Mean Streets: The statue of Gen. Fowler may soon get some swank renovations to his Fort Greene home, thanks to a business group’s plan to completely refurbish the tiny, relatively unused vest-pocket park. Comments (6).
Page 1: Is this thing on? Wow, look at that — it’s typing what I’m saying. Check it out! This is going to change journalism, if you can just sit here and speak and then the words come out on paper. Amazing. But will it type everything I say? What about curses? Let me try. Duck you! That’s just slitty. See? It doesn’t do curses. Well, I still think this is cool. Comment.
Vendors at the burgeoning and homespun monthly Greenpoint Food Market were thrown into chaos last week when the city confirmed that it is placing the amateur chefs under new scrutiny under the guise of public safety. Comments (6).
The secret location of Brooklyn’s undisputed greatest bar of all time has been revealed: hang a left past the cow pasture in Oakville, drive about 10 miles up an old gravel logging road and stop when you see pickup trucks and flannel. Comments (8).
Greenpoint: The ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico might be good for one thing — it might lubricate the passage of a Greenpoint lawmaker’s stalled bill to prevent future oil spills closer to home. Comments (1).
Greenpoint: If you’re after barbecues and booze amid the sweltering heat this summer, Greenpoint is your new destination — Blackout bar has an all-you-can-party deal that’s going to turn some heads. Comment.
Awesome: The fight against cancer unfortunately didn’t turn into a catfight on Tuesday night, as Alex McCord, the lone Brooklynite on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” hosted a benefit for the American Cancer Society without any of her rival castmates. Comments (6).
Brooklyn Heights: Another meat-labeling foul at a Brooklyn Heights Key Food has left managers scrambling to win back their customers’ trust, just days after the same Atlantic Avenue store’s legendary “Poultrygate” scandal. Comment.
Gowanus: It’s sink-or-swim time for fans of the Douglass-Degraw pool, who are hoping that their newly created Facebook group will generate a tidal wave of letters to convince the big fish in city government to rescue their beloved watering hole. Comments (2).
Carroll Gardens: Wedding bells were drowned out by the wail of police sirens at Marco Polo Ristorante on Court Street early on Saturday night as an engagement celebration ended in a frenzied free-for-all — and the father of the bride was nabbed! Comments (19).
Books: It’s such a big deal that even Marty showed up at the opening. Comment.
The Albany mess — two views!
Perspective: With Albany in such a state of dysfunction — budget long overdue, lawmakers squabbling, a governor so hobbled that he can’t even run for re-election — many people are calling for New Yorkers to simply vote out every single incumbent. But is that a good move? We asked two politicos — one, a sitting senator, the other, a wannabe — to weigh in. Click below for their opinion pieces.
Carroll Gardens: Seven more men — including one who assaulted a police officer — were busted on June 5 at a shady Boerum Hill corner for trying to get a little action from a woman who turned out to be an undercover cop. Comments (7).
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The $1.2-billion redevelopment of the defunct Domino Sugar refinery — which could add 6,000 new residents to an already saturated Williamsburg waterfront — passed another hurdle today with the unanimous approval of the City Planning Commission. Comments (2).
Politicrasher: The public bathrooms inside Borough Hall are no longer available for the people’s business — thanks to a homophobic street preacher’s vile screeds and a police officer who apparently believes that it’s her job to shred the First Amendment. Comments (13).
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The City Planning Commission has shoved aside local opposition to the massive Domino Sugar redevelopment, signing off on a final environmental impact report that puts the agency on a glide path to approval next week. Comments (1).
Books: Joyce Carol Oates, Rosanne Cash, Paul Krugman and Melvin Van Peebles — plus a long list of usual suspects — are the literary luminaries that will fill Borough Hall with their talent at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sept. 12. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights: A Brooklyn Heights Key Food that has been repeatedly accused of changing the “sell by” date on meat is off the hook this week after the state revealed that the relabeling practice is completely legal. Comments (9).
Meadows of Shame: Dog lovers were barking mad on Tuesday morning as they arrived in Prospect Park to find their beloved meadow peppered with chicken legs and charcoal — though park officials say the post-Memorial-Day litter could have been much worse. Comments (10).