Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Top BK high schools slip up - Graduation rates fall at Brooklyn Tech, Edward R. Murrow, others

While still prestigious, some of the borough’s brightest academic public high schools have lost some luster, according to four-year graduation rates released recently by the state. Comment.

Ball field under lock and key

It’s being locked for its own protection. Comment.

Bad news buzz - W. Nile Virus threat high

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Williamsburg

Youth react to violence - El Puente program members dish on nabe pressures

For teenagers growing up on the south side of Williamsburg, the pressures of a steadily expanding real estate market in Brooklyn have exacerbated gang-related violence in their neighborhoods over the past year. Comment.
Williamsburg

107 years & counting - Brooklynite celebrates big birthday with family

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Pandas’ take to the street; 5 arrested

A procession of hundreds of walking and biking citizens was halted by the NYPD in Williamsburg Saturday night during “Pandamonium,” a self-described “costumed, roving street party” where revelers dressed up as, well, pandas. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Moonstruck’ home off the market - Brooklyn brownstone that played a part in the 1987 Cher film sells for $4 million

When a family pays nearly $4 million for a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, that’s amore! Comment.
Williamsburg

Welcome to Brooklyn – how sweet it is! Man bikes from the Pacific to the Atlantic; enjoys a Nathan’s hot dog & Cyclones thrill

Nine months ago, Robert Menegio sold coatings for glossy magazine paper upstate. This week, he biked into Coney Island from across the country, a new man. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tools of the trade at Errant Garrison

Although the gallery space at The Errant Garrison (166 North 12th Street) is only theirs for a few weeks, Tryn Collins planned to make the most of it, with a bright, intricate display of subtly political art. Comment.
Williamsburg

South side rocks the vote - Jewish organization hosts voter registration; more than 4,000 sign up

On the last day that Brooklyn residents are able to register to cast their ballot in the state’s September primary, Rabbi David Niederman and officials from the United Jewish Organization (UJO) delivered more than 4,000 new voter registration cards to the Board of Elections in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shopping after the stork arrives - Manhattan Avenue’s Stork Store meets expecting and new mothers’ needs

As if launching her own business, a store catering to the needs of newborns and young families earlier this year was not hectic enough, Stephanie Watson-Campbell was in the process of birthing and caring for her first child. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rep. Towns stands up for the ladies - Calls on government to build more bathrooms for women with ‘Restroom Equity’ bill

Surrounded by several dozen women supporters on the steps of Borough Hall, Rep. Edolphus Towns last week jumped into the bathroom parity issue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pool sharks swim for gold in BK - Skyline Builliard’s to host 3rd Annual New York City 9-ball Championships on Aug. 23

Paul Newman and Tom Cruise may not be hustling in corners around the pool tables, but some of the best professional pool players in the world will be racking up cue balls at the Skyline Billiard’s 3rd Annual New York City 9-ball Championships on August 23 and 24. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mayoral control just not cutting it - Educators urge city to rework system at BK town hall

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Williamsburg

Locals come out for Wilco, OSA

Thousands of Wilco fans stuffed McCarren Park Pool (Lorimer Street between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street) last Wednesday, singing along to the lead singer Jeff Tweedy’s renditions of songs that stretched the band’s entire repertoire. Comment.
Williamsburg

Forget Beijing! Olympics in the park

Greenmarket shoppers were treated to a bounty of fresh melon and skin rashes at the McCarren Park Greenmarket (corner of Lorimer Street and Driggs Avenue) this past Saturday, as farmers and residents competed in the first annual Farmer Olympics. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK school rises up the ranks

Move over, Brooklyn Tech. Comment.
Williamsburg

Double trouble: 2-headed turtle stolen - Pet shop owner’s mutant reptile swiped from store; locals raise $1,000 for its recovery

Concerned reptile and oddity lovers just have two things to say to the thief who snapped up the two-headed turtle who’s called Windsor Terrace home for the last few weeks: Slow down and think about what you’re doing. Comment.
Williamsburg

Boy’s fatal fall - Elevator accident at 70 Clymer

Tragedy struck a Williamsburg family Tuesday morning when their five-year-old son plunged to his death down an elevator shaft in their 70 Clymer Street apartment building. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK ‘Obama Boy’ headed to Denver - Rep. Nadler staffer Danny Ross to back up ‘Obama Girl’ at Democratic Convention

Barack Obama’s steady drift into right wing waters may have turned off a lot of former devotees, but the presumptive Democratic nominee still has that super-hot YouTube brunette in his corner. Comment.
Williamsburg

Advocating for tenant protection - BK groups urge state to modify amendments to building demolition regulation

Hundreds of housing advocates and members of community groups stormed City Hall this week to protest state housing regulations that may not be doing enough to prevent landlords from demolish rent-stabilized buildings that could be sufficiently repaired. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Zionist attrocities

When it comes to critical thought concerning the Middle East, your paper is willfully lacking, and Shavana Abruzzo’s latest piece is no exception (“Why celebrate the murder of a little girl?” “A Britisher’s View,” 7-24 issue). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Youths Pal around with cops for summer

Call it an NYPD play day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

107-year-old marks another milestone - Brooklyn lady celebrates with family, friends

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Yearn not for junk food

The directions to the Crown Heights Family Literacy Program at Public School 375 Jackie Robinson School are easy to follow. When you step out of the train station, you will see a Wendy’s across the street. Cross over to Wendy’s, walk past the Dunkin Donuts and Popeye, cross over to the McDonalds. The school is right behind McDonalds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Weapons of mass creation’ - Sunset Park mural examines recruitment of young poor women for Iraq War

A new mural in Sunset Park by a group of young women provides a stark reminder of the continuing toll of the war in Iraq, particularly among young women from low-income backgrounds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Moonstruck’ townhouse is sold - Celebrated address goes for $4 million

When a family pays nearly $4 million for a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, that’s amore! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Fast Break to Reading’

New York Liberty Legend Kym Hampton will take part in a “Reading Time-Out” event with youth at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Leonard Library as part of the “Fast Break To Reading Program” with the WNBA and Pitney Bowes, August 25, from 2-3:15 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Writing workshop

Barnes & Noble Park Slope will host a Teen Writing Workshop with author Ned Vizzini, who facilitates a writing workshop for teens, August 29 at 5 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Theft leaves Brooklyn ‘shell-shocked’ - I.D. of the person responsible for theft of two-headed turtle still unknown

Concerned reptile and oddity lovers just have two things to say to the thief who snapped up the two-headed turtle who’s called Windsor Terrace home for the last few weeks: Slow down and think about what you’re doing. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Summer is the time to dance on Union street

