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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Kobayashi may be out of contest

Web exclusive: Six-time world hot-dog-eating champion Takeru Kobayashi has been injured and may not compete in next week’s 90th annual competition at Nathan’s in Coney Island. Comment.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Coney cool to scaled-down plan

Coney Island: Mega-developer Joe Sitt says that Coney Island responded “Go, Joe, go” when he showed off his revamped plan to transform the area’s beleaguered amusement area — but actually the neighborhood is saying, “No, Joe, no.” Comment.

Let Joe Sitt build

Editorial: The Paper urges the city to get out of the way and let the market dictate what developer Joe Sitt can build in Coney Island. Comment.

Beep’s Bloomy bounce

Politics: Mayor Bloomberg threw open his Upper East Side townhouse for a fundraiser for Borough President — and potential mayoral hopeful — Marty Markowitz on Wednesday, drawing a crowd of 80 or so well-heeled donors and boosting the still undeclared campaign of the term-limited Beep. Comment.

Art for Yards sake? Man sleeps in window and makes a larger point

Atlantic Yards: A man is sleeping in a Dean Street gallery window. It must be about Atlantic Yards, right? Comment.

School’s memory short on Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the greatest American poets, is about to crash on the rocks of political correctness at a Sunset Park school. Comments (2).

GO fish

Event: Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade turns 25! Comment.

16 Court tower goes for $107M

Downtown plan: Brooklyn’s tallest office building was sold on Wednesday for $107.5 million to Manhattan’s largest office landlord — and the new owner immediately distanced himself from rumors that the building be converted to luxury residential use like many others in the neighborhood. Comment.

What’s Chinese for screw-up?

Yellow Hooker: The Department of Education may have been the one to fail the exam, but it turns out an innocent student will be the one paying the price. Comment.

Amity Shlaes

Checkin’ in with: The Paper checks in with a renowned economics writer — and learns a valuable lesson about the Whig Party! Comments (2).

Pot war in Brooklyn!

Politics: It’s the dude versus the narc: Two Brooklyn lawmakers — one a former Soviet engineer, the other a former police officer — are hashing it out over a bill to make marijuana legal for medicinal use. Comment.

Pop doc

Cinema: What does Adrian Grenier have to say about fatherhood? Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

From the ashes? A Union Market

PS … I Love You: Start spreading the bleus: Union Market is coming to the South Slope. Comments (2).

Don’t let the bedbugs bite

Greene Acres: The bedbug invasion has come to Fort Greene. Comment.

Making book on the water

Brooklyn South: A used-book store on Columbia Streets needs a new partner. Only book lovers need apply! Comment.

I should run for ‘higher’ office

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist ponders a career in public service. Comments (1).

Can I get an express F, please? Activist seeks trains for empty tracks

Transit: Nearly 2,000 F line straphangers have signed a petition demanding restored express train service on the slow-moving line whose name is often used as an abbreviation for an epithet. But don’t trade in that Jonathan Lethem tome for a People magazine just yet — Transit officials say that F riders won’t lose any reading time for at least another five years. Comment.

Triple-threat Cyclones coverage

Cyclones split first two with Yankees

Cyclones: Wait ’til this year! Avenging the 18–0 loss to the hated Staten Island Yankees on last season’s Opening Night, the Brooklyn Cyclones drew first blood this year against their cross-Narrows rivals with a thrilling 5–1 victory on Tuesday night. The Brooklyn Paper’s video captures the action. Comment.

Fonzie’s link to Cyclones’ past glory

Cyclones: Edgar Alfonzo, the only man to lead the Cyclones to a championship, is back — and better than ever. Comment.

New beer is Coney proud

Cyclones: The company that brought us He’Brew — “the chosen beer” — will launch a line of Coney Island-themed brews at the Mermaid Parade this Saturday. Comment.

