Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009

Williamsburg

With friends like Dov Hikind, who needs enemies?

An endorsement from a conservative Borough Park legislator and a debate over a park on the other side of the borough could cost City Council candidate Brad Lander some votes in the upcoming primary. Comment.
Williamsburg

Street cleared for partying on Montrose Ave.

Simple pleasures and community friendship added to a fun−filled revel in Williamsburg when neighbors united for a block party along Montrose Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bklyn parents pan revised mayoral control bill

The revised mayoral control bill supported by the State Senate fails to ensure true parental input in public schools, parents claim. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bklyn tie$ in NJ fed bust

Fourteen Brooklynites, including several prominent rabbis, were charged last week with public corruption and money laundering centered around real estate dealings in New Jersey. Comment.
Williamsburg

Good food, without the pretentiousness

Fugghedabout the Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center, borough−faithful bon vivants savored less pretentious – if as delectable – fare at the Unfancy Food Show in Williamsburg, where close to 20 exhibitors showcased their mouthwatering morsels for a louder and less uptight crowd. Comment.
Williamsburg

Night Out Against Crime coming near you

Call it “Crime Fighting: The Next Generation.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Fun for the whole family on Manhattan Avenue

Ahhh — this is the life. Comment.
Williamsburg

New report: half of Brooklyn could lose a few

Brooklyn’s love handles are showing. Comment.
Williamsburg

Apparently, not filthy enough

She might be the Pig Pen of Brooklyn, but a Crown Heights woman failed to claim the prize for the country’s worst pig sty. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your guide to local meetings this month

The following is a list of community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718−615−2500, ext. 2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cyclones lose wet and wild affair to SI Yankees

Unusual games have become the norm for the Brooklyn Cyclones. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s One Mint Julep live

Brooklyn Social Presents One Mint Julep, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. ’til late, featuring DJ Becky Birmingham playing treasures from the vinyl archives, including soul, rockabilly, ska, and beyond, while Master of Ceremonies Ivan Martin provides customized cocktails. There is no cover. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

B train to slow down this fall

The silver bullet will soon be unceremoniously transformed into a sterling snail. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

AY opponents look to black leaders for help

Following several raucous meetings concerning the Atlantic Yards project, opponents have put out the call for protection. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Your local civic meetings for August

The following is a list of community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718−615−2500, ext. 2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

This ain’t your ordinary summer job

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Traveling enviro−museum to bring the estuary to you

They might be more comfortable underwater, but a local conservation group is hitting the road for a borough−wide environmental education tour. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

From out of the woodwork

The Empire State Development Corporation’s public hearings on the Modified General Project Plan (MGPP) for the proposed Atlantic Yards project drew a wide array of members from various community organizations and neighborhood residents to put in their opinions. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s ‘Christmas’ in August!

St. John’s Bread & Life, Brooklyn’s largest and likely the nation’s most high−tech soup kitchen, is celebrating “Christmas in August” by hosting a baseball outing to raise funds for its annual holiday program, Sponsor−A−Family. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Huge Art Sale’ on Fifth Ave. August 1

The Fifth Avenue BID is sponsoring a “Huge Art Sale,” from 12−8 p.m., August 1 on Fifth Avenue and Third Street, as well as a “Kids Chalk Art Extravaganza,” 3−6 p.m., August 1, on Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street. Comment.
Kings Courier

Turf war underfoot at McCarren

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Celebrating red hook’s ‘rich’ taste for friendly fun

Red Hook bopped as block party fever seized homeowners along Richards Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Street renaming effort for late poet

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.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

Power over pain Comment.
Features

A Britisher’s View

Remember to rob taxpayers. Comment.
Features

It’s Only My Opinion

Here are some questions you might want to ask at your next cocktail party when the conversation slows down to a dull, boring silence. Some of them might motivate stimulating exchange. Others could bring about violent debate. And still others could lead to a fistfight. You might want to have a security guard on hand. Comment.
Features

Not for Nuthin’

“You should play lotto, because today is truly your lucky day,” the salesperson at Tirone’s intoned as Bri tried on her new school shoes. For the past two years she has had to endure the freshman⁄sophomore style, but now that she is entering her junior year, the shoe style as well as the skirt and pant style of uniform is different. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Divas’ to rock Bklyn

