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UPDATE! Jacko tribute will be in Prospect Park this Saturday

Fort Greene: The Nethermeade in Prospect Park is gonna be startin’ something this Saturday. Comments (1)
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Highlights of the Caribbean!

Event: Here’s your guide to the annual Caribbean Day parade! Comment
Music: Everybody’s — or at least every middle-aged editor with two kids’ — favorite band, Care Bears on Fire, rocked on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday night. Comments (2)

Meet the other mayors of Brooklyn

Meet the other mayors of Brooklyn

Bloomy ain’t the only mayor in town. Comments (4)

This time, Joe Sitt has screwed up

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper editorial board, which has long championed Joe Sitt’s plan for Coney Island, makes a strong break with the developer after he locked out his own amusement park in the middle of the summer. Comments (3)
Election: Borough President Markowitz endorsed two of Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s pet projects this week, giving his blessing to a controversial rezoning and the powerful Democratic Party boss’s Council candidate. Comments (8)
Cinema: Even if you miss Robert Redford’s two-night stand at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, there will still be hours and hours of Redford to soak in during BAMcinematek’s retrospective, “Robert Redford: Artist and Activist,” Sept. 8–16. Comments (1)

And from the mailbag...

Letters: Two letters this week: One from a woman who’s upset by unsanitary conditions on the Boardwalk, another from a girl who misses her dad. Comment
Art: The Convent of St. Cecilia in Greenpoint housed nuns until last year, but on Friday, it will become a different kind of haven. Comment

Shul house rocked — again!

Brooklyn Heights: A Brooklyn Heights synagogue that has been repeatedly robbed and attacked was hit again last week — and rabbis believe it is the same man responsible for earlier break-ins. Comments (1)

Walk of art

Art: This is it: Your last chance to see some great art while you shop. Comment

Ted Kennedy in Brooklyn — a Brooklyn Paper flashback

Brooklyn Heights: Though best known for representing Massachusetts for 47 years in the Senate, Ted Kennedy was also known to gourmands in Brooklyn Heights. Comments (2)

Junior’s. Nathan’s. Yassky?

Election: Borough President Markowitz is out on the hustings for David Yassky in a fun new TV ad. Comments (2)
Cyclones: Injured Met star David Wright showed up at Keyspan Park on Tuesday afternoon to take some batting practice and field grounders — evidence that he’s almost ready to join his hapless teammates on the floundering big league squad. Comments (1)

Slope library branch to close for a year or more

Park Slope: Park Slope’s busy public library branch will shut down this fall — perhaps for a year or more — while the city renovates the building to make it more accessible to the disabled, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2)
Event: Montague Street will again become a pedestrian mall — but this year’s version will shut down fewer blocks for less time. Comments (2)
Politics: Mayor Bloomberg sat down with our editors and reporters on Monday — and he made news with practically everything he said. Comments (18)
Dining: Seventh Avenue in Park Slope just got its second Vietnamese sandwich shop — four blocks from the neighborhood’s first — and not since the Vietnam War has there been as juicy a story of spies, secrets, lies and Vietnamese families torn apart. Comments (4)

Watch our comptroller debate now!

Election: Who should be our next comptroller? Decide for yourself by watching our exclusive debate featuring all four hopefuls. Comment

Cops collar two muggers!

Park Slope: This week’s blotter opens with a solid arrest after a midnight mugging. Plus all the other crime from the neighborhood’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Prepare for ‘Battle Week’

Event: This weekend features the annual commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn, which George Washington won by losing. Comments (2)

UPDATE! Jacko tribute will be in Prospect Park this Saturday

Fort Greene: The Nethermeade in Prospect Park is gonna be startin’ something this Saturday. Comments (7)
Coney Island: The amusement park operator who was locked out by developer Joe Sitt last Friday wanted to be back in business on the old Astroland site on Tuesday, but a court shot him down. Comments (5)
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Two more interns leave — but not without a tribute!

Podcast: We’ve lost two more great interns — Robin Riskin and Jared Foretek. Please join us for this donut-filled tribute. Comment

MTA still has no ‘Hewes’ for station entrances

Williamsburg: Stairways to heaven they ain’t. Comments (5)

Smartmom is away, so Teen Spirit lives the high life

Smartmom: With the family in California, Teen Spirit is in Brooklyn, working and partying. But Smartmom exacts her revenge. Comments (13)

‘Law and Order’ on Court Street

TV: TV’s long-running “Law & Order” lensed a scene on Court Street near Wyckoff Street on Thursday — and the good guys got their man. Comments (2)

Update! Jacko tribute looks to be headed to Prospect Park

Fort Greene: August 29 tribute event will be moved from Fort Greene Park — and it looks like it’s heading to Prospect Park. Comments (8)
Coney Island: Developer Joe Sitt abruptly shut down the Dreamland amusement park on his land in Coney Island, the site of the old Astroland theme park, last Friday morning, saying that the operator owed more than $500,000 in rent. Comments (10)
Cinema: Two of the most important journalists of the 20th century — and the actor who brought their story to life in one of the greatest movies of the same century — will be at BAM on Sept. 12. Comment

BLACKOUT! Fairway loses power! Produce, shopping trips spoiled

Red Hook: A power outage at Fairway on Wednesday afternoon sent the bustling Red Hook supermarket into pandemonium, causing confusion among shoppers and employees in the darkened aisles. Comments (2)

Pulaski Bridge to go under the knife

Mean Streets: You might want to avoid the Pulaski Bridge starting on Monday when the Greenpoint-to-Long Island City span gets a make-over. Comments (1)
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The New Up is a downer!

