Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009

Williamsburg

Cop indicted

Even though he scored a 0.0 on a breathalyzer test, a grand jury found enough evidence to bring drunk-driving charges against a Bay Ridge cop who mowed down a preacher’s daughter last month. Comment.
Williamsburg

Slashed on Broadway

An area man was slashed in the face after getting into an argument with a 31-year-old man. Comment.
Williamsburg

Triangle plan moves ahead

After weeks of deliberations, the City Planning Commission swiftly approved the rezoning plan for the Broadway Triangle, a 31-acre industrial site in South Williamsburg, by a vote of 12-1-1, setting the stage for City Council to take up the issue in a public hearing within 50 days. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bright idea on North 11th Street

Williamsburg is set for a brighter future with the grand opening of Light-Up %u2013 174 North 11th Street, between Bedford and Driggs avenues %u2013 where owners Lars and Susanne Dahlhaus celebrate the arrival of their “unprecedented lighting concept shop,” featuring an innovative new formula which allows shoppers to browse competitors’ websites on special in-store computer kiosks. Comment.
Williamsburg

Crime is Down but Noise Still Nettles

Williamsburg residents feel under siege from excessive noise and late-night rowdiness from local bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. Comment.
Williamsburg

Condo prices plunge; more rentals

Wanted: people with money looking to live in luxury new rentals or condos in downtown Brooklyn! Comment.
Williamsburg

Hoopster philanthropy is on the ball

With nary a hoop in sight, about 20 basketball dribblers bounced their way across the three East River bridges from Brooklyn to Manhattan to raise money and awareness about the genocide in Sudan. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bklyn housing market stirs this quarter

Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment.
Williamsburg

El Puente Remembers Friends Lost, Celebrates Life Continued

Lemon Andersen may be enjoying a six-week run for his solo show at the Public Theater in Manhattan, but it was El Puente (211 South 4th Street), the pantheon-like theater space in Williamsburg where Anderson got his start, that hosted its own emotional night of performances to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Burglaries, Robbers, and Graffiti Writers Apprehended

94th Precinct Deputy Inspector Dennis Fulton is optimistic about an autumn where crime is down and arrests have been made after several burglaries and robberies in Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Witches Walk The Line

Halloween tends to bring out the child in everyone, but in Williamsburg, it’s happening literally. Comment.
Williamsburg

Poetry foundation finds a Brooklyn home

From Walt Whitman to Hart Crane, Brooklyn has historically been a location that attracts poets. Comment.
Williamsburg

OSA holds annual meeting to discuss park plans

Join the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) to hear about plans to create new parks, and give your feedback on improving existing parks during the group’s next meeting, 6-7:30 p.m., October 29 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 275 North Eighth Street at Havemeyer Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Somebody should’ve kept balloon boy on a short leash

You’ve got to pick up every stitch, must be the season of the witch - Comment.
Williamsburg

Toss UN report where it belongs

Enough already! Comment.
Williamsburg

Dating safeguards and political bullstats

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes a scam that you haven’t. In Motor City, Michigan, a lovely young lady was asked out to dinner by young Mr. Handsome. Since Mr. H does not own a car our pretty princess consented to picking him up on a corner near where she resides. They made their way to a wonderful restaurant and enjoyed a bottle of red with their romantic dinner. When the check arrived Mr. H was dreadfully embarrassed. “I left my wallet in your car. May I please borrow the keys? I’ll be right back.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pistol packing hamburglar

A 41-year-old man was arrested last week after he tried to stick-up the McDonalds on Fourth Avenue near First Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Body Sculpt of New York helps address Bklyn’s health disparities with exercise initiative

Body Sculpt of New York has answered the call from the New York City Department of Health to address health disparities in African-American, Latino, Asian, and low-income communities at the Good Health Brooklyn Health Initiative, October 24 from 12-4 p.m. at Bartel Pritchard Square in Prospect Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Condo prices here plunge; new rentals enter the market

Wanted: people with money looking to live in luxury new rentals or condos in downtown Brooklyn! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Green-Wood Historic Fund%A0

The Green-Wood Historic Fund held its second annual benefit in support of the impressive array of preservation projects, community outreach events and educational programs that take place at Green-Wood Cemetery. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK housing market stirs

Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

$33M for stamping out Asian long-horned beetle

This is one beetle invasion Brooklyn can live without. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Egg on their faces

They may hate the residents of Prospect Avenue, but not because of their religion. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Old Stone House pumpkin patch is oodles of fun

A bounty of pleasures awaited mom, dad and the kids as they united for harvest festivities at the Old Stone House. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kids get to practice voting during Election Day celebrations at Prospect Park

Kids get to practice voting for New York City Mayor during Election Day celebrations at Prospect Park’s Lefferts Historic House, November 3 from 12-5 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Game, set and match...and you’re invited

Steve Carberry, tennis director at the Regina Pacis Tennis Center, will be offering a free tennis open house from 1-2 p.m., November 1at the center, 66th Street between 12th and 13th avenues in the Dyker Heights/Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Don your spookiest Halloween duds during DUMBO art crawl

Brooklyn Arts Council & Artlog.com present a special one night Halloween themed art crawl, Collect Dumbo, in partnership with Two Trees Management & the Dumbo Improvement District, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. Check-in is at 111 Front Street & 55 Washington Avenue. A portion of all proceeds from the ticketed event go to supporting BAC. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

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 718-260-2529. 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

Report: Brownstone residential rents sliding

It’s a renter’s market in Brownstone Brooklyn, according to a report released last week that found “dramatic” reductions in residential rents in the third quarter. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Back to drawing board for Slope storefront

Against the recommendation of its Land Use/Landmarks Committee, Community Board 6 last week rejected the vision for a new storefront in the Park Slope Historic District. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kid conundrum! 39th candidates rail over public school muck-up

Here’s a quick question for you: How many candidates in the race for the 39th City Council District have children in public school? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Atlantic Yards critic turns conciliatory

In something of an about-face, Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries last week praised the Atlantic Yards project as “a major economic development venture that is vital to the economy and the future of Brooklyn.” Jeffries, who has recently been critical of the project, made his comments in a letter co-signed with fellow Assemblymember N. Nick Perry and State Sen. John Sampson written to Developer Bruce Ratner and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who recently bought majority ownership of the NBA’s Nets contingent on them moving to Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Child’s Play

Political wonks felt like kids all over again as they dove into the “Pechefsky for City Council Activity Book” distributed by the Green Party candidate for the 39th District. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mistakes prove costly for Lincoln

