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State caught in ‘Superflop’

Cleaning Our Waterways: The Paterson administration has backed away from its surprise call last year to have the federal government lead a Superfund clean-up of the Gowanus Canal — and now says the Environmental Protection Agency should “carefully review” an alternate proposal from Mayor Bloomberg for decontaminating the waterway. Comments (5)
Greenpoint: They say good fences make good neighbors — but these fences ain’t good. Comments (6)
Brooklyn Heights: Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays Santos Caraballos from the swift completion of his appointed rounds. But United States Postal Service bureaucrats are another thing entirely. Comment

One suspect collared in Pratt student beating

Clinton Hill: Police arrested one teenager from a group of five that savagely beat a Pratt Institute student before robbing him in Clinton Hill last Friday. Comments (3)

A pol’s kid goes to school — it is an issue!

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper’s editorial board weighs in on the controversy over a candidate’s decision to send his child to a private school. Comments (1)

Here’s why minor leaguers do it — for fun!

Cyclones: Some minor leaguers will never make The Show — but they still keep on plugging away. Comment

Warehouse wall collapses — just as Guskind said it would!

Gowanus: A Smith Street warehouse, which had received numerous safety complaints and inspections this year, partially collapsed on Monday night, damaging seven cars and fulfilling a prophesy of a local blogger. Comments (2)

Cobble Hill author is about to go ‘fourth’ and collect big prize

Books: Cobble Hill author Arthur Phillips is poised to join the most elite strata of novelists — those with money. Comment
Brooklyn Angle: The city cut the ribbon on a new — and protected! — bike lane on Sands Street. Finally, Brooklyn has what civilized cities have had for decades. Comments (6)

And from the mailbag...

Letters: You’re going to love this lead letter about what an idiot our editor is! It’s a classic! Comment

It’s fair fowl at one Red Hook restaurant

Dining: Home/made, a Van Brunt Street eatery, is hosting a chicken dinner. Comments (1)

A peach of a pie from Sweet Melissa

Shopping: As much as I hate to leave my beloved Brooklyn, I do enjoy going to my parent’s Jersey shore summer rental at the end of each July. Comment

This one-woman ‘radio’ show is crackling good

Theater: Check out Tanya O’Debra’s one-night-only radio show at Glasslands. Comment

It’s ‘La Dolce Vino’ at Enoteca on Court

Cinema: What’s better than watching a movie with a bunch of friends and popcorn? Watching a movie with a bunch of friends and pizza in the garden of a great restaurant. Comment

It’s a wine win! Greene Grape hauls in another honor

Shopping: The city’s famously wine-loving CEO has finally recognized what Fort Greene residents have known for years: The Greene Grape wine store and the neighboring Greene Grape Provisions is the best. Comments (3)
Dining: Meet Kyle Huebbe, the winner of our Burger Bash contest. Comments (3)

Skaller and Lander trade more barbs — this time over campaign shenanigans

Election: For the second time in as many days, the race to succeed Councilman Bill DeBlasio has turned into a vicious, mud bath between rivals Josh Skaller and Brad Lander — this time as the two leading candidates exchanged accusations of illicit campaign spending all day long on Tuesday. Comments (6)

Cyclones beat the best team in the league

Cyclones: Opening a three-game series against Mahoning Valley, the Cyclones win in dramatic fashion. Comment
Bridge ‘Park’: Check out what life may be like if the oceans rise and we all have to live on water. Comment

Teen Spirit’s ‘gap year’ begins — and Smartmom is anxious

Smartmom: Smartmom’s college-age son is taking a year off to find himself. But when do the courses start? Comments (1)

Put out a blanket and hear some great books in Fort Greene Park

Books: Fort Greene’s pen-wielding luminaries — we’re talking Colson Whitehead, Toure, and Nelson George — will be leaving their fortresses of literary solitude for the Summer Literary Festival next Saturday. Comments (1)

Sen. Adams: I would’ve collared Gates immediately!

Politics: State Sen. Eric Adams inserted himself into the national debate over the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates in his own home last month by saying he would’ve gone even further than the arresting officer in the now-infamous incident. Comments (14)
Election: It wasn’t the answers that separated the front-runners from the longshots at The Brooklyn Paper and Brooklyn Independent Televisions’s 33rd Council District debate — it was the questions themselves. Comments (21)

Schoolyard brawl over Skaller’s 8-year-old kid!

