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Ikea is open!

Red Hook: It’s Wednesday, June 18, 2008 — and that can mean only one thing: Ikea’s big-box store in Red Hook is open for business. The entire Brooklyn Paper’s Ikea Bureau convened for full team coverage live from Beard Street. Comment
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Ikea’s big lineup, Part II

Red Hook: It’s Day 2 of Ikea’s free couch giveaway and the three dozen people on line have settled in. Ikea Bureau Chief Gersh Kuntzman and Senior Ikea Bureau reporter Mike McLaughlin bring you the story live from Beard Street in Red Hook on June 17, 2008. Comment
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Ikea’s big lineup

Red Hook: Ikea won't open until Wednesday, June 18, but people started lining up on Monday. The first 35 people on line will get a couch — and The Brooklyn Paper's Ikea Bureau brings you all the action. Comments (5)

Splitsville: Brooklyn divorces up 30%

Brooklyn Angle: All our exes live in … Brooklyn? Yes, divorce cases are soaring in Kings County — up a whopping 30 percent since 2003. Comments (2)
The celebrated Nathan’s hot dog contest, the granddaddy of all competitive-eating spectacles, will drop from 12 minutes to just 10 this year — and traditionalists are outraged. Comments (1)

Kicked out of Eden

Williamsburg: The only way to see a million-dollar sunset in Williamsburg is to own a million-dollar condo — because East River State Park closes before dark. Comments (3)

The Latest Development News

Dreaming of Wal-Mart

Editorial: On the eve of Ikea’s grand opening in Red Hook, our editorial board restates its support for a Wal-Mart in Downtown Brooklyn. Comments (21)
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Ikea hires 17 cops to handle Red Hook traffic

Red Hook: Ikea is so concerned about traffic after its June 18 opening that it will pay the NYPD to deploy 17 uniformed cops to keep cars flowing through the summer, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2)

H&M coming to Fulton Mall

Downtown: Swedish cheap-chic clothing store H&M will come to Fulton Mall by next spring — and could be one of the first tenants in a giant new glass-walled mall at Bridge Street. Comments (1)

Another new hotel set for Gowanus

Gowanus: Sure, you see a vacant lot in this picture of 611 DeGraw St., between Third and Fourth avenues — but a developer sees yet another hotel in the so-called Gowanus Canal Hotel District. Comments (1)
Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s so-called “Faith Avenue” is losing its religion — yes, another church is considering selling to a developer. Comments (6)

‘Fisching’ for love

Park Slope: Prolific architect Karl Fischer discovered a good way to win praise for a new design — make it good-looking and put it on an avenue lined by less-attractive buildings. Comments (1)

Columbia Street wants normalcy

Columbia St Waterfront: After three years of rebuilding Columbia Street, work crews are finally down to the last few blocks — between Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street. But residents complain the city needs to step up street cleaning, restore bus routes and plant parking signs along the main drag. Comments (1)

Two Trees chopped down

Williamsburg: The city hacked away at a developer’s plan to build a hotel near the Williamsburg waterfront on Wednesday, rejecting a proposal for an eight-story inn on North 11th Street. Comment

Pouring it on: Smith Street developer seems likely to get all seven stories

Rezoning: The city is aiming to limit the size of new buildings on many blocks in Carroll Gardens, but it doesn’t look like the new zoning will be approved in time to force developer Billy Stein to reduce the scale of his controversial Smith Street project. Comments (1)

Lights out! Thousands lose power in heat wave

Carroll Gardens: The summer’s first heat wave hit Brooklyn full force, thanks to a Con Edison power outage on Sunday evening that left thousands without electricity and tens of thousands more jammed up the subways. Comment

Starbucks names shake for boro

Manhattan has its eponymous bourbon and vermouth. And Brooklyn now has its … ice milk and caramel syrup? Comment

What’s in store

What’s in store

Red Hook: Red Hook might not be the textbook definition of “the great outdoors,” but on Monday, June 16, expect to see people descending upon the neighborhood with camping gear to wait out the opening of the new IKEA. Comments (2)

Your family

Father’s Day drive with daughter & dad

The Dad: Our columnist thinks about his dad — and then ponders what his kid will think about him someday. Comments (1)

Family calendar

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

Fore free! Dyker junior links open

Dyker Heights: First golfer Mayor Bloomberg broke in the putting green at the city’s newest golf center at Dyker Beach Park last Friday, but Hizzoner will never get to play a round at the six-hole complex — it’s exclusively for kids. Comment

Mo Willems has done it again

Dooley Noted: To the list of legendary couples in history — Antony and Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, Felix and Oscar — beloved Park Slope kids scribe Mo Willems has added another: Elephant and Piggie. Comment

Some children left behind?

