Politics: Borough President Markowitz’s choice for a Civil Court judgeship won Tuesday’s Democratic primary, but Markowitz lost something far bigger: the gay vote. “We now regard him with universal disdain,” said one activist. Comment.
Williamsburg: An underground oil spill that has been leaking toxic vapors into Greenpoint air since the 1950s is almost twice as large as once thought, a bombshell report revealed last week week. Comment.
Development: One byte-sized rumor about an Apple store coming to Brooklyn sparked a borough-wide fit of drooling as iMac lovers fantasized about caressing Steve Jobs’s latest products without having to leave the borough. Comment.
Park Slope: People who have spotted that eight-foot tall, Plexiglas-walled greenhouse-looking thingy attached to the bed of an old Mazda pickup truck have speculated that it’s everything from an art project to a mobile organic vegan commune. But Austin Shull just wanted to do some gardening. Comments (1).
Atlantic Yards: A coalition of community-based urban planners will unveil a new alternative to Bruce Ratner’s state-approved, already-under-construction Atlantic Yards mega-project on Monday, calling it the last best hope for sensible development on the controversial Prospect Heights site. Comment.
Letters: Letters: This week’s mailbag features two letters attacking our recent criticism of the Heart of Brooklyn “trolley,” plus letters on our F-train coverage and the Khalil Gibran International Academy (what else is new?). Comment.
Williamsburg: There’s a new game in town: The owners of Barcade have opened a bowling alley (yes, a bowling alley). How are they doing? Well, for now, a sign above the shoe counter reads, “Please be patient while we learn how to run a bowling alley. The Management.” Comment.
By Ed Shakespeare, Gersh Kuntzman and Patrick Hickey Jr.
Cyclones: It’s time again for the Seventh Annual Clonie award ceremony — the only award show guaranteed to not feature an embarrassing performance by Britney Spears (though we can’t promise the same for relief pitcher Steve “Impeach” Cheney). Comment.
Coney Island: Embattled Coney Island developer Joe Sitt will allow the carnie attractions that line the fabled Boardwalk to remain open another year without a raise in rent — and it looks like Astroland may be next to get the long-awaited stay of execution. Comments (1).
Bay Ridge: We tolerate raccoons going through our garbage and roaming the streets at night, but when they start screaming at the kids, someone has to draw a line. Mike McIntyre is that someone. Comments (1).
Park Slope: A gunman held up a popular Fifth Avenue video store shortly before closing on Sept. 11 and took close to $1,000 and 200 video games, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.
Williamsburg: Three roommates lost thousands of dollars in computers and other electronics when a thief broke into their Maujer Street apartment during the day on Sept. 14. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comment.
Carroll Gardens: A burglar broke into a church on Court Street near Luquer Street and left without closing the fridge behind him. Plus all the other crime from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment.
Bay Ridge: Move over, 1960s Boston Celtics, 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, and 1400s Ming — there’s a new dynasty in town. A team from Areo restaurant has just won the Bay Ridge Restaurant and Bar Softball League Championship for the seventh consecutive year. Comment.
Fort Greene: A high-octane development company that bought two rent-subsidized buildings in Fort Greene is fighting back against charges that it is trying to push out tenants to make room for bigger-bucks residents. Comments (1).
Downtown: A century-old Brooklyn Heights mansion that was once a communal home for monks and prostitutes — at different times, of course — could become a single family home again if the right buyer comes along. Comment.
The sleek rendering you’re drooling over is a corridor that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has just started building underneath Downtown, a $162-million passageway that will allow free transfers between Jay Street–Borough Hall’s A, C and F trains and Lawrence Street’s M and R trains. Comments (3).
Downtown: James Hurley receives a free health screening from nurse Louisa Murraine of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center at Monday’s kickoff for Borough President Markowitz’s annual “Take Your Man to the Doctor” campaign. Comments (1).
Fort Greene: New Fort Greene Association Chairwoman Ursula Hegewisch ran through a laundry list of priorities as she made her debut at the group’s first meeting of the fall on Monday night —Â and then she promptly got an earful from residents eager to discuss their own projects and concerns. Comment.