Sections

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!” Read more…
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)
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
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
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
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)
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
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)

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

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)
►Video

Just four more days to win Wilco tickets!

►Video

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! Comments (5)
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)
►Video

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. Comment

Smartmom’s Memorial Day memory of her great dad

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

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)
►Video

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

Police Blotter

Brooklyn Courier: Road rip Comment

Garbage truck shakeup looms

Kings Courier: The juggling of local Sanitation truck schedules has Community Board 14 concerned. Comment

Path cleared for ‘Michael Fischetti Way’

Kings Courier: A Sheepshead Bay street will be renamed for a community luminary. Comment

‘Golden’ base for this councilman

Kings Courier: Councilmember Lew Fidler is the toast of the town – at least as far as the Jay Harama Senior Center is concerned. Comment

Murdoch donates $5.5 million to charter school

Canarsie: News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch made a surprise $5.5 million donation earlier this month to a Harlem charter school during a benefit concert at the neighborhood’s legendary Apollo Theater. Comment

Run for the military

Canarsie: If you love freedom, thank a vet – plus help raise money for the families of those who made the supreme sacrifice. Comment

Brook−Krasny says, ‘I do’

Canarsie: Add Assemblymember Alec Brook−Krasny to the growing list of legislators who are changing their minds on gay marriage. Comment

City looks to close deal with ‘Rolling Steel’

Canarsie: Activity could soon flourish on a fallow Canarsie plot. Comment

Teens teach reading to elementary school kids

Canarsie: In a small library at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, 763 President St., surrounded by biographies and storybooks of every variety and just beneath a sign that read, “Books – the company your mind keeps,” teens met tweens as part of a program to promote literacy. Comment

Hospice and end−of−life seminar

Canarsie: Metropolitan Jewish Hospice panelists Rev. Eric Towse; medical social worker Khatima Shah, LMSW; Bereavement Coordinator Terry Glusko, MT−BC, GC−C; and Nurse Practitioner Anne Walsh, participate in Metropolitan’s diversity and end−of−life seminar, held at the Menorah Home and Hospital in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn. Comment

Wyckoff Farmhouse

Canarsie: The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum is inviting educators to learn about their educational programs, May 29 from 4−6 p.m. at the oldest structure in New York, and New York’s First National Landmark at 5816 Clarendon Road and Ralph Avenue. Comment

New legislation seeks to give victims of sexual abuse more time to bring civil action against predators

Canarsie: Two competing bills involving child molestation are winding their way through the State Legislature with supporters lining up on both sides. Comment

Achieving a little bit of Mid−East peace right here

Canarsie: Did you hear the one about the Jew and the Muslim who went in to talk and came out firm friends? Comment

The 49th Miss Polonia Pageant

Canarsie: The South Brooklyn Pulaski Parade Committee will celebrate their 49th Anniversary Miss Polonia Pageant, Dinner−Dance and Presentation of Junior Miss at Sirico’s, 8015 13th Avenue, May 31. Comment

Pig roast & street fair

Canarsie: Our lady of Refuge Roman Catholic Church will host its Ninth Annual Pig Roast and Street Fair on Memorial Day, May 25 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parish parking lot, 2020 Foster Avenue at Ocean Avenue, and on East 21st Street between Farragut and Foster avenues. Comment

‘On the Watch’ convention

Canarsie: The Jehovah’s Witnesses are inviting all to hear interesting discussions about The Bible’s description of what some people refer to as the end of the world, during the 2009 “Keep on the Watch!” District Convention. Comment

Hijackers kicked in the butt

Canarsie: The two men busted for transporting untaxed cigarettes through the area sent up a smoke signal of sorts when they decided to obscure the license plate to their U−Haul truck, police said. Comment

Summer to open in the ‘endzone’

Canarsie: The beginning of summer could mean a new beginning for Canarsie. Comment

P.S. 135 welcomes state−of−the−art library

Canarsie: Bookworms at Public School 135 can take a word voyage into a labyrinth of new books, plus surf the Web on brand new computers in their restored, state−of−the−art library. Comment

‘Real pain’ for illegal truckers

Canarsie: There’s more than one way, they say, to skin a cat, and presumably, the old adage would apply to illegally parked trucks as well. Comment

11 K’s against the city’s best

High School Sports: It was the best lineup Victoria Capozucca has faced all year and the best one she will face the rest of the way, too. That’s why no one involved with the Poly Prep softball team was unhappy with a 2−0 loss to Tottenville in a non−league game Friday afternoon in Bay Ridge. Comment

Bishop Ford riding high after upset of defending champs

High School Sports: It was a victory that sent shockwaves throughout the CHSAA, a win that put the league on notice that the Bishop Ford baseball team is for real. Comment

Bold Bonnies come up short

High School Sports: When it was over, the Fontbonne Hall softball team huddled just in front of the pitching circle. Star senior Corine Fitzgibbons, already hoarse, took the time to yell out each teammate’s name, followed by them yelling out hers. Comment

‘No. 12’ demands attention

High School Sports: When the PSAL boys’ volleyball seeding came out last week, coach Noreen Begley and her Brooklyn Tech players saw the No. 12 next to their name and felt slighted. Comment

