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Monday, April 30, 2012

Eating and writing

Breaking Chews: The Food Book Fair combines lettuce and letters — two subjects the borough’s food-crazed book lovers can certainly relate to. Comment.

Standoff! Brick-and-mortar merchants occupy food cart sites in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: Several Fifth Avenue businesses set up tables on spots used by food carts — drawing a line in the sidewalk. Comments (83).

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Aspirin bottles give Carmine a headache!

Sunday Screech: In this week’s screech, Carmine has a thing or two to say to the makers of aspirin. Comment.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Kruger gets seven years for bribery

Link: A federal judge sentneced disgraced state Sen. Carl Kruger to seven years in prison, claiming the pol’s scheme to accept close to $1 million in bribes was a “dagger into the heart of good government.” Comment.

Buy land and buy sea? East River ferry operator wants to accept Metrocards

Williamsburg: The operator of a ferry line that connects Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and DUMBO with Manhattan wants to accept MetroCards — a proposal that could streamline payment and lure more landlubbers to commute across the East River, transit advocates say. Comments (5).

Coffee freed: Subway sentry released from jail

Ditmas Park: Ditmas Park’s Coffee the Train Man was released from the Brooklyn House of Detention this week, but straphangers may not hear his booming voice at the Cortelyou Road station for some time. Comment.

New restaurant shows off Hudson Valley cuisine

Dining: A Williamsburg eatery is taking its influences from upstate, not overseas. Comment.

Councilman Gentile has beef with food carts

Bay Ridge: Ridge leaders chew the fat over a halal food cart that was displaced by a pair of mystery benches. Comments (2).

The Tea Lounge isn’t just for tots

Bar Scrawl: Our bartoonist discovers that Park Slope’s coffee mainstay is good for more than just java. Comment.

Adults stage plays written by fifth graders

Theater: Big things have small beginnings, especially for these child playwrights. Comment.

MT-hey! Lots of service changes slated for this weekend

Weekend Watch: Dreamers, drifters, assorted makers and doers of Brooklyn, we humbly advise you to stay off the trains this weekend. Comment.

Sewage games! Manhattan leads Bay Ridge, Coney Island in wastewater contest

Bay Ridge: Five teams of city sewage workers battled each other to repair equipment, test pollution levels in water, and fix leaky pipes during an annual contest at the Owl’s Head wastewater plant. Comment.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Carlo calls it quits: Scissura drops out of Borough President race

Downtown: Borough President Markowitz’s top aide will suspend his campaign to succeed his boss and will instead become president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Comment.

Badbadnotgood promises good time for W’burg concert-goers

Williamsburg: They’re so young they probably wouldn’t get past the bouncer if they weren’t headlining. Comment.

Slippery when lit: Solar panels will grease the rails on Culver Viaduct

Gowanus: The MTA’s newest bright idea calls for harnessing the sun to make riding on the F and G trains a bit smoother for straphangers. Comments (2).

A fully unique specimen

Page 1: Deep in the wilds of Gotham’s web media, scientists believe they have uncovered a totally unique news publication that has been thriving in plain sight. Experts surmise that The Brooklyn Paper (kingdom newmalia, phyllum broadsheetia, class awesome) has evolved over the years so it can survive online and in print — unique traits that have allowed it to grow unhindered. You don’t even need a microscope to examine it! And the most amazing thing about this new scientific discovery? It just keeps hustlin’, Brooklyn. Comment.

Burlesque beauties battle in risque wrestling match

Nightlife: What do a bunch of girly burlesque dancers have in common with “Macho Man” Randy Savage? Four words — Spinning-headlock-elbow-drop. Comment.

Who knew you could learn so much from a fortune cookie

Fearless Parenting: This week, our fearless mom learns that big messages come in small packages. Comment.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lofts lost! Artists evicted from live-work space in W’burg

Williamsburg: A law designed to protect loft-dwellers from eviction won’t save the residents of a Williamsburg building because they signed away their rights before the legislation came into effect, a judge ruled Tuesday. Comments (1).

