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Page 1: Our endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg for a third term is already generating lots of buzz on the Interweb (and some angry calls to our office, but hey, whose counting?). But why listen to the naysayers or the lackeys? If you click the link above, you can download our full print edition, where you can read our wonderfully articulate endorsement, plus our regular news, arts and calendar features. And don’t miss Sunday’s birthday celebration for the Manhattan Bridge. It’s all here! Click today! Read more…
Election: Borough President Markowitz — a Democrat — endorsed Mayor Bloomberg over Democratic rival (and Brooklynite!) Bill Thompson near Borough Hall today, calling the would-be third-term mayor “one of the greats.” Comments (10)
DUMBO: The public middle school offered to the city by a DUMBO developer as a sweetener to get approval for his controversial apartment building next to the Brooklyn Bridge may have failed to meet city standards when it was approved earlier this year, according to documents that came to light this week. Comments (5)

Report: Recession is killing jobs, wages

It’s like an old “good news/bad news” joke: The bad news is that unemployment is surging and wages are falling in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Happy 100th, Manny B!

Happy 100th, Manny B!

Brooklyn Angle: Fans of the Manhattan Bridge — and they are legion, make no mistake — will finally get a chance to celebrate as the Brooklyn Bridge’s much-maligned younger brother celebrates its 100th birthday this weekend. Comment

On Fulton Mall, the food is fast and the crimes are harsh

Downtown: Two people are beaten trying to use the bathroom in two Fulton Mall burger joints. A coincidence? We wish. Comments (3)
Dining: Montague Street’s famed restaurant Armando’s is back in business — and so is its iconic lobster sign. Comment

Elizabeth Nunez’s new novel finds her ‘In-Between’

Books: The Bed-Stuy-based writer goes back to her Trinidad roots for her latest book. Comment
Downtown: One of Downtown Brooklyn’s busiest corners will become a pedestrian oasis when the city constructs a public plaza at Hoyt and Schermerhorn streets. Comments (1)

More calls to ‘Kill Jews’

Bay Ridge: An anti-Semitic pamphleteer who terrorized Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill last week brought his hateful message to Bay Ridge overnight on Sept. 29 — in the midst of the Jewish holidays and just days after bigoted Christians protested Judaism at two Brooklyn synagogues. Comments (1)
Editorial: The Community Newspaper Group, which includes The Brooklyn Paper, heartily endorses Mayor Mike. Comments (15)
Election: Park Slope’s Bill DeBlasio trounces Mark Green for the Democratic runoff for public advocate while Brooklyn Heights’s David Yassky fails — and falls bad — to John Liu in the comptroller runoff. Comments (6)

Hero stops bad guy

Park Slope: A maintenance man chased down a thug — all in a day’s work. Comment

Red Hook vendor wins the Vendy Award

Dining: It’s a vindication for the borough — and the Red Hook vendors. Comments (1)
DUMBO: DUMBO titans David and Jed Walentas, who pride themselves on having developed the neighborhood as a hub of creative culture, will alter a piece of that culture by converting a loft building filled with artists and non-profits into luxury rental apartments. Comments (7)

Lots of brutality and muggings!

Park Slope: Unlike last week, it was downright easy to write a police blotter this week — thanks to all the crime in Park Slope’s neighborhood’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Couch chronicles, part II: Smartmom learns to love the ratty divan

Smartmom: Looks like that 18-year-old sofa is here to stay — but so is Hepcat, so there is some good news this week. Comment

The two Joshes of Stone Park Cafe to open Chinese restaurant

Dining: The creative team behind Park Slope’s acclaimed Stone Park Café is planning an affordable Chinese restaurant just blocks away the much-loved New American eatery. Comments (3)

Tiny Tim this ain’t! Big ukulele fest comes to Jalopy

Music: The Jalopy music hall on Columbia Street has emerged as one of the city’s leading blues and folk spots. So why is the venue playing with toys next month, when the Paris Uke Fest comes to town? Comments (3)
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Our stunning award sweep — live from Chicago

Podcast: Join Editor Gersh Kuntzman and Señor Editor Vince DiMiceli as they bring us video footage of The Brooklyn Paper’s stunning award wins at the Independent Free Papers of America convention in Chicago this weekend! Comments (3)
Williamsburg: North Brooklyn tennis players are serving up a plan that could turn McCarren Park’s crumbling courts into a racquet sports Mecca. Comments (5)
Park Slope: A handful of hateful Midwesterners brought their anti-Semitic and anti-gay message to two Brownstone Brooklyn synagogues on Saturday — where they were met with anger, condemnation, and some old-fashioned chutzpah. Comments (27)

We win — again! More awards for your Brooklyn Paper!

The Brooklyn Paper has done it again — winning a trifecta of top awards at this weekend’s Independent Free Papers of America annual conference just outside of Chicago. Comments (2)

Burglar grab

Williamsburg: A would-be thief was caught in the act of canvassing a Grand Street apartment last week, officials said. Comment

Grand Bazaar coming to Brooklyn

Williamsburg: The Grand Bazaar is coming to Brooklyn. Comment

Big rigs cause bigger headaches

Williamsburg: Residents of North 11th Street in Williamsburg are steamed about trucks that roll down their street. Comment

EPA%A0Newtown headed for Superfund

Williamsburg: North Brooklyn got some super news this week. Comment

Love Brigade comes marching through

Williamsburg: Love Brigade, the culturally aware and musically charged company, will premier their spring/summer 2010 ‘Revival’ Collection, September 18 at a brand new venue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment

Brooklyn pols react to Obama smackdown of Paterson

Williamsburg: Oh, Obama...Why’d you have to go and do something like that? Comment

Guv, mayor say ‘Ahoy’ to new sludge ships

Williamsburg: North Brooklyn is about to have the trash taken out. Comment

Coney pizza icon might reopen soon

Williamsburg: Famed Coney Island pizzeria Totonno’s could be open in a matter of weeks, giving discriminating eaters across the borough reason to rejoice. Comment

De Blasio and Green take shots in advocate race

Williamsburg: Brooklyn City Councilmember Bill de Blasio and former City Public Advocate Mark Green came out swinging as they gear up for their runoff to determine the Democratic Party nominee for the city’s top watchdog position. Comment

Subway’s very best

Williamsburg: The Subway restaurant chain, the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, has named Jonathan Feld, of Manhattan, as the recipient of its 2009 Franchisee of the Year award for multi-unit owners from the chain’s North American markets. The announcement was made the company’s annual convention held in Washington DC. Comment

Octoberfest

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

‘Meditation Garden’ encourages lots of creativity

Williamsburg: Mom, dad and the kids saw their creativity immortalized on concrete when Spread Art celebrated Park(ing) Day by installing a “meditation garden” in Williamsburg, calling upon artsmart locals to bring cheer and relief to Brooklyn’s urban jungle with their own handiwork. Comment

Best take out in town: local spots win awards

Williamsburg: Looking for some good takeout in Brooklyn?Better call Williamsburg. Comment

Grand larceny, homeless vex cops

Williamsburg: Crime is down in Williamsburg’s north side, but police officers remain vigilant about a rash of grand larcenies and incidents involving a roving homeless population that have occurred throughout the summer. Comment

Steve Levin takes 33rd

Williamsburg: Behind a solid bloc of Hasidic voters in Williamsburg, seniors and public housing residents from Greenpoint to the Gowanus, Steve Levin handily won the Democratic primary for the City Council in the 33rd District. Comment

Green Brooklyn

Williamsburg: The Council on the Environment of New York City is hosting the Fifth Annual Green Brooklyn%u2026Green City at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park, 209 Joralemon Street, September 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Wine Bar still thirsty for okay

Williamsburg: Custom Wine Bar is going back to the drawing board. Comment

‘I’m a poet and you know it’

Williamsburg: An attorney, author, football coach, special education schoolteacher and street vendor would like to add another title to his long resume: poet laureate. Comment

Green’s problem(s)

Williamsburg: A longtime political veteran breaks down the runoff for public advocate between Bill De Blasio and Mark Green this way: “Who cares?” Comment

Slight margin for Reyna

Williamsburg: In one of the smallest margins among the primary races throughout the city, incumbent Councilmember Diana Reyna (D-Williamsburg) appears to have won re-election in the 34th Council District, though her main challenger, Maritza Davila, has not conceded the race. Comment

Filming to start on lost railroad documentary

Williamsburg: He rediscovered history once, and this winter, urban explorer Bob Diamond is hoping to do it again. Comment

Esposito charged with stiffing staffers

Williamsburg: For campaign workers, numbers aren’t adding up, and it has nothing to do with votes. Comment

VH1 Divas descend on Brooklyn for live show

Williamsburg: Lights, camera, action — Divas! Comment

Chabad finds a new home inside The Loom

Williamsburg: It was not exactly the Exodus, but after more than a year wandering around Williamsburg for a home, Rabbi Menachim Heller has finally found a space for his Chabad of East Williamsburg branch on the first-floor of a commercial building on Flushing Avenue. Comment

BK Dems react to Obama speech

Williamsburg: Preaching to the choir. Comment

Obama speech update

Williamsburg: In the recent story about federal lawmakers checking in on President Obama’s national health care speech, this paper incorrectly reported the House of Representatives proposed bill included a single-payer system. The bill proposes a public option and not a single-payer plan. We regret the error. Comment

251 votes is enough for Reyna

Williamsburg: After three days of counting paper ballots and recanvassing machines, City Councilmember Diana Reyna won re-election to a third term by a mere 251 votes. Comment

Project ENVISION

Williamsburg: The Project ENVISION Williamsburg coalition, a group of community members and New York City rape crisis service providers dedicated to sexual violence prevention through community involvement, invites you to welcome the group to the neighborhoodwith food, a raffle, speakers and fun in the McCarren Park Field House, 780 Lorimer Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 26. Comment

‘Strictly Regulated’ at Corridor

Williamsburg: Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery will host “Strictly Regulated,” on view September 27-Nov ember7, with an opening reception September 27 from 4-6 p.m. at 334 Grand Avenue in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment

More choices for motorists caught in bind

Williamsburg: If you have an auto accident and need to rent a car at the insurance company’s expense, you have a right to get the loaner from wherever you want. Comment

Benefit concert

Williamsburg: Determined to empower unemployed men by providing them with the necessary professional attire that will build their self-esteem and help “sell themselves” during job interviews, Men’s Wearhouse will hold its second annual National Suit Drive, now to September 30. Comment

DUMBO gallery walk invites all to browse

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO will welcome art lovers and fun seekers to explore its art-filled gallery spaces as they celebrate with receptions, live musical performances and artist/curator talks, October 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 111 Front Street, 37 Main Street, 92 Plymouth Street, 28 Jay Street and various stops and shops along these blocks. Comment

