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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

BrooklynPaper.com is best Web site finalist!

The Web site you’re now reading is one of the three best weekly paper sites in the country, two national magazines announced on Tuesday. With video … Comments (2).

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Our man in Baghdad

Brooklyn Angle: Tucker Reed, who spent the last two years fixing potholes, handing out energy-efficient lightbulbs and keeping the peace between DUMBO’s warring factions, is heading to Iraq to do, basically, the same thing. Comment.

Not a walk in the park

Cobble Hill: Police swept through Cobble Hill Park at least twice last week, issuing summonses to several people for violating the park’s curfew. Comments (3).

Bklyn music men form supergroup

Music: Five Brooklyn nightlife mini-moguls have taken over the Galapagos site in Williamsburg and turned it into Natural Selection. It’s a Darwin joke, get it? Comment.

‘Slave’ doll embroils Pratt

Fort Greene: A student art project with racial overtones was hastily taken down from the walls of Pratt Institute — and now the art and design school’s administration is scrambling to respond to it. Comments (2).

Tales from the crypts at Green Church

Bay Ridge: Workers exhumed 211 bodies from the crypt of Bay Ridge’s “Green Church,” moving the 108-year-old house of worship closer to its long-slated, but much-protested demolition. With video … Comments (2).

Brooklyn Bridge Park wins court round

Brooklyn Bridge Park cleared another hurdle this week, as the State Supreme Court ruled against opponents of the open space and luxury housing development, unanimously upholding the state’s inclusion of private housing inside the park’s footprint. Comment.

Get that bird a napkin!

You gotta see this picture of pigeons eating chicken! With video … Comments (1).

Comptroller: Let’s sell the House of D

Downtown: Comptroller Bill Thompson has called for the city to sell the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue, despite a city plan to reopen the jail and double its capacity. Comment.

This cookie doesn’t crumble

The Macaroon King of Williamsburg can finally rest. Passover means that Arnold Badner’s work is done for another season. But just because the Jennies Macaroon factory on South Fifth Street finally went silent last Friday doesn’t mean Badner isn’t busy. Comments (1).

Tales from the crypts

Bay Ridge: Workers started digging up coffins at the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church — and The Brooklyn Paper’s Ben Muessig was there. With video … Comment.

The humble macaroon

The story of the macaroon, from 16th-century Italy to today. Comment.

Isaac Hayes, Spoon and Feist help ‘Celebrate’ 30 years

Music: Celebrate Brooklyn announces its summer of 2008 lineup, which includes benefit concerts by Spoon and Feist. Tickets are on sale now for these big name shows! Comment.

Charles Musumeci, pioneer, 63

Park Slope: Charles Musumeci, whose Raintrees restaurant on the corner of Prospect Park West and Ninth Street served as a portent of the South Slope’s bright future, committed suicide last week at age 63. Comment.

Politics

Cheney stumps for Vito — yet he still leads!

Bay Ridge: Dick Cheney popped into New York this week to raise money for Rep. Vito Fossella’s re-election campaign — and the much-hated vice president brought in enough cash to offset any damage he did to Fossella in the eyes of Brooklyn voters, experts said. Comment.

Civil rights and modern wrongs in Bklyn

Politics: The Rev. Jesse Jackson came to a Fort Greene church to talk about the mortgage crisis, but the old politician in him couldn’t resist talking about everything else. Comment.

Angela Davis drop in at Pratt Institute

Politics: Former Black Panther Angela Davis gave her much-anticipated lecture at Pratt Institute and said that racism is still as ingrained as ever in the U.S. Comment.

Mega-rally to stop mega-project

Atlantic Yards: Three local groups that haven’t agreed on how to fight the Atlantic Yards development will put aside their differences to demand a halt in demolition work on the project at a mega-rally next Saturday. Comments (1).

The Latest Development News

City to Thor: Take Coney plan or leave it

Coney Island: City officials say their revised vision for Coney Island, which includes new attractions, hotels and retail alongside a downsized amusement park, must win over skeptical elected officials and private landowners — or else. Comments (2).

Cheyenne Diner’s Red Hook–bound

Red Hook: A beloved, but nearly doomed, retro Manhattan diner will get a second lease on life in Red Hook. Comment.

