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Monday, April 19, 2010

His story! Transman pageant comes to Brooklyn

Nightlife: A transgender beauty pageant is about to make “his-tory.” Comment.

NYU is looking up — in the form of a Downtown Brooklyn tower

Downtown plan: As part of a bold new Brooklyn campus, New York University is talking about building a 41-story tower on Jay Street near Myrtle Avenue — a striking proposal that would radically change the face Downtown. Comments (2).

Friday, April 16, 2010

You’ll be a human guinea pig this summer on Coney rides

Coney Island: The Italian ride manufacturers behind Coney Island’s newest amusement park say they will try out their latest scream machines right here in Brooklyn, making local thrill seekers either test pilots or guinea pigs. Comments (1).

Eat local? How about farm local? This guy did it

Books: Manny Howard has been raising chickens in his Ditmas Park backyard farm since 2007. But he’s not only doing it for the meat. Comments (2).

Op-ed: Privatizing parks is a bad idea

Perspective: The newly opened first section of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Tupper Thomas’s pending retirement from Prospect Park have shed a light on Brooklyn parks — in particular the future of how they will be funded. Unfortunately, the future of park funding does not look bright under this administration. Comments (8).

Smile! And you can work at Luna Park!

Coney Island: The man running Coney Island’s newest amusement park has some advice for all those hoping to land a job at the People’s Playground this summer: smile. No, really smile. Comments (1).

New real-estate numbers show that the worst may be over

Reports of the resurrection of the Brooklyn housing market have been greatly exaggerated. Comment.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Anarchy in the BK! Two rebels arrested at Thames Street ‘collective’ on eve of festival

Bushwick: Finally, a reason for anarchists to be paranoid — cops arrest two on eve of Anarchist Film Festival and book fair this weekend. Comments (3).

Brick Theater’s new show about torture is a great night out

Theater: Human behavior can be a gold mine for a playwright, and Crystal Skillman has found her nugget — Mankind’s propensity to torture. Comment.

The Brooklyn Paper is online — and the people are happy!

Page 1: Just click above to download our full print edition, jam packed with everything you expect in our full print edition, including columns, calendars and, of course, our full coverage of so many things that we can’t even list them all here. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Walter is one sick puppy — and he needs your help now

Park Slope: Walter, the severely injured pitbull pup of Park Slope, is on life support — and he needs your help! Comments (17).

It’s a wheely bad time on the Williamsburg Bridge

Mean Streets: Pedestrians and bicyclists were at each other’s throats this week on the remaining Williamsburg Bridge bike path now that the city has closed the southern lane for repairs that will drag on through the entire spring biking season at least. Comments (14).

Catch Uzimon — a reggae legend in his own smoke-filled mind

Music: Uzimon, Bermuda’s most-ignorant reggae superstar, is coming to Brooklyn to fire the opening salvo in what he calls a nationwide “reggaelution.” Comments (3).

Roofus: Bikers are not the problem

Mean Streets: Roofus has a definite opinion about the Prospect Park West bike lane controversy. Comments (10).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Never mind the bollards! Barricade on Flatbush is coming down

Downtown: Drivers delight! You’re getting a lane back — and the 911 call center is getting reasonable bollards. Take that, LIRR! Comment.

Editorial: Tupper Thomas’s sad legacy

Editorial: No knock on the head of the Prospect Park Alliance, but her job should never have existed. Comments (14).

Rose in full bloom! Levin and developer ink deal on eve of Council vote

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Williamsburg Councilman Steve Levin dropped his opposition to a controversial waterfront project after the developer agreed to increase the number of family sized apartments — and price all of the 74 large units at below-market rates — and the project sailed through a key Council vote hours later. Comments (6).

Play explores mermaids, garbage

Theater: Now those are some topics you don’t see on stage that often! Comment.

Fifth Avenue is hopping this spring!

Advertorial: Fifth Avenue is hopping this spring! A trifecta of great events is just a spring stroll away. Comment.

Trash talk on 86th St! Garbage is choking the heart of Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: The heart of Bay Ridge is clogged with garbage — and locals are blaming the Department of Sanitation. Comments (8).

Santiago Calatrava gives a master class at Pratt

Event: The starchitect will talk about his career in a one-night stand at the design school. Comment.

It’s hard to say good ‘Night’ at Heights Players

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: “Night Must Fall” lives up to its name. Comments (1).

Cops to bikers: Don’t make us clean up after you

Carroll Gardens: Cops in Carroll Gardens are cracking down on bicycles chained to city street signs, vowing to liberate the neglected machines with the power of the law — and a good set of bolt cutters — on their side. Comments (11).

