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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Brooklyn Paper — so much to live for!

Page 1: If you can hear the sound of these words, click on the blue sentence above and you’ll be taken to the most amazing thing ever: the full print edition of The Brooklyn Paper — available right now, a full day before it shows up on the street and in select copies of the New York Post! And everything is in there: calendars, features, columns and, of course, all our coverage of the Brooklyn Bridge Park opening and the bike crackdown on Jay Street. What a time-saver! Click today! And always keep hustlin’, Brooklyn.

The ‘soda tax’ is dead — for now

Albany has killed Gov. Paterson’s proposed tax on sugary soft drinks — for now. It’s inevitably going to come up again, so it’s best to know where you stand. Click below to read opinion pieces from the state’s Health Commissioner and an anti-tax advocate. It’s a package you’ll only see on BrooklynPaper.com.

Eighteen — again? W’burg matzoh bakers keep churning them out, every 18 minutes

Williamsburg: Here it is, folks — just in time for Passover, the inevitable matzoh factory feature! Comments (3).

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It’s strictly ballroom at One Front Street

Nightlife: Sorry, Community Board 2, but this is no hip-hop club. Comments (3).

Williamsburg Walks pedestrian event cut by one-third

Williamsburg: Williamsburg Walks has been shortened to a crawl. Comments (15).

A Sunny Day in Glasgow will shine on the Bell House

Music: Ben Daniels should hate being on tour. Currently on the road for months on end, the frontman of A Sunny Day in Glasgow is thousands of miles from his Sydney, Australia, home, where he left behind his wife. It’s also nearly impossible to get anything done creatively (unless, of course, you call watching old “Simpsons” episodes inspiration). Comment.

Keep un-trucking! Bedford merchants resent food carts

Williamsburg: With the economy in a downtown, Bedford Avenue’s restaurants are scapegoating nearby food trucks for threatening their bottom line in the neighborhood’s viciously competitive restaurant row. Comments (8).

Say hola to new Mexican joint by the owners of Lokal

Dining: Greenpointers looking for Mexican munchies will soon only have to head towards McCarren Park to have their craving sated — thanks to the brain trust behind Lokal. Comments (2).

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

UPDATE! Someone really doesn’t like Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: WARNING: Clicking the above link means you’re willing to see and read a curse word — and it’s a doozy! Comments (13).

A ‘Crucible’ of great theater by the Gallery Players

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Now that the hysteria over health care reform has reached its crescendo — hopefully — why not revisit the classic parable of groupthink run amok, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”? Comments (2).

Williamsburg squawks — over Williamsburg Walks plan

Mean Streets: Williamsburg Walks could be getting a lot shorter. Comments (16).

Dirty Lowe’s down! Toxin hunters go to work near hardware giant

Cleaning Our Waterways: What’s below the Lowe’s? Comment.

Smoke on the water! Port Authority resists effort to clean piers

A port operator has reaffirmed its commitment to a green-friendly initiative along Red Hook’s waterfront — even as its landlord is not moving full steam ahead. Comment.

A burger by way of the islands

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: In a town full of mediocre burgers, the discovery of a new favorite is somewhat akin to waiting less than an eternity for the G train — a rare occasion. Enter the Agoulou, the West Indian-style burger at three-week-old French-Guadeloupian eatery Kaz An Nou in Prospect Heights and a very possible new favorite. Comments (1).

Crazy Lady is on the warpath in Teen Spirit’s room

Smartmom: What’s wrong with a little cleaning while he’s on a road trip? Comments (11).

Walt Whitman was beat, man

Event: St. Francis College explores Brooklyn’s legendary poet’s influence on guys like Allen Ginsberg. Comments (1).

Don’t run red lights

Carroll Gardens: A car thief learns this valuable lesson. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (1).

Our foodie-in-chief gives you the lowdown

Foodie-in-Chief: Here’s the tastiest restaurant gossip this week. Comment.

What’s up, doc? A guilty plea deal!

Bay Ridge: A physician who worked with a Bay Ridge pharmacist to provide illegal steroids to borough juicers squeezed out a plea arrangement from prosecutors on Friday. Comments (17).

Monday, March 22, 2010

Brooklyn Bridge bark! No dogs allowed in park portion opened today!

Bridge ‘Park’: It’s the greatest thing to happen to Brooklyn open space lovers since Prospect Park was built in the Civil War era — but it’s not so great for their dogs! Comments (26).

Int’l terror expert speaks: LIRR bollards are ‘overkill’ and ‘ugly’

Fort Greene: An renowned expert has come out against the unsightly Egyptian tombs at the new LIRR terminal. Comments (8).

Toni Morrison leads a true ‘write’ of passage for black authors

Books: The reining queen of American literature, Toni Morrison, is coming to the borough of writers in yet another Brooklyn celebration of the arts and letters. Comments (1).

Look, up in the sky — it’s a cop!

Fort Greene: Myrtle Avenue is no longer Murder Avenue — but cops are making sure that it stays that way. Comments (7).

