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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ikea is open!

Red Hook: It’s Wednesday, June 18, 2008 — and that can mean only one thing: Ikea’s big-box store in Red Hook is open for business. The entire Brooklyn Paper’s Ikea Bureau convened for full team coverage live from Beard Street. With video … Comment.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ikea’s big lineup, Part II

Red Hook: It’s Day 2 of Ikea’s free couch giveaway and the three dozen people on line have settled in. Ikea Bureau Chief Gersh Kuntzman and Senior Ikea Bureau reporter Mike McLaughlin bring you the story live from Beard Street in Red Hook on June 17, 2008. With video … Comment.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ikea’s big lineup

Red Hook: Ikea won't open until Wednesday, June 18, but people started lining up on Monday. The first 35 people on line will get a couch — and The Brooklyn Paper's Ikea Bureau brings you all the action. With video … Comments (5).

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Splitsville: Brooklyn divorces up 30%

Brooklyn Angle: All our exes live in … Brooklyn? Yes, divorce cases are soaring in Kings County — up a whopping 30 percent since 2003. Comments (2).

Call off the dogs: Nathan’s frank contest goes on a two-minute diet

The celebrated Nathan’s hot dog contest, the granddaddy of all competitive-eating spectacles, will drop from 12 minutes to just 10 this year — and traditionalists are outraged. Comments (1).

Kicked out of Eden

Williamsburg: The only way to see a million-dollar sunset in Williamsburg is to own a million-dollar condo — because East River State Park closes before dark. Comments (3).

The Latest Development News

Dreaming of Wal-Mart

Editorial: On the eve of Ikea’s grand opening in Red Hook, our editorial board restates its support for a Wal-Mart in Downtown Brooklyn. Comments (21).

Ikea hires 17 cops to handle Red Hook traffic

Red Hook: Ikea is so concerned about traffic after its June 18 opening that it will pay the NYPD to deploy 17 uniformed cops to keep cars flowing through the summer, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. With video … Comments (2).

H&M coming to Fulton Mall

Downtown: Swedish cheap-chic clothing store H&M will come to Fulton Mall by next spring — and could be one of the first tenants in a giant new glass-walled mall at Bridge Street. Comments (1).

Another new hotel set for Gowanus

Gowanus: Sure, you see a vacant lot in this picture of 611 DeGraw St., between Third and Fourth avenues — but a developer sees yet another hotel in the so-called Gowanus Canal Hotel District. Comments (1).

For sale: Fourth Avenue’s old churches

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s so-called “Faith Avenue” is losing its religion — yes, another church is considering selling to a developer. Comments (6).

‘Fisching’ for love

Park Slope: Prolific architect Karl Fischer discovered a good way to win praise for a new design — make it good-looking and put it on an avenue lined by less-attractive buildings. Comments (1).

Columbia Street wants normalcy

Columbia St Waterfront: After three years of rebuilding Columbia Street, work crews are finally down to the last few blocks — between Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street. But residents complain the city needs to step up street cleaning, restore bus routes and plant parking signs along the main drag. Comments (1).

Two Trees chopped down

Williamsburg: The city hacked away at a developer’s plan to build a hotel near the Williamsburg waterfront on Wednesday, rejecting a proposal for an eight-story inn on North 11th Street. Comment.

Pouring it on: Smith Street developer seems likely to get all seven stories

Rezoning: The city is aiming to limit the size of new buildings on many blocks in Carroll Gardens, but it doesn’t look like the new zoning will be approved in time to force developer Billy Stein to reduce the scale of his controversial Smith Street project. Comments (1).

Lights out! Thousands lose power in heat wave

Carroll Gardens: The summer’s first heat wave hit Brooklyn full force, thanks to a Con Edison power outage on Sunday evening that left thousands without electricity and tens of thousands more jammed up the subways. Comment.

Starbucks names shake for boro

Manhattan has its eponymous bourbon and vermouth. And Brooklyn now has its … ice milk and caramel syrup? Comment.

