Brooklyn Courier

Friday, Sept. 18, 2009

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Brooklyn Politics

He may have touted himself as being the only Brooklynite in the race for Comptroller, but City Councilman David Yassky held his election night party in another borough -- at the Arena Restaurant in Manhattan. Comment.
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Faraguna makes bid for laureate

An attorney, author, football coach, special education schoolteacher and street vendor would like to add another title to his long resume: poet laureate. Comment.
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Landmark ‘out’ for hospital

The Park Slope Civic Council last week agreed to allow a “super sponsor” exemption from its proposal to landmark broader sections of the brownstone enclave. Comment.
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DOT reverses plans to raise 5th Ave. meters

The city will not be raising meter rates in Park Slope — along Fifth Avenue at least — the Department of Transportation told this paper this week. Comment.
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Brooklyn’s Bill comes out on top in primary

Brooklyn City Councilmember Bill de Blasio and former City Public Advocate Mark Green came out swinging as they gear up for their runoff to determine the Democratic Party nominee for the city’s top watchdog position. Comment.
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It’s all about the estuaries

Celebrate National Estuaries Day and learn about the special creatures that live in these vibrant coastal areas where rivers meet the sea, September 26 from 9-11:30 a.m. at The Cove in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.
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Carmen Farina, Park Slope park advocate, dies at age 86%A0

Thousands of people knew Carmen Farina not by name, but by the product of her many happy hours of work throughout the year: the amazingly fertile and vibrantly colored garden in front of the historic Litchfield Villa, on Prospect Park West between fourth and fifth streets. Comment.
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‘Landmark’ year for Prospect Heights district

As this paper went to press, the City Council was set to approve the Prospect Heights Historic District, making it the largest landmark designation in New York City in nearly 20 years. Comment.
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Annual SUS Octoberfest

The SUS (Services for th UnderServed) Young Leaders Council will hold its Second Annual SUS Octoberfest at The Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street near Wythe Avenue, October 1 from 6:30-10 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The good life - redefined

Author Kurt Andersen will deliver a keynote address on the meaning of creative value in the 21st century as part of a Pratt Institute symposium titled “Redefining the Good Life,” September 26 from 2-5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus, 200 Willoughby Avenue. Comment.
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Borough Briefs

Eco-friendly activists, environmentalists and eco-conscious celebrities are abuzz as the Brooklyn waterfront community of Vinegar Hill recently celebrated the completion of its first green condominium development at 100 Gold Street. Comment.
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Brooklyn Dems react to Obama health care speech

Preaching to the choir. Comment.
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Housing Works sales

Fall in line with Housing Works’ fall previews. Comment.
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Fifth Annual Green Brooklyn...Green City

The Council on the Environment of New York City is hosting the Fifth Annual Green Brooklyn%u2026Green City at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park, 209 Joralemon Street, September 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dr. Jude Barbera: comprehensive, caring urology

There are lots of bodily functions we don’t think about — until they start to bother us. Comment.
High School Sports

Bonnies bear down on those Tigers

The goal for the Fontbonne Hall girls volleyball team for the last 13 years has been to beat heated rival Bishop Kearney. The Bonnies have been the Red Sox to the Tigers’ Yankees for more than a decade and Kearney hasn’t lost a league match in its last 179 tries. Comment.
High School Sports

Recovering Jackson seals win for Erasmus

Shaquell Jackson isn’t quite himself just yet. The Erasmus Hall running back is still coming back from injury, playing at less than 100 percent. It didn’t stop the sophomore from willing his way to a 13-yard touchdown run up the right side, shedding pursuing tacklers on a key 3rd-and-goal in the fourth quarter. Comment.
BoroBeat

St. Marks Pl. shuts down traffic, brings in fun

Simple pleasures were on the menu during a block party along St. Mark’s Place. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Solid block of family fun

