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Big ‘signs’ of improvement

DUMBO: Tourists will no longer be scratching their heads searching for the long-hidden Brooklyn Bridge footpath, thanks to a new map, directional signs, travel guides and stunning lighting on our side of the storied span. The new signage — dubbed “This Way” by its designers — will be officially unveiled on Wednesday afternoon. Comment

The ‘Union’ is preserved

Park Slope: Controversial Park Slope bar Union Hall moved closer to getting its liquor license renewed as Community Board 6 overwhelmingly voted in support of the watering hole on Wednesday night. Comments (4)

Brooklyn gets ‘Real’

Brooklyn gets ‘Real’

Downtown: MTV’s reality show “The Real World” is coming to Brooklyn this summer — and its seven housemates may be inhabiting the luxurious BellTel Lofts in not-quite-hip Downtown, sources familiar with the discussions said. Comments (3)

More honors for us!

The Web site you’re now reading has been honored — again! Comment

Library seeks porn parity

Library seeks porn parity

Park Slope: The Brooklyn Public Library finally said, “Shush.” After being on the receiving end of attacks about porn viewing on computers at the Pacific Street branch, Library officials issued a statement on May 14 that suggested that libraries and “parents and caregivers” share equally the responsibility to “minimize children’s exposure to adult-themed material.” Comments (5)

Gristedes will reopen

Downtown: Construction crews are working round-the-clock to open Henry Street’s Gristedes by the end of July. Comments (2)

‘Park’ Slopers rejoice! Alternate-side parking suspended for summer

Park Slope: Alternate-side-of-the-street parking will be suspended for months on residential streets in Park Slope starting on May 19 — temporarily ending the hassle of moving your car. Comments (1)

Key Food fight

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge is hoping that the pen is mightier than the store. Irate Ridgites are petitioning against the closing of the Key Food on Third Avenue and 95th Street, which is slated to close and become a Walgreens pharmacy in June. Comments (5)

Politics

Vito’s scandal has Dems in turmoil

Bay Ridge: Rep. Vito Fossella’s drunk-driving arrest and subsequent admission that he was an adulterer who fathered a child out of wedlock hasn’t only thrown the GOP into disarray — it’s apparently done the same thing to Democrats trying to pick a challenger to take on the disgraced congressman. Comments (2)

As Fossella keeps quiet, job remains in limbo

Bay Ridge: It’s not over ’til the thin Italian sings — and he’s not saying a word. Embattled Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) is not only fighting his May 1 drunk-driving charge in court, but apparently fighting for re-election. Comments (3)

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

They’re still with Hil

Politics: Brooklyn’s two superdelegates whose districts voted overwhelmingly for Sen. Barack Obama in February’s New York primary say they’re still backing Sen. Hillary Clinton — though one of the ubervoters admitted that he was “bothered” by the trailing candidate’s use of the race card last week. Comments (1)

Tish, Tish: Fined for finance faux pas

Politics: Councilwoman Letitia James has been fined by the city for overpaying a campaign worker with taxpayer money during her 2005 re-election campaign — and for trying to hide details of a payoff to a political consultant linked to disgraced party boss Clarence Norman. Comments (2)

Please, don’t go

Please, don’t go

GO Girl: Although GO Girl is loathe to leave the tres chic shores of Brooklyn, an irresistible invitation from the Brooklyn Philharmonic drew her to the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center on Monday for the orchestra’s spring gala, featuring a performance by Marvin Hamlisch. Comment

Bridge bash

Event: Starting Thursday, May 22, the city will throw a five-day party to celebrate the Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th birthday. Comment

‘Designs’ reflects boro’s style

‘Designs’ reflects boro’s style

Shopping: Despite a rainy start, BKLYN Designs, the annual home furnishings fair that sprawled over four DUMBO locations, drew in more than 6,500 attendees from May 9 through May 11 to check out the work of artisans who either design or manufacture their wares in the borough. Comment

The Latest Development News

Greenwood Heights: Minerva might have been the Roman goddess of war, but she still needed three year’s worth of help from her Greenwood Heights neighbors to finally cut a developer down to size. Comment

Crony Island!

