Sunday, March 28, 2010

It’s open!

The opening of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday was a historic moment for Brooklyn — but with five piers to build out, an unclear path to funding their upkeep and the unsolved issue of private housing in the park’s boundaries, critics see a storm brewing. Comment.

A ‘Crucible’ of great theater by the Gallery Players

Now that the hysteria over health care reform has reached its crescendo — hopefully — why not revisit the classic parable of groupthink run amok, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”? Comment.

A wheely good bust!


Cops: Watch your back in East Flatbush

Eight woman — including senior citizens — have been robbed at gunpoint on the streets of East Flatbush, police report. Comment.

Paper trail shows a lack of LIRR openness on bollards

Newly obtained blueprints reveal that city officials were considering building the tomb-like bollards at the Long Island Railroad terminal at Atlantic Avenue and Hanson Place in 2005 — though at least two renderings were subsequently released to the public without those drastic security measures. Comment.

Int’l terror expert speaks: LIRR bollards are ‘overkill’ and ‘ugly’

A counter-terrorism expert who has instructed police officers and the U.S. military on security tactics has joined the chorus of critics complaining that the mega-bollards in front of the new Long Island Rail Road terminal are “overkill,” and “excessive and ugly.” Comment.

Kudos to outstanding cops

It may have been a lucky coincidence, but, just in time for Women’s History Month, a trio of female officers was in the spotlight during the March meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council. Comment.

All they were saying is give peace a chance

War is over — if you want it. Comment.

Brooklyn Bridge bark! No dogs allowed in park portion opened today!

It’s the greatest thing to happen to Brooklyn open space lovers since Prospect Park was built in the Civil War era — but it’s not so great for their dogs! Comment.

Hungry for redemption, Poly Prep is after state crown

Matt Roventini vividly remembers the pain he felt when last season ended. He remembers the shock and disappointment etched across his players’ faces after falling to Berkeley Carroll, 4-1, in the NSYAISAA title game at Columbia University. Comment.

Inexperienced Midwood opens season with thrilling win

Joseph Madrazo took one quick look back as he raced up the near side with the clock winding down and a defender at his heels. What he saw was Midwood coach John Murphy waving him toward the net as he made up his mind to keep his feet moving. Comment.

Despite senior losses, Midwood returns with high hopes

Charlie Barbieri was asked what starters graduated and how many of them, and he hesitated. Midwood lost plenty of them. There was his shortstop, his second baseman and his center fielder, his catcher, right fielder, and his entire pitching staff. Comment.

Cougars roar to PSAL Class A title

There were no guarantees in the playoffs for Medgar Evers. Starting guards Ashley Castle and Camera Miley were off the team as late as last month. Miley’s mother held her out for academic purposes. Castle was suspended by the school’s principal for disciplinary reasons and missed the Cougars’ first postseason contest. Comment.

Gold standard: Dolphins win ‘B’ title

It was the most trying time of the season for Leon Goldstein. Its two best players were on the bench in the fourth quarter and Academy of American Studies was mounting a furious rally. Comment.

CHSAA Brooklyn softball preview: Irrera ready to lead new-look Kearney

Tiffany Irrera’s in-game responsibilities remain the same. The Bridgeport-bound windmiller will be Bishop Kearney’s unquestioned ace and one of the top pitchers in the city. But there are added duties this time around. Irrera is just one of three seniors on a Tigers team filled with juniors looking to repeat as CHSAA Brooklyn division champs. Comment.

Boys & Girls makes memorable appearance on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

Boys & Girls already excelled under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, winning its first city championship in 31 years March 6. Thursday, March 18, the Kangaroos faced another kind of lights – national television beams. Comment.

Point taken: Jones leads Bedford past South Bronx and to ‘A’ crown

Since entering Bedford Academy four years ago, Brent Jones and Anthony Mason Jr. have often talked about winning a championship. Comment.

Walt Whitman was beat, man

Allen Ginsberg and Walt Whitman have more in common than impressive beards. Comment.

More high-flying fun comes to Galapagos

Break out your 1940s vintage finest. Comment.

Big pimpin’

Brian J once said you can’t kick a can in Williamsburg without hitting another musician. To build a following, you have to be doing something pretty special. Comment.

Ear-splitting sound

Kerretta lets the music do the talking. Comment.

Borough Hall wears green

Bagpipes, green bagels and a touch of blarney accompanied the tribute when Borough President Marty Markowitz launched local St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities with an awards breakfast at Borough Hall. Comment.

Toni Morrison leads a true ‘write’ of passage for black authors

The reining queen of American literature, Toni Morrison, is coming to the borough of writers in yet another Brooklyn celebration of the arts and letters. Comment.

