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Cinema: On Monday night, Trevor W. was the talk of the party. The tall, attractive socialite, of ambiguous sexual orientation and a lurid fashion sense, was sought after by Manhattan nightlife queen Amy Sacco, actor-model Fabrizio Brienza, “Lipstick Jungle’s” Lindsay Price, and members of Kulu and the Brazilian Girls. But Trevor W. isn’t real. He’s a figment of the imagination of Bushwick filmmaker Wayne Price. Comment
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Marty’s out — out of the fundraising game

Politics: In the clearest sign yet that Borough President Markowitz is not running for mayor in 2009, the Beep is barely raising any money. Comments (1)

MTV hangs up on Downtown

MTV hangs up on Downtown

Downtown: MTV’s reality show “The Real World” will no longer house its seven cast members in the newly renovated BellTel Lofts in Downtown, a member of the building’s board confirmed. Comments (2)
Red Hook: Ikea has changed course and will now offer its free ferry service to its customers first — and only then allow non-shoppers to set sail to Manhattan from the Red Hook superstore. Comment

Summer of fizzle

Coney Island: Coney Island’s “Summer of Hope” has gone from sizzler to fizzler. Comments (3)
Parking enforcement officers fanned out through Park Slope this week, doling out $45 tickets as alternate-side-of-the-street parking regulations came back into effect after an eight-week hiatus. Comments (5)

Meet the new ‘Row’

Clinton Hill: A Pratt Institute architect and his students say they have come up with a way to preserve a row of decrepit, historic buildings in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, yet still allow the city to go ahead with a plan to create a big-box supermarket. Comments (1)

Five years later; Slain councilman was rising star

James E. Davis was assassinated in City Hall five years next week — but his legacy may be greater than his achievements. Comments (7)
Art: The Brooklyn Museum of Art will make artistic lemonade after being thrown the ultimate art-world lemon: finding out that many of its prized pieces from early Egyptian Christians are actually fakes. Comments (1)

Another one bites the dust?

Bay Ridge: For Bay Ridge’s so-called “Faith Avenue,” the end is near. Comment

Love and skate

Love and skate

Theater: Growing up in Bensonhurst, actress Kerry Butler roller-skated like any other kid, but when the time came to strap on skates for “Xanadu,” the Broadway production in which she plays the lead role of Kira, it wasn’t so easy anymore. Comments (1)
Fort Greene: All you drivers out there are a bunch of selfish, thoughtless jerks — at least that’s what one Fort Greene resident thinks. Comments (5)

Raising the ‘Bar’

Raising the ‘Bar’

Dining: Spencer Rothschild’s two-month-old Mexican restaurant, “Barrio,” gets a warm reception in Park Slope. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Someone needs to do the due diligence at Atlantic Yards

Letters: Our mailbag is crammed full, as always. This time, letters on the lack of due diligence at Atlantic Yards, the plan to tear down historic, though dilapidated, homes at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, airplane noise over Park Slope, a woman who got upbraided by a parks worker for taking pictures of her own daughter, and what a reader’s happy visit to Montreal could teach us egotistical New Yorkers. Comments (1)

Park Slope was burglary central

Park Slope: There were an unsually high number of break-ins last week. Here is a gruesome roundup. Comment

From crack house to your house; drug bust will lead to auction on 93rd

Bay Ridge: Cops closed down two Bay Ridge crack houses last month, but the 93rd Street drug dens might remain the best places in the neighborhood to get a deal. Comment
Park Slope: At long last, there is a plan for an empty lot next to the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope, though it has meant the demise of an old trolley that sat there for 13 years. Comments (7)

A real ‘Legend’

A real ‘Legend’

Music: Five-time Grammy Award–winner John Legend will perform — for free! — at Wingate Field in Crown Heights on Monday, July 21. Comments (1)

Better than Times Square?