Doing the summertime cha-cha-cha. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Student investing

The Red Hook Initiative awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to 11 young people from the Red Hook Houses who are beginning or returning to college this fall. The scholarships were awarded during a dinner at Tini Wine Bar Café in Red Hook with special guests from the Carver Scholarship Fund, a generous supporter of the awards. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Spirit of ’76 burns bright for battle week

Remembering the shots heard round the borough… Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Some relief on Hamilton Ave - Lanes reopened on vital span; further work continues

The Hamilton Avenue Bridge has reopened to two-way traffic and three lanes of traffic in both directions, nearly two weeks sooner than the original project completion date of August 31. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Solar-powered food & fun

Come to Habana Outpost Ecoeatery, New York’s first solar powered restaurant and marketplace, created by artist and restaurateur Sean Meenan, at 757 Fulton Street & South Portland Avenue, September 1 from 12-5 p.m. for a Labor Day Back to School Bash like no other. A dance party, face painting, story time, library card sign up and eco-friendly crafts are all part of the day’s festivities. All activities are free and open to the public. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Senior activities

CCNS St. Charles Jubilee Older Adult Services offers a wide array of services and free activities for seniors. Among their offerings are. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rush to block demolitions - Tenants fight against threat

Hundreds of housing advocates and members of community groups stormed City Hall this week to protest state housing regulations that may not be doing enough to prevent landlords from demolish rent-stabilized buildings that could be sufficiently repaired. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red Flag shows

The Hoyt Street Association and Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation concludes its weekly August series with Graciela Carriqui, innovator of the acclaimed program “Musica Para Mi,” as part of this summer’s inaugural “Red Flag Wednesdays on Atlantic Avenue,” a variety of free events in the lovely Hoyt Street Garden, Atlantic Avenue and Hoyt Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ready to build - Financing secured for 80 DeKalb Ave.

Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) has closed on financing for a 335,000-square-foot building at 80 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Nadler aide to rock with ‘Obama Girl’ - ‘Crush’ benefit featuring Danny Ross

Barack Obama’s steady drift into right wing waters may have turned off a lot of former devotees, but the presumptive Democratic nominee still has that super-hot YouTube brunette in his corner. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Meeting over Ikea shuttles

Two months after Ikea opened in Red Hook, representatives of the home furnishings giant met with a group of city agencies to assess the impact of the store’s free shuttles on the surrounding community. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Jeers for mayoral control of schools - Teachers, parents challenge the future of school governance

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

How ’bout a movie?

I am writing on behalf of a group of seniors living in the Williamsburg/ Greenpoint area. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fourth Ave. trash tower - No pickups for new condos

More condominiums along Fourth Avenue mean more people. More people mean more garbage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Draw the line - it’s fine - Interactive performance wows audiences

Over the course of three and a half years, Michael Alan’s Draw-A-Thon Theater has developed into a multi-level, interactive art project. The performance can and has been done everywhere in New York City, from theaters, to the streets, to galleries, to a church on Governers Island, to a recent guerilla performance inside the Whitney Museum. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cross-country biker rides into BK - Cyclist enjoys Nathan’s dog, Cyclone ride

Nine months ago, Robert Menegio sold coatings for glossy magazine paper upstate. This week, he biked into Coney Island from across the country, a new man. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bright medical careers ahead - Eight graduate from hospital’s School of Medical technology

Staff members, family, and friends gathered together to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s eight graduates of New York Methodist Hospital’s School of Medical Technology. The graduates earned this well-deserved praise by completing a rigorous fulltime program that encompasses both the theory and practice of medical technology. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Barking at death’s door - Woman starved puggle to spite ex-boyfriend

A 21-year-old Brooklyn Heights woman was arrested last week for allegedly starving her two-year-old Puggle — ignoring the animal’s yelps for food for three weeks before an ex-boyfriend forced her to take the pup to the vet. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Banneker’s grad rate rises - High school sees improvement while others falter

Move over, Brooklyn Tech. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bad-news buzz returns to Brooklyn

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Adopt a pet

The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network invite Brooklynites to adopt or foster a cat or dog, August 23 from 12-5 p.m. at the Greenpoint Starbucks, 910 Manhattan Avenue between Greenpoint Avenue and Kent Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Admirals Row alternatives presented

The Municipal Art Society presented six different alternative plans to the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau, each demonstrating that it is possible to retain the historic buildings on the Admiral’s Row site while also allowing for the construction of a much-needed supermarket and new retail and industrial space. Comment.
Greenpoint

‘Sign’ up: anti-flyer bill now active

If the barrage of circulars thrown onto your stoop, lawn or porch has you seeing red, a glimpse of green may be right around the corner. Comment.
Greenpoint

‘Pandamonium’ in the streets

A procession of hundreds of walking and biking citizens was halted by the NYPD in Williamsburg Saturday night during “Pandamonium,” a self-described “costumed, roving street party” where revelers dressed up as, well, pandas. Comment.
Greenpoint

‘Happy Days’ are here again in BK

This Saturday, a brigade of classic cars and their enthusiasts will converge in Williamsburg under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway for the eighth annual “Kustom Kills and Hot Rod Thrills” show. Comment.
Greenpoint

Welcome to Brooklyn – how sweet it is! - Man bikes from the Pacific to the Atlantic; enjoys Nathan’s hot dog and Cyclone thrill

Nine months ago, Robert Menegio sold coatings for glossy magazine paper upstate. This week, he biked into Coney Island from across the country, a new man. Comment.
Greenpoint

Mayoral control just not cutting it - Educators urge city to rework public school system at recent Brooklyn town hall

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Greenpoint

It’s been a good three years - With last free show this weekend, JellyNYC looks back on Pool Parties

With Yo La Tengo set to play the last free show of JellyNYC’s summer concert series at McCarren Park Pool this weekend, Alexander Kane is taking a moment to reflect on Jelly’s success. Comment.
Greenpoint

Advocating for tenant protection

Hundreds of housing advocates and members of community groups stormed City Hall this week to protest state housing regulations that may not be doing enough to prevent landlords from demolish rent-stabilized buildings that could be sufficiently repaired. Comment.
Greenpoint

Clean the creek! - Oil sighting sparks calls

Area residents out for a summer stroll recently discovered that a new but familiar substance had leaked onto the steps of Newtown Creek’s Nature Walk. Comment.
Greenpoint

