Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010

Borough-wide

Coney C.O. joins anti-terrorism team

The “top cop” of the 60th Precinct has traded the sands of Coney Island for the concrete spires of Manhattan’s 1 Police Plaza. Comment.
Borough-wide

City seeking developer for Sunset Park site

By Gary Buiso Comment.
Williamsburg

Anno Domino: City Planning certifies waterfront project

For Domino Sugar’s developers, it’s a sweet start to the new year. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bet your bottom dollar ‘The Butt Book’ is a lot of fun

Midwood resident Artie Bennett really gets to the bottom of things. Comment.
Borough-wide

71st Precinct cop named top crimefighter

Congrats Mike! 71st Precinct Officer Michael Scarcella was given a special honor last week as he was named Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Cop of the Month. Comment.
Borough-wide

Here’s to you Detective: Nevandro honored at 60th Precinct

It was a long time coming. Comment.
Borough-wide

Coney Island murder up, major felony crime down in 2009

Except for murder, 2009 saw a plummeting of major felony crime in Brighton Beach and Coney Island. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010

Borough-wide

Brooklyn post offices give new meaning to phrase, going postal

A survey of Brooklyn post offices conducted by a local elected official reveals what many post office customers already knew: Long lines and tedious waits are the rule of thumb at many branches. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn body count

While the city is touting the lowest homicide rate in over four decades, nearly half of the 461 killings that did occur took place right here in the borough of churches. Comment.
Borough-wide

MTA allows nearly 10,000 commuter spouses and kids to ride for free

While the MTA sharpens the axe to cut free public transportation for city kids, nearly 10,000 spouses and kids of Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and Metro North Railroad (MNRR) employees will continue to ride mass transit for free. Comment.
Features

Zeroes, naughts, aughts - reflections on the decade

On December 31, 1999 my biggest worry was Y2K. As the clock struck midnight I held my breath along with the rest of the world and waited for the computers to crash, bank accounts to freeze and imminent global annihilation -we were 281 million citizens scared to death. Life would never be the same. Comment.
Features

See you on the other side, Eutisha

Mere suspension without pay? Toss the book at the creeps. Jail time, too. Comment.
Features

‘Super-Sully’ and the trouble with ‘Rahmbo’

The curtain is about to descend on 2009. Before that fat lady sings I’d like to make several observations. Comment.
Crime

57 years for murder

57 years for murder Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Politics

While the words “class” and “politics” are rarely found together, we at Courier-Life see this week as a graduation of sorts for all of the local legislators who once proudly graced this page and will now be moving on (chin up, Dave Yassky!) That being said, here is the first Brooklyn Politics Graduation Edition with our soon-to-be annual Class of 2009 awards! And our awards go to... Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Old Glory inverted atop Ratner mall

Keen-eyed last minute holiday shoppers may have thought something was awry on Dec. 24 if they looked at the state of Old Glory flying atop the Atlantic Terminal Mall. The flag was being flown upside down — a signal of dire distress. Was this a not-so-subtle comment on the state of the retail sector? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn penthouse in the sky

Want a Brooklyn apartment that looks down on the iconic Williamsburg Bank Building, now known as One Hanson Place? Comment.
Borough-wide

New Long Island Rail Road Terminal draws raves

Rays of daylight cascaded through the glass ceiling of the new Long Island Rail Road Terminal as Brooklyn resident Krystle James leaned against the twin staircases leading from the sub-ground level upto either Flatbush Avenue or Hanson Place. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Downtown Brooklyn businesses see more fees in 2010

Merry Christmas! Now pay more. Comment.
Williamsburg

2009: Groundbreaking and breakdancing in Williamsburg parks

North Brooklyn’s parks have had an eventful year, from two long-awaited groundbreakings to the debut of a popular summer concert series at a new riverside venue. In addition, there were a number of small yet significant improvements throughout the park system. Here is a look back and forward with North Brooklyn Parks administrator Stephanie Thayer. Comment.
Williamsburg

Reform the BSA now, say critics

News that the much-maligned Department of Buildings [DOB] is “upping its game” and at least trying out new reforms should put smiles on the faces of all those who feel the agency has too often dropped the ball on controversial construction projects. Comment.
BoroBeat

