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Friday, Aug. 26, 2011

UPDATED AGAIN! Entire transit system will close at noon on Saturday

Weekend Watch: Finally, an upside to the hurricane. Comments (5).

Mayor issues Irene evacuation order

Mayor Bloomberg ordered a mandatory evacuation of all low-lying areas in Brooklyn as Hurricane Irene approached — a first-of-its-kind executive decision that may require cops to fan out throughout Coney Island, Red Hook and other borough netherlands in an effort to save the more than 150,000 residents that are believed to be in harm’s way. Comments (14).

Is Fort Hamilton’s worth saving?

Perspective: The feds may close Fort Hamilton to save money — but locals oppose the move. Why? Here are two opinion pieces on the future of the city’s lone Army base.

Get rollin’! Unicycle Fest returns on Sept. 2

Dozens of unicyclists will take to the Brooklyn Bridge next month — but no, the circus isn’t in town. Comments (1).

Editorial: Enough is enough!

Mean Streets: Foes of the Prospect Park West bike lane have had their day in court. Now, they must learn to live with the cycle path. Comments (45).

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

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

They’ve got the beat!

Music: Ska legends The English Beat come to Brooklyn on Sept. 2. Get ready to skank. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

The only preview of Sunday’s arm-wrestling championship you will ever need!

Event: Our reporter takes on the best grapplers in the world. How did he do? Watch the video! Update: This event has been canceled. Comment.

Finally, a burlesque ‘tribute’ to the ‘Governator’

Nightlife: Arnold Schwarzenegger may be the ultimate macho movie star, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t do without some feathers and glitter. Comment.

The 21st century Navy Yards

Vinegar Hill: Curved buildings with mushroom roofs! Giant 3D printers spewing out ships! Swarms of high-tech workers making electric cars! It’s all part of “Super Dock,” a futuristic science park designed by radical eco-architect Mitchell Joachim. Comments (2).

Noodle town! Brooklyn is the hot place for steaming bowls of ramen

Dining: Wood burning, thin-crust pizzas. Cupcakes. The locavore movement. Fifteen-dollar cocktails with exotic citrus and herb infusions. Gourmet Cup O’ Noodles? Comments (1).

This writer is appealing to a flier power

Books: Marianne Soberanis wrote a book — now she’s telling everyone by plastering the the whole neighborhood. Comments (8).

Rapes quadruple in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Sex crimes are soaring in Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct this year with 16 rapes reported — quadruple the number over the same period last year. Comments (6).

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

Ratner finally moves ahead with residential Yards tower

Construction Update: Developer Bruce Ratner moved forward this week with the construction of the first of his long-stalled residential buildings in the Atlantic Yards mega-project, filing city paperwork to begin a 33-story building adjacent to the Barclays Center. Comments (12).

Carmela ‘Millie’ Zazzali, 88, served Bohemian artists

The former restaurant owner and long-time Bensonhurst resident passed away Sunday after a long illness. Comment.

Rogelio Juarez does it again!

Four minutes and 45 seconds holding out a beer mug. Amazing! Comment.

Gays fuming over bias crimes

Greenpoint: More than 100 angry residents lashed out at police officials on Monday night about a spate of apparent anti-gay violence that cops are not doing enough to combat. Comments (7).

Pier 5 plan moves ahead

Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Bridge Park will get a major recreational facility on Pier 5 by the end of next year, city officials said on Tuesday. Comments (2).

Dress to success! Urban Outfitters’ own ‘Project Runway’ lands Pratt kids a big break

Fashion: Three students skipped summer vacation to toil away with needle and thread. Now their artsy duds are at Urban Outfitters locations nationwide. Comments (1).

Cyclones lose a big game — but gain in the wild card

Cyclones: A real bad loss to a below-.500 team. Comment.

Liu to probe city over Greenpoint shelter

Greenpoint: The city comptroller is scrutinizing the Bloomberg administration’s relationship with a Manhattan real-estate mogul who purchased four Brooklyn buildings with the intention of converting them into homeless shelters. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011

EARTHQUAKE! Now with pictures, too!

The Greatest Story Ever: Yes, that was an earthquake. Comments (17).

You tawkin’ to us?!

Cinema: Heights woman shows off documentary on the New York accent. Comments (3).

Can can’t! Panel, city clash over garbage cans on Bay Ridge Avenue

Bay Ridge: Members of Community Board 10 say more trash cans mean more trash on Bay Ridge Avenue, but the city says two new cans have made the area cleaner — and it intends to put more cans out. Comments (7).