Shawn O’Connor made sure to applaud and pat each one of his players on the back. The Lincoln football coach saw their heads down and shoulders slumped. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Prayer to the bishop

About 16 parishioners and parents demonstrated at St. Saviour this week to call attention to their “divided” parish. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sustainable food comes to Fort Greene

Talk, listen and learn (and eat!) at the Fort Greene Food Conference, a grassroots, neighborhood-based event, sponsored by Council Member Letitia James in support of a just, sustainable, healthy and delicious food system in the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Kings Courier

Cut for a cigarette

A 31-year-old man had his face ripped open after he gave a sinister stranger a cigarette last week. Comment.
Kings Courier

Jamaica Bay’s marshes to be restored

Jamaica Bay’s marshlands will soon see a bit more green than usual — in the form of a multi-million dollar restoration project, officials announced last week. Comment.
Kings Courier

Cops to council: keep your kids gang-free

Would you know if your child belonged to a gang? Comment.
Kings Courier

Bergen Beach is an NYPD desert, some say

When it comes to the police, Bergen Beach is starting to feel like a forgotten step-child. Comment.
Kings Courier

Hats off to crime-busters

Even when they’re on loan, the cops from the 63rd Precinct go above and beyond the call of duty. Comment.
Kings Courier

Toxic scare at%A0area%A0schools

Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment.
Kings Courier

Kudos to Community Members from the 70th Precinct

Local law enforcement officers saluted members of the public who went above and beyond to aid the police and and the neighborhood in which they live. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Wild things’ are right here

Possums and raccoons and skunks, oh my! Comment.
Kings Courier

Students of the Month at PS 255

Pint-sized intellectuals in Public School 255’s grades Kindergarten through five were selected to receive Student of the Month honors for “serving as exemplars in their schoolwork, their thoughtfulness, and their kindness for others,” according to the school’s Project Arts Liaison, Miriam Rankin, who spearheaded the monthly initiative as a way to recognize all the school’s young learners. Comment.
Kings Courier

Dollar vans swarm RadioShack

Dollar van drivers have a new hangout spot. Comment.
Flatbush

Loud bullets

A heated argument on East 49th Street in East Flatbush ended in a man’s death Saturday when a gun was thrown into the mix. Comment.
Flatbush

CO fumes clear out day care center

Firefighters were dispatched to a Flatbush day care center after carbon-monoxide fumes gave the phrase “nap time” a new meaning. Comment.
Flatbush

New effort to force cell phone tower check-ups

The struggle to limit the proliferation of cell phone antennae in New York City has been a frustrating one. Comment.
Flatbush

Renovation reveals PCBs

Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment.
Flatbush

Flatbush Avenue protectors honored

Thanks for the assist... Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crime slides in 76th Precinct

Three seems to be a charm for the 76th Precinct. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Boerum Hill looks to rezone the nabe

“It’s a hard knock life” for Boerum Hill and rezoning appears more than a day away. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn housing market shows some signs of life

Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Special salute to nursing trio

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Bright lights planned for Red Hook field

Red Hook might soon have its own version of Friday Night Lights. Comment.
BoroBeat

Cooking with gas: student chefs get new kitchen

After 15 years of learning how to prepare mouthwatering meals in a makeshift-if-serviceable kitchen, excited teen chefs at the High School for International Studies snipped the ribbon on a brand new culinary arts classroom %u2013 celebrating the special occasion with bragging rights and a buffet dinner. Comment.
Canarsie

The Annual Spirit of Life celebration!

Every year for the past 20 years, the New York Congregational Home for the Aged Foundation hosts a Spirit of Life Celebration, whose theme this year was “thank you,” to honor those who devote their time and energy to help enrich people’s lives and contribute to the success of the organization. Comment.
Canarsie

Crime stats%A0continue fall

Crime continues to come down in Canarsie. Comment.
Canarsie

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center recieves funding

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (Kingsbrook) has received a $15.8 million funding award from the Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) Capital Restructuring Initiatives program to facilitate furthering its cooperative initiatives with the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center/University Hospital of Brooklyn (Downstate/UHB), including developing a regional core clinical laboratory, consolidating pediatric services, and coordinating adult inpatient resources. Comment.
Canarsie

Toxic scare at area schools

Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment.
Canarsie

New Skate Park for Canarsie Moving Forward

By next fall, work on the new skate facility for Canarsie Park should be underway. Comment.
Canarsie

Fire erupts inside Rogers Avenue apartment house

Firefighters and paramedics spread out across Rogers Avenue near Avenue D Tueday morning after a fire threatened to eat its way through two floors of a Flatbush apartment building. Comment.
Canarsie

Legislation Takes Aim at Stalled Construction Sites

Faced with an increase in stalled construction projects -- which often turn into neighborhood eyesores -- the City Council has passed legislation whose goal is to encourage developers to keep up their properties. Comment.
Canarsie

Street%A0tree%A0walking%A0tour

Sustainable Flatbush is inaugurating its Fall Street Tree Walking Tour, October 24 at Sacred Vibes Apothecary, 376 Argyle Road, just south of Cortelyou Road. Tours depart at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., are one mile in length, and take approximately two hours to complete. Comment.
Canarsie

Condo prices plunge; new rentals flood the market

Wanted: people with money looking to live in luxury new rentals or condos in downtown Brooklyn! Comment.
Canarsie

Heavy weight humor

City Councilmember Lewis Fidler (D-Mill Basin, Marine Park) is bringing some wry humor to bear on his re-election campaign. Comment.
Canarsie

BK Housing%A0Family%A0Services’%A0good%A0health fair

Brooklyn Housing & Family Services with Maimonides Medical Center will be presenting the Good Homes! Good Health! Fair Fall 2009, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kings Plaza Mall, near thesecond floor movie theatre, Flatbush Avenue & Avenue U. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn home values slide, sales up

Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Top nurses always have the right Rx

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.
Brooklyn Heights

CityPoint to unveil new design

The city’s Public Design Commission (PDC) is expected to see initial designs for the long-stalled CityPoint tower project next week, according to city officials. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Housing market shows%A0signs of life in Bklyn

Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Boerum Hill seeks rezoning

“It’s a hard knock life” for Boerum Hill and rezoning appears more than a day away. Comment.
Bay News

Electeds absent; amp critics keep punching

Not a single invited elected official attended this week’s town hall at the Sea Breeze Jewish Center, but that didn’t stop opponents of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to transform sleepy Asser Levy Park into a major new concert hub from pressing their case. Comment.
Bay News

