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Digital editions: New Metrotech offices — same great Brooklyn Paper! Inside our print edition, you’ll find great breaking news stories (Coney! Bloomy! DiBi!), fun features (like our exclusive eating and shopping tour of Downtown Brooklyn), and columns (including Smartmom and our editor’s follow up on his stolen bike story). In addition, you’ll find all the calendars and listings that you’ve come to expect from Brooklyn’s best newspaper. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

A ‘Witness’ to the future as Watchtower buys land upstate

DUMBO: First came the sell-off, next comes the big move. Comments (61)
DUMBO: Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough denounced a developer’s 18-story tower near the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday (though the view in the opponents’ photo op above would not be affected by the building). Comments (13)

Joe $itt poised to cash in at Coney

Coney Island: Joe Sitt is poised to cash in. Comments (3)
Williamsburg: South Williamsburg is no longer a Hollywood backlot. Comments (16)

Biz group tells Manhattan to get down — Downtown Brooklyn, that is

Downtown plan: The burghers of Downtown Brooklyn unveiled an expensive new marketing campaign on Thursday to lure companies and residents by saying that the global financial meltdown is actually “the moment” for the borough’s central core. Comments (4)
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: It’s the parking lot with the best view in the city, but now open-space starved North Brooklynites are demanding that the city make good on its promise to turn the lot into a parkland paradise. Comment
Bay Ridge: Talk about writing a wrong! Comment

Our cartoonist takes on Bloomy!

Cartoon: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming sees a mayoral monarch in Mike Bloomberg. Comment

BAM! Housing project is out of the cultural district

Fort Greene: A major mixed-income apartment tower planned for the BAM Cultural District is off the table due to the convulsions of the real-estate market, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2)

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: This week, our letter writers share their grief about the theft of our editor’s bike. Comment

Downtown tower keeps going and going and going…

Downtown plan: Workers haven’t even topped off at 111 Livingston St., slated to be the tallest building in Brooklyn. Comments (4)
Downtown: The Metrotech complex in Downtown Brooklyn is a bit soulless and quiet for a place where thousands of people work and study. But the good news is that just a few steps in any direction from the verdant idyll at the heart of the center is a hustle and bustle worthy of an urban downtown. Comments (2)

Another chance to shake your Coney-maker

Coney Island: You partied for Coney Island on Tuesday, so now it’s time to shake your Coney-maker once more. Comment

Project stalled, but Ratner is still buying Yard land

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards builder Bruce Ratner gave his long-delayed mega-development a rare sign of life when he purchased a new parcel in the project’s footprint for the first time in over two years. Comment
Music: The Wrens may be seen as a Jersey band, but the lead man is from Brooklyn, baby! The group plays the Bell House on April 10. Comment

Sun thing else!

Downtown: Jewish faithful get ready to mark a celestial event that has only happened three times in human history. Comments (1)

Unleaded! Slope mom Denworth back with toxic new book

Books: Former Park Slope Civic Council President and local writer Lydia Denworth is back with a new book. Comment

Silent spring at the River Cafe thanks to Waterfalls project

DUMBO: The Weeping Birches at the River Cafe have a reason for real tears this spring — even as other trees are already sporting buds, many of the famed eatery’s branches remain lifeless, a lingering wound from Olafur Eliasson’s arborcidal artwork, “New York City Waterfalls.” Comments (4)

Broke-lyn Philharmonic cancels shows

Art: The Brooklyn Philharmonic might want to consider playing a funeral march — the cash-strapped orchestra just cut the remainder of its 2009 season, and laid off four workers, due to a lack of funding. Comment

‘Falling’ for the Armory

‘Falling’ for the Armory

Park Slope: The long-delayed recreation center at the Park Slope Armory won’t be fully running until September, but there will be some school and camp use before that, according to representatives from the Prospect Park YMCA. Comments (1)

Meet today’s unemployed (yes, there are a lot of them)

Vox Pop: They are the faces of the unemployed — your neighbors, your friends, your relatives — and they came, by the hundreds, to a job fair at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday. Comments (1)

Meet our interns!

Podcast: Here they are — this spring’s crop of talented interns! Meet them all in this exclusive podcast! Comment

Brass ball

Music: Now is the time to celebrate the trombone! Comment
Boerum Hill: Mayor Bloomberg’s contentious plan to reopen and expand the Brooklyn House of Detention suffered another setback on Monday when city Comptroller Bill Thompson blocked the project, citing a “corruptive” bidding process in awarding a $31.3-million contract. Comment

Exclusive: First look at our Metrotech offices!

Downtown: We’ve all moved into our shiny new Metrotech offices Downtown, so Editor Gersh Kuntzman decided the time was right for a tour. Join Gersh, plus Brooklyn Paper stalwarts Mike McLaughlin, Ben Muessig and Señor Editor Vince “The Vincinator” DiMiceli on this exclusive first look at our swank new digs. Comments (3)

Teen Spirit, 18, is ready to be a man

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on This week, Smartmom looks back on a topsy-turvy 18 years for Teen Spirit as her first child becomes a man. Comments (1)

How bazaar! A Park Slope flea market joins the crowd

Shopping: The borough’s newest flea market is about to land in a parking lot behind an Islamic School on 20th Street. Comments (8)
Transit: Federal stimulus money is rolling towards the city, and Mayor Bloomberg wants to use the cash to put 11 Brooklyn infrastructure projects in motion. Comments (4)

