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Thief of bad bags: Park Slope Food Co-op bans plastic bags

Brooklyn Angle: In one of the most lopsided votes since the re-election of Chairman Mao in 1954, members of Brooklyn’s famously progressive supermarket, the Park Slope Food Co-op, voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday night to stop making plastic shopping bags available at the checkout counter. Comments (6)

Getting it done on the court and on the field: Xaverian hurler impresses many

Pitching, defense, a tight infield and versatility have been the key ingredients for the success of the varsity baseball team at Xaverian High School. In addition, as Varsity Head Coach Dennis Canale puts it, the success is based on the camaraderie of the team. Comment

Track & Field Carnival

The Second Annual Red Hook Track and Field Carnival and Road Race will be held on May 16, 17, and 18. Comment

‘Chin strap’ fiasco costs Lincoln

A disagreement in softball is nothing new, whether it be an argument about a safe call at first base or an out call at home plate. But it is rare when a disagreement is over a chin strap. Comment

King Bees of ‘A’ west division: Telecommunications Yellow Jackets at the top of the heap

With the playoffs right around the corner, baseball in Brooklyn is heating up as teams vie for coveted playoff spots. But there is only one team that has been able to clinch their division title and that is the Comment

Wrestling stars to grapple here

The superstars from East Coast Professional Wrestling are invading St. Patrick’s Church, 9511 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, May 17. Comment

Madison, Lincoln in the driver’s seat

As the regular season winds down in the PSAL Brooklyn softball circuit, playoff spots have yet to be finalized. Comment

CNG hails outstanding athletes

Holy Cross’s Sylven Landesberg and Murry Bergtraum’s Krystal Parnell were honored as high school basketball players of the year by Community Newspaper Group, which publishes this paper. Paul Gilvary of Holy Cross and Ed Grezinsky of Bergtraum were also honored as high school basketball coaches of the year. Comment

15th Harbor Fitness Race

About 100 runners, and some 25 dogs, turned out for the 15th annual Harbor Fitness Race this past Sunday. Comment

Railsplitters pull off springy comeback

After only winning eight games in 2007, the Lincoln lady Railsplitters had one of their most successful seasons in recent memory as they capture a co-share of the Brooklyn “A” Division title. Since coming back to action from spring break, Lincoln has been a perfect 5-0 against their divisional opponents, including a forfeit victory over main division rival, Madison. The huge 17-2 win over Canarsie on May 17 ensured Lincoln a share of what has been Madison’s for the past five seasons – the title as the division’s top team. (All stats are as of press time.) Comment

Poly Prep goes for three-peat: Ace on the hill leads squad to the promised land

As the old cliché goes, “pitching wins championships.” Comment

Madison Knights continue PSAL baseball reign

For the 11th consecutive year, the Madison Knights are the undisputed Brooklyn “A” East Division champions after a home-and-home sweep over the Sheepshead Bay Sharks. Coach Vincent Caiazza’s team finished the regular season with an untouched 16-0 record, which secured them a top five seeding in the postseason bracket. Other Brooklyn teams to make it to the playoffs are: Telecommunications Yellow Jackets (15-1), New Utrecht Utes (10-6), Brooklyn Tech Engineers (9-7), Sheepshead Bay Sharks (9-7), and Midwood Hornets (8-8). (All stats and records are as of press time.) Comment

Hundreds make strides in Buckley’s-Kennedy’s 5K

Some 600 runners from the five boroughs and Long Island gathered on the boardwalk of Riis Park for the 28th annual Buckley’s-Kennedy’s 5K Charity Run this past Sunday. Comment

Celebrity/charity softball at KeySpan

The High School of Sports Management, in partnership with the Brooklyn Cyclones, will hold its Second Annual Celebrity/Charity Softball Game at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, June 7 at 1 p.m. Comment

Achilles Track

A new chapter of the Achilles Track Club is currently being formed by Brooklyn Chapter founder Ilina Zablozki-Amir. Comment

Yeshiva of Crown Heights holds Torah fair

Kings Courier: Students displayed their knowledge of things Jewish during a Torah fair at the Yeshiva of Crown Heights. Comment

Things get Freaky in Coney: Thor promises sideshow fun

Kings Courier: A 100-pound rat munching on straw versus the human blockhead hammering spikes into his skull, or the world’s smallest woman versus a tattooed fire-eating lady. Comment

Survivors light candles at Flatbush Pk Jewish ctr.

Kings Courier: Survivor testimonies, plus a candle lighting ceremony, were among the poignant tributes paid during a Holocaust memorial presented by the Flatbush Park Jewish Center. Comment

Retired Police officers return to their old beats

Kings Courier: Nice to see you, to see you nice. Comment

63rd Pct.’s top cops

Kings Courier: The 63rd Precinct recently honored its March “Cops of the Month.” Comment

New boss at the 70th Pct.: Community welcomes Deputy Inspector Ralph Monteforte

Kings Courier: He may be the new kid on the block, but the new commanding officer at the 70th Precinct is getting a warm welcome from longtime residents and activists in Flatbush and Midwood. Comment

MTV ‘Real World’ to be shot here

Kings Courier: MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment

More cops to confront crime spike

Kings Courier: An infusion of extra cops and some revolutionary police tactics will hopefully dull down the 10 percent spike in crime the 61st Precinct is currently facing, officials announced this week. Comment

Maimonides nurses get some extra ‘muscles’

Kings Courier: Fugghetaboutit, I can fix you good. Comment

MADD about you: Moms hail cops

Kings Courier: Mothers Against Drunk Driving delivered a tall salute to Brooklyn’s Finest by feting them with a tribute at Bay Ridge Manor to mark Crime Victims Rights Week. Comment

Kids’ author inspires P.S. 312: Scribe Nancy S. Mure talks about digital books

Kings Courier: A children’s scribe led budding wordsmiths on an exciting new word journey when author Nancy S. Mure visited Public School 312 to talk about a novel creation – digital books. Comment

Friends honor the life of Meyer Daskal

Kings Courier: Religious leaders, congregants and loved ones honored late Holocaust survivor and Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center member Meyer Daskal during a Yom Hashoah commemoration. Comment

Expert: We could have stopped 9/11: Counterterrorism specialist says community can help thwart attacks

Kings Courier: A counter-terrorism expert with 27 years with the NYPD told Brooklyn residents last week that 9/11 could have been prevented, and that another catastrophic attack on the city can be averted – if citizens remain alert. Comment

Doors open on new diagnostics & imaging center

Kings Courier: Health-smart visitors received the lowdown on state-of-the-art outpatient imaging services – plus glimpsed “The Doshi Difference” – during an open house, presented by Doshi Diagnostics. Comment

9/11 crooner sings for Public School 312 students

Kings Courier: Award-winning singer songwriter Hank Fellows was a big hit when he visited Public School 312 to serenade students and staffers with a medley of his popular tunes. Comment

Cops hunt two in borough crime spree

Kings Courier: Eight robberies committed in Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan are believed to be the work of just two men, area cops said this week. Comment

Bad builders behind bars

Kings Courier: So far this year, new development in Brooklyn has sent at least two construction workers to an early grave. Comment

A youth happening: Expo to offer job opportunities and more

Kings Courier: Calling all teens! Comment

Avenue S condo limbo: BSA stalls on zoning decision

Kings Courier: A developer’s appeal to move ahead with a controversial Homecrest condominium project will continue through the summer. Comment

Ambulance hits teen on at Avenue K corner

Kings Courier: NYPD accident investigators canvass a Midwood corner where a 13-year-old girl was struck down by an ambulance for Community Hospital Monday. Officials said that the teen was crossing the corner of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue K at 9 a.m. when she was hit by the passing ambulance, which was reportedly speeding to an emergency. The teen was taken to Kings County Hospital where she was listed in critical yet stable condition late Monday, officials said. Police said that they had just begun the investigation into Monday’s accident as this paper went to press. Comment

A clean sweep for Pakistani community

Kings Courier: Grimebusters converge outside the Pakistani Community Center, 1093 Coney Island Avenue, for a community clean-up day. The crew removed graffiti and swept the streets as part of an “Immigrant Heritage Week” initiative with NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau. Comment

Achilles Track Club

Kings Courier: Whether you’re looking to participate in a five-miler, or simply to have fun and exercise, the Achilles Track Club may be just what you’re looking for. Comment

Accused predator called a ‘fluke’: P.S. 236 parents recall suspect as a ‘big kid’

Kings Courier: The arrest of a school volunteer for allegedly sending lewd text messages to a 12-year-old boy was a “fluke, weird thing,” according to parents. Comment

Two sought in borough robbery spree

Flatbush: Eight robberies committed in Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan are believed to be the work of just two men, area cops said this week. Comment

Two hurt in crack-up

Flatbush: Two motorists were rushed to area hospitals Saturday following a crash at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Avenue C. Comment

Run for Civil Court bench: Former mouthpiece for Clarence Norman announces bid

Flatbush: A Brooklyn Heights attorney who for a brief time represented former Assemblymember Clarence Norman in his troubles with the Kings County District Attorney’s office announced his intention to run for Civil Court last week – although he was vague on which of the three potentially open seats he was hoping to grab. Comment

Rezoning showdown: Forum on the future of Flatbush coming in June

Flatbush: Flatbush residents will get an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed rezoning of the neighborhood at a hearing to be held next month. Comment

Patrol hailed for bagging accused fiend: 70th Precinct Community Council honors Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol

Flatbush: The Flatbush Shomrim Safety patrol was honored at the recent 70th Precinct Community Council meeting for nabbing a serial pedophile after he molested three young children in local parks. Comment

MTV get ‘Real’ with BK: Hit reality show’s 21st season to be shot here

Flatbush: MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment

Memorial Day parades

Flatbush: Brooklyn residents will show off their patriotic pride this Memorial Day weekend, engaging in a variety of parades and memorials meant to pay homage to the men and women who have served the United States by putting themselves into the line of fire. Comment

It’s ‘Technology with a human touch’

Flatbush: Health-smart visitors received the lowdown on state-of-the-art outpatient imaging services – plus glimpsed “The Doshi Difference” – during an open house, presented by Doshi Diagnostics. Comment

Gone but not forgotten on East 5th St.

Flatbush: Religious leaders, congregants and loved ones honored late Holocaust survivor and Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center member Meyer Daskal during a Yom Hashoah commemoration. Comment

Free stroke screenings

Flatbush: To help increase stroke awareness among community residents, including the devastating long term effects that a stroke can have on an individual’s quality of life and that of his or her family, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center will provide free stroke health screenings to the public from May 27-30. Comment

Five days to celebrate the Brooklyn Bridge on its 125th anniversary

Flatbush: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Community meets 70th Police Pct.’s new commander

Flatbush: He may be the new kid on the block, but the new commanding officer at the 70th Precinct is getting a warm welcome from longtime residents and activists in Flatbush and Midwood. Comment

Clarendon Road traffic calming coming

Flatbush: Whoa, Betsy! Comment

Children enjoy Mexican fiesta at P.S. 249

Flatbush: Merriment was on the books for young revelers at Public School 249, who donned colorful costumes and out their best foot forward for an afternoon of dancing in honor of the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo. Comment

A sweet way to help kids fight cancer

Flatbush: During Scoop Day at Stop & Shop’s Flatbush store, the public had a chance to meet Brooklyn residents Kamirah, a four-year old girl with Ewing’s Sarcoma, and Shemar, an eight-year old with Neuroblastoma. Comment

Name change backlash

Letters: I am writing regarding the article, “Cohen Family Anger,” (5-9 issue). Comment

Inhuman behavior

Letters: I hope no prosecutor in this region will ever emulate the shameful conduct of District Attorney Richard Consiglio of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Comment

I need my plastic

Letters: Helen Klein, I love you and all your “great” reporting, but please don’t take away my plastic bags. Comment

Green, not mean

Letters: Hats off to reporter Helen Klein’s guest column in the May 1 issue, “Saving the Planet.” Comment

Exclusive stork club

Letters: On April 27, Dr. Santo Fiasconaro delivered my gorgeous niece, Gianna, to her extremely proud parents Jillian and Carl at Methodist Hospital. Comment

Enjoying the spotlight

Letters: We have been reading your paper for many years and I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful coverage lately on the Senior Idol contest that took place at Xaverian High School on April 12. Comment

Destroyng a neighborhood

Letters: Is the Brighton Beach rezoning plan a con game? Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Don’t Throw Out the Bath Water!

Canarsie: Last Friday, as I was jockeying my car from one side of the street to the other in the pouring rain in honor of alternate side of the street parking, I had time to ponder the rate increase that the Department of Environmental Protection, more specifically, the Water Board, had just passed — to the tune of 14.5 percent. What, you say? Fourteen point five percent? Water should be free, right? There is plenty of it, and we don’t have to import it from a foreign country, do we? No big water drilling rigs, no big water transport tankers. Then why the raise in rates? Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Banner days at the ball park

Canarsie: In spite of the high cost of fuel, many of us still choose to drive down Route 95 to visit Grandma in Florida. Depending on what one drives, the price of airline tickets for a family of five can be a lot greater than the expense of gasoline. Some also prefer to have their own car with them rather than have the added cost of an Avis rental. In any case Mapquest tells us that it takes 17 hours and 27 minutes to motor from Brooklyn to DisneyWorld. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Stuff that’s gotta be said

Canarsie: AOL has filed me. Not only AOL, but Optimum OnLine too. For the past four days I haven’t been able to get on line. For you, the older generation, that refuses to catch up with the future – muttering under your breath, “I hate computers.” “Online” means that I can’t get on the internet to use the vast highway of knowledge, facts and lies available. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Hill, Bam & Mac? Begin cramming on Iran

Canarsie: With the Denver and Minnesota conventions around the corner, the 2008 presidential challengers should trade their potshots for perspicacity on an uphill battle to convince voters that national security is not just their campaign footnote. Comment

‘Muscle’ for nurses: Soprano’s star joins Maimonides nurses

Canarsie: Fugghetaboutit, I can fix you good. Comment

‘Concrete’ plans for Schenck St. garden

Canarsie: Sometimes, a garden isn’t simply a natural oasis replete with flowers and shrubs. Comment

What your kidneys are trying to tell you

Canarsie: Feeling tired and weak? Have you noticed a loss of appetite? Are your feet or ankles swelling? Is your blood pressure out of control? Once you decide that your boss isn’t the cause, you should see your doctor and ask about your kidneys. Comment

Volunteer to help clean up the beach

Canarsie: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2008. Comment

This Summer to get freakier in Coney: Thor Equities promises giant 100-lb. rat, other ‘sideshow’ attractions

Canarsie: A 100-pound rat munching on straw versus the human blockhead hammering spikes into his skull, or the world’s smallest woman versus a tattooed fire-eating lady. Comment

Taking the stars and stripes on parade: Brooklyn to celebrate Memorial Day with yankee doodle pomp & pageantry

Canarsie: Brooklyn residents will show off their patriotic pride this Memorial Day weekend, engaging in a variety of parades and memorials meant to pay homage to the men and women who have served the United States by putting themselves into the line of fire. Comment

S.O.S. for motorists: Many push for Flatlands Ave. repaving

Canarsie: With all the bumps and hollows on some roads, you might think you were on a roller coaster when you’re driving through Canarsie. Comment

Sixth Annual Senior fair coming

Canarsie: State Senator Martin J. Golden, chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, will be hosting his Sixth Annual Senior Fair, May 23 from 12-3 p.m., to offer local seniors and their families an opportunity to learn of the services available to assist them with their property taxes, their prescription drug coverage, their personal safety, and their health. Comment

Run for the Civil Court bench: Former Norman mouthpiece Roger Adler announces bid

Canarsie: A Brooklyn Heights attorney who for a brief time represented former Assemblymember Clarence Norman in his troubles with the Kings County District Attorney’s office announced his intention to run for Civil Court last week – although he was vague on which of the three potentially open seats he was hoping to grab. Comment

