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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007

McRae to replace Williams on Planning board

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Markowitz has named Community Board 2 chair Shirley McRae to be the new Brooklyn representative to the city Planning Commission, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2).

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007

Pin-up goes green: Recycled paper, same hot babes

Fort Greene: The owner of one of Brooklyn’s most forward-thinking eateries is raising money with a decidedly old-fashioned — some would say retrograde — strategy: he’s hawking a sexy pin-up calendar featuring his waitresses. Comments (3).

Coney baloney: Pols shut down meeting, say mayor’s plan for amusement zone won’t fly

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 shut down the meeting by bussing in hundreds of people to the event. Comments (2).

Fix for Fourth Avenue station looks F’ing great

Park Slope: The G train will be permanently extended to Church Avenue and the dour Fourth Avenue station will get a complete overhaul as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $250-million work along the elevated portion of the F train between Carroll Gardens and Park Slope. Comments (6).

City bans sign language

The city has suddenly started taking a hard-line against a crime that Brooklyn businesses have committed with impunity for decades — putting signs in front of their stores. Comments (2).

Prince’s puppets

Theater: To say that the stars of the latest production of “Hamlet” are dummies is not offensive. Comment.

Brewer wants safer streets after son’s death

Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy, whose son Sam died in a horrific bike crash on the Manhattan Bridge last week, is using the tragedy to demand more bicycle safety. Comments (4).

Super in a war with his ‘stupid’ tenants

Bay Ridge: Here’s one way to fight litter: A Bay Ridge superintendent has posted signs calling his tenants “stupid” and “retarded” because of the sloppy way they put out their garbage. Comments (2).

Barclays $$ a ‘joke’: foes

Atlantic Yards: Barclays Bank — the $800-billion company that will pay Bruce Ratner $400 million for the naming rights at the Atlantic Yards arena — has co-founded a non-profit that will dole out $1 million a year in grants to Brooklyn organizations, but critics called the sum patronizing. Comments (4).

Hypocrisy in Coney

Editorial: Some elected officials have come out against the mayor’s plan for Coney Island. Where were they when the mayor was making the same mistake at Atlantic Yards? Comment.

School daze: Reputations made — and lost — in a pile of city paperwork

The city’s new school ratings system — which sullied the reputations of some of Brooklyn’s star educational institutions — spread like celebrity gossip through the linoleum-floored hallways of Brooklyn schools, into Brooklyn brownstones, and even into the very worldviews of Brownstone Brooklyn parents. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Coney baloney: Pols shut down meeting, say mayor’s plan for amusement zone won’t fly

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 shut down the meeting by bussing in hundreds of people to the event. Comments (2).

Hotel for Schermerhorn

Downtown plan: Tyler Hospitality, the firm building a 32-story Staybridge Suites motel in Times Square, will bring a Holiday Inn to Schermerhorn Street, a thoroughfare that has recently seen a wave of new investment. Comment.

Void follows death of pigeon-racing hero

Frank Viola, the Bath Beach pioneer of pigeon racing passed away last month at age 87 — and his death has left a void in the sport. Comment.

Ousted principal sues city

The former principal of the city’s first Arabic-language school — who was forced to resign in a controversy over an “Intifada NYC” T-shirt — sued Mayor Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott on Monday, saying that their “punitive, extreme and outrageous” actions “recklessly caused severe emotional distress” from a resignation that was demanded so that the mayor could announce it on his radio show. Comment.

Mercury’s rising

Theater: When actor-writer Michael Buscemi was ready to stage his play “Mercury in Retrograde” for the first time, he could think of no better place than amongst a community of his friends at Park Slope’s Barbes. Comments (1).

Banner bummer: Anti-hate signs pulled down in Heights

Downtown: A string of vandalism targeting religious groups continued this week, as banners hanging at synagogues and churches in Brooklyn Heights were torn down by some not-so-merry pranksters. Comment.

