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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

Business briefs

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Dock Street foes, supporters clash at hearing

DUMBO: Opponents of a controversial residential tower proposed to rise next to the Brooklyn Bridge brought their case to Borough President Markowitz on Tuesday night, bitterly describing developer Jed Walentas’s project as bad public policy and a disastrous way to treat the fabled and legendary span. Comments (27).

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009

Java man! New Hook roaster offers the best beans ever

Dining: No, you actually have never had a good cup of coffee — yet. But that’s all going to change once Stumptown Coffee Roasters — the brew that made Portland famous — opens its new roasting facility in Red Hook next month. Comments (1).

… And now for something completely useless: The public offers its vision for Coney Island

Coney Island: The Manhattan-based the Municipal Arts Society asked the public for its ideas for Coney Island. Here’s what you came up with. Comments (7).

Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

A great print edition — online!

Page 1: A lot of people are calling this issue of The Brooklyn Paper the best edition ever. But you don’t have to wait until its in your hands. Click below for all of our amazing stories, including our much-discussed takedown of Peter Luger Steakhouse, our analysis of how Sen. Chuck Schumer dissed former Gov. Hugh Carey, and our exclusive “90 to Watch in ‘09” list. Also, click around for our regular features: our great events calendar, our nightlife listings, Smartmom, The Stoop and all our GO Brooklyn stories. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Di-nied! Cheyenne Diner NOT coming to Red Hook

Red Hook: A Red Hook developer who tried to rescue a Manhattan railcar diner from the wrecking ball has given up on his plan to move it to Brooklyn — but an 11th-hour purchase of the relic by an Alabama investor ended the eatery’s deep-fried deathwatch. Comment.

9 in ‘09: What you’ll be doing, eating and seeing this year (including this French painting)

Our news reporters have given you a list of the 90 people, places and things that will be generating headlines in ’09, so now it’s time for GO Brooklyn to weigh in on the nine entertainment trends that will be occupying your time over the next 12 months. Comments (3).

Our exclusive family calendar!

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

Civic calendar

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

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

Docked! Walentas in the fight of his life on DUMBO tower

DUMBO: A proposal for an 18-story tower next to the Brooklyn Bridge has bitterly divided Community Board 2 on the eve if its controversial vote on the project — and the fight has riven the community amid charges that each side is lying or intentionally manipulating the facts. Comments (28).

If you can’t sell ’em, rent ’em

Fort Greene: Sales of luxury apartments in the majestic and phallic Williamsburgh Savings Bank building are so sluggish that the owner will rent the unsold units until the economy improves — the latest proof that the real-estate market has gone to hell in a rent basket. Comments (3).

The freshman!

Bay Ridge: Freshman Rep. Mike McMahon (D–Bay Ridge) started his career on Capitol Hill this week by nailing an appointment to the powerful Transportation and Infrastructure Committee — a post he coveted during his campaign this fall. Comment.

Booze blues! CB2 panel blocks another liquor license

Nightlife: The rejections are piling up on Fulton Ferry Landing. Comments (2).

Au revoir, Patois

Dining: Patois — the groundbreaking French bistro that launched the culinary Renaissance of Smith Street — will close on Sunday after 11 years in business. Comments (4).

Now it’s do or die-ner

Red Hook: A Red Hook developer has little more than a month to save a railcar-style diner from the wrecking ball by relocating the imperiled throwback of the 1940s to his neighborhood. Comment.

Builder: This ‘Domino’ won’t fall

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The developer behind Brooklyn’s second biggest construction project says that he’s doing fine — even though his foes are hoping that the softening economy will do to his oversized project what it did to Atlantic Yards. Comments (3).

Never on Sunday! Public Library eliminates service

Add this to the list of cutbacks that are making our lives increasingly difficult: there are no longer any public library hours on Sundays. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009

Make no mis-steak — choose Morton’s over Peter Luger

Dining: Our meat-loving critic takes a bite out of Peter Luger’s much-vaunted porterhouse — and finds the new Morton’s superior in so many ways. Comments (56).

Judge to city: It’s the House of D(on’t)

Boerum Hill: A city plan to reopen and expand the Brooklyn House of Detention is on hold until a judge can rule on a lawsuit brought by opponents of the contentious prison project. Comments (1).

Shhh! Historical Society’s library hours are thing of past

Brooklyn Heights: The deep recession is not only casting a pall over the future — it’s ruining the past, too. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009

Sitt seeks more Coney land

Coney Island: A reclusive fast-food mogul who once dreamed of saving Coney Island with his own massive amusement park is close to selling his long-dormant land to the current self-styled savior of the “People’s Playground” and, in doing so, make it harder — and more expensive — for the city to realize its own vision for revitalizing the area. Comments (5).