Public school 279 brings ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ to a Brooklyn stage

Canarsie: The Great White Way came to Brooklyn when stage-struck drama students at Public School 279 presented a rollicking adaptation of the Tony Award winning musical satire, “Bye Bye Birdie.’ Comment

Public forum on future of jailhouse

Canarsie: The Brooklyn House of Detention Stakeholders invite members of the community to attend an open forum to discuss the future of the Brooklyn Jail on May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Belarusian Church, Atlantic Avenue and Bond Street. Comment

P.S. 276 students dig down deep for Arbor Day celebration

Canarsie: Children from PS 276 in Canarsie helped to celebrate Arbor Day at the Queens Botanical Gardens on May 2 along with approximately 1,200 Queens school children by marching in a parade, creating colorful posters about bees and nature, and enjoying information booths set up by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Alley Pond Environmental Center, and other exhibitors. Comment

Polish Singers Alliance convention

Canarsie: The Polish Singers Alliance of America (PSAA) will hold their 59th District Seven Convention, May 31, hosted this year by Jutrzenka Singing Society female chorus #226 of South Brooklyn. Comment

No stronger bond than Mom & daughter

Canarsie: More than 300 students, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and faculty members attended St. Saviour High School’s Annual Mother/Daughter Luncheon at Gargiulio’s Restaurant. Comment

MTV gets ‘Real’ with BK: Cable’s hit reality show’s 21st season to be shot here

Canarsie: MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment

Minerva sight line intact - for now

Canarsie: Neighborhoods may keep them apart, but the frozen gaze between Lady Liberty and Minerva remains intact—for now. Comment

Memory loss forum at NY Methodist Hospital

Canarsie: More than 10 percent of American adults over the age of 65, and approximately 50 percent of those older than 85, have memory disorders. Although not uncommon, memory decline is not a part of normal aging. Comment

Jutrzenka Singing Society chorus

Canarsie: The Polish Singers Alliance of America’s (PSAA) member choruses of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania will participate in their 59th District Seven Convention, hosted this year by the Jutrzenka Singing Society, female chorus # 226, May 31. Comment

He’s got the whole world in his hands: Canarsie kid to represent New York in National Geographic bee

Canarsie: In 2007, purple fruit bats were discovered on the island of Mindanao in this South East Asian country. Name that country. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Canarsie: Sticking to the Comment

Forum on Alzheimer’s Disease

Canarsie: Leeza’s Place at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center will host a forum entitled “Alzheimer’s Disease: All the Facts and None of the Fiction,” May 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the center, 1 Prospect Park West. Comment

Find out if you’re at risk for a stroke

Canarsie: To help increase stroke awareness among community residents, including the devastating long term effects that a stroke can have on an individual’s quality of life and that of his or her family, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center will provide free stroke health screenings to the public from May 27-30. Comment

5 days to celebrate the Brooklyn Bridge on its 125th anniversary

Canarsie: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Cops hunt two in BK crime spree: Authorities say duo is responsible for string of eight brazen robberies

Canarsie: Eight robberies committed in Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan are believed to be the work of just two men, area cops said this week. Comment

Coping with grief

Canarsie: Millennium Development has opened up a weekly venue for community residents dealing with grief, from 7-8:30 p.m. until June 19 at the John Malone Community Center, 2335 Bergen Avenue. Comment

Come celebrate Liberty Weekend

Canarsie: The Friends of Historic New Utrecht invites you to Liberty Weekend 2008, May 31-June 1 at The New Utrecht Reformed Church, 84th Street and 18th Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment

City Council backs greener blocks

Canarsie: While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment

Bearing witness to history: Couple recounts Holocaust horrors for Brooklyn students

Canarsie: It was a history lesson the students won’t soon forget. Comment

A tough test of musical knowledge: Students from P.S. 236, 193 and 312 to match wits with kids from around the city

Canarsie: Teams from PS 236, 193 and 312 in Brooklyn will join 30 other teams from public schools throughout the city to compete in Riverside Symphony’s Music Memory Citywide Finals, May 28, 10:30 a.m., at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Comment

Salon Da Noi & Spa: Pampered perfection

Canarsie: Everyone needs a little pampering now and then. If you haven’t been treating yourself well, what are you waiting for? Comment

Dream homes start at Kitchen & Baths Emporium

Canarsie: Who says you can’t afford a new kitchen? Comment
CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Bagel Lover’s Dream

Canarsie: This week we’re going to take care of your appetite. We at the Consumer Corner know that you need a lot of fuel to power you through those shopping excursions, so here’s a place you might want to stop in for some tasty nourishment. Comment

‘Reel Sisters’ want to check out your film

Canarsie: Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series is seeking films directed, written or produced by women of color. Comment

‘Hole in the Fence’ opens onto changing Red Hook

Canarsie: A Hole In A Fence,” D.W. Young’s entertaining and insightful look at the changing landscape of Red Hook, Brooklyn, will screen May 29 aboard the Waterfront Museum barge on Pier 44 in Red Hook. Comment

‘Cinergy’ in film

Canarsie: The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) announces the film line up for its 11th annual festival, themed Cinergy. The competitive event will run May 30-June 8 and films will be shown at both the Brooklyn Lyceum Theater (featuring 36 two-hour film programs) and Brooklyn Heights Cinema (featuring 31 two-hour film programs). Comment

The return to Narnia: A good trip for kids

Canarsie: Somewhere to the west of Candy Land’s Gumdrop Mountains and just south of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry lies the mystical land of Narnia, where trees can dance, badgers are top chefs and lions speak with the wisdom of Jedi Masters. Comment

Pump those pedals over to the Bicycle Film Festival

Canarsie: In case those ads in the subway haven't informed you, or the thousands of cyclists who traversed the borough earlier this month, May is Bike Month in New York City. And to help mark it, the Bicycle Film Festival will hold its eighth event to round out the month of festivities. Comment

‘Visit’ the men who helped Roebling get it done

Canarsie: The Green-Wood Historic Fund commemorates the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, 125 years ago to the day, May 24 at 1 p.m., with a special trolley tour of the final resting places of the men who played crucial roles in the construction of this renowned New York City landmark. Among them are. Comment

Teen angst – American style!

Canarsie: Sundance Institute and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) announced “American Teen,” written and directed by Nanette Burstein, has been selected as the Opening Night Film for the third annual Sundance Institute at BAM. Comment

Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements

Canarsie: BRIC Arts and Media continues its BRICstudio 2008 spring season of performances, running to June 4. Comment

Earthman Experience

Canarsie: BAMcafé Live, at 30 Lafayette Avenue, the performance series curated by Darrell M. McNeill, concludes its line-up for May. BAMcafé Live events have no cover charge and no drink minimum. Comment

Close-up look at Ghana life

Canarsie: In celebration of African Liberation Day, May 22, Habana Oupost presents “Back To My Roots,” an exhibition showcasing never before exhibited works by documentary photographer Stanley Lumax Jr. Comment

Capezio is wild about ‘Chuck’

Canarsie: The Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, a philanthropic organization funded by the premier world-wide dance footwear and apparel manufacturer, Capezio Ballet Makers, announces the selection of Brooklynite Charles “Chuck” Davis as the 57th recipient of the Capezio Dance Award. Comment

Brooklyn’s bygone days leap into the 21st century

Canarsie: Afortuitous coincidence of seeing a child’s drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge in Williamsburg and the coming 125th year anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge inspired the City Reliquary’s upcoming exhibit. Comment

Brooklyn bursting to say Happy b’day to its icon

Canarsie: Brooklyn hosts a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge, May 22-26, featuring an array of fun and family-friendly cultural events commemorating the historic structure and highlighting the cultural diversity of the boroughs it unites. Comment

Brooklyn Bridge: Suspended

Canarsie: This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) will be hosting a series of lively events to commemorate this anniversary and celebrate the Brooklyn Bridge as an enduring city landmark and a feat of modern architecture. Comment

Songs for Louis Moreau Gottschalk:

Canarsie: The memorial at the Green-Wood Cemetery to Louis Moreau Gottschalk, considered to be America's first great composer and a Civil War veteran, is in need of restoration. Since 1999, the Green-Wood Historic Fund has been holding a Memorial Day concert to raise funds to preserve the monument, and on May 26, the 10th annual outdoor event will be held at the cemetery with a lineup featuring local string acts. Comment

Shhh...’Segreto’

Canarsie: Acentral figure in late 18th century Italian comic opera, Domenico Cimarosa (a contemporary of Mozart) enjoyed great popular success in his lifetime. “Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage)” — a two-act opera for six characters, composed in 1792 — is considered his masterpiece. Comment

Regina brings you ‘Il Travatore’

Canarsie: Di quella pira, Stride la vampa, Tacea la notte, Il balen,” and the Anvil Chorus are just some of the great arias and ensembles you will hear when you attend Regina Opera Company’s production of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” to be presented May 31-June 1, 7-8. Comment

Cutting edge dance ‘Out of Space’

Canarsie: Danspace Project: Out of Space” will be performed at the BRICstudio, May 23-24 at 8:30 p.m. Comment

Be there for the saucy ‘Judgment of Paris’

Canarsie: Brooklyn-based dance group Company XIV presents the world premiere of “The Judgment of Paris,” an erotically charged show with a unique fusion of dance, theater and music, choreographed and directed by Austin McCormick. Comment

Back from back in the day: Slick Rick returns to the mic

Canarsie: By Matthew Wolfe Comment

Wretched Refuse

Canarsie: The Wretched Refuse String Band comes to the musical stage at Jalopy, May 30 at 9 p.m. The group is New York City’s oldest, largest, and most eclectic “local” bluegrass and old-time string band, still actively performing and recording after more than 35 years. Comment

Sonic sisters of ‘Rising Appalachia’

Canarsie: The group Rising Appalachia (RA), Leah and Chloe Smith bring to stage their sibling sonics, ripe with luscious harmonies and deft delivery of banjo banter by two girls who love music as art and soul. Comment

Rockers and Posers: Artists get in deep with portraits

Canarsie: For its latest group installation, "Rockers and Posers," the Gowanus-based studio facility and gallery space Brooklyn Artists Gym received submissions from all over the world for its portrait-themed show. Comment

Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus

Canarsie: After years of packing smaller houses around the city, the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus, which hosts a large number of Brooklyn-based performers, will make its debut at NYC’s 700-seat Peter Norton Symphony Space for its 86th Annual Spring Concert, June 1 at 4 p.m. Comment

International and local artists love ‘toying’ with Brooklyn

Canarsie: The Toy Theater Festival returns to DUMBO with international and local acts reviving the lost art of puppetry and miniature theater. Comment

Faith and Identity: Snapshots of life in B’hurst

Canarsie: Though steadily losing its Italian identity amidst the influx of other immigrant groups, Bensonhurst remains a famous Italian enclave and one of Brooklyn’s links to the old world. Comment

Band Fags: Straight- A students explore alternate lifestyles

Canarsie: Frank Anthony Polito, a Brooklyn-based actor and playwright, has just published his first novel, Band Fags! (Kensington Publishing, June 2008, Paperback/Original, $15). Comment

Xanthakis flirts with rematch: Republican mulls over challenge to Janel Hyer-Spencer

Bay News: Assemblymember Janele Hyer-Spencer will likely have an opponent when she runs for re-election this November, but just who that will be is still unknown. Comment

Student makes brains glamorous

Bay News: Stefania Sainato, a junior in the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University, double-majoring in English and communication studies with a minor in journalism, has been awarded The Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour Magazine. Comment

Stressed out, Priced out: Coney residents fear losing apartments

Bay News: Fears of being priced out of Coney Island led to a standing-room-only crowd at the United Community Baptist Church at 2701 Mermaid Avenue last week. Comment

NIA summer camp finds a new home: Program saved from the brink

Bay News: There has been an eleventh hour turn of fate for a popular children’s summer camp in Dyker Heights. Comment

MTV gets ‘Real’ with Brooklyn: Brooklyn house to host 21st season of hit reality show

Bay News: MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment

Maimonides nurses get some extra ‘muscle’

Bay News: Fugghetaboutit, I can fix you good. Comment

He’s got the whole world in his hands: BK teen to represent New York in National Geographic Society Bee

Bay News: In 2007, purple fruit bats were discovered on the island of Mindanao in this South East Asian country. Name that country. Comment

DNA hunt for thug

Bay News: Cops say they’re “going all out” in their hunt for the vicious thug who bashed a 69-year-old woman inside her Dyker Heights home. Comment

Cops hunt two in BK crime spree

Bay News: Eight robberies committed in Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan are believed to be the work of just two men, area cops said this week. Comment

Clues to your kidneys: Docs urge you to listen to what your body is saying

Bay News: Feeling tired and weak? Have you noticed a loss of appetite? Are your feet or ankles swelling? Is your blood pressure out of control? Once you decide that your boss isn’t the cause, you should see your doctor and ask about your kidneys. Comment

CB11 clean up campaign

Bay News: They say they’ve won the first round, but they’re not through with “him” yet. Comment

All pumped up over new gym

Bay News: Health-smart boroughites have a new place to spring into action in – a New York Sports Club on 86th Street. Comment

Adler to make run for Civil Court slot: Former president of the Brooklyn Bar Association touts abilities

Bay News: A Brooklyn Heights attorney who for a brief time represented former Assemblymember Clarence Norman in his troubles with the Kings County District Attorney’s office announced his intention to run for Civil Court last week – although he was vague on which of the three potentially open seats he was hoping to grab. Comment

Abbate eyes Fossella’s seat

Bay News: Add Dyker Heights Assemblymember Peter Abbate to the growing list of Democratic contenders considering a run against bruised but still unbowed Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

1,000 Holocaust survivors to bear witness

Canarsie: To honor the memory of those killed in the Holocaust as well as those who survived, the Brooklyn-based Nachas Health Family Network is hosting its annual “Day of Remembrance” ceremony. Comment

Expert: 9/11 was preventable

A counter-terrorism expert with 27 years with the NYPD told Brooklyn residents last week that 9/11 could have been prevented, and that another catastrophic attack on the city can be averted – if citizens remain alert. Comment

Xanthakis mulls run for Bay Ridge assembly seat

Assemblymember Janele Hyer-Spencer will likely have an opponent when she runs for re-election this November, but just who that will be is still unknown. Comment

Vito declares exit strategy: Disgraced Fossella says he won’t run again

Three weeks after Representative Vito Fossella’s double life began to unravel, the sole Republican in the city’s Congressional delegation has announced that he will not seek re-election. Comment

86th Street gets a ‘chin up’ on healthy living

Health-smart boroughites have a new place to spring into action in – a New York Sports Club on 86th Street. Comment

Test of musical knowledge

Teams from PS 236, 193 and 312 in Brooklyn will join 30 other teams from public schools throughout the city to compete in Riverside Symphony’s Music Memory Citywide Finals, May 28, 10:30 a.m., at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Comment

Summer to get freakier in Coney Island: Developer promises ‘sideshow attractions’

A 100-pound rat munching on straw versus the human blockhead hammering spikes into his skull, or the world’s smallest woman versus a tattooed fire-eating lady. Comment

Strykers help fight cancer: U.S. troops in Iraq take part in race for the cure

Soldiers at Camp Stryker in Iraq ran a 5-kilometer race that kicked off simultaneously with a Ride for the Cure bicycle race in Clarksville, Tenn., April 19. Comment

Sixth Annual Senior Fair on tap: Event to provide elderly with resources and helpful information

State Senator Martin J. Golden, chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, will be hosting his Sixth Annual Senior Fair, May 23 from 12-3 p.m., to offer local seniors and their families an opportunity to learn of the services available to assist them with their property taxes, their prescription drug coverage, their personal safety, and their health. Comment

Questions swirl around Victory’s ER: Many wonder how neighborhood care will be affected after closure

Victory Memorial Hospital’s emergency room is still open, as of press time. Comment

NIA summer camp saved: Program finds new home at P.S. 229 on Benson Ave.

