Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007

Politics: Barack Obama was John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. all rolled into one for an overflow crowd of supporters at the junior senator from Illinois’ first official campaign stop in Brooklyn on Wednesday night. Comment

FEMA to Ridge: Ask Bush

Bay Ridge: Federal disaster aid for residents of Bay Ridge who were pummeled by the Aug. 8 tornado is being held up until President Bush, who is on vacation in Texas for the rest of the month, decides whether he wants to release the funds. Comments (1)

What the ’Nell is going on?

Carroll Gardens: Legendary Red Hook booze baroness LeNell Smothers’s new signature drink be a — gasp! — Manhattan. “Yes, I’m looking outside of Red Hook,” she told The Brooklyn Paper. Comment

Standing firm

Standing firm

Politics: A diverse group that included Arab-American activists and Jewish educators rallied on the steps of the Department of Education on Monday to demand the reinstatement of Debbie Almontaser to the helm of the city’s first Arabic language and culture academy. Comment

New toilet saves water, planet

Fort Greene: Margarita drinkers with small bladders needn’t fret about wasting water at Habana Outpost any longer. As of Saturday, the eco-eatery’s two porcelain gods will run on recycled rainwater. Comments (1)

The Latest Development News

Beep blocks a part of Joe’s

Downtown plan: The developer bringing Trader Joe’s to the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street faced an unlikely opponent this week — the supermarket’s biggest fan, Borough President Markowitz. Comment

Walentas vs. Goliaths

DUMBO: The neighborhood activists who successfully opposed DUMBO real-estate kingpin David Walentas’s 2003 plan for a residential tower near the Brooklyn Bridge have stepped up again to defeat his new proposal for the Dock Street site. Comments (1)

Marty’s varying views

Editorial: A single extra story — 10 feet! — drew the ire of Borough President Markowitz last week when the Beep recommended that the city deny a developer, Two Trees Management, a variance to build a little higher. Comment

This time, it’s Guttman under fire

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents were shocked to learn that Joshua Guttman, the notorious developer whose Greenpoint Terminal Market mysteriously burned down last May, has been pursuing new projects without being held accountable for a host of building violations. Comment

City blocks Clinton Street tower

Downtown: Brooklyn Heights preservationists hailed a decision by the Department of Buildings to block a developer from adding six stories onto an already nine-story building at the corner of Clinton and Montague street. Comment

Sweet ‘Bunny’

Sweet ‘Bunny’

Books: Mo Willems is the borough’s Auster for youngsters. Comment

‘Mo’ to read

Books: Four more of Mo Willems’ lovable characters. Comment

Inspectors in scooters to hit the street

Politics: Mayor Bloomberg has unleashed a fleet of satellite-guided, scooter-driving inspectors on city streets to target trash, potholes, and other terrors of urban living, City Hall announced last week. Comment

High ‘five’

High ‘five’

Dining: Five GO Brooklyn guys check out Five Guys Burgers in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Dyker hero lost in Deutsche Bank fire

Bay Ridge: The death of Dyker Heights firefighter Joseph Graffagnino in Saturday’s massive Deutsche Bank blaze horrified an entire city, but also turned a typically raucous Third Avenue bar into an impromptu memorial this week. Comment

Gov. Spitzer makes house ads illegal

Politics: Gov. Spitzer has signed a bill that would make it illegal to leave menus and circulars on people’s stoops — but the new law has set off a messy situation of its own for small business owners who depend on such strategies to draw in customers. Comments (1)
Red Hook: The guy who floated a replica Revolutionary War submarine near the Queen Mary 2 will go to court next week. This should be fun. Comment
Bay Ridge: Why will Verrazano Bridge commuters soon be driving easier? Follow the money. Comment

DeBlasio: Ban the foam!

Politics: Styrofoam trays are one step closer to joining indoor smoking and trans fats in the trash bins of city history. Comment

East of the border

Dining: Chef’s Mexican cafe worth the trip to Williamsburg. Comment

Prospect Park gets more car-free hours

Park Slope: The Bloomberg Administration has shifted gears, and decided to expand car-free hours in Prospect Park. Comment

Ridge man keeps gaining by losing

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge fatty Will Millender is still in the hunt on the new reality show “Fat March.” And you know what? He looks great! Comment

Liquors bistro is going tapas

Fort Greene: A new Middle Eastern joint is about to open in the DeKalb Avenue storefront that once housed Liquors. Comment

Fulton maul

Fulton maul

Fort Greene: A city project that has turned 10 blocks of the once-bustling two-way Fulton Street into a one-way obstacle course and a pox on local business will last months longer than expected. Comment

State, Keyspan ink toxic pact for Gowanus

Carroll Gardens: Keyspan has agreed to clean the contaminated muck below Thomas Greene Park, thanks to a new agreement between state environmental conservation officials and the Brooklyn-born energy company. Comment

Brooklyn on the Bowery

Nightlife: It’s a new day in nightlife for Williamsburg’s rock scene. Comment

Other Voices

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment

Smartmom floats a lead balloon

Smartmom: Smartmom takes on the Chinese! Comments (1)

Battle of the bands

Battle of the bands

Music: The GO Brooklyn summer concert series smackdown! Comments (2)