Country boy in the city

Cyclones: Before last week, Cyclones pitcher Dylan Owen had only been on a plane two times in his entire life. But now that he’s a Cyclone, everything has changed for the South Carolina backwoodsman. Comment.

Good Shepard

Art: Graffiti giant puts his mark on DUMBO. Comment.

We’re richer for Po

Dining: West Village mainstay opens a branch on Smith Street. Comment.

Schermerhorn rising

Downtown plan: Schermerhorn Street — long home to parking lots, litter, a food stamp distribution center, job placement offices and a Hare Krishna temple — is finally joining the rest of the Downtown Brooklyn residential boom. Comment.

Marty would be great as a Bush appointee

Letters: Our full mailbag includes letters about Borough President Markowitz’s purge of Community Board 6 members, the annual hot dog-eating contest in Coney Island, Bay Ridge’s historic Green Church, a claim that The Brooklyn Paper is sexist (what else is new?!), and concern about God. Comment.

Inside story of Prospect Park rape

Park Slope: New details have emerged about a rape that occurred in the early morning of June 15 in Prospect Park. Comment.

Opening up the house

Cyclones: The Bard of Brooklyn baseball offers a preview of the Cyclones’ 2007 campaign. Comment.

Historians in push to ‘save’ Duffield Street

Downtown plan: A city-funded report that denies any Underground Railroad activity along Duffield Street isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, said a handful of historians, Councilmembers and ticked off residents at a rally on Tuesday. Comments (1).

Cloak and dinner

Dining: Tina infiltrates the secretive Brooklyn Food Group. Comment.

Other Voices

Tribute to a great lady

Smartmom: Smartmom looks back at a great neighbor. Comment.

Verses & Reverses

Leon Freilich, the poet laureate of Park Slope, heard about developer Joe Sitt’s latest scheme for Coney Island and had this lyrical reaction, titled, “In the Cards.” Comment.

New guy’s no ‘Soup Nazi’

Dining: The maniacal soup-maker who inspired the Jerry Seinfeld’s legendary “Soup Nazi” character has brought his so-called “best soup in the world” to Brooklyn. Comment.

Bowery buys in

Music: Manhattan nightclub gurus take over Williamsburg’s Northsix space. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Mr. Park-er and the vicious circle

Park Slope: A Park Slope man got a ticket because his neighbor did a most unneighborly thing — and now he’s fighting back. Comment.

Dark days on Atlantic

Carroll Gardens: A long-simmering feud between a local business group and city officials could extinguish the Victorian-style lampposts that line Atlantic Avenue. Comment.

Old timer

Dining: Gargiulo’s celebrates 100 years in Coney Island. Comments (1).

This is one crime that really smells

Park Slope: Detectives hunting the thieves who hit a chain drugstore on Flatbush Avenue on June 13 might want to call in the bloodhounds: the two men stole almost $2,000 in perfumes. Plus all the other crime from Park Slope! Comment.

Some steely memories: Ironworkers’ old hangout goes on the block

Carroll Gardens: The “For Sale” sign above a century-old Atlantic Avenue hole in the wall is stirring new memories of the Mohawk Indian ironworkers who once occupied the saloon’s long, wooden bar. Comments (1).

Your Local Police Blotter

Sex attack on quiet block

Bay Ridge: Police in Bay Ridge were hunting a man who allegedly sexually assaulted an off-duty female cop in her Colonial Road home on Wednesday night. Comment.

Dad-dater gets bashed in the head

Bay Ridge: Dating this dad can be hazardous to your health. That is the message to potential father suitors, after a 48-year-old woman was sent to the hospital by a young lady angry over the fact that she was dating her dad, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge. Comment.

Judging the giants

Dining: Our ratings of Brooklyn’s best-loved institutions. Comments (1).

Monty armed robbery, carjack

Downtown: Two men — who may have been armed — forced a Brooklyn Heights man to withdraw $800 from an ATM before ordering him to drive them to Manhattan on June 16. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Downtown and DUMBO. Comment.

