Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

L-train weeknight outage returns!

Williamsburg: Better tune up that bicycle — the L-train shuttle is back this weekend. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

Foes decry Park ‘tax’ scheme, push for revenue from Witness buildings

Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Bridge Park could raise one-quarter of its massive maintenance budget through a new tax on local businesses and residents — but that idea is dead in the water, say critics, who think there are better ways to raise the money. Comments (8)
Mean Streets: An ambulance driver who abandoned traffic-choked Prospect Park West to use the controversial bike lane as a shortcut was hardly a lone rogue. Comments (54)
Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s next great food trend could be born at the Williamsburg’s Moore Street Market. Comments (2)

Fifth Avenue gets trash cans straight out of ‘The Jetsons’

The Greatest Story Ever: In Park Slope, even the garbage gets a fancy new home. Comments (5)

Our chef offers ribs — the Brooklyn way

Prime Time: Joe Raiola from Morton’s sauces us up, but good! Comments (7)

School daze! State budget cuts kill new W’burg PS

Brooklyn Is Angry: School’s out — for five years. Comments (1)
Dining: Maybe Al Gore should take credit for this restaurant. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

Council bike data bill will prove us right — foes and cycle supporters say

Mean Streets: Friends and foes of bike lanes can’t wait for a new city bike-crash data law to take effect — because both sides think it will show they’re right. Comments (35)
Park Slope: Coming soon to Park Slope’s Pavilion Cinema: “Renovation II — The Sequel.” Comments (5)
Park Slope: The developer of a controversial 11-story hotel on Prospect Avenue has a plan, and he’s sticking to it — in spite of a growing chorus of naysayers blasting his scheme as inappropriate for the neighborhood. Comments (15)
Gowanus: Humble hero Kenneth Uribe ended up in a high-speed chase, but he got his man. Comments (4)
Committeman Confrontation: Rep. Ed Towns has been at the top of Brooklyn’s political ladder for 28 years, but now he wants to go right back to the bottom — and perhaps deal a blow to Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez. Comments (6)

Michael ‘Mr. Funny Pants’ Showalter is all over town this week

Nightlife: Michael Showalter is a tad obsessed with process. Comments (2)

Cupid is a car thief

Fort Greene: Someone stole sexy lingerie from a car on Valentine’s Day. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

John Liu wants you! Tell him which agencies to audit

Here’s your chance to bust a shady city agency! Comments (6)
Dining: Nature greeted the opening of the new Van Leeuwen brothers’ ice cream shop in Boerum Hill with a blast of cold, Canadian air. Boerum Hill greeted the brothers with a packed house. Comments (5)

Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

Carroll Gardens: Forget gelato and cannoli, visitors to Carroll Park’s controversial “piazza” might instead be feasting on a steady diet of tortas and quesadillas. Comments (4)

Eat some crepe! There’s a Euro-style pancake joint on Seventh Avenue

Dining: It’s a cross-cultural crepe smackdown in Park Slope, where an Italian take on the traditional French pancakes promises to knock the socks — err, chaussettes — off even the most devout Francophile. Comments (4)

Booze Aid! Help a great museum by drinking great cocktails

Nightlife: Spirits are rising — to save the City Reliquary! Comment

Our columnist’s secret: Vacations are Daddy’s little helper

The Dad: It’s school vacation, and I’m away with the kids skiing, having a blast, hanging with friends from breakfast until we all collapse at night. My wife wanted to come, planned to, but stayed behind because of work. Comment

The badass of Korean film — at BAM

Cinema: Kim Jee-woon is one severely damaged filmmaker — but the Brooklyn Academy of Music means that in the best way possible. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011

Slope’s Scalino reopens after two-day tax scare

Dining: The popular Seventh Avenue restaurant Scalino — shuttered by state authorities on Thursday — reopened on Saturday, apparently having paid a $230,000 sales tax bill. Comment

Andy disses Vito! Cuomo’s new Housing czar is no fan of Lopez

Vito under the Microscope: Gov. Cuomo slapped Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez, picking a longtime rival of the powerful Assemblyman to run the state’s housing agency. Comments (8)

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011

Humboldt horror master facing 16 counts in sex slave case

Williamsburg: A Williamsburg man who cops say held a 27-year-old woman captive in his apartment as his “sex slave” for nine days was hit with on 16 rape counts on Friday — but his lawyer is claiming that the victim was a willing participant in the “mutually fulfilling relationship.” Comments (1)
Park Slope: Parents at Park Slope’s PS 107 are fired up over a city decision to transfer their beloved lunch lady because the lunchroom serves slightly less than the minimum daily requirement of school meals. Comments (1)
Cobble Hill: A historic Cobble Hill mansion dumped by the cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital is heading towards a controversial redevelopment as luxury housing. Comments (3)

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

‘Cause they’re the taxmen! Slope restaurant seized for non-payment! 

Dining: State finance authorities have forced Park Slopers to say “ciao” to a tasty-but-troubled Italian eatery, slapping bright orange “SEIZED” signs on the windows of Scalino for allegedly not paying taxes. Comments (4)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The owner of a commercial bus depot along the Gowanus Canal dumped trash and motor oil into the already toxic waterway — and now he’s going to pay for the damage, state officials said this week. Comments (5)
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Geoffrey Rush should win an Oscar for “Diary of a Madman” at BAM. Comments (2)

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