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Nathan’s frank fight drops weight

The celebrated Nathan’s hot dog contest — the granddaddy of all competitive-eating competitions — will drop from the traditional 12 minutes to just 10 this year. Comments (4)
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Park Slope parking situation

Park Slope: Since the city removed alternate side of the street parking regulations in Park Slope two weeks ago, is the parking situation:
Better? Worse? The same?

Since that time, are the streets:
Cleaner? Dirtier? The same?

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The heat is on in Boerum Hill

Carroll Gardens: Electrical fires, possibly sparked by Sunday evening’s vicious thunderstorms caused power outages that affected hundreds of people in Boerum Hill and Williamsburg and knocked out service along some subway lines. Comment

‘Maggie’ dog-napped

Williamsburg: A six-month-old Yorkie puppy named “Maggie” was allegedly stolen by a man, who pulled up in a car and absconded with her off of a street corner in Marine Park. According to the family, the entire area has been thoroughly combed, posters have been hung all over the neighborhood, and the children are heartbroken. If you have any information on Maggie’s whereabouts, please calls Robin McKibbin at 718-859-0037 (home) or 212-276-1553 (work). Comment

Two cars collide on Flatbush Avenue

Williamsburg: At least one person was rushed to the hospital following a harrowing collision on Flatbush Avenue Sunday. Police said that two cars collided right in front of the Marine Park Golf Course early Sunday. Firefighters had to shear off the top of one of the two sedans to free a motorist, who was rushed to an area hospital for treatment. The injuries the two drivers suffered were not considered life-threatening, officials said. It was unclear if any arrests or summonses were filed as a result of this accident as this paper went to press. Comment

Smack falls at his feet: 62nd Pct. cop of the month makes huge drug bust

Williamsburg: A huge stash of drugs will never see its way to the streets of Brooklyn because of the efforts of one hardworking cop. Comment

Note-passing bandit hunt

Williamsburg: Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Left with Basquiat Comment

Cops make smack stop: 61st pct. crime-busters make big drug bust

Williamsburg: A huge stash of drugs will never see its way to the streets of Brooklyn because of the efforts of one hardworking cop. Comment

What free country?

Letters: When I first glanced the headline screaming across last week’s issue of your paper, “New Hours at Pier,” I was first shocked, then offended, to see once again how the role of government has changed so drastically in this once free country. Comment

Thanks for the attention

Letters: We really appreciate the very nice coverage you gave our new art exhibition, ‘Spring Ahead,’ in the 24/7 section of your May 9. Comment

Some real horse sense

Letters: Horses in America have always been held in high esteem. They have carried us into battle, plowed our fields and inspired us with their grace and beauty. Comment

Out with the old

Letters: Re: “Summer forecast for Coney: Gloomy with a spell of despair” by Shavana Abruzzo, “A Britisher’s View,” 5-29 issue. Comment

Cheers to Joanna

Letters: Re: “Potential Pres Running on Empty Mouth,” “Not for Nuthin’” by Joanna DelBuono, 5-29-08 issue. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

SSDD – Same Story, Different Day

Williamsburg: Tying the knot, jumping the broom, buying the cow or getting hitched — marriage by any other name is still a life sentence. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Wearing trouble on your back bumper

Williamsburg: Even with the price of fuel rising to record levels, my roommate and I are still on America’s highways quite a bit. Sometimes we pass the time by reading bumper stickers. We get a chuckle from some […] Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Why couldn’t they just stick to the religious stuff?

Williamsburg: Chasing black street cred seems to be turning some whites into crud. Comment

Help dad tee of this year

Williamsburg: This Father’s Day, give dad a gift that will keep him in the swing of things: a lesson with a golf pro. Comment
CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Warm weather fun

Williamsburg: Nobody likes spending money they don’t have. That’s why you should check in with the Consumer Corner each week for the lowdown on some of the best places to shop in the borough. Here’s what we found this week. Comment

Your ticket to private gardens

Williamsburg: 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

Silent auction

Williamsburg: Vacation in Jamaica, see a music or dance concert, get a much-needed massage or fly high in a hot air balloon —just a few of the many items up for bid in the BAX Spring Silent Auction, June 1-9. Comment

Roll ‘em, ladies

Williamsburg: The Jewish Women’s Film Festival (JWFF) is calling for films. The films should focus on the experiences, aspirations, and accomplishments of Jewish women through the ages and throughout the world. Comment

Park Slope author revisits John Brown’s legacy

Williamsburg: Although he has lived in New York for over a decade, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., has not strayed from the mind of John Michael Cummings, a 44-year-old Park Slope resident whose debut novel, The Night I Freed John Brown, is set in his hometown. Comment

Nothing’s more surprising than the truth: Brooklyn Noir returns

Williamsburg: In 1977, during the “summer of Sam,” a younger Tim McLoughlin was going to school part-time and driving for the neighborhood car service in Bay Ridge where he lived. Comment

Fort Greene fab

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winning neighborhood for the first ever Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative. And the winner is…Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. Comment

Cross-cultural connections

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday explores cross-cultural connections on June 7. The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays event attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment each month. Thos month’s event features a rich cultural mix that melds traditional and modern influences from Bali, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Benin, Ghana, South Africa, and America. Comment

40 authors and you to talk about books, storytelling and all things literary

Williamsburg: More than 40 authors will gather in southern Queens on the Rockaway peninsula, June 8, to participate in a series of panel discussions about books and writing. An evening film festival, presented on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, will round out the event. Comment

Your own hit parade: Brooklyn Music Wide Open

Williamsburg: Connection Works presents “Brooklyn Music Wide Open,” an ongoing series of music presentations, workshops, and performances, June 7. Comment

This one’s all about American music

Williamsburg: The Spring Concert of The Brooklyn Community Chorus celebrates the breadth of American music, June 7 at 7 p.m. Comment

Stravinsky, plus

Williamsburg: The final concert in the 2007-2008 Music at Ascension season will be held June 7 at 4 p.m. presented by The Church of the Ascension in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Mani, the series’ resident ensemble, will perform works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Britt. Comment

Provocative female Jewish artists

Williamsburg: As the Brooklyn Bridge turns 125 years-old, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan is bringing the next exciting thing out of the borough and into Manhattan. Comment

META at Revival Reggae

Williamsburg: Revival Reggae Sundays will host the African reggae group META and the Cornerstones, June 8. Led by lead singer Meta Dia, this afro-fusion reggae band is quickly taking the world by storm with their infusion of rock, hip hop, soul and African rhythms. Comment

Labor’s unsung heroines

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus presents “We Were There,” the untold story of women in the American labor movement, June 13 at 8 p.m. Comment

Jazz from here all the way to Europe

Williamsburg: On monthly Thursday evening performances, PLG Arts’ Jazz at the Ink Well presents emerging and mid-career Brooklyn jazz artists. This summer, the series continues exploring Jazz’s global influence and influences, presenting artists who hail from France, Germany, and of course New York. Comment

Earth Stomping Dance Traditions to make you sit up and take notice

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts program presents Folk Feet Circle ’Round Brooklyn 3, a free afternoon of traditional dance workshops and performances from 3-5 p.m., June 8 in Fort Greene Park. Comment

Coney Island keeps inspiring

Williamsburg: Gallery 364, “Bay Ridge’s First Art Gallery,” presents its June 2008 Art Competition, entitled “Coney Island.” Artists are invited to submit their works within the prescribed guidelines, using “Coney Island” as their guiding theme. Comment

Afro-Caribbean benefit concert

Williamsburg: Brooklyn-based non-profit organization Transdiaspora Network, Inc. (TDN) celebrates its official launch with an Afro-Caribbean benefit concert at Williamsburg’s Rose Live Music, June 12 from 6-8 p.m.. The benefit features a free raffle and a performance by Cuban-born jazz legend and newest TDN board member Yosvany Terry. Comment

Acoustic sounds

Williamsburg: Famed Red Hook Brooklyn bakery “baked” hosts an acoustic music series produced by fellow “Red Hookers” Beautiful Day Media. The performances will run through the summer. Comment

You know, Back in the Day

Williamsburg: The Henry Gregg Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 226, presents “Brooklyn Back in the Day,” an exhibition of documentary photographs by six photographers whose careers began and first flourished in Brooklyn. The show runs through June 15. Comment

Time’s running out on ‘The Masters of Japanese Print’

Williamsburg: The exhibit “Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print, 1770-1900,” is running at the Brooklyn Museum through June 15. It will feature over 90 hand-cut woodblock prints, primarily from the famed Utagawa School of Japanese printmaking. Comment

Players bring you Kit & Little and a lot of ‘Hope’

Williamsburg: The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier Off-Off Broadway theater and Manhattan’s Engine37 Theater Company co-produce two new full-length plays to perform in repertory, June 6-21. Comment

Kingdom come for animals

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s Micro Museum presents “2008 BIG Ideas with Animals In Your Kingdom,” 12-7 p.m., now to July 19 with an opening party June 7 from 8-11 p.m. with gifts, drinks, snacks and live music at 9 p.m. Comment

For really sensational art check out...the library

Williamsburg: Find the unexpected at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library. New art exhibitions present familiar sights in new ways. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. Comment

Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk coming

Williamsburg: The 2008 Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk celebrates its fifth anniversary by showcasing more than 200 artists in an interactive and participatory celebration of art along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, June 7-8 from 1-6 p.m. each day. Comment

Curators on the cutting edge: My Little/Membrane at NUTUREart

Williamsburg: In a first for Williamsburg’s NUTUREart gallery, two curators will be curating the same show, My Little/ Membrane, opening at the gallery’s Grand Street location on May 9. Comment

Cancer fighter unleashes a torrent of provocative new art

Williamsburg: After two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation proved ineffective, Brooklyn artist Cordula Volkening tried NovoCure, an experimental treatment that attacks her brain tumor with electrical currents. Comment

