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Council sick day bill needs treatment

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper’s editorial board generally supports workers rights, but the Council needs to go back to the drafting table and fix its flawed paid sick day bill. Comments (1)
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Theater: Cate Blanchett revival of Tennesse Williams classic is already sold out at BAM. Comments (1)
Forget Minnesota Fats playing in a smoke-filled room. Today’s Brooklyn pool halls are good clean fun. Comments (3)
Atlantic Yards: The state’s highest court has ruled against a group of landowners and tenants inside the Atlantic Yards footprint, a major victory for developer Bruce Ratner and state officials who had been sued on the grounds that they had abused their power of eminent domain. Comments (24)
Dining: First, Park Slope residents had to feel bad about eating non-organic food and having a high carbon footprint. Now, they even have to confront their liberal guilt when ordering in. Comments (20)

More drug busts in Clinton Hill

Clinton Hill: Cops have busted 11 alleged crack dealers who “controlled” an intersection with their brazen sales. Comments (2)

Wanted: Bald smoker with a 5 o’clock shadow

Fort Greene: Someone stole toiletries from the Target. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

Bitter taste at Slope coffee bar

Dining: There’s nothing “Regular” about this sibling rivalry at Cafe Regular on 11th Street. Comments (5)

Jonathan Blum has a 10-year retrospective coming up

Art: The Park Slope artist may be the most prolific painter in the city. Comments (2)
Books: Some authors have trouble finishing their novels. Jonathan Lethem is having trouble finishing reading his novel. Comment
Transit: Millions of people go to Coney Island by subway. But would the tens of thousands of residents consider switching to a ferry? Comments (3)
Williamsburg: In the end, a girl from Queens took the Miss G Train crown. Comments (5)
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Here’s Frank’s take on the Gowanus Canal

Rhythm & News: It’s Frank Hoier’s “Rhythm and News” — and it’s only on BrooklynPaper.com. Comments (7)
Fort Greene: The makeover of Commodore Barry Park is a single, not a home run. Comments (1)
Music: A festival next month will present every single song by the biggest band ever — on the smallest guitar ever. Comment

Paul Auster is back with another mystery

Books: The Park Sloper’s new book, “Invisible,” is not about a character that can’t be seen, but rather about the moments in a life that fly under the radar. Clearly, it’s not autobiographical. Comments (2)

Deity goes from dancing to dinner

Dining: Brooklyn doesn’t have many restaurants like Deity. Comments (1)

Need a tub? This one’s for sale

Williamsburg: Anyone looking for a snazzy new tub for a bubble bath? Comment
Atlantic Yards: A welter of community groups and politicians joined the legal pile-on on Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project on Thursday, claiming in a lawsuit that the state shirked its duties by approving major modifications to the project over the summer without a review of the environmental consequences. Comments (16)

Subway suicide drama in Park Slope

Park Slope: F and G train service in Brownstone Brooklyn was disrupted for two hours this morning after a man jumped in front of an incoming train at the Seventh Avenue station at around 7:35 am. Comments (1)
Williamsburg: Cops busted a Williamsburg super and two others on Wednesday for running a massive drug warehouse and hiding their stash in a sauna. Comments (13)

Pistoleer sought

Williamsburg: An area man has been connected to a pistol-whipping and robbery in Brooklyn Heights, officials said. Comment

Woman threatens judge

Williamsburg: A woman in a muddled divorce case against a Nigerian senator was arrested and sent to psychiatric evaluation after she threatened the life of the Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge overseeing divorce proceedings. Comment

Green Jobs for Brownfields

Williamsburg: With two polluted waterways facing Superfund designation, scores of brownfields to remediate and countless buildings to abate, Brooklyn’s environmental workers will be busy in the coming years. Comment

Senate punts gay marriage to another day

Williamsburg: What a tease! Comment

You Could Be Miss G Train!

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s equally beloved and reviled subway line, the G train, is being celebrated in one of the more unusual ways to honor a mode of transportation: a pageant. Comment

‘All Things’ exhibition

Williamsburg: Slate Gallery celebrates its fourth year with Karen Margolis’ “The State of All Things,” an exhibition of new mixed media work, on view now to November 22. Comment

Cleaning Newtown Creek Could Take Decades

Williamsburg: The Environmental Protection Agency announced it could take 16 years to fully clean Newtown Creek, though local businesses and property owners fear that the effects of the agency’s Superfund recommendation could be felt immediately. Comment

Get the gluten out: pizzeria introduces new pie

Williamsburg: When area parents noticed that, with all the new pizza joints springing up in Williamsburg, not one of them offered a gluten free option, they went to Vertuccio’s Pizza on the Park General Manager Elina Vertuccio and asked if they would be willing to add it to the menu of the newly opened Vertuccio’s Pizza on the Park. Comment

