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Friday, April 23, 2010

The best neighborhood in Brooklyn? Two men weigh in

Perspective: New York Magazine has weighed in on the best neighborhoods in the city — and, lo and behold, Park Slope is number one. But does that mean the famous enclave of brownstones, food co-ops and Obama voters is really the best neighborhood for Brooklynites? We asked two borough writers to weigh in.

‘Chip’-tastic! CB13 finally approves Marty’s amphitheater

Development: A Community Board 13 panel finally voted to back Borough President Markowitz’s controversial bid for a glitzy $64-million amphitheater inside Asser Levy Seaside Park — ending a year of silence on the issue that brought out accusations that the members are just shills for the Beep. Comments (8).

Thursday, April 22, 2010

It’s a jam-packed issue — one click away!

Page 1: Check it out — the full print edition of The Brooklyn Paper, a full day before it hits the streets. Be the first kid on your block to read about the demise of the anti-Atlantic Yards clubhouse Freddy’s Bar, Joe Lentol’s bill to legalize poker, the panic at the Botanic over the too-early cherry blossoms, and all the other features you expect from the greatest newspaper in the history of Mankind (OK, we get carried away, but it’s a great issue!). Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

PAVE-ing the way! City gives Red Hook ‘Academy’ three more years in PS 15

Red Hook: A controversial charter school will be allowed to use space inside a cramped Red Hook public school for at least three more years, thanks to a city vote on Tuesday. Comments (5).

March madness! Cops say Memorial Day parade is one-half block too long!

Greenpoint: It’s all part of cutting the police overtime budget, apparently! Comments (1).

Conspiracy theory? More likely that Vox Pop just isn’t paying its taxes

Ditmas Park: For the second time in less than six months, a quirky, self-styled revolutionary coffeehouse in Ditmas Park has been shuttered by the taxman. Comment.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Rookie! Levin, fresh off big win, now fights Bloomy on Domino

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Less than two weeks after winning a big political and policy victory on the Williamsburg waterfront, rookie Councilman Steve Levin is now after a bigger fight against a stronger opponent — he wants changes in a $1.2-billion Domino Sugar redevelopment that is backed by a wily veteran named Mike Bloomberg. Comments (17).

No strikes or bawls! Doormen are back on the job with new contract

A 13th-hour deal between high-rise building employees and owners had doormen and porters at work as normal this morning. Comment.

A concrete Boardwalk? Call it the Riegelmann Sidewalk in Coney

Coney Island: Is Coney Island’s famed Boardwalk becoming a sidewalk? Comments (16).

Legalize poker? Fine, but no one wants to play Bushwick Hold ‘Em with Lentol

Greenpoint: Hours after Assemblyman Joe Lentol announced a bill to legalize poker, all his would-be marks folded. Comments (2).

Hungry at Brooklyn Bridge Park? How about some ice cream and lobster?

Bridge ‘Park’: Ice cream and lobster rolls could be an integral part of Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. Comment.

‘Labor’ pains at Carroll Gardens job site

Carroll Gardens: A controversial Carroll Gardens development continues to be a flashpoint for protests, with union officials this week blasting a contractor on the site for exploiting his non-union workers. Comments (3).

‘Rodeo’ queen Dawn Landes channels country roots on new album

Music: Dawn Landes is a rodeo queen in a subway town. Comments (2).

Bloom county! Sakura Matsuri back at the Botanic Garden

Event: Break out your kimino — Sakura Matsuri is back. Comment.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Panic at the Botanic! With festival still a week off, cherry blossoms are fading

Event: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden will host the greatest and most colorful cherry celebration in the nation next weekend, but there’s a major problem — the blossoms are wilting! Comment.

Low blow! Beloved tenor to sue opera museum over bass-placement!

The fat man sang, and now he’s going to sue. Comments (113).

Now Lentol wants to legalize poker!

Greenpoint: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — except for legal poker, one Williamsburg lawmaker is hoping. Comments (3).

