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Bicyclists, drivers and walkers in constant war. Comments (7)
Page 1: This week’s news-on-trees version of The Brooklyn Paper is a juggernaut, including coverage of the bike-car war, Marty Markowitz’s fiscal shinanigans and two women who want to sell ice cream in Rwanda. It’s a great issue — and as we say in the newsroom, “Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn!” Read more…
Parenting: One of the borough’s oldest and best-loved cultural institutions will be showing off a brand new look this weekend, as the Brooklyn Children’s Museum reopens on Saturday after a yearlong, $48.5-million renovation. Comment

Marty’$ borough haul

Downtown: The city comptroller said this week that he is “very concerned” about no-bid contracts that Borough President Markowitz made on behalf of his own charity, Best of Brooklyn. Comments (2)

Toll plan has merit

Perspective: Our editorial board expresses support for a big residential proposal along the Gowanus Canal. Comments (3)

Bhutan clan

Bhutan clan

How sordid are the goings on at Borough Hall? So bad that a group of Buddhist monks showed up on Wednesday to perform a purification dance. Comment
Dining: In the end, Heath Ledger’s legacy is not an A-list life lived in the fast lane, but a cozy little restaurant in Greenpoint. Comments (4)

Mind the GAP, Brooklyn

Mind the GAP, Brooklyn

Park Slope: What’s it going to be, Brooklyn: A Grand Army Plaza that looks French or one that looks like it’s on the moon? Comments (1)

Powell returns to his day job

Art: Turns out, running for Congress was just a part-time job for losing candidate Kevin Powell. Comments (1)

Six ways to solve this problem

Experts give us the route to road safety. Comments (1)

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Mean streets

BAM bash

BAM bash

Fort Greene: For one night only next week, the august Brooklyn Academy of Music becomes an all-night rave. Comment

Can you see it now?

Can you see it now?

Brooklyn Heights: A newcomer to Brooklyn Heights wants the glowing red Verizon logo removed from the telecommunication building just across the Brooklyn Bridge, and is vowing to ramp up the fight just like the masses before him. Comments (7)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming looks at the conflict between bikers and drivers. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: The principal of Brooklyn Heights’ popular PS 8 spent the week calming parents’ nerves that the elementary school had slipped backwards now that the city handed the school an F in its annual report cards. Comment

Fright fest

Shopping: Need a French maid outfit in a hurry? Fresh out of ghoul face paint for that perfect Frankenstein costume? And what about fake blood — everyone needs fake blood, right? Comment

Famous writer robbed of TV!

Park Slope: Gloria Naylor, author of “The Women of Brewster Place,” is burglarized. Comment

Miller’s crossing

Dooley Noted: Our columnist finds himself intoxicated by the bearded lady, Jennifer Miller. Comment

‘Dangerous’ vehicles are out of control in Prospect Park

Letters: Our mailbag is filled again — this week, with lots of letters about Prospect Park. Comments (1)

Woman raped in Ridge

Bay Ridge: Police are searching for a man who attacked and raped a Bay Ridge woman on Wednesday morning as she was taking out her garbage near Fort Hamilton Parkway. Comments (1)

Feuer departs Board 11

Bensonhurst: The city’s longest serving community board district manager called it quits in Bensonhurst last week. Comments (1)

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment

Civic calendar

Event: All the local events you should be going to. Comment
Park Slope: In a style of problem-solving that resonates with many Park Slopers, two green activists says they have the answer to rocketing fuel prices and environmental pollution — they’re forming a cooperative. Comments (3)

Stench and sensibility

Stench and sensibility

Bay Ridge: It’s no longer the stench — it’s the noise from Owls Head Sewage Treatment Plant that is driving neighbors bonkers. Comments (2)

OK, maybe brunch ain’t so bad

The Search: Our columnist admits that some brunches are OK. Comments (1)

Sarah Palin and Brooklyn: Imperfect together

Smartmom: This week, our columnist examines Sarah Palin — and finds her wanting. Comments (5)
Shopping: Brooklyn Heights residents will not only get their Gristedes back, but the Henry Street supermarket, gutted by an April 1 fire, will re-open in mid-October with a new upscale look. Comments (2)
Cobble Hill: Breaking chews! The Trader Joe’s at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street will open sooner rather than later, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (11)

Beer bust man fights back!

Beer bust man fights back!

