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Editorial: Our editorial board looks back on an award-winning, opinionated year. Comment

Smartmom in 2008 — anxious as ever

Smartmom: Smartmom looks back on a wild and neurotic year! Comments (2)

Van Nest Community Association

Letters: By Ron Kunik Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming channels the spirit of an Iraqi journalist and folds it into his own take on the American economy. Comment

Another Coney dream

Editorial: Our editorial board is skeptical of a Municipal Art Society scheme for Coney Island. Comments (3)

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual, this time with more letters on the bike-car-pedestrian conflict that has consumed Brooklyn. Comments (1)

‘Oud’, not ‘Sitar’

Letters: In the article by Elaine Meyer on the above subject, she referred to the instrument played by a Palestinian musician as a “sitar.” Comment

Traffic light victory

Letters: We received the official word from Department Of Transportation (DOT) — a traffic light has been approved for installation on Irwin and Oriental Blvd.. Comment

Remembering our vets

Letters: I attended the 14th annual salute to veterans at Public School 216 on Avenue X in Brooklyn. Comment

Mikvah backlash

Letters: I am writing with total disgust to your recent front page article, “Ritual bath brawl.” The article is so biased, and does not represent the same Community Board 15 Zoning and Board meetings that I attended. Comment

It’s always the ‘G’

Letters: It seems that the first thing out of anyone’s mouth any time there is a budget cut is the G Train. It seems like these budget cuts give them the excuse to do what they have been wanting to do for years, officially end the line at Court Square. Comment

Anti-Muslim rhetoric

Letters: Shavana Abruzzo, (“A Britisher’s View”). I just wanted to write and tell you that your anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic writings are not only offensive to Muslims, and to all people of Middle Eastern descent, it is offensive to us Americans, at large. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Ho, ho, ho – not again

Williamsburg: It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed and I have yet to learn my lesson from previous years. Comment
GUEST OP-ED

Hospice care: Making the most of life

Williamsburg: What would you do if you learned you were facing a terminal illness? Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Bum borrowers deserve some blame too

Williamsburg: Good morning, everyone. Before I offer you my thoughts for this week, I want everyone to turn toward that pretty lady sitting at the desk across the room. The one with the accent, mostly British, but here and there she blends in the “tawk of a Noo Yawka.” Yup. That’s her. Shavana. Comment

Fossella to exit stage, right? Um, maybe not

Politicrasher: Disgraced and retired — but apparently still beloved — Rep. Vito Fossella may have been fresh from his sentencing last week in Virginia to five days in jail for drunk driving, but he was hailed on Staten Island on Sunday in what looked a lot more like a political comeback than a send-off. Comment

Smartmom ‘nails’ it: She’s jealous!

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom is jealous of her best friend’s daughter’s academic success. Look, Teen Spirit has his own path! She knows that! Comments (4)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming has his own take on the fifth anniversary of the stalled Atlantic Yards project. Comment

Yes to Dock St project

Editorial: Our editorial board supports David Walentas’s new 18-story building in DUMBO. Comments (4)

Where in the world is Teen Spirit?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom tries to help a friend with a troubled teen. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Emperor Mike exposed

Williamsburg: In my column two weeks ago, I rejoiced that the check would finally be in the mail. The Emperor of New York, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, had relented and was planning to send out those rebate checks. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Radical Islam, hard at work

Williamsburg: As the west moves forward — with an open wallet and a helping hand — the east is degenerating further into its own abyss, and the Mumbai attacks are only the latest, sorrowful reminder of old grudges, new gripes and fresh blood. Comment

Something’s gotta give! Yeah — you!

Vox Pop: The economy is in the tank — so our leaders are talking about either tolls on the East River bridges or higher subway fares (or both). So we hit the streets to find out whether Brooklynites think the bridges should be tolled or the fares should be hiked (or neither!). Comments (2)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming looks at efforts to curtail car traffic in Prospect Park. Comments (1)

Buy local, stay local

Editorial: Our editorial board wants to you — to spend locally. But not for the obvious reason. Comments (2)

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual, this time with two letters on the bike lane war in Williamsburg. Comment

Giving thanks for Thanksgiving

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom’s family makes Hepcat feel welcome at the Thanksgiving table — as always. Comments (1)

Unions needs their due

Letters: I am a New York City teacher and union member. My union membership provides me with a living wage, health benefits and a pension plan. In short, the basic requirements for economic security. Comment

Sick & tired

Letters: After the many months of electioneering, demeaning of candidates and the promises made, I’m tired and bored of listening, watching and reading about it all. Comment

Pardon the turkey

Letters: Barack Obama has risen from humble beginnings to the power of the presidency. But, every one of us has the presidential power to pardon a turkey on Thanksgiving. Comment

Not done yet

Letters: Shavana Abruzzo means well (“A Britisher’s View,” 11-14, but (s)he should know better than to equate Obama’s election with the end of institutionalized racism in America. Minorities as a group continue to trail whites in areas like health, wealth, housing, education, employment — in short, just about everywhere — and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. While Americans may justly congratulate themselves on the results of this year’s election, the last thing we need to do right now is to pretend that racial inequalities don’t exist in our country, or that they are simply the result of individual bad choices. Comment

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ The lure of the supermarket sale

Williamsburg: All I wanted was six rolls of toilet paper. Seems simple enough -- go to the store, buy six rolls, put them in a bag and come home. But not for my husband. No, the six rolls turned into six pounds of ricotta cheese, six packages of instant cookie mix and two cans of baked beans. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

One digusted movie goer to another

Williamsburg: Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Let me see, by a show of hands, how many of you took the bird out of the freezer a few days ago because you remembered that a frozen turkey needs a couple of days to defrost? Hmmm. Most of you. That’s good. A message to the rest of you — a frozen 18-pound turkey cannot be defrosted in two hours. Turkey chow mein eaten from those little white boxes is not so terrible. Save the bird for Christmas — Only please remember to remove it from the freezer about December 21. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Limousine liberals sing NIMBY blues

Williamsburg: A jail is a repellent sight. It penetrates our belief system, and puts a brick face on human delinquency — something few law-abiding citizens want to, or should have to, confront in their daily lives. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Don’t get mad at telemarketers – get even!

Bay News: Akim Tamiroff was an old wonderful character actor with a Russian accent, who I don’t even know is still alive, and what suddenly brings him to mind is what he once said in a movie…Don’t provoke me! Three simple, but succinct words that has remained with me as an integral part of my temperament. Comment

These MTA cuts will slice and dice Brooklyn

Letters: Once again, our readers respond to our reports. Comments (1)

Thinking things through on Thanksgiving

Smartmom: Usually, Tuesday is Smartmom Day at BrooklynPaper.com, but it’s a short week, what with Thanksgiving and all, so we wanted you to start enjoying this week’s column a day early. Happy Thanksgiving! Comments (1)

More Coney baloney

Editorial: Our editorial board is horrified by the city plan to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer money — and subvert the very notion of a free market — on Mayor Bloomberg’s Coney Island folly. Comments (26)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming clearly thinks a fare hike is a joke. Comments (1)

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual, this time with letters on the Council’s term-limit vote, Bruce Ratner, the victory of Barack Obama and, perhaps most important, Peruvian pipe players in Borough Hall park. Comment

Turquoise turmoil for OSFO

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, the tear-filled final chapter in the saga of the Oh So Feisty One’s turquoise hair. Comments (4)
BURG ‘N’ POINT

Banjos players and bow ties aplenty: Rebecca unites with recluses at Pete’s Candy Store CD release party for Al Duvall

Williamsburg: There’s a face I think I sometimes make when I’m watching something I really like. Not TV or movies, but things that are alive. People, I mean. Performers. Singers. Banjo players. Poets. Other banjo players. It’s a face that says to them that I’m gone, too…or rather that I’m right there with them. It’s a spacey face- probably contorted, could be smiling, tearing up, trying not to laugh or laughing fiercely. Can’t see it so I can’t be sure. Either way I know it’s got the wide-eyed eyes of a child and the happy head tilt of an alert puppy. Comment

Trim Marty’s fat

Editorial: Our editorial board supports cuts to the borough president’s office — but opposes recent calls to eliminate the office altogether. Comments (2)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming clearly doesn’t think there’s reason for outrage over the closing of East River State Park for January, February and March. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual, this time with letters on Barack Obama’s historic win, the end of term limits, the death of the Green Church in Bay Ridge, our supposed homophobic headline, a schism in the Jewish community, Ratner’s ongoing problems and dogs in Prospect Park. Comments (1)

Smartmom isn’t blue about OSFO’s hair

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, the Oh So Feisty One colors her hair turquoise — and Smartmom is pleased. Comments (1)

President Barack Obama

Editorial: Our editorial board concludes: The election of Barack Obama is a major big deal! Comments (1)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming looks back at the historic election of Barack Obama. Comment

Live from Ohio! Last chapter of our Buckeye blitz

Politicrasher: Our political columnist finishes his journey to Ohio, where a group of Brooklynites helped swing the ultimate swing state. Comment

Unaffordable at this price

Letters: I read with interest Myron Shulman’s letter, regarding his plight with the huge increase for his rent stabilized apartment. Comment

Too much smut

Letters: I’m a retired senior citizen, born, raised and aged in New York City. I’m not religious, nor am I a prude, but menacing changes are occurring. Comment

Betting against Obama

Letters: Why is the stock market melting down now? Right now? Why not three months ago? Why not two months from now? Is it just coincidence that it’s in the final weeks leading up to the election? I don’t think so. Comment

A barbaric practice

Letters: It was shocking and appalling to me to read of the torture and murder of so many chickens that a certain group of Orthodox Jewish people perform to expiate their sins before the high holy days. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Living life on ‘Del Waiting Time’

Williamsburg: I pride myself on getting to any event on time, if not a little early. My husband, on the other hand, prides himself on getting to any event late, or as has happened on many occasions, not at all. So after 20 years of wedded bliss, and countless spats, I have learned to build in “Del Waiting Time,” or DWT as it is affectionately known in our home. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Reasons Stan won’t be voting for Obama

Williamsburg: I recently received a letter from a reader who is an Obama fan. I told him that this is a great country. Anyone can vote for any candidate and he doesn’t have to give a reason. I added that I have many reasons for not giving the Senator my vote. If David Bowman is reading the paper today, here are some of them. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

The ‘Green Church’ could have been saved

Williamsburg: “For the love of money is the root of all evil…” [Timothy 6:10]. Comment

Obama vs. McCain: It all comes down to the juice boxes

Politicrasher: On the eve of Election Day, Obama supporters strategize on how to keep voters at the polls. Comment

Teen Spirit falls into the ‘gap’

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Teen Spirit considers taking a year off before college (what? He was planning on GOING to college?). Comment

LICH docs rage at Continuum exec

Letters: The head and former head of the Long Island College Hospital medical staff respond, angrily, to our interview with the hospital’s chief “restructurer.” Comment

Live from Ohio! Our columnist crashes the campaign

Politicrasher: Our political columnist is in Ohio — yes, the real Ohio in the Midwest — to bring you on-the-ground coverage of the war for this ultimate swing state. Obama fans: be afraid. Be very afraid. Comments (2)
Letters: After reading our editorial last week slamming his term-limit vote, Councilman David Yassky asked us to print his side of the story. OK, Councilman, it’s your turn. Comments (7)
Editorial: The way Councilman David Yassky handled his vote on term limits stands out — for all the wrong reasons. Comments (10)

