Saturday, July 19, 2008

Williamsburg

Star-studded events at Brooklyn concert series

Music lovers wait all year long for summer to bring some of the most acclaimed recording artists on today’s music scene to a Brooklyn stage – and this year is no exception. Comment.
Williamsburg

Snoop to turn KeySpan into the ‘dogg pound’

Coney Island is for the doggs. Comment.
Williamsburg

Right in your backyard: Music to make the summer swing

Fireworks. Capture the flag. Dance parties. Comment.
Williamsburg

Music at the Bridge ‘spans’ the musical spectrum

Though Brooklyn’s concert venues have been struggling in recent years, a new program by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is music to their ears. Comment.
Williamsburg

Starving for space - Artists, musicians call attention to lack of studios in BK

Lily Maase, a jazz guitarist from New Mexico, has had difficulty finding rehearsal space in Brooklyn. For two years she moved around several spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus before settling into a loft in Bushwick. Her various ensembles make use of rooftop spaces in Brooklyn as well when performing. Comment.
Williamsburg

School programs saved in BK

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment.
Williamsburg

Protecting against foreclosure - State Legislature, governor reach agreement on mortgage legislation

After several months of negotiations, the State Legislature and Governor David Paterson reached a compromise over legislation that would protect borrowers from subprime legislation and further regulate an industry that has come under fire from Brooklyn housing organizations. Comment.
Williamsburg

Plan kicked to the curb - City postpones repairs for several North Brooklyn streets

The streets of Williamsburg and Greenpoint are riddled with potholes, concrete divots and uneven roadways, but the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) won’t do any street repairs in the district until June 2010. Comment.
Williamsburg

Penny-pinching in Brooklyn - As food prices rise and food-stamp allocations run out, local pantries feel the crunch

Danny Wendling, a volunteer at the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry, 138 Milton Street, has seen an increase since the beginning of the year in the number of people who use the pantry. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ken Baer fights the green fight - Environmentalist dedicates himself to race for Brooklyn’s 33rd Council District

When the mosh pit known as the race for downtown Brooklyn’s 33rd Council District is over, Ken Baer will always be remembered as the “green candidate.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Home-grown talent at El Puente

El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, the South Williamsburg high school affiliated with the renowned community-based social justice organization, went out with a bang this school year with its 12th annual Integrated Arts Project showcase in the form of Almost Grown: Rites and Resistance, a home-grown theatrical production. Comment.
Williamsburg

Green Point comes ‘home’ - Australian wine maker to sponsor local film festival

Green Point Wines may be located in Green Point, Australia, but that does not mean that the winemakers from Down Under are not interested in expanding their market to Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Comment.
Williamsburg

Get outdoors with urban workouts - Williamsburg resident John Famulary launches citywide fitness network

Most New Yorkers wouldn’t dispute Williamsburg resident John Famulary’s contention that “New Yorkers lead a very indoor kind of existence.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Get on the bike - 21 miles of lanes planned

The Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to work on an ambitious network of bicycle lanes in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, neighborhoods with the highest concentration of cyclists in New York City. Comment.
Williamsburg

Gear up for the Giglio - Annual Italian festival coming to Williamsburg’s streets

Joe DeStefano has been making zeppoles and calzones at the Giglio Feast in Williamsburg for more than 50 years with a technique passed down through generations. Comment.
Williamsburg

New pork feeds BK Bridge Park

While many community-based organizations received less or no funding in the recently passed $59.1 billion 2009 fiscal year city budget, Brooklyn lawmakers were still able to bring some serious pork home to the borough. Comment.
Williamsburg

Downtown Brooklyn beats the trends

It seems that cops in downtown Brooklyn are bucking a criminal sea change that’s flooding the city. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cool fun underground - Bob Diamond’s tunnel tour to feature live performance

Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment.
Williamsburg

Coney scaled down - City reduces amusement district from 16 to 9 acres

While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment.
Williamsburg

BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE - Fresh bagels at any time of the day

Hungry bar-crawlers looking to grab a late-night snack before hopping on the L train can now avail themselves of Bagelsmith, the bagel shop on Bedford Avenue between North 6th and 7th Streets that recently became open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Comment.
Williamsburg

BURG ‘n’ POINT - One on one with Robert Lanham - FREEwilliamsburg.com founder dishes on his handbook; just don’t call him a hipster

Maybe you’ve heard of him. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you visit his website everyday looking for alternative ways to spend your evening other than melting into your sofa. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you carry his book, The Hipster Handbook, around with you everywhere you go, double-checking your lingo so that you remain tight with the cool kats. Or maybe you hate everything he and his hipsterly heroes stand for. Comment.
Williamsburg

Best in nursing - Calvary Hospital staff receives honors

Members of the Calvary Hospital medical and nursing team were on hand at the “2008 Nursing Spectrum Nurse Excellence Awards” ceremony to cheer on their colleague, Luz Hernandez, MS, APRN, BC, NP. Hernandez was one of six NY/NJ Region finalists in the category of “Advancing and Leading the Profession.” Comment.
Williamsburg

A lesson from Martha - Magazine editors lend helping hand to BK students

For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment.
Williamsburg

No love for Myers’ latest

“The Love Guru” is an inane, humorless comedy sure to leave audiences unrequited. Comment.
Williamsburg

Movies with a View

Come to the park for Movies With a View 2008, featuring great films, plus Brooklyn Radio setting the scene each night with pre-movie mood music from some of New York City’s best DJs. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cuddly Wall-E will rock your world

WALL-E,” the story of a plucky little sanitation droid with a heart of gold polymer, manages to make us laugh, cheer out loud, and encourages us to think about our environment and the perils of rampant commercialism -- without being too preachy, mind you – in a lightning-fast, fun-filled 103 minutes. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Suspicious Package’ at The Brick Theater

he Brick Theater, Inc. extends the iPod noir, “Suspicious Package,” with performances now on sale through July 27. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Slavic Soul’ and more

ingsborough Community College continues its free sizzling concerts in July. The free performances, held rain or shine, take place at the bandshell on the KCC campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. The college provides 1,000 seats; patrons are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets (In case of rain, the performances are moved to the 700-seat performing arts center). Comment.
Williamsburg

The Cake Man cometh with extra sweet confections

ne of the city’s foremost cake kings is showing that his sweet side doesn’t just pertain to his confectionary creations. Comment.
Williamsburg

Strongman draws strength from ‘Camp Sunshine’ kids

teve Extance can pull a truck with his teeth, but he won’t be the strongest person at an upcoming fundraiser in Coney Island. Comment.
Williamsburg

Here’s the scoop on the Ice Cream Girl’s latest contest

Kings Highway ice cream truck driver is serving up more than just sweet treats this week by hosting an indulgent fundraiser for a sick Brooklyn teen. Comment.
Williamsburg