Bushwick buckles down for exciting Open Studios tour

Williamsburg: Laura Braslow, Maggie Pounds and Chloe Bass of Arts in Bushwick have no idea what to expect during the second annual Bushwick Open Studios, which, held from June 6 to June 8, will coincide with Bushwick’s Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities. Comment

BAC explores ‘The Line That Connects You to Me’

Williamsburg: BAC (Brooklyn Arts Council) Gallery announces “The Line That Connects You To Me,” a group exhibition curated by Dana Gentile featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed-media work by Brooklyn-based artists that opens with a reception June 5 from 6-8 p.m. (with free beer) during the DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk. Comment

Artists coalition puts out the welcome mat for you

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) hosts its ever-popular Red Hook/Carroll Gardens Open Studio Tour, June 7-8. This self-guided tour is an annual BWAC event which offers the public the unique opportunity to meet artists on an intimate level and view their original works firsthand. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Bay News: Urination intervention Comment

Zigun quits CIDC board

Bay News: The self-proclaimed “mayor” of Coney Island has handed in his resignation from partnering with the city to rezone the area. Comment

‘Spirit’ moves BK teens: New religious-themed mag begins publishing here

Bay News: Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment

Women’s health symposium

Bay News: Female physicians and women in the Brooklyn community will come together for the free “Women Caring for Women” symposium, June 7 at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Comment

Too young to rob: Cops blame kids for crime spike

Bay News: Bensonhurst is seeing a spike in robberies and cops say kids are to blame. Comment

Text and get a ticket: New effort underway to penalize dangerous drivers

Bay News: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

Super civic alliance

Bay News: Local organizations are considering the formation of the Southern Brooklyn Civic Alliance, a coalition of civic groups sharing common concerns. Comment

Seventh Heaven fest

Bay News: The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 31st Annual Park Slope Street Fair, “Seventh Heaven,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15. Comment

PTA’s most dedicated earn flowers, kisses

Bay News: The ‘eyes and ears’ of the Department of Education were hailed for being involved in their children’s education when the Community District Education Council 22 lauded mom and dad during an awards ceremony at Public School 255. Comment

More cash for college makeover

Bay News: Thanks to an influx of state funding, Brooklyn College is getting a makeover. Comment

Messy search for GOP candidate

Bay News: Democrats hoping to snag the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Vito Fossella may face a primary fight, but Republicans trying to hold the seat apparently can’t even decide whose candidacy to endorse. Comment

Local Lawmen and lawmakers inspire I.S. 14 students

Bay News: What shall I be when I grow up? Comment

It’s a stretch in Manhattan Beach

Bay News: Workin’ it: Manhattan Beach residents hit the sand for the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association’s free Pilates class. Organizers say that about 30 people showed up to shape up and slim down. Comment

It’s all about Parks

Bay News: Nature lovers embraced their emerald empire with a daylong showcase of fun and festivity for “It’s Our Park Day” at Kaiser Park. The outdoor celebration drew mom, dad and kids to the sprawling green – bounded by Neptune and Bayview avenues and West 24th and West 25th streets – where they enjoyed hours of simple pleasures; among them, a talent show, sports tournaments, music and air rides. The annual spectacle – part of National Parks Day celebrations – was presented locally by Friends of Kaiser Park to the theme of, “Fitness is Fun.” Comment

Holocaust Memorial event

Bay News: The Holocaust Memorial Committee will hold its 24th Annual Gathering & Exhibit, June 8 at 11 a.m. inside The Bay Academy-IS 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue at the foot of Sheepshead Bay. Comment

Hands off horseshoe crabs: Gateway rangers cracking down on pesky poaching

Bay News: Gateway National Recreation Area is showing some respect to Earth’s elders. Comment

GOP to host Ridge

Bay News: Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

Funding fiasco has chilling effect: Nonprofits fear future as money is frozen

Bay News: As Speaker Christine Quinn announced several major changes to the City Council’s current budget allocation process earlier this month, local nonprofit organizations are still wondering when they will receive their discretionary funding for the current fiscal year. Comment

Fossella aide to vie for Assembly

Bay News: A longtime community activist and political aide is making a bid for public office. Comment

Fleet takes in Coney Island

Bay News: What’s a tour of Brooklyn without a trip to Coney Island? A bunch of sailors wrapped up Fleet Week festivities with a visit to Transit District 34 where cops and grassroots leaders extended a warm […] Comment

Fast acting: Stroke awareness at Maimonides

Bay News: The acronym was among the tips on how to prevent and treat the nation’s third leading killer when the state’s top health official held a public alert at Maimonides Medical Center for National Stroke Awareness Month. Comment

Fashion on Fulton & Friends

Bay News: Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment

Enter the New York City Hall of Fame: Click on Big Apple heroes online

Bay News: With a wealth of information and a dramatic flair, the New York City Hall of Fame’s new website has been launched at www.nychalloffame.org. The site features the inductees from 2007 and is open for nominations for the Class of 2008. Comment

2008 edition of Bay fest floats all boats

Bay News: Sheepshead Bay overflowed with marine merriment as spring revelers embraced the borough’s liquid jewel by heading for Bay Fest 2008. Comment

East 21st Street pulls up welcome mat

Bay News: Curses and recriminations flew fast and furious inside Kingsborough Community College’s faculty dining room last week as upset neighbors protested the proposed opening of a group home on East 21st Street. Comment

Dylan to plug into Brooklyn

Bay News: Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment

Drink, but only in HAMS: Group dedicates itself to reducing alcohol’s risks

Bay News: There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment

Cutting away at quality education: Parents send out S.O.S.

Bay News: Budget cuts planned for Brooklyn schools this September will have devastating effects for schoolchildren, according to a local parents’ group. Comment

Clean sweep in old Gravesend

Bay News: Local scouts polished up on the elbow grease and made short work of cleaning up a historic place of repose. Comment

CB13 kept rezoning under wraps

Bay News: It was Community Board 13’s policies that prevented City Planning from presenting its long-awaited Brighton Beach rezoning plan at the board’s meeting last week. Comment

Brighton beach hails WWII veterans

Bay News: World War 11 veterans were extended a tall salute for their supreme sacrifices during a Victory Day commemoration in Brighton Beach, which hailed the memories of the 22 million Soviets, who perished in the “patriotic war.” Comment

Beach feudin’ continues: Further fragmentation could impact security patrol

Bay News: The man who operates Manhattan Beach’s Beachside Neighborhood Patrol officially cut his ties with the Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG) this week, alleging that the organization was freezing him out. Comment

Babes in BK toy land

Bay News: Marlene Hochman, founder and executive director of The Doll and Toy Museum of NYC, will host the museum’s Ninth Anniversary Celebration, June 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library 280 Cadman Plaza West, second floor. Comment

Annual Israel celebration

Bay News: The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will bring Israel to the Greater Sheepshead Bay/Marine Park community for its Annual Israel Celebration June 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment
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‘Celebrate’ Dylan

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‘Celebrate’ Dylan

Music: Bob Dylan — the folk singer turned rocker turned voice of at least two generations — will perform in Prospect Park on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Comments (3)

It’s official: Downtown gets ‘Real’

Downtown: We broke the news two weeks ago, but MTV has confirmed it: The network’s “Real World” reality show is coming to the Bell Tel Lofts building on Willoughby Street in Downtown. Comment

Ridge synagogue for sale

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge synagogue with a shrinking congregation decided on Wednesday to tear down its sanctuary and sell a portion of its Fourth Avenue property to a developer. Comments (2)
Kensington: Poorly maintained bridle paths in Prospect Park are injuring horses — prompting at least one local equestrian to pull her horses out of Brooklyn entirely. Comments (3)

The art of honesty

Art: Artist Jillian May set out some baked goods and a jar for payment. Both disappeared. Comments (2)

Flush with success!

Bay Ridge: Kings County will finally get its own throne. Six months after installing the city’s first automatic public toilet in Manhattan, the city announced last week that Bay Ridge’s 69th Street pier — a popular gathering place for all but those needing a restroom — would get one of the fancy, self-cleaning outhouses. Comment

Punk drunk

Punk drunk

Books: Perhaps you know him as the fez-wearing man on YouTube.com, smoking the ChronicCaster — a working bong-guitar lifted from the set of the film, “High Times Potluck.” Or maybe his name is familiar because of his stint as publisher of “High Times” magazine. Really, Mike Edison is a legend — if you’re to believe his spectacularly gripping memoir, “I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.” Comment

A hit and run on Court St.

Downtown: An 88-year-old man was hit by a silver sedan and left to bleed on Court Street on Monday afternoon as the driver sped off, cops said. Comment

Park Slope school has run-in with thugs

Park Slope: Three young hooligans who had just mugged a man — on his birthday no less! — tried to evade police by hiding in Park Slope’s Berkeley Carroll School on June 3. Comment

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This babe goes to toyland

PS … I Love You: Our columnist tries out Babeland, Park Slope’s new sex-toy store. Comment

¡Y tu Dan Zanes tambien!

