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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Vito admits it: He has a lovechild!

Politics: Embattled Rep. Vito Fossella admitted today to fathering a daughter with the woman who bailed him out of an Alexandria, Virginia jail after his arrest last Thursday for drunk driving. Comment.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Manhattan firm to Brooklyn

Development: The Atlantic Yards project may be falling apart on Bruce Ratner, but the developer released some big news for his Metrotech office complex Downtown: the Manhattan law firm of Weil, Gotshal is moving part of its office to Brooklyn. With video … Comments (4).

Monday, May 5, 2008

The new ‘Miss Brooklyn’

Atlantic Yards: “Miss Brooklyn” is dead — but Bruce Ratner has released new renderings of the 511-foot tower that he hopes will take her place. Comments (2).

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Fossella arrested for drunk driving

Bay Ridge: Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) was arrested early Thursday morning in Alexandria, Virginia for driving while intoxicated. Comments (3).

Apple of their eye: Microsoft ‘banks’ on Brooklyn for first store

Fort Greene: Forget the Apple store — what about the city’s first Microsoft store? That’s what the new brokers at One Hanson Place say they may have on tap at the borough’s premier retail space, the landmark former Willliamsburgh Savings Bank in the renovated residential building’s ground floor. Comments (6).

Nets to stay in Jersey?

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner and his executives have met with New Jersey investors and officials about a plan that would keep the developer’s Brooklyn-bound Nets in the Garden State, the Newark Star-Ledger reported this week. Comments (2).

Bay Ridge Key Food to close

Bay Ridge: Shoppers in the southern part of Bay Ridge will be left with just one supermarket thanks to the imminent closure of the Key Food on Third Avenue — and locals were angry. With video … Comments (7).

No kidding in Slope and Heights apartments

Discrimination against kids — in Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope? No way, say real-estate brokers, in the wake of last week’s lawsuit by a Manhattan couple who claimed that agents from Brown Harris Stevens twice refused to show them apartments because they had a baby. Comments (2).

Pols cut curb cuts

The city has chosen planting over parking, passing new regulations that will make it harder for residents of parking-starved neighborhoods to turn their front lawns into private driveways. Comments (1).

‘Park’ pool floats to Bronx

Downtown: The Bronx is up in at least in one important category: the northernmost borough has successfully stolen away the Floating Pool from Brooklyn. Comment.

Atlantic Yards Coverage

City lets Ratner off the hook

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner downsized Atlantic Yards — and it turns out that the city gave him the green light to do so. Comments (1).

Tax dollars paid for this mess

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner was called generous when he bought out tenants in the footprint of his proposed basketball arena in 2004 — but he could afford to be because he was paying with taxpayer money. Comments (3).

The Latest Development News

Port to stay put

Columbia St Waterfront: The company operating the last active shipping docks in Brooklyn will remain on the Columbia Street Waterfront District for 10 more years — a victory over city officials who had long sought to evict them to make room for housing, a maritime attraction and a beer garden. Comments (1).

Apple of their eye: Microsoft ‘banks’ on Brooklyn for first store

Fort Greene: Forget the Apple store — what about the city’s first Microsoft store? That’s what the new brokers at One Hanson Place say they may have on tap at the borough’s premier retail space, the landmark former Willliamsburgh Savings Bank in the renovated residential building’s ground floor. Comments (6).

Other Voices

Grand Theft Auto comes to Bklyn

Perspective: Our columnist drives a fictional car through a not-so-fictional Brooklyn in the hot new video game. Comment.

City: We’ll get Coney land without eminent domain

Letters: The mailbag is filled with missives about the city’s Coney Island plan, “old” Brooklyn, generic development around town, Atlantic Yards and Rep. Vito Fossella’s flirtation with Dick Cheney. Comment.

A fight worth having

Editorial: A community board hearing about a supposedly menacing Park Slope bar offers a chance to debate the future of our neighborhoods. Comment.