Mike McMahon for Congress

Editorial: Often on Election Day, the voters’ choice boils down to which of the two candidates is the least objectionable. Fortunately, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst voters have a chance to cast their ballots for a worthy candidate for Congress on Tuesday, Nov. 4: Councilman Mike McMahon. Comments (1)

All drawn out

Cartoon: This week, our award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming offers his view on the Council term-limit vote. Comments (1)

City plan not Coney baloney: The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: Our mailbag contained a response from the commissioner of City Planning about our recent Coney Island editorial. We thank her for joining our spirited debate. Comment

Dad is gone, but Smartmom has his car

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom remembers her dad through his Suburu. Comment
Editorial: Our editorial board explains why our esteemed leaders must be questioned at all times — because they lie. Comments (2)
Politicrasher: Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery in “real America,” but in Park Slope, the liberal ladies who dressed up like Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Saturday decided it’s definitely not sincere and it’s certainly not flattery. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: This week, our award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming looks at the imminent demise of Long Island College Hospital. Comment

Vegetarians speak: The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: Our mailbag is full again — and features missives about our recent cover story about the decline of vegetarianism. Comment

Tireded of NYMTC

Letters: You reported that one of the attendees at September’s transportation workshop, sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), attributed the low attendance to poor publicity. Comment

Sticking up for P.S. 207

Letters: I am currently a sixth grade teacher at Public School207. It has come to my attention, that some of our neighbors, have been saying unkind things about our school. Comment

Steel and sunsets

Letters: Re: “The Bones of September.” Comment

Outrageous rent hike

Letters: I have lived in a rent-stabilized apartment for over 30 years in Sheepshead Bay. Comment

MTV delivers again

Letters: Re: “Music-Schmusic VMA Was A Bust,” “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono, 9-11- issue. Comment

Give the money here

Letters: Instead of handing wall street close to a trillion-dollar bailout and bankrupt ‘main street,’ maybe the feds should hand every legal head of household a check for $100,000. Comment

Box office washout

Letters: I am very disappointed in the quality and content of movies, lately. Comment

Anti-abortion booster

Letters: Voicer Julie Kirshner, president of Brooklyn-Queens National Organization of Women, says, “Sarah Palin is anti-woman because she doesn’t believe in the ERA, embryonic stem-cell research, or the right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest.” Comment

A man for all seasons

Letters: Shavana Abruzzo, (“A Britisher’s View”), I just read your beautiful column on Paul Newman [RIP: Paul Newman, 1925-2008). Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Pearls of wisdom from my father

Williamsburg: The other morning, while sipping on a hot cup of coffee and enjoying a family breakfast moment, my husband turned to my daughter and said, “You know, you should never chew food when you have to sneeze.” Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Palin, Biden, O’Reilly — oh my!

Williamsburg: According to Nielsen Media Research almost seventy million viewers tuned in to watch the VP debate between Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Delaware Senator Joe Biden. We know that the VP debate record […] Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

‘Muckity-Mac’ leaves a lot to be desired

Williamsburg: This is the first installment of a two-part column on presidential challengers John McCain and Barack Obama — ABV. Comment
SPEAK OUT

Abe Stark Rink: Coney’s secret handout

Bay News: It is some five, or more years since Mayor Mike Bloomberg “took over” Coney Island as a leader on his agenda. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Madelene Taub-Chan: Woman of the Year

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council will celebrate its 48th Gala on November 19 at the beautiful El Caribe. As you well know by now, I will be celebrating my 28th year as President of the BWECC and as is my custom every year, I spotlight each honoree in this column, so you know their credentials, their merits, and their outstanding contributions to the community that earned them their coveted ‘BWECC Year” award. Now I will spotlight this wonderful lady, Madelene Chan. Comment

Smartmom and Hepcat need to get a life

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, we learn why Smartmom is not going to be a very good empty nester! Comments (1)

Right on the money

Letters: Stanley Gershbein’s recent column concerning the projected cost of attending baseball games at the new Mets Citifield (why not Gil Hodges?) Stadium was right on the money, and I do mean money (“It’s Only My Opinion”). Comment

McSame song & dance

Letters: If Senator John McCain truly cares about veterans, why is he always voting against their interests? Comment

Making Obama look good

Letters: This is in response to the recent letter from Deb Sugar who seems to think Sarah Palin is the greatest thing to come down the pike since the invention of the light bulb and sliced bread. Comment

Lenore will be missed

Letters: Editor’s Note: The following pays tribute to the late Lenore Friedman, a life-long resident of Sheepshead Bay who was also an active member of the Bay Improvement Group (BIG). Comment

Hurricane relief

Letters: Having seen on TV, on CBS several weeks ago, one of the places to donate food and other supplies for victims of Hurricane Ike is: 1612 Stillwell Avenue, The Bronx, New York. Comment

Fighter for the nabe

Letters: School District 20 has truly lost a legend in the education community with the passing of Lucrecia Marsigliano. Comment

Double-crossing ‘Judah’

Letters: There is a new scam going around today that I feel that your readers – particularly grandparents – should be made aware of. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN

Gold-medal grocery unpacking

Williamsburg: What compels us to think that we can manage to unload the trunk all in one shot? Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Palin’s eyeglasses are a hit

Williamsburg: Now that we’ve had a few weeks to digest some information about Governor Palin, the question that is running around the Internet is – Did Senator McCain make the right choice when he chose her to be his running mate? Results from the CNBC poll – 51% Yes, 37% No and 11% just don’t know. Results from Vote.Com – 85% Yes, 15% No! Results from the Bill O’Reilly poll – 91% Yes and only 9% No. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

End the reign of puffed-up pols

Williamsburg: As the eighth richest American with a net worth of $20 billion, he must protect his assets – and those of his wealthy cronies, too. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

BWECC network leader of the year

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will celebrate its 48th Gala on November 19 at the beautiful El Caribe. I will be celebrating my 28th year as president of the Bensonhurst West End Community Council and, as my custom every year, will spotlight each honoree in this column, so you will know their credentials, their merits, and their outstanding contributions to the community that earned them their coveted “BWECC Year” award. Comment

Bloomy’s Coney baloney

Editorial: Our editorial board says that Mayor Bloomberg’s scheme to rezone Coney Island is actually an end run around the community. Comments (14)

All drawn out

Cartoon: This week, our award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming looks at Mayor Bloomberg’s bid to extend his term. Comment

Our readers speak: The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: Our mailbag is full again — and features missives about term limits, the fight to fix the Gowanus Canal and how one man is certainly not shedding any tears for the just-closed Starbucks in Bay Ridge. Comment

Smartmom has no kids to drop off

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom gets a bit sad to walk past PS 321 and know that she no longer has a kid at that school. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Back to work — I need a rest

Williamsburg: Vacations have been around as long as people have worked and wanted a little R&R. Pharaoh kicked back, removed his headdress and let the sandals hang loose, Caesar rested between chariot races and Henry VIII took vacation breaks between each merry wife. But the official start dates back to about the 17th century. As aristocrats felt the need to partake in rest and relaxation after a grueling schedule of riding their workers into the ground and watching all the commoners struggle to stay alive, vacations proliferated. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

‘Mr. Globetrotter’ weighs in on ‘Fleeced’

Williamsburg: One of my favorite readers, Joan Applepie, has dubbed me “Mr. Globetrotter.” That handle has absolutely nothing to do with my basketball skills. I attribute those to my height. She calls me “Mr. Globetrotter” because every time we communicate I’m either heading towards or coming back from somewhere special. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

RIP: Paul Newman (1925-2008)

Williamsburg: “Beauty is truth, truth is beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know,” [John Keats, 1795-1821]. Comment
SPEAK OUT

Coney under Trump’s thumb

Bay News: At the far western border of the walk-around Coney Island amusement area, Steeplechase Park was its proud western anchor. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

BWECC Couple of the Year

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will celebrate its 48th Gala on November 19 at the beautiful El Caribe, and as my custom every year, will spotlight each honoree, so you will know their credentials, merits, outstanding contributions to the community that earned them their coveted ‘BWECC Year” award. Comment

Smartmom does some babysitting

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, everyone’s favorite Park Slope mom finds herself traumatized about the prospect of babysitting for her 4-year-old niece. Comments (1)

Anxiety on Main Street

Anxiety on Main Street

Brooklyn Angle: Who knew that the “Main Street” that all those congressmen have been talking about is right here in Brooklyn? Comment

A death in the family

Editorial: The New York Sun closes — and our editorial board ponders the role of the print product in this supposedly online age. Comment

Down on Main Street

Vox Pop: As the economic crisis ravages the nation, all anyone wants to know is what the folks on “Main Street” think of it. But which “Main Street” are our congressional leaders talking about? We headed to Brooklyn’s actual Main Street — in DUMBO — to get the mood of our borough’s symbolic heartland. Here’s what we heard. Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

From artsy jewerly to the healing arts: Greenpointer Lisa Levine does a career 180 with the start of her new yoga studio

Williamsburg: This Sunday a jewelry store in the rough of East Williamsburg will be selling its last gems, so to speak. Lisa Levine Jewelry, located at 536 Metropolitan Avenue, is closing up shop after two years of selling designer necklaces, bracelets, pins and earrings. Levine’s flair for mixing animal elements like feathers and quills into her pieces landed her collections in fashion mags Elle, Lucky and Marie Claire, to name a few. Comment

Everyone has a stake in the car-bike battle

Letters: Our mailbag is full again — and features two letters about the ongoing conflict between bike riders and car drivers, plus missives about term limits, Smartmom’s disgust about Sarah Palin, and the just-closed Starbucks in Bay Ridge. Comments (1)
Editorial: Our editorial board is opposed to politicians’ backroom maneuvers to gut the current two-limit for city office holders. Comments (1)

A Great Depression or a little depression?

Smartmom: If it’s Wednesday, it’s Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist considers what to tell the children about the economic crisis (hint: tell them that their piggy bank is safe!). Comments (1)

Take back the power

Letters: Our 50 states can save us from federal tyranny. Comment

Rides yes, malls no

Letters: I was at Coney Island recently. It was a beautiful day, and the rides were all going strong. There was a big crowd at Astroland because people had heard that it was to be the last day for the rides. Comment

Now jeers McCain/Palin

Letters: Regarding the letter from Ms. Deb Sugar, we of the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the National Organization for Women have no intention of supporting the McCain/Palin ticket. Comment

Drug dealing, USA

Letters: While visiting Brooklyn, I read with interest the well-written article by Helen Klein, “Residents rail against chronic drug dealing.” Comment

Cinematic mess

Letters: I am very disappointed in the quality and content of movies, lately. Comment

Bugged on Second St.

