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Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007

Tell us what you think!

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper has started inviting its readers to add their comments directly below the articles that appear on our Web site. Here are some ground rules. Comments (1).

It’s a catfight! Prospect Heights kitties caught, left in Queens

Park Slope: Why did her neighbor take an innocent family of kittens? Here’s the sensational tail (we mean, tale). Comments (16).

Have your ‘Cake’

Music: A little sweet, a little sour, the Sea and Cake gets ready to rock the Warsaw Comment.

Heath hits the road; Michelle to stay in Boerum Hill

Carroll Gardens: It looks official: Michelle got the townhouse. The amicable rift in Brooklyn’s A-list couple — Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams — has ended with the Aussie heartthrob apparently moving out. Comments (2).

Hip-Hop Fest Flap

Bridge ‘Park’: Perhaps it was “Bard” to happen, but a hip-hop festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park has been booted to make room for Shakespeare. Comment.

Nazi symbols litter Heights

Downtown: Vandals spray-painted at least 19 swastikas and left anti-Semitic flyers around Brooklyn Heights Monday night, a few hours after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spewed anti-Semitic rhetoric in a speech at Columbia University. Many believe there is a connection. Comments (2).

Other Voices

Ebbets Field memories are being preserved … at local McDonalds.

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist goes to Ebbets Field on the 50th anniversary of the last game played there and discovers that today’s Brooklyn is as distant from Pee Wee and Duke and Preacher and Oisk as the Earth is from a star on Orion’s belt. Comments (1).

You forgot your pencil

Smartmom: Smartmom follows the supposedly independent Oh So Feisty One to school. And all heck breaks out! Comment.

Reader’s rip The Paper’s F express editorial, calling fix cheap & easy

Letters: Our mailbag is full with responses to our F-train express editorial, plus notes about Coney Island, Duffield Street, the express bus from Bay Ridge, the fake trolley in Prospect Park, the ongoing raccoon invasion, and our recent awards from the Independent Free Papers of America. Comment.

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Lawsuit against Atlantic Yards is losing its plaintiffs one by one

Atlantic Yards: Two of the final holdouts in the Atlantic Yards footprint have quietly settled with developer Bruce Ratner, a move that signifies that the opposition to Brooklyn’s largest real-estate project may be entering its endgame. Comment.

No love for ‘UNITY’ from city, state

Atlantic Yards: City and state officials don’t intend to consider a community-based alternative development plan for the Prospect Heights site of Bruce Ratner’s controversial Atlantic Yards project that was unveiled this week. Comments (1).

UNITY Plan: Why now?

The Explainer: Why did a group of activists hatch a new development plan for the Prospect Heights rail yards that Bruce Ratner has already been promised for Atlantic Yards? The Explainer breaks it down. Comments (1).

Cleaning up

Atlantic Yards: A group of Prospect Heights activists finally did what neither the city nor Bruce Ratner seemed able to do: clean up Pacific Street. Comment.

Its got Mex appeal

Dining: New Mexican spot spices up the DUMBO dining scene. Comment.

Politics

Yassky eyes office

Politics: Councilman David Yassky — whose hopes to win a seat in Congress were quashed last year by his Council colleague Yvette Clarke — has reportedly declared that he will run again, this time to replace city Comptroller Bill Thompson, himself an aspirant for higher office. Comment.

Recchia seeks Fossella’s seat, but he’d have to move to get it

Bay Ridge: Councilman Domenic Recchia will go after five-term Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) — but Fossella is already firing back. Comments (1).

Don’t pass this torch

Dining: New Fort Greene Italian spot is custom built for taste.  Comment.

Want to run the Gibran Academy? Apply now!

Carroll Gardens: The city is searching for a new principal to head its controversial Arabic language and culture academy, posting the “help wanted” ad on the Department of Education Web site. Comments (1).

Domino plant landmarked!

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Three conjoined buildings at the dormant Domino Sugar factor on the Williamsburg waterfront have been declared city landmarks, though the status does not affect the plant’s beloved sign, which has the misfortune of hanging on a less aesthetically significant, 1960s-era building. Comments (1).

Heights stands in for D.C.

Downtown: George Clooney and John Malkovich are turning heads in the Heights — as set designers turn the neighborhood into Georgetown. Comment.

Smackdown! Genius edition

Checkin’ in with: The Brooklyn Paper checks in with the borough’s three new MacArthur geniuses. Comment.

A fresh art

Art: Renovation and innovation at a Brooklyn landmark. Comment.

MTA extends itself for Ikea

Red Hook: New York City Transit has agreed to next year reroute the B61 and the B77 bus lines to stop at a corner of Red Hook that is fast turning blue — Ikea blue. Comments (1).

Capsule unearthed 46 years early

Bay Ridge: A time capsule that was supposed to be unearthed in 2053 has been dug up already. Blame the real-estate developers! Comments (1).

Aria listening?

Art: The Regina Opera gears up for its 38th season. Comment.

Kickball is the new city game — in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Perhaps it’s appropriate that the Non-Committals beat the John Cougar Mellancamps. Comments (2).

