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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sludge of art! Feds hand over Gowanus toxins for museum exhibit

Cleaning Our Waterways: Add “museum quality” to the list of adjectives for the gunk at the bottom of the fetid Gowanus Canal. Comments (2).

Pols: Stop the secret goose slaughter!

Meadows of Shame: Two Park Slope lawmakers — including pensive Councilman Steve Levin above — are pushing legislation that would prevent another secret slaughter of geese this summer. Comments (10).

Friday, April 15, 2011

The truth is out there! Sheepshead Bay man starts UFO hotline

Awesome: The latest immigrants to land in Brooklyn are little green men. Comments (2).

Cops: Sleepy senior mows down four on 15th Street

A drowsy senior citizen driver slammed into a group of people standing outside the Park Slope Armory at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 15th Street on April 15 — leaving four hospitalized. Comments (14).

Food fight! Epic battle pits classicists vs. newcomers

Dining: What’s old is new again when it comes to Brooklyn’s dining scene. Comment.

Mauzac is a good place for a drink

Bar Scrawl: Bar Scrawl takes his cartoonists’-eye view to Fort Greene’s Mauzac. Comment.

Getting better all the time

Weekend Watch: Here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, April 16 at 12:01 am to Monday, April 18 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comment.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Power play! Cruise ships will use clean electric when at port

Red Hook: Red Hook is going green, as cruise ships docking in the neighborhood will plug in to the mainland electric grid rather than puke out poisonous diesel fumes beginning next year, the city announced today. Comments (8).

Bay Ridge pressures city to kill bike lane

Mean Streets: The bikelash continues — this time on Bay Ridge Parkway. Comments (2).

The problem is, she’s still smokin’

Smokeout: North Brooklyn Parks honcha Stephanie Thayer has a setback in her anti-puffing campaign. Comments (10).

Historic church becomes one for the ages

Williamsburg: Hark the herald angels sing — the church is a landmark! Comments (1).

It’s no fair! City policy kills several Flatbush street parties

Brooklyn Is Angry: Flatbush residents will have fewer opportunities to eat fried dough this year because the city has axed a handful of long-running street fairs on a technicality — and the neighborhood says it’s no fair. Comments (2).

Hola, Havana! BAM participates in citywide festival of Cuban culture

Art: But don’t expect a lot of Fidel or beisbol in this gallery show. Comments (2).

Boro Young Republican leader out — but successor vows to continue fighting party establishment

Politics: Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton may have thought he won his intra-party generational war when Jonathan Judge, the leader of the insurgent Brooklyn Young Republicans club, announced he would relinquish his seat — but Judge’s replacement vows that the tusk bashing will continue. Comments (9).

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Trailer trash! City orders RV community out in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: They’re on the road again. Comments (11).

Locked and loaded! City hires new goose killer

Meadows of Shame: No, it’s not this guy, but another “wildlife biologist” like him (yes, wildlife biologists, despite their titles, do kill geese). And the Sanitation Department is hiring one to specifically deal with the “problem” in Prospect Park. Comments (19).

Snow problem! GPS device stolen from Sanitation plow

The Greatest Story Ever: Hey, Mayor Bloomberg — track this! Comments (2).

Community Board 1 ponders the unthinkable — a Williamsburg without new bars

Brooklyn Is Angry: Could it happen? On Tuesday, an entire neighborhood stares down the abyss. Will Community Board 1 step off the cliff, or take a step back? Comment.

Here comes the bribe: Kruger hit with more charges

More crimes have been added to the morass of charges filed against state Sen. Carl Kruger — leaving the embattled legislator in even hotter water than he was before. Comments (1).

Leaning tower of pizza to be fixed

Williamsburg: Motorino will straighten out its act on Graham Avenue. Comment.

Historical Society dinner hails kings of beer, design

Brooklyn Heights: As far as bookish parties go, this one wrote the chapter on having a good time. Comments (1).

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Call them the Jim Thorpes of public school handball

Two of the city’s top high school handball players were slapped last week after a “rival coach” apparently tipped off education officials about the pair’s participation in a professional tournament. Comments (6).

Walcott shows good footing in first school event

At least he didn’t put his foot in his mouth. Comment.

Dinner and a movie? Finally, you can get them both in one place

Cinema: The blockbusters opening this Memorial Day won’t just be the movies — it’ll be the movie house, too. Comment.

Can a kid die of loneliness?

Fearless Parenting: Our columnist helps her son figure out one of life’s great lessons. Comment.

Here’s a Passover dessert that can really cut the matzoh 

Dining: Making dessert during Passover is a bit of a challenge. Comments (1).

Beaten by a teen wolfpack

Carroll Gardens: A man is beaten near the Smith-Ninth Street station. Plus all the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (7).

