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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Movin’ on up! Paper office shifts to Metrotech

Downtown: So long, DUMBO. Hello, “Metrotech.” Comments (7).

Starchitect Enrique Norten builds his dream house in Slope

Park Slope: Internationally renowned architect Enrique Norten is transforming an unassuming Park Slope block with a striking condominium building, but the high-minded design gets only modest marks from people more accustomed to the neighborhood’s normal bricks and brownstone. Comments (6).

Our print version — online!

Page 1: It’s another great print edition of The Brooklyn Paper. This week, we’re packed with coverage of Atlantic Yards, a new financing plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park, an angry populus as it turns its sights on Wall Street, the possibility of Ringling Brothers coming to Coney, and, of course, coverage of our editor’s bike getting stolen (again!). In addition, there’s full coverage of the ping pong craze in our award-winning GO Brooklyn entertainment section. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Flora in the hole, as ‘bombers’ spill their seeds

Williamsburg: Gardening in North Brooklyn is about to become a form of rebellion. Comments (4).

Ire-land! Brooklyn wants to stick it to the man!

Everyone is angry all over the place. Click below for our coverage of the populist outrage!

Squadron’s ‘Park’ plan

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper editorial board is cautiously optimistic about a state Senator’s plan to eliminate housing inside Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comments (1).

Get jazzed for the Central Brooklyn festival

Music: The hills of Brooklyn will be alive with the sound of music — jazz music — throughout April. Comment.

Ping pong is the new city game

Ping Pong has bounced back. Comments (3).

Our cartoonist takes on the MTA!

Cartoon: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming sees only danger ahead for subway and bus riders. Comment.

Someone stole my bike — again!

Brooklyn Angle: This newspaper’s famously bike-riding editor has had yet another bike stolen — the second time in eight months that his wheels have been swiped. Comments (9).

Bring it!

DUMBO: The Brooklyn Paper has caught March Madness — and given the resurgence of Ping Pong, there was only one cure: An NCAA-style, bracket-enabled, three-round grudge match. Comment.

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: This week, our letter writers express their usual outrage over something we did. Comments (1).

Watch Gersh eat his last rice and beans in DUMBO!

DUMBO: As you know, the staff of The Brooklyn Paper will be moving from DUMBO to spiffy new offices in the Metrotech complex next week. All week, Editor Gersh Kuntzman has been gorging on DUMBO’s culinary riches — and inviting viewers along for the juicy ride. In yet another installment in his ongoing series, “The Last Days of DUMBO,” today Gersh enjoys a cilantro-free plate of rice and beans from Los Papi’s. With video … Comment.

Gehry says he was ‘misconstrued’ over predicting Yards demise

Atlantic Yards: Starchitect Frank Gehry quickly recanted — sort of — a statement he made earlier in the week that the Atlantic Yards project is dead. Comment.

Norse code

Event: One of the few reminders of the bygone days of Norwegian hegemony in Bay Ridge — the annual Miss Norway of Greater New York pageant — returns on April 4. Comment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Arrest in George Weber murder!

Carroll Gardens: Police have arrested a teenage suspect for the vicious murder of WABC newscaster George Weber, whose body contained more than four dozen stab wounds when it was discovered in his Henry Street apartment on Sunday afternoon. Comments (26).

Eighth Ave and Prospect Park West should go both ways

Mean Streets: The people have spoken — and they want two-way streets to fix the mess of Grand Army Plaza and the dangerous “speedways” of Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West. Comments (8).

Last chance to fill in your March Madness bracket!

DUMBO: The Brooklyn Paper’s March Madness Ping Pong Classic is coming up soon, so fill in your bracket today! Comment.

Not a drop to drink! Bloomy pitches new water meter plan

Bloomy in the ’Hood: Yeah, the mayor wanted to talk about water meters (which is fine, we guess), but when you have a press conference at the Brooklyn Brewery, would it kill someone to pour that other important liquid? Comments (2).

Kuntzman’s bike stolen — again!

DUMBO: This newspaper’s famously bike-riding editor has had yet another bike stolen — the second time in eight months that his wheels have been swiped. Comments (11).

Watch Gersh eat his last Jacques Torres cookie!

DUMBO: As you know, the staff of The Brooklyn Paper will be moving from DUMBO to spiffy new offices in the Metrotech complex next week. All week, Editor Gersh Kuntzman has been gorging on DUMBO’s culinary riches — and inviting viewers along for the juicy ride. In yet another installment in his ongoing series, “The Last Days of DUMBO,” Gersh ravages a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie. With video … Comments (2).

Sexy Alyssa Milano hits homer with her baseball book — yes, a baseball book

Books: Everyone wants to get to second base with Alyssa Milano, which makes sense because the sexy star loves baseball, too. She’ll be reading from her new baseball book next week in Bay Ridge. Comments (3).

