Friday, April 23, 2010

The best neighborhood in Brooklyn? Two men weigh in

Perspective: New York Magazine has weighed in on the best neighborhoods in the city — and, lo and behold, Park Slope is number one. But does that mean the famous enclave of brownstones, food co-ops and Obama voters is really the best neighborhood for Brooklynites? We asked two borough writers to weigh in.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Page 1: Check it out — the full print edition of The Brooklyn Paper, a full day before it hits the streets. Be the first kid on your block to read about the demise of the anti-Atlantic Yards clubhouse Freddy’s Bar, Joe Lentol’s bill to legalize poker, the panic at the Botanic over the too-early cherry blossoms, and all the other features you expect from the greatest newspaper in the history of Mankind (OK, we get carried away, but it’s a great issue!). Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

March madness! Cops say Memorial Day parade is one-half block too long!

Greenpoint: It’s all part of cutting the police overtime budget, apparently! Comments (1)

Conspiracy theory? More likely that Vox Pop just isn’t paying its taxes

Ditmas Park: For the second time in less than six months, a quirky, self-styled revolutionary coffeehouse in Ditmas Park has been shuttered by the taxman. Comment

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A 13th-hour deal between high-rise building employees and owners had doormen and porters at work as normal this morning. Comment
Coney Island: Is Coney Island’s famed Boardwalk becoming a sidewalk? Comments (16)

Legalize poker? Fine, but no one wants to play Bushwick Hold ‘Em with Lentol

Greenpoint: Hours after Assemblyman Joe Lentol announced a bill to legalize poker, all his would-be marks folded. Comments (2)
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Less than two weeks after winning a big political and policy victory on the Williamsburg waterfront, rookie Councilman Steve Levin is now after a bigger fight against a stronger opponent — he wants changes in a $1.2-billion Domino Sugar redevelopment that is backed by a wily veteran named Mike Bloomberg. Comments (17)
Bridge ‘Park’: Ice cream and lobster rolls could be an integral part of Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. Comment
Carroll Gardens: A controversial Carroll Gardens development continues to be a flashpoint for protests, with union officials this week blasting a contractor on the site for exploiting his non-union workers. Comments (3)

Bloom county! Sakura Matsuri back at the Botanic Garden

Event: Break out your kimino — Sakura Matsuri is back. Comment

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Event: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden will host the greatest and most colorful cherry celebration in the nation next weekend, but there’s a major problem — the blossoms are wilting! Comment

Now Lentol wants to legalize poker!

Greenpoint: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — except for legal poker, one Williamsburg lawmaker is hoping. Comments (3)
Coney Island: More protests over Marty’s $64-million “Potato Chip” concert venue. Comments (4)
Turns out, the “Bike Snob” is anything but. Comments (6)

A ‘Star’ returns to the Boardwalk

Coney Island: Lola Star is back where she belongs, thanks to the city. Comments (1)

Five more johns are flushed in Boerum Hill

Carroll Gardens: Five more men — including one bearing flowers — were busted for trying to get some action at a Boerum Hill corner that has been a roach motel for would-be johns. Comments (6)

It’s a gay old time as lesbians and gays get the BK Meatup treatment

Event: All you straight singles have had plenty of chances to get hooked up — now it’s time for Brooklyn gays and lesbians to party down. Comments (3)

City to Dyker Heights: We have no plan for Fort Hamilton exit ramp

Mean Streets: The traffic moves slowly, but the complaints were fast and furious, as Dyker Heights residents slammed the Department of Transportation last week for failing to correct problems the agency caused when it revamped the Fort Hamilton Parkway exit of the Gowanus Expressway. Comments (3)

Indie rockers La Strada come ‘Home’ to celebrate at the Knitting Factory

Music: It started with an accordion — and now La Strada has a full LP. Comment

Kettle Black brawl sparks political fight

Bay Ridge: Last week’s arrest of four members of state Sen. Marty Golden’s family came as good news to at least one person — his longtime rival, Councilman Vince Gentile. Comments (5)

It’s a jazz double-header for returning Fishman

Music: Howard Fishman has been in the studio so long, his fans may have feared he put down the guitar for good — but he’s back this month with two shows! Comments (1)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Anarchists see more in cop raid than meets the eye

Bushwick: A police raid of an anarchist collective in Bushwick last Tuesday — which cops claim was a mission simply to arrest two members of the commune who skipped court appearances on minor offenses — may actually have been a intelligence mission at the Thames Street compound. Comments (1)

Oh, Dear! Disgraced Noach gets promotion and raise

A corrupt and anti-gay former City Councilman who managed to win a Civil Court seat two years after embarrassed Democratic party officials backed him so that he would stop running for public office, has actually been promoted. Comments (10)

Legal fancy footwork gets Dancewave its money back

Park Slope: Who said lawyers are all sharks? This guy fought for Dancewave and won. Comment
Downtown plan: As part of a bold new Brooklyn campus, New York University is talking about building a 41-story tower on Jay Street near Myrtle Avenue — a striking proposal that would radically change the face Downtown. Comments (2)
TV: Bravo’s “Next Great Artist” will get a solo show at borough’s top cultural institution. Comment
Books: Manny Howard has been raising chickens in his Ditmas Park backyard farm since 2007. But he’s not only doing it for the meat. Comments (2)

Buy it at the Lyceum next weekend!

Eric Richmond has long envisioned the Brooklyn Lyceum as a Medieval town square. While the former bath house on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is often used as a venue for theater and dance, the owner’s vision comes true next month. Comment

Holy cow! Man opens shrine to pork in Hasidic Williamsburg

Dining: And this man’s Traif is delicious. Comments (6)

At least these thieves were polite

Crime: An iPhone grab leads the Prospect Heights blotter this week. Comment

Friday, April 16, 2010

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A controversial e-mail from a Satmar Hasidic rabbi that urged opponents to vote down a divisive Williamsburg development project may have been fabricated! Comments (15)

Cyclist group calls for Flatbush bike lane after fatal crash

Mean Streets: A day after an 18-year-old Kensington cyclist was dragged and killed by a driver on Flatbush Avenue, bike advocates called on the city to put a bike lane on the heavily traveled thoroughfare. Comments (10)

New series promises two great artists that taste great together

Music: What do an award-winning choreographer and a Mississippi bluesman have in common? Comment

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Park Slope: The Park Slope Food Coop slams the fashionistas from Manhattan — it’s a story that could rip the lid off of organic fennel and ostentatious Fendi! Comments (18)

Walter is one sick puppy — and he needs your help now

Park Slope: Walter, the severely injured pitbull pup of Park Slope, is off life support — but he still needs your help! Comments (1)

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