Coney Island: Residents and fans of Brooklyn’s beloved “People’s Playground” have a new name for their seaside amusement zone — Crony Island. Neighborhood groups and individuals say Mayor Bloomberg betrayed them when the city reduced the size of a planned city-owned amusement park in order to win over holdout local landowners, principally Joe Sitt of Thor Equities, who do not want to sell their land. Comments (1)

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comments (1)

Other Voices

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)

Wanted: Roommates with money

Wanted: Roommates with money

Park Slope: It’s not your granddaddy’s Hippie commune. In fact, a group of Brooklynites who want to buy a nice building near Prospect Park and share common areas with like-minded friendly people aren’t even hippies at all. They’re called “co-housing enthusiasts.” Comments (8)

‘Hop’ to it

Music: Tickets are already on sale for July’s “Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.” Comment

Greek beauty

Shopping: Astoria is normally credited with being the most Hellenic ‘hood in town, but with the May 8 opening of Korres, an Athens-based cosmetics company, Brooklyn Heights might be giving Queens a run for its drachmas. Comments (1)
CONSUMERS’ CORNER

More Spring Savings

Bushwick: By Joe Maniscalco Comment

Bringing home the bacon to Brooklyn: Fresh Funding for Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, other local organizations

Bushwick: While all the pork barrel dust hasn’t settled from the state’s recently passed $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget, several large entities on the northern end of Brooklyn did appear to get large allocations. Comment

Atlantic Yards blood sport

Bushwick: The new Barclay’s Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets that is expected to open sometime in 2010, may also feature Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts. Comment

Man gets raspberries for Blackberry

Park Slope: Three teens perps surrounded a Jersey City man on Bergen Street in broad daylight on May 5, knocking him to the ground and stealing his Blackberry device, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Cart-astrophe!

Downtown: Thieves stole a Brooklyn Heights vendor’s cart from his Joralemon Street corner on May 10. Plus all the crime news from Downtown, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment

TKO

Fort Greene: Muggers punched their way into a $50 payout from a man they had slugged on Hanson Place on April 25. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

3rd homicide

Carroll Gardens: A man was shot and killed in the Gowanus Houses on Baltic Street on May 9 — the third murder this year in a precinct that recorded only three in all of last year. Comment
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Inside the Green Latrine

Podcast: A community garden in Fort Greene has installed a solar-powered, composting toilet — and, naturally, Editor Gersh Kuntzman loaded up on high-fiber cereal and coffee to offer his review. Comments (1)

Disconnected

Williamsburg: There was a wave of cellphone robberies in the neighborhood last week, with all the suspects preying on teenage victims. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment

Punch and rob

Williamsburg: A thug attacked and robbed a woman as she left a Meeker Avenue bodega on May 11. Plus all the crime news from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comment

Bodega burglars

Bay Ridge: Two masked thugs burst into an Eighth Avenue bodega on May 10, flashing a gun and stealing electronics. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment

BEATEN! A pre–Mother’s Day mauling in Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights: A merciless marauder broke into a Dyker Heights apartment on May 9 — two days before Mother’s Day — and slugged a 69-year-old grandmother on the head, knocking her to the floor. Comment
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Tucker Reed’s farewell

Podcast: DUMBO Improvement District Executive Director Tucker Reed is heading to Baghdad — but The Brooklyn Paper caught up with him before his farewell party on May 15, 2008. Comment

Ferry needs riders

Ferry needs riders

Bay Ridge: The new ferry service between Bay Ridge and the Lower Manhattan is a long way from being able to stay afloat without help from the city. Comments (3)
Art: The newest street art installation in Park Slope might not knock you off your feet — but if it does, at least you’ll have a place to sit. Comment
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Alternate reality in the Slope!

Podcast: The summertime suspension of alternate-side-of-the-street parking went into effect in Park Slope on Monday, May 19 — and Brooklyn Paper reporter Sarah Portlock was there. Comment

Gersh: Special friend?