Smash or Trash: The band has a new album out, but the Smash or Trash team trashed it. Sorry. Comment

Pol: charters harm public schools

Kings Courier: Charter schools will leave District 22 public schools lifeless, according to a local elected official. Comment

Fidler clears field of Dem challengers

Kings Courier: And then there were... none. Comment

Struck and killed on W. 6th

Kings Courier: A 91-year-old man was killed Sunday morning in a motor vehicle accident on West 6th Street near Avenue O, officials said. Comment

Fire victims moved into Oak Hotel

Kings Courier: At least two of the people now residing at the old Oak Hotel on East 12th street are the recent victims of a devastating fire in Bay Ridge, this paper has learned. Comment

Parishioners honor patron saint in bergen Beach

BoroBeat: The faithful flocked to the streets to hail their Blessed Mother as the Catholic Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel got underway in Bergen Beach with a street procession. Comment

Chancellor tours Suny downstate medical ctr.

BoroBeat: 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

38th Street revels in traffic-free day

BoroBeat: Block party festivities ignited the entire nabe as revelers teamed up for a summer frolic along East 38th Street. Comment

Community joins cops on the local beat

BoroBeat: Borough cops and community kids walked the beat together last week as they celebrated yet another round of successful National Night Out Against Crime celebrations. Comment

‘Fire! New Play Festival’

Brooklyn Paper: Freedom Train Productions will have an all-star line up of authors, activists, and an award-winning playwright who will facilitate talkbacks following performances at the “FIRE! New Play Festival,” August 12-13 and 19-20 at 138 South Oxford Street.There is a $5 suggested donation. The performances are wheelchair accessible. Comment

Critics: you dirty Rats!

Kings Courier: Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ with Julia Roberts

Brooklyn Paper: Julia Roberts was spotted in Boerum Hill today filming scenes for her upcoming film, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Comment

De Blasio heirs push single-payer reform

Brooklyn Paper: President Barack Obama might have backed off on single-payer health care since winning the White House, but the candidates hoping to succeed Bill de Blasio in the New York City Council have not. Comment

DEC: consider alternative clean up

Brooklyn Paper: The agency that initially requested the feds to include the Gowanus Canal in the Superfund program is now advising careful consideration of the city’s alternative clean-up plan. Comment

Republicans turn the heat up — on each other

Brooklyn Paper: If they keep this up, someone may confuse them for... well... Democrats. Comment

Leadership struggle inside Dist. 18

Flatbush: A member of School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) is trying to unseat the group’s founding president. Comment

Up close with Jo Ann Simon

Brooklyn Paper: At the corner of Pacific and Bond Street, an inch of cement pokes out above the street, where a flattened curb cut should be. Comment

Candidates debate

Brooklyn Paper: Transportation Alternatives will hold a debate for candidates running in the 33rd City Council District, 7 p.m., September 1 at Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Avenue, across from McCarren Park. Comment

Mike’s street cred problem

Brooklyn Paper: A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment

LIBA’s ‘Battle of Brooklyn’%A0

High School Sports: It was a strange location for the Long Island Baseball Association’s version of the Battle of Brooklyn, but Preller Field on Hillside Ave. in Queens served as the battlegrounds for the Mike Becker Division championship between two teams very familiar with each other. Comment

Schumer in Levin’s corner

Brooklyn Paper: New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer endorsed the youngest candidate in the 33rd District City Council race, Steve Levin, on the steps of Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn, praising his work while serving as Chief of Staff to Brooklyn Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg). Comment

New hockey league, new team touch down at Aviator Sports Complex%A0

Brooklyn Paper: They are a new team in a new league with a new coach, but professional hockey returns to Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn this winter. Comment

Brooklyn Children’s Museum ‘09 gala

Canarsie: 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

Beauty and the beasts reign in Coney Island

Canarsie: Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan was recently honored as Guest Ringmaster at the Coney Island Boom A Ring, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Comment

Fidler cuts out challenges

Canarsie: And then there were... none. Comment

Merchants talk some shop

Canarsie: Merchants on Avenue D and Utica Avenue are taking the first steps toward instituting a Business Improvement District. Comment

800 flock to Monster.com job fair in Brooklyn

Canarsie: Despite the city’s high unemployment rate, Brooklyn residents were optimistic at a recent job fair in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Green thumbs up at nursing center

Canarsie: The New York Congregational Nursing Center is looking lush and verdant for the sumnmer, thanks to the homespun handiwork of Middle School 2 students who teamed with clients, staffers and other members of the community to help create a landscape of love and legacy at the comely campus. Comment

Sneers & jeers for sideshow

Canarsie: Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment

New fun & games at Columbus Pk

Brooklyn Paper: First the Greenmarket, then more street furniture, noontime concerts, the occasional circus, street musicians, outdoor movies and even a miniature golf coarse. Comment