Lucky B13! MTA takes part of lightly used bus off scrap heap

The B13 bus has been saved — somewhat. Comment.

Hot Dogg! Snoop Dogg’s Bklyn show tix on sale today!

Snoop Dogg is coming to Brooklyn, fo shizzle. Comment.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

City jonesing for Smith bike lane fix

Fresh on the heels of the new Flushing Avenue bike lane, the city unveiled plans for a bike-friendly facelift for Smith Street, turning the much-used approach to the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges much less harrowing. Comment.

Crackdown! Cyclists say cops are fining them on Downtown bike routes

Riding a bicycle in Downtown Brooklyn can be hazardous — to your bank account. Comment.

My own little happy place on Rocky Road

Her lectures cover every facet of women’s health, literally from the cradle to the grave. From sex, before during and after menopause and the many new treatments for women who have a hard time adjusting from one phase of their lives to the next.One of the most interesting of her suggestions was her theory on how to relieve stress, thereby reducing stress hormones, thereby easing and/or alleviating hot flashes, just by focusing on a happy thought. Some of her suggestions included envisioning puppy dogs, kittens, babies, baby birds, you get the drift. Comment.

Photography on the fringes

Broken-down industrial structures might detract most people, but for photographers with a sense of adventure, they can be ideal spots for urban exploration and inspiration. Comment.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Brooklyn Heights

CB2: This project takes no ‘Toll’ on DUMBO

A “gritty” and very urban residential tower proposed by one of the nation’s largest suburban homebuilders breezed over the first hurdle of the public review process when a Community Board 2 committee approved Toll Brothers’ Water Street design on Wednesday night. Comment.

Ibeam kicks some serious brass with trombone fest next month

It’s not often that trombonists get to toot their own horns in music circles. Typically, they’re one of many in a horn section or the punch line of a joke (see: sad trombone). But next month in Gowanus, they’re front and center. Comment.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Storm of the year devastates Green-Wood!

That really was a heck of a storm! Comment.

Believe it! Paulie Gee’s has opened in Greenpoint

For months, Twitter, Facebook, foodie blogs, and even pizza blogs kept sounding the alarm that the opening was imminent. But the delays only fueled the excitement. Comment.

A ‘Ten’ shun! City rejects Enrique Norten’s Park Slope project

Internationally renowned architect Enrique Norten’s Carroll Street proposal was dealt a death blow on Friday when an obscure city board rejected his argument that he needed to expand the size of the Park Slope project to make it financially viable. Comment.

Finally, a ‘Stable’ situation in Kensington

Kensington Stables rides again! Comment.

Another big Boerum Hill prostitution bust

For the second time in as many months, cops collared a bevy of would-be Johns on the corner of Butler and Nevins streets in Boerum Hill on March 9. Comment.

School comes to its Seneshes

Community Newspaper Group Comment.

It’s a Tish-grace! Councilwoman James sues over scratch

Community Newspaper Group Comment.

They’re the ‘Sloan’ rangers!

Some of the best city workers are right here in Brooklyn. Comment.

More Mid-East peace talks? Yawn!

As if the world has nothing better to do. Comment.

Summit Academy at a nadir

It’s looking less likely that Boerum Hill’s hottest prostitution corner will become the site of a new charter school. Comment.

Monday, March 22, 2010


CB1 to DOT: Get off our waterfront!

It’s a parking lot with the best view of the Manhattan skyline — and Community Board 1 wants to turn it into a park. Comment.

Battle over Broadway Triangle begins in court

The city discriminated against blacks and Latinos during its controversial Broadway Triangle rezoning last year, awarding two politically connected groups no-bid contracts to develop city-owned land, opponents charged in court last week, the opening salvo of a legal battle seeking to derail the plan. Comment.

Gunplay at party

94th Precinct Comment.

Tween beaten — twice in one day!

90th Precinct Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A struggle over a bag

78th Precinct Comment.
Mill–Marine Courier

Popped over free pills

Popped over free pills Comment.
Kings Courier

Bomb threats at Madison

Bomb blues at Madison Comment.

Robbed of $2,500

Robbed of $2,500 Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Wake and bake

76th Precinct Comment.

Police vans targeted

Gunning for police vans Comment.

Rally against hate crime in Carroll Gardens

Community Newspaper Group Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Turns out, Monty blaze was not so spirited

It turns out that the spirit of Brooklyn Heights is not all burned out! Comment.

New beer garden for Williamsburg?

Community Newspaper Group Comment.

Flushing Avenue to get two-way protected bike lane!