The divas are back! And coming to Brooklyn! Comment.
Canarsie

‘Horton’ hears a ‘boo’

Take a hike, Tim. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn Political Happenings

Baby kissing, hand shaking, back slapping and good old shmoozing was in the house as several elected officials and citywide candidates woke with the birds to attend a legislative breakfast in Borough Park. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gavel to Gavel

Judge: FDNY Exams Biased Comment.
Canarsie

‘Christmas in August’

St. John’s Bread & Life, Brooklyn’s largest and likely the nation’s most high−tech soup kitchen, is celebrating “Christmas in August” by hosting a baseball outing to raise funds for its annual holiday program, Sponsor−A−Family. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

No more free rides for two

A short−lived bicycle theft spree in Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill may have been the free−wheeling work of two suspects that cops nabbed red−handed last week. Comment.
Bay News

Speak Out

Branson−in−Ozarks is the recreational oasis that Bloomberg never built in 8 years of promises. Comment.
Bay News

Big Screecher

Because of a sudden illness, I was unable to attend a cousin’s daughter’s long−awaited wedding. And in last week’s column I spoke of the absurdity of the photographers taking over 1,500 photos, causing a 90−minute delay in the reception. This column is based on the hundreds of photos taken and by what my wife Sharon described of the reception. Comment.
Bay News

Vendors stepping on toes

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

Community board 12 stalwart Joswick retires after 12 yearsQuestions remain in E. 53rd St. man’s murder

It takes kindness, a love of human beings and good organizational skills to run a community board, and Karol Joswick had those skills down pat. Comment.
Borough-wide

DUMBO rezoning gets City Council approval

The City Council this week overwhelmingly passed the proposed DUMBO rezoning. Comment.
Borough-wide

Supermarket sale of liquor bill gains steam

State lawmakers are again reviving a measure that would allow the sale of wine and hard liquor in supermarkets and drug stores. Comment.
Borough-wide

Kruger swats at Coney swap

Brooklyn lawmakers in Albany are just waiting for the city to button up its land acquisition deal with Joe Sitt and Thor Equities before they introduce bills that would allow the new zoning plan to move ahead — but don’t count on powerful State Senator Carl Kruger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to reach for his rubber stamp just yet. Comment.
Borough-wide

Williamsburg wall denounces World Trade Center attacks

Cops are looking for the un-patriotic – and not very creative -- neighborhood wall-scrawler who commented on one of the worst days in the city’s history with the words “F—K 9-11.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Challenge in 35th District City Council Race

Upstart candidate Delia (Dee) Hunley-Adossa is expected to overcome the challenge against her petitions to get on the ballot in the 35th District City Council Democratic primary against incumbent Letitia (Tish) James. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parker Pleads for Plea, Gets No Love From DA, Victim

He’s completely innocent, but if he can get a plea deal, that would be fine, too. Comment.
Borough-wide

33rd District Candidate Profile: Evan Thies

The vacant lots, surrounded by cheap spray-painted plywood and corrugated fencing, are a neighborhood nuisance and an intriguing policy opportunity for one City Council candidate. Comment.
Borough-wide

Berkeley Carroll Plan Ignites Local Ire

It was reading, writing and rage at a Park Slope private school last week, as local residents expressed fury with the Berkeley Carroll School’s plan to rebuild a one-story building on its property. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gunfire rocks area

Red Hook’s balmy summer nights were shattered with the sound of gunfire as cops investigated two separate shootings. Comment.
Borough-wide

Famed Pickle Peddler Moving to Brooklyn

Manhattan’s loss will be Brooklyn’s briny gain, an iconic pickle pusher predicted this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

AY opponents seek protection from the community

Following several raucous meetings concerning the Atlantic Yards project, opponents have put out the call for protection. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tanning salon warnings don’t faze Brooklynites

Despite dire warnings from international cancer experts, Gina Taliercio spent last Friday happily praying to a sun god called Hollywood Tans. Comment.
Borough-wide

Grand Army Plaza Arch to get makeover

Brooklyn’s iconic version of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris will soon undergo a $1.1 million makeover. Comment.
Borough-wide

Almost done with Flushing Avenue

It has been five years in the making, but fans of the Flushing Avenue reconstruction will have to wait until September for the completion of the $40 million Department of Design and Construction project. Comment.
Borough-wide

Blow Back: DA Nabs Miami Drug Smuggler for Supplying Ridge Drug Den

An investigation into two Bay Ridge drug dens is still bearing fruit. Comment.
Borough-wide

What a drain: ATM swindlers busted snagging over $422,000

It was so simple it was criminal. Comment.
Borough-wide

What the Beep?