Theater: The curtains have gone up on the long-awaited TKTS booth at the Metrotech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. And the offering of discount tickets is cause for a standing ovation. Comment

Happy b’day

Music: On Sunday, July 20, JDub Records will be celebrating its fifth birthday in style, with a free concert and party in Prospect Park. Comments (1)

Park art

Art: There are always plenty of strange things to gawk at in Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park, but beginning Sunday, a collection of 30 exotic sculptures will be unveiled by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Comment

Seeing Greene

Fort Greene: On July 27, Fort Greene locals will have the chance to become better acquainted with the history behind their picturesque neighborhood. Comment

‘Associated’ with failure; Concord Village supermarket closes

Downtown: The Associated Supermarket on Tillary Street in Downtown shuttered its doors last week — but only temporarily. Comments (2)

Family calendar

Parenting: 11 am: “Daydream,” a short version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Prospect Park’s Imagination Playground (enter park on Ocean Avenue between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue). Free. Call (718) 393-7733 for info. Comment

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment
DUMBO: A smoke-belching soft ice-cream truck that had commandeered the city’s much-ballyhooed $1.5-million tourism gateway at the Brooklyn Bridge footpath has been booted by cops — who vowed to ticket its owner if he ever parks there again. Comments (1)

GOP outsider is in; But they keep pushing him back out

Bay Ridge: A former Republican Assemblyman who was driven out of power by his GOP rivals four years ago has been ushered back into the fold as the party’s official choice to represent Bay Ridge and Staten Island in Congress. Comment
Every time Jonathan Gleich begins his long commute into Midtown Manhattan from Brighton Beach, he’s blazing a trail for equal rights for that most-discriminated-against segment of the commuting public: Segway riders. Comments (5)

Nobody asked him, but…

Play’s the Thing: Every so often noted New York sportswriter Jimmy Cannon used to entitle his column “Nobody asked me, but…,” and Cannon would give a compilation of opinions on a variety of issues. Comment

Davis is a ‘Jewish’ convert

Ups & Downs: The Cyclones snapped a three-game slide on Sunday, the same day the team suited up in custom-made Hebrew uniforms as part of “Jewish Heritage Night” at Keyspan Park. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: A five-pound bucket of cement fell 23 stories from nearly the top of 66 Court St., demolishing a city-owned car and bringing back eerie memories of a similar incident 25 years ago — but unlike that fatal accident, only one passer-by was shaken up this time. Comments (2)
Carroll Gardens: The developer of a controversial Carroll Gardens apartment building at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place shrugged off a looming city shutdown of his project. Comments (1)

Ay and Eye — now they’re lost souls

Smartmom: Smartmom loses two more friends to parts unknown. How could anyone leave Park Slope? Comment

Koval calling! Defends private Bridge ‘Park’ fireworks event for vets

Bridge ‘Park’: The executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy defended the closure the temporary park on Pier 1 for a private fireworks-watching event on July 4. Comment

Your guide to upcoming civic meetings

Williamsburg: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time; however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment

Thies gets ’09 jumpstart: Candidate goes after funds

Williamsburg: It’s never too early to start raising money for next year’s City Council races, as a group of Greenpoint community members celebrated the beginning of summer by hosting a fundraiser for City Council candidate and Williamsburg resident Evan Thies, 18 months before the election. Comment

State senator must go, LGBT voters say: Golden’s opposition to same-sex marriage draws community’s ire

Williamsburg: Members of the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender community blasted State Senator Marty Golden for signing onto a lawsuit that could block New York’s acceptance of same-sex marriages from other states. Comment

Rent control meltdown: Tenants hit with new hikes; validity of system challenged

Williamsburg: Amid the hoots and ear-piercing whistles that echoed throughout the Great Hall at Cooper Union’s vaulted ceilings, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted 5 to 4 to increase rents by 4.5 percent and 8.5 percent for the city’s rent-stabilized tenants renewing one- and two-year leases, respectively. Comment

New Williamsburg cafe keeps it casual

Williamsburg: Contemporary American fare with a casual old-time Brooklyn ambience is the calling card of The New Williamsburg Café, which will open July 4 at 170 Wythe Avenue. Comment

New effort to I.D. needy: Many eligible for food stamps

Williamsburg: The City Council, in partnership with the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Food Bank of New York, will launch a wide-ranging outreach program to identify 211,801 Brooklyn households who are eligible for food stamps but may not be enrolled in the program. Comment

Lack of a/c leaves kids hot under the collar

Williamsburg: Of all the victims of the oppressive heat wave that overtook New York City in early June, let’s not forget the city’s schoolchildren, many of whom faced the daunting challenge of concentrating on schoolwork while battling discomfort. Comment

