Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

Williamsburg

‘Acoustically Related’

As part of the Acoustically Related series presented by Kord Unplugged at Southpaw, Matt Witte, lead singer and guitarist from the New Blood Revival & Chainsaw Trio, will be making a rare solo, acoustic performance, July 28. Comment.
Williamsburg

Turn up the noise for this trio of ‘Girls’

Sound guys hate the Vivian Girls. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ribbon cut; Sands Street bicycle path debuts

For Transportation Alternatives’ Noah Budnick, along with citywide transportation activists and the thousands of cyclists who commute to work every day, it has been four years in the making: the Sands Street bike lane is officially open. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn post offices spared the chopping block

Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pool party security

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.
Williamsburg

Schumer throws politcal might behind Steve Levin

New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer endorsed the youngest candidate in the 33rd District City Council race, Steve Levin, on the steps of Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn, praising his work while serving as Chief of Staff to Brooklyn Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg). Comment.
Williamsburg

Up close look at Jo Anne Simon

At the corner of Pacific and Bond Street, an inch of cement pokes out above the street, where a flattened curb cut should be. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pizza jeopardizes mayor’s street cred%A0

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
Williamsburg

Schmoozing along the campaign trail

Taking a break from debates and candidate forums, three comptroller candidates stopped by East River State Park to snack on hot dogs, drink some wine, and chat with residents about their concerns with managing the city’s budget. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dominican Pride on parade in Williamsburg

After a long and festive day celebrating their Dominican heritage on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, Williamsburg’s Dominican-American community took to the streets for a five-hour party Sunday during the 22nd annual 2009 Dominican Block Party. Comment.
Williamsburg

Diabetes Walk for Health

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

Insiders versus outsiders in the 33rd

Those battling candidates for the open 33rd City Council district seat continued to get in their digs at each other and plead their case last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wannabe watchdogs under hot lights

From saving city money to doling out discretionary funds to Atlantic Yards, the four candidates for City Comptroller took off the gloves in their latest verbal battle. Comment.
Williamsburg

In the kitchen with Foodie Sunny Anderson

Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment.
Williamsburg

City Council hopefuls clash on TV

While no weapons were flashed, teeth were certainly bared during an often raucous debate between the candidates running for Brookyn’s 33rd Council District sponsored by this paper and BCAT Independent Television. Comment.
Williamsburg

Boro’s greenest blocks

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in announcing the winners of the 15th annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Comment.
Williamsburg

Advocate hopefuls talk turkey at debate

Despite a dwindling budget to do the job, the four candidates for public advocate participated in an often spirited exchange in their latest encounter. Comment.
Williamsburg

Low-cost educational programs for retirees

Marking its thirty-third year of providing Brooklyn seniors with an excellent educational program at minimal cost, the Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education will start its fall 2009 semesterSeptember 9, offering nearly 80 courses and lectures, live music and theatrical performances. Comment.
Williamsburg

Oysters make bid to return

A new study aims to determine whether Jamaica Bay is clean enough to one day make oysters — and environmentalists — happy as clams. Comment.
Williamsburg

Circus food court offers more than peanuts

The summer of 2009 has seen a unique entertainment experience arrive in Brooklyn: The Coney Island BOOM A RING marks the first time in more than half a century that the “Greatest Show On Earth” has performed under a tent. Comment.
Williamsburg

A sideshow%A0 swan song

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Williamsburg

Become a telethon volunteer

The local office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for people interested in volunteering at the local 2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon Pledge Center. Comment.
Williamsburg

More could be held back under Mike’s new rules

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded control of the city’s public schools just days ago but that isn’t stopping him from introducing new rules and regulations. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

We write in response to Aaron Short’s recent article about the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn. First, a couple of factual corrections: OSA does indeed have bylaws, which were filed in February 2006; our by-laws and required financial filings are publicly available on the website of the NYS Attorney General, Charities Bureau; and our recent Spring fundraiser, organized by board member volunteers, raised $13,000, not $1,300. Comment.
Williamsburg

SummerStarz fun at East River State Park

Town Square, Edge 11211, and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation present SummerStarz, free movies on Thursdays at East River State Park, North Eighth Street & Kent Avenue, now to August 27. Comment.
Williamsburg

Now she’s BK’s sweetheart

Julia Roberts was spotted in Boerum Hill today filming scenes for her upcoming film, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Comment.
BoroBeat

