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Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007

Cyclones take playoff series from Yanks; finals next

Cyclones: The Brooklyn Cyclones swept aside their hated rivals, the reigning champion Staten Island Yankees, in the opening round of the New York–Penn League playoffs with a spirited 3–1 victory on Monday night at Keyspan Park. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007

Garden snakes

Bay Ridge: A mysterious gang of marauding foliage thieves has been yanking flowers and snagging herbs right out of the gardens of some lush homes in Bay Ridge. Comments (3).

Marty’s trolley folly

Park Slope: A trolley-styled shuttle bus that was conceived as a way of generating tourism to Brooklyn’s cultural destinations is actually being mostly used by locals hitching a free ride, a new study has found — yet Borough President Markowitz is about to sink hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars into keeping the “disappointing” system going. Comments (1).

Bush’s tornado aid goes to Queens, not Brooklyn

President Bush will send disaster relief funds to victims of the Aug. 8 storm that unleashed a tornado on Bay Ridge — but the White House is only sending the money to Queens, not Brooklyn. Comment.

Heath-Michelle split has B’Hill gossiping — about their brownstone!

Carroll Gardens: All of Hollywood is talking about the demise of A-list sweethearts Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams — but the pair’s Boerum Hill neighbors are much more interested in the real gossip: who will get the couple’s $3.5-million Dean Street brownstone! Comment.

Book it

Books: We hope you did your summer reading because on Sept. 16, the second annual Brooklyn Book Festival is hitting town. Comment.

Media descends on Gibran as Arabic school opens

Carroll Gardens: Reporters hoping that something explosive would happen at the opening of the Khalil Gibran International Academy on Tuesday were sorely disappointed: The school opened and there were no problems. Comment.

Report: Cruise industry fails Red Hook

Red Hook: The Queen Mary 2 is a sinking ship when it comes to creating new jobs and revenue in New York, according to a report issued last week by an industry trade organization. Comments (2).

Hampton Jitney extends its Brooklyn stay

The Hampton Jitney’s foray into Brooklyn — a daring three-month experiment for the Manhattan-centric luxury bus-line — has been declared a success and will be continued at least through January. Comments (2).

Building an appetite

Downtown: A new International House of Pancakes restaurant is being slapped down on Livingston Street near Bond Street in Downtown. IHOP, as its fans know it, is popular nationwide for late-night service and cheap eats — but for now, we’ll skip the “Rooty Tooty Fresh ’N’ Fruity” breakfast in favor of the Lumberjack Breakfast at the nearby Carroll Gardens Classic Diner on Smith Street. The only other Brooklyn location for the California-based chain is on Ralph Avenue in distant Flatbush. Comment.

A chicken-and-egg thing

Why are Red Hook’s chickens getting a stage at Farm Aid? Comments (2).

Reel changes

Cinema: Have online movie rentals killed the video store in Brooklyn? Comment.

Drawing the line on global warming

Politics: Global warming is happening. The scientists say it, the mayor says it, and even the president is talking the talk. Now, one Brooklyn artist is walking the walk. Comments (1).

The Latest Development News

Down on Duffield

Downtown plan: Duffield Street homeowner Joy Chatel believes that if someone would just give her a chance to meet with Mayor Bloomberg, she could get him to abandon a longstanding plan to raze her home — which many historians believe was a stop on the Underground Railroad — to make way for a new park and an underground garage. Comment.

Booming fall for Gardens, Hill

Carroll Gardens: More than 2,000 new housing units are in the works in Carroll Gardens and the gritty area east of the Gowanus Canal between Sackett and Fifth streets. But a growing number of naysayers want to slow the pace of development. Comment.

R.I.P.

Cinema: A history of defunct devices. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

So, did he sniff her panties?

Brooklyn South: A tale of a landlord who may or may not have sniffed his tenant’s panties. Comments (1).

The real story of an old pool

Beside the Point: Our columnist — a Greenpoint insider — tells the real story of the McCarren Park pool. Comments (1).

Baby-buggy bandit in Ridge

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist uncovers a rash of stroller-jackings in Bay Ridge! Comments (1).

Ricky’s opens! Where’s the porn?

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist hits the back room at Ricky’s and finds that she doesn’t even blush. Comments (1).

A blog battle of Brooklyn

PS … I Love You: Our columnist weighs in on the blog war against Elementi, a new — and actually good — restaurant. Comments (2).

Good ol’ days? Not so much

Greene Acres: Our columnist goes to a lecture by some old ladies and discovers that the so-called “good old days” weren’t so great. Comments (2).

Raw talent

Dining: Nanatori goes beyond just fish and makes a splash. Comments (1).

Seeing stars

Dining: How Franny’s is dealing with its marquee moment. Comment.

Buckeye’s fighting back

Bay Ridge: Threat? What threat? Comment.

Tipsy? Best walk with a friend in the 90th Precinct

Williamsburg: Slightly tipsy pub-crawlers and late-night subway commuters are being increasingly targeted in Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct, officers at the Union Avenue stationhouse told The Brooklyn Paper. Comment.

Black Rabbit’s hip hop

Dining: Greenpoint’s coolest new bar trades in the ‘hood’s Polish history for a British vibe. Comment.

Advice-giving robber nabbed!

Williamsburg: The chutzpah-filled thief who not only robbed a Williamsburg cabbie, but advised him to “put in a partition,” was nabbed this week when he tried to pull off the same crime. Comment.

Other Voices

Brooklyn’s tourist trap

Editorial: Two new reports show that Brooklyn’s leaders need to do more to attract visitors and keep them here long enough to spend their money. Comment.

All drawn out

Red Hook: Our cartoonist’s take. Comments (1).