Ride-by robbery

Fort Greene: He wasn’t just cycling for his health: A man on a bicycle ambushed a woman on June 12 just after 9 am, and snatched her pocketbook at the corner of Quincy and Classon avenues. Plus all the other crime news from Clinton Hill and Fort Greene. Comment.

Bottle rocket

Carroll Gardens: A gang of teenage hoodlums attacked a 32-year-old woman walking on Smith Street on June 12, police said — plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Red Hook. Comment.

Rick Moody

Checkin’ in with: The ‘Ice Storm’ writer sits down with GO Brooklyn for a chat. Comment.

Candy bar

Dining: Boerum Hill’s One Girl Cookies after dark! Comment.

Going up! Tower to rise above Clinton Hill

Fort Greene: A controversial 18-story tower will rise over Clinton Hill, despite the community’s frantic efforts to quash the project, and a lawmaker’s push to make such towers illegal. Comment.

… but downzone’s on the way

Rezoning: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill leaders presented a united front before the City’s Planning Commission on Wednesday — despite some internal squabbling — in a push to get the city to restrict building size in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comment.

War of dogs v. roses claims a gardener

Downtown: A veteran gardener has decided to quit rather than fight Fulton Landing dog owners, whose pets’ urine is damaging exotic grasses, herbs and flowers along Old Fulton Street. Comment.

Coney Aquarium makes noise at 50

The New York Aquarium’s Coney Island home turned 50 last week. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know. Comment.

Paulie pounding

Fighter Paulie Malignaggi got his revenge on Saturday — not only over his IBF Junior Welterweight title opponent, but also The Brooklyn Paper. Comment.

Sheemy’s Boot Camp Challenge

Fitness: Our Classified Sales Manager 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. Here is how he fared during his third week. Comments (1).

No sign of life

Park Slope: Workers installed LED signboards at Bergen Street, but 2-train rid­ers shouldn’t expect flashy L-train treatment soon. Comment.

Pipeline update

Bay Ridge: On Tuesday, Councilmembers Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge), Domenic Recchia (D–Coney Island) and Joseph Addabbo (D–Queens) looked over a map of the Buckeye Pipeline, which carries jet fuel from Linden, New Jersey to Kennedy Airport. Comment.

Hansel and Gretel meet Bay Ridge.

Bay Ridge: A look inside (sort of) at Bay Ridge’s “Gingerbread House.” Comments (2).

Seniors to DOT: Fix the light!

Downtown: The Department of Transportation has agreed to do a study of the traffic-choked intersection of Tillary and Adams streets in Downtown Brooklyn — the result of protests by local seniors who say that current light timing doesn’t give them enough time to cross the street. Comment.

Let Freeman ring! Civic Council tabs new leader

Park Slope: The Park Slope Civic Council has a new president — Ken Freeman. Comment.

Something for nothing?

Advertorial: When I was much younger, I read every book written by the Science Fiction master, Robert Heinlein. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

New 68 Cap’n rolls into town

Bay Ridge: New 68th Precinct commanding officer Eric Rodriguez parked the NYPD’s mobile command post on the eastern side of his precinct last week — and promptly got an earful from hundreds of residents who took advantage of his visit. Comment.

Family calendar

Parenting: Fun for the whole family! Comment.

Sloper Beth Hassrick, 46

Park Slope resident, Beth Hassrick, died on June 8, 2007. The cause was brain cancer. Comment.

Friday, June 22, 2007

DJ scratches ‘bomber’: Keen-eyed spinner may have caught ‘Splasher’

Art: A quick-acting disc jockey saved the day — and quite possibly helped catch the art world’s elusive Splasher — at Thursday night’s glitzy opening to graffiti legend Shepard Fairey’s DUMBO installation after one of the guests attempted to light a flammable device amidst a crowd of 500 street-art lovers. Comment.

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