What’s in store

Red Hook: Red Hook might not be the textbook definition of “the great outdoors,” but on Monday, June 16, expect to see people descending upon the neighborhood with camping gear to wait out the opening of the new IKEA. Comments (2).

Your family

Father’s Day drive with daughter & dad

The Dad: Our columnist thinks about his dad — and then ponders what his kid will think about him someday. Comments (1).

Family calendar

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

Fore free! Dyker junior links open

Dyker Heights: First golfer Mayor Bloomberg broke in the putting green at the city’s newest golf center at Dyker Beach Park last Friday, but Hizzoner will never get to play a round at the six-hole complex — it’s exclusively for kids. Comment.

Mo Willems has done it again

Dooley Noted: To the list of legendary couples in history — Antony and Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, Felix and Oscar — beloved Park Slope kids scribe Mo Willems has added another: Elephant and Piggie. Comment.

Some children left behind?

Park Slope: Parents at Park Slope’s most-coveted public elementary school say the city should remap the school’s zone to reduce crowding in their children’s classrooms. Comments (2).

‘PAVE’ the way for Hook charter school

Red Hook: It’s official! A Red Hook public elementary school will share its building next fall with a new charter school, despite protests from some parents and teachers who did not want to give an inch, let alone a few classrooms. Comment.

Little green schoolhouse?

Park Slope: Poly Prep gets kudos for its new environmentally friendly building on First Street in Park Slope. Comments (2).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

A High Stakes loss near Yards

Atlantic Yards: Has Bruce Ratner’s failure to build Atlantic Yards claimed its first victim? High Stakes Cheese Steaks has closed. Comments (4).

Nets still tanking

Atlantic Yards: The New Jersey Nets are losing even more money — adding yet another wrinkle in the team’s plans to relocate to Brooklyn. Comment.

Mad for Dad

Shopping: GO Brooklyn’s guide to smart, last-minute Father’s Day gifts Comment.

Powers is out: Father/son showdown narrowly averted

Bay Ridge: Presumptive Republican congressional candidate Frank Powers dodged a bullet this week after his son, Fran Powers, failed to win the Libertarian Party’s nomination, thus avoiding the prospect of an ugly father-against-son race to succeed disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment.

Holy ‘Hill’

Dance: When the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center kicks off its 12th annual “Souls of Our Feet People of Color Dance Festival” on Monday at Long Island University’s Kumble Theater, it’s going to be more like a family reunion than your average dance recital. Comment.

Clones open on Tuesday

Cyclones: A preview of Opening Day for the 2008 Brooklyn Cyclones. Comment.

Brooklyn sports

Win some, lose some

Cyclones: Xaverian HS players celebrated their city Catholic High School Athletic Association championship victory, while a team of out-of-shape journalists lost in a charity game against the Cyclones front office. With video … Comments (1).

Kickball Pirate gets revenge

The Greenpoint kickball hero arrested last month for toting a buccaneer’s sword through a Macy’s department store made his triumphant return to McCarren Park on Sunday, leading his team to a rare victory. Comments (4).

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Docs: LICH prognosis negative

Cobble Hill: Medical staff at Long Island College Hospital say the only way to save their institution’s body is to cut off its head. To rescue LICH from mounting financial losses and declining patient visits some doctors and nurses say the hospital should sever its connection with Continuum Health Partners, the company that manages LICH and several Manhattan hospitals. Comment.

Green on President Street

Red Hook: A vacant lot on Columbia Street is now the “urban meadow.” Several years in the making, a storefront-sized parcel of land at the corner of Van Brunt and President streets has been transformed into a grassy field dotted with wildflowers and a grove of dogwood trees. Comment.

A new Key Food?! But locals wish they could just keep their old one

Bay Ridge: While residents of the south part of Bay Ridge watch helpless as their beloved Key Food becomes a Walgreens drug store, a new Key Food is coming to the north part of Bay Ridge. Comment.

A veggie good solution

Fort Greene: Produce-starved residents of Fort Greene have a new option to get veggies by purchasing fresh crops directly from a farmer who will make weekly trips to Fort Greene Park. Comment.