It’s the last first day for Smartmom

Smartmom: Smartmom and her fellow mom-friends mark the opening day of school. Comments (1).

Gersh’s push for green angers some Slopers

Letters: Somehow, our columnist’s anti-litter call angered some former Park Slopers — plus letters on Brooklyn hospitality, the late John Gallahue, plans for a rodeo in Prospect Park, President Bush’s slow response to the Bay Ridge tornado, a former brothel in Park Slope, and the fine work being done by our Bay Ridge reporter, Matthew Lysiak. Comment.

John’s song

Cinema: Turturro sings to GO Brooklyn about his new movie musical. Comment.

Pineapple turns sour

Downtown: This summer has been no fruit smoothie for businesses along Pineapple Walk, thanks to the enormous blue scaffolding that transformed the once sunny pedestrian shopping strip into a forbidding, gloomy cave. Comment.

Triple-threat Cyclones coverage

Jacobs leads at plate, in clubhouse

Cyclones: Catcher Jason Jacobs is having what may be the best offensive year in Cyclones history — but he doesn’t only lead in the statistical categories. He leads on the field, too. Comment.

Pitching should lift Clones

Play’s the Thing: The Bard of Brooklyn baseball sizes up the coming playoff clash between the Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees. Good news: He’s predicting a win! Comments (1).

Paper Exclusive: Ketchup speaks!

Cyclones: One of the three racing hot dogs who race from the left-field wall to home plate after the top of fifth inning says he still has a shot to win it all. Comment.

Clone set to dance

Cyclones: Cyclones infielder Joaquin Rodriguez hasn’t had the easiest time of it at first base this season, so he’s doing what any committed professional would do to improve himself: he’s taking dancing lessons. Comment.

Yanks throw at our leader

Cyclones: How intense is the rivalry between the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones? A near-beaning of a Cyclone player is the latest evidence. Comment.

Cyclones hold on to first place

Cyclones: The Cyclones are sputtering towards the New York–Penn League playoffs, ending the week with a razor-thin lead over the second-place (and defending champion) Staten Island Yankees, but the Clones did lock up a playoff berth — and a Yankees-Cyclones first-round battle appears likely as we went to press. Comment.

Dad glad with a dinger

Cyclones: Matt Bouchard hit his first professional home run with his mother and father in attendance. And it was his dad’s birthday. Comment.

Iran’s trans

Cinema: The best of NewFest comes to BAM. Comment.

Bad crime, good collar in park

Park Slope: Two thugs violently mugged a woman on Prospect Park West on Aug. 31— but the perps were quickly collared by a cop on the beat. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Guards sell false sense of security

Bay Ridge: A team of men selling a home security system ended up stealing their would-be client’s credit card on Aug. 28, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. Comment.

Late-night heist

Downtown: A mugging in the heart of DUMBO — plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Downtown and DUMBO’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

All aboard

Music: Opera takes over the Red Hook piers. Comment.

Teens mugged for cellphone

Carroll Gardens: A 19-year old woman was assaulted and robbed on the corner of Warren and Smith streets on Aug. 29, police said. Plus all the other crime news from Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook and Boerum Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Fighting back

Fort Greene: A man put up a fight against his would-be mugger, but the thug got away with the man’s iPod on Aug. 26. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Scary home invasion on Scholes Street

Williamsburg: A woman returned to her Scholes Street apartment on Sept. 2 and quickly realized that there was a burglar inside. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comments (1).

Man the Fort

Music: Park it in Fort Greene this weekend for a controversial neighborhood festival. Comment.

Cafe is clean, but biz falters

Fort Greene: Cafe Lafayette, whose reputation was poisoned after it popped up on a politician’s “dirtiest-restaurant” list two years ago, has cleaned up its act, yet remains on the verge of death. Comments (2).

Last call for Club Shadows?

Bay Ridge: This may be Club Shadows’ last dance. On Aug. 22, the embattled Fourth Avenue nightclub’s plea offer was rejected by the State Liquor Authority who came back with an offer of its own — give up your liquor license or go to trial. Comment.

A true storefront artist

Art: Local artist Dillon de Give has a new gimmick: TV sets broadcasting his quirky videos have popped up in three stores. Comment.

Judith Zuk, 55, led Botanic Garden

Judith Zuk, who ran the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for 15 years and was an influential botany educator and a lover of magnolias, died last week after a long struggle with breast cancer. She was 55. Comment.

Fight to save historic DUMBO

Downtown: DUMBO goes to the mat to protect cobblestones. Comment.

‘Dance’ moves down the Slope

Park Slope: It took months in a hot real-estate market, but Jennifer Kliegel has finally found a new home for her Park Slope Dance Studio — though it’s not technically in Park Slope anymore. Comment.

Pizza Plus is back!

Park Slope: Roz Bayne is smiling again, now that Pizza Plus, her popular Seventh Avenue pie joint that was virtually destroyed by a fire in May, is back serving the masses. Comment.

Roberta Davenport, take-charge principal

Checkin’ in with: In our back-to-school issue, The Paper sits down with a rising star principal Comments (6).

Their new edition

Our former editor and his wife have a new baby! Read all about it. Comment.

Is It Dry?

Advertorial: There’s an old poem that I came across that only someone in the wine trade could truly appreciate: it’s the lament of an old man who has spent his entire life in the wine business, traveling, tasting, learning and buying. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun you and your family could be having. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 7, 2007

Bush releases tornado relief funds to Brooklyn

Bay Ridge: The White House has changed course and asked the Federal Emergency Management Administration to release relief funds to residents of Bay Ridge whose homes and cars were damaged in the Aug. 8 tornado, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comment.

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