Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg’s vision of turning part of Coney Island into a unified, 50-acre, city-owned amusement park met with hollers of approval among Coney stalwarts on Friday. Comment

Sitt out on Coney Island: Mayor plans to buy out Joe

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday brushed aside developer Joe Sitt’s plan to turn Coney Island into a Las Vegas–style playground on the Boardwalk — while proposing his own, remarkably similar plan. Comment

Bloomy to the rescue?

Editorial: The city’s plan to crush Joe Sitt’s plan for a Coney Island Xanadu raises a lot of questions. Comments (2)
Atlantic Yards: Massachusetts Institute of Technology has sued Frank Gehry — the visionary behind Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards — claiming that his three-year-old building on the Cambridge campus is already falling apart. Comment

Canadian birds invade Brooklyn

There are invaders pouring across the Canadian border, and Homeland Security is doing nothing to stop them. They are fearless, acrobatic, and easy to ignore unless you’re wary and alert. They could be anywhere — in any park, in any schoolyard, in any garden. There could be one lurking outside your window right now, looking in with a dark and beady eye. Comment
Carroll Gardens: A Red Hook bar that was written up last month by the city Health Department after one of its bartenders used his bare hand — horrors! — to place a lime inside a bottle of Corona is now using tongs to stay on the right side of the law, even as its customers call it a sell-out to the bureaucrats. Comments (8)

Robot rock

Robot rock

Music: It is easy to find a place where humans play music. The venues for robots, on the other hand, are few and far between. Luckily, the LEMURplex in Gowanus has just opened its doors, so Brooklyn has a space where the public can play interesting instruments, and the instruments can play right back.   Comments (1)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment

Mooney’s closing forever

Park Slope: Flatbush Avenue stalwarts Mooney’s Pub and Royal Video are facing imminent eviction by their common landlord — and many see the loss as further evidence that Park Slope is becoming more generic. Comments (1)

Bad art from good drunks

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist gets loaded — and cranks out the best drunken art of his career. Comments (1)

The Latest Development News

Downtown movin’ up: Skyscrapers tower over same old infrastructure

Downtown plan: Downtown Brooklyn’s biggest booster said this week that the development the area will experience in the next five years — adding more than 14,000 apartments, 1,800 hotel rooms and 1.6 million square feet of office space — is happening faster than some of the neighborhood’s basic infrastructure can handle. But Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Joe Chan said he and his staff were on top of it. Comments (3)
Carroll Gardens: A developer presented a plan for big buildings along the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway, but Community Board 6 wasn’t impressed. Comments (2)

Building is the finger

Williamsburg: This 10-story condo tower soaring over Richardson Street in Williamsburg finally has a name. Counterintuitive though it may be, the developer is calling the dark-colored tower Luminous. Comment

‘Fischer’ price on Duffield

Downtown plan: Architect Karl Fischer got one step closer to building his dream hotel tower Downtown last month after V3 Hotel Management bought the VIM building on Duffield Street for $9.5 million. Comments (1)
BAM District: The centerpiece of a world-class arts district that’s going up around the Brooklyn Academy of Music will be built by a local developer, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (1)

BAM’s traffic jam

Music: A review of “The BQE,” Sufjan Stevens’s new work, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment

Web Exclusive

Smith and Ninth to go into ‘rehab’

New details emerged about the closing of the Smith and Ninth subway station in 2010, including a promise by transit officials that the beleaguered station will get “a complete rehabilitation” to fix the crumbling platforms, leaky roof and dimly lit staircases. Comments (1)

Book ’em

Park Slope: Just three months after Seventh Avenue Books in Park Slope announced its demise, its neighbor just doors away, Park Slope Books, has confirmed that it, too, is closing. Comment

Navy Yard gets historic

Navy Yard gets historic

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg (and his would-be successor, Speaker Christine Quinn) journeyed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday to unveil a $15-million historical center that will celebrate the Navy Yard’s illustrious role as a ship-building Mecca during World War II, when it employed 70,000 people. Comments (1)


Sight unseen, Dear wins

Politics: Controversial former Councilman Noach Dear trounced Republican James McCall for a Civil Court seat on Tuesday. Not bad for a guy who didn’t campaign and was opposed by rank-and-file liberals. Comment

Fidler’s folly: Let’s tunnel to SI!