There has been an eleventh hour turn of fate for a popular children’s summer camp in Dyker Heights. Comment

New rail yard fencing: Community welcomes better security around site

Call it the modern battle of Long Island. Comment

More hours at the mobile library

Councilman Vincent J. Gentile announced that extended service hours for the mobile library van at the Fort Hamilton Branch. Comment

Memory disorders

More than 10 percent of American adults over the age of 65, and approximately 50 percent of those older than 85, have memory disorders. Although not uncommon, memory decline is not a part of normal aging. Comment

Jutrzenka Singing Society

The Polish Singers Alliance of America (PSAA) will hold their 59th District Seven Convention, May 31, hosted this year by Jutrzenka Singing Society female chorus #226 of South Brooklyn. Comment

Jack Daniels toasts troops

Skoal! More than 200 volunteers took the opportunity to support the troops in Washington DC during the Jack Daniel’s-United Services Organizations’ “Toast to the Troops” care package stuffing party. Comment

He’s got the whole world in his hands: Brooklyn kids to represent New York in National Geographic geography bee

In 2007, purple fruit bats were discovered on the island of Mindanao in this South East Asian country. Name that country. Comment

Help coping with loss

Millennium Development has opened up a weekly venue for community residents dealing with grief, from 7-8:30 p.m. until June 19 at the John Malone Communi-ty Center, 2335 Bergen Avenue. Comment

From Somoa to the arms of Uncle Sam

More than 10 years ago, Maranata Temese was an elementary school teacher living in American Samoa with his wife, Leaiseaiga, and their three children. Wanting to provide a better life for his family, he decided to join the military. But there was one problem: He was not a U.S. citizen. Comment

Forum on Alzheimer’s

Leeza’s Place at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center will host a forum entitled “Alzheimer’s Disease: All the Facts and None of the Fiction,” May 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the center, 1 Prospect Park West. Comment

Fleet Reserve Association looks back

The Fleet Reserve Association, (FRA) is a national organization that services former and current enlisted Navy, Marine and Coast Guardsmen. Branch 229 of New Windsor, New York covers the area throughout the Mid Hudson Valley and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Comment

Five days to toast the Brooklyn Bridge

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Fingers crossed for new market

While Ridgites in the higher numbered streets are mourning the departure of their supermarket, slated to close next month, residents of the neighborhood close to Bay Ridge Avenue may have a pleasant surprise. Comment

FIAO summers

The Federation of Italian Americans of Brooklyn (FIAO) is offering free summer programs for boys and girls, age 10-15, at the Beacon School at Seth Low Junior High School, West 11th Street and Avenue P. Comment

Digital e-museum for kids

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the world’s first museum for kids, is also one of very few children’s museums internationally with a permanent collection of artifacts. Acquired over the past century, the museum’s collection now includes nearly 30,000 cultural objects and natural history specimens. Comment

D.A outreach

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has brought his staff to the local community to assist constituents with their problems. Comment

Civilian look at U.S. military in ColOmbia

It’s been more than three decades since Tim Hudson bounced across this country’s back roads in an old Bluebird bus and ended up in the historic coastal town of Cartagena Colombia. Comment

City Tech graduation ceremony

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 68th Com-mencement Exercises, June 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Comment

Celebrate Liberty Weekend

The Friends of Historic New Utrecht invites you to Liberty Weekend 2008, May 31-June 1 at The New Utrecht Reformed Church, 84th Street and 18th Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment

Brooklyn celebrates Memorial Day: Borough to honor America’s service men and women with parades and bands

Brooklyn residents will show off their patriotic pride this Memorial Day weekend, engaging in a variety of parades and memorials meant to pay homage to the men and women who have served the United States by putting themselves into the line of fire. Comment

Beach cleanup

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volun-teer Floatables Beach Surveil-lance” for the summer of 2008. Comment

Back in the Air Force cockpit

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Paralyn McClain joined the military straight out of high school, but after an eight-year stint, decided to get out. Five years later, however, a love for the military and a desire to serve brought her back to the Air Force, and she hasn’t looked back for seven years. Comment

A few step beyond hate: Forum looks for way to do better than ‘tolerance’

If there was one word in the English language that Hassan Askari would like to redefine, it would be the word “tolerate.” Comment

Abbate eyes Vito’s seat

Add Dyker Heights Assembly-member Peter Abbate to the growing list of Democratic contenders considering a run against bruised but still unbowed Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

Two sought in brazen Brooklyn robbery spree

Bay News: Eight robberies committed in Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan are believed to be the work of just two men, area cops said this week. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Rapist nabbed Comment

Jailhouse forum coming

Bay News: The Brooklyn House of Detention Stakeholders invite members of the community to attend an open forum to discuss the future of the Brooklyn Jail on May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Belarusian Church, Atlantic Avenue and Bond Street. Comment

DNA hunt for vicious burglar: Cops on the trail of suspect wanted in bludgeoning attack on senior

Bay News: Cops say they’re “going all out” in their hunt for the vicious thug that bashed a 69-year-old woman inside her Dyker Heights home. Comment

‘Real World’ to be shot here

Bay News: MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment

‘Forty Hours of Devotion’

Bay News: The RC Parish of St. Finbar will celebrate the traditional “Forty Hours Devotion” beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m., May 23 and ending with the 11:45 a.m. Mass, May 25. Comment

Two sought in crime spree: Cops say duo is responsible for string of eight robberies

Bay News: Eight robberies committed in Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan are believed to be the work of just two men, area cops said this week. Comment

Summer in Coney Island to get freakier: Thor promises ‘sideshow’ attractions

Bay News: A 100-pound rat munching on straw versus the human blockhead hammering spikes into his skull, or the world’s smallest woman versus a tattooed fire-eating lady. Comment

Stars & stripes on parade: Brooklyn to honor American service men and women

Bay News: Brooklyn residents will show off their patriotic pride this Memorial Day weekend, engaging in a variety of parades and memorials meant to pay homage to the men and women who have served the United States by putting themselves into the line of fire. Comment

Slow down on Oriental: Traffic light study for blvd.

Bay News: Efforts to put more traffic lights on Oriental Boulevard appear much more likely this week following the tragic death of a Kingsborough Community College student on May 8. Comment

Sixth annual educational day at P.S. 194

Bay News: Child scribe Anne Capeci took captivated first-graders on a jolly journey of words during a literacy salute at Public School 194. Comment

Retired 61st Pct. cops return to the beat

Bay News: Nice to see you, to see you nice. Comment

P.S. 52 students reach new heights for health

Bay News: Fancy-footed youngsters executed crowd-wowing moves during a jump-a-thon benefit to fight heart disease at Public School 52. Comment

Pay attention to your kidneys: Doctors urge you to listen to your body’s signals

Bay News: Feeling tired and weak? Have you noticed a loss of appetite? Are your feet or ankles swelling? Is your blood pressure out of control? Once you decide that your boss isn’t the cause, you should see your doctor and ask about your kidneys. Comment

NIA summer camp finds a home: Popular program survives; Christa McAuliffe school to play host

Bay News: There has been an eleventh hour turn of fate for a popular children’s summer camp in Dyker Heights. Comment

New York Knicks groove truck stops by P.S. 101

Bay News: Ace students at Public School 101 vroomed into a class of their own when the New York Knicks Groove Truck pulled up to reward them for excelling at a literacy program. Comment

Nelson in bizarre cyber spat: Fired deputy chief of staff says he was councilman’s online hatchet man

Bay News: One fact has emerged from the festering online flap between City Councilmember Michael Nelson and his former deputy chief of staff Robert Varley: the two won’t be adding each other to their buddy lists any time soon. Comment

Musical memory challenge: Brooklyn teams vie for citywide bragging rights

Bay News: Teams from PS 236, 193 and 312 in Brooklyn will join 30 other teams from public schools throughout the city to compete in Riverside Symphony’s Music Memory Citywide Finals, May 28, 10:30 a.m., at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Comment

Memory problems

Bay News: More than 10 percent of American adults over the age of 65, and approximately 50 percent of those older than 85, have memory disorders. Although not uncommon, memory decline is not a part of normal aging. Comment

Manhattan Beach Yom Hashoah service

Bay News: Tears marked the occasion as the faithful hailed the birth of the Land of Milk and Honey, and recalled the sacrifices of the Holocaust’s dead, with a joint tribute at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center. Comment

Maimonides nurses get some extra muscle

Bay News: Fugghetaboutit, I can fix you good. Comment

MADD about you: activists hail local cops

Bay News: Mothers Against Drunk Driving delivered a tall salute to Brooklyn’s Finest by feting them with a tribute at Bay Ridge Manor to mark Crime Victims Rights Week. Comment

Get help dealing with loss

Bay News: Millennium Development has opened up a weekly venue for community residents dealing with grief, from 7-8:30 p.m. until June 19 at the John Malone Community Center, 2335 Bergen Avenue. Comment

Fossella won’t seek re-election

Bay News: Three weeks after Representative Vito Fossella’s double life began to unravel, the sole Republican in the city’s Congressional delegation has announced that he will not seek re-election. Comment

Forum on jail’s future

Bay News: The Brooklyn House of Detention Stakeholders invite members of the community to attend an open forum to discuss the future of the Brooklyn Jail on May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Belarusian Church, Atlantic Avenue and Bond Street. Comment

Ford St. update

Bay News: In last week’s story about Ford Street a controversial marina in Sheepshead Bay was mistakenly attributed to “The Breakers” development. The area in question is actually part of another nearby development at 2908 Emmons Avenue. We regret the error. Comment

Firefighters fight deadly surf too

Bay News: Three firefighters from Ladder Company 161 turned to their fire hoses for mooring lines Saturday as they swam out to rescue three teens found stranded in the Coney Island surf. Comment

Day of Remembrance ceremony coming: 1,000 Holocaust survivors to speak out and give testimony about Nazi atrocities

Bay News: To honor the memory of those killed in the Holocaust as well as those who survived, the Brooklyn-based Nachas Health Family Network is hosting its annual “Day of Remembrance” ceremony. Comment

Coney fears keeping a roof over its head

Bay News: Fears of being priced out of Coney Island led to a standing room only crowd at the United Community Baptist Church at 2701 Mermaid Avenue last week. Comment

Brighton lights up Israel parade: Nabe to offer big presence

Bay News: The June 1 Salute to Israel Parade up 5th Avenue will have shofars blowing, dancers tapping, drummers drumming and one more thing – a Russian accent. Comment

A winning world view: BK kid to represent NY in National Geographic geography bee

Bay News: In 2007, purple fruit bats were discovered on the island of Mindanao in this South East Asian country. Name that country. Comment

Annual senior fair

Bay News: State Senator Martin J. Golden, chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, will be hosting his Sixth Annual Senior Fair, May 23 from 12-3 p.m., to offer local seniors and their families an opportunity to learn of the services available to assist them with their property taxes, their prescription drug coverage, their personal safety, and their health. Comment

Alzheimer’s facts

Bay News: Leeza’s Place at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center will host a forum entitled “Alzheimer’s Disease: All the Facts and None of the Fiction,” May 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the center, 1 Prospect Park West. Comment

Adler to vie for Civil Court bench

Bay News: A Brooklyn Heights attorney who for a brief time represented former Assemblymember Clarence Norman in his troubles with the Kings County District Attorney’s office announced his intention to run for Civil Court last week – although he was vague on which of the three potentially open seats he was hoping to grab. Comment

Abbate eyes run for Fossella’s seat: New York State assemblyman says he’s seriously considering run

Bay News: Add Dyker Heights Assemblymember Peter Abbate to the growing list of Democratic contenders considering a run against bruised but still unbowed Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

Pitching keeps Falcons flying

Mike Hanrahan, in his first year as varsity baseball coach at Bishop Ford High School, at times has been impressed with his team’s performance, especially with their pitching, which has certainly carried the Falcons, a member of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. The Falcons entered the week playing .500 ball at press time. Comment

Whole lotta rhythm here

Ethereal ribbon dances were among the eye-popping performances when Aviator Sports & Recreation presented the Rhythmic Gymnastics Qualifying Championships during a two-day spectacle that featured “the best rhythmic athletes in the country.” Comment
DUMBO: The Brooklyn Bridge celebrated its 125th birthday on Thursday night with a gorgeous fireworks show. Funny, but she doesn’t look a day over 80! Comments (2)

Tourists’ welcome map

Tourists’ welcome map

DUMBO: Tourists will no longer be scratching their heads searching for the long-hidden Brooklyn Bridge footpath, thanks to a new map, directional signs, travel guides and stunning lighting on our side of the storied span. Comments (1)

It’s art, for God’s sake

It’s art, for God’s sake

Clinton Hill: The Bible says that God created the universe in six days. It took slightly longer for a Sunset Park artist to tackle the epic task of painting every one of His Old Testament commandments. Comment

Gardens man claims he’ll rock MTV’s ‘World’

Carroll Gardens: Could “The Real World: Brooklyn” actually be “The Real World: Carroll Gardens”? One week after the network’s reality show announced that it would tape its 21st season in Brooklyn this summer, one Gardens property owner said he has the inside track on snatching the show’s players from hipper neighborhoods. Comment
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Swede deal

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Swede deal

Red Hook: There are just a few more weeks left until Swedish home furnishings superstore IKEA opens its first New York City location on Beard Street in Red Hook. GO Brooklyn couldn’t wait for the June 18 opening (or the June 16 sneak peek promised on the IKEA Web site), so we took off for the Paramus, NJ store — which insiders say was the model for the Brooklyn store — to see what 20 bucks can get you. Comment

Drilling art

Art: No, that’s not a drill bit coming out of the Fulton Ferry Landing — it’s a telescope that lets you see all the way to London. OK, it’s really an art project that touches on Victorian, futuristic and sci-fi themes — but the part about seeing London? That’s entirely true. Comments (1)

Young Turks

Young Turks

Cinema: As the summer blockbuster season heats up with familiar faces — we’re looking at you, Indiana Jones and Carrie Bradshaw — local cinephiles will have the chance to check out some truly original movies — beginning May 30 — when the Brooklyn International FIlm Festival lights up screens for its 11th year. Comments (1)

Windsor Terrors

Park Slope: Police say they have nabbed the Park Slope man who robbed and murdered the beloved owner of a Windsor Terrace dry cleaners — but residents of the peaceful parkside neighborhood are furious that the alleged killer was even on the streets when he had recently violated his parole. Comment

‘Park’ Slope is unmoved

‘Park’ Slope is unmoved

Park Slope: Park Slope’s alternate-side-parking amnesty has been in effect for just a few days, but it’s already bubbled over into a battle of car owners and car haters. Comments (2)

The Latest Development News

Affordable housing DOA

Downtown: The leaner, meaner real-estate market has forced one of the city’s major developers to eliminate more than 200 affordable housing units from his 660-apartment complex in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment
Coney Island: Developer Joe Sitt is bringing new rides and attractions to Coney Island and has rechristened the next three months the “Summer of Hope” for the beleaguered amusement district. Opponents, however, say Sitt represents a “Future of Nope” for the fabled “People’s Playground.” Comment

City chops Two Trees

Cobble Hill: The city has halted construction of David Walentas’s Atlantic Avenue apartment building saying the developer violated the height limit of the Cobble Hill Historic District. Comment

Bay Ridge’s Atlantic Yards?

