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Page 1: We would not be lying if we said this week’s Brooklyn Paper is a collector’s edition. From our comprehensive coverage of the ongoing debacle of Atlantic Yards to our exclusive interview with the man who lost to Barack Obama, we’ve got it all. And don’t miss regular features like our calendars, reviews and even Trey Dooley’s kids music coverage. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…
Brooklyn Heights: The boneheaded pizza deliveryman caught on security cameras scratching his cheesy tag into a Brooklyn Heights elevator has confessed to the vandalism, a police source told The Brooklyn Paper. Comment
Atlantic Yards: Where did Atlantic Yards go wrong? Let us count the ways. Comments (13)
What are the trends in Brooklyn neighborhoods? New Census data gives us the scoop. Comments (1)
Brooklyn Heights: If it would only get — and stay — warm for two days, city workers will get the judges’ cars out of Columbus Park. Comment

Bizmen: Bloomy is squeezing us!

A Clinton Hill pet store that got hit with 116 city summonses in one day has become the poster child for the excesses of an anti–small-business mayor. Comments (3)
TV: One month before the show starts airing on MTV, the music network gave us a tour of its “Real World Brooklyn” house, er set. Comments (1)

Long live the ’90s!

Long live the ’90s!

Music: The 1990s are back in Brooklyn, in a big way. Comment
DUMBO: Views of the beloved Brooklyn Bridge would be ruined forever — or DUMBO will get a much-needed middle school, depending on which side you believe in the heated debate over an 18-story residential building that will have its first public hearing next week. Comments (2)

This mob wants more green

Park Slope: An environmental group has targeted a Park Slope hardware store for not being “green” enough — but don’t expect a boycott. Comments (3)
Mean Streets: Several Williamsburg elected officials — some of whom fancy themselves as bicycle advocates — have joined a coalition of Hasidic residents and local businessowners in now demanding that one of the lanes be removed to restore parking on the east side of busy Kent Avenue. Comments (14)
Red Hook: The city will shutter a long-troubled Red Hook school next year — and parents said that a change was long overdue. Comments (6)

Noodle town

Dining: There’s a new nightcap in Williamsburg, and — gasp! — it’s not alcoholic. Comment

Corn meal! Beloved arepa joint opens

Dining: Grand Street is about to get a whole lot cornier — thanks to the opening of Caracas Brooklyn — a Venezuelan restaurant specializing in stuffed cornmeal arepas. Comments (1)
Williamsburg: The city gave a thumbs-up to Williamsburg’s notorious “Finger Building,” granting the owners of the unfinished structure permission to complete their North Eighth Street tower. Comment

Tower wants free money

Tower wants free money

Downtown plan: A developer seeking to construct the borough’s tallest building will create more luxury housing in an over-saturated market if he is given millions in public subsidies, opponents charged this week. Comment

They’re up in Armory

They’re up in Armory

Park Slope: The much-anticipated Park Slope Armory won’t open at least until the spring — more than a year after local pols gathered for the official ribbon cutting, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (1)

Get your Gersh on

TV: Our editor, Gersh Kuntzman, donned his tuxedo to man the moderator chair for a very special year-in-review edition of Brooklyn Independent Television’s “Reporter Roundtable.” Joining Gersh was former Brooklyn Paper reporter Dana Rubinstein, now of the New York Observer, and two special guests! Comment

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment
Brooklyn Angle: It is no small thing to say that a Park Slope lawyer named David Goldberg is one of the most important figures in American history. Comment
Carroll Gardens: The developers of a controversial residential project on Court Street have quietly halted construction for at least six months, raising anxiety that the empty lot will haunt the main drag of Carroll Gardens during this increasingly dire economic downturn. Comments (2)
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Tequila sunrise! A great booze is back in Park Slope

Dining: La Taqueria on Seventh Avenue is showing off its tequila collection. Who says no one likes a show-off? Comment
Brooklyn Heights: Two warm days could be enough to finally get the judges’ cars out of Columbus Park. Comment

Where in the world is Teen Spirit?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom tries to help a friend with a troubled teen. Comment

Randy Kaplan rocks Southpaw

Dooley Noted: The world’s foremost authority on puppetry and mime reviews Randy Kaplan’s show at Southpaw on Sunday afternoon. Comment
Bay Ridge: Rep. Vito Fossella was sentenced to five days in jail — but yes, Virginia, there is a Santa clause: the congressman’s appeal means that he’ll get a new trial before he gets packed off to jail. Comment
Theater: Our review raves about “A Tuna Christmas” at the Gallery Players in Park Slope. Comment

Mourning Mumbai

Mourning Mumbai

Park Slope: Jews from around the borough gathered in Park Slope last night to mourn a Crown Heights rabbi and his wife — two “generals” in the Hasidic Jewish community — who were killed in the Mumbai terror attacks last week. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Emperor Mike exposed

Williamsburg: In my column two weeks ago, I rejoiced that the check would finally be in the mail. The Emperor of New York, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, had relented and was planning to send out those rebate checks. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Radical Islam, hard at work