Other Voices

All drawn out

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

Want to build Brooklyn Bridge Park? Scale it back!

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bob Dylan’s upcoming concert, horse injuries in Prospect Park and Wal-Mart coming to New York. Comments (2).

Reporter Roundtable

Block party

Art: This weekend is the last opportunity for visitors to see the Brooklyn Museum’s breathtaking exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints from the Utagawa school. The works are the thrilling predecessors of graphic novels and celebrity posters alike. Comment.

BUSCEMI! Park Slope actor is ripped off by unidentified thief

Park Slope: The brother of renowned big-screen bad boy Steve Buscemi was the victim of an identity theft dating back to March. Comment.

Fred Malwitz, 79; Ridgite was father of Paper manager

Fred Malwitz, a consummate family man, Mets fan and father of Brooklyn Paper bookkeeper Lisa Malwitz, has died. Comment.

Two collared in brutal beating on First Street

Park Slope: Three teens were arrested minutes after brutally beating a man on First Street on June 2, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Big country

Music: The big city is about to get a taste of the country. BrooklynCountry.com, the Web site and digital headquarters for country music artists and fans from Kings County, is celebrating its relaunching with a party at Natural Selection on June 15. Comment.

Dealers ‘weed’ each other out

Fort Greene: A trio of armed bandits held five friends captive in a Lafayette Avenue apartment while the invaders looted the residence on June 6. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Family jewels

Downtown: Two perps mugged a young couple on June 2 at the corner of Elm and Livingston streets, getting $6,300 in jewelry without a fight. Plus all the other crime from Downtown, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Taking candy

Carroll Gardens: A villain stole a necklace from a toddler in a Lorraine Street playground on June 1. Plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Smackdown

Williamsburg: A gang of teenaged hooligans jumped three adolescents as they rode the L train on June 6. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

Coffee break

Bay Ridge: More than $40,000 worth of electronics was stolen from a deliveryman’s van while he was grabbing a cup of joe on 73rd Street on June 3. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

Amanda Green, 49; Heights restaurateur, bon-vivant

Beloved Brooklyn Heights restaurateur Amanda Green, who started La Bouillabaisse and, more recently, the Wine Bar at 50 Henry Street, died early Sunday morning from pancreatic cancer. She was 49. Comment.

Sunday blues

Williamsburg: A young woman fast asleep on Sunday morning in her ground floor room in one of the McKibben Street Lofts, awoke to find that two thugs had snagged some of her valuable loot. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Bath break

Bay Ridge: A vicious thief broke into a 17th Avenue apartment, tying up the residents and demanding money on June 5. Plus all the crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment.

Bar snatch

Prospect Heights: A thief snatched a purse from the lobby of a Vanderbilt Avenue nightclub on June 8. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment.

Dance from down under

Dance: Want to experience our world’s many cultures without leaving the borough? Get ready for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2008-2009 lineup! Comment.

Cast party

Theater: The Theater for a New Audience won’t move to its Frank Gehry–designed Fort Greene headquarters for quite a while, but that won’t stop the group from throwing a party in the neighborhood on Wednesday. Comment.

The Scribes lose!

Podcast: A team of out-of-shape writers — led by Brooklyn Paper Señor Editor took on the Brooklyn Cyclones’ front office in a charity baseball game on Friday, June 6, 2008 — and even though we lost 6–5, we gave those Cyclones a real scare. Editor Gersh Kuntzman reports. With video … Comment.

Site specific

Dance: The Artichoke Dance Company is letting you direct its latest show, with its innovative, interactive production, “U R Here,” which allows you to choose the time, location and music of each performance. Comment.

To the streets

Shopping: Traffic will be blocked all weekend in Park Slope, and this time it won’t be thanks to a doublewide stroller barreling down Fifth Avenue. Comment.

Ikea’s herring

Podcast: Promised six varieties of herring at the Ikea press preview on June 11, 2008, our editor, Gersh Kuntzman, dove right in, devouring plate after plate of briny goodness. Watch him savor all (or at least most) bites. 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.

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