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Monday, Dec. 17, 2007

Yvette votes ‘No’ on Christmas

Politics: The first-term Park Slope Democrat was one of just nine members of Congress who last week voted against House resolution 847, a symbolic bill that, among other things, acknowledged “the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.” Comments (5).

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007

Dyker does it again

Bay Ridge: It is perhaps the only time and place in New York City that people don't mind sitting in traffic. It's Christmas in Dyker Heights! Here is our guide. Comments (5).

F line gets a C-minus

It may be called the F line on transit maps, but you can call it the C-minus train from now on. Comment.

Go Fourth

Nightlife: Park Slope’s Fourth Avenue may never have been the most pedestrian friendly of the borough’s thoroughfares, but that’s quickly changing. The future boulevard now now boasts more than just gas stations and fast food restaurants. Comments (3).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Now he tells us! On the way out, Doctoroff admits Atlantic Yards process was flawed

Atlantic Yards: Departing Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff took a parting shot at the Atlantic Yards mega-development this week, offering the stunning admission that if the city had to do it all over again, it would have demanded a proper public review of the $4-billion project. Comments (4).

Doctoroff’s disaster

Editorial: We always knew that the Atlantic Yards project would afford us many occasions over the next 30 years to say, “We told you so.” But we just didn’t expect to get one so soon. Comment.

All Drawn Out

Atlantic Yards: Our cartoonist’s take. Comments (1).

Happy anniversary

Brooklyn Angle: Four years ago this week, Bruce Ratner unveiled the Atlantic Yards project. That anniversary gives us a chance to revisit whether the developer is living up to his original promises (thank goodness we saved the press kit!). Comment.

Garden security has Brooklyn pols asking Yards questions

Atlantic Yards: State officials said that the NYPD won’t need to close streets around the Nets arena because police don’t close roadways next to Madison Square Garden on game nights — but there’s only one problem with that promise: the NYPD did shut a roadway between the Garden and Penn Plaza after 9-11. Comments (1).

The Latest Development News

Battle lines drawn over Navy Yard’s ‘Row’ future

Downtown: Scores of Brooklynites rallied on Tuesday to support a plan to tear down a row of historic, yet badly damaged, houses inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard to make room for a supermarket — even as the federal government issued a report declaring that most of the 10 150-year-old mansions can be saved. Comments (1).

Painting the town: Pols show up for groundbreaking of $60M Fulton Mall hotel

Downtown plan: The InterContinental Hotel Group — an extremely high-end chain with lodges from Andorra to Zimbabwe — joined forces with a 25-year-old developer to break ground this week on a $60-million hotel on Duffield Street. Comment.

Smith Stree + Fifth Avenue = ‘Smifth’

Park Slope: Yes, you are seeing double. Smith Street and Fifth Avenue are becoming mirror images of one another — thanks to at least half a dozen entrepreneurs opening shops on both streets. Comment.

Have a seat in the Standish

Downtown: The Jehovah’s Witnesses, a major landowner in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, have netted a whopping $50 million for the Standish Arms Hotel, a Columbia Heights building that will be turned into luxury rentals, the new owner says. Comments (9).

Survey says: Nabe wants low-rent units

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The developer who wants to build 2,200 units of luxury housing on the Domino Sugar refinery site just north of the Williamsburg Bridge is using its “affordable housing” component — about 660 of the new units — to promote the project in the community. Comments (1).

Post-pub grub

Dining: What to eat when you’re drinking on the boozy blocks of Fourth Avenue. Comment.

Hammerman now belongs to the ages

The New York City Hall of Fame (yes, there is one) inducted its freshman class last weekend — and none other than Craig Hammerman, the district manager of Community Board 6, is on the list! Comment.

You scoundrel!

Dining: Tina is taken in by the ‘scruffy’ charm of Park Slope’s Canaille. Comment.

It’s hard ‘Kor’

Dining: In the Columbia Street Waterfront District, Korhogo 126’s French-African fusion hits the spot. Comment.

Russian the stage

Theater: Why, at the end of her life, did Russians so sorely neglect the poet Marina Tsvetaeva? That question mary well have sparked the new heart-wrenching work, “The Past is Still Ahead.” Comment.

Captain Picard does the Bard

Waiting in the Wings: Big news, Shakespeare-loving Trekkies: hairless heartthrob Patrick Stewart (aka Captain Picard from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) will take the title role in “MacBeth,” which lands at the BAM Harvey Theater on Feb. 12.  Comments (1).

Neighborhood Columnists

Our O’Malley tale concludes

Beside the Point: The stunning conclusion of our “Should Walter O’Malley be in the Hall of Fame” saga. Comment.

The Puritans get a lap dance

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist explores the world of subway lap dances. Comments (2).

Come on Xmas light my fire

PS … I Love You: Our columnist offers a timeless tale of Christmas heroism. Comment.

