Friday, Dec. 25, 2009

Williamsburg

Crime down, murder on the rise

Crime in northside Williamsburg and Greenpoint has dropped in nearly all major categories, except for homicide, continuing a decade-long trend. Comment.
Williamsburg

Broadway Triangle Moves “Off Broadway”

A mere 24 hours after the City Council approved the rezoning of the Broadway Triangle, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Emily Goodman granted a temporary restraining order, freezing the project from moving forward until next spring. Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s nice to be nice, Senator Charles Schumer

You can learn a lot about people by how, when and why they curse. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Turn your Christmas tree into valuable mulch

Green-Wood Cemetery, in partnership with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, will host the eighth annual Christmas Tree Recycling and Wood Chip Mulch Giveaway, January 1-9. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

World AIDS Day marked here

Tender words and misty eyes recalled the suffering of the deceased when the Gay Catholic Ministry of Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church held a World AIDS Day Candlelight Service and Memorial Ribbon Project in Park Slope. Comment.
Kings Courier

Lashed with chain

Lashed with chain Comment.
Kings Courier

Fire ravages Marine Park home

Firefighters are investigating a raging blaze that ate its way through the top floor of a Marine Park home last week. FDNY officials said that the all hands fire erupted inside the home on Avenue P near Kimball Street last Wednesday evening at around 7 p.m. The fire had gutted most of the top floor before firefighters rendered it under control, witnesses said. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire, which was initially considered suspicious, had not been released as this paper went to press.Photo by Paul Martinka Comment.
Kings Courier

Democratic club collects nearly 6,000 toys

Sandy the Seagull went to bat for the underprivileged when he participated in a local holiday toy drive at the office of Councilman Lew Fidler, coordinated by the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club and netting a record-breaking number of gifts. Comment.
Kings Courier

Ratner nets funds

Investors quickly snapped up $511 million in bonds bringing Developer Bruce Ratner one major step closer to building the $1 billion Barclays Center arena at the Flatbush/Atlantic avenues intersection. Comment.
Kings Courier

Wedding bells ring for Brooklyn couple

Now, that’s kismet. Comment.
Kings Courier

Christmas magic at Kings Plaza

Talented Public School 361 students polished up on their vocal chords and ushered in the holidays with a concert of show-stopping tunes, which had shoppers at Kings Plaza Mall smiling and toe-tapping along. Comment.
BoroBeat

PS 238’s got talent

Starry-eyed students took to the stage %u2013 drawing rave reviews for their stellar showmanship %u2013 during a talent show at Public School 238. Comment.
BoroBeat

Holiday cheer with the Madison-Marine Homecrest Civic Association

A a dollop of goodwill and cheer greeted seasonal frolickers as festivities got underway for the Madison-Marine Homecrest Civic Association’s annual holiday party at the King’s Chapel. Comment.
Flatbush

Dog days of December

Dog days of December Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Twice as nice: two distilleries for Bklyn

It has been decades since you could get a gin and tonic or a whiskey sour mixed with spirits distilled in New York City. Comment.
Canarsie

Holy hideaway

Holy hideaway Comment.
Canarsie

Shot in the leg

Shot in the leg Comment.
Features

Banning one MTV addiction

The latest installment of reality TV to hit MTV is the “Jersey Shore.” This un-funny, un-entertaining, but very addicting program follows the exploits of a group of Guidos and Guidettes through their daily grind of working at a T-shirt stand and passing away the balmy summer nights visiting the bars along the Jersey beach front. They all cohabit in a beach bungalow decorated in 70’s “shanty-style” complete with a ‘Jacooozi.’ Comment.
Features

Enough with being PC

Canarsie

Flooded on Avenue T

Somewhere, someone is making a “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”-style song about the day residents of East 59th Street and Avenue T got a holiday gift no one wanted %u2013 a street-wide ice rink on one of the coldest days of the year. Comment.
Canarsie

City, state, and federal partnerships highlight annual community revitalization forum

Secretary of State Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez announced a new initiative, the Place-Based Regional Collaboration Pilot, which strengthens the partnership between New York State and the federal government to advance community revitalization. The Secretary made the announcement at the New Partners for Community Revitalization 2nd Annual Brownfields Forum. Comment.
Canarsie

