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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

Terminated! Biggest loser in Council vote is democracy

Politics: The biggest loser in the City Council vote to rescind term limits was democracy. Click below for our full coverage.

It’s our print edition — online!

Page 1: Not to sound snarky, but we’ve done it again! Our print edition — available wherever fine free newspapers are distributed — is jam packed with great stories, including an interview with “Daily Show” star and Park Sloper John Hodgman, full coverage of the disastrous term-limit battle, our Decision 2008 special, a preview of Sunday’s Marathon and, of course, all our comprehensive calendars. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Mike McMahon for Congress

Editorial: Often on Election Day, the voters’ choice boils down to which of the two candidates is the least objectionable. Fortunately, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst voters have a chance to cast their ballots for a worthy candidate for Congress on Tuesday, Nov. 4: Councilman Mike McMahon. Comments (1).

LICH official speaks!

Checkin’ in with: Our exclusive interview with the head of Long Island College Hospital’s “restructuring” — which critics think will be the death of the 150-year-old hospital. It’s an interview you’ll read nowhere else but The Brooklyn Paper. Comment.

Marathon, man

Event: Neighborhood by neighborhood, we tell you the best places to relax after taking part in the the excruciating task of watching people run! Comment.

Hedge Hodgman

Books: Author John Hodgman, whose new book, “More Information than You Require,” is out this week, sits down with The Brooklyn Paper to talk about being on TV, his Apple ads and his ascension to minor celebrity status. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: This week, our award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming offers his view on the Council term-limit vote. Comment.

Unknown legends! Brooklyn Rocks fest features great unknowns

Music: For a handful of hungry local rockers, the key to indie superstardom might be a classic, high-school-auditorium-style battle of the bands. Comment.

Sex, lies and audiotape

Art: They say phone sex is anonymous. But in DUMBO this week, a one-night-only photo exhibition pulls back the covers on the delights of dialing-up. Comments (1).

Ratner no king for queens

Downtown: They’re here, they’re queer — and they’re going to build a place of their own with or without Bruce Ratner’s help! Comment.

Tiki your fancy

Dining: Spencer Rothschild has a dream to make the corner of Fifth Avenue and President Street in Park Slope into a “Latin American beach resort.” Comment.

City plan not Coney baloney: The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: Our mailbag contained a response from the commissioner of City Planning about our recent Coney Island editorial. We thank her for joining our spirited debate. Comment.

Nobody asked me …

Dooley Noted: The world’s foremost authority on puppetry and mime gives his annual “Nobody asked me, but … ” column. Comments (1).

Marty’s Yards slip is showing

Atlantic Yards: One of Borough President Markowitz’s top staffers revealed on Monday that the deal to bring the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn is as much of a sure thing as Shaquille O’Neal is from the foul line. Comments (4).

Goldblum’s in Bay Ridge!

TV: What was this mega-star doing in Bay Ridge? Comment.

Fort Greene fest will honor ‘forgotten’ heros

Fort Greene: One Pulitzer Prize-winning author has replaced another as the marquee name on the upcoming centennial for the Prison Ship Martyrs Memorial in Fort Greene Park. Comment.

Heights anxiety! Locals want Prospect Heights named a historic district

Prospect Heights: If there’s a knock at your door in the next six months from a formally dressed man or woman, don’t assume it’s the Jehovah’s Witnesses — it may be someone from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Comment.

‘Hollywood’ style

Fashion: Finally, Greenpoint is a destination for more than just hot kielbasa. Comments (2).

Final debate for Heights Senate seat

Brooklyn Heights: A Republican candidate for the Brooklyn Heights state Senate seat took his last licks at favored Democratic newcomer Daniel Squadron during a debate on Tuesday night, charging that Squadron is part of the same “Democratic machine” that clogs up legislation in Albany — but Squadron sat quietly, knowing that his general election victory was all but guaranteed when he won the Democratic primary in September. Comment.

Salad days! Two new groceries to open in Downtown

Downtown: Bucking a citywide trend, Downtown is about to get two new grocery stores. Comments (2).

Ridge crime wave breaks

Bay Ridge: The surge is working! Comments (2).

SRO rises

Park Slope: Developers of a controversial South Slope SRO broke ground this week on a building that will house 48 low-income residents — including formerly homeless individuals and people with mental illnesses — in the midst of a gentrifying neighborhood. Comments (1).

Crash smash!

Mean Streets: A silver sedan smashed into a real estate office on the corner of 88th Street and Third Avenue on Oct. 25, hospitalizing the driver. Comment.

The Brooklyn Paper enhances print edition

The Brooklyn Paper will resume home delivery in several Brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods later this month and will deploy newsboxes in strategic on-the-street locations, Publisher Ed Weintrob announced on Thursday. Comments (1).

Civic calendar

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

Our exclusive family calendar!

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

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

Bill fold! DeBlasio to avoid Marty and run for public advocate instead

Politics: Councilman Bill DeBlasio has abandoned his bid to become the next borough president and will run for public advocate instead — an indication that incumbent Beep, Marty Markowitz, will likely cruise to a third term. Comments (5).

City draws the line against feds

Downtown: A de facto 38th Parallel in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn has emerged along Cadman Plaza East between the federal courthouse and the city’s Office of Emergency Management building. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008

Five shot in Ft. Greene

Fort Greene: The two gunmen who killed another man and wounded four bystanders — including an off-duty cop — in a Fulton Street beauty parlor in a classic rubout on Monday afternoon remain at large, cops said on Thursday. Comments (2).

Election special! Debates in two Bay Ridge races

Bay Ridge: Democratic and Republican candidates for a Bay Ridge congressional seat and a Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights assembly seat came to The Brooklyn Paper’s DUMBO offices seeking our endorsement. Click below to watch videos of the two debates.

Revolution blues

Theater: Our reviewer is shell-shocked by how bad the new play at The Brick Theater is. Comments (2).

‘Mr. Brownstone’ is dead

Cobble Hill: Santo Matarazzo, who lived on the same Carroll Gardens block since arriving from Italy in the 1950s — and then set about fixing the neighborhood brownstone by brownstone — died on Oct. 23 of cancer. The sculptor, artist, handyman, landlord and beloved neighbor was 79. Comments (5).

Holy Moses! Rabbi and CEO have Wall Street fix

Books: A Brooklyn Heights rabbi has obviously learned a lesson from his faith’s comedians — his new book about the economy (of all things!) certainly has great timing. Comment.

Dad is gone, but Smartmom has his car

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom remembers her dad through his Suburu. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 27, 2008

Toll’s Canal project moves forward

Gowanus: The first large, mixed-income housing project on the banks of the polluted Gowanus Canal scored a key first victory last Thursday night in the lengthy public approval process for the controversial development. Comments (3).

Mystery of Greenpoint ring is solved

Greenpoint: The mystery of the peculiar tone of Greenpoint has been solved! Comments (9).

Merry-go-DUMBO for Ohio group

DUMBO: Gene Juillierat saw the horse and started crying. Comments (3).

Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Saturday and Sunday

Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Tragedy at Farrell’s as owner takes life

Windsor Terrace: An owner of the legendary Windsor Terrace watering hole Farrell’s Bar and Grill committed suicide last week — and regulars say they never saw it coming. Comments (2).

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