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Monday, May 12, 2008

Vito weakened, yet Dems in turmoil

Bay Ridge: Rep. Vito Fossella’s drunk-driving arrest and subsequent admission that he fathered a child out of wedlock hasn’t only thrown the GOP into disarray — it’s apparently done the same thing to Democrats trying to pick a challenger to take on the disgraced congressman. With video … Comment.

Long, hot, smelly summer — but lots of parking — in the Slope

Park Slope: Alternate-side-of-the-street parking will be suspended entirely on residential streets in Park Slope starting on May 19 — putting a months-long end to the weekly hassle of moving your car. Comments (2).

‘Union’ splits board

Park Slope: The ongoing controversy over Union Hall bar in Park Slope is tearing apart the local community board as it heads towards Wednesday’s vote on the popular nightspot’s liquor license amid charges that one of the bar’s opponents has a conflict of interest and another opponent made a false 911 call. Comments (2).

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Vito’s shame

Bay Ridge: Embattled Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) will reportedly not seek re-election — a stunning bombshell that capped a topsy-turvy week that began early last Thursday with the congressman’s arrest for drunk-driving in the Virginia suburbs and subsequent reports of a possible extra-marital affair. Comment.

Vito must step aside

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper calls for Rep. Vito Fossella to resign now rather than drag his constituents through the ongoing scandal over his drunk-driving arrest and extra-marital affair. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the Fossella drunk-driving arrest. Comment.

Rogues gallery

Politics: Vito Fossella is certainly not the first politician to get in trouble with the law. Here’s a handy chart. Comments (2).

‘Vino’ Fossella: The people speak

Vox Pop: What do Bay Ridge residents think of Rep. Vito Fossella since his May 1 drunk driving arrest? We hit the streets to find out. Comments (5).

The Latest Development News

Walentas has ‘Issue’

Downtown: Issue Project Room, a cutting-edge performing arts center, will leave its Gowanus Canal zone and create a theater inside the former Board of Education offices at 110 Livingston St. Comment.

Bossert sold?

Downtown: The Hotel Bossert, the swanky Montague Street accommodation that was the site of the Dodgers’ knock-down, drag-out World Series victory party in 1955 and, more recently, was a dormitory for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, has apparently been sold. Then again, no one’s talking. Comment.

Writ large

Downtown: A heavyweight Manhattan law firm is transferring some of its back office employees to Metrotech, but the firm’s attorneys won’t dirty their white shoes in Downtown Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Tale of two renderings

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner and his foes presented starkly different visions for the mega-project this week — one, a scaled-back, Frank Gehry wonderland, the other, a collection of bulky buildings and a basketball arena surrounded for decades by parking lots. Comment.

Tale of two rallies

Atlantic Yards: Union hardhats faced off against with stroller moms — and a half-dozen local elected officials — at rival protests in the footprint of the proposed Atlantic Yards project on Saturday. Comments (6).

Tale of the tape: Cory vs. Marty

Atlantic Yards: The mayor of Newark and the Beep of Brooklyn take their fight to win the Nets to the basketball court. Comments (2).

Ratner backer once a pimp

Atlantic Yards: One of Bruce Ratner’s boosters at the pro-Atlantic Yards rally on Saturday was a former strip club manager who testified that he arranged for dancers to have sex with NBA stars. Comments (16).

Austin on ‘Paris’

Theater: In Ovid’s telling of “The Judgment of Paris,” Paris’s dilemma is an embarrassment of riches. Three beautiful goddesses appear before him and he must decide who among them — Athena, Hera and Aphrodite — is the finest. Happily, Austin McCormick’s dance-theater production — which opened on Friday in Carroll Gardens — doesn’t end with any bloodshed and is almost embarrassingly rich, too. Comments (1).

Protests shut down Atlantic Ave

More than 250 protestors shut down traffic in one direction on Atlantic Avenue on Wednesday afternoon to protest last month’s not guilty verdict for the three police officers involved in the shooting of Sean Bell. Comments (1).

With Vito weakened, Bay Ridge Dems don’t know what to do

Podcast: On the same day that Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) admitted that he’d sired a child with his mistress, Brooklyn Democrats for Change gathered to endorse a candidate to take on the embattled, six-term congressman. But they couldn’t do it — an indication that the race has gotten more serious. With video … Comment.