Bay Ridge: A developer’s controversial plan to build a Home Depot above a railyard on the border of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge has been abandoned until the economy rebounds. Comments (2)

Update: CB6 has no ‘Amity’ for zinc-brownstone plan

Cobble Hill: A developer who wants to build housing on a parcel that includes a historic Beaux Arts edifice on Amity Street must retool his project a third time in order to shore up public support. Comment

Other Voices

Credit where due — and not

Editorial: Borough President Markowitz admits that he has failed on his signature issue — tourism! Comments (2)
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This green toilet doesn’t stink!

Brooklyn Angle: Talk about a crappy assignment! Our columnist gives his review of Clinton Hill’s solar-powered outhouse. And, like Bette Davis might have said, “What a dump!” Comment

More fallout from recent Atlantic Yards letters

Letters: The mailbag is filled with missives about Atlantic Yards, closing supermarkets, Rep. Vito Fossella’s ongoing travails, ferry service and The Brooklyn Paper’s unique use of language. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. Comment

Politics

Who’ll fill Vito’s void?

Bay Ridge: Humiliated Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) ended the speculation around his own political career by announcing he would not seek re-election this fall — an announcement that set off intense jockeying on both sides of the political world. Comment

Strong start for hip-hop candidate

Politics: A former reality show cast-member and hip-hop journalist kick-started his congressional campaign this week, saying 13-term incumbent Rep. Ed Towns “has completely ignored” his constituents. Comment

P.S., they love you

Park Slope: The Brooklyn Cyclones have admitted, openly, that they love Park Slope. It’s about time someone did. Comment
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A Day at Ikea

Podcast: For IKEA virgins, this podcast is a look inside the Paramus, NJ IKEA store — a preview of the Red Hook location, slated to open June 18. We shop till we drop in the showrooms, eat our fill of Swedish meatballs and even peek inside the diaper changing room! Comment

’Dance all night

Cinema: On Thursday, May 29, the sun will rise on the third year of the “Sundance Institute at BAM” series, a 58-film extravaganza straight from the screens of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Comment

Your family

Smartmom knows an ‘edgy mom’

Smartmom: Smartmom organizes her second “Edgy Moms” reading — and learns the greatest lesson of all: be edgy. Comment

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun and games for you and your family. Comment

Garage plan is buried

Garage plan is buried

Brooklyn Heights: The city rejected a plan to put a two-level parking garage with a rooftop garden in the courtyard of a historic Brooklyn Heights apartment building — unless the landlord buries the garage himself. Comments (1)

Tea Lounge to close in July!

Park Slope: South Slope writers, mommies and, yes, even a few coffee lovers, were crying in their lattes this week at the news that the original Tea Lounge — a neighborhood staple on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 10th Street — will close at the end of July, a victim, its owner said, of soaring rent demands. Comments (15)

Norse code

Bay Ridge: All the fun from Bay Ridge’s annual Nordic pride parade. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comment

A real ‘Dahl’

A real ‘Dahl’

Fashion: Alison Kelly shot to fame as a contestant on the third season of the reality-fashion series “Project Runway,” but the Williamsburg resident is still thinking locally with a new line exclusive to a Greenpoint boutique. Comment

Threesome mugged with six fists

Park Slope: Two teenagers were arrested and charted with brutally beating and mugging three teenagers on tony Plaza Street West on May 16, though a third assailant remains at large. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Gone forever

Carroll Gardens: A man plucked a diamond necklace from a woman on Second Place on May 15. Plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment

‘Weather’ report

Nightlife: Seemingly overnight, the stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Sterling Place in Prospect Heights has become one of the hottest nightlife crawls in the borough. A healthy portion of tis newfound sheen is thanks to Weather Up, the three-month-old cocktail lounge at 589 Vanderbilt Ave. Comment
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Bodies count

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Bodies count

Fort Greene: A congressional and military delegation got a rare peak inside the crypt below the Prison Ships Martyrs monument in Fort Greene Park on Monday — and the quick fact-finding mission may lead to long-overdue federal support for a site that Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian David McCulloch once called “one of the three most-sacred sites in American history.” Comment

Skate hate

Downtown: A thug smashed open a Manhattan man’s head with a skateboard just after midnight on Livingston Street on May 16 — but the gnarly hoodlum was later apprehended. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment

Drive-by

Fort Greene: A man was shot in the leg during a drive by shooting on Grand Avenue on May 14. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Cobble Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

Long walk to freedom

Long walk to freedom

Carroll Gardens: A judge dismissed charges against several people who were handed summonses last month for allegedly strolling through Cobble Hill Park after closing time. Comment

Bed bugged

Bay Ridge: A man broke into a house and jumped into bed with an unsuspecting woman on May 15. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment

The right ‘Engel’

Cinema: It might be the last summer for Astroland, but certain parts of Coney Island will live on forever. WIth the release of “The FIlms of Morris Engel with Ruth Orkin” DVD earlier this month, Engel’s timeless film “Little Fugitive” can be embraced by a new generation of fans. Comment

Step up to the plate

Step up to the plate

Dining: ”The American Cancer Society doesn’t like tobacco, that’s for sure,” said Sally Cooper, the regional vice president of the American Cancer Society, but that didn’t stop her group from throwing an over-the-top fundraiser at DUMBO’s Tobacco Warehouse on Tuesday. Comment

Sean gone

Sean gone

Music: Country music fans are left to cry in their beers now that Sean Kershaw and The New Jack Ramblers have announced plans to leave their weekly gig at Hank’s in Boerum Hill — after seven years. Comment

Yard’s back

Music: The Yard’s second season on the banks of the Gowanus Canal kicks off Saturday, May 24, with a concert featuring jazzy spoken word artist Mike Ladd, as well as singer-songwriter Grey Reverend and Bushwick’s No Surrender, an electronic dance group. Comment
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The fleet is in

Podcast: British sailors from the HMS Richmond, docked in Red Hook, made their first liberty calls at Floyd, an Atlantic Avenue bar, on Friday, May 23, 2008 — and our Editor Gersh Kuntzman was there to go pint-for-pint with the English invaders. Comment
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A voyage to London

Podcast: The Brooklyn Paper takes you across the pond, thanks to the Telectroscope, a new artwork on the Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO that simulates a tunnel between New York and Britain. Paper reporter Marie Cunningham brings you the story. Comment

Let’s ‘Dance’

Dance: Chuck Davis celebrates his 31st year of coordinating the DanceAfrica festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment
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Inside the crypt

Podcast: Editor Gersh Kuntzman becomes part of a congressional fact-finding tour of the crypt underneath the Prison Ships Martyrs’ Memorial in Fort Greene Park on Monday, May 19, 2008. Comment

Boro pages

Books: If you have a hard time telling the difference between the Brick Theater and BRICStudio, we’ve got the book for you. On April 28, the Brooklyn Arts Council released its “Directory of Brooklyn Arts Organizations,” a tell-all guide to 539 cultural institutions borough-wide, with a party at the Dweck Center. Comment

The Kitchen Sink

All the latest local gossip, news, tidbits, bric-a-brac, potpourri and fun. Comment

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment

Free for all!

In the spirit of encouraging a free exchange of ideas, The Brooklyn Paper makes this space available to our readers. Comment

King Bees of ‘A’ west division: Telecommunications Yellow Jackets at the top of the heap

With the playoffs right around the corner, baseball in Brooklyn is heating up as teams vie for coveted playoff spots. But there is only one team that has been able to clinch their division title and that is the Telecommunications Yellow Jackets (13-1). On May 5, the Yellow Jackets, with an 11-0 shutout win over New Utrecht, were able to wrap up their third title in four years. But the title only proves that they are the king bees of the “A” West division as they are a perfect 8-0 against divisional opponents. All stats are as of press time. Comment

Getting it done on the court and on the field: Xaverian hurler impresses many

Pitching, defense, a tight infield and versatility have been the key ingredients for the success of the varsity baseball team at Xaverian High School. In addition, as Varsity Head Coach Dennis Canale puts it, the success is based on the camaraderie of the team. Comment

‘Chin strap’ fiasco costs Lincoln

Williamsburg: A disagreement in softball is nothing new, whether it be an argument about a safe call at first base or an out call at home plate. But it is rare when a disagreement is over a chin strap. Comment

Wrestling stars to grapple here

Williamsburg: The superstars from East Coast Professional Wrestling are invading St. Patrick’s Church, 9511 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, May 17. Comment

Whole lotta rhythm here: Aviator hosts 2-day Rhythmic Gymnastics event

Williamsburg: Ethereal ribbon dances were among the eye-popping performances when Aviator Sports & Recreation presented the Rhythmic Gymnastics Qualifying Championships during a two-day spectacle that featured “the best rhythmic athletes in the country.” Comment

Track & Field Carnival

Williamsburg: The Second Annual Red Hook Track and Field Carnival and Road Race will be held on May 16, 17, and 18. Comment

Pitching keeps Falcons flying

Williamsburg: Mike Hanrahan, in his first year as varsity baseball coach at Bishop Ford High School, at times has been impressed with his team’s performance, especially with their pitching, which has certainly carried the Falcons, a member of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. The Falcons entered the week playing .500 ball at press time. Comment

King Bees of ‘A’ west division: Telecommunications Yellow Jackets at the top of the heap

Williamsburg: With the playoffs right around the corner, baseball in Brooklyn is heating up as teams vie for coveted playoff spots. But there is only one team that has been able to clinch their division title and that is the Telecommunications Yellow Jackets (13-1). On May 5, the Yellow Jackets, with an 11-0 shutout win over New Utrecht, were able to wrap up their third title in four years. But the title only proves that they are the king bees of the “A” West division as they are a perfect 8-0 against divisional opponents. All stats are as of press time. Comment

Getting it done on the court and on the field: Xaverian hurler impresses many

Williamsburg: Pitching, defense, a tight infield and versatility have been the key ingredients for the success of the varsity baseball team at Xaverian High School. In addition, as Varsity Head Coach Dennis Canale puts it, the success is based on the camaraderie of the team. Comment

CNG hails outstanding athletes: Chain hails All-City players

Williamsburg: Holy Cross’s Sylven Landesberg and Murry Bergtraum’s Krystal Parnell were honored as high school basketball players of the year by Community Newspaper Group, which publishes this paper. Paul Gilvary of Holy Cross and Ed Grezinsky of Bergtraum were also honored as high school basketball coaches of the year. Comment

It’s time to ‘Eat, drink and be hopeful’

Williamsburg: Under the evening sky with the Brooklyn Bridge overhead, restaurants throughout Brooklyn will come together at 6 p.m. (VIP admission)/7 p.m. (Premium & General admissions), May 20 at the Tobacco Warehouse for the American Cancer Society’s Second Annual Eat, Drink & Be Hopeful fundraiser. Comment

Ham it up BK...the Burger Battle of the Borough is here

Williamsburg: What is the best burger in New York City? It is a question that produces nearly as many answers as there are burger-eaters. But on May 20, it will be answered once and for all. Comment

Chew on this: Brooklyn restaurant tastier than ever

Williamsburg: The tip of Brooklyn’s culinary iceberg was splendidly on display at the borough’s annual foodie pig-out, Brooklyn Eats. Comment

Unreported hate crimes

Williamsburg: It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment

Street crime on the decline, cops say: 63rd Pct. records 2.5 drop

Williamsburg: A quarter of the way into 2008, the streets of the 63rd Precinct are slightly safer than they were at this point in 2007, cops announced at this month's Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment

Snatcher apprehended

Williamsburg: A wild morning purse-snatching ended in a quick arrest last week. The suspect snatched a pocketbook in the vicinity of East 2nd Street and Avenue T, and fled, running behind an East 2nd Street address. The suspect allegedly kicked in the door of the home, seeking a quick hideaway—to no avail. Cops from the 61st Precinct, seen here, rushed to the scene, and arrested the suspect without incident. Comment

Police hunt burglary brute: Reward being offered for capture of senior citizen’s attacker

Williamsburg: A $2,000 reward has been offered for the capture of a brutal burglar who clubbed a 69-year-old woman inside her Dyker Heights home last week. Comment

Cyclist struck on Ocean Pkwy: Livery cab collides with 73-year-old

Williamsburg: A Midwood senior was left clinging to life after his bike was struck by a livery car at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Avenue R, officials said Tuesday. Comment

‘Real World’ coming to a nabe near you: MTV reality show about seven strangers living together to come to BK this summer

Williamsburg: MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment

‘Pier’ to ‘pier’: Ferry service to make return

Williamsburg: As part of its recently announced initiative to subsidize and expand the city’s water transportation network, the city has agreed to build a $1.25 million ferry dock at Schaeffer Landing. Comment

Walk against fire cuts: Lives could be saved with more funding: marchers

Williamsburg: Feeling burned by the city’s refusal to re-open what they call two pivotal neighborhood firehouses, a group of concerned citizens toured all of the sites that could have been saved if the shuttered engine companies were still in operation. Comment

Public service honor for BK educator: Verone Kennedy receives The Fund for the City of NY’s Sloan Public Service award

Williamsburg: It is not only an award and a prize. It is a challenge. Comment

Note-passing robber sought

Williamsburg: He’s written so many notes, his hand must be cramping. Comment

Locals celebrate their Bike festish

Williamsburg: Bicycle enthusiasts from around the city came together last Saturday for the fourth annual Bike Fetish Day, the street fair for bikes hosted by the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg. Comment

Landmark honors: Historic sites recognized in ceremony

Williamsburg: Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment

Harsher penalties: State ups sentence for acts against elderly

Williamsburg: Senior citizens aren’t easy targets anymore. Comment

FiOS coming to BK

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment

Connecting through the arts in NYC: Williamsburg artist Noah Jemisin receives honor from public school program

Williamsburg: A Williamsburg artist is lending his expertise to public school students. Comment

BURG ‘n’ POINT: Brooklyn galleries send their love: New openings at Williamsburg showrooms Parker’s Box, Ch’i Gallery and Cinders

Williamsburg: They say that when it rains, it pours. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes it rains just enough to disillusion you without going overboard and completely ruining your day. Like this Friday, when Williamsburg was hit with a rather blasé rainstorm that ended up being more of a nuisance than anything else. Good thing there were multiple art openings that night! Can you feel my enthusiasm? Comment

Bklyn responds to Myanmar disaster: Brooklyn’s Burmese community feels helpless after cyclone strikes their homeland

Williamsburg: Kyaw Htet’s eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment

Bklyn native makes it big in business: Philanthropist and former Dell executive Mort Topfer remembers his local roots

Williamsburg: Philanthropist Mort Topfer has never forgotten his roots. Comment

Bklyn Designs shows off the goods: Three-day design show draws more than 70 local craftsmiths to DUMBO

Williamsburg: More than 70 cutting-edge artisans delivered the lowdown on scope, precision and style during “Brooklyn Designs” a three-day design showcase in DUMBO, featuring the artistry of talented local craftsmiths of furniture, lighting, linens, rugs, and accessories. Comment

Bklyn Bridge birthday celebration: City to mark 125th year of iconic bridge with five days of cultural events

Williamsburg: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

BCUE marks new home

Williamsburg: A 30-year facility, “dedicated to educating individuals about the built and natural environments of New York City,” reaped the fruits of its labors when it celebrated the grand opening of its new “green” headquarters in Gowanus. Comment

Bargemusic founder honored

Williamsburg: Olga Bloom was 57-years-old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. Comment

Assistance in the home: Rep. unveils new health care iniative for senior tenants

Williamsburg: Rep. Nydia Velazquez unveiled new legislation this week to help the growing number of senior and disabled tenants in public housing access home health care services. Comment

A sign for peace on the Gowanus: Billboard spreads anti-war message

Williamsburg: A new billboard urging the U.S. to get out of Iraq and avoid another war with Iran greeted drivers on the Gowanus Expressway this week. Comment

Area choir to sing on prestigious stage: Students at PS 250 to perform at Carnegie Hall on May 21 as part of LinkUP!

