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Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011

DUMBO feels dumped on by NYPD

DUMBO: Tourists and ex-cons will mingle under a secret plan to move an NYPD property office to tony DUMBO — allowing people fresh out of jail to retrieve their stuff in an area filled with much-promoted attractions for out-of-towners. Comments (14).

Municipal mall! City sells two floors of D’town building for shops

Downtown plan: A Manhattan developer has plunked down $10 million to buy the first two floors of the Municipal Building, saying he’ll transform it from a lifeless office into a retail hub — and bring in an upscale restaurant. Comments (8).

Monday, Aug. 15, 2011

Celebrate Washington Avenue on Saturday

Event: An under-rated business strip gets its well-deserved close-up in an all-day festival. Comments (2).

Ahoy there! Coast Guard comes ashore in Red Hook

Red Hook: Look, everyone loves a classic sea vessel. Comments (2).

Rebel yell! Head to Greenhouse Cafe in Bay Ridge for Southern rock

Music: Catch The Blue Star Band on Aug. 19. Comments (2).

Friday, Aug. 12, 2011

Old school! Two Toms serves a perfect chop in grandma’s rec room

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: A restaurant that goes back to the good old days. Comments (15).

Should the city fund private police forces?

Letters: Brooklyn Bridge Park deal is a shell game

Letters: Our letters to the editor column returns with some true barn-burners! Comments (3).

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

Books: See what the ladies behind WORD, Greenlight and BookMark Shoppe are recommending. Comment.

Say ‘Yes’ to NoBar

Bar Scrawl: Our Bar Scrawl columnist visits a new bar in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Comments (1).

Weekend looks good

Weekend Watch: Enjoy a weekend of relatively easy commuting. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

Big top fold up! Mom-and-pop stand in for Ringling Bros closes six weeks early

Vidbel Circus abruptly closes before its lease is up because the crowds did not materialize. Comments (5).

Terry Rosen, 75, penned anthem for Gov. Carey

Bay Ridge: Theresa Rosen, the community activist and president of the Society of Old Brooklynites for more than a decade — who coincidentally wrote Hugh Carey’s campaign song when he ran for governor in 1974 — died Aug. 4 at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital after a short bout with cancer. She was 75. Comments (1).

Aretha was great — but fans felt dis-R-E-S-P-E-C-T–ed at concert

The venue was too small for a star of that the magnitude of Aretha Franklin — and Borough President Markowitz is pointing to the controversy as reason to build his mega-amphitheater. Comments (6).

Finally, a book about Brooklyn books!

Books: Evan Hughes new history gives as definitive a look at the borough’s literary scene as possible. Until, of course, the next big Brooklyn author emerges. Comments (3).

Editorial: At Brooklyn Bridge Park, the rich get richer

Editorial: Our editorial board provides a contrary view of the Brooklyn Bridge Park funding deal (you know, the one that everyone else seems to like). Comments (24).

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011

Five stabbed at notorious KTV karaoke club

Bay Ridge: Five people were hospitalized with stab wounds following a massive brawl inside a notorious 64th Street karaoke bar early on Monday — and Bay Ridge residents are demanding that the state shut down the problem-plagued nightclub. Comments (9).

Cyclones playoff push begins now

Ridin’ the Cyclones: But does this team have what it takes? Comments (1).

No-arm bandits take more money on Fifth and Seventh Aves

Park Slope: The city has once again hiked the cost of “Park Smart” meters on two retail-heavy Park Slope strips — but this time merchants are calling the increase dumb. Comments (17).

Gull-iver travels! Rare shorebird goes missing

Birders are on the hunt for a rare gray-hooded gull that has not been seen since last Wednesday. Comments (5).

Kid stuff! Karen K leads the Jitterbugs at Carroll Park on Aug. 17

Parenting: Karen Kalafatas offers a free concert in the heart of Dan Zanes-ville. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011

Jungle love! Bongo, the missing monkey doll, has been found

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 (22).

Mathletes fail crucial kickball test

Greenpoint: The second-ranked Mathletes were exposed by two top kickball teams this weekend, leaving questions as to their playoff abilities. Comment.

Dognapped! Family grieving after trio steals their dog — from a cop

Park Slope: A Prospect Heights couple is desperately searching for its beloved pooch after a trio of alleged lady dognappers convinced a cop that they owned the furry little guy. Comments (7).

Cyclones cap a three-out-of-four series over the Yanks

Cyclones: Now the team heads out onto the road for six games with the wild-card berth in sight. Comment.

Cook and drink like the pros!

Dining: Two chefs give up two of the secrets of Le Comptoir in Williamsburg. Comment.

Writer Sapphire is back next week with new gem

Books: Fifteen years after “Push,” the writer gives birth to “The Kid” — and a reading at the Brooklyn Public Library on Aug. 15. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 8, 2011

Hugh Carey, governor who saved New York, is dead

Politics: The Park Slope native was 92. Comments (8).

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).

Is this the best toilet in America?

Podcast: Habana Outpost’s recycled rainwater loo goes for the gold. Comments (1).

Diceman cometh! Andrew Dice Clay chats with the paper that discovered him

Event: A Brooklyn (and Brooklyn Paper!) comic legend prepares his comeback special on Oct. 1 in Coney Island. Comments (5).

City rejects a brownstone — in brownstone Brooklyn

Brooklyn Heights: A city panel that had blocked a developer from building a true brownstone in the heart of brownstone Brooklyn now says that a red brick house is just fine. Comments (11).

Cyclones beat the Yanks — and beat ‘em bad!

Cyclones: A 10-2 win on the Rock puts the Cyclones in command of the four-game series. Comment.

Girl talk: The Bandana Splits are one charming throwback

Music: The trio celebrates the release of its debut album at, naturally, a soda fountain. Comment.

Let’s not turn our kids into fear-filled zombies!

The Dad: Our columnist realizes that bad things happen in the world, but his job is to suppress his own fear and let his kids explore the world. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011

Carmine has a blast at Villa Roma

Sunday Screech: Carmine finally convinces the whole family to go back to Villa Roma for the first time in 25 years — and he’s happy about it! Comments (4).

Get on your Soapbox — Derby, that is — this Saturday on 17th Street

Open Source Gallery hosts its annual race — for kids of all ages! Comment.

Revenge! Yankees beat Cyclones to even the four-game series

Cyclones: All it took was one bad inning. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011

First blood! Clones beat Yanks

Cyclones: The first game of a three-game series against the hated Baby Bombers goes well — very well. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

Back in the ‘hood! Rock Beach promoters move concerts back to Williamsburg

Bay Ridge: Look, it didn’t work out for hipsters at Floyd Bennett Field, so “Rock Beach” is now “Rock Yard” again. Comments (8).

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.

Clones loses ugly to Crosscutters

Cyclones: Slip-slidin’ away — you know the nearer your wild card berth the more you’re slip-slidin’ away. Comment.

It’s the return of the Windsor Terrace police blotter!

Windsor Terrace: Our intern, Haru Coryne, does it again. The kid gets you the inside scoop on all the crime and other bad stuff inside the neighborhood’s 72nd Precinct. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

Police say they have arrested Greenpoint gunman

Greenpoint: Police say they’ve caught the gunman who shot a Greenpoint jeweler last week during a robbery that shocked the neighborhood. Comments (7).

Latest big dreams for Gowanus revealed!

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