Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008

Paper backs Obama, McCain

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper endorses Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. The Brooklyn Paper endorses Sen. John McCain for the Republican presidential nomination. Comments (4).

Jeeves, be a dear and get my laundry

Development: The in-house butler is coming to Brooklyn. Are we ready? Comments (1).

Web Exclusives

Rejected again! Ratner wins yet another big court case

Atlantic Yards: Opponents of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-project vowed to take their fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court hours after a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the developer on Friday morning. Comments (1).

Bid to cut Ratner’s public subsidies fails

Atlantic Yards: The City Council quashed a bid on Wednesday by two Brooklyn politicians to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in city and state subsidies from the Atlantic Yards mega-development. Comments (1).

INDICTED! Bomber and swastika fiend is facing a long time in jail

Downtown: A Brooklyn Heights man — arrested last month for having an apartment filled with bombs that were discovered after he accidentally shot himself — was slapped with a 132-count indictment this week stemming from the explosives and his connection to a swastika graffiti attack in September. Comment.

CG rises up against development

Rezoning: City officials turned aside two parts of a Carroll Gardens Councilman’s three-pronged assault on supposed over-development this week — including the lawmaker’s bid for an immediate moratorium on new construction over 50 feet tall and a call to speed up a proposed downzoning. Comments (1).

Viva el mercado!

Carroll Gardens: The Latin American food vendors in Red Hook Park will continue their struggle with the city to set up stands in a once-outcast location that became a weekend haven for foodies. Comment.

Riders: It’s ferry bad

Transit: Regular passengers on the Sunset Park to Lower Manhattan ferry slammed New York Water Taxi for hastily announcing that it will suspend winter service on Jan. 31. Comments (3).

Other Voices

State of the Union: Kids are back in the ‘Hall’

Smartmom: The owner of Union Hall, the Union Street bocce bar popular with hipsters, rockers and new moms, has changed his mind after a week of criticism for his hastily announced “No kids allowed” policy. Comments (15).

My ankle is having an affair

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist is cheating on his doctor. No wonder! The doctor didn’t even call him back when he complained of “considerable pain.” Comments (1).

Builder of rejected ‘mews’ plan now seeks ‘Amity’

Letters: Our mailbag is filled with letters about a failed development plan on Amity Street; a proposed tower in DUMBO; bus routes through the Battery, Brooklyn Bridge “Park”; Patrick Stewart, the actor; and PrattStore’s new framing business. Comment.

Politics

Primary Thoughts

Politics: Voters across the political spectrum tell why they support their man (or woman). Comment.

GOPers eye McCain after Rudy’s fall

Politics: Brooklyn Republicans — yes, they exist! — are determined to not go down with Rudy Giuliani’s sinking ship. Comment.

Boro Dems can’t make up their minds

Politics: Meet Erica Sattin. She’s smart. She’s young. She’s opinionated. So why can’t she make up her mind about which Democrat to support on Tuesday? Comments (1).

Circular logic: Anti-flier bill gets Spitzer’s pen

Politics: The city can now penalize business owners for leaving circulars and menus on the doorsteps of homeowners who’ve explicitly said they don’t want them, thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Spitzer on Tuesday. Comment.

Ridge steroid suspect found dead

Bay Ridge: The owner of a suspected steroid mill in Bay Ridge killed himself in an office above his Third Avenue drugstore on Monday night, leaving a note that begged for forgiveness for his role in selling the illegal muscle-builders. Comments (3).

Simon sings

Music: Superstar Paul Simon announces 15 nights of live music at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comments (1).

Score!

On Feb. 3, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will be facing off in Phoenix, Ariz. in Super Bowl XLII. Here in Brooklyn, however, there will be an equally important competition: Who’s having the best Super Bowl party? Comment.

‘Fan’ empowerment

Books: Deadspin.com editor and Cobble Hill resident Will Leitch cheers on the fans in his new book, “God Save the Fan.” Comment.

Bark back! Stolen dog returned to owner

A grief-stricken Windsor Terrace woman was reunited with her beloved Maltese pup on Wednesday — a full week after thieves broke into her apartment and stole the only valuable that mattered: her dog. Comments (2).

