Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009

Williamsburg

Tunnel rat sought

A thief who spent a lot of time and energy burrowing a hole into a Lee Avenue medical office must have been quite surprised to learn that the money he was hoping to find had been placed somewhere else. Comment.
Williamsburg

Worldwide march for peace reaches Bklyn

A historic three-month peace rally through more than 100 countries on four continents arrived to a jubilant welcome in Brooklyn where a convoy of New Yorkers representing more than 100 cultures and including hundreds of children, teachers, religious leaders, city officials and grassroots gladiators feted the international team of marchers with a two-day assembly. Comment.
Williamsburg

Political news around the borough

Council member David Yassky is making the rounds this month, saying goodbye to the community groups in his district which meant the most to his professional career. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your comprehensive guide to upcoming 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.
Williamsburg

Ferry service spinning its wheels

The New York Water Taxi Service is carrying more than water. Comment.
Williamsburg

Chamber of Commerce wary of regulation

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.
Williamsburg

Broadway Triangle Postponed, Opponents Edgy

After a request for a recess from Speaker Christine Quinn, the City Council will not vote on the Broadway Triangle rezoning plan this week as expected, making a vote likely to occur just before the city’s land use process expires on December 9. Comment.
Williamsburg

Teresa Toro Resigns

Greenpoint resident Teresa Toro has announced her resignation from Community Board 1, where she has served as its Transportation Committee chair for the past seven years. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rose Plaza pruned

Community Board 1 decisively rejected the Rose Plaza developer’s application to rezone 3.7 acres of land on the South Williamsburg waterfront for residential use, giving the project a negative recommendation as it advances through the city’s ULURP process. Comment.
Williamsburg

City officials meet to discuss Newtown Creek response

City officials met with elected official representatives and North Brooklyn community leaders this week to outline their response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund recommendation for Newtown Creek. Comment.
Williamsburg

Nets arena go-ahead gets more good news

It’s all systems go for the Brooklyn Nets arena, and perhaps an NBA championship banner hanging from the rafters following the 2011-12 playoffs in the borough. Comment.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health:%A0The sobering truth about ‘brain attacks’

A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood flow in a vessel or artery or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Comment.
Williamsburg

Children struck on Marcy Avenue

Two children were rushed to the hospital following a harrowing Friday afternoon motor vehicle accident on Marcy Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brunch with Santa

It might be his busy season, but Santa is still making time to have brunch on December 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Radegast Hall & Biergarten, 113 N. 3rd Street at Berry Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Comment.
Editorial

Education re-imagined

New Yorkers have given Mayor Michael Bloomberg a mandate to improve education for our children for another four years. You’d think that after the battle to restore mayoral control of the schools and endless pre-election political jousting, people would be tired of the subject, but the intensity of Education Voters’ community dialogues show that this is clearly not the case. Comment.
Williamsburg

High time for a global convention on Islam

The seamy South Side, Chicago, enclave in which President Obama polished his political chops is no match for the planet’s crummiest ghetto: The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Comment.
BoroBeat

Grandma Roses has a hot plate waiting for you

If nostalgia for Italian Williamsburg were a meal, there is no doubt Grandma Roses owner John Ricco would find a way to put it on his menu. Comment.
BoroBeat

Comics festival conquers Williamsburg

Zoinks! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Surprise visitor

A 33-year-old man returned to his apartment on Eighth Avenue to find an unwanted visitor admiring his things. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fleet footed cops honored

Keen instinct and fast feet earned a duo of cops top honors last week from the 78th Precinct Community Council. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Cope With Increased Demand

More Brooklynites than ever are hungry. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

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

Come and celebrate healthy food

Come to the Brooklyn Food Coalition Winter Party on December 10 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 388 Atlantic Avenue, in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Local kid takes on corporate giant

Two days before his scheduled showdown with corporate giant Dow Chemical, Boerum Hill resident Akash Mehta pondered some of the things that really bug him about the world today. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Santa Claus gives reindeer the day off

Santa traded his sleigh for a rickshaw and will be greating, waving and riding down Flatbush Avenue from Bergen St. to Plaza Street, in the Park Slope/Prospect Heights section, on December 12from 2 to 5pm,. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gay marriage vote shot down despite Brooklyn support

The State Senate didn’t heed the call to approve gay marriage Wednesday as they voted the measure down 38 to 24, despite a rally by Brooklyn senators. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Focus on Health: The sobering truth about ‘brain attacks’

A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood flow in a vessel or artery or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Nabe not giving up on Norah’s home

They may have had a door %u2013 or should we say window %u2013 slammed in their faces, but the Cobble Hill Association is not giving up on the neighborhood’s historical architecture, even if a Grammy-winning singer wants it changed. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Magnificent Brooklyn holiday house reopens for season

The Seddio family announces the opening of their Annual Holiday Display on December 6, at 5 p.m. at the corner of Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street, in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Greater police presence for Gregory Place, residents urge

