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Atlantic Yards: Rejected! Hizzoner tells the Atlantic Yards developer that no more public money is forthcoming. Comments (10)

Sexy Adam and Eve story is the apple of our critic’s eye

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Mike McLaughlin, the Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension, got a rise out of the partly naked retelling of the Fall of Man. Comments (1)
Bay Ridge: The city finally has a solution that might finally quench the stench that emanates from the Owls Head Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bay Ridge. Comments (4)

It’s lobster time!

It’s lobster time!

Dining: With Memorial Day around the corner, you need to get some lobsters in you. Comments (1)

Our cartoonist loves a longer G train

Cartoon: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming has to give the MTA some credit, albeit temporarily. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The letter of the week comes from Bay Ridge, where one man is a garbage vigilante! Comments (1)

City takes slice out of Arby’s Downtown plan

Downtown: The city sent Arby’s back to the carving board, ordering a redesign from a restaurateur who dreams of opening the chain roast beef sandwich shop in the landmarked former Gage and Tollner site on Fulton Mall. Comments (3)
Brooklyn Angle: He came. He saw. He kicked my butt. Comments (2)

Why parking permits are not the answer

Editorial: Our editorial board has serious qualms about residential parking permits. Comments (14)

‘Sweet’ and savory: Melissa’s secret BBQ sauce

Dining: Our official baker, “Sweet” Melissa Murphy, returns with a classic summer staple: the barbecue sauce. Comment
Dining: Gino Cammarata has closed the best gelato joint in the borough to open a small plates restaurant (yes, there’ll be ice cream). Comments (2)
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NY Methodist Hospital earns performance award

New York Methodist Hospital was recently named a Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award winner by the American Stroke Association. Read more…

Big accident at tallest building

Downtown plan: A worker fell and was badly injured at 111 Lawrence St., the Downtown tower that is slated to be Brooklyn’s tallest. Comment

Fight night in Brooklyn! Debates in two Council races

Election: Last night was a big one for fans of bare-knuckled Brooklyn politics, with candidates debates in two key Brownstone Brooklyn districts. Click on the stories below to read all the action!
Park Slope: A 38-year-old record store (yes, a record store) is being evicted on Fifth Avenue. Comments (27)
Transit: The G train will be extended to Church Avenue in July, creating the first direct link between trendy Williamsburg and posh Park Slope. Comments (2)

Mooney’s eclipsed! Sharlene’s Bar opens in ‘old man’ space on Flatbush Avenue

Nightlife: Fans of Mooney’s can stop crying in their Buds — a new bar has finally filled the gaping hole on the Prospect Heights side of Flatbush Avenue. Comment

Help a girl who wants to rock!

Music: Next weekend, there will be four great shows to benefit the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. Comment

‘Cue-ing up for BBQ in Greenpoint.

Awesome: This Saturday is the “Great Greenpoint BBQrawl,” and five bars will serve complimentary ’cue and discounted draught beer from Brooklyn Brewery. This is cool. Comment

After controversy, angry Heyer bails on ‘rigged’ debate!

Election: Controversial City Council candidate John Heyer abruptly dropped out of tonight’s political forum, claiming that the event was “rigged” against him because of comments made by “front men for opposing candidates” on The Brooklyn Paper’s Web site yesterday. Comments (2)
Red Hook: Awwwww shucks. A plan to repopulate the dirty waters off Brooklyn with oysters was foiled — err soiled — by the harbor’s abundant silt, which clogged baskets that housed the bivalves and claimed the lives of hundreds of mollusks. Comment
Boerum Hill: A Lutheran congregation that has been locked out of its Boerum Hill church since January by the denomination’s governing body was driven deeper into the wilderness last week as church members were blocked from taking their complaint to an assembly of regional congregations. Comments (4)

The best thing we ate this week: The mussels at Rebar

Dining: Finally, there’s a kick-ass menu to go with the beautiful setting and creative cocktails at one of our favorite DUMBO watering holes, reBar. Comment

Smartmom says: Plenty of women can be just as happy without kids!

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on the award-winning BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom shows the positive side of life without kids. Comments (2)

SCREECH! Music school robbed of high-end strings

Park Slope: Someone is playing out of tune at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on Seventh Avenue — which was robbed of $1,400 worth of student violins, cops said this week. Comment

Attention Fort Greene parkers: New rules in effect today!