Eugene Myrick, the political Little Engine That Could, couldn’t hold back the rampaging locomotive known as the Marty Markowitz for Borough President campaign Monday as he was booted off the ballot for lack of legitimate signatures. Comment.
Borough-wide

City Council gives thumbs-up to Coney Island rezoning plan

The City Council approved the Coney Island redevelopment plan this week – and the city reportedly neared an agreement to buy the majority of Thor Equities’ properties. Comment.
Borough-wide

Atlantic Yards meeting brings out supporters and opponents

By Junico Simino & Stephen Witt Comment.
Borough-wide

The Biv Boutique: Open for Business

In addition to running in a highly competitive race for City Council in the 33rd District, Brooklyn Heights resident Doug Biviano hosted an art opening in his own campaign headquarters (89 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights). Comment.
Borough-wide

Fences, Entrances Vex and Perplex Fans

While the East River Pool Parties have gotten off to a successful start, save for a few weather-related disturbances, state Parks Department officials and promoters have been quietly engaging in a debate over how to best handle security concerns for the concert venue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fidler: Day Care Told Us They Won’t be Moving In

It seems there is no room for a day care center on a Marine Park block united against its arrival. Comment.
Borough-wide

Advocate candidates debate need for public advocate

No blood was drawn as three of the four candidates for public advocate squared off in a forum at St. Francis College earlier this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn South murders on the rise

Despite a sharp decrease in overall felony crime, murder on the streets of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South has jumped 33 percent so far in 2009, according to the latest official police statistics. Comment.
Borough-wide

More patrols in Marine Park in light of near kid abduction

A recent report of a near child abduction in Marine Park has prompted police to put continued patrols there, this paper has learned. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘It Came From Brooklyn’ coming to the Guggenheim

Sam Brumbaugh has seen firsthand Brooklyn’s cultural renaissance. Twenty years ago, living in Williamsburg, there was nowhere to go if you wanted to go to a show or a reading. You had to go to the Village. Today, he says, Williamsburg is the Village. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dems dashed off of ballot

A four-person race for the hearts and minds of voters in the 46th Council District was hacked in half during a petition challenge marathon conducted by the Board of Elections Monday. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bloomberg touts F express

The mayor this week called for express service to be reinstituted on the F train, an overcrowded line whose popularity has soared over the past decade. Comment.
Borough-wide

87-Year-Old Gunned Down in Coney Island

An 87-year-old woman was fatally shot Sunday on West 31st Street in Coney Island – right around the corner from the site of another deadly shooting a week earlier. Comment.
Borough-wide

Free tennis lessons for kids this summer

The New York Junior Tennis League is offering its annual summer Community Tennis Program by providing free tennis and educational activities to youngsters ages 6−18 at various locations in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn b−baller Grant all grown up

Tyrone Grant is welcoming in a new era to his life – and it has nothing to do with basketball. The former St. John’s University star and his girlfriend, Cinzia, had their first child, Tyra, in March 2008. Comment.
Borough-wide

Weekend sweep for Clones

As soon as he finished addressing his club and entered his shoebox of an office at Richmond County Ballpark on Staten Island, Pedro Lopez tore into the cold box of Dominoes pizza sitting on his desk. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Good fella’ is alright

The crowd packed tightly around the court at the Tri−State Classic on Sunday night. Sean (Diddy) Combs was in the house and the park on West 145th Street and Lenox Avenue was buzzing. Comment.
Borough-wide

Legend to call it quits

Every time Junie Sanders touches the ball in one of the various streetball leagues he plays in every summer, one word is bound to follow from the emcee’s mouth: legend. Comment.
Borough-wide

