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Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007

Accidental ‘Tourists’

Books: Jeff Hobbs’s book heads towards the big screen. Comment.

MTA switching tracks; F express on the table

The F express moved one step closer to reality this week, as an MTA official said the service would happen if some trackwork between Fourth Avenue and Smith–Ninth Street is delayed. Delayed? Of course it’ll be delayed! Comments (2).

Don’t do it! Poly alumni: Resist urge to merge

The Alumni Association at Downtown’s Polytechnic University has broken with the school’s leadership to oppose a proposed merger with New York University on the grounds that it would destroy a valuable Brooklyn institution. Comment.

Greenhouse effect

Park Slope: What, have the membership requirements at the Park Slope Food Co-op gotten too stringent? Has Fresh Direct started growing food as it delivers is? Comment.

’Hack’tress

Books: GO’s in the cab with author Melissa Plaut. Comment.

Triple-threat Cyclones coverage

Clones spank Yanks: Finals next

Cyclones: The Cyclones win! The Cyclones win! Comment.

Prayer: Owen’s a meanie

Cyclones: Dylan Owen has easily been the Cyclones best pitcher this season, finishing the regular season with nine wins and a stellar 1.49 ERA, both tops in the New York–Penn League. Not bad for a guy who was expected to be the team’s mop-up man in the bullpen before the season started. Comment.

Fog rolls in, Cyclones roll on

Cyclones: An inside look at how the Cyclones beat the fog — and the Yankees. Comment.

Yanks skipper roots for our Duda

Cyclones: The inside story of Cyclone star Lucas Duda and his mentor — the Staten Island Yankees’ manager Mike Gillespie. Comment.

Another attendance record

Cyclones: The Cyclones broke their own New York–Penn League single-game attendance record by drawing 9,959 fans on Sept. 1 against Staten Island — and then broke the 10,000-fan mark for the first time at the season finale on Sept. 7. Comment.

Politics

Oh, Dear! Marty’s endorsement draws fire from gays

Politics: A Civil Court race pitting firebrand former Councilman Noach Dear against a lesser-known judge has been thrust into the spotlight by gay and lesbian activists because of Borough President Markowitz’s endorsement of Dear, who was rated as unqualified for the bench by the City Bar Association. Comment.

Muddy fight for Surrogate

Politics: The race between two sitting judges for a spot on the Surrogate Court — the powerful office responsible for doling out patronage jobs to legions of Court Street lawyers — has fast become the ugliest Brooklyn battle since the racially divisive election that brought Rep. Yvette Clarke to office last year. Comment.

Golden’s October surprise: He’s running

Politics: State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) has his platform, an open field, and a fund-raising apparatus — and he may have even found a date to announce his run for mayor. Comment.

Towns and the country

Politics: Rep. Ed Towns, the 12-term legislator who survived a close fight during a 2006 re-election campaign that many felt would be his last, now says he’ll run for re-election next year. Comment.

The snail’s trail

Dining: Very slowly following the best escargot in Brooklyn. Comment.

A Rocky road

Dining: The new bar at the end of Red Hook’s rainbow. Comment.

Autumn’s newest bites

Dining: Get with the ‘Times’: the hottest new restaurants in Brooklyn this fall. Comment.

Other Voices

Who needs an F express?

Editorial: Local politicians’ call for an F express train ignores one reality: An F express would not improve F-train service through Brownstone Brooklyn. Comments (3).

All drawn out

Coney Island: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Clone star’s mom loves Paper’s Triple-Threat

Letters: Letters about Ed Shakespeare’s coverage of the Cyclones; the Arabic language and culture school, Khalil Gibran International Academy; racism at the McCarren Park pool; the redevelopment of Duffield Street; the state of repair — or disrepair — of the Coney Island Boardwalk; a plea to retain an artist’s Borough Hall project; redevelopment of Coney Island; and one woman’s particular love for “Alex.” Comment.

Smartmom’s still worrying

Smartmom: The start of the school year has been an emotional roller coaster for Smartmom. So what else is new? Comment.

Lastroland

Coney Island: Activists rushed to Coney Island’s Astroland this Sunday to rally in support of the doomed amusement park, which is slated to be demolished. Comments (1).

Broadway bound

Theater: Behind the scenes at the Gallery Players. Comment.

