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Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011

Scandal-tarred ex-city official wants to be a judge

Bay Ridge: A disgraced School Construction Authority trustee whose decision to hand out a patronage construction job ultimately led to a teenager’s death in 1998 wants to make more life-altering calls — this time from behind a judge’s bench. Comments (5).

Friday, Nov. 4, 2011

The way we were! Carroll Gardens native recalls the ‘hood in funny new book

Books: Depending on whom you ask, Brooklyn in the 1980s was either a violent, dirty, cesspool, or a wonderland filled with hilarious characters. For author John Khoury, it was both. Comments (36).

DUMBO — historyland or Disneyland?

Mean Streets: More of DUMBO’s charming Belgian block streets will be restored as part of a just announced $20-million project — but some locals are worried the roadwork will be more “Disney World” than historic neighborhood. Comments (7).

Historical Society celebrates ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ and its Brooklyn roots

Event: For one thing, author Norman Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer lived in the same Brooklyn Heights building. Not bad. Comment.

You’ll want to ‘Sample’ and hold

Bar Scrawl: Our Bar Scrawl cartoonist likes a tiny new Smith Street bar. Comments (2).

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

Indie comedy ‘We Are the Hartmans’ is like an ‘Occupy Main Street’

Cinema: And this Brooklyn-made film stars Richard Chamberlain as a pot-smoking rock club owner! Comment.

Ditmas Park asks: ‘Where is Josh Rubin’?

Ditmas Park: The well-liked owner of a fledgling Ditmas Park café went missing on Monday under intense financial pressure and mental anguish. Comments (42).

Yes, that is our editor on the front page

Page 1: Sure, our boss is a big deal in Park Slope. And, yes, the Civic Council asked him to lead the annual Halloween Parade for the third straight year. And, granted, he turned the year’s biggest news story — the bike lane! — into a one-of-a-kind talker of a costume. But does that means he deserves to be on the front page of The Brooklyn Paper’s award-nominated print edition?! Actually, YES, IT DOES! Face it, it was a master stroke from a man who knows a thing or two about master strokes. So why not click the headline above and see for yourself? Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Comment.

Occupy Brooklyn — two views

Perspective: Occupy Wall Street has finally made it to Brooklyn. But what’s it all about? We asked one Republican and one definitely not Republican to explain.

Brooklyn Bridge bark! New dog spa opens at Pier 6 condo

Brooklyn Heights: There’s a new club in town where only dogs are allowed. Comments (1).

2,3 tango continues

Weekend Watch: This weekend’s transit won’t be so bad (man, that will be weird!). Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

Sold! Cha Cha’s sells contents at auction before closing on Nov. 1

Cha Cha’s, the legendary Boardwalk bar known for its live music and honky-tonk feel, sold it’s heart and soul to the highest bidder on Tuesday during a seaside auction that put old boxes of cigars, cash registers, and classic neon beer signs on the block. Comments (2).

Momstrocity pays! PS 29’s PTA embezzler avoids jail with first restitution check

Cobble Hill: A last-minute deal — and a big check — keeps Providence Hogan out of jail (for now). Comments (17).

Bike-lash! City bails on plan for another two-way lane after PPW protests

Mean Streets: The city abandoned plans for a two-way bike path on Plaza Street West in the wake of a lawsuit over the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane — and seething cyclists say that transportation honchos were simply scared of another fight. Comments (25).

Fungal fever! Ridge trees are being attacked by mushrooms

Bay Ridge: A mysterious mushroom is feasting on Bay Ridge trees, an arborcidal mycomaniac that appears to be hell bent on murder. Comments (3).

Art project at Shake Shack site lets you consider life before death

Art: Help the homeless, build a school or maybe you just want to have sex with Beyonce. Comments (2).

Get ‘Farked’ up at this nerd news party

Awesome: Fans of Fark.com — our favorite weird news aggregator — are getting together for a completely normal party on Friday. Comment.

Badger-rific! New bar offers refuge for Wisconsin ex-pats

Nightlife: Ex-pat Midwesterners have a home-away-from-home in Burnside, a new Williamsburg bar specializing in food, beers, and cocktails of the fly-over states. Comments (27).

BAM-boozle! Brooklyn Brewery releases a craft beer for Academy of Music

Event: Brooklyn’s about to get BAMboozled — and by BAMboozled, we mean boozed up at BAM. Comments (1).

Christopher Mega, prolific Bay Ridge politician, 80

Bay Ridge: Christopher Mega, a former Republican state senator and assemblymen whose prolific career, work ethic and omnipresence at community events transformed the way Bay Ridge politicians did business, died on Sunday after a long illness. He was 80. Comments (4).

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

Spooky fun at the Park Slope parade

Park Slope: Here’s our slideshow from the annual Halloween Parade — featuring our editor as a bike lane! Comments (4).

Do you know this jerk? Cops seek hit-run-and-drag driver

Downtown: Cops are looking for a cold-hearted driver who struck a man on the Brooklyn Bridge and dragged him along the road earlier this summer. Comments (4).

And baby makes art! Kotak delivers a profound piece — and a son

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: A rave from The Butcher for Marni Kotak’s live birth in a Bushwick studio. Comments (6).