Used condoms have replaced crack vials as the litter du jour along tiny Gregory Place in Park Slope, a street where conditions nonetheless hearken to a more treacherous time, according to local residents demanding an increased police presence there. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red Hook street corners to be dedicated to firefighters

If all goes according to plan, three Red Hook street corners will be renamed in honor of neighborhood firefighters killed on September 11. Comment.
Kings Courier

$8M war on weeds

The Army Corps of Engineers will be taking aim shortly at very specialized trespassers in a portion of southern Brooklyn, the invasive phragmites plants that have taken over portions of the Salt Marsh area of Marine Park. Comment.
Kings Courier

MTA vows holiday ‘gift’ to F line riders

Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment.
Kings Courier

P.S. 236 take spelling bee challenge

You could hear a pin drop when budding wordsmiths switched on the concentration and brainstormed for answers and bragging rights during a spelling bee at Public School 236. Comment.
Kings Courier

Republican Club embraces Rudy Giuliani

Trying terrorists in Gotham? No way! Comment.
Kings Courier

Sharing and caring%A0 during the holidays

The borough’s underprivileged families received a generous helping of good cheer %u2013 complete with turkey and trimmings %u2013 during a community Thanksgiving dinner at the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church. Comment.
Kings Courier

Rescheduled 70th Pct. meet

Due to the holidays, the 70th Precinct Community Council has changed the date of its next meeting to December 16, instead of the usual last Wednesday of the month. Comment.
Kings Courier

Better late than never!

Better late than never!World War II Vet and Brooklyn native Herbert Jawitz waited over six decades to straighten out his army records and in the process received long over due recognition fordecorations that were never awarded to him. Comments (1).
Kings Courier

BK veterans return home to joblessness

War might be hell in the desert of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, but finding work back home in Brooklyn is no cakewalk, according to government statistics. Comment.
Kings Courier

Meet the good sneaker Samaritan

Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment.
Flatbush

70th Pct. favorite retires after 20 years

He’s seen the good and bad in Flatbush, and now a mainstay of the 70th Police Precinct is handing in his badge. Comment.
Flatbush

Shot down on Flatbush Ave.

Police have identified the 41-year-old man gunned down outside a neighborhood nightclub on Flatbush Avenue near Avenue H. Comment.
Flatbush

MTA’s ‘gift’ to F riders

Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Thanksgiving theft

A woman spending Thanksgiving weekend in Virginia wasn’t in a very thankful mood when she learned that someone had broken into her Degraw Street apartment. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New street dedications for firefighters

If all goes according to plan, three Red Hook street corners will be renamed in honor of neighborhood firefighters killed on September 11. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Boerum Hill church continues to grapple with its future

The national Lutheran organization that wrested control of a century-old Boerum Hill Church from locals parishioners broke its silence last week to this newspaper. Comment.
Borough-wide

Familiar face to Gowanus watchers to helm DEP

While the mayor introduced the city to the new head of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection this week, Caswell F. Holloway IV has been a familiar face to those concerned about the future of the Gowanus Canal for several months. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Greater demand on BK pantries

More Brooklynites than ever are hungry. Comment.
Canarsie

No summer lovin’ for Marty

The next time Borough President Marty Markowitz visits Asser Levy Seaside Park in Coney Island, he may want to wear a flak vest. Comment.
Canarsie

69 celebrates “lucky 13”

Thirteen may be an unlucky number to most people, but not to the cops from the 69th Precinct, who are celebrating a double-digit fall in crime this year. Comment.
Canarsie

Residents: Plumb Beach needs more than a band-aid

Plumb Beach’s latest thrashing at the hands of Mother Nature has left area residents demanding a long-term solution to what they see as a rapidly deteriorating situation. Comment.
Borough-wide

Your weekly newsbriefs

After a long wait, Coney Island’s famed Totonno’s Pizzeria, 1524 Neptune Avenue, is expected to reopen in the next two weeks. Comment.
Canarsie

Rankin-Healy salutes Bay Ridge Vets

Rankin-Healy VFW post is hosting a holiday party to honor the Service of Bay Ridge Veterans and Military Personnel on December 13 at 1 p.m. at the post; 9312 4th Avenue in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Fire consultants, target scofflaws, Colton says

Embarrassing scofflaws into paying back taxes, granting a tax amnesty program and getting rid of unnecessary consultants. Comment.
Canarsie

Painful party favors

A man was shot in the arm and torso as he and a friend left a party on Glenwood Road early Saturday morning. Comment.
Canarsie

Christmas tree lighting

State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force, will host Christmas Tree lightings in Gravesend and Bay Ridge. Comment.
BoroBeat

Caring and sharing at the heart of the nabe

The borough’s underprivileged families received a generous helping of good cheer %u2013 complete with turkey and trimmings %u2013 during a community Thanksgiving dinner at the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church. Comment.
BoroBeat

Buzz words: students take on spelling bee challenge

You could hear a pin drop when budding wordsmiths switched on the concentration and brainstormed for answers and bragging rights during a spelling bee at Public School 236. Comment.
BoroBeat

Thanksgiving assembly of song and prayer

The faithful in Canarsie gave thanks and displayed their solidarity during a brotherhood service at Temple Emanu-El of Canarsie. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Beaten for iPhone

A Brooklyn Heights straphanger was punched repeatedly when he wouldn’t give up his iPhone during a heated exchange on an outbound Q train. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

City sues itself over Brooklyn House of Detention

If the city were jailed and went to court, it might have a good case for pleading insanity when it comes to the Brooklyn hoosegow. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pitt Bull’s demise affects dog thrower’s plea deal

A howl for justice has just been answered. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Peace and non-violence now!

