Brooklyn Courier

Friday, June 27, 2008

Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Suit falls like a lead balloon Comment.
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Cops unmask bandit

A bank robber whose disguises were far from masterful was arrested recently when cops from the 68th Precinct saw right through the alleged thief’s thick sunglasses and flimsy stick-on beard. Comment.
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Cops: Thug attacked others - Catholic school teacher’s attacker implicated in more crimes

The teenage terror who bowled over a beloved Catholic school teacher has been implicated in a host of other crimes, police and prosecutors announced this week. Comment.
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Happily shipwrecked on the sudsy shores of Beer Island

A new site off the Coney Island Boardwalk has been attracting thirsty revelers. Comment.
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142 years of helping families in need

The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service — one of Brooklyn’s first and largest providers of social services to 13,000 disadvantaged children, families and adults with disabilities — will celebrate its 142nd anniversary and honor “The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund” at its annual fundraising event, June 25 at Stage 6 at Steiner Studios, 15 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn, 6-9 p.m. Comment.
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‘Spending power’ vs. budget cuts

A discussion about school budget cuts turned into a heated exchange between parents and a city Department of Education (DOE) official. Comment.
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‘Ghost ships’ plucked from Jamaica Bay - Abandoned vessels stop short of Davy Jones’ locker, so feds give ’em the heave-ho

Derelict boats foundering in Jamaica Bay have met their match: Operation Clean Bay. Comment.
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Water bill cap - New effort to help residents

Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate and several of his assembly colleagues introduced legislation (A.11382/S833) that would cap water and sewer bills for all New York City residents. The bill would prohibit the City of New York from imposing rent upon the New York City Water Board. Comment.
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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.
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Vets’ Day

Kickstart your choppers and come on down to the Ninth Annual Veterans’ Recognition Day in the Park, June 29 from 12-7 p.m., at the Asser Levy Seaside Park bandshell, Surf Avenue & West Fifth Street. Comment.
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Verizon tiptoes in Manhattan Beach

Verizon may have set off a firestorm of controversy in Marine Park last year when it started sticking 45-foot tall poles in front of people’s homes, but the chair of Community Board 15 says the same thing is not going to happen in Manhattan Beach. Comment.
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Teacher layoffs feared - Cloud hangs over Twain Gifted & Talented program

Parents are taking action to protect I.S. 239, the Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented. Comment.
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Spotting trouble before it starts

A new state bill on the verge of being signed into law seeks to educate parents on recognizing signs of child predators. The law addresses what many child advocacy experts consider an education gap between children and parents when it comes to sex offenders. Comment.
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Sights set on Council - Brooklyn activist Ken Diamondstone want’s Yassky’s seat

Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment.
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Shining a light on the housing crisis - Brooklyn group CHANGER holds foreclusure vigil on steps of BK Supreme Court

Brooklyn homeowners, livid about the financial institutions and predatory lenders that led to their foreclosures, built a mock village out of foreclosure rescue advertising signs and held a candelight vigil as the sun retreated behind Brooklyn Supreme Court last Thursday. Comment.
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Sharp turnaround for 60th Precinct

It’s a team effort. Comment.
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Shaolin team takes home the gold

The NYC Shaolin kung fu team, based in Williamsburg, attended the United States of America Wushu and Kung Fu Federation’s U.S. National Championships in Willamantic CT. Comment.
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Scout earns his wings helping others

When Brooklyn scout Giancarlo Rindone embarked upon his Eagle Scout project, he wanted to do something that would not only help his community, but be heartfelt and meaningful, too. Comment.
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Scarano caught in scam - Infamous architect busted for false statements to DOB

Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano, whose name has become synonymous with the borough’s rapid development and what some characterize as an unregulated “Wild West” mentality surrounding it, was brought up on charges by the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Department of Investigations last week. Comment.
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Ronald’s safe on 86th St. - Drive-thru wins support

A lax developer and red-headed clown with a thing for hamburgers will probably continue to do business in Bensonhurst thanks to a couple of approvals from Community Board 11 this week. Comment.
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P.S. 254 students put on their dancing shoes

