Brooklyn Courier

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Williamsburg

Brooklyn Poet Laureate Ken Siegelman dies at 63

Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn’s poet laureate, died in his Gravesend home on June 20th after a decade long struggle with kidney disease. He was 63 years old. Comment.
Williamsburg

Quiddich match gets bogged down

The field was muddied, the players were soaked, and their outfits were ridiculous, but the match continued to the delight of nearly one hundred fans, eager to witness the first−ever Quiddich game played at McCarren Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fish factory fears rezoning

Nestled amid several vacant lots off Throop Avenue, overgrown with wildflowers and weeds, Jay Wiener and his family have been operating a smoked fish factory since 1955, one of three remaining certified fish production and distribution centers in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

City is ‘stalling’

Members of the Greenpoint⁄Williamsburg Community Advisory Board (CAB) said that the city has made progress regarding open space and parks construction, but has moved too slowly to enable affordable housing development in the neighborhood. Comment.
Williamsburg

Lopez backers Jeer critics

Amid chants of “Vito Loves Children” and “Stop the Lying,” nearly 200 allies of Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D−Williamsburg) held a rally on South 5th Street in Williamsburg Wednesday evening to show their support for the legislator, who has sponsored a controversial sex abuse bill regarding the statute of limitations. Comment.
Williamsburg

Senate mess frustrates Assembly members

Brooklyn’s Assemblymembers are eagerly waiting for the State Senate to come to a resolution and begin debating a number of bills that could have a profound impact on the daily lives of their constituents back home. Comment.
Williamsburg

Senator: Albany mess will ‘work out’

When things look bleaker than they already are in Albany, Democrats in the State Senate are now looking to a Canarsien for solace. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK mortgage fraud probe

Last week’s headline−grabbing story of a Park Slope man who masqueraded as his dead mother in a failed bid to keep his home was one of over a half−dozen real estate scams uncovered by the Kings County District Attorney’s new Mortgage Fraud and Real Estate Crimes Unit. Comment.
Williamsburg

Support for Triangle

The city’s Broadway Triangle rezoning plan cleared another hurdle this week, as a key Community Board 1 committee advanced the plan in four close votes, a victory for the United Jewish Organization (UJO) and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council (RBSCC). Comment.
Letters

Letters to the editor

SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT Comment.
Williamsburg

Nick: vote for coolest spots in Bklyn

It’s Brooklyn vs. Brooklyn — and there might be some slime involved. Comment.
Williamsburg

Red, white and Brooklyn: 4th of July celebrations

This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Turf war erupts over the future of Bklyn parks

Hundreds of residents run and play on the McCarren Park track every day without realizing that the rubberized pellets underneath the artificial turf may be hazardous. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gowanus goof trips up city officials

If the city wants to win support for its Superfund alternative plan for the Gowanus Canal, it might want to spell the name of the infamous waterway correctly, skeptical local residents said after an informational meeting this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bruce Ratner seals sweetheart deal with MTA

Next stop, Atlantic Avenue Barclay’s Center − home of yoooour Brooklyn Nets! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Annex over demo

The city’s plan to demolish P.S. 133 in Park Slope and erect a larger building was reviewed by the City Council this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Squadron camp: Daniel will never flip

With the State Senate vote currently deadlocked at a 31−31 tie, Republicans are looking for any weak links in the Democratic chain to switch sides and help them grab the keys to the kingdom. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Park Slope enjoys its own slice of heaven

Seasonal revelers were in “Seventh Heaven” when Park Slope’s annual summer festival threaded the nabe with fun−filled attractions and amusements for the whole family. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Everything will work itself out’

When things look bleaker than they already are in Albany, Democrats in the State Senate are now looking to a Canarsien for solace. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

IKEA promises not to be hard on concrete neighbor

For now at least, IKEA is prepared to give a proper Swedish welcome to a concrete company expected to settle next door to its Red Hook superstore. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Hearing set for Coney Island rezoning

Coney Island is about to experience a summertime scorcher. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Yards supporters outnumber foes

The Empire State Development Corporation and MTA public meetings last week regarding the Atlantic Yards project highlighted once again how Brooklynites in support of the project far outnumbers opponents. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Poet laureate dies at age 63

Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn’s poet laureate, died in his Gravesend home on June 20th after a decade long struggle with kidney disease. He was 63 years old. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

District 15 bids farewell to president

School District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC) bid adieu to its president last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Get a lifesaving screening

The Prospect Park Residence will host Empire Diagnostic, provider of community based preventive screenings, June 27 at 9 a.m., to help local residents identify their risk of stroke, vascular disease and heartbeat irregularity before the catastrophic effects occur. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Senate fiasco frustrates local assemblymembers