Amphitheater critics give concert promoters an earful

Coney Island: More protests over Marty’s $64-million “Potato Chip” concert venue. Comments (4).

Our ride with the ‘Bike Snob’

Turns out, the “Bike Snob” is anything but. Comments (6).

A ‘Star’ returns to the Boardwalk

Coney Island: Lola Star is back where she belongs, thanks to the city. Comments (1).

Five more johns are flushed in Boerum Hill

Carroll Gardens: Five more men — including one bearing flowers — were busted for trying to get some action at a Boerum Hill corner that has been a roach motel for would-be johns. Comments (6).

It’s a gay old time as lesbians and gays get the BK Meatup treatment

Event: All you straight singles have had plenty of chances to get hooked up — now it’s time for Brooklyn gays and lesbians to party down. Comments (3).

City to Dyker Heights: We have no plan for Fort Hamilton exit ramp

Mean Streets: The traffic moves slowly, but the complaints were fast and furious, as Dyker Heights residents slammed the Department of Transportation last week for failing to correct problems the agency caused when it revamped the Fort Hamilton Parkway exit of the Gowanus Expressway. Comments (3).

Indie rockers La Strada come ‘Home’ to celebrate at the Knitting Factory

Music: It started with an accordion — and now La Strada has a full LP. Comment.

Kettle Black brawl sparks political fight

Bay Ridge: Last week’s arrest of four members of state Sen. Marty Golden’s family came as good news to at least one person — his longtime rival, Councilman Vince Gentile. Comments (5).

It’s a jazz double-header for returning Fishman

Music: Howard Fishman has been in the studio so long, his fans may have feared he put down the guitar for good — but he’s back this month with two shows! Comments (1).

Monday, April 19, 2010

Anarchists see more in cop raid than meets the eye

Bushwick: A police raid of an anarchist collective in Bushwick last Tuesday — which cops claim was a mission simply to arrest two members of the commune who skipped court appearances on minor offenses — may actually have been a intelligence mission at the Thames Street compound. Comments (1).

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).

Oh, Dear! Disgraced Noach gets promotion and raise

A corrupt and anti-gay former City Councilman who managed to win a Civil Court seat two years after embarrassed Democratic party officials backed him so that he would stop running for public office, has actually been promoted. Comments (10).

Legal fancy footwork gets Dancewave its money back

Park Slope: Who said lawyers are all sharks? This guy fought for Dancewave and won. Comment.

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. Comment.

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).

Buy it at the Lyceum next weekend!

Eric Richmond has long envisioned the Brooklyn Lyceum as a Medieval town square. While the former bath house on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is often used as a venue for theater and dance, the owner’s vision comes true next month. Comment.

Holy cow! Man opens shrine to pork in Hasidic Williamsburg

Dining: And this man’s Traif is delicious. Comments (6).

At least these thieves were polite

Crime: An iPhone grab leads the Prospect Heights blotter this week. Comment.

Friday, April 16, 2010

UPDATE: Jew gotta be kidding! Niederman ‘e-mail’ may have been faked!

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A controversial e-mail from a Satmar Hasidic rabbi that urged opponents to vote down a divisive Williamsburg development project may have been fabricated! Comments (15).

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).

Cyclist group calls for Flatbush bike lane after fatal crash

Mean Streets: A day after an 18-year-old Kensington cyclist was dragged and killed by a driver on Flatbush Avenue, bike advocates called on the city to put a bike lane on the heavily traveled thoroughfare. Comments (10).

New series promises two great artists that taste great together

Music: What do an award-winning choreographer and a Mississippi bluesman have in common? Comment.

Man of van Peebles! Melvin talks about his career on May 2

Event: Melvin Van Peebles is one baadassss. Comment.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Is the Barneys Co-op breaking the law — with its name?

Park Slope: The Park Slope Food Coop slams the fashionistas from Manhattan — it’s a story that could rip the lid off of organic fennel and ostentatious Fendi! Comments (18).

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.

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

Park Slope: Walter, the severely injured pitbull pup of Park Slope, is off life support — but he still needs your help! Comments (1).

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