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Saturday, June 9, 2007

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Books: GO Brooklyn’s guide to the borough’s best summer books. Comment.

Pooch Cafe: Downtown gal is private chef to upscale dogs!

Megan Montgomery is New York’s first personal chef for dogs. We find some dogs to eat her food. Comments (1).

Case dismissed

Atlantic Yards: A federal judge this week dismissed a high-profile lawsuit against Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards, striking a major blow to opponents of the $4-billion, arena, residential, retail and office skyscraper project. Comment.

City puts vendors on Hook

Carroll Gardens: The Parks Department has told a much-loved group of Latin American food vendors that they will be booted from their positions around Red Hook Park if another group or corporation pays higher permit fees. Comment.

Change of art

Downtown: A city commissioner has apologized to a group of Brooklyn College art students for ordering the removal of what he deemed “inappropriate” artwork from a war memorial last May, an incident that incited free-speech activists, and provoked a First Amendment lawsuit. Comment.

Our loss, Corzine’s gain! Jersey Gov. raids Paper for new mouthpiece

Still hobbling from his nearly fatal car accident in April, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has poached beloved police-beat reporter Lilo H. Stainton from The Brooklyn Paper to be his new press secretary. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Coney wants one more ride

Coney Island: Coney Island’s historic Astroland Park did the tilt-a-whirl this week — first putting all its rides up for sale, then apparently pulling them back as elected officials scrambled to give the doomed amusement park one last ride. Comments (3).

The Shaya Report

Park Slope: Slopers react to the latest developments by Shaya Boymelgreen. Comments (1).

Number 16’s ‘Court’-ing bids

Downtown: The owners of one of Brooklyn’s tallest buildings — the 38-story office tower at 16 Court St. — are accepting offers to sell the historic icon, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comment.

Cement magnate: city crushed me

Carroll Gardens: A Carroll Gardens concrete manufacturer says the city pushed him to the bricks to make way for classier condo development. Comments (2).

Gale force reading

Books: Brooklyn’s favorite romance author gives us tips on sultry summer reading. Comment.

It’s no fluke

TV: Brooklyn Heights’ Michael Salmon could be the “Next Food Network Star.” Comment.

(Borough) President’s men

Septuagenarian actor Robert Redford rode into town last week for his Sundance Institute’s opening night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music — and promptly learned that he looks like the Borough President. Comment.


(Eat this, Japan!)

American eating phenom Joey Chestnut — who finished a close second to world champion Takeru Kobayashi at last July’s hot dog-eating contest at Coney Island — has chomped right through Kobayashi’s all-time record, downing 59 1/2 hot dogs and buns last week in a regional qualifying heat in Arizona. Comment.

“59.5*”: Chestnut’s ‘record’ is tainted by modern air conditioning

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist explains why Joey Chestnut’s “record” is full of cold air. Comment.

City wrong on vendors

Editorial: The city should reward the long service of the Red Hook food vendors, not put their spaces for bid on the open market. Comment.

Quite a ‘Prospect’

Music: Slope gears up for another summer of “Celebrate Brooklyn” Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

This band could get arrested

Brooklyn South: A teen rocker gets in trouble. Finally! Comment.

Brewing up for a coffee war

Greene Acres: Our columnist gets embedded in the coffee war. Comment.

Through Google’s looking glass

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist tries out Google’s new “Street Views” — and finds Brooklyn Heights frozen in time. Comment.

Nica and Hitch go with ‘God’

PS … I Love You: Our columnist — an author! — is on a panel with literary bad boy Christopher Hitchens. Comment.

Eulogy for the Green Church

Yellow Hooker: The Green Church will not be saved — you can take that to the bank and cash it. Yet despite the writing on the check, some members of the community continue to fight the inevitable. Call it denial (or call it optimism). Comments (1).

Joan Osborne is ‘one of us’

Music: GO Brooklyn chats with the Cobble Hill–based songstress. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Other Voices

Boot Camp Challenge

Our advertising representative Adam El-Sheemy is undertaking the “Boot Camp Challenge,” a grueling, thrice-weekly workout regimen set up by two personal trainers. Every week, he’ll give us an update on how he’s doing. Comment.

Smartmom is going on a diet

Smartmom: Smartmom is battling the bulge — yet trying not to teach the Oh So Feisty the wrong lesson about body image. Comment.