Genesis Dance

ong Island University’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, located at the University’s Brooklyn campus, invites you to experience Genesis Dance Company, July 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Free park shuttle

isitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park can ride a free shuttle bus again this summer. The service transports passengers from major subway stations to the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s “Summer ’08 @ Pier One,” providing public access to the pier and spectacular views of the New York Harbor and the New York City Waterfalls by Olafur Eliasson. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Fahrenheit 451’ burns hot at Prospect Park Bandshell

decidedly music-heavy series, Celebrate Brooklyn has boasted such talent as Isaac Hayes, Feist and Spoon. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wild Arts Weekend at the Prospect Park Zoo

alling all art and animal fans. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ghost story

he Brick Theater, Inc. presents a Bone Orchard production of “The Stubborn Illusion of Time,” a multi-media ghost story about living. Comment.
Borough-wide

The Cyclones - Going to work at the plate

John Servidio, a 22-year-old outfielder for the Brooklyn Cyclones, wakes up every morning around 10:30. Comment.
Borough-wide

Runners pound the b’walk - Cosme 5K Charity Run brings athletes to the shore

Jonevan Hornsby took a short trip from his residence in Prospect Heights to Coney Island and made his debut in the Cosme’s 5K Boardwalk Charity Run a successful one. Comment.
Borough-wide

Player of the Week - Flashes of brilliance

After the first two weeks of the season, the Brooklyn Cyclones have shown flashes of brilliance. Offensively the team has a very strong lineup, and in the field the players have been nearly flawless. Pitching wise the staff has yet to be consistent, but Cyclones pitching coach Hector Berrios feels that he has a strong staff. Comment.
Borough-wide

Aces on the tennis court - KCC men’s team secures 4th place in national contest

Kingsborough Community College’s men’s tennis team placed fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III Men’s Tennis Championships with a score of 21 team points. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Tunnel’ trailer hits YouTube channels - Documentary on Brooklyn’s ‘lost’ railroad chugs onward

Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Butcher’ gets jail time

Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Time out for seniors - Millman fair provides support and resources

Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Senator Martin Connor held their annual Senior Fair hosted by St. Francis College. The fair was a resounding success — bringing together nearly 400 local seniors with representatives from 40 federal, state and local government agencies and organizations that serve senior citizens. Free refreshments and giveaways ensured that no one left the fair empty-handed. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Suspended parking rules return

In Park Slope, independence from parking “tyranny” will end a week after the July 4th weekend, officials announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

SJC ‘love’ conference

St. Joseph’s College will host the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s (CSSJ) UN-NGO Ministry’s annual Youth Conference, entitled, “Love Thy God and Neighbor Without Distinction” at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sinning at the cinema

I went to the Alpine to see “Forbidden Kingdom” with Jackie Chan and Jet Li recently and while it was an entertaining film, it was marred in part by the behavior of seven or so youths sitting in the right of the room. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sidewalk Sales Day

The Fulton Mall Improvement Association will be hosting the Fulton Street Mall’s fourth annual Sidewalk SalesDay — called “the largest shopping event in the borough” — featuring outdoor shopping and entertainment, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., along Fulton Street Mall between Adams Street and Flatbush Avenue Extension. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Search for the perfect chord - and space - Musicians lament dearth of available space to create songs in Brooklyn

Lily Maase, a jazz guitarist from New Mexico, has had difficulty finding rehearsal space in Brooklyn. For two years she moved around several spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus before settling into a loft in Bushwick. Her various ensembles make use of rooftop spaces in Brooklyn as well when performing. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Screen for stroke

Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Schools escape staggering cuts

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Scavenger Hunt - Family event coming to Prospect Park

The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will hold its first annual Family Media Scavenger Hunt in Prospect Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 12. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Old pollution, new planning

Gowanus Green may be the future at Public Place, a massive, city-owned site along the canal, but some locals are still focusing on its polluted past. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

McKinney Living magazine debuts - Talented students join together to produce new publication

For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

LICH hails some of its finest - Annual Employee Service Awards recognize great work

In the presence of dozens of friends, colleagues and families, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) celebrated its annual Employee Service Awards. Special guest of honor was Faith Somme-Burges, RN, BS, CWON, of the Division of Nursing. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Learn to swim now

Parks & Recreation and the City Parks Foundation (CPF), with the support of the American Red Cross, announce the kick-off of this summer’s annual Learn to Swim program. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

In search of some new landmarks

The Brooklyn Preservation Council already is compiling a list of sites in Brooklyn to commemorate and landmark, even as it is in the process of establishing itself as a nonprofit foundation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Heart of a fighter powers father - Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in upcoming games

It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Green powered run - Former Sierra Club chair vies for city council

When the mosh pit known as the race for downtown Brooklyn’s 33rd Council District is over, Ken Baer will always be remembered as the “green candidate.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Going medieval

Re: “US Supreme Court delivers junk justice, ” A Britisher’s View by Shavana Abruzzo, 6-19 issue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Free concerts

The Old First Reformed Church presents “Free Summer Concerts” every Wednesday in July at 8 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

For book lovers

Barnes & Noble Court invites the public to participate in its full calendar of events throughout July. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crime time live - Cops issue latest statistics

It seems that cops in downtown Brooklyn are bucking a criminal sea change that’s flooding the city. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Coney Island scoping meet - City plan under attack

While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Concerts

The Carroll Park Concert Series continues with Lloyd Miller at 4 p.m., July 9 at Carroll Park, President & Smith streets in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Community boards’ sigh of relief

Community boards were spared the unkindest cut last week, when it was announced that their budgets will remain intact—for now. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE - MCS Specialized Private Fitness

Summer has arrived. Are you in shape? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bringing home BK pork - Breakdown of the 2009 fiscal year city budget

While many community-based organizations received less or no funding in the recently passed $59.1 billion 2009 fiscal year city budget, Brooklyn lawmakers were still able to bring some serious pork home to the borough. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK hookers still like streets - Cyber-prostitution surges but not in old-fashioned borough

As many purveyors of the world’s oldest profession partake in a randy renaissance on the Internet, prostitutes in Brooklyn are still digging their spiked heels into the familiarity of the street corner. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bid for new foreclosure buffer - Effort would help shield Brooklyn homeowners in trouble

After several months of negotiations, the State Legislature and Governor David Paterson reached a compromise over legislation that would protect borrowers from subprime legislation and further regulate an industry that has come under fire from Brooklyn housing organizations. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

An American in Korea

This July, Debbie Zlotowitz, head of the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, will travel to South Korea as a participant in the Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Uncle June’ shares a song with Brooklyn seniors

Members of the Midwood Senior Center polished up on their vocal chords and put out a welcome mat for Uncle Junior when the Sopranos star stopped by for a sing-song and a chat. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Tiger cubs’ tee off at golf center

Council Members Vincent J. Gentile and Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., along with the City Parks Foundation, sponsored a Community Family Fun Day at the new CityParks Junior Golf Center in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Kings Courier

