Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012

Bay Ridge

No day at the spa: Gunman holds up nail salon, cops say

The theft leads this week’s 68th Precinct police blotter. Comment.
Bay Ridge

Sammy gets a Vendy! Controversial gyro seller is a halal hero, cart advocates say

The Middle Eastern Halal Cart manager who fought to stay on Fifth Avenue will receive a “Most Heroic Vendor” award from the Street Vendor Project this September. Comments (2).

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

Coney Island

Books uncovered: Burlesque dancers take on classic stories, take off clothes

From the Bible to the Torah, from Dr. Seuss to the Brothers Grimm, if you can print it, they can strip to it. Comment.
Borough-wide

Colton to Bloomberg: Smash the digital divide!

If a park-goer in hoity-toity Brownstone Brooklyn can surf the net while sitting in a public park, then a Southern Brooklynite should too, Assemblyman Bill Colton says. Comment.
Flatbush

Police: Man busted for stealing razor blades

Get ready for your weekly run down of crimes from the 70th Precinct. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

Books

Brooklyn gets its own batch of superheroes

And yes, one of them is named the Hypst’r. Comment.
Coney Island

Aphrodite’s jones: Performance art goddess brings love to Coney

Aphrodite wants to ask you about love. Comment.
Marine Park

Attacker beats woman for designer duds, say police

Plus a host of other crimes from Marine Park’s 63rd Precinct. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012

The Newsstand

Brooklyn Weekly is now online

Courier Life is proud to present the latest print edition of Brooklyn Weekly, which can be found each Sunday in the New York Post. Comment.
Letters

‘Gov. Cuomo is Wimpy’

Our letter writers have plenty of opinions. One of them thinks Gov. Cuomo acts like a comic-strip character — and it isn’t Superman. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012

Big Screecher

Tornado down! Tornado down!

This week, Carmine has a tough time getting to a rally against a hated waste transfer station. Comment.
Coney Island

We’re going to need bigger sharks: Coney aquarium to build massive ‘Ocean Wonders’ exhibit

Shark Week is coming to Brooklyn — and it’s going to last all year long. Comments (2).

Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

Brighton Beach

Brooklyn arm-wrestling couple’s love is still strong — really strong!

Brooklyn’s favorite power couple is back — and they’re getting pumped for a show of arms on Aug. 26. Comment.
Coney Island

Clones defeated again

Cyclones reliever Matthew Koch squandered a hard-fought one-run lead after a tight five-inning pitching duel, letting the Tri-City ValleyCats defeat Brooklyn’s boys of summer for the second game in a row. Comment.
Weekend Watch

Subway shakeup! Eight train lines to change this weekend

It’s going to be a challenging weekend on the rails. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Doggone it! His Wagnificence deserves to be saluted on National Dog Day — and every day

Faithful Fido has loved, nurtured, and saved us throughout the ages — and National Dog Day is a time to celebrate this amazing creature. Comment.
Gavel to Gavel

DA: ‘Mom killer’ could face life in prison

The charge leads this week’s Gavel to Gavel. Comment.
Bensonhurst

Cops: Gunman threatens man for iPhone

Get ready for your weekly run down of crimes from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012

Marine Park

Over-budget Marine Park Field House will pay for itself — in 300 years!

The Carmine Carro Field House is currently $11.5 million over budget, meaning that even with its high-tech geothermal heating and cooling system, it won’t save the city a dime until 2316, give or take a few months. Comments (8).
Borough-wide

Brooklyn wins multiple Olympic medals — for different countries!

Brooklyn is the world. Comment.
Midwood

Cops: Grenade report leads to not-so-explosive discovery

Someone found a grenade sitting by a tree in Midwood, but what happened next can only be seen in our slideshow. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dollar van drivers: We want street hail permits

Dollar van drivers who zip up and down Flatbush Avenue between Downtown and Mill Basin say they want to horn in on the city’s controversial plan to give livery cabs the right to accept street hails — but claim that the Taxi and Limousine Commission is thwarting their attempts to legitimize their illegal, yet accepted, practice of occassionally picking up customers who flag them down at bus stops. Comments (7).
Flatlands

Smoke eaters dine on Flatlands blaze

The fire was sparked by someone setting fire to a mattress, FDNY sources say. Comment.
Coney Island

ValleyCats scratch Clones

The NY–Penn League-leading Tri-City ValleyCats shredded the Cyclones pitching staff and snuffed out a seventh inning rally to take the season’s first match up between the squads. Comment.
Sheepshead Bay

Cops: Brute beats man with golf club

Get ready for your weekly run-down of crimes from the 61st Precinct. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012

Bay Ridge

Ridge residents: Xaverian High School is taking our parking spots

Bay Ridge residents are lashing out against Xaverian High School for taking away several precious parking spots near 71st Street and Shore Road to put in a loading zone for school buses, but the Catholic high school’s president said the street changes came from a higher power — the city of New York. Comments (2).
Bay Ridge

