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Monday, March 28, 2011

All-metal tribute to the Bee Gees at Brooklyn Bowl on April 1

Music: This is no joke — on April Fool’s Day, a Bee Gees all-metal tribute band will rock your socks off. Comments (2).

New Greenpoint space, MOVES, opens with short flims

Cinema: Get to Greenpoint this month for highly original, experimental film. Comment.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Brooklyn Bridge Park cars are running on the rays of the sun

Brooklyn Heights: The city’s first solar-powered charging station is up and running in Brooklyn Bridge Park, powering the waterfront development’s five electric cars with good, old-fashioned Brooklyn sun. Comments (6).

Goose lovers to Bloomy: Don’t you dare come for our birds

Meadows of Shame: Dozens rally to save the geese. Comments (17).

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Williamsburg’s new office space for freelancers

Williamsburg: Neighborhood graphic designers, animators, and video producers are discovering Bitmap, an office space on Graham Avenue that opened last month for independent workers. Comments (5).

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ready, set, pitch! Got a book idea? Head to this speed-publishing event

Books: Book ideas are like belly buttons — everyone has one. But not everyone knows how to make a solid book pitch — so thankfully, there is Pitchapoalooza at Greenlight Bookstore. Comments (2).

It’s a big Con Ed ache as hundreds of workers will compete for street parking

Mean Streets: Hundreds more drivers will compete for parking spots in Gowanus and Park Slope under a plan by Con Ed to eliminate a 250-space employee parking lot next month. Comments (149).

Foes say ‘No Housing’ committee report is lowballing them

Bridge ‘Park’: Community members and elected officials are furious that a report studying ways to fund Brooklyn Bridge Park’s massive maintenance budget may be leaving good cash on the table. Comments (8).

Jerky boys! These guys are making dried beef like it oughta be

Dining: Kings County Jerky Company knows dehydrated protein. Comment.

Carl Kruger — hero or villain?

Perspective: Click below for opinion pieces — pro and con — on the scandal-tarred state senator. (Yes, we found someone to defend him.)

Long overdue Fort Hamilton library branch to reopen on Monday

Bay Ridge: It’s finally time to hit the books. Comment.

Same sad story

Weekend Watch: Here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, March 26 at 12:01 am to Monday, March 28 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comment.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The ‘Empire State Sears’? City moves to landmark Flatbush retailer

The city is moving ahead to designate a Sears store on Beverly Road in Flatbush a landmark — and if the stunning Art Deco ediface gets the approval, it will have a single enthusiastic preservationist to thank. Comments (1).

Yesterday’s snow was really beautiful

Here they are, your inevitable weather photos. Comment.

Bierkraft to open beer garden

Nightlife: Spring may finally have sprung, but at Bierkraft, the gourmet grocery and beer emporium on Fifth Avenue and Union Street in Park Slope, it’s beginning to look more like Oktoberfest. Comments (7).

Markowitz says he’ll ‘wait and see’ about giving back campaign cash from disgraced developer

Borough President Markowitz says he will not immediately return thousands in campaign contributions from a developer who was arrested earlier this month in a federal investigation into bribing a prominent south Brooklyn state senator. Comments (9).

Our chef offers toothfish for two

Prime Time: Joe Raiola from Morton’s puts down the red meat for a week and gives us a great fish dish. Comments (3).

City’s Eastern Parkway fix includes signals, medians and a bike lane

Mean Streets: Eastern Parkway would be transformed from a menacing speedway into a pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly strip under a new city plan that will begin construction next month. Comments (30).

Turf war looms in Red Hook Park as city high school seeks field takeover

Red Hook: A Manhattan private school is planning to install artificial turf at a Red Hook Park field for the benefit of their sports teams, which have been practicing there off and on for decades. Comments (2).

Drum majors! Soh Daiko troupe takes banging to the next level

Music: Taiko may be the Japanese word for drum, but you can expect more than mere banging from Soh Daiko. Comment.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Barclays Center will be nest for the Blackbirds

Atlantic Yards: The Blackbirds are looking to nest with the Nets. Comments (6).

No dis Union here — condo near Grand Army Plaza moves ahead

Park Slope: A long-shuttered Christian school at the heart of Park Slope’s real estate goldmine will soon sprout into a towering condo. Comments (4).

Kruger scandal costs developer another project

Downtown: A deep-pocketed developer entrenched in an ambitious, federally funded plan to build the borough’s tallest building at Albee Square has been quietly thrown off the project for his involvement in the FBI’s sweeping bribery probe into state Sen. Carl Kruger. Comments (2).

Call them the Towers of No Power

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s renowned high-rises are not, politically at least, in Bay Ridge. Comments (2).

Jennifer Egan is still talking about her book, ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’

Books: Well, good for her — and us! — it just won an award from the National Book Critics Circle (beating Franzen!). Comments (2).

