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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009

Our print version — online!

Page 1: This is another unbelievable jam-packed issue of The Brooklyn Paper. In addition to stories about Brooklyn Bridge Park, Atlantic Yards, Coney Island and other major development projects, there are photos of our editor naked. Yes, naked. And we don’t even charge you for this. Amazing. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Comment.

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming takes a dim view of our economic situation. Ooh, rough. Comment.

Yes on Dock Street

Editorial: Our editorial board reiterates its support for Jed Walentas’s Dock Street proposal. Comments (17).

City: Rocket will soar again

Coney Island: City officials accepted Astroland’s iconic rocket as a gift — and vow to include it in a revived Coney Island amusement park. Comments (1).

Torah horror for Heights shul!

Brooklyn Heights: The holiday was kosher, but the return trip was a nightmare for one Brooklyn Heights synagogue, which lost a sacred Torah in a car break-in on Sunday night. Comments (1).

City budget whiz says Bruce’s Yards deal needs retooling

Atlantic Yards: Add another voice to the chorus of city officials who say that the city should renegotiate its deal with developer Bruce Ratner, whose Atlantic Yards mega-project is in jeopardy due to the economic crisis. Comment.

It’s art! Slope store lets you reveal yourself

Art: Got a deep dark secret? Why not post it on the front of a Park Slope vintage jewelry and clothing store? Comments (1).

Bushwicking! Get to this low-key hip neighborhood now

Shopping: Everyone meet Bushwick: Williamsburg’s cooler sister who doesn’t wear as much make-up. Comments (2).

Selloff! Long Island College Hospital holds fire sale

Cobble Hill: The cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital is selling a chunk of its real-estate portfolio to stave off its ongoing financial meltdown, reviving the controversy that nearly tore the hospital apart in 2008. Comments (1).

Six and the city (council)

Politics: Now that term-limit opponent Councilman David Yassky (center in photo above) has made stronger indications that he is indeed running for comptroller and not for re-election, the six candidates to succeed him (including Isaac Abraham, right) say the money will really start flowing into their coffers. Comments (6).

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual with letters. The highlights this week include a letter from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, the guy who finished 48th on our “90 to watch in ‘09” list, and a woman who hates Park Slope’s entitled parents. Comment.

Hams on a roll: It’s time for the Idiotarod

Event: Stupid is as stupid does. Comment.

Make a ‘Stop’ for Stumptown Coffee

Dining: The Stumptown revolution continues! The Portland-based coffee purveyors that will soon open a roasting plant in Red Hook are now offering their gourmet grinds at the newly opened Second Stop Café in Williamsburg. Comment.

Steel away

Event: Brooklynites who bleed black and gold won’t have to go far to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, because the Brownstone belt boasts some of the liveliest Pittsburgh Steelers bars around. Comment.

It’s a flea-some in DUMBO

Shopping: Brooklyn’s “wee flea” just got a wee bit bigger. Comment.

‘Green’ school moves forward

Bay Ridge: A city plan to build an elementary school at the site of Bay Ridge’s now-demolished “Green Church” advanced last week, thanks to a nearly unanimous vote by Community Board 10. Comments (4).

Civic calendar

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

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

Dock Street foes, supporters clash at hearing

DUMBO: Opponents of a controversial residential tower proposed to rise next to the Brooklyn Bridge brought their case to Borough President Markowitz on Tuesday night, bitterly describing developer Jed Walentas’s project as bad public policy and a disastrous way to treat the fabled and legendary span. Comments (27).

‘Park’ costs go up again!

Bridge ‘Park’: The cost to construct — and operate — the troubled Brooklyn Bridge Park development has gone up again, but its planners say that the higher maintenance cost is actually a cut! Comments (1).

Update: Snubbed Miss New York tells us she’s not bitter

Brooklyn Angle: Miss New York speaks to her greatest champion, The Brooklyn Paper, about her stunning defeat in Las Vegas this Saturday. Comment.

