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CNG newspapers publish Democratic primary endorsements

Politics: Clean sweep for Bill Thompson in the mayor’s race; editors are split among Katz, Liu, Yassky for comptroller; DeBlasio, Gioia and Siegel for public advocate. Comment
Page 1: It’s been a rough week, but we’ve finally got it all together! Click on the link below to download the latest edition of America’s favorite newspaper, which includes our highly anticipated Democratic Primary endorsements — as well as all the excitement you’d expect from The Brooklyn Paper. And, as always, keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Another ‘Bad’ idea

Despite more pleas, the MTA says it still won’t honor Michael Jackson with a mural at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street subway station. Comments (3)

Sweet ‘Dreamland’!

Sweet ‘Dreamland’!

Coney Island: A deal has been brokered to bring summer fun back to Dreamland on Coney Island! Comments (4)

He is the eggman!

He is the eggman!

Dyker Heights: Councilman Vincent Gentile took Dyker Heights parrots under his wing when he postponed a park renovation that could have caused the worst egg accident since Humpty Dumpty’s infamous fall. Comments (4)

Hakeem’s dream

Hakeem’s dream

Fort Greene: Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries wants to bail out luxury apartment developers with new loans that would turn high-end units into ‘affordable’ residences. Comments (2)

His story is not history

Two Kings County historians are sparring over factual inaccuracies in one of their books, and the fight is getting so intense that it seems they actually believe the adage that only the winner gets to write history. Comment
Cyclones: Carlos Beltran looked like a man among boys at Keyspan Park on Wednesday. That’s because he was. Comments (1)

Hotel Le View!

Park Slope: Rejoice! Brooklyn finally has it’s rooftop bar! Comment

Starring Park Slope

Starring Park Slope

Books: Love Park Slope so much you only read books (or watch movies) where it’s a central character? Here’s a list for you! Comments (1)
Books: The author of the new chick-lit classic, “Prospect Park West,” has a lot to learn about the neighborhood she pans. Comments (11)

He was the walrus

The New York Aquarium — and the city as a whole — lost one of its most cherished inhabitants on Tuesday, when Akituusaq the walrus died at the age of 2. Comments (5)

A big win puts the Cyclones in the playoffs!

Cyclones: The Yankees have won 11 in a row, but the Cyclones still have a thin lead with six games to play. And last night’s win clinched at least a wild-card berth. Comment

In the 33rd District, candidates must love bikes

Election: Some City Council debates focus their energy on lower taxes, affordable housing, or crime. But in the 33rd District, at least for one night, bicycles were the main issue. Comments (9)

Gowanus Lounge’s Guskind OD’d

Gowanus: Bob Guskind, the journalist behind the popular Gowanus Lounge blog, died of an accidental overdose of three prescription drugs. Comments (4)

Another parking holiday!

Mean Streets: Live in Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene or Clinton Hill? Find out where you can park for free for a few weeks! Comment

Meet the would-be mayors!

Election: Click on the links below to read — and watch — our exclusive sit-down interviews with Democratic mayoral aspirants Bill Thompson and Tony Avella.

This is getting ugly — another loss and the lead is down to a half-game

Cyclones: The Staten Islands Yankees are surging. Comment

The family returns — and rebonds with Teen Spirit

Smartmom: Hepcat, Smartmom and the Oh So Feisty One return from vacation and find themselves back in love with Teen Spirit. Comments (6)

Park Slope will be bluegrass central next week

Music: Park Slope is a long way from the hills of Appalachia, but for two days in September, the neighborhood will be filled with the down home sound of fiddles and banjos. Comment

Another bike stolen — again! — from our wheely good editor

Brooklyn Angle: Say it ain’t so! It is so: Our editor is a three-time loser. Comments (17)

Finally — you be the reporter!

We know you love The Brooklyn Paper — so now you get a chance to join the ranks of Senior Reporter Mike McLaughlin and Less-Senior Reporter Ben Muessig and write a Brooklyn Paper story yourself! In the spirit of the old Mad Libs game (though nothing like it at all because of legal reasons!), click on the link above and insert the parts of speech that you think will make our copy sing. Next week, we’ll print the funniest story in The Brooklyn Paper — so choose your words carefully! It’s fun for the whole family! Read more…

Box office flop! Court St cinema searched only ladies’ bags

Cinema: The United Artists Court Street Cinema discriminated against its own customers when it started searching only women’s pocketbooks, not men’s bags, at the Brooklyn Heights multiplex this summer, some moviegoers charge. Comments (6)
Art: Times have certainly changed since ladies improved their figures with whalebone girdles — but a new photography show at the Brooklyn Public Library shows that nature is eternal. Comment

A wine-win situation on Sept. 11

Shopping: A Park Slope shop will mark our day of national service with some real service — a wine tasting. Comment
Fort Greene: The Nethermeade in Prospect Park rocked in tribute to the King of Pop — and it was even spic and span within minutes. Comments (8)

A close loss at a really bad time

Cyclones: The Cyclones lose as the Yankees win, cutting the lead to just one and a half games. Comments (1)

A big win upstate

Cyclones: Unfortunately, the Yankees swept, cutting the Cyclone lead to just two-and-a-half games. Comments (2)
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Watch our public advocate debate now!

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Watch our public advocate debate now!

Election: Last week, we taped a scintillating debate with the four public advocate candidates — and you can watch it right now by clicking the link above! Comments (1)

A rainout — but a half-game lead trim

Cyclones: Damn those Yankees. They won while the Cyclones were rained out in Oneonta. Comments (1)
Coney Island: Coney Island’s biggest amusement park will remain closed this weekend — and for the rest of the summer — as a state Supreme Court judge refused to force landowner Joe Sitt to reopen the theme park that he abruptly shut down last week amid a rent dispute with the park’s operator. Comments (17)
Fort Greene: The MTA told a Brooklyn councilwoman to beat it after she suggested that the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station be renamed in honor of Michael Jackson, who famously filmed his “Bad” video there in 1987. Comments (8)
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Bloomy in our hood! An exclusive video preview!

Politics: Mayor Bloomberg sat down with our editors and reporters on Monday. Here’s just a small taste. Comment
Election: Some of the wildest action so far this campaign season involved one man and two women going at it in front of a camera — in a hot City Council debate in The Brooklyn Paper’s Metrotech offices this week. Comments (6)
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Frank wants his own backyard farm!