Fort Greene: If you own a car — and you live in Fort Greene or Clinton Hill — you must read this story. Now. Read more…

‘Nice guy’ to finish last? Local pol calls on Dem club to reject Heyer

Election: Democratic officials are ramping up their attacks on John Heyer, one of five hopefuls to succeed Councilman Bill DeBlasio, slamming right-of-center candidate as too “conservative” for the Park Slope, Carroll Gardens and Windsor Terrace district because of his opposition to gay marriage and abortion rights. Comments (8)
Coney Island: Joe Sitt’s much-hyped “Festival by the Sea” didn’t live up to its name. Comments (8)

Squadron: Let us pay to park in our neighborhoods

Brooklyn Heights: State lawmakers from Brooklyn have drafted a bill that would forever change the way New Yorkers drive — and park — by forcing car owners to buy permits to legally park in the neighborhoods, but the Bloomberg Administration says the plan is dead on arrival. Comments (2)

City to Carroll Gardens: We’re high on low buildings

Carroll Gardens: New building heights would be restricted in much of Carroll Gardens and the Columbia Street Waterfront District under a new city plan presented last week. Comments (2)
Coney Island: More than 100 protesters rallied on Sunday in Coney Island to protest Borough President Markowitz’s plan for a $64-million amphitheater to replace the band shell in Asser Levy Park. Comments (14)
Mean Streets: A Park Slope group voted on Wednesday to support a revolutionary proposal for a two-way bike lane on the park-side of Prospect Park West that would be protected from traffic by a row of parked cars — but demanded that the city delay the project and separate the bikers from the parked cars with a raised median instead of the less-protective painted buffer. Comments (14)
Gowanus: The burgeoning arts Mecca now has a new music and art space: Littlefield. Comment

A woman in a bikini washed bikes

Awesome: Here’s a old-fashioned way of promoting a new business: Put a woman in a bikini! Comment
The award-winning Web site you are now reading just won two more honors this week. This is fun, no? Comments (1)

Nothing but net: Ratner wins a big one!

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner won an important court victory against nine property owners inside the project’s footprint who had argued that the state Constitution bars the use of eminent domain for any development that includes luxury housing. Comments (9)

Levin to Dems: I will show up this time

Election: Candidate Steve Levin vows to stop his “Rose Garden” strategy, break away from Vito Lopez’s shadow and finally debate the issues in the race to succeed Councilman David Yassky. Comments (12)
Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg’s hand-picked panel of amusement industry experts is urging the city to find a single operator to run a proposed new theme park for Coney Island, a controversial suggestion that would radically change the nature of the People’s Playground, once the domain of a multitude of independent carnies and ride owners. Comments (13)

Lunch order in the court!

Downtown: You’ve heard of a hung jury, but what do you do with a hungry jury? One Downtown business group has the answer. Comments (2)
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Title Tracks is a smash!

Smash or Trash: On the eve of two weekend shows, Title Tracks gets a rave from The Brooklyn Paper’s “Smash or Trash” team. Comment

Brooklyn Marriott to host Little People Conference

Williamsburg: Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment

Marty talks more affordable housing, amusements

Williamsburg: This past week saw Borough President Marty Markowitz finally issue his list of conditions for supporting the city’s controversial Coney Island redevelopment plan. Comment

Teresa Polonski, longtime Lentol staffer, dies

Williamsburg: Teresa Polonski, a long−time member of Assembly member Joseph R. Lentol’s staff, died on May 2, 2009. Comment

Open Space Alliance of N. Brooklyn fundraiser

Williamsburg: Come drink a mimosa with OSA! Comment

Kent Avenue Compromise

Williamsburg: The tentative compromise regarding the controversial bike lanes on Kent Avenue that leaked out last week has drawn praise from involved parties. Comment

Borough hall spotlights talented kids

Williamsburg: Young scribes and poets helped provide odes of ethnic pride when Borough Hall hosted a salute to the Land of Milk and Honey, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee. Comment

Turning the BQE from grey to green

Williamsburg: City Council member Diana Reyna and some other Southside community activists have a vision: What if, they wonder, the sunken portion of the Brooklyn−Queens Expressway that runs alongside the so−called Rodney and Marcy Parks were capped over with landscaping, creating a wide stretch of contiguous parkland? Comment

