Brooklyn Courier

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Williamsburg

Youth react to violence - El Puente program members dish on nabe pressures

For teenagers growing up on the south side of Williamsburg, the pressures of a steadily expanding real estate market in Brooklyn have exacerbated gang-related violence in their neighborhoods over the past year. Comment.
Williamsburg

107 years & counting - Brooklynite celebrates big birthday with family

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Pandas’ take to the street; 5 arrested

A procession of hundreds of walking and biking citizens was halted by the NYPD in Williamsburg Saturday night during “Pandamonium,” a self-described “costumed, roving street party” where revelers dressed up as, well, pandas. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Moonstruck’ home off the market - Brooklyn brownstone that played a part in the 1987 Cher film sells for $4 million

When a family pays nearly $4 million for a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, that’s amore! Comment.
Williamsburg

Welcome to Brooklyn – how sweet it is! Man bikes from the Pacific to the Atlantic; enjoys a Nathan’s hot dog & Cyclones thrill

Nine months ago, Robert Menegio sold coatings for glossy magazine paper upstate. This week, he biked into Coney Island from across the country, a new man. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tools of the trade at Errant Garrison

Although the gallery space at The Errant Garrison (166 North 12th Street) is only theirs for a few weeks, Tryn Collins planned to make the most of it, with a bright, intricate display of subtly political art. Comment.
Williamsburg

South side rocks the vote - Jewish organization hosts voter registration; more than 4,000 sign up

On the last day that Brooklyn residents are able to register to cast their ballot in the state’s September primary, Rabbi David Niederman and officials from the United Jewish Organization (UJO) delivered more than 4,000 new voter registration cards to the Board of Elections in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shopping after the stork arrives - Manhattan Avenue’s Stork Store meets expecting and new mothers’ needs

As if launching her own business, a store catering to the needs of newborns and young families earlier this year was not hectic enough, Stephanie Watson-Campbell was in the process of birthing and caring for her first child. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rep. Towns stands up for the ladies - Calls on government to build more bathrooms for women with ‘Restroom Equity’ bill

Surrounded by several dozen women supporters on the steps of Borough Hall, Rep. Edolphus Towns last week jumped into the bathroom parity issue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pool sharks swim for gold in BK - Skyline Builliard’s to host 3rd Annual New York City 9-ball Championships on Aug. 23

Paul Newman and Tom Cruise may not be hustling in corners around the pool tables, but some of the best professional pool players in the world will be racking up cue balls at the Skyline Billiard’s 3rd Annual New York City 9-ball Championships on August 23 and 24. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mayoral control just not cutting it - Educators urge city to rework system at BK town hall

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Williamsburg

Locals come out for Wilco, OSA

Thousands of Wilco fans stuffed McCarren Park Pool (Lorimer Street between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street) last Wednesday, singing along to the lead singer Jeff Tweedy’s renditions of songs that stretched the band’s entire repertoire. Comment.
Williamsburg

Forget Beijing! Olympics in the park

Greenmarket shoppers were treated to a bounty of fresh melon and skin rashes at the McCarren Park Greenmarket (corner of Lorimer Street and Driggs Avenue) this past Saturday, as farmers and residents competed in the first annual Farmer Olympics. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK school rises up the ranks

Move over, Brooklyn Tech. Comment.
Williamsburg

Double trouble: 2-headed turtle stolen - Pet shop owner’s mutant reptile swiped from store; locals raise $1,000 for its recovery

Concerned reptile and oddity lovers just have two things to say to the thief who snapped up the two-headed turtle who’s called Windsor Terrace home for the last few weeks: Slow down and think about what you’re doing. Comment.
Williamsburg

Boy’s fatal fall - Elevator accident at 70 Clymer

Tragedy struck a Williamsburg family Tuesday morning when their five-year-old son plunged to his death down an elevator shaft in their 70 Clymer Street apartment building. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK ‘Obama Boy’ headed to Denver - Rep. Nadler staffer Danny Ross to back up ‘Obama Girl’ at Democratic Convention

Barack Obama’s steady drift into right wing waters may have turned off a lot of former devotees, but the presumptive Democratic nominee still has that super-hot YouTube brunette in his corner. Comment.
Williamsburg

