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Friday, April 8, 2011

One nation under GOD?!

Perspective: Schools all over the city are struggling again over the Pledge of Allegiance, a 31-word oath to the flag that offends some people because of its vaguely totalitarian message and its insistance that we are a nation that exists “under God.” Click below for opinion pieces on both sides of the issue:

Weekend reads from our bookworms

Books: Word Bookshop, Greenlight and The BookMark Shoppe offer this week’s picks. Comment.

The return of our online Letters to the Editor!

Letters: And they start with a missive from a Canadian woman who disliked one of our “anti-Native American” stories (there’ve been so many!). Comments (3).

A darn tootin’ good saloon

Bar Scrawl: Bar Scrawl takes his cartoonists’-eye view to Prospect Heights’ Branded Saloon. Comments (6).

D stands for depressing

Weekend Watch: Here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, April 9 at 12:01 am to Monday, April 11 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comments (2).

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Black gold! You sell them your garbage, they sell you back rich soil

Red Hook: One man’s trash is another man — and woman’s — treasure. Comments (28).

Rogue construction on North Seventh Street

Williamsburg: Now that’s a bad neighbor. Comments (11).

Brooklyn firms want you — to get a job

Downtown: More than 80 employers — all of them with a position or two or 10 — will be on hand at the first borough-wide “jobs fair” on April 13. Comments (3).

Ridgites: Don’t kick the can!

Bay Ridge: The city is seriously considering removing public trash cans from three commercial street corners — but some Bay Ridge residents think the plan will make the neighborhood even dirtier than it already is. Comments (10).

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Crackdown! City hitting cyclists with twice as many tickets

Mean Streets: Cops are slapping cyclists with nearly double the number of traffic tickets in the wake of a “crackdown” on rogue bikers in Brooklyn. Comments (99).

Fort Ham students will walkout on Friday to free Ms. Milo

Bay Ridge: Students are rallying behind an unhinged art teacher who threatened to turn Fort Hamilton HS into another Columbine — and are planning a school-wide walkout Friday to protest her arrest. Comments (8).

Grimm finds a friend in Washington

The freshman congressman from Bay Ridge adopts a puppy. Awwww. Comments (1).

Fatwa! City will kill Gibran middle school due to poor numbers, performance

Fort Greene: A controversial Arabic-language middle school — founded after a highly divisive public battle that involved curriculum, staffing and even whether the school would churn out terrorists — will be closed by the city for its gravest sin: failing to attract students. Comments (15).

Heights Players soar on Coward’s ‘Wings’

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Heights Players is finally feeling its age with its production of Noel Coward’s light-hearted comedy “Waiting in the Wings” — but the plucky Willow Place troupe has never been more charming. Comment.

Fifty-nine reasons to see this show

Art: What’s in a number? Nothing — and everything — in a new exhibition at SET Gallery in Gowanus. Comment.

Winery finally picks the Next Great Bottle Artist

Art: Talk about a Chateau Margeaux! Comment.

Carroll Gardens is now big sky country

Carroll Gardens: An illegal addition is finally coming down. Comments (2).

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Kinder crisis averted! PS 107 moves pre-K, adds more K seats

Park Slope: An overcrowded Park Slope elementary school will relocate its pre-K program to add a fifth kindergarten classroom, clearing the way for more than half of the kids on a waiting list to be enrolled. Comments (6).

Save the date! Barclays Center to open on Sept. 28, 2012

Atlantic Yards: After years of false starts, economic malaise, local protests, lawsuits and atrocious basketball, New Jersey Nets officials finally unveiled some positive team news on Monday: The Barclays Center will be open on Sept. 28, 2012. Comments (18).

Fired Ozzie’s barista gets out-of-court settlement in ‘union’ flap

Park Slope: A former barista who sued Ozzie’s coffeehouse, alleging that store owners fired him for trying to unionize, won a $15,500 out-of-court settlement from the Park Slope java joint last month. Comments (34).

Taps for Ridge memorial parade?

Bay Ridge: The Bay Ridge Memorial Day Parade may need a memorial parade of its own if organizers can’t come up with $20,000 necessary to put on the march down Third Avenue. Comments (2).

The Great Emancipator will return to Grand Army Plaza

Park Slope: A statue of Abe Lincoln is on the move — honest. Comments (1).

City taking Greenpoint Avenue Bridge bike lane back to the shop

Mean Streets: City officials will reconsider plans to extend a bike lane over the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge after residents and local business owners said that the truck route is too dangerous. Comments (36).

Nasty pistol-whip on Myrtle Ave.

Fort Greene: And for once, Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center don’t make the crime report from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (5).

Cops: We have the ‘holiday’ bank robber

Bay Ridge: The holiday is over for at least one Bay Ridge bank robber. Comments (4).

Boathouse plan moves ahead in Greenpoint

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: State officials made the $3-million waterfront facility on Manhattan Avenue one of seven finalists for a $7-million pool of grant money. Comments (1).

Dis a Vowell? Never when the writer is this good

Books: Sarah Vowell will rock your world at the Brookyn Public Library on Sunday Comments (2).

Memorial service for the ‘lion’ of Cobble Hill is on Saturday

Cobble Hill: Murray Adams, a civic stalwart who co-founded the Cobble Hill Association and spent nearly half a century battling for neighborhood causes, died last Tuesday from complications from a stroke. Comments (1).