Hipsters get run of Bedford: Car traffic to be banned on avenue this summer

Williamsburg: A stretch of Bedford Avenue will be closed to traffic during four Saturdays this summer, allowing the Northside’s funky, vibrant commercial strip that has become internationally famous in recent years to function exclusively as a pedestrian plaza. Comment

Happy b’day Akituusaq: New York Aquarium seal 1-year-old

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s beefiest baby tipped the scales at 115 pounds at birth and boasts a legion of smitten fans, many of whom helped name him in a competition on the Today show to mark his first birthday. Comment

Good eats for all the outcasts: UnFancy Food Festival checks into the East River Bar

Williamsburg: Tom Mylan welcomes all foodies, locavores and ingredient-driven dining enthusiasts to Williamsburg for the UnFancy Food Festival, but sometimes the former Marlow and Sons buyer wishes pretentious eaters would stay home. Comment

Farm fresh goodness at McCarren Park

Williamsburg: Harry Rosenblum looks at the endless beds of ruby-colored cherries, among the first of the season, at Red Jacket Orchard’s booth at the McCarren Park Greenmarket. Next to the cherries are boxes of freshly picked strawberries and stalks of reddish-green rhubarb. Comment

Cheers to a ‘Glass’ act: Local woman wins ‘On the Rocks’ design competition

Williamsburg: Whether it’s shaken or stirred, the martini just got a whole lot cooler thanks to one Greenpoint resident. Comment

Canyon of a BK hero: Intersection is dedicated to Daniel J. Pujdak

Williamsburg: Nearly 150 people gathered in the Richardson Street Firehouse Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the death of Firefigher Daniel Pujdak, the 23-year-old Greenpoint native who died in the line of duty last June 21. Comment

An evening with ‘Jason and the Argonauts’

Williamsburg: He foiled a moving statue, slew the vicious hydra, and barely held off an entire skeleton army, but could Jason and the Argonauts survive in an increasingly competitive job market where individuals even with advanced degrees are having difficulty finding work? Comment

‘Supreme’ loss for Atlantic Yards foes: Public advocate survey finds DOE failing school kids

Brooklyn Courier: With site preparation work continuing on the Atlantic Yards project, opponents appear to be down to their last court appeal before developer Forest City Ratner Companies can officially start construction. Comment

‘Blew’ his cover: Exploding dye pack pegs thief

Brooklyn Courier: In the end, his brightly colored shoes gave him away. Comment

WNET awards diplomas to stellar grads

Brooklyn Courier: Thirteen/WNET, New York’s public television station, presented more than 100 diplomas to a diverse group of men and women from all over New York City who successfully completed their General Educational Development (GED) program. Comment

Well, they can connect the dots

Brooklyn Courier: Just place a dot where your home is. The call lured curious area residents like bees to a honey pot to the circular mosaic outside Tillie’s of Brooklyn, where a community project is underway to […] Comment

Toying with an anniversary: Doll & Toy Museum celebrates nine successful years

Brooklyn Courier: The Doll and Toy Museum of NYC recently celebrated their Ninth Anniversary at a festive evening, at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, where Marlene Hochman, founder and executive director of The Doll and Toy Museum of NYC was host. Comment

11th Street revels in the summer sunshine

Brooklyn Courier: Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts of sunshine and community spirit during a block party along 11th Street. Comment

Three R’s: but not much art: Public advocate survey finds DOE failing school kids

Brooklyn Courier: An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment

4th of July without the bang: Cops launch annual crackdown on illegal fireworks

Brooklyn Courier: Cops want to take some of the pop out of this year’s Fourth of July festivities. Comment

Thanks for the attention

Brooklyn Courier: Thank you so much for giving the prominent space and coverage to the Salem Fields visit by the Kings County Council, Jewish War Veterans, in honor of Memorial Day. Comment

Summer concerts

Brooklyn Courier: The Old First Reformed Church presents “Free Summer Concerts” every Wednesday in July at 8 p.m. Comment

Summer brings storytime to the garden

Brooklyn Courier: You know it’s summertime when the Hoyt Street Association holds its annual free “Stories in the Garden” series, every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m., now to July 31 at the Hoyt Street Garden, corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Standing up for same-sex marriage: Lambda Democrats salute supporters

Brooklyn Courier: Thanks for the support… Comment

School merger O.K.: Polytech, NYU deal gets state approval

Brooklyn Courier: The state Board of Regents last week approved the merging of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn and New York University to become Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Comment

