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Ratner hosts rally to support…himself!

Atlantic Yards: Construction work in booming Downtown will come to a complete halt so that union members can attend a rally in support of the Atlantic Yards project on Thursday at Borough Hall. Comment

MTV calls: It’s Bell Tel for ‘Real’

Downtown: It’s official: MTV’s “The Real World” reality show is coming to the Bell Tel lofts building on Willoughby Street in Downtown. Comment
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Dylan plays Prospect Park

Music: Bob Dylan will perform in Prospect Park on Tuesday, Aug. 12, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (7)
Red Hook: An extra parking lot isn’t the only thing that Ikea’s added as it prepares to open on Wednesday, June 18. The Scandinavian home-furnishings giant has also built a tranquil waterfront esplanade adjacent to its Beard Street store. The esplanade is now open to the public. Comments (20)

DOT tries to cool hot corner

Downtown: The city will reconfigure one of Brooklyn’s most-dangerous intersections — at Adams and Tillary streets in Downtown — but the work won’t happen without a fight. Comments (9)
Downtown: Emergency demolition is underway at a landmarked Brooklyn Heights building after two partial building collapses rained bricks and mortar to Clark Street over Memorial Day weekend, leading some neighbors to suspect that the owners of the “For Sale” building are trying to force out their last few rent-stabilized tenants. Comments (1)
Shopping: No, you’re not seeing double when you’re shopping on the Fulton Mall — there really are close to a dozen duplicate stores along Downtown Brooklyn’s busiest shopping strip. Comments (4)

Jewish bath rises on 15th St

Park Slope: The construction of a Jewish ritual bathhouse will “define Park Slope as a true Jewish community and bring more Jewish families to the area,” the organizations behind the project said this week. Comment

The Latest Development News

Bridge Park costs soar

Downtown: The cost of building Brooklyn Bridge Park has more than doubled — from an original 2002 estimate of $150 million up to $350 million today — fueling concern the public had been snookered by officials in their quest to create the waterfront park and condo development. 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)

Smoking hot donation!

Park Slope: A famed philanthropist donated $10 million last week to restore a 26-acre stretch of Prospect Park to its original glory, but even with the generous contribution, funding for the expansive project is only halfway secured. Comment
Williamsburg: A local lawmaker has opened a new front against the proposed Domino Sugar mega-project, demanding that the developers behind the glassy waterfront high-rises open its books so that he can independently assess the project’s finances. Comments (1)

Today’s ‘Youth’

Music: “I’ve always been fascinated by my teenage years and by teenagers, especially because I have a lot of great memories,” Anthony Gonzalez — aka M83 — told GO Brooklyn from Portland, Ore., where he and his band had played the second show of the U.S. tour that lands in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 3 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Comment

Silver & gold

Silver & gold

Dance: After several decades, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is finally returning to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. On Tuesday, June 3, the legendary company will take the stage with two exciting programs that run the gamut from Ailey’s rarely seen classic, born from the appalling injustices of apartheid, to a new work by a 28-year-old talent, inspired by the personal irritation triggered by public transportation. Comment

Other Voices

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

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)

Toys 101

Shopping: Prospect Heights mom Claire Cavanah is opening a toy store in Park Slope on Tuesday, but the gadgets, books and DVDs are just for the adults. Comment

Get fresh

Dance: Everybody knows that the farmer’s market is a great place to grab local vegetables, but this weekend, the Park Slope Community Gardens will be the place to stock up on “Local Produce.” 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)

Politics

He’s the McMahon

Bay Ridge: Democratic party leaders from Brooklyn and Staten Island anointed Staten Island Councilman Mike McMahon as their chosen candidate for the congressional seat spanning the two boroughs that is being vacated by disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella. Comments (1)

Second to no one

Politics: A group of ornery Brooklyn Democrats has effectively said it would rather have no one representing it in Congress than Rep. Yvette Clarke. Comments (2)

Cinema verite

Cinema verite

Cinema: In Paul Krik’s film, “Able Danger,” which opened the 2008 Brooklyn International Film Festival on Friday, something about the movie’s main character seemed very familiar. Thomas Flynn owned a cafe called Vox Pop on Cortelyou Road and wrote a book about a 9-11 cover-up theory; in fact, in many ways, he resembled real-life Vox Pop owner, writer and man-about-town Sander Hicks. Comment

Let’s do luncheon

Let’s do luncheon

Dining: Toro, the formerly Spanish-Asian fusion restaurant inside the white Italianate building on DUMBO’s edge, is back in business — losing the Latin flavor and adding an awesome lunch deal. Comments (1)

Your family

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

Public School Pre-K-tastrophy

Parenting: The pre-kindergarten rejection letters are out — and some parents are fuming that their youngsters didn’t get the highly coveted slots, despite city policy to keep siblings in the same school. Comment

Family calendar

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

’Green’ day

Music: If you saw these billboards cruising all over Carroll Gardens and park Slope last weekend, they were literally pedaling this weekend’s “Gowanus Goes Green” festival. Comment

Crack is back at check joint

Park Slope: A crack addict was arrested at a check-cashing place on Flatbush Avenue — but not for the rock, but for trying to cash three bad checks, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Elvis lives!

