Park Slope: The two Parent-Teacher Associations at a Boerum Hill school will back a city plan to house an Arabic language and culture academy in its building, despite a mini-revolt from many parents when the plan was presented after the fact at an “emergency meeting” on Monday. Comment.
Six years after he was declared mentally incompetent under murky circumstances, and two years after he had been locked down in a Bronx nursing home, former Civil Court Judge John Phillips was finally freed to move into a Park Slope assisted living facility on Wednesday. Comments (1).
Bay Ridge: A larger-than-life local figure is about to lower his profile — by a few hundred pounds, hopefully. Bay Ridge resident Will Millender, 26, will compete to lose weight and win cash on a new ABC reality show, “Fat March.” Comment.
Development: A luxury condo developer says he wants to build residential towers on the sides of the Brooklyn House of Detention — a bold salvo in his bid to win redevelopment rights at the soon-to-reopen jail. Comment.
This small building — so close to the Cyclone rollercoaster that it brings to mind that house in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” — is being transformed into a home base for the Coney Island History Project. Comment.
Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner is a money-grubbing liar who tricked a politically connected businessman into investing $6 million of his own money to help Ratner acquire the New Jersey Nets with promises he “never had any intention of fulfilling,” a bombshell lawsuit charged last week. Comment.
Downtown: From the Addams Family to a real family. This Brooklyn Heights house — long abandoned and then horribly damaged in a 2004 fire — is ready to make its return to civilization, thanks to a local developer and restorer who refused to see the grand dame rot away. Comment.
Fort Greene: Ten months after the community board voted “no” on a city plan to build five new miles of bike lanes through Fort Greene, the city has gone ahead and started painting in the cyclist-friendly paths anyway. Comment.
Park Slope: File this in the “no good deed goes unpunished” category: the fire that gutted Pizza Plus on Seventh Avenue last Thursday started after a welding accidentally ignited a fire-control system that was being upgraded. Comments (1).
Park Slope: A woman had her cellphone stolen right out of her hand after a perp tried to grab her purse at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 12th Street on May 12 — plus all the other crime news from the 78th Precinct. Comment.
Downtown: Police arrested an older man after he beat a bus driver with his wooden cane during a pre-dawn trip down Atlantic Avenue — plus all the other crime news from Downtown and Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Fort Greene: Police nabbed a gang of five teens — ages 14 to 16 — who allegedly tried to rob a deliveryman of his money, food and bicycle on May 11, plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comment.