‘Banner’ day for Henry

Brooklyn Heights: Tree-lined, residential Henry Street was briefly turned into one long billboard, but Brooklyn Heights residents erupted after seeing commercial banners on the mostly residential street, so the city removed them. Comment.

Elmes grows new roots

Art: On Wednesday, May 14, Galapagos Art Space — the pioneering cultural center that is undergoing a move from Williamsburg to DUMBO — will open to the public for the first time. Although the space will be used to exhibit video for the New York Photo Festival, just as interesting is what founder and Director Robert Elmes has planned for the venue. Comment.

Goodbye, neighbors!

Park Slope: Park Slopers were justifiably outraged to hear that the neighborhood’s A-list acting couple, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, had put their Prospect Park West mansion on the market and were headed to, say it ain’t so, Manhattan. Comments (2).

An unholy ‘Union’

Park Slope: Controversial Park Slope bar Union Hall suffered a setback on Thursday night as a community board subcommittee said the tavern should lose its right to serve booze. Comment.

A glimpse inside Ft. Greene Park monument

Fort Greene: Eighty years is a long time to wait, so forgive us if we were a bit underwhelmed by our first glimpse inside the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument inside Fort Greene Park, which opened for the first time in decades this Sunday. With video … Comments (1).

475 Kent is home again

Williamsburg: Three and a half months after the city evacuated more than 200 tenants from a Kent Avenue building because of an illegal matzo factory in the basement, the first residents returned to their apartments on May 1 — and after 101-days of couch surfing, they’re happy to be home. Comment.

Pynchon a no show at birthday party

Columbia St Waterfront: Author Thomas Pynchon didn’t show up at a party in his honor on Sunday at Freebird Books. Then again, if the reclusive author of “Mason & Dixon” and “V” had shown up, would anyone even know? Yes, say fans at the Columbia Street bookshop. Comment.

Time’s up: Last-minute gifts for mom

Shopping: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, so if you haven’t yet fulfilled your filial duty, you don’t have much time. Luckily, there are still plenty of options for local, last-minute gifts, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best ideas. Comment.

Cell hath no fury

Bay Ridge: Verizon tried to make peace with Bay Ridge, but parents at Ridge Avenue’s PS 185 hung up on the offer. Comments (1).

Three-alarm firehouse deal

Williamsburg: Two firehouses decommissioned amid intense protests in 2003 will be reborn — one as a home for the borough’s nomadic orchestra and the other as community center. Comment.

Last call at Mooney’s

Prospect Heights: Mooney’s, an Irish pub in Prospect Heights, has lost its fight to stay in its Flatbush Avenue home and will close for good by the end of June. Comment.

Ferry good news

Bay Ridge: The Bloomberg Administration announced this week that it will provide more than $1 million in subsidies to bring ferry service back to Sunset Park next week. Comments (1).

media

Gersh’s ankle: An update

Podcast: A Brooklyn Angle exclusive: Gersh gets the prognosis from his doctor, Tom Lyon of Lutheran Medical Center. With video … Comments (1).

Inside the monument in Fort Greene Park!

Podcast: Editor Gersh Kuntzman With video … Comment.

Gawker: Dorky Brooklyn Paper Podcasts are totally ‘awesome’

Podcast: Just two weeks after reporters at The Brooklyn Paper started posting quick-hit Podcasts on the award-winning BrooklynPaper.com Web site, our efforts were noticed by Gawker.com. With video … Comments (1).

Butler Street all ‘crack’ed up?

Carroll Gardens: Residents of Butler Street in Boerum Hill say police aren’t doing enough to crack down on drug dealing and prostitution stemming from two abandoned houses on their block. But cops say they’re doing their best. Comment.

Changing of the ‘Guard’

Nightlife: Things weren’t so quiet at the Central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library when the Brooklyn Vanguard had its last event. A phalanx of young Brooklynites, clad in their nightclub best, streamed into the library’s Dweck Center on Grand Army Plaza, but this was no study group. Comments (2).

Kinder plates

Books: While most foodies have been made aware of the inhumane techniques used to keep calves — which are turned into veal — and geese, whose livers are fattened up for foie gras, author Gene Baur exposes even more unappetizing ways our meat and dairy products come to the table in his new book, “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food.” Comment.

Your family

Jen and Paul: We hardly knew ye!

Smartmom: Smartmom weighs in on actors Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany’s move from Park Slope to, gasp, Manhattan. Comment.