Homemade co-carts never go out of style

No engines, all attitude. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ad Hoc Art looks to scale back

After four years, Ad Hoc Art, the East Williamsburg street art destination, threw its last full show on August 7 at its gallery space (49 Bogart Street), the anchor tenant of the block. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Advocate hopefuls talk turkey in debate

Despite a dwindling budget to do the job, the four candidates for public advocate participated in an often spirited exchange in their latest encounter. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Still Hip biggest bag sale coming

Still Hip, the funky Clinton Hill children’s resale boutique featured on BCAT and CNN, will host its biggest bag sale, August 30. They are ready to purge their summer and overstocked fall and winter inventory. The store’s play area will be set up with bins and tables filled with clothing in every size, as well as maternity clothing, toys and gear. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mike’s tough new rules

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded control of the city’s public schools just days ago but that isn’t stopping him from introducing new rules and regulations. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Friendly fire among candidates

They’re chummy no more. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cooking demo at Farmers Market

Regular shoppers at the Sunday DUMBO Farmers Market probably know Carrie Luckner-Zimmerman as the helpful market manager wearing a yellow t-shirt emblazoned with Community Markets carrot logo. But on August 16, from 12-2 p.m., Luckner-Zimmerman will don on another hat — a chef hat, that is. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Step into Sunny’s kitchen

Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK post offices to be spared

Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Wannabe watchdogs square off under lights

From saving city money to doling out discretionary funds to Atlantic Yards, the four candidates for City Comptroller took off the gloves in their latest verbal battle. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Tour the lost R.R. tunnel - it’s cool%A0

History has never felt this cool. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sands St. bike land debuts

For Transportation Alternatives’ Noah Budnick, along with citywide transportation activists and the thousands of cyclists who commute to work every day, it has been four years in the making: the Sands Street bike lane is officially open. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mortgage questions continue to dog Towns

The House Ethics Committee last week declined comment on whether they will investigate two questionable home mortgagesthat Rep. Edolphus Towns received from Countrywide Financial Corp. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

You dirty rats!

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gimme five: 39th District showdown

The five Democratic candidates for City Council in the 39th District picked over details regarding transportation planning and development issues in a largely civil debate moderated by CNG’s Gersh Kuntzman and Thomas Tracy at BCAT TV studios (57 Rockwell Place) in downtown Brooklyn Monday morning. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Navigate health care

As part of City Council Candidate for Brooklyn’s 33rd District Doug Biviano’s Open Door Series, health benefits guru Sam Camens will explain how small businesses and individuals can successfully navigate the American health care system from 7-9 p.m., August 19 at Biviano’s campaign office, 89 Montague Street at the corner of Hicks Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New fun & games at Columbus Pk

First the Greenmarket, then more street furniture, noontime concerts, the occasional circus, street musicians, outdoor movies and even a miniature golf coarse. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mike’s street cred problem

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Republicans turn the heat up — on each other

If they keep this up, someone may confuse them for... well... Democrats. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

DEC: consider alternative clean up

The agency that initially requested the feds to include the Gowanus Canal in the Superfund program is now advising careful consideration of the city’s alternative clean-up plan. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

De Blasio heirs push single-payer reform

President Barack Obama might have backed off on single-payer health care since winning the White House, but the candidates hoping to succeed Bill de Blasio in the New York City Council have not. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Up close with Jo Ann Simon

At the corner of Pacific and Bond Street, an inch of cement pokes out above the street, where a flattened curb cut should be. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Candidates debate

Transportation Alternatives will hold a debate for candidates running in the 33rd City Council District, 7 p.m., September 1 at Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Avenue, across from McCarren Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Schumer in Levin’s corner

New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer endorsed the youngest candidate in the 33rd District City Council race, Steve Levin, on the steps of Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn, praising his work while serving as Chief of Staff to Brooklyn Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg). Comment.
High School Sports

LIBA’s ‘Battle of Brooklyn’%A0

It was a strange location for the Long Island Baseball Association’s version of the Battle of Brooklyn, but Preller Field on Hillside Ave. in Queens served as the battlegrounds for the Mike Becker Division championship between two teams very familiar with each other. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ with Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts was spotted in Boerum Hill today filming scenes for her upcoming film, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New hockey league, new team touch down at Aviator Sports Complex%A0

