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Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007

Atlantic Yards cost skyrockets; Opponents scream as Bloomy quietly doubles taxpayer subsidy

Atlantic Yards: The city has doubled its contribution to Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project — and Mayor Bloomberg admitted this week that there was no limit to how much the city could spend on “infrastructure improvements” in and around the developer’s 16-tower mini-city. Comment.

Before and after: Carroll Gardens man signs lease

Carroll Gardens: This picture tells the story: 94-year-old Dominick Diomede, who was days from being kicked out of his Carroll Gardens apartment, now smiles as he shows off the lease on his new apartment, courtesy of the Fifth Avenue Committee. Comment.

Brooklyn in bloom

Event: When it’s this cold out, the only flowers you generally see alive are for sale near the door of a deli. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is out to change that with its Lunar New Year Celebration and Flower Market on Feb. 10. Comment.

S’mac down

Dining: The Brooklyn Paper takes on DuMont's recipe for mac 'n' cheese. Comment.

More blacks insulted by Bruce

Atlantic Yards: A prominent Fort Greene minister will lead a protest to condemn Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner’s $400-million deal with Barclays, a bank linked to the slave trade. Comment.

Why they lie

Editorial: The truth is the first casualty of development in Brooklyn. Otherwise, how would today’s generation of Master Builders pick your pocket? Comment.

Small victory over Ratner

Atlantic Yards: An Atlantic Yards opponent who still owns land in the footprint of the skyscraper-and-arena-project has won a small victory against developer Bruce Ratner — though it may not keep him out of jail. Comment.

Is the tide turning on Paper’s ‘Blood Money’ page one?

Letters: The Paper’s mailbag is once again filled with anger from Atlantic Yards supporters — plus some support. Comment.

All Thaied up

Dining: Love can make you do strange things. Take Eddy Lin, the owner of myThai, a restaurant that opened in Bay Ridge in early December. Comment.

All Drawn Out

Roadblock! City not ready to yield to Thor

Coney Island: City planners have thrown up a roadblock to an ambitious plan to turn Coney Island’s rundown amusement area into a Vegas-style theme park complete with a hotel, a new roller-coaster, entertainment venues and hundreds of units of housing. The housing, apparently, is the problem. Comments (2).

Trump Eyeing Brooklyn?

Development: Donald Trump is so jealous of Bruce Ratner that he now has his eye on Brooklyn. Comment.

Evolution of Mann

Dance: John Neumeier's 'Death in Venice' hits the stage at BAM Comment.

Idiots on parade

What would you call five grown men dressed only in black bikini underwear and bowties, who tie themselves to a shopping cart and go careening through the streets of Brooklyn in freezing temperatures with a radio blasting stripper music at full volume? If you’d call them “Idiots,” you’re not the only one. So would they. That’s why they call it the “Idiotarod.” Comment.

And babies make five!

Bay Ridge: It was a (really big) bundle of joy for Bensonhurst lovebirds Rosa and Michael Arena on Monday morning. Comment.

Seattle on Seventh Avenue

PS … I Love You: Our columnist poses the eternal question: How many coffee joints can Seventh Avenue support? Comment.

Tattle’s tale

Books: “It’s an enchanting lifestyle,” Michael Musto, veteran gossip columnist for the Village Voice, said of his existence, and it’s no joke. Comments (1).

Psychic never saw it coming

Brooklyn South: A psychic on Atlantic Avenue just went out of business. Our columnist examines why she couldn’t predict her own future. Comments (1).

Heights group to state: Show us the money

Bridge ‘Park’: Now even supporters of the state’s “Brooklyn Bridge Park” plan are questioning how much luxury housing must be in the development. Comment.

One hand ignoring the other on Brooklyn waterfront; BQE project would devastate proposed Brooklyn Bridge ‘Park’

Bridge ‘Park’: Long-overdue renovations to a key stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway would destroy a soon-to-be-built park on the waterfront — and the state agency doing the roadwork isn’t talking to the state agency building the adjacent park. Comment.

‘Hippie’ dream at Brooklyn Bridge ‘Park’

Bridge ‘Park’: The designers of the so-called Brooklyn Bridge Park have called in the “old German hippies” to design a funky new playground. Comment.

Das boot: Brooklyn man says he has Nixon’s Soviet-made hydrofoil

Mill Basin: Leonid Brezhnev once gave a speedboat to Richard Nixon — and now a Brooklyn man says he has it and wants $1 million for it on eBay. Is it really the boat? Read on. Comments (2).

