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Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007

Suit: Beep’s office biased

Politics: Borough President Markowitz used city-paid staffers as campaign workers and ignored “inappropriate sexual activity” of his chief of staff and three office employees — or so says his disgruntled former communications director in a bombshell sex discrimination lawsuit. Comments (1).

Dog on it! Hero pooch hounds mugger

A Brooklyn dog earned his kibble the other night by chasing down a purse-snatcher on a Fort Greene avenue. Comments (1).

Jersey brokers fishing for buyers in Slope: ‘Paradise’ just a limo ride away

Park Slope: Two New Jersey real-estate brokers are so eager to get Brooklynites to move to their promised land — Montclair! — that they’re offering free limo rides to the bucolic suburb and complimentary lunches at the town’s “Park Slope–style” restaurant. Comments (6).

Holiday spirit

The menorah men

Brooklyn Angle: Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jews are fighting again for Hanukkah hegemony. Yes, on Tuesday night, the first night of Hanukkah, rival factions of Hasidic Jews once again hosted competing menorah lighting festivities at Grand Army Plaza and at Borough Hall. Mr. Met was at one and Marty Markowitz was at the other. Sounds like another “Hanukkah Smackdown” to us! Comments (1).

Team coverage of Christmas-tree lightings

Xmas trees light up … and The Brooklyn Paper team is there. Comments (3).

Holiday gift guide

Shopping: Mom & pops offer unique gifts for your whole list. Comment.

KO Arab principal

The free speech rights of the former principal of the city’s first Arabic language and culture academy — who was pressured to resign after she defended an “Intifada NYC” T-shirt to a reporter — were not violated, a Manhattan judge ruled on Wednesday. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Joy on Duffield: Deal saves ‘Underground Railroad’ home

Downtown plan: The city has said it will redesign a park that is the centerpiece of its plan for Downtown Brooklyn after the owner of a home linked by historians to the Underground Railroad won a court settlement last week. Comments (3).

Man hits the road to save Admirals Row

Downtown: A man drove an old BMW around Brooklyn to oppose the Navy Yard’s plan to tear down the “Admirals Row.” Comments (1).

Precinct house won’t be homes

Downtown: The owner of a century-old former NYPD stationhouse in Brooklyn Heights has scrapped his plans to convert the building into apartments, and two schools are vying to lease the long dormant space in its entirety. Comments (1).

Big win on Duffield St.

Editorial: The city’s decision to spare a house on Duffield Street is a good one — but now the Bloomberg Administration must go one step further and ensure that a museum to Brooklyn’s Abolitionist past gets built. Comment.

Dyker man on YouTube ignites GOP fisticuffs over immigration

Politics: A Dyker Heights man not only incited a debate about illegal immigration at last week's Republican debate, but he also thrust himself and his neighborhood into an international spotlight. But that's Ernie Nardi for you. Comments (14).

Boutique bedding

Park Slope’s Hotel Le Bleu opens just in time to welcome your holiday guests.  Comment.

Older the better: Three Italian bistros claim boro seniority

The death in October of Nick Monte, a former owner of Monte’s Venetian Room, stirred up a debate that has never been publicly resolved: what is the borough’s oldest Italian restaurant? At least three eateries make the claim. Comments (1).

Brooklyn hotels, bed & breakfasts

GO’s guide to where to put your friends and family.  Comments (1).

Hey, writers: We need a headline!

Writers strike? What writers strike? Scribblers in Brownstone Brooklyn are taking the borough’s laid-back reputation to new heights, using their free time to bed-rest, play with their babies, dust off old projects, and eye the future with quiet trepidation. Comment.

Diner dash

Dining: Forget tasting menus and wine pairings! Here’s GO Brooklyn’s guide to the borough’s classic diners, where disco fries reign supreme.  Comments (8).

New space is a scofflaw paradise

Downtown: A Montague Street business group’s attempt to make it easier for ambulance drivers to drop off patients at a clinic on the street is being stymied by the very agency that helped set up the parking in the first place — the Department of Transportation. Comments (2).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

City can’t curb Yards security

Atlantic Yards: Elected officials and community groups again attacked the city, state and developer Forest City Ratner for their persistent refusal to discuss how they plan to secure the proposed Atlantic Yards basketball arena when it is slated to open in 2010. Comment.

FOIL-ed! State says it can’t talk security

Atlantic Yards: The Brooklyn Paper finally receives the information it requested from the state regarding security at Atlantic Yards — and all it consists of is a document explaining why the state can not provide the information! Comment.

King for a day

Music: Kelly King’s debut album is called “Live the Dream,” and the pop singer, hailing from Bedford-Stuyvesant via Nashville, seems to be doing just that. Comment.

Bridge fix driving ’em nuts!

Bay Ridge: Traffic from the ongoing restoration of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge has caused such intense gridlock on local streets around the span — and at least one businessman says he’s losing a fortune because of it. Comments (1).