Learn to surf the Web thru Dyker Heights Civic

The Dyker Heights Civic Association is offering free classes in internet, website navigation, and email for all Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst seniors. Classes begin August 4 and will be held at PS 176− The Ovington School, 1225 Bay Ridge Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

18 and younger, you eat for free

For the entire summer, New York City residents 18 years of age and younger, can receive free meals while school is out. Comment.
Borough-wide

CB14 honors bklynites for ‘exemplary service’

Just call ‘em rank−and−file wonders. Comment.
Borough-wide

It’s a party on East 34th Street in marine park

Neighbors kicked off party time by joining friendly forces for a day of fun in the sun as block party festivities soared in Marine Park. Comment.
Borough-wide

A walk to ‘remember’ Aug. 9

Vowing to strike out Alzheimer’s disease, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter and the Brooklyn Cyclones to announce the borough’s first ever Memory Walk — a one−mile walk around the warning track at KeySpan Park, August 9, to help raise funds and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Comment.
Borough-wide

Invoking the bard at the old stone house

The Old Stone House provided a grand backdrop for a Shakespearean classic when thespians from Piper Theatre Productions staged a crowd−pleasing version of “Hamlet” on the grounds of the historic interpretive center. Comment.
Borough-wide

Summer fun partying on president street

Simple pleasures were on the menu alongside hearty barbecues and community fun as residents united to celebrate the season of sun with a block party along President Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Four pinned for hefty ATM thefts

It was so simple it was criminal. Comment.
Borough-wide

Just too big for the block

Park Slope residents rallied this week against a luxury housing development whose modern aesthetic they say is anathema to a block that stands aghast at its prospective arrival. Comment.
Borough-wide

Senator seeks funding for the boro

New York’s junior senator last week threw her weight behind four Brooklyn projects for federal funding. Comment.
Borough-wide

Preservation in action for Prospect Park statuaries

With loving detail, city conservators undertook the tall task of preserving a pair of heralded statuaries at the entryway of Prospect Park as part of a municipal renovation program. Comment.
Borough-wide

Stuck on land

Don’t look now, but the idea of establishing a new ferry landing in Sheepshead Bay could be sinking fast. Comment.
Borough-wide

Thanks for all your hard work

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

Bklyn Children’s Museum looks to the future

Distinguished Charles E. Inniss Community Builder Youth Awards honorees and their guests joined the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in celebrating the museum’s 2009 gala, “Investing in the Future: A Celebration of Our Children.” This year’s student awardees were high−school seniors Andre Forsythe and Jelani Brown, both of the award−winning Museum Team afterschool program at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue at St. Marks Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

It’s a party on 63rd Street in Bensonhurst

Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Borough-wide

Taking back the streets once again

Call it “Crime Fighting: The Next Generation.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Taskforce on the job at Mill Basin Inlet

With the current “green revolution” taking place across the world, one would assume that New York City would have an agency designed to clean up derelict boats and debris from the numerous harbors and marinas around the city. Well, one would be wrong. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shellbank school forum

Shellbank Intermediate School 14 is hosting an open forum for parents and the community at 9 p.m., July 31 at 2424 Batchelder Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sand is their mural at Coney Island contest

Beneath an umbrella of storm clouds, Coney’s white sands were clay in the creative clutches of budding Michelangelos, who went to work molding their masterpieces during the annual sand−sculpting contest sponsored by Astella Development Corporation. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hurdle for Tish challenger

Upstart candidate Delia (Dee) Hunley−Adossa is expected to overcome the challenge against her petitions to get on the ballot in the 35th District City Council Democratic primary against incumbent Letitia (Tish) James. Comment.
Borough-wide

Block party fun on 27th Avenue

Mom, dad and the kids made it a family frolic when they joined festive forces with like−minded neighbors for a block party along 27th Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Council chaos begins

It looks like the City Council fights in Flatbush and East Flatbush’s 40th and 45th districts may be decided in the courtroom rather than a voting booth. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cutest thing on four legs

Five−legged Lilly went from nature’s oddity to normal pooch last week: The dog is back on her own four feet. Comment.
Borough-wide

Vollies wanted

The Metropolitan Jewish Hospice will be holding summer training sessions for new volunteers in August. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn tie$ to NJ money laundering scheme

