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Saturday, June 2, 2007

CB6 member to resign in protest: Says Marty’s purge makes boards “meaningless”

Atlantic Yards: Web Exclusive: A veteran member of Community Board 6 will resign next Monday to protest the politically motivated axing of nine board colleagues who voted against Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development — and he’s urging his fellow panelists to do the same. Comment.

Williamsburg man’s strand nips the competition

It’s official! No one in the world has a longer nipple hair than Doug Williams. Comments (3).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Power Lies! It turns out state was wrong — A’Yards will tax electric service, raising rates

Atlantic Yards: The Atlantic Yards project is partly responsible for the sharp energy rate hikes requested last week by Con Edison, according to the company’s own officials — apparently contradicting a state’s assessment last year that the mega-development would have only an “insignificant” impact on the energy grid. Comment.

Yards mess continues

Editorial: Editorial: Now Con Ed wants a 17-percent rate hike. State officials are shocked — shocked! We’re not. Comment.

Packing them in

Politics: Last month’s purge of nine anti–Atlantic Yards members of Community Board 6 is raising new questions that Borough President Markowitz has turned the panel into a crony clubhouse. Comment.

Yards renters to appeal ruling

Atlantic Yards: A group of renters in the Atlantic Yards footprint say they will appeal the dismissal of their case. Comment.

Goldwater’s out of Mike Long’s party

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist notices that the Conservative Party isn’t all that conservative anymore. Comment.

So long, Billy

Art: Galapagos ditches the ‘burg for shiny deal in DUMBO Comment.

Boo-liani in Bay Ridge; Protestors rally against Rudy

Bay Ridge: Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani got a hero’s welcome inside a Bay Ridge catering hall this week — but outside, the man running for president as “America’s Mayor” got Swift-boated. Comment.

Politics

How Marty’s Cunard cruise made history

Red Hook: Borough President Markowitz was the first city official to ever lecture on a cruise ship while still in office, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comment.

Finally! O’Hara’s back on the rolls (no, really)

Political gadfly John O’Hara registered to vote on Wednesday — and now he’s going after District Attorney Charles Hynes, the man who once prosecuted him for the felony of listing the wrong address on his voter registration form. Comment.

Show of Force: B’Heights a cash cow for traffic agents, city

Downtown: Here’s one record that Brooklyn Heights residents can’t be proud of: the neighborhood leads all others in parking tickets. Through May 27, the 84th Precinct was credited with a whopping 20,210 summonses — a 6.2-percent increase from the same time last year. Comment.

Rap session

Music: Third annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop fest bring it all back home. Comment.

Good all over

Dining: In Prospect Heights, Cheryl’s Global Soul has plenty of it. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Albee shopowners vow to fight

Downtown plan: Albee Square Mall shop owners and community activists vowed to fight a plan to demolish the mall and create a residential and commercial high-rise. Comment.

Circus is coming to Coney Island

Coney Island: Coney Island is not dead yet, apparently. The carnival community will crawl with freaks for at least a few more days this summer, thanks to 13 performances by the Cole Bros. Circus, starting on July 30. Comment.

Small businesses evicted for Downtown Plan skyscraper

Downtown plan: A handful of small business owners on Willoughby Street have become the latest victims of Downtown’s booming real-estate market. They’re being evicted to make room a $208-million, 30-story tower. Comments (1).

DUMBO dish

Dining: The American Cancer Society in Brooklyn throws a foodie feast. Comment.

Brushing up

Art: A Park Slope painter makes his mark on the uptown art world. Comments (1).

Other Local Stories

Scarano caves to Gardeners

Carroll Gardens: Controversial DUMBO-based designer Robert Scarano has scrapped a plan to erect a flashy, steel-skinned building on Smith Street and Second Place in favor of a brick edifice with a green roof and “gigantic apartments perfect for families,” he told The Stoop this week. Comment.

Preacher brings hands to Ridge to perform ‘miracles’

Bay Ridge: Hallelujah and praise the Lord! A new preacher is coming to town — and he is making big promises of doling out “miracles and prophecies.” Comments (1).

CB6’s ‘bank’ shot; Board rejects Walentas’s condo tower next to landmark branch on Atlantic

Carroll Gardens: A 60-foot tower rising above a Cobble Hill historic district will likely move forward, despite a unanimous rejection from Community Board 6 at a public hearing last week. Comment.

Church shines greener light

Fort Greene: David Dyson, pastor of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church wants to put the green back in “God’s green earth,” beginning with his own house of worship. Comment.

Cash infusion won’t rebuild subway stops

Bay Ridge: More than a dozen subway stations in Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights are in line for a sprucing up, but residents had a clear reaction to the news: It’s about freakin’ time. Comment.

5th Ave facility moves forward

Park Slope: A controversial supportive housing facility proposed for Fifth Avenue moved forward last week when the City Planning Commission gave its approval for the five-story, 49-unit building at what is currently a municipal parking lot on 16th Street. Comment.

