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Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

Tapped out! Hook brewery is ordered to stop making ‘Obama’ ale

Red Hook: Federal agents have ordered a Red Hook brewery to stop making its popular “Hop Obama” ale — a beer that was first brewed during the presidential campaign as a way of supporting the then-underdog candidate. Comments (5).

Bernie’s Brooklyn victims

Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme touched people all over the world — from celebrities to schools to saints to Smartmom. Comments (9).

Our print version — online!

Page 1: It doesn’t get better than this week’s Brooklyn Paper — what with stories about a federal bust of a Red Hook brewery for making “Hop Obama” beer, more troubles at the Brooklyn Bridge Park development, Madoff’s Brooklyn victims (hint, Smartmom is on the list!), the man who got a ticket for drinking beer on his stoop, and what you should do (or who you should do) for Valentine’s Day. Plus, check out all the regular calendars, listings and features for which The Brooklyn Paper is internationally known. Comment.

Pier pressure at Brooklyn Bridge ‘Park’

Bridge ‘Park’: There’s a ticking time bomb beneath the murky surface of the East River that could wreak havoc on the recently hiked budget of the Brooklyn Bridge Park development. Comments (4).

What’s the meter? Slopers cool on city’s higher cost parking plan

Park Slope: A city plan to free up parking spaces — by charging more at meters during prime times — looks like it’s coming to Park Slope. Comments (4).

Om-bads-man!

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards ombudsman Forrest Taylor faced down an inquisitive public on Wednesday night — but many left the meeting feeling that the project’s troubleshooter had nothing to offer. Comments (2).

The deal hunter

The economy is in shambles and you need all the help you can get. But the New York Times doesn’t care about real Brooklynites like you, instead devoting endless column inches to the trials of Manhattanites who claim their lives will be turned upside down if their salaries are capped at $500,000. Comments (1).

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled with criticism of The Brooklyn Paper’s front page editorial last week that supported the use of federal stimulus money to build Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards basketball arena. The editorial, signed by Publisher Ed Weintrob, was called “bizarro,” “nuts” and “ethically challenged.” Comments (1).

Pool plan goes swimmingly

Fitness: The city’s $50-million plan to convert Greenpoint’s decaying McCarren Park pool from a dingy concert venue into, well, a pool is still on track — minus the proposed diving area. Comments (2).

Enjoy Valentine’s Day thanks to Park Slope’s vibrator queen

Checkin’ in with: Our exclusive interview with a woman who loves vibrators! Comment.

Pfizer Pfails to Pfix Pformer Pfactory

Williamsburg: The faltering economy has killed plans to erect a large-scale residential development at the closed Pfizer plant in Williamsburg. Comments (1).

This bites!

Bay Ridge: Talk about bookworms! Workers renovating the Fort Hamilton Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Bay Ridge discovered that termites had chewed through wooden beams in the 104-year-old building, which is undergoing a $3.6-million rehab. Comment.

NuNu chocolate, new home

Shopping: Atlantic Avenue just got a whole lot sweeter — just in time for Valentine’s Day. Comment.

Get your Gersh on

TV: Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman was once again in the moderator chair for Brooklyn Independent Television’s top show, “Reporter Rountable.” Check it out! Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

‘Real World’ house gets Buzz-ed!

Red Hook: The first star of the MTV’s “Real World” to book its next leading role is the Red Hook set itself. Comments (1).

The battle for Brooklyn — Museum

Prospect Heights: “Kings” came to Kings on Monday, as cast and crew for the new NBC drama turned the Brooklyn Museum into a war zone Comment.

Ridge roid rage: Lowen’s former owner indicted

Bay Ridge: The former owners of Lowen’s, a Bay Ridge pharmacy whose ex-proprietor committed suicide last year as cops closed in during a drug probe, have been charged with conspiring to illegally distribute steroids. Comment.

Toro — bike lane advocate — back as CB1 committee chair!

Mean Streets: Williamsburg and Greenpoint are back on a roll. Comments (14).

Rushdie, still facing fatwa, to appear in Heights

Books: Millions of Muslims want him dead — but you can see Salman Rushdie live in Brooklyn Heights next month. Comment.

‘Trail’ of cheers: Conrad Keely leads ‘Trail of Dead’ to Music Hall

Music: For some, Williamsburg is a post-collegiate playground dotted with discos and drinking establishments. For Conrad Keely — the lead singer in the indie rock band …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead — it’s an inspiration. Comment.

Maimonides celebrates National Heart Month

Advertorial: Maimonides Cardiac Institute wants to keep your heart healthy! Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009

Amos sings! Bard of Coney belts it out in our offices!

Coney Island: Amos Wengler, the Bard of Coney Island, stopped by our DUMBO offices on Monday to sing his hit single, “Save Coney Island” — and, more important, send a message in song to the Bloomberg Administration. With video … Comments (2).

Sweets from the ‘Sweet’

Our baking columnist reveals a perfect and pretty easy Valentine’s treat. Comment.

This bookstore is history — black history

Books: A prominent black bookstore and publisher in Fort Greene will close next month, its owner says, because the Department of Education cancelled a lucrative deal to buy textbooks from it. Comments (11).

She still loves Hepcat, the lug

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist takes stock on Valentine’s Day and decides that marriage is tough, but she still loves her Hepcat. Comments (4).

Thar she blows!

Theater: The night belongs to the freaks and the people who adore them on Friday, Feb. 20, with the return of the Blowhole Theater’s “Winterlude,” a pageant of oddball entertainers and musicians. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 9, 2009

Well, recuuuuuuse me! Judge takes himself off stoop-drinking case

Brooklyn Angle: The long-awaited trial of a man accused of drinking beer on his own stoop will have to wait a few more days, thanks to the stunning recusal of a judge who took himself off the case on Monday because — his words, not ours — my coverage of the trial of the century has been “too good.” Comments (11).

(House of) Detention deficit disorder

Boerum Hill: The city comptroller has delayed Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to renovate and reopen the Brooklyn House of Detention by saying that the costs for an initial portion of the project had almost doubled without a detailed explanation. Comments (2).

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009

How sweet it is!

Brooklyn Heights Councilman David Yassky wants to decriminalize beekeeing, finally giving the borough’s underground beekeeping community (what, you didn’t know there was one?) a chance to legally harvest their honey and turn it into some real money. Comments (3).

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 Valentine’s Day weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Pajama party! You can own Julian Schnabel’s nightie

Art: Owning a piece of artistic history was never so dreamy. Comment.

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