Letters: I have a major mosquito problem in my backyard, which is on Second Street between 6th and 7th avenues. Comment

A ‘wee’ problem

Letters: Re:“Tree advocate boxed out on Clinton Street,” 9-12 issue. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Mount Etna erupts

Bay News: For a quick flashback, last week’s column dealt with my favorite carbonated drink Manhattan Special erupting each time I opened a bottle to drink. Last time I likened it to Mount Vesuvius erupting and this time I compared it to Mount Etna in Sicily. After all the families that founded the Manhattan Special Bottling Company in 1895 came from both Naples and Palermo, the two areas that had live Volcanoes in Italy. Comment

True to your school

Letters: Re: “Letters to the Editor” about Public School 207, 9-11 issue. Comment

P.S. 207 controversy

Letters: I am a proud parent of two students of PS 207. Comment

Later to Sarah Palin

Letters: Regarding the letter from Ms. Deb Sugar, we of the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the National Organization for Women have no intention of supporting the McCain/Palin ticket. Comment

In P.S. 207’s corner

Letters: First, as an editorial policy, I would recommend that letters that the writer does not want to own up to and sign their name, should not be given a public platform in a widely-read community paper. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

The fall of Rome, part deux

It has been many centuries since the fall of the Roman Empire and a lot of time has passed to discover why it actually fell. Historians, intellectuals and theorists, being what they are, are still debating over the one, if any, of the diverse causes that precipitated the eventual downfall. However, they all agree that the main event that signaled the beginning of the end was actually on or about September 4, 476, AD, when Emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed by Odoacer and the faro hit the fan. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Even more cocktail party questions

Last week I offered you a bucket full of questions. Some were genuine questions. Others were really making statements. Here are some more. Feel free to read them at your next cocktail party when the conversation slows to a dull lull. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Crazy Muslim cleric spews network ‘fatwa’

When push comes to shove, the Saudis sure know which side their pita is buttered on. Comment

The bailout: Our cartoonist weighs in

Cartoon: With Congress still debating the $700-billion Wall Street bailout, our editorial cartoonist Cristian Fleming did some extra work this week and crafted this bit of political opinion-making. Comments (1)

Marty: Don’t question me!

Politics: Our editorial board thinks Borough President Markowitz needs to provide answers. Comments (2)

It’s true — ignorance is bliss

The Search: Our columnist learns the most important life lesson after a break-up: stop trying to learn important life lessons after a break-up. Comments (1)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming looks at the declining health of Long Island College Hospital. Comment

Whole lotta yakking

Letters: Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I enjoyed your recent column. Comment

Sign of the times

Letters: I have been a resident of the South Williamsburg area for over two years and love the combination of vitality and quiet of my block on South 6th and Berry. Comment

Out-of-towner backlash

Letters: I am a resident of Williamsburg. I am a little tired of picking up a copy of your paper and all I seem, to read about are artists who cant find a suitable place to work, or about McCarren Pool which, by the way, my father helped build, back when there was no work and where I grew up enjoying every summer day and night when I could cool off. I lived directly across the street. At that time the rent was about $60 a month. Comment

Non-sugary boost

Letters: Motivation with those fries? Comment

Hands offa m’gun

Letters: I’m responding to “BK reacts to gun ruling” by Aaron Short. Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

All that shimmers: WAS is back: ‘Shimmering Matter,’ ‘Personal Doping’ are two favorites at Williamsburg Every Second

Williamsburg: What do men who hang from the ceiling, birds with human heads, long swirling shadows and the Grand Canyon have in common? You guessed it! They are all mental byproducts of this week’s Williamsburg Every Second. Comment

This soldier’s story is pro-Palin

Letters: A soldier goes after Smartmom, plus other letters on Grand Army Plaza, term limits and failed congressional candidate Kevin Powell. Comment
SPEAK OUT

Crime in Coney Island high-rise houses

Bay News: Through the throes of the Depression petty crimes made early appearances in Coney Island perhaps a notch more because the closed-down amusement area was a target for petty break-ins or in some cases, for torch jobs. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Drink like an authentic Italian

Bay News: Growing up in Little Italy necessitated that I would get hooked on Manhattan Special. Any Italian or Italian American knows of this delicious beverage that was found only in Italian neighborhoods. It is my favorite drink and I defy anyone to gulp down a bottle faster than me. It is espresso coffee soda at its finest. The company established in 1895 always displayed its Gold winning award on its label and as a child that impressed me. Wow, this delicious soda went beyond the neighborhood. Comment

Smartmom in the morning

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist tries to get her family going in the morning. It’s not easy being mean. Comments (1)

Traffic whiz

Letters: I mostly agree with Lou Powsner’s letter, “More Traffic Controls” and would like to add to his list of DOT delays and broken promises. Comment

Recchia responds

Letters: In regard to your recent article, “Recchia heirs on Coney plan,” I am disappointed to find that the people looking to succeed me know so little about the redevelopment proposed for our community. Comment

Presidential blood ties

Letters: Long Island University Professor Jose Sanchez in responding to Shavana Abruzzo (“A Britisher’s View”) points that presidents don’t necessarily yield to blood ties. There is just as much a case that they have. Comment

America still not ready

Letters: Stanley Gershbein, after reading your column (“It’s Only My Opinion”) in the 8-22 issue, I simply had a good laugh. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

The ants come marching two by two….

Williamsburg: It started quite innocently enough, one or two ants by the doorway. I didn’t worry. After all, I live on Staten Island, insects are part of the scenery and after six years I’ve learned to deal with them. Their end came quickly with one spritz of ammonia and a damp paper towel. I thought they might have been two rogue ants hopping a ride on a shopping bag or got lost and wandered in for the night. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Questions for your next cocktail party

Williamsburg: My Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary offers twelve different definitions for the word ‘question’. To most of us a question is a word or sentence for the person doing the inquiring to collect information. Often the question is asked, not to gather knowledge but to make a statement. The following is a collection of both. Jot them down. You might want to use them at your next cocktail party when the conversation slows to a boring whisper. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

‘Caribbean Charlie’ is about to have a ‘bad day’

Williamsburg: Sometimes, making mistakes does mean that you have to sacrifice your career – and your reputation. Comment

Toll plan has merit

Gowanus: Our editorial board expresses support for a big residential proposal along the Gowanus Canal. Comments (3)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming looks at the conflict between bikers and drivers. Comment

‘Dangerous’ vehicles are out of control in Prospect Park

Letters: Our mailbag is filled again — this week, with lots of letters about Prospect Park. Comments (1)
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Music, Schmusic: VMA was a bust

Williamsburg: This past Sunday was a bright spot for me and my husband because my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and family threw us a lovely anniversary party. Nothing fancy, just backyard, pool and good food. We had a great time and then, as we usually do, after coffee and cake, we parked ourselves in front of the TV, talked and surfed the many channels of not much of anything to watch and hoped for something — anything— decent to pop up on the screen. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Honor America on September 11

Williamsburg: Today is the anniversary of – to borrow a phrase – a day that will live in infamy. I ask you now to stop and take half a minute out of your busy schedule to say a prayer for the families, […] Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

9/11 victims should not have died in vain

Williamsburg: Seven years ago this week, Muslim terrorists from al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial jets, flew two of them into the World Trade Center, rammed the third into the Pentagon and crashed the fourth in a field in pastoral Somerset County, Pennsylvania – leaving close to 3,000 people dead by lunchtime on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Comment

Sarah Palin and Brooklyn: Imperfect together

Smartmom: This week, our columnist examines Sarah Palin — and finds her wanting. Comments (5)

Beer bust man fights back!

Beer bust man fights back!

Brooklyn Angle: Exclusive: The guy who got the ticket for drinking a beer on his stoop may not be able to fight City Hall, but he is going to burp right in its face! Comments (1)
Editorial: Our editorial board is opposed to politicians’ backroom maneuvers to gut the current two-limit for city office holders. Comments (1)

Smartmom loses her dad

Smartmom: Smartmom’s dad, Monte Ghertler, dies. Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

Reliving summer’s best moments: Bonde do Role, M.I.A. at the Pool & skateboard art stand out from all the rest

Williamsburg: Was that you, you sneaky little devil, beating your friend with a free mat at the last pool party ever? Or maybe that was you having a chat with your bud about high brow skateboard art at 3rd Ward this summer. Or – hold the phone – was that you getting in my way while I tried to snap intimate behind-the-scenes portraits of M.I.A. at her McCarren Park concert? Even if it wasn’t you, I shared each of those zany moments with someone this summer, and now I’m going to share the commemoration of a season past by shamefully exposing you to my version of a lame television montage episode. Ready yourself for some of my favorite summer moments! Comment

Editor’s neighbor not pleased with beer bust story — The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: As always, the mailbag is filled — this time with letters from a Park Sloper who believes people drinking a beer on their stoop should be ticketed; two letters from fans of our illegal barbecue coverage; support for trees damaged by the “New York City Waterfalls” project; and the mosquito problem this summer. Comment
SPEAK OUT

Murder and faith in old Coney Island

Bay News: There was much more to the old Coney Island than the fun in the sun, 365 days a year. Coney Island was its own total community – replete with religious institutions of different faiths. When the bells at Our Lady of Solace, OLS, Church rang they echoed far and beyond their confines. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

The presidential deluge

Bay News: Every single day there’s new news of the presidential candidates. Obama appears much more often and longer than John McCain. Got to admit that Barack Hussein Obama is the darling of the news media. While McCain whom I personally favor, as mentioned in a previous column, does not have the charisma of Obama, at this moment I don’t think anyone has, maybe with the exception of Regis Philbin. I like Regis. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Barack & Joe and John & Sarah

Williamsburg: Well, now it’s done, and everyone has a running mate. Obama has Joe Biden and McCain has Sarah Palin. If it weren’t so frightening it might almost be funny. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Forget the Mets, take a cruise instead

Williamsburg: Your letters and emails are the property of this newspaper and may be published. Please keep them short. For verification purposes only, all correspondence must contain your real name, address and telephone number. Comment

Park goes to pork

Park goes to pork

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist loves barbecue, but not at the expense of Prospect Park, which saw a massive spike in illegal grilling this summer. Comments (1)
Politicrasher: Our columnist has a big problem with Rep. Ed Towns. Comments (5)

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: As always, the mailbag is filled — this time with letters from the mother of that artist who got arrested by the Chinese, the Asian Tiger Mosquito invasion, a crackhouse in Williamsburg and, of course, how great The Brooklyn Paper is. Comments (1)
Editorial: Our editorial board endorses newcomers to replace longtime incumbents in the state Senate and in the House of Representatives, plus a veteran city councilman to represent Bay Ridge in Washington. Comments (18)

50 reasons why Smartmom’s on the emotional roller coster

Smartmom: She’s turning 50. Oy vey! Comments (1)

One search down, another on the rocks

The Search: Our columnist’s search for love and a place to live has achieved at least one success: He now has a roof over his head. Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

Hobnobbing Zmirkies, Batman! Art show brings out some silliness, while McCarren Park brings out active revelers

Williamsburg: “Hobnobbing Zmirkies, Batman!” was all I could think of at McCaig and Welles most recent art opening. While interviewing artist Roman Klonek, whose wood carving exhibition entitled “Hobnobbing Zmirkies” opened August 15, I kept imagining those zany expletives that would appear in Robin’s talk bubbles in old Batman comic books. I don’t think Robin ever used the phrase “Hobnobbing Zmirkies” when calling Batman’s attention to a group of rowdy hooligans, but if he didn’t then he should have! What an amazing juxtaposition of weird words by Klonek, who actually succeeded at creating an exhibition title that represented his works very well. Comment

Chris Owens has some advice for Obama

Convention: In Denver for the Democratic National Convention, Chris Owens, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress two years ago, says he knows what will get Barack Obama elected. Comments (1)

Mile-high green!

Convention: Our man in Denver finds out how to lower his carbon footprint — before he even takes a step inside the Democratic National Convention Comment

School’s open - nuts!

