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Bowing to Bruce

Atlantic Yards: Update: See breaking story. Comment


If your idea of heaven is a vast room where chefs stand side-by-side dishing out great fare, then consider the revolving door of the Brooklyn Marriott your Pearly Gates. Comment

Let’s get it on!

They’ve sniped at each other all summer, but now Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) and Democrat Steve Harrison are on a collision course for the first of four debates next week. Comment

City follows Ratner lead

Atlantic Yards: Just weeks after Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner floated a plan to trim the size of his 8.65-million-square-foot mega-project by 6- to 8 percent, the City Planning Commission rubberstamped that notion on Wednesday. Comment

Cruise bus snub drives them mad

Red Hook: The city’s new cruise ship terminal is starting to cause some rough waves in Red Hook. Comment
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Coffee war!

Brooklyn Angle: Talk about a brew-ha-ha. Coffee-and-scone lovers in Park Slope and Cobble Hill — whose caffeine cultures are as different as surfer dudes and stockbrokers — were rocked this month to wake up and smell this coffee: each neighborhood’s best-loved cafe had opened in its rival’s turf. Comment

Will anti-Yards fight go on?

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards appears headed for approval later this fall, but opponents say they’ll just take their fight to the courtroom. Here are two legal strategies. Comment

Vito, Steve on the issues

Voters in Bay Ridge are finally going to get the chance to hear from Rep. Vito Fossella and his Democratic challenger Steve Harrison. They’ve agreed to debate four times in the coming weeks — twice in Bay Ridge and twice in Staten Island. Here’s a preview. Comment

Atlantic Yards Countdown

Atlantic Yards: The Empire State Development Corporation invited Brooklynites to comment on the agency’s draft environmental impact statement for the Atlantic Yards project by the end of the public-comment period on Sept. 29. We asked our readers to send copies of their testimony to newsroom@ Here is this week’s response. Comment

Downtown BID-ing for the future

Downtown plan: A coalition of local property owners wants to clean up a gritty corner of Downtown Brooklyn through the formation of a new business improvement district. Comment

The breast is the best

Smartmom: So, it’s okay for mothers to spend billions of dollars a year at Toys “R” Us, but they’re not allowed to breastfeed on the premises — it’s offensive, too sexual and not appropriate for children. Comment

Vito’s virtual friends

If MySpace were a high school, Rep. Vito Fossella (R-Bay Ridge) would be the captain of the football team. That’s how wildly popular the Republican Congressman is on the social networking site. Comment

Fourth Avenue on the rise

Development: New renderings for a 12-story condo tower planned for the corner of Fourth Avenue and Seventh Street on the Gowanus end of Park Slope show what happens when a developer wants to build on a lot he doesn’t fully own. When completed next year, the L-shaped tower, at 410 Fourth Ave., will cast a shadow over the four-story building in its lap, a historic property that the developer couldn’t buy. “In some way, the shadows are OK,” said architect Marvin Meltzer. “They cool things off.” Comment

Yassky axes archaic laws

It his first major act since losing the race for Congress, City Councilman David Yassky (D-Park Slope) is taking aim at so-called “ludicrous” laws, which prohibit such “crimes” as washing laundry after midnight or hosing the crud off sidewalks in the morning. Comment

Our invitation to Ratner

Editorial: We ran into Forest City Ratner Vice President Bruce Bender in front of Park Slope’s PS 321 the other day. We’ve known Bender for a long time and we like talking with him — even though he goes to town on us like we were a Peter Luger porterhouse. Comment

Brooklyn nabes to state: Scrap Yards study

Atlantic Yards: Just hours before the close of the public comment period for the Atlantic Yards draft environmental impact statement, leaders of 28 Brooklyn neighborhood groups went to the Manhattan headquarters of the Empire State Development Corporation and demanded the state agency scrap its flawed DEIS of Bruce Ratner’s $4.2-billion mega-project. Comment

Lesbians moving out of ‘Dyke Slope’

As the Park Slope mommies, daddies and Bugaboos multiply, a fringe group that once dominated a piece of the neighborhood has taken itself back to the fringe. Comments (1)

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