Podcast: Editor Gersh Kuntzman was asked to be a “special friend” at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School’s “Grandparents and Special Friends Day” on Friday, May 16, 2008. How did Gersh do? Check out all the action here. Comment

70 years and going strong

Midwood: It took six years for Walter Berman to convince his future wife Regina to go out on a date with him, but it’s safe to say his persistence paid off. They’ve been married for 70 years. Comments (2)

Faulty fencing fixed?

Bay Ridge: A dilapidated fence surrounding a Bay Ridge rail yard will be replaced, patching up holes that turned the site into a homeless encampment and safeguarding a jet fuel pipeline that neighbors fear could be a terror target. Comment

Your family

A day for all of her mothers

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

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun and games for you and your family. Comments (1)

The Kitchen Sink

All the local gossip. Comment
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Slope spring arts fest

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DUMBO’s own pharmacy

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Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment

Free for all!

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

Technology fun at charter school

Williamsburg: Beginning with Children Charter School students dazzled their friends and families with a keen knowledge of computers, mapping programs and a host of other technological feats at its annual technology fair. Comment

Tavis Smiley to send off graduates: Journalist and advocate commencement speaker at LIU’s May 15 graduation

Williamsburg: A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Taking steps against obesity, diabetes: Local congresswoman awards El Puente with funds for group’s new health campaign

Williamsburg: El Puente, the renowned Williamsburg and Bushwick-based social justice organization, launched an anti-obesity and diabetes campaign last week, taking aim at diseases that disproportionately effect people of color. Comment

Stamping out hunger

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment

Shining spotlight on building issues: Assemblyman Joseph Lentol wants to create new agency to oversee construction

Williamsburg: Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, whose Williamsburg-Greenpoint district has seen a boom of building construction in recent years, announced a plan to improve oversight of rampant construction violations. Comment

Shining a light on hate crimes: DA panel reaches out to Brooklyn’s LGBT community in discussing difficult cases

Williamsburg: It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment

Ready for some baseball

Williamsburg: Play ball! Comment

Reading the ‘newspaper of the street’: A ride-along with cops as they search the neighborhood for gang-related street graffiti

Williamsburg: Detective Philip O’Rourke jumps into the backseat of a dented unmarked vehicle owned by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office after examining a wall of freshly sprayed graffiti. Comment

New plans for Wythe Avenue firehouse

Williamsburg: The building that once housed Firehouse 212, which closed in 2004 despite loud community opposition, will be turned over to two local non-profit organizations that will turn the space into a community center, the city’s Economic Development Corporation announced last Friday. Comment

May Day march for rights: Immigrant activists speak out for fair wages, equality

Williamsburg: Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment

Lost in translation at city drugstores: Local activists fight for improved language services in NYC pharmacies

Williamsburg: Community activists from Make the Road New York added new complainants to join a pending civil rights complaint with the New York State Attorney General’s Office against language discrimination at pharmacies throughout Brooklyn. Comment

Kite-flying fun: Annual festival at McCarren Park May 17

Williamsburg: On Saturday May 17, you can tell Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents to go fly a kite […] Comment

home sweet home: Tenants back at 475 Kent

Williamsburg: After more than 100 days in exile, the tenants of 475 Kent Avenue are finally back in their homes and places of work. Comment

Helping autistic children shine: FirefliesNY, a new BK martial arts program, caters to children with special needs

Williamsburg: When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment

Building ‘too high’

Williamsburg: Add Assemblymember Joseph Lentol to the increasingly vocal list of area residents uncomfortable with the scale of the proposed development on the former Domino Sugar factory. Comment

Carrying the torch for human rights

Williamsburg: Brooklyn helped fan the flame of controversy when it played host to a traveling human torch relay that has traveled more than 80,000 miles across the world to decry the Communist Chinese government in time for the Beijing summer games, August 8-24. Comment

BK pockets hard hit: One third spend more than half of salary on rent

Williamsburg: Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

Bklyn GOP still has Fossella’s back: Local Republicans stand behind congressman following his DWI arrest

