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Page 1: Yet another reason to give thanks! Your Brooklyn Paper print edition is online a day early! Enjoy it over and over again this holiday weekend! And, as always, keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Holiday hero! Slope restaurateur is giving money away

Park Slope: The nation’s financial behemoths and auto giants reacted to the financial downturn by asking for more money; Robert Amato of Park Slope’s Tempo restaurant is asking for less. Comment
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Bridge ‘Park’: The builders of the Brooklyn Bridge Park development are already two months behind on a new construction schedule that is only three months old! Comments (2)
Music: The term “the new Dylan” gets thrown around a lot, sometimes with success (Bruce Springsteen, Bright Eyes), other times prematurely (Jakob Dylan) — but, heck, let’s do it again: Frank Hoier is the new Dylan. Comment
Mean Streets: Opposition to newly painted bike lanes on Kent Avenue is so strong in Williamsburg’s Hasidic community that one Orthodox leader vows that the faithful will block traffic if the city does not remove the cycling routes. Comments (38)
Downtown plan: The Swedish cheap-chic clothing store H&M will come to Fulton Mall next year, making it one of the first tenants in a giant glass-walled mall at Bridge Street. Comments (3)

Billyburg beantown

Billyburg beantown

Shopping: Some like it hot, but here in Williamsburg, most like it dark. Comment

City opens checkbook for Coney

Coney Island: The city has budgeted $200 million in taxpayer money to buy privately held land and make other improvements in Coney Island as part of its turnaround plan for down-on-its-luck neighborhood. Comments (2)

Sex film

Cinema: If you don’t attend a night of short films at a Williamsburg gallery next week, then you might be looking for love (and lust) in all the wrong places. Comments (4)

PO’ed!

Park Slope: The postal service says it will deliver mail come rain, sleet or snow — but city marshals, well, that’s another thing. Comment

Agit prop

Waiting in the Wings: A Manhattan-based troupe prepares its big play on Brooklyn gentrication. Comment
Theater: No, the two men running around the stage wearing dresses and cursing about a son on parole or the filthy language of Christmas carols aren’t part of a ribald holiday drag show at the Gallery Players; they’re bringing to life all 22 characters in “A Tuna Christmas.” Comment

Short stuff

Cinema: Short films are getting their moment in the spotlight in two different mini-festivals next week. Comment
Fashion: When Barack and Michelle Obama move into the White House, some people will be watching more than just how the First Couple solves the financial crisis. Comments (1)
Clinton Hill: The worst may be over for merchants along Fulton Street in Clinton Hill after suffering through years of roadwork that turned the commercial corridor into a retail graveyard. Comment

Big brother is back!

Big brother is back!

DUMBO: They’re always watching. Comment

Opera chef: Basta!

Bay Ridge: The aria-loving owner of Dyker Heights’ da Tommaso restaurant sang a different tune in a Brooklyn federal court this month, amid charges that he stiffed his own workers. Comment

These MTA cuts will slice and dice Brooklyn

Letters: Once again, our readers respond to our reports. Comments (1)

Family calendar

Parenting: This week’s fun things to do with your kids. Comment

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment
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And baby makes three!

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards opponent Daniel Goldstein and his wife did what megadeveloper Bruce Ratner has failed to do: they brought life to the Atlantic Yards footprint. Comments (21)

Shucks! Raw bar goes bad

Shucks! Raw bar goes bad

Carroll Gardens: The city quietly revoked permits for a controversial oyster bar on Hoyt Street in Carroll Gardens, ending a months-long fight between prolific restaurateur Jim Mamary and neighbors who sought to keep their block dry. Comment

City sinks academic wet dream

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge educator wants to build a floating science lab in the shadow of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge — but the city says his dream is dead in the water. Comments (6)

Thinking things through on Thanksgiving

Smartmom: Usually, Tuesday is Smartmom Day at BrooklynPaper.com, but it’s a short week, what with Thanksgiving and all, so we wanted you to start enjoying this week’s column a day early. Happy Thanksgiving! Comments (1)
Transit: Getting around Brooklyn — especially for residents of Williamsburg, Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst — will get a lot harder under proposed cuts by the MTA. Comments (4)

Brooklyn’s Thanksgiving heroes!

