Brooklyn Courier

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008

Williamsburg

Randazzo’s rated best in seafood

Eat your heart out, Eric Ripert. Comment.
Williamsburg

Piramide: Nouveau Mexican cuisine at its very finest

To think of Piramide (499 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, 718-499-0002 and www.mexpiramide.com) as a Mexican restaurant is to think of Peter Luger Steakhouse as a burger joint. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mitchell’s Bar & Grill: Truly a unique experience for all

Well…the official name is Mitchell’s Bar & Grill (259 Flatbush Avenue, between Sixth Avenue and St. Mark’s Avenue; 718-484-4114). And they do have a bar, and even a grill. But if you expect to find a couple of bleary-eyed, unshaven men hanging on bar stools…well, perhaps you are taking the name a little too literally. Comment.
Williamsburg

Marty lives in the ‘Barrio’

Borough President Marty Markowitz is feted with flair and a sizzle by restaurateur Spencer Rothschild at his Mexican hotspot, Barrio, 210 7th Avenue, when the beep stopped in for a bite with wife Jamie on the weekend of the recent Seventh Heaven festival in Park Slope. Comment.
Williamsburg

Maria’s Restaurant: 76 years of excellence

Longevity is a good indication of quality and consistency of excellence, and such is very much the case with Maria’s Restaurant (3073 Emmons Avenue, 718-646-6665), not only the oldest continuously operated restaurant in the area, but one of the most vintage and valued in the entire city. Comment.
Williamsburg

Marco Polo Ristorante toasts 25 years of delicious BK dining

A violinist provided the sweet serenade, welcoming patrons with aplomb when Marco Polo Ristorante celebrated its 25th anniversary. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kings Plaza Diner: There’s always something good to eat

here’s a very good reason the Kings Plaza Diner (4124 Avenue U, 718-951-6700) is known as royalty among diners…and why it has earned accolades from everyone from the Daily News (which named it Diner of the Year) to Zagat (where readers praised its value and specialized cuisines). Comment.
Williamsburg

Il Fornetto: There’s always something tempting coming from this ‘little oven’

Whether you crave perfect wood-fired brick oven pizzas, Brooklyn’s freshest seafood, or the best seat to watch the big game, Il Fornetto (2902 Emmons Avenue, 718-332-8494, www.ilfornettorestaurant.com) has got it all — and then some. Comment.
Williamsburg

Austin’s Steak House: Pleasing your palate, entertaining your senses

Austin’s Steak House is serving up entertainment with its aged beef and veal chops – at no cover charge. Comment.
Williamsburg

You’re invited to a scandalous Brooklyn Tea Party

Odonata Dance Project, a Brooklyn-based troupe, has several short works in the, well, works. To help in their development, the dancers are inviting you to a fund raiser cabaret called “Brooklyn Tea Party,” where you can see the works in progress, catch some high-flying trapeze artists and party like it’s 1773. Comment.
Williamsburg

The party continues at Seaside Summer Concert Series

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz continues his 30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy/Seaside Park and the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field, with some of the biggest names in music coming to Brooklyn to celebrate an incredible three decades of free music. Comment.
Williamsburg

Summer means it’s showtime

The annual summer concerts series, in parks throughout from Bay Ridge to Marine Park, continues with the performances sponsored by State Senator Martin J. Golden, the Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst Parks Task Force, and CERT1NYC. Comment.
Williamsburg

Semi Precious Weapons: Fully locked and loaded

Since Semi Precious Weapons formed three years ago, Greenpoint has gotten an infusion of glam rock. And this month, the fabulous foursome brings their guyliner, six-inch stilettos and rock attitude to the neighborhood stage when they play Europa on July 31. Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s International Reggae Night

Revival Reggae Sundays closes out the month at the LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. July 27 brings International Reggae Night starting at 9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hipster ‘Siren’ call remains true to Coney

Coney Island exploded with musical fireworks as dynamic new talent took to the stage for a fast-growing urban tradition – the annual Siren Music Festival. Comment.
Williamsburg

First Annual Punk & Metal extravaganza at the shore

We’ve all seen the tee shirts that plead “Punk’s not dead” as if to convince a skeptical passerby or defend the genre’s honor. Comment.
Williamsburg

Billyburg welcomes Knitting Factory home

The Knitting Factory – the iconic Tribeca music venue known for its eclectic and cutting-edge music – will soon move across the East River to Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Taking a bite outta crime in the 90 - Williamsburg precinct hosts National Night Out Against Crime festivities

When you’re in a war, it pays to show the flag. Comment.
Williamsburg

Summer fun at city Reliquary

A bevy of seersucker suits swirled through a crowd as City Reliquary fans danced in the museum’s hideaway garden, celebrating the Williamsburg museum’s first ever Summer Benefit. Comment.
Williamsburg

Squadron’s Senate promises - More schools and money for teachers

New school construction and higher salaries for teachers are part of an education plan State Senate hopeful Daniel Squadron is shopping around the 20th State Senate District. Comment.
Williamsburg

Squabble over salary bill - Squadron, Connor butt heads over senator’s bill

A full-time job requires a full-time salary – of $132,000 per annum. Comment.
Williamsburg

South side strikes back - Rally held in reaction to recent spate of violence

It’s been a tough year for many residents of Williamsburg’s south side. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shut doors for Studio B - Night club temporarily closed in light of violations

It’s bye-bye for Studio B, at least for now. Comment.
Williamsburg

Saving the best of the season - McClure’s Pickles teaches tricks of the trade at McCarren Park’s Greenmarket

With the sun resting high in the simmering August sky, it is peak season at McCarren Park’s Greenmarket and fruits and vegetables are at their ripest. Comment.
Williamsburg

New York City kids cream of the crop - National Supermarket Association awards $85,000 in scholarships to local students

The National Supermarket Association awarded $85,000 in scholarships last Thursday to more than 80 inner city students from the five boroughs and New Jersey during its annual banquet at Flushing’s Terrace on the park. Comment.
Williamsburg

M lags behind J/Z line in service

The J/Z line provides relatively adequate service to South Williamsburg residents, but the M line does not. Comment.
Williamsburg

L not loved on north side - Riders scoff at train’s high ranking in Straphangers report

Pardon north side residents their skepticism about the L line being ranked the city’s best in the latest Straphanger’s Campaign report. Comment.
Williamsburg

Licensing your dog as easy as 1,2,3 - Online application now available

Brooklyn’s canine community was barking the praises of Mayor Michael Bloomberg Monday upon hearing the news that getting licensed with the city was as easy as a romp through the park with their masters. Comment.
Williamsburg

How ‘Williamsburg’ are you?

