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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007

New Paper baby

Veteran Brooklyn Paper covergirl Jane Kuntzman holds the newest member of The Paper family: her baby brother, Benjamin Henry Kuntzman. Comment.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Marty casts his line for Nordstrom

Development: The borough president who helped bring Trader Joe’s to Atlantic Avenue has set his sights on a new upscale target — a Nordstrom department store. Comment.

Barack and roll: Obamamania hits Brooklyn Heights

Politics: Presidential candidate Barack Obama was in Brooklyn Heights last week, meeting and greeting residents. Comment.

Horses: ‘Neigh’ to development

Park Slope: Horses at a beloved stable and riding academy in Kensington are going increasingly skittish, thanks to the construction of an apartment building next door. Comments (1).

Bloomy slightly sours Bruce’s sweet deal from the state

Atlantic Yards: City officials have reportedly trimmed a $300-million tax break for Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner that was rubberstamped by state lawmakers last month. Comment.

Marty’s blind spot

Editorial: Borough President Markowitz championed the MTA’s land giveaway to pal Bruce Ratner, yet now says MTA mismanagement is behind a proposed transit fare hike. Markowitz shares the blame Comment.

Sugar’s sordid story in Williamsburg

Beside the Point: The Domino sugar refinery in Williamsburg may be an important relic of 19th-century industrial architecture, but a far better reason for preserving it is the part it has played in the history of Brooklyn and of America. A gripping historical tale. Comments (1).

A tree falls in Brooklyn

Heights Lowdown: A co-op board decides to cut down a tree to save some cash. Comment.

Headless sculpture in waterfront park

Art: Vandals have destroyed Charon Luebbers’s “Urban Fossil Bird Woman,” a key part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s 25th anniversary show in the park at the foot of Main Street in DUMBO. Comment.

Snapping shots in the cemetery, naked

Art: Apparently nobody told Santiago Infantino that the dress code for at Green-Wood Cemetery is somber. Comment.

TV’s show

Music: TV on the Radio takes the stage at McCarren Pool this weekend. Comment.

Cops seek Hasid thug

Williamsburg: Cops are seeking this Hasidic man for the attempted knife-point kidnapping of a woman on July 7 in South Williamsburg. Comments (1).

Other Voices

Time to ‘band’ together in Slope

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist is sick of all the rubber bands that his letter carrier dumps on his block. Comments (3).

Smartmom finds that there’s no escape from this vacation

Smartmom: Smartmom went to Block Island — alone — and did not want to come back. Comment.

Making waves

Music: TV isn’t the only thing on the radio in Brooklyn. Comment.

Markowitz for mayor? Our readers respond

Letters: Our mailbag is full with letters about Borough President Markowitz’s run for mayor, Barack Obama’s run for president, a state bill to ban the distribution of some flyers and the conclusion of the Arena Bagels saga. Comment.

The man in the old pickup

PS … I Love You: Our columnist tells the story of a homeless man, a pickup truck and a woman with a big heart. Comment.

Creaming California

Dining: Prospect Heights takes on the West Coast and wins. Comments (1).

Neighborhood Columnists

Dad feels like Trader (Joe’s)

Brooklyn South: Our columnist searches for meaning — and guilt-free snacks — at Trader Joe’s. Comment.

She can’t go home again

Greene Acres: Our columnist’s old Fort Greene digs — the $750 three-bedroom apartment that she called home a mere four years ago — was one of Brownstoner.com’s “condos of the day” last week. Naturally, she tried to go home again. Comment.

Plenty of traffic in race for Boro Prez

Politics: Councilman Charles Barron makes it official — he’s running for borough president. Comment.

Go hog wild

Dining: Little Piggy (Market), let us in! Comment.

Marty trims ‘Lighten Up’

Politics: Borough President Markowitz put “Lighten Up Brooklyn” on a diet this year — sponsoring just three days of walking tours instead of a monthlong weight-loss initiative. Comment.

Risk-Carlton: Will a fancy boutique hotel thrive on gritty Fourth Ave?

Park Slope: The Brooklyn Paper got a first peek inside Brooklyn’s first boutique hotel — Hotel Le Bleu — and discovered a very modern, tasteful, 48-room, glass-and-steel complex. The room is beautiful. The view, not so much. Comments (2).

Crab man’s arty grab bag

Art: Two stories above the frozen fish and live crustaceans of the Red Hook Fairway, a man who has spent his adult life pursuing the Alaska King Crab has opened a gallery for the art he fell in love while at sea. Comment.

Caught in their Web

Art: Brooklyn artists recruit for new online community. Comment.

