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Monday, March 21, 2011

This dog show goes to the dogs

Mutts are front and center at the Brooklyn Lyceum this week. Comment.

Caffeine — the new gateway drug?

The Dad: Our columnist confronts every parent’s fear: that his 16-year-old is addicted to coffee. Comments (24).

Two great things — beer and adoptable pets — come together at the Bell House

Nightlife: Sweet Action and sweet puppies under one roof on March 26. Comments (1).

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Aviators kick off Federal League finals on Saturday night!

The quest for Federal Hockey League immortality begins today at Floyd Bennett Field. Comment.

‘Collyer’-style hoarding may have caused Friday’s Court Street fire

Carroll Gardens: Six people were injured — though two were heroically rescued — as a massive fire ripped through a Court Street building on Friday morning — a blaze that was fueled by years and years of hoarding, officials said. Comments (10).

Friday, March 18, 2011

A new Creation myth at Issue Project Room

Theater: The Gowanus music space presents “Original Innocence,” a rock opera that puts a contemporary spin on Adam and Eve. Comment.

BAM’s absurd ‘Comedy’! Shakespeare goes vaudeville in British production

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The new production of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at the BAM Harvey is laughable. Comment.

Novelist Ben Dolnick is back with a new coming-of-age tale

Books: And he’s coming to Greenlight Books on March 24. Comment.

Grillin’ by the Bay contest is back next week

Event: For one day, Sheepshead Bay becomes the center of the barbecue universe. Comment.

Op-ed: Potholes along the ‘Tobacco’ road

Bridge ‘Park’: The venerable Brooklyn Heights Association has been split apart by the group’s lawsuit to stop a plan to transform the old Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park into a new home for the St. Ann’s Warehouse theater company. Click below for a point-counterpoint from rival factions.

Peru is as close as Sunset Park

Melting Pot: You want fries with that? Comments (3).

Our cartoonist goes express for 61 Local

Bar Scrawl: Bar Scrawl takes his cartoonists’-eye view into Cobble Hill’s new hole in the wall. Comments (4).

Not a bad weekend

Weekend Watch: Here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, March 19 at 12:01 am to Monday, March 21 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comment.

Ridge’s Vinny is anything but skinny on talent

Shopping: Here’s the skinny on Vinny — he’s huge! Comments (3).

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Protesters: Grimm is ‘anti-woman’

Bay Ridge: The battle over women’s health care came to Bay Ridge on Tuesday, as members of the National Organization for Women rallied on 86th Street to protest a pattern of “anti-woman” votes by freshman Rep. Michael Grimm. Comments (14).

Flush with history! Man wants to turn his old outhouse into a museum

Boerum Hill: A urban archeologist has refurbished the 19th-century outhouse that came with his Hoyt Street house, and now he’s hoping to transform the primitive bathroom into a tourist attraction. Comments (5).

Teens beat up Williamsburg man in gay hate crime

Williamsburg: A group of teenage thugs viciously assaulted a Brooklyn man in Williamsburg last month because they thought he was gay. Comments (35).

Will they be the last living artists in Williamsburg?

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: If artist Aron Namenwirth is forced to sell his artist studios on N. 12th Street, the gentrification of Williamsburg will be almost complete. Comments (14).

Optimism is high for Stephanie’s butt-kicking

Smokeout: North Brooklyn Park honcha Stephanie Thayer is trying to quit before the public smoking ban takes affect. Will she make it? We’ll follow her every step and donut of the way. Comments (2).

PS 8 parents demand a middle school in the Heights

Brooklyn Heights: Parents at Brooklyn Heights’ now-popular PS 8 elementary school are demanding that the city expand its program to include a middle school — and they say the neighborhood’s very survival depends on it. Comments (8).

Spring forward! Mark your calendars for a full season of fun

Event: Our annual guide to all the music, nightlife, food, books and events that will make spring a season to remember. Comment.

Is this the ‘hottest’ husband in the U.S.? Vote today!

