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Monday, July 26, 2010

Hear this ‘Swell’ act at the band shell on July 30

Music: The unlikely pairing of Irish rocker Glen Hansard and Czech pianist Markéta Irglová has been charming listeners since the understated 2007 musical “Once” introduced the world to their heart-felt folk rock, even earning them an Oscar for “Falling Slowly.” Comments (1)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Page 1: You may find this false modesty, but we’re actually humbled by ourselves sometimes. Consider the full print edition of The Brooklyn Paper. It’s amazing. Page after page of hard news, features, pictures, graphics, police blotter entries and arts coverage that you simply cannot get anywhere at any price. Frankly, we don’t know how we do it. So click on the link above and start reading this majestic newspaper — a full day before it hits the stands. And remember, keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Comment

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Prospect Park’s geese — did they have to die?

Perspective: The slaughter of close to 300 geese and goslings in Prospect Park earlier this month has become one of the hottest topics of the year. Supporters of the massacre say that airline safety is more important than animal life, while opponents say there’s a better way. Click below to read opinion pieces on this controversy.

Shakespeare — stripped down!

Theater: Summer has always been a ripe time for productions of Shakespeare’s wildly popular “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” often as a light breeze suitable for children. Comment

Roofus: So much noise that you can’t hear the noise

Bridge ‘Park’: Our cartoonist offers his take on complaints in Brooklyn Heights that Brooklyn Bridge Park’s popular “Movies with a View” series is too loud. Comments (1)

Our Editorial: Feds are trying to goose us on this one

Meadows of Shame: A secret execution list? A middle-of-the-night incursion? The more we learn about the federal slaughter of Prospect Park’s geese, the less confidence we have that this gruesome operation was conducted with a full vetting of the objective facts about non-lethal methods that could have been employed. Comments (2)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

THEY HAD TO DIE! Feds try to explain their geese massacre

Meadows of Shame: Federal officials are fighting back against the notion that the geese of Prospect Park were needlessly sent to the gas chamber, insisting that the birds that were snuffed out on July 8 are exactly the kinds of fowl that strike planes near New York airports. Comments (27)

In Slope, MTA bus cuts cause double trouble on Seventh Avenue

Park Slope: Two bus lines, one arrival time. Big trouble. Comments (3)

Will somebody please take Steve Levin’s petitions?

Williamsburg: Councilman Steve Levin should have worn his running shoes to work on Tuesday — because he spent part of the afternoon chasing around the managers of a luxury condo building that recently fired two workers who claim they were just trying to form a union. Comments (14)

Golden thunders! Marty’s camp seeks to sink Dem opponent

Bay Ridge: Talk about being anti-choice! Republican state Sen. Marty Golden wants yet another challenger-free election. Comments (90)

As Vaughn goes, so go the Cyclones

Cyclones: And Cory is a hitting machine right now! Comment

Water? It’ll cost you at JellyNYC pool parties

Williamsburg: Water, water everywhere — but you have to pay to drink it. Comment

Oh the irony: City honors Hook vendors and DUMBO archway

Red Hook: First the city got in the way, now it doles out honors. Comment

Bus-ted (again)! Correction vehicles are still cramming Court Street

Brooklyn Heights: The Department of Correction bussed up (again) when its drivers got caught by this paper (again) hogging public parking spaces in Downtown (again) — but this time, agency officials promise (again) that they’re fixing the mess with a few new rules for their drivers. Comments (3)

Don’t hit snooze! Wakey!Wakey! to play Brooklyn Bowl on Friday

Music: Mike Grubbs grew up under a piano. Comment

City boots artists from studio–turned-nightclub

Clinton Hill: A group of Clinton Hill artists will have to fight for their right to party, as the city is moving to evict them from their Flushing Avenue workspace because of their allegedly wild bashes. Comments (18)

Everyone loves this week’s ‘Hottie’

Nobel Peace Prize. Academy Award. Hottie of the Double-D. Comment

Cop surrenders in hit-and-run

DUMBO: An 84th Precinct cop who rammed his police cruiser into a 61-year-old bicyclist as he blew through a red light in DUMBO — then failed to report what happened in the June 14 incident — was arrested on Tuesday. Comment

The secret of the Cyclones: Power!