FUNdraiser

Develop Don't Destroy hosts a comedy show Feb. 6 at Union Hall. Comment.

86th Street rehab back on track

Bay Ridge: The 86th Street R train station will get a new staircase, safer and wider entrances, a nifty new tile job and a fresh coat of paint, thanks to $7 million in transit funding secured by local officials. Comment.

Snubbed! Miss New York loses again

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist bemoans the sorry state of the Miss America pageant, which hasn’t had a winner from New York, let alone the northeast!, since 1984. Comments (2).

Rap snaps

Art: Al Pereira's hip-hop photos are on display at the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment.

Cheesy future for Myrtle Avenue

Greene Acres: Does Murder Avenue need a cheese shop? Our columnist tries to find out. Comment.

Of butchers, bankers and candlestick makers

Bay Ridge: Good help is hard to find — especially when you own a butcher shop. The owners of Frank and Eddie’s, a popular meat market at 7502 Third Ave., found that out the hard way. Comment.

Hey, lunatic: Fix our tree!

Carroll Gardens: A Boerum Hill woman is demanding that the city track down the driver who rammed into, and badly damaged a tree in front of her home. Comment.

City deaf to Railroad’s call

Heights Lowdown: Everyone is focusing on Bruce Ratner’s deal with a slavery-linked bank, but meanwhile, the city is about to tear down homes linked to the Underground Railroad. Comment.

Gentile in tax smackdown with Bloomy

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge councilman wants to put more money — $400 more — in your wallet than Mayor Bloomberg. Here’s how he’ll do it. Comment.

Boat mystery solved!

Carroll Gardens: Ship Ahoy, Captain, dead ahead on Dean Street! The Paper solves the mystery of the beached ship at 214 Dean St. Comment.

Wild about Wallabout

Fort Greene: Developers have sparked a gold rush in Wallabout — the long-beleaguered area north of Myrtle Avenue? Never heard the term “Wallabout”? Don’t worry. You will. Comment.

Bruise backlash

Downtown: A Brooklyn Heights food-lover has quit her local produce-buying club, sending shockwaves through the organic food community and, more dishearteningly, her yoga class. Comment.

?’s mark

Music: Magnetic Field hosts a benefit for “96 Tears” singer. Comment.

Snooky-d on Seventh Av

Park Slope: Where is the “Cheers” crowd going to go now that Snooky’s is gone? Comment.

A trip through time at Two Boots

Smartmom: Smartmom goes to Two Boots and starts reeling in the years. Comment.

The soothsayers of Bay Ridge

Yellow Hooker: For some reason, mystics outnumber book stores in Bay Ridge. Our columnist ponders the eternal question. Comments (1).

Caught! Cops say they have the Commerce Bank bandit

Park Slope: The bumbling bandit who tried to rob the Commerce Bank on Fifth Avenue twice in three days has been caught, police say. Clenzo Thompson was nabbed last week in New Jersey, where he was visiting a friend. Comment.

Wanted: Four-time loser

Park Slope: Cops are hunting a four-time bank robber who’s been knocking off branches in Park Slope and Bay Ridge for more than a year. Comments (1).

Plaque honors hero at Bensonhurst precincthouse

Bay Ridge: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was on hand, but the real hero was on the wall. Det. Richard DeGaetano, 47, a 21-year veteran who died in July from stomach cancer, was honored with the unveiling of a memorial plaque at his old stomping grounds, Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment.

Jeopardy is no stroll in FG park

Fort Greene: The Parks Department sponsored a game of “Fort Greene Jeopardy” in the park the other day. Two people showed up. One was our reporter. Our reporter lost. Comment.

A thriving Catholic school? That is news!

Park Slope: Holy Name School in Windsor Terrace is back from the brink. Parents get the credit. Comment.

Dockworkers love Eliot

Red Hook: Longshoreman in Red Hook believe Gov. Spitzer will save them from a city plan to shut down the cargo port. Comment.

Civic Calendar

This week’s community meetings. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 2, 2007

Barclays: No ‘blood money’ here

Atlantic Yards: A British bank that is under fire from black leaders for profiting from the slave trade centuries ago is fighting back, issuing a long-awaited statement that claims the allegation “is simply not true.” Comment.

From the editor: Our Barclays coverage

Editorial: Barclays has requested a retraction from this newspaper (and others) for stories about the bank’s link to slavery and other dark moments in human history. Comment.

London calling

The Independent, a British national newspaper, published on Friday an account of the controversy surrounding Barclays bank in Brooklyn. Comment.

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