Dooley Noted: Our critic reviews Dan Zanes’s new, all-Spanish LP. Comment

Catholics keep faith, but lose their school

Williamsburg: When school is out for summer next week at St. Cecilia’s, it’s out forever. The Greenpoint Catholic school is closing. Comments (5)

Signed, sealed, but not delivered

Smartmom: It’s the first week in June and Smartmom still doesn’t know where the Oh So Feisty One will be going to middle school in September. And Smartmom is pissed! Comment

Family calendar

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

Ratner’s false choice

Editorial: Why the pro–Atlantic Yards rally on Thursday at Borough Hall was a sham. Comments (19)

“Fun” to be had

Nightlife: Five places deemed to be “fun” by Mike Edison, author of “I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.” Comment

The Latest Development News

Gowanus: The foul Gowanus Canal zone would be reborn as a mixed-use neighborhood of housing, commerce, light industry and — here’s the kicker — green open space under the city’s long-awaited rezoning plan unveiled last week. Comments (2)

DeBlasio: No room for the inn

Gowanus: A local lawmaker wants the city to ban hotels near the northern end of the Gowanus Canal in what has become the surprisingly hot “Gowanus Canal Hotel District.” Comment
Coney Island: The most outspoken critic of the city’s plan to transform Coney Island from a seasonal, independent amusement area into a corporate-run, year-round pleasure zone has resigned in protest from the city agency guiding the redevelopment process. Comment

City: We don’t need a middle school in DUMBO — now

DUMBO: A DUMBO developer’s plan to build a controversial 18-story apartment tower with the carrot of a new middle school was handed a setback last Wednesday when a top schools official said that the neighborhood actually doesn’t need a school right now. Comments (1)

4th Avenue left waiting at the station

Park Slope: The MTA giveth and the MTA taketh away. This time, the almighty transportation agency has abandoned its ambitious plans to renovate the shabby Fourth Avenue station in Park Slope into a glittering, light-filled, Euro-styled stunner, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (3)
Music: When “Celebrate Brooklyn” kicks off its 30th year on Thursday, the opening night entertainment will come from R&B legend Isaac Hayes. GO Brooklyn caught up with the singer to chat about live music, ex-girlfriends and his favorite picnic food. Comments (1)

Mega-store opens June 18

Red Hook: Everyone’s talking about the opening of IKEA’s first New York City store — in Red Hook, Brooklyn — on Wednesday, June 18. If you’ve never been to an IKEA, let us show you what all the exciitement’s about. Via podcast, join Brooklyn Paper editors Lisa Curtis and Vince DiMiceli on a mouth-watering visit to IKEA’s Paramus, NJ store — and get ready for a heaping serving of Swedish meatballs along with your cart full of contemporary home furnishings. Read more…

‘Hill’ street blues

Fort Greene: Clinton Hill and Fort Greene residents are grappling with a surge in robberies this year, even as overall neighborhood crime has decreased. Comment

Is it last call at LeNell’s?

Red Hook: A popular Red Hook liquor store run by a feisty entrepreneur is scrambling to find a new home after an apparent deal to keep it in the neighborhood collapsed — along with the store’s ceiling — at the 11th hour. Comments (3)

On the ‘Marco’

Dining: As guests sat down to dinner on Tuesday night at Marco Polo Ristorante’s 25th anniversary celebration, a group of musicians crowded around the piano and launched into the theme from “The Godfather.” Live music, endless amounts of wine and a jaw-dropping menu of Marco Polo’s famous Italian dishes? Now that was an offer few could refuse. Comment
Williamsburg: The city hired an artist to turn the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant from a bane to the nose into a beauty for the eyes. Comment

GOTCHA! Man hires hooker — but she tricks him out of big money

Carroll Gardens: A prostitute “tricked” an easy mark out of credit cards while performing a popular sex act on him on May 27 — but cops later collared her for not only the theft, but the sex, too. Comment

Politics

Powers that be

Bay Ridge: Brooklyn Republicans have joined their Staten Island bedfellows and endorsed dark-horse candidate Francis Powers to retain GOP control of the seat held by outgoing, and disgraced, Rep. Vito Fossella — and at the same time, Democrats are increasingly uniting behind their candidate, Councilman Mike McMahon. Comment

Capano gunning for assembly

Bay Ridge: A staffer in embattled Rep. Vito Fossella’s Bay Ridge office says his boss’s tarnished reputation won’t hurt him in his just-announced run for the Assembly. Comments (1)

Back in ‘Black’

Back in ‘Black’

Theater: For the past 11 years, the Gallery Players’ “Black Box New Play Festival” has brought new and un-produced work to the borough, but this year, the group is expanding its reach into another unexplored realm: Manhattan. Comment

Gun arrest

Park Slope: A man pulled a gun on a woman in broad daylight on Fifth Avenue on May 29, but was arrested minutes later in a search of the area. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Inside job

Williamsburg: In a scene straight out of a movie, a gunman hid in the backseat of his victim’s Ford Expedition on May 30 — and pounced when the unsuspecting mark came out of the bank. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment

1 toke 2 many

Fort Greene: It’s the same old story: A couple invites a man over for a threesome — and wakes up to find their new friend, and hundreds of dollars in electronics, are gone. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

Wild ‘Liars’

Music: From her apartment in Boston, Mass., legendary punk singer Thalia Zedek’s voice is sweeter than expected. Her trademark smokey growl apparently reserved for recording sessions and live performances, the former lead singer for Come — who’s playing at Union Pool on Friday in support of her fourth solo record, “Liars and Prayers” — sounded exceptionally upbeat when she spoke to GO Brooklyn. Comment

A mail-strom in Kensington

Kensington: The Postal Service has a simple solution for improving service at its notoriously bad Kensington branch — sending the customers elsewhere. Comments (1)

Bite this!

Prospect Heights: Several kids beat up a teenage girl after an argument turned violent on Underhill Avenue on May 30. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment

Con-damn!-ent

Bay Ridge: A woman was fooled by the old ketchup trick after she left an 86th Street bank on May 30, cops said. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment

Gunpoint mug

Williamsburg: A crook with a handgun held up a woman on the corner of North Henry Street and Engert Avenue on May 31. Plus all the crime news from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comment
Park Slope: Two weeks after the Department of Sanitation suspended alternate-side parking in Park Slope, the streets are getting dirtier and some drivers are getting confused. Comment

Kickballers defend their swashbuckler

Among the kickball hipsters of Greenpoint’s McCarren Park, the word “freelance” has a new meaning. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Have a ball

As summer sportsmen dust off their tennis whites, a gaggle of Williamsburgers are preparing for their own summer racquet ritual: “Wiimbledon.” Comment

Poly alumni still object to merger

Downtown: A new state Senate report blasts this year’s merger of New York University and Polytechnic University as flawed — and defiant Polytechnic alumni, who couldn’t prevent the Downtown engineering campus from being taken over by the Manhattan-based liberal arts school, are saying, “We told you so.” Comments (2)

‘Hot’ damn!

Dining: Four months is a long time to go without decent General Tsao’s chicken, but South Slope’s patience will be rewarded when a new Chinese restaurant opens in the former Red Hot Szechuan spot on Seventh Avenue at 10th Street this summer. Comment

’Candy’ store

’Candy’ store

Art: When Rae McGrath moved to Bedford-Stuyvesant three years ago, he wasn’t sure that the area was ready for his vision. But thanks to plenty of hard work, McGrath’s baby, the Brooklynite Gallery, will open on Tuesday. And he thinks it’s not a moment too soon. Comments (2)
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Smith Street blackout

Podcast: The power is off on Smith Street — and The Brooklyn Paper is on the story. Editor Gersh Kuntzman gives you the overview. Comment

Barge right in

Theater: Get back on board with CIRCUSundays! The Waterfront Museum’s beloved circus show on a boat has returned to Red Hook. Comment
Bay Ridge: In Bay Ridge, Walgreens might actually carry greens. The chain drug store that is slated to replace a popular Key Food supermarket will sell produce and fresh meat, state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) announced at a rally in front of the Third Avenue grocery on May 31 — but Walgreens officials aren’t making any promises. Comments (1)

Other Voices

Gersh’s outrage!

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist was so angry that tickets to Bob Dylan’s Aug. 12 concert in Prospect Park were not available to the general public that he took Dylan’s celebrated relationship screed, “Positively 4th Street” and gave it a few new lyrics. Comments (5)

All drawn out

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

Democrats should united behind Steve Harrison

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Bay Ridge politics, Ikea, Park Slope’s alleged Communist leanings, truck traffic in Kensington, judges who park in a city park and The Brooklyn Paper’s fine podcasts! Comment

Coney Island strip mall?

Bensonhurst: The man who brought the city’s only drive-through Starbucks to Cropsey Avenue is bringing more retail to the dreary Gateway to Coney Island — and he says it might kick-start the drag’s transition into a shopping destination. Comments (3)

BID-ing on Fulton Street

Fort Greene: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill will get a little brighter, a little cleaner, and a little safer this winter, say supporters of a Fulton Street business improvement district, which passed an early hurdle this week. Comments (1)

Lines are drawn

DUMBO: The Department of Transportation says it will repaint lanes along Front Street in DUMBO by the end of the week after a routine street repaving left drivers confused (like this mini-van driver) about where to go. Comments (1)
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Red-hot intern summer

Podcast: You’ve seen them at Community Board meetings. You’ve loved their copy. Now, it’s time to meet the summer interns of The Brooklyn Paper. 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

Fulton Mall goes trendy

Downtown: Swedish cheap-chic clothing store H&M will come to Fulton Mall by next spring, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Friday. Comment

‘Underground’ art headed to tunnel: Abandoned Long Island Railroad pathway to host performance company LiveFeed

Williamsburg: A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment

New effort to prevent ‘body snatchers’: Senate approves bill prohibiting sale of body parts as charged looter awaits sentence

Williamsburg: As one of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s body-snatching scam awaits his sentence, a local elected official has spearheaded changes to make sure that the ghoulish practice isn’t repeated anytime soon. Comment

HONORING PAST & PRESENT SERVICEMEN

Williamsburg: A host of organizations teamed to host the 8th annual Greenpoint Memorial Day Parade, which took place on May 25, the day before Memorial Day. Comment

Healing photos

Williamsburg: Brooklyn photographer Nancy Siesel knows hospitals. Comment

Headed to the big time: IS 318’s Senior Band to play on Carnegie Hall’s stage

Williamsburg: The talented and hard-working Senior Concert Band at IS 318 (101 Walton Street) will soon take their act from Brooklyn’s Broadway Triangle to Carnegie Hall. Comment

