June 28 – July 5, 2008: Vol. 31, No. 26
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Chappelle (No) Show: Comic skips Powell fundraiser

Politics: Comedian Dave Chappelle disappointed voters and raised doubts about congressional upstart Kevin Powell’s campaign by blowing off the candidate’s highly promoted Wednesday night fundraiser. With video … Comments (6).

The wheel world! Borough Hall is on a roll

Downtown: Borough President Markowitz is often cruising around the borough in a chauffeur-driven hybrid SUV, but now his office has purchased two bicycles for the exclusive use of Borough Hall staffers. Comment.

City: Cyclones are hitting foul balls

Cyclones: The Brooklyn Cyclones owe the city $129,692 in back taxes and fees, according to a city audit. Comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Terror Street

Downtown: The feds giveth and then the feds taketh away. Comments (4).

Mr. Quadrozzi, tear down this wall!

Red Hook: An 18-foot-tall, corrugated wall obstructing the waterfront view in Red Hook Park must come down, a state court ruled, but some parents would rather see the barrier stand tall. Comments (1).

Monday, July 7, 2008

Bases on bawls! Walks undo Cyclones in day game disaster

Cyclones: As Frankie Frisch used to say, “Oh, those bases on balls!” — and he’d be rolling in his grave if he heard that Cyclone pitchers walked seven batters in a row in the fifth inning en route to a horrifying, depressing, demoralizing day-game loss on Monday. Comment.

Two out of three ain’t bad; Cyclones on a roll

Cyclones: The mediocre Cyclones headed into the July 4 weekend in third place and ended it in second, behind the surging (and hated) Staten Island Yankees. Here’s how the action played out. Comment.

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Greatest! Chestnut beats Kobayashi in historic playoff

Brooklyn Angle: Joey Chestnut, the greatest eater in modern history and, perhaps of all time, outdid even himself on July 4 at Coney Island, tying former six-time world champ Takeru Kobayashi with 59 hot dogs and buns in the 10-minute contest — and then shoving down five more HDBs in an unprecedented one-on-one stuff-your-faceoff to beat Kobayashi by mere seconds. With video … Comment.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

What’s wrong with this picture?

Parenting: A mother is busted for taking pictures of her daughter in a city park. Out of control? Actually, yes. Comments (7).

Happy Fourth, former colonists

The British Royal Air Force Red Arrows flying team soared past the Statue of Liberty a few days before England’s former colony celebrated its 232nd year of independence from the motherland. Comment.

Cyclones Go to Church

Cyclones: Brooklyn truly became the “Borough of Church’s” when rehabbing Met star Ryan Church joined the Cyclones on June 26 and 27. Comment.

Brooklyn goes fancy — at the Fancy Food Show

Podcast: Brooklyn-based food companies came out in force at the annual Fancy Food and Confection show at the Javits Center this week in Manhattan — and, naturally, Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman was there, schmoozing, interviewing and, of course, tasting. With video … Comment.

The party’s over! Staten Island and Brooklyn GOP leaders split over Vito race

Politics: The death of would-be Republican congressman Frank Powers has split the Staten Island and Brooklyn wings of the so-called Grand Old Party. Comments (2).

Brooklyn goes fancy

Dining: Food producers from all over the world flocked to the annual Fancy Food and Confection show at the Javits Center, but Brooklyn companies came out in full force. We tasted everything and present this year’s report. With video … Comments (1).

Politics

Happy Fourth, former colonists

The British Royal Air Force Red Arrows flying team soared past the Statue of Liberty a few days before England’s former colony celebrated its 232nd year of independence from the motherland. Comment.

Transit candidate on a roll?

Politicrasher: Our political insider takes the measure of Council candidate Gary Reilly, eternal optimist. Comments (2).

‘Girl’ goes sour: Kosher chocolate store closes

Park Slope: The Chocolate Girl — a Seventh Avenue shop that sought that most oxymoronic place in the marketplace, gourmet kosher chocolate — has closed just shy of a year after opening, forced out because of a high rent. Comments (3).