Brooklyn Angle: Exclusive: The guy who got the ticket for drinking a beer on his stoop may not be able to fight City Hall, but he is going to burp right in its face! Comments (1)
Park Slope: The two faces of Park Slope were fully on display on Sunday, as hundreds of empty seats showed up for an anti-war rally, but hundreds of dollars were raised at a 14th Street bake sale for presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Comments (1)
Williamsburg: North Brooklyn residents are striking back after a hit and run accident injured a cyclist by boycotting a cab company that they say is disrespectful, discourteous, and downright dangerous. Comments (10)

Branching out

Branching out

Nightlife: Finally, Cortelyou Road has a place to get a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers and a double shot of bourbon. Comment
Bay Ridge: How much does the Republican establishment on Staten Island hate former Assemblyman Robert Straniere? So much so that the Republican-Conservative borough president of that island paradise has endorsed Straniere’s Democratic rival for the long-GOP seat being vacated by Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

Naked brunch

The Search: Our dumped columnist finds a silver lining in the cloud of romantic despair: He’s done with brunch, baby! Comments (6)
Brooklyn Heights: The principal of Brooklyn Heights’ popular PS 8 spent the week calming parents’ nerves that the elementary school had slipped backwards now that the city handed the school an F in its annual report cards. Comments (5)
Bay Ridge: How much does the Republican establishment on Staten Island hate former Assemblyman Robert Straniere? So much so that the Republican-Conservative borough president of that island paradise will on Saturday endorse Straniere’s Democratic rival for the long-GOP seat being vacated by Rep. Vito Fossella. Comments (1)
Boerum Hill: An Atlantic Avenue ice creamery has one sweet dream — opening an outpost in Rwanda. Comment
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Ale and hearty

Nightlife: It’s “Craft Beer” week, so, naturally, we needed to go drink craft beers! Comments (1)

‘90210’ drama in the nabe: Jewish group outraged by bikini billboard

Williamsburg: Oy vey, what a saucy show! Comment

Very first day for charter schools: Eighteen new schools opened their doors for the first time this past Tuesday

Williamsburg: The school year is now in session and so are several new charter schools. Comment

Tunnel tours all year round: Popular underground adventure promised through the winter; next one Sept. 14

Williamsburg: Neither rain, hail, sleet nor snow will keep irreverent urban explorer Bob Diamond from leading his wildly popular tunnel tours. Comment

September 11 memorials in Bklyn: Mark this somber occasion with vigils, musical performances throughout the borough

Williamsburg: The seventh anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is being observed across Brooklyn in a variety of ways. Comment

Schools want off of list: ‘Persistently dangerous’ schools see drop in crime

Williamsburg: If they have their way, several Brooklyn schools will no longer be considered “persistently dangerous.” Comment

PS 132 gets off on the right foot

Williamsburg: Fresh-faced students embraced a new school year with smiles and a few moist eyes as first day rites got underway at Public School 132. Comment

New year, new school: Students at Satmar academy start first day in new digs

Williamsburg: For most Brooklyn school children, Labor Day was the last day of summer vacation. But for children of the Satmar Hasidic tradition who don’t celebrate secular holidays, it was the first day of school. Comment

Keeping literacy alive: Foundation donates books

Williamsburg: Around 100 school-aged children who gathered at PS 250 (108 Montrose Avenue) last Thursday whetted their reading appetites before the start of the school year when they received free gift-wrapped books. Comment

Gun buyback program here: DA to host ‘Cash for Guns Day’ on Sept. 13 at local churches

Williamsburg: Building on a successful program held recently in the northern part of Brooklyn, cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, working with Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, will be holding a Cash for Guns Day on which people who own illegal guns can bring them to half a dozen churches in the borough and turn them in. Comment

Volunteer

Williamsburg: The Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care program is taking applications for those wanting to join the 150 active volunteers providing companionship and other types of support to terminally ill patients throughout Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. Comment

Campaigning for middle school success

Williamsburg: The middle school makeover continues. Comment

Brooklyn’s own ‘Survivor’: Jessica ‘Sugar’ Kiper to use street smarts as a contestant on TV

Williamsburg: Actress, pin-up girl, and “Survivor” contestant Jessica ‘Sugar’ Kiper might not be Brooklyn born, but she certainly is borough tested. Comment

Beep pressures Bloomie on term limits

Williamsburg: Add Borough President Marty Markowitz to the list of officials asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stake out a definitive position on extending or overturning term limits for all elected city officials. Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

Reliving summer’s best moments: Bonde do Role, M.I.A. at the Pool & skateboard art stand out from all the rest

Williamsburg: Was that you, you sneaky little devil, beating your friend with a free mat at the last pool party ever? Or maybe that was you having a chat with your bud about high brow skateboard art at 3rd Ward this summer. Or – hold the phone – was that you getting in my way while I tried to snap intimate behind-the-scenes portraits of M.I.A. at her McCarren Park concert? Even if it wasn’t you, I shared each of those zany moments with someone this summer, and now I’m going to share the commemoration of a season past by shamefully exposing you to my version of a lame television montage episode. Ready yourself for some of my favorite summer moments! Comment

