Brooklyn Courier

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Safe at home Comment.
Williamsburg

McCarren Park grooves with MIA, Cutie and many more

While the empty expanse that is the pool at McCarren Park will one day be filled again through renovations by the city Parks Department beginning the end of this year, this summer, concerts are on at the pool-cum-venue, with top acts coming out to the North Brooklyn spot once again for both ticketed and free events. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jonah Smith comes to Union Hall

For the past several years, Jonah Smith has been perfecting his craft – polished, rootsy, country-twinged folk tunes – from his base in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Celebrate Brooklyn at 30

Celebrate Brooklyn! culminates 30 years this summer with a season that exemplifies the singular variety of music, dance, film and multimedia works the festival brings to the Prospect Park Bandshell — programming that is deliberately representative of the borough’s tremendous cultural diversity. Comment.
Williamsburg

Turning up the heat

Sun maidens Yevgeniya Grofimova, 18, (left) and Sasha Zlotina, 19, could moonlight as meteorologists if their frolic on Coney Island beach is any barometer. The pretty pals soaked in the sun as they struck a pose near the famed Parachute Jump. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tenants, owners clash - Renters, pols call for moratorium on rent increases

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
Williamsburg

Show your pride at multicultural fest - Brooklyn Pride coming to Park Slope on June 14; celebrates borough’s diversity

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Williamsburg

Senate race is on in BK - Alliances form as locals look to unseat Martin Connor

You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment.
Williamsburg

See summerstarz at McCarren Park

Town Square’s SummerStarz 2008 is just around the corner. The 2008 program will start July 9, so mark your calendars to spend for 10 Wednesday summer evenings on the lawn in McCarren Park, Lorimer Street and Bedford Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Local nurse a shining example for home care

The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) named Alisa Huggins the winner of the statewide “Caring Award” for her exemplary work as a community health nurse. Comment.
Williamsburg

LICH not an ‘afterthought’ - Staff claims mismanagement by Continuum Health Partners

Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Downtown Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment.
Williamsburg

Keeping the pulse of the community

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn held a Cultural Health Fair to celebrate the center’s patient diversity and committed staff. Comment.
Williamsburg

Holocaust remembered - Brooklyn survivors unite at somber ceremony

Nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors and many others filled Borough Park’s Temple Young Israel-Beth El recently for a somber remembrance of the Holocaust. Comment.
Williamsburg

Former BP aid throws in hat for seat - Yvonne Graham, resigned special assistant to Markowitz, to run to succeed him

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Williamsburg

Family fun for all at BWCC field day

More than 600 students, parents and teachers from the Beginning with Children and Williamsburg communities convened at the playground at Beginning with Children Charter School (BwCCS) for the school’s family field day. Comment.
Williamsburg

Long waits top Wyckoff’s concerns

A few months ago, Tom Perrin fell down the stairs in his home and suffered a knee injury. After waiting in the emergency room at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (374 Stockholm Street) for eleven hours, he received a hospital bed. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cut the budget cuts - Pols urge fund restoration

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Williamsburg

Condo sales on the rise in North BK

Defying a slow housing market throughout the nation, Brooklyn’s housing market is still robust, according to recently released quarterly statistics from the real estate website ResidentialNYC.com. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK super delegates for Obama - Borough democrats back Barack after Hillary Clinton drops bid for presidency

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Williamsburg

Best park in Bklyn - Vote for McCarren in contest

Yes, Americans are in full-fledged voter fatigue after the interminable Democratic primaries, but for Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents, it’s time to gird up to rock the vote once again. Comment.
Williamsburg

Beep ode to Brookln’s Award-winning poets

Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment.
Williamsburg

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater back in the Brooklyn fold

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented citations and proclamations to celebrate the return of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment.
Letters

Hands off my dollar

Stanley Gershbein, (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I really appreciate your addressing the use of food stamps to purchase more costly products than regular consumers can afford. I have been noticing it for the longest time and it makes my blood boil. Comment.
Letters

A weighty decision

I’ve been following the Methodist church news. It’s most interesting that the Bay Ridge United Methodist is meeting at Good Shepherd. Comment.
Letters

Animals in need

This is in response to Arthur Goldberg’s recent letter, regarding a neglected dog, and a very caring person, Tammy Grimes, who rescued this abused animal. Comment.
Letters

