Sunday, March 21, 2010

Flatbush

Flatbush to LPC: Us, too!

The neighborhoods of Victorian Flatbush have long been known as quiet enclaves whose detached homes, dating to the early years of the last century, are gracious survivors. Comment.
Williamsburg

No Sugar Please, Levin Opposes Domino

City Councilmember Steve Levin (D-Williamsburg) joined a growing list of opponents to the New Domino rezoning by stating his support for Community Board 1’s recommendation of disapproval. Comment.
Canarsie

Bay View Community Center expected to open finally this spring

In 2006, the new Bay View Houses community center was 75 percent complete, and was expected to open in the early part of 2007. Comment.
Canarsie

Cops trying to get a jump on jump up parties

The 69th Precinct is moving to put the muffler on loud parties before they start for the summer. Comment.
Borough-wide

Counting down to Miss Norway contest

At the end of this month, a new Miss Norway will be crowned in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Eight eagle eyes are better than two

They’re double trouble — for criminals. Comment.
Borough-wide

Judge takes it back to court

Jonathan Judge may have been tossed off the ballot in the upcoming 44th District City Council special election, but he’s not going down without a fight. Comment.
High School Sports

Pinkston, Loughlin fall short in championship bid

He had just scored a game-high 34 points in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional title game, an instant classic that went three overtimes. Jayvaughn Pinkston ended his storied high school career on a bang, but he did so without a ring. Comment.
High School Sports

Ford rues missed opportunity, looks toward future

Bishop Ford outplayed St. Michael Academy for two and a half quarters. The Falcons led by 12 just about midway through the third quarter. They had an answer for most of the Eagles’ runs. Comment.
High School Sports

Supporting cast carries South Bronx into first hoops final

Doug Porter never thought twice. Comment.
High School Sports

McDonough’s seven 3s lead Goldstein into ‘B’ finals

Brittany McDonough proved too much for Brooklyn to handle. Comment.
High School Sports

Jones takes cue from coach and guides Bedford into ‘A’ final

When Robert Phelps took over the boys basketball program at Bedford Academy this fall, Brent Jones began looking into his past achievements. Comment.
24/7

Neo-psychedelic 3D art show

The Year of the Head Chakra, a 3D art show, is at the Mighty Tanaka Studio in DUMBO, at 68 Jay Street (Suite 416), March 19-April 10. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 12-7 p.m. There is an opening reception, March 19, 6-9 p.m. Comment.
24/7

Photographs explore relationship between the natural world and civilization

The show explores the relationship between the natural world and civilization, how we look at nature and the wild and attempts to co-exist with or capture what is often too wild to be controlled or contained. Comment.
24/7

‘Alice’ ain’t so wonderful

Tim Burton is back with Disney - and that couldn’t be worse news for his fans. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklynite turns 102

Sylvia Meyer has seen more than most...birthdays, that is. Comment.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Borough-wide

City to take waterfront plan from shore to shore

The Department of City Planning is embarking on a year-long, five-borough waterfront listening tour, an initiative aimed at crafting a long-term vision for over 500 miles of some of the city’s most coveted property. Comment.
Borough-wide

CB 14 gearing up for spring youth conference

For the third year in a row, teens in central Brooklyn will be able to network with prospective employers as well as with professionals who can help them hone their job-seeking skills at a youth conference organized by Community Board 14. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bracing for budget cuts in District 20

District 20 schools are facing “lean times.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Give kids yogurt - not chips, parents say

The city Department of Education (DOE) may consider Doritos healthy for students but parents don’t. Comment.
24/7

Quick citrus soak give shrimp sensational savor

Sometimes the most traditional recipes are the best. Comment.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Brooklyn Courier

Park Slope merchants fear meter hike

Pricier parking meters might make it heaven for drivers searching for a parking spot — but if the city raises rates in Park Slope, it will be a living hell for local shopkeepers, merchants said this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Festival for ‘all things bike’

The Spring Cycling Festival is coming to Brooklyn, March 19-21 at Ride Brooklyn, 468 Bergen Street in Fort Greene. Comment.
Borough-wide

Annual Cinco de Mayo 5K Run in Prospect Park

The 13th Annual Cinco de Mayo 5K Run is slated for May 2, 11 a.m. (rain or shine) in Prospect Park. Comment.
Parenting

Sex: How to talk with your kids about it

“Talking with your kids about sex matters. But what also matters is what you say, how you say it, and that you’re addressing teens’ real concerns with advice that’s relevant to their lives,” says Madison. Comment.
24/7

“The Thugs,” a dark comedy about murder in the workplace

Danger looms in the most unexpected and mundane places in this thrilling comedy about office politics and the everyday challenges to human existence. Oh, and that heavy breathing in the dark. Comment.
24/7

“To Our Idols” and “Bodies of Work” showcased at RoCA

The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) showcases two new groupings of more than 27 artists and their artworks in “To Our Idols” and “Bodies of Work.” Both shows are on view through April 3 in the sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 galleries at the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden in the Gateway National Recreation Area in Rockaway, Queens. Comment.
24/7

Film series explores the lives of women in the Muslim world.