Cyclones: Since the start of the season, the Cyclones hitters have been told to be aggressive and to approach each at bat with a plan, and so far, the plan has panned out. Comment

Eight lives left! Abandoned cats need new  home

Bensonhurst: They sweated it out, but they survived. Comment

This romance event will ‘bowl’ you over

Nightlife: Few Jewish holidays combine centuries of Talmudic scholarship with the elegance of Diddy’s White Party. Comment

This was no courtesy flush!

Carroll Gardens: Two men used the old “water meter” trick to scam a 75-year-old Sackett Street resident out of $700 in cash and jewelry on July 17. Comment

New Fort Hamilton chief wants to open the gates

Bay Ridge: By Helen Klein Comments (4)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Heights residents complain of noise from Park movie series

Bridge ‘Park’: Even a park is too loud for Brooklyn Heights residents! Comments (17)

Get on the pole! Strip-club fitness craze comes to Brooklyn

Fitness: Who says pole dancing is just for gentlemen’s clubs? It’s a great workout! Comments (10)

‘Whole’ lotta indecision! Clean-up done, but Whole Foods isn’t sure about Gowanus site

Gowanus: To build or not to build? Comments (8)

Pump it up! New system will help stanch the stink in the Gowanus

Cleaning Our Waterways: A temporary system that will pump oxygen into the Gowanus Canal will also inject recreational opportunities along the still-fetid waterway, officials insisted this week. Comments (1)

An ugly loss for the Cyclones

Cyclones: Lots of unearned runs ruin this game for the Cyclones. Comment

Bridge two far! Manhattan, like Brooklyn, span to undergo long renovation

Mean Streets: The Manhattan Bridge is about to undergo a two-year cable reconstruction project — and you’re about to undergo a double-dose of traffic congestion. Comments (7)

Get saved by the ‘Bell’ on July 24

Nightlife: Break out the leg warmers, Spandex and white-washed denim — school’s back in session. Bayside High School, that is. Comment

‘Moviehouse’ at Sternberg Park focuses on the neighborhood

Cinema: This month, Moviehouse brings gentrification horrors, schizophrenia, and teen violence to Sternberg Park — in film! Comment

The Sooner he goes home!

Fort Greene: An Oklahoman is mugged. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

Bodega bash

Prospect Heights: A holdup at a late night grocery store leads the blotter. Plus all the other news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment

Downtown boosters high on City Point project

Downtown plan: Mall begins construction at site of failed Albee Square shopping center. Comments (1)

Vito to rivals: You want a spot on the ballot? Fight for it

Committeman Confrontation: Kings County Democratic Party Chairman Vito Lopez has a message for insurgent party members: the fight is on. Comments (7)

Greenpoint plastics company is a Superfund site

Greenpoint: A former plastics factory across the street from a children’s playground in Greenpoint is finally getting cleaned up. Comments (4)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Shots fired after ‘Heatwave’ party!

Crime: One man was wounded and hundreds more were terrified when shots were fired into a massive crowd outside Prospect Park last night after the controversial “Heatwave” gathering ended and celebrants dispersed onto Ocean Avenue. Comments (124)

Call it ‘Fulton Mess’ as city begins major repairs

Mean Streets: It’s a mess downtown, as you can see. Comments (3)

Another dead cyclist — and cops hunt hit-and-run truck driver

Mean Streets: A truck driver for a New Jersey-based waste collector who recklessly killed a 24-year-old cyclist in a hit-and-run accident last week remains on the loose. Comments (18)

Hey, rabbi, got any advice on how to make our skin look healthier?