Some children left behind?

Park Slope: Parents at Park Slope’s most-coveted public elementary school say the city should remap the school’s zone to reduce crowding in their children’s classrooms. Comments (2)

‘PAVE’ the way for Hook charter school

Red Hook: It’s official! A Red Hook public elementary school will share its building next fall with a new charter school, despite protests from some parents and teachers who did not want to give an inch, let alone a few classrooms. Comment

Little green schoolhouse?

Park Slope: Poly Prep gets kudos for its new environmentally friendly building on First Street in Park Slope. Comments (2)

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Atlantic Yards: Has Bruce Ratner’s failure to build Atlantic Yards claimed its first victim? High Stakes Cheese Steaks has closed. Comments (4)

Nets still tanking

Atlantic Yards: The New Jersey Nets are losing even more money — adding yet another wrinkle in the team’s plans to relocate to Brooklyn. Comment

Mad for Dad

Shopping: GO Brooklyn’s guide to smart, last-minute Father’s Day gifts Comment

Powers is out: Father/son showdown narrowly averted

Bay Ridge: Presumptive Republican congressional candidate Frank Powers dodged a bullet this week after his son, Fran Powers, failed to win the Libertarian Party’s nomination, thus avoiding the prospect of an ugly father-against-son race to succeed disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

Holy ‘Hill’

Dance: When the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center kicks off its 12th annual “Souls of Our Feet People of Color Dance Festival” on Monday at Long Island University’s Kumble Theater, it’s going to be more like a family reunion than your average dance recital. Comment

Clones open on Tuesday

Cyclones: A preview of Opening Day for the 2008 Brooklyn Cyclones. Comment

Brooklyn sports

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Win some, lose some

Cyclones: Xaverian HS players celebrated their city Catholic High School Athletic Association championship victory, while a team of out-of-shape journalists lost in a charity game against the Cyclones front office. Comments (1)

Kickball Pirate gets revenge

The Greenpoint kickball hero arrested last month for toting a buccaneer’s sword through a Macy’s department store made his triumphant return to McCarren Park on Sunday, leading his team to a rare victory. Comments (4)

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Docs: LICH prognosis negative

Docs: LICH prognosis negative

Cobble Hill: Medical staff at Long Island College Hospital say the only way to save their institution’s body is to cut off its head. To rescue LICH from mounting financial losses and declining patient visits some doctors and nurses say the hospital should sever its connection with Continuum Health Partners, the company that manages LICH and several Manhattan hospitals. Comment

Green on President Street

Green on President Street

Red Hook: A vacant lot on Columbia Street is now the “urban meadow.” Several years in the making, a storefront-sized parcel of land at the corner of Van Brunt and President streets has been transformed into a grassy field dotted with wildflowers and a grove of dogwood trees. Comment

A new Key Food?! But locals wish they could just keep their old one

Bay Ridge: While residents of the south part of Bay Ridge watch helpless as their beloved Key Food becomes a Walgreens drug store, a new Key Food is coming to the north part of Bay Ridge. Comment

A veggie good solution

Fort Greene: Produce-starved residents of Fort Greene have a new option to get veggies by purchasing fresh crops directly from a farmer who will make weekly trips to Fort Greene Park. Comment

Other Voices

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. Comment

Want to build Brooklyn Bridge Park? Scale it back!

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bob Dylan’s upcoming concert, horse injuries in Prospect Park and Wal-Mart coming to New York. Comments (2)
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Block party

Block party

Art: This weekend is the last opportunity for visitors to see the Brooklyn Museum’s breathtaking exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints from the Utagawa school. The works are the thrilling predecessors of graphic novels and celebrity posters alike. Comment

BUSCEMI! Park Slope actor is ripped off by unidentified thief

Park Slope: The brother of renowned big-screen bad boy Steve Buscemi was the victim of an identity theft dating back to March. Comment

Fred Malwitz, 79; Ridgite was father of Paper manager

Fred Malwitz, a consummate family man, Mets fan and father of Brooklyn Paper bookkeeper Lisa Malwitz, has died. Comment

Two collared in brutal beating on First Street

Park Slope: Three teens were arrested minutes after brutally beating a man on First Street on June 2, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Big country

Big country

Music: The big city is about to get a taste of the country. BrooklynCountry.com, the Web site and digital headquarters for country music artists and fans from Kings County, is celebrating its relaunching with a party at Natural Selection on June 15. Comment