Brooklyn’s Thanksgiving heroes!

Dining: Brooklyn has many heroes. But on Thanksgiving, these are the giants. Comment
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The bard of Bushwick

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The bard of Bushwick

Music: Folkie-country-bluesman Frank Hoier, the bard of Bushwick, stopped by our DUMBO offices to sing his big hit, “Jesus Don’t Give Tax Breaks to the Rich,” as an exclusive to BrooklynPaper.com readers. Hoier will be at Union Pool in Williamsburg on Dec. 7, but until then, enjoy his big number. Comments (5)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

City halts House of D reopening!

Downtown: The city has halted its controversial plan to reopen and expand the Brooklyn House of Detention, saying it wants to work out a deal with neighborhood opponents who want the Atlantic Avenue jail dismantled. Comment

Heights Gristedes reopens

Heights Gristedes reopens

Shopping: Shoppers in the northern part of Brooklyn Heights once again have a grocery store, thanks to the reopening last Friday of a completely overhauled Gristedes supermarket, a store that had been gutted by a fire in April. Comments (1)
Dining: The grand opening of Morton’s the Steakhouse last Thursday night was a venerable who’s who of Brooklyn royalty — and even Mayor Bloomberg made a rare appearance in the borough, acknowledging that it would be a mis-steak not to “meat” the new neighbors. Comment

Burakoski makes it official with St. John’s

Amanda (Buzz) Burakoski verbally committed to play basketball at St. John’s University about a year ago and, in short order, the critics came out of the woodwork. Comment
Art: What is the difference between museum-quality art and a quality art book? Comment

Embattled bar owner resigns from cop panel

Bay Ridge: The owner of an embattled Bay Ridge bar has stepped down from a community police group at the urging of NYPD brass. Comments (6)

A purrrfect night out on the town at New Cats Cafe

Williamsburg: New Cats Café (2027 Emmons Avenue, in the Loehmann’s Plaza; 718-332-4850 or www.newcatscafe.com) offers a cornucopia of reasons to stop by, from the unique menu, boasting gourmet dishes inspired by French, Spanish and Italian kitchens, to the live music, to the exceptionally well stocked bar and menu of fine wines, and the environment of beauty and good times. The warm, contemporary interior beckons with a comfortable and cozy dining experience. Comment

Boys & Girls finding its place among elite

Barry O’Connor didn’t want to just win games when he returned to Boys & Girls in 2002. The football coach, in his second go-around at the Brooklyn school, had visions of turning the Kangaroos into a city power. So even though Boys made the 16-team city playoffs in 2004 and 2005, O’Connor wasn’t satisfied. Comment

All about execution as Fort Hamilton rolls in quarters

The Fort Hamilton football team was able to come up with big play after big play to beat Tottenville, 32-7, in the quarterfinals of the PSAL football playoffs Saturday in Brooklyn. Comment

LIU leaves Carnesecca Arena frustrated after winnable game

If you hear Jim Ferry tell it, his Long Island University men’s basketball team didn’t lose to St. John’s on Friday night. The Blackbirds gave it away. Comment

Williams calls Hofstra signing ‘proof’ of his arrival

Chaz Williams had already led Bishop Ford to its first CHSAA Class A city and state championship and earned recognition as one of the best point guards in the city. But it wasn’t until he put pen to paper Friday afternoon that the senior felt he had silenced his doubters. Comment

CHSFL ‘AAA’ semifinal preview: Xaverian-Iona Prep

At a Glance: CHSFL Class AA semifinalhttp://www.ionaprep.org/directions.jsp?rn=611734 Comment

Fort Hamilton wary of upset-minded Tottenville

When Vinny Laino looks at Tottenville he doesn’t see a No. 13 seed or the same club his Tigers walloped, 50-14, to end the regular season. Comment

Sheepshead Bay back learns as fast as he runs

Ayo Isijola leads the city in rushing yards and is among the league leaders in touchdowns. He has been offered a full scholarship by Hofstra. Cornell came to visit him. Rutgers and UConn are duly interested, and may offer sometime this winter. Comment