Letters: As schools open once again, excessive horn honking amidst the plethora of autos/vans/yellow busses, picking up toddlers in the a.m. will commence. Comment

Personal responsibility

Letters: With regards to the article “Very Unsafe Surf” by Michèle De Meglio and Thomas Tracy (“Bay News,” July 31 issue), they should be more educated about the subject prior to doing an article. Comment

Move over

Letters: After reading stories week after week about Harriett Rosenberg’s not being re-upped at CB10, I feel like it is time for me to add my two cents to this story. Comment

Know your history

Letters: I believe this is not the first time you’ve made this mistake, but perhaps no one pointed it out before, so you’ve repeated the error. Comment

In Schack’s corner

Letters: I write with regard to comments attributed to Jeannie May in Stephen Witt’s article entitled, “Nurse finds politics rough.” Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Timberrrrrr! The price of gas is falling

Williamsburg: Not for nuthin’, but if the price of gas is falling and no one cares – do the caribou in Alaska really have to find a new place to mate? Has anyone noticed that the price of gasoline has plummeted faster than George W’s approval rating? Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Paying closer attention to Obamania

Williamsburg: President Bush is, according to most surveys, the most disliked president of this country in decades. The GOP has fallen down on accomplishing what it should have. Very few voters are paying attention […] Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

When age is just a three-digit number

Williamsburg: Most evenings when the weather is nice, Marine Park resident Anne Vincent walks from the apartment garden, where she lives alone, to the nearby bocce courts to “get a game in.” Comment
SPEAK OUT

The known & unknown of Coney

Bay News: What Are They Gonna Do with Coney Island? You Oughta Know. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Why not call it ‘US Piss-Poor Service’?

Bay News: Now, I’m not going to berate your favorite letter carrier because when he’s on, you get your mail. The problem starts immediately the day he’s not on. Comment
Editorial: Our editorial board is horrified by the condition of the Prison Ships Martyrs Memorial in Fort Greene Park. Comments (3)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming goes National Geographic on us, focussing on this summer’s mosquito invasion. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: As always, the mailbag is filled — and this time even includes a letter from the city complaining about our editorial on the Department of Sanitation’s lame new “lawn litter” regulations. Read the letter! You won’t believe that the city had the noive to complain! Comments (1)
Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom Day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist sends her teenage son to the Dylan concert. Comments (3)

The ‘Park’ will never be built

Editorial: Our editorial board is outraged over more incompetence — and yet another delay — at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comments (3)

Been there, delayed that

Editorial: Our editorial board is outraged over more incompetence — and yet another delay — at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comments (3)

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming pokes fun at our self-aggrandizing, bike-riding editor. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Windmills and other fairy tales

Williamsburg: Editor’s Note: This column was written prior to Obama’s decision to explore off-shore drilling Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Burnt, bitter and overpriced — bye, bye!

Williamsburg: Unless you’ve been living on Mars for the past year, you know that the economy is sliding into the sewer. The Labor Department reported that 62,000 more people lost their jobs in June. That’s the sixth straight month of job losses. The retail sector alone lost 7,500 jobs. It is interesting to note that almost two-thirds of those jobs, about 4,800, were in car dealerships. Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

Free food, but honesty will cost you $2: At the Slideluck Pot Show, locals picnic and brave the gaze of Jill and Phil Bumby

Williamsburg: I’ve always been lured by the promise of free food. Sadly, I’ve never been a good cook. This makes for a poor combination for things like potlucks, when you’re encouraged to bring your own tasty creations while sharing in the splendor of others. It makes me more of a mooch than an active culinary participant. You’d think I’d feel bad about this, but I don’t. If it weren’t for people like me, where would the restaurant industry be? I’m really more of a philanthropist, when it comes down to it. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Save the foreign outings until after November

Williamsburg: They aren’t even president yet. Comment
SPEAK OUT

The night Coney came aflame in the heat

Bay News: We have long forgotten the date, but we can’t ever forget that infamous Easter Sunday, during the second term of John Lindsay’s mayoral administration. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

The vultures of TV’s ‘The View’

Bay News: I don’t care if you’re Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Liberal or Independent, you cannot watch WABC’S very successful “The View” without feeling sorry for the gangbanging of the lone Republican on the panel, Elizabeth Hasselbeck. Although Whoopie Goldberg is much better in that slot than Rosie O’Donnell, she tends to join the gangbang whenever possible and I find the groups debasing the President every chance they can in a way that is offensive to his office and to this country. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: As always, the mailbag is filled — this time with letters about Long Island College Hospital’s finances, a city plan to expand a Brooklyn Heights elementary school, a congressional race in Bay Ridge, legislative pay raises, and a controversial developer in Carroll Gardens. Comments (1)
Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist gives his review of the event of the season: Bob Dylan in Prospect Park. Comments (11)

What about the Terrace?

Letters: Editor’s Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Councilmember Bill de Blasio. Comment

Political blood ties

Letters: Shavana Abruzzo, I was amused by the spurious analysis of your column (“Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties,” A Britisher’s View). Comment

Beware of flag waving

Letters: Shavana Abruzzo, my eye was immediately drawn to your column in the July 11 issue (“Life, liberty and the pursuit of non-patriotism,” A Britisher’s View). Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

‘Stoked’ for skateboards at 3rd Ward: East Williamsburg gallery hosts charity event to benefit teen mentorship program

Williamsburg: Andrew Davis really loves skateboards, and last weekend he was banking on the fact that he wasn’t alone. Comment

It’s Teen Spirit’s wild years

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom Day on BrooklynPaper.com. In this week’s installment, Smartmom reveals what it’s like to have a strong-willed, moody 17-year-old in the house. Comments (4)

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming points his rapier pen at Bruce Ratner’s false promises at Atlantic Yards. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

No John, Paul, George or Ringo, but Bros. are fab

Bay News: Taking our daughter to the Jonas Brothers concert this past weekend transported me back 43 years to an August day in 1965 — when I was a tween, and was screaming, crying and jumping up and down in response to the band. But instead of listening to three boys from Wyckoff New Jersey, my hysteria was directed at four fabulous lads from Liverpool, namely John, Paul, George and Ringo. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Delta’s problems with ‘wide bodies’

Bay News: By the time this column goes to press, Senator Barack Obama will have spoken to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Iraqi Prime Minister Noural al-Maliki and several top […] Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Gitmo defense wrong about the rights of thugs

Bay News: Allowing suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Salim Ahmed Hamdan to speak with his wife by phone from Guantanamo Bay – plus providing him with reading material and fish sandwiches – seems a pretty friendly way of getting him to spill the beans about Osama bin Laden. Comment

Dom the Benchwarmer!

Politicrasher: Our political insider covers a councilman’s ribbon-cutting at a post office. Man, how the mighty have fallen. Comments (6)
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Mike’s Search

The Search: Join our senior reporter as he looks for love — and a place to live — in today’s Brooklyn. Fasten your seatbelts, readers, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Comments (7)

This law is trash

Editorial: Our editorial board weighs in on the city’s new anti-flier law — one that will create more trash than the pamphlets and menus it seeks to prevent. Comments (3)
Brooklyn Angle: I came to compost Eighth Street, not to praise it. Yes, I was there on Wednesday, when the gray expanse between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West was named the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Comments (1)

It’s time for the birds and bees

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Park Slope’s uber-parent delves into that most sensitive of topics: the birds and the bees (and, no, this ain’t a nature column!). Comments (3)

Small TV, big problem

Letters: I think a very serious problem has been created by the switch to digital television. Comment

Misbegotten mess

Letters: Joe Maniscalco is correct in his assessment that Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries’ plan to create a new governance structure for the Forest City Ratner Corporation’s Atlantic Yards project proposal ‘went over like a lead balloon.’ Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

No John, Paul, George or Ringo, but Bros. are fab

Williamsburg: Taking our daughter to the Jonas Brothers concert this past weekend transported me back 43 years to an August day in 1965 — when I was a tween, and was screaming, crying and jumping up and down in response to the band. But instead of listening to three boys from Wyckoff New Jersey, my hysteria was directed at four fabulous lads from Liverpool, namely John, Paul, George and Ringo. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Delta’s problems with ‘wide bodies’

Williamsburg: By the time this column goes to press, Senator Barack Obama will have spoken to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Iraqi Prime Minister Noural al-Maliki and several top […] Comment
GUEST OP-ED

Taking action against unsolicited advertising

Williamsburg: Property owners know the feeling: They come home after a hard day’s work or back from vacation only to find piles of unsolicited and unwanted advertising material on their lawn. This unwelcome material, which the homeowner has no choice but to gather and pick up, can be more than an annoyance and an enormous waste of paper. As it piles up while the homeowner is away on vacation, this material does its job in an unexpected way, “advertising” the fact that no one’s home, giving would-be robbers the green light to come in and help themselves. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Gitmo defense wrong about the rights of thugs

Williamsburg: Allowing suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Salim Ahmed Hamdan to speak with his wife by phone from Guantanamo Bay – plus providing him with reading material and fish sandwiches – seems a pretty friendly way of getting him to spill the beans about Osama bin Laden. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Look, I’m just here for my health

Bay News: My sister Jennie pressured me to visit the Health Fare at Saints Joachim and Anne in Coney Island; and I’m glad she did. As health fairs go, it wasn’t the largest that I’ve been to, but by far it was the friendliest. It was a wonderful experience and it introduced me to the Saints Joachim and Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located between the Boardwalk and Surf Avenue. With such a glorious view of the beach and ocean, I was sort of hesitant going indoors on this beautiful sunny afternoon on June 6th. The Health Fair was from 11 AM to 2 PM held in the lobby of this facility, which is an affiliate of Catholic Charities. Comment

Where do they get off?

Letters: I have to applaud Shavana Abruzzo’s “A Britisher’s View” column on the “MTA not going your way” for focusing on the arrogance and indifference of the MTA board to the daily plight of New York City commuters (“MTA not going your way,” 6-26 issue). Comment

Sticking with my Ford

Letters: Re: “Who needs manuals? Just give me the pictures,” “Not For Nuthin’” by Joanna P. DelBuono, 7-3 issue. Comment

Greed turns to murder

Letters: Re: “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono. Comment

Gauntlet is thrown

Letters: We, recently, witnessed the “official” closing of Victory Memorial Hospital when the state removed the facility’s operating certificate. Comment

Big fan of Joanna

Letters: Re: “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono. Comment

The empty nesters of Park Slope

Smartmom: Sleepaway camp has really changed since the days Smartmom was a camper at various northeastern summer getaways. Comment

The MTA’s un-fare-ness

Editorial: Our editorial board slams the MTA for a lack of common sense in the latest Metrocard snafu. Comment

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment

He’s got a problem with those who don’t want to ‘Flea’

Letters: As always, the mailbag is filled — this time with letters about the suddenly controversial flea market in Fort Greene, The Paper’s coverage of the Red Hook vendors, Ed Shakespeare’s great Cyclones columns and the thef of our editor’s bike. Comment

That all ya got?

Letters: The desperation that Shavana Abruzzo and people that share her mindset now feel is palpable. Comment

Sins of the father

Letters: The only title worthy of Shavana Abruzzo recent column (Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties”) would have been “Guilt By Association On Steroids.” Comment

Shocked & disgusted

Letters: Editor’s Note: The following letters are in response to “Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties,” by Shavana Abruzzo’s “A Britisher’s View,” 7-3 issue. Comment

In Ford’s corner

Letters: Re: “Who needs manuals? Just give me the pictures,” “Not For Nuthin’” by Joanna P. DelBuono, 7-3 issue. Comment

Beacon of liberty

Letters: “The United States of America” Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

A series of unfortunate events

Williamsburg: My grandmother always intoned, “Darker than midnight it can’t get.” Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Meet the Press struggles with void

Williamsburg: Another great American loss — Tony Snow — Age 53. The following are quotes from some of the accolades heaped upon the committed conservative the day he passed away. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Why celebrate the murder of a little girl?

