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Friday, July 18, 2008

Business briefs

Advertorial: If you are looking for the perfect antique door to show off your historic brownstone, Amighini Architectural is the place to go. Comment.

Cats out of the bag; Locals say mayoral wannabe failed them on Myrtle

Downtown plan: An embattled condo project on Myrtle Avenue will come back to haunt its billionaire developer if he goes ahead and runs for mayor, his critics say. Comments (2).

Thursday, July 17, 2008

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: This week, our cartoonist looks at Borough President Markowitz’s purchase of two bikes for his office. Comments (1).

FAKE! But bogus art show will go on

Art: The Brooklyn Museum of Art will make artistic lemonade after being thrown the ultimate art-world lemon: finding out that many of its prized pieces from early Egyptian Christians are actually fakes. Comments (1).

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hook vendors in the red; city rules, delays cause lo$$es

Red Hook: The beloved Latino food stalls of Red Hook Park will return to their traditional haunt this weekend — and the grand re-opening couldn’t come a moment too soon for vendors, who have racked up tens of thousands of dollars in debt to comply with tightened city regulations. Comments (6).

James gets in middle of ‘Row’

Vinegar Hill: Councilwoman Letitia James now says “some” of the tumbledown, historic houses in the Brooklyn Navy Yard should be saved, though she still supports the city’s plan to tear down the rotting Admirals Row to build a much-needed supermarket. Comment.

Cyclones win a slugfest

Cyclones: A Monday night rubber-game win over the State College Spikes. Comment.

Checkin’ in with…Victoria Bailey, TKTS-maestro

Checkin’ in with: The Brooklyn Paper checks in with Victoria Bailey, the woman who brought a TKTS booth to Downtown. Comment.

Crossed out; Separation of church and estate

Greenpoint: A plan to convert a vacant Greenpoint church into condos is meeting with widespread approval, but neighbors are cursing a decision to remove religious icons from the landmarked house of worship — an alteration that the project’s architect said he made in hopes of not scaring away potential tenants. Comment.

Monday, July 14, 2008

He’s Schumer’s McMahon; Senior senator stumps for Mike over Steve

Bay Ridge: Congressional hopeful Mike McMahon’s bid to replace retiring Rep. Vito Fossella got a boost on Sunday when Sen. Charles Schumer threw his weight behind the Staten Island councilman’s campaign, despite a longstanding practice of not endorsing during intra-party squabbles. With video … Comments (3).

Cyclones’ lost weekend; split with Spikes keeps team below .500

Cyclones: Two out of three ain’t good when you’re a struggling team trying to get back in the playoff hunt. But after a can’t-hold-the-lead loss in Jamestown on Friday night, the Cyclones split the first two games of a home series against the State College Spikes, setting up a must-win rubber game on Monday night at Keyspan Park (not that home cooking is helping the 12-14 Cyclones get out of last place: they’re only 6–7 within the friendly confines of Keyspan). Comment.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Parole office?! Well, not really

Brooklyn Heights: There goes the “there goes the neighborhood” story. Comments (3).

Brooklyn Heights gets stoned; but is it art or a piece of schist?

Brooklyn Heights: Maybe it should have been called “The Confusing Placement of Stone.” Comment.

A tour of our new studio!

Podcast: The Brooklyn Paper’s award-nominated podcasts took a step towards immortality this week, as Paper reporters and editors burned the midnight oil to build a new video studio. Editor Gersh Kuntzman and reporter Ben Muessig take you on a guided tour. With video … Comment.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Paper says: Bring back our trolleys

Editorial: The Federal Government’s seizure of Cadman Plaza East (for use as a judicial parking lot) presents a unique opportunity to bring trolley service back to Brooklyn. Comments (3).

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.

Summer ‘Knights’

Art: Next weekend, “The Dark Knight,” the latest movie in the Batman franchise, opens in theaters nationwide. Hidden away in Red Hook, however, is another look at the Caped Crusader — and what it lacks in box office glitz, it more than makes up for in graphic authenticity. Comment.

Your family

OSFO moves on — and Smartmom follows

Smartmom: Hepcat and The Oh So Feisty One spent the night before her graduation from PS 321 coloring her hair blue. Hepcat is quite the artiste when it comes to applying Manic Panic hair color with a paintbrush (it must be all those painting classes he took with renowned abstract artist Elizabeth Murray at Bard College back in the 1970s). Comment.

Monkey business at jungle gym

Cobble Hill: Long Island College Hospital says it’s going to fix up dilapidated playgrounds on its Cobble Hill campus this summer after a flurry of complaints from parents thrust the beleaguered hospital into action. Comments (1).

‘Lighten up’ still on diet — but look what it did for this man!

