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Digital editions: This week’s print edition of the Brooklyn Paper is a juggernaut — but you can enjoy it all online right here. Catch all our great exclusives, including a scandal involving one of Brooklyn’s most-prominent Christmas trees! Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

It’s tree-son!

It’s tree-son!

Downtown: If you think the 15-foot Christmas tree in the Metrotech Commons looks too good to believe, you’re right. Comments (2)

Locals want BQE cover-up

Locals want BQE cover-up

Carroll Gardens: In the greatest reunification project since East and West Germany, residents of Carroll Gardens and the Columbia Waterfront District want to reconnect neighborhoods that were split by a trench portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in the 1950s — but do so without supporting Mayor Bloomberg’s vision of high rises on decks over the sunken highway. Comments (5)

Expert: Other economic shoe to drop when those bonuses don’t come in

You think the economy is bad now? Wait for the other shoe to drop, a leading economist warned last week. Comment

The fake trolley is back!

A free trolley will shuttle tourists into and around the borough’s heart — but the retooling is really a revamping of a sorely underused version that ended its ignominious run last summer. Comment

Trim Marty’s fat

Editorial: Our editorial board supports cuts to the borough president’s office — but opposes recent calls to eliminate the office altogether. Comments (2)
Books: Park Slope photojournalist Scout Tufankjian spent two years on the bus with Barack Obama. Now she’s $32,000 in debt, but has a priceless book coming out next week. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming clearly doesn’t think there’s reason for outrage over the closing of East River State Park for January, February and March. Comment

Ready, Set, Gondry!

Ready, Set, Gondry!

Cinema: Filmmaker Michel Gondry isn’t trying to teach people how to make movies — he just believes we don’t have to rely on Hollywood for all our fun. Comment
Brooklynites have one thing to say to Mayor Bloomberg: Please don’t tax our plastic shopping bags! Comments (2)

‘House’ proud

‘House’ proud

TV: Workers from “This Old House” are gutting a Prospect Heights brownstone as part of the long-running home improvement show’s first New York project — but this is not a free ride for homeowners Kevin Costello and Karen Shen. Comment

Two views of New York

Two views of New York

Williamsburg: One of the best views in Brooklyn costs $1.15 million — $300,000 more than one of the best views OF Brooklyn. Comment

‘Black’ is beautiful

Art: A new photography exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum will enjoy, to say the least, good timing. Comment
DUMBO: A proposed middle school in DUMBO seems headed to victory even before the public-review process begins next week. Comments (1)

Pol positions: Two neighborhoods, two candidates

Politics: Brooklyn went overwhelmingly for Barack Obama in last week’s election — but one micro-neighborhoods in our coverage area supported Obama even more than the borough itself, while another gave McCain a landslide. Click below for our reports from the field.

State park to close

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The state will close the East River State Park — the Northside’s only waterfront park — from January through March because of monetary woes. Comment
Oysters are flourishing in the dirty waters off Brooklyn, but these bivalves aren’t bound for the raw bar. Comments (3)

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual, this time with letters on Barack Obama’s historic win, the end of term limits, the death of the Green Church in Bay Ridge, our supposed homophobic headline, a schism in the Jewish community, Ratner’s ongoing problems and dogs in Prospect Park. Comments (1)
Fort Greene: One week after Barack Obama broke a major racial barrier, Brooklyn pols shined a light on one of their own, former Rep. Shirley Chisholm, who knocked down several racial and gender obstacles in her time. Comment

Hey, kids: Read!

Parenting: Having trouble getting that whippersnapper to turn off the video games or turn down the iPod? Head to the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday for a good ol’ fashioned form of entertainment: reading! Comment

Our exclusive family calendar!

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

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment
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Bike Ferris wheel loses!

Bike Ferris wheel loses!

Mean Streets: An ambitious plan to create a 10-story bike storage Ferris wheel towering over the Smith-Ninth Street F-train station was narrowly defeated in an architecture competition by a less-spectacular, but admittedly more-realistic, design on Monday night. Comment

Simcha speaks!

