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Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007

The phantom of the L train

Theater: A new musical skewers the hipster hordes of Williamsburg. Comments (1).

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007

Jew to lead Arabic school

Park Slope: The city has appointed a Jewish educator to salvage its first Arabic language and culture academy following the resignation of the school’s founder — plus our exclusive “Timeline of a debacle.” Comment.

Homecoming King

Rudy Giuliani preached to the choir during a private fundraiser for his 2008 presidential campaign at an Ocean Parkway Sephardic synagogue on Monday. Comment.

School of rock

Music: Forget arts and crafts, local girls rock out at music camp. Comment.

Barack to come back

Politics: Barack Obama will swing into the Borough of Kings for the second time in four weeks to soak up more financial and moral support of Brooklynites. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Hot sheets yield to hot prices

Park Slope: Work has begun to turn a former Lincoln Place brothel into luxury condos. Comment.

Ratner knew! City: Bruce endangered workers at Yards site

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner could have prevented the potentially deadly partial collapse of the Wards Bakery in April that sent bricks raining onto Pacific Street, according to a long-awaited Department of Buildings report. Comment.

PR war in Coney

Coney Island: The city has brought in new troops in its ongoing public relations war against a would-be Coney Island developer, hiring a high-powered former state Assemblywoman for a new PR blitz a month before the fight is set to begin in earnest. Comment.

Yassky schools Walentas on plan

DUMBO: A Brooklyn Heights lawmaker has blown a spitball at DUMBO real-estate baron David Walentas’s controversial plan for an 18-story, 400-unit complex near the Brooklyn Bridge by demanding that the 300-seat school — which was included in the project to generate support for the entire plan — actually be built in the state’s Brooklyn Bridge Park development nearby. Comment.

NYU eyes Brooklyn

Downtown: New York University is coming to Brooklyn — and so is its voracious appetite for real estate. Comment.

Time will not tell: Brooklyn ‘clock block’ continues for foreseeable future

Downtown: Only time will tell when Brooklyn’s own timepiece — the clock atop the 512-foot-tall Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower — will start tolling for us again, despite recent assurances by the building’s owner that the beloved four-faced chronograph would be restored by July 4. Comment.

Flippin’ out!

Fort Greene: This boarded up brownstone, on Fulton Street between Clinton and Waverly avenues, was recently snapped up by a development group for $953,000, presumably to be converted into luxury condos. Comment.

City now seeks ‘Railroad’ ties

Downtown plan: Oh the irony: After spending more than two years preparing for the demolition of Duffield Street homes that many believe were stations on the Underground Railroad, the Bloomberg Administration now says it wants to “to commemorate abolitionist activity that occurred in Brooklyn in the 1800s.” Comment.

Downtown going Williamsburg

Downtown plan: A little bit of hipsterdom is on its way to a gritty intersection of Downtown Brooklyn. Comments (2).

Roll call

Dining: Tina gets her claws on the borough’s best lobster rolls. Comment.

It’s all relative

Dining: Two brothers open My Hero, a sandwich shop in Windsor Terrace. Comment.

Other Voices

Arabic school missteps

Editorial: Our editorial take on the city’s ongoing inept handling of an Arabic language and culture school. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist takes on the Khalil Gibran Academy debacle. Comment.

Nathan’s grandson chides Paper for pro-Thor editorial

Letters: This week’s mailbag is full of letters about our coverage of Thor Equities’ Coney Island plan, Borough President Markowitz’s dream of a Brooklyn Nordstrom, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a bike lane on Ninth Street, an unstable stable near a construction site in Kensington, and, of course, our recent award as “Newspaper of the Year.” Comment.

I paid $11 for this strange fruit — and I’d do it again!

Brooklyn Angle: Mangosteens have finally landed in America — and our columnist has ’em! Comments (11).

Verses & Reverses

Perspective: Our poet weighs in on the conversion of a former brothel into luxury condos. Comment.

No ‘Prospect’ for more car-free hours in park

Park Slope: Mayor Bloomberg’s quest for a “greater and greener New York” apparently excludes Brooklyn, some activists were howling last week after the city reduced the number of hours that cars can drive through Central Park, yet maintained the same vehicular hours in Prospect Park. Comments (1).

Barge pool gets new bus

Bridge ‘Park’: It’s now easier to get to the Floating Pool on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront. Comment.

Your family

Third birthday party is ‘Ducky’

Smartmom: Ducky turns 3 — and all rejoice. Comment.

Family Calendar

Parenting: Fun for the whole family — all week long. Comment.

Breaking chews

Dining: Cobble Hill’s Cafe on Clinton to reopen. Comment.

Squawk! Parrots invade Park Slope

Park Slope: Brooklyn’s legendary Monk parrots have migrated to Park Slope. Comments (3).

Are rou ronna rinish rhat?

Downtown: This man’s dog gets a little too close for comfort at the Heights Cafe. Comment.

Hall’s way

Music: A Brooklyn band lets loose with their bluegrass sound. Comment.

FEMA inspects damage

Bay Ridge: Five days after an extremely rare tornado ripped through Bay Ridge, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency — you remember them from Hurricane Katrina — surveyed the damage to determine whether some residents are eligible for federal aid. They made no promises. Comment.

Mural support on 3rd Ave

Carroll Gardens: You can’t miss this mural rising over Third Avenue — and maybe it will help drivers stop hitting kids. Comment.

