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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 (33)

Paper: Stop the BID bid

Editorial: Our editorial board backs a group of rogue merchants on Fulton Street who are fighting a new business improvement district in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comments (3)
It’s summer and the economy stinks. But Brooklyn is the perfect place for a staycation. From outdoor films to Mojito-soaked patios to circuses to parades of half-naked mermaids, you’ll find plenty to do this summer — all in walking or subway distance from your home. Comment

Fire on Court Street!

Fire on Court Street!

Cobble Hill: More than 60 firefighters rushed to Court Street near the corner of Bergen Street this morning, dousing a smokey blaze that broke out at 8 am on the top floor of a four-story building above the legendary Court Street Bagels. Comments (2)

Albany throws Bloomy a rabbit punch in Coney

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to redevelop Coney Island is tied up in Albany, causing yet another headache for the controversial proposal to create a new amusement park and thousands of apartments on the hard-luck peninsula. Comments (3)
Politicrasher: Opponents of Atlantic Yards who hoped for a candidate to run against project cheerleader Borough President Markowitz got half their wish this week — a challenger has finally emerged, but he thinks Markowitz hasn’t championed the mega-development enough! Comments (12)
Park Slope: Parents at a Park Slope Catholic school are praying that they can save a beloved principal whose career is on the line. Comments (5)

Cartoonist to cruise ships: Belch somewhere else!

Cartoon: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming is literally gasping over dirty cruise ships. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The Brooklyn chapter of the American Institute of Architects gave us double the pleasure in this week’s mailbag. Comments (2)

The better the cheese, the ‘Larder’ they come

Shopping: Park Slope residents will be saying cheese when they visit Bklyn Larder — a new fromagerie that opened on Flatbush Avenue this week. Comment
Williamsburg: The grass in McCarren Park isn’t the only green the city is going to cut in North Brooklyn this summer. Comments (3)

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. Comment

Collared! Jewelers go from selling bracelets to wearing handcuffs

Bay Ridge: Cops say 17 Brooklyn jewelry stores — including the Yellow Hook shops Golden Art Fine Jewelers on Fifth Avenue and C&S Jewelers on Third Avenue — offered investigators cheaper prices if they paid in cash in an attempt to hide revenue from tax collectors, District Attorney Charles Hynes told reporters on Tuesday. Comment

Idle talk! Deal to power down cruise ships sinks

Red Hook: A plan to reduce the air pollution being belched by cruise liners at the Red Hook ship terminal fell apart in a jurisdictional dispute that has left locals literally gasping for air. Comments (6)

Naughty, naughty! Babeland has given Park Slope a rise

Brooklyn Angle: The sex toy shop marks a successful first year. Comments (3)
Park Slope: Parents are battling with the city for access to J.J. Byrne Park in the most intense skirmish for control of the turf since Gen. George Washington’s troops retreated across the very same patch of land during the Battle of Brooklyn more than 200 years ago. Comments (1)
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The new owners of Williamsburg’s so-called “Finger Building” have agreed to amputate the controversial North Eighth Street tower, but the size of the cut remains in question. Comments (2)
Red Hook: PS 15 and the PAVE Academy Charter School in the same Sullivan Street building will be closed through Monday due to fear of flu. Comments (1)
Art: The sixth annual Atlantic Avenue Artwalk this weekend has the same 200 or so artists, the same wide range of studio openings, and plenty of film screenings and live music — but this year, it’s a “recession-friendly event,” thanks to plenty of freebies and discounted menus at restaurants. Comments (1)
Park Slope: Has Prospect Heights passed Park Slope as the borough’s pre-eminent literary community? Comments (1)
Park Slope: Internationally celebrated architect Enrique Norten’s unpopular apartment building in Park Slope suffered another blow last week when a local community board panel shot down an appeal to build additional units at the Carroll Street site. Comments (4)

Sex Ed 101: Smartmom finally learns how to talk to her kids about sex

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom takes a course on raising “sex-positive” kids. Could she finally become better at talking to her kids? Maybe next week. Comments (1)

Cops: We’ve caught the Windsor Terrace deli thugs

Windsor Terrace: Windsor Terrace grocers can finally relax now that cops have collared three suspects in connection with a month-long robbery spree. Comments (1)

LIRR chief: Sweeter MTA deal for Ratner could get Yards back on track

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner is poised to receive new, generous terms from the MTA that supporters say could jumpstart his stalled mega-project even as a new report revealed that the cit y would actually lose money on the basketball arena at the heart of the $4-billion housing and office complex. Comments (16)
Music: The keyboardist for Wilco has spoken: our ticket giveaway for the band’s July 13 concert in Coney Island is “great.” Comments (2)

Ticket sales in the tank? Who you gonna call? Gersh Kuntzman!

