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Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

Focus on Norman Rockwell at the Brooklyn Museum

A show that will make you rethink the whitebread painter. Comment.

Jay-Z brings it all back home

Brooklyn’s finest returned to the borough where it all began on Thursday night, reminiscing about being a crack king in the Marcy projects before becoming hip-hop royalty in the 1990s. Comments (7).

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

St. Ann’s Warehouse to restore Tobacco Warehouse

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).

Bklyn party boss lived in Queens!

Vito under the Microscope: An old mortgage on Vito Lopez’s Long Island lovenest listed the foreign address. Comments (12).

ExxonMobil to pay $25M to fix Greenpoint mess

Cleaning Our Waterways: The state has reached a $25-million settlement with ExxonMobil, ordering the oil corporation to finish cleaning up the state’s largest oil spill under Greenpoint. Comments (2).

Take a chair! City removes tornado-blown seat from tree

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.

Henry Kissinger’s bird is dead!

Boerum Hill: Sad news out of Boerum Hill — a beloved cockatoo belonging to community activist Leslie Lewis is dead. Here’s our heartfelt video tribute. With video … Comments (4).

More F-ing work

Weekend Watch: Big service changes for our F, G, A and C riders. You’re welcome. Comment.

Christian Lander’s ‘White’ stuff

Books: The “Stuff White People Like” blogger is back. Comments (2).

Would you like some music with your Norman Rockwell?

Music: At the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, a marriage of song and fine art. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

Up a tree! Chair has been stuck in branches since tornado

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).

You can really get high in this apartment

Downtown plan: The Brooklyner puts the loftiest unit on the market. Comment.

Levin says no to McGuinness shelter

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).

How do you get to Borough Hall? Use this map

Downtown: By February, you’ll never be lost in Downtown again — thanks to dozens of giant map kiosks that only took 10 years and $1.4 million to erect. Comments (3).

Cyclist speaks: ‘I was doored!’

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).

A ‘Tosca’ like it oughta be

Music: This “Tosca” is just how Puccini himself envisioned it. Comments (1).

The other ‘Other Israel’: Film fest comes to Bay Ridge with Palestinian focus

Cinema: Palestinians are front and center as a popular Israeli film festival unveils a spinoff this weekend in Bay Ridge. Comment.

Don’t want to cook this Thanksgiving? Use our guide

Dining: Our annual report on the restaurants that want to make it easy on you this turkey day (some even without turkey!). Comments (1).

A salty, gooey take on an American classic

Dining: Use this recipe to make the caramel apple pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Comments (2).

Hoier’s new band, Boom Chick, breaks out

Music: Frank Hoier and Moselle Spiller at the Trash Bar on Sunday. Comment.

Did city ignore bike lane in Gowanus exit fix?

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).

Get shopping this weekend

Shopping: There’s lots to keep you shoppers busy this weekend, as we’ve got news on a new children’s store, an art toy show and holiday markets. Yes, the season is fast upon us. Comments (2).

New Assemblywoman votes for change — by re-electing boss

Bay Ridge: It’s “Press Release of the Week” time. Comments (6).

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010

Executioners sing! New documents reveal full extent of park goose-icide

The 250 geese and goslings that were massacred in Prospect Park in July were only the tip of the goose-berg, new documents reveal. Comments (374).

Trading ‘spaces’! Parking lanes may get sidewalk cafes this summer

Mean Streets: You’ve heard of sidewalk cafes — now here come the parking lane cafes. Comments (17).

Grimm times ahead! Our first interview with Bay Ridge’s congressman-elect

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).

Three sum! City likes BQE fix plans, but balks at price

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).

More violence at a Fort Greene train station

Fort Greene: There were at least four more violence incidents at a Fort Greene subway station last week — an eerie echo of a spate of four attacks at two other stations nearby. Comments (1).

Comic book opens the vault

Books: One of the country’s biggest collections of comic books will be opened to the public for the first time ever this weekend. Comment.

City begins a concrete move to fix decrepit Borough Hall plaza

Downtown: The city finally got to work fixing the dangerous cracked slate in front of Borough Hall last week — and all it took was a broken hip and a lawsuit. Comments (3).

