Brooklyn Courier

Friday, May 8, 2009

Williamsburg

Kent avenue Compromise

The tentative compromise regarding the controversial bike lanes on Kent Avenue that leaked out last week has drawn praise from involved parties. Comment.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Williamsburg

‘Far out’ far eastern ways at home here

One world, one breath. Comment.
Williamsburg

All aboard with the L train’s all−pro point man

Greg Lombardi, the general manager for the L line, the lifeline of Williamsburg, spends around half his time in his office at the Canarsie−Rockaway Parkway station, the line’s terminus. Comment.
Williamsburg

Deeply Rooted in Our Parks.

Just in time for the warm weather, around 250 volunteers descended upon Williamsburg and Greenpoint last Saturday to spruce up the area’s parks. Comment.
Williamsburg

Foodies urge you to go slow

The name Slow Food USA basically says it all about this organization founded to counter America’s fast−food culture. Comment.
Williamsburg

Going deep with watsu water massage

Although I had been covering Williamsburg for nearly two years, I had never been to this part of the neighborhood: that stretch of Ainslie Street that veers west 30 degrees from Union Avenue. I had also never experienced what I was about to experience: A “watsu” massage, an underwater massage influenced by the Japanese shiatsu style, which seeks to facilitate the flow of the “chi,” or life force, through the body. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kangol crook threatens to shoot

We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment.
Williamsburg

Grid gives superfund cleanup some gas

National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment.
Williamsburg

Flu fears force 3 Brooklyn schools to close

Suspicion of swine flu was enough to quickly shutter three Brooklyn schools this week — against the recommendation of the city’s Department of Health (DOH). Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Wine−ing’ helps fight breast cancer

Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment.
Williamsburg

Sink or swim with rate hike

With the city’s Water Board poised to hike water rates 14 percent, a state lawmaker is urging the use of federal stimulus funds to reduce the increase on fees to residents. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Power to Learn’ marks 10th

Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment.
Williamsburg

Live ‘Woodsheding’

A bitingly satiric take on “Slumdog Millionaire?” A kazoo and ukulele duet? A dog who can answer final jeopardy questions (according to its owner)? Comment.
Williamsburg

Cheers! Vox Pop is back in business!

Vox Pop is open and running again. Comment.
Williamsburg

Congresswoman blasts rezoning

The Greenpoint−Williamsburg Tenant Anti−Displacement Collaborative, a coalition of local community organizations, hosted a tenant aid workshop last Saturday at Boricua College (9 Graham Ave.) for residents of a neighborhood all too familiar with gentrification pressures and displacement. Comment.
Williamsburg

EcoEnvy: Be Seen in Green

The Students of Sustainability Reach (SOSreach) and Theatreworks at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will produce an eco−friendly vintage fashion show, “EcoEnvy: Be Seen in Green,” May 8 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Stock up at your local Green Market, Millman sez

Assemblywoman Joan Millman heralds spring and the opportunity to enjoy local produce, dairy, meat and seafood at New York City Greenmarkets. Comment.
Williamsburg

Waste Management rings the bell

Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dock Street protest goes to City Hall

As the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project moves to the final city rezoning process, opponents staged a protest in front of City Hall last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

’burg flies high with these kites

It was the warmest day of the year, a somewhat out−of−nowhere emergence of full−blown spring on the last weekend of April. It was a perfect day for the fifth annual Williamsburg Kite Festival in McCarren Park, 780 Lorimar Street, presented by the parents of P.S. 132 (320 Manhattan Ave.). Comment.
Williamsburg

Violet Longobardi Award ‘09

Susan S. Rai will be honored May 13 at a benefit hosted by the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, Brooklyn’s only Quaker school for children with learning disabilities. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ex pol rips mayoral control of schools

Mayoral control of public schools is unnecessary, according to a former Brooklyn congressman. Comment.
Williamsburg

Actress Glenn Close helps plant new trees in Sternberg Park for Arbor Day

Golden Globe and Emmy Award−winning actress Glenn Close came to Williamsburg’s Sternberg Park last Friday, helping to plant trees in honor of Arbor Day. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tips on landing a book deal

The JLove Book Publishing Seminar Series #3 presents “How Do I Get A Book Deal?” featuring highly respected publisher Richard Nash (formerly of Soft Skull Press), May 13 from 5:30−7:30 p.m. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn (the exact location will be given to those who register). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Learn how to land a book deal

The JLove Book Publishing Seminar Series #3 presents “How Do I Get A Book Deal?” featuring highly respected publisher Richard Nash (formerly of Soft Skull Press), May 13 from 5:30−7:30 p.m. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn (the exact location will be given to those who register). Comment.
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Stevedors offer salty apology

Blame New Jersey for Red Hook’s salty dust−up. Comment.
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SpaceBuster tests creativity of many

The Brooklyn−Queens Expressway became the dome for a vibrant traveling art gallery when the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and Storefront for Art and Architecture hosted a community workshop under the causeway, inviting art−smart boroughites to beautify the rugged space with their own creative ideas. Comment.
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Rock ‘em, sock ‘em rugby gals enjoy home field advantage

Since forming two years ago, the Brooklyn Women’s Rugby team has traveled the Northeast, going out−of−state to play teams from Philadelphia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Comment.
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Swine flu fears hit home

Suspicion of swine flu was enough to quickly shutter three Brooklyn schools this week — against the recommendation of the city’s Department of Health (DOH). Comment.
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‘Dazzle Me Forum’ fails to produce any standout stars

They were called in to dazzle the audience, but they were the ones who were seeing stars in the end. Comment.
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Grime−busters volunteer to sweep through park

Prospect Park is sparkling for spring – thanks to the handiwork of big−hearted grimebusters, who spruced up the verdant lady for Hands on New York Day. Comment.
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‘Waste’ executives ring stock bell

Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment.
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Cabrini Green egg hunt!