Election: The once-genteel race to succeed Councilman Bill DeBlasio was thrown into turmoil this week, when the pregnant wife of one of the candidates sent an e-mail from her hospital bed to slam another candidate for making an issue out of the couple’s decision to send their son to private school. Comments (15)

Park Slope’s police blotter — a day early

Park Slope: We’re happy to provide this week’s Park Slope blotter one day early — as a bonus for our loyal readers. Enjoy all the crime news from the neighborhood’s 78th Precinct. Comment
Red Hook: The last building at the Rever Sugar plant is coming down. What’s Joe Sitt up to? Comments (6)

Concrete plant plan is a real Red Hook dust up

Red Hook: The planned opening of a concrete plant in Red Hook has flown into a cloud of opposition from residents who fear the company will release harmful airborne dust into homes, parks and a small-scale organic farm. Comments (9)

Finally, a weekend win

Cyclones: The Cyclones dominate the Jammers to avoid a three-game sweep. Comment

Could this building become a McDonald’s?

Carroll Gardens: The MTA is selling — and Smith Street neighbors worry that restaurant row will soon be home to the fast-food burger joint. Comments (3)
Election: The popular Democratic congressman endorsed Bob Zuckerman for City Council on Sunday in Park Slope. Comment

An ‘extra’ tough loss for the Clones

Cyclones: Brooklyn can’t come from behind twice in one long game. Comment

Friday night massacre!

Cyclones: Jamestown comes to Brooklyn and kicks our boys’ butts. Comments (2)

Chuck wagon! Schumer makes the Steve Levin endorsement official

Election: City Council hopeful Steve Levin, slammed by his opponents in the Greenpoint to Park Slope district as the “machine candidate” because of his relationship with Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez, moved into higher gear thanks to last Friday’s endorsement by Sen. Charles Schumer. Comments (16)

Hey, political junkie! Get your fix at our new election Web site

Election: The Brooklyn Paper is a part of a huge new Web site covering local — and only local — politics! Finally, Brooklyn political junkies have a place to call their own on the Web. Comments (2)

How sweep it is!

Cyclones: Cyclones take all three in Batavia — come home with big lead in the division! Comment
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Catch In Cadeo — tonight!

Smash or Trash: The “Smash or Trash” team loved this band’s new song, “Communist Lecture.” See In Cadeo tonight or on Aug. 20. Comments (4)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

Schumer to endorse Steve Levin for Council on Friday

Election: The “machine candidate” just moved into high gear. Comments (27)

With friends like Dov Hikind, who needs enemies?

Williamsburg: An endorsement from a conservative Borough Park legislator and a debate over a park on the other side of the borough could cost City Council candidate Brad Lander some votes in the upcoming primary. Comment

Street cleared for partying on Montrose Ave.

Williamsburg: Simple pleasures and community friendship added to a fun−filled revel in Williamsburg when neighbors united for a block party along Montrose Avenue. Comment

Bklyn parents pan revised mayoral control bill

Williamsburg: The revised mayoral control bill supported by the State Senate fails to ensure true parental input in public schools, parents claim. Comment

Bklyn tie$ in NJ fed bust

Williamsburg: 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

Good food, without the pretentiousness

Williamsburg: Fugghedabout the Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center, borough−faithful bon vivants savored less pretentious – if as delectable – fare at the Unfancy Food Show in Williamsburg, where close to 20 exhibitors showcased their mouthwatering morsels for a louder and less uptight crowd. Comment

Night Out Against Crime coming near you

Williamsburg: Call it “Crime Fighting: The Next Generation.” Comment

Fun for the whole family on Manhattan Avenue

Williamsburg: Ahhh — this is the life. Comment

New report: half of Brooklyn could lose a few

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s love handles are showing. Comment

Apparently, not filthy enough

Williamsburg: 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

Your guide to local meetings this month

Williamsburg: The following is a list of community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718−615−2500, ext. 2529. 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

Cyclones lose wet and wild affair to SI Yankees

Unusual games have become the norm for the Brooklyn Cyclones. Comment

It’s One Mint Julep live

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Social Presents One Mint Julep, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. ’til late, featuring DJ Becky Birmingham playing treasures from the vinyl archives, including soul, rockabilly, ska, and beyond, while Master of Ceremonies Ivan Martin provides customized cocktails. There is no cover. Comment

