Friday, Sept. 25, 2009

Williamsburg

Burglar grab

A would-be thief was caught in the act of canvassing a Grand Street apartment last week, officials said. Comment.
Williamsburg

Grand Bazaar coming to Brooklyn

The Grand Bazaar is coming to Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Big rigs cause bigger headaches

Residents of North 11th Street in Williamsburg are steamed about trucks that roll down their street. Comment.
Williamsburg

EPA%A0Newtown headed for Superfund

North Brooklyn got some super news this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Love Brigade comes marching through

Love Brigade, the culturally aware and musically charged company, will premier their spring/summer 2010 ‘Revival’ Collection, September 18 at a brand new venue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn pols react to Obama smackdown of Paterson

Oh, Obama...Why’d you have to go and do something like that? Comment.
Williamsburg

Guv, mayor say ‘Ahoy’ to new sludge ships

North Brooklyn is about to have the trash taken out. Comment.
Williamsburg

Coney pizza icon might reopen soon

Famed Coney Island pizzeria Totonno’s could be open in a matter of weeks, giving discriminating eaters across the borough reason to rejoice. Comment.
Williamsburg

De Blasio and Green take shots in advocate race

Brooklyn City Councilmember Bill de Blasio and former City Public Advocate Mark Green came out swinging as they gear up for their runoff to determine the Democratic Party nominee for the city’s top watchdog position. Comment.
Williamsburg

Subway’s very best

The Subway restaurant chain, the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, has named Jonathan Feld, of Manhattan, as the recipient of its 2009 Franchisee of the Year award for multi-unit owners from the chain’s North American markets. The announcement was made the company’s annual convention held in Washington DC. Comment.
Williamsburg

Octoberfest

The SUS (Services for th UnderServed) Young Leaders Council will hold its Second Annual SUS Octoberfest at The Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street near Wythe Avenue, October 1 from 6:30-10 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Meditation Garden’ encourages lots of creativity

Mom, dad and the kids saw their creativity immortalized on concrete when Spread Art celebrated Park(ing) Day by installing a “meditation garden” in Williamsburg, calling upon artsmart locals to bring cheer and relief to Brooklyn’s urban jungle with their own handiwork. Comment.
Williamsburg

Best take out in town: local spots win awards

Looking for some good takeout in Brooklyn?Better call Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Grand larceny, homeless vex cops

Crime is down in Williamsburg’s north side, but police officers remain vigilant about a rash of grand larcenies and incidents involving a roving homeless population that have occurred throughout the summer. Comment.
Williamsburg

Steve Levin takes 33rd

Behind a solid bloc of Hasidic voters in Williamsburg, seniors and public housing residents from Greenpoint to the Gowanus, Steve Levin handily won the Democratic primary for the City Council in the 33rd District. Comment.
Williamsburg

Green Brooklyn

The Council on the Environment of New York City is hosting the Fifth Annual Green Brooklyn%u2026Green City at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park, 209 Joralemon Street, September 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wine Bar still thirsty for okay

Custom Wine Bar is going back to the drawing board. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘I’m a poet and you know it’

An attorney, author, football coach, special education schoolteacher and street vendor would like to add another title to his long resume: poet laureate. Comment.
Williamsburg

Green’s problem(s)

A longtime political veteran breaks down the runoff for public advocate between Bill De Blasio and Mark Green this way: “Who cares?” Comment.
Williamsburg

Slight margin for Reyna

In one of the smallest margins among the primary races throughout the city, incumbent Councilmember Diana Reyna (D-Williamsburg) appears to have won re-election in the 34th Council District, though her main challenger, Maritza Davila, has not conceded the race. Comment.
Williamsburg

Filming to start on lost railroad documentary

He rediscovered history once, and this winter, urban explorer Bob Diamond is hoping to do it again. Comment.
Williamsburg

Esposito charged with stiffing staffers

For campaign workers, numbers aren’t adding up, and it has nothing to do with votes. Comment.
Williamsburg

VH1 Divas descend on Brooklyn for live show

Lights, camera, action — Divas! Comment.
Williamsburg

Chabad finds a new home inside The Loom

It was not exactly the Exodus, but after more than a year wandering around Williamsburg for a home, Rabbi Menachim Heller has finally found a space for his Chabad of East Williamsburg branch on the first-floor of a commercial building on Flushing Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK Dems react to Obama speech

Preaching to the choir. Comment.
Williamsburg

Obama speech update

In the recent story about federal lawmakers checking in on President Obama’s national health care speech, this paper incorrectly reported the House of Representatives proposed bill included a single-payer system. The bill proposes a public option and not a single-payer plan. We regret the error. Comment.
Williamsburg

251 votes is enough for Reyna

After three days of counting paper ballots and recanvassing machines, City Councilmember Diana Reyna won re-election to a third term by a mere 251 votes. Comment.
Williamsburg