Williamsburg: Two no-goodnicks threatened a Williamsburg man with a knife on May 22, forcing him to hand over his wallet, cellphone and Elvis keychain. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment

Fancy gizmos are flying out of nabe homes

Downtown: Burglars easily broke into at least three Brooklyn Heights apartments last week and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of electronics. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment

Hank’s a lot: Honky tonk break-in

Carroll Gardens: Two gun-strapped thugs raged into a beloved Boerum Hill saloon on May 19 and held patrons hostage while they emptied the cash register, cops said. Comment

Armed robbery

Williamsburg: A crook with a handgun burst into a Lombardy Street trading company on May 23. Plus all the crime news from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comment

Sorry thugs

Fort Greene: Two hooligans violently mugged a woman on Adelphi Street on May 21, cutting her with a knife. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (1)

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

You’re fired?

Bay Ridge: Someone stole $5,000 from a Fifth Avenue car dealership — and the three employees who had the only access to the cash say they didn’t do it. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment

Cry if he wants

Carroll Gardens: In a possible setup, a videographer was robbed on Baltic Street on May 18. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (1)

Bicycle thieves

Prospect Heights: At least two bicycles were stolen last week in separate incidents. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment

New ‘Don’

New ‘Don’

Music: On her fourth studio album, “Brooklyn Don Diva,” scandal-plagued, Bedford-Stuyvesant–born rapper Foxy Brown doesn’t waste any time addressing the rumors that have swirled around her over the years. Comment

Hot shots

Hot shots

Art: Growing up in Coney Island, Arlene Gottfried was witness to plenty of odd scenes. It’s no surprise, then, that her new book of gritty, black-and-white photographs, “Sometimes Overwhelming,” charts a path through the wacky, wild and just plain weird characters that New York City attracts. Comment

Murder site reopens

Park Slope: Less than two weeks after the vicious murder of the beloved owner of a Windsor Terrace dry cleaner, employees removed flowers, stuffed animals and scrawled notes from the security gate of the 10th Avenue storefront and opened the shop for business on May 27. Comment

City keeps Latino vendors on the Hook

Carroll Gardens: Weekend warriors have kicked off fútbol season in Red Hook Park, but the beloved food vendors who have ringed the sidelines for decades are stuck in a morass of red tape that could keep them out of business for another month at least. The bureaucratic snafu is a bitter irony for the vendors, who last year — for the first time ever — were required by the city to compete for the right to retain the locations they established almost 30 years ago. Comment
Bay Ridge: Teachers at a Bensonhurst-area school are in open revolt against a plan to take their parking lot and turn it into a new park. Comments (2)
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Dylan plays Brooklyn

Podcast: Bob Dylan just announced that he would perform in Prospect Park on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Tickets are on sale now for Dylan insiders (password Tilden), and they weren't expected to last long. The remaining tickets go on sale on June 13 through Ticketmaster. Comment

Victory loses emergency

Bay Ridge: Victory Memorial Hospital’s emergency room became an “urgent care center” on May 22, bringing the ailing Dyker Heights hospital one step closer to its scheduled June 30 shutdown. Comments (4)

Bad start at Elk’s Club

Park Slope: Workers began tearing down a former Windsor Terrace Elk’s Club to make room for three new townhouses in the increasingly popular parkside neighborhood — but they got off to a rocky start. Comment

Quick(er) fix for Verrazano

Bay Ridge: Repairs of the Staten Island–bound lanes of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge could be completed before July 4, two months earlier than expected and more than a year ahead of schedule, state officials announced this week. Comment

Cropsey’s new light reviewed

Bensonhurst: A new traffic light on Cropsey Avenue is annoying drivers — and pleasing pedestrians. Comments (1)
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Babeland opens

Podcast: Park Slope’s new sex toy emporium, Babeland, is about to open on Bergen Street — and, of course, irrepressible Editor Gersh Kuntzman was there to give you an inside tour. Comment

‘Super’ opera

Music: Traditionally, opera doesn’t require much technology. There are no microphones, and lights are about all you need. But at the Regina Opera, the Dyker Heights–based belter’s brigade, high-tech “Super title” equipment has been installed to project an English translation of the librettos above the stage. Comment
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Get your Gersh on

Podcast: Our editor was in the hot seat again on Brooklyn Independent Television. Comment

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

‘No respect’ for G train riders, sez pol: Assemblymember calls for more frequent service, expanded cars for ‘unwanted’ line

Williamsburg: A Downtown Brooklyn lawmaker last week charged that straphangers who ride the G train get no respect. Comment

‘FUREE’ over rezoning: Group addresses downtown plans at annual convention

Williamsburg: About a hundred people showed up last week as Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) held its annual convention to demand that elected officials respond to policies that affect low-income families. Comment

