Brooklyn Courier

Monday, May 19, 2008

Williamsburg

‘Chin strap’ fiasco costs Lincoln

A disagreement in softball is nothing new, whether it be an argument about a safe call at first base or an out call at home plate. But it is rare when a disagreement is over a chin strap. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wrestling stars to grapple here

The superstars from East Coast Professional Wrestling are invading St. Patrick’s Church, 9511 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, May 17. Comment.
Williamsburg

Whole lotta rhythm here - Aviator hosts 2-day Rhythmic Gymnastics event

Ethereal ribbon dances were among the eye-popping performances when Aviator Sports & Recreation presented the Rhythmic Gymnastics Qualifying Championships during a two-day spectacle that featured “the best rhythmic athletes in the country.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Track & Field Carnival

The Second Annual Red Hook Track and Field Carnival and Road Race will be held on May 16, 17, and 18. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pitching keeps Falcons flying

Mike Hanrahan, in his first year as varsity baseball coach at Bishop Ford High School, at times has been impressed with his team’s performance, especially with their pitching, which has certainly carried the Falcons, a member of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. The Falcons entered the week playing .500 ball at press time. Comment.
Williamsburg

King Bees of ‘A’ west division - Telecommunications Yellow Jackets at the top of the heap

With the playoffs right around the corner, baseball in Brooklyn is heating up as teams vie for coveted playoff spots. But there is only one team that has been able to clinch their division title and that is the Telecommunications Yellow Jackets (13-1). On May 5, the Yellow Jackets, with an 11-0 shutout win over New Utrecht, were able to wrap up their third title in four years. But the title only proves that they are the king bees of the “A” West division as they are a perfect 8-0 against divisional opponents. All stats are as of press time. Comment.
Williamsburg

Getting it done on the court and on the field - Xaverian hurler impresses many

Pitching, defense, a tight infield and versatility have been the key ingredients for the success of the varsity baseball team at Xaverian High School. In addition, as Varsity Head Coach Dennis Canale puts it, the success is based on the camaraderie of the team. Comment.
Williamsburg

CNG hails outstanding athletes - Chain hails All-City players

Holy Cross’s Sylven Landesberg and Murry Bergtraum’s Krystal Parnell were honored as high school basketball players of the year by Community Newspaper Group, which publishes this paper. Paul Gilvary of Holy Cross and Ed Grezinsky of Bergtraum were also honored as high school basketball coaches of the year. Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s time to ‘Eat, drink and be hopeful’

Under the evening sky with the Brooklyn Bridge overhead, restaurants throughout Brooklyn will come together at 6 p.m. (VIP admission)/7 p.m. (Premium & General admissions), May 20 at the Tobacco Warehouse for the American Cancer Society’s Second Annual Eat, Drink & Be Hopeful fundraiser. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ham it up BK...the Burger Battle of the Borough is here

What is the best burger in New York City? It is a question that produces nearly as many answers as there are burger-eaters. But on May 20, it will be answered once and for all. Comment.
Williamsburg

Chew on this: Brooklyn restaurant tastier than ever

The tip of Brooklyn’s culinary iceberg was splendidly on display at the borough’s annual foodie pig-out, Brooklyn Eats. Comment.
Williamsburg

Unreported hate crimes

It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Street crime on the decline, cops say - 63rd Pct. records 2.5 drop

A quarter of the way into 2008, the streets of the 63rd Precinct are slightly safer than they were at this point in 2007, cops announced at this month's Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment.
Williamsburg

Snatcher apprehended

A wild morning purse-snatching ended in a quick arrest last week. The suspect snatched a pocketbook in the vicinity of East 2nd Street and Avenue T, and fled, running behind an East 2nd Street address. The suspect allegedly kicked in the door of the home, seeking a quick hideaway—to no avail. Cops from the 61st Precinct, seen here, rushed to the scene, and arrested the suspect without incident. Comment.
Williamsburg

Police hunt burglary brute - Reward being offered for capture of senior citizen’s attacker

A $2,000 reward has been offered for the capture of a brutal burglar who clubbed a 69-year-old woman inside her Dyker Heights home last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cyclist struck on Ocean Pkwy - Livery cab collides with 73-year-old

