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Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008

Wreck center: Park Slope armory is empty after $16M rehab

Park Slope: This beautifully restored Park Slope armory may look primed and ready to host track and field meets, but don’t lace up your running shoes just yet. Comments (3).

Sister act

Books: While the country titters over the downward spirals of pop stars and mom-strosities, those scandals pale in comparison to the maelstrom of publicity that surrounded Brooklyn Heights preacher Henry Ward Beecher 130 years ago. In her new book, “Harriet and Isabella,” author Patricia O’Brien uses the scandal as the backdrop for her historical fiction. Comment.

Heath Ledger, 28

Actor Heath Ledger’s former Boerum Hill neighbors streamed to the Hoyt Street home he once shared with actress Michelle Williams in the hours after the star’s sudden death in Manhattan on Tuesday at age 28. Comments (3).

Death of an era: Scotto no longer group’s ‘Buddy’

Carroll Gardens: A neighborhood group’s macabre tradition of meeting in a local funeral home has passed away. Comment.

Romance at Amy’s without booze

Amorous couples will dine on sauteed chicken liver on Valentine’s Day at the new Amy Ruth’s on Fulton Mall — but if they need booze to get in that romantic mood, they’ll have to go somewhere else because the well-known Harlem soul food restaurant won’t have its liquor license when it opens on Feb. 14. Comments (1).

‘Matzo’ bawl: Booted tenants had just an hour to get their stuff

Williamsburg: Scores of loft dwellers only got an hour to retrieve possessions from their apartments at 475 Kent Ave., the building that was evacuated by the city on Sunday night. Comment.

Heights bombmaker is tied to rash of swastika graffiti

Downtown: Cops managed to solve two crimes in one last week, when a man who turned his Brooklyn Heights apartment into a bomb-making factory later confessed to scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti throughout the neighborhood in a crime that had been unsolved since September. Comment.

Politics

How a Brooklyn butcher KO’d FDR

Politics: A Brooklyn Heights author tells how a kosher butcher in Brooklyn, playing David to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Goliath, faced off against the federal government and won. Comments (3).

A five-for-all to replace DeBlasio

Politics: Whoever takes over for Councilman Bill DeBlasio (D–Cobble Hill) will have some big shoes to fill — literally. The NBA-sized DeBlasio is term-limited out of the district, but already five candidates have stepped up to represent the 39th Council district. Comment.

Three-way for Yassky’s seat in Heights, W’burg

Politics: At the moment, there are only three Democratic candidates vying to replace term-limited Councilman David Yassky and represent a sprawling district that stretches from Greenpoint to Park Slope. Comments (2).

He’s Dollar Bill

Politics: Councilman Bill DeBlasio is running away with the race to succeed Borough President Markowitz — the money race, that is. Comment.

Not a waste of time

Editorial: Lawsuits against Atlantic Yards are not a delay tactic, but a legitimate search for the truth about this shady back-room deal. Comment.

Dem boss wants to take Pfizer site

Williamsburg: Drug giant Pfizer has slammed a proposal by two state assemblymen to seize the company’s abandoned Williamsburg plant. Comments (4).

Feel the Byrne

TV: Brooklyn Heights actor Gabriel Byrne stars in HBO’s latest drama, “In Treatment,” and grows as a conflicted shrink. Comment.

Other Voices

Yes, the pain is exquisite, thanks

Brooklyn Angle: Chapter two in our columnist’s series about his broken ankle. This week: His doctor blows him off! Comments (4).

All drawn out

Perspective: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comments (1).

How Jacobs would view Yards

Perspective: What would Jane Jacobs have thought of Atlantic Yards? Now we know. Comments (1).

The waffles are here!

PS … I Love You: Our Park Slope columnist explores the soon-to-explode Belgian waffle scene. Comments (2).

Sympathy for Gersh’s ankle, congrats on Paper award

Letters: Our mailbag is filled with sympathy for our hobbled editor in chief, plus letters about immigrants, the aborted plan to put a middle school in the House of Detention, and the Navy Yard’s supermarket plan. Comments (2).

Lies on stage

Music: “We just wanted the most meaningless title we could come up with,” said Liars singer Angus Andrew about his band’s recently released fourth record. “And that was the name of our band.” Now Liars are returning to Brooklyn after fleeing for New Jersey, Berlin and Los Angeles. Comment.

Ferry bad news: Another line runs aground

Just one month after the shutdown of winter service between north Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York Water Taxi said it will suspend winter service from the 58th Street Pier in Sunset Park’s Brooklyn Army Terminal. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Bar fight is brewing on Hoyt Street

Carroll Gardens: Plans for a bar and grill on Hoyt Street have shattered the calm on the mainly residential street with neighbors saying the would-be bar-owner is trying to create a new Smith Street in the midst of their quiet corner of Carroll Gardens. Comments (15).

