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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Nathan’s frank fight drops weight

The celebrated Nathan’s hot dog contest — the granddaddy of all competitive-eating competitions — will drop from the traditional 12 minutes to just 10 this year. Comments (4).

POLL: Park Slope parking situation

Park Slope: Since the city removed alternate side of the street parking regulations in Park Slope two weeks ago, is the parking situation:
Better? Worse? The same?

Since that time, are the streets:
Cleaner? Dirtier? The same?

Reader poll

Monday, June 9, 2008

The heat is on in Boerum Hill

Carroll Gardens: Electrical fires, possibly sparked by Sunday evening’s vicious thunderstorms caused power outages that affected hundreds of people in Boerum Hill and Williamsburg and knocked out service along some subway lines. With video … Comment.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

‘Celebrate’ Dylan

Music: Bob Dylan — the folk singer turned rocker turned voice of at least two generations — will perform in Prospect Park on Tuesday, Aug. 12. With video … Comments (3).

It’s official: Downtown gets ‘Real’

Downtown: We broke the news two weeks ago, but MTV has confirmed it: The network’s “Real World” reality show is coming to the Bell Tel Lofts building on Willoughby Street in Downtown. Comment.

Ridge synagogue for sale

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge synagogue with a shrinking congregation decided on Wednesday to tear down its sanctuary and sell a portion of its Fourth Avenue property to a developer. Comments (2).

They hurt horses, don’t they?

Kensington: Poorly maintained bridle paths in Prospect Park are injuring horses — prompting at least one local equestrian to pull her horses out of Brooklyn entirely. Comments (3).

The art of honesty

Art: Artist Jillian May set out some baked goods and a jar for payment. Both disappeared. Comments (2).

Flush with success!

Bay Ridge: Kings County will finally get its own throne. Six months after installing the city’s first automatic public toilet in Manhattan, the city announced last week that Bay Ridge’s 69th Street pier — a popular gathering place for all but those needing a restroom — would get one of the fancy, self-cleaning outhouses. Comment.

Punk drunk

Books: Perhaps you know him as the fez-wearing man on YouTube.com, smoking the ChronicCaster — a working bong-guitar lifted from the set of the film, “High Times Potluck.” Or maybe his name is familiar because of his stint as publisher of “High Times” magazine. Really, Mike Edison is a legend — if you’re to believe his spectacularly gripping memoir, “I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.” Comment.

A hit and run on Court St.

Downtown: An 88-year-old man was hit by a silver sedan and left to bleed on Court Street on Monday afternoon as the driver sped off, cops said. Comment.

Park Slope school has run-in with thugs

Park Slope: Three young hooligans who had just mugged a man — on his birthday no less! — tried to evade police by hiding in Park Slope’s Berkeley Carroll School on June 3. Comment.

Your family

This babe goes to toyland

PS … I Love You: Our columnist tries out Babeland, Park Slope’s new sex-toy store. With video … Comment.

¡Y tu Dan Zanes tambien!

Dooley Noted: Our critic reviews Dan Zanes’s new, all-Spanish LP. Comment.

Catholics keep faith, but lose their school

Williamsburg: When school is out for summer next week at St. Cecilia’s, it’s out forever. The Greenpoint Catholic school is closing. Comments (4).

Signed, sealed, but not delivered

Smartmom: It’s the first week in June and Smartmom still doesn’t know where the Oh So Feisty One will be going to middle school in September. And Smartmom is pissed! Comment.

Family calendar

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

Ratner’s false choice

Editorial: Why the pro–Atlantic Yards rally on Thursday at Borough Hall was a sham. Comments (19).

“Fun” to be had

Nightlife: Five places deemed to be “fun” by Mike Edison, author of “I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.” Comment.

The Latest Development News

New day dawning over the Gowanus

Gowanus: The foul Gowanus Canal zone would be reborn as a mixed-use neighborhood of housing, commerce, light industry and — here’s the kicker — green open space under the city’s long-awaited rezoning plan unveiled last week. Comments (1).

DeBlasio: No room for the inn

Gowanus: A local lawmaker wants the city to ban hotels near the northern end of the Gowanus Canal in what has become the surprisingly hot “Gowanus Canal Hotel District.” Comment.