Project ENVISION

The Project ENVISION Williamsburg coalition, a group of community members and New York City rape crisis service providers dedicated to sexual violence prevention through community involvement, invites you to welcome the group to the neighborhoodwith food, a raffle, speakers and fun in the McCarren Park Field House, 780 Lorimer Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 26. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Strictly Regulated’ at Corridor

Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery will host “Strictly Regulated,” on view September 27-Nov ember7, with an opening reception September 27 from 4-6 p.m. at 334 Grand Avenue in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

More choices for motorists caught in bind

If you have an auto accident and need to rent a car at the insurance company’s expense, you have a right to get the loaner from wherever you want. Comment.
Williamsburg

Benefit concert

Determined to empower unemployed men by providing them with the necessary professional attire that will build their self-esteem and help “sell themselves” during job interviews, Men’s Wearhouse will hold its second annual National Suit Drive, now to September 30. Comment.
Williamsburg

DUMBO gallery walk invites all to browse

Brooklyn’s waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO will welcome art lovers and fun seekers to explore its art-filled gallery spaces as they celebrate with receptions, live musical performances and artist/curator talks, October 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 111 Front Street, 37 Main Street, 92 Plymouth Street, 28 Jay Street and various stops and shops along these blocks. Comment.
Williamsburg

Thompson takes primary%A0

Extolling supporters to chant with him that eight years is enough, Comptroller William Thompson vowed a spirited campaign to defeat incumbent Mike Bloomberg in the November general election for New York City mayor. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK bosses balk at ‘Paid Sick Time Bill’

While Washington grapples over a new federal health insurance bill, the City Council is having its own brouhaha over a related bill. Comment.
Williamsburg

Russian billionaire to become new Nets owner

And now, here’s your Brooklyn Nyets! Comment.
Williamsburg

14-story cap for ‘Finger’

The “Finger Building” has a cap. Comment.
Williamsburg

New bill takes aim at stalled developments

Stalled condo projects and big blue “death fences” may be the order of the day throughout Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean a community’s quality of life has to suffer. Comment.
Williamsburg

Burglaries soar in ‘burg

Crime is down in Williamsburg this summer, though a recent rash of burglaries has police officers on alert. Comment.
Williamsburg

Triangle businesses fight eminent domain

Three Williamsburg businesses located within the Broadway Triangle are the focus of an intense battle to rezone a 31-acre site south of Broadway Avenue to residential use, as city officials determine whether to acquire the privately-owned sites through eminent domain. Comment.
Williamsburg

Get an interview suit

Determined to empower unemployed men by providing them with the necessary professional attire that will build their self-esteem and help “sell themselves” during job interviews, Men’s Wearhouse will hold its second annual National Suit Drive, now to September 30. Comment.
Williamsburg

Liu, Yassky in runoff for comptroller bid

Queens City Councilmember John Liu and Brooklyn City Councilmember David Yassky are circling their wagons as they gear up to meet again at the polls in two weeks to determine who will be the Democratic nominee for the city’s top fiscal officer. Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s only my opinion

Here are more questions that are scribbled on those bits of paper that have been accumulating in my favorite blue blazer. Comment.
BoroBeat

Now showing at Cooper Park: ‘fun and film’

A party in Cooper Park? Comment.
BoroBeat

‘Frank J. Verderame Way’ debuts on Second Pl.

A grassroots gladiator and a former state assemblyman, who was “involved in just about every issue in the community,” was immortalized with tears and cheers when his brother helped pave the way to dedicate his Carroll Gardens’ block “Frank J. Verderame Way.” Comment.
BoroBeat

O’shea is Fair housing ‘person of the year’

Nearly a year after being ousted as head of Churches United, a Brooklyn-based affordable housing advocacy group, Father James O’Shea made his first public appearance in Brooklyn, receiving the first annual Churches United for Fair Housing Person of the Year Award. Comment.
Borough-wide

Wheeler puts cramp in Fieldston’s upset bid

Devante Wheeler collapsed to the turf in pain and then limped to the Poly Prep sideline. The Blue Devils were without their quarterback and defensive back, but Sean Ryan wasn’t worried. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Hate comes to Windsor Terrace

Police are looking for the hate-filled wall scrawler who wrote the words “F--k Jews” on a new sign outside Congregation Chabad of Windsor Terrace. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gavel to Gavel

A right-wing radio personality will be heading to Brooklyn to defend himself against accusations that he threatened to kill three Chicago federal appeals judges that had thrown out suits challenging hand gun bans in the Windy City. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Community boards team up with graduate students

Graduate students will soon get real life civics lessons courtesy of two of the borough’s community boards. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Colton: put the new waste transfer station in Sunset Pk

A Bensonhurst lawmaker said this week he has devised an elegant solution to the neighborhood’s waste transfer facility problem: move it to Sunset Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Innovative’ federal funding%A0benefits Brooklyn yeshivas

