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Atlantic antics! A week of Yards hearings did little to change things

Atlantic antics! A week of Yards hearings did little to change things

Atlantic Yards: They’ve said it before — and they said it again. Comments (9)
Coney Island: The City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to redevelop Coney Island, a controversial plan that the mayor hopes will create a major tourist destination and livable neighborhood for permanent residents. Comments (2)
Park Slope: An elite private school in Park Slope is caught in the crosshairs of its neighbors who say the academy’s expansion plan poses a threat to the quality of life on their blocks. Comment

Cyclones fall in series opener against Yanks

Cyclones: The first game of a doubleheader ends in an extra-inning loss — and Game 2 was cancelled due to rain. Comment

Feds may go postal on your local mailroom

Feds may go postal on your local mailroom

Money-saving measures might cost Brooklynites their neighborhood post offices. Comments (4)

Locals trash new Fort Greene cans

Meadows of Shame: The dozen new garbage cans that were installed last weekend in Fort Greene Park have left many users of the relatively clean greensward wondering whose trashy idea that was. Comment
Transit: Happy sails — starting this weekend, there will be free ferry service to Governors Island every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day. Comments (1)

Boar stiff! F. Martinella Deli closes on Court Street

Dining: The pastrami experiment has failed. Comments (2)
Dining: It’s dim sum time! Comments (1)

Funny money, Walt Whitman and Robinson Crusoe are all just off stage

Waiting in the Wings: Lots of upcoming works, including a spoof of our financial system. Comment

Yassky: Take your bicycle to work day — every day!

Cyclists will be able to stow their wheels right next to their desks, thanks to a new bill approved by the City Council this week. Comments (1)
Bay Ridge: In our exclusive interview, Bay Ridge’s own Dixiecrat says he’s doing it to tweak Yankee liberals — and insists he’s no Southern redneck racist. Comments (48)

Josh Skaller is the machine candidate — the copy machine candidate

Election: A tight race for a rare open City Council seat in Brownstone Brooklyn was thrown into turmoil, however briefly, this week after one of the candidates copied another’s press release and passed it off as his own. Comments (9)

Biv, you whack! Longshot candidate goes ballistic on ‘machine’ pols

Election: The organizers of Tuesday’s 33rd City Council District debate dubbed their Williamsburg forum a “Verbal Smackdown,” but only one of the hopefuls took that name literally. Comments (17)
Event: Our reviewer renders his verdict: Cole Brothers is not the “Greatest Show on Earth” — or even in Brooklyn this summer. Comments (6)

OK, boys, the season starts now

Cyclones: The Cyclones just swept the hated Staten Island Yankees, just started their season with a league-leading 26-12 record, but now the real season begins. Comment
Carroll Gardens: Cops are trying to link their suspects to lots of bike thefts. Comment
Cinema: It’s coming to Celebrate Brooklyn this Saturday. Comments (1)

The Oh So Feisty One is no camp follower

Smartmom: Smartmom’s supposed to be on Block Island doing her annual writing week in paradise. But OSFO won’t go to camp as scheduled. What’s a mother to do? Comments (1)

Democracy in action — DeBlasio is back on the ballot!

Election: Front-running public advocate candidate Bill DeBlasio fought his way back onto the ballot at a hearing on Tuesday, convincing the famously Kafka-esque Board of Elections that the agency, and not his campaign, had caused the error that had knocked the Park Slope councilman off the ballot last week. Comments (5)

Marty: I have to knock my challenger off the ballot to save democracy

Election: Borough President Markowitz’s campaign says that it must kick the Beep’s sole Democratic primary challenger off the ballot to ensure the “integrity” of the balloting process. Comments (6)

The Park Slope man who saved ‘Purple Rain’!

Cinema: One of the most exciting events of the summer is a participatory screening of Prince’s classic film “Purple Rain” in Prospect Park — but it never could have happened without one Park Slope man. Comments (1)
Park Slope: What if they held a protest and the target of that protest showed up? Find out by reading this story! Comments (4)

It’s time to take the bassoon seriously — we mean it!

