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Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010

Kobayshi beats the rap!

Takeru Kobayashi is a free man! Comments (9).

Our man tries out the new sensory deprivation tank

Sunset Park: A lot of think tanks these days dedicate time to indoctrinating followers into the political hive mind — but a new one in Sunset Park lets you lounge in a sea of salty sensory deprivation while contemplating ways to destroy the prevailing paradigm. With video … Comments (2).

One click and you’re done!

Page 1: We don’t need to tell you that we live in a highly interconnected modern world. At the touch of a button, you can get virtually limitless information. But some of us are old-school, preferring to embrace such tactile pleasures as flipping through this week’s print edition of The Brooklyn Paper. Well, if you’re reading this, you could do both: have the full print edition in seconds, right there on your computer screen, yet still get everything our print edition is known for: brilliant graphics by art director Leah Mitch, fine writing by Stephen Brown, Andy Campbell, Gary Buiso and many others, and, of course, the tight editing you expect from The Brooklyn Paper. Click now and enjoy. Comment.

Housing project residents to city: Fix this mess!

Williamsburg: Tenants in one Williamsburg public housing tower are livid because the city refuses to fix leaky roofs and cracks that are causing sickening black mold to grow inside the residents’ otherwise immaculate apartments. Comments (9).

Back on track with a big win

Cyclones: Cory Vaughn knocks in a big run and scores another to end the two-game skid. Comment.

Video: Inside Backman’s ‘Wally World’

Podcast: No one brings you inside the Cyclones locker room like The Brooklyn Paper. So join Editor Gersh Kuntzman, the dean of the Cyclones press corps, as he trains his video lens on skipper Wally Backman — whom everyone thinks is the Mets manager-in-waiting. With video … Comment.

Public buses or dollar vans — two views

Perspective: To fill the gap left by the MTA’s massive bus cuts, the city has proposed to allow private “dollar van” operators to work along now-dead bus routes. But is this just a backdoor to privitizing our entire mass transit system? We asked two experts. Click below for their opinion pieces.

Ka-POW! A look at Brooklyn’s best comic book stores 

Books: Last week, Brooklyn fanboys lost one of their stomping grounds, when Rocketship closed up shop after five years in Cobble Hill. Comments (9).

‘Hellcity’ is a graphic novel with explosive results

Books: Writer Macon Blair loves his apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and artist Joe Flood says he’s inspired by living in the borough after moving to Crown Heights from New Jersey nine years ago. So you‘ll have to forgive them for blowing up the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

Aretha speaks! Singer explains sudden mysterious ‘injury’

Music: The Queen of Soul has spoken. Comments (3).

Boerum Hill byway is ‘greenest’ commercial block!

Don’t call it a comeback! Comments (3).

Dead Weather’s Celebrate Brooklyn show had the ‘White’ stuff

Awesome: It was another great night at Prospect Park on Tuesday, as Jack White’s new band, The Dead Weather, put on one of the heaviest rock shows of the summer. Comment.

On the road again! Automotive HS’s team has no home field

Williamsburg: One of Brooklyn’s best high school football teams is forced to play its home games at a rival high school’s field because the city and the school’s league won’t let the team play in McCarren Park across the street. Comments (11).

Swan down! This cygnet is the catch of the day

Meadows of Shame: Talk about the ugly duckling — this waterfowl has a fishing lure stuck in its mouth. Comments (18).

Reading scores way down? Parents blame the test, not the kids

Parents across Brownstone Brooklyn are slamming the Department of Education’s just-released state reading test scores which show that more than half of fifth-graders can’t read at grade level — a much-higher failure rate than last year’s test. Comments (6).

Swept by the Renegades?

Cyclones: Hudson Valley takes its second in a row from the Cyclones. Comment.

She’s 40? This pool is a fountain of youth!

Gowanus: What do Crown Heights resident Michele Marshall and Grammy-winner Barbra Streisand have in common? They both graduated from Erasmus Hall HS in Flatbush — and they are both borough icons. Comment.

Wheely good news! Soapbox derby coming to Slope on Saturday

Event: You don’t need to travel to Ohio for some prime Soapbox Derby action this summer. Comment.

Still not a park! New city board has only two open space pros

Bridge ‘Park’: News analysis: The new board overseeing Brooklyn Bridge Park is filled with political hacks, real-estate flacks and the rest of the establishment pack. Comments (12).

City begins work on ‘Transmitter Park’

Greenpoint: Greenpoint residents celebrated the neighborhood’s newest park — though it won’t be open officially until 2012. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010

BREAKING! Aretha cancels Brooklyn shows

Music: The Queen of Soul is not Brooklyn-bound after all! Comments (3).

‘Electric’ company! Here’s one woman’s shocking plan to bar raccoons

Greenwood Heights: One Greenwood Heights woman is so fed up with raccoons that she’s started giving them electro-shock therapy. Comments (7).

Report: Prospect Park West bike lane is working

Mean Streets: Drivers are much more likely to adhere to posted speed limits on Prospect Park West, thanks to the controversial bike lane that reduced the roadway to two lanes from three, a new study has found. Comments (127).

Four-hour delays at cruise terminal as longshoremen call in sick

Red Hook: Thousands of cruise tourists ran aground amid four-hour baggage handling delays last Thursday because dozens of longshoreman didn’t bother to show up for work on a hot day. Comments (10).

Demoralizing loss to the Renegades

Cyclones: What happened to the league-leading Cyclones’ offense? Took the night off, apparently. Comment.

A chess match, but with much bigger pieces

Greenpoint: It’s the immortal game — with humans playing the pawns, knights, bishops and queens. Comments (1).