A Midwood senior was left clinging to life after his bike was struck by a livery car at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Avenue R, officials said Tuesday. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Real World’ coming to a nabe near you - MTV reality show about seven strangers living together to come to BK this summer

MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Pier’ to ‘pier’ - Ferry service to make return

As part of its recently announced initiative to subsidize and expand the city’s water transportation network, the city has agreed to build a $1.25 million ferry dock at Schaeffer Landing. Comment.
Williamsburg

Walk against fire cuts - Lives could be saved with more funding: marchers

Feeling burned by the city’s refusal to re-open what they call two pivotal neighborhood firehouses, a group of concerned citizens toured all of the sites that could have been saved if the shuttered engine companies were still in operation. Comment.
Williamsburg

Public service honor for BK educator - Verone Kennedy receives The Fund for the City of NY’s Sloan Public Service award

It is not only an award and a prize. It is a challenge. Comment.
Williamsburg

Note-passing robber sought

He’s written so many notes, his hand must be cramping. Comment.
Williamsburg

Locals celebrate their Bike festish

Bicycle enthusiasts from around the city came together last Saturday for the fourth annual Bike Fetish Day, the street fair for bikes hosted by the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Landmark honors - Historic sites recognized in ceremony

Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment.
Williamsburg

Harsher penalties - State ups sentence for acts against elderly

Senior citizens aren’t easy targets anymore. Comment.
Williamsburg

FiOS coming to BK

Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment.
Williamsburg

Connecting through the arts in NYC - Williamsburg artist Noah Jemisin receives honor from public school program

A Williamsburg artist is lending his expertise to public school students. Comment.
Williamsburg

BURG ‘n’ POINT - Brooklyn galleries send their love - New openings at Williamsburg showrooms Parker’s Box, Ch’i Gallery and Cinders

They say that when it rains, it pours. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes it rains just enough to disillusion you without going overboard and completely ruining your day. Like this Friday, when Williamsburg was hit with a rather blasé rainstorm that ended up being more of a nuisance than anything else. Good thing there were multiple art openings that night! Can you feel my enthusiasm? Comment.
Williamsburg

Bklyn responds to Myanmar disaster - Brooklyn’s Burmese community feels helpless after cyclone strikes their homeland

Kyaw Htet’s eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bklyn native makes it big in business - Philanthropist and former Dell executive Mort Topfer remembers his local roots

Philanthropist Mort Topfer has never forgotten his roots. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bklyn Designs shows off the goods - Three-day design show draws more than 70 local craftsmiths to DUMBO

More than 70 cutting-edge artisans delivered the lowdown on scope, precision and style during “Brooklyn Designs” a three-day design showcase in DUMBO, featuring the artistry of talented local craftsmiths of furniture, lighting, linens, rugs, and accessories. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bklyn Bridge birthday celebration - City to mark 125th year of iconic bridge with five days of cultural events

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Williamsburg

BCUE marks new home

A 30-year facility, “dedicated to educating individuals about the built and natural environments of New York City,” reaped the fruits of its labors when it celebrated the grand opening of its new “green” headquarters in Gowanus. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bargemusic founder honored

Olga Bloom was 57-years-old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. Comment.
Williamsburg

Assistance in the home - Rep. unveils new health care iniative for senior tenants

Rep. Nydia Velazquez unveiled new legislation this week to help the growing number of senior and disabled tenants in public housing access home health care services. Comment.
Williamsburg

A sign for peace on the Gowanus - Billboard spreads anti-war message

A new billboard urging the U.S. to get out of Iraq and avoid another war with Iran greeted drivers on the Gowanus Expressway this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Area choir to sing on prestigious stage - Students at PS 250 to perform at Carnegie Hall on May 21 as part of LinkUP!