Hurler’s crafty bag of tricks

High School Sports: Tiffany Irrera fully understands the type of pitcher she is. A fireballer and power arm she is not. Comment

McAuliffe talent show

Canarsie: Students from the Christa McAuliffe Junior High School−IS 187 will be holding a talent show to raise funds for Jack Rubin and the Histiocytosis Foundation, May 26 from 6:30−9 p.m. at the school, 1171 65th Street. Comment

Boy sent into coma on way to class

A 12−year−old boy was left in a coma Thursday after he was clipped by an SUV on his way to school. Comment

Borough Hall’s pink slip blizzard

The axe is again being sharpened on workers at Borough Hall: at least a dozen more employees can expect pink slips if Mayor Bloomberg’s recently submitted $41.4 billion executive budget for Fiscal Year 2010 comes to pass. Comment

Wild bunch: armed crew wanted in string of robberies

A violent crew of gun−toting, pistol−whipping goons is sought for committing six robberies throughout the borough. Comment

Mayor urged to lay off of BPL’s budget

Community Board 10 has jumped on the book−lovers bandwagon. Comment

Memorial Day celebrations on tap this week

Brooklynites will be proudly waving Old Glory, as neighborhoods around the borough turn out to mark Memorial Day. Comment

Democratic hopefuls take aim at Bloomberg

The richest man in the city doesn’t have a clue about what regular people are going through. Comment

Theater of the outraged

“Shameful,” “absurd” and “horrific” — those are just a few of the choice words opponents of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s bid to construct a $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy Seaside Park used this past weekend, to describe efforts to transform their beloved Sea Breeze Avenue green space into the site of a new 8,000−seat outdoor music venue. Comment

Haitian culture & pride on Nostrand Ave.

Haitian Americans took their national pride to the streets, commemorating their Flag Day with a parade and festival in Brooklyn. Comment

NYPD commish smiles on 70th Precinct crime−busters

A local precinct has been recognized by New York City’s police commissioner for the success of its crime reduction and community outreach efforts. Comment

Norwegian culture takes center stage

The rain didn’t dampen the spirit for more than 10,000 proud marchers, who celebrated their national pride by putting their best foot forward for the 58th Annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade in Bay Ridge. Comment

Runes of hate

There’s a battle of wills brewing over “Triumph of Will” and other Nazi−era graffiti that has been seen sprouting up around the borough of late. Comment

Livery cab driver shot down on a Sheepshead Bay street

A livery cab driver who had spent the last 20 years touring this fair city was executed just steps away from his Sheepshead Bay home Thursday — possibly by an unhinged lover, officials said. Comment

Roebling to city: don’t block the Bridge

For some, the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project is a matter of taste. But for Kristian Roebling, the idea that the project may block some residents’ view of the Brooklyn Bridge is personal. Comment

Brand new ‘pit stop’

Spiffy new fields, a renovated playground and a modernized concession stand make the Parade Ground a popular destination for local families and athletes. Comment

Expanding temple gives neighbors a helluva time

East 32nd Street resident Roberta Weiss and her husband went on vacation for a week last year, and when they returned home, their backyard was gone. Comment

Tourists beat a path through Brooklyn portal

It works out to about 10,000 a year. Comment

A new band of bad hombres to fear

Local residents are fearing the emergence of a Mexican gang terrorizing Brighton Beach, according to a long−time community activist. Comment

Blockbuster: biggest real estate deal in BK at $11.2M

MA Bay Ridge apartment building recently sold for $11.225 million with a 6 percent cap rate, becoming the biggest real estate deal in Brooklyn through nearly half of 2009. Comment

Sexual predator & burglar

A parolee who spent 17 years in prison for sodomy has been arrested for allegedly breaking into area homes late at night when his victims were asleep. Comment

Empire State College debuts on Livingston St.

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

Jim Sempepos, local activist, dies

A legendary Bay Ridge activist is gone. Comment

Chairperson to neighbors: bend over and scoop

He might be human, but Robert Newman played a dog at the last meeting of Community Board 14. Comment

CityParks Senior Fit

City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Spring 2009 Session of CityParks Seniors Fitness, a free program offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in nine parks across New York City. Comment

‘Creationists’ look to operate new charter school

A company reported to have taught creationism as a science at some of the schools it runs is looking to operate a new charter school being proposed for Canarsie. Comment

Pet project: Animals in the community

Members and friends of the Dyker Heights Civic Association are invited to attend a special panel to address “How Animals Help Our Community and How The Community Can Help Animals,” May 12, 8 p.m., at St. Philip’s Parish Hall, 80th Street and 11th Avenue. Comment

‘Anything Goes’ on stage at Carpe Diem Theatre

Forget the Ziegfeld, Broadway buffs headed to Bay Ridge Preparatory School’s Carpe Diem Theatre where starry−eyed students ignited the stage with their version of the Cole Porter classic, “Anything Goes.” Comment

Rev. El−Yateem marks 10th anniversary at CB10

A member of Community Board 10 was in the spotlight at the board’s April meeting. Comment

