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Monday, June 20, 2011

Going to the Fort Greene Fest? Mos Def!

Music: In just a few short years, Fort Greene has become home to one of the biggest music events around. Comments (19).

God’s country? Red Hook street gets heavenly name

Red Hook: Are seven dead 9-11 firefighters in heaven? The city says, “Yes.” Atheists say, “Whoa, nelly!” Comments (47).

Friday, June 17, 2011

Cyclones on a roll with Opening Weekend series against the hated Yankees

Ridin’ the Cyclones: The Cyclones kick off their 11th quest for a New York–Penn League championship tonight with a new manager, an almost completely new roster, and the same old rivalry with the hated State Island Yankees. Comment.

Mask men! Help these actors find their missing ‘Macbeth’ prop

Come out, damned prop! Comments (26).

Op-ed package: Weiner is gone — but we’re still talking about him!

Perspective: If you listen to talk radio or watch the 24-hour news channels, you’d think that Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting obsession is a capital offense. So we asked Weiner supporters and opponents to take a deep breath and offer some reasoned debate. Click below for their opinion pieces.

Our Celebrate Brooklyn pick of the week: Ledisi!

Music: New Orleans soul from one of the best. Comments (1).

Sunnier weather expected for Saturday’s Williamsburg Walks

Event: Bedford Avenue will be a pedestrian mall all day. Comments (1).

Ruby’s — the belle of the Boardwalk

Bar Scrawl: Our cartoonist heads to Coney for the last summer at Ruby’s. Comments (4).

This week’s weekend reads — handpicked by your favorite bookstore

Books: See what the ladies behind WORD, Greenlight and BookMark Shoppe are recommending. Comments (1).

G whiz, another lousy weekend

Weekend Watch: The G train remains on the fritz this weekend, and Avenue M’s station get bypassed both ways. Read on for all the transit changes that affect your travel plans. (Saturday, June 18 at 12:01 am to Monday, June 20 at 5 am unless otherwise noted). Comment.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cops targets Prospect Heights potheads

Prospect Heights: Here’s a story with a lot of buzz: The 77th Precinct is cracking down on dope smokers. Comments (7).

Pole position: City says Verizon skirted the law with major totems

Greenpoint: Verizon wasn’t supposed to put 20-foot posts in landmarked neighborhoods. Comments (7).

‘Battles On Ice’ brings Chilled War to Aviator

Don’t puck with us! Comment.

Have your cake — and eat it, too — at new Momofuku bakery

Dining: This bakery does a body good. Comment.

Here they are — your Brooklyn Book Festival authors

Books: Marty’s book festival lineup is released, and it’s award-winning. Comments (2).

The hot sweet stuff! Get the spicy honey that makes Paulie Gee’s famous

Dining: The secret ingredient? Mike’s Hot Honey. Comment.

Behold — a zombie Western

Theater: Think of it as “Night of the Living Deadwood.” Comment.

Young director’s film is a ‘Green’ monster

Cinema: Check out Sophia Takal’s movie at BAM next week. Comments (1).

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The fix is in! City cuts big developer’s taxes in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Bridge ‘Park’: The city quietly slashed the main source of revenue for Brooklyn Bridge Park, revealing only this week that a luxury condo that funds the park’s maintenance budget is now paying $1 million less — leaving a gaping hole in revenue at a time when planners are struggling to raise even more money for upkeep. Comments (10).

Here’s a bikini that will really give you a charge

Fashion: Most bikinis only charge the libido, but a Downtown designer has invented a sun-powered bikini that can also charge iPods. Comments (4).

Food fight! Slope merchants object to new truck rally

Dining: Grand Army Plaza’s food truck rally has become a food fight. Comments (49).

Digital divide! Bloomberg’s park WiFi plan cuts off southern Brooklyn

Meadows of Shame: Mayor Bloomberg announced that the city and AT&T would provide free wireless services in 20 city parks including Prospect Park, McCarren Park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. But none of those locations are south of 15th Street. Comments (6).

The Decembrists were awesome last night

Music: the first “Celebrate Brooklyn” benefit concert of the summer was worth the price of admission (and more). Comments (1).

Williamsburg still has artists, too, you know!

Art: An open studios weekend will prove that North Brooklyn is still the art epicenter. Comments (2).

Cops step up patrols in Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene: Police are adding patrols in Fort Greene Park this month after a spate of robberies have turned the idyllic green into a crime den. Comments (7).

Un bagel? Qu’est ce que c’est un bagel?

Dining: Talk about chutzpah: a Bulgarian guy thinks he can teach Brooklynites about the bagel — and not even a New York bagel, but a Montreal bagel. Comments (6).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

So Weiner sexted — doesn’t everyone?

Politics: The moral minority seems to have a problem with the congressman’s online dalliances — but young Brooklynites do it all the time. Comments (14).