BAMcinématek presents “Muslim Voices: The Female Perspective,” March 26-31, seven feature films, which explore women’s lives in the Muslim world. Comment.
24/7

Klutz gets ‘Krispy’

There’s just something about Rice Krispies that makes me smile. Comment.
24/7

Check out The Air Festival

Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) announces The Air Festival 2010, April 9-May 2 featuring Artists-In-Residence Luciana Achugar (dance), Abigail Browde (theater), Victoria Libertore (theater) and Jennie MaryTai Liu (dance). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dancewave cashes in

A Park Slope dance troupe is one step closer to international acclaim. Comment.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Brooklyn Courier

Bridging the divide between Park Slope and Ghana

Charitable St. Francis Xavier School fifth and sixth graders have embraced and corresponded with the Ayeltige Primary School in Ghana so that they can enjoy a cultural exchange as well asdonate money and supplies to the West African Catholic institution. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Grabbing some justice

Grabbing some justice Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Low expectations

Low expectations Comment.
Williamsburg

City Planning Offers a “Rose” for ‘Burg

This “Rose” has been revived. Comment.
Williamsburg

Newtown Creek’s New Labs

The city’s largest wastewater treatment plant keeps coming up with ways to better treat our waste. Comment.
Borough-wide

Along canal, EPA plays corporate detective

Six degrees of separation from polluting the Gowanus Canal doesn’t mean a company has necessarily escaped a hefty cleanup bill. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hold The Sugar! Board Rejects New Domino

In the end, it was a sugar overload. Comment.
Williamsburg

A Kefi Cafe in ‘Burg?

Is popular Greek chef Michael Psilakis, of the Upper West Side institution Kefi (505 Columbus Avenue and 84th Street), looking to bring warm feta salad, pork souvlaki, and walnut ice cream to Williamsburg? Comment.
Williamsburg

Hold That Coffee! Starbucks Not Coming to ‘Burg

A Williamsburg bagel store’s rent will double next year, leaving its owner scrambling, and sparking fresh concerns from local merchants that another chain could soon be taking its place. Comment.
Borough-wide

City takes control of Brooklyn Bridge Park

After months of negotiations, the state on Wednesday handed the reins of Brooklyn Bridge Park over to the city, while remaining to ride shotgun. Comment.
Borough-wide

Let kids eat cupcakes, parents say

Next week, Brooklyn parents will protest the city Department of Education’s (DOE) new bake sale rules — by making cupcakes. Comment.
Borough-wide

Groundbreaking signals start of Barclays Center arena

As this paper went to press, two Brooklyn groundbreakings were scheduled to take place Thursday, March 11 relating to the 22-acre, Atlantic Yards project starting at the Flatbush/Atlantic Avenues intersection and moving southeast. Comment.
Borough-wide

Anti-gay attack stuns Carroll Gardens

Last week’s anti-gay attack on Luquer Street has put a stain on Carroll Gardens, as well as the entire borough, residents and elected officials said last week as they encouraged the police to make a quick arrest. Comment.
Borough-wide

Better pay up: Bklyn’s tax delinquents put on parade

Brooklyn is known for many things. Now it’s known for harboring the state’s biggest tax debtor. Comment.
Borough-wide

Annual parade kicks off Little League baseball/softball season

Nearly 2,000 little leaguers, their friends, families, local community leaders and elected officials will kick off the 2010 baseball season in Prospect Park with a parade through Park Slope and on into the park, April 10. Comment.
Borough-wide

Library chief resigns after botched booting plan

If it were a book, Brooklyn Public Library head Dionne Mack-Harvin’s fall from grace would have been a tragedy in which the main character falls on her sword. Comment.
Borough-wide

A safe haven in Park Slope for nearly 20 years

Tucked away in the rows of brownstones in Park Slope is a library — the biggest of its kind — dedicated to documenting and sharing the lives of lesbians the world over. Comment.
Borough-wide

Borough takes ‘wait and see attitude’ toward Charter Revision Commission

Community boards across the borough are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best this week now that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced the members of the new Charter Revision Commission. Comment.
24/7

Weill Music Institute presents Family Concerts

Highlights for Families at Carnegie Hall (recommended for children ages five through 12) include, May 15 at 1 p.m., Polygraph Lounge. This musical duo, comprised of Mark Stewart and Rob Schwimmer, help the audience answer the big musical question of the concert: “What is a sound maker?” Pre-concert activities, led by Polygraph Lounge, will begin one hour prior. Comment.
24/7

Acclaimed actor/director Rickman presents adaptation of “Creditors”