Greek is the word at this Hellenic version of ‘Medea’

Theater: The greatest revenge story in herstory — all told in its original language (don’t worry, there are subtitles). Comment.

Chic restaurant, housing plan moves forward

Williamsburg: A cool dive bar — with some new affordable housing — is coming to the south side! Comments (3).

Monday, April 4, 2011

Night trip to Manhattan? Don’t take the Brooklyn Bridge

Mean Streets: Starting tonight, the Brooklyn Bridge’s Manhattan-bound lanes are eliminated late nights. Comment.

Ticket master! Rev. Daughtry will control ‘free’ Nets seats

Atlantic Yards: Want Nets tickets? You’ll have to make a higher calling. Comments (12).

Park Slope Assemblyman: Remove the bike lane!

Mean Streets: Park Slope’s assemblyman has tossed aside the results of his own survey to conclude that the controversial two-way bike lane on Prospect Park West must be eliminated in favor of a standard one-way lane. Comment.

House training! Bridge Park supporters say condos are the best way to raise dough

Bridge ‘Park’: Supporters of housing inside Brooklyn Bridge Park brought out the big guns last week to support residential units inside the park as the best way to meet a state mandate that the park generate enough revenue to cover its maintenance budget. Comments (4).

Circus maximus! Coney Island Sideshow hosts reunion congress

Event: This is one curious show. Comment.

Hey, kids — let’s not only put on a show, but also start a new theater company!

Theater: It all starts this weekend with the Brooklyn Players Community Musical Theater production of “Urinetown.” Comments (2).

State ed boss overrules city on charter school inside PS 9

Brooklyn Is Angry: Turns out, you can fight City Hall and win. Comments (4).

Markowitz will sing his bike lane parody at satire showcase

Music: Borough President Markowitz is taking his anti-bike lane stance to the musical stage! Comments (19).

Tonight — offer your idea for helping Greenpoint

The first of two meetings to divide up $1 million in waterfront grant money is tonight. Comments (2).

Beef, beer and … (What, you need something else?)

Dining: The Brooklyn Beefsteak is back. Comments (2).

Raising Cubs fans links daughters to Dad’s past

The Dad: Baseball season offers this reminder: Our columnist is not a New Yorker, even if his daughters are. Comments (4).

Buster Keaton — with a live swing accompaniment — at Jalopy

Cinema: It’s a marriage made in old timey heaven. Comment.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Selloff! Ratner hawks half of his malls to raise $ for A’Yards

Atlantic Yards: Cash-strapped developer Bruce Ratner is selling half his stake in two of the borough’s largest shopping centers as he struggles to begin his $4.9-billion Atlantic Yards project across the street. Comments (4).

Tupper the tops at tribute to Prospect Park Alliance head

Park Slope: Her big, green shoes were brimming with good cheer on Saturday when retired Prospect Park Alliance founder Tupper Thomas was honored in the Brooklyn park where she left her verdant stomp for future generations to enjoy — or not. Comments (2).

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Exclusive slideshow: Inside the Barclays Center

Construction Update: Our photographer, Paul Martinka, takes you inside the construction of the world’s most expensive basketball arena rising right now near the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues. Watch this exclusive slideshow now. Comments (11).

New survey says people like — though some fear — the bike lane

Mean Streets: The survey says — again! — that Park Slopers like their controversial bike lane. Comments (45).

Friday, April 1, 2011

City will move Marty’s concerts from Asser Levy Park

Coney Island: The shows will go on — but not in Asser Levy Park. Comments (20).

Making Census: New count reveals changing borough

Census 2010: What happened in your neighborhood? Find out with this handy featurette. Comments (8).

Oh, ship! Vessel at the bottom of the Gowanus could be WW II boat

Cleaning Our Waterways: A World War II vessel resting on the bottom of the Gowanus Canal could be the first archeologically important relic awaiting liberation from the polluted waterway, officials said this week. Comment.

Cops hunting this man in Windsor Terrace bank robbery

Windsor Terrace: What a shady character! Comments (1).

Young hopeful takes own life at 26

Williamsburg: A 26-year-old fashion photographer ended her life on Sunday, leaving her friends and family bewildered and stunned. Comments (13).

Thursday, March 31, 2011

No ‘Big Dig’: Planners likely to take BQE tunnel option off the table

Mean Streets: There is just not enough money to move ahead on an ambitious — and popular — proposal to bury the aging Brooklyn–Queens Expressway in a tunnel. Comments (17).

Trailer trash! RV community sues over ‘illegal’ eviction from Williamsburg

Greenpoint: Y’all come back now! Comments (22).

New details about PS 29 ‘Mom-strocity’

Cobble Hill: Authorities investigating the former Cobble Hill PTA trasurer accused of stealing $100,000 said on Wednesday that she used special school events as cover when she cut several big checks to herself. Comments (12).

Nets are selling tickets — to Brooklyn games

Atlantic Yards: The New Jersey Nets started selling tickets on Wednesday for its games in Brooklyn — the first tangible evidence that the Barclays Center arena is on schedule for its 2012 tipoff. Comments (1).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Concrete jungle! Panel rejects city’s latest plan for cement boardwalk

Concrete-hating Community Board 13 has rejected the Parks Department’s latest proposal to keep a cement path along the Riegelmann Boardwalk, but cover some of the iconic waterfront walkway with recycled plastic lumber. Comments (2).

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).

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