‘Bear’ish on Metrotech

Workers eliminated any remaining trace of BearStearns’s Brooklyn back office on Tuesday night, removing the company’s logo from One Metrotech Center — the last indignity for the disgraced investment firm. Comments (1).

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

We need an intern!

Podcast: Devastated by the departure of our ace photo intern, Sebastian Kahnert, The Brooklyn Paper is searching for a new photo intern to work July and August under Editor of the Year Gersh Kuntzman. This is a rare opportunity for a motivated pro who wants to learn from the ground up — in Brooklyn. Whatta paper, whatta summer! With video … Comment.

Holt tosses no hitter (through five)!

Cyclones: Brad Holt threw a no hitter in his Keyspan Park debut on June 26. Comment.

Your family

That’s one cool proposal

DUMBO: A penguin lover proposes to a woman in a DUMBO penguin store. This is a love story for the ages! Comment.

Smooth ‘Trans’ition

The city’s much-ballyhooed trans-fat ban went into full effect on Tuesday, but in Brooklyn at least, butchers, bakers and even candlestick makers (OK, we made that part up) had little problem complying with the city’s new zero-tolerance approach to the pernicious Frankenfats. Our ace reporter Michael Lipkin hit Fifth Avenue to see how the ban was working on its first full day. Comment.

Late-night mugging horrifies this Slope man

Park Slope: Three gun-toting thugs mugged a man on Fourth Avenue on June 22, getting away with his laptop and fancy phone, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Giuliani aide to fight Bloomy on House of D plan

Boerum Hill: One of former Mayor Giuliani’s top aides will fight the Bloomberg Administration’s $440-million plan to reopen the Brooklyn House of Detention and double the jail’s capacity. Comments (1).

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The heir apparent

Podcast: Eleven-month-old cub reporter Ben Kuntzman pays his dad a visit in The Brooklyn Paper’s DUMBO newsroom on July 1, 2008 — and the young would-be scribe shows off his love of newspapers in his first ever podcast. With video … Comment.

Ikea to city: No bike lanes!

Mean Streets: A city plan for new bike lanes to the Ikea superstore would be so “dangerous” according to the store’s manager that he’s threatening to renege on some promises to the community if the project goes forward. Comments (22).

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Play’s the Thing: The Bard of Brooklyn Baseball continues his look at the 2008 Cyclones by deconstructing the pitching staff. Comment.

Blue light special

Red Hook: The hype and possible corporate fortune generated by the brand new Ikea will likely draw other big-box retailers into Red Hook, putting the once thriving port neighborhood in the middle of an ongoing debate about national chain stores and the future of retail in urban areas. Comments (1).

Victory wins!

Dyker Heights: Victory Memorial Hospital closed for good on June 30 — but an unexpected 11th-hour deal will keep the Dyker Heights medical center in good health. Comments (2).

Thrilling Monday night at Keyspan

Cyclones: The Cyclones snatched a victory from the jaws of yet another disappointing defeat on Monday night, thanks to Ike Davis’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth that sent the Hudson Valley Renegades home muttering what might have been. Comment.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Parking holiday expands — but Slope rules return on Monday

Cobble Hill: Car owners in a wide swath of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Gowanus will not have to move their cars for alternate-side-of-the-street parking for the next six to eight weeks — but at the same time, a similar suspension on parking rules in Park Slope will end on Monday after eight weeks. Comment.

The Paper’s ‘Wanted’ Man: Artist JG Jones got his start with us

Art: From The Brooklyn Paper to a date with Angelina Jolie — that’s the JG Jones story. Comments (1).