Music: A legendary bassoon master has come to Park Slope for an open-ended run — so it’s time for you to give the bassoon another chance. Comments (2)

Signs say that DiBrienza is no longer on the dole

Windsor Terrace: Former City Councilman Steve DiBrienza’s scandal-scarred Windsor Terrace non-profit has practically gone out of business after the city stopped funding the organization this summer — even the sign has been changed. Comments (1)
Cyclones: It took 14 innings, but the Clones bested the Ironbirds. Comment

Irish guys will be smiling at Jalopy

Music: Irish folk music joins the lineup at Brooklyn’s pre-eminent folk music champion on Columbia Street. Comment

Rep. Mike helps slow down health care reform

McMahon on Line 1: And he’s proud! Oh, boy, time to get him on Line 1. Comments (3)
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension has some very nice things to say about the Gallery Players’ production of “King Lear.” Comment

DeBlasio off the ballot in bizarre bureaucratic bungle! 

Election: The front-runner for the hotly contested public advocate race — Park Slope Councilman and ultimate political insider Bill DeBlasio — has been knocked off the ballot because of a technical error with his campaign petition signatures. Comments (6)

Parks Dept. accepts apology from trash party group

Meadows of Shame: The Parks Department says it is no longer pursuing repayment from an event planning company whose illegal party last Sunday in Prospect Park left the historic greensward covered in trash — thanks to an apology issued by the company late last week. Comments (27)

Big changes at Tom’s! Gus is out — but now there’ll be Sunday brunch!

Dining: The beloved owner of Tom’s Restaurant in Prospect Heights has gone into semi-retirement and handed over the grill to his nephew who promises no changes in the famously courteous diner — except that it will finally be open on Sundays. Comments (1)
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Meet our class of 2009 interns!

Downtown: You’ve seen them on the beat. You’ve read their stellar (edited!) copy. Now it’s time to meet The Brooklyn Paper’s outstanding intern class of 2009 in this exclusive video roll call! Comments (1)

Gavel to Gavel

Williamsburg: No Cuban compassion Comment

Pitch in at MDA Camp

Williamsburg: Volunteers looking for a rewarding and memorable experience should consider Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps. Volunteer counselors are needed to assist young people with muscular dystrophy and related diseases, and help them enjoy a fun−filled MDA summer camp August 16−22 in Spring Valley, NY. Comment

It’s gonna be a political horse race after all

Williamsburg: It seems Election 2009 isn’t going to be a snoozer after all. Comment

Brooklyn home sale prices on the skids

Williamsburg: Home values in Brooklyn continue a precipitous decline, as median sales prices slid 16 percent in the second quarter, and sales activity slumped to a trickle — but still showing improvement over the last anemic quarter, according to a recent report. Comment

Candidates forum

Williamsburg: The candidates for New York City Comptroller and New York City Public Advocate will participate in the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Candidates’ Forum, August 3 from 6−8:30 p.m. Hosted by the Government Affairs Committee, the event will be held at St. Francis College’s Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

The postman rings never

Williamsburg: By the end of September, the United States Postal Service could begin making plans to close some of its offices in Brooklyn. Comment

Feds keep close eye on Brooklyn gas pumps

Williamsburg: As the gas station manager watched nervously, government agents tested for water in the gas and checked whether the pump was calibrated correctly. Comment

Cheers, jeers for ‘L’

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s L train is the second best subway line in the city, but it still isn’t worth the full price of admission, a commuter advocacy group determined this week. Comment

A Britisher’s View

Williamsburg: Bragging about being “a perfect affirmative action baby” lowers the bar instead of raising it. Comment

Not for Nuthin’

Williamsburg: This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Lunar Landing, “One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind.” It also marks the rare occasion of a stuffed toilet in outer space. The International Space Station (ISS) is experiencing plumbing issues with one “John” down and one holding down the fort. Comment

Summer Plaza

Williamsburg: The Sunset Park Business Improvement District will host its a four−block Summer Plaza, rain or shine, as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets program, August 2 from 12−4 p.m. Comment

Loughlin’s Hamlet to play at Division II Post University

Trevon Hamlet said he’s always dreamed of playing Division I basketball. But a cruel reality set in about three weeks ago when he found out he was two classes shy of passing through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Comment

Former St. John’s star Grant changes wild lifestyle

Tyrone Grant is welcoming in a new era to his life – and it has nothing to do with basketball. The former St. John’s University star and his girlfriend, Cinzia, had their first child, Tyra, in March 2008. Comment