Starret City Xmas miracle

Christmas came about a week early for residents of the 5,881-unit Starrett City housing complex, as government officials finalized the refinancing to keep the development as the largest publicly assisted affordable housing complex in the nation. Comment.
Canarsie

Marty moves to%A0Windsor Terrace

Marty moves to Windsor Terrace Comment.
Canarsie

Your weekly newsbriefs

Building a sense of community Comment.
Canarsie

Awards presentation honors lawmakers’ work with seniors

New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (NYAHSA) and Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR), a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS), held a “Partners in Quality” Awards Presentation honoring Senator Eric Adams, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, and Senator John Sampson for helping to protect seniors and individuals with disabilities during budget negotiations. Comment.
Canarsie

All three: whiskey, rye and gin back in New York City

It has been decades since you could get a gin and tonic or a whiskey sour mixed with spirits distilled in New York City. Comment.
Canarsie

Students create new worlds

These days, New York City College of Technology (City Tech) faculty and students are happy to oblige if anyone tells them to “get a life.” Comment.
Canarsie

Stop Identity Theft

There is a type of identity theft using the Internet called “phishing,” according to Gene Brody, president of Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Canarsie

Park renovations begin with new center groundbreaking

City officials joined benefactors and visionaries at the Wollman Rink in Prospect Park to symbolically break ground for the first phase of Lakeside Center, the “most significant landscape restoration project ever undertaken” at the landmark emerald empire. Comment.
BoroBeat

70th Precinct fetes residents with a holiday party

Mirth and merriment reigned supreme when the 70th Precinct Community Council feted local residents with a holiday party in Flatbush. Comment.
BoroBeat

Talented students display their works of art

Forget MOMA, Capital Bank is where budding artists from P.S. 6 are depositing their masterpieces this holiday season. Comment.
BoroBeat

Holiday sounds from PS 198

A multicultural revel %u2013 topped by a dollop of goodwill and cheer %u2013 greeted seasonal frolickers as the holidays got underway in Flatbush. Comment.
BoroBeat

PS 249 holiday cheer

Ho, ho, ho! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Winter dip

Winter dip Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Historic district expansion hassle

Expanding the Carroll Gardens Historic District could chase out the last remnants of blue-collar families who once thrived here, opponents of the burgeoning preservation movement said this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New medicine on the way

There’s hope on the horizon for the 155,000 Brooklynites coping with diabetes, medical experts recently forecast. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Marty channels Kris Kringle

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz turned the Rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall into a festive holiday toy store when he handed out hundreds of new toys and books collected during the annual Borough Hall toy drive. Comment.
BoroBeat

Assemblywoman Millman and DA Hynes join forces to help domestic violence victims

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman and Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes teamed up to collect donations for victims of domestic violence and their families served by the Family Justice Center. Millman’s office was one of the collection sites for the drive, which began in November. Suggested donations not only included food, but also shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, diapers and baby food. Comment.
BoroBeat

Caroling all the way home

‘Tis the season to be singing sweetly, and local crooners from the Hoyt Street Association rise to the merry occasion by joining festive forces with neighbors outside the Mugavero Center, Dean and Hoyt streets, for Yuletide caroling. Comment.
BoroBeat

Christmas for kids at borough hall

Dozens of children in need received tender tokens of love when Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the New Jersey Nets and the Salvation Army for a holiday gift drive at Borough Hall. Comment.
Bay News

Blowout on the Belt Parkway

Here we go again. It took me a flat tire to hear the Biggest Screech in New York City. Comment.
Bay News

Ridge library plans stalled

The Fort Hamilton branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) likely won’t be reopening this spring as originally planned. Comment.
Williamsburg

Broadway Triangle a Council ‘hit’

The show must go on! Comment.
Borough-wide

Broadway Triangle Moves ‘Off Broadway’

A mere 24 hours after the City Council approved the rezoning of the Broadway Triangle, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Emily Goodman granted a temporary restraining order, stopping the project from moving forward until next spring. Comment.
Borough-wide

