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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Our print version — online!

Page 1: This week’s print edition of The Brooklyn Paper is as good as newspapers get. Our front page has the latest news about the city’s plans to reopen the House of Detention, a story about a City Council candidate who won’t attend an event because it’s in a church, and the latest on the mayor’s bid to take over the Brooklyn Bridge Park development. Inside, you’ll find our full spring preview in our award-winning GO Brooklyn section, plus all the features, columns and calendars you expect from Brooklyn’s best newspaper. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Ringling Brothers coming to Coney: sources

Coney Island: The world-famous Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Barnum circus will deliver a shot in the arm to the flagging “People’s Playground” by setting up its big top in Coney Island this summer, two sources told The Brooklyn Paper last Thursday. Comments (4).

Judge: City can reopen House of D

Boerum Hill: A state judge ruled on Tuesday that the city can fully reopen the Brooklyn House of Detention right now — but the mayor’s controversial $440-million plan to double the jail’s capacity must go through a rigorous public and environmental review. Comments (1).

Cookie won’t crumble! Totonno’s will reopen!

Dining: Totonno’s — arguably the best pizza in the city — will reopen in the same Neptune Avenue location that was badly damaged by a fire on Saturday night, its owner told The Brooklyn Paper. Comments (1).

No to MTA bailout

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper editorial board calls for no increases in revenue for the inept MTA until the transit agency is reformed. Comments (17).

Jacques treat! Torres getting into ice cream

Dining: Chocolatier Jacques Torres has again made mouths water by spilling the beans on his latest treat: DUMBO’s Willy Wonka is expanding into ice cream. Comments (1).

Bite of spring

Dining: Our top chef offers her contribution to The Brooklyn Paper’s spring fever coverage. Comment.

Our cartoonist takes on Bay Ridge’s anti-karaoke community board

Coney Island: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming wants his karaoke! Comments (1).

It’s spring fever time

Everyone talks about global warming, but no one seems to do anything about it. In other words, baby it was cold outside for much of the past four months. Comment.

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: This week, our letters include one from a New York City Hall of Famer’s tribute to late great blogger Robert Guskind. Comment.

DUMBO will be a mail power

DUMBO: DUMBO is finally asserting its mail power. Comments (1).

Big Impression(ism): Caillebotte at the Brooklyn Museum

Art: Gustave Caillebotte may be the Rutherford B. Hayes of Impressionist painters. True, his name might not often be mentioned in the same breath as Monet and Renoir, but without this canvas jockey, the whole artistic movement might never have gotten off the lily pad. Comment.

New fancy beer store in Greenpoint

Shopping: Buying beer in Greenpoint is about to become a gourmet experience. Comment.

Tish: Follow the money

Atlantic Yards: Councilwoman Letitia James has found a Brooklyn angle on the nation’s populist outrage against AIG, calling on the British bank Barclays to not use the billions in taxpayer funds funneled to it by the insurance giant on its $400-million naming rights deal at the proposed Atlantic Yards arena. Comments (4).

It’s T time for Ridge cars

Bay Ridge: Finding a parking spot in Bay Ridge is about to become as easy as crossing your T’s. Comments (13).

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jew gotta be kidding! Abraham can’t go to church basement forum

Election: Council hopeful Isaac Abraham, an observant Hasidic Jew, has turned down a political club’s endorsement forum invitation because the event is in a church basement. Comments (26).

Board thinks karaoke is just off-key prostitution

Bay Ridge: Community Board 10 shot down a liquor license application by a karaoke club owner largely believing that the sing-a-long parlor’s private rooms were really just brothel beds. Comments (15).

This ‘Bus’ breaks down

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Mike McLaughlin, the butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension, slams “Bus Stop” at the Gallery Players. Comments (2).

Authors may want to plead the ‘fourth,’ thanks to Heights college prize

Books: For some novelists, the fourth time’s the charm — especially if they win a new prize being offered to fourth novelists by St. Francis College. Comment.

Shake your Coney-maker to ‘save’ the People’s Playground

Coney Island: One awesome party next week might not be enough to save Coney Island, but it can’t hurt. Comments (2).