7th annual Diabetes Walk for Health

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Diabetes Task Force will celebrate its Seventh Annual Diabetes Walk for Health, August 15 at the Prospect Park Bartel Lot on 15th Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment

Advocacy under the gun

Canarsie: 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

Uninsured Americans by the numbers

Perspective: President Obama’s well-intended, ambitious goal is to provide “quality, affordable health care to all Americans.” Note that word – Americans. Comment

Missing manners in the era of grunts and hogs

Perspective: While traveling over hill and dale to get home last week, I happened to overhear a fellow traveler complaining about the state of manners in our fair city — particularly on the conduct of travelers on public transportation, and even more precisely on women who put their makeup on, occasionally plucking a stray chin hair or two, or completing their morning ablutions on public conveyances -— in front of everyone, horror oh horror — actually in front of everyone? Comment

Indicted dog thrower closer to getting caged

Brooklyn Paper: The 19-year-old Red Hook resident accused of hurling his one-year-old dog off the roof of his six-story apartment building is quickly getting fitted for a cage of his own. Comment

Activists cite ‘animal abuse’

Flatbush: Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment

Claws Bared Against Incumbent at 45 District CNG Debate

Flatbush: The race for Flatbush’s 45th Council District isn’t filled with like-minded candidates. Comment

Sugar site leveled; BJ’s next?

Brooklyn Paper: Developer Joe Sitt is still sweet on retail along the Red Hook waterfront, a company spokesperson insisted this week. Comment

Mayor’s street cred fiasco

Brooklyn Paper: A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment

Animal abuse cited

Brooklyn Paper: Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment

DEC urges new look at city’s plan

Brooklyn Paper: The agency that initially requested the feds to include the Gowanus Canal in the Superfund program is now advising careful consideration of the city’s alternative clean-up plan. Comment

Concrete man: trucks no problem

Brooklyn Paper: A few more trucks a day shouldn’t faze Red Hook residents, an executive with a concrete firm intent on opening a plant in the neighborhood said last week. Comment

Mayor’s street cred doubted

Flatbush: A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment

Advocate hopefuls talk turkey at debate

Williamsburg: Despite a dwindling budget to do the job, the four candidates for public advocate participated in an often spirited exchange in their latest encounter. Comment

City Council hopefuls clash on TV

Williamsburg: While no weapons were flashed, teeth were certainly bared during an often raucous debate between the candidates running for Brookyn’s 33rd Council District sponsored by this paper and BCAT Independent Television. Comment

In the kitchen with Foodie Sunny Anderson

Williamsburg: Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment

Wannabe watchdogs under hot lights

Williamsburg: From saving city money to doling out discretionary funds to Atlantic Yards, the four candidates for City Comptroller took off the gloves in their latest verbal battle. Comment

Insiders versus outsiders in the 33rd

Williamsburg: Those battling candidates for the open 33rd City Council district seat continued to get in their digs at each other and plead their case last week. Comment

Boro’s greenest blocks

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in announcing the winners of the 15th annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Comment

Tour the lost R.R. tunnel: it’s cool

Canarsie: History has never felt this cool. Comment

Circus food court offers more than peanuts

Williamsburg: The summer of 2009 has seen a unique entertainment experience arrive in Brooklyn: The Coney Island BOOM A RING marks the first time in more than half a century that the “Greatest Show On Earth” has performed under a tent. Comment

Oysters make bid to return

Williamsburg: A new study aims to determine whether Jamaica Bay is clean enough to one day make oysters — and environmentalists — happy as clams. Comment

Low-cost educational programs for retirees

Williamsburg: Marking its thirty-third year of providing Brooklyn seniors with an excellent educational program at minimal cost, the Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education will start its fall 2009 semesterSeptember 9, offering nearly 80 courses and lectures, live music and theatrical performances. Comment

Diabetes Walk for Health

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Diabetes Task Force will celebrate its Seventh Annual Diabetes Walk for Health, August 15 at the Prospect Park Bartel Lot on 15th Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment

Dominican Pride on parade in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: After a long and festive day celebrating their Dominican heritage on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, Williamsburg’s Dominican-American community took to the streets for a five-hour party Sunday during the 22nd annual 2009 Dominican Block Party. Comment

Brooklyn post offices spared the chopping block

Williamsburg: Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment

Ribbon cut; Sands Street bicycle path debuts

Williamsburg: For Transportation Alternatives’ Noah Budnick, along with citywide transportation activists and the thousands of cyclists who commute to work every day, it has been four years in the making: the Sands Street bike lane is officially open. Comment

Turn up the noise for this trio of ‘Girls’

Nightlife: Sound guys hate the Vivian Girls. Comment

‘Acoustically Related’

Nightlife: As part of the Acoustically Related series presented by Kord Unplugged at Southpaw, Matt Witte, lead singer and guitarist from the New Blood Revival & Chainsaw Trio, will be making a rare solo, acoustic performance, July 28. Comment

Pool party security

Williamsburg: 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

Schumer throws politcal might behind Steve Levin

Williamsburg: New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer endorsed the youngest candidate in the 33rd District City Council race, Steve Levin, on the steps of Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn, praising his work while serving as Chief of Staff to Brooklyn Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg). Comment