Williamsburg: For one talented group of young Brooklyn singers, the road to Carnegie Hall passes over the Williamsburg Bridge. Comment

A greener Brooklyn in your future: Council approves zoning regulations to mandate green space in front yards

Williamsburg: While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment

A car-free Bedford soon to be a reality

Williamsburg: Plans are in the works to close a stretch of Bedford Avenue to traffic during four Saturdays this summer, allowing the vibrant street to function as an outdoor plaza. Comment

Rockin’ for our Troops

Letters: On behalf of The USO of Metropolitan, NY, the US Marines Children Scholarship Fund, & Operation Gratitude, I would like to thank all of you who came and supported our recent ‘Rockin’ for Our Troops’ event. Comment

Here’s to you, coach

Letters: The secret is out, Coach Ralph Marotta is a very special community leader in Brooklyn and as our enabler, he guides us to success in our many chosen fields of endeavor. Comment

Good people in action

Letters: On May 1, at about 7:15 p.m., my parents and I were traveling down Bay Parkway when a minor car accident took place in the lane beside us between 85th Street and 86th Street. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Where were you 1973?

Williamsburg: Lately the only thing you hear on the news, besides our politicians’ lack of morals, is the soaring price of gasoline. Recently while waiting on line at the pump to fill up my car my mind drove back to those heady days of being a new driver and facing the Fuel Embargo of 1973. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Shopping when you should be working

Williamsburg: The United Nations announced this week that the world is on the brink of a “rapidly escalating crisis of food availability.” A decrease in availability translates to an increase in costs. […] Comment
GUEST OP-ED

Keeping the promise to fight education cuts

Williamsburg: As a former school teacher I know the importance of having proper funding to plan teaching strategies to educate the kids. That’s why I’ve been such a strong advocate for fair and equal education funding. I’m proud to announce that my Assembly colleagues and I were successful in keeping our promise to oppose the budget cuts that the State and the city were trying to impose in this year’s budget. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Why should we care about gay Muslims?

Williamsburg: If Islam reviles homosexuality and ignores lesbianism, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Americans last fall, “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” then there’s more chance of a pig praying five times a day than of mainstream believers heeding a crusade by gay Muslims to “negotiate a new relationship” with their unyielding faith. Comment
CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Brooklyn bagel delights

Williamsburg: This week we’re going to take care of your appetite. We at the Consumer Corner know that you need a lot of fuel to power you through those shopping excursions, so here’s a place you might want to stop in for some tasty nourishment. Comment

Souped up ‘Speed’ gets stuck in gear

Williamsburg: Speed Racer” is an overlong Technicolor marvel with the body of a Ferrari and the engine of an Edsel. Comment

Shell head socks it to ‘em at the movies

Williamsburg: Wittier than Spider-Man, cooler than Batman, Robert Downey Jr.’s invincible Iron Man has got more one-liners than Toby Maguire and more high-tech toys than Christian Bale, Val Kilmer and George Clooney combined. Comment

Polish shorts with ‘Cinergy’

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) brings a selection of short Polish films to Greenpoint in Brooklyn, May 14 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This free event takes place at Studio B, 259 Banker Street near Meserole Avenue. Comment

Ed Lachman cinematography

Williamsburg: From May 9-20, BAMcin […] Comment

‘Retumba’ hits KCC campus

Williamsburg: The final performance on the free Sundays at Kingsborough series takes place May 18 at 3 p.m. and features “Retumba!” Comment

Waterfront Museum is packed with entertainment

Williamsburg: New things are happening at the Waterfront Museum, docked across the street from the Fairway Market in Red Hook. Expect a full lineup of entertainment, educational programs and expanded open hours for the spring. Comment

Tastes of Bklyn

Williamsburg: Extending from the southern point of Staten Island to the northern point of the Bronx, the five boroughs of New York City offer a wealth of restaurants and cuisines that pay homage to the boroughs’ diverse communities and people. Comment

Slope house tour

Williamsburg: The 49th Annual Park Slope Civic Council House Tour takes place May 18 from 12-5 p.m. starting from The Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Place between Seventh & Eighth avenues. Comment

Samurai, superhero

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Museum presents the Japanese Film series, “From Samurai to Superhero” in May and June. Watch cinematic visions of Japan, including films that influenced Takashi Murakami and classics that depict both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Discussions follow select films. Comment

Knock-out finale

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra will be joining forces with the Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn for the last concert of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra’s 35th season. Comment

High-flying kite festival coming

Williamsburg: The Annual Williamsburg Kite Festival returns for its fourth year May 17 from 12-5 p.m. at McCarren Park, Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street (the rain date is June 8). Comment

Get out there...the BCUE urban tours are here

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE) presents its “Spring 2008 Urban Tours,” which includes exciting events throughout May and June. Comment

Franklin up close

Williamsburg: Ryan Repertory Company presents “Ben – A Very Personal Account of Benjamin Franklin” by Bernard Myers, edited by June Clark and Barbara Parisi; Parisi also directs. Comment

Dancing with the traveling bone

Williamsburg: “And Possibility,”a traveling dance about traveling choreographed by Abigail Levine, will be performed May 18, June 1 and 8. The show superimposes the color-rich images and fantasies of tourism onto the backdrops of our city’s neighborhoods. Comment

BRICstudio 2008 spring season

Williamsburg: BRIC Arts and Media continues its BRICstudio 2008 spring season of performances, running to June 4. Comment

BCAP presents ‘¡Sofrito!’

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College closes its 2007-08 Season with ¡Sofrito!, a FamilyFum series event, performed by master storyteller David Gonzalez with Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band, May 18 at 2 p.m. Comment

Always ‘Beware of a Holy Whore’

Williamsburg: Rainer Fassbinder's film “Beware of a Holy Whore” comes to life this weekend when an all-new staged theatrical adaption of the 1971 film by the filmmaker premieres on stage at Chelsea's Visual Arts Theater in Manhattan. Comment

World drumming

Williamsburg: The Young Fish School of World Drumming will continue Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music’s “Music for Families” series at Brooklyn Conservatory concert hall, May 18 at 3 p.m. Comment

The LOX Lounge moves to Reggae rhythms

Williamsburg: Revival Reggae Sundays, weekly dance parties paying tribute to some of the reggae industry’s biggest artists, continue this month at the LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Comment

The delightful sounds of the African diaspora

Williamsburg: Pre-school and young school-age children and their caregivers are invited to the Audubon Center in Prospect Park for a free event, May 18, 2-4 p.m. Musicians and storytellers Hasan Bakr and Kevin Nathaniel will introduce the children to the sounds of Africa and the African Diaspora through the story of a young musician, a magician, and how they save their village from the evil giant Abiyoyo. Instruments include the djembe, mbira, bongo, and shekere. Comment

Sons & Heirs sends birthday wishes to iconic Morrissey

Williamsburg: Smiths fans, mark your calendars. Comment

Music in the air

Williamsburg: Brooklyn-based, all-female Bella Voce Singers and Artistic Director Jessica Corbin present “I Hear Music in the Air” at St. Saviour’s Church, 611 Eighth Avenue in Park Slope, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Comment

Inside the world of Noel Coward

Williamsburg: Noël Coward, a true renaissance man, is one of the major writers of the 20th century. He is remembered for his witty, sophisticated plays, but his total body of work is much more. Comment

Company XIV ‘messes’ with Helen and her many lovers

Williamsburg: The tale of Helen of Troy and her lovers has been told plenty of times – but never like this. Comment

Clare and the Reasons and Osso String Quartet

Williamsburg: After performances from such local, diverse talent as Shayna Steele and her eight-piece R&B band, the Alan Ferber Nonet and string ensemble Fire in July, the Ditmas Park concert series at arts magnet P.S. 217 starts to wind down with indie rock band Clare and the Reasons and the Osso String Quartet. Comment

‘Leaf & Circle’ at the Prospect Park Audubon Center

Williamsburg: Leaf & Circle, an innovative exhibit by artist Jessica Baker at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, now to May 26. Comment

‘Constants and Variables’

Williamsburg: Two new shows are opening at Safe-T-Gallery May 15: Judith Nilson’s “Five Paintings” and Anders Goldfarb’s “Constants and Variables.” Comment

31st DanceAfrica Festival aims for rejuvenation & enlightenment

Williamsburg: BAM’s longest running performance series — and one of America’s largest and most vibrant celebrations of African and African American dance, music, and culture — continues with the 31st DanceAfrica Festival. Created in 1977 to heighten awareness of African culture, the festival has evolved into a positive, high-spirited Memorial Day Weekend tradition that brings together the entire community. Comment

She just loves sharing the spotlight with kids and puppies

Williamsburg: By day, Jane Lovascio is a medical sales representative, but by night, the Brooklyn native is a children’s book author. Comment

Popping: The Rebirth of Fresh

Williamsburg: Tanekeya Word will share her bold analysis of fashion, art and feminism with the vibrant, fast-paced exhibit “Popping: The Rebirth of Fresh” at The Gallery at Harriet’s Alter Ego, 293 Flatbush Avenue between St. Marks and Prospect places in Brooklyn. Comment

Bindman’s room full of sax

Williamsburg: Spoke the Hub presents tenor saxophonist and composer David Bindman and his ensemble in the world premiere of “Tales of a Time Traveler,” to the performed at 7:30 p.m., May 18 at Spoke the Hub, 295 Douglass Street (between Third and Fourth avenues) on the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment

Audition for the ballet

Williamsburg: The School of American Ballet (SAB), the country’s preeminent ballet academy, will hold special free auditions for boys and girls ages six to 10 for the 2008-09 Winter Term, May 17, 5:30 p.m. at PS 170, 7109 Sixth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Children must be at least six-years-old by September 1 in order to audition. Comment

King Bees of ‘A’ west division

With the playoffs right around the corner, baseball in Brooklyn is heating up as teams vie for coveted playoff spots. But there is only one team that has been able to clinch their division title and that is the Telecommunications Yellow Jackets (13-1). On May 5, the Yellow Jackets, with an 11-0 shutout win over New Utrecht, were able to wrap up their third title in four years. But the title only proves that they are the king bees of the “A” West division as they are a perfect 8-0 against divisional opponents. All stats are as of press time. Comment

Madison, Lincoln in the driver’s seat

Williamsburg: As the regular season winds down in the PSAL Brooklyn softball circuit, playoff spots have yet to be finalized. Comment

‘Suite’ way to watch basketball: New Barclays Center Showroom opens its doors

Brooklyn Courier: Both fans and sponsors are lining up to become involved in the as yet-to-be-built Barclays Center Arena, future home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets basketball franchises. Comment

‘Artful’ principal wins the day: P.S. 24’s Christina Fuentes wins Janklow Award

Brooklyn Courier: A Park Slope resident is keeping arts education alive. Comment

Wrong way Recchia

Brooklyn Courier: congestion tax, Councilmember Domenic Recchia said he was elected to lead. Apparently, he forgets who he is leading. When he voted with the mayor to raise our property taxes by 18.5 percent, he said he was doing it for his constituents. Comment

Way to go, coach!

Brooklyn Courier: The secret is out, Coach Ralph Marotta is a very special community leader in Brooklyn and as our enabler, he guides us to success in our many chosen fields of endeavor. Comment

Stroke awareness

Brooklyn Courier: Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year about 700,000 Americans suffer from a new or recurrent stroke. Comment

Spring arts fest

Brooklyn Courier: Public School 295 will host its “Feria De Arte de Primavera” (Spring Arts Festival) for kids of all ages from 1-5 p.m., May 17. Comment

Special show for BK Music School Playhouse

Brooklyn Courier: As part of a “Performathon” to benefit the 96-year-old Brooklyn Music School Playhouse, the BMS Music and Dance departments will come together for a performance at 6 p.m., May 17. Comment

Showdown on the Gowanus: Wrangling over future development to intensify

Brooklyn Courier: Officials last week gathered along the banks of the Gowanus Canal, anticipating the significant changes in store for this once gritty neighborhood abutting the long polluted waterway. Comment

Robber packs pen: Cops hunt for note-passing bank bandit

Brooklyn Courier: He’s written so many notes, his hand must be cramping. Comment

Ribbon is cut on new BCUE headquarters

Brooklyn Courier: A 30-year facility, “dedicated to educating individuals about the built and natural environments of New York City,” reaped the fruits of its labors when it celebrated the grand opening of its new “green” headquarters in Gowanus. Comment

Proud of you all

Brooklyn Courier: On May 1, at about 7:15 p.m., my parents and I were traveling down Bay Parkway when a minor car accident took place in the lane beside us between 85th Street and 86th Street. Comment

Prospect Park alliance uses its head

Brooklyn Courier: Bonnets, straw boaters and sunhats topped the crop – vying for attention with other eye-pleasing headwear – when the Prospect Park Alliance held a benefit hat party by the waterfront. Comment

Pretty as a Picture inside the garden

Brooklyn Courier: Get up close and personal with the queen of green. Springtime’s here and what better place to feast your eyes upon her heart-stopping hues than at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Mother Nature’s […] Comment

Parkers’ delight in the Slope: New street cleaning regulations finally give motorists a break

Brooklyn Courier: The French might have Bastille Day, the Americans Independence Day, and the Canadians, the aptly named Canada Day. Comment

One-day exhibit of Biblical law

Brooklyn Courier: “The 613” — an unprecedented 1,700 square-foot work of art depicting the Judaic principles of Biblical Law — will be on display for one day only, May 18 from 12-4 p.m. at a warehouse […] Comment

MTV gets ‘Real’ with Brooklyn: Area house to host show

Brooklyn Courier: MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment

Minerva keeps eye on Liberty

Brooklyn Courier: Neighborhoods may keep them apart, but the frozen gaze between Lady Liberty and Minerva remains intact—for now. Comment

Living large: surrounded in Brooklyn style

Brooklyn Courier: More than 70 cutting-edge artisans delivered the lowdown on scope, precision and style during “Brooklyn Designs” a three-day design showcase in DUMBO, featuring the artistry of talented local craftsmiths of furniture, lighting, linens, rugs, and accessories. Comment

Landmark day for Brooklyn buildings: Library, courthouse among sites slated with historic designation

Brooklyn Courier: Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment

K-9 Good citizen test

Brooklyn Courier: If you’ve ever wondered if your dog is socially acceptable, there’s only one way to find out. Comment

It’s ‘Hammer time’ in Park Slope

Brooklyn Courier: Many people see situations and lament that “somebody should do something.” One person who is doing something to make New York City a better place is Craig Hammerman, an “extraordinary” volunteer who inspires, motivates and organizes citizens to solve problems, improve lives and build stronger communities. Comment

It’s my Park Day in the Slope

Brooklyn Courier: Welcome spring and sunny weather with music, games and art in the playground, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during a family day to celebrate the basketball courts, squeaky swings, and slippery slides of Brooklyn’s Park Slope Playground, between Fifth & Sixth avenues and Lincoln & Berkeley places. Comment

Help clean up the park

Brooklyn Courier: Take ownership of your green spaces and join Prospect Park for a day of cleaning and greening one of New York’s most magnificent public recreation areas, May 17. Comment

Grab a complimentary facial

Brooklyn Courier: Come join the fun, May 18 from 1-6 p.m. at the Flawless Fifth Avenue Fair Fest at Flawless Beauty Apothecary in Park Slope, which will feature complimentary facials, product demonstrations, personalized skin consultations, free product giveaways, raffles, refreshments and more. Comment

FUREE to hold convention

Brooklyn Courier: Several hundred families and members of Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) will hold their annual convention to demand elected officials and candidates to respond to policies that affect low income families, May 17 from 1-3 p.m. at PS 67, 51 Edwards Street in Fort Greene. Comment

Fossella mum on political future

Brooklyn Courier: Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment

Five days to celebrate the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Courier: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