A historic three-month peace rally through more than 100 countries on four continents arrived to a jubilant welcome in Brooklyn where a convoy of New Yorkers representing more than 100 cultures and including hundreds of children, teachers, religious leaders, city officials and grassroots gladiators feted the international team of marchers with a two-day assembly. Comment.
BoroBeat

MetroTech all lit up for the holidays

MetroTech ushered in the holiday with its annual tree lighting. Comment.
Bay News

‘Santa Claus’ takes in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

This Santa’s Great Xmas Present “Miracle on 34 St.” Santa Sings!Part I Comment.
Bay News

School lines fallout

Several District 20 schools may soon be revamped. Comment.
Bay News

Caring ‘sneakerhead’ puts his best foot forward

Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment.
Bay News

MTA gives ‘gift’ to F line straphangers

Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cops Offer Advice to Motorists, Beginning With, Don’t Drink and Drive

As happens every year, local motorists have been on the receiving end of advice that is intended to make sure that everyone’s holiday is merry: Don’t drink and drive. Comment.
Crime

NYPD suicide leads to lawsuit

A grieving widow of a decorated New York Police Lieutenant who committed suicide after a decision he made ended the life of an emotionally disturbed Bedford Stuyvesant resident is suing the city, claiming that the investigation into the incident drove him to take his own life. Comment.
Crime

Sunday morning shooting

A man was shot in the hip during a skirmish on 93rd Street and Third Avenue Sunday morning. Comment.
Borough-wide

Golden hosts Christmas Tree lightings

State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force, will host Christmas Tree lightings in Gravesend and Bay Ridge. Comment.
Borough-wide

School diversity in doubt

Several District 20 schools may soon be revamped. Comment.
Borough-wide

Neighborhood cops employ a bit of ‘e-crime-fighting’

Ask Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez, and he’ll tell you that the success of the 68th Precinct in fighting crime and averting problems in the neighborhood has as much to do with the residents of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights as it does with the cops. Comment.
Borough-wide

Holiday Art showcase applauds 400 students

Dozens of students from area schools, accompanied by proud parents, filled the auditorium at Fort Hamilton High School for the Bay Ridge Community Council’s presentation of its annual Halloween Art awards. Comment.
Borough-wide

Many plead for pruning

For residents of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, overhanging branches on street treesare not only unsightly, they are potentially dangerous. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bark the Herald Angels Sing!

Deck your pooches in holiday finery and come and join Tony Chiappelloni, president of FIDO to celebrate the holidays in this annual Bark The Herald Angels Sing event on December 12 (rain date 12/13), from 8 to 10 a.m. at Prospect Park at the Long Meadow beside the Picnic House in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shop Bklyn kicks off

Shop local, folks! Comment.
Borough-wide

Calvary upgrade

The Alliance of Bay Ridge Block Associations announced that they are forming a partnership with Calvary Hospital and the Calvary Fund, to raise money to restore and enhance the patio garden in the name of the late Rosemarie O’Keefe, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Comment.
Borough-wide

Corrections officer loses gun

Some play musical chairs. Others play musical handguns. Comment.
Bay News

Telfair kin arrested

The sister of Coney Island-born basketball star Sebastian Telfair has been arrested in connection with a mugging on Mermaid Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

MTA ‘gift’ to F train riders

Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment.
Bay News

‘Sneaker head’ puts best foot forward

Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment.
Bay News

Consumers urged to shop local

Shop local, folks! Comment.
Bay News

Zoning some out

Several District 20 schools may soon be revamped. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

Borough-wide

District 20’s CEC votes on zoning

Several District 20 schools may soon be revamped. Comment.
Borough-wide

Residents: Plumb Beach needs more than a band-aid

Plumb Beach’s latest thrashing at the hands of Mother Nature has left area resdents demanding a long-term solution to what they see as a rapidly deteriorating situation. Comment.
Borough-wide

Teresa Toro Resigns

Greenpoint resident Teresa Toro has announced her resignation from Community Board 1 where she has served as its Transportation chair for the past seven years. Comment.
Borough-wide

F train meeting next week

The F train will rumble onto center stage next week, when the often frustrating subway line will be the focus of a public meeting. Comment.
Borough-wide

