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Friday, June 11, 2010

Dancing in the street

Music: Play that funky music, hipsters. Comments (1).

‘General’ consensus on need for better Fowler Square

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).

‘I painted over Andy Warhol’

Art: Andy Warhol wasn’t much of a bird watcher. The iconic pop artist had a house out on Long Island — the closest thing we have to the county here — that was used mainly for parties. Comment.

Bottled up! Make your own wine — in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: In four months, Brooklynites can make their own wine — and, of course, drink it, too. Comments (2).

Eugene Mirman brings the comedy to Celebrate Brooklyn on June 17

Nightlife: Celebrate Brooklyn isn’t just a summer-long music festival. Comment.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Help find Irwin, the stolen raccoon lawn ornament!

Bay Ridge: It’s a crime of the most rabid proportions — someone stole Irwin the raccoon, a lawn ornament that’s served as one Bay Ridge resident’s own talisman for three years! Comments (4).

Idle theat! Hook bus lot violates state law

Red Hook: The state is investigating a Red Hook bus lot, which has repeatedly violated idling laws and spewed toxins near a popular park and the waterfront area behind the new Ikea. Comment.

This is where I put the headline

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.

The souffle falls? New city scrutiny could curdle the Greenpoint Food Market

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).

Head to the Brooklyn Tavern — the one in Washington State

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).

Gulf disaster is good news — for one Albany lawmaker, at least

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).

The best barbecue deal in Brooklyn!

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.

Roofus: City’s Domino vote is sugar on a slug

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: This week, Roofus weighs in on the City Planning Commission’s approval of the Domino Sugar project. Comments (3).

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

It was a celeb-filled night in Brooklyn last night

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).

Sea no evil! Heights Key Food scrambles to relabel weird seafood mix

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.

Something’s brewing — a craft beer fest at MCU Park

Event: This craft festival has nothing to do with arts. Comment.

This crook is on a roll after stealing 18 bikes from Vanderbilt Av shop

Prospect Heights: Eighteen bike owners were facing life in the slow lane on Monday after their beloved wheels were swiped while being rehabbed in a Prospect Heights bike shop. Comments (8).

A few drinks — and a mugging!

Park Slope: The teen should not have been boozing — but that doesn’t mean he should have been mugged, either. Plus the rest of the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Greenpoint Bridge gives this cyclist 40 stitches!

Mean Streets: The city is about to resurface the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge, but for Queens cyclist, Rafael Aviles, it is too little too late. Comments (20).

To save D&D pool, it’s Facebook to the rescue!

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).

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Engagement party on Court St. gets ugly — and the father of the bride is in the middle of it!

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).

What are those balls in the Gowanus Canal?

Cleaning Our Waterways: There’s something floating atop the notoriously polluted Gowanus Canal — and it’s actually a good thing! Comments (2).

New page for Dyker Heights thanks to 13th Ave. bookstore

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.

Not so ‘Bueno’! Smith St. eatery to become a stationery store

Boerum Hill: The Smith Street rumor mills can stop churning — a stationery store is taking over the now-defunct Bueno restaurant at the corner of Pacific Street. Comments (7).

Seven more horndogs captured in Boerum Hill sting

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).

Teen shot in the heart — of Fort Greene

Fort Greene: A teenager is shot near Fort Greene Park. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (4).

Texting while walking

Carroll Gardens: A teen’s cellphone is stolen while he’s distracted. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

With Smartmom, children are seen and heard

Smartmom: The noises of childhood trigger more memories for the increasingly empty nest Smartmom. Comments (7).

Slainte! Toast James Joyce on Brooklyn’s very own Bloomsday (four days early)

Event: Bloomsday has nothing to do with flowers. Comment.

Majesty still reigns supreme — but watch out for the Turtles

Greenpoint: Has a legendary kickball team run out of gas? Comments (1).

Great lineup at the next Franklin Park reading on June 14

Books: Get your week started with some booze and books. Comment.