Music, crafts, collectibles and a palate-pleasing menu of international foods lured visitors to the waterfront district for a fall festival, presented by the Carroll Gardens Association. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn bosses balk at%A0 ‘Paid Sick Time Bill’

While Washington grapples over a new federal health insurance bill, the City Council is having its own brouhaha over a related bill. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Swastika desecrates church

A possible hate crime stained an otherwise calm weekend in Brooklyn Heights, as a swastika and other scrawl was discovered inside a Monroe Place church. Comment.
BoroBeat

Local congregation rejoices in new Kiddie Korner

The High Holy Days were ushered in with a cavalcade of family frolics as mom, dad and the kids united for a street fair outside Congregation B’nai Avraham, which also served to welcome a new pre-school to the area. Comment.
BoroBeat

The road to recovery is full of friends

The long road to self-healing took a step in the right direction when the Recovery Project presented a spirited trek across the Brooklyn Bridge to confront the stigma of addiction, culminating with a free concert at Cadman Plaza by music goliath Smokey Robinson. Comment.
BoroBeat

Brooklyn bridge swim tests swimmers’ mettle

The East River provided a choppy challenge for an international crop of intrepid swimmers who crawled, breast-stroked and butterflied their way to the finish line, garnering major bragging rights during the fourth annual Brooklyn Bridge Swim. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

Williamsburg

Gunned down on Moore

A 20-year-old man was killed in a shooting outside the Bushwick Houses on Moore Street. Comments (1).
Williamsburg

Walk-ing right on by Grand St. shops

All isn’t grand on Grand street. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Diary of a City Priest’ author to speak

The renowned Philadelphia priest, poet, author and social activist John McNamee will share his reflections on a half century as a priest in urban areas during a lecture at 1 p.m., September 20at the parish hall of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface, 111 Willoughby Street near Duffield, second floor. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mormons volunteer to sweep McCarren Pk

Approximately 70 young adults and their leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the tri-state area will gather at McCarren Park in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, September 12. The Mormon volunteer group will work to beautify one of Brooklyn’s oldest and busiest parks, but also one of the most “in need,” according to Brooklyn City parks officials. Comment.
Williamsburg

33rd Dist. race heads down to the wire

With only one week remaining in a competitive, highly-anticipated seven-way race to succeed Councilmember David Yassky, candidates have been crisscrossing the 33rd district from Greenpoint to Park Slope in a last-minute push to secure victory in the Democratic Primary on September 15. Comment.
Williamsburg

Greenmarket on the move

The grass apparently is greener. Comment.
Williamsburg

Reyna, Esposito square off

Two candidates traded jabs and visions for the district’s future in the last and so far, only, public forum for candidates running for City Council in the 34th District. Comment.
Williamsburg

Lost Dreamland bell recovered in Coney

You can ring Coney Island’s bell once more, thanks to a team of intrepid divers and seamen. Comment.
Williamsburg

B’way bloomy boos

Attorneys for a coalition of 40 North Brooklyn community groups filed a lawsuit against Mayor Michael Bloomberg September 9, contending that the city violated the Federal Fair Housing Act in its negotiations regarding the development of Broadway Triangle, four hours after a City Planning Commission hearing on the issue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ken Diamondstone focused on Council

Ken Diamondstone does not want to talk about his previous run for State Senate against former Senator Marty Connor nor any rumors about future challenges against Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg) or Joan Millman (D-Boerum Hill). Comment.
Williamsburg

Loss of aquarium’s ‘Baby Aki’ stuns animal lovers

Akituusaq, the husky two-year-old Pacific walrus who had the heart of a borough wrapped around his diminutive flippers, died on Sept. 1 from complications from pneumonia. Comment.
Williamsburg

Power plant in the court

The motion to add a power plant on the Williamsburg waterfront and the community’s nearly decade-long campaign to stymie those efforts took a significant step toward conclusion this week, as Appellate Court judges heard arguments from both sides regarding TransGas Energy (TGE)’s appeal of the State Siting Board’s decision to nix the underground plant. Comment.
Williamsburg