‘Abolitionist’ Duffield Street

Downtown plan: The Bloomberg Administration co-named a stretch of Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn “Abolitionist Place” last Thursday — even as the city is planning to tear down historic houses on that block that may have served as stations on the Underground Railroad. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Food Co-op back to future

PS … I Love You: Welcome to 1988, members! Comment.

How to devour Polish food

Beside the Point: Love food? Love quantity? Hate high prices? Greenpoint is your neighborhood. Here’s a foodie’s-eye view. Comment.

These 3 guys need space

Greene Acres: The three founders of a nearly finished Fort Greene music venue and art gallery that the city intends to raze to make way for a new home for a Manhattan dance group in the BAM Cultural District need to find a new home of their own — now. Comment.

Crime ain’t new but it hits hard

Brooklyn South: Our columnist confronts crime — and her own white guilt. Comment.

Invasion of the film crew

Heights Lowdown: At least one woman — our columnist — is not so happy about the arrival of George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Comment.

This grass has cyber-roots

Yellow Hooker: A movement against a local crackhouse began with a mouse click. Comments (3).

Dental damn! Bank bldg. office space price cut

Fort Greene: The price of a gigantic office suite at One Hanson Place — the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank office tower that’s being converted into luxury condos — has been slashed by nearly 10 percent from the previous asking price of $17 million. Comments (1).

Residents vie for piece of tornado cash pie

Bay Ridge: Tornado-ravaged residents of Brooklyn are finally about to get some cash, according to the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Comment.

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Let’s get ready to DUMBO

The Brooklyn Bash hits DUMBO Fight Night. Comment.

Accident-prone BQE now has its own blog

Carroll Gardens: The only thing worse than being stuck on the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway is being stuck living next to it — and now it’s inspired its own blog! Comments (1).

Marty plugs an ad school

A high school that would train students for careers in advertising will open in Brooklyn next fall if the Department of Education approves a proposal being spearheaded by Borough President Markowitz. Comment.

Robberies, larcenies and muggings ruin all the fun in hipster Billyburg

Williamsburg: Robberies and grand larcenies again led the hit parade in Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct last week, with eight heists (up from three during the same week last year) and 16 grand larcenies (up from eight last year). Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Reel finds

Art: Found object artist makes a real Brooklyn soundtrack. With audio … Comment.

Discredited

Fort Greene: A pair of hoodlums held up a credit union located inside a church and was thrown out by a heroic man after getting the money. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Thieves strike apartment building thrice in one day

Bay Ridge: A team of busy crooks broke into three Ovington Avenue apartments in just a few hours. Plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge. Comment.

Two bad weeks for deliverers

Park Slope: Two thugs beat and robbed a pizza deliveryman at knifepoint on 13th Street early on Sept. 16. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope. Comment.

They asked for the time, but stole kid’s iPod

Carroll Gardens: Four men roughed up a kid for his iPod on Smith Street. Plus all the crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

iStuff lost in late-night grabs

Downtown: A violent attempt to grab a woman’s iPhone ended when the cops fortuitously passed by and arrested the attacker. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown. Comment.

Glow getter

Art: Leo Villareal brings his ray of light to BAM. Comment.

Life in the tornado zone

Bay Ridge: Seven weeks after the once-in-a-lifetime tornado touched down in Bay Ridge, life for the handful of households in the tornado’s angry path has not returned to normal. Comment.

Sukkah punch

Nightlife: Torah-rah-rah, it’s a Sukkot party in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.

Finding a park in space

Fort Greene: Activists commandeered a parking space on Myrtle Avenue last week and turned it into a park. Hey, drivers: Take a hike. Comment.

Fire this time

Park Slope: Two weeks, two fires: Sixth Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues has been the site of two car fires in consecutive weeks. Comment.

Local church healing after act of God

Bay Ridge: Parishioners of the tornado-ravaged Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church finally returned to their building on Sunday. Comment.

City still misfires at Armory

Park Slope: The renovation of the Park Slope Armory has … military drum roll … been delayed again. Comment.

Big price paid for little plot

Williamsburg: It doesn’t look like much, but this little piece of factory at the corner of Meserole and Leonard streets just sold for $5,075,000. Comment.

Red Hook is turning green

Carroll Gardens: Two eco-friendly additions are coming to the neighborhood long known as a destination for car-burning arsonists and smog. Comment.

Walentas gets soaked

Downtown: Even though they didn’t make any money, organizers of last week’s “fight night” fundraiser for DUMBO are calling it a success. Of course it was: David Walentas ended up in a dunk tank! Comment.

Fourth Avenue freeze-out

Park Slope: The Park Slope Civic Council — fresh from rallying the troops to defeat the city’s controversial “One-Way Seventh Avenue” plan earlier this summer — now has its sights set on fixing an “unsafe” situation on much-busier Fourth Avenue. Comment.

Help me, Honda

Bay Ridge: Two Hondas crash — and we’ve got the pictures! Comment.

2 fests this weekend

Bay Ridge: Head for the Ragamuffin Parade this Saturday and the Third Avenue Festival on Sunday. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun stuff for you and your family. Comment.

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