All in a day’s work

So, now we know some of what Dom Recchia got in return for screwing over Staten Islanders when he voted for congestion pricing. Comment.
Letters

Ace crime-busters

My purse was stolen, recently, when I walked out of the Chase Manhattan Bank on Sheepshead Bay Road. Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Raging, hot-flashing monster makes Hulk look tame

I don’t do heat well. In fact, to be honest, when the temperature gets above 68 degrees I become a raving lunatic. So it should come as no surprise that this past weekend when temperatures soared above 90 degrees, I was a little bit testy. Normally I would just take a dip in the pool or plant myself in front of the air-conditioner vent with the ceiling fan on high, a cold drink in one hand and the other holding a cold cloth to my head. Comment.
Williamsburg

IT’S ONLY MY OPINION - TV can teach you to be a real operator

One of the primary goals of a television commercial is to get the right message to the right people at the right time … to sell a product or service … mostly to make a profit. For several months there’s been a commercial that starts with a surgeon talking on the telephone - “First you make a three inch incision …..” Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - ‘Summit’ needs to call for black attitude change

“Shootings and violence within our community by one of our own is an outrage and an issue that we must confront as diligently and as passionately as a sensational case of police misconduct or brutality.” Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER - Summer savings galore

If Brooklyn’s red-hot deals don’t get you into the shops this week that the blessedly cool air-conditioning should. While you’re why not check out these exciting deals. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘The Strangers’ sneaks up on you

Silence cuts like a butcher knife in “The Strangers,” an unsettling, well-crafted film that finds terror not by dumping buckets of blood, but by employing restraint. Comment.
Williamsburg

Take a twirl with Astaire & Rogers

red Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together in 10 films and into movie history. Film historian Phillip Harwood will present film clips of legendary performances by Astaire and Rogers and he will take you behind the scenes of movies such as “Top Hat,” “Swing Time,” and “Shall We Dance.” Comment.
Williamsburg

A ‘sketchy’ Zohan

he way comedian Adam Sandler sees it, there’s only one person who can bring peace to the Middle East. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Roots’ of the African diaspora

s people from diverse ethnic groups were brought from Africa to what would become the U.S., they brought a steady stream of knowledge, more precious than the mythical seeds said to be stored in their hair during the Middle Passage. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Holy Holes: Absolute stalls’

umbo Arts Center announces a new show, “Holy Holes: Absolute Stalls” curated by Denise Carvalho, June 14-August 3 with an opening reception June 14 from 6-9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Urban walking tours

he Center For The Urban Environment (formerly BCUE), now at its new location at 168 Seventh Street in Brooklyn, continues its season with a host of walks throughout the borough and beyond. Comment.
Williamsburg

Steel wheels & red birds

he New York Transit Museum’s ‘50 Years to Far Rockaway’, ‘Coney Island Bound!’ and ‘Multi-Anniversary Tour of the IRT’ highlights the “Summer Nostalgia Train Excursions,” June 15, July 13 and August 2. Comment.
Williamsburg

Roses like none others at BBG

une is Rose Month at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). Comment.
Williamsburg

One group of ‘Lucky Shots’

he Gallery at Harriet’s presents its latest exhibition, “Lucky Shots,” the culmination of more than a decade of Mike Schreiber’s diverse work as a photographer. Comment.
Williamsburg

Grocery shopping with Steve

aturalist and author, “Wildman” Steve Brill, will lead one of his world-famous “Wild Food and Ecology Tours” of Prospect Park, June 21 (and repeated on July 6 and July 19). Comment.
Williamsburg

Free Cultural fun

ome to Cultural Mix 2008 at Prospect Park, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It all happens on the Bowling Green at the Prospect Park Parade Grounds, with The Prospect Park Alliance Youth Council’s showcasing the tremendous diversity of the city. And it’s all free. Comment.
Williamsburg

Crafts Festival

he 32nd Annual American Crafts Festival At Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park will be open to the public on two consecutive Saturdays and Sundays, June 14-15 and 21-22, 12-9 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, with different craft displays each weekend. Comment.
Williamsburg

