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Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007

Downtown mall sold for $125M; new owner says Wal-Mart won’t be a tenant in his skyscraper

Downtown plan: A Downtown Brooklyn mall once eyed by Wal-Mart was sold this week — and the new owner says that behemoth of Bentonville is not moving in. Comment.

Stop ‘iPod oblivion’

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist defends a state senator’s plan to ban iPod pedestrians. Comment.

Atlantic Yards: Barclays Center

Yvette Clarke to Ratner: Reject Barclays

Atlantic Yards: Rep. Yvette Clarke, a powerful supporter of the Atlantic Yards project, denounced developer Bruce Ratner’s $400-million deal with Barclays that would brand the Nets arena — the centerpiece of Ratner’s 16-skyscraper project — with the name of an institution that profited from the slavery and other horrors of human history during its “troubling past.” Comments (1).

Barclays to Brooklyn: No ‘Blood money’ here

Atlantic Yards: A British bank that is under fire from black leaders for profiting from the slave trade centuries ago fought back last week, claiming the allegation “is simply not true” — but a prominent historian, and yet another high-powered elected official, came forward this week to dispute the bank’s rosy view of its own history. Comment.

Full Barclays letter to The Paper

Letters: 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. We stand our ground. Comment.

Editor’s note: 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. We stand our ground. Comment.

Ratner foes have first day in court

Atlantic Yards: A familiar cast of characters clashed in the first courtroom battle over the fate of Atlantic Yards — with opponents saying the project abuses state condemnation powers and a state lawyer retorting that plaintiffs are “naive” to the ways of the world. Comment.

Bruce gets the last laugh

Atlantic Yards: In the end, Bruce Ratner wasn’t that funny. A handful of comedians performing stayed away from jokes at the expense the Atlantic Yards developer at Tuesday night’s anti–Atlantic Yards fundraiser, “Laugh Don’t Destroy,” at Union Hall in Park Slope. Instead, the overflow crowd was treated to the usual array of jokes about urinating, flatulating, defecating, masturbating, douching, drinking one’s own urine, and, of course, “Star Trek.” It was crude, rude and hilarious. Comment.

Ratner’s shadows end solar power dream

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project would cast such long shadows that the architect of a housing complex being built across the street has scraped a plan to heat his building with solar power. Comment.

Slavery? Apartheid? Barclays deal is wrong for other reasons

Letters: Our mailbag is again filled with more missives about our “Blood Money” front page. Comment.

Miss America: A nation speaks

Letters: Gersh Kuntzman’s recent Brooklyn Angle column about the Miss America pageant (“Snubbed! Miss New york loses big crown again”, Feb. 3) prompted an avalanche of letters condemning Kuntzman for his misplaced Brooklyn pride. Since Kuntzman has had his say, we felt obligated to allow our readers to have their say about whether Miss New York or Miss Oklahoma deserved the top tiara. Comment.

Brooklyn Valentines

Love in Brooklyn: A 9-11 widow is engaged!

One of Brooklyn’s highest-profile “9-11 widows,” Marian Fontana of Park Slope, is engaged. Comment.

Feeling the Valentine’s love

Smartmom: The inside story on Marian Fontana’s engagement. Comment.

Brooklyn Bites: Valentine’s Day treats

Dining: The dining guide takes on candy. Comment.

A Valentine from the Mayor

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist seeks out Valentine’s Day advice from the Mayor of Bay Ridge and gets more than he bargained for. Comment.

Dirty words

Books: Former Nerve.com sexpert Grant Stoddard comes clean to GO Brooklyn about his checkered past. Comment.

MTV trolling Brooklyn Tech for talent

Fort Greene: MTV, in a nod to the borough’s red-hot “cool” factor, is developing a reality show with local teenagers from Brooklyn Tech, to be dubbed, “Brooklyn.” Comments (1).

Home cooking

Dining: Have a perfect Valentine's Day at the hottest kitchen in town — yours. Comment.

Mayor Marty

Marty for Mayor? This cookie didn’t crumble

Marty Markowitz says he’s running for mayor. How did he make up his mind? A fortune cookie! Comment.

Marty’s Brooklyn

Borough President Markowitz takes great pride in his hometown — and certainly lets everyone know about its cultural and culinary riches. Where other politicians would use a “state of the borough” address to highlight important initiatives, Markowitz celebrated the greatness of Kings. The Brooklyn Paper offers a guided tour of “Marty’s Brooklyn.” Comment.

Marty’s Coney plan not a done deal

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz has a flashy plan for a new “state-of-the-art” performing arts venue in Coney Island — but not everyone in the rundown Riviera is cheering. Comments (1).