Thousands of private school students, mainly in yeshivas, will be getting remedial help in the three ‘Rs’ on the federal government’s dime. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Report due on F train status

State Senator Daniel Squadron recently learned a critical lesson in politics, commuting — and love. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A Russian oligarch in Bklyn

And now, here’s your Brooklyn Nyets! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shop Art debuts three new exhibitions

Local art gallery Shop Art celebrates the opening of three exhibitions next month at its ground floor space on Bergen Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Haters target bklyn

For many, the weather forecast predicted for Park Slope’s Congregation Beth Elohim this Saturday will be “crazy with a chance of religious oddballs.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fall street festivals on tap across the borough

You really begin to realize how populous Brooklyn is when the annual autumn street fairs draw out the crowds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crafty artists answer the bell at Gleason’s gym

At Gleason’s Gym, boxers are taking their gloves off for art, and a special cause. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New effort to curb development eyesores

Stalled condo projects and big blue “death fences” may be the order of the day throughout Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean a community’s quality of life has to suffer. Comment.
High School Sports

Big-time play saves Railsplitters

Doug Butler struggled to gain yardage in the first half. The Lincoln running back was left frustrated by a swarming Flushing defense. Comment.
BoroBeat

Some gave all: many reflect on vets’ courage

If you love freedom, thank a vet. Comment.
Kings Courier

Pre-shofar shenanigans

Maybe he just wanted to get a head start on the holiday. Comment.
Kings Courier

Cop bags woman’s attacker

An eager, no-nonsense cop was honored for a superb arrest that police say is becoming a rarer event than in the past -- thanks to a decrease in crime. Comment.
Kings Courier

Smoother Church Avenue, sprinklers top list

Among the items that Community Board 14 will consider, when it develops its list of budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2011, are the resurfacing of Church Avenue and the installation of a sprinkler system on the malls in Fiske Terrace. Comment.
Kings Courier

Jacked on the block%A0

A string of carjackings has Marine Park residents on alert. Comment.
Kings Courier

Seven crime-busters saluted at 61st Police Precinct

Call them the magnificent seven: Two 61st Precinct police crews were honored by the 61st Precinct Community Council recently for not only bringing a gunman to justice, but for also stopping a livery cab thief before he could flag down another victim. Comment.
Kings Courier

Clarke defends ‘Mt. Obama’ visit

Rep. Yvette D. Clarke last week lashed out at published reports alleging she violated the law while recently traveling to the country of Antigua for the naming of the country’s highest peak as “Mount Obama.” Comment.
Kings Courier

Yeshiva tangles with tenant%A0

A synagogue’s refusal to leave a yeshiva’s building is all about money. So claims Michael Spiegel, executive director of Yeshiva Rambam, which has allowed Congregation Machzikei Torah to use part of its building for the last 35 years. Comment.
BoroBeat

It’s partytime for East 38th Street neighbors

Mom, dad and the kids embraced the soaring mercury during a day of fun in the sun %u2013 that lasted till the wee hours %u2013 as they celebrated neighborhood unity with a block party along East 38th Street in Marine Park. Comment.
BoroBeat

Bloomy celebrates Rosh Hashanah at Mountain Fruit

Mayor Mike Bloomberg wowed the crowd by working his cart at Mountain Fruit during a pre-Rosh Hashanah visit to the Midwood green grocer. Comment.
BoroBeat

Thousands tell tales to break record

KeySpan Park morphed into a “field of tales” as close to 10,000 parents and children joined forces for a record-breaking, pre-game word journey which has ended up in the hallowed annals of the Guinness World Records, according to its organizers who are waiting for the official announcement from the United Kingdom. Comment.
BoroBeat

It’s Blarney, Brooklyn style, as Irish fest steps in

Coney Island morphed into Coney Ire-land as Brooklynites donned their shamrocks and united for two days of blarney and merriment at KeySpan Park for the Great Irish fair. Comment.
BoroBeat

Late Debbie Moss inspires others to fight cancer

An “outgoing” Old Mill Basin woman, who was devoted to her family, was immortalized when her community organized a memorial walk in honor of the late Debbie Moss. Comment.
BoroBeat

Youth is served at Maimonides Medical Center

Borough youngsters were lauded for their industrious efforts when Maimonides Medical Center presented an awards night for participants in its Summer Youth Employment Program. Comment.
BoroBeat

Historic designation for Beth el Jewish center

Beth El Jewish Center of Flatbush is not only a sanctuary for worshippers, it is also a treasure trove for history buffs. Comment.
Flatbush

Muggers and (too) close neighbors

A 25-year-old man was arrested last week for not only mugging a Newkirk Avenue resident inside his apartment building, but for then taking up residence in the man’s apartment, police allege. Comment.
Flatbush

