Podcast: He was only here for a year, but in that time, reporter Stephen Brown broke stories, broke hearts and broke promises about letting us watch his black Lab when he’s out of town. Join us for a touching video tribute. With video … Comments (2).
Brooklyn Angle: The federal massacre of 300 geese and baby geese this summer in Prospect Park has provoked outrage, protests, and endless coverage by our staff. Now, it’s even become the subject of an iconic piece of art. Comments (33).
Midwood: State Sen. Kevin Parker escaped serious jail time — and will likely get to keep his office — as a jury on Tuesday acquitted him of felony assault charges stemming from a 2009 scuffle with a New York Post photographer. Comments (1).
Mean Streets: The Swedish furniture giant Ikea, which strongly objected to a new bike lane in front of its Red Hook store earlier this year, just gave every one of its workers — wait for it! — a new bicycle! Comments (8).
Bedford-Stuyvesant: The Brooklyn Diocese will shut a struggling 60-year-old church in Bedford-Stuyvesant — and parishioners believe the house of worship was targeted because its pastor took on church hierarchy and local pols. Comments (2).
Williamsburg: Councilman Steve Levin’s loyalty to his political mentor and the embattled Bushwick-based nonprofit where he got his start is so strong he is giving the out-of-district group more than three-quarters of a million dollars to develop a housing facility 10 blocks from any of his nearest constituents. Comments (23).
Manhattan has its own eponymous cocktail, but Brooklyn now has two gins — and this being Brooklyn, the makers are in a street fight over who’ll get to use our borough’s great name. With video … Comments (14).
Downtown plan: The Municipal Building could become a place to buy things rather than pay parking tickets under a city plan to convert two floors of the stolid Downtown office building into a retail store, restaurant or, if Borough President Markowitz has any say over the matter, an Apple store. Comments (4).
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The last thing anyone needs is another “Dancing at Lughnasa,” the Brian Friel drama that made its debut 20 years ago before earning three Tony’s on Broadway and more acclaim for Meryl Streep in the subsequent movie version. Comment.
Fort Greene: A once-time rising star in the state Senate is in full damage-control mode after a state investigation questioned his role in the corrupt bidding process over turning Aqueduct race track into a video gaming hall. Comments (5).
Midwood: A jury began deliberating felony assault charges against state Sen. Kevin Parker as the four-term lawmaker’s trial for attacking a New York Post photographer concluded on Monday. Comments (1).
Williamsburg: Police arrested two teenage suspects for beating up a Hasidic man on Monday night — and charged them for a similar bias attack against a Yeshiva teacher on the same South Williamsburg street a week ago. Comments (2).
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).