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Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009

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Page 1: Why wait until Friday to grab your NY Post and get our paper inside? Or why wait until you’re shopping on Saturday at your favorite Key Food to pick up The Brooklyn Paper’s award-winning print edition. Get the entire document — a historic, collectors edition! — simply by downloading it right here, right now! And this week’s edition has everything that you’ve come to expect from The Brooklyn Paper: great graphics, scintillating articles, award-nominated columns and all the news coverage that keeps us ahead of the times and on top of the news. And as we say in our Metrotech newsroom, keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Smith Street is not so ‘Bueno’ anymore

Dining: First Jim Mamary — and now Alan Harding! Man, can a guy just get a decent meal anymore? Comments (11).

DeBlasio caught in the act

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper has put incoming Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio on notice, thanks to his quite-un-public effort to help a Carroll Gardens school last week. Comments (10).

Here’s a live poultry market with a Yuppie coffee bar twist

Shopping: Every Brooklynite has a discount card for his friendly neighborhood coffee shop — buy 10 coffees, get one free. Finally, this vital customer service has come to live poultry. Comments (3).

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009

Goodbye blue Monday — Ratner’s tax-free bonds may go on sale within days

Atlantic Yards: Get ’em while they’re hot! The tax-exempt bonds that are critical to financing the Atlantic Yards arena are set to go on the market next week — and they’re expected to sell faster than you can say “land grab.” Comments (7).

Safety first (First Place, that is)!

Mean Streets: Here she is, Smith Street pedestrians — your new crossing guard. Comments (5).

Re-cyclers! Activists repaint Bedford Avenue bike lane

Mean Streets: Call it a bikelash! Comments (11).

Broadway Triangle plan moves forward

Bushwick: The City Council’s Land Use Committee passed the controversial Broadway Triangle plan this week, all but clearing the way for approval from the full body — despite continuing outrage from a Bushwick councilwoman who opposes it. Comments (9).

The mailbag is full

Letters: We received letters about the ongoing restaurant labor controversy in Park Slope, Fresh Direct trucks, Norah Jones’s windows, shoddy construction and, of course, ourselves! Comments (1).

Another year on tap for ‘pool’ parties in East River State Park

Music: At ease, hipsters, it now looks like the “pool parties” will be back this summer. Comment.

Drummer tapped

Carroll Gardens: A musician is found dead in his Carroll Gardens apartment. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (2).

Sing us a song, you’re the weird guitar man

Williamsburg: It looks like an instrument out of the Mos Eisley cantina in “Star Wars,” and appropriately enough, its eccentric inventor has dubbed it “Guitar2-D2.” With video … Comments (1).

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009

Bill-der-dash! DeBlasio backtracks on exemption for private school

Carroll Gardens: Outgoing Councilman Bill DeBlasio has backtracked on his secretive effort to allow a politically connected private school to move ahead with a two-story extension atop of the courtyards that give Carroll Gardens is very character. Comments (6).

Re-cyclers! Activists repaint Bedford Avenue bike lane

Mean Streets: Call it a bikelash! Comments (11).

Mayor will pony up cash — if state hands over Brooklyn Bridge ‘Park’

Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s ill-fated Piers 2 and 3, which were essentially put on the back-burner when the park’s price tag topped $300 million last year, would be back in the picture if the city is given control of the long-delayed greenspace. Comments (7).

Lutheran synod finally speaks out about Bethlehem church battle

Boerum Hill: The governing body of local Lutheran churches has finally fired back — albeit in the form of a press release — against charges that it illegally locked out the congregation at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Comments (3).

Returned to senders! Mailman is back at Cadman Towers

Brooklyn Heights: Hundreds of residents of a Brooklyn Heights apartment tower hailed the return of their beloved letter carrier, four months after their building had been removed from his route amid supposed budget shortfalls. Comment.

These guys have something hot for you

Dining: Finally, there’s a genuine Egyptian hot sauce — made and bottled in Park Slope. Comments (9).