The Stoop: Neighborhood columnists

Coffee guru espresses his disgust

Brooklyn South: Our columnist tours Carroll Gardens with a top-ranked barista [sic!] and learns that we’re drinking swill. Comments (1).

The Ghosts of John Jay

PS … I Love You: A pizzeria across the street from John Jay HS puts up a “No Kids Allowed” sign? Oh, right, it’s John Jay. Comment.

Whose Downtown is it anyway?

Downtown plan: Black Facts — a Downtown Brooklyn mainstay — was the canary in the coalmine. It closed last month and Downtown will never be the same — and that’s by design, unfortunately. Comments (1).

Class struggles in Fort Greene

Greene Acres: Our columnist looks at the real-estate listings and finds trouble on the way. Comment.

Re-run! Jarvis vows to get on the road again

The Forrest Gump of Brooklyn — who apparently had abandoned his quest to run every single inch of Brooklyn — now says he’ll be back on the road as early as next month. Comment.

A real ‘treat’

Dining: DUMBO entrepreneur expands his coffee shop into an empire. Comment.

Toll speeds up commute?

Bay Ridge: Could a two-way toll over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge actually reduce traffic? One local congressman thinks so. Comments (1).

Flying high

Floyd Bennett Field celebrates the history of the Tuskegee Airmen Comments (1).

Roadblock slows down Red Hookers

Red Hook: In a creative attempt to combat Red Hook's mushrooming traffic problems, a seven-foot-tall, self-proclaimed Comment.

What’s in a name

Dining: A new bistro opening in Williamsburg isn’t generally exciting. There are only, oh, maybe a dozen others in the neighborhood. Juliette though, comes with a pedigree. Comment.

Museum finds really old thing in Egypt

A Brooklyn-Museum-led archaeological excavation in Egypt unearthed a more than 2,000-year-old gilded artifact that the country’s minister of culture deemed “a significant find” last week. Comment.

Double your fun in Prospect Park

Park Slope: Prospect Park will get two new skating rinks by the end of 2010 under a soon-to-be-announced plan. Comment.

Music videos

Cinema: Over a decade after their release, two great teen movies can finally be seen. Comment.

A real dream

Music: Former Supreme Mary Wilson brings her golden voice to Brooklyn Comment.

Power back on at area gym

Park Slope: The popular Park Slope children’s gym Powerplay has finally reopened after nearly a month of wrangling with the city, which shuttered the gym on Jan. 11 claiming that it was endangering its kiddie customers. Comment.

Cops shoot perp in brazen Montague bank rob attempt

Downtown: Cops in storm-trooper gear rushed into a Montague Street bank on Monday and shot a berserk bandit who tried to rob the security-glass-protected branch with a knife. Comment.

Heart museum

Brooklyn artists creates a virtual world of love. Comment.

Painting the town Dewars

Downtown: Dewar’s whiskey is about as hip as your old grandad’s Old Grandad — but that’s why it’s advertising in DUMBO. Comment.

Glass is fully empty at ‘Half’

Park Slope: Apparently, the perfect Prospect Heights dream of one ambitious couple wasn’t all they imagined: Half, the wine bar on Vanderbilt Avenue, is for sale. Comment.

Affordable housing smackdown in Slope

Development: A fight is brewing in Park Slope pitting city housing officials who want to build low-income studio apartments for formerly homeless people against residents who believe bigger, family-friendly units will better serve the community. Comment.

Car theft insanity in the Slope

Park Slope: At least seven cars and vans — and one Bobcat construction tractor — were swiped off Park Slope streets last week, including two trucks taken from the same U-haul lot. Comment.

FDNY to 11th Street: Enough already

Park Slope: FDNY officials told residents of 11th Street, where a third firetruck will soon join two already housed on the block, that the agency is doing its best to ensure that the block can live with the new guests — even to the point of jeopardizing area response times. Comments (2).

That stinking subway in Fort Greene

Fort Greene: What is the deal with that smelly underpass in the Fulton Street G-train station? Comment.

Roadhogs! State officials agree to stop stealing parking spaces

Fort Greene: The Stoop gets action: State officials have finally agreed to stop hogging scarce parking spaces in Fort Greene, thanks to The Stoop. Comment.

Unmasked! Boerum Hill woman builds herself a garage

Carroll Gardens: Here’s a story about a woman who tried to build herself a secret garage. Comment.

Ragamuffin President has Supreme swear-in

Bay Ridge: The ultimate kid’s parade has a new fearless leader. Comment.

Two kids dead in fire horror

Bay Ridge: Two little girls died when a massive fire tore through their Bay Ridge home Thursday morning and trapped them in a second-floor bedroom. Comment.

Civic Calendar

This week’s community meetings. Comment.

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