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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Read The Paper — on a computer!

Page 1: This week’s print edition of The Brooklyn Paper is so good that we don’t want you to wait to pick it up at one of our several hundred locations. Click the link above and start browsing the entire Paper, and enjoy our coverage of the messy Gowanus Canal, the messy campaign for city council, and a messy fight over Jed Walentas’s Dock Street plan. If news ain’t your bag, head straight for GO Brooklyn’s tribute to all the things you can do along our beloved G train — the “Brooklyn Local”! And as we say in the newsroom, “Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn!” Comment

Burgers: City ‘Kent’ get it right

Mean Streets: The city unveiled its latest Kent Avenue bike lane plan — this time seeking to bring peace to warring bicyclists, motorists and business owners — but Williamsburg’s inland residents claim the new proposal only makes matters worse. Comments (29)

Baby bust! Births are way down at Long Island College Hospital

A precipitous drop in births at cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital is causing a ripple effect through other obstetrics wards in the area. Comments (3)

The G train is now the Brooklyn local!

Shopping: Forget everything you ever heard about the G train, because it is about to become the best subway line in the MTA system. Comments (7)

A little putts! Mini-golf course will only be open for one day

Event: Brooklynites will get a chance to play mini-golf for free on an artist-created course — but only for one day on Saturday. Comment

Vander-rific! Avenue to be closed to cars in June

Mean Streets: Vanderbilt Avenue will become the latest stretch of mean street to become a pedestrian plaza this June, closing to automotive traffic every Sunday. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: Two more letters complaining about rogue bikers. Comments (1)

Attention, head-bangers: Indecision is back!

Nightlife: Bay Ridge’s most famous hardcore band has grown up — but it hasn’t gone soft. Comment

BAM finds its Muslim voice

Theater: A festival of Islamic art at the Brooklyn Academy of Music includes an Arabic take on “Richard III” and a concert by Youssou N’Dour. Comment

Get on board with the new ‘Brooklyn Local’

Editorial: Our editorial board urges riders to make sure the MTA knows how important the newly expanded G-train service is to Brooklynites. Comments (3)

Pizza the action! Chirico’s got new wine bar on Court Street

Dining: For father and son restaurateurs Joseph and Marco Chirico, the apple — or in this case, the olive — doesn’t fall from the tree. Comment

Poor saps! City kills nine DeKalb Avenue trees

Downtown plan: There could be lots of lonely partridges on the first day of Christmas this year, because the city chopped down nine pears trees on DeKalb avenue last week. Comment

Get your fala-fill at the Lebanese food fest

Event: A three-day Middle Eastern food fair is coming to Brooklyn Heights this weekend. Comments (1)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Should you pay to park on your own street? The candidates speak!

Election: Residential parking permits are a big topic right now. Here’s where your would-be councilman or woman stands on the pay-to-park plan.

BREAKING NEWS: Admirals Row will come down

Fort Greene: The city and National Guard reached an agreement to save two decrepit, yet historic, buildings in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and destroy eight others, ending an impasse and allowing the Navy Yard to proceed with its controversial plan to build a supermarket. Comments (8)

Just four more days to win Wilco tickets!

Smash or Trash: Our contest to win two free tickets to Wilco’s July 13 show at Coney Island ends on May 31. Enter today! With video … Comments (5)

Clean the Gowanus? Hold your nose and choose between feds and city

Cleaning Our Waterways: NEWS ANALYSIS: Both proposals for cleaning the Gowanus Canal are flawed. Comments (6)

No Heyer love! Club president quits rather than campaign for John

Election: Clubhouse politics were thrown into turmoil on Tuesday when the president of one of the borough’s best-known liberal groups took a leave of absence rather than work to elect the right-of-center candidate who won the club’s endorsement for a council seat last week. Comments (4)

Book him! Barrio honcho now serving at the library

Dining: Spencer Rothschild has brought his Latin beach cuisine to the Brooklyn Public Library. Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The best thing we ate this week: Jacques Torres is making ice cream!

Dining: He conquered the world of high-end truffles and bon-bons. Then he made us look forward to winter with his hot chocolate. When he started baking, his kitchen quickly created the best chocolate chip cookies and brownies in the city. With video … Comment

Smartmom’s Memorial Day memory of her great dad

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on This week, Smartmom deals wit memory and loss a year after the death of her dad. Comments (2)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Monday is Memorial Day

No news update today because our office is officially closed to honor America’s fallen. Click the link above to find out Memorial Day parade information or check back tomorrow for a full list of news and feature stories. Comment

Friday, May 22, 2009

Council panel troubled by Dock Street project

DUMBO: Widely hyped concerns that a controversial residential tower and middle school on Dock Street in DUMBO would block views of the Brooklyn Bridge took a back seat at a City Council hearing last Thursday, where politicians focused on charges that the School Construction Authority improperly colluded with the project’s developer. Comments (13)

It must be summer — there are lots of people wearing nothing! (Click now!)

Coney Island: A hot day. Coney Island. The beach. Need we say more? Comment

Flu scare shuts Fort Greene school

Fort Greene: MS 113 reopened on Wednesday, six days after the Department of Health shut the Adelphi Street junior high school after 18 students exhibited flu-like symptoms. Comments (2)

Frank speaking on art desecration from our man Hoier

Rhythm & News: In his latest “Rhythm and News” feature, the Bard of Bushwick, Frank Hoier, sings about an art project in DUMBO that got destroyed by state officials. With video … Comment

Heyer gets clubhouse nod — rival ‘insulted’!

Election: One of Brooklyn’s oldest and most-progressive political clubhouses was riven last night after a closed-door meeting led to the “insulting” endorsement of the most-conservative of five Democratic candidates seeking to succeed Councilman Bill DeBlasio. Comments (8)

Controversial Fort Greene principal arrested for kicking a teacher’s union rep

Fort Greene: The controversial principal of Fort Greene’s PS 20 was arrested last Thursday morning for allegedly assaulting a teacher during a disciplinary hearing. Comments (1)

The day the music died: Williamsburg’s Black Betty to close

Nightlife: The influential Williamsburg music venue Black Betty is closing on a blue note. Comments (9)

The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Saturday and Sunday

Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

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