Bay Ridge: A councilman wants to dig a subway tunnel to Staten Island! Comments (12)

Hot issue, cold seats

Transit: Congestion pricing was the hottest public issue when Mayor Bloomberg announced the traffic-reducing initiative this summer, but only about 100 people showed up for a public hearing on the issue in Downtown Brooklyn last week — and 20 of those were elected officials. Comment

Press release of the week: Hammer time!

Politics: Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman earned our coveted “Press Release of the Week” award for a bizarre exchange of e-mails with, well, it’s not entirely clear with whom. Comments (1)

Boro pols fight fare hike

Politics: Irate Brooklyn politicians are pulling out the stops to prevent the MTA from raising mass transit fares next year. Comment

Ice, ice baby

Dance: For its final show on its first U.S. tour, the Iceland Dance Company will make its New York City debut with Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday. GO Brooklyn’s Daniel Goldberg caught up with Artistic Director Katrin Hall to discuss modern dance, how American audiences react to Icelandic art and what exactly we can expect from the Scandinavian troupe. Comments (2)

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Pols want Atlantic Yards security review

Atlantic Yards: A coalition of local officials is demanding an independent security review of the Atlantic Yards mega-project because the state’s development agency can’t be trusted to put the public safety first. Comment

What’s Ratner up to now?

Construction Update: Work continues on Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-project — and even though the state hasn’t appointed its promised ombudsman to oversee construction work (186 days and counting!), Empire State Development Corporation minions are getting increasingly good about filling us in on what’s going on in the project footprint. Comments (1)

Bricks fall — again — from Ratner-owned building

Atlantic Yards: Tenants in a building slated to be torn down to make way for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards ran for their lives last Wednesday as bricks fell from the building’s facade — the second time in the last three months that a Ratner-owned building suffered a partial collapse during demolition. Comment

City readin’, writin’ & ratin’

Parents all over Brooklyn were no doubt scratching their heads over the city’s new progress report cards — “How could PS 107 get an ‘A’ while PS 321 got a ‘B’?” some Park Slope parents muttered; “And what’s with that ‘C’ for PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights?” others groused — but the grades should not be taken as the final word on school quality, the Department of Education said this week. Comment

Other Voices

Editor’s mom wants her beloved son to ride safe

Letters: Our mailbag is filled with missives about our bike-riding editor (from his mom!), plans for the Gowanus Canal, our outrageous headlines, the Monitor Museum in Williamsburg, a Park Slope day-care center in a Kafka-esque nightmare, Smartmom’s new biggest fan (he’s a shrink, what a surprise!), and the need for more trains in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Verses & Reverses

Perspective: The poet laureate of Park Slope, was so inspired by his neighborhood’s appearance on the list of best neighborhoods in the country that he created this week’s poetic offering, “A Hope for the Slope.” Comment

Reel culture

Reel culture

Cinema: Park Slope’s Southpaw is the site for an intimate evening of film and literature with the Baumbach family. Comments (1)

Cook on wheels battles back

Cook on wheels battles back

Williamsburg: Nathan Lichtenstein was born and raised in the Hasidic community in Williamsburg, but when he returned to his boyhood home to start a business a few months ago, he didn’t get a warm welcome from neighborhood’s ultra-Orthodox Jews. Comment

Your family

Death teaches Smartmom some life lessons

Smartmom: Smartmom’s uncle died last week — but should she take Teen Spirit and the Oh So Feisty One to the funeral? And therein lies another great Smartmom psychodrama! Comment

Family Calendar

Parenting: All the action for you and your kids! Comment

Marty pitches Camp Brooklyn

Borough President Markowitz wants you at his Camp Brooklyn fundraiser on Nov. 15. Comment

‘Torchio’ song

‘Torchio’ song

Dining: “If we thought places like this would open, we might have stuck around longer,” my husband said. He was referring to Il Torchio, an elegant new eatery that opened on Myrtle Avenue. Comment

Neighborhood Columnists

Gingko stinks up Heights!