‘500 Years of Music for Guitar’

Brooklyn Courier: Guitarist Peter Griggs will present “500 Years of Music for Guitar” in concert at Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church, 125 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, September 10 at 8 p.m. Comment

WTA meeting

Brooklyn Courier: The Windsor Terrace Alliance (WTA) will be hosting its next general meeting at 6:30 p.m., September 9 at 216 Prospect Park West. Wine and cheese will be served, courtesy of Windsor Wines. Comment

Worth a good laugh

Brooklyn Courier: Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”) Really after reading your article in the August 22 issue I simply had a good laugh. Comment

Up with the rebels, down with the redcoats

Brooklyn Courier: Patrons downed a shot of local history with their spirits when The Gate presented a Battle of Brooklyn celebration, which also doubled as a benefit for the Old Stone House. Comment

12th Street puts up a perfect 10 for summer

Brooklyn Courier: Family fun was on the menu for mom, dad and the kids, who joined festive forces with their neighbors for a block party in Park Slope. Comment

Thanks for the support

Brooklyn Courier: This is just a note to thank you for your support of the Carroll Park Concert Series over the summer of 2008. It was a real success and great fun for the kids of our beloved community and community park – thanks in no small part to your help. Comment

Small Business Awards

Brooklyn Courier: The New York Enterprise Report announces its Best Practice finalists for the Small Business Awards and two of the finalists come from Brooklyn The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala, September 17 from 6-10 p.m. at The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Comment

September 11 memorials in Bklyn

Brooklyn Courier: From Borough Hall to the 69th Street Pier, the dulcet sounds of music will echo through Brooklyn on September 11, in a tribute to peace and hope planned to coincide with the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Comment

Polytechnic Institute of NYU student convocation

Brooklyn Courier: The Polytechnic Institute of NYU held its New Student Convocation, an historic occasion as the school welcomed the first class of NYU-Poly students since the two institutions merged in June 2008. Comment

Ouch! School’s open

Brooklyn Courier: As schools open once again, excessive horn honking amidst the plethora of autos/vans/yellow busses, picking up toddlers in the a.m. will commence. Comment

Now that’s really Amore! Brooklyn’s own Julius LaRosa featured in PBS special

Brooklyn Courier: Her name was Jeannette and in the eyes of young Julius LaRosa, she was just about the prettiest girl in Grover Cleveland High School. Comment

NJ Nets star holds basketball clinic at SFC

Brooklyn Courier: Budding hoopsters received tips from the top on how to hit the hardwood when New Jersey Nets’ star Josh Boone led a basketball clinic at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Morris Dance

Brooklyn Courier: The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center will host its annual open house at the home of the Mark Morris Dance Group in Fort Greene, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Handlebars & mutton chops: Coney Island to host a very hairy competition

Brooklyn Courier: Eric Brown has been carefully growing his muttonchops for two years, conditioning the coarse hair, occasionally trimming it, and above all, nurturing it. Comment

festival

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s First Annual Waterfront District Fall Festival, featuring international foods, crafts, and rides, will be held September 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Caring for Brooklyn’s health for 150 years

Brooklyn Courier: Cobble Hill Health Center hosted a reception for its neighbor in care, Long Island College Hospital, which is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary — 150 years of service to Brooklyn. Comment
BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE

Internist Dr. Angelo Magno: Dedicated to caring for all your vital moving parts

Brooklyn Courier: “You bring your car for an inspection annually. How come you don’t treat yourself as well?” Comment

Bridge swim

Brooklyn Courier: More than 300 swimmers from around the world will cross the East River in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the third annual Brooklyn Bridge Swim, September 6 starting at 8:45 a.m. Comment

Billions for Georgia

Brooklyn Courier: Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I enjoyed reading your opinion page on the train last night. You mention that Barack dumping Hillary was something “most of us wanted” but I have met an awful lot of people who say they feel the opposite. Comment

Better homes

Brooklyn Courier: Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of East Flatbush offers the Home Maintenance Training Program, a 10-week comprehensive program designed to provide “hands on” training and competency in most phases of home repairs and maintenance. Comment

Bernstein music

Brooklyn Courier: In honor of what would have been the beloved composer’s and conductor’s, you can get your fill of Leonard Bernstein programming at Green-Wood Cemetery and the Brooklyn Lyceum this month. Comment

Back home after two weeks at Camp Bernie

Brooklyn Courier: More than 20 Brooklyn kids returned home after a special two-week camp experience sponsored by Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC). Comment