“Lighten Up, Brooklyn” has slimmed down further from its already reduced heft of last year — but Borough President (and Weight-Watcher-in-Chief) Markowitz said the two park walks he’ll lead this weekend are more than enough to get people to finally make good on those New Years resolutions. Comment.

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun things you could be doing with your kids! Comment.

Eat to the beat

Music: Just because Brooklynites are ga-ga for outdoor summer concert series, it doesn’t mean that bands prefer them to the confines of a nightclub. “I like playing indoor shows, hearing the reverb and the natural sound of the guitars coming off the wall,” said Britt Daniel, lead singer of Spoon. “Some people love nature — I love nature in doses.” Comments (1).

Part of ‘Park’ will open next year; But other parts are postponed

Bridge ‘Park’: Decades of planning will culminate in a small, but usable, Brooklyn Bridge Park by the end of 2009, state planners promised this month — but the same officials admitted that they don’t know when, or if, key parts of the 85-acre open space and condo development will be completed because of a lack of public funding. Comments (2).

The Latest Development News

Working it

Cobble Hill: The old Independence Bank building at the corner of Court Street and Atlantic Avenue is finally beginning to look more like a Trader Joe’s. Insiders say the supermarket, the quirky chain’s first in Brooklyn, is on pace to open in late September. Comment.

Less stink at Owls Head

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge residents might be able to breathe a little easier this summer. Comment.

Monty on Sunday — Paris it ain’t

Brooklyn Heights: If Paris was the inspiration for a car-free pedestrian plaza on Montague Street that began on Sunday, the stretch instead looked a more like, well, a normal quiet Sunday on Montague Street. Comment.

Fancy schmancy

Dining: Sweat dripped from customers’ chins into their mugs of Sixpoint beer. The fumes of grilling pork rose to meet the smell of close, hot bodies. And then it began to pour. This was the second annual UnFancy Food Show, a celebration of Brooklyn food artisans and small producers in a defiantly un-fancy setting in Williamsburg. With video … Comment.

La Brooklynais

Two Smith Street restaurants are baring their Bastille Day pride with an enormous “petanque” tournament on Sunday. Comment.

Cell fiends rob store — but one gets hooked

Bensonhurst: Two armed thugs held up a cellphone store on Bay Parkway on July 7 — but one was later disconnected from the scheme by police. Comment.

METALHEADS! More thefts of copper all over the borough!

Crime: There were at least four major thefts of copper piping in three neighborhoods last week, the latest in an ongoing spike in thefts of the increasingly valuable golden brown metal. Here are the sordid details. Comment.

Three’s company at third

Play’s the Thing: Fans using merely literal vision see only one person at third base when the Cyclones are in the field, but those baseball aficionados gifted with more figurative sight can see three persons at the hot corner for Brooklyn — Zach Lutz, and standing behind him, his parents. Comment.

Bastille Day beckons

Dining: Fort Greene bistro Chez Oskar to celebrate Bastille Day — and its 10th anniversary — with live music, fire-eating, a prix-fixe menu and more! Comment.

Cyclones do the walk of death

Ups & Downs: Monday was a beautiful day for a walk on Coney Island — too bad that Cyclone pitchers took that literally. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Dumb perp punches cop

Brooklyn Heights: Cops arrested a 31-year-old thug in Brooklyn Heights after he tried to steal an off-duty correction officer’s gun, cops said. Comment.

Horrifying early morning mugging in heart of Slope

Park Slope: A thief grabbed a woman by the throat and swiped her handbag in an early morning mugging on Carroll Street on July 6. Comments (1).

Denmark’s dozen

Theater: Each year, there are more Shakespearean productions in the borough than we can count, but on Friday night at the McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, fans of the Bard got more for their money with the Woodshed Collective theater company’s “Twelve Ophelias.” Comment.

He fell for the old ‘Let me show you something’ trick

Cobble Hill: A man walked into a mugging on Centre Street after a Sharpie deceived him on July 1. Comment.

An ‘immaculate’ crime as Catholic HS is robbed cleanly

Fort Greene: A Catholic high school on Clermont Avenue reported that someone stole $7,000 from its vault between June 25 and 26. Comment.

Car accident gets even uglier

Prospect Heights: A woman was arrested on July 5 after fighting with another driver with whom she collided. Comment.

Let’s go, Tzyklons! Keyspan goes Kosher on July 13

Ups & Downs: The Cyclones have truly become the Chosen people. Comment.

Man with knife terrorizes M-train gal

Williamsburg: A blade-wielding villain mugged a 21-year-old woman as she waited for an M train at the Hewes Street station on July 6. Comment.

Portobanco, Clones first-season star, is dead in car crash

Ups & Downs: Luz Portobanco, the starting pitcher in the first game in Cyclones’ history, died in a car accident on July 5 near Managua, Nicaragua. Comments (11).

Watch out for the thug on the bike!