Day care changes cause concern

Williamsburg: A new funding system is jeopardizing the future of Brooklyn’s day care centers. Comment

Dive head first into this summer: Brooklyn celebrates beach openings at Coney Island and Manhattan Beach

Williamsburg: Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment

Cyclones battle Yanks on day 1

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Cyclones’ 2008 season kicks off June 17, 7 p.m. at Keyspan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, with a game against crosstown rivals, the Staten Island Yankees. Comment

Budding writers the ‘real deal’- Brooklyn students pen screenplay debuting on Showtime this summer

Williamsburg: Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment

Big $core for housing: Lopez secures record $300M in state funds

Williamsburg: Assemblymember Vito Lopez secured a record $300 million for affordable housing programs in this year’s state budget, as Brooklyn housing organizations wait for the final allocations to be divvied out over the next few months. Comment

Annual Tour de Brooklyn: Local cyclists compete in 18-mile bike challenge

Williamsburg: Mom, dad and the kids donned their helmets and put the pedal to the metal for the fourth annual Tour de Brooklyn bike ride, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives. Comment

An ace on the mound and in class

Williamsburg: Hats off to this multi-talented grad. Comment

‘Engineering’ one remarkable win

With the championship game knotted up at two, it came down to, arguably, Brooklyn’s best two female handball players – Brooklyn Tech’s Sarah Au and Midwood’s Danielle Dasklakis – to settle the set for the title. Comment

The little league that could- Brooklyn Queens Sports Center’s 18 teams poised to be champs on and off field

It has been ten years in the making, but the Brooklyn Queens Sports Center launched its inaugural season with a colorful parade of its 18 teams at Bushwick Playground last Saturday. Comment

Ring of Combat XIX: Neglia Mixed Martial Arts in Atlantic City

Local contenders headed to Atlantic City for Louis Neglia’s Ring of Combat XIX, the “Big Show” on the east coast for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), a combat sport which uses a variety of fighting techniques in competition. Comment

Quebradillas going strong: Venerable little league opens for a new season of fun

The smells of grilled meats and flavored ices floated over small clouds of dust and base line chalk Saturday morning as Bushwick’s oldest youth baseball league played its first games of the season at Hope Field, located on the corner of Myrtle and Knickerbocker avenues. Comment

NY Stars soccer

The New York Stars, Italian-American Soccer League of New York, will hold tryouts for the 61st Viareggio International Soccer Tournament at 10 a.m., June 6-7. Comment

Lady Knights suffer setback

The Madison Lady Knights have been dominating competition throughout the 2008 regular season by posting a 14-2 record, but a fourth round defeat at the hands of their Staten Island rivals, Tottenville, will mean that the Lady Knights have to be even sharper as they are forced to face two more rounds of play before a championship game berth can be had. Comment

Knights versus Trojans: Date set for stellar Shea Stadium showdown

Heading into the baseball postseason, there were many doubts about how far the Madison Knights could advance in the playoffs, even though they held the only undefeated record in the city and had the top seed in the “A” Division playoff bracket. But the Knights silenced the critics, last weekend, as they defeated 13th seeded Gompers, two games to one in the three-game semifinals series to advance to the championship game. Comment

Grappling for Aussie trip

St. Patrick’s Church morphed into a benefit bump ring for grappling gladiators from East Coast Professional Wrestling, who staged a match to help local kids raise money for a trip to the Land Down Under. Comment

Gapak to carry Dolan win into NYC marathon

A Ukrainian runner, now residing in Flatbush, is among the elite athletes in New York City and could be headed toward faster times in his specialty and compete in the New York City Marathon. Comment

Charity softball

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

Achilles athletes go the distance: Disabilities are no barrier for club

Don’t let a disability stop you from becoming an athlete. Comment

POLICE BLOTER

Brooklyn Courier: Open house Comment

Your guide to civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment

‘Reel deal’ student scribes: Cable TV to produce work of young Brooklyn writers

Brooklyn Courier: Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment

‘Moral’ author

Brooklyn Courier: To commemorate the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s 100th anniversary, BSEC will hold an Anniversary Lecture at 4 p.m., May 31 at the Poly Prep Auditorium, 49 Prospect Park West between First and Second streets. Comment

‘LiveFeed’ from deep inside the ‘lost tunnel’: Performance group plans underground productions

Brooklyn Courier: A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment

‘Lit Match’ teen essay contest

Brooklyn Courier: 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

TV star, singing CIA agent

Brooklyn Courier: What do you get if you cross Captain B.J. Hunnicutt with a singing spy? Comment

Three bagged in robbery

Brooklyn Courier: Quick wits and good police work earned a civilian and two cops high praise and hearty applause at the 78th Precinct Community Council this week. Comment

The ‘silent tsunami’

Brooklyn Courier: It’s been the leading story in major newspapers and TV news programs. More than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a “silent tsunami” of rising food prices, according to World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran. A dozen countries have experienced food riots and strikes. Comment

Sunset of mayoral control

Brooklyn Courier: Senator Eric Adams and the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID) will co-sponsor an education forum, June 1 at 3 p.m., called “NYC Education System after 2009 – A Change is Coming,” at the Union Temple on Eastern Parkway, next to Grand Army Plaza. Comment

Spirit of volunteerism burns bright in BK

Brooklyn Courier: Assemblymembers Joan Millman and Jim Brennan, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, New York Methodist Hospital, Congregation Beth Elohim, the Park […] Comment

Soccer’s new field of dreams: McCarren Park facilities offer kids room to grow

Brooklyn Courier: Kids love soccer. The reason why it is the most popular sport in the world is not a mystery: Any kid can play the game; it’s simple to learn, easy to play, requires almost no equipment, doesn’t favor kids who are taller or stronger and every player on the field gets a chance to handle the ball, make plays and dream of the World Cup. Comment

Soaking the middle class

Brooklyn Courier: Re: “Don’t Throw Out the Bath Water!,” “Not for Nuthin’” by Joanna DelBuono, 5-22 issue. Comment

Snow White show-stopper: St. Francis de Sales shines

Brooklyn Courier: The talented students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf staged an impressive version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” last week, delighting those who packed the auditorium at the 260 Eastern Parkway school. Comment

Slain merchant fund

Brooklyn Courier: Beloved neighborhood merchant Kyung-Sook “Linda” Woo, who owned the Eden Dry Cleaners at 10th Avenue and Windsor Place in Windsor Terrace, was found dead in her store on the morning of May 16. Comment

See ‘Annie Jr.’ live

Brooklyn Courier: New Horizons Middle School Drama Club, in collaboration with Music Theater International Broadway Junion, the Shubert Foundation and the New York City Department of Education Office of Arts & Special Projects will perform their first annual musical, “Annie Jr.” at 7 p.m., May 30-31 in the PS 32/MS 442 auditorium, 317 Hoyt Street. Comment

Protect yourself online

Brooklyn Courier: The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will participate in the first-ever Internet Week New York with Checking the Monitor: A Forum on Internet Safety, June 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Park Slope. Comment

Prospect Park southwest digs into the season

Brooklyn Courier: Green-thumbed Windsor Terrace dwellers joined forces with their neighbors to beautify their building by planting shrubs and flowers in time for the season of sun. Comment

Poetry, singing and signing

Brooklyn Courier: Barnes & Noble Park Slope is hosting a series of kids events throughout June. Events include. Comment

Playground triumph & tragedy: P.S. 124 dedicates new space to children lost in traffic accidents

Brooklyn Courier: A Park Slope school is paying tribute to three young children who tragically lost their lives. Comment

People’s summit

Brooklyn Courier: Area residents are invited to join Community Board 6 Board members Brad Lander, Elly Spicer, Bob Zuckerman and Craig Hammerman at the free People’s Accountable Development Summit, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Pals pitch in for It’s my park day at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Courier: Nearly 300 people participated in “It’s My Park Day!” at Prospect Park, a half-day of park-wide volunteer projects to care for Brooklyn’s great landmark park. Comment

On guard against a stroke: NY Methodist Hospital to hold special awareness campaign

Brooklyn Courier: While the effects of stroke can be debilitating, this serious health condition is often preventable or treatable. In order to educate the public about stroke prevention and detection, New York Methodist Hospital hosted a free Stroke Alert Day. Comment

New charter school coming to P.S. 15: Opening of PAVE Academy comes over vociferous objections of parents

Brooklyn Courier: In spite of parents’ objections, a new charter school will definitely open in P.S. 15 this fall. Comment

MetroTech scholarships: 25 awards to be given

Brooklyn Courier: The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Mani Chamber Ensemble

Brooklyn Courier: Mani, a chamber music ensemble dedicated to using all art as a vehicle to develop a diverse, healthy, and compassionate community, will hold a number of shows throughout Brooklyn in the coming week. Comment

Livin’ large in poverty

Brooklyn Courier: Re: “Shopping when you should be working" (5/16 issue): When I lived in Brighton Beach, I heard that this is how it’s done: give a merchant $500 worth of stamps in return $450 or so in cash, do it a couple of times, then go buy yourself a nice fur coat. Comment

Lady Bird is not happy

Brooklyn Courier: Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is a program, established by the late Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson in 1966. Lady Bird was the wife of the 34th President of the United States, the late Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ). Comment

Kids in limbo: Many wait for DOE okay

Brooklyn Courier: The wait is almost over for parents of District 15 students. Comment

Hillary factor hurts Clarke: CBID withdraws support of Brooklyn congresswoman

Brooklyn Courier: A downtown Brooklyn Democratic club has decided not to endorse Rep. Yvette Clarke in this year’s election – and, no, it’s not because the president of the club lost to her back in 2006. Comment