Schmoozing along the campaign trail

Williamsburg: Taking a break from debates and candidate forums, three comptroller candidates stopped by East River State Park to snack on hot dogs, drink some wine, and chat with residents about their concerns with managing the city’s budget. Comment

Pizza jeopardizes mayor’s street cred%A0

Williamsburg: A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment

Up close look at Jo Anne Simon

Williamsburg: At the corner of Pacific and Bond Street, an inch of cement pokes out above the street, where a flattened curb cut should be. Comment

A sideshow%A0 swan song

Williamsburg: Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment

Become a telethon volunteer

Williamsburg: 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

Wannabe watchdogs square off under lights

Brooklyn Paper: From saving city money to doling out discretionary funds to Atlantic Yards, the four candidates for City Comptroller took off the gloves in their latest verbal battle. Comment

BK post offices to be spared

Brooklyn Paper: Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment

Step into Sunny’s kitchen

Brooklyn Paper: Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment

Cooking demo at Farmers Market

Brooklyn Paper: Regular shoppers at the Sunday DUMBO Farmers Market probably know Carrie Luckner-Zimmerman as the helpful market manager wearing a yellow t-shirt emblazoned with Community Markets carrot logo. But on August 16, from 12-2 p.m., Luckner-Zimmerman will don on another hat — a chef hat, that is. Comment

Tour the lost R.R. tunnel: it’s cool%A0

Brooklyn Paper: History has never felt this cool. Comment

Sands St. bike land debuts

Brooklyn Paper: For Transportation Alternatives’ Noah Budnick, along with citywide transportation activists and the thousands of cyclists who commute to work every day, it has been four years in the making: the Sands Street bike lane is officially open. Comment

Gimme five: 39th District showdown

Brooklyn Paper: The five Democratic candidates for City Council in the 39th District picked over details regarding transportation planning and development issues in a largely civil debate moderated by CNG’s Gersh Kuntzman and Thomas Tracy at BCAT TV studios (57 Rockwell Place) in downtown Brooklyn Monday morning. Comment

You dirty rats!

Brooklyn Paper: Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment

Mortgage questions continue to dog Towns

Brooklyn Paper: The House Ethics Committee last week declined comment on whether they will investigate two questionable home mortgagesthat Rep. Edolphus Towns received from Countrywide Financial Corp. Comment

Friendly fire among candidates

Brooklyn Paper: They’re chummy no more. Comment

Mike’s tough new rules

Brooklyn Paper: Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded control of the city’s public schools just days ago but that isn’t stopping him from introducing new rules and regulations. Comment

SummerStarz fun at East River State Park

Parenting: Town Square, Edge 11211, and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation present SummerStarz, free movies on Thursdays at East River State Park, North Eighth Street & Kent Avenue, now to August 27. Comment

Letters to the Editor

Letters: We write in response to Aaron Short’s recent article about the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn. First, a couple of factual corrections: OSA does indeed have bylaws, which were filed in February 2006; our by-laws and required financial filings are publicly available on the website of the NYS Attorney General, Charities Bureau; and our recent Spring fundraiser, organized by board member volunteers, raised $13,000, not $1,300. Comment

More could be held back under Mike’s new rules

Williamsburg: Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded control of the city’s public schools just days ago but that isn’t stopping him from introducing new rules and regulations. Comment

Now she’s BK’s sweetheart

Williamsburg: Julia Roberts was spotted in Boerum Hill today filming scenes for her upcoming film, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Comment

Homemade co-carts never go out of style

BoroBeat: No engines, all attitude. Comment

Still Hip biggest bag sale coming

Brooklyn Paper: Still Hip, the funky Clinton Hill children’s resale boutique featured on BCAT and CNN, will host its biggest bag sale, August 30. They are ready to purge their summer and overstocked fall and winter inventory. The store’s play area will be set up with bins and tables filled with clothing in every size, as well as maternity clothing, toys and gear. Comment

Advocate hopefuls talk turkey in debate

Brooklyn Paper: Despite a dwindling budget to do the job, the four candidates for public advocate participated in an often spirited exchange in their latest encounter. Comment

Ad Hoc Art looks to scale back

Williamsburg: After four years, Ad Hoc Art, the East Williamsburg street art destination, threw its last full show on August 7 at its gallery space (49 Bogart Street), the anchor tenant of the block. Comment

Navigate health care

Brooklyn Paper: As part of City Council Candidate for Brooklyn’s 33rd District Doug Biviano’s Open Door Series, health benefits guru Sam Camens will explain how small businesses and individuals can successfully navigate the American health care system from 7-9 p.m., August 19 at Biviano’s campaign office, 89 Montague Street at the corner of Hicks Street. Comment

Family fun in Paerdegat Park

BoroBeat: Mom, dad and the kids united for a rollicking revel during a family day at Paerdegat Park, presented by Citizens for a Better Community. Comment

Update on U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion story

In the August 6 issue of this paper in a piece on the US Army Recruiting Battalion at Fort Hamilton Army Base, incoming Lt. Col. Omuso D. George was incorrectly identified as Amuso; Comment

No shucking, oysters could return

A new study aims to determine whether Jamaica Bay is clean enough to one day make oysters — and environmentalists — happy as clams. Comment

