The Year of the Dragon is supposed to be a fruitful and auspicious year, according to the Chinese Zodiac — and plenty of brownstone Brooklyn foodies are hoping some of that luck goes toward improving their neighborhoods’ dismal Chinese food offerings. Comments (22).
Music: The famed director will join Greenpoint-based avante garde lute player Jozepf van Wissem at Issue Project Room on Feb. 3 to celebrate the duo’s first album, “Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity.” Comments (1).
Dining: We were already fans of Bravo’s “Top Chef Season 4” and “All-Stars” contestant Dale Talde going in — a fact we tried hard not to convey when interviewing him about Talde, his new Asian-fusion eatery on Seventh Avenue and 11th Street in Park Slope. Comments (1).
Meadows of Shame: A shadowy bird expert poached from the same federal agency that slaughtered hundreds of geese in Prospect Park is scheduled to start a new job with the city next month. Comments (31).
Meadows of Shame: The city axed more than half a dozen tree houses in Prospect Park in an attempt to save a delicate lakeside ecosystem — but then tossed the lumber into the water, creating a whole new environmental no-no, environmentalists allege. Comments (35).
Artists and business owners say the proposed Whole Foods at the corner of Third Avenue and Third Street would disrupt the delicate balance of manufacturing and creative enterprise that makes the neighborhood so special. Comments (46).
Mean Streets: Three new traffic lights will tame Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, slowing motorists and cyclists while protecting pedestrians who are beginning flock to the neighborhood’s burgeoning waterfront, city officials say. Comments (15).
A new Downtown historic district is sailing toward approval despite outcry from residents, businesses and powerful landlords who claim it will hurt commerce and make things more expensive. Comments (3).
Event: NPR’s newest game show combines the airs of geeky troubadour Jonathan Coulton and storytelling of comedian Ophira Eisenberg. Be part of the live tapings at the Bell House through April 23. Comments (2).
Cleaning Our Waterways: The city hopes inflatable dams will keep millions of gallons of raw sewage from pouring into Brooklyn’s waterways, offering a potential remedy to an environmental woe that raises a stink everywhere from the Newtown Creek to the Gowanus Canal. Comments (2).
Mean Streets: The parents of a cyclist killed by a trucker driver in Williamsburg say newly obtained survaillenace videos and police documents prove the man behind the wheel should be held responsible. Comments (14).
Thieves snatched a fancy espresso maker from the General Greene last week under the cover of darkness, but the owner of the high-end Fort Greene eatery hunted it down himself the next day. Comments (5).
Brooklyn Heights: Preservationists are rallying to save the Brooklyn Heights Cinema from the wrecking ball, claiming the squat Henry Street building contributes to the neighborhood no matter its use. Comments (13).
Carroll Gardens: The number of rapes reported to police in Williamsburg and Greenpoint skyrocketed last year — and North Brooklyn residents fear recent attacks against women are a sign the terrifying trend is continuing into 2012. Comments (24).