Sign up for daily news emails!

News archive

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007

Ich Bin Ein Galapagos

Nightlife: Trendy Williamsburg club goes international Comment.

Looney Mooney is back

Atlantic Yards: A man who set out to row himself across the Atlantic Ocean last year, but sank three hours into the journey, vows to complete his mission — and he hopes he’ll have Barclays behind him. Comments (3).

War stories

Music: VietNam marches home from their U.S. tour with a new record Comment.

Cash-ing in

Music: Brooklyn throws a birthday party for the Man in Black Comment.

Images the Brooklyn Public Library doesn’t want you to see

Atlantic Yards: The Brooklyn Public Library censored a politically charged exhibit inspired by Atlantic Yards, free-speech advocates charged this week. Comments (3).

Atlantic Yards: Barclays Center

Clarke to Ratner: Fear the Wrath of Congress

Atlantic Yards: Rep. Yvette Clarke will hold congressional hearings on the Atlantic Yards development unless developer Bruce Ratner and Barclays amend their $400-million naming-rights agreement to her satisfaction, she told The Brooklyn Paper this week. Comment.

Looney Mooney is back

Atlantic Yards: A man who set out to row himself across the Atlantic Ocean last year, but sank three hours into the journey, vows to complete his mission — and he hopes he’ll have Barclays behind him. Comments (3).

Linking Ratnerville and Miss Oklahoma win

Letters: The mailbag is again filled with letters about Miss America and Bruce Ratner’s Barclays deal. Comment.

Terrorists…in the Tea Lounge?

Park Slope: Has Al Qaeda infiltrated the Tea Lounge? Comment.

Tolerable Taco

Dining: Should you hightail it and run when you overhear a diner ask a waitress, “What is gwa-sah-mole?” Perhaps. Comment.

Fowl play: Fairway ducks foie gras flap

Red Hook: Animal-rights activists have mounted a campaign against Fairway to pressure Red Hook’s epicurean market to stop selling one of its trademark delicacies: foie gras. Comments (1).

The Latest Development News

Why say no to Wal-Mart?

Editorial: The Paper supports a Wal-Mart — with some caveats, of course — on the Fulton Mall. Comments (2).

Union haul: Labor leader says Wal-Mart has been stopped

Downtown plan: A planned protest of a proposed Wal-Mart at Albee Square turned into a victory rally when a labor leader reported that Wal-Mart actually isn’t coming. Comments (1).

Roll ’em! Steiner Studio to grow

Fort Greene: Hollywood on the East River will double in size, city officials cheered this week. Comment.

New order for the court

Downtown: A nearly empty office building in Brooklyn Heights that once housed the Bankruptcy Court is being converted to condominiums. Comment.

Politics

Weiner cuts a key syllable from GOP

Following in the semantic footsteps of President Bush — who frequently irritates liberals by referring to their party as the “Democrat Party” — Rep. Anthony Weiner lambasted the so-called “Republic Party,” last week, removing the “an” from the party name, and unleashing a burst of pride across the liberal pundit-sphere. Comment.

The Spitz list

Gov. Spitzer is going around slamming Assembly Democrats who rebuffed his hand-picked comptroller candidates. So we asked our local lawmakers how they feel about Gov. Steamroller’s assault. Comment.

Press release of the week: Owens still majoring in spin

Old congressmen never die — but they do keep sending out press releases. Comment.

Slain pol gets his own play

Slain Councilman James E. Davis is about to join Abe Lincoln, Julius Caesar and James Garfield — other famously assassinated pols whose stories ended up on stage. Comment.

Beloved former deputy Beep dies

Jeanette Gadson, the first black deputy borough president, has died. She was 61. Comment.

Naughty gifts give Slope a rise

Park Slope: Valentine’s Day was a bit hit — especially for the owner of Park Slope’s sex shop. Comment.

The cozy cafe

Dining: Prospect Heights gets a new sandwich shop care of a TV chef Comment.

Other Local Stories

Green warrior gets litter ticket!

Bay Ridge: Here’s a story about the Bensonhurst environmentalist…who got a littering ticket! Comment.

Drink ’til you drop at Yards-area bar

Atlantic Yards: A neighborhood establishment wants you to come in and get completely wasted — and you can thank Bruce Ratner for it. Comment.

Cut! Ridge councilman wants crackdown on filming

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge councilman wants to crack down on film crews hogging scarce parking spaces at the expense of local motorists — but the city wants to keep the cameras rolling on … and the dollars rolling in. Comment.

The greening of Red Hook

Carroll Gardens: Is it possible? Red Hook is getting trees? Comment.

‘Park’ will be spared during BQE repairs

Bridge ‘Park’: Long-overdue repair work on the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway will not devastate a soon-to-be-built waterfront park, state officials now say. Comment.