Dealers ‘weed’ each other out

Fort Greene: A trio of armed bandits held five friends captive in a Lafayette Avenue apartment while the invaders looted the residence on June 6. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

Family jewels

Downtown: Two perps mugged a young couple on June 2 at the corner of Elm and Livingston streets, getting $6,300 in jewelry without a fight. Plus all the other crime from Downtown, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment

Taking candy

Carroll Gardens: A villain stole a necklace from a toddler in a Lorraine Street playground on June 1. Plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment

Smackdown

Williamsburg: A gang of teenaged hooligans jumped three adolescents as they rode the L train on June 6. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct. Comment

Coffee break

Bay Ridge: More than $40,000 worth of electronics was stolen from a deliveryman’s van while he was grabbing a cup of joe on 73rd Street on June 3. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment

Amanda Green, 49; Heights restaurateur, bon-vivant

Beloved Brooklyn Heights restaurateur Amanda Green, who started La Bouillabaisse and, more recently, the Wine Bar at 50 Henry Street, died early Sunday morning from pancreatic cancer. She was 49. Comment

Sunday blues

Williamsburg: A young woman fast asleep on Sunday morning in her ground floor room in one of the McKibben Street Lofts, awoke to find that two thugs had snagged some of her valuable loot. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment

Bath break

Bay Ridge: A vicious thief broke into a 17th Avenue apartment, tying up the residents and demanding money on June 5. Plus all the crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment

Bar snatch

Prospect Heights: A thief snatched a purse from the lobby of a Vanderbilt Avenue nightclub on June 8. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment

Dance from down under

Dance: Want to experience our world’s many cultures without leaving the borough? Get ready for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2008-2009 lineup! Comment

Cast party

Theater: The Theater for a New Audience won’t move to its Frank Gehry–designed Fort Greene headquarters for quite a while, but that won’t stop the group from throwing a party in the neighborhood on Wednesday. Comment
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The Scribes lose!

Podcast: A team of out-of-shape writers — led by Brooklyn Paper Señor Editor took on the Brooklyn Cyclones’ front office in a charity baseball game on Friday, June 6, 2008 — and even though we lost 6–5, we gave those Cyclones a real scare. Editor Gersh Kuntzman reports. Comment

Site specific

Dance: The Artichoke Dance Company is letting you direct its latest show, with its innovative, interactive production, “U R Here,” which allows you to choose the time, location and music of each performance. Comment

To the streets

Shopping: Traffic will be blocked all weekend in Park Slope, and this time it won’t be thanks to a doublewide stroller barreling down Fifth Avenue. Comment
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Ikea’s herring

Podcast: Promised six varieties of herring at the Ikea press preview on June 11, 2008, our editor, Gersh Kuntzman, dove right in, devouring plate after plate of briny goodness. Watch him savor all (or at least most) bites. Comment

The Kitchen Sink

All the latest local gossip, news, tidbits, bric-a-brac, potpourri and fun. 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

Teen writers wanted: Marty’s annual ‘Lit Match’ accepting submissions

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz invites Brooklynites ages 14-19 to submit stories, poems, essays, spoken word and raps for the third annual “Lit Match” teen writing contest, part of the Young Readers and Writers Program of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Comment

Spreading the word on foster care: Parents share their experiences to prospective foster care parents at recent forum

Williamsburg: Spanish-speaking foster care mothers shared their emotional stories with prospective families in Bushwick recently, inspiring them to change the lives of young people and become foster parents. Comment

Saying no to same-sex marriages: BK senator joins suit against recognizing gay unions in NY

Williamsburg: While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined City Council Members Simcha Felder and Gale A. Brewer and Elizabeth Broad, deputy director of Earth Day New York, in handing out reusable canvas shopping […] Comment

Park master plan: Group pushes for renovation

Williamsburg: The friends group for East River State Park, which stretches from North seventh to North ninth Street between Kent Avenue and the waterfront, met last Thursday to discuss plans for the park’s future. Comment

On the right path: Four inducted into BBG’s Celebrity Path

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) President and CEO Scot Medbury and Keyspan Chairman and CEO Bob Catell at this year’s Celebrity Path induction ceremony. Four distinguished Brooklynites were awarded bronze leaf stones, which will be placed in the beautiful Celebrity Path walkway near the Alfred T. White memorial in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at BBG. Comment

Nuts and bolts of art: Crest Hardware Art Show kicks off this weekend

Williamsburg: What do you get when you mix a nearly half century old family owned business with an ever-changing vibrant artist community: The Crest Hardware Art Show, presented by The Musebox. Comment

New Kings in town: Democratic club gears up for county committee ‘throne’

Williamsburg: The New Kings Democratic Club has launched the first stage of its recruitment drive to add members to the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee this week, as June 3 marked the first day for Brooklyn residents to begin gathering petition signatures for the position. Comment

I do!

