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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Our print version — online!

Page 1: New Metrotech offices — same great Brooklyn Paper! Inside our print edition, you’ll find great breaking news stories (Coney! Bloomy! DiBi!), fun features (like our exclusive eating and shopping tour of Downtown Brooklyn), and columns (including Smartmom and our editor’s follow up on his stolen bike story). In addition, you’ll find all the calendars and listings that you’ve come to expect from Brooklyn’s best newspaper. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Brooklyn Bridge historian McCullough denounces Dock St. project

DUMBO: Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough denounced a developer’s 18-story tower near the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday (though the view in the opponents’ photo op above would not be affected by the building). Comments (13).

A ‘Witness’ to the future as Watchtower buys land upstate

DUMBO: First came the sell-off, next comes the big move. Comments (60).

Joe $itt poised to cash in at Coney

Coney Island: Joe Sitt is poised to cash in. Comments (3).

City yells “Cut!” on filming in South Williamsburg

Williamsburg: South Williamsburg is no longer a Hollywood backlot. Comments (16).

Biz group tells Manhattan to get down — Downtown Brooklyn, that is

Downtown plan: The burghers of Downtown Brooklyn unveiled an expensive new marketing campaign on Thursday to lure companies and residents by saying that the global financial meltdown is actually “the moment” for the borough’s central core. Comments (4).

Park advocates: City has a ‘lot’ of explaining to do

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: It’s the parking lot with the best view in the city, but now open-space starved North Brooklynites are demanding that the city make good on its promise to turn the lot into a parkland paradise. Comment.

The signs are right (finally!) in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: Talk about writing a wrong! Comment.

BAM! Housing project is out of the cultural district

Fort Greene: A major mixed-income apartment tower planned for the BAM Cultural District is off the table due to the convulsions of the real-estate market, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2).

Our cartoonist takes on Bloomy!

Cartoon: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming sees a mayoral monarch in Mike Bloomberg. Comment.

Downtown tower keeps going and going and going…

Downtown plan: Workers haven’t even topped off at 111 Livingston St., slated to be the tallest building in Brooklyn. Comments (4).

The Brooklyn Paper wanders around Metrotech!

Downtown: The Metrotech complex in Downtown Brooklyn is a bit soulless and quiet for a place where thousands of people work and study. But the good news is that just a few steps in any direction from the verdant idyll at the heart of the center is a hustle and bustle worthy of an urban downtown. Comments (2).

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: This week, our letter writers share their grief about the theft of our editor’s bike. Comment.

Another chance to shake your Coney-maker

Coney Island: You partied for Coney Island on Tuesday, so now it’s time to shake your Coney-maker once more. Comment.

Project stalled, but Ratner is still buying Yard land

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards builder Bruce Ratner gave his long-delayed mega-development a rare sign of life when he purchased a new parcel in the project’s footprint for the first time in over two years. Comment.

The Wrens will fly at the Bell House

Music: The Wrens may be seen as a Jersey band, but the lead man is from Brooklyn, baby! The group plays the Bell House on April 10. Comment.

Sun thing else!

Downtown: Jewish faithful get ready to mark a celestial event that has only happened three times in human history. Comments (1).

Unleaded! Slope mom Denworth back with toxic new book

Books: Former Park Slope Civic Council President and local writer Lydia Denworth is back with a new book. Comment.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Silent spring at the River Cafe thanks to Waterfalls project

DUMBO: The Weeping Birches at the River Cafe have a reason for real tears this spring — even as other trees are already sporting buds, many of the famed eatery’s branches remain lifeless, a lingering wound from Olafur Eliasson’s arborcidal artwork, “New York City Waterfalls.” Comments (4).

‘Falling’ for the Armory

Park Slope: The long-delayed recreation center at the Park Slope Armory won’t be fully running until September, but there will be some school and camp use before that, according to representatives from the Prospect Park YMCA. Comments (1).

Broke-lyn Philharmonic cancels shows

Art: The Brooklyn Philharmonic might want to consider playing a funeral march — the cash-strapped orchestra just cut the remainder of its 2009 season, and laid off four workers, due to a lack of funding. Comment.