Campaigns are good for ‘Chicharron Man’%A0

In a primary season blurry with endless endorsements, flyers, mailings and posters, one campaign gimmick stands out for its ingenuity and brilliant use of fried food. Comment.
Williamsburg

14 grads join nursing ranks

The melody of Pomp and Circumstance filled the air. Eleven women and three men, led by the faculty of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, solemnly marched into Beth Israel Medical Center’s Podell Auditorium as family and friends gathered to celebrate the first graduating class from the school’s evening program. Comment.
Williamsburg

Feds help spur AIDS research

Brooklyn’s growing reputation as one of the preeminent biotech centers of the country took another step forward recently with a $3 million federal grant to fund an addition to SUNY Downstate’s Advanced Biotechnology Incubator. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Kid’ connects with seniors

It is lunchtime at the Krakus Senior Club at 176 Java Street, one of about a dozen senior centers in the 33rd District. Comment.
Williamsburg

Forever MJ: new ‘Chapel’ opens

If you’ve ever pondered the parallels between religious reliquary and Michael Jackson’s sequined glove, or maybe thought that “mama-se, mama-sa, ma-ma-coo-sa” might as well be Latin, you’re probably a lot like artist Russel Parish. Comment.
Williamsburg

Squadron has growing ‘rep’ in Albany

While not quite the new sheriff of Albany, recently elected State Senator Daniel Squadron is beginning to make an impact on possible reforms in Albany. Comment.
Williamsburg

Briefly speaking, Cowboy steals the show

How’s this for a mayoral campaign stop — prance around in nothing but a pair of snug undies and ask a group of Brooklynites for their votes? Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s only my opinion

Just in case you haven’t noticed, let me remind you to look at tomorrow’s date. Yup. Eight years have gone by and many of usdon’t remember how this country united as Americans. OK, gang. Take out the flag that’s hiding in your closet. For at least one day, and perhaps a few more, display Old Glory from your window, balcony, car, and anywhere else you see fit. In spite of our troubles, this is still one great country. God Bless America. Comment.
BoroBeat

Meet the candidates for the 33rd District

Six Democratic City Council hopefuls in the 33rd District for City Council, Jo Anne Simon, Doug Biviano, Steve Levin, Ken Diamondstone, Evan Thies and Isaac Abraham, trotted out to the East River State Park (110 Kent Avenue) for a forum reception sponsored by Town Square Inc. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Not so sweet

Three women -- believed to be sisters -- were arrested following an all-out cat fight inside the Sugar Cane Bar, 238 Flatbush Avenue, last week. Comment.
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Pulaski Parade honors

The South Brooklyn Pulaski Parade Committee will honor its Contingent Marshal, Joseph B. Rudis, with a buffet and dance from 2-6 p.m. in the Lower School Hall of Our Lady of Czestochowa %u2013 St. Casimir Parish, 183 25th Street, September 13. Comment.
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Annual GEC luncheon

The Guild for Exceptional Children’s (GEC) Third Annual Community Luncheon will be held at the Guild’s headquarters, 260 68th Street from 12-2 p.m., September 18. Comment.
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GOPers look to bury ‘the negativity’ around race

The two men hoping to win the Republican nod for Park Slope’s 39th District don’t see September 15 as Primary Day. Instead, it’ll he the bitter end to the venomous war of words the campaign has become. Comment.
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14 new graduates join the ranks of professional nurses

The melody of Pomp and Circumstance filled the air. Eleven women and three men, led by the faculty of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, solemnly marched into Beth Israel Medical Center’s Podell Auditorium as family and friends gathered to celebrate the first graduating class from the school’s evening program. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Divers recover Dreamland Park relic off the shores of Coney