Celebrating life in death - Greenpoint remembers killed cyclist Rasha Shamoon

As the large procession walked through the sleepy Saturday streets of Greenpoint, the Hungry March Band shifted its tone from the funeral dirge “St. James Infirmary” to a more festive song, celebrating the unique and joyful life of Greenpoint resident and cycling activist Rasha Shamoon. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK ‘Obama Boy’ headed to Denver - Rep. Nedler staffer Danny Ross to back up ‘Obama Girl’ at Democratic Convention

Barack Obama’s steady drift into right wing waters may have turned off a lot of former devotees, but the presumptive Democratic nominee still has that super-hot YouTube brunette in his corner. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

107-year-old marks another milestone - Bklyn lady celebrates with family, friends

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

West Nile Virus poses potent threat - More mosquito pools test positive

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Salute to Atlantic Ave’s green pioneers - Roots of beautification effort runs deep

A tree may grow in Brooklyn, but along Atlantic Avenue hundreds of them grow -- along with a few cornstalks. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ryerson Street neighbors enjoy the summer

The neighborhood soared with community spirit as residents of Ryerson Street between Park and Myrtle avenues gave a final salute to summer with a block party for the record books. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ratner honored at Met Council fundraiser - Luncheon takes in more than $1M

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) netted more than $1 million this past week, during its annual Builder’s Luncheon honoring Bruce Ratner, chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Grand Ave. revels in the joys of summer in the city

Keeping the beat… Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Davis legacy of non-violence - Slain councilman inspires peace activists

Fighting violence with love… Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Challenge to mayor’s might - Town hall held on school governance

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bet on Ben - Grad rate up at Banneker

Move over, Brooklyn Tech. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bathroom parity now! - Towns advocates more restrooms for women

Surrounded by several dozen women supporters on the steps of Borough Hall, Rep. Edolphus Towns last week jumped into the bathroom parity issue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

107-year-old marks milestone - Centenarian celebrates with family & pals

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The spirit of compromise - Meeting over Ikea bus kinks

Two months after Ikea opened in Red Hook, representatives of the home furnishings giant met with a group of city agencies to assess the impact of the store’s free shuttles on the surrounding community. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Summer is the time to dance on Union Street

Doing the summertime cha-cha-cha. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red Hook historian blasts MTA

A longtime Red Hook resident and historian slammed the MTA last week, alleging the agency caters to the whims of Ikea shoppers while forgetting residents of southwest Red Hook. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pacific Street suspends traffic for fun

Let’s unwind. Traditional barbecue delights sprinkled with sunshine and summer fun was on the menu Saturday as neighbors gathered for a relaxing, laid back block party on Pacific Street between Smith and Bond Streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Neighborhood grants - Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project

You or your neighborhood group have a chance to win an award of up to $1,000 by submitting your proposal to the Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project (HSACFP). This annual grant program is funded by the Hoyt Street Association to help neighborhood improvement projects in Boerum Hill. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

More trash, but no more pickups - 4th Ave. fears rubbish flood

More condominiums along Fourth Avenue mean more people. More people mean more garbage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mayoral control of schools under fire - Future of school governance is challenged at lively town hall

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

House from ‘Moonstruck’ sells for cool $4M - Lunar price for Cher-flick home after two years on mkt

When a family pays nearly $4 million for a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, that’s amore! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Honoring a ‘green’ pioneer on Atlantic - Honors for the late Carolyn Spieler, downtown tree-planting firebrand

A tree may grow in Brooklyn, but along Atlantic Avenue hundreds of them grow — along with a few cornstalks. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Help for aspiring business owners

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation will hold its Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) beginning September 16. The 15-week training curriculum is designed to provide current and future business owners with the skills and knowledge that are critical to produce an effective business plan and operate a successful business. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bad news buzz returns - West Nile virus found in Brooklyn once more

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Fifteen percent fall Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

West Nile Virus’ potent threat

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Top Brooklyn high schools slip up - Educators see a decline in graduation rates

Move over, Brooklyn Tech. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Squadron unveils BBP plan

Issues surrounding Brooklyn Bridge Park have entered the hotly contested 25th District State Senate race. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pacific Street revels in the joys of summer in the city

Let’s unwind. Traditional barbecue delights sprinkled with sunshine and summer fun was on the menu Saturday as neighbors gathered for a relaxing, laid back block party on Pacific Street between Smith and Bond Streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Neighbors forge stronger friendships on Sands St.

Residents of Sands Street between Navy and Gold streets got a chance to meet their neighbors all over again Saturday as residents kicked off their annual block party. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Moonstruck house sold - Celebrated Heights townhouse goes for $4 million

When a family pays nearly $4 million for a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, that’s amore! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Meeting over Ikea shuttle progress - Involved parties catch up on bus service

Two months after Ikea opened in Red Hook, representatives of the home furnishings giant met with a group of city agencies to assess the impact of the store’s free shuttles on the surrounding community. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Mayoral control of schools jeered - School governance under fire

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fifth Ave. fears mountain of trash - No extra pickups for new condo buildings

More condominiums along Fourth Avenue mean more people. More people mean more garbage. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bathroom parity now! Towns advocates more restrooms for women

Surrounded by several dozen women supporters on the steps of Borough Hall, Rep. Edolphus Towns last week jumped into the bathroom parity issue. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Barking at death’s door - Woman starved dog to spite ex beau

A 21-year-old Brooklyn Heights woman was arrested last week for allegedly starving her two-year-old Puggle – ignoring the animal’s yelps for food for three weeks before an ex-boyfriend forced her to take the pup to the vet. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Atlantic Ave. honors green pioneers - Local beautification efforts have deep roots

A tree may grow in Brooklyn, but along Atlantic Avenue hundreds of them grow -- along with a few cornstalks. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Apply for Hoyt Street Association grants

You or your neighborhood group have a chance to win an award of up to $1,000 by submitting your proposal to the Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project (HSACFP). This annual grant program is funded by the Hoyt Street Association to help neighborhood improvement projects in Boerum Hill. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 25, 2008

Williamsburg

Papa Leone’s: Pride on every plate served

Papa Leone’s (101-103 Oriental Boulevard at the corner of West End Avenue in Manhattan Beach; 718-648-1349 or 718-648-9832) is a rare vestige of another era: the first rate, top notch neighborhood Italian restaurant, where family skill and pride were the hallmarks of both the kitchen and the dining room. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Mad Hatter’ still at large

John Dillinger has some stiff competition. Comment.
Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Miscommunication Comment.
Williamsburg

Cops on the hunt for bank bandits

As cops apprehend the Tootsie look-alike responsible for robbing two Park Slope banks last month, a new note-passing bandit has surfaced in the area. Comment.
Letters

School’s open - nuts!

