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Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010

Legendary ‘short-stay’ hotel satisfies its last customer

The Greatest Story Ever: Sheepshead Bay’s Golden Gate Inn, a longtime “hot sheets” motel, closes, raising the question: Where will we go now for a nooner? Comments (14).

‘Freak’ out! Evicted shooting gallery is bulldozed in Coney

Coney Island: What the freak? Comments (10).

Upset at graffiti? You would!

Park Slope: Park Slopers are confused by a slew of graffiti tags popping up along Seventh Avenue with a cryptic message: You would. Comments (5).

Pols play ‘Stall-mart’ to keep retail giant from Brooklyn

Several local lawmakers say they will hold a giant parcel of state-owned land hostage until they get a guarantee that Walmart won’t ever be allowed to lease space atop it. Comments (23).

The ‘retired’ Assemblyman

Vito under the Microscope: Assemblyman Vito Lopez will start his 14th term on Jan. 1. But the day before, he’ll “retire” so that he can collect his pension while also drawing his legislative salary. Click below for a critique of the scheme and an interview with Lopez defending the arrangement.

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

Study: Brooklyn leads the ‘chain’ gang

The chains are hooked on Brooklyn! Comments (13).

FDNY fuming over pol’s pump bill

The Fire Department is hot and bothered about a bill being pushed by a Southern Brooklyn lawmaker that would shrink the “no parking” area around fire hydrants from 30 to 20 feet, saying its big rigs need all the space they can get. Comments (10).

Service with a stamp! New church owners are known for mail-order prayers

Bay Ridge: The church group that bought Salem Lutheran Church on 67th Street is a controversial ministry known more for mailing out literature than holding services. Comments (10).

Cabbie sees her as sleeping booty

Park Slope: Get this: A cabbie robs her while she sleeps in his taxi. Plus the other crime from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Our guide to not making rookie mistakes on New Year’s Eve

Event: We’ve separated the Champagne from the Champale to bring you a great way to ring in 2011. Comment.

Bushwick park gets ‘tree’-mendous boost

Bushwick: Massive damage from the September tornado is repaired, thanks to 74 new trees. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010

It’s lunar-cy as our shutterbug captures eclipse

You need a physics degree to understand it, but high above Brooklyn on Tuesday morning, something happened involving the moon, the sun and the earth that delighted stargazers. Comments (3).

Praise Jehovah? Squadron ‘no housing’ plan appears to move forward

Bridge ‘Park’: Could the Jehovah’s Witnesses save the soul of Brooklyn Bridge Park? Comments (12).

Comic coal! Mike Birbiglia mines jokes from despair

Nightlife: If self-deprecation had a crown, Mike Birbiglia would be wearing it. Comment.

Jacket jacked!

Carroll Gardens: A woman’s Michael Kors coat is stolen. Plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (1).

A real festival of light at Invisible Dog

Art: Fans of the French artist Thierry Dreyfus are in for a treat this month, as the acclaimed light designer launches his first solo show in America on Dec. 25. Comment.

Long overdue! Fort Hamilton branch library will finally reopen

It was the termites! Blame them! Comment.

Monday, Dec. 20, 2010

The ‘Rent is Too Damn High’ guy returns! And he’s running for prez!

Greenpoint: Some people might find a rock to crawl under after failing to get even one percent of the vote in an election — but Jimmy McMillan is not some people. Comments (16).

Cycling flutist names her band ‘Bike Lane’

Mean Streets: It may be the first time that a chamber group is named after a controversial city transportation strategy — but remember people, this is Brooklyn. Comments (23).

Ovenly goodness! Two gals start a savory snack business

Foodie-in-Chief: Sayonara, stale popcorn. Bon voyage, boiled peanuts. Hungry bar patrons in Williamsburg just got a brand new snack to munch on, and it tastes a lot like bacon. Comment.

Ring in the New Year in style in these dresses

Shopping: Almost as big a question as what you’re going to do on New Year’s Eve is, what are you going to wear? Of course, you can always forego your tired wardrobe buy something new, and we found the perfect items in which you can ring in the New Year — dresses that are chic yet still affordable (well, there’s one splurge in there). Comment.

Now is the time to see the Dyker Lights

Event: For one month every year, a southern Brooklyn neighborhood is renamed. Comment.

Catch the Moscow Circus this weekend

Event: This is a circus show for people who take circuses seriously. Comment.

Finally, some top quality Metrocard art

Art: Reduce, reuse, recycle, recreate. Comment.

Bodega be damned! Khim’s Market replaces Deli Mart on Bedford

Williamsburg: Williamsburg’s busiest corner has a new tenant — an organic grocery store. Comments (4).

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010

Bob Diamond gets the shaft — literally!

Atlantic Avenue tunnel discoverer is booted from the site (even as National Geographic prepares a documentary on him!). Comments (11).

Spike does the ‘Right Thing’ in DUMBO

Books: The former Brooklynite signs copies of his commemorative book on his greatest movie. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010

Kayak flip flop! City will lift ban on boat launches into filthy Newtown Creek

Cleaning Our Waterways: Don’t worry, Brooklyn — you’ll soon be able to kayak in heavily polluted waters. Comments (2).

Crash victims remembered 50 years later at Green-Wood Cemetery

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

Marty looks bike gift in the mouth

Mean Streets: Borough President Markowitz turned Scrooge on Thursday by turning down a gift two-wheeler from cycling activists who showed up at Borough Hall to complain — in song! — about his anti-bike lane stance. Comments (10).

Attention, Fort Greene shoppers! Robberies are up — just in time for the holiday

Fort Greene: Hold onto your wallets in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — robberies are up more than 42 percent this month. Comment.

Guilty plea in Ridgewood Bushwick fraud case

Bushwick: A former employee of a Bushwick-based nonprofit facing a federal investigation pleaded guilty this week of defrauding the city of $4,080. Comment.

Give yourself the boot at wacky Boerum Hill footware-making class

Boerum Hill: Give a man a pair of boots, and he walks for a year. Teach a man to make a pair of boots and he walks forever. Comments (2).

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

Vito goes double-dipping — goes for pension while still in office!

Bushwick: Assemblyman Vito Lopez just got re-elected to a 14th term in Albany, but he wants to start collecting his state pension right now. Comments (8).

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).

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

Roll ‘em! New moviehouse slated for film starved Williamsburg

Cinema: Williamsburg residents won’t have to take the L train to Union Square to catch the latest blockbuster. Comments (17).

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