Carnegie concerts

his spring and summer, Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series offers free concerts in Brooklyn, with performances scheduled through June 29. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK ‘Au Natural’

he diaphanous veil of civilization that we call Brooklyn will be gently, but firmly, removed as nine exceptionally strong artists, each in his or her own way, will reveal “Brooklyn Au Natural” — an exuberant and exultant salute to nature in New York’s most bodacious borough. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Shaker Loops’

enowned for defying convention, Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Director Michael Christie and the Brooklyn Philharmonic will continue to embrace the unexpected by performing a free outdoor concert, which includes a performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams’ celebrated piece, “Shaker Loops,” accompanied by a synchronized fireworks display, June 14 at 8 p.m. at New York City’s South Street Seaport. The event is free to all. Comment.
Williamsburg

Viva vino: Hop aboard the Little Wine Bus with pals

hile Brooklyn may not be wine country, it doesn't take much to get out to one. Comment.
Williamsburg

Union Hall invites you to come and ‘Name That Tune’

n a Sunday night in April in the small performing space at the Park Slope bar/venue Union Hall, teams of music hipsters sat in chairs with pieces of paper and something to write with in hand. They’re here to compete in Name That Tune, a contest held every other Sunday at the Hall that tests people’s knowledge of pop music trivia. Comment.
Williamsburg

This Jalopy is built for music

he club Jalopy offers a unique line-up of musical performances over the next week. Unless otherwise noted, shows are at 9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Scribe sings the borough’s praises in new ‘Song’ book

el Brooks. Spike Lee. Joan Rivers. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rhythm & Blues

AM and MetroTech Center continue their 2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech. Comment.
Williamsburg

First time authors come at you with ‘Hot Mess’

oung readers in Brooklyn looking for something to add to their summer reading lists can look no farther than Hot Mess: Summer in the City, a new book out by first-time authors Julie Kraut and Shallon Lester. Comment.
Williamsburg

Celebrate Brooklyn at 30: Just hitting its musical stride

n 1979, a summer series began in Brooklyn with local jazz musicians and city choreographers converging on Prospect Park's Bandshell to reinvigorate the park. Comment.
Williamsburg

Zimbabwe stone

AMBA, an award-winning community service organization based in Brooklyn, presents its “Annual Sale of Stone Sculptures from Zimbabwe,” June 19-22 at its gallery at 19 Winthrop Street in Flatbush. Stunning works by Zimbabwe’s leading established and emerging artists will be available at affordable prices. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘UR Here’ to create the art experience

R Here, a create your own performance adventure presented by Artichoke Dance Company, will be held June 14 and 15, at 2 p.m. (rain dates June 21 and June 22 at 2 p.m.) at JJ Byrne Park in Park Slope, Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth streets. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Uncertainly’ at Smack mellon

e live in uncertain times of deep cynicism and audacious hope. Assumed structures, both political and social, once deemed infallible have once again revealed their cracks. Our global world has reshuffled historic relationships, shifting economic and cultural paradigms, while fires, floods and war ravage the landscape. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘The Accused Items’

atch series co-creator and BAX Dance Artist in Residence Andrew Dinwiddie presents a work in progress showing of “The Accursed Items,” June 13-14 at 8 p.m. at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). Comment.
Williamsburg

The world premiere of ‘Apian Way’

he Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre presents their fifth annual New York season with a world premiere and the return of an audience and critics’ favorite “Apian Way,” set to Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin and inspired by the social interaction of bees and the mystery of their modern day disappearance. Comment.
Williamsburg

The best circus artists from around the world

he Waterfront Museum, located on a permanently moored barge in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, continues its CIRCUSundays in June, bringing the circus to this shorefront area of the borough every Sunday. Comment.
Williamsburg

21st century look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth

his is “Macbeth” like you've never seen it before. Comment.
Williamsburg

Revival Reggae at the new LOX Lounge

s the summer heats up, so does Revival Reggae Sundays at the all new LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mighty ‘Kong’

he Ryan Repertory Company presents “Kong – A New Performance Work,” written and directed by Pamela Sneed and co-directed by Barbara Parisi. Comment.
Williamsburg

Good & Plenty: The Best of RAA

he Rockaway Artists Alliance presents “Good and Plenty: The Best of RAA” exhibition, plus an art auction and a Russian Folk Art exhibition, now to June 22 with an opening reception June 15 from 1-3 p.m. Admission to the show and all events is free. Comment.
Williamsburg