Williamsburg: Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment

High score for Downstate

Williamsburg: Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment

Grand Street on the highway to health

Williamsburg: Torrents of rain did little to keep young people away from converging on the Grand Street Campus (84 Bushwick Avenue) for New York City’s largest ever Health Festival. Sponsored by Health Corps, a health educational and mentoring program founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the festival took place in all five boroughs. Comment

Fun with arts & crafts at BWCCS

Williamsburg: Dozens of Brooklyn children, from grades K-5, joined local artists to showcase their artistic talents during an arts festival at the Beginning with Children Charter School (BwCCS) in Brooklyn. The charter school’s arts festival allowed students the opportunity to interact with art professionals as well as show off their own talents. Comment

First talking, now texting: State takes steps to ban text messaging while driving

Williamsburg: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

Fastest on 2 wheels: Cycling the winner in commute contest

Williamsburg: Zipping across the East River is quickest on two wheels – and the most eco-friendly. Comment

Exercising the franchise: Polish-American Congress holds voter registration drive

Williamsburg: The Polish American Congress sent its mobile registration unit to the Brooklyn-Queens border section of Ridgewood where St. Matthias Church serves the interests of Polish Catholics living in Ridgewood and Glendale. Comment

Making an ‘Impact’ on child care

Williamsburg: North Brooklyn child care professionals pondered their next step as two City Council resolutions seeking to slow changes in funding the city’s child care programs proposed by the Administration from Children Services (ACS) have been gaining momentum in the City Council. Comment

Dylan to play Brooklyn

Williamsburg: Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment

Club’s neighbors make noise

Williamsburg: Some Greenpoint residents who live near Studio B, the 259 Banker Street music venue, are gearing up for a fight against the club’s application for a cabaret license. Comment

Celebrating Memorial Day in song: Brooklynites mark holiday with music at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual concert

Williamsburg: The music of Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Fred Ebb came alive as the talented student-musicians of the ISO Symphonic Band performed before hundreds of celebrants at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day concert. Comment

Call to honor all of BK’s veterans: Locals push to convert WWII memorial into museum

Williamsburg: A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment

Brooklyn bank bandit IDed: Todd Bowen wanted for seven thefts, five of which happened here

Williamsburg: Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment
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Playing favorites with local galleries: Williamsburg’s Jack the Pelican continues to impress with its latest exhibit, ‘WORE’

Williamsburg: Perhaps it’s the location: two blocks from the subway and right across the street from a frozen yogurt store. Or maybe it’s because of the crowd it draws: interesting people from all over New York who genuinely love art. Whatever the reason, Jack the Pelican remains my favorite gallery in Williamsburg. Comment

Youths try on police brass for a day

Brooklyn Courier: The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment

‘Nuts & bolts’ artistry: Crest Hardware Art Show

Brooklyn Courier: What do you get when you mix a nearly half century old family owned business with an ever-changing vibrant artist community: The Crest Hardware Art Show, presented by The Musebox. Comment

‘A good year’ for 78th Precinct cops

Brooklyn Courier: Oil prices might be up, but crime continues to fall in the 78th Precinct, police statistics show. Comment

WWII memorial redo: New effort to reinvigorate Cadman Plaza site

Brooklyn Courier: A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment

Volunteers tackle Tillie’s mural

Brooklyn Courier: An eyesore becomes a sight for sore eyes. Comment

Urging better recycling: Pol says schools are lacking

Brooklyn Courier: Schools can do a better job of going green, according to a local politician. Comment

Text amendment mess

Brooklyn Courier: The building that you use as an example of what the new zoning text change could prevent is built “as of right” on narrow streets. Comment

Teens look to future careers

Brooklyn Courier: Peer pressure took on a novel turn when 40 juniors, who interned for business, non-profit and government groups, handed down the torch of professionalism to their younger classmates during a model job fair at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (BCS). Comment

Stroke prevention

Brooklyn Courier: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn will hold a Nutrition & Stroke Prevention seminar at LICH’s Avram Conference Center, Room A, 339 Hicks Street at Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Somber salute at Salem Fields: Bravery defies the grave

Brooklyn Courier: The Kings County Council-Jewish War Veterans, under the guidance of Executive Director Harold Engelmann, presented a special memorial service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, honoring the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, and Korea and Vietnam. Comment

