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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Ratner kills Mr. Brooklyn

Downtown plan: Developer Bruce Ratner has pulled out of a deal with City Tech that could have net him hundreds of millions and allowed him to build the city’s tallest residential tower, the so-called Mr. Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comment.

Miss Brooklyn is from … Manhattan

There she is … Miss Manhattan?! The Miss Brooklyn pageant — the stepping stone to the Miss America crown — reappeared after a 16-year absence last week and was plunged immediately into controversy because the winner is a queen who’s not from Kings. Comments (13).

Punk talk

Theater: Tall, burly and covered in tattoos, Henry Rollins isn’t the type of guy most people would want to tick off. But on Feb. 27 and 28, fans of the author, actor and former frontman for seminal punk band Black Flag will pack Greenpoint’s Warsaw to watch him get hot under the collar in his new, live show, “Provoked: An Evening of Quintessentially American Opinionated Editorializing and Storytelling.” Comments (2).

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Fed cash crunch threatens ‘affordable’ A’Yards homes

Atlantic Yards: Thousands of affordable housing units — including some of the 2,250 rentals promised by Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner — will not be built due to a huge shortfall in federal subsidies available for low-cost housing development, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (3).

Bonds bombshell killing projects

The Explainer: A shortage of federal money designed to spur the development of affordable housing may endanger up to 3,000 lower-rent apartments in Downtown Brooklyn. But what exactly is going on? Let The Explainer explain. Comments (1).

Ratner’s shell game

Editorial: It is becoming clearer and clearer that Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner will not be able to build much of the below-market-rate housing at his mega-development. Comments (2).

Oud to joy

Music: Popular Williamsburg falafel shop proprietor gives farewell concert on the oud as part of the Brooklyn Maqam Arab Music Festival. Comment.

Challah back girls

Dining: The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts brings classes in fruit and vegetable carving, sushi-making and more to Midwood. Comments (4).

The Latest Development News

Is Walentas a ‘cabana’ boy?

Carroll Gardens: Are they city-approved bulkheads or illegal cabanas? That’s what residents of Cobble Hill were wondering this week after David Walentas’s controversial — and city mandated 50-foot-tall project on Atlantic Avenue — suddenly sprouted three bright yellow boxes above the roofline. Comments (1).

Everyone in the pool — for real

Williamsburg: This time, the restoration of the McCarren Park Pool is really going to happen. No, really. Comments (1).

Public Place plans

Carroll Gardens: The city unveiled on Monday night two remarkably similar visions for redevelopment of a Gowanus Canal zone brownfield, but Carroll Gardens residents’ reactions to them differed dramatically depending, it seemed, on how long someone had lived in the neighborhood. Comment.

Other Voices

Jed Walentas answers his critics

Letters: DUMBO’s major developer fires back. Plus letters on Gersh’s doctor and the Toll Brothers Gowanus Canal project. Comments (1).

Cast away! I’m finally free — sort of — after accepting my award!

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist discovers that there is only one thing better than being named “Editor of the Year” by a major national newspaper trade association: Getting the cast off his broken ankle! With video … Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment.

Stomach pains for 7th Ave eateries

Park Slope: The neighborhood’s collective stomach is growling. Seventh Avenue — once Park Slope’s restaurant strip, but since supplanted by hipper Fifth Avenue — is losing restaurants at a rapid clip as rents climb and restaurateurs, who operate at notoriously thin profit margins, fail keep up. Comments (6).

Nancy Nancy is gone, gone

Park Slope: Nancy, Nancy — Fifth Avenue’s favorite novelty shop — is the latest casualty of over-the-top real estate prices in Park Slope. Comments (2).

SI Dems want Harrison

Bay Ridge: Steve Harrison, who came closer than any Democrat before him in defeating the city’s only Republican congressman two years ago, won the endorsement of the Staten Island Democratic Association by a landslide vote of 42-6 last week. Comments (3).

In the buff

Fitness: Everybody makes his New Year’s resolution to exercise more, but few people can find the time or the willpower to stick with it. Now that we’re two months into 2008 — and just a few more away from hitting the beaches — fitness fanatics across the borough are finding it easy to stay in shape thanks to the wide range of classes that local gyms are offering. And although you might not have worn spandex snce step aerobics first hit town, with classes that employ everything from trapezes to martial arts, even your sense of adventure will get a workout. Comment.

Pols claim that ‘Victory’ is at hand!

Bay Ridge: New statistics from the city Fire Department show that a state plan to close Victory Memorial Hospital would seriously jeopardize health in Bay Ridge, a group of lawmakers said last week. Comments (1).

Hip-hop hooray: Popular DUMBO rap festival returns after apparent snub

Music: The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival — which appeared in jeopardy after a scheduling snafu and charges of racism last year — will take place in Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 12, according to the festival’s organizer. Comment.

City ships out of Red Hook piers

Red Hook: The city has quietly abandoned its quest to build a maritime-themed tourist attraction on the site of Brooklyn’s last cargo port, paving the way for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to start negotiations with the very pier operators that they’ve been trying to evict for years. Comment.

City: ‘Y’ not at Armory?

Park Slope: It’s official — the Prospect Park YMCA will operate the lavishly restored Armory in Park Slope, revealed city officials on Tuesday. Comment.

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news. Comments (2).

Another death at Ridge hotel

Bay Ridge: A hotel cleaning woman discovered the body of a 52-year-old man, his mouth covered in duct tape, in the bathtub of Room 221 at the Best Western Gregory Hotel in Bay Ridge on Monday afternoon, cops said. Comments (1).

A finer diner

Dining: ”It’s been crazy,” Spero Katehis, owner of the New St. Clair Restaurant, told GO Brooklyn as he worked the register and answered phones on Feb. 25, the first day that the Cobble Hill stalwart was back in business. After a five-month break, the diner opened its doors under the watchful eye of Katehis (who also owns the Carroll Gardens Classic Diner on Smith Street), and on its first day, it was indeed swamped. Comment.

Reinventing the (traffic) wheel

Park Slope: City and traffic activists are still trying to fix the Grand Army Plaza mess, but there’s one thing missing from the effort: your brilliant idea. Comments (2).

Doo-wop revival

Music: Fifty years ago, a teenage Kenny Vance was in attendence when Alan Freed brought his rock ‘n’ roll show to the Paramount Theater in Downtown Brooklyn, where he grew up. It was right there that Vance knew that he would be forever dedicated to the genre he fell in love with that night. Comments (5).

Joke book

Books: ”I don’t do comedy,” said Richard Zoglin, author of “Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America.” “I can talk, but I don’t know how funny I am.” Comment.

King of karaoke

Music: Park Slope’s new karaoke king, Craig Schoenbaum — who took home the top prize of the “Spotlight on Stardom” contest in Times Square this month — is already parlaying his newfound fame into gigs at Manhattan’s legendary clubs with his rock band, Otis. Comments (3).

Hot shots

Art: Ladies Lotto won’t be selling scratch-off tickets, but if you’re looking to find photography from local artists, stop by the March 1 opening of their “31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography” exhibit in Greenpoint, and you’ll hit the jackpot. Comment.

Music notes

Books: ”People are getting bored of rock shows,” Paul Maziar, author of the new book “What It Is: What It Is,” told GO Brooklyn. “I’m excited by the idea of having a show be someplace where different mediums are represented. A variety show is what I’ve envisioned.” Comment.

Civic Calendar

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

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. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 29, 2008

Zero-bama no longer! Barack actually got thousands more votes in primary

Politics: Illinois Sen. Barack Obama received thousands of votes more than he had been credited with in the Board of Elections’ unofficial Primary Night vote count. Comments (5).

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