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Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008

Lock ’em up: City plan would put middle school in Brooklyn House of Detention

Carroll Gardens: Developers responded so weakly to a city invitation for ideas for retail and residential use of a reopened Brooklyn House of Detention that the city is now considering putting a middle school in the space. Yes, a middle school in the ground floor of the soon-to-be-reopened jail. Comments (1).

Beam them to BAM, Scotty: Trekkies in heaven with ‘Picard’ as Macbeth

Theater: Fans of “Star Trek” will boldly go where few have gone before — into the Brooklyn Academy of Music, no less — to see Captain Jean-Luc Picard (sometimes known as Patrick Stewart) flex his sinewy theatrical muscles in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Comments (2).

Editor of the Year!

Our chief scribe, Gersh Kuntzman, was just named “Editor of the Year” by the Suburban Newspapers of America. Will the accolades never cease? Comments (4).

Supermarket could come to ‘park’

Bridge ‘Park’: Suddenly, there’s going to be a supermarket in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comments (7).

Politics

Where’s the Bill? Constituents wonder what DeBlasio’s doing … in Iowa

Politics: Constituents of Councilman Bill DeBlasio blasted the up-and-comer for spending most of the past two weeks campaigning for Sen. Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire. Comments (1).

Panel: Guardian stole, but Hynes won’t prosecute

Politics: A court-appointed attorney who plundered the fortune of former Judge John Phillips has been temporarily stripped of her license to practice law — but District Attorney Charles Hynes won’t commit to opening a criminal investigation into her wrongdoings. Comments (2).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Pols: Pull Ratner off the trough

Atlantic Yards: A City Council effort to reign in a tax break enjoyed by Madison Square Garden should bring about a cutback on the massive public subsidies lavished on Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner, two councilmembers demanded this week. Comments (1).

Public sees new face of Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: The state’s newly appointed Atlantic Yards ombudsman met with the public for the first time — and here’s what he said. Comment.

Paper to be quizzed on Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: The Brooklyn Paper will put its Atlantic Yards expertise where its mouth is this Thursday for the first-ever “Quiz Don’t Destroy” game show at Rocky Sullivan’s Bar in Red Hook. Comments (2).

Cuckoo for cocoa

Dining: Dec. 21 marked the first official day of winter, the season of snowball fights, roaring fires and wooly sweaters. There’s one beverage that celebrates the feelings that this time of year provokes: hot chocolate. Comments (1).

The Latest Development News

Kruger booed at Coney hearing

Coney Island: A principal opponent of the city’s plan to revitalize Coney Island was booed down at a public meeting on Monday night, prompting city officials to cut off the blustery politician mid-speech. With audio … Comments (3).

Downzone ain’t so ‘Grand’

Rezoning: A chorus of Williamsburg residents is complaining that a city proposal to limit high-rise development along Grand Street is too little, too late. Comments (1).

Other Voices

No to jailhouse school

Editorial: Our editorial blasts a city plan to put a middle school in the soon-to-reopen Brooklyn House of Detention. Comments (3).

Our Brooklyn (Iowa) coverage earns accolades

Letters: Our mailbag is filled — even during the holiday week! — with letters about our coverage of the Iowa caucuses, Atlantic Yards, Rep. Yvette Clarke’s “anti-Christmas” vote, poor bus service, rats in Brooklyn Heights, the declining quality of Peter Luger steak house, and plans to create a Fort Greene Food Co-op. Comment.

All drawn out

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

Gibran gets its boss: Controversial school has a new principal

Carroll Gardens: The city appointed a teacher well-versed in Arabic to lead its first Arabic language and culture academy on Tuesday, filling a void in the school’s leadership left by the forced resignation of the school’s founding principal, Debbie Almontaser, in August. Comments (1).

A curdled ‘Dream’

Cinema: Woody Allen’s latest film opens on Jan. 18, but “Cassandra’s Dream” isn’t exactly ours. Comment.

Mooney’s buys some time

Park Slope: In a last-ditch effort to save a Flatbush Avenue watering hole, a Park Slope bar-owner is adopting an unusual tactic, one involving, of all things, an article in The Brooklyn Paper. Comments (1).

No buffalos were harmed

Dining: In an event that can only be called revolutionary, timid, tree-hugging, animal-loving vegans are being invited to take off their gloves (organic cotton, of course) and get up to their elbows in spicy wings for a “Vegan Buffalo Wing Eating Contest.” Comment.

Boro as muse

Books: Ever wondered what it is about Brooklyn that spawns so many talented authors or entices scribes to come from far and wide to set up their homes here? Sheepshead Bay native Bill Goldstein, a New York Times books editor, promises to get to the bottom of that question with his star-studded panel discussion, “Literary Brooklyn.” Comment.

