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Williamsburg

Hope for fireworks fizzle as Macy’s moves out

For the last decade and a half, the Williamsburg−Greenpoint waterfront has become a July 4th destination point, when the Macy’s annual fireworks light up the East River night sky. Comment.
Williamsburg

Prospect Avenue Allstate Agency to help fight ALS

May is Lou Gehrig’s disease awareness month and the Steven Schneider Allstate Agency on Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place will donate $5 for every insurance quote given now through June 19 (Lou Gehrig’s birthday) to The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. Comment.
Williamsburg

Park, what park?

“It’s My Park Day” is the city’s bi−annual celebration of its parks, during which New Yorkers are encouraged to care for their parks with a variety of clean−up and planning projects. Comment.
Williamsburg

Community Health Fair is here

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn is extending an invitation to all residents of Brooklyn to attend its annual Community Health Fair, May 16 (rain or shine), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of the hospital’s 445 Lenox Road entrance, between East 35th and East 37th streets. Comment.
Williamsburg

Apply for a Cook Street apartment

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol announced that the Cook Street Housing LLC is currently accepting applications for the affordable housing now under construction at 9 Cook and 21 Cook Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Namaste Yoga and Tranquility Center

New York City has become one of the western meccas of Yoga. As the holistic approach to healthcare is becoming more popular, yoga studios are now as common as pizza joints in Manhattan, and the trend is spreading fast into Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

The Punisher: Golden seeks death penalty

State Senator Martin Golden wants cop killers to pay — with their lives. Comment.
Williamsburg

Candidates have no time for ‘buddies’

The fight for the 33rd Councilmanic District was never considered “scrappy” until Tuesday night, when candidates posed no−holds−barred questions to their opponents and showed some of their true colors in the process. Comment.
Williamsburg

Abate’s a tough act to follow

At its May meeting, Community Board 1 nominated candidates for its executive committee and attendance committee. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bone marrow drive for Kai

Just shy of five years old, little Kai Anderson’s only concern should be looking forward to kindergarten. Instead, the little tyke is routinely subjected to a concoction of seven powerful chemotherapy drugs designed to stave off the effects of a rare form of cancer called Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Comment.
Williamsburg

Couldn’t be happier on the run

On an early morning Saturday last June, Greenpoint resident Aja Marsh hopped aboard the L train en route to Manhattan, where the starting line of her first half−marathon lay. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bowling alley bets on the Bklyn side

Brooklyn Bowl, the Northside bowling alley that triples as a music venue and restaurant will open in one to three weeks, one of its owners announced at Tuesday’s Community Board 1 meeting. Comment.
Williamsburg

Moving in on gay marriage

Another bill allowing gay marriage was passed by the New York State Assembly Tuesday with some mixed voting by the Brooklyn delegation. Comment.
Williamsburg

St. Nicholas group applauds neighborhood activism

The St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation hosted its fourth annual Rising Stars celebration last Thursday, honoring more than 80 activists for their work for local causes. Comment.
Williamsburg

Teens help spread the joy of literacy

In a small library at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, 763 President St., surrounded by biographies and storybooks of every variety and just beneath a sign that read, “Books – the company your mind keeps,” teens met tweens as part of a program to promote literacy. Comment.
Williamsburg

Senate head pops Parker after run−in

State Senator Kevin Parker’s impulse control issues are starting to cost him — dearly. Comment.
Williamsburg

Candidates debate for City Council

The New Kings Democrats will host a new kind of forum for local elections in Brooklyn, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Harry Van Arsdale High School auditorium, 257 North Sixth Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fifth Avenue Fair promises 20 blocks of springtime fun

Enjoy 20 blocks of fun, food and entertainment, from 12th Street to Sterling Place, as the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID launches its Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 17, rain or shine. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kid rock: McCarren Pk Live returns

McCarren Park Live!, the annual free spring concert series for children presented by the local civic group Park Moms, is back for another go−around next to McCarren’s Field House (Lorimer Street between Bedford and Driggs). Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Puerto Rico’ debut

The stretch of Graham Avenue going north from Woodhull Medical Center is co−named “Avenue of Puerto Rico” in honor of the neighborhood’s ethnic history. Comment.
Williamsburg

Filmmaking series teaches kids about lights, camera, action!

Brooklyn Young Filmmakers’ unique three class “Make A Film” series takes participants through the development of a script, pre−production, and production, concluding with the shooting of a short film. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Local civic: clean or death

Arguing for the health of current — and future — residents, the Park Slope Civic Council last week threw its support behind the designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Parishioners rally outside church

Exiled members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church took to the street this week, staging a protest outside their shuttered Boerum Hill house of worship. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Slope cries: give us more landmarking

Vast new areas of Park Slope deserve landmark status, and a local civic group aims to convince the city — and those living in the homes — that the protection is justified. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The cleanup could be on your tab

Taxpayers — not polluters — could foot a large chunk of the bill to clean up the Gowanus Canal if the city’s alternative approach to tackling the fetid waterway is adopted, an official from the Environmental Protection Agency said this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

This class of rookies promises to stay green

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and members of the Urban Park Service celebrated the newest classes of Urban Park Rangers, Parks Enforcement Patrol and Central Communications staff members, and honored Parkies who have contributed to the Urban Park Service’s success during an event held at the Prospect Park Picnic House. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Note to neighbors: bend over and scoop!

