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Monday, Aug. 8, 2011

You’ll feel good — at this James Brown tribute show

Music: Zebulon’s got a brand new bag. Comment.

Rooms with a view! City starts search for Pier 1 hotel developer

Bridge ‘Park’: The city has moved forward with plans to build condos and a hotel at Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park — locking in a long-sought revenue source for the waterfront park’s $16-million annual maintenance budget. Comments (5).

Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

Even 20 years later, ‘Jurassic Park’ still scares the crap out of you

Cinema: Hold on to your butts — “Jurassic Park” comes to McCarren Park this month. Comment.

Bridge out! Historic Carroll Street span to close for two weeks

Gowanus: The city will shutter the country’s oldest retractable bridge for repairs, temporarily inconveniencing residents and businesses in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. Comment.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park ‘sellout’?

Bridge ‘Park’: The deal to move ahead with housing inside Brooklyn Bridge Park is controversial deal, so click below for opinion pieces on both sides of the issue:

A howl for Wolf and Deer

Bar Scrawl: Our Bar Scrawl columnist says that this new Park Slope bar will draw raves. Comments (1).

Normal weekend headaches

Weekend Watch: The MTA will be working on the subway all weekend, but at the usual spots. Read on for all the transit news that affects your weekend plans. (Saturday, Aug. 6 at 12:01 am to Monday, Aug. 8 at 5 am unless otherwise noted). Comment.

The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

GAME CHANGER! Professional hockey could be coming to Brooklyn

Prospect Heights: The Barclays Center has been redesigned — again — this time to accomodate professional hockey. Interesting, considering that the Islanders need a new building. Comments (42).

Latest big dreams for Gowanus revealed!

Cleaning Our Waterways: Amsterdam in Brooklyn? Maybe someday. Comments (6).

Hot dogs! Make this year’s wiener winners yourself

Dining: The top-two finishers in the Great Hot Dog Cookoff have given us their secrets. Comments (3).

Cyclone chop down ‘Cutters in the ninth!

Cyclones: A 3-2 victory at home could not have been more exciting. Comment.

New Sideshow vaudeville play aims to charm and offend

Nightlife: There’ll be a lot of nudity — but only in service of a great story (well, mostly in service of the story). Comment.

Days after terror tragedy, Norwegian blues band lands in Brooklyn

Checkin’ in with: Chris Gambert of the Fabulous Flea Market Band becomes an ambassador for his battered homeland in this exclusive interview on the eve of the band’s Aug. 6 show. Comments (2).

Pop up playground at Washington Park is a totable treat

Park Slope: Washington Park’s “new” playground is a foam-tastic treat in a box! Comment.

Get up, stand up at Coney’s Aug. 14 reggae party

Music: Let’s get together and feel all right (in Coney). Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011

Couple offering big bucks for return of beloved monkey doll Bongo

Park Slope: Look, when you love a Beanie Baby, when you give your life to a plush pet, you’ll do anything to be reunited. We know. We’ve been there. Comments (41).

East 25th Street is the ‘Greenest Block’

Park Slope: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden picked the block between Clarendon Road and Avenue D as the most flora-filled. Comments (2).

Fly by! Birders flock to Coney to see unique gull

A rare gray-hooded gull, seen in North America only once before, has caused birders throughout the east coast to make a plumage pilgramge to Coney Island. Comments (2).

All eyes on the Watchtower — Inside the Brooklyn Bridge Park deal

Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Bridge Park will have fewer luxury condos inside its waterfront footprint under a deal that would set aside future tax revenues to pay for the park’s $16-million annual upkeep — but how much less housing depends on the timely sale of tax-exempt buildings owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and not controlled by the city. Comments (8).

Courier-Life creates a good website (finally)

Our sister publication unveils BrooklynDaily.com, edited by our former Brooklyn Paper colleague Vince DiMiceli. It’s on! Comments (3).