For one talented group of young Brooklyn singers, the road to Carnegie Hall passes over the Williamsburg Bridge. Comment.
Williamsburg

A greener Brooklyn in your future - Council approves zoning regulations to mandate green space in front yards

While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment.
Williamsburg

A car-free Bedford soon to be a reality

Plans are in the works to close a stretch of Bedford Avenue to traffic during four Saturdays this summer, allowing the vibrant street to function as an outdoor plaza. Comment.
Letters

Rockin’ for our Troops

On behalf of The USO of Metropolitan, NY, the US Marines Children Scholarship Fund, & Operation Gratitude, I would like to thank all of you who came and supported our recent ‘Rockin’ for Our Troops’ event. Comment.
Letters

Here’s to you, coach

The secret is out, Coach Ralph Marotta is a very special community leader in Brooklyn and as our enabler, he guides us to success in our many chosen fields of endeavor. Comment.
Letters

Good people in action

On May 1, at about 7:15 p.m., my parents and I were traveling down Bay Parkway when a minor car accident took place in the lane beside us between 85th Street and 86th Street. Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Where were you 1973?

Lately the only thing you hear on the news, besides our politicians’ lack of morals, is the soaring price of gasoline. Recently while waiting on line at the pump to fill up my car my mind drove back to those heady days of being a new driver and facing the Fuel Embargo of 1973. Comment.
Williamsburg

GUEST OP-ED - Keeping the promise to fight education cuts

As a former school teacher I know the importance of having proper funding to plan teaching strategies to educate the kids. That’s why I’ve been such a strong advocate for fair and equal education funding. I’m proud to announce that my Assembly colleagues and I were successful in keeping our promise to oppose the budget cuts that the State and the city were trying to impose in this year’s budget. Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - Why should we care about gay Muslims?

If Islam reviles homosexuality and ignores lesbianism, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Americans last fall, “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” then there’s more chance of a pig praying five times a day than of mainstream believers heeding a crusade by gay Muslims to “negotiate a new relationship” with their unyielding faith. Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER - Brooklyn bagel delights

This week we’re going to take care of your appetite. We at the Consumer Corner know that you need a lot of fuel to power you through those shopping excursions, so here’s a place you might want to stop in for some tasty nourishment. Comment.
Williamsburg

Souped up ‘Speed’ gets stuck in gear

Speed Racer” is an overlong Technicolor marvel with the body of a Ferrari and the engine of an Edsel. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shell head socks it to ‘em at the movies

Wittier than Spider-Man, cooler than Batman, Robert Downey Jr.’s invincible Iron Man has got more one-liners than Toby Maguire and more high-tech toys than Christian Bale, Val Kilmer and George Clooney combined. Comment.
Williamsburg

Polish shorts with ‘Cinergy’

The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) brings a selection of short Polish films to Greenpoint in Brooklyn, May 14 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This free event takes place at Studio B, 259 Banker Street near Meserole Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Retumba’ hits KCC campus

The final performance on the free Sundays at Kingsborough series takes place May 18 at 3 p.m. and features “Retumba!” Comment.
Williamsburg

Waterfront Museum is packed with entertainment

New things are happening at the Waterfront Museum, docked across the street from the Fairway Market in Red Hook. Expect a full lineup of entertainment, educational programs and expanded open hours for the spring. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tastes of Bklyn

Extending from the southern point of Staten Island to the northern point of the Bronx, the five boroughs of New York City offer a wealth of restaurants and cuisines that pay homage to the boroughs’ diverse communities and people. Comment.
Williamsburg

Slope house tour

The 49th Annual Park Slope Civic Council House Tour takes place May 18 from 12-5 p.m. starting from The Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Place between Seventh & Eighth avenues. Comment.
Williamsburg

Samurai, superhero

The Brooklyn Museum presents the Japanese Film series, “From Samurai to Superhero” in May and June. Watch cinematic visions of Japan, including films that influenced Takashi Murakami and classics that depict both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Discussions follow select films. Comment.
Williamsburg

Knock-out finale

The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra will be joining forces with the Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn for the last concert of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra’s 35th season. Comment.
Williamsburg

High-flying kite festival coming

The Annual Williamsburg Kite Festival returns for its fourth year May 17 from 12-5 p.m. at McCarren Park, Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street (the rain date is June 8). Comment.
Williamsburg

Get out there...the BCUE urban tours are here

The Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE) presents its “Spring 2008 Urban Tours,” which includes exciting events throughout May and June. Comment.
Williamsburg