Monster lobster retires to Coney Island

An 18-pound lobster who was saved from the pot by a kind-hearted seafood company will live out his golden years at Coney Island’s New York Aquarium. Comments (4).

This ‘Court’ is in session

Greenpoint: Could the People’s Court finally be getting back into contention? The jury is still out. Comments (4).

Walk off homer keeps Cyclones’ playoff chances alive

Cyclones: Here’s the hero of the day: Amauris Valdez! Comment.

You won’t go Austro-hungry at the Vienna Music Film Festival on Monday

Bridge ‘Park’: This event includes opera, music, film and wienerschnitzel. Comment.

Solar trash squash! 86th Street merchants shell out big bucks for solar compactors

Bay Ridge: Businesses on 86th Street think they can use the power of the sun to help keep their street clean. Comments (4).

Monday, Aug. 22, 2011

Suit reveals depth of Momstrocity’s debt!

Cobble Hill: The PTA mom who stole more than $80,000 from her Cobble Hill school and failed last week to make the first court-ordered restitution payment also owes more than $40,000 in back rent on her Atlantic Avenue spa business. Comments (8).

Lane pains! Foes of Prospect Park West cycle path threaten new suit

Mean Streets: Opponents of the Prospect Park West bike lane — whose case against the world’s most controversial cycle path was thrown out last week — are now demanding that the city remove the bike route entirely or face another lawsuit. Comments (37).

Ein stein! But how long can you hold it?

Nightlife: Here’s a preview of the action on Tuesday at Der Schwarze Kölner’s annual beer-stein-holding contest — with a video of our own beer-stein-holding editor putting himself to the test. Comments (2).

Simply the best burger in New York City!

Prime Time: Joe wins the Macy’s “Battle of the Burger” contest — and now he tells us how to achieve grilling greatness! Comments (3).

Game over — suspended contest concludes with loss

Cyclones: It took two days, but the rain-suspended game is over in Coney — and the Cyclones lose, 7-4. Comment.

Our competition sponsors a music festival — and we cover it

Music: Who says old school print newspapers are good for nothing? Comments (4).

Let’s get ready to bend-genderrrrs!

Event: The Transman pageant is back! Comment.

Divorce cracks his secure foundation

The Dad: A close family of our columnist splits up — and who knows what will happen next? Comments (3).

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011

Bike theft victim: Hey, thief, you made me cry!

Park Slope: Brooklynites have tried everything to stop bike thieves — locks, legislation, security cameras — but one Park Slope mom has a new approach: tears. Comments (23).

Carmine faces Sophie’s Choice!

Sunday Screech: The Big Screecher has to choose between two great websites, and he doesn’t know what to do! Comments (9).

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011

Saturday in the park — What’s going on with all the water

Meadows of Shame: Two views on the flooding in our great greenspace. See below.

Worst loss in Cyclone history

Cyclones: The Cyclones strike out 16 times and get just one hit in a 3-0 defeat. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 19, 2011

Shocker! Organizers cancel 18th Avenue Feast

Bensonhurst: Organizers have pulled the plug on this year’s 18th Avenue Feast, quashing a decades-old tradition with a surprise Facebook post on Thursday that blamed the city for the festival’s demise. Comments (25).

Pol’s plan to save quiet Fort Ham? Make it more useful

Fort Hamilton: Fort Hamilton should be transformed from a sleepy Army base best known for its private swimming pool into the city’s national security hub, politicians and base officials said this week. Comments (7).

Slope java jolt! Ozzies will close

Park Slope: One of the original coffee, bagel and gentrification joints will shutter in a rent dispute. Comments (15).

How hard could it be to hold a 1L mug of beer? Watch our video to find out

Podcast: On the eve of Der Schwarze Kölner’s annual beer-stein-holding contest, our own beer-stein-holding editor tried to win it all. He failed. Comments (1).

Hey, the bat boy is a dog!

Ups & Downs: Yeah, but can he hit? Comment.

Cyclones win fourth in a row!

Cyclones: The team is still tied for the wild-card berth, but closing in on the hated Staten Island Yankees. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

Cyclones begin second half with a big win

Cyclones: The team is still tied for the wild-card berth. Comment.

Don’t believe the blogs! The 18th Avenue festival is on!

Bensonhurst: Bensonhurst’s beloved 18th Avenue Festival is on — and, yes, it will be 10 days long. Comments (11).

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