Giving auxiliary cops their due: Justice department to award death benefits to slain vollies’ families

Brooklyn Courier: Borough auxiliaries are applauding the United States Department of Justice’s decision to give the families of NYPD Auxiliaries Eugene Marshalik, 19, and Nicholas Pekearo, 28, $300,000 in death benefits. Comment

Forces gather to fight glass tower

Brooklyn Courier: Well over 100 people packed the chapel of the Grace Reformed Church on Bedford Avenue last Tuesday night to protest construction of a 24-story glass tower in their community. Comment

Fifth Ave. BID gets the okay

Brooklyn Courier: The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment

Dr. Oz health fair

Brooklyn Courier: HealthCorps®, the innovative health educational and mentoring program founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, announces New York City‘s largest single day Health Fair spanning all five boroughs, rain or shine, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment

Doll and Toy Museum’s 9th b’day: A treasure chest of fun to be opened

Brooklyn Courier: Marlene Hochman, founder and executive director of The Doll and Toy Museum of NYC, will host the museum’s Ninth Anniversary Celebration, June 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library 280 Cadman Plaza West, second floor. Comment

Dining on my dime

Brooklyn Courier: Stanley Gershbein, (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I really appreciate your addressing the use of food stamps to purchase more costly products than regular consumers can afford. I have been noticing it for the longest time and it makes my blood boil. Comment

Cyclists cruise through borough

Brooklyn Courier: Mom, dad and the kids donned their helmets and put the pedal to the metal for the fourth annual Tour de Brooklyn bike ride, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives. Comment

Crossing religious divides

Brooklyn Courier: A coalition of Christian and Muslim leaders, all members of a task force formed by the Office of Brooklyn District Attorney met with DA Charles J. Hynes to discuss issues that impact their community. Comment

Cops & kids team up: Collaborate on ‘Riot Act’

Brooklyn Courier: The Police-Teen Theater Project presents two showings of its newest production, “Riot Act!,” including both improvised and scripted material, all generated by the project’s teen and police officer participants. Comment

Clean up your act

Brooklyn Courier: Section 163.19 of the NYC Health Code mandates - That the owner, agent, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person who manages or controls a building or lot shall be jointly or severally responsible for keeping the sidewalk, flagging and curbstone abutting the premises free from obstructions and nuisances and for keeping such sidewalk, flagging and curbstone clean and free from garbage, refuse, rubbish, litter, and other offensive matter or accumulation of water. Comment

City Tech graduates new class

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Challenge to mayor’s CB cuts

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham joined district managers and chairs of Brooklyn’s community boards on the steps of Borough Hall to call on Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the proposed cuts to the city’s 59 community boards. Comment

Bust out the bikinis: BK beaches reopen: Parks commissioner ushers in ’08 season

Brooklyn Courier: Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment

Building her American Dream: City Tech grad embarks on architectural career

Brooklyn Courier: “My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment

BK battles as day care money dries up

Brooklyn Courier: The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment

An ‘arresting’ performer at the piano: Gifted beat cop to play solo show at Brooklyn Music School

Brooklyn Courier: When you think of New York City Police Officers, classical piano might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Comment

A fashionable turn on Fulton: Event spotlights designers and helps fight homelessness

Brooklyn Courier: Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment

A better way to get to the Brooklyn Bridge: Borough welcomes debut of enhanced walkway leading to span

Brooklyn Courier: The Dumbo Improvement District unveiled an extensive public art project and upgrade to the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway as part of Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz’s five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. The permanent improvements feature wayfinding signage by Emphasis Design, and a public art lighting installation by Tillett Lighting Design and KT3D entitled “This Way.” Comment

‘Hot bed’ on E. 45th St.

Kings Courier: Firefighters raced to the corner of East 45th Street and Avenue N Thursday after a mattress inside an apartment went up in flames. Comment

We won’t waste cans, FCA sez: Concerned residents want more trash receptacles on the streets

Kings Courier: The need for more litter containers and the lack of garbage pick-ups the days after a Monday holiday were addressed at the recent Flatlands Civic Association meeting. Comment

Tsk, tsk: texting while driving will cost you: New legislation to crack down on bad drivers

Kings Courier: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

Top 70th Pct. cop helps make streets safer

Kings Courier: A 70th Precinct cop’s instinct and training kicked into high gear recently, leading to another gun being taken off the street and earning the officer “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment

Swastikas scrawled on temple

Kings Courier: Extra patrols have been sent to the corner of Avenue L and East 29th Street after swastikas were found on a side door of a neighborhood synagogue. Comment

Salute to Shomrim

Kings Courier: Thanks for the assist… Comment

Safe and sound thanks to their dedicated help

Kings Courier: The borough’s Finest and Bravest were among the cream of the crime-fighting crop honored for “keeping Brooklyn safe” during a Law Enforcement Appreciation breakfast, presented by District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comment

Rock thrower in hard place

Kings Courier: Have rock, will rob. Comment

Remembering Shanghai ghetto

Kings Courier: Survivor testimonies, plus a candle lighting ceremony, were among the poignant tributes paid during a Holocaust memorial at the Young Israel of Midwood in tribute to the 20,000 Jews who sought refuge in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II. Comment

P.S. 255 makes the right moves

Kings Courier: Students at the PS 255 Out of School Time (OST) Program are learning the art of dance during their last few weeks of school. Comment

Power to the people: New civic alliance in the works

Kings Courier: Local organizations are considering the formation of the Southern Brooklyn Civic Alliance, a coalition of civic groups sharing common concerns. Comment

New mobile lifeline for senior citizens

Kings Courier: “With our public streets having been stripped of pay phones, what does a senior do if they are on an outing and are short of breath, or if they feel threatened? How do they call for help? These cell phones provide a lifeline for seniors,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Comment

NBA great is a slam dunk with P.S. 207 students

Kings Courier: Retired professional hoopster Albert King Star and Nets team mascot Slyfox received a slam-dunk of a welcome when they visited Public School 207 to promote the written word as part of the National Basketball Association’s ‘Read to Achieve’ literacy campaign. Comment

Nasty cops are a no-no

Kings Courier: The 63rd Precinct wants you to help keep cops under control. Comment

MADD about you: activists laud local 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

Kid creativity shines at annual student art show

Kings Courier: The Midwood Development Corporation (MDC) and the Avenue J Board of Trade announced the winners of its 12th Annual Students Art Show. Comment

Kicked to the curb, as a good thing

Kings Courier: Assemblyman Alan Maisel joined members of the Fillmore Gardens Co-op Board to inspect the installation of new curbs in the Fillmore Gardens Community. Assemblyman Maisel was able to secure a grant for […] Comment

Golden marks first 10 years in public eye

Kings Courier: From law enforcer to law maker. Comment

Flo-ing right along for 25 years now

Kings Courier: Members ushered in a slate for the incoming year during an officer installation of the Bergen Beach Civic Association. Comment

Dylan on a Brooklyn stage

Kings Courier: Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment

Day care ctr. battle cry

Kings Courier: The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment

Community Council

Kings Courier: The 61st Precinct Community Council’s June 11 meeting will be held at the Bainbridge Adult Day Health Care Center, 3093 Ocean Avenue at 7:30 p.m., not at the stationhouse as reported in a previous issue. Comment

3 cheers at Fraser

Kings Courier: The changing of the guard took place in April, but, this month, new Fraser Civic Association (FCA) President Tom Hernandez took a break from organization business to recognize his predecessor. Comment

Cemetery field trip — oddly captivating for kids

Kings Courier: Budding history buffs from David A. Boody Junior High School paid a visit to their famous namesake’s resting place during a field trip to Green-Wood Cemetery. Comment

CEC sounds S.O.S.: Cut threaten kids’ education, parents warn

Kings Courier: Budget cuts planned for Brooklyn schools this September will have devastating effects for schoolchildren, according to a local parents’ group. Comment

Caring hands and hearts

Kings Courier: The creative and talented seniors who make up the “Heights and Hill Handicrafters” are busy. At holiday time, they donated all the hats, scarves, dolls and blankets they had spent the year knitting and crocheting to the Mother-Baby unit of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn. Comment

Brooklyn College graduates stellar class

Kings Courier: Clad in cap and gown and amid the landscape of America’s “most beautiful college campus,” distinguished public radio host Leonard Lopate, Class of ’68, delivered the keynote address in the company of proud grads and distinguished alumni – among them Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award winner Professor Michael Cunningham (’54), acclaimed author, translator, poet and director Paul Auster and celebrated professor of psychology, author, humanist and activist Philip G. Zimbardo – during Commencement Day at Brooklyn College. Comment

Williamsburg does Memorial Day: Residents mark holiday with rooftop barbeques & acoustic sounds at Harefield Road

Greenpoint: Memorial Day was never a holiday I really understood. I remember in high school it meant that I had to march around my small town in New Hampshire in the school band. It meant hot sweaty music in stale polyester uniforms and lots of group pauses in front of flower-covered memorials. It meant closing our eyes or looking down at our feet and pretending to remember war heroes we’d never met. Comment

School’s out for good at St. Cecilia

Parents of children at St. Cecilia School (115 Monitor Street), which recently announced plans to close after this year, are angry the Diocese of Brooklyn reneged on an earlier promise to keep the school open. Comment

1 more year for cb 1 chair: Vincent Abate, 91, sets date for retirement

Greenpoint: Community Board 1 Chair Vincent Abate, whose tenure began in 1980 and spanned drastic changes in North Brooklyn and New York City, recently announced he will step down in June of 2009. Comment

Local students are the ‘real deal’: Brooklyn residents write screenplay, which will debut on Showtime this summer