Freak out! Coney job growth is strong — but not for carnies

Coney Island: A new state report shows that Coney Island and Brighton Beach added more private sector jobs last year than any neighborhood in Brooklyn — but most of the jobs were not in the amusement area. Comments (7).

‘Magic’ man! Lev Grossman’s sequel is another great trick

Books: The characters in “The Magicians” return after five years. Comment.

Fiat dealer gives you ‘500’ reasons to buy a car

Bay Ridge: There’s a new Fiat dealer in town. Comments (8).

Another Cyclone loss makes wildcard shakier

Cyclones: It’s getting late pretty early for the 2011 Clones. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011

Deal is sealed: There will be housing — but less of it — in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Bridge ‘Park’: Two key lawmakers who had long fought luxury high-rise development inside Brooklyn Bridge Park have signed off on a deal that would scale back the housing — and possibly eliminate most of it entirely — but still meet a mandate that the greenspace’s $16-million annual maintenance cost not come from city taxpayers. Comments (10).

Drinking for a cause!

Event: The Barman’s Fund is back this weekend, setting aside tips for charity. Drink liberally, Brooklyn! Comments (3).

City closes Motorino, the ‘Leaning Tower of Pizza’

Williamsburg: Motorino Pizza was shut down by the Department of Buildings after inspectors declared that its tilting Graham Avenue building it was unsafe. Comments (18).

Un-bee-lievable! Swarm of wasps invades Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6

Bridge ‘Park’: Stinging pests have taken over the park’s sandy paradise. Experts say don’t worry (tell that to your 4-year-old who’s just been stung). Comment.

CB2 plays Russian ‘Roulette’ by denying booze license to new arts space

Nightlife: Local arts honchos and music-lovers are appalled that Community Board 2 has denied a new Boerum Hill theater what most area venues already have: a liquor license. Comments (6).

Inside Vito Lopez’s secret meeting with the state booze commish

Nightlife: The powerful Assemblyman convenes a private tete-a-tete with the head of the State Liquor Authority and pushes a moratorium on new bars. Comments (10).

Parenting — then and now

Fearless Parenting: Our columnist goes on vacation with her mom and her kids. And the fur is flying! Comments (4).

‘500’ reasons to come to Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: There’s a new Fiat dealer in town. Comments (1).

Cyclones lose 1-0 in Vermont

Cyclones: A very quiet loss for a tired team on the road. Comment.

Shiver me timbers! Pirates tie last year’s champs

Greenpoint: Kickball’s bottom dwellers struck gold on Sunday after tying the John Cougar Mellencamps and making Diddy’s White Party walk the plank. Comments (1).

Monday, Aug. 1, 2011

Marty: Let Jamie take international freebies!

Politics: Borough President Markowitz calls for relaxed city ethics rules against tagalong spouses. Comments (15).

Play it, Sam! Burlesque troupe reaches the apex — a naughty ‘Casablanca’

Nightlife: “Wasablanca” is a “Casablanca”-themed night of intrigue, gambling, jazz music, belly dancing and a scantily clad reenactment of the Oscar-winning film. Comments (1).

Crash landing! Hipsters stay away from Floyd Bennett Field concert series

Event: A plan to bring concert-goers to the former airfield for a Woodstock-like experience has failed because the targeted audience can’t stand the commute. Comments (13).

Andy Badalamenti, 60, fought for classic Coney Island rides

An original Coney Island carny has lost his battle with cancer. Comment.

Hot shrimp, Caribbean-style

Prime Time: Our Joe feels the heat — so he heads to the beach. Comments (4).

This week’s tasty — but less filling! — food gossip

Foodie-in-Chief: Brooklyn Heights says sayonara to sidewalk seating, a top Clinton Hill tacqueria goes up in flames, and Sheepshead Bay bellies up to the bar. The temperature’s hot this week, and so’s the gossip! Comments (1).