Dozens of families turned out to hunt for eggs, pet a real life Easter bunny, and eat yummy treats during the first annual Spring Egg Hunt at the Cabrini Green Urban Meadow in the Columbia Waterfront District. Comment.
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‘Be Seen in Green’

The Students of Sustainability Reach (SOSreach) and Theatreworks at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will produce an eco−friendly vintage fashion show, “EcoEnvy: Be Seen in Green,” May 8 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Some trash gets sent out on a rail

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty and Waste Management of New York, LLC announced that New York City has taken the next step in implementing its historic Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) by exporting North Brooklyn’s residential and municipal solid waste by rail instead of truck. Comment.
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Dedicated Park Slope cyclist pedals hard against cancer

Park Slope resident Lisa Indovino had always been an athlete ever since her Venice, Florida childhood, when her father tossed her softball pitches and taught her how to ride a bike. Comment.
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New effort to sink water rate hike

With the city’s Water Board poised to hike water rates 14 percent, a state lawmaker is urging the use of federal stimulus funds to reduce the increase on fees to residents. Comment.
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Little People confab at the Marriott

Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment.
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PTA 5K in Prospect Pk

The PTAs of Brooklyn’s elementary schools are coming together to sponsor the second annual five−kilometer race⁄walk⁄stroll⁄toddle⁄bike (kids) in Prospect Park, May 2. Comment.
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Kangol crook strikes bank

We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment.
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Bonnies best their Kearney rivals

Nearly all involved expected the type of game that was played between Fontbonne Hall and Kearney. Comment.
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Longobardi Award

Susan S. Rai will be honored May 13 at a benefit hosted by the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, Brooklyn’s only Quaker school for children with learning disabilities. Comment.
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A flotilla of fun sails down the Gowanus

Eco−volunteers explored the fetid waters of the Gowanus Canal last weekend for the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy’s 10th Annual Gowanus Canal Earth Day Flotilla Spring Clean−Up. Fifty brave souls from across the city were offered a close and personal perspective into the environmental issues that challenge the water, soil and air quality in and around the canal, which is being considered for inclusion in the federal Superfund program. Comment.
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Architects to honor IDC executive

Vincent C. Battista, executive director of the Institute of Design and Construction (IDC), will be honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award by the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at its biennial dinner dance, May 7 at El Caribe Country Club, 5945 Strickland Avenue. Comment.
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Bklyn’s ‘Wine−ing’ helps strike a blow against breast cancer

Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment.
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Forewarned and forearmed seniors

Retired teachers received a lesson in how to shake off swindlers during a Smart Seniors forum in downtown Brooklyn, presented by the Office of State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Comment.
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Power to Learn at 10

Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment.
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Legionnaires deliver special salute to crime−busters

It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment.
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2−day book fair on Pierrepont

The First Unitarian Church’s annual two−day BookFair will be held May 8−9, 2009 in its chapel on Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Comment.
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Westward ho for far eastern practices

One world, one breath. Comment.
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Spring spruce−up at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Grimebusters polished up on the elbow grease and helped transform an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes during a cleanup at Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO. Comment.
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Canal sweep has some gas

National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment.
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Thousands turn out in show of Unity

Sunday’s bright sunshine was bouncing off police badges and wide smiles alike as members of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment.
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Kangol crook threatens to shoot!

We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment.
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Mayoral control of schools likened to a ‘dictatorship’

Mayoral control of public schools is unnecessary, according to a former Brooklyn congressman. Comment.
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Top cops save schizophrenic man

Two cops from the 84th Precinct recently proved that the brain is mightier than the Beretta. Comment.
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Rough room for NYCHA boss

The boss of the New York City Housing Authority visited the Red Hook Houses last week, vowing to cut costs at agency headquarters and listen more to residents who make up the vast housing network. Comment.
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National Grid girds for cleanup

National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment.
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Richard Sherry Way debuts; late firefighter is remembered lovingly

A veteran Bravest and humble grassroots gladiator who “left the world a better place than when he entered it” was immortalized when his community hosted a street co−naming in Bay Ridge for the late Richard Sherry. Comment.
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Shut out of ‘Summit’

Red Hook parents claim their children were deprived of the opportunity to attend a new charter school. Comment.
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Pardon our salt mountain

Blame New Jersey for Red Hook’s salty dust−up. Comment.
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Marriott hosting Little People’s confab

Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment.
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No Kronas for the kids

IKEA is refusing to play ball. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Kangol crook jumps line to rip off Court St. bank

We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cheers! Vox Pop is back in business once again

Vox Pop is open and running again. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Stock up at your local Green Market, Millman urges

Assemblywoman Joan Millman heralds spring and the opportunity to enjoy local produce, dairy, meat and seafood at New York City Greenmarkets. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Terrible teens busted

The teenage terrors responsible for a wave of neighborhood muggings have been apprehended, cops from the 84th Precinct said this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Dock Street protest reaches City Hall steps

As the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project moves toward the final steps of the city rezoning process, opponents protested it in front of City Hall. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Top cops save schizophrenic man from doom

Two cops from the 84th Precinct recently proved that the brain is mightier than the Beretta. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New effort to sink latest hike in city’s water rates

With the city’s Water Board poised to hike water rates 14 percent, a state lawmaker is urging the use of federal stimulus funds to reduce the increase on fees to residents. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

National Grid’s ‘super’ clean up

National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Stevedors issue salty apology

Blame New Jersey for Red Hook’s salty dust−up. Comment.

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