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Why Daniel Goldstein is a scam artist

Finally, the itch that was Daniel Goldstein has been scratched and scratched out. Comment

Daniel Goldstein, last Yards holdout, speaks!

For nearly seven years, at considerable personal risk, I used my home to fight the abuse of eminent domain and Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project. Without my home, the misguided project — opposed by a fierce community movement I came to lead — could not happen. With no democratic political process available to the community, the not-so-simple act of keeping my home was the best way I could affect what was clearly a fixed deal. Comment

Ratner exec: Goldstein was in it for the money!

Forest City Ratner officials abandoned their diplomatic talk on Tuesday to explicitly portray Daniel Goldstein, who ended his long holdout in the Atlantic Yards footprint for $3 million last week, as an opportunist looking to make as much money as possible. Comment

The Goldstein Legacy: Man of principle or sellout?

Is Daniel Goldstein a sell-out, or an activist who made the best of an untenable situation? Comment

Dead dog found in Prospect Park’s ‘Lake of Death’

The lake at Prospect Park once again gave up its dead yesterday — yet another grisly discovery to bolster fears that the man-made oasis has become a watery graveyard. Comment

The Goldstein legacy: Was Yards opponent an opportunist?

Last week, the last holdout in the Atlantic Yards footprint, Daniel Goldstein, accepted $3 million to move out of his condemned apartment. The settlement is more than other residents received, fueling some talk that Goldstein’s fight against developer Bruce Ratner was about the money. This week, Goldstein responded, while his chief critic, Bertha Lewis of ACORN, shared her two cents. Comment

‘Gorilla’ war ends as new staff reopens Fifth Avenue coffee shop

Park Slopers can once again get their caffeine fix at Gorilla Coffee, which reopened on Monday after a stunning walkout by the entire staff two weeks ago forced the Fifth Avenue java joint to suddenly shut down. Comment

Carroll: Perfetto is no “Leader”

District leaders should lead — but Kevin Peter Carroll says standing Bay Ridge committeeman Ralph Perfetto couldn’t lead a horse to watershed. Comment

“Chofre” goes bye-bye

Crime: ‘Chofre’ goes bye-bye Comment
THIS JUST IN

Levin still wants this ‘Domino’ to fall

Williamsburg’s rookie phenom councilman is swinging for the fences to get the developers of the Domino Sugar factory to scale back their project while maintaining the same number of affordable units — but the developers say he’s hit a foul ball. Comment

Critics: City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park will still include housing

Meet the new operating “entity” for Brooklyn Bridge Park — same as the old operating “entity” for Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

Brooklynites gear up for ‘Warmart’

Residents are hailing reports that Walmart is looking for its first Brooklyn location — even as critics of the big-box store are preparing to fight back the retail Golaith famous for its “low, low prices” and, some say, low, low wages. Comment

Islamo-nuts threaten free speech again? Yawn!

Perspective: The Muslim sense of humor is no joke. Comment

Salute the Navy!

Perspective: Several days later the destroyer USS McFaul responded to a distress call from a merchant vessel. The deep-sea mini-battle was successful and our Navy captured 10 more pirates. Comment

Big second inning leads Xaverian over Molloy

High School Sports: Two varsity starts, two huge early-game leads, two wins. Xaverian ace Steve Pastrana has to wonder if this is going to happen every time he steps on the mound. Comment

Armed and ready: Carbone pitches Poly Prep past Berkeley Carroll

High School Sports: There was extra “oomph,” as Richie Carbone called it, in the Poly Prep dugout on April 22. Berkeley Carroll, the same club that shocked the Blue Devils in last year’s NYSAISAA title game, was in Bay Ridge. Comment

That’s amore! But lovers’ locks are littering the Brooklyn Bridge

A pop cultural phenomenon that has turned an Italian bridge into a locksmith’s paradise has jumped across the Atlantic and is threatening to cover the Brooklyn Bridge in lovers’ padlocks. Comment

Sloan Kettering to open treatment center downtown

One of the country’s preeminent cancer hospitals is establishing a treatment center in Brooklyn. Comment

Retiring Park boss admits: ‘I don’t like parks’

He’s been Brooklyn’s park czar for almost 30 years, but outgoing Commissioner Julius Spiegel says he can’t identify trees, doesn’t know plants and has never really been all that interested in parks. Comment

‘Chip’-tastic! CB13 finally approves Marty’s amphitheater

A Community Board 13 panel finally voted to back Borough President Markowitz’s controversial bid for a glitzy $64-million amphitheater inside Asser Levy Seaside Park — ending a year of silence on the issue that brought out accusations that the members are just shills for the Beep. Comment