Fourteen Brooklynites, including several prominent rabbis, were charged last week with public corruption and money laundering centered around real estate dealings in New Jersey. Comment.
Borough-wide

Major Coney Island deal struck

The City Council approved the Coney Island redevelopment plan this week – and the city reportedly neared an agreement to buy the majority of Thor Equities’ properties. Comment.
Borough-wide

De Blasio back on the ballot

City Councilmember and public advocate candidate Bill de Blasio, who had been removed from the ballot in the Democratic primary because of a one−digit typographical error accompanying his 125,000−plus petition signatures, was reinstated upon review of the issue by the city’s Board of Elections. Comment.
Borough-wide

Steps towards more ramps in Brighton

The Brighton Neighborhood Association — which has worked with the Human Rights Commission to address the rights of the disabled for several years — successfully secured a ramp at 1159 Brighton Beach Avenue, just one of dozens of ramps, which have been installed throughout Brighton Beach to accommodate those who can no longer navigate steps to exit their buildings. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mayoral visits raise eyebrows

The lack of open space in Williamsburg and Greenpoint following the 2005 rezoning is one of the key issues in campaigns for City Council and citywide races this fall, but with tax revenues falling, city officials are in a difficult position. Comment.
Borough-wide

Group home has locals up in arms

Angry residents shocked last week to find out that their new neighbors at 800 East 12th Street are formerly homeless men and women in transition are now demanding answers from the agency charged with monitoring them. Comment.
Borough-wide

Say hello to your new superintendent

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

Boost for playground

The squeaky wheel received nearly $1 million worth of grease recently. Comment.
Borough-wide

18th Avenue lot eyed for community center

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

Mark Hiroshima

The Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition will hold a Hiroshima Day Commemoration, August 1. Comment.
Borough-wide

New funds for Heights association

Williamsburg’s Moore Street Market and the Brooklyn Heights Association are set to each receive $400,000 for capital improvements under an appropriations bill Congress passed this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Meet, greet & eat

The rain may have ended the festivities a bit early, but it did little to dampen the spirits of over 4,000 Brooklyn seniors and 350 volunteers at the 37th Annual Senior Citizens Picnic at Sunken Meadow State Park, hosted by Brooklyn Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D−Williamsburg, Bushwick) and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. Comment.
Borough-wide

Kick crime to the curb with the 6−8 this August 4

The 68th Precinct Community Council’s and the 68th Police Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime will be held August 4 from 6:30−9:30 p.m. in the park at Shore Road and 79th Street, and is anticipated to be even bigger and better than ever before. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Unofficial’ CEC 20 moves on its agenda

Even though School District 20’s Community Education Council (CEC) doesn’t legally exist, it was business as usual at the group’s meeting last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

USPS lacking funds, post offices may close in Bklyn

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

Faith on display to mark anniversary of Brooklyn’s first sunday school

Marching bands, floats, and banner groups flocked to the streets of Williamsburg to hail Brooklyn−Queens Day with a pomp−filled parade. Comment.
Borough-wide

B train to run local this September

City Councilmember and public advocate candidate Bill de Blasio, who had been removed from the ballot in the Democratic primary because of a one−digit typographical error accompanying his 125,000−plus petition signatures, was reinstated upon review of the issue by the city’s Board of Elections. Comment.
Borough-wide

After hearing, De Blasio back on the ballot

City Councilmember and public advocate candidate Bill de Blasio, who had been removed from the ballot in the Democratic primary because of a one−digit typographical error accompanying his 125,000−plus petition signatures, was reinstated upon review of the issue by the city’s Board of Elections. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sweet sounds from boody music groups

From rock to classics, talented students at David A. Boody Intermediate School 228 for Magnet Studies wowed the crowd with a sweet medley that had visitors clapping and toe−tapping along. Comment.
Borough-wide

HeartShare president has one heck of an arm

HeartShare Human Services of New York’s President and CEO and Community Board 11 Chairman Bill Guarinello (pictured) successfully threw out the first pitch at the Brooklyn Cyclones game at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue in Coney Island last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Height restrictions shot down