Heights Lowdown: Our columnist hates the smell — but loves the taste — of those damn gingko nuts. Comments (1)

Let’s get high on Smith–9th

Brooklyn South: Our columnist gets behind the call for a restaurant atop the Smith–Ninth Street subway station. Comment
PS … I Love You: Our columnist has a problem with a mean ass tree. Comments (1)

Trust kills the evil superbug

Yellow Hooker: Our columnist discovers the secret to killing the superbug: communication. Comments (3)

A man with the tricks & treats

Beside the Point: Our columnist picks his best (or is that worst?) Halloween haunted houses. Comments (7)

It’s not easy being green

Greene Acres: Our columnist delves into the high-priced produce at Fresh Garden, a new organic bodega. Comments (2)

Birds of play

Birds of play

Theater: It was with trepidation that I confronted “The Seagull” at Brooklyn College in Midwood. Director Mary Robinson had bravely taken the cavernous space of the Gershwin Theatre and created a theater-within-a-theater on its proscenium stage. Would Chekhov’s gloom survive in such lovable smallness? Comments (1)

Gunman robs teen on 62nd Street

Bay Ridge: A 15-year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint in front of his 62nd Street home on Nov. 2. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news. Comment

Tanning swipe

Bay Ridge: A woman got burned twice in one day — first by the tanning salon she was patronizing and then by the thug who stole her purse while she was taking in the artificial daylight at the 86th Street salon on Nov. 3. Plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst. Comments (3)

Party pooper steals laptop

Park Slope: It could have been Batman, the Tin Man, or even that guy dressed as a banana — but now cops are hunting for the costumed creep who stole a woman’s laptop computer during her Halloween party. Plus all the other crime from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Night on town turns into brutal attack

Williamsburg: A night on the town turned into a nightmare for a 23-year-old woman when she returned to her South Third Street home from a South Williamsburg bar early on Nov 3. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment

Victims’ Halloween nightmare

Fort Greene: Two All Hallows Eve revelers had an ugly night, as they were jumped by a pair of perps who were handing out punches instead of candy. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

Here’s to youse

Carroll Gardens: Two bartenders get honored for heroism by the 76th Precinct. Comment

Way to go, ‘Willow’

Waiting in the Wings: GO’s guide to what’s new in Brooklyn theater. Comment

‘Money’ shot

Everyday, about seven million New Yorkers spend almost $9 million on city subways and buses, but our guess is no one has any idea what happens to all that dough. For the first time, the New York Transit Museum is offering up all the answers in their latest exhibit, “Show Me the Money: From the Turnstile to the Bank.”  Comment

Moore controversy

Books: Put down that Starbucks, get decked in your edgiest duds and head to Williamsburg’s Ad Hoc Art on Nov. 14 for a faux focus group celebrating the release of Anne Elizabeth Moore’s new book “Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity.” Comment

Vito’s V-Z suit driven from court

Bay Ridge: Two legislators’ lawsuit against the MTA was dismissed this week, but there’s still a chance that the agency will have to fix the traffic on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the ongoing repairs. Comment

The Brooklyn Bash

Brooklyn Bash: The Brooklyn Arts Exchange hosted its seventh annual “BAX 10 Arts and Artists in Progress Awards,” honoring 13 individuals who have made significant contributions to the local arts community, on Nov. 1 at the Prospect Park Picnic House. Over cocktails, GO Brooklyn caught up with BAX members and award winners and asked them to reminisce over the first award that they ever received.   Comment

Rallying for the union in Jay St.

DUMBO: Disgruntled non-union doormen, porters and maintenance workers took to the street in front of their DUMBO condo building to complain that they’re being cheated out of money and benefits by the company that runs the 33-story, all-luxury tower. But the president of the management company fired back this week, saying that his workers are paid the same — if not more — than union workers. Comments (1)

Muni meters click in on 86th

Bay Ridge: How are those new muni-meters doing on 86th Street? Comment

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment

New name, mission for preservation group

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The preservationist group that fought to landmark the Domino Sugar refinery and other industrial sites along the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront has changed its name to more accurately reflect its mission. Comment

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In the spirit of encouraging a free exchange of ideas, The Brooklyn Paper makes this space available to our readers. Comment

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