The schoolyard was abuzz with the sound of music and the fancy footwork of budding Alvin Aileys as starry-eyed students teamed up for a song and dance extravaganza at Public School 254. Comments (1).
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New tool to help to get fit in NYC

Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment.
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Nabe crime spike - Grand larcenies, robberies up

It has been a rough year for 90th Precinct, where crime is up 18 percent from its levels of June 2007. Comment.
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Music matters for Brooklyn kids

Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment.
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Mayor’s plan is fair, Taconic sez

The developer that owns the Childs Restaurant Building and about six other acres in Coney Island last week endorsed the city’s rezoning plan for the area. Comment.
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Make Music NY returns

The Flatbush Development Corporation, and Flatbush Avenue, Church Avenue, and Flatbush Nostrand Junction BIDs (business improvement districts) have collaborated to organize and publicize the Flatbush edition of “Make Music New York,” an annual citywide free music event, June 21. Comment.
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Lucky guy goes from doorman to made man - Blue-collar worker strikes it big in Mill Basin

Richard ‘Sonny’ Randazzo isn’t just one in a million—he’s one in 6.3 million. Comment.
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Lion/Lancer Golf Outing

The Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School & St. Augustine Diocesan High School alumni associations are holding their 12th Annual Lion/Lancer Open Golf Outing, June 26 at The Middle Island Country Club, 275 Yaphank Road. Comment.
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Lights out for Bay Imaging - Court order bans president from radiology business

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
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Laying the foundation for the BK Greenway

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold its Third Annual benefit — “New Views: Connecting Brooklyn’s Waterfront” — supporting the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 25. Comment.
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Kingsborough’s 43rd commencement exercises

A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment.
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Kids show there’s more to school than tests

Music and artwork marked the end of a successful academic year at Public School 52. Comment.
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Kids do more than just name that tune - Brooklyn schools excel in Riverside Symphony’s 2008 Music Memory Finals

Nonie Donato’s fifth-graders from P.S. 193 in Midwood placed first in the Riverside Symphony’s 2008 Music Memory Finals competition, followed closely by Michael Tornick’s fifth-grade class from P.S. 236 in Mill Basin, which finished second. Comment.
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Kane Street Synagogue Goodstock

Now in its fourth year of providing non-denominational learning while promoting a modern approach to their ancient religion, the Institute of Living Judaism in Brooklyn will present “Goodstock,” June 22 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
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I.S. 98 reflects on the Holocaust - Event designed to inform youth of ugly past

A crowd of nearly 150 people gathered at the Bay Academy I.S. 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue, recently for the Holocaust Memorial Committee’s 24th annual ceremony, an enduringly emotional event opening the emotional wounds wrought by the horrors of the Holocaust. Comment.
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IKEA power browsing

With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment.
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Green Thumbs converge on Hewes St.

Through the hard work of dedicated community members, an unsightly vacant lot on the corner of Hewes and South 4th streets will soon become a verdant community garden. Comment.
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Gay pride on parade through local streets

Sunlit frolics, followed by a moonlit jaunt, drew mom, dad and the kids to Brooklyn Pride festivities in Park Slope. Comment.
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Free HIV testing

Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, in collaboration with Brownsville Multi-Services Family Health Center, will offer free HIV testing in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.
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Forum on foreclosure - Borough leaders address ‘uncertain economic times’

The high rate of foreclosures, the shrinking number of affordable rentals and predatory lending were all covered in a recent forum on housing in Brooklyn. Comment.
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Feuer retires from CB11 - District manager was there from the very beginning

This summer Community Board 11 will do something it has never done before: look for a new district manager. Comment.
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Family fair

The largest annual gathering of individuals, families, advocates, agencies, and friends of individuals with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn is scheduled for June 24. Comment.
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Reform urged for RGB ‘sideshow’

City councilmembers and state legislators are scrambling to pass resolutions, seeking to significantly reform the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) as it decides whether to increase rent for rent-stabilized tenants citywide. Comment.
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D.I.Y. renegades unite at McCarren Park