No lie: This ‘Pinocchio’ rocks

Parenting: Our critic gives Puppetworks’ “Pinocchio” a rave review — and his nose remains fixed in place. Comment.

Family calendar

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

Pot of gold

Nightlife: On Monday, May 12, supporters of the Brooklyn Philharmonic are invited to gather around the piano at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan, where award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch will be tickling the ivories. Comment.

The gun, fake; the horror, real

Park Slope: Three teens were arrested after holding up a woman at gunpoint — or at least what she thought was gunpoint — on 13th Street on April 27. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

See and say

Fort Greene: A man and woman stole a car that had just been dropped off by a customer at an Atlantic Avenue garage on April 27. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

College try

Downtown: Three crooks calmly looted an unlocked college dorm room in the famous St. George hotel building on Henry Street on April 25. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown, and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Bad delivery

Williamsburg: Thugs roughed up a deliveryman on May 4, punching him in the face and stealing his cellphone. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comments (1).

Empty crime

Williamsburg: Crooks bored a hole into the roof of a Richardson Street warehouse on April 29, but they didn’t steal anything. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

Backpick

Prospect Heights: Someone broke into a Dean Street house sometime during the day on May 1. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment.

With a gun

Bay Ridge: A gun-toting thug robbed a 92nd Street bodega early in the morning on May 1. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

RAPE! Teen sexually assaulted at Library

Park Slope: Two men sexually assaulted a teenager in the bathroom at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch on Grand Army Plaza on April 14, cops said. Comments (5).

Elementary

Carroll Gardens: A man’s Amity Street home was burglarized on April 27. Plus all the crime news from Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Little Bangkok

Dining: Park Slope is turning into a veritable Little Bangkok. On Seventh Avenue, between Eighth and 15th streets, GO Brooklyn has counted at least four Thai restaurants. This reporter likes pad Thai as much as the next guy, but is there really room for all of these eateries? Comments (1).

Block buster lineup

Event: The Federal-style houses on State Street in Brooklyn Heights will grace movie screens across the country this summer in the Coen brothers’ new film, “Burn After Reading,” but ticket holders to the upcoming Heights house tour can peek inside the homes even sooner. Comment.

Yards foes: Let’s set the records straight

Letters: Here are this week’s letters, with missives about Atlantic Yards (what else?!), the Green Church in Bay Ridge, Rep. Vito Fossella’s drunk-driving arrest and our recent story about the Microsoft store. Comment.

‘Black’ is back

Theater: A production by the National Theater of Scotland, “Blackwatch” follows a regiment of soldiers as they fight in the Iraq war. The previous 23 performances, which took place last fall at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, all sold out. So the producers vowed to bring it back. Comment.

Is this not art?

Art: Dust off your energy dome hats and radiation suits — Devo is back! On Saturday at 8 pm, the seminal New Wave band will be honored with “The Super Thing: NYC Goes Devo,” a night of art, live music and costumes at Williamsburg arts fortress 3rd Ward. Comment.

Resources for kids with disabilities

Advertorial: Challenge Early Intervention Center is proud to host Gary Shulman, Ms.Ed on Tuesday, May 13, from 6:45 to 9 pm, in its beautiful new site at 649 39th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Sunset Park. Comment.

Eco-Friendly Spa opens on Montague

Advertorial: Imagine a place where you can practice yoga, and then be pampered at the spa! That is what Wendy Chanelis of Yoga People and Regine Rousseau of Urban Zen Life have created in the heart of Brooklyn Heights — an eco-friendly center that works together to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. Comment.

Sports cards, memorabilia

Advertorial: With the beginning of baseball season, what better place to find this stuff than Baseball Card Dugout in Carroll Gardens. The Dugout has been providing its customers with a super selection of cards, wax boxes, comics, toys and sports statues at great prices for over 14 years. Comments (2).

Replacements for brownstone doors

Advertorial: Dozens of the beautiful doors you’ve seen while walking past Brooklyn’s historic brownstones have been replaced or restored by Amighini Architectural of Jersey City. This family business is dedicated to providing rare doors, structural and decorative elements culled and salvaged from historic residences, palaces, parks, hotels and other buildings from throughout the world. Comment.

Sarah Portlock joins the staff!

Podcast: A new podcast to show off our new staffer, Sarah Portlock, and our new podcast sponsor, Brooklyn Wine Co. With video … Comment.

The Kitchen Sink

All the juicy 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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