Rhythm & News: Frank Hoier read in The Brooklyn Paper about the women who are farming people’s backyards, so the Bard of Bushwick was moved to write his new hit, “Brooklyn Sharecropper” for this week’s “Rhythm and News” feature. Comment
Nightlife: The open-air watering hole is finally here — and The Brooklyn Paper’s team was there. Comments (1)

Caper leads to concussion

Williamsburg: A 31-year-old woman suffered a concussion during a brutal mugging in which a thug threw her into a fire hydrant. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

Williamsburg: An actor from the CW television drama “One Tree Hill” will be delving into the role of a hardened convict when he is sentenced to a year behind bars for identity theft. Comment

Find out how to get ‘Made in NY’%A0

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Workforce Innovations — a nonprofit organization — and The New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is now accepting applications for the 16th cycle of The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. Comment

Guide to local meetings

Williamsburg: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-260-2529. 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

Avella: ‘the revolution starts now’ for community input

Williamsburg: Calling for the ouster of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council member Tony Avella faced reporters from the Community Newspaper Group last week to make his case for being the next mayor. Comment

Kent Ave. pains

Williamsburg: On the new one-way Kent Avenue, drivers have found they are going no way. Comment

Bloomberg: City close to a Coney Island deal

Williamsburg: Coney Island could get revitalized a lot sooner than you think. Comment

Brooklyn Politics

Williamsburg: Borough President Marty Markowitz joined a growing chorus of elected officials backing Democratic candidate Steve Levin in the 33rd District Council race (Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Williamsburg) to replace David Yassky. Comment

Area seniors meet & greet with pols in Long Island

Williamsburg: Thousands of Brooklyn seniors enjoyed a day of summer fun in the sun, greeting dozens of Brooklyn political hopefuls at Sunken Meadow State Park, sponsored by the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, on Long Island on Thursday, August 20. Comment

BPL bans ‘offensive’ book

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

AIDSVote 2009 to host candidates

Williamsburg: What will Bill de Blasio do to help undocumented immigrants living with HIV? What will David Yassky do to make sure more people get tested for HIV? Comment

Borough Briefs

Williamsburg: Spike Lee’s tribute to Michael Jackson will be held this Saturday, August 29, in Prospect Park. Comment

Claws bared in 33rd race

Williamsburg: Upstart candidate Doug Biviano is continuing to lob accusations at the perceived frontrunners in the 33rd City Council District Democratic Primary race. Comment

MTA tells%A0 pol to ‘beat it’ on Jackson tribute

Williamsburg: A local City Council member wants some type of recognition at the subway station commemorating Michael Jackson’s video masterpiece, Bad, being filmed there. Comment

Locked out of Dreamland

Williamsburg: “This summer will be the best we have had in decades.” Comment

Community fair coming September 12

Williamsburg: In the face of an ongoing recession, businesses nationwide have been forced to scale back on their operations. Brooklyn industry has been no exception, evidenced by restaurant closings, factory layoffs, and mortgage delinquency rates 1.5% higher than the national average (Crain’s New York). Comment

Yes they can: Comptroller candidates woo Brooklyn For Barack

Williamsburg: One year after organizing hundreds of phone banking and fundraising events to elect Barack Obama president of the United States, Brooklyn For Barack members have turned their attention to raising awareness about citywide races such as the Democratic primary for Comptroller. Comment

Healthcare: not as sick as they say

Williamsburg: One year ago, only 29 percent of the likely voters in the United States rated our health care system as good or excellent. Three months ago, that number jumped to 35 percent. Right now, 48 percent of American voters give our health care system high marks.Only 19 percent rate it as poor. Has American medicine really improved 60 percent in 12 months? Of course not. It seems that the more we hear about Obamacare, the more we appreciate the great system we already have. Ya hear that, Chuck? Comment

What’s it like to grow up as a Muslim?

Williamsburg: She couldn’t leave the house alone, she couldn’t look her father in the eyewithout her head covered and she couldn’t refuse an arranged marriage %u2013 unless she wanted to be blackballed by her family, or worse, fall prey to an honor killing. Comment

Mid-week fireworks for baseball fans

Williamsburg: Oy, vey.Is this a great idea, or what? Comment

Billyburg fills with Dominican pride

BoroBeat: Williamsburg’s rich Dominican culture was on display last week as dozens of beautifully clad marchers paraded down Graham Avenue. Comment

BPL book ban

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

Community meetings

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 718-260-2529. 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

Ferries bet. Brooklyn and Governors Island

Brooklyn Courier: Governors Island has become such a popular destination for Brooklyn residents that more ferry service will be offered between the borough and Governors Island, the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation announced. Comment

Conservatives: Hit the road, George

Brooklyn Courier: The sex-abuse charges hanging over City Council hopeful George Smith’s head is making him too hot for borough conservatives to handle. Comment

Avella makes his case at this paper’s Downtown office

Brooklyn Courier: Calling for the ouster of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council member Tony Avella faced reporters from the Community Newspaper Group last week to make his case for being the next mayor. Comment

MTA tells City Council member to beat it

Brooklyn Courier: A local City Council member wants some type of recognition at the subway station commemorating Michael Jackson’s video masterpiece, Bad, being filmed there. Comment

Back-to-school shopping fun

Brooklyn Courier: Downtown Brooklyn is turning on the charm to coax back-to-school shoppers on Friday, September 4. Comment

Mayor defends Yards

Brooklyn Courier: Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a fair share of supporters and enemies Monday when he defended the much-ballyhooed Atlantic Yards project, which he believes should be completed. Comment

Hearing candidates out%A0

Brooklyn Courier: One year after organizing hundreds of phone banking and fundraising events to elect Barack Obama president of the United States, Brooklyn For Barack members have turned their attention to raising awareness about citywide races such as the Democratic primary for Comptroller. Comment

Community fair hopes to revitalize Brooklyn economy

Brooklyn Courier: In the face of an ongoing recession, businesses nationwide have been forced to scale back on their operations. Brooklyn industry has been no exception, evidenced by restaurant closings, factory layoffs, and mortgage delinquency rates 1.5% higher than the national average (Crain’s New York). Comment

‘Made in NY’ looking for applicants

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Workforce Innovations — a nonprofit organization — and The New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is now accepting applications for the 16th cycle of The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. Comment

Mayor: city planning for Coney Island’s upgrade

Brooklyn Courier: Coney Island could get revitalized a lot sooner than you think. Comment

Best of the best from Bklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Winning was going to be hard enough for Team Prince in the West 4th high-school division girls’ championship. Key guards Baytania Newman and Angel Porter, both South Shore HS alums, could not attend the game, held last Sunday afternoon, because they were headed to Central Arizona College to start classes. Comment

Bklynite scores on the big screen

Brooklyn Courier: Courtney Castro got a taste of what it’s like to play for the New Jersey Nets at the IZOD Center, even if it was just for the big screen. Comment

St. Francis College ready for breakout season

Brooklyn Courier: St. Francis College just missed out on the Northeast Conference tournament last season, despite an 11-4-3 overall and 4-3-2 in the league. The Terriers are ready for a breakout season, at least that’s the opinion of the NEC coaches, who picked St. Francis to finish fourth in the conference with two voting for the Terriers to claim the regular-season title. Comment

LIU women’s soccer #2 in poll

Brooklyn Courier: Coming off one of the best seasons in the program’s history, the Long Island University women’s soccer team was picked to finish second in the Northeast Conference in a preseason poll released Wednesday. Comment

Gov gives West Indian Day parade honors

BoroBeat: Governor David Paterson was on hand to honor the life-blood of the West Indian Day Parade and Carnival, which enters its 42nd year this Labor Day. Comment

Hit the road, George

Brooklyn Courier: The sex-abuse charges hanging over City Council hopeful George Smith’s head is making him too hot for borough conservatives to handle. Comment

Good times for ‘Thelma’

Brooklyn Courier: It’s okay if you call Bern Nadette Stanis “Thelma.” Comment

More ferry service to shuttle Brooklynites to Gov. Island

Brooklyn Courier: Governors Island has become such a popular destination for Brooklyn residents that more ferry service will be offered between the borough and Governors Island, the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation announced. Comment