Williamsburg: As the west moves forward — with an open wallet and a helping hand — the east is degenerating further into its own abyss, and the Mumbai attacks are only the latest, sorrowful reminder of old grudges, new gripes and fresh blood. Comment

Frazier off to roaring start for Loughlin Lions

Branden Frazier was one of the first to know that Doron Lamb, Bishop Loughlin’s sensational shooting guard, decided to transfer last summer to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Comment

Tigers wideout Williams is back and better than ever

Levon Williams had no answer for the question: Why did you quit football for basketball? Comment

Similar dominant offenses two years apart

The similarities are so startling they are impossible to ignore. The 2006 Fort Hamilton offense and the 2008 Port Richmond unit are almost clones of one another. Comment

No Brown out in season opener for Bishop Ford

Shayra Brown was seemingly everywhere doing everything. Comment

FiveBoroSports.com All-Brooklyn boys’ soccer honors

It wasn’t a banner year for Brooklyn soccer. But there were some interesting stories and outstanding performers. Foremost among the latter was one of the best players in the city, Stanley Ballantyne of Jefferson, a Class B team that missed the playoffs because of an ineligible player. Comment

A volleyball powerhouse sustains in Brooklyn

Kyle Robinson knew it wasn’t going to be easy. When he took the women’s volleyball coaching job at Long Island University in August, he was inheriting a program that had won four straight Northeast Conference tournament titles and went 32-1 in league play during that span. Comment

Post play will make Loughlin a force again in CHSAA

The coach is a familiar face, although not the same one. The backcourt is brand new. But the goal – to win the CHSAA city championship – remains consistent, as does the Lions’ cocksure attitude. Comment

Push for better B-line service

Transferring trains shouldn’t be a hardship for already harried commuters, but on certain routes, it most certainly is, a city lawmaker charged last week. Comment

Plan to cut cadets seen as ‘dangerous’

There’s cutting the budget, then there’s putting peoples lives in danger. Comment

Gunmen caught on video tape

The two gunmen wanted for a daring — and nearly deadly — bank robbery in Bensonhurst were snapped up by an area surveillance camera before they stepped into the Chase Bank they were gunning for, police said this week. Comment

Following in Hill’s steps: Velázquez to Senate

One Brooklyn lawmaker is reportedly being considered to replace Hillary Clinton as the next United States Senator from New York while another is lobbying behind the scenes for the job. Comment

DOE earns failing grade: City Councilman Lew Fidler gives the city a big fat ‘F’

A local City Councilmember has a report card grade for the city Department of Education — F. Comment

Business is way up at local food pantry: ‘Reaching Out’ director reports increase in clientele in need of emergency help

With more and more people looking for help in feeding themselves and their families, the founder of a local food pantry is asking area residents to do what they can for their less fortunate neighbors. Comment

Bid to bring back tax

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) mulls over sweeping cuts to borough trains and buses, Brooklyn city legislators are leading the charge to bring back the state commuter tax. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Bay News: Cyber cop charlatans Comment

Young Israel anniversary gala

Bay News: Rabbi Efraim and Rebbetzin Chanie Zaltzman will be honored for 10 years of their distinguished service and dedication to Young Israel of Brighton Beach and the Brighton Beach community during a Gala & Benefit Reception celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Young Israel of Brighton Beach synagogue. Comment

‘Mary’ grows

Bay News: The Board of Trustees of the Mary McDowell Center for Learning has approved the creation of the Mary McDowell Center for Learning High School, with a ninth grade to begin in September 2010. Comment

Tree lighting

Bay News: State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the Bay Ridge Parks Task Force, will host three Christmas tree lightings throughout the community in December, in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season, to bring out the holiday spirit and celebrate this magical time of year. Comment

Swedish dancing

Bay News: The Swedish Folkdancers of New York are hosting their 39th annual Lucia Pageant and Christmas Dinner Dance on December 13 from 7-11 p.m. at the Danish Athletic Club. Comment

61st Police Precinct salutes keen eyes

Bay News: The November “Cops of the Month” honored by the 61st Precinct Community Council all have one thing in common — they have a keen eye for cars. Comment

St. Edmund Prep dedication

Bay News: A blessing from the Brooklyn bishop added to the pomp when St. Edmund Preparatory High School dedicated its new building with a program of celebration. Comment

Spanish kids book fair

Bay News: Over 1,500 beautifully-illustrated children’s books, educational magazines, games, CDs and DVDs in French, Spanish and English will be on sale at the 4th annual French and Spanish Children’s Book Fair hosted by the International School of Brooklyn (ISB), on December 6, from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Comment

Seniors in Shape at Aviator

Bay News: Whether it’s Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa, it’s still time to celebrate. Aviator Sports and Recreation at Floyd Bennett Field, Hangar 5, has just the ticket for seniors to ho, ho, ho and still stay healthy, with a Seniors in Shape event for anyone over 55 years of age on December 11 from 9 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Comment

Seddio house begins annual holiday transformation

Bay News: On a chilly November Sunday, geese wheeled above Flatlands Avenue, near 93rd Street. Comment

