Sign up for daily news emails!

News archive

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009

You’ll have no issues with this edition

Page 1: As you read this, the print edition of The Brooklyn Paper is still making its way to our delivery spots borough-wide, so why wait? Why not click the link above and download our entire issue onto your computer right now? Doing so will give you instant access to all of the features that make our print edition so beloved: great graphics, award-winning columns, our police blotters and so much more. The Brooklyn Paper — a juggernaut! Comment.

30 years, 30 stories: Our biggest news stories

30 Years: Brooklyn has changed, and The Brooklyn Paper has been through it all the way. From urban renewal to the “brownstoners” to the young urban professionals, every newsmaker we covered had, in his or her small way, a role in creating “The New Brooklyn.” Comments (8).

Health care circus comes to Bay Ridge on Tuesday!

Politics: Set your calendars and grab your tea bags — Rep. Mike McMahon is bringing the health care town hall craziness to Bay Ridge. Comments (2).

Walentas sued over slippery Dock docs

DUMBO: Did the developer play fast and loose with the zoning map to get his Dock Street project through the approval process? A new lawsuit says yes. Comments (3).

In the stink! Famed pink house pulled off the market in legal dispute

Park Slope: Don’t believe everything you read: The famous “Pink House” of Garfield Place is not for sale. Comment.

Whine merchants! CB1 approves oddly controversial tapas bar

Williamsburg: A Williamsburg community board approved a liquor license for a surprisingly controversial upscale wine bar that an angry group of residents has bitterly fought on the grounds that the party neighborhood is oversaturated with watering holes — even though the opponents were silent when 19 other bars were rubber-stamped for the same licenses. Comments (9).

Neighbors say F.U. to Le Bleu rooftop bar

Nightlife: Park Slope residents claim that Fourth Avenue’s sky-high Vue Restaurant and Lounge isn’t just on the roof — its noise levels are through it! Comments (10).

Love him and Lethem! The Bard of Boerum Hill speaks to us!

Books: The bard of Boerum Hill has turned his attention to the Upper East Side. Comment.

And from the old-style mailbag…

Letters: A wide-ranging group of missives, from one complaining about our coverage of the Brooklyn Friends School plan on State Street to a letter from a man upset about Vito Lopez’s betrayal of the Democratic Party. It’s all good fun. Comments (1).

She’s the female Wildman

The famous forager finally has some female competition. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009

State’s highest court hears Yards case

Atlantic Yards: If the seven judges of New York State’s highest court have any sympathy towards a small group of landowners suing to block the condemnation of their properties so Bruce Ratner can build a basketball arena, they had a funny way of showing it on Wednesday. Comment.

Love him and Lethem! The Bard of Boerum Hill speaks to us!

Books: The bard of Boerum Hill has turned his attention to the Upper East Side. Comment.

Hynes slapped for wrongful prosecution of O’Hara

Politics: It took 12 years, but John O’Hara finally beat District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comments (4).

Two years later, but grant winner finally opens her bookshop

Books: Greenlight Bookstore is here at last! Comments (6).

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009

New Yards suit — one day before the old Yards suit

Atlantic Yards: One day before a climactic court hearing that could clear a major legal barrier for Bruce Ratner, opponents of the developer’s residential, retail, office and arena mega-project filed another lawsuit this week, this time challenging the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s mid-summer “sweetheart” renegotiation with Ratner. Comments (16).

Burger Bash was a burger bust for our man Kyle

Dining: Crown Heights burger maestro Kyle Huebbe wowed The Brooklyn Paper with his horseradish-topped sliders, but his ground beef concoction couldn’t beat meaty offerings from some of the nation’s best chefs at the Burger Bash in DUMBO on Friday. Comment.

Finally — you be the reporter!

We know you love The Brooklyn Paper — so now you get a chance to join the ranks of Senior Reporter Ben Muessig and Cub Reporter Will Yakowicz and write a Brooklyn Paper story yourself! In the spirit of the old Mad Libs game (though nothing like it at all because of legal reasons!), click on the link above and insert the parts of speech that you think will make our copy sing. Next week, we’ll print the funniest story in The Brooklyn Paper — so choose your words carefully! It’s fun for the whole family! Comment.

There’s a Republican in the Food Co-op!

Politicrasher: Joe Nardiello is a different kind of Republican, but on a few issues, he’s not different enough. Comments (3).

BAM is showing the best films ever — all from 1962

Cinema: It’s a weird retrospective, but one of the best: 12 of the best films ever, all from 1962. Comment.

Inspector Grabit

Fort Greene: Robbers pose as restaurant inspectors to make a big score on Fulton Street. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

How do you like them apples? Baked, preferably in a pie

Shopping: So, you picked apples all weekend. Sweet Melissa shows you what you can do with them Comment.

Brooklyn singer needs cash for next album

Music: If you ever wanted a pop singer to write and record and album all for you, it’ll only cost you $5,000. Comments (5).

Monday, Oct. 12, 2009

What the F? Agency admits that the F train has problem

Transit: The F train is slower, dirtier and less reliable than other lines in the subway system, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority finally admitted in a bombshell report released on Friday. Comment.

Whine merchants! ‘Overwhelmed’ W’burgers oppose $11 Cabernet bar

Williamsburg: A small, but angry, group of Williamsburg residents, claiming that the neighborhood is oversaturated with watering holes, picked an odd way of making its case on Thursday night by vehemently protesting a liquor license for an upscale wine bar while not making a peep as 19 other bars in the same neighborhood were approved for the same licenses by a Community Board 1 panel. Comments (6).

War is hell (of a book!)

Checkin’ in with: Meet a man who wrote the book on war. Comments (1).

Hepcat is not taking this couch search lying down

Smartmom: Finally, Smartmom’s husband agrees to look at couches. For this marriage, that’s a huge step forward. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 9, 2009

Bloomy says he’ll begin $150 M Gowanus clean-up next month

Cleaning Our Waterways: Mayor Bloomberg put the money where his mouth is last Friday as he he announced the start of a city-funded $150-million Gowanus Canal clean-up plan that he claims would be speedier than federal Superfund designation — but opponents contend wouldn’t sufficiently clean the fetid waterway. Comments (8).

Marty is king of queens as Beep secures big bucks for gay center

Development: Brooklyn’s wandering gays are one step closer to realizing a long-held dream of opening a permanent community center in the borough, thanks to a new pot of cash at the end of their rainbow. Comments (6).

Monday, Aug. 31, 2009

Finally — you be the reporter!

We know you love The Brooklyn Paper — so now you get a chance to join the ranks of Senior Reporter Mike McLaughlin and Less-Senior Reporter Ben Muessig and write a Brooklyn Paper story yourself! In the spirit of the old Mad Libs game (though nothing like it at all because of legal reasons!), click on the link above and insert the parts of speech that you think will make our copy sing. Next week, we’ll print the funniest story in The Brooklyn Paper — so choose your words carefully! It’s fun for the whole family! Comment.

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson bash is a complete success

Fort Greene: The Nethermeade in Prospect Park rocked in tribute to the King of Pop — and it was even spic and span within minutes. Comments (8).

Links