Shake Shack attack for BK: Popular burger joint coming

Brooklyn Courier: Shake Shack, the wildly popular Manhattan burger stand, might soon find a mobile home in Brooklyn, it was reported this week. Comment

Sex in the city (of Bklyn): Racy ‘Babeland’ shop debuts on Bergen Street

Brooklyn Courier: Diapers and dildos, strollers and strap-ons, bottles and bondage. Comment

Seventh Heaven

Brooklyn Courier: As a participant in Park Slope’s annual Seventh Heaven Street Fair, New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor free blood pressure screenings with valuable health information, and a blood drive, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Right on the money

Brooklyn Courier: Re: “Potential Pres Running on Empty Mouth,” “Not for Nuthin’” by Joanna DelBuono, 5-29-08 issue. Comment

Racial profiling

Brooklyn Courier: Fort Greene Peace, a neighborhood organization in Brooklyn, is organizing a forum called “Racial Profiling and Police Brutality in New York City: A Forum on the Sean Bell Case,” with State Senator Eric Adams and civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, at 7 p.m., June 12 at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, South Oxford Street and Lafayette Avenue. Comment

Public school 32 produces ‘Annie, Jr.’

Brooklyn Courier: Talented drama students engaged a rapt audience at Public School 32 when they took to the stage for a homespun performance of “Annie, Jr.” Comment

Pol calls for an end to hotel hoedown

Brooklyn Courier: Areas zoned for manufacturing use should be rendered inhospitable to hotels, a local lawmaker urged last week. Comment

Oprah turns vegan

Brooklyn Courier: The queen of daytime television, Oprah Winfrey, has decided to go vegan for 21 days, and she invites her viewers to join her. Comment

One of a kind - Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: I have lived in Brooklyn for most of my adult life and can not imagine living anywhere else. Brooklyn has been a great gift to me in that it provides a quality of life that is hard to find elsewhere. Comment

New additions to Celebrity Path

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) President and CEO Scot Medbury and Keyspan Chairman and CEO Bob Catell at this year’s Celebrity Path induction ceremony. Four distinguished Brooklynites were awarded bronze leaf stones, which will be placed in the beautiful Celebrity Path walkway near the Alfred T. White memorial in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at BBG. Comment

Miccio Head Start gala

Brooklyn Courier: The Police Athletic League’s Miccio Head Start center will hold its annual health fair for the benefit of its Head Start families, and the extended Red Hook community, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment

Jewish War Vets stay in action

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s Jewish War Veterans are quite busy this spring. Comment

Jailhouse ruckus: Expansion opposed: Stakeholders jeer; city pushes forward

Brooklyn Courier: Local stakeholders from downtown Brooklyn met last week to present a convincing argument against the planned expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention (HOD) on Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Inside private gardens...

Brooklyn Courier: Enjoy a self-guided Garden Walk through more than a dozen private gardens and nine community gardens in historic Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill during the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District’s (BBGD) 11th Sunday Garden Walk, June 8. Comment

Hydrogen is a gas, man

Brooklyn Courier: Everyone is wrestling with worse gasoline prices ever and, still increasing. I think this will drain circulating money out of the economy non-stop, hurting all poverty level and all middle income level families, dramatically. Comment

Giggles, games

Brooklyn Courier: The community is encouraged to attend the celebration of free food, activities and fun at the 13th Annual Giggles and Games Family Day starting at 12 p.m., June 14 at ICL Emerson-Davis Family Center, 161 Emerson Place in Fort Greene. Comment

Friday’s are cooler with jazz

Brooklyn Courier: As part of its monthly concert series at the Old Stone House, Brooklyn resident Charles Sibirsky, founder of Slope Music, presents Friday Jazz at 8 p.m., June 6. Comment

Fashion on Fulton

Brooklyn Courier: Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment

Emergency prep

Brooklyn Courier: Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Learn how, learn now at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop, June 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 5506 Church Avenue in Flatbush. Breakfast and refreshments will be served. Comment

Dylan to plug into Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment

Dress up for a long paddle

Brooklyn Courier: The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy will host a Flotilla Masquerade — a unique eco-cruise along the Gowanus Canal to Red Hook for the 15th Annual Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival Eco-Cruise, June 7. Comment

CB 6 is shaken to its core

Brooklyn Courier: The borough’s top boss is a politician who keeps his promises, according to a former member of Community Board 6. Comment

Cashing in on ‘The Real World’: Merchants eager to welcome their new MTV neighbors on Bridge St.