Spotlight on Communion angels

The faithful flocked to Bay Ridge to commemorate their Blessed Mother with an outdoor ceremony at St. Anselm Church. Comment

‘Black Hand’ crime−buster

Reflecting upon the courage and bravery of an Italian immigrant who became a respected police officer and fought against the scourge of organized crime, a plaque dedication ceremony was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe RC Church in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Lt. Joseph Petrosino. Comment

Sixth Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival

Parenting: State Senator Marty Golden will hosting his Sixth Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, May 31 from 12−5 p.m. at Leif Ericson Park, Seventh Avenue and 67th Street, and is inviting the community to join in this special event held in conjunction with the national celebration of Asian American Heritage. Comment

Bklyn Designs reinvents the modern living space

From a chair crafted out of tennis balls to a table hewn from a massive, curving slice of wood, the home furnishing creations of Brooklyn designers and artisans strutted like fanciful peacocks −− think, birds of a distinctly different color −− across warehouse and showroom spaces in DUMBO, all gussied up for the annual Bklyn Designs show. Comment

State−of−the−art science

Bay News: Snip, snip hooray! Comment

P.S. 52 jumps at the chance to help out

Bay News: Big−hearted youngsters stepped up the battle to find a cure for heart disease by putting their best foot forward for a benefit jump−a−thon at Public School 52. Comment

Flap over flotsam & jetsam

Bay News: The state is giving a Gerritsen Beach land owner just over two weeks to clean up the crumbling docks behind his property, this paper has learned. Comment

Manhattan Beach jeers proposal to extend B74 bus

Bay News: Efforts to improve traffic conditions within the confines of Community Boards 11, 13 and 15 hit a brick wall last week when outraged residents said absolutely “no way” to many of the proposed changes. Comment

Senator for a day essay winners

Bay News: State Senator Martin J. Golden announced that the winner of the 2009 Senator for a Day Contest is eighth grader Alexandra Capellini of the Genesis at Xaverian High School. Comment

An ‘important juncture’ for LICH

Bay News: Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th year of serving the Brooklyn community with a reception hosted by Dominick Stanzione, Interim President. Comment

Hard times plus hard drugs equals crime

Bay News: Financial recessions doesn’t lead to crime −− at least not directly, according to Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comment

Baby Bodyguards: on call to handle toddler trouble

Bay News: When you have a baby, nothing is as secure as it once was — not even your own home. Comment

Salsa makes for a snappy showcase

Bay News: Rapt visitors had a muy bueno tiempo when starry−eyed students at Public School 52 put a snazzy foot forward for a salsa dance showcase. Comment

Ratner claims victory in bid to build arena

Bay News: With a major court victory behind him, developer Bruce Ratner is applying the full−court press to break ground on an arena this year that will eventually land the NBA’s Nets in Brooklyn. Comment

Sexual predator on parole eyed in nighttime burglaries

Bay News: A parolee who spent 17 years in prison for sodomy has been arrested for allegedly breaking into area homes late at night when his victims were asleep. Comment

‘Mona Lisa Cafe’ sitting pretty on 86th Street

Bay News: A local watering hole is one step closer to expanding its outdoor cafÉ. Comment

Thor Festival debut is a bust

Bay News: So far, Thor Equities’ highly publicized “Festival by the Sea” and “Dreamland” attractions have been a bigger bust in Coney Island than last season’s “Summer of Hope,” − and there isn’t much indication that this weekend will be any more promising. Comment

Brooklyn Business Summit coming

Bay News: Small business owners and entrepreneurs: join hundreds of business people for 16 free workshops, one−on−one clinics and much more at the first annual Brooklyn Business Summit May 27 at PolyTech University, Six Metrotech Center. Comment

Parents’ new demands

Bay News: Parents in School District 20 are demanding that they have a stronger role in the public school system. Comment

‘Air in the face’ thrills at Coney

Bay News: Twelve acres of outdoor amusements in Coney Island is enough room to provide the masses with an “air in the face” experience packed with “speed, thrills and adrenaline.” Comment

Old−time stickball

Bay News: Come out for an old−time stickball reunion and knock the ol’ Spaldeen around from 12−4 p.m., May 30 on Coyle Street and Avenue U. Comment

Hope for fireworks fizzle as Macy’s moves out

Williamsburg: For the last decade and a half, the Williamsburg−Greenpoint waterfront has become a July 4th destination point, when the Macy’s annual fireworks light up the East River night sky. Comment

Prospect Avenue Allstate Agency to help fight ALS

Williamsburg: May is Lou Gehrig’s disease awareness month and the Steven Schneider Allstate Agency on Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place will donate $5 for every insurance quote given now through June 19 (Lou Gehrig’s birthday) to The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. Comment

Park, what park?

