Brooklyn Courier

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009

Williamsburg

Too much green

Too much green Comment.
Williamsburg

Lack of control

Lack of control Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s mourning in Williamsburg

A bike lane is gone, but it was not unloved. Comment.
Williamsburg

Holiday party with Santa

Yuletide cheer abounded in Williamsburg where the young and the young-at-heart extended a rollicking welcome to the old man in the red suit with a bag of toys. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Different world’ in the ’burg

Crime is down in Williamsburg nearly 12 percent this year, continuing its downward trend over the past decade. Comment.
Williamsburg

“As The World Turns” moves out of Brooklyn

“As The World Turns” is preparing for its final spin. Comment.
Williamsburg

Newtown Creek countdown

The clock is ticking. Comment.
Williamsburg

Satmar Night Live

Satmar Night Live Comment.
Williamsburg

Residents Saddened by Cyclist’s Fatality

In the wake of a shocking fatality involving a cyclist and a truck on Nassau Avenue this weekend, North Brooklyn transportation advocates are calling for more safety improvements to one of the most dangerous intersections in the borough. Comment.
Williamsburg

Parents outraged by MTA

Brooklyn parents were up in arms after the MTA’s passage of their 2010 budget Thursday that included the elimination of free and reduced price public transportation for city kids to and from school. Comment.
Williamsburg

Best of Brooklyn Toy Drive 2009

The Brooklyn Hospital Center is collecting toys for children this holiday season through December 31. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day. Comment.
Williamsburg

Oh no! Not the sour cream

My relationship with baking Christmas cookies goes way back and sad to say, it’s been a rocky relationship at best. Comment.
Williamsburg

Happy Holidays to one and all

In my local specialty food store, a robust lady shopper thrust herself between the delicate rows of tasty morsels and, lunging ahead of me, claimed the last packet of imported biscuits. Clutching it to her bosom, she turned to me, locked her eyes with mine and, giving a triumphant nod, walked off. Comment.
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Given the boot

Given the boot Comment.
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Eighth Avenue welcomes the 12 days of Christmas

Holiday cheer took center stage at the Park Slope Armory, where clients made merry by joining festive forces with workers and neighbors for a program of celebration, hosted by the Park Slope Women’s Shelter. Comment.
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LGBT protestors hit Kruger

Since his vote against gay marriage affected their homes, an outraged group of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) activists visited Mill Island in an attempt to destroy the Sunday afternoon sanctity of the place where State Senator Carl Kruger hangs his hat. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

No-go for Gitmo

Brooklynites braced for the possibility of Guantánamo detainees being put on trial in the borough as Justice Department officials dismissed a New York Times story on the issue as “entirely speculative.” Comment.
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Santa’s little helpers

Youngsters in need are in for a brighter holiday season, thanks to the goodwill efforts of members of Michael A. Rawley Post 1636 of the American Legion. Comment.
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Sidewalk decals point way to Brooklyn

With all due respect to the Wizard of Oz, Brooklynites might soon be singing, ‘Follow the green arrow road.’ Comment.
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Best of Brooklyn Toy Drive ’09

The Brooklyn Hospital Center is collecting toys for children this holiday season through December 31. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day. Comment.
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‘As The World Turns’ exiting BKLYN stage

“As The World Turns” is preparing for its final spin. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Senesh gets attention of Board 6

Community Board 6 threw several ounces of prevention at a proposal to amend the city code so that a Carroll Gardens private school may expand — even though the proposal has already been withdrawn by the lawmaker who planned to introduce it this week. Comment.
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Coats wanted

Borough President Marty Markowitz and New York Cares are asking Brooklynites to give the coats off their back, sort of. Comment.
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Better medicine on the horizon to treat diabetes

There’s hope on the horizon for the 155,000 Brooklynites coping with diabetes, medical experts recently forecast. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Directional changes on Fifth Avenue and Pacific Street

Beginning December 22, the following streets in Brooklyn will undergo directional changes: Fifth Avenue, between Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, will become northbound only; and Pacific Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, will become two-way. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gillibrand talks health reform in Park Slope

The state’s freshman senator came to Park Slope’s New York Methodist Hospital last week to meet medical professionals and talk up President Obama’s health care reform initiative. Comment.
BoroBeat

‘Bark! The herald angel sings! returns in ’09

‘Twas the season for a wag-nificent howl-fest. Comment.
BoroBeat

Borough hall basks in menorah’s warm glow

Turkish Consul General Mehmet Samsar was swept off his feet during a visit to Borough Hall Plaza where he helped usher in Chanukah by boarding a cherry picker to light “the largest menorah in Downtown Brooklyn.” Comment.
BoroBeat