Two schools eyed for School District 15; hearing July 29

Brooklyn Courier: Two more charter schools seek to open in School District 15. Comment

BK waterfront: recharged

Brooklyn Courier: The city plans to reincarnate an industrial hub along the Sunset Park waterfront, investing more than $165 million to accomplish that goal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged this week. Comment

Shocking discovery: mummy is a man

Brooklyn Courier: Talk about an identity crisis. Comment

New Miss Liberty pops in

Brooklyn Courier: Singing the National Anthem at the top of their lungs, an assemblage of Lady Liberty lovers escorted a replica of the statue across the Brooklyn Bridge to its new home at Vox Pop. Comment

Candidates fight for ‘pol’ position

Kings Courier: They just keep on coming. Comment

Incumbent Mathieu Eugene faces dual challenges in Democratic primary race

Flatbush: Sitting City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene could be facing two challengers in the September Democratic primary. Comment

Letters to the Editor

Letters: A house divided Comment

It’s Only My Opinion

Canarsie: This terrible economy seems to be getting worse. Every month we see corporations dismissing workers. Increased unemployment translates to folks buying not only fewer luxuries but in a decrease in sales of necessities as well. Comment

Become an MDA volunteer

Canarsie: The local office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for people interested in volunteering at the local 2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon Pledge Center. Comment

Family fun for everyone on East 21st Street

Canarsie: The flame of family fun burned brightly along East 21st Street – between Regent Place and Albemarle Road – where mom, dad and the kids teamed up with neighbors for a block party. Comment

Stranger grabs six−year−old; ‘You’re my son,’ he shouts

Canarsie: It’s every parent’s fear come to life: A six−year−old boy was nearly abducted from the Marine Park playground last weekend during a brief confrontation with a crazed adult. Comment

Narco bust at the Breukelen Houses

Canarsie: More than two dozen people were arrested last week as narcotics cops converged on the Breukelen Houses. Comment

Crafty mummy pulls a fast one

Canarsie: Talk about an identity crisis. Comment

‘Stew’ plus seven

Canarsie: They just keep on coming. Comment

Rabbi: Sacha Baron Cohen’s shtick is solid

Canarsie: Sacha Baron Cohen’s box office persona known as Bruno is fashionable, a bit freaky and quite flagrant about his sexuality. Comment

Local teens cash a big−top paycheck at the circus

Brooklyn Heights: For many, their first real paying job means typing and filing, but for Tatiana Ramirez, 17, and Lialani Thomas, 19, their first real job at the Coney Island Boom−A−Ring means snarling tigers and 8,000−pound pachyderms. Comment

Big Screecher

Bay News: Because of a sudden illness, I was unable to attend the wedding of my wife Sharon’s cousin’s daughter. Mind you, we had attended the engagement, and Sharon and my mother−in−law attended […] Comment

Health threat to BK dogs

Bay News: Here’s another reason to hate rats: their urine could kill your dog. Comment

Williamsburg’s Pocket Utopia closes

It was a bit like the end of The Wizard of Oz, where all the familiar cast of characters, rather, artists, returned home for one last time. Comment

Brooklyn woman vies for filthiest apartment

She might be the Pig Pen of Brooklyn, but a Crown Heights woman failed to claim the prize for the country’s worst pig sty. Comment

Eugene has two challengers for Council seat

Sitting City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene could be facing two challengers in the September Democratic primary. Comment

De Blasio vows to stay on public advocate ballot

Call it a technicality, but City Councilmember and Public Advocate candidate Bill de Blasio now faces a court date next Tuesday to get back on the ballot for the September 15 Democratic primary. Comment

1st Amendment flap at Seaside Summer Concert Series

Members of the Community Task Force trying to block construction of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy Park say cops stepped on their First Amendment right to free speech last week during the opening of the 31st Annual Seaside Summer Concerts series on Sea Breeze Avenue. Comment

Yassky wins four square challenge

Councilmember David Yassky demonstrated his facility and dominance on the four square courts, teaming up with City Council candidate Jo Anne Simon to defeat Williamsburg Courier reporter Aaron Short in an epic match. Comment

New leaders for District 15 CEC

School District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC) now has a president and chairperson. Comment

Tempers flare in CB 1

It’s a war of words in Williamsburg. Comment

Home values continue to slide

Home values in Brooklyn continue a precipitous decline, as median sales prices slid 16 percent in the second quarter, and sales activity slumped to a trickle — but still showing improvement over the last anemic quarter,according to a recent report. Comment

Locals not sold on day care

An alfresco meeting last week did little to sway Marine Park residents that a day care facility would be an appropriate addition to their quaint block. Comment

Ciao Bloomberg!