Rape renews Fort Greene crime fears

Fort Greene: A high-profile rape in Fort Greene last Thursday unleashed pent-up frustration from neighborhood residents who say they feel the neighborhood is becoming dangerous — even though statistics show that crime keeps falling. Comments (1).

‘Telecom hotel’ vacancy filled by housing

Fort Greene: A developer wants to transform one of Fort Greene’s most imposing and desolate blocks by building housing, a supermarket and — be still your beating hearts, pinheads — a bowling alley. Comment.

Port noise complaint! Authority says Red Hook too quiet for working piers

Red Hook: The Port Authority has revived the idea of moving Brooklyn’s only port operations from its historic Red Hook home to Sunset Park — less than a year after signing a new 10-year lease with the operator of the existing port. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009

The poser: Gersh Kuntzman is all nude!

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist doffs his duds, does the full monty, drops his drawers, bares all, and twists the wick for a bunch of art students. A very special Brooklyn Angle column — and accompanying podcast. With video … Comments (11).

Downturn, down spirits

Vox Pop: There was lots of doom and gloom at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce “Economic Outlook Breakfast” at the Brooklyn Marriott on Tuesday morning. Our reporter, Mike McLaughlin, button-holed some of the paricipants and found that some people are still looking on the bright side of these dark times. Comment.

Port Authority seeks cheap power for idling Red Hook cruise ships

Red Hook: The Port Authority and Carnival Cruise Lines say they want to cut air pollution from docked sea-liners at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, but power companies could short-circuit the initiative. Comments (1).

What’s up, Dock? Lobbying fees, that’s what

DUMBO: DUMBO’s principal real-estate development company has spent more than $400,000 on lobbying over the past two years — a time period that corresponds to the company’s effort to persuade city officials to back a controversial plan for an 18-story residential building and public middle school. Comments (3).

Now here’s something to ‘Celebrate’

Event: Brooklyn’s hottest summer concert series is warming things with a rare winter dance party at the Bell House on Feb. 7. Comments (1).

Smartmom decides to keep it real

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom Day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist gets criticized for writing about her kids — but it’s her writing, and her kids, so buzz off! Comments (19).

Shakespeare troupe wants Bay Ridge to be new Stratford on the Narrows

Theater: Something is rotten in Bay Ridge for an acclaimed Shakespearean theater troupe that is struggling to find home. Comments (5).

Monday, Jan. 26, 2009

Update: Miss New York is wrongly snubbed!

Brooklyn Angle: Well, folks, the inevitable has happened: Miss New York — the former Miss Brooklyn, Leigh-Taylor Smith — was cheated out of the Miss America title on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Comment.

Doom and gloom! Boro businesses are pessimistic

A wave of doom and gloom is rippling across Brooklyn’s business community — surprise! — according to a new survey of borough professionals released on Monday. And they have every right to be scared out of their minds, according to experts who gave a foreboding economic forecast the next day. Comments (1).

Press release of the week: Save energy by showering less

Politicrasher: The nation is in economic turmoil — and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny is on the case. Comments (2).

Friday, Jan. 23, 2009

Five lies! Blogs wrong about Five Guys on Court Street

Dining: The popular hamburger chain Five Guys is expanding — but not to a location on Court Street in Downtown, as was wrongly reported by a number of blogs on Thursday. Comments (8).

Miss New York to roll over the competition!

Brooklyn Angle: Here she is, Miss America! Comments (3).

Coney residents: Asser Levy us alone!

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz’s pet project — a major concert venue in Coney Island that would be a physical legacy of his two (and perhaps three) terms in office — crashed into neighborhood opposition from critics who say it will be too big and too loud. Comments (13).

Herb Kaufman, Heights preservationist, dies

Brooklyn Heights: Herbert Kaufman, a prominent architect who was integral in preserving historic brownstones in Brooklyn Heights in the 1960s, died on Jan. 13 from an infection to his lungs. He was 92. Comment.

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