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Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

What to do about ‘failing schools’

Perspective: The city has embarked on another round of school closures — but are the facilities on the hit list truly “failing” or has the city wrongly defined the word itself. Click below for two takes on the issue.

Snow problem on Prospect Park West

Mean Streets: Blizzard of 2010? No, but Friday’s light snowfall means that cyclists on the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane are out of luck until the city gets around to plowing the two-way dedicated path. Comments (25).

‘Charter’ territory! Parents in ‘failing’ MS 571 fight closure for elite school

Brooklyn Is Angry: The city is moving to close a poorly performing Fort Greene middle school and use the space for an elite charter school — and parents say they’ve been sold out by an education bureaucracy more focused on tests than students. Comments (11).

‘Married’ to it! Emma Straub’s new book is a hit

Books: And she’s reading from it next week at BookCourt. Comments (2).

Meet the new ‘Noir’!

Books: Edwidge Danticat edits “Haiti Noir.” Comment.

Another wild weekend on the rails

Weekend Watch: The big news, of course, is the F train. But here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, Jan. 22 at 12:01 am to Monday, Jan. 24 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comments (1).

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

Safety first! Prospect Park West bike lane working

Mean Streets: Accidents have plummeted dramatically since the installation of the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane in the spring, new city data reveals. Comments (60).

Tonight! The borough’s hockey team fights on towards the playoffs

Who needs MSG when the New York Aviators have all the puck-swatting, fist-swinging action of the pros — at a fraction of the cost? Comment.

Dems take on Grimm’s ‘job-killing canard’ in health care debate

Bay Ridge: The repeal of President Obama’s landmark health care reform on Wednesday was punctuated with plenty of Brooklyn moxie — and a few indirect swipes at freshman Rep. Michael Grimm, the only Republican in the city’s congressional delegation. Comments (4).

Breaking: Cyclist killed on — yes, on — the BQE

Mean Streets: Keep checking back for updates on this odd tragedy. Comments (8).

Millennium approaches! City backs new elite school inside John Jay

Park Slope: A new selective public school will open inside the John Jay HS building in Park Slope despite an outcry from students and teachers who say the decision encourages racial segregation. Comments (15).

‘Walk’ this way! City to expand Newtown Creek nature path

Cleaning Our Waterways: Greenpoint’s four-year-old Newtown Creek Nature Walk will nearly double in size thanks to new city funding. Comment.

All’s Phair when rock goddess Liz is in town

Music: Liz Phair will fill the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Jan. 26. Be there. Comments (1).

‘Kaboom’ is a taste of Sundance at BAM

Cinema: Gregg Araki’s new Sundance Festival cult hit will debut in Brooklyn on Jan. 27. Comment.

Meet the 76th Precinct’s ‘Dream Team’

Carroll Gardens: Who needs a nightstick or service revolver when you have Jerry Armer, Maria Pagano and Frances Brown? Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

‘Tobacco’ woes! Suit says state lied to feds to privatize Park warehouse

Bridge ‘Park’: And a judge has ordered an expedited hearing, too. Comments (4).

Map factor! Historical Society saves a rarest look at early New York

Brooklyn Heights: A 250-year-old map of the city is found — and restored to its original glory. Comments (3).

Rep. Grimm — a former Marine — hires a bodyguard to protect him in a post-Arizona world

Bay Ridge: Soldier-turned-Congressman Michael Grimm has hired a former NYPD detective who will “act as a bodyguard” for himself and staffers in the wake of the Arizona shootings — but Brooklyn’s lone Republican member of Congress is apparently our only local lawmaker to take such a drastic step. Comments (6).

License ‘em! Sloper wants to put plates on bikes

Mean Streets: Cyclists will be required to register their rides like their gas-guzzling counterparts under a controversial scheme trumpeted last week by a Park Slope activist. Comments (37).

Trash talk! It’s snow problem as borough has never looked filthier

The city was quick to clear the streets following last Tuesday’s mini-snowstorm, but that hard work left us under an avalanche of something grittier, dirtier and much more aromatic — a trashpocalypse of garbage and recyclables. Comment.

Chain chain chain — chain of burgers! Cheeburger Cheeburger coming to Park Slope

Dining: It’s the ultimate Park Slope good news/bad news story: The long-vacant Miracle Grill space on Seventh Avenue is finally about to reopen — but as a national burger chain with a very cheesy name. Comments (13).

Boro’s biggest jerk off at the Bell House

Dining: Get your mind out of the gutter — we’re talking about a beef jerky contest. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011

City: Bus a move — away from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Mean Streets: The city is moving to stop droves of double-decker tour buses from idling and clogging the foot of Old Fulton Street during the summer — a traffic debacle that’s reached a breaking point since Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park opened early last year. Comments (18).