Celebrate Brooklyn Calendar

Music: A full calendar of the summer schedule at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Comment.

This Robin Hood loves the smell of lavender

Bay Ridge: The sweet smell of lavender has inspired poetry, love songs, and now armed robbery — plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. Comment.

Fruit cup bust lands two health nuts

Downtown: A pair of fiber-conscious twentysomethings were arrested on May 31 and accused of brutally beating two men who intervened when they stole a pair of fruit cups from a Lawrence Street grocery, police said — plus all the other crime news from Downtown, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. Comment.

June’s March

Event: Brooklyn Pride rides in style. Comment.

Cops: Apparel theft was inside job

Park Slope: A popular women’s clothing store on Flatbush Avenue was robbed after a knife-wielding thief knocked on the back door and stormed inside on June 3 — but cops say that one of the employees was in on the job. Plus all the other crime from the 78th Precinct. Comments (1).

Greene gunman

Fort Greene: Two women were attacked at gunpoint in separate subway station incidents just days — and blocks — apart, police said. Also, all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comment.

Seek armed robber

Carroll Gardens: A bank job on Court Street — plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. Comment.

Cyclones beat up on old writers

Cyclones: The scorebook may have read 6–2, but a group of punchy, punchy and pusillanimous veteran Brooklyn Cyclones reporters clearly won last Sunday’s charity game against the team’s front office. Comment.

Fair and Flare

Event: The Renegade Craft Fair comes back to McCarren Park. Comment.

Ridge pipeline terror

Bay Ridge: Last week’s arrest of four terror suspects who supposedly plotted to blow up jet fuel supplies at John F. Kennedy Airport reignited fears in Bay Ridge about the neighborhood’s own terror target: the very pipeline that carries jet fuel to the airport. Comment.

Kids ‘n’ play

Music: ‘Hip-Hop Generation Next’ comes to Red Hook. Comment.

Other Local Stories

Drummer gets collared for graffiti

Carroll Gardens: Web Exclusive: A teen rocker from upstate earned his faux-hawk the old-fashioned way last weekend when cops in Red Hook decided to teach him a lesson about being a punk in the city. Comment.

Ridge inventor milks it

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge inventor is ready to go national with her innovative breast-feeding blouse — and she’s bringing her four children with her. Comment.

Statue of limitations

Fort Greene: A Myrtle Avenue shopkeeper wants the city to relocate the Gen. Fowler statue from its position at the center of a busy intersection to Fort Greene Park, just one block away, even though the statue has been sitting at its present spot for 31 years. Comment.

Hero cop back: Shot officer returns to 78

Park Slope: Officer Andrew Suarez made a triumphant — though not quite complete — return to duty at the 78th Precinct this week, nearly four months after he was shot while on patrol. Comment.

Washout! Heights apts flooded

Park Slope: Residents of a Prospect Heights tenement are dripping mad after this week’s severe storm flooded their apartments — including one rented by a couple celebrating its first wedding anniversary. Comment.

Downtown strip goes green

Downtown: The median along Boerum Place won’t be the ugly stepsister to Adams Street’s beautifully leafy traffic divider for much longer — thanks to a $3.6-million makeover of Boerum Place from Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue. Comment.

Pratt Institute goes green

Fort Greene: Pratt Institute has become the first Brooklyn-based university to pledge to reduce its ozone-depleting, asthma-inducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in the next 10 years. Comment.

A little green pocket

Carroll Gardens: The Columbia Street Waterfront District is getting a lush, wildflower-dotted meadow. Comment.

Not such a Stoop-id idea

Park Slope: Park Slopers will celebrate the longest day of the year by sitting on their stoops and blowing kazoos — part of the first annual STOOPendous party to celebrate Brownstone Brooklyn’s trademark feature. Comment.

Rabbi Potasnik

Checkin’ in with: He’s an FDNY chaplain — and a major rabbi. We check in with Joseph Potasnik. Comments (14).

Sen. Golden not pleased with Alpine coverage

Letters: A Bay Ridge lawmaker takes exception to a recent story — plus letters on Marty Markowitz, Memorial Day, Bruce Ratner and one man’s astounding nipple hair! Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun stuff for you and your kids. Comment.

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