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Friday, Dec. 3, 2010

Atheists take on Christmas

Perspective: What’s in a billboard? A group of atheists put up this sign at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. Does it attack Christian faith or does it merely champion hard facts? Read these opinion pieces and decide for yourself.

Park gets down to brass tracks with new Third Street entrance

Park Slope: A nod to Stonehenge and to the desert in the design for a spiffy new gateway to Prospect Park. Comments (14).

Minor inconveniences this weekend

Weekend Watch: Here are the service changes affecting you this weekend (12:01 am, Saturday, Dec. 4 to 5 am, Monday, Dec. 6, unless otherwise noted). Comment.

Knitting Factory becomes ‘Spin City’ for dreidel finals next week

Event: The biggest sporting event of the season is back. And no, it’s not hockey. Comments (1).

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

When trees attack! Ridge house surrounded by angry arbor

Bay Ridge: High winds during Wednesday’s Nor’easter pushed a menacing tree into a house on 79th Street, causing minor damage, but briefly imprisoning a Doberman. Comment.

Big traffic schmear in Grand Army Plaza from AIDS ‘bagels’

Park Slope: A “schmear campaign” against Mayor Bloomberg’s World Aids Day Bagel breakfast at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library got unexpectedly sticky on Wednesday morning as cops bagged nine unruly protestors who donned bagel costumes and laid down in traffic in the middle of Grand Army Plaza. Comments (5).

Dough! Panera Bread chain to join the Downtown restaurant boom

Downtown plan: Start calling Downtown the borough’s chain gang — the national sandwich shop Panera Bread is coming to Adams Street, joining a swath of multi-location retailers and restaurants that are taking over the neighborhood. Comments (1).

Love it, locavores! Bklyn campus to host urban farm

Talk about food for thought! Comment.

Stuff and nonsense: Taxidermy show honors animal craft and storytelling

Nightlife: At this taxidermy contest, the living may overshadow the dead. Comment.

Happy Hanukkah from The Brooklyn Paper

Park Slope: Here it is, folks, your classic First Night of Hanukkah photo — Mayor Bloomberg lighting the Park Slope menorah. Let there be light. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Oh, oh, Domino! Lawsuit seeks to halt megaproject on Williamsburg waterfront

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Hold the sugar! Comments (1).

Booze with a view! Pier 6 to get fancy restaurant

Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Bridge Park is about to give The River Café a run for its money. Comments (2).

The biking iPhone thief is back!

Park Slope: At least four women had their fancy iPhones stolen last week across three precincts — and all of the thefts were committed by a thief on a bicycle, a chilling reminder of a crime wave that cops thought they had broken last year. Comments (2).

Java man! Top free speech lawyer defends Gorilla Coffee workers

Park Slope: A celebrity First Amendment lawyer is scoffing at a defamation lawsuit brought on by the owners of Gorilla Coffee, who accused their former employees and the New York Times of defamation stemming from April’s mass staff exodus over the owners’ alleged hostile management style. Comments (3).

Stephen Solarz, longtime Brooklyn congressman, is dead at 70

Stephen Solarz, the tough-talking, nine-term Brooklyn congressman who was as comfortable blasting a foreign leader as he was negotiating a landlord-tenant dispute in Brighton Beach, died on Monday of esophageal cancer in Washington. He was 70 years old. Comments (3).

Re-writing history! Kevin Powell — three-time loser — pens memoir

Politics: History isn’t always written by the winners, after all. Comments (3).

Hostel move? Hotel owners buys iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank

Williamsburg: The owner of a low-price hostel chain has bought one of Williamsburg’s most-iconic landmarks for possible conversion into a high-end lodge, restaurant or retail shopping center. Comment.

Joe Raiola’s London broil is a cut above

Prime Time: Learn how to make it yourself! Comments (4).

Salem Lutheran Church saved — for $2.5M

Bay Ridge: The entire campus of the Salem Lutheran Church has been sold for $2,650,000 to a new congregation that plans to renovate and reuse the complex — saving it from the fate of Bay Ridge’s beloved “Green Church,” which was demolished two years ago. Comment.