WOMB conference

Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment.
Kings Courier

Weinberg out - but not really

After years of people complaining to him about the appearance of conflict of interest with Harold Weinberg, New York City Councilmember Mike Nelson has decided not to reappoint the engineer to Community Board 15. Comment.
Kings Courier

United progressive Dems salute special eight

Eight “outstanding” boroughites were hailed for contributing to the “betterment of their communities and fellow man” during an awards tribute, presented by the United Progressive Democratic Club. Comment.
Kings Courier

Touro hails late grad

Touro College’s School of Career and Applied Studies commencement ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music stopped for one tearful moment to honor the memory of Alma Hope Devone, a recent graduate-school degree winner who died May 2. Comment.
Kings Courier

Taking steps against Cystic Fibrosis

Big-hearted boroughites battled a chronic disease by putting their best foot forward for a benefit walk-a-thon in Marine Park – raising $81,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Comment.
Kings Courier

Smashup at Whitney Ave. - Gerritsen Ave. collision leaves area motorcyclist near death

A 29-year-old motorcyclist was left clinging to life Tuesday after a devastating vehicular accident in Gerritsen Beach. Comment.
Kings Courier

Sitt mouthpiece: ‘It’s our land’ - Coney Island debate boils over at latest scoping meeting

While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment.
Kings Courier

Salute to Nursing at its very finest

For the second year in a row, a Sephardic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center nurse received the Nurse of Distinction Award. Comment.
Kings Courier

P.S. 193 students in KeySpan Park spotlight

Students from the Midwood-based P.S. 193 Gil Hodges School (located at 2515 Avenue L) sing the National Anthem prior to a Brooklyn Cyclones game against the team's cross-Verrazano Bridge rival Staten Island Yankees. The 'Clones opened their 2008 season with a 3-1 win over the team. Comment.
Kings Courier

Not in my yard - Some balk at playground plan

In Marine Park, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Comment.
Kings Courier

Note-passing bandits hit 3 banks

When the weekend rolls around, some people pull cash out of their banks with their ATM cards. Comment.
Kings Courier

Murders, robberies on the rise - Local homicide figures mirror grim trend citywide

A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment.
Kings Courier

Maimonides hails dedicated volunteers

Big-hearted boroughites were lauded for their “hard work and selflessness” during a volunteer recognition luncheon presented by Maimonides Medical Center. Comment.
Kings Courier

Latest ‘green stree’ takes root here

Assemblyman Alan Maisel and Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Julius Spiegel officially inaugurated Brooklyn’s newest Green Street along Strickland Avenue in Mill Island. Comment.
Kings Courier

Laptops and printers power local PTAs

Local Parent-Teacher Association presidents can now take their work to the next level, thanks to a high tech donation by Assemblymember Rhoda Jacobs and the Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC). Comment.
Kings Courier

Jail time for ‘Butcher’

Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment.
Kings Courier

Gun-busting cop of the month

Two patrol cops doing a routine car stop got more than they bargained for, and in doing so received “Cop of the Month” certificates at the recent 70th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment.
Kings Courier

Guide to civic meets

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3323. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time; however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Kings Courier

Felony assaults nosedive

With 2008 just about at the halfway point, crime within the 70th Precinct is down slightly — less than three percent — compared to the halfway mark in 2007. Comment.
Kings Courier

Family Scavenger Hunt

The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will hold its first annual Family Media Scavenger Hunt in Prospect Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 12. Comment.
Kings Courier

Family, friends honor late teen’s life

A Mill Island teenager who perished in a jet ski accident two years ago was recalled with tears by family and friends who assembled for a wreath-casting ceremony near the waters that tragically claimed his life. Comment.
Kings Courier

Clergy versus criminals - Leaders of local faiths meet with cops to combat crime

The 70th Precinct practiced some of that good old-time religion last week to get the word out to the community about police matters. Comment.
Kings Courier

Cheers to ‘Venus’ bar

The gods smiled on Venus this week, as Community Board 18 approved a liquor license for the proposed Utica Avenue bar/restaurant. Comment.
Kings Courier

Aviator hosts seniors in Shape guest day & BBQ

Seniors from across Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx converged on Aviator Sports & Recreation for Aviator’s and Seniors in Shape’s first Senior Guest Day and BBQ Blast. Comment.
Kings Courier

A little bit of israel comes to Nostrand Avenue

Children bounced in the “Dead Sea” and visited a “kibbutz” right on Nostrand Avenue when the Kings Bay Y held its annual Israel celebration in honor of the Land of Milk and Honey’s 60th birthday. Comment.
Borough-wide

Whipping out the goods - New wave’s Devo headlines McCarren Park Pool

It was a beautiful world when Devo played McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint last week. Comment.
Greenpoint

Starving for space in Brooklyn - Artists, musicians call attention to borough’s lack of studios and rehearsal spots

Lily Maase, a jazz guitarist from New Mexico, has had difficulty finding rehearsal space in Brooklyn. For two years she moved around several spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus before settling into a loft in Bushwick. Her various ensembles make use of rooftop spaces in Brooklyn as well when performing. Comment.
Greenpoint

Protecting against further foreclosure - State Legislature, governor reach agreement on subprime mortgage legislation

After several months of negotiations, the State Legislature and Governor David Paterson reached a compromise over legislation that would protect borrowers from subprime legislation and further regulate an industry that has come under fire from Brooklyn housing organizations. Comment.
Greenpoint

Prostitute crack down - BK law enforcers turn attention to oldest profession

While many purveyors of the world’s oldest profession celebrate a randy renaissance on the Internet, prostitutes in Brooklyn are still digging their spiked heels into the familiarity of the street corner. Comment.
Greenpoint

Penny pinching in BK - Local pantries feel the crunch as food prices rise

Danny Wendling, a volunteer at the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry, 138 Milton Street, has seen an increase since the beginning of the year in the number of people who use the pantry. Comment.
Greenpoint

Local parks looking for some friends

With parks in North Brooklyn in various stages of development and disrepair, members of the Open Space Alliance are looking for community residents to join groups to support nearby parks that could use a little love. Comment.
Greenpoint

Kicked to the curb - City delays street repairs

The streets of Williamsburg and Greenpoint are riddled with potholes, concrete divots and uneven roadways, but the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) won’t do any street repairs in the district until June 2010. Comment.
Greenpoint

Helping hand from Martha - Editors assist BK students with magazine

For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment.
Greenpoint

Green Point wine comes ‘home’ - Australian wine maker to sponsor local film festival at McCarren Park Pool

Green Point Wines may be located in Green Point, Australia, but that does not mean that the winemakers from Down Under are not interested in expanding their market to Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Comment.
Greenpoint

Foul play for Brooklyn Cyclones - Owner of hometown team owers the city nearly $130,000, sez city comptroller

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment.
Greenpoint

Dial ‘R’ for robbery - Greenpoint cops on the hunt for cell phone snatchers

They’re the bane of cell phone store workers everywhere. Comment.
Greenpoint

Cool fun under Brooklyn’s streets - Beat the summer heat with Bob Diamond’s tunnel tour, featuring a live performance

Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment.
Greenpoint

Concrete jungle workouts - Local launches citywide online fitness network

Most New Yorkers wouldn’t dispute Williamsburg resident John Famulary’s contention that “New Yorkers lead a very indoor kind of existence.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn dad has heart of ‘gold’ - Two-time winner Stephen Feldheim gears up for this year’s Transplant Games

It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK mom top graduate - Sarah Roth valedictorian of Phillips Beth Israel school

At a touching and solemn ceremony, class valedictorian and summa cum laude Sarah Roth, 30, led the largest class to graduate from the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. The Borough Park resident and mother of three young children, completed an intense two-year Associate’s degree program at the top of her class and was the recipient of The Seymour J. Phillips Award for Highest Scholastic Achievement. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘McKinney Living’ makes its debut - Students join together to produce magazine

For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Tunnel tour goes global - Documentary about Atlantic Ave. tube maven released

Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Thor mouthpiece to Coney Island: ‘It’s our land’

While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

44th annual PACC benefit in Ft. Greene

Action-geared residents received a lesson in grassroots administration –plus helped induct a new slate of officers – when the Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) held a benefit in Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

St Joseph College annual youth conference on ‘love’

St. Joseph’s College will host the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s (CSSJ) UN-NGO Ministry’s annual Youth Conference, entitled, “Love Thy God and Neighbor Without Distinction” at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Schools escape staggering cuts - Mayor backs off, reaches agreement with city council members

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Park czar talks - Myer issues BBP timetable

A mixture of optimism and skepticism greeted the new Brooklyn Bridge Park czar last week when she gave her first public report on the progress of the park’s construction. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

On Montague, autos out, shoppers and strollers in

Three blocks of Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights will be open for relaxing strolls and outdoor lounging every Sunday in July. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Old pollution nags new development - Future of Gowanus stands on a past full of contamination

Gowanus Green may be the future at Public Place, a massive, city-owned site along the canal, but some locals are still focusing on its polluted past. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Looking for landmarks - Brooklyn Preservation Council investigates new sites

The Brooklyn Preservation Council already is compiling a list of sites in Brooklyn to commemorate and landmark, even as it is in the process of establishing itself as a nonprofit foundation. Comments (1).
Brooklyn Courier

LICH honors some of its very finest - Annual Employee Service Awards

In the presence of dozens of friends, colleagues and families, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) celebrated its annual Employee Service Awards. Special guest of honor was Faith Somme-Burges, RN, BS, CWON, of the Division of Nursing. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

In search of the perfect melody – and space

Lily Maase, a jazz guitarist from New Mexico, has had difficulty finding rehearsal space in Brooklyn. For two years she moved around several spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus before settling into a loft in Bushwick. Her various ensembles make use of rooftop spaces in Brooklyn as well when performing. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dad has heart of a champion - Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in games

It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cyclones behind in the count - Comptroller says club owes more than $129,000

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

concerts

The Old First Reformed Church presents “Free Summer Concerts” every Wednesday in July at 8 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Budget windfall for PACC

The Pratt Area Community Council appeared to be one of the bigger Fort Greene/Clinton Hill recipients from the recently passed $59.1 billion fiscal year 2009 city budget. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brick-and-mortar hookers - Bklyn DA targets streetwalkers in E. NY, Red Hook, Sunset Pk

While many purveyors of the world’s oldest profession celebrate a randy renaissance on the Internet, prostitutes in Brooklyn are still digging their spiked heels into the familiarity of the street corner. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK homicides and robberies by the numbers

It seems that cops in downtown Brooklyn are bucking a criminal sea change that’s flooding the city. Comment.
Flatbush

Your guide to upcoming civic meets

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 332. Comment.
Flatbush

WOMB conference at New York Marriott

Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment.
Flatbush

70th Precint: By the numbers

With 2008 just about at the halfway point, crime within the 70th Precinct is down slightly – less than three percent — compared to the halfway mark in 2007. Comment.
Flatbush

Summer’s time for ‘block mobilization’

While, for some people, summer means a slowdown, for some advocates in East Flatbush, the season will be an opportunity to build community. Comment.
Flatbush

Safer at home - 67th reports burglary drop

With a 24-percent drop in burglaries over the past year, the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush is in pretty good shape. Comment.
Flatbush

Public School 269 dreams of peace

A peace movement grew in Brooklyn from the mouths of babes when pint-sized pacifists sowed the seeds of harmony and self-reflection during a peace rally at Public School 269. Comment.
Flatbush

P.S. 399 toasts 27 years of excellence

Public School 399 celebrated 27 years of academic excellence and cultural development by hosting their 22nd International Rainbow Festival Celebration. Comment.
Flatbush

Niew Amersfort Civic honors top P.S.119 kids

Public School 119 students Ishara St. Phard and Kensey Seraphin are in a class of their own after being proclaimed “outstanding” young citizens by the Niew Amersfort Community Civic Association. Comment.
Flatbush

More indictments for ex-aides - Reid, Anderson hit with additional ‘slush-gate’ charges

The end of June meant another indictment for two former City Council aides. Comment.
Flatbush

Mayoral control of schools challenged at Brooklyn education forum

Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a beating in Brooklyn last weekend. Comment.
Borough-wide

Man accused of flashing

A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment.
Flatbush

Making music on Church Ave.

The summer solstice kicks off with steel drums and rock and roll outside the Dutch Reform Church, where local bands “Black Love” (left) and “The Streaking Healeys” share the spotlight for Brooklyn’s Make Music New York festival at the house of worship, Flatbush and Church avenues. Comment.
Flatbush

Lifesaving screenings against stroke

Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment.
Flatbush

Keeping a steady helm - Community Board 17 re-elects executive board

With a minimum of fanfare and fuss, members of Community Board 17 re-elected the existing executive board to serve for another year at the group’s helm. Comment.
Flatbush

Gun-busting police officers

Two patrol cops doing a routine car stop got more than they bargained for, and in doing so received “Cop of the Month” certificates at the recent 70th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment.
Flatbush

Flatbush makes music in the streets

Make Music New York! Comment.
Flatbush

Flatbush Avenue BID street festival

The Flatbush Avenue BID (Business Improvement District) Street Fair will be held July 6 from 12-6 p.m. along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. Comment.
Flatbush

Fire ravages Ocean Ave. apts.