$ worries following Council controversy

Williamsburg: As Speaker Christine Quinn announced several major changes to the City Council’s current budget allocation process earlier this month, local nonprofit organizations are still wondering when they will receive their discretionary funding for the current fiscal year. Comment

Wikipedia for the college-bound: Brooklyn students create Web site which gives a leg up in the admission process

Williamsburg: The next money-making Internet startup is coming from a group of Brooklyn Technical High School students. Comment

Support for the arts

Williamsburg: Rep. Nydia Velazquez presented $188,000 in federal funds to the Brooklyn Arts Council this past Monday to expand arts programs in six Brooklyn public schools. Comment

Show your stars and stripes in BK: Memorial Day parades to march through Greenpoint & other Brooklyn neighborhoods

Williamsburg: Brooklyn residents will show off their patriotic pride this Memorial Day weekend, engaging in a variety of parades and memorials meant to pay homage to the men and women who have served the United States by putting themselves into the line of fire. Comment

Nightlife caution: Cops offer tips for a safe night on the town

Williamsburg: A weekend revel is much more fun when you take just a few simple precautions. Comment

Nforth arrives: Karl Fisher’s latest in luxury apartments

Williamsburg: Just when you think Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s hottest residential neighborhood, cannot get any hotter, Nforth arrives. Situated in an area where new restaurants and boutiques are opening everyday, Nforth, a loft-style, ground-up development, 161 North Fourth Street, will provide buyers with a lifestyle to complement this vibrant neighborhood. Comment

Nabe crime spree: Four stores raided on Bedford

Williamsburg: It’s a five-in-one shot that no one is happy about, save for one ambitious burglar. Comment

Locals ready to vote: North Brooklyn church hosts voter registration drives

Williamsburg: Exits at churches serving the Polish American communities of North Brooklyn and Western Queens were the scenes of special activity these past few weeks. Comment

High-flying fun at ps 132 kite festival

Williamsburg: It was a sunny Saturday in May, and the shouts of the P.S. 132 students eagerly anticipating the impending summer filled the air in McCarren Park. Comment

Crime on the rise in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Despite the addition of 128 officers who helped curtail a crime spate on Williamsburg’s Southside, crime throughout the 90th Precinct stayed high last month. Comment

Double the fun: Coney to boast 2 sideshows this summer

Williamsburg: A 100-pound rat munching on straw versus the human blockhead hammering spikes into his skull, or the world’s smallest woman versus a tattooed fire-eating lady. Comment

Did you bike to work?: Local official takes part in ‘National Bike to Work Day’

Williamsburg: It is only fitting that the councilmember who represents the cycling-loving communities of Williamsburg and Greenpoint is himself a bike rider. Comment

Council aide to get boot: Letitia James staffer faces deportation on technicality

Williamsburg: A well-known and admired aide in City Council member Letitia James’ office is facing imminent deportation stemming from a minor drug infraction in 1985. Comment

Art on the waterfront: New sculpture installed near Northside Piers development

Williamsburg: Sculptor Mark Gibian, a Roebling Street resident who moved to Williamsburg in 1980, has seen the neighborhood evolve from an outpost for artists to one that attracts a more monied crowd. Comment

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

‘Rodney’ rider backlash on the G: Advocates call for improved service on overlooked subway line

Brooklyn Courier: A Downtown Brooklyn lawmaker last week charged that straphangers who ride the G train get no respect. Comment

‘Old soldier’ finds new life at City Tech

Brooklyn Courier: “School really gives you an opportunity to change your life,” says Limor Garfinkle, reflecting on her journey from being an immigrant with an uncertain future to an honored graduate in communication design from New York City College of Technology (City Tech). Comment

‘Mike’ author

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn for Peace invites you to join actor and activist Mike Farrell, a.k.a. Captain BJ Hunnicutt on M*A*S*H and author of “Just Call Me Mike,” and Dave Lippman, a.k.a. George Shrub, “the world’s only known singing CIA agent,” for an evening of performance, food and fellowship. Comment

‘Life’ inspires writers: Youngsters take advantage of Duffy’s essay contest

Brooklyn Courier: Since 1995, Duffy’s Funeral Home in Park Slope has sponsored an essay contest as part of its commitment to the young people of their community. The essay contest serves to help them reflect on the “precious gift of life.” Comment

‘Farm Bill’ to feed Brooklyn too: Food pantries and other emergency programs hope to benefit

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklynites are hoping for higher subsidies for food stamps, food pantries and other emergency programs after the House of Representatives passed the comprehensive Farm Bill last week. Comment

‘Dam’ it, this water just stinks

Brooklyn Courier: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials made a presentation about an inflatable dam they are installing under Brooklyn’s Inner Harbor, — but members of Community Board 2 wanted to address sewage backup and drainage issues in their neighborhood. Comment