Inniss Community Builder Youth Awards doled out

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

Amphitheater critics%A0hope for a new tune

The standoff between Borough President Marty Markowitz and residents near Asser Levy Seaside Park continues — but there are indications that the beep might be ready to rethink aspects of his plan to build a new $64 million amphitheater inside the Sea Breeze Avenue green space. Comment

Rent increase exemption program signed into law

The proposal to amend the senior citizen rent increase exemption program (SCRIE), of which Councilman Vincent Gentile was a key co-sponsor, was passed by the New York City Council and signed into law by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Grateful Community joins cops on the beat

Borough cops and community kids walked the beat together last week as they celebrated yet another round of successful National Night Out Against Crime celebrations. Comment

Slicing and dicing the mayor’s approach to pizza

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment

91st Street neighbors enjoy summer’s best

BoroBeat: Community cheer was on the menu – alongside bountiful barbecues – as residents turned up the heat and embraced the season of outdoor fun with a block party in Bay Ridge. Comment

Torre kids bring championship home

Bay News: Budding Mike Piazzas from the Joe Torre East Highway Little League Dragons have a ball celebrating their new title — the Little League New York District 25 champs! Comment

City hopes to zone nabes for fresh produce

Brooklyn leaders know that while New Yorkers should be eating more fruits and vegetables, there are not enough grocery stores in many city neighborhoods. Comment

Lost tunnel tour: it’s cool down here

History has never felt this cool. Comment

Gateway to BK: share your vision of Floyd Bennett

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

BOOM-A-RING food court redefines circus fare

The summer of 2009 has seen a unique entertainment experience arrive in Brooklyn: The Coney Island BOOM A RING marks the first time in more than half a century that the “Greatest Show On Earth” has performed under a tent. Comment

Local guild holds meeting

Now in its 51st year, the non-profit Guild for Exceptional Children held its Annual Joint Meeting for members of the board of directors, the Community Advisory Board, which meets monthly to support fundraising and community activities, and staff directors. Comment

True to their school

Canarsie: No matter where you end up, most people have fond memories of high school. Comment

Possible probe into Towns mortgages

The House Ethics Committee last week declined comment on whether they will investigate two questionable home mortgagesthat Rep. Edolphus Towns received from Countrywide Financial Corp. Comment

Four-Year-Old Boy Prepares Sleep Sacks for Homeless

One little Brooklyn boy is showing you’re never too young to lend a helping hand. Comment

Biv Sharpens Message

Sparks continue to fly between two Brooklyn City Council candidates in an increasingly negative Democratic primary race to replace Councilmember David Yassky (D-Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg). Comment

Rep. Anthony Weiner endorses candidate Bob Zuckerman

President Barack Obama might have backed off on single-payer health care since winning the White House, but the candidates hoping to succeed Bill de Blasio in the New York City Council have not. Comment

Triumphant ride for wounded warriors

In a show of indomitable human spirit, soldiers wounded in combat rode in a 25-mile New York City benefit bicycle race, which began at Macy’s in Manhattan’s Herald Square and concluded with a sweet stop at a welcome block party outside Villabate-Alba Pasticceria & Bakery in Bensonhurst – complete with a greeting from actor Matthew Modine and Sopranos’ star Tony Sirico. Comment

Eastern District H.S. lives on in the hearts of alumus

No matter where you end up, most people have fond memories of high school. Comment

Beauty and the beasts meet at Coney Island circus

Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan was recently honored as Guest Ringmaster at the Coney Island Boom A Ring, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Comment

Sunny does home cooking in Bay Ridge

Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment

Lutheran earns five-star status

Lutheran Medical Center has been named to the Community Value Index (CVI) top 100 hospitals in the country list for the fourth year in a row. Scoring in the top 20 percent, it has also been designated a “Five-Star” facility. Comment

All signs point to safer ramp

The Department of Transportation has responded to State Senator Martin Golden’s request to study the safety of the entrance to the Belt Parkway at Fourth Avenue, and has already installed “quik curbs” and additional signage is set to be installed. Comment

Police Blotter

One man was killed and another was seriously injured following a harrowing shooting at the Venice Marina Saturday. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

Crime: A Prospect Heights hair stylist and his friend reportedly scammed millions out of desperate homeowners throughout the tri-state area, according to a federal charges filed against the two borough residents in nearby New Jersey. Comment

Matt Molbury: ‘Most valuable player’

High School Sports: On a team full of some of the better high school baseball players from Brooklyn, Matt Molbury has been the best player for the Sayo Grays, according to its coach Ian Young. Comment

New A’s set to drop puck at Aviator

Bay News: They are a new team in a new league with a new coach, but professional hockey returns to Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn this winter. Comment

Bocce is life at area park

Bay News: It was a ball-lobbing bonanza. Comment

Take a seat at Sunny Anderson’s table and enjoy

Bay News: Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment

Brooklyn post offices spared the axe, officials say

Bay News: Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment

Cyclones fans cheer for ‘Straw’

Darryl Strawberry throws out the first pitch at KeySpan Park Monday. Photo by Joseph Staszewski . Comment

Bklyn battles out of slump

Across the first 22 innings of the Cyclones’ series with Jamestown, Brooklyn amassed all of 12 hits and one run, dropping the first two games. Manager Pedro Lopez wasn’t sure what was suddenly wrong with his team at KeySpan Park, the place they started out a franchise-best 9-0 and had lost six of seven recently. Comment