Greenpoint Hospital Bid Receives Shot in Arm

As the City Council was voting to rezone the Broadway Triangle, a Williamsburg-based nonprofit received a $500,000 private donation to bolster its bid to develop another long-dormant site in Williamsburg. Comment.
Borough-wide

Starrett City deal to continue subsidies signed

Christmas came about a week early for residents of the 5,881-unit Starrett City housing complex, as government officials finalized the refinancing to keep the development as the largest publicly assisted affordable housing complex in the nation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red Hook residents urge safer streets

Red Hook’s main commercial thoroughfare is a hazardous stretch of asphalt desperately in need of more attention from city officials, critics charged this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Car crash on Remsen avenue

Wrecked on Remsen: Firefighters and paramedics were called to the corner of Remsen Avenue and Farragut Road following a harrowing two car collision. Comment.
Borough-wide

Toot toot! Beep Beep! Nydia Velazquez Parties Down

It was two weeks before Christmas, but Rep. Nydia Velazquez had reason to celebrate. Comment.
Williamsburg

Never-Nudes bike down Bedford anyway

The sixties are over. Comment.
Borough-wide

Meetup Group Funks Up Williamsburg

For funk lovers, pledging allegiance to the funk or tearing the roof off the sucker in Williamsburg has long been a challenge. Comment.
Williamsburg

MTA allows suburban kids to ride transit for free

While kids from some of Brooklyn’s lowest income neighborhoods face the prospect of paying to take the subway to school, some of their counterparts from well-to-do areas of Long Island and upstate New York will continue to commute for free. Comment.
Flatbush

Flatbush resident blasts idling buses

Fumes from idling school buses have at least one Flatbush resident fuminghimself. Comment.
Borough-wide

Displaced tenants in Downtown Brooklyn rally against the city

Frustration is growing for several dozen families in three downtown Brooklyn apartment buildings who were promised new affordable housing digs in June 2008. Comment.
Borough-wide

Boards back off e-permitting for block parties

While a citywide switch to electronic applications may streamline the planning of block parties, the move is raising eyebrows at two local community boards. Comment.
Flatbush

Iraq veteran honored for taking gun off the street

From the war-torn alleys of Fallujah, Iraq to the rough and tumble streets of East Flatbush, Police Officer Kevin Tagnosky has seen his share of conflicts. Comment.
Borough-wide

Federal dollars flowing into Fort Hamilton

The federal defense-spending bill that passed Congress earlier this month contains good news for Fort Hamilton. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Critics: Landmarking could further gentrify Carroll Gardens

Expanding the Carroll Gardens Historic District could chase out the last remnants of blue-collar families who once thrived here, opponents of the burgeoning preservation movement said this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Squatter, not Santa Claus, Trespasses in Wburg Building

A Williamsburg building owner found an unwelcome guest this month that wasn’t jolly old St. Nicholas. Comment.
Williamsburg

In terms of job losses, Brooklynites battered by recession

Brooklyn residents, particularly those living in some of the borough’s less affluent neighborhoods, have been particularly hard-hit by the current recession. Comment.
Borough-wide

Believe It: Atheists Sue Catholic Church

Charging that the Catholic Church should lose its tax-exempt status, a consortium of atheists and Catholic activists filed two lawsuits against Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg) and the Catholic Diocese over their role in producing a recorded message sent to Williamsburg’s registered voters less than a week before they went to the polls. Comment.
Borough-wide

94th Precinct sees continued drop in crime

Crime in northside Williamsburg and Greenpoint has dropped in nearly all major categories, except for homicide, continuing a decade-long trend. Comment.
Borough-wide

Murder continues to rise in East Flatbush

The most violent of crimes continues to plague East Flatbush. Comment.
Borough-wide

Residents and local bars not making beautiful music together

Noise emanating from Third Avenue watering holes continues to plague nearby residents. Comment.
Borough-wide

East Flatbush residents urged to participate in census

Residents of the heavily immigrant neighborhood of East Flatbush are being urged to overcome their skepticism and participate in the 2010 Census. Comment.
Crime