Advocating for tenant protection - BK groups urge state to modify amendments to building demolition regulation

Hundreds of housing advocates and members of community groups stormed City Hall this week to protest state housing regulations that may not be doing enough to prevent landlords from demolish rent-stabilized buildings that could be sufficiently repaired. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Zionist attrocities

When it comes to critical thought concerning the Middle East, your paper is willfully lacking, and Shavana Abruzzo’s latest piece is no exception (“Why celebrate the murder of a little girl?” “A Britisher’s View,” 7-24 issue). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Youths Pal around with cops for summer

Call it an NYPD play day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

107-year-old marks another milestone - Brooklyn lady celebrates with family, friends

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Yearn not for junk food

The directions to the Crown Heights Family Literacy Program at Public School 375 Jackie Robinson School are easy to follow. When you step out of the train station, you will see a Wendy’s across the street. Cross over to Wendy’s, walk past the Dunkin Donuts and Popeye, cross over to the McDonalds. The school is right behind McDonalds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Weapons of mass creation’ - Sunset Park mural examines recruitment of young poor women for Iraq War

A new mural in Sunset Park by a group of young women provides a stark reminder of the continuing toll of the war in Iraq, particularly among young women from low-income backgrounds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Moonstruck’ townhouse is sold - Celebrated address goes for $4 million

When a family pays nearly $4 million for a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, that’s amore! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Fast Break to Reading’

New York Liberty Legend Kym Hampton will take part in a “Reading Time-Out” event with youth at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Leonard Library as part of the “Fast Break To Reading Program” with the WNBA and Pitney Bowes, August 25, from 2-3:15 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Writing workshop

Barnes & Noble Park Slope will host a Teen Writing Workshop with author Ned Vizzini, who facilitates a writing workshop for teens, August 29 at 5 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Theft leaves Brooklyn ‘shell-shocked’ - I.D. of the person responsible for theft of two-headed turtle still unknown

Concerned reptile and oddity lovers just have two things to say to the thief who snapped up the two-headed turtle who’s called Windsor Terrace home for the last few weeks: Slow down and think about what you’re doing. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Summer is the time to dance on Union street

Doing the summertime cha-cha-cha. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Student investing

The Red Hook Initiative awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to 11 young people from the Red Hook Houses who are beginning or returning to college this fall. The scholarships were awarded during a dinner at Tini Wine Bar Café in Red Hook with special guests from the Carver Scholarship Fund, a generous supporter of the awards. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Spirit of ’76 burns bright for battle week

Remembering the shots heard round the borough… Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Some relief on Hamilton Ave - Lanes reopened on vital span; further work continues

The Hamilton Avenue Bridge has reopened to two-way traffic and three lanes of traffic in both directions, nearly two weeks sooner than the original project completion date of August 31. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Solar-powered food & fun

Come to Habana Outpost Ecoeatery, New York’s first solar powered restaurant and marketplace, created by artist and restaurateur Sean Meenan, at 757 Fulton Street & South Portland Avenue, September 1 from 12-5 p.m. for a Labor Day Back to School Bash like no other. A dance party, face painting, story time, library card sign up and eco-friendly crafts are all part of the day’s festivities. All activities are free and open to the public. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Senior activities

CCNS St. Charles Jubilee Older Adult Services offers a wide array of services and free activities for seniors. Among their offerings are. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rush to block demolitions - Tenants fight against threat

Hundreds of housing advocates and members of community groups stormed City Hall this week to protest state housing regulations that may not be doing enough to prevent landlords from demolish rent-stabilized buildings that could be sufficiently repaired. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red Flag shows

The Hoyt Street Association and Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation concludes its weekly August series with Graciela Carriqui, innovator of the acclaimed program “Musica Para Mi,” as part of this summer’s inaugural “Red Flag Wednesdays on Atlantic Avenue,” a variety of free events in the lovely Hoyt Street Garden, Atlantic Avenue and Hoyt Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ready to build - Financing secured for 80 DeKalb Ave.

Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) has closed on financing for a 335,000-square-foot building at 80 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Nadler aide to rock with ‘Obama Girl’ - ‘Crush’ benefit featuring Danny Ross

Barack Obama’s steady drift into right wing waters may have turned off a lot of former devotees, but the presumptive Democratic nominee still has that super-hot YouTube brunette in his corner. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Meeting over Ikea shuttles

Two months after Ikea opened in Red Hook, representatives of the home furnishings giant met with a group of city agencies to assess the impact of the store’s free shuttles on the surrounding community. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Jeers for mayoral control of schools - Teachers, parents challenge the future of school governance

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

How ’bout a movie?

I am writing on behalf of a group of seniors living in the Williamsburg/ Greenpoint area. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fourth Ave. trash tower - No pickups for new condos

More condominiums along Fourth Avenue mean more people. More people mean more garbage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Draw the line - it’s fine - Interactive performance wows audiences

Over the course of three and a half years, Michael Alan’s Draw-A-Thon Theater has developed into a multi-level, interactive art project. The performance can and has been done everywhere in New York City, from theaters, to the streets, to galleries, to a church on Governers Island, to a recent guerilla performance inside the Whitney Museum. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cross-country biker rides into BK - Cyclist enjoys Nathan’s dog, Cyclone ride

Nine months ago, Robert Menegio sold coatings for glossy magazine paper upstate. This week, he biked into Coney Island from across the country, a new man. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bright medical careers ahead - Eight graduate from hospital’s School of Medical technology

Staff members, family, and friends gathered together to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s eight graduates of New York Methodist Hospital’s School of Medical Technology. The graduates earned this well-deserved praise by completing a rigorous fulltime program that encompasses both the theory and practice of medical technology. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Barking at death’s door - Woman starved puggle to spite ex-boyfriend

A 21-year-old Brooklyn Heights woman was arrested last week for allegedly starving her two-year-old Puggle — ignoring the animal’s yelps for food for three weeks before an ex-boyfriend forced her to take the pup to the vet. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Banneker’s grad rate rises - High school sees improvement while others falter

Move over, Brooklyn Tech. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bad-news buzz returns to Brooklyn

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Adopt a pet

The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network invite Brooklynites to adopt or foster a cat or dog, August 23 from 12-5 p.m. at the Greenpoint Starbucks, 910 Manhattan Avenue between Greenpoint Avenue and Kent Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Admirals Row alternatives presented

The Municipal Art Society presented six different alternative plans to the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau, each demonstrating that it is possible to retain the historic buildings on the Admiral’s Row site while also allowing for the construction of a much-needed supermarket and new retail and industrial space. Comment.
Greenpoint

‘Sign’ up: anti-flyer bill now active

If the barrage of circulars thrown onto your stoop, lawn or porch has you seeing red, a glimpse of green may be right around the corner. Comment.
Greenpoint

‘Pandamonium’ in the streets

A procession of hundreds of walking and biking citizens was halted by the NYPD in Williamsburg Saturday night during “Pandamonium,” a self-described “costumed, roving street party” where revelers dressed up as, well, pandas. Comment.
Greenpoint

‘Happy Days’ are here again in BK

This Saturday, a brigade of classic cars and their enthusiasts will converge in Williamsburg under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway for the eighth annual “Kustom Kills and Hot Rod Thrills” show. Comment.
Greenpoint

Welcome to Brooklyn – how sweet it is! - Man bikes from the Pacific to the Atlantic; enjoys Nathan’s hot dog and Cyclone thrill

Nine months ago, Robert Menegio sold coatings for glossy magazine paper upstate. This week, he biked into Coney Island from across the country, a new man. Comment.
Greenpoint

Mayoral control just not cutting it - Educators urge city to rework public school system at recent Brooklyn town hall

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Greenpoint

It’s been a good three years - With last free show this weekend, JellyNYC looks back on Pool Parties

With Yo La Tengo set to play the last free show of JellyNYC’s summer concert series at McCarren Park Pool this weekend, Alexander Kane is taking a moment to reflect on Jelly’s success. Comment.
Greenpoint

Advocating for tenant protection

Hundreds of housing advocates and members of community groups stormed City Hall this week to protest state housing regulations that may not be doing enough to prevent landlords from demolish rent-stabilized buildings that could be sufficiently repaired. Comment.
Greenpoint

Clean the creek! - Oil sighting sparks calls

Area residents out for a summer stroll recently discovered that a new but familiar substance had leaked onto the steps of Newtown Creek’s Nature Walk. Comment.
Greenpoint

