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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Ratner hosts rally to support…himself!

Atlantic Yards: Construction work in booming Downtown will come to a complete halt so that union members can attend a rally in support of the Atlantic Yards project on Thursday at Borough Hall. Comment.

Monday, June 2, 2008

MTV calls: It’s Bell Tel for ‘Real’

Downtown: It’s official: MTV’s “The Real World” reality show is coming to the Bell Tel lofts building on Willoughby Street in Downtown. Comment.

Dylan plays Prospect Park

Music: Bob Dylan will perform in Prospect Park on Tuesday, Aug. 12, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. With video … Comments (7).

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Red Hook Ikea prepares for auto onslaught

Red Hook: An extra parking lot isn’t the only thing that Ikea’s added as it prepares to open on Wednesday, June 18. The Scandinavian home-furnishings giant has also built a tranquil waterfront esplanade adjacent to its Beard Street store. The esplanade is now open to the public. Comments (20).

DOT tries to cool hot corner

Downtown: The city will reconfigure one of Brooklyn’s most-dangerous intersections — at Adams and Tillary streets in Downtown — but the work won’t happen without a fight. Comments (9).

Building, hope collapses on Clark St.

Downtown: Emergency demolition is underway at a landmarked Brooklyn Heights building after two partial building collapses rained bricks and mortar to Clark Street over Memorial Day weekend, leading some neighbors to suspect that the owners of the “For Sale” building are trying to force out their last few rent-stabilized tenants. Comments (1).

Seeing double on the Fulton Mall

Shopping: No, you’re not seeing double when you’re shopping on the Fulton Mall — there really are close to a dozen duplicate stores along Downtown Brooklyn’s busiest shopping strip. Comments (4).

Jewish bath rises on 15th St

Park Slope: The construction of a Jewish ritual bathhouse will “define Park Slope as a true Jewish community and bring more Jewish families to the area,” the organizations behind the project said this week. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Bridge Park costs soar

Downtown: The cost of building Brooklyn Bridge Park has more than doubled — from an original 2002 estimate of $150 million up to $350 million today — fueling concern the public had been snookered by officials in their quest to create the waterfront park and condo development. Comment.

‘Park’ costs are a warning

Editorial: We have long had a problem with the funding scheme from Brooklyn Bridge Park — and this week, state and city officials freshly validated our suspicions. Comments (2).

Smoking hot donation!

Park Slope: A famed philanthropist donated $10 million last week to restore a 26-acre stretch of Prospect Park to its original glory, but even with the generous contribution, funding for the expansive project is only halfway secured. Comment.

Pol sour on Domino Sugar plant proposal

Williamsburg: A local lawmaker has opened a new front against the proposed Domino Sugar mega-project, demanding that the developers behind the glassy waterfront high-rises open its books so that he can independently assess the project’s finances. Comments (1).

Today’s ‘Youth’

Music: “I’ve always been fascinated by my teenage years and by teenagers, especially because I have a lot of great memories,” Anthony Gonzalez — aka M83 — told GO Brooklyn from Portland, Ore., where he and his band had played the second show of the U.S. tour that lands in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 3 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Comment.

Silver & gold

Dance: After several decades, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is finally returning to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. On Tuesday, June 3, the legendary company will take the stage with two exciting programs that run the gamut from Ailey’s rarely seen classic, born from the appalling injustices of apartheid, to a new work by a 28-year-old talent, inspired by the personal irritation triggered by public transportation. Comment.

Other Voices

Thief of bad 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. And our columnist was there! Comments (1).

All drawn out

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

Yards foes extend hand to critic of Ratner and DDDB

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Atlantic Yards, alternate-side-of-the-street parking, the Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th birthday and, of course, more commentary on The Brooklyn Paper’s florid use of language. Comments (5).

Toys 101

Shopping: Prospect Heights mom Claire Cavanah is opening a toy store in Park Slope on Tuesday, but the gadgets, books and DVDs are just for the adults. Comment.

Get fresh

Dance: Everybody knows that the farmer’s market is a great place to grab local vegetables, but this weekend, the Park Slope Community Gardens will be the place to stock up on “Local Produce.” Comment.

She $creams over ice cream

PS … I Love You: Our columnist discovers a true food crisis: The price of mini-ice cream sandwiches is now 50 cents! Comments (1).

Politics

He’s the McMahon

Bay Ridge: Democratic party leaders from Brooklyn and Staten Island anointed Staten Island Councilman Mike McMahon as their chosen candidate for the congressional seat spanning the two boroughs that is being vacated by disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella. Comments (1).

Second to no one

Politics: A group of ornery Brooklyn Democrats has effectively said it would rather have no one representing it in Congress than Rep. Yvette Clarke. Comments (2).

Cinema verite

Cinema: In Paul Krik’s film, “Able Danger,” which opened the 2008 Brooklyn International Film Festival on Friday, something about the movie’s main character seemed very familiar. Thomas Flynn owned a cafe called Vox Pop on Cortelyou Road and wrote a book about a 9-11 cover-up theory; in fact, in many ways, he resembled real-life Vox Pop owner, writer and man-about-town Sander Hicks. Comment.

Let’s do luncheon

Dining: Toro, the formerly Spanish-Asian fusion restaurant inside the white Italianate building on DUMBO’s edge, is back in business — losing the Latin flavor and adding an awesome lunch deal. Comments (1).

