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Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

Wheel good news! Unicyclist beats the rap in sidewalk-riding caper

Mean Streets: Call him “Free Wheel-y!” Comments (11).

Geoffrey Rush is just insane — freakin’ insane! — in Gogol’s ‘Madman’ at BAM

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Geoffrey Rush should win an Oscar for “Diary of a Madman” at BAM. Comments (2).

Martin Luther King Jr’s 2011 dream

We asked Councilwoman Letitia James for the best essays from her black history month contest — and here they are!

¿Fiesta fantástico? Head to Flatbush for Mexican victuals

Shopping: Forget the generic versions of peppers and tortilla you’ll find in your local C-Town; for Brooklyn cooks, Flatbush is the gateway to Mexico. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011

Jonathan Lethem has a beef with Brooklyn (you got a problem wit dat?)

Books: Uh, yeah, we do. And so do plenty of literary types. Comments (8).

Here they are — your Sarah Jessica Parker pictures

Mean Streets: The Hollywood starlet lenses a scene in Brooklyn Heights — and you are there. Comments (1).

Bedfellows! Rival pols Levin, Restler battle — together and apart — to move MTA bus depot

Greenpoint: Two young political rivals are working separately to move the MTA from a waterfront lot in Greenpoint that has been slated to become a park since 2005. Comments (5).

‘Tiny’ crowd! Vaudeville show at Sycamore is canceled!

Nightlife: We just got a call from the folks who run this show, telling us that it is canceled for lack of performers. Comments (1).

Think you know sex? The Victorians were even better at it

Books: Lust, pornography, homosexuality and even sex position manuals were all popular in the old days. Comments (1).

Home on the range! Brooklyn Museum reaches new heights with tipi exhibition

Art: This exhibit puts the art in artifacts. Comment.

Songwriters Exchange is on the road again

Music: Now the five-year-old series is at Pete’s Candy Store. Comment.

You’ll say yes to Nyonya, a palace of Malaysian cuisine

Melting Pot: The complex flavors and textures of Malaysian cuisine are relatively unknown, even in Brooklyn’s expansive culinary universe. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

Report: Boardwalk businesses saved!

Coney Island: Seven of the eight evicted Coney Island businesses may return to the Boardwalk for one more summer — but Shoot the Freak could be shut out of the deal. Comments (4).

Remembering the Derry 13 — for the last time

Bay Ridge: Irish-American Brooklynites held their annual remembrance of the 1972 massacre known around the world as Bloody Sunday — but this one will be the last such march because the British government has finally owned up to the slaughter. Comments (4).

Downtown worker beaten for no reason by teen wolf pack

Boerum Hill: A teen wolf pack that may be the same thugs who have terrorized Boerum Hill with violence and mayhem is wanted for the beating of a 49-year-old man who was on his way to the Long Island Rail Road terminal. Comments (17).

Humboldt horror house! Man turns Midwestern gal into ‘sex slave’

Williamsburg: A Williamsburg man lured a 27-year-old Wisconsin woman to New York through an online ad and repeatedly raped her during a nine-day imprisonment as his “sex slave,” cops said. Comments (17).

They could feel it coming in the air that night

Greenpoint: Just when you thought it was going all right — 300 people marched in the streets to honor treacly singer Phil Collins. Comments (7).

Feds: We were right about the Tobacco Warehouse

Bridge ‘Park’: Federal parks officials say they did nothing wrong when they allowed the state to redraw the map of the Brooklyn waterfront to allow a historic building in a park to be redeveloped into a theater. Comments (1).

Building the perfect coffee snob

Dining: You don’t have to spend a lot of money at a coffeehouse, but you do need to spend a lot of money if you’re going to be a connoisseur. Comments (3).

Schools out? City and developer want to build on the same Kensington plot

Kensington: They didn’t do their homework. Comments (2).

Bum love! Three Dodger docs to screen at Historical Society

Cinema: They skipped town over 50 years ago, but the Brooklyn Dodgers live on — at least in a new film series. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

Just when you thought it was going all right — a Phil Collins parade!

Greenpoint: You can feel it coming in the air — tonight in Greenpoint. Comments (32).

Meet the flockers! Two doomed geese show up from Canada

Meadows of Shame: Meet Prospect Park’s celebrity couple du jour — two geese with tags on their legs and targets on their heads. Comments (45).

Here it comes — the inevitable Prospect Park West bike lane lawsuit!

Mean Streets: The politically connected group that opposes the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane is poised to sue the city — at the risk of a marital rift between cycling advocate Sen. Charles Schumer and his lane-hating wife. Comments (36).

It’s a Gimme! Coffee joint to expand

Dining: Gimme Coffee is ready to give us more! Comments (5).

Dead cat in Prospect Park! Warning: Explicit photo of said cat

Meadows of Shame: Curiosity didn’t kill this cat — but did the Butcher of Prospect Park? Comments (7).

What happened to the ‘Gay Boy’? A grocer scrubs his controversial sandwiches

Bushwick: So much for ordering a Gay Boy with extra cheese. Comments (1).

Better than Viagra! Sale of Pfizer plant gives rise to job hopes

Bushwick: For Brooklyn’s unemployed factory workers — this pill is easy to swallow. Comments (1).

What is the secret to happiness?

