Wednesday, March 31, 2010

24/7

Demons, ghouls and skulls, oh my!

No, this isn’t some sort of Lady Gaga tribute. Comment.
24/7

Cinema giant on screen

Skip the latest 3-D box office gimmick and get acquainted with one of cinema’s giants this month. Comment.
24/7

Get a load of this

Sean Edward Lewis is used to doing underground theater. With his ensemble Lilac Co. and St. John’s Theatre, he’s performed primarily in a church basement in Greenpoint. Comment.
Bay News

Carmine takes on gravity at the wedding

Following the custom, Cookie was my Best Man, (as I was his when he married Eleanor) and Lisa, is my Goddaughter. Comment.
Mill–Marine Courier

No tree-lief! City: Downed trees in marine park won’t be replaced — yet.

Don’t expect a lot of shade in Marine Park anytime soon. Comment.
Mill–Marine Courier

A water meter menace

Meter menaces Comment.
Kings Courier

Swastikas pop up in Midwood

There’s a swastika blitz going on in Midwood, not that anyone noticed. Comment.
Flatbush

Caught ‘on the job’

NYPD plucker Comment.
BoroBeat

Seuss is loose!

Stage-struck students transformed the auditorium of PS 207 into a mini-Great White Way, wowing the crowd with a rollicking production of “Seussical the Musical.” Comment.
Flatbush

Is Kevin Parker walking a mile in Monserrate’s shoes?

It looks like state Sen. Kevin Parker will put his dukes up once again — but this time, it’ll be in court. Comment.
Flatbush

Flatbush Gardens: Living a good life in East Flatbush

All evidence points to the 2,496-unit,59-building complex in East Flatbush coming back in a big way since its name has changed from the notorious Vanderveer Houses three years ago. Comment.
Flatbush

Stolen car found five years later!

Car catch-up Comment.
Flatbush

Boxing club hopes to KO crime

A new boxing club in the heart of a once-notorious housing complex could change the lives of neighborhood kids — for the better. Comment.
Canarsie

Shootist nabbed nearly one year later

Shootist celled Comment.
Canarsie

Cops on horseback, plainclothes officers contribute to recent crime downtown

You could almost say they called in the cavalry. Comment.
Canarsie

Cops who nabbed brutal robbers snag Cop of the Month honors

A key arrest of a pair of robbers has earned two Canarsie police officers “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment.
Canarsie

Canarsie Park baseball diamonds in need of polishing

The baseball fields in Canarsie Park are diamonds in the rough that local activists want to see shined up in short order. Comment.
BoroBeat

An ‘August’ show

Student raconteurs breathed new life into the soaring, lyrical works of one of America’s greatest playwrights when the Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School hosted a contest based on the monologues of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. Comment.
Borough-wide

Norwegian Day parade organizers blast cut in route

Organizers of Bay Ridge’s Norwegian Day Parade are madder than a pickled herring over the city’s plan to slash their parade route a whopping 25 percent — after letting all St. Patrick’s Day parades go the full route in recent weeks. Comment.
Borough-wide

In mounting challenge, Carroll bucks Perfetto

He’s got $12,000 and a dream. Comment.
BoroBeat

Bay Ridge celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

The rain didn’t dampen the spirit of Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who donned a green sweater and joined mom, dad and the kids in putting his “Irish” foot forward for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Bay News

Caitlin Sarubbi: Scholar, athlete, inspiration

There’s no stopping Gerritsen Beach native Caitlin Sarubbi. The 20-year-old Harvard student just returned from competing at the Paralympic Games in Vancouver and, if things pan out, will intern at the White House this summer. Comment.
Nightlife

Here’s one Ceol place with a menu to match

One of the old-school Cobble Hill chef moguls is back, baby, and he’s here to kick some serious apps. Comment.
Editorial

Why I voted yes on the health care bill

The objections then were many of the same that we heard during this debate — it would create more bureaucracy and send us careening down the steep slope to socialism. Instead, we now have universal health coverage for America’s elderly, lower rates of poverty and greater peace of mind for older Americans. Comment.
Editorial

Why I voted no on the health care bill

I have long been — and continue to be — supportive of reforming our health care system in a way that brings down costs and provides affordable health coverage to all Americans. But I could not in good conscience vote for the Senate health care bill or for the changes presented in the reconciliation package. I am very supportive of many provisions in the bill, particularly the efforts to provide strong consumer protections and reduced health care costs for small businesses, but I remain concerned about the effect this package will have back at home. Comment.
Borough-wide

From burning bush to burning bread — a Passover tradition

A Passover tradition that goes back centuries was alive and well in Williamsburg on Monday as thousands of Hasidic Jews tossed bits of bread onto small pyres to usher in the Passover holiday. Comment.
Borough-wide

BREAKING! Hostel takeover in Williamsburg!