Willie Payton is the only Brooklynite — believe it! — in a national contest. Voting ends Friday, so get on it. Comments (5).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bike share is coming to Brooklyn!

Downtown: What’s good enough for Europe is apparently finally good enough for us. Comments (9).

Prospect Park ‘residents’ evicted — and their shanty is destroyed

Meadows of Shame: Parks officers booted a homeless man from his elaborate, six-foot-tall house of twigs inside Prospect Park, then tore it down after neighbors complained about the existance of the shanty. Comments (16).

Parks cop raids Ridge chicken coop in major pluck up

Bay Ridge: Here’s a crazy story about a school program whose cluckers were seized by the city. Comments (38).

Cops: Drunk officer caused this horrific crash

Mean Streets: A drunk and possibly drugged-up cop triggered the horrific March 15 crash on Fifth Avenue that led to multiple injuries — including two of his fellow police officers, this paper has learned. Comments (10).

Smith Street will get borough’s first ‘gutter cafe’!

Dining: To find the perfect picnic spot this summer, you might have to put your mind in the gutter. Comments (14).

Prospect Park West bike foes pushing ‘Eighth Avenue’ solution

Mean Streets: Opponents of the Prospect Park West bike lane say they have a solution to the long-running bike lane conundrum: move the controversy one block away. Comments (84).

Ratner’s Kruger connection! Bruce had dealings with arrested senator

Atlantic Yards: The biggest developer in the borough — whose Atlantic Yards project is the biggest in Brooklyn history — is now linked to the biggest pay-to-play story in years. Comments (6).

Mixed results for 88th robbery squad

Fort Greene: The beat cop is back! Comments (2).

Bank on it! This building should be a landmark

Williamsburg: Another Williamsburg bank building is getting landmarked — and this one’s a gem. Comments (4).

‘Ed Sullivan on Acid’ returns — to the new Freddy’s

Nightlife: A popular comedy show finds a new home in an old familiar place — Freddy’s Back Room. Comments (1).

Town-gown battle in Fort Greene as LIU seeks greener pastures

Mean Streets: Long Island University and Fort Greene are in a town-gown battle pitting the school’s need for athletic space and locals’ need for parking spaces. Comments (16).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pain in the grass! McCarren not ready for baseball, kickball

Meadows of Shame: The city botched the reseeding of McCarren Park — and the kickball season is in jeopardy. Comments (12).

Bad crash on Fifth Avenue

Mean Streets: A reckless driver flew through an intersection and slammed into a police car and a parked car on Fifth Avenue early Tuesday morning. Comments (33).

Here’s our exclusive video of Steve Levin’s 11-year-old Honda

The Greatest Story Ever: You saw our coverage of the theft of Councilman Steve Levin’s 11-year-old Honda Civic. Now, take a tour of this bitchin’ set of wheels in this exclusive video. With video … Comments (5).

Arrested Kruger: I’m not going anywhere

State Sen. Carl Kruger says he’s going to continue serving the people of Southern Brooklyn despite federal charges that could earn him up to 120 years in the Big House — and land him in the poorhouse. Comments (7).

Clarett Group closure makes Court Street site a hole lot of nothing

Brooklyn Is Angry: A cavernous Carroll Gardens development site is in purgatory — and neighbors are mad as hell. Comment.

Suit: College muzzled us on abortion, gay marriage

Two Kingsborough Community College students says the school has attacked their right to free speech by trying to sabotage their plans to hold a seminar on the “negative consequences” of gay marriage, and by forcing them to stop handing out anti-abortion leaflets on campus. Comments (2).

The kids are all right — to do homework on their own

Fearless Parenting: In her latest bomb toss, our columnist explains why she doesn’t help her kids do their homework. Comment.

This week’s hot food dish

Foodie-in-Chief: Everything’s coming up pad thai (and burgers, of course!) in this week’s roundup of tasty gossip. Plus, the biggest market news this side of the Brooklyn Flea. Comment.

More robberies at Ratner’s malls

Fort Greene: Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center were crime dens last week. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (4).

