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Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008

Marty: Pimp my ride!

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz is so under-whelmed by the $1.45 million his office spent to light up Coney Island’s landmark Parachute Jump that he has convinced the mayor to toss in another in another $2 million toward “blinging up” the long-defunct amusement park ride. Comments (2).

Smash hits: BQE on-ramp worst in city

Carroll Gardens: A notorious entrance ramp on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway just got more notoriety: it’s one of the state’s most-dangerous places. Comments (8).

Hard cell: City still hoping to lure shoppers to jail

Carroll Gardens: The city marched out a new look for the Brooklyn House of Detention this week, hoping to draw new interest in a jailhouse retail plan that hasn’t gotten off the ground. Comments (3).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Payback time

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner, who said he stopped making political contributions because they created an appearance of impropriety, abandoned that policy last month with a large donation to a “slush fund” controlled by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Comments (3).

Ratner’s naked ploy

Editorial: He’s played the race card, he’s lobbied and he’s out and out lied. But now Bruce Ratner is doing something he hasn’t done in years: buying off our elected representatives in Albany. Yes, it’s ugly. Comments (3).

Battle for the $oul of Brooklyn

Politics: The New York primary is settled, but the money war rages on between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Comments (2).

Bloodbath

GO Girl: Whether we were rubbing elbows with Oscar-winning starlet Anna Paquin while on the coat check line or sitting behind literary lion Jonathan Lethem on a shuttle bus, it was impossible for GO Girl to avoid being jostled by celebrities at Tuesday’s gala benefit for the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene. Comment.

Sun sets on ‘Sunset’ series: Red Hook’s barge music closes up shop

Carroll Gardens: Red Hook’s Sunset Music Series, one of Brooklyn’s great venues — where Babaloo and Life in a Blender performed on a barge — has died. Comments (1).

Other Voices

Cast party! Local councilman wins gigantic bidding war for my ankle brace

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist’s cast auction goes well — with two councilmen in a bidding war! Comments (1).

City’s pay-to-park proposal fills The Paper’s mailbag

Letters: Our mailbag is filled with letters about the city’s residential parking permit plan, subsidies being doled out to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner, and plans to demolish a historic Bay Ridge church. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comments (1).

Marty: Let us run the Aquarium

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz says it’s time for the beleaguered New York Aquarium to swim with the big fish — and that means allowing Brooklynites to control its board. Comment.

Meter seething on 7th

Park Slope: Some South Slope residents were still seething this week about 68 new parking meters that were abruptly installed along Seventh Avenue — but the no-arm bandits are actually part of a series of changes that the city says will improve cleanliness and actually increase parking in the area. Comments (2).

There will be Bard

Theater: Unfortunately, I remember Ethan Hawke in “Hamlet.” In 2002, the scruffy actor took the title role in a modern-day adaptation of the show, which had him brooding and spouting soliloquies all across Manhattan. While I still haven’t forgiven Mr. Hawke, Rupert Goold’s production of “Macbeth” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater has changed my mind about the repositioning of Shakespeare. Comment.

Red Hook vendors in bidding war

Carroll Gardens: Red Hook’s beloved Latino food vendors have some competition in the bidding to control the site they put on the map. Comments (1).

Here she is

Sharpen your nails and hide the itching powder — a beauty pageant is coming to Downtown Brooklyn! Comments (1).

Your family

What to do with hated hamster?

PS … I Love You: Our columnist figures out how to get her daughter to get rid of those nasty guinea pigs. Comments (23).

Private schools, public chatting

Smartmom: Last week, Park Slopers were obsessed over which kids got into local private schools. Smartmom had this thought: Who cares? Comments (2).

Family Calendar

Parenting: All the action for you and your kids! Comment.

Web Exclusive

The new look at McCarren Park

Williamsburg: At a meeting on Wednesday night, the Parks Department unveiled these preliminary renderings of the city’s $60-million facelift of the McCarren Park Pool. Comments (4).

The state of the area

Politics: Everyone’s getting in on the “state of” game these days, from Borough President Markowitz, who gave his sixth, final and raucous “State of the Borough” address on Feb. 7 at the Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal, to Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D–Fort Greene), who gave a more muted performance at Pratt Institute on Jan. 30. Of course, both were following in the vaunted tradition of presidents past and present, including President Bush, who gave his final State of the Union on Jan. 28 in Washington. Here’s how the three politicians’ speeches compared. Comment.