The sweet smell of fried zeppole and the delirious fun of gravity-defying rides of the 2009 Giglio Festival, entertaining thousands of Brooklynites for the past two weeks, attracted one more notable visitor to Williamsburg: Mayor Michael Bloomberg.The mayor tried a box of “Dee Best” zeppole, chatted with Head Capo Patty Grande and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monsignor Joseph Calise before shaking hands and posing with dozens of families. Despite the urging of the crowd, Mayor Bloomberg refrained from participating in the “Soak The Bloke” contest... at least until mayoral control of the city’s public schools is resolved. Comment

Hair’s to you: Coney Island girl donates locks to less fortunate peers

When you’re tangling with a 21-inch pony tail all day, every day, your hair can become a burden. Comment

Acclaimed Brooklyn-born author Frank McCourt dies

Frank McCourt, the Brooklyn-born Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose memoir of a miserable childhood skyrocketed him to international fame, died July 19 in Manhattan. He was 78 years old. The cause of death was skin cancer, according to published reports. Comment

Community stalwart Rosemarie O’Keefe dies

Rosemarie O’Keefe, the firebrand activist whose civic career took her from her quaint Bay Ridge block to the city’s rarefied halls of power, died July 17 at Calvary Hospital’s Brooklyn campus. She was 65 years old. The cause of death was cancer, according to her husband, Bill. Comment

Parents protest St. Saviour pastor — again

The battle at St. Saviour continues — this time with parents protesting during mass. Comment

Diamondstone challenges challengers

On the eve of the petition filing deadline, 33rd District City Council candidate Ken Diamondstone has challenged his fellow opponents to refrain from challenging each other’s petitions to get on the ballot. Comment

Freedom March: Lady Liberty returns to Vox Pop

Singing the National Anthem at the top of their lungs, an assemblage of Lady Liberty lovers escorted a replica of the statue across the Brooklyn Bridge to its new home at Vox Pop. Comment

Brooklyn rabbis collared in massive New Jersey sting  

Fourteen Brooklynites, including several prominent rabbis, were charged last week with public corruption and money laundering centered around real estate dealings in New Jersey. Comment

Few clues in Flatlands man’s death

Police are looking under every rock for clues that will lead them to the person who shot a 36-year-old Flatlands man dead in his Land Rover last week. Comment

Crooked clinics take part in $47 million scam

As they treated hundreds of residents each year, a handful of local medical clinics helped set the stage to a $47 million Medicaid scam shut down by the New York Attorney General’s office last week. Comment

Sex ed may stop Brooklyn Dreams Charter School

The Brooklyn Dreams Charter School is eyeing a parochial school building — but the Diocese of Brooklyn’s refusal to allow sex education instruction in its facilities may quash the deal. Comment

Martial arts extravaganza

Fists of fury — and skulls of steel — will be on display next month at a star-studded event featuring some of the finest martial arts talent culled from across the globe. Comment

Dirty Projectors clean up the East River

In the second week of the Pool Parties on the East River (North 9th Street and Kent Avenue), music fans enjoyed the softly eclectic voices of the Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors. Comment

Breukelen Houses center of narcotics bust

More than two dozen people were arrested last week as narcotics cops converged on the Breukelen Houses. Comment

Arrest made as slain teen mourned

Justice in the form of an arrest was little comfort for family members of 13-year-old Miguel Saavedra, who came out in droves Friday, July 17, to trace the youngster’s steps before he was mercilessly stabbed to death. Comment

Vito Lopez hosts seniors for Long Island fun

The rain may have ended the festivities a bit early, but it did little to dampen the spirits of over 4,000 Brooklyn seniors and 350 volunteers at the 37th Annual Senior Citizens Picnic at Sunken Meadow State Park, hosted by Brooklyn Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg, Bushwick) and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. Comment

