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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Feds plan massive urban campsite at Floyd Bennett Field — with private help

In the next few years, camping at Floyd Bennett Field may be brought to you by Bass Pro Shops and L.L. Bean. Comments (3).

Straight arrow: Bishop bans pols over gay marriage vote

The Diocese of Brooklyn banned state officials who voted for same-sex marriage from honoring students or even appearing at Catholic schools and parishes as punishment for their role in destructing “the single most important institution in human history.” Comments (64).

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The play’s the play as gaming and theater are merged at this festival

Theater: This year’s Game Play Festival, which features theatrical works that draw inspiration from the world of video gaming, offers as many different types of shows as there are consoles. Comment.

Brooklyn Bridge and some lame bridge in Prospect Park are both in ‘poor’ condition

It’s a tale of two bridges, Brooklyn Paper-style Comments (2).

Our Celebrate Brooklyn pick of the week: Los Lobos

Music: This band still has it after more than 30 years on the Chicano rock scene. Comment.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Idle-nonsense! City wants to boot buses off of Old Fulton Street

Mean Streets: Begone smog-belching buses! Comments (10).

This opera about lust makes the Gowanus sexier than ever

Theater: It’s called “La Calista,” and it’s pretty hot. Comment.

What freedom means to me

Perspective: Look, we don’t need any excuses to be patriotic — but the July 4 holiday gave us a grand old reason to explore what we love about freedom. Click below for opinion pieces on the subject:

Bombs? Away! Coast Guard makes part of Gravesend Bay off limits to boaters

The Coast Guard is permanently barring boats from passing through a bomb-littered portion of Gravesend Bay, but the decision makes it less likely that the agency will remove the 1,500 unexploded anti-aircraft shells that experts say could explode. Comments (2).

Bar Great Harry lives up to its name

Bar Scrawl: A rave for a Smith Street local from our Bar Scrawl columnist. Comments (1).

Enjoy the ‘View’! Pier 1 film series returns with ‘Manhattan’

Cinema: Yes, it’s a movie about that other island, but what else do you expect from Woody Allen (the Spike Lee of Manhattan)? Comment.

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).

Some weekend headaches

Weekend Watch: The 4 train takes a holiday and the N train creates a few headaches this holiday weekend. Read on for all the news that affects your plans. (Saturday, July 2 at 12:01 am to Monday, July 4 at 5 am unless otherwise noted). Comment.

New top cop in Bay Ridge

Capt. Richard DiBlasio is taking over command of Bay Ridge’s precinct after its former commanding officer left to handle the Flatbush beat. Comment.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Go ‘Fourth’! Here’s our guide to a great Independence weekend

Don’t stay home without our July 4 roundup. Comment.

Ka-ching! Boro get$ ready for gay marriage

Now that gays can get married, the only color of the pride rainbow is green. Comments (6).

What? No charges? Locals slam Hynes pizza stab case

Carroll Gardens: Residents of Carroll Gardens were incensed by District Attorney Charles Hynes’s decision last week to drop charges against two mob-tied rivals who settled a beef the old-fashioned way — with a brazen and bloody daylight knife fight in front of a public school. Comment.

Ferry good news for commuters

Williamsburg: The East River service is popular in its first week of paid rides. Comments (1).

Ladybug Transistor is back

Music: That quirky Ditmas Park-obsessed New Wave band is back at the Knitting Factory on July 6. Comment.

Get ready for the Giglio fest!

Event: Williamsburg’s favorite feast is back, with the first “dance” on July 10. Comments (1).

Dinner and a movie — in one place!

Cinema: Nitehawk Cinema opens in Williamsburg. The reviews are positive. Comments (1).

Lots of food — but no one’s shopping — at the Smorgasburg Greenmarket

Don’t just eat that kimchee hot dog — do some real grocery shopping. Comments (2).

Cheap trick! Piper Theatre does Moliere’s ‘The Miser’

Theater: And the 17th-century playwright’s still got it (with some new 21st-century references). Comment.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

At this restaurant, you not only order the food, but come up with the menu

Dining: Park Slope will soon get some “suggestion box”-inspired grub. Comments (3).