This September, the hokiest of American traditions will come to the hippest corner of the world. Comment.
Williamsburg

From housing criminals to condos - Former 87th Precinct headquarters on Herbert St. to become affordable housing

From the outside, the former headquarters of the 87th Precinct looks like another abandoned squatters’ hideaway. Its doors are sufficiently tagged with graffiti, glass windows are broken with jagged shards, and pieces of brick and stone lay at the foot of the fenced-base. Comment.
Williamsburg

Extended service on Brooklyn lines - Riders of the 3, 4, B and M trains can now catch those trains even later

It was a veritable Christmas in July for some local commuters last week, when the MTA-New York City Transit increased service on nine subway lines. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hotel headed to Wythe Avenue

Out-of-town parents wanting to visit their hipster children in Williamsburg will soon have a 75-room boutique hotel to stay at in the neighborhood. Comment.
Williamsburg

Catch it now On Stage: ‘12 ophelias’

Ophelia, Shakespeare’s tragic archetype of female passivity and captivity, is resurrected from her suicide in McCarren Park Pool this summer in “12 Ophelias,” a play written by Caridad Svich and presented by Woodshed Collective. Comment.
Williamsburg

Black lips, Deerhunter rock the pool

McCarren Park Pool fans were treated to a little Southern style as rambunctious Atlanta-based garage punk rock band Black Lips created an atmosphere of chaos on stage, shooting pillow fluff and fire extinguisher residue on stage and executing a guitar solo featuring the band’s pet Chihuahua. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dark Knight lights the way for others to follow

Everyone coming out of “The Dark Knight” this weekend had little light bulbs hovering over their heads aglow with the realization that the next time they’re in the mood for great, thought-provoking literature, they can head right to their nearest comic book store. Comment.
Williamsburg

Believe it or not, the X-Files is just okay

Make no mistake about it, if you happened to be home with a bowl of popcorn on a Friday night in the mid- to late 90’s, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” would have been a perfectly fine episode to satisfy Mulder and Scully fans. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Yards foes strike back again - New challenge to massive Ratner project is launched

Forest City Ratner Companies last week reiterated plans to break ground by the end of this year on phase one of the Atlantic Yards project. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Abandon & sink’ backlash

After discovering that a city contracting company has been mooring barges in waterways throughout the city, Brooklyn elected officials proposed legislation requiring the identification of barges and increasing violations for repeat offenders. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Valedictorian and mother of three - Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing graduates stellar class of achievers

At a touching and solemn ceremony, class valedictorian and summa cum laude Sarah Roth, 30, led the largest class to graduate from the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. The Borough Park resident and mother of three young children, completed an intense two-year Associate’s degree program at the top of her class and was the recipient of The Seymour J. Phillips Award for Highest Scholastic Achievement. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

10th Street parties together to benefit neighbor

Big-hearted Park Slope residents reserved a thought for an ailing youngster on their block when they dedicated their annual community party to the swift recovery of Allie Snyder. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

25th annual National night out against crime

When your in a war, it pays to show the flag. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Synagogues benefit from Homeland Security

The front line on the war on terror is being waged not in some faraway country—but apparently right here in Brooklyn, where local yeshivas and synagogues recently received over $1 million to fortify their operations. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Storage rescue

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has extended its storage rescue efforts for customers of All City Storage, DCA licensee, 253 Bond Street in Brooklyn, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Squadron Rx for schools - Higher pay for teachers, new construction urged

New school construction and higher salaries for teachers are part of an education plan State Senate hopeful Daniel Squadron is shopping around the 20th State Senate District. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red Mango to debut here

Two Trees Management Co. announces that Red Mango, a pioneer of the healthy frozen yogurt craze, with six stores in Manhattan, is opening its first Brooklyn location at 125 Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The 10-year lease for 875-square feet of space is at the crossroads of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. Caroline Pardo, director of Leasing for Two Trees Management Co. LLC represented the landlord, and there was no broker representing the tenant. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Quinn’s Rx for the DOE - Speaker calls for checks & balances during BK meet

A checks-and-balances system should be put in place to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to a city official. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Prospect Pk in August

There are fun and educational events for adults and kids of all ages in Prospect Park this month. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pioneering cardiac procedure

New York Methodist Hospital recruited Atul Chokshi, MD, FACC, FCCP, FSCAI, who is an expert in transradial cardiac catheterization, to perform a range of cardiac catheterization procedures to diagnose and treat heart disease at the hospital. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pets of all shapes and sizes offered for adoption

Prospect Park proudly went to the dogs when the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals held its inaugural pet adoption festival at the emerald empire. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Palestinian kid walks again thanks to them - Arimed Orthotics & Prosthetics fills need

Salem Abdulhadil was nine years-old when his foot and lower leg were amputated following a car accident near his home in Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the West Bank. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Outcry over LICH cutbacks

In a neighborhood bursting at the seams with young families, local elected officials last week slammed the management of Long Island College Hospital for their recent decision to close the maternity ward. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Now it’s easier to get dog licenses

Brooklyn’s canine community was barking the praises of Mayor Michael Bloomberg Monday upon hearing the news that getting licensed with the city was as easy as a romp through the park with their masters. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

No variance necessary for sand sculpting

Coney’s white sands were pristine putty in the creative clutches of budding Michealangelos, who went to work molding their masterpieces during the annual sand-sculpting contest, sponsored by Astella Development Corporation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New hotel checking in - Walentas wants to build boutique lodging

Out-of-town parents wanting to visit their hipster children in Williamsburg will soon have a 75-room boutique hotel to stay at in the neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New home for theater troupe - New performance space to debut in the borough

The Irondale Ensemble Project, a Brooklyn-based off-Broadway theater company, will soon trade its nomadic existence for a spectacular new performance space. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Latest report on the health of local beaches - Contamination levels and possible threats to bathers

Health advisories at select Brooklyn beaches totaled 30 last year—and that’s a marked improvement compared to statewide results, a recent report revealed. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kite Flyers get of the ground - New BK club catches the wind

The wind wasn’t quite strong enough, but the spirit was. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kick in the caboose for subway lines

It was a veritable Christmas in July for some local commuters last week, when the MTA-New York City Transit increased service on nine subway lines. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

$132K for a 35 hr week - Pay hike bill dogs Connor

A full-time job requires a full-time salary – of $132,000 per annum. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Help making a greener home - Handy recycling tips online

Waste Management, North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management services, launched ThinkGreenFromHome.com (www.thinkgreenfromhome.com), a streamlined online service for the recycling of universal household waste including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), batteries, and eventually other household electronics. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Haunting death inspires art

Dawn Petrlik’s hands may have molded the clay that became the dead woman, but the “Lonely Death of Esmin Green” is a work of art that comes from deep in her heart. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Green with local pride - Greenest blocks in Brooklyn in the limelight

The winning blocks for the 14th annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest were heralded at a press conference on the first-place residential block: Eighth Street between Prospect Park West and Eighth Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Extending food stamps - New effort to help local families in crisis

With Brooklynites struggling through an economy that has been slow to add new jobs and bracing for rising costs in food and energy, Congress hopes to extend food stamp benefits for able-bodied individuals searching for work. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dental screening

The Division of Dental Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital will provide free dental screenings as part of Pediatric Dental Awareness Days. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

D.A. gun buyback program reloaded - Officials look to expand effort to rid streets of deadly weapons

Officials from the Kings County District Attorney’s office are setting their sights on holding another gun buyback program. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