City says no to roll down metal shop gates

Local businesses gave a thumbs up to recently passed city legislation that would gradually ban the use of roll-down metal security gates on shops to cut down on high rates of graffiti. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pitt Bull’s demise affects dog thrower’s plea deal

A howl for justice has just been answered. Comment.
Borough-wide

Manga! Grandma Roses serves up old world-flavor

If nostalgia for Italian Williamsburg were a meal, there is no doubt Grandma Roses owner John Ricco would find a way to put it on his menu. Comment.
Borough-wide

Familiar face to Gowanus watchers to helm DEP

While the mayor introduced the city to the new head of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection this week, Caswell F. Holloway IV has been a familiar face to those concerned about the future of the Gowanus Canal for several months. Comment.
Borough-wide

NYPD suicide leads to lawsuit

NYPD suicide leads to lawsuit Comment.
Borough-wide

Electeds Face Down “Dangerous” Proposal for Flatbush Avenue Site

A plan that was a day-after-Election-Day shocker from the city administration was stopped in its tracks by outrage from local elected officials. Comment.
Borough-wide

Boerum Hill church continues to grapple with its future

The national Lutheran organization that wrested control of a century-old Boerum Hill Church from locals parishioners broke its silence last week to this newspaper. Comment.
Borough-wide

Food Vendor Outside High School Raises Hackles

A food vendor cart parked outside Fort Hamilton High School has parents and area residents crying foul. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ambulance leaves sedan needing repair

Firefighters look over the sideswiped black sedan that ended up on a Flatlands sidewalk after colliding with a Hatzolah Volunteer Ambulance last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Corrections officer loses gun

Some play musical chairs. Others play musical handguns. Comment.
Borough-wide

Critics say Carroll Gardens jeopardized by de Blasio bill

A city lawmaker who battled to preserve the architectural character of Carroll Gardens could be laying the groundwork for its eventual dissolution, local residents charged this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

“Seven in heaven” to be remembered in street renaming

If all goes according to plan, three Red Hook street corners will be renamed in honor of neighborhood firefighters killed on September 11. Comment.
Borough-wide

Back to the Bulge: Brooklyn WW II vet to be honored

When the nation of Luxembourg commemorates the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, a lifelong Brooklynite will be among the six American honorees, a representative of veterans boroughwide, many of whom left their blood frozen in the snow during that vicious World War II campaign. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shot down on Flatbush Ave.

Shot down on Flatbush Ave. Comment.
Borough-wide

Painful party favors

Painful party favors Comment.
Borough-wide

Sunday morning shooting

Sunday morning shooting Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Cope With Increased Demand

More Brooklynites than ever are hungry. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bye Bye Bedford Bike Lane

Bicycle commuters taking Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg this week found that several bicycle lanes mysteriously vanished. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ballet company of Baryshnikov inks deal with BAM

Move over Lincoln Center, the ballet company of Baryshnikov is coming to Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fleet footed cops honored

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

69 celebrates “lucky 13”

Thirteen may be an unlucky number to most people, but not to the cops from the 69th Precinct, who are celebrating a double digit fall in crime this year. Comment.
Borough-wide

Coney Island youth programs debated

With gangs on the rise in Coney Island and a recent spate of violent crimes, one local activist is saying more programs for youths are desperately needed. Comment.
Borough-wide

Armed robbery thwarted in progress

Paying attention and keeping one’s eyes open are essential to good policing and it also earned officers Sam Dorisme and Regina Meyer “Cop of the Month” awards at the recent 60th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 30, 2009

Williamsburg

No presidential pardon for him

Hal Turner, a self proclaimed “white nationalist,” white supremacist, blogger and radio host who was arrested this summer for encouraging his listeners to take up arms against three judges, found himself in deeper trouble when federal prosecutors alleged that he may have also made threats against President Barack Obama. Comment.
Williamsburg

Best of four?

The teen busted for allegedly robbing three people back on November 14 now has a fourth arrest on his jacket. Comment.
Williamsburg

Stricter penalties for driving drunk

Assemblyman Peter Abbate announcedthe Assembly passage of legislation he sponsored which protects our children and every New Yorker by cracking down on all drunk drivers. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shop Brooklyn in Williamsburg

The Northside Merchants Association, in partnership with the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, has launched“Shop Brooklyn” - a borough-wide awareness campaign highlighting the uniqueness of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and thriving shopping corridors. Comment.
Williamsburg

Skee-ball Comes Full Circle

Skee-Ball, the hundred-year-old coin-operated boardwalk game for misfits, cheats and beach bums, is receiving its due in an unlikely yet inevitable setting: a Williamsburg bar. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shop Brooklyn: consumers urged to keep it local

Shop local, folks - every time! Comment.
Williamsburg

Woodhull Releases Cookbook Good Enough to Eat

It was not enough that Woodhull Medical Center and a collection of Brooklyn senior centers released a cookbook promoting traditional, inter-generational family recipes for North Brooklyn residents.The hospital wanted to get their patients to cook with them. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn’s all decked out for the holidays