Hipsters far and wide descended on McCarren Park Pool last weekend for the Renegade Crafts Fair, the annual smorgasbord of alternative arts, crafts and clothing. Comment.
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Disgraced Vito leaves GOP in primary pickle

Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any more convoluted, the race to succeed Representative Vito Fossella has taken another unexpected turn. Comment.
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Cut day rap - Sides debate police actions

NYPD tactics used in this year’s Senior Cut Day crackdown have been called into question, with community leaders charging that cops barred black teens from entering Manhattan Beach, even though the public beach should have been open to all. Comment.
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Cops: Thug attacked others

The teenage terror who bowled over a beloved Catholic school teacher has been implicated in a host of other crimes, police and prosecutors announced this week. Comment.
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Coney takes good health to the streets

Area residents received the lowdown on how to maintain a lifestyle of well being – plus enjoyed a revel or two – during a community health and street fair in Coney Island, presented by the United Community Baptist Church. Comment.
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Charter school hearing

Now’s your chance to weigh in on a plan to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn. Comment.
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BSSU Marchers make Mermaid Avenue merry

Marching bands, floats, and banner groups flocked to the streets to hail Brooklyn-Queens Day with a parade presented by the Brooklyn Sunday School Union (BSSU). Comment.
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BK History Fair

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Grand Army Plaza Library and Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will present a free “Brooklyn History Fair,” June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the library. Comment.
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Bill over & out

A visibly appalled Bill Guarinello announced his resignation from Victory Memorial Hospital’s board of trustees last week, predicting a dire situation in the months ahead. Comment.
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Bensonhurst packs 86th Street with fun & games

Bensonhurst brimmed with spring fun, drawing mom, dad and the kids to a multicultural fair, presented by the 86th Street Merchants Association. Comment.
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Bandit unmasked - False beard and glasses betray crook

A bank robber whose disguises were far from masterful was arrested recently when cops from the 68th Precinct saw right through the alleged thief’s thick sunglasses and flimsy stick-on beard. Comment.
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Annual Lena Cymbrowitz health fair

Hundreds of local residents learned about the merits of having and maintaining good health, all in an enjoyable atmosphere, during the Fifth Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Health Fair. Comment.
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Air thick with complaints - Upset residents sound off at town hall meeting

A gamut of complaints and community concerns were aired as State Senator Marty Golden held a special town hall for his constituents in Bensonhurst. Comment.
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A history of Jews in New York - Scholar and author Oscar Israelowitz to host lecture at the Williamsburg Library

On June 24, the Williamsburgh Library (240 Division Avenue) will host a lecture on the history of Jews in New York by renowned Jewish architect, scholar and author Oscar Israelowitz. Comment.
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NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Empty nesting and not liking it

It started on Thursday. Comment.
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A BRITISHER’S VIEW - US Supreme Court delivers junk justice

“For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head,” self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has gloated about his 2002 beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (1963-2002), whose wife gave birth to their first child three months after his cruel and cold-blooded execution. Comment.
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It’s not easy being green at the movies

This week at the movies was no time to cross anything green. Comment.
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Sufi trance rock

Haale descends upon New York in June, bringing her sufi trance rock. On June 22, for Celebrate Brooklyn!, Haale is opening for the legendary Malian Griot performer Salif Kaita in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Comment.
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Strolling & cruising by twilight

Thursday Night Twilight Tours in Prospect Park return for the summer, with excursions on June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 31 and August 7, 14, 21 and 28. This special event runs 7-9 p.m. at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Comment.
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Live opera in your 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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Hansel & Gretel

Once upon a time a brother and sister named Hansel and Gretel lived with their mother and father at the edge of a very great forest…” begins the classic children’s fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel,” presented by the Brooklyn Repertory Opera, June 21-22 and 28-29 at 3:30 p.m. Comment.
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Fin-tastic fun for the younger set

The raucous colors and sights of Coney Island’s famed Mermaid Parade come to life for young readers in a new picture book, Mermaids on Parade. Comment.
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Carroll Pk concerts

