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Java man! New Hook roaster offers the best beans ever

Dining: No, you actually have never had a good cup of coffee — yet. But that’s all going to change once Stumptown Coffee Roasters — the brew that made Portland famous — opens its new roasting facility in Red Hook next month. Comments (1)
Digital editions: A lot of people are calling this issue of The Brooklyn Paper the best edition ever. But you don’t have to wait until its in your hands. Click below for all of our amazing stories, including our much-discussed takedown of Peter Luger Steakhouse, our analysis of how Sen. Chuck Schumer dissed former Gov. Hugh Carey, and our exclusive “90 to Watch in ‘09” list. Also, click around for our regular features: our great events calendar, our nightlife listings, Smartmom, The Stoop and all our GO Brooklyn stories. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…
Our news reporters have given you a list of the 90 people, places and things that will be generating headlines in ’09, so now it’s time for GO Brooklyn to weigh in on the nine entertainment trends that will be occupying your time over the next 12 months. Comments (3)

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
DUMBO: A proposal for an 18-story tower next to the Brooklyn Bridge has bitterly divided Community Board 2 on the eve if its controversial vote on the project — and the fight has riven the community amid charges that each side is lying or intentionally manipulating the facts. Comments (28)

The freshman!

Bay Ridge: Freshman Rep. Mike McMahon (D–Bay Ridge) started his career on Capitol Hill this week by nailing an appointment to the powerful Transportation and Infrastructure Committee — a post he coveted during his campaign this fall. Comment
Fort Greene: Sales of luxury apartments in the majestic and phallic Williamsburgh Savings Bank building are so sluggish that the owner will rent the unsold units until the economy improves — the latest proof that the real-estate market has gone to hell in a rent basket. Comments (3)

Now it’s do or die-ner

Now it’s do or die-ner

Red Hook: A Red Hook developer has little more than a month to save a railcar-style diner from the wrecking ball by relocating the imperiled throwback of the 1940s to his neighborhood. Comment

Au revoir, Patois

Dining: Patois — the groundbreaking French bistro that launched the culinary Renaissance of Smith Street — will close on Sunday after 11 years in business. Comments (4)

Booze blues! CB2 panel blocks another liquor license

Nightlife: The rejections are piling up on Fulton Ferry Landing. Comments (2)

Never on Sunday! Public Library eliminates service

Add this to the list of cutbacks that are making our lives increasingly difficult: there are no longer any public library hours on Sundays. Comment
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The developer behind Brooklyn’s second biggest construction project says that he’s doing fine — even though his foes are hoping that the softening economy will do to his oversized project what it did to Atlantic Yards. Comments (3)
Dining: Our meat-loving critic takes a bite out of Peter Luger’s much-vaunted porterhouse — and finds the new Morton’s superior in so many ways. Comments (58)

Judge to city: It’s the House of D(on’t)

Boerum Hill: A city plan to reopen and expand the Brooklyn House of Detention is on hold until a judge can rule on a lawsuit brought by opponents of the contentious prison project. Comments (1)

Shhh! Historical Society’s library hours are thing of past

Brooklyn Heights: The deep recession is not only casting a pall over the future — it’s ruining the past, too. Comment

Sitt seeks more Coney land

Coney Island: A reclusive fast-food mogul who once dreamed of saving Coney Island with his own massive amusement park is close to selling his long-dormant land to the current self-styled savior of the “People’s Playground” and, in doing so, make it harder — and more expensive — for the city to realize its own vision for revitalizing the area. Comments (5)

City scolded on im-port-ant plan

Red Hook: The city and Red Hook locals are still battling over the future of the waterfront — and The Brooklyn Paper brings you inside last night’s debate. Comments (8)

Run down! CB1 Committee Chair booted over bikes?

Mean Streets: Fasten your seatbelts, Williamsburg — next week’s community board meeting is going to be a “showdown” over the stunning Christmas Eve dismissal of the chairwoman of the transportation committee, who was deposed because of her vocal support for a pair of controversial Kent Avenue bike lanes. Comments (2)

Drinking in some great art

Art: For all of you who have looked at a piece of modern art and muttered, “My kid could do that,” boy, do we have an art show for you. Comment
Shopping: Call it “the wee flea.” Comment

Can this family get back in synch?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, Smartmom and clan try to get back to their old routines after a long holiday. Comments (1)

Oh, babies!

Like Bono once said, it’s always quiet on New Year’s Day — until the first baby of the year comes screaming into the world. Comment
Mean Streets: Opponents of a pair of controversial bike lanes on Kent Avenue have been using school buses to block the street in an act of automotive disobedience — and now they’re publicizing their plans with a billboard blaming the resulting traffic jams on cyclists. Comments (11)

It’s story time! Moth series comes to Brooklyn — tonight!

Event: Park Slope bar-goers: get ready to spill your guts. Comment
Clinton Hill: A quest by Clinton Hill preservationists to save a historic convent building has become even more urgent now that the last remaining nuns are moving out and the religious complex may be put up for sale. Comments (3)

90 to watch in ‘09!