Brooklyn teens play Cinderella

Enveloped in chiffon and lace, more than 1,700 girls had their Cinderella moment at Borough Hall. Comment

Blocking the block returns to Fourth Avenue

They’re back. Comment

Victory ER refurbished, but you still have to walk in

There’s a brand new emergency room at the old Victory Memorial Hospital — but you’ll still have to walk in to get any service. Comment

Mardi Gras madness at Brooklyn College

BoroBeat: Brooklyn College morphed into the Big Easy for students, staffers and alumni, who joined festive forces for a “Spring Madness Mardi Gras” at the student center. Comment

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

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

What a dump! Carroll Gardens lot is as bad as it gets

Brooklyn Courier: Talk about a dumping ground. Comment

City to Slope: You’re not poor enough!

The city is shuttering two much-needed after-school programs in Park Slope and a summer program in Fort Greene because the neighborhoods aren’t poor enough to justify their existence. Comment

Reaping what they sow at PS 154!

BoroBeat: Snip, snip hooray! Comment

Fifth Avenue fair brings in sweet family fun

Brooklyn Courier: Flatbush cotton candy king Fretzell Drewer, 17, spun his sweet magic while “Pot Belly Gumbo” kept the crowd clapping and toe-tapping with an ear-ful of harmonies at the Fifth Avenue Family Festival in Park Slope. Comment

Deserving its ‘Creditors’! BAM’s Strindberg revival is a solid gold hit

Revenge is rarely as gripping, vicious and, yes, fun, as it is on stage at the BAM Harvey in August Strindberg’s “Creditors” — a thoroughly modern take on the battle of the sexes. Comment

Residents angry as McGuinness Speedway claims another life in Greenpoint

Williamsburg: North Brooklyn’s deadliest road struck again last week, when a man was struck and killed as he tried to cross McGuinness Boulevard — an accident that has left residents outraged that the city has not done more to protect pedstrians. Comment

Track and yield! McCarren runners upset at people in their way

Williamsburg: The never-ending struggle for roadway supremacy has a new front line: the two inner lanes at the McCarren Park running track. Comment

City awards Greenpoint housing contract to non-Brooklyn company

Williamsburg: After many years of deliberating, the city selected the Queens-based developer TNS Development Group to build the below-market-rate units in the long-closed medical center and on an adjacent city-owned lot on Maspeth Avenue near Kingsland Avenue. Comment

Danny Glover steals the show — for a cause

BoroBeat: Hollywood heavyweight and social activist Danny Glover starred in another role when he came to Boerum Hill on April 19 — host of a fundraiser at the Deity Lounge. Comment

A ‘Shock’ crime

Brooklyn Courier: 77th Precinct Comment

Gets out of jail and goes back in — in the same day!

Brooklyn Courier: 76th Precinct Comment

Ridge dad confesses to killing girlfriend dumping her in Queens

Canarsie: A Bay Ridge father of two was arrested on April 22 for allegedly strangling his live-in girlfriend to death with an extension cord and then dumping her body outside a Queens cemetery in a poor attempt to cover his tracks. Comment

Devasted Marine Park to get 60 new trees

Storm-ravaged Marine Park will be getting 60 new trees this fall. Comment

Flipped out

An airbrushed mini-van depicting a pride of menacing-looking purple pumas proved that cats don’t always land on their feet on April 22. Police said that the mini-van ended up teetering on its side following a collision with a sports utility vehicle at the corner of Utica Avenue and Avenue I in Flatlands. No serious injuries were reported at the 4 pm accident, officials said. Comment

Farewell to Freddy’s! Beloved watering hole near Yards closes for good on Friday

Hipsters, old-timers, and barflies will raise their glasses at Freddy’s Bar for the last time on Friday — making a final toast to a Prohibition-era watering hole, but one man won’t be there: the man whose name is on the awning. Comment
BREAKING

City reaches deal to ‘Stop the Chop’

The constant rumble of helicopter noise over Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO is over, thanks to a new city ban on sightseeing flights over the entire borough. Comment

Marine Park yeshiva ain’t kosher

Mill–Marine Courier: It looks like a supermarket, but it really is a preschool — even if the city doesn’t see it that way. Comment

City set to close Midwood after-school programs

Kings Courier: The city is shuttering an after-school and summer program in two Midwood schools because the neighborhood isn’t poor enough to justify its existence. Comment

Cops open fire on unhinged woman

Flatbush: Blades vs bullets Comment

Church and Flatbush: accidents happen

Flatbush: It’s the unsweet 16. Comment

Finger roll: Loughlin’s Alexander takes third in Penn Relays shot put

High School Sports: Adrienne Alexander could hear Ed Howard’s voice in her head with each short throw. Comment

A community center — thanks to a community effort

Brooklyn Courier: A sun-soaked community center opened last week in Red Hook, a minor miracle given its dire straits less than two years ago. Comment

¡Ay, papi! Here’s our guide to the best tacos in Williamsburg

Few people know that Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French in 1862 — but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least be educated about Mexican food. Comment

Ray Tintori is only 26 years old — and he gets a retrospective?