A Badge of honor for local boy scout

BoroBeat: Just call Eagle-bound Bensonhurst scout Edward Maddalena a grassroots gladiator for organizing an environmental awareness fair at New Utrecht Reformed Church to educate and empower his community while trying to attain his Court of Honor Badge. Comment

Remarkable BK resident marks 108th year

BoroBeat: What’s her secret? Comment

The right kind of therapy

BoroBeat: Menorah Home and Hospital residents celebrated National Therapeutic Recreation Week by demonstrating their skills in drumming, tai chi, yoga and Nintendo Wii. Comment

Eigsti getting another go around with Cyclones

Bay News: Jake Eigsti is back in Brooklyn…again. Comment

Cohoon stakes out spot on the hill

Of the Cyclones’ five starting pitchers, Mark Cohoon stands out the least. Brandon Moore, manager Pedro Lopez said, has the best stuff, Jim Fuller the highest velocity, Darin Gorski is the lone top 10-round draft pick of the bunch and Collin McHugh is somewhat of a strikeout specialist. Comment

A sideshow swan song

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment

Towns mortgages may lead to House investigation

Bay News: The House Ethics Committee last week declined comment on whether they will investigate two questionable home mortgagesthat Rep. Edolphus Towns received from Countrywide Financial Corp. Comment

Slicing & dicing the mayor’s pizza habits

A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment

Join the telethon

Bay News: 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

Borough Hall mulls%A0new tune

Bay News: The standoff between Borough President Marty Markowitz and residents near Asser Levy Seaside Park continues — but there are indications that the beep might be ready to rethink aspects of his plan to build a new $64 million amphitheater inside the Sea Breeze Avenue green space. Comment

$1.1 million facelift for Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch

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

Beach cries foul!

Bay News: Cops from the 61st Precinct may be keeping close tabs on beach-goers but they’re failing to adequately protect the community at large, some in Manhattan Beach are charging. Comment

Election do-over for%A0 District 21 parents group

Bay News: School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) will elect a president — again. Comment

Eastern alum: true to their school

Bay News: No matter where you end up, most people have fond memories of high school. Comment

Charter schools threaten public schools, Maisel says

Bay News: Charter schools will leave District 22 public schools lifeless, according to a local elected official. Comment

No shucking and jiving, oysters could return

Bay News: A new study aims to determine whether Jamaica Bay is clean enough to one day make oysters — and environmentalists — happy as clams. Comment

Beauty and the Beasts in Coney

Bay News: Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan was recently honored as Guest Ringmaster at the Coney Island Boom A Ring, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Comment

Feasting on the circus’ food court

Bay News: The summer of 2009 has seen a unique entertainment experience arrive in Brooklyn: The Coney Island BOOM A RING marks the first time in more than half a century that the “Greatest Show On Earth” has performed under a tent. Comment

Kent Ave Goes 1-Way

Just as an online petition to keep Kent Avenue a two-way street has been circulating throughout Williamsburg email groups, Department of Transportation (DOT) officials quietly announced that two sections of Kent Avenue would be converted to northbound-only streets. Comment

Brooklyn Post Offices to remain open

Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment

BOOM A RING food court offers traditional circus fare and more

Canarsie: The summer of 2009 has seen a unique entertainment experience arrive in Brooklyn: The Coney Island BOOM A RING marks the first time in more than half a century that the “Greatest Show On Earth” has performed under a tent. Comment

Candidates wade through ‘slushy’ questions

Canarsie: Hometown favorite David Yassky responded to tough questioning at this week’s debate among the four City Council candidates running in the September Democratic primary for City Comptroller. Comment

Leadership struggle inside Dist. 18 parents group

Canarsie: A member of School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) is trying to unseat the group’s founding president. Comment

Grateful community joins cops on the beat

BoroBeat: Borough cops and community kids walked the beat together last week as they celebrated yet another round of successful National Night Out Against Crime celebrations. Comment

Cyclists dies in garbage truck collision

Brooklyn Heights: Cops cordoned off the corner of Schermerhorn and Nevins Streets early Saturday morning following a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a garbage truck. Officials said that the motorcyclist, who was not named, died at the scene after the August 8 impact. The garbage truck is owned by Viking Sanitation, a private carting company.Photo by Mark Kafner Comment

Sunny Anderson keeps it ‘Real’ in her Brooklyn kitchen

Canarsie: Sunny Anderson is the Food Network’s next big thing — and a proud Brooklynite. Comment

More secure future for residents of Starrett City; affordable housing extended

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Governor David Paterson, bill sponsors Senator John Sampson, Assembly Members Inez Barron and Vito Lopez, and other elected officials and community members as Paterson signed legislation that would extend the affordable housing program in the 5,881-unit Starrett City complex for an additional 30 years. Comment

Detonate mad hatters Kim & Mahmoud

Perspective: They aren’t interested in unclenching their fists. Comment

DEC: Careful review of Gowanus alternative needed

The agency that initially requested the feds to include the Gowanus Canal in the Superfund program is now advising careful consideration of the city’s alternative clean-up plan. Comment