As schools open once again, excessive horn honking amidst the plethora of autos/vans/yellow busses, picking up toddlers in the a.m. will commence. Comment.
Letters

Personal responsibility

With regards to the article “Very Unsafe Surf” by Michèle De Meglio and Thomas Tracy (“Bay News,” July 31 issue), they should be more educated about the subject prior to doing an article. Comment.
Letters

Move over

After reading stories week after week about Harriett Rosenberg’s not being re-upped at CB10, I feel like it is time for me to add my two cents to this story. Comment.
Letters

Know your history

I believe this is not the first time you’ve made this mistake, but perhaps no one pointed it out before, so you’ve repeated the error. Comment.
Letters

In Schack’s corner

I write with regard to comments attributed to Jeannie May in Stephen Witt’s article entitled, “Nurse finds politics rough.” Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Timberrrrrr! The price of gas is falling

Not for nuthin’, but if the price of gas is falling and no one cares – do the caribou in Alaska really have to find a new place to mate? Has anyone noticed that the price of gasoline has plummeted faster than George W’s approval rating? Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - When age is just a three-digit number

Most evenings when the weather is nice, Marine Park resident Anne Vincent walks from the apartment garden, where she lives alone, to the nearby bocce courts to “get a game in.” Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMER’S CORNER

Hey, there’s no reason why you should have to head out on your next shopping safari alone. It can be a jungle out there, so why not bring your pals at the Consumer Corner along to help out. Just take a few minutes to read the space here and we’ll try to point you in the right direction. Comment.
Williamsburg

BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE: Turn heads at D.Monaco Designs - New jewelry studio and boutique offers original pieces found no place else

If you’re looking for something simple yet elegant, or a matching set of necklaces for your bridesmaids, look no further than D.Monaco Designs. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Tropic Thunder’isn’t a total washout

Tropic Thunder – comedian Ben Stiller’s movie-within-a-movie farce about a group of Hollywood actors shooting a Vietnam war epic deep inside the jungles of Southeast Asia – is no Dr. Strangelove. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Dare’ explores the horrors of Jim Crow-era South

It’s hard to tell which images are more disturbing: The black and white footage of the violence that gripped St. Augustine during civil rights demonstrations in 1963, or the color shots of the dilapidated squalor of the city’s black neighborhoods today. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bklyn filmmakers offer glimpse of ‘Apostles’

Prayer and movie making have a lot more in common than you’d know. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wild end to summer

If you’re looking for something fun and cheap to do with your family this summer, check out what’s going on at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo. Comment.
Williamsburg

Stephen King and kayaking, too

Brooklyn Bridge Park continues its wide array of family fun events during summer 2008. Comment.
Williamsburg

Sneak peek at ‘The Other Side of the Water’

BAM Rose Cinemas will screen a sneak preview of the long awaited, recently completed documentary film, “The Other Side of the Water,” August 28 at 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Live bluegrass

Jalopy Theater welcomes Brian Patch and the King County Strings, offering country music at 9 p.m., August 22. Comment.
Williamsburg

Guitar Danny

Danny Kalb, long recognized as one of America’s top guitarists, will be performing a free show on August 22 at Two Boots Restaurant in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Go online to bark up the right trees in Brooklyn

Prospect Park’s website has just added a great new feature: a “tour” of the Park’s notable trees. Some 14 of the Park’s rarest, most unusual, oldest, and tallest specimens are displayed on a simple, clickable map. Each click triggers a window with more information and three beautiful images. Go to www.prospectpark.org/trees for the site. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dive in deep – it’s all free!

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium is now offering free admission every Friday from 3 p.m. until closing. Comment.
Williamsburg

Become a Carnival ‘insider’

Brooklyn’s West Indian American Day Carnival is preceded by months of preparations and a busy weekend of activities, including a fierce musical battle between steel bands. Experience the excitement leading up to Carnival like an insider. Go behind-the-scenes to witness the feverish, open-air final rehearsals of New York’s top steel orchestras before they perform in the 2008 Panorama Competition. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Youth’ is served at McCarren Park concert finale

What has seemed like an endless summer of concerts headlined by major acts and burgeoning indie rock bands at the McCarren Park Pool is fading for good this month. Comment.
Williamsburg

The Winter Sounds summer in beautiful Brooklyn

When Patrick Keenan was last in Brooklyn late February 2007, he slept in a moving van down by the Brooklyn Bridge for a week. The lead singer and bassist for the band The Winter Sounds was in town for a show, and accommodation didn't quite work out for everyone. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pompadours & panties: Rockabilly and Burlesque festival returns

Labor Day weekend has always been John Q. Public’s long-awaited respite from a grinding year of work. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dinnerstein returns with ‘Berlin Concert’

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will celebrate the release of her second solo album, “The Berlin Concert” (Telarc 80715), by returning to (Le) Poisson Rouge on August 28 for a CD release party and performance. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange tunes up for return

Lovers of the Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange rejoice. The monthly music series, which has been on hiatus for the past nine months, returns with local acts and a new home on August 25. Comment.
Williamsburg

Downtown Dance Festival

Dancewave’s Kids Company will perform August 24 at 1 p.m. as part of the Annual Downtown Dance Festival, presented by the Battery Dance Company. Performances will be held at The Lawn at Battery Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

A ‘Hill’ of a time at the Brick in August

Ian W. Hill is frantically moving large pieces of wooden scenery around the Brick Theater’s stage. For the second year in a row, the Brick has given the entire month of August to Hill, its technical director, to stage three works or his choosing. Comment.

‘Old Boys of Summer’ return

Someone needs to show today’s young whipper-snappers how the game is played. Comment.

S’head Bay man is a tennis ace

Over the past 15 years, a great many faces have changed both in personnel, management and even the players at the United States Open Tennis Championships. However, one person has remained in the same capacity year in and year out and will return when the tournament starts on Arthur Ashe/Kids Day on August 23 and goes for a two-week stand. Comment.

Pool sharks swim for gold

Paul Newman and Tom Cruise may not be hustling in corners around the pool tables, but some of the best professional pool players in the world will be racking up cue balls at the Skyline Billiard’s 3rd Annual New York City 9-ball Championships on August 23 and 24. Comment.

Parkville shines on the diamond

For exercising and embracing the spirit of American’s Favorite Pastime, Assemblyman William Colton presented trophies to members of the Parkville Youth Association during its baseball awards program. Comment.