Talk about a hostel living environment! Comment.
Borough-wide

Unkindest cuts! Boro subways and buses are slashed by the MTA

In total, the agency said that the cuts will save $93 million. MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said the agency determines net savings by tallying costs associated with operating a particular line, such as salary, gas, and maintenance. Comment.
Borough-wide

NYU land grab?

Stephen Brown Comment.
Borough-wide

A duck is dead — and a swan wounded — in latest park tragedy

Swan down! Swan down! Comment.
Borough-wide

Transit cuts hit Brooklynites hard

Tony Cella Comment.
Bay News

Cops colllect gun cache

Prosecutors are challenging the sanity of an eccentric Sheepshead Bay “gun collector” arrested Friday for amassing over 30 firearms in his West Street apartment. Comment.
Bay News

FDR by the numbers

The state says the Franklin D. Roosevelt HS in Bensonhurst is one of the worst high schools in the city. Comment.
Bay News

It’s a ‘Shore’ thing! Boosters back landmarking Coney theater

Advocates of landmarking a decrepit, 90-year-old Coney Island theater are pushing ahead whether the building’s owner is on board or not. Comment.
Bay News

Arrest made in Cropsey Ave. slashing

Stabbed on Cropsey Comment.
Borough-wide

Astroland lives on Cyclone

Astroland Amusement Park is gone, but the storied name will still be one of the last things riders on the Cyclone roller-coaster see before plummeting 85-feet to the street this summer. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bensonhurst man cracks the da Vinci code!

Look, the Mona Lisa’s great, but Leonardo da Vinci got her all wrong. Comment.
Borough-wide

The First Lady with the best pizza!

First Lady Michelle Obama and the First Kids downed three pies at DUMBO’s legendary Grimaldi’s Pizzeria today — and impressed even their jaded waiter. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gotta dance! But they need a brownstone in which to do it

A Brooklyn dance company needs a home. Several, actually. Comment.
Features

Single no more, Frank takes the leap

Break out the tissues, girls. Frank Maresca of Frank the Entertainer In A Basement Affair is presently off the singles chart after having chosen Kerri Schwartz, 24, of Brooklyn, to “go forward with” in this week’s final installment of the reality show on VH1. For all those 20-somethings out there who had flirted with the fantasy of being Mrs. Frank the Entertainer, I send you my condolences. Comment.
Cinema

Our exclusive mus-o-meter registers A Sunny Day in Glasgow

A Sunny Day in Glasgow burst on the dream-pop, shoegaze scene in 2009 with its sophomore album, “Ashes Grammar,” a sprawling collection of experimental noise-pop. The band’s recent EP is a continuation of that album — the leftovers, so to speak. But to really get a sense of what it’s all about, the band can only be described through the musical-mathematical science that goes into our exclusive mus-o-meter. Comment.
High School Sports

Clippers embrace new underdog role

J.T. Torres knows the chatter around the city and he loves what he hears. Comment.
High School Sports

Back to the future: After 12-year hiatus, Piccola coaches Xaverian again

Lou Piccola never thought he’d be back in the Xaverian uniform, back coaching the Clippers baseball team. After all, it’s been 12 years since he last filled out a lineup card and went over ground rules with umpires at the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn school. Comment.
High School Sports

Phelps proves to be a quick study as coach

Instead of a pair of shorts, Robert Phelps is dressed in a suit, shoes, pants, dress shirt and sports jacket. His team, Bedford Academy, is seconds away from its first PSAL championship in any sport. Phelps has emptied his bench. Comment.
High School Sports

Trap game: Cougars tamed in Federation ‘A’ semis

A PSAL title is the ultimate goal for team that plays in the league. But Medgar Evers got one of those last week. The Cougars were looking for a little something more, though coach Barney Davis didn’t feel he should push them. Comment.
High School Sports

Lynch leads Jefferson to city’s first JV crown

Jaquan Lynch was set to come off the bench for Thomas Jefferson’s varsity until he missed a series of preseason workouts. As punishment, coaches Lawrence Pollard and Seldon Jefferson sent him down to the JV. Comment.
High School Sports

Goldstein falls in Federation semifinals

Goldstein didn’t think of itself as the favorite coming into the game, but considering the circumstances a win wasn’t out of the question. Despite not playing well and its star point guard hobbling on a bad ankle, the Dolphins were down just four points midway through the third quarter. Comment.
High School Sports