Thompson takes primary%A0

Williamsburg: Extolling supporters to chant with him that eight years is enough, Comptroller William Thompson vowed a spirited campaign to defeat incumbent Mike Bloomberg in the November general election for New York City mayor. Comment

BK bosses balk at ‘Paid Sick Time Bill’

Williamsburg: While Washington grapples over a new federal health insurance bill, the City Council is having its own brouhaha over a related bill. Comment

Russian billionaire to become new Nets owner

Williamsburg: And now, here’s your Brooklyn Nyets! Comment

14-story cap for ‘Finger’

Williamsburg: The “Finger Building” has a cap. Comment

New bill takes aim at stalled developments

Williamsburg: Stalled condo projects and big blue “death fences” may be the order of the day throughout Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean a community’s quality of life has to suffer. Comment

Burglaries soar in ‘burg

Williamsburg: Crime is down in Williamsburg this summer, though a recent rash of burglaries has police officers on alert. Comment

Triangle businesses fight eminent domain

Williamsburg: Three Williamsburg businesses located within the Broadway Triangle are the focus of an intense battle to rezone a 31-acre site south of Broadway Avenue to residential use, as city officials determine whether to acquire the privately-owned sites through eminent domain. Comment

Get an interview suit

Williamsburg: Determined to empower unemployed men by providing them with the necessary professional attire that will build their self-esteem and help “sell themselves” during job interviews, Men’s Wearhouse will hold its second annual National Suit Drive, now to September 30. Comment

Liu, Yassky in runoff for comptroller bid

Williamsburg: Queens City Councilmember John Liu and Brooklyn City Councilmember David Yassky are circling their wagons as they gear up to meet again at the polls in two weeks to determine who will be the Democratic nominee for the city’s top fiscal officer. Comment

It’s only my opinion

Williamsburg: Here are more questions that are scribbled on those bits of paper that have been accumulating in my favorite blue blazer. Comment

Now showing at Cooper Park: ‘fun and film’

BoroBeat: A party in Cooper Park? Comment

‘Frank J. Verderame Way’ debuts on Second Pl.

BoroBeat: A grassroots gladiator and a former state assemblyman, who was “involved in just about every issue in the community,” was immortalized with tears and cheers when his brother helped pave the way to dedicate his Carroll Gardens’ block “Frank J. Verderame Way.” Comment

O’shea is Fair housing ‘person of the year’

BoroBeat: Nearly a year after being ousted as head of Churches United, a Brooklyn-based affordable housing advocacy group, Father James O’Shea made his first public appearance in Brooklyn, receiving the first annual Churches United for Fair Housing Person of the Year Award. Comment

Wheeler puts cramp in Fieldston’s upset bid

Devante Wheeler collapsed to the turf in pain and then limped to the Poly Prep sideline. The Blue Devils were without their quarterback and defensive back, but Sean Ryan wasn’t worried. Comment

Hate comes to Windsor Terrace

Brooklyn Courier: Police are looking for the hate-filled wall scrawler who wrote the words “F--k Jews” on a new sign outside Congregation Chabad of Windsor Terrace. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

Brooklyn Courier: A right-wing radio personality will be heading to Brooklyn to defend himself against accusations that he threatened to kill three Chicago federal appeals judges that had thrown out suits challenging hand gun bans in the Windy City. Comment

Community boards team up with graduate students

Brooklyn Courier: Graduate students will soon get real life civics lessons courtesy of two of the borough’s community boards. Comment

Colton: put the new waste transfer station in Sunset Pk

Brooklyn Courier: A Bensonhurst lawmaker said this week he has devised an elegant solution to the neighborhood’s waste transfer facility problem: move it to Sunset Park. Comment

‘Innovative’ federal funding%A0benefits Brooklyn yeshivas

Brooklyn Courier: Thousands of private school students, mainly in yeshivas, will be getting remedial help in the three ‘Rs’ on the federal government’s dime. Comment

Report due on F train status

Brooklyn Courier: State Senator Daniel Squadron recently learned a critical lesson in politics, commuting — and love. Comment

A Russian oligarch in Bklyn

Brooklyn Courier: And now, here’s your Brooklyn Nyets! Comment

Shop Art debuts three new exhibitions

Brooklyn Courier: Local art gallery Shop Art celebrates the opening of three exhibitions next month at its ground floor space on Bergen Street. Comment

Haters target bklyn

For many, the weather forecast predicted for Park Slope’s Congregation Beth Elohim this Saturday will be “crazy with a chance of religious oddballs.” Comment

Fall street festivals on tap across the borough

Brooklyn Courier: You really begin to realize how populous Brooklyn is when the annual autumn street fairs draw out the crowds. Comment

Crafty artists answer the bell at Gleason’s gym

Brooklyn Courier: At Gleason’s Gym, boxers are taking their gloves off for art, and a special cause. Comment

New effort to curb development eyesores

Brooklyn Courier: Stalled condo projects and big blue “death fences” may be the order of the day throughout Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean a community’s quality of life has to suffer. Comment

Big-time play saves Railsplitters

High School Sports: Doug Butler struggled to gain yardage in the first half. The Lincoln running back was left frustrated by a swarming Flushing defense. Comment

Some gave all: many reflect on vets’ courage

BoroBeat: If you love freedom, thank a vet. Comment

Pre-shofar shenanigans

Kings Courier: Maybe he just wanted to get a head start on the holiday. Comment

Cop bags woman’s attacker

Kings Courier: An eager, no-nonsense cop was honored for a superb arrest that police say is becoming a rarer event than in the past -- thanks to a decrease in crime. Comment