Franklin up close

Ryan Repertory Company presents “Ben – A Very Personal Account of Benjamin Franklin” by Bernard Myers, edited by June Clark and Barbara Parisi; Parisi also directs. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dancing with the traveling bone

“And Possibility,”a traveling dance about traveling choreographed by Abigail Levine, will be performed May 18, June 1 and 8. The show superimposes the color-rich images and fantasies of tourism onto the backdrops of our city’s neighborhoods. Comment.
Williamsburg

BRICstudio 2008 spring season

BRIC Arts and Media continues its BRICstudio 2008 spring season of performances, running to June 4. Comment.
Williamsburg

BCAP presents ‘¡Sofrito!’

The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College closes its 2007-08 Season with ¡Sofrito!, a FamilyFum series event, performed by master storyteller David Gonzalez with Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band, May 18 at 2 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Always ‘Beware of a Holy Whore’

Rainer Fassbinder's film “Beware of a Holy Whore” comes to life this weekend when an all-new staged theatrical adaption of the 1971 film by the filmmaker premieres on stage at Chelsea's Visual Arts Theater in Manhattan. Comment.
Williamsburg

World drumming

The Young Fish School of World Drumming will continue Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music’s “Music for Families” series at Brooklyn Conservatory concert hall, May 18 at 3 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

The LOX Lounge moves to Reggae rhythms

Revival Reggae Sundays, weekly dance parties paying tribute to some of the reggae industry’s biggest artists, continue this month at the LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

The delightful sounds of the African diaspora

Pre-school and young school-age children and their caregivers are invited to the Audubon Center in Prospect Park for a free event, May 18, 2-4 p.m. Musicians and storytellers Hasan Bakr and Kevin Nathaniel will introduce the children to the sounds of Africa and the African Diaspora through the story of a young musician, a magician, and how they save their village from the evil giant Abiyoyo. Instruments include the djembe, mbira, bongo, and shekere. Comment.
Williamsburg

Sons & Heirs sends birthday wishes to iconic Morrissey

Smiths fans, mark your calendars. Comment.
Williamsburg

Music in the air

Brooklyn-based, all-female Bella Voce Singers and Artistic Director Jessica Corbin present “I Hear Music in the Air” at St. Saviour’s Church, 611 Eighth Avenue in Park Slope, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Comment.
Williamsburg

Inside the world of Noel Coward

Noël Coward, a true renaissance man, is one of the major writers of the 20th century. He is remembered for his witty, sophisticated plays, but his total body of work is much more. Comment.
Williamsburg

Company XIV ‘messes’ with Helen and her many lovers

The tale of Helen of Troy and her lovers has been told plenty of times – but never like this. Comment.
Williamsburg

Clare and the Reasons and Osso String Quartet

After performances from such local, diverse talent as Shayna Steele and her eight-piece R&B band, the Alan Ferber Nonet and string ensemble Fire in July, the Ditmas Park concert series at arts magnet P.S. 217 starts to wind down with indie rock band Clare and the Reasons and the Osso String Quartet. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Leaf & Circle’ at the Prospect Park Audubon Center

Leaf & Circle, an innovative exhibit by artist Jessica Baker at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, now to May 26. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Constants and Variables’

Two new shows are opening at Safe-T-Gallery May 15: Judith Nilson’s “Five Paintings” and Anders Goldfarb’s “Constants and Variables.” Comment.
Williamsburg

31st DanceAfrica Festival aims for rejuvenation & enlightenment

BAM’s longest running performance series — and one of America’s largest and most vibrant celebrations of African and African American dance, music, and culture — continues with the 31st DanceAfrica Festival. Created in 1977 to heighten awareness of African culture, the festival has evolved into a positive, high-spirited Memorial Day Weekend tradition that brings together the entire community. Comment.
Williamsburg

She just loves sharing the spotlight with kids and puppies

By day, Jane Lovascio is a medical sales representative, but by night, the Brooklyn native is a children’s book author. Comment.
Williamsburg

Popping: The Rebirth of Fresh

Tanekeya Word will share her bold analysis of fashion, art and feminism with the vibrant, fast-paced exhibit “Popping: The Rebirth of Fresh” at The Gallery at Harriet’s Alter Ego, 293 Flatbush Avenue between St. Marks and Prospect places in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bindman’s room full of sax