Architect fan to Spitzer: Save the Admirals Row

Fort Greene: A local preservationist has appealed to Gov. Spitzer in a last-ditch effort to save the century-old mansions in the Navy Yard’s Admirals Row, which will be demolished to make way for a supermarket. Comment.

Aaron’s closes, but Fifth’s future is bright

Park Slope: A popular woman’s department store on Fifth Avenue has closed — even as its owner is working to create a business improvement district along the strip. Comment.

New market for Dyker Heights

Bay Ridge: A former Dyker Heights movie theater that the city hoped to turn into a school will instead become a grocery store — and local residents are overjoyed. Comment.

Katina’s ‘Purity’ plan scrambled!

Park Slope: A plan for the long-shuttered Katina’s Diner to become a southern outpost of the New Purity Diner fell through suddenly last week, leaving fans of the Seventh Avenue greasy spoon wondering if the other soufflé had fallen. Comment.

Group: This is not a homeless shelter

Park Slope: The non-profit group slated to run a single-room-occupancy building in the South Slope fought back this week against charges that the building will bring dangerous people to the area. Comments (1).

Bensonhurst volunteer ambulance in last-ditch effort to survive

Bay Ridge: The Bensonhurst Volunteer Ambulance Service has put its building up for sale in a last-ditch effort to save the 30-year-old life-saving institution. Comments (1).

Ovington nearing history

Bay Ridge: The city Landmarks Preservation Commission is considering a request by residents to create a historic district on Ovington Avenue between Third and Ridge avenues. Comments (3).

Icicle thieves at work for MTA

After nearly a year of complaints, the MTA will repair a Windsor Terrace subway station that, in cold weather, resembles the ice castle of a snow queen. Comment.

Skin patrol in Boerum Hill

Carroll Gardens: The abundance of quasi-porn magazines on city-owned newsstands has got some parents in Boerum Hill all hot and bothered. And not in a good way. Comment.

High-rise hi-jinx

Theater: ‘Little Building,’ currently up at Galapagos, tells hilarious stories Comment.

Slope’s shot cop goes home

Park Slope: A police officer who was allegedly shot by the husband of a fellow cop in the wee hours on a quiet Park Slope street went home from New York Methodist Hospital this week. Comment.

Lounge lizard

Nightlife: Luna Lounge moves to Williamsburg Comment.

Dixie Chicks who? Dan Zanes wins the big Grammy

Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn’s own Dan Zanes won his first Grammy this week. Comment.

Your Local Police Blotter

Sappho’s Catty Shack pathos

Park Slope: Two major gay and lesbian institutions are robbed. Comment.

One crook got really tired out on 84th Street

Bay Ridge: Two cars have all their tires stolen on the same night! Comment.

Barb and cue at a Smith Street pub

Fort Greene: A pool game turns into a brawl at a Smith Street bar. Comment.

On course

Theater: The Sackett Group takes on Sam Shepard’s ‘True West’ Comment.

Po crosses the river

Dining: Good news, Brooklyn! Po, that beloved vestige of Mario Batali’s early career, is on its way to Cobble Hill. Comment.

Fat ‘Two’s-day

Event: The Lighthouse Tavern and Two Boots Brooklyn host Mardi Gras parties. Comment.

Gentile is the new critter ridder

Bay Ridge: Happy Valentine’s Day from Councilmember Vince Gentile! Now, go out and scare some raccoons. The Bay Ridge Democrat announced this week that his office would begin distributing “Critter Ridder,” a humane raccoon repellant. Comment.

It’s that time of year again

Smartmom: Snow was in the forecast. Valentine’s Day was coming (it’s Hepcat’s least-favorite Hallmark holiday). And in the middle of everything, Smartmom found out that one of her paying projects has been substantially downsized. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Searching for Tony Manero

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist goes in search of Brooklyn’s (Increasingly) Little Italy. Comments (2).

No fury like a stroller scorned

PS … I Love You: Our columnist defends Barnes and Noble in the recent “Strollergate” controversy Comment.

History being sunk in the Hook

Brooklyn South: Our columnist finds that history has become a low priority in Red Hook. Comment.

Money just waiting to be spent

Greene Acres: Our columnist tries to figure out why Fort Greene Park declines, even though money is available to fix it. Comment.

Defending the barber of the hill

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist defends a Brooklyn Heights barber under fire for his “hideous” neon sign. Comment.

Cuomo sues Exxon but residents still waiting for clean-up

The news that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has sued ExxonMobil for having “spilled, leaked or otherwise discarded at least 17 million gallons of various petroleum products...and other pollutants” into Greenpoint and Newtown Creek, induced muted praise from weary residents who’ve been fighting the energy giant for more than 25 years. Comment.

What’s with that weathervane?

Downtown: What’s that odd thing on top of the main post office? Comment.

Brooklyn to get first Arabic PS

Muslim community leaders are hailing the city’s decision to open an Arabic language and culture school in Brooklyn this fall. Comment.

Civic Calendar

Get involved in community events. Comment.

All Drawn Out

Links