Fire Department investigators are trying to determine what sparked a raging two-alarm fire on Ocean Avenue that injured over a dozen people and left an area family homeless. Comment.
Flatbush

Family scavenger hunt

The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will hold its first annual Family Media Scavenger Hunt in Prospect Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 12. Comment.
Flatbush

DOE starves kids of the arts

An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment.
Flatbush

District 22 showcases talented kids

Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment.
Flatbush

Clergy teams up to fight crime

The 70th Precinct practiced some of that good old-time religion last week to get the word out to the community about police matters. Comment.
Flatbush

Celebrating the bridge - Schwerin Library exhibit extol virtues of Brooklyn span

The Ursula C. Schwerin Library exhibit at New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn celebrates the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1883. Comment.
Flatbush

Brooklyn South stats tell grim story

A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment.
Flatbush

Audit: Cyclones owe city

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Wyckoff Street produces a summertime winner

Mom, dad and the kids made merry with their neighbors during a block party along Wyckoff Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Tool & die goes green - Roof to help reduce runoff

A little green is coming to Red Hook. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

They are the TrashMasters - Sanitation Department salutes Patrick F. Daly School

The PS 15-Patrick F. Daly School was named this year’s citywide winner for the Department of Sanitation’s TrashMasters program and has received the Golden Apple Award for its school-based recycling project. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Teens on the move

Just call ‘em leaders among their peers. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

SJC ‘love’ conference - Event runs July 9-12

St. Joseph’s College will host the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s (CSSJ) UN-NGO Ministry’s annual Youth Conference, entitled, “Love Thy God and Neighbor Without Distinction” at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sigh of relief for community boards

Community boards were spared the unkindest cut last week, when it was announced that their budgets will remain intact—for now. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Schools escape terrible cuts - Mayor backs off, reaches deal with city council members

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red hook fence must come down

“A huge victory for Brooklyn.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Parking rules suspended - Gardens to get reprieve from alternate side of the street parking

In Park Slope, independence from parking “tyranny” will end a week after the July 4 weekend, officials an-nounced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

LICH hails great nurses - Grateful hospital hosts Employee Service Awards

In the presence of dozens of friends, colleagues and families, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) celebrated its annual Employee Service Awards. Special guest of honor was Faith Somme-Burges, RN, BS, CWON, of the Division of Nursing. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Homicide by numbers - Cops release latest statistics on BK murders

It seems that cops in downtown Brooklyn are bucking a criminal sea change that’s flooding the city. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Green powered candidate - Former Sierra Club chair vies for 33rd Council District

When the mosh pit known as the race for downtown Brooklyn’s 33rd Councilmanic District is over, Ken Baer will always be remembered as the “green candidate.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Diamond ‘Tunnel’ trailer hits YouTube - Documentary filmmakers go underground for unique Brooklyn story

Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cyclones fall behind in the count - Comptroller William Thompson says club owes more than $129,000

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Courageous heart beats within dad - Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in upcoming games

It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Built on muck - Contaminated Gowanus clouds future development

Gowanus Green may be the future at Public Place, a massive, city-owned site along the canal, but some locals are still focusing on its polluted past. Comment.
Borough-wide

Buffer against foreclosures

After several months of negotiations, the State Legislature and Governor David Paterson reached a compromise over legislation that would protect borrowers from subprime legislation and further regulate an industry that has come under fire from Brooklyn housing organizations. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK hookers offline and on the streets

While many purveyors of the world’s oldest profession celebrate a randy renaissance on the Internet, prostitutes in Brooklyn are still digging their spiked heels into the familiarity of the street corner. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Butcher’ gets jail time; victims’ relatives confront body snatcher

Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment.
Canarsie

WOMB conference at the Marriott

Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment.
Canarsie

Thor mouthpiece: ‘It’s our land’ - Feud over Coney Island’s future boils over at latest scoping meeting

While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment.
Canarsie

Tears at Touro College - Late graduate is remembered fondly

Touro College’s School of Career and Applied Studies commencement ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music stopped for one tearful moment to honor the memory of Alma Hope Devone, a recent graduate-school degree winner who died May 2. Comment.
Canarsie

Seniors make golden years look good

Seniors from across Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx converged on Aviator Sports & Recreation for Aviator’s and Seniors in Shape’s first Senior Guest Day and BBQ Blast. Comment.
Canarsie

Polytechnic, NYU merger gets the green light

The state Board of Regents last week approved the merging of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn and New York University to become Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Comment.
Canarsie

NYCHA struggles with cuts - Agency considers eliminating programs and consolidating ctrs.

Facing a budget deficit of $611 million, the New York City Housing Authority is considering cutting programs and consolidating community centers, while continuing to make payments of $226 million to the city for a number of services the city provides. Comment.
Canarsie

New help for ‘old fogies’ - Authorities step up efforts to protect horshoe crabs

Gateway National Recreation Area is showing some respect to Earth’s elders. Comment.
Canarsie

Murder rate on the rise - Brooklyn south precincts record grim crime stats

A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment.
Canarsie

Mayor backs off on school cuts - Bloomberg, council agree on city budget

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment.
Canarsie

Man in Maxima accused of flashing little girls

A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment.
Canarsie

Lions make a good ‘kase’ for charity

If you’re like most people you have a closet full of knapsacks/backpacks and suitcases you no longer use. “Kases for Kids,” an international Lion’s project will take them off your hands. Comment.
Canarsie

LICH gets the job down in crunch time

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn received an award from Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECS) for its role in energy management during crisis conditions. ECS is a prestigious energy-management organization working with New York State to control its electricity supply and demand. Comment.
Canarsie

Left with Bingo - Director’s exit devastates seniors

Three months after a popular program director was removed from her position at the Remsen Senior Center, those who attend the center are still mourning her departure. Comment.
Canarsie

Hijacker-busting cops shine - 69th Police Precinct salutes stellar five-member team

A gun-toting crew allegedly responsible for raiding a DHL truck was carted off to a jail cell thanks to a team of savvy Canarsie cops. Comment.
Canarsie

Get screened and avoid a stroke

Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment.
Canarsie

Flatbush Avenue BID street fair

The Flatbush Avenue BID (Business Improvement District) Street Fair will be held July 6 from 12-6 p.m. along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. Comment.
Canarsie

Farm bill has far-reaching roots here - Representatives hope for bigger subsides for food stamp program and pantries

Brooklynites are hoping for higher subsidies for food stamps, food pantries and other emergency programs after the House of Representatives passed the comprehensive Farm Bill last week. Comment.
Canarsie

Family Media Scavenger Hunt

The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will hold its first annual Family Media Scavenger Hunt in Prospect Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 12. Comment.
Canarsie

Economic Development Corporation deadbeats - Agency owes $4.5 million in unpaid water bills, according to comptroller

The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment.
Canarsie

DOE deaf to music and art education

An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment.
Canarsie

District 22 showcases talented students

Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment.
Canarsie

Courageous dad has heart of a champion - Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in upcoming games

It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment.
Canarsie

Civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Canarsie

City wants to give more food stamps

The City Council, in partnership with the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Food Bank of New York, will launch a wide-ranging outreach program to identify 211,801 Brooklyn households who are eligible for food stamps but may not be enrolled in the program. Comment.
Canarsie

Celebrating our bridge

The Ursula C. Schwerin Library exhibit at New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn celebrates the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1883. Comment.
Canarsie