SSLJR comes from nothing -- literally -- to contender

Before last year, Dalliana Toussaint was the pseudo coach of the Secondary School for Law, Journalism and Research girls’ volleyball team. Except there were no games and, well, there wasn’t exactly a team, either. Comment

LGBTs take on Mormons

Borough Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples upset at the success of California’s Proposition 8 are taking their fight to the source of their opposition: the Mormon Church. Comment

Sounding off on noise: Complaints over local bars rack up in CB1

A pattern of noise complaints from people living next to establishments with outdoor seating arrangements has been emerging from several community meetings over the past few months. Comment

Serb hold out: Suspect still sought in beating of Brooklynite

Justice for Fort Greene resident Bryan Steinhauer is a feat that’s getting harder and harder to accomplish. Comment

New hook brew: Beer distributor eyes move to nabe

The city could be close to inking a deal that would bring Phoenix Beverages, one of the country’s largest beer distributors, to Pier 11 in Red Hook, this paper has learned. Comment

Walk this way: New pedestrian plaza at mall

A pedestrian plaza is coming to the Fulton Mall, but shoppers looking to answer nature’s call on the busy commercial corridor should seek bathrooms in friendly stores. Comment

Ditch Rx now: New study looks at BQE

A new study may not repair the chasm carved out by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway—but it might just gussy it up considerably. Comment

Shut out of gifted class: Half as many kids get into programs

The existence of fewer gifted programs in local public schools has renewed fears of families leaving Brooklyn for the suburbs. Comment

Playground resistance: Some oppose new park on Avenue D

East Flatbush does not need another park, according to a volunteer parents’ group. Comment

Crime time live is back: Cops record overall rise in stats

Increases in the areas of burglary, robbery and grand theft auto have resulted in a small overall rise in crime in Canarsie in 2008. Comment

Just no way: CB10 balks at DOT’s refusal to implement safety improvements

Concern about potential danger where the Greenway meets the roadway had members of Community Board 10 voting unanimously to recommend that the city take a fresh look at two local intersections. Comment

Asbestos at Kaiser park: Discovery puts rehab on hold

Asbestos has been found in Kaiser Park. Comment

Mike sparks astro-buzz: Note talks of reopening

A note from Mayor Michael Bloomberg promising to “pursue an interim measure that will allow Astroland to reopen” has filled some diehard amusement park enthusiasts with new hope this week even as rides have begun to be dismantled. Comment

Your guide to local 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

Wolves look to rebound: Grand St. Campus footballers not let down by 0-9 record

Williamsburg: As they have all season long, the Grand Street Campus Wolves fought valiantly last Sunday, turning in a gritty performance that would make any coach proud. But as they have all season, the Wolves lost, this time 38-6 to Boys and Girls High School. Comment

What’s brewing in parks: Locals discuss park projects in store for North Brooklyn

Williamsburg: A large and enthusiastic group of local parks advocates packed the Brooklyn Brewery Monday night for a community meeting hosted by the North Brooklyn Open Space Alliance, the non-profit whose work supplements the Parks Department in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Comment

Uniting behind a cause: Activists celebrate Obama’s victory in the election

Williamsburg: Reaction around North Brooklyn to the historic and transformative victory of President-elect Barack Obama was both joyous and cathartic, as revelers spilled from local bars and danced in the streets of Williamsburg, disrupting local traffic. Comment

Spreading the word about AIDS: El Puente hosts its annual Latino AIDS Awareness Day, featuring performance art

Williamsburg: El Puente, the Southside community human rights organization, hosted its fourth annual Latino AIDS Awareness Day last Monday night, an evening of performance art honoring those stricken with a disease that disproportionately affects the Latino community. Comment

Spooky sights on Parade in the nabe

Williamsburg: Williamsburg continues to live up to its reputation of some of the most creative Halloween costumes in the city, and many residents showed off their work at the 13th Annual Williamsburg Halloween Parade. Comment

Road to glory runs through nabe: Runners stream North Brooklyn during the ING New York City Marathon