No ‘Kemistry’ — Slope group votes no on club’s liquor license

Park Slope: A proposed nightclub called Kemistry Lounge features some bad elements, according to a civic group representing Brownstone Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Conservative voters will elect Downtown’s next Congressman, insiders say

Fort Greene: The fate of Downtown neighborhoods from Brooklyn Heights to Clinton Hill may be decided by voters in southern Brooklyn, which tends to lean more to the right than much of the borough. Comment.

Murder is her business: Art shows stuffed animal crime scenes

Art: One of Jeanette May’s photos shows a severed head sitting on a kitchen floor amid scattered utensils, one eye peering up blankly — as stuffed animals tend to do. Comments (1).

It’s food gossip time!

Foodie-in-Chief: The latest and greatest in Brooklyn restaurant news. Comment.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

G’point restaurant hit with summons as War on Brunch escalates

Greenpoint: The Lorimer Street eatery Lokal became the first casualty in the War on Brunch when city inspectors slapped it with a court summons for serving outdoor diners on Sunday morning Comments (1).

Beershakes! Slope burger joint mixes beer and ice cream

Park Slope: A Brooklyn restaurateur is serving up a drink made of beer and ice cream — and that’s a serious scoop! Comment.

Pol art: Warhol-esque posters paper Greenpoint with Vito Lopez’s face

Greenpoint: State Assemblyman Vito Lopez isn’t just the face of Brooklyn’s Democratic party — his face is becoming a Brooklyn street art icon. Comment.

Their eyes are watching her

Theater: A play about famous writer Zora Neale Hurston is a true character study — and not just of the writer herself. Comment.

Monday, April 23, 2012

NYU to fix up much-maligned Downtown office building

Bloomy in the ’Hood: NYU will transform a decrepit eyesore at 370 Jay St. into a cutting-edge science facility that will revitalize the neighborhood and cement Downtown as the nation’s next big college town, borough officials say. Comments (1).

‘Steal this art’ painting stolen from Williamsburg gallery

Williamsburg: Artist Adam Simon hoped to elicit a big response from Williamsburg gallery-hoppers with a painting reading “Steal this art” — but he didn’t want his message to be taken quite so literally. Comment.

Ridge motorists to city: Keep your hands off 4th Ave. driving lanes

Mean Streets: Borough President Markowitz wants to breathe new life into Fourth Avenue from Atlantic Avenue to the Verrazano Bridge, but motorists say the Beep shouldn’t remove any car lanes from the busy thoroughfare. Comments (4).

Urban farmer lets you buy eggs — straight from the source

Crown Heights: Why didn’t the chicken cross Dean Street? Because she was poppin’ out eggs at this Crown Heights hen farm! Comment.

Putnam Triangle foes fight to save hated plaza

Clinton Hill: Critics who once opposed a Clinton Hill pedestrian mall have become the mini-park’s largest supporters — blasting a city plan to hack away a corner of the open space to make room for buses. Comments (1).

Pfizer sells off last properties in Brooklyn

Williamsburg: The pharmaceutical company founded in Brooklyn before the Civil War has sold off its last remaining parcels in Williamsburg. Comment.

Feminist fete at Brooklyn Museum

Art: Feminist icons, artists, and scores of revelers partied at Brooklyn Museum’s annual Brooklyn Artist Ball on Wednesday. Comment.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Brooklyn’s Italian restaurants flooded by fake relatives, owners say

The Greatest Story Ever: Name-dropping customers who want hook-ups at Italian restaurants have a suspiciously and hilariously loose definition of “famiglia,” Brooklyn restaurateurs say. Comment.

Occupiers occupy court to interrupt foreclosure auctions

Brooklyn Is Angry: Police arrested 37 Occupy Wall Street-affiliated protesters who stormed the Kings County Supreme Court on Thursday in an attempt to disrupt foreclosure auctions. Comment.

Bikes and brews — in one bar!

Bar Scrawl: This Fort Greene bar combines two things Brooklynites love: bicycles and drinking. Comment.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Police: Teen shot at other kid

Carroll Gardens: Plus a smattering of other crimes from the 76th Precinct in Carroll Gardens. Comment.

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