Anxiously awaiting the return of his new wife Tekla (Anna Chancellor) from a trip, artist Adolph (Tom Burke) finds solace in the words of a stranger (Owen Teale). But comfort soon turns to destruction as old wounds are opened, insecurities are laid bare and former debts are settled. Comment.
24/7

Mental Health Film Fest facilitates healing through the arts

The New York City Mental Health Film Festival returns to Brooklyn this month. Comment.
24/7

On March 27, Brooklyn center of grilling universe

Five years ago, Grillin on the Bay formed primarily as a way to raise money for the St. Mark School in Sheepshead Bay. Since, it’s become one of the premier spots for grillers in the city, from top restaurant chefs to Brooklyn backyard grillers. Comment.
24/7

Spring lineup of Weill Music Institute events around NYC

This spring, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) presents public events at Carnegie Hall and in neighborhoods across NYC. Comment.
24/7

Wildman’s eating tour returns to Prospect Park

Naturalist “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead a foraging tour of Prospect Park, beginning at the Grand Army Plaza entrance, 11:45 a.m., March 27. Comment.
Borough-wide

PS 255 students earn awesome accolades

Some of Public School 255’s distinguished little learners were awarded with Student of the Month accolades for “serving as exemplars in their schoolwork, their thoughtfulness, and their kindness for others,” according to the school’s Project Arts Liaison, Miriam Rankin. Comment.
Borough-wide

City OKs Berkeley Carroll plan

The city this week approved the expansionist plans of a Park Slope private school, a controversial scheme that continues to vex some residents who fear the new building will catalyze the very dissolution of the district’s historic character. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Four 76th Precinct cops receive high praise, awards

On Jan. 11, officers Damien Clarke and Jesse Zhong were on routine patrol when they heard a crash in the vicinity of 276 Van Brunt Street. The cops, according to Captain Kenneth Corey, the commanding officer of the 76th Precinct, expected to see a car accident — but instead saw a damaged roll down security gate. Comment.
Borough-wide

Future of Fourth Avenue: dreams mixed with skepticism

Panelists participating in the Park Slope Civic Council’s Future of Fourth Avenue forum at St. Thomas Aquinas Church earlier this week said all the right things about diversity, safety and accessibility, but residents weren’t buying any of it out without skepticism. Comment.
Borough-wide

Beyonce and mom help recovering Brooklynites

Looking every bit as beautiful and glamorous as her superstar persona, pop diva Beyoncé, and her mother Tina Knowles came to DUMBO last week to helppeople addled by drug and alcohol addiction. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crime slides in 76th Precinct

Despite a trio of Red Hook robberies that kept residents wary last month, overall crime in the 76th Precinct continues to slide in the 76th Precinct. Comment.
Borough-wide

Scarano Scarred From Being Barred

A starchitect no more. Comment.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Williamsburg

Spike Hill Is Williamsburg’s St. Patrick’s Day Central

Williamsburg’s Spike Hill will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2010 with five days of music, food and festivities, March 13-17. Comment.
Mill–Marine Courier

Furniture fiend

Furniture fiend Comment.
Kings Courier

Doused with acid

Doused with acid Comment.
Canarsie

Rolling thunder: Motorcyclist makes big noise in robbery

Robbed of deposits Comment.
Borough-wide

National juried art show on display

There will be an opening day meet the artists reception, March 13 from 1-6 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. BWAC is at 499 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. Comment.
Borough-wide

Powell vs Towns, take three

Is three times the charm for Powell? Comment.
Canarsie

Impending reforestation for Fresh Creek Preserve

Change is coming soon to the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve. Comment.
Borough-wide

Guild president honored by CB 10

For many Ridgites, the Guild for Exceptional Children is the face of developmental disability in the community. Comment.
Borough-wide

Few clues in Bklyn hit and run

Three days after she was left to die in the street, investigators have few clues about the motorist now being sought for running down a 37-year-old Dyker Heights resident as she crossed Fort Hamilton Parkway early Sunday morning. Comment.
Borough-wide

Molotov menace hits local home

Home firebombed Comment.
Editorial

Beloved Bay Ridge merchant James Modafferi dies

Brooklyn lost one of its unique sons last week when James Modafferi was taken from us — far too soon — at age 66. Comment.
Borough-wide

Seagate identity thieves nabbed for murder

Swiping Irina Malezhik and Viktor Alekseyev’s identities wasn’t enough. Comment.
Bay News

Illicit homosexual sex continues to plague Plumb Beach

The Plumb Beach rest stop may be desolate and littered with used condoms, but federal police Monday denied doing a massive sting targeting alleged illicit homosexual behavior to bolster their arrest numbers. Comment.
Borough-wide

Unholy accident: Woman killed outside church

Congregants at a small Gravesend church are still reeling from the harrowing accident that followed Sunday services — a motorist’s simple mistake that led to one worshipper’s death and several injuries. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lox of luck to not being kosher