Brooklyn Heights: Rabbi Aaron Raskin defies the Ricky’s protesters and buys Israeli-made cosmetics on Montague Street. Comments (40)

B-b-b-b-b-bad! George Thorogood’s movin’ on over on July 29

Music: A true rock legend plays for free in Coney next week. Comment

This slick burlesque show will benefit Gulf oil victims

Music: The Gulf Coast is a mess thanks to BP, but at least there’s a cool show to raise money for the clean-up. Comment

A win with a ‘Cherry’ on top

Cyclones: After closer blows the save, Wiliam Cherry saves the day with a 10th-inning RBI. Comment

City wants second Carroll Gardens historic district

Carroll Gardens: The city is moving ahead with a controversial plan to establish a second historic district in Carroll Gardens — a plan that critics say would only make it more expensive to preserve the very buildings that the city hopes to save. Comments (6)

Coney Island sand-sculpting contest this weekend

Event: A good ol’ fashioned sand-sculpting contest can really make it feel like summer, so head out to Coney Island on July 24 for Astella Development Corporation’s annual event. Comment

Board backs housing on former Culver Shuttle land

Kensington: The city is moving ahead with a plan to create affordable housing on a strip of land that was once an elevated train line. Comment

Kickball 2010: Frontiersmen go where they’ve never gone before

Greenpoint: The New Frontiersmen may have lost MVP-candidate Matt “Marquis de” Sadewitz to a shoulder separation, but the team hasn’t missed a beat so far. Comment

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Scores of humans honor Prospect Park’s dead geese

Meadows of Shame: More than 100 people — from animal rights activists to animal consumers as well — gathered on Saturday night beside a Prospect Park lake devoid of hundreds of Canadian geese slaughtered by federal officials last week for a somber and angry vigil. Comments (24)

This Cyclone win was a laugher

Cyclones: Fifteen hits, great pitching and three errors by the Valley Cats lead to an 8–0 win. Comment

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tupper Thomas finally speaks about goose slaughter

Meadows of Shame: On the eve of tonight’s vigil for the 290 Canadian geese slaughtered by federal officials last week, Prospect Park Administrator Tupper Thomas finally broke her silence. Comments (20)

Clones get just enough offense to win their fourth straight

Cyclones: The pride of MCU Park remain two games ahead of the Yankees. Comment

Calexico cart in Bklyn Bridge Park — plus the other food news!

Foodie-in-Chief: It’s been another tasty fortnight in the borough of Kings. Load up on Brooklyn’s latest openings, closings, and of course, a healthy helping of gossip. Comments (1)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Angling for fun at the Macy’s fishing contest

Awesome Clinton Hill angler Athena Murray, 8, fished for fun and found it when she cast her line into Prospect Park Lake for the Macy’s Fishing Contest, and netted herself a prize for hauling in the first catch of the day — a comely catfish, which was admired, measured and recorded before being released back into the water. Comments (9)

Two views on the controversial mosque project

A proposal to build a small mosque and community center on Voorhies Avenue in Sheepshead Bay has become a lighting rob of controversy, as hundreds of neighbors have rallied against the center. Most said that they object to more traffic, but some use language that suggests a more sinister fear — that the mosque will be a haven for terrorists. One man even said that he would bomb the mosque if it ever opens. Meanwhile, the would-be worshippers say that all they want is a place to pray in their community. Click below to read opinion pieces by a mosque supporter and a mosque opponent.

Powell gets free shots at debate no-show Towns

Fort Greene: It looks like this re-energized bunny has already run out of juice. Comments (7)

This is one cool movie theater

Cinema: It will be the coolest indy movie theater in the city — with a full bar to boot. Comment

Lookout, lady! Van Brunt is hard to cross

Mean Streets: Red Hookers are in for a dangerous summer, as the city has said it will not re-paint faded crosswalks on busy Van Brunt street until the fall. Comments (3)