D.A. focuses on reducing recidivism rate

To Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, the key to reducing crime lies in putting a rubber stopper in the courthouse’s infamous revolving door — starting with those who just ended their rotation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cyclones get their own Slurpee

The flavor of a new drink celebrating a minor league baseball team does not taste like chewing tobacco, salty sea air or even freshly-cut grass. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Constant guilty in BK court

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced that former Haitian strongman Emmanuel Constant has been found guilty of all six felony counts against him related to a massive mortgage fraud scheme. A Kings County Supreme Court jury found Constant guilty of fraudulently arranging millions of dollars in home loans for three Brooklyn properties. Constant, who has been convicted in Haiti, in absentia, for crimes against humanity, will remain in police custody. Sentencing will occur September 10, 2008. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cancer support

New York Methodist Hospital provides a free support group for individuals who are affected by cancer. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Call to cut DOE fat

The city Department of Education (DOE) needs to go on a diet. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A safer trek to school - DOT looks to improve street safety for students

The city is implementing safety improvements at local schools. Comment.
Greenpoint

The point of PENCIL

Thank you so much for the wonderful coverage of a recent event involving our organization, PENCIL, (“McKinney Living Magazine debuts,” 7-4 issue). Comment.
Greenpoint

Stationhouse now holds condos, not criminals

From the outside, the former headquarters of the 87th Precinct looks like another abandoned squatters’ hideaway. Its doors are sufficiently tagged with graffiti, glass windows are broken with jagged shards, and pieces of brick and stone lay at the foot of the fenced base. Comment.
Greenpoint

Squadron Senate promises - Include new schools & higher teacher salaries

New school construction and higher salaries for teachers are part of an education plan State Senate hopeful Daniel Squadron is shopping around the 20th State Senate District. Comment.
Greenpoint

Squabble over Senate bill - Senator Conner gets heat over bid to increase legislator’s salaries

A full-time job requires a full-time salary – of $132,000 per annum. Comment.
Greenpoint

Sound of silence - Studio B temporarily shut down

It’s bye-bye for Studio B, at least for now. Comment.
Greenpoint

L not loved on north side - Riders scoff at train’s high ranking in Straphanger report

Pardon north side residents their skepticism about the L line being ranked the city’s best in the latest Straphanger’s Campaign report. Comment.
Greenpoint

Hotel headed to Wythe - Two Trees to convert industrial building

Out-of-town parents wanting to visit their hipster children in Williamsburg will soon have a 75-room boutique hotel to stay at in the neighborhood. Comment.
Greenpoint

GOP ignoramus

Stan Gershbein’s column, regarding off shore oil drilling shows his irresponsible ignorance of the issue of climate change and global warming (“It’s Only My Opinion,” 7-11 issue). Comment.
Greenpoint

Fighting crime, one hot dog at a time - Greenpoint cops and residents team up to show criminals who’s boss

Greenpoint residents enjoyed their precinct’s celebration of National Night Out, feasting on hot dogs served by Betty Hulson and her crew of Community Council members, and donuts from Peter Pan Bakery. Comment.
Greenpoint

Pols go after abandoned barges

After discovering that a city contracting company has been mooring barges in waterways throughout the city, Brooklyn elected officials proposed legislation requiring the identification of barges and increasing violations for repeat offenders. Comment.
Greenpoint

City students cream of the crop - NSA awards $85,000 in scholarships

The National Supermarket Association awarded $85,000 in scholarships last Thursday to more than 80 inner city students from the five boroughs and New Jersey during its annual banquet at Flushing’s Terrace on the park. Comment.
Greenpoint

Catch it now On stage: ‘12 ophelias’

Ophelia, Shakespeare’s tragic archetype of female passivity and captivity, is resurrected from her suicide in McCarren Park Pool this summer in “12 Ophelias,” a play written by Caridad Svich and presented by Woodshed Collective. Comment.
Greenpoint

Brush up on your bocce ball skills - Charity tournament event coming to Coney Island’s KeySpan Park on August 23

All players are welcome to participate in the First Bocce Ball Charity Event hosted by the Brooklyn Cyclones and Hunter Green Assoc. Ltd., August 23 at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue. Comment.
Greenpoint

Brooklyn beach closings not so bad - Statewide, however, advisories increased 21 percent last week, according to report

Health advisories at select Brooklyn beaches totaled 30 last year—and that’s a marked improvement compared to statewide results, a recent report revealed. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Yards foes strike back - New challenge to massive Ratner project is launched

Forest City Ratner Companies last week reiterated plans to break ground by the end of this year on phase one of the Atlantic Yards project. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Abandon and sink’ backlash

After discovering that a city contracting company has been mooring barges in waterways throughout the city, Brooklyn elected officials proposed legislation requiring the identification of barges and increasing violations for repeat offenders. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Synagogues cash in on federal funds - Department of Homeland Security money goes to institutions in Brooklyn

The front line on the war on terror is being waged not in some faraway country—but apparently right here in Brooklyn, where local yeshivas and synagogues recently received over $1 million to fortify their operations. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Quinn: Cut DOE administrators - Speaker says that’s the place to swing the budget axe

The city Department of Education (DOE) needs to go on a diet. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Prospect Park events in August

There are fun and educational events for adults and kids of all ages in Prospect Park this month. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

OB-GYN ward closure backlash

In a neighborhood bursting at the seams with young families, local elected officials last week slammed the management of Long Island College Hospital for their recent decision to close the maternity ward. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Now it’s easier to get dog licenses - Pet owners can now apply online for fast results

Brooklyn’s canine community was barking the praises of Mayor Michael Bloomberg Monday upon hearing the news that getting licensed with the city was as easy as a romp through the park with their masters. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New hotel conversion in the making - Walentas looks to build trendy boutique lodgings on Wythe Avenue

Out-of-town parents wanting to visit their hipster children in Williamsburg will soon have a 75-room boutique hotel to stay at in the neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kissing the sky in Brooklyn - New family kite flying club gets off the ground

The wind wasn’t quite strong enough, but the spirit was. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gas back on - Lafayette Pl. still fumes

Amid charges of landlord harassment, rent-stabilized tenants of a six-story building across the street from the Brooklyn Academy of Music finally had their gas turned on last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Focus on Fort Greene neighbors

What do Daysi Roman, 21, who grew up in the Ingersol public housing complex, and Angelo Cilia, 37, who hails from Kansas City, Missouri have in common? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

DOE in need of ‘checks and balances’

A checks-and-balances system should be put in place to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to a city official. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crime-fighting goes with family fun!