Stabbing haunts Club Shadows

Bay Ridge: A man was stabbed outside of Club Shadows, the embattled Fourth Avenue nightclub, on Aug. 10, police said. Comments (1).

Triple-threat Cyclones coverage

Jackie’s legend lives on

Play’s the Thing: Our columnist recalls Jackie Robinson on his day at Keyspan Park. Comments (1).

Cyclones have that all-star impact

Cyclones: The six Brooklyn Cyclones who were selected to the New York-Penn League All-Star team had a huge impact on Tuesday night’s game — for better and for worse, it turned out. Comment.

Freeman to Hall

Cyclones: A Cyclone got into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. OK, so it’s a fluke! Comment.

Kunz the man at Span

Cyclones: Newcomer Eddie Kunz is the Mets’ first top overall draft pick to join the Cyclones to start his professional career in Brooklyn since Scott Kazmir in 2002 — so the reliever knows expectations will be high. Comment.

Voyles back from beaning

Cyclones: J.R. Voyles, the third-baseman who missed a week after being hit in the face with a pitch, is back. Comment.

Mark of the Beasties

Music: The Beastie Boys play their first show in the borough. Comment.

Boerum Hill crime down — but not out

Carroll Gardens: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has declared the bad old days officially over in fast-changing South Brooklyn — but, like Faulkner said, the mayhem of the past isn’t dead. In fact, it’s not even past. Comment.

Brown alert! Con Ed cuts power

Williamsburg: Con Edison cut power to rapidly developing Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Clinton Hill, and part of Bedford-Stuyvesant last week. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Comment.

Rapes spike in 88th Precinct

Fort Greene: Cops are examining why there has been an “uptick” in alleged rape cases in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comments (1).

Flotilla with a message: Boaters protest waste-transfer station

Bay Ridge: Almost 232 years to the day after the British crossed The Narrows and began “the Battle of Brooklyn,” another flotilla — albeit smaller — declared war on a proposed waste-transfer station in Gravesend. Comment.

‘Great’ stench still vexes neighbors

Bay Ridge: The situation at the Great Wall Supermarket on Fort Hamilton Parkway still stinks, according to neighbors. Comment.

Shoe show

Music: ”Buckle My Shoe,” comes to Prospect Park. Comment.

Burglars hit 4 apartments and a church

Park Slope: A crazy week for break-ins and robberies in Park Slope. Comment.

Seoul’d out

Cinema: The Korean Film Festival lands at BAM. Comment.

Breaks into kitchen, steals $1,000 knife

Bay Ridge: A thief with a taste for fine cutlery broke into a Third Avenue restaurant and made off with some change and one expensive knife on Aug. 11 — plus all the other crime news from the 68th and 62nd precincts in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights. Comment.

Downtown precinct hit with mayhem spree

Downtown: The 84th Precinct experienced a mini–crime wave that featured seven robberies or attempted robberies in only five days — but also resulted in five collars. Comment.

Fooled by the old sublet scam

Downtown: A 21-year-old woman lost more than $1,000 in an online housing scam — plus all the other crime from the 84th Precinct. Comment.

Cops are hunting for this man

Downtown: Cops are hunting this suspect who they believe robbed the North Fork bank branch on Livingston Street on Aug. 6. Comment.

Hot crime

Fort Greene: A man and woman were caught on tape — but not caught by cops — as they tried to steal merchandise from a lingerie store near the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues on Aug. 11 — plus all the other crime from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

A sober crime

Carroll Gardens: A gun-wielding bandit robbed a Boerum Hill beer distributor but neglected to steal any of the booze — plus all the other crime news from the Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Tornado brings out the best

Yellow Hooker: Our libertarian columnist had to admit something after last Wednesday’s tornado: Sometimes government can work. Comment.

City throws ice on vendors

Brooklyn South: Our columnist can’t understand what the city has against her beloved Red Hook taco vendors. Comment.

Six degrees of renovation

Greene Acres: It’s taken six years for the city to build a community center in the Ingersoll Houses. Comment.

The fungus is among us

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist stalks the less-than-elusive source of the raw meat stench in the Hillside Dog Park on Columbia Heights. Comments (1).

Triple play

Theater: Baseball and opera together? You betcha. Comment.

War stories

Relive the Battle of Brooklyn.  Comment.

Approach the bench: $3K gets you one in Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene: Fort Greene Park may get three-dozen new benches — but don’t start plopping down in celebration just yet. The park only gets the goods if people “sponsor” the benches by coughing up $3,000 a pop. Comment.

Now that’s a nice rack! New bike stands are popping up all over the Slope

Park Slope: Bike racks are popping up all over in Park Slope — and you can thank the city. Comment.

Burglary busted! Local precinct sees 50-percent drop in thefts

Williamsburg: If you’re feeling safer in Williamsburg, there may be a good reason: Just-released crime statistics show that burglaries are down 50 percent. Comment.

Golf tournament honors soldier

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s Marine Captain John McKenna, 30, who died in Iraq after being shot while coming to the aid of fallen comrade, will be honored with a charity golf tournament on Sept. 24. Comment.

Chardonnay, California Style, Part 1

Advertorial: One of the current forms of wine snobbery is to refer to yourself as a member of “The ABC Club”: Anything But Chardonnay. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

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