If you can’t beat ’em, quit ’em

Coney Island: The most outspoken critic of the city’s plan to transform Coney Island from a seasonal, independent amusement area into a corporate-run, year-round pleasure zone has resigned in protest from the city agency guiding the redevelopment process. Comment.

City: We don’t need a middle school in DUMBO — now

DUMBO: A DUMBO developer’s plan to build a controversial 18-story apartment tower with the carrot of a new middle school was handed a setback last Wednesday when a top schools official said that the neighborhood actually doesn’t need a school right now. Comments (1).

4th Avenue left waiting at the station

Park Slope: The MTA giveth and the MTA taketh away. This time, the almighty transportation agency has abandoned its ambitious plans to renovate the shabby Fourth Avenue station in Park Slope into a glittering, light-filled, Euro-styled stunner, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (3).

Isaac Hayes kicks off Celebrate Brooklyn on June 12: Exclusive interview

Music: When “Celebrate Brooklyn” kicks off its 30th year on Thursday, the opening night entertainment will come from R&B legend Isaac Hayes. GO Brooklyn caught up with the singer to chat about live music, ex-girlfriends and his favorite picnic food. Comments (1).

Mega-store opens June 18

Red Hook: Everyone’s talking about the opening of IKEA’s first New York City store — in Red Hook, Brooklyn — on Wednesday, June 18. If you’ve never been to an IKEA, let us show you what all the exciitement’s about. Via podcast, join Brooklyn Paper editors Lisa Curtis and Vince DiMiceli on a mouth-watering visit to IKEA’s Paramus, NJ store — and get ready for a heaping serving of Swedish meatballs along with your cart full of contemporary home furnishings. Comment.

‘Hill’ street blues

Fort Greene: Clinton Hill and Fort Greene residents are grappling with a surge in robberies this year, even as overall neighborhood crime has decreased. Comment.

Is it last call at LeNell’s?

Red Hook: A popular Red Hook liquor store run by a feisty entrepreneur is scrambling to find a new home after an apparent deal to keep it in the neighborhood collapsed — along with the store’s ceiling — at the 11th hour. Comments (3).

On the ‘Marco’

Dining: As guests sat down to dinner on Tuesday night at Marco Polo Ristorante’s 25th anniversary celebration, a group of musicians crowded around the piano and launched into the theme from “The Godfather.” Live music, endless amounts of wine and a jaw-dropping menu of Marco Polo’s famous Italian dishes? Now that was an offer few could refuse. Comment.

Lights, camera, olfaction

Williamsburg: The city hired an artist to turn the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant from a bane to the nose into a beauty for the eyes. Comment.

GOTCHA! Man hires hooker — but she tricks him out of big money

Carroll Gardens: A prostitute “tricked” an easy mark out of credit cards while performing a popular sex act on him on May 27 — but cops later collared her for not only the theft, but the sex, too. Comment.

Politics

Powers that be

Bay Ridge: Brooklyn Republicans have joined their Staten Island bedfellows and endorsed dark-horse candidate Francis Powers to retain GOP control of the seat held by outgoing, and disgraced, Rep. Vito Fossella — and at the same time, Democrats are increasingly uniting behind their candidate, Councilman Mike McMahon. Comment.

Capano gunning for assembly

Bay Ridge: A staffer in embattled Rep. Vito Fossella’s Bay Ridge office says his boss’s tarnished reputation won’t hurt him in his just-announced run for the Assembly. Comments (1).

Back in ‘Black’

Theater: For the past 11 years, the Gallery Players’ “Black Box New Play Festival” has brought new and un-produced work to the borough, but this year, the group is expanding its reach into another unexplored realm: Manhattan. Comment.

Gun arrest

Park Slope: A man pulled a gun on a woman in broad daylight on Fifth Avenue on May 29, but was arrested minutes later in a search of the area. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Inside job

Williamsburg: In a scene straight out of a movie, a gunman hid in the backseat of his victim’s Ford Expedition on May 30 — and pounced when the unsuspecting mark came out of the bank. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

1 toke 2 many

Fort Greene: It’s the same old story: A couple invites a man over for a threesome — and wakes up to find their new friend, and hundreds of dollars in electronics, are gone. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Wild ‘Liars’

Music: From her apartment in Boston, Mass., legendary punk singer Thalia Zedek’s voice is sweeter than expected. Her trademark smokey growl apparently reserved for recording sessions and live performances, the former lead singer for Come — who’s playing at Union Pool on Friday in support of her fourth solo record, “Liars and Prayers” — sounded exceptionally upbeat when she spoke to GO Brooklyn. Comment.

