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Friday, Dec. 17, 2010

Locals pile on Vito for ‘double-dipping’

Bushwick: Williamsburg community leaders slammed Assemblyman Vito Lopez for cashing in on a state loophole that allows him to collect his retirement pension while still drawing his $92,000 salary. Comments (12).

Crash victims remembered 50 years later at Green-Wood Cemetery

Greenwood Heights: A somber memorial at the old boneyard. Comment.

Should tunnel name Carey on?

Perspective: There’s talk of re-naming the Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel for Gov. Hugh Carey, a Democrat who saved New York City from the fiscal abyss of the 1970s. But is it a good idea to start naming stuff after people who are still alive? We asked two experts to weigh in. Click below for their opinion pieces:

A feast fit for three kings — where to eat out this Christmas Eve

Dining: Sure, Christmas Eve is one of the big “family nights” on the Gregorian calendar, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take the family out to a great meal at one of the few borough restaurants that are open. Here’s our guide to the best Christmas Eve dining options (minus Chinese restaurants, which never seem to close). Comments (2).

This senior is pissed off about our toilet coverage

Letters: Seniors want to live full and respected lives in their own homes, and within the community that they know and are comfortable with (“What do seniors want? A new survey seeks to find out,” online, Nov. 30). Comment.

Officer Charlie honored

Williamsburg: Former officer Charlie Murello has been coming to work every day to the 90th Precinct — even though he’s been retired for decades! Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

Vito’s double-dip: An editorial

Editorial: This week, Assemblyman Vito Lopez was caught in the ultimate Albany scam — he wants to start collecting his pension even though he’s about to start his 14th term. Comments (1).

Pols hail new Prospect Park skating area

An embattled skating rink plan in Prospect Park took its first real step forward in years on Wednesday, as park officials broke ground on a $70-million mega-project to add blade-bourne activities and restore a more natural lakefront. Comments (8).

Our first-ever singalong editorial!

Editorial: Why should Marty Markowitz have all the fun? Come on, click above and sing this year’s headlines! Comments (3).

Hut, hut, HIKE! City mulls raising park and recreation fees

Meadows of Shame: Tennis anyone? — better bring your checkbook. Comments (5).

Re-hired! Kent Avenue workers get job back, though no union

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Two workers who were fired in May after trying to organize a union in a Williamsburg luxury rental building are finally back on the job — though the building remains non-unionized. Comments (8).

Roofus: Atlantic Yards remains a circus, Ringling or not

Atlantic Yards: Our cartoonist is at it again! Comment.

Hundreds mourn Greenpoint Marine at funeral

Greenpoint: Hundreds of Greenpointers — civilians and soldiers alike — mourned slain Marine Sgt. Nicholas Aleman on Wednesday morning during a poignant funeral mass at St. Anthony’s Church. Comments (3).

Perfect pork chop? Brine it Joe’s way

Prime Time: Our columnist gives you the secret to brining. No, it’s not difficult! Comments (1).

‘Shine on! Legal distillery moves from hootch to bourbon

Dining: Kings County Distilling is taking on the big boys. Comments (1).

Our cartoonist says: Woodwork is a great place to watch the game

Bar Scrawl: The latest installment of our new feature, Bar Scrawl, offers our cartoonists’-eye view of Prospect Heights joint. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

More details on crazy father-son bash of 10-year-old!

Fort Greene: The full story of how a man encouraged his son to beat up a 10-year-old classmate — then joined in the assault! Comments (4).

Big fish! Aquarium plans major shark center

Coney Island: Who needs Shark Week? In Brooklyn, we’ll have it all year long. Comments (1).

Paint the town red! Councilman wants new hydrant markings

Face it, drivers don’t know how far 15 feet is, so a new bill would require the city to paint the “no park” zone at fire hydrants. Comments (23).

History? It’s a ‘Shore’ thing as Coney theater is landmarked

Coney Island: A decaying Coney Island icon was designated a city landmark on Tuesday — but it remains unclear what will become of it. Comments (6).