Go ‘West,’ young cyclist! City plans major bike lane on Greenpoint’s waterfront

Mean Streets: The city plans to turn West Street, a pockmarked 12-block truck route on the Greenpoint waterfront, into a one-way northbound street while adding a bike lane and removing half the parking spaces. Comments (52).

Sister act! Bay Ridge and tiny Norway town are now bonded forever

Bay Ridge: Say hello to our pals in Farsund — and they love us. Comments (7).

Park Slope honors a favorite son

Park Slope: The neighborhood’s fallen soldier, Julian Brennan, is remembered at a street-naming ceremony on Prospect Park West. Comments (3).

Wax works! At one bar, it’s BYOV

Ditmas Park: At Sycamore, the “v” stands for vinyl. Comment.

Great Midwestern grub — plus a full fortnight of food news

Foodie-in-Chief: How’s this for gut-busting gossip? You can belly up to the bar in Williamsburg, have your fill of fried chicken in Carroll Gardens, or get good and cheesy in Park Slope — just don’t look to pad your tummy with Prospect Heights’ dumplings or Red Hook banh mi. Comments (1).

Eat it! Potluck party to celebrate ‘Edible Brooklyn’ cookbook launch

Books: This is an event not to be missed (burp). Comments (1).

Greeks bearing gifts! All month, it’s ‘pay what you wish’ at W’burg eatery

Williamsburg: Homer was wrong — don’t be afraid of Greek presents. At Santorini Grill, you can eat what you want — and pay what you want. It all starts on Friday. Comment.

Crime is crazy bad in Fort Greene

Fort Greene: Lots more iPhone thefts. And more crime at Atlantic Terminal Mall. Just lots of crime from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct (you know, the usual). Comments (55).

The column of magic and loss

The Dad: Our columnist thinks about how his daughters will remember him (at least they can!). Comments (2).

Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

DUMBO designers: Watch out for the triple bandits!

DUMBO: A trio of brazen thieves stole tech toys from a DUMBO office building last week, prompting the victims — who say the landlord is trying to keep the crimes quiet — to make their own “Wanted” fliers. Comments (6).

The Marathon in Brooklyn — 12 miles of beers

Event: Here’s our running guide to not running in next Sunday’s big (make that long) race. Comments (6).

Vito led ‘Occupy Wall Street’ solidarity march — even though he’s a 1 percenter!

The firebrand Brooklyn Assemblyman who led last week’s solidarity march to Occupy Wall Street is actually not one of the “99 percent.” Comments (18).

Bitters is better! New book explores the cocktail’s forgotten friend

Books: Don’t be bitter — but buy some bitters! And enjoy our two recipes! Comments (1).

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

When Carmine takes on the world, we all win

Sunday Screech: In this Sunday Screech, Carmine looks beyond his own backyard— and has the answers America has been waiting for! Comments (2).

Tomorrow — Fort Greene gets a Red Apple

Fort Greene: And roughly 70 locals get jobs. Comments (17).

Walden is a winner on Lorimer Street

Dining: Simple food, done well. Comments (2).

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

State approves Greenpoint boathouse

Greenpoint: Sure, the city said kayakers will get sick from the fetid Newtown Creek, but the state offers $3M to make the boathouse happen. Comments (24).

BPL’s ‘Masquerade Bowl’ was spectacular

Williamsburg: A-listers to D-listers, they were all there at the Brooklyn Public Library’s benefit Halloween masked ball at Brooklyn Bowll, where merrymakers were no crankers when it came to having phant-tastic fun! Comment.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011

Price hike! Brooklyn Museum raises its ‘suggested’ donation

Prospect Heights: The cash-strapped Brooklyn Museum has increased its “suggested” admission fee to $12, a 20-percent jump caused by the poor economy, Museum officials said last Thursday night. Comments (7).

It’s a burlesque exxxplosion as Wasabassco celebrates seven years!

Event: The biggest blow out in the history of blowouts. Comments (3).

Cobble Hill parents vow to fight Moskowitz’s charter school

The city wants to give one third of a formerly struggling Cobble Hill high school to a high-performing charter school — but parents are already fighting the co-location plan. Comments (19).

New life for long-shuttered Long Island Restaurant?

Cobble Hill: The family that’s owned the bar and grill for decades says it is about to hand over the reins. Comments (2).

Red hot and green! This eco-conscious lingerie is sexy and virtuous at the same time

Say it loud: Two Bushwick designers have created a full line of environmentally sound unmentionables. Comments (1).

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

Flying Chinese! Acrobats soar at Brooklyn Center

Get ready for the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic this Saturday. Comment.

School daze! NYU proposes research lab at MTA’s derelict building

Downtown: The MTA’s gritty building at 370 Jay St. could be transformed into a glassy research center under New York University’s latest expansion plans for Downtown Brooklyn. Comments (2).

Yes, that was Oprah on Remsen Street

Brooklyn Heights: That must be one heck of a bathtub! Comments (4).

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

Mom’s crusade: Family of dead Bushwick cyclist blast city for lax enforcement

Mean Streets: The parents of deceased cyclist Matthew Lefevre blasted the NYPD for stonewalling the family about the hit-and-run accident that killed their son in Williamsburg last week. Comments (3).

Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

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.

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.

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