BK Cyclones fall behind in the count - Comptroller William Thompson says ball club owes city in excess of $129,000

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment.
Canarsie

A taste of the Caribbean in Brooklyn

Delegations from Guyana, Suriname and Haiti shared the spotlight with a pulsating Trinidadian steel drum band and an information table manned by Air Jamaica during the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Conference at Borough Hall. Comment.
Canarsie

A Fashionable turn for youngsters

Youngsters turned cool catwalk cats as they strutted their stuff – plus shed the spotlight on local designers – during a fashion show, presented by the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Tunnel’ trailer hits YouTube - Documentary on Brooklyn’s ‘lost’ railroad chugs ahead

Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘McKinney Living’ debuts - Students join together to produce new magazine

For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Swim class

Parks & Recreation and the City Parks Foundation (CPF), with the support of the American Red Cross, announce the kick-off of this summer’s annual Learn to Swim program. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

SJC annual ‘love’ conference

St. Joseph’s College will host the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s (CSSJ) UN-NGO Ministry’s annual Youth Conference, entitled, “Love Thy God and Neighbor Without Distinction” at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Schools escape staggering cuts - Mayor backs off on budget, agrees to deal with City Council

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Room to make music

Lily Maase, a jazz guitarist from New Mexico, has had difficulty finding rehearsal space in Brooklyn. For two years she moved around several spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus before settling into a loft in Bushwick. Her various ensembles make use of rooftop spaces in Brooklyn as well when performing. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Park czar talks - Predicts major progress in 4 years

A mixture of optimism and skepticism greeted the new Brooklyn Bridge Park czar last week when she gave her first public report on the progress of the park’s construction. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Montague St. cars nosed out - ‘Summer Space’ every Sunday

Three blocks of Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights will be open for relaxing strolls and outdoor lounging every Sunday in July. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Looking for more landmarks - Brooklyn Preservation Council compiles list of sites

The Brooklyn Preservation Council already is compiling a list of sites in Brooklyn to commemorate and landmark, even as it is in the process of establishing itself as a nonprofit foundation. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lionhearted dad battles on - Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in upcoming games

It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

LICH honors some of its very finest - Employee Service Awards gala

In the presence of dozens of friends, colleagues and families, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) celebrated its annual Employee Service Awards. Special guest of honor was Faith Somme-Burges, RN, BS, CWON, of the Division of Nursing. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

July is hot for bibliophiles

Barnes & Noble Court invites the public to participate in its full calendar of events throughout July. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Helping stem the foreclosure tide

After several months of negotiations, the State Legislature and Governor David Paterson reached a compromise over legislation that would protect borrowers from subprime legislation and further regulate an industry that has come under fire from Brooklyn housing organizations. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Green machine powers candidate - Former Sierra Club chair vies for 33rd Council District

When the mosh pit known as the race for downtown Brooklyn’s 33rd Councilmanic District is over, Ken Baer will always be remembered as the “green candidate.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fulton sale

The Fulton Mall Improvement Association will be hosting the Fulton Street Mall’s fourth annual Sidewalk SalesDay — called “the largest shopping event in the borough” — featuring outdoor shopping and entertainment, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., along Fulton Street Mall between Adams Street and Flatbush Avenue Extension. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

First-class caring all the way

At a touching and solemn ceremony, class valedictorian and summa cum laude Sarah Roth, 30, led the largest class to graduate from the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. The Borough Park resident and mother of three young children, completed an intense two-year Associate’s degree program at the top of her class and was the recipient of The Seymour J. Phillips Award for Highest Scholastic Achievement. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

BK murder by the numbers - Cops release latest statistics on borough homicides

It seems that cops in downtown Brooklyn are bucking a criminal sea change that’s flooding the city. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

BK hookers keep it in the streets

While many purveyors of the world’s oldest profession celebrate a randy renaissance on the Internet, prostitutes in Brooklyn are still digging their spiked heels into the familiarity of the street corner. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Behind in the count - Comptroller says Cyclones owe over $129,000

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment.
Bay News

‘Tiger cubs’ line up and tee off at Junior golf center

Mom, dad and the kids headed to the links at the new Junior Golf Center in Dyker Heights, where a community fun day helped the nation’s first free children’s golfing facility tee-off to a dynamic start. Comment.
Bay News

Visitation Academy takes close look at its carbon footprint

Visitation Academy Middle School students delivered the lowdown on “Ecology and the Environment” when the school held its Annual Math/Science/Technology project for grades five to eight. Comment.
Bay News

Thanks for the attention

Thank you so much for giving the prominent space and coverage to the Salem Fields visit by the Kings County Council, Jewish War Veterans, in honor of Memorial Day. Comment.
Bay News

Stepping up for Ferraro Awards - Outstanding students are honored

Bensonhurst and Bath Beach’s future was honored at St. Finbar’s last week as the 62nd Precinct named their 2008 Michael J. Ferraro award winners. Comment.
Bay News

Special salute to everyday hero

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented a citation to Mohammad Dolah of Bay Ridge, an everyday hero who rescued his neighbor and her father from their burning home. Comment.
Bay News

Sitt mouthpiece: ‘It’s our land’ - Thor equities says ride advocates ‘lack understanding’

While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment.
Bay News

Shavana fan

Re: “A Britisher’s View” by Shavana Abruzzo. Comment.
Bay News

Rezoning battle - Brighton split over new plan

The city’s rezoning plan for Brighton Beach was finally unveiled to the public – and resulted in a war of words among neighborhood residents. Comment.
Bay News

Parents: Charter will cost us

If a Hebrew-themed charter school opens in District 22, area schools will lose money, according to parents. Comment.
Bay News

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Who needs manuals? Just give me the pictures

For someone who never ever relies on manuals — who needs them as long as you have the picture? — I found myself referring to them twice in one week. Not for nuthin’, but what’re the odds? Comment.
Bay News

IT’S ONLY MY OPINION - Let freedom ring on the Fourth of July

“…. July 3, the eve of the 210th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the torch of the newly restored Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor will be lit again……What could be more fitting than to celebrate this moment with the joyful clamor of bells?” - President Ronald Reagan, 1986 Comment.
Bay News

GUEST OP-ED - Here’s how to save Bay Ridge’s ‘Green Church’

First it was the Bay Ridge Methodist Church (the “Green Church,” where I was baptized), now it’s the Bay Ridge Jewish Center and possibly Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. What’s next — St. Anselm’s parking lot? Trinity Lutheran on Third Avenue? All are selling or considering selling their properties. Why is this happening? Are they greedy and looking to make a killing in the inflated real estate market? What is the reaction of the Bay Ridge community? Comment.
Bay News

Green is groovy at neighborhood eco-festival

The longest day of the year provided a local group with reason enough to nurture the community with a family-friendly eco-fest in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Bay News