Recycling pieces of historic building

Brooklyn Courier: Taking recycling to the next level, an old building on the Brooklyn Bridge Park grounds will be deconstructed, with the salvaged materials finding other uses around the park. Comment

Choppers heading Bklyn’s way

Brooklyn Courier: Fears oftourist helicopters packing East River air space and perhaps taking side trips over the borough are spreading in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Coming together for peace and fun

BoroBeat: The Cobble Hill Health Center’s Therapeutic Recreation Department, in paying homage to spirituality’s role in healing, held its eagerly anticipated annual Interfaith Celebration. Comment

Rash of cabbie hold-ups

Brooklyn Heights: If this keeps up, commuters in Boerum Hill will be hailing in vain. Comment

Police Blotter

Crime: Somewhere there’s a sad song in this: a 39-year-old man was robbed of his drum machine at gunpoint during an altercation with a maniacal music lover. Comment

Gov gives West Indian Day parade honors%A0

Brooklyn Heights: Governor David Paterson was on hand to honor the life-blood of the West Indian Day Parade and Carnival, which enters its 42nd year this Labor Day. Comment

Claws bared in 33rd District race

Brooklyn Heights: Upstart candidate Doug Biviano is continuing to lob accusations at the perceived frontrunners in the 33rd City Council District Democratic Primary race. Comment

Mike still strong for Yards

Brooklyn Heights: Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a fair share of supporters and enemies Monday when he defended the much-ballyhooed Atlantic Yards project, which he believes should be completed. Comment

Say hello to the real ‘Thelma’: Bern Nadette Stanis

Brooklyn Heights: It’s okay if you call Bern Nadette Stanis “Thelma.” Comment

High flying fears

Brooklyn Heights: Fears oftourist helicopters packing East River air space and perhaps taking side trips over the borough are spreading in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Interfaith celebration at Cobble Hill Health Ctr.

Brooklyn Heights: The Cobble Hill Health Center’s Therapeutic Recreation Department, in paying homage to spirituality’s role in healing, held its eagerly anticipated annual Interfaith Celebration. Comment

Park building to get a second life

Brooklyn Heights: Taking recycling to the next level, an old building on the Brooklyn Bridge Park grounds will be deconstructed, with the salvaged materials finding other uses around the park. Comment

Book too ‘racy’ for BPL shelf

Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

Back-To-School event comes to Downtown Brooklyn

Downtown Brooklyn is turning on the charm to coax back-to-school shoppers on Friday, September 4. Comment

33rd City Council District race turns ugly

Upstart candidate Doug Biviano is continuing to lob accusations at the perceived frontrunners in the 33rd City Council District Democratic Primary race. Comment

Tourist Helicopters heading Brooklyn way

Fears oftourist helicopters packing East River air space and perhaps taking side trips over the borough are spreading in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Candidates for 41st City Council District seat square off in CNG debate

The high rate of HIV/AIDS, violent crime and controversial facilities such as halfway houses dominated the Community Newspaper Group debate among the candidates for the 41st City Council District. Comment

Brooklyn Bridge Park to recycle old building

Taking recycling to the next level, an old building on the Brooklyn Bridge Park grounds will be deconstructed, with the salvaged materials finding other uses around the park. Comment

Kids get second chance at learning English.

How do you say “well done”? Comment

A big win — and a new team save record

Cyclones: The Cyclones beat the Tigers, and Michael Powers sets the squad’s all-time save mark with his 16th. Comment

Alert sign-up

Kings Courier: Unexpected disasters can destroy communities and devastate families. Whether it’s a natural emergency such as high winds, flooding or an ice storm, or a man-made threat, the more information we have the better we can respond to emergencies. Comment

Coney deal close, says Mike

Kings Courier: Coney Island could get revitalized a lot sooner than you think. Comment

Book too ‘racy’

Kings Courier: The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

Gillibrand smiles on Brooklyn projects

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

True or false with Stewart support

Kings Courier: The newsletter in which City Councilmember Kendall Stewart printed the now-infamous list of false endorsements may itself be a violation of state election law. Comment

Summer is so sweet on East 49th Street

BoroBeat: Call it a Flatlands frolic. Comment

Block Party fever grips East 35th St. residents

BoroBeat: It’s official: Residents of Fillmore Avenue know how to put on a block party! Comment

Metro SportsMed scholarships

BoroBeat: Six college-bound students received a financial boost when Metro SportsMed presented them with scholarships for their higher education during a ceremony at KeySpan Park. Comment

Jewish war veterans introduce new slate

BoroBeat: A distinguished roster was in attendance when members and supporters ushered in a new slate for the Murray H. Lebowitz Post 129, Jewish War Veterans, with an officer installation in Bergen Beach. Comment

Road closed, hydrants open on East 35th Street

BoroBeat: Free-wheeling fun%u2026 Comment

Honeymooner’s stamp unveiled

BoroBeat: What a sweet reunion! Comment

Candidates face off in heated debate

Flatbush: Sparks flew as candidates in the 40th Council District came face to face during a debate held at this newspaper’s office. Comment

Bloomie: Coney deal close

Flatbush: Coney Island could get revitalized a lot sooner than you think. Comment

BPL pulls book off shelves

Flatbush: The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

Fines just trash

Flatbush: Merchants along Church Avenue may be beginning to feel like they have a target on their backs. Comment

What’s it like to grow up as a Muslim?

Canarsie: The name of the subject has been changed to preserve anonymity %u2013 ABV. Comment

Great Scott! Bomber doesn’t deserve compassion

Canarsie: On December 21, 1988, just four days before Christmas, my husband and I were putting up our tree and getting ready to celebrate our first Christmas in our new apartment. We had upgraded from a one-bedroom walk-up to a two-bedroom walk-in. Comment

Ten must-do Coney Island summer activities

Canarsie: If the rain has kept you away from The Coney Island BOOM A RING this summer, if you haven’t feasted on the smorgasbord of entertainment that Coney Island has to offer, why not consider these 10 must-do activities — but hurry: Labor Day is right around the corner. Comment

Benefit bonanza for local pols

Canarsie: If you want to stump long-standing state legislators, you don’t have to ask them about gay marriage, the economy or mayoral control of city schools. Comment

Say hello to the real ‘Thelma Evans’

Canarsie: It’s okay if you call Bern Nadette Stanis “Thelma.” Comment

Candidates butt heads

Canarsie: Sparks flew as candidates in the 40th Council District came face to face during a debate held at this newspaper’s office. Comment

Borough Briefs

Anyone who’s taken an SAT or GRE knows the name Kaplan. Comment

Why the mess, Mayor Mike?

Canarsie: That was the question many had recently when hundreds of Mayor Michael Bloomberg campaign placards were found strewn about Coney Island Avenue. Comment

BPL pulls ‘offensive’ book

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

Go, go, go, go the trolleys!