Spoke the Hub presents tenor saxophonist and composer David Bindman and his ensemble in the world premiere of “Tales of a Time Traveler,” to the performed at 7:30 p.m., May 18 at Spoke the Hub, 295 Douglass Street (between Third and Fourth avenues) on the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Audition for the ballet

The School of American Ballet (SAB), the country’s preeminent ballet academy, will hold special free auditions for boys and girls ages six to 10 for the 2008-09 Winter Term, May 17, 5:30 p.m. at PS 170, 7109 Sixth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Children must be at least six-years-old by September 1 in order to audition. Comment.
Williamsburg

Madison, Lincoln in the driver’s seat

As the regular season winds down in the PSAL Brooklyn softball circuit, playoff spots have yet to be finalized. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Suite’ way to watch basketball - New Barclays Center Showroom opens its doors

Both fans and sponsors are lining up to become involved in the as yet-to-be-built Barclays Center Arena, future home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets basketball franchises. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Artful’ principal wins the day - P.S. 24’s Christina Fuentes wins Janklow Award

A Park Slope resident is keeping arts education alive. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Wrong way Recchia

congestion tax, Councilmember Domenic Recchia said he was elected to lead. Apparently, he forgets who he is leading. When he voted with the mayor to raise our property taxes by 18.5 percent, he said he was doing it for his constituents. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Way to go, coach!

The secret is out, Coach Ralph Marotta is a very special community leader in Brooklyn and as our enabler, he guides us to success in our many chosen fields of endeavor. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Stroke awareness

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year about 700,000 Americans suffer from a new or recurrent stroke. Comment.
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Spring arts fest

Public School 295 will host its “Feria De Arte de Primavera” (Spring Arts Festival) for kids of all ages from 1-5 p.m., May 17. Comment.
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Special show for BK Music School Playhouse

As part of a “Performathon” to benefit the 96-year-old Brooklyn Music School Playhouse, the BMS Music and Dance departments will come together for a performance at 6 p.m., May 17. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Showdown on the Gowanus - Wrangling over future development to intensify

Officials last week gathered along the banks of the Gowanus Canal, anticipating the significant changes in store for this once gritty neighborhood abutting the long polluted waterway. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Robber packs pen - Cops hunt for note-passing bank bandit

He’s written so many notes, his hand must be cramping. Comment.
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Ribbon is cut on new BCUE headquarters

A 30-year facility, “dedicated to educating individuals about the built and natural environments of New York City,” reaped the fruits of its labors when it celebrated the grand opening of its new “green” headquarters in Gowanus. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Proud of you all

On May 1, at about 7:15 p.m., my parents and I were traveling down Bay Parkway when a minor car accident took place in the lane beside us between 85th Street and 86th Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Prospect Park alliance uses its head

Bonnets, straw boaters and sunhats topped the crop – vying for attention with other eye-pleasing headwear – when the Prospect Park Alliance held a benefit hat party by the waterfront. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Parkers’ delight in the Slope - New street cleaning regulations finally give motorists a break

The French might have Bastille Day, the Americans Independence Day, and the Canadians, the aptly named Canada Day. Comment.
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MTV gets ‘Real’ with Brooklyn - Area house to host show

MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment.
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Minerva keeps eye on Liberty

Neighborhoods may keep them apart, but the frozen gaze between Lady Liberty and Minerva remains intact—for now. Comment.
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Living large - surrounded in Brooklyn style

More than 70 cutting-edge artisans delivered the lowdown on scope, precision and style during “Brooklyn Designs” a three-day design showcase in DUMBO, featuring the artistry of talented local craftsmiths of furniture, lighting, linens, rugs, and accessories. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Landmark day for Brooklyn buildings - Library, courthouse among sites slated with historic designation

Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

K-9 Good citizen test

If you’ve ever wondered if your dog is socially acceptable, there’s only one way to find out. Comment.
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It’s ‘Hammer time’ in Park Slope