GI60: 1 minute on the stage

rooklyn College’s Department of Theater hosts “GI60” (Gone in 60 Seconds), an international one-minute play festival with performances on both sides of the Atlantic and on the Internet. Comment.
Williamsburg

Delve deep into the tea bowls of Japan

h’i Contemporary Fine Art announces the opening of “Tea Bowls and tea bowls,” a group exhibition of Japanese tea bowls by Peter Callas, Joe Campbell, Kristin Muller, Takao Okazaki, and Shane Sellers. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

You win because you care

The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) named Alisa Huggins the winner of the statewide “Caring Award” for her exemplary work as a community health nurse. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Zorro and Diamond’

Lilac Co., and ensemble theater company, and Saint John’s Theatre present “Confessions of Zorro and Diamond,” a work-in progress presentation of a new play written and directed by Sean Lewis, at 9 p.m., June 14, 15 & 16 in the basement of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenpoint, 155 Milton Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Best of Brooklyn’

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz recognized Brooklyn’s elementary, middle and high school students, as well as groups or teams that have attained recognition in Brooklyn, with the annual Best of Brooklyn award. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Vying to be beep - Yvonne Graham throws hat into the ring

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Turning Point benefit gala

Turning Point, a leading Southwest Brooklyn multi-service agency, will hold its Annual Benefit Gala, June 16 at The Palm House, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. (cocktails and silent auction) followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment provided by The Sidewinders, a New York-based jazz band. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The greener way to have lots of family fun

Mom, dad and the kids joined festive forces with like-minded revelers and headed to the Red Hook waterfront for an arts festival, presented by Dance Theatre Etcetera. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

12th Annual Brooklyn Pride fest - Extravaganza to celebrate inclusion and diversity

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Texting yourself a fat ticket

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
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Terrific teen, tutor too

A teenager and a tutor were recognized recently in Borough Hall for their boundless dedication to community service. Comment.
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Tall salute to fallen cops

Marching two abreast, hundreds of cops from throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South poured into St. Anthanasius Church in Bensonhurst last week to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make the borough a safer place. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Spend time in Seventh Heaven

The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 31st Annual Park Slope Street Fair, “Seventh Heaven,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

School budget buster - Pols vow to defy Bloomberg

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rockin’ in Carroll Park - Nabe concert series returns

The Carroll Park Concert Series is back for summer 2008. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Roam free: Fido wags tail for off-leash hours

Canine brethren doffed their ties and frolicked unencumbered at Prospect Park‘s Long Meadow to celebrate the first anniversary of the off-leash passage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rallying cry for Atlantic Yards project

The plaza outside Borough Hall morphed into a court of action and frolics when Forest City Ratner and Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted a pro-Atlantic Yards rally, which doubled as a Brooklyn-Queens Day celebration. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

NYC Hall of Fame

With a wealth of information and a dramatic flair, the New York City Hall of Fame’s new website has been launched at www.nychalloffame.org. The site features the inductees from 2007 and is open for nominations for the Class of 2008. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Moratorium on rent hike urged

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Manifest Destiny Conference

Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lambda backs Connor re-election - LGBT voting block makes startling endorsement

You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kid-friendly fun

Watch for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum tent at community events this June and throughout the summer, and stop by for some family fun. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kid artists in the spotlight - Families First exhibit shines

Taking a few steps not so far back in time, student artists from Public School 29-The John M. Harrigan School journeyed from fourth and fifth grade back to their toddlerhood to create a group exhibit for Families First, a non-profit family support center in Cobble Hill. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kid artistry on display

A life-size papier-mâché fireman, created by Public School 154 kindergarten students, peeks brightly at visitors to the office space shared by New York State Assemblymembers Jim Brennan and Rhoda Jacobs. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s a pirate’s life along the Gowanus canal

Maidens hobnobbed with manciples and pirates pressed flesh with pagans on the Gowanus Canal when the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy presented its annual ferry boat ride to the Red Hook Waterfront Festival aboard the type of shipping canoe once used by local Native Americans. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ikea pulls up a chair - Furniture giant celebrates opening of Brooklyn store

Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Health fair

The Mount Lebanon Samaritan Refferal Ministry is hosting its Eighth Annual Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 14 at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, 230 Decatur Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