Canarsie: Just as Mayor Bloomberg hinted that he was interested in bringing streetcar service back to Red Hook and other waterfront areas, a local businessman is looking to divest himself of his fleet of four trolleys laying fallow on his Van Brunt Street property for years, this paper has learned. Comment

Borough Politics

Canarsie: Political observers and campaign staffers are still talking about Senator Chuck Schumer’s endorsement of Steve Levin for City Council in the 33rd District, and the timing of Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s (D-Upper East Side, Queens) announcement that she would not challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) in a Democratic primary next year. Comment

Bklyn’s newest STEMI Center debuts

Canarsie: Lutheran Medical Center and its clinical partner in cardiac care, The Mount Sinai Hospital, recognized Brooklyn’s newest STEMI Center. More than 60 health professionals attended the reception including cardiac experts, executive staff, area paramedics and FDNY EMS personnel. Comment

West Nile Virus returns to Brooklyn

Canarsie: Residents in central Brooklyn are being warned this week to protect themselves from mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus. Comment

Questions swirl around Stewart newsletter

Canarsie: The newsletter in which City Councilmember Kendall Stewart printed the now-infamous list of false endorsements may itself be a violation of state election law. Comment

ACORN initiative aims at halting foreclosures

Canarsie: Several dozen members from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) gathered outside a Midwood dwelling last week to spotlight mortgage lenders not adjusting loans under a federal program to help homeowners stave off foreclosures. Comment

Support for Yassky slipping

Canarsie: City Comptroller candidate David Yassky is finding that his failed race for Congress is beginning to erode political support in his home borough. Comment

Barack supporters weigh support for comptroller

Canarsie: One year after organizing hundreds of phone banking and fundraising events to elect Barack Obama president of the United States, Brooklyn For Barack members have turned their attention to raising awareness about citywide races such as the Democratic primary for Comptroller. Comment

Avella talks mayorship

Canarsie: Calling for the ouster of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council member Tony Avella faced reporters from the Community Newspaper Group last week to make his case for being the next mayor. Comment

$25M condo on the market; could be BK’s priciest property

Canarsie: Say brother, can you spare $25 million? Comment

MTA says ‘beat it’ to city councilmember

Canarsie: A local City Council member wants some type of recognition at the subway station commemorating Michael Jackson’s video masterpiece, Bad, being filmed there. Comment

‘Cookies’ can help you slip back into school

Canarsie: On September 9, students from pre-K to high school go back to school. Many of New York public school students as well as private school students will be wearing uniforms. Comment

Youngsters revel at youth happen’n event

BoroBeat: Local children saluted the summer season in style as they took part in the uber-kid friendly Youth Happen’n celebration. Comment

Lazy river too much work

Bay News: Every morning at the Monte Carlo’s pool entrance, there are hundreds of guests waiting for the pool to open. The pool area is gorgeous with four pools. Guests line up to get poolside lounge chairs that have mats, although the other lounge chairs are just as comfortable. Where you want to sit in the shade of the palm trees or for the sun worshippers facing the sun is another factor; having the ability to rotate your lounge facing the sun. It had to be near the steps of the pool for me. Comment

Coney deal close

Coney Island could get revitalized a lot sooner than you think. Comment

Circus keeps youngsters on the job

Bay News: It’s the ultimate summer job: running away and joining the circus. Comment

Pizzeria owner hot over fines

Bay News: Tell me, are you feeling lucky with your garbage? Comment

Not monkeying around

Bay News: The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

Chancellor tours SUNY Downstate

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

Galapo playground boost

BoroBeat: Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein provided the NYC Parks Department with state funding to hire a playground associate, who would provide enhanced on-site staffing and implement free sports, arts & crafts, educational programs and for neighbor children at Galapo Playground, Bedford Avenue at Avenue V inthe Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. Comment

Cleaning up for Camp Brooklyn

BoroBeat: Real estate office Compass Realty Central participated in a charity car wash in Bensonhurst to support Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz’s Camp Brooklyn, which arranges fully-paid two-week stays at sleep-away camps for Brooklyn children who can’t afford to camp. Comment

72nd Street has all the%A0 ingredients for fun

BoroBeat: Summertime smiles could be found all over 72nd Street as residents celebrated yet another fun-filled block party. Comment

Bloomberg: Coney Xanadu closer than you think

Coney Island could get revitalized a lot sooner than you think. Comment

Beat-nick

Somewhere there’s a sad song in this: a 39-year-old man was robbed of his drum machine at gunpoint during an altercation with a maniacal music lover. Comment

Benefit bonanza: Longtime legislators can reap retirement packages while still in office

If you want to stump long-standing state legislators, you don’t have to ask them about gay marriage, the economy or mayoral control of city schools. Comment

Phone takers nabbed

A crew of cell phone thieves was apprehended after they allegedly snagged an iPhone from a woman on the F train, area cops said. Comment

Locked in: Cops criticized for leaving 81-year-old behind in their haste to shutter Manhattan Beach

Cops told an elderly woman to jump over a chest-high fence lining Manhattan Beach on a recent Sunday after she and her family were locked inside following a seaside birthday party for the 81-year-old, critics charged. Comment

Candidates in 40th Council District Butt Heads

Sparks flew as candidates in the 40th Council District came face to face during a debate held at this newspaper’s office. Comment

Avella mayoral aspirations begins with community-based planning

Calling for the ouster of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council member Tony Avella faced reporters from the Community Newspaper Group last week to make his case for being the next mayor. Comment

ACORN initiative aims at halting Brooklyn foreclosures

Several dozen members from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) gathered outside a Midwood dwelling last week to spotlight mortgage lenders not adjusting loans under a federal program to help homeowners stave off foreclosures. Comment

Nicole Marwell Comes Back to Brooklyn

As a competitive primary season in North Brooklyn nears its dramatic conclusion, author Nicole Marwell returned to Williamsburg on Saturday to talk about her landmark study about how local nonprofits engage in the political process. Comment

Coney Island deal close

Coney Island could get revitalized a lot sooner than you think. Comment

Watch for bug bites

Residents in central Brooklyn are being warned this week to protect themselves from mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus. Comment

Novel too ‘racy’

The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

Your guide to Bay Ridge community meetings

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 718-260-2529. 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

No Jackson station

A local City Council member wants some type of recognition at the subway station commemorating Michael Jackson’s video masterpiece, Bad, being filmed there. Comment

Locked-in senior told to hop fence

Cops told an elderly woman to jump over a chest-high fence lining Manhattan Beach on a recent Sunday after she and her family were locked inside following a seaside birthday party for the 81-year-old, critics charged. Comment

Avella visits this paper’s office

Calling for the ouster of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council member Tony Avella faced reporters from the Community Newspaper Group last week to make his case for being the next mayor. Comment

Barack supporters hear out candidates

One year after organizing hundreds of phone banking and fundraising events to elect Barack Obama president of the United States, Brooklyn For Barack members have turned their attention to raising awareness about citywide races such as the Democratic primary for Comptroller. Comment

%A0Museum staffers go down with the ship

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

Owner looking to have trolleys taken off his hands

Just as Mayor Bloomberg hinted that he was interested in bringing streetcar service back to Red Hook and other waterfront areas, a local businessman is looking to divest himself of his fleet of four trolleys laying fallow on his Van Brunt Street property for years, this paper has learned. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

Crime: An actor from the CW television drama “One Tree Hill” will be delving into the role of a hardened convict when he is sentenced to a year behind bars for identity theft. Comment

Police Blotter

Crime: A one-year-old girl died Friday afternoon after she fell out of a fourth-story window, police said. Comment

Condo for sale: Asking $25 Million

Bay News: Say brother, can you spare $25 million? Comment

Dreamland ‘locked out’ as rent’s owed

Bay News: “This summer will be the best we have had in decades.” Comment

Fun in the sun this summer

Bay News: If the rain has kept you away from The Coney Island BOOM A RING this summer, if you haven’t feasted on the smorgasbord of entertainment that Coney Island has to offer, why not consider these 10 must-do activities — but hurry: Labor Day is right around the corner. Comment