Brooklyn Courier: “The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

Cancer support

Brooklyn Courier: New York Methodist Hospital provides a free support group for individuals who are affected by cancer. Comment

Brooklyn Museum showcases talented kids

Brooklyn Courier: Join the Creative Arts Studio for an afternoon of entertainment. Comment

Brand new sense of ‘openness’: Preliminary plans to rezone Gowanus Canal are presented

Brooklyn Courier: City officials last week presented preliminary plans for a rezoning proposal near the Gowanus Canal, a long-anticipated plan said to increase the “openness” along the polluted waterway. Comment

Bandit caught on tape: Cops on trail of note-passing crook

Brooklyn Courier: Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment

Alternatives to NCLB

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture (BSEC) will sponsor the first in a series of forums to establish a community discussion about alternatives to the “Leave No Child Behind” program and mayoral control of the city schools. Comment

A boon for the kiddies

Brooklyn Courier: Watch for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum tent at community events this June and throughout the summer, and stop by for some family fun. Comment

150 years and counting: Long Island College Hospital celebrates anniversary

Greenpoint: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment

Saying no to same-sex marriages: Brooklyn senator joins suit against recognizing gay unions in New York state

Greenpoint: While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment

Ready, set – I do!

Greenpoint: Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment

Park master plan: Push for E. River park renovation

Greenpoint: The friends group for East River State Park, which stretches from North seventh to North ninth Street between Kent Avenue and the waterfront, met last Thursday to discuss plans for the park’s future. Comment

On the right path: BBG inducts four to Celebrity Path

Greenpoint: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) President and CEO Scot Medbury and Keyspan Chairman and CEO Bob Catell at this year’s Celebrity Path induction ceremony. Four distinguished Brooklynites were awarded bronze leaf stones, which will be placed in the beautiful Celebrity Path walkway near the Alfred T. White memorial in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at BBG. Comment

Locals make noise: Neighbors complain over trash, volume at Studio B

Greenpoint: Some Greenpoint residents who live near Studio B, the 259 Banker Street music venue, are gearing up for a fight against the club’s application for a cabaret license. Comment

First talking, now it’s texting

Greenpoint: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

Egg-cellent waterfront sight: Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s eight digesters get blue treatment

Greenpoint: Greenpoint residents may have noticed an egg-cellent sight along Newtown Creek. Comment

Big business on tap: Local bars welcome ‘The Real World’ coming to BK

Greenpoint: “The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

‘Narrow’ advocates dismiss critics

Brooklyn Courier: Supporters of the Carroll Gardens zoning text amendment are dismissing concerns this week that, if enacted, the measure would still allow the construction of 13-story buildings on the neighborhood’s signature courtyard blocks. Comment

Vets: Recognize all of BK’s heroes: Push to turn WWII memorial into museum

Brooklyn Courier: A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment

Text and get a ticket

Brooklyn Courier: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

Shopping and strolling coming soon: IKEA to have esplanade too

Brooklyn Courier: When IKEA opens its massive new store in Red Hook next week, it will also be unveiling a 6.5-acre public esplanade along Erie Basin, no charge card required. Comment

Pol calls for an end to hotel hoedown: Councilman de Blasio wants to ban ‘em around Canal

Brooklyn Courier: Areas zoned for manufacturing use should be rendered inhospitable to hotels, a local lawmaker urged last week. Comment

One rotten apple: Critics jeer lack of affordable housing

Brooklyn Courier: The shovels are in the ground, but local elected officials are not happy over supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis’s decision to start building luxury housing on Myrtle Avenue. Comment

No to same-sex marriage: BK Senator joins those against honoring gay unions in NY

Brooklyn Courier: While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment

Note-passing bandit at large

Brooklyn Courier: Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment

New BID flowering on Fulton

Brooklyn Courier: A new business improvement district is moving forward on a central Fort Greene/Clinton Hill thoroughfare. Comment

Good ol’ Hanks isn’t dried up after all: Neighborhood watering hole could have a place in new development

Brooklyn Courier: A gin-soaked dive bar that is popular with hipsters and country music fans alike may yet live to sing another day. Comment

Cashing in on the ‘Real World’: Merchants eager for Bridge St. tenants

Brooklyn Courier: “The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

BK’s ‘House of Contention’: Opponents of Atlantic Ave. jailhouse expansion mobilize

Brooklyn Courier: Local stakeholders from downtown Brooklyn met last week to present a convincing argument against the planned expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention (HOD) on Atlantic Avenue. Comment

‘Real World’ location set at 365 Bridge St.