When you’re in a war, it pays to show the flag. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Constant guilty in a Brooklyn court

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced that former Haitian strongman Emmanuel Constant has been found guilty of all six felony counts against him related to a massive mortgage fraud scheme. A Kings County Supreme Court jury found Constant guilty of fraudulently arranging millions of dollars in home loans for three Brooklyn properties. Constant, who has been convicted in Haiti, in absentia, for crimes against humanity, will remain in police custody. Sentencing will occur September 10, 2008. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Chorus of boos for Ikea shuttle buses - Critics blast increased traffic

IKEA’s shuttle buses make it easier to get to the Red Hook superstore—but awfully difficult to navigate local roadways, according to a steady chorus of critics. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK pols want $132K for a 35- hour work week

A full-time job requires a full-time salary – of $132,000 per annum. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Art responds to hospital scandal

Dawn Petrlik’s hands may have molded the clay that became the dead woman, but the “Lonely Death of Esmin Green” is a work of art that comes from deep in her heart. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Yards foes strike back

Forest City Ratner Companies last week reiterated plans to break ground by the end of this year on phase one of the Atlantic Yards project. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

25th annual national night out against crime

When you’re in a war, it pays to show the flag. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Swift kick in the caboose - NYC Transit enhances service on subway lines

It was a veritable Christmas in July for some local commuters last week, when the MTA-New York City Transit increased service on nine subway lines. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Stop work order - Construction sites remain on hold as result of new zoning

Stop work orders slapped on a number of controversial construction projects around Carroll Gardens remain in effect this week after the City Council recently passed new zoning regulations. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Saved from the brink...

Members of the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU) were called to Nevins Street near Schermerhorn Street last week, where they threw out a net to catch a man (bottom) threatening to leap from the window of his high-rise. The officers went to the roof and tossed a net over the top-floor window in order to snag the man if he made good on his threats. After a brief standoff, the man exited the apartment through the front door and was taken to an area hospital for observation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rx for education system - DOE needs checks & balances, according to speaker

A checks-and-balances system should be put in place to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to a city official. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New hotel in the making - Walentas looks to build new boutique lodgings in BK

Out-of-town parents wanting to visit their hipster children in Williamsburg will soon have a 75-room boutique hotel to stay at in the neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New, easier dog licenses

Brooklyn’s canine community was barking the praises of Mayor Michael Bloomberg Monday upon hearing the news that getting licensed with the city was as easy as a romp through the park with their masters. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kite flying club kisses the sky

The wind wasn’t quite strong enough, but the spirit was. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

$132K for a 35-hour week - Squadron blasts Connor over pay hike for legislators

A full-time job requires a full-time salary – of $132,000 per annum. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Jeers for LICH cutbacks

In a neighborhood bursting at the seams with young families, local elected officials last week slammed the management of Long Island College Hospital for their recent decision to close the maternity ward. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ikea shuttle buses are criticized

IKEA’s shuttle buses make it easier to get to the Red Hook superstore — but awfully difficult to navigate local roadways, according to a steady chorus of critics. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gracias, councilwoman - Relieved food vendors fete official with fine fare

The Red Hook Latin food vendors offered up a tasty gracias to Councilwoman Sara González last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

DOE advised to cut in-house fat

The city Department of Education (DOE) needs to go on a diet. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Art reacts to scandalous death

Dawn Petrlik’s hands may have molded the clay that became the dead woman, but the “Lonely Death of Esmin Green” is a work of art that comes from deep in her heart. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Yards foes strike back - New challenge to Ratner project is launched

Forest City Ratner Companies last week reiterated plans to break ground by the end of this year on phase one of the Atlantic Yards project. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Abandon & sink’ backlash in BK

After discovering that a city contracting company has been mooring barges in waterways throughout the city, Brooklyn elected officials proposed legislation requiring the identification of barges and increasing violations for repeat offenders. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Would-be jumper is netted

Members of the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU) were called to Nevins Street near Schermerhorn Street last week, where they threw out a net to catch a man (bottom) threatening to leap from the window of his high-rise. The officers went to the roof and tossed a net over the top-floor window in order to snag the man if he made good on his threats. After a brief standoff, the man exited the apartment through the front door and was taken to an area hospital for observation. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Sprucing up Atlantic Avenue shopping

The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. has purchased and planted baskets on the historic street lamps and planters on the Avenue with a generous $1,000 donation from Sovereign Bank. Placed on Atlantic Avenue, near Nevins Street, they are being maintained by the Super Wash Laundromat. Baskets, flowing with foliage and flowers, are located along the avenue between Clinton Street and Third Avenue and maintained by the stores and/or building owners. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Spirit of volunteerism burns bright at Carroll Park

Brooklyn has a big heart. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Quinn to DOE: Cut the fat

The city Department of Education (DOE) needs to go on a diet. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Quinn suggests Rx for DOE

A checks-and-balances system should be put in place to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to a city official. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New Wythe Ave. lodgings - Walentas wants to build 75-room boutique hotel

Out-of-town parents wanting to visit their hipster children in Williamsburg will soon have a 75-room boutique hotel to stay at in the neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Kite flyers reach for the sky - DUMBO Kite Flying Society gets high off the ground

The wind wasn’t quite strong enough, but the spirit was. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Kick in the caboose for train lines

It was a veritable Christmas in July for some local commuters last week, when the MTA-New York City Transit increased service on nine subway lines. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Haitian Strongman guilty in BK court

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced that former Haitian strongman Emmanuel Constant has been found guilty of all six felony counts against him related to a massive mortgage fraud scheme. A Kings County Supreme Court jury found Constant guilty of fraudulently arranging millions of dollars in home loans for three Brooklyn properties. Constant, who has been convicted in Haiti, in absentia, for crimes against humanity, will remain in police custody. Sentencing will occur September 10, 2008. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Give ’em a raise - Pay-hike bill dogs Connor

A full-time job requires a full-time salary – of $132,000 per annum. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Easy to get dog licenses

Brooklyn’s canine community was barking the praises of Mayor Michael Bloomberg Monday upon hearing the news that getting licensed with the city was as easy as a romp through the park with their masters. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Crimefighting goes with face painting!

When you’re in a war, it pays to show the flag. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Carroll Street neighbors enjoy summer together

A sun-splashed day was just the ticket for homeowners to bond over a block party along Carroll Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Baltic Street has block partying down pat

Party hearty! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Baby backtrack backlash - Outcry over LICH decision to drop obstetric services

In a neighborhood bursting at the seams with young families, local elected officials last week slammed the management of Long Island College Hospital for their recent decision to close the maternity ward. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Anti-terror funds go local - Synagogues cash in on Homeland Security money

The front line on the war on terror is being waged not in some faraway country—but apparently right here in Brooklyn, where local yeshivas and synagogues recently received over $1 million to fortify their operations. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

A death that will not go away - Kings County Hospital scandal inspires artist into action

Dawn Petrlik’s hands may have molded the clay that became the dead woman, but the “Lonely Death of Esmin Green” is a work of art that comes from deep in her heart. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Warrant weasel Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Windmills and other fairy tales

Editor’s Note: This column was written prior to Obama’s decision to explore off-shore drilling Comment.
Williamsburg

IT’S ONLY MY OPINION - Burnt, bitter and overpriced — bye, bye!

