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Saturday, June 7, 2008

It’s official: Downtown gets ‘Real’

Downtown: We broke the news two weeks ago, but MTV has confirmed it: The network’s “Real World” reality show is coming to the Bell Tel Lofts building on Willoughby Street in Downtown. Comment

Ridge synagogue for sale

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge synagogue with a shrinking congregation decided on Wednesday to tear down its sanctuary and sell a portion of its Fourth Avenue property to a developer. Comments (2)

Ratner’s false choice

Editorial: Why the pro–Atlantic Yards rally on Thursday at Borough Hall was a sham. Comments (19)

New day dawning over the Gowanus

Gowanus: The foul Gowanus Canal zone would be reborn as a mixed-use neighborhood of housing, commerce, light industry and — here’s the kicker — green open space under the city’s long-awaited rezoning plan unveiled last week. Comments (1)

DeBlasio: No room for the inn

Gowanus: A local lawmaker wants the city to ban hotels near the northern end of the Gowanus Canal in what has become the surprisingly hot “Gowanus Canal Hotel District.” Comment

If you can’t beat ’em, quit ’em

Coney Island: The most outspoken critic of the city’s plan to transform Coney Island from a seasonal, independent amusement area into a corporate-run, year-round pleasure zone has resigned in protest from the city agency guiding the redevelopment process. Comment

City: We don’t need a middle school in DUMBO — now

DUMBO: A DUMBO developer’s plan to build a controversial 18-story apartment tower with the carrot of a new middle school was handed a setback last Wednesday when a top schools official said that the neighborhood actually doesn’t need a school right now. Comments (1)

4th Avenue left waiting at the station

Park Slope: The MTA giveth and the MTA taketh away. This time, the almighty transportation agency has abandoned its ambitious plans to renovate the shabby Fourth Avenue station in Park Slope into a glittering, light-filled, Euro-styled stunner, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (3)

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. Comment

Coney Island strip mall?

Bensonhurst: The man who brought the city’s only drive-through Starbucks to Cropsey Avenue is bringing more retail to the dreary Gateway to Coney Island — and he says it might kick-start the drag’s transition into a shopping destination. Comments (3)