Thursday, May 14, 2009

Williamsburg

Brooklyn Marriott to host Little People Conference

Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment.
Williamsburg

Marty talks more affordable housing, amusements

This past week saw Borough President Marty Markowitz finally issue his list of conditions for supporting the city’s controversial Coney Island redevelopment plan. Comment.
Williamsburg

Teresa Polonski, longtime Lentol staffer, dies

Teresa Polonski, a long−time member of Assembly member Joseph R. Lentol’s staff, died on May 2, 2009. Comment.
Williamsburg

Open Space Alliance of N. Brooklyn fundraiser

Come drink a mimosa with OSA! Comment.
Williamsburg

Kent Avenue Compromise

The tentative compromise regarding the controversial bike lanes on Kent Avenue that leaked out last week has drawn praise from involved parties. Comment.
Williamsburg

Borough hall spotlights talented kids

Young scribes and poets helped provide odes of ethnic pride when Borough Hall hosted a salute to the Land of Milk and Honey, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee. Comment.
Williamsburg

Turning the BQE from grey to green

City Council member Diana Reyna and some other Southside community activists have a vision: What if, they wonder, the sunken portion of the Brooklyn−Queens Expressway that runs alongside the so−called Rodney and Marcy Parks were capped over with landscaping, creating a wide stretch of contiguous parkland? Comment.
Williamsburg

New effort to stamp out hunger

The letter carriers of Brooklyn, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, are joining forces with the Food Bank For New York City as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger! food drive effort. The food drive will culminate May 9, marking the nation’s largest single−day food drive. Comment.
Williamsburg

Special salute to home care providers

Councilmember Diana Reyna joined personnel from the Nuestros Ninos Day Care Center (384 S. 4th Street) to honor more than 80 local home care providers who care for children in their own homes. Comment.
Williamsburg

Boo−ya! Circus tix go on sale

Squealing schoolkids from P.S. 288 and a performing Asian elephant trucked in from Connecticut marked the official start of ticket sales this week for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Boom A Ring in Coney Island. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Anthony Pastena, Sr. Way’ debuts on Graham

The intersection of Graham Avenue and Withers Street was co−named “Anthony Pastena, Sr. Way” last Sunday in honor of a Williamsburg civic leader who died in 2004. Comment.
Williamsburg

Polish the Greenway

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s annual benefit, New Views 2009, brings you to another new waterfront destination, June 18 June 18 from 6−9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Grand Street Campus holds annual spring arts celebration

More than a decade ago, the former Eastern District High School was disbanded into three smaller schools collectively known as the Grand Street Campus high schools. But despite taking most classes separately, students at the 850 Grand Street building unite around a shared arts program that is the envy of many in the city. Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s showtime at Sternberg Park — catch all the fun!

For the first time ever, a South Williamsburg park will have extensive free arts programming this summer when separate film and theater series debut in Sternberg Park, the Southside’s largest greenspace bordered by Montrose Avenue and Boerum, Lorimer, and Leonard streets. Comment.
Williamsburg

Sold! Market in McCarren is a good buy

Last Saturday marked the first “Market in McCarren” event, an outdoor crafts market run by Artists & Fleas, the N. 6th−Stret based independent artist and designer market. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn nurse out to draw blood on May 23

Nevada−bound grappling goliath Phillipe Nover – a former nurse at Coney Island Hospital – stayed close to his Canarsie roots when he selected Aviator Sports and Recreation to get in some last−minute practice before heading to the Silver State for the Mixed Martial Arts Ultimate Fighting Championship 98, May 23. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rossa salute to Costello

The O’Dovovan Rossa Society will host an evening in memory of committed Irish Republican and Socialist, Seamus Costello, at Rocky Sullivan’s Pub, corner of Dwight Street & Van Dyke Street in Red Hook. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Burglary−busting cops hailed as 78th Pct.’s best

A burglary pattern in the 78th Precinct was stopped cold in its tracks by cops who were recently honored by the 78th Precinct Community Council. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lovebirds cleared for paradise getaway

Their wedding bells may be more than a year away, but lucky Queens lovebirds JoAnn Porcello and Vincent Burner already have the icing on their cake – an all−expenses−paid Caribbean honeymoon, courtesy of this newspaper and the company which “knows why you fly,” American Airlines. Comment.
Borough-wide

Focus on Health: Understanding the wheezing

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is the most common long−term disease of children, but adults have asthma, too. Asthma causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but you will have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs. Comment.
Borough-wide

Attack those ugly ‘floatables’

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2009. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bklyn gal and West Point grad

Brooklyn Heights resident Adrienne Joi Rolle will graduate from the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, May 23. Comment.
Borough-wide

31st Anniversary Lunch with Lambda

City elected officials and members rubbed elbows with members of the borough’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community during the 31st Anniversary Lunch with Lambda event. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sunk on 16th

Put a tennis ball on one floor of Arthur Strimling’s South Slope home, and the suddenly precocious sphere will take on a life of its own. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Family Nite with Action Youth

Parents and loved ones delighted at the creations, set designs and message put forth during St. Francis Xavier Action Youth Program’s “Family Nite,” in which pint−sized participants created puppets, designed a set, and collaborated on scripts for a “values−based puppet show.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New venture into communal living on Eighth Avenue

Greenwood Heights just got a bit more community-minded. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Help put a shine on the Greenway

Lend a hand at Columbia Greenway Clean−Up, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s monthly cleanup along the new Columbia Street section of the greenway, May 9 from 10−11:30 a.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

P.S. 10 Rocks and audiences cheer their favorites

Show ‘em how its done! Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Good food’ fuels Park Slope marchers

A parade through the neighborhood became the hearty appetizer on a nourishing menu of food−related issues — from school lunches and obesity to public policy and sustainable farming — when the “the good food movement” gained meaty momentum at John Jay High School with the Brooklyn Food Conference. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Youngsters have a big appetite for greener schools

Councilmember Bill de Blasio enjoyed a breakfast at Aunt Suzie’s Restaurant in Park Slope with students from several Brooklyn public schools who competed in and won the “Green Your School” contest. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Blessed are the peacemakers — no matter what age

It has been said that “an apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The miracle of the hypoallergenic dog: Separating facts from fantasy

The search for the “hypoallergenic presidential dog” dominated the headlines recently, with the search for a “hypoallergenic” dog. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

SUNY Downstate health fair

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn is extending an invitation to all residents of Brooklyn to attend its annual Community Health Fair, May 16 (rain or shine), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of the hospital’s 445 Lenox Road entrance, between East 35th and East 37th streets. Comment.
Borough-wide

Activists have a trunk−full of criticism

Elephants haven’t always had an easy time of it in Coney Island − they publicly fried one back in 1903 − but Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus promises to treat its performing pachyderms with the utmost care when the Coney Island “Boom A Ring” debuts next month. Comment.
Borough-wide

Answering the school bell

Adults recently laid off, burnt out on their current job or looking to better their plight can now jump into Downtown Brooklyn’s burgeoning college scene. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shuttered schools rebound after flu scare

It was back to reading, writing and hand−sanitizing for three Brooklyn schools shuttered last week because of suspicion of swine flu. Comment.
Borough-wide

Raccoons make it rocky

Forget swine flu. Comment.
Borough-wide

Focus on Health: When your home becomes your biggest enemy

For millions of Americans, “allergy season” never ends. Colder temperatures that eliminate the problems of grass and tree pollens also drive people indoors where they meet troublesome dust mites, animal danders, and mold spores. Most indoor environments actually trap airborne allergens where they can pose a risk to respiratory health. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crime on the decline in 78th Pct.

Crime is trickling downward in the 78th Precinct, falling 2.3 percent for the year, police statistics show. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Willowtown spring fair coming

The distinctive red−brick Riverside apartment buildings on Joralemon Street and Columbia Place in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood known as Willowtown were under construction 120 years ago at this time. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Show me the figures: CB7 takes DOT to task

Show me where the figures came from! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Yes’ or ‘No’ format sheds light on the candidates

Though the six candidates vying to replace Bill de Blasio to represent the 39th District in the City Council agreed on most issues during last Wednesday’s cordial forum hosted by the Park Slope Civic Council, a handful of significant differences emerged. Comment.
Borough-wide

Networks ‘dig’ Mr. Diamond

Thirty feet below Atlantic Avenue, a star is rising. Comment.
Borough-wide

Focus on Health: Asthma on the rise

Asthma is a rapidly growing public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Botox: beyond frown line filler

The popularity of Botox (botulinum toxin type A) is largely attributed to its use as a cosmetic treatment that decreases the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet and other “imperfections.” In recent years, the drug’s use by Hollywood celebrities has propelled it into stardom, making botulinum injections the most popular non−surgical cosmetic procedure performed by plastic surgeons in the United States. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Residents screen for onset of osteoporosis

Assemblywoman Joan Millman organized a free osteoporosis screening in her Brooklyn office, 341 Smith Street, with the help of Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Climb the Brooklyn Bridge just like Spidey

Who needs to scale the New York Times building when you can take on the Brooklyn Bridge? Comment.
Borough-wide

Focus on Health: Alternative treatment for your eczema

New research where traditional Chinese medicine was found to safely and effectively treat patients with persistent atopic dermatitis — or eczema, as it’s commonly known — could lead more physicians to prescribe complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat the allergic condition. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s a grind at Greene Park

Fakies, frontsides and FS 540s wowed the crowd as hundreds of skateboarders goofy−footed over to Thomas Greene Park for the Gowanus Grind. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Stevedores using salt to be more appetizing, waterfront rival sez

A spice war is brewing in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

5 boro cyclists defy wind & rain

The rain did little to dampen the cheer of a sea of intrepid cyclists, who coursed through Brooklyn during the Great Five Boro Bike Tour, traversing the Brooklyn and Verrazano bridges en route to Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island for a celebration. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

From the bench to the stars

Midwood forward Jessica Previlon evolved from basketball rookie to bench warmer to star in fours years under coach Artie LaGreca. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Blue Devils are heaven sent

Mildred Piscopo has been coaching the Poly Prep softball team for 21 years with plenty of success. The Blue Devils are a perennial powerhouse in the Ivy League and always fair well in the NYSAISAA playoffs. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Coach posts stellar 22 years at Kearney

Cathy Crockett never imagined coaching for more than 20 years. In fact she had another dream. She wanted to be work for the New York City Police Department and, at 22 years old, was just waiting for the call from the academy to get started. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bonnie, Taj to play Brooklyn live!

David Byrne is about to get some company – a lot of it. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Habana block party’

Habana Outpost is shutting down all of 757 Fulton Street at South Portland Avenue from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m., May 9, to throw the baddest block party around. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

P.S. 154 Spring Carnival day

Public School 154−The Museum Alliance for Science and Technology will hold its annual Spring Carnival, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the schoolyard, Windsor Place at 11th Avenue in the Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

P.S. 15 puppet arts theater

Public School 15−The Patrick F. Daly School has partnered with Puppetry Arts Theatre to create a carnival, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the school’s new playground, corner of Van Brunt and Sullivan streets. In the event of inclement weather, the carnival will be held inside the school. Comment.
Borough-wide

Magic on ice: pros at Abe Stark rink

Current world class skaters from Russia, Poland and the US will perform alongside community kids in “Magic of the Ice,” at 5:30 p.m., May 14 at the Abe Stark Skating Rink, West 19th Street and the boardwalk in Coney Island. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New destination for original to−die−for fashions

Forget Paris and London, Brooklyn is where the cutting edge fashion designers are flocking to – especially if they want to look at art while they shop. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Events for bibliophiles

Barnes & Noble Park Slope invites the public to participate in its exciting calendar of events in May. Here’s what’s on tap this month. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Nurturer’s Day Festival to coincide with Mother’s Day

Every Sunday morning, a multiethnic crew of adults leads a multiethnic group of kids for two hours of ethical consciousness−raising at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, across the street from Prospect Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Back on the Block: RHI to celebrate their new lease

The Red Hook Initiative (RHI) will hold a “Back on the Block Party,” May 8 from 6−9:30 p.m. to celebrate their newly signed lease on the building, which will become their new community center for years to come. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Youngsters lace up sneakers for annual 2−mile benefit run

Dyker Heights youngsters will be putting their best foot forward, as part of a fundraiser to benefit the children of servicemen and women who were killed in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment.
Borough-wide

Public weighs in on future of DUMBO rezoning

As this paper went to press, Borough President Marty Markowitz was set to hear the public weigh in on the Department of City Planning’s proposal to rezone a wide swath of DUMBO. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parks commissioner sees ‘ollies’ at Squibb Park

Grind rails and half−pipes could be coming to a tiny Brooklyn Heights park that also might serve as an entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.
Borough-wide

Boo−ya! Circus tix on sale!

Squealing schoolkids from P.S. 288 and a performing Asian elephant trucked in from Connecticut marked the official start of ticket sales this week for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Boom A Ring in Coney Island. Comment.
Borough-wide

City eager to control of BK Bridge Pk

City Parks Commissioner Adrien Benepe is licking his lips at the prospect of the city taking control over the development and administration of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.

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