Williamsburg: In bartering five Lebanese prisoners for two of her kidnapped soldiers who, unbeknownst to her, were dead on arrival, Israel has shown grace and humility under extreme provocation. She can be proud of that. Comment
SPEAK OUT

The sad saga of the Old Coney Island

Bay News: If there was ever a ‘Night of Decision’ in Coney’s urban renewal, it came the night of the slaying of the Rev. Martin Luther King. Comment
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Our man grills the commish

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist went to the official “Welcome Back” ceremony for the Red Hook vendors — but found himself getting nauseus from all the politicians taking credit for “saving” the vendors from the very bureaucracy they set up to ensnare them! Comments (3)

Red tape tastes bad

Editorial: Our editorial board think the city could have done better in dealing with the Red Hook vendors. Comment

Simple politics of fear

Letters: The only title worthy of Shavana Abruzzo’s recent column (Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties”) would have been “Guilt By Association On Steroids.” Comment

Bad, bad Bwana

Letters: Editor’s Note: The following letters are in response to “Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties,” by Shavana Abruzzo’s “A Britisher’s View,” 7-3 issue. Comment

Another fan favorite

Letters: Editor’s Note: Shavana Abruzzo is not Jewish. Comment

And yet another

Letters: The desperation that Shavana Abruzzo and people that share her mindset now feel is palpable. Comment

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment

Of course, Marty isn’t running — why should he?

Letters: Our mailbag is filled once again with letters about Borough President Markowitz’s run for mayor, the ticket blitz in Park Slope, a woman who got a stern warning for taking pictures of her daughter in a Brooklyn park, the greatness of Montreal and a federal plan to permanently close off Washington Street in Downtown. Comment

Youth vote? That’s a laugh

Politicrasher: Our columnist follows around congressional hopeful Kevin Powell as he courts that most-elusive of political prizes: the youth vote. Comments (1)

‘Mass’ dissatisfaction

Letters: I have to applaud Shavana Abruzzo’s “A Britisher’s View” column on the “MTA not going your way” for focusing on the arrogance and indifference of the MTA board to the daily plight of New York City commuters (“MTA not going your way,” 6-26 issue). Comment

Dying for energy

Letters: Re: “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Pop go the summer headlines

Williamsburg: It’s not even the dog days of August yet and the headlines have already gone to the doggie in the window. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

General Motors: Running on empty

Williamsburg: On July 2, one headline in the business section shouted, “GM OVERTAKES TOYOTA AS NATIONS NUMBER ONE AUTO MAKER”. Sounds great. Right? Comment
GUEST OP-ED

A ‘Golden’ opportunity for change

Williamsburg: State Senator Marty Golden is a name familiar to many of us. He has made it a habit to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Not that anyone asked him to, but he has and one might say he’s a little obsessed with the topic. And not in a good way. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Iran’s nuke dreams become an official nightmare

Williamsburg: As far as fork-tongued nations go, Iran tops the list. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

The most memorable graduation — Part 3

Bay News: To quickly recap the last week two weeks’ columns, this year’s graduation at P.S. 128 was the one I will never, ever forget. I had sat next to Barrie Feibershon, a veteran P.S. 128 teacher who had helped set up the wonderful video slide presentation. Comment

OSFO in camp, Smartmom on retreat — and Hepcat is blue

Smartmom: This summer, the Oh So Feisty One is at camp and Smartmom is on her retreat to Block Island. What will Hepcat do? Comments (1)

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: This week, our cartoonist looks at Borough President Markowitz’s purchase of two bikes for his office. Comments (1)

Ticketing the Slope

Editorial: Our editorial board comes down against drivers who complained about getting tickets now that the long “No Parking” suspension is over in Park Slope. Comments (5)

Ay and Eye — now they’re lost souls

Smartmom: Smartmom loses two more friends to parts unknown. How could anyone leave Park Slope? Comment
Editorial: The Federal Government’s seizure of Cadman Plaza East (for use as a judicial parking lot) presents a unique opportunity to bring trolley service back to Brooklyn. Comments (4)

Never go generic

Letters: I enjoy reading your column every week! The week of the 22nd in your column was right on target! You have no idea how right you were. If you care to talk in length about that specific column I will leave my name and number at the end of this. Comment

Dangerous fireworks

Letters: As we prepare to enter the summer season, the July 4th holiday is fast approaching, and firework prevention is a major initiative in keeping our communities safe. Comment

Caviar & food stamps

Letters: Editor’s Note: These following letters are in response to Stanley Gershbein’s recent “It’s Only My Opinion” column about food stamps. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

They shoot pigs, don’t they?

Williamsburg: I fear rivers overflowing; I hear the voice of rage and ruin… Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

The carpool starts right here

Williamsburg: Some of us may have already noticed subways and buses becoming a bit more crowded than usual. Sitting in traffic is becoming more unbearable – strike one. Parking fees, whether on parking lots or at meters, are costly – strike two. The cost of a gallon of gas…..Do I have to tell you how I feel? Strike three. You’re out. I am now learning all about mass transit in my area. I know that if I stay away from the crowds during rush hour, I will get a seat and be able to read a newspaper. According to USA Today, the number of riders on public transportation is up three percent nationwide. This is one of those “That’s good – that’s bad” things that we played as youngsters. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

MTA not going your way

Williamsburg: A perk for perk’s sake is just beserk. Comment
SPEAK OUT

The Old Coney Island in this new regime

Bay News: When the Mayor Bloomberg administration was new he held an annual, balmy pilgrimage to the sun-soaked Boardwalk in Coney Island. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Hey, mayor...Do something big for schools

Bay News: Nearly seven miles of streets, from the Brooklyn Bridge along a stretch of Park Avenue to 72nd Street, will be closed to traffic for three Saturdays this summer as part of an effort to create more open space for recreation in a program called Summer Streets. Comment

The balance of power?

Editorial: Our editorial board shares its disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an Atlantic Yards appeal. Comments (18)

Rain on ‘Parade’

Dooley Noted: Our columnist gives a new kids’ book a lukewarm review. Comment

The end of the PS 321 line

Smartmom: Smartmom’s days are numbered at PS 321. After 11 years as a very involved parent at this illustrious school, she’s is about to say adieu. Comment

Men are domestic-violence victims, too

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Wal-Mart, Ikea, school rezonings, divorce and the Metropolitan Opera show in Prospect Park. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. This week: the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an Atlantic Yards case. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Empty nesting and not liking it

Williamsburg: It started on Thursday. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Clinton doesn’t get the ‘W’

Williamsburg: After a marvelous, well-fought, scheming campaign, Senator Hillary Clinton finally packed it in. The headlines of one of our local newspapers shouted that she went kicking and screaming. After all of the energy and dollars that were put into her colossal effort, I don’t blame her. She actually had eighteen million fans believing in her reasoning that she deserved the nomination. The rules called for the delegates and super delegates to choose the nominee. To heck with the rules. Senator Clinton felt she was entitled to the nomination because 1) she was leading in several polls, 2) she’s more popular according to the numbers, and 3) examining the last three months of the campaign she had “momentum” in her favor. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

US Supreme Court delivers junk justice

Williamsburg: “For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head,” self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has gloated about his 2002 beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (1963-2002), whose wife gave birth to their first child three months after his cruel and cold-blooded execution. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Another grandfather takes pride

Bay News: Let me retract what I said in my previous column that going to pay respects cost nothing. It cost me a quarter of a tank full of gas at $4.17 a gallon for regular to make the visit. My grandchildren, for whom I wrote this column, and for whom I include all these family names for history, range in age from 1 to 8. Their generation is of huge flat screen TVs, computers, GPS navigation systems, handheld computer games, cell phones, Blackberries, iPods, hybrid cars, DVDS and, most likely, gasoline that will probably cost more than $5 a gallon by the time you’ve read this column. So here you find this grandfather’s gift to his grandchildren, a gift of their heritage, before everyone forgets the names of their relatives who preceded them. Comment

Don’t kill Red Hook

Editorial: It is tempting to see the opening of Ikea in Red Hook as a sort of “retail therapy” for a neighborhood in the doldrums — but locals should not be tempted into inviting more big box stores to play in the Hook sandbox. Comments (4)

In fact, Teen Spirit needs his space

Smartmom: Smartmom was fretting over her teenager’s long absences until she learned that it’s all normal. Comments (3)

Mo Willems bails on our borough and heads north

Brooklyn Angle: The beloved kids author and Brooklyn fixture has moved to Massachusetts from Park Slope, the neighborhood that served as his creative font for more than 15 years. Comments (1)

CIRCUS comes to town!

Dooley Noted: There is a small miracle taking place on the Red Hook waterfront — CIRCUSundays at the Barge Museum. Comments (1)

All drawn out

Red Hook: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. This week: Ikea. Comment

Once again, our Wal-Mart editorial provokes ire, praise

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Wal-Mart, the Prospect Park bridle path, and the ongoing hot-dog contest controversy. Comments (1)

Hands off my dollar

Letters: Stanley Gershbein, (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I really appreciate your addressing the use of food stamps to purchase more costly products than regular consumers can afford. I have been noticing it for the longest time and it makes my blood boil. Comment

A weighty decision

Letters: I’ve been following the Methodist church news. It’s most interesting that the Bay Ridge United Methodist is meeting at Good Shepherd. Comment

Animals in need

Letters: This is in response to Arthur Goldberg’s recent letter, regarding a neglected dog, and a very caring person, Tammy Grimes, who rescued this abused animal. Comment

All in a day’s work

Letters: So, now we know some of what Dom Recchia got in return for screwing over Staten Islanders when he voted for congestion pricing. Comment

Ace crime-busters

Letters: My purse was stolen, recently, when I walked out of the Chase Manhattan Bank on Sheepshead Bay Road. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Raging, hot-flashing monster makes Hulk look tame

Williamsburg: I don’t do heat well. In fact, to be honest, when the temperature gets above 68 degrees I become a raving lunatic. So it should come as no surprise that this past weekend when temperatures soared above 90 degrees, I was a little bit testy. Normally I would just take a dip in the pool or plant myself in front of the air-conditioner vent with the ceiling fan on high, a cold drink in one hand and the other holding a cold cloth to my head. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

TV can teach you to be a real operator

Williamsburg: One of the primary goals of a television commercial is to get the right message to the right people at the right time … to sell a product or service … mostly to make a profit. For several months there’s been a commercial that starts with a surgeon talking on the telephone - “First you make a three inch incision …..” Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

M.I.A. lights up McCarren’s pool: Internationally renowned artist kicks off the summer festivities the park venue

Williamsburg: The first time I saw M.I.A., probably my favorite female artist, perform live was this weekend at McCarren Pool in Williamsburg. The first time I listened to M.I.A. was in 2005. I was about to go to Kolkata, […] Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

‘Summit’ needs to call for black attitude change

Williamsburg: “Shootings and violence within our community by one of our own is an outrage and an issue that we must confront as diligently and as passionately as a sensational case of police misconduct or brutality.” Comment
SPEAK OUT

Old-time Coney Islander

Bay News: Hey Lou, When Are They Bringing Back the Old Coney Island? Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Wakes can unlock a lot of history

Bay News: What is that old saying “We only meet at weddings and funerals? ” Comment

Splitsville: Brooklyn divorces up 30%

Brooklyn Angle: All our exes live in … Brooklyn? Yes, divorce cases are soaring in Kings County — up a whopping 30 percent since 2003. Comments (2)

Dreaming of Wal-Mart

Editorial: On the eve of Ikea’s grand opening in Red Hook, our editorial board restates its support for a Wal-Mart in Downtown Brooklyn. Comments (21)

Father’s Day drive with daughter & dad

The Dad: Our columnist thinks about his dad — and then ponders what his kid will think about him someday. Comments (1)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. Comment

Mo Willems has done it again

Dooley Noted: To the list of legendary couples in history — Antony and Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, Felix and Oscar — beloved Park Slope kids scribe Mo Willems has added another: Elephant and Piggie. Comment

Want to build Brooklyn Bridge Park? Scale it back!