Smoother Church Avenue, sprinklers top list

Kings Courier: Among the items that Community Board 14 will consider, when it develops its list of budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2011, are the resurfacing of Church Avenue and the installation of a sprinkler system on the malls in Fiske Terrace. Comment

Jacked on the block%A0

Kings Courier: A string of carjackings has Marine Park residents on alert. Comment

Seven crime-busters saluted at 61st Police Precinct

Kings Courier: Call them the magnificent seven: Two 61st Precinct police crews were honored by the 61st Precinct Community Council recently for not only bringing a gunman to justice, but for also stopping a livery cab thief before he could flag down another victim. Comment

Clarke defends ‘Mt. Obama’ visit

Kings Courier: Rep. Yvette D. Clarke last week lashed out at published reports alleging she violated the law while recently traveling to the country of Antigua for the naming of the country’s highest peak as “Mount Obama.” Comment

Yeshiva tangles with tenant%A0

Kings Courier: A synagogue’s refusal to leave a yeshiva’s building is all about money. So claims Michael Spiegel, executive director of Yeshiva Rambam, which has allowed Congregation Machzikei Torah to use part of its building for the last 35 years. Comment

It’s partytime for East 38th Street neighbors

BoroBeat: Mom, dad and the kids embraced the soaring mercury during a day of fun in the sun %u2013 that lasted till the wee hours %u2013 as they celebrated neighborhood unity with a block party along East 38th Street in Marine Park. Comment

Bloomy celebrates Rosh Hashanah at Mountain Fruit

BoroBeat: Mayor Mike Bloomberg wowed the crowd by working his cart at Mountain Fruit during a pre-Rosh Hashanah visit to the Midwood green grocer. Comment

Thousands tell tales to break record

BoroBeat: KeySpan Park morphed into a “field of tales” as close to 10,000 parents and children joined forces for a record-breaking, pre-game word journey which has ended up in the hallowed annals of the Guinness World Records, according to its organizers who are waiting for the official announcement from the United Kingdom. Comment

It’s Blarney, Brooklyn style, as Irish fest steps in

BoroBeat: Coney Island morphed into Coney Ire-land as Brooklynites donned their shamrocks and united for two days of blarney and merriment at KeySpan Park for the Great Irish fair. Comment

Late Debbie Moss inspires others to fight cancer

BoroBeat: An “outgoing” Old Mill Basin woman, who was devoted to her family, was immortalized when her community organized a memorial walk in honor of the late Debbie Moss. Comment

Youth is served at Maimonides Medical Center

BoroBeat: Borough youngsters were lauded for their industrious efforts when Maimonides Medical Center presented an awards night for participants in its Summer Youth Employment Program. Comment

Historic designation for Beth el Jewish center

BoroBeat: Beth El Jewish Center of Flatbush is not only a sanctuary for worshippers, it is also a treasure trove for history buffs. Comment

Muggers and (too) close neighbors

Flatbush: A 25-year-old man was arrested last week for not only mugging a Newkirk Avenue resident inside his apartment building, but for then taking up residence in the man’s apartment, police allege. Comment

Mixed budget bag for BK

Flatbush: The new $59.4 billion budget agreed upon by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council has good news and bad news for Brooklynites. Comment

Brad Lander takes the 39th

Flatbush: When Brad Lander woke up early Tuesday morning to begin his last big pitch for City Council, one of the first things he heard coming out of the shower was the Black Eyed Peas. Comment

Nardiello bests Smith on GOP tix

Flatbush: The specter of controversy hanging over City Council Republican candidate George Smith did little to boost his chances for victory Tuesday as his opponent Joe Nardiello easily secured the nomination with more than two thirds of votes cast. Comment

Swept into cell

Brooklyn Courier: A 51-year-old man was incarcerated after he attacked a younger man with a broomstick, police alleged. Comment

Police Blotter

Crime: A 16-year-old was struck in the face with an umbrella during an argument that began in Boerum Park, but ended on Bond Street. Comment

Yikes! Mice and rats run through Carroll Park

Brooklyn Courier: Rodents have once again reared their ugly heads - and tails - in Carroll Park, but city officials say they’re just passing through. Comment

LICH earns NYPD salute

Brooklyn Courier: While it usually honors police officers, the 76th Precinct Community Council took time last week to honor an institution. Comment

Nardiello bests GOP rival Smith

Brooklyn Courier: The specter of controversy hanging over City Council Republican candidate George Smith did little to boost his chances for victory Tuesday as his opponent Joe Nardiello easily secured the nomination with more than two thirds of votes cast. Comment

Gowanus Canal’s toxic ‘tsunami’ %A0

Brooklyn Courier: From a window in her home, Margaret Maugenest can see the mighty shores of the Gowanus Canal, a polluted waterway she fears could one day spit its toxic cocktail on adjacent homes and businesses. Comment

Lander wins big in 39th

Brooklyn Courier: When Brad Lander woke up early Tuesday morning to begin his last big pitch for City Council, one of the first things he heard coming out of the shower was the Black Eyed Peas. Comment

Aquarium’s future is in sharks

Brooklyn Courier: $100 million is a lot of clams, but that’s how much the New York Aquarium figures it needs to keep up with the Joneses in Coney Island. Comment

Paid Sick Leave for city residents debated

Brooklyn Courier: While Washington grapples over a new federal health insurance bill, the City Council is having its own brouhaha over a related bill. Comment

Celebrate National Estuaries Day at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Courier: Celebrate National Estuaries Day and learn about the special creatures that live in these vibrant coastal areas where rivers meet the sea, September 26 from 9-11:30 a.m. at The Cove in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