Mixed budget bag for BK

The new $59.4 billion budget agreed upon by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council has good news and bad news for Brooklynites. Comment.
Flatbush

Brad Lander takes the 39th

When Brad Lander woke up early Tuesday morning to begin his last big pitch for City Council, one of the first things he heard coming out of the shower was the Black Eyed Peas. Comment.
Flatbush

Nardiello bests Smith on GOP tix

The specter of controversy hanging over City Council Republican candidate George Smith did little to boost his chances for victory Tuesday as his opponent Joe Nardiello easily secured the nomination with more than two thirds of votes cast. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Swept into cell

A 51-year-old man was incarcerated after he attacked a younger man with a broomstick, police alleged. Comment.
Crime

Police Blotter

A 16-year-old was struck in the face with an umbrella during an argument that began in Boerum Park, but ended on Bond Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Yikes! Mice and rats run through Carroll Park

Rodents have once again reared their ugly heads - and tails - in Carroll Park, but city officials say they’re just passing through. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

LICH earns NYPD salute

While it usually honors police officers, the 76th Precinct Community Council took time last week to honor an institution. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Nardiello bests GOP rival Smith

The specter of controversy hanging over City Council Republican candidate George Smith did little to boost his chances for victory Tuesday as his opponent Joe Nardiello easily secured the nomination with more than two thirds of votes cast. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gowanus Canal’s toxic ‘tsunami’ %A0

From a window in her home, Margaret Maugenest can see the mighty shores of the Gowanus Canal, a polluted waterway she fears could one day spit its toxic cocktail on adjacent homes and businesses. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lander wins big in 39th

When Brad Lander woke up early Tuesday morning to begin his last big pitch for City Council, one of the first things he heard coming out of the shower was the Black Eyed Peas. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Aquarium’s future is in sharks

$100 million is a lot of clams, but that’s how much the New York Aquarium figures it needs to keep up with the Joneses in Coney Island. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Paid Sick Leave for city residents debated

While Washington grapples over a new federal health insurance bill, the City Council is having its own brouhaha over a related bill. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Celebrate National Estuaries Day at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Celebrate National Estuaries Day and learn about the special creatures that live in these vibrant coastal areas where rivers meet the sea, September 26 from 9-11:30 a.m. at The Cove in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.
BoroBeat

Little Buddy Biscuits debut

Intricately-flavored confections and desserts you wish your mother had made are just the tip of the sweet-a-licious iceberg at the new Little Buddy Biscuit Company, which celebrated its arrival in South Slope with a ribbon-cutting. Comment.
BoroBeat

Ye olde classroom lesson for local kids

Public School 321 second-graders received a living history lesson when they joined area dignitaries and other local notables to rename J.J. Byrne Park Washington Park in honor of the nation’s founding father. Comment.
BoroBeat

Columbia street has corner-to-corner family fun

Music, crafts, collectibles and a palate-pleasing menu of international foods lured visitors to the waterfront district for a fall festival, presented by the Carroll Gardens Association. Comment.
BoroBeat

Chabad Jewish center celebrates first scroll

A new Jewish Center, established by the The National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education to serve the Windsor Terrace community, welcomed its first Torah scroll during a lively procession through the streets of Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

McDonald’s grazing

Bullets flying near the McDonald’s on Rockaway Parkway and Conklin Avenue reached a 21-year-old woman eating inside, officials said. Comment.
Features

Interpreting America by the numbers

We learn and appreciate more of our country when we, once again, examine AMERICA %u2013 BY THE NUMBERS. Comment.
Features

Cuff Khadafy for crimes against humanity

Phew! Gotham’s air just got stinkier with the arrival of the “mad dog of the Middle East.” Comment.
Canarsie

Annual Ragamuffin Parade returns October 3

As the leaves begin to change color, and days grow shorter, Brooklyn children know that a day devoted to them is just around the corner. Comment.
Canarsie

Presidential pox on Dist. 18%A0

School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) is still without a leader. Comment.
Canarsie

Delays stymie CB18 relocation

Community Board 18’s plan to move out of the Glenwood Houses and into a spanking new facility in Georgetowne will have to wait a few months. Comment.
Canarsie

Saved from roaring inferno

A hapless Glenwood Road resident was cherry-picked to safety early Tuesday as a smoky blaze erupted in his home. Comment.
Canarsie

Many dig into Flatbush Frolic’s fun and games

A juicy end-of-summer adventure %u2013 and then some %u2013 was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of Brooklyn’s premier party, the Flatbush Frolic, complete with a pizza-eating contest. Comment.
Canarsie

VH1 Divas rock BAM

Lights, camera, action — Divas! Comment.
Canarsie

Back to school expo at Kings Plaza Mall

Kings Plaza Mall received an A-plus for helping ease students and parents into a new academic year by holding a back-to-school expo, featuring “your child’s needs/wants all under one roof,” and complete with live entertainment, vendor stalls and even a relaxing massage for weary moms and dads. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Redefining the Good Life’ at Pratt Institute symposium

Author Kurt Andersen will deliver a keynote address on the meaning of creative value in the 21st century as part of a Pratt Institute symposium titled “Redefining the Good Life,” September 26 from 2-5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus, 200 Willoughby Avenue. Comment.
Canarsie

Mea Culpa,Vinny?