Happy together! Brooklyn Paper joins other papers at Metrotech

Downtown: All it took was the ceremonial severing of a bright red ribbon by Borough President Markowitz and it was official: The Brooklyn Paper was welcomed into its new offices at the Metrotech complex in Downtown. Comments (7)

Scandal forces DiBrienza from race

Election: Former City Councilman Steve DiBrienza has reportedly abandoned his controversial and scandal-tarred campaign for his old seat. Comment
Boerum Hill: Mike Bloomberg wants YOU — to volunteer for his race for a third term. Comments (7)

I’m back on the road, thanks to a donated bike

Brooklyn Angle: Someone up there must like Gersh, because over the weekend, an anonymous Brooklyn Paper fan donated our famous bike-riding editor a new bike. Comments (3)

Give to groups that Bob Guskind supported

On the eve of next Saturday’s memorial service for blogger Robert Guskind, the late journalist’s family released a list charities and is asking for donations in Guskind’s name. Comment

Slope has a new business ‘cycle’

Park Slope: The wheels are in motion for a new bicycle shop to open in Park Slope this spring, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (12)

College baseball preview: Pitching in question for LIU

The Long Island University baseball team struggled in 2008, finishing with a 16-31 overall record and 7-15 mark in the Northeast Conference. Comment

Pitt’s best comes through when pressure is turned up

The clock was winding down in the second quarter and Lafayette was holding for the final shot. The normally uneventful elapsing of time became a highlight as Leon M. Goldstein chose to pressure Patriots point guard Jodyann Pitt. Comment

There’s more history to be made for Lincoln

Saturday afternoon played out like the end of a fairy tale for Lance Stephenson and four-time champion Lincoln. Comment
Shopping: A Meserole Avenue boutique reflects its neighborhood in many ways. Comment
North Brooklyn’s famed McCarren Park Pool Parties – which music lovers feared would come to after getting booted from McCarren Park Pool last year – appear ready to dive on into East River State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront, the promoter told The Brooklyn Paper. Comment

There’s definitely a ‘market’ for produce in Ridge

Shopping: Bay Ridge’s popular farmer’s market will remain at the former Key Food parking lot on Third Avenue — even after a Walgreens pharmacy opens at the site this summer, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comment

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The New Haven techno band, Eula, asked The Brooklyn Paper’s “Smash or Trash” team to review one of its songs in advance of the show’s April 4 show at Death by Audio. The results were mixed: Gersh hated it, but Ben and Mike loved the song. Watch all the action as Gersh over-rules the team! Comments (2)
Dining: Call it the trail of cheers — the popular Red Hook bistro Tini Wine Bar lost its lease in one space, but paraded up Van Brunt Street as volunteers (and even some wine-bar-loving tykes) hoisted the eatery’s possessions to a new storefront on Sunday. Comments (1)

The slipper fits: No. 26 BCA wins PSAL Class B crown

The walls were closing in on No. 26 Brooklyn College Academy. Center Jamaal James, who was so instrumental in the Bobcats’ run, had fouled out. Shooting guard Keyon Aigle, the star of the PSAL Class B playoffs, was uncharacteristically off target. Comment

Hopkins, Lafayette win first PSAL ‘B’ championship

Essence Hopkins became a film student this week. The senior guard on the Lafayette girls’ basketball team had been thinking about the Patriots’ loss to Goldstein on Feb. 12 for a long time and she wanted to see exactly what happened. Comment

Ellis, Lincoln’s Robin, has regained his swagger

He is known simply by one word: Buddha, a nickname that has followed him around for years. He is part of the ensemble that supports Lance Stephenson at Lincoln, a secondary scorer that has enabled the Coney Island dynamo to achieve so much success over the last several seasons. Comment

Stephenson has made a decision, but he isn’t sharing

After plenty of anticipation, rumors and hyperbole, Lance Stephenson has made his college choice. Comment

Aigle lifts No. 26 BCA past Harris and into ‘B’ final

Over the last month, Keyon Aigle has a developed a ritual. Before going to sleep, he sits up in bed and motivates himself. Comment

Poor defensive second half dooms Bishop Loughlin

Even though his team trailed by two points, Bishop Loughlin boys’ basketball coach Rudy King was pretty happy at halftime of the CHSAA Class AA intersectional semifinal game against Christ the King Wednesday night. Comment

Stubes shoots Rice over Xaverian in CHSAA ‘AA’ freshman title game

Xaverian coach Chris Alesi thought his team was in good shape, ready to take a six-point lead into the fourth quarter of the CHSAA Class AA freshmen intersectional championship game. But then Da’Shawn Suber launched a 45-foot shot at the buzzer that found nothing but yet. Comment

Vikings storm back, earn first trip to Garden since ‘91

Baytania Newman is the emotional leader. Jasmine Odom is the highly touted prospect. Angel Porter is the steady, calming influence. Those are the players who led the South Shore girls’ basketball team all year. Comment

Spencer’s supporting cast steps up for Van Arsdale in quarterfinals win

Williesha Spencer is the star of the show for the Harry Van Arsdale girls’ basketball team. The relentless 5-foot junior guard finished second in the entire PSAL in scoring this season with 26.7 points per game. Comment

Gold standard: Dolphins get closer to Glens Falls glory

Most teenagers want to go to South Beach for spring break. Or Cancun. Or Las Vegas. Comment

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