‘Santa’ Bloomberg brings Christmas Cheer to seniors

Some of Brooklyn’s most venerable residents who gathered at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center Christmas morning shared their holiday with a very special guest: Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn’s Board 6 paper-free, mostly

Community Board 6 is doing its part to help the environment — and also save a bit of green, its district manager said this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Christmas Eve pop

Christmas Eve pop Comment.
Williamsburg

City to EPA: Commit or quit

The EPA’s deadline for public comments on cleaning up Newtown Creek ended on December 23, and the city has responded with a comprehensive report that neither supports nor opposes Superfund designation. Comment.
Williamsburg

Enjoy the view from One Hanson Place, Bklyn’s tallest building

Want a Brooklyn apartment that looks down on the iconic Williamsburg Bank Building, now known as One Hanson Place? Comment.
Williamsburg

Teen dies in Harrison Place fire; cops on the hunt for arsonists responsible

A man tending to his clothes at a late-night laundry may be able to help cops in their search for the two arsonists who lit up a Harrison Place apartment building where a 17-year-old girl was killed. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mayor brings cookies, DEP oversight over

The DEP no longer stands for Double Extra Probation. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your guide to upcoming civic meets

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.
BoroBeat

Quite a haul of toys at borough hall

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Robbed of cell

Robbed of cell Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Farmers’ markets at Can Factory

Community Markets’ Park Slope Farmers’ Market will join The Makers Market, January 10, indoors at The Old American Can Factory, an historic industrial & cultural complex on Third Street betweenThird & Fourth avenues, just one and a half blocks from the Farmers Market’s current outdoor location. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Writing and photography workshop for teens

Attention teens — reserve your spot now for Projections, an eight-week high school creative writing and urban landscape photography workshop, centered around New York poems and landmarks. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Unfair BSA needs reform, Bklyn critics say

News that the much-maligned Department of Buildings [DOB] is “upping its game” and at least trying out new reforms should put smiles on the faces of all those who feel the agency has too often dropped the ball on controversial construction projects. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Affordable eco-friendly Co-ops in Fort Greene

If you haven’t yet applied for the Atlantic Terrace, applications must be postmarked no later than January, 6. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The gospel according to Cusato

If Jesus’ apostles were from Brooklyn, the Bible would have been for mature audiences only. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Annex hot seat

Berkeley Carroll’s controversial rebuild plan will get a public hearing in the new year. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cigarette attack

Cigarette attack Comment.
BoroBeat

Read all about it: Holiday cheer is grand

Yuletide was the good word when budding bookworms united for a holiday literacy party at the Patrick Daly School, presented by Red Hook Rise in conjunction with the PAVE Academy. 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.
Brooklyn Heights

Note passing nincompoop

Note passing nincompoop Comment.
Borough-wide

Local markets join forces to bring locals fresh food and artisanal wares

Community Markets’ Park Slope Farmers’ Market will join The Makers Market, January 10, indoors at The Old American Can Factory, an historic industrial & cultural complex on Third Street betweenThird & Fourth avenues, just one and a half blocks from the Farmers Market’s current outdoor location. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

100 years with the BHA

A Brooklyn Heights civic group whose long history of battling for the neighborhood dates back to the Taft administration is readying to highlight another worthy cause: itself. Comment.
Borough-wide

Stats: More bodies drop on Brooklyn’s doorstep

While the city is touting the lowest homicide rate in over four decades, nearly half of the 461 killings that did occur took place right here in the borough of churches. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklynite named a finalist in Canon & Pro Football Hall of Fame contest

Bryce Smith of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn was named a finalist in the Canon & Pro Football Hall of Fame “Why Do You Love Football?” Amateur Photo Challenge for his photo titled “Battle Glows Beautiful.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Board voices concern over self-certification for bars

One local volunteer group has turned thumbs down on a new policy implemented by the State Liquor Authority (SLA), whereby those seeking liquor licenses are allowed to self-certify key data needed to obtain them. Comment.
BoroBeat