Three Council candidates challenged

The challenges are already pouring in. Comment

Brooklyn Dreams faces fight in District 22

Brooklyn Dreams Charter School has no place in School District 22, parents say. Comment

Broadway Triangle: next steps

Now that Community Board 1 has approved the Broadway Triangle rezoning (Broadway and Flushing Avenues and Throop Street), an opposition group is planning a two-pronged strategy to delay or derail the plan as it moves forward. Comment

Air Jamaica, others in the house

Brooklyn Courier: PHILADELPHIA – While the nation’s elite descended on Akron, Ohio. for the LeBron James Skills Academy this week, Philadelphia was the place to be for everyone else. Comment

Xaverian hurler has the right stuff

In two innings, Steven Pastrana showed his immense potential and his shortcomings. Comment

Now entering the Ring of Combat XXV

Former World Champion kickboxer and promoter Louis Neglia presented a jam−packed evening of electrifying martial arts during Ring of Combat XXV, held at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Comment

Back in the swing of things

Mired in a mini−slump, Nick Santomauro has been fiddling with his batting stance of late. Cyclones hitting coach Jack Voigt noticed that the outfielder’s hands were too far from his body, making his swing tight and rigid. They are now up and away from his body more to make his stroke shorter and freer. Comment

Brooklyn Cyclones get medieval on ya

The Brooklyn Cyclones are calling all knights and fair maidens to their kingdom at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, to bear witness to their battle against the Hudson Valley Renegades, August 3 at 7 p.m. Comment

‘No trash left behind’ at garden

Soldiers joined forces with the faithful to help transform an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes during a cleanup of Shore Road Gardens. Comment

Not even worth half a fare

Brooklyn’s L train is the second best subway line in the city, but it still isn’t worth the full price of admission, a commuter advocacy group determined this week — and the N and D trains weren’t even worth half the price of a fare. Comment

A bicycle made for you; just share

With nearly 200 miles of marked bicycle routes created in the last three years, and an estimated 130,000 people riding in the city each day, is New York City ready for a bicycle−sharing program? Comment

Tall salute goes to community stalwarts

“Outstanding” individuals were honored for their service to Brooklyn youth during a community tribute in Mill Basin, presented by the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Comment

Home sweet home sales sour in Bklyn

Home values in Brooklyn continue a precipitous decline, as median sales prices slid 16 percent in the second quarter, and sales activity slumped to a trickle — but still showing improvement over the last anemic quarter, according to a recent report. Comment

Downstate hosts SUNY chancellor

Nancy L. Zimpher, PhD, the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York, the nation’s largest comprehensive public university system with some 440,000 students, spent nearly a full day touring the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, meeting with a diverse cross−section of its staff, as well as with the elected officials and community leaders which the institution serves. Comment

Word’s out on afforable housing for seniors

State Senator Martin J. Golden has begun informing seniors 62 years and older that the new income eligibility for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program is $29,000. Comment

‘Locks of Love’ in Coney Island

When you’re tangling with a 21−inch pony tail all day, every day, your hair can become a burden. Comment

Labor Day Telethon volunteers

The local office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for people interested in volunteering at the local 2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon Pledge Center. Comment

Hats off to these stellar ps 119 scholars

Two local students were in the spotlight, honored for their academic achievement and their service to their school. Comment

Borough may lose post offices

By the end of September, the United States Postal Service could begin making plans to close some of its offices in Brooklyn. Comment

Crime prevention workshop Crime prevention workshop

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services will hold a free crime prevention workshop for senior citizens, August 4 at 10:30 a.m, sponsored by the District Attorney’s Senior Affairs Unit, at the Northside Senior Center, 179 North Sixth Street. Comment

No stickball, just a lot of four square going on

Music, dancing and some four square were all the rage during Williamsburg Walks on Bedford Avenue, as locals took advantage of the car−free block recently. Comment

A Thanksgiving breakfast for 67 crime−busters

Pass the juice? By the way, thanks for all you’ve done for us. Comment

Ken Diamondstone: the un−challenger

On the eve of the petition filing deadline, 33rd District City Council candidate Ken Diamondstone has challenged his fellow opponents to refrain from challenging each other’s petitions to get on the ballot. Comment