Leaning tower! TV baker’s giglio cake fell, now he’s back in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Joe Glaser has been through a lot as a contestant on TLC’s “Cake Boss: The Next Top Baker” — from being threatened with a knife and being called a quitter to winning best dessert. Comment.

Belt out the holiday classics at the Jingle Bell Jamboree on Saturday

Music: “This isn’t the kind of concert where we expect the audience to sit and politely clap.” Comment.

Thieves steal three laptops

Park Slope: They pretended to be looking for office space — then stole the office equipment. Plus the other crime from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

David Strathairn was one of the ‘jerks’ at Farmacy

Cinema: Hollywood touched down on Henry Street this week. Comments (2).

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

The most awful (and best) Police Blotter item — ever!

Fort Greene: A man encourages his son to beat up a 10-year-old classmate — then joins in the assault! Police Blotter fans, it doesn’t get any better than this. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (2).

FDNY’s ‘tunnel’ vision! Agency kills underground film series

Cobble Hill: A popular Gowanus-based film series is out more than $7,000 after fire officials put the kibosh on a sold-out series set for an abandoned subway tunnel 10 feet below Atlantic Avenue. Comments (7).

Do you Vodou? Show offers insight into Afro-Carib religion

Art: Check it out this weekend at Five Myles. Comments (1).

His daughter finds her way in the world

The Dad: Our dad columnist deals with a headstrong 15-year-old — who’s often right! Comment.

Hot Tub comedy returns to Littlefield next Monday

Nightlife: But this time, Kristen Schaal is taking the night off and Kurt Braunohler is doing it all. Comments (1).

New Downtown hangout is good for what ‘ales’ you

Nightlife: The Brooklyn Paper has found its newest resident bar — the Downtown Ale House. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 13, 2010

Murder-suicide chills Windsor Terrace and snarls commute

Windsor Terrace: An unhinged 31-year-old turned his Windsor Terrace home into a bloodbath on Monday morning, stabbing both his parents before jumping in front of an oncoming train at the 15th Street subway station in a failed suicide bid that disrupted the morning rush. Comments (7).

Today’s commute — enjoy new transfer from Lawrence Street R to the A/C and F at Jay Street

Transit: Brooklyn commuters will greet the new workweek with a new free transfer — but the $164-million question is whether anyone really needs it. Comments (7).

Tenants and landlord play let’s make a deal on McGuinness

Greenpoint: The remaining tenants of a Greenpoint loft slated to become a homeless shelter are mulling a buyout offer from their landlord — removing the most significant obstacle from a nonprofit’s path to convert it. Comments (3).

Burglar does his Xmas shopping early on Manhattan Avenue

Greenpoint: A thief looted four buildings on a quiet Manhattan Avenue block in Greenpoint last week. Comments (1).

Bedford Av. site still ‘Apple’ of Salvation Army’s eye

Williamsburg: Thrifty Brooklynites will have even more aisles of second-hand clothing to pick through as the Salvation Army plans to expand its Bedford Avenue thrift store — though Apple fans will be crying on their iPods. Comments (1).

Take a chance on the ‘Rock Lottery’ this Saturday

Music: This lottery has nothing to do with scratch-offs. Comment.

Annual living nativity scene this Saturday in Bensonhurst

Bensonhurst: It’s one thing to believe in the story of the Three Wise Men, Mary and Joseph, and the little baby that they birthed in a manger, but it’s another thing to see it live. Comment.

Check out the Brooklyn Youth Chorus three times this weekend

Music: Brooklyn’s best chorus is three times as nice this holiday season. Comment.

Tish backs the bike lane slowdown

Mean Streets: Fort Greene’s councilwoman signs onto a Southern Brooklyn lawmaker’s bill to require hearings before new bike lane’s could be installed. Comments (15).