Bushwick: “The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

Waiting in the wings: Child care workers bide their time as bills wind thru Council

Bushwick: North Brooklyn child care professionals pondered their next step as two City Council resolutions seeking to slow changes in funding the city’s child care programs proposed by the Administration from Children Services (ACS) have been gaining momentum in the City Council. Comment

Under one flag: Irving Ave. stores form new group

Bushwick: Following the lead of merchants on Wyckoff Avenue, Knickerbocker Avenue and East Broadway, business owners on Irving Avenue are forming the Myrtle-Irving Avenue Merchants Association. Comment

Tom Ridge to speak June 18

Bushwick: Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

Tickets for texting at the wheel

Bushwick: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

Resistance to charter school in IS 383 continues

Bushwick: Despite the go-ahead from the Department of Education, District 32’s Community Education Council and Community Board 4, a small group of parents from I.S. 383 Philippa Schuyler School for the Gifted continue to demonstrate against the placement of the charter school Achievement First within I.S. 383’s 1300 Greene Avenue campus. Comment

Reducing alcohol’s ills: HAMS offers help for lives damaged by drinking

Bushwick: There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment

Reaching out to local immigrants, with sound advice: Religious institutions sponsor forum

Bushwick: Bushwick’s immigrants received valuable immigration advice about visas, green cards and immigration law from lawyers with CUNY’s Citizenship Immigration Project the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office at an Immigration Forum sponsored by Bushwick’s religious community. Comment

Racial profiling forum June 12

Bushwick: Fort Greene Peace, a neighborhood organization in Brooklyn, is organizing a forum called “Racial Profiling and Police Brutality in New York City: A Forum on the Sean Bell Case,” with State Senator Eric Adams and civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, at 7 p.m., June 12 at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, South Oxford Street and Lafayette Avenue. Comment

PS 274 kids make their numbers: School “Math Night” a big plus

Bushwick: About 120 families came to P.S. 274, 800 Bushwick Avenue, for the Koscioszuko School’s second annual Math Night to watch their children play ring toss, bingo, and other games that touted the appeal of numbers. Comment

New playground at Audrey Johnson

Bushwick: Parents and volunteers came out last Saturday to clean the Audrey Johnson Day Care Center’s colorful playground, donated by KaBoom in 2000. Comment

New NYC Hall of Fame Web site

Bushwick: With a wealth of information and a dramatic flair, the New York City Hall of Fame’s new website has been launched at www.nychalloffame.org. The site features the inductees from 2007 and is open for nominations for the Class of 2008. Comment

N. Bklyn industrial trade show

Bushwick: More than 300 business representatives from the industrial neighborhoods of North Brooklyn will help The East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corporation (EWVIDCO) celebrate the accomplishments of their 25th year in style during the 2008 EWVIDCO Annual Tradeshow and Luncheon. Comment

Marty stumps for community cash

Bushwick: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham joined district managers and chairs of Brooklyn’s community boards on the steps of Borough Hall to call on Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the proposed cuts to the city’s 59 community boards. Comment

Local Dems seek new blood: New Kings Democratic Club launches recruitment drive

Bushwick: The New Kings Democratic Club has launched the first stage of its recruitment drive to add members to the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee this week as June 3 marked the first day for Brooklyn residents to begin gathering petition signatures for the position. Comment

Latest transplant to nabe: Zorro

Bushwick: Lilac Co., and ensemble theater company, and Saint John’s Theatre present “Confessions of Zorro and Diamond,” a work-in progress presentation of a new play written and directed by Sean Lewis, at 9 p.m., June 14, 15 & 16 in the basement of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenpoint, 155 Milton Street. Comment

Kids take the helm of the NYPD

Bushwick: The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment

Honors for TV maven, Roebling heir

Bushwick: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) President and CEO Scot Medbury and Keyspan Chairman and CEO Bob Catell at this year’s Celebrity Path induction ceremony. Four distinguished Brooklynites were awarded bronze leaf stones, which will be placed in the beautiful Celebrity Path walkway near the Alfred T. White memorial in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at BBG. Comment

Heritage and art to mingle: Open Studios and Puerto Rican Day Parade on same day

Bushwick: Laura Braslow, Maggie Pounds and Chloe Bass of Arts in Bushwick have no idea what to expect during the second annual Bushwick Open Studios, which, held from June 6 to June 8, will coincide with Bushwick’s Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities. Comment

Helping Bushwick’s kids, one life at a time: Spanish-speaking foster moms share their stories

Bushwick: Spanish-speaking foster care mothers shared their emotional stories with prospective families in Bushwick recently, inspiring them to change the lives of young people and become foster parents. Comment

Dr. Mehmet Oz takes nabe to a land of better health

Bushwick: Torrents of rain did little to keep young people away from converging on the Grand Street Campus (84 Bushwick Avenue) for New York City’s largest ever Health Festival. Sponsored by Health Corps, a health educational and mentoring program founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the festival took place in all five boroughs. Comment