A lost weekend

Cyclones: It could have been the best of times — the surging Cyclones got into sole possession of first place with a win on Friday night — but it ended up as the worst of times, with back-to-back defeats at home to send the mini-Mets back to third place, just one-half game ahead of the hated Staten Island Yankees. Comment.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ikea has meatballs, couches and … jams

Red Hook: Quiet Red Hook streets became bumper-to-bumper traffic jams when hordes of furniture-crazed shoppers flocked to the newly opened Ikea on its debut weekend. Comments (10).

Gushing over ‘Waterfalls’

Art: The waterfalls are flowing in the East River. Comments (1).

Freak show! City’s Coney plan is dissed by locals

Coney Island: The city’s controversial plan to redevelop Coney Island with new rides, attraction, hotels and housing got a dressing-down during a boisterous public meeting on Tuesday. Comment.

Something’s fishy at Junior’s

Downtown: A cook at Junior’s Restaurant turned shellfish — stealing lobsters from the Downtown institution, cops said. Comments (2).

Shucks! Pols shell oyster bar

Carroll Gardens: A new law drafted with a controversial Hoyt Street bar in mind would make it harder for proprietors to open saloons near schools and places of worship. Comments (3).

media

The public pools are open!

Podcast: The city finally opened the public pools on Friday — and, of course, The Brooklyn Paper swim team was there. Join Pool Bureau chief Gersh Kuntzman and Pool Bureau reporters Mike McLaughlin, Sarah Portlock, Ben Muessig and Sebastian Kahnert (he’s East German, you know!) as they take the plunge and officially christen the Summer of 2008. With video … Comment.

Ayveq is dead — a video tribute

Podcast: The Brooklyn Paper, which revered the New York Aquarium’s masturbating walrus, presents an exclusive video tribute With video … Comments (2).

More cutbacks at LICH

Cobble Hill: Two weeks after its staff issued doom-and-gloom predictions about the long-term health of Long Island College Hospital, the Cobble Hill medical center said it would shut a program for sex crime victims on June 30. Comment.

Welcome to cell: Montague block gets third phone shop

Brooklyn Heights: The Garment District is for clothing, the Diamond District is for jewelry, and Montague Street is for cellphones? Apparently so, now that AT&T is moving to Monty. Comment.

Politics

Powers outage has GOP in flux

Bay Ridge: The death of Frank Powers, who was briefly the Republican standard bearer to succeed disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella, has thrown the race for the Staten Island–Bay Ridge congressional seat into its natural state: turmoil. Comment.

Recchia: Bad loan not my fault

Bay Ridge: Councilman Domenic Recchia said a case of internal corruption at a non-profit that he funded has nothing to do with him. Comments (2).

No doubt about it — rum helps pols make a splash

Politicrasher: Our political insider makes the scene. This week: Council candidate Jo Anne Simon’s mojito party! Comment.

Sky lights

Event: Brooklyn is the perfect place to catch the nation’s largest display of fireworks, the 32nd annual “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks.” This year, the show will feature a number of fireworks that float on the water. Find out where the best spots in the borough are to watch them! Comment.

Mermaids on parade!

Coney Island: Our photographer brings you all the color — and titillation — of this year’s Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. Comment.

Cool your (noisy) jets

Park Slope: The mysterious increase in noise in Park Slope from airplanes en route to LaGuardia Airport has been solved — perhaps — and the din could die down as soon as next month, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (4).

The Latest Development News

The balance of power?

Editorial: Our editorial board shares its disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an Atlantic Yards appeal. Comments (18).

After critical change, city is sweet on Domino

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The city signed off on a new plan that would save the iconic Domino Sugar sign on the Williamsburg waterfront — and also pave the way for a glassy luxury addition atop the century-old sugar refinery building. Comments (2).

Cheap beer!

Nightlife: A night on the town never comes cheap. But if you’re drinking Baladine Xyauyu, you could bust your budget on just one drink. At $95 for 17 ounces, Baladine Xyauyu is one expensive brew, available only at Beer Table in Park Slope. Since GO Brooklyn is slow in both putting down drinks and picking up tabs, we decided to eschew the high-class hooch. Here’s every penny-pinching beer sippers’ must visit list. Comments (1).

