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Saturday, March 3, 2007

All that jazz

Nightlife: Bandleader Vince Giorano isn’t just playing jazz, he’s living it. Comment.

Park Choke!

Park Slope: The mystery of Park Slope’s congested shopping strip has been solved: Nearly half of the cars on Seventh Avenue are simply looking for parking, a new study shows. Comment.

Top news

One way Seventh

Atlantic Yards: The city is considering a “radical” proposal to convert traffic-choked Seventh and Sixth avenues in Park Slope into one-way thoroughfares and removing a lane of traffic from each direction of highway-like Fourth Avenue. Comment.

Park Choke!

Park Slope: The mystery of Park Slope’s congested shopping strip has been solved: Nearly half of the cars on Seventh Avenue are simply looking for parking, a new study shows. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment.

A new pooposal

Legislators have put their foot in the middle of a messy debate by backing Mayor Bloomberg’s call to increase fines for pooper-scooper violators. Comment.

The high notes

Nightlife: GO’s guide to borough’s jazz hot spots. Comment.

Chocolate war in DUMBO: It’s mugs at dawn for Jacques Torres and old pal

Dining: Two friends and bona-fide Brooklyn gustatory legends have become rivals in that most bittersweet of winter businesses: hawking hot-chocolate. Comment.

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Federal judge: Suit is hot air

Atlantic Yards: A U.S. judge says the federal courts should toss out a lawsuit by property owners and tenants facing eviction for Bruce Ratner’s 16-skycraper-and-arena mini-city — a blow to opponents that legal experts said could mark the beginning of the end of the four-year battle against the $4-billion project. Comment.

City left with Yards mess

Editorial: Bruce Ratner has barely put a shovel in the ground at his Atlantic Yards mega-development and already the city’s Department of Transportation is putting Band-Aids on the machine gun wound that the project will cause in the heart of Brooklyn. But don’t blame DOT; blame the state planners who ignored traffic in the borough so Atlantic Yards would sail through the approval process. Comment.

Hot chocolate smackdown

Dining: A DUMBO bakery has replaced the fine, Jacques Torres hot chocolate with its own brew. Our tasting panel dives right in. Comment.

FREE PARKING: City ignores abandoned car

Downtown: The latest update on the two-week saga of the abandoned car that no one seems to want to pick up. Comment.

Faux Farm

Dining: Cooking goes down home — but upscale — in Park Slope. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Bedding down, thanks to MySpace

Development: Dakota says she’s a sex crazed swinger on her MySpace page — but you can’t meet her until she’s built. Comment.

Former Assemblyman’s fields of dreams

Carroll Gardens: A former Assemblyman’s field of dreams along the Gowanus Canal may be running into the reality of the real-estate business. Comment.

More movement on Duffield Street

Downtown: The “Underground Railroad” is surrounded. Three properties on Duffield Street — lumped together by their real-estate broker as the “Albee Square Assemblage” — are on sale for a cool asking price of $33 million. Comment.

Big price paid for small buildings

Downtown: How hot is Brooklyn Heights real estate? Two buildings and a vacant lot on Pineapple Street were bought this week by a New Jersey developer for $7.4 million. Comment.

Over the hill

Dining: Miriam takes over the old Hill Diner space. Comment.

Shutdown brings bitter exes, bake shop owners, together

Park Slope: The feuding French bakers of Park Slope entered an uneasy détente this week. Comment.

Smartmom takes on Times weasel

Smartmom: Smartmom wants to know: Does New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks know anything about Park Slope? Comment.

Two John Jay HS principals fire back at The Paper

Letters: Our weekly letters column gets hotter than ever, with attacks from two John Jay HS principals, an Atlantic Yards supporter and a fan of the Brooklyn Public Library’s supposed “censorship” of an anti–Atlantic Yards exhibition. Comment.

Caffeine lover James Greenberg

Checkin’ in with: He just discovered a link between heart health and coffee consumption. It’s never been a better time to check in with Brooklyn College Professor James Greenberg! Comments (1).

The new classic

Music: Composer Nico Muhly brightens the Philharmonic with his rising star. Comment.

Third time is no charm for disgraced pol

Three strikes and he’s really out. Disgraced former Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Clarence Norman was convicted last week of grand larceny — the third conviction in 18 months for the former Assemblyman, who vowed to appeal, yet admitted that he was finally out of politics. Comment.

Other Local Stories

Greasing the wheels in DUMBO

Downtown: Keeping DUMBO green is going to be a lot easier, thanks to an innovative program to transform used restaurant cooking oil into bio-diesel fuel. Comment.

