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Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008

Brooklyn Bridge waterfalls

Downtown: Here’s a sneak peek at Olafur Eliasson’s “New York City Waterfalls,” which will send water cascading from under the Brooklyn Bridge and three free-standing scaffolds in New York Harbor from July through October. Comments (1).

Right on time — atop the Williamsburgh Bank building

The clock atop the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower — visible all over Brooklyn — is finally telling the right time again! Comment.

Brooklyn, Baby! Kids across America named for boro

Brooklyn is not only a popular place to live — but it was also the 43rd most-popular name last year. Comments (13).

Ortho-box!

Cinema: Dmitriy Salita’s a complicated guy. Born in Odessa, Ukraine and raised in Midwood, Salita is a world-class boxer and an observant, Orthodox Jew. Comment.

Middle school in Brooklyn House of Detention is sentenced to death

The controversial proposal to put a public middle school in the soon-to-reopen Brooklyn House of Detention was killed on Monday amid outrage after the plan was first reported in The Brooklyn Paper. Comment.

City throws out tickets for mom and pops’ sandwichboards

The city, in an abrupt about-face, is now welcoming storeowners to put A-frame signs on the sidewalk again after cracking down this fall for obstructing the sidewalk. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Empire falls

DUMBO: State officials have finally taken the blame for allowing a Civil War–era warehouse on the DUMBO waterfront to fall into such disrepair that a state park had to be closed last month to prevent people from getting conked with bricks. Comments (1).

IKEA superstore gears up

Red Hook: The clock is ticking for Red Hook residents on their head start to get jobs at the long-awaited Ikea — they have three weeks before such positions will be open to the general public. Comment.

Navy Yard supermarket on hold as feds consider ‘Row’

Development: A plan to tear down 10 historic houses at the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been put off for months thanks to a decision by federal officials to review the historical integrity of the 150-year-old dilapidated mansions. Comments (4).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Ratner wins big: Ruling brings Atlantic Yards closer to reality

Atlantic Yards: Opponents of the Atlantic Yards mega-development suffered a serious setback last Friday when a Manhattan Supreme Court judge dismissed a suit challenging the validity of the project’s environmental review. Comment.

A weak court ruling

Editorial: Before Bruce Ratner follows up his victory in state Supreme Court by bringing in construction cranes, it’s worth one more attempt to make some sanity of the ongoing misinformation campaign that state officials continue to conduct at Atlantic Yards. Comments (1).

There goes the judge: Quits Yards case citing Ratner’s promo flier

Atlantic Yards: A Brooklyn federal judge recused himself from a panel that will determine the fate of the most significant legal challenge to the Atlantic Yards development, citing his early support for the 16-skyscraper-and-arena project — and now the plaintiffs want to re-argue the case in front of the replacement judge. Comment.

Update: No new arguments in Yards case

Atlantic Yards: The three-judge federal appeals court overseeing the last remaining legal challenge to Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project will not hear new oral arguments in the wake of the recent recusal by one of the judges. Comment.

Another win for A’Yards

Atlantic Yards: A state Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an attempt by 13 of Bruce Ratner’s rent-stabilized tenants to bring their lawsuit against the Atlantic Yards developer to the Court of Appeals — but the tenants’ lawyer promised at least another year’s worth of litigation. Comment.

All drawn out

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

Heap of trouble

Theater: There are a few truly indestructible plays. And Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” is one of them. Thus, I felt duly optimistic entering BAM’s Harvey Theater this week to see the latest revival of the existential comedy. Comment.

Grit and ‘Grimes’

Theater: One World Symphony continues exploring “Contrasts and Controversy” — this season’s theme — with a production of Benjamin Britten’s classic “Peter Grimes: The Divided Self” in Brooklyn Heights’ Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity on Jan. 25. Comments (1).

Politics

Supremes sign off on our boss-picked judges

Politics: The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld New York’s “smoke-filled” system of choosing trial judges, setting aside critics’ concerns that political party bosses control the system. Comment.

DeBlasio: Make companies recycle e-waste

Politics: The City Council is on the verge of requiring electronics manufacturers to pick up their computers, video games and TV sets when consumers are done with them, but the mayor has signaled his opposition on the grounds that the goal, however laudable, is unattainable. Comment.

Hurst pulls out big guns vs. trash site

Bay Ridge: Opponents of a city plan to put a garbage transfer station along Gravesend Bay have new ammunition in their fight — actual ammunition that they say is sitting underwater. Comments (4).

Not-so-quick fix for VZ toll plaza

Bay Ridge: Twenty-one years after one-way tolling began on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the toll bays on the Brooklyn-bound side of the span will finally be removed. In six more years, that is. Comment.

King for a day

Event: On Monday, Jan. 21, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and many of the borough’s other institutions, will do its part to honor a historic dream by celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Comment.

Cops nab hotel stabber

Bay Ridge: Police in Bay Ridge have arrested a woman and charged her with fatally stabbing a man in the Best Western Gregory Hotel last month. Comment.