As it does every year, the holiday season starts slowly. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rena Kanokogi, Judo champ, dies

Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, a Coney Island scrapper who will always be remembered as the Mother of Woman’s Judo, has died following a prolonged bout with leukemia. She was 74. Comment.
Williamsburg

Atlantic Yards nets big court win

New York’s top court ruled this week that the state is within its right to seize privately held land required for the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project to proceed. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Rescue Me’ films in Williamsburg

Williamsburg’s set to smoke out the competition as crew members prep an army of trailers along Berry Street, off North 4th Street, for the filming of FX’s “Rescue Me” drama about the lives of a group of Gotham firefighters in the fictional Ladder 62/Engine 99 firehouse, starring Denis Leary. Comment.
Williamsburg

Save money and water in your commercial kitchen

Looking to save money in your restaurant? Comment.
Williamsburg

Unemployment lines await U.S. veterans returning home to Brooklyn

War might be hell in the desert of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, but finding work back home in Brooklyn is no cakewalk, according to government statistics. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Time’ for reflection during the holidays

Sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus... “But meanwhile it flees: time flees irretrievably” Comment.
Williamsburg

Keeping it civil for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Did you remember to take the turkey out of the freezer and give it a few days to defrost? You did? Good for you. Save the fligel for me. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bam’s bow dips Oval Office to a new low

The American Revolution has been in vain if the president makes a doormat of himself and invites leaders of sovereign nations to wipe their feet on the United States. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shot in leg

A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg during a violent exchange on Third Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

EPA not ready to name Gowanus superfund site

The future of the Gowanus Canal will not be made less murky at a Dec. 3 meeting being convened by the Environmental Protection Agency. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Holiday deals with Heart of Brooklyn

Enjoy the holidays in Brooklyn thanks to with special initiatives through Save Heart. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Union St. could lose parking

In a neighborhood where parking spots are at a premium, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to remove some from Union Street %u2013 all for the good of the neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Park Circle slated for improvement

For years, Park Circle at the mouth of Prospect Park has been more akin to the seven circles of hell. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Swap meet coming to Kent Avenue

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Drop off your gently used bedding, books, clothes, shoes and toys. A$5 donation will allow unlimited access to the treasures of others. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shop Brooklyn: shoppers urged to keep it local

Shop local, folks - every time! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn merchants in ‘Survival Mode’ - seek help

For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Celebrity readers are a boon for bibliophiles

Tinseltown titan, Golden Globe winner and Brooklyn Heights resident Gabriel Byrne assumed a new role as a tale-teller when he helped celebrate the written word during a star-studded literacy benefit in DUMBO, hosted by Public School 8. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Angry moms, dads

It’s time for phase two of the “unity and healing” plan for St. Saviour in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Snow White, just in time for white snow

Company XIV presents the family holiday show ofthe children’s classic, Snow White, and for the adult only set, the seductive and sensualrevivals of Le Serpent Rouge and The Judgment of Paris. Comment.
Borough-wide

Drama, Comedy at Broadway Triangle Hearing

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church to mark World AIDS Day

Mark World AIDS Day in Park Slope with a candlelight service and memorial ribbon project at the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

F line going fa-la-la-la-la%A0

Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rena Kanokogi, Judo pioneer, dies

Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, a Coney Island scrapper who will always be remembered as the Mother of Woman’s Judo, has died following a prolonged bout with leukemia. She was 74. Comments (1).
BoroBeat

In search of the very best coquito maker

The salutations flowed as easily as the silken beverage when Soulfrito Nuevo and the International Coquito Federation sponsored a contest to crown the Big Apple’s best coquito maker with the Brooklyn qualifying round hosted by United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park (UPROSE). Comment.
Kings Courier

Avenue U burglar bust

A glass-shattering goon wanted for two burglaries on Avenue U was arrested last week after he attempted to break into his third neighborhood business, police alleged. Comment.
Kings Courier

The Bells toll, neighbor jeers

Church bells are making life near a Marine Park house of worship a living hell — and critics are raising Cain about the alleged din. Comment.
Kings Courier

DOT traffic calming leaves locals nervous

If it ain’t broke, the city’s Department of Transportation might just fix it. Comment.
Kings Courier

Extra police near Kings Plaza

The NYPD is stepping up its patrol of Kings Plaza this holiday season. Comment.
Kings Courier

Police brass honor

It was a well deserved “atta’ boy” from the top of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South chain. Comment.
Kings Courier

Brooklyn medical student makes house call %A0

LICH: dog’s best friend, and man’s too! Comment.
Kings Courier

Grammy winner in tune with Landmarks

Despite pleas for reconsideration, the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission has decided not to give Grammy Award-winning recording artist Norah Jones’ worrisome window proposal on her Cobble Hill home another look. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Boxes of%A0 Love’ through Thanksgiving campaign