Williamsburg: Marathoners braved morning chills in the 40s to run in the 2008 ING New York City Marathon this past Sunday, which sliced through several Brooklyn neighborhoods from Bay Ridge to Greenpoint. Comment

Getting rid of all the waste: Compost project aims to turn garbage into a sustainable resource

Williamsburg: The North Brooklyn Compost Project is doing its part to reduce the vast quantity of garbage produced by New York City residents, something that disproportionally impacts North Brooklyn residents because of the area’s high concentration of waste-transfer facilities. Comment

Show your ‘Love’ for Second Fridays

Williamsburg: With more restaurants and retail stores filling empty storefronts on Grand Street in Williamsburg, local businesses are trying to mobilize and offer sales in an effort to increase traffic to the corridor, starting with a sales event called Second Fridays on Nov. 14. Comment

DOE move not so smart, say parents: Assert city should have sought parental input into procedures for gifted programs

Williamsburg: The new admissions procedures for gifted and talented programs would have run smoother if the city Department of Education (DOE) had sought parental input before implementing the changes, according to Brooklyn parents. Comment

Brooklynite crazy over casserole: Local author Emily Farris hosting classes, parties devoted to the baked dish

Williamsburg: On the night before the presidential election, author Emily Farris was running around the kitchen of her parent’s home in Kansas City, MO, making a five-cheese casserole concoction known as cheese love, with her sisters. Comment

Revenge is as sweet as honey for Hornets

Shannon Appel wanted this match badly. The sophomore middle hitter on the Midwood girls’ volleyball team has been out since Oct. 22 with an ankle injury, but worked hard to come back in time for the Hornets’ tiebreaker rematch with Secondary School for Law, Journalism and Research. SSLJR, a first-year varsity program, snapped Midwood’s four-year league winning streak Oct. 17. Comment

These Hornets don’t mind lack of buzz

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say the Midwood girls’ basketball team has been overlooked. Comment

Yvette Clarke: After-school hero

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke received the “After-School Hero Award” from The After-School Corporation (TASC) and Global Kids for her successful fight to save 207 endangered after-school programs, and for her commitment to ensure that kids in New York have access to high quality after-school and summer programs. Comment

‘Spooktacular’ event for elderly residents: Mugavero Ctr. Halloween bash

Brooklyn Courier: Witches hobnobbed with beasties and a chicken made merry with a magician during a Halloween revel at the Bishop Mugavero Center for Geriatric Care. Comment

‘Sick’ green cure: Latest on Public Pl. cleanup

Brooklyn Courier: Public Place, that vast, contaminated tract of land in Carroll Gardens, might be “sick,” but Gardiner Cross seems confident in its cure. Comment

Toy guns cost ‘em $500K

Brooklyn Courier: These days, life’s not a party at Party City. Comment

The 21st century street

Brooklyn Courier: Transportation Alternatives, the cyclist and pedestrian advocacy organization, recently announced winners for its Designing the 21st Century Street contest, which encouraged the rethinking of a particularly hazardous and unpleasant Brooklyn intersection. Comment

Talk it out: teach in at Plymouth: Dialogue Project brings in diverse voices

Brooklyn Courier: The Dialogue Project’s Annual City Wide Teach In takes place November 16, 1:30 p.m. at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, 75 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Spooky merry go-round: Carousel of ‘creepiness’

Brooklyn Courier: Frightful fanfare accompanied its final twirl of the season when the famous Prospect Park Carousel morphed into a rotating ‘haunted house’ for Halloween – before putting its wooden flock to sleep for the winter. Comment

Snow Showers of Dollars

Brooklyn Courier: Calvary Hospital in the Bronx announced that they have officially launched their 21st consecutive Snow Showers of Dollars campaign. Since 1988, when Sister Mary Sean Reagan first implemented this unique program, Snow Showers has raised more than half a million dollars to date for the Hospital’s diverse range of inpatient and outpatient services. Comment

Shredding Day

Brooklyn Courier: It’s “Shredding Day” at the Hoyt Street Garden, Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue, November 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Comment