Fearless Parenting: Our parenting columnist thinks she knows (a little wine, a little action, a little letting the house get dirty...). You get the idea. Comments (5).

Label them finalists! Six wine bottle artists make the cut

Art: Brooklyn Oenology is about to let you pick the Next Great Wine Label Artist. Comments (1).

Get a load of Scott Brindl’s sausage

Shopping: The man behind Brooklyn Cured shares a few secrets. Comments (2).

Teens slam senior with ice balls

Fort Greene: A wild pack of teens belted an old lady with snowballs. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (3).

Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

Bike lanes — the third rail of New York City politics

Mean Streets: A hastily scrubbed meeting over a new set of cycle paths in Park Slope prompts denials from supporters and gloating from bike opponents that they are starting to have an impact. Comments (22).

City’s ‘stoop’-id Greenpoint plan is shelved

Greenpoint: Residents of a Greenpoint block will get to keep their fences and front stoops after city officials backed off a controversial sidewalk-widening project. Comments (2).

Bus-aster! Seventh Ave’s two lines behaving like one

Mean Streets: Park Slope commuters are furious that the two bus lines serving Seventh Avenue continue to bunch up — rendering useless the staggered schedule that is supposed to be enhancing local service. Comments (4).

Hold the shovels! Ratner backtracks on residential construction schedule

Construction Update: Developers of the Atlantic Yards project were caught red-faced last week when one of the development company’s officials said that construction of the project’s first residential building would begin this year — but then had to admit that no financing has been lined up. Comments (7).

Winging it! Life Cafe wins boro-wide chicken contest

Dining: The wing is dead, long live the wing! Comment.

Night moves! Dreamer wants to open an Asian-style market in Greenpoint

Shopping: Call it Singapore on the East River. Comments (1).

It’ll be 10 gallons of fun at the Texas State Fair at the Bell House

Event: Calling all Lone Star staters! The Bell House has a rip-roaring party for you. Comment.

The ‘Beat’ goes on as Bushwick opens galleries and studios this Friday

Art: Catch some of the neighborhood’s most exciting emerging artists when Bushwick’s elusive art spaces open simultaneously for Bushwick Beat Nite on Feb. 18. Comment.

Duke, Benny and Cole come to life at Brooklyn Center

Music: Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman are being brought back to life for one night only next week. Comments (1).

Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011

Life support! Cuomo releases funds for Long Island College Hospital merger

Cobble Hill: Long Island College Hospital is off the critical list. Comments (3).

The Brooklyn Paper enshrined in history!

Podcast: No one covers Brooklyn like The Brooklyn Paper — so when the city announced that it was planting a time capsule in Greenpoint, our print edition was naturally included. And as you can see in this exclusive video, we really have an honored place in history (the operative word being “place,” not “history”). With video … Comments (1).

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011

City ‘looking at’ River Cafe in sales tax scheme

DUMBO: City auditors are investigating the River Café this week after officials claimed that the staff at the restaurant’s sister eatery in Manhattan was misreporting revenues to avoid the tax man. Comments (3).

Friday, Feb. 11, 2011

Medic! Long Island College Hospital again facing death

Cobble Hill: Long Island College Hospital is a terminal patient — again — after Gov. Cuomo announced more healthcare cuts, including millions in grants that were slated to save the Cobble Hill hospital. Comments (15).

Brooklyn Museum returns some items to Costa Rica

Art: The clay pots go back to Central America, but other items stay here. Comments (2).

Dem bums! Los Angeles Dodgers exploit Brooklyn roots — again!

Borough offers brickbats for latest La la land plan to take advantage of Brooklyn greatness. Comments (11).

Go Fourth! MTA to open a long-shuttered F-train entrance

Park Slope: Park Slopers will no longer have to cross Fourth Avenue to get to the F-train station that bears the name of the scary boulevard. Comments (6).

How should the city lay off teachers?

Perspective: With the economy still in trouble, lawmakers are considering laying off thousands of teachers. But which instructors should get the pink slip — the most-recent hirees or the worst-performing teachers? We asked two players to weigh in. Click below for their op-ed pieces.

Wild weekend on the rails

Weekend Watch: Here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, Feb. 12 at 12:01 am to Monday, Feb. 14 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comment.

It’s all in the ‘Family’ as Akron returns to Williamsburg

Music: A big gig for Akron/Family at the Knitting Factory next Thursday. Comments (1).

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

Oh, ship! Vessel found at the bottom of the Gowanus

Cleaning Our Waterways: The Gowanus Canal is filthy — filthy with a rare archeological trove, that is. Comments (7).

Is Williamsburg back from ‘The Edge’?

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Strong condo sales could be an indication that the economy is bouncing back. Comments (6).

Another big national burger chain bites the borough

Dining: And this Smashburger owner won’t waste his time with Manhattan. Comments (9).

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

City blows off Dyker civic seeking snowpocalyse answers

Dyker Heights: Dyker Heights residents got another snow job at the hands of city officials. Comments (1).

These ladies will eat dog food for a month!

Red Hook: But don’t worry — it’s so good, humans will be howling for a bite. Comments (3).

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

Look, times are tough

Perspective: We do not relish raising fees, but the city finds itself in a severe fiscal crisis and all agencies are required to reduce spending and increase revenues. Comments (3).

Brooklyn’s ultimate sweethearts

Event: Marty and Jamie celebrate love. Comments (2).

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