Italian-American center to debut

The Big Apple’s first Italian American cultural community center will be in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Bay News

Toxic%A0finding%A0at schools

Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment.
Bay News

International flavor for Columbus

The Chinese Dancers of David A. Boody School for Magnet Studies-IS 228 led a contingent of 50 marching students from the school down 18th Avenue in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn during the borough’s Columbus Day Parade. Comment.
Borough-wide

Egg on their faces -

By Thomas Tracy Comment.
Borough-wide

OUTRAGE Truck Survey Continues

One local group is tired of too much traffic. Comment.
Borough-wide

Crime Continues to Plummet in the Nabe

By Helen Klein Comment.
Borough-wide

Cop car crash causes injuries

Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Paramedic David Moskowitz renders aid to a motorist at a vehicle crash in Marine Park Saturday. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fed money to remember Abolitionist movement

Remembering Brooklyn’s history in fighting off the evils of American slavery will get easier thanks to two federal grants totaling $1.336 million. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce keeps rolling

Keeping an eye on government regulation over small businesses, continuing economic research on trends, and maintaining essential services was the mantra at the recent Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Annual convention. Comment.
Borough-wide

Thirsty malls in need of relief

The grassy malls running through Victorian Flatbush are 100 years old and boy, are they parched. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

G train jollies

Blotcg632 Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Going gun gaga

Going gun gaga Comment.
Williamsburg

Total Recall: Brooklyn leads faulty foods

Every year since 2005, Brooklyn has been the borough with the greatest number of food products recalled because of a host of violations, data compiled by a federal lawmaker revealed this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parents protest school bake sale ban

BY MICHÈLE DE MEGLIO Comment.
Borough-wide

Hero cops nab suspect and recover gun

Quick thinking and use of solid police tactics helped take another gun off the East Flatbush streets. Comment.
Borough-wide

Living Off 5th Avenue

Brooklyn’s 5th Avenue Committee brought its board members and financiers on a Prevost bus this week for a tour of its latest construction projects, and its staff members were repeatedly greeted with the same question: When can we move in? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lander finds himself surrounded -- by Republicans!

Even though he’s already won the Democratic primary for the 39th District, City Council candidate Brad Lander is still learning a thing or two about “the game” -- especially the unwritten truth that any event, no matter how important or benign, could turn into a political rally. Comment.
Borough-wide

Possible zoning changes for P.S. 128 and I.S. 690

BY MICHÈLE DE MEGLIO Comment.
Crime

Have gun, will order around

Cops are looking for a gun-toting thief who barked orders at his 29-year-old victim as he waved his pistol around. Comment.
Borough-wide

Green thumbs up for kids

Each of the pretty bulbs represents the wish of a dying child. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Housing Family Services

Brooklyn Housing & Family Services with Maimonides Medical Center will be presenting the Good Homes! Good Health! Fair Fall 2009, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kings Plaza Mall, near thesecond floor movie theatre, Flatbush Avenue & Avenue U. Comment.
Borough-wide

Housing mkt%A0signs of life

Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment.
Borough-wide

Your guide to civic meetings

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 718-260-2529. 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

Visitation Academy goes to the polls

Democracy was putinto action as fifth through eighth graders at Visitation Academy held schoolwide elections for student council, class president and vice president. Comment.
Borough-wide

Toxic%A0scare%A0at%A0area%A0school buildings

Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Lil’ Mama’ helps inspire kids to read more

Lil’ Mama was in da house to take budding bookworms on a record-breaking word journey at the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ahoy, Bay Ridge: 69th Street Pier Will Soon Have an Eco Dock

In the very near future, visitors will be able to approach Bay Ridge by water. Comment.
Borough-wide

Senator Golden Visits Cubscouts pack 313

State Senator Marty Golden discussed the importance of being a good citizen within the community, his job as a legislator, and the importance of getting a good education when he met with members of Cub Scout Pack 313 of St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church. Comment.
Borough-wide

Board Calls for Traffic Study of Accident-Prone Intersection

Concerned about the abundance of accidents at one Bay Ridge corner, a local volunteer group is calling on the city to make improvements there. Comment.
Borough-wide

City Council okays Sunset Park downzoning

Sunset Park is the latest community to be downzoned. Comment.
Bay News

Condo prices plunge; more rental units available

Wanted: people with money looking to live in luxury new rentals or condos in downtown Brooklyn! Comment.
Borough-wide

Your comprehensive guide to civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-260-2529. 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

Your weekly newsbriefs

The 61st Precinct will once again be hosting ghouls, goblins and all types of tiny creatures that go bump in the night during their annual Halloween party. Comment.
Bay News

Kings Bay YM-YWHA back to school open house

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA held its second annual Back to School Open House, a free event, which allowed families to celebrate the start ofthe new school year and discover the children’s programs offered at the Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

An evening of awareness on women

Hadassah Brooklyn Region, in cooperation with the Sisterhood of East Midwood Jewish Center, presents “An Evening of Awareness on Women’s Health” featuring the doctors and staff of Maimonides Medical Center, November 4from 5-8 p.m. at the East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

Houses of worship poised for historic distinction

Their prayers have been answered. Comment.
Bay News

Italian-American center to debut soon

The Big Apple’s first Italian American cultural community center will be in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Bay News

Dribbling for the Sudan

With nary a hoop in sight, about 20 basketball dribblers bounced their way across the three East River bridges from Brooklyn to Manhattan to raise money and awareness about the genocide in Sudan. Comment.
Bay News

Cop Indicted

Even though he scored a 0.0 on a breathalyzer test, a grand jury found enough evidence to bring drunk-driving charges against a Bay Ridge cop who mowed down a preacher’s daughter last month. Comment.
Bay News

PCB scare%A0at schools

Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment.
Bay News

Marty critics:%A0‘We’re%A0just getting started’

Not a single invited elected official attended this week’s town hall at the Sea Breeze Jewish Center, but that didn’t stop opponents of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to transform sleepy Asser Levy Park into a major new concert hub from pressing their case. Comment.
Bay News

Blood on the tracks

A 20-year-old woman nearly bled to death following a violent altercation at the Sheepshead Bay Road subway stop last week. Comment.
Bay News

Hot wheels doused

Police recovered and secured a stolen car after two would-be thieves abandoned their hot wheels at the corner of East 29th Street and Quentin Road Tuesday afternoon. Comment.
Bay News