Meet today’s unemployed (yes, there are a lot of them)

Vox Pop: They are the faces of the unemployed — your neighbors, your friends, your relatives — and they came, by the hundreds, to a job fair at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday. Comments (1).

Meet our interns!

Podcast: Here they are — this spring’s crop of talented interns! Meet them all in this exclusive podcast! With video … Comment.

Brass ball

Music: Now is the time to celebrate the trombone! Comment.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

‘House’ fire! Thompson blocks Bloomy again at jail

Boerum Hill: Mayor Bloomberg’s contentious plan to reopen and expand the Brooklyn House of Detention suffered another setback on Monday when city Comptroller Bill Thompson blocked the project, citing a “corruptive” bidding process in awarding a $31.3-million contract. Comment.

Exclusive: First look at our Metrotech offices!

Downtown: We’ve all moved into our shiny new Metrotech offices Downtown, so Editor Gersh Kuntzman decided the time was right for a tour. Join Gersh, plus Brooklyn Paper stalwarts Mike McLaughlin, Ben Muessig and Señor Editor Vince “The Vincinator” DiMiceli on this exclusive first look at our swank new digs. With video … Comments (3).

Teen Spirit, 18, is ready to be a man

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom looks back on a topsy-turvy 18 years for Teen Spirit as her first child becomes a man. Comments (1).

How bazaar! A Park Slope flea market joins the crowd

Shopping: The borough’s newest flea market is about to land in a parking lot behind an Islamic School on 20th Street. Comments (8).

Bloomy stimulating Brooklyn

Transit: Federal stimulus money is rolling towards the city, and Mayor Bloomberg wants to use the cash to put 11 Brooklyn infrastructure projects in motion. Comments (4).

Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy together! Brooklyn Paper joins other papers at Metrotech

Downtown: All it took was the ceremonial severing of a bright red ribbon by Borough President Markowitz and it was official: The Brooklyn Paper was welcomed into its new offices at the Metrotech complex in Downtown. Comments (7).

Billionaire Bloomy needs you to volunteer for his campaign

Boerum Hill: Mike Bloomberg wants YOU — to volunteer for his race for a third term. Comments (7).

Scandal forces DiBrienza from race

Election: Former City Councilman Steve DiBrienza has reportedly abandoned his controversial and scandal-tarred campaign for his old seat. Comment.

I’m back on the road, thanks to a donated bike

Brooklyn Angle: Someone up there must like Gersh, because over the weekend, an anonymous Brooklyn Paper fan donated our famous bike-riding editor a new bike. Comments (3).

Friday, March 27, 2009

Give to groups that Bob Guskind supported

On the eve of next Saturday’s memorial service for blogger Robert Guskind, the late journalist’s family released a list charities and is asking for donations in Guskind’s name. Comment.

‘Pool’ concerts to make a big splash this summer

North Brooklyn’s famed McCarren Park Pool Parties – which music lovers feared would come to after getting booted from McCarren Park Pool last year – appear ready to dive on into East River State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront, the promoter told The Brooklyn Paper. Comment.

Slope has a new business ‘cycle’

Park Slope: The wheels are in motion for a new bicycle shop to open in Park Slope this spring, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (12).

New sign sends up a ‘Flare’ in Greenpoint

Shopping: A Meserole Avenue boutique reflects its neighborhood in many ways. Comment.

There’s definitely a ‘market’ for produce in Ridge

Shopping: Bay Ridge’s popular farmer’s market will remain at the former Key Food parking lot on Third Avenue — even after a Walgreens pharmacy opens at the site this summer, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comment.

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The New Haven techno band, Eula, asked The Brooklyn Paper’s “Smash or Trash” team to review one of its songs in advance of the show’s April 4 show at Death by Audio. The results were mixed: Gersh hated it, but Ben and Mike loved the song. Watch all the action as Gersh over-rules the team! With video … Comments (2).

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Meals on wheels for Tini Wine Bar

Dining: Call it the trail of cheers — the popular Red Hook bistro Tini Wine Bar lost its lease in one space, but paraded up Van Brunt Street as volunteers (and even some wine-bar-loving tykes) hoisted the eatery’s possessions to a new storefront on Sunday. Comments (1).

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).

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