridge: Mayor Bloomberg asked ferry companies Tuesday to offer year-round passenger boat service between Manhattan and the Rockaways — and maybe, just maybe, bring more boats to Bay Ridge. Comment.

Spring cleaning expert speaks

Checkin’ in with: Spring cleaning — is it a myth? We found out more about this ancient rite. Comment.

Viking ship lands in Ridge

Bay Ridge: Hide the woman and children; a band of Vikings is headed our way. But don’t worry, they’re not here to pillage — they’re just promoting Scandinavian heritage. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Nest of art

Art: Check out the latest public art in Prospect Park! Comment.