Many people see situations and lament that “somebody should do something.” One person who is doing something to make New York City a better place is Craig Hammerman, an “extraordinary” volunteer who inspires, motivates and organizes citizens to solve problems, improve lives and build stronger communities. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s my Park Day in the Slope

Welcome spring and sunny weather with music, games and art in the playground, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during a family day to celebrate the basketball courts, squeaky swings, and slippery slides of Brooklyn’s Park Slope Playground, between Fifth & Sixth avenues and Lincoln & Berkeley places. Comment.
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Help clean up the park

Take ownership of your green spaces and join Prospect Park for a day of cleaning and greening one of New York’s most magnificent public recreation areas, May 17. Comment.
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Grab a complimentary facial

Come join the fun, May 18 from 1-6 p.m. at the Flawless Fifth Avenue Fair Fest at Flawless Beauty Apothecary in Park Slope, which will feature complimentary facials, product demonstrations, personalized skin consultations, free product giveaways, raffles, refreshments and more. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

FUREE to hold convention

Several hundred families and members of Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) will hold their annual convention to demand elected officials and candidates to respond to policies that affect low income families, May 17 from 1-3 p.m. at PS 67, 51 Edwards Street in Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fossella mum on political future

Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Five days to celebrate the Brooklyn Bridge

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

FiOS TV plugging into Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment.
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Eyes on the streets

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ESU public session

Empire State College of the State University of New York will hold public information sessions about its undergraduate degree programs at 6 p.m., May 12 and 3 p.m., May 22 at the college’s Brooklyn location, 20 New York Avenue, corner of Herkimer Street, third floor, in Williamsburg. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Court Street sizzles with spring delights

Merrymakers pounded the pavement during a community revel when the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation hosted a spring festival along Court Street. Comment.
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Councilmember Letitia James hit with $5K fine - Official socked after failing to provide documentation to CFB

City Councilmember Letitia James last week was slapped with a $5,000 fine thanks to her connections with an old crony of convicted former Democratic boss Clarence Norman. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Coop drops bottled H20

Members of The Park Slope Food Coop voted at the Coop’s general meeting to discontinue selling bottled water. The measure passed by an overwhelming margin. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK boy (really) makes good - Philanthropist Mort Topfer makes $1M gift to Gilda’s Club

Philanthropist Mort Topfer has never forgotten his roots. Comment.
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Billboard urges change in U.S. policy - BK activists try new strategy to help end war

A new billboard urging the U.S. to get out of Iraq and avoid another war with Iran greeted drivers on the Gowanus Expressway this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Beach clean-up

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2008. Comment.
Greenpoint

Sizing up spill - State to find scope of oil slick

The House of Representatives recently passed an amendment to a previous Environmental Protection Agency study on the Newtown Creek Oil Spill designed to produce a more definitive assessment of the largest coastal oil spill in United States history. Comment.
Greenpoint

Public service honors for Brooklyn’s Verone Kennedy

It is not only an award and a prize. It is a challenge. Comment.
Greenpoint

East River ferry service to resume

As part of its recently announced initiative to subsidize and expand the city’s water transportation network, the city has agreed to build a $1.25 million ferry dock at Schaeffer Landing. Comment.
Greenpoint

Cops seek note-passing bandit

He’s written so many notes, his hand must be cramping. Comment.
Greenpoint

City to mark Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th year

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Greenpoint

Call for food donations - Greenpoint church needs help in meeting rising demand

The Greenpoint Food Pantry needs your help. Comment.
Greenpoint

Brooklyn landmarks honored by city - Four borough buildings recently restored recognized by city Landmarks agency

Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK to host ‘Real World’ - Reality show headed to a neighborhood near you

MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment.
Greenpoint

A greener Brooklyn in your future - City Council passes zoning regulation mandating green space at the front of homes

While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Walking to save lives - Protesters advocate for more funding to keep firehouses open

Feeling burned by the city’s refusal to re-open what they call two pivotal neighborhood firehouses, a group of concerned citizens toured all of the sites that could have been saved if the shuttered engine companies were still in operation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Toll Brothers plan goes online

Toll Brothers’ Gowanus plan has gone virtual. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Toast the Brooklyn Bridge over 5 days in May

