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Friday, Jan. 14, 2011

Crazy weekend on the rails

Weekend Watch: Here are the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, Jan. 15 at 12:01 am to Monday, Jan. 17 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comments (1).

Grand Prospect Garage? Supporters tout hotel’s main benefit — parking

Park Slope: Approve our hotel — or else we’ll bring low-class clientele to the Grand Prospect Hall, owners Michael and Alice Halkias seem to be saying. Comments (26).

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

‘Grand’ threat? Hotel plan includes not-so-subtle warning

Park Slope: Approve our hotel — or else we’ll bring low-class clientele to the Grand Prospect Hall, owners Michael and Alice Halkias seem to be saying. Comments (19).

Na zdrowie! Polish cafeteria to get beer license

Dining: Greenpoint’s best-kept hole-in-the-wall Polish joint is about to become the Next Big Thing. Comment.

‘Childs’ play! City designates Coney restaurant as landmark

Coney Island: An iconic former Coney Island restaurant that’s now home to the freaks of the Coney Island Sideshow was designated a city landmark on Tuesday, a move to save a key site from ongoing redevelopment that is paving over the area’s glory days. Comments (2).

Our cartoonist is wide on the ‘Narrows’

Bar Scrawl: The latest installment of our new feature, Bar Scrawl, offers our cartoonists’-eye view of a Bushwick joint. Comments (2).

Got MLK? Brooklyn honors Dr. King on Monday

Event: Sure, we all take the time to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. this time this year on the anniversary of his birthday. Though few of us have as vivid a memory of the man as Jimmy Hayes does. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

Dog disappointed by snowfall

Brooklyn Heights: Sure, it was the perfect storm for Bloomy, but consider Zippy, the would-be snow dog. Comments (1).

Truck sleepovers irk residents

Seventh Avenue near 92nd Street has become a truck stop, say angry residents who are demanding somebody tells the drivers who park there at night to move along. Comments (7).

Jed Walentas caught in ‘racial mess’

DUMBO: DUMBO developer Jed Walentas admitted that it was good that his supporters from “the projects” — and their political backers — didn’t show up and make a “total racial mess” at a 2009 hearing on his controversial Dock Street project. Comments (13).

Zen and the art! In interview, freed bike messenger airs all

Checkin’ in with: Pablo Airaldi sits down with Aaron Short. This is going to get interesting. Comment.

Green dreams in Greenpoint — Locals choose projects to get $7M in state cash

Cleaning Our Waterways: Greenpoint has spoken — and it wants new wetlands, more trees and a new boathouse along the Newtown Creek. Comments (1).

‘Racial’ war at John Jay HS

Park Slope: More than 100 teachers, students and parents of John Jay HS in Park Slope — which comprises mostly minority students from outside the neighborhood — rallied on Tuesday against a city plan to site an “elite” public high school in the building. Comments (1).

Handyman slain at psychedelic gallery on Summit Street

Carroll Gardens: A carpenter renovating a new age art gallery on Summit Street was murdered on Monday. Comments (4).

The Gowanus Canal — a new tourist attraction?

Gowanus: Mount Rushmore. The Grand Canyon. The Gateway Arch. Yosemite. The Gowanus Canal? Comments (4).

Job market rebound? Hiring on rise, but gigs are low-paying

Brooklyn’s on its way back from the dead. Comment.

‘Women’ on the verge! Heights Players prison comedy is a riot

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: There is something incongruous about seeing a production of “Women Behind Bars,” a 1975 Tom Eyen play that was a smash hit when it starred Divine and opened Off-Off-Broadway, in the former church on quaint (and historic) Willow Place in Brooklyn Heights that the Heights Players have called home since 1962. Comments (1).

Daniel Kitson is fantastic in one-man show at St. Ann’s Warehouse

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Ignore the title; “The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church” is a thirill ride. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

‘Racial’ battle at John Jay HS

Park Slope: Teachers and parents are fighting a city plan to put an “elite” high school inside the Seventh Avenue building. Comments (56).

Ain’t it ‘Grand’? Prospect Hall plans 11-story hotel

Park Slope: The owners of the Grand Prospect Hall, one of Park Slope’s most venerable institutions, want to build a massive hotel on top of its Prospect Avenue parking lot — and they’re holding the neighborhood hostage for support for the controversial project. Comments (13).

New Flatbush Ave shopping center could fit Walmart

Development: A new center at the southern tip of Flatbush Avenue is the latest Brooklyn location that could house a Walmart. Comments (31).

Recycle your obsolete old gizmos

Santa may have given you lots of new electronic toys this holiday season — but if you want to avoid his “Naughty” list next year, you’d better not let the old crap turn into new garbage. Comments (1).

Another suicide at the Brooklyner

Downtown: A man jumped to his death from the Brooklyner — the second suicide from the borough’s tallest building in a year — on Saturday afternoon, police said. Comments (4).