Windsor Terrace Alliance confronts graffiti

Brooklyn Courier: The Windsor Terrace Alliance, a new community group based the neighborhood south of Park Slope, reacted approvingly to the work of 72nd Precinct Community Policing Detective Mike Cleary in keeping the neighborhood safer and tackling a nettlesome graffiti issue. Comment

Up the architectural ladder

Brooklyn Courier: Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects has appointed Sarah F. Cox as its communications coordinator. In her new role, Cox will be responsible for the firm’s branding, Web site, public relations and other communications functions. Comment

Union Hall gains support: Community board backs renewal of liquor license

Brooklyn Courier: The state of Union Hall appears strong, as the bar’s liquor license renewal application was overwhelmingly approved by Community Board 6 last week. Comment

Two-timer & war-monger

Brooklyn Courier: The House of Representatives are voting on a $162.6 billion funding request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This would allow President Bush and his successor to extend the Iraq war until the summer of 2009. Comment

Turn your summer into a real page-turner

Brooklyn Courier: The summer has arrived and the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is celebrating in a big way. June marks the beginning of their Summer Reading Initiative, which the whole family can enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment

10th Ave. woman mourned

Brooklyn Courier: Windsor Terrace is pouring its heart out to the memory of a beloved merchant found murdered in her 10th Avenue dry cleaners last week. Comment

Thanks for nothing

Brooklyn Courier: I just found out today that my tax rebate, which was scheduled for this week by direct deposit, will be sent in the form of a check and will, therefore, be delayed for weeks. Comment

Test of musical memory skills

Brooklyn Courier: Teams from PS 236, 193 and 312 in Brooklyn will join 30 other teams from public schools throughout the city to compete in Riverside Symphony’s Music Memory Citywide Finals, May 28, 10:30 a.m., at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Comment

Tall salute to Polish heroes

Brooklyn Courier: Michael Madejski and Jerzy Waleszkowski were Polish boy scouts who found little time for arts and crafts after Germany invaded Poland in 1939 to ignite World War II and further propel The Holocaust. Comment

Summer in Coney Island to get a little bit freakier: Thor promises new ‘sideshow’ attractions

Brooklyn Courier: A 100-pound rat munching on straw versus the human blockhead hammering spikes into his skull, or the world’s smallest woman versus a tattooed fire-eating lady. Comment

Stroke awareness

Brooklyn Courier: To help increase stroke awareness among community residents, including the devastating long term effects that a stroke can have on an individual’s quality of life and that of his or her family, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center will provide free stroke health screenings to the public from May 27-30. Comment

Stinky quick change

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

Stars & stripes on parade: Brooklyn to honor American service men and women

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn residents will show off their patriotic pride this Memorial Day weekend, engaging in a variety of parades and memorials meant to pay homage to the men and women who have served the United States by putting themselves into the line of fire. Comment

Songs and arias

Brooklyn Courier: This Memorial Day weekend, accompanied by Molly Wood on piano, Park Slope native and operatic mezzo-soprano Cabiria Jacobsen will bring a varied program of songs and arias to the Park Slope United Methodist Church, Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street, May 24 at 2 p.m. Comment

Slush fund scandal trickles down here

Brooklyn Courier: As Speaker Christine Quinn announced several major changes to the City Council’s current budget allocation process earlier this month, local nonprofit organizations are still wondering when they will receive their discretionary funding for the current fiscal year. Comment

Showtime for students: Made in New York Scholarship Fund established

Brooklyn Courier: Entertainment, in all of its many forms, is crucial to the economy of New York City, bringing — by conservative estimate — five billion dollars annually to the city. Comment

Shock and disbelief: Outpouring of grief following cleaner’s murder

Brooklyn Courier: Windsor Terrace is pouring their hearts out to the memory of a beloved merchant found murdered in her 10th Avenue dry cleaners last week. Comment

Sacrifice to oil

Brooklyn Courier: Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I, and millions of Americans, care about the caribou and their migration patterns in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. Comment

Rockin’ for our troops

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Riding into the office together...

Brooklyn Courier: Council Members David Yassky (center) and John Liu (front) joined with Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White (left) to promote the recent “National Bike to Work Day. […]Comment

Ribbon cut on Preferred Health Partners office

Brooklyn Courier: A gauze bandage supplied the celebratory ribbon when three generations of patients joined medical workers and borough officials to help open a new medical facility in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

P.S. 39 wants a clean sweep: Parents push DOE to hire new custodian

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn parents want their schools cleaned up. Comment

Polish Singers

Brooklyn Courier: The Polish Singers Alliance of America (PSAA) will hold their 59th District Seven Convention, May 31, hosted this year by Jutrzenka Singing Society female chorus #226 of South Brooklyn. Comment

Point & click to your college dreams: Brooklyn Tech kids start myCollegeSTAT.com

Brooklyn Courier: The next money-making Internet startup is coming from a group of Brooklyn Technical High School students. Comment

Point & click on a college dream: Brooklyn Tech H.S. students start ‘myCollegeSTAT.com’ Web site

