Bridge ‘Park’: The St. Ann’s Warehouse theater company — the world-renowned troupe based in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO for 21 years — will take over and renovate the vacant Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, converting it into a $15-million mixed-use performance hall and plaza, officials announced on Wednesday amid charges that the selection process was corrupt. Comments (4).
Park Slope: Park Slope’s newest neighborhood icon — no, not a baby stroller, but a chair stuck in a tree on Fifth Avenue, was uprooted by Parks officials on Wednesday, hours after this newspaper alerted the agency to a curiosity that dated back to September’s tornado. Comment.
Mean Streets: A white plastic chair has been lodged in a Park Slope tree since the vicious tornado in September — and is on pace to overtake the baby stroller as the iconic symbol of the neighborhood. Comments (3).
Greenpoint: A plan to convert an occupied industrial loft on the corner of McGuinness Boulevard and Clay Street into a 200-bed men’s shelter would not help the local population and only bring more problems to the neighborhood, the area’s councilman told the city this week. Comments (4).
Mean Streets: A driver’s carelessness in opening a car door — not a collision with another vehicle, as witnesses reported — caused a serious cycling accident on Sixth Avenue last week, according to the biker who broke a hip and an arm in the ugly crash. Comments (17).
Mean Streets: The city’s latest “exit strategy” for a controversial Dyker Heights intersection has some members of a local panel scratching their heads because the plan doesn’t take into account new bike lanes — which the same agency is proposing. Comments (10).
Bay Ridge: He believes in less government, protecting local businesses from arduous fines, that the science of global warming is unsettled and that Muslims need to suck it up — and he’s your new congressman. Comments (8).
Mean Streets: Designers unveiled three ways to tame the cavernous Brooklyn–Queens Expressway trench on Monday night — but city officials are already expressing concern over how to pay for any scheme bold enough to “fix the ditch.” Comments (2).
Meadows of Shame: A swan with an illegal barbed fishhook through its foot was saved from a painful fate by two wildlife enthusiasts on Friday, in the latest clash between waterfowl and Prospect Park fishermen. With video … Comments (17).
A Brooklyn state senator accused of giving non-credible testimony to a panel investigating the corrupt process to bring gambling to Aqueduct racetrack fired back this week, saying that his conduct was proper. Comments (5).
Park Slope: A raging fire ripped through a Park Slope Associated Supermarket on Friday afternoon, closing off Fifth Avenue between 17th and 18th streets in all directions for several hours. Comments (11).
Perspective: The operators of Luna Park declined to renew the leases of nine old-school Coney Island businesses, including the Depression-era Ruby’s Bar and the retro-chic Shoot the Freak booth. What does it mean for Coney Island? Click below for opinion pieces by two main actors in the unfolding drama.
Downtown: Police arrested the owner of a popular Downtown smoke shop last week, part of an ongoing crackdown against the scores of tabacconists who hawk untaxed smokes to insiders in schemes that are wholly unknown by the non-smoking public. Comments (4).
Greenpoint: Nearly 70 Catholic war veterans from the Father Edward Giorgio Post on Lorimer Street honored the post’s namesake in a Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday that restored a plaque that thieves had stolen two years ago. Comment.