Locked in, and only one way out

Bay News: Cops told an elderly woman to jump over a chest-high fence lining Manhattan Beach on a recent Sunday after she and her family were locked inside following a seaside birthday party for the 81-year-old, critics charged. Comment

Support eroding for Yassky comptroller run

Bay News: City Comptroller candidate David Yassky is finding that his failed race for Congress is beginning to erode political support in his home borough. Comment

Park Leaf awarded

Bay News: Assistant Parks Commissioner Edward Lewis presented AssemblymanWilliam Colton with its distinguished Park Leaf Award recognizing his sponsoring of the supervised summer recreation program and play activities run by the Parks Department Play Associate at Dreier Offerman Park. These activities include sports, board games, arts and crafts water games and more. Comment

Owner: fines are garbage

Bay News: Tell me, are you feeling lucky with your garbage? Comment

Bloomie: city Coney deal close

Bay News: Coney Island could get revitalized a lot sooner than you think. Comment

Brooklyn is shipwrecked!

Bay News: 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

Brooklyn Politics

Bay News: Political observers and campaign staffers are still talking about Senator Chuck Schumer’s endorsement of Steve Levin for City Council in the 33rd District, and the timing of Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s (D-Upper East Side, Queens) announcement that she would not challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) in a Democratic primary next year. Comment

Spotlight on Bklyn ‘home wreckers’

Bay News: Several dozen members from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) gathered outside a Midwood dwelling last week to spotlight mortgage lenders not adjusting loans under a federal program to help homeowners stave off foreclosures. Comment

Updated facilities for budding athletes

Bay News: Thanks to the $287,000 state grant secured by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, children, seniors and adults that utilize the facilities of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA on a daily basis, can now enjoy newly renovated and handicap accessible locker rooms and bathrooms. Comment

Opossum not left hanging

Bay News: What do you get when a radioactive spider bites a opossum? Comment

Your guide to local meetings

Bay News: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-260-2529. 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

Avella: ‘revolution starts now’ for local input%A0

Bay News: Calling for the ouster of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council member Tony Avella faced reporters from the Community Newspaper Group last week to make his case for being the next mayor. Comment

Higher hopes and outstanding students

Bay News: The 54 graduating seniors at Brooklyn elementary, intermediate and high schools who were the recipients of Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer’s Higher Hopes Awards have one thing in common: All of them have demonstrated significant improvement in academic achievement throughout their school years, or succeeded in spite of adverse conditions. Comment

Hey Mike, why the mess?

Bay News: That was the question many had recently when hundreds of Mayor Michael Bloomberg campaign placards were found strewn about Coney Island Avenue. Comment

Meet the Brooklyn gal who became “Thelma”

Bay News: It’s okay if you call Bern Nadette Stanis “Thelma.” Comment

Former Loughlin star not giving%A0 up on the game %A0

Bay News: Danielle Chambers was supposed to be home for just a short time, but ended up staying much longer. The former St. John’s University star flew back to Brooklyn from Spain to train before heading to Turkey to play basketball professionally in November 2007. Comment

Block party fun on 72nd St

BoroBeat: Summertime smiles could be found all over 72nd Street as residents celebrated yet another fun-filled block party. Comment

Boost for Galapo playground in S’head bay

BoroBeat: Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein provided the NYC Parks Department with state funding to hire a playground associate, who would provide enhanced on-site staffing and implement free sports, arts & crafts, educational programs and for neighbor children at Galapo Playground, Bedford Avenue at Avenue V inthe Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. Comment

Cleaning up for marty’s camp Brooklyn

BoroBeat: Real estate office Compass Realty Central participated in a charity car wash in Bensonhurst to support Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz’s Camp Brooklyn, which arranges fully-paid two-week stays at sleep-away camps for Brooklyn children who can’t afford to camp. Comment

School’s a carnival at PS811K

BoroBeat: Fun and festivity echoed throughout the PS 811K’s school yard as students enrolled in the Connie Leakas School kicked off their first annual carnival. Comment

Sportsmed scholarships

BoroBeat: Six college-bound students received a financial boost when Metro SportsMed presented them with scholarships for their higher education during a ceremony at KeySpan Park. Comment

Justice for Judo queen

Williamsburg: For many in the martial arts world Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi is known as the Mother of Women’s Judo. Comment

‘Lots’ to squawk about

Williamsburg: The preponderance of vacant lots in Williamsburg has been a long-festering problem, but it is rapidly gaining the attention of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York media as the election for citywide races approaches. Comment

Bedford Avenue is on a summertime roll

Williamsburg: Say whatever you want -- it was pretty narly. Comment

Octoberfest!

Williamsburg: The Services for the UnderServed (SUS) Young Leaders Council presents its Second Annual SUS Octoberfest will be held at the Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street near Wythe Avenue, October 1 from 6:30-10 p.m. Comment

Weiner urges single-payer healthcare

Williamsburg: 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

Beep Wants Fresh Food in New Developments

Williamsburg: 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

New effort in Williamsburg to ‘unmask’ landlords

Williamsburg: For years, the address has sent shivers through the spines of tenants throughout North Brooklyn: 199 Lee Avenue. Comment

Many mourn%A0 death of local firefighter

Williamsburg: Friends and family attended funeral services on Long Island for Paul Warhola, one of Williamsburg’s veteran firefighters, who died last week from an apparent stroke suffered while answering an emergency call. Comment

Kent Avenue anger

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

800 flock to ‘Monster’ job fair

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

Delia cries ‘foul’

Williamsburg: 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

On the job at the circus

Williamsburg: It’s the ultimate summer job: running away and joining the circus. Comment

Biv Sharpens Message

Williamsburg: 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

Support eroding for Yassky run

Williamsburg: City Comptroller candidate David Yassky is finding that his failed race for Congress is beginning to erode political support in his home borough. Comment

The Anbesol made her do it

Williamsburg: Over 30 years ago, Flip Wilson strutted across our TV screens coining the phrase “The devil made me do it.” This simple little phrase colored our language and gave us a convenient excuse when the truth was too hard to handle - No longer would we ever call a spade a spade. There would always be an excuse. It’s not us, its the devil, or the Anbesol. Comment

Burqa ‘not welcome’ in Free World

Williamsburg: If clothing is a measure of how we view ourselves and one another, then few garments in history have been such a lightning rod for controversy as the Islamic veil. Comment

Aviator to host Summerfest

Williamsburg: The Aviator Sports and Events Center will host Back-to-School Summerfest by Reithoffer Shows, August 27-30 on the outdoor tarmac area. Summerfest will feature rides, games, food and music as well as a variety of sports games and activities at the Aviator Sports and Events Center, on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Belt Parkway Exit 11S. Comment

Step right up for free movies

Williamsburg: 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 through September 3. Comment

Cyclones support HeartShare

Williamsburg: Come out to the Brooklyn Cyclones game, August 24, and support HeartShare Human Services and its autism programs and HeartShare Wellness. Comment

Brooklyn gives a warm Dodger welcome to the one-and-only Tommy Lasorda

Williamsburg: Tommy Lasorda’s 81-year-old eyes darted from one end of the room to the other as he walked through the Brooklyn Baseball Museum at KeySpan Park. Comment

Bark in the Park returns to KeySpan

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Cyclones invite canine lovers to bring their dogs to the annual “Bark in the Park” game, August 26th at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue at West 17th Street, Coney Island. Comment

Brooklyn is shipwrecked!