B train to slow down this fall

Brooklyn Courier: The silver bullet will soon be unceremoniously transformed into a sterling snail. Comment

AY opponents look to black leaders for help

Brooklyn Courier: Following several raucous meetings concerning the Atlantic Yards project, opponents have put out the call for protection. Comment

Your local civic meetings for August

Brooklyn Courier: The following is a list of community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718−615−2500, ext. 2529. 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

This ain’t your ordinary summer job

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Traveling enviro−museum to bring the estuary to you

Brooklyn Courier: They might be more comfortable underwater, but a local conservation group is hitting the road for a borough−wide environmental education tour. Comment

From out of the woodwork

Brooklyn Courier: The Empire State Development Corporation’s public hearings on the Modified General Project Plan (MGPP) for the proposed Atlantic Yards project drew a wide array of members from various community organizations and neighborhood residents to put in their opinions. Comment

It’s ‘Christmas’ in August!

Brooklyn Courier: St. John’s Bread & Life, Brooklyn’s largest and likely the nation’s most high−tech soup kitchen, is celebrating “Christmas in August” by hosting a baseball outing to raise funds for its annual holiday program, Sponsor−A−Family. Comment

‘Huge Art Sale’ on Fifth Ave. August 1

Brooklyn Courier: The Fifth Avenue BID is sponsoring a “Huge Art Sale,” from 12−8 p.m., August 1 on Fifth Avenue and Third Street, as well as a “Kids Chalk Art Extravaganza,” 3−6 p.m., August 1, on Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street. Comment

Turf war underfoot at McCarren

Kings Courier: Hundreds of residents run and play on the McCarren Park track every day without realizing that the rubberized pellets underneath the artificial turf may be hazardous. Comment

Celebrating red hook’s ‘rich’ taste for friendly fun

Brooklyn Courier: Red Hook bopped as block party fever seized homeowners along Richards Street. Comment

Street renaming effort for late poet

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Power over pain Comment

A Britisher’s View

Perspective: Remember to rob taxpayers. Comment

It’s Only My Opinion

Perspective: Here are some questions you might want to ask at your next cocktail party when the conversation slows down to a dull, boring silence. Some of them might motivate stimulating exchange. Others could bring about violent debate. And still others could lead to a fistfight. You might want to have a security guard on hand. Comment

Not for Nuthin’

Perspective: “You should play lotto, because today is truly your lucky day,” the salesperson at Tirone’s intoned as Bri tried on her new school shoes. For the past two years she has had to endure the freshman⁄sophomore style, but now that she is entering her junior year, the shoe style as well as the skirt and pant style of uniform is different. Comment

‘Divas’ to rock Bklyn

Canarsie: The divas are back! And coming to Brooklyn! Comment

‘Horton’ hears a ‘boo’

Canarsie: Take a hike, Tim. Comment

Brooklyn Political Happenings

Canarsie: Baby kissing, hand shaking, back slapping and good old shmoozing was in the house as several elected officials and citywide candidates woke with the birds to attend a legislative breakfast in Borough Park. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

Judge: FDNY Exams Biased Comment

‘Christmas in August’

Canarsie: St. John’s Bread & Life, Brooklyn’s largest and likely the nation’s most high−tech soup kitchen, is celebrating “Christmas in August” by hosting a baseball outing to raise funds for its annual holiday program, Sponsor−A−Family. Comment

No more free rides for two

Brooklyn Heights: A short−lived bicycle theft spree in Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill may have been the free−wheeling work of two suspects that cops nabbed red−handed last week. Comment

Speak Out

Bay News: Branson−in−Ozarks is the recreational oasis that Bloomberg never built in 8 years of promises. Comment

Big Screecher

Bay News: Because of a sudden illness, I was unable to attend a cousin’s daughter’s long−awaited wedding. And in last week’s column I spoke of the absurdity of the photographers taking over 1,500 photos, causing a 90−minute delay in the reception. This column is based on the hundreds of photos taken and by what my wife Sharon described of the reception. Comment

Vendors stepping on toes

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

Community board 12 stalwart Joswick retires after 12 yearsQuestions remain in E. 53rd St. man’s murder

It takes kindness, a love of human beings and good organizational skills to run a community board, and Karol Joswick had those skills down pat. Comment

