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Take a ‘Road Trip’ with Miss Suzy at Southpaw

Dooley Noted: Our kids music, mime and puppetry reviewer previews Suzy Shelton’s upcoming concert. Comment

Good buy! The Brooklyn Paper joins News Corp.

The Brooklyn Paper has been bought by the Rupert Murdoch-led News Corporation. Comments (17)

DiBrienza scandal has him rethinking Council race

Politics: Ex-Councilman Steve DiBrienza is considering pulling the plug on his race to win back his old seat in the wake of a growing scandal over yearly, six-figure payouts from the City Council’s so-called “slush fund” to the non-profit DiBrienza has run since leaving the legislature in 2001. Comments (11)

DiBrienza must quit

Editorial: In light of a scandal, our editorial board calls on Steve DiBrienza to abandon his race for his old City Council seat. Comments (9)
Digital editions: This edition of The Brooklyn Paper is packed with all the news you need — including the biggest story of the week: Our purchase by the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corporation. You’ll also find stories on the death of blogger Robert Guskind, a new scandal for former Councilman Steve DiBrienza and our exclusive GO Brooklyn investigation on how hard it is to “live the dream” and open your own coffee shop. You’ll also find all the calendars and features you’ve come to expect from — and will always get from — The Brooklyn Paper. Your neighborhood, your news. Read more…

Rabbi in costume helps bust shul house rocker

Brooklyn Heights: Cops nabbed a man they’d wanted for repeatedly breaking into a Brooklyn Heights synagogue over the past few months — and the man who ID’d the thief was a rabbi already in his Purim costume! Comment
Gowanus: A development company’s goal of transforming a stretch of the Gowanus Canal into a 447-unit project with a scenic esplanade along the fetid waterway earned the overwhelming support of the City Council on Wednesday. Comments (7)

Community board wants changes in Bloomy Coney rezoney

Coney Island: Coney Island’s community board called on Wednesday night for Mayor Bloomberg to radically remake his controversial plan for the People’s Playground with concessions to its primary critic: the amusement area’s main landowner, Joe Sitt. Comments (2)

Sympathy for THIS Devil? For O’Malley? Neva!

Event: The son of former Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, perhaps the most reviled man in the history of the Western Hemisphere, will face down a borough still livid at losing its beloved Bums to Los Angeles more than half a century ago. Comments (18)

Living the dream?

Living the dream?

As Caroline Bell serves shot after shot of espresso in her beloved Greenpoint coffee shop Cafe Grumpy, she often wonders one thing: if she knew then what she knows now, would she have given up her restaurant job to open her own cafe? Comment

A shrine to Sharif

A shrine to Sharif

Park Slope: Broken skateboards, melted candles, flowers, cigarettes and hand-written cards at the 15th Street entrance to Prospect Park formed a makeshift tribute this week to Carroll Gardens teen Sharif Abdallah, who died on Sunday after a scuffle inside the park. Comments (56)

It’s time to ‘Dine’ — in Brooklyn

Dining: Gentlemen, start your appetites. Comment

Graffiti war comes to DUMBO

Books: There’s a new chapter in the never-ending war between graffiti writers and the police — a book penned by a retired cop has sparked outrage in the scribbling community. Comments (2)

Our cartoonist on Coney

Coney Island: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming weighs in on this week’s supposed approval of Mayor Bloomberg’s Coney Island plan by the neighborhood’s community board. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: This week, our letter writers focused on Atlantic Yards, bridge tolls, bridge repairs and a public toilet for Grand Army Plaza. Comment

It’s the bodega of the future — today!

Dining: A Greenpoint restaurateur is having a go at reinventing the city’s most ubiquitous culinary standby — the corner bodega. Comments (3)

It’s Lincoln’s birthday, but you get the present

Event: To celebrate Abe Lincoln’s just-passed 200th birthday, the Brooklyn Historical Society is showing off its most-prized possession: an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by the man himself. This is a big deal. Comment

New boss at ‘Park’ Conservancy

Bridge ‘Park’: The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy tapped its vice president, Nancy Webster, to become the group’s acting director after longtime leader Marianna Koval announced her resignation last week. Comment

Get your Gersh on

TV: Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman was once again in the moderator chair for Brooklyn Independent Television’s top show, “Reporter Rountable.” Check it out! Comment

From People’s House to White House: Ridge Rep. gets first visit with Obama

McMahon on Line 1: The latest installment of our popular feature chronicling new Bay Ridge congressman Mike McMahon’s first year in office. Today, a report on McMahon’s first sit-down with President Obama (note: 61 other people were there, too). Comment

Grand Army Plaza toilet moves a–head

Park Slope: Brooklynites, get ready to move to flushing! Comment

Screwed DUMBO driver speaks!