Costs soaring for Prospect Park rink

Park Slope: The pricetag for the much-hyped redesign of Prospect Park’s skating rink has soared to $75 million from $60 million just a month ago — and the project has been pushed back another year. Comment.

Sponge on the canal

Gowanus: The banks of the Gowanus Canal would become pollution-sucking sponges thanks to an innovative plan put forward this week by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy — but details for implementation remain as murky as the canal’s notorious waters. Comments (1).

‘Hudson’ hawks: Warehouse owner loves Public Place plan

Gowanus: As if the project to transform a toxic tract along the Gowanus Canal into a residential community with shopping and park space wasn’t ambitious enough, the proposal is poised to become even bigger by adding a neighboring site to the mix. Comments (3).

Other Voices

Remember Dick Cheney

Editorial: Rep. Vito Fossella — the city’s lone Republican congressman — called in a much-hated vice president to help him raise money. He’s banking on two things: Cheney’s pull with billionaires and voters’ short memories come November. Comments (2).

All drawn out

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

Schumer endorsement makes Squadron a loser

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Sen. Charles Schumer’s endorsement of state Senate candidate Daniel Squadron, judges who park in a park, the anti-Ratner protesters at the Brooklyn Museum and Frank Gehry’s forgotten “Urban Room.” Comment.

History of Brooks, pt. 1

Theater: Over a century after his father, Max Kaminsky, arrived at Ellis Island on the "SS Scandia," legendary filmmaker — and Williamsburg native! — Mel Brooks made his own voyage, this time aboard a chartered ferry running between Battery Park and the Ellis Island piers. Comment.

East River bridges brace for spruce-ups

The city has plans to renovate both East River Bridges, but lane closures might turn the project into a real piece of work. Comment.

Red gold! Copper crooks strike

Crime: Copper-thieving varmints made at least two more heists of the increasingly valuable metal last week, following five copper thefts from neighborhood construction sites and metal companies earlier this month. Comment.

Neighborhood Columnists

Facing smoke on the water

Brooklyn South: Our man floats down the Gowanus Canal (in a man-sized condom!). Comments (1).

How YouTube sees the Slope

PS … I Love You: Our columnist laughs, cries and laughs again at how her neighborhood is depicted on YouTube. Comment.

Swede as sugar

Music: Emanuel Lundgren isn't from Barcelona. In fact, Lundgren — the lead singer and mastermind behind pop-rock band I'm From Barcelona — isn't even Spanish. Comment.

Not in their back lot: Church nixes Ridge farmers market

Bay Ridge: A farmer’s market won’t take root in Bay Ridge because a church isn’t willing to sacrifice its parking lot. Comments (8).

NABBED! Cops catch Billyburg ‘Metropolitan mugger’

Williamsburg: Police locked up a Williamsburg man suspected of at least four knifepoint robberies that horrified the hot neighborhood, an NYPD source told The Brooklyn Paper. Comments (1).

Heavy metal sculpture flew the coop

Fort Greene: A beloved Fort Greene sculptor has put up a “generous” reward for the return of a massive bronze piece taken from her Washington Avenue front yard between April 10 and 12. Comment.

Wallbanger

Downtown: A man broke into clothing store on Atlantic Avenue by smashing a hole in the sheet rock walls, apparently with a broom handle, on April 18. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Suicide by cyanide locks down Park Slope

Park Slope: A man committed suicide on Park Slope’s Fourth Street on Monday morning, and cops locked down the block between Sixth and Seventh avenues as a hazmat team removed a suspicious container of fluid that was found next to the man’s body. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Unwanted guest

Bay Ridge: A man surprised the resident of a 79th Street home when he barged through a bedroom window while she was home on April 18. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comments (1).

Not playing

Fort Greene: Muggers threatened to shoot a girl in a playground on April 11. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

One for two

Carroll Gardens: Burglars tried to plunder two apartments in a Union Street building on April 17, but only managed to break into one of them. Plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Intimidation

Williamsburg: Three thugs intimidated a Havemeyer Street man into forking over his wallet and cellphone on April 20. Plus the rest of the crime news from Bushwick and Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Your family

Smartmom’s hankering to cook

Smartmom: Smartmom sees a recipe book — and it reminds her of her ever-tenuous feminism. Comment.

Family Calendar

Parenting: All the action for you and your kids! Comment.

