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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Koval’s departure

Editorial: Our editorial board sees a much bigger story to Marianna Koval’s resignation from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. The story: There is no park. Comments (2).

Columbia Street on the down low?

Columbia St Waterfront: Intense lobbying from residents of the Columbia Street Waterfront District prompted the city to include their sliver of a neighborhood in a broader initiative to restrict new building heights in Carroll Gardens. Comment.

Death of a blogger — Robert Guskind, R.I.P.

Robert Guskind, the towering figure in the Brooklyn blogosphere who created the Gowanus Lounge Web site, died last week after an apparent drug overdose in his Park Slope home. He was 50. Comments (66).

Our print version — online!

Page 1: From our coverage of next week’s World Series of Beard Growing to our great breaking news stories to our exclusive coverage of pork in the borough, this week’s Brooklyn Paper is a collector’s edition. Check it out by clicking the front page to the left. And remember to keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Dafriend or Dafoe?

Cinema: Our encounter with the beloved actor. Comments (1).

Marty’s taller Dock Street tower unites everyone — against it!

DUMBO: The Beep’s vision for “saving” the Brooklyn Bridge would allow a taller, though thinner, Dock Street tower than David and Jed Walentases version above. Comments (1).

Hair they are! The best beards — and the men beneath them — are coming to Brooklyn

Event: The New York City Beard and Moustache Championship, indisputably the most important contest to take place in Brooklyn since the 1956 World Series, is coming to Williamsburg — just in time for the recession. Comments (1).

Hog heaven!

Dining: Politicians and pundits inside the Beltway are ranting and raving about all the “pork” in the stimulus package, but as far as we’re concerned, the more pork the better. Comment.

Demolition on Duffield clears way for fourth hotel on block

Downtown plan: A historic Duffield Street home believed to be a hotbed of Abolitionist activity in the 19th century is being torn down, possibly to make way for the fourth hotel on the Downtown block. Comments (11).

All drawn out

Bridge ‘Park’: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming looks at an abrupt departure at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Comment.

I am the public face of philanthropy today!

Brooklyn Angle: Does seeing the face of our columnist make you want to make a contribution to Brooklyn playgrounds? The Prospect Park Alliance clearly thinks so. Comment.

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: This week, our letter writers focused on Atlantic Yards, bridge tolls, bridge repairs and a public toilet for Grand Army Plaza. Comments (3).

Shul house rocked!

Brooklyn Heights: For the second time in a week, someone has broken into a Brooklyn Heights synagogue — and the fed up rabbis are certain that the thief is a former recipient of the temple’s kindness. Comment.

DUMBO’s future to be mapped out with rezoning

DUMBO: DUMBO residents and merchants are divided over a proposed city rezoning for a swath of the less-swank portion of the neighborhood east of the Manhattan Bridge that will allow old manufacturing buildings to be converted into residential lofts and let developers build new apartment buildings as high as 12 stories. Comments (1).

City goes full ‘Circle’

Mean Streets: The city is dreaming up solutions to the traffic nightmare at Park Circle, the hair-raising roundabout for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and horseback riders at the southwestern entrance to Prospect Park. Comments (2).

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Breaking news! Koval out at Bridge ‘Park’ Conservancy

Bridge ‘Park’: Longtime Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy President Marianna Koval has resigned — officially to spend more time with her teenage daughter. Comments (1).

Marty: Yes on Dock Street (sort of)

DUMBO: Borough President Markowitz announced that he supports a DUMBO developer’s controversial residential tower, defying opponents who say the 18-story building would obstruct views of the Brooklyn Bridge — but his approval is conditional on a redesign of the building. Comments (4).

Coney’s future collides with current realities at hearing

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to reshape Coney Island’s ramshackle “People’s Playground” with rides, attractions, hotels and thousands of apartments collided with scores of critics in the first public hearing of the controversial plan on Tuesday night — but the biggest challenge could be the unrelenting standoff between the mayor and Coney Island land baron Joe Sitt. Comments (2).