Correction officers donate Christmas gifts to underprivileged children

For the 30th consecutive year, New York City’s Correction Officers donated, collected and distributed a truckload of Christmas gifts to the children of the SCO Family of Services, a community organization in Brooklyn. Santa Clausalso dropped in to help distribute the hundreds of gifts. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

Borough-wide

Board 7 chairman passes torch

Term limits may have forced Randy Peers to step down as chairman of Community Board 7 this week, but his descent was hardly a steep one. Peers, 39, will now hold the position of vice chairman. Comment.
Borough-wide

Helping their own: Gerritsen Beach opens their hearts to five victims

At first, Jim Donovan was surprised by the outpouring of support his neighbors have given the Hayes family as they recover from a devastating fire that left their lives in shambles. Comment.
Borough-wide

Food Fight!

Brooklyn resident and Food Network host Sunny Anderson has had it with Cablevision. Comment.
Borough-wide

Simcha Felder steps down to work for comptroller

In an unexpected move, popular City Council member Simcha Felder resigned his post to join incoming Comptroller John Liu as a Deputy Comptroller of Budget and Accounting. Comment.
Borough-wide

So long Simcha, thumbs down to Dear

In a world where city politics is often seen as a blood sport, City Councilmember Simcha Felder is a class act. Comment.
Borough-wide

Domenic Recchia named City Council Finance Chair

Coney Island City Councilmember Domenic Recchia will be named chair of the Council’s finance committee, according to sources close to negotiations with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Five-year-old left on freezing bus

A bus driver and matron were both in handcuffs Monday after they left a five-year-old mentally handicapped child in a locked, freezing cold bus for nearly an hour and a half, area police said. Comment.
Borough-wide

Jihadists beware! Citizen Braveheart to the rescue!

=Fugghedabout Homeland Security, John. Q. Public-the-avenger has arrived to save us from the evil clutches of terrorists. Comment.
Borough-wide

New Year’s Eve mug

New Year’s Eve mug Comment.
Borough-wide

Avenue U garbage piles up

As garbage continues to pile up along Avenue U, local merchants are complaining the city’s Department of Sanitation is targeting them with an avalanche of summonses. Comment.
Borough-wide

Amphitheater critics anticipate hearing

By Joe Maniscalco Comment.
Crime

Cash for bumblers

Cash for bumblers Comment.
Borough-wide

Fire ravages BR Volvo; owners promise to rebuild

A blistering fire ripped through Bay Ridge Volvo on Fourth Avenue near 89th Street as residents throughout the nabe dreamed about their Christmas holiday. Comment.
Features

‘Super-Sully’ and the trouble with ‘Rahmbo’

The curtain is about to descend on 2009. Before that fat lady sings I’d like to make several observations. Comment.
Features

Zeroes, naughts, aughts - reflections on the decade

On December 31, 1999 my biggest worry was Y2K. As the clock struck midnight I held my breath along with the rest of the world and waited for the computers to crash, bank accounts to freeze and imminent global annihilation -we were 281 million citizens scared to death. Life would never be the same. Comment.
Features

See you on the other side, Eutisha

Mere suspension without pay? Toss the book at the creeps. Jail time, too. Comment.
Borough-wide

Working together: Precincts join forces to nab purse snatcher

A little NYPD teamwork helped track down an 18-year-old thief responsible for three purse snatchings that took place at the height of the holiday shopping season. Comment.
Borough-wide

’Tis the season of warmth and giving at St. Edmund’s

St. Edmund Preparatory High School’s National Honor Society, moderated by Patti Buckley, held its first coat drive throughout December. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Politics

While the words “class” and “politics” are rarely found together, we at Courier-Life see this week as a graduation of sorts for all of the local legislators who once proudly graced this page and will now be moving on (chin up, Dave Yassky!) That being said, here is the first Brooklyn Politics Graduation Edition with our soon-to-be annual Class of 2009 awards! And our awards go to... Comment.
Borough-wide

MTA allows nearly 10,000 commuter spouses and kids to ride for free

While the MTA sharpens the axe to cut free public transportation for city kids, nearly 10,000 spouses and kids of Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and Metro North Railroad (MNRR) employees will continue to ride mass transit for free. Comments (1).
Borough-wide

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