Battle for the 43rd District%A0

While not exactly Lincoln-Douglass, the recent debate between Democrat incumbent City Councilmember Vincent (The Little Giant) Gentile and Republican Bob (The Grocer) Capano provided entertaining theater and ripe political discourse. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn home values slide,%A0sales up

Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment.
High School Sports

Ford tough: Falcons soar over Christ the King

James Caicedo knew of Bishop Ford’s reputation well before he first entered the Park Slope school. Comment.
High School Sports

Second-half surge gives Madison fourth straight division crown

Abraham Bravo had a piece of advice for James Madison teammate Richard Hernandez as he readied to take his 30-yard free kick. Comment.
High School Sports

Sharks lose Fyffe, game to Port Richmond

The game at hand seemed rather meaningless for Sheepshead Bay for about 25 minutes in the second half. Comment.
High School Sports

Blossoming Kearney runs Xaverian past Mount

No one knew Zack Kearney could be this good this fast. Comment.
BoroBeat

An International flavor at Columbus march

The Chinese Dancers of David A. Boody School for Magnet Studies-IS 228 led a contingent of 50 marching students from the school down 18th Avenue in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn during the borough’s Columbus Day Parade. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 19, 2009

Williamsburg

Boxed in

A 16-year-old thief armed with a box cutter carjacked a motorist on Berry Street Monday. Comment.
Williamsburg

City Council to Jump-Start Stalled Construction Sites

Standing before a backdrop of a featureless boarded-up vacant Williamsburg lot where construction has ceased for several months, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and six Councilmembers introduced a new bill earlier this week that will allow developers to restart stalled construction sites if they agree to increased safety standards. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Words of Bonds’ project at MSG

The rallying call to ‘Never Forget’ is one of the major themes of the Brooklyn-based non-profit School News Nationwide (SNN). Comment.
Williamsburg

Ringling Bros. seeks return to BK

The Coney Island Boom-A-Ring was such a big hit this summer that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus not only wants to come back to Brooklyn again next year - they’re interested in making it an annual event. Comment.
Williamsburg

Gifted & Talented wanted for ‘Burg

A new gifted and talented primary school may be coming to Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bobko defeats Moshan; McCarren Tennis Wins

In the inaugural Williamsburg Open, Arthur Bobko defeated a feisty opponent, Michael Moshan, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, but McCarren Tennis was the real winner this past weekend. Comment.
Williamsburg

Legal Services Makes Motion to Merge Brooklyn Offices

Legal Services of New York City, the largest federally-funded civil legal services program in the country is considering a move to consolidate its Brooklyn offices in order to centralize operations. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Dark & Deviant’

The Tiger Lillies return to St. Ann’s Warehouse, October 16-17, 8 p.m.,with “Dark and Deviant,” a show, which celebrates 20 years of the Lillies’ dark, deviant and highly twisted theatrical music. Comment.
Williamsburg

McCarren Pk. pumpkins

Bright-eyed youngsters shared the spotlight with an emerald empire sparkling with orange beauties when McCarren Park feted the young and the young-at-heart with a pumpkin patch. Comment.
Williamsburg

Friends With Benefits fundraiser for the Numu Arts Collective

The Numu Arts Collective presents Friends With Benefits: A Benefit for the Numu Arts Collective, October 23, 7 p.m., at their Bushwick headquarters, 75 Stewart Avenue. The event will raise funds and present work by members of this new Brooklyn-based collective. Comment.
Williamsburg

Community divided on Metropolitan Wine Bar

A restaurant applying for a liquor license in the ground-floor space of a building off a quiet stretch of Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg has divided a community frustrated with outdoor noise levels but passionate for sophisticated late-night dining. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kids Make a Difference Annual Family Ice Skating & Carnival

The Brooklyn Chapter of Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s youth group, Kids Make a Difference, will host its annual Family Ice Skating & Carnival event at Aviator Sports & Recreation Center at Floyd Bennett Field on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Exit 11S on the Belt Parkway, October 25. Registration starts at 12 p.m. and the event runs from 1-4 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

CMJ coming to Brooklyn

With over 1,300 artists and over 75 venues participating in this year’s CMJ, from October 20-24, chances are, any show you go to those five days will be part of the marathon music showcase. Comment.
Williamsburg

David’s next move?%A0Birthday party!

Now that Councilmember David Yassky (D-Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights) lost the race for City Comptroller, twice, many pundits are wondering what the retiring elected official will be doing next. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rest in peace, Spc. Kevin O. Hill [1986-2009]

If you love freedom, thank a vet. Comment.
Williamsburg

Democrat? Republican? What’s the difference?

Does it really make a difference if the Democrats are in or the Republicans? Rhetorical as it may be - it’s been on my mind the closer Election Day gets. Comment.
BoroBeat

Mmm...Havemeyer Sugar-Sweets Bake Festival%A0

Sweet Havemeyer Street! Comment.
Borough-wide

Blossoming Kearney runs Xaverian past Mount

No one knew Zack Kearney could be this good this fast. Comment.
Borough-wide

Second-half surge gives Madison fourth straight division crown

Abraham Bravo had a piece of advice for James Madison teammate Richard Hernandez as he readied to take his 30-yard free kick. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mistakes prove costly for Lincoln

Shawn O’Connor made sure to applaud and pat each one of his players on the back. The Lincoln football coach saw their heads down and shoulders slumped. Comment.
Borough-wide

Consistent Fort Hamilton marches on

No matter who was asked the question – what does the 21-game regular-season win streak mean? – the reaction was the same. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ford tough: Falcons soar over Christ the King

James Caicedo knew of Bishop Ford’s reputation well before he first entered the Park Slope school. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sharks lose Fyffe, game to Port Richmond

The game at hand seemed rather meaningless for Sheepshead Bay for about 25 minutes in the second half. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Something’s fishy...