DUMBO rezoning gets City Council approval

The City Council this week overwhelmingly passed the proposed DUMBO rezoning. Comment

Supermarket sale of liquor bill gains steam

State lawmakers are again reviving a measure that would allow the sale of wine and hard liquor in supermarkets and drug stores. Comment

Kruger swats at Coney swap

Brooklyn lawmakers in Albany are just waiting for the city to button up its land acquisition deal with Joe Sitt and Thor Equities before they introduce bills that would allow the new zoning plan to move ahead — but don’t count on powerful State Senator Carl Kruger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to reach for his rubber stamp just yet. Comment

Williamsburg wall denounces World Trade Center attacks

Cops are looking for the un-patriotic – and not very creative -- neighborhood wall-scrawler who commented on one of the worst days in the city’s history with the words “F—K 9-11.” Comment

Challenge in 35th District City Council Race

Upstart candidate Delia (Dee) Hunley-Adossa is expected to overcome the challenge against her petitions to get on the ballot in the 35th District City Council Democratic primary against incumbent Letitia (Tish) James. Comment

Parker Pleads for Plea, Gets No Love From DA, Victim

He’s completely innocent, but if he can get a plea deal, that would be fine, too. Comment

33rd District Candidate Profile: Evan Thies

The vacant lots, surrounded by cheap spray-painted plywood and corrugated fencing, are a neighborhood nuisance and an intriguing policy opportunity for one City Council candidate. Comment

Berkeley Carroll Plan Ignites Local Ire

It was reading, writing and rage at a Park Slope private school last week, as local residents expressed fury with the Berkeley Carroll School’s plan to rebuild a one-story building on its property. Comment

Gunfire rocks area

Red Hook’s balmy summer nights were shattered with the sound of gunfire as cops investigated two separate shootings. Comment

Famed Pickle Peddler Moving to Brooklyn

Manhattan’s loss will be Brooklyn’s briny gain, an iconic pickle pusher predicted this week. Comment

AY opponents seek protection from the community

Following several raucous meetings concerning the Atlantic Yards project, opponents have put out the call for protection. Comment

Tanning salon warnings don’t faze Brooklynites

Despite dire warnings from international cancer experts, Gina Taliercio spent last Friday happily praying to a sun god called Hollywood Tans. Comment

Grand Army Plaza Arch to get makeover

Brooklyn’s iconic version of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris will soon undergo a $1.1 million makeover. Comment

Almost done with Flushing Avenue

It has been five years in the making, but fans of the Flushing Avenue reconstruction will have to wait until September for the completion of the $40 million Department of Design and Construction project. Comment

Blow Back: DA Nabs Miami Drug Smuggler for Supplying Ridge Drug Den

An investigation into two Bay Ridge drug dens is still bearing fruit. Comment

What a drain: ATM swindlers busted snagging over $422,000

It was so simple it was criminal. Comment

What the Beep?

Eugene Myrick, the political Little Engine That Could, couldn’t hold back the rampaging locomotive known as the Marty Markowitz for Borough President campaign Monday as he was booted off the ballot for lack of legitimate signatures. Comment

City Council gives thumbs-up to Coney Island rezoning plan

The City Council approved the Coney Island redevelopment plan this week – and the city reportedly neared an agreement to buy the majority of Thor Equities’ properties. Comment

Atlantic Yards meeting brings out supporters and opponents

By Junico Simino & Stephen Witt Comment

The Biv Boutique: Open for Business

In addition to running in a highly competitive race for City Council in the 33rd District, Brooklyn Heights resident Doug Biviano hosted an art opening in his own campaign headquarters (89 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights). Comment

Fences, Entrances Vex and Perplex Fans

While the East River Pool Parties have gotten off to a successful start, save for a few weather-related disturbances, state Parks Department officials and promoters have been quietly engaging in a debate over how to best handle security concerns for the concert venue. Comment

Fidler: Day Care Told Us They Won’t be Moving In

It seems there is no room for a day care center on a Marine Park block united against its arrival. Comment

Advocate candidates debate need for public advocate

No blood was drawn as three of the four candidates for public advocate squared off in a forum at St. Francis College earlier this week. Comment

Brooklyn South murders on the rise

Despite a sharp decrease in overall felony crime, murder on the streets of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South has jumped 33 percent so far in 2009, according to the latest official police statistics. Comment