Celebrating life in death - Greenpoint remembers killed cyclist Rasha Shamoon

As the large procession walked through the sleepy Saturday streets of Greenpoint, the Hungry March Band shifted its tone from the funeral dirge “St. James Infirmary” to a more festive song, celebrating the unique and joyful life of Greenpoint resident and cycling activist Rasha Shamoon. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK ‘Obama Boy’ headed to Denver - Rep. Nedler staffer Danny Ross to back up ‘Obama Girl’ at Democratic Convention

Barack Obama’s steady drift into right wing waters may have turned off a lot of former devotees, but the presumptive Democratic nominee still has that super-hot YouTube brunette in his corner. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

107-year-old marks another milestone - Bklyn lady celebrates with family, friends

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

West Nile Virus poses potent threat - More mosquito pools test positive

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Salute to Atlantic Ave’s green pioneers - Roots of beautification effort runs deep

A tree may grow in Brooklyn, but along Atlantic Avenue hundreds of them grow -- along with a few cornstalks. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ryerson Street neighbors enjoy the summer

The neighborhood soared with community spirit as residents of Ryerson Street between Park and Myrtle avenues gave a final salute to summer with a block party for the record books. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ratner honored at Met Council fundraiser - Luncheon takes in more than $1M

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) netted more than $1 million this past week, during its annual Builder’s Luncheon honoring Bruce Ratner, chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Grand Ave. revels in the joys of summer in the city

Keeping the beat… Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Davis legacy of non-violence - Slain councilman inspires peace activists

Fighting violence with love… Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Challenge to mayor’s might - Town hall held on school governance

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bet on Ben - Grad rate up at Banneker

Move over, Brooklyn Tech. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bathroom parity now! - Towns advocates more restrooms for women

Surrounded by several dozen women supporters on the steps of Borough Hall, Rep. Edolphus Towns last week jumped into the bathroom parity issue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

107-year-old marks milestone - Centenarian celebrates with family & pals

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The spirit of compromise - Meeting over Ikea bus kinks

Two months after Ikea opened in Red Hook, representatives of the home furnishings giant met with a group of city agencies to assess the impact of the store’s free shuttles on the surrounding community. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Summer is the time to dance on Union Street

Doing the summertime cha-cha-cha. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red Hook historian blasts MTA

A longtime Red Hook resident and historian slammed the MTA last week, alleging the agency caters to the whims of Ikea shoppers while forgetting residents of southwest Red Hook. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pacific Street suspends traffic for fun

Let’s unwind. Traditional barbecue delights sprinkled with sunshine and summer fun was on the menu Saturday as neighbors gathered for a relaxing, laid back block party on Pacific Street between Smith and Bond Streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Neighborhood grants - Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project

You or your neighborhood group have a chance to win an award of up to $1,000 by submitting your proposal to the Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project (HSACFP). This annual grant program is funded by the Hoyt Street Association to help neighborhood improvement projects in Boerum Hill. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

More trash, but no more pickups - 4th Ave. fears rubbish flood

More condominiums along Fourth Avenue mean more people. More people mean more garbage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mayoral control of schools under fire - Future of school governance is challenged at lively town hall

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

House from ‘Moonstruck’ sells for cool $4M - Lunar price for Cher-flick home after two years on mkt

When a family pays nearly $4 million for a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, that’s amore! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Honoring a ‘green’ pioneer on Atlantic - Honors for the late Carolyn Spieler, downtown tree-planting firebrand

A tree may grow in Brooklyn, but along Atlantic Avenue hundreds of them grow — along with a few cornstalks. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Help for aspiring business owners

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation will hold its Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) beginning September 16. The 15-week training curriculum is designed to provide current and future business owners with the skills and knowledge that are critical to produce an effective business plan and operate a successful business. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bad news buzz returns - West Nile virus found in Brooklyn once more

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

West Nile Virus’ potent threat

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Top Brooklyn high schools slip up - Educators see a decline in graduation rates

Move over, Brooklyn Tech. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Squadron unveils BBP plan

Issues surrounding Brooklyn Bridge Park have entered the hotly contested 25th District State Senate race. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pacific Street revels in the joys of summer in the city

Let’s unwind. Traditional barbecue delights sprinkled with sunshine and summer fun was on the menu Saturday as neighbors gathered for a relaxing, laid back block party on Pacific Street between Smith and Bond Streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Neighbors forge stronger friendships on Sands St.

