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Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

A Knicks vs. Nets proxy war

Perspective: The sorry New York Knicks have started marketing themselves to the Brooklyn sports fan — trying to generate excitement for the Manhattan team before the New Jersey Nets relocate to the Barclays Center at Flatbush and Atlantic avenues in two years. Will the outsiders succeed in winning our hearts and minds? We asked two sports fans to weigh in. Click below for their opinion pieces:

UPDATED: Whole Foods is coming!

Gowanus: It’s all in this memo that we just got, too! Comments (16).

Tacos and donuts and bread — oh, my!

Dining: Our food gossip column is back! Comment.

Friday, Nov. 26, 2010

‘Nutcrackers’ gone wild! You can’t tell the Sugar Plum fairies without our scorecard

Dance: Besides mistletoe, egg nog and that sweater from grandma, there’s no greater holiday tradition than “The Nutcracker.” But no two “Nutcrackers” are alike, so we checked them all out to give you an insider’s guide. Comment.

Toxic timebomb? Neighbors want halt on Broadway tower until site is cleaned

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A group of Williamsburg residents are incensed that work on a new 15-story housing tower on the corner of Broadway and Kent Avenue will begin construction even though a six-year-old toxic spill underneath the site has not been fully cleaned up. Comments (20).

‘Fight Fest’ returns to Williamsburg’s Brick Theater

Theater: Finally, a theater series that asks the question, “Are you ready to rummmmble?” Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010

Bishop Loughlin food drive is a great Thanksgiving story

Students at Bishop Loughlin HS are in a class by themselves when it comes to setting records. Comment.

Giving thanks — to a great intern

Podcast: Yes, folks, Joe Anuta is gone. Please enjoy our heart-rending video tribute to an unpaid legend. With video … Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

Feds: Heights Cinema owner was Ponzi schemer

Brooklyn Heights: The credits may soon roll on the Brooklyn Heights Cinema — the borough’s last twin movie house — now that its owner has been arrested for bilking investors with a series of high stakes scams that would make “The Thomas Crown Affair” seem sophomoric. Comments (2).

Ratner is finally a man of steel as first girders go up

Atlantic Yards: The first steel girders of the Barclays Center rose above the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues on Tuesday, a tangible sign that the future home of the Brooklyn Nets is moving forward. Comments (55).

Is the Exxon payout too small?

Some Greenpoint oil spill victims think so. Comments (5).

Off the map! Artists want to turn Bushwick street into a sculpture park

Bushwick: Street artists want to turn a trash-riddled East Williamsburg side road into a new park. Comment.

Just-renovated school library missing one thing — a librarian!

Prospect Heights: Schoolchildren in Prospect Heights just got the brand new library they’ve been waiting six years for — too bad they can’t use it. Comments (3).

City rezoned itself to allow ‘Green Church’ school

Bay Ridge: City officials did an end run around existing zoning to allow the construction of a large Bay Ridge school on the site of the demolished Green Church. Comments (1).

Buggin’ out! BAM’s ‘Metamorphosis’ is a real change

Theater: If you thought the book about a guy transformed into a bug was haunting, wait until you see it on stage. Comments (1).

Holy war! Green Church won’t let us see contents of the 1900-era time capsule

Bay Ridge: And we wanted to read about President McKinley, too! Comments (7).

Baby, you’re a rich man!

Fearless Parenting: It’s easier to talk about sex than about money. Comments (5).

Bridge to Pier 1 is approved

Bridge ‘Park’: The long-awaited footbridge linking Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 and Brooklyn Heights is officially a go. Comment.

Vito serves it up for seniors

Williamsburg: Seniors living in Bushwick have something to look forward to during the holidays — a Thanksgiving meal with Assemblyman Vito Lopez and all the trimmings. Comments (4).

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010

‘Repent’! Actor goes berserk and kills mom, cops say

Prospect Heights: An unhinged actor hacked his mother to death with a Freemason sword inside their Park Place apartment this morning, and was later arrested, cops said. Comments (4).

A rave for St Ann’s ‘Red Shoes’

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, “The Red Shoes,” has inspired its fair share of adaptations, from films to musicals. But none have stuck as closely to the source material, while still making the story its own, quite like this one. Comments (1).