The Carroll Park Concert Series is back for summer 2008. Comment.
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Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Dixie Hummingbirds live

Celebrate Brooklyn!’s 30th season of free entertainment continues June 26 at 7:30 p.m. with the double bill The Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Dixie Hummingbirds. Comment.
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Western swing is the thing at Jalopy this month

Smokey Hormel’s Western Swing comes to Jalopy, with Frank Schaap opening June 20 at 9 p.m. ($10 cover charge). Comment.
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Tom Moran: Happy to be ‘Starting Over’ again

Tom Moran, 43, had a difficult time growing up in Brooklyn with vice and disappointment constantly coloring his childhood. He eventually succumbed and started drinking at a fairly early age – a decision that would come to haunt but eventually inspire him as an adult. Comment.
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Revel in the richness of the Caribbean

The new Caribbean-American Heritage Day, a part of the free Pathmark Multicultural Arts Festival, may just be the most exciting program in the whole 2008 National Caribbean American Heritage Month, a celebration first made official by Congress and the president in 2006. Comment.
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Performing a bit of ‘Self Surgery’

Choreographer and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Dance Artist in Residence (2007-09) Sam Kim presents a work in progress showing of “Self Surgery,” June 20-21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 6 p.m. Comment.
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Pass Kontrol brings the dance party beat back home

The theatrical, roving dance-party band Pass Kontrol, which plays primarily in the friendly venues of Bushwick and Williamsburg, would prefer to be nowhere else. A recent road trip to Toronto might keep it that way. Comment.
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Our Brooklyn accent has developed a country twang

In a recent piece in the Village Voice, the headline said it all: “Country music grows in Brooklyn.” Comment.
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Music in the streets: Annual fest turns on the Big Apple

For the second straight year, New York City’s streets will give themselves over to music on June 21 for the Make Music New York festival, a nascent tradition that began last year and was met with enthusiasm across the five boroughs. Comment.
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After the Jump busts out of the blogosphere in a big way

Last summer, music blogs banded together to promote 14 of their favorite bands, as well as raise money for a good cause – under-funded city music programs – at the After the Jump Fest. Comment.
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Jamel photography expo

A collective photography exhibition curated by Jamel Shabazz, which explores photography beyond its subject matter, highlighting the “Posivity,” the definite moment when the lens captures and shines on an individual or object, is on view now to July 26, with an opening reception June 22 from 4-7 p.m. Comment.
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Hip-hop, jazz, pop and more

BAMcafé Live, 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, the performance series curated by Brooklyn Academy of Music Associate Producer of Music Darrell M. McNeill, continues its line-up for June with all performances (unless otherwise stated) beginning at 9 p.m. Comment.
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440 Gallery Small Works Show this month

The 440 Gallery presents its fourth annual “Small Works Show,” June 26 through July 27 with an opening reception June 26 from 6-9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

A photographic journey

The Front Room presents Edie Winograde’s “Place and Time,” now to June 29, and on view Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Goodstock’ coming

Now in its fourth year of providing non-denominational learning while promoting a modern approach to their ancient religion, the Institute of Living Judaism in Brooklyn will present “Goodstock,” June 22 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
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Waterfront benefit

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold its Third Annual benefit — “New Views: Connecting Brooklyn’s Waterfront” — supporting the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 25. Comment.
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4th St. enjoys summer jumpstart

Summer fun was on the menu – not to mention a generous helping of potluck delights – when neighbors jumpstarted the season of fun in the sun with a block party in Park Slope. Comment.
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Teen Challenge of Brooklyn

The oldest, largest, and most effective private agency of its kind, “Teen Challenge of Brooklyn,” celebrates 50 years as a free faith-based residential recovery center that trains and restores victims of substance abuse and other life controlling addictions. Comment.
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Stocking the shelves with spoiled goods - Attorney general cites Rite Aid stores

There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment.
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St. Charles Jubilee

The CCNS St. Charles Jubilee Senior Center will hold its 35th anniversary celebration from 1:30-3 p.m., June 25 at the center’s facility, the Pierrepont House, 55 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. Everyone 60+ and their guests are welcome to enjoy free food, music and dancing. Comment.
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Smith Street Fun Day

