Coney Island: The Italian landlord of Coney Island’s Boardwalk has seen the light, and will let Brooklyn-born businesses like Ruby’s, Paul’s Daughter, and Tom’s Diner take part in the re-birth of the People’s Playground. Comments (5).
Clinton Hill: The Brooklyn artist collective, Rubulad, is leaving its Flushing Avenue warehouse after six years of throwing late-night reveries — pushed out by their ultra-religious Hasidic neighbors. Comments (31).
The head of Park Slope’s main merchants group has abruptly resigned — and abandoned his job at a popular gym — leaving behind a fog of speculation and a temporary leadership crisis amongst neighborhood businessfolk. Comments (7).
Brooklyn Paper veteran reporter Aaron Short received his award from the Manhattan watchdog group New York Civic last Friday, a tribute to his dogged pursuit of shenanigans inside Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s office and its charity spin-off. Comments (4).
Bridge ‘Park’: The cost of a proposed footbridge from Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 — a key amenity for residents seeking quick access to the world-class park — jumped 26 percent after park officials upgraded the design then failed to find a contractor who could meet the original budget. Comments (12).
Art: Con Edison has decided not to pull the plug on a holiday art show featuring “pagan”-themed pieces by a Park Slope artist, changing its corporate mind after a BrooklynPaper.com article highlighted the censorship. Comments (9).
Dining: Panera Bread isn’t the only chain eatery moving into the decrepit former city office on Adams and Willoughby streets. A chichi barbecue and beer joint and touristy dessert emporium are slated to open next fall. Comments (5).
Mean Streets: The Williamsburg cyclist killed by a truck driver last month was not cruising in the driver’s blind spot, but was actually rear-ended by the trucker, a just-released bombshell accident report reveals. Comments (18).
Dining: Can Sadie’s Kitchen — a Southern prepared foods shop-slash-gourmet mac and cheese parlor with a 1930s diner-meets-country kitchen interior (oh, another one of those!) — beat the curse of 243 Degraw St.? Comments (9).
Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Bridge Park has released the names of the city officials who will ultimately decide which hotel and luxury condo complex is built on Pier 1 — succumbing to pressure after locals slammed park officials for a lack of transparency. Comments (5).
Carroll Gardens: A diner has a smoke outside a fancy restaurant — but that’s not how these local teens “roll.” Plus all the crime from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (7).
Ditmas Park: The case of the vanished Ditmas Park cafe owner has been transferred to the NYPD’s “Missing Persons” division, a sign that cops no longer believe that the disappearance is a criminal matter, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (1).
Bay Ridge: An armed goon robbed a delivery driver who was dropping off pies and cakes at a Fifth Avenue deli in a brazen daylight heist, then left the driver tied up in the back of his truck, according to witnesses and the victim. Comments (4).
Fort Greene: The City Council unanimously approved the redevelopment of Admirals Row on Tuesday — giving the Brooklyn Navy Yard a clean slate to build a major supermarket after years of battling preservationists, a tug-of-war with the feds over ownership of the historic site, and losing its original developer to a bribery scandal. Comments (12).