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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008

A great print edition — online!

Page 1: As always, you don’t need to wait to pick up our tree-and-ink version of The Brooklyn Paper — you can get all our great coverage, features, columns and calendars right here, but clicking our online edition. All the fun and excitement of Brookyn’s real newspaper await you. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Marty: Yes on Dock Street (sort of)

DUMBO: Borough President Markowitz announced that he supports a DUMBO developer’s controversial residential tower, defying opponents who say the 18-story building would obstruct views of the Brooklyn Bridge — but his approval is conditional on a redesign of the building. Comments (4).

Stableton?!

Kensington: Residents of a seven-square-block micro-neighborhood south of Prospect Park are succeeding in their quest to have the community renamed “Stable Brooklyn” — yes, that’s the name of the neighborhood, not the local bumper-sticker slogan. Comments (4).

The (not-so-big) dig

Bridge ‘Park’: The promise of construction of the Brooklyn Bridge Park development along the DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights waterfront may be a symbol of a glorious future for the borough — but it has also revealed a scintillating symbol of Brooklyn’s glorious past. Comment.

Brooklyn heat! Fireplaces are a warming trend in local bars

Nightlife: As the mercury drops faster than the Dow, a young person’s fancy turns to cozying up in front of a roaring fire. But since setting one’s futon ablaze isn’t a realistic (or legal) option, Brooklynites are seeking out bars and cafes with fireplaces to thaw themselves by. It’s not just warmth that these comfy quarters offer, but a casual atmosphere that’s ideal for intimate conversations or the kind of hearth-induced canoodling that you just don’t see in the summer. Comments (1).

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming channels the spirit of an Iraqi journalist and folds it into his own take on the American economy. Comment.

Award winning fruitcake?! It is possible — with our latest Sweet Melissa recipe

Dining: For most of us, eating fruitcake never sounds like a good idea, so making it would be a complete waste of time. And under normal circumstances, there really would be no reason to even try to make it better because the ingredients on their own: the funky red and green cherries, the unidentifiable weird crunchy nuggets (whose idea were those?), and the strong liquor just aren’t appealing. And, its sooooo dark that you can’t help but feel that there must be something hiding in there. Comment.

Another Coney dream

Editorial: Our editorial board is skeptical of a Municipal Art Society scheme for Coney Island. Comments (3).

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual, this time with more letters on the bike-car-pedestrian conflict that has consumed Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Pawns in the game of love

Event: Finally, a place where you can check out potential mates while also check-mating them. Comments (1).

Light fair

It’s time for the annual menorah war in Brooklyn! Comment.

Our exclusive family calendar!

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

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

A sign of our times

Red Hook: As President Bush prepares to leave office, Osama Bin Laden remains a free man — and one Red Hook woman won’t let the lame duck president, or her neighbors, forget it. Comments (2).

Brooklyn heat! Fireplaces are a warming trend in local bars

Nightlife: As the mercury drops faster than the Dow, a young person’s fancy turns to cozying up in front of a roaring fire. But since setting one’s futon ablaze isn’t a realistic (or legal) option, Brooklynites are seeking out bars and cafes with fireplaces to thaw themselves by. It’s not just warmth that these comfy quarters offer, but a casual atmosphere that’s ideal for intimate conversations or the kind of hearth-induced canoodling that you just don’t see in the summer. Comments (1).

Is it Splitsville for LICH and Continuum? Board meeting today could begin divorce

Long Island College Hospital is on the critical list — and now its management company may be about to pull the plug. Comment.

A bunch of clowns

Mean Streets: The fight over a pair of controversial Williamsburg bike lanes has gotten so wacky that cycling activists sent in the clowns — literally. Comments (10).

Volleybrawl in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge residents are afraid of volleyball punks. Comments (1).

Brooklyn Museum gives a huge gift to the Met

Prospect Heights: Say au revoir to Christian Dior! The cash-strapped Brooklyn Museum is shipping its storied couture collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan to save money. Comments (1).

Abandoned ship

Coney Island: It’s a race against time to save two iconic structures from the recently closed Astroland park in Coney Island. Comments (5).

Special ed preschool saved

Parenting: A renowned special education pre-school in Cobble Hill threatened that was facing imminent closure has been saved — albeit temporarily. Comments (1).