City scolded on im-port-ant plan

Red Hook: The city and Red Hook locals are still battling over the future of the waterfront — and The Brooklyn Paper brings you inside last night’s debate. Comments (8).

Run down! CB1 Committee Chair booted over bikes?

Mean Streets: Fasten your seatbelts, Williamsburg — next week’s community board meeting is going to be a “showdown” over the stunning Christmas Eve dismissal of the chairwoman of the transportation committee, who was deposed because of her vocal support for a pair of controversial Kent Avenue bike lanes. Comments (2).

Drinking in some great art

Art: For all of you who have looked at a piece of modern art and muttered, “My kid could do that,” boy, do we have an art show for you. Comment.

Brooklyn Flea to land in DUMBO

Shopping: Call it “the wee flea.” Comment.

Can this family get back in synch?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom and clan try to get back to their old routines after a long holiday. Comments (1).

Oh, babies!

Like Bono once said, it’s always quiet on New Year’s Day — until the first baby of the year comes screaming into the world. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 5, 2009

Bike opponents seek ‘Detour’ on Kent Ave

Mean Streets: Opponents of a pair of controversial bike lanes on Kent Avenue have been using school buses to block the street in an act of automotive disobedience — and now they’re publicizing their plans with a billboard blaming the resulting traffic jams on cyclists. Comments (11).

It’s story time! Moth series comes to Brooklyn — tonight!

Event: Park Slope bar-goers: get ready to spill your guts. Comment.

Nun left! Now neighbors want to save convent building

Clinton Hill: A quest by Clinton Hill preservationists to save a historic convent building has become even more urgent now that the last remaining nuns are moving out and the religious complex may be put up for sale. Comments (3).

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009

90 to watch in ‘09!

It’s time for our annual roundup of who and what will matter this year. At the top of the list? Tolls! Comments (9).

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team is back — this time “reviewing” Russia’s hottest rock band’s new single, “Queen of Rock.” It’s in Russian, but that doesn’t faze this team of rock monsters. With video … Comment.

Bee smart about health

Shopping: Why carbo-load on energy drinks when you can “bee” natural? That was Brooklyn Heights resident David Luks’s brainstorm last spring when the avid runner — and cancer patient — caught wind of new scientific research that touted the benefits of honey. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

Boardwalk of shame! Boutique shuttered for criticizing Coney landowner

Coney Island: The Lola Staar boutique on the Coney Island Boardwalk — part souvenir stand, part rallying place for critics of a real-estate developer’s plan for a Vegas-style Xanadu — has not been offered a new lease, a casualty of its owner’s outspokenness. Comments (4).

Hugh-ge affront at the court

Downtown: The federal courthouse in Downtown was named after Theodore Roosevelt this week. How did that happen? Here’s how: Former Gov. Hugh Carey — and current Rep. Ed Towns — got screwed by Sen. Charles Schumer. Comments (1).

Saved! Austin Nichols Warehouse will be preserved

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A historic, Cass Gilbert-designed building on the Williamsburg waterfront will be preserved in perpetuity — no thanks to the city. Comments (1).

New wine bar in old bottle on Henry Street

Dining: New life will soon come to the disgraced corner of Henry and Cranberry streets — and the two popular neighborhood restaurateurs say they have no connection to the arrested operator of the previous establishment at the site. Comments (3).

This week’s Smash or Trash: Padre Pio

Smash or Trash: This week, Bushwick band Padre Pio is in the hot seat. With video … Comments (1).

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008

Dough isn’t rising on Court Street

Cobble Hill: A much-loved, but short-lived, Court Street bakery will close at the end of the month because the ingredients for success just never came together — and its famous rugalach-baking owner is left with a bitter taste in her mouth over the “has-been” quality of Cobble Hill’s Main Street. Comments (12).

Frank Verderame, former Assemblyman, is dead at 79

Carroll Gardens: Longtime Carroll Gardens activist and former state Assemblyman Frank Verderame died on Dec. 17. He was 79. Comments (1).

Christmas in Cali for Smartmom

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, it’s a very special Smartmom as the family treks to Hepcat’s ancestral farm in California. Comment.

Burnt to death in Owls Head Park

Bay Ridge: Police are investigating the death of an apparently homeless man, whose burnt corpse was discovered by firefighters after they put out a blaze in Owls Head Park early on Tuesday morning. Comment.

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