FiOS TV plugging into Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment

Eyes on the streets

Brooklyn Courier: The Clinton-Washington Neighborhood Patrol recently added new vehicles to the community’s streets. The marked patrol vehicles, provided by Command Security Corporation, operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are equipped with overhead lights, portable radio and cell phone communication. The initiative kicked off on May 1, with patrolled areas including: Lafayette Avenue from Vanderbilt Avenue to Classon Avenue; Classon Avenue from Lafayette Avenue to Myrtle Avenue; Myrtle Avenue from Classon Avenue to Vanderbilt Avenue; and Vanderbilt Avenue from Myrtle Avenue to Lafayette Avenue. Comment

ESU public session

Brooklyn Courier: Empire State College of the State University of New York will hold public information sessions about its undergraduate degree programs at 6 p.m., May 12 and 3 p.m., May 22 at the college’s Brooklyn location, 20 New York Avenue, corner of Herkimer Street, third floor, in Williamsburg. Comment

Court Street sizzles with spring delights

Brooklyn Courier: Merrymakers pounded the pavement during a community revel when the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation hosted a spring festival along Court Street. Comment

Councilmember Letitia James hit with $5K fine: Official socked after failing to provide documentation to CFB

Brooklyn Courier: City Councilmember Letitia James last week was slapped with a $5,000 fine thanks to her connections with an old crony of convicted former Democratic boss Clarence Norman. Comment

Coop drops bottled H20

Brooklyn Courier: Members of The Park Slope Food Coop voted at the Coop’s general meeting to discontinue selling bottled water. The measure passed by an overwhelming margin. Comment

BK boy (really) makes good: Philanthropist Mort Topfer makes $1M gift to Gilda’s Club

Brooklyn Courier: Philanthropist Mort Topfer has never forgotten his roots. Comment

Billboard urges change in U.S. policy: BK activists try new strategy to help end war

Brooklyn Courier: A new billboard urging the U.S. to get out of Iraq and avoid another war with Iran greeted drivers on the Gowanus Expressway this week. Comment

Beach clean-up

Brooklyn Courier: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2008. Comment

Warm weather feeds crooks’ desires

Kings Courier: There’s spring cleaning, then there’s spring protection. Comment

Top cops break up dangerous gunplay

Kings Courier: The quick thinking and action of a grizzled plainclothes sergeant and a member of his hand-picked anti-crime team earned both the “Cop of the Month” honors at the recent 70th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment

Shomrim Patrol helps nab accused pedophile: 70th Pct. Community Council hails group

Kings Courier: The Flatbush Shomrim Safety patrol was honored at the recent 70th Precinct Community Council meeting for nabbing a serial pedophile after he molested three young children in local parks. Comment

Savvy scribes put themselves in the state senate

Kings Courier: If I were a senator, I would… Comment

Residents urged to watch out for stolen goods

Kings Courier: The New York City Police Department is working in partnership with Community Board 12 and the community in attempting to further reduce burglaries in the 66th Precinct. Comment

Remembering the six million

Kings Courier: Hitler’s evil was recalled – and tribute paid to the memories of his massacred – when the Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center presented its annual Holocaust observance. Comment

P.S. 255 salutes stellar class of kids

Kings Courier: Public School 255’s best and brightest young scholars were presented with “Student of the Month” honors for all their hard work, excellent attendance and showing unmitigated kindness towards others. Comment

Ps236 perv furor: Many say school kept mum on scandal

Kings Courier: Parents are outraged that the press – and not P.S. 236’s administration or the city Department of Education (DOE) – informed them that a school volunteer sent vulgar text messages to a 12-year-old boy. Comment

P.S. 197 jump to it for healthy hearts

Kings Courier: Hop to it… Comment

Nottingham meet

Kings Courier: The next meeting of the Nottingham Association will be at 8 p.m., in the lower level of PS 193, 2515 Avenue L, corner of Bedford Avenue. Comment

New boss at the helm of the 70th Pct.

Kings Courier: The 70th Precinct welcomed a new commanding officer last week in Deputy Inspector Ralph Monteforte. Comment

Murrow student survives cancer to star on stage

Kings Courier: Just call Edward R. Murrow H.S. student Julie Reed “Ms. Marvel” – and a nifty thespian to boot. Comment

Mom’s memory inspires boy scout to eagle rank

Kings Courier: Troop 20 scout and Kingsborough Community College freshman Danny Wing has accomplished his goal – to make his late mom proud. Comment

Midwood High School’s storybook world: Students craft fantastic tales of wonder and awe

Kings Courier: Paper clouds pasted onto the blackboard offer up inspiration. Comment

Kings Bay Y holds solemn Yom Hashoah observance

Kings Courier: Poignant memories drew survivors to a community-wide Holocaust memorial ceremony service at the Kings Bay Y. Comment

Jesse Jackson comes to Brooklyn: Reverend weighs in on borough’s foreclosure crisis

Kings Courier: If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment

Death on the roads

Kings Courier: Cops cordon off the corner of East 24th Street and Kings Highway Tuesday following a fatal pedestrian accident involving an 18-wheeler. Officials said that the unnamed victim was stepping into the intersection just before 11 a.m. on May 13 when he was struck down. Paramedics rushed him to Lutheran Medical Center in critical condition. He died of his injuries a short time later, officials said. No summonses were given to the driver, who remained at the scene. The name of the victim had not been released at press time. Witnesses said that Jewish volunteers were seen collecting blood spilled at the scene for burial, leading them to believe that the victim was a religious Jew. Comment

Cops prepare for ‘cut day’: Annual beach bash puts 61st Pct. on alert

Kings Courier: Senior “cut” day is coming and the new commander of the 61st Precinct says that he’s ready for it. Comment

Sizing up spill: State to find scope of oil slick

Greenpoint: The House of Representatives recently passed an amendment to a previous Environmental Protection Agency study on the Newtown Creek Oil Spill designed to produce a more definitive assessment of the largest coastal oil spill in United States history. Comment

Locals celebrate their Bike festishes

Greenpoint: By Greg Hanlon Comment

Public service honors for Brooklyn’s Verone Kennedy

Greenpoint: It is not only an award and a prize. It is a challenge. Comment

East River ferry service to resume

Greenpoint: As part of its recently announced initiative to subsidize and expand the city’s water transportation network, the city has agreed to build a $1.25 million ferry dock at Schaeffer Landing. Comment

Cupcake bakers vie for top prize

More than 150 aspiring pastry chefs, foodies, and cupcake fanatics stuffed themselves into Union Pool (484 Union Avenue) Monday night for the Brooklyn Kitchen’s Second Annual Cupcake Cookoff. Comment

Cops seek note-passing bandit

Greenpoint: He’s written so many notes, his hand must be cramping. Comment

City to mark Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th year

Greenpoint: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Call for food donations: Greenpoint church needs help in meeting rising demand

Greenpoint: The Greenpoint Food Pantry needs your help. Comment

Brooklyn landmarks honored by city: Four borough buildings recently restored recognized by city Landmarks agency

Greenpoint: Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment

BK to host ‘Real World’: Reality show headed to a neighborhood near you

Greenpoint: MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment

A greener Brooklyn in your future: City Council passes zoning regulation mandating green space at the front of homes

Greenpoint: While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment

Walking to save lives: Protesters advocate for more funding to keep firehouses open

Brooklyn Courier: Feeling burned by the city’s refusal to re-open what they call two pivotal neighborhood firehouses, a group of concerned citizens toured all of the sites that could have been saved if the shuttered engine companies were still in operation. Comment

Toll Brothers plan goes online

Brooklyn Courier: Toll Brothers’ Gowanus plan has gone virtual. Comment

Toast the Brooklyn Bridge over 5 days in May

Brooklyn Courier: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

The art of the working waterfront

Brooklyn Courier: With its long-term future in Red Hook recently assured, Brooklyn’s maritime community took a moment this week to recognize its rich past. Comment

Special salute to philanthropist and ‘Gilda’s Club’ friend

Brooklyn Courier: Philanthropist Mort Topfer has never forgotten his roots. Comment

Reformed regulations are a parker’s delight

Brooklyn Courier: The French might have Bastille Day, the Americans Independence Day, and the Canadians, the aptly named Canada Day. Comment

Minerva keeps her view

Brooklyn Courier: Neighborhoods may keep them apart, but the frozen gaze between Lady Liberty and Minerva remains intact—for now. Comment

James slapped with $5k fine: Questions arise over expenditures

Brooklyn Courier: City Councilmember Letitia James last week was slapped with a $5,000 fine thanks to her connections with an old crony of convicted former Democratic boss Clarence Norman. Comment

It’s ‘anchors away’ in Red Hook: Plan also calls for ferry service at locations throughout Brooklyn, city

Brooklyn Courier: Ferry service might return to Red Hook, an area underserved by mass transportation. Comment

Greener blocks...over time: City Council backs new Yards requirements

Brooklyn Courier: While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment

Fossella keeps mum on his next move: Pressure mounts on disgraced congressman to resign from office

Brooklyn Courier: Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment

FiOS TV is plugging into the borough

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment

Burma cyclone tragedy hits home in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Kyaw Htet's eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment

A landmark day for four buildings: Library, courthouse among Brooklyn sites to win historic designation

Brooklyn Courier: Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment

Under the wire hate crimes in BK

Flatbush: It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment

Top crime busters: 70th Police Pct. hails two of its finest

Flatbush: The quick thinking and action of a grizzled plainclothes sergeant and a member of his hand-picked anti-crime team earned both the “Cop of the Month” honors at the recent 70th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment

Rev. Jesse Jackson in Brooklyn: National activist weighs in on borough’s housing foreclosure crisis

Flatbush: If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment

6,000,000 remembered: Congregants honor lives lost in Holocaust

Flatbush: Hitler’s evil was recalled – and tribute paid to the memories of his massacred – when the Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center presented its annual Holocaust observance. Comment

New 70th Pct. commander: Deputy Inspector Ralph Monteforte meets with community

Flatbush: The 70th Precinct welcomed a new commanding officer last week in the name of Deputy Inspector Ralph Monteforte. Comment

It’s a storybook world for students: Young Brooklyn writers develop their talent for spinning tales

Flatbush: Paper clouds pasted onto the blackboard offer up inspiration. Comment

Hop to it: P.S. 198 jumps for healthy lives

Flatbush: Fancy-footed youngsters executed crowd-wowing moves during a jump-a-thon benefit to fight heart disease at Public School 198. Comment

Flatbush plans for a brighter future

Flatbush: Issues of environmental sustainability and affordable housing top the list of goals enunciated by Flatbush residents who participated in a several- month-long planning initiative that focused on the neighborhood. Comment

Couldn’t do it without ya: salute to volunteers

Flatbush: Big-hearted senior vollies received a golden salute for their selflessness during a tribute ceremony at the Midwood Senior Center. Comment

Cops save the day during fire

Flatbush: Local police officers morphed into emergency smoke eaters Tuesday as they helped a group of seniors escape an all-hands fire on Ocean Parkway in Flatbush. Comment

Cops hunt for bank bandit with writer’s cramp

Flatbush: He’s written so many notes, his hand must be cramping. Comment

Bigger, but not better: Community Board 14 wrangles over new zoning

Flatbush: A follow-up discussion on the proposed rezoning of Flatbush focused intently on a small portion of the neighborhood, specifically the area where Victorian homes predominate. Comment

‘Wide Street’ compromise: Resident calls for alternative to zoning text amendment

Brooklyn Courier: Carroll Gardens residents interested to safeguarding their traditional low-rise community from overdevelopment view passage of a zoning text amendment affecting six blocks in the neighborhood as the first step in realizing the downzoning they’ve always wanted. Comment

‘Force-fed’ charter school

Brooklyn Courier: Red Hook parents are criticizing the city Department of Education (DOE) for making important decisions without seeking their input. Comment

‘Boots on the ground’ at the canal: Wrangling over Gowanus development in high gear

Brooklyn Courier: Officials last week gathered along the banks of the Gowanus Canal, anticipating the significant changes in store for this once gritty neighborhood abutting the long polluted waterway. Comment

Vito mum on next move: Pressure mounts on disgraced congressman to resign

Brooklyn Courier: Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment

Toll site now online

Brooklyn Courier: Toll Brothers’ Gowanus plan has gone virtual. Comment

Toast the Brooklyn Bridge for 5 days

Brooklyn Courier: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Shuttered firehouse crawl is a walk of shame: Group challenges mayor’s decision to shut down sites

Brooklyn Courier: Feeling burned by the city’s refusal to re-open what they call two pivotal neighborhood firehouses, a group of concerned citizens toured all of the sites that could have been saved if the shuttered engine companies were still in operation. Comment

Send PAVE to PAL, many say: Red Hook residents urge city to house academy inside Miccio Ctr.

Brooklyn Courier: The charter school slated to open at P.S. 15 should be moved to a nearby location, according to Red Hook residents. Comment

Pretty as a picture at the BBG

Brooklyn Courier: Get up close and personal with the queen of green. Springtime’s here and what better place to feast your eyes upon her heart-stopping hues than at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Mother Nature’s […] Comment

New street-cleaning rules are a parker’s delight

Brooklyn Courier: The French might have Bastille Day, the Americans Independence Day, and the Canadians, the aptly named Canada Day. Comment

MTV gets ‘Real’ with Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment

Land ho! Red Hook eyed for ferry stop

Brooklyn Courier: Ferry service might return to Red Hook, an area underserved by mass transportation. Comment

It’s ‘Hammer time’ for extraordinary vollie: Craig Hammerman inducted into NYC Hall of Fame

Brooklyn Courier: Many people see situations and lament that “somebody should do something.” One person who is doing something to make New York City a better place is Craig Hammerman, an “extraordinary” volunteer who inspires, motivates and organizes citizens to solve problems, improve lives and build stronger communities. Comment

Heading to new IKEA by land and sea: Furniture superstore to provide free water taxis; bus service to be extended too

Brooklyn Courier: Along with fashion-forward bookshelves and coffee tables, IKEA will be bringing transportation options to Red Hook. Comment

Greener BK blocks over time

Brooklyn Courier: While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment

Councilmen to contractors: You break it, you fix it

Brooklyn Courier: New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment

CGNA talk comes to a boil

Brooklyn Courier: If it sounds crazy, it probably is. Comment

Burma tragedy hits home

Brooklyn Courier: Kyaw Htet’s eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment

‘Lit Match’ competition

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz invites Brooklynites ages 14-19 to submit stories, poems, essays, spoken word and raps for the third annual “Lit Match” teen writing contest, part of the Young Readers and Writers Program of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Comment

Waterfront Museum fun

Canarsie: New things are happening at the Waterfront Museum, docked across the street from the Fairway Market in Red Hook. Expect a full lineup of entertainment, educational programs and expanded open hours for the spring. Comment

Unity is the watchword for local residents

Canarsie: As part of a larger initiative to bring Starrett City residents closer together, and bridge the gaps between the various cultures, religions, and age groups in the community, the UJA-Federation of New York sponsored a free Unity Festival, organized by the Jewish Community Council of Canarsie. Comment

Under the radar hate crimes: Forum looks at violence directed at Brooklyn’s LGBT community

Canarsie: It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment

Training BK contractors to go green

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Kingsborough Community College have formed a partnership to provide low-cost training for small to mid-size contractors and builders who want to earn the green building certification they will need to stay competitive and meet New York City’s PlanNYC 2030 environmental goals. Comment

Support group and social network for people with multiple sclerosis

Canarsie: To provide vital social support to individuals in the Brooklyn community and the surrounding boroughs who have multiple sclerosis (MS), New York Methodist Hospital is introducing a four-session group for individuals who have been diagnosed with MS during the past two years. Comment

Spring Arts Fest

Canarsie: Public School 295 will host its “Feria De Arte de Primavera” (Spring Arts Festival) for kids of all ages from 1-5 p.m., May 17. Comment

New hours at pier: Changes to affect spring, summer crowds

Canarsie: While many Canarsiens will be welcoming in summer this Memorial Day weekend by flocking to local recreation areas, one of the most popular of them will be marking the holiday by restricting access to it. Comment

New bill to help safeguard Starrett City

Canarsie: Two local lawmakers last week hailed a bill that passed the House of Representatives as a step forward in keeping Starrett City’s federally subsidized affordable housing protected. Comment

Moms & dads vent anger at MLB: Many criticize the game for marketing gang colors to neighborhood youth

Canarsie: Angered about the spread of gang violence throughout their communities, Brooklyn mothers and community activists from more than a dozen police precincts visited the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to learn how to identify gang members and the local businesses that cater to their interests. Comment

Mideast peace panel

Canarsie: Brooklyn For Peace will present a panel discussion by three distinguished speakers on Israel and Palestine, May 21 at 7 p.m., as part of their “Visions for Peace” series. Comment

Marmara takes reins of the 69th Police Pct.

