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Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008

Inside the Brooklyn caucus

Brooklyn, Iowa: Our columnist takes you inside an actual Iowa caucus room: “What I saw was the most basic form of democracy in action. I was proud to be an American.” With video … Comment.

Caucusing in Brooklyn, Iowa

Brooklyn votes: At Iowa caucus, our sister city backs Edwards and Huckabee

Brooklyn, Iowa: BROOKLYN, IOWA — Former Sen. John Edwards emerged a narrow winner in this rural town of 1,300, fighting off a last-minute visit by former President Bill Clinton and a strong surge by younger voters for Barack Obama in a raucous, only-in-Iowa caucus. In a much-more subdued process, Brooklyn Republicans made Baptist preacher, weight-loss guru and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee the winner of their vote. Comments (1).

Brooklyn, IOWA?! A brief history of our Midwestern sister city

Brooklyn, Iowa: BROOKLYN, IOWA — We share a name — but actually, we really don’t. Here’s a brief history of the town of Brooklyn, Iowa. Comment.

Here’s what Brooklyn Iowans think of us

Brooklyn, Iowa: We asked residents of Brooklyn, Iowa a simple question: What is your reaction when you hear the words, “Brooklyn, New York”? Here are their answers. Comments (3).

The day John Wayne got punched

Brooklyn, Iowa: BROOKLYN, IOWA — So who beat up whom — Hollywood legend John Wayne or 8-year-old bully Balzer Kriegel? Here are the details of the single best story in the history of Brooklyn, Iowa. Comments (4).

Brooklyn vs. Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Iowa: They share a name, but Brooklyn, Iowa and Brooklyn, New York share little else, as our handy comparison chart below shows. Comments (1).

Happy new year, babies

It’s time for The Brooklyn Paper’s annual New Year’s Baby smackdown, comparing this year’s crop of “first” tots. Comment.

80 to watch in ’08

We’ve looked (not so) fondly back on 2007, so now it’s time to look ahead to the people, places and things that will be making news in 2008. Comments (4).

The G gets a D+

Fort Greene: The G-train is pint-size, infrequent and doesn’t go to Manhattan — no wonder riders gave it the one of the worst report card grades in the city. Comment.

City doesn’t pay the ferryman

Williamsburg: The abrupt shutdown of winter ferry travel between Manhattan and Williamsburg and DUMBO is a result of the city’s failure to properly subsidize the service, the president of New York Water Taxi told The Brooklyn Paper this week. Comments (3).

The resolution revolution

Community leaders share their New Year’s resolutions with The Brooklyn Paper (how’s that for accountability!) Comments (1).

‘Park’ construction to begin with a teardown

Bridge ‘Park’: After more than two decades of planning and numerous delays, construction on the Brooklyn Bridge Park is slated to begin this month. Comment.

‘Luxe’ be a lady

Books: Greenpoint author Anna Godbersen hits pay dirt with her Young Adult sensation “The Luxe,” which debuted at number six on the New York Times Children’s Books Best Seller list. The historical fiction novel puts “Gossip Girl”-type teenage antics against a Gilded Age backdrop.     Comments (1).

Digesting 2007

Dining: Let it be known that 2007 was the year of the cocktail in Brooklyn. Lists of “elixers” concocted by “mixologists” were as important in some restaurants — more important sometimes — than the entrees. Here is a fond look back at a year of indulging in bacon and booze in Brooklyn’s restaurants.  Comment.

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Scribes attempt to write a wrong

Atlantic Yards: Twenty Brooklyn scribblers and opponents of the Atlantic Yards 16-skyscraper-and-arena development are putting their money where their pens are, not only contributing to a collection of essays and short stories about life in Brooklyn — but allowing the proceeds to benefit the mega-development’s biggest opponent. Comment.

The year in Yards!

Atlantic Yards: The tortuously drawn out development of the Atlantic Yards project never fails to offend, amuse and plain old befuddle onlookers. This year was no exception for the 16-skyscraper-and-arena mini-city slated for Prospect Heights. Comments (1).

The demise of the Donut

Park Slope: After 32 years of slinging omelets, pancakes, home-fries, donuts and pouring mug upon mug of affordable coffee, the Foops family has finally shut down its beloved old-school diner, the Donut Coffee Shop on Fifth Avenue. Insert depressed quote from disgruntled old-timer here. Comment.

An expanding ‘Union’: Market now coming to Fort Greene

Fort Greene: It’s official. Union Market will open a third outlet in Fort Greene by summer. Comments (1).