Williamsburg: “It’s My Park Day” is the city’s bi−annual celebration of its parks, during which New Yorkers are encouraged to care for their parks with a variety of clean−up and planning projects. Comment

Community Health Fair is here

Williamsburg: 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

Apply for a Cook Street apartment

Williamsburg: Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol announced that the Cook Street Housing LLC is currently accepting applications for the affordable housing now under construction at 9 Cook and 21 Cook Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment

Namaste Yoga and Tranquility Center

Williamsburg: New York City has become one of the western meccas of Yoga. As the holistic approach to healthcare is becoming more popular, yoga studios are now as common as pizza joints in Manhattan, and the trend is spreading fast into Brooklyn. Comment

The Punisher: Golden seeks death penalty

Williamsburg: State Senator Martin Golden wants cop killers to pay — with their lives. Comment

Candidates have no time for ‘buddies’

Williamsburg: The fight for the 33rd Councilmanic District was never considered “scrappy” until Tuesday night, when candidates posed no−holds−barred questions to their opponents and showed some of their true colors in the process. Comment

Abate’s a tough act to follow

Williamsburg: At its May meeting, Community Board 1 nominated candidates for its executive committee and attendance committee. Comment

Bone marrow drive for Kai

Williamsburg: Just shy of five years old, little Kai Anderson’s only concern should be looking forward to kindergarten. Instead, the little tyke is routinely subjected to a concoction of seven powerful chemotherapy drugs designed to stave off the effects of a rare form of cancer called Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Comment

Couldn’t be happier on the run

Williamsburg: On an early morning Saturday last June, Greenpoint resident Aja Marsh hopped aboard the L train en route to Manhattan, where the starting line of her first half−marathon lay. Comment

Bowling alley bets on the Bklyn side

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Bowl, the Northside bowling alley that triples as a music venue and restaurant will open in one to three weeks, one of its owners announced at Tuesday’s Community Board 1 meeting. Comment

Moving in on gay marriage

Williamsburg: Another bill allowing gay marriage was passed by the New York State Assembly Tuesday with some mixed voting by the Brooklyn delegation. Comment

St. Nicholas group applauds neighborhood activism

Williamsburg: The St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation hosted its fourth annual Rising Stars celebration last Thursday, honoring more than 80 activists for their work for local causes. Comment

Teens help spread the joy of literacy

Williamsburg: In a small library at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, 763 President St., surrounded by biographies and storybooks of every variety and just beneath a sign that read, “Books – the company your mind keeps,” teens met tweens as part of a program to promote literacy. Comment

Senate head pops Parker after run−in

Williamsburg: State Senator Kevin Parker’s impulse control issues are starting to cost him — dearly. Comment

Candidates debate for City Council

Williamsburg: The New Kings Democrats will host a new kind of forum for local elections in Brooklyn, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Harry Van Arsdale High School auditorium, 257 North Sixth Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment

Fifth Avenue Fair promises 20 blocks of springtime fun

Williamsburg: Enjoy 20 blocks of fun, food and entertainment, from 12th Street to Sterling Place, as the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID launches its Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 17, rain or shine. Comment

Kid rock: McCarren Pk Live returns

Williamsburg: McCarren Park Live!, the annual free spring concert series for children presented by the local civic group Park Moms, is back for another go−around next to McCarren’s Field House (Lorimer Street between Bedford and Driggs). Comment

‘Puerto Rico’ debut

Williamsburg: The stretch of Graham Avenue going north from Woodhull Medical Center is co−named “Avenue of Puerto Rico” in honor of the neighborhood’s ethnic history. Comment

Filmmaking series teaches kids about lights, camera, action!

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Young Filmmakers’ unique three class “Make A Film” series takes participants through the development of a script, pre−production, and production, concluding with the shooting of a short film. Comment

Different players but similar results for Poly Prep

Rich Carbone had heard the whispers since the fall – the Poly Prep baseball team wasn’t the same. He didn’t disagree; how could the Blue Devils not be different after graduating their top three starting pitchers? Comment

Local civic: clean or death

Brooklyn Courier: Arguing for the health of current — and future — residents, the Park Slope Civic Council last week threw its support behind the designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site. Comment

Parishioners rally outside church

Brooklyn Courier: Exiled members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church took to the street this week, staging a protest outside their shuttered Boerum Hill house of worship. Comment

Slope cries: give us more landmarking

Brooklyn Courier: Vast new areas of Park Slope deserve landmark status, and a local civic group aims to convince the city — and those living in the homes — that the protection is justified. Comment

The cleanup could be on your tab

Brooklyn Courier: Taxpayers — not polluters — could foot a large chunk of the bill to clean up the Gowanus Canal if the city’s alternative approach to tackling the fetid waterway is adopted, an official from the Environmental Protection Agency said this week. Comment

This class of rookies promises to stay green

Brooklyn Courier: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and members of the Urban Park Service celebrated the newest classes of Urban Park Rangers, Parks Enforcement Patrol and Central Communications staff members, and honored Parkies who have contributed to the Urban Park Service’s success during an event held at the Prospect Park Picnic House. Comment

Note to neighbors: bend over and scoop!