Dentist run down

Dentist run down Comment.
Borough-wide

Board backs full liquor license for karaoke club

After pressuring the proprietor of a karaoke club on the border of Dyker Heights and Sunset Park to make additional concessions to add to the safety of the establishment, Community Board 10 has voted to back the club’s efforts to get a full liquor license. Comment.
Borough-wide

Nothing but praise for outgoing chairperson

It was outgoing Chairperson Dean Rasinya’s time to be in the spotlight. Comment.
Borough-wide

Marty Claus’s gifts for boys & girls

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz turned the Rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall into a festive holiday toy store when he handed out hundreds of new toys and books collected during the annual Borough Hall toy drive. Comment.
Borough-wide

Igniting the spirit at St. Ephrem

Community cheer and the illumination of a festive fir ignited the spirit at St. Ephrem’s Church, where students and staffers joined festive forces with their neighbors to usher in the holidays. Comment.
Borough-wide

Jewelry fit for the Queen

“If we’re good enough for the Queen, we’re good enough for you!” Comment.
BoroBeat

Library hosts santa lucia festivities

The Bay Ridge Library morphed into a Nordic-style folk hall when the Scandinavian East Coast Museum hosted its annual Santa Lucia Festival, complete with a delightful costumed cavalcade and yummy cookies. Comment.
BoroBeat

St. Patrick’s Church ushers in the holidays

A tree glows in Bay Ridge. Comment.
BoroBeat

Lighting the tree in mckinley park

Visions of sugar-plum fairies came to life as seasonal festivities got underway in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Bay News

No ‘Coney Island Center’ without environmental study

Borough President Marty Markowitz’s drive to build his new $64 million “Coney Island Center” at Asser Levy Seaside Park will not go forward until an environmental assessment is done. Comment.
Bay News

A matter of pride

Community Board 13’s head remains firmly in the sand this week after once more failing to heed neighbors’ demands for an active role in Borough President Marty Markowitz’s drive to construct a new $64 million amphitheater inside Asser Levy Seaside Park. Comment.
Bay News

Hope for diabetes sufferers in Brooklyn

There’s hope on the horizon for the 155,000 Brooklynites coping with diabetes, medical experts recently forecast. Comment.
Bay News

Underground Clown: brand on the run

Move over, Tillie — there’s a new clown in town. Comment.
BoroBeat

Firefighters take time for the kids

Smokeeaters from Engine 330-Ladder 172 take time out from fighting fires to conduct a Toys for Tots gift drive at their Bensonhurst firehouse, 2312 65th Street, in conjunction with the 68th Precinct Youth Council and the Danish Athletic Club. Comment.
BoroBeat

Lady moody square in the holiday spirit

‘Tis the season of glad tidings and borough revelers brought plenty with them when they jumpstarted Yuletide festivities at Lady Moody Square. Comment.
BoroBeat

Living Nativity at the New Utrecht Reformed Church

Parishioners felt the spirit of the holy night during a living Nativity at the New Utrecht Reformed Church in Bensonhurst. Comment.
BoroBeat

Coronet of hope sparkles in Coney Island

The coronet of hope sparkled for a rainbow of people when the Amethyst Women’s Project presented a holiday party at KeySpan Park. Comment.
BoroBeat

Brighton beach marks the festival of lights

Dancing in the streets fanned the spirit, bathing Brighton Beach in the glow of the faithful as Chanukah celebrations got underway outside the home of an eminent religious leader. Comment.
BoroBeat

Holiday spirit on display on Bay 20th Street

Yule be in for a treat! Tired of wrapping Christmas gifts and stirring the eggnog? Unwind by taking a festive evening stroll along Bath Beach and feast your eyes upon the glittering holiday manse at 79 Bay 20th Street, where animated Frosties and Santas dance on a carpet of shimmering lights to jumpstart the season of good cheer.Photo by Steve Solomonson Comment.
BoroBeat

IS 14 students cool as ice

Starry-eyed youngsters kicked off the holidays against the glow of an iridescent, snow-flaked stage, wowing the crowd with a rollicking winter concert at Intermediate School 14. Comment.

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