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Monday, Aug. 11, 2008

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming points his rapier pen at Bruce Ratner’s false promises at Atlantic Yards. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 8, 2008

Cyclone makes the Mets — a video tribute

Podcast: Our Eye of the Storm team takes you back to a great performance by former Cyclone closer — now New York Met — Eddie Kunz! With video … Comment.

Dog day in Brooklyn Heights

Bloomy in the ’Hood: A fifth pet store in the neighborhood has tails wagging and humans talking. Comments (1).

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008

Here it is, our print edition!

Page 1: We know you’ve been enjoying our daily updates, but everyone also loves our weekly print-only edition. In this week’s copy of “Brooklyn’s real newspaper,” you’ll find stories about new delays and new legal challenges to Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-project, the stunning cancelation of the long-awaited soapbox derby, a salt-water-spewing killing machine/public art project and our columnist’s counter take on the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” contest. And there’s lots more news, features, arts and culture inside, so join us every week! Comment.

Art attack! Waterfalls are killing DUMBO trees

DUMBO: The city’s hottest new public art project is killing trees at Brooklyn’s internationally beloved River Cafe. Comments (5).

It’s unconstitutional! Yards foes pull out new ace in the hole

Atlantic Yards: Lawyers for a declining number of holdout residents of the Atlantic Yards footprint may have found the silver bullet in their ongoing battle against state plans to condemn properties for developer Bruce Ratner: the state Constitution. Comments (7).

This law is trash

Editorial: Our editorial board weighs in on the city’s new anti-flier law — one that will create more trash than the pamphlets and menus it seeks to prevent. Comments (3).

Galapagos revealed

Nightlife: As the morbidly obese performance artist struggled mightily to tug his (her?) girdle over nearly nude acres of cellulite, the crowd at the newly opened Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO sat in rapt fascination on Tuesday night. Comment.

It’s the pits! ‘Greenest’ block contest mired in muck

Brooklyn Angle: I came to compost Eighth Street, not to praise it. Yes, I was there on Wednesday, when the gray expanse between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West was named the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Comments (1).

Myrtle by numbers

Shopping: Our borough’s newest outdoor bazaar — the Brooklyn Urban Arts Market — proved that it could weather any storm when its cabanas survived the wind and rain of its opening day in Clinton Hill last month. In fact, the resilient organizers, vendors, shoppers and musicians of this unique Myrtle Avenue market are determined to return on Aug. 10 with more of the same original, handcrafted wares that set them apart from Kings County’s other flea markets. Comments (1).

Sneaked! Store owner ties up Nike fans

Park Slope: They spent four days and nights on line outside a Fifth Avenue store to buy the hottest sneakers ever to be designed in Brooklyn, but six kids went home on Tuesday with nothing but a newfound sense of bitterness and the same shoes they came in. Comments (9).

Lawyer: Busy chef a ‘patsy’ — and not the first

Brooklyn Heights: Alleged Busy Chef scammer Dan Kaufman’s lawyer says his client was just a “patsy” who fell victim to a shadowy Brooklyn Heights lawyer who makes a career out of repeatedly opening, closing and reopening restaurants in the same locations. Comments (9).

‘Flash’ back

Fitness: On Saturday night, Lola Staar’s Dreamland Roller Rink in Coney Island threw an opening extravaganza that drew a crowd attired in nothing less than their finest sequins, day-glo wigs and retro attire. And the pageantry continues on Aug. 9, with “Flashdance” night. Comment.

‘Nuisance’ bar closed! It’s the last dance for Studio B

Nightlife: A Greenpoint nightclub recently condemned by its local community board has now been shut down by the Department of Buildings — but club lawyer Ken Fisher says the club has fixed alleged fire safety violations that led to the failed inspection. Comment.

Pol: Give us raises and we’ll work harder!

Brooklyn Heights: A veteran state Senator is under fire during a heated re-election campaign for calling for massive raises for Albany lawmakers if they’re willing to do what most voters are already forced to do: work full time. Comment.

Baby bust!

Cobble Hill: If Long Island College Hospital goes through with its plan to close its maternity ward, other Brooklyn facilities may not be able to handle the resulting baby boom, a Brooklyn Paper investigation revealed. Comments (9).

‘Future’ fun

Coney Island: This weekend, more than 500 visitors came out for the opening of the Coney Island History Project’s latest show, “The Astroland Archives Photography Exhibit: Back to the Future.” Comment.

Nightmare on Elm! Tree is dead at Botanic Garden

Crown Heights: A Smooth-Leaf Elm, severely injured and clinging to life for four years at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, was cut across its trunk and finally put to rest. Comments (1).

Trio with ‘Brio’

Music: This summer, Sunset Park-based band The Mumbles are playing everywhere from Coney Island to Williamsburg in support of their new EP, “Once EPonymous.” Comments (2).

Cyclones spin Lowell! Take first game of road trip

Cyclones: The Cyclones needed a win on the road — and they got one, thanks to a stellar performance by Pedro Martinez (no, not that one!). Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

New law is paper tiger

The city’s new regulations to help homeowners stem the tide of unwanted menus and fliers from their doorsteps and vestibules may unleash an entirely new round of paperwork and red tape. Comments (2).