More patrols in Marine Park in light of near kid abduction

A recent report of a near child abduction in Marine Park has prompted police to put continued patrols there, this paper has learned. Comment

‘It Came From Brooklyn’ coming to the Guggenheim

Sam Brumbaugh has seen firsthand Brooklyn’s cultural renaissance. Twenty years ago, living in Williamsburg, there was nowhere to go if you wanted to go to a show or a reading. You had to go to the Village. Today, he says, Williamsburg is the Village. Comment

Dems dashed off of ballot

A four-person race for the hearts and minds of voters in the 46th Council District was hacked in half during a petition challenge marathon conducted by the Board of Elections Monday. Comment

Bloomberg touts F express

The mayor this week called for express service to be reinstituted on the F train, an overcrowded line whose popularity has soared over the past decade. Comment

87-Year-Old Gunned Down in Coney Island

An 87-year-old woman was fatally shot Sunday on West 31st Street in Coney Island – right around the corner from the site of another deadly shooting a week earlier. Comment

Free tennis lessons for kids this summer

The New York Junior Tennis League is offering its annual summer Community Tennis Program by providing free tennis and educational activities to youngsters ages 6−18 at various locations in Brooklyn. Comment

Bklyn b−baller Grant all grown up

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

Weekend sweep for Clones

As soon as he finished addressing his club and entered his shoebox of an office at Richmond County Ballpark on Staten Island, Pedro Lopez tore into the cold box of Dominoes pizza sitting on his desk. Comment

‘Good fella’ is alright

The crowd packed tightly around the court at the Tri−State Classic on Sunday night. Sean (Diddy) Combs was in the house and the park on West 145th Street and Lenox Avenue was buzzing. Comment

Legend to call it quits

Every time Junie Sanders touches the ball in one of the various streetball leagues he plays in every summer, one word is bound to follow from the emcee’s mouth: legend. Comment

Learn to surf the Web thru Dyker Heights Civic

The Dyker Heights Civic Association is offering free classes in internet, website navigation, and email for all Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst seniors. Classes begin August 4 and will be held at PS 176− The Ovington School, 1225 Bay Ridge Avenue. Comment

18 and younger, you eat for free

For the entire summer, New York City residents 18 years of age and younger, can receive free meals while school is out. Comment

CB14 honors bklynites for ‘exemplary service’

Just call ‘em rank−and−file wonders. Comment

It’s a party on East 34th Street in marine park

Neighbors kicked off party time by joining friendly forces for a day of fun in the sun as block party festivities soared in Marine Park. Comment

A walk to ‘remember’ Aug. 9

Vowing to strike out Alzheimer’s disease, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter and the Brooklyn Cyclones to announce the borough’s first ever Memory Walk — a one−mile walk around the warning track at KeySpan Park, August 9, to help raise funds and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Comment

Invoking the bard at the old stone house

The Old Stone House provided a grand backdrop for a Shakespearean classic when thespians from Piper Theatre Productions staged a crowd−pleasing version of “Hamlet” on the grounds of the historic interpretive center. Comment

Summer fun partying on president street

Simple pleasures were on the menu alongside hearty barbecues and community fun as residents united to celebrate the season of sun with a block party along President Street. Comment

Four pinned for hefty ATM thefts

It was so simple it was criminal. Comment

Just too big for the block

Park Slope residents rallied this week against a luxury housing development whose modern aesthetic they say is anathema to a block that stands aghast at its prospective arrival. Comment

Senator seeks funding for the boro

New York’s junior senator last week threw her weight behind four Brooklyn projects for federal funding. Comment

Preservation in action for Prospect Park statuaries

With loving detail, city conservators undertook the tall task of preserving a pair of heralded statuaries at the entryway of Prospect Park as part of a municipal renovation program. Comment

Stuck on land

Don’t look now, but the idea of establishing a new ferry landing in Sheepshead Bay could be sinking fast. Comment

Thanks for all your hard work

Big−hearted boroughites were lauded for their “hard work and selflessness” during a volunteer recognition luncheon presented by Maimonides Medical Center. Comment

Bklyn Children’s Museum looks to the future

Distinguished Charles E. Inniss Community Builder Youth Awards honorees and their guests joined the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in celebrating the museum’s 2009 gala, “Investing in the Future: A Celebration of Our Children.” This year’s student awardees were high−school seniors Andre Forsythe and Jelani Brown, both of the award−winning Museum Team afterschool program at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue at St. Marks Avenue. Comment