Williamsburg: 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

Support erodes for Yassky’s comptroller run

Brooklyn Courier: City Comptroller candidate David Yassky is finding that his failed race for Congress is beginning to erode political support in his home borough. Comment

Delia cries ‘foul’%A0

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Brooklyn Battle Week is coming

Brooklyn Courier: The start of the 233rd Commemoration of Brooklyn Battle Week will commence with the 101st Prison Ship Martyrs’ Memorial Tribute by the Society of Old Brooklynites, August 22 at 10 a.m. at the base of the148-foot tall Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, Fort Greene Park (enter at DeKalb Avenue and Fort Greene Place). Comment

$25 million condo hits the mkt.

Brooklyn Courier: Say brother, can you spare $25 million? Comment

Now playing: The Matrix! It’s 1999 all over again at Jay Street subway station

Brooklyn Courier: Commuters in the Jay Street subway station may have thought they traveled back to 1999, as workers uncovered a movie poster of “The Matrix,” the science fiction blockbuster starring Keanu Reeves. The wall has since been re-tiled — or perhaps they’re just feeding us the blue pill. Photos by Gary Buiso Comment

Construction worker falls to death

Brooklyn Courier: A 42-year-old construction worker was killed after he fell off a scaffolding hitched to a 12th Street building. Comment

Council candidates tackle transit issues

Brooklyn Courier: What is the best way to get from Point A to Point B? Comment

Brother George Larkin, O.S.F. dies

Brooklyn Courier: Brother George Larkin, O.S.F., of St. Francis College’s Admissions Office, whose welcoming face students saw on their first day of college each semester and their last when they graduated, has died. Comment

Shocking sex scandal surfaces; could sink GOPer

Brooklyn Courier: City Council hopeful George Smith hasn’t even begun the policial career he’s vying for and he’s already been slapped with sexual harassment charges. Comment

Call for single payer now!

Brooklyn Courier: 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

BK trolleys being shopped around

Brooklyn Courier: Just as Mayor Bloomberg hinted that he was interested in bringing streetcar service back to Red Hook and other waterfront areas, a local businessman is looking to divest himself of his fleet of four trolleys laying fallow on his Van Brunt Street property for years, this paper has learned. Comment

Gowanus Clean & Green%A0

Brooklyn Courier: Volunteers are needed for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s August 22 Clean & Green, toclean up of the banks of the Gowanus Canal on Degraw Street off Nevins Street. Comment

Tone of 33rd race goes negative

Brooklyn Courier: 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

On the Canal hook

Brooklyn Courier: National Grid may have some welcome company to help it foot the bill to clean the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, this paper has learned. Comment

Give the gift of life at blood drive

Brooklyn Courier: The North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District invites you to give the gift of life...donate blood during the annual blood drive sponsored by Crunch and Healthy Nibbles, August 28 from 2-7:30 p.m. in front of 300 Flatbush Avenue at Sterling Place & Eighth Avenue. Comment

Foreign CARS dont make sense to me

Perspective: GET CASH FOR YOUR CLUNKER. That’s what the letter from a ‘participating dealer’ opened with. I don’t have a clunker but I was curious to see where some of my tax dollars were going, […] Comment

Back-to-school Summerfest at Aviator

Brooklyn Courier: The Aviator Sports and Events Center will host Back-to-School Summerfest by Reithoffer Shows, August 27-30 on the outdoor tarmac area. Summerfest will feature rides, games, food and music as well as a variety of sports games and activities at the Aviator Sports and Events Center, on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Belt Parkway Exit 11S. Comment

Warm welcome for Tommy Lasorda

Brooklyn Courier: Tommy Lasorda’s 81-year-old eyes darted from one end of the room to the other as he walked through the Brooklyn Baseball Museum at KeySpan Park. Comment

At long last, ‘Mother of Judo’ to finally get medal %A0

Brooklyn Courier: For many in the martial arts world Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi is known as the Mother of Women’s Judo. Comment

Neighbors host a spectacular summertime ‘10’

BoroBeat: Mom, dad and the kids made merry with their neighbors during a block party in Park Slope. Comment

Soap box derby brings out the racer in kids

BoroBeat: No engines, all attitude. Comment

Brooklyn shipwrecked!

Brooklyn Courier: 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

BK PoP makes the scene

Brooklyn Courier: Society HAE, a destination site for the indie set and art/fashion/music enthusiasts, has teamed up with metroPCS to host BK PoP, August 23 from 2-7 p.m. at The Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street at the intersection of Pearl and Water streets in DUMBO. Comment

Circus wish comes true at Coney Boom-A-Ring

Kings Courier: West Virginia teen AlisaAnne Scamehorn’s dream has always been to see “the big circus.” This week her wish came true in Coney Island. Comment

A new millionaire -%A0 from ‘scratch’

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

Circus’ Summer Youth Academy puts kids to work

Kings Courier: It’s the ultimate summer job: running away and joining the circus. Comment

Advocate hopefuls talk turkey in debate

Kings Courier: 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

‘Miracle’ on sorry sidewalk

Kings Courier: “It’s a miracle.” Comment

Summerfest on outdoor Aviator tarmac

Kings Courier: The Aviator Sports and Events Center will host Back-to-School Summerfest by Reithoffer Shows, August 27-30 on the outdoor tarmac area. Summerfest will feature rides, games, food and music as well as a variety of sports games and activities at the Aviator Sports and Events Center, on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Belt Parkway Exit 11S. Comment

World-class skaters wow crowds at Abe Stark rink

BoroBeat: The cream of the championship crop laced up their skates and wowed the crowd with their fancy footwork, and time-honored tips, during an ice frolic at Abe Stark Rink in Coney Island. Comment

Postal workers roll strikes for MDA

BoroBeat: Big-hearted postal workers morphed into cool alley cats, stamping out the competition, during a benefit bowl-a-thon at Maple Lanes. Comment

Ryder avenue gets rid of traffic for a day

BoroBeat: Family feasts flavored the fun-filled festivities when residents turned revelers for a block party along Ryder Street. Comment

East 37th Street neighbors party together

BoroBeat: Mom, dad and the kids made it a family frolic when they joined festive forces with like-minded neighbors for a block party in Marine Park. Comment

Cops grapple with gang war

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

Newspaper ink helps mend sidewalk

Flatbush: “It’s a miracle.” Comment

Teen is a millionaire from ‘scratch’

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

Stewart tied to landlords

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

Circus dream comes true

Flatbush: West Virginia teen AlisaAnne Scamehorn’s dream has always been to see “the big circus.” This week her wish came true in Coney Island. Comment

Advocating for the advocate: candidates fight for foothold

Flatbush: 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

Beauty and the beasts reign at Coney Island circus

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

Summer variety concert is%A0 a real show-stopper

BoroBeat: The sound of music echoed through the trees at Paerdegat Park, Foster Avenue near Albany Avenue last week as Community Board 17 held its Annual Summer Variety Concert. Comment

On the hook for Gowanus clean up

Brooklyn Courier: National Grid may have some welcome company to help it foot the bill to clean the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, this paper has learned. Comment

Iron Mike’s new rules about school apply

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Shuck yeah! Jamaica Bay eyed for return of the oyster!