Monday, June 7, 2010

City Planning Commission is sweet on Domino

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).

MTA’s Jay Street paint chip disaster

Downtown: Agency spent $110 million to rehab Downtown’s busiest station, yet won’t finish the job with a little paint. Comments (6).

Potty pooper! Hate-spreading homophobe is barred from Borough Hall bathroom!

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).

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Double D-saster! City closes Gowanus public pool for the summer!

Gowanus: The Douglass-Degraw pool, a cool respite for thousands of inner-city kids in Gowanus, will not be open this summer, the city quietly announced this week, citing budget cuts. Comments (11).

Bay Ridge pol collared for impersonating a lawyer

Committeman Confrontation: This is not some twisted anti-lawyer joke! Ralph Perfetto is actually facing a year in jail for helping a pal in a 2008 case. Comments (10).

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Wild wet fun at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Bridge ‘Park’: Plus our exclusive video shot today! With video … Comments (2).

Friday, June 4, 2010

New report shows that city is sweet on Domino

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).

Boardwalk or sidewalk? Cement to replace Coney Island’s renowned trademark

Concrete is beating out wood at the Coney Island Boardwalk. Comments (9).

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 opens this weekend!

Bridge ‘Park’: The long-awaited Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park — the waterfront park’s main attraction for kids — will open on Saturday. Comments (2).

Claws out! Lobster Pound guys stick it to Brooklyn Bridge Park!

Bridge ‘Park’: It looks like Brooklyn is taking back the concessions at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comments (3).

Gowanus is one ‘Yard’ shy as party spot closes down

Gowanus: Brooklyn Yard, a fun “pop-up” space, is done. Comments (3).

More fancy fast food comes to Williamsburg

Dining: Calexico and Crif Dogs more closer to opening. Comments (2).

Marty’s book fest lineup is released — and it’s Oates of fun

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.

Hot bird! Harding rolls back into the scene with a new eatery (on wheels)

Dining: And Hot Bird is back, too (minus the chicken, but with drinks). Comments (1).

The biggest stoop sale — ever — on June 12!

Shopping: This stoop sale will take the cake — and you can even take home a pew. Comment.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Shooting in Owls Head Park!

Bay Ridge: A racially charged teen rumble in Bay Ridge’s bucolic Owls Head Park ended with gunfire on Wednesday, leaving one teen critically injured. Comments (11).

CB1 to city: Get CB3’s garbage trucks out of our hood!

Williamsburg: Community Board 1 has a message for the Sanitation Department — it’s time to take out the trash. Comments (2).

Now hair this! Salons to collect trimmings for oil spill relief

Williamsburg: Hair’s a good idea. Comments (1).

Van Brunt has the ‘can’ do spirit

Red Hook: Van Brunt Street can make a claim to the title of cleanest roadway in Brooklyn thanks to 11 new trashcans deployed on Wednesday. Comments (12).

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Shingle out! Bill DeBlasio plays therapist to an anxious public

Fort Greene: Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio doesn’t have a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis, but he looked like one during his “Public Advocate on the Street” initiative on Tuesday. Comments (7).

Mr. Quadrozzi tore down that wall — but for how long?

This summer, Red Hookers will finally have a bench with a view, as a somewhat breathtaking waterfront vista has been restored to a section of Red Hook Park. Comments (3).

At Nathan’s, the sign of the times is a whitewash of history!

Brooklyn Angle: Can you believe it? The hot dog eating contest has chewed up and spat out Ed “The Maspeth Monster” Krachie. Is there no justice? Comments (8).

Fowl is fair! Key Food’s chicken relabeling is completely kosher

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).

Dog day after strewn! Garbage, charcoal in Prospect Park makes pet lovers livid

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).

Beer war! Suds nerds in battle at brewing ‘Knights’ joust at Union Hall

Nightlife: Something is brewing at Union Hall — more accurately, homebrewing. Comment.

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