It’s time for our annual roundup of who and what will matter this year. At the top of the list? Tolls! Comments (9)

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team is back — this time “reviewing” Russia’s hottest rock band’s new single, “Queen of Rock.” It’s in Russian, but that doesn’t faze this team of rock monsters. Comment

Tragedy strikes on the shore: Family mourns drowning death of Bklyn-born Salvatore Stellaccio

An ocean of tears are being shed for 56-year-old Salvatore Stellaccio, a Brooklyn-born boat enthusiast who died tragically as he catered to his “Obsession” — his beloved fishing boat. Comment

Westinghouse makes ‘A’ statement in tourney championship victory

Jai Kellman’s transition from JV to varsity has been littered with ups and downs. Consider Monday the high point. Comment

Odom’s aggressive fourth quarter lifts South Shore

Jasmine Odom didn’t quite take over the game in the fourth quarter. But the sophomore on the South Shore girls’ basketball team definitely made her presence felt. Comment

3 verdicts returned in cop-slay trial

Three alleged cop killers charged with the murder of Police Officer Russel Timoshenko suffered different fates in court last week — a guilty verdict, a not guilty verdict and a mistrial. Comment

Missed free throws halt Bishop Kearney comeback

Things will be much quieter the next time the Bishop Kearney girls’ basketball team works on its free throw shooting. Comment

Pols: hit up cell phone companies: Urge city to up fees for antenna installation

The city should be dipping deeper into the deep pockets of cell phone companies to help balance the budget, say two Brooklyn legislators. Comment

Steps to improving Jamaica Bay: Steps to improving Jamaica Bay

Jamaica Bay took center stage recently, at a recent symposium organized to highlight efforts to improve this vast natural resource. Comment

City changes ‘ludicrous’ rules for parking at broken meters

The city is finally giving motorists a break. Comment

Green dreams in Bklyn: MBCG’s Zalcman stressing renewable energy for nabe

Imagine driving home to Manhattan Beach in your electric car and plugging it into a solar-powered outlet — heck, imagine driving home to Manhattan Beach in anything and finding a parking spot. Comment

Term limits battle in Bklyn

Brooklyn will host the upcoming courtroom battle to determine the legality of the City Council’s recent vote to extend their stay in City Hall for another four years, it was determined this week. Comment

Race for Council heats up: Capano, Quaglione both ‘seriously considering’ challenging Gentile

Political battle lines for 2009 are already being penciled in, in southwestern Brooklyn. Comment

Bracing for a new Coney: At meet, talk of changes to come

As ambitious plans to bring more amusements and condominiums to Coney Island continue this week, many already living here are wondering if they’ll have a place in the new scheme of things. Comment

Sigh of relief for senior ctrs: Aging Department change-up could mean no closings

A feared request for proposal (RFP) put out by the city’s Department for the Aging for their widespread modernization plan, which many believed would lead to a consolidation and closure of senior centers, has been pulled. Comment

One last chance to fight waste station

Canarsiens will get one more chance to make their case against the establishment of a medical waste transfer station in the community. Comment

Mary Whalen crew celebrates tanker’s 70th

Brooklyn Paper: Happy Birthday, Mary A. Whalen! Comment

Alphabet soup: Lafayette of ‘B’ knocks off ‘AA’ team

The Lafayette girls’ basketball players come into gyms with all the usual equipment: jerseys, sneakers, kneepads and headbands. But they’re also wearing something else – a huge chip on their shoulders. Comment

Community input may be on the outs: City looking to re-examine uniform land-usage guidelines

Community input has always been a key feature of the city’s land use decision-making process. Comment

Make way for rolling steel: Brooklyn door maker to buy Canarsie land tract

With a unanimous vote, Community Board 18 approved the sale of city-owned land in Canarsie to a business with long Brooklyn roots. Comment

Bee smart about health

Shopping: Why carbo-load on energy drinks when you can “bee” natural? That was Brooklyn Heights resident David Luks’s brainstorm last spring when the avid runner — and cancer patient — caught wind of new scientific research that touted the benefits of honey. Comments (1)
Coney Island: The Lola Staar boutique on the Coney Island Boardwalk — part souvenir stand, part rallying place for critics of a real-estate developer’s plan for a Vegas-style Xanadu — has not been offered a new lease, a casualty of its owner’s outspokenness. Comments (4)

Hugh-ge affront at the court

Downtown: The federal courthouse in Downtown was named after Theodore Roosevelt this week. How did that happen? Here’s how: Former Gov. Hugh Carey — and current Rep. Ed Towns — got screwed by Sen. Charles Schumer. Comments (1)

Saved! Austin Nichols Warehouse will be preserved

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A historic, Cass Gilbert-designed building on the Williamsburg waterfront will be preserved in perpetuity — no thanks to the city. Comments (1)

New wine bar in old bottle on Henry Street

Dining: New life will soon come to the disgraced corner of Henry and Cranberry streets — and the two popular neighborhood restaurateurs say they have no connection to the arrested operator of the previous establishment at the site. Comments (3)

This week’s Smash or Trash: Padre Pio

Smash or Trash: This week, Bushwick band Padre Pio is in the hot seat. Comments (1)

Dough isn’t rising on Court Street

Cobble Hill: A much-loved, but short-lived, Court Street bakery will close at the end of the month because the ingredients for success just never came together — and its famous rugalach-baking owner is left with a bitter taste in her mouth over the “has-been” quality of Cobble Hill’s Main Street. Comments (12)

Christmas in Cali for Smartmom

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, it’s a very special Smartmom as the family treks to Hepcat’s ancestral farm in California. Comment
Carroll Gardens: Longtime Carroll Gardens activist and former state Assemblyman Frank Verderame died on Dec. 17. He was 79. Comments (1)

Burnt to death in Owls Head Park

Bay Ridge: Police are investigating the death of an apparently homeless man, whose burnt corpse was discovered by firefighters after they put out a blaze in Owls Head Park early on Tuesday morning. Comment

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