Neighborhood Columnists

Dancespace fever in Fort Greene

Greene Acres: A local developer is back in the mix to help develop the BAM Cultural District — and that’s good news. Comment

Beware of these boy SCOUTs

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist is wary of the mayor’s new plan to send inspectors to every city street. Comment

Wandering Jews still on the move

Brooklyn South: A medieval legend tells of a Jew cursed to wander until Judgment Day because of a bad run-in with Jesus. In Brooklyn, it’s a karmic — and financial— arrangement with real-estate developers that keeps one pair of so-called Wandering Jews on the move. Comment

Rubber band man fights on

Brooklyn Angle: The invasion of the rubber bands continues unabated in Park Slope — and our columnist is fighting back. Comment

Let’s drink to this new beer

Beside the Point: America and Germany — the odd couple of international beer — are having a baby. Twins, actually. In Williamsburg. Comment

Will dry cleaning be green?

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist finds that the answer, probably, is no. Comment

Triple-threat Cyclones coverage

Our Bard roots for the Yanks

Play’s the Thing: Our columnist explains why it’s OK to root for the Staten Island Yankees. One word: playoffs! Comment

1st-place Clones drop two to 2nd place SI

Ups & Downs: Sure, the Cyclones dropped two of three to their hated rivals, the second-place Staten Island Yankees, but Brooklyn (38–18) is still in the driver’s seat in the McNamara Division of the New York–Penn League. Comment
Cyclones: A Cyclone pitcher turns his season around. You can credit his coaches and Red Bull. Comment

Minor miracle: Islanders buck old trend, play for big club, while Brooklynites don’t

Cyclones: The Yankees have six former Staten Islanders on their roster. The Mets have no former Cyclones. Comment

Juggling vendor a nut

Cyclones: Vendor Kyle Peterson made plenty of fans this season juggling bags of peanuts and Cracker Jacks, but it’s his ability to do it while riding a unicycle that has caught the attention of the fans at Keyspan. Comment

Paul’s picks

Paul’s picks

Cinema: Giamatti picks films to screen at BAM, says, “I thought they were kidding!” Comment

Readers respond to The Paper’s Arabic school coverage, editorial

Letters: Our Inbox was stuffed with letters about our coverage of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, our coverage of Councilman Simcha Felder (in a note from the Councilman himself!), the development of Coney Island, parrots in Park Slope, a neighborhood brothel, luxury development Downtown, and a strange omission on Borough President Markowitz’s Web site. Comment

A new resident gets rude welcome to the neighborhood

Downtown: A woman was robbed off a $15,000 diamond necklace while moving into her new condo in a posh DUMBO tower on the corner of Jay and Front streets — plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Downtown and DUMBO. Comment

Shoot out

Art: Park Slope photographer takes a portrait a day — snaps our very own Daniel Krieger. Comment

Beep approves Depot

Bay Ridge: A plan to build a new Home Depot and 214 units of housing atop a vacant Bay Ridge railyard moved a step closer to reality after gaining the approval of Borough President Markowitz last week. Comment

Mac taken out right through the bars

Carroll Gardens: A 31-year-old female learned that size matters the hard way on Aug. 7 when a long-armed thief pushed in the screen on her bedroom window and slipped out a slim, laptop, police said — plus all the news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook. Comment

Beep approves Century 21 lot

Bay Ridge: Borough President Markowitz signed off on Century 21’s plan to turn an old bowling alley into a six-story parking garage. Comment

Woman brings gun to IRS office

Fort Greene: A woman with an infant and an apparent grudge against the Internal Revenue Service tried to sneak a 25-caliber automatic weapon into the Fulton Street IRS building by wrapping it in a diaper and then sending it through the X-ray machine in a diaper bag on Aug. 14, said cops — plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comment

Ridge gang attack may be racial

Bay Ridge: Two men were attacked outside the V-Lounge, a popular Eighth Avenue nightclub, on Aug. 17 in a case that may have been racially motivated, police said. Comment

Candy store heist goes sour

Bay Ridge: Three men robbed a popular Third Avenue candy store on Aug. 19, but did nothing to conceal their identities as they fled — plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge. Comment

Horrifying mugging near YMCA

Park Slope: A woman was carried into an alley and beaten by two thugs in a usually busy stretch of Ninth Street late on Aug. 18. Comment

State, Keyspan ink toxic cleanup pact

Williamsburg: Three toxic brownfields in Williamsburg will be cleaned up by Keyspan thanks to a deal between the energy giant and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Comment

Robbery spree smacks Williamsburg

Williamsburg: The 90th Precinct was slammed with a spate of 18 robberies last week — with many of the attacks featuring large gangs of young kids preying on people returning home around midnight in the East Williamsburg and Bushwick part of the sprawling precinct. Comments (1)
Carroll Gardens: Boerum Hill’s rodeo sweetheart, Debbie Singleton, wants to bring her bulls to Prospect Park. Comment

Gentile trashes Sanitation

Bay Ridge: Councilman Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge) scored a huge victory in his war against the Department of Sanitation last week when the city tightened the rules regarding how recycling violation summonses can be written. Comment


Park Slope: At least three cars were involved in an 8 am accident on Court Street near Degraw Street on Wednesday morning. Comment
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All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment

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Parenting: All the fun for you and your family this week. Comment
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