GOP to host Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

First Annual SummerFest

The Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters, a second-year middle school in Fort Greene, will hold its First Annual SummerFest, June 21 from 12-3 p.m. at 225 Adelphi Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Designing careers

The Institute of Design and Construction, a fixture in the world of Architecture and Construction for more than 60 years, has announced another innovation: frequent Career Information Sessions. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Deadbeat EDC - Agency owes millions of dollars

The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cure lies on the ‘mountain top’ - Cancer fighter tackles Mt. Hood

As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Click on your sport

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (right) joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (second from right), Health Commissioner Thomas Freiden, New York Mets Manager Willie Randolph (second from left) and others to launch BeFitNYC, a Parks recreation search engine that allows users to locate recreational and accessible activities in their neighborhood. They are seen with New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton, left. Comment.
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Civic invests in the youth - John Jay High School teens score $1,000 scholarships

Three deserving students from the John Jay Campus High Schools (237 7th Avenue) will have an extra $1,000 to pay for college thanks to grants awarded by the Park Slope Civic Council. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Civic bestows ’08 Lovgren Awards - YMCA exec, former CB6 chair win awards

At its monthly meeting last Thursday, the Park Slope Civic Council awarded its annual Lovgren Awards, honoring two people who have served the community in a professional and volunteer capacity, respectively. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Children excel in rhythm, rhyme and meter

Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Child and Family mental health Clinic debuts

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure — and now there’s a new facility that provides early recognition and intervention services for health-smart boroughites. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Celebrity opera stars live - Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna at Prospect Park

Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn is Obama country - Hillary super delegates officially commit to Barack candidacy

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp

Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, founded by Ariane Hundt, is inviting fitness enthusiasts to “Boot Camp Workouts” on the Brooklyn Bridge, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A volunteer for all seasons - Cobble Hill Health Ctr. director receives special honor

Karen White, Cobble Hill Health Center’s director of volunteers, was the recipient of the Worksite Supervisor of the Year Award from the Department for the Aging’s Intergenerational Work Study Program. Comment.
Greenpoint

Tenants, owners clash at hearing

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
Greenpoint

Sex & the city (of BK) - Babeland opens in boro

Break out those batteries – Babeland is finally open! Comment.
Greenpoint

See Summerstarz at McCarren Park

Town Square’s SummerStarz 2008 is just around the corner. The 2008 program will start July 9, so mark your calendars to spend for 10 Wednesday summer evenings on the lawn in McCarren Park, Lorimer Street and Bedford Avenue. Comment.
Greenpoint

Place matters in BK - Greenpoint design center honored by city art society

The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC), the largest non-profit industrial developer in New York City, is used to working under the radar. A recent award from the Municipal Art Society and City Lore recognizes GMDC’s Manhattan Avenue facility as an influential cultural location. Comment.
Greenpoint

New tool to get fit - City launches search engine BeFitNYC at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (right) joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (second from right), Health Commissioner Thomas Freiden, New York Mets Manager Willie Randolph (second from left) and others to launch BeFitNYC, a Parks recreation search engine that allows users to locate recreational and accessible activities in their neighborhood. They are seen with New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton, left. Comment.
Greenpoint

Former beep aide throws in hat for Markowitz’s seat

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Greenpoint

Drinking in moderation - New support group looks to reduce harm of alcohol use

There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment.
Greenpoint

Condo prices on the rise - North Brooklyn market up, according to new survey

Defying a slow housing market throughout the nation, Brooklyn’s housing market is still robust, according to recently released quarterly statistics from the real estate website ResidentialNYC.com. Comment.
Greenpoint

Best park in Bklyn - Vote for McCarren as your pick

Yes, Americans are in full-fledged voter fatigue after the interminable Democratic primaries, but for Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents, it’s time to gird up to rock the vote once again. Comment.
Greenpoint

Beep ode to Brooklyn’s Award-winning poets

Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Weeksville enters a brand new era - Ground is broken on new arts building

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (fifth from right) joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (seventh from left), Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, Weeksville Heritage Center Executive Director Pam Green and others to break ground on the new Education and Cultural Arts Building at the Weeksville Heritage Society’s historic Hunterfly Road Houses. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Uncover exciting artifacts at the Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the world’s first museum for kids, is also one of very few children’s museums internationally with a permanent collection of artifacts. Acquired over the past century, the museum’s collection now includes nearly 30,000 cultural objects and natural history specimens. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Thompson has his say