‘Roos rue loss, still feel great about special season

After storming back multiple times in the second half, Boys & Girls got all it could ask for – a chance to tie with a good look at the end. Comment.
High School Sports

Slow start, size differential too much for Bedford to overcome in Federation debut

Brent Jones was the equivalent of a bicycle in front of a runaway truck. Comment.
24/7

Mean streets on display at BAM

For those whose school bus was the subway, and sprinklers were fire hydrants, the Brooklyn Academy of Music has a photo exhibit is for you. Comment.
24/7

Our exclusive mus-o-meter registers The Library is on Fire

The Library is on Fire has been characterized as 1990s rock revival. It’s easy to see why, as the trio’s echoes of the alternative rock scene are reminiscent of the bands Steve Five would have listened to growing up in Kent, Ohio. But to really get a sense of what it’s all about, the band can only be described through the musical-mathematical science that goes into our exclusive Mus-o-meter. Comment.
24/7

Library is on Fire is heating things up in Williamsburg

All things considered, you’d think Steve Five would stay in Ohio. Comment.
BoroBeat

Career day at PS 209

What shall I be when I grow up? Comment.
BoroBeat

Easter fun for IS14 students

Under the supervision of special education teacher Lori Cordasco and Heather McCormick, head of the school’s Law Academy, the Good Samaritans trekked from their school on Batchelder Street, between Brown and Coyle streets, to the shelter on Emmons Avenue off Coyle Street, where they jumpstarted the cheer with an egg-citing afternoon of frolics; among them, a festive ferret for oval beauties filled with treats provided with donations from the school community. Comment.
24/7

Turn that garbage into something special

Instead of dumping her broken microwave on the sidewalk, self-professed Williamsburg “design junkie” Tiffany Threadgould turned it on its side, stuck in a shelf and transformed it into a hot new CD player — thus beginning her quest to “recycle the whole world.” Comment.
24/7

Air apparent! It takes more than hot licks to win the air guitar championships

Sure, it takes talent to wail on an axe in front of a blood-thirsty crowd — but it takes some serious finesse to put on a show with nothing but the music at your back and the wind between your fingertips. Comment.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Borough-wide

Heyer: No to gay marriage — or gay bashing!

Heyer: No gay marriage — and no gay bashing, either! Comment.
Borough-wide

Eighteen — again? W’burg matzoh bakers keep churning them out, every 18 minutes

Matzoh, the holiest unleavened bread this side of the Red Sea, is the latest must-have accessory in Williamsburg. Comment.
Borough-wide

Keep un-trucking! Bedford merchants resent food carts

With the economy in a downtown, Bedford Avenue’s restaurants are scapegoating nearby food trucks for threatening their bottom line in the neighborhood’s viciously competitive restaurant row. Comment.
Borough-wide

An anti-tax advocate says ‘No’

Brooklyn residents — and all New Yorkers — already pay a state sales tax for their favorite beverages. This new proposal place an additional tax on sugared beverages including certain juice drinks, sports drinks, teas and sodas. Comment.
Williamsburg

Warehouse 11 is out of bankruptcy

It’s settled! Comment.
Borough-wide

Green day in Park Slope, thanks to the Irish

Sláinte! Comment.
Borough-wide

Dirty Lowe’s down! Toxin hunters go to work near hardware giant

What’s below the Lowe’s? Comment.
Borough-wide

Storm provides cover for marauders

It was the perfect storm for crime. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fidler “Desperate” to fix Cablevision

Nothing is going to come between City Councilmember Lew Fidler and “Desperate Housewives” — especially Cablevision. Comment.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg squawks — over Williamsburg Walks plan

Williamsburg Walks could be getting a lot shorter. Comment.
Borough-wide

Smoke on the water! Port Authority resists effort to clean piers

A port operator has reaffirmed its commitment to a green-friendly initiative along Red Hook’s waterfront — even as its landlord is not moving full steam ahead. Comment.
Borough-wide

Steriod doc pleads guilty

A physician who worked with a Bay Ridge pharmacist to provide illegal steroids to borough juicers squeezed out a plea arrangement from prosecutors on Friday. Comment.
Features

Health care questions for the common man

President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were jubilant that their historic health bill had passed. Then before the ink dried attorneys general from 13 states filed suit to stop the initiative, declaringthe lawunconstitional. Comment.
Borough-wide

More Tish-grace! Councilwoman hires big-time personal injury lawyer in bump-and-scratch