Racist graffiti mars church

Bay Ridge: Anti-Chinese graffiti has been splashed on the side of a closed Ovington Avenue church who’s new Asian-American owner has a controversial plan to tear down the place and replace it with an apartment building. Comments (6).

Monday, April 11, 2011

Massive show of support for Prospect Park West bike lane

Mean Streets: Hundreds of cyclists — toddlers on tricycles, sign-waving mamas and helmet-clad dads — rode the Prospect Park West bike lane on Sunday to show support for the city’s most controversial cycle path. Comments (112).

Tobacco no-ed! Judge blocks transfer of warehouse for arts center

Bridge ‘Park’: A federal judge has temporarily blocked a plan to turn the historic Tobacco Warehouse inside Brooklyn Bridge Park into an arts center run by the St. Ann’s Warehouse theater troupe. Comments (4).

Cut! Besieged DUMBO cries out for film permit ban

Brooklyn Is Angry: Residents of DUMBO are shouting, “Cut!” to film crews who hog the streets of a neighborhood that is already besieged by street work and construction. Comments (13).

Kids get to play in the big rigs at Touch a Truck fundraiser

Park Slope: Who needs toy trucks when you can tool around in the real McCoy? Comment.

So what if the New Yorker rejected your story?

Nightlife: Read it at Halyards and get the last laugh. Comments (1).

City moves ahead with co-location in PS 9 — despite state order

Brooklyn Is Angry: The Department of Education is moving ahead with a plan to jam a charter school into PS 9 building on Underhill Avenue, days after a state education official put the kibosh on the proposal. Comments (4).

A mega beer hall rises in Greenpoint — plus the other food gossip

Foodie-in-Chief: It’s another feast with our Foodie in Chief, Sarah Zorn. Comments (1).

Only Company XIV could make a sexy dance piece out of Bukowski

Dance: Austin McCormick and Charles Bukowski may come from two completely different artistic backgrounds, but they have at least one thing in common — women are their muse. Comments (1).

It’s a ‘Swan Lake’ like it ought to be

Dance: And was — before Natalie Portman made it all nutsy. Comments (1).

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Sunday read — the real story behind the dethroning of Cupcake King

Park Slope: The King of Cupcakes is dead — but the epic fight over the demise of the popular Park Slope shop wages on. Comments (18).

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Community Board 1 ponders the unthinkable — a Williamsburg without new bars

Brooklyn Is Angry: Could it happen? On Tuesday, an entire neighborhood stares down the abyss. Will Community Board 1 step off the cliff, or take a step back? Comments (7).

Christmas in April! Stars Duhamel and SJP celebrate ‘New Year’s Eve’ on Smith Street

Carroll Gardens: Hollywood hotties turned Carroll Gardens into a winter wonderland this week, tossing up glittering Christmas decorations as a backdrop for “New Year’s Eve,” a romantic comedy starting cinematic sexpot Josh Duhamel and Sarah Jessica Parker. Comments (13).

Friday, April 8, 2011

BREAKING: MTA will move its Greenpoint bus fleet to make room for park

Williamsburg: Six years of negotiations yield a deal on Commercial Street. Comments (9).

Bklyn Heights builder plans something novel — a brownstone actually made of brownstone

Brooklyn Heights: It’s back to the future for a great building material in a great borough. Comments (1).

City to close ‘Norah’ loophole and require public hearing for alterations

Cobble Hill: Call it the Norah Jones effect. Comments (8).

No-arm bandit robs man on Fifth Avenue!

Park Slope: The city’s “smart meters” aren’t so brainy after all — as one man found on Fifth Avenue last month. Comments (15).

Williamsburg Bridge’s Brooklyn-bound lanes to close for three upcoming Saturdays

Williamsburg: Brooklyn-bound drivers on the Williamsburg Bridge will be stuck in traffic for three Saturdays in April and May as the span’s outroadway is closed for repairs. Comments (4).

Thursday, April 7, 2011

On Sunday, a bike lane victory lap?

Mean Streets: Bicyclists will participate in a massive group ride on Sunday to show support for their beleaguered Prospect Park West bike lane, now the subject of a lawsuit, political pressure, dueling polls, and more international media coverage than some real wars. Comments (39).

Rogue construction on North Seventh Street

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

Marty loves Dennis — a tale of two press releases

We just got Borough President Markowitz’s statement on new Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott — and it’s a rave! How do we know? We’re reading the tea leaves, that’s how. Comments (5).

Cops: Fort Greene teacher beat student

Fort Greene: A teacher at PS 46 was arrested for roughing up a 7-year-old girl inside the Clermont Avenue school on Wednesday. Comments (7).

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