They are a new team in a new league with a new coach, but professional hockey returns to Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn this winter. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Fire! New Play Festival’

Freedom Train Productions will have an all-star line up of authors, activists, and an award-winning playwright who will facilitate talkbacks following performances at the “FIRE! New Play Festival,” August 12-13 and 19-20 at 138 South Oxford Street.There is a $5 suggested donation. The performances are wheelchair accessible. Comment.
Kings Courier

Fire victims moved into Oak Hotel

At least two of the people now residing at the old Oak Hotel on East 12th street are the recent victims of a devastating fire in Bay Ridge, this paper has learned. Comment.
Kings Courier

Fidler clears field of Dem challengers

And then there were... none. Comment.
Kings Courier

Pol: charters harm public schools

Charter schools will leave District 22 public schools lifeless, according to a local elected official. Comment.
Kings Courier

Struck and killed on W. 6th

A 91-year-old man was killed Sunday morning in a motor vehicle accident on West 6th Street near Avenue O, officials said. Comment.
Kings Courier

Critics: you dirty Rats!

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
BoroBeat

Parishioners honor patron saint in bergen Beach

The faithful flocked to the streets to hail their Blessed Mother as the Catholic Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel got underway in Bergen Beach with a street procession. Comment.
BoroBeat

Community joins cops on the local beat

Borough cops and community kids walked the beat together last week as they celebrated yet another round of successful National Night Out Against Crime celebrations. Comment.
BoroBeat

38th Street revels in traffic-free day

Block party festivities ignited the entire nabe as revelers teamed up for a summer frolic along East 38th Street. Comment.
BoroBeat

Chancellor tours Suny downstate medical ctr.

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.
Flatbush

Leadership struggle inside Dist. 18

A member of School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) is trying to unseat the group’s founding president. Comment.
Flatbush

Mayor’s street cred doubted

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
Flatbush

Claws Bared Against Incumbent at 45 District CNG Debate

The race for Flatbush’s 45th Council District isn’t filled with like-minded candidates. Comment.
Flatbush

Activists cite ‘animal abuse’

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Indicted dog thrower closer to getting caged

The 19-year-old Red Hook resident accused of hurling his one-year-old dog off the roof of his six-story apartment building is quickly getting fitted for a cage of his own. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sugar site leveled; BJ’s next?

Developer Joe Sitt is still sweet on retail along the Red Hook waterfront, a company spokesperson insisted this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mayor’s street cred fiasco

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Concrete man: trucks no problem

A few more trucks a day shouldn’t faze Red Hook residents, an executive with a concrete firm intent on opening a plant in the neighborhood said last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

DEC urges new look at city’s plan

The agency that initially requested the feds to include the Gowanus Canal in the Superfund program is now advising careful consideration of the city’s alternative clean-up plan. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Animal abuse cited

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Features

Missing manners in the era of grunts and hogs

While traveling over hill and dale to get home last week, I happened to overhear a fellow traveler complaining about the state of manners in our fair city — particularly on the conduct of travelers on public transportation, and even more precisely on women who put their makeup on, occasionally plucking a stray chin hair or two, or completing their morning ablutions on public conveyances -— in front of everyone, horror oh horror — actually in front of everyone? Comment.
Features

Uninsured Americans by the numbers

President Obama’s well-intended, ambitious goal is to provide “quality, affordable health care to all Americans.” Note that word – Americans. Comment.
Canarsie

800 flock to Monster.com job fair in Brooklyn

Despite the city’s high unemployment rate, Brooklyn residents were optimistic at a recent job fair in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn Children’s Museum ‘09 gala

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.
Canarsie

Merchants talk some shop

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

Fidler cuts out challenges

And then there were... none. Comment.
Canarsie

Beauty and the beasts reign in Coney Island

Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan was recently honored as Guest Ringmaster at the Coney Island Boom A Ring, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Comment.
Canarsie

Green thumbs up at nursing center

The New York Congregational Nursing Center is looking lush and verdant for the sumnmer, thanks to the homespun handiwork of Middle School 2 students who teamed with clients, staffers and other members of the community to help create a landscape of love and legacy at the comely campus. Comment.
Canarsie