A new addition to the oncology team: New York Methodist Hospital welcomes Dr. Constantine Gorelick to staff

Brooklyn Courier: Constantine Gorelick, MD, joined New York Methodist Hospital’s gynecologic oncology team and is spearheading the extension of several services offered to women with ovarian cancer and other conditions at New York Methodist Hospital. Comment

A doggone crime

Brooklyn Courier: Thank you for such prominent coverage of the alleged spite starvation of a dog in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

A bonanza for bibliophiles

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

Tunnel tours to be held all year round: Next one coming Sept. 14

Greenpoint: Neither rain, hail, sleet nor snow will keep irreverent urban explorer Bob Diamond from leading his wildly popular tunnel tours. Comment

September 11 memorials in Brooklyn: Mark this somber occasion with vigils, music performances throughout the borough

Greenpoint: The seventh anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is being observed across Brooklyn in a variety of ways. Comment

Schools want off of ‘dangerous’ list: With crime down at several Bklyn schools, administrators want designation gone

Greenpoint: If they have their way, several Brooklyn schools will no longer be considered “persistently dangerous.” Comment

Newtown dumping court case proceeds

Greenpoint: An August ruling by the New York State Appeals Court will enable the Brooklyn district attorney’s office to prosecute a case against a Queens concrete company accused of dumping industrial byproducts into Newtown Creek. Comment

Middle school makeover: New city campaign aims to help stuggling schools

Greenpoint: The middle school makeover continues. Comment

Handlebars & sideburns: Coney Beard & Moustache Competition coming Sept. 6

Greenpoint: Eric Brown has been carefully growing his muttonchops for two years, conditioning the coarse hair, occasionally trimming it, and above all, nurturing it. Comment

Get heard on traffic issues: Transportation council to discuss Bklyn concerns on Sept. 15

Greenpoint: The good news is that traffic conditions in Brooklyn aren’t forecast to deteriorate—any more than they already have—for the foreseeable future. Comment

for Paterson

Greenpoint: A court ruled this week that Governor David Paterson had every right to demand that state agencies begin acknowledging gay marriages that were performed legally outside New York. Comment

Bklyn Bridge swim coming

Greenpoint: More than 300 swimmers from around the world will cross the East River in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the third annual Brooklyn Bridge Swim, September 6 starting at 8:45 a.m. Comment

Brooklyn’s very own ‘Survivor’: Jessica ‘Sugar’ Kiper to use her street smarts as castaway on reality television show

Greenpoint: Actress, pin-up girl, and “Survivor” contestant Jessica ‘Sugar’ Kiper might not be Brooklyn born, but she certainly is borough tested. Comment

Beep adds to heat: Pressures mayor on term limits

Greenpoint: Add Borough President Marty Markowitz to the list of officials asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stake out a definitive position on extending or overturning term limits for all elected city officials. Comment

Whole Foods gets permits

Brooklyn Courier: Whole Foods Market may be two steps closer to building its first Brooklyn store. Comment

New effort to firm up the middle

Brooklyn Courier: The middle school makeover continues. Comment

Moving off the ‘danger’ list: Brooklyn schools look to shed bad designation

Brooklyn Courier: If they have their way, several Brooklyn schools will no longer be considered “persistently dangerous.” Comment

Khalil Gibran at P.S. 287

Brooklyn Courier: The Khalil Gibran International Academy has a new home but who knows for how long. Comment

Ikea shuttle buses are shaken up: Dispatchers added

Brooklyn Courier: The traffic mess spawned by shuttle buses ferrying passengers to Red Hook’s IKEA seems to have cleared – for now. Comment

Family day at Walt Whitman Houses

Brooklyn Courier: Mom, dad and the kids reveled with their neighbors during a family day at the Walt Whitman Houses in Fort Greene. Comment

Down to the wire: Time is short for ‘Martyrs’

Brooklyn Courier: Despite concerns among local residents, the city’s Parks Department remains hopeful that renovation of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park will be completed in time for its Nov. 15 centennial celebration. Comment

Designs on overturning term limits: Beep wants Bloomberg to take lead the effort

Brooklyn Courier: Add Borough President Marty Markowitz to the list of officials asking Mayor Bloomberg to stake out a definitive position on extending or overturning term limits for all elected city officials. Comment

Cash for guns program reloaded

Brooklyn Courier: Building on a successful program held recently in the northern part of Brooklyn, cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, working with Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, will be holding a Cash for Guns Day on which people who own illegal guns can bring them to half a dozen churches in the borough and turn them in. Comment

Brooklynites cheer Obama acceptance speech: Local supporters pack Moe’s Bar to witness historic event