Little Buddy Biscuits debut

BoroBeat: Intricately-flavored confections and desserts you wish your mother had made are just the tip of the sweet-a-licious iceberg at the new Little Buddy Biscuit Company, which celebrated its arrival in South Slope with a ribbon-cutting. Comment

Ye olde classroom lesson for local kids

BoroBeat: Public School 321 second-graders received a living history lesson when they joined area dignitaries and other local notables to rename J.J. Byrne Park Washington Park in honor of the nation’s founding father. Comment

Columbia street has corner-to-corner family fun

BoroBeat: Music, crafts, collectibles and a palate-pleasing menu of international foods lured visitors to the waterfront district for a fall festival, presented by the Carroll Gardens Association. Comment

Chabad Jewish center celebrates first scroll

BoroBeat: A new Jewish Center, established by the The National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education to serve the Windsor Terrace community, welcomed its first Torah scroll during a lively procession through the streets of Brooklyn. Comment

McDonald’s grazing

Canarsie: Bullets flying near the McDonald’s on Rockaway Parkway and Conklin Avenue reached a 21-year-old woman eating inside, officials said. Comment

Interpreting America by the numbers

Perspective: We learn and appreciate more of our country when we, once again, examine AMERICA %u2013 BY THE NUMBERS. Comment

Cuff Khadafy for crimes against humanity

Perspective: Phew! Gotham’s air just got stinkier with the arrival of the “mad dog of the Middle East.” Comment

Annual Ragamuffin Parade returns October 3

Canarsie: As the leaves begin to change color, and days grow shorter, Brooklyn children know that a day devoted to them is just around the corner. Comment

Presidential pox on Dist. 18%A0

Canarsie: School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) is still without a leader. Comment

Delays stymie CB18 relocation

Canarsie: Community Board 18’s plan to move out of the Glenwood Houses and into a spanking new facility in Georgetowne will have to wait a few months. Comment

Saved from roaring inferno

Canarsie: A hapless Glenwood Road resident was cherry-picked to safety early Tuesday as a smoky blaze erupted in his home. Comment

Many dig into Flatbush Frolic’s fun and games

Canarsie: A juicy end-of-summer adventure %u2013 and then some %u2013 was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of Brooklyn’s premier party, the Flatbush Frolic, complete with a pizza-eating contest. Comment

VH1 Divas rock BAM

Canarsie: Lights, camera, action — Divas! Comment

Back to school expo at Kings Plaza Mall

Canarsie: Kings Plaza Mall received an A-plus for helping ease students and parents into a new academic year by holding a back-to-school expo, featuring “your child’s needs/wants all under one roof,” and complete with live entertainment, vendor stalls and even a relaxing massage for weary moms and dads. Comment

‘Redefining the Good Life’ at Pratt Institute symposium

Canarsie: Author Kurt Andersen will deliver a keynote address on the meaning of creative value in the 21st century as part of a Pratt Institute symposium titled “Redefining the Good Life,” September 26 from 2-5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus, 200 Willoughby Avenue. Comment

Mea Culpa,Vinny?

Canarsie: Republican City Council candidate Bob Capano demanded an apology from Councilmember Vincent Gentile this week for allegedly using Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton army garrison as a “political venue” — during an annual picnic at the base. Comment

New bill gives more choice to motorists in a bind

Canarsie: If you have an auto accident and need to rent a car at the insurance company’s expense, you have a right to get the loaner from wherever you want. Comment

Hunger for grades

Canarsie: Two Canarsie schools are seeking to expand. Comment

Up, up and away on the Belt

Canarsie: The Belt Parkway would be a great place to construct an elevated express lane from Sheepshead Bay all the way to Kennedy Airport, a couple of community leaders are proclaiming this week -- and they want to use federal stimulus dollars to get the job done. Comment

Unlock your inner creativity at Fourth Annual ArtMart

Canarsie: PLG Arts presents its fourth annual ArtMart 11225 community arts and crafts market, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date: October 4) on Lincoln Road between Ocean and Flatbush avenues. Comment

Faraguna lobbies for poet laureate

Canarsie: An attorney, author, football coach, special education schoolteacher and street vendor would like to add another title to his long resume: poet laureate. Comment

$5.3M earmarked for schools

Canarsie: Public schools in Canarsie and East Flatbush are set to receive $5.3 million to lower class sizes and fund after-school programs. Comment

Brooklyn composer%A0Leon Kirchner dies

Leon Kirchner, the Brooklyn-born, Pulitzer and Guggenheim Fellowship-winning composer, died on September 17 at the age of 90. Comment

‘Biscuit’ aids in cancer fight

Canarsie: In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dressbarn is kicking off a campaign dedicated to fundraising for breast cancer research. Comment

KCC to host ‘Dreamland Pavilion’ conference

Canarsie: Kingsborough Community College will host the “Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development” multidisciplinary conference October 2-3, which will explore the past, present and future of development in Brooklyn. Comment

‘Innovative’ funding benefits yeshivas

Canarsie: Thousands of private school students, mainly in yeshivas, will be getting remedial help in the three ‘Rs’ on the federal government’s dime. Comment

Filming to begin on lost railroad tunnel documentary

Canarsie: He rediscovered history once, and this winter, urban explorer Bob Diamond is hoping to do it again. Comment

Aquarium sees the future in sharks

Canarsie: $100 million is a lot of clams, but that’s how much the New York Aquarium figures it needs to keep up with the Joneses in Coney Island. Comment