Brooklyn Courier: He might be human, but Robert Newman played a dog at the last meeting of Community Board 14. Comment

Suspected GPS thieves get their signals crossed

Brooklyn Courier: The not−so−bright future of four would−be GPS thieves was clearly mapped out this week after cops apprehended them in two separate incidents. Comment

Catholic school reunion

Brooklyn Courier: All alumni from St. Anthony of Padua and St. Alphonsus are invited to attend an alumni reunion dance in celebration of Catholic School Education, May 30 from 6:45−11 p.m., following the 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 862 Manhattan Avenue (use the Leonard Street entrance). Comment

MTA express running straight into your wallet

Brooklyn Courier: Only with the MTA does a loss appear like a win. Comment

Forecast calls for storm of pink slips at Borough Hall

Brooklyn Courier: The axe is again being sharpened on workers at Borough Hall as at least a dozen more employees can expect pink slips if Mayor Bloomberg’s recently submitted $41.4 billion executive budget for Fiscal Year 2010 comes to pass. Comment

BK principals sound alarm

Brooklyn Courier: Additional budget cuts will devastate Brooklyn schools, according to local principals. Comment

4th of July fizzles out for area fireworks fans

Brooklyn Courier: For the last decade and a half, the Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens⁄Red Hook waterfronts have become a July 4th destination point, when the Macy’s annual fireworks light up the East River night sky. Comment

Speech screenings

Brooklyn Courier: In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, free speech screenings will be offered to assess the articulation skills of children three years and older by DeMoor Speech Therapy in the Windsor Terrace section Brooklyn. Comment

E−waste recycling

Brooklyn Courier: E−waste recycling collection days will be held May 16−17 at First Unitarian Chapel, Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 12−2 p.m. on Sunday. Comment

Changes to Holocaust memorial

Brooklyn Courier: Let not one victim be forgotten. Comment

Blue Devils still the favorite

High School Sports: Rich Carbone had heard the whispers since the fall – the Poly Prep baseball team wasn’t the same. He didn’t disagree; how could the Blue Devils not be different after graduating their top three starting pitchers? Comment

Bishop Loughlin taps new boys basketball coach

High School Sports: In what might be the shortest coaching search in the history of the CHSAA, Ed Gonzalez has been named the new Bishop Loughlin boys’ basketball coach, it was announced by Loughlin principal James Dorney on Friday. He replaces Rudy King, who resigned as interim coach Tuesday. Comment

‘Ween’ benefit

Brooklyn Courier: It’s not every school that gets a rock star to headline its benefit concert, but this month, PS 29 will be that lucky. Comment

Trace the source of musical inspiration

Brooklyn Courier: Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn presents “Inspiration: Princes, Gypsies And Ethos,” May 15, 8 p.m., at the Old First Reformed Church, Seventh Avenue and Carroll Street in Park Slope; May 17, 4 p.m., at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, corner of Clinton and Pierrepont streets in Brooklyn Heights; and May 20, 7:30 p.m., at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Clinton and Pierrepont streets in Fort Greene. Comment

Music for Families finale is here

Brooklyn Courier: The highly acclaimed group, Project, will present the final “Music for Families” concert at the Brooklyn Conservatory concert hall, May 17 at 3 p.m. Comment

6th annual BBCS Art Show this month

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service presents its Sixth Annual BBCS Art Show, featuring art work from the PMO and TLC Art Therapy Programs. Comment

Kids get a jump−start on smart money management

Kings Courier: Budding Donald Trumps and Suze Ormans received a valuable lesson on how to manage their money during a personal finance seminar at Roy H. Mann Junior High School. Comment

Charter school

Kings Courier: The Madison−Marine−Homecrest Civic Association will meet on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of King’s Chapel, on Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment

Salute to ‘magnificent seven’

Kings Courier: Three separate incidents in the 70th Precinct last month resulted in the arrest of an alleged killer, and three guns taken off the street. Comment

Youth is served at Brooklyn College forum

Kings Courier: Approximately 200 area teens seized the opportunity offered by a recent youth conference to learn about volunteering, work and internship opportunities and how to package themselves to apply for such positions. Comment

It’s a small world after all at Cunningham Junior H.S.

Kings Courier: A rainbow of song and dance performances ignited the stage – and traditional foods tickled the palate – during a multi−cultural showcase at Cunningham Junior High School. Comment

New effort to rein in cell phone towers

Kings Courier: Local representatives have taken their first step toward curbing the proliferation of cell phone towers in the city’s residential areas. Comment

Need for weed, say state senators

Flatbush: Brooklyn state legislators have high hopes for a renewed push to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Comment

Many back new safeguards

Flatbush: The rezoning of Flatbush appears to be coasting to fruition. Comment

Youth forum attracts teens from around the neighborhood

Flatbush: Approximately 200 area teens seized the opportunity offered by a recent youth conference to learn about volunteering, work and internship opportunities and how to package themselves to apply for such positions. Comment

Accused killer: I was the real victim

Brooklyn Courier: The teen accused of butchering Carroll Gardens newsman George Weber is claiming he was the true victim in the bloody episode that played out inside a Henry Street apartment this past March. Comment

Candidates cross paths on way to Council

Brooklyn Courier: Glowing self−appraisals flowed like wine when contenders vying for the 39th Council district seat pledged their case to the people during a candidates forum at the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center. Comment

Parkville Youth Association hailed for outstanding 46 years

Canarsie: Bob Stoll, past president of the Parkville Youth Association (right), accepts a New York State Proclamation from Assemblyman William Colton at the National Grid Parkville Youth Association Field on the occasion was the opening of the baseball season. Comment