Pop’s parking restored

Williamsburg: Pop’s Popular Clothing is getting its parking spaces back. Comment

Hannibal Buress at the Knitting Factory

Williamsburg: Have your laughs in Williamsburg each Sunday, when comedy comes to the Knitting Factory. Comment

Arts in Bushwick bonanza

Williamsburg: A makeshift Wailing Wall on a chain link fence in an alley next to Waste Management.A U-Haul truck decorated with glittery foil strips with the words “Sparkle Motion” above it while girls in leotards sold cupcakes.A lute-playing Renaissance fairy named Steve. Comment

Brooklyn Kitchen’s winning recipe

Williamsburg: Taylor Erkkinen and Harry Rosenblum, the popular co-owners of the three-year old Brooklyn Kitchen, always wanted a place to experiment with unusual ingredients and offer a range of cooking classes occurring with increasing regularity in their cramped kitchenware store at Lorimer Street and Skillman Avenue. Comment

Revisiting Williamsburg Walks

Williamsburg: Williamsburg Walks brought more foot traffic to a vehicle-free Bedford Avenue during the summer weeks, but local businesses are still clamoring about a decline in revenue they experienced during the open-street event. Comment

20 years behind the 8 ball

Williamsburg: Park Slope’s “must-visit” nightspot hailed a milestone when Oceans 8 at Brownstone Billiards celebrated its 20th anniversary with a rollicking party, attended by local dignitaries and hosted by the North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District. Comment

Not enough H1N1 vaccine

Williamsburg: Strong demand for the swine flu vaccine is straining supplies, according to the city Health Department. Comment

Keep on schlepping: B44 bus brings up the rear

Williamsburg: Another year, another Schleppie Award for Brooklyn’s B44 bus, the least reliable line in the five boroughs, according to a recent report. Comment

Cómo lo estoy haciendo?

Williamsburg: Did Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s awkward Spanish help him swing the borough’s Latino vote? Unlikely, says a usually tuned-in politico. Bloomberg improved his performance in neighborhoods like Red Hook and Sunset Park likely because his challenger in 2005 was Fernando Ferrer — whose Spanish is far more credible than hizzoner’s. Comment

Brooklyn Congressmembers weigh in on health care bill

Williamsburg: Four of the five Brooklyn congress members voted for and hailed the recent passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Comment

Kosher soup kitchen debuts

Williamsburg: Now Williamsburg’s neediest Orthodox residents can get a hot meal. Comment

Williamsburg music community mourns one of their own

Williamsburg: Williamsburg’s artist community mourned the death of a popular musician who gave the popular hipster community its beat. Comment

Pennies to fight cancer

Williamsburg: For eight-year-old Aiden Sichel, the battle against blood cancer is being waged a penny at a time. Comment

Coney deal struck: city now looks for amusement park operator

Williamsburg: This week’s $95.6 million deal to buy almost seven acres of Coney Island real estate from Thor Equities has brought the city’s goal of constructing a new, year-round amusement park one step closer to reality - now all they have to do is find someone to operate an interim park next summer. Comment

Brooklyn delegation angles for lucrative council positions

Williamsburg: With the election year complete and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s job secure, Brooklyn’s delegation in the City Council are looking to increase their clout and pocketbooks through being named to leadership positions. Comment

Running far from New York State taxes

Williamsburg: Contrary to the reputation it may have at one time earned and no longer deserves, New York is now one of the safest cities in the country. Taking violent crime, workplace deaths, fatal crashes and […] Comment

Thanksgiving’s coming: start defrosting!

Williamsburg: Okay, gang. Start the countdown. In seven days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s Uncle Rob, Aunt Sue, Grandma, all the kids, a little wine, a lot of beer, football, turkey %u2026..TURKEY? Did I say TURKEY? Yes. I did. With that in mind I offer you the following as a public service. Comment

Shootings in Fort Hood, Texas: it must be a duck

Williamsburg: The head of the FBI, Director Robert Mueller, has decided to investigate whether or not his agency bungled and underestimated the whole matter of Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan, the psychiatrist who murdered innocent service members in Fort Hood Texas. Big of him, isn’t it? Comment

Rockers take the stage for Northside Town Hall

BoroBeat: The quest to repurpose a defunct Brooklyn firehouse into a new civic and performance engine for the community took a rockin’ turn when a triumvirate of bands ignited the stage during a “Raise the Roof” benefit concert in Williamsburg. Comment

Trick or treat: but watch those canines!