Brooklyn Angle: Hey, you! Take a piece of advice from Brooklyn’s most-philathropic columnist: Buy a ticket to the Prospect Park “Party for Playgrounds” NOW! Comments (1)

Ira Glass is coming! Ira Glass is coming!

Books: It doesn’t get much bigger than this in Park Slope: Ira Glass is coming to town! And it’s for a good cause! Comment

We’re ba-ack! Home delivery of The Brooklyn Paper returns

You love our print edition — and now we’re making it easier to get! Comments (16)
Clinton Hill: Fulton Street merchants have launched another assault against a tax on property owners that would be allocated to improve the business environment along the thoroughfare in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Comments (1)
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A tribute to our intern, Kate Emerson!

Podcast: She came, she saw, she shot. Kate Emerson was one of the greats. Comment

National CPR & AED Week

Williamsburg: National CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week, a nationwide initiative designated by the US Congress to promote the importance of CPR and AED training, begins June 1. Comment

‘Magnificent seven’ clash

Williamsburg: For the second time in as many weeks last Tuesday, the seven candidates hoping to replace David Yassky in the 33rd Council District sat down for a forum and agreed on most issues. Comment

Dining Out for a Cure puts cancer remedy on the menu

Williamsburg: Eating out is always a treat, even more so when you know that treating yourself to a wonderful meal will help raise money for a good cause. Comment

Candidates ‘rezoned’

Williamsburg: Perhaps the most revealing moment of Tuesday night’s City Council candidate forum for the 33rd District came at the very end, when candidates were asked their thoughts on the controversial Broadway Triangle rezoning. Comment

New shape of the ‘Triangle’

Williamsburg: The latest front on the divisive community war surrounding the Broadway Triangle, the large tract of land bordering Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Bedford−Stuyvesant, will take place before Community Board 1 next month. Comment

Lifesavers are put to the test!

Brooklyn Paper: A man paces frantically outside a Brooklyn university while paramedics attempt to resuscitate his wife, who is in cardiac arrest. Nearby, other FDNY EMS members in protective gear are investigating a toxic substance emitting a poisonous plume of fumes into the air. Comment

Readers stack up head & shoulders above the crowd

Williamsburg: The Grand Street Campus High Schools (850 Grand St.) hosted their annual awards ceremony for the school cluster’s most prolific readers, honoring 17 students whose names showed up most frequently on the library’s computerized checkout database. Comment

New effort to extend statute of limitations

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

Park Slope Dad has all the right questions for Alex Trebek

Brooklyn Paper: When Justin Bernbach got the call earlier this year inviting him on “Jeopardy!” he thought maybe he’d be lucky and win one game. Comment

Chorus

Parenting: The Brooklyn Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is hosting open house rehearsals at 7:45 p.m., June 22. Comment

Jacques Torres has a new soft spot for Brooklyn

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s chocolate man, Jacques Torres, is branching into the soft stuff. Comment

United Baseball League returns!

Williamsburg: The community recreation space at North Street and Central Avenue morphed into a “field of dreams” for budding Derek Jeters, who took to the green for opening day of the United Baseball League. Comment

Old fashioned pedal power keeps ahead of MetroCard hikes

Williamsburg: Forget crowded subways or sitting in traffic. Brooklynites and all New Yorkers recently celebrated National Bike to Work Day, an unofficial holiday since 1956 that has gained traction in New York in recent years because of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to encourage cycling as a form of transportation. Comment

Backlash against ‘robotrains’

Williamsburg: A bill authored by a Brooklyn lawmaker mandating that subway trains that pass underwater be staffed by a train conductor recently passed the state Assembly. But it is uncertain whether the bill will come for vote in the Senate, where it has died in recent years before a vote had even been taken. Comment

Williamsburg Flea makes the scene

Williamsburg: A new Sunday flea market set to open on June 14 will give the Southside a match for the Artists and Fleas market in McCarren Park. Comment

New scholarships available

Brooklyn Paper: A Brooklyn−based online business that serves disabled people in the U.S. and abroad is now accepting applications for its bi−annual college scholarship fund. Comment

