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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

City may wash hands of Slope bath

Park Slope: A Park Slope building designed to house a Jewish ritual bath — a mikvah — faces revocation of its construction permit after the Buildings Department challenged the sponsor’s plans to have hotel units and a conference center on site. Comments (3).

Bikers win a battle Downtown

Mean Streets: Bike riders won a huge victory in their ongoing battle with drivers for control of the roadways as the city painted a new bike lane on busy Smith and Jay streets. Comments (1).

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Here it is: our print edition!

Page 1: This week’s typeset version of The Brooklyn Paper is a veritable collector’s edition, packed with more on the bike-car war, Brooklyn’s reaction to the financial meltdown, the declining health of Long Island College Hospital and an editorial about everyone’s favorite cheerleader, Borough President Markowitz. And as we say in the newsroom, “Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn!” Comment.

On the edge

Brooklyn is getting anxious about the Wall Street crisis — here are some snapshots from a borough on the brink. Comments (1).

Marty: Don’t question me!

Perspective: Our editorial board thinks Borough President Markowitz needs to provide answers. Comments (2).

Pedestrians are the latest road warriors

This majority will be silent no more. Comments (3).

Very good Ames

Books: Author Jonathan Ames is back — this time with a racy, randy, raucous new graphic novel, “The Alcoholic.” Is it about him? What do you think? Comment.

Deaf in DUMBO

DUMBO: Now hear this: DUMBO may be the city’s most-fashionable neighborhood, but the arty area down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass is so noisy that even its own community association president just moved away because she couldn’t take it anymore. Comments (5).

It’s true — ignorance is bliss

The Search: Our columnist learns the most important life lesson after a break-up: stop trying to learn important life lessons after a break-up. Comments (1).

All drawn out

Cartoon: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming looks at the declining health of Long Island College Hospital. Comment.

Jane tries another go-round with carousel

Bridge ‘Park’: Jane Walentas — wife of DUMBO megadeveloper David Walentas — is ramping up an effort to get her pet project, a 1920s-era carousel, included in the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park development site. Comments (1).

Pour it on

Dining: Anyone who’s seen “Sideways” knows the basics of wine tasting — swirl glass, stick in nose, inhale — but how do you go about tasting a Jim Beam? Or a Basil Hayden’s, for that matter? Comment.

Arty development

Waiting in the Wings: Our weekly roundup of upcoming theatrical productions. Comment.

Hookers to get BJ’s in a mall

Red Hook: The BJ’s Wholesale Club destined for the Red Hook waterfront might be part of a six-level shopping plaza with several other stores and even some residential units, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (17).

Booze news

Shopping: Soon, Windsor Terrace will have a little more Beaujolais and a little less boxed wine. Comment.

A regular Joe’s

Shopping: By the time you read this, Trader Joe’s will be open at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street. Yes, that sound was your stomach grumbling. Comment.

Mets stink — but teach kids lesson

Dooley Noted: Our columnist explains why the Mets’ futility is good for kids. Comment.

Board says ‘No’ to less ‘No Parking’

Fort Greene: A key neighborhood panel voted against a city proposal to change alternate-side-of-the-street parking schedules in Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene and Downtown for fear that streets would become filthy parking lots for out-of-towners. Comments (1).

Surge rejector

Bensonhurst: A string of summer blackouts on Bay 46th Street could have killed a lung-damaged woman — so her son turned their backyard into a miniature power plant. Comment.

Torah, torah, torah!

Prospect Heights: It may have looked like a wedding processional, but this “father of the bride” was giving away a new torah. Comment.

1,500 bottles of beer on the wall

Shopping: A Fifth Avenue grocery is uncapping a new strategy to tap into Greenwood Heights’ shifting demographics — widening its already expansive beer selection. Comments (1).

Arrest-aurant row

Fort Greene: A criminal tormenting Fort Greene merchants with burglaries and vandalism for months defaced one restaurateur twice over the past week and tried to break into a second eatery. Comment.

This soldier’s story is pro-Palin

Letters: A soldier goes after Smartmom, plus other letters on Grand Army Plaza, term limits and failed congressional candidate Kevin Powell. Comment.

New Orlean

Books: Susan Orlean’s first children’s book started out as a joke. Comment.

Oral text

Park Slope: A Park Slope high school is looking for a few good old men (and women). Comment.

Thieves fighting plaque

Greenpoint: Thieves stole two bronze plaques from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Sept. 9 — capping off a string of plaque thefts that left five Williamsburg and Greenpoint houses of worship and one park missing commemorative signs. Comment.

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment.

Civic calendar

Event: All the local events you should be going to. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Yassky: Advertising is garbage!

As if advertising wasn’t trashy enough, a city councilman now wants to sell ad space on city garbage cans, saying that the plan could reap $2.5 million. Comments (3).

Happy New Year — now, atone!

Jews all over the world — and, more important, Brooklyn — will ring in the year 5769 on Monday night, marking the beginning of the holiest period in the Jewish calendar. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Hospital boss: We’ll close peds and dentistry wings, too! LICH in deep trouble

Cobble Hill: After the maternity wing got axed, Long Island College Hospital is now facing the closing of its pediatrics and dentistry wings, hospital administrators announced on Monday. Comments (4).

The last sipper! Starbucks man loses his fight to save Ridge store

Shopping: Starbucks just served one of its most-loyal customers a double shot of disappointment. Comments (4).

Photo of the week: No Park(ing) Day

Williamsburg: Here’s how one group of anti-car activists celebrated No Park(ing) Day in Williamsburg. Comment.

Smartmom in the morning

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist tries to get her family going in the morning. It’s not easy being mean. Comments (1).

Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

City: Smite the ‘Green’ Church

Bay Ridge: The city has paved the way for the destruction of the so-called “Green Church,” issuing a demolition permit that answers the prayers of a congregation that has long sought to tear down its historic house of worship. Comment.

In the land of Hawaiian shirts! Inside Trader Joe’s

Shopping: The Brooklyn Paper takes you inside the new Trader Joe’s in Cobble Hill, five days before the store’s grand opening on Friday. With video … Comments (3).

Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Marty is in Israel! Beep says he’s there for tourism business, not sightseeing

Politics: Borough President Markowitz was in Israel this week promoting tourism between Brooklyn and the Jewish state, he told The Brooklyn Paper. Comment.

Mike is Bloomy’s McMahon!

Bay Ridge: Yet another Republican — well, sort of — has endorsed Democratic Councilman Mike McMahon for the Bay Ridge congressional seat long held by the GOP. Comment.

LICH docs: We can save this hospital!

Cobble Hill: Disaffected doctors, nurses and technicians at financially troubled Long Island College Hospital say they can restore the Cobble Hill medical center to profitability without closing any departments or selling any real estate, as the hospital’s management says it must do to stay afloat. Comment.

Blooming good! ‘Underpants’ is a hit

Theater: What should you do this weekend? You should see “The Underpants” at the Gallery Players in Park Slope, says our reviewer. Comment.

‘Green’ church is coming down; blame game continues

Bay Ridge: The wrecking ball is about to swing, but the finger pointing over the coming demolition of Fourth Avenue’s beloved “Green Church” is already in full motion. Comments (6).

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