New effort to stamp out hunger

Williamsburg: The letter carriers of Brooklyn, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, are joining forces with the Food Bank For New York City as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger! food drive effort. The food drive will culminate May 9, marking the nation’s largest single−day food drive. Comment

Special salute to home care providers

Williamsburg: Councilmember Diana Reyna joined personnel from the Nuestros Ninos Day Care Center (384 S. 4th Street) to honor more than 80 local home care providers who care for children in their own homes. Comment

Boo−ya! Circus tix go on sale

Williamsburg: Squealing schoolkids from P.S. 288 and a performing Asian elephant trucked in from Connecticut marked the official start of ticket sales this week for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Boom A Ring in Coney Island. Comment

‘Anthony Pastena, Sr. Way’ debuts on Graham

Williamsburg: The intersection of Graham Avenue and Withers Street was co−named “Anthony Pastena, Sr. Way” last Sunday in honor of a Williamsburg civic leader who died in 2004. Comment

Polish the Greenway

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s annual benefit, New Views 2009, brings you to another new waterfront destination, June 18 June 18 from 6−9 p.m. Comment

Grand Street Campus holds annual spring arts celebration

Williamsburg: More than a decade ago, the former Eastern District High School was disbanded into three smaller schools collectively known as the Grand Street Campus high schools. But despite taking most classes separately, students at the 850 Grand Street building unite around a shared arts program that is the envy of many in the city. Comment

It’s showtime at Sternberg Park — catch all the fun!

Williamsburg: For the first time ever, a South Williamsburg park will have extensive free arts programming this summer when separate film and theater series debut in Sternberg Park, the Southside’s largest greenspace bordered by Montrose Avenue and Boerum, Lorimer, and Leonard streets. Comment

Sold! Market in McCarren is a good buy

Williamsburg: Last Saturday marked the first “Market in McCarren” event, an outdoor crafts market run by Artists & Fleas, the N. 6th−Stret based independent artist and designer market. Comment

Brooklyn nurse out to draw blood on May 23

Brooklyn Courier: Nevada−bound grappling goliath Phillipe Nover – a former nurse at Coney Island Hospital – stayed close to his Canarsie roots when he selected Aviator Sports and Recreation to get in some last−minute practice before heading to the Silver State for the Mixed Martial Arts Ultimate Fighting Championship 98, May 23. Comment

Rossa salute to Costello

The O’Dovovan Rossa Society will host an evening in memory of committed Irish Republican and Socialist, Seamus Costello, at Rocky Sullivan’s Pub, corner of Dwight Street & Van Dyke Street in Red Hook. Comment

Burglary−busting cops hailed as 78th Pct.’s best

Brooklyn Courier: A burglary pattern in the 78th Precinct was stopped cold in its tracks by cops who were recently honored by the 78th Precinct Community Council. Comment

Lovebirds cleared for paradise getaway

Their wedding bells may be more than a year away, but lucky Queens lovebirds JoAnn Porcello and Vincent Burner already have the icing on their cake – an all−expenses−paid Caribbean honeymoon, courtesy of this newspaper and the company which “knows why you fly,” American Airlines. Comment

Focus on Health: Understanding the wheezing

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is the most common long−term disease of children, but adults have asthma, too. Asthma causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but you will have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs. Comment

Attack those ugly ‘floatables’

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2009. Comment

Bklyn gal and West Point grad

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Heights resident Adrienne Joi Rolle will graduate from the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, May 23. Comment

31st Anniversary Lunch with Lambda

City elected officials and members rubbed elbows with members of the borough’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community during the 31st Anniversary Lunch with Lambda event. Comment

Sunk on 16th

Brooklyn Courier: Put a tennis ball on one floor of Arthur Strimling’s South Slope home, and the suddenly precocious sphere will take on a life of its own. Comment

Family Nite with Action Youth

Brooklyn Courier: Parents and loved ones delighted at the creations, set designs and message put forth during St. Francis Xavier Action Youth Program’s “Family Nite,” in which pint−sized participants created puppets, designed a set, and collaborated on scripts for a “values−based puppet show.” Comment

New venture into communal living on Eighth Avenue

Brooklyn Courier: Greenwood Heights just got a bit more community-minded. Comment