Schools forum

Brooklyn Courier: Community District Education Council (CDEC) 15 will be holding a Middle School Principals’ Forum from 7-9 p.m., November 13 at PS 295/MS 443 New Voices, 330 18th Street between Sixth & Seventh avenues. Comment

Reflections on historic vote: Election carries special significance for Brooklynites

Brooklyn Courier: Although historic for the entire nation, Barack Obama’s ascension to the pinnacle of American government was especially poignant for the 34 percent of Brooklynites who are listed in the latest Census as black/African-American. Comment

PSCC’s fall sweep is sweet

Brooklyn Courier: Assemblywoman Joan Millman (front, left) pitched in alongside volunteers from the Park Slope Civic Council (pictured) in its Fall Clean Sweep. The PSCC coordinates this effort each fall and spring to […] Comment

Pow-wow for Dems: Fundraiser at Junior’s

Brooklyn Courier: It was a veritable who’s who of Brooklyn politics, as Democrats gathered at Junior’s Restaurant (386 Flatbush Ext.) Friday morning in downtown Brooklyn for an annual Democratic fundraiser hosted by 50th Assembly District leader and Seneca Club President Steve Cohn. Comment

Piano & violin

Brooklyn Courier: Music at the Church of the Ascension presents the duo of Emi Kagawa on piano and Joel Lambdin on violin at 8 p.m. November 8 at the Brooklyn Heights house of worship, 127 Kent Street. Comment

Park Slope enjoys a howling good halloween

Brooklyn Courier: Spooktacular stroll: Park Slope howled with festivities as mom, dad and the kids came dressed to thrill at the annual Halloween parade presented by the Park Slope Civic Council – topped this year by a procession of towering papier-mâché puppets and a DIY costume cavern for garbless gargoyles. Comment

Old Stone House Tricks & treats: Costume party benefits programs

Brooklyn Courier: Trick o’ treaters mixed politics with pleasure when they put on the dog and cavorted with other fanciful critters during “The First Makin’ History Costume Party Bash” at the Old Stone House. Comment

Obama’s the man

Brooklyn Courier: Jubilant students and staffers are seized by Barack Obama fever as they pump up the volume outside Middle School 51, 5th Avenue and 4th Street, where smiles and cheers celebrated the Democrat’s historic triumph as the nation’s 44th president-elect. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Cost of crude falls but not our bills

Brooklyn Courier: What’s falling faster than a soufflé left in the oven too long? The price of crude oil. In July, the price per barrel was $147. Last week the price dropped down to $72 per barrel. Whoa, Nelly, what a drop. Comment

More commuter cyclists: Number of bikers riding to work increases

Brooklyn Courier: More Brooklynites are getting on the bike. Comment

5.5-mile ride along new lane

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, in collaboration with Open Space Alliance invite one and all to a casual 5.5-mile bike ride on the newly striped bike lanes on Kent Avenue and West Street on November 16 at 1 p.m. (meet at 12:30 p.m.). Comment

Middle school info

Brooklyn Courier: School District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC) is trying to prevent another middle school admissions fiasco. Comment

Memorial for all the veterans: Special ceremony pegged for next Memorial Day

Brooklyn Courier: If everything is executed with military precision, then the borough’s World War II memorial in Brooklyn Heights could have a “soft” reopening by next Memorial Day. Comment

Madcap masquerade: Halloween fun with Bears

Brooklyn Courier: Grassroots goblins over at the North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District swapped their civvies for Halloween finery and feted neighborhood youngsters with an afternoon of spine-tingling chills and thrills at the Brooklyn Bears Community Garden. Comment

LICH toasts its 150th anniversary with gala ball

Brooklyn Courier: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn celebrated its 150th anniversary with a Gala Ball. Comment

LICH forms new board: Critics challenge advisory committee effectiveness

Brooklyn Courier: Several months after announcing the dismantling of their maternity, pediatrics and dentistry units, Long Island College Hospital’s management consortium has given the green light to the establishment of a Community Advisory Board. Comment

Leaf recycling

Brooklyn Courier: Fall leaves are turning into ‘Brown Gold’ thanks to the members of 6/15 Green. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Super-fantastic-hurray! A million euros