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bob Dylan’s upcoming concert, horse injuries in Prospect Park and Wal-Mart coming to New York. Comments (2)
BURG ‘N’ POINT

Playing favorites with local galleries: Williamsburg’s Jack the Pelican continues to impress with its latest exhibit, ‘WORE’

Williamsburg: Perhaps it’s the location: two blocks from the subway and right across the street from a frozen yogurt store. Or maybe it’s because of the crowd it draws: interesting people from all over New York who genuinely love art. Whatever the reason, Jack the Pelican remains my favorite gallery in Williamsburg. Comment

What free country?

Letters: When I first glanced the headline screaming across last week’s issue of your paper, “New Hours at Pier,” I was first shocked, then offended, to see once again how the role of government has changed so drastically in this once free country. Comment

Thanks for the attention

Letters: We really appreciate the very nice coverage you gave our new art exhibition, ‘Spring Ahead,’ in the 24/7 section of your May 9. Comment

Some real horse sense

Letters: Horses in America have always been held in high esteem. They have carried us into battle, plowed our fields and inspired us with their grace and beauty. Comment

Out with the old

Letters: Re: “Summer forecast for Coney: Gloomy with a spell of despair” by Shavana Abruzzo, “A Britisher’s View,” 5-29 issue. Comment

Cheers to Joanna

Letters: Re: “Potential Pres Running on Empty Mouth,” “Not for Nuthin’” by Joanna DelBuono, 5-29-08 issue. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

SSDD – Same Story, Different Day

Williamsburg: Tying the knot, jumping the broom, buying the cow or getting hitched — marriage by any other name is still a life sentence. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Wearing trouble on your back bumper

Williamsburg: Even with the price of fuel rising to record levels, my roommate and I are still on America’s highways quite a bit. Sometimes we pass the time by reading bumper stickers. We get a chuckle from some […] Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Why couldn’t they just stick to the religious stuff?

Williamsburg: Chasing black street cred seems to be turning some whites into crud. Comment
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This babe goes to toyland

PS … I Love You: Our columnist tries out Babeland, Park Slope’s new sex-toy store. Comment

Ratner’s false choice

Editorial: Why the pro–Atlantic Yards rally on Thursday at Borough Hall was a sham. Comments (19)

¡Y tu Dan Zanes tambien!

Dooley Noted: Our critic reviews Dan Zanes’s new, all-Spanish LP. Comment

Signed, sealed, but not delivered

Smartmom: It’s the first week in June and Smartmom still doesn’t know where the Oh So Feisty One will be going to middle school in September. And Smartmom is pissed! Comment

Gersh’s outrage!

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist was so angry that tickets to Bob Dylan’s Aug. 12 concert in Prospect Park were not available to the general public that he took Dylan’s celebrated relationship screed, “Positively 4th Street” and gave it a few new lyrics. Comments (5)

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. Comment

Democrats should united behind Steve Harrison

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Bay Ridge politics, Ikea, Park Slope’s alleged Communist leanings, truck traffic in Kensington, judges who park in a city park and The Brooklyn Paper’s fine podcasts! Comment
BIG SCREECHER

A perfect Memorial Day weekend

Bay News: I got myself in the Memorial Day Spirit by putting Old Glory on my new car just leased from Manfredi Subaru in Staten Island. I’m glad I was able to find one; they’ve become pretty scarce lately. Usually I buy them a dozen at a time in the Dollar stores because I like to fly them two at a time, one on each back window. Not only does it show patriotism, but makes your car easier to find in the Mall’s parking lots…lot of cars got one flag only. Comment

‘Park’ costs are a warning

Editorial: We have long had a problem with the funding scheme from Brooklyn Bridge Park — and this week, state and city officials freshly validated our suspicions. Comments (2)

Thief of bad bags

Thief of bad bags

Brooklyn Angle: In one of the most lopsided votes since the re-election of Chairman Mao in 1954, members of Brooklyn’s famously progressive supermarket, the Park Slope Food Co-op, voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday night to stop making plastic shopping bags available at the checkout counter. And our columnist was there! Comments (1)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. Comment

She $creams over ice cream

PS … I Love You: Our columnist discovers a true food crisis: The price of mini-ice cream sandwiches is now 50 cents! Comments (1)

Deedle Deedle Dees sing to Bridge

Dooley Noted: Our puppetry, juggling and mime critic reviews the Deedle Deedle Dees’ show on Sunday. Despite all the Ds, he gave it an A. Comment

Third St is just a small town

Smartmom: A Memorial Day barbecue on Third Street brings it all home for Smartmom Comment

Yards foes extend hand to critic of Ratner and DDDB

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Atlantic Yards, alternate-side-of-the-street parking, the Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th birthday and, of course, more commentary on The Brooklyn Paper’s florid use of language. Comments (5)

Thief of bad bags: Park Slope Food Co-op bans plastic bags

Brooklyn Angle: In one of the most lopsided votes since the re-election of Chairman Mao in 1954, members of Brooklyn’s famously progressive supermarket, the Park Slope Food Co-op, voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday night to stop making plastic shopping bags available at the checkout counter. Comments (6)

BURG ‘n’ POINT: The sights & sounds of Bonde do Role: Brazilian funk group joins The Death Set, Gang and Holy Hail at Europa dance party

Williamsburg: Those more informed than I would have known who they were — would have recognized their funk-infused outfits composed of t-shirts, shorts and face paint for the men and short flowing dresses and black boots for the women — right off the bat. But unfortunately it took me awhile. I didn’t recognize Bonde do Role until they were standing on stage at Club Europa this past Wednesday, mics in hand, with music in tow. Comment

Name change backlash

Letters: I am writing regarding the article, “Cohen Family Anger,” (5-9 issue). Comment

Inhuman behavior

Letters: I hope no prosecutor in this region will ever emulate the shameful conduct of District Attorney Richard Consiglio of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Comment

I need my plastic

Letters: Helen Klein, I love you and all your “great” reporting, but please don’t take away my plastic bags. Comment

Green, not mean

Letters: Hats off to reporter Helen Klein’s guest column in the May 1 issue, “Saving the Planet.” Comment

Exclusive stork club

Letters: On April 27, Dr. Santo Fiasconaro delivered my gorgeous niece, Gianna, to her extremely proud parents Jillian and Carl at Methodist Hospital. Comment

Enjoying the spotlight

Letters: We have been reading your paper for many years and I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful coverage lately on the Senior Idol contest that took place at Xaverian High School on April 12. Comment

Destroyng a neighborhood

Letters: Is the Brighton Beach rezoning plan a con game? Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Don’t Throw Out the Bath Water!

Canarsie: Last Friday, as I was jockeying my car from one side of the street to the other in the pouring rain in honor of alternate side of the street parking, I had time to ponder the rate increase that the Department of Environmental Protection, more specifically, the Water Board, had just passed — to the tune of 14.5 percent. What, you say? Fourteen point five percent? Water should be free, right? There is plenty of it, and we don’t have to import it from a foreign country, do we? No big water drilling rigs, no big water transport tankers. Then why the raise in rates? Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Banner days at the ball park

Canarsie: In spite of the high cost of fuel, many of us still choose to drive down Route 95 to visit Grandma in Florida. Depending on what one drives, the price of airline tickets for a family of five can be a lot greater than the expense of gasoline. Some also prefer to have their own car with them rather than have the added cost of an Avis rental. In any case Mapquest tells us that it takes 17 hours and 27 minutes to motor from Brooklyn to DisneyWorld. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Stuff that’s gotta be said

Canarsie: AOL has filed me. Not only AOL, but Optimum OnLine too. For the past four days I haven’t been able to get on line. For you, the older generation, that refuses to catch up with the future – muttering under your breath, “I hate computers.” “Online” means that I can’t get on the internet to use the vast highway of knowledge, facts and lies available. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Hill, Bam & Mac? Begin cramming on Iran

Canarsie: With the Denver and Minnesota conventions around the corner, the 2008 presidential challengers should trade their potshots for perspicacity on an uphill battle to convince voters that national security is not just their campaign footnote. Comment

Credit where due — and not

Editorial: Borough President Markowitz admits that he has failed on his signature issue — tourism! Comments (2)
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This green toilet doesn’t stink!

Brooklyn Angle: Talk about a crappy assignment! Our columnist gives his review of Clinton Hill’s solar-powered outhouse. And, like Bette Davis might have said, “What a dump!” Comment

Smartmom knows an ‘edgy mom’

Smartmom: Smartmom organizes her second “Edgy Moms” reading — and learns the greatest lesson of all: be edgy. Comment

More fallout from recent Atlantic Yards letters

Letters: The mailbag is filled with missives about Atlantic Yards, closing supermarkets, Rep. Vito Fossella’s ongoing travails, ferry service and The Brooklyn Paper’s unique use of language. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. Comment

Rockin’ for our Troops

Letters: On behalf of The USO of Metropolitan, NY, the US Marines Children Scholarship Fund, & Operation Gratitude, I would like to thank all of you who came and supported our recent ‘Rockin’ for Our Troops’ event. Comment

Here’s to you, coach

Letters: The secret is out, Coach Ralph Marotta is a very special community leader in Brooklyn and as our enabler, he guides us to success in our many chosen fields of endeavor. Comment

Good people in action

Letters: On May 1, at about 7:15 p.m., my parents and I were traveling down Bay Parkway when a minor car accident took place in the lane beside us between 85th Street and 86th Street. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Where were you 1973?

Williamsburg: Lately the only thing you hear on the news, besides our politicians’ lack of morals, is the soaring price of gasoline. Recently while waiting on line at the pump to fill up my car my mind drove back to those heady days of being a new driver and facing the Fuel Embargo of 1973. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Shopping when you should be working

Williamsburg: The United Nations announced this week that the world is on the brink of a “rapidly escalating crisis of food availability.” A decrease in availability translates to an increase in costs. […] Comment
GUEST OP-ED

Keeping the promise to fight education cuts

Williamsburg: As a former school teacher I know the importance of having proper funding to plan teaching strategies to educate the kids. That’s why I’ve been such a strong advocate for fair and equal education funding. I’m proud to announce that my Assembly colleagues and I were successful in keeping our promise to oppose the budget cuts that the State and the city were trying to impose in this year’s budget. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Why should we care about gay Muslims?

