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Friday, April 9, 2010

Our illustrator imagines Ratner’s ‘meditation room’

Atlantic Yards: After reading about Bruce Ratner’s “meditation room” in the new Barclays Center, artist Cristian Fleming imagined what it might be like. Comment.

Downtown makes a BID for a nicer landscape

Downtown plan: An association of business owners have derided their Downtown stomping grounds as poorly lit, lacking in greenery and just generally unwelcoming — and now they plan to do something about it. Comment.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

One of our hottest issues ever!

Page 1: The weather is turning warm, so naturally we’re jam packed with hot stories — including our front-page article about the scalding playground equipment in Brooklyn Bridge Park (don’t worry, the kids will callous up in no time!). Also on the front page is our exclusive about the “meditation room” in Bruce Ratner’s basketball arena. What should we pray for? The Nets, of course! What an issue, what a paper! Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

F train suicide attempt!

Park Slope: A woman survives a plunge at the Seventh Avenue station on Wednesday afternoon. Comments (10).

Red diaper baby! Catch Said Sayrafiezadeh at powerHouse on April 15

Books: Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s debut memoir, “When Skateboards Will Be Free,” has garnered considerable acclaim for its grace and humor as he detailed a not-so-common childhood — being raised by ardent Socialists in Pennsylvania. Comment.

Aria code! Dyker Heights’ Regina Opera turns 40!

Music: And the fat lady is not even warming up. Comment.

Baseball is back — but which hometown team is the best?

Perspective: Now that the first ball has been tossed, our resident Met and Yankee fans — Gersh Kuntzman and Vince DiMiceli — go at it in our first-ever baseball smackdown. Click below for their columns on why they love their team.

Elizabeth Streb has a dance show for all of you who don’t like dance

Dance: This is action-packed dance, not some stuffy Lincoln Center thing. Comment.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Green shoes to fill — Prospect Park’s Tupper Thomas retires

This is the biggest park opening since Robert Moses quit. Comments (11).

BREAKING: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s big cover up!

Bridge ‘Park’: It’s a beautiful day at Brooklyn Bridge Park — unless you’re a kid playing on blazing-hot metal playground equipment! Comments (14).

Suit: Marty ran the Beep’s office like a frat-house

Politics: And may have broken campaign finance laws by using city staffers on his campaign. Comments (15).

When the zombies come, you’ll want to be prepared

Books: An exclusive interview with a man who knows how to kill the undead! Comments (2).

Bus-ted! Correction vehicles are cramming Court Street

Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn House of Detention is overflowing — but this time it’s not with criminals! Comments (5).

Freedy Johnston is back — and better than ever

Music: And he’s singing his own songs again. Finally! Comments (1).

Greenpoint food market returns on Saturday

Shopping: Talk about getting a spring in your step. Comment.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

This construction project really stinks (no, really)

Park Slope: The Great Recession really stinks — and for one Park Slope family, it’s literal. Comments (2).

Williamsburg Walks pedestrian event cut by one-third

Williamsburg: Williamsburg Walks has been shortened to a crawl. Comments (15).

What happened to all the bad blood over health care?

Bay Ridge: Rep. Anthony Weiner — a big “yes” vote on Obamacare — is hosting a fundraiser for naysayer Rep. Mike McMahon. Comments (5).

Red Hook cement plant is up and running

Red Hook: A controversial Red Hook concrete plant that will help rebuild the World Trade Center has quietly opened, dashing the hopes of stone-faced critics who vilified its arrival. Comments (3).

Window to the stole

Carroll Gardens: A victim invited a crime by leaving the car window open. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

The tastiest restaurant gossip — including more smoked meat on Hoyt Street!

Foodie-in-Chief: It’s been a booming fortnight in the foodie world. Here’s the latest gossip and news from our gourmet desk. Comments (1).

Forty year Smith Street legend, ‘Sal the Barber’ is dead

Carroll Gardens: Giorgio Zocco, a staple at his Smith Street barbershop for decades, died on Sunday, ending 40 years of old-school dedication to his craft and his neighborhood. He was 70. Comments (2).

It’s time for the Gowanus Grind

Gowanus: Skateboard enthusiasts can show off their stuff on April 17 when Thomas Green Park hosts Gowanus Grind, a full day of skate clinics and contests. Comment.

Monday, April 5, 2010

McMahon gets an earful from Bay Ridge liberals

Bay Ridge: Members of a progressive Bay Ridge political club slammed Rep. Mike McMahon for opposing the just-passed health care reform bill and for his right-of-center positions on war, terrorism and military policy. Comments (27).

Lock up your daisies! There’s a flower thief on the loose!