Victorious Williams%A0 thanks supporters

Canarsie: A community organizer turned City Council Democratic pick for the 45th Councilmanic District in Flatbush spent the day after his victory with friends and fellow activists he’s fought alongside with for years. Comment

Poly Prep rolls on despite loss of QB

High School Sports: Devante Wheeler collapsed to the turf in pain and then limped to the Poly Prep sideline. The Blue Devils were without their quarterback and defensive back, but Sean Ryan wasn’t worried. Comment

Xaverian finds W behind tank

High School Sports: Muhammad King carried two Fordham Prep players on his back as he crossed midfield, keeping his legs moving as he ran for a 23-yard gain. The sophomore running back had just finished off a scoring drive and was now helping Xaverian keep the ball out of the hands of Rams star Bruce Grant, who had just run a kickoff back for a touchdown to trim the lead to just one score late in the fourth quarter. Comment

Tiger ‘D’ holds up just fine, so far

High School Sports: When Fort Hamilton held on for a one-point win in overtime over Sheepshead Bay to start the PSAL season, the Tigers wildly celebrated the victory. The euphoria quickly faded for the defense, which was shredded for 416 total yards. Comment

Hornets look to be quicker

High School Sports: The Midwood girls volleyball team lost its first league match since 2004 last season, to Secondary School for Law, Journalism and Research, and had to share the PSAL Brooklyn A3 title. To make matters worse, SSLJR was a first-year program and its coach, Mike Salak, is a Midwood grad. Comment

Bklyn returns to Dutch roots with prime minister

BoroBeat: Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was privvy to Brooklyn’s hospitality when he visited the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum to help celebrate New York’s quadricentennial anniversary %u2013 his first stop on a citywide tour, and his first to the city’s oldest historic structure and first official landmark. Comment

Center honors outstanding nursing staffers

BoroBeat: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, acknowledges the outstanding performances of three employees from the staff of its skilled nursing facility who have received awards:Marcelle France, Clinical CNA; Georgia Stewart, RN, and Kay Cato, CNA. Comment

Parking spot gets special green makeover

BoroBeat: Sustainable Flatbush took the high road to reclaiming their neighborhood from motorists by transforming a parking spot into an outdoor playpen. Comment

Caught dead to rights

Brooklyn Heights: A funeral home owner has been allegedly identified as the unsuccessful bank robber who recently tried to pass a threatening note to a teller at a neighborhood Chase Bank. Comment

3-course wine dinner

Brooklyn Heights: Join Park Slope wine importer Daniel Johnnes for an evening on the wine roads of France as he showcases selections from his portfolio in a three-course wine dinner at bussaco, 833 Union Street in Park Slope, September 29 at 7 p.m. Comment

Reiki practitioner

Brooklyn Heights: World famous Reiki teacher Frans Stiene, co-founder of the International House of Reiki and the Shibumi Reiki Association, is coming to Park Slope during the New York leg of his latest global tour to attend the launch of the Brooklyn Classical Reiki Centre. Comment

Remember 9/11 in song

Brooklyn Heights: While prayers and bowed heads were certainly the order of the day as the city marked the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorists attacks, some local residents opted to express their anguish, as well as their pride in their country, more creatively. Comment

Crime-busting excellence

Brooklyn Heights: Supermom Tyeis Mojica is also a super cop, the 84th Precinct Community Council determined last week. Comment

Turf Battle at Cadman Park

Brooklyn Heights: It’s a turf war — literally. Comment

DUMBO art galleries

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn’s waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO will welcome art lovers and fun seekers to explore its art-filled gallery spaces as they celebrate with receptions, live musical performances and artist/curator talks, October 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 111 Front Street, 37 Main Street, 92 Plymouth Street, 28 Jay Street and various stops and shops along these blocks. Comment

Pumpkin festival

Brooklyn Heights: Mazzone True Value will be hosting its annual pumpkin festival, now in its fifth year, 470 Court Street, corner of Fourth Place between Court and Clinton streets, October 3 (rain date: October 10) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment

‘Regulated’ art show

Brooklyn Heights: Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery will host “Strictly Regulated,” on view September 27-Nov ember7, with an opening reception September 27 from 4-6 p.m. at 334 Grand Avenue in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment

Diving into sweet Ravenhall memories

Bay News: This past Labor Day weekend was the most glorious one we’ve had in a long, long time, Saturday was perfect, as well as Sunday, which might surprise those of you in Brooklyn who went to the beaches in Coney Island on Sunday and left because of cool winds. Because DoubleTree is located in a valley in central New Jersey, the weather is often nicer than here in Brooklyn. Due to its closeness to Staten Island and Brooklyn, we often meet people whom we’ve known in the past, who long had left the old neighborhood. Comment

The great American pastime goes global

Bay News: Once upon the 1930’s, we saw big league baseball all over America. It was the Depression then, and American guys were outside playing baseball in the empty depression-era lots. Comment

Pol: Place waste in Sunset Pk

Bay News: A Bensonhurst lawmaker said this week he has devised an elegant solution to the neighborhood’s waste transfer facility problem: move it to Sunset Park. Comment

Synagogues, church set to make history

Their prayers have been answered. Comment

Allegations that money is root of yeshiva vs. synagogue fight

A synagogue’s refusal to leave a yeshiva’s building is all about money. So claims Michael Spiegel, executive director of Yeshiva Rambam, which has allowed Congregation Machzikei Torah to use part of its building for the last 35 years. Comment