Republican City Council candidate Bob Capano demanded an apology from Councilmember Vincent Gentile this week for allegedly using Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton army garrison as a “political venue” — during an annual picnic at the base. Comment.
Canarsie

New bill gives more choice to motorists in a bind

If you have an auto accident and need to rent a car at the insurance company’s expense, you have a right to get the loaner from wherever you want. Comment.
Canarsie

Hunger for grades

Two Canarsie schools are seeking to expand. Comment.
Canarsie

Up, up and away on the Belt

The Belt Parkway would be a great place to construct an elevated express lane from Sheepshead Bay all the way to Kennedy Airport, a couple of community leaders are proclaiming this week -- and they want to use federal stimulus dollars to get the job done. Comment.
Canarsie

Unlock your inner creativity at Fourth Annual ArtMart

PLG Arts presents its fourth annual ArtMart 11225 community arts and crafts market, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date: October 4) on Lincoln Road between Ocean and Flatbush avenues. Comment.
Canarsie

Faraguna lobbies for poet laureate

An attorney, author, football coach, special education schoolteacher and street vendor would like to add another title to his long resume: poet laureate. Comment.
Canarsie

$5.3M earmarked for schools

Public schools in Canarsie and East Flatbush are set to receive $5.3 million to lower class sizes and fund after-school programs. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn composer%A0Leon Kirchner dies

Leon Kirchner, the Brooklyn-born, Pulitzer and Guggenheim Fellowship-winning composer, died on September 17 at the age of 90. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Biscuit’ aids in cancer fight

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dressbarn is kicking off a campaign dedicated to fundraising for breast cancer research. Comment.
Canarsie

KCC to host ‘Dreamland Pavilion’ conference

Kingsborough Community College will host the “Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development” multidisciplinary conference October 2-3, which will explore the past, present and future of development in Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Innovative’ funding benefits yeshivas

Thousands of private school students, mainly in yeshivas, will be getting remedial help in the three ‘Rs’ on the federal government’s dime. Comment.
Canarsie

Filming to begin on lost railroad tunnel documentary

He rediscovered history once, and this winter, urban explorer Bob Diamond is hoping to do it again. Comment.
Canarsie

Aquarium sees the future in sharks

$100 million is a lot of clams, but that’s how much the New York Aquarium figures it needs to keep up with the Joneses in Coney Island. Comment.
Canarsie

Victorious Williams%A0 thanks supporters

A community organizer turned City Council Democratic pick for the 45th Councilmanic District in Flatbush spent the day after his victory with friends and fellow activists he’s fought alongside with for years. Comment.
High School Sports

Poly Prep rolls on despite loss of QB

Devante Wheeler collapsed to the turf in pain and then limped to the Poly Prep sideline. The Blue Devils were without their quarterback and defensive back, but Sean Ryan wasn’t worried. Comment.
High School Sports

Xaverian finds W behind tank

Muhammad King carried two Fordham Prep players on his back as he crossed midfield, keeping his legs moving as he ran for a 23-yard gain. The sophomore running back had just finished off a scoring drive and was now helping Xaverian keep the ball out of the hands of Rams star Bruce Grant, who had just run a kickoff back for a touchdown to trim the lead to just one score late in the fourth quarter. Comment.
High School Sports

Tiger ‘D’ holds up just fine, so far

When Fort Hamilton held on for a one-point win in overtime over Sheepshead Bay to start the PSAL season, the Tigers wildly celebrated the victory. The euphoria quickly faded for the defense, which was shredded for 416 total yards. Comment.
High School Sports

Hornets look to be quicker

The Midwood girls volleyball team lost its first league match since 2004 last season, to Secondary School for Law, Journalism and Research, and had to share the PSAL Brooklyn A3 title. To make matters worse, SSLJR was a first-year program and its coach, Mike Salak, is a Midwood grad. Comment.
BoroBeat

Bklyn returns to Dutch roots with prime minister

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was privvy to Brooklyn’s hospitality when he visited the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum to help celebrate New York’s quadricentennial anniversary %u2013 his first stop on a citywide tour, and his first to the city’s oldest historic structure and first official landmark. Comment.
BoroBeat

Center honors outstanding nursing staffers

The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, acknowledges the outstanding performances of three employees from the staff of its skilled nursing facility who have received awards:Marcelle France, Clinical CNA; Georgia Stewart, RN, and Kay Cato, CNA. Comment.
BoroBeat