Books: Simcha Weinstein has done it again. The hippest, coolest Hasidic rabbi in the city — he has his own Web site, even! — has come out with another book about pop culture. Comment
Park Slope: Part of Prospect Park’s rocky and dangerous horseback riding trail is getting a much-needed makeover. Comment

Get your Gersh on

TV: Our editor, Gersh Kuntzman, was once again in the moderator chair for Brooklyn Independent Television’s premier show, “Reporter Rountable.” Comment

Big meeting, few answers for LICH

Cobble Hill: Brooklynites turned up in droves at Borough Hall on Monday night to express their dismay at the problems at cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital, which has announced plans to shutter its maternity, pediatrics and dentistry wards, laid off 100 workers and said it will sack 200 more before the bleeding stops. Comments (4)
Dining: Morton’s is best known for its $53 porterhouses, but when the chain’s first Brooklyn location opens on Nov. 21, its bar will actually be a great place to ride out the recession. Yes, we are talking about three cheeseburgers for $6. Comments (2)

Smartmom isn’t blue about OSFO’s hair

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, the Oh So Feisty One colors her hair turquoise — and Smartmom is pleased. Comments (1)

Super stores

Shopping: Ricky’s, the edgy drugstore and makeup emporium, isn’t letting a downturn in the economy stop the party. In fact, it’s expanding. Comment

Ridgites still live in smell hell

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge residents are sick of a foul smell that has plagued the neighborhood for years — and they’re still making a big stink about it. Comment

TKT-yes! Downtown discount booth now open on Saturdays

Theater: The new Saturday hours at the half-price Broadway ticket booth in Metrotech are a hit. Comment

City to Marty: Lighten up Brooklyn

Fear and loathing pervades Borough President Markowitz’s office in the wake of another round of cutbacks ordered by Mayor Bloomberg that will hand pink slips to six more staffers and, more important, drastically reduce the pot of taxpayer money that Markowitz gets to dole out to his hand-picked groups. Comments (4)

City dumps Hook pier plan

City dumps Hook pier plan

Red Hook: The city quietly sank its plan for redeveloping a piece of the Red Hook waterfront with a marina, entertainment offering and hotels, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comment

The Fourth Avenue fix!

The Fourth Avenue fix!

Mean Streets: Can anyone fix this lousy intersection? Comments (2)

Malcolm Chesney — who saved Brooklyn — is dead

Brooklyn Heights: Malcolm McKay Chesney, Jr., who was integral in saving Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope from overdevelopment by encouraging people to fix up brownstones in the 1960s, died in his Heights home on Oct. 30 of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87. Comment
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment
Bay Ridge: Cops nabbed an expert burglar suspected of breaking into at least 36 Bay Ridge homes and almost single-handedly sparking a crime wave that terrified residents of the neighborhood’s bucolic blocks. Comments (3)
Downtown: The city wants to close a part of DeKalb Avenue to expand the Albee Square pedestrian plaza at the triangular intersection of Fulton Mall, DeKalb and Bond Street Comment

Joni Bollinger Kimball, sister of former Paper editor

Joni Bollinger Kimball, a former Brooklyn Paper employee and sister of our one-time editor, Ann Bollinger Burke, died suddenly last Monday, Oct. 27. She was 44. Comment


Kings Courier: A photo set depicting a haunted Halloween walk in last week's Kings Courier misidentified the photographer. Steve Solomonson took the photos, not Bob Hacken. Comment

Civic meetings

Kings 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. 3323. 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

Broadway calls for Marine park students

Kings Courier: Seventeen Marine Park Intermediate School 278 students were invited to perform at the Broadway League Dinner honoring Chairman of the Schubert Organization Gerald Schoenfeld, and New York City School Chancellor Joel Klein. The two gentlemen were awarded with the first ever “Schoenfeld Vision for Arts in Education Award.” Comment

New shul on on E. 36th St.: Former deli to be transformed into synagogue

Kings Courier: The mystery of the Hebrew banner has been solved. Comment

Ongoing arson in the park

Kings Courier: Vandals are setting benches and swings in Marine Park ablaze, according to residents. Comment

No Shabbat for thieves

Kings Courier: Shabbat is a time for reflection, a time for prayer — and apparently, a time for crime. Comment

Black eye for E. 24th St. permit: CB14 balks at Midwood home expansion bid

Kings Courier: Concern over inadequate notification to nearby residents of a proposed Midwood home expansion has caused Community Board 14 to vote at its October meeting to oppose the a special permit for 1155 East 24th Street. Comment

Fidler faces backlash

Kings Courier: By voting to extend term limits, City Councilmember Lew Fidler ignored the wishes of his constituents, according to angry Marine Park residents. Comment

Dollar van headaches hit home

Kings Courier: Hendrickson Street is the prime target for speeding dollar van drivers, according to Marine Park residents. Comment

Upcoming civic meets

Flatbush: 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. 332. Comment

Zoning laid down: Residents hear city’s plans

Residents filled the Swinging Sixties Senior Center this past Tuesday to hear the Department of City Planning’s contextual rezoning plan for 175 blocks in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, the so-called “inland portion” of Community Board 1 not covered in the area’s 2005 rezoning. Comment

