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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Big ‘signs’ of improvement

DUMBO: Tourists will no longer be scratching their heads searching for the long-hidden Brooklyn Bridge footpath, thanks to a new map, directional signs, travel guides and stunning lighting on our side of the storied span. The new signage — dubbed “This Way” by its designers — will be officially unveiled on Wednesday afternoon. Comment.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The ‘Union’ is preserved

Park Slope: Controversial Park Slope bar Union Hall moved closer to getting its liquor license renewed as Community Board 6 overwhelmingly voted in support of the watering hole on Wednesday night. Comments (4).

Brooklyn gets ‘Real’

Downtown: MTV’s reality show “The Real World” is coming to Brooklyn this summer — and its seven housemates may be inhabiting the luxurious BellTel Lofts in not-quite-hip Downtown, sources familiar with the discussions said. Comments (3).

More honors for us!

The Web site you’re now reading has been honored — again! Comment.

Library seeks porn parity

Park Slope: The Brooklyn Public Library finally said, “Shush.” After being on the receiving end of attacks about porn viewing on computers at the Pacific Street branch, Library officials issued a statement on May 14 that suggested that libraries and “parents and caregivers” share equally the responsibility to “minimize children’s exposure to adult-themed material.” Comments (5).

Gristedes will reopen

Downtown: Construction crews are working round-the-clock to open Henry Street’s Gristedes by the end of July. Comments (2).

‘Park’ Slopers rejoice! Alternate-side parking suspended for summer

Park Slope: Alternate-side-of-the-street parking will be suspended for months on residential streets in Park Slope starting on May 19 — temporarily ending the hassle of moving your car. Comments (1).

Key Food fight

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge is hoping that the pen is mightier than the store. Irate Ridgites are petitioning against the closing of the Key Food on Third Avenue and 95th Street, which is slated to close and become a Walgreens pharmacy in June. Comments (5).

Politics

Vito’s scandal has Dems in turmoil

Bay Ridge: Rep. Vito Fossella’s drunk-driving arrest and subsequent admission that he was an adulterer who 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. Comments (2).

As Fossella keeps quiet, job remains in limbo

Bay Ridge: It’s not over ’til the thin Italian sings — and he’s not saying a word. Embattled Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) is not only fighting his May 1 drunk-driving charge in court, but apparently fighting for re-election. Comments (3).

Time’s up for Fossella

Editorial: We’d prefer a campaign on the issues — rather than one focusing on how a “law and order,” “family values,” “fiscal conservative” candidate got himself into such a mess. Comment.

They’re still with Hil

Politics: Brooklyn’s two superdelegates whose districts voted overwhelmingly for Sen. Barack Obama in February’s New York primary say they’re still backing Sen. Hillary Clinton — though one of the ubervoters admitted that he was “bothered” by the trailing candidate’s use of the race card last week. Comments (1).

Tish, Tish: Fined for finance faux pas

Politics: Councilwoman Letitia James has been fined by the city for overpaying a campaign worker with taxpayer money during her 2005 re-election campaign — and for trying to hide details of a payoff to a political consultant linked to disgraced party boss Clarence Norman. Comments (2).

Please, don’t go

GO Girl: Although GO Girl is loathe to leave the tres chic shores of Brooklyn, an irresistible invitation from the Brooklyn Philharmonic drew her to the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center on Monday for the orchestra’s spring gala, featuring a performance by Marvin Hamlisch. Comment.

Bridge bash

Event: Starting Thursday, May 22, the city will throw a five-day party to celebrate the Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th birthday. Comment.

‘Designs’ reflects boro’s style

Shopping: Despite a rainy start, BKLYN Designs, the annual home furnishings fair that sprawled over four DUMBO locations, drew in more than 6,500 attendees from May 9 through May 11 to check out the work of artisans who either design or manufacture their wares in the borough. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Minerva can still see Liberty

Greenwood Heights: Minerva might have been the Roman goddess of war, but she still needed three year’s worth of help from her Greenwood Heights neighbors to finally cut a developer down to size. Comment.

Crony Island!

Coney Island: Residents and fans of Brooklyn’s beloved “People’s Playground” have a new name for their seaside amusement zone — Crony Island. Neighborhood groups and individuals say Mayor Bloomberg betrayed them when the city reduced the size of a planned city-owned amusement park in order to win over holdout local landowners, principally Joe Sitt of Thor Equities, who do not want to sell their land. Comments (1).

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comments (1).

Other Voices

Banned! Food Co-op no longer bottled up

Brooklyn Angle: Water, water everywhere — but there’s no longer a drop of the bottled variety at the Park Slope Food Co-op. Comment.

Walk the walk in Downtown

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist takes a Downtown podcast walking tour. Comments (2).

This guy faults Bruce Ratner and Atlantic Yards foes

Letters: The mailbag is filled with missives about Atlantic Yards, bars in residential neighborhoods, banks in our retail corridors and allegedly bad writing in The Brooklyn Paper (no way!). Comments (2).