Kruger to the rescue?

State senator — long linked to Joe Sitt — now says he wants to save Boardwalk businesses. Comments (4).

Buyer could ‘Rite’ a historic wrong at Greenpoint’s movie palace pharmacy

Greenpoint: Maybe someday we’ll get to see “Drugstore Cowboy” at this Greenpoint drugstore. Comments (16).

FBI to Brooklyn: Watch your neighbors for us

An FBI special agent has been hitting Brooklyn community boards asking for help in keeping an eye on the area. Comments (7).

Digging deep! EPA archeologist rolls up his sleeves on the Gowanus

Cleaning Our Waterways: Meet the man who is knee deep in historic muck. Comment.

Duck feeding is an age-old pasttime

Meadows of Shame: The ban on feeding the waterfowl in Prospect Park will bring an end to a childhood rite that goes back to the beginnings of organized civilization. Comments (13).

Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ — live on stage next week

Music: It’s a benefit concert performance of the best-selling Beatles solo album ever — at the Bell House on Nov. 29. Comment.

Gowanus rob mob

Carroll Gardens: Plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment.

Bay Ridge gets its own pie social on Sunday

Event: Nothing brings folks together like some warm, homemade pie. Comment.

Dan Zanes is back

Music: He’s still the king of kiddie rock — but this time, he’s playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Comments (1).

What else should be illegal?

Meadows of Shame: The Parks Department is considering making it illegal to feed the ducks in Prospect Park, ending a tradition that goes back generations. Here are some other traditional activities that should probably be banned, too. Comments (6).

Monday, Nov. 22, 2010

We knew it! Illegal backyard restaurant closed down after city crackdown

Dining: Everyone except city Health bureaucrats enjoyed a Taste of Hawthorne — and now the restaurant is shut down. Comment.

Library holds its black-tie affair at a bowling alley

Dooley Noted: And everyone had a great time. Comments (1).

Canine caper solved! Woman who stole dog from shelter is collared

The Greatest Story Ever: Cops took a bite out of a heartless dog thief on Friday after a citizen detective spotted the perp Chihuahua-handed. Comments (1).

Elizabeth Streb’s gravity-defining dance troupe is back

Dance: Elizabeth Streb has a knack for testing the limits of the human body. Comment.

More attacks on fancy gas-guzzlers

Prospect Heights: Now more than a dozen vans and luxury cars have been vandalized. Plus all the other news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comments (3).

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010

What they’re giving thanks (or not giving thanks) for

Perspective: At Thanksgiving, we invited very important Brooklynites to reflect on all the stuff that makes them happy — so naturally everything from DiFara Pizzeria to Atlantic Yards is on the list. Comments (5).

Ayoub’s Fornino is a high-end, family friendly joint

Dining: Michael Ayoub has done the impossible — again — by creating a truly fancy restaurant that is truly family friendly. Comments (1).

Cool new kids shop on Vanderbilt Avenue

Shopping: Prospect Heights parents have a new place to shop, thanks to Livie and Boo. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

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).

Paper trail! Windsor Terrace community board begs for vital office supply

Windsor Terrace: Brother, can you spare a ream? Comments (5).

Children’s crusade! School kids aiming guns to slow down speeders on Atlantic Ave

Mean Streets: They say that kids shouldn’t play with guns, but students at PS 261 are using them to save their own lives. Comments (4).

Yards drama will delight Ratner, appall opponents and confuse everyone else

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: “In the Footprint” retells a story best left to the historians, not the playwrights. Comments (10).

‘High’ anxiety as MTA takes months to fix station escalator

Brooklyn Heights: Fed-up commuters and elected officials rallied outside the High Street subway station on Thursday, slamming the agency for failing to fix the station’s notoriously lousy escalators. Comments (5).

Cops: We have the ‘bomber’ bank robber

Bay Ridge: Police have arrested a suspect in two recent Bay Ridge bank robberies — both involving vague bomb threats. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

Love geese? Then stop feeding them!

The childhood rite of passage of “feeding the ducks” would be ended forever under a new plan to prevent another federal goose massacre. Comments (126).

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).

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

Cheery Gehry not weary of theory

The world’s most-renowned architect talks to students at the Pratt Institute. Comments (1).

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