Craigsthief preys on the naive with ‘paid shopper’ ploy

Williamsburg: If a job sounds too good to be true — it probably is, according to cops at Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comments (1).

Checkin’ in with Neal Freeman, the new director of The Gallery Players

Checkin’ in with: “The Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension” sits down with the new face of Park Slope’s legendary off- off-Broadway troupe. Comment.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Museum fee hike suggestion being followed

Prospect Heights: Art lovers proved to be largely untroubled by the Brooklyn Museum’s surprise hike in the institution’s “suggested donation” on Saturday from $8 to $10. Comments (2).

Sour ‘Chef’ may turn ‘Sweet’

Dining: It could be a sweet ending to a sour story as Sweet Melissa considers a move into the former Busy Chef space on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights. Comments (1).

Hepcat is building up some resentment

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom calls in a handyman when Hepcat could have easily done the work himself. Comments (2).

Culture has docked in Red Hook

Red Hook: The homeless, floating symbol of Red Hook’s once-thriving maritime past, the tanker Mary Whalen, will get a permanent home near the neighborhood’s container port and cruise ship terminal, city officials revealed last week. Comments (1).

An out of this world party on Yuri’s night

Event: Space nerds prepare for Brooklyn’s night of a hundred billion stars. Comment.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Results of the Greenpoint Mac Off — with video!

Greenpoint: Our intrepid and mac-and-cheese-loving editor, Gersh Kuntzman, “covered” Sunday’s Greenpoint Mac Off, that annual walking tour of the neighborhood’s best macaroni-and-cheese entrees. With video … Comments (2).

Ridge library closures are a double feature

Bay Ridge: The Brooklyn Public Library is closing the book on Bay Ridge readers, shuttering the neighborhood’s second branch library for renovations even before repairs to the first one are finished. Comments (8).

Squadron seeks tax money to get ‘Park’ built

Bridge ‘Park’: State Sen. Daniel Squadron unveiled a radical new proposal for the underfunded Brooklyn Bridge Park development that would eliminate hundreds of planned condos from the park and, instead, use property taxes from nearby landowners to pay for the controversial park project’s upkeep — but several critics immediately punched holes in the plan. Comments (16).

George Weber, radio newsman, found dead in apartment

Carroll Gardens: A well-liked radio newscaster is found fatally stabbed in his Carroll Gardens apartment. Comments (3).

Here’s the pitch — O’Malley still out at home

Brooklyn Heights: Baseball fans willfully tore open the deepest wound in sports history by sitting there on Saturday to hear Peter O’Malley, the son of the hated Walter O’Malley, defend his dad. Comments (3).

Don’t forget to fill in your March Madness bracket!

DUMBO: Just two more days to fill in your Brooklyn Paper Ping Pong Classic bracket! Comment.

Subway suicide at Borough Hall

Brooklyn Heights: A man jumped to his death from the Manhattan-bound 4 train platform just after noon on Monday at the Borough Hall, tying up subway service for about 90 minutes, authorities said. Comments (18).

Friday, March 20, 2009

Is the fix in for Flatbush?

Park Slope: A business group wants to make Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope more friendly — and it’s even lined up a few bucks to study the problem. Good luck with that. Comments (4).

DiBrienza to city: investigate me

Kensington: Embattled former councilman Steve DiBrienza asked the city to release information about his neighborhood non-profit group in the wake of reports in The Brooklyn Paper and the New York Post about the group’s alleged misuse of taxpayer money. Comments (2).

Secular healing! Club finds non-church venue for political forum

Election: A Brooklyn political club has moved the location of its scheduled forum so that Jewish candidate Isaac Abraham can attend. Comments (22).

Memorial service set for beloved blogger Guskind

Friends and family of late blogger Robert Guskind have announced a memorial service for April 4. Comments (20).

Brooklyn Museum raises suggestion — and the suggestion is that you pay more

Prospect Heights: Art lovers who head to the Brooklyn Museum tomorrow will get a surprise: the institution’s “suggested donation” will rise on Saturday from $8 to $10. Comments (5).

Did city lie about its Dock Street plans?

DUMBO: A huge trove of documents just released by the School Construction Authority bolsters the case of opponents of David and Jed Walentas’s Dock Street project that the city has not acted in a fully transparent manner. Comments (29).

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: Sarah Lentz asks the “Smash or Trash” team to review her song. How did it turn out? Not so well! With video … Comments (1).

Watch Gersh eat his last Cuban!

DUMBO: As you know, the staff of The Brooklyn Paper will be moving to offices in the Metrotech complex next week. As such, Editor Gersh Kuntzman begins a new feature, a daily tribute to the things he loves about DUMBO. Today’s entry: the Cuban at Pedro’s. With video … Comments (5).

Thursday, March 19, 2009

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).

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