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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Battle over arena … bagels!

Atlantic Yards: The opponents of Atlantic Yards are so frustrated by Bruce Ratner and his high-priced pals that they’re taking out their aggression on a lowly bagel store owner. Comment.

Fey on 7th

Park Slope: “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” funnywoman Tina Fey was on Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue on Wednesday to film her latest flick, “Baby Mama.” We’ve got the pics! Comments (1).

Broken ‘Rules’

Cinema: New boro-based movies isn’t even playing here! Who are these guys? Comment.

PTAs to back Arabic school in Boerum Hill — but parents say they feel dumped on

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.

Exclusive: Almontaser speaks! Gibran school principal stares down her critics

Perspective: The Gibran Academy principal breaks her silence. Comment.

Letters

Now Boerum Hill parents angered by Arabic school

Letters: Parents react with anger at — and support for — a proposed Arabic language and culture school, now slated to be located in Boerum Hill. Comments (1).

Tolls on bridges do job of ‘congestion pricing’

Letters: A letter about the mayor’s congestion pricing plan, plus missives about litter, Councilman Simcha Felder, IKEA’s plans for Red Hook, and step-moms. Comment.

Judge Phillips freed!

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).

Tattoo youse! Brooklyn icons getting some ink

Everyone loves Brooklyn — but, more and more, people are wearing that love on their sleeve — or, more accurately, under it, in the form of a borough-themed tattoo. Comment.

Ridge heavyweight wants to be big loser

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.

The Latest Development News

Hard cell: Plan could put condos at jail

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.

Big plans for little museum

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.

Who saved Brooklyn? Many claim credit

Development: Who gets credit for turning Brooklyn from a dirty word to a hot spot? Comment.

Engine 204 won’t be sold, won’t be firehouse

Development: Cobble Hill’s shuttered Engine 204 will be turned into a city schoolhouse rather than being reopened as a firehouse, city officials announced Tuesday. Comment.

Suit: Ratner is one bad liar

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.

Other Voices

On board with bikes

Editorial: Two powerful editorials: one in favor of more bike lanes and another urging District Attorney Charles Hynes to arrest someone already! Comment.

Too much on Smartmom’s plate

Smartmom: Smartmom is just too damn busy! Comment.

Other Local Stories

More steroid news

Bay Ridge: The latest on Lowen’s pharmacy, the Third Avenue mom-and-pop drugstore that got raided by state drug officials. Comment.

The dead speak at Ridge’s doomed ‘Green Church’

Bay Ridge: Now the dead are even being heard from on the demolition of the so-called “Green Church.” Comment.

They’re gleaming the Gowanus

Carroll Gardens: Brooklyn skateboard punks may get a place of their own under a new proposal to turn a long-neglected Boerum Hill park into a haven for boarders. Comment.

This old house: Restored!

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.

Lane hugging on Willoughby

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.

Dough! Fire guts pizzeria

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).

A plunderers paradise

Bay Ridge: Leif Ericson’s playground is about to be fit for a Viking. Comments (1).

Hospital fixes noise woe

Park Slope: The mystery of the high-pitched squeal on Fifth Street has been solved! New York Methodist Hospital has repaired some whining faulty equipment. Comments (1).

Fey on 7th

Park Slope: “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” funnywoman Tina Fey was on Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue on Wednesday to film her latest flick, “Baby Mama.” We’ve got the pics! Comments (1).

Fort Greene going green

Fort Greene: Fort Greene activists are hatching a plan to transform their stately brownstone neighborhood into something that would make Al Gore proud. Comment.

Lighten up, Columbia

Carroll Gardens: Old-fashioned street lamps could soon light the future of Columbia Street, thanks to a group of businesses and residents on the burgeoning waterfront strip. Comment.

Saving DUMBO before it’s too late

Downtown: The beau monde of DUMBO gathered this week to schmooze, eat, drink … and save the neighborhood from overdevelopment. Comment.

Turkish delights

Dining: Mazzat brings a taste of the Middle East to the Columbia Street Waterfront District. Comment.

Team spirit

Dining: How three Italian guys and a dream ended up on Park Slope’s Ninth Street. Comment.

Slope to city — by bike

Park Slope: Park Slope has more bike commuters than any other neighborhood in New York City — and more may be hitting the road soon thanks to new bike lanes, a new study revealed this week. Comment.

These puppets are dirty!

Theater: Foul-mouthed puppets take center stage at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Comment.

It’s no drag

Theater: The Gallery Players are victorious with “Victor.” Comment.

Hampton Jitney stars service

Read all about it: The Hampton Jitney has released its Brooklyn stops. Comment.

Let’s dance

Dance: DanceAfrica celebrates 30 years at BAM. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Your Local Police Blotter

Dial “P” for perp as thug steals gal’s cellphone

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.

Ridge ‘prize’ winner loses nearly $10 grand

Bay Ridge: A woman who thought she hit the jackpot ended up getting jacked by the oldest scam in the book on May 8 — plus all the crime news from the 68th and 62nd precincts. Comment.

Teen surrenders cell in Heights

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.

Man slashed for just $40

Carroll Gardens: A man was slashed by a knife-wielding thug on Hoyt Street on May 4 for just $40, police said — plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Red Hook and Cobble Hill. Comment.

Teens steal someone else’s food

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.

Get lucky

Art: Red Hook gallery has more than just luck. Comment.

Torah thon

Stayin’ up all night with Rabbi Simcha Weinstein Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Whose park is it anyway?

Greene Acres: What could be bad about an all-day festival in Fort Greene Park? Just ask the community board! Comment.

Blue Monday in a dirty park

PS … I Love You: It’s “chicken bone season” again in Prospect Park. Comment.

Spark-filled memories

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist recalls those hazy, crazy, fireworks-filled days of summers past. Comment.

Blogs ain’t got reality

Brooklyn South: Our columnist solves the mystery of Brooklyn Inn — and it’s staying in business! Comment.

Wal-Mart is not dead yet

Heights Lowdown: Someone is making calls to convince Downtown residents that a big box store would be good for the Fulton Mall. Comment.

Explosive bust for the 68

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge cops went undercover last week to sting a would-be fireworks entrepreneur — nabbing a Queens woman for attempting to sell pyrotechnic goodies. Comment.

Drink this, Brooklyn!

Park Slope: Park Slope’s Red, White and Bubbly releases its new line of Brooklyn wine. Comment.

Family calendar

Parenting: We know how hard it is to go from busy Master of the Universe to camp counselor every weekend, so here are our picks for how to entertain your kids — and yourself — this weekend. Comment.

Civic Calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to, but don’t have the time. Comment.

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