Residents of Sands Street between Navy and Gold streets got a chance to meet their neighbors all over again Saturday as residents kicked off their annual block party. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Moonstruck house sold - Celebrated Heights townhouse goes for $4 million

When a family pays nearly $4 million for a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, that’s amore! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Meeting over Ikea shuttle progress - Involved parties catch up on bus service

Two months after Ikea opened in Red Hook, representatives of the home furnishings giant met with a group of city agencies to assess the impact of the store’s free shuttles on the surrounding community. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Mayoral control of schools jeered - School governance under fire

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fifth Ave. fears mountain of trash - No extra pickups for new condo buildings

More condominiums along Fourth Avenue mean more people. More people mean more garbage. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bathroom parity now! Towns advocates more restrooms for women

Surrounded by several dozen women supporters on the steps of Borough Hall, Rep. Edolphus Towns last week jumped into the bathroom parity issue. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Barking at death’s door - Woman starved dog to spite ex beau

A 21-year-old Brooklyn Heights woman was arrested last week for allegedly starving her two-year-old Puggle – ignoring the animal’s yelps for food for three weeks before an ex-boyfriend forced her to take the pup to the vet. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Atlantic Ave. honors green pioneers - Local beautification efforts have deep roots

A tree may grow in Brooklyn, but along Atlantic Avenue hundreds of them grow -- along with a few cornstalks. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Apply for Hoyt Street Association grants

You or your neighborhood group have a chance to win an award of up to $1,000 by submitting your proposal to the Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project (HSACFP). This annual grant program is funded by the Hoyt Street Association to help neighborhood improvement projects in Boerum Hill. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 25, 2008

Williamsburg

Papa Leone’s: Pride on every plate served

Papa Leone’s (101-103 Oriental Boulevard at the corner of West End Avenue in Manhattan Beach; 718-648-1349 or 718-648-9832) is a rare vestige of another era: the first rate, top notch neighborhood Italian restaurant, where family skill and pride were the hallmarks of both the kitchen and the dining room. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Mad Hatter’ still at large

John Dillinger has some stiff competition. Comment.
Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Miscommunication Comment.
Williamsburg

Cops on the hunt for bank bandits

As cops apprehend the Tootsie look-alike responsible for robbing two Park Slope banks last month, a new note-passing bandit has surfaced in the area. Comment.
Letters

School’s open - nuts!

As schools open once again, excessive horn honking amidst the plethora of autos/vans/yellow busses, picking up toddlers in the a.m. will commence. Comment.
Letters

Personal responsibility

With regards to the article “Very Unsafe Surf” by Michèle De Meglio and Thomas Tracy (“Bay News,” July 31 issue), they should be more educated about the subject prior to doing an article. Comment.
Letters

Move over

After reading stories week after week about Harriett Rosenberg’s not being re-upped at CB10, I feel like it is time for me to add my two cents to this story. Comment.
Letters

Know your history

I believe this is not the first time you’ve made this mistake, but perhaps no one pointed it out before, so you’ve repeated the error. Comment.
Letters

In Schack’s corner

I write with regard to comments attributed to Jeannie May in Stephen Witt’s article entitled, “Nurse finds politics rough.” Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Timberrrrrr! The price of gas is falling

Not for nuthin’, but if the price of gas is falling and no one cares – do the caribou in Alaska really have to find a new place to mate? Has anyone noticed that the price of gasoline has plummeted faster than George W’s approval rating? Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - When age is just a three-digit number

Most evenings when the weather is nice, Marine Park resident Anne Vincent walks from the apartment garden, where she lives alone, to the nearby bocce courts to “get a game in.” Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMER’S CORNER

Hey, there’s no reason why you should have to head out on your next shopping safari alone. It can be a jungle out there, so why not bring your pals at the Consumer Corner along to help out. Just take a few minutes to read the space here and we’ll try to point you in the right direction. Comment.
Williamsburg

BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE: Turn heads at D.Monaco Designs - New jewelry studio and boutique offers original pieces found no place else