A thief snipped the locks to Park Slope Seafood, 215 Seventh Avenue, last Sunday night, taking $400 in receipts. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bloomberg on the Gowanus waterfront

The city’s top boss last week arrived at the fetid foot of the Gowanus Canal, touting an alternate scheme for its clean-up and predicting a bright future for the polluted waterway — provided the city steers its revival. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Prospect Heights shows off her stuff during biennial house tour

The Prospect Heights biennial house tour will be held October 18 from 12-5 p.m. The self-guided tour will include 11 wonderful homes and apartments. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Music on Fifth

The Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, in conjunction with the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, hosts Music on Fifth, in which at least 15 musicians and groups will be performing along Fifth Avenue from Dean to 18th streets, October 22 & 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘No Parking Funeral Today’ opens

The 440 Gallery presents “Daniel John Weiner: No Parking Funeral Today,” now to November 29, with an opening reception October 23, 7-9 p.m. The gallery is at 440 Sixth Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

First Acoustics

Guitarist Patty Larkin continues the successful second season of First Acoustics, October 17. Larkin will perform at First Unitarian Church, PierrepontStreet between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, with a discount when purchased in advance. Comment.
Borough-wide

Data shows a possible wide-spread presence of PCBs in Brooklyn schools

Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Return of the Fabulous Flea Market%A0

The Fabulous Flea Market returns to The Royale Bar, 506 Fifth Avenue between12th & 13th streets in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, October 18 from 3-8 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

ACORN supporters turn out at rally

For Leroy Johnson, a compactly built man with a lilting West Indian accent, standing up for ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is a matter of giving back to the organization that saved his apartment. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bookswap comes to Cobble Hill

The Cobble Hill Association is sponsoring a free Book Swap October 17 at the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) Sitting Park at Henry and Pacific streets in Cobble Hill, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Let the Work Begin: Groundbreaking on New Library Later This Month

The construction of the new Kensington library will get underway later this month. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn’s Toxic Past

The legacy of Brooklyn’s industrial past and the spectrum of pollution in which we live are captured in Robin Michals’ photography exhibition, “Toxic City: Brooklyn’s Brownfields,” at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 Fourth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, October 25 through November 8. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Locals worry about Kensington crime

From tires getting slashed to burglaries to hate crimes, several residents complained about an uptick of crime and lack of police presence at the recent Community Board 12 meeting. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mike Rouse album release party

Composer, filmmaker, director and solo performer Mikel Rouse will release his new album, Gravity Radio (Exit Music 1012), November 3 on iTunes and at all major retailers. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Adult bereavement support at Calvary

Calvary Hospital has announced it will host adult bereavement support groups in downtown Brooklyn. Thanks to a donation of space through Premier Home Health Care Agency groups will meet weekly at a Court Street location. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Help clean the Slope during Fall Civic Sweep event

Make a clean sweep of your home and neighborhood by joining the Park Slope Civic Council’s annual beautification, clean-up and recycling event, the Fall Civic Sweep, October 17. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

H1N1 Townhall meeting at Long Island College Hospital

Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn will host a community town hall meeting about H1N1 and Seasonal Flu, hosted byDavid Wlody MD, Chief Medical officer and Tucker Woods DO, chairman of Emergency Medicine,October 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. at LICH, 339 Hicks street at Atlantic Avenue, in the Avram Conference Center, Rooms A and B. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ecology event

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Laughing with the Saints on Duffield St.

Father James Martin, SJ, author of the memoir, “Laughing with the Saints,” will show how the saints and the great Christian spiritual masters used humor as part of a healthy spiritual life. All this and a few good jokes, too Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

78th Precinct cops honored

A pair of cops were honored by the 78th Precinct Community Council this week for two separate arrests, which took three alleged bad guys — and two guns — off the street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Forget baseball, it’s bocce ball time!

The young and the young-at-heart had a ball in Marine Park, squaring off for the playoffs of the 15th Annual Citywide Bocce Championships. Comment.
High School Sports

Chemistry is major for Brooklyn Tech girls volleyball

Margaret Kwateng and Karolina Kowalska might as well be joined at the hip. The Brooklyn Tech seniors are close friends, share the same major at school and are both stars on the Engineers girls volleyball team. Comment.
High School Sports

Vital veers Lincoln toward bounce-back win

Andrew Vital has mastered the art of deception. The Lincoln quarterback does his best Houdini impression every time the play “Veer” is called. Tailback Doug Butler runs up the gut and Vital has the option of handing off to him or faking it and carrying it himself. Comment.
BoroBeat

Celebrate turkish culture

Whirling dervishes, folklore teams and mouthwatering cuisine whetted the appetites of revelers, who headed to Prospect Park for a taste of “Turkish days in New York.” Comment.
BoroBeat

Park Slope farmers’ market makes its debut

Ripened fruits and crisp veggies were just the tip of the iceberg for discerning boroughites as they made a beeline for farm-fresh delights on opening day of the Park Slope Farmers’ Market. Comment.
BoroBeat

A special salute to outstanding nurses

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.
Kings Courier

Booze-fueled slashing

A 48-year-old man at the wrong place at the wrong time ended up in the hospital last week after he was allegedly attacked by three drunken, knife-wielding goons. Comment.
Kings Courier

61st Precinct CC goes award crazy!

They’re the wind beneath the 61st Precinct’s wings. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Hog wild’ to fight cancer%A0

Health crusaders took their battle against breast cancer on the road when Maimonides Medical Center and Brooklyn Harley-Davidson teamed up with the Brooklyn Cyclones for a benefit motorcycle tour through borough streets. Comment.
BoroBeat

Fanatical about fall: Autumn makes a big splash at the salt marsh nature center

Salt Marsh Nature Center morphed into a pulsating emerald empire as the nimble-footed ushered in the golden season with a harvest dance. Comment.
BoroBeat

Italian pride on parade along Colombo Blvd.

Spectacular floats, marching bands and costumed strollers were among the crowd pleasers as festive frolickers embraced the dolce vita by kicking off the 28th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade along Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard. Comment.
BoroBeat

P.S. 255 puts its best foot forward

Young eco-buffs pounded the pavement to promote a healthy, safe and green life during an awareness walk at Public School 255. Comment.
Flatbush

Ralph gun bust...

A teen party at an East Flatbush club ended in gunfire Sunday, police said. Comment.
Flatbush

Remembering Cozmik: 18-year-old roller blader slain

A skilled roller blader was killed Monday night as a gunman opened fire on him and his two friends at a Flatbush donut shop. Comment.
Flatbush

Unspeakable Conditions Prevail at Two Flatbush Apartment Buildings

Even the rats are likely disgusted with the conditions at a pair of Flatbush buildings that have fallen into disrepair. Comment.
Flatbush

Salute to Narcotics Cops for Operation Spinal Tap

Members of the Brooklyn South Narcotics Unit came in for special thanks during the September meeting of the 70th Precinct Community Council. Comment.
Flatbush

Trash Can Thieves Strike Victorian Flatbush

It could be dubbed the Case of the Traveling Trash Pails. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bike thief busted

A free-wheeling 37-year-old was arrested last week after he allegedly tried to ride off with another man’s bike on Cheever Place. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