Brooklyn Courier: The next money-making Internet startup is coming from a group of Brooklyn Technical High School students. Comment

Peace & harmony

Brooklyn Courier: The Annual Unification of Peace and Harmony — featuring a parade, music, and a street fair celebrating multiculturalism and different ethnicities and religions — will be held May 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fort Greene Park, Myrtle Avenue between North Portland and St. Edward streets. Comment

NYM salutes dedicated nursing staff: It’s a wonderful time to be a nurse, staffers proclaim

Brooklyn Courier: Through their endless hard work and devotion, nurses at New York Methodist Hospital (NYM) make invaluable contributions to patients in the Brooklyn community. In order to recognize the high level of excellence exemplified by its registered nurses, nurse technicians and unit secretaries, NYM recently held its annual Nurse of Distinction Award Ceremony. Comment

New MetroTech BID scholarships

Brooklyn Courier: The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) is creating 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each for high school graduating seniors who will attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

New calls for transparency of funding: New York City Council slush fund fiasco puts local organizations on edge

Brooklyn Courier: As Speaker Christine Quinn announced several major changes to the City Council’s current budget allocation process earlier this month, local nonprofit organizations are still wondering when they will receive their discretionary funding for the current fiscal year. Comment

Make ‘em pay for it

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

Liberty weekend

Brooklyn Courier: The Friends of Historic New Utrecht invites you to Liberty Weekend 2008, May 31-June 1 at The New Utrecht Reformed Church, 84th Street and 18th Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment

KidSpirit magazine hits the scene: New quarterly looks at the spiritual lives of young people

Brooklyn Courier: Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment

It’s showtime for City Tech students: Made in New York Scholarship Fund is established for the entertainment-minded

Brooklyn Courier: Entertainment, in all of its many forms, is crucial to the economy of New York City, bringing — by conservative estimate — five billion dollars annually to the city. Comment

Historic Preservation Award: Brooklyn architectural firm wins special distinction

Brooklyn Courier: A model development block project designed by the Brooklyn architectural firm, Susan Doban Architect, PC, has been selected by the Preservation League of New York State to receive its prestigious Excellence in Historic Preservation Award. Comment

Hat, scarves, dolls for the little ones

Brooklyn Courier: The creative and talented seniors who make up the “Heights and Hill Handicrafters” are busy. At holiday time, they donated all the hats, scarves, dolls and blankets they had spent the year knitting and crocheting to the Mother-Baby unit of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn. Comment

G train’s ‘Rodney’ riders fight back: New community group lauds law enforcement’s efforts to combat neighborhood woes

Brooklyn Courier: A Downtown Brooklyn lawmaker last week charged that straphangers who ride the G train get no respect. Comment

Going up ... price tag for elevator buildings: Number of mixed-use buildings sold in Brooklyn on the rise too

Brooklyn Courier: The price per square foot of elevator and mixed-use apartment buildings in Brooklyn posted solid increases in the second half of 2007, according to the latest figures from the Massey Knakal Realty Services New York City Income Property Report. And while the total number of apartment buildings sold in Brooklyn was down, the number of elevator buildings sold jumped. Comment

Furious stand against luxury squeeze: FUREE urges affordable housing at convention

Brooklyn Courier: About a hundred people showed up last week as Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) held their annual convention to demand that elected officials respond to policies that affect low-income families. Comment

FUREE opposes ‘luxury’ squeeze: Affordable housing, displacement highlight group’s convention

Brooklyn Courier: About a hundred people showed up last week as Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) held their annual convention to demand that elected officials respond to policies that affect low-income families. Comment

Free lecture on memory

Brooklyn Courier: More than 10 percent of American adults over the age of 65, and approximately 50 percent of those older than 85, have memory disorders. Although not uncommon, memory decline is not a part of normal aging. Comment

Forum on jailhouse future

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn House of Detention Stakeholders invite members of the community to attend an open forum to discuss the future of the Brooklyn Jail on May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Belarusian Church, Atlantic Avenue and Bond Street. Comment

Fighting ALS

Brooklyn Courier: In recognition of Lou Gehrig’s Disease Awareness Month, the Steven Schneider Allstate Agency on Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place will donate $5 for every insurance quote, now through June 19 (Lou Gehrig’s birthday), to the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. Last year, the agency was able to raise $2,500, to help fight the disease. New customers who obtain an insurance quote will receive a special collectible Lou Gehrig baseball, courtesy of ALS. Collectible baseballs will also be given to those who make a $10 donation. Allstate Agent Steven Schneider will present a check for the amount collected to The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, June 19. The agency also welcomes any additional customer contributions. For more, call 212-619-7409. Comment

8-family walk-up sold: St. John’s PL. sale

Brooklyn Courier: Massey Knakal Realty Services has sold an eight-family walk-up apartment building at 219 St. John’s Place in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn in an all-cash transaction valued at $1,850,000. Comment

