Brooklyn Courier

Friday, Sept. 25, 2009

Williamsburg

Burglar grab

A would-be thief was caught in the act of canvassing a Grand Street apartment last week, officials said. Comment.
Williamsburg

Grand Bazaar coming to Brooklyn

The Grand Bazaar is coming to Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Big rigs cause bigger headaches

Residents of North 11th Street in Williamsburg are steamed about trucks that roll down their street. Comment.
Williamsburg

EPA%A0Newtown headed for Superfund

North Brooklyn got some super news this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Love Brigade comes marching through

Love Brigade, the culturally aware and musically charged company, will premier their spring/summer 2010 ‘Revival’ Collection, September 18 at a brand new venue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn pols react to Obama smackdown of Paterson

Oh, Obama...Why’d you have to go and do something like that? Comment.
Williamsburg

Guv, mayor say ‘Ahoy’ to new sludge ships

North Brooklyn is about to have the trash taken out. Comment.
Williamsburg

Coney pizza icon might reopen soon

Famed Coney Island pizzeria Totonno’s could be open in a matter of weeks, giving discriminating eaters across the borough reason to rejoice. Comment.
Williamsburg

De Blasio and Green take shots in advocate race

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.
Williamsburg

Subway’s very best

The Subway restaurant chain, the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, has named Jonathan Feld, of Manhattan, as the recipient of its 2009 Franchisee of the Year award for multi-unit owners from the chain’s North American markets. The announcement was made the company’s annual convention held in Washington DC. Comment.
Williamsburg

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.
Williamsburg

‘Meditation Garden’ encourages lots of creativity

Mom, dad and the kids saw their creativity immortalized on concrete when Spread Art celebrated Park(ing) Day by installing a “meditation garden” in Williamsburg, calling upon artsmart locals to bring cheer and relief to Brooklyn’s urban jungle with their own handiwork. Comment.
Williamsburg

Best take out in town: local spots win awards

Looking for some good takeout in Brooklyn?Better call Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Grand larceny, homeless vex cops

Crime is down in Williamsburg’s north side, but police officers remain vigilant about a rash of grand larcenies and incidents involving a roving homeless population that have occurred throughout the summer. Comment.
Williamsburg

Steve 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.
Williamsburg

Green Brooklyn

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.
Williamsburg

Wine Bar still thirsty for okay

Custom Wine Bar is going back to the drawing board. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘I’m a poet and you know it’

An attorney, author, football coach, special education schoolteacher and street vendor would like to add another title to his long resume: poet laureate. Comment.
Williamsburg

Green’s problem(s)

A longtime political veteran breaks down the runoff for public advocate between Bill De Blasio and Mark Green this way: “Who cares?” Comment.
Williamsburg

Slight margin for Reyna

In one of the smallest margins among the primary races throughout the city, incumbent Councilmember Diana Reyna (D-Williamsburg) appears to have won re-election in the 34th Council District, though her main challenger, Maritza Davila, has not conceded the race. Comment.
Williamsburg

Filming to start on lost railroad documentary

He rediscovered history once, and this winter, urban explorer Bob Diamond is hoping to do it again. Comment.
Williamsburg

Esposito charged with stiffing staffers

For campaign workers, numbers aren’t adding up, and it has nothing to do with votes. Comment.
Williamsburg

VH1 Divas descend on Brooklyn for live show

Lights, camera, action — Divas! Comment.
Williamsburg

Chabad finds a new home inside The Loom

It was not exactly the Exodus, but after more than a year wandering around Williamsburg for a home, Rabbi Menachim Heller has finally found a space for his Chabad of East Williamsburg branch on the first-floor of a commercial building on Flushing Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK Dems react to Obama speech

Preaching to the choir. Comment.
Williamsburg

Obama speech update

In the recent story about federal lawmakers checking in on President Obama’s national health care speech, this paper incorrectly reported the House of Representatives proposed bill included a single-payer system. The bill proposes a public option and not a single-payer plan. We regret the error. Comment.
Williamsburg

251 votes is enough for Reyna

After three days of counting paper ballots and recanvassing machines, City Councilmember Diana Reyna won re-election to a third term by a mere 251 votes. Comment.
Williamsburg

Project ENVISION

The Project ENVISION Williamsburg coalition, a group of community members and New York City rape crisis service providers dedicated to sexual violence prevention through community involvement, invites you to welcome the group to the neighborhoodwith food, a raffle, speakers and fun in the McCarren Park Field House, 780 Lorimer Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 26. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Strictly Regulated’ at Corridor

Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery will host “Strictly Regulated,” on view September 27-Nov ember7, with an opening reception September 27 from 4-6 p.m. at 334 Grand Avenue in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

More choices for motorists caught in bind

If you have an auto accident and need to rent a car at the insurance company’s expense, you have a right to get the loaner from wherever you want. Comment.
Williamsburg

Benefit concert

Determined to empower unemployed men by providing them with the necessary professional attire that will build their self-esteem and help “sell themselves” during job interviews, Men’s Wearhouse will hold its second annual National Suit Drive, now to September 30. Comment.
Williamsburg

DUMBO gallery walk invites all to browse

Brooklyn’s waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO will welcome art lovers and fun seekers to explore its art-filled gallery spaces as they celebrate with receptions, live musical performances and artist/curator talks, October 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 111 Front Street, 37 Main Street, 92 Plymouth Street, 28 Jay Street and various stops and shops along these blocks. Comment.
Williamsburg

Thompson takes primary%A0

Extolling supporters to chant with him that eight years is enough, Comptroller William Thompson vowed a spirited campaign to defeat incumbent Mike Bloomberg in the November general election for New York City mayor. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK bosses balk at ‘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.
Williamsburg

Russian billionaire to become new Nets owner

And now, here’s your Brooklyn Nyets! Comment.
Williamsburg

14-story cap for ‘Finger’

The “Finger Building” has a cap. Comment.
Williamsburg

New bill takes aim at stalled developments

Stalled condo projects and big blue “death fences” may be the order of the day throughout Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean a community’s quality of life has to suffer. Comment.
Williamsburg

Burglaries soar in ‘burg

Crime is down in Williamsburg this summer, though a recent rash of burglaries has police officers on alert. Comment.
Williamsburg

Triangle businesses fight eminent domain

Three Williamsburg businesses located within the Broadway Triangle are the focus of an intense battle to rezone a 31-acre site south of Broadway Avenue to residential use, as city officials determine whether to acquire the privately-owned sites through eminent domain. Comment.
Williamsburg

Get an interview suit

Determined to empower unemployed men by providing them with the necessary professional attire that will build their self-esteem and help “sell themselves” during job interviews, Men’s Wearhouse will hold its second annual National Suit Drive, now to September 30. Comment.
Williamsburg

Liu, Yassky in runoff for comptroller bid

Queens City Councilmember John Liu and Brooklyn City Councilmember David Yassky are circling their wagons as they gear up to meet again at the polls in two weeks to determine who will be the Democratic nominee for the city’s top fiscal officer. Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s only my opinion

Here are more questions that are scribbled on those bits of paper that have been accumulating in my favorite blue blazer. Comment.
BoroBeat

Now showing at Cooper Park: ‘fun and film’

A party in Cooper Park? Comment.
BoroBeat

‘Frank J. Verderame Way’ debuts on Second Pl.

A grassroots gladiator and a former state assemblyman, who was “involved in just about every issue in the community,” was immortalized with tears and cheers when his brother helped pave the way to dedicate his Carroll Gardens’ block “Frank J. Verderame Way.” Comment.
BoroBeat

O’shea is Fair housing ‘person of the year’

Nearly a year after being ousted as head of Churches United, a Brooklyn-based affordable housing advocacy group, Father James O’Shea made his first public appearance in Brooklyn, receiving the first annual Churches United for Fair Housing Person of the Year Award. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Hate comes to Windsor Terrace

Police are looking for the hate-filled wall scrawler who wrote the words “F--k Jews” on a new sign outside Congregation Chabad of Windsor Terrace. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gavel to Gavel

A right-wing radio personality will be heading to Brooklyn to defend himself against accusations that he threatened to kill three Chicago federal appeals judges that had thrown out suits challenging hand gun bans in the Windy City. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Community boards team up with graduate students

Graduate students will soon get real life civics lessons courtesy of two of the borough’s community boards. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Colton: put the new waste transfer station in Sunset Pk

A Bensonhurst lawmaker said this week he has devised an elegant solution to the neighborhood’s waste transfer facility problem: move it to Sunset Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Innovative’ federal funding%A0benefits Brooklyn yeshivas

Thousands of private school students, mainly in yeshivas, will be getting remedial help in the three ‘Rs’ on the federal government’s dime. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Report due on F train status

State Senator Daniel Squadron recently learned a critical lesson in politics, commuting — and love. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A Russian oligarch in Bklyn

And now, here’s your Brooklyn Nyets! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shop Art debuts three new exhibitions