A fall harvest full of fun and games

Flatbush: A magic show vied for attention with a pumpkin patch, providing gourds of fun for students at Public School 230 as they embraced fall with a harvest festival. Comment

Preferred Health Partners

Kings Courier: Preferred Health Partners is one of the largest multi-specialty groups in Brooklyn with more than 150 multilingual board certified physicians serving the diverse population of Brooklyn. The 12 medical offices throughout the borough are designed to provide multiple services at each one of our locations so patients can see their primary care doctor and see specialists at one office location. Comment

Term limit ‘traffic’ delays: Candidates put campaigns on hold while term limit suits proceed

Flatbush: With the City Council recently extending term limits to a third four-year term, and less than a year before the September primaries, several upcoming races remain in the air. Comment

67th Pct. Cop of the Month

Flatbush: He may be just 25 years old and three years out of the Police Academy, but police officer Devin Long is already making a positive impact in keeping the streets of the 67th Precinct safe. Comment

A shot in the arm for the councilman

Kings Courier: Councilman Lew Fidler has partnered with Beth Israel Kings Highway Hospital to provide flu shots to more than 700 adults, age 18 and over, during this month-long “Flu Prevention” effort. For the convenience of area constituents, morning, afternoon and early evening appointments are available. To make an appointment, call 718-241-9330. Pictured is Kathy Orsi, RN, administering a flu shot to Councilman Fidler. Comment

Trio sought in ‘Auto’ heists: Group wanted in connection to two separate crimes

Flatbush: Cops are looking for three thugs who are partial to auto parts stores. Comment

Bklyn takes steps against breast cancer

Kings Courier: Thousands of walkers, including breast cancer survivors and their loved ones, made their way into the Prospect Park for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Comment

Unaffordable at this price

Letters: I read with interest Myron Shulman’s letter, regarding his plight with the huge increase for his rent stabilized apartment. Comment

A barbaric practice

Letters: It was shocking and appalling to me to read of the torture and murder of so many chickens that a certain group of Orthodox Jewish people perform to expiate their sins before the high holy days. Comment

Living life on ‘Del Waiting Time’

Perspective: I pride myself on getting to any event on time, if not a little early. My husband, on the other hand, prides himself on getting to any event late, or as has happened on many occasions, not at all. So after 20 years of wedded bliss, and countless spats, I have learned to build in “Del Waiting Time,” or DWT as it is affectionately known in our home. Comment

Reasons Stan won’t be voting for Obama

Perspective: I recently received a letter from a reader who is an Obama fan. I told him that this is a great country. Anyone can vote for any candidate and he doesn’t have to give a reason. I added that I have many reasons for not giving the Senator my vote. If David Bowman is reading the paper today, here are some of them. Comment

Betting against Obama

Letters: Why is the stock market melting down now? Right now? Why not three months ago? Why not two months from now? Is it just coincidence that it’s in the final weeks leading up to the election? I don’t think so. Comment

Too much smut

Letters: I’m a retired senior citizen, born, raised and aged in New York City. I’m not religious, nor am I a prude, but menacing changes are occurring. Comment

‘Hot stuff’ for crooks: 63rd Pct. reports uptick in robberies

Kings Courier: Often considered one of the saving graces of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, the 63rd Precinct is slowly finding itself following the borough's increasing robbery epidemic. Comment


Williamsburg: Foreclosure fiend Comment

The ‘Green Church’ could have been saved

Perspective: “For the love of money is the root of all evil…” [Timothy 6:10]. Comment


Williamsburg: It’s Halloween, so let’s take a look at some of the tricks n treats Brooklyn has to offer shoppers this week. Comment

The Feds owe BK cash

Kings Courier: About 4,700 Brooklynites are owed federal money and the Internal Revenue Service wants them to get it. Comment

3 sought in ‘Auto’ heists: Wanted in connection with two separate robberies

Kings Courier: Cops are looking for three thugs who are partial to auto parts stores. Comment

Some gave all

Kings Courier: A young hockey player recites the names of the 212 soldiers from New York who have made the supreme sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was one of dozens of pucksters who gathered at Aviator Sports, Hangar 5 at Floyd Bennett Field on Flatbush Avenue, as part of the New York State Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign. For more, see Page 17. Comment

The power of Perioperative Nursing

Kings Courier: Lutheran HealthCare hosted the area’s first perioperative nursing conference, “The Power of Perioperative Nursing…It’s Not Just the OR!,” at the New York Marriott Marquis (in Times Square). Comment