Greenpoint: A bike-riding thug shoved a 55-year-old man to the ground and stole his wallet on June 30. Comment.

He wakes her up and tells her the bad news — it’s a robbery!

Bay Ridge: A man robbed an unsuspecting woman at gunpoint inside her 10th Avenue home on July 6. Comment.

Clones get a rare thing: a day off

Ups & Downs: The 11–10 Cyclones finally had their first off-day on Tuesday, July 8. Comment.

The party’s over! Staten Island and Brooklyn GOP leaders split over Vito race; Republican leader predicts defeat

Bay Ridge: The death of would-be Republican congressman Frank Powers has split the Staten Island and Brooklyn wings of the so-called Grand Old Party. Comment.

Cyclones sputtering along

Cyclones: The 11–11 Cyclones can’t seem to get on a roll. For every heroic, come-from-behind win this season, there seems to be a blown save or a seven-walk inning to bring the Brooks back to earth. Here are all the game summaries since our last edition. Comment.

Mind your Q’s

Art: Brooklyn Paper photographer Tom Callan is a star at “Click!,” the publicly curated photo show currently hanging at the Brooklyn Museum. Comments (1).

For the birds

Event: Of all the immigrants who’ve made homes in Brooklyn, there’s still one group that doesn’t quite fit in: the parrots. Comment.

‘Sign lady’ is back — this time just fixing

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn’s beloved sign lady has gone from sign maker to sign doctor. Comments (2).

Flower power

Shopping: The Hibiscus Day Spa, open since 2005 in Stuyvesant Heights — and going on two months in its new location — has unveiled its latest beauty treatment: a retail shop stocking skin care essentials, lounge clothing and spa accessories. Comment.

Ferry much in need — of city money

Williamsburg: Ferry service returned this week to Williamsburg and DUMBO after seven months out of water, but operators say the service will run aground again this winter if the city doesn’t provide funding. Comment.

It’s a bus-aster! Bklyn ridership soaring — and MTA can’t keep up

Bus ridership in Brooklyn has jumped more than 25 percent over the past decade, but service has only increased 8 percent, according to a new study. Comment.

Ft. Greene cop dead in Afghanistan

Fort Greene: A New York City cop who lived mere feet away from the war memorial in Fort Greene Park died on July 4 in Afghanistan in a “non-hostile incident,” according to Department of Defense. Comment.

Kevin Powell speaks! Candidate explains Chappelle ‘no-show’

Podcast: Congressional candidate Kevin Powell promised that comedian Dave Chappelle would headline a fundraiser for him in Manhattan on Wednesday night — but when Chappelle didn’t show, Powell was left to clean up the mess. Here he is, in his own words, from the stage of the hip-hop club Eugene in Manhattan on July 9, 2008. With video … Comment.

Mourning paper

Park Slope: Call it the New York Crimes. Comment.

Church men homeless no more

Park Slope: The last of four homeless men who camped out at Old First Church is now sleeping elsewhere, though he still commutes to “work” every day. Comment.

Pay per view

Downtown: Cadman Plaza looked more green than ever on Thursday when a plastic case loaded with what appeared to be $100,000 popped up on the pedestrian plaza near the statue of Henry Ward Beecher. Comment.

Angry about Supreme Court ‘Yards’ dismissal? Back these bills

Letters: You recently reported on the saving of Victory Memorial Hospital (“Victory wins!” July 1). While it is good news that SUNY Downstate will continue to provide some health care services for our community as a walk-in clinic or urgent care center, we still will not have an emergency room or access to the full range of services that once existed at this location. Comments (1).

Bike town, BK! North Brooklyn rolls ahead in bicycle bragging rights battle

Williamsburg: Bicycle traffic across the Williamsburg Bridge is soaring, just-released statistics show — and neighborhood bike advocates are claiming victory in their bloodless battle for bike bragging rights over Brownstone Brooklyn. Comments (2).

It's official: Koby cheated! Scandal casts shadow over Chestnut victory

Podcast: Though no one noticed it at the time, former world hot-dog-eating champion Takeru Kobayashi clearly cheated in the closing seconds of his battle against champion Joey Chestnut on July 4 at Nathan’s in Coney Island. This video, shot by Kobayashi’s counter and Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman, shows the last 10 seconds of the contest. Watch how Kobayashi continues to chew new food, even after announcer George Shea has completed his countdown to the finish. With video … Comment.

DUMBO goes to the dogs (finally)!

Podcast: After a fairly egregious false alarm, DUMBO has finally achieved true neighborhood status: The area down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass now has a bona-fide hot dog stand. Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman and Señor Editor Vince DiMiceli bring you the full story, including a flashback to our prior video about the faux hot dog stand a few months back. With video … Comment.

The Kitchen Sink

All the news, gossip, tidbits, bric-a-brac and potpourri from your neighborhood. Comment.

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment.

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