Other Voices

School in a jail plan sparks mail — from city

Letters: Letters are pouring in about the city’s middle-school-in-a-jail idea, David Walentas’s Dock Street tower, Flatbush traffic, Old Brooklyn, illegal parking, District Attorney Hynes, and our Editor of the Year, Gersh Kuntzman. Comment.

Freak accident fells Editor of the Year

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist breaks his ankle — but lives to write about it. Comments (1).

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Your family

Oh So Feisty One reaches ‘middle’ age

Smartmom: Smartmom’s kid is shopping for a middle school. This ain’t easy, folks. Comments (1).

Park Slope kids authors kick butt at convention

Parenting: Park Slope kids writers swept — well, almost — the award ceremony at the American Library Association convention on Monday night. Comments (1).

Family Calendar

Parenting: All the action for you and your kids! Comment.

CAUGHT! Mugger is collared after Prospect Park West purse snatch

Park Slope: One teen who robbed a woman on Fifth Street near Prospect Park was chased down and collared on Jan. 6, but his accomplice got away. Comment.

Marty: Probe Hill preschool

Carroll Gardens: Borough President Markowitz is pushing the state to probe a mismanaged preschool weeks after it seemingly went belly up. Comments (2).

Stinky fish

Park Slope: A thief made off with a woman’s wallet while she was dining at a Flatbush Avenue sushi restaurant on Jan. 13. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’s 77th Precinct. Comment.

Carjacked

Downtown: A car and a motorcycle were stolen within hours of each other on Jan. 9. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Downtown and DUMBO’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Special delivery

Crime: A perp posing as a UPS deliveryman gained entrance to a man’s Washington Avenue apartment on Jan. 7 and attempted to force the man to empty his bank account, but the resourceful victim managed to escape after losing only $4. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Cleaner blamed for cleaning out

Park Slope: A housecleaner has been blamed for stealing jewelry from a Sterling Place apartment on Dec. 18. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

From Moscow to Warsaw

Theater: Watch out, Greenpoint, the Russians are coming! For one day only, Polish-themed rock venue Warsaw will be overrun by Russian clowns, contortionists, equilibrists, acrobats, jugglers, folk musicians, singers, dancers, human puppets and one very well-trained toy poodle. Comment.

Nightclub theft

Williamsburg: A woman was partying too hard at a Bedford Avenue nightclub on Jan. 10 — and someone swiped her handbag, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

Bad order

Bay Ridge: Yet another Chinese food deliveryman was robbed, this time at knifepoint in a Bay 17th Street building on Jan. 9. Plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment.

Framed: PrattStore irks a local biz

Fort Greene: In a move virtually guaranteed to tarnish town-gown relations, PrattStore — the modernist art supply shop run by the venerable Pratt Institute — has begun offering custom framing, prompting a local merchant to claim that business at her own Myrtle Avenue shop has been devastated. Comments (1).

Old gold

Williamsburg: It was a bad week for old folks in Williamsburg. Plus all the crime news from the 90th Precinct. Comment.

Sweepscam

Bay Ridge: A 64-year-old Bay Ridge man is the latest victim of a widespread Canadian-based sweepstakes scam. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights’ 68th Precinct. Comment.

Bard’s ‘Beth’ is back!

Waiting in the Wings: The latest news on what’s happening in Brooklyn theater. Comment.

RAID! Two gunmen storm warehouse

Carroll Gardens: Two gun-toting bandits raked in $9,600 from a heist in a Seabring Street warehouse on Jan. 5. Comment.

WHEELS! Man beats friend but loses car

Fort Greene: A fight between two men ended up with one man’s car stolen and another beaten. Comment.

SAVED! Park worker was the hero when shots were fired

Park Slope: A heroic city employee protected 50 people, most of them tykes, in a Prospect Heights playground after two shots were fired in their direction on Jan. 9. He told the harrowing story exclusively to The Brooklyn Paper. Comment.

Miles for ales

Nightlife: We always thought drinking was its own reward, but it turns out Park Slope bar Pacfic Standard thinks we need to be further encouraged, so they are pulling a page from the American Express playbook to show loyal patrons that membership does indeed have its privileges. Comment.

Gallery girl

Art: TV’s “Gossip Girl,” which often flubs Brooklyn, makes good with Park Slope sculptor Martha Walker. Comment.

We the People, with carrot juice!

Bay Ridge: The Constitution can make you healthy. That’s the word over at Bay Ridge’s Appletree Natural Foods shop, which, in the spirit of the presidential primary season, has set aside an entire window for a gigantic display of our nation’s founding document. Comments (11).

Coffee talk

Dining: Sandy Miller’s new book, “Cafe Life New York,” takes an in-depth look at 21 New York City coffee shops — six in Brooklyn — and what makes them special. Comment.

Interns wanted!

GO is now interviewing candidates for our spring internship program. Comment.

Artist to fix eyesore with kids’ help

Downtown: The children of DUMBO will help create a massive mural this week to spruce up the ugly corrugated metal wall on Front Street under the Manhattan Bridge. Comments (1).

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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