Greenpoint: Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment

Healing photography at Woodhull

Greenpoint: Brooklyn photographer Nancy Siesel knows hospitals. Comment

$ for affordable housing: Lopez secures record amount in state budget funds

Greenpoint: Assemblymember Vito Lopez secured a record $300 million for affordable housing programs in this year’s state budget, as Brooklyn housing organizations wait for the final allocations to be divvied out over the next few months. Comment

Fight to keep rents low: MRNY vigil to prevent rent spikes, one block at a time

Greenpoint: With the Rent Control Board hearings looming, Make the Road Members gathered for a vigil outside the Bushwick Playground near Putnam Avenue where a number of row house apartments are being removed from rent-stabilization protections. Comment

Body snatcher prevention

Greenpoint: As one of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s body-snatching scam awaits his sentence, a local elected official has spearheaded changes to make sure that the ghoulish practice isn’t repeated anytime soon. Comment

Veterans hold lone vigil at WW II memorial: Old soldiers warn that Memorial Day is losing its meaning

Brooklyn Courier: While there was plenty of fun in the sun at Cadman Plaza Park this past Memorial Day weekend, no one apparently went to the park to do what it was designed for – honoring the veterans. Comment

Robbery gang is no match for 88th Pct. cops

Brooklyn Courier: The doubling of efforts to catch a small gang of robbers earned two patrol officers in the 88th Precinct “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment

MetroTech college scholarships: 25 $1,000 awards to be given to deserving students

Brooklyn Courier: The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Lakeside Center skates on thicker ice: More money allocated to make Prospect PK project a reality

Brooklyn Courier: About $35 million in the can and another $40 million or so to go before work can begin on Prospect Park’s proposed 26-acre Lakeside Center. Comment

It’s a family affair at Fort Greene Park

Brooklyn Courier: Mom, dad and the kids joined peace-loving forces with their neighbors during a unity day at Fort Greene Park. Comment

Guide to civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment

Get it direct from farmer Sergio: Residents can sign up for farm fresh all-natural produce

Brooklyn Courier: Throw down a little seed money and you could be receiving cardboard boxes full of fresh vegetables. Comment

Felony crime drops: 88th Pct. records 33 percent decline

Brooklyn Courier: Despite a few problem areas, felony crime continues to go down within the confines of the 88th Precinct. Comment

Daycare funding woes

Brooklyn Courier: A new funding system is jeopardizing the future of Brooklyn’s day care centers. Comment

Cops hunt apologetic muggers

Brooklyn Courier: They were very sorry for what they did – just not sorry enough. Comment

City Council green light 5th Ave. BID: Merchants hope new business alliance will improve prospects

Brooklyn Courier: The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment

Call for stop work order

Brooklyn Courier: The developer of a controversial Clinton Hill building quietly continued construction on the 16-story, 49-unit luxury high-rise about two weeks ago. Comment

Building on the American Dream

Brooklyn Courier: “My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment

Break out the bikinis & sun block: BK beaches officially open for ‘08 season

Brooklyn Courier: Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment

BK kids’ work to hit Showtime

Brooklyn Courier: Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment

Tickets for text messaging

Flatbush: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

66th Pct’s ace crime-buster

Flatbush: Have rock, will rob. Comment

67th Pct. cops keep ahead of shootings

Flatbush: For 2008, the 67th Precinct is on target to maintain the record low number of shootings recorded last year. Comment

New ‘super’ civic: Grassroots organizations plan alliance

Flatbush: Local organizations are considering the formation of the Southern Brooklyn Civic Alliance, a coalition of civic groups sharing common concerns. Comment

Hillary costs Clarke CBID endorsement

Flatbush: A downtown Brooklyn Democratic club has decided not to endorse Rep. Yvette Clarke in this year’s election – and, no, it’s not because the president of the club lost to her back in 2006. Comment

Gone but never forgotten in their hearts

Flatbush: The supreme sacrifice of a hero cop was recalled with tears and prayers when family, friends and colleagues united for a Mass in Sunset Park in memory of slain 67th Precinct Officer Anthony Mosomillo. Comment

Fight for child care: officials, parents protest funding changes

Flatbush: The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment

Felder throws hat in the ring

Flatbush: And then there were three. Comment

Drowning in a puddle of woe: Clarendon Road residents are awash after heavy rain

Flatbush: The recent re-paving of Clarendon Road by the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) may have made a long-standing ponding problem worse. Comment

Dressed for green success on E. 32nd St.

Flatbush: East 32nd Street, between Tilden and Snyder avenues, is looking lush and verdant, thanks to the proud handiwork of its green-thumbed homeowners. Comment

DOE pushes Fahari: New charter school coming to nabe

Flatbush: Flatbush could soon be home to a new charter school. Comment

D.A. Hynes salutes Brooklyn’s bravest, finest

Flatbush: The borough’s Finest and Bravest were among the cream of the crime-fighting crop honored for “keeping Brooklyn safe” during a Law Enforcement Appreciation breakfast, presented by District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comment

5th Ave. BID gets okay: Students stage production of timeless children’s classic

Brooklyn Courier: The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment

Teen scribes are ready for their close up: Cable TV to produce the work of talented Brooklyn screenwriters

Brooklyn Courier: Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment

St. Francis de Sales students shine with ‘Snow White’: Students stage production of timeless children’s classic

Brooklyn Courier: The talented students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf staged an impressive version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” last week, delighting those who packed the auditorium at the 260 Eastern Parkway school. Comment

Some fume over Gardens rezoning

Brooklyn Courier: Carroll Gardens’ wide street text amendment is heading for a public hearing before the City Planning Commission this week with official support from both Community Board 6 and Borough President Marty Markowitz, but critics still want to put the brakes on it. Comment

Sixth graders on pins & needles waiting on DOE: Area families await middle-school admission letters

Brooklyn Courier: The wait is almost over for parents of District 15 students. Comment

Runners test their mettle to the max

Brooklyn Courier: On your mark, get set, go! Comment

Poetry and more

Brooklyn Courier: Barnes & Noble Park Slope is hosting a series of kids events throughout June. Events include. Comment

Opposition to community cuts

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham joined district managers and chairs of Brooklyn’s community boards on the steps of Borough Hall to call on Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the proposed cuts to the city’s 59 community boards. Comment

New MetroTech scholarships

Brooklyn Courier: The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

More seed money for Prospect ice rink: New Lakeside Center moves one step closer to becoming a reality

Brooklyn Courier: About $35 million in the can and another $40 million or so to go before work can begin on Prospect Park’s proposed 26-acre Lakeside Center. Comment

Man holds family hostage: Drama plays out on St. Mark’s Place as cops storm block

Cops converged on St. Marks Place between Third and Fourth avenues Wednesday morning during a bizarre stand-off with an area resident who refused to relinquish a child under his care to city authorities. Comment

Like it or not, Here’s PAVE: Charter school coming to P.S. 15

Brooklyn Courier: In spite of parents’ objections, a new charter school will definitely open in P.S. 15 this fall. Comment

How to safeguard yourself from a stroke: New York Methodist Hospital to hold free screenings for residents

Brooklyn Courier: While the effects of stroke can be debilitating, this serious health condition is often preventable or treatable. In order to educate the public about stroke prevention and detection, New York Methodist Hospital hosted a free Stroke Alert Day. Comment

Gowanus Goes Green festival

Brooklyn Courier: Lavender Lake will be decidedly green this weekend. Comment

Go out and get involved: Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

Brooklyn Courier: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment

Enhanced cardiac care in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: The Mount Sinai Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center have agreed to enter into a clinical affiliation to offer premier cardiac care in Brooklyn. Mount Sinai and Lutheran have applied to New York State for permission to jointly operate the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Diagnostic Cardiology Center on Lutheran’s campus. Comment

City Tech grad builds her American Dream: Bright architectural career awaits 29-year-old emigre from Ecuador

Brooklyn Courier: “My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment

Break out the bikinis: Beach season returns in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment

Bklyn International Film Fest returns

Brooklyn Courier: An upcoming film festival is looking to its host borough for inspiration—and finding it on virtually every street corner. Comment

BK battles as child care funding dries up

Brooklyn Courier: The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment

You gotta be ‘FAST’ to fight off a stroke

Canarsie: The acronym was among the tips on how to prevent and treat the nation’s third leading killer when the state’s top health official held a public alert at Maimonides Medical Center for National Stroke Awareness Month. Comment

Women’s health forum

Canarsie: Female physicians and women in the Brooklyn community will come together for the free “Women Caring for Women” symposium, June 7 at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Comment

The ‘Spirit’ moves Bklyn youngsters: New ‘KidSpirit’ magazine begins publication life in the borough

Canarsie: Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment

Texting is going to cost you: New legislation has teeth to take on dangerous drivers

Canarsie: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

SUNY Downstate Medical Center students ace ‘boards’

Canarsie: Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment

Starrett City tenants claim victory over rent hikes

Canarsie: After more than a year of tenant hand-wringing and political hardball, the owners of Starrett City signed a pact that will keep the complex affordable for at least the next 20 years. Comment

Parks Dept. holds off on Canarsie Park reopening

Canarsie: In an about-face, the city’s Parks Department has cancelled its plans to reopen portions of Canarsie Park that have been under renovation, just days before the ribbon-cutting was scheduled to take place. Comment

Open door policy at 69th Pct.: Captain urges residents with complaints to stop by or call

Canarsie: Captain Milt Marmara, the new commanding officer of the 69th Precinct, told residents last week that they don’t have to wait until their monthly community council meeting to address crime problems on their block. Comment

New ‘super’ civic in the making: Heads of local grassroots groups plan formation of new alliance

Canarsie: Local organizations are considering the formation of the Southern Brooklyn Civic Alliance, a coalition of civic groups sharing common concerns. Comment