Williamsburg: If Islam reviles homosexuality and ignores lesbianism, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Americans last fall, “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” then there’s more chance of a pig praying five times a day than of mainstream believers heeding a crusade by gay Muslims to “negotiate a new relationship” with their unyielding faith. Comment
SPEAK OUT

Waiting for May to flower again

Bay News: By Lou Powsner Comment
BIG SCREECHER

MADD hails law enforcement’s efforts

Bay News: “Those of you who are without sin cast the first stone!” That is a quote from the New Testament which sticks in my mind with the recent Vito Fossella headlines. The Staten Island congressman was arrested for drunk driving in Washington D.C and he publicly apologized for his error. I’m not going to deal with his transgression or make judgment on him; this column was started before his news made the headlines. The reason I am mentioning it is because prior to his arrest, I attended a luncheon that dealt with the very same subject, or should I say problem…DRUNK DRIVING! Comment

Time’s up for Fossella

Editorial: We’d prefer a campaign on the issues — rather than one focusing on how a “law and order,” “family values,” “fiscal conservative” candidate got himself into such a mess. Comment

Banned! Food Co-op no longer bottled up

Brooklyn Angle: Water, water everywhere — but there’s no longer a drop of the bottled variety at the Park Slope Food Co-op. Comment

Walk the walk in Downtown

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist takes a Downtown podcast walking tour. Comments (2)

This guy faults Bruce Ratner and Atlantic Yards foes

Letters: The mailbag is filled with missives about Atlantic Yards, bars in residential neighborhoods, banks in our retail corridors and allegedly bad writing in The Brooklyn Paper (no way!). Comments (2)

A day for all of her mothers

Smartmom: Smartmom’s Mother’s Day is jam-packed with mom on mom action. Comment

BURG ‘n’ POINT: Testing your metal at Black Rabbit: Questions You Don’t Know the Answers To, & other rounds, at weekly trivia night

Williamsburg: What do black rabbits, funny white guys and Grandmaster Flash have in common? They all came up in Tuesday’s trivia night at, you guessed it, the Greenpoint bar Black Rabbit. Comment

Vito must step aside

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper calls for Rep. Vito Fossella to resign now rather than drag his constituents through the ongoing scandal over his drunk-driving arrest and extra-marital affair. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the Fossella drunk-driving arrest. Comment

‘Vino’ Fossella: The people speak

Vox Pop: What do Bay Ridge residents think of Rep. Vito Fossella since his May 1 drunk driving arrest? We hit the streets to find out. Comments (5)

Jen and Paul: We hardly knew ye!

Smartmom: Smartmom weighs in on actors Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany’s move from Park Slope to, gasp, Manhattan. Comment

Yards foes: Let’s set the records straight

Letters: Here are this week’s letters, with missives about Atlantic Yards (what else?!), the Green Church in Bay Ridge, Rep. Vito Fossella’s drunk-driving arrest and our recent story about the Microsoft store. Comment

Toothless signage

Letters: I am contacting you because you are the only paper that responded to the speeding on East 66th Street. Comment

Obstacle course

Letters: I am writing this letter to voice my concern about a growing problem. Some time ago two car dealerships expanded into the heart of Bay Ridge/Fort Hamilton. Comment

Good word of mouth

Letters: I have lived in Brooklyn for most of my adult life and can not imagine living anywhere else. Brooklyn has been a great gift to me in that it provides a quality of life that is hard to find elsewhere. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Flat-leaving, finking-out coward

Williamsburg: By Joanna P. DelBuono Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Darn the caribou, let the drilling begin

Williamsburg: By Stanley P. Gershbein Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Sick and tired of Catholic bashing

Williamsburg: By Carmine Santa Maria Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Yo, Vito, ‘learn’ this: don’t drink & drive

Williamsburg: By Shavana Abruzzo Comment

Grand Theft Auto comes to Bklyn

Our columnist drives a fictional car through a not-so-fictional Brooklyn in the hot new video game. Comment

City: We’ll get Coney land without eminent domain

Letters: The mailbag is filled with missives about the city’s Coney Island plan, “old” Brooklyn, generic development around town, Atlantic Yards and Rep. Vito Fossella’s flirtation with Dick Cheney. Comment

A fight worth having

Editorial: A community board hearing about a supposedly menacing Park Slope bar offers a chance to debate the future of our neighborhoods. Comment

All drawn out

Bridge ‘Park’: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. Comments (1)

Miley and Teen Spirit shed things

Smartmom: Smartmom knows all about the Miley Cyrus debacle. After all, she has a 16-year-old with a self-induced crewcut. Comments (2)

Psychic RV is right on target

PS … I Love You: Our columnist gets her palm read — from a woman in an RV! Comments (5)

Kingdom of knuckleheads

Letters: I went to the Alpine to see “Forbidden Kingdom” with Jackie Chan and Jet Li recently and while it was an entertaining film, it was marred in part by the behavior of seven or so youths sitting in the right of the room. Comment

Clinton & Clark Kent

Letters: Hi, Stanley Gershbein (It’s Only My Opinion), not to worry about Superman. Comment

Cell phone headaches

Letters: Re: “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Let’s tax the Big Mac & fries

Williamsburg: Mayor Mike was recently on the Fox morning news show bombasting his way through the broadcast while sullenly shuffling his feet under the desk as he talked about losing his congestion pricing plan. The mayor, truculent that his bill was stillborn, complained about the loss of all those federal dollars he counted on, that would have, could have, allegedly fixed our transit woes. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

‘Quit Hillary Quit,’ and a whole lot more

Williamsburg: As I go about my day I frequently have a thought or hear a line that I may be able to use in one of my weekly efforts. I might hear it on the radio, in the gym or at the barbershop. Rather than take the […] Comment
GUEST OP-ED

Saving the planet: It’s in the bag

Williamsburg: For months, I had been eyeing the cloth shopping bags in the front aisle of the supermarket. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Sean Bell succumbed to his own foibles

Williamsburg: Justice has been served. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

To clip or not to clip coupons

Bushwick: Has anyone else noticed that a regular loaf of white bread that used to cost only $1.50 now costs $3? Not for nuthin', it’s not only the bread that’s risen: it’s the milk, the veggies, the rice and even the pasta, the surefire go-to meal that would always feed an army on very little. Sadly, no more. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Lower gas prices - yeah right!

Bushwick: While campaigning for office during the mid-term elections of 2006 the candidates spoke about many things […] Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Cancer patients cheer congestion pricing demise

Bushwick: I was not a fan of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, but I am now. With all the hullaballoo of Mayor Bloomberg pushing for his congestion pricing plan that would have divided the boroughs into haves and have-nots, guess which four boroughs were the have-nots? Certainly not Manhattan, where the Mayor resides in his luxurious townhouse, and where he rules the roost of his money empire. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

It’s tough to vote for puffed-up pols who vie to lie

Bushwick: The next president of the United States should keep in mind that even on a good day, politicians give nice people gas. Comment
SPEAK OUT

Five boroughs survive mayor’s assault

Bay News: The Mayor’s scheme to sever our five-borough city was scrapped after long study by my Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver. Representing a district on both sides of the lower Manhattan-Brooklyn bridges, Silver wisely let the Bloomberg $8 toll bill die aborning. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

English only in Little Italy, Chinatown

Bay News: I graduated Brooklyn Tech High School in 1954, so it’s safe to say that an awful lot has changed in the education system these past 60 years. I’m adding the years spent in elementary school PS 130 down in Chinatown/Little Italy. Comment

Where’s the money?

Letters: There’s a phrase I remember, “Liar Liar Pants on Fire” I think it was about 30 years ago that someone came up with an idea about how to fund the City’s public schools. A lottery wish which I believe cost $1. Comment

Thanks for aiding Jack

Letters: Please accept this long overdue thank you for running my grandson Jack’s story, and to all the wonderful people who acted on it. Jack’s illness ( he is still fighting hard) has brought the realization to my family and I that people care. Comment

Tax luxury condos

Letters: In the last few years, our community had changed radically with the construction of expensive condominium apartment buildings and the destruction of solid older buildings. Comment

Shavana offends

Letters: Shavana Abruzzo, I found your article to be very offensive [“He simply isn’t ready to be our commander-in-chief,” A Britisher’s View, 3/27 issue]. Comment

Money for nothing

Letters: The bank sent me a five-dollar check in the mail. I like checks in my mail. This is a good surprise especially since I live on a budget. My rent, my utilities, my food, medicines are disbursements. Money goes out, but where are my revenues? Comment

Hoping for a ‘Victory’

Letters: Victory Memorial Hospital […] Comment

Homeless jamboree

Letters: I’m sure that the homeless population of Bay Ridge is very grateful that Inspector Eric Rodriguez, of the 68th Precinct, has provided them with such an excellent place to congregate. Comment

Councilman knucklehead

Letters: In explaining his vote for the congestion tax, Councilmember Domenic Recchia said he was elected to lead. Apparently, he forgets who he is leading. When he voted with the mayor to raise our property taxes by 18.5 percent, he said he was doing it for his constituents. Comment

Behind the swastika

Letters: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports that there is an increase in Anti-Semitic crimes in the metropolitan area and the state as a whole, but your March 13, article on the subject cites some interesting facts on these statistics. Comment

Our man in Baghdad

Brooklyn Angle: Tucker Reed, who spent the last two years fixing potholes, handing out energy-efficient lightbulbs and keeping the peace between DUMBO’s warring factions, is heading to Iraq to do, basically, the same thing. Comment

Remember Dick Cheney

Editorial: Rep. Vito Fossella — the city’s lone Republican congressman — called in a much-hated vice president to help him raise money. He’s banking on two things: Cheney’s pull with billionaires and voters’ short memories come November. Comments (2)

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Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment

Facing smoke on the water

Brooklyn South: Our man floats down the Gowanus Canal (in a man-sized condom!). Comments (1)

Schumer endorsement makes Squadron a loser

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Sen. Charles Schumer’s endorsement of state Senate candidate Daniel Squadron, judges who park in a park, the anti-Ratner protesters at the Brooklyn Museum and Frank Gehry’s forgotten “Urban Room.” Comment

Smartmom’s hankering to cook

Smartmom: Smartmom sees a recipe book — and it reminds her of her ever-tenuous feminism. Comment

How YouTube sees the Slope

PS … I Love You: Our columnist laughs, cries and laughs again at how her neighborhood is depicted on YouTube. Comment

‘Naughty’ Brooklyn gets porn party

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist is appalled — and excited — by news that Brooklyn is the “naughtiest place” in America. This column is definitely PG-13. Comments (7)

A good Coney compromise

Editorial: The future of Coney Island looks brighter than ever, thanks to a deal between the city and Joe Sitt — an agreement that The Paper long advocated. Comment

Are we still racist?

Vox Pop: Former Communist and Black Panther Angela Davis says that racism is “no less overt” than it was in the 1950s, when it was very overt. We hit the streets to find out if anyone agrees with Davis. Comment

Is the OSFO ready for a cellphone?

Smartmom: With some parents letting their 9-year-olds on the subway — the subway?! — Smartmom considers getting the Oh So Feisty One a cellphone. Comment

Regina Myer, Brooklyn Bridge Park president

Checkin’ in with: She was hired to get “shovels in the ground” at Brooklyn Bridge Park — and now, Regina Myer, the new president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, speaks exclusively to The Brooklyn Paper. Comments (6)

Ratner and the Brooklyn Museum: Perfect together

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Atlantic Yards, Khalil Gibran International Academy, congestion pricing, Republican presidential nominee John McCain, and Frank Gehry’s supposedly naughty design for “Miss Brooklyn.” Comment

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take on the issues of the day. Comment

I’ll drink to that

Brooklyn South: Local bar-restaurant pioneer Jim Mamary wins his battle with his Hoyt Street neighbors. Our columnist has one word: Good! Comment

Checking in with … Christian culture chronicler Daniel Radosh

Checkin’ in with: The Windsor Terrace writer has a new book out — and he talks to The Brooklyn Paper about being Jewish yet writing about Christian pop culture. Comments (2)

Smartmom outsmarts Skenazy

Smartmom: It’s a parenting columnist smackdown: Our Smartmom vs. Lenore Skenazy of the New York Sun. Comments (1)

Homework havoc at home

PS … I Love You: Our columnist confronts the homework menace. Comment

Cut Ratner off

Editorial: He’s already getting $2 billion in public subsidies — and now Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner “wants more”? The Paper’s Editorial Board offers a handy place to put that request. Comments (2)

Readers: What are kids doing in bars, anyway?

