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Monday, May 24, 2010

Check out this ‘Junk’ at the Knitting Factory on Friday

Music: Not much has changed since Baje One and DJ Snafu were teenagers. Comment.

For Urban Outfitters, it’s bling there, done that

Shopping: A national retailer appears to have copied some Brooklyn designers. Comments (12).

Friday, May 21, 2010

City retools two-way bike plan for Flushing Avenue

Mean Streets: The city has abandoned its controversial plan to convert Flushing Avenue to a one-way street to accommodate a two-way bike lane, unveiling a new scheme this week that will maintain two-way car flow, yet still provide for a bike lane. Comments (1).

‘Score’! Swap meet returns on May 29

Shopping: You’re sure to score at this event. Comment.

Southpaw’s ‘Hipster Demolition Night’ is music without pretense

Music: Jay Banerjee hates hipsters. Comments (1).

Luna Park boss: We’ll be ready!

Coney Island: Never mind all the construction cranes and mud, Luna Park operators say that they will be ready to welcome Coney Island thrill seekers to the amusement park starting at 11 am on Saturday, May 29 as planned. Comments (3).

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Brooklyn Paper does it again

Page 1: Usually, we write some long, joke-filled paragraph in this space to tease you into clicking the link above to download our entire print edition. But this week, no jokes, no tease, no bedroom eyes. But here’s the pitch: This issue is a juggernaut. Download it now. Read it now. And remember, keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Luna Park boss: We’ll be ready!

Coney Island: Never mind all the construction cranes and mud, Luna Park operators say that they will be ready to welcome Coney Island thrill seekers to the amusement park starting at 11 am on Saturday, May 29 as planned. Comments (3).

Jane’s Carousel is good news for Brooklyn Bridge ‘Park’

Editorial: Kids of all ages got some good news this week when the developers of Brooklyn Bridge Park accepted Jane Walentas’s gift of her restored 1920s-era carousel for a spot in what is currently Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. Comments (6).

Summer time means Coney time

Coney Island: With Coney Island set to open for the season next weekend, our op-ed team has put together a package of stories and memories to get you in the mood.

More F ‘n’ G shuttles this weekend

Transit: The F and G trains will be quite a hassle again this weekend, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority continues track work on the beleaguered lines for what may be months. Comments (1).

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jailhouse crock! Correction buses still parking all over Downtown

Downtown: Despite a promise, they’re doing it again. Comment.

Is he the most dangerous artist in Brooklyn?

Art: For Joshua Stulman, it’s pretty black and white. Comments (14).

It’s revenge of the breeders as Fornino adds kid-friendly items

Dining: The indomitable parents of Park Slope demanded a kid’s menu, and the owners of the new Fornino restaurant on Fifth Avenue caved. Comments (5).

It’s a booze cruise on Columbia St. thanks to beer trucks

Mean Streets: Columbia Street residents were all for a vibrant port that brought jobs to the community — just not one that came with beer trucks careening down their street. Comments (4).

Cops nab vicious bike-tosser!

Carroll Gardens: Boerum Hill cops collared one of Brownstone Brooklyn’s most-wanted fiends last week, nabbing the thug who knocked five teeth out of a victim’s head by hurling a bike into his face during a vicious robbery last year. Comments (5).

‘Empire’ of dapper duds as 1920s-era series lenses at Borough Hall

TV: The men in the gray flannel suits were part of “Boardwalk Empire,” a new HBO series. Comment.

‘Thistle’ be good news for Slope foodies

Dining: Thistle Hill Tavern, the newest addition to Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue restaurant row, is a new school eatery with an old-world feel. Comments (4).

The snorkel bandit strikes again!

Williamsburg: He wears a mask and he robs. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comments (1).

Coffee bar offers some real black gold — the $10 cup of joe!

Dining: In Crown Heights, The Pulp & The Bean coffee shop is betting residents value their morning caffeine fix — enough to shell out a whopping $10 for a cup of joe. Comments (5).

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It’s all about the Benjamins (and the Jacksons and the Grants) as forger works Bedford

Greenpoint: Bedford Avenue is awash in counterfeit cash as business owners say they were bilked by patrons pawning off fake Benjamins. Comments (6).

Pier 6 is without peer thanks to amazing kid attractions

Bridge ‘Park’: It might just be the coolest place to bring your kids for free. Comments (2).

‘Jane’s Carousel’ closer to a grand entrance in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Bridge ‘Park’: A 1920s-era carousel donated to Brooklyn Bridge Park may soon be as iconic as the River Café or the bridge itself, after architects revealed big plans for the attraction on Monday night. Comments (3).

It’s a dog’s life for Dutchie the Prozac-popping pooch!

Doggone it, mother’s little helper is now a pitiful pooch’s best friend! Comments (8).

Cohn heads! Steve wants his son to take his district leader seat

Committeman Confrontation: These crazy district leader articles are becoming the political drama of the season. Now, Vito Lopez loyalist Steve Cohn drops out — in favor of his son! Comments (5).

Candidates savage each other in district leader debate

Committeman Confrontation: Incumbent Democratic District Leader Ralph Perfetto says that a vote for his inexperienced challenger Kevin Peter Carroll would be a vote for the Republicans. With video … Comments (10).

Broken ankle teaches Smartmom a valuable lesson

Smartmom: Finally, she learns to slow down. Comments (6).

‘Taste’ of bitterness for Peck in loss to Suarez

Dining: It was all about the pastrami. Comment.

Prom redux

Nightlife: This night is sure to be epic. Comments (2).

Pain in the butt

Fort Greene: A thief steals a bike — without the seat! — from in front of the Atlantic Center Malls. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (3).