Williamsburg: Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. 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

‘Tyranny’ inside City Hall

Brooklyn Courier: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is a sign of “tyranny,” according to local parents. Comment

‘Stamp’ out hunger pains in Bklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment

‘Practical’ author to lead healing circle

Brooklyn Courier: Laura Day, bestselling author of “Practical Intuition,” “The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life” and “Welcome To Your Crisis,” will lead a healing circle at The Exercise Studio, 2073 86th Street, May 16 at 7 p.m. This will mark her first appearance in Bensonhurst. Comment

‘Miss Brooklyn’ no more: Ratner tower demoted to ‘B1’; new plans revealed

Brooklyn Courier: Miss Brooklyn has undergone a serious facelift and has changed her name to Building One (B1), but she remains on the horizon in the borough’s future, according to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner. Comment

‘Brown gold’

Brooklyn Courier: The Hollenback Community Garden will play host to a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, May 10. Comment

Workers on the march: Many demand fair wages and school funding

Brooklyn Courier: Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment

Vito Fossella DWI scandal deepens: Brooklyn congressman faces jail time following Virginia arrest

Brooklyn Courier: Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment

Upcoming Opera hits a sour note: Some fear traffic snarls around Prospect Park

Brooklyn Courier: Opera lovers like Jasmine Meltzer are torn over an event next month that organizers say could draw 150,000 people to Prospect Park. Comment

Ugly BK hate crimes

Brooklyn Courier: It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment

78th Police Pct. salutes top crime-busters

Brooklyn Courier: Keen eyes during an early-morning patrol earned two cops from the 78th Precinct top honors last week. Comment

Tavis Smiley at LIU commencement

Brooklyn Courier: A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Protesting China games: Group denounces Beijing ‘08

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn helped fanned the flame of controversy when it played host to a traveling human torch relay that has traveled more than 80,000 miles across the world to decry the Communist Chinese government in time for the Beijing summer games, August 8-24. Comment

Prospect Park alliance serves up an ace

Brooklyn Courier: The Prospect Park Alliance held a benefit dinner at the Prospect Park Picnic House, Third Street and Prospect Park West, for the Park’s Tennis Center at the Parade Ground. Comment

Prayers and tall salute to United States veterans

Brooklyn Courier: The courage of the valiant ones was recalled during a memorial mass presented by Michael A. Rawley Post 1636 of the American Legion. Comment

Park Slope hosts World Tai Chi Day in the park

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz celebrated World Tai Chi Day with Park Slope Tai Chi Chuan Master Tzyann Hsu and her class in Prospect Park. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this annual, world-wide event, where Tai Chi devotees from over 60 countries practice their art, generating Qi (life energy) and creating a wave of Tai Chi energy that circles the globe all day long. A long-time Park Slope resident, Hsu teaches Tai Chi Chuan at the Brooklyn Branch of Yee’s Hung Ga International Kung Fu Association as well as at the Park Slope Senior Citizens Center and Prospect Hill Senior Services Center. Comment

Open-door policy: Annual Park Slope House tour returns

Brooklyn Courier: A grand Brooklyn tradition will continue on May 17 with the 49th annual Park Slope House Tour. Comment

New SBDC to serve entrepreneurs

Brooklyn Courier: Borough entrepreneurs looking to open or expand their businesses have a local place of support, thanks to the opening of a new assistance unit at City Tech. Comment

Meat is the real problem

Brooklyn Courier: It’s not about changing light bulbs anymore! Comment

Martial arts Fireflies burning bright: Innovative program helps children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome thrive

Brooklyn Courier: When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment

Let the games begin: Ribbon is cut on refurbished playgrounds

Brooklyn Courier: Students, school and local officials were on hand for the much-anticipated groundbreaking of two new refurbished community playgrounds on Sullivan Street in Red Hook. Comment

Group: Drug stores practice discrimination: Call goes out for more translation services

