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The Brooklyn Angle, by Gersh Kuntzman

December, 2007

Hair’s to the season

Brooklyn Angle: Here’s the real reason why this is the most wonderful time of the year. Comment

Beef battle begins: Peter Luger faces meaty competition

Brooklyn Angle: News that Morton’s of Chicago — an upscale chain steakhouse — had leased space at the Brooklyn Marriott finally gives borough beef lovers a distinct choice. Here’s how the newcomer fares against our legendary Porterhouse purveyor, Peter Luger in our first ever steakhouse smackdown. Comments (1)

Happy anniversary

Brooklyn Angle: Four years ago this week, Bruce Ratner unveiled the Atlantic Yards project. That anniversary gives us a chance to revisit whether the developer is living up to his original promises (thank goodness we saved the press kit!). Comment

The menorah men

Brooklyn Angle: Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jews are fighting again for Hanukkah hegemony. Yes, on Tuesday night, the first night of Hanukkah, rival factions of Hasidic Jews once again hosted competing menorah lighting festivities at Grand Army Plaza and at Borough Hall. Mr. Met was at one and Marty Markowitz was at the other. Sounds like another “Hanukkah Smackdown” to us! Comments (1)

November, 2007

Pigeon war on Eighth Avenue — and our reporter is there!

Brooklyn Angle: Someone is killing pigeons on Eighth Avenue and — wouldn’t you know it! — our columnist is in the middle of it. Comments (6)

Bad art from good drunks

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist gets loaded — and cranks out the best drunken art of his career. Comments (1)

October, 2007

Apprehended! Second chalker nabbed by cops

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist decides that the city’s crackdown on sidewalk chalk “vandals” has now officially gone too far. Comments (8)

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Defiant tot: I’ll tag again

Brooklyn Angle: Last week’s 6-year-old graffiti “vandal” is still fighting a city warning letter demanding that she remove her sidewalk chalk drawing from her front stoop. Comments (21)

New face of vandalism?

Brooklyn Angle: A 6-year-old Park Slope girl is facing a $300 fine from the city for doing what city kids have been doing for decades: drawing a pretty picture with common sidewalk chalk. Comments (690)

Walrus dad still a self-lover

Brooklyn Angle: Ayveq may finally be mating, but he’s still the same old self-lovable walrus! Comments (3)

September, 2007

Ebbets Field memories are being preserved … at local McDonalds.

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist goes to Ebbets Field on the 50th anniversary of the last game played there and discovers that today’s Brooklyn is as distant from Pee Wee and Duke and Preacher and Oisk as the Earth is from a star on Orion’s belt. Comments (1)

August, 2007

Rubber band man fights on

Brooklyn Angle: The invasion of the rubber bands continues unabated in Park Slope — and our columnist is fighting back. Comment

I paid $11 for this strange fruit — and I’d do it again!

Brooklyn Angle: Mangosteens have finally landed in America — and our columnist has ’em! Comments (11)

July, 2007

Time to ‘band’ together in Slope

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist is sick of all the rubber bands that his letter carrier dumps on his block. Comments (3)

Battle for the $oul of Brooklyn: Obama and Clinton fighting ZIP by ZIP

Brooklyn Angle: Park Slope has officially caught Obama Fever. And Brooklyn Heights is filled with rabid Clintonistas. A report from the campaign trenches. Comment

Chestnut great, but Koby is the hero

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist finds a new American hero at the hot dog-eating contest. Hint: It ain’t the American. Comment

June, 2007

“59.5*”: Chestnut’s ‘record’ is tainted by modern air conditioning

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist explains why Joey Chestnut’s “record” is full of cold air. Comment

Hitless wonder learns a hard lesson at the plate

Brooklyn Angle: This week, our columnist did something that no grown man should do: he paid a man $45 to teach him how to hit a baseball. Comment

May, 2007

Let’s hear it for good speaking

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist gets an earful of some bad speeches at a college lecture contest. Comments (1)

Law would destroy my livelihood!

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist slams a Council bill that would ruin his livelihood. Comments (4)

April, 2007

A cut below: Gersh’s trim not $400

Brooklyn Angle: The Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist goes head-to-head with John Edwards. Comment

Pizza-gate: Closed by the Health Dept., DiFara’s is back

Brooklyn Angle: Dom DeMarco is back behind the ovens at DiFara — and the world is back in order. Comment

Obamania hits Brooklyn

Brooklyn Angle: If Barack Obama is going to beat Hillary Clinton, the road to victory goes through Brooklyn. Comment

March, 2007

God to Ratner: Don’t build so big

Brooklyn Angle: If there are any atheist opponents of Atlantic Yards, they might want to start believing in God — because God, apparently, is opposed to Bruce Ratner’s mega-development. Comment

In defense of a technocrat

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist defends the Department of Transportation bureaucrat who wants to convert two avenues into one-way streets. It’s getting ugly, folks. Comment

The area of my expertise

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist reveals his true calling: working the checkout line at the Park Slope Food Co-op. Comment

February, 2007

She bowled us over

Brooklyn Angle: Alexandra Stein was the future of bowling — and then she wasn’t. A cautionary tale. Comment

Stop ‘iPod oblivion’

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist defends a state senator’s plan to ban iPod pedestrians. Comment

Snubbed! Miss New York loses again

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist bemoans the sorry state of the Miss America pageant, which hasn’t had a winner from New York, let alone the northeast!, since 1984. Comments (2)

January, 2007

Saved! Carroll Gardens codger finds a home

Brooklyn Angle: The 94-year-old Carroll Gardens man whose landlord kicked him out of his apartment has found a new apartment nearby. Dominick Diomede, whose story was first reported by The Brooklyn Paper, is poised to sign a lease on a subsidized unit on Warren Street run by the Fifth Avenue Committee. Comment

Tetherball: the city game is back!

Brooklyn Angle: New designs for Brooklyn Bridge Park show new tetherball — tetherball! — courts. Our columnist is excited. Comments (3)

94 years old & homeless: He’ll sleep in his Buick before he leaves Carroll Gardens

Brooklyn Angle: Dominick Diomede is 94, has lived in Carroll Gardens for most of his life, and is about to be thrown out on the street. Comments (2)

At your local pizzeria, it’s hold the tables!

Brooklyn Angle: I went into my local pizzeria the other day and half of it was missing. Comment