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

Subway shutdown shocker

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Rezoning and reservations

Brooklyn Courier: Eleven local residents showed up last week to the Department of City Planning’s (DCP) public hearing on the proposed rezoning of Carroll Gardens to voice approval, but with some caveats. Comment

That old gang of mine at Coffey park

BoroBeat: There was plenty of “old school” fun to be had at Coffey ParkSunday as residents put on another fun-filled Old Timer’s Reunion celebration. Comment

Cops & community team up against crime

BoroBeat: It was something to see: police officers sharing hamburgers with happy kids. Comment

Brooklyn shipwrecked in Queens

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Iron Mike tightens school grip

Canarsie: 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

Watchdog wannabees bear fiscal fangs

Canarsie: 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

Trans task force

There’s a new sheriff in Canarsie. Comment

New breast imaging department debuts

Canarsie: A new Breast Imaging Department at Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division (KHD) opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by elected officials whose efforts helped bring to the Brooklyn community the latest innovation in digital screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound and interventional breast procedures. Comment

Farm fresh goodness comes to Flatbush Ave.

Canarsie: This week’s delivery included cabbage, kale, beans, lettuce, dill and summer squash. Low-income Flatbush families can now bring fresh produce to their dining tables, while also supporting a regional farm, thanks to a new agronomical project that melts away the middleman. Comment

Feasting with very good friends

Canarsie: Friends, food and fun were on the menu as congregants from Canarsie’s St. Albans Church got together for another memorable block party celebration. Comment

Congressman Weiner urges single-payer health care reform

Canarsie: 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

New health zone pondered

Canarsie: 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

Many taking long walks on new pier

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

70th Pct. anti-crime team gets guns off the streets

Canarsie: When shots are fired people usually scatter, but for the 70th Precinct’s anti-crime team it’s time to converge on the crime scene. Comment

Federal funding for Holocaust survivors

Canarsie: Two Jewish non-profit organizations are divvying up $300,000 in federal money to bring community support services to Brooklyn’s Holocaust survivors. Comment

Street closed for partying

Canarsie: Simple pleasures were on the menu during block party day along East 57th Street. Comment

Police sports

Canarsie: Come and enjoy a day of spirited competition when the community plays against the police during the 67th Precinct’s Community/Police Sports Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 22 at Paerdegat Park, Albany Avenue between Foster Avenue & Farragut Road. Comment

Summerfest on the Aviator tarmac

Canarsie: The Aviator Sports and Events Center will host Back-to-School Summerfest by Reithoffer Shows, August 27-30 on the outdoor tarmac area. Summerfest will feature rides, games, food and music as well as a variety of sports games and activities at the Aviator Sports and Events Center, on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Belt Parkway Exit 11S. Comment

Postal workers roll strikes for the MDA

BoroBeat: Big-hearted postal workers morphed into cool alley cats, stamping out the competition, during a benefit bowl-a-thon at Maple Lanes. Comment

Beauty and the beasts reign in at the circus

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

Summer Variety concert is a real hit

BoroBeat: The sound of music echoed through the trees at Paerdegat Park, Foster Avenue near Albany Avenue last week as Community Board 17 held its Annual Summer Variety Concert. Comment

District 22 salutes parental participation

BoroBeat: Every now and then, parents deserve an award. Comment

No traffic today, just lots of fun & games

BoroBeat: Summer fun was on the menu %u2013 not to mention a generous helping of potluck delights %u2013 when neighbors jumpstarted the season of fun in the sun with a block party along East 23rd Street. Comment

Newkirk ave. Neighbors enjoy Summer sun splash

BoroBeat: A downpour didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of reveling Flatbush residents, who soaked in equal parts of spirit and community camaraderie during a block party along Newkirk Avenue. Comment

New designers and artists

Canarsie: Society HAE, a destination site for the indie set and art/fashion/music enthusiasts, has teamed up with metroPCS to host BK PoP, August 23 from 2-7 p.m. at The Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street at the intersection of Pearl and Water streets in DUMBO. Comment

Police Blotter

Crime: A 27-year-old man had a box-cutter raked across his face as he was refused entry into an apartment building on Schermerhorn Street last week. Comment

Purse pinched at Simon office

Brooklyn Heights: It’s not Watergate, but when it comes to the hotly contested fight for the 33rd Council District, you never know. Comment

New call for single-payer

Brooklyn Heights: 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

Iron Mike’s new school rules apply

Brooklyn Heights: 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

Candidates in 33rd City Council race slam it out

Brooklyn Heights: 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

Con Ed, Chemtura on Gowanus Canal hook

Brooklyn Heights: National Grid may have some welcome company to help it foot the bill to clean the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, this paper has learned. Comment

Stimulus for Albee Square project

Brooklyn Heights: 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

Negativity flies in 33rd race

Brooklyn Heights: 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

Borough Briefs

Brooklyn transportation advocates rejoiced as Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the Bicycle Access Bill in City Hall. Comment

Circus fun & games come to Columbus Park

BoroBeat: The Boom-A-Ring isn’t the only circus in town. Comment

BK goes down with the ship

Brooklyn Heights: 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

Living it up in Vegas version of Monte Carlo

Bay News: Vegas’ Monte Carlo More Elegant, More Fun than Monaco’s Comment

Stranger Mike hoodwinks all NYC voters

Bay News: Somewhere in holy transcripts it states, “He came to us as a stranger and we took him in...” But here in NYC, Mike Bloomberg came to us as a stranger - but he took us in. Comment

Teen is a millionaire from ‘scratch’

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

Single payer now!

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

Iron Mike Bloomberg asserts new school rules

Bay News: 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

33rd District Candidate Profile: Doug Biviano

For the affable Brooklyn Heights resident and 33rd District City Council candidate Doug Biviano, his campaign can be distilled into two fundamental issues: affordable housing and health care. Comment

Tragedy Tomorrow, Comptrollers Tonight

One year after organizing hundreds of phone banking and fundraising events to elect Barack Obama President of the United States, Brooklyn For Barack members have turned their attention to raising awareness about citywide races such as the Democratic primary for Comptroller. Comment

Yassky comptroller run gives ground in home borough

City Comptroller candidate David Yassky is finding that his failed race for Congress is beginning to erode political support in his home borough. Comment

Go, go, go, go the trolleys!