Bloomy shovels dirt at McCarren Park Pool

Bloomy in the ’Hood: This pool project is really happening. Get your swim trunks ready — for 2012. Comments (4).

Smartmom chaperones a Marriott sleepover

Smartmom: When Luvbud’s mom bails, Smartmom is called in to be the chaperone for a five-girl sleepover. Comment.

Can’t tell a Baa3 from an Aaa? Let the Explainer explain it all to you

The Explainer: The state is about to issue bonds to pay for the Atlantic Yards. But what’s it all mean? We asked The Explainer. Comments (2).

Monday, Dec. 7, 2009

Bloomy: Housing in ‘park’ is still the plan

Bridge ‘Park’: So much for that Daily News “exclusive” this morning. Comments (16).

DeBlasio carves out exception for well-connected school

Carroll Gardens: Has Councilman Bill DeBlasio sold out his district in one of his last official acts before becoming public advocate? Comments (7).

Lethem does it! Finishes his book in nine-hour marathon reading!

Cobble Hill: BookCourt was slouching towards Bethlehem to be born as Jonathan Lethem finished his “Chronic City” tour with a seemingly endless reading that ended in the wee hours on Saturday. Comment.

‘Rose’ developer has own thorn — he’s bankrupt!

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Here’s another reason why the would-be developer of an 800-unit apartment complex on the South Williamsburg waterfront is so desperate to get his site’s zoning changed from manufacturing to residential: He’s belly up. Comments (8).

The Butcher has his yuletide hatchet out

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The two pre-eminent Brownstone Brooklyn theater companies — the Heights Players and the Gallery Players — have trotted out hoary old Christmas “classics” this season. How do they stack up? Click on the reviews below to see what our Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension thought of both.

You’re no tourist at this Bar Celona

Dining: Take a fashion guru’s interior design skills and mix it with the small plates of Spain and the cocktails of a hipster lounge and you have Bar Celona, the hot new tapas bar in Williamsburg. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2009

EPA in no rush to Superfund; more tests coming for filthy canal

Cleaning Our Waterways: Hopes for the Gowanus Canal to quickly be designated a Superfund site were reined in last Thursday night as a top federal official cautioned that it is very rare for a proposal to be approved in less than a year. Comments (6).

Baryshnikov’s ballet company inks deal with BAM

Dance: Move over Lincoln Center, Baryshnikov’s old ballet company is coming to Brooklyn. Comment.

Hey, Park Slope — your Armory is almost ready (really!)

Park Slope: The long-delayed Park Slope Armory’s rebirth as a neighborhood recreation center really is now imminent, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (1).

A ‘Streetcar’ you’ll desire

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Cate Blanchett is Blanche DuBois in BAM’s production of “Streetcar Named Desire,” but Liv Ullmann’s direction fails to rely on the kindness of strangers. Comments (1).

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009

Pole vault! Woman hit for thousands in fines for one illegal act

Brooklyn Heights: A Brooklyn Heights small business owner faces thousands in fines — even though she only posted one thing on a Court Street lamppost. Comments (11).

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

Suit: Coney rezoney was baloney!

Coney Island: The main opponents of a city plan to rezone Coney Island’s faded amusement area in hopes of encouraging the development of housing, retail and a new 12-acre ocean-front amusement park have sued the city on the grounds that the new theme park isn’t big enough to attract the hordes of tourists needed to sustain the long-sought revitalization. Comments (3).

So, how bad was it at Coco Roco and Olive Vine?

Park Slope: More information emerges from the state’s crackdown on alleged restaurant labor abuse. Comment.

Bloomy vs. Thompson II: Mayor sues comptroller over jail reopening

Boerum Hill: The mayoral election has been resolved, but Mayor Bloomberg is still bashing outgoing Comptroller Bill Thompson — this time over the controversial Brooklyn House of Detention. Comments (3).

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