The eight-block-long Smith Street Fun Day Sunday is coming to town, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment.
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2008 senior citizen fair

Senator Martin Connor and Assemblywoman Joan Millman invite you to attend their 2008 Senior Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 27 at St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street. Comment.
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Polytechnic graduates 153rd class

“Be bold and be brave and strive to break the thinking that something can’t be done,” urged Arthur C. Martinez in his commencement address to Polytechnic University’s 153rd graduating class at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Comment.
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Pol pushes teen agenda

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery called for the adoption of her three-pronged Teen Health Agenda aimed at safeguarding New York’s young people from sexually-transmitted disease and unintended pregnancy. Comment.
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Picnic for Pooches & People

Treat your best furry friend to a fun-filled walk in the park as FIDO — the Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners — hosts its annual “Summer Picnic for Pooches & Their People” from 5 p.m. to dusk, June 27 in Prospect Park’s Nethermead. Comment.
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New plan to govern Yards

Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment.
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New chief of urology at Methodist - Ivan Grunberger, MD, FACS, takes over department’s helm

New York Methodist Hospital recruited Ivan Grunberger, MD, FACS, to become the hospital’s new chief of urology. Dr. Grunberger treats diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract in men and women, and the reproductive system of men. Comment.
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Meeting bullies head on

The staff at the Windsor Terrace branch of the Brooklyn Public Library really try to use additional resources in helping children in all areas of education. Comment.
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Mayor’s plan is fair, Taconic sez - Major landowner signs on to city’s plan to redevelop Coney Island

The developer that owns the Childs Restaurant Building and about six other acres in Coney Island last week endorsed the city’s rezoning plan for the area. Comment.
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Madison Street dresses for success - Block association wins Mollie Parnis Award

The Madison Street Block #3 Association has been named the first ever recipient of the Mollie Parnis Dress Up Your Neighborhood Award in recognition of engaging neighborhood youth and residents in the renovation of the area community garden, announced The Citizens Committee for New York City. Comment.
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Livin’ life off the leash

The Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners (FIDO), along with NYCDog, celebrated the anniversary of FIDO’s first off-leash event in Prospect Park. Also on hand to join in the festivities was Assistant Parks Commissioner Bob Ipcar and members of FIDO’s steering committee. For more about FIDO, go to www.fidobrooklyn.com. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

KC Arts owner dies

Clementine S. Elia, owner and manager of KC Arts, 252 Court Street, died June 4, 2008. Comment.
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Juneteenth Arts Fest - Gala celebration marks end of U.S. slavery

The Cooperative Culture Collective, an association of Brooklyn-based artists and entrepreneurs, presents the Eighth Annual Juneteenth Arts Festival, which will feature performances, vendors, and workshops, June 21 from 12-6 p.m. in Culyer Gore Park, corner of Fulton & Greene streets in Fort Greene. Comment.
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History fair

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Grand Army Plaza Library and Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will present a free “Brooklyn History Fair,” June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the library. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Heaven on earth - specifically 7th Avenue

Summer revelers were in “Seventh Heaven” as Park Slope’s annual frolic of community friendship and spirit transformed the neighborhood into an outdoor emporium of seasonal fun. Comment.
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Hear jets’ roar - Many jeer flight paths

It’s not a bird, it’s a plane—many planes—flying overhead at a prodigious rate and disrupting life in pastoral Park Slope, fed up residents said this week. Comment.
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Good business goes to the dogs

Councilmember David Yassky, chair of the City Council Committee on Small Business, presented his Small Business Community Excellence Award to robbie dawg, inc., in Red Hook. Comment.
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Goin’ to ‘town’

Townhouses may rise at 110 Amity Street after all. Comment.
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Friday the 13th turns lucky

A Park Slope rental store leased the superstitious some good fortune this past Friday the 13 when its veep traveled up from Texas and randomly handed out Brooklyn Cyclone tickets to 1,000 lucky boroughites. Comment.
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Foreclosure ‘field’ crops up here - Homeowners sound alarm outside court