Brooklyn Courier: Wow. What a week this was. Some of you are happy. Some of you are not. Me? I am elated. I am overjoyed. I am thrilled. To say that I am so excited would be an understatement. I am like a pig in….never mind. This was one of the most super-sensational, mega-magnificent, ultra fantastic weeks of my life. Comment

In Marty’s defense

Brooklyn Courier: Re: “Marty defends taking Ratner’s money,” (10-23 issue). Comment

History buffs put to the test: Brave accept Mental Floss’ worldwide challenge

Brooklyn Courier: It’s history, but it’s not going to be exactly what you learned in social studies class. Comment

Help for BPH sufferers: NYM Hospital offers treatment for men

Brooklyn Courier: Most men experience a period of prostate growth in their mid-or late 40s. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the medical term for the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. If left untreated, BPH may lead to more serious complications such as bladder and kidney damage, urinary tract infections, bladder stones and incontinence. Treatment of BPH depends on the symptoms a patient is experiencing. It may include medication, surgery or other types of therapy. Comment

Halloween PALs and treats: Youngsters enjoy a special holiday full of fun and games

Brooklyn Courier: Carroll Gardens morphed into a spooktastic haven of frightful fun as revelers put on the dog and headed for the PAL Miccio Center for a Halloween hobnob. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Brooklyn Courier: Mitchell-Lama misstep Comment

Fewer kids in gifted programs

Brooklyn Courier: The new admissions procedures for gifted and talented programs would have run smoother if the city Department of Education (DOE) had sought parental input before implementing the changes, according to Brooklyn parents. Comment

Daffodil planting

Brooklyn Courier: Everything’s coming up Daffodil Bulbs on November 14. You’re invited to come on down between 3 and 4 p.m. to 124 Hoyt Street, where they’ll package up bags of a dozen daffodil bulbs for a planting event on November 15, (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.). Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Brooklyn Courier: With the excitement from this week’s historic election you might still be feeling a little giddy. But that’s no reason to rush out and start shopping all willy-nilly. It’s still important to be a savvy shopper. Let’s see where all the best bargains are this week. Comment

Cobble Hill gala

Brooklyn Courier: Lonnie Quinn, CBS News’ Weathercaster, will emcee the program at Cobble Hill Health Center’s Annual Fall Gala on November 12th at Steiner Studios/ Stage 6 in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Comment

Blood seminar

Brooklyn Courier: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) is hosting an informative seminar on Blood Conservation on November 22, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Comment

Big night for Squadron: Young newcomer wins election in a walk

Brooklyn Courier: Daniel Squadron doesn’t know what he’s more proud of – the fact that he’s Downtown Brooklyn’s newest state senator or that he officially became a state senator the day that Barack Obama was elected into the White House. Comment

Beyond the books: BPL to host 12th annual gala & benefit

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Public Library hosts its 12th Annual Gala with benefit auction, November 13 at the Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza. Live auction proceeds will benefit their newest Bookmobiles, mobile libraries that bring books and programs to areas and people who need them. Comment

BBG goes right out of its gourd: Halloween fun & frolics

Brooklyn Courier: Family frolics were on the fun-filled agenda when Brooklyn Botanical Garden played fall-time host to a Halloween harvest festival. Comment

Bare Bones ‘08

Brooklyn Courier: Forgotten Championship Wrestling presents “Bare Bones 2008,” November 15 at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 Fourth Avenue between Union and President streets. Doors open at 8 p.m. Comment

Atomic Wings drops here: Brooklyn entrepreneur debuts new chicken restaurant

Brooklyn Courier: By day, Canarsie resident James Brown leads a team of technicians in his capacity as a manager for Verizon. Comment

Armed against the flu season

Brooklyn Courier: For the fifth year in a row, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman and Long Island College Hospital partnered to administer free flu shots. Comment

A risky recipe

Brooklyn Courier: A study of 16,000 people in 52 countries in the current issue of “Circulation” found that eating meat, fried foods, and salty snacks raised the risk of a heart attack by 35 percent. Conversely, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables reduced the risk of a heart attack by 30 percent. Comment

Accolades along the Gowanus: GCCD hails dedicated friends and supporters

Brooklyn Courier: A quartet of honorees was feted with awards and words of admiration when the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation held its annual awards dinner at Giando on the Water. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Good luck, Mr. President – you’ll need it!