My hero: MADD celebrates crime-busters

Canarsie: 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

Moderation is the key to HAMS: Group seeks alternative ways to combat substance abuse

Canarsie: There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment

Kings County GOP to host Tom Ridge

Canarsie: Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

It’s showtime inside the lost tunnel: Performance art group draws inspiration deep beneath Brooklyn street

Canarsie: A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment

Holocaust memorial

Canarsie: The Holocaust Memorial Committee will hold its 24th Annual Gathering & Exhibit, June 8 at 11 a.m. inside The Bay Academy-IS 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue at the foot of Sheepshead Bay. Comment

hold fourth annual health fair

Canarsie: Community residents are invited to participate in the fourth annual health fair/street fair, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the campus of the Brookdale University Hospital-Medical Center, East 98th Street (rear entrance to the Hospital) from Hegeman Avenue to Amboy Street. Comment

Health insurance for senior citizens

Canarsie: Approaching age 65 is a big transition for most people, when questions about health insurance options become prime concerns. There are many options available and many choices to make. Comment

Hats off to nabe’s magnificent moms

Canarsie: Moms and grandmas were fêted in style as the Remsen Senior Center – 650 Remsen Avenue – hosted its first Mothers Day luncheon, featuring a mélange of food, poetry and an outpouring of tributes in honor of Dear Old Ma. Comment

Ground zero for something really big

Canarsie: A large vacant property in Canarsie might one day see a flurry of activity. Comment

FUBA lauds some of its fantastic friends: Stellar cast of community luminaries toasted during 12th anniversary banquet

Canarsie: It was time for celebration as Canarsie activists and elected officials gathered together to toast those who make a difference. Comment

Enter the Hall of Fame: New York City heroes are now online

Canarsie: With a wealth of information and a dramatic flair, the New York City Hall of Fame’s new website has been launched at www.nychalloffame.org. The site features the inductees from 2007 and is open for nominations for the Class of 2008. Comment

Dylan to play Brooklyn

Canarsie: Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer as he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment

Doll and Toy Museum anniversary bash

Canarsie: Marlene Hochman, founder and executive director of The Doll and Toy Museum of NYC, will host the museum’s Ninth Anniversary Celebration, June 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library 280 Cadman Plaza West, second floor. Comment

Clergy breakfast

Canarsie: Councilman Kendall Stewart will host a Clergy Breakfast from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 14 at Café Omar, 1744 Nostrand Avenue. Comment

30 ccs of cheer – stat! Beth Israel Medical Center salutes nurses

Canarsie: Recognition by their peers, co-workers and patients distinguish a special group of Beth Israel Medical Center nurses who were honored at the recent Beatrice Renfield Circle of Excellence Awards ceremony and represented the hospital at the 1199 SEIU-League of Voluntary Hospitals Nurse of Distinction competition. Comment

Can the plastic bag: Reuse and renewables are the watchwords

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined City Council Members Simcha Felder and Gale A. Brewer and Elizabeth Broad, deputy director of Earth Day New York, in handing out reusable canvas shopping bags to patrons of the greenmarket behind Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment

Canarsie history enthralls locals

Canarsie: The parade simply wasn’t enough for local patriots, who filled up on national pride at the Canarsie History Museum where a history fair paid further tribute to America’s war heroes. Comment

Brooklyn College graduates stellar new class

Canarsie: Clad in cap and gown and amid the landscape of America’s “most beautiful college campus,” distinguished public radio host Leonard Lopate, Class of ’68, delivered the keynote address in the company of proud grads and distinguished alumni – among them Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award winner Professor Michael Cunningham (’54), acclaimed author, translator, poet and director Paul Auster and celebrated professor of psychology, author, humanist and activist Philip G. Zimbardo – during Commencement Day at Brooklyn College. Comment

Bloods & Crips on pier: Hundreds of gangbangers congregate

Canarsie: Anglers aren’t the only ones baiting guppies at the Canarsie Pier. Comment

A fashionable turn: Creativity combines with community outreach

Canarsie: Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment

‘Cinergistic’ film smorgasbord coming: 11th annual Brooklyn International Film Festival set to run May 30 to June 8

Bushwick: An upcoming film festival is looking to its host borough for inspiration—and finding it on virtually every street corner. Comment

Tunnel tour to get new theatrical boost

Bushwick: A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment

Taking it to the streets: Bushwick: ‘No more crime’

Bushwick: Bushwick residents are fed up with violence in their community and took to the streets to demonstrate against crime. Comment

Prescription for fine art photography at Woodhull

Bushwick: Brooklyn photographer Nancy Siesel knows hospitals. Comment

Officer recognized for gun arrests

Bushwick: Deputy Inspector John Bambury of the 83rd Precinct and the Ridgewood Times presented an award to Officer Rafael Belardo for his work making two separate gun arrests over a span of three days. Comment

It’s ‘Showtime’ for 2 Bklyn teens

Bushwick: Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment

IS 318 musicians to play Carnegie Hall: School’s Senior Concert Band to appear as part of annual PS Arts Week

Bushwick: The talented and hard-working Senior Concert Band at IS 318 (101 Walton Street) will soon take their act from Brooklyn’s Broadway Triangle to Carnegie Hall. Comment

Day care funding formula could imperil Bklyn sites

Bushwick: A new funding system is jeopardizing the future of Brooklyn’s day care centers. Comment

CB4 members take their seats: Board largely re-elected; community activists ‘humbled’ by support

Bushwick: Community Board 4 members reelected candidates for executive committee at the Board’s May meeting, held at Hope Gardens Multi Service Center (195 Linden Street). Comment

Awards for nabe-minded cops

Bushwick: Members of the National Police for the Dominican Republic presented Detective Dennis Diaz and Police Officer Damarys Franco, Community Affairs Officers with the 83rd Precinct, with an award recognizing their work with the community. Comment

A vigil for their homes: Streetside event to help save rent-stabilized apartments

Bushwick: With the Rent Control Board hearings looming, Make the Road Members gathered for a vigil outside the Bushwick Playground near Putnam Avenue where a number of row house apartments are being removed from rent-stabilization protections. Comment

Affordable housing windfall

Bushwick: Assemblymember Vito Lopez secured a record $300 million for affordable housing programs in this year’s state budget, as Brooklyn housing organizations wait for the final allocations to be divvied out over the next few months. Comment

Zoning challenge

Brooklyn Heights: Carroll Gardens’ wide street text amendment is heading for a public hearing before the City Planning Commission this week with official support from both Community Board 6 and Borough President Marty Markowitz, but critics still want to put on the brakes on it. Comment

‘Moral Clarity’ author at BSEC

Brooklyn Heights: To commemorate the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s 100th anniversary, BSEC will hold an Anniversary Lecture at 4 p.m., May 31 at the Poly Prep Auditorium, 49 Prospect Park West between First and Second streets. Comment

Vets warn their day is waning

Brooklyn Heights: While there was plenty of fun in the sun at Cadman Plaza Park this past Memorial Day weekend, no one apparently went to the park to do what it was designed for – honoring the veterans. Comment

Teens scribes are the Real Deal: Brooklyn students to have their work produced on cable TV

Brooklyn Heights: Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment

Skimping on child day care: Brooklyn advocates push back against efforts to reduce funding

Brooklyn Heights: The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment

People’s summit on development

Brooklyn Heights: Area residents are invited to join Community Board 6 Board members Brad Lander, Elly Spicer, Bob Zuckerman and Craig Hammerman at the free People’s Accountable Development Summit, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Pals pitch in for It’s My Park Day at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Heights: Nearly 300 people participated in “It’s My Park Day!” at Prospect Park, a half-day of park-wide volunteer projects to care for Brooklyn’s great landmark park. Comment

MetroTech BID college scholarships

Brooklyn Heights: The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Lakeside Center skates on thicker ice

Brooklyn Heights: About $35 million in the can and another $40 million or so to go before work can begin on Prospect Park’s proposed 26-acre Lakeside Center. Comment

Hillary backlash hurts Clarke

Brooklyn Heights: A downtown Brooklyn Democratic club has decided not to endorse Rep. Yvette Clarke in this year’s election – and, no, it’s not because the president of the club lost to her back in 2006. Comment

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the play we go...

Brooklyn Heights: The talented students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf staged an impressive version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” last week, delighting those who packed the auditorium at the 260 Eastern Parkway school. Comment

Free Stroke Alert Day at NYM Hospital

Brooklyn Heights: While the effects of stroke can be debilitating, this serious health condition is often preventable or treatable. In order to educate the public about stroke prevention and detection, New York Methodist Hospital hosted a free Stroke Alert Day. Comment

Foodies fight back against the scourge of cancer

Brooklyn Heights: Eat, drink and be hopeful. Comment

Fifth Avenue BID gets the okay

Brooklyn Heights: The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment

Crime falls in the Heights

Brooklyn Heights: For two seasons so far, crime continues to decline in the 84th Precinct. Comment

Cops storm block: Family held hostage on St. Marks Pl.