Mean Streets: A law-abiding DUMBO driver whose car was ticketed on Monday after the city installed new parking signs says the $115 citation is “unfair.” Comments (6)
Breaking Chews: The folks who gave Greenpoint the best coffee in the city are coming to the South Slope, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2)

Unemployed? Have we got an opera for you!

Theater: You may have just lost your job — but the last thing you want to sacrifice is your opera tickets. So, thankfully, the Brooklyn Repertory Opera is offering the newly jobless a $5 ticket to “Orpheus and Eurydice.” Comments (5)

Tyson’s corner: ‘Sexiest’ astrophysicist to speak about Pluto

Event: The Secret Science Club is finally ready for prime time. Comments (1)

Opera on Tap mixes high notes and high life

Music: It’s time to take opera out of stuffy concert halls and theaters and get it where it really belongs — in bars. Comments (1)

CB13 panel backs — and bucks — the mayor on Coney rezoney

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial plan to remake Coney Island won — and lost — in a community board committee vote on Monday night that revealed vast local concerns about the mayor’s vision and some support for the amusement area’s main landowner Joe Sitt, an outspoken critic of the mayor’s ambitions. Comments (1)

He’s Brooklyn’s OTHER borough president

Checkin’ in with: Did you know that two borough presidents live in Brooklyn? You do now! Comment

What happens on Facebook should stay on Facebook

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom gives her report from deep inside Facebook. Comments (6)
Art: Artist Sun Kwak is covering an entire gallery with black masking tape. No, it’s cool. Really cool. Comments (1)

DUMBO surprise! Boy, this guy got screwed!

DUMBO: Parking rules were changed on Washington Street during the day, making scofflaws out of some legally parked drivers. Comments (3)
Red Hook: An ongoing project to restore a 71-year old tanker scored a big hit this weekend when organizers acquired and started cleaning an all-important engine for the beleaguered boat. Comments (3)

‘Producers’ will spend big time

Theater: “The Producers” was one of the most-lauded shows in Broadway history. Now, it’ll be the most-expensive community theater production ever in Brooklyn. Comments (2)

8th Ave. fear: Moms feel unsafe crossing

Three-year-old Wyatt Smith of Park Slope can walk quite capably on his own, but when he’s with his mother and they’re crossing Union Street and 8th Avenue, he’s compelled to sit in a stroller. Comment

Brooklyn home sales continue skid

The recession continues to pummel home values in Brooklyn, as median sales prices slid 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter, and sales activity slowed to a crawl, a recent report revealed. Comment

Mike eases up on pink slips
Talk of firing 15,000 teachers subsides in advance of stimulus money

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing down from his threat to fire 15,000 teachers. Comment

Supporters push for new Dept. of Peace

Newark, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and about 34 other local governing bodies already support the idea - and now a group of Brooklynites is pushing hard for a New York City Council Resolution supporting the creation of the United States Department of Peace. Comment

Catholic schools shut to ‘stop the bleeding’

It’s not a get rich quick scheme that’s driving the Diocese of Brooklyn to close Catholic schools. Comment

Sticky-fingered crooks swipe sideview mirrors

Breaking a mirror is bad luck, but what happens if you steal one? Comment

Auto thefts soar, cops warn

Car sales may be down nationwide, but car thefts in the 78th Precinct skyrocketed in January. Comment

A fresh take on Park Circle

It’s a step that’s gotten the approval of everyone who walks, drives, pedals and trots. Comment

In the Nick of time: Jones lifts Ford over Stepinac

Nicholas Jones wasn’t meant to be an impact player. He was that other guy in the starting lineup, the athletic football player who could grab a few rebounds, score a couple points, the proverbial role player. Comment

Reaction to Ravitch Commission’s bid for new tolls

State legislators convened a transportation hearing at Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn last week, one of a series held throughout the city, during which public officials and transportation advocates debated the merits of the Ravitch Commission’s plans to close the ballooning MTA’s budget deficit and expand the region’s bus system. Comment

Investing in ‘superman’: ‘Man of steel’ gets big bucks

At the time of this writing, the bid on Action Comics Number 1 stood at $277,300 with exactly 10 days, 5 hours and 39 minutes left in Metropolis Collectibles’ online auction and Stephen Fishler, the company’s founder and Brooklyn product who started selling comic books at the tender age of 10 in Bensonhurst, couldn’t be happier. Comment

Best day of the war: coming home: Brooklyn service men and women return from fighting in Iraq

Sgt. Janine Negron clutched her son Jimmy Negron Jr., 2, in her arms and then looked him over from head to toe. Comment

Partners in hip-hop and crime-busting, too

One cop comes from Marine Park while his partner hails from Bedford-Stuyvesant. The two share a love of old-school hip-hop music and fighting to keep the borough’s streets safe. Comment

Bob Guskind — an appreciation

Brooklyn Angle: Lost in the confusion and pain over the death of Brooklyn’s premiere blogger Robert Guskind on Wednesday at age 50 is something important to this old-media scrooge: He was a great journalist. Comments (12)
Fort Greene: There’s a new front in the fight over the Gaza Strip — the doorstep of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comments (8)

Kelso brewer discovers that no good pint goes unpunished!