Drug clinic gets more oversight

Fort Greene: Growing complaints about disorderly conduct outside a Clinton Hill methadone clinic have prompted two legislators, the clinic, and a state agency to create a neighborhood task force. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Your family

Fifty is nifty if you’re ‘Smart’

Smartmom: Now that she’s 50 (yes, 50), Smartmom can either complain or take action. She’s choosing, well, both. Comments (3).

Family Calendar

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

City rejects historic housing plan

Carroll Gardens: The city has shot down a controversial plan to build a row of new, gated-off townhouses in the Cobble Hill Historic District. Comments (1).

LICH docs: Set us free!

Carroll Gardens: Doctors at Long Island College Hospital said the facility is faltering because the company that manages it is reportedly siphoning money to a Manhattan hospital also under its control. Comment.

Fire escaped

Park Slope: A thief made off with $2,700 in valuables from a Prospect Place apartment on Jan. 2. Plus all the other crime news from our newest precinct, the 77th in Prospect Heights. Comments (1).

Villains ring in ’08 with crime

Park Slope: New Year’s Eve is a popular time for partiers to practice their hedonistic art, but it also proved to be a good time for criminals to get to work in Park Slope. At least five crimes — including an assault, two break-ins, a purse-snatching, and a car theft — all occurred in the hours just before or just after the ball dropped in Times Square. Plus other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Hot salsa

Music: Park Sloper Jose Conde brings his Latin-tinged music to the Mondo Music Festival — and we have the dogs of Prospect Park to thank. Comment.

Babes at gunpoint

Fort Greene: It was a bad week for 12-year-old boys in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. In two separate incidents on Jan. 3, two 12-year-old boys were robbed at gunpoint. Plus all the other crime news from Clinton Hill and Fort Greene’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

School bully

Bay Ridge: A Fort Hamilton HS student assaulted a school security officer on Jan. 4. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comments (1).

Standoff! Slope comes to halt as man with shotgun goes nuts

Park Slope: Ninth Street was locked down late on Jan. 6 and early into the next morning after an emotionally disturbed — and possibly drugged out — man fired a shotgun inside his house. Comment.

Fork You

Williamsburg: All the crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Court slash

Downtown: A woman was slashed with a razor after an argument at the criminal courthouse on Jay Street on Jan. 3. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Heist! $1M worth of jewels lifted in Billyburg kidnap

Williamsburg: A jeweler was kidnapped at gunpoint in the Hasidic section of Williamsburg on Dec. 31 and forced to drive to his warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where his captors stole more than $1 million worth of gold and jewels. Comment.

Cops seek help nailing bank thief

Park Slope: Here is the man whom police say robbed the Commerce Bank on Fifth Avenue on Dec. 23. Comment.

New brew

Nightlife: In the eastern stretch of Williamsburg, the Pour House was known as a reliable — if seedy — spot to grab a drink. Now that the Pour House has been transformed into Legion Bar by the team behind Williamsburg’s popular K&M Bar, what was “Pour” is now a whole lot richer. Comment.

All bark, no bite

Carroll Gardens: A gun-toting robber tried to stick up an eatery on Dwight Street, but left empty-handed. Plus all the other news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Home invasion

Bay Ridge: A trespassing thief shot a man inside his 70th Street apartment while the victim was watching television on Jan. 5. Plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comments (1).

Cop: Muggers not singling out women

Park Slope: Park Slope’s top cop dismissed rumors that the neighborhood has been plagued by a recent spate of muggings targeting women walking by themselves. Comment.

Turn signal: Bright idea or a dim bulb?

Downtown: The city has installed a left-turn signal to tame one of the deadly intersections on Atlantic Avenue, but some residents say the stretch from the East River to Flatbush Avenue will remain dangerous until speeding is reigned in. Comment.

Russian feet

Dance: Famed Russian hoofers the Moiseyev Dance company are coming to Brooklyn College and won’t settle for less than folk-ing perfection. Comment.

Writing on the wall

Books: Subway readers, prepare for a new accessory. Last week, “Brooklyn Was Mine,” a collection of essays by local literati — including Jonathan Lethem, Phillip Lopate, Emily Barton and Jennifer Egan — was released and, from what we can tell, it will soon replace paperback copies of “Everything is Illuminated” and rumpled Dawn Powell novels as prime F train literature. Comment.

Placard crackdown — can it work?

Downtown: Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to crack down on government workers who abuse their parking privileges will only succeed in Downtown Brooklyn if the NYPD makes good on its promise to ticket illegally parked permit-bearing cars, experts say. Comments (3).

Interns wanted!

GO is now interviewing candidates for our spring internship program. Comment.

Call to action

Carroll Gardens: About 20 mourners gathered on Tuesday night to demand a stepped-up investigation into the still-unsolved murder of Francis De La Hoz, who was killed inside his Smith Street apartment in Cobble Hill on Sept. 25. Comments (2).

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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