Wanted: Roommates with money

Park Slope: It’s not your granddaddy’s Hippie commune. In fact, a group of Brooklynites who want to buy a nice building near Prospect Park and share common areas with like-minded friendly people aren’t even hippies at all. They’re called “co-housing enthusiasts.” Comments (8).

‘Hop’ to it

Music: Tickets are already on sale for July’s “Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.” Comment.

Greek beauty

Shopping: Astoria is normally credited with being the most Hellenic ‘hood in town, but with the May 8 opening of Korres, an Athens-based cosmetics company, Brooklyn Heights might be giving Queens a run for its drachmas. Comments (1).

Man gets raspberries for Blackberry

Park Slope: Three teens perps surrounded a Jersey City man on Bergen Street in broad daylight on May 5, knocking him to the ground and stealing his Blackberry device, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Cart-astrophe!

Downtown: Thieves stole a Brooklyn Heights vendor’s cart from his Joralemon Street corner on May 10. Plus all the crime news from Downtown, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

TKO

Fort Greene: Muggers punched their way into a $50 payout from a man they had slugged on Hanson Place on April 25. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

3rd homicide

Carroll Gardens: A man was shot and killed in the Gowanus Houses on Baltic Street on May 9 — the third murder this year in a precinct that recorded only three in all of last year. Comment.

Inside the Green Latrine

Podcast: A community garden in Fort Greene has installed a solar-powered, composting toilet — and, naturally, Editor Gersh Kuntzman loaded up on high-fiber cereal and coffee to offer his review. With video … Comments (1).

Disconnected

Williamsburg: There was a wave of cellphone robberies in the neighborhood last week, with all the suspects preying on teenage victims. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Punch and rob

Williamsburg: A thug attacked and robbed a woman as she left a Meeker Avenue bodega on May 11. Plus all the crime news from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

Bodega burglars

Bay Ridge: Two masked thugs burst into an Eighth Avenue bodega on May 10, flashing a gun and stealing electronics. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

BEATEN! A pre–Mother’s Day mauling in Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights: A merciless marauder broke into a Dyker Heights apartment on May 9 — two days before Mother’s Day — and slugged a 69-year-old grandmother on the head, knocking her to the floor. Comment.

Tucker Reed’s farewell

Podcast: DUMBO Improvement District Executive Director Tucker Reed is heading to Baghdad — but The Brooklyn Paper caught up with him before his farewell party on May 15, 2008. With video … Comment.

Ferry needs riders

Bay Ridge: The new ferry service between Bay Ridge and the Lower Manhattan is a long way from being able to stay afloat without help from the city. Comments (3).

The art of the bus stop seat

Art: The newest street art installation in Park Slope might not knock you off your feet — but if it does, at least you’ll have a place to sit. Comment.

Alternate reality in the Slope!

Podcast: The summertime suspension of alternate-side-of-the-street parking went into effect in Park Slope on Monday, May 19 — and Brooklyn Paper reporter Sarah Portlock was there. With video … Comment.

Gersh: Special friend?

Podcast: Editor Gersh Kuntzman was asked to be a “special friend” at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School’s “Grandparents and Special Friends Day” on Friday, May 16, 2008. How did Gersh do? Check out all the action here. Comment.

70 years and going strong

Midwood: It took six years for Walter Berman to convince his future wife Regina to go out on a date with him, but it’s safe to say his persistence paid off. They’ve been married for 70 years. Comments (2).

Faulty fencing fixed?

Bay Ridge: A dilapidated fence surrounding a Bay Ridge rail yard will be replaced, patching up holes that turned the site into a homeless encampment and safeguarding a jet fuel pipeline that neighbors fear could be a terror target. Comment.

Your family

A day for all of her mothers

Smartmom: Smartmom’s Mother’s Day is jam-packed with mom on mom action. Comment.

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun and games for you and your family. Comments (1).

The Kitchen Sink

All the local gossip. Comment.

DUMBO Photo Festival

Advertorial: PowerHouse Books and VII Photo Agency have launched the New York Photo Festival, the first international-level festival of photography to be based in the U.S. Comments (1).

Slope spring arts fest

Advertorial: Grab your taste buds and head over to Park Slope’s PS 292, one of the most internationally diverse schools in Brooklyn (as amply evidenced in the day’s food offerings!). Saturday, May 17, is the Feria de Arte de Primavera, featuring fun for kids of all ages. Comment.

Visit the Hamptons

Advertorial: The Hampton Jitney, launched in 1974 with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and the carbon footprint, prides itself on doing everything in a green fashion — its motor coaches run on a bio-diesel blend and the metals and oil are recycled and re-used. Comment.

Outdoor furniture at American Housewares

Advertorial: American Housewares, the True Value store that has been serving the Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights for over 30 years, is chock full of warm-weather items: air-conditioners, outdoor furniture, flower pots and gardening supplies, as well as hardware, keys and locks, power tools, paint (along with brushes and rollers), and much more. Comment.

DUMBO’s own pharmacy

Advertorial: Bridge Apothecary prides itself on being “the biggest little drug store in town,” and DUMBO residents are glad to have such a well-stocked store in their 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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