You can ring Coney Island’s bell once more, thanks to a team of intrepid divers and seamen. Comment.
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‘Baby Aki’ breaks BK’s heart

Akituusaq, the husky two-year-old Pacific walrus who had the heart of a borough wrapped around his diminutive flippers, died on Sept. 1 from complications from pneumonia. Comment.
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Meter Mad

A city policy meant to liberate parking spaces could mean the death knell for mom and pop shops in Park Slope, area merchants warned this week. Comment.
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Feds aid borough researchers’ hunt for AIDS vaccine

Brooklyn’s growing reputation as one of the preeminent biotech centers of the country took another step forward recently with a $3 million federal grant to fund an addition to SUNY Downstate’s Advanced Biotechnology Incubator. Comment.
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New look for Barclays Ctr.

Developer Bruce Ratner unveiled a new Barclays Center arena rendering this week as the cornerstone piece of his 22-acre Atlantic Yards project starting at the Atlantic/Flatbush avenues intersection moving southeast. Comment.
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Cheese it! The contest’s on

Ten pedigree meat hounds with iron stomachs made a beeline for Fort Greene’s Five Spot Soul Food Restaurant where they went gum-to-gum with some of the nation’s top eaters for the Famous Philly CheeseSteak Fest %u2013 the first such contest to be recognized by Major League Eating. Comment.
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‘Briefly’ speaking...

How’s this for a mayoral campaign stop — prance around in nothing but a pair of snug undies and ask a group of Brooklynites for their votes? Comment.
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Isaac Abraham: ‘I fight for everyone’

Hasidic Judaism is filled with Talmudic rules and practices that must be followed in order to live a healthy, kosher life. But there’s only one rule to keep about going to dinner at the Williamsburg institution Gottlieib’s (325 Roebling Avenue) with City Council candidate Isaac Abraham: let Isaac order for you. Comment.
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Volunteer for Clean & Green effort

The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is looking for volunteers to participate in their monthly Clean & Green, which meets this month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 19. Volunteers should meet at First and Bond streets, west of the Gowanus Canal. Comment.
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More green for Sponge Park

Sponge Park continues to soak up the green. Comment.
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Candidate Profile: Ken Diamondstone

Ken Diamondstone does not want to talk about his previous run for State Senate against former Senator Marty Connor nor any rumors about future challenges against Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg) or Joan Millman (D-Boerum Hill). Comment.
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Hot wheels on Sixth Street!

From 0 to 10,000 degrees in 60 seconds! Comment.
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‘Diary of a City Priest’%A0

The renowned Philadelphia priest, poet, author and social activist John McNamee will share his reflections on a half century as a priest in urban areas during a lecture at 1 p.m., September 20at the parish hall of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface, 111 Willoughby Street near Duffield, second floor. Comment.
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Dancewave, Inc. to hold new auditions

Dancewave, Inc. announces Dancewave Company and Dancewave Company II auditions to take place at PS 77, 62 Park Place in Brooklyn, September 12, 1-2:30 p.m. and September 16, 5-6:30 p.m. Comment.
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FDNY fire storm over pachyderm privilege

Suzi the elephant had better not need a bath anytime soon. Comment.
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Candidate Profile: Steve Levin

It is lunchtime at the Krakus Senior Club at 176 Java Street, one of about a dozen senior centers in the 33rd District. Comment.
High School Sports

Wolves: a pack on a mission

Every move Ed Gazzillo has made since starting the Grand Street Campus football program in 1999 was with one thing in mind: For the Wolves to be part of the PSAL’s Level 5 City Championship Division. Comment.
High School Sports

From groupie to quarterback

Jordan Paul didn’t play video games in his spare time as a youngster. He broke down defenses and attended two-a-day practices. Comment.
High School Sports

Falcons on guard against mental gaffs

Jim Esposito’s message to his Bishop Ford football team has centered around focus and remaining upbeat. Comment.
High School Sports