Exit wound

Williamsburg: A 20-year-old woman became a victim of crossfire when she stepped out of a Greenpoint Avenue club on April 18. Comment.

Power plant gets renewed energy?

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A power plant that would block a proposed park on the North Brooklyn waterfront came back to life nearly a month after the state pulled the plug on the idea. Comment.

Pissing match on Dean St

Boerum Hill: Residents of a block in Boerum Hill have known for months that rogue urinators were defiling their street, but never had the proof to convince local police of a scatological conspiracy on Dean Street — until now. Comments (1).

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We're dishing up Brooklyn's latest food news! Comment.

Dear Billyburg

Books: When author Jami Attenberg decided to write a "love letter" to Williamsburg, she didn't prattle on about its hipster denizens. She wrote about a little known segment of its population: It's "kept men." Comment.

Key Food closes

Podcast: Bay Ridge’s Key Food, a fixture on Third Avenue and 95th Street, will close, leaving just one supermarket in the southern part of the neighborhood. Editor Gersh Kuntzman brings you all the drama. With video … Comments (1).

Another award

Podcast: The Brooklyn Paper’s Web site, BrooklynPaper.com, has just been named one of the three best weekly-paper sites in the country by Editor and Publisher magazine. Editor Gersh Kuntzman and Senor Editor Vince DiMiceli talk about the latest honors. With video … Comment.

Con Ed will knock down Kent plant

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: After weeks of denials, Con Edison admitted this week that it will demolish a defunct power plant on the South Williamsburg waterfront, leveling a neighborhood landmark to make space for possible high-rise condo development. Comments (1).

Shredfest 2008

Podcast: Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman went to the Shredfest at J.J. Byrne Park in Park Slope on April 27, 2008 to destroy incriminating documents — and to shred the competition. With video … Comment.

Bird on bird

Podcast: Following up on our controversial photo of two pigeons eating chicken parmagiana, The Brooklyn Paper presents this latest evidence that pigeons will eat anything: Here’s a rock dove on Fourth Street eating…a chicken wing! Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman brings you all the action. With video … Comments (5).

Puddling around

DUMBO: DUMBO’s most celebrated puddle has gone dry — and now its chroniclers appear to have dried up, too. Comment.

Montague gets the green light

Brooklyn Heights: You don’t need a car to enjoy the green lights on Montague Street. Workers hung environmentally friendly decorative lights from the branches of more than 20 Montague Street trees on Earth Day, illuminating the Brooklyn Heights thoroughfare without pulling any energy from the grid. Comment.

Arty night

Art: If you're looking for a way to combine a night on the town with a culturally enriching outing, look no further than "First Thursday," the monthly arts celebration held in DUMBO. Comment.

Reel life

Cinema: Break out the popcorn for the 42nd annual Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival. This year brings a record number of submissions, and 23 of them — including two award-winning films — hail from the borough. Comment.

Hot clock

Park Slope: A replica of an antique clock is reinstalled on Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope. Comments (2).

Traffic talk

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge groups unite to fight traffic on Eighth Avenue. Comment.

For mom

Shopping: With Mother's Day on the horizon, Sterling Place owners Robert Wilson and Elizabeth Crowell have stocked their playful and contemporary antique shops with gifts Mom can't help but love just a teensy bit more than your pre-school–era plaster handprint. Comment.

Tempo

Advertorial: Tempo Restaurant and Wine Bar is an inspired neighborhood restaurant, with dishes from Spain, Southern France, Sicily, Sardinia, Coastal Italy, and North Africa featured throughout the menu. Comment.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Advertorial: If you’re looking for a place to enjoy tasty wings while watching your favorite sporting event, Buffalo Wild Wings is your go-to restaurant. Comment.

Perelandra Natural Foods

Advertorial: Perelandra Natural Foods has been dedicated to providing Brooklyn Heights with the finest and largest selection of natural, organic foods and products since it opened it’s doors in 1976. And Perelandra employs three full time chefs that prepare fresh and delicious vegetarian fare 5 days a week. Comment.

Luna Rossa

Advertorial: If you love authentic Neapolitan brick oven pizza, along with fresh breads, pastas, and salads, Luna Rossa in Carroll Gardens is the place to be. Luna Rossa even imports its flour from Naples, Italy. Comment.

The Kitchen Sink

All the tidbits from your neighborhood. Comment.

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.

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