No shucking, the oyster could make a comeback

Canarsie: A new study aims to determine whether Jamaica Bay is clean enough to one day make oysters — and environmentalists — happy as clams. Comment

Beloved mail carrier’s transfer riles residents

Through rain and hail, sleet and snow, postman Santos Caraballo has delivered the mail to Cadman Towers, 101 Clark Street. Comment

Brooklyn Politics

While candidates for citywide and City Council seats continue to debate the issues, voters are also on notice that they have little time left to register for the Sept. 15 Democratic Primary. Comment

Neighbors fight to keep mailman

Brooklyn Heights: Through rain and hail, sleet and snow, postman Santos Caraballo has delivered the mail to Cadman Towers, 101 Clark Street. Comment

Kid stuff: Skaller’s child’s school choice challenged

Leave my kid out of this. Comment

Candidates for 33rd trade blows

Brooklyn Heights: While no weapons were flashed, teeth were certainly bared during an often raucous debate between the candidates running for Brookyn’s 33rd Council District sponsored by this paper and BCAT Independent Television. Comment

Target off the mark when it comes to scooters

Perspective: Recently, I wrote a column about how handicapped-friendly Las Vegas was to those who rely on scooters, motorized chairs and wheelchairs. Let me bring to your attention the exact opposite…Target at the Erskine Street exit off the Belt Parkway.Sunday, my wife and I decided to go to Target at the Gateway Shopping Plaza. We opted to have dinner first at Olive Garden. After an hour and 15 minute wait we finally got our table.It was close to 6:30 p.m. when we finished and drove to Target. Sharon dropped me off and I painfully walked to the store spotting a motorized scooter right by the security guard. Comment

You Dirty Rats!

Brooklyn Heights: Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment

Borough Briefs

Even more aging Brooklyn vehicles could soon be off the roadways now that the U.S. Senate extended the popular “Cash for Clunkers” program by providing an additional $2 billion in funds. Comment

Street cred-challenged mayor

Brooklyn Heights: A saucy staffer for candidate Michael Bloomberg insists hizzoner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — especially when he’s digging into Brooklyn’s favorite finger food. Comment

Do-over for District 21 CEC

Bay News: School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) will elect a president — again. Comment

Amphitheater foes hope for new tune out of beep

Bay News: The standoff between Borough President Marty Markowitz and residents near Asser Levy Seaside Park continues — but there are indications that the beep might be ready to rethink aspects of his plan to build a new $64 million amphitheater inside the Sea Breeze Avenue green space. Comment

Ad Hoc Hosts Chris Stain, Armsrock

After four years, Ad Hoc Art, the East Williamsburg street art destination, threw its last full show on August 7 at its gallery space (49 Bogart Street), the anchor tenant of the block. Comment

Wall collapse vexes nabe

Despite assurances from the city that it would carefully monitor the demolition of a Gowanus warehouse, part of the building’s wall suddenly collapsed this week. Comment

Health Care townhall draws cheers and jeers

Claims of moving toward Communism and taxes paying illegal immigrants’ medical bills were heard, but last week’s town hall meeting on establishing a National Health Care (NHC) system proved tame compared to similar meetings held around the country. Comment

The right kind of therapy for Menorah Home & Hospital senior citizens

BoroBeat: Menorah Home and Hospital residents celebrated National Therapeutic Recreation Week by demonstrating their skills in drumming, tai chi, yoga and Nintendo Wii. Comment

Columbus Park heats up

First the Greenmarket, then more street furniture, noontime concerts, the occasional circus, street musicians, outdoor movies and even a miniature golf coarse. Comment

Public Advocate candidates talk turkey in televised debate

Despite a dwindling budget to do the job, the four candidates for public advocate participated in an often spirited exchange in their latest encounter. Comment

Five-Year-Old Sworn in as Junior Paramedic

A five-year-old boy from Jamaica, Queens who called 911 after his pregnant mother passed out in their home was sworn in as a “Junior Paramedic” on August 12 at the FDNY Headquarters in downtown Brooklyn last week. Comment

Big Uptick in Usage of Canarsie Park, as Second Phase of Rehab Gets Underway

The newly renovated portions of Canarsie Park are getting a workout from neighborhood residents. Comment

Prince Paul Presides over Pool Parties

Summer weather returned for the JellyNYC Pool Parties, as Brooklyn’s hippest crowd funked out to the synchronic beats of Prince Paul, Kenan Bell, Gravy Train!!!!, DD/MM/YYYY, and Del The Funky Homosapien. Comment

Shuttered Carroll St. Subway stop sends shockwaves

Carroll Gardens commuters are reacting strongly this week to MTA plans to shutter the Smith Street subway entrance to the F and G lines and pull the token booth clerk out of the President Street station. Comment

Challenger: Stewart grows rich from landlord loot

Flatbush City Councilmember Kendall Stewart’s campaign is being built on the backs of local landlords, one of his challengers alleged last week. Comment

Claws come out in 39 fight

They’re chummy no more. Comment

Blaze rips through Nostrand Avenue hi-rise.