High-wire act in Williamsburg

Dance: Whizzing gizmos, flying trapezes, rooftop jumps, and revolving 20-foot floors — all part of STREB dance company’s opening show on March 27. Comment.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

State: ‘Park’ still on time — for now

Bridge ‘Park’: Despite uncertainty in the days after Mayor Bloomberg’s stunning announcement on Thursday that the city should take control of the Brooklyn Bridge Park development from the state, the development’s president said on Monday night that the earliest park sections are still scheduled to open by the end of this year. Comments (2).

Happy St. Pat’s

Event: And don’t forget the big parade in Bay Ridge on Sunday! He’ll be there, too! Comment.

CB2 says this can is a can’t

Downtown: A city plan for a public restroom in Columbus Park should be flushed away, critics say, because planners chose a location that’s too public for such discreet business. Comments (2).

Nurses rally at Methodist for more, well, nurses

Park Slope: Nurses took to the street in front of New York Methodist Hospital on Monday to demand a beefed-up nursing staff to alleviate what they said is a patient-to-nurse ratio that is twice the industry standard. Comments (6).

So what if Smartmom ain’t so smart?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom admits her flaws. Comments (4).

The wizard is Ozzie! Public servant finally gets due

Meet the Cal Ripken of public service: Ozzie Fletcher. Comment.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tenants hope this plan is in ruins

Brooklyn Heights: Opponents of a controversial plan to build a garage in the courtyard of an historic Brooklyn Heights apartment complex are hoping that a blast from the past will put the brakes on the project. Comment.

‘Park’ taking shape? These mounds aren’t just dirt, park planners say

Bridge ‘Park’: Just as the mayor is working out a way to take over the Brooklyn Bridge Park project, the construction of the first permanent section of open space in the long-stalled state-run development are underway, park planners said last week. Comment.

Hairs to the winners!

Williamsburg: He survived a freak fire that ignited his impresively full beard — yet Steve “Leon” Lutz still went on to win the gold at last week’s Beard and Moustache Championship. Comments (1).

Marty’s going Dutch!

Politics: Brooklyn’s Beep is about to head out on a fact-finding tour of our borough’s ancestral homeland, Holland. We always knew he had a big mouth — now he’s getting tulips, too! (We’re kidding, we’re kidding!). Comments (7).

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mayor to take over Brooklyn Bridge Park?

Bridge ‘Park’: Mayor Bloomberg told reporters at his daily press briefing today that the city has the means to take over the stalled and underfunded state-run Brooklyn Bridge Park development — and turn it into a city park. 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.

Good buy! The Brooklyn Paper joins News Corp.

The Brooklyn Paper has been bought by the Rupert Murdoch-led News Corporation. Comment.

Two endorsements in Brooklyn!

Politics: We don’t usually think much of endorsements, frankly, but when the Working Families Party throws its weight around, we get the news out. Click below for our stories on the party’s two endorsements today.

Kelso brewer discovers that no good pint goes unpunished!

Brooklyn Angle: A Clinton Hill brewer’s blood drive idea is snubbed by its would-be benefactors. Comment.

It’s Ben’s anniversary!

Podcast: It’s time for that most exciting of Brooklyn Paper traditions — the one-year anniversary video! Here’s our installment for beloved no-longer-freshman reporter Ben Muessig. Watch for a brief appearance by Avyeq, the late, great masturbating walrus. With video … Comments (1).

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.

Here’s one way to fill all those empty Billyburg apartments

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A Williamsburg man has a Web site and a dream — to fill empty apartments throughout the neighborhood quickly, and reap the discounts. Comments (8).

The first of two St. Pat’s parades is this Sunday!

Event: Park Slope’s annual march is Sunday. Bay Ridge follows the next week. Good times. Comment.

OMG! Mike McLaughlin is sick!

Podcast: Senior Reporter Mike McLaughlin called in sick today. But is he really ill? Click to watch the video and judge for yourself! With video … Comment.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mayor to take over Brooklyn Bridge Park?

Bridge ‘Park’: This just in: Mayor Bloomberg told reporters at his daily press briefing today that the city has the means to take over the stalled and underfunded state-run Brooklyn Bridge Park development — and turn it into a city park. Comments (10).

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).

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