Downstate aces its ‘boards’

Bushwick: Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment

Call it anything but ‘street art’

Bushwick: After moving from Astoria to Lower East Side, Skewville, the prolific graphic pop-artists known for their trademark plywood converse shoes, have finally found a home in Bushwick. Just don’t call them street artists. Comment

Bringing soccer to North Bklyn kids

Bushwick: Kids love soccer. The reason why it is the most popular sport in the world is not a mystery: Any kid can play the game; it’s simple to learn, easy to play, requires almost no equipment, doesn’t favor kids who are taller or stronger and every player on the field gets a chance to handle the ball, make plays and dream of the World Cup. Comment

A sticky good time at Ad Hoc: Exhibition of wheat-paste art opens June 13 at Bushwick gallery

Bushwick: Fresh off their dense, shantytown-themed exhibit “The Threat of Chance,” Ad Hoc Art gallery pulls a Monty Python with something completely different. The gallery welcomes Elbowtoe, Armsrock, Gaia, and Imminent Disaster, artists who often work with wheat paste, contributing several of their mixed media pieces in a show called “Poets of the Paste,” opening June 13. Comment

Art auction event raises $2K

Bushwick: Almost as soon as the bidding ended, the paintings started coming off the walls at the Arts in Bushwick’s art auction, held last Friday night at Lumenhouse (47 Beaver St). Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Banking on an arrest Comment

‘Shake Shack’ attack: Popular burger joint headed for a spot in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Heights: Shake Shack, the wildly popular Manhattan burger stand, might soon find a mobile home in Brooklyn, it was reported this week. Comment

What a way to treat a landmark: Clark Street site partially demolished

Brooklyn Heights: The partial demolition of a landmarked Brooklyn Heights building over Memorial Day weekend left local residents questioning the rhyme and reason behind the action. Comment

Text and get a ticket: New effort underway to penalize ‘dangerous’ drivers

Brooklyn Heights: If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment

Sunset sizzle on the waterfront

Brooklyn Heights: Psychedelic surf music, mythical revelry – plus New York’s chief executive officer – helped step off summer fun on the Brooklyn waterfront when the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy hosted a Sunset Sizzle benefit at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. Comment

Strolling & IKEA shopping: Superstore to include 6.5-acre public esplanade

Brooklyn Heights: When IKEA opens its massive new store in Red Hook next week, it will also be unveiling a 6.5-acre public esplanade along Erie Basin, no charge card required. Comment

Speedy Cyclist bests auto, mass transit

Brooklyn Heights: Zipping across the East River is quickest on two wheels – and the most eco-friendly. Comment

Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton

Brooklyn Heights: Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment

Push to revamp WWII memorial

Brooklyn Heights: A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment

P.S. 8 students take their audience to ‘Soldea Island’

Brooklyn Heights: Starry-eyed students took to the stage and wowed the crowd with a homespun production at Public School 8. Comment

New life for Hank’s on Third

Brooklyn Heights: A gin-soaked dive bar, popular with hipsters and country music fans alike, may yet live to sing another day. Comment

ISO Symphonic Band strikes chord with listeners

Brooklyn Heights: The music of Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Fred Ebb came alive as the talented student-musicians of the ISO Symphonic Band performed before hundreds of celebrants at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day concert. Comment

Guv says I do; others, no way: Brooklyn pol joins opposition to gay-marriage okay

Brooklyn Heights: While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment

Green looks good on the Gowanus

Brooklyn Heights: Area environmentalists took fun-filled steps towards living an eco-friendly lifestyle during the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s first annual “Gowanus Goes Green” festival. Comment

Fresh Fulton bid: Land Use Committee backs group

Brooklyn Heights: A new business improvement district is moving forward on a central Fort Greene/Clinton Hill thoroughfare. Comment

Cops hunt for brazen note-passing bandit

Brooklyn Heights: Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment

Connor, Squadron showdown: Incumbent, challenger strengthen their bases for upcoming fight

Brooklyn Heights: With petitions beginning to be circulated in the upcoming grudge match for the 25th State Senate District, incumbent Martin Connor seems to have sewn up the support of most of the Democratic clubs in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Community Board 6 quake

Brooklyn Heights: The borough’s top boss is a politician who keeps his promises, according to a former member of Community Board 6. Comment

Cashing in on the ‘Real World’: Merchants eager for Bridge St. neighbors

Brooklyn Heights: “The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

Brooklyn youth try on police brass

Brooklyn Heights: The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment

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