Old glory on the move: Independence Day Parade on 13th Avenue

Brooklyn Courier: The stars and stripes will be moving from Third to 13th Avenue for this year’s Independence Day parade. Comment

NYCHA community centers in jeopardy: Agency forced to consider cutting programs and consolidating facilities

Brooklyn Courier: Facing a budget deficit of $611 million, the New York City Housing Authority is considering cutting programs and consolidating community centers, while continuing to make payments of $226 million to the city for a number of services the city provides. Comment

New specialists join NYM’s elite team: Outstanding orthopedic surgeons strengthen hospital’s health care ‘hand’

Brooklyn Courier: To provide an exceptional level of care for patients who are coping with hand, wrist and arm injuries, New York Methodist Hospital expanded its hand surgery services and hired two new specialists. Comment

New look at Gowanus Canal Sponge Park: Design becomes part of Architects’ ‘Ecotones’ exhibit on LaGuardia Place

Brooklyn Courier: The Gowanus Canal Conservancy, in collaboration with its consultant Susannah Drake and Brooklyn-based landscape architecture firm dlandstudio, has developed a design for a Gowanus Canal Sponge Park. This project was presented by Drake before a recent meeting of the New York Chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Comment

LICH rape crisis center to close down: ‘I don’t think there is a value to keeping it open,’ hospital spokesperson says

Brooklyn Courier: Long Island College Hospital will shutter its rape crisis intervention program on June 30, a hospital official confirmed this week. Comment

Ikea to shoppers: Get the bus

Brooklyn Courier: In Red Hook at least, crowded buses might actually be a good thing, an IKEA official reasoned this week. Comment

Hey kids, take the streets

Brooklyn Courier: New York City youngsters can now play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through the arts, and learn from a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural arts specialists thanks to the Police Athletic League (PAL), which launched its 2008 Summer Program in Brooklyn. Comment

Greenpoint pride

Brooklyn Courier: I have embarked upon my own personal crusade to correctly identify the community in which McCarren Park is housed. It is in Greenpoint, and not Williamsburg. Comment

Free tennis lessons

Brooklyn Courier: The New York Junior Tennis League is currently offering free tennis to youngsters ages 6-18 at various locations throughout the New York City as part of is annual summer program. Trained coaches will provide a comprehensive schedule of instruction, practice and play for all levels. Comment

Crime drops in 78th: Burglaries still up in ever-safer precinct

Brooklyn Courier: Except for burglaries, crime continues its downward spiral in the 78th Precinct. Comment

Coney’s star walrus dies

Brooklyn Courier: Ayveq, the Pacific walrus who rose from orphaned Alaskan calf to beefy harem leader at the New York Aquarium, died on June 22. He was 14 years old. Comment

Civic meetings

Brooklyn Courier: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment

Checking in on DeGraw

Brooklyn Courier: Pictured is a 50’ x 100’ development site at 611 DeGraw Street in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn that was recently sold by Massey Knakal Realty Services in an all-cash transaction valued […] Comment

Chappelle set to stump

Brooklyn Courier: If politics can be considered a comedy unto itself, then he’s just going to throw in a few more laughs. Comment

Caviar & food stamps

Brooklyn Courier: Editor’s Note: These following letters are in response to Stanley Gershbein’s recent “It’s Only My Opinion” column about food stamps. Comment

Cabrini has new CEO

Brooklyn Courier: Eugene R. McCormick has been selected as the new president and CEO of The Cabrini Mission Foundation (CMF). Comment

By Council Members Bill De Blasio & David Yassky

Brooklyn Courier: The early stages of a rezoning effort in the Gowanus community are a welcome sight to residents. A balanced rezoning of the area will allow for enhanced enjoyment of the Canal and its surrounding neighborhoods, while protecting important and varied uses. Comment

Brooklyn in the house for food show

Brooklyn Courier: Local and proud of it — that is the hallmark of the Brooklyn food manufacturers showing at the 54th Summer Fancy Food Show under the Real Brooklyn™/Brooklyn Goes Global banner (booths 5414 and 5416), June 29-July 1 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Whether it’s fudge from an old family recipe but suited to today’s discerning foodie, or hot sauce that is truly “fuel for food,” Brooklyn will be well represented. Comment