The Atlantic Yards project, budget cuts to community boards and holding up City Council discretionary funds to non-profit organizations. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The Hawthorne debuts - 12-unit mixed-income condos open on Classon

Local residents, elected officials and stakeholders integral to the success of the project gathered at The Hawthorne, a 12-unit mixed income condominium, to celebrate its grand opening at 418-420 Classon Avenue between Gates Avenue & Quincy Street in Clinton Hill. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

12th annual Brooklyn Pride Festival - Inclusion & diversity reign

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Students ace ‘boards’

Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment.
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Revved up, ready to go - Babeland opens its doors on Bergen Street

Break out those batteries – Babeland is finally open! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rent hike battleground - Moratorium urged on proposed increases

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
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Prescription for LICH: Continuum-ectomy - Many say facility should dump management

Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Downtown Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment.
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New faces on Community Bd. 2 - Five new appointments announced before the summer break

As the last Community Board 2 meeting before summer recess went into session, five new board members were named. Comment.
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Lambda endorses Connor run

You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment.
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Graham: I want to be Beep

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
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Dirty easy street - Alternate-side cutbacks coming

The good news is that life will become easier for residents of Community Board 2 who own cars. Comment.
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Celebrity opera live

Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment.
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Budget stonewall - Pols vow to oppose mayor’s school cuts

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
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Brooklyn is Obama country

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
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‘Shake Shack’ attack - Popular burger joint headed for for a spot inBrooklyn

Shake Shack, the wildly popular Manhattan burger stand, might soon find a mobile home in Brooklyn, it was reported this week. Comment.
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The sun shines on ‘Annie, Jr.’

Talented drama students engaged a rapt audience at Middle School 442 when they took to the stage for a homespun performance of “Annie, Jr.” Comment.
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Texting yourself a big fat ticket - New effort underway to penalize dangerous drivers

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
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Teen fires on 76th Pct. cops; gun jams

It’s one of those stories that make you wonder if angels are looking over our shoulders. Comment.
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SUNY Downstate students ace ‘boards’

Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment.
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Strolling & IKEA shopping - Superstore to include 6.5 acre public esplanade

When IKEA opens its massive new store in Red Hook next week, it will also be unveiling a 6.5-acre public esplanade along Erie Basin, no charge card required. Comment.
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Push to revamp WWII memorial - Supporters say important site in need of facelift

A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment.
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Prospect Park to host Pride festival - 12th annual extravaganza to be a celebration of borough diversity

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
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Prescription for LICH - Many recommend management-ectomy

Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Down-town Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment.
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NY Methodist deserves a hand

To provide an exceptional level of care for patients who are coping with hand, wrist and arm injuries, New York Methodist Hospital expanded its hand surgery services and hired two new specialists. Comment.
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New canal zoning - Plans for Gowanus area announced

City officials last week presented preliminary plans for a rezoning proposal near the Gowanus Canal, a long-anticipated plan said to increase the “openness” along the polluted waterway. Comment.
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Money for stadiums, but not schools

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
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Live celebrity opera - Gheorghiu, Alagna to perform at Prospect Park

Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment.
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Lambda supports Connor run - LGBT voting bloc makes surprising state senate endorsement

You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment.
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Kids track history to cemetery

Budding history buffs from David A. Boody Junior High School paid a visit to their famous namesake’s resting place during a field trip to Green-Wood Cemetery. Comment.
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It’s tenants versus landlords - Groups urge Rent Control Board to back moratorium on increases

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
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ISO Symphonic band strikes a chord with many

The music of Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Fred Ebb came alive as the talented student-musicians of the ISO Symphonic Band performed before hundreds of celebrants at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day concert. Comment.
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Guv says ‘I do; others ‘No way’ - Brooklyn pol joins opposition to gay-marriage okay

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
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Green is everyone’s new favorite color

Area environmentalists took fun-filled steps towards living an eco-friendly lifestyle during the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s first annual “Gowanus Goes Green” festival. Comment.
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Graham wants to be Beep

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
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Gowanus balks at new hotels

Areas zoned for manufacturing use should be rendered inhospitable to hotels, a local lawmaker urged last week. Comment.
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Former CB6-er: Beep blackballed me