This just in: DeBlasio backs Toll Brothers, too!

Gowanus: Councilman Bill DeBlasio will support a controversial, mixed-income housing development along the fetid Gowanus Canal — the latest indication that the project is steamrolling towards approval. Comments (3).

We eat chitlins! A piggy preview

Dining: Join us as we down chitlins — on video! — as part of our exclusive coverage of pork around the borough. With video … Comments (1).

A Tea Lounge for Brooklyn Heights!

Dining: Park Slope’s laid back, novel-writing, blog-posting, coffee-drinking culture may have finally found a beachhead in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.

Bug off! Flea market will return — but on Saturdays

Shopping: The flea market that filled the Bishop Loughlin HS yard every summer Sunday with arts, crafts, food and vintage tchotchkes — and angered a church next door in the process — will be back for a second go-round, but this time on Saturday. Comment.

Three of stomachs! Ortine serves ‘em all

Dining: The problem with your favorite restaurant is that it excels only at one meal a day. But Ortine, which just opened on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, serves all three meals every day, and does it exceptionally well. Comments (1).

Picking up the pieces at Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: The massive Atlantic Yards development project inspires rage in some and hope in others — but in Guy Ambrosino, it inspires a twisted art installment. Comment.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This ‘Toll’ has support — Canal project moves forward

Gowanus: A controversial mixed-income housing project on the banks of the Gowanus Canal quietly passed another hurdle in the public review process when the Department of City Planning approved it with almost no fanfare two weeks ago. Comments (10).

In any language, Marty says ‘¡No!’ on tolls

Marty vs. Tolls: No one is more public about his opposition to East River bridge tolls than Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz. Here’s the second installment of The Brooklyn Paper’s daily update on Marty’s fight against the fee. Comments (6).

DiBrienza schools newcomers at Council forum

Politicrasher: He’s been out of politics for more than eight years, but former four-termer Steve DiBrienza held a clinic — call it “Campaigning 101” — for the six rivals for the Windsor Terrace seat he used to hold. Comment.

Is the ‘Fix’ in at Sound Fix?

Williamsburg: Marissa Nadler played the last live concert in Sound Fix Lounge on Saturday — or did she? Comment.

The unthinkable! Smartmom catches a bad cold

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our Smartmom comes down with the flu and her whole family gets sick. Comments (1).

W’burg park reopens!

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The cash-strapped state parks department has reopened Williamsburg’s only waterfront park a month ahead of schedule — and just in time for winter. With video … Comments (1).

Zipi Zape becomes Barberry in Billyburg

Dining: Small plates just got a lot bigger, thanks to the transformation of the tapas bar Zipi Zape into Barberry — a Mediterranean eatery. Comments (1).

Monday, March 2, 2009

By the way, it’s snowing out there!

You don’t need us to tell you that it’s snowing out there or that the public schools are closed, but how could we ignore the biggest “story” of the day? Return to BrooklynPaper.com for more updates on this and other news as our staff digs out. Comment.

The fix is in: Bklyn Bridge repairs to cost much more

Major repairs to the crumbling Brooklyn Bridge, which are scheduled to begin this summer and close parts of the span for three years, will now cost up to $200 million more than originally anticipated. Comments (7).

Is the Beep all honk and no gas on bridge tolls?

Marty vs. Tolls: No one is more public about his opposition to East River bridge tolls than Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz. So, today, The Brooklyn Paper begins a new daily update on Marty’s fight against the fee. Comments (6).

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team is back — this time “reviewing” Brooklyn-based quartet Cholo and the band’s new song, Just Aks. This one is a classic. With video … Comment.

Shelly’s bridge toll plan divides Brooklyn

Marty vs. Tolls: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s call for $2 tolls on the East River bridges is already dividing neighbor from neighbor — and pol from pol — in Brooklyn. Comments (21).

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.

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