Brooklyn Heights: Cops converged on St. Marks Place between Third and Fourth avenues Wednesday morning during a bizarre stand-off with an area resident who refused to relinquish a child under his care to city authorities. Comment

Community Bd. cut protest

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham, joined district managers and chairs of Brooklyn’s community boards on the steps of Borough Hall to call on Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the proposed cuts to the city’s 59 community boards. Comment

Civic meetings guide

Brooklyn Heights: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment

Charter school movin’ in: PAVE Academy to debut at P.S. 15 over parents’ objections

Brooklyn Heights: In spite of parents’ objections, a new charter school will definitely open in P.S. 15 this fall. Comment

Building on the American Dream: Ecuadorian immigrant embarks on architectural career

Brooklyn Heights: “My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment

Break out the bikinis & sunblock: BK beaches officially open for ’08 season

Brooklyn Heights: Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment

Ballooning BK Bridge PK: Price tag for project soars

Brooklyn Heights: While published reports state that the cost of Brooklyn Bridge Park has ballooned to $340 million, the agency charged with building the park refused to confirm the price tag. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

A perfect Memorial Day weekend

Bay News: I got myself in the Memorial Day Spirit by putting Old Glory on my new car just leased from Manfredi Subaru in Staten Island. I’m glad I was able to find one; they’ve become pretty scarce lately. Usually I buy them a dozen at a time in the Dollar stores because I like to fly them two at a time, one on each back window. Not only does it show patriotism, but makes your car easier to find in the Mall’s parking lots…lot of cars got one flag only. Comment

10 years in public eye

Bay News: From law enforcer to law maker. Comment

‘Dustbowl’ days are numbered: Leif Ericson Park to be revamped

Bay News: There’s a reason why the ballfield at Leif Ericson Park are known familiarly as “the dustbowl.” Comment

Tsk, tsk...texting is going to cost you: New crack down coming on bad drivers

Bay News: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

St. John’s parishioners hold feast of Corpus Christi

Bay News: Parishioners of St. John’s Episcopal culminated Holy Week rites with a Solemnity Feast of Corpus Christi. Comment

Shoppers rally to save Key Food

Bay News: Upwards of 100 people gathered outside the soon-to-be-shuttered Key Food this past Saturday to protest the loss of another supermarket in the community. Comment

Israel celebration

Bay News: The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will bring Israel to the Greater Sheepshead Bay/Marine Park community for its Annual Israel Celebration June 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Fossella aide to vie for Assembly

Bay News: A longtime community activist and political aide is making a bid for public office. Comment

Dylan on a Brooklyn stag e

Bay News: Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment

Dark ages provide a lot of illuminating fun

Bay News: Mock jousting and medieval costumes were among the scene-stealers when budding thespians staged a Shakespearean festival at Dyker Heights Intermediate School 201. Comment

Bully boy crime: Teens blamed for robbery spike

Bay News: Bensonhurst is seeing a spike in robberies and cops say kids are to blame. Comment

Brother george Larkin Scholarship winner

Bay News: Jessica Minotti Verderame of Bay Ridge, daughter of Sam Minotti and Holly Habuba of Poland, Ohio, has been selected as a four-year recipient of the St. Francis College Brother George Larkin Scholarship. Comment

Bay Ridge prep school marks 10th year

Bay News: A milestone was hailed with cheers and a trip down memory lane when the Bay Ridge Preparatory School celebrated its 10th anniversary at the El Caribe Country Club. Comment

Bad news for parts peddlers

Bay News: As one of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s body-snatching scam awaits his sentence, a local elected official has spearheaded changes to make sure that the ghoulish practice isn’t repeated anytime soon. Comment

A Community salute to inspiring women

Bay News: Two “outstanding” women were delivered a tall salute during an honor tea, presented by the Bay Ridge Business and Professional Women’s Club. Comment

The ‘Spirit’ moves Brooklyn youngsters: New ‘KidSpirit’ magazine heats up the presses life in the borough

Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment

Brooklyn battles child day care cuts: Opponents say city’s new funding formula puts centers in jeopardy

The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Followed and stabbed Comment

’Tis fun to speak in Shakespearean tones

Mock jousting and medieval costumes were among the scene-stealers when budding thespians staged a Shakespearean festival at Dyker Heights Intermediate School 201. Comment

Women Caring for Women: Bay Ridge manor to host special health symposium

Female physicians and women in the Brooklyn community will come together for the free “Women Caring for Women” symposium, June 7 at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Comment

Vito exit leaves GOPers scrambling: Maltese in the mix after party bosses put up Powers

Democrats hoping to snag the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Vito Fossella may face a primary fight, but Republicans trying to hold the seat apparently can’t even decide whose candidacy to endorse. Comment

Tiger Woods tees off for the military: Troops looms large for Fourth of July National Golf Tournament

Professional golfer Tiger Woods understands the sacrifices military families make and the importance of acknowledging those sacrifices. Comment

Tickets for texting behind the wheel

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

Thanks for keeping us safe: DA hails bravest, finest

The borough’s Finest and Bravest were among the cream of the crime-fighting crop honored for “keeping Brooklyn safe” during a Law Enforcement Appreciation breakfast, presented by District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comment

Students identify powerful ‘poms’: Brooklyn duo documents virus-fighting properties of the pomegranate

Two students at Touro College’s Lander College of Arts and Sciences – Flatbush (LCAS – Flatbush) have discovered that bacteria that cause cavities in teeth and the viruses that plague hospitals can be destroyed by properties in pomegranate juice and other readily available beverages. Comment

Stroke awareness and prevention

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn will hold a Nutrition & Stroke Prevention seminar at LICH’s Avram Conference Center, Room A, 339 Hicks Street at Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Stellar class of 2008: Arlene Keating becomes neighborhood organization’s 58th president

Clad in cap and gown and amid the landscape of America’s “most beautiful college campus,” distinguished public radio host Leonard Lopate, Class of ’68, delivered the keynote address in the company of proud grads and distinguished alumni – among them Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award winner Professor Michael Cunningham (’54), acclaimed author, translator, poet and director Paul Auster and celebrated professor of psychology, author, humanist and activist Philip G. Zimbardo – during Commencement Day at Brooklyn College. Comment

Singing soldier is in tune with comrades

“He was a Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.” Comment

Shoppers rally to save Key Food: Many say loss of area market would be a serious blow

Upwards of 100 people gathered outside the soon-to-be-shuttered Key Food this past Saturday to protest the loss of another supermarket in the community. Comment

Rx for Maimonides staff: Community Board 10 salutes neighborhood hospital

A local hospital was in the spotlight during Com-munity Board 10’s monthly Honor of the Pledge. Comment

Push to rename ballfields

The 68th Precinct Youth Council has joined with the family of Richard Sherry to request the renaming of 83rd Street and Shore Road, where the 68th Precinct Youth Council baseball fields are located, in honor of their long-time community leader, who recently passed away. Comment

Parishioners march for the feast of Corpus Christi

Parishioners of St. John’s Episcopal culminated Holy Week rites with a Solemnity Feast of Corpus Christi. Comment

New leadership at the helm of BRCC: Arlene Keating becomes neighborhood organization’s 58th president

A year after he accepted the gavel from Barbara Vellucci, Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC) President Robert Cassara has passed it on to the organization’s new leader, Arlene Keating. Comment

Military connections

MilitaryConnection.com has announced that they have become a corporate supporter of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program. The relationship continues to benefit the military community through alliances and partnerships with a number of the nonprofit organizations that are part of the America Supports You program. Comment

Medicos fighting ‘Compassion fatigue’

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, has launched a program aimed at caring for a segment of the military population much more accustomed to administering care than receiving it. Comment

Madd lauds local crime-busting effors

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

Lost tunnel tour getting close-up attention: Performance group finds artistic inspiration deep beneath the borough

A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment

Holocaust exhibit

The Holocaust Memorial Committee will hold its 24th Annual Gathering & Exhibit, June 8 at 11 a.m. inside The Bay Academy-IS 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue at the foot of Sheepshead Bay. Comment

George Larkin scholarship

Jessica Minotti Verderame of Bay Ridge, daughter of Sam Minotti and Holly Habuba of Poland, Ohio, has been selected as a four-year recipient of the St. Francis College Brother George Larkin Scholarship. Comment

Fossella aide to challenge Brook-Krasny

A longtime community activist and political aide is making a bid for public office. Comment

Ferraro Service Award

The 62nd Precinct Community Council will present The Michael J. Ferraro Community Service Award to graduates of elementary schools in the 62nd Precinct boundaries, at 7:30 p.m., June 10 at the St. Finbar Center, 1825 Bath Avenue. Comment

Farm bill could grow more subsidies here

Brooklynites are hoping for higher subsidies for food stamps, food pantries and other emergency programs after the House of Representatives passed the comprehensive Farm Bill last week. Comment

Everything in moderation: HAMS fights alcohol abuse

There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment

Effort to stop parts peddling

As one of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s body-snatching scam awaits his sentence, a local elected official has spearheaded changes to make sure that the ghoulish practice isn’t repeated anytime soon. Comment

Digging into 86th Street: Pol gets update on massive sewer project’s progress

State Senator Martin J. Golden visited and met with officials of the Department of Design and Construction at the site of the 86th Street sewer construction project to be updated about the status and progress of the project. Comment

City Council fiasco has chilling effect: Frozen funds have Bklyn groups worrying when the money will come

As Speaker Christine Quinn announced several major changes to the City Council’s current budget allocation process earlier this month, local nonprofit organizations are still wondering when they will receive their discretionary funding for the current fiscal year. Comment

Cheers for World War II vets

They last donned their uniforms nearly 70 years ago, but the veterans appeared as proud as if they were still wearing them as they set out for their visit to the nation’s capital to see the memorial in their honor. Comment

Careers in military medicine: Graduates train to be the best doctors in uniform

Navy Ens. Sandra McLaughlin could have gone to medical school anywhere, all expenses paid. But after a year at Yale University’s School of Medicine, she felt she wasn’t in the best place to prepare for a career treating combat casualties. Comment

Blowing off the dust: New era for Leif Ericson Park

There’s a reason why the ballfield at Leif Ericson Park is known familiarly as “the dustbowl.” Comment

Bay Ridge club hails outstanding women

Two “outstanding” women were delivered a tall salute during an honor tea, presented by the Bay Ridge Business and Professional Women’s Club. Comment

A perfect ‘10’ for Bay Bidge prep

A milestone was hailed with cheers and a trip down memory lane when the Bay Ridge Preparatory School celebrated its 10th anniversary at the El Caribe Country Club. Comment

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