Brooklyn Courier: Community activists from Make the Road New York added new complainants to join a pending civil rights complaint with the New York State Attorney General’s Office against language discrimination at pharmacies throughout Brooklyn. Comment

Going by the numbers

Brooklyn Courier: In a recent issue, your newspaper mistakenly reported allocation of state funds in the 2009 budget. Comment

Go-green events

Brooklyn Courier: Public School 15 Student Roundtable members are sponsoring several ‘Go Green’ events in their school and Red Hook community throughout May and June. Comment

Farcical awards

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Museum giving Bruce Ratner an award for “service to the community?” A farce fit for a protest, to be sure. Comment

Faithful cyclones fans line up early for tickets

Brooklyn Courier: The command got off to a rollicking start as hundreds of baseball-starved Brooklyn Cyclones fans waited excitedly on line at KeySpan Park to scoop up opening day and single game tickets for their hometown team’s 2008 season. Comment

Factory farm dangers

Brooklyn Courier: The prestigious Pew Charitable Trusts and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concluded that factory farming takes a big toll on human health and the environment, undermines rural economic stability, and fails to provide humane treatment of livestock. Comment

Dissension erupts within DDDB’s ranks: Founding member is ejected from group

Brooklyn Courier: There’s conflict within the organization opposed to Atlantic Yards, Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB). Comment

Dancewave kicks up its heels on 4th Ave.

Brooklyn Courier: Dancewave Center has a new location to “plant seeds of inspiration” in creative boroughites, young and old. Borough President Marty Markowitz (holding proclamation) helps staffers celebrate the venue, 45 4th Avenue, off Dean Street, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. For more information, call 718-522-4696, or visit www.dancewave.org. Comment

Cohen family anger: Activist’s kin decry name change

Brooklyn Courier: P.S. 230 Doris Cohen School is another step closer to changing its name in spite of objections from Cohen’s family. Comment

Brooklyn leads the city in unsafe buildings: More than half of all ‘emergency’ situations found in Kings County

Brooklyn Courier: Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment

Brooklynites work just to pay the rent: Rep. Weiner issues startling new report

Brooklyn Courier: Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

Borough of kite flyers

Brooklyn Courier: On Saturday May 17, you can tell Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents to go fly a kite […] Comment

Tavis Smiley to send off graduates: Journalist and advocate to give commencement address at LIU graduation May 15

Greenpoint: A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Taking steps against diabetes, obesity: Congresswoman presents El Puente with funds for the group’s new health campaign

Greenpoint: El Puente, the renowned Williamsburg and Bushwick-based social justice organization, launched an anti-obesity and diabetes campaign last week, taking aim at diseases that disproportionately effect people of color. Comment

Tai Chi Day: Brooklyn celebrates at Prospect Park

Greenpoint: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz celebrated World Tai Chi Day with Park Slope Tai Chi Chuan Master Tzyann Hsu and her class in Prospect Park. Comment

Spring 2008 is busting out all over

Greenpoint: Get up close and personal with the queen of green. Comment

Sky-high building figures: DOB: Nearly half of emergency declarations issued to BK

Greenpoint: Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment

May Day march for rights: Local immigrant activists call for fair wages, equality

Greenpoint: Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment

Mad over meds: Drugstore discrimination claims

Greenpoint: Community activists from Make the Road New York added new complainants to join a pending civil rights complaint with the New York State Attorney General’s Office against language discrimination at pharmacies throughout Brooklyn. Comment

Lentol’s plan to alleviate DOB woes

Greenpoint: Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, whose Williamsburg-Greenpoint district has seen a boom of building construction in recent years, announced a plan to improve oversight of rampant construction violations. Comment

Help in meeting city ‘green’ goals: Green building certification training for Brooklyn contractors through BEDC

Greenpoint: The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Kingsborough Community College have formed a partnership to provide low-cost training for small to mid-size contractors and builders who want to earn the green building certification they will need to stay competitive and meet New York City’s PlanNYC 2030 environmental goals. Comment

Helping kids with autism shine: FirefliesNY caters its martial arts fitness program to children with special needs

