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Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007

GO Gallery Guide

Art: Brooklyn’s gallery scene gears up. Comment.

What the ‘F’?!

The Brooklyn Paper investigates declining service along the F train through Brownstone Brooklyn. Comments (1).

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What the ‘F’?!

The Brooklyn Paper investigates declining service along the F train through Brownstone Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Train in vain: Five tips for surviving the F

Park Slope: With service on the F train getting worse and worse, The Brooklyn Paper offered these handy tips for surviving the morning commute. Comment.

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Ratner doesn’t get it

Editorial: Bruce Ratner’s landscape architect told the truth this week — and his comments reveal a great deal about the developer’s lack of commitment to sane urban planning. Comment.

It has begun: Ratner starts work on Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: Construction work on Bruce Ratner’s $4-billion Atlantic Yards mega-project began this week, not with a bang, but with a whimper. Comment.

Clarke meets with Barclays bigs

Atlantic Yards: Rep. Yvette Clarke held an unprecedented meeting with Barclays Bank last week, the culmination of two weeks during which she slammed Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner for naming his proposed basketball arena after a financial behemoth that profited from the slave trade, did business with apartheid South Africa, and froze Jewish bank accounts during the Holocaust. Comment.

Lights, cameras, Ratner!

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner wants to hear your complaints — and watch you as you make them. The developer has just opened a “community liaison office” within the 22-acre Atlantic Yards footprint so area residents can express their “questions or concerns.” The office has a welcoming sign and two not-so-welcoming surveillance cameras trained on the door. Comment.

Yards poster caper in Fort Greene

Atlantic Yards: Low-grade mischief preceded the Fort Greene screening of the anti–Atlantic Yards film “Brooklyn Matters” at Bishop Loughlin High School on Wednesday, from verbal harassment to the illicit removal of posters advertising the show. Comment.

Burger Brawl

Dining: GO Brooklyn puts five of the borough's most talked about burgers to a taste test. Comments (1).

All colors

Dining: Tina visits Bed–Stuy’s Le Toukouleur. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Gateway to Brooklyn sculptor chosen!

Art: World-class artist Brian Tolle will create a site-specific piece for the gateway to Brooklyn — the top of Flatbush Avenue. Comment.

Freak to city: Good job

Coney Island: The city’s rejection of a plan to build new residential towers along Coney Island’s fabled Boardwalk has the neighborhood’s biggest freak, Dick Zigun, cheering. Comments (1).

Get out your tutus!

BAM District: The core of the evolving BAM Cultural District will be a 25-story tower housing a dance center, apartment complex and retail space, canoodled between the rising Forte condos and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, said city officials last week. Comment.

Goodbye Dolly

Development: Brooklyn’s only appointee to the City Planning Commission will be barred from voting on an expected rezoning of the gritty streets around the Gowanus Canal because she stands to benefit from it, the city said this week. Comment.

Whole Foods to neighbors: Drive on over

Park Slope: Whole Foods’ corporate machine beat back Park Slope’s green dream team this week, denying a petition from a neighborhood civic group to shrink its parking lots and put an earth-friendly solar roof on its super-store, now under construction on Third Avenue at Third Street. Comment.

City subsidy not ‘Square’: activists

Downtown plan: Downtown activists are objecting to a city plan to subsidize office construction in a new residential skyscraper in Albee Square — the latest battle against taxpayer-underwritten projects that earn millions for developers. Comment.

The next Mozart? Kiddie composer comes to Brooklyn

Music: While most seventh graders are busy composing book reports, Thomas Reeves has been up to something different. The 12-year old Reeves is a classical music composer. Comments (4).

Baubling over

Fashion: It’s Brooklyn jewelry designers’ time to shine Comment.

Library responds to ‘censorship’ charge

Letters: The Brooklyn Public Library fires back at charges that it censored an Atlantic Yards art show. Comment.

In full bloom

Music: The Violets blossom with a new album and reality TV series. Comment.

In memoriam

Brooklyn Philharmonic founder Siegfried Landau dies. Comment.

Nina Malkin

Checkin’ in with: A self-professed cat lady tells all! Comment.

Brooklyn’s Other Museum is the ‘BOMB’

Fort Greene: Most of us have visited the Brooklyn Museum — and breathed the rarified air of Rodin, Leibovitz, and Mueck — but Brooklyn has another museum, and it’s far more peculiar. It’s called Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn, otherwise known as BOMB. Comment.