It’s a party on 63rd Street in Bensonhurst

Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party in Bensonhurst. Comment

Taking back the streets once again

Call it “Crime Fighting: The Next Generation.” Comment

Taskforce on the job at Mill Basin Inlet

With the current “green revolution” taking place across the world, one would assume that New York City would have an agency designed to clean up derelict boats and debris from the numerous harbors and marinas around the city. Well, one would be wrong. Comment

Shellbank school forum

Shellbank Intermediate School 14 is hosting an open forum for parents and the community at 9 p.m., July 31 at 2424 Batchelder Street. Comment

Sand is their mural at Coney Island contest

Beneath an umbrella of storm clouds, Coney’s white sands were clay in the creative clutches of budding Michelangelos, who went to work molding their masterpieces during the annual sand−sculpting contest sponsored by Astella Development Corporation. Comment

Hurdle for Tish challenger

Upstart candidate Delia (Dee) Hunley−Adossa is expected to overcome the challenge against her petitions to get on the ballot in the 35th District City Council Democratic primary against incumbent Letitia (Tish) James. Comment

Block party fun on 27th Avenue

Mom, dad and the kids made it a family frolic when they joined festive forces with like−minded neighbors for a block party along 27th Avenue. Comment

Council chaos begins

It looks like the City Council fights in Flatbush and East Flatbush’s 40th and 45th districts may be decided in the courtroom rather than a voting booth. Comment

Cutest thing on four legs

Five−legged Lilly went from nature’s oddity to normal pooch last week: The dog is back on her own four feet. Comment

Vollies wanted

The Metropolitan Jewish Hospice will be holding summer training sessions for new volunteers in August. Comment

Bklyn tie$ to NJ money laundering scheme

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

Major Coney Island deal struck

The City Council approved the Coney Island redevelopment plan this week – and the city reportedly neared an agreement to buy the majority of Thor Equities’ properties. Comment

De Blasio back on the ballot

City Councilmember and public advocate candidate Bill de Blasio, who had been removed from the ballot in the Democratic primary because of a one−digit typographical error accompanying his 125,000−plus petition signatures, was reinstated upon review of the issue by the city’s Board of Elections. Comment

Steps towards more ramps in Brighton

The Brighton Neighborhood Association — which has worked with the Human Rights Commission to address the rights of the disabled for several years — successfully secured a ramp at 1159 Brighton Beach Avenue, just one of dozens of ramps, which have been installed throughout Brighton Beach to accommodate those who can no longer navigate steps to exit their buildings. Comment

Mayoral visits raise eyebrows

Williamsburg: The lack of open space in Williamsburg and Greenpoint following the 2005 rezoning is one of the key issues in campaigns for City Council and citywide races this fall, but with tax revenues falling, city officials are in a difficult position. Comment

Group home has locals up in arms

Angry residents shocked last week to find out that their new neighbors at 800 East 12th Street are formerly homeless men and women in transition are now demanding answers from the agency charged with monitoring them. Comment

Say hello to your new superintendent

School District 21 has a new community superintendent. Comment

Boost for playground

The squeaky wheel received nearly $1 million worth of grease recently. Comment

18th Avenue lot eyed for community center

Right now, it’s occupied by a vacant filling station. Comment

Mark Hiroshima

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

New funds for Heights association

Williamsburg’s Moore Street Market and the Brooklyn Heights Association are set to each receive $400,000 for capital improvements under an appropriations bill Congress passed this week. Comment

Meet, greet & eat

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

Kick crime to the curb with the 6−8 this August 4

The 68th Precinct Community Council’s and the 68th Police Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime will be held August 4 from 6:30−9:30 p.m. in the park at Shore Road and 79th Street, and is anticipated to be even bigger and better than ever before. Comment

‘Unofficial’ CEC 20 moves on its agenda

Even though School District 20’s Community Education Council (CEC) doesn’t legally exist, it was business as usual at the group’s meeting last week. Comment

USPS lacking funds, post offices may close in Bklyn

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

Faith on display to mark anniversary of Brooklyn’s first sunday school

Marching bands, floats, and banner groups flocked to the streets of Williamsburg to hail Brooklyn−Queens Day with a pomp−filled parade. Comment

