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Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Rain? Who cares? You’ve got The Brooklyn Paper!

Page 1: So what if it’s supposed to be dreary today, you’ve got the full print edition of The Brooklyn Paper to keep you warm! OK, maybe “warm” is a bit of an overstatement, but just by clicking above, you can download our entire, jam-packed, 16-page collector’s edition. It’s all there, folks — news, arts, features and pictures of opossums. And you can download it a full day before it hits the stands. Enjoy. Comment.

Op-ed: Vito and his nonprofit are a modern political machine

Perspective: In the wake of a series of investigations into a nonprofit founded and controlled by Assemblyman Vito Lopez, we asked a Baruch College professor who has researched the charity to explain how it all works. Comments (11).

Roofus: The real bogeyman in the mosque controversy

Cartoon: Our cartoonist sees the real problem (as usual!). Comments (3).

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Tish: To fix arena parking mess, locals should pay for spots

Mean Streets: A key opponent to the Atlantic Yards mega-development and arena is now pushing for a parking system that would force locals, many of whom opposed the project in the first place, to pay to park in the neighborhoods around it. Comments (12).

Automotive HS loses — but wins

Williamsburg: Finally, a home game in McCarren Park. Comments (2).

Hog hell! Cops are ticketing motorcycles parked on sidewalks

Bay Ridge: The joyride is over for Bay Ridge motorcyclists who park on the sidewalk as cops vowed this week to crack down on the illegal but — until recently — rarely enforced offense. Comments (18).

Are Kevin Peter Carroll’s pants on fire after flip-flopping over Lopez? 

Committeman Confrontation: A self-appointed “reformer” casts his first vote for the party boss. As flip-flops goes, this is George H.W. Bush’s “no new taxes” all over again. Comments (10).

‘Dollar’ vans on Day 1: Few riders, long delays

Cobble Hill: Day one of dollar van service in Brownstone Brooklyn was a lose-lose proposition — for passenger and operator alike. Comments (2).

Boycott turns into ‘buycott’ for West Bank lotions

Controversy sells — and in Brooklyn Heights, it’s also good for the skin. Comments (47).

Cops battle robbery spree in Fort Greene Park

Crime: Cops have beefed up patrols in Fort Greene Park in response to at least eight robberies this month — and have arrested at least three suspects in the spree. Comments (4).

Free at last! Security ‘ring of steel’ comes down at Metrotech

Downtown: Downtown’s exhaust-belching security perimeter is finally being dismantled after 10 years. Comments (2).

Get your ‘Fela’ for free at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Awesome: A concert version of the hit Broadway show — for free! Comments (3).

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Plaza sweet — Ratner unveils new front for his Barclays Center

Atlantic Yards: The plaza at the entrance to the Barclays Center arena could accommodate the Brooklyn Flea, a farmers market similar in size to the one in Grand Army Plaza, or a movie night as in Brooklyn Bridge Park, developer Bruce Ratner announced on Tuesday. Comments (19).

Vito takes leave of absence to battle cancer

Williamsburg: Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez will take a leave of absence to undergo four days of radiation treatments next week to combat another outbreak of cancer. Comments (10).

Kickball playoff action! Berky injured as Pony Boys, Majesty roll on

Greenpoint: The Final Four is set: Pony Boys, Majesty, Brooklyn United and the Mellencamps. Comment.

City still pushing parking meter price hike in Slope

Mean Streets: Park Slope community leaders continue to slam the brakes on a scheme that would jack up the price of parking in the spot-challenged neighborhood by a whopping 33 percent, and stretch the hours when those rates are in effect. Comments (8).

Ghost bike for Denver gal

Mean Streets: The borough’s 28th memorial for a cyclist marks the death of Jasmine Herron. Comments (1).

MTA finally paints over its Jay St problem

Downtown: The entryway to the Jay Street train station is going from eyesore — to sight for sore eyes. Comments (1).

What if the kids hate you?

Fearless Parenting: Our mom columnist deals with the ultimate insult. Comments (3).

Remember this — Myla Goldberg is the ‘It’ girl of Brooklyn literature

Books: A new book keeps the “Bee Season” writer humming. Comment.

