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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007

Foes of Coney plan shut down meeting

Coney Island: A state senator who opposes Mayor Bloomberg’s Coney Island redevelopment plan claimed victory at the first public hearing on the proposal Monday night, boasting that he was able to shut down the meeting by bussing in hundreds of people to the event. Comments (1).

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007

More blood money

Atlantic Yards: Barclays, the slavery- and Apartheid-linked financial institution that paid Bruce Ratner $400 million for the naming rights to his Atlantic Yards arena, is bankrolling African strongman Robert Mugabe, the Sunday Times of London reported last week — prompting one Brooklyn leader to say “enough is enough” with the tarnished financial powerhouse. Comments (3).

Freaks: Bloomy saved Coney

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg was hailed as the savior of Coney Island this week, even as new questions emerged about his grand redevelopment vision — one that does not differ too greatly from the maligned Thor Equities plan it replaces. Comments (3).

End Barclays deal now

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper once again calls on Bruce Ratner to sever his relationship with Barclays, which has now been found to be propping up the dictatorial regime of African strongman Robert Mugabe. Comments (1).

Gobble, gobble! Feast on our our ‘Big Turkey’ winners

From a bunch of post-college nincompoops to a parrot who refused to let his human companions eat a brother bird, this year’s “Big Turkey” contest yielded a cornucopia of funny, sad, touching and embarrassing Thanksgiving stories. Here are excerpts from our four winning entries. Comment.

Also This Week…

Pigeon war on Eighth Avenue — and our reporter is there!

Brooklyn Angle: Someone is killing pigeons on Eighth Avenue and — wouldn’t you know it! — our columnist is in the middle of it. Comments (6).

Heights resident Norman Mailer, 84

Norman Mailer may have been a jerk — as many of his obituaries made clear after his death at age 84 last week — but at least he was our jerk. Comment.

Her brush with death is worth $2,750

Park Slope: A beloved historic preservationist who was almost decapitated by a guillotine of glass that fell from a decrepit Seventh Avenue building, won a small victory — in small claims court — over the tenement’s owner. Comments (1).

Umbrella organization

Park Slope: This could be the start of something big — or hundreds of stolen umbrellas. Comment.

Oil spill fix moves slickly

Williamsburg: Energy giant ExxonMobil will double the amount of toxic sludge it is currently pumping out of the ground underneath Greenpoint by the end of the year, the company announced on Wednesday. Comments (2).

A loss for Victory

Bay Ridge: Victory Memorial Hospital appears to be on its deathbed: the 107-year-old Bay Ridge institution announced sweeping layoffs last week and could be shuttered by Feb. 1. Comments (4).

Thankfully open

Dining: Thanksgiving is all about family, tradition and togetherness. This year, why not have less stress with a traditional meal with your family at a Brooklyn restaurant. Comments (1).

The big 2-5: BAM celebrates 25 years of global ‘Next Wave’ festival

With a lavish cocktail party, the premiere of choreographer Tero Saarinen’s Shaker-inspired dance piece, “Borrowed Light,” and a dinner on the 45th floor of Manhattan’s 7 World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music truly celebrated the 25th anniversary of its “Next Wave” festival last week. Comment.

Other Voices

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Coney Island’s future is in good hands: Bloomy’s

Letters: Our mailbag is bursting with letters about Coney Island, the invasion of the nuthatches, Sen. Charles Schumer’s “painful’ support for new Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a gay and lesbian political group’s rejection of Atlantic Yards, and a new rivalry on the muddy Gowanus Canal. Comment.

Your family

Smartmom, Hepcat sweep aside memories

Smartmom: Smartmom and her hubby finally threw out their old trash. Now, can they preserve their memories? Comment.

Family Calendar

Parenting: All the action for you and your kids! Comment.

Guerrillas in their midst

Art: Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold Lehman is certainly not a bad sport — he just presented an award to a group of gorilla mask-wearing activists who once protested his museum’s most controversial show, “Sensation.” Comment.

The Latest Development News

Land grab at old union hall

Carroll Gardens: Workers have begun making preparations for the demolition of the old International Longshoremen’s Association union clinic on Court Street — and a coalition of residents and elected officials is hoping to stop the owners of the site from building a 21-story tower. Comments (1).

City: Save history on Duffield by paving over Duffield homes

Downtown plan: The city’s memorial to Brooklyn’s Underground Railroad history will sit atop an underground parking lot that will be built where the very Abolitionist history being commemorated is said to have actually happened. Comments (1).

Now it’s really ‘Broken’ Angel

Fort Greene: The Broken Angel may be topless, but don’t call her fallen. Comment.

Gold St seeing triple

Downtown plan: Despite earlier reports that an apartment project on the site of the McDonald’s at Tillary and Gold streets would consist of just one building, the developer told The Brooklyn Paper this week that he’s actually going to give birth to three. Comment.

F-train courtyard legal twist

Carroll Gardens: It’s no wonder that a controversial developer now says he won’t build atop the popular courtyard at the Carroll Street entrance to the F train — he doesn’t own the land, according to a muckraking former Assemblyman. Comment.

