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Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007

Island paradise

Park Slope: The city started work this week on a master plan that could transform the dizzying chaos of Grand Army Plaza into a well-engineered traffic circle worthy of Western Europe, by taking 11,000 square feet of street space and giving it to pedestrians and cyclists. Comment.

Hunks in the Heights

Downtown: At last! Celebrity-watchers in Brooklyn Heights were finally rewarded for their patience — and for allowing their neighborhood to be overrun with film trucks — and got to drink in the handsome hunkiness of actors George Clooney and Brad Pitt, who are both in the ’hood to shoot the Coen Brothers’ new movie, “Burn After Reading.” Comment.

Ditmas test

Nightlife: A nabe known for old Victorians gets a shot of youthful energy. Comments (1).

Park Conservancy on hip-hop snub: It wasn’t us!

Bridge ‘Park’: The head of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy this week strongly denied a Brooklyn Paper story that she had replaced a popular hip-hop festival with a production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” saying the decision to give away the rap event’s June, 2008 dates was made entirely by state Parks officials. Comment.

The cookies crumble

Dining: GO hunts down the borough’s best black and white cookie. Comments (6).

Brew dudes

Dining: Park Slope gets a bit sunnier with the opening of a California-themed bar. Comment.

Co-op members shop like it’s 1993

Park Slope: The Park Slope Food Co-op began accepting payment by debit cards on Tuesday, thereby closing the gap between its reputation for fresh produce and low regard for shopper convenience. “The Co-op goes techno!” one member gushed. Comment.

Candy factory conversion leaving a bitter taste

Downtown: The owner of the legendary “Candy Factory” building on Henry Street has flipped the property for nearly $20 million to a real-estate developer who is expected to turn the one-time artists’ colony into luxury apartments. Comment.

Sizzlin’ siblings

Music: Fiery Furnaces warm up with a new disc. Comments (1).

Separated twins Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein

Checkin’ in with: Two twins, separated at birth, are reunited in Brooklyn. Comments (7).

You’ve got ‘Veil’

Theater: Firebrand Dutch playwright says Bush and bin Laden are ‘mirrors.’ Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

ATM bounce at check-cashing store

Bay Ridge: What happened to all that money in the ATM? Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. Comment.

Other Voices

Park’s slippery slope

Editorial: More evidence of why the state condo, commercial and open space project commonly referred to as Brooklyn Bridge Park is not, in fact, a park. Comment.

Walrus dad still a self-lover

Brooklyn Angle: Ayveq may finally be mating, but he’s still the same old self-lovable walrus! Comments (3).

A tribute to an old friend

Smartmom: A tribute to Best and Oldest — Smartmom’s best and oldest. Comment.

Tish: Duffield St co-name could save historic homes

Letters: Our mailbag is filled with complaints from a City Councilwoman, a Polytechnic University alum, a member of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the head of the Chamber of Commerce and others. Comment.

Tuning in

Music: The Brooklyn Philharmonic announces its new season. Comment.

Boxers trade ring for rings

Downtown: So many marriages today are filled with fights. But that’s exactly how Darryl Wells and Keisher McLeod want it. They’re boxers, you see — and on Oct. 14, they’ll get married at Gleason’s Gym. Comments (4).

DNA on cup fingers drugstore cowboy

Park Slope: Police tracked down and arrested a New Jersey man on Sunday for a bungled robbery he allegedly committed thanks to DNA evidence they collected from a coffee cup he’d left behind in the 2006 crime. Comment.

Kelly shows faith along swastika-hit Remsen Street

Downtown: The outpouring of support for the Jewish community in Brooklyn Heights got a boost from Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who came to Congregation B’nai Avraham on Sunday to denounce vandals who spray-painted 23 swastikas and other hate messages around the neighborhood on Sept. 24. Comment.

Bar-gument leads to his late-night lock-up

Park Slope: A surly bar patron was arrested on Sept. 27 after he allegedly beat up a bartender and smashed a window at the Excelsior bar on Fifth Avenue. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Pepper spray is cover for heist

Downtown: A group of three thugs stole $7,500 worth of designer jackets from a Washington Avenue clothing boutique after using pepper spray to create confusion on Sept. 24. Plus more crime news from Downtown, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights’ 84th Precinct. Comment.

The city game — of old

Bay Ridge: Once, stickball was played on every street, on every day, in every corner of Brooklyn. Now, it’s kept alive by an increasingly small band of old-timers. But pity the youngsters who try to take these guys down! Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Race, me and Mel Gibson

Beside the Point: Our columnist wants to know why he and his black friends are always being mistaken for cops. Comments (1).

Taking a bite out of dentists

Greene Acres: Our columnist hopes that the dentists will remain in their old haunts at the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower. Comment.

The Euros are spending!

Heights Lowdown: No one in the Heights likes the Fulton Mall — but the tourists love it. Comment.

Fall festivals fill the Ridge

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist loves those fall festivals! Comment.

Met life is the only life for him

PS … I Love You: The Mets stink — but our columnist is addicted to the stench. Comments (2).

Freebird books to soar again

Brooklyn South: Our columnist gets the scoop on the man who saved a beloved bookstore. Comments (1).

Gimme the car

Fort Greene: Two hoodlums stole a man’s keys and his brother-in-law’s car after an early morning holdup on Sept. 30. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Thug mugs old lady

Williamsburg: A courteous man escorted an 81-year-old lady to her Boerum Street home early Saturday evening, then grabbed her by the neck, snatched cash from her front left pocket, and ran away. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Masked man

Carroll Gardens: A thug in a black ski mask and a hooded sweatshirt robbed a Court Street grocery store on Sept. 17, police said. Plus all the other crime news from the 76th Precinct. Comment.

Island art

A Caribbean vacation? Nah, a trip to the Brooklyn Museum. Comment.

Slave Theater could be sold to pay judge’s ‘debts’

Fort Greene: The Slave Theater — a half-century-old Bedford-Stuyvesant institution where generations of kids saw their first movies and Al Sharpton held rallies — may soon be put up for sale, thanks to the county’s epic mismanagement of former Civil Court Judge John Phillips’s dwindling estate. Comments (11).

$weetest deal for Domino lobbyists

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Developers who want to line Williamsburg’s shore with nine luxury condo towers lined the pockets of influence peddlers with more than half-million dollars over the past two years to lobby for a city rezoning that will make it possible for them to convert the 11-acre waterfront site into a residential complex. Comments (1).

Power plant off the grid

Williamsburg: Bad news for all you gadget-addicted Brooklynites out there: artist Mouna Andraos’s solar- and arm-powered recharger contraption is heading to — say it ain’t so! — Manhattan. Comment.

Nothing stinks about this nature walk

Williamsburg: Turns out, that new “nature walk” along side the Newtown Creek sewage treatment plant on Provost Street doesn’t smell like the Port Authority men’s room. Comments (2).

Asian-Americans fail to find FEMA funds

Bay Ridge: Eight weeks after a freak storm struck, Bay Ridge’s tornado-ravaged Asian-American community still won’t open the door to Uncle Sam’s handouts. Comments (1).

The err of our ways

Bay Ridge: Last week’s article about a prematurely unearthed time capsule suggested that local activist Peter Killen was against the idea of reburying it on private property (“Capsule unearthed 46 years early,” Sept. 29). The comment was actually made by Councilman Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge). Comments (1).

A Sherry Primer

Advertorial: If I were to make a list of the most misunderstood wines of the world, I’d have to include Sherry. Comment.

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comments (1).

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids — right now! Comment.

Free for all!

In the spirit of encouraging a free exchange of ideas, The Brooklyn Paper makes this space available to our readers. Comments (1).

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