Boulder on her shoulder

Brooklyn Courier: Re: “‘Summit’ needs to call for black attitude change,” A Britisher’s View, by Shavana Abruzzo, 6/12 issue. Comment

Bklyn tenants caught in housing squeeze: Foreclosures, rising rents and predatory lending makes life hard on many

Brooklyn Courier: The high rate of foreclosures, the shrinking number of affordable rentals and predatory lending were all covered in a recent forum on housing in Brooklyn. Comment

Big chains spoiled rotten: More expired goods found on Rite Aid, CVS shelves

Brooklyn Courier: Pharmacy conglomerates Rite Aid and CVS are spoiling Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s mood. Comment

Become a better cook: Community Market offering demonstrations

Brooklyn Courier: With the overflowing stands of seasonal fruits and vegetables at farmers markets throughout the metropolitan area this season, eating local has never been easier. Nonetheless, because the sheer variety of available produce can be overwhelming, it’s not uncommon for shoppers to get stuck in recipe-ruts. Comment

A real way with words

Brooklyn Courier: Re: “A Britisher’s View” by Shavana Abruzzo. Comment

Still waiting for green space

Greenpoint: Negotiations between the MTA and city’s Economic Development Corporation over the relocation of a bus maintenance depot and emergency response facility on 65 Commercial Street have slowed to a standstill, as Greenpoint residents await the development of a park promised to the neighborhood more than three years ago. Comment

Somber memorial for fallen fireman

Greenpoint: Nearly 150 people gathered in the Richardson Street Firehouse Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the death of Firefigher Daniel Pudjak, the 23-year-old Greepoint native who died in the line of duty last June 21. Comment

Pol: School’s failing arts: Only 5 percent of BK elementary schools with full program

Greenpoint: An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment

JHS sex-abuse allegations -Report claims school aide touched students

Greenpoint: It is alleged that an aide at a Greenpoint junior high school repeatedly behaved inappropriately — and in several cases made sexual advances — toward at least 10 students over the past year and a half, an investigation has found. Comment

Housing crunch: In the red, NYCHA faces cuts

Greenpoint: Facing a budget deficit of $611 million, the New York City Housing Authority is considering cutting programs and consolidating community centers, while continuing to make payments of $226 million to the city for a number of services the city provides. Comment

Happy b’day Akituusaq: New York Aquarium’s walrus pup celebrates first year

Greenpoint: Brooklyn’s beefiest baby tipped the scales at 115 pounds at birth and boasts a legion of smitten fans, many of whom helped name him in a competition on the Today show to mark his first birthday. Comment

Finding those who are in need: New initiative to identify families eligible to receive food stamps in New York City

Greenpoint: The City Council, in partnership with the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Food Bank of New York, will launch a wide-ranging outreach program to identify 211,801 Brooklyn households who are eligible for food stamps but may not be enrolled in the program. Comment

BURG ‘n’ POINT: One scary evening on ‘Monster Island’: Melted Man’s creepy vibe leaves some screaming for the exit door

Greenpoint: I’m afraid of flying. I’m afraid of worms. When I was a kid, I used to be afraid of the wind. But I’ve never encountered an art event, especially one in our fair Williamsburg, that has sent shivers down my spine and brought me almost to tears. Comment

All eyes on 231 Norman: Greenpoint Lofts BK’s first commerical condominium

Greenpoint: Dozens of real estate brokers, marketing agencies and creative professionals converged upon Greenpoint Lofts tower last week to take a closer look at Brooklyn’s first commercial condominium development. Comment

The three R’s, but no art: Public advocate report finds DOE failing children

Brooklyn Courier: An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment

Standing up for same-sex marriage: Lambda dems salute supporters

Brooklyn Courier: Thanks for the support… Comment

Set for Nov.: ‘Martyrs’ to mark centennial

Brooklyn Courier: Despite unforeseen delays, the city’s Parks Department said last week the renovation of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park should be completed in time for its centennial celebration in November. Comment

More expired stuff on Rite Aid, CVS shelves

Brooklyn Courier: Pharmacy conglomerates Rite Aid and CVS are spoiling Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s mood. Comment

Mentors make Funday picture-perfect

Brooklyn Courier: Nine sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from JHS 265 in Clinton Hill, a school served by Partnership with Children, teamed up with volunteers from the philanthropic organization High Water Women to participate in a FUNDay Partners activity at the International Center of Photography. Comment