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.

Mr. Applebaum built his dream house

Boerum Hill: One determined Brooklyn architect spent eight years proving that any idea can be reinvented — even one as classic as the New York brownstone. Comments (2).

Small craft advisory at the handmade calvalcade in Greenpoint

Shopping: From clocks made out of bingo cards to card cases adorned with images of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Cyclone, the borough’s ingenuity will be on full display this month. Comment.

Bergen Street in Park Slope is this month’s ‘favorite’ block

Park Slope: It’s a little Nantucket village between Fifth and Flatbush avenues. Comments (1).

Minor change means big inconvenience on small Cobble-Carroll streets

Cobble Hill: Residents of three tiny streets in Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, long accustomed to separating their recyclables, will now have to separate the days on which they put them out. Comment.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

‘Gorilla’ warfare as entire staff quits Fifth Ave coffee bar

Park Slope: A coffee war erupted over the weekend when employees at Park Slope’s beloved Gorilla Coffee staged a walkout, leaving java lovers jonesing for a caffeine fix — and the owners scrambling to find new baristas. Comments (17).

Sen. Golden mum after nephew is arrested in Ridge bar brawl

Bay Ridge: It turns out that four of the five men arrested in last Friday night’s melee outside the Kettle Black bar in Bay Ridge are related to state Sen. Marty Golden — including the powerhouse pol’s nephew and three cousins. Comments (4).

A ‘lot’ of pain at Red Hook supermarket as grocer bans cars overnight

Red Hook: The free ride is over in a Red Hook parking lot — and it has some residents overheated. Comments (6).

Historic preservation — or gentrification? — on Conover Street?

Red Hook: A row of worn Red Hook cottages is on the road to restoration — but their path to architectural salvation might encounter a speed bump or two: the tenants currently occupying the homes. Comments (5).

Prospect Park West’s two-way bike lane is on a roll

Mean Streets: The city is moving ahead with its long-stalled plan for a two-way protected bike lane on Prospect Park West — despite the continued opposition of Borough President Markowitz and the drivers he says he represents. Comments (23).

Two more owPhone thefts

Fort Greene: Two thefts of iPhones lead the blotter this week, followed by all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Nerds and geeks get together for ‘Lord of the Rings’-style fights this Saturday

Event: If you see 20 or so fellas wearing armor and wielding swords in Prospect Park, don’t be alarmed. They’re just playing make-believe. Comments (1).

Hikind, Greenfield were making no Census at photo-op!

How easy is it to fill out your Census form? Just ask two Brooklyn lawmakers who got together last week for a Censusu “photo op” — and couldn’t even be bothered to finish the damn form! Comments (2).

Inlets in midstream! Sebastain Krueger bails on day job to sing full time

Music: Sebastian Krueger likes to jump off of cliffs — figuratively speaking. Comment.

It’s a ‘Mission’ quite possible: Good craft beer now

Nightlife: Put down that Brooklyn, Kelso or Sixpoint, craft beer lovers — Mission Dolores, the new Park Slope beer garden from the folks at Bar Great Harry, is here to salvage you from drinking the same ol’ beer. Comments (1).

New left-turn bans on Flatbush go into effect on April 15

Mean Streets: Hey, drivers: Happy Tax Day! Comments (4).

‘Street’ news! New book celebrates the work of graffiti artists

Art: Finally, a chance to enjoy street art — without having to hit the street. Comment.

Aurora rising! Italian joint in Williamsburg is better than ever

Dining: Every Italian joint this side of Carroll Gardens has the standard vongole — but one Williamsburg restaurant’s menu is making its name as a one-of-a-kind, serious foodie destination. Comments (2).

Monday, April 12, 2010

Nothin’ but nyet! Jersey lawmaker says Ratner’s savior is illegally in bed with Mugabe!

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s sale of his financially troubled Brooklyn-bound New Jersey Nets hit a major obstacle on Sunday as a New Jersey congressman brought a full court press of allegations involving the would-be new owner’s shady business dealings in Zimbabwe. Comments (3).

Dutch treat! New burger restaurant is a winner in Crown Heights

Crown Heights: Regulars at the Crown Heights bar Franklin Park, now have an excuse to step up their imbibing — they’ll need something to wash down those juicy burgers at the brand new Dutch Boy Burger next door. Comments (1).

Marty still hates PPW bike lane — and slams Transportation Commissioner, too!

Mean Streets: And the big hearing is tonight! Wow, this is fun. Comments (4).