Just as Mayor Bloomberg hinted that he was interested in bringing streetcar service back to Red Hook and other waterfront areas, a local businessman is looking to divest himself of his fleet of four trolleys laying fallow on his Van Brunt Street property for years, this paper has learned. Comment

MRNY Visits South Williamsburg to Promote Transparency

For years, the address has sent shivers through the spines of tenants throughout North Brooklyn: 199 Lee Avenue. Comment

‘Big circus’ wish comes true in Coney Island

West Virginia teen AlisaAnne Scamehorn’s dream has always been to see “the big circus.” This week her wish came true in Coney Island. Comment

MTA says beat it to Michael Jackson

A local City Council member wants some type of recognition at the subway station commemorating Michael Jackson’s video masterpiece, Bad, being filmed there. Comment

Quick stop quarrel

Cops were called to the Nostrand Quick Stop on Nostrand Avenue near Kings Highway Sunday after an unruly customer allegedly went berserk and started tearing the late-night business apart, police alleged. Comment

Victory for One Ridgite: Unjust Ticket is Upheld, Then Reversed

One Ridgite appears to have bucked the odds, successfully fighting an unjust parking ticket. Comment

Bklyn youths find jobs at the circus

It’s the ultimate summer job: running away and joining the circus. Comment

Brooklyn Public Library pulls racially offensive book

The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

Senior woes draw police

An NYPD Emergency Service Unit (ESU) crew was brought to a home on 57th Street last week following a series of tragedies that ended with an elderly woman barricading herself inside her home. Comment

Easy Riders Roll Through Billyburg

Amid the Pool Parties, kickball games, and upscale bowling matches happening in Northside Williamsburg on Sunday, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts rolled up to North 14th Street for the 6th Annual Works Engineering Motorcycle Show. Comment

Two hospitalized after Floyd Bennett crash

Two people were hospitalized after a harrowing car accident in Floyd Bennett Field that could have been sparked by drag racing. Officials said that the two vehicles, both 2006 Infinitis, were driving through the defunct base at 9:30 p.m. on August 23 when one of the cars slammed into the other. One vehicle veered out of control upon impact, flipped over and landed in a crumpled heap on the side of the road. It took paramedics upwards of 45 minutes to extricate the two 18-year-old victims. One was taken to Lutheran Medical Center in serious but stable condition. The other was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition. The two men in the other vehicle were not injured, officials said. No arrests were made, although the incident is still under investigation. Comment

Spider-Opossum attacks Brighton Beach

What do you get when a radioactive spider bites a opossum? Comment

Shot in the back

A 20-year-old college student died last week after being shot in the back on Lenox Road near Flatbush Avenue. Comment

Police blotter

Crime: Police are reportedly close to apprehending the man who held up a local Sunoco station at gunpoint last week and then made a bonehead mistake. 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

Repairs coming to Belt Pkwy overpasses

Reconstruction of Brooklyn’s Belt Parkway bridges is expected to begin soon, commencing a massive, half-billion-dollar project to replace the aged spans. Comment

Free cable installer training program

Brooklyn Networks is currently recruiting for their next Free Cable Installer training program. Orientations are held every Tuesday at 621 Degraw Street, in Park Slope at 10 a.m., sharp. Comment

Subway stimulus on track for D, M lines

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

Parked car smash and grab

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

NYC comptroller hopefuls tangle

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

McMahon talks health care plan

They must be mighty confident that their health care won’t be impacted. Comment

Million $ scratch

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

Hands off advocate’s budget, candidates say

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

Circus Youth Academy puts youngsters to work

It’s the ultimate summer job: running away and joining the circus. Comment

IRON MIKE’S RULES

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

Climate research wins H.S. kids special honors

Four high school students involved in New York City College of Technology’s Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) received a special award from the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF). Comment

Circus wish comes true for teen

West Virginia teen AlisaAnne Scamehorn’s dream has always been to see “the big circus.” This week her wish came true in Coney Island. Comment

New STEMI Center: there in times of crisis

Lutheran Medical Center and its clinical partner in cardiac care, The Mount Sinai Hospital, recognized Brooklyn’s newest STEMI Center. More than 60 health professionals attended the reception including cardiac experts, executive staff, area paramedics and FDNY EMS personnel. Comment

Cutting edge artistry on the fence

There’s fencing art and then there’s art found on local fences. Comment

Randazzo’s Clam Bar & Restaurant loses part of its heart

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

Anti-gay slurs found scrawled on Holocaust Memorial Park

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

Brooklyn Politics

It’s been a long, hard battle, but Erlene King is back on the ballot in the fight to unseat Flatbush City Council incumbent Kendall Stewart. Comment

Salute to 9/11 firefighter

Bay News: Remembering a fallen hero%u2026 Comment

Subway stimulus coming

Bay News: 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

Bloomy pledges to jumpstart working waterfront

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

Hands off advocate’s budget, candidates say

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

Iron mike’s rules

Bay News: 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

Helping hand for war veterans

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

Health care on the agenda

Bay News: They must be mighty confident that their health care won’t be impacted. Comment

Brooklyn teen becomes a millionaire from ‘scratch’

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

Summerfest on the Aviator%A0

Bay News: The Aviator Sports and Events Center will host Back-to-School Summerfest by Reithoffer Shows, August 27-30 on the outdoor tarmac area. Summerfest will feature rides, games, food and music as well as a variety of sports games and activities at the Aviator Sports and Events Center, on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Belt Parkway Exit 11S. Comment

ASA rich in new talent

Bay News: ASA coach Dennis Orlando has compiled an impressive array of talent, from the 23 local players to the several others from Florida and New Jersey. Comment

At long last, ‘Mother of Judo’ to finally get medal

Bay News: For many in the martial arts world Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi is known as the Mother of Women’s Judo. Comment

Finest best Bravest on the diamond

Bay News: The last anchor event of this year’s Municipal Credit Union Municipal Sports Series was played at KeySpan Park. A crowd of 4,800 watched the annual contest between baseball teams from the NYPD and the FDNY, the former of whom was the victor, with a score of 5 to 1. Comment

9/11 tribute on the soccer field

Bay News: Soccer players remembered the tragedy of September 11 last week during a poignant tournament at Aviator Sports Complex. Comment

Brooklyn is true to Tommy

Bay News: Tommy Lasorda’s 81-year-old eyes darted from one end of the room to the other as he walked through the Brooklyn Baseball Museum at KeySpan Park. Comment

Caring Postal workers roll strikes for MDA

BoroBeat: Big-hearted postal workers morphed into cool alley cats, stamping out the competition, during a benefit bowl-a-thon at Maple Lanes. Comment

Spanish-speaking parents now fluent in English

BoroBeat: The Brighton Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with the Independence Community Bank Foundation, graduated students of its Spanish-English Program, an initiative which invited Spanish-speaking parents to learn English, and which also allowed the students to bring their children to class, as many of them do not have babysitters. Comment

World-class skaters wow Coney Island crowd

BoroBeat: The cream of the championship crop laced up their skates and wowed the crowd with their fancy footwork, and time-honored tips, during an ice frolic at Abe Stark Rink in Coney Island. Comment

Special salute to ‘Teacher of the year’

BoroBeat: Outstanding borough educators in Districts 20, 21 and 22 received an “A” for “awesome” when state Senator Marty Golden held his annual “Teacher of the Year” tribute at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment

Salute to area luminaries

BoroBeat: Holding citations from the City Council, Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Thomas Neve, executive director of Reaching Out Community Services, and Vincent La Marca, webmaster at the New Utrecht Reformed Church in Bensonhurst, are honored as “Men of Valor, Sons of Micah” in a ceremony at the historic house of worship, the fourth oldest in Brooklyn. Comment

BK PoP: New artists, designers

Bay News: Society HAE, a destination site for the indie set and art/fashion/music enthusiasts, has teamed up with metroPCS to host BK PoP, August 23 from 2-7 p.m. at The Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street at the intersection of Pearl and Water streets in DUMBO. Comment

It was a dog slay afternoon

Fort Greene: A police officer shot a vicious guard dog terrorizing the streets of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill on Sunday. Comment

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