BoroBeat: Halloween in Brooklyn is further proof that nothing puts people in a good mood faster than little dogs in little costumes. Comment

Hot stuff

Brooklyn Courier: Thieves broke into Atomic Wings, 321 9th Street, last week, taking nearly $7,000 in receipts. Comment

Navy and city may have to pay for Gowanus cleaning

Brooklyn Courier: The United States Navy and the City of New York could be the latest entities footing the bill for the clean-up of the fetid Gowanus Canal, this paper has learned. Comment

Won’t forget you, Dot

Brooklyn Courier: Amid verses of “This Little Light of Mine” and demands for justice, those standing at the makeshift vigil on Flatbush and St. Mark’s avenues connected with the memory and spirit of Dorothea “Dot” Wallace. Comment

CEC 15 November meeting

Brooklyn Courier: The District 15 Community Education Council will hold its monthly meeting November 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the PS 172 Beacon School of Excellence, 825 Fourth Avenue between 29th and 30th streets. Comment

39 CD loser embroiled in flier flap

Brooklyn Courier: Joe Nardiello just won’t let things go. Comment

Empire State College info meet

Brooklyn Courier: Empire State College of the State University of New York will hold public information session(s) about its associate and bachelor’s degree programs at its Brooklyn location, Suite 600, 177 Livington Street, November 16 at 6 p.m. Comment

‘Land, Sea and Figure’

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn-based Scottish painter Catriona Herd shows her latest work in the exhibition “Land, Sea and Figure,” November 19 through December 31 at Clover’s Fine Art Gallery, 338 Atlantic Avenue between Smith and Hoyt streets in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Hudson’s voyage gets wrapped up in Brooklyn quilting

Brooklyn Courier: This year marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival in New York Harbor, which led to the establishment of what would become New York City. Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park is dedicating its 18th Annual Quilt Exhibit to the quadric-centennial of Hudson’s voyage. Comment

Brooklyn Diocese to hold St. Saviour summit

Brooklyn Courier: The Diocese of Brooklyn hopes to bring “unity and healing” to St. Saviour in Park Slope. Comment

Annual ‘Yankee Fair’ coming to Plymouth Church

Brooklyn Courier: Plymouth Church will host its annual Yankee Fair, a community-wide festival filled with family fun and holiday shopping, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on the block of Orange Street block between Hicks and Henry streets in Brooklyn Heights, and the ground floor of the Plymouth Church campus. Comment

Comic book heavyweights come to Lyceum’s ‘King Con’

Brooklyn Courier: Faster than you could say “Gadzooks,” fans of funny magazines made a beeline for the Brooklyn Lyceum where they pressed flesh with top ink masters and celebrated the borough’s “most unique and under-acknowledged exports” during the first KingCon: A Brooklyn Animation and Comic Convention. Comment

‘The whole of Pakistan is anti-American’

Perspective: Ingrates! Comment

Haunted Halloween party is a real scream

BoroBeat: Wizards romped with witches and ghosties hobnobbed with goblins during a rip-roaring Halloween boo-bash at the First Street Recreation Center of Public School 372. Comment

Clash of the civics

Kings Courier: The South Canarsie Civic Association and Community Board 18 have had their disagreements in the past, but it’s never gotten this bad. Comment

Mill Basin residents want answers from Lowe’s

Kings Courier: Mill Basin residents are demanding answers from Lowe’s executives about how the new store on Avenue U will impact their quality of life. Comment

Chancellor meetings ‘a waste of time’

Flatbush: Community Education Council (CEC) presidents are no longer meeting with schools Chancellor Joel Klein each month — and some Brooklynites could care less. Comment

Kensington longs for greener pastures

Flatbush: All the West Kensington Action Group wants is a little green and it’s not money. Comment

Dough devil

Brooklyn Courier: Workers at the Brooklyn Bread Cafe, 436 Court Street, were a little light on dough last Saturday after a burglar snuck in and swiped the cash register. Comment

Brother can you spare me a dime?

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s unemployment rate is higher than the national average and the future doesn’t look much brighter, according to the state Department of Labor. Comment

City to examine extension of Carroll Gardens historic district

Brooklyn Courier: The city is weighing whether to extend the Carroll Gardens Historic District, an increasingly controversial initiative backers hope will retain the neighborhood’s brownstone aesthetic. Comment

Kid power powers Cobble Hill

Brooklyn Courier: Good news. If you happen to live in tony Cobble Hill, you’re probably riding out the economic downtown just fine. Comment

76 Precinct cops earn accolades

Brooklyn Courier: Two on three isn’t usually a fair match-up — unless you’re a dynamic duo from the 76th Precinct taking on three thugs. Comment

NYC trial: fuggedaboutit!