The Brooklyn Philharmonic is back, with some big names

Music: Mos Def, Sufjan Stevens and David T. Little are just some of the talent that will be featured during the orchestra’s new season. Comment.

Cyclones split twinbill in Vermont

Cyclones: The Cyclones are now 24-19 on the season — not great, but in a great position for a wild card berth. Comment.

Enjoy Brooklyn all day — for free — on Sunday

Event: The Heart of Brooklyn cultural consortium does it again! Comment.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Debt, schmbt! I can’t take it anymore!

Sunday Screech: This week, Carmine takes on an issue that has polarized the nation: Corney jokes. Comments (1).

Disastrous loss in Vermont for the Cyclones

Cyclones: How does 12-1 sound to you? Awful. Comment.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vespa Mom killer: I did not run red light

Fort Greene: But Treasury agent Joel Murphy did admit on Friday that he was rushing to get to a bathroom when he ran over beloved Fort Greene mother of three, Aileen McKay-Dalton last year. Comments (5).

Our big gay wedding photo spread!

Downtown: Dozens of same-sex couples got married as gay marriage finally became legal. Here’s a photo spread celebrating the love. Comments (14).

Yesterday’s news keeps Brooklyn Bridge Park green

Bridge ‘Park’: The Brooklyn Paper doesn’t just do a great job covering hard-hitting news and information — it also does a number on weeds! Comment.

Three million fan man! Cyclones reach historic attendance milestone

Cyclones: The Cyclones made baseball history on Wednesday night, welcoming the franchise’s 3,000,000th fan in less than 11 years — the fastest that a short-season team has ever reached that milestone. Comments (1).

Shutout for Clones over Tigers

Cyclones: Brian Harrison’s eighth-inning, two RBI double is all the Clones needed. Comment.

Dive bar requiem denied! Judge puts off Hank’s foreclosure auction

Downtown: A Brooklyn judge blocked Hank’s Saloon from being sold at a foreclosure auction on Thursday — giving fans of the dive bar more time to indulge in cheap beer and country tunes. Comments (6).

Zoomin’ good time at last week’s Prospect Park ‘Summer Soiree’

Park Slope: Boogie-woogie was order of the evening when Prospect Park Alliance raised more than $60,000 for the greenspace. Comment.

Friday, July 29, 2011

City: Brooklyn leads the cycling boom

Mean Streets: More than 2,000 new riders are bike commuting into Manhattan, according to a new survey. Comments (73).

Enter sand hands! Coney Island to host annual sculpting contest

Event: These guys will blow your regular old sand castle out of the water. Comment.

Cops nab bizarre Prospect Park poachers

Meadows of Shame: A band of goose-, duck- and fish-stealing vagrants are fined inside the park. Comments (638).

What you want — baby she got it!

Music: Respect! Aretha Franklin will play Borough President Markowitz’s concert series on Aug. 4, finally rescheduling two cancelled shows from last summer. Comment.

See your weekend fun calendar with The Weekender!

Editor’s Picks: Our columnist scours the borough for your “To Do” list. Comment.

Inside the BareBurger Supreme

Dining: Our food writer brings you inside a behemoth. Comments (1).

The quick, sad demise of Harry Boland’s Pub

Park Slope: From problems with the taxman, to a Health Department shut-down, to fears of a toxic bomb, it’s been a stunning fall for a Park Slope bar. Comments (10).

Walk off homer by Taijeron wins it for Clones

Cyclones: Two games after he won a game with a grand salami, Travis Taijeron hits a solo shot to break a tie in the bottom of the ninth. Comments (1).

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Workers to Ratner: Hey, where are the jobs?

Atlantic Yards: Local workers who once championed the Atlantic Yards project have turned their back on developer Forest City Ratner — vowing to protest every two weeks until they get what they were promised: thousands of jobs. Comments (23).

Clones lose ugly

Cyclones: Here’s the problem with this game — Cyclone pitching. Comments (1).

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