Brooklyn’s Assemblymembers are eagerly waiting for the State Senate to come to a resolution and begin debating a number of bills that could have a profound impact on the daily lives of their constituents back home. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Funding cut to DiBrienza non−profit

The city’s yearly cash stream to a former City Councilmember’s not−for−profit company that became a political punching bag for those fighting to lead the 39th Councilmanic District has been plugged. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Skateboarder backlash

A crew of skateboarders is making the life around Bartel Pritchard Square a living hell. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Stripes loom for cross−dresser

Last week’s headline−grabbing story of a Park Slope man who masqueraded as his dead mother in a failed bid to keep his home was one of over a half−dozen real estate scams uncovered by the Kings County District Attorney’s new Mortgage Fraud and Real Estate Crimes Unit. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Stories in the Garden’

The Hoyt Street Association will hold its free, annual “Stories in the Garden” series, every Tuesday at 7 p.m., June 30 to July 28 at the Hoyt Street Garden, corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Nick asks parents about the coolest places in BK

It’s Brooklyn vs. Brooklyn — and there might be some slime involved. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s Chinese Folk Art Fridays

Puppetry In Practice invites the young and young at heart to Chinese Folk Art Fridays, every Friday from July 10−August 28. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Smith Street Funday Sunday

Stroll, shop, and sample all that Smith Street has to offer during the Smith Street Funday Sunday along eight blocks of Smith Street from Bergen to Union streets, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Walk to the Opera’ for ‘Medium

OperaOGGINY presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium” as part of its “Walk to the Opera” series. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

P.S. 32 students have a field day with this one

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman and students from Public School 32 enjoyed a Field Day at Prospect Park for the second year in a row, as the Millman provided funding for the program, organized by the Prospect Park Alliance. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New turf war underfoot

Hundreds of residents run and play on the McCarren Park track every day without realizing that the rubberized pellets underneath the artificial turf may be hazardous. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Messin’ with ‘Texas’

For now at least, IKEA is prepared to give a proper Swedish welcome to a concrete company expected to settle next door to its Red Hook superstore. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

SUNY, LICH ink merger

SUNY Downstate Medical Center in East Flatbush and Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreeing in principle to a consolidation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Animal rights group presents scorecard on elected officials

If they had opposable thumbs and could pull an election booth lever, the borough’s pet population would vote these animals out of office! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bikers rev up Butler Street block party

Vroom−tastic! Comment.
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Bigger P.S. 133, but unequal, some fear

The city’s plan to demolish P.S. 133 in Park Slope and erect a larger building was reviewed by the City Council this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Skate punks’ jeered

A crew of skateboarders is making the life around Bartel Pritchard Square a living hell. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gowanus goof costs the city

If the city wants to win support for its Superfund alternative plan for the Gowanus Canal, it might want to spell the name of the infamous waterway correctly, skeptical local residents said after an informational meeting this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red, white and Brooklyn: 4th of July fun!

This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Red, white and Brooklyn: toasting the 4th

This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

84th Precinct salutes ace crime−busting duo

A duo of cops from the 84th Precinct received top honors last week for nabbing DUMBO’s commercial building bandit. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Crook flouts building security

While one DUMBO burglar was recently arrested, another has filled his criminal void, targeting the same commercial building as his predecessor. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New park deal struck

The empress of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the lords of DUMBO came to an agreement last week thanks to the state. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Critics of city jump on Gowanus goof

If the city wants to win support for its Superfund alternative plan for the Gowanus Canal, it might want to spell the name of the infamous waterway correctly, skeptical local residents said after an informational meeting this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Liberty on Duffield Street

Owners of the Downtown Brooklyn house thought to have played a major role in Brooklyn’s Abolitionist movement celebrated Juneteenth Day with music, song and dance. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Some fear bigger, but unequal, P.S. 133

The city’s plan to demolish P.S. 133 in Park Slope and erect a larger building was reviewed by the City Council this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Thousands enjoy a slice of ‘Heaven’

Seasonal revelers were in “Seventh Heaven” when Park Slope’s annual summer festival threaded the nabe with fun−filled attractions and amusements for the whole family. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

SUNY, LICH merge

SUNY Downstate Medical Center in East Flatbush and Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreeing in principle to a consolidation. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn parks in the middle of turf tug−o−war

Hundreds of residents run and play on the McCarren Park track every day without realizing that the rubberized pellets underneath the artificial turf may be hazardous. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Skateboarders drive ‘em nuts

A crew of skateboarders is making the life around Bartel Pritchard Square a living hell. Comment.

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