Big bath salt drug bust in Billyburg

Williamsburg: Calgon said, “Take me away!” And then the feds did! Comments (19).

Cyclones take the rubber game, 1–0

Cyclones: A pitcher’s duel keeps the Cyclones in first place. Comments (1).

City puts Gibran Academy out of its — and parents’ — misery

Fort Greene: A controversial Arabic-language middle school that is failing to draw students will be transformed into a high school next year — a decision that critics say destroys the purpose of a school. Comments (4).

Raise your knish consciousness with this stuffed course at Brooklyn Brainery

Event: Laura Silver leads the most important two-session food course since Julia Child taught us how to cook coq au vin. Comments (1).

Brooklyn Museum’s Vishnu show is fit for a king

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: A king obsessed with Vishnu, of course. Comments (3).

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Rats! Atlantic Yards site is full of rodents

Atlantic Yards: Neighbors of the Atlantic Yards project say that freakish, cat-sized rats coming from the construction site are invading their homes, gnawing on their cars, eating through garbage cans, and climbing up their legs. Comments (8).

Bloomy tickles the ivories in DUMBO

Bloomy in the ’Hood: Just call Hizzoner “The Piano Man.” Comments (4).

Cyclones blow a game — bad

Cyclones: An error in the final frame sinks the Cyclones after clawing back. Comment.

Brooklynites: Bloomy cab bill is one hail of a good idea

A bill to allow livery cabs to pick up street hails is just a signature from Gov. Cuomo away. Comment.

Bklyn firehouses saved from city chopping block

The kabuki dance ends with all eight firehouses saved. Comment.

The great teams keep on rolling

Greenpoint: At the mid–way point of the season, Brooklyn’s kickball powerhouses are hitting their stride. Comment.

Booze bust! Cops shut down Williamsburg screening over liquor dispute

Williamsburg: It’s just the latest in a line of nightlife crackdowns in the hip neighborhood. Comments (1).

Gunpoint mugging near Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene: The latest incident in the crime-addled greenspace. Plus all the other crime reports from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (5).

Monday, June 27, 2011

Grain of deception! Senate makes corn the state ‘vegetable’

The good news? Greenpoint Assemblyman Joe Lentol is prepared to shuck the whole effort. Comments (9).

Hello, Norma Jeane! Marilyn Monroe gets 14-film retrospective at BAM

Cinema: Marilyn Monroe is finally getting the big-screen bash she deserves. Comment.

Noises off! Suit settlement bars Markowitz’s concerts from Asser Levy Park

To settle a lawsuit accusing his gigs of violating city noise rules, the borough president has agreed to obey the rule, which prohibits the use of amplified sound within 500 feet of a house of worship. Comments (11).

Golden: Who are lawmakers to change the law about gay marriage

Bay Ridge: The only Brooklyn state senator to vote against gay marriage thinks that the people, not the people’s elected representatives who do everything else, should vote on the issue. Comments (28).

Hey, Brooklyn — learn to drive!

Mean Streets: Cops have written more than 121,000 moving violations so far this year — more than any other borough. Comments (9).

Cyclones punish the Ironbirds

Cyclones: Lots of timely hits and great pitching this time. Comment.

Joe’s got crabs!

Prime Time: Our chef gives you the perfect recipe for the soft-shell crustaceans. Comments (4).

Cops: We have the Clinton Hill catburglar

Clinton Hill: Cops say they have arrested the man who climbed fences and jumped into backyards to break into Clinton Hill homes, fueling hopes that a spate of daytime burglaries is over. Comment.

The passage of time is not a Kodak moment

The Dad: Our columnist realizes that he’s missing stuff that he can’t even remember missing. Comments (1).

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Carmine’s on fire! Says Bloomie can’t close Coney’s hook and ladder

Sunday Screech: This week, Carmine goes on the offensive over the mayor’s plan to close a firehouse, then rails about a sunburn he got while attending a parade! Comment.

Marty: I’ll take a BJ’s — with a restaurant

Gravesend: The borough president says he doesn’t mind Joe Sitt’s plan to bring a BJ’s Wholesale Club to Gravesend Bay, as long as he can eat there. Comments (3).