Brooklyn homeowners, livid about the financial institutions and predatory lenders that led to their foreclosures, built a mock village out of foreclosure rescue advertising signs and held a candelight vigil as the sun retreated behind Brooklyn Supreme Court last Thursday. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fighting obesity

Obesity is an epidemic that impacts more than nine million Americans, and more and more people who are affected by obesity are seeking to learn about surgical weight reduction. Comment.
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Family Support Fair

The largest annual gathering of individuals, families, advocates, agencies, and friends of individuals with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn is scheduled for June 24. Comment.
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DUMBO farmer’s market

The Dumbo Improvement District’s DUMBO Farmers’ Market will operate every Sunday, now to mid-November, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at the corner of Main and Plymouth streets (entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dream home turns to jail cell - Convicted assemblywoman faces six years behind bars

A scheme for a dream home left State Assemblymember Diane Gordon in a small dingy jail cell – one that a judge ordered her to stay in for the next six years. Comment.
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Diamondstone plans Council run - local activist announces bid for Yassky’s 33rd District seat

Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment.
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Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment.
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Bibliophiles rejoice this month

Barnes & Noble Court invites the public to participate in its full calendar of events throughout June. Comment.
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BAM land swap made

In development circles, they could be considered taking lemons and making lemonade. Comment.
Greenpoint

St. Cecilia’s closes doors for good

Parents and teachers are still reeling as St. Cecilia’s School prepared to close its doors this week during its final year of classes after serving Greenpoint and Williamsburg for more than 100 years. Comment.
Greenpoint

Shaolin team brings home the gold

The NYC Shaolin kung fu team, based in Williamsburg, attended the United States of America Wushu and Kung Fu Federation’s U.S. National Championships in Willamantic CT. Comment.
Greenpoint

Scarano caught in scam - Infamous developer busted for false statements to DOB

Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano, whose name has become synonymous with the borough’s rapid development and what some characterize as an unregulated “Wild West” mentality surrounding it, was brought up on charges by the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Department of Investigations last week. Comment.
Greenpoint

Reform urged for rent board ‘sideshow’

City councilmembers and state legislators are scrambling to pass resolutions, seeking to significantly reform the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) as it decides whether to increase rent for rent-stabilized tenants citywide. Comment.
Greenpoint

Reaching great heights - BK native scales Mt. Hood to raise cancer research funds

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.
Greenpoint

New Tool to help you get fit in NYC

Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment.
Greenpoint

Meet Eustacia Raymond - New Greenpoint liasion for Councilman David Yassky

City Councilmember David Yassky welcomed Eustacia Raymond, a new district aide for Greenpoint and Williamsburg, to his staff this past month. Comment.
Greenpoint

Know the signs - Education effort against pedophiles

A new state bill on the verge of being signed into law seeks to educate parents on recognizing signs of child predators. The law addresses what many child advocacy experts consider an education gap between children and parents when it comes to sex offenders. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK TKTS booths

Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment.
Greenpoint

Changing of the guard - New officers elected to 94th Precinct Community Council

The 94th Precinct Community Council elected new officers this week, voting in longtime Greenpoint resident Betty Hulsen as the council’s president for the coming year. Comment.
Greenpoint

Bay Imaging owners gone for good - Court order permanently bans corrupt businessmen from working in radiology services

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Year-end bash at Prospect Heights H.S.

Pupils at Prospect Heights High School put the “F” in fun when they wrapped up the academic year with a rollicking party. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Volunteers land in the winner’s circle

Fort Greene resident, 65-year-old Tim Gibson, and 27 year old Joshua Marland, from Clinton Hill, each received a 2008 New York Cares Volunteer Leadership Award at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to help out New Yorkers in need. Brooklynites Tim and Joshua were among ten selected for this prestigious award. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Robberies, burglaries on the brain

Despite the overall reduction of crime in Fort Greene during the year, community residents remain alarmed at the preponderance of robberies and burglaries that have been happening overnight in their neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lights out for shady diagnostics center

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kingsborough’s 43rd commencement day exercises

A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment.
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Brutality discussion in wake of Bell verdict - Fort Greene Peace holds forum

Questions of NYPD racial profiling and police brutality were discussed at length during an eye-opening forum held by Fort Greene Peace. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Big chain peddles bad goods - Attorney general finds some rotten things at Rite Aid stores

There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BAM land swap - Two Trees to build in Cultural Dist.