Local art gallery Shop Art celebrates the opening of three exhibitions next month at its ground floor space on Bergen Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fall street festivals on tap across the borough

You really begin to realize how populous Brooklyn is when the annual autumn street fairs draw out the crowds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crafty artists answer the bell at Gleason’s gym

At Gleason’s Gym, boxers are taking their gloves off for art, and a special cause. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New effort to curb development eyesores

Stalled condo projects and big blue “death fences” may be the order of the day throughout Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean a community’s quality of life has to suffer. Comment.
High School Sports

Big-time play saves Railsplitters

Doug Butler struggled to gain yardage in the first half. The Lincoln running back was left frustrated by a swarming Flushing defense. Comment.
BoroBeat

Some gave all: many reflect on vets’ courage

If you love freedom, thank a vet. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Swept into cell

A 51-year-old man was incarcerated after he attacked a younger man with a broomstick, police alleged. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Yikes! Mice and rats run through Carroll Park

Rodents have once again reared their ugly heads - and tails - in Carroll Park, but city officials say they’re just passing through. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

LICH earns NYPD salute

While it usually honors police officers, the 76th Precinct Community Council took time last week to honor an institution. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Nardiello bests GOP rival Smith

The specter of controversy hanging over City Council Republican candidate George Smith did little to boost his chances for victory Tuesday as his opponent Joe Nardiello easily secured the nomination with more than two thirds of votes cast. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gowanus Canal’s toxic ‘tsunami’ %A0

From a window in her home, Margaret Maugenest can see the mighty shores of the Gowanus Canal, a polluted waterway she fears could one day spit its toxic cocktail on adjacent homes and businesses. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lander wins big in 39th

When Brad Lander woke up early Tuesday morning to begin his last big pitch for City Council, one of the first things he heard coming out of the shower was the Black Eyed Peas. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Aquarium’s future is in sharks

$100 million is a lot of clams, but that’s how much the New York Aquarium figures it needs to keep up with the Joneses in Coney Island. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Paid Sick Leave for city residents debated

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

Celebrate National Estuaries Day at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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.
BoroBeat

Little Buddy Biscuits debut

Intricately-flavored confections and desserts you wish your mother had made are just the tip of the sweet-a-licious iceberg at the new Little Buddy Biscuit Company, which celebrated its arrival in South Slope with a ribbon-cutting. Comment.
BoroBeat

Ye olde classroom lesson for local kids

Public School 321 second-graders received a living history lesson when they joined area dignitaries and other local notables to rename J.J. Byrne Park Washington Park in honor of the nation’s founding father. Comment.
BoroBeat

Columbia street has corner-to-corner 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.
BoroBeat

Chabad Jewish center celebrates first scroll

A new Jewish Center, established by the The National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education to serve the Windsor Terrace community, welcomed its first Torah scroll during a lively procession through the streets of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Caught dead to rights

A funeral home owner has been allegedly identified as the unsuccessful bank robber who recently tried to pass a threatening note to a teller at a neighborhood Chase Bank. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

3-course wine dinner

Join Park Slope wine importer Daniel Johnnes for an evening on the wine roads of France as he showcases selections from his portfolio in a three-course wine dinner at bussaco, 833 Union Street in Park Slope, September 29 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Reiki practitioner

World famous Reiki teacher Frans Stiene, co-founder of the International House of Reiki and the Shibumi Reiki Association, is coming to Park Slope during the New York leg of his latest global tour to attend the launch of the Brooklyn Classical Reiki Centre. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Remember 9/11 in song

While prayers and bowed heads were certainly the order of the day as the city marked the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorists attacks, some local residents opted to express their anguish, as well as their pride in their country, more creatively. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Crime-busting excellence

Supermom Tyeis Mojica is also a super cop, the 84th Precinct Community Council determined last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Turf Battle at Cadman Park

It’s a turf war — literally. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

DUMBO art galleries

Brooklyn’s waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO will welcome art lovers and fun seekers to explore its art-filled gallery spaces as they celebrate with receptions, live musical performances and artist/curator talks, October 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 111 Front Street, 37 Main Street, 92 Plymouth Street, 28 Jay Street and various stops and shops along these blocks. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pumpkin festival

Mazzone True Value will be hosting its annual pumpkin festival, now in its fifth year, 470 Court Street, corner of Fourth Place between Court and Clinton streets, October 3 (rain date: October 10) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Regulated’ art show

Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery will host “Strictly Regulated,” on view September 27-Nov ember7, with an opening reception September 27 from 4-6 p.m. at 334 Grand Avenue in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.

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