Coney Island ride advocates dreading the specter of a wall of hi−rise hotels one day greeting visitors at the Stillwell Avenue subway station suffered a body blow this week when members of the New York City Council rejected a motion limiting the height of new buildings south of Surf Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Casting out & cashing in at Macy’s fishing contest

Armed with bamboo rods and corn bait – and cheered on by Cyclones’ mascot Sandy the Seagull – a horde of eagle−eyed anglers had big fish to fry as they helped kick off the four−day−long R. H. Macy’s Fishing Contest at Prospect Park with an opening ceremony at the Audubon Center. Comment.
Borough-wide

Biking to work even easier thanks to new law

Bicycling Brooklynites will be able to pedal up to their offices and stow their wheels right next to their desks thanks to a bill approved by the City Council this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Vulgar tagger has cops on the prowl

Cops are looking for the un−patriotic – and not very creative −− neighborhood wall−scrawler who commented on one of the worst days in the city’s history with the words “F—K 9−11.” Comment.
Borough-wide

BIG meet this Aug. 4

The Bay Improvement Group invites all to its next BIG Board meeting, 7:30 p.m., August 4 at the Golden Gate Inn, Knapp Street and Shore Parkway, right off the Belt Parkway, to help plan BayFest2010, the 19th annual festival to help celebrate Sheepshead Bay’s unique and historic waterfront. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tempers flare in ‘burg

It’s a war of words in Williamsburg. Comment.
Borough-wide

A nice walk down memory lane in Canarsie

Borough archivists took a trip down memory lane – revisiting sweet and significant moments of bygone times and tracing close to 400 years of local history – during a fair at the Canarsie History Museum, which also served as a book release celebration for Founder Ramon Martinez’s new tome, “Canarsie: The Real History Behind Brooklyn and New York.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Hunt for killer

Police are looking under every rock for clues that will lead them to the person who shot a 36−year−old Flatlands man dead in his Land Rover last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn ‘pig sty’ not the dirtiest in the bunch

She might be the Pig Pen of Brooklyn, but a Crown Heights woman failed to claim the prize for the country’s worst pig sty. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dov endorsement could hurt Lander’s Council chances

An endorsement from a conservative Borough Park legislator and a debate over a park on the other side of the borough could cost City Council candidate Brad Lander some votes in the upcoming primary. Comment.
Borough-wide

MADD honors the men in blue

The long arm of the law received a thankful pat on the back when Mothers Against Drunk Driving−Brooklyn Chapter held its annual NYPD awards luncheon at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment.
Borough-wide

Half of Brooklyn could shed a few

Brooklyn’s love handles are showing. Comment.
Borough-wide

Man sought for mom’s death

A 26−year−old area man is being sought for gunning down a young mother on Bedford Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

New mayoral control bill ‘useless,’ say local parents

The revised mayoral control bill supported by the State Senate fails to ensure true parental input in public schools, parents claim. Comment.
Borough-wide

Biviano attacks Lopez ‘machine’

City Council candidate Doug Biviano went on the attack at a candidates’ forum in Williamsburg this week, accusing his opponents of acquiescing to the Brooklyn Democratic Party and kowtowing to its leader, Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D−Williamsburg). Comment.
Borough-wide

Neighborhood fun in the sun on Garfield PL.

There’s a block party in the neighborhood – and you’re all invited! Comment.
Borough-wide

Conditioning key to Vikings’ success

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Fannisha Price and coach Anwar Gladden are in agreement on the key to her season. It’s not the consistency of her jump shot, improving her handle or a greater attention to defense. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lots to do at the library!

Summer may be winding down but they’re keeping the party going at Brooklyn Public Library. The library has programs and activities that the whole family is sure to love. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn artist featured at CMOM

To complement the opening of its new Amusement Park Science exhibit, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan will simultaneously unveil a new exhibition of works by celebrated Brooklyn artist Philomena Marano. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Huge Art Sale’

The Fifth Avenue BID is sponsoring a “Huge Art Sale,” from 12−8 p.m., August 1 on Fifth Avenue and Third Street, as well as a “Kids Chalk Art Extravaganza,” 3−6 p.m., August 1, on Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

McCaig−Welles gallery closes its doors

McCaig−Welles, the playful Williamsburg gallery (129 Roebling Street) that has been on the scene since 2000, is closing its doors for good later this summer. Comment.
Borough-wide