Brooklyn Courier: A diverse collection of around 200 Brooklynites packed into Moe’s Bar in Fort Greene Thursday night to witness a historic moment: Barack Obama’s acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination for president. Comment

Bravest save tangled fowl: Ingested fish hook puts seabird in jeopardy

Brooklyn Courier: Sometimes, it takes a village to save one seabird’s life. Comment

Add five more charter schools to Bklyn

Brooklyn Courier: The school year is now in session and so are several new charter schools. Comment

‘Veteran-Centric Art’

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Campus of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System (VANYHHS) is calling for “Veteran-Centric-Art” for a National Poster Project on the Afghanistan/Iraq War. The Veteran Art National Poster Project deadline for submissions of veteran art for the 13”x19” National Afghanistan/Iraq War Poster is September 15, 2008. Comment

‘Red Hook High’ to debut at festival: Nabe featured in independent pilot

Brooklyn Courier: “Red Hook High,” a new independent television pilot, produced and directed by filmmaker Trac Minh Vu of Dance Theatre Etcetera, a community-based arts organization in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, has been selected to premiere at the New York Television Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition. Comment

Whole Foods lands building permits

Brooklyn Courier: Whole FoodsMarket may be two steps closer to building its first Brooklyn store. Comment

Term limit hustle: Beep wants Bloomberg to take lead in overturning law

Brooklyn Courier: Add Borough President Marty Markowitz to the list of officials asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stake out a definitive position on extending or overturning term limits for all elected city officials. Comment

Really wrong turn for a boat

Brooklyn Courier: It was pretty far from the nearest harbor, so firefighters had to bring the water to it. Smoke eaters were called to the corner of Richards Street and Visitation Place in Red Hook Saturday after a small watercraft managed to sail its way onto a neighborhood street and then catch fire. Fire officials said that the 8 p.m. blaze – which is being investigated as suspicious – was put out in a short time. No injuries were reported. Comment

Pool guard shot dead

Brooklyn Courier: Cops are pulling out all the stops in their search for the man who killed a security guard as he manned his post at a city-owned pool, officials said. Comment

Next up for a short parking holiday: Red Hook gets a break, while Carroll Gardens faces new street cleaning rules

Brooklyn Courier: Effective September 8, Street Cleaning/Alternate Side Parking (ASP) Regulations will be temporarily suspended in parts of Red Hook west of Hamilton Avenue in Brooklyn’s Community Board 6 for three to four weeks as the Department of Transportation (DOT) installs 1,400 signs with new, reduced street-cleaning regulations. This is the fourth and final phase of the project to change approximately 8,000 signs throughout the community. Comment

Moving off ‘danger’ list: Brooklyn schools seek to shed designation

Brooklyn Courier: If they have their way, several Brooklyn schools will no longer be considered “persistently dangerous.” Comment

Locked and reloaded: Cash for guns buyback program is returning

Brooklyn Courier: Building on a successful program held recently in the northern part of Brooklyn, cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, working with Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, will be holding a Cash for Guns Day on which people who own illegal guns can bring them to half a dozen churches in the borough and turn them in. Comment

Ikea shuttle bus shuffle: Dispatchers are added to help clean up the route

Brooklyn Courier: The traffic mess spawned by shuttle buses ferrying passengers to Red Hook’s IKEA seems to have cleared – for now. Comment

Firefighters rescue tangled fowl

Brooklyn Courier: Sometimes, it takes a village to save one seabird’s life. Comment

14 BK schools in middle makeover

Brooklyn Courier: The middle school makeover continues. Comment

Bill mum on Smith St.: De Blasio’s silence at hearing confuses many

Brooklyn Courier: At last week’s Community Board Six Landmarks and Land Use Committee hearing, two of the most forceful and direct pieces of testimony delivered against developer William Stein’s efforts to circumnavigate the Carroll Gardens Zoning Text Amendment didn’t come from the community – they came from the offices of elected officials. Comment

Battle of ‘rights’ on Smith Street

Brooklyn Courier: Last week, developer William Stein failed to win the support of Community Board 6’s Landmarks/Land Use Committee in his bid to exempt his “Oliver House” project at 360 Smith Street from new zoning regulations. Comment

Back from summer camp

Brooklyn Courier: Six-hundred fifty children, including many from Brooklyn, returned home after spending two weeks or more at one of The Fresh Air Fund’s five summer camps in upstate New York. Comment

Advocate’s school hotline is back again

Brooklyn Courier: As the school year begins, there’s extra assistance available for parents trying to improve their children’s education. Comment

Add five more charter schools here

Brooklyn Courier: The school year is now in session and so are several new charter schools. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Check stealing Comment