Unless you’ve been living on Mars for the past year, you know that the economy is sliding into the sewer. The Labor Department reported that 62,000 more people lost their jobs in June. That’s the sixth straight month of job losses. The retail sector alone lost 7,500 jobs. It is interesting to note that almost two-thirds of those jobs, about 4,800, were in car dealerships. Comment.
Williamsburg

BURG ‘N’ POINT - Free food, but honesty will cost you $2 - At the Slideluck Pot Show, locals picnic and brave the gaze of Jill and Phil Bumby

I’ve always been lured by the promise of free food. Sadly, I’ve never been a good cook. This makes for a poor combination for things like potlucks, when you’re encouraged to bring your own tasty creations while sharing in the splendor of others. It makes me more of a mooch than an active culinary participant. You’d think I’d feel bad about this, but I don’t. If it weren’t for people like me, where would the restaurant industry be? I’m really more of a philanthropist, when it comes down to it. Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - Save the foreign outings until after November

They aren’t even president yet. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wing it the next time you’re out

When people refer to wildlife in New York City, most folks may conjure up images of New York’s striving nightlife culture or perhaps some of the colorful parades that gallivant up and down the streets of our five boroughs. Comment.
Williamsburg

The British are coming! The British are coming! Brooklyn rallies to arms in Revolutionary War re-enactment

It’s Battle Week, Brooklyn’s annual excursion into the collective American consciousness, enticing history buffs and the merely curious to explore the modern borough with an eye to times long gone. Comment.
Williamsburg

See a sea lion samba live!

Come watch the animals at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo get into the swing of things. Resident sea lions will flipper to the sound of music as the zoo is transported to Rio with “Samba New York!,” a Brazilian samba drum ensemble, August 17, 12-3 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Science cabaret

Ira Flatow, popular host of National Public Radio’s (NPR) Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, will be presenting his TalkingScience’s AquaCabaret at the New York Aquarium, August 8 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rise above it all at the Balloon and Music Festival

The Metro NY Balloon & Music Festival sponsored by RE/MAX of New York, Inc. returns to Brookhaven Calabro Airport on Long Island, August 8, 9 and 10, featuring some of the world’s most magnificent hot air balloons. Comment.
Williamsburg

Never be bored

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy offers a wide array of family fun events during summer 2008. Comment.
Williamsburg

Meet ‘Great White Lies’ author

Bernard J. Marsh, author of the recently published “Great White Way/Greatwhite Lies,” will host a book signing, August 14 from 6-9 p.m., at the Two Steps Down Restaurant, 240 DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn, between Vanderbilt and Clermont avenues. Comment.
Williamsburg

Gabriel on a bad trip

Theater for the New City’s Street Annual Street Theater Tour’s, “It’s the Economy Stupid! or The Turning Point,” will be playing free performances on streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the borough. Comment.
Williamsburg

Enjoy a free ‘Summer on the Green’

Now in its second year, The Prospect Park Youth Council’s free Summer on the Green Program is bigger, better, more educational and even more fun. Comment.
Williamsburg

Discover something wild at Brooklyn Bridge Park

People are not the only visitors who enjoy Brooklyn Bridge Park’s beautiful waterfront. This summer the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, along with New York Audubon and the Coastal Marine Resource Center, invites children (and adults) of all ages to experience the birds and marine life of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘When Boy Meets Girl’ returns to Sputnik

When Boy Meets Girl returns to Brooklyn’s Sputnik night spot August 8. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wilco to pack ‘em into McCarren Pool

Chicago rock band Wilco will play McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on August 13. The concert will benefit the Open Space Alliance and is the band’s only New York area appearance this summer. Comment.
Williamsburg

They’re heavy on the honk and terrific with the tonk

You don’t have to own a pair of cowboy boots or speak in a Southern drawl to get into the country grooves coming to Southpaw on August 8, fueled by a few Brooklyn-based bands that do honky tonk best. Comment.
Williamsburg

Summer Surf & Twist Party

The Wang Dang Doodle presents the Summer Surf and Twist Party with three DJs spinning the sounds of the sizzlin’ season for your drinking and twisting pleasure. On tap are DJs Gaylord Fields (WFMU), Domenic Priore (Riot on Sunset Strip) and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus (Wang host). Comment.
Williamsburg

Spoken word, satire and lotsa, lotsa love

Tillie’s of Brooklyn, 248 DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene, offers music and art events throughout August. Comment.
Williamsburg

Spider John’s musical web

In the late fifties, Spider John Koerner borrowed guitar and a Burl Ives songbook, and began a journey which helped shape the course of American country blues and folk music. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rocker arms her public with luscious lipstick ‘Armour’

Brooklyn's Theo Kogan, an established musician, model and actress, can now add one more notch to her career belt – makeup entrepreneur. Comment.
Williamsburg

Liza and Huey

The Seaside Summer Concert Series, celebrating an incredible 30 years of the very best in free entertainment, continues at Asser Levy/Seaside Park with consecutive Thursday night concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kilguss & Steves

Jessie Kilguss and the Steves will be performing 8 p.m., August 8 at Trash Bar in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jazz Sundays at Tamboril Restaurant

Afro Jazz Sundays is Brooklyn’s newest summer event for live music from African, Caribbean and Latin rhythms interwoven with jazz. Comment.
Williamsburg

Appalachia meets Alaska

Alaska’s fiddlin’ poet, Ken Waldman, opens club Jalopy’s August performance schedule on August 8 at 9 p.m. He combines old-time Appalachian-style fiddling, original poetry and mostly Alaska-set storytelling. He will be joined by Eli Smith playing old-time, folk, blues, pre-blues and country music. Smith performs every Wednesday at the Jalopy Theater as part of the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus music collective. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘What’s the Hook?’ photography exhibit

What’s the Hook?, a community-based photography project, culminates its summer-long series of exhibits with an installation at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition (BWAC) running through August 14 at the Beard Street Warehouse, 499 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. Comment.
Williamsburg

New designs and tunes

Fashion, art & music re-defined describes Backyard Couture, a backyard event held at Harriet’s Alter Ego Boutique & Art Gallery, showcasing emerging designers, local musicians, artists and DJs. Comment.
Williamsburg

Laugh ‘til you cry, then start laughing some more...