Loss for Atlantic Yards foes

Brooklyn Courier: With site preparation work continuing on the Atlantic Yards project, opponents appear to be down to their last court appeal before developer Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) can officially start construction. Comment

LICH to lose rape crisis program: ‘I don’t think there is a value in keeping it open,’ hospital spokesperson says

Brooklyn Courier: Long Island College Hospital will shutter its rape crisis intervention program on June 30, a hospital official confirmed this week. Comment

Green grass and greenbacks: Town hall on phase one of Brooklyn Bridge Park project

Brooklyn Courier: Don’t expect Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation President Regina Myer to address future funding for the 85-acre waterfront park spanning from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Fourth of July without the bang

Brooklyn Courier: Cops want to take some of the pop out of this year’s Fourth of July festivities. Comment

Crime spike puts many on alert: Robberies and burglaries plague Fort Greene

Brooklyn Courier: Despite the overall reduction of crime in Fort Greene during the year, community residents remain alarmed at the preponderance of robberies and burglaries that have been happening overnight in their neighborhood. Comment

Coney Island loses star walrus

Brooklyn Courier: Ayveq, the Pacific walrus who rose from orphaned Alaskan calf to beefy harem leader at the New York Aquarium, died on June 22. He was 14 years old. Comment

‘Supreme’ loss for Yards foes

Brooklyn Courier: With site preparation work continuing on the Atlantic Yards project, opponents appear to be down to their last court appeal before developer Forest City Ratner Companies can officially start construction. Comment

Three R’s but no art: Public advocate survey finds DOE failing school kids

Brooklyn Courier: An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment

Summer brings stories to the garden

Brooklyn Courier: You know it’s summertime when the Hoyt Street Association holds its annual free “Stories in the Garden” series, every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m., now to July 31 at the Hoyt Street Garden, corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Showcase for outstanding kid artistry

Brooklyn Courier: Archivists looking for a pictorial timeline of Red Hook’s history need look no further than the Nelson Street wall of PS/MS/HS 27. Comment

Senator must go, LGBT voters say

Brooklyn Courier: Members of the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender community blasted State Senator Marty Golden for signing onto a lawsuit that could block New York’s acceptance of same-sex marriages from other states. Comment

New play yard at P.S. 146

Brooklyn Courier: It’s time to play! Comment

LICH rape-crisis program to end: Hospital spokesperson: ‘I don’t think there is a value to keeping it open’

Brooklyn Courier: Long Island College Hospital will shutter its rape crisis intervention program on June 30, a hospital official confirmed this week. Comment

Home sharing program expands

Brooklyn Courier: Younger New Yorkers have responded to New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ expanded Home Sharing Program, a unique affordable housing option and free matching service, which has recently allowed younger “hosts” under the age of 60 to share their homes with older “guests.” Comment

Fireworks crackdown

Brooklyn Courier: Cops want to take some of the pop out of this year’s Fourth of July festivities. Comment

Bus it to IKEA: Shoppers urged to board for better service

Brooklyn Courier: In Red Hook at least, crowded buses might actually be a good thing, an IKEA official reasoned this week. Comment

Big-chain drug stores still spoiled rotten: Cuomo investigators find more expired goods on Rite Aid, CVS shelves

Brooklyn Courier: Pharmacy conglomerates Rite Aid and CVS are spoiling Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s mood. Comment

BAM cultural district swap: Two Trees to develop site formerly set for Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Courier: In development circles, they could be considered taking lemons and making lemonade. Comment

Yards foes ‘Supreme’ Court loss

Brooklyn Heights: With site preparation work continuing on the Atlantic Yards project, opponents appear to be down to their last court appeal before developer Forest City Ratner Companies can officially start construction. Comment

WNET presents diplomas to stellar class

Brooklyn Heights: Thirteen/WNET, New York’s public television station, presented more than 100 diplomas to a diverse group of men and women from all over New York City who successfully completed their General Educational Development (GED) program. Comment

Three R’s — but no art

Brooklyn Heights: An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment

Standing up for same-sex marriage: Lambda Independent Democrats salute supporters

Brooklyn Heights: Thanks for the support… Comment

Showcase for student artistry on Nelson Street

Brooklyn Heights: Archivists looking for a pictorial timeline of Red Hook’s history need look no further than the Nelson Street wall of PS/MS/HS 27. Comment