City douses flames on firehouse sales

Don’t sound the siren yet — city officials have put a hold on much-reviled plans to auction off vacant firehouses. Comment.

This icy woman is just too hot

Fort Greene: A naked snow goddess made a short-lived appearance on a Fort Greene ledge this week, arousing admiration among area neighbors, before finally succumbing to Tuesday’s above-freezing temperatures. Comment.

Gentile blasts R shuttle

Bay Ridge: The MTA leaves Bay Ridge R-train riders stranded at rush hour by taking trains out of service, Councilman Vince Gentile fumed this week. Comment.

New block on the block

Bay Ridge: Ovington Avenue and Senator Street are both worthy of landmark status. But which is prettier? Comment.

Help him find his assailant

Carroll Gardens: Boerum Hill cyclist Sergio Revah is trying to find people who saw him get hit by a Cadillac coupe traveling east on notoriously dangerous Atlantic Avenue (a.k.a. the “avenue of death and destruction”). Comment.

Power only half on at gym

Park Slope: The first floor of a popular children’s gym remains closed, despite a promise that it was to have reopened by now — seven weeks after the Fire Department shut it down. Comment.

Manhattan dancers in Brooklyn? Fuhgedaboudit!

BAM District: Community leaders are crying foul at the city’s decision to give a Manhattan-based dance troupe prime real estate at the center of the developing BAM Cultural District. Comment.

Holy teardown! Slope church to be razed

Park Slope: A long-shuttered Polish church on 15th Street will be torn down to make way for apartments, the latest house of worship to end up as housing in the former Borough of Churches. Comment.

Myrtle gets pruned

Fort Greene: Myrtle Avenue’s trees are getting a long-needed trim. Comment.

Sound travels

Brooklyn Philharmonic builds a “Bridge”. Comment.

Pie in the sky

Dining: Gourmet pizza, a slice of life in Brooklyn. Comment.

Your Local Police Blotter

Second time around, still no charm

Fort Greene: Lightning may not strike twice, but crime can — in the same spot, no less: A gun-toting thief robbed a man on the corner of Schermerhorn and Bond streets on Feb. 26, police said. The 23-year-old victim said it was the second time he was mugged in the same spot. Comment.

Here’s a tenant who really got screwed

Bay Ridge: A landlord-tenant dispute got ugly — and bloody — in Bay Ridge. Comment.

A bitter taste left in the mouth of this candy-store owner

Park Slope: A popular Seventh Avenue candy store is robbed — and all the other crime stories of the week. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Sanitation versus Sonny

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist tries to solve the mystery of how a home without a driveway can get a ticket from the Sanitation Department for having a dirty driveway. Comment.

Protesting the lack of protests

PS … I Love You: Our columnist gets so appalled at the armchair liberals that she gets out — literally — and hits the streets to protest the war. Comment.

Espresso arms race in Gardens

Brooklyn South: Why does the new Starbucks have two espresso machines while the old Starbucks three blocks away have one? Comment.

A sour mail-female relationship

Greene Acres: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill join the race to complain about the Postal Service. Comment.

Fire makes school building hotter

Heights Lowdown: The fire is out at St. Charles Borromeo School in Brooklyn Heights, but the building is hotter than ever — thanks to a decision by the Brooklyn Diocese to close the school and sell or lease the property. Comment.

Mom dot com

Postpartum expression hits Brooklyn blogs. Comment.

Hamantouchin’

Event: Southpaw hosts Chabad of Prospect Heights Purim party Comment.

Hodges sliding away from Hall

Our columnist decries that Brooklyn Dodger great Gil Hodges was again denied the Hall of Fame this week. Comment.

Dirty movies

Cinema: “Pimps, Pigs and Prostitutes” all come to BAM. Comment.

Tween spirit

Music: Pre-teen rockers Care Bears on Fire take Red Hook. Comment.

Don’t fear the Riesling!

Advertorial: If ever there were a misunderstood grape, it is Riesling. Comment.

Civic Calendar

All the meetings you should be going to. Comment.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Dodger great Clem Labine dead

Clem Labine, Brooklyn Dodger pitcher during the celebrated Boys of Summer era, died today at the age of 80. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007

Fonzie is back in Brooklyn

Cyclones: “My heart is here in Brooklyn” said Edgar Alfonzo, the once and future manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones, in his return to Keyspan Park last week to meet-and-greet his biggest fans: season-ticketholders who were there when he led the Clones to their first and only New York–Penn League championship. Comment.

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