Help put a shine on the Greenway

Brooklyn Courier: Lend a hand at Columbia Greenway Clean−Up, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s monthly cleanup along the new Columbia Street section of the greenway, May 9 from 10−11:30 a.m. Comment

P.S. 10 Rocks and audiences cheer their favorites

Brooklyn Courier: Show ‘em how its done! Comment

‘Good food’ fuels Park Slope marchers

A parade through the neighborhood became the hearty appetizer on a nourishing menu of food−related issues — from school lunches and obesity to public policy and sustainable farming — when the “the good food movement” gained meaty momentum at John Jay High School with the Brooklyn Food Conference. Comment

Youngsters have a big appetite for greener schools

Brooklyn Courier: Councilmember Bill de Blasio enjoyed a breakfast at Aunt Suzie’s Restaurant in Park Slope with students from several Brooklyn public schools who competed in and won the “Green Your School” contest. Comment

Blessed are the peacemakers — no matter what age

Brooklyn Courier: It has been said that “an apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.” Comment

The miracle of the hypoallergenic dog: Separating facts from fantasy

Brooklyn Courier: The search for the “hypoallergenic presidential dog” dominated the headlines recently, with the search for a “hypoallergenic” dog. Comment

SUNY Downstate health fair

Brooklyn Courier: SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn is extending an invitation to all residents of Brooklyn to attend its annual Community Health Fair, May 16 (rain or shine), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of the hospital’s 445 Lenox Road entrance, between East 35th and East 37th streets. Comment

Activists have a trunk−full of criticism

Elephants haven’t always had an easy time of it in Coney Island − they publicly fried one back in 1903 − but Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus promises to treat its performing pachyderms with the utmost care when the Coney Island “Boom A Ring” debuts next month. Comment

Answering the school bell

Adults recently laid off, burnt out on their current job or looking to better their plight can now jump into Downtown Brooklyn’s burgeoning college scene. Comment

Shuttered schools rebound after flu scare

It was back to reading, writing and hand−sanitizing for three Brooklyn schools shuttered last week because of suspicion of swine flu. Comment

Raccoons make it rocky

Forget swine flu. Comment

Focus on Health: When your home becomes your biggest enemy

For millions of Americans, “allergy season” never ends. Colder temperatures that eliminate the problems of grass and tree pollens also drive people indoors where they meet troublesome dust mites, animal danders, and mold spores. Most indoor environments actually trap airborne allergens where they can pose a risk to respiratory health. Comment

Crime on the decline in 78th Pct.

Brooklyn Courier: Crime is trickling downward in the 78th Precinct, falling 2.3 percent for the year, police statistics show. Comment

Willowtown spring fair coming

Brooklyn Courier: The distinctive red−brick Riverside apartment buildings on Joralemon Street and Columbia Place in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood known as Willowtown were under construction 120 years ago at this time. Comment

Show me the figures: CB7 takes DOT to task

Brooklyn Courier: Show me where the figures came from! Comment

‘Yes’ or ‘No’ format sheds light on the candidates

Brooklyn Courier: Though the six candidates vying to replace Bill de Blasio to represent the 39th District in the City Council agreed on most issues during last Wednesday’s cordial forum hosted by the Park Slope Civic Council, a handful of significant differences emerged. Comment

Networks ‘dig’ Mr. Diamond

Thirty feet below Atlantic Avenue, a star is rising. Comment

Focus on Health: Asthma on the rise

Asthma is a rapidly growing public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Comment

Botox: beyond frown line filler

Brooklyn Courier: The popularity of Botox (botulinum toxin type A) is largely attributed to its use as a cosmetic treatment that decreases the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet and other “imperfections.” In recent years, the drug’s use by Hollywood celebrities has propelled it into stardom, making botulinum injections the most popular non−surgical cosmetic procedure performed by plastic surgeons in the United States. Comment

Residents screen for onset of osteoporosis

Brooklyn Courier: Assemblywoman Joan Millman organized a free osteoporosis screening in her Brooklyn office, 341 Smith Street, with the help of Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn. Comment

Climb the Brooklyn Bridge just like Spidey

Brooklyn Courier: Who needs to scale the New York Times building when you can take on the Brooklyn Bridge? Comment

Focus on Health: Alternative treatment for your eczema

New research where traditional Chinese medicine was found to safely and effectively treat patients with persistent atopic dermatitis — or eczema, as it’s commonly known — could lead more physicians to prescribe complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat the allergic condition. Comment