Eager beaver bust: Young cop honored for arrest

An eager, no-nonsense cop was honored for a superb arrest that police say is becoming a rarer event than in the past -- thanks to a decrease in crime. Comment

Shark-filled waters for Aquarium’s future

$100 million is a lot of clams, but that’s how much the New York Aquarium figures it needs to keep up with the Joneses in Coney Island. Comment

Russian Billionaire buy Nets

And now, here’s your Brooklyn Nyets! Comment

Jumaane to 18: Thanks for the support

A community organizer turned City Council Democratic pick for the 45th Councilmanic District in Flatbush spent the day after his victory with friends and fellow activists he’s fought alongside with for years. Comment

Turf battle at Cadman Park

It’s a turf war — literally. Comment

Pols pick sides on Paterson mess

Oh, Obama...Why’d you have to go and do something like that? Comment

Public art installation evokes Flatbush of bygone days

The intersection of past and present can’t be found on any map. Comment

Swine flu has got to go!

It was a meeting of the minds as State Senator Marty Golden, Brooklyn parents and health experts discussed ways to prevent the spread of swine flu in Brooklyn last week. Comment

Holy Days to be marred by Christian protestors

For many, the weather forecast predicted for Park Slope’s Congregation Beth Elohim this Saturday will be “crazy with a chance of religious oddballs.” Comment

East Flatbush crime continues to spiral down

While remaining a relatively active precinct, crime continues to decrease within the 67th Precinct, according to the latest police statistics. Comment

Take Out Your Hunger Cravings in Williamsburg

Looking for some good takeout in Brooklyn?Better call Williamsburg. Comment

Gerritsen Beach team takes steps against breast cancer

Grab your grass skirt and hula the night away at the Tamaqua Marina in Gerritsen Beach for a good cause. Comment

A life examined in ‘County of Kings’

Lemon Andersen comes from a place where you don’t talk about it, you be about it. Comment

Finger’s tip cut

The Finger Building will be capped at 14 stories, and there is little Williamsburg’s activists will be able to do about it. Comment

CB 18 move stalled

Community Board 18’s plan to move out of the Glenwood Houses and into a spanking new facility in Georgetowne will have to wait a few months. Comment

Truck Troubles on North 11th Street

Residents of North 11th Street in Williamsburg are steamed about trucks that roll down their street. Comment

Diana Reyna adds votes in recount for 34th

After three days of counting paper ballots and recanvassing machines, City Councilmember Diana Reyna won re-election to a third term by a mere 251 votes. Comment

Levin buoyed by Hasidic vote

In the aftermath of a particularly hard-fought 33rd District City Council race, Democratic nominee Steve Levin spent much of the week visiting senior centers, Hasidic groups and community organizations, thanking them for their support while acknowledging those who enabled his dramatic victory. Comment

No fresh here, thank you: Board gives thumbs down to city initiative

While Community Board 17 may have had concerns about the city’s proposal to create financial and zoning incentives to attract supermarkets to open in New York’s food deserts, the City Planning Commission (CPC) did not. Comment

Still no president for District 21

The struggle to elect a president for School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) continues. Comment

Up, up and away...on the Belt Parkway!

The Belt Parkway would be a great place to construct an elevated express lane from Sheepshead Bay all the way to Kennedy Airport, a couple of community leaders are proclaiming this week -- and they want to use federal stimulus dollars to get the job done. Comment

Cops earn awards in East Flatbush

The streets of East Flatbush saw some fine police work this summer, and several of New York’s finest from the 67th Precinct were awarded “Cop of the Month” certificates as a result. Comment

Pol pushes move plan for proposed waste station

A Bensonhurst lawmaker said this week he has devised an elegant solution to the neighborhood’s waste transfer facility problem: move it to Sunset Park. Comment

Young planners arrive at Brooklyn boards

Graduate students will soon get real life civics lessons courtesy of two of the borough’s community boards. Comment

Money for District 21 schools

Public schools in Coney Island and Bensonhurst will receive $13.6 million to lower class size and fund after-school programs. Comment

94th Precinct cops address grand larcenies, homelessness

Crime is down in Williamsburg’s north side, but police officers remain vigilant about a rash of grand larcenies and incidents involving a roving homeless population that have occurred throughout the summer. Comment

Brooklyn Yeshivas, Catholic and Islamic schools get federal money

Thousands of private school students, mainly in yeshivas, will be getting remedial help in the three ‘Rs’ on the federal government’s dime. Comment

Boxers out of the ring, in the studio

At Gleason’s Gym, boxers are taking their gloves off for art, and a special cause. Comment

Stalled development projects to be kept on the straight and narrow

While stalled condo projects and big blue “death fences” may be the order of the day throughout Brooklyn, the City Council is taking steps to make sure that the community’s quality of life won’t be affected. Comment

61st Precinct CC goes award crazy!