If you’re looking for something simple yet elegant, or a matching set of necklaces for your bridesmaids, look no further than D.Monaco Designs. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Tropic Thunder’isn’t a total washout

Tropic Thunder – comedian Ben Stiller’s movie-within-a-movie farce about a group of Hollywood actors shooting a Vietnam war epic deep inside the jungles of Southeast Asia – is no Dr. Strangelove. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Dare’ explores the horrors of Jim Crow-era South

It’s hard to tell which images are more disturbing: The black and white footage of the violence that gripped St. Augustine during civil rights demonstrations in 1963, or the color shots of the dilapidated squalor of the city’s black neighborhoods today. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bklyn filmmakers offer glimpse of ‘Apostles’

Prayer and movie making have a lot more in common than you’d know. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wild end to summer

If you’re looking for something fun and cheap to do with your family this summer, check out what’s going on at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo. Comment.
Williamsburg

Stephen King and kayaking, too

Brooklyn Bridge Park continues its wide array of family fun events during summer 2008. Comment.
Williamsburg

Sneak peek at ‘The Other Side of the Water’

BAM Rose Cinemas will screen a sneak preview of the long awaited, recently completed documentary film, “The Other Side of the Water,” August 28 at 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Live bluegrass

Jalopy Theater welcomes Brian Patch and the King County Strings, offering country music at 9 p.m., August 22. Comment.
Williamsburg

Guitar Danny

Danny Kalb, long recognized as one of America’s top guitarists, will be performing a free show on August 22 at Two Boots Restaurant in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Go online to bark up the right trees in Brooklyn

Prospect Park’s website has just added a great new feature: a “tour” of the Park’s notable trees. Some 14 of the Park’s rarest, most unusual, oldest, and tallest specimens are displayed on a simple, clickable map. Each click triggers a window with more information and three beautiful images. Go to www.prospectpark.org/trees for the site. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dive in deep – it’s all free!

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium is now offering free admission every Friday from 3 p.m. until closing. Comment.
Williamsburg

Become a Carnival ‘insider’

Brooklyn’s West Indian American Day Carnival is preceded by months of preparations and a busy weekend of activities, including a fierce musical battle between steel bands. Experience the excitement leading up to Carnival like an insider. Go behind-the-scenes to witness the feverish, open-air final rehearsals of New York’s top steel orchestras before they perform in the 2008 Panorama Competition. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Youth’ is served at McCarren Park concert finale

What has seemed like an endless summer of concerts headlined by major acts and burgeoning indie rock bands at the McCarren Park Pool is fading for good this month. Comment.
Williamsburg

The Winter Sounds summer in beautiful Brooklyn

When Patrick Keenan was last in Brooklyn late February 2007, he slept in a moving van down by the Brooklyn Bridge for a week. The lead singer and bassist for the band The Winter Sounds was in town for a show, and accommodation didn't quite work out for everyone. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pompadours & panties: Rockabilly and Burlesque festival returns

Labor Day weekend has always been John Q. Public’s long-awaited respite from a grinding year of work. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dinnerstein returns with ‘Berlin Concert’

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will celebrate the release of her second solo album, “The Berlin Concert” (Telarc 80715), by returning to (Le) Poisson Rouge on August 28 for a CD release party and performance. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange tunes up for return

Lovers of the Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange rejoice. The monthly music series, which has been on hiatus for the past nine months, returns with local acts and a new home on August 25. Comment.
Williamsburg

Downtown Dance Festival

Dancewave’s Kids Company will perform August 24 at 1 p.m. as part of the Annual Downtown Dance Festival, presented by the Battery Dance Company. Performances will be held at The Lawn at Battery Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

A ‘Hill’ of a time at the Brick in August

Ian W. Hill is frantically moving large pieces of wooden scenery around the Brick Theater’s stage. For the second year in a row, the Brick has given the entire month of August to Hill, its technical director, to stage three works or his choosing. Comment.
Williamsburg

Two turtle heads, one sad turtle story - Thief absconds with mutant turtle

Concerned reptile and oddity lovers just have two things to say to the thief who snapped up the two-headed turtle who’s called Windsor Terrace home for the last few weeks: Slow down and think about what you’re doing. Comment.

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