LICH rape crisis program to close: Official: ‘We weren’t doing it as well’

Brooklyn Heights: Long Island College Hospital will shutter its rape crisis intervention program on June 30, a hospital official confirmed this week. Comment

Library out, condos in: Mixed-use building for BAM Cultural District

Brooklyn Heights: In development circles, they could be considered taking lemons and making lemonade. Comment

LGBT voters blast Golden

Brooklyn Heights: Members of the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender community blasted State Senator Marty Golden for signing onto a lawsuit that could block New York’s acceptance of same-sex marriages from other states. Comment

It’s summer and story time in the garden

Brooklyn Heights: You know it’s summertime when the Hoyt Street Association holds its annual free “Stories in the Garden” series, every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m., now to July 31 at the Hoyt Street Garden, corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Ikea shoppers urged get on the bus: Store says increased service will come with increased ridership

Brooklyn Heights: In Red Hook at least, crowded buses might actually be a good thing, an IKEA official reasoned this week. Comment

Green grass & greenbacks: Town hall on phase one of park work

Brooklyn Heights: Don’t expect Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation President Regina Myer to address future funding for the 85-acre waterfront park spanning from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Euro Street ‘Bid’: ‘Pedestrian piazzas’ coming

Brooklyn Heights: The Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID) is going to bring a little Europe into Brooklyn this summer. Comment

Big chains spoiled rotten: Probe find more expired stuff at Rite Aid, CVS

Brooklyn Heights: Pharmacy conglomerates Rite Aid and CVS are spoiling Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s mood. Comment

Bang, boom...fizzled 4th

Brooklyn Heights: Cops want to take some of the pop out of this year’s Fourth of July festivities. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Racist renters Comment

Ye olde fashioned days are here again at the Wyckoff

Williamsburg: The romance of the past – infused with a strong dose of reality – comes to life, this summer, at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum. Comment

Viva Africa at the museum

Williamsburg: At the Brooklyn Museum’s “Target First Saturdays,” thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5-11 p.m. The July 5 program is “Viva Africa!” Comment

The Giglio will dance

Williamsburg: Each July, a remarkable ritual takes place in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn: 125 men carry a five-ton, five-story, hand-sculpted tower and a 15-piece brass band — on their shoulders — and dance the 65-foot-high monument through the streets in tempo to joyous Italian folk songs. Comment

Shuttle shoots to the waterfront

Williamsburg: Visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park can ride a free shuttle bus again this summer. The service transports passengers from major subway stations to the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s “Summer ‘08 @ Pier One,” providing public access to the pier and spectacular views of the New York Harbor and the New York City Waterfalls by Olafur Eliasson. Comment

Save a few lives

Williamsburg: Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services, in collaboration with Music Saves Lives, is holding blood drives July 6 and 20 at McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg. Comment

Ride into Coney history

Williamsburg: Grab your beach gear, bring your sense of adventure, cast away your workday concerns and enter the wonderful world of nostalgia. A day of fun and revelry await onboard the New York Transit Museum’s second seasonal “Coney Island Bound!” Nostalgia Train excursion. Comment

Nathan’s Hot Dog challenge returns – Kobayashi on the hunt

Williamsburg: Takeru Kobayashi of Japan will seek to regain his title as world eating champion, July 4, as he competes against American champion Joey Chestnut at the 93rd annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island. Comment

Indy all summer

Williamsburg: This year, Independence Day lasts all summer. On July 4, Independence Community Foundation (ICF) will celebrate a decade of support for hundreds of outstanding cultural, educational and community development non-profits in Brooklyn and beyond. Comment

Head to the lawn for a summer of Starz

Williamsburg: Town Square’s SummerStarz 2008 is just around the corner. The 2008 program will start July 9, so mark your calendars to spend 10 Wednesday summer evenings on the lawn in McCarren Park, Lorimer Street and Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment

Free dance class

Williamsburg: Young Dancers In Repertory is offering tuition free and admission free dance classes for children in several different Brooklyn Parks during July. Comment

D debuts CAKE

Williamsburg: In February 2007, Brooklyn’s Akashic Books and acclaimed author Kenji Jasper launched a new Street Lit imprint — The Armory — introducing audiences to an unknown young author named D, with D’s debut novel, GOT. Comment

