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Friday, Dec. 18, 2009

Are you a nerd — or looking for one? Come to Union Hall on Dec. 29

Event: Union Hall will host an unprecedented speed dating night for nerds, because nerds need love, too! Comments (2).

Big money could ‘PAVE’ the way for new Red Hook school

Red Hook: A controversial charter school sought to diffuse mounting tensions inside the Red Hook building it shares with a public school by dropping the bombshell news that has almost all the money it needs to build its own permanent facility. Comments (15).

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

You are one click away from getting it all

Page 1: See that weird blue sentence above, the one that changes color as you roll your mouse over it? That’s actually a link that will take you to a wonderful place where you can download our entire print edition, right now. It’s really quite exciting — all the articles, graphics, columns and calendars are yours with one easy click. And, hey, happy holidays. Comment.

Suit: Church used its ‘Vito’ power

Williamsburg: A major atheist group and a priest are suing the borough’s Catholic leadership, alleging that the church violated its tax-free status by making thousands of pre-recorded calls during the November election campaign that endorsed candidates favored by Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Comments (6).

Bikes in buildings? Don’t hold your breath

Editorial: Our editorial board has some real problems with the city’s new “Bikes in Buildings” law. Comments (2).

No bull! This Montreal man will change your notion of pastrami forever

Dining: Noah Bernamoff is taking Brooklyn’s national dish to a new level. Comments (15).

Face it, you need help finding some bubbly for New Year’s Eve

Shopping: And the Greene Grape is happy to lend a hand. Comments (1).

They’re pudding on the ritz at Gordon Bennett

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: You don’t go to a British-style pub for the food — and you certainly don’t go for the dessert. Comments (3).

Our cartoonist’s take on the MTA service cuts

Cartoon: This week, Roofus says that there’s plenty of blame to go around regarding MTA service cuts. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

BREAKING: MTA approves massive transit cuts!

Transit: Brooklyn is facing a full-blown transit apocalypse — include massive bus service reductions and the elimination of an entire subway line — thanks to severe cuts approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board this morning. Comments (7).

Oy tannenbaum! Key Food manager under fire for holiday heresy

Brooklyn Angle: It’s the most wonderful time of the year — unless you’re Mike Jordings, the manager of the Key Food in Windsor Terrace. Comments (23).

New Bedford bike protest will keep cops abreast

Mean Streets: On Saturday, there will be nudity on Bedford Avenue — to protest the city’s removal of the bike lane, of course! Comments (29).

Bonds away! Ratner’s tax-free bonds are snapped up fast

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner scored roughly half the money he’ll need for his Atlantic Yards arena in a matter of hours yesterday, selling out $511 million in tax-free bonds that were snapped up by investors thanks to their high interest rate and investors’ faith in the project. Comments (4).

Veggies take a blow as Red Bamboo brings in meat

Dining: Vegetarianism may not be dead, but it’s certainly on life support now that stalwart veggie restaurant Red Bamboo will add meat to the menu. Comments (23).

Here they are — your Police Blotters

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. Comment.

The mailbag is full

Letters: Big news: The lede letter this week is from the Catman! Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009

MTA cuts would slice and dice Brooklyn

Transit: Brooklyn is facing a full-blown transit apocalypse — include massive bus service reductions and the elimination of an entire subway line — thanks to severe cuts approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board this week. Comments (17).

Mind the ‘GAP’! City may actually fix the northern part of Grand Army Plaza

Mean Streets: The city has lavished its traffic-calming gifts on the southern portion of Grand Army Plaza — but now, the Department of Transportation is poised, Santa-like, to start working on the North pole of Brooklyn’s most muddled roundabout. Comments (5).

Mugged and beaten

Park Slope: A thief knocked down a man and stole his briefcase on Sixth Street. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comments (1).

We did it! Paper helps singer raise money for new album

Music: Singer-songwriter Greta Gertler will finish her new album — and she has Brooklyn (and its Paper) to thank for it. Comments (3).

Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

Cyclist killed by trucker in Greenpoint!

Mean Streets: Another cyclist has been killed in a collision with a truck driver — this time just a few blocks from where activists were protesting the city’s removal of a popular bike lane on Sunday. Comments (11).

St. Nick — hittin’ the sauce!

Williamsburg: The many faces of Claus were on display at the “Santa Con” at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday, giving us exclusive pics of St. Nick as you’ve never seen him! (Far left) Santa grabs a smoke. (Top) The ever-jolly seasonal icon chugs a cold one. (Left) The Big Man texts about all the fun guys he’s meeting. Comments (2).

It ain’t ‘Swan’ lake for the beloved waterfowl of Prospect Park

Park Slope: Injuries, pain, sorrow are a swan’s only companion. Comments (22).

Soggy protest over Bedford Avenue bike lane

Mean Streets: Too much rain — and too many cops — made a repainting of the removed cycle path an impossibility. Comments (2).

Chewing it over with novelist Jonathan Safran Foer

Books: Our exclusive interview with the greatest writer of his generation, whose new book, “Eating Animals,” is a non-fiction work about the disaster that is mass consumption of meat. Comments (11).

A salt on Columbia Street

Columbia St Waterfront: That big salt pile has blown granulues all over the neighborhood again. Comments (1).

What about those racy photos of the Oh So Feisty One on Facebook?

Smartmom: Photos from last week’s Marriott sleepover somehow got on Facebook. Comments (5).

Friday, Dec. 11, 2009

Do NOT bring your bike into your office today

Mean Streets: Sure, the “Bikes in Building” law goes into effect today. But that only starts the process! Comments (7).

Chewing it over with novelist Jonathan Safran Foer

Books: Our exclusive interview with the greatest writer of his generation, whose new book, “Eating Animals,” is a non-fiction work about the disaster that is mass consumption of meat. Comments (11).

Join us for one wild ride

Mean Streets: Starting today, The Brooklyn Paper will be following all the rules to ensure that our Metrotech office building follows the “Bike in Building” law. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Comment.

UPDATE: OK, we’ve done our part!

Mean Streets: The first phase of our effort to bring our bikes into our office has been achieved: We’ve written our boss! Comment.

‘Re-cyclers’ will plead not guilty in bike lane repainting

Mean Streets: Exclusive! They may have been caught white-handed, but two people who were arrested this week for repainting the Bedford Avenue bike lane say they’ll go to trial to beat the rap. Comments (1).

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009

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).

Van Brunt project is stalled, but trucks are in gear on Columbia Street

Mean Streets: Columbia Street residents are sick and tired of construction delays on neighboring Van Brunt Street that are causing traffic congestion in their sleepy corner of the world. Comments (1).

Safety first (First Place, that is)!

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

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009

Bad reality TV

Williamsburg: A thief robs a deli — and the owner watches it all go down on TV! Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comment.

Safety first (First Place, that is)!

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

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