Sneers & jeers for sideshow

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Canarsie

Advocacy under the gun

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.
Canarsie

7th annual Diabetes Walk for Health

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

Tour the lost R.R. tunnel - it’s cool

History has never felt this cool. Comment.
Canarsie

True to their school

No matter where you end up, most people have fond memories of high school. Comment.
Canarsie

No shucking, the oyster could make a comeback

A new study aims to determine whether Jamaica Bay is clean enough to one day make oysters — and environmentalists — happy as clams. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Politics

While candidates for citywide and City Council seats continue to debate the issues, voters are also on notice that they have little time left to register for the Sept. 15 Democratic Primary. Comment.
Canarsie

More secure future for residents of Starrett City; affordable housing extended

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Governor David Paterson, bill sponsors Senator John Sampson, Assembly Members Inez Barron and Vito Lopez, and other elected officials and community members as Paterson signed legislation that would extend the affordable housing program in the 5,881-unit Starrett City complex for an additional 30 years. Comment.
Canarsie

Sunny Anderson keeps it ‘Real’ in her Brooklyn kitchen

Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment.
Canarsie

Candidates wade through ‘slushy’ questions

Hometown favorite David Yassky responded to tough questioning at this week’s debate among the four City Council candidates running in the September Democratic primary for City Comptroller. Comment.
Canarsie

BOOM A RING food court offers traditional circus fare and more

The summer of 2009 has seen a unique entertainment experience arrive in Brooklyn: The Coney Island BOOM A RING marks the first time in more than half a century that the “Greatest Show On Earth” has performed under a tent. Comment.
Canarsie

Leadership struggle inside Dist. 18 parents group

A member of School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) is trying to unseat the group’s founding president. Comment.
BoroBeat

Grateful community joins cops on the beat

Borough cops and community kids walked the beat together last week as they celebrated yet another round of successful National Night Out Against Crime celebrations. Comment.
BoroBeat

Family fun in Paerdegat Park

Mom, dad and the kids united for a rollicking revel during a family day at Paerdegat Park, presented by Citizens for a Better Community. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cyclists dies in garbage truck collision

Cops cordoned off the corner of Schermerhorn and Nevins Streets early Saturday morning following a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a garbage truck. Officials said that the motorcyclist, who was not named, died at the scene after the August 8 impact. The garbage truck is owned by Viking Sanitation, a private carting company.Photo by Mark Kafner Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Neighbors fight to keep mailman

Through rain and hail, sleet and snow, postman Santos Caraballo has delivered the mail to Cadman Towers, 101 Clark Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fun & games at Columbus Pk%A0

First the Greenmarket, then more street furniture, noontime concerts, the occasional circus, street musicians, outdoor movies and even a miniature golf coarse. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Street cred-challenged mayor

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
Borough-wide

Borough Briefs

Even more aging Brooklyn vehicles could soon be off the roadways now that the U.S. Senate extended the popular “Cash for Clunkers” program by providing an additional $2 billion in funds. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

You Dirty Rats!

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Candidates for 33rd trade blows

While no weapons were flashed, teeth were certainly bared during an often raucous debate between the candidates running for Brookyn’s 33rd Council District sponsored by this paper and BCAT Independent Television. Comment.
Bay News

Target off the mark when it comes to scooters

Bay News

Do-over for District 21 CEC

School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) will elect a president — again. Comment.
Bay News

Amphitheater foes hope for new tune out of beep

The standoff between Borough President Marty Markowitz and residents near Asser Levy Seaside Park continues — but there are indications that the beep might be ready to rethink aspects of his plan to build a new $64 million amphitheater inside the Sea Breeze Avenue green space. Comment.
BoroBeat

The right kind of therapy for Menorah Home & Hospital senior citizens

Menorah Home and Hospital residents celebrated National Therapeutic Recreation Week by demonstrating their skills in drumming, tai chi, yoga and Nintendo Wii. Comment.
Borough-wide

Health Care townhall draws cheers and jeers

Claims of moving toward Communism and taxes paying illegal immigrants’ medical bills were heard, but last week’s town hall meeting on establishing a National Health Care (NHC) system proved tame compared to similar meetings held around the country. Comment.
Borough-wide

Wall collapse vexes nabe

Despite assurances from the city that it would carefully monitor the demolition of a Gowanus warehouse, part of the building’s wall suddenly collapsed this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ad Hoc Hosts Chris Stain, Armsrock

