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Friday, March 13, 2009

Take a ‘Road Trip’ with Miss Suzy at Southpaw

Dooley Noted: Our kids music, mime and puppetry reviewer previews Suzy Shelton’s upcoming concert. Comment.

A ‘landmark’ Arby’s to take historic Gage space

Dining: When the roast beef sandwich joint Arby’s opens in the historic Gage and Tollner storefront this spring, there will be big changes on the menu — but hardly any alterations to the eatery’s famed interior, the restaurateur behind the fast food franchise told The Brooklyn Paper. Comment.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Good buy! The Brooklyn Paper joins News Corp.

The Brooklyn Paper has been bought by the Rupert Murdoch-led News Corporation. Comments (17).

Toll Brothers’ Gowanus project sails through Council

Gowanus: A development company’s goal of transforming a stretch of the Gowanus Canal into a 447-unit project with a scenic esplanade along the fetid waterway earned the overwhelming support of the City Council on Wednesday. Comments (7).

DiBrienza scandal has him rethinking Council race

Politics: Ex-Councilman Steve DiBrienza is considering pulling the plug on his race to win back his old seat in the wake of a growing scandal over yearly, six-figure payouts from the City Council’s so-called “slush fund” to the non-profit DiBrienza has run since leaving the legislature in 2001. Comments (11).

DiBrienza must quit

Editorial: In light of a scandal, our editorial board calls on Steve DiBrienza to abandon his race for his old City Council seat. Comments (9).

Our print version — online!

Page 1: This edition of The Brooklyn Paper is packed with all the news you need — including the biggest story of the week: Our purchase by the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corporation. You’ll also find stories on the death of blogger Robert Guskind, a new scandal for former Councilman Steve DiBrienza and our exclusive GO Brooklyn investigation on how hard it is to “live the dream” and open your own coffee shop. You’ll also find all the calendars and features you’ve come to expect from — and will always get from — The Brooklyn Paper. Your neighborhood, your news. Comment.

Rabbi in costume helps bust shul house rocker

Brooklyn Heights: Cops nabbed a man they’d wanted for repeatedly breaking into a Brooklyn Heights synagogue over the past few months — and the man who ID’d the thief was a rabbi already in his Purim costume! Comment.

Community board wants changes in Bloomy Coney rezoney

Coney Island: Coney Island’s community board called on Wednesday night for Mayor Bloomberg to radically remake his controversial plan for the People’s Playground with concessions to its primary critic: the amusement area’s main landowner, Joe Sitt. Comments (2).

Sympathy for THIS Devil? For O’Malley? Neva!

Event: The son of former Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, perhaps the most reviled man in the history of the Western Hemisphere, will face down a borough still livid at losing its beloved Bums to Los Angeles more than half a century ago. Comments (18).

Living the dream?

As Caroline Bell serves shot after shot of espresso in her beloved Greenpoint coffee shop Cafe Grumpy, she often wonders one thing: if she knew then what she knows now, would she have given up her restaurant job to open her own cafe? Comment.

A shrine to Sharif

Park Slope: Broken skateboards, melted candles, flowers, cigarettes and hand-written cards at the 15th Street entrance to Prospect Park formed a makeshift tribute this week to Carroll Gardens teen Sharif Abdallah, who died on Sunday after a scuffle inside the park. Comments (55).

Graffiti war comes to DUMBO

Books: There’s a new chapter in the never-ending war between graffiti writers and the police — a book penned by a retired cop has sparked outrage in the scribbling community. Comments (2).

It’s time to ‘Dine’ — in Brooklyn

Dining: Gentlemen, start your appetites. Comment.

Our cartoonist on Coney

Coney Island: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming weighs in on this week’s supposed approval of Mayor Bloomberg’s Coney Island plan by the neighborhood’s community board. Comment.

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: This week, our letter writers focused on Atlantic Yards, bridge tolls, bridge repairs and a public toilet for Grand Army Plaza. Comment.

It’s the bodega of the future — today!

Dining: A Greenpoint restaurateur is having a go at reinventing the city’s most ubiquitous culinary standby — the corner bodega. Comments (3).

It’s Lincoln’s birthday, but you get the present

Event: To celebrate Abe Lincoln’s just-passed 200th birthday, the Brooklyn Historical Society is showing off its most-prized possession: an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by the man himself. This is a big deal. Comment.

New boss at ‘Park’ Conservancy

Bridge ‘Park’: The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy tapped its vice president, Nancy Webster, to become the group’s acting director after longtime leader Marianna Koval announced her resignation last week. Comment.

