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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009

Walentas ‘Dock’ project sails ahead — though foes still say it would ruin Brooklyn Bridge

DUMBO: A local community board resoundingly approved a controversial plan on Wednesday night for an 18-story building that opponents say would forever ruin views of the fabled Brooklyn Bridge, but supporters say will bring a much-needed public middle school and affordable housing to DUMBO. Comments (18).

… And now for something completely useless: The public offers its vision for Coney Island

Coney Island: The Manhattan-based the Municipal Arts Society asked the public for its ideas for Coney Island. Here’s what you came up with. Comments (7).

Online — and in print, too!

Page 1: Another classic issue! But why wait until our print version is in your hands when you can read it all right now? Click below for our exclusive stories on Brooklyn’s upcoming economic bust, V-J Day in Downtown, Marty Markowitz’s sudden decision that Atlantic Yards is no longer “feasible” and all the features, arts, listings and columns you expect from The Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn’s real newspaper for 30 years. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Downtown celebrates ‘V-J Day’!

Downtown: The occupation is over! Comment.

Hotel no tell

Bridge ‘Park’: A ballyhooed hotel that would have funded a large part of the maintenance budget for the controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park has been quietly abandoned by the condo-and-greenspace development’s planners. Comments (3).

Yes, you can: Inaugural events around the borough

Event: The borough that gave Barack Obama eight out of every 10 votes in November is ready to get down and party on Inauguration Day. Comments (1).

Bait and switch

Editorial: Our editorial board says that the new calls to cut costs at Atlantic Yards are par for the course for developer Bruce Ratner: promise the stars, shoot for the moon, get state officials to approve the clouds, then build a project that barely gets off the ground. Comments (5).

This artist is high!

Art: Artist Crit Streed is literally putting herself on a pedestal with her new project. Comments (3).

Experts: Real-estate boom about to go bust

Development: It’s the beginning of the end. Housing prices remained strong in Brownstone Brooklyn, but a huge drop in the number of sales might herald real estate doom, experts said. Comments (1).

D’town park moves forward

Downtown plan: The economy may be in trouble, but it hasn’t slowed down the city’s plans to build a Bryant Park–style park in Downtown. Comments (1).

It’s now pay to play at the Moxie Spot

Parenting: A Brooklyn Heights restaurant has gone from kid-loving to kid-charging overnight, proving once again that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Comments (2).

Czars of rock!

Music: Mumiy Troll, the seminal Soviet-era rock group, is undergoing a musical Glasnost. Comments (2).

Borough playwrights go center stage in series

Theater: The borough’s pre-eminent playwrights, from still-living legend Budd Schulberg (“On the Waterfront”) to comic David Lindsay-Abaire (“Fuddy Meers”), will be featured in their own series, starting next Saturday. Comment.

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual with letters. See what readers are saying about, among other things, our coverage of Atlantic Yards. Comment.

‘Lost’ and found

Nightlife: Fans of the adventure drama “Lost” looking for a premiere party next Wednesday need look no further than the Bell House, where a recap rock band will get fans up to speed. Comment.

North Brooklyn leads with its stomach

Breaking Chews: It’s a great time to be a North Brooklyn foodie. Two new restaurants have opened in as many weeks, bringing fresh eats to the burgeoning culinary scenes in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Comments (2).

Raging bull! Toro’s firing from CB1 panel is explained

Mean Streets: Get this: the chairwoman of a key North Brooklyn transportation panel was booted from her position because she attempted to correct a factual inaccuracy in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (of all places). Comments (3).

The 2009 camp guide

Parenting: The Brooklyn Paper’s roundup of summer camps for your kids. Comment.

Our exclusive family calendar!

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comments (1).

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Marty: Atlantic Yards no longer ‘economically feasible’

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Markowitz, one of Bruce Ratner’s staunchest allies, dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, saying that the $1-billion basketball arena at the heart of Atlantic Yards is no longer “economically feasible” and that Ratner and state officials need to give the expensive design “a second look” so that the structure can actually get built. Comments (11).

More ferry bad news at Ikea

Red Hook: Ikea has again slashed its free ferry and shuttle bus service, citing declining use of the complimentary transit by shoppers to its Red Hook megastore. Comments (3).