It’s a grind at Greene Park

Brooklyn Courier: Fakies, frontsides and FS 540s wowed the crowd as hundreds of skateboarders goofy−footed over to Thomas Greene Park for the Gowanus Grind. Comment

Stevedores using salt to be more appetizing, waterfront rival sez

Brooklyn Courier: A spice war is brewing in Brooklyn. Comment

5 boro cyclists defy wind & rain

The rain did little to dampen the cheer of a sea of intrepid cyclists, who coursed through Brooklyn during the Great Five Boro Bike Tour, traversing the Brooklyn and Verrazano bridges en route to Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island for a celebration. Comment

From the bench to the stars

Brooklyn Courier: Midwood forward Jessica Previlon evolved from basketball rookie to bench warmer to star in fours years under coach Artie LaGreca. Comment

Blue Devils are heaven sent

Brooklyn Courier: Mildred Piscopo has been coaching the Poly Prep softball team for 21 years with plenty of success. The Blue Devils are a perennial powerhouse in the Ivy League and always fair well in the NYSAISAA playoffs. Comment

Coach posts stellar 22 years at Kearney

Brooklyn Courier: Cathy Crockett never imagined coaching for more than 20 years. In fact she had another dream. She wanted to be work for the New York City Police Department and, at 22 years old, was just waiting for the call from the academy to get started. Comment

Bonnie, Taj to play Brooklyn live!

David Byrne is about to get some company – a lot of it. Comment

‘Habana block party’

Habana Outpost is shutting down all of 757 Fulton Street at South Portland Avenue from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m., May 9, to throw the baddest block party around. Comment

P.S. 154 Spring Carnival day

Brooklyn Courier: Public School 154−The Museum Alliance for Science and Technology will hold its annual Spring Carnival, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the schoolyard, Windsor Place at 11th Avenue in the Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn. Comment

P.S. 15 puppet arts theater

Brooklyn Courier: Public School 15−The Patrick F. Daly School has partnered with Puppetry Arts Theatre to create a carnival, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the school’s new playground, corner of Van Brunt and Sullivan streets. In the event of inclement weather, the carnival will be held inside the school. Comment

Magic on ice: pros at Abe Stark rink

Current world class skaters from Russia, Poland and the US will perform alongside community kids in “Magic of the Ice,” at 5:30 p.m., May 14 at the Abe Stark Skating Rink, West 19th Street and the boardwalk in Coney Island. Comment

New destination for original to−die−for fashions

Brooklyn Courier: Forget Paris and London, Brooklyn is where the cutting edge fashion designers are flocking to – especially if they want to look at art while they shop. Comment

Events for bibliophiles

Brooklyn Courier: Barnes & Noble Park Slope invites the public to participate in its exciting calendar of events in May. Here’s what’s on tap this month. Comment

Nurturer’s Day Festival to coincide with Mother’s Day

Brooklyn Courier: Every Sunday morning, a multiethnic crew of adults leads a multiethnic group of kids for two hours of ethical consciousness−raising at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, across the street from Prospect Park. Comment

Back on the Block: RHI to celebrate their new lease

Brooklyn Courier: The Red Hook Initiative (RHI) will hold a “Back on the Block Party,” May 8 from 6−9:30 p.m. to celebrate their newly signed lease on the building, which will become their new community center for years to come. Comment

Youngsters lace up sneakers for annual 2−mile benefit run

Brooklyn Courier: Dyker Heights youngsters will be putting their best foot forward, as part of a fundraiser to benefit the children of servicemen and women who were killed in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

Public weighs in on future of DUMBO rezoning

As this paper went to press, Borough President Marty Markowitz was set to hear the public weigh in on the Department of City Planning’s proposal to rezone a wide swath of DUMBO. Comment

Parks commissioner sees ‘ollies’ at Squibb Park

Grind rails and half−pipes could be coming to a tiny Brooklyn Heights park that also might serve as an entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

Boo−ya! Circus tix on sale!

Squealing schoolkids from P.S. 288 and a performing Asian elephant trucked in from Connecticut marked the official start of ticket sales this week for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Boom A Ring in Coney Island. Comment

City eager to control of BK Bridge Pk

City Parks Commissioner Adrien Benepe is licking his lips at the prospect of the city taking control over the development and administration of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

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