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
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The art of the working waterfront

With its long-term future in Red Hook recently assured, Brooklyn’s maritime community took a moment this week to recognize its rich past. Comment.
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Special salute to philanthropist and ‘Gilda’s Club’ friend

Philanthropist Mort Topfer has never forgotten his roots. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Reformed regulations are a parker’s delight

The French might have Bastille Day, the Americans Independence Day, and the Canadians, the aptly named Canada Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Minerva keeps her view

Neighborhoods may keep them apart, but the frozen gaze between Lady Liberty and Minerva remains intact—for now. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

James slapped with $5k fine - Questions arise over expenditures

City Councilmember Letitia James last week was slapped with a $5,000 fine thanks to her connections with an old crony of convicted former Democratic boss Clarence Norman. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s ‘anchors away’ in Red Hook - Plan also calls for ferry service at locations throughout Brooklyn, city

Ferry service might return to Red Hook, an area underserved by mass transportation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Greener blocks...over time - City Council backs new Yards requirements

While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fossella keeps mum on his next move - Pressure mounts on disgraced congressman to resign from office

Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

FiOS TV is plugging into the borough

Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Burma cyclone tragedy hits home in Brooklyn

Kyaw Htet's eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A landmark day for four buildings - Library, courthouse among Brooklyn sites to win historic designation

Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Wide Street’ compromise - Resident calls for alternative to zoning text amendment

Carroll Gardens residents interested to safeguarding their traditional low-rise community from overdevelopment view passage of a zoning text amendment affecting six blocks in the neighborhood as the first step in realizing the downzoning they’ve always wanted. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Force-fed’ charter school

Red Hook parents are criticizing the city Department of Education (DOE) for making important decisions without seeking their input. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Boots on the ground’ at the canal - Wrangling over Gowanus development in high gear

Officials last week gathered along the banks of the Gowanus Canal, anticipating the significant changes in store for this once gritty neighborhood abutting the long polluted waterway. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Vito mum on next move - Pressure mounts on disgraced congressman to resign

Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Toll site now online

Toll Brothers’ Gowanus plan has gone virtual. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Toast the Brooklyn Bridge for 5 days

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shuttered firehouse crawl is a walk of shame - Group challenges mayor’s decision to shut down sites

Feeling burned by the city’s refusal to re-open what they call two pivotal neighborhood firehouses, a group of concerned citizens toured all of the sites that could have been saved if the shuttered engine companies were still in operation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Send PAVE to PAL, many say - Red Hook residents urge city to house academy inside Miccio Ctr.

The charter school slated to open at P.S. 15 should be moved to a nearby location, according to Red Hook residents. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New street-cleaning rules are a parker’s delight

The French might have Bastille Day, the Americans Independence Day, and the Canadians, the aptly named Canada Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

MTV gets ‘Real’ with Brooklyn

MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Land ho! Red Hook eyed for ferry stop

Ferry service might return to Red Hook, an area underserved by mass transportation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s ‘Hammer time’ for extraordinary vollie - Craig Hammerman inducted into NYC Hall of Fame

Many people see situations and lament that “somebody should do something.” One person who is doing something to make New York City a better place is Craig Hammerman, an “extraordinary” volunteer who inspires, motivates and organizes citizens to solve problems, improve lives and build stronger communities. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Heading to new IKEA by land and sea - Furniture superstore to provide free water taxis; bus service to be extended too

Along with fashion-forward bookshelves and coffee tables, IKEA will be bringing transportation options to Red Hook. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Greener BK blocks over time

While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Councilmen to contractors: You break it, you fix it

New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

CGNA talk comes to a boil

If it sounds crazy, it probably is. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Burma tragedy hits home

Kyaw Htet’s eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment.
Bushwick

Dom edges Vito in cash - Recchia has bigger war chest for congressional run

Even though he hasn’t officially thrown his hat into the ring, City Councilman Domenic Recchia has out-raised incumbent Congressman Vito Fossella in the race for Bay Ridge’s 13th Congressional District, according to recent Federal Election Commission filings. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Hey! You don’t look a day over 124!’ 5-day celebration to mark Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th b’day

