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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thief of bad bags: Park Slope Food Co-op bans plastic bags

Brooklyn Angle: In one of the most lopsided votes since the re-election of Chairman Mao in 1954, members of Brooklyn’s famously progressive supermarket, the Park Slope Food Co-op, voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday night to stop making plastic shopping bags available at the checkout counter. Comments (6).

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Happy birthday, Great Bridge

DUMBO: The Brooklyn Bridge celebrated its 125th birthday on Thursday night with a gorgeous fireworks show. Funny, but she doesn’t look a day over 80! Comments (2).

Tourists’ welcome map

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. Comments (1).

It’s art, for God’s sake

Clinton Hill: The Bible says that God created the universe in six days. It took slightly longer for a Sunset Park artist to tackle the epic task of painting every one of His Old Testament commandments. Comment.

Gardens man claims he’ll rock MTV’s ‘World’

Carroll Gardens: Could “The Real World: Brooklyn” actually be “The Real World: Carroll Gardens”? One week after the network’s reality show announced that it would tape its 21st season in Brooklyn this summer, one Gardens property owner said he has the inside track on snatching the show’s players from hipper neighborhoods. Comment.

Swede deal

Red Hook: There are just a few more weeks left until Swedish home furnishings superstore IKEA opens its first New York City location on Beard Street in Red Hook. GO Brooklyn couldn’t wait for the June 18 opening (or the June 16 sneak peek promised on the IKEA Web site), so we took off for the Paramus, NJ store — which insiders say was the model for the Brooklyn store — to see what 20 bucks can get you. With video … Comment.

Drilling art

Art: No, that’s not a drill bit coming out of the Fulton Ferry Landing — it’s a telescope that lets you see all the way to London. OK, it’s really an art project that touches on Victorian, futuristic and sci-fi themes — but the part about seeing London? That’s entirely true. Comments (1).

Young Turks

Cinema: As the summer blockbuster season heats up with familiar faces — we’re looking at you, Indiana Jones and Carrie Bradshaw — local cinephiles will have the chance to check out some truly original movies — beginning May 30 — when the Brooklyn International FIlm Festival lights up screens for its 11th year. Comments (1).

Windsor Terrors

Park Slope: Police say they have nabbed the Park Slope man who robbed and murdered the beloved owner of a Windsor Terrace dry cleaners — but residents of the peaceful parkside neighborhood are furious that the alleged killer was even on the streets when he had recently violated his parole. Comment.

‘Park’ Slope is unmoved

Park Slope: Park Slope’s alternate-side-parking amnesty has been in effect for just a few days, but it’s already bubbled over into a battle of car owners and car haters. Comments (2).

The Latest Development News

Affordable housing DOA

Downtown: The leaner, meaner real-estate market has forced one of the city’s major developers to eliminate more than 200 affordable housing units from his 660-apartment complex in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.

At Coney, Sitt’s audacity of ‘Hope’

Coney Island: Developer Joe Sitt is bringing new rides and attractions to Coney Island and has rechristened the next three months the “Summer of Hope” for the beleaguered amusement district. Opponents, however, say Sitt represents a “Future of Nope” for the fabled “People’s Playground.” Comment.

City chops Two Trees

Cobble Hill: The city has halted construction of David Walentas’s Atlantic Avenue apartment building saying the developer violated the height limit of the Cobble Hill Historic District. Comment.

Bay Ridge’s Atlantic Yards?

Bay Ridge: A developer’s controversial plan to build a Home Depot above a railyard on the border of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge has been abandoned until the economy rebounds. Comments (2).

Update: CB6 has no ‘Amity’ for zinc-brownstone plan

Cobble Hill: A developer who wants to build housing on a parcel that includes a historic Beaux Arts edifice on Amity Street must retool his project a third time in order to shore up public support. Comment.

Other Voices

Credit where due — and not

Editorial: Borough President Markowitz admits that he has failed on his signature issue — tourism! Comments (2).

This green toilet doesn’t stink!

Brooklyn Angle: Talk about a crappy assignment! Our columnist gives his review of Clinton Hill’s solar-powered outhouse. And, like Bette Davis might have said, “What a dump!” With video … Comment.

More fallout from recent Atlantic Yards letters

Letters: The mailbag is filled with missives about Atlantic Yards, closing supermarkets, Rep. Vito Fossella’s ongoing travails, ferry service and The Brooklyn Paper’s unique use of language. Comment.

All drawn out

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

Politics

Who’ll fill Vito’s void?

Bay Ridge: Humiliated Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) ended the speculation around his own political career by announcing he would not seek re-election this fall — an announcement that set off intense jockeying on both sides of the political world. Comment.

Strong start for hip-hop candidate

Politics: A former reality show cast-member and hip-hop journalist kick-started his congressional campaign this week, saying 13-term incumbent Rep. Ed Towns “has completely ignored” his constituents. Comment.

P.S., they love you

Park Slope: The Brooklyn Cyclones have admitted, openly, that they love Park Slope. It’s about time someone did. Comment.

A Day at Ikea

Podcast: For IKEA virgins, this podcast is a look inside the Paramus, NJ IKEA store — a preview of the Red Hook location, slated to open June 18. We shop till we drop in the showrooms, eat our fill of Swedish meatballs and even peek inside the diaper changing room! With video … Comment.

