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Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007

Ratner’s ‘Mr Brooklyn’ deal gets sweeter

Downtown plan: City University is offering to sweeten its deal with developer Bruce Ratner to build a laboratory and classroom building for City Tech in Downtown Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (5).

Thieves going for the gold — copper

Copper is the new gold for Brooklyn’s criminals. Comments (1).

Steak and pancake town!

Morton’s anchors Adams mall

Downtown plan: Downtown Brooklyn is licking its chops over a plan to bring the upscale Morton’s steakhouse to the Brooklyn Marriott next year. Comments (2).

Beef battle begins: Peter Luger faces meaty competition

Brooklyn Angle: News that Morton’s of Chicago — an upscale chain steakhouse — had leased space at the Brooklyn Marriott finally gives borough beef lovers a distinct choice. Here’s how the newcomer fares against our legendary Porterhouse purveyor, Peter Luger in our first ever steakhouse smackdown. Comments (1).

Downtown scores again

Editorial: Are there problems with all this development going on Downtown? Of course. But on the balance, Downtown’s rebirth is far better off in the hands of the market than in those of the bureaucrats. Comments (1).

IHOP opens on Livingston

Downtown: Brooklynites came from near and far to gorge on piping hot buttermilk pancakes, sausage, hash browns, eggs and every other conceivable type of breakfast fare on Tuesday as the International House of Pancakes opened its first Downtown location on Livingston Street. Comments (6).

Last minute gift guide

Shopping: Our list of the best holiday gifts for those with no time to spare. Comment.

A Food Co-op of their own?

Fort Greene: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill foodies are contemplating the organic crime of the century: they’re considering starting a rival version of the Park Slope Food Co-op. Comments (8).

Traditions of yore

Dining: Whether it’s a feast of seven fishes or antelope au poivre, Brooklyn restaurants have what it takes to ensure that Christmas dining is extra special. Comment.

Politics

Yvette votes ‘No’ on Christmas

Politics: Rep. Yvette Clarke voted against a symbolic House resolution last week supporting Christmas and America’s Christian heritage. Comments (2).

O’Hara gets his close-up

Politics: A local writer has cast District Attorney Charles Hynes as the villain in a new movie about an unlikely big-screen hero — “O’Hara.” Comments (2).

We are the Champ-ions

Shopping: In time for New Year’s, experts discuss champagne, prosecco and other bubblies. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Walentas again fights his neighbors over Dock Street apartment tower

DUMBO: DUMBO real-estate titan David Walentas’s latest plan to build an apartment complex next to the Brooklyn Bridge is once again meeting intense resistance from residents’ groups in DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights — despite a smaller design and new incentives from the developer. Comments (3).

DUMBO gets historic

DUMBO: DUMBO became Brooklyn’s 19th historic district on Tuesday — a designation that gives the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission veto power on any major alternations to buildings or new construction in the former manufacturing stronghold that is rapidly becoming a residential enclave. Comment.

High-end goes South end

Park Slope: Union Market won’t be opening its South Slope location until January — but neighbors are already wondering whether the arrival of the upscale grocer marks a tectonic shift in the neighborhood’s character or whether it simply means that a new supermarket is opening. Comments (2).

Neighborhood Columnists

Brooklyn’s rat killer fights on

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist sets out to examine the rat problem — and finds a man who shoots the vermin with an air rifle! Comments (4).

Tearing up her ugly divorce

PS … I Love You: Our columnist — herself going through a bitter divorce — helps a divorced friend get through her anger by tearing up a newspaper (not ours!). Comments (1).

History Thing of the past?

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist digs for history in Bay Ridge — and finds that no one else is bothering. Comment.

VZ bridge ‘fix’ on its way

Bay Ridge: Exasperated Verrazano Bridge commuters may soon get some relief from prolonged delays thanks to a deal between local lawmakers and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to implement traffic-relief measures on the under-repair span. Comment.

The Resolutionary war

Vox Pop: Brooklynites spill about their 2008 New Year’s resolutions. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Veterans steamed over ice

Bay Ridge: They served their country. Then they were served with fines. For serving ice! And now a Veterans of Foreign Wars post on 93rd Street is still being hounded by the Health Department for a violation dating back to May 5. Comments (1).

Victory at Victory (for now)!

Bay Ridge: The emergency room at the beleaguered Victory Memorial Hospital will remain open even after the state closes down the entire facility by Feb. 1. Comments (1).

Other Voices

Expert: There is a way to fix Atlantic Yards traffic

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Atlantic Yards, Walter O’Malley’s induction into the Hall of Fame, biking safely and bus service in Brooklyn. Comments (3).

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

Give a craft

Shopping: Still shopping for gifts? Try New York Creates craft fair at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Comment.

Nightly mugging

Bay Ridge: A woman was mugged and robbed after she parked her car on 77th Street on Dec. 15. Plus all the crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment.

Your family

Hepcat can’t wait for his 30th reunion

Smartmom: Hepcat gets the invitation — and it makes the younger — but more neurotic — Smartmom question what she’s accomplished in life. Comment.

Family Calendar

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

Soup star

Clinton Hill hunk Adrian Grenier gets hot and steamy — serving soup. Comment.

Mugged in the middle of the day in the center of the Slope

Park Slope: Two perps mugged a man at gunpoint on Seventh Avenue in broad daylight on Dec. 13, stealing $1,000, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comments (1).

Cops grab Gardens man as Downtown bank bandit

Downtown: A man is arrested for robbing two Downtown banks four times in a five-day spree. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Salon has hair-raising experience

Bay Ridge: Thieves let themselves out the front door of a 77th Street hair salon — after letting themselves in through the wall of a vacant adjoining shop. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights’ 68th Precinct. Comment.

Good deed punished

Fort Greene: A panhandler wasn’t satisfied by a generous donation of $5 early on Dec. 14 and chased his benefactor down St. Felix Street with a knife, screaming, “I want more money!” Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Rob spree

Carroll Gardens: Two men robbed a 49-year old man at gunpoint on Huntington Street at around noon on Dec. 15, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

That’s a nice rack

Fort Greene: Fort Greene is the latest neighborhood to join the city’s bike rack craze — the neighborhood is getting 72 of them. Comments (1).

French Fulton

Dining: So long, Bodegas! Autour du Monde serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in prime Clinton Hill spot.  Comment.

Teen lit queen, Libba Bray

Checkin’ in with: Our interview with teen writing phenom Libba Bray. Comments (5).

Kiddie center closed

Downtown: A mismanaged pre-school on Dean Street has shut down over a scandal about unsafe building conditions that led the city to temporarily close it last month. Comments (1).

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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