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

What a way top off an event - Prospect Park Alliance benefit is head & shoulders above the rest

Bonnets, straw boaters and sunhats topped the crop – vying for attention with other eye-pleasing headwear – when the Prospect Park Alliance held a benefit hat party by the waterfront. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Visions for Peace

Brooklyn For Peace will present a panel discussion by three distinguished speakers on Israel and Palestine, May 21 at 7 p.m., as part of their “Visions for Peace” series. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Very ‘artful’ principal carries the day - Public School 24’s Christina Fuentes wins Janklow Award by ArtsConnection

A Park Slope resident is keeping arts education alive. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Training for greener buildings

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Kingsborough Community College have formed a partnership to provide low-cost training for small to mid-size contractors and builders who want to earn the green building certification they will need to stay competitive and meet New York City’s PlanNYC 2030 environmental goals. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Toll Brothers site online

Toll Brothers’ Gowanus plan has gone virtual. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pretty as a picture

Brooklyn Heights

Parkers’ delight: Street cleaning rules suspended - ‘This is the best news ever,’ motorist declares

The French might have Bastille Day, the Americans Independence Day, and the Canadians, the aptly named Canada Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Nothing gets between these two ladies - Minerva monument to retain line of sight with Statue of Liberty

Neighborhoods may keep them apart, but the frozen gaze between Lady Liberty and Minerva remains intact—for now. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

MTV gets ‘Real’ with BK

MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

LIVING LARGE...SURROUNDED IN CUTTING-EDGE BKLYN STYLE

More than 70 cutting-edge artisans delivered the lowdown on scope, precision and style during “Brooklyn Designs” a three-day design showcase in DUMBO, featuring the artistry of talented local craftsmiths of furniture, lighting, linens, rugs, and accessories. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Landmark day for four buildings

Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

James slapped with fine - CFB has questions about primary expenditures

City Councilmember Letitia James last week was slapped with a $5,000 fine thanks to her connections with an old crony of convicted former Democratic boss Clarence Norman. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Heading to IKEA by land and sea

Along with fashion-forward bookshelves and coffee tables, IKEA will be bringing transportation options to Red Hook. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Greener Brooklyn blocks...over time - City Council backs new Yards amendment

While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fossella mum on political future - Disgraced congressman tight-lipped as pressure to resign mounts

Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Flawless 5th Ave.

Come join the fun, May 18 from 1-6 p.m. at the Flawless Fifth Avenue Fair Fest at Flawless Beauty Apothecary in Park Slope, which will feature complimentary facials, product demonstrations, personalized skin consultations, free product giveaways, raffles, refreshments and more. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Firehouse walk of shame - Group rails against mayor’s refusal to re-open stations

Feeling burned by the city’s refusal to re-open what they call two pivotal neighborhood firehouses, a group of concerned citizens toured all of the sites that could have been saved if the shuttered engine companies were still in operation. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

FiOS TV plugging into BK - New agreement paves the way for Verizon network

Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fantastic voyage...Ferry service resurfacing

Ferry service might return to Red Hook, an area underserved by mass transportation. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Curves/Avon fitness study needs you

With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Court Street sizzles

Merrymakers pounded the pavement during a community revel when the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation hosted a spring festival along Court Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Burma crisis hits home - Refugee community scrambles to lend support

Kyaw Htet's eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn boy makes (really) good - Tall salute to philanthropist Mort Topfer after he makes million-dollar donation to ‘Gilda’

Philanthropist Mort Topfer has never forgotten his roots. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

BCUE opens new HQ

A 30-year facility, “dedicated to educating individuals about the built and natural environments of New York City,” reaped the fruits of its labors when it celebrated the grand opening of its new “green” headquarters in Gowanus. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Art of the working waterfront

With its long-term future in Red Hook recently assured, Brooklyn’s maritime community took a moment this week to recognize its rich past. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

African-American life in old New York

The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum will present a lecture by Dr. Sherrill D. Wilson on the history of African-Americans in New York City from 1637-1865. Free and open to the general public, the event begins at 12 p.m., May 17 at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Burmese cyclone tragedy felt here - Refugee community scrambles to lend aid

Kyaw Htet’s eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment.

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