August, 2003

The tales of two buildings, old and new

Weintrob: Some stories won’t go away, even after 25 years. Comment

Doing our job, amidst scandal and death

Weintrob: So much has transpired since we last met; yet, as we’ve come to expect despite the fearful disillusionment imparted by 9-11, the world still turns. Comment

July, 2003

Fulton Street mayhem and the fall of A&S

Weintrob: On Christmas Eve, for several years in the late ’70s and early ’80s, I’d wander onto Fulton Street as dusk approached and watch the genesis of a mini-riot. Those were the days, not far removed from John Lindsey’s “fun city” regime, when allowing lawbreakers some latitude was the Big Apple norm. Comments (2)

Distribution: from hand-to-hand to boxes

Weintrob: When we began in 1978, as a newspaper for Downtown’s daytimers, most of our staff — editorial, production, advertising — would be at their distribution posts by 7:30 or 8 am. Comment

June, 2003

Cheers for Vic Cantone, Paper cartoonist

Weintrob: Vic Cantone hasn’t drawn for The Brooklyn Papers in quite a while, but he remains one of our most loyal readers, and I one of his ardent fans. Comment

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When Mr. became Miss, a weekly was born

Weintrob: As I bicycled past the newsstand on Avenue M, a paper looking something like the National Enquirer caught my eye, a busty woman sharing its cover with the headline, “Boro Mr. becomes Miss.” Comment

Big media, advertising and misspelled names

Weintrob: Belated attention was paid Monday by the TV networks and big dailies to the Federal Communications Commission’s sellout of the public interest in allowing still more mega-media consolidation. The FCC’s action is likely to prove even a greater threat to both the democratic ideal of unfettered discussion and the capitalist notion of free commerce than Congress’ earlier media deregulation votes. Comment

May, 2003

A great restaurant, and a thimble of ice cream

Weintrob: I think it was Joel Wolfe, who ran Restaurant Lisanne on Atlantic Avenue in the late 1970s and ’80s, who said he preferred a real review. Don’t tell me you’re coming, just come, eat, pay and write. Comment

In the news biz, this was the week that was

Weintrob: It’s hard to escape the incredible story of Jayson Blair, a Brooklynite who, as a reporter for the New York Times, invented accounts of major news events that were then passed along as fact by his editors at the Times. Comment

We were softer then, but not for long

Weintrob: The first issues of The Brooklyn Paper, back in 1978, were nothing like today’s. Comment

And now, when The Brooklyn Paper is 25

Weintrob: Last year, as we approached our 25th anniversary, the first question was, when do we celebrate? Comment

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