Park is BBQ crazy!

Park Slope: Barbecuing has gotten out of control in Prospect Park this summer. Comments (6).

Judge allows a ‘lot’ more parking

So much for compromise! The judge who oversees the Supreme Court workers who park their cars in a section of Columbus Park next to Borough Hall will now allow more people to use the lot! Comments (1).

Triple-threat Cyclones coverage

Keyspan is electric

Cyclones: TV star Bradley Whitford and his family were in the west wing of Keyspan Park on Monday night watching his beloved Cyclones fall 3–2 to the Renegades. Comment.

Lefty-righty, righty-lefty square off at Keyspan Park

Ups & Downs: What happens when a switch-hitter faces a switch-pitcher? A great story, that’s what! Comment.

Bard to you: Who’s on 1st

Play’s the Thing: Our columnist takes you through the Cyclones’ infield. Comment.

Mixed week for Clones

Cyclones: You win some, you lose some — and in this up and down week, the Cyclones lost four and won only two, bringing their record to a mediocre 4–4. And it had started so promisingly, with two resounding wins over the hated Staten Island Yankees. Well, as we say in Brooklyn, “Wait ’til next week!” Comment.

The Baby Bums

Cyclones: These Massachusetts kids learned about the Brooklyn Dodgers — and then won their Little League title. Just a coincidence? We wish. Comments (2).

Hitting the high notes

Music: There are plenty of outdoor concerts happening in the borough this summer, from classical music to noise rock, but no series draws the big names — and songs — of the Borough President’s “Seaside Summer Concert Series” and “Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series”: Michael Bolton, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Patti LaBelle, Brian Wilson, Liza Minnelli, Huey Lewis and the News and more. Comments (1).

Ayveq the Walrus, Aquarium fixture, dead at 14

Ayveq, the walrus whose bizarre, though oddly compelling, masturbation rituals made him an international sensation at the New York Aquarium, has died. He was 14. With video … Comments (2).

A rail pain: MTA nixes station renovations

Transit: A plan to renovate 15 deteriorating Brooklyn subway stations has been derailed by skyrocketing costs and budget shortfalls, Metropolitan Transit Authority officials announced this week. Comment.

Not dog! Food vendor ban strikes 86th St

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge community board voted unanimously last Wednesday to ban food vendors along a stretch of busy 86th Street. Comments (6).

Vintage victuals

Dining: For Carolina Capeheart, slow cooking isn’t about basting a chicken in fat and leaving it in the Crockpot all day — it’s about plucking that bird, churning that butter and roasting the whole thing herself over an open fire. Comment.

Bedford cuts automobiles

Williamsburg: Bedford Avenue will become a pedestrian mall this summer. No, really. Comment.

Save the receipt

Dining: Historic cookery specialist Carolina Capehart shared three “receipts” — or recipes — which she believes will be “fairly easy for readers to try.” Comment.

‘Girls’ wanna rock

Music: Of all the noises made by patrons after a trip to Acapulco Deli & Restaurant — a bare bones Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint — those of the Vivian Girls were surely the least expected. Comment.

Arrest in late-night Slope slashing!

Park Slope: An ex-con has been collared for viciously slashing a woman walking home from her shift at the Park Slope Food Co-op on June 17. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Shattered glass

Downtown: Cops arrested two thugs in Brooklyn Heights after they beat up a man and tried to steal his wallet on June 22. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Sneak attack

Fort Greene: A jogger on Clinton Avenue was thrown to the pavement and mugged by two hooligans on June 15. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (1).

CANNED! A Port-A-Potty posse beats up a security guard

Williamsburg: Here’s a dirty crime: Thugs broke into a Lombardy Street parking lot and locked the security guards in a portable toilet. Comments (1).

