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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Trader Joe’s in the bank

Downtown plan: It’s official: Trader Joe’s is coming to Atlantic Avenue. Comment.

Bloomy does Brooklyn

Politics: City Hall has moved to Brooklyn for two weeks — and Mayor Bloomberg’s staffers say they are already thinking better than ever! Comment.

Yassky: Stop Ratner gravy train

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner will reap a whopping 50-percent profit on his Atlantic Yards investment, a prominent Brooklyn lawmaker charged this week as he called for an end to the massive taxpayer subsidy of the mega-development. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Update: CB10 backs Home Depot

Atlantic Yards: Despite considerable anger, Community Board 10 backed a developer’s plan for a Home Depot on Eighth Avenue in Bay Ridge Comment.

Dogs and costumes and shrubbery — oh, my!

Carroll Gardens: A developer’s plan to build apartments on a gritty block in the Columbia Street Waterfront District has turned into a near parody of the old saga of builders and their displaced tenants. This time, the displaced tenants are not the needy, the sick or the homeless, but pampered cats and dogs, fancy costumes, and lush foliage. Comment.

‘Block’ busted building is for sale

Atlantic Yards: A Dean Street house that was the site of a bizarre attempt to seal in a family that was still living inside is on the market again. Comment.

Park or parking? DUMBO decides

Downtown: The once trash-strewn parking lot at Pearl and Water streets in DUMBO has been transformed into what supporters say will become a neighborhood hangout, but others feel isn’t worth the valuable parking spaces it is sitting on. Comment.

Vet shooter in peerless show

Our own irascible shutterbug, Tom Callan, who has been shooting Brooklyn for the better part of three decades, has opened up his files for a retrospective of his work opening next Friday in Red Hook. Comments (5).

The 2007 Hot Dog–Eating Contest

Chestnut great, but Koby is the hero

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist finds a new American hero at the hot dog-eating contest. Hint: It ain’t the American. Comment.

No ‘brains’ for Chestnut

Sure, Joey Chestnut won the hot dog-eating championship — but he now says he won’t touch Takeru Kobayashi’s greatest achievement: his cow-brain-eating record. Comment.

Witness to history: I am the Frankster

Perspective: Our man inside the bun gives us his exclusive report from the Nathan’s hot dog–eating contest on July 4. Comment.

Cops grab cameraman: Lawyer says cops are running wild

Fort Greene: Cops arrested a Brooklyn activist on Saturday morning after he tried to use his cellphone to photograph the allegedly brutal arrest of a Muslim man in Clinton Hill, according to the lawyer representing both men. Comments (2).

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comments (1).

Paper gets ‘Qaeda’ threat

The Brooklyn Paper was one of 20 news outlets nationwide that received a letter about an apparent plot against investment giant, Goldman Sachs. “Goldman Sachs. Hundreds will die. We are inside. You can’t stop us,” read the letter, which was signed, “A.Q.U.S.A.” Comment.

Pol pushes for black magic

Bay Ridge: State Sen. Marty Golden hosts a “Harry Potter” party. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Comment.

Harold Rogovin, craftsman, 81, repaired Lady Liberty

Harold Rogovin, the father of Brooklyn Paper Publisher Celia Weintrob and a metal-working master who participated in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and the domes of Ellis Island two decades ago, died Saturday, June 30, in Tampa, Fla., after suffering a stroke in December. Comments (1).

Longfellow deserves serenade, not dishonor

Letters: This week’s mailbag is full of letters commenting on other letter writers’ letters — plus missives about Grand Army Plaza, a school that wants to strip the Longfellow name off the front, the Khalil Gibran International Academy, the new floating pool, a group of wacky artists on Eldert Street, the hope for an F express train and, of course, Atlantic Yards. Comment.

Sketched out

Books: ‘Local’ comic book writer Brian Wood immortalizes the borough. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Taking a bite out of Smith St

Brooklyn South: Our columnist takes a bite out of the $11 toothbrush that’s now on sale on Smith Street. Comment.

Thou shalt not make a noise

Greene Acres: The city finally takes on God. Comments (1).

Army Plaza must be really ‘grand’

PS … I Love You: Our columnist decodes the Grand Army Plaza plan. Comment.

Alternate side of street parking

Heights Lowdown: The mystery “illegal” parker of Pierrepont Street has broken his silence! To our columnist! Exclusively! Comment.

Is Kohen Ridge Ratner?

Yellow Hooker: If Andrew Kohen’s plan to build a Home Depot in Bay Ridge is defeated, you can thank — or blame — Bruce Ratner. Comment.

Bastille bites

Dining: Celebrate French independence with two of the best new spots in town. Comment.

Your family

It’s an Ingmar Bergman time of life

Smartmom: Smartmom has been on a steady diet of Ingmar Bergman movies — and now she knows why. Comment.

Family calendar

Parenting: All the family fun around the borough Comment.

Slope kids play on the digital sandlot

Sandlot baseball has finally gone 21st century. The great ball field tradition of pick-up baseball — which school ballplayers from the days of Babe Ruth — has been revived in Park Slope with a little help from the Internet. Comment.

Get baked

Dining: Can Oven withstand the heat on Henry Street? Comment.

Bed (Stuy) & Breakfast

An unlikely local love nest for your in-town summer vacation. Comments (1).

Triple-threat Cyclones coverage

Class-A the big uneasy for 5-year vet Schilling

Cyclones: Cyclones second baseman Micah Schilling was a first-round draft pick straight out of his Louisiana high school in 2002, making him one of the top prospects in all of baseball. So why is he still in Class-A ball? Comment.

See ya later, Bubba

Cyclones: Bubba Trammell is a former major leaguer — and a former Met to boot — but when he came to town last week as a member of the Aberdeen Ironbirds, the Cyclones pitching staff struck him out four times in eight at-bats. Comment.