HEADLINE: 61st Precinct CC goes award crazy! Comment

Tunnel maven gears up for tour

He rediscovered history once, and this winter, urban explorer Bob Diamond is hoping to do it again. Comment

Budget Process Kicks Off in Midwood and Flatbush

Among the items that Community Board 14 will consider, when it develops its list of budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2011, are the resurfacing of Church Avenue and the installation of a sprinkler system on the malls in Fiske Terrace. Comment

Artist Tim Kent Freshens Up

Factory Fresh took a much-anticipated departure from its usual street art fare this week with its opening of artist Tim Kent’s vividly dreamy oil paints on September 17. Comment

City wants to better secure stalled developments

Stalled condo projects and big blue “death fences” may be the order of the day throughout Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean a community’s quality of life has to suffer. Comment

EPA recommends Superfund for Newtown Creek

North Brooklyn got some super news this week. Comment

Bum-rushed and robbed

Crime: A woman’s instincts turned out to be right, albeit delayed, when the hairs on the back of her head told her that someone was following her on Bay Ridge Parkway last week. Comment

Post-4th of July crackdown

The Fourth of July 2009 may be history, but local cops are already starting to think about next year’s festivities. Comment

CB 10 changes its tune

Nearly six months after turning a dramatic thumbs-downto a new karaoke club/restaurant proposed for the neighborhood, Community Board 10 has expressed support for the establishment, which, in the meantime, has agreed to a laundry list of conditions intended to prevent it from being a burden on the surrounding community. Comment

Green church sells for nearly $10M

The former home of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, 362-364 Ovington Avenue in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, was sold in an all cash transaction valued at $9,750,000. Comment

Ft. Greene PK Conservancy wine tasting

The Fort Greene Park Conservancy will host a Wine Tasting Fundraiser, October 5 from 6-10 p.m. at the Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford Street in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Comment

The census taker always rings 6x!

Brooklynites who fail to complete the 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire will be in for a big surprise. Comment

In deep with marine ecology

Find out what lives in the East River and help clean the shoreline to create a healthy habitat for the variety of species that call it home, October 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Main Street section of Brooklyn Bridge Park (meet directly underneath the Manhattan Bridge). Comment

City grabs Green Church site

The Green Church site now belongs to the city. Comment

Bawdy, blue & boozin’

There’s been a crackdown on quality-of-life offenses in Bay Ridge. Comment

Seniors dine out with Senator Golden

BoroBeat: State Senator Martin J. Golden hosted a breakfast meeting with seniors at the Vegas Diner, which gave the senator an opportunity to discuss issues facing the community and to address concerns. Comment

Bay Ridge delights in Hellenic heritage & culture

BoroBeat: Melt-in-your-mouth kebabs, pulsating bouzouki music and carnival-style attractions were among the pleasures enjoyed by frolickers who headed for a taste of seasonal fun %u2013 Grecian-style %u2013 in Bay Ridge. Comment

Guns and games

Bay News: Police are searching for a gun-toting goon who made a raid at a Bensonhurst Game Stop look like child’s play. Comment

Family Development Training

Bay News: The New York City Department of Youth & Community Development and the City University of New York present Family Development Training at Kingsborough Community College on Fridays, 10 a.m. %u2013 5 p.m., October 2 through January 29. Comment

Crime scene: Coney

Bay News: Murder continues to be on the rise on the streets of Coney Island, particularly in the 60th Precinct’s Impact Zone, where extra cops are flooded into a high-crime area. Comment

Free mammograms

Bay News: State Senator Martin J. Golden has joined with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program in their October breast cancer awareness campaign to urge women to get mammograms. Comment

Dog Coat & Blanket Drive

Bay News: Give A Paw 2009 invites animal lovers to a special weekend for shelter pups and people who care. Comment

Gentile wants to make fighting parking tickets easier

Bay News: One local legislator is trying to inject a dose of common sense into the city’s ticket adjudication policies. Comment

McMahon cagey on health care reform

Bay News: Rep. Mike McMahon is increasingly enunciating his position on health care, and it’s a nuanced one, to say the least. Comment

Learn ballroom dancing for free

Bay News: The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn is sponsoring free ballroom dance instruction twice a week for youngsters and seniors at FIAO’S Beacon Program at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 12th and West 13th streets. Comment

Parents quiz health experts about H1N1 risks

Bay News: It was a meeting of the minds as State Senator Marty Golden, Brooklyn parents and health experts discussed ways to prevent the spread of swine flu in Brooklyn last week. Comment

Presidential pick plagues District 21 CEC volunteers%A0

Bay News: The struggle to elect a president for School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) continues. Comment

Kudos to top cops

Bay News: Call them the magnificent seven: Two 61st Precinct police crews were honored by the 61st Precinct Community Council recently for not only bringing a gunman to justice, but for also stopping a livery cab thief before he could flag down another victim. Comment

Crash course in being tidy

Bay News: First came the tickets. Comment

Bensonhurst revels in the St. Rosalia Festival

BoroBeat: Amusements for the young and the young-at-heart %u2013 plus vendor stalls brimming with retail delights %u2013 helped revelers bid summer a fond farewell during the St. Rosalia Festivel in Bensonhurst. Comment

28th Annual Bk Columbus Parade

BoroBeat: The 28th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade will sponsor a brunch at 12 p.m., October 4 at Sirico’s, 8015 13th Avenue in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. Comment

Game on! P.S. 48 unveils new playground

BoroBeat: If the local park is crowded, parents have another fun spot to entertain their kids in %u2013 the new playground at Public School 48. Comment

State-of-the-art lounge%A0for%A0Boody faculty

BoroBeat: David A. Boody Middle School thinks so highly of its teachers that they now have a new, state-of-the-art lounge in which to hold conferences, work on lesson plans, or just put up their feet and enjoy a snack. Comment

Hate-mongering Kansans begin their assault

Hate-mongering Kansans begin their assault

Fort Greene: A Kansas-based anti-gay Baptist church began its promised three-day assault on Brooklyn with a brief rally this afternoon at a Fort Greene high school, two days before they vow to picket at three Jewish synagogues in Brownstone Brooklyn over those institutions’ apparent godlessness. Comments (24)

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