Marty’s amphitheater will leave room for little else in Asser Levy Park

Borough President Markowitz’s controversial plan for an amphitheater in a Coney Island park will seize nearly three-quarters of the park’s already insufficient area for active recreation. Comments (4).

Smartmom is suspicious of OSFO — but she’s only meeting a friend!

Smartmom: The Oh So Feisty One slips out of the house early one morning — and Smartmom is suspicious. Comments (3).

Fairey art fellow — Obama’s ‘Hope’ maker to speak at the Brooklyn Museum

Art: Shepard Fairey to talk about his graffit art, his graphic design and, yes, that famous poster. Comments (2).

‘Union’ busters! City considers plan to demap street near McCarren Park

Greenpoint: McCarren Park is about to swallow a piece of Union Avenue. Comments (5).

And then we came to the dinner! Joshua Ferris to read at BAM

Joshua Ferris has had some big shoes to fill. Namely, his own. Comment.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lookout, below! Choppers over Heights could actually cause brain damage

Brooklyn Heights: Call it a hangar hangover! Comments (5).

‘Union’ busters! City considers plan to demap street near McCarren Park

Greenpoint: McCarren Park is about to swallow a piece of Union Avenue. Comments (5).

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Get to the new Issue Project Room on Sunday for a great show in a new space

Music: Suzanne Fiol’s legacy of experimental music lives on — in new Downtown digs. Comment.

Marty says Domi-YES!

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Borough President Markowitz backed the controversial Domino Sugar redevelopment last Friday, praising the $2-billion condo plan at the abandoned waterfront refinery as “ambitious” and “vibrant” — even as he ordered up a few minor tweaks. Comments (6).

Marty’s got an iPad — and now he wants a Brooklyn Apple store

Podcast: The way to Steve Jobs’s heart is through his e-mail. Comments (3).

New DUMBO mall has it all — minus the sweatpants!

Shopping: Urbanites may scoff, shudder, or just yawn at the mention of those suburban things called shopping malls — but they’re flocking to one on Front Street in DUMBO. Comment.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Anti-gay-marriage senator will at least let homosexuals mourn their dead

Politics: State Sen. Carl Kruger still says no to gay marriage, but he’s now OK with gay mourning. Comments (6).

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.

How about a beachfront house on Fulton Mall?

Downtown plan: Design for the City Point shopping center move forward. Comment.

Correction official admits: We bussed up — but it won’t happen again!

Brooklyn Heights: Looks like lunch time’s over at the Brooklyn House of Detention. Comments (2).

‘Rose’ affordable units are in full bloom — but Levin still smells something stinky

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The councilman is still not on board, despite a new hike in the number of affordable units at Rose Plaza. Comments (4).

Brooklyn Museum to give up wall space to reality TV winner

TV: Bravo’s “Next Great Artist” will get a solo show at borough’s top cultural institution. Comments (1).

It’s a 10th Street freeze out for car owners

Park Slope: Thieves are running wild on one tony Park Slope block. Comments (2).

The Prospect Heights blotter is back!

Prospect Heights: Enjoy this week’s crimes from the neighborhood’s 77th Precinct. Er, enjoy reading about the crimes from Prospect Heights. Comment.

Mini mall coming to desolate Williamsburg triangle

Williamsburg: One catch — the developer doesn’t own the land yet. Details! Comments (5).

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lude awakening! Feds say they busted a drug plant in Greenpoint

Greenpoint: Quaaludes are back and, apparently, popping up in Greenpoint. Comments (4).

F train suicide attempt!

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

Suit: ESDC lied to judge about Yards timetable

Atlantic Yards: Yes, there’s another appeal in the ongoing legal battle over Atlantic Yards. Comments (13).

Levin still has thorns from Rose Plaza, seeks more ‘affordable’ units

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A controversial developer has added more affordable units to his proposed complex on the Williamsburg waterfront, but not enough to satisfy Councilman Steve Levin. Comments (4).

Cops shut down ‘illegal’ Market Hotel in Bushwick

Nightlife: Easter was the day the music died in Bushwick. Comments (3).

Go jump in a lake! To woo Google, Lentol says he’ll swim in Newtown Creek

Greenpoint: Towns all over America are doing wacky things to win Google’s offer to install an ultra-high-speed Internet network, but none of them — so far, at least — have an elected official who’s willing to jump in a toxic waterway. Comment.

Bushwick has a cool new gallery — just look for the tax accountant’s sign

Art: Bushwick’s latest art gallery happens to be tax deductible! Comment.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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).

First suicide at Brooklyn’s tallest building

Downtown: A woman jumped to her death from the roof of the Brooklyner — the borough’s tallest building — last week, police said. Comments (9).

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