Page 1: This week’s print version of The Brooklyn Paper is yet another collector’s edition, featuring exclusives (like Mike McLaughlin’s story on Long Island College Hospital), great news stories (like Sarah Portlock’s story about a smokey new hotel Downtown) and all the other features (Smartmom! Calendars! Police blotters!) that you get every week in Brooklyn’s real newspaper. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.
Bridge ‘Park’: Pier 3 along the Brooklyn Heights waterfront will play host to a massive block party on Saturday night — but residents in the quiet hilltop community nearby are already complaining about the noise. Comment.
Bridge ‘Park’: A key — and much-hyped — design element of the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park development that would have created Boardwalk-like promenades over the East River has been quietly abandoned by state officials who deemed it harmful to aquatic life. Comments (5).
Politics: On Tuesday night, tens of millions of Americans watched the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. With that many people engaged in something so big, you can be sure that The Brooklyn Paper’s “Best Community Newspaper Political Team in the Whole Darn Business” was out on the beat, watching the debate, too. Here is our exclusive full-team coverage. Comment.
Mean Streets: The public has spoken: Grand Army Plaza should be completely transformed to once again connect it to Prospect Park, bury Flatbush Avenue underneath a land bridge, and make pedestrians, not cars, the dominant users. Comments (3).
Event: It’s the end of the vine for Feliz Red. The popular red table wine — a 2005 vintage created exclusively by Park Slope liquor store Red, White and Bubbly — has sold out. Your last chance to get a bottle is this Thursday. Comment.
Event: When the economy tanks, what else is there to do but play Bingo? That’s how Spencer Rothschild explained the new “Bingo Night” at his popular Barrio restaurant on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. Comments (1).
Downtown plan: At long last, Brooklyn will soon get its own Abolition trail, thanks to a just-announced $3-million project to commemorate the borough’s rich history in the battle against slavery. Comment.
Mean Streets: Merchants and pedestrians on Myrtle Avenue are calling for the city to fix a hazardous stretch that forces straphangers to straddle a narrow median between two lanes of traffic while they wait for buses. Comment.
Podcast: Senior Reporter Mike McLaughlin is marking his one-year anniversary at The Brooklyn Paper today, Oct. 8. In this exclusive video, he looks back on the great stories he covered with his boss, Editor Gersh Kuntzman. With video … Comment.
Vox Pop: A Saturday Greenmarket is blooming in Bay Ridge, offering grocery-starved neighbors a satiating solace after the shuttering of a beloved Key Food. Here’s a breakdown of the farmers and food purveyors who will be hawking their wares at the corner of Third Avenue and 95th Street from 8 am until 5 pm every Saturday until December. Comments (1).
Politics: Brownstone Brooklyn pols in city and state government are on the front lines of the battle to stop Mayor Bloomberg from getting a third term — but their motives might have as much to do with their own political ambition as it does with civic virtue. Comments (5).
Mean Streets: Traffic was finally back to normal this morning, almost 18 hours after a truck exploded in a collision in the Queens-bound lanes on the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway underneath Columbia Heights. Comment.
Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, everyone’s favorite Park Slope mom finds herself traumatized about the prospect of babysitting for her 4-year-old niece. Comments (1).
Art: Our correspondent, Merritt Gurley, headed to DUMBO last week for the Art Under the Bridges festival to figure out the age-old question, “What is art?” Along the way, she meets artists, sees finished work and even licks a salt sculpture. With video … Comments (1).
Downtown: State Supreme Court judges have agreed to no longer park their cars on a walkway in Columbus Park — yet hours later, went ahead and seized an entirely different part of the park for their automobiles. Comments (5).
Mean Streets: Skateboarders are leading a push to turn a Boerum Hill park into a sanctuary for their gnarly tricks as an alternative to Brooklyn’s mean streets — but their dreams of “carving up the bowl” aren’t likely to happen unless someone comes up with some big bucks. Comments (2).