He’s Clones’ hair apparent

Cyclones: Ballplayers will do almost anything for good luck. Some tie their shoes differently or eat only chicken before games. Jason Jacobs tried a mustache. Comment.

The plot thickens

Play’s the Thing: Our columnist recalls 1951, when the Giants stole — literally, stole — the pennant from the Dodgers Comment.

Wiggin’ out

Cyclones: A woman wigs out on the Cyclone — and our reporter is there! Comment.

Capping it off

Cyclones: Brandan Kawal may be from California, but the version of the Dodgers that he loves is from Brooklyn. Comment.

A great week for the first-place Clones!

Cyclones: Here are this week’s game summaries. Comment.

The Professor of Pitching preaches

Cyclones: As promised in our last issue, we will now discuss the Cyclones’ impressive pitching staff — not an easy task since the Cyclones have 17 hurlers. Comment.

What’s inn

The borough’s top spots for making sure out-of-towners don’t stay with you. Comment.

A frosty fix

Dining: What’s the deal with iced coffee? Comment.

Hot middle school gets suspension center

Fort Greene: The city announced it will squeeze a center for suspended students into one of Fort Greene’s best-performing middle schools, just days after it bowed to community outrage and quashed a plan to house a similar center in another junior high just a few blocks away. Comments (2).

Pols: Easy going ‘green’

Politics: Press release, press release, in our e-mail, who is the greenest pol of all? Comment.

Park ‘rapist’ admits to sex, but says it was consensual

Park Slope: The former Trinidadian Olympian arrested last week and charged with raping two women in Prospect Park in June admitted that he had sex with his victims, but claims the encounters were consensual, prosecutors said this week. Comment.

Ninth St makes way for bikes

Park Slope: The Department of Transportation kept its word and, almost overnight, added bike lanes to Ninth Street in Park Slope last week. Comment.

This brew’s for you

Dining: The best cold coffee in Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Yankee fan thief loses game to fast-thinking teller

Park Slope: A Yankee-loving bank robber was foiled by a fast-thinking teller who called cops after tricking the villain into believing she had gone into a back room to get some money — plus all the crime from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Doctor’s notes

Music: The Brooklyn Philharmonic’s new music therapy programcould be instrumental to good health. Comment.

Burglary spree hits Main St, in DUMBO

Downtown: A fashionable DUMBO office building is in the midst of a crime spree featuring a thief who knocks through sheetrock walls to steal goods — plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown. Comment.

Foiled again?

Fort Greene: A 14-year-old would-be bank robber was foiled by a cop who happened to be in the Atlantic Avenue branch when the pint-sized perp put his failed plan into action on July 5 — plus all the crime from the 88th Precinct. Comment.

Thief steals time from old lady

Bay Ridge: A 72-year-old woman lost a lot of time last week — $7,500 in valuable watches was stolen from her apartment. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. Comment.

Hamilton Av bridge work all summer

Carroll Gardens: Construction on the Hamilton Avenue Bridge, a key Gowanus Canal span that carries traffic to and from the Battery Tunnel, has so far caused few traffic problems since beginning on June 30, even though half of the bridge’s eight driving lanes are closed. Comment.

Ikea hit again

Carroll Gardens: A valuable stash of copper cable wire was stolen from the Ikea construction site on Beard Street in Red Hook sometime between June 22 and 26, police said — plus all the other crime news from Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook and Boerum Hill. Comment.

The ice cream man cometh: Brooklynites welcome a free treat

The famed “Ice Cream Man” finally did Brooklyn last week — and everyone from our famously dieting Borough President to steamed kids to coiffed hipsters loved him. Comments (1).

Fly by

Art: The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition takes DUMBO.  Comment.

Mature magic

Books: Grown-up Harry Potter party makes kids vanish! Comment.

Cell tower war off the hook

Bay Ridge: It’s getting ugly on 81st Street, where tenants of an apartment building — furious over the installation of cellphone equipment on their roof — confronted workers and nearly came to blows with their landlord’s relative after construction crews began installing more phone machinery. Comments (3).

Police arrest Rev. Billy for harassing them

Park Slope: Rev. Billy was arrested last month. His crime? Reciting the First Amendment to cops. Comment.

Soul patrol

Music: Are the McCarren Pool hipsters ready for the ‘Ponderosa Stomp’? Comment.

No braking for alleycats

Downtown: DUMBO’s quaint cobblestone streets will be taken over next Saturday by thrill-seeking bike messengers in a renegade “alleycat” race across the neighborhood. Comment.

Slowing down Dahlgren Place

Bay Ridge: Residents of Dahlgren Place won a small victory this week when the city agreed to finally install a speed limit sign on the fast-moving street. Comment.

Center moving next to precinct

Downtown: A Downtown Brooklyn homeless outreach center — which has recently sparked complaints of drug-addicts shooting up on brownstone stoops and homeless people using vestibules as toilets — is moving to a less-populated street. Comment.

Shemmy’s Boot Camp Challenge: The finale

Fitness: Our Classified Sales Manager Adam El-Sheemy has finally completed the “Boot Camp Challenge,” a grueling, thrice-weekly workout regimen set up by two personal trainers. Each week, he’s given us his scintillating report about the struggle. Now, he revels just how much less of him there is to love. Comment.

I Hate Margarita Mix!

Sponsored Content: There: I said it, loud and clear. I hate Margarita mix! Now, I love a good, cold Margarita, straight up, salt the rim, please. It’s one of my favorite cocktails, and one that becomes even more popular when the weather turns hot. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Verses & Reverses

Perspective: The poet laureate of Park Slope weighs in on the recent glut of articles about the neighborhood. Comment.