No ‘relief’ in sight for public urination

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

Spice up your home with Caterina Designs

Discerning shoppers can take Brooklyn’s own “Silk Road” to some of the most exotic and exclusive housewares from Central Asia, thanks to the opening of Caterina Designs in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Bay News

Street effort to honor Bklyn 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.
Bay News

SUNY chancellor makes a stop in Brooklyn

Nancy L. Zimpher, PhD, the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York, the nation’s largest comprehensive public university system with some 440,000 students, spent nearly a full day touring the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, meeting with a diverse cross−section of its staff, as well as with the elected officials and community leaders which the institution serves. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009

Brooklyn Heights

Cut on Willoughby

A man who recently sued the city on allegations that cops had sodomized him with a police radio ended up in the hospital once again following an attack on Willoughby Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Divers take to the Roadway

They might be more comfortable underwater, but a local conservation group is hitting the road for a borough-wide environmental education tour. Comment.
Borough-wide

The Biv bites back

City Council candidate Doug Biviano went on the attack at a candidates’ forum in Williamsburg this week, accusing his opponents of acquiescing to the Brooklyn Democratic Party and kowtowing to its leader, Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg). Comment.
Borough-wide

De Blasio back on the ballot

City Councilmember and public advocate candidate Bill de Blasio, who had been removed from the ballot in the Democratic primary because of a one-digit typographical error accompanying his 125,000-plus petition signatures, was reinstated upon review of the issue by the city’s Board of Elections. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gillibrand pushes Brooklyn projects for federal funds

New York’s junior senator last week threw her weight behind four Brooklyn projects for federal funding. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sixteen Sycamores Playground gets $1 million

The squeaky wheel received nearly $1 million worth of grease recently. Comment.
Borough-wide

Williamsburg wall denounces World Trade Center attacks

Cops are looking for the un-patriotic – and not very creative -- neighborhood wall-scrawler who commented on one of the worst days in the city’s history with the words “F—K 9-11.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Advocates hail new bike parking regs

Bicycling Brooklynites will be able to pedal up to their offices and stow their wheels right next to their desks thanks to a bill approved by the City Council this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Locals Jeer Park Slope Development

Park Slope residents rallied this week against a luxury housing development whose modern aesthetic they say is anathema to a block that stands aghast at its prospective arrival. Comment.
Borough-wide

New mayoral control bill ‘useless,’ say local parents

The revised mayoral control bill supported by the State Senate fails to ensure true parental input in public schools, parents claim. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 3, 2009

Kings Courier

Taskforce on the job at Kings Bay Arena

With the current “green revolution” taking place across the world, one would assume that New York City would have an agency designed to clean up derelict boats and debris from the numerous harbors and marinas around the city. Well, one would be wrong. Comment.
Borough-wide

Williamsburgers Pig Out at 3rd Ward

How long would you wait for a taco? Comment.
Borough-wide

Magic Potions at the McKibbin Street Fair

Residents of the McKibbin Street Lofts turned out into the street and showed off their talents on Saturday, for a street fair sponsored by East Williamsburg’s favorite coffee shop, Potion (248 McKibbin Street). Comment.
Borough-wide

Gateway Rec Area working on new master plan

National Park Service employees were in front of the Aviator Sports complex last week at Floyd Bennett Field seeking the public’s input into how they want to see the Gateway National Recreation area developed over the next 20 years. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fans Storm Stage, Storms Storm Fans

Inclement weather cut short a raucous performance at the East River Pool Parties, where fans climbed onto the stage during the latter part of a Black Lips set. Comment.
Borough-wide

B train to slow in September

The silver bullet will soon be unceremoniously transformed into a sterling snail. Comment.
Borough-wide

Election for District 20’s ‘illegal’ CEC

Even though School District 20’s Community Education Council (CEC) doesn’t legally exist, it was business as usual at the group’s meeting last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ultimate Challenge: All the Candidates in the 40th and 45th District have to Defend Their Petitions

It looks like the City Council fights in Flatbush and East Flatbush’s 40th and 45th districts may be decided in the courtroom rather than a voting booth. Comment.

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