Nonprofit status could be at stake for two local groups amid allegations of improper campaigning in City Council race

Two North Brooklyn−based nonprofits have found themselves in the crosshairs of Brooklyn’s nastiest City Council campaign. Comment

Comptroller forum Aug. 3

The candidates for New York City Comptroller and New York City Public Advocate will participate in the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Candidates’ Forum, August 3 from 6−8:30 p.m. Hosted by the Government Affairs Committee, the event will be held at St. Francis College’s Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

It takes two at District 15 CEC

School District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC) now has a president and chairperson. Comment

Lemon−aid for the children of Haiti

Sheepshead Bay kids are using a lemonade stand to help an impoverished country. Comment

Help for vets who are crime victims

The Kings County District Attorney’s office has signed onto a special program to help veterans who left a war zone only to find themselves in a new crisis. Comment

Vox Pop welcomes new Lady Liberty with parade

Singing the National Anthem at the top of their lungs, an assemblage of Lady Liberty lovers escorted a replica of the statue across the Brooklyn Bridge to its new home at Vox Pop. Comment

Tall salute to Silver Beaver Award winners

The coveted Silver Beaver Award was bestowed upon a distinguished roster of recipients when the Brooklyn Council Boy Scouts of America held its annual leader recognition dinner in Bay Ridge. Comment

B’way jeer team

Now that Community Board 1 has approved the Broadway Triangle rezoning (Broadway and Flushing Avenues and Throop Street), an opposition group is planning a two−pronged strategy to delay or derail the plan as it moves forward. Comment

To splice, or not to splice, B61 bus

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will decide next week whether to splice the B61 into two shorter routes, an effort aimed at bringing efficiency and convenience to the notorious line. Comment

Family Day

Citizens for Better Community, a non−profit consortium of 13 blocks involved in helping enhance the quality of life within the East Flatbush community, will be celebrating its eighth annual Family Day Celebration, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Paerdegat Park, bounded by Foster Avenue, Farragut Road, East 40th Street and Albany Avenue. Comment

Steadfast opposition to new day care center on East 38th Street

An alfresco meeting last week did little to sway Marine Park residents that a day care facility would be an appropriate addition to their quaint block. Comment

Fore! Third annual semper fi golf classic tees off

Miss America 2008 helped local patriots deliver a red, white and blue salute to the Empire State’s military heroes during a pomp−filled benefit in Dyker Beach, hosted by the Capt. McKenna & LCPL Glover Foundation. Comment

High marks for Tranquility room’s healing garden

Assemblymembers Peter Abbate and Steven Cymbrowitz were hailed for their efforts to help expand local patient care in Brooklyn with a dedication ceremony at Maimonides Cancer Center. Comment

Tis: Frank McCourt dead

Frank McCourt, the Brooklyn−born Pulitzer Prize−winning author whose memoir of a miserable childhood skyrocketed him to international fame, died July 19 in Manhattan. He was 78 years old. The cause of death was skin cancer, according to published reports. Comment

Explore BK Greenway July 26

To help celebrate its 10th anniversary, eco−minded Brooklynites are invited to follow the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy Enviromedia Mobile, July 26 from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Comment

Race for beep seat, others heats up

It seems Election 2009 isn’t going to be a snoozer after all. Comment

‘Dreams’ eyes diocese site − sex could be a hang up

The Brooklyn Dreams Charter School is eyeing a parochial school building — but the Diocese of Brooklyn’s refusal to allow sex education instruction in its facilities may quash the deal. Comment

‘Women and money’ conference July 27

The Allstate Foundation will host a series of Economic Empowerment seminars for women, kicking off with “Women & Money,” 7 p.m., July 27 at Regina Hall, corner of 65th Street and 12th Avenue, with Robert Russo, Allstate agent. Comment

Street effort to honor Brooklyn poet laureate

Many knew him as Brooklyn’s poet laureate, but to those who live in the tight−knit Gravesend community, the late Ken Siegelman was also a beloved friend and neighbor. Comment

Special consideration for veterans running afoul of law

The Kings County District Attorney’s office has signed onto a special program to help veterans who left a war zone only to find themselves in a new crisis. Comment

Manhattan Beach beauty represents BK

Wherever Keelie Sheridan went in Albany this past weekend, she was greeted with shouts of “Brooklyn!” Comment

Candidates urge supporters to dig deep into their pockets

With less than two months remaining before the Democratic primary, City Council candidates throughout Brooklyn have been urging supporters to make their financial contributions as they enter the final stretch of their campaigns. Comment

Marty foes booted from Asser Levy

Members of the Community Task Force trying to block construction of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy Park say cops stepped on their First Amendment right to free speech last week during the opening of the 31st Annual Seaside Summer Concerts series on Sea Breeze Avenue. Comment

It’s time for Brooklyn to ‘Celebrate!’