‘Wrestler’ stars grappling here

Canarsie: Two stars from this year’s Academy Award−nominated and Golden Globe−winning drama, “The Wrestler,” starring Mickey Rourke in an historic comeback role, will square off in the ring at the St. Athanasius parish auditorium, 6120 Bay Parkway, Saturday night, May 16. Comment

17th Annual Major McCarthy 5K Run

Canarsie: The 17th Annual Major Eugene McCarthy Memorial 5K Race — held every year in memory of Marine Major Eugene McCarthy, a 1973 graduate of Nazareth Regional High School — will be run at Marine Park, June 6. Comment

Laying Foundations into the Forest for Brooklyn kids

Canarsie: In a world increasingly focused on environmental conservation, it is vitally important that urban children understand and appreciate the natural world around them. Comment

Jewish war Veterans honor Americans lost in combat

Canarsie: The Kings County Council Jewish War Veterans presented a special service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, in honor of the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, Korea and Vietnam. Comment

Junior’s signature cheesecake keeps ‘em in the green

Canarsie: Junior’s Restaurant sold a lot of its signature cheesecake last year, as well as its overstuffed sandwiches, soups, and other line of desserts. Comment

Remarkable local man celebrates his 101st birthday!

Canarsie: Samuel Schanzer, having survived the Great Depression, two world wars and the Holocaust, commemorated his 101st birthday last week at Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center, on the border of the Borough Park and Bensonhurst sections of Brooklyn. Comment

Borough Hall salutes talents of young Brooklyn writers

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee hosted the annual Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Night Salute to Israel ceremony and reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Subway fares going up 10%

Canarsie: Only with the MTA does a loss appear like a win. Comment

Chairman: bend over and scoop

Canarsie: He might be human, but Robert Newman played a dog at the last meeting of Community Board 14. Comment

VE−Day looms large here

Canarsie: Wearing their countless medals, Russian WWII veterans, who are also clients at Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center, commemorated the 64th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE−Day) at the Borough Park⁄Bensonhurst−based facility, 6202 16th Avenue. Comment

Fantastic frocks for High School seniors

Canarsie: Brooklyn Cinderellas found the prom dress of their dreams – or close to it – during a gown giveaway in Flatbush. Comment

Rezoning critics fear density

Canarsie: As the rezoning of Canarsie moves forward, a small contingent of determined residents continues to oppose portions of the plan, saying they will increase the neighborhood’s density rather than restrict it. Comment

Backlash against shuttered park access

Canarsie: Show me where the figures came from! Comment

Empire State College in Brooklyn

Canarsie: 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

Public advocate, comptroller hopefuls rip Bloomberg

Canarsie: The richest man in the city doesn’t have a clue about what regular people are going through. Comment

Strike a real blow against ALS

Canarsie: May is Lou Gehrig’s disease awareness month and the Steven Schneider Allstate Agency on Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place will donate $5 for every insurance quote given now through June 19 (Lou Gehrig’s birthday) to The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. Comment

Mom is always number one around here

Canarsie: Moms were feted with food and fond words when the Abe Stark Senior Center held a Mother’s Day celebration. Comment

St. Edmund Prep junior gets ‘amped up’ behind the plate

High School Sports: Casey Sclafani needs a little push sometimes. The St. Edmund Prep junior, who plays travel softball for the New York Panthers, didn’t try out for the school’s team her first two years, in order to concentrate on her school work. Comment

Bay Ridge Prep garners special Senate kudos

High School Sports: New York State Senator Martin J. Golden visited Bay Ridge Preparatory School to give special recognition to the school’s championship junior varsity boys basketball team. Comment

All−City standout left to wait

High School Sports: An honor roll student, Rasheem King is mature and grounded. Comment

Tech hitter puts Saturday prayers on hold

O’Shane McRae says he’s missed church on a Saturday about three times that he can recall. The Brooklyn Tech junior middle hitter and native of the island of Jamaica is a Seventh−day Adventist, a Christian denomination that observes on Saturdays. Comment

‘Art in the Park’

Canarsie: Enjoy the music and art of the Narrows Botanical Gardens during the 14th Annual Art in the Park Spring Festival, May 17 (rain date: May 24) from 12−5 p.m. at the Bay Ridge greenspace, Shore Road between 69th & 72nd streets. Comment

Fabulous 5th Avenue Fair

Canarsie: Enjoy 20 blocks of fun, food and entertainment, from 12th Street to Sterling Place, as the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID launches its Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 17, rain or shine. Comment

LIU star is a hit because of big sis

Softball didn’t always come so easy for Bianca Mejia. Comment

6th Annual BBCS Art Show

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee hosted the annual Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Night Salute to Israel ceremony and reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Nabe toasts Manhattan Beach’s high−stepping beauty queen

Canarsie: Dazzling dancing grandmas, distinguished guest dignitaries and a huge iced cake capped the celebration when “Miss Brooklyn” Keelie Sheridan made her debut in Sheepshead Bay. Comment