Pay the ferryman! New East River service begins

Williamsburg: New York Waterway launched its much-anticipated ferry fleet on Monday, shuttling Manhattan-bound commuters across the East River for the first time since 2009. Comments (9).

Outed Kruger now says gay marriage is OK

Politics: State Sen. Carl Kruger has come out — for gay marriage. Comments (12).

The New Frontiersmen are way out front

Greenpoint: Even without Sadewitz, the men in plaid are awesome. Comment.

Who’s on Third?

Mean Streets: A civic panel shot down a bid to turn Third Avenue between 82nd and 92nd Streets into a pedestrian mall for six evenings this summer, saying the proposal was misguided because it didn’t take into account the problems with traffic, litter and noise it would create. Comments (17).

Anti-Semitic incident on Adelphi Street

Fort Greene: A trio of goons mugged a woman and used ethnic slurs. Plus all the other crime reports from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (1).

Man caves! This Father’s Day, let him indulge his Y chromosome

Dining: Far be it from us to indulge in gender stereotypes. We know a lot of manly men who can appreciate a good pear and goat cheese salad or an elderflower-based cocktail. Our editor — a man last time we checked — even boasts of a drink named after him comprised of ginger vodka, grapefruit juice, grenadine and cherries. Comment.

Sing us a song, you’re the piano man

Music: Free pianos hit the streets again starting this Saturday. Comment.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Not again! Thieves steal more plants from Narrows Garden

Bay Ridge: Thieves stole hundreds of dollars worth of supplies and plants from the beleaguered Narrows Botanical Garden last week — the second burglary this year at the all-volunteer green oasis along Shore Road. Comments (7).

A new crafts market makes it official — Williamsburg is overrun with Fleas

Shopping: Kent Avenue is becoming the most bazaar street in Williamsburg. Comments (8).

Meet Rich Donnelly, the man in the front car of the Cyclones

Ridin’ the Cyclones: Brooklyn’s professional baseball team has a new skipper — and he can’t wait to break the team’s 10-year championship drought. Comment.

Now even Kosher eaters can get in on the ‘snout-to-tail’ movement

Dining: Center for Kosher Culinary Arts to host a steak class on June 23. Meat cleavers included. Comment.

Sex, stoops and Sixpoint — our weekend market roundup

Shopping: Here’s what’s on our market watch this week. Comment.

Hakuna matata! The Bell House hosts a ‘Lion King’ sing-along

Cinema: There’ll be no worries, at least for one night. Comment.

Stop trying to impress your kids!

The Dad: If being a dad is a constant expedition then Father’s Day is the annual return to Base Camp. My children profess their love for me, hand me cards, make me some food and I’m refreshed and recharged for the next foray into the unknown jungles of parenthood. Comments (1).

Gay pride sets Park Slope aflame with festivity

Christine Quinn is one bangin’ gay gal. Comments (1).

Sunday, June 12, 2011

All my friends have gas pains!

Sunday Screech: This week, Carmine unleashes on the price of gas — and how it’s ruining his good time in New Jersey! Comments (10).

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Walmart eyes Gravesend Bay waterfront

War-Mart: A piece of property owned by the Cropsey family that’s sandwiched between Caesar’s Bay and a proposed BJs — and 14-acres of the bay itself — could pave the way for Walmart’s entrance into Brooklyn. Comments (43).

Brooklyn Bridge Park consultant: Alternatives to housing? What alternatives to housing?

Bridge ‘Park’: Housing is looking more and more inevitable in Brooklyn Bridge Park Comments (17).

Friday, June 10, 2011

Brooklyn DA gets bedbugs — again!

Charles Hynes’s Downtown office gets another infestation, setting up a different kind of battle against a different kind of villain. Comments (7).

This is why we love Paul Martinka

A great photo — and the backstory. Comments (2).

Bear lost — and now ‘kidnappers’ want $10,000 in cupcakes!

Cobble Hill: There are a million stories in the naked city — this one is about a lost binky, a desperate mother, and a snarky kidnap team. Comments (28).

See the Atlantic Yards docu-ganda tomorrow!

Atlantic Yards: Starring Daniel Goldstein, Bruce Ratner and, in a tragic role, democracy. Comments (25).

New Heights cafe — Vineapple — is like your living room (only much bigger)

Dining: Brooklyn Heights coffee sippers and laptop lovers rejoice! Vineapple — a cozy community café — opened this week on Pineapple Street, bringing a jolt of caffeine to the otherwise sleepy area. Comments (2).

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Man, it’s hot out there!

Here it is, our obligatory “cute-kid-in-the-sprinkler” photo. Plus, today’s weather forecast! Comments (1).

Gentile: I didn’t boot Cassara over the bike lane!

Mean Streets: Actually, he booted him for a lot of other reasons Comments (12).

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