P.S. 15 makes a merry noise

Mural arts, salsa dances and more lured mom, dad and the kids to a cultural arts festival at Public School 15. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Apply for Hoyt St. Association funding

Submit your proposal to the Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project (HSACFP), an annual grant program, initiated by the Hoyt Street Association, to help fund neighborhood improvement projects in Boerum Hill. Comment.
BoroBeat

Pumpkin painting: no tricks, 100 percent treat

Creative youngsters had gourds of pre-Halloween fun when Mazzone’s True Value hosted a pumpkin-painting party %u2013 complete with 25,000 pounds of orange beauties, paint and tools to spawn the most spooktacular squash, plus a strolling clown to tickle the funnybone. Comment.
Canarsie

Pit Bull vs. Bullets

Cops from the 69th Precinct opened fire on a loose pPit bull as it threatened to attack an area resident Thursday. Comment.
Features

A pocket full of political musings

The following are from the scraps of paper and backs of business cards that have been accumulating in my pockets. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Words of Bonds project’

The rallying call to ‘Never Forget’ is one of the major themes of the Brooklyn-based non-profit School News Nationwide (SNN). Comment.
Canarsie

Breavement Groups come to Court Street

Calvary Hospital has announced it will host adult bereavement support groups in downtown Brooklyn. Thanks to a donation of space through Premier Home Health Care Agency groups will meet weekly at a Court Street location. Comment.
Canarsie

Economist shares financial advice with students

Beth Kobliner will beoffering practical advice and insight on a wide range of economic and financial matters based on her New York Times best-seller, “Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties” to 100 Kingsborough Community College students. Comment.
Canarsie

Brookdale surpasses standards

A team of six surveyors spent four days at Brookdale Hospital, the Family Care Centers and Brookdale Home Care evaluating hospital policies and practices, conducting interviews with staff on all levels, reading charts, observing procedures, inspecting the structure and operation of the organization and going through every nook and cranny. They left no stone unturned. Comment.
Canarsie

B.J.’s offers $5 cashback to schools

As it prepares to open a new location in Canarsie, BJ’s Wholesale Club is offering a deal to local public schools. Comment.
Borough-wide

Your weekly newsbriefs

Want to taste the best bagel in New York City? Then head to Bagel Hole at 400 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Canarsie

Boom-A-Ring return in the works

The Coney Island Boom-A-Ring was such a big hit this summer that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus not only wants to come back to Brooklyn again next year - they’re interested in making it an annual event. Comment.
Canarsie

13 caught in D.A. Hyne’s fraud sweep

Thirteen Brooklyn con artists were pulled from a life of riches and luxury cars to a jail cell and a shared toilet after falling into Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes’ ever widening fraud net. Comment.
Canarsie

City considering expansions for P.S. 279 and I.S. 211

Two Canarsie schools have officially requested grade reconfigurations. Comment.
Canarsie

Race against violence

The 11th Annual Race Against Violence 5k Run/Walk will be held at John Paul Jones Park, 101st Street and Fourth Avenue in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, October 18. Comment.
Canarsie

$33 million to squash this devilish insect

This is one beetle invasion Brooklyn can live without. Comment.
Canarsie

Ringing in a bit of Coney Island history

Poised majestically on Dreamland Pier, it used to announce the arrivals and departures of steamships traveling from Brooklyn and the tip of Manhattan. Comment.
Canarsie

Canarsiens Seeing Double Over Double-Parking Tix

Canarsiens are tired of being ticketed. Comment.
High School Sports

‘Big Six’ big in win

Donovan Edwards was given a nickname by his teammates on the Midwood football team. Comment.
BoroBeat

Eyes & ears of the police: Tall salute to auxiliaries

The “eyes and ears” of Brooklyn’s Finest received a tall salute in Canarsie during a pomp-filled awards ceremony for the 69th Precinct’s Auxiliary unit. Volunteer officers were lauded for their crime-fighting assistance at a full-court program %u2013 held at PS 66, 845 East 96th St. %u2013 which featured appearances by police brass from Patrol Borough Brooklyn South and the 69th Precinct, 9720 Foster Avenue. Comment.
BoroBeat

Hog wild for health: bikers rev up ‘Ride to live’

Health crusaders took their battle against breast cancer on the road when Maimonides Medical Center and Brooklyn Harley-Davidson teamed up with the Brooklyn Cyclones for a benefit motorcycle tour through borough streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Slashed over cigarette

A 22-year-old man had his face ripped open during an argument sparked by a pack of smokes. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lawsuit filed to stop Dock Street project

An offshoot of the DUMBO Neighborhood Association filed a lawsuit last week to stop the controversial Dock Street project. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Levin on lookout for HQ

Democratic City Council nominee Steve Levin is looking for a home for his new district office, and Boerum Hill appears to be the front-runner. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Condo prices cut in%A0effort to attract buyers

Wanted: people with money looking to live in luxury new rentals or condos in downtown Brooklyn! Comment.
BoroBeat

Governor helps celebrate Sukkot on Kane st.

Governor David Paterson joined the faithful in recanting traditional tales, singing festive songs and displaying model dwellings when he stopped by the Kane Street Synagogue to help usher in the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Comment.
BoroBeat

Blessing of the animals at St. Boniface

Yelps and howls filled the air as the blessing of the animals got underway at St. Boniface Church. Comment.
BoroBeat

Beautiful new Brooklyn mural

Downtown proprietor Barry Jacobson is no slumlord. Comment.
Bay News

New amphitheater%A0is a bad fit

As we head into the elective campaigning season, let us try to clarify both sides of the Asser-Levy Seaside Park controversy that is a raging bone of contention. Comment.
Bay News

Bloomy: nothing in common with us%A0

Bay News

Cops In Coney Island Save a man and recover guns

From pulling a man out of rough seas to grabbing guns off the street and locking up perpetrators, the 60th Precinct had a busy summer. Comment.
Borough-wide

Student elections held at Visitation Academy

Democracy was putinto action as fifth through eighth graders at Visitation Academy held schoolwide elections for student council, class president and vice president. Comment.
Borough-wide

Residents to mayor: Fix the potholes!