Fleet-footed winners

Few experts expected the Sheepshead Bay High School Boys 4x100 Track Team to vie for the national title at the USA Nike Nationals North Carolina A&T University because few PSAL boys teams have prevailed in the recent past. Comment.
Bay News

Energized BK Activists put cancer on the run

An overnight party with a purpose drew mom, dad and the kids to Bay Ridge where they paid tribute to cancer victims and survivors at the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life benefit. Comment.
Bay News

City invites Coney development

A thatch of land in the northernmost part of Coney Island may soon be in the hands of a commercial developer. Comment.
Bay News

Children flashed

A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment.
Bay News

Celebrating 60 years of marital bliss

Long-time Bay Ridge residents Howard and Mae Dunn (second and fourth from left) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the Bay Ridge Manor. Also pictured are their daughter Jerry and State Senator Marty Golden, who recognized the couple with an award on their special night. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn GOPers still reeling - Search for congressional candidate continues as time ticks down

With just days to go before the end of the petitioning period, local Republicans still haven’t settled again on a candidate to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Representative Vito Fossella. Comment.
Bay News

Bravo! Man applauds lifesavers

A Brooklyn man, who was on the brink of death a year ago, returned to the scene of his revival to personally thank the crew of paramedics who helped save his life. Comment.
Bay News

A Scholar and a gentleman

Adelphi Academy student Zain Ahmad from Brooklyn, has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Comment.
Bay News

A celebration of academics and religion

To mark the end of another successful school year, St. Anselm Catholic School celebrated a special Mass with the seventh grade students giving readings, petitions, presenting the gifts of bread and wine as well as altar serving. Monsignor Michael Phillips, pastor, was the celebrant and welcomed students, faculty and parents for making the academic year “truly a blessing.” Comment.
Bay News

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties

It is easy to romanticize Barack Obama’s personal melting pot and reconcile his qualifications to govern the planet’s most powerful country because of it. Comment.
Borough-wide

New heart powers dad in games - Remarkable transplant recipient determined to overcome obstacles

It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment.
Borough-wide

Murder, robberies on the rise - Crime stats show grim trend across southern Brooklyn

A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mayor backs down on school cuts

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Tiger Cubs’ line up and tee off at Junior golf center

Mom, dad and the kids headed to the links at the new Junior Golf Center in Dyker Heights, where a community fun day helped the nation’s first free children’s golfing facility tee-off to a dynamic start. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Butcher’ gets jail; victims’ relatives jeer

Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment.
Borough-wide

WOMB confab

Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Upcoming civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Borough-wide

Two that inspire the whole neighborhood

Two local residents were honored recently by the 68th Precinct. Comment.
Borough-wide

Time ticks down on groggy GOP

With just days to go before the end of the petitioning period, local Republicans still haven’t settled again on a candidate to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Representative Vito Fossella. Comment.
Borough-wide

87th Street wall still stands - Cinderblock obstruction remains despite Dept. of Buildings order

Nothing much has changed on 87th Street in the past year. Comment.
Borough-wide

86th St. food vendors turn some stomachs

Fourteen years after the city banned street vendors from portions of 86th Street in Bay Ridge, local activists are asking that the ban be extended to include food vendors. Comment.
Borough-wide

Thor to Coney: ‘It’s our land’ - Latest scoping meeting boils over with anger

While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment.
Borough-wide

The Marines answer his prayers

Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew E. Nelson doesn’t mind admitting he very easily could have amounted to nothing in life. Comment.
Borough-wide

Summer Play Street

New York City youngsters can now play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through the arts, and learn from a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural arts specialists thanks to the Police Athletic League (PAL), which launched its 2008 Summer Program in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Some hi-tech toilet troubles

Questions as to whether the planned automated public toilet at the 69th Street Pier will be accessible to people in wheelchairs have the local community board requesting clarification on the subject from the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT). Comment.
Borough-wide

Sherry Rd. memorial

A local youth sports powerhouse is one step closer to being honored with a street sign in his memory. Comment.
Borough-wide

Proposal to put cap on water and sewer bills

Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate and several of his assembly colleagues introduced legislation (A.11382/S833) that would cap water and sewer bills for all New York City residents. The bill would prohibit the City of New York from imposing rent upon the New York City Water Board. Comment.
Borough-wide

Polytech, NYU merger gets the okay

The state Board of Regents last week approved the merging of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn and New York University to become Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Comment.
Borough-wide

NYCHA faces challenges - Agency forced to consider cuts, consolidation

Facing a budget deficit of $611 million, the New York City Housing Authority is considering cutting programs and consolidating community centers, while continuing to make payments of $226 million to the city for a number of services the city provides. Comment.
Borough-wide

Murders, robberies on the rise - Local crime statistics mirror rising homicide rate citywide

A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mayor backs off on school cuts - City Council, Bloomy strike deal; schools escape devastating losses

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment.
Borough-wide

Masonic lodge helps fight juvenile diabetes

The First Kings Masonic District is continuing its fight against diabetes. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lions make a ‘kase’ for charity

If you’re like most people you have a closet full of knapsacks/backpacks and suitcases you no longer use. “Kases for Kids,” an international Lion’s project will take them off your hands. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lifesaving stroke screenings

Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Kids find solace in ‘Good Grief camp’

Losing a parent or sibling who served in the military can be devastating to children, but they don’t have to cope alone. Comment.
Borough-wide

Iraqi tot finds hope in U.S.

When Noor Majeed came into the world, her doctors didn’t expect her to live a week, but the spunky one-year-old Iraqi girl has defied the doctors by overcoming her initial prognosis. And although Majeed has beat the odds so far, without proper medical care she’s still in shaky waters. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gladiator troops up close

Task Force Gladiator soldiers of 101st Headquarters Support Company serve as the first line of defense here, manning entry-control points and ensuring base security. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gasparino leaves District 20

School District 20 is saying farewell to one of its most dedicated education activists. Comment.
Borough-wide

Found dead in church - Custodian discovers body of young man

Parishioners at Our Lady of Angels made a horrific discovery at their house of worship last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

FIAO ballroom

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn (FIAO) this summer will sponsor free ballroom dance instruction for youngsters and seniors in its popular inter-generational dance classes starting July 8 at FIAO’S Beacon Program at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 12th and West 13th streets. Comment.
Borough-wide

Effort to address hunger

In an effort to address the growing issue of hunger in the community Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs is not only working with local food pantries to get food to families and to help people who are eligible for food stamps, she is also announcing a free summer meal program for children, being offered at various locations in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dope dealer requiem - Brothers indicted on drug charges

The neighbors nobody wanted have a new address. Comment.
Borough-wide

DOE starves children of the arts - Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum issues scathing new report

An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dad, coach and Army 1st Sgt.