A Clinton Hill brewer’s blood drive idea is snubbed by its would-be benefactors. Comments (1)

McMahon on line 1: Ridge Rep. writes first bill — and lands key post

McMahon on Line 1: Oh, dear, our little congressman has grown up — and so quickly! Rep. Mike McMahon has introduced his first bill. And he was also named the whip for the Democratic freshman class. No wonder he was on the phone with us again this week. Comments (6)
What’s wrong with this picture? Start with those guys on the left. Comments (7)
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Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: Sarah Lee Guthrie — Arlo’s little girl — invited The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team to “review” her latest hit single, “Dr. King,” in advance of her performance at Jalopy on Thursday, March 12. Good news for her — it’s a smash! Comment

The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Saturday and Sunday

Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this Valentine’s Day weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment
Columbia St Waterfront: Intense lobbying from residents of the Columbia Street Waterfront District prompted the city to include their sliver of a neighborhood in a broader initiative to restrict new building heights in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Poly Prep point guard ‘dies and comes back to life’

Stephen Lazzaro walks with haste, his tie swings side to side. When he talks, there is no pause, no little hint of a problem. He appears healthy, the normal 17-year-old senior. Comment

Pinkston set to return to the court for Bishop Loughlin

Jayvaughn Pinkston, considered one of the city’s top basketball players in the Class of 2010, will rejoin the Bishop Loughlin boys’ basketball team for its CHSAA Class AA intersectional quarterfinal game against St. Raymond’s on Thursday at St. Francis Prep, league sources have told FiveBoroSports.com. Comment

Express holds off Sheepshead Bay to claim PSAL title

Errol Jeffery finally felt relaxed. Comment

Loughlin finds plenty of positives in B/Q final loss

The Bishop Loughlin girls’ basketball team came so close. The Lions took a lead against undefeated St. John’s Prep into the fourth quarter and wanted to hold on for dear life. In the teams’ two regular-season meetings, the Red Storm won in routs. Comment

Xaverian crushes Loughlin, advances to B/Q final

It’s easy to point out what the Xaverian boys’ basketball team doesn’t have, specifically size and star power. But the Clippers play hard and play for each other. Sure, there’s no blue chippers on the roster, but they’re all blue-collar players. Comment

Brooklyn College defeats York to earn berth into first CUNYAC title game since 1978

The Brooklyn College men’s basketball team topped York College, 79-68, on Wednesday evening to advance to its first CUNY Athletic Conference championship since 1978. Comment

CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan first round preview

March Madness comes around a little early in New York City. A week before the CHSAA Class AA intersectional playoffs tip off, the battle for seeding and division supremacy begins. Comment

Midwood senior came from nothing to city’s elite

Jessica Previlon’s signature athletic moment in her first two years at Midwood was helping lead the Hornets girls’ soccer team to the PSAL Class A quarterfinals as a freshman goalkeeper. Comment

Girls’ basketball playoff round-up: Clutch Caiazzo lifts St. Saviour into B/Q Division II semis

Alyson Caiazzo knocked down a jumper with five seconds left to give St. Saviour the lead for good. Comment

Xaverian looks inside to get past St. Francis Prep

As Xaverian boys’ basketball coach, Jack Alesi has to wear many hats. At halftime of a low-scoring CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan quarterfinal against St. Francis Prep, Alesi put on his therapist hat. Comment

Cassidy, Falcons hold off Bishop Kearney in overtime

Overtime hasn’t been a favorable place for Bishop Ford. Comment

Spellman rallies to beat Nazareth in Class A first round

With 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the game tied, everyone at Bishop Ford HS Saturday afternoon thought Chris Manhertz was going to get the ball. That includes the Nazareth players, who doubled Cardinal Spellman’s dominant junior forward. Comment

College round-up: Lehman beats City Tech in quarters

Duane Rhoden had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the fourth-seeded Lehman men’s basketball to a 70-62 win against City Tech in the CUNYAC tournament quarterfinals Sunday in the Bronx. Comment

A Taylor-made win for Boys & Girls over Xaverian

For all of Mike Taylor’s many talents, perhaps his best attribute doesn’t have anything to do with a jumpshot or a crossover. Comment

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