Prospect park celebrates construction of the new Lakeside center%A0

City officials joined benefactors and visionaries at the Wollman Rink in Prospect Park to symbolically break ground for the first phase of Lakeside Center, the “most significant landscape restoration project ever undertaken” at the landmark emerald empire. Comment.
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Found Murdered

Found murdered Comment.
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it’s strictly ballroom for p.s. 38 students

Take your partners, please, for the waltz, tango and fox trot. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Better diabetes treatments

There’s hope on the horizon for the 155,000 Brooklynites coping with diabetes, medical experts recently forecast. Comment.
BoroBeat

Ye olde fashioned yuletide in the neighborhood

Sweet songs and a glittering fir kicked off holiday celebrations at the Transit Garden in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
BoroBeat

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin

The waterfront is aglow for the holidays. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Booking Brawl

Booking brawl Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Giant menorah shines bright

Turkish Consul General Mehmet Samsar was swept off his feet during a visit to Borough Hall Plaza where he helped usher in Chanukah by boarding a cherry picker to light “the largest menorah in Downtown Brooklyn.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘As The World Turns’ to exit Brooklyn stage

“As The World Turns” is preparing for its final spin. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bloomy vetoes ‘grace period’

City drivers may yet catch a break from getting a parking ticket when the meter expires, but it won’t be on Mayor Bloomberg’s dime. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Best of Brooklyn Toy Drive 2009 launches

The Brooklyn Hospital Center is collecting toys for children this holiday season through December 31. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day. Comment.
Williamsburg

Spirits Soaring in Brooklyn

It has been decades since you could get a gin and tonic or a whiskey sour mixed with spirits distilled in New York City. Comment.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg leads borough in stalled projects

In a borough of stalled condo projects, the Williamsburg area is ground zero, according to a recent report. Comment.
Williamsburg

Gentile wins dreidel spinning tournament

John “Johnny Hei’z” Heywood is your 2009 Major League Dreidel champion, and he didn’t even get bar mitzvahed! Comment.
Williamsburg

From NYCHA to Home Health Aides

If Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Williamsburg) gets her way, some NYCHA residents might be able to lend seniors a helping hand, and get paid for it. Comment.
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Grocery grumbles in Downtown Brooklyn

Hunger pains are hitting Downtown Brooklyn residents. Comment.
Williamsburg

F express boon to some

Transit officials last week promised to study whether to reinstitute express service along the F line, but said the initiative might hold more benefit to residents living south of tony Brownstone Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

EPA, City Embark on Newtown Creek Love Canal

It must be love. And it smells like sewage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ratner sells bonds to finance new arena

Investors quickly snapped up $511 million in bonds bringing Developer Bruce Ratner one major step closer to building the $1 billion Barclays Center arena at the Flatbush/Atlantic avenues intersection. Comment.
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Board 6 to Park Slope Armory: Open wide

When it finally opens its doors to the public, the Park Slope Armory must do so as widely as possible, Community Board 6 urged last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hey! Ho! Let’s go!

Like a sea of scarlet waves with white caps crashing against an indifferent gray shore, a tide of 3,000 Santas descended upon Williamsburg last weekend, leaving only a frothy trail of Christmas cheer behind them. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

Williamsburg

Knocked out for purse

Knocked out for purse Comment.
Williamsburg

Fourteen years for legal eagle

Fourteen years for legal eagle Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn mom searches for bone marrow match

Some call it an axiom. Others call it a rule. But it’s something that Jennifer Jones Austin has lived her life by: when your going through life, don’t avoid the bumps -- ride over them. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ride advocates file suit against city

Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment.
Williamsburg

Lane change! Vigilantes repaint Bedford bike lanes

Some cycling activists are taking the law into their own hands. Comment.
Williamsburg

City to EPA: We want the creek clean, too

Mayor Bloomberg’s administration wants Newtown Creek cleaned up, but they are not sold on Superfund just yet. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn decks the Hall

Lilting music, a romp with Santa and the lighting of a majestic fir ignited holiday celebrations at Borough Hall. Comment.
Williamsburg

New Kings Plot Future While Levin is Crowned

While Brooklyn Democratic leaders celebrated Councilmember-elect Steve Levin’s ceremonial inauguration at stately Borough Hall, a group of 50 Democratic activists met in a dingy first-floor room of a Williamsburg church to gain more influence within the county’s cumbersome and fractured Democratic Party. Comment.
Williamsburg