Eyes on patrol

Brooklyn Courier: Command Security Corporation provides security services — 39 uniformed security officers — at the following locations within the confines of the 88th Precinct: Clinton Hill Apartments-North and South Locations (1221 units), St. James Tower (328 units), Pratt Tower (328 units) and Clinton Mews (78 units). Comment

Exclusive stork club

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

Day of Remembrance ceremony coming: Holocaust survivors to speak about Nazi atrocities

Brooklyn Courier: To honor the memory of those killed in the Holocaust as well as those who survived, the Brooklyn-based Nachas Health Family Network is hosting its annual “Day of Remembrance” ceremony. Comment

Crime-busters win tall community salute

Brooklyn Courier: Two principled cops earned top honors this week from the 84th Precinct Community Council. Comment

Cooking up a successful career: City Tech product has a winning recipe for achievement

Brooklyn Courier: Once an aspiring pastry chef, Reem Assad is one smart cookie. A senior in the award-winning baccalaureate program in hospitality management at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), her academic excellence and the energy she has brought to an array of food industry-related community activities garnered her the first ever Twin Marquis Scholarship in 2007. Then, as the icing on the cake, she recently learned that she had been named one of three City Tech recipients of a 2008 Brooklyn Eats Scholarship. Comment

Closing ‘wide’ loophole: Community Board 6 backs zoning text amendment

Brooklyn Courier: Community Board 6 last week voted to recommend the approval of a zoning text amendment that supporters say could protect parts of Carroll Gardens from wildly oversized development. Comment

Close up on Park Slope & Coney

Brooklyn Courier: New York Methodist Hospital hosted a local student photography exhibition titled, “Neighborhoods in Transition: Park Slope & Coney Island.” The exhibit was a display of photographs by local high school students from the Brooklyn School for Global Studies and the Secondary School for Research. The photographs documented changing neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Here, student photographers Stephanie Dubreuze and Angel DeJesus pose with their work. New York Methodist Hospital is located at 506 Sixth Street between Seventh & Eighth avenues. Comment

CFB slaps fine on James

Brooklyn Courier: City Councilmember Letitia James last week was slapped with a $5,000 fine thanks to her connections with an old crony of convicted former Democratic boss Clarence Norman. Comment

CB 6 toasts Union Hall license renewal: Decision supercedes earlier committee vote

Brooklyn Courier: The state of Union Hall appears strong, as the bar’s liquor license renewal application was overwhelmingly approved by Community Board 6 last week. Comment

Carroll Gardens scale down

Brooklyn Courier: Community Board 6 last week voted to recommend the approval of a zoning text amendment that supporters say could protect parts of Carroll Gardens from wildly oversized development. Comment

Brooklyn ‘princess’

Brooklyn Courier: Pint-sized Clinton Hill student Monique Selina Price is a dab hand at being a pretty princess – twice in a row and on her way to clinching her third tiara as one of the Empire State’s sparkling gems. Comment

Brooklyn neighborhood tourism

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winning neighborhood for the first ever Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative. And the winner is…Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. Comment

Borough Hall salutes remarkable nurses

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham greeted health care professionals at Borough Hall for a salute to Brooklyn nurses in recognition of National Nurses Week. Comment

Booted out of the U.S.: City Council staffer faces deportation over technicality

Brooklyn Courier: A well-known and admired aide in City Council member Letitia James' office is facing imminent deportation stemming from a minor drug infraction in 1985. Comment

Artists workshop

Brooklyn Courier: The Dumbo Arts Center presents “Survivor: An Artist’s Opportunity Workshop,” May 30-June 1. Comment

Art is the perfect compliment to nutrition

Brooklyn Courier: Budding Picassos at St. Joseph’s High School can now eat lunch and view the fruits of their labors – a decorative mural they painted in the lunchroom with help from an artist, whose work has graced the Whitney Museum and the Queen Mary 2. Comment

Alzheimer’s Q&A

Brooklyn Courier: Leeza’s Place at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center will host a forum entitled “Alzheimer’s Disease: All the Facts and None of the Fiction,” May 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the center, 1 Prospect Park West. Comment

‘FUREE’ over rezoning: Group addresses Downtown plan at annual convention

Greenpoint: About a hundred people showed up last week as Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) held their annual convention to demand that elected officials respond to policies that affect low-income families. Comment

Wikipedia for the college-bound: Brooklyn students create Web site geared toward easing the application process

Greenpoint: The next money-making Internet startup is coming from a group of Brooklyn Technical High School students. Comment

Tips for your next night on the town: Area cops release some simple rules for revelers in their ‘Nightlife Safety Tips’

Greenpoint: A weekend revel is much more fun when you take just a few simple precautions. Comment

Taking a bite out of crime: Burglaries down in nabe for month

Greenpoint: While crime throughout the 94th Precinct remains higher than it was at this point in 2007, it has declined significantly over the past month, giving cops hope that it will eventually slide down to 2007 levels. Comment