Flushing Avenue will sprout a protected, two-way bike lane to link cyclists between the Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg, the city revealed on Tuesday. Comment.

Berkeley Carroll School gets expansion OK

Community Newspaper Group Comment.

New look for 86th Street station

It’s not exactly a Madison Avenue gallery, but the 86th Street station on the R line will soon be sporting art, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) proceeds with a program to put mosaic murals on the station’s mezzanine. Comment.

Thin ice! Park skaters out for two years as rink rehab begins

Sunday’s skating in Wollman Rink in Prospect Park was bittersweet — not just because it was the last day of the season, but because there won’t be any ice time at all for the next two years. Comment.
Bay News

Breaking blues! Southern Comfort Band caves in and changes name

The Southern Comfort Band’s rebel yell was quelled to a whisper last week after the (slightly) better-known liqueur company finally got the Bay Ridge troupe to give in and change its name. Comment.

Tray magnifique!

Paper or plastic? More and more, city’s schools are taking paper. Comment.

A faith-based chat with Park Slope’s God squad

We had so much fun a few years ago with our first annual interfaith smackdown, that we invited Rev. Daniel Meeter of Old First Reformed Church and Rabbi Andy Bachman of Beth Elohim Synagogue in Park Slope to chew over the issues of the day facing the “faith-based” community. On the eve of their religions’ holiest periods, Meeter and Bachman checked in with our atheist editor, Gersh Kuntzman. Comment.

Your weekly newsbriefs

Cyclones ‘YOUniform’ tryouts Comment.

Brooklyn South’s Got Talent! Show stoppers galore at Brooklyn College extravaganza

It may not have been “American Idol” or “America’s Got Talent,” but it was pretty close. Comment.
Bay News

60-year-old run over in Brighton Beach

Run down Comment.

He will survive! A timeline of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards

Thursday’s symbolic groundbreaking of the Atlantic Yards project practically demands a look back at the long history of this ambitious and controversial project. Here’s a timeline. Comment.

Big court win yesterday — groundbreaking today

Hours before Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Bruce Ratner’s Barclays Center arena, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled in the developer’s favor on what is the last of the major lawsuits against the mega-project. Comment.

Ratner breaks ground! Jay-Z celebrates! Others protest!

Bruce Ratner and a deep bench of supporters of his Atlantic Yards mega-project broke ground on a basketball arena for his Brooklyn-bound New Jersey Nets on Thursday afternoon, drawing to a symbolic close to more than seven years of delays for the developer. Comment.

New meter-reading devices hit the nabe

New high-tech transmitters that the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says will eliminate the need for meter readers to visit homes have begun appearing around Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bath Beach and the rest of the borough as well. Comment.

Allegations fly in 44th District City Council race

Things are getting down and dirty between candidates David Greenfield and Joe Lazar in the imminent 44th District City Council race. Comment.

Brighton Eye Associates: your neighborhood eye care experts

Dr. Millie Fell, ophthalmologist, of Brighton Eye Associates (2727 Ocean Parkway, 718-332-0444) personifies the type of doctor you want caring for your eyes. Comment.

Cost of barn raising sends city back to drawing board

Efforts to reconstruct a 19th century barn adjacent to the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum have been stalled by financial issues. Comment.

New supermarket is the ‘Key’ to Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge has put out the welcome mat for its new supermarket. Comment.
Bay News

“Princesses” don’t exactly get royal welcome

A new charter boat dubbed the “New York Princess” has berthed at Pier 8 in Sheepshead Bay and another is expected to arrive shortly at Pier 2. Comment.

City digs out of weekend Nor’Easter

City agencies and utility companies were still digging out late Monday afternoon from the nor’easter that pummeled the borough over the weekend. Comment.

Falcons playing to honor recovering assistant coach

Bishop Ford made a detour on its way to Archbishop Molloy for its CHSAA Class AA state quarterfinal game. The team stopped to visit assistant coach Mary Gillespie at her home near the Park Slope school. She was their recovering from a heart arrhythmia she suffered earlier this week and the surgery to deal with the problem. She is considered a grandmother figure to many of the players. Comment.

Fontbonne falls short, but season remains memorable

Fontbonne Hall’s memorable season was basically over. Comment.

District 22 schools fear budget cuts

If city and state politicians approve another school budget cut, there may be a “lasting impact” on District 22 schools. Comment.

Brooklyn shines at AY groundbreaking

Featuring star power and street cred, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Barclays Center Arena - for better or worse - opened up a new era in the borough’s development. Comment.

AY protesters march on groundbreaking

Impersonator Elliot Crown, wearing a three-foot long Marty Markowitz mask, stood in front of Freddy’s Bar and bellowed. Comment.

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