Going deep with watsu water massage

Brooklyn Heights: Although I had been covering Williamsburg for nearly two years, I had never been to this part of the neighborhood: that stretch of Ainslie Street that veers west 30 degrees from Union Avenue. I had also never experienced what I was about to experience: A “watsu” massage, an underwater massage influenced by the Japanese shiatsu style, which seeks to facilitate the flow of the “chi,” or life force, through the body. Comment

Hopefuls pile on Bloomy’s record

Brooklyn Heights: The richest man in the city doesn’t have a clue about what regular people are going through. Comment

The Spirit of volunteerism

Brooklyn Heights: Through their dedicated efforts, 800 volunteers gave more than 65,000 hours of service to New York Methodist Hospital (NYM) in the past year. To honor these outstanding individuals for their invaluable contributions to the hospital, NYM reheld its Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Comment

RHI celebrates new hub of operations

Brooklyn Heights: They’re back on the block! Comment

Sky−high hopes for new district

Brooklyn Heights: Look! Up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District. Comment

2020: shovel ready

Brooklyn Heights: Rip Van Winkle can wake up and go back to sleep before infrastructure work on the triple cantilever section of the Brooklyn−Queens Expressway in Downtown Brooklyn begins. Comment

Salute to Cobble Hill Health Center CEO

Brooklyn Heights: The Cobble Hill Health Center’s CEO, Olga Lipschitz (center), was honored for her more than 30 years of service to the health care industry and her role in the Jewish community. Comment

LICH at 150: New challenges and fresh ideas

Brooklyn Heights: Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th year of serving the Brooklyn community with a reception hosted by Dominick Stanzione, Interim President. Comment

2 paws up for rescuers

Bay News: They’re always there for us, so we should be there for them. Comment

Female auxiliary cop makes BK history

Linying Gong still hasn’t gotten used to people calling her captain and she still has a hard time fastening the new shield to her uniform, but her family and co−workers agree, no one is more deserving of the post. Comment

Beep backs Brighton plan − with bungalow conditions

Bay News: The proposed rezoning plan for Brighton Beach “would substantially reduce development potential” in the bungalow district, according to Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment

Major networks ‘dig’ tunnel king’s explorations

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

Cops identify suspect in drive−by shooting of Brooklyn mom

Police have identified a suspect in the drive−by shooting that ended the life of a single mom in front of an East Flatbush church. Comment

Poseidon adventure in the Bay

A fun−filled cruise to nowhere for a group of Xaverian High School graduates ended in a rescue operation as the ship’s helmsman deviated from his course to save six stranded anglers found grasping onto their overturned vessel. Comment

Bovine reprieve! Courageous cow’s road to freedom cuts through Brooklyn

She escaped a Queens slaughterhouse, made a pit stop on Brooklyn, and finally found freedom in Suffolk County. Comment

Abbate’s a threat to nix mayoral control

A state assemblymember is ready to reject mayoral control. Comment

Subway fares going up 10% percent;

Only with the MTA does a loss appear like a win. Comment

Cannons to boom across the Narrows

Brooklynites will revel in the U.S. Navy’s military might −− and then watch the Army shoot at them −− next week as soldiers from Fort Hamilton welcome an armada of ships heading into New York Harbor to kick off Fleet Week. Comment

Brawling pol gets socked

State Senator Kevin Parker’s impulse control issues are starting to cost him — dearly. Comment

Golden: Kill a cop and you die

State Senator Martin Golden wants cop killers to pay — with their lives. Comment

Doors swinging shut on Brighton Beach post office

Concern is sweeping Brighton Beach as the area’s only post office is scheduled to close at the end of the year. Comment

Kids prey on other kids for their cell phones

While crime continues to go down in Canarsie, one problem has begun to rear its head −− kids stealing cell phones from their peers. Comment

Changes to Holocaust Park

Let not one victim be forgotten. Comment

Bone marrow drive for little Kai

Just shy of five years old, little Kai Anderson’s only concern should be looking forward to kindergarten. Instead, the little tyke is routinely subjected to a concoction of seven powerful chemotherapy drugs designed to stave off the effects of a rare form of cancer called Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Comment

Rockin’ writers earn high marks for their library essays

Councilman Vincent Gentile honored winners of his 2009 National Library Week Essay Contest during an awards presentation at McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

‘Crapped’ out: board protests gaming cafÉ

Some months ago, Community Board 12 voted to reject a request to recommend approving a “gaming cafÉ” on 53rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, only to see the Department of Consumer Affairs grant a license to the establishment anyway. Comment

Celebration of Norwegian pride and culture!

A sweet serenade from the Nansen Chorus added to the festivities during a rally program in Bay Ridge, stepping off the annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, May 17. Comment

Ace crime−busters!

