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Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008

It’s true! Ratner a big liar!

Atlantic Yards: In a court document, an Atlantic Yards lawyer admits lying about the project potential benefit to the city and state. Comments (1).

Domino effect

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Preservationists and affordable-housing advocates battled this week over a proposal to convert the Domino Sugar site in Williamsburg — including three landmarked buildings — into a development with more than 2,200 units of housing. Comments (1).

Penance & joy

Photos from Ash Wednesday and the Lunar New Year. Comment.

Park Slope pediatrician beaten in office

Park Slope: A robber pistol-whipped a beloved 67-year-old doctor. Comments (3).

BUMBO

Downtown: A DUMBO supermarket doesn’t want its neighborhood’s name changed to “Bums Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.” Comment.

Clinton and Obama split Brookyn

Politics: Brooklyn Democrats are far more divided than their counterparts across New York State, backing Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama, 50 percent to 48 percent. Comments (1).

Residential parking permits plan cheered

An outgrowth of Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing scheme, residential permit parking may come to Brooklyn. Comments (10).

Love bites

Dining: There’s nothing romantic about spending Valentine’s Day in front of the stove. And while making dinner for your sweetheart is certainly an admirable gesture, why not leave the cooking to the professionals? Across the borough, chefs are preparing meals that might prove once and for all that the way into someone’s heart is through his stomach. Comments (2).

Other Voices

Gersh’s ankle goes on vacation

Brooklyn Angle: Despite an ankle injury that would deter lesser men, our Editor of the Year hit the beach in Mexico this week, cast and crutches be damned! Comment.

Ankling for recovery

Letters: After a reader was seriously injured in a hit-and-run, he went to Gersh’s new ankle man — and all was right with the world. Comment.

On the record

Politics: State lawmakers are about to hand themselves a big pay raise. Here’s what they say about it. Comment.

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take on Bruce Ratner’s lies. Comment.

Handcrafted hearts

Dining: As we write, the heady scent of homemade chocolate treats is wafting from every corner of the borough. Among the sweets emporiums we visited for freshly made Valentine’s Day gift-giving ideas were a 61-year-old chocolate shop in Midwood that has been handed down from father to son, a less-than-year-old-kosher chocolate store in Park Slope, and everything in between. Comments (1).

’Wild’ time

Theater: Hat’s off — from fedoras to cloches, from feathered caps to top hats — to The Gallery Players, for reviving the flamboyant musical, “The Wild Party.” The racy production kicks off the New Year in high theatrical style and stirs up a real musical tempest in Brooklyn. Comment.

Your family

When the Hepcat’s away, Teen Spirit will play

Smartmom: Our favorite son would never try such shenanigans if Hepcat were home. But Teen Spirit know that Smartmom is a world-class pushover. Comment.

Family Calendar

Parenting: Things to do this week with your kids! Comments (1).

Baby joey

The Prospect Park zoo kangaroo has a new joey. Comment.

Super National

Music: When local rock bands begin selling out the usual venues — Galapagos, Southpaw, The Music Hall of Williamsburg — they tend to move on to the super-sized concert halls of Manhattan and stadiums across the country. The National, however, is taking a step sideways. Instead of playing for a room of wild, crowd-surfing fans — like they’ll do on tour with Modest Mouse and R.E.M. this summer — on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, everyone who goes to see the band will be seated and a mosh pit will definitely be discouraged. Comment.

What’s up ‘Next’

Music: While The National will take the stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House on Feb. 22 and 23, there are 175 shows that comprise “Brooklyn Next,” and you can be sure to find your new favorite band at one of them. Comment.

The Latest Development News

Park Slope YMCA may run Armory

Park Slope: The Prospect Park Y may operate a new rec center in an old armory. Comments (1).

Poly want a raincheck?

Downtown: Plans by New York University to takeover Brooklyn Polytechnic University were put on hold Thursday. Comment.

Atlantic Avenue auction

Carroll Gardens: Five connected lots across the street from the Brooklyn House of Detention will go on the auction block on Feb. 14. The minimum bid is $16 million. Comment.

More ‘Green’ to be torn down

Bay Ridge: When the 100-year-old ‘Green Church’ is torn down, the limestone parsonage next door is likely to fall as well. Comments (3).

Big projects irk Carroll Gardens

Carroll Gardens: The city promises to study rezoning in an area facing large-scale development Comment.

Park Slope church condos on the way

Park Slope: Developers who purchase land next to Gethsemane Church are promising ‘family condos.’ Comments (3).

Kiss this

Art: A good kiss is unforgettable, and to prove it, Lori Baker and David E. Brown are displaying 76 photographs of kisses from their personal collections at Williamsburg’s City Reliquary through March 31. Comment.

Czech mates

Cinema: It might not be everyone’s idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day date movie, but don’t let that deter you from seeing Milos Forman’s bittersweet Czech New Wave classic, “Loves of a Blonde,” a gentle but probing look at relationships that’s as far away from those typically sappy Hollywood chick-flick romances as it’s possible to be. Comment.

Fashion forward

Fashion: Across the East River, New York Fashion Week is happening beneath the tents in Bryant Park, but back in Williamsburg, designer Arthur Arbit claims he’s already sewing the future. Comments (1).

Too close for comfort

Dance: We have it on good authority that “Liaisons” will soon be taking place in living rooms around Park Slope. Beginning Saturday, Bedford-Stuyvesant-based choreographer Edisa Weeks’s Delirious Dances will be presenting her latest work, “Liaisons,” within the intimate confines of Brooklyn apartments. Comment.

GOTCHA! Man catches car thief

Williamsburg: One day after his car was stolen, the victim saw it being gassed up at service station. Comments (3).

$40,000 raised for cyclist causes

After his son was killed while bicycling across the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Brewery’s Steve Hindy has shepherded nearly $40,000 to a group working to make city streets safer for bikes. Comment.

Interns wanted!

Be an intern! Go Brooklyn is now interviewing candidates for our spring internship program. Comment.

Viva el mercado!

Carroll Gardens: Latin American food vendors will bid to keep their concessions at the Red Hook ballfields. Comments (1).

Swastika bomber indicted

Downtown: A Brooklyn Heights man was hit with a 132-count indictment. Comment.

The Kitchen Sink

Neighborhood briefs Comment.

The International House of Banditry

Downtown: The new restaurant’s staff coat rack was rifled through … and all the crime in the 84th Precinct. Comment.

Family feud

Park Slope: A man fingers his estranged daughter as the person who burglarized his house … and all the crime in the 78th Precinct. Comment.

Two men, one arm

Park Slope: Two men, one carrying an automatic gun, robbed another man … and all the crime in the 76th Precinct. Comment.

Radio days

Bay Ridge: Two mic’d-up bandits held up a local eatery … and all the other 68th Precinct crime. Comment.

Life savings taken

Bay Ridge: A 43-year-old man lost everything … and all the other 62nd Precinct crime. Comment.

Stick-up to go

Fort Greene: A pizza place was robbed … and all the other 88th Precinct crime. Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

Free for all!

In the spirit of encouraging a free exchange of ideas, The Brooklyn Paper makes this space available to our readers. Comment.

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