Good jeans! Loren Cronk opens his denim den in Greenpoint

Fashion: Sure, your $300 pair of Ed Hardy jeans are cool, but it’s time to grow up and meet the denim fanatic who offers style and value to the celebrities — designer Loren Cronk just opened his own retail shop in Greenpoint. Comments (2).

Firehouse becomes art gallery for a night

Art: The former home of Williamsburg Engine 212 will become the future home of a neighborhood community center — but for one day next week it will be an art gallery. Comments (2).

A van, a man, a plan

Carroll Gardens: A Good Samaritan in a van saves the day. Plus all the other crimes from Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

‘Ultra’ cool new club lets you paint Gowanus purple

Campbell’s Soup: Gowanus, meet your first dance club — Ultraviolet, the hottest triple-floored, extremely purple dance party east of the Canal. Comment.

Cheap shot? John Cougar Mellencamps roll all over the competition (literally)

Greenpoint: Fresh off a month-long furlough, the defending champion John Cougar Mellencamps returned with an impressive upset over the scrappy Lobos in a game that featured one of the most-debated plays in weeks. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 2, 2010

Toys ‘R’ Us coming to Downtown!

Downtown: It’s Christmas in August! Comments (7).

New ‘signs’ of life along Downtown’s history trail

Downtown: Finally, there are signs that Brooklyn once had beautiful old buildings downtown. Comments (3).

Blood on Clark Street! Witness describes Heights shooting

Brooklyn Heights: Police are on the hunt for a gun-toting thug who shot a Brooklyn Heights resident twice in the back on Sunday, injuring him. Comments (2).

Get out the brooms — Cyclones sweep Yanks

Cyclones: The Clones have won six in a row. Comment.

The ultimate red card! Hook soccer game ends in gunfire

Red Hook: A man was shot in the behind when a friendly soccer match turned ugly in Red Hook Park on Sunday afternoon. Comment.

Who got taken to the cleaners?

Windsor Terrace: Customers are scrambling to reclaim their freshly pressed clothes from a beloved Windsor Terrace dry cleaning shop after it was shuttered by the city marshal for not paying its rent. Comments (4).

‘Devils’ and ‘Spacemen’ fill the Brick Theater this month

Theater: At the Brick Theater this month, you’ll be sure to laugh and cry, just like the Greeks intended. Comment.

‘Celebrate’ Brooklyn’s Queen of Funk this Saturday

Music: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings play the band shell in Prospect Park. Comment.

Jazz man to ‘Usher’ in new score for Vince Price classic

Cinema: Marco Benevento does not have quite the right disposition for “The House of Usher.” Comment.

‘Watts’ up at the Bushwick Starr? Innovative comic Reggie Watts

Music: It’s difficult to take your eyes off of Reggie Watts. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010

Great pitching and timely hitting pace Clones over Yanks

Cyclones: A three-game series begins with a win. Comments (1).

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Cyclones’ roll continues with 11-3 win over Aberdeen

Cyclones: This team can’t be stopped. Comment.

‘Port’ of call! Explore our waterfront past and present aboard an old tanker

Event: Exercise your sea legs a bit this month and hang out with old tars aboard the Mary A. Whalen, a historic oil tanker in Red Hook. Comment.

Friday, July 30, 2010

City moves to landmark Civil War-era block in Fort Greene

Fort Greene: A gorgeous strip of Civil War-era homes in Fort Greene would be protected until World War III and beyond under a city plan for a new historic district on Vanderbilt Avenue. Comments (1).

Oy vey! Jews and non-Jews plenty mad over McMahon’s ‘Jewish money’ gaffe

Bay Ridge: The “Jews” are not happy about Rep. Mike McMahon’s “Jewish money” gaffe. Comments (20).

Movie noise in the Heights? What movie noise in the Heights?

Bridge ‘Park’: Our analysis shows that there’s not a problem — despite complaints from sound-sensitive Heights residents. Comments (5).

Lazio stumps in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: Trailing in the polls, demolished in the money race, virtually unknown outside of a small group of political insiders, Rick Lazio did what any Republican gubernatorial hopeful would do to energize a campaign: head to Bay Ridge. Comments (2).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Backman: I will finish the job in Brooklyn

Barnstormin’: Everyone is calling for the Mets to transfer Cyclones skipper Wally Backman to Citi Field — but he says he won’t budge until he finishes the job in Brooklyn. Comments (3).

It’s a road-eo on the Ninth Street bridge

Mean Streets: It’s not just humans who are sweating out this heatwave — the high temps have also gotten to the Ninth Street Bridge. Comments (4).

News analysis: Inside the feds’ blood lust for geese

Meadows of Shame: The federal government approach toward geese became “more aggressive” — and more lethal — in the days after the so-called Miracle on the Hudson, resulting in the exclusion of animal experts from the decision-making process and setting the stage for the execution of thousands of waterfowl. Comments (13).

Who should be ‘Mr. Cyclone’?

Perspective: Coney Island is looking for its first-ever Mr. Cyclone — so as a public service, we’re going to turn over our newspaper’s most-precious real-estate, its Op-Ed page, to give six would-be coaster kings the space to show off their talents (as told to our eminently talented scribe, Jared Foretek). Take it away, boys. Comments (5).

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Flatbush to get ‘narrow’ minded during arena construction

Mean Streets: The area around the new home of the Brooklyn Nets will be anything but a slam dunk for drivers next month as Flatbush Avenue will be narrowed to accommodate construction workers. Comments (8).

‘Greene’ acres as Clinton Hill food co-op plan moves forward

Clinton Hill: Praise the lord and pass the kohlrabi! Comments (3).

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