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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Our print version — online!

Page 1: Pop quiz: The old-fashioned print edition of The Brooklyn Paper is jam packed with a) a package of stories on the Gowanus Canal clean-up effort; b) a guide to the borough’s burgeoning flea market scene; c) an interview with a woman who never had an orgasm; d) intense coverage of the city’s plans to calm traffic in Prospect Park; e) the best listings in Brooklyn; or f) all of the above. If you picked “f,” you win! How do you claim your prize? Click the link above and start reading it all! Comment.

EPA honcho: Superfund can’t stop the stink!

Cleaning Our Waterways: The feds cast doubt on the city’s plan to clean the Gowanus Canal — but admit that the Superfund plan would not fix the biggest problem: the hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage that end up in the canal whenever it rains. Comments (16).

Hot under the collar!

Williamsburg: This Williamsburg lingerie store owner is sorry to say that she opposes the annual “Williamsburg Walks” car-free Bedford Avenue plan. Comments (23).

Marty’s borough haul continues

Politics: Not-for-profits controlled and created by Borough President Markowitz continue to rake in donations from companies that have benefitted from his support of controversial projects like Atlantic Yards and the cruise ship terminal in Red Hook. Comments (4).

City rolls out two-way bike lane on Prospect Park West

Mean Streets: The wheels are in motion for a revolutionary, two-way bike lane along Prospect Park West that would not only aid cyclists but, supporters say, would also calm the southbound speedway. Comments (26).

Here’s the beef: Arby’s ‘Gage’ plan moves ahead

Dining: Fast food chain Arby’s plans to open a roast-beef emporium on the Fulton Mall in the landmark former Gage and Tollner restaurant site moved ahead on Wednesday night. Comment.

Flea bitten

Shopping: Brooklyn has become flea-ridden — and shoppers have got the itch. Comments (5).

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: This week, a letter about “gay” pizza night and one about charter schools — plus more comments from our online readers. Comments (1).

The Nerve! Avant garde troupe sets up shop in Park Slope.

Theater: Meet Park Slope newest residents: a cutting-edge theater troupe that will call the neighborhood home. Comments (1).

Checkin’ in with … a woman who has never had an orgasm

Checkin’ in with: Our reporter interviews Mara Altman, author of a new book about her inability to reach certain heights. Comments (4).

Park Slope to MTA: Unseal our long-lost subway entrances

Park Slope: On Flatbush Avenue, the stairway to heaven might actually lead underground. Comments (4).

Green light! Photo legend Duggal has new bright idea

Baldev Duggal made his name in photo processessing, but now he’s tackling something bigger: saving the planet one street light at a time. Comments (1).

He’s an animal

Williamsburg: This is not District Attorney Charles Hynes — but it is one of his honorees! Comment.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bloomy to feds: Keep your cleaning crews out of my canal!

Cleaning Our Waterways: Mayor Bloomberg last night trashed a federal proposal to dub the toxic Gowanus Canal a “Superfund site,” saying that such a designation would stifle private investment near the waterway and impede the city’s own environmental remediation. Comments (13).

Cars will be stuck in ‘Park’ under city plan

Mean Streets: A city plan to bar cars from driving out of Prospect Park at two key exits has excited cyclists and walkers — and infuriated a neighborhood group that has long clashed with the city over automotive traffic in the landmarked greenspace. Comments (7).

Is this a symbol of hate?

Carroll Gardens: Cops say no — the swastikas in Carroll Park are just graffiti. Comments (5).

Williamsburg and Greenpoint downzoning moves forward

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Greenpoint and Williamsburg are about the get shorter. Comments (1).

Where are they now — on gay marriage?

Vox Pop: Gay marriage is in the news again. So where does your elected official stand? Comments (4).

Meters on Montague Street will be a real stitch

Brooklyn Heights: Everyone hates the parking meters on Montague Street — but what if they were covered in bright, hand-knitted sleeves that look like the socks grandma used to make? Comment.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Losing his composure!

Man writes symphony. Brooklyn Philharmonic ‘butchers’ it. That’s going to be one heck of a lawsuit! Comments (2).

‘Siberia’ exile finds home in Brooklyn

Nightlife: The legendary bar impresario who turned a subway sub-basement into the hottest watering post in the city has finally opened a Brooklyn tavern. Comment.

Jay-Z’s truck never gets out of park

Shopping: Looks like Jay-Z’s Rocawear tractor-trailer ran out of gas. Comment.

Cock a doodle…Windsor Terrace?

Windsor Terrace: The rooster of Windsor Terrace has been saved! Comment.

Smartmom pining for a foreign affair

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom bemoans how little foreign travel her kids have done and realizes who’s to blame: she is. It’s not just the economy, stupid! Comments (4).

This art show is in the genes

Art: The theme of the Micro Museum’s newest exhibit, “DNA ’r Us,” is genes. But don’t come expecting to learn about biology when the show opens on April 25. Comment.

Monday, April 13, 2009

‘Vino’ Vito finally heads to the slammer

Bay Ridge: Disgraced former Rep. Vito Fossella has abandoned his appeal of last year’s drunk-driving conviction in a Virginia court and will likely begin a five-day sentence behind bars this weekend. Comment.

Ping pong madness — an exclusive podcast!

DUMBO: On the eve of The Brooklyn Paper’s all-out ping pong grudge match with the staff of the Water Street Restaurant and Lounge on Thursday, April 16 in DUMBO, here’s some exclusive video that really shows what the restaurant is in for. As we say in our Metrotech newsroom, bring it, suckers! With video … Comment.

Poster Boy sells out in Bushwick

Art: The borough’s most sensational anti-advertising activist has sold out! Comments (2).

Friday, April 10, 2009

Sacre bleu! Patois, Smith Street pioneer, goes to Gaphattan!

Dining: The restaurant that started it all on Smith Street just kissed Brooklyn goodbye. Comments (7).

Red Hook vendors will be back, baby!

Red Hook: The beloved food vendors in Red Hook Park, who are in the midst of building a gustatory empire across the borough, will be back where it all began on May 2. Comments (2).

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 tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comments (1).

The Suckers get the “Smash or Trash” treatment

Smash or Trash: The Suckers wanted The Brooklyn Paper’s “Smash or Trash” team to review their new single before their April 23 show at Glasslands. We’re happy to oblige, though we doubt the band will agree with our conclusions. With video … Comments (2).

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