Sign up for daily news emails!

News archive

Thursday, June 25, 2009

BAILOUT! State cuts new deal to save stalled ‘Atlantic Yards’

Atlantic Yards: State officials threw Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner two lifelines this week in an effort to salvage the bare bones of his original 16-skyscraper office, residential and basketball arena complex. Comments (19).

Our entire newpaper — with a teaser in verse!

Page 1: The Brooklyn Paper is here for you online / And you can read it all right now without spending a dime / We’re promoting it in verse to hype our poetry section / We also cover arts, features and developers’ erections. / There are stories inside that are so profound, man / This is Brooklyn, baby — not Newfoundland! / It’s all one click away, point at the link above / Read the whole issue — show us some love! (Apologies to William Butler Yeats, to whom this is dedicated.) Comment.

Bermuda ‘Triangle’! Huge controversy over city’s East Williamsburg housing project

Williamsburg: Here it is, folks: Ben Muessig’s full “reporter’s cut” version of the Broadway Triangle saga. It’s a story you won’t want to miss. Comments (6).

New poet laureate will have big muse to fill

Brooklyn Angle: Brooklyn begins the search for a successor to late great poet laureate Ken Siegelman. Comments (3).

Williamsburg’s ‘Taj Mosquito’

Williamsburg: Check out these far out pictures. Comments (1).

The best thing we ate this week: The ‘Greenpoint’ Vietnamese sandwich

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: If the banh mi sandwich is a symbol of French colonialism in Vietnam, then the Polish-style banh mi at Silent H in Williamsburg is an emblem of the gentrification of North Brooklyn. Comment.

City pedals Hamilton Ave bike lane

Mean Streets: The ever-expanding network of bike lanes will penetrate deeper into Carroll Gardens and Red Hook later this summer as the city paints fresh routes on Ninth and Columbia streets. Comments (5).

Road awakening at Ikea

Mean Streets: Fewer people are driving to the one-year-old Ikea in Red Hook than the Swedish superstore expected, but big box traffic is exacerbating backups at a historically pesky intersection, a new study finds. Comments (1).

City makes ‘history’ in Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights: Prospect Heights has joined its better-known upscale neighbor Park Slope as Brooklyn’s latest historic district. Comments (1).

And from the mailbag

Letters: More letters objecting to our pro-Atlantic Yards arena editorial. Comment.

‘Fix’ is in! Sound Fix to relocate — and live music will return

Shopping: Yes, one of Brooklyn’s best record stores is moving out of its home of five years, but Sound Fix owner James Bradley has some good news for his customers, too: Live music performances will return! Comments (1).

It’ll be ‘Indie-pendents’ Day in Bushwick

Music: Forget the BBQ and drop those hot dogs this Fourth of July — and get ready for a real celebration of indie-pendence. Comment.

Four boro filmmakers need your help!

Cinema: Believe it or not, but four out of 10 young auteurs in a Netflix-sponsored filmmaking contest are from Brooklyn. But all four are trailing in the balloting. What’s up with that? Comment.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

MTA full board rubber-stamps Ratner bailout

Atlantic Yards: As expected, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a massive public bailout of the struggling Atlantic Yards project today, changing the project’s financing to save developer Bruce Ratner hundreds of millions of dollars. Comments (5).

Robicell’s cupcakes are Devil’s food for Thanksgiving

Dining: It’s no secret that Robicelli’s cupcakes are amazing. Comment.

Papacito’s is burglarized

Greenpoint: Banditos raided the beloved Manhattan Avenue Mexican restaurant Papacitos early on June 21 and escaped with a safe loaded with $10,000. Comments (1).

Ridge grocer finds the sweet path to success

Shopping: Robicelli’s Gourmet Market has found the perfect cure for the recession blues: cupcakes. Comment.

Could this be the new face of Flatbush Avenue?

Mean Streets: Flatbush Avenue would become a walkable, livable, shoppable boulevard — no, really! — under a new plan being put forward by a local business group that is frustrated by the dour, traffic-choked strip between Grand Army Plaza and Atlantic Avenue. Comments (17).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

State on BQE fix: Failure IS an option

The planned rehabilitation of the crowded and dangerous section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO — a roadway that includes a stretch with 10 times more accidents than the state average — may not bring the aging interstate up to federal highway standards, officials admitted last week. Comments (9).

No fly zone! Quidditch game in McCarren Park did not get off the ground

Greenpoint: They came to play Harry Potter’s favorite game — but these would-be wizards and witches failed to take off. Comments (16).

A surprise on Teen Spirit’s birthday — he DOES want a party

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Teen Spirit admits that he wants a party on his 18th birthday. Comment.

Myrtle Ave building collapse looked bad, but injuries are minor

Clinton Hill: A startling building collapse on Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill on Sunday has left more than a dozen families homeless. Comment.

Monday, June 22, 2009

So here’s the deal: Ratner to get huge break from MTA

Atlantic Yards: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will move ahead with a massive public bailout of the struggling Atlantic Yards project, changing the project’s financing to save developer Bruce Ratner hundreds of millions of dollars. Comments (14).

Williamsburg to city: Our streets are clean enough

Williamsburg: North Brooklynites are demanding a reduction in street cleaning — and with it a cut in the number of days that drivers must shuffle their cars due to alternate-side parking regulations. Comments (9).

Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn’s poetic voice, is dead

Brooklyn’s poet laureate, Ken Siegelman, died on Friday at his home in Gravesend. He was 63. Comments (2).

There is no savior: Brooklyn Bishop lets pastor fire principal in Catholic school flap

Park Slope: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will not step in and save the job of a beloved Catholic elementary principal — despite an outpouring of support from parents at the Park Slope school. Comments (44).

Cafe Grumpy opens in Park Slope!

Dining: There’s nothing grumpy or obnoxious about this great new coffee bar. Comments (2).

You want mermaids? We got mermaids

It was raining, but a fun time was had by most at this year’s Mermaid Parade. Enjoy our photo feature. Comments (2).

Happy birthday to the NYPD’s longest-serving civilian

The NYPD’s oldest civilian employee, Teri Pellicano, was honored on Friday with a birthday bash thrown by her pals in the department’s Coney Island transit station. Comment.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

How sweep it is! Cyclones take two from hated Yanks

Cyclones: There is joy in Metville once more: The Brooklyn Cyclones swept their two-game, rain-shortened opening weekend series from the hated Staten Island Yankees, reigniting a cross-Narrows rivalry just as intense as the big-league Subway Series. Comment.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Two takes on Ringling Brothers’ new Coney circus

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey opened their new “Boom a Ring” one-ring circus in Coney Island last night — so The Brooklyn Paper brought out the big guns: Puppetry, juggling and mime reviewer Thurston Dooley and theater critic Mike McLaughlin, “The Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension.” Both critics weigh in below.

Frank’s singing the Coney blues

Rhythm & News: In his latest “Rhythm and News” feature, the Bard of Bushwick, Frank Hoier, sings the “Ballad of Coney Island.” With video … Comment.

City plan for BQE fix is less clean and less green

Mean Streets: A city search to fix the polluted and ugly trench portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens is no longer as ambitious as it once was. Comments (3).

Links