Canarsie: The most wonderful aspect of being an American is our right to have an opinion. Whether it’s off the wall, left wing, right wing, for or against, we are all entitled. Comment

Brainstorming on the pier

Canarsie: Canarsiens who want to share their thoughts about Canarsie Pier with the powers-that-be can send their suggestions to the National Park Service in an email. Comment

CECs: ‘waste of time’ with Klein

Canarsie: Community Education Council (CEC) presidents are no longer meeting with schools Chancellor Joel Klein each month — and some Brooklynites could care less. Comment

Civics butt heads

Canarsie: The South Canarsie Civic Association and Community Board 18 have had their disagreements in the past, but it’s never gotten this bad. Comment

Candy raid

Brooklyn Heights: A gun-toting goon sucked all of the innocence out of a neighborhood ice cream parlor by holding up the place. Comment

Community Board 2 greenlights Boerum Hill rezoning

Brooklyn Heights: All aboard the Boerum Hill rezoning! Comment

Concord Village meeting draws official response

Brooklyn Heights: Crime is down in the area and the High Street subway station is manned every day on every tour of duty, transit officials and cops told a packed town hall meeting of Concord Village residents recently. Comment

Dew re-nominated to helm Community Board 2

Brooklyn Heights: Consistanccy appears to be the byword in Community Board 2. Comment

Time to reclaim mosques from the jihadists

Perspective: Soft targets are the new dope for terrorists. Comment

Crime begins to ebb in Coney Island

Bay News: The crime spike plaguing western Coney Island is beginning to come down thanks in part to the hardworking 60th Precinct anti-crime team. Comment

Klein meetings nixed

Bay News: Community Education Council (CEC) presidents are no longer meeting with schools Chancellor Joel Klein each month — and some Brooklynites could care less. Comment

Lopez’s Legacy Looms Large

Two weeks after the general election, Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg) is looking forward to a busy legislative agenda in Albany this winter. Comment

From the battle front to the soup line

War might be hell in the desert of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, but finding work back home in Brooklyn is no cakewalk, according to government statistics. Comment

Gateway Reaching Out to Public for Suggestions on Canarsie Pier

Canarsiens who want to share their thoughts about Canarsie Pier with the powers-that-be can send their suggestions to the National Park Service in an email. Comment

Local Leader Urges Civic Participation

An active and involved community gets respect, and is also more likely to get its fair share of government resources as well as have an impact on local issues. Comment

Brooklyn Toy Museum a place for all ages

Take a step into the recently opened Toy Museum of Brooklyn and the faint strain of carousel music captures the ears, harkening you back to the innocence and fantasy of childhood. Comment

Questions about swine flu vaccine

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question. Comment

Brooklyn sneaker guru on nationwide tour

Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment

Small businesses push back at proposed laws

For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment

Sexy Shop’s Shaggy Dog Story

When shopping for the perfect intimate accessory in New York City, between the cheap and cheeky Babeland and the fetishistic aesthetic of Leather Man, there are surprisingly few places that satisfy the everyday Brooklyn girl and guy. Comment

Owner of Ruthie’s Soul Food Restaurant passes away

Ruth “Ruthie” Collock West, whose infamous Ruthie’s Soul Food restaurants are famous citywide, died Nov. 12. She was 75. Comment

State, city promise short leash for Red Hook concrete plant

State and city officials are vowing to keep a close watch on a concrete plant once it opens in Red Hook — but those hoping for an environmental assessment before that day should expect to be disappointed. Comment

Broken and traumatized Red Hook dog put to sleep

A miracle recovery ended on a sad note Friday as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) put Oreo -- a doe-eyed pit bull mix who captured the hearts of animal lovers throughout the borough as she recovered from injuries she sustained after being hurled off a Red Hook building -- to sleep. Comment

City backs Norah’s window plans

Despite pleas for reconsideration, the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission has decided not to give Grammy Award-winning recording artist Norah Jones’ worrisome window proposal on her Cobble Hill home another look. Comment

Brooklyn Lawmakers Applaud Decision by Governor to Drop New License Plate Plan

If you go to the Web site of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the first thing you are likely to see is a shiny image of a brand new license plate, which the state had planned to issue to all vehicle owners beginning in April, 2010, at a cost of $25 per car. Comment

Second DT Brooklyn project gets federal stimulus money

A proposed Hampton Inn became the second Downtown Brooklyn development slated to receive a $20 million tax-free loancourtesy of a federal stimulus program. Comment

Double-parking dangers at Mary Queen of Heaven School

Kings Courier: By Michèle De Meglio Comment

Locals Crestfallen Over Macri Park Conditions

Just over half an acre and situated adjacent to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Macri Square Park has attracted pet owners, bocce players, and artists for more than half a century. Comment

Local pol on warpath against untaxed cigarettes

State Senate Finance Chair Carl Kruger knows how to get some much-needed wampum for New York State — tax the cigarettes being sold on American Indian soil. Comment

Canarsie remembers Cathy Krivorchuck

Tremors of grief reverberated throughout Canarsie last week after word spread that Cathy Krivorchuk, one of the community’s unsung foundations, had passed away. Comment

Ditmas Junior High School becomes Kensington jewel

Not too many years ago, Ditmas Junior High School was the scourge of the neighborhood - its playground rife with local youths hanging out or causing vandalism to and from school. Comment

