Page 1: This week, The Brooklyn Paper looks back at over 30 years of covering the borough we call home. That’s right, The Brooklyn Paper — intoduced as a tabloid covering the Downtown business district in 1978 — is now thirtysomething! And we’ve dedicated an entire issue — available right here, right now — to this milestone. Normally, we use this space to tout our Web site. But today, we implore you to pick up a copy of the real thing — it’s truly a collector’s edition!
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)
Thirty years of covering Brooklyn
30 Years: If there’s one constant in Brooklyn over these last 30 years, it’s change. A Rip Van Winkle returning waking up in a Brooklyn neighborhood after a three-decade slumber might not be able to recognize the place. From the glistening new towers on the Williamsburg waterfront to Yuppies in Bay Ridge, this borough has been in flux for all of our 30 years of covering it. Here’s our look back at how each of the vibrant communities in our coverage area have changed over the years.
Our photographer Tom Callan has been shooting Brooklyn for longer than a mob henchman. And he’s got the scars to prove it. Whether getting beaten up by Mike Tyson in 1998 or by thugs at the notorious Club Wildfyre in the late 1980s, Callan has been getting in people’s faces for years. Comments (2)
The years when it all came together
30 Years: Brooklyn is certainly not the same as it was in 1978 when the first issue of The Brooklyn Paper rolled off the printing press. Yet our first issues contained coverage of some of the exact same development projects that make headlines today. From Brooklyn Bridge Park to the McCarren Park Pool to Atlantic Yards to the Fulton Mall, the pace of development in this borough has been slow and not always so steady. Find a project below and read all about it!
Melissa’s cooking it all up for Thanksgiving
Dining: Our own Sweet Melissa takes you through a classic holiday meal — one dish at a time.
Brooklyn’s City Council delegation is pushing to give city’s workers more sick days, setting up a clash with the borough’s own Chamber of Commerce, which opposes the bill as too costly to Mom and Pop. Comments (4)
Crime: If it’s Wednesday, it’s Police Blotter day on BrooklynPaper.com. Find your neighborhood below or click the link above to get a full list.
The woman who kept Coney Island’s Astroland alive during the neighborhood’s long decline only to see it close down one season too soon says she wants back into the action. Comments (4)
State officials have finally put a price on Daniel Goldstein’s opposition to the Atlantic Yards project — it’s going to cost the activist $80,000. Comments (34)
Cops are still investigating a shooting near Myrtle Avenue. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (2)
Our reporter went to a Republican anti-health care reform rally in Bay Ridge on Sunday. Here’s what he heard from the locals. Comments (14)
The couch saga is finally resolved: Hepcat gives in and Smartmom gets to replace her 18-year-old Ikea couch. Whew. Comments (4)
Jesse Levitt, owner of the Minor Arcana on Washington Avenue, is optimistic. Comments (1)
The Cyclones newest manager may have had one of the shortest stints as a major league skipper, but team brass said that former Mets infielder Wally Backman has the right stuff to take the team all the way next season. Comments (1)
Shuttle busses replaced regular F train service again this weekend — and a “screw-up” by the Metropolitan Transit Agency left Brooklyn straphangers frustrated and confused. Comment
The eternal flame is not living up to its name — again. Comments (6)
Our columnist certainl thought it was — until he called the architect and had it all explained to him. Comments (9)
Plans are in the works for a real gym. No more half-court basketball games for these kids. Comments (10)
Plenty of bars show European football matches, but at the long-awaited Black Horse Pub in Park Slope, you can watch Manchester United live while eating fried eggs, Irish bacon, black pudding, sausage, baked beans, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and fried toast — and wash it down with a spot of tea or a pint of Guinness. Comments (7)
Thieves were in such a rush to get the tires off this Lexus that they even left their jack behind! This was the scene on the block between Henry and Hicks streets last Friday, a few hours after thugs stripped off the fancy wheels — which cops say have a street value in the thousands. Comments (2)
The city is moving quickly to bring rides and other amusements this summer to seven acres of beach-front land that it bought on Thursday from landowner Joe Sitt — issuing a request for proposals from theme park operators this morning. Comments (3)
A new effort to make Brooklyn Heights more pedestrian-friendly may have taken a wrong turn, as new sidewalk extensions at Joralemon and Hicks streets will make the intersection a concrete obstacle course for fire trucks exiting the nearby firehouse. Comments (20)
Finally, the beauty pageant for the little engine that could is generating some interest. Comments (19)
Cleaning Our Waterways:
The federal government is now looking at charging the U.S. Navy and the city of New York for the clean-up of the fetid Gowanus Canal. Comments (7)
Buffalo Wild Wings has plucked the feathers off its weekly cheap wings promotion after hordes of rowdy students descended on the sports bar, resulting in two separate shooting incidents on Tuesday night. Comments (18)
A piece of sculpture at the Pratt Institute asks you to scribble down your inner-most thought. Relax, it’s art. Comment
Comedy is coming to the Knitting Factory. Comment
The push to downzone Boerum Hill has begun! Comments (1)
The celebrity butcher finally breaks his silence about his new butcher shop, the Meat Hook. Comments (2)
Mayor Bloomberg has sealed his deal to buy Joe Sitt out of Coney Island, purchasing seven acres of the speculator’s 12.5-acre Coney holdings for a whopping $95.6 million. Comments (5)