He might be human, but Robert Newman played a dog at the last meeting of Community Board 14. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Suspected GPS thieves get their signals crossed

The not−so−bright future of four would−be GPS thieves was clearly mapped out this week after cops apprehended them in two separate incidents. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Catholic school reunion

All alumni from St. Anthony of Padua and St. Alphonsus are invited to attend an alumni reunion dance in celebration of Catholic School Education, May 30 from 6:45−11 p.m., following the 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 862 Manhattan Avenue (use the Leonard Street entrance). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

MTA express running straight into your wallet

Only with the MTA does a loss appear like a win. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Forecast calls for storm of pink slips at Borough Hall

The axe is again being sharpened on workers at Borough Hall as at least a dozen more employees can expect pink slips if Mayor Bloomberg’s recently submitted $41.4 billion executive budget for Fiscal Year 2010 comes to pass. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK principals sound alarm

Additional budget cuts will devastate Brooklyn schools, according to local principals. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

4th of July fizzles out for area fireworks fans

For the last decade and a half, the Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens⁄Red Hook waterfronts have become a July 4th destination point, when the Macy’s annual fireworks light up the East River night sky. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Speech screenings

In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, free speech screenings will be offered to assess the articulation skills of children three years and older by DeMoor Speech Therapy in the Windsor Terrace section Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

E−waste recycling

E−waste recycling collection days will be held May 16−17 at First Unitarian Chapel, Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 12−2 p.m. on Sunday. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Changes to Holocaust memorial

Let not one victim be forgotten. Comment.
High School Sports

Blue Devils still the favorite

Rich Carbone had heard the whispers since the fall – the Poly Prep baseball team wasn’t the same. He didn’t disagree; how could the Blue Devils not be different after graduating their top three starting pitchers? Comment.
High School Sports

Bishop Loughlin taps new boys basketball coach

In what might be the shortest coaching search in the history of the CHSAA, Ed Gonzalez has been named the new Bishop Loughlin boys’ basketball coach, it was announced by Loughlin principal James Dorney on Friday. He replaces Rudy King, who resigned as interim coach Tuesday. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Ween’ benefit

It’s not every school that gets a rock star to headline its benefit concert, but this month, PS 29 will be that lucky. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Trace the source of musical inspiration

Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn presents “Inspiration: Princes, Gypsies And Ethos,” May 15, 8 p.m., at the Old First Reformed Church, Seventh Avenue and Carroll Street in Park Slope; May 17, 4 p.m., at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, corner of Clinton and Pierrepont streets in Brooklyn Heights; and May 20, 7:30 p.m., at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Clinton and Pierrepont streets in Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Music for Families finale is here

The highly acclaimed group, Project, will present the final “Music for Families” concert at the Brooklyn Conservatory concert hall, May 17 at 3 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

6th annual BBCS Art Show this month

The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service presents its Sixth Annual BBCS Art Show, featuring art work from the PMO and TLC Art Therapy Programs. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Accused killer: I was the real victim

The teen accused of butchering Carroll Gardens newsman George Weber is claiming he was the true victim in the bloody episode that played out inside a Henry Street apartment this past March. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Candidates cross paths on way to Council

Glowing self−appraisals flowed like wine when contenders vying for the 39th Council district seat pledged their case to the people during a candidates forum at the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Wrestler’ stars grappling here

Two stars from this year’s Academy Award−nominated and Golden Globe−winning drama, “The Wrestler,” starring Mickey Rourke in an historic comeback role, will square off in the ring at the St. Athanasius parish auditorium, 6120 Bay Parkway, Saturday night, May 16. Comment.
Canarsie

17th Annual Major McCarthy 5K Run

The 17th Annual Major Eugene McCarthy Memorial 5K Race — held every year in memory of Marine Major Eugene McCarthy, a 1973 graduate of Nazareth Regional High School — will be run at Marine Park, June 6. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

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.
Brooklyn Heights

Hopefuls pile on Bloomy’s record

The richest man in the city doesn’t have a clue about what regular people are going through. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

The Spirit of volunteerism

Through their dedicated efforts, 800 volunteers gave more than 65,000 hours of service to New York Methodist Hospital (NYM) in the past year. To honor these outstanding individuals for their invaluable contributions to the hospital, NYM reheld its Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

RHI celebrates new hub of operations

They’re back on the block! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Sky−high hopes for new district

Look! Up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

2020: shovel ready

Rip Van Winkle can wake up and go back to sleep before infrastructure work on the triple cantilever section of the Brooklyn−Queens Expressway in Downtown Brooklyn begins. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Salute to Cobble Hill Health Center CEO

The Cobble Hill Health Center’s CEO, Olga Lipschitz (center), was honored for her more than 30 years of service to the health care industry and her role in the Jewish community. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

LICH at 150: New challenges and fresh ideas

Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th year of serving the Brooklyn community with a reception hosted by Dominick Stanzione, Interim President. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Borough hall spotlights talented kids

Young scribes and poets helped provide odes of ethnic pride when Borough Hall hosted a salute to the Land of Milk and Honey, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Public weighs in on future of DUMBO rezoning

As this paper went to press, Borough President Marty Markowitz was set to hear the public weigh in on the Department of City Planning’s proposal to rezone a wide swath of DUMBO. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Activists have a trunk−full of criticism

Elephants haven’t always had an easy time of it in Coney Island − they publicly fried one back in 1903 − but Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus promises to treat its performing pachyderms with the utmost care when the Coney Island “Boom A Ring” debuts next month. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Boo−ya! Circus tix on sale!

Squealing schoolkids from P.S. 288 and a performing Asian elephant trucked in from Connecticut marked the official start of ticket sales this week for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Boom A Ring in Coney Island. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City eager to control of BK Bridge Pk

City Parks Commissioner Adrien Benepe is licking his lips at the prospect of the city taking control over the development and administration of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bonnie, Taj to play Brooklyn live!

David Byrne is about to get some company – a lot of it. Comment.

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