All drawn out

Bridge ‘Park’: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. Comments (1).

‘Designs’ on you

Shopping: Finding a place to live is never easy, but beginning Friday, furnishing your home with style and originality can be a cinch. This year’s edition of BKLYN Designs, the annual bazaar of avant-garde furniture and house wares, will convene 70 exhibitors who design or manufacture goods in the borough. Comments (3).

Il barbiere di Sunset Park

Sunset Park: The wooden cash register in Tony’s Park Barbershop in Sunset Park perpetually reads $2. Long ago the prices exceeded the cash register’s ability to count. So when Tony Garofalo rings up a $10 haircut, he taps the metal $2 key five times, the register’s bell ringing with each tap. Comments (1).

Irony: ‘Union’ divides neighborhood

Park Slope: Union Hall, the thriving bar and concert venue in Park Slope, is a victim of its own success — or rather its neighbors say they’re victims of the nightspot’s success. Comment.

‘Sakura’ modern

While the Japanese tradition of celebrating cherry blossoms might be ancient, this year’s edition of “Sakura Matsuri” at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden features a slate of utterly contemporary theater, fine art and more. Comment.

Vito in his own words

Bay Ridge: Rep. Vito Fossella called the press to a hotel in Staten Island to address his Thursday morning drunk-driving arrest in Virginia. Here is the six-term congressman’s opening statement, as captured by BrooklynPaper.com cameraman Ricky Barlin. With video … Comment.

Edge of his seat

Theater: A review of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s production of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” starring Park Slope’s own John Turturro, Elaine Stritch, Alvin Epstein and Max Casella (remember “Doogie Howser, M.D.”?). Comment.

Rep. Towns’s opponent from ‘Real World’

Fort Greene: It’s the MTV kid versus the golden oldie for Congress. Comments (2).

No dogs in DUMBO

DUMBO: Editor Gersh Kuntzman and Senor Editor Vince DiMiceli head for the new hot dog stand in DUMBO — but both big eaters are sorely disappointed when they get there. Watch how it all went down — or, in this case, didn’t! — on May 2, 2008 near our DUMBO offices. With video … Comment.

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 … Comment.

Hodg-podge

Books: Lock up your history books! On Tuesday, May 6, author, Park Sloper and “Daily Show” contributor John Hodgman will read from his new book, “More Information Than You Require,” a collection of fake trivia, at a benefit for PS 107. Comment.

Your family

Miley and Teen Spirit shed things

Smartmom: Smartmom knows all about the Miley Cyrus debacle. After all, she has a 16-year-old with a self-induced crewcut. Comments (2).

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun and games for you and your family. Comment.

Psychic RV is right on target

PS … I Love You: Our columnist gets her palm read — from a woman in an RV! Comments (5).

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Morning mayhem at the diner!

Park Slope: Two women attacked two other women in an early morning, alcohol-induced knock-down, drag-out brawl at a popular 24-hour diner on Fifth Avenue on April 27. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Gunning for him

Downtown: Two men robbed another man at gunpoint near the victim’s Hicks Street apartment on April 25. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, DUMBO, and Downtown’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

‘Rape’ and rob

Williamsburg: A vicious crook threatened to rape a Williamsburg woman on April 25, but when she fought back, he snatched her purse and ran. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Gunpoint mug

Bay Ridge: A perp tried to rob a man at gunpoint on Fourth Avenue early on April 26. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

Gun mug

Carroll Gardens: Two men, one with a firearm, robbed a woman on Pacific Street early on April 25. Plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Deliverance

Williamsburg: Two teens roughed up a deliveryman on April 23, but cops had no trouble delivering the suspects to justice. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

BOOZIN’! Thieves steal the spirit from an Atlantic Avenue bar

Carroll Gardens: Thieves stole dozens of bottles of booze from an Atlantic Avenue nightclub’s basement on April 24. Comment.