’Dance all night

Cinema: On Thursday, May 29, the sun will rise on the third year of the “Sundance Institute at BAM” series, a 58-film extravaganza straight from the screens of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Comment.

Your family

Smartmom knows an ‘edgy mom’

Smartmom: Smartmom organizes her second “Edgy Moms” reading — and learns the greatest lesson of all: be edgy. Comment.

Family calendar

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

Garage plan is buried

Brooklyn Heights: The city rejected a plan to put a two-level parking garage with a rooftop garden in the courtyard of a historic Brooklyn Heights apartment building — unless the landlord buries the garage himself. Comments (1).

Tea Lounge to close in July!

Park Slope: South Slope writers, mommies and, yes, even a few coffee lovers, were crying in their lattes this week at the news that the original Tea Lounge — a neighborhood staple on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 10th Street — will close at the end of July, a victim, its owner said, of soaring rent demands. Comments (15).

Norse code

Bay Ridge: All the fun from Bay Ridge’s annual Nordic pride parade. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

A real ‘Dahl’

Fashion: Alison Kelly shot to fame as a contestant on the third season of the reality-fashion series “Project Runway,” but the Williamsburg resident is still thinking locally with a new line exclusive to a Greenpoint boutique. Comment.

Threesome mugged with six fists

Park Slope: Two teenagers were arrested and charted with brutally beating and mugging three teenagers on tony Plaza Street West on May 16, though a third assailant remains at large. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Gone forever

Carroll Gardens: A man plucked a diamond necklace from a woman on Second Place on May 15. Plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

‘Weather’ report

Nightlife: Seemingly overnight, the stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Sterling Place in Prospect Heights has become one of the hottest nightlife crawls in the borough. A healthy portion of tis newfound sheen is thanks to Weather Up, the three-month-old cocktail lounge at 589 Vanderbilt Ave. Comment.

Bodies count

Fort Greene: A congressional and military delegation got a rare peak inside the crypt below the Prison Ships Martyrs monument in Fort Greene Park on Monday — and the quick fact-finding mission may lead to long-overdue federal support for a site that Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian David McCulloch once called “one of the three most-sacred sites in American history.” With video … Comment.

Skate hate

Downtown: A thug smashed open a Manhattan man’s head with a skateboard just after midnight on Livingston Street on May 16 — but the gnarly hoodlum was later apprehended. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Drive-by

Fort Greene: A man was shot in the leg during a drive by shooting on Grand Avenue on May 14. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Cobble Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Long walk to freedom

Carroll Gardens: A judge dismissed charges against several people who were handed summonses last month for allegedly strolling through Cobble Hill Park after closing time. Comment.

Bed bugged

Bay Ridge: A man broke into a house and jumped into bed with an unsuspecting woman on May 15. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

The right ‘Engel’

Cinema: It might be the last summer for Astroland, but certain parts of Coney Island will live on forever. WIth the release of “The FIlms of Morris Engel with Ruth Orkin” DVD earlier this month, Engel’s timeless film “Little Fugitive” can be embraced by a new generation of fans. Comment.

Step up to the plate

Dining: ”The American Cancer Society doesn’t like tobacco, that’s for sure,” said Sally Cooper, the regional vice president of the American Cancer Society, but that didn’t stop her group from throwing an over-the-top fundraiser at DUMBO’s Tobacco Warehouse on Tuesday. Comment.

Sean gone

Music: Country music fans are left to cry in their beers now that Sean Kershaw and The New Jack Ramblers have announced plans to leave their weekly gig at Hank’s in Boerum Hill — after seven years. Comment.

Yard’s back

Music: The Yard’s second season on the banks of the Gowanus Canal kicks off Saturday, May 24, with a concert featuring jazzy spoken word artist Mike Ladd, as well as singer-songwriter Grey Reverend and Bushwick’s No Surrender, an electronic dance group. Comment.

The fleet is in

Podcast: British sailors from the HMS Richmond, docked in Red Hook, made their first liberty calls at Floyd, an Atlantic Avenue bar, on Friday, May 23, 2008 — and our Editor Gersh Kuntzman was there to go pint-for-pint with the English invaders. With video … Comment.

A voyage to London

Podcast: The Brooklyn Paper takes you across the pond, thanks to the Telectroscope, a new artwork on the Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO that simulates a tunnel between New York and Britain. Paper reporter Marie Cunningham brings you the story. With video … Comment.

Let’s ‘Dance’

Dance: Chuck Davis celebrates his 31st year of coordinating the DanceAfrica festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment.

Inside the crypt

Podcast: Editor Gersh Kuntzman becomes part of a congressional fact-finding tour of the crypt underneath the Prison Ships Martyrs’ Memorial in Fort Greene Park on Monday, May 19, 2008. With video … Comment.

Boro pages

Books: If you have a hard time telling the difference between the Brick Theater and BRICStudio, we’ve got the book for you. On April 28, the Brooklyn Arts Council released its “Directory of Brooklyn Arts Organizations,” a tell-all guide to 539 cultural institutions borough-wide, with a party at the Dweck Center. Comment.

The Kitchen Sink

All the latest local gossip, news, tidbits, bric-a-brac, potpourri and fun. 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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