House organ! Vito and allies have their own state-financed newspaper

Bushwick: Assemblyman Vito Lopez and his political allies have found a nifty way of ensuring good press: publishing their own newspaper — and you’re paying for it! Comments (8).

Put on your ‘ride’ stuff for Tweed bike event this Sunday

Event: In other words, pull out the old-school knickers and shirtwaists. Comment.

This cop could see the future

Fort Greene: He stops a kid, who admits he was about to rob a woman. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (1).

The history of Brooklyn music — in photos

Art: Emily Wilson’s picture archive tells the story of Williamsburg’s 1990s rock scene. Comments (2).

Who could ask for anything more (than an Ethel Merman tribute)?

Music: And it’s at Kingsborough Community College this Saturday. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

Knicks to Brooklyn: We are your team

Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn to Knicks: Gedoudaheah! Comments (37).

Kobayashi, now an eating free agent, loses bid for Guinness fame

Greenpoint: Legendary competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi thinks he won his huge battle to become a gustatory free agent — but in the end, he couldn’t beat a small pizza. Comments (4).

City tightens ban on Newtown Creek kayaking

Cleaning Our Waterways: Local outdoorsmen are livid, but agency says that Superfund designation demands “caution.” Comments (4).

The inside story on how Achilles was saved

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).

The Kobayashi story

Greenpoint: A timeline of a legendary eater’s rise and fall. Comments (1).

The O’Jays bring the ‘Love Train’ to BAM

Music: Tell all the folks in Russia and China, too! Comment.

Crises are not just for middle age

The Dad: Our dad columnist runs the marathon and realizes that his daughters are looking for their own challenges. But boxing? We’ll see... Comments (1).

You can call him Rae

Art: Curator McGrath has show in his own Bedford-Stuyvesant gallery, starting this Saturday. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010

Adams denies ‘incredible’ testimony on corrupt Aqueduct gaming plan

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).

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010

Achilles, the snared cygnet, is saved!

Meadows of Shame: Two heroic park advocates have saved Achillies — and we have the exclusive photos and video! It’s part two of our “Hail, Achillies!” coverage. With video … Comments (24).

The O’Jays bring the ‘Love Train’ to BAM

Music: Tell all the folks in Russia and China, too! Comment.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

The good tie young! Cygnet trapped in fishing barb!

Meadows of Shame: We’ve got another bird down in Prospect Park — a cygnet with a fishing barb through his cute little webbed foot. And we’ve got the video! With video … Comments (15).

Big fire going on right now in the Slope!

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).

Shaking on Fulton

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper editorial board thinks that the new Fulton Mall Shake Shack is a harbinger of some good, but many bad, things to come. Comments (12).

The future of Coney Island

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 smoke shop busted for tax evasion

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).

Vets restore memorial to beloved Greenpoint war priest

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.

Break out the bubbly as local restaurants make their own sodas

Dining: Brooklyn leads the gassy revolution. Comment.

Our cartoonist says: Get a whisky at the Whiskey Brooklyn

Bar Scrawl: The latest installment of our new feature, Bar Scrawl, offers our cartoonists’-eye view of a good Williamsburg bar. Comments (2).

Keeping up with the stuff hipsters hate

Checkin’ in with: Brooklyn bloggers Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich celebrate hipster eccentricities with an anthropologist’s intensity. Comments (10).

Vets outraged by fallen war memorial in Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights: On Veterans Day, no less! Comments (5).

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

Exciting dog rescue on Ocean Parkway

Mean Streets: Call it “win Diesel” as firefighters free trapped bulldog. Comments (7).

Roofus: Court loss or not, Yards moves ahead

Atlantic Yards: This week, Roofus says what everyone knows: There is no stopping Atlantic Yards. Comments (13).

An ‘F’-ing nightmare

Weekend Watch: Big service changes for our F, G and C riders. You’re welcome. Comments (4).

The Atlantic Yards saga is now a play

Theater: The battle over Atlantic Yards may be over, but it’s still brewing on stage. Comment.

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