After four years, Ad Hoc Art, the East Williamsburg street art destination, threw its last full show on August 7 at its gallery space (49 Bogart Street), the anchor tenant of the block. Comment.
Borough-wide

Kid stuff: Skaller’s child’s school choice challenged

Leave my kid out of this. Comment.
Canarsie

Detonate mad hatters Kim & Mahmoud

They aren’t interested in unclenching their fists. Comment.
Borough-wide

DEC: Careful review of Gowanus alternative needed

The agency that initially requested the feds to include the Gowanus Canal in the Superfund program is now advising careful consideration of the city’s alternative clean-up plan. Comment.
Borough-wide

Columbus Park heats up

First the Greenmarket, then more street furniture, noontime concerts, the occasional circus, street musicians, outdoor movies and even a miniature golf coarse. Comment.
Borough-wide

Public Advocate candidates talk turkey in televised debate

Despite a dwindling budget to do the job, the four candidates for public advocate participated in an often spirited exchange in their latest encounter. Comment.
Borough-wide

Berardelli calls out Fidler

Incumbent Lew Fidler may have successfully dispatched his Democratic rivals for the 46th District Council seat, but he’s still got Republican Gene Berardelli to contend with - and the community activist turned candidate sounds like he’s spoiling for a good, old-fashioned street fight. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sideshow backlash!

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Borough-wide

Allstate recognizes Brooklyn entrepreneur with Inner Circle Award

Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate exclusive agency owner Sandy Hsiao with the Chairman’s Inner Circle Conference award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. Comment.
Borough-wide

Stimulus bonds moves City Point Forward

The city last week awarded $20 million in tax-exempt federal stimulus bonds to get shovels in the ground for the long-stalled mixed retail/residential project at Albee Square. Comment.
Borough-wide

Raucus Republicans Fight for the 39th

If they keep this up, someone may confuse them for... well... Democrats. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bay Ridge subway station and 13 others get federal upgrades

Bay Ridge’s long decrepit 86th Street station on the R subway line is getting federal transportation money to finish an already started rehabilitation project. Comment.
Borough-wide

No Longer Unknown, Small Bay Ridge Street Gets Identification

They knew where they lived, but no one else did. Comment.
Borough-wide

Paper of record accused of bias

A longtime civic activist charged The New York Times with propagating a smear campaign as she tries to unseat incumbent Letitia James in the upcoming 35th District City Council Democratic Primary. Comment.
Borough-wide

Anti gay epithets found in Holocaust Park

The push to honor gay victims of the Nazi regime at Holocaust Memorial Park took an ugly turn last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Funeral Arrangements for late firefighter, Paul Warhola

Friends and family are mourning a firefighter who died last week after suffering an apparent stroke while answering an emergency call in Williamsburg. Comment.
Borough-wide

Many mourn the loss of Jacqueline Randazzo Page

Sheepshead Bay lost a giant personality this week with the death of Jacqueline Randazzo Page. Comment.
Borough-wide

19-Year-Old Boy is New York Lottery’s Millionaire

A 19-year-old from Midwood is the latest winner of the New York Lottery’s Millionaire instant scratch-off game. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Museum Sacked in Epic Naval Battle

Like the Roman naval Battle of Actium in 31 BC, where a fleet of mobile Octavian vessels sacked Mark Anthony’s artillery, thus beginning the Roman Empire, the Brooklyn Museum’s battleship was boarded and turned over in minutes by their Queens rivals in an epic and chaotic conflict on the shores of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Borough-wide

Challenger: Stewart grows rich from landlord loot

Flatbush City Councilmember Kendall Stewart’s campaign is being built on the backs of local landlords, one of his challengers alleged last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shuttered Carroll St. Subway stop sends shockwaves

Carroll Gardens commuters are reacting strongly this week to MTA plans to shutter the Smith Street subway entrance to the F and G lines and pull the token booth clerk out of the President Street station. Comment.
Borough-wide

Prince Paul Presides over Pool Parties

Summer weather returned for the JellyNYC Pool Parties, as Brooklyn’s hippest crowd funked out to the synchronic beats of Prince Paul, Kenan Bell, Gravy Train!!!!, DD/MM/YYYY, and Del The Funky Homosapien. Comment.
Borough-wide

Five-Year-Old Sworn in as Junior Paramedic

A five-year-old boy from Jamaica, Queens who called 911 after his pregnant mother passed out in their home was sworn in as a “Junior Paramedic” on August 12 at the FDNY Headquarters in downtown Brooklyn last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Big Uptick in Usage of Canarsie Park, as Second Phase of Rehab Gets Underway

The newly renovated portions of Canarsie Park are getting a workout from neighborhood residents. Comment.
Borough-wide

Claws come out in 39 fight

They’re chummy no more. Comment.
Borough-wide

Blaze rips through Nostrand Avenue hi-rise.