Club ‘Med’

Dining: Last summer, Turkish restaurant Alaturka opened on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. Not long after I finished my last bite of “shwarma,” it closed. In November, Mediterra took its place. Comment.

BOOKED! Hey, teacher — leave them kids alone!

Fort Greene: Most principals tell kids to hit the books, but on Feb. 5, a principal at a Christian elementary school was arrested for using a book to hit a kid, cops said. Comment.

No holiday fun on St. Marks

Park Slope: A woman returned from a vacation to find her St. Marks Place apartment cleaned out. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

New ‘Blood’

Music: Blood on the Wall is breaking up. Not like you’d think, however. The band, which until recently only had to schlep across Brooklyn to play a show, is driving across Texas to play a show in Austin, and our cell phone connection is repeatedly dropped. The band returns to the borough on Feb. 22 to play the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Comment.

BLACKOUT! No memory, cash or iPod in Comfort Inn rob

Park Slope: Here’s another reminder to be careful about who you go home with. Comment.

Fake cops

Park Slope: Two men posing as police officers stole $5,000 from elderly woman after telling her she was under investigation for using counterfeit money on Feb. 11. Plus all the other crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment.

Berry bad

Williamsburg: Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

Subway rob

Downtown: Three teens robbed a schoolboy at the Jay Street subway station on Feb. 7. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Ski-masked gunmen stick up office

Carroll Gardens: Masked gunmen raided a Gowanus-area office on Feb. 1 — plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Man dead

Williamsburg: A man was found dead in his Maujer Street apartment on Feb. 3. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Security gods

Fort Greene: Security guards at an Atlantic Avenue supermarket went above and beyond the call of duty on Feb. 5 when they chased a middle-aged purse snatcher down the street and detained him until police could arrive. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

John McFadden, legendary Staubitz butcher

Checkin’ in with: The recent “vegetarian week” was a good chance to check in with one heckuva butcher. Comment.

Weird scene

Theater: “Since there’s no more ‘Gong Show’ on TV,” said Don Ralph, “this is the best there is.” Ralph was speaking about the Feb. 16 “Blowhole Theater Marathon” at Barbes in Park Slope, a night of theater, music and audience participation that prides itself on an offbeat sensibility. Comment.

A ‘notary’ loss

Carroll Gardens: It’s the end of a ramshackle era for Smith Street buildings once owned by a true character on the south Brooklyn real-estate scene. Comment.

House party

Theater: It is a play about the city, romance and real estate, but what makes Aaron Landsman’s newest work, “Open House,” truly unique, is its setting: your apartment. Comment.

This new Stein way is almost in tune

Carroll Gardens: The developer of a stalled condo development in Carroll Gardens announced this week that he had sacked his controversial architect and has revised the design for his building. Comments (1).

Smelling is believing at this sewage plant

Williamsburg: Could the stench at the Newtown Creek sewage treatment plant finally be sweetened? The city says yes. Comments (1).

The great, Ridge way

Waiting in the Wings: Despite the end of the writer’s strike and the return of our favorite television series, live theater is still booming in Brooklyn. From the classics to the cutting edge, theaters across the borough are mounting exciting and innovative productions this season. TV shows will always have reruns, but catching these productions is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Comment.

Interns wanted!

GO Brooklyn is now interviewing candidates for our spring internship program. If you love arts and entertainment and are enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student, please send your cover letter, resume and writing samples to GoBrooklyn@BrooklynPaper.com. Comment.

The ice man goeth on 1st

Park Slope: Two weeks of slips, falls and fender-benders forced the city to finally fix a water leak that turned a Park Slope street into an ice skating rink. Comment.

Wall falls down

Bay Ridge: An unsupported two-story wall collapsed at a Bay Ridge worksite on Sunday as the area was hit by gale-force winds. Comment.

Dumped! Canal-area residents angry that Gowanus won’t be clean

Park Slope: Gowanus Canal-area residents are saying they’ve been sold down the river because the city’s plans to reduce the amount of sewage dumped into the fetid waterway will stop before reaching the ultimate prize — a swimmable channel. Comment.

Branching out

Fort Greene: A Fort Greene rival to the Park Slope Food Co-op is establishing roots (and veggies). Comments (3).

Bookworms: Grant was her dream, now she faces reality

Book lovers from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill to the South Slope and Ditmas Park are wooing, begging, in fact, beseeching the recent winner of a Brooklyn Public Library prize to enact her grant-winning bookshop proposal in their neighborhoods. 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. Comments (3).

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