Canarsie: Canarsie residents are getting both a top crime fighter and a quality-of-life community advocate in their new 69th Precinct commanding officer, Captain Milt Marmara. Comment

Many disappointed with DOE forum: Disenchanted Brooklyn parents wonder why neighbors choose to stay away

Canarsie: Parents must demand that the city Department of Education (DOE) involve them in school matters, according to education advocates. Comment

Mamalu Cafe fun & games: Innovative playspace has lots to offer in June

Canarsie: Mamalu Café, Play & Munch Ground will hold a number of events throughout June and is currently running its new Playspace by Italy’s Play, which now includes a new purple and green sneak-a-peek rocket cylinder and kaleidoscope. Comment

Living right with P-Star: Teen rapper joins Brookdale to promote health

Canarsie: What better way to encourage children to participate in a fitness program than to give them an opportunity to “work out” with one of their peers…a successful rap star at the age of 13. Comment

Landmark day for four: Historic designation for sites

Canarsie: Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment

Holocaust commemoration

Canarsie: An annual Holocaust commemoration program, sponsored by the Young Israel of Midwood, will be held at 8 p.m., May 18 in the synagogue’s social hall, 1694 Ocean Avenue. Comment

Hilton finds a ‘suite’ deal in Brooklyn: International hotel chain moving into space inside new Gold Street tower

Canarsie: The Hilton Hotel chain announced last week that two of their hotel products – the Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inns – will be moving into one of the Oro Towers at 313 Gold Street. Comment

Here come the vikings

Canarsie: The Scandinavian East Coast Museum will be hosting its annual Viking Fest at Bliss/Owl’s head Park on 68th Street and Colonial Road from 12-5 p.m., May 17. Comment

Help for Bklyn start-ups

Canarsie: New York City College of Technology (City Tech) has become a new regional center of the New York State Small Business Development Center (NYS SBDC), offering fulltime expert management and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses in Brooklyn. Comment

Go fly a kite in BK- High-flying festival returns to borough

Canarsie: On Saturday May 17, you can tell Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents to go fly a kite – literally. Comment

Garbage collection is a sticky situation: New spate of rules make putting your trash out at the curb a challenge

Canarsie: Generating trash is the easy part – getting rid of it all is the real problem. Comment

FUBA to mark its first 11 years: Civic celebrating with gala banquet at the Glen Terrace

Canarsie: Next month, one Canarsie group will be celebrating 11 years of service to the community. Comment

FUBA takes on the gang culture: Assembly funding helps energize civic’s innovating intervention program

Canarsie: Gang prevention programming is on the syllabus for one local youth program. Comment

FiOS TV plugs into BK: New agreement paves the way for fiber optic network

Canarsie: Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment

Find out about great gardens

Canarsie: Enjoy a self-guided Garden Walk through more than a dozen private gardens and nine community gardens in historic Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill during the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District’s (BBGD) 11th Sunday Garden Walk, June 8. Comment

Educator makes case for excellence: Celebrated City Tech teacher’s career is full of firsts

Canarsie: It may be necessary to add a new chapter to The Book of Firsts, chronicling the journey of Assistant Professor Jeannette Espinoza-Sanchez, JD, to her teaching position at New York City College of Technology/CUNY (City Tech). Comment

Discover the great outdoors at Prospect Park

Canarsie: There are lots of exciting activities going on at Prospect Park this month. Here’s the rundown of all the special and ongoing events happening throughout June in Brooklyn’s biggest park. Comment

D.A. touts Citizen’s Action Ctr.

Canarsie: Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has brought his staff to the local community to assist constituents with their problems. Comment

Congregants honor lives lost in Holocaust

Canarsie: The horrors of the Holocaust were recalled during a poignant memorial at Congregation Aaasfard & Talmud Torah. Comment

City Tech graduation

Canarsie: New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 68th Commencement Exercises, June 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Comment

Celebrity Softball

Canarsie: The High School of Sports Management, in partnership with the Brooklyn Cyclones, will hold its Second Annual Celebrity/Charity Softball Game at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, June 7 at 1 p.m. Comment

Cantorial Shabbat

Canarsie: Temple Sholom and Madison Jewish Center present their Cantorial Shabbat Service, led by Cantors Steve Shor and Leslie Timer, who will be joined by adults and childrens choirs at 9:30 a.m., May 17. Comment

Canarsie History on display: Exhibition to highlight military items ‘used in actual battle’

Canarsie: After Canarsie’s Memorial Day parade ends, a history lesson will begin. Comment

Burmese cyclone tragedy felt here: Refugee community scrambles to lend victims aid

Canarsie: Kyaw Htet’s eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment

Brothers-in-arms visit comrades in hospital

Canarsie: Proving that brothers-in-arms always look out for one another, members of the Rankin-Healy VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post paid a friendly visit to the vets, currently hospitalized at the VA Medical Center, 800 Poly Place in Bay Ridge. Comment

Brooklyn’s ‘emergency’ building situation

Canarsie: Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment

Brooklyn Borough hall celebrates Jewish heritage salute to Israel

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee hosted the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Night Salute to Israel ceremony and reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Bank ‘invests’ in pantry: St. John’s Bread for Life gets help as demand increases

Canarsie: As recent headlines describe a worldwide food crisis of soaring prices and increased hunger, families close to home are struggling as well. Comment

Bank bandit with writer’s cramp

He’s written so many notes, his hand must be cramping. Comment

An entrepreneurial boost: Small Business Development Ctr. helps many starting out

Canarsie: Borough entrepreneurs looking to open or expand their businesses have a local place of support, thanks to the opening of a new assistance unit at City Tech. Comment

Achilles Track Club

Canarsie: A new chapter of the Achilles Track Club is currently being formed by Brooklyn Chapter founder Ilina Zablozki-Amir. Comment

Dom edges Vito in cash: Recchia has bigger war chest for congressional run

Bushwick: Even though he hasn’t officially thrown his hat into the ring, City Councilman Domenic Recchia has out-raised incumbent Congressman Vito Fossella in the race for Bay Ridge’s 13th Congressional District, according to recent Federal Election Commission filings. Comment

‘Hey! You don’t look a day over 124!’ 5-day celebration to mark Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th b’day

Brooklyn Heights: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans for a five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

What a way top off an event: Prospect Park Alliance benefit is head & shoulders above the rest

Brooklyn Heights: Bonnets, straw boaters and sunhats topped the crop – vying for attention with other eye-pleasing headwear – when the Prospect Park Alliance held a benefit hat party by the waterfront. Comment

Visions for Peace

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn For Peace will present a panel discussion by three distinguished speakers on Israel and Palestine, May 21 at 7 p.m., as part of their “Visions for Peace” series. Comment

Very ‘artful’ principal carries the day: Public School 24’s Christina Fuentes wins Janklow Award by ArtsConnection

Brooklyn Heights: A Park Slope resident is keeping arts education alive. Comment

Training for greener buildings

Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Kingsborough Community College have formed a partnership to provide low-cost training for small to mid-size contractors and builders who want to earn the green building certification they will need to stay competitive and meet New York City’s PlanNYC 2030 environmental goals. Comment

Toll Brothers site online

Brooklyn Heights: Toll Brothers’ Gowanus plan has gone virtual. Comment

Pretty as a picture

Brooklyn Heights: Get up close and personal with the queen of green. Springtime’s here and what better place to feast your eyes upon her heart-stopping hues than at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Mother Nature’s […] Comment

Parkers’ delight: Street cleaning rules suspended: ‘This is the best news ever,’ motorist declares

Brooklyn Heights: The French might have Bastille Day, the Americans Independence Day, and the Canadians, the aptly named Canada Day. Comment

Nothing gets between these two ladies: Minerva monument to retain line of sight with Statue of Liberty

Brooklyn Heights: Neighborhoods may keep them apart, but the frozen gaze between Lady Liberty and Minerva remains intact—for now. Comment

MTV gets ‘Real’ with BK

Brooklyn Heights: MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment

LIVING LARGE...SURROUNDED IN CUTTING-EDGE BKLYN STYLE

Brooklyn Heights: More than 70 cutting-edge artisans delivered the lowdown on scope, precision and style during “Brooklyn Designs” a three-day design showcase in DUMBO, featuring the artistry of talented local craftsmiths of furniture, lighting, linens, rugs, and accessories. Comment

Landmark day for four buildings

Brooklyn Heights: Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment

James slapped with fine: CFB has questions about primary expenditures

Brooklyn Heights: City Councilmember Letitia James last week was slapped with a $5,000 fine thanks to her connections with an old crony of convicted former Democratic boss Clarence Norman. Comment

Heading to IKEA by land and sea

Brooklyn Heights: Along with fashion-forward bookshelves and coffee tables, IKEA will be bringing transportation options to Red Hook. Comment

Greener Brooklyn blocks...over time: City Council backs new Yards amendment

Brooklyn Heights: While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment

Fossella mum on political future: Disgraced congressman tight-lipped as pressure to resign mounts

Brooklyn Heights: Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment

Flawless 5th Ave.

Brooklyn Heights: Come join the fun, May 18 from 1-6 p.m. at the Flawless Fifth Avenue Fair Fest at Flawless Beauty Apothecary in Park Slope, which will feature complimentary facials, product demonstrations, personalized skin consultations, free product giveaways, raffles, refreshments and more. Comment

Firehouse walk of shame: Group rails against mayor’s refusal to re-open stations

Brooklyn Heights: Feeling burned by the city’s refusal to re-open what they call two pivotal neighborhood firehouses, a group of concerned citizens toured all of the sites that could have been saved if the shuttered engine companies were still in operation. Comment

FiOS TV plugging into BK: New agreement paves the way for Verizon network

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment

Fantastic voyage...Ferry service resurfacing

Brooklyn Heights: Ferry service might return to Red Hook, an area underserved by mass transportation. Comment

Curves/Avon fitness study needs you

Brooklyn Heights: With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment

Court Street sizzles

Brooklyn Heights: Merrymakers pounded the pavement during a community revel when the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation hosted a spring festival along Court Street. Comment

Burma crisis hits home: Refugee community scrambles to lend support

Brooklyn Heights: Kyaw Htet's eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment

Brooklyn boy makes (really) good: Tall salute to philanthropist Mort Topfer after he makes million-dollar donation to ‘Gilda’

Brooklyn Heights: Philanthropist Mort Topfer has never forgotten his roots. Comment

BCUE opens new HQ

Brooklyn Heights: A 30-year facility, “dedicated to educating individuals about the built and natural environments of New York City,” reaped the fruits of its labors when it celebrated the grand opening of its new “green” headquarters in Gowanus. Comment

Art of the working waterfront

Brooklyn Heights: With its long-term future in Red Hook recently assured, Brooklyn’s maritime community took a moment this week to recognize its rich past. Comment

African-American life in old New York

Brooklyn Heights: The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum will present a lecture by Dr. Sherrill D. Wilson on the history of African-Americans in New York City from 1637-1865. Free and open to the general public, the event begins at 12 p.m., May 17 at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road. Comment
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Waiting for May to flower again

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MADD hails law enforcement’s efforts

Bay News: “Those of you who are without sin cast the first stone!” That is a quote from the New Testament which sticks in my mind with the recent Vito Fossella headlines. The Staten Island congressman was arrested for drunk driving in Washington D.C and he publicly apologized for his error. I’m not going to deal with his transgression or make judgment on him; this column was started before his news made the headlines. The reason I am mentioning it is because prior to his arrest, I attended a luncheon that dealt with the very same subject, or should I say problem…DRUNK DRIVING! Comment

Under the wire hate crimes: Forum looks at violence directed at LGBT community

Bay News: It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment

Turn your summer into a real page-turner

Summertime has arrived and the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is celebrating in a major way. June marks the beginning of their Summer Reading Initiative, which the whole family can enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment

76th Street motorists suffer from that sinking feeling

Bay News: On May 6, a massive sinkhole partially swallowed a car traveling on 76th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues. According to area resident Patrick Drennan, the sinkhole was roughly 12 feet in diameter […] Comment

6th annual Asian Pacific heritage Festival

Bay News: Traditional lion, peacock and fan dances marked the fanfare during an Asian Pacific Heritage Festival at McKinley Park. Comment

St. Anselm RC school mass honors Feast Day

Bay News: St. Anselm RC School celebrated a Mass in honor of the Feast Day of St. Anselm of Cantebury. Comment

Sensational young scribes in the spotlight

Bay News: If I were a senator, I would… Comment

Mamalu fun and games

Bay News: Mamalu Café, Play & Munch Ground will hold a number of events throughout June and is currently running its new Playspace by Italy’s Play, which now includes a new purple and green sneak-a-peek rocket cylinder and kaleidoscope. Comment

Luminaries enter Fontbonne Hall of Fame

Bay News: A group of Bay Ridge stalwarts was honored for their “hard work and contributions” to Brooklyn’s students during a Hall of Fame induction at Fontbonne Hall Academy. Comment

Greek mythology inspires creativity in Mckinley students

Bay News: Mighty Zeus must be giving them an A-plus from the heavens above. Comment

Fossella keeps quiet

Bay News: Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment

Delivery man’s accused attacker busted

Bay News: Cops last week arrested a suspect in the brutal knife attack of a restaurant deliveryman. Comment

Celebrating The ‘art’ of neighborhood life

Bay News: Family frolics were on the agenda as mom, dad and the kids headed to Bay Ridge for a day of community fun at the Narrows Botanical Garden. Comment

B’hurst ‘citizens’ fight back

Bay News: Residents in Bath Beach and Bensonhurst aren’t taking their problems lying down – they’re mobilizing. Comment

BWECC meeting

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council’s (BWECC) next meeting will be held at 8 p.m., May 19 at new meeting quarters, the United Progressive Democratic Club House, 29 Bay 25th Street. Comment

Bklyn leads in unsafe buildings: Borough is ground zero for troubled projects

Bay News: Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment

A greener city...over time: City Council backs Yards amendment requiring more green space

Bay News: While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment

A Cry for housing: Coney Alliance demands to be heard

Bay News: All the attention in Coney Island may now be centered on new rides, hotels and condos, but a developing coalition of labor, clergy and community groups is speaking out and challenging the city to start seriously addressing the lack of an adequate affordable housing component in its redevelopment plan. Comment

Vito mum on his next move: Disgraced rep keeps silent on future plans

Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment

Burmese cyclone tragedy felt here: Refugee community scrambles to lend aid

Brooklyn Courier: Kyaw Htet’s eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment

Train to be greener

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Kingsborough Community College have formed a partnership to provide low-cost training for small to mid-size contractors and builders who want to earn the green building certification they will need to stay competitive and meet New York City’s PlanNYC 2030 environmental goals. Comment

76th Street suffers that sinking feeling

The sinkhole drew onlookers and city workers to 76th Street between Third and Fourth avenues. The massive hole was covered with a steel plate. Comment