Jelly Concerts in Danger of Moving

The Pool Parties may go belly up. Comment

Pocket Utopia Stumbles Through Williamsburg

Four months after closing her popular sliver gallery, Pocket Utopia, artist Austin Thomas decided to go mobile. Comment

Traffic Flow Changes at 79th Street Get Thumbs Down

Traffic problems in Dyker Heights took center stage at a town hall meeting sponsored by one local elected official. Comment

Crime Continues to Drop in the Nabe

Arrests are up 30 percent and crime is down 24 percent in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, so far this year. Comment

Murder suspect tries to tank ID

Murder suspect tries to tank ID Comment

FROGG Hops to Meet Legislators

In the wake of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reelection, Cobble Hill environmental activists are joining with their neighbors in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and the Gowanus to lobby elected officials to put their weight behind the EPA’s Superfund recommendation for the Gowanus Canal. Comment

City Council approves five-minute grace period when meter runs out

Rules are made to be broken - or at least stretched a little bit. Comment

Meet the Brit who stops and shoots

No money, no contacts, no problem. Comment

City floats Coney Island ferry service

Ahoy, Coney Island! The city is looking at three sites around the neighborhood that could one day become a new commuter ferry’s port o’ call. Comment

Plans for Church Avenue Moving Forward

Flatbush: Plans to ease traffic along Church Avenue are one step closer to fruition. Comment

Boerum Hill church faces bleak Christmas

It’s as heartwarming a Christmas story as Ebenezer Scrooge on a foul day. Comment

CEC says: ‘Waste of time’ with Klein

Community Education Council (CEC) presidents are no longer meeting with schools Chancellor Joel Klein each month — and some Brooklynites could care less. Comment

DOT does about face on Joralemon and Hicks streets

Following a hue and cry from several local residents, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) decided to scale down traffic calming measures they began instituting at the intersection of Joralemon and Hicks streets. Comment

CB11 hopes for clean sweep

Fall might be beautiful, but it’s making it tough for neighborhood residents to make a clean sweep. Comment

Captain turns fishing boat into submarine

What’s wrong with this photo? Comment

Homecrest development hole ordered filled

Kings Courier: By Gary Buiso Comment

Robberies Down, But 94th Remains On Guard

Robberies and burglaries are down in Williamsburg, but 94th Precinct officers are urging residents to remain vigilant as the holiday season approaches. Comment

Election Day Homicide Remains Unsolved

Police are still looking for the suspect in the homicide of a 39-year-old Hispanic man in Williamsburg earlier this month. Comment

Officer Honored at Precinct Meeting

Crime continues to decline in downtown Brooklyn, thanks to sharp police work from officers in the 84th Precinct. Comment

City urged to clean Red Hook street

Forget about traffic, a Red Hook roadway has a problem of a different sort: trash. Comment

Canarsie attack linked to second rape

The man who attacked a 14-year-old girl in Canarsie last month could be a serial rapist. Comment

Cops, community council, honor vets

Cops and community members came out in force to salute the neighborhood’s veterans last week during a meeting aptly scheduled on the national holiday. Comment

Crime on the decline in the 61st Precinct

If crime fighting was a symphony, then cops from the 61st Precinct would be hitting all the right notes. Comment

Stop work order slapped on “Hell House”

Carroll Gardens is exorcizing one of its demons this week with the help of the New York City Department of Buildings. Comment

Group demands “investigation” into CB 18

The South Canarsie Civic Association and Community Board 18 have had their disagreements in the past, but it’s never gotten this bad. Comment

Cracking down on illegal curb cuts

Community Board 10 is about to take its concerns about illegal curb cuts beyond its borders. Comment

Bay Ridge GOPers rally against health care reform

Bay Ridge Republicans fearing what they call “socialized health care” rallied at John Paul Jones Park this weekend. Comment

Allied against curb cuts

Community Board 10 is about to take its concerns about illegal curb cuts beyond its borders. Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

State Senator Daniel Squadron announced last week a proposal to reallocate $369,000 in State Liquor Authority (SLA) funding to allow the agency to jump start a critical technology upgrade, resulting in significant cost savings and revenue increases for the state, increased transparency, and streamlined processing for liquor license applications. Comment

Ring a ding dunce

Bay News: A bone-headed Brooklynite who tried -- and failed -- to hire a hit man to take out his estranged wife was singing the jailhouse blues Monday when he was sentenced to two to six years in prison. Comment

CB13 drops Brighton Beach rezoning

Bay News: Community Board 13 no longer considers rezoning Brighton Beach a “priority.” Comment

CEC: ‘waste of time’ with Klein

Bay News: Community Education Council (CEC) presidents are no longer meeting with schools Chancellor Joel Klein each month — and some Brooklynites could care less. Comment