Hit the road with park runners

Brooklyn’s new youth track club, The Prospect Park Youth Running Club, geared towards boys & girls ages five through 12 who wish to experience the benefits of fitness, joys of competition, and team unity of Cross Country Running through an education-based program, will hold an informational and open registration meeting, 7 p.m., August 28 at Bishop Ford High School, 500 19th Street between Prospect Park West and Ninth Avenue. Comment.

Cheer camp’s a blast for them - Fort Hamilton High School cheerleaders make the cut

The Fort Hamilton High School Cheerleaders, along with other cheerleading teams from the Tri-State area, returned from the 60 year-old National Cheerleaders Association summer camp, founded by L.R. Herkimer. Comment.

Brooklyn runs for wild card

Look out, New York-Penn League: Here come the Brooklyn Cyclones! Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Neighborhood’ essay contest

Assemblyman William Colton, a former school teacher and advocate for public education, is holding an essay contest open to all schoolchildren in the Bensonhurst and Gravesend area. Comment.
Kings Courier

Woman loses control of mini-van

She went the wrong way – then ended up going sideways. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the corner of East 59th Street and Avenue T Sunday morning after a silver minivan ended up on its side. Cops were told that the woman behind the wheel of the mini-van made a wrong turn at 10:15 a.m. and ended up heading the wrong way down East 59th Street. When she tried to get back on track, she lost control of the mini-van which ended up on its side. Rescuers pulled the woman from the vehicle without incident and treated her at the scene, officials said. Comment.
Kings Courier

Towns: Women need more restrooms!

Surrounded by several dozen women supporters on the steps of Borough Hall, Rep. Edolphus Towns last week jumped into the bathroom parity issue. Comment.
Kings Courier

Teens make a world of difference

Five Brooklyn high school students are spending their summer vacation making a difference in the fight against racism, bigotry and discrimination. They are among 15 student peer trainers chosen to participate in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) A World Of Difference® Institute Summer Internship Program. Comment.
Kings Courier

Summer fiesta on East 38th Street

It was a fun-filled fiesta… Comment.
Kings Courier

Slip at the top - Grad rates fall at prestigious schools

While still prestigious, some of the borough’s brightest academic public high schools have lost some luster, according to four-year graduation rates released recently by the state. Comment.
Kings Courier

Ryder Street plays it cool for the summer

There was a while lot of dunking going on… Comment.
Kings Courier

Pot of gold hunt…

Brooklynites who weathered through Friday’s storm found themselves trying to find out just where this beautiful rainbow had touched down in Bergen Beach. After all, there should be a pot of gold at the end… or at least a box of Lucky Charms cereal. Our ace photographer managed to catch the rainbow in mid-flight as it marked the end of another stunning storm that blew through the borough last week. Comment.
Kings Courier

Lights! Camera! Action!

Christina’s Pizza in Mill Basin can now add film credentials to its menu. Comment.
Kings Courier

Healthier living in Brooklyn

Mom, dad and the kids received the lowdown on how to maintain a lifestyle of well-being during a family wellness day at the Brooklyn College Student Center. Comment.
Kings Courier

Get into the movie business

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) — a nonprofit organization — and The New York City Mayor’s office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting present the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. This free skills training and job placement program aims to promote diversity in NYC’s production industry and create new career opportunities for young adults who are unemployed or low-income. Comment.
Kings Courier

East 36th St. makes neighborliness an art

Taking the street by storm… Comment.
Kings Courier

East 33rd residents take the party to the street

Grilled delights and party games added to the sizzle as homeowners joined their loved ones and neighbors for the annual community party along East 33rd Street. Comment.
Kings Courier

Don’t miss out on ‘stimulus’ cash

The Internal Revenue Service reminded qualifying retirees and veterans that it is not too late to file for an economic stimulus payment and announced it will send a second set of information packets to 5.2 million people who may be eligible but who have not yet filed for their stimulus payment. Comment.
Kings Courier

Discount card for residents - Colton pushes plan to give locals a break

The New York City Resident Discount Card — don’t leave home without it. Comment.
Kings Courier

Bearded bank bandit strikes - Cops on the trail of another note-passing robber

As cops apprehend the Tootsie look-alike responsible for robbing two Park Slope banks last month, a new note-passing bandit has surfaced in the area. Comment.
Kings Courier

Aquarium scientist honored

Dr. Paul V. Loiselle, an ichthyologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium received the ultimate honor. After discovering a new species of freshwater fish in 2007 on the African island nation of Madagascar, a team of biologists named the new species of cichlid Ptychochromis loiselle in his honor. Comment.
Flatbush

‘Shredzilla’ is coming! Flatbush to welcome giant shredding truck in September

Think big, really big, and get ready for what could amount to a rip-roaring occasion – a giant shredding truck is coming to Flatbush. Comment.
Flatbush

School crime drops

Crime is down in schools once deemed the most dangerous in Brooklyn. Comment.
Flatbush

More make Brooklyn their travel destination

According to Borough President Marty Markowitz’s office, there were 13,859,125 million visitors to the borough in 2006, as figures compiled are always a year behind. Comment.
Flatbush

Many flock to Flatbush Family Fun Fest

Three stages of live music serenaded frolickers as the Flatbush Family Fun Fest got underway in Lefferts Garden. Comment.
Flatbush

East 45th Street takes the party outside

A sun-splashed day was just the ticket for homeowners to bond over a block party along East 45th Street. Comment.
Flatbush

Cops stress carnival safety precautions

With millions of people expected to be in the area of Eastern Parkway and environs for the West Indian Day Parade, the NYPD mantra clearly is safety first. Comment.
Flatbush

Bank bandit still at large - Cops on the trail of another note-passing robber

As cops apprehend the Tootsie look-alike responsible for robbing two Park Slope banks last month, a new note-passing bandit has surfaced in the area. Comment.
Flatbush

Bad news buzz - West Nile Virus back again

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Flatbush

Backlash against Erskine Street land grab - City authorities decide to get tough with businessman after more than a decade

When it comes to city-owned property, that old patriotic ditty should be changed to: “This land is our land, this land ain’t your land.” Comment.
Canarsie

‘World of Difference’

Five Brooklyn high school students are spending their summer vacation making a difference in the fight against racism, bigotry and discrimination. They are among 15 student peer trainers chosen to participate in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) A World Of Difference® Institute Summer Internship Program. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Stimulus’ reminder

The Internal Revenue Service reminded qualifying retirees and veterans that it is not too late to file for an economic stimulus payment and announced it will send a second set of information packets to 5.2 million people who may be eligible but who have not yet filed for their stimulus payment. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Reinventing Grand Army Plaza’ - Exhibition looks at ways to transform traffic hub for the 21st century

