Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008

Page 1: Some like us in print, but now you can enjoy the entire paper version of The Brooklyn Paper online right here. This week’s Paper has it all: coverage of big local events, breaking news stories, features, and even a recipe for the best apple pie you ever ate! As we say in the newsroom, “Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn!” Read more…

More Coney baloney

Editorial: Our editorial board is horrified by the city plan to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer money — and subvert the very notion of a free market — on Mayor Bloomberg’s Coney Island folly. Comments (26)
Coney Island: The city is moving forward with a controversial plan to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars to buy out Coney Island’s principal landowner and end a years-long standoff to control the amusement area’s destiny. Comments (4)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming clearly thinks a fare hike is a joke. Comments (1)
Dining: The age-old assumption about restaurants is that there’s fast food, and there’s fancy food, and nothing in between. But denizens of Bay Ridge are the latest to discover how incorrect that old maxim can be. Comments (5)
Brooklyn Heights: The owner of a historic Brooklyn Heights apartment complex buried his own plan to put a garage in the courtyard — and the city approved it! Comments (1)
Nightlife: Park Slopers have long regarded Third Avenue as depressing — but now there’s finally a place to drink away those blues. Comment

40 stories and a rule

40 stories and a rule

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A 40-story tower will rise on the horizon for the Greenpoint waterfront — if the city allows the developers to build 10 stories higher than the current zoning permits. Comments (6)

The fire this time

The fire this time

Park Slope: Two long-empty storefronts on Seventh Avenue won’t be fixed up until the right tenant comes along, the owner says. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual, this time with letters on the Council’s term-limit vote, Bruce Ratner, the victory of Barack Obama and, perhaps most important, Peruvian pipe players in Borough Hall park. Comment
Fort Greene: The long-awaited construction of the Long Island Rail Road’s Flatbush Avenue terminal at the chaotic intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Hanson Place will be done by next spring, agency spokeswoman Susan McGowan said on Wednesday. Comment

New eatery is a team ‘Playa’

Dining: Drinks at the Cabana, then seafood on la Playa. Comment


Park Slope: Barack Obama won the election — whew! Now it’s time to do some serious yoga! Comment

This pooch is an SUD

Check out the wheels on the new … German Shepherd?! Comment

City seeks ‘stable-izing’ effect in Kensington

Kensington: The city moved forward with rezoning an eight-square-block area near the Kensington Stables — a move that concerned locals hope will protect the area from large-scale development encroaching on their turf. Comment

Family calendar

Parenting: This week’s fun things to do with your kids. Comment

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

The Heart of Brooklyn trolley is back in business — but the van’s opening weekend revealed that it’s still mostly Brooklynites who take it, not the Manhattan tourists that organizers hoped to spirit around the borough. Comments (1)

Morton’s offers sneak preview — and The Brooklyn Paper is there

Dining: Morton’s the Steakhouse — a national chain that will open on Nov. 21 in hopes of taking the legendary Peter Luger by the horns — offered The Brooklyn Paper a sneak preview of its Adams Street dining room and menu this week. Our full-team coverage — including Gersh Kuntzman, Ben Muessig, Sarah Portlock, Mike McLaughlin and Vince DiMiceli — bring you inside for a mouth-watering exclusive look at their lunch that you’ll only see on Comments (3)
Williamsburg: Dozens of hipsters — and the old-timers who resent them — stormed a community meeting on Monday night, showing the ongoing clash of cultures that collided when people flooded the streets after Barack Obama’s election win on Nov. 4. Comments (12)
Boerum Hill: One day after the city confined inmates overnight in the Brooklyn House of Detention for the first time in five years, a coalition of jail opponents sued to block the city’s plan to reopen and expand the 11-story prison. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: Heather Hamilton has hardly changed a thing in Long’s Wines & Liquors since she purchased the Bay Ridge booze shop from state Conservative Party Chair Mike Long in March — but there’s one big difference: and it ain’t the wine selection. Comment
Cobble Hill: Reversing an earlier reversal, the Bloomberg administration has ruled that rooftop structures on a surprisingly controversial apartment building on Atlantic Avenue exceed the height restrictions of the Cobble Hill Historic District. Comments (3)

Albee darned! Square will get megabucks makeover

Downtown plan: The city will close the western end of DeKalb Avenue in order to nearly triple the Albee Square pedestrian plaza on Fulton Mall in Downtown, officials announced on Tuesday. Comment

Pol: Why can’t cops run park?

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: If one North Brooklyn lawmaker has his way, the boys in blue will keep one of the neighborhood’s few open spaces green this winter. Comment
Park Slope: The oft-delayed renovations of J.J. Byrne Park’s handball courts are finally done — and just in time for winter! Comments (3)

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

Carroll Gardens: The city backed neighborhood preservationists in Carroll Gardens and dodged a showdown with the local councilman by announcing on Monday night a fast-track plan to limit new building heights in the residential community. Comments (1)
Shopping: Borough President Markowitz proposes some retail therapy for the dire city economy: shop — but do it locally. Comment

Merchants: Bike lane is a retail pain

Mean Streets: A controversial pair of newly painted bike lanes are great for Williamsburg and Greenpoint bike riders, but they’re hurting Kent Avenue business owners. Comments (5)

Turquoise turmoil for OSFO

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, the tear-filled final chapter in the saga of the Oh So Feisty One’s turquoise hair. Comments (4)

Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

Breaking news: LICH divisions saved!

Cobble Hill: The state Department of Health has turned down Long Island College Hospital’s request to close its maternity, pediatrics and dentistry divisions in what the hospital’s management company portrayed as a last-ditch effort to stave off financial ruin at the 150-year-old medical center, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2)
A one-way street in Fort Greene was quietly converted into a two-way road last week, wreaking havoc on pedestrians and drivers. Comments (6)

Monumental day in Fort Greene Park!

Awesome: The eternal flame is living up to its name again. Comment

Atomic blast! City wing joint comes to Brooklyn

Dining: Just in time for that other bird holiday, Atomic Wings opened its first outlet in Park Slope on Nov. 4, giving Brooklynites a taste of what many believe has been the most-elusive snack in the borough — the perfect Buffalo chicken wing. Comments (3)

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008

To-Toll victory for Gowanus project

Gowanus: The first major project to build new housing along the polluted Gowanus Canal inched forward with a decisive show of community support. Comments (2)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment
Williamsburg: A Union Avenue gas station might become the coolest place to spend a night in Williamsburg. Comment

Unhappy meals! Feds say day care honcho stole kids lunch money

Boerum Hill: Federal prosecutors charged a man on Wednesday with stealing more than $500,000 in government aid meant for school meals for poor children in the Boerum Hill day care center he ran. Comment
Cobble Hill: The city is going through one of the worst retail nosedives in decades, but you wouldn’t notice from the inside the beloved Court Street shop, BookCourt, where the literati continue their love affair with the printed word in the store’s new wing. Comment

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