A firefighter searches for victims in a Nostrand Avenue apartment near Avenue S after a small blaze ripped its way through the building. Comment.
Borough-wide

City Pours New Sidewalk After Courier Article Points Out Problem

“It’s a miracle.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Parked cars on Bay Ridge streets have been having a hard time in recent days.

Several car break ins were reported around the neighborhood, with items stolen ranging from electronics to loose change left in the vehicles. In addition, there has been some vandalism, with car mirrors smashed earlier this month on 68th Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Blaze threatens 62nd Street home

Firefighters swarmed 62nd Street between Third and Fourth Avenues Saturday to put out a two-alarm fire that threatened to destroy an area home. Comment.
Borough-wide

New coalition decides fate of transfer school in Canarsie

There’s a new sheriff in Canarsie. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dominicans Afterparty Drops in Wburg

After a long and festive day celebrating their Dominican heritage on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, Williamsburg’s Dominican-American community took to the streets for a five-hour party Sunday during the 22nd annual 2009 Dominican Block Party. Comment.
Borough-wide

Beloved mail carrier’s transfer riles residents

Through rain and hail, sleet and snow, postman Santos Caraballo has delivered the mail to Cadman Towers, 101 Clark Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Kent Ave Goes 1-Way

Just as an online petition to keep Kent Avenue a two-way street has been circulating throughout Williamsburg email groups, Department of Transportation (DOT) officials quietly announced that two sections of Kent Avenue would be converted to northbound-only streets. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rep. Anthony Weiner endorses candidate Bob Zuckerman

President Barack Obama might have backed off on single-payer health care since winning the White House, but the candidates hoping to succeed Bill de Blasio in the New York City Council have not. Comment.
Borough-wide

Biv Sharpens Message

Sparks continue to fly between two Brooklyn City Council candidates in an increasingly negative Democratic primary race to replace Councilmember David Yassky (D-Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg). Comment.
Borough-wide

Four-Year-Old Boy Prepares Sleep Sacks for Homeless

One little Brooklyn boy is showing you’re never too young to lend a helping hand. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Post Offices to remain open

Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Possible probe into Towns mortgages

The House Ethics Committee last week declined comment on whether they will investigate two questionable home mortgagesthat Rep. Edolphus Towns received from Countrywide Financial Corp. Comment.
Borough-wide

Triumphant ride for wounded warriors

In a show of indomitable human spirit, soldiers wounded in combat rode in a 25-mile New York City benefit bicycle race, which began at Macy’s in Manhattan’s Herald Square and concluded with a sweet stop at a welcome block party outside Villabate-Alba Pasticceria & Bakery in Bensonhurst – complete with a greeting from actor Matthew Modine and Sopranos’ star Tony Sirico. Comment.
Borough-wide

Eastern District H.S. lives on in the hearts of alumus

No matter where you end up, most people have fond memories of high school. Comment.
Borough-wide

All signs point to safer ramp

The Department of Transportation has responded to State Senator Martin Golden’s request to study the safety of the entrance to the Belt Parkway at Fourth Avenue, and has already installed “quik curbs” and additional signage is set to be installed. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lutheran earns five-star status

Lutheran Medical Center has been named to the Community Value Index (CVI) top 100 hospitals in the country list for the fourth year in a row. Scoring in the top 20 percent, it has also been designated a “Five-Star” facility. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sunny does home cooking in Bay Ridge

Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment.
Borough-wide

Beauty and the beasts meet at Coney Island circus

Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan was recently honored as Guest Ringmaster at the Coney Island Boom A Ring, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Local guild holds meeting

Now in its 51st year, the non-profit Guild for Exceptional Children held its Annual Joint Meeting for members of the board of directors, the Community Advisory Board, which meets monthly to support fundraising and community activities, and staff directors. Comment.
Borough-wide