Come next month, travelers to the heart of Brooklyn may be passing through the Snapple Grand Army Plaza. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Better late than never,’ WWII vet sez - 85-year-old is finally awarded medals for his heroism on behalf of Uncle Sam

A neighborhood World War II veteran who fought in Italy, Africa, France and Germany was honored for his service last week – 63 years after the war ended. Comment.
Canarsie

Wyckoff tours

Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum Senior Docent Lucie Chin will give an historic cellar-to-attic tour of the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, New York City’s oldest structure, from 5-7 p.m., August 28. Comment.
Canarsie

Two-year-old tot in leukemia battle - Family, friends and neighbors rally around courageous family

About a month ago, two-year-old Brooklynite Sadie Page was diagnosed with leukemia. Comment.
Canarsie

Towns pushes for bathroom parity - Women need more bathroom facilities, Congressman declares

Surrounded by several dozen women supporters on the steps of Borough Hall, Rep. Edolphus Towns last week jumped into the bathroom parity issue. Comment.
Canarsie

Tour Brooklyn’s lost subway tunnel - Fascinating subterranean adventure open to visitors once more

Urban explorers are invited into the underground labyrinth beneath Atlantic Avenue, when Brooklyn’s own Indiana Jones, Bob Diamond, hosts another of his very popular tunnel tours tracing the living history of the borough from a very unique vantage point. Comment.
Canarsie

Top high schools suffer grad decline

While still prestigious, some of the borough’s brightest academic public high schools have lost some luster, according to four-year graduation rates released recently by the state. Comment.
Canarsie

Seven years of guaranteed summer fun

Paerdegat Park at the corner of Albany Avenue and Farragut Road was awash with summer fun last week when members of the Citizens for a Better Community held their Seventh Annual Fun Day. Comment.
Canarsie

2nd annual Senior Idol contest

State Senator Marty Golden, City Councilman Vincent Gentile and a surprise celebrity judge will be judging Brooklyn’s Second Senior Idol Contest, also featuring a guest appearance by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment.
Canarsie

32nd Annual Brighton Jubilee

Come to “Little Odessa,” the Russian capital of Brooklyn, for the Brighton Neighborhood Association’s 32nd Annual Brighton Jubilee, August 24 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. along Brighton Beach Avenue from Corbin Place to Coney Island Avenue, and then turning off CIA towards the beach. Comment.
Canarsie

Mayoral control of schools: not working - Growing opposition to school governance on display at town hall

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Canarsie

Many take advantage of health screenings

Mom, dad and the kids received the lowdown on how to maintain a lifestyle of well-being during a family wellness day at the Brooklyn College Student Center. Comment.
Canarsie

Kick off to West Indian American day carnival

Empire Fulton State Park was alive with Caribbean culture recently as members of the West-Indian American Day Carnival Association held their first annual New York West Indian Carnival Kick-Off Reception. Comment.
Canarsie

Here’s your change to get into the movies

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) — a nonprofit organization — and The New York City Mayor’s office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting present the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. This free skills training and job placement program aims to promote diversity in NYC’s production industry and create new career opportunities for young adults who are unemployed or low-income. Comment.
Canarsie

Help for women suffering from diminished sex drive

One issue that often is overlooked is the importance of sexual intimacy. It may be surprising to know that approximately 40 million American women suffer from some type of sexual disorder — the most common being Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), sometimes referred to as low sex drive. Comment.
Canarsie

Help for survivors

Selfhelp Community Services’ “Community Linkage” program, which began setting up sites in early 2006 in order to reach out to Holocaust survivors in their community, has expanded to seven sites throughout New York City, which provide survivors with the opportunity to socialize, enjoy entertainment and refreshments, attend lectures and participate in discussion groups. In addition, Selfhelp staff are present to be able to provide resources and support to clients in need. Comment.
Canarsie

Give residents a discount card, sez Colton - Assemblyman floats plan to give Brooklyn consumers more bang for their buck

The New York City Resident Discount Card — don’t leave home without it. Comment.
Canarsie

Giant web is enough to make Spidey blush

There’s a huge spider web right in the middle of the Discovery Trail at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo. It’s not part of an animal exhibit, and it’s not the kind of web that can be washed away by a light rain. Rather, it’s a brand new human-sized web of fun that kids are getting caught-up in everyday. Comment.
Canarsie

Getting away from it all – right here - Connecticut clan spends family vacation in Brooklyn

Forget Barcelona, Disney World or the Hamptons for summer vacations. When American families want the real urban experience, they are coming to Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Dire warning for Coney Island

“We may lose Coney Island forever.” Comment.
Canarsie

Diabetes Walk

The Brooklyn Diabetes Task Force will celebrate its Sixth Annual Diabetes Walk for Health, August 23 in Prospect Park at the Bartel Lot by 15th Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.

Busy bank robber sought

John Dillinger has some stiff competition. Comment.
Canarsie

Bravest loom large at Bk ballfield

The skirl of bagpipes unfurled the pomp as New York’s Bravest celebrated their agency with an FDNY night at KeySpan Park. Comment.
Canarsie

Bad-news buzz is back in Brooklyn

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Canarsie

Backlash against Erksine St. land grab - City authorities decide to get tough with businessman after more than a decade

When it comes to city-owned property, that old patriotic ditty should be changed to: “This land is our land, this land ain’t your land.” Comment.
Canarsie

Another BJ’s a maybe - Could replace abortive Home Depot at Foster and D

Someday soon, eastern Brooklyn may get a second BJ’s warehouse store. Comment.
Canarsie

A feisty centenarian – and then some - Remarkable Brooklyn woman celebrates her 107th birthday with family & friends

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.
Canarsie

Action first, slices later

Christina’s Pizza in Mill Basin can now add film credentials to its menu. Comment.
Bay News

SPEAK OUT - The known & unknown of Coney

What Are They Gonna Do with Coney Island? You Oughta Know. Comment.
Bay News

BIG SCREECHER - Why not call it ‘US Piss-Poor Service’?

Now, I’m not going to berate your favorite letter carrier because when he’s on, you get your mail. The problem starts immediately the day he’s not on. Comment.
Bay News

West Nile virus on the rise in BK

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Bay News

Ribbon is cut on Sarta Realty

State Senator Marty Golden expressed his support for local businesses when he attended the grand opening of the Dyker Heights family-owned operation Sarta Realty. Comment.
Bay News

83rd Street revels in the joys of summer in the city

Dyker Heights bubbled with equal parts of fun and festivity as residents united for a block party along 83rd Street. Comment.
Bay News

No traffic, just fun on 91st Street

Lazy, hazy days of summer took a vigorous veer on the path to fun when homeowners bonded with their neighbors for block party festivities along 91st Street. Comment.
Bay News

Mad Hatter bank robber

John Dillinger has some stiff competition. Comment.
Bay News

H.S. grad rates decline - Prestigious Brooklyn schools see numbers drop

While still prestigious, some of the borough’s brightest academic public high schools have lost some luster, according to four-year graduation rates released recently by the state. Comment.
Bay News

Help Sadie fight leukemia - Community comes together for 2-year-old

About a month ago, two-year-old Brooklynite Sadie Page was diagnosed with leukemia. Comment.
Bay News

Games replace cars on Wakeman Place

It was an Olympic block party… Comment.
Bay News

Family vacations in ‘the 718’ - Conn. brood spends a week in Bklyn

Forget Barcelona, Disney World or the tony Hamptons for summer vacations. When American families want the real urban experience they are coming to Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

Cops collar cross-dressing bank bandit

As cops apprehend the Tootsie look-alike responsible for robbing two Park Slope banks last month, a new note-passing bandit has surfaced in the area. Comment.
Bay News

CEC Sour on ‘dreams’ - Council rejects charter school

Members of District 20’s Community Education Council (CEC) have given a thumbs -down to a proposed charter school. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn visits increase

According to Borough President Marty Markowitz’s office, there were 13,859,125 million visitors to the borough in 2006, as figures compiled are always a year behind. Comment.
Williamsburg

Two turtle heads, one sad turtle story - Thief absconds with mutant turtle

Concerned reptile and oddity lovers just have two things to say to the thief who snapped up the two-headed turtle who’s called Windsor Terrace home for the last few weeks: Slow down and think about what you’re doing. Comment.

Top Bklyn high schools slip: fewer graduate

While still prestigious, some of the borough’s brightest academic public high schools have lost some luster, according to four-year graduation rates released recently by the state. Comment.

Stats: More tourists taking trips to Brooklyn

According to Borough President Marty Markowitz’s office, there were 13,859,125 million visitors to the borough in 2006, as figures compiled are always a year behind. Comment.

One brave little Bklynite - Community comes together to help 2-year-old’s cause

About a month ago, two-year-old Sadie Page of Clinton Hill was diagnosed with leukemia. Comment.

Mayoral control: not working - School governance under fire

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Canarsie

Make waste haste - Transfer station application done

A proposal to site a medical waste transfer station in Canarsie is moving forward. Comment.

Land grab backlash on Erksine St. - City gets tough after 13 years

When it comes to city-owned property, that old patriotic ditty should be changed to: “This land is our land, this land ain’t your land.” Comment.

Family getaway – Brooklyn style - Connecticut clan spends family vacation in Kings County

Forget Barcelona, Disney World or the Hamptons for summer vacations. When American families want the real urban experience, they are coming to Brooklyn. Comment.

B train runs later on express track - MTA expands service on local lines

It was a veritable Christmas in July for some local commuters last week, when the MTA-New York City Transit increased service on nine subway lines. Comment.

107-year-old marks milestone

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.

Wounded warriors stay in the game - Competition engages spirits; network of support warms hearts

Recently wounded combat troops are getting advice and encouragement from those who understand best what they’re up against: other disabled veterans who have learned to live with their disabilities. Comment.

Vets urged to apply for ‘stimulus’ cash

The Internal Revenue Service reminded qualifying retirees and veterans that it is not too late to file for an economic stimulus payment and announced it will send a second set of information packets to 5.2 million people who may be eligible but who have not yet filed for their stimulus payment. Comment.

Vets provide oral testimony - Older warriors record time in the service of Uncle Sam

As competitors were hurrying from one competition to the next at the 28th National Disabled Veterans Wheelchair Games, some paused between venues to commit to history their accounts of their military service and the impact it’s had on their lives. Comment.

Underground adventures - Latest ‘Lost Tunnel’ tour coming this week

Urban explorers are invited into the underground labyrinth beneath Atlantic Avenue, when Brooklyn’s own Indiana Jones, Bob Diamond, hosts another of his very popular tunnel tours tracing the living history of the borough from a very unique vantage point. Comment.

Tough two-year-old in leukemia battle - Neighbors join together to help family in courageous life-and-death struggle

About a month ago, two-year-old Sadie Page of Clinton Hill was diagnosed with leukemia. Comment.

Top BK high schools suffer graduation slip

While still prestigious, some of the borough’s brightest academic public high schools have lost some luster, according to four-year graduation rates released recently by the state. Comment.

77th St. station paint job

The Metropolitan Transit Authority New York City Transit is moving forward with its station painting program and has awarded a contract that includes the 77th Street train station on the R line in Bay Ridge. Comment.

Take steps against diabetes - Sixth Annual Walk for Health coming to Prospect Park

The Brooklyn Diabetes Task Force will celebrate its Sixth Annual Diabetes Walk for Health, August 23 in Prospect Park at the Bartel Lot by 15th Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.

Summertime fun & games on Wakeman Pl.

It was an Olympic block party… Comment.

91st Street brings the party outdoors

Lazy, hazy days of summer took a vigorous veer on the path to fun when homeowners bonded with their neighbors for block party festivities along 91st Street. Comment.

Square dancing lessons

The new season of the Al e Mo Squares square-dancing club — dedicated to the teaching, preservation and promoting of traditional American square-dancing — begins September 10 at 7 p.m. Comment.

Sea Cadets salute Rod & Gun club

The local unit of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC), the Capodanno Division in Staten Island, honored the Bay Ridge Rod & Gun Club (BRRG) for its service and dedication to the youth of the community. Through its Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), the BRRG Club has provided a safe and structured learning environment centered on safe-handling and proficiency with firearms. Comment.

Ribbon is cut on new Sarta Realty

State Senator Marty Golden expressed his support for local businesses when he attended the grand opening of the Dyker Heights family-owned operation Sarta Realty. Comment.

Reality hits ‘Dreams’ hard - CEC sour on charter school

Members of District 20’s Community Education Council (CEC) have given a thumbs- down to a proposed charter school. Comment.

More visit Brooklyn

According to Borough President Marty Markowitz’s office, there were 13,859,125 million visitors to the borough in 2006, as figures compiled are always a year behind. Comment.