Ray Tintori may be only 26, but that’s not stopping the Brooklyn Arts Council from running a retrospective of his work. Comment

Red Hook author brings world of the projects to life

Growing up in the gritty world of the Red Hook projects, the last thing on Torrey Maldonado’s mind was becoming an author and becoming a role model. Comment

Man, this new play at the Brick is just torture

In the last decade, a new sub-genre of horror flicks has developed called “torture porn,” which seeks to communicate in an extremely over-the-top manner the dangers of vengeance at any cost. Movies like “The Devil’s Rejects” and “Hostel” show how torture ends up turning the good guys bad, leaving the protagonists — and the audience — adrift in a post 9-11 world in which the moral high ground has been abandoned. Comment

This old house

Brooklyn voyeurs, here’s your chance to see how the other half lives — the other half that lives better than you do, that is. Comment

Classic photos highlight NY Photo Fest this year

The New York Photo Festival may be a spotlight on new photography, but this year’s highlight is images that still burn 50 years after the fact. Comment

Loughlin lets go girls hoops coach

High School Sports: After going winless in its first season back in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I, Bishop Loughlin has fired head girls basketball coach Rocco Romano, Comment

A BKLYN Designs for the ages — young ages

BKLYN Designs, the ne plus ultra of uber-hip contemporary furnishings, has been known for many things over its last eight years, but family-friendly hasn’t exactly been one of them. Comment

New archive at PS 195 immortalizes “lovely” librarian

BoroBeat: A beloved Manhattan Beach reading teacher was immortalized before her family, colleagues and the children she taught when PS 195 dedicated its refurbished library to the memory of Sandra Rosuck. Comment

Sing your barbaric yawp! Whitman’s masterpiece adapted as a piece of musical theater

Who needs to sound your barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world when you can sing it? Comment

Raise your toes, raise some funds

All those kegstands will finally come in handy. Comment

‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Verona? Fuhgeddaboudit! How about Brooklyn?

The only thing Shakespearian about Genesis Repertory’s “Romeo and Juliet” is the text itself. Comment

Our All-Brooklyn boys basketball honors

High School Sports: The borough known for hoops enjoyed another exceptional season on the hardwood. Boys & Girls won its first PSAL title since 1979, winning the AA crown, and Bedford Academy claimed the B championship, its first city title of any kind. Comment

Pre-Mom’s Day brunch salutes Coney’s Good Sams

BoroBeat: “I can tell you that there is nothing like seeing the face of a child light up as he or she receives a new toy for the holidays,” said toy drive co-founder Brian Gotlieb as he presented plaques to six “surrogate moms” for their selfless community work during a tribute brunch in Coney Island. Comment

All-Brooklyn girls basketball honors

High School Sports: No borough in New York City had a greater depth of girls basketball talent – in players and teams – than Brooklyn. The story of the season was the emergence of Bishop Ford not only as a city powerhouse but a team that made some waves on the national level, beating both Christ the King and St. Michael Academy in the same year. Comment

King the Czar at Kaiser

BoroBeat: Refreshing the entrance to Kaiser Park with a lick o’ paint was a slam-dunk for former New Jersey Nets player Albert King. Comment

Bridal show wows shoppers at K’Plaza

BoroBeat: The inaugural April 24 showcase at the shopping center — Flatbush Avenue at Avenue U — featured gowns from Allisa’s Bridal and men’s suits provided by Access Men’s Clothing. Comment

Latke gravas: Fried throwdown at Menorah

BoroBeat: Too many cooks in the kitchen only added to the fun fry-up when the Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Manhattan Beach held a potato pancake contest, glazing the winners with something more than just dough — golden spatulas and major bragging rights. Comment

Gravesend lil’ leaguers march to their ‘field of dreams’

BoroBeat: C’mon now, play ball! Comment

From ‘Scratch’ — obsessive breadsmith plots his next move

And then there’s the baker, known for his obsessive, 100-hour work weeks and giant SCRATCHbread tattoo, inked on his beefy forearm as a mission statement. Comment

A concrete Boardwalk? Call it the Riegelmann Sidewalk in Coney

Is Coney Island’s famed Boardwalk becoming a sidewalk? Comment

Now Lentol wants to legalize poker!