Kind-hearted vollies helped make the holidays brighter for underprivileged neighbors by giving them “Boxes of Love” during a Thanksgiving outreach campaign, presented by the Salt & Sea Mission. Comment.
BoroBeat

Hog wild for the coming Christmas season

Just call ‘em reindeers on the run. Comment.
BoroBeat

PS 255 celebrates its Students of the Month

All the students at PS 255 located at 1866 E 17th Street in the Midwood section, work hard, they do their schoolwork and participate in their classrooms. Comment.
BoroBeat

Senior league of flatbush salutes volunteers

Big-hearted senior vollies received a golden salute for their selflessness during a tribute ceremony at the Senior League of Flatbush. Comment.
BoroBeat

Borough hall outfitted with all the trimmings

Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham was talking turkey, turkey and more turkey as she helped dispense tons of holiday cheer outside Borough Hall during the annual Thanksgiving food drive. Comment.
Flatbush

70th Precinct honors some of its very finest

A pair of 70th Precinct police officers were honored as “Cops of the Month” for their efforts to preserve the life of an injured child at the most recent gathering of the 70th Precinct Community Council. Comment.
Flatbush

Cool kicks and even cooler generosity

Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment.
Flatbush

I.S. 62 makes nice

Not too many years ago, Ditmas Junior High School was the scourge of the neighborhood — its playground rife with local youths hanging out or causing vandalism to and from school. Comment.
Flatbush

Spirit of volunteerism burns bright here

Big-hearted senior vollies received a golden salute for their selflessness during a tribute ceremony at the Senior League of Flatbush. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pistol-whipped and robbed

Cops are looking for two “hoods” responsible for mugging a 30-year-old on West 9th Street last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Good shepherd repast with neighbors

Underprivileged families received a generous helping of good cheer %u2013 complete with moist turkey and succulent trimmings %u2013 when Good Shepherd Services hosted a Thanksgiving celebration in Red Hook. Comment.
BoroBeat

TV ‘Losers’ spread healthy message

Although they’ve lost more than 120 between them, Crown Heights newlyweds Nicole Brewer and Damien Gurganious, of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser for Couples” fame, are no shrinking violets when it comes to helping kick-off the annual “Take Your Man to the Doctor” campaign outside Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment.
Canarsie

Clubbing on Rockaway Parkway

An allegedly drug-addled 37-year-old woman found herself behind bars last week after she took her frustrations out on a car she found on Rockaway Parkway, police alleged. Comment.
Canarsie

Med student makes house call

LICH: dog’s best friend, and man’s too! Comment.
Canarsie

Norah Jones: In tune with Landmarks rules%A0

Despite pleas for reconsideration, the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission has decided not to give Grammy Award-winning recording artist Norah Jones’ worrisome window proposal on her Cobble Hill home another look. Comment.
Canarsie

In ‘Survival’ mode%A0

For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment.
Canarsie

One injured in two car crack-up

A man was rushed to the hospital Thursday following a two-car smash-up that left him trapped inside his auto for a brief time. Comment.
Canarsie

Church Ave. BID toasts volunteers who make an impact

Budding grassroots gladiators and a pair of Finest from the 70th Precinct were honored for making “a unique contribution” to the community during a meeting of the Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID). Comment.
Borough-wide

Your weekly newsbriefs

It may be “Black Friday” to everyone else, but to borough residents it will be “Brooklyn Friday.” Comment.
Canarsie

Holiday Troop Drive

StateSenator MartinGolden is again hosting a holiday troop drive to support our heroes this holiday season. Comment.
Canarsie

Toy Museum debuts

Take a step into the recently opened Toy Museum of Brooklyn and the faint strain of carousel music captures the ears, harkening you back to the innocence and fantasy of childhood. Comment.
Canarsie

Food addicts in recovery

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) meets on Mondays at the Midwood Library, East 16th St. between Avenue I and J, 6:30-7:45 pm; and on Wednesdays at the Kings Highway Library, Ocean Avenue and Kings Highway, 6:30-8 p.m. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Theater for One’ on Jay Street

New York City College of Technology will host “Theatre for One,” a unique live performance by one actor for one audience member, December 3 from 12:30-6 p.m. in the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary Street) in Downtown Brooklyn. Admission is free. Comment.
Canarsie

Rena ‘Rusty’ Kanokogi, women’s judo pioneer, dies at 74

Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, a Coney Island scrapper who will always be remembered as the Mother of Woman’s Judo, has died following a prolonged bout with leukemia. She was 74. Comment.
Canarsie

Heavyweight help

Israeli world boxing champ Yuri Foreman knocked out the holiday blues for local families in need when he made a guest appearance at the Met Council Parking Lot to help give away turkeys for Thanksgiving. Comment.
Canarsie

School bake sale battle

Brooklyn parents groups are waging war against the city Department of Education (DOE). Comment.
BoroBeat

Turkey dinner with all of the trimmings

Local students and staffers celebrated the season of gratitude with a Thanksgiving community feast at Intermediate School 211. Comment.
Crime