Third Avenue Merchants push for a full agenda: Group talks conservation, health care and more

Fuel conservation, health care costs and the need for more food stores were on the agenda when the Third Avenue Merchants Association met at the Greenhouse Café in Bay Ridge. Comment

Spring fling barn dance and more: Fort Hamilton Senior Center events in May

For more than 40 years, the Fort Hamilton Senior Center has provided the community with diverse and exciting programming, catering to all interests and skill levels. Comment

School forum leaves Bklyn parents cold: Many wonder why moms & dads stay away

Parents must demand that the city Department of Education (DOE) involve them in school matters, according to education advocates. Comment

P.S. 48 kid wins ‘Keats’ award

Public School 48 student Amir Ramadan, of Class 4-507, has been named the winner of a 22nd Annual “Ezra Jack Keats” Bookmaking Competition. Comment

Prospect Park activities coming in June: Enjoy a myriad of exciting events and programs at Brooklyn’s emerald jewel

There are lots of exciting activities going on at Prospect Park this month. Here’s the rundown of all the special and ongoing events happening throughout June in Brooklyn’s biggest park. Comment

NYANA celebrates 59th Passover seder

The New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), celebrated its 59th Passover seder, an event coinciding with New York City’s Immigration Heritage Week, in which New York City celebrated the impact immigrants have had and continue to have in shaping America. Comment

Military lives in the spotlight for students: University of Cincinnati students get a surprise visit from Uncle Sam

Three veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan arrived unannounced on the University of Cincinnati campus to lead classroom discussions with about 250 students and shed light on their military lives. Comment

Mideast discussion

Brooklyn For Peace will present a panel discussion by three distinguished speakers on Israel and Palestine, May 21 at 7 p.m., as part of their “Visions for Peace” series. Comment

Making mothers even more beautiful: Pilo Arts Day Spa and Salon gives Brooklyn moms extra-special attention

Looking good for Mother’s Day was as near as a trip to Pilo Arts Day Spa and Salon where a day of beauty primped mom, complete with freebies and tips from the pros. Comment

Making a case for excellence: City Tech teacher enjoys a career full of firsts

It may be necessary to add a new chapter to The Book of Firsts, chronicling the journey of Assistant Professor Jeannette Espinoza-Sanchez, JD, to her teaching position at New York City College of Technology/CUNY (City Tech). Comment

Landmark day for four BK buildings: Library, courthouse among latest round of designations honoring historic past

Four Brooklyn buildings that have been lovingly restored were among 10 recognized recently by a citywide organization dedicated to preservation. Comment

Land ho! Bay Ridge eyed for ferry

Brooklynites took to the waters again, as ferry service resumed between the 58th Street Pier in Sunset Park and Wall Street in Manhattan. Comment

Holocaust survivors offer sobering words for I.S. 187: Couple relates chilling account of Nazi atrocities

It was a history lesson the students won’t soon forget. Comment

Greener blocks...over time: NYC Council backs Yards amendment requiring more green space

While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment

Green Church leaves behind some infertile ground

If Bay Ridge’s venerable Green Church – which is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places – is torn down by the congregation without prior governmental review, future developers of the site may find that they are not able to draw on federal funding for their projects. Comment

Graduate to ‘Active First’

Pvt. Raymond Loree has become the first Army National Guard soldier to graduate directly into the active Army’s ranks through a new program called “Active First,” in which recruits commit to service in the active-duty Army followed by service in the National Guard. Comment

Go fly a kite in Brooklyn: McCarren Park to host high-flying festival

On Saturday May 17, you can tell Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents to go fly a kite – literally. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Not resting in peace Comment

From Mingus to Coltrane Jazz in BK: Friends of Historic New Utrecht welcome outstanding artists for knock-out concert

Friends of Historic New Utrecht welcomed the Jazz Big Band and Jazz Ensemble from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, who performed the repertory of seminal jazz figures such as Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Thelonius Monk, as well as the works of lesser known figures and original compositions as. Comment

Flying high for mother: Late mom inspires Eagle scout

Troop 20 scout and Kingsborough Community College freshman Danny Wing has accomplished his goal – to make his late mom proud. Comment

FiOS TV plugging into Brooklyn homes: New agreement opens borough up to Verizon fiber optic cable network

Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment

Find out how great BK gardens grow: Walking tours of over a dozen sites

Enjoy a self-guided Garden Walk through more than a dozen private gardens and nine community gardens in historic Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill during the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District’s (BBGD) 11th Sunday Garden Walk, June 8. Comment

End to stellar 33-year career: Sergeant Major William J. Gainey bids troops farewell

In what may have been the shortest retirement speech ever, Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey looked out at the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard honor guards in formation and, in less than a minute, said goodbye to 33 years in uniform. Comment

Duke is in the house

General William Wallace, Commanding General of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command made a visit to the Army’s Times Square Recruiting Station in New York City, to present awards and meet local dignitaries. Comment

DOD welcomes sons & daughters

As the children of Defense Department employees arrived in throngs for National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, they transformed the normally serene Pentagon courtyard in Washington, DC, into a circus, replete with clowns, animals, and arts and crafts. Comment

Demonstrators rally against China games: Human Rights Torch Relay stretches across the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn helped fanned the flame of controversy when it played host to a traveling human torch relay that has traveled more than 80,000 miles across the world to decry the Communist Chinese government in time for the Beijing summer games, August 8-24. Comment

Cops hunt bank bandit with writer’s cramp

He’s written so many notes, his hand must be cramping. Comment

Chemistry’s there for Army specialist

Army Spc. Vivek Mishra, a chemical operations specialist born and raised in central India, took a rather unusual route to his new life as a US Citizen. Comment

Burmese nightmare felt on Bklyn streets: Refugee community scrambles to offer aid

Kyaw Htet’s eyes were frantic as he scrolled down on the Web page of a Burmese-language news site. Comment

Brothers-in-arms always stick close: VFW visits comrades at VA medical center

Proving that brothers-in-arms always look out for one another, members of the Rankin-Healy VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post paid a friendly visit to the vets, currently hospitalized at the VA Medical Center, 800 Poly Place in Bay Ridge. Comment

Brooklyn ‘Flip’ in Baghdad

Pictured is Brooklyn native Richard “Flip” Wilson, talking with Iraqi children in a village in the Taji Quada section, northwest of Baghdad. Wilson’s mission is to teach the children the importance of working with the Iraqi soldiers to create a safe and secure Iraq. Wilson serves as the commander of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds”, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, “Warrior,” 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad. Comment

Bread for Life gets a much-needed boost: Independence Community Foundation aids food pantry as demand increases

As recent headlines describe a worldwide food crisis of soaring prices and increased hunger, families close to home are struggling as well. Comment

Assembly’s 2008 summer reading challenge: Colton encourages neighborhood students to take part in annual event

Assemblyman William Colton reminds children and families that the Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner and that his office will again distribute the assembly’s brochures to schools and parents. Colton, a former NYC school teacher, knows full well the value of reading, especially during summer vacation. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: By Tom Tracy Comment

Zoning drives new MBNA, rival says: Manhattan Beach Community Group president criticizes breakaway organization

Bay News: Democracy, inclusion, diversity – all these high-minded ideals have been given to explain the formation of the newly-formed Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA). Comment

We’re more than zoning, MBNA sez

Bay News: We’re not a one-trick pony. Comment

Vito mum on his next move

Bay News: Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment

Two-car crack-up sends 4 to hospital

Bay News: Paramedics were called to the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Shore Parkway Saturday after two cars crunched into one another. Officials said that at least four people were rushed to area hospitals following the afternoon crash between a silver Honda and a black Jaguar. None of the injuries were considered life threatening. Witnesses alleged that the Jaguar was turning from Shore Parkway onto Nostrand Avenue when he was hit by the Honda, who reportedly sped through a red light. Upon impact, the cars spun around; ending up side by side at the corner, officials said. It was unclear if any summonses or arrests had been filed against the two motorists as this paper went to press. Comment

Truckers irk residents

Bay News: Wayward delivery trucks are straying off course in Bensonhurst and neighborhood residents are scrambling to find the emergency brake. Comment

Training paves the way to greener buildings

Bay News: The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Kingsborough Community College have formed a partnership to provide low-cost training for small to mid-size contractors and builders who want to earn the green building certification they will need to stay competitive and meet New York City’s PlanNYC 2030 environmental goals. Comment

Take the 2008 summer reading challenge: Assemblyman urges students to get involved

Bay News: Assemblyman William Colton reminds children and families that the Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner and that his office will again distribute the assembly’s brochures to schools and parents. Colton, a former NYC school teacher, knows full well the value of reading, especially during summer vacation. Comment

Survivors bear witness to Holocaust horrors

Bay News: Luna Park resident Zina Zeidel moved the audience to a hush when she took to the podium and recited a poem about loss of her family, and the destruction of her hometown, during a Holocaust memorial at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center. Comment

Special salute to Children’s champs

Bay News: Victoria Secret Angel and top model, Selita Ebanks presented New York Giants Super Bowl XLII hero, David Tyree, with the Children’s Champion Award at the Children of the City Benefit hosted by Steve Schirripa of the Sopranos and The Tonight Show, and Superstar New Jersey Net, Richard Jefferson at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York. Board member and local businessman Rocco Basile, was also a Children’s Champion Award Recipient. Comment

Special NYANA seder is held

Bay News: The New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), celebrated its 59th Passover seder, an event coinciding with New York City’s Immigration Heritage Week, in which New York City celebrated the impact immigrants have had and continue to have in shaping America. Comment

Sowing the seeds for greener blocks: City Council backs Yards amendment

Bay News: While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment

Shabbat Service

Bay News: Temple Sholom and Madison Jewish Center present their Cantorial Shabbat Service, led by Cantors Steve Shor and Leslie Timer, who will be joined by adults and childrens choirs at 9:30 a.m., May 17. Comment

Sensational scribes put themselves in the senate

Bay News: If I were a senator, I would… Comment

P.S. 254 breaks out of the classroom for spring games

Bay News: A tug-o-war battle, relay races and sprint dashes were among the fun games that had youngsters from Public School 254 challenging mettle while engaging in some down time during a sports day at the Malone Center in Bergen Beach. Comment

Park clean up

Bay News: Take ownership of your green spaces and join Prospect Park for a day of cleaning and greening one of New York’s most magnificent public recreation areas, May 17. Comment

Parents need greater voice, advocates say: Forum on mayor control fails to draw big crowd

Bay News: Parents must demand that the city Department of Education (DOE) involve them in school matters, according to education advocates. Comment

Mideast peace panel discussion

Bay News: Brooklyn For Peace will present a panel discussion by three distinguished speakers on Israel and Palestine, May 21 at 7 p.m., as part of their “Visions for Peace” series. Comment

Meet the captain

Bay News: The 62nd Precinct Community Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., May 20 at the precinct’s station house, Bath Avenue and Bay 22nd Street. Comment

MBNA wants to get physical: Free Pilates exercise class coming to Manhattan Beach

Bay News: They already portray themselves as the younger, more vibrant civic organization among the two now existing within the narrow confines of the community, so maybe it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that members of the recently launched Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association want to get physical with their neighbors. Comment

Leona Goldberg remembered: JCCGCI celebrates coordinator’s life and career

Bay News: A large crowd of co-workers and friends packed the Surf Solomon Senior Center for a moving memorial tribute presented by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI) in memory of Leona Goldberg, who passed away after serving for more than 23 years as JCCGCI’s case management coordinator. Comment

Land ho! Officials eye local ferry stop

Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge are being studied for possible stops in a citywide ferry transit study, according to city officials. Comment

Kings Bay Y honors lives lost in the Holocaust

Bay News: Poignant memories drew survivors to a community-wide Holocaust memorial ceremony service at the Kings Bay Y. Comment

Homeless claim doubted: Residents question cause of Brighton fires

Bay News: The Fire Department blames homeless squatters for the blazes that destroyed several bungalows in Brighton Beach. Comment

Holocaust Remembrance Day in New York State: Local assemblyman sponsors resolution

Bay News: Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, a second generation Holocaust survivor, presented a New York State Resolution, which he sponsored, proclaiming May 1st as Holocaust Remembrance Day in New York State to Rhonda Barad, eastern director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Michael S. Miller, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. The ceremony was held at Manhattan’s Simon Wiesenthal Center. Comment

Holocaust memorial

Bay News: An annual Holocaust commemoration program, sponsored by the Young Israel of Midwood, will be held at 8 p.m., May 18 in the synagogue’s social hall, 1694 Ocean Avenue. Comment

Help clean up the beach

Bay News: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2008. Comment

Hate crimes flying under the radar

Bay News: It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment

Ford Street furor shaping up on Emmons Avenue

Bay News: There’s only so much neighborliness you should probably expect from people who prefer you stay on the other side of a locked gate at all times. Comment

Flying high for mom

Bay News: Troop 20 scout and Kingsborough Community College freshman Danny Wing has accomplished his goal – to make his late mom proud. Comment

FiOS TV plugging in: New agreement to bring in fiber optic network

Bay News: Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment

Entrepreneurial boost

Bay News: Borough entrepreneurs looking to open or expand their businesses have a local place of support, thanks to the opening of a new assistance unit at City Tech. Comment

Designers tackling Brigham St. park

Bay News: Designs for a new park at Brigham Street will be completed by the end of August, a consultant with New Yorkers for Parks told the Bay News this week. Comment

Death on the blvd.: Motorcyclist killed leaving KCC

Bay News: Youzdjan Bekir’s friends returned to Manhattan Beach on Saturday afternoon, two days after the Kingsborough Community College student was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident on Oriental Boulevard. Comment

D.A. office in the ‘hood

Bay News: Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has brought his staff to the local community to assist constituents with their problems. Comment

Cops prepare for ‘cut day’: Annual Manhattan Beach bash has 61st Pct on alert

Bay News: Senior “cut” day is coming and the new commander of the 61st Precinct says that he’s ready for it. Comment

Coney plan under fire again: New coalition demands more affordable housing

Bay News: All the attention in Coney Island may now be centered on new rides, hotels and condos, but a developing coalition of labor, clergy and community groups is speaking out and challenging the city to start seriously addressing the lack of an adequate affordable housing component in its redevelopment plan. Comment

CB11 lands body blow on ‘cheap moving guy’: Volunteers tear down hundreds of postings

Bay News: They say they’ve won the first round, but they’re not through with “him” yet. Comment

Candles recall millions of lives lost: Shoah Scroll read here

Bay News: A Jewish girl in Romania during World War II, Sara Koprak felt she had no childhood. She spent a good part of her time looking for food and a safe place to sleep, worries that usually only adults have. Comment

BWECC moves to new quarters

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council’s (BWECC) next meeting will be held at 8 p.m., May 19 at new meeting quarters, the United Progressive Democratic Club House, 29 Bay 25th Street. Comment

Brothers in arms stick close together: Neighborhood VFW visits ailing comrades at VA Medical Center

Bay News: Proving that brothers-in-arms always look out for one another, members of the Rankin-Healy VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post paid a friendly visit to the vets, currently hospitalized at the VA Medical Center, 800 Poly Place in Bay Ridge. Comment

Borough Hall salutes Jewish heritage: Special presentations made to outstanding individuals and organizations

Bay News: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee hosted the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Night Salute to Israel ceremony and reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Arrest in delivery man attack

Bay News: Cops last week arrested a suspect in the brutal knife attack of a restaurant deliveryman. Comment

A lot fight in ‘Citizens’: B’hurst civic balks at waste station, post office

Bay News: Residents in Bath Beach and Bensonhurst aren’t taking their problems lying down – they’re mobilizing. Comment

Achilles Track

Bay News: A new chapter of the Achilles Track Club is currently being formed by Brooklyn Chapter founder Ilina Zablozki-Amir. Comment

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