Hanson sale halted — for now

Fort Greene: A nearly century-old Fort Greene building, home to a warren of municipal offices and a day care center, has been temporarily spared the fate of its similarly historic neighbors: the dreaded conversion into luxury condos. Comment.

High-pitched coolant tank whine removed — again!

Park Slope: The mysterious high-pitched wail that irked residents near New York Methodist Hospital earlier this month reemerged last week — but only for some people, apparently. Comment.

P’Heights rocks for a cause

Park Slope: Hurricane Katrina hit almost two years ago, but the Big Easy is still hard up — and now two Prospect Heights women want to help. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Tourists need our Markowitz

Brooklyn South: It’s too bad Borough President Markowitz can’t be on every voyage of the Queen Mary 2 — because cruise ship passengers want to know about Brooklyn. Comment.

Can’t miss these signs in the Heights

Heights Lowdown: Our 21st-century columnist explores the 18th-century practice of posting broadsides. Comment.

Tripping the park — unfantastic

Greene Acres: The sidewalk on one edge of Fort Greene Park is sinking — and our columnist goes deep to figure it out. Comment.

Wet, hot Park Slope summer!

PS … I Love You: It’s summer in the Slope — and our columnist loves it. Comment.

Get hooked on art

Art: Check out the 14th annual Red Hook Waterfront Art Fair. Comment.

Gang signs

Music: Gang Gang Dance go ape on experimental new DVD. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Wheely bad Slope crime

Park Slope: At least three cars were broken into, three motorcycles and two bicycles swiped, and one cabbie ripped off in unrelated vehicular incidents in Park Slope over the last two weeks. Comment.

Gabriel Cohen

Checkin’ in with: Ditmas Park author and reading series founder chats with GO Brooklyn. Comment.

Hygienic thief loots candy store

Bay Ridge: Crime never pays — but it can work up a sweat. This was the lesson at a Third Avenue candy store, which was looted out of almost $6,000 worth of cash and merchandise on May 23 — plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights! Comment.

Heights bank robber busted

Downtown: Another bank robber has been nabbed in the Heights — plus all the other crime news from Downtown, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights. Comment.

Tween bandits terrorize shoppers in P’Heights

Park Slope: A band of little girls is making a mockery of the gender’s reputation as “sugar, spice and everything nice” by terrorizing full-grown adults in Prospect Heights, sparking a police investigation into the attacks and raising concern among residents that the crimes might comprise a new and unnerving trend. Comments (1).

Bob at BAM

Cinema: Sundance comes back to Brooklyn, will its leader tag along? Comment.

Beat down

Downtown: A Willoughby Street resident was brutally beaten and robbed on her way home early on May 26, police said — plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comment.

Father-son team

Carroll Gardens: A teenager and his dad helped cops capture the leader of a band of thugs that allegedly tried to rob the boy on May 14 — plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Red Hook. Comment.

Other Voices

Teen Spirit gets kitty-cornered

Smartmom: Smartmom finally says “no” to Teen Spirit. Call Mr. Guinness! Comment.

Hitless wonder learns a hard lesson at the plate

Brooklyn Angle: This week, our columnist did something that no grown man should do: he paid a man $45 to teach him how to hit a baseball. Comment.

Child’s play

Music: Kid bands rock Southpaw to benefit their peers. Comment.

Hey, Marty Markowitz! Our readers say ‘Yer out!’

Letters: Readers respond negatively to Borough President Markowitz’s purge of anti–Atlantic Yards community board members — plus lots of other letters. Comment.

‘Ello, Gov’nor

Red Hook: Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz took the maiden voyage of the New York Water Taxi from Red Hook to Governors Island on Wednesday, a photo-op to promote a new summerlong service between Brooklyn and the historic, tear-drop-shaped island. Comment.

Toxic avengers target Target

Park Slope: Environmentalists — some in hazmat suits, some in tank tops — protested outside of Target at the Atlantic Terminal Mall on May 24, decrying the discount chain’s refusal to phase out the sale of vinyl products, which are believed to release dangerous toxins into the environment. Comment.

A big ‘Gaines’ for Garden’s path

Two beloved — and very different — sons of Brooklyn to be the latest honorees along the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s so-called “Celebrity Path”: Late Mad magazine creator William “Bill” Gaines and legendary songwriter, Irving “Day-O” Burgie. Comment.

Civil War action at Green-Wood

Park Slope: Green-Wood Cemetery did more than pay lip service to fallen veterans this Memorial Day, as its grounds were filled with the sights, sounds, and memories of the Civil War. Comment.

Which Wine is “The Best”?

Advertorial: I can't tell you how often I’m asked, “Which wine is the best?” Usually I reply, “Best for what?” What may be the best wine for drinking at the shore while you’re shucking a pile of fresh oysters won’t be the same wine that I’d consider the best for sharing with friends when we’re grilling steaks on the barbecue… or the best for sharing in a great restaurant while having a remarkable meal. But there’s even more to it than that. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Family calendar

Parenting: Dozens of ways to kill a few hours with your kids this weekend. Comment.

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