Letters: The mailbag is filled with missives about our ongoing kids-in-bars coverage; our recent story about pet adoptions; our humorous “field test” of new biodegradable lunch trays; a Prospect Lefferts Gardens development; the death of Bertha, the sand tiger shark; and the failure of a plan to but a power plant on the Williamsburg waterfront. Comment

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Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment

I paid $3 for this coffee!

Brooklyn Angle: Finally, a place to get a $3 cup of coffee on Fourth Avenue! Comments (1)

Protesting Ratner’s honor

Editorial: The Brooklyn Museum has every right to give Bruce Ratner an award. But the institution should not be shocked when its neighbors get angry about it. Comments (3)

Judge for yourself — Abe speaks

Brooklyn Angle: Nobody likes a bad review. So when former City Councilman Abe Gerges — now the newly minted administrative judge at the Adams Street courthouse — read our recent editorial slamming judges for parking on a walkway in Columbus Park, he did what any former show-business performer would have done. He called me to complain. Comments (2)

We need a real supermarket!

Brooklyn South: Our columnist discovers that the fastest way to strengthen a neighborhood’s heart is to feed its stomach. Comments (1)

Readers respond to Bruce Ratner’s Yards failure

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters on Bruce Ratner’s no-longer-mega mega-project; The Paper’s bias in favor of Styrofoam trays and against Williamsburg 311 users; film crews; and even a letter from Broken Angel creator Arthur Wood. Comment

Footnote: Editor of Year’s ankle mending slowly

Brooklyn Angle: Gersh Kuntzman’s bones are proving slow to heal, nearly 11 weeks after his Jan. 11 slip-and-fall in a Vermont parking lot. Here’s an exclusive update on this breaking story. Comment

No one has dibs on ugly red chair

Smartmom: Smartmom has to get rid of the big red chair — but, o, the memories! Comment

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner will lose $200 million in public money if all lawsuits are not concluded by the end of 2009. Our artist’s take! Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment

Take back the rail yards!

Editorial: Atlantic Yards is officially dead. Now, the state must grab the corpse from Bruce Ratner and save the project. Comments (1)

Permits not the solution to parking problem

Letters: The mailbag is filled — as always. Comment

Smartmom’s tears to flow

Smartmom: Smartmom still isn’t crying over the Oh So Feisty One’s imminent fifth-grade graduation. Oh wait, yes she is! Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment

It’s a crowded house with our rockers

Smartmom: Smartmom has a full house, thanks to all of Teen Spirit’s rocker pals sleeping over all the time. Comments (1)

He’s the new Weatherman: Quirky Slope storm chaser breaks silence about hobby

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist gets the first interview with the keeper of the “Park Slope weather” Web site — the Internet’s biggest hit since the Obama girl. Comments (2)

Judges out of order

Editorial: The Parks Department has moved to evict a few dozen judges from parking in Columbus Park — and The Paper cheers. Comments (1)

Readers go batty over our dog adoption story

Letters: The mailbag is filled — as always. Comment

A Park Slope homesteader

PS … I Love You: Tip O’Neill used to say that all politics is local. Who knew it extended to food? Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: The Red Hook food vendors are saved – and Sen. Chuck Schumer, a supporter, is overjoyed! Comment

Character does count

Editorial: The personal is political. That old 1960s-era women’s movement mantra comes to mind anew, thanks to the abrupt resignation of Gov. Spitzer. Comments (1)

The tropic of Williamsburg

Beside the Point: Save Henry Miller’s boyhood home! Comment

Sex: It was always thus

PS … I Love You: The latest sex scandal reminds our columnist of a classic Slope affair. Comment

What are Smartmom’s dealbreakers?

Smartmom: Eliot Spitzer’s alleged prostitution habit has Smartmom wondering what it would take before she left Hepcat. Comments (1)

Adrift on the Canal

Editorial: The Gowanus Canal is a national disgrace — and here’s how to clean the toxin- and sewage-filled corpse of water. Comments (3)

Nothing for Nader

Brooklyn Angle: Call him a Nader Traitor — but the only Brooklynite to contribute to Ralph Nader’s inept 2004 campaign has bailed on the twice-failed presidential hopeful. He’s not alone. Comments (1)

Voters to Rep. Clarke: Listen to us and back Barack

Letters: The mailbag is filled — as always. Comment

Is Club Loco too loco?

PS … I Love You: Our columnist takes you inside the kid’s only night spot, Club Loco. Comments (1)

My copycat neighbors

Greene Acres: Fort Greene is becoming Park Slope — and it’s intentional! Comments (4)

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Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment

Plastic on their minds

Vox Pop: Park Slope Food Co-op-ers speak out on the proposed bottled-water ban. Comments (2)

Ratner’s shell game

Editorial: It is becoming clearer and clearer that Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner will not be able to build much of the below-market-rate housing at his mega-development. Comments (2)

Jed Walentas answers his critics

Letters: DUMBO’s major developer fires back. Plus letters on Gersh’s doctor and the Toll Brothers Gowanus Canal project. Comments (1)
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Cast away! I’m finally free — sort of — after accepting my award!

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist discovers that there is only one thing better than being named “Editor of the Year” by a major national newspaper trade association: Getting the cast off his broken ankle! Comment

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Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment

Being a good mom means being more than just not bad

Smartmom: Britney Spears is guilty of one egregious act of bad mommydom after another, yet we can’t get enough of her. What makes a good mom, anyway? Comments (1)

Scandal! Beep accepts our check, but says auction was a fake!

Brooklyn Angle: Our photo appears to show Borough President Markowitz accepting a ceremonial check for $500 for his Camp Brooklyn charity — but is it really a picture of him stabbing our Editor-of-the-Year in the back? Comment

Vox Pop

Vox Pop: New York University’s proposed takeover of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn appears to be moving ahead. But before the Manhattan-based institution devours one of our own, we asked people on campus what they thought of the NYU-Poly deal. Comments (2)

Ratner’s naked ploy

Editorial: He’s played the race card, he’s lobbied and he’s out and out lied. But now Bruce Ratner is doing something he hasn’t done in years: buying off our elected representatives in Albany. Yes, it’s ugly. Comments (5)

Cast party! Local councilman wins gigantic bidding war for my ankle brace

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist’s cast auction goes well — with two councilmen in a bidding war! Comments (1)

Private schools, public chatting

Smartmom: Last week, Park Slopers were obsessed over which kids got into local private schools. Smartmom had this thought: Who cares? Comments (2)

City’s pay-to-park proposal fills The Paper’s mailbag

Letters: Our mailbag is filled with letters about the city’s residential parking permit plan, subsidies being doled out to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner, and plans to demolish a historic Bay Ridge church. Comment

John McFadden, legendary Staubitz butcher

Checkin’ in with: The recent “vegetarian week” was a good chance to check in with one heckuva butcher. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comments (1)

Gersh’s ankle goes on vacation

Brooklyn Angle: Despite an ankle injury that would deter lesser men, our Editor of the Year hit the beach in Mexico this week, cast and crutches be damned! Comment

Ankling for recovery

Letters: After a reader was seriously injured in a hit-and-run, he went to Gersh’s new ankle man — and all was right with the world. Comment

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take on Bruce Ratner’s lies. Comment

When the Hepcat’s away, Teen Spirit will play

Smartmom: Our favorite son would never try such shenanigans if Hepcat were home. But Teen Spirit know that Smartmom is a world-class pushover. Comment

Pols must hit Ratner in wallet

Editorial: It’s time for legislatures to open their eyes and put an end to Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards subsidies. Comments (1)

State of the Union: Kids are back in the ‘Hall’

Smartmom: The owner of Union Hall, the Union Street bocce bar popular with hipsters, rockers and new moms, has changed his mind after a week of criticism for his hastily announced “No kids allowed” policy. Comments (15)

My ankle is having an affair

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist is cheating on his doctor. No wonder! The doctor didn’t even call him back when he complained of “considerable pain.” Comments (1)

Builder of rejected ‘mews’ plan now seeks ‘Amity’

Letters: Our mailbag is filled with letters about a failed development plan on Amity Street; a proposed tower in DUMBO; bus routes through the Battery, Brooklyn Bridge “Park”; Patrick Stewart, the actor; and PrattStore’s new framing business. Comment

Not a waste of time

Editorial: Lawsuits against Atlantic Yards are not a delay tactic, but a legitimate search for the truth about this shady back-room deal. Comment

Yes, the pain is exquisite, thanks

Brooklyn Angle: Chapter two in our columnist’s series about his broken ankle. This week: His doctor blows him off! Comments (4)

All drawn out

Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comments (1)

How Jacobs would view Yards

Op-Ed: What would Jane Jacobs have thought of Atlantic Yards? Now we know. Comments (1)

The waffles are here!

PS … I Love You: Our Park Slope columnist explores the soon-to-explode Belgian waffle scene. Comments (2)

Sympathy for Gersh’s ankle, congrats on Paper award

Letters: Our mailbag is filled with sympathy for our hobbled editor in chief, plus letters about immigrants, the aborted plan to put a middle school in the House of Detention, and the Navy Yard’s supermarket plan. Comments (2)

An Old Mom Friend stirs mom nerves

Smartmom: Smartmom runs into an old mom friend — and the anxieties come back to her. Comment

A weak court ruling

Editorial: Before Bruce Ratner follows up his victory in state Supreme Court by bringing in construction cranes, it’s worth one more attempt to make some sanity of the ongoing misinformation campaign that state officials continue to conduct at Atlantic Yards. Comments (1)

School in a jail plan sparks mail — from city

Letters: Letters are pouring in about the city’s middle-school-in-a-jail idea, David Walentas’s Dock Street tower, Flatbush traffic, Old Brooklyn, illegal parking, District Attorney Hynes, and our Editor of the Year, Gersh Kuntzman. Comment

Oh So Feisty One reaches ‘middle’ age

Smartmom: Smartmom’s kid is shopping for a middle school. This ain’t easy, folks. Comments (1)

Freak accident fells Editor of the Year

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist breaks his ankle — but lives to write about it. Comments (1)

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment

No to jailhouse school

Editorial: Our editorial blasts a city plan to put a middle school in the soon-to-reopen Brooklyn House of Detention. Comments (3)

Fifty is nifty if you’re ‘Smart’

Smartmom: Now that she’s 50 (yes, 50), Smartmom can either complain or take action. She’s choosing, well, both. Comments (3)

Our Brooklyn (Iowa) coverage earns accolades

Letters: Our mailbag is filled — even during the holiday week! — with letters about our coverage of the Iowa caucuses, Atlantic Yards, Rep. Yvette Clarke’s “anti-Christmas” vote, poor bus service, rats in Brooklyn Heights, the declining quality of Peter Luger steak house, and plans to create a Fort Greene Food Co-op. Comment

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Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment
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Inside the Brooklyn caucus

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Inside the Brooklyn caucus

Brooklyn, Iowa: Our columnist takes you inside an actual Iowa caucus room: “What I saw was the most basic form of democracy in action. I was proud to be an American.” Comment

Tell them what you want

Greene Acres: This is the time to put your wants and needs on paper and take the Fort Greene-Clinton Hill shopping survey. Comment

Absinthe makes his heart fonder

Heights Lowdown: Absinthe is now legal (yippie!), so our man goes on a vital fact-finding mission. Comments (1)

Is Ridge out of business?

Yellow Hooker: Now that the people of Bay Ridge are done opening their presents, maybe they can open some new stores. Comments (1)

New Year’s pre-memories

PS … I Love You: At this time of year, it’s impossible to walk around without feeling those memories come flooding back. Comment

Smartmom gives from the wallet this holiday season

Smartmom: Smartmom learns to stop worrying and love panhandlers. Comment

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Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the issues of the day! Comment

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