Stars and stripes: Memorial Day parades headed near you

Greenpoint: Brooklyn residents will show off their patriotic pride this Memorial Day weekend, engaging in a variety of parades and memorials meant to pay homage to the men and women who have served the United States by putting themselves into the line of fire. Comment

Locals ready to vote: Greenpoint churches hold voter registration drive

Greenpoint: Exits at churches serving the Polish American communities of North Brooklyn and Western Queens were the scenes of special activity these past few weeks. Comment

Local photographers in the making: St. Cecilia’s School showcases 5th graders’ work made through BrightLights program

Greenpoint: The crispness and professionalism of the photos belied the age and inexperience of the photographers. To this untrained eye, it looked like they could have been done by professionals. Comment

Groups want to see their money

Greenpoint: As Speaker Christine Quinn announced several major changes to the City Council’s current budget allocation process earlier this month, local nonprofit organizations are still wondering when they will receive their discretionary funding for the current fiscal year. Comment

Pol honors ‘Bike to Work Day’

Greenpoint: It is only fitting that the councilmember who represents the cycling-loving communities of Williamsburg and Greenpoint is himself a bike rider. Comment

Double the fun at Coney Island: Not one, but two carnival sideshows slated for America’s Playground’s summer season

Greenpoint: A 100-pound rat munching on straw versus the human blockhead hammering spikes into his skull, or the world’s smallest woman versus a tattooed fire-eating lady. Comment

Day of Remembrance: BK honors area Holocaust survivors in ceremony

Greenpoint: To honor the memory of those killed in the Holocaust as well as those who survived, the Brooklyn-based Nachas Health Family Network is hosting its annual “Day of Remembrance” ceremony. Comment

Cop nabs bar robbers: 94th Precinct honors Andrew Bielawski for arrest

Greenpoint: For the first few months of this year, theft of unattended property stolen from bars denizens had been a thorn in the side of the 94th Precinct. Cops cite the prevalence of the crime as a major factor in the precinct’s increase in grand larcenies, up 25 percent from their 2007 levels. Comment

BK apartment prices up: Costs for mixed-use and elevator buildings increase

Greenpoint: The price per square foot of elevator and mixed-use apartment buildings in Brooklyn posted solid increases in the second half of 2007, according to the latest figures from the Massey Knakal Realty Services New York City Income Property Report. And while the total number of apartment buildings sold in Brooklyn was down, the number of elevator buildings sold jumped. Comment

‘Spirit’ moves magazine kids: New KidSpirit quarterly begins publication in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment

Slush-fund scandal trickles down here: City Council fiasco has many groups worried about needed funding

Brooklyn Courier: As Speaker Christine Quinn announced several major changes to the City Council’s current budget allocation process earlier this month, local nonprofit organizations are still wondering when they will receive their discretionary funding for the current fiscal year. Comment

Shootings put many on edge

Brooklyn Courier: The sound of gunfire seems to be a common occurrence in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comment

Sewer overflow plan stinks to some: DEP touts installation of inflatable dam

Brooklyn Courier: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials made a presentation about an inflatable dam they are installing under Brooklyn’s Inner Harbor, but members of Community Board 2 wanted to address sewage backup and drainage issues in their neighborhood. Comment

James aide to be deported: City Council staffer to get the boot over technicality

Brooklyn Courier: A well-known and admired aide in City Council member Letitia James’ office is facing imminent deportation stemming from a minor drug infraction in 1985. Comment

G train’s ‘Rodney’ riders strike back: Advocates push for better service on subway line

Brooklyn Courier: A Downtown Brooklyn lawmaker last week charged that straphangers who ride the G train get no respect. Comment

Going up ... price of elevator buildings: Number of mixed- use sites rises too

Brooklyn Courier: The price per square foot of elevator and mixed-use apartment buildings in Brooklyn posted solid increases in the second half of 2007, according to the latest figures from the Massey Knakal Realty Services New York City Income Property Report. And while the total number of apartment buildings sold in Brooklyn was down, the number of elevator buildings sold jumped. Comment

FUREE opposes ‘luxury’ squeeze

Brooklyn Courier: About a hundred people showed up last week as Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) held their annual convention to demand that elected officials respond to policies that affect low-income families. Comment

Experience Prospect Park in June: There’s a month full of outdoor fun and adventure waiting just for you

Brooklyn Courier: There are lots of exciting activities going on at Prospect Park this month. Here’s the rundown of all the special and ongoing events happening throughout June in Brooklyn’s biggest park. Comment

Dry cleaner’s murder hits neighborhood hard: Outpouring of sympathy outside 10th Ave. shop

Brooklyn Courier: Windsor Terrace is pouring their hearts out to the memory of a beloved merchant found murdered in her 10th Avenue dry cleaners last week. Comment

City Tech student’s winning recipe

Brooklyn Courier: Once an aspiring pastry chef, Reem Assad is one smart cookie. A senior in the award-winning baccalaureate program in hospitality management at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), her academic excellence and the energy she has brought to an array of food industry-related community activities garnered her the first ever Twin Marquis Scholarship in 2007. Then, as the icing on the cake, she recently learned that she had been named one of three City Tech recipients of a 2008 Brooklyn Eats Scholarship. Comment

CB6 toasts Union Hall renewal: Decision supercedes committee’s earlier vote

Brooklyn Courier: The state of Union Hall appears strong, as the bar’s liquor license renewal application was overwhelmingly approved by Community Board 6 last week. Comment

Biking their way to the office...