Residents urged to donate winter coats

Borough President Marty Markowitz and New York Cares are asking Brooklynites to give the coats off their back, sort of. Comment.
Williamsburg

B44 bus changes

A revamped B44 route will bring bus-only lanes and parking changes to Nostrand Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Buy a dreidel, fight dyslexia

Leah David is hoping to beat dyslexia using one dreidel at a time. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn Community Pride Center hosts holiday party for LGBT kids and families

The Brooklyn Community Pride Center will host its first family event, A Holiday Party for LGBT families and kids of all ages, December 17 from 6-9 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street at Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bloomberg vetos five-minute parking grace period

City drivers may yet catch a break from getting a parking ticket when the meter expires, but it won’t be on Mayor Bloomberg’s dime. Comment.
Williamsburg

Outrage over convicted divorce judge

The fact that disgraced judge Gerald Garson will be home for the holidays is “reprehensible” and a “mockery of justice,” a group of divorced mothers and domestic violence survivors claimed Monday as they protested the convicted septuagenarian’s early release from prison. Comment.
Williamsburg

NbPAC Lights Up Your Life

When the sun goes down, McCarren Park will be warmly illuminated this month, only it has nothing to do with the holidays. Comment.
Williamsburg

Donate a coat, keep a child warm this winter

The Bridge Cleaners & Tailorskicked off their annual Coats For Kids drive for the 25th year.The mission of Coats For Kids is simple- anyone in need of a coat will have one. Bridge Cleaners & Tailors, a downtown fixture, is accepting gently used, warm kid, adult and baby sized winter coats now through January 31.Coats collected will be donated to Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services. Comment.
Williamsburg

War of the Roses: Satmar sect split seeps into zoning showdown

Borough President Marty Markowitz found himself in the middle of a simmering feud between the leaders of two rival Hasidic factions over a troubled Williamsburg waterfront development project this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

2010 Brooklyn Cyclones schedule announced

The Brooklyn Cyclones’ 2010 regular-season schedule has been announced, featuring 38 home games for the borough’s baseball team — now entering its landmark 10th season. The Cyclones’ 2010 schedule also boasts an “every game guarantee,” which ensures something for everyone, all summer long. Comment.
Williamsburg

Please silence your Blackberry

Please silence your Blackberry Comment.
Williamsburg

Everybody Into the Pool! Pols Break Ground at McCarren

Nearly 70 years after it was first constructed through a federal Works Progress Administration project, McCarren Park Pool is nearly ready to once again play host to Brooklyn’s swimmers, bathers and skaters. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your weekly newsbriefs

Improved Belt Parkway Comment.
Williamsburg

Furniture giant helps in the fight against cancer

IKEA Brooklyn will host a special breakfast fundraiser, December 19 & 20 to fight cancer. One hundred percent of the revenue from all breakfasts sold between 9:30-11 a.m. on those days will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of IKEA Red Hook, 1 Beard Street, which will take place June 5, 2010 along the IKEA waterfront. Comment.
Williamsburg

Triangle Squared! Rezoning Passes Two Key Council Votes

The lights are still up on the Broadway Triangle. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bam has become a handi-wipe for Islamo-thugs

It took our sworn enemies hardly any time at all to deliver a bloody and bombastic response to President Obama’s meek speech on US foreign policy in Afghanistan. Comment.
Williamsburg

America by the numbers

OK, gang. Here we go. Once again I offer you AMERICA - BY THE NUMBERS. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Hey, St. Peter ... make way for Aunt Mary!

My daughter called her Tzi Tzi Grandma, I called her Mary and my husband, on occasion, called her the Bulldog, because she never let go of anything.She was my aunt, my mom’s last living sister. She was a survivor. Comment.
BoroBeat

Skee-Ball scores with the hipster crowd

Good times have begun to roll at the new Full Circle Bar in Williamsburg where the sleight of hand took time out from sipping suds to compete in the first-ever “Brewskee-Ball” contest of the Skee-Ball league. Comment.
BoroBeat

Sidewalk global warming has a message for President Obama in Copenhagen

With homemade ice globes in tow, members of the Green Party rallied in Park Slope for climate change legislation that “follows the demands of the earth, not big business.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Repo raid

Repo raid Comment.
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Republican wants to change CFB

Next time, if there is a next time, he want’s a more even playing field. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Merchants roll with gate ban

Local businesses gave a thumbs up to recently passed city legislation that would gradually ban the use of roll-down metal security gates on shops to cut down on high rates of graffiti. Comment.
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Second annual Holiday Craft Market at Brooklyn Lyceum