The borough’s top boss is a politician who keeps his promises, according to a former member of Community Board 6. Comment.
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Enjoying a bumper crop of Park Slope living

A cultural greenmarket of family-friendly delights was in store for visitors when Spoke the Hub presented its Local Produce Festival in Park Slope, complete with a nibble of dance and a sip of jazz, granting visitors a tempting taste of the arts – Brooklyn-style. Comment.
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Dylan on a Brooklyn stage

Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment.
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Differing views on zoning text change

Supporters of the Carroll Gardens zoning text amendment are dismissing concerns this week that, if enacted, the measure would still allow the construction of 13-story buildings on the neighborhood’s signature courtyard blocks. Comment.
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Crime dips down - 76th Pct. C.O. credits cops for felony drop

Hold the compliments. Comment.
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Connor, Squadron showdown - Incumbent, challenger strengthen their base for upcoming fight

With petitions beginning to be circulated in the upcoming grudge match for the 25th State Senate District, incumbent Martin Connor seems to have sewn up the support of most of the Democratic clubs in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
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CGNA on the move once more

The Carroll Gardens Neighbor-hood Association (CGNA) held its final meeting before the summer break this week and won’t be back until September. Comment.
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Cashing in on ‘The Real World’ - Merchants eager for Bridge St. neighbors

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
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Carnival days come to Middle school 88

Family frolics were on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers for a carnival at Middle School 88. Comment.
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Brooklyn is Barack Obama country - Former Hillary Clinton super delegates officially switch their votes

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
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BK’s ‘House of Contention’ - Opponents of jailhouse expansion mobilize as city presses forward

Local stakeholders from downtown Brooklyn met last week to present a convincing argument against the planned expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention (HOD) on Atlantic Avenue. Comment.
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A new patch of nabe green - New community garden for Columbia Street Waterfront District

After an 18-year battle, the Columbia Street Waterfront District will officially open the gate to a new community garden on June 11. Comment.
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110 Amity gets thumbs-up

A Community Board 6 committee last week gave its blessing to a once controversial Cobble Hill development at 110 Amity Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Annie, Jr.’ doesn’t wait on the sun

Talented drama students engaged a rapt audience at New Horizons Middle School 442 when they took to the stage for a homespun performance of “Annie, Jr.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Sweet street sweep - The ‘dirt’ on new parking rules

The good news is that life will become easier for residents of Community Board 2 who own cars. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

SUNY students ace ‘boards’

Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Ridge in BK

Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Prospect Park to host Pride festival - 12th annual multicultural extravaganza to celebrate borough’s diversity

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pirates of the Gowanus Canal

Costumed thrill seekers ferry to the Red Hook Waterfront Festival during a flotilla masquerade and eco-cruise along the Gowanus Canal, presented by the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Opera royalty at Prospect Park

Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New faces on Community Bd. 2 - Five new members named to 50-person representative body

As the last Community Board 2 meeting before summer recess went into session, five new board members were named. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Money for stadiums – not schools

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Landlord balks at kitty - 57-year-old could lose apt. over cat

Marlene Maldonado and her five-year-old cat Billy don’t particularly want to move out of their Brooklyn Heights apartment. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lambda members back Connor run - LGBT voting bloc makes surprising endorsement

You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Inside ‘minister gate’

Shavana Abruzzo’s appraisal of Barack Obama’s “Minister Gate” concisely and eloquently reveals the true meaning that lies beneath the more salacious elements of this story (“Why couldn’t they just stick to the religious stuff?” Á Britisher’s View, 6-5 issue). Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Hellenic pride in the Heights

Melt-in-your-mouth kebabs, pulsating bouzouki music and special attractions were among the pleasures enjoyed by frolickers who headed for a taste of seasonal fun – Grecian-style – in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

EDC doesn’t like to pay its bills - Comptroller says agency owes $4.6 million in unpaid water tab

The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Dogs deserve better

I hope no prosecutor in this region will ever emulate the shameful conduct of District Attorney Richard Consiglio of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Continuum-ectomy prescribed for LICH - Many say facility needs to dump management

Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Downtown Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

BK is Barack country - Former Hillary super delegates make the switch

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Beep’s no.2 wants to be no.1

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.

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