Cops nick note-passing bandit

Detectives from the Major Case Squad have allegedly connected a 28-year-old area man to two attempted bank robberies %u2013 including the near hold-up on Fulton Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

BK merchants in ‘survival’ mode

For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

DUMBO readers get star ‘Treatment’

Tinseltown titan, Golden Globe winner and Brooklyn Heights resident Gabriel Byrne assumed a new role as a tale-teller when he helped celebrate the written word during a star-studded literacy benefit in DUMBO, hosted by Public School 8. Comment.
BoroBeat

Eating healthy is the sweetest thing

Health-smart visitors savor the lowdown on personal wellness during the inaugural Livin’ It Sweet: Healthy Alternatives food festival at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, presented by the Institute for Community Living in conjunction with eight other New York City behavioral health agencies. Comment.
BoroBeat

Good Shepherd repast with neighbors%A0

Underprivileged families received a generous helping of good cheer %u2013 complete with moist turkey and succulent trimmings %u2013 when Good Shepherd Services hosted a Thanksgiving celebration in Red Hook. Comment.
BoroBeat

Church Women United presents McLean-Davis with community service award

Executive Director of the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Winsome McLean-Davis, was presented with the Church Women United Community Service Award by Ophelia Perry, president of the Brooklyn Chapter of Church Women United, during the organization’s award luncheon. Comment.
BoroBeat

TV ‘Losers’ help launch health screening campaign

Although they’ve lost more than 120 between them, Crown Heights newlyweds Nicole Brewer and Damien Gurganious, of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser for Couples” fame, are no shrinking violets when it comes to helping kick-off the annual “Take Your Man to the Doctor” campaign outside Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn today: hookah pipes and belly dancers

Bay News

Full throttle Santa Claus

Just call ‘em reindeers on the run. Comment.
Borough-wide

The Partnership of Cops and Community Adds Up to Safer Streets

Ask Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez, and he’ll tell you that the success of the 68th Precinct in fighting crime and averting problems in the neighborhood has as much to do with the residents of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights as it does with the cops. Comment.
Borough-wide

New Look Coming to Marine Park Nature Trail

The Army Corps of Engineers will be taking aim shortly at very specialized trespassers in a portion of southern Brooklyn, the invasive phragmites plants that have taken over portions of the Salt Marsh area of Marine Park. Comment.
Borough-wide

Quarreling couple force cops into turkey trot

A quarreling couple sent borough police in a tailspin Tuesday morning after bogus claims were made that a man had abducted his estranged girlfriend and child. Comment.
Crime

Marauders with badges

Cops are looking for a crew of masked thugs who entered a 71st Street teen’s home by flashing badges and passing themselves off as police officers. Comment.
Borough-wide

Celebrate Santa Lucia

Start the holiday season with one of Scandinavia’s most cherished rituals %u2013 Santa Lucia.The Scandinavian East Coast Museum’s welcomes all to its annual Lucia Fest at Salem Lutheran Church, 450 %u2013 67th Street, in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn on December 4th at 7 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rena Kanokogi, judo pioneer, dies

Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, a Coney Island scrapper who will always be remembered as the Mother of Woman’s Judo, has died following a prolonged bout with leukemia. She was 74. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cooler kicks and even cooler generosity

Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Theatre for One’

New York City College of Technology will host “Theatre for One,” a unique live performance by one actor for one audience member, December 3 from 12:30-6 p.m. in the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary Street) in Downtown Brooklyn. Admission is free. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parent meetings with school’s chancellor called a ‘waste’

Community Education Council (CEC) presidents are no longer meeting with schools Chancellor Joel Klein each month — and some Brooklynites could care less. Comment.
Borough-wide

P.S. 69 divided

A change in P.S. 69’s zoning lines may decrease diversity at the school, P.S. 69’s principal says. Comment.
Borough-wide

Expert tips on how to write the perfect resume

The St. Anselm Workforce Ministry, together with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, held a resume development workshop for members of the Bay Ridge Community who are looking for jobs or are desiring a career change. Comment.
Borough-wide

Get help with food addiction

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) meets on Mondays at the Midwood Library, East 16th St. between Avenue I and J, 6:30-7:45 pm; and on Wednesdays at the Kings Highway Library, Ocean Avenue and Kings Highway, 6:30-8 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Are Parker’s days%A0numbered?

