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Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

Our print version — online!

Page 1: This week’s print edition of the Brooklyn Paper is a juggernaut — but you can enjoy it all online right here. Catch all our great exclusives, including a scandal involving one of Brooklyn’s most-prominent Christmas trees! Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

It’s trench warfare as city eyes quick BQE fix

Mean Streets: The notorious trench portion of the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway would be cleaned up and beautified under a less-than-ambitious proposal put forward by the city late last month. Comments (11).

It’s tree-son!

Downtown: If you think the 15-foot Christmas tree in the Metrotech Commons looks too good to believe, you’re right. Comments (2).

Locals want BQE cover-up

Carroll Gardens: In the greatest reunification project since East and West Germany, residents of Carroll Gardens and the Columbia Waterfront District want to reconnect neighborhoods that were split by a trench portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in the 1950s — but do so without supporting Mayor Bloomberg’s vision of high rises on decks over the sunken highway. Comments (5).

Expert: Other economic shoe to drop when those bonuses don’t come in

You think the economy is bad now? Wait for the other shoe to drop, a leading economist warned last week. Comment.

The fake trolley is back!

A free trolley will shuttle tourists into and around the borough’s heart — but the retooling is really a revamping of a sorely underused version that ended its ignominious run last summer. Comment.

Trim Marty’s fat

Editorial: Our editorial board supports cuts to the borough president’s office — but opposes recent calls to eliminate the office altogether. Comments (2).

Obama’s mirror: Park Slope photographer followed Barack for two years

Books: Park Slope photojournalist Scout Tufankjian spent two years on the bus with Barack Obama. Now she’s $32,000 in debt, but has a priceless book coming out next week. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming clearly doesn’t think there’s reason for outrage over the closing of East River State Park for January, February and March. Comment.

Ready, Set, Gondry!

Cinema: Filmmaker Michel Gondry isn’t trying to teach people how to make movies — he just believes we don’t have to rely on Hollywood for all our fun. Comment.

‘House’ proud

TV: Workers from “This Old House” are gutting a Prospect Heights brownstone as part of the long-running home improvement show’s first New York project — but this is not a free ride for homeowners Kevin Costello and Karen Shen. Comment.

Shoppers to Bloomy: Bag this!

Brooklynites have one thing to say to Mayor Bloomberg: Please don’t tax our plastic shopping bags! Comments (2).

Two views of New York

Williamsburg: One of the best views in Brooklyn costs $1.15 million — $300,000 more than one of the best views OF Brooklyn. Comment.

‘Black’ is beautiful

Art: A new photography exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum will enjoy, to say the least, good timing. Comment.

Walentas project prepares to ‘Dock’

DUMBO: A proposed middle school in DUMBO seems headed to victory even before the public-review process begins next week. Comments (1).

Pol positions: Two neighborhoods, two candidates

Politics: Brooklyn went overwhelmingly for Barack Obama in last week’s election — but one micro-neighborhoods in our coverage area supported Obama even more than the borough itself, while another gave McCain a landslide. Click below for our reports from the field.

State park to close

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The state will close the East River State Park — the Northside’s only waterfront park — from January through March because of monetary woes. Comment.

Shell shocker! Oysters thrive in our dirty water

Oysters are flourishing in the dirty waters off Brooklyn, but these bivalves aren’t bound for the raw bar. Comments (3).

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual, this time with letters on Barack Obama’s historic win, the end of term limits, the death of the Green Church in Bay Ridge, our supposed homophobic headline, a schism in the Jewish community, Ratner’s ongoing problems and dogs in Prospect Park. Comments (1).

Pols riding the Chisholm trail

Fort Greene: One week after Barack Obama broke a major racial barrier, Brooklyn pols shined a light on one of their own, former Rep. Shirley Chisholm, who knocked down several racial and gender obstacles in her time. Comment.

Hey, kids: Read!