Hey, artists, here’s your chance to wine

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Oenology sponsors a contest to design the Next Great Wine Bottle. Comments (5).

This week’s juicy food gossip

Foodie-in-Chief: Dig in. Comments (1).

The unhappy meal! Hamburgers are Brooklyn’s new luxe food

Dining: All around the borough, this humble staple has become a big ticket item. Some are worth it — some are not. Comments (8).

The snowstorm was heaven sent

Fearless Parenting: Sure, Bloomberg blew the clean-up, but our columnist’s sons got a life lesson in rolling with the punches. Comments (3).

The 76th Precinct’s crime-fighting octogon

Carroll Gardens: Just eight new officers at the precinct — but that’s a good thing because it means the area is safe. Comments (1).

Simon’s ‘Gingerbread’ is savory, not sweet at Ridge Rep

Theater: Don’t let the name fool you. Comment.

Cops hunt the Monitor Street gunman

Greenpoint: No solid leads yet on the gunman who critically wounded a man near Nassau Street on Friday night. Comments (1).

Mr. Guttman, tear down this fence!

Greenpoint: An “illegal” barrier is blocking Greenpointers from their waterfront — and controversial landowner Josh Guttman is to blame. Comments (8).

Stephen Brown — journalist of the year!

The Brooklyn Paper has done it again — won the highest honor from a national newspaper association. Comments (4).

Monday, Jan. 17, 2011

Freddy’s, killed by Atlantic Yards, rises from the dead

Awesome: Set your calendar — the legendary bar reopens in Park Slope on Feb. 4. Comments (2).

Brothers Grimm comes alive — in Russian!

Theater: A runaway princess, a talking donkey, a singing rooster, and music-loving cat and dog are coming to the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts — and, no, it’s not some knock-off production of “Shrek.” Comment.

Slope goes back to the future for Equal Rights Amendment

Park Slope: The 1970s equality law for women, which failed to make the Constitution, is back. Comments (7).

Bar toons! Our nightlife cartoonist makes the big time

Art: Bill Roundy has a gallery show in DUMBO. Comment.

Get buzzed! Brooklyn Brainery hosts beekeeping course

Event: Admit it — ever since beekeeping became legal in March, you’ve been wondering how you could get in the buzz biz. Comment.

Cops: We have Williamsburg rapist

Williamsburg: Cops say they have nabbed the villain who sexually assaulted two women in Williamsburg and has been preying on the fairer sex for years. Comments (4).

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011

Grimm: House members should pack heat if they want

Bay Ridge: Gun-slinging G-man-turned-Republican Rep. Michael Grimm wants beefed up security training for him and his House colleagues in the wake of last weekend’s Arizona shootings — and lesson one is that lawmakers should consider packing heat. Comments (23).

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).

Brooklyn Brewery expansion means one thing: more beer!

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Brewery has finally reached the tipping point. Comments (9).

The bike crackdown — it’s coming

Perspective: The city announced last week that it would begin a major crackdown on cyclists who violate motor vehicle laws. It’s a controversial move and, as such, prime fodder for this week’s op-ed page. Click below for opinion pieces on both sides of this contentious issue.

A ‘Borkman’ for a long, cold winter

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Butcher’s review finds this Alan Rickman-led production just a bit too chilly. But, hey, it’s Ibsen, so what did he expect? Comment.

Ox Cart Tavern a welcome addition to Ditmas Park

Dining: Fans of Ditmas Park’s Pomme de Terre may have rejoiced when a veteran of that kitchen took over the Newkirk Avenue spot earlier this fall. But don’t expect the same experience at the new Ox Cart Tavern. Comments (1).

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

Empire wing of mind! Jay-Z invests big in Downtown chicken joint

Dining: He’s not a businessman; he’s a business, man — and that’s why rapper Jay-Z’s investment in Downtown’s newest wing joint has already put it on the map. Comments (15).

‘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).

Tower power! State bails out developer in BAM Cultural District

BAM District: The state bailed out a long-delayed, 42-story residential tower just off Flatbush Avenue late last month, days before a tax exemption deadline would have left developers with an unfunded mega-project for at least another year. Comments (2).

Cops: This is the guy who robbed the Bay Ridge bank

Bay Ridge: The FBI has has identified the principal suspect in the armed robbery of the Ridgewood Savings Bank on Third Avenue on Dec. 23. Comments (1).

Love ‘Letters’! Dance work inspired by history’s greatest epistles

Dance: They’re words that move hearts — and feet! Comment.

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