Monday, March 14, 2011

Here they are — your NCAA tourney-bound LIU Blackbirds!

Downtown: Long Island University’s cagers are Brooklyn’s only shot at the Final Four. So meet them in this exclusive pre-tournament story. Comments (3).

After shaming, Time Warner does the right thing by minority kids

The media giant abandons its insiders-only internship, after our exclusive report last month. Comments (7).

Cops: We have Ridge sex fiend

Bay Ridge: Police say they have arrested the Bay Ridge man who sexually assaulted and robbed two women on 82nd street during a horrific 40-minute crime spree on Feb. 25. Comment.

No bull! Coney’s beer spewing cow is for sale!

Coney Island: But the asking price may be too high to get this bovine curiosity back to its home. Comments (1).

‘Working-class’ Cobble Hill Towers goes market-rate in conversion deal

Cobble Hill: Residents get insider prices, but a bastion of 19th-century humanitarianism becomes another case of 21st-century gentrification. Comments (7).

Aviators best Whalers to make it to the finals!

The quest for Federal Hockey League immortality begins on Friday at Floyd Bennett Field. Comment.

Border war! Queens rejects relocation of Greenpoint buses to Maspeth

Mean Streets: The city’s plan to move MTA buses from Brooklyn to Queens has ignited a border war! Comments (6).

Smoked out! Cops bust cig runners

Red Hook: Holy smokes! Comment.

UFOs over Williamsburg? Man captures lights, action on camera

The Greatest Story Ever: See the video and judge for yourself. Comments (5).

In senior center fight, a loss of Vito power?

Vito under the Microscope: Three senior centers linked to scandal-plagued Assemblyman Vito Lopez are among those targeted for closure by the city, a sign to some City Hall insiders that the Brooklyn Democrat’s legendary influence is on the wane. Comments (2).

It’s time to ‘Dine in Brooklyn’ starting next Monday

Dining: For Brooklyn foodies, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Comments (4).

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Aviators and Whalers in do-or-die game today!

A split in Danbury sets up a climactic Game 5 today. Comments (1).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

At BAM, a ‘Wow’s Wow’ of Hollywood

Hugh Jackman, Blake Lively, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Hyde Pierce … Comment.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Born to be mild! Levin’s stolen 11-year-old Honda is returned!

Greenpoint: Reunited — and it feels so good! With video … Comments (6).

Feds: State Sen. Kruger is one dirty pol

Think you know the full story about Carl Kruger’s alleged corruption? You don’t know anything until you read Thomas Tracy’s piece. Comments (20).

Beirut to headline Northside Festival!

Awesome: Indie-folk rock giants Beirut will headline the third-annual Northside Festival in a four-day music, film and art extravaganza beginning on June 16. Comments (1).

Lots of yelling, little decided at Prospect Park West bike lane hearing

Mean Streets: The Prospect Park West Bike Lane is a miracle solution and a horrific danger, bike lane friends and foes trumpeted at packed hearing last night. Comments (53).

New group now seeks homeless shelter at McGuinness site

Greenpoint: A homeless shelter in Greenpoint is back on the table. Comment.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Feds: State Sen. Kruger ran a corrupt office

State Sen. Carl Kruger was charged on Thursday with trading his political clout for personal gain — just one week after his attorney claimed the FBI was no longer investigating the Brooklyn legislator. Comments (8).

Frank Ferrante’s Groucho is right on the Marx

Theater: And he’s bringing his act to Kingsborough on March 19. Comment.

Live from Gowanus! It’s Al Franken!

Awesome: The Land o’ Lakes liberal lion will officiate at a Minnesota-themed state fair at the Bell House on March 20. Will it be fun? You betcha! Comments (2).

Blackbirds singing in the dead of night! Long Island University makes March Madness after OT win!

Downtown: Long Island University gutted its way to its biggest win in over a decade last night, dispatching Robert Morris 85-82 in overtime and earning a berth in the NCAA tournament as Northeast Conference champs. Comments (2).

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