Enough with the potholes! Comment.
Borough-wide

Resource fair for grandparents to be held at LIU

The Brooklyn Grandparents’ Coalition & Long Island University’s Department of Social Work, NYC Department for the Aging, Grandparents Resource Center present a Fall Resource Fair for Kincaregivers from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., November 6 in the Paramount Gym at LIU, corner of DeKalb and Flatbush avenues. Comment.
Borough-wide

Jamaica Bay’s marshes to be restored

Jamaica Bay’s marshlands will soon see a bit more green than usual — in the form of a multi-million dollar restoration project, officials announced last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

We’re Gonna Have an Edible Schoolyard at PS 216

Borough-wide

Drop in Crime Continues in Canarsie

Crime continues to come down in Canarsie. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New Brooklyn Bridge Park organization announced

The 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park now under construction is quickly garnering the distinction of being the project with the most acronyms. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn home values slide, sales up

Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment.
Borough-wide

District 20 honors Mafalda DiMango

Three cheers for Mafalda DiMango! Comment.
Borough-wide

The battle of the Long-Horned Beetle has begun

This is one beetle invasion Brooklyn can live without. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gentile, Capano slug it out in debate

While not exactly Lincoln-Douglass, the recent debate between Democrat incumbent City Councilmember Vincent (The Little Giant) Gentile and Republican Bob (The Grocer) Capano provided entertaining theater and ripe political discourse. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hero’s daughter awarded college scholarship

America is free because there are heroes who are willing to sacrifice life and limb to protect its people, ideals, and borders.Robert Kross, a veteran of the United States Army is one of those heroes. Comment.
Borough-wide

Unspeakable conditions prevail at two at two Flatbush apartment buildings

Even the rats are likely disgusted with the conditions at a pair of Flatbush buildings that have fallen into disrepair. Comment.
Borough-wide

Atlantic Yards lawsuits filed and heard

Lawsuits against the Atlantic Yards project continue to fly. Comment.
Canarsie

Racist Obama stencils hit Mill Basin

It’s a sad commentary on today’s world but, yes, we can find President Barack Obama’s name in hate-filled messages about race. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Help is on the way for F train

A ride on the F train might be fraught with delays and commuter dismay, but New York City Transit isn’t prepared just yet to take the blame for overcrowded conditions, the agency said in a report released last week.The fault, the document infers, lies not in the agency, but in ourselves. Comment.
Borough-wide

Local boy is soldier for a day

Members of the New York National Guard welcomed a new “recruit” to the Army National Guard when they fulfilled the dream of nine year old Jacob Kaminski, a local boy battling Leukemia. Comment.
Kings Courier

Swine flu prevention kicks into high gear

The first batch of swine flu vaccines has hit local schools, as the city steps up its efforts to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus. Comment.
Borough-wide

Free tennis open house for learners of all ages

Steve Carberry, tennis director at the Regina Pacis Tennis Center, will be offering a free tennis open house from 1-2 p.m., November 1at the center, 66th Street between 12th and 13th avenues in the Dyker Heights/Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Public Comment Period on Superfund Extended Amid Concerns

While a Superfund designation for Newtown Creek may help the waterway, some local residents are worried it may be bad for business. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ring of Combat

Promoter and three-time World Kickboxing Champion Louis Neglia put together another loaded card with 14 matches featuring some of the best fighters on the east coast at the 26th installment of the East Coast’s longest running Professional MMA Promotion, The Ring of Combat. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hero firefighter is honored for saving life

Firefighter Adam Rivera stood straight, feet slightly apart and stared expressionless as his proud mother, Lynn, stood beside him and several local politicians praised him at the recent Dyker Heights Civic Association meeting. Comment.
Borough-wide

BJ’s Wholesale Club partners with Canarsie Schools

As it prepares to open a new location in Canarsie, BJ’s Wholesale Club is offering a deal to local public schools. Comment.
Borough-wide

Local hero dives in to help drowning mother

Hey, Keith Gorman! You just saved a woman from drowning in her own car. What do you do next? Comment.
Borough-wide

Green-mobile hits Borough Hall.

The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy’s Enviromedia Mobile — a 48-foot traveling urban nature center and maritime museum — will rumble into Borough Hall Plaza next week for an official unveiling, part of a borough-wide mission intended to teach and enlighten. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bay Ridge United Methodist “Green” Church sold for close to $10 million.

In one of the busiest summers over the past few years, Massey Knakal is reporting the closing of a number of transactions in Brooklyn with an aggregate value of almost $27 million. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fundraiser for The Friends of Douglass/Green Park

The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park are hosting a fundraiser at “Building on Bond,” corner of Bond & Pacific streets, October 19 from 7-9 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fresh teeth to bite curb cuts

Community Board 11 is getting set to weigh in on a new zoning text amendment from the Department of City Planning aimed at curbing the “concrete jungle.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Art installation bolsters Flatbush Avenue Extension

When the economy gets tight, it’s time to call in the artists. Comment.
Borough-wide

Maintaining Existing Community Character Key to Sunset Park Rezoning

Sunset Park is the latest community to be downzoned. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hey Mr. Mayor, aren’t our security priorities askew?

Borough-wide

B-Ball dribbling marathon goes through Brooklyn

With nary a hoop in sight, about 20 basketball dribblers bounced their way across the three East River bridges from Brooklyn to Manhattan to raise money and awareness about the genocide in Sudan. Comment.
BoroBeat

Lil’ Mama encourages young readers

Lil’ Mama was in da house %u2013 to take budding bookworms on a record-breaking word journey at the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment.
Borough-wide

Opponents in 43rd Council District race go head to head

Easy does it. Comment.
Borough-wide

Eggs Over Easy: Open House NY Visits Newtown Creek

The crowds came to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in droves this weekend, eager to see what exactly goes on inside the mysterious sewage plant that resembles a half-dozen package of eggs and emits a faint indigo glow at night. Comment.
Borough-wide

Crime is Down but Noise Still Nettles

Crime continues to remain low in Williamsburg, though many residents feel under siege from excessive noise and late-night rowdiness from local bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. Comment.
Borough-wide

Coney Island Hospital Art

Coney Island Hospital and the Brooklyn Streetcar Artists Group are collaborating on the exhibit, “A Celebration of the Arts” at Coney Island Hospital, 2601 Ocean Parkway, corner of Avenue Z in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gifted and Talented Coming to Williamsburg

A new gifted and talented primary school may be coming to Williamsburg. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bobko defeats Moshan

In the inaugural Williamsburg Open, Arthur Bobko defeated a feisty opponent, Michael Moshan 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, but McCarren Tennis was the real winner this past weekend. Comment.
Borough-wide

Food, friends and fun as Bay Ridge Food Co-op launches membership drive

The Bay Ridge Food Co-op celebrated the official launch of its membership drive with food, libations and music at the Bay Ridge Public Library, 7223Ridge Boulevard. Comment.
Borough-wide