Spate of muggings has them ‘Byrned’

Park Slope: A gang of teens assaulted an 11-year-old on Monday — the latest in a string of after-school muggings in J.J. Byrne Park. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009

City to cobble together DUMBO streets

DUMBO: DUMBO is about to get stoned — restoned, that is. Comments (2).

Have an ice day in DUMBO!

DUMBO: Our podcast team is on another big story — this time, icy conditions at a DUMBO intersection. With video … Comments (1).

Meet the Baracklyn Cyclones

Even the Brooklyn Cyclones are taking advantage of the most anticipated presidential inaugural in decades. Comment.

This teen is a one-man crime wave!

Williamsburg: A teenager goes wild on Jan. 5 on the Southside of Williamsburg. Comments (2).

This show is a ‘beauty’

Dooley Noted: The world’s foremost authority on puppetry and mime reviews “Sleeping Beauty” at Puppetworks. Comments (1).

Economic slowdown? Welcome to Smartmom’s daily life

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom says she’s not worried about the Great Depression of 2009 — because living on less has been her lifestyle for years. Comments (1).

Green reads at PS 107

Event: OK, Readings on the Fourth Floor — quite possibly the only elementary-school fundraiser frequented by the Giants of American Letters — is still raising money to buy dead-tree-based books. But on Jan. 21, the Park Slope school’s annual series will feature authors who write about sustainability. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

The future of Coney Island is now porn! Sitt gives up site — and now it’s XXX rated

Coney Island: A Web site created by Coney Island landowner Joe Sitt to herald “the future of Coney Island” is now an adult-only site that hawks “the best porn on the Net.” Comments (7).

‘Unhappy Pets’: Ridge pet store to close

Bay Ridge: When Happy Pets closes on Jan. 31 — the beloved Bay Ridge pet supply store won’t be playing dead. Comments (2).

Hacker changes temple home page to pro-Hamas message

Bay Ridge: The conflict in Gaza is flaring up in Bay Ridge. Comment.

CB2 backs bid for wine bar booze

Dining: Owners of the proposed Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar cleared their first hurdle on Wednesday night when Community Board 2’s health, environment and social services committee voted to approve proprietor Mark Lahm’s liquor license application. Comments (1).

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009

Walentas opponents rally to ‘save’ Brooklyn Bridge  

DUMBO: Opponents of a controversial 18-story residential building and public middle school rallied on Sunday morning in hopes of blocking a building that they say will forever block views of the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Comments (13).

Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

Brooklyn Paper launches revolutionary ‘Brooklyn Wire’

Podcast: Finally: one-stop-browsing on the Web. Every Brooklyn story is just one click away, thanks to The Brooklyn Paper’s new “Brooklyn Wire” service. With video … Comments (2).

Di-nied! Cheyenne Diner NOT coming to Red Hook

Red Hook: A Red Hook developer who tried to rescue a Manhattan railcar diner from the wrecking ball has given up on his plan to move it to Brooklyn — but an 11th-hour purchase of the relic by an Alabama investor ended the eatery’s deep-fried deathwatch. 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 weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! With video … Comment.

Coney — the destruction continues

Coney Island: The iconic, cartoonish Coney Island Rocket was removed from its long time perch atop a fast-food stand in Astroland on Tuesday as part of the dismantling of the theme park that went out of business last fall. Comments (1).

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team is back — this time “reviewing” Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jessie Killguss’s new hit, “Gristmill,” in advance of her Jan. 17 show at Rose Live Music [345 Grand St., between Havemeyer Street and the BQE in Williamsburg, (718) 599-0069]. Brooklyn Paper poohbah Gersh Kuntzman executes a coup over the rest of the team in this very special “Smash or Trash.” With video … Comments (1).

Java man! New Hook roaster offers the best beans ever

Dining: No, you actually have never had a good cup of coffee — yet. But that’s all going to change once Stumptown Coffee Roasters — the brew that made Portland famous — opens its new roasting facility in Red Hook next month. With video … Comments (2).

MT-Hey! Station booths will be cut big

Transit: Buried deep in the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s proposed budget cuts are suggestions to close part-time and several full-time service booths — a move that could save the $10.8-billion agency millions, but could also compromise safety of its passengers by depriving riders of another set of eyes and ears late at night. Comments (4).

GOP talk: Two righties to take on Gentile

Bay Ridge: Two would-be Bay Ridge Republican stars are gearing up for this fall’s Council race against incumbent Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge). Comments (1).

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