Other Voices

Smartmom has Fly-On-The-Wall Syndrome

Smartmom: Teen Spirit’s band was playing a “no-adults-allowed” gig. Guess who crashed the party. Comment.

She bowled us over

Brooklyn Angle: Alexandra Stein was the future of bowling — and then she wasn’t. A cautionary tale. Comment.

Get the boot

Art: Dr. Martens puts a print on Brooklyn’s art scene. Comment.

Unholy rollers

Cinema: Gotham Girls Roller Derby, taking over a cinema near you! Comment.

Upside downward dog

Fitness: Yoga poses can make you dizzy even when you’re on the ground. So it’s no small feat that Aerial Yoga has developed such a following.  Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Happy ending at ‘Bleach House’

Brooklyn South: Our columnist tries to save a popular Laundromat but ends up only saving the sign above the entrance. Comment.

World Wide Wackiness in Heights

Heights Lowdown: One of the three restaurants involved in a co-branding Web site called “the Corner of Cranberry” is already out of business. That’s a tough corner. Comment.

Everybody in the pool (not)

Greene Acres: Our columnist tries to figure out why Long Island University hasn’t opened its nice new gym to the pool-starved public — as promised. Comment.

Dog days

PS … I Love You: Our columnist learns to stop worrying and love the dog people of Park Slope. Comment.

Your Local Police Blotter

Armed rob at Seventh Avenue game store

Park Slope: An armed thug robbed a popular video game store on Seventh Avenue and tied up the employees in a back room. Comment.

ID thefts galore in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: Two men had thousands of dollars in phony charges rung up on their credit cards. Comment.

Washing her hands gave bandit a clean getaway

Fort Greene: A woman attending a banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn lost a $15,000 diamond ring and her gold wedding band after removing the jewelry to wash her hands before eating and then forgetting the items in the women’s room. Comment.

Other Local Stories

New blow to cargo port

Red Hook: The city moved one step closer to closing Red Hook’s cargo port last week, scoring a key vote of approval on the controversial move from the Port Authority. Comment.

DUMBO underwater!

DUMBO: DUMBO will be inundated in 50 years, thanks to global warming. But the high rents — not the high water — will be responsible for driving out all the artists, say some Pratt Institute students. Comment.

Survey says! DUMBO getting better

Downtown: How great is DUMBO? Ninety percent of the neighborhood’s residents think it’s a good place to live — though a sizeable majority thinks the neighborhood remains a lousy neighborhood for basic necessities. Comment.

Get this wreck outta here!

Downtown: An abandoned car has sat by the entrance of the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway on Hicks Street for more than a week — and remained even after The Brooklyn Paper called 311 to get it removed (so much for the power of the press). Comment.

Extreme makeover: Boat edition

Carroll Gardens: A historic Red Hook fuel tanker is on its way back to the old neighborhood after a visit with repairmen — and now she’s got legs (and knows how to use them). Comment.

Miss Polonia crosses the bridge

Bay Ridge: How many Polish people does it takes to hold a beauty pageant? Just three — if you can find three, that is. Organizers of year’s Miss Polonia of Southern Brooklyn pageant are fighting demographics. Comment.

Death count rises on Third Avenue; Locals blame DOT

Park Slope: The death of a 4-year-old boy on busy Third Avenue happened because the Department of Transportation failed to follow through on its own recommendations for calming the dangerous strip, residents and activists charged this week. Comment.

Snow problem near courthouse

Downtown: Agency infighting leaves a sidewalk unplowed in Brooklyn Heights. The Paper puts on its boots and gets the job done. Comment.

Kensington’s going ‘Postal’ over poor service

Park Slope: Service at the Kensington post office on McDonald Avenue appears to be getting better, thanks to demands by Councilman Bill DeBlasio (D–Park Slope). Comment.

Patients: Give us our film!

Bay Ridge: Six months after a mammography center abruptly closed — and four months after state and federal authorities promised to investigate the matter — patients are still waiting to get their own medical records. Comment.

All Drawn Out

She can’t dig it

Bay Ridge: Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to forgive parking tickets during last week’s weird ice storm came too late to assuage Bay Ridge waitress Fatma Aly, who tried to dig out her car, but ended up having to fork over $60 to a guy with a tow-truck. Comment.

Civic Calendar

All of the week’s key civic events. Comment.

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