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Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

The freshman! Back from retirement, Vito Lopez is born again

Vito under the Microscope: Assemblyman Vito Lopez is back from his “retirement” with the legislation-writing energy of lawmakers half his age! Comments (11).

Look out, below! City plants trees in Ridge’s ‘Dead Man’s Hill’

Bay Ridge: Now, it’s really “Dead Man’s Hill”! Comments (5).

‘Swamp’ thing! Catch hot writer Russell’s gator-filled escapism on Feb. 2

Books: A New Yorker magazine “20 under 40” writer hits Book Court next week. Comment.

Gong hey fat choy the right way this year

Shopping: It’s Chinese New Year time again, so head for Pacificana for a major feast. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

Nets coach is second-to-last in the standings, but standing tall with God

Atlantic Yards: Avery Johnson gives a sermon in Crown Heights. Comments (1).

City rejects paved over Carroll Gardens garden

Carroll Gardens: The city has mowed down a plan by a Carroll Gardens man who paved his front yard to turn into an outdoor seating space for his new cafe — the latest effort to protect the expansive gardens that give the neighborhood its name and much of its character. Comments (5).

Hell–icopter! Red Hook fighting chopper noise

Red Hook: Not in my sky! Comments (16).

Couple facing jail for creating a fetid feline prison in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: A Bronx couple is facing two years in jail for turning a Williamsburg loft and art studio into a fetid feline prison that housed close to 100 emaciated cats, several of whom actually fell through holes in the urine-soaked floor. Comments (6).

Engagement ring stolen!

Park Slope: A thief swipes a $5,000 ring from a soon-to-be-wed woman, leaving her distraught (and her fiance not too pleased, either). Plus the other crime from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comments (8).

Hey, Brooklyn Heights — meet your cop of the year

Brooklyn Heights: It’s Lawrence “Book ‘em” Bosch, a seven-year NYPD vet. He made 54 collars last year. That’s a lot. Comments (4).

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

The tragic is Backman! Cyclones skipper promoted to Binghamton

Ridin’ the Cyclones: Wally Backman, the most-popular manager in Brooklyn Cyclones history, will not get a chance to finish the job, as the Mets organization has tragically named him skipper of the Class AA Binghamton squad. Comments (2).

The Idiotarod rolls off at 10 am on Saturday

Awesome: It’s the third jewel in the hipster Triple Crown. Comments (3).

Community board gives a big ‘oui’ to Paris Burlesque Club

Nightlife: A shadowy bikini club moves forward, despite Red Hook neighbors’ concerns. Comments (12).

Vince Lombardi — Brooklyn native — is a forgotten hero in his borough

The Jets are out of the running, but Brooklynites could still enjoy a piece of Super Bowl glory — that is, if they weren’t too busy stepping on it. With video … Comments (2).

Lane pains! Former officials slam city for lying on Prospect Park West

Mean Streets: Two former top city officials — including an ex-Transportation Commissioner who emphasized car travel over bikes during her tenure — have emerged as the principal leaders of the opposition to the city’s controversial Prospect Park West bike lane. Comments (125).

‘Charter’ territory! Parents in ‘failing’ MS 571 fight to keep out elite school

Brooklyn Is Angry: Prospect Heights parents slammed the city on Monday night for moving to close a poorly performing middle school to make room for an elite charter school from outside the neighborhood. Comments (3).

Loreley hosts a real sausage festival this week

Dining: A restaurant pays tribute to the world of weiners. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

Where have you gone, Vince Lombardi? A borough turns its lonely eyes to you (woo woo woo)

Podcast: Our exclusive NFL Films-style tribute video reveals the shocking truth about the legendary coach and native Brooklynite. With video … Comment.

Roll ‘em! Brooklyn College to run film school inside the Navy Yard

Coming soon to the Brooklyn Navy Yard: “The Graduate (Program).” Comment.

Art of the steal! Thief swipes a Ridley Howard drawing off gallery wall

Greenpoint: An opening night party in Greenpoint ends with a theft, an arrest, and new renown for a up-and-coming artist. Comment.

Ecci pane! Italian food gods to open bakery on Kent Ave

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: And they want to change your understanding of bread forever. Comments (8).

Berry St. loft tenants seek protections, but get harassed instead

Williamsburg: A Williamsburg landlord is pressuring her tenants into leaving the converted former factory so she can turn the building into a luxury residence, tenants say. Comments (2).

Tiger Mom vs. Ostrich Dad

The Dad: Our columnist takes on Amy Chua and her “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” Comments (7).

Cops: We have Bishop Loughlin teen shooter

Fort Greene: The heartsick gunman who left five people wounded in a crazed Jan. 14 shooting outside of Bishop Loughlin HS was captured on Saturday, cops said. Comments (1).

Can Gersh Kuntzman learn to ‘chilax’? Watch him try!

Bedford-Stuyvesant: It’s an exclusive video from the Colador Cafe, which bills itself as Brooklyn’s “chilaxin” place. But can Kuntzman learn to chilax? Find out in this exclusive video. With video … Comments (2).

With artist Lorna Simpson, history repeats

Art: The Brooklyn Museum presents a new show by the Fort Greene artist. Comment.

Head for the Inner Banks this Friday

Music: A husband-and-wife duo with a rich sound plays Sycamore. Comment.

Confucius says — read this graphic novel about Vietnam’s lingering personal legacy

Books: A jibe from the great philosopher kicked GB Tran into finally writing about his family’s torturous Vietnam War past. Comment.

Our Seussian tribute to ‘Seussical’ coming to Brooklyn Center

Theater: Here’s something cool: We previewed the Jan. 30 show in Seuss-like verse. Comments (1).

Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011

New Cyclone operator pledges major rehab

Coney Island: The company charged with recreating Coney Island has just been named to operate one of the oldest attractions left: the Cyclone. Comments (7).

Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

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).

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

Smoker’s cough! Our columnist test drives the new ‘Williamsburg’ Camels

Campbell’s Soup: And he’s offended — as a smoker, a Williamsburger and as a human being. Comments (11).

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.

Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

Crime wave continues at Atlantic malls

Fort Greene: It wouldn’t be a police blotter without lots of crime at Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (2).

Big news for Coney! Big gun to run theme park this summer

Coney Island: Coney Island’s going back to the big time, as the city announced last Wednesday that the amusement wizards behind the popular Victorian Gardens theme park will begin running an amusement park by the Boardwalk this summer — and they’re using the throwback name Luna Park! Comments (1).

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