At the end of another raucous set of comedy on a recent Wednesday, Sound Fix’s John Knefel takes the stage, shouting to an appreciative and well-lubricated audience, “And avoid comedy clubs!” Comment.
Williamsburg

Immerse yourself in a ‘NY State of Mind’

A special exhibit opening, “New York State of Mind,” at the Brooklyn Museum, August 14, showcases the paintings, sculptures and photography of adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, all of whom are residents of the Institute for Community Living (ICL) and participants in the Art Enhancement Project. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008

Williamsburg

Underground party - Celebrating one year of tunnel maven’s tours

Tunnel maven Bob Diamond is hoping to be surrounded by strangers when he celebrates a very special anniversary this month. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shining bright at sunshine garden

It was a beautiful day in East Williamsburg at the Sunshine Community Garden, which held a community barbecue to celebrate the hard work members had put in weeding, cleaning and planting during chillier months. More than two dozen community members came to celebrate the garden which has been delighting Graham Avenue residents for 17 years. Comment.
Williamsburg

Saving Starrett City - Sen. Clinton applauds Towns work with housing complex

Call it payback for support, but Rep. Ed Towns brought out the heavy hitters last week to Starrett City to praise his work in helping to keep the sprawling housing complex affordable. Comment.
Williamsburg

Real estate roundtable - Janette Sadik-Khan to speak at quarterly luncheon

Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation, will be among the speakers at the next quarterly Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable Luncheon, August 5. Comment.
Williamsburg

More to come - First affordable unit rededicated

Three years ago, the city approved the waterfront inclusionary zoning plan, a step in preserving affordable housing in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Comment.
Williamsburg

Moore St. Market still in business, pols say

It’s (almost) official: Moore Street Market, better known to many Southsiders as “La Marqueta de Williamsburg,” will stay open for at least two more years. Comment.
Williamsburg

Honoring Duran - Slain south side resident had ‘heart of gold’

The first thing his loved ones mention about him is his smile. Comment.
Williamsburg

Heading out to the pool for mgmt...

The countdown to the end of summer concerts at McCarren Pool has begun, and New York’s concert fans seem content to swell the pool for the remainder of the season. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hanging out in the street - Residents enjoy a car-free Bedford Avenue

For the second straight Saturday, Bedford Avenue became an inviting pedestrian plaza as its streets were closed to vehicle traffic from N. 9th Street to Metropolitan Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

From butcher shop to specialty store - Lorimer Market serves up freshly made sandwiches & imported Italian goods

Six days a week, Jerry Virtuoso rises early, arriving at the Lorimer Market at 6 a.m. to begin work on the day’s selection of prepared foods. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fighting at the feast - Alleged assault between vendors sends one to hospital

What had been a quiet two-week celebration of the Feast of the Giglio erupted in violence during the last weekend as a vendor and her disabled husband were assaulted while they cleaned up their stand on the corner of North 7th and Havemeyer Street on July 19, stunned witnesses said. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pork for beep’s pet projects

Borough President Marty Markowitz brought home nearly $90 million worth of bacon in capital funding from the fiscal year 2009 city budget, according to borough hall documents. Comment.
Williamsburg

Don’t go to LICH in labor - Amid debt, hospital to discontinue obstetrical services

Citing increasing costs, annual deficits and a mountain of debt, Long Island College Hospital announced last week that it plans on discontinuing its obstetrical services. Comment.
Williamsburg

Confronting violence in the nabe - Community reacts to recent spates of crime; anti-violence rally planned for this Saturday

A rash of violence, much of it believed to be gang-related, has erupted in Williamsburg, piercing what has been a calm and relatively peaceful summer in the neighborhood’s south side. Comment.
Williamsburg

Changing of the guard - Wyckoff CEO dismisses; Steve Nathan steps in

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center has dismissed its chief executive officer for the second time in six months, appointing Steve Nathan as interim CEO to manage the hospital during its continuing restructuring. Comment.
Williamsburg

Boosts in cleaning up polluted sites - Two initiatives to help aid Newtown Creek

Newtown Creek Alliance members hope that two new initiatives, a Brownfield grant and an online mapping project, will help energize residents towards monitoring polluted sites in Greenpoint and put pressure on elected officials to work to clean the property up. Comment.
Williamsburg

Boos over barges on Newtown Creek - Local residents, community groups raise concerns about eyesore and pollution

Laura Hofmann and her husband were walking on the Newtown Creek Nature Walk at the end of May when they saw debris washing up on the banks of the pathway. Comment.
Williamsburg

Artwork in action at Pocket Utopia

Matthew Miller wants to show you how he creates such vibrant, almost Rembrant-like portraits. At the Pocket Utopia gallery (1037 Flushing Avenue), six of Miller’s paintings, most of them self-portraits, are accompanied by dozens of three-foot-high sketches. Some of them look almost like cartoon storyboards with Chinese characters, or initial blocking for future portraits, but most of them are their own images. Comment.
Williamsburg

...and the liars FOR ONE LAST SUMMER

Thousands of indie rock fans braved steamy temperatures to hear The Liars, F—k Buttons, and Team Robespierre bring their eclectic sounds to McCarren Park Pool, located on Lorimer Street between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street. Comment.
Letters

What about the Terrace?

Editor’s Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Councilmember Bill de Blasio. Comment.
Letters

Political blood ties

Shavana Abruzzo, I was amused by the spurious analysis of your column (“Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties,” A Britisher’s View). Comment.
Letters

Beware of flag waving

Shavana Abruzzo, my eye was immediately drawn to your column in the July 11 issue (“Life, liberty and the pursuit of non-patriotism,” A Britisher’s View). Comment.
Williamsburg

BURG ‘N’ POINT - ‘Stoked’ for skateboards at 3rd Ward - East Williamsburg gallery hosts charity event to benefit teen mentorship program

Andrew Davis really loves skateboards, and last weekend he was banking on the fact that he wasn’t alone. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

1 year anniversary of lost Tunnel’s return

Tunnel maven Bob Diamond is hoping to be surrounded by strangers when he celebrates a very special anniversary this month. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Tear down the buildings’ - Fierce fight over future of Admiral’s Row continues

Elected officials and public housing residents chanting “Tear down the buildings” competed with the harried voices of local preservationists last week in the latest round over the 10 dilapidated mansions known as Admiral’s Row. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Wireless sensors on bridges

At the behest of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the House of Representatives has allocated $5 million for a pilot technology that uses wireless sensors to evaluate the safety of bridges. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Tiger mosquito’s sting is sharp

Brooklyn is known for its way of embracing immigrants, who enrich the diverse borough with their energy and diversity. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

11th season of ‘Camp Courageous’

Calvary Hospital hosted the 11th session of Camp Courageous, a children’s bereavement camp located at Arrow Park in Monroe, NY, surrounded by the beautiful and vast Sterling Forest. The 26 participants this year have all attended the children and teen bereavement programs, which Calvary, 150 55th Street, offers year-round. The camp provided a safe, nurturing environment for the children of diverse backgrounds to validate feelings, offer hope, and have fun for a few hours every day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The best ride - Top marks for the L line

Brooklyn’s hippest subway is also the city’s best, a commuter advocacy group determined this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Slain man found in Prospect Pk

A normally bucolic day at Prospect Park took a grisly turn Wednesday when a murdered man was found sprawled out in a thatch of trees and shrubs. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

See the life of a rose

Gertrude Stein’s axiom “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” has never been truer than in context of the first-ever rose time-lapse video of the Cranford Rose Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Running once more at 87 - Bill Saunders taking on Walter Mosley for leader post

He’s known to many around the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods as the dean of Central Brooklyn politics. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red Flag events

The Hoyt Street Association and Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation present a new weekly August series as part of this summer’s inaugural “Red Flag Wednesdays on Atlantic Avenue.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Real estate roundtable - Luncheon slated this month

Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation, will be among the speakers at the next quarterly Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable Luncheon, August 5. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Moms support group