Councilwoman Letitia James is vigorously pursuing her personal injury lawsuit, despite widespread ridicule over her contention that she suffered “permanant” injuries after bumping into the legal trailer hitch on his parked van. Comment.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Brooklyn Courier

Fast kids raise big bucks for Haiti

Our beloved Armory hosted a fundraiser for Haitian earthquake victims on March 18, welcoming the big-hearted “Mighty Milers” from PS 269 in Flatbush, which raised $5,600 for the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund. Comment.
Flatbush

Man shot on East 21st

Gunshots over E. 21 St. Comment.
Canarsie

Van-gunner sent to slammer

Van shooter busted Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

It’s strictly ballroom at One Front Street

You can dance if they want to — and now you can do it legally in DUMBO. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pawn shops searched for stolen material

Cops weren’t looking for old Gibson guitars when they started hitting Brooklyn pawn shops this week, but they did make a few merchants sing the blues. Comment.
Borough-wide

Trash tickets in Marine Park

To ticket or not to ticket, that is the question. Comment.
Kings Courier

Cops quick to nab murderer in Midwood

A 19-year-old man gunned down a Midwood man on Avenue J and East 12th Street early Tuesday morning only to turn around and get apprehended by two police officers. Comment.
Flatbush

Gardeners’ last stand: wall of flowers symbolically rises against threat of razing

Hands caked with dirt, Madeline Nelson stood up, clutching some purple tulip plants. Behind her, a team of gardeners dug. Comment.
Flatbush

After storm headache: The lazy tree that wouldn’t leave

If you think you had it bad in the storm, you haven’t met Nicole Francis. Comment.
Flatbush

Close eye on deadly East Flatbush Intersection

In the early-morning hours of March 7, when two vehicles collided at the intersection of Avenue D and Utica Avenue in East Flatbush, it marked another strike at an intersection that many residents have come to fear. Comment.
Flatbush

Cops confiscate $38,000

Talk about laundering your money! Comment.
Canarsie

Federalization comes to Bay View

The city’s projects just got $400 million richer. Comment.
Borough-wide

No parole for suspected murderer

No parole for Mele Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Don’t run red lights

76th Precinct Comment.
Borough-wide

Vagrant-proof fence gets mended

All’s secure at the 65th Street railyard. Comment.
Borough-wide

But which matzoh is best?

Shmura matzohs may look the same but they don’t taste the same. Each major Hasidic sect in Williamsburg has its own matzoh bakery and each bakery zealously guards its methods and its recipe. But which factory produces the tastiest shmura (if those words aren’t themselves a contradiction in terms)? We put our stomachs (and bowels) on the line for our first-ever Shmura Matzoh Smackdown. Comment.
Borough-wide

The Health Commissioner says, “Yes”!

Sixty percent of New York adults and one third of children are overweight or obese. We eat 300 calories more a day now than we did 30 years ago, with most extra calories coming from sugar-sweetened sodas, energy or fruit-flavored drinks. As a physician, I’ve had to tell more patients that they have diabetes. As a scoutmaster, I’ve watched a kid chug a sports drink so full of sugar that he’d have to hike an hour a day to burn off the calories. Those “big gulps” may be cheap, but they are also loaded with sugar and calories. Comment.
Borough-wide

They’re on the road — for afforable housing

Three gutsy gals will spend two months riding their Giant Defy bikes from Providence, Rhode Island, to San Francisco to bring attention to what they say is the need for additional affordable housing apartments in Brooklyn’s low-income neighborhoods. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tunnel rat nabbed with stolen scratch-offs

Talk about a tunnel rat! Comment.
Borough-wide

Heyer: No to gay marriage — or gay bashing!

Here’s a crazy little tidbit that fell through the cracks during Monday night’s rally decrying the March 2 gay bashing on Luquer Street. Comment.
Bay News

Pistol pack-away: Gun hidden following shooting

Gun running Comment.
Borough-wide

Dog off it!

Brooklyn Bridge Park is the greatest open space since Prospect Park was built in the Civil War era — but for dogs, it’s nothing special. Comment.
Features

Ditch the “tish-for-tat,” Letitia

Whatever happened to building “a society that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected?” Comment.
Borough-wide

Shooting for the moon

Coney Island residents hoping to find work at the new Luna Park can start their search on Mermaid Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Debating Fidler’s finances

Fider’s finances Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Cheesy’ start to new charter revision commission

Let them eat cheesecake! Comment.
BoroBeat

100 candles! Happy Birthday, Ms. Love!

Will you still be snuffing out candles on your birthday cake when you’re 100? Comment.

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