Borough Briefs

Bay News: State Senator Daniel Squadron announced last week a proposal to reallocate $369,000 in State Liquor Authority (SLA) funding to allow the agency to jump start a critical technology upgrade, resulting in significant cost savings and revenue increases for the state, increased transparency, and streamlined processing for liquor license applications. Comment

Ruth West, founder of Ruthie’s restaurant, is dead at 76

Fort Greene: Ruth West, known as much for her delicious pineapple layer cake and barbecued ribs as for her love of Fort Greene and the exacting standards she upheld at her two “Ruthie’s” restaurants, has died from pancreatic cancer. She was 76. Comments (7)

Pot shot panic

Kings Courier: A 17-year-old was arrested last week after he allegedly turned the top of a Glenwood Houses apartment building into a shooting gallery. Comment

First Annual Health & Spirituality Summit For Women

Kings Courier: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and Millenium Sistahs, Inc., will join forces to present their First Annual Health & Spirituality Summit for Women, November 13 at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center’s Lillian Minkin Ballroom, 585 Schenectady Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

‘We will remember you, Dot’

Kings Courier: Amid verses of “This Little Light of Mine” and demands for justice, those standing at the makeshift vigil on Flatbush and St. Mark’s avenues connected with the memory and spirit of Dorothea “Dot” Wallace. Comment

Parents oppose high school in Marine Park

Kings Courier: Marine Park parents say they will oppose the opening of a high school in I.S. 278. Comment

‘Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn’ premiere

Kings Courier: The compelling story of a newly retired elderly woman forced to confront the changes in her life and in her beloved Brooklyn neighborhood will be the featured film presentation at the monthly meeting of the Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn (SUN-B), November 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Comment

Drama Club sings for Rock of Ages star

BoroBeat: When Broadway’s“Rock of Ages” star Constantine Maroulis wasn’t able to stay for Marine Park Intermediate School 278’s Drama Club’s closing performance of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” during the Broadway Beacon Awards, which they were invited to perform at, Maroulis instead visited the students on their own turf to watch their dress rehearsal. Comment

New playground for PS 203

BoroBeat: If the local park is crowded, parents have another fun spot to entertain their kids in %u2013 the new playground at Public School 203. Comment

Pint-sized wordsmiths participate in school spelling bees

BoroBeat: Public School 255 students polished up on their ABCs as youngsters in the third through fifth grades participated in grade-wide spelling bees. Before a packed auditorium, the students were faced with the challenge of spelling some very difficult words. Comment

Ribbon cut on new ‘Garden of Peace’

BoroBeat: Temple B’nai Israel now boasts a “Garden of Peace.” Comment

Midwood cheers on Yankees

BoroBeat: Brooklyn toots its own horn during the New York Yankees’ World Series victory parade in Manhattan %u2013 thanks to the Midwood High School Marching Band. Comment

Bottle bruisers

Flatbush: Four people were seriously injured last week when three thugs allegedly turned a party at a Flatbush Avenue banquet hall into a bottle-throwing brawl. Comment

Impacts of bus rapid transit plan concern Nostrand merchants

Flatbush: Creating a bus rapid transit route along Nostrand Avenue has been vaunted as a way of streamlining the commute for the tens of thousands of riders who utilize the B-44 bus to get to and from work. Comment

Legal Van Owners Want Unlicensed Vans Off the Street

Flatbush: The flood of illegal vans on Flatbush and Utica avenues is making it increasingly difficult for the legal van operators to stay in business, and is also endangering community residents. Comment

Man clings to life following Coney Island Ave. accident

Flatbush: A young man was clinging to life Sunday after being struck down by a passing minivan on Coney Island Avenue. Comment

Kudos to new Filipino restaurant on Cortelyou Rd.

BoroBeat: Be prepared to tickle your taste buds on kimchi, Korean pork balls, bibinbap and spicy tofu soup %u2013 among the palate-pleasers at The Purple Yam, 1314 Cortelyou Road, owned by restaurateur Amy Besa (center) who is presented a proclamation by Borough President Marty Markowitz (right) during grand opening festivities for the new Filipino-accented dining gem. Comment

Hundreds turn out for Victorian Flatbush Halloween Parade

BoroBeat: Area ghosts, ghouls, goblins and everything in betweenturned out in their fall finest during the annual Halloween Parade along Albemarle Road in the Victorian Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment

Live by the gun...

Canarsie: The man who allegedly gunned down a 17-year-old on East 96th Street and Flatlands Avenue last month was put behind bars after he was shot up outside of an East Flatbush nightclub, officials said this week. Comment

Running far from New York State taxes

Canarsie: Contrary to the reputation it may have at one time earned and no longer deserves, New York is now one of the safest cities in the country. Taking violent crime, workplace deaths, fatal crashes and natural […] Comment

‘The whole of Pakistan is anti-American’

Canarsie: Ingrates! Comment

WorkForce: Getting teens ready for the working world

Canarsie: A key to helping the community’s youngsters stay on the straight and narrow is providing them with employment opportunities. Comment

Frustration about District 18

Canarsie: School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) is struggling to cope with member absences and council vacancies. Comment
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‘Is anyone speaking to the PTAs?’