Brooklyn Courier: You wanted it. Comment

Your guide to civic meets: Local community groups meeting in November

Greenpoint: 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

Uniting here behind a cause: Local activists celebrate Obama’s victory in the presidential election

Greenpoint: Reaction around North Brooklyn to the historic and transformative victory of President-elect Barack Obama was both joyous and cathartic, as revelers spilled from local bars and danced in the streets of Williamsburg, disrupting local traffic. Comment

Road to glory in Bklyn

Greenpoint: Marathoners braved morning chills in the 40s to run in the 2008 New York Marathon this past Sunday, which sliced through several Brooklyn neighborhoods from Bay Ridge to Greenpoint. Comment

New store with a ‘flare’ for kitsch: Craving a hamburger phone? Popular online retailer Fred Flare now in Greenpoint

Greenpoint: Fred Flare, a 10-year Internet wholesale success story, has made the plunge into storefront retail, and its intensely devoted customers couldn’t be happier. Comment

Haunted Halloween: St. Nick’s Teen A.C.T.I.O.N. program puts on a ‘spooktacle’

On Halloween night, South Williamsburg residents packed into the new community garden on S. 4th and Hewes streets, where neighborhood volunteers teamed up to provide a venue for scary but wholesome Halloween fun. Comment

DOE move not so smart, say parents

Greenpoint: The new admissions procedures for gifted and talented programs would have run smoother if the city Department of Education (DOE) had sought parental input before implementing the changes, according to Brooklyn parents. Comment

East River State Park to close this winter

The New York State Department of Parks has announced plans to close the East River State Park for the winter months due to additional budget cuts requested by Governor David Paterson. Comment

Brains & beer on tap at trivia night: Williamsburg’s The Diamond to host History of the World Bar Trivia Night on Nov. 11

Greenpoint: It’s history, but it’s not going to be exactly what you learned in social studies class. Comment

Biking on the rise: Bridges see cyclist increase

More Brooklynites are getting on the bike. Comment

Youths find new direction with Explorers: Cops and kids team up to blaze pathways to brighter futures

Brooklyn Courier: Well into its second decade of existence, the 88th Precinct Explorer Program is going strong, a heartwarming example of the area’s youth and its police force coming together. Comment

‘Atomic Wings’ debuts

Brooklyn Courier: By day, Canarsie resident James Brown leads a team of technicians in his capacity as a manager for Verizon. Comment

Martyrs Monument ready for its close up: Officials say work will be done for gala

Brooklyn Courier: After much hand wringing, the show will go. Comment

Marathon Runners leg it out in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Marathoners braved morning chills in the 40s to run in the 2008 New York Marathon this past Sunday, which sliced through several Brooklyn neighborhoods from Bay Ridge to Greenpoint. Comment

LICH to convene community advisory board

Brooklyn Courier: Several months after announcing the dismantling of their maternity, pediatrics and dentistry units, Long Island College Hospital’s management consortium has given the green light to the establishment of a Community Advisory Board. Comment

Gifted & talented furor: Parents fume as fewer kids get into programs

Brooklyn Courier: The new admissions procedures for gifted and talented programs would have run smoother if the city Department of Education (DOE) had sought parental input before implementing the changes, according to Brooklyn parents. Comment

Efforts to grow bigger ‘Gowanus Green’ fail

Brooklyn Courier: Public Place, that vast, contaminated tract of land in Carroll Gardens, might be “sick,” but Gardiner Cross seems confident in its cure. Comment

Cycling to work: more of us are doing it

Brooklyn Courier: More Brooklynites are getting on the bike. Comment

B38 bus balk dec: Residents decry service

Brooklyn Courier: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill residents are claiming that the MTA is making them miss the bus. Comment