Whole Foods gets building permits

Brooklyn Heights: Whole Food Market may be two steps closer to building its first Brooklyn store. Comment

84th Pct. meeting

Brooklyn Heights: The 84th Precinct Community Council will meet on September 16 at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, 7 p.m. Comment

NJ Nets star holds basketball clinic at sfc

Brooklyn Heights: Budding hoopsters received tips from the top on how to hit the hardwood when New Jersey Nets’ star Josh Boone led a basketball clinic at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

New home for Khalil Gibran: Controversial academy takes up quarters inside P.S. 287

Brooklyn Heights: The Khalil Gibran International Academy has a new home but who knows for how long. Comment

New effort to revamp the ‘middle’: 14 Brooklyn schools participate in launch of ‘Success’ campaign

Brooklyn Heights: The middle school makeover continues. Comment

5 new charter schools make their debut: Borough additions are part of 18 opened citywide; privatization angers opponents

Brooklyn Heights: The school year is now in session and so are several new charter schools. Comment

Moving off the state’s danger list: Brooklyn schools seek to shed designation

Brooklyn Heights: If they have their way, several Brooklyn schools will no longer be considered “persistently dangerous.” Comment

LICH heroes

Brooklyn Heights: What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment

Ikea shuttle bus shake up: Dispatchers added to help clean up congestion on routes

Brooklyn Heights: The traffic mess spawned by shuttle buses ferrying passengers to Red Hook’s IKEA seems to have cleared – for now. Comment

Golf benefit

Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn/Queens branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will host its Third Annual Golf Benefit (JDRF), a day of golf, food and fun and, most importantly, to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Comment

De Blasio’s silence leaves some wondering: Councilman’s mum as important hearing is held

Brooklyn Heights: At last week’s Community Board Six Landmarks and Land Use Committee hearing, two of the most forceful and direct pieces of testimony delivered against developer William Stein’s efforts to circumnavigate the Carroll Gardens Zoning Text Amendment didn’t come from the community – they came from the offices of elected officials. Comment

Call for vet art

Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn Campus of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System (VANYHHS) is calling for “Veteran-Centric-Art” for a National Poster Project on the Afghanistan/Iraq War. The Veteran Art National Poster Project deadline for submissions of veteran art for the 13”x19” National Afghanistan/Iraq War Poster is September 15, 2008. Comment

BPL helps parents’ bottom line

Brooklyn Heights: With NYC parents working to save in this tightening economy and managing the costs associated with school supplies, after-school activities and tutors, many are feeling a strain on their wallet and looking for ways to cut corners when it comes to back-to-school expenses. Comment

Bird brought back from the brink: Firefighters rescue tangled fowl

Brooklyn Heights: Sometimes, it takes a village to save one seabird’s life. Comment

Beep wants more time: Extend term limits, he says

Brooklyn Heights: Add Borough President Marty Markowitz to the list of officials asking Mayor Bloomberg to stake out a definitive position on extending or overturning term limits for all elected city officials. Comment

‘Players’ 42nd season opens

Williamsburg: The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier Off-Off Broadway company, kicks off its 42nd season with the social satire “The Underpants,” a hilarious Steve Martin adaptation from the classic German farce by Carl Sternheim. The show runs for a limited engagement (12 performances only), September 13-28. Comment

‘In the Shadow of No Tower’

Williamsburg: Following its 2007 performance at Italy’s Signal Festival, the Syntax Error will perform the American debut of their piece “In the Shadow of No Tower (After Art Spiegelman)” at ISSUE Project Room on September 11. Comment

‘Grow Wings’

Williamsburg: A.M. Richard Fine Art announces the opening of two new shows, Jude Hughes: Soon We Will All Grow Wings featuring sculptures and Katie Klencheski: And Then The Sky Was Divided, with works on paper. Comment

‘Demons’ and ‘Circumcision’

Williamsburg: Akashic Books of Brooklyn announces the book launch and New York events for best-selling authors Joe Meno (“Demons In The Spring”) and Arthur Nersesian (“Sacrificial Circumcision Of The Bronx”). Comment

‘13, A New Musical’ for tweens

Williamsburg: 13, A New Musical, a unique Broadway offering for the ’tween set and their families, is not in previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street, prior its October 5 opening. Comment

Welsh gets into ‘Crime’

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s PowerHouse Arena announces a reading and signing for “Crime” by on September 10, 7-8 p.m. at 37 Main Street in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. Comment

Walk and tour your historic borough

Williamsburg: The Center for the Urban Environment, headquartered at 168 Seventh Street in Brooklyn, announces its line-up of walks and tours for September. Comment