June 20 was a special day for Army 1st Sgt. Anthony Farinosi. A quick ceremony on a flight line in the middle of a combat zone marked his first day as a full-fledged, diamond-wearing first sergeant. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn man accused of flashing children - Cops say suspect targeted three girls under the age of 7

A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bravo! man applauds lifesavers

A Brooklyn man, who was on the brink of death a year ago, returned to the scene of his revival to personally thank the crew of paramedics who helped save his life. Comment.
Borough-wide

BK Cyclones fall behind in the count - Comptroller William Thompson says club owes city nearly $130,000

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bay Ridge’s Declaration of Independence

Waving Old Glory with pride, jubilant patriots took to the street to hail the nation’s 232nd birthday and its Declaration of Independence with a rollicking parade in Dyker Heights. Comment.
Borough-wide

Army’s secret weapon: a pen

Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson, a syndicated editorial cartoonist, arrived here two months ago as one of 20 members from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. Comment.
Borough-wide

An ‘affinity’ for you

St. Anselm R.C. Church received a donation from TD Commerce Bank in the amount of $3,036.65 for its participation in the bank’s Affinity Program. Comment.
Borough-wide

A kick for soldiers’ families - Many treated to D.C. United’s Armed Forces Day

Hundreds of troops and their families were treated to a professional soccer match on Flag Day during D.C. United’s 9th Annual Armed Forces and Veteran’s Appreciation Day at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, DC. Comment.
Bay News

‘Tiger Cubs’ tee off at new Junior golf center

Council Members Vincent J. Gentile and Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., along with the City Parks Foundation, sponsored a Community Family Fun Day at the new CityParks Junior Golf Center in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Bay News

‘Costly’ charter school - Parents fear Hebrew school will drain district funding

If a Hebrew-themed charter school opens in District 22, area schools will lose money, according to parents. Comment.
Bay News

‘Butcher’ gets jail

Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Bucks’ for Brigham Pk - Local residents and designers brainstorm together

Neighborhood residents dreaming of a new park at the end of Emmons Avenue dug deep into beach plum jam and “Brigham bucks” inside the Comfort Inn last week. Comment.
Bay News

Touro graduate

Touro College’s School of Career and Applied Studies commencement ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music stopped for one tearful moment to honor the memory of Alma Hope Devone, a recent graduate-school degree winner who died May 2. Comment.
Bay News

Thor to Coney: ‘It’s our land’

While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment.
Bay News

They don’t know - Future of Verizon lot cloudy

Demolition work might be proceeding on a Sheepshead Bay property, but it still remains uncertain what will one day take rise on this massive site. Comment.
Bay News

The WOMB conference

Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment.
Bay News

Taking positive steps against cystic fibrosis

Big-hearted boroughites battled a chronic disease by putting their best foot forward for a benefit walk-a-thon in Marine Park – raising $81,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Comment.
Bay News

S’head man busted as flasher

A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment.
Bay News

Stepping up for the Ferraro Awards - 62nd Precinct salutes outstanding students

Bensonhurst and Bath Beach’s future was honored at St. Finbar’s last week as the 62nd Precinct named their 2008 Michael J. Ferraro award winners. Comment.
Bay News

Salute to Brooklyn 13 CERT

Members of Brooklyn 13 CERT were honored at Gracie Manson for their life-saving services, along with other CERT teams from throughout New York City. Comment.
Bay News

Rezoning splits Brighton

The city’s rezoning plan for Brighton Beach was finally unveiled to the public – and resulted in a war of words among neighborhood residents. Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 52 musicians strike a chord with audiences

Budding virtuosos commanded the spotlight – and wowed the crowd – when they teamed up for a recital at Public School 52. Comment.
Bay News

Polytech, NYU merger okayed

The state Board of Regents last week approved the merging of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn and New York University to become Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Comment.
Bay News

On the job in District 20 - Administrators elevated to assistant principal posts

Two educators have joined the School District 20 team. Comment.
Bay News

OK for chicken shack redo - Community Board 15 backs restaurateur’s apt. bid

Community Board 15 sure loves its chicken – at least they love Vinnie Mazzone’s chicken. Comment.
Bay News

2008 Nurse Excellence Awards

Members of the Calvary Hospital medical and nursing team were on hand at the “2008 Nursing Spectrum Nurse Excellence Awards” ceremony to cheer on their colleague, Luz Hernandez, MS, APRN, BC, NP. Hernandez was one of six NY/NJ Region finalists in the category of “Advancing and Leading the Profession.” Comment.
Bay News

Next civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time; however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Bay News

Local youths inspired to sing

It was sweet music to their ears. Comment.
Bay News

Lifesaving screenings

Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment.
Bay News

Late DOS worker honored - Memorial for Allen Gormely

A Coney Island sanitation worker who suffered a fatal heart attack on duty was honored for his municipal service when his agency renamed his base in memory of the departed Strongest. Comment.
Bay News

Kids cut in gang initiation - Classmates slice Public School 253 students with razor

Over a dozen students at a Coney Island public school had their arms sliced open so they could emulate the violent Hispanic street gang known as MS-13, officials learned last week. Comment.
Bay News

It’s caring at its very finest

For the second year in a row, a Sephardic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center nurse received the Nurse of Distinction Award. Comment.
Bay News

Flatbush Avenue festival

The Flatbush Avenue BID (Business Improvement District) Street Fair will be held July 6 from 12-6 p.m. along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. Comment.
Bay News

Festival fun in the sun on 20th Avenue

Amusements for the young and the young-at-heart – plus vendor stalls brimming with retail delights – jump-started the season of fun in the sun with a street festival along 20th Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

Farber ballet dancers enthrall fans

Budding Margot Fonteyns and Rudolph Nureyevs wowed the crowd with their fancy footwork during a ballet recital at Kingsborough Community College by the Leonid Farber School of Ballet. Comment.
Bay News

DOE starves kids of art - Advocate issues scathing report

An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment.
Bay News

Dad forced to give up seat - Dist. 22 CEC prez resigns as daughter heads to high school

The president of District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) has resigned – again. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cyclones fall behind the count - Comptroller says ballclub owes more than $129,000

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment.
Bay News

Cops eye kid bikers

Underage hot wheelers in Gerritsen Beach beware – the cops just might be coming to your house. Comment.
Bay News

Change coming to W. 15th St. - Economic Development Corp. reviews proposals

A thatch of land in the northernmost part of Coney Island may soon be in the hands of a commercial developer. Comment.
Bay News

CB 15’s Weinberg out - but not really

After years of people complaining to him about the appearance of conflict of interest with Harold Weinberg, New York City Councilmember Mike Nelson has decided not to reappoint the engineer to Community Board 15. Comment.
Bay News

Beaumont Street bid is beaten back - Opponents reject special permit application

It was a rare loss for attorney Eric Palatnik at Community Board 15 last week as members rejected a special permit application to enlarge a house on Beaumont Street. Comment.
Bay News

A little bit of Israel comes to Nostrand Ave.

Children bounced in the “Dead Sea” and visited a “kibbutz” right on Nostrand Avenue when the Kings Bay Y held its annual Israel celebration in honor of the Land of Milk and Honey’s 60th birthday. Comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

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