Reporter Tom Robbins

Checkin’ in with: Our reporter sits down with mob reporter Tom Robbins to talk about the Mafia, life as a reporter, and suddenly finding himself on the other side of a story last week. Comments (1).

Weekend warriors

What could possibly compel grown men and women to don medieval garb and head to a public park so they can beat the snot out of each other with foam maces, battle-axes and swords — without even getting paid for it? GO Brooklyn investigates. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

The karma conundrum

PS … I Love You: Our columnist tries to be the karma arbiter of Park Slope. Good luck with that. Comment.

This ‘Admiral’ is demoted

Greene Acres: A widely unpublicized public hearing on Dec. 11 may be your last chance to save the historic houses of the Admirals Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Comments (1).

The floods of 2007

Beside the Point: Morgan Avenue residents are still angry at the city for not longstanding fixing sewer problems that exacerbated the floods in July and August. Comment.

The dough is rising all over

Heights Lowdown: Being a carbohydrate lover in Brooklyn Heights is costly — and I don’t mean having to sacrifice your size-6 jeans — thanks to new price hikes on wheat. Comments (1).

Public fight on Public Place

Brooklyn South: The Public Place is moving forward — and the rivalries are only beginning. Comment.

Legislation is for the birds

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist says the anti-pigeon bill is fowl. Comments (2).

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news. Comment.

Pedaling some art in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: The corporate-sponsored pedicabs that whisked hipsters between galleries last week during the Williamsburg Gallery Association’s monthly art tour were a smashing success — but the service will be short-lived unless the association can find someone to pay for it. Comment.

Get lit

Books: Some of the greatest writers of our day live in Brooklyn, but it’s far too rare that talents hailing from elsewhere make the borough a stop on their book tours. With BAM’s “Eat Drink and Be Literary” festival, that’s all about to change. Comment.

Low-cal crime

Fort Greene: A Fulton Street outlet of a national sandwich chain renown for its “6 grams of fat or less” sandwiches was robbed at gunpoint by two men who weren’t exactly looking to eat healthy on Nov. 8. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

General score

Shopping: When Ann Lopatin opened her gift shop, Blue Ribbon General Store, on Oct. 17, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But a month later, Boerum Hill still makes her feel like she’s won first place. Comment.

First iPhone is stolen in Park Slope!

Park Slope: It was bound to happen, but police records indicate that a Union Street resident has the distinction of being the first victim of an iPhone robbery. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

‘Holy’ man cons a Downtown good gal

Downtown: A couple of con artists managed to con a woman out of $6,000 on Oct. 29 thanks to a complex ruse and the victim’s own good intentions. Plus all the other crime from Downtown, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Game-loving drinker gets gamed for her loot at popular bar-cade

Williamsburg: Another video-game-loving hipster was robbed of her pocketbook at the popular Union Avenue watering hole Barcade on Nov. 11, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

A man is stabbed to death

Park Slope: An East New York man was stabbed and killed on 12th Street on Monday night after an argument with another man, who was later arrested for the crime, cops said. Comments (1).

Trick or treat?

Carroll Gardens: A cat burglar broke into an empty Baltic Street house on Halloween and fled with two passports, thousands of dollars in cash and a pile of dress-up-worthy gold jewelry. Plus other crime from the 76th Precinct. Comment.

Good Samaritan steals 13 grand

Bay Ridge: A woman with a flat tire was robbed by a man posing as a Good Samaritan on Nov. 7. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. Comment.

All Aboard? Bay Ridge ferry gains steam

Bay Ridge: The prospects for a ferry from the 69th Street pier to the Financial District are in a holding pattern, but it was full-speed-ahead on Tuesday as proponents of the service invited passengers on board for a successful dry-run. Comments (4).

Gym swipe

Bay Ridge: That most regular of Police Blotter crimes — the gym swipe — is back after a one-month hiatus: This time, a woman had her purse stolen from an 86th Street gym on Nov. 10. Plus all the crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment.

Holland days

Event: If you’ve got wooden shoes, strap ‘em on and clog over to the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park for it’s Nov. 18 presentation on the history of the Dutch in King’s County. Comment.

Finger fate in city hands

Williamsburg: A city panel says it needs to know that construction on Williamsburg’s notorious “finger building” will be safe and secure before it can allow the developer to complete the project or leave it where it is today: at the middle knuckle. Comment.

Bloomy sludging it in Greenpoint

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Mayor Bloomberg flushed plans to demolish a seven-story sewage sludge tank on the Greenpoint waterfront last week, and 300-units of affordable housing and several acres of open space went down the toilet with it, local watchdogs say. Comment.

5th’s BID fight

Park Slope: In a move that could finally diminish Fifth Avenue’s reputation as Seventh Avenue’s ugly younger sibling, business owners won preliminary approval on Wednesday to form a business improvement district. Comment.

Slowing down Carlton drivers

Fort Greene: After months of dilly-dallying, the city has finally embarked on the final phase of its plan to reduce the speed of cars on Carlton Avenue in Fort Greene. Comment.

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. 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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