Neighborhood Columnists

Tell them what you want

Greene Acres: This is the time to put your wants and needs on paper and take the Fort Greene-Clinton Hill shopping survey. Comment.

Absinthe makes his heart fonder

Heights Lowdown: Absinthe is now legal (yippie!), so our man goes on a vital fact-finding mission. Comments (1).

Is Ridge out of business?

Yellow Hooker: Now that the people of Bay Ridge are done opening their presents, maybe they can open some new stores. Comments (1).

New Year’s pre-memories

PS … I Love You: At this time of year, it’s impossible to walk around without feeling those memories come flooding back. Comment.

Now these are some smooth thieves

Downtown: Police are looking for three men who stole more than $1,600 worth of lotion, cough medicine and eye drops from a drug store on Court Street on Dec. 29. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Police nab serial robber

Carroll Gardens: A repeated robber of 24-hour delis on Court Street got caught because he struck too frequently — plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct Comment.

Kicked while down

Fort Greene: Three thugs punched and knocked down a 28-year-old Grand Street resident, and then, as the coup de grace, kicked him while he was down on Dec. 30. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct Comment.

Fatal stabbing in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: A 39-year-old man was fatally stabbed by his 29-year-old roommate on Dec. 26 in their Fifth Avenue apartment building, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights’ 68th Precinct. Comments (1).

Unwelcome guest at the Comfort Inn

Park Slope: Someone broke into the Comfort Inn — and stole water! Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Elderly rob

Bay Ridge: An elderly couple had their Cropsey Avenue apartment robbed of cash and jewelry while they were away on Dec. 28. Plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment.

No room at this inn

Bay Ridge: Dozens of women scheduled to give birth at Victory Memorial Hospital during the holiday season had to find alternate sources of care weeks, even days, before giving birth. The Bay Ridge hospital prematurely shut down its labor and delivery unit last Friday — 10 days earlier than expected. Comment.

Tattoo you

Art: The opening party for Martina Secondo Russo’s debut solo exhibition, “Tattooed Limbs and Other Oddities,” had all the typical trappings of a gallery show — chatter, cheer and free wine — but a second glance at the artwork and the gallery space showed more than a few quirks.  Comment.

High ‘Wire’ act

TV: “You know, people step to me and they basically say, ‘you’re playing my life.’” actor Jamie Hector told GO Brooklyn about his role as Marlo Stanfield in HBO’s hit series “The Wire,” which enters its fifth and final season on Sunday, Jan. 6. Comment.

Smartmom gives from the wallet this holiday season

Smartmom: Smartmom learns to stop worrying and love panhandlers. Comment.

Out at ‘Sea’

Music: Only eight days into the new year, rock group The Shondes — the name means “shame” or “disgrace” in Yiddish — will celebrate a milestone that plenty of bands only dream of: the release of its first album.  Comments (1).

Take a hike

Art: A walk through Williamsburg — especially along the crowded Bedford Avenue corridor — on a Friday night is always an experience, but on Jan. 11, there will be more than just the normal spectacle to gawk at. Comment.

‘Wake’ up

TV: DUMBO actor Sam Amidon stars in “American Wake,” an independent film airing on WNET/Channel 13 on Jan. 5. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment.

All faiths day in Slope

Park Slope: Park Slope will once again live up to its reputation for cultural sensitivity when the Old First Reformed Church throws open its chapel for six widely divergent faiths on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Now, if we can just get those Buddhists and those Sikhs to play nice! Comments (1).

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment.

Free for all!

In the spirit of encouraging a free exchange of ideas, The Brooklyn Paper makes this space available to our readers. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008

Bubba in Brooklyn: Bill Clinton visits Iowa town after its mayor backs Obama

Brooklyn, Iowa: Hillary Clinton’s campaign sent its biggest gun to one of the state’s smallest towns Tuesday night in a last-minute bid to stave off defeat at Thursday’s caucus here in Brooklyn, Iowa. With video … Comments (5).

Caucusing in Brooklyn, Iowa

Bubba in Brooklyn: Bill Clinton visits Iowa town after its mayor backs Obama

Brooklyn, Iowa: Hillary Clinton’s campaign sent its biggest gun to one of the state’s smallest towns Tuesday night in a last-minute bid to stave off defeat at Thursday’s caucus here in Brooklyn, Iowa. With video … Comments (5).

Brooklynite arrives in Brooklyn: Editor bearing gifts basks in small-town warmth

Brooklyn, Iowa: Brooklynites have opened their hearts, loosened their tongues and served up plenty of ham to their beloved brother from the East Coast. Comment.

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