The Latest Development News

Jeeves, be a dear and get my laundry

Development: The in-house butler is coming to Brooklyn. Are we ready? Comments (1).

Bossert on the block: Jehovah’s Witnesses to sell Heights jewel

Development: The Hotel Bossert, the swanky Brooklyn Heights building that was the site of the Dodgers’ knock-down, drag-out World Series victory party in 1955 and, more recently, has served as a dormitory for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, is on the block. Comments (35).

Park Slope: On 2nd St, no burgers and brunches

Park Slope: The 2nd Street Cafe, an 11-year veteran of Park Slope’s brunch scene, has folded, a victim, its owner said, of falling revenue and rising rent. Comment.

Salvage mission

Fashion: Freegans, a group that rejects consumerism and finds its nourishment by harvesting discarded (but clean) food out of Dumpsters, have taken their movement to a new level, by staging a fashion show on Jan. 25 in Bushwick. Comment.

Happy birthday

Music: The Brooklyn Philharmonic pays season-long tribute to Academy Award-winning composer, and Brooklyn native, John Corigliano. Comment.

REPORTED! Slopers starting to come forward to solve ID thefts

Park Slope: Three more Park Slopers have been the victim of — and actually reported! — identity theft. Comment.

DUMBO: Green nabe branches out

Downtown: The neighborhood that brought you solar-powered Christmas decorations now wants to take green living to the next level. Comments (1).

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Woman grabbed and robbed on Lincoln Place

Park Slope: Four thugs attacked a woman on Jan. 22 — plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Stone’s throw

Park Slope: Vandals smashed the window of a man’s car on Jan. 23. Plus all the other crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment.

Punched out

Downtown: Two hooligans punched and robbed a man on Jan. 23 — plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Mad for Madiba

Dining: ”Every restaurateur has to grow up at some stage,” laughed Mark Henegan, and with this month’s re-launch of Madiba, his eight-year-old South African restaurant in Fort Greene, Henegan is doing just that. Comment.

WEIRDO! Gunman invades nail salon, has women lift shirts

Williamsburg: A gunman barged into an India Street nail salon and stole $267 from two terrified employees on Jan. 23. Comment.

Robber caught

Williamsburg: A teenage thug with a rap sheet as long as his arm was arrested yet again after robbing a candy store on Havemeyer Street on Jan. 22, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Lover’s quarrel

Williamsburg: A woman who was arguing with her boyfriend lost her purse to an opportunistic thief at the corner of Manhattan Avenue and India Street on Jan. 27. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

A sore thumb

Carroll Gardens: One man slashed another man on Jan. 17. Plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Punch ’n’ rob

Fort Greene: Four thugs punched a Grand Avenue pedestrian on Jan. 22. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (1).

Green yields greenbacks: Hook-based firm wants to clean up moving

Carroll Gardens: A Red Hook moving company is breaking away from the competition by taking the dirty out of the dirty work. Comment.

Yodels and yee-haws

Music: Bluegrass and old-time string band music fans have another reason to kick up their heels: from Feb. 8 through Feb. 10, the weekend-long “Brooklyn Winter Hoedown” returns to DUMBO for a fourth year. Comment.

Proudly weird

Theater: Live weekly sitcom takes to the stage in Williamsburg. Comment.

A new cell tower worries Ridge

Bay Ridge: Parents at PS 185 are angry about a new cellphone antenna that was just installed on a neighboring building. Comments (2).

Food for the home team

Dining: Recipes for Super Bowl snacks from local chefs. Comment.

Boerum Hill: Atlantic Av PO’d at PO

Carroll Gardens: A Boerum Hill community group is going postal about declining service at the Atlantic Avenue branch. Comment.

Score with more

Event: If you’re looking to get off the couch and onto a bar stool, these bars will have the game on in a neighborhood near you. Comment.

Interns wanted!

Go is now interviewing candidates for our spring internship program. Comment.

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comments (2).

Family Calendar

Parenting: All the action for you and your kids! 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 (1).