Nightlife: Bowling, White Russians and costumes combine next month at Brooklyn Bowl for Lebowski Fest 2010, a celebration of the 1998 Cohen Brothers’ cult comedy and its great anti-hero, The Dude. Comment.
Greenpoint: Borough President Markowitz slammed the Queens-based developers of the Greenpoint Hospital site for making the “wrong” claim that he would underwrite the project with $3.9 million. Comments (4).
Shopping: Market Watch is back this week with some news on a brand new store and a fun, Halloween-themed shopping excursion. Comments (1).
The cable dispute — what should be done?
Perspective: Hundreds of TV shows have been blacked out during the negotiations between Fox and Cablevision, depriving viewers of everything from the baseball playoffs to talk shows. Whose right? Who cares? We just want to watch TV. Click below for two takes on the conflict.
Nightlife: Tequila goes great with plenty of dishes — tacos, scallops, skirt steak and Doritos, to name a few — but everyone’s favorite south-of-the-border beverage actually goes best with grasshoppers. Comments (2).
Park Slope: Some sicko wrote, “Geese first, Jews next,” on an emergency call box in Park Slope over the weekend — but it’s unclear whether the vandalism is an anti-Semitic call for violence or a sincere attempt to link this summer’s federal goose extermination to one of history’s greatest atrocities. Comments (7).
The city’s plan to add “dollar vans” to bus routes abandoned by the MTA is all but dead — and the head of the city agency that spawned the ill-fated initiative admitted that it was partly his fault. Comments (3).
Bay Ridge: Arab-style smoking cafes that were exempted from the city’s landmark anti-tobacco law are under fire as a Bay Ridge councilman prepares to stop any new hookah bars from opening and seeks to regulate those that remain. Comments (2).
Mean Streets: Supporters vastly outnumbered opponents in dueling rallies over the Prospect Park West bike lane on Thursday morning, as 250 cyclists rallied in Grand Army Plaza and then took a victory lap roughly four dozen opponents gathered just to the south. Comments (44).
Park Slope: Seven people — including two children — were hospitalized on Thursday morning following a devastating six-car pileup on Flatbush Avenue outside the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Comments (12).
Williamsburg: For nearly a dozen Williamsburg business owners this week, cash machines stopped dispensing money and started swiping it. Comments (13).
Food stamps for sugar sodas?
Perspective: Mayor Bloomberg wants to bar the use of food stamps for sugar-filled beverages and sodas on the grounds that such products are unhealthy. Of course, they are — but is the mayor’s initiative a public-health boon or just “nanny state” politics run amok? Click below for opinion pieces on the topic.
Greenpoint: The city has cut some access to the Newtown Creek for boaters days after the federal government listed the creek as a toxic Superfund site — but the feds and local kayakers argue that the city is overreacting. Comments (3).