Canarsie: More should be done to inform parents about proposed changes to public school promotion policies, members of School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) say. Comment

Not enough H1N1 vaccine

Canarsie: Strong demand for the swine flu vaccine is straining supplies, according to the city Health Department. Comment

CEC: we need parents

Canarsie: School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) is fighting to save arts programs. Comment

Recent Surge in Car Thefts in Canarsie

Canarsie: Owners of Maximas and Camrys need to be careful. Comment

At long last, traffic light to be installed at East 79th Street

Canarsie: It took about 40 years, but a traffic light is finally being installed at the intersection of Farragut Road and East 79th Street. Comment

Kingsborough College home to two sex assaults

Canarsie: In the last three weeks, two female students at Kingsborough Community College have reported being groped and manhandled by unruly male classmates with apparent idle hands. Comment

B44 brings up the rear

Canarsie: Another year, another Schleppie Award for Brooklyn’s B44 bus, the least reliable line in the five boroughs, according to a recent report. Comment

Parents love Thompson

Canarsie: Bill Thompson may have lost the mayoral election, but he won parents’ votes. Comment

Mesia leads Bishop Ford past Cardinal Spellman

High School Sports: The Bishop Ford boys soccer team captured the Brooklyn/Queens ‘B’ division championship largely on the strength of stars Oscar Castillo, James Caicedo and Angel Cordero. Comment

St. Saviour recaps season; looks to next year

High School Sports: The St. Saviour High School fall sports teams have just completed their seasons and although no championships were won the teams showed great promise for next year. Comment

Sheepshead runs past Wagner on final drive

High School Sports: Susan Wagner had all the momentum. The Falcons had just scored touchdowns on two of their last three drives, the last one a 21-yard rush by Willie Echevarria to retake the lead with 5:42 left in the game. Sheepshead Bay, on the other hand, was sputtering. Comment

Poly prep boys falls shy of title

High School Sports: Lacking talented strikers, the Poly Prep boys soccer team’s strength was clear. Comment

Rando hurt, Xaverian clipped by St. Anthony

High School Sports: Joe DeSiena has seen Greg Rando take some heavy hits and then pop back up. The Xaverian coach watched his junior quarterback emerge from the St. Anthony’s line and scamper down the left sideline late in the first quarter, get brought down and reach directly for his right ankle. Comment

Aviators fly high over competition

Canarsie: We’re the best! Comment

Dressed to help defeat breast cancer

BoroBeat: Boo-erific trick o’ treaters at Public School 115 put the “fun” in fundraising when they pounded the pavement by the light of an egg-yellow orb to help battle a killer disease for Halloween. Comment

Halloween should be made a national holiday

Bay News: Halloween is and has always been a very popular holiday. But it is not really a holiday and I am proposing that it become one, a legal one. Outside of Christmas, where home decorations have become big, […] Comment

Local lawmaker looks to save state money

Bay News: Embarrassing scofflaws into paying back taxes, granting a tax amnesty program and getting rid of unnecessary consultants. Comment

CIAO hails Bloomy as ‘Man of the Year’

Bay News: Michael Bloomberg began his third term as New York City mayor by accepting an accolade from the Congress of Italian-American Oragnizations (CIAO). Comment

Green Jobs for Brownfields

With two polluted waterways facing Superfund designation, scores of brownfields to remediate and countless buildings to abate, Brooklyn’s environmental workers will be busy in the coming years. Comment

Kid power powers Cobble Hill

By Joe Maniscalco Comment

Williamsburg music community mourns on of their own

Williamsburg’s artist community mourned the death of a popular musician who gave the popular hipster community its beat. Comment

Coney deal Struck: city now looks for amusement park operator

This week’s $95.6 million deal to buy almost seven acres of Coney Island real estate from Thor Equities has brought the city’s goal of constructing a new, year-round amusement park one step closer to reality - now all they have to do is find someone to operate an interim park next summer. Comment

City to examine extension of Carroll Gardens historic district

The city is weighing whether to extend the Carroll Gardens Historic District, an increasingly controversial initiative backers hope will retain the neighborhood’s brownstone aesthetic. Comment

Brooklyn Kitchen Goes Whole Hog into “Food Dork Community Center”

Taylor Erkkinen and Harry Rosenblum, the popular co-owners of the three-year old Brooklyn Kitchen (616 Lorimer Street), always wanted a place to experiment with unusual ingredients and offer a range of cooking classes occurring with increasing regularity in their cramped kitchenware store. Comment

Crime down in 76 Precinct

Crime continues its steep descent in the 76th Precinct, recent police data reveals. Comment