Born and bred in Brooklyn, the police officers who make up the anti−crime team at the 68th Precinct were among those honored by a local organization for their efforts on behalf of the community. Comment

BPW raises money for scholarships

Bay Ridge Business and Professional Women held its annual Spring Fling fundraiser at Dyker Beach Golf Course Clubhouse to raise funding for the 2010 scholarship program and community projects. Comment

America’s war heroes feted

If you love freedom, thank a vet. Comment

Power washed away at the intersection of 82nd Street and 5th Avenue, thanks to grime−busters

State Senator Marty Golden has a way to transform the eyesores in his district into sights for sore eyes – a graffiti−removal program called CitySolve. Comment

‘Hall’ of a time for six

A group of Bay Ridge stalwarts was honored for its “hard work and contributions” to Brooklyn students during a Hall of Fame induction at Fontbonne Hall Academy. Comment

Excellence in BK nursing

Marjorie Graham, RN, Park Ridge Family Health Center, was presented with the Lutheran Family Health Centers’ 2009 Nurse of Excellence Award recognizing outstanding clinical practice. Comment

Bay Ridge feasts on Farm fresh goodies

Ripened fruits and crisp veggies were just the tip of the iceberg for discerning boroughites as they made a beeline for farm−fresh delights at the Bay Ridge green market. Comment

The New three R’s: Reduce, reuse and recycle

Pint−sized preservationists received a fun−filled lesson on how to make their classrooms, their homes and their communities cleaner and greener during an eco−fest at Public School 102. Comment

Criticism of Coney Island rezoning softens

Bay News: With two key endorsements now under its belt, the city is quickly closing in on a successful conclusion to the rezoning of Coney Island and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. Comment

Coney CERT knew all about scary flyover

Bay News: Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have been in the dark about Air Force One’s controversial flyover in Manhattan, but Coney Island’s rescue unit wasn’t. Comment

P.S. 255 excels at the scientific method

Bay News: Mom and dad glowed with pride as they watched their pint−sized Einsteins conduct experiments of research and deduction during a science fair at Public School 255. Comment

Beep backs Brighton rezoning − with bungalow conditions

Bay News: The proposed rezoning plan for Brighton Beach “would substantially reduce development potential” in the bungalow district, according to Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment

Cherry Hill is open

Bay News: Cherry Hill Gourmet is marking its first full week in business inside Lundy’s landmarked building, despite findings from Department of Buildings that the enterprise is operating contrary to zoning. Comment

Reading challenge

Bay News: Assemblyman William Colton reminds children and families that the Assembly’s 2009 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner and his office will distribute the Assembly’s brochures to schools and parents. Comment

Bill courts Manhattan Beach

Bay News: Mild−mannered Comptroller William Thompson didn’t exactly come out swinging when he visited the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) last week, but he did have some choice words for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Thrill of the grill grips S’head Bay

Bay News: A steaming chili smack−down and a grand grill−fest called on local chefs to flex their barbecue muscle for cash prizes and bragging rights during a benefit cook−out in Sheepshead Bay for St. Mark Church. Comment

Salute to ‘Black Hand’ foe

Bay News: Reflecting upon the courage and bravery of an Italian immigrant who became a respected police officer and fought against the scourge of organized crime, a plaque dedication ceremony was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe RC Church in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Lt. Joseph Petrosino. Comment

Coney Island insists on more affordable housing

Bay News: Residents in Coney Island are once again speaking out about the proposed plan to redevelop their community. Comment

Standoff on West 6th St.

Bay News: Heavily armed police officers were called to West 6th Street in Gravesend Tuesday morning when a domestic dispute ended with an area man barricading himself inside his home with a gun. Comment

Kings Bay Y honors lives lost in the Holocaust

Bay News: Heartbreaking memories drew survivors to a community−wide Holocaust memorial ceremony service at the Kings Bay Y. Comment

Cops and the community gather in show of unity

Bay News: Sunday’s bright sunshine was bouncing off police badges and wide smiles alike as members of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment

Tall salute and green thumbs up for new ‘Parkies’

Bay News: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and members of the Urban Park Service celebrated the newest classes of Urban Park Rangers, Parks Enforcement Patrol and Central Communications staff members, and honored Parkies who have contributed to the Urban Park Service’s success during an event held at the Prospect Park Picnic House. Comment

Free health screenings

Bay News: Free health screenings and information will be offered free to the public at Beth Israel Medical Center’s Spring Health Fair, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Kings Highway Division, 3201 Kings Highway. Comment

Here comes BayFest ‘09

Bay News: The 18th annual BayFest, Sheepshead Bay’s yearly festival of the fleet presented by the Bay Improvement Group (BIG), will be held from 12−6 p.m., May 17 along Emmons Avenue. Comment

Pull up an intricately designed armchair

Bay News: From a chair crafted out of tennis balls to a table hewn from a massive, curving slice of wood, the home furnishing creations of Brooklyn designers and artisans strutted like fanciful peacocks −− think, birds of a distinctly different color −− across warehouse and showroom spaces in DUMBO, all gussied up for the annual Bklyn Designs show. Comment

Knocking on freedom’s door at I.S. 228

Bay News: The art, dance, drama, and vocal students of David A. Boody Middle School−IS 228 celebrated African−American heritage with a performance of “The Door: A Black History Journey of Freedom, Hope, and Progress” in the school’s auditorium, 228 Avenue S in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn. Comment

Borough hall spotlights talented kids

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Public weighs in on future of DUMBO rezoning

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Activists have a trunk−full of criticism

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Boo−ya! Circus tix on sale!

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Bonnie, Taj to play Brooklyn live!

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

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: