Saturday, July 18, 2009

Williamsburg

Forum on changes to Atlantic Yards

Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 & 8 will hold a meeting to hear an updated presentation on proposed modifications to the Atlantic Yards Development General Project Plan from 6−9 p.m., July 22 at Long Island University’s Zeckendorf Health Sciences Center, Room 107 (enter Dekalb Avenue, off Flatbush Avenue). Comment.
Williamsburg

Revisit remarkable NC−3 Flying Boat

“This is terrible looking, I’ll admit, but I’d been 74 hours without sleep and food,” Commander John H. Towers wrote after sailing his NC−3 Flying Boat, 206 miles through the storm tossed Atlantic Ocean. Comment.
Williamsburg

Local kids cash a bigtop paycheck at Coney Boom−A−Ring

For many, their first real paying job means typing and filing, but for Tatiana Ramirez, 17, and Lialani Thomas, 19, their first real job at the Coney Island Boom−A−Ring means snarling tigers and 8,000−pound pachyderms. Comment.
Williamsburg

Gavel to Gavel

Criminal probe in hospital death Comment.
Williamsburg

Village watering hall offers to replace ‘Miss Liberty’

When it comes to the disturbing turn in the mystery behind the disappearance and likely beheading of Vox Pop’s Lady Liberty, owner Debi Ryan is of two minds. Comment.
Williamsburg

Sailing the blue highway

Fulton Ferry Landing already offers visitors fine dining, famous ice cream and a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline — and someday soon it could also become a place where commuters hop a ferry to work. Comment.
Williamsburg

The ‘Boogaloo Barbeque’

The Annual City Reliquary Benefit, aka “The Brooklyn Boogaloo Barbeque” will be held July 25 from 6−10 p.m. at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

Atlantic Yards feud Comment.
Williamsburg

Not for Nuthin’

Lucrezia Borgia I’m not. Good old Lucrezia was born in a little village near Rome on April 18, during the Renaissance period. History as well as a theatrical account (an opera by Gaetano Donizetti) has portrayed her as a Machiavellian, husband−slaying hussy that used a ton of methods to get rid of an unwanted spouse or lover − with poison at the top of the list. She was also quite beautiful, with blond hair, green eyes and a buxom figure −− a regular femme fatal. Comment.
Williamsburg

Annual scavenger Hunt

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative at 145 Columbia Street, and Recycle−a−Bicycle are teaming up for their annual scavenger hunt on Governors Island, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Galapagos Art Space hosts salute to street performers

See New York City’s finest subway and street performers celebrate the work of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, a nonprofit organization, which supports children in NYC schools with underdeveloped music programs, at the Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street in DUMBO, July 21 at 9 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Coup over, new one possible

The State Senate coup that threatened to shake the foundations of the Capitol roared in like a lion and exited like a lamb. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Battle for the ballot is kicked up a notch

Petitions for City Council races were due in the Brooklyn Board of Elections office at midnight, July 16, and now for Brooklyn’s political junkies, this is when the fun begins. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

LGBT community to fight on

To quote Monty Python, the same−sex marriage bill isn’t dead −− it’s resting. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn’s wild and wooly neighbors

You may not always get along with your neighbors, but the six white Bengal tigers, three Asian elephants and 15 or so miniature horses, French donkeys, llamas, goats and sheep that have been living side−by−side on Surf Avenue in Coney Island for the last month appear to be getting along just fine. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rolling Thunder ride to ‘Wall’

Chapter 2 NY of Rolling Thunder will hold its Fifth Annual Three Borough Motorcycle Ride to the Vietnam Wall in Manhattan in support disabled American veterans, July 26. Comment.
High School Sports

Queens of Brooklyn’s soccer fields

The balance of power has shifted. No longer is Midwood the undisputed girls’ soccer queen of Brooklyn. This year, Brooklyn Tech, backed by superb sophomore Niri Halperin, earned that crown with its first division title and a run to the PSAL Class A quarterfinals. Comment.
High School Sports

The ball’s firmly in Bklyn’s court

Midwood is usually Brooklyn’s volleyball king, but this was a banner year for the borough because of its depth. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Boost for CUNY’s Energy Institute

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Green Jobs & New Economy Subcommittee, announced that the Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development has allocated $1,550,000 in grant funding to City University of New York’s Energy Institute. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pet owner: cops pulled gun on my dog

It’s a case of one’s bark being worse than their bite −− for everyone involved. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Brooklynites storm smith st. for bastille day

Vive la France – in Brooklyn! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

LICH, SUNY merger touted as a win−win

Solving the business problems of financially beleaguered Long Island College Hospital will enable its medical services to ultimately thrive, those supportive of its partnership with a state institution said this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

District 15 CEC blasts uncivil Department of Ed.

School District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC) lashed out at city Education Department (DOE) officials for abandoning “common civility.” Comment.
Borough-wide

St. John’s Place replaces traffic with fun

Mom, dad and the kids made merry with their neighbors during a block party in Park Slope. Comment.
Borough-wide

Green scorecard on pols

If you’re trying to help the environment, don’t turn to City Councilmember Erik Martin Dilan for some support. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pucker up to a real live Brooklyn sea lion

Forget the cash cows, the New York Aquarium has its own bank of ‘cash seals’ in lovable pinnipeds, such as Duke, whose outpouring of affection doesn’t come cheap at $200−a−pop but, apparently, is worth every penny for adventurous Borough Park visitor Catharine Tolan, 18, who helps kick off the wildlife conservation facility’s exciting new program, California Sea Lion Encounters, with boyfriend Peter Aleshin, 18, of Bensonhurst. Comment.
Borough-wide

Thies skips B’way Triangle vote

Community members waited in line for nearly an hour to witness Community Board 1’s final decision regarding the rezoning of the Broadway Triangle site, but there was one notable absence. Comment.
Borough-wide

South 5th Street neighbors host a summertime spectacular

Frolickers soaked in equal parts of sunshine and community spirit – washed down by a potluck batch of grilled goodies – during a block party along South 5th Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Accept an artistic invitation to bustling Sao Paolo

According to the Brazilian artists Loro Verz, Apolo Torres, and Mundano, Brooklyn is much sleepier than the frenetic pace of Sao Paolo. If their art is any indication, the streets bustle with constant activity, unless they are flooded, which also happens frequently. Comment.
Borough-wide

Deadline comes for New York City Council hopefuls

With the petitions due in to the city Board of Elections this week, the front−runners in the 33rd District City Council race are all feeling confident. Comment.
Borough-wide

G−Train salon rolling your way

The G−Train salon, an inspiring, mixed−media installation by new emerging artists, will make “a stop” at bookstore WORD, 126 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, from 7−9 p.m., July 23 for “Summer Reading,” produced by Hit Factorie in collaboration from the G−Train salon. Comment.
Borough-wide

Troop 469 salutes stalwarts of the community

Williamsburg’s own Troop 469, the oft−declared future leaders of North Brooklyn, honored several current leaders of the community at their annual dinner and awards ceremony last Thursday at the Brooklyn Brewery. Comment.
Borough-wide

Councilman David Yassky is ‘square’ with Bedford Avenue hipsters

What would have been a typically sleepy July 4 holiday on Bedford Avenue was electrified with the presence of Brooklyn Councilmember David Yassky (D−Williamsburg), who challenged passerbys to an unusually intense game of Four Square during Williamsburg Walks. Comment.
Borough-wide

Street level art brightens Willoughby St.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the fairest shutters of them all along Willoughby Street? Comment.
Borough-wide

Public forum on Berkeley Carroll School expansion

It might be summer recess, but the Berkeley Carroll School will open its doors on July 29, when it hosts a community forum to discuss its plan to erect a new building at the site of its middle school and upper school. Comment.
Borough-wide

Candidates for 39th Council seat submit petitions

In the race for the 39th Council District, the petitions are in and the challenges are...no where to be found, at least so far. Comment.
Borough-wide

SCRIE eligibility bumped up to $29K

State Senator Martin J. Golden has begun informing seniors 62 years and older that the new income eligibility for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program is $29,000. Comment.
Borough-wide

Whole Foods: hungry for BK

Whole Foods Market still intends to build a store near the Gowanus Canal, saying this week that any confusion over its commitment to the neighborhood came down to semantics. Comment.
Borough-wide

The $5 slice of pizza is here

Loyalty apparently has no limits: Di Fara’s Pizza in Midwood has raised the price of one slice to an astronomical $5, but devoted customers continue to gobble up the cheesy fare. Comment.
Borough-wide

P.S. 58 makes ‘time’ for seniors

Public School 58 students visited Assemblywoman Joan Millman’s District Office to deliver an art book, made possible through funding provided by Millman. Comment.
Borough-wide

Right in step with the dancing Giglio

They came from near and from far – as far away as Italy to as nearby as Union Avenue – to witness the 122nd annual lifting of the Giglio tower in Williamsburg. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fighting against ALS

The Steven Schneider Allstate Agency on Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place has been a real leader in helping to fight ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, with a special fundraiser, which donated $5 for every insurance quote given from May 1−June 19 to The ALS Association. Comment.
Borough-wide

Designer Soiree coming

The fashion experts at The Arsenal, 153 Roebling Street, fourth floor, are curating the Williamsburg Indie Designer SoirÉe, a pop−up mart of wildly talented local designers to sell their clothing, accessories and jewelry in their loft, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. From high−end to handmade, you’ll have the chance to grab a complete variety of hard−to−find pieces that you won’t see anywhere else, for prices that will make you smile. Comment.
Borough-wide

Battle for the ballot moves into next phase

Petitions for City Council races were due in the Brooklyn Board of Elections office at midnight, July 16, and now for Brooklyn’s political junkies, this is when the fun begins. Comment.
Borough-wide

Arrest in Moore St. shooting

One of the men allegedly involved in a Williamsburg gunfight that led to the death of an innocent bystander has been arrested. Comment.
Borough-wide

Volunteer with MDA camps

Volunteers looking for a rewarding and memorable experience should consider Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps. Volunteer counselors are needed to assist young people with muscular dystrophy and related diseases, and help them enjoy a fun−filled MDA summer camp August 16−22 in Spring Valley, NY. Comment.
Borough-wide

Babeland hosts food drive

At Babeland, giving feels good. Comment.
Borough-wide

D−day for candidates

With the petitions due in to the city Board of Elections this week, the front−runners in the 33rd District City Council race are all feeling confident. Comment.
Borough-wide

CB6 rolls with PPW bike path plan

Community Board 6 this week made formal its sentiment regarding a controversial city plan for a bicycle path along Prospect Park West. Comment.
Borough-wide

Boost for CUNY Energy Institute

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Green Jobs & New Economy Subcommittee, announced that the Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development has allocated $1,550,000 in grant funding to City University of New York’s Energy Institute. Comment.
Borough-wide

70−foot fears over Gardens

A rezoning proposal for Carroll Gardens must be tweaked to thwart the rise of out−of−scale buildings on a handful of blocks, residents urged at a Borough Hall hearing this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

CEC: we need changes

Williamsburg’s Community Education Council of District 14 welcomed its newest members, Reginald Greene, Elizabeth Oyola, and Kenneth Paneto onto its board this week, as they immediately pondered state political discussions which would determine the future of their existence. Comment.
Borough-wide

Amerikick kicks butt on world stage

With more than 330 divisions and over 30 countries represented, students from Amerikick−Park Slope took home the gold by earning five first place and two second place victories at the US Open 2009 in Orlando Florida. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gee whiz people...you can’t go there!

A popular concert series might be putting the ‘P’ in Prospect Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

OSA chief faces criticism

It should have been a banner week for Open Space Alliance Executive Director Stephanie Thayer. Comment.
Borough-wide

Owner: cops drew on dog

It’s a case of bark being worse than bite — for everyone involved. Comment.
Borough-wide

Restaurant noise worries neighbors

Residents of Keap and South 5th streets are concerned that adding one more restaurant to the growing number of bars on their block will make the street too loud to bear. Comment.
Borough-wide

Take the L−line for the best subway ride in BK

Brooklyn’s L train is the second best subway line in the city, but it still isn’t worth the full price of admission, a commuter advocacy group determined this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Boffo for B’way

It was not the circus that many expected, but Williamsburg residents were still treated to a Broadway−quality theatrical production Tuesday night as Community Board 1 gave the Broadway Triangle its blessing, approving the rezoning action 23−12−1. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘The Daddy Shift’ explored

“Stay−at−home dads,” observes journalist Jeremy Adam Smith, “are the leading edge of the daddy shift, pioneers who are quietly mapping new territory for all fathers.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Rabbi: funny man turns a mirror on society

Sacha Baron Cohen’s box office persona known as Bruno is fashionable, a bit freaky and quite flagrant about his sexuality. Comment.
Borough-wide

Grassroots artistry on the cutting edge of creativity

Mixed−media artist Megan Hays curated her first show at McCaig−Welles Gallery (129 Roebling Street) in Williamsburg this week, bringing along a bunch of her friends from Lumenhouse (47 Beaver Street), where she has been a fixture for several years. Comment.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Borough-wide

Cyclones notebook: Gorski starts quick but fades fast

Normal Comment.
Borough-wide

Still reeling, Cyclones’ slump continues in 10-4 loss

Normal Comment.
Borough-wide

Streaky Cyclones headed in the wrong direction

By Five Boro Sports Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn volleyball novices shock Citywide tourneyn

Winning wasn’t exactly in the plans for Edith Koci and Elizabet Genis. The Brooklyn natives are relative volleyball novices who were just hoping to gain experience in the Parks Department’s Citywide Beach Volleyball tournament Saturday in Coney Island. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Your are now entering Brooklynati

You’re invited to “Brooklynati” on July 8, when local hip−hop group Tanya Morgan play Southpaw. Comment.
Kings Courier

H.S. students strike a chord with the world

Eighty−five World Ensemble students from Brooklyn College Academy High School, who play a variety of instruments found around the globe, paid a visit to Public School 255 to perform a program of international music. Comment.
Flatbush

Wall Street: Private sector jobs growing in Brooklyn

After decades of steady decline, Brooklyn’s share of the city’s private sector jobs is slowly inching forward, a recent study determined. Comment.
Canarsie

Gavel to Gavel

Criminal probe in hospital death Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

Treebeard is smiling Comment.
Canarsie

A Britisher’s View

The “Cradle of Civilization” is behaving uncivilized now that its fate is in its own hands. Comment.
Canarsie

It’s Only My Opinion

PIGEON FORGE – PART 2 Comment.
Canarsie

Not for Nuthin’

Lucrezia Borgia I’m not. Good old Lucrezia was born in a little village near Rome on April 18, during the Renaissance period. History as well as a theatrical account (an opera by Gaetano Donizetti) has portrayed her as a Machiavellian, husband−slaying hussy that used a ton of methods to get rid of an unwanted spouse or lover − with poison at the top of the list. She was also quite beautiful, with blond hair, green eyes and a buxom figure −− a regular femme fatal. Comment.
Canarsie

Beautiful Miss Manhattan has a secret

There are plenty of beautiful women across the East River, but Miss Manhattan isn’t one of them. Comment.
Canarsie

LGBT community keeps up fight for marriage rights

To quote Monty Python, the same−sex marriage bill isn’t dead −− it’s resting. Comment.
Canarsie

New threat to Fido’s life

Here’s another reason to hate rats: their pee could kill your dog. Comment.
Canarsie

Home sweet home sales sour

The Great Recession is pummeling home prices in Brooklyn, indiscriminately gutting real estate values in almost every neighborhood surveyed, a study released this week revealed. Comment.
Canarsie

Lots of love for little people

More than 3,000 members of the Little People of America (LPA) and their families enjoyed a whirlwind tour of the city last week as Brooklyn hosted the organization’s 52nd national conference. Comment.
Canarsie

The Fresh Air Fund

This month marked the beginning of Fresh Air summer vacations for hundreds of New York City children, including many Brooklyn residents. Comment.
Canarsie

Rolling Thunder ride to the Wall

Chapter 2 NY of Rolling Thunder will hold its Fifth Annual Three Borough Motorcycle Ride to the Vietnam Wall in Manhattan in support disabled American veterans, July 26. Comment.
Canarsie

Annual scavenger hunt

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative at 145 Columbia Street, and Recycle−a−Bicycle are teaming up for their annual scavenger hunt on Governors Island, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

Speak Out

For many decades after the end of World War II, we would receive the annual invitation to the yearly reunion of “That old gang of mine.” Comment.
Bay News

Big Screecher

Who could forget that magnificent “Singing in the Rain” number by Gene Kelly from the musical of the same name? Comment.
Bay News

Faithful honor pastor’s 65−year career

A crusading clergyman who “left his mark of love” on a legion of worshippers and a string of parishes, was feted with platinum words, distinguished awards and a sumptuous banquet dinner when the community hailed the pastor emeritus of Most Precious Blood Church, Rev. Vincent Termine, for 65 years of service to the faithful. Comment.
Bay News

Michael J. Ferraro Service Awards

The long arm of the law embraced elementary school graduates when the 62nd Precinct Community Council presented an awards night in Bath Beach to hail the academic successes of local students. Comment.
Borough-wide

Two die in raging Flatlands fire

By Thomas Tracy Comment.
Borough-wide

East Flatbush merchants BID-ding for change

Merchants on Avenue D and Utica Avenue are taking the first steps toward instituting a Business Improvement District. Comment.
Borough-wide

All aboard the ‘Blue Highway’

Sheepshead Bay already offers anglers and party people a great place to cast off and dance the night away -- and someday soon it could also become the place where commuters hop a ferry to work. Comment.
Borough-wide

Back to the future at Canarsie Fair

Don’t tell Canarsie historian Ramon Martinez there’s no such thing as time travel. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn’s news in brief

There’s more going on at Asser Levy Park located at West 5th Street and Surf Avenue than Marty Markowitz’ Seaside Summer Concerts Series. Comment.
Borough-wide

New CEC 21 president — or not

School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) has elected a new president and executive officers — but questions remain about whether or not the votes count. Comment.
Borough-wide

Turning lemons into lemonade into help for Haiti

Sheepshead Bay kids are using a lemonade stand to help an impoverished country. Comment.
Borough-wide

Smoky blaze rips through Ocean Avenue home

Firefighters check out the attic of an Ocean Avenue home to make sure that a one-alarm fire that erupted inside the basement had not spread to a higher elevation. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gravesend street to be named for Brooklyn Poet Laureate

Many knew him as Brooklyn’s poet laureate, but to those who live in the tight-knit Gravesend community, the late Ken Siegelman was also a beloved friend and neighbor. Comment.
Borough-wide

Off to the races: Petitions filed for election ’09

It seems that Election 2009 isn’t going to be a snoozer after all. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brazilians take over Bushwick

According to the Brazilian artists Loro Verz, Apolo Torres, and Mundano, Brooklyn is much sleepier than the frenetic pace of Sao Paolo.If their art is any indication, the streets bustle with constant activity, unless they are flooded, which also happens frequently. Comment.
Borough-wide

No transfer school for I.S. 211

The city is no longer considering housing a transfer school in I.S. 211 in Canarsie. Comment.
Borough-wide

70-foot fears over Gardens

A rezoning proposal for Carroll Gardens must be tweaked to thwart the rise of out-of-scale buildings on a handful of blocks, residents urged at a Borough Hall hearing this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

New superintendent for Dist. 21

School District 21 has a new community superintendent. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shot, followed, shot again

By Thomas Tracy Comment.
Borough-wide

Federal grant augments funding for community center

Right now, it’s occupied by a vacant filling station. Comment.
Borough-wide

DA wants to help veterans

The Kings County District Attorney’s office has signed onto a special program to help veterans who left a war zone only to find themselves in a new crisis. Comment.
Borough-wide

Postal service looking to compact operations to save money

By the end of September, the United States Postal Service could begin making plans to close some of its offices in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

East River Pool Parties open

Music fans rejoiced at the return of the JellyNYC Pool Parties to Williamsburg, the popular summer concert series that has been a neighborhood staple for the past four years. Comment.
Borough-wide

Open Space Alliance at crossroads

It should have been a banner week for Open Space Alliance Executive Director Stephanie Thayer. Comment.
Borough-wide

This week in Brooklyn politics

Councilmember Sara M. González introduced a resolution last week seeking to establish March 31 as a national holiday honoring heroic farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. Comment.
Borough-wide

Woman slain by stray bullet in Williamsburg

By Thomas Tracy Comment.
Borough-wide

Canarsie strip mall sizzles with anticipation over new IHOP

Call them flapjacks, griddle cakes or pancakes, Canarsie residents will soon be getting their fill. Comment.
Borough-wide

Life of a CEC member: “Awkward”

Brooklyn’s Community Education Councils (CEC) are still holding meetings— even though they technically are extinct. Comment.
Borough-wide

CB 1 advances Broadway Triangle 

It was not the circus that many expected, but Williamsburg residents were still treated to a Broadway-quality theatrical production Tuesday night as Community Board 1 gave the Broadway Triangle its blessing, approving the rezoning action 23-12-1. Comment.
Borough-wide

Not her cup of ‘T’: Ridge motorist smacked for parking legally

Six months after a rule change by the Department of Transportation to permit parking next to curb cuts at certain T intersections, violations are still being issued for it, and, on occasion, the city’s administrative law judges are still upholding the tickets. Comment.
Borough-wide

Go for the gold at the Board Game Olympics

Spend most Saturday nights in trivial pursuit? Sinking battleships? Connecting four? Comment.
Borough-wide

Go slow on Shore, says local pol

As a winding street, Shore Road is unquestionably scenic. Comment.
Borough-wide

What recession - Five dollar pizza slice a hit

Loyalty apparently has no limits: Di Fara’s Pizza has raised the price of one slice to an astronomical $5, but devoted customers continue to gobble up the cheesy fare. Comment.
Borough-wide

District 15 CEC blasts uncivil Department of Ed.

School District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC) lashed out at city Education Department (DOE) officials for abandoning “common civility.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Bar noise over Broadway

Residents of Keap and South 5th streets are concerned that adding one more restaurant to the growing number of bars on their block will make the street too loud to bear. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dog nearly shot by cop

It’s a case of bark being worse than bite — for everyone involved. Comment.
Borough-wide

New CEC members ponder the future of mayoral control

Williamsburg’s Community Education Council of District 14 welcomed its newest members, Reginald Greene, Elizabeth Oyola, and Kenneth Paneto onto its board this week, as they immediately pondered state political discussions which would determine the future of their existence. Comment.
Borough-wide

Planned LICH, SUNY merger touted as a win-win

Solving the business problems of financially beleaguered Long Island College Hospital will enable its medical services to ultimately thrive, those supportive of its partnership with a state institution said this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Candidates rake in the dough

With less than two months remaining before the Democratic primary, City Council candidates throughout Brooklyn have been urging supporters to make their financial contributions as they enter the final stretch of their campaigns. Comment.
Borough-wide

Senior citizens group takes stand against errant produce stores

A group of gray panthers is on the march against the produce stores that display fruits and vegetables too far outside their store. Comment.
Borough-wide

Water rescuers hook sinker

Going down to Davey Jones’ locker... Comment.
Borough-wide

CB 1’s Evan Thies resigns

Community members waited in line for nearly an hour to witness Community Board 1’s final decision regarding the rezoning of the Broadway Triangle site, but there was one notable absence. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fire guts Nostrand Avenue deli

Two firefighters were injured Saturday as they beat back a two-alarm fire that ripped through a Nostrand Avenue deli. Comment.
Borough-wide

Best−ever start for Cyclones

Through the 10−game winning streak and franchise−best 16−2 start, the Cyclones excelled in areas that didn’t show up in the box score. They took the extra base, advanced runners along and made the pivotal pitch. Comment.
Borough-wide

70th Street posts a perfect summertime ‘10’

Kids romped on the traffic−free stretch while the grown−ups prepared grilled goodies to share with loved ones during block party festivities in Dyker Heights. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘De Russy Drive’ debuts in front of golf course

The engineer under whose direction Fort Hamilton was built, and whose estate became what is today known as the community of Dyker Heights, was immortalized when local historians and activists joined forces to co−name the street in front of the Dyker Beach Golf Course “De Russy Drive” after General Rene E. De Russy (1789−1865). Comment.
Borough-wide

There’s danger around the bend

As a winding street, Shore Road is unquestionably scenic. Comment.
Borough-wide

Curb cuts still costing motorists big bucks

Six months after a rule change by the Department of Transportation to permit parking next to curb cuts at certain T intersections, violations are still being issued for it, and, on occasion, the city’s administrative law judges are still upholding the tickets. Comment.
Borough-wide

P.S. 52 brings storybook characters to life

Spidey hobnobbed with Pocahontas and Pinocchio pressed flesh with a pirate during a character parade at Public School 52. Comment.
Borough-wide

Senior health fair

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services⁄Narrows Senior Center will be holding a health fair at the facility, 1230 63rd Street, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Many hope traffic circle improvements square with DOT

Navigating the notoriously congested Park Circle in Windsor Terrace can sometimes resemble a scene from a Peter Sellers “Pink Panther” movie. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cops ready to bust barbecues

Play your music too loud, and you may attract some unexpected visitors to your next backyard barbecue −− the police. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dust in the wind: diamond gets polish

Under foot, the loose sand shifted. Comment.
Borough-wide

Faithful hail pastor emeritus for 60 years of service

A crusading clergyman who “left his mark of love” on a legion of worshippers and a string of parishes, was feted with platinum words, distinguished awards and a sumptuous banquet dinner when the community hailed the pastor emeritus of Most Precious Blood Church, Rev. Vincent Termine, for 65 years of service to the faithful. Comment.
Borough-wide

Earthquake gala

Councilman Vincent Gentile will co−host a fundraiser in conjunction with local charity L’Aquila Earthquake Survivors Assistance (LESA) to benefit victims of the disastrous earthquake that struck Italy this past April. Comment.
Borough-wide

Medal Day at the 67th Police precinct

Cops from the 67th Precinct attending their annual Medal Day ceremony last week received a special surprise – a hearty salute from the “main boss” – Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Comment.
Borough-wide

Help keep the dog shelter going

Right now, the Sean Casey Animal Rescue picks up about 60 or so dogs a month that are then put up for adoption. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gunman tracks down victim

File this one under “not knowing when to quit.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Mummy is a man: Museum makes shocking discovery

Talk about an identity crisis. Comment.
Borough-wide

Town hall looks at S’head Bay ferry stop

Sheepshead Bay already offers anglers and party people a great place to cast off and dance the night away −− and someday soon it could also become the place where commuters hop a ferry to work. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sweet Georgia Brown plays at P.S. 52

Public School 52 students received a lesson in fancy footwork when the Harlem Globetrotters stopped by to help the big−hearted bunch with a ‘dribble−a−thon’ to raise money for ailing children. Comments (1).
Borough-wide

Owls Head Park revamp underway

In the shadow of a generations−old birch tree, the long−awaited renewal of Owls Head Park was celebrated. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Land of milk and honey’ in Brooklyn

The long arm of the law embraced elementary school graduates when the 62nd Precinct Community Council presented an awards night in Bath Beach to hail the academic successes of local students. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn teenagers cash a bigtop paycheck

For many, their first real−paying job means typing and filing, but for Tatiana Ramirez, 17, and Lialani Thomas, 19, their first real job at the Coney Island Boom−A−Ring means snarling tigers and 8,000−pound pachyderms. Comment.
Borough-wide

UJA−Federation comes to the aid of financially−strapped

Financially−strapped families and individuals have a friend in the Met Council. Comment.
Borough-wide

Seniors get needed answers

Central Brooklyn seniors discovered the answers from experts on how to improve their well being – from health care to retirement benefits – during a Senior Services Day hosted by State Senator Senator Kevin Parker in Flatbush. Comment.
Borough-wide

For some, it’s not easy being green

If you’re trying to help the environment, don’t turn to City Councilmember Erik Martin Dilan for some support. Comment.
Borough-wide

Block Party fever grips 69th Street

Simple pleasures were on the menu during block party day along 69th Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Michael J. Ferraro Community Service

The long arm of the law embraced elementary school graduates when the 62nd Precinct Community Council presented an awards night in Bath Beach to hail the academic successes of local students. Comment.
Borough-wide

Awkward time for ‘extinct’ Distinct 18 CEC

Brooklyn’s Community Education Councils (CEC) are still holding meetings — even though they technically are extinct. Comment.
Borough-wide

IHOP to debut inside Flatlands Avenue shopping ctr.

Call them flapjacks, griddle cakes or pancakes, Canarsie residents will soon be getting their fill. Comments (3).
Borough-wide

Grads with ‘Higher Hopes’

The 54 graduating seniors at Brooklyn elementary, intermediate and high schools who were the recipients of Assemblywoman Janele Hyer−Spencer’s Higher Hopes Awards have one thing in common: All of them have demonstrated significant improvement in academic achievement throughout their school years, or succeeded in spite of adverse conditions. Comment.
Borough-wide

Senior Idol auditions

Auditions for Brooklyn’s Third Senior Idol Contest will be held September 12 at Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road, at 10 a.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rolling Thunder roars for veterans

The sunny day provided for a sparkling salute to Brooklyn’s battlefield heroes – past and present – during a veterans’ recognition day in Brighton Beach, presented by Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 NY. Comment.
Borough-wide

Village eatery offers to replace ‘beheaded’ Miss Liberty

When it comes to the disturbing turn in the mystery behind the disappearance and likely beheading of Vox Pop’s Lady Liberty, owner Debi Ryan is of two minds. Comment.
Borough-wide

I.S. 278 helps fill food pantries

As it becomes harder during this troubled economy to put food on the kitchen table, and food banks are seeing an increased number of visitors, the Marine Park IS 278 Builders Club decided to end the school year by holding a food drive to benefit City Harvest, a non−profit organization helping to feed hungry New Yorkers. Comment.
Borough-wide

Free air conditioners for seniors

Councilman Vincent Gentile urged qualifying seniors to take advantage of free air conditioners to help beat this summer’s heat. Comment.
Borough-wide

Coup over, new one possible

The State Senate coup that threatened to shake the foundations of the Capitol roared in like a lion and exited like a lamb. Comment.
Borough-wide

4 shootings; 1 dead, six hurt

In the last four weeks, gunfire has not been an uncommon sound in Canarsie. Comment.
Borough-wide

Grim news, but some bright spots

In today’s challenging economy, a number of people find themselves in career transitions as a result of the ailing job market. The US Department of Labor just revealed that the economy lost around 650,000 jobs in March. According to the Associated Press, the US unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in February, and economists recently announced that the national jobless rate reached 8.5 percent in March. Comment.
Borough-wide

Help seniors surf the Internet

Dyker Heights Civic Association, Senator Marty Golden and Councilman Vincent Gentile are seeking three to four college or graduate students or confident, outgoing and patient Internet users for Tuesdays and⁄or Thursdays throughout August, to teach seniors in the community the basics of Internet, Web site navigation and email. Comment.
Borough-wide

Block associations salute community crime−busters

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes an entire community to keep that child safe. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Holy war’ brews at Asser Levy Pk

Up until now, the leader of the Sea Breeze Jewish Center says that congregants worshiping across the street from Asser Levy Park have ignored concerts that have coincided with the “saddest day” of the Jewish calendar −− well, maybe not anymore. Comment.
Borough-wide

The $5 slice of pizza has come to Di Fara’s

Loyalty apparently has no limits: Di Fara’s Pizza in Midwood has raised the price of one slice to an astronomical $5, but devoted customers continue to gobble up the cheesy fare. Comment.
Borough-wide

Attention shoppers! Clarendon Plaza is now open

A ribbon−cutting, live music and a meet−and−greet with merchants marked the grand opening of a new commercial shopping center in East Flatbush. Comment.
Borough-wide

NYPD plays ball...er, cricket

With Commissioner Ray Kelly looking on, the long arm of the law hurled the ‘red cherry’ against the ‘meat of the bat,’ swinging into action NYPD’s Youth Cricket League in Flatbush. Comment.
Borough-wide

Giddy−up! GALLOPNYC returns to Prospect Park

The second annual GALLOPNYC Ride with Pride celebration kicked off with a grand parade through Prospect Park led by Parade Master John Franzeb, where GALLOPNYC volunteers and riders, mounted on horses, carried the GALLOPNYC banner, and a herd of paper−mache horses. Comment.
Borough-wide

I.S. 211 transfer school scrapped

The city is no longer considering housing a transfer school in I.S. 211 in Canarsie. Comment.
Borough-wide

Buddy can you spare a job; unemployment rises

After several months of stagnation, Brooklyn’s unemployment rate is again on the rise, according to recent New York State Department of Labor (DOL) statistics. Comment.
Borough-wide

Queens of Brooklyn’s soccer fields

The balance of power has shifted. No longer is Midwood the undisputed girls’ soccer queen of Brooklyn. This year, Brooklyn Tech, backed by superb sophomore Niri Halperin, earned that crown with its first division title and a run to the PSAL Class A quarterfinals. Comment.
Borough-wide

Struggling Utes sport ‘invisible’ star

Nicolette Sinagra might be the best softball player in New York City that few people have heard of. Comment.
Borough-wide

Administrator leaves huge void at Boys & Girls

Bedford−Stuyvesant will never be the same. Nor will Boys & Girls High School. Comment.
Borough-wide

The ball’s firmly in Bklyn’s court

Midwood is usually Brooklyn’s volleyball king, but this was a banner year for the borough because of its depth. Comment.
Borough-wide

Canarsie to take a journey back in time

Don’t tell Canarsie historian Ramon Martinez there’s no such thing as time travel. Comment.
Borough-wide

Revist the ‘flying boat’

“This is terrible looking, I’ll admit, but I’d been 74 hours without sleep and food,” Commander John H. Towers wrote after sailing his NC−3 Flying Boat, 206 miles through the storm tossed Atlantic Ocean. Comment.
Borough-wide

Governors Island scavenger hunt

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative at 145 Columbia Street, and Recycle−a−Bicycle are teaming up for their annual scavenger hunt on Governors Island, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Community theater workshop

Narrows Community Theater is sponsoring a six−session Performance Workshop for Singers, every Wednesday, from July 22 through August 26, 7:30−9:30 p.m., at Salem Lutheran Church, 450 67th Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Near abduction at Marine Park

It’s every parent’s fear come to life: A six-year-old boy was nearly abducted from the Marine Park playground last weekend during a brief confrontation with a crazed adult. Comment.
Borough-wide

Locals jeer unwelcome day care center

The potential arrival of a day care center on East 38th Street in Marine Park isn’t child’s play — it’s an unwelcome intrusion on this otherwise quiet block, wary residents said this week. Comment.
Bay News

Buddy can you spare a job: BK unemployment rises

After several months of stagnation, Brooklyn’s unemployment rate is again on the rise, according to recent New York State Department of Labor (DOL) statistics. Comment.
Bay News

Turf battle brewing at local parks

Hundreds of residents run and play on the McCarren Park track every day without realizing that the rubberized pellets underneath the artificial turf may be hazardous. Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Williamsburg

Beat it: Few new cops for Bklyn

If you think you’ll be seeing more cops walking the beat this summer – think again. Comment.
Williamsburg

Heads up! Measles is making a comeback in Brooklyn

A virus that was almost vaccinated into extinction in the U.S. is making a comeback in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wild and wooly neighbors in Brooklyn

You may not always get along with your neighbors, but the six white Bengal tigers, three Asian elephants and 15 or so miniature horses, French donkeys, llamas, goats and sheep that have been living side−by−side on Surf Avenue in Coney Island for the last month appear to be getting along just fine. Comment.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health: Arthritis

Children sometimes complain about aches in their joints. These aches could result from a variety of causes. But, if a child’s joints are swollen for six weeks in a row or longer, he or she may have juvenile arthritis (JA). Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

Backing Brad Comment.
Williamsburg

Not for Nuthin’

Michael Jackson gave the world the Moon Walk, “Thriller,” short pants, white socks and a sequined glove. Not only did he provide us with great music and entertainment, but he also provided the gossips with tons of fodder and juicy conjecture. Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s Only My Opinion

Williamsburg

A Britisher’s View

The following is an excerpt from a story by Shavana Abruzzo, which appeared in the December 11, 1989 issue of this newspaper. Comment.
Borough-wide

Going streaking: Cyclones claim 10th straight win

The Cyclones managed just one hit across the final four innings. Their starting pitcher was in trouble in four of his seven frames. The relievers used to close out the game each played with fire. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Tawdry American scandal from back in the day

Do you deplore the vulgar 24⁄7 tabloidization of contemporary American culture? Rest assured, the public’s appetite for scandal and the media’s eagerness to feed it were just as uncurbed in the past. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Walking through history

The New York Times “Newspaper in Education Program” and Green−Wood Cemetery have partnered to present a development workshop to assist teachers throughout the New York region in using Green−Wood Cemetery as a resource for their lessons about the Civil War, Industrial Revolution and 19th Century New York. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Felder: Scrap ‘advocate’

The money spent on the office of the public advocate could be better spent elsewhere −− “for schools, senior centers, child care,” for instance. Comment.
Kings Courier

Salute to 70th Pct anti−crime team

When shots are fired people usually scatter, but for the 70th Precinct’s anti−crime team it’s time to converge on the crime scene. Comments (1).
Flatbush

Track & Field day event

Budding athletes from District 18 had a ball locking friendly horns with their nimble−footed peers during a track and field day in Canarsie. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New effort launched to protect term limits

Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council may have skirted the city’s term limits law through legislating in a third term, but running for a fourth term may not be as easy. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the editor

Terrific for teens Comment.
Canarsie

JWV honor top crime−buster

Patrol Borough Brooklyn South top crimebuster – Assistant Chief Joseph Fox (holding plaque) – is now also an honorary member of the Murray H. Lebowitz Post 129, Jewish War Veterans. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gavel to Gavel

What’s in a name? Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Hotels check in on Duffield Pl.

A block in Brooklyn, once known for being the center of the borough’s abolitionist movement, might soon be known as hotel row. Comment.
Bay News

Big Screecher

Sharon and I received an invitation for Fran Amorosa’s surprise retirement party. Fran was always there for the Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) as well as for Seth Low IS 96, where she had worked and her three children were schooled. Her retirement means we all lost her valuable tireless services she gave for over three decades! Comment.
Borough-wide

Atomic competition coming

Move over, Nathan’s! Comment.
Borough-wide

On the 33rd campaign trail

With the petitions due in to the city Board of Elections this week, the front-runners in the 33rd District City Council race are all feeling confident. Comment.
Borough-wide

Traffic troubles around Bartel-Pritchard Square

Recent plans to improve Park Circle have driven some Windsor Terrace residents to wonder if the Department of Transportation (DOT) will also fix Bartel-Pritchard Square, the other circle that is notoriously known for traffic problems. Comment.
Borough-wide

Home prices continue to fall in Brooklyn, new study finds

The Great Recession is pummeling home prices in Brooklyn, indiscriminately gutting real estate values in almost every neighborhood surveyed, a study released this week revealed. Comment.
Borough-wide

Scenic Owls Head overlook gets rehab

In the shadow of a generations-old birch tree, the long-awaited renewal of Owls Head Park was celebrated. Comment.
Borough-wide

Chestnut sets record; out-chomps Kobayashi

At two separate eating contests in Coney Island last week, it was the best of times — and the worst of times — for the human race. Comment.
Borough-wide

Helene Ruiz and Urban Individualists come to W-burg

Arist Helene Ruiz, founder of “The Urban Individualists” artist collective, is coming back to the Williamsburg Music Center (367 Bedford Avenue) this month, this time to curate a show of women artists with strong musical influences. Comment.
Borough-wide

New hotel planned for downtown Brooklyn

A block in Brooklyn, once known for being the center of the borough’s abolitionist movement, might soon be known as hotel row. Comment.
Borough-wide

New era dawning for Dust Bowl

Under foot, the loose sand shifted. Comment.
Borough-wide

On the job at the Coney Island Circus

For many, their first real paying job means typing and filing, but for Tatiana Ramirez, 17, and Lialani Thomas, 19, their first real job at the Coney Island Boom-A-Ring means snarling tigers and 8,000-pound pachyderms. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mayor Bloomberg breaks ground at Bushwick Inlet

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined scores of public officials and community members to break ground at Williamsburg’s newest park, Bushwick Inlet, this week, though many community leaders believe the Bloomberg administration has not proceeded quickly enough to create open space along the waterfront. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Bowl open for business

Get ready to put on your bowling shoes. Comment.
Borough-wide

Kings Bay sports in the winner’s circle

Budding David Wrights were the toast of the town – plus hailed with plaudits – during an awards ceremony presented by the Kings Bay Youth Organization. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn Cyclones ‘Ode to Odd Sports’

The Cyclones invite sports fans to celebrate sports of all sorts with an “Ode to Odd Sports,” July 15 at 7 p.m. (gates open 5:30) from KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue in Coney Island. Comment.
Borough-wide

AVP digs Coney Island once more

Coney Island may be on the East Coast, but it looked a lot like Venice Beach on the Fourth of July as “dig” masters spiked a few rounds on the borough’s pristine sands during the women’s finals in the 2009 AVP Pro Volleyball Crocs Tour. Comment.
Borough-wide

Scouts help ‘Floyd’ clean up its act

Grimebusting Boy Scouts polished up on the elbow grease and joined forces to transform an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes during a cleanup at Floyd Bennett Field. Comment.
Borough-wide

Honor of the pledge goes to District 20 UFT representative

With teaching such a time−honored profession, and with the increasing focus on education to prepare Brooklyn’s youngsters to compete in the 21st century economy, Community Board 10 took the time, at its June meeting, to honor a long−term educator whose current job involves speaking on behalf of the students and those who teach them. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fear & frustration on CB 13

Members of Community Board 13 who oppose the construction of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy⁄Seaside Park are so fed up with their group’s silence on the matter that they’re thinking about resigning. Comment.
Borough-wide

Special honor for Eileen LaRuffa

State Senator Marty Golden honored community activist Eileen LaRuffa (pictured) “for her outstanding work on behalf of our community,” with special recognition from the State Senate as a 2009 New York “Woman of Distinction.” Golden presented the award in his district office. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Dreams hearing reset for July 16

The date for a public hearing about a controversial charter school has been changed. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rat urine poses health threat to canines

Here’s another reason to hate rats: their urine could kill your dog. Comment.
Borough-wide

Precious few new police officers to walk the Brooklyn beat

If you think you’ll be seeing more cops walking the beat this summer – think again. Comment.
Borough-wide

I.S. 278 aces ‘Project Citizen Showcase’

After three months of hard work, Law Academy students from Marine Park Intermediate School 278 were named State Champions in the “Project Citizen Showcase.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Dan: Scrap it all

Brooklyn Heights State Senator Daniel Squadron would like to see a leadership agreement in Albany, but he’d prefer a wrecking crew. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Alternative side’ swept away

The city’s Department of Transportation will temporarily suspend alternate−side parking regulations in parts of Downtown Brooklyn and DUMBO neighborhoods to post new reduced street−cleaning regulations. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cops hunt ‘A’−list creep

Police are pulling out all the stops in their search for a burglar who surprised and then tied up a young woman inside her apartment before she could call out for help, officials said. Comment.
Borough-wide

Wild and wooly neighbors

You may not always get along with your neighbors, but the six white Bengal tigers, three Asian elephants and 15 or so miniature horses, French donkeys, llamas, goats and sheep that have been living side−by−side on Surf Avenue in Coney Island for the last month appear to be getting along just fine. Comment.
Borough-wide

New sex−abuse bill stalls

Victims of child molestation that occurred in schools and other institutions will have to wait a little longer for justice to be served. Comment.
Borough-wide

Coney deal on front burner

Intense wheeling and dealing behind the scenes in Coney Island could soon produce an end to the long stalemate between the Bloomberg administration and Thor Equities principal Joe Sitt, this paper has learned. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ribbon is cut on new 86th Street Amalgamated Bank branch

Amalgamated Bank held a grand opening celebration for its new branch at 426 86th Street in the Bay Ridge. During the ceremonies, Amalgamated’s President and CEO Derrick D. Cephas welcomed more than 50 guests and congratulated the students from Fontbonne Hall Academy, who won the Brooklyn Championship while competing in The Challenge, a program presented by Cablevision, which requires students to provide split−second answers to questions about everything from the arts to zoology. Comment.
Borough-wide

Big ‘Daddy’ of American scandal

Do you deplore the vulgar 24⁄7 tabloidization of contemporary American culture? Rest assured, the public’s appetite for scandal and the media’s eagerness to feed it were just as uncurbed in the past. Comment.
Borough-wide

Walkathon turns into a soggy affair

Not even stormy weather could dampen the spirit of Visitation Academy students, who walked around the block surrounding the school during a brief respite from the rain to raise funds for its performing arts department. Comment.
Borough-wide

Art for art’s sake at P.S. 249

Pint−sized Rembrandts and Michelangelos commanded the spotlight and shared their wondrous works with an admiring audience during an art fair at Public School 249. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Cold’ is cool idea at docks

Container ships arriving in Red Hook may soon be decidedly greener in the near future, this paper has learned. Comment.
Borough-wide

Students get back on track...and win accolades

Former absentee students at Public School 27 received kudos for turning themselves into ace attendees when the Red Hook Community Justice Center lauded them with diplomas in front of their relatives, teachers and mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. Comment.
Borough-wide

Chamber announces list of 2009 Building Brooklyn Award winners

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Real Estate & Development Committee announced the winning projects for its 2009 Building Brooklyn Awards. The largest annual real estate industry event in the borough, the Building Brooklyn Awards (BBA) recognizes recently completed construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and economy. Comment.
Borough-wide

Turano: Liu overstepped boundaries

A Queens lawmaker needs to learn a lesson in Brooklyn−style respect, peeved borough officials said this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘De Russy Drive’ makes its official debut

The engineer under whose direction Fort Hamilton was built, and whose estate became what is today known as the community of Dyker Heights, was immortalized when local historians and activists joined forces to co−name the street in front of the Dyker Beach Golf Course “De Russy Drive” after General Rene E. De Russy (1789−1865). Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn−queens day parade in Coney

Marching bands, floats, and banner groups flocked to the streets to hail Brooklyn−Queens Day with a parade presented by the Brooklyn Sunday School Union (BSSU). Comment.
Borough-wide

No way on new one way

Hoots and hollers were the order of the day as East Flatbush residents and merchants made it clear that they did not want to see Church Avenue turned into a one−way street. Comment.
Borough-wide

P.S. 197 showcases its athletic prowess

A 70−meter dash, sack races and hurdle−jumping were among the fun games that had pint−sized athletes at Public School 197 challenging mettle while engaging in some down time during a sports day at Midwood Field. Comment.
Borough-wide

Super nail in canal coffin

Designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site could forever stymie private investment along the infamous waterway, a survey conducted by a coalition of landowners and developers vigorously opposed to the naming revealed this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Circle sends s.o.s.

Recent plans to improve Park Circle have driven some Windsor Terrace residents to wonder if the Department of Transportation (DOT) will also fix Bartel−Pritchard Square, the other circle that is notoriously known for traffic problems. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bastille Day fun & games return to Smith Street

The French have a saying for this time of year: “Let’s play Boule.” Comment.
Borough-wide

78th Precinct salutes outstanding trio of cops

Keen instinct and fleet feet earned a trio of cops from the 78th Precinct top honors last week from the 78th Precinct Community Council. Comment.
Borough-wide

Perfect storm for schools

Mayoral control is over, the Board of Education is back, parents say city officials are still ignoring them — and classrooms could lose an additional $340 million. Comment.
Borough-wide

As American as apple pie and Bay Ridge

Borough patriots showed their true colors by assembling on the green in a sea of red, white and blue to mark the nation’s 233rd Independence Day with a community cook−out at the 83rd Street Field. Comment.
Borough-wide

New ‘Nelson Plan’ for Brighton Beach

With the city’s downzoning plan for Brighton Beach dead in the water, City Councilmember Mike Nelson says he’s pushing his own plan — one that would allow bungalow residents to construct larger homes instead of front and side yards. Comment.
Borough-wide

Slope cops downplay skater complaints

Don’t be such a skater−hater. Comment.
Borough-wide

Felder looks to ax public advocate

The money spent on the office of the public advocate could be better spent elsewhere −− “for schools, senior centers, child care,” for instance. Comment.
Borough-wide

DOT launches new effort to calm traffic around Cooper Pk.

Cooper Park neighborhood residents have waited a year and a half for the Department of Transportation to find ways to reduce speeding along Maspeth Avenue and several side streets in Williamsburg. Now, it appears the agency is beginning to address their concerns. Comment.
Borough-wide

New effort launched to preserve term limits

Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council may have skirted the city’s term limits law through legislating in a third term, but running for a fourth term may not be as easy. Comment.
Borough-wide

Avella to city: Shelve Coney Island plan

The comprehensive development and rezoning plan for Coney Island has already cleared several hurdles in the mandated Uniform Land Use Review Procedure [ULURP], but this week the chairman of the New York City Council’s Zoning and Franchises subcommission recommended that the entire application be shelved − at least temporarily. Comment.
Borough-wide

LGBT groups press for change

To quote Monty Python, the same−sex marriage bill isn’t dead −− it’s resting. Comment.
Borough-wide

Boody pays tribute to Sendak

Starry−eyed students at David A. Boody Junior High School took to the stage for a musical tribute to Brooklyn−born children’s scribe and illustrator Maurice Bernard Sendak. Comment.
Borough-wide

Wrong stop for bus−riding pickpocket; cop hailed

Cops are always on the job, even when they’re biding their time on a city bus. Comment.
Borough-wide

Train to be a cable installer for free

Brooklyn Networks is currently recruiting for their next Free Cable Installer training program. Orientations are held every Tuesday at 621 Degraw Street, in Park Slope at 10 a.m., sharp. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lucky kitties survive blaze

Neighborhood firefighters turned into emergency veterinarians last week after they rescued a litter of kittens from a burning garage on 17th Avenue last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Robbed on the streets

A recent jump in robberies has cops in Canarsie on alert. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shovel−ready green space

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined scores of public officials and community members to break ground at Williamsburg’s newest park, Bushwick Inlet, this week, though many community leaders believe the Bloomberg administration has not proceeded quickly enough to create open space along the waterfront. Comment.
Borough-wide

Graduates sail over obstacles

Dressed in caps and gowns, delighted grads from Public School 6 accepted scholastic honors during graduation festivities on the campus of Erasmus Hall High School. Comment.
Borough-wide

$1M is a lot of ‘scratch’

Five dollars and a dream later, Sheepshead Bay resident Ali Gharama (second from right) is Stinkin’ Rich! Comment.
Borough-wide

Green Garden birthday

The 6⁄15 Green Community Garden at Sixth Avenue and 15th Street in Park Slope invites you to celebrate a potluck musical birthday party with the goddesses and gods of earth, air, fire and water, July 18 (raindate: July 19) from 1−9 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lots of love for little people

Over 3,000 dwarfs plus regular−sized family members descended on Brooklyn last week as the borough hosted the 52nd Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fourth of July partying leaves some in Canarsie reeling

Residents of southern Canarsie were unwilling witnesses to a rip−roaring Fourth of July at their local recreational areas. Comment.
Borough-wide

BK slice of job mkt. grows

After decades of steady decline, Brooklyn’s share of the city’s private sector jobs is slowly inching forward, a recent study determined. Comment.
Borough-wide

Red, white and blue salute

Fort Hamilton celebrated the Army’s 234th birthday and Flag Day at the community club at Ft. Hamilton Army Base, 206 Sheridan Loop, Ft. Hamilton. The United States Army was established more than 200 years ago to defend the nation, from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror, soldiers have maintained a deep commitment to Army core values, beliefs and culture. Comment.
Borough-wide

Stepping out with the Giglio: grand Williamsburg tradition continues on Havemeyer Street

One week before the launch of the Festival of the Giglio, Monsignor Joseph Calise of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church walked down North 8th Street toward Havemeyer and stopped short at the curb, staring at a row of parked cars. Comment.
Borough-wide

Soap Suds benefit Camp Brooklyn

Big−hearted local realtors joined forces with area youngsters and transformed soapy suds into cool cash for underprivileged children during a benefit car wash in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Borough-wide

Forum on LICH, SUNY merger

The Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, a member of the Board of Directors of Continuum Health partners, and C. Murray Adams, immediate past president of the Cobble Hill Association, on behalf of the Ad Hoc Committee for Long Island College Hospital, will hold a meeting to show the community’s support for the consolidation of LICH and SUNY Downstate Medical Center, as proposed by the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. Comment.
Borough-wide

Whole Foods nixes Brooklyn

Whole Foods’ next exit will not be Brooklyn, it was reported this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

4th of July flame out

A two−alarm fire ravaged a Williamsburg water tank maintenance company Saturday night, just as the Independence Day fireworks sparkled above the Manhattan skyline. Comment.
Borough-wide

Flying high with the eagles

Boy Scout Troop 715 celebrated the completion of their latest Eagle Scout Project. The project, led by Boy Scout Nicholas Koutelos, was to beautify the exterior of the Maimonides Cancer Center building, 4802 10th Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Phony Con Ed workers target elderly residents for scam Phony Con Ed workers target elderly residents for scam

Scam artists posing as Con Edison workers are preying on the elderly, according to Philip Halliburton, the electric company’s public affairs specialist. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gender Equality Festival

Girls for Gender Equity will present the Fourth Annual NYC Gender Equality Festival, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cuyler Gore Park, bounded by Fulton and Cumberland streets and Greene Avenue. This year’s theme is “Brooklyn We Go Hard,” a tribute to women’s advocacy, resilience and leadership. Comment.
Borough-wide

City responds to Superfund advocates

Borough-wide

Search continues for missing Statue of Liberty

Help bring Lady Liberty back to Vox Pop. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklynite tapped to lead NYC Service agency

New Yorkers aren’t brutish and short−tempered, and Brooklynite Diahann Billings−Burford aims to prove it. Comment.
Borough-wide

P.S. 177’s Yankee−doodle salute to the flag

Visitors got up close with Lady Liberty, retraced the steps of immigrants who arrived through Ellis Island, and then took a trip on Cyclone roller coaster – all without leaving Public School 177. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn home sale prices hit the skids

The Great Recession is pummeling home prices in Brooklyn, indiscriminately gutting real estate values in almost every neighborhood surveyed, a study released this week revealed. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parents charge cronyism

Parents are calling for the ouster of a Park Slope pastor. Comment.
Borough-wide

Informed Voices awards & accolades

A distinguished crop of local notables was hailed for its support of the Canarsie community during an awards ceremony, presented by Association of Informed Voices. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Horsing Around’ at Pearl St.

The Dumbo Improvement District, in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program, installed the work of DUMBO resident and artist Eleanora Kupencow, entitled “Horsing Around the Arrows of Time,” in the Pearl Street Triangle. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Fozzy Bear’ is number 1 in their hearts

A Brooklyn Good Samaritan, who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty, was immortalized by his peers at Station 43 when they teamed up with local Bravest to dedicate a plaque in memory of late Paramedic Greg “Fozzy Bear” Serena at the Coney Island depot where he worked. Comment.
Borough-wide

Measles makes a comeback in Brooklyn

A virus that was almost vaccinated into extinction in the U.S. is making a comeback in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Walking’ history

The New York Times “Newspaper in Education Program” and Green−Wood Cemetery have partnered to present a development workshop to assist teachers throughout the New York region in using Green−Wood Cemetery as a resource for their lessons about the Civil War, Industrial Revolution and 19th Century New York. Comment.
Borough-wide

Another honor for cop

We’re hoping that Police Officer Lewis Ducceschi has a free wall, because this top cop is an award winner. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Chestnut sets record; out−chomps Kobayashi

At two separate eating contests in Coney Island last week, it was the best of times — and the worst of times — for the human race. Comment.
Borough-wide

Community ‘design jam’

Pratt Institute Center for Sustainable Design Studies (CSDS) and the Pratt Incubator for Sustainable Design Innovation will partner with Pratt Towers housing cooperative to hold a community “design jam,” July 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pratt Towers, 333 Lafayette Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Miss Manhattan’s ‘BK secret’

There are plenty of beautiful women across the East River, but Miss Manhattan isn’t one of them. Comment.
Borough-wide

DOT squares away traffic circle plans

Navigating the notoriously congested Park Circle in Windsor Terrace can sometimes resemble a scene from a Peter Sellers “Pink Panther” movie. Comment.
Borough-wide

New voice of antiquity at FDR

A play penned before the birth of Jesus Christ was given a delightful local twist when budding thespians at FDR High School staged a performance of Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Buddy, can you spare a job: unemployment rises

After several months of stagnation, Brooklyn’s unemployment rate is again on the rise, according to recent New York State Department of Labor (DOL) statistics. Comment.
Borough-wide

St. Athanasius church is faithful to kid fun

Students, staffers and parents joined forces for some late spring fun during an outdoor festival at St. Athanasius Church. Comment.
Borough-wide

Yoga in Prospect Park

Celebrate the joy of summer by practicing yoga in Prospect Park. Comment.
Borough-wide

YMCA showcases local talent

Spoken word artists and rappers shared the spotlight with steppers and models during a citywide youth and teen talent showcase at the Flatbush YMCA. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hatfields & McCoys on 87th St.

It’s two years and counting, and there appears to be no end in sight yet in the epic battle between Bay Ridge homeowners. Comment.
Borough-wide

UNO urges mayor to get development site in gear

United Neighbors Organization (UNO) and St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corps members are urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg to move the process along to develop the Greenpoint Hospital site for affordable and senior housing. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mardi gras creates smiles on Avenue M

Midwood morphed into a sun−kissed emporium of fun and festivity as residents joined forces with their neighbors for the annual Midwood Mardi Gras. Comment.
Borough-wide

The Babeland food drive

At Babeland, giving feels good. Comment.
Borough-wide

Canarsie kids enjoy Track & Field day

Budding athletes from District 18 had a ball locking friendly horns with their nimble−footed peers during a track and field day in Canarsie. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Raunchiest ride on the rails

Neat freaks take heed: avoid the R train at all costs. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bloomy, Avella, Thompson vie for Working Families Party endorsement; director says bar is higher for the mayor

Brooklyn Working Families Party members appear to be caught between choosing Queens Councilmember Tony Avella (D−Bayside) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for their endorsement in the 2009 mayoral race. Comment.
Borough-wide

Jewish War Veterans salute Patrol Borough Brooklyn South commander

Patrol Borough Brooklyn South top crimebuster – Assistant Chief Joseph Fox (holding plaque) – is now also an honorary member of the Murray H. Lebowitz Post 129, Jewish War Veterans. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fidler supports construction of Brigham St. Park; promises big infusion of cash

The little park at the end of Emmons Avenue that was once written off as nothing but a pipe dream is well on its way to becoming a reality this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Homeland shield for Jewish centers

Representatives from nearly 20 borough Jewish organizations thanked Rep. Anthony Weiner last week for getting them Department of Homeland Security grants. Comment.
Borough-wide

Feds keep sharp eye on the gas pumps

As the gas station manager watched nervously, government agents tested for water in the gas and checked whether the pump calibrated correctly. Comment.
Borough-wide

Don’t let the dancing Giglio pass you by this summer

The Giglio is upon us once again. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK wins big at Mayor’s Cup

New York Junior Tennis League hosted its 22nd Annual Mayor’s Cup All−Scholastic Tennis Tournament Awards Ceremony at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, culminating nine days of tennis competition for more than 600 student−athletes from NYC’s public, private and parochial schools competing in 11 different events. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Big impact’ for Canarsie RB

When he wasn’t on a football field growing up, nothing could tear a young Steven Rene away from his television set Saturday afternoons. He tuned it to all the major conference college football games, but there was one that stood out in particular. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rock n’ roll for kiddies

The Carroll Park Concert Series concerts continues with Audra Rox, July 15, bringing rock and roll energy and loads of kid−friendly activities to the park, bounded by Carroll, President, Smith & Court streets. Comment.
Borough-wide

Free Friday Family Jams

This summer will be hotter than ever as Brooklyn Children’s Museum presents the highly anticipated Target Free Friday Family Jams series, a sequence of free−admission evenings featuring the music, dance, programs, exhibits, and family fun for kids, parents, grandparents, and friends. Comment.
Borough-wide

Nick quizzes parents on coolest spots in Brooklyn

It’s Brooklyn vs. Brooklyn — and there might be some slime involved. Comment.
Borough-wide

Block party celebrates bravery of wounded warriors

The Wounded Warrior Project’s “Soldier Ride to Bring Awareness,” will be coming to Brooklyn, July 23 at 2 p.m., where the soldiers will be welcomed and cheered during a block party in front of the Villabate−Alba Pastry Shop, 7001 70th Street and 18th Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hook Community festival

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation in partnership with Health Plus, Village Care of New York and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz’s office invite the community to attend the Red Hook Community Festival, July 25 from 12−4 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lance to join Big East Bearcats

The waiting is over. Comment.
Borough-wide

Multimedia extravaganza

Fresh Materials, founded by Roland Young, invites you to A.R.T. (Artist Revealing Themselves), a multimedia extravaganza featuring The Chosen (hip−hop soul Reggaelutionary Band), D. Cross (Vocal Percussionist), Aaqil (Visual Artist) and Ms. Marjorie (R&B Songstress), between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m., July 22 at the Amarachi Lounge, 325 Franklin Avenue between Clifton &Greene streets. Comment.
Borough-wide

Great Danes & the Dead

For the fourth year in a row, Piper Theatre Company will make its summer home at the Old Stone House in Park Slope’s Washington Park, Third Street at Fifth Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mozart, Beethoven, more

The Brooklyn performance of the 2009 New York Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Parks — all of which will be conducted by Alan Gilbert, the orchestra’s music director designate — will be held in Prospect Park, July 15. Comment.
Borough-wide

Need for a stink expert

Given the city’s track record in determining and curing the source of the odor that has plagued Fort Hamilton Parkway residents for years, maybe a private consultant should take on the challenge. Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 177’s yankee−doodle salute to the flag

Visitors got up close with Lady Liberty, retraced the steps of immigrants who arrived through Ellis Island, and then took a trip on Cyclone roller coaster – all without leaving Public School 177. Comment.
Borough-wide

Focus on Health

Children sometimes complain about aches in their joints. These aches could result from a variety of causes. But, if a child’s joints are swollen for six weeks in a row or longer, he or she may have juvenile arthritis (JA). Comment.

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