A Brooklyn bris without a lox plate is like Coney Island without the ocean. Comment.
Bay News

Butcher shop shooting solved

Butcher shooter busted Comment.
Borough-wide

Get ready! Here’s your chance to become a Beach Bum

Hey ladies! It’s time to get in touch with your inner beach bum. Comment.
Borough-wide

CAI buckles up in Coney Island

Get ready to ride, Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Snowbound outer boroughs should be treated differently, says legislator

With snow removal treated vastly differently in Manhattan and the outer boroughs, one local legislator has a modest proposal for the city administration: Delay the return of alternate side parking in the boroughs where snow and ice-bound streets make it difficult, if not impossible for residents to move their cars. Comment.
Borough-wide

Judge gets tossed from 44th District City Council race

Amid alleged dirty politics, Republican candidate Jonathan Judge was thrown off the ballot Tuesday for the special 44th District City Council election. Comment.
24/7

From Brisbane to Brooklyn

For the rent you’re paying now, you could live comfortably in Brisbane, Australia. Comment.
24/7

ASDIG on the road again

Ben Daniels should hate being on tour. Comment.
Features

BWECC 2010 “Parent of the Year Award” to PS 177’s Heather Fiorica

Heather Fiorica has been involved in the public school community since her daughter Brieanne was first enrolled at PS 177.She is a dedicated parent who is an active partner in the education of her child, as well as other children. She has been a Learning Leader and the PS 177 Title I Chairperson in 2006.For the past two years, Heather, along with Maritza Fernandez, has served as Co-President of the Parent Teacher Association. She is also a member of the School Leadership Team. Heather with her co-president represents PS 177 on President’s Council. Comment.
Flatbush

Man killed in Ave. D collision

One person was killed early Sunday following a harrowing collision at the corner of Utica Avenue and Avenue D in East Flatbush. Comment.
Flatbush

Gun-toting goons wanted for robbery spree

It’s downright un-fare. Comment.
Borough-wide

Wanted by Third Avenue residents: A good night’s sleep

Area residents continue to be up in arms over late-night noise emanating from a pair of local watering holes. Comment.
Bay News

Cops kill Gerritsen Beach youth

A Gerritsen Beach man armed with a fake pistol was shot and killed during a harried standoff with police Monday afternoon, officials said. Comment.
Borough-wide

Wild possums loose in Brooklyn

Wild possums are destroying Brooklynites’ gardens, threatening small dogs and terrifying teenage girls. Comment.
Borough-wide

Powell vs. Towns, round three

Is three times the charm for Powell? Comment.
Borough-wide

Your weekly newsbriefs

Bklyn’s not ‘Finest’ Comment.
Borough-wide

BPL executive director resigns

One chapter is closing at the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment.
Borough-wide

Local chapter of DAR celebrates fifth anniversary

Members of the Brooklyn Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated its fifth year anniversarywith a birthday celebration skit highlighting “Women in History” during a gathering at the home of member Eugenie Roussel. Comment.
Features

The high cost of teenagers

I ask this question toparents ofteenage children - does the shopping, spending and needing ever end? Comment.
Features

Muslims may come to their senses, yet!

It took eight years to address a wrong? Comment.
High School Sports

Philson, Oliver claim state girls indoor crowns

Lateisha Philson was so nervous she was shaking. The Benjamin Cardozo sophomore had never beaten Saratoga’s Madalayne Smith in the 55 meter hurdles and was about to race her again for a state title. But before the start she took a deep breath and remembered something her mother Lori was constantly telling her. Comment.
Borough-wide

Melee Erupts at MTA Brooklyn Hearing

A hearing on proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority service cuts devolved into chaos after a woman — who tried to speak without first being called to the microphone — was arrested. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parents to DOE: give us a say

Another day, another town hall, another plea for the city Department of Education (DOE) to better involve parents in the school system. Comment.
24/7

A taste of SXSW, in Brooklyn

South by Southwest, the annual marathon indie music festival, has hundreds of bands, and even more music fans, flocking to Austin next week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Kruger takes next step in taxing Native American cigarettes

State Senator Carl Kruger is still fired up about taxing tobacco. Comment.
24/7

Borough’s restaurant week kicked off with food, glorious food

The rotunda at Brooklyn Borough Hall was filled with delicious aromas as Borough President Marty Markowitz kicked off Dine in Brooklyn, an annual event in which restaurants across the borough offer special menus at special prices as a way of introducing diners to their offerings. Comment.
Borough-wide

Peace groups protest seven years in Iraq

Peace Action Bay Ridge, with Interfaith Bay Ridge, will protest seven years of war in Iraq, March 19 from 9-10:45 a.m. outside of Congressman Michael McMahon’s Office, 8505 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment.

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