Greenpoint: When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment

GOP stands firm behind Fossella: Brooklyn Republications still support local congressman following his DWI arrest

Greenpoint: Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment

Parents outraged over mayor’s budget cuts

Greenpoint: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is a sign of “tyranny,” according to local parents. Comment

BK slave to rent: One-third spend more than half of salary on rent

Greenpoint: Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

Yards foes called ‘real land-grabbers’

Anthony Taylor sat on a metal folding chair in the St. Bartholomew’s Church cafeteria, 1227 Pacific Street, and recalled the days when several buildings in the Atlantic Yards footprint held jobs. Comment

‘Miss Brooklyn’ reinvented: Atlantic Yards tower downgraded to ‘Building One’

Brooklyn Courier: Miss Brooklyn has undergone a serious facelift and has changed her name to Building One (B1), but she remains on the horizon in the borough’s future, according to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner. Comment

Short pier is long on housing: Chorus of objections rises in response to Brooklyn Bridge Park plans

Brooklyn Courier: About 60 local residents gathered at Long Island College Hospital last week to discuss results of a new community input plan concerning the Pier 6 portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

Protesters rally against china’s olympic games

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn helped fanned the flame of controversy when it played host to a traveling torch relay that has traveled more than 80,000 miles across the world to decry the Communist Chinese government in time for the Beijing summer games, August 8-24. Comment

Mayor’s school cuts ‘despicable,’ many say: Angry parents take Bloomberg to task

Brooklyn Courier: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is a sign of “tyranny,” according to local parents. Comment

Many spend more than half their income on rent

Brooklyn Courier: Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

Labor on the move: 100s rally for workers’ rights

Brooklyn Courier: Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment

GOP sticks with Vito Fossella: BK congressman could face jail on drunk driving charges

Brooklyn Courier: Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment

Garden to unveil composting toilet

Brooklyn Courier: The Hollenback Community Garden will play host to a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, May 10. Comment

Bklyn leads in unsafe buildings: Borough is ground zero for trouble

Brooklyn Courier: Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment

Barack n’ roll: Backers like Obama’s chances: Many dismiss damage from Wright fallout

Brooklyn Courier: As Senator Barack Obama secured the majority of available delegates as well as a victory in the North Carolina primary on Tuesday, Brooklyn political and religious leaders believe the issue of the Senator’s relationship with his pastor and his religion will continue to be scrutinized in upcoming elections. Comment

Arrests in Sean Bell pray-in

Photo by Paul Martinka Comment

‘Miss Brooklyn’ now just ‘B1’: Revised plans for Atlantic Yards towers unveiled

Brooklyn Courier: Miss Brooklyn has undergone a serious facelift and has changed her name to Building One (B1), but she remains on the horizon in the borough’s future, according to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner. Comment

Working just to pay the rent: Many are paying more than half their income on shelter, report says

Brooklyn Courier: Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

Workers on the move over the Brooklyn Bridge: Many call for fair wage, school funding

Brooklyn Courier: Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment

Under the radar crimes: Forum looks at violence directed at LGBT community

Brooklyn Courier: It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment

Street gunfire sparks new fears

Brooklyn Courier: When the gunshots recently rang out in the night, it was like d […] Comment

School advocate denounces Bloomberg’s ‘soft tyranny’: Opposition to mayor’s budget cuts continues to grow

Brooklyn Courier: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is a sign of “tyranny,” according to local parents. Comment

New ways to be greener: Public School 15 students back ‘Go Green’ events

Brooklyn Courier: Public School 15 Student Roundtable members are sponsoring several ‘Go Green’ events in their school and Red Hook community throughout May and June. Comment

Hoses to horns: Brooklyn Philharmonic to move into shuttered firehouse

Brooklyn Courier: From the shrill blaring of a hook and ladder siren to the subtle sounds of a string quartet. Comment

Greener buildings

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Eco-nomic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Kingsborough Community College have formed a partnership to provide low-cost training for small to mid-size contractors and builders who want to earn the green building certification they will need to stay competitive and meet New York City’s PlanNYC 2030 environmental goals. Comment