Three hurt in minivan collision

Kings Courier: An 88-year-old woman and her 49-year-old son were among three people rushed to area hospitals following a harrowing collision that caused one vehicle to flip over. Officials said that a Toyota Sienna minivan was traveling past the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue R at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 when it was struck by a black Mercedes. The force of the impact sent the Sienna, which carried Kings Highway resident Roman Sher and his elderly mother, tumbling onto its roof. Paramedics took Sher, his mother and the driver of the Mercedes to area hospitals, where they were all listed in stable condition following treatment. Cops were still investigating the cause of the accident late Monday. Comment

‘Dynamite’ way to beat alcohol & drug abuse

Kings Courier: Big-hearted Brooklynites waged war against two potential killers by putting their best foot forward during a benefit walk to mark “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.” Comment

Top cops recover cash, bags of pot: Burglary in progress yields surprising haul

Kings Courier: Even criminals need police protection every once and a while. Comment

Public School 255 puts academic spotlight on outstanding learners

Kings Courier: Members of the pint-sized “brain trust” of Public School 255 were lauded for maintaining exceptional attendance records, grades, and exhibiting kindness towards others. Comment

Caution: More traffic summonses ahead: CB11 puts area motorists on notice

Bay News: Brooklyn motorists beware – cash-strapped city officials are bent on summonsing you mercilessly. Comment

Hall opens for Vance: Planotones star earns honor

Bay News: In 1975 while most of us boogied to “King Fu Fighting” and swayed to “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Kenny Vance and the Planotones were looking for an echo. Comment

Free fitness class

Bay News: Harbor Fitness is offering free trial classes for its new Fiteenz program, November 3-13. Harbor Fitness knows that the communities it serves needs fun activities for young people to help stay active, and so is launching a fitness program for young adults. Comment

Fractured right gives edge to McMahon: But insider says Cochrane could help Staniere

Bay News: The four-way race to replace Rep. Vito Fossella – with three of the candidates ranged along the right flank – appears to give the advantage to the Democratic candidate, City Councilmember Michael McMahon. Comment

Hockey skates with troops: Players honor U.S. heroes

Bay News: Pomp, circumstance and a poignant reflection marked the occasion when borough patriots delivered a tall salute to New York’s military heroes during a troop tribute at Aviator Sports & Recreation, coordinated by the New York State Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign. Comment

IMAX movies come to S’head Bay UA

Bay News: Brooklyn’s first IMAX theater opened last week in Sheepshead Bay, giving borough moviegoers an immersive cinematic experience that previously was only available in Manhattan. Comment

Middle schools

Bay News: Community District Education Council (CDEC) 22, along with middle school principals and the community superintendent, are inviting all area residents, interested parties, parents, guardians and their children to an informational session on District 22 Middle Schools at 7 p.m., November 6 at Shellbank-IS 14, 2424 Batchelder Street between Avenues X & Y. Comment

Living Judaism conference: Forum to look at how Jews interact with other faiths

Bay News: Now in its fifth year, the Institute of Living Judaism (ILJB) in Brooklyn will hold its fall conference, “The Believers Next Door: How Mainstream Jews Interface with the Muslim, Evangelical, and Haredi” at 4 p.m., November 2. Comment

Kudos to the next principal: P.S. 200 has new leader

Bay News: Amid an array of balloons, flowers and well-wishers, Javier Muniz was appointed principal of P.S. 200 at 1940 Benson Avenue. Comment

Community Health

Bay News: The Bay Ridge Center for Community Services presents its Health Expo, November 10 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 414 80th Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Capano jabs at Brook-Krasny

Bay News: A debate that began cordially with a handshake hit more than a few sour notes as the candidates clashed on a variety of issues. Comment

Bad blitz of tix: Motorists decry fines

Bay News: With approximately 40,000 tickets written citywide on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, it should come as no surprise that Brooklyn residents feel they are the cash cows the city is milking to line its coffers. Comment

Alleged thief busted on Ave. Z

Bay News: A man accused of being a sticky-fingered thief ended up stuck in a jail cell Monday after he ran into a wall of police officers at the corner of Avenue Z and East 17th Street, officials said. Eight police officers were called to grab and handcuff the man, after he allegedly swiped an item from a nearby store on the afternoon of Oct. 27, according to witnesses at the scene. Cops carted the man off to the 61st Precinct without incident. Charges against him were pending as this paper went to press. Comment