The Prospect Park Bandshell provided a fitting stage for a fun−filled explosion of music and spoken word as Celebrate Brooklyn! – one of New York City’s longest−running, free outdoor performing arts festivals – kicked off its 2009 summer season at the borough’s emerald empire with the Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert. Comment

Employment agency closed over fees

Talk about hitting people when they’re down and out. Comment

Not all in alliance with the OSA

The article also stated that Assemblymember Joseph Lentol (D-Williamsburg) allocated $50,000 to OSA when he distributed $150 Comment

Stab Suspect in Custody

Justice in the form of an arrest was little comfort for family members of 13−year−old Miguel Saavedra, who came out in droves Friday, July 17, to trace the youngster’s steps before he was mercilessly stabbed to death. Comment

With a wing and a prayer, competitors chow down

Williamsburg: Coney Island exploded with musical fireworks as dynamic new talent took to the stage for a fast−growing urban tradition – the free Siren Music Festival. Comment

Red Hook ferry freeloaders told to walk the plank

The ship has sailed on free weekday rides to Red Hook. Comment

Congress gives Gowanus study a $300K boost

Congress injected a bit of green into Lavender Lake, it was announced last week. Comment

Sunset Park Summer Plaza Aug. 2

The Sunset Park Business Improvement District will host its a four−block Summer Plaza, rain or shine, as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets program, August 2 from 12−4 p.m. Comment

No movement on pending statute of limitations bills

Victims of child molestation that occurred in schools and other institutions will have to wait a little longer for justice to be served. Comment

Industry coming to Sunset

The city plans to reincarnate an industrial hub along the Sunset Park waterfront, investing more than $165 million to accomplish that goal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged this week. Comment

Move to limit Coney building heights flops

Coney Island ride advocates dreading the specter of a wall of hi−rise hotels one day greeting visitors at the Stillwell Avenue subway station suffered a body blow this week when members of the New York City Council rejected a motion limiting the height of new buildings south of Surf Avenue. Comment

Parents jeer church actions

The battle at St. Saviour continues — this time with parents protesting during mass. Comment

The Siren song lures thousands to Coney

Coney Island exploded with musical fireworks as dynamic new talent took to the stage for a fast−growing urban tradition – the free Siren Music Festival. Comment

80th Street revels in glory of summer

Coney Island exploded with musical fireworks as dynamic new talent took to the stage for a fast−growing urban tradition – the free Siren Music Festival. Comment

Don’t bring your ‘Dreams’ here

Brooklyn Dreams Charter School has no place in School District 22, parents say. Comment

Marking Hiroshima

The Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition will hold a Hiroshima Day Commemoration, August 1. Comment

Angels on the Bay has right Rx

It was 10 years ago that the families of the Rockaways and surrounding areas received a unique boost to the health of their children, when Angels on the Bay, a pediatric unit of unique design and purpose was dedicated at Peninsula Hospital. Comment

Petitions under fire

The challenges are already pouring in. Comment

$47M Medicaid scam hits home

As they treated hundreds of residents each year, a handful of local medical clinics helped set the stage to a $47 million Medicaid scam shut down by the New York Attorney General’s office last week. Comment

Democrat 33rd mixer

The 33rd District Council Forum will hold a meet and greet for contenders of the Democratic Primary seat representing Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, July 28 from 7−9 p.m. at the Williamsburg Northside Preschool, 152 North Fifth Street between Bedford and Driggs avenues. Comment

Rosemarie O’Keefe, 65, activist extraordinaire

Rosemarie O’Keefe, the firebrand activist whose civic career took her from her quaint Bay Ridge block to the city’s rarefied halls of power, died July 17 at Calvary Hospital’s Brooklyn campus. She was 65 years old. The cause of death was cancer, according to her husband, Bill. Comment