Parking spot gets special green makeover

Sustainable Flatbush took the high road to reclaiming their neighborhood from motorists by transforming a parking spot into an outdoor playpen. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Caught dead to rights

A funeral home owner has been allegedly identified as the unsuccessful bank robber who recently tried to pass a threatening note to a teller at a neighborhood Chase Bank. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

3-course wine dinner

Join Park Slope wine importer Daniel Johnnes for an evening on the wine roads of France as he showcases selections from his portfolio in a three-course wine dinner at bussaco, 833 Union Street in Park Slope, September 29 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Reiki practitioner

World famous Reiki teacher Frans Stiene, co-founder of the International House of Reiki and the Shibumi Reiki Association, is coming to Park Slope during the New York leg of his latest global tour to attend the launch of the Brooklyn Classical Reiki Centre. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Remember 9/11 in song

While prayers and bowed heads were certainly the order of the day as the city marked the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorists attacks, some local residents opted to express their anguish, as well as their pride in their country, more creatively. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Crime-busting excellence

Supermom Tyeis Mojica is also a super cop, the 84th Precinct Community Council determined last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Turf Battle at Cadman Park

It’s a turf war — literally. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

DUMBO art galleries

Brooklyn’s waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO will welcome art lovers and fun seekers to explore its art-filled gallery spaces as they celebrate with receptions, live musical performances and artist/curator talks, October 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 111 Front Street, 37 Main Street, 92 Plymouth Street, 28 Jay Street and various stops and shops along these blocks. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pumpkin festival

Mazzone True Value will be hosting its annual pumpkin festival, now in its fifth year, 470 Court Street, corner of Fourth Place between Court and Clinton streets, October 3 (rain date: October 10) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Regulated’ art show

Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery will host “Strictly Regulated,” on view September 27-Nov ember7, with an opening reception September 27 from 4-6 p.m. at 334 Grand Avenue in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

Diving into sweet Ravenhall memories

This past Labor Day weekend was the most glorious one we’ve had in a long, long time, Saturday was perfect, as well as Sunday, which might surprise those of you in Brooklyn who went to the beaches in Coney Island on Sunday and left because of cool winds. Because DoubleTree is located in a valley in central New Jersey, the weather is often nicer than here in Brooklyn. Due to its closeness to Staten Island and Brooklyn, we often meet people whom we’ve known in the past, who long had left the old neighborhood. Comment.
Bay News

The great American pastime goes global

Once upon the 1930’s, we saw big league baseball all over America. It was the Depression then, and American guys were outside playing baseball in the empty depression-era lots. Comment.
Bay News

Pol: Place waste in Sunset Pk

A Bensonhurst lawmaker said this week he has devised an elegant solution to the neighborhood’s waste transfer facility problem: move it to Sunset Park. Comment.
Borough-wide

Synagogues, church set to make history

Their prayers have been answered. Comment.
Borough-wide

Allegations that money is root of yeshiva vs. synagogue fight

A synagogue’s refusal to leave a yeshiva’s building is all about money. So claims Michael Spiegel, executive director of Yeshiva Rambam, which has allowed Congregation Machzikei Torah to use part of its building for the last 35 years. Comment.
Borough-wide

Eager beaver bust: Young cop honored for arrest

An eager, no-nonsense cop was honored for a superb arrest that police say is becoming a rarer event than in the past -- thanks to a decrease in crime. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shark-filled waters for Aquarium’s future

$100 million is a lot of clams, but that’s how much the New York Aquarium figures it needs to keep up with the Joneses in Coney Island. Comment.
Borough-wide

Russian Billionaire buy Nets

And now, here’s your Brooklyn Nyets! Comment.
Borough-wide

Jumaane to 18: Thanks for the support

A community organizer turned City Council Democratic pick for the 45th Councilmanic District in Flatbush spent the day after his victory with friends and fellow activists he’s fought alongside with for years. Comment.
Borough-wide

Turf battle at Cadman Park

It’s a turf war — literally. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pols pick sides on Paterson mess

Oh, Obama...Why’d you have to go and do something like that? Comment.
Borough-wide

Public art installation evokes Flatbush of bygone days

The intersection of past and present can’t be found on any map. Comment.
Borough-wide

Swine flu has got to go!