B train to run local this September

City Councilmember and public advocate candidate Bill de Blasio, who had been removed from the ballot in the Democratic primary because of a one−digit typographical error accompanying his 125,000−plus petition signatures, was reinstated upon review of the issue by the city’s Board of Elections. Comment

After hearing, De Blasio back on the ballot

City Councilmember and public advocate candidate Bill de Blasio, who had been removed from the ballot in the Democratic primary because of a one−digit typographical error accompanying his 125,000−plus petition signatures, was reinstated upon review of the issue by the city’s Board of Elections. Comment

Sweet sounds from boody music groups

From rock to classics, talented students at David A. Boody Intermediate School 228 for Magnet Studies wowed the crowd with a sweet medley that had visitors clapping and toe−tapping along. Comment

HeartShare president has one heck of an arm

HeartShare Human Services of New York’s President and CEO and Community Board 11 Chairman Bill Guarinello (pictured) successfully threw out the first pitch at the Brooklyn Cyclones game at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue in Coney Island last week. Comment

Height restrictions shot down

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

Casting out & cashing in at Macy’s fishing contest

Armed with bamboo rods and corn bait – and cheered on by Cyclones’ mascot Sandy the Seagull – a horde of eagle−eyed anglers had big fish to fry as they helped kick off the four−day−long R. H. Macy’s Fishing Contest at Prospect Park with an opening ceremony at the Audubon Center. Comment

Biking to work even easier thanks to new law

Bicycling Brooklynites will be able to pedal up to their offices and stow their wheels right next to their desks thanks to a bill approved by the City Council this week. Comment

Vulgar tagger has cops on the prowl

Cops are looking for the un−patriotic – and not very creative −− neighborhood wall−scrawler who commented on one of the worst days in the city’s history with the words “F—K 9−11.” Comment

BIG meet this Aug. 4

The Bay Improvement Group invites all to its next BIG Board meeting, 7:30 p.m., August 4 at the Golden Gate Inn, Knapp Street and Shore Parkway, right off the Belt Parkway, to help plan BayFest2010, the 19th annual festival to help celebrate Sheepshead Bay’s unique and historic waterfront. Comment

Tempers flare in ‘burg

It’s a war of words in Williamsburg. Comment

A nice walk down memory lane in Canarsie

Borough archivists took a trip down memory lane – revisiting sweet and significant moments of bygone times and tracing close to 400 years of local history – during a fair at the Canarsie History Museum, which also served as a book release celebration for Founder Ramon Martinez’s new tome, “Canarsie: The Real History Behind Brooklyn and New York.” Comment

Hunt for killer

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

Bklyn ‘pig sty’ not the dirtiest in the bunch

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

Dov endorsement could hurt Lander’s Council chances

An endorsement from a conservative Borough Park legislator and a debate over a park on the other side of the borough could cost City Council candidate Brad Lander some votes in the upcoming primary. Comment

MADD honors the men in blue

The long arm of the law received a thankful pat on the back when Mothers Against Drunk Driving−Brooklyn Chapter held its annual NYPD awards luncheon at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment

Half of Brooklyn could shed a few

Brooklyn’s love handles are showing. Comment

Man sought for mom’s death

A 26−year−old area man is being sought for gunning down a young mother on Bedford Avenue. Comment

New mayoral control bill ‘useless,’ say local parents

The revised mayoral control bill supported by the State Senate fails to ensure true parental input in public schools, parents claim. Comment

Biviano attacks Lopez ‘machine’

City Council candidate Doug Biviano went on the attack at a candidates’ forum in Williamsburg this week, accusing his opponents of acquiescing to the Brooklyn Democratic Party and kowtowing to its leader, Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D−Williamsburg). Comment

Neighborhood fun in the sun on Garfield PL.

There’s a block party in the neighborhood – and you’re all invited! Comment

Conditioning key to Vikings’ success

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Fannisha Price and coach Anwar Gladden are in agreement on the key to her season. It’s not the consistency of her jump shot, improving her handle or a greater attention to defense. Comment

Lots to do at the library!