In development circles, they could be considered taking lemons and making lemonade. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Atlantic Yards reform - New effort to increase public input

Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

As wacky and tacky as they want to be

To offset some of the stress stemming from end-of-year Regents and final exams, Bishop Ford High School held a “Wacky Tacky Tuesday,” in which students and faculty dressed up in wacky outfits. Mike Satira, physical education teacher and director of Student Activities at Ford, 500 19th Street, organized the event and explained that in addition to defraying test-taking anxiety, “Wacky Tacky Tuesday” also serve as a great way to build school spirit. Yukking it up are seniors Mary Bruns and Jamie Conroy, with Satira, center. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Yards critics laud bill

Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Scarano smack down - Local reaction to charges filed against architect

It’s about time. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rite Aid stocks shelves with expired goods - State attorney general cites Brooklyn chain stores

There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

43rd commencement exercises at KCC

A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Meatballs, anyone? Consumers flock to opening of superstore

With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Locals get first stab at Ikea jobs

Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kids dance their way to Lincoln Center

Twenty charter school students from Clinton Hill made their first visit to Lincoln Center a memorable one: by dancing on center stage. Part of the American Ballet Theatre’s “Make a Ballet” program, the students designed, choreographed, constructed, produced and performed their own original performance, “Cinderella and her Prince,” on stage at Lincoln Center. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Inspiring black history

The Town Hall and Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. presented awards to five winners of their Black History Poster/Essay Contest during a ceremony at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street in New York City. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Health conscious and living fit in Red Hook

Mom, dad and the kids received the lowdown on the merits of living a long and stress free life during a health fair outside at the PAL Miccio Head Start Center in Red Hook. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Council races gets crowded

Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Connor confident of victory

When State Senator Martin Connor was endorsed by the Lambda Independent Democrats, the borough’s leading Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender political club, he was pleasantly surprised. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Clean sweep for park’s Tennis House

Burly Bruce Ratner has given Prospect Park the brush-off. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

CB6 members go to ‘town’ - Board backs Amity Street townhouses

Townhouses may rise at 110 Amity Street after all. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Caring for your neighbor - Residents honored with Volunteer Leadership awards

Fort Greene resident, 65 year old Tim Gibson, and 27 year old Joshua Marland, from Clinton Hill, each received a 2008 New York Cares Volunteer Leadership Award at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to help out New Yorkers in need. Brooklynites Tim and Joshua were among ten selected for this prestigious award. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bklyn: Get your TKTS here

Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment.
Bushwick

Yearning to bring local kids a touch of Belize

James Lovell tuned his guitar along with the other musicians in the common room of the Biko Center while dreaming of what could happen soon. One day he hopes to be teaching dozens of children guitar, piano, saxophone, drums and other instruments in the Garifuna music of his native Belize. Comment.
Bushwick

Trying to shatter the glass ceiling, with their fists

“Just like the boys,” as the saying goes, they put in hours of grueling work, absorb punches, and spit blood in buckets. Comment.
Bushwick

PS 120 honors cultures

Students and teachers at PS 120, the Carlos Tapia Magnet School (18 Beaver Street) bounced from country to country, passing through customs desks in order to celebrate their fourth annual Multicultural Day with families and members of the community. Comment.
Bushwick

Pols agitate for school funding - City Council members boycott city budget unti education money restored

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.
Bushwick

Pass Kontrol keeps it ‘loose’ - N. Brooklyn band dishes on striving to make it big, and making it thru the border unscathed

The theatrical, roving dance-party band Pass Kontrol, which plays primarily in the friendly venues of Bushwick and Williamsburg, would prefer to be nowhere else. A recent road trip to Toronto might keep it that way. Comment.
Bushwick