Worker death on Meserole brings renewed city scrutiny

A construction company with a raft of violations for unsafe building practices is again under scrutiny after a construction worker died last week. Comments (1).

C’est si bon! Frenchman wins big award — on Smith Street!

Carroll Gardens: The French government has finally figured out what Brooklynites have known for a decade: Jean-Jacques Bernat is formidable! Comments (5).

Drawn from life — and fantasy — in Park Slope

Books: A doorway here. A building there. Around every corner in the new graphic novel “Foiled,” Park Slope artist Mike Cavallaro has penciled in glimpses of his neighborhood into the story. Comment.

Community board to city: Try again on Fort Hamilton exit ramp

Mean Streets: Community Board 10 unanimously rejected the city’s ill-conceived tonic for the dangerous Fort Hamilton Parkway exit from the Gowanus Expressway, demanding that officials consult with the board before implementing another potentially misguided scheme. Comment.

It’s party time at 3rd Ward

Event: 3rd Ward is turning 4-years-old this month and throwing one heck of a hootenanny. Comment.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Lopez strengthens his ‘Vito’ power with ‘loyal’ lackeys

Politics: EXCLUSIVE: The battle for the soul of Brooklyn’s Democratic Party continues — with Chairman Vito Lopez bolstering his iron grip on power. Comments (12).

Ride on! Don some vintage duds for this cycling tour

Event: Get out your knickerbockers and dust off that penny-farthing, the first “tweed” bicycle ride in the city is coming to Brooklyn. Comments (1).

It’s trucks vs. bikes on Greenpoint Avenue

Mean Streets: A long-overdue makeover of the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge could soon pit Newtown Creek-area businesses against cyclists in this rapidly changing North Brooklyn neighborhood. Comments (14).

Unfair fowl! Heights Key Food appears to have doctored ‘sell-by’ date on a chicken

Brooklyn Heights: A Brooklyn Heights Key Food was investigated last week after a woman alleged that store workers placed a new “sell by” label on her chicken — 11 days after the date on the original label had passed. Comments (1).

Underdogs victorious! Majesty, Crucial Taunt, Bacon Bits lead the new wave

Greenpoint: It was a weekend of underdog victories during Brooklyn Kickball play on Sunday, as Majesty asserted itself with an upset over Crucial Taunt and Kickball Fever dispatched Licensed to Thunder, but lost to Space Cadets in a night capper. Comments (1).

Tennis anyone? McCarren volunteers fix court that the city forgot

Meadows of Shame: A rag-tag ring of racketeers has taken it upon itself to refurbish a decaying tennis court in McCarren Park after the city claimed it was too broke to fix it. Comments (3).

That’s right, fans — another installment of ‘The Short Minute…with Aaron Short’!

Podcast: Join Community Newspaper Group legend Aaron Short for the second installment of his scintillating weekly roundup, “The Short Minute.” As always, Aaron takes on the big topics of the week. With video … Comment.

Duck you! Two parkgoers reprimanded for canard caper

Meadows of Shame: Two well-meaning parkgoers who tried to save an injured duck ran afowl of park policy on Thursday — and a Ranger even said the duck should just be left to die. Comments (13).

Newcomer Cariño lives up to its name

Dining: Mexican eateries may proliferate in South Williamsburg, but good Mexican food is still about as common as non-controversial bike lanes. The newly opened Cariño, however, is not just good Mexican — it’s revelatory. Comment.

The great debate! It’s Perfetto vs. Carroll — live (on tape)!

Bay Ridge: You’ve heard the buildup. You’ve read the allegations. You’ve been shocked by the vitriol. Now it’s time to rumble as Bay Ridge’s incumbent District Leader Ralph Perfetto and hard-hitting challenger Kevin Peter Carroll go mano-a-mano in a debate in our Downtown offices. With video … Comment.

In Downtown, blight gets a window dressing

Downtown: Downtown developer Al Laboz is once again papering over his problem on Willoughby Street. Comments (1).

Friday, May 14, 2010

This stinks! City admits that it is no longer picking up street garbage

It’s official! Now we know why there’s so much litter everywhere — instead of emptying street garbage cans three times a day, the city is now only doing it twice a week! Comments (3).

It’s their park — so neon benches it is!

Gowanus: The 1980s will live again on Saturday when volunteers repaint the benches in a Gowanus park in neon colors reminiscent of the Me Decade. Comments (8).

Biv whack! Doug challenges Millman for Assembly

Politicrasher: He finished sixth out of seven for the Council last year — but that isn’t stopping Doug Biviano from looking for a promotion to Albany. Comments (6).

Manhunt! Ridge cops seek scum who molested pre-teen!

Bay Ridge: A 12-year-old girl was abducted off a Bay Ridge street and nearly raped during a horrific kidnapping attempt on May 11, police said. Comment.

Rachael Ray in full Bloomy at PS 29 

Bloomy in the ’Hood: Aren’t they preaching to the converted? Comments (4).

This ‘Lion’ roars for two Zimbabwean exiles

Dance: Two Zimbabwean greats combine for a poetic fusion of dance and music this month. Comment.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kickball — the sport of Kings — is back!

Greenpoint: Here’s your handy preview. Comments (2).

City red-faced after naming Brooklyn Bridge’s paint after hated Queens

Mean Streets: The city has put the brakes on a plan to paint the Brooklyn Bridge a color named after the borough of Queens — and you can thank us! Comments (11).

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Smells like a winner! Greenpoint sewage plant gets a tourism center

Greenpoint: Greenpoint’s toilet water is now a tourist attraction. Comment.

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