Get your Gersh on

TV: Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman was once again in the moderator chair for Brooklyn Independent Television’s top show, “Reporter Rountable.” Check it out! Comment.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

From People’s House to White House: Ridge Rep. gets first visit with Obama

McMahon on Line 1: The latest installment of our popular feature chronicling new Bay Ridge congressman Mike McMahon’s first year in office. Today, a report on McMahon’s first sit-down with President Obama (note: 61 other people were there, too). Comment.

A shrine to Sharif

Park Slope: Broken skateboards, melted candles, flowers, cigarettes and hand-written cards at the 15th Street entrance to Prospect Park formed a makeshift tribute this week to Carroll Gardens teen Sharif Abdallah, who died on Sunday after a scuffle inside the park. Comments (55).

Grand Army Plaza toilet moves a–head

Park Slope: Brooklynites, get ready to move to flushing! Comment.

Screwed DUMBO driver speaks!

Mean Streets: A law-abiding DUMBO driver whose car was ticketed on Monday after the city installed new parking signs says the $115 citation is “unfair.” Comments (6).

Breaking chews: Cafe Grumpy to open in Park Slope!

Breaking Chews: The folks who gave Greenpoint the best coffee in the city are coming to the South Slope, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2).

Unemployed? Have we got an opera for you!

Theater: You may have just lost your job — but the last thing you want to sacrifice is your opera tickets. So, thankfully, the Brooklyn Repertory Opera is offering the newly jobless a $5 ticket to “Orpheus and Eurydice.” Comments (5).

Tyson’s corner: ‘Sexiest’ astrophysicist to speak about Pluto

Event: The Secret Science Club is finally ready for prime time. Comments (1).

Opera on Tap mixes high notes and high life

Music: It’s time to take opera out of stuffy concert halls and theaters and get it where it really belongs — in bars. Comments (1).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

CB13 panel backs — and bucks — the mayor on Coney rezoney

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial plan to remake Coney Island won — and lost — in a community board committee vote on Monday night that revealed vast local concerns about the mayor’s vision and some support for the amusement area’s main landowner Joe Sitt, an outspoken critic of the mayor’s ambitions. Comments (1).

A sticky situation at the Brooklyn Museum

Art: Artist Sun Kwak is covering an entire gallery with black masking tape. No, it’s cool. Really cool. Comments (1).

He’s Brooklyn’s OTHER borough president

Checkin’ in with: Did you know that two borough presidents live in Brooklyn? You do now! Comment.

What happens on Facebook should stay on Facebook

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom gives her report from deep inside Facebook. Comments (6).

Monday, March 9, 2009

DUMBO surprise! Boy, this guy got screwed!

DUMBO: Parking rules were changed on Washington Street during the day, making scofflaws out of some legally parked drivers. Comments (3).

Full-steam ahead for Whalen tanker

Red Hook: An ongoing project to restore a 71-year old tanker scored a big hit this weekend when organizers acquired and started cleaning an all-important engine for the beleaguered boat. Comments (3).

‘Producers’ will spend big time

Theater: “The Producers” was one of the most-lauded shows in Broadway history. Now, it’ll be the most-expensive community theater production ever in Brooklyn. Comments (2).

Friday, March 6, 2009

Bob Guskind — an appreciation

Brooklyn Angle: Lost in the confusion and pain over the death of Brooklyn’s premiere blogger Robert Guskind on Wednesday at age 50 is something important to this old-media scrooge: He was a great journalist. Comments (12).

Picture of the day! Hey, kids, reading is FUN!

What’s wrong with this picture? Start with those guys on the left. Comments (7).

‘Dance’ line! Palestinian protesters object to high-stepping Israeli troupe at BAM

Fort Greene: There’s a new front in the fight over the Gaza Strip — the doorstep of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comments (8).

Kelso brewer discovers that no good pint goes unpunished!

A Clinton Hill brewer’s blood drive idea is snubbed by its would-be benefactors. Comments (1).

McMahon on line 1: Ridge Rep. writes first bill — and lands key post

McMahon on Line 1: Oh, dear, our little congressman has grown up — and so quickly! Rep. Mike McMahon has introduced his first bill. And he was also named the whip for the Democratic freshman class. No wonder he was on the phone with us again this week. Comments (6).

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: Sarah Lee Guthrie — Arlo’s little girl — invited The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team to “review” her latest hit single, “Dr. King,” in advance of her performance at Jalopy on Thursday, March 12. Good news for her — it’s a smash! With video … Comment.

The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Saturday and Sunday

Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this Valentine’s Day weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Columbia Street on the down low?

Columbia St Waterfront: Intense lobbying from residents of the Columbia Street Waterfront District prompted the city to include their sliver of a neighborhood in a broader initiative to restrict new building heights in Carroll Gardens. Comment.

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