Obama captures Brooklyn super delegates

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.
Bushwick

Nabe crime down - Still, 8.3 percent murder uptick

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly came to Bushwick last week to deliver good news about the long-term reduction in crime citywide while community members demanded more officers patrolling their neighborhood blocks. Comment.
Bushwick

Mortgage fraudsters could face 25 years - DA: Alleged schemers used straw buyers, forged deeds to bilk home purchasers

In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment.
Bushwick

Local pride at Bushwick Day Parade

Tenants and workers peered out of the windows in their buildings to gawk and shout at a river of marching bands, youth baseball players, Girl Scouts, and artists flowing through the streets of Bushwick during the third annual Bushwick Day Parade. Comment.
Bushwick

Know your rights

Last year during the Puerto Rican Day festivities, Jesus Gonzales saw several police officers positioned on rooftops and riding horses down two blocks on Grove Street telling residents to leave their stoops and go inside. Comment.
Bushwick

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.
Bushwick

IKEA set for Red Hook launch - Swedish furniture giant blitzes Brooklyn with quirky campaign

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.
Bushwick

Helping Bushwick’s Mexicans

The Mexican Consulate chugged through Bushwick giving hundreds of Mexican citizens new passports, renovating their existing passports, and distributing counsular IDs to residents who stopped by hosted by Make the Road New York’s Bushwick headquarters (301 Grove Street) last week. Comment.
Bushwick

Design info sessions

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.
Bushwick

Brooklyn kids embody boro’s best

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.
Bushwick

Brooklyn housing market still afloat - Condo prices rose 4 percent in first quarter of 2008, new statistics show

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.
Bushwick

Board blasts Wyckoff

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 for eleven hours, he received a hospital bed. Comment.
Bushwick

Be proud of your borough - 12th annual Brooklyn Pride kicks off June 14

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.
Bushwick

Art and acrobatics at Open Studios Fest - Jazz-inspired kickoff party, other attractions wow Bushwick crowds

Brooklyn’s art and music fans braved three days of sweltering 90 degree heat to navigate Bushwick’s asphalt jungle of more than 150 art studio lofts, music sets, and performances this past weekend during the second annual Bushwick Open Studios festival. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Volunteers and winners too

Fort Greene resident, 65 year old Tim Gibson, and 27 year old Joshua Marland, from Clinton Hill, each received a 2008 New York Cares Volunteer Leadership Award at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to help out New Yorkers in need. Brooklynites Tim and Joshua were among ten selected for this prestigious award. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Scarano under fire

It’s about time. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Maraia speaks to K-boro grads

A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Locals get first crack at Ikea jobs

Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lights out for shady Bay Imaging - Court order bars president, manager from radiology business

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

LICH looks back at 150 years of Brooklyn caring

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn, founded in 1858, is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary — 150 years of service to Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

$600K for a part of Henry Street - Developer moving ahead with plans for former Mitchell-Lama property

Trees are making way for a four-story building in Brooklyn Heights, as work on a controversial development project near 20 Henry Street appears to be moving forward. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Keep noise down - Neighbors slam ‘loud’ pub

St. Marks Place resident Marisol Sang can’t use her patio anymore, and she doesn’t dare open her windows. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Get your tix here

Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Council race more crowded

Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Connor confident of win - Incumbent ready to defend state Senate seat

When State Senator Martin Connor was endorsed by the Lambda Independent Democrats, the borough’s leading Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender political club, he was pleasantly surprised. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Clinton Street brings the party outside

Sporting challenges, family frolics and more fanned the flame of friendship as residents gathered for block party festivities in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Click first, then get out there and get in the game

Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Clean sweep for Prospect Park Tennis House

Burly Bruce Ratner has given Prospect Park the brush-off. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Boon for Yards critics

Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Blue-and-yellow fever - Brooklyn shoppers flood new Ikea superstore

With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Big chain Rx bungle - Attorney General slams Rite Aid drug stores

There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment.

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