Brooklyn Courier

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

Williamsburg

‘Acoustically Related’

As part of the Acoustically Related series presented by Kord Unplugged at Southpaw, Matt Witte, lead singer and guitarist from the New Blood Revival & Chainsaw Trio, will be making a rare solo, acoustic performance, July 28. Comment.
Williamsburg

Turn up the noise for this trio of ‘Girls’

Sound guys hate the Vivian Girls. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ribbon cut; Sands Street bicycle path debuts

For Transportation Alternatives’ Noah Budnick, along with citywide transportation activists and the thousands of cyclists who commute to work every day, it has been four years in the making: the Sands Street bike lane is officially open. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn post offices spared the chopping block

Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pool party security

While the East River Pool Parties have gotten off to a successful start, save for a few weather-related disturbances, state Parks Department officials and promoters have been quietly engaging in a debate over how to best handle security concerns for the concert venue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Schumer throws politcal might behind Steve Levin

New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer endorsed the youngest candidate in the 33rd District City Council race, Steve Levin, on the steps of Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn, praising his work while serving as Chief of Staff to Brooklyn Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg). Comment.
Williamsburg

Up close look at Jo Anne Simon

At the corner of Pacific and Bond Street, an inch of cement pokes out above the street, where a flattened curb cut should be. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pizza jeopardizes mayor’s street cred%A0

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
Williamsburg

Schmoozing along the campaign trail

Taking a break from debates and candidate forums, three comptroller candidates stopped by East River State Park to snack on hot dogs, drink some wine, and chat with residents about their concerns with managing the city’s budget. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dominican Pride on parade in Williamsburg

After a long and festive day celebrating their Dominican heritage on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, Williamsburg’s Dominican-American community took to the streets for a five-hour party Sunday during the 22nd annual 2009 Dominican Block Party. Comment.
Williamsburg

Diabetes Walk for Health

The Brooklyn Diabetes Task Force will celebrate its Seventh Annual Diabetes Walk for Health, August 15 at the Prospect Park Bartel Lot on 15th Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Insiders versus outsiders in the 33rd

Those battling candidates for the open 33rd City Council district seat continued to get in their digs at each other and plead their case last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wannabe watchdogs under hot lights

From saving city money to doling out discretionary funds to Atlantic Yards, the four candidates for City Comptroller took off the gloves in their latest verbal battle. Comment.
Williamsburg

In the kitchen with Foodie Sunny Anderson

Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment.
Williamsburg

City Council hopefuls clash on TV

While no weapons were flashed, teeth were certainly bared during an often raucous debate between the candidates running for Brookyn’s 33rd Council District sponsored by this paper and BCAT Independent Television. Comment.
Williamsburg

Boro’s greenest blocks

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in announcing the winners of the 15th annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Comment.
Williamsburg

Advocate hopefuls talk turkey at debate

Despite a dwindling budget to do the job, the four candidates for public advocate participated in an often spirited exchange in their latest encounter. Comment.
Williamsburg

Low-cost educational programs for retirees

Marking its thirty-third year of providing Brooklyn seniors with an excellent educational program at minimal cost, the Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education will start its fall 2009 semesterSeptember 9, offering nearly 80 courses and lectures, live music and theatrical performances. Comment.
Williamsburg

Oysters make bid to return

A new study aims to determine whether Jamaica Bay is clean enough to one day make oysters — and environmentalists — happy as clams. Comment.
Williamsburg

Circus food court offers more than peanuts

The summer of 2009 has seen a unique entertainment experience arrive in Brooklyn: The Coney Island BOOM A RING marks the first time in more than half a century that the “Greatest Show On Earth” has performed under a tent. Comment.
Williamsburg

A sideshow%A0 swan song

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Williamsburg

Become a telethon volunteer

The local office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for people interested in volunteering at the local 2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon Pledge Center. Comment.
Williamsburg

More could be held back under Mike’s new rules

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded control of the city’s public schools just days ago but that isn’t stopping him from introducing new rules and regulations. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

We write in response to Aaron Short’s recent article about the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn. First, a couple of factual corrections: OSA does indeed have bylaws, which were filed in February 2006; our by-laws and required financial filings are publicly available on the website of the NYS Attorney General, Charities Bureau; and our recent Spring fundraiser, organized by board member volunteers, raised $13,000, not $1,300. Comment.
Williamsburg

SummerStarz fun at East River State Park

Town Square, Edge 11211, and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation present SummerStarz, free movies on Thursdays at East River State Park, North Eighth Street & Kent Avenue, now to August 27. Comment.
Williamsburg

Now she’s BK’s sweetheart

Julia Roberts was spotted in Boerum Hill today filming scenes for her upcoming film, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Comment.
BoroBeat

Homemade co-carts never go out of style

No engines, all attitude. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ad Hoc Art looks to scale back

After four years, Ad Hoc Art, the East Williamsburg street art destination, threw its last full show on August 7 at its gallery space (49 Bogart Street), the anchor tenant of the block. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Advocate hopefuls talk turkey in debate

Despite a dwindling budget to do the job, the four candidates for public advocate participated in an often spirited exchange in their latest encounter. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Still Hip biggest bag sale coming

Still Hip, the funky Clinton Hill children’s resale boutique featured on BCAT and CNN, will host its biggest bag sale, August 30. They are ready to purge their summer and overstocked fall and winter inventory. The store’s play area will be set up with bins and tables filled with clothing in every size, as well as maternity clothing, toys and gear. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mike’s tough new rules

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded control of the city’s public schools just days ago but that isn’t stopping him from introducing new rules and regulations. Comment.
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Friendly fire among candidates