Park Slope: A green-thumbed burglar is on the loose in Park Slope, striking fear in the roots of plants, and forcing owners to safeguard their property by any means necessary. Comments (3).

Three new wine bars bring vino back down to earth

Dining: Wine may be a sometimes daunting beverage, but three brand new Brooklyn wine bars are here to get even the most intimidated novice over their fears. Comment.

Crop to Cup finally opens a cafe

Dining: Buyers, beware — you may enter the new Crop to Cup Café in Brooklyn Heights seeking nothing but your morning coffee, and find yourself leaving with an antique armoire. Comment.

Smartmom and Diaper Diva — a sisterhood of the stationary coffee

Smartmom: These two tell each other everything (and it’s non-judgemental, mostly). Comments (1).

They will they will rock ewe!

Dining: At the Lamb Takedown at the Bell House, anything goes (as long as it’s lamb). Comment.

Get this — this photographer’s muse is the fetid Newtown Creek!

Art: There’s beauty in every fetid, disgusting, toxic site — it just takes a natural to capture it. Comment.

Call him Ahab

Art: Matt Kish’s Moby Dick is “Moby Dick.” Comment.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Nerds go nuts for the iPad in Brooklyn

Bensonhurst: People who don’t need the iPad lined up for hours to get one last Saturday, the first day that touch-screen media player went on sale nationwide. Comments (1).

CAUGHT! Cops say they have the Clinton Hill rapist!

Clinton Hill: Police say that they have arrested the man wanted for two rapes in and around Clinton Hill last month. Comments (2).

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cops now say that they identified themselves in shooting

Sunset Park: The frenzied clash between a heavily armed felon and three undercover cops outside Green-Wood cemetery may have been a case of mistaken identity for everyone involved. Comments (7).

The Brooklyn Indie Market reopens today!

Shopping: And there will be cupcakes, too! Comment.

Friday, April 2, 2010

If at first (and second) they don’t succeed …

Downtown: MTA workers missed their latest deadline for repairs at the long-decrepit Jay Street-Borough Hall station, which is still showing a March 31 completion date as of today. Comments (2).

Our man drives an electric car

Campbell’s Soup: Is the electric car the future of transportation as we know it — or just a new form of snake oil, albeit with a green hue? Comments (2).

Finally, the Nets have a prayer! New arena to have ‘meditation’ room

Atlantic Yards: We’ve got the scoop of the epoch: The Barclays Center arena will have a “meditation center,” thanks to a push by the Rev. Herbert Daughtry. Pray for the Nets! Comments (8).

Plane truth? The feds will not do anything about Slope airplane noise

Park Slope: Federal aviation officials faced a barrage of complaints last Thursday night from Park Slope residents, who fervently described an incessant barrage of aircraft noise that they say will only get worse. Comments (21).

War is over! There will be a new liquor store on Van Brunt Street!

Red Hook: After a month of opposition from a nearby competitor, a new Red Hook wine store has finally received its license from the State Liquor Authority. Comments (5).

Councilwoman ends Tish-grace!

Fort Greene: Letitia James has dropped her bump-and-scratch lawsuit against a day laborer. Comments (10).

Sew what? These seamstresses will cover a building with cloth!

Williamsburg: This is not your grandmother’s sewing circle. Comment.

A big cross on the Great Bridge

Downtown: Believers celebrate Good Friday with the “Way of the Cross” march. Comments (3).

Glass act! Trippy new exhibition channels Warhol

Art: Put this in your pipe and smoke it. Comment.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bawls and strikes! Doormen could walk as soon as April 20

A picket line has been drawn between Brooklyn’s residential high-rise employees and building owners. Comments (2).

What a relief! Toilets will be installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park soon

Bridge ‘Park’: It looks like the facilities at Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park won’t be piss-poor after all! Comments (1).

Hide the charge cards — Barneys is coming to Cobble Hill!

Shopping: Hold on to your Manolos, fashionistas! Barneys is coming to Cobble Hill! Comments (3).

Bumpy road to fix bumpy Nassau Avenue

Mean Streets: To get a smooth Nassau Avenue, Greenpointers must endure a rocky reconstruction and a few power disruptions this spring. Comments (2).

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Legal hostel shut down — but not by the city!

Williamsburg: The hostel that was allowed to remain open after last week’s raid by the city has been shut down by the owner of the N. Sixth Street building in which it operated. Comments (1).

Here she is — your new Miss Brooklyn

And positive body image is her platform. We’ll say! Comments (11).

NYU land grab?

Downtown plan: First they got their sciences, now they’re coming for the arts! Comments (1).

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