Neighbors: Derelict 83rd Street home has got to go

Bay Ridge residents living next to a derelict 83rd Street property are demanding the city help them end a five-year invasion of vermin and ne’er-do-well teens — and to prevent what they fear could become another Ovington Avenue-style collapse. Comment.
Sheepshead Bay

Dog rescuer: ‘Hoarder home’ Shelties will soon be up for adoption

Five months after Animal Care and Control sprung them from a darkened, garbage-filled, flea-infested home, 23 Shetland sheepdogs are now free to be adopted by loving families, animal rescuers say. Comments (2).
Sheepshead Bay

The votes are in! Southern Brooklyn wants a Chick-fil-A

It was a close vote, but Brooklyn Daily readers say they would like to see a Chick-fil-A open in Southern Brooklyn. Comments (8).
Greenpoint

Kickstarter is leaving Manhattan for Greenpoint

The internet fund-raising darling Kickstarter will leave Manhattan for new offices in an old pencil factory in Greenpoint — marking the biggest coup for North Brooklyn’s burgeoning tech community so far. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Mayor Mike is wary of Trojans bearing gifts

This week, our national affairs columnist sticks it to Mayor Bloomberg for taking away a vibrator giveaway. Comment.
Coney Island

Woman attacked over Facebook message, police say

Get ready for your weekly run-down of crimes from the 60th Precinct. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Sheepshead Bay

Holocaust Memorial Park should be wired up with cameras, residents say

Civic leaders outraged over the anti-Semitic graffiti left in Holocaust Memorial Park say they want to wire up the memorial with 24-hour surveillance cameras to keep an eye on people going in and out of the sanctuary dedicated to Nazi concentration camp victims. Comments (1).
Ditmas Park

Ditmas Park dominates ‘greenest’ block competition

The leafy neighborhood got some long overdue recognition from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden when it took home two of the Garden’s six “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” awards. Comment.
Greenwood Heights

Crypt sweepers! French folks come to Brooklyn to clean wine merchant’s grave

Talk about French cleaners! Comment.
Flatbush

State Sen. John Sampson takes a spill during Family Day celebration

Residents came out in droves to celebrate Family Day on Aug. 11, enjoying games, food, and a few surprises in Paerdegat Park. State Sen. John Sampson’s tumble while racing Assemblyman Nick Perry was a surprise bonus, celebrants said. Comment.
Marine Park

Surprise party for new recruit

Family and friends of Jonathan DeMarco held a surprise going-away party for a Marine Park 19-year-old who signed up to be a soldier. Check out our slideshow for all the heartwarming, patriotic tributes. Comments (5).
Coney Island

Two Clones relievers haven’t given up a run — all season!

Two Cyclones relievers are hurling their way toward history after reaching the NY-Penn League all star break without giving up a single run. Comment.
Sheepshead Bay

Akselrod: Mosque will draw radical elements to Sheepshead Bay

Assembly hopeful Ben Akselrod is railing against the construction of the Sheepshead Bay mosque — a hopeless battle political insiders say the former Community Board 15 district manager has no chance of turning around, but will help him pander to Southern Brooklyn conservatives looking to get rid of the Muslim house of worship. Comments (12).

Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

Bay Ridge

Residents: Third Avenue sinkhole really stinks!

Bay Ridgites who live near the sinkhole at the corner of Third Avenue and 92nd Street claim they are constantly gagging on dust and noxious sewer gas. Comment.
Theater

Drink like a rhino

This must be what college was like for theater kids. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan runs into himself at the dentist office

This week, Stan meets his match — in name only. Comments (1).
Coney Island

Clones sweep Lake Monsters

The Cyclones are one game away from the division lead after battering the hapless Vermont Lake Monsters in a three-game home sweep. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012

Link

Report: Mill Basin detective shot in New Jersey

Police sources claim that an off-duty detective assigned to the 63rd Precinct was shot in the shoulder by his girlfriend’s estranged husband on Friday night. Our pals at the New York Post have the story Comment.
Coney Island

Clones victorious over Vermont

Brooklyn star Brandon Nimmo is back — and so is his bat. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012

Link

Dog rescuer: Sheepdogs freed from Sheepshead Bay ‘hoarder home’ are up for adoption

More than 20 Shetland sheepdogs taken from an accused canine hoarder are looking for new homes. The Daily News has the story. Comment.
Coney Island

Nearly perfect win for Clones

Hansel Robles almost pitched a perfect game — and a trio of Vermont pitchers nearly combined for a no-hitter in what will be remembered as one of the greatest pitching duels ever to take place in short-season single A baseball. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 10, 2012

Kensington

Levi Aron: I smothered little Leiby with a towel

Accused Brooklyn butcher Levi Aron confessed on Thursday to kidnapping, killing, and then dismembering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky as he entered a guilty plea guaranteeing that he spends the next four decades in prison. Comment.
Borough-wide

Barclays goes for Olympic gold

They’ve already earned a spot on a Wheaties box, but now a team of Olympians are going to face their toughest judges yet — the crowd at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Arena. Comment.

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