Theatre for a New Audience gets a new theater, audience

BAM District: The renowned Manahttan troupe breaks ground on a nifty new glass house near BAM. Comments (1).

Cyclones finally beat the Renegades

Cyclones: And beat them bad! Comment.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wrongful death suit in ‘Vespa Mom’ crash

Fort Greene: A Fort Greene man whose wife was run down by a Treasury Department agent while she rode her Vespa last July intends to sue the department to hold it responsible for his wife’s death. Comments (8).

Mom: Fort Greene Festival promoter has shady past

Fort Greene: The promoter of this Saturday’s Fort Greene Festival cheated a retired schoolteacher out of thousands of dollars in proceeds from last year’s festival that was supposed to be set aside in honor of her dead son, the woman claims. Comments (19).

PS 107 gets new boss — from PS 321!

Park Slope: The upstart Park Slope school steals its principal from its elite rival (oooh!). Comment.

Cyclones fall — again — to the Renegades

Cyclones: Weak hitting is a problem for a second night. Comment.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Report: City won’t kill Prospect Park geese this year

Park Slope: The city’s mass extermination of geese in Prospect Park last year was so effective that it will not be repeated this summer, city officials revealed on Thursday. Comments (20).

!Viva Zapata! The inside story of how a Cyclone hit a homer off a New York Yankee

Cyclones: Nelfi Zapata’s Sunday night homer was a major deal for the minor-leaguer. Comment.

Locals want cops to search every bag on the Boardwalk

Brighton community demands post-9–11 type security in wake of June 9 shooting. Comments (8).

Our ‘Weekender’ tells you where to go

Editor’s Picks: Er, we mean where to go to have fun this weekend, that is. Comments (1).

Trash can shuffle: Golden rules as city puts garbage pails back on Fourth

The city returned two public trash cans to Fourth Avenue after state Sen. Marty Golden performed an end-around on the local civic group that demanded the baskets’ removal — and one member of that group says the Republican legislator is subverting the will of the people. Comments (5).

Civic leader says ban all litter baskets

Greg Ahl is pushes his “no-can” agenda into Dyker Heights. Comments (8).

iBag! DUMBO company sells solar-powered backpacks

DUMBO: Brooklyn’s hottest new carrying case is one powerful piece of apparel. Comments (2).

Cyclones fall to the Renegades

Cyclones: Weak hitting and weak fielding is a bad combination. Comment.

Lou Brock is sweet on Brooklyn

Downtown: Lou Brock was under doctor’s orders to talk about diabetes — but the legendary St. Louis Cardinals outfielder couldn’t help talking about the great American pastime. Comment.

Brooklyn Philharmonic wants to give you free summer concerts

Music: The New York Philharmonic dropped the baton, so, of course, Brooklyn is going to pick it up. Comments (2).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Accident injures two and damages cars at Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: Brooklynites have slung a lot of mud at Bruce Ratner’s controversial Atlantic Yards Project over the years. On Tuesday, the project returned the favor. Comments (5).

Anchors? Away! City looks to be torpedoing its own boathouse plan

Greenpoint: The city is trying to sink its own boathouse. Comments (4).

Hail? No! City stings livery cabbies in Downtown

Downtown: And this photo sequence by the immortal Tom Callan shows how it went down. Comments (7).

A parade for the Gowanus? Look, this is Brooklyn

Cleaning Our Waterways: Leave it up to Brooklyn’s party animals to celebrate the centennial of the Gowanus Canal’s “flushing tunnel,” a bit of infrastructure that has been about as much use as a handbrake on a canoe. Comments (1).

Cyclones win fifth straight!

Cyclones: Great pitching and good hitting tend to win a lot of games. It did last night. Comment.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Dive right in — public pools open on Wednesday

Event: And that includes the Double D. Comment.

The Flatbush Two Step! Major street changes coming to Barclays Center area

Mean Streets: Get ready to dance the Flatbush-to-Fourth Two-Step — whether you like it or not. Comments (44).

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