Jazz society

Art: Ellis Marsalis and his son, pianist Jason Marsalis, are just two members of jazz society featured in “Kindred Cool: Portraits Inspired by the Jazz Friendship of Ralph Ellison, Romare Bearden and Albert Murray” on display through Sept. 14 at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Fort Greene. Comment.

Family calendar

Event: All the fun you could be having with your family! Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Business briefs

Advertorial: Weekly merchant news from our advertisers. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008

Nets in ’11?

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner has pushed back the New Jersey Nets’ move to Brooklyn again — now saying that the basketball team he owns might not play its first game in an Atlantic Yards arena until the 2011–2012 season. Comments (6).

‘Love’ and death: Suicide near Love Lane

Brooklyn Heights: A 42-year-old Brooklyn Heights man stabbed himself to death in a bathtub on Hicks Street on Tuesday afternoon, cops said. Comment.

Whew! It wasn’t anti-Semitism at shul — just a regular burglary

Brooklyn Heights: A man broke into an often-attacked Remsen Street synagogue early Monday morning — but this time, it was common thievery, not anti-Semitism that appeared to be on the crook’s mind. Comments (1).

It’s Police Blotter Day!

Park Slope: If it’s Wednesday, it must be “Police Blotter” day in at BrooklynPaper.com. Find your neighborhood below, or click above for all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct, where there were lots of really vicious gang attacks. This was a very busy week for Slope gumshoes. Comment.

It’s a gas gas gas

BAM District: Rent-stabilized tenants of a Lafayette Avenue apartment building say their new landlord is trying to harass them from the building so the company can raise rents to market levels. Comments (1).

Help wanted? Blogger tries to aid fired ‘Busted Chef’ workers

Brooklyn Heights: The writer behind the Brooklyn Heights Blog tries to help Busy Chef Dan Kaufman’s fired employees. Comments (2).

It’s a five for all! A quintet of Cyclones are now on the Mets

Ups & Downs: It was quite a weekend for Brooklyn fans who root for former Cyclones to make the majors as Brooklyn alumni Dan Murphy and Eddie Kunz made their debuts with the Mets. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008

CANCELLED! Soapbox derby is scrubbed!

Brooklyn Heights: A Brooklyn Paper Exclusive! The organizer of the annual soapbox derby on Columbia Heights explains why he cancelled this year’s race. Comments (6).

Photo op of the week! Miss USA goes Methodist

Park Slope: Miss USA drops by New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope — and The Brooklyn Paper is there. Of course we were there! Nobody covers ribbon cuttings with Miss USA like The Brooklyn Paper! Comment.

With Quinn, there’s no cheesecake

Politicrasher: We met with Council Speaker Chris Quinn at Junior’s — and all we got was a cup of joe and praise for her work leading the Council. Comments (2).

UGH! Cyclones blow biggest game of the year

Cyclones: With a chance to move just one game behind the first-place Yankees, the Cyclones coughed up a certain win. Now the team is three games back and staring down into the abyss. With video … Comment.

It’s time for the birds and bees

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Park Slope’s uber-parent delves into that most sensitive of topics: the birds and the bees (and, no, this ain’t a nature column!). Comments (3).

Clones lose big

Podcast: Gersh Kuntzman takes you inside the Eye of the Storm and meets with some of the resurgent Brooklyn Cyclones before the team’s back-breaking Monday loss. Well, so much for those optimistic pre-game interviews! With video … Comment.

Monday, Aug. 4, 2008

Cyclones take two of three from Yanks! They’re back in it!

Cyclones: The Cyclones are surging and are back in contention, thanks to taking two of three from the first-place Yanks. Comment.

‘Rein’ ends for Debbie

Shopping: It was that most odd of businesses — an equestrian shop next to the Gowanus Canal. And now, Debbie’s Reins is no more. Comment.

IKEA’s bus on Slope of trouble

Red Hook: IKEA’s shuttle bus problem has now expanded to two locations in Gowanus and Park Slope, where residents have joined their Brooklyn Heights comrades in complaining that the buses are a nuisance. Comments (7).

Friday, Aug. 1, 2008

Frampton lives!

Awesome: Peter Frampton came alive at Coney Island’s Asser Levy Park on Thursday night, belting out some of the live hits that made his “Frampton Comes Alive” LP the greatest live album ever (with the possible exception of “Cheap Trick at Budokan”). Comments (2).

Yassky sings to The Brooklyn Paper!

Politics: City Councilman David Yassky dropped by our DUMBO offices to give us a proclamation and to give us his rendition of Starship’s immortal hit, “We Built this City (On Rock and Roll.” How did the “Singing Councilman” do? Let’s go to the videotape! With video … Comments (1).

Harrison: McMahon garbage plan stinks

Bensonhurst: Congressional hopeful Steve Harrison blasted a city plan for proposing to put a garbage-transfer station in Gravesend — smack in the middle of the congressional district he wants to represent. With video … Comments (1).

Dance off for Studio B

Greenpoint: A Banker Street nightclub that some have likened to a mini “Sodom and Gomorrah,” should not be allowed to expand its repertoire to include dance parties, a community board panel ruled last night. Comments (3).

Harrison stings McMahon

Podcast: Brooklyn Paper Senior Reporter Mike McLaughlin headed to Bensonhurst, where congressional candidate Steve Harrison blasted his Democratic rival, Councilman Mike McMahon, for supporting a waste-management plan that calls for a transfer station along the Bensonhurst waterfront. With video … Comment.

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