It’s plane noisy

Park Slope: Park Slopers are sick and tired of the airplane noise roaring overhead — and now they’re issuing demands! Comments (6).

Neighborhood killed the video store

Park Slope: Video Free Brooklyn will go out of business at the end of the week, following a rocky 10 months in Park Slope. The owner blames “the collapse of everything.” Comments (3).

An ‘L’ of a shopping shuttle

Williamsburg: Attention Williamsburg shoppers: there’s more to North Brooklyn than Bedford Avenue. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008

Exclusive video coverage of the first storm!

Podcast: Brooklynites enjoyed their first winter storm of the season — and, of course, The Brooklyn Paper’s award-nominated StormTracker2008 team was there to cover all the action. With video … Comment.

The signs are right in South Slope

Park Slope: Despite the economy, work continues at two key eateries on Seventh Avenue in the South Slope, including Hanco’s Vietnamese Sandwiches at the corner of 10th Street, and Brook–vin, the new wine bar between 11th and 12th streets. Comments (1).

Fossella to exit stage, right? Um, maybe not

Politicrasher: Disgraced and retired — but apparently still beloved — Rep. Vito Fossella may have been fresh from his sentencing last week in Virginia to five days in jail for drunk driving, but he was hailed on Staten Island on Sunday in what looked a lot more like a political comeback than a send-off. Comment.

‘Squarehead’ squashed! DUMBO break-in artist is behind bars

DUMBO: A career criminal who smashed car windows throughout DUMBO over the summer will be making license plates for at least 3-1/2 years. Comments (1).

Smartmom ‘nails’ it: She’s jealous!

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom is jealous of her best friend’s daughter’s academic success. Look, Teen Spirit has his own path! She knows that! Comments (4).

Hot dog!

Dining: Sausage lovers, rejoice! You’re about to get your own restaurant! Comments (2).

Monday, Dec. 15, 2008

Work on Bridge ‘Park’ to start today (no, really)

Bridge ‘Park’: The construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park is supposed to begin today. Comments (1).

Buzz-y off! CB2 says no to River Cafe owner’s bid for booze on pier

DUMBO: A community board has said no to River Cafe owner Buzzy O’Keefe’s bid to commandeer a small portion of cherished public open space adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge for booze-fueled private parties. Comments (1).

They’re off! Council candidates start making their pitch

Politics: ’Tis the season to be campaigning. Comments (2).

Mmmm — We drink hot chocolate!

DUMBO: Borough President Markowitz summoned the Brooklyn press corps to DUMBO to drink Jacques Torres hot chocolate and listen to the Beep talk about the importance of supporting local businesses this holiday season. With video … Comment.

Four crazy nights

Music: Compared to Christmas, Hanukkah has always lacked star power — until now: Matisyahu is bringing his tour to Brooklyn! Comment.

Bad car-ma! Dealerships in trouble

It’s not just the “Big Three” that are in trouble — when the rubber hits the road, Brooklyn auto dealerships are also ailing. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2008

Exclusive! Green Church to become a school

Bay Ridge: The city is moving towards buying the land that was once home to Bay Ridge’s beloved, but now-demolished, “Green Church” for a new school, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2).

The weekender! Here’s what you should do this Friday, 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.

It’s Nut-rageous!

Dance: If visions of sugarplum fairies get you in the holiday spirit, you’re in luck — there are at least four productions of “The Nutcracker” over the next two weeks. Comment.

It’s Christmas (tree) time in the city — and The Brooklyn Paper team is there

It’s that time again — when holiday lights make Brooklyn glisten, and The Brooklyn Paper team fans out in search of the borough’s best Christmas trees. Here’s the hard-hitting staff report. Comment.

Ferry bad news: 69th Street sunk

Bay Ridge: A plan to bring much-desired ferry service to the 69th Street pier in Bay Ridge appears to have run aground — in Sunset Park. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Cat burglars declawed

Prospect Heights: Two would-be burglars are collared. Plus all the other crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment.

Empty lot — and empty promises? — at Court St project

Carroll Gardens: The developers of a controversial residential project on Court Street have quietly halted construction for at least six months, raising anxiety that the empty lot will haunt the main drag of Carroll Gardens during this increasingly dire economic downturn. Comments (2).