It was a meeting of the minds as State Senator Marty Golden, Brooklyn parents and health experts discussed ways to prevent the spread of swine flu in Brooklyn last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Holy Days to be marred by Christian protestors

For many, the weather forecast predicted for Park Slope’s Congregation Beth Elohim this Saturday will be “crazy with a chance of religious oddballs.” Comment.
Borough-wide

East Flatbush crime continues to spiral down

While remaining a relatively active precinct, crime continues to decrease within the 67th Precinct, according to the latest police statistics. Comment.
Borough-wide

Take Out Your Hunger Cravings in Williamsburg

Looking for some good takeout in Brooklyn?Better call Williamsburg. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gerritsen Beach team takes steps against breast cancer

Grab your grass skirt and hula the night away at the Tamaqua Marina in Gerritsen Beach for a good cause. Comment.
Borough-wide

A life examined in ‘County of Kings’

Lemon Andersen comes from a place where you don’t talk about it, you be about it. Comment.
Borough-wide

Finger’s tip cut

The Finger Building will be capped at 14 stories, and there is little Williamsburg’s activists will be able to do about it. Comment.
Borough-wide

CB 18 move stalled

Community Board 18’s plan to move out of the Glenwood Houses and into a spanking new facility in Georgetowne will have to wait a few months. Comment.
Borough-wide

Truck Troubles on North 11th Street

Residents of North 11th Street in Williamsburg are steamed about trucks that roll down their street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Diana Reyna adds votes in recount for 34th

After three days of counting paper ballots and recanvassing machines, City Councilmember Diana Reyna won re-election to a third term by a mere 251 votes. Comment.
Borough-wide

Levin buoyed by Hasidic vote

In the aftermath of a particularly hard-fought 33rd District City Council race, Democratic nominee Steve Levin spent much of the week visiting senior centers, Hasidic groups and community organizations, thanking them for their support while acknowledging those who enabled his dramatic victory. Comment.
Borough-wide

No fresh here, thank you: Board gives thumbs down to city initiative

While Community Board 17 may have had concerns about the city’s proposal to create financial and zoning incentives to attract supermarkets to open in New York’s food deserts, the City Planning Commission (CPC) did not. Comment.
Borough-wide

Still no president for District 21

The struggle to elect a president for School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) continues. Comment.
Borough-wide

Up, up and away...on the Belt Parkway!

The Belt Parkway would be a great place to construct an elevated express lane from Sheepshead Bay all the way to Kennedy Airport, a couple of community leaders are proclaiming this week -- and they want to use federal stimulus dollars to get the job done. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cops earn awards in East Flatbush

The streets of East Flatbush saw some fine police work this summer, and several of New York’s finest from the 67th Precinct were awarded “Cop of the Month” certificates as a result. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pol pushes move plan for proposed waste station

A Bensonhurst lawmaker said this week he has devised an elegant solution to the neighborhood’s waste transfer facility problem: move it to Sunset Park. Comment.
Borough-wide

Young planners arrive at Brooklyn boards

Graduate students will soon get real life civics lessons courtesy of two of the borough’s community boards. Comment.
Borough-wide

Money for District 21 schools

Public schools in Coney Island and Bensonhurst will receive $13.6 million to lower class size and fund after-school programs. Comment.
Borough-wide

94th Precinct cops address grand larcenies, homelessness

Crime is down in Williamsburg’s north side, but police officers remain vigilant about a rash of grand larcenies and incidents involving a roving homeless population that have occurred throughout the summer. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Yeshivas, Catholic and Islamic schools get federal money

Thousands of private school students, mainly in yeshivas, will be getting remedial help in the three ‘Rs’ on the federal government’s dime. Comment.
Borough-wide

Boxers out of the ring, in the studio

At Gleason’s Gym, boxers are taking their gloves off for art, and a special cause. Comment.
Borough-wide

Stalled development projects to be kept on the straight and narrow

While stalled condo projects and big blue “death fences” may be the order of the day throughout Brooklyn, the City Council is taking steps to make sure that the community’s quality of life won’t be affected. Comment.
Borough-wide

61st Precinct CC goes award crazy!

HEADLINE: 61st Precinct CC goes award crazy! Comment.
Borough-wide

Tunnel maven gears up for tour

He rediscovered history once, and this winter, urban explorer Bob Diamond is hoping to do it again. Comment.
Borough-wide

Budget Process Kicks Off in Midwood and Flatbush

Among the items that Community Board 14 will consider, when it develops its list of budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2011, are the resurfacing of Church Avenue and the installation of a sprinkler system on the malls in Fiske Terrace. Comment.
Borough-wide

Artist Tim Kent Freshens Up

Factory Fresh took a much-anticipated departure from its usual street art fare this week with its opening of artist Tim Kent’s vividly dreamy oil paints on September 17. Comment.
Borough-wide

City wants to better secure stalled developments

Stalled condo projects and big blue “death fences” may be the order of the day throughout Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean a community’s quality of life has to suffer. Comment.
Borough-wide

EPA recommends Superfund for Newtown Creek

North Brooklyn got some super news this week. Comment.
Crime

Bum-rushed and robbed

A woman’s instincts turned out to be right, albeit delayed, when the hairs on the back of her head told her that someone was following her on Bay Ridge Parkway last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Post-4th of July crackdown