Abbate on defense

Bay News: Backed by a hall packed with extremely vocal supporters, one Republican Assembly hopeful turned a recent candidates’ forum into a freewheeling attack on the incumbent she is hoping to unseat. Comment

Barack has a leg up: Obama shirts far outsell McCain gear

Bay News: Barack Obama is cleaning John McCain’s clock – at least on 7th Avenue. Comment

Brother Jack’s legacy: New after-school program dedicated to popular pastor

Bay News: A beloved spiritual leader was immortalized when his community held a fundraiser at KeySpan Park for a new after-school program to be established in his memory at the Coney Island Gospel Assembly. Comment

Candidates’ plans in holding pattern: Many hopefuls cool their heels as term limit lawsuits proceed

Bay News: With the City Council recently extending term limits to a third four-year term, and less than a year before the September primaries, several upcoming races remain in the air. Comment

Call to protect Bay from spills

Bay News: Oily discharges into Sheepshead Bay may not be unheard of, but those who work on the water say that the one that occurred on October 10 was exceptional. Comment

More high schools in the mix: Eighth graders asked to consider new programs

Bay News: The high school admissions process isn’t over yet. Comment

NIA salutes pillars of the community

Bay News: A group of notable boroughites was delivered a tall salute for their service to the Bensonhurst community during an awards ceremony, presented by the St. Rosalia-Regina Pacis Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA). Comment

Death on the road: Accidents on four boro streets

Senior citizens are increasingly risking life and limb just crossing Brooklyn streets. Comment

Death in the parlor: Gunfire rips through Fulton salon

A quiet afternoon in Fort Greene was ripped asunder by a running gunfight that left one man dead and four others wounded. Comment


Crime: XXX show Comment

Home sour home: Nabe has most foreclosures

No one knows more about the country’s money woes than the average Canarsien. Comment

Jeers for NYCTA: Substation under fire

A Transit Authority substation is short-circuiting the quality of life on a Bensonhurst block, a state lawmaker recently charged. Comment

Play date jeers: Many reject PS 208 park

A playground for the students at Public School 208 is one thing. One that is open to the public is quite another. Comment

Livery misery mile: Dollar vans irk 65th St. residents

Commuter vans along 65th Street may be upping the danger quotient along the heavily traveled thoroughfare. Comment

‘Robert Merrill Way’ makes its debut on Bay 28th St.

Bay News: A pomp-filled program drew area residents, officials and sports buffs to Bensonhurst where they helped co-name the intersection of Bay 28th Street and Benson Avenue, “Robert Merrill Way.” Comment

What a spooktacular sight in the nabe

Bay News: Count on Brooklyn’s master crafter John Zammit to wow festive frolickers with his All Hallows Eve display. The annual showcase transforms Zammit’s house, 653 58th Street, into a whimsical exhibit of Halloween wonders complete with a boo-erific assortment of ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and other seasonal crowd-pleasers. Happy Halloween, John. Comment

Shorting out in B’hurst

Bay News: A Transit Authority substation is short-circuiting the quality of life on a Bensonhurst block, a state lawmaker recently charged. Comment

Prez rhetoric bleeds in: Congressional candidates invoke Obama, McCain

Bay News: The candidates were there to make the case for their own aspirations, but a recent political forum focused on the 13th Congressional District turned, at times, into a referendum on the presidential contest. Comment

OLG kids get to stepping: Students pound the pavement to raise school funds

Bay News: Fancy-footed students executed crowd-wowing moves during a jog-a-thon at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Comment

Term-limit battle realigns playing field: Neighbors sound off on Nelson run

Bay News: Old feuds and sore feelings between local elected officials and some of their constituents have taken on new significance now that the push to overturn term limits is in full swing. Comment

The littlest voters

Bay News: Kids get to practice voting for the President of the United States at the Lefferts Historic House, November 4 from 12-5 p.m. Comment

Victims of boating accident laid to rest: Many mourn the loss of three young men

Bay News: As the morning sunlight accentuated the stained glass window depicting Mother Mary cradling the baby Jesus, two beloved youths from Dyker Heights were mourned at Regina Pacis Church before a visibly moved community. Comment

Top Ladies of Distinction: Gotham Chapter to hold leadership conference

Bay News: The Gotham Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction will be hosting its Area II Leadership Conference at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington Hotel, October 30-November 2. Comment

Toll bros. pass: Condo project clears hurdle

Casting aside the indecision that had previously deadlocked its members, a Community Board 6 committee gave a measured blessing last week to a controversial residential development planned along the banks of the Gowanus Canal. Comment

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