A firefighter searches for victims in a Nostrand Avenue apartment near Avenue S after a small blaze ripped its way through the building. Comment

New coalition decides fate of transfer school in Canarsie

There’s a new sheriff in Canarsie. Comment

Dominicans Afterparty Drops in Wburg

After a long and festive day celebrating their Dominican heritage on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, Williamsburg’s Dominican-American community took to the streets for a five-hour party Sunday during the 22nd annual 2009 Dominican Block Party. Comment

Blaze threatens 62nd Street home

Firefighters swarmed 62nd Street between Third and Fourth Avenues Saturday to put out a two-alarm fire that threatened to destroy an area home. Comment

Parked cars on Bay Ridge streets have been having a hard time in recent days.

Several car break ins were reported around the neighborhood, with items stolen ranging from electronics to loose change left in the vehicles. In addition, there has been some vandalism, with car mirrors smashed earlier this month on 68th Street. Comment

Brooklyn Museum Sacked in Epic Naval Battle

Like the Roman naval Battle of Actium in 31 BC, where a fleet of mobile Octavian vessels sacked Mark Anthony’s artillery, thus beginning the Roman Empire, the Brooklyn Museum’s battleship was boarded and turned over in minutes by their Queens rivals in an epic and chaotic conflict on the shores of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

19-Year-Old Boy is New York Lottery’s Millionaire

A 19-year-old from Midwood is the latest winner of the New York Lottery’s Millionaire instant scratch-off game. Comment

Stimulus bonds moves City Point Forward

The city last week awarded $20 million in tax-exempt federal stimulus bonds to get shovels in the ground for the long-stalled mixed retail/residential project at Albee Square. Comment

Raucus Republicans Fight for the 39th

If they keep this up, someone may confuse them for... well... Democrats. Comment

Allstate recognizes Brooklyn entrepreneur with Inner Circle Award

Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate exclusive agency owner Sandy Hsiao with the Chairman’s Inner Circle Conference award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. Comment

Sideshow backlash!

Animal rights activists smell a rat in Coney Island. Comment

Berardelli calls out Fidler

Incumbent Lew Fidler may have successfully dispatched his Democratic rivals for the 46th District Council seat, but he’s still got Republican Gene Berardelli to contend with - and the community activist turned candidate sounds like he’s spoiling for a good, old-fashioned street fight. Comment

Bay Ridge subway station and 13 others get federal upgrades

Bay Ridge’s long decrepit 86th Street station on the R subway line is getting federal transportation money to finish an already started rehabilitation project. Comment

No Longer Unknown, Small Bay Ridge Street Gets Identification

They knew where they lived, but no one else did. Comment

Many mourn the loss of Jacqueline Randazzo Page

Sheepshead Bay lost a giant personality this week with the death of Jacqueline Randazzo Page. Comment

Funeral Arrangements for late firefighter, Paul Warhola

Friends and family are mourning a firefighter who died last week after suffering an apparent stroke while answering an emergency call in Williamsburg. Comment

Anti gay epithets found in Holocaust Park

The push to honor gay victims of the Nazi regime at Holocaust Memorial Park took an ugly turn last week. Comment

Paper of record accused of bias

A longtime civic activist charged The New York Times with propagating a smear campaign as she tries to unseat incumbent Letitia James in the upcoming 35th District City Council Democratic Primary. Comment

Fun & games at Columbus Pk%A0

Brooklyn Heights: First the Greenmarket, then more street furniture, noontime concerts, the occasional circus, street musicians, outdoor movies and even a miniature golf coarse. Comment

Presidential reelection for District 21’s CEC

School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) will elect a president — again. Comment

Gangs on the rise in East Flatbush

Two clusters of gangs are being monitored closely and are largely blamed for the uptick in violent crime on the streets of East Flatbush, police officials said last week. Comment

Concrete exec says Red Hook a good fit

A few more trucks a day shouldn’t faze Red Hook residents, an executive with a concrete firm intent on opening a plant in the neighborhood said last week. Comment

39th Candidates take the high road

The five Democratic candidates for City Council in the 39th District picked over details regarding transportation planning and development issues in a largely civil debate , a collaboration between Community News Group and Brooklyn Independent Television (BIT) at BCAT TV studios (57 Rockwell Place) in downtown Brooklyn Monday morning. Comment

Tunnel Tour on Tap

History has never felt this cool. Comment

Fun in the Sun at McCarren Park

There may not be pool parties in McCarren Park this summer but the Open Space Alliance has a bevy of activities planned for the remainder of the season, including a Saturday arts and crafts program, Fun in the Sun. Comment

Candidates in 33rd City Council race slam it out

Those battling candidates for the open 33rd City Council district seat continued to get in their digs at each other and plead their case last week. Comment

A new way to the Manhattan Bridge

For Transportation Alternatives’ Noah Budnick, along with citywide transportation activists and the thousands of cyclists who commute to work every day, it has been four years in the making: the Sands Street bike lane is officially open. Comment

Indicted Dog Thrower One Step Closer to Getting Caged

The 19-year-old Red Hook resident accused of hurling his one-year-old dog off the roof of his six-story apartment building is quickly getting fitted for a cage of his own. Comment

Sitt still plans new Red Hook retail

Developer Joe Sitt is still sweet on retail along the Red Hook waterfront, a company spokesperson insisted this week. Comment

Thumbs up for mayoral control, thumbs down for social promotion

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded control of the city’s public schools just days ago but that isn’t stopping him from introducing new rules and regulations. Comment

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