Summer may be winding down but they’re keeping the party going at Brooklyn Public Library. The library has programs and activities that the whole family is sure to love. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment

Brooklyn artist featured at CMOM

To complement the opening of its new Amusement Park Science exhibit, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan will simultaneously unveil a new exhibition of works by celebrated Brooklyn artist Philomena Marano. Comment

‘Huge Art Sale’

The Fifth Avenue BID is sponsoring a “Huge Art Sale,” from 12−8 p.m., August 1 on Fifth Avenue and Third Street, as well as a “Kids Chalk Art Extravaganza,” 3−6 p.m., August 1, on Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street. Comment

McCaig−Welles gallery closes its doors

McCaig−Welles, the playful Williamsburg gallery (129 Roebling Street) that has been on the scene since 2000, is closing its doors for good later this summer. Comment

No ‘relief’ in sight for public urination

A popular concert series might be putting the ‘P’ in Prospect Park. Comment

Spice up your home with Caterina Designs

Bay News: Discerning shoppers can take Brooklyn’s own “Silk Road” to some of the most exotic and exclusive housewares from Central Asia, thanks to the opening of Caterina Designs in Bay Ridge. Comment

Street effort to honor Bklyn poet laureate

Bay News: 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

SUNY chancellor makes a stop in Brooklyn

Bay News: 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

Cut on Willoughby

Brooklyn Heights: A man who recently sued the city on allegations that cops had sodomized him with a police radio ended up in the hospital once again following an attack on Willoughby Street. Comment

Divers take to the Roadway

They might be more comfortable underwater, but a local conservation group is hitting the road for a borough-wide environmental education tour. Comment

The Biv bites back

City Council candidate Doug Biviano went on the attack at a candidates’ forum in Williamsburg this week, accusing his opponents of acquiescing to the Brooklyn Democratic Party and kowtowing to its leader, Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg). Comment

De Blasio back on the ballot

City Councilmember and public advocate candidate Bill de Blasio, who had been removed from the ballot in the Democratic primary because of a one-digit typographical error accompanying his 125,000-plus petition signatures, was reinstated upon review of the issue by the city’s Board of Elections. Comment

Gillibrand pushes Brooklyn projects for federal funds

New York’s junior senator last week threw her weight behind four Brooklyn projects for federal funding. Comment

Sixteen Sycamores Playground gets $1 million

The squeaky wheel received nearly $1 million worth of grease recently. Comment

Williamsburg wall denounces World Trade Center attacks

Cops are looking for the un-patriotic – and not very creative -- neighborhood wall-scrawler who commented on one of the worst days in the city’s history with the words “F—K 9-11.” Comment

Advocates hail new bike parking regs

Bicycling Brooklynites will be able to pedal up to their offices and stow their wheels right next to their desks thanks to a bill approved by the City Council this week. Comment

Locals Jeer Park Slope Development

Park Slope residents rallied this week against a luxury housing development whose modern aesthetic they say is anathema to a block that stands aghast at its prospective arrival. Comment

New mayoral control bill ‘useless,’ say local parents

The revised mayoral control bill supported by the State Senate fails to ensure true parental input in public schools, parents claim. Comment

Taskforce on the job at Kings Bay Arena

Kings Courier: With the current “green revolution” taking place across the world, one would assume that New York City would have an agency designed to clean up derelict boats and debris from the numerous harbors and marinas around the city. Well, one would be wrong. Comment

Williamsburgers Pig Out at 3rd Ward

How long would you wait for a taco? Comment

Magic Potions at the McKibbin Street Fair

Residents of the McKibbin Street Lofts turned out into the street and showed off their talents on Saturday, for a street fair sponsored by East Williamsburg’s favorite coffee shop, Potion (248 McKibbin Street). Comment

Gateway Rec Area working on new master plan

National Park Service employees were in front of the Aviator Sports complex last week at Floyd Bennett Field seeking the public’s input into how they want to see the Gateway National Recreation area developed over the next 20 years. Comment

Fans Storm Stage, Storms Storm Fans

Inclement weather cut short a raucous performance at the East River Pool Parties, where fans climbed onto the stage during the latter part of a Black Lips set. Comment

B train to slow in September

The silver bullet will soon be unceremoniously transformed into a sterling snail. Comment

Election for District 20’s ‘illegal’ CEC

Even though School District 20’s Community Education Council (CEC) doesn’t legally exist, it was business as usual at the group’s meeting last week. Comment

Ultimate Challenge: All the Candidates in the 40th and 45th District have to Defend Their Petitions

It looks like the City Council fights in Flatbush and East Flatbush’s 40th and 45th districts may be decided in the courtroom rather than a voting booth. Comment
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

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