Daydreaming

Williamsburg: PLG Arts presents “Daydream” in Prospect Park’s Imagination Playground, at Ocean Avenue between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue, on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Performance dates are July 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20. All performances include post-show activities for children. Comment

Culture spot

Williamsburg: NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, has named the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium the Culture Spot for July. Comment

Billy Joel nite

Williamsburg: Join the Brooklyn Cyclones as they honor Grammy Award-winner Billy Joel and enjoy Bike Night, July 12 at 6 p.m. Comment

Bigger, better and greener

Williamsburg: Now in its second year, The Prospect Park Youth Council’s free Summer on the Green Program is bigger, better, more educational and even more fun. Comment

Worldwide jazz comes home

Williamsburg: On monthly Thursday evening performances, PLG Arts’ Jazz at the Ink Well presents emerging and mid-career Brooklyn jazz artists. This summer, the series continues exploring Jazz’s global influence and influences, presenting artists who hail from France, Germany, and of course New York. Comment

Spazz Rock n’ Roll

Williamsburg: The Wang Dang Doodle will present “A Spazz Rock & Roll Dance Party,” July 11, with special guest DJ Dave the Spazz of WFMU and his swingin’ pals Bob Shannon of WCBS-FM and The Empress of The Empire State Soul Club. Comment

Reggae gala benefits the kids

Williamsburg: Revival Reggae Sundays will host the free official after party for the 2008 Reggae Carifest concert, July 6 at LOX Lounge in Fort Greene, starting at 9 p.m. Comment

R&B forever...

Williamsburg: BAM and MetroTech Center continue their 2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech into July. Comment

Prospect Bandshell keeps rockin’

Williamsburg: Celebrate Brooklyn! Continues to pack in the crowds at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Comment

Michael Bolton, Erykah Badu and Liza, too

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosts the 30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy/Seaside Park and the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field, with some of the biggest names in music coming to Brooklyn to celebrate an incredible three decades of free music. Comment

Let the music play: In the Pk

Williamsburg: The annual summer concerts series, in parks throughout from Bay Ridge to Marine Park, has been announced by sponsors State Senator Martin J. Golden, the Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst Parks Task Force, and CERT1NYC. Comment

Latin fireworks

Williamsburg: The Real Fireworks won’t be in the sky this Fourth of July — they’ll be exploding when Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postinos, La Cumbiamba eNeYe, The Quackatorians, and Cotito celebrate the sounds of Latin America at Jalopy, July 4 from 4-7 p.m. Comment

BK Hip Hop Fest: Old school, new school and everything else

Williamsburg: “Where Brooklyn at?” Comment

Almost famous: ‘Brat’ packer still has pluck

Williamsburg: Williamsburg resident Scott Sheets, an unassuming computer graphic designer, very nearly became an American celebrity. Comment

Tillies is terrific for noir, Haitian art

Williamsburg: Tuly cultural events at Tillie’s include an art show from rural Haiti project and a group reading from the new book, Brooklyn Noir 3. Comment

tARTs bring you the ‘Summer Salon Show’

Williamsburg: Rabbitholestudio presents “Summer Salon Show,” a group show that features recent work by members of the tART artist collective. Comment

Art audition

Williamsburg: The 37-year-old Narrows Community Theater (NCT) has opened a full arts education program this summer. On July 10 at 8 p.m. and then a month later on August 7 at 8 p.m., NCT will sponsor “How To Audition for The Professional Theatre,” a pair of workshops designed to expand on the art of auditioning. Comment

Sweet save for Domino sign

Williamsburg: On Tuesday, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted 7-1 to approve plans for a rooftop addition to the Domino Sugar refinery building, which was designated as a city landmark last September. Comment

Greenpoint native one ‘glass’ act: Mia Ferrera winner of Bombay Sapphire’s ‘On the Rocks’ design competition

Greenpoint: Whether it’s shaken or stirred, the martini just got a whole lot cooler thanks to one Greenpoint resident. Comment

CVS, Rite Aid face lawsuit

Greenpoint: Pharmacy conglomerates Rite Aid and CVS are spoiling Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s mood. Comment

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Montague Street BID on the move

Brooklyn Heights: The future of mom-and-pop retailers along the commercial corridor was up for review and planning during a meeting in Brooklyn Heights of the Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID). Comment

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