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Friday, July 18, 2008

Behind the ropes

Cinema: On Monday night, Trevor W. was the talk of the party. The tall, attractive socialite, of ambiguous sexual orientation and a lurid fashion sense, was sought after by Manhattan nightlife queen Amy Sacco, actor-model Fabrizio Brienza, “Lipstick Jungle’s” Lindsay Price, and members of Kulu and the Brazilian Girls. But Trevor W. isn’t real. He’s a figment of the imagination of Bushwick filmmaker Wayne Price. 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).

Business briefs

Advertorial: This summer, green is in and following this trend, Hall Street Storage is the first and only green storage facility in the country. Comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Marty’s out — out of the fundraising game

Politics: In the clearest sign yet that Borough President Markowitz is not running for mayor in 2009, the Beep is barely raising any money. 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).

MTV hangs up on Downtown

Downtown: MTV’s reality show “The Real World” will no longer house its seven cast members in the newly renovated BellTel Lofts in Downtown, a member of the building’s board confirmed. Comments (2).

It’s apar-TIDE! Ikea sets up two-tier system for free ferry rides

Red Hook: Ikea has changed course and will now offer its free ferry service to its customers first — and only then allow non-shoppers to set sail to Manhattan from the Red Hook superstore. Comment.

Summer of fizzle

Coney Island: Coney Island’s “Summer of Hope” has gone from sizzler to fizzler. Comments (3).

‘Blitz’ krieg! Slopers getting tixed off as parking regs kick in

Parking enforcement officers fanned out through Park Slope this week, doling out $45 tickets as alternate-side-of-the-street parking regulations came back into effect after an eight-week hiatus. Comments (5).

Meet the new ‘Row’

Clinton Hill: A Pratt Institute architect and his students say they have come up with a way to preserve a row of decrepit, historic buildings in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, yet still allow the city to go ahead with a plan to create a big-box supermarket. Comments (1).

Five years later; Slain councilman was rising star

James E. Davis was assassinated in City Hall five years next week — but his legacy may be greater than his achievements. Comments (6).

Another one bites the dust?

Bay Ridge: For Bay Ridge’s so-called “Faith Avenue,” the end is near. Comment.

Love and skate

Theater: Growing up in Bensonhurst, actress Kerry Butler roller-skated like any other kid, but when the time came to strap on skates for “Xanadu,” the Broadway production in which she plays the lead role of Kira, it wasn’t so easy anymore. Comments (1).

Park smart, not selfish; man seeks car courtesy

Fort Greene: All you drivers out there are a bunch of selfish, thoughtless jerks — at least that’s what one Fort Greene resident thinks. Comments (5).

Raising the ‘Bar’

Dining: Spencer Rothschild’s two-month-old Mexican restaurant, “Barrio,” gets a warm reception in Park Slope. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Someone needs to do the due diligence at Atlantic Yards

Letters: Our mailbag is crammed full, as always. This time, letters on the lack of due diligence at Atlantic Yards, the plan to tear down historic, though dilapidated, homes at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, airplane noise over Park Slope, a woman who got upbraided by a parks worker for taking pictures of her own daughter, and what a reader’s happy visit to Montreal could teach us egotistical New Yorkers. Comments (1).

Park Slope was burglary central

Park Slope: There were an unsually high number of break-ins last week. Here is a gruesome roundup. Comment.

From crack house to your house; drug bust will lead to auction on 93rd

Bay Ridge: Cops closed down two Bay Ridge crack houses last month, but the 93rd Street drug dens might remain the best places in the neighborhood to get a deal. Comment.

Trolley dodger! Lyceum site under construction

Park Slope: At long last, there is a plan for an empty lot next to the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope, though it has meant the demise of an old trolley that sat there for 13 years. Comments (7).

A real ‘Legend’

Music: Five-time Grammy Award–winner John Legend will perform — for free! — at Wingate Field in Crown Heights on Monday, July 21. Comments (1).

Better than Times Square?

Theater: The curtains have gone up on the long-awaited TKTS booth at the Metrotech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. And the offering of discount tickets is cause for a standing ovation. Comment.

Happy b’day

Music: On Sunday, July 20, JDub Records will be celebrating its fifth birthday in style, with a free concert and party in Prospect Park. Comments (1).

Park art

Art: There are always plenty of strange things to gawk at in Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park, but beginning Sunday, a collection of 30 exotic sculptures will be unveiled by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Comment.

Seeing Greene

Fort Greene: On July 27, Fort Greene locals will have the chance to become better acquainted with the history behind their picturesque neighborhood. Comment.

‘Associated’ with failure; Concord Village supermarket closes

Downtown: The Associated Supermarket on Tillary Street in Downtown shuttered its doors last week — but only temporarily. Comments (2).

Family calendar

Parenting: 11 am: “Daydream,” a short version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Prospect Park’s Imagination Playground (enter park on Ocean Avenue between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue). Free. Call (718) 393-7733 for info. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Evicted! Soft-serve man who took over tourist attraction is booted

DUMBO: A smoke-belching soft ice-cream truck that had commandeered the city’s much-ballyhooed $1.5-million tourism gateway at the Brooklyn Bridge footpath has been booted by cops — who vowed to ticket its owner if he ever parks there again. Comments (1).

Freedom rider — on a Segway! This guy is a regular Rosa Parks — minus the oppression, humiliation and historical import

Every time Jonathan Gleich begins his long commute into Midtown Manhattan from Brighton Beach, he’s blazing a trail for equal rights for that most-discriminated-against segment of the commuting public: Segway riders. Comments (5).

GOP outsider is in; But they keep pushing him back out

Bay Ridge: A former Republican Assemblyman who was driven out of power by his GOP rivals four years ago has been ushered back into the fold as the party’s official choice to represent Bay Ridge and Staten Island in Congress. Comment.

Nobody asked him, but…

Play’s the Thing: Every so often noted New York sportswriter Jimmy Cannon used to entitle his column “Nobody asked me, but…,” and Cannon would give a compilation of opinions on a variety of issues. Comment.

Davis is a ‘Jewish’ convert

Ups & Downs: The Cyclones snapped a three-game slide on Sunday, the same day the team suited up in custom-made Hebrew uniforms as part of “Jewish Heritage Night” at Keyspan Park. Comment.

Lookout below! Cement bucket falls 23 stories on Court St

Brooklyn Heights: A five-pound bucket of cement fell 23 stories from nearly the top of 66 Court St., demolishing a city-owned car and bringing back eerie memories of a similar incident 25 years ago — but unlike that fatal accident, only one passer-by was shaken up this time. Comments (2).

Extra! Extra! Newsstand says goodbye; Developer unfazed by looming shutdown

Carroll Gardens: The developer of a controversial Carroll Gardens apartment building at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place shrugged off a looming city shutdown of his project. Comments (1).

Ay and Eye — now they’re lost souls

Smartmom: Smartmom loses two more friends to parts unknown. How could anyone leave Park Slope? Comment.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Koval calling! Defends private Bridge ‘Park’ fireworks event for vets

Bridge ‘Park’: The executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy defended the closure the temporary park on Pier 1 for a private fireworks-watching event on July 4. Comment.

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.

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