Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Page 1: Why wait to read the print edition of The Brooklyn Paper when it hits the streets tomorrow? Dive right in and read all our big stories, including full coverage of Tuesday’s primary elections, dueling beauty pageants, the death of two bikers, the fat choir singing for the Green Church, and our final week of Cyclones coverage (wait ‘til next year!). It’s all in your Brooklyn Paper — keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment
A bike rider was run over and killed by a school bus on a busy Park Slope street on Wednesday — the second cyclist killed in four days. Comments (20)

It’s our Fall Preview guide!

It’s our Fall Preview guide!

It’s fall, people, so it’s time to put the flip-flops away and start getting out there — and, of course, GO Brooklyn is there to guide you. Click on the links below to learn about all the upcoming events throughout the fall.

The French Connection!

The French Connection!

Park Slope: The French apparently hold the key to fixing Grand Army Plaza. Comment
Bay Ridge: Mike McMahon wins the Democratic nomination in the 13th congressional district and will face Robert Straniere for the seat being vacated by scandal-tarred Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

Raise a glass (or two!)

Nightlife: Let’s get ready to mumble! Comments (1)

Wait ‘til next year! Cyclones eliminated from playoff contention

Cyclones: A rare late-season loss, combined with a Jamestown Jammers doubleheader sweep upstate, ended the Cyclones’ Cinderella run to the playoffs. Wait ‘til next year! Comment
DUMBO: Ordinary Brooklynites are fighting for the right to fight. Comment

Fake pageants, real nudity

Fake pageants, real nudity

Event: Brooklyn got a double dose of half-naked irony last Friday with dueling satirical beauty pageants glorifying Coney Island’s trashy vaudeville soul and celebrating Williamsburg’s famous irony. Comment
Dining: Here’s an offer you can’t pass up: Free food. On Sept. 18, dozens of eateries along Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue — the dowdy older brother to hot hip restaurant rows on Fifth Avenue and Smith Street — will be doling out hors d’oeuvres and other toothsome samples in the latest phase of the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s “Buy in Brooklyn” campaign. Comment
Editorial: Our editorial board is opposed to politicians’ backroom maneuvers to gut the current two-limit for city office holders. Comments (1)

Ride on!

Coney Island: Astroland owner Carol Albert is selling 20 rides on the Web site If you want to recreate the Space Age–themed playland, you can buy them all for $1.847 million, or, choose individual rides. Here’s some of what’s available. Comment
Bay Ridge: It might be too late to save the “Green Church,” but preservationists are hoping they can rescue a tiny piece of the emerald-stoned house of worship’s history before the wrecking ball arrives next week — a time capsule. Comments (3)

Smartmom loses her dad

Smartmom: Smartmom’s dad, Monte Ghertler, dies. Comment

Our prof doles out the grades

Play’s the Thing: Our columnist doles out his end-of-season awards. Comment

Chop chop

Dining: Come on, admit it: you want to learn how to butcher a pig. Comment

Now there’s no park!

Now there’s no park!

Park Slope: Two sets of playing fields in J.J. Byrne Park have been rendered useless as the city began renovating the northern section of the park before a private developer finished his long-overdue, and city-mandated, rehab of the southern park. Comment

There is no god

Event: The leading lobbyist for one of the largest, but weakest, special interest groups — the “non-theistic” — is coming to Park Slope to champion the oft-elusive separation of church and Sarah Palin. Comment

Editor’s neighbor not pleased with beer bust story — The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: As always, the mailbag is filled — this time with letters from a Park Sloper who believes people drinking a beer on their stoop should be ticketed; two letters from fans of our illegal barbecue coverage; support for trees damaged by the “New York City Waterfalls” project; and the mosquito problem this summer. Comment

DUMBO is rejoined! Mr Bloomberg tore down that wall

DUMBO: Now that the city has rejoined the two halves of DUMBO by return turning a long-blocked road to the public, it’s time to look at customs and cultures on each side of the hip neighborhood in our first-ever East DUMBO vs. West DUMBO tale of the tape. Comment

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment

Civic calendar

Event: All the local events you should be going to. Comment

Get your Gersh on

TV: Our editor is back on TV! Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

Full primary results!

Politics: From an upset in a Brooklyn Heights state Senate seat to another win by longtime incumbent Rep. Ed Towns to a landslide by a Democratic Councilman who wants to replace scandal-tarred Rep. Vito Fossella and represent Bay Ridge in Congress, The Brooklyn Paper brings you all the election results. Click on the races below or read this round up. Comments (3)

Squashed! Eco-grocer can’t survive in green Slope

Shopping: It wasn’t high rent, but overly zealous environmentalism, that ultimately did in the Pumpkin’s Organic Market — an irony, considering that the one neighborhood where the eco-friendly grocer might have had a chance was crunchy ol’ Park Slope. Comments (20)
Art: In one of the noisiest parts of DUMBO — the Pearl Street Triangle — two local artists will soon establish an oratory oasis: a “speaker’s corner,” where people can stand on soapboxes and rant and rave, or just talk to their hearts’ content. Comments (1)
Downtown: Here’s our photo op of the week — all five borough presidents (who are they again?) dining with our own Beep, Marty Markowitz, at Junior’s on Monday. Comments (1)

Here they are: Your police blotters!

Park Slope: If it’s Wednesday, it must be Police Blotter Day at Find your neighborhood below or click above to start in Park Slope’s 78th Precinct, where a robber makes a score with just a few words of Spanish and a lot of hand gestures. Comment
Dining: Downtown Brooklynites will be unsuspecting guinea pigs at a new deli on Court Street: the Italian-sounding F. Martinella delicatessen near State Street is actually a retail concept store for the Boar’s Head cold-cut conglomerate. Comments (2)

Seamus O’Toole, Montague Street tavern legend, 58

Brooklyn Heights: Seamus O’Toole, the co-owner of the beloved Brooklyn Heights bar and restaurant Eamonn’s and a de facto “Mayor of Montague Street,” has died. He was 58. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008


Goodbye Astroland — or maybe not?


Goodbye Astroland — or maybe not?

Coney Island: Coney Island’s beloved Astroland amusement park closed on Sunday — apparently for good, despite a last-ditch city effort to eke out another year for the 46-year-old carnival. Comments (1)
DUMBO: Long-divided DUMBO was reunited on Monday when the city finally reopened a walkway under the Manhattan Bridge overpass to pedestrian traffic. Comment

Monday, Sept. 8, 2008


Towns disses rival’s plan


Towns disses rival’s plan

Fort Greene: House hopeful Kevin Powell might have a plan, but he doesn’t have a clue, according to the incumbent Rep. Ed Towns. Comments (2)

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

Politics: Just five days before voters hit the booths, congressional upstart Kevin Powell finally gave them a reason to hit the books. Comments (8)

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008

Cyclones eliminated from playoff contention!

Cyclones: A rare late-season loss, combined with a Jamestown Jammers doubleheader sweep upstate, ended the Cyclones’ Cinderella run to the playoffs. Wait ‘til next year! Comment

Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Astroland is truly dead

Astroland is truly dead

Coney Island: Astroland will close for good on Sunday. Comments (9)

Mike’s shopping for a bed

The Search: This week, our senior reporter shops (optimistically, we believe) for a bed. Comments (3)
Dining: The city reversed itself and halted work on an embattled raw bar being built on a residential block of Hoyt Street in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Another Cyclone win — another step towards the playoffs

Cyclones: The Cyclones won their 12th game out of their last 15 to retain a half-game lead in the race for the last playoff slot with just two games to play. Comment

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