Santa’s in town

Bay News: Santa Claus will be making an in-person appearance at Weichert, Realtorsww — The Franzese Group at 1707 86th Street in Bensonhurst, from 12-3 p.m., December 13. Comment

Salute to ‘Aardvark’ king

Bay News: Members of the 60th Precinct Community Council were all smiles last week when they honored one of their favorite neighborhood businessmen — Dennis Schifter of Aardvark Amusements. Comment

Report card rebuke: School assessments challenged

Bay News: Many Brooklyn schools earned an A on their school report cards, but parents still aren’t happy. Comment

Rabbinical talk

Bay News: Rabbi Eliezer Waldman MK, Rosh Yeshiva of Hesder Yeshivat Kiryat Araba, will be speaking at Congregation Pri Eitz Chaim-The Ocean Avenue Jewish Center, 2600 Ocean Avenue between Avenues U & V, December 10 at 7 p.m. Comment

P.S. 321 crafts fair

Bay News: The 2008 PS 321 Holiday Crafts Fair will be held December 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 180 Seventh Avenue at First Street in Park Slope. Admission is free. Comment

Prayers for the departed

Bay News: A parent should never outlive her children. When it happens, the circle of life fractures, creating an anguish that neither time nor faith can fully heal. Comment

Pops Concert Band

Bay News: The North Shore Pops Concert Band will entertain area residents during a free performance featuring traditional holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish House at the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th streets, December 13. Comment

Next civic meetings

Bay News: 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, newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time; however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment

New ‘Parent Engagement Ctr.’

Bay News: Moms and dads wishing to speak with their child’s teacher at Intermediate School 228 can now seek an appointment at the parent engagement center. Comment

New coalition forms to challenge DOE: Campaign for Better Schools takes aim at continuation of mayoral control

Bay News: There’s a new group representing parents as politicians decide the future of the public school system. Comment

New bank opening

Bay News: One of the banking world’s premier commercial reserves has opened shop in Sheepshead Bay. Comment

NET debuts on cable TV

Bay News: NET, a new “faith-based” network, is set to launch on cable. Comment

Mumbai attacks hit home in Bklyn: Community mourns loss of young couple

Bay News: The 183 victims of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, India included three with strong Brooklyn roots. Comment

Model railroaders go x-press

Bay News: Every holiday season, New Yorkers can look forward to a an extra stocking stuffer for the kid in us all: model railroad shows, where miniature locomotives chug along through Lilliputian landscapes and make even the most jaded grownups wistfully recall childhoods spent playing with trains in grandpa’s basement. Comment

Middle school fair at JHS 278

Bay News: Since District 22 students can no longer attend gifted programs outside their district, it’s time to learn about what schools they can attend. Comment

Kearney sports teams high on ace players

Bay News: To say the 2008-2009 season has gotten off to a great start for Bishop Kearney High School’s sports teams is certainly an understatement. Comment

It’s St. Nick day

Bay News: St. Nicholas Day at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum is December 6 from 12-4 p.m. The day begins with warm cider, speculas ginger cookies, family crafts and a house tour with senior docent, Lucie Chin. Comment

Here comes Santa Claus

Bay News: Brooklyn’s most famous Santa Claus, Carmine Santa Maria, will make his first stop of the holiday season at 11 a.m., December 6 in Bensonhurst’s Historic New Utrecht Reform Church Parish House, 18th Avenue and 84th Street. Comment

Cyclones tickets

Bay News: Beloved Brooklyn Cyclone mascot Sandy the Seagull is delivering an early holiday gift to all of Brooklyn’s baseball fans, and he doesn’t need to fit down a chimney to do it. Comment

Cosme Turkey Trot runs cool

Bay News: Big-hearted boroughites put their best foot forward to help raise money for area youth during a benefit walk in Coney Island. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Bay News: If you start hearing sleigh bells ringing somewhere off in the distance, don’t call your therapist — it really might be Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer. We are now in the midst of the holiday shopping season so check with the Consumer Corner each week for of the best places to shop in Brooklyn. Comment

Caregiver event

Bay News: The Center of Nursing and Rehabilitation’s (CNR) Adult Day Health Care Program is sponsoring a free “Caregiver Appreciation Evening” at 5:30 p.m., December 10 at 596 Prospect Place. Comment

Bishop Ford runs down titles

Bay News: Bishop Ford High School students are going for the gold these days, as some of Brooklyn’s quickest residents are capturing cross-country titles faster than you can say, “Go!” Comment

BID silent auction

Bay News: The North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District will hold its Third Annual Holiday Silent Auction, December 16 at 254 Flatbush Avenue from 7-10 p.m. Comment

A flock of tasty turkeys

Bay News: Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’ office was turned into a “turkey warehouse” as he distributed 100 turkeys to local community organizations and the area’s police precincts and firehouses to help make Thanksgiving a little more cheerful for those in need. Comment

Something’s gotta give! Yeah — you!

Vox Pop: The economy is in the tank — so our leaders are talking about either tolls on the East River bridges or higher subway fares (or both). So we hit the streets to find out whether Brooklynites think the bridges should be tolled or the fares should be hiked (or neither!). Comments (2)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

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