29th Richmond County fair coming at you this week

Williamsburg: Join the fun at the 29th Richmond County Fair, returning for another spectacular year, September 5, 6, & 7. Comment

The sky’s the limit for this high-flying kite club

Williamsburg: The wind wasn’t quite strong enough, but the spirit was. Comment

Theater benefit

Williamsburg: Falconworks Theatre Benefit will be held at 8 p.m. September 12 at the Red Hook performing arts space, Jalopy. Comment

Swiss photog’s ‘Present Things’

Williamsburg: Pratt Institute exhibits “Present Things,” a site-specific installation of photographs by Switzerland-based artist Katalin Deér, at Pratt Media Arts Gallery, now to September 13. Comment

Square dancing

Williamsburg: The new season of the Al e Mo Squares square-dancing club — dedicated to the teaching, preservation and promoting of traditional American square-dancing — begins September 10 at 7 p.m. Comment

Peace & hope seven years after September 11 attacks

Williamsburg: From Borough Hall to the 69th Street Pier, the dulcet sounds of music will echo through Brooklyn on September 11, in a tribute to peace and hope planned to coincide with the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Comment

McNeal artistry

Williamsburg: St. Joseph’s College Council for the Arts announces an exhibition of the works of Brooklyn artist Meridith McNeal for the first event of its fall series. Comment

Join the chorus

Williamsburg: The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, Mark Mangini conductor, is seeking experienced choral singers. Comment

Jazz and music-themed artistry

Williamsburg: The Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, at The Brooklyn Public Library’s Flatbush Branch, will feature a jazz and music theme art exhibit by the Haitian-American artist Gina Samson. The exhibit runs through September 30, with an opening reception September 6 from 3-5 p.m. Comment

Erik Guzman asks, just ‘Who Made Who?

Williamsburg: The Front Room gallery presents “Who Made Who,” a solo exhibition of sculptural work and drawings by Erik Guzman. The show runs September 12-October 19, with an opening reception September 12, 7-9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Friday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Comment

Discover Sasha Blanton’s work

Williamsburg: Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art announces the opening of Ancient Experiences paintings and drawings by emerging artist Sasha Blanton. Comment

Disappearing BK storefronts

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) invites the public to celebrate the opening of the third season of “Public Perspectives” exhibits at BHS with the kickoff to the exhibition series’ new season. Comment

Audition fo r YDR

Williamsburg: Young Dancers in Repertory will be holding auditions for the YDR Teenage Touring Ensemble and Scholarships, September 13. The ensemble takes part in 30 to 40 performances each year throughout Brooklyn and the Greater New York City area. Comment

A second helping of Gage & Tollner in the works

Williamsburg: Venerable Brooklyn eatery Gage & Tollner may be emerging from restaurant limbo, returning its signature steaks and delicacies like fried clam bellies to the borough’s collective palate. Comment

Arabian Adventure and An American Tail

Williamsburg: Big Movies for Little Kids, Brooklyn’s own popular, film series for children, held in Cobble Hill, returns for a new season in September. Comment

An Italian Summer

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s One World Symphony opens its 2008/2009 season with “Italian Summer,” September 5 & 7. Under the baton of conductor Sung Jin Hong, The Symphony will perform Respighi’s “Pines of Rome,” Vivaldi’s “Summer” Concerto from “The Four Seasons,” and a semi-staged performance of Mascagni’s verismo opera “Cavalleria Rusticana.” Comment

Williamsburg is going to the clowns – again!

Williamsburg: In a few short days, Brooklyn will brace itself for an influx of hundreds of clowns from all over the world, parading through the streets of Williamsburg and holding impromptu pie fights on street corners with nearby pedestrians Comment

Celebration of freedom – Caribbean style!

Williamsburg: Thrill seekers had their fill and then some as close to three million of them joined festive forces for Brooklyn’s 41st Annual West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade in Flatbush. Comment

Red Hat ladies Social Tea

Flatbush: Dozens of new members joined the Red Hat Chapter during a Red Hat Ladies Social Tea “New Member Orientation,” held at the Midwood Senior Center. Comment

Pals cover one of kitty’s nine lives

Flatbush: Dozens turned out to HappyPets Bay Ridge pet supply store recently to help a little kitten that has captured the hearts of borough pet lovers everywhere. Comment

Nursing center salutes stellar vollies

Flatbush: New York Congregational Nursing Center (NYCNC) honored 37 exceptional Summer Volunteers with a celebration to acknowledge their work and service to the residents and staff at the Facility. Comment