The Brooklyn Lyceum presents its second annual Holiday Craft Market, December 19-20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 227 Fourth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment.
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Please silence your%A0Blackberry

Please silence your Blackberry Comment.
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New plan for speedier B44 bus service

A revamped B44 route will bring bus-only lanes and parking changes to Nostrand Avenue. Comment.
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Tree lighting at Columbia and Sackett streets

Flick the switch and this year’s Christmas season kicks off at the third annual Holiday Tree lighting ceremony on December 11 from 5:30 -7 p.m. at the Human Compass Garden, Columbia and Sackett streets in the downtown section of Brooklyn. Comment.
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De Blasio backs off controversial bill

A controversial proposal to amend a city code so that a private school in Carroll Gardens may expand has been postponed until next year, lawmakers and school officials announced this week. Comment.
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Ride advocates sue for bigger outdoor park

Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment.
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Pipe up: Christmas caroling in Boerum Hill

Come one come all and sing a carol or two at this year’s Christmas caroling event. No experience necessary, just a whole lot of Christmas cheer required. Comment.
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Gowanus joins Generation Facebook

The Gowanus Canal has finally joined the 21st century: The fetid waterway has its own group on Facebook. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Condo critics not ready to welcome city control of park

The Bloomberg administration’s goal of assuming control of the development of Brooklyn Bridge Park from the state and infusing it with $55 million has not assuaged critics who don’t want to see luxury condos erected on site of the public park %u2013 even if it amounts to only 10 percent of the acreage. Comment.
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Park Slope raises money for one of its own

James Fitzpatrick may have moved from Park Slope years ago, but this holiday season, the neighborhood is showing it never forgets one of its own. Comment.
BoroBeat

Santa claus comes to town; fans rejoice!

Neighbors joined festive forces to help spread the spirit of the season by illuminating a towering timber with ribbons of lights in Park Slope. Comment.
BoroBeat

Global warming message for prez%A0

With homemade ice globes in tow, members of the Green Party rallied in Park Slope for climate change legislation that “follows the demands of the earth, not big business.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Murdered on Henry

Murdered on Henry Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Carroll Park is brimming with good holiday cheer

A tree glows in Carroll Park. Comment.
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Greater demand placed on Brooklyn food pantries

More Brooklynites than ever are hungry. Comment.
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Fast acting cops honored by 76th Precinct Council

A cell phone snatcher was no match for a duo of dynamic cops from the 76th Precinct, recognized recently by the 76th Precinct Community Council for dialing in some fine police work. Comment.
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Merchants roll with metal gate ban

Local businesses gave a thumbs up to recently passed city legislation that would gradually ban the use of roll-down metal security gates on shops to cut down on high rates of graffiti. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crime slide continues in 76th Precinct

Crime statistics in the 76th Precinct are mostly good, a little bad, but certainly not ugly, according to the precinct’s top cop, who pointed to data showing a downward trend of criminal activity. Comment.
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Gowanus support stirs controversy

A federal lawmaker is selfishly supporting a proposal to designate the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site to keep out future voters who might not cast their votes her way, an influential local activist is charging. Comment.
BoroBeat

Sidewalk rally to fight global warming

With homemade ice globes in tow, members of the Green Party rallied in Park Slope for climate change legislation that “follows the demands of the earth, not big business.” Comment.
BoroBeat

Just in time for yuletide celebrations

Seasonal goodwill, holiday songs and the lighting of a majestic pine ignited Yuletide celebrations in Boerum Hill. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Robbed right outside home

Robbed right outside home Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Silver and gold at Borough Hall

Lilting music, a romp with Santa and the lighting of a majestic fir ignited holiday celebrations at Borough Hall. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Boerum Hill residents worry about possible crack house

Boerum Hill residents are rife with concern about an alleged crack house in a vacant brownstone building at 416 Pacific Street between Bond and Nevins streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Shops okay with ban on metal roll down gates

Local businesses gave a thumbs up to recently passed city legislation that would gradually ban the use of roll-down metal security gates on shops to cut down on high rates of graffiti. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lit up with the joys of the holidays

Seasonal goodwill, holiday songs and the lighting of a majestic pine ignited Yuletide celebrations in Boerum Hill. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Sidewalk global warming

With homemade ice globes in tow, members of the Green Party rallied in Park Slope for climate change legislation that “follows the demands of the earth, not big business.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

White-knuckle ride in Coney: critics file lawsuit

Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment.

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