Slice of life

Fort Greene: Police arrested a man for stabbing another man after verbally harassing a woman on Lafayette Avenue on April 26. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Green and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Metrotech deal debunked!

Development: It turns out that Forest City Ratner overstated a deal that it signed with that big Manhattan law firm, Weil, Gotshal. The white shoe firm just told BrooklynPaper.com that it will not be relocating its front office to Metrotech, but rather some back offices. With video … Comment.

Growing Gowanus

Dining: Ever wonder how the letters in alphabet soup are made? Across the country they are created with extrusion dies made at Maldari & Company in Gowanus. Comment.

Not again! Dean St. is PO’d at being peed on

Carroll Gardens: Three houses and one car on a Boerum Hill block were doused with large quantities of human waste again this week — the latest examples of a recurring form of moist vandalism on Dean Street. Comment.

More than ‘Zero’

Cinema: “America has always seemed to hate its poets,” said Ken Siegelman, a Gravesend resident and Brooklyn’s poet laureate. “But to see a film done about me — it’s really given me a new lease on life.” Comments (1).

A long rest for LI Restaurant

When the Long Island Restaurant, a decades-old fixture on Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, closed in August, a note on the door suggested the eatery was just shuttered for a short vacation. It’s now a nine-month respite. Comments (2).

Good ‘Eats’

Dining: On Wednesday, April 30, over 500 hungry people crowded into Steiner Studios for the 11th year of “Brooklyn Eats,” a celebration of food and entertainment from throughout the borough. Comments (3).

Third death at the Gregory

Bay Ridge: A woman committed suicide inside of a Bay Ridge hotel room on April 25, making her the third person in just six months to die inside the Best Western Gregory Hotel on Fourth Avenue. Comment.

Fasten your seatbelts! Two councilmen want a smoother ride

Bumpy pavement is creating a rough ride for motorists — and two councilman say the city has to crack down on the people making the potholes. Comment.

Get your Gersh on

Our inimitable editor, Gersh Kuntzman, once again seized the moderator chair for the latest episode of Brooklyn Independent Television’s “Reporter Roundtable.” Comment.

Natural beauty products at Korres on Montague St.

Advertorial: Korres Natural Products USA just opened on Montague Street! Comment.

Jewels by Satnick

Advertorial: Jewels By Satnick has been serving the Downtown Brooklyn community for over 48 years, through three generations of the same family. Comment.

Great sale on sofas, chairs

Advertorial: At Haystack Home & Body, save 20 percent on special orders from their versatile collection of sofas, sectionals, sleepers and chairs from Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams. You’ll find modern and traditional pieces, as well as custom-made furniture. With the numerous fabric choices, the piece you choose will be perfect in any room of your house (or Mom’s!) Even better — take 40 percent off all the floor models featured in the store. Comment.

Annual Rosé Wine Festival

Advertorial: Rosé wines, which are dry, not sweet wines, are the “official” wines to drink when the weather gets warm, says Darrin Seigfried, sommelier of Red, White and Bubbly in Park Slope. Rosé wine is perfect to enjoy at a summer picnic, and goes well with salads, sandwiches, fish, shrimp, and a number of meats. It has an aromatic and flavorful quality that people around the world find hard to resist, and make a grand Mother’s Day gift, too. Comment.

The Kitchen Sink

What’s going on in your neighborhood? Here’s all the gossip! 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. Comments (1).

Friday, May 2, 2008

Vito was really really drunk!

Politics: Disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella had more than two times the legal limit of alcohol in his bloodstream when he was arrested for drunk-driving on early Thursday morning in Virginia — and the six-term congressman is facing a mandatory sentence of five days in the slammer. With video … Comments (2).

Walking on water

Art: Galapagos Art Space, the Williamsburg institution that is preparing to re-open in a newly renovated space at 16 Main St. in DUMBO, will feature a lake outfitted with walkways and tables, allowing club goers to lounge on top of the water. Comment.

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