Canal to be safe for fish, not us

Park Slope: Gowanus Canal-area residents say government agencies are selling them down the river by not pushing for a cleanup that will make the fetid waterway safe for swimming. Comment.

Santa claws

Theater: Much like Santa himself, comic storyteller Mike Daisey is bringing Christmas cheer to Brooklyn for one night only, so you had better not pout and you’d better not cry. Here’s why. Comment.

Did this woman kill local man?

Bay Ridge: Cops have released this sketch of the woman they believe fatally stabbed a man in the Best Western Gregory Hotel last week. Comments (1).

For two decades, Veterans hospital simply lights up the holiday nights

Bay Ridge: The Christmas decorations at the VA hospital in Dyker Heights may not rival other fanciful displays throughout the neighborhood, but that’s just how the hospital wants it. Comments (1).

Two tweens bumb and rob 60 year old on First Street

Park Slope: Two pre-teenagers did the old bump-and-rob to a 60-year-old woman on First Street on Dec. 3, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope. Comment.

Picnic House, rink robbed in Prospect Park

Park Slope: Two buildings inside Prospect Park — the Picnic House and the Wollman skating rink — were robbed last week, cops said. Comment.

’Clef’s palate

Music: Former Fugees legend Wyclef Jean popped into the Alligator Lounge in Williamsburg on Dec. 3. Holy Lauryn Hill, Batman! Comment.

Armed mugging

Bay Ridge: A group of knife- and gun-wielding purse-snatchers grabbed a woman’s handbag as she was walking down West Fourth Street on Dec. 6. Plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment.

This week, no tire was safe

Bay Ridge: At least three people had their tires stolen right off their cars last week, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comments (1).

Surprise stab

Downtown: A young man minding his own business was stabbed in the chest by a total stranger on Dec. 5. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Downtown and DUMBOs 84th Precinct. Comment.

Council sweet on landmarking

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The developer planning to transform the long-shuttered Domino Sugar refinery into a vibrant residential community will face increased costs now that the City Council has landmarked three historic buildings on the site — but the company couldn’t be happier. Comment.

’Tis the season for bank jobs

Downtown: Police are hunting for a thief — and a would-be thief — who hit banks in Brooklyn Heights and Downtown on consecutive days last week. Comment.

Video store owner lucky to be alive

Fort Greene: An enraged video store customer locked the store’s owner in a closet then emptied his handgun into it — but thankfully, the owner of the Atlantic Avenue store survived the Dec. 8 rampage. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

iPhone iGone

Carroll Gardens: A break-in nets that ultimate gizmo: an iPhone. Plus all the other crime from Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Mad for madeiras

Dining: Just like Hanukkah gelt and Christmas cookies, madeira wines are a hard-to-resist holiday sweet — as the Greene Grape will demonstrate at an upcoming tasting. Comment.

‘Finger’ stretching upwards

Williamsburg: A notorious 16-story apartment project on North Eighth Street that has been holding steady at 10 stories for seven months was cleared for takeoff this week. Comment.

He knows where his victim lives — but he still got nabbed by cops

Williamsburg: Police arrested a 34-year-old man for robbing a man on Dec. 4 after threatening him, “I know exactly where you live so don’t call the police.” Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Vet project

Everyone’s heard war stories, but until you’ve seen the Brooklyn Historical Society’s “In Our Own Words: Portraits of Brooklyn Vietnam Veterans,” which opened on Dec. 14, you haven’t really heard anything. Comment.

Your family

Latkes and life are best improvised

Smartmom: Hepcat makes latkes the old-fashioned way: He improvises. And therein lies a great life lesson! Comment.

Family Calendar

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

Other Voices

Hey, Brooklyn Paper: Stop picking on the Italians

Letters: Letters pour in regarding a Hanukkah snub; the loss of the Brooklyn Dodgers; an allegation of an anti-Italian bias in The Brooklyn Paper; how to keep our streets safe; Bruce Ratner’s new tower at City Tech; security at Atlantic Yards; poor bus service in Brooklyn; Smartmom’s column; and the limits of Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman’s intelligence. Comment.

Verses & Reverses

Park Slope: The poet laureate of Park Slope weighs in again. Comment.

Fore! Junior links on course

Bay Ridge: A long-awaited junior golf course on unused land at Dyker Beach Park is on schedule for completion and will be ready for play by next June. Comments (1).

Bank robber sought

Bay Ridge: Police are looking for this man in connection with three burglaries at chain restaurants in Dyker Heights between Nov. 3 and 24. Comment.

Cold temps, hot gifts

Fort Greene: Buy your holiday gifts at the Habana Outpost crafts fair. Comment.

Bill Gallagher, 70, courthouse dean

Downtown: Court officers and other mourners lined Sidney Place and steps of the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in Brooklyn Heights at last Wednesday’s funeral for Bill Gallagher, who died on his 70th birthday, Dec. 3, after a lifetime in the criminal justice system. Gallagher worked in the state’s court system since 1977, most recently as the system’s inspector general. 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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