Massive mugging spree last week in Fort Greene

Fort Greene: Thugs targeted revelers returning home after a night of partying on Sept. 7, resulting in five separate muggings, including one that involved the guy who compiles The Brooklyn Paper’s police blotter! Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

iRobbed

Downtown: A Downtown office worker was robbed of his high-tech gadgets after leaving his desk for only five minutes on Sept. 5, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Downtown, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Postal service stretching it

PS … I Love You: Our columnist’s third — yes, third — column about rubber-band-dropping postal workers. Comments (1).

Live from the top of Brooklyn

Greene Acres: Our columnist solves the mystery of the tall radio tower atop Brooklyn Tech HS. Comments (1).

This biker ain’t no angel

Brooklyn South: Our columnist debunks a recent Observer article about biker babes. Comments (1).

The kids are, in fact, alright

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist hangs with the dorm kids of Brooklyn Heights. Comment.

Reading music

Music: Rockers booked at the library. Comment.

Carroll courtyard saved!

Carroll Gardens: The much-loved F-train plaza at the Carroll Street station will stay, according to its controversial developer. Comment.

Billyburg wants bike racks

Williamsburg: Williamsburg residents want more places to park their bikes, especially now that they’ve gotten a taste for what it’s like when the city builds clusters of bike racks near public transportation. Comment.

‘Murder Ave’ now has killer food

Fort Greene: Myrtle Avenue is fast overtaking DeKalb Avenue as Fort Greene’s and Clinton Hill’s restaurant row. In little more than five weeks, a jaw-dropping (and saliva-inducing) five boites have opened their doors on the avenue once better known for its crime stats than its mascarpone blush sauce. Comments (3).

Fashion plate

Fashion: Helena Fredriksson is all dressed up with everywhere to go. Comment.

It really is hard to find good help in Slope

Park Slope: Contractors are suspected in at least two break-ins in Park Slope — plus all the other crime from the 78th Precinct Comment.

A week of many break-ins in Slope

Park Slope: Park Slope’s 78th Precinct experienced a mini-crime wave of burglaries last week, police reports show. Comment.

Eat to the beat

Dining: We’ll have a large coffee with a side of jazz. Comment.

Bush frees tornado relief funds

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

Let’s all CVETCH together

Park Slope: Apparently, there was too much cvetching — and kvetching! — on Fifth Avenue. Comment.

Condo to replace a church garden

Park Slope: After six months of negotiations — and protests from some neighbors of the Eighth Avenue chapel — the Church of Gethsemane has sold its 10th Street garden to local real-estate broker Tim Betancourt, who says he will build a five-story building there. Comment.

’Long Island’ going to remain in Brooklyn

Carroll Gardens: Despite a “closed” sign, the Long Island Restaurant will return, a source tells us. Comment.

Hey, Tillary, enjoy your new drop-in center

Fort Greene: A homeless center that has caused Boerum Hill brownstoners to complain of stoop-side drug-use and public defecation has moved seven blocks away to a new, upgraded facility on Tillary Street — right across the street from a police stationhouse. Comments (1).

Salty Dog honors hero

Bay Ridge: A local hero wasn’t in his usual place behind the bar, but firefighter Joseph Graffagnino, who died in the Deutsche Bank blaze last month, was honored on Sept. 11 at the Salty Dog bar, where he used to work. Comment.

Columbus ‘Park’ still parking

Downtown: Despite a spring deadline to bar Supreme Court judges from using a sliver of Columbus Park as a parking lot, the dozen or so personal vehicles remain in the cordoned-off pedestrian path near Adams and Joralemon streets. Comments (3).

Artist changing the face of nabe

Fort Greene: Malcolm Gammah is single-handedly updating the tired Fort Greene and Clinton Hill dining aesthetic with house paint and a futuristic take on the age-old art of portraiture. Comments (1).

The Enemies of Wine

Advertorial: When we built Red White & Bubbly we installed what I believe is the largest climate controlled room in New York City for fine wines. People often ask why we went to the trouble and the expense just to keep wine at 55 degrees and at 50% humidity, and if they need to keep their wines under those conditions at home. Let’s take a look at how wine can go bad and what we can do to prevent it, and see how that brings us to a better understanding of how to protect our bottles. Comment.

This ain’t no pane in the glass

Parenting: Now that everyone is back from the beach, it’s time to think about sand in a whole different way — as in melting it in a 2,000-degree furnace, dipping a hollow pole into it, twisting it around, blowing into it and hopefully not burning off your clothes in the process. Comments (1).

Civic Calendar

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

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment.

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