Your family

Deedle Deedle Dees sing to Bridge

Dooley Noted: Our puppetry, juggling and mime critic reviews the Deedle Deedle Dees’ show on Sunday. Despite all the Ds, he gave it an A. Comment.

Third St is just a small town

Smartmom: A Memorial Day barbecue on Third Street brings it all home for Smartmom Comment.

Public School Pre-K-tastrophy

Parenting: The pre-kindergarten rejection letters are out — and some parents are fuming that their youngsters didn’t get the highly coveted slots, despite city policy to keep siblings in the same school. Comment.

Family calendar

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

’Green’ day

Music: If you saw these billboards cruising all over Carroll Gardens and park Slope last weekend, they were literally pedaling this weekend’s “Gowanus Goes Green” festival. Comment.

Crack is back at check joint

Park Slope: A crack addict was arrested at a check-cashing place on Flatbush Avenue — but not for the rock, but for trying to cash three bad checks, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Elvis lives!

Williamsburg: Two no-goodnicks threatened a Williamsburg man with a knife on May 22, forcing him to hand over his wallet, cellphone and Elvis keychain. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Fancy gizmos are flying out of nabe homes

Downtown: Burglars easily broke into at least three Brooklyn Heights apartments last week and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of electronics. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Hank’s a lot: Honky tonk break-in

Carroll Gardens: Two gun-strapped thugs raged into a beloved Boerum Hill saloon on May 19 and held patrons hostage while they emptied the cash register, cops said. Comment.

Armed robbery

Williamsburg: A crook with a handgun burst into a Lombardy Street trading company on May 23. Plus all the crime news from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

Sorry thugs

Fort Greene: Two hooligans violently mugged a woman on Adelphi Street on May 21, cutting her with a knife. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (1).

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

You’re fired?

Bay Ridge: Someone stole $5,000 from a Fifth Avenue car dealership — and the three employees who had the only access to the cash say they didn’t do it. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

Cry if he wants

Carroll Gardens: In a possible setup, a videographer was robbed on Baltic Street on May 18. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (1).

Bicycle thieves

Prospect Heights: At least two bicycles were stolen last week in separate incidents. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment.

New ‘Don’

Music: On her fourth studio album, “Brooklyn Don Diva,” scandal-plagued, Bedford-Stuyvesant–born rapper Foxy Brown doesn’t waste any time addressing the rumors that have swirled around her over the years. Comment.

Hot shots

Art: Growing up in Coney Island, Arlene Gottfried was witness to plenty of odd scenes. It’s no surprise, then, that her new book of gritty, black-and-white photographs, “Sometimes Overwhelming,” charts a path through the wacky, wild and just plain weird characters that New York City attracts. Comment.

Murder site reopens

Park Slope: Less than two weeks after the vicious murder of the beloved owner of a Windsor Terrace dry cleaner, employees removed flowers, stuffed animals and scrawled notes from the security gate of the 10th Avenue storefront and opened the shop for business on May 27. Comment.

City keeps Latino vendors on the Hook

Carroll Gardens: Weekend warriors have kicked off fútbol season in Red Hook Park, but the beloved food vendors who have ringed the sidelines for decades are stuck in a morass of red tape that could keep them out of business for another month at least. The bureaucratic snafu is a bitter irony for the vendors, who last year — for the first time ever — were required by the city to compete for the right to retain the locations they established almost 30 years ago. Comment.

Spaces everywhere, but no place to park

Bay Ridge: Teachers at a Bensonhurst-area school are in open revolt against a plan to take their parking lot and turn it into a new park. Comments (2).

Dylan plays Brooklyn

Podcast: Bob Dylan just announced that he would perform in Prospect Park on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Tickets are on sale now for Dylan insiders (password Tilden), and they weren't expected to last long. The remaining tickets go on sale on June 13 through Ticketmaster. With video … Comment.

Victory loses emergency

Bay Ridge: Victory Memorial Hospital’s emergency room became an “urgent care center” on May 22, bringing the ailing Dyker Heights hospital one step closer to its scheduled June 30 shutdown. Comments (4).

Bad start at Elk’s Club

Park Slope: Workers began tearing down a former Windsor Terrace Elk’s Club to make room for three new townhouses in the increasingly popular parkside neighborhood — but they got off to a rocky start. Comment.

Quick(er) fix for Verrazano

Bay Ridge: Repairs of the Staten Island–bound lanes of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge could be completed before July 4, two months earlier than expected and more than a year ahead of schedule, state officials announced this week. Comment.

Cropsey’s new light reviewed

Bensonhurst: A new traffic light on Cropsey Avenue is annoying drivers — and pleasing pedestrians. Comments (1).

Babeland opens

Podcast: Park Slope’s new sex toy emporium, Babeland, is about to open on Bergen Street — and, of course, irrepressible Editor Gersh Kuntzman was there to give you an inside tour. With video … Comment.

‘Super’ opera

Music: Traditionally, opera doesn’t require much technology. There are no microphones, and lights are about all you need. But at the Regina Opera, the Dyker Heights–based belter’s brigade, high-tech “Super title” equipment has been installed to project an English translation of the librettos above the stage. Comment.

Get your Gersh on

Podcast: Our editor was in the hot seat again on Brooklyn Independent Television. With video … 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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