39 CD loser embroiled in flier flap

Joe Nardiello just won’t let things go. Comment

Club caper

Crime: A man who suffered a seizure while working out at a New York Sports Club almost had a relapse when he learned someone had seized the property -- which included over $1,800 in cash -- from his gym locker. Comment

‘The whole of Pakistan is anti-American’

Perspective: Ingrates! Comment

Local Merchants Survey Shoppers

The businesses along one of Bay Ridge’s main drags want to know what those who live in the community enjoy along the strip. Comment

Visitation Academy’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Visitation Academy’s Annual Advent Nativity Lighting Ceremony will be held December 6, 6 p.m.on the school grounds, 8902 Ridge Boulevard and 89th Street in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Visitation Academy’s Choir and Brass Ensemble will provide entertainment. Comment

As Winter Nears, Gearing Up to Help the Homeless

With the cold weather drawing close, the authorities in Bay Ridge are stepping up their response to homeless individuals living in the neighborhood. Comment

Precinct Council Honors Night Out Helpers

National Night Out Against Crime may be just a pleasant memory by now, but those who organized the event for the 68th Precinct want to make sure that everyone knows how much support the precinct and community council got from community residents and merchants. Comment

Ridgewood Savings Bank ‘Costumed for a Cure’

Employees from the Dyker Heights branch of Ridgewood Savings Bank, 7020 13th Avenue, embraced the Halloween spirit by dressing up in costumes to raise money for “Costumed for a Cure,” to benefit those afflicted with Leukemia and Lymphoma Blood Cancers. Comment

Old Stone House taps roots to feature five

As a part of this year’s 5 Dutch Days 5 Boroughs’ HOME Comment

Dads thank heaven for their little girls during communion breakfast

Dads had an opportunity to spend a Sunday morning together with their little girls during Visitation Academy’s annual Father & Daughter Communion Breakfast. Comment

Robbed and slashed

Bay News: Cops are looking for a crew of thieves who slashed their 32-year-old victim’s face during a Sunday morning robbery in Bath Beach. Comment

More time to sound off on gas drilling

Bay News: There’s more time for the public to comment on a controversial upstate plan that could have a devastating impact on downstate regions like Brooklyn, a local lawmaker said this week. Comment

War of amphitheater words

Bay News: It’s a war of the flyers. Comment

Ex-Giants skipper lauded at Keyspan Pk

Bay News: Former gridiron goliath Jim Fassel was hailed as a grassroots gladiator when the former New York Giants’ head coach was honored with ceremony at KeySpan Park for his work on behalf of the city’s uniformed 9/11 fatalities, and the loved ones they left behind. Comment

The 62nd Precinct Community Council November meeting

Bay News: The 62nd Precinct Community Council will hold its regular monthly meeting, November 17, 7:30 p.m. at the 62nd Precinct stationhouse, Bath Avenue and Bay 22nd Street in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. Comment

New street dedication for Sheila Nelson, others

Bay News: Brooklyn’s late poet laureate along with several longtime community activists will soon have intersections in southern Brooklyn named for them. Comment

‘No problem’ with Oriental Blvd. pots%A0

Bay News: Hey, commish - with all due respect, Oriental Boulevard is not MGuinness Boulevard. Comment

Winners: Jay-Z helps cheer Yankees

Bay News: Brooklyn hip-hop legend Jay-Z ignites the stage during the New York Yankees’ World Series victory parade in Manhattan. Comment

‘Gingerbread House’ demands a lotta dough

Bay News: A Bay Ridge popular landmark -- which is also an official New York City landmark -- has hit the market. Comment

CB13 members between a rock and a hard place

Bay News: Some members of Community Board 13 are feeling the squeeze this week, caught between a chairperson who has insisted that the group has no active role in the new $64 million amphitheater Borough President Marty Markowitz proposes for Asser Levy Park and opponents who demand that they speak out. Comment

‘Grandmother’ update

Bay News: An incorrect phone number was printed in the “My, how great you are, granny” story in the November 5 issue of this paper. Comment

Potential new schools in District 20

Bay News: A slew of new small schools vying to open in School District 20 hope to teach students how to make sculptures, play games popular in foreign countries and even cook. Comment

Cops honored for car jacker crack down

Bay News: Two cracker-jack Bensonhurst cops were honored for cracking down on a car-jacker looking for a free set of wheels. Comment

Pounding the pavement for the American Diabetes Association

BoroBeat: Big-hearted youngsters at Public School 52 learned a lesson in helping the afflicted when they pounded the pavement for the American Diabetes Association. Comment

Coney Island celebrates the life of ‘Mr. Lou’

BoroBeat: When basketball legend Stephon Marbury comes home to Coney Island, he’s sure to shed a tear at the corner of West 33rd Street and Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island, which is now also named “Robert ‘Mr. Lou’ Williams Way” in memory of his late mentor. Comment

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