Just slide, Kenny, slide

Kenny Leveille has been William Grady’s starting quarterback for two seasons, and this year his play is going to be even more instrumental to the Falcons’ success. Now if only coach Andrew Jashyn can convince him not to take as many unnecessary risks. Comment.
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Now on deck - NY Mets heavy hitter

Citi Field’s loss was KeySpan Park’s gain last week as Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran rehabbed with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Comment.
BoroBeat

Riese group helps smooth out the daily grind

Riese Organization workers distributed hundreds of $5 Tim Hortons value cards, good for the purchase of coffee and baked goods, as commuters headed back to work from the Labor Day Weekend, during its 15th Annual “Back to the Grind” coffee give-away at 22 Court Street. Comment.
BoroBeat

Strolling and admiring art

Every step garnered a piece of eye candy when the 5th Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) teamed up with artists from across Brooklyn for a unique art and photo walk in Park Slope. Comment.
BoroBeat

SYEP teens are ready for their closeup

Teens participating in the Cobble Hill Health Center’s Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides New York City youth between the ages of 14-24 with summer employment and educational opportunities, took some time out to pose for their annual end-of-year photo shoot. Comment.
BoroBeat

Party time in Park Slope

Summer fun was on the menu %u2013 not to mention a generous helping of potluck delights %u2013 when neighbors jumpstarted the season of fun in the sun with a block party along 19th Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

More green for Sponge Pk

Sponge Park continues to soak up the green. Comment.
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76th Precinct cops earn accolades

Summertime heroics earned four cops top honors this week from the 76th Precinct Community Council. Comment.
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The right tools for the job...

Now an annual tradition, Councilwoman Sara M. González handed out thousands of school supplies to boys and girls in Red Hook. The councilwoman joined with local activist Jay McKnight of the Red Hook Lions and Councilman John Liu to set up tables outside the Fine Fare Supermarket.The children began lining up early in anticipation of an event they have enjoyed for several years now. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

1 elephant, tons of trouble

Suzi the elephant had better not need a bath anytime soon. Comment.
BoroBeat

19th Street gets the most out of summertime

Summer fun was on the menu %u2013 not to mention a generous helping of potluck delights %u2013 when neighbors jumpstarted the season of fun in the sun with a block party along 19th Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Note passer keeping busy

The note-passing bandit responsible for holding up an Atlantic Avenue bank has been connected to at least six similar heists stretching back to the middle of July, officials said. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

More cash for a greener Navy Yard

The Brooklyn Navy Yard, already the city’s preeminent green manufacturing district, received another $15 million in capital funds for two additional green facilities. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

From worst to first

A popular Brooklyn Heights school went from an F to an A grade in just one year — and that has parents questioning the validity of the city’s school report cards. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Levin takes 33rd

Behind a solid bloc of Hasidic voters in Williamsburg, seniors and public housing residents from Greenpoint to the Gowanus, Steve Levin handily won the Democratic primary for the City Council in the 33rd District. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Phoenix introduces green training

DUMBO is so cutting-edge that even longtime neighborhood tenant Phoenix House is going green. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pachyderm pampering puts some in hot water

Suzi the elephant had better not need a bath anytime soon. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

City Point Tower gets fed boost

The long-stalled City Point Tower project became the city’s first commercial development green-lighted for a cash infusion of federal stimulus money. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Latest look for Ratner’s Barclays Center

Developer Bruce Ratner unveiled a new Barclays Center arena rendering this week as the cornerstone piece of his 22-acre Atlantic Yards project starting at the Atlantic/Flatbush avenues intersection moving southeast. Comment.
BoroBeat

Brooklyn honors the Maryland 400

Remembering the shots heard round the borough%u2026 Comment.
BoroBeat

Strolling and enjoying the artistry

Every step garnered a piece of eye candy when the 5th Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) teamed up with artists from across Brooklyn for a unique art and photo walk in Park Slope. Comment.

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