Parenting: Having trouble getting that whippersnapper to turn off the video games or turn down the iPod? Head to the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday for a good ol’ fashioned form of entertainment: reading! Comment.

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.

Business briefs

Advertorial: Merchant news from our advertisers. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

Say hay! Horse path patched up

Park Slope: Part of Prospect Park’s rocky and dangerous horseback riding trail is getting a much-needed makeover. Comment.

Bike Ferris wheel loses!

Mean Streets: An ambitious plan to create a 10-story bike storage Ferris wheel towering over the Smith-Ninth Street F-train station was narrowly defeated in an architecture competition by a less-spectacular, but admittedly more-realistic, design on Monday night. Comment.

Simcha speaks!

Books: Simcha Weinstein has done it again. The hippest, coolest Hasidic rabbi in the city — he has his own Web site, even! — has come out with another book about pop culture. Comment.

Get your Gersh on

TV: Our editor, Gersh Kuntzman, was once again in the moderator chair for Brooklyn Independent Television’s premier show, “Reporter Rountable.” Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008

Big meeting, few answers for LICH

Cobble Hill: Brooklynites turned up in droves at Borough Hall on Monday night to express their dismay at the problems at cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital, which has announced plans to shutter its maternity, pediatrics and dentistry wards, laid off 100 workers and said it will sack 200 more before the bleeding stops. Comments (4).

Morton’s sets the date; steakhouse to open on Nov. 21

Dining: Morton’s is best known for its $53 porterhouses, but when the chain’s first Brooklyn location opens on Nov. 21, its bar will actually be a great place to ride out the recession. Yes, we are talking about three cheeseburgers for $6. Comments (2).

Smartmom isn’t blue about OSFO’s hair

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, the Oh So Feisty One colors her hair turquoise — and Smartmom is pleased. Comments (1).

Super stores

Shopping: Ricky’s, the edgy drugstore and makeup emporium, isn’t letting a downturn in the economy stop the party. In fact, it’s expanding. Comment.

Ridgites still live in smell hell

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge residents are sick of a foul smell that has plagued the neighborhood for years — and they’re still making a big stink about it. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 10, 2008

TKT-yes! Downtown discount booth now open on Saturdays

Theater: The new Saturday hours at the half-price Broadway ticket booth in Metrotech are a hit. Comment.

City dumps Hook pier plan

Red Hook: The city quietly sank its plan for redeveloping a piece of the Red Hook waterfront with a marina, entertainment offering and hotels, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comment.

City to Marty: Lighten up Brooklyn

Fear and loathing pervades Borough President Markowitz’s office in the wake of another round of cutbacks ordered by Mayor Bloomberg that will hand pink slips to six more staffers and, more important, drastically reduce the pot of taxpayer money that Markowitz gets to dole out to his hand-picked groups. Comments (4).

Friday, Nov. 7, 2008

The Fourth Avenue fix!

Mean Streets: Can anyone fix this lousy intersection? Comments (2).

Malcolm Chesney — who saved Brooklyn — is dead

Brooklyn Heights: Malcolm McKay Chesney, Jr., who was integral in saving Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope from overdevelopment by encouraging people to fix up brownstones in the 1960s, died in his Heights home on Oct. 30 of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87. Comment.

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.

Serial Ridge burglar nabbed! 

Bay Ridge: Cops nabbed an expert burglar suspected of breaking into at least 36 Bay Ridge homes and almost single-handedly sparking a crime wave that terrified residents of the neighborhood’s bucolic blocks. Comments (3).

Albee damned! City wants to cut traffic in unused plaza

Downtown: The city wants to close a part of DeKalb Avenue to expand the Albee Square pedestrian plaza at the triangular intersection of Fulton Mall, DeKalb and Bond Street Comment.

Joni Bollinger Kimball, sister of former Paper editor

Joni Bollinger Kimball, a former Brooklyn Paper employee and sister of our one-time editor, Ann Bollinger Burke, died suddenly last Monday, Oct. 27. She was 44. Comment.

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