Council Members David Yassky (center) and John Liu (front) joined with Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White (left) to promote the recent “National Bike-to-Work Day. […]Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Robbed of chain Comment

Turn your summer into a page-turner

Brooklyn Courier: The summer has arrived and the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is celebrating in a big way. June marks the beginning of their Summer Reading Initiative, which the whole family can enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment

The ‘Spirit’ moves magazine youngsters: KidSpirit quarterly begins publishing here

Brooklyn Courier: Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment

Survivors bear witness to the Holocaust: Estimated 1,000 men and women to attend annual Day of Remembrance

Brooklyn Courier: To honor the memory of those killed in the Holocaust as well as those who survived, the Brooklyn-based Nachas Health Family Network is hosting its annual “Day of Remembrance” ceremony. Comment

Sewer backup & drainage woes: Just plain stinky: DEP touts installation of ‘inflatable dam’

Brooklyn Courier: Department of Environ-mental Protection (DEP) officials made a presentation about an inflatable dam they are installing under Brooklyn’s Inner Harbor, but members of Community Board 2 wanted to address sewage backup and drainage issues in their neighborhood. Comment

Point & click on your college dream: Brooklyn Tech H.S. kids start up myCollegeSTAT.com Web site

Brooklyn Courier: The next money-making Internet startup is coming from a group of Brooklyn Technical High School students. Comment

It’s showtime for City Tech students: Made in New York Scholarship Fund to give youngsters a chance to shine

Brooklyn Courier: Entertainment, in all of its many forms, is crucial to the economy of New York City, bringing — by conservative estimate — five billion dollars annually to the city. Comment

G train’s ‘Rodney’ riders fight back

Brooklyn Courier: A Downtown Brooklyn lawmaker last week charged that straphangers who ride the G train get no respect. Comment

Going up-price tag for elevator buildings: Number of mixed-use buildings on the rise in Brooklyn as well

Brooklyn Courier: The price per square foot of elevator and mixed-use apartment buildings in Brooklyn posted solid increases in the second half of 2007, according to the latest figures from the Massey Knakal Realty Services New York City Income Property Report. And while the total number of apartment buildings sold in Brooklyn was down, the number of elevator buildings sold jumped. Comment

Furious stand against luxury squeeze: Affordable housing, displacement highlight FUREE convention

Brooklyn Courier: About a hundred people showed up last week as Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) held their annual convention to demand that elected officials respond to policies that affect low-income families. Comment

Funding fiasco sparks concern

Brooklyn Courier: As Speaker Christine Quinn announced several major changes to the City Council’s current budget allocation process earlier this month, local nonprofit organizations are still wondering when they will receive their discretionary funding for the current fiscal year. Comment

Find fun and adventure inside Prospect Pk

Brooklyn Courier: There are lots of exciting activities going on at Prospect Park this month. Here’s the rundown of all the special and ongoing events happening throughout June in Brooklyn’s biggest park. Comment

Council staffer faces deportation

Brooklyn Courier: A well-known and admired aide in City Council member Letitia James’ office is facing imminent deportation stemming from a minor drug infraction in 1985. Comment

Community building

Brooklyn Courier: A coalition of Christian and Muslim leaders, all members of a task force formed by the Office of Brooklyn District Attorney, met with DA Charles J. Hynes to discuss issues that impact their community. […] Comment

Cleaner’s murder sparks outpouring of grief: Many pay their last respects outside popular 10th Avenue shop

Brooklyn Courier: Windsor Terrace is pouring their hearts out to the memory of a beloved merchant found murdered in her 10th Avenue dry cleaners last week. Comment

CB6 toasts Union Hall: Members break with committee; back license renewal

Brooklyn Courier: The state of Union Hall appears strong, as the bar’s liquor license renewal application was overwhelmingly approved by Community Board 6 last week. Comment

Biking their way into the office...

Brooklyn Courier: Council Members David Yassky (center) and John Liu (front) joined with Transporta-tion Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White (left) to promote the recent “National Bike to Work Day. […]Comment

A winning recipe for career success: City Tech student has the ingredients for life as a ‘foodie’

Brooklyn Courier: Once an aspiring pastry chef, Reem Assad is one smart cookie. A senior in the award-winning baccalaureate program in hospitality management at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), her academic excellence and the energy she has brought to an array of food industry-related community activities garnered her the first ever Twin Marquis Scholarship in 2007. Then, as the icing on the cake, she recently learned that she had been named one of three City Tech recipients of a 2008 Brooklyn Eats Scholarship. Comment

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