Mayor goes to bat for Simcha felder

Flatbush: City Councilmember and State Senate hopeful Simcha Felder brought longtime government colleague and supporter Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the Midwood Senior Center, 4815 Avenue I last week. Comment

H.S. Science Annex debuts: Many upset public won’t have access to new library facilities

Flatbush: Midwood High School’s state-of-the-art science annex is now open – but not to the public. Comment

Guns for cash locked & reloaded

Flatbush: Building on a successful program held recently in the northern part of Brooklyn, cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, working with Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, will be holding a Cash for Guns Day on which people who own illegal guns can bring them to half a dozen churches in the borough and turn them in. Comment

Green teams win honors for their blocks: 14th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest spotlights natural beauty

Flatbush: The winning blocks for the 14th annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest were heralded at a press conference on the first-place residential block: Eighth Street between Prospect Park West and Eighth Avenue. Comment

Crime stats drop: 67th Precinct records decline

Flatbush: With Labor Day and the West Indian Day Parade around the corner, crime continues to be down along the streets of East Flatbush, according to recent crime figures from the 67th Precinct. Comment

Confronting gun violence in the nage

Flatbush: Across the United States, said anti-gun advocate Shaina Harrison, “One child or teen dies every three hours from gun violence. It’s like having a Virginia Tech massacre every four days.” Comment

Circuit City opens at Junction Mall: Electronics giant joins Target in opening its doors to shoppers

Flatbush: Six months after it welcomed its first shoppers, the Target anchor store at the Junction has some company. Comment

Brooklyn traffic forecast: Borough Hall to host congestion workshop

Flatbush: The good news is that traffic conditions in Brooklyn aren’t forecast to deteriorate—any more than they already have—for the foreseeable future. Comment

Block closed for partying on E. 23

Flatbush: Fun in the sun was on the menu Saturday as residents of East 23rd Street between Ditmas and Newkirk avenues gathered together to bid farewell to another exciting summer season. Comment

Backlash against senior center cuts: Borough president joins fight to save neighborhood facilities

Flatbush: At a Monday press conference in front of City Hall, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined seniors and their advocates to protest the potential closing of the city’s 135 senior centers and 136 community centers located in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing developments. Comment

A very special guest on the block

Flatbush: Each summer, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein attends block associations’ parties, taking an opportunity to speak with constituents throughout her district. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Sheepshead Bay Road rob Comment
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Murder and faith in old Coney Island

Bay News: There was much more to the old Coney Island than the fun in the sun, 365 days a year. Coney Island was its own total community – replete with religious institutions of different faiths. When the bells at Our Lady of Solace, OLS, Church rang they echoed far and beyond their confines. Comment
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The presidential deluge

Bay News: Every single day there’s new news of the presidential candidates. Obama appears much more often and longer than John McCain. Got to admit that Barack Hussein Obama is the darling of the news media. While McCain whom I personally favor, as mentioned in a previous column, does not have the charisma of Obama, at this moment I don’t think anyone has, maybe with the exception of Regis Philbin. I like Regis. Comment

‘Sick’ and tired: Victory staffers hit the streets

Bay News: Chanting, “What do we want? Justice!” health care workers employed at the nursing home within the old Victory Memorial Hospital took to the street in front of the facility to send a message to the company that reached a deal to purchase it earlier this year – they want their union contract honored. Comment

Trio runs for Dom’s seat: Gotlieb, Dobrin, Lisyanski react to Coney plan

Bay News: So, what do the Democratic trio of men seeking to win Dom Recchia’s 47th Councilmanic District seat in 2009 think about the city’s plan to reinvent Coney Island? Comment

The end is near for church: Beloved house of worship being dismantled

Bay News: Slowly and deliberately, on the last Wednesday in August, workmen removed portions of the rose window from the façade of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church. Comment

School hotline for parents

Bay News: As the school year begins, there’s extra assistance available for parents trying to improve their children’s education. Comment

Rising crime stats

Bay News: With Labor Day approaching and another summer setting on Coney Island, crime in the area is inching back up, according to the latest 60th Precinct statistics. Comment

Gentile in blogosphere: Councilman debuts new blog; seeks better communication

Bay News: With the number of blogs increasing by the day, it’s no surprise that one enterprising elected official has gotten into the act. Comment

Forecast for Brooklyn traffic ahead: Borough Hall to host workshop on the future of congestion in the borough

Bay News: The good news is that traffic conditions in Brooklyn aren’t forecast to deteriorate—any more than they already have—for the foreseeable future. Comment

Astroland still in orbit over limbo

Bay News: If Thor Equities has decided to give Astroland Amusement Park owner Carol Albert a two-year lease on Surf Avenue, they haven’t told her about it. Comment

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