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Monday, Dec. 29, 2008

Another newsworthy year!

A Year-in-Review issue is a time to take a deep breath, pour yourself a Tullamore Dew, and take stock. At The Brooklyn Paper, our assignment is to put 2008 in the dustbin of history with one last look back. Here are some of the stories that made the past 12 months so much fun. (And click below for a special review of the Year in Vito Fossella, the best story of the last 12 months!) Comment.

Bad breaks: The year when everything fell apart

Brooklyn Angle: There was no more important story in the borough this year than the double-fracture of my ankle — not because of its news value, but in the way it predicted a horrible year of bad breaks all around (including my broken heart over the death of Ayveq, the masturbating walrus). Comments (1).

Marty slams Bloomy in year-end interview!

Politics: Borough President Markowitz got feisty during his annual end-of-year sitdown with Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman — but he saved his venom for “czar” Mayor Bloomberg’s quest to “gut” and “starve” his office of funding. With audio … Comments (2).

A year in our neighborhoods

Though not everything we cover makes international headlines, each of the neighborhoods we cover had some great stories that defined 2008 for its residents. Here are our favorite stories from the grassroots level. Comment.

A year’s worth of opinions from our Editorial Board

Editorial: Our editorial board looks back on an award-winning, opinionated year. Comment.

Smartmom in 2008 — anxious as ever

Smartmom: Smartmom looks back on a wild and neurotic year! Comments (2).

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008

Happy holidays — and a glorious New Year!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa — or don’t celebrate anything at all — we at The Brooklyn Paper want to wish you joy, peace and good cheer at this most wonderful time of the year. Our office will be closed from Dec. 22–26 for a well-deserved vacation, and there will be no daily updates at BrooklynPaper.com. Our next print edition — our Year-in-Review special — will be distributed on Friday, Dec. 26, and our unmatched daily online coverage of the borough will return on Dec. 29. And, as always, keep hustlin’, Brooklyn!

CB2 panel says no to Walentas

DUMBO: A proposal for an 18-story residential building near the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO — a project that includes a coveted public middle school and dozens of units of below-market-rate housing — was dealt its first setback on Saturday morning when a community board committee voted against it on the grounds that it would block some views of the historic span. Comments (5).

New Year’s Eve: The last great splurge

Shopping: There’s only one way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression — and that’s with reckless, 1928-style abandon. Sure, starting on Jan. 1, 2009, we can all follow a resolution to spend less, but if we’re going to go down, we might as well do it with a bang. Towards that end, GO Brooklyn has curated a list of some true end-of-year splurges that are worth the money. Comment.

What to do

Event: Who says nothing happens during the idyllic week after Christmas and before everyone really gets back to work on Jan. 5? To keep you busy, “The Arbiter” has picked through the dross and found plenty of gold in the last throes of 2008 and the early days of 2009. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

Exclusive video coverage of the first (real) storm!

Podcast: It’s really snowing this time — and, of course, The Brooklyn Paper’s StormTracker 2008 team is out there. Join Gersh Kuntzman, Sarah Portlock, Mike McLaughlin and Ben Muessig as they cover the best storm of the season. With video … Comment.

What to do

Event: Who says nothing happens during the idyllic week after Christmas and before everyone really gets back to work on Jan. 5? To keep you busy, “The Arbiter” has picked through the dross and found plenty of gold in the last throes of 2008 and the early days of 2009. Comment.

Dock Street moves forward — second vote on Saturday

DUMBO: A key community panel voted unanimously in favor of a proposed new middle school in DUMBO — if the far-more-controversial building that woud house it also gets approved. Comments (2).

Update: LICH and Continuum still together

Cobble Hill: The tumultuous marriage between Long Island College Hospital and its parent company ain’t over yet. Comment.

A surefire way to lose the blues

Music: The first great concert of 2009 will be Danny Kalb’s show at Jalopy in Red Hook next Saturday night. Comments (1).

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008

Vote is ‘docked’! Big crowd delays CB2 vote on Walentas tower

DUMBO: David and Jed Walentas’s proposal for an 18-story building next to the Brooklyn Bridge is so controversial that when all of the angry opponents and passionate supporters were finished speaking at the first public hearing on the project, members of the community board no longer had time to vote. Comments (7).

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).

More Yards turmoil — Gehry lays off design team!

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards architect Frank Gehry has reportedly laid off more than two dozen workers on the mega-project’s team, indicating that perhaps the project is more doomed than previously thought. Comments (9).