Blessing of the beasts

Blessed be the beasts. Comment.
Kings Courier

Traffic woes cause worry near Bergen Beach school

Traffic conditions outside a Bergen Beach parochial school have become an unholy mess, according to a parent urging officials to heed his warning to blockade the street in order to safeguard students and faculty. Comment.
Borough-wide

Charity softball game in Manhattan Beach to benefit Autism Speaks

The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association will hold a charity softball game pitting MBNA versus News12-Brooklyn, with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks, Inc. Comment.
Crime

Cash for clunker crime

An employee from Giuffre Kia was robbed of over $125,000 in receipts -- as well as his wheels -- just as he was about to drop off the cash and checks at a local bank, officials said. Comment.
Borough-wide

Haunted Walk at Prospect Park

The beloved Haunted Walk in Prospect Park is back on October 31 from 12-3 p.m., and more fun than ever. Lurking high on Lookout Hill are zombies, wolf men, headless horsemen, good and bad witches, and other creepy characters. Comment.
Borough-wide

Community Board 10 public hearing on expense budget

Community Board 10 will be conducting a public hearing to adopt and supportthe board’s capital and expense priorities for the Fiscal Year 2010 municipal budget at 7:15 p.m., October 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1305 86th Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Third Ave. Merchants awarded market study grant

The Merchants of Third Avenue Civic Improvement Association, a non-profit serving the Third Avenue retail corridor for more than30 years, has been awarded an Avenue NYC Economic Development grant from the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Comment.
Borough-wide

School open house

The New York City Department of Education and PS 503-The Magnet School for Ecology and the Urban Environment will be hostingfree open houses October 20, November 17 and December 15 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the school, 330 59th Street on the Bay Ridge/Sunset Park border. Comment.
Borough-wide

Local Not-for-Profit Asks for Help

A Bay Ridge-based organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities is turning to the community to help it cope with funding shortfalls. Comment.
Borough-wide

Massey Knakal reports latest summer transaction

In one of the busiest summers over the past few years, Massey Knakal is reporting the closing of a number of transactions in Brooklyn with an aggregate value of almost $27 million. Comment.
BoroBeat

St. Anselm’s Church welcomes new pastor

The faithful at St. Anselm’s Church have a new pastor.Monsignor John W. Maloney, formerly of Queens, was installed as the incoming spiritual leader of the house of worship, 356 82nd Street, during an installation Mass conducted by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.A reception in the school auditorium followed the rites. Comment.
BoroBeat

Bay Ridge Senior citizens celebrate the Shore Road Garden

A luncheon sprinkled with live music drew local seniors to the Shore Road Garden where they helped usher in the golden season with a picnic hosted by State Senator Marty Golden. Comment.
BoroBeat

Acclaimed author at Visitation academy

Author Angie Sage delivered a presentation and signed copies of her booksduring a visit with the students of Visitation Academy, 8902 Ridge Boulevard in Bay Ridge. Comment.
BoroBeat

Love nourishes Bay Ridge garden

Tucked away in a little corner of Bay Ridge lies a secret garden filled with bowers of flowers. Alive with pink coreopsis, Shasta daisies, cornflowers, geraniums and lilacs the backyard oasisis lovingly tended to by Flo Troiano, (pictured here). Comment.
BoroBeat

Kaleidoscope celebrates its first decade

Mom, dad and the kids were in for a phantasmagoric experience when Kaleidoscope turned 10 years young.The rollicking toy store, 8722 3rd Avenue, was the proud recipient of variegated well-wishes from customers, who stopped by throughout the day to offer their congratulations. Family-owned-and-operated, Kaleidoscope offers “everything” from unique craft kits to collectible figurines, with all of its toys meeting government safety requirements. “We research all companies to ensure they are use environmentally safe production practices,” boasts its website. Comment.
Bay News

Coke-using firefighter uses 9/11 defense

A New York City firefighter who was fired after failing a random drug test has filed suit against the FDNY and the city for improper termination. Comment.
Bay News

Motorist Killed

A 26-year-old drunken driver sparked a horrendous chain of events that not only led to the death of a 48-year-old motorist but nearly his own demise as well, cops from the 62nd Precinct said this week. Comment.
Bay News

Additional Funds for CB 11

There was a great deal of applause as City Councilmember Vincent Gentile delivered a check for $1,000 to Community Board 11. Comment.
BoroBeat

Green-mobile hits Borough Hall

The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy’s Enviromedia Mobile — a 48-foot traveling urban nature center and maritime museum — will rumble into Borough Hall Plaza next week for an official unveiling, part of a borough-wide mission intended to teach and enlighten. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn’s finest salutes its dedicated ‘eyes and ears’

The “eyes and ears” of Brooklyn’s Finest received a tall salute during an awards ceremony for the 60th Precinct’s Auxiliary unit in Coney Island. Comment.
Bay News

Keeping on the straight and narrow

Big-hearted Brooklynites waged war against two potential killers by putting their best foot forward during a benefit walk to mark “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.” Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn college cuts ribbon on West Quad

It took 50 years, but the “most beautiful college campus in America” now also boasts a handsome, state-of-the-art, athletic and student services wing %u2013 complete with ball courts and a swimming pool open to the community. Comment.
Bay News

High-powered circumcision draws pols

For being only eight days old, little Joshua Zev Greenfield showed the kind of political clout at his circumcision that would be the envy of many a power broker. Comment.
Bay News

Guild for Exceptional Children 51st anniversary

The Guild for Exceptional Children will celebrate its 51st anniversary during a gala dinner dance to be held at 6:30 p.m., October 23 at the El Caribe Country Club, 5945 Strickland Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

LICH town hall on H1N1

The Dexter McKenzie Community Resource Center will host a town hall meeting on the H1N1 Virus — which has reached pandemic proportions, according to a June 2009 World Health Organization (WHO) bulletin — October 22, 7 p.m., at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 3714 Avenue D in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

Always a howl at Halloween time!

What a spooktacular sight%u2026 Comment.
Bay News

St. Edmund Prep steps off

The sun appeared from behind the clouds in time for Saint Edmund Preparatory High School students to participate in their 10th annual Walk-a-thon around Marine Park. Comment.
BoroBeat

Seven decades of matrimonial bliss

Happy anniversary! Comment.
BoroBeat

Walgreens opens its 7,000th store

A milestone was reached when the “nation’s largest drugstore chain” opened shop in Sheepshead Bay with its 7000th store. Comment.

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