A hot little ‘Nutcracker’ from Company XIV

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: ’Tis the season for “Nutcrackers” of all stripes, be them faithful or irreverent. For a sexed-up retelling that’s full of eye candy, Company XIV’s reimagining, “Nutcracker Rouge,” doesn’t disappoint. Comment.

Last-minute dash for creative gifts

Shopping: Our weekly MarketWatch feature brings it all home. Comment.

From ‘30 Rock’ to your crib, thanks to Film Biz Recycling

Shopping: A new store in Gowanus sells designer furniture and accessories straight from local movie sets. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010

Circus coming to town! Ratner, Ringling ink deal at Barclays Center

Atlantic Yards: The development of Atlantic Yards has been sometimes compared to a three-ring circus — but now the real thing is coming to Prospect Heights. Comments (11).

There’s now room to wine at Brooklyn Oenology’s ‘tasting’ space

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: Why are you not reading this in Brooklyn Oenology’s new tasting room right now? Comments (1).

Friday, Dec. 10, 2010

WikiRabbi! Leaked diplomatic cables make a star out of Niederman

The Greatest Story Ever: Brooklyn has its own “victim” of the WikiLeaks dump — Rabbi David Niederman! Comments (5).

What the hay?!

Enter our caption contest. Comments (7).

Mean Streets special: Marty sings his contempt for bike lanes at hearing

Mean Streets: Borough President Markowitz is so opinionated about bike lanes, that he’s even singing about them! Comments (53).

SantaCon scoop! All-day St. Nick fest will kick off at Water Street Bar!

That’s right, people: SantaCon is tomorrow. And we have the scoop — it’ll start at Water Street Bar on Water Street in DUMBO at 10 am. It’s a scoop, people! Comments (2).

Beer on Bruce? Could be, if you take the subway

Construction Update: Here’s one sudsy solution to car traffic at Atlantic Yards — give transit-riding basketball fans a free beer. Comments (16).

Bah, humbug? Has Christmas gotten too commercialized?

Perspective: Christmas is a great time of the year, but it’s also a season for debating whether we waste too much time, effort and money on gifts for everyone on our list. We sought out two perspectives on the topic, so click below for their opinion pieces (irony alert! This week’s print edition features our two-page gift guide, so you know what side we’re on!):

Nice quiet weekend on the rails

Weekend Watch: Here are the service changes affecting you this weekend (12:01 am, Saturday, Dec. 11 to 5 am, Monday, Dec. 13, unless otherwise noted). Comment.

Moonshiners no longer! Kings Co. Distillery making bourbon now

Foodie-in-Chief: Lots of news and gossip to share, so grab a bib and get reading. Comments (1).

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

Tower power! CB 2 pushes ‘Skyscraper District’ plan forward

Downtown: Brooklyn Heights’ community board narrowly backed a “Skyscraper Historic District” for Court Street on Wednesday night, bucking many locals who actually live in the proposed landmark zone. Comments (1).

Slope man’s art felt tribute to slaughtered geese

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).

Hugh-ge honor! Battery Tunnel to be renamed for former governor and Brooklyn legend

Awesome: The Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel is about to be renamed for Hugh Carey — the Park Slope congressman who achieved his greatest fame as the governor who saved New York from fiscal ruin. Comments (13).

Emily’s list? Fix Prospect Park

Park Slope: The beleaguered greenspace has a new administrator, big time city insider (and Park Sloper) Emily Lloyd. Comments (9).

New ‘Day’ for Studio B as hot artist plans live-work space in notorious club

Greenpoint: Renowned artist Matthew Day Jackson is moving to Greenpoint — and taking over the former lair of the notorious nightclub Studio B. Comments (2).

Off-track bummer! Parlors close — railbirds loose their favorite

Horseplayers were barn sour on Wednesday, hours after the city’s Off-Track Betting Locations, including 16 in Brooklyn, were shuttered after years of losing money. Comments (5).

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