BOOM-A-RING food court redefines circus fare

The summer of 2009 has seen a unique entertainment experience arrive in Brooklyn: The Coney Island BOOM A RING marks the first time in more than half a century that the “Greatest Show On Earth” has performed under a tent. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rent increase exemption program signed into law

The proposal to amend the senior citizen rent increase exemption program (SCRIE), of which Councilman Vincent Gentile was a key co-sponsor, was passed by the New York City Council and signed into law by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Borough-wide

Amphitheater critics%A0hope for a new tune

The standoff between Borough President Marty Markowitz and residents near Asser Levy Seaside Park continues — but there are indications that the beep might be ready to rethink aspects of his plan to build a new $64 million amphitheater inside the Sea Breeze Avenue green space. Comment.
Borough-wide

Inniss Community Builder Youth Awards doled out

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

Update on U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion story

In the August 6 issue of this paper in a piece on the US Army Recruiting Battalion at Fort Hamilton Army Base, incoming Lt. Col. Omuso D. George was incorrectly identified as Amuso; Comment.
Borough-wide

No shucking, oysters could return

A new study aims to determine whether Jamaica Bay is clean enough to one day make oysters — and environmentalists — happy as clams. Comment.
Borough-wide

Grateful Community joins cops on the beat

Borough cops and community kids walked the beat together last week as they celebrated yet another round of successful National Night Out Against Crime celebrations. Comment.
Borough-wide

Slicing and dicing the mayor’s approach to pizza

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gateway to BK: share your vision of Floyd Bennett

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

Lost tunnel tour - it’s cool down here

History has never felt this cool. Comment.
Borough-wide

City hopes to zone nabes for fresh produce

Brooklyn leaders know that while New Yorkers should be eating more fruits and vegetables, there are not enough grocery stores in many city neighborhoods. Comment.
BoroBeat

91st Street neighbors enjoy summer’s best

Community cheer was on the menu – alongside bountiful barbecues – as residents turned up the heat and embraced the season of outdoor fun with a block party in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Bay News

Torre kids bring championship home

Budding Mike Piazzas from the Joe Torre East Highway Little League Dragons have a ball celebrating their new title — the Little League New York District 25 champs! Comment.
Borough-wide

Police Blotter

One man was killed and another was seriously injured following a harrowing shooting at the Venice Marina Saturday. Comment.
Crime

Gavel to Gavel

A Prospect Heights hair stylist and his friend reportedly scammed millions out of desperate homeowners throughout the tri-state area, according to a federal charges filed against the two borough residents in nearby New Jersey. Comment.
Bay News

Beach cries foul!

Cops from the 61st Precinct may be keeping close tabs on beach-goers but they’re failing to adequately protect the community at large, some in Manhattan Beach are charging. Comment.
Bay News

$1.1 million facelift for Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch

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

Borough Hall mulls%A0new tune

The standoff between Borough President Marty Markowitz and residents near Asser Levy Seaside Park continues — but there are indications that the beep might be ready to rethink aspects of his plan to build a new $64 million amphitheater inside the Sea Breeze Avenue green space. Comment.
Borough-wide

Slicing & dicing the mayor’s pizza habits

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
Bay News

Join the telethon

The local office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for people interested in volunteering at the local 2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon Pledge Center. Comment.
Bay News

Election do-over for%A0 District 21 parents group

School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) will elect a president — again. Comment.
Bay News

Eastern alum: true to their school

No matter where you end up, most people have fond memories of high school. Comment.
Bay News

Feasting on the circus’ food court

The summer of 2009 has seen a unique entertainment experience arrive in Brooklyn: The Coney Island BOOM A RING marks the first time in more than half a century that the “Greatest Show On Earth” has performed under a tent. Comment.
Bay News

Beauty and the Beasts in Coney

Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan was recently honored as Guest Ringmaster at the Coney Island Boom A Ring, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

No shucking and jiving, oysters could return

A new study aims to determine whether Jamaica Bay is clean enough to one day make oysters — and environmentalists — happy as clams. Comment.
Bay News

Charter schools threaten public schools, Maisel says

Charter schools will leave District 22 public schools lifeless, according to a local elected official. Comment.
Bay News