7th Av Books set to close

Park Slope: A dog-eared Park Slope bookstore will close unless a buyer comes to its rescue before the end of August. Comment.

Port operator on the Hook: City backs down from plan to evict longshoremen

Red Hook: City officials are on the brink of rolling out a new development plan for the Red Hook waterfront — a move that is expected to keep cargo ships on the piers and scuttle a plan to expand the Brooklyn cruise ship terminal, borough officials said this week. Comment.

High strung

Music: Meet Jenny Scheinman, Brooklyn’s busiest violinist. Comment.

Liz Garbus

Checkin’ in with: The Park Slope director talks to GO Brooklyn about her new film, “Coma.” Comments (1).

Zanes traffic jam

Music: Tout le monde was at Dan Zanes’s “Celebrate Brooklyn!” concert on Sunday — even Harry Potter. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

9th St bike lane tolls for thee

Park Slope: Cyclists and local business owners are already fuming over bike lanes that were installed earlier this month on Ninth Street. Comment.

New freaks

Event: Coney Island welcomes a new circus. Comment.

Farm gals robbed while they sell the cabbage

Park Slope: Two farmhands were robbed when their Chevy van was broken into while they worked the farmers market in Grand Army Plaza on July 21 — plus all the other crime news from Park Slope. Comment.

Does not compute

Carroll Gardens: A 23-year-old man’s apartment was ransacked for tech equipment — plus all the crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. Comment.

Coffee clashes at popular chain

Downtown: Two women were pick-pocketed at two franchises of the same ubiquitous coffee chain within 30 minutes of each other on July 21 — plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Downtown and DUMBO. Comment.

Nightmare on Clinton Avenue

Fort Greene: A garage owner was brutally beaten — first with a baseball bat and a handgun, and later burned with a lighter — just as he was closing his Clinton Avenue parking lot for the night on July 15. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comment.

Cops target DUMBO crime

Downtown: Peaceful DUMBO was crawling with cops this week in an effort to stop a mini-crime wave that has swept the usually quiet area between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Comment.

Rock brunch

Nightlife: A new Williamsburg brunch spot is Adding more than just Tobasco to your eggs. Comment.

A sweet future for sugar plant

Williamsburg: The old Domino Sugar refinery complex on the Williamsburg waterfront will be transformed into 2,220 units of housing, commercial space and four acres of public park under a $1.3-billion development plan unveiled this week. Comment.

Ghost bike gone from Williamsburg street

Williamsburg: What happened to the ghost bike memorial near the Williamsburg Bridge? Comments (3).

Big art

Art: Now that’s a gigantic painting! Comment.

Supershooter to the rescue! Gadfly buzzes work sites

Fort Greene: A self-styled superhero — who keeps her identity as hidden as any good Marvel or DC hero — is going around the neighborhood snapping disposable and cellphone-camera photos of perilous construction practices. All that’s missing is a cape and a utility belt. Comment.

Who battered this dog?

Fort Greene: Animal care officials are asking for help from anyone who may have witnessed the abuse of a two-year-old Rottweiler in Clinton Hill last month, during which the pup was apparently tied with an electrical cord and hit in the face. Comment.

Triple-threat Cyclones coverage

The fire in Big Newk still burns

Play’s the Thing: The Bard of Brooklyn baseball visits with Dodger great, Don Newcombe. Comment.

Appell of our eyes

Cyclones: He may be an Ivy Leaguer, but now Cyclones reliever Josh Appell is pitching smart, too. A good slider helps. Comment.

Advice from Newk: Run, run, run!

Cyclones: Dodger great Don Newcombe stopped by Keyspan Park and doled out advice to would-be greats. Comment.

Holy Moises! Alou is a Cyclone!

Ups & Downs: Here’s the scoop on Moises Alou’s rehab appearance with the Cyclones on Sunday, July 22. Comment.

Fournier likes to rock hat left

Cyclones: DH Chris Fournier is making an odd fashion statement. Comments (1).

A river runs through it

Downtown: Why does Cadman Plaza Park flood whenever it rains? The Parks Department says, “Don’t blame us.” Comment.

Police thwart drug heist

Bay Ridge: Thieves broke into a local drug store, but a quick response by police busted up the July 23 heist — plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. Comment.

Why France matters

Advertorial: I never understood the whole “boycott France” idea. France never said “No” to President Bush when it came to going into Iraq, yet some uninformed members of Congress loudly began to lay blame on France for almost all that was wrong with the world today. France never said “No”. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Family calendar

Parenting: A week’s worth of fun for you and your family. Comment.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Piece of cake: Dyker downzone is official

Rezoning: Dyker Heights will have its re-zoning, and eat it too. Comment.

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