Fossella faces jail time

Brooklyn Courier: Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment

Eureka! ‘Brown gold’ in May

Brooklyn Courier: The Hollenback Community Garden will play host to a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, May 10. Comment

Emergency in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment

Borough president tries ancient wisdom of the east

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz celebrated World Tai Chi Day with Park Slope Tai Chi Chuan Master Tzyann Hsu and her class in Prospect Park. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this annual, world-wide event, where Tai Chi devotees from over 60 countries practice their art, generating Qi (life energy) and creating a wave of Tai Chi energy that circles the globe all day long. A long-time Park Slope resident, Hsu teaches Tai Chi Chuan at the Brooklyn Branch of Yee’s Hung Ga International Kung Fu Association as well as at the Park Slope Senior Citizens Center and Prospect Hill Senior Services Center. Comment

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Workers march over the Brooklyn Bridge: Call for fair wages, school funding, more

Brooklyn Heights: Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment

Spring show and sell spotlights fashionable threads

Brooklyn Heights: Tykes romped on the runway and looked trendy, to boot, during a kiddie fashion show and fun day in Boerum Hill. Comment

Short pier is long on housing: Chorus of objections rises in response Brooklyn Bridge Park plans

Brooklyn Heights: About 60 local residents gathered at Long Island College Hospital last week to discuss results of a new community input plan concerning the Pier 6 portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

SBDC office to serve entrepreneurs

Brooklyn Heights: Borough entrepreneurs looking to open or expand their businesses have a local place of support, thanks to the opening of a new assistance unit at City Tech. Comment

Relics of Brooklyn past

Brooklyn Heights: A fortuitous coincidence of seeing a child’s drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge in Williamsburg and the coming 125th year anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge inspired the City Reliquary’s upcoming exhibit. Comment

Protesters rally against China’s Olympic games

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn helped fanned the flame of controversy when it played host to a traveling torch relay that has traveled more than 80,000 miles across the world to decry the Communist Chinese government in time for the Beijing summer games, August 8-24. Comment

Mayor’s school cuts called ‘despicable’: Brooklyn parents take mayor to task

Brooklyn Heights: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is a sign of “tyranny,” according to local parents. Comment

Little ‘Miss B1’ -Yards tower undergoes makeover

Brooklyn Heights: Miss Brooklyn has undergone a serious facelift and has changed her name to Building One (B1), but she remains on the horizon in the borough’s future, according to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner. Comment

It’s ‘brown gold!’

Brooklyn Heights: The Hollenback Community Garden will play host to a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, May 10. Comment

Hundreds rally for Ratner

Brooklyn Heights: Anthony Taylor sat on a metal folding chair in the St. Bartholomew’s Church cafeteria, 1227 Pacific Street, and recalled the days when several buildings in the Atlantic Yards footprint held jobs. Comment

Hotel Bossert to be sold: Developer Robert Levine said to have ‘locked up’ deal

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Heights’ grand Hotel Bossert is on the brink of being sold, it was reported this week. Comment

Fossella scandal deepens: Rep could face jail after DWI bust

Brooklyn Heights: Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment

Brooklyn leads in unsafe buildings: Borough is ground zero for trouble

Brooklyn Heights: Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment

BK slaves to pay the rent: Weiner issues new report

Brooklyn Heights: Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

Arrests in Brooklyn Sean Bell pray-in

Brooklyn Heights: Hundreds of protesters flooded the city's streets this past Wednesday in protest of the acquittal of the three cops in the Sean Bell shooting case. In Brooklyn, protesters gathered for the pray-in at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. About 20 people were arrested during the demonstration in this borough, including Brooklyn Councilmember Charles Barron (right) and Reverend Herbert Daughtry, pictured above. Comment

Alliance serves up an ace

Brooklyn Heights: The Prospect Park Alliance held a benefit dinner at the Prospect Park Picnic House, Third Street and Prospect Park West, for the Park’s Tennis Center at the Parade Ground. Comment

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