Towns mortgages may lead to House investigation

The House Ethics Committee last week declined comment on whether they will investigate two questionable home mortgagesthat Rep. Edolphus Towns received from Countrywide Financial Corp. Comment.
Borough-wide

A sideshow swan song

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn post offices spared the axe, officials say

Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment.
Bay News

Take a seat at Sunny Anderson’s table and enjoy

Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment.
Bay News

Bocce is life at area park

It was a ball-lobbing bonanza. Comment.
High School Sports

Matt Molbury: ‘Most valuable player’

On a team full of some of the better high school baseball players from Brooklyn, Matt Molbury has been the best player for the Sayo Grays, according to its coach Ian Young. Comment.
Bay News

New A’s set to drop puck at Aviator

They are a new team in a new league with a new coach, but professional hockey returns to Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn this winter. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cyclones fans cheer for ‘Straw’

Darryl Strawberry throws out the first pitch at KeySpan Park Monday. Photo by Joseph Staszewski . Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn battles out of slump

Across the first 22 innings of the Cyclones’ series with Jamestown, Brooklyn amassed all of 12 hits and one run, dropping the first two games. Manager Pedro Lopez wasn’t sure what was suddenly wrong with his team at KeySpan Park, the place they started out a franchise-best 9-0 and had lost six of seven recently. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cohoon stakes out spot on the hill

Of the Cyclones’ five starting pitchers, Mark Cohoon stands out the least. Brandon Moore, manager Pedro Lopez said, has the best stuff, Jim Fuller the highest velocity, Darin Gorski is the lone top 10-round draft pick of the bunch and Collin McHugh is somewhat of a strikeout specialist. Comment.
Bay News

Eigsti getting another go around with Cyclones

Jake Eigsti is back in Brooklyn…again. Comment.
BoroBeat

The right kind of therapy

Menorah Home and Hospital residents celebrated National Therapeutic Recreation Week by demonstrating their skills in drumming, tai chi, yoga and Nintendo Wii. Comment.
BoroBeat

A Badge of honor for local boy scout

Just call Eagle-bound Bensonhurst scout Edward Maddalena a grassroots gladiator for organizing an environmental awareness fair at New Utrecht Reformed Church to educate and empower his community while trying to attain his Court of Honor Badge. Comment.
BoroBeat

Remarkable BK resident marks 108th year

What’s her secret? Comment.

Monday, Aug. 17, 2009

Borough-wide

Thumbs up for mayoral control, thumbs down for social promotion

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded control of the city’s public schools just days ago but that isn’t stopping him from introducing new rules and regulations. Comment.
Borough-wide

A new way to the Manhattan Bridge

For Transportation Alternatives’ Noah Budnick, along with citywide transportation activists and the thousands of cyclists who commute to work every day, it has been four years in the making: the Sands Street bike lane is officially open. Comment.
Borough-wide

Indicted Dog Thrower One Step Closer to Getting Caged

The 19-year-old Red Hook resident accused of hurling his one-year-old dog off the roof of his six-story apartment building is quickly getting fitted for a cage of his own. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sitt still plans new Red Hook retail

Developer Joe Sitt is still sweet on retail along the Red Hook waterfront, a company spokesperson insisted this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Candidates in 33rd City Council race slam it out

Those battling candidates for the open 33rd City Council district seat continued to get in their digs at each other and plead their case last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fun in the Sun at McCarren Park

There may not be pool parties in McCarren Park this summer but the Open Space Alliance has a bevy of activities planned for the remainder of the season, including a Saturday arts and crafts program, Fun in the Sun. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gangs on the rise in East Flatbush

Two clusters of gangs are being monitored closely and are largely blamed for the uptick in violent crime on the streets of East Flatbush, police officials said last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Concrete exec says Red Hook a good fit

A few more trucks a day shouldn’t faze Red Hook residents, an executive with a concrete firm intent on opening a plant in the neighborhood said last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

39th Candidates take the high road

The five Democratic candidates for City Council in the 39th District picked over details regarding transportation planning and development issues in a largely civil debate , a collaboration between Community News Group and Brooklyn Independent Television (BIT) at BCAT TV studios (57 Rockwell Place) in downtown Brooklyn Monday morning. Comment.
Borough-wide

Presidential reelection for District 21’s CEC

School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) will elect a president — again. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tunnel Tour on Tap

History has never felt this cool. Comment.

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