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Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009

Build the arena — with fed money!

Editorial: Our editorial board says that the federal stimulus package has changed the equation and it’s now time to build the Atlantic Yards arena on Washington’s dime. A rare signed editorial by Publisher Ed Weintrob! Comments (58).

Why can’t this man dig in Prospect Park?

Park Slope: The city has quietly expelled treasure-hunting hobbyists from Prospect Park — but the metal-detecting motley crew is fighting to get back inside to search for the riches buried there. Comments (44).

Our print version — online!

Page 1: This is another unbelievable print edition of The Brooklyn Paper. We’ve got coverage of the metal detector ban in Prospect Park, an artist’s plan to live on a green barge this summer, the Museum of Modern Art’s Brooklyn invasion and all the arts, news and features you’ve come to expect from Brooklyn’s real newspaper. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Art attack! MoMA takes money battle deep into Brooklyn territory

Art: The Museum of Modern Art — with more masterpieces than an art history textbook — took a shot across the Bauhaus of the Brooklyn Museum this week, plastering a Downtown subway station with ads that will turn it into a month-long annex of the Manhattan institution. Comments (7).

Waterweird! Aquatic art colony — with greenhouse — to set sail in May

In the wackiest work of aquatic art since Olafur Eliasson’s controversial “Waterfalls,” a team of local artists are planning to live aboard an eco-friendly floating habitat all summer long. Call it the “Freegan flotilla.” Comment.

It’s our bill! Two boro reps are all over stimulus package

Politics: Two Brooklyn lawmakers got their names — and maybe even their stamp — on the most important piece of legislation since the Great Society. Comments (1).

Brooklyn is star of this comic novel

Books: Williamsburg hipster chicks will eat you alive, says this graphic artist in a new collection of comic stories. Comments (1).

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming takes a look at the Macy’s on Fulton Mall. Comment.

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual. The highlights this week include a missive about Steve DiBrienza’s attempt to win back his old City Council seat, plus letters on the Miss America pageant, Brooklyn Bridge “Park,” and campaign fundraising. Comment.

Valentine’s savings

Shopping: Retailers and restaurateurs on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope are putting their hearts on sale for Valentine’s Day. Comments (1).

People’s Firehouse may become community center

Williamsburg: Williamsburg’s “People’s Firehouse” is one step closer to living up to its name. Comment.

Readers to Smartmom: Stop already

More readers react to Smartmom’s declaration that she will keep writing about her kids. Comments (1).

Big fat Greek feast

Dining: Park Slope restaurateur Spiro Hiotis named Athena Mediterranean Cuisine after the Greek goddess of wisdom (and, perhaps more important, his daughter) — and it seems that his newly opened eatery has been blessed with some divine intelligence. Comments (22).

Our exclusive family calendar!

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

Honest, Abe to return to Grand Army Plaza

Park Slope: Abe Lincoln will soon be back where he belongs. Comments (2).

Macy’s to Brooklyn workers: You’re safe for now

Shopping: Macy’s will be laying off thousands of workers nationwide — but the several hundred employees at the chain’s Brooklyn flagship on the Fulton Mall are safe. Comment.

Que Syrah, Syrah! CB2 backs liquor license

Dining: Prohibition is over in Community Board 2! Comments (3).

Pedestrian run down on Eighth Avenue!

Mean Streets: An SUV plowed into a pedestrian on Eighth Avenue during the morning rush on Monday, sending the 57-year-old man high into the air, witnesses said. Comments (9).

‘Warsaw’ no ghetto for record fans

Shopping: Just take those old records off the shelf and make room for new vinyl in your collection, because dozens of vendors are again storming Warsaw on Feb. 15 in what is fast-becoming a major musical event in the borough. Comment.

Twitter ‘writers’ get their Pulitzers

Event: This article is too long to win a Shorty Award. Comments (3).

Lights, camera, accidents

Mean Streets: A string of traffic lights has turned a Dyker Heights drag into a demolition derby, according to neighbors who are calling on the city to remove the signals. Comments (3).

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009

Bourbon joint on the rocks! LeNell’s to close...really

Shopping: LeNell’s, the Red Hook liquor store with more kick than downhome moonshine, will close on Feb. 21, but could possibly reopen near its Van Brunt Street location soon, its owner told The Brooklyn Paper. Comments (4).

Gallery Players’ ‘Millie’ is ‘Thoroughly’ entertaining

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Our critic raves about “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Gallery Players. Comment.

The secrets of love…in one book!

Books: Ben Karlin, a former “Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” writer, will read from his book about bad breakups on Feb. 13 in DUMBO. Comment.

Smartmom takes on her critics — including her daughter

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom Day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist reacts to the condemnation of her as a bad mom. Comments (31).

Monday, Feb. 2, 2009

Simply the best! Brooklyn Paper wins five more top awards

Podcast: The award-winning Brooklyn Paper has added more trophies to an overflowing display case, picking up top honors in five editorial and design categories from the Suburban Newspapers of America, a leading newspaper professional and trade organization. With video … Comments (1).

Friday, Jan. 30, 2009

DiBrienza: I’m back, baby, I’m back!

Park Slope: Former Councilman Steve DiBrienza sent shockwaves through the race to succeed Bill DeBlasio, jumping into a race that already has six capable candidates. Comments (13).

M is for mourning; R is for regret

Transit: Politicians, transportation activists — and a bagpipe player — buried the M and R train in a pre-emptive funeral service for the lines, which face severe service cuts under the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s proposed “Doomsday Budget.” Comments (2).

Brooklyn Bridge bark! Local anger spills over at ‘park’ meeting

Bridge ‘Park’: Mounting costs to build Brooklyn Bridge Park with no completion date in sight incensed critics during a presentation of long-sought budget figures for the controversial park-and-condo project on Thursday night. Comments (9).

The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Saturday and Sunday

Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Sound nix at Sound Fix

Music: It will be remembered as the day the music died: After five years of free music, one year of free stand-up comedy, and lots of noise complaints, Sound Fix, a Williamsburg record store, is closing down its bar and live-music space. Comment.

Fewer trash cans means less trashy streets?

Bay Ridge: There’s trash everywhere in Bay Ridge, and soon there won’t be a place to put it. Comments (4).

Superfund to pay for Greenpoint cleanup

Greenpoint: Greenpoint is getting ready to get clean. Comment.

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