Williamsburg: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — except for legal poker, one Williamsburg lawmaker is hoping. Comment

Legal fancy footwork gets Dancewave its money back

Brooklyn Courier: The Park Slope youth dance troupe that was cheated out of more than $10,000 earlier this year by a rogue travel agent is finally getting its money back. Comment

Panic at the Botanic! With festival still a week off, cherry blossoms are fading

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

NYU is looking up — in the form of a Downtown Brooklyn tower

Brooklyn Heights: 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 of Downtown. Comment

Freddy’s Bar, eminent domain poster child, to close on April 30.

Freddy’s Bar has given up the fight. Comment

Xaverian runs over St. Francis Prep

High School Sports: Xaverian has a catcher going to the University of Arizona, a deep and talented pitching staff and a Division I centerfielder. That alone should make the Clippers a contender for the CHSAA Class A intersectional title. Comment

Anarchists see more in cop raid than meets the eye

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. Comment

Five more johns are flushed in Boerum Hill

Brooklyn Courier: 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. Comment

Cyclist group calls for Flatbush bike lane after fatal crash

Flatbush: 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. Comment

Is the Barneys Co-op breaking the law — with its name?

The venerable Park Slope Food Coop has fired a shot against the fancy-schmancy Barneys Co-op, saying that the department store slated to open later this year on Atlantic Avenue has illegally coopted the word “co-op” — and one lawyer says the supermarket may actually have a case! Comment

Goldstein is now, officially, the last Yards holdout

The Atlantic Yards project’s most-outspoken opponent is now officially the last holdout. Comment
BREAKING

Last holdout accepts Ratner’s $3M! He’s out of footprint by May 7

Daniel Goldstein is now the $3-million man. Comment

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

Williamsburg: Greenpoint’s veterans remain in legal limbo after the NYPD rejected their application for their annual Memorial Day parade because the route of the eight-block march was considered one-half-block too long. Comment

Egg heads poach bragging rights with drop contest

Williamsburg: Whaddaya get if you mix eggs, booze and science nerds? An omelette of a good time! Comment

Make a clean save for Haitian earthquake victims

Brooklyn Courier: Haiti’s quake victims have their own personal “Mr. Cleans” in Red Hook merchants Rob Schnabel and Matt Vosburgh. Comment

‘Labor’ pains at Carroll Gardens job site

Brooklyn Courier: 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. Comment

Low blow! Beloved tenor to sue opera museum over bass-placement!

The fat man sang, and now he’s going to sue. Comment

Brooklyn’s ‘top 10’ reflected in Clinton Hill mural

BoroBeat: Now you can see all over Brooklyn without leaving a single intersection in Clinton Hill. Comment

Pop your ollie! Gowanus Grind doesn’t kibble the fun

Thomas Greene Park may not have a proper skate park — yet — but that didn’t stop sleight-footed skateboarders from doing their thing on Saturday at the second annual Gowanus Grind. Comment

The Rookie! Levin, fresh off big win, now fights Bloomy on Domino

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. Comment

Hungry at Brooklyn Bridge Park? How about some ice cream and lobster?

Ice cream and lobster rolls could be an integral part of Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. Comment

Medgar Evers guard signs with St. Francis College

High School Sports: The phone calls from college coaches have come pouring in for Medgar Evers senior Jasmin Robinson. There was Hofstra, St. Peter’s and Rhode Island just this week. The lightning quick point guard has become a hot commodity. Comment

Capozucca, Sollazzo power Poly Prep past Fieldston

High School Sports: Victoria Capozucca didn’t like what she was hearing during a meeting in the circle. Poly Prep coach Mildred Piscopo huddled with her team to talk about how to deal with Fieldston star Kate Miller with runners on first and third and no outs and the Blue Devils up five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Comment

Adams not waisting his time

Perspective: Beware tawdry tush-titans, an ex-cop-turned-lawmaker is on your tail. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

Sex abuse rabbi vows to appeal Comment

Cops: Cameras catch criminals

Talk about Candid Camera! Comment

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. Comment

Poly Prep wakes up just in time, extending streak with furious rally

High School Sports: Poly Prep’s 52-game Ivy league winning streak was six outs from ending. The crowd was quiet and the opposing bench full of smiles. Comment

Koch, Zych lift Midwood over Columbus in overtime

High School Sports: John Murphy watched his attack ride Columbus defenders well all game, so he wasn’t surprised when Blake Koch knocked a ball free in the Sharks’s end with the clock winding down in overtime. Comment

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

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. Comment

Smile! And you can work at Luna Park!