Book ‘em! Comic artists gather at festival on Saturday

Art: Independent comic book doodlers will rub elbows with fine artists from matchless metropolitan magazines on Dec. 4 as the second annual Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival touches down in Williamsburg. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

Trial of alleged Ridgewood Bushwick fraudster begins today

Bushwick: Some see it as an isolated case of theft — others see it as an indictment of charity founder Vito Lopez. Comments (4).

This means war! American Revolution shrine burglarized!

Park Slope: A thief working the shuttle bus nabs a victim. Plus the other crime from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comments (7).

Hasidic teacher brutalized in possible hate crime

Williamsburg: Three thugs brutally assaulted a Jewish school teacher in South Williamsburg last Thursday evening, taunting him with an anti-Semitic slur, a source said. Comments (9).

A ‘Red Hot’ New Orleans event at BAM

Music: The Big Easy comes to Brooklyn on Dec. 3 and 4. Comments (1).

They got the jewels!

Carroll Gardens: Plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (1).

Perfect gifts for Brooklyn lovers

Shopping: This borough really is the gift that keeps on giving — thanks to these three designers. Comment.

Nadia Kalman has crafted a ‘Fiddler’ for these times

Books: Finally, “Fiddler on the Roof” gets a 21st-century reboot. Comments (1).

Our cartoonist says: Strong Place is a strong place

Bar Scrawl: The latest installment of our new feature, Bar Scrawl, offers our cartoonists’-eye view of a good Cobble Hill joint. Comment.

Brooklyn’s Little Italy — changing, but still Italian

Shopping: Here’s our insider’s guide to Bensonhurst, one of the greatest neighborhoods in the borough. Comments (3).

What do seniors want? A new survey seeks to find out

Survey says? We want to keep our seniors in Brownstone Brooklyn! Comments (13).

Paul Murray reads a funny book at Word on Sunday

Books: This writer is deadly funny. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

UPDATED: Whole Foods is coming!

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

Can Andy Campbell eat a pizza in 1:45?

Podcast: Find out in our exclusive video! With video … Comments (6).

Tacos and donuts and bread — oh, my!

Foodie-in-Chief: Our food gossip column is back! Comment.

A Momofuku for Brooklyn

Shopping: It used to be that the worst thing about the delicious cakes, pies and pastries offered at Momofuku’s Milk Bar was the subway ride into Manhattan to get them. Comment.

What happens when your kids can’t stand your company anymore?

The Dad: Our dad columnist finds out this week. Comment.

Hear the news? The feds have got Pablo!

Williamsburg: The co-owner of Greenpoint Bikes is being deported for a 10-year-old crime. Comments (2).

Food fight! Ths Sunday, a battle for the best holiday dish

Dining: They’ve battled over brunch, chosen the best cheeses, and even tackled tacos. But cookoff pros Theo Peck and Nick Suarez are about to take on what might be their most ambitious Food Experiment yet: the holidays. Comment.

‘Check out’ the deals you can get with a library card

Shopping: “Will that be cash, credit or library card?” Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010

Love birds! Jake and Taylor hit the Slope

Awesome: Celebrity lovebirds Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal put Park Slope behind a velvet rope over the Thanksgiving weekend — and the neighborhood famous for not caring about A-listers is suddenly caring about the dating practices its favorite adopted son. Comments (1).

Friday, Nov. 26, 2010

Firebomb! Thugs torch cars on 14th Street in Slope

Park Slope: Thugs torched four cars on 14th Street early on Monday after igniting garbage cans between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Comments (9).

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).

Powder puff! Chalk artist sues city for $1M

Cobble Hill: A beloved form of child’s play is about to head to an adult court. Comments (16).

Dead cyclist’s mother fights on to fix McGuinness

Mean Streets: More than six months after the death of a pedestrian on McGuinness Boulevard, the victim’s mother has grown frustrated over the police’s handling of the case and the city’s slow response towards calming one of Brooklyn’s meanest streets. Comments (7).

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010

How do you spell fishing greatness? G–R–O–S–Z

Williamsburg: Not too many people find the Brooklyn Fishing Derby gross — but they may now. Comments (1).

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).

Old school meets new at Brucie’s

Dining: The name may be redolent of an old-school Italian eatery, but Cobble Hill’s recently opened Italian market and restaurant, Brucie, is anything but. Comments (1).

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