Inside ‘Operation Summit Pursuit’

Operation Summit Pursuit, spearheaded by soldiers of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, brought hope to people in Hawijah and Sharqat, Iraq, and united Iraqi security forces, Sunni-Arab tribal and local government leaders, and members of the local “Sons of Iraq” citizen security group. Comment.

Hat-happy thief at large

John Dillinger has some stiff competition. Comment.

Good times and friends replace traffic on 83rd Street

Dyker Heights bubbled with equal parts of fun and festivity as residents united for a block party along 83rd Street. Comment.

Give locals a discount, Colton sez - Lawmaker pushes advent of new card for consumers

The New York City Resident Discount Card — don’t leave home without it. Comment.

Family vacations in ‘the 718’ - Connecticut brood spends a weeklong holiday in our fair borough

Forget Barcelona, Disney World or the Hamptons for summer vacations. When American families want the real urban experience, they are coming to Brooklyn. Comment.

Disabled vets compete in games

As disabled veterans tested their limits during the National Disabled Veterans Wheelchair Games, which wrapped up here yesterday, nearly 400 military volunteers provided the behind-the-scenes support that officials said made the games a success. Comment.

Church’s last days loom - Wrecking ball casts shadow over 108-year-old sanctuary

Clearly on borrowed time, the Green Church continues to rise above Fourth Avenue, even as the wrecking ball continues to hover overhead. Comment.

Break into the movie biz - Made in NY Production Assistant Training Program is here

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) — a nonprofit organization — and The New York City Mayor’s office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting present the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. This free skills training and job placement program aims to promote diversity in NYC’s production industry and create new career opportunities for young adults who are unemployed or low-income. Comment.

Black & Gold is the best medicine

For Army Capt. James Hart, the remedy is Pittsburgh Steelers football. Comment.

BK ‘shell-shocked’

Concerned reptile and oddity lovers just have two things to say to the thief who snapped up the two-headed turtle who’s called Windsor Terrace home for the last few weeks: Slow down and think about what you’re doing. Comment.

Bearded bank bandit is sought - Unmasked man menaces teller with threats

As cops apprehend the Tootsie look-alike responsible for robbing two Park Slope banks last month, a new note-passing bandit has surfaced in the area. Comment.

Armed forces personnel going for gold - Air Force captain among those competing at Beijing games for team track and field

U.S. Air Force World Class Athlete Program Capt. Kevin Eastler led military athletes competing in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team track and field trials by earning his second Olympic berth in the 20-kilometer race walk. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Buses and bullets Comment.
Bay News

107-year-old marks another milestone - Brighton lady celebrates with family, friends

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.
Bay News

‘Dreams’ ain’t made of this - District 20 CEC rejects controversial charter school

Members of District 20’s Community Education Council (CEC) have given thumbs down to a proposed charter school. Comment.
Bay News

‘Better late than never,’ says WWII vet - Local hero finally honored

A neighborhood World War II veteran who fought in Italy, Africa, France and Germany was honored for his service last week – 63 years after the war ended. Comment.
Bay News

Wyckoff tour

Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum Senior Docent Lucie Chin will give an historic cellar-to-attic tour of the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, New York City’s oldest structure, from 5-7 p.m., August 28. Comment.
Bay News

Underground adventure - Next tunnel tour beneath Atlantic Avenue on Aug. 24

Urban explorers are invited into the underground labyrinth beneath Atlantic Avenue, when Brooklyn’s own Indiana Jones, Bob Diamond, hosts another of his very popular tunnel tours tracing the living history of the borough from a very unique vantage point. Comment.
Bay News

Ugly lawn litter begone!

If the barrage of circulars thrown onto your stoop, lawn or porch has you seeing red, a glimpse of green may be right around the corner. Comment.
Bay News

Top BK high schools slip up - Graduation rates fall at Brooklyn Tech, Edward R. Murrow, others

While still prestigious, some of the borough’s brightest academic public high schools have lost some luster, according to four-year graduation rates released recently by the state. Comment.
Bay News

Theft leaves BK ‘shell-shocked’ - Mutant turtle goes missing

Concerned reptile and oddity lovers just have two things to say to the thief who snapped up the two-headed turtle who’s called Windsor Terrace home for the last few weeks: Slow down and think about what you’re doing. Comment.
Bay News

MB dog run on the move

It’s a good thing that dogs have a keen sense of direction. Comment.
Bay News

MBCG meeting

The Manhattan Beach Community Group will meet on August 27 at Kingsboro Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd, at 8 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

Manhattan Beach ‘treason’ - MBNA sees dark motive in rival’s actions

There are no traitors in Manhattan Beach – especially if all they’re doing is trying to help the community. Comment.
Bay News

Just bag it, Colton sez - New recycling push advocated

A local lawmaker is calling for consumers to boycott bags and instead BYOB – “Bring your own bags” – when they go shopping. Comment.
Bay News

Gravesend residents party in the street

Party hearty was the order issued to Gravesend frolickers, who embraced their annual block party with good cheer – plus amusements and entertainment for everyone. Comment.
Bay News

Grant will test sensors on city bridges

At the behest of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the House of Representatives has allocated $5 million for a pilot technology that uses wireless sensors to evaluate the safety of bridges. Comment.
Bay News

Getting a charge out of Mother Nature

Brooklynites were front and center for a spectacular lightning show Friday when a storm for the record books ripped its way through town. Fighting back the harsh winds, pelting rain and the random flying tree limb, our photographer managed to grab a snapshot of one of Zeus’ lightning bolts as it streaked across the sky. Comment.
Bay News

Ford Street locals take it to the street

Bay revelers partied hearty as mid-summer festivities unfolded along Ford Street with a block party. Comment.
Bay News

Diabetes Walk for Health

The Brooklyn Diabetes Task Force will celebrate its Sixth Annual Diabetes Walk for Health, August 23 in Prospect Park at the Bartel Lot by 15th Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

Call for checks & balances in schools - Teachers say mayoral control isn’t cutting it

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Bay News

Budget cut fears still loom

Fears are mounting that Brooklyn public schools will face more budget cuts next year. Comment.
Bay News

Boys in blue take centerstage at Keyspan Park

The skirl of bagpipes unfurled the pomp as New York’s Bravest celebrated their agency with an FDNY night at KeySpan Park. Comment.
Bay News

Block party fever hits 70th street and 13th Ave

The neighborhood rang with good cheer as homeowners fired up the barbies and ignited the fun with a block party along 70th Street. Comment.
Bay News

Ball field under lock and key

It’s being locked for its own protection. Comment.
Bay News

Bad news buzz - W. Nile Virus threat high

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.

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