Bay News: The man running Coney Island’s newest amusement park has some advice for all those hoping to land a job at the People’s Playground this summer: smile. No, really smile. Comment

Our ride with the ‘Bike Snob’

Turns out, the “Bike Snob” is anything but. Comment

A drinker’s guide to the race itself

By the way, there’s a race, too. Comment

Felder, David closing in on college choices

High School Sports: Beranda Felder will be making her college decision soon. She just wants to make sure it is the right one. Comment

It’s a jazz double-header for returning Fishman

Howard Fishman has been in the studio so long, his fans may have feared he put down the guitar for good. Comment

Coney’s concrete walk taking too long to build

Not only is the city installing controversial concrete slabs on Coney Island’s boardwalk, it’s taking too long to do it. Comment

Former Boys & Girls star commits to Robert Morris

Bay News: Most of America was pulling for Robert Morris in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament when the 15th-seeded Colonials nearly knocked off No. 2 Villanova. When Robert Morris’ upset bid came up short, nobody was more disappointed than Lamount Samuell, Jr. Comment

Flatbush slash-a-rama

Flatbush: Attacked with bottle Comment

Victorian Flatbush loves to be snubbed

Flatbush: Residents of Victorian Flatbush are taking the neighborhood’s omission from New York Magazine’s recent list of the city’s top 50 neighborhoods with a satisfied smile. Comment

Merchants demand shoppers have more time to shop

Kings Courier: New Muni-Meters are being installed along Kings Highway, and merchants want them to have an extra hour of parking. Comment

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

Williamsburg: Hours after Assemblyman Joe Lentol announced a bill to legalize poker, all his would-be marks folded. Comment

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

Walter, the severely injured pitbull pup of Park Slope, is off life support — but he still needs your help! Comment

‘Rose’ in full bloom

Williamsburg: A controversial three-tower residential complex along the South Williamsburg waterfront received its final approval from the City Council last week — a final rubber stamp that came only after the developer promised more below-market-rate units and larger apartments for Hasidic families. Comment

Thief steals schools laptops

68th Precinct Comment

Kettle Black brawl sparks political fight

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. Comment

Kevin Peter: I’ll campaign on Ralph’s block!

Kevin Peter Carroll wants to become your state committeeman so badly, he’d even petition Ralph Perfetto for a signature. Comment

Remembering Tommy Meo, Jr.

BoroBeat: Family, friends and neighbors hailed the memory of one of their own with a “Spirit of Life” walkathon in Bergen Beach. Comment

9ja Villa plays a ‘bad’ tune

Mill–Marine Courier: The 9ja Villa bar and lounge is giving Old Mill Basin residents a headache — literally. Comment

Getting off too easy

Perspective: One of the main concerns that I have about having the 9/11 trials held here, other than the fact that it makes us a bigger target then we already are, is that the terrorists, instead of getting the hangman’s noose, will get the same slap on the wrist from another limousine liberal judge that Ahmad Wais Afzali got — four days in jail (already served) and leave the country. Comment

Luna park to test limits of rides — on Brooklynites

The Italian ride manufacturers behind Coney Island’s newest amusement park say they will try out their latest scream machines right here in Brooklyn, making local thrill seekers either test pilots or guinea pigs. Comment

Wheelchair Charities HS Basketball Classic roundup: Brooklyn is king yet again

High School Sports: Brooklyn has developed a rep as the city’s elite borough. Last week was a perfect example that perception is often similar to reality. Comment

Caruso museum founder, curator and torch-bearer seeks new home

Inside a modest brick row-house in Homecrest lies North America’s only museum dedicated to one of the greatest tenors who ever lived, and the only inkling that it exists is an engraved sign outside the door welcomes visitors to the “Enrico Caruso Museum.” Comment

Is the Barneys Co-op breaking the law — with its name?

The venerable Park Slope Food Coop has fired a shot against the fancy-schmancy Barneys Co-op, saying that the department store slated to open later this year on Atlantic Avenue has illegally coopted the word “co-op” — and one lawyer says the supermarket may actually have a case! Comment

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.
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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
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
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)

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)

Holy cow! Man opens shrine to pork in Hasidic Williamsburg

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

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

At least these thieves were polite

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