The Fourth of July 2009 may be history, but local cops are already starting to think about next year’s festivities. Comment.
Borough-wide

CB 10 changes its tune

Nearly six months after turning a dramatic thumbs-downto a new karaoke club/restaurant proposed for the neighborhood, Community Board 10 has expressed support for the establishment, which, in the meantime, has agreed to a laundry list of conditions intended to prevent it from being a burden on the surrounding community. Comment.
Borough-wide

Green church sells for nearly $10M

The former home of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, 362-364 Ovington Avenue in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, was sold in an all cash transaction valued at $9,750,000. Comments (1).
Borough-wide

Ft. Greene PK Conservancy wine tasting

The Fort Greene Park Conservancy will host a Wine Tasting Fundraiser, October 5 from 6-10 p.m. at the Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford Street in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

The census taker always rings 6x!

Brooklynites who fail to complete the 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire will be in for a big surprise. Comment.
Borough-wide

In deep with marine ecology

Find out what lives in the East River and help clean the shoreline to create a healthy habitat for the variety of species that call it home, October 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Main Street section of Brooklyn Bridge Park (meet directly underneath the Manhattan Bridge). Comment.
Borough-wide

City grabs Green Church site

The Green Church site now belongs to the city. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bawdy, blue & boozin’

There’s been a crackdown on quality-of-life offenses in Bay Ridge. Comment.
BoroBeat

Seniors dine out with Senator Golden

State Senator Martin J. Golden hosted a breakfast meeting with seniors at the Vegas Diner, which gave the senator an opportunity to discuss issues facing the community and to address concerns. Comment.
BoroBeat

Bay Ridge delights in Hellenic heritage & culture

Melt-in-your-mouth kebabs, pulsating bouzouki music and carnival-style attractions were among the pleasures enjoyed by frolickers who headed for a taste of seasonal fun %u2013 Grecian-style %u2013 in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Bay News

Guns and games

Police are searching for a gun-toting goon who made a raid at a Bensonhurst Game Stop look like child’s play. Comment.
Bay News

Family Development Training

The New York City Department of Youth & Community Development and the City University of New York present Family Development Training at Kingsborough Community College on Fridays, 10 a.m. %u2013 5 p.m., October 2 through January 29. Comment.
Bay News

Crime scene: Coney

Murder continues to be on the rise on the streets of Coney Island, particularly in the 60th Precinct’s Impact Zone, where extra cops are flooded into a high-crime area. Comment.
Bay News

Free mammograms

State Senator Martin J. Golden has joined with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program in their October breast cancer awareness campaign to urge women to get mammograms. Comment.
Bay News

Dog Coat & Blanket Drive

Give A Paw 2009 invites animal lovers to a special weekend for shelter pups and people who care. Comment.
Bay News

Gentile wants to make fighting parking tickets easier

One local legislator is trying to inject a dose of common sense into the city’s ticket adjudication policies. Comment.
Bay News

McMahon cagey on health care reform

Rep. Mike McMahon is increasingly enunciating his position on health care, and it’s a nuanced one, to say the least. Comment.
Bay News

Learn ballroom dancing for free

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn is sponsoring free ballroom dance instruction twice a week for youngsters and seniors at FIAO’S Beacon Program at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 12th and West 13th streets. Comment.
Bay News

Parents quiz health experts about H1N1 risks

It was a meeting of the minds as State Senator Marty Golden, Brooklyn parents and health experts discussed ways to prevent the spread of swine flu in Brooklyn last week. Comment.
Bay News

Presidential pick plagues District 21 CEC volunteers%A0

The struggle to elect a president for School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) continues. Comment.
Bay News

Kudos to top cops

Call them the magnificent seven: Two 61st Precinct police crews were honored by the 61st Precinct Community Council recently for not only bringing a gunman to justice, but for also stopping a livery cab thief before he could flag down another victim. Comment.
Bay News

Crash course in being tidy

First came the tickets. Comment.
BoroBeat

Bensonhurst revels in the St. Rosalia Festival

Amusements for the young and the young-at-heart %u2013 plus vendor stalls brimming with retail delights %u2013 helped revelers bid summer a fond farewell during the St. Rosalia Festivel in Bensonhurst. Comment.
BoroBeat

28th Annual Bk Columbus Parade

The 28th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade will sponsor a brunch at 12 p.m., October 4 at Sirico’s, 8015 13th Avenue in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. Comment.
BoroBeat

Game on! P.S. 48 unveils new playground

If the local park is crowded, parents have another fun spot to entertain their kids in %u2013 the new playground at Public School 48. Comment.
BoroBeat

State-of-the-art lounge%A0for%A0Boody faculty

David A. Boody Middle School thinks so highly of its teachers that they now have a new, state-of-the-art lounge in which to hold conferences, work on lesson plans, or just put up their feet and enjoy a snack. Comment.

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