A mail-strom in Kensington

Kensington: The Postal Service has a simple solution for improving service at its notoriously bad Kensington branch — sending the customers elsewhere. Comments (1).

Bite this!

Prospect Heights: Several kids beat up a teenage girl after an argument turned violent on Underhill Avenue on May 30. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment.

Con-damn!-ent

Bay Ridge: A woman was fooled by the old ketchup trick after she left an 86th Street bank on May 30, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

Gunpoint mug

Williamsburg: A crook with a handgun held up a woman on the corner of North Henry Street and Engert Avenue on May 31. Plus all the crime news from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

‘Signs’ of change in Slope

Park Slope: Two weeks after the Department of Sanitation suspended alternate-side parking in Park Slope, the streets are getting dirtier and some drivers are getting confused. Comment.

Kickballers defend their swashbuckler

Among the kickball hipsters of Greenpoint’s McCarren Park, the word “freelance” has a new meaning. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Have a ball

As summer sportsmen dust off their tennis whites, a gaggle of Williamsburgers are preparing for their own summer racquet ritual: “Wiimbledon.” Comment.

Poly alumni still object to merger

Downtown: A new state Senate report blasts this year’s merger of New York University and Polytechnic University as flawed — and defiant Polytechnic alumni, who couldn’t prevent the Downtown engineering campus from being taken over by the Manhattan-based liberal arts school, are saying, “We told you so.” Comments (2).

‘Hot’ damn!

Dining: Four months is a long time to go without decent General Tsao’s chicken, but South Slope’s patience will be rewarded when a new Chinese restaurant opens in the former Red Hot Szechuan spot on Seventh Avenue at 10th Street this summer. Comment.

’Candy’ store

Art: When Rae McGrath moved to Bedford-Stuyvesant three years ago, he wasn’t sure that the area was ready for his vision. But thanks to plenty of hard work, McGrath’s baby, the Brooklynite Gallery, will open on Tuesday. And he thinks it’s not a moment too soon. Comments (2).

Smith Street blackout

Podcast: The power is off on Smith Street — and The Brooklyn Paper is on the story. Editor Gersh Kuntzman gives you the overview. With video … Comment.

Barge right in

Theater: Get back on board with CIRCUSundays! The Waterfront Museum’s beloved circus show on a boat has returned to Red Hook. Comment.

If Key Food closes, grocery to move in?

Bay Ridge: In Bay Ridge, Walgreens might actually carry greens. The chain drug store that is slated to replace a popular Key Food supermarket will sell produce and fresh meat, state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) announced at a rally in front of the Third Avenue grocery on May 31 — but Walgreens officials aren’t making any promises. Comments (1).

Other Voices

Gersh’s outrage!

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist was so angry that tickets to Bob Dylan’s Aug. 12 concert in Prospect Park were not available to the general public that he took Dylan’s celebrated relationship screed, “Positively 4th Street” and gave it a few new lyrics. Comments (5).

All drawn out

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

Democrats should united behind Steve Harrison

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Bay Ridge politics, Ikea, Park Slope’s alleged Communist leanings, truck traffic in Kensington, judges who park in a city park and The Brooklyn Paper’s fine podcasts! Comment.

Coney Island strip mall?

Bensonhurst: The man who brought the city’s only drive-through Starbucks to Cropsey Avenue is bringing more retail to the dreary Gateway to Coney Island — and he says it might kick-start the drag’s transition into a shopping destination. Comments (3).

BID-ing on Fulton Street

Fort Greene: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill will get a little brighter, a little cleaner, and a little safer this winter, say supporters of a Fulton Street business improvement district, which passed an early hurdle this week. Comments (1).

Lines are drawn

DUMBO: The Department of Transportation says it will repaint lanes along Front Street in DUMBO by the end of the week after a routine street repaving left drivers confused (like this mini-van driver) about where to go. Comments (1).

Red-hot intern summer

Podcast: You’ve seen them at Community Board meetings. You’ve loved their copy. Now, it’s time to meet the summer interns of The Brooklyn Paper. With video … 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.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Fulton Mall goes trendy

Downtown: Swedish cheap-chic clothing store H&M will come to Fulton Mall by next spring, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Friday. Comment.

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