Cursed no more? New eatery in ‘Busy Chef’ space

Dining: The so-called “cursed” corner of 60 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights may finally see its first new restaurant in more than two years — owners just applied for a liquor license under the name Bevacco. Comment.

Brooklyn beer — OK, and some history, too — at the Historical Society next week

Event: Urban tour guides David Naczycz and Cindy VandenBosch want to share a beer, and some history, with you. Comment.

A ‘Tempest’ with a superhero twist

Theater: If you always thought Shakespeare could use more ka-pow, this is the play for you. Comment.

OTiS will elevate you this Saturday night at Southpaw

Music: It only took 10 years, but Craig Schoenbaum finally has a band. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

Oh, brother! Grimm will work against Obamacare yet get full health care in Congress

Bay Ridge: Critics are howing at the freshman congressman’s fear of becoming a “burden” on society — but the tens of millions of Americans who really are a burden can forget about getting health care. Comments (18).

‘History’ on the move as Coney Island project finds a safer home

A museum of Coney Island history is making moves to ensure that it will be part of Coney Island’s future. Comments (5).

Pool party! Brooklyn Bridge Park seeks new swimming hole

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Bridge Park is one step closer to getting a pool. Comments (3).

Top of the hops! New music venue set for old brewery

Nightlife: Three former music executives at the Knitting Factory will open a cavernous indie music venue in a former 19th-century brewery on Meserole Street. Comments (6).

Uke can do that! Every Beatles song — on ukulele — this weekend

Music: It’ll be two hard days’ nights of Beatles on ukuleles this weekend at Brooklyn Bowl. Comments (2).

‘Staples’ center! Gospel legend Mavis to play the Bell House next week

Music: If you don’t catch Mavis Staples next Tuesday night, you’re making a big mistake. Comment.

Pants on fire! Bottomless subway ride heats up the rails

Event: Our inside look at the 10th annual (legal!) pantless commute. With video … Comments (2).

Burger time! Morton’s chef shows you how its done

Prime Time: The burger is an American classic — but it’s not always so classic anymore. Comments (2).

Keeping up with his ‘Modern Family’

The Dad: Our columnist confronts his daughters’ Facebook addictions. Comment.

‘Hotlantic’ goes cold for Jodi Arnold

Shopping: High-end boutique closes, citing lack of business for chic clothes. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011

Bar? None! Neighbors upset about Grand Street speakeasy

Brooklyn Is Angry: A pair of Manhattan bar owners want to transform a tranquil Williamsburg block into a cool dating destination — but its neighbors are organizing to keep them out. Comments (5).

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

Press release of the week! Joe Lentol saves a cat!

Greenpoint: Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D–Greenpoint) has built up 30-year record helping Brooklyn’s littlest, most defenseless constituents. Comments (3).

City demotes two Brooklyn snow chiefs in blizzard fallout

Brooklyn Is Angry: And a new storm is dumping more of the white stuff. How will the city do this time? Comments (2).

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

Grimm takes over — and first vote slams constituents, critics charge

Bay Ridge: Rep. Michael Grimm is sworn in as Bay Ridge’s new Congressman — and one of his first votes will allow Congress to raid a transportation trust fund and undermine local transit improvements, Democrats howled on Wednesday. Comments (12).

Blizzard fallout! Brooklyn is a garbage dump

Brooklyn Is Angry: Brownstone Brooklyn was still awash in refuse on Wednesday, more than 10 days after the first flakes from the Mega-Blizzard of 2010 began. Comments (8).

Taxicab confession! City to flip one-way Duffield to help cars find hotels

Downtown: City planners will reverse the direction of Duffield Street so out-of-towners can better access a group of fancy hotels near Fulton Mall. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Vicious New Year’s beating

Fort Greene: And more crime at Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center — but this time the thief is caught. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (2).

It’s on! Our statues are shilling for NBC!

To promote its new TV series, “The Cape,” the network will put superhero garb on four statues that honor real live borough heroes. Comments (5).

Crazy fight inside a Fifth Ave. store

Park Slope: A woman beats up another woman — all because she wouldn’t buy her crap! Plus the other crime from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Complete lack of ‘Amity’

Carroll Gardens: Not a lot of crime from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct this week. The best item? A punch on Amity Street. Comment.

Thief gets cash, vibrator

Williamsburg: This is one satisfying crime. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comments (3).

The ball dropped — on him!

Brooklyn Heights: A man’s car is cleaned out in DUMBO while he rings in the New Year in Manhattan. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights and Downtown’s 84th Precinct blotter. Comment.

Bicyclist shot!

Prospect Heights: A cyclist is mugged and fired upon. Plus all the other news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment.

No stoop is safe!

Greenpoint: A thief mugs a woman on her own front steps. Plus all the other illegal stuff from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

‘Plumbers’ rob granny

Bay Ridge: Two scammers gain entry by saying that the need to check a water leak. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights’s 68th Precinct. Comments (2).

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