Donut shopper socks counterman

Park Slope: A customer at a Fifth Avenue donut chain, irate that he had to wait in line with the rest of his fellow customers, punched out an employee on Nov. 25. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Two burglars in one night on Scholes

Williamsburg: A burglar broke into two Scholes Street apartments on Nov. 26, leaving one with an Apple iBook and $20 and stealing thousands of dollars in electronics from another, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comments (2).

Your family

Celebrations change, holidays stay the same?

Smartmom: A chance encounter with Painter Mom jumpstarts Smartmom’s holiday dread. Comment.

Hey, mom: Here’s a new way to stay sane

Fort Greene: A Fort Greene mother, who nearly ended up in the psych ward following the birth of her first child, has founded a new Web site called sanemoms.com to help the newly delivered adjust to the very idea of being a “mom.” Comments (1).

Family Calendar

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

Santa’s slay

Music: Most everyone whom GO Brooklyn knows is asking for a Nintendo Wii from Santa this year, but if the Tiger Lillies have their way, we’ll all be getting “Suicide for Christmas.” Comment.

Friendly swipe

Bay Ridge: A man had $2,600 robbed by his own friend, right in front of his very eyes, after his buddy lifted the money bag from his vehicle on Nov. 30, police said. Plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Evil O’Malley is in the Hall

Yellow Hooker: They’re putting the biggest bum of ’em all in the Hall — and our columnist objects. Comment.

Is O’Malley really evil?

Beside the Point: Our columnist punctures the revisionism about Walter O’Malley. Comments (2).

Our man walks the walk Downtown

Downtown plan: Our columnist explores the wonder of Downtown — and worries about how long it will all last. Comments (1).

She longs to shop on 7th

PS … I Love You: Our columnist looks inward to get her holiday shopping done. Comment.

Man stabbed in bar — again

Bay Ridge: Yet another bar fight broke out in Bay Ridge last week — in this case, a 23-year-old man was stabbed three times at a Fourth Avenue watering hole on Nov. 30. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights’ 68th Precinct. Comments (1).

Licentious

Carroll Gardens: All the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Red Hook and Cobble Hill’s 76 Precinct. Comment.

Driver’s defense? ‘Only 3 drinks!’

Fort Greene: A drunk driver who crashed near the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Hanson Place on Dec. 1 didn’t help his cause by offering cops this excuse: “I only had three drinks!” Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Lentol wants to relieve gas pain

Williamsburg: A state lawmaker attempted to jumpstart a stalled park project in his district last week by proposing to condemn a piece of land controlled by utility company that is standing in the way of the city’s plans to build a 28-acre park on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. Comment.

You can’t dodge this ball

Williamsburg: Dodgeball is more than just a movie — it’s an American institution. Whether you’re a champion, like Charlie “Bulls-eye” Walker, or a loser, like Norman “First-out” Landry, we’ve all known the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on the dodgeball court. Comment.

What’s with The Paper’s pro-Thor Coney coverage?

Letters: Letters on Coney Island, the Navy Yard’s Admirals Row, security at Atlantic Yards and a report from one of our “Big Turkey” contest winners! Comment.

What the ‘Huck’

Nightlife: Until now, late night food and drink on the eastern edge of Williamsburg usually meant beer and a slice of pizza. However, with the opening of Huckleberry Bar on Grand Avenue at Lorimer Street, all of that has changed. Comment.

Armchair art in DUMBO

Shopping: There’s a new gallery on the scene in DUMBO, and it brings more to the table than just pricey prints and free merlot. In fact, it actually brings the table. Comment.

Coffee war!

Bay Ridge: There will soon be four Starbucks in Bay Ridge — a development that is forcing people to take sides in a brewing war of Comments (3).

Fatal stabbing at the Gregory

Bay Ridge: A man was fatally stabbed at the Gregory Hotel on Fourth Avenue on Monday. Comment.

DEP’s fresh idea stinks up Ridge

Bay Ridge: Move over Dior, Chanel, and Ellen Tracy, the Department of Environmental Protection has unleashed a new perfume just in time for the holiday season and residents are giving it a big “thumbs up” — up their noses to plug up the stench. Comment.

‘Match’ point

Cinema: Look out, Cannes! It was only last week that the Gotham Awards brought film superstars like Uma Thurman and Kyra Sedgwick to Brooklyn, yet the borough is already gearing up for another exciting cinematic celebration: the Brooklyn Heights Jewish Film Festival. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

CB6 OKs a reduced Hicks hi-rise

Carroll Gardens: A developer who scaled back his three-site project on public and private land in the Columbia Waterfront District won overwhelming support from Community Board 6’s land-use committee last Thursday. Comment.

Shop till they drop

Park Slope: Park Slope will become a late night, winter wonderland on Dec. 13 — complete with fake snow, free booze, and Christmas carolers — all to lure holiday shoppers into neighborhood stores. Comments (1).

Paradise in Metrotech?

Art: If you’ve walked through Downtown Brooklyn’s Metrotech and wondered why plastic jugs have been thrown high into the trees, well, it’s art! 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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