They’re chummy no more. Comment.
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Cooking demo at Farmers Market

Regular shoppers at the Sunday DUMBO Farmers Market probably know Carrie Luckner-Zimmerman as the helpful market manager wearing a yellow t-shirt emblazoned with Community Markets carrot logo. But on August 16, from 12-2 p.m., Luckner-Zimmerman will don on another hat — a chef hat, that is. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Step into Sunny’s kitchen

Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment.
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BK post offices to be spared

Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment.
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Wannabe watchdogs square off under lights

From saving city money to doling out discretionary funds to Atlantic Yards, the four candidates for City Comptroller took off the gloves in their latest verbal battle. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Tour the lost R.R. tunnel - it’s cool%A0

History has never felt this cool. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sands St. bike land debuts

For Transportation Alternatives’ Noah Budnick, along with citywide transportation activists and the thousands of cyclists who commute to work every day, it has been four years in the making: the Sands Street bike lane is officially open. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mortgage questions continue to dog Towns

The House Ethics Committee last week declined comment on whether they will investigate two questionable home mortgagesthat Rep. Edolphus Towns received from Countrywide Financial Corp. Comment.
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You dirty rats!

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
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Gimme five: 39th District showdown

The five Democratic candidates for City Council in the 39th District picked over details regarding transportation planning and development issues in a largely civil debate moderated by CNG’s Gersh Kuntzman and Thomas Tracy at BCAT TV studios (57 Rockwell Place) in downtown Brooklyn Monday morning. Comment.
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Navigate health care

As part of City Council Candidate for Brooklyn’s 33rd District Doug Biviano’s Open Door Series, health benefits guru Sam Camens will explain how small businesses and individuals can successfully navigate the American health care system from 7-9 p.m., August 19 at Biviano’s campaign office, 89 Montague Street at the corner of Hicks Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New fun & games at Columbus Pk

First the Greenmarket, then more street furniture, noontime concerts, the occasional circus, street musicians, outdoor movies and even a miniature golf coarse. Comment.
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Mike’s street cred problem

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
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Republicans turn the heat up — on each other

If they keep this up, someone may confuse them for... well... Democrats. Comment.
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DEC: consider alternative clean up

The agency that initially requested the feds to include the Gowanus Canal in the Superfund program is now advising careful consideration of the city’s alternative clean-up plan. Comment.
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De Blasio heirs push single-payer reform

President Barack Obama might have backed off on single-payer health care since winning the White House, but the candidates hoping to succeed Bill de Blasio in the New York City Council have not. Comment.
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Up close with Jo Ann Simon

At the corner of Pacific and Bond Street, an inch of cement pokes out above the street, where a flattened curb cut should be. Comment.
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Candidates debate

Transportation Alternatives will hold a debate for candidates running in the 33rd City Council District, 7 p.m., September 1 at Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Avenue, across from McCarren Park. Comment.
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Schumer in Levin’s corner

New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer endorsed the youngest candidate in the 33rd District City Council race, Steve Levin, on the steps of Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn, praising his work while serving as Chief of Staff to Brooklyn Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

LIBA’s ‘Battle of Brooklyn’%A0

It was a strange location for the Long Island Baseball Association’s version of the Battle of Brooklyn, but Preller Field on Hillside Ave. in Queens served as the battlegrounds for the Mike Becker Division championship between two teams very familiar with each other. Comment.
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‘Eat, Pray, Love’ with Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts was spotted in Boerum Hill today filming scenes for her upcoming film, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Comment.
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New hockey league, new team touch down at Aviator Sports Complex%A0

They are a new team in a new league with a new coach, but professional hockey returns to Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn this winter. Comment.
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‘Fire! New Play Festival’

Freedom Train Productions will have an all-star line up of authors, activists, and an award-winning playwright who will facilitate talkbacks following performances at the “FIRE! New Play Festival,” August 12-13 and 19-20 at 138 South Oxford Street.There is a $5 suggested donation. The performances are wheelchair accessible. Comment.
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Indicted dog thrower closer to getting caged

The 19-year-old Red Hook resident accused of hurling his one-year-old dog off the roof of his six-story apartment building is quickly getting fitted for a cage of his own. Comment.
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Sugar site leveled; BJ’s next?

Developer Joe Sitt is still sweet on retail along the Red Hook waterfront, a company spokesperson insisted this week. Comment.
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Mayor’s street cred fiasco

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
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Concrete man: trucks no problem

A few more trucks a day shouldn’t faze Red Hook residents, an executive with a concrete firm intent on opening a plant in the neighborhood said last week. Comment.
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DEC urges new look at city’s plan

The agency that initially requested the feds to include the Gowanus Canal in the Superfund program is now advising careful consideration of the city’s alternative clean-up plan. Comment.
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Animal abuse cited

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cyclists dies in garbage truck collision

Cops cordoned off the corner of Schermerhorn and Nevins Streets early Saturday morning following a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a garbage truck. Officials said that the motorcyclist, who was not named, died at the scene after the August 8 impact. The garbage truck is owned by Viking Sanitation, a private carting company.Photo by Mark Kafner Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Neighbors fight to keep mailman

Through rain and hail, sleet and snow, postman Santos Caraballo has delivered the mail to Cadman Towers, 101 Clark Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fun & games at Columbus Pk%A0

First the Greenmarket, then more street furniture, noontime concerts, the occasional circus, street musicians, outdoor movies and even a miniature golf coarse. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Street cred-challenged mayor

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

You Dirty Rats!

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Candidates for 33rd trade blows

While no weapons were flashed, teeth were certainly bared during an often raucous debate between the candidates running for Brookyn’s 33rd Council District sponsored by this paper and BCAT Independent Television. Comment.

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