Library shut

The Brooklyn Public Library will be closing its Flatbush branch at 22 Linden Boulevard for approximately four weeks for roof replacement and abatement. The branch will closed to the public at the end of the day, July 31, and will reopen August 31 at 9 a.m. Comment

‘Horton’ hears a ‘boo’

Take a hike, Tim. Comment

Eat your heart out, Chuck Norris

Brooklyn Courier: Fists of fury — and skulls of steel — will be on display next month at a star−studded event featuring some of the finest martial arts talent culled from across the globe. Comment

Rocco gets bumped up at Kearney

Rocco Sellitto was promoted to Bishop Kearney girls’ varsity basketball coach after four seasons as the head man of the school’s junior varsity squad, athletic director Anthony Troiano told FiveBoroSports.com on Wednesday. He takes over for legendary coach Cathy Crocket, who retired at the end of last season. Comment

‘Eco−art’ festival

NYS Senator Eric Adams and Comptroller Bill Thompson will join dozens of artists, vendors, and leading environmental groups to promote ‘greener’ habits and eco−friendly practices during the “Eco Art Community Festival,” July 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment

Hip Kids’ boutique

All ages are encouraged to attend Still Hip children’s and maternity boutique’s second anniversary block party, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 283 Grand Avenue between Lafayette Avenue & Clifton Place. Comment

‘Divas’ to rock Brooklyn

The divas are back! And coming to Brooklyn! Comment

Street ball legend is still ‘The Believer’ after 20 years

Before his sterling career at Manhattan Center, the Sports Illustrated cover story, the sexual assault case that cost him a year of college basketball, his scintillating first three years at LIU, Richie Parker was a streetball legend. He started at Rucker Park the summer before ninth grade, the summer of 1989, scoring 45 points in his debut. Comment

Pocket Utopia packs it in on Flushing Avenue

It was a bit like the end of The Wizard of Oz, where all the familiar cast of characters, rather, artists, returned home for one last time. Comment

West Pointer

Commitment, dedication and drive are words typically used to characterize a Xavier high school graduate but in the case of Giancarlo C. Rindone, three other words also come to mind — duty, honor and country. Rindone will join a select group of students this summer as part of the entering class of 2013 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Comment

Report slams subway maintenance

Brooklyn’s L train is the second best subway line in the city, but it still isn’t worth the full price of admission, a commuter advocacy group determined this week — and the N and D trains weren’t even worth half the price of a fare. Comment

Dist. 21 CEC in ‘twilight zone’

Bay News: School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) has elected a new president and executive officers — but questions remain about whether or not the votes count. Comment

36/2-6/2

Bay News: Fourteen Brooklynites, including several prominent rabbis, were charged last week with public corruption and money laundering centered around real estate dealings in New Jersey. Comment

Census 2010 Awareness Day

Bay News: The Jewish Community Council of Kings Bay, HIAS−LOREO, Kings Bay YM−YWHA and United States Census 2010 invite the community to the Census 2010 Awareness Day, July 31 from 9:30−10:45 a.m. at the Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenues U and V. Comment

Last smash for BK Racquet Club

Bay News: It was game, set and match for the Brooklyn Racquet Club this week, which shuttered its doors after nearly four decades of serving the borough. Comment

Produce markets cross the line on 86th Street, older adults complain

Bay News: A group of gray panthers is on the march against the produce stores that display fruits and vegetables too far outside their store. Comment
Nightlife: A beloved Brooklyn dive bar is about to belly flop — unless the borough’s devoted drinkers can rescue it from the deep end. Comment
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We smash Cobalt and the Hired Guns

Smash or Trash: Cobalt and the Hired Guns is playing Saturday night at Union Hall — that’s tomorrow! July 25! — so the Smash or Trash team gives them the shot in the arm that they so badly need. This band is a smash! Comments (4)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comments (9)

Park trashers speak! ‘We were going to clean, honest!’

Park Slope: After more than three days of silence, the company that hosted the illegal party that trashed Prospect Park on Sunday has finally released a statement — and the company claims that it was all set to clean up the mess it made, but the Parks Department got there first. Comments (15)

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