More high-flying fun comes to Galapagos

Nightlife: Break out your 1940s vintage finest. Comment.

Ibeam kicks some serious brass with trombone fest next month

Music: It’s not often that trombonists get to toot their own horns in music circles. Typically, they’re one of many in a horn section or the punch line of a joke (see: sad trombone). But next month in Gowanus, they’re front and center. Comments (1).

Get spirited at a great food and booze event at the Bell House

Nightlife: What, you never ordered a Bali Hai before? Comment.

Photography on the fringes

Art: Broken-down industrial structures might detract most people, but for photographers with a sense of adventure, they can be ideal spots for urban exploration and inspiration. Comment.

At Greenpoint oil spill, it’s a good thing to suck

Greenpoint: Could the Greenpoint oil spill soon be a distant memory? Comment.

Fans will ‘relish’ the Cyclones’ new free food plan

Cyclones: Call it a batters’ box lunch. Comment.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Who is the Butcher of Prospect Park?

Meadows of Shame: Chicken guts are everywhere! Is it Santeria this time, or something really weird? Comments (38).

Hot Dogg! Snoop Dogg’s Bklyn show tix on sale today!

Music: It’ll be a Dogg’s day in Brooklyn next month. Comments (3).

City jonesing for Smith bike lane fix

Mean Streets: Fresh on the heels of the new Flushing Avenue bike lane, the city unveiled plans for a bike-friendly facelift for Smith Street, turning the much-used approach to the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges much less harrowing. Comments (4).

Lucky B13! MTA takes part of lightly used bus off scrap heap

Bushwick: The B13 bus has been saved — somewhat. Comment.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Parking? Lots! City says Park Smart is working!

Park Slope: And the fees are not going up for now! Comments (3).

Lucky B13! MTA takes part of lightly used bus off scrap heap

Bushwick: The B13 bus has been saved — somewhat. Comment.

Brooklyn Bridge Park to open on Monday!

Bridge ‘Park’: On Monday, Brooklyn finally gets a chance to park it on the stoop. Comments (4).

Crackdown! Cyclists say cops are fining them on Downtown bike routes

Mean Streets: Riding a bicycle in Downtown Brooklyn can be hazardous — to your bank account. Comments (23).

You gotta bee-lieve! It’s now legal to be an apiarist

Rogue beekeepers no longer have to worry about the cops anymore, thanks to a ruling last week by the Board of Health that has finally made their apiary activities legal. Comments (2).

Hey, was that John Heyer at the gay-bash vigil?

Carroll Gardens: The anti-gay-marriage candidate re-emerges at the scene of the assault of a gay man. Comments (4).

Wail, Columbia! Reconstruction drags on

Mean Streets: A stalled street reconstruction project on Columbia Street is paving the way for bad blood between local residents and the city agency charged with overseeing the work. Comment.

Andy? That’s dandy! Brooklyn Museum’s late Warhol works

Art: Get ready for more than 15 minutes of fame. Comment.

A monk the best at what he does

Park Slope: Check out this cool sand painting. Comment.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

More Tish-grace! Councilwoman hires big-time personal injury lawyer in bump-and-scratch

Fort Greene: Councilwoman Letitia James is vigorously pursuing her personal injury lawsuit against an itinerant laborer, despite widespread ridicule over her contention that she suffered “permanent” injuries after bumping into the legal trailer hitch on his parked van. Comments (23).

Historic district expansion: Preservation or gentrification?

Carroll Gardens: An effort to preserve the history of Carroll Gardens is being criticized for actually hastening the neighborhood’s gentrification, said opponents of a controversial city initiative to widen the area’s historic district. Comments (4).

CB2: This project takes no ‘Toll’ on DUMBO

DUMBO: A “gritty” and very urban residential tower proposed by one of the nation’s largest suburban homebuilders breezed over the first hurdle of the public review process when a Community Board 2 committee approved Toll Brothers’ Water Street design on Wednesday night. Comments (3).

Here’s one Ceol place with a menu to match

Dining: The bad boy of Smith Street — Marc Elliot — has a new kitchen and he’s ready to kick some apps. Comments (5).

Tray magnifique!

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Paper or plastic? More and more, city’s schools are taking paper. Comments (4).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Flushing Avenue to get two-way protected bike lane!

Mean Streets: Flushing Avenue will sprout a protected, two-way bike lane to link cyclists between the Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg, the city revealed on Tuesday. Comments (8).

Finally, a ‘Stable’ situation in Kensington

Kensington: The city Board of Health balks at major horse-boarding rules, sparing the Kensington Stables. Comments (6).

Allah akbar! Arabic school principal is vindicated

Boerum Hill: A federal agency has ruled that the city’s ouster of the founding principal of an Arabic language and culture school was marred by prejudice — a vindication for the embattled educator as she seeks to win her job back through the courts. Comments (8).

City hopes to make the Willy B safer for bikers

Mean Streets: Biking over the Williamsburg Bridge should soon be a lot easier, thanks to a makeover of the ramps on the most heavily cycled bridge in the city. Comments (6).

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