More than comfort

Dining: The first thing you should do after entering Brooklyn Label is head straight to the U-shaped bar. If owner-chef Cody Utzman is there (he’s the young, sandy-haired guy with a Brooklyn Label tattoo beneath his ear), say, “hi,” and ask if they’re serving pineapple upside-down cake. Comments (1).

Art of summer

Art: ”Coney Island is still an exciting place,” Patrick Amsellem, curator of the Brooklyn Museum’s upcoming show, “Goodbye, Coney Island,” told GO Brooklyn. The Museum is celebrating the best stretch of beach we know with a photo show opening on Nov. 28. Comment.

Flea market promises bargains

Fort Greene: The man behind Brownstoner — the go-to site for Brooklynites obsessed with buying real estate — now wants to help you furnish those apartments. Comments (6).

Your family

In sickness, health and opera

Smartmom: The Oh So Feisty One gets sick but Smartmom is the one who needs medication! Comments (1).

Family Calendar

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

‘Grave’ event

Books: Where’s the best place to hold a reading from the new murder mystery, “Graving Dock”? An actual graving dock, of course. Comment.

Star’s slice

Dining: Plenty of pizza places are named for their owner — Joe’s in Park Slope and Carmine’s in Greenpoint come to mind — but none have gone so far as Vinny Vella’s, the newest slice shop in Williamsburg. Comment.

Flatbush fusillade hurts one

Park Slope: A man shot off at least six rounds in what appears to be a random act of mayhem early on Nov. 17 in front of a Flatbush Avenue social club, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

A couple of lovebirds mugged for big bucks on the Fulton Mall

Downtown: A couple’s Nov. 18 shopping spree ended just about as badly as it could have, when five men attacked them in a Fulton Street store and made of with nearly $13,000 in valuables. Plus all the other crime news from Downtown, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Grudge match

Fort Greene: An ex-con took his revenge on his old corrections officer on Nov. 16 — or at least her luxury car — and left a semi-literate note as a souvenir. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Smell of crime

Bay Ridge: Nearly $6,000 in perfume was stolen from an 86th Street shop. Plus all the other crime news from Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

Dude, where’s my Camry?

Williamsburg: Two absent-minded motorists who parked their cars in Williamsburg on Nov. 16 and left the keys inside returned (surprise!) to find their cars gone. Plus all the crime news from the 90th Precinct. Comment.

Greenpoint tells Exxon: Suck it up!

Williamsburg: Greenpointers skeptical about a claim by ExxonMobil that its cleanup of the massive underground oil spill under Greenpoint will speed up later this year are demanding an outside consultant be hired to make sure the oil giant keeps its promises. Comment.

Titanic Show

Dance: The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Next Wave” festival has always been a welcoming harbor for choreographers with big ideas — and that’s certainly true of Pappa Tarahumara’s dance-theater piece, “Ship in a View,” which opens on Wednesday, Nov. 28.  Comments (1).

Botanica is torched

Park Slope: Three would-be robbers ignited a popular Fifth Avenue religious store early last Thursday after the owner refused to give them any money — and luckily, no one was injured in a fire that consumed the 25-year-old botanica and the apartments upstairs. Comments (4).

Mister Bloomberg, paint over that wall!

Downtown: The city is seeking an artist to put a mural on a DUMBO eyesore. Comment.

Classic food store on its way — but which?

Downtown: Gentlemen, start your drooling. That’s about all you can do right now, given that no one is willing to positively ID the “national chain” with close to a century of experience in the food trade that will be coming to the corner of State and Court streets. Comment.

Beard Street gets a shave

Carroll Gardens: City workers removed historic cobblestones from Beard Street in front of the new Ikea store this week. Comment.

Civic calendar

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

Readers all over Brooklyn are doin’ the pigeon

Letters: Our mailbag is filled with missives about Barclays, pigeons, two old sisters and restaurateur Nick Monte. Comment.

Free for all!

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

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