There’s a new incumbent-most-likely-to-be-challenged in Flatbush. Comment.
Borough-wide

You’re invited to a Winter Wonderland with CERT

Join State Senator Marty Golden, CERTINYC, SWB Parks Task Force and Adelphi Academy as they celebrate “A Winter Wonderland,” on December 4 from 6 - 9 p.m.and December 5 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Adelphi Academy, 8515 Ridge Blvd in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Annual tree lighting in Sunset Park

It’s lights, carols - Christmas! The Sunset Park BID hosts their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 3 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Grammy winner in tune with Landmarks commission

Despite pleas for reconsideration, the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission has decided not to give Grammy Award-winning recording artist Norah Jones’ worrisome window proposal on her Cobble Hill home another look. Comment.
BoroBeat

2009 Turkey trot shifts into high gear%A0

A cardio-canter got the juices jumping, just in time for turkey day, when industrious students at the Bay Ridge Preparatory School joined festive forces for their 12th Annual Turkey Trot, and raised more than $65,000 for the independent learning institute. Comment.
BoroBeat

Arab American Association of New York awards

Accolades for local notables, a screening of a post 9/11 movie and a guest address by a New York City commissioner capped the special occasion when the Arab American Association of New York held a gala awards ceremony in Dyker Heights. Comment.
Bay News

XO Creperie fire suspicious

The early-morning fire that ate through a Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza restaurant may have been arson, FDNY officials said this week. Comment.
Bay News

Man shot during robbery

A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg during a terrifying confrontation with three masked muggers in Bath Beach last week. Comment.
Bay News

Community meetings this month%A0

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.
Bay News

Dear Santa, give me a tax break%A0

For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

Amendment to COBRA allows longer coverage period

Assemblyman Alan Maisel announced the Assembly has passed an amendment to the COBRA benefits law allowing a group of individuals who were covered at the time the law became effective %u2013 yet were unable to receive the extension if their benefits expired before their contract was renewed %u2013 to continue receiving coverage (A.40006). Comment.
Bay News

Help for food addiction

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) meets on Mondays at the Midwood Library, East 16th St. between Avenue I and J, 6:30-7:45 pm; and on Wednesdays at the Kings Highway Library, Ocean Avenue and Kings Highway, 6:30-8 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

North Shore Pops comes to Bensonhurst

The North Shore Pops Concert Band returns to the Parish House at the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 1827 84th Street, Bensonhurst, for a free Holiday with Pops concert on December 5, at 7:30 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

A turkey in almost every pot

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s office was turned into a “turkey warehouse” as hedistributed 100 turkeys to local community organizations and the area’s police precincts and firehouses to help make Thanksgiving a little more cheerful for those in need. Comment.
Bay News

Cops: Youth Explorers help keep the peace

Everyone benefits from the NYPD Youth Explorers. Comment.
Bay News

No barriers between actors and audience members at

New York City College of Technology will host “Theatre for One,” a unique live performance by one actor for one audience member, December 3 from 12:30-6 p.m. in the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary Street) in Downtown Brooklyn. Admission is free. Comment.
Bay News

Here comes Santa Claus

Brooklyn’s most famous Santa Claus, Carmine Santa Maria, will make his first stop of the holiday season at 11 a.m., December 5 in Bensonhurst’s Historic New Utrecht Reform Church Parish House, 18th Avenue and 84th Street, for the 11th annual “Breakfast with Santa” fundraiser for Cub Scout Pack 20 and Boy Scout Troop 20. Comment.
Bay News

Amphitheater backlash shuts CB 13 meeting down

Community Board 13 is way too amped up over Borough President Marty Markowitz’s controversial $64 million amphitheater planned Asser Levy Seaside Park. Comment.
Bay News

Turkey drop in Coney Island

When Councilmember Domenic Recchia talks turkey, the grateful hordes gobble it up. Comment.
Borough-wide

Noel! Brooklyn decks the halls once again

As it does every year, the holiday season starts slowly. Comment.
Bay News

1,000 turkeys at Borough Hall - just for the holiday

Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham was talking turkey, turkey and more turkey as she helped dispense tons of holiday cheer outside Borough Hall during the annual Thanksgiving food drive. Comment.
High School Sports

Orange Wave of emotion

Taji Randle played football for Thomas Jefferson from 1991 to 1995 and when he graduated from the East New York school, he didn’t have a victory to show for it. Comment.
High School Sports

Kangaroos look to leap higher

Mismatch. Comment.
High School Sports

Mistakes derail Dutchmen against Tottenville

Shaquell Jackson didn’t mince words. He knew why No. 2 Erasmus Hall fell to No. 3 Tottenville, 33-18, in the PSAL City Championship semifinals last Saturday in Brooklyn. Comment.
High School Sports

Lincoln relying on youth to defend dynasty

Dwayne (Tiny) Morton has a message he often repeats to his young, inexperienced Lincoln boys basketball team: you have nothing to do with the last four city championships or eight straight trips to Madison Square Garden. Comment.
High School Sports

Tigers fail to end on a perfect note

There was a dazed look on the faces of almost every Fort Hamilton football player as they walked around the field aimlessly. One of those “what just happened?” reactions. Comment.
BoroBeat

Bikers throttle up the holiday season

Just call ‘em reindeers on the run. Comment.
BoroBeat

‘Boxes of Love’ for Thanksgiving

Kind-hearted vollies helped make the holidays brighter for underprivileged neighbors by giving them “Boxes of Love” during a Thanksgiving outreach campaign, presented by the Salt & Sea Mission. Comment.

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