This fall, Brooklyn Women’s Services will begin an ongoing Parenting Support Group for Mothers, which will offer support and teach skills needed to parent effectively while looking at how our own experience as children impacts our parenting styles. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Little Jewel’s challenge - Top doctors needed to help save courageous child’s life

You wouldn’t think anything was wrong with little Jewel Sulker when you first meet her, but her mother and a state senator have been desperately scrambling to save her life. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

LICH to lose obstetrics services - Borough medical center’s financial woes continue to mount

Citing increasing costs, annual deficits and a mountain of debt, Long Island College Hospital announced last week that it plans on discontinuing its obstetrical services. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Let the political mud fly - Felder, Stewart launch verbal attacks on Parker in senate race

The upcoming 21st Senate District Democratic primary on September 9 is turning ugly. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Legal help for teen moms

The Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective (BYMC) has announced the creation of the Septima Poinsette Clark Law Center, whose main mission is to provide legal services and information to pregnant and parenting teens in Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Just gliding through Prospect Park’s beauty

The thrill of an evening meander aboard an electric boat through shady woodlands parting the Lullwater lured summer revelers to the Prospect Park Audubon Center for a benefit soiree to raise funds for the emerald empire. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gowanus goo - good for you

New York City College of Technology Biology Professors Nasreen and Niloufar Haque have announced preliminary findings of their research on the “white stuff” in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Expert help for LICH - New chief restructuring officer joins the team

For the past several months, the Board of Trustees and senior staff from Continuum and Long Island College Hospital have been discussing approaches and options to secure a bright and prosperous future for LICH. The issues that must be addressed are complex, and the ultimate plan of action will require particular expertise and experience. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Edge films

This August, Williamsburg’s hottest and soon-to-be largest residential condominium development, The Edge, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will host “Mondays Under the Moon.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

DOE’s corrosive effect on democracy - Critics charge American ideals suffer under mayoral control

Democracy has suffered under mayoral control. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

DEP lax in making collections, report sez

The city’s method for billing private hospitals for water use is headed for the ER unless steps are taken to resuscitate it soon, an audit released this week concluded. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Carroll Park Concerts

The Carroll Park Concert Series continues August 6 with Uncle Rock, a singer-songwriter, actor, teacher, former globe-trotting bassist, and erstwhile stay-at-home dad, Robert Burke Warren. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Careers in cable installation

Brooklyn Networks finished 2007 with a 94% placement rate, an average starting wage of more than $12 an hour and 100% of their graduates passed their certification exam. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Blooming new boulevard - $4.1 million spent on median extension

Downtown Brooklyn’s transformation into a classy business hub began last week with the median strip completion of “Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK parents suffer ‘power outage’

Community Education Councils (CEC) have been rendered ineffective, according to some frustrated members. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bargemusic floats on 50K

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman and State Senator Martin Connor presented $50,000 in state funding to Bargemusic, a unique floating New York City concert venue. The state funding was used to purchase a tented structure to allow Bargemusic to hold concerts on the rooftop. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Artist Otto Neals inspires Brooklynites

Budding sculptors at Prospect Park received tips from the top when the man who created the bronze statue of “Peter and Willie” at Imagination Playground stopped by the recreational space to help them mold their masterpieces. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

In celebration of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s (AAADT’s) 50th anniversary and its mission of making dance accessible to everyone, Ailey will present a special series of free performances and dance classes in Brooklyn, August 7. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Albany colleagues back Connor run - State senator marking 30 years representing voters of the 25th District

As the fight for the 25th State Senate District heats up, incumbent Martin Connor received a shot in the arm from a handful of his Albany colleagues, all of whom endorsed him for another run this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Adoption rights

Under legislation signed into law by Governor David Paterson, adopted children will be able to claim two parents of record, even if one parent dies before the adoption is final. Comment.
Greenpoint

Wyckoff changing of the guard - Medical center dismisses CEO; appoints Steve Nathan in the interim

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center has dismissed its chief executive officer for the second time in six months, appointing Steve Nathan as interim CEO to manage the hospital during its continuing restructuring. Comment.
Greenpoint

Raise your glass - The late Ledger’s bar, to open

A long-rumored bar tied to the late actor Heath Ledger is becoming a reality. Comment.
Greenpoint

Preserving affordable housing - First building to take advantage of rezoning rededicated as part of $20 million plan

Three years ago, the city approved the waterfront inclusionary zoning plan, a step in preserving affordable housing in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Comment.
Greenpoint

Monday nights under the moon

This August, Williamsburg’s hottest and soon-to-be largest residential condominium development, The Edge, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will host “Mondays Under the Moon.” Comment.
Greenpoint

Making merry on Manhattan Avenue

Greenpoint residents heated up with barbecued shish kebabs and cooled down with homemade fruit smoothies this at the Manhattan Avenue Street Fair, sponsored by the North Brooklyn Development Corporation. Comment.
Greenpoint

Making bridges safer - Brooklyn Bridge, others slated for new technology

At the behest of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the House of Representatives has allocated $5 million for a pilot technology that uses wireless sensors to evaluate the safety of bridges. Comment.
Greenpoint

Happy birthday for tunnel tours - Bob Diamond to mark one-year anniversary of leading Brooklynites underground

Tunnel maven Bob Diamond is hoping to be surrounded by strangers when he celebrates a very special anniversary this month. Comment.
Greenpoint

Fighting breaks out during the feast - Alleged assault between vendors at Giglio festival sends woman to the hospital

What had been a quiet two-week celebration of the Feast of the Giglio erupted in violence during the last weekend as a vendor and her disabled husband were assaulted while they cleaned up their stand on the corner of North 7th and Havemeyer Street on July 19, stunned witnesses said. Comment.
Greenpoint

Moves to keep the creek clean

As congressmembers lobby the Environmental Protection Agency to declare Newtown Creek a Superfund site, Riverkeeper keeps on chugging up the river, raising awareness in the community about oil and sewage seeping into the river, polluting the waterway. Comment.
Greenpoint

Car-free Bedford - Residents hang out in the streets

After being displaced from their Greenpoint apartment building for nearly four years, tenants could soon be moving back to 202 Franklin Street, as attorneys neared a settlement in housing court this week. Comment.
Greenpoint

Call for help for this special Jewel - Senator addresses medical community to work towards saving girl’s life

You wouldn’t think anything was wrong with little Jewel Sulker when you first meet her, but her mother and a state senator have been desperately scrambling to save her life. Comment.
Greenpoint

Boosts in cleaning up polluted sites

Newtown Creek Alliance members hope that two new initiatives, a Brownfield grant and an online mapping project, will help energize residents toward monitoring polluted sites in Greenpoint and put pressure on elected officials to work to clean the property up. Comment.
Greenpoint

Booing over barge - Eyesore for residents, source of pollution for creek

Laura Hofmann and her husband were walking on the Newtown Creek Nature Walk at the end of May when they saw debris washing up on the banks of the pathway. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK real estate roundtable

Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation, will be among the speakers at the next quarterly Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable Luncheon, August 5. Comment.
Greenpoint