More violence in Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene: Another vicious attack leads the blotter. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Now you can cook like the Brooklyn pros

Books: The borough’s restaurant scene has never been hotter — and now it finally has its own cookbook. Comment.

Tom Chapin’s Sunday folk festival

Music: Catch the singer at the Brooklyn Center. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

Jonathan Lethem resigns as ‘Bard of Boerum Hill’

Boerum Hill: Take a good look at Jonathan Lethem — this will be the last time you see one of Brooklyn’s most important authors as a resident of the borough. Comments (4).

City: Don’t blame US for opossum oppression

Opossum oppressed southern Brooklyn continues to blame City Hall for an ill-conceived rat-eradication scheme — but the mayor and even the governor say the whole thing is a figment of a varmint-obsessed population. Comments (3).

Another mosque-erade at Sheepshead Bay Islamic site

More than 200 residents and Brooklyn Tea Party members and 100 supporters of a mosque and Muslim community center clashed in dueling rallies on Sunday at the site of the proposed cultural center in Sheepshead Bay. Comments (11).

Paterson veto spares Radiac

Williamsburg: Radioactive waste facility will remain near Williamsburg school. Comments (4).

It’s official — the Newtown Creek is a federal cess pool

Greenpoint: Our sources were right! It’s Superfund for the fetid north Brooklyn waterway. Comment.

This is the way to ring in Oktober

Awesome: The main event may be in Germany, but over here, you can still get some Oktoberfest action, thanks to Kelso of Brooklyn’s own outdoor brews, brats, and beats event on Oct. 2. Comment.

The Dean? No, the Godfather of Brooklyn’s comic scene

Books: A jackhammer cracks the road open, a car alarm blares and the F train brings a rumble of thunder from above every 10 minutes. Comments (1).

Economy sinks another high-flying Downtown plan

Downtown plan: Now you can have the site for a song. Comments (1).

Classic silent films return to Brooklyn Public Library — with live piano

Cinema: It’s hard to keep quiet about silent film this good. Comment.

Lord of the fleas? You will be with this week’s Market Watch

Shopping: Last week, we introduced our new column, Market Watch. This week, we continue it! Comments (1).

Hot time in the city thanks to the Botanic Garden’s Chile Pepper festival

Event: The world is a volatile place — so perhaps it’s no surprise that the only thing that everyone agrees upon is the beauty and joy of the fiery chili pepper. Comment.

What an Atlantic Antic it was!

Downtown: Va-va-va-vroom. Comments (2).

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

Feds to name Newtown Creek a Superfund site on Monday

Greenpoint: Our sources are clear on this (too bad the water isn’t!). Comments (1).

Tree branch madman is sent to psych ward

Prospect Heights: A weirdo who waged a one-man war against trees in Crown Heights and Prospect Heights was declared unfit for trial on Friday — and will spend up to a year in the madhouse before he’ll be re-evaluated. Comments (3).

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Big dig at ‘Brig’ site

Clinton Hill: It’s the rarest of sights: a massive development in Brooklyn almost completely devoid of controversy. Comments (1).

The most egg-cellent sandwich

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: Put down this newspaper or click the red circle on the top left corner of this web page and head right now to Five Leaves in Greenpoint for the best egg sandwich in the city. Comments (1).

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

He dropped the ring — but city workers found it!

Brooklyn Heights: Seconds after this photo was snapped, Trey Turner fumbled the engagement ring — but now city workers have saved the day. Comments (9).

More Vito problems — two fed probes and more city scrutiny

Politics: The bad news for embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez continued yesterday as a new report revealed that two federal offices are investigating him and his Bushwick-based nonprofit, the state Attorney General is also eyeing a probe, and state and city officials ramped up pledges to increase oversight of the charity — and its $100 million in government contracts. Comments (5).

This ‘Dead’ play is very much alive

Theater: Paging Mr. Sartre! A new play at the Irondale Center offers a new ‘Exit’ ramp Comment.

Friday, Sept. 10, 2010

A real ‘meat’ and greet at Roberta’s

Dining: Brooklyn, you’re about to witness the most epic all-you-can-meat party the borough has ever known. Comments (1).

¡Comida Mexicana querido at Authentic Mexican week

Dining: The real deal starts next Thursday. Comment.

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