Goon hits Giando on the Water

Williamsburg: The scenic waterfront banquet hall is burglarized. Comments (2).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In Prime 6 fight, the bar owner has two faces

He told locals that he’ll run a quiet, neighborhood joint while he was telling the State Liquor Authority about his security guards, outdoor serving area and bottle service. Comments (12).

Ride this ‘Jitney’ thanks to the Gallery Players’ revved up August Wilson drama

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The play may be called “Jitney” and set in a gypsy cab station, but August Wilson’s early work is not about driving cars. Comment.

Union sundown! Ratner risks losing labor support with prefab tower

Construction Update: Developer Bruce Ratner has yet to birth a building at the Atlantic Yards site, but he’s already causing labor pains. Comments (9).

Tillary at night — by legendary shooter Tom Callan

Downtown: Our shutterbug has done it again. Enjoy. Comments (4).

No jail for Sen. Parker — and Dem gets to keep his seat

State Sen. Kevin Parker — the pugilistic pol responsible for a handful of violent outbursts during his nine years in office — is all but certain to keep his job after a judge sentenced him to probation instead of jail for his 2009 assault on a New York Post photographer. Comments (1).

Bank on it! New owner has plan for massive banquet space in old branch

Williamsburg: Want a unique place to get married in Williamsburg? Go to the bank. Comments (1).

Residents still getting tickets in ‘School zone’ — though school’s been out since 2006

Mean Streets: But the city won’t change the signs because St. Anthony’s on Leonard Street may reopen this fall. Comments (2).

Old man beaten in Red Hook

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

Gunman collared in three early Saturday shootings

Red Hook: A gunman was arrested on Monday after shooting two men in Red Hook and one in Park Slope in a flurry of violence early on Saturday morning. Comments (2).

Event of the day: Steve Levin, arts and beer!

Event: If you go to one “town hall” meeting this spring, this is the one: Councilman Steve Levin’s art “town hall” at the Brooklyn Brewery. Cheers. Comments (6).

Monday, March 21, 2011

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).

CB6 to Prospect Park West cyclists — slow down!

Mean Streets: The community board asks the city to install speed bumps along the bike lane. Comments (62).

Aviators crash and burn, losing first two games of Federal League finals

The New York Aviators now find themselves in unfamiliar territory — with their backs to the wall. Comment.

Aisle be damned! Navy Yard fires supermarket developer

Fort Greene: The Brooklyn Navy Yard has fired its hand-picked developer for a controversial supermarket project after he was arrested in a widening bribery scandal that has already implicated two Albany legislators and a well-connected lobbyist. Comments (1).

BookCourt expands — again

Shopping: There’s even more BookCourt to love. Comments (2).

Brooklyn gets in the swim with Malia Mills

Shopping: Several ups and downs in the Market Watch with week, with two big openings and one quiet closing. Comment.

Pet disco party returns to McGorlick Park on Sunday

Event: Now here’s an event that’s for the dogs. Comments (3).

More some good, old-fashioned fun from the Paper Bag Players

Theater: This is one theater troupe that can act its way out of a paper bag! Comment.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The dream dies hard for the Long Island University Blackbirds

Downtown: Turns out, the biggest upset in basketball history isn’t so easy. Final score: North Carolina, 103–LIU, 87. 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).

More awards for The Brooklyn Paper

The Brooklyn Paper has picked up a new bucketful of new honors from a major national newspaper association. Comments (2).

Friday, March 18, 2011

LIU battles the Tar Heels — TONIGHT!

Downtown: Our own basketball nut Gary Buiso profiled the Bad News Blackbirds on the eve of the team’s historic upset bid over the heavily favored University of North Carolina Tar Heels. So before tonight’s exciting action, click above to read Buiso’s yarn. 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.

Dorothy Turano, Kruger ally and partner, ducks and weaves at CB18 meeting

Instead of jeers, Community Board 18 District Manager Dorothy Turano got flowers. Comments (8).

Frank Griffin, community news legend, is dead

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge newspaper legend Frank Griffin, who published the Home Reporter from its creation in 1956 to just a few months ago, died on Monday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan of cancer. He was 83. Comment.

A salt on Columbia Street!

Columbia St Waterfront: Things are salty again along the Columbia Waterfront District — and fed up residents are ready for a low-sodium diet. Comments (2).

A tribute to reporter Andy Campbell

Podcast: It seems like only yesterday we were telling reporter Andy Campbell, “Welcome to The Brooklyn Paper. Now, work harder.” Alas, after just a year, Campbell has been hired by our sister paper, The New York Post. As such, here’s our loving, somewhat frustrated, tribute to the man we’ll always know as “the Dude.” Comments (7).

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Live from New York! Jimmy Fallon loves the Long Island University Blackbirds

Podcast: The late night funnyman has thrown his considerable weight behind LIU in its underdog fight against North Carolina in Friday’s NCAA Tourney opener. Comment.

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).