Banks are safer

Carroll Gardens: A woman told police that someone stole $4,000 from her home on Bond Street between April 15 and June 7. Plus all the crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Cinema under the stars

Cinema: While enjoying a summer blockbuster inside a movie theater has its advantages — air conditioning! snacks! — there’s much to be said about watching a flick al fresco with your Brooklyn neighbors. Here’s a roundup of the borough’s outdoor movie festivals. Comment.

Spammed

Bay Ridge: The ol’ fake e-mail trick fooled an Oliver Street woman into handing over $4,500 on June 6. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

Green thief

Prospect Heights: Someone with a green thumb — and sticky fingers — made off with more than $150 in tools from a Vanderbilt Avenue back yard on June 19. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment.

RED-FOOTED! Bank robber’s shoes, stained with dye, give him away

Park Slope: Cops caught a bank robber red-footed on June 19, nabbing a dye-stained man who was still carrying thousands in booty that he allegedly took from the Astoria Federal branch on Fifth Avenue. Comment.

Cops crack 93rd St drug den

Bay Ridge: Police nabbed five suspected drug dealers who turned a peaceful Bay Ridge street into a block of fear and intimidation over the past three years. Comments (5).

Bedford brawl

Williamsburg: Two pugilists hospitalized a 21-year-old man after he left a Bedford Avenue bar early on June 16. Comment.

Martyrs monument mischief

Fort Greene: The Parks Department has fired the electrician rushing to complete the restoration of the Prison Ship Martyrs’ monument in Fort Greene Park in time for its 100th anniversary in November — and now the agency is scrambling to finish the work on time. Comment.

Tower of power

Event: Every year, the now-scattered descendants of Williamsburg’s Italian community return to the ‘hood with one essential goal: to lift an 80-foot tall, three-ton tower known as the “giglio” onto their shoulders and “dance” with it through the streets as part of the annual feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Paulinus of Nola in Williamsburg. Comment.

School’s out forever

Downtown: The controversial deal to turn the independent Polytechnic University into a part of New York University has been approved by the state, the final arbiter on the merger. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Your family

Rain on ‘Parade’

Dooley Noted: Our columnist gives a new kids’ book a lukewarm review. Comment.

The end of the PS 321 line

Smartmom: Smartmom’s days are numbered at PS 321. After 11 years as a very involved parent at this illustrious school, she’s is about to say adieu. Comment.

Family calendar

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

Summer delight

Nightlife: Master mixologist Toby Maloney, a Williamsburg resident, shares his recipe for the perfect summer cocktail. Comment.

‘Monkey’ biz

Nightlife: Monkey Town, the Williamsburg restaurant and performing arts space, closed on June 23 for six weeks of renovations. Although it often seems that when a “closed for renovations” sign is posted on a window in Brooklyn, it’s code for “we’re out of business,” Monkey Town’s owner assures us they’ll be swinging from the branches again come Aug. 2. Comments (2).

Armory won’t open until 2009!

Park Slope: More delays at the $16-million Armory. Comment.

Get ‘Hip’

Music: Beginning July 10, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will pack a whole season’s worth of programming into one long weekend. Comment.

No scrubs

Fashion: Last Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, stars like Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the group TLC, actress Caryn Ward and blogger Necole Bitchie converged at “The Female Success Factor,” an entrepreneurship seminar for women. Comment.

Other Voices

Men are domestic-violence victims, too

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Wal-Mart, Ikea, school rezonings, divorce and the Metropolitan Opera show in Prospect Park. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. This week: the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an Atlantic Yards case. Comment.

Get your Gersh on

Our editor is, once again, in the BCAT hot seat. Comment.

Evict this ‘trailer’ park now!

Bay Ridge: Ten years after it turned a city park into a trailer park, the Department of Education says it is almost ready to remove two temporary classrooms from a Leif Ericson Park — but neighbors worry that the tin-walled learning boxes may have become permanent fixtures. 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.