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Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007

Marty off the gaydar

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.

Greenpoint spill 3 times larger than the Exxon Valdez!

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.

‘Brooklyn Eats’ bites the dust

Brooklyn Eats, which has showcased scores of restaurateurs at the Brooklyn Marriott for nearly a decade, has been postponed. Comment.

Almost famous

Music: Nevermind the adults, here’s the Care Bears on Fire. Comment.

Where will Apple fall?

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.

Paper wins — again!

The Brooklyn Paper, which was named “Newspaper of the Year” by a trade association this summer, has now been honored for its keen-eyed, razor-tight editorials. Comment.

Urban farmer keeps trucking

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).

Pool party ends

Brooklyn bid “bon voyage” to the so-called Floating Pool Lady on Sept. 13, as the barge-bound oasis set sail for New Jersey. Comment.

I Stole Your Animal

Music: Our review of the Care Bears’ new record. Comment.

Parking? Lots! New Sanitation plan helps car owners

Park Slope: It’ll soon be a whole lot easier to park in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook, thanks to a new street sweeping plan. Comment.

Group has alternative to Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development

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.

Other Voices

Sad irony on Duffield

Editorial: Editorial: The city ceremonially co-named Duffield Street “Abolitionist Place” on Thursday. Forgive us if we didn’t celebrate. Comment.

All drawn out

Coney Island: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Smartmom is no Blanche DuBois

Smartmom: Smartmom learns to rely on the kindness of her friends, not strangers. Comment.

Trolley operators fire back at our cover story

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.

Cafe culture

Dining: A rare reopening in Cobble Hill and Tina Barry says, ‘Well done!’ Comment.

New bowling alley — yes, a bowling alley — opens in G’Point

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.

Triple-threat Cyclones coverage

Swept away: Clones fall to Auburn

Cyclones: The amazing run of the 2007 Brooklyn Cyclones ended in ignominious fashion: a clean two-game sweep by the Auburn Doubledays in the New York–Penn League championship series. Comment.

Dark, quiet and sleepy ballgame

Play’s the Thing: The Bard of Brooklyn baseball mourns the passing of the Cyclones’ 2007 season. Comment.

And the Clonie goes to …

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.

One on the side

Dining: At Park Slope’s Sidecar, classics are the main attraction. Comment.

A knight on the town

Nightlife: GO’s guide to a gay old time in Brooklynl. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Sitt on it

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).

Now 3rd Av is growing up

Park Slope: Looks like gritty Third Avenue is trying on big sister’s clothes now that the developer of Hotel Le Bleu and architect Karl Fischer are planning a glitzy office tower. Comment.

Foer more years

We finally caught up with author Jonathan Safran Foer, the greatest writer of his generation, at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Thanks, Marty! Comment.

Screaming raccoons pushed this Dyker man to the limit

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).

A man more sinned against than sinning

Theater: Lear-ing at the Harvey Theater. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

She meets sis — 30 years later

PS … I Love You: Our guest columnist tells an amazing tale — soon to be a major book! — about meeting the twin sister she never knew she had. Comment.

The old pool story, part II

Beside the Point: Our columnist — a Greenpoint insider — concludes his two-park series on the McCarren Park pool. Comment.

Has Ridge hum been solved?

Yellow Hooker: Councilman Vince Gentile thinks he’s solved the mystery of Bay Ridge’s great hum-conundrum. But our columnist isn’t ready to award him a MacArthur grant. Comments (1).

Mickey D’s & Mickey Don’ts

Brooklyn South: Our columnist weighs in on the Court Street McDonald’s debate. Comments (1).

Myrtle Avenue finally rises

Greene Acres: Our columnist sees hope rising from the ashes. Comments (2).

Food delights in the Heights

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist delights in the tastes of fall. Comment.

The Brooklyn book bash

Books: GO Brooklyn hits the Brooklyn Book Festival. Comment.

No pipe dream

Fort Greene: A couple was brutally attacked with a pipe — plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct! Comment.

Whitmania

Books: Walt’s first and only novel comes out of the vault. Comment.

Scary, and expensive, armed rob at video store

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.

Invisible man swipes jewelry store electronics

Bay Ridge: A local jewelry store was robbed in broad daylight on Sept. 15 — but the clerk never saw who did it. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights Comment.

Burglars love to pick off those cool hipster Apples

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.

Church louse

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.

Downtown faces drug woes

Downtown: Could drugs — and, more important, drug crime — be returning to Downtown? Comment.

Two pistols disappear from ‘secure’ area at 90th Precinct stationhouse

Williamsburg: Cops in Williamsburg still haven’t found two 9mm handguns that disappeared from a secure area at the 90th Precinct stationhouse three weeks ago. Comment.

Broken Angel really broken

Fort Greene: This photo says it all: Broken Angel is coming down. Comment.

All’s fair

Bay Ridge and Downtown heat up with these street fairs. Comment.

Something stinks — hey, it’s this park!

Williamsburg: Up for a nature walk? The city is building one right next to the sewage treatment plant. Comment.

Hardball for Ridge dynasty

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.

Diner disaster! St. Claire to close

Carroll Gardens: The (old) New St. Clair Restaurant on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Smith Street has been sold for an upgrade — and locals are already feeling heartburned. Comment.

No-parking at closed fire HQ

Carroll Gardens: A “No Parking Anytime” sign in front of a shuttered Dean Street fire investigation facility has Cobble Hill residents all hot and bothered. Comment.

Who’s your daddy? Los Papi’s will close to make room for more condos

DUMBO: Los Papi’s, the Spanish-American eatery that’s been dishing out rice and beans for nearly a quarter-century, will close to make way for a seven-story residential tower. Comments (1).

Landlord and tenants face off

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).

Yours for just $12 million!

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.

Checkin’ in with … Rudy Gaskins, the urban ad man

Checkin’ in with: Our reporter checks in with the man who is going to market Lexuses to rich black women. Comment.

Alpine: It’s back to future

Bay Ridge: Repairs have started in earnest at the Alpine Cinemas, and even critics are giving the owner four stars. Comments (1).

Gentlemen, start your art-gens

Williamsburg: Check out Ken Butler’s crazy slot cars at artMovingProjects. Comment.

Neat Lawrence St. transfer

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).

Institute is expanding

Fort Greene: Pratt has a fancy new building. Comment.

Coming soon to Cadman Plaza East?

Downtown: Are there new security gates going up near the Office of Emergency Management? Comment.

Get your Gersh, on BCAT

Our own inimitable editor, Gersh Kuntzman, slid into the moderator chair for another action-packed episode of BCAT’s “Reporter Roundtable” this week. Comment.

September Recommendations

Advertorial: September Recommendations Comment.

He got taken

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).

Cops of the month receive kudos

Downtown: Sgt. James Glancy, Officer Carlos Peralta, Officer Washington Mosquera and Officer Francisco “Frank” Tejada are the cops of the month! Comment.

Fort Greene group hears chatter

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 — and then she promptly got an earful from residents eager to discuss their own projects and concerns. Comment.

Harvey Schultz, developer and city official, 66

Harvey Schultz, a prominent Prospect Heights resident, longtime city official, and influential developer, died on Sept. 6. He was 66. Comment.

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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