Tempest-uous

Theater: Since its founding in 1972, The Acting Company has stages 127 productions all over the world. And on Jan. 27, its newest show, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” will premiere in Brooklyn. Comment.

SPEAK UP! Bloggers will tell all about thefts, but don’t tell cops

Park Slope: It turns out that cops in the 78th Precinct are not aware of any spike in identity thefts, despite weeks of blog frenzy over the elusive crime. Comments (3).

Shattered

Park Slope: A 33-year-old man never knew what hit him on Jan. 16 when a perp bashed him from behind on Union Street and stole his wallet — but the good news is that the thug was later arrested, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Horrifying attack on Bklyn Bridge bicyclist

Downtown: A bicyclist was robbed and pummeled by a gang of teenagers on the Brooklyn Bridge footpath on Jan. 16. Plus all the other crime from Brooklyn Heights, Downtown and DUMBO’s 84th Precinct. Comments (1).

Park mugging

Williamsburg: A 13-year-old girl was mugged as she walked through McCarren Park on Jan. 17. Plus all the other crime from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

School scuffle

Fort Greene: A fight broke out in a elementary school auditorium on Jan. 18 — which would be normal enough except that both of the participants were parents. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Three on one

Park Slope: Three teenagers mugged a 34-year-old woman shortly at around 5 pm on Jan. 21. Plus all the other crime news from Prospect Heights’s 77th Precinct. Comment.

Winsome Newsom

Music: While some of the borough’s more devout rockers might scoff at the idea of packing a club to hear an orchestra play, those in the know are clamoring to get tickets to the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s Jan. 31 show. Comment.

ROBBED! Art space loses its security equipment to thieves

Williamsburg: Galapagos, the Williamsburg arts haven that is rehabbing an old stables for a move to DUMBO, was robbed of almost $300,000 worth of security devices that were supposed to keep its future home protected, cops said. Comments (5).

Smash ’n’ grab

Carroll Gardens: A burglar broke a window to invade a woman’s Union Street home and steal her purse on Jan. 16. Plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (1).

INVASION! He breaks into home hours after mugging someone

Williamsburg: An armed thug claiming that he had just stabbed someone, robbed two Williamsburg women after forcing his way into their South Fourth Street apartment on Jan. 19. Comment.

Caper foiled

Williamsburg: Police arrested two young men on Jan. 20 as the perps tried to steal copper pipes from a construction site. Comment.

On camera

Bay Ridge: A thief stole a high-tech camera from a 92nd Street medical office. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

Totally ‘Rad’

Nightlife: Williamsburg’s Radegast biergarten offers dozens of bottled and draft beers, schnitzel and buxom servers in dirndls. Prost! Comment.

Taste for travel

Dining: Visit any of these eateries and you can dine like a globetrotter without leaving the borough. Comment.

Golden Triangle

Dining: In a town with plenty of hole-in-the-wall, so-so Mexican joints, Piramide delivers carefully seasoned “modern Mexican” cuisine in a warm setting. Comments (3).

Space place

Art: With its annual tour of open galleries and thriving art scene, Gowanus is on its way to being the next DUMBO. And on Feb. 1, the ‘hood will get another step closer with the opening of the Gowanus Studio Space. Comment.

Makeover comes to Ridge stores

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge businesses better start keeping up appearances if they want to stay competitive, says the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Comment.

Let’s be Frank

Cinema: GO Brooklyn catches up with “Saw” and “The Italian Job” star Franky G., a Williamsburg native whose first feature film is airing on PBS Channel 13 on Saturday, Feb. 2. Comments (1).

Your family

An Old Mom Friend stirs mom nerves

Smartmom: Smartmom runs into an old mom friend — and the anxieties come back to her. Comment.

Family Calendar

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

Little theater to expand

Downtown: The Brooklyn Heights Cinema, which is believed to be the last twin moviehouse in Brooklyn, will soon add two screens. Comment.

Vito wants probe of ‘Ammo Bay’

Politics: Another big gun — this time Rep. Vito Fossella — has come out against a city plan to build a garbage-transfer station along Gravesend Bay — and says the plan could literally blow up in the city’s face. Comments (1).

Downtown’s kaffee klatsch

Downtown: A new bookstore and café opened last week on the City Tech campus Downtown, but the public is going to have to wait at least a week more before they can partake of the gourmet coffee and organic snacks. Comment.

Not so fast: Lack of cash stalls B77 to Manhattan

Carroll Gardens: The long-dreamed-of direct bus link between Red Hook and Lower Manhattan has been approved, but it won’t be funded until the MTA decides if it has the money. Comment.

4W comes full circle

Fort Greene: 4W Circle of Art and Enterprise, the Fulton Street arts “incubator” that will, after nearly two decades, close at the end of the month, has one last gift for the community (and one last marketing opportunity for its resident artist-merchants): a bittersweet blow-out party on Jan. 27. 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. Comments (3).

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