Ba-Rocking for Obama - Bands play at fundraiser party for presidential candidate

Barack Obama may have been giving speeches in Europe last weekend, but he missed one heck of a party in Greenpoint. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Tear down the buildings’ - Battle over Admiral’s Row future rages on

Elected officials and public housing residents chanting “Tear down the buildings” competed with the harried voices of local preservationists last week in the latest round over the 10 dilapidated mansions known as Admiral’s Row. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Neighbor Sketches’ of Fort Greene - Young filmmakers focus on intimate interviews with neighborhood residents

Brooklyn Young Filmmakers Center (BYFC) is launching the Fort Greene Information X-Change blog, http://fginfox.blogspot.com, featuring “Neighbor Sketches,” intimate interviews with neighbors from all areas of Fort Greene, from the brownstones to public housing, speaking frankly about class, race, history, neighborhood development, and their fears and hopes. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Hipster express’ rated number 1 - Straphangers Campaign gives top marks to L subway line

Brooklyn’s hippest subway is also the city’s best, a commuter advocacy group determined this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

St. James Place sends autos packing

A brightly colored banner ushered in the call to revel for residents of St. James Place as they joined friendly forces with local homeowners for a block party. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Slain man found inside Prospect Park - Gruesome discover near Look Out Point

A normally bucolic day at Prospect Park took a grisly turn Wednesday when a murdered man was found sprawled out in a thatch of trees and shrubs. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Safer routes to the schoolhouse - Roads surrounding area schools under close scrutiny

The city is implementing safety improvements at local schools. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Parents suffer ‘power outage’

Community Education Councils (CEC) have been rendered ineffective, according to some frustrated members. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Obstetrics to be cut at LICH - Center’s money woes continue

Citing increasing costs, annual deficits and a mountain of debt, Long Island College Hospital announced last week that it plans on discontinuing its obstetrical services. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Here’s ‘Spike’ to the rescue - Spotlight on veteran Long Island College Hospital paramedic

As part of its 150th celebration, LICH is profiling some of the individuals who make the hospital a great community resource. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dock St. school gets DOE nod

The city would “support” the creation of a middle school in a controversial new development. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Blvd. of blooming dreams - $4.1 million median extension moves forward

Downtown Brooklyn’s transformation into a classy business hub began last week with the median strip completion of “Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A perfect storm for neighborhood motorists

Community Board 2 and local civic organizations have been flooded with complaints regarding the repaving of roads coupled with film shoots in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Afro-Punk scene on the rise

One of America’s fastest-growing arts subcultures is continuing its scene along Myrtle Avenue in a series of Sunday Brooklyn Urban Arts Markets this summer. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Spike’ answers your distress calls - Spotlight on veteran Long Island College Hospital paramedic

As part of its 150th celebration, LICH is profiling some of the individuals who make the hospital a great community resource. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Safer routes to the schoolhouse - Roads surrounding neighborhood schools under scrutiny

The city is implementing safety improvements at local schools. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Parents rendered powerless

Community Education Councils (CEC) have been rendered ineffective, according to some frustrated members. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

of blooming dreams - $4.1 million median extension project moving forward

Downtown Brooklyn’s transformation into a classy business hub began last week with the median strip completion of “Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

2nd place is first in summertime fun & games

Kids soared on the Gorilla Buster and neighbors prepared grilled goodies to share with loved ones during block party festivities in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mayoral control withers democracy

Democracy has suffered under mayoral control. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Illuminating new ‘Neighbor Sketches’ - Young filmmakers focus on the lives of people in their Brooklyn neighborhood

Brooklyn Young Film-makers Center (BYFC) is launching the Fort Greene Information X-Change blog, http://fginfox.blogspot.com, featuring “Neighbor Sketches,” intimate interviews with neighbors from all areas of Fort Greene, from the brownstones to public housing, speaking frankly about class, race, history, neighborhood development, and their fears and hopes. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

High heat forces library shut down

With meteorologists forecasting temperatures flirting with the 90-degree mark this week, it might be wise to re-think a trip to the Carroll Gardens library. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Carroll Gardens shock waves - Zoning text change has immediate impact on construction

The zoning text amendment closing Carroll Gardens’ “wide streets” loophole is having an immediate effect on new construction in the community. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Body of slain man found

A normally bucolic day at Prospect Park took a grisly turn Wednesday when a murdered man was found sprawled out in a thatch of trees and shrubs. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Asbestos fears loom - Concern over warehouse

An asbestos abatement project abutting a mixed-use development planned at the mouth of the Gowanus Canal is giving some local residents pause as they wonder what the future holds for the remainder of this massive, contaminated site. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Spike’ is there when you need help - Spotlight on veteran LICH paramedic

As part of its 150th celebration, LICH is profiling some of the individuals who make the hospital a great community resource. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Hipster express’ rated city’s best - Straphangers Campaign gives top marks to L subway line

Brooklyn’s hippest subway is also the city’s best, a commuter advocacy group determined this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Safer routes to schools - Roads surrounding schools under scrutiny

The city is implementing safety improvements at local schools. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Recipe for summer parking woes - Motorists jeer movie shoots, street repaving, block parties

Community Board 2 and local civic organizations have been flooded with complaints regarding the repaving of roads coupled with film shoots in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Parents groups suffer ‘power outage’

Community Education Councils (CEC) have been rendered ineffective, according to some frustrated members. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Make way for Brooklyn Bridge Blvd.

Downtown Brooklyn’s transformation into a classy business hub began last week with the median strip completion of “Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

LICH turmoil continues - Obstetrical services at center to be jettisoned

Citing increasing costs, annual deficits and a mountain of debt, Long Island College Hospital announced last week that it plans on discontinuing its obstetrical services. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Henry Street hails summer

Games and good cheer were the order of the day when neighbors bonded over block party festivities in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Elbow room for P.S. 8 - Annex coming for Heights building

Score one for parents in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Downstate prepares for the worst - 300 volunteers pose as ‘patients’

In 90-degree heat, 300 volunteer “patients” and more than a hundred SUNY Downstate Medical Center clinical and support staff and administrators participated in a Sunday morning disaster drill to test hospital response to a potentially life-threatening illness associated with cold weather — influenza. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

DOE gives nod to Dock St. school

The city would “support” the creation of a middle school in a controversial new development. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Democracy withers under mayoral control - Challenges to DOE mount

Democracy has suffered under mayoral control. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Clinton praises Ed Towns

Call it payback for support, but Rep. Ed Towns brought out the heavy hitters to Starrett City last week to praise his work in helping to keep the sprawling housing complex affordable. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Calls to ‘Tear’ ‘em down - Tug of war over future of Admiral’s Row continues

Elected officials and public housing residents chanting “Tear down the buildings” competed with the harried voices of local preservationists last week in the latest round over the 10 dilapidated mansions known as Admiral’s Row. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Body found in Prospect Pk - Murdered man was hit over the head, police say

A normally bucolic day at Prospect Park took a grisly turn Wednesday when a murdered man was found sprawled out in a thatch of trees and shrubs. Comment.

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