Sick to the soil: ‘We can fix Public Pl.’, experts say

Brooklyn Courier: Public Place, that vast, contaminated tract of land in Carroll Gardens, might be “sick” but Gardiner Cross seems confident in its cure. Comment

Petals and prose make nabe better: Boerum Hill Association hails talented writers and dedicated gardeners

Brooklyn Courier: The Boerum Hill Association, in its first general meeting of the fall season, celebrated three local authors and honored two local gardeners for their efforts to make Boerum Hill a better place. Comment

New Community Advisory Board at LICH

Brooklyn Courier: Several months after announcing the dismantling of their maternity, pediatrics and dentistry units, Long Island College Hospital’s management consortium has given the green light to the establishment of a Community Advisory Board. Comment

More biking to work than ever before

Brooklyn Courier: More Brooklynites are getting on the bike. Comment

Middle school forum: DOE invited to answer parents’ questions

Brooklyn Courier: School District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC) is trying to prevent another middle school admissions fiasco. Comment

Gifted & talented furor: Parents fume as fewer kids are accepted into programs

Brooklyn Courier: The new admissions procedures for gifted and talented programs would have run smoother if the city Department of Education (DOE) had sought parental input before implementing the changes, according to Brooklyn parents. Comment

Cops see ‘dormant’ burglary spike

Brooklyn Courier: Crime might be down in the 76th Precinct, but so far, burglaries refuse to follow this overall trend. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Caught in the act Comment

Sick right down to the soil: Experts say Public Place site can be cleaned up

Brooklyn Heights: Public Place, that vast, contaminated tract of land in Carroll Gardens, might be ‘sick,’ but Gardiner Cross seems confident in its cure. Comment

P.S. 261 brings its favorite storybook characters to life

Brooklyn Heights: Spooktastic Public School 261 students received an A-plus for creativity when they hailed the year’s zaniest day with a literacy parade. Comment

Petals and prose make nabe brighter: Boerum Hill Association applauds talented authors and dedicated gardeners

Brooklyn Heights: The Boerum Hill Association, in its first general meeting of the fall season, celebrated three local authors and honored two local gardeners for their efforts to make Boerum Hill a better place. Comment

On top of the heap: Kudos to compost committee organizers

Brooklyn Heights: Dedicated volunteers from Concord Village Compost Committee were honored for starting a composting project in Concord Village, one of New York State’s largest cooperative developments. Comment

New advisory board at LICH: Critics question formation

Brooklyn Heights: Several months after announcing the dismantling of their maternity, pediatrics and dentistry units, Long Island College Hospital’s management consortium has given the green light to the establishment of a Community Advisory Board. Comment

Gifted & talented ‘exodus’

Brooklyn Heights: The new admissions procedures for gifted and talented programs would have run smoother if the city Department of Education (DOE) had sought parental input before implementing the changes, according to Brooklyn parents. Comment

Bklyn cycle city: More commuters riding bikes to work

Brooklyn Heights: More Brooklynites are getting on the bike. Comment

A Verrry scary haunt at buddy Scotto’s place

Brooklyn Heights: Only the intrepid would even think of walking up to a mortuary on All Hallow’s Eve. Comment

A doggone good collar for cops: 84th Police Precinct salutes outstanding work of duo

Brooklyn Heights: Keen hearing earned two cops top honors at a recent meeting of the 84th Precinct Community Council. Comment

Brains and beer: Williamsburg bar to host ‘Mental Floss’ challenge

Williamsburg: It’s history, but it’s not going to be exactly what you learned in social studies class. Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

Banjos players and bow ties aplenty: Rebecca unites with recluses at Pete’s Candy Store CD release party for Al Duvall

Williamsburg: There’s a face I think I sometimes make when I’m watching something I really like. Not TV or movies, but things that are alive. People, I mean. Performers. Singers. Banjo players. Poets. Other banjo players. It’s a face that says to them that I’m gone, too…or rather that I’m right there with them. It’s a spacey face- probably contorted, could be smiling, tearing up, trying not to laugh or laughing fiercely. Can’t see it so I can’t be sure. Either way I know it’s got the wide-eyed eyes of a child and the happy head tilt of an alert puppy. Comment

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