Sweet ULURP eludes Domino

Williamsburg: Last week, the city’s Department of City Planning published a long list of projects certified to enter the public review ULURP process, a prelude to breaking ground on construction. Comment

Lander war chest leads pack

Williamsburg: The much hyped, but ultimately meaningless, fight for campaign finance supremacy reached another threshold last week with candidates in the 39th Council District sizing up their opponents by the cash they’ve collected for their campaign coffers. Comment

Lowy takes leave; says Buddy ‘packed’ IND

Williamsburg: A surprising rally to endorse City Council candidate John Heyer has caused a massive shake−up in the leadership of the Independent Neighborhood Democrats (IND). Comment

Pet lovers cruise

Williamsburg: Don’t miss the boat on this summer’s most fabulous animal rescue benefit — a luxury Mega Yacht Cruise aboard the Atlantis, departing from the North Cove Marina at the World Financial Center, June 4. Comment

Those ‘inhuman’ politicians

Williamsburg: If they had opposable thumbs and could pull an election booth lever, the borough’s pet population would vote these animals out of office! Comment

Make neighbors green with envy!

Williamsburg: The deadline to vie for the coveted Greenest Block in Brooklyn title is fast approaching. June 1 marks the last day that residents and businesses who want to use the contest as a way to build greener communities can submit applications to enter the annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Comment

Meet Dr. Anjan Rau

Brooklyn Paper: The human body is an amazing piece of work. Comment

Rezoning helps define candidates

Brooklyn Paper: Perhaps the most revealing moment of Tuesday night’s City Council candidate forum for the 33rd District came at the very end, when candidates were asked their thoughts on the controversial Broadway Triangle rezoning. Comment

Cops saluted for putting kibosh on muggings

Brooklyn Heights: A trio of cops from the 84th Precinct were honored last week for their hand in ending a disturbing wave of street robberies in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Bklyn Bridge rehab work gearing up

Brooklyn Heights: Work is slated to start on the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge later this year and continue through 2014, Department of Transportation officials said last week. Comment

Doggone good and environmentally friendly!

Brooklyn Paper: Family fun took center stage at a day long event held May 16 at Coffey Park. The environmental stewardship and park appreciation event kicked off with a family dog training workshop, hosted by the group Red Hook Dogs, followed by family yoga, by Red Hook Yoga Studio and Drawing ,and a tree survey led by Kentler International Drawing Space and Coffey Park Gardeners. Comment

4−peat for Poly Prep gals

High School Sports: Mildred Piscopo remembers well the first time Victoria Capozucca was in this position. The ace right−hander was an eighth grader on varsity at Poly Prep and in the circle for the Blue Devils against Marymount in the NYSAISAA championship game. Comment

Land a job

Brooklyn Paper: Keynote speaker and Human Resources Executive Arthur Danger will present “Interviews, Resumes, and Recruiters,” an analysis on how employees choose successful applicants and how you can influence their choice, 7 p.m., June 2 at Ozzie’s, 321 Fifth Avenue between Carroll Street and Garfield Place. Comment

Lions exorcise Blue Devils for win

High School Sports: It looked like Poly Prep was finally getting to Phillip Seay. Comment

Endgame for Dock St. saga

Brooklyn Heights: With both supporters and opponents waiting with bated breath, the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project is winding its way through the City Council for a final thumbs up or down under the city’s rezoning process. Comment

Simon leads others in fundraising

Brooklyn Heights: Jo Anne Simon has surpassed Steve Levin as the leading fundraiser in the battle to replace David Yassky for the 33rd district City Council seat. Comment

‘Heroics of ordinary people’

Brooklyn Heights: Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes recognized five local heroes who have gone out of their way, sometimes at great risk, to help victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn in honor of National Crime Victims Week. Comment

Bogus gift card scam

Brooklyn Heights: It’s okay to look a gift card in the mouth, according to the top cop at the 84th Precinct. Comment

Supporters stand tall for late firefighter

Brooklyn Paper: The heartbroken family of a Brooklyn Bravest, who emerged from his retirement to help with the 9⁄11 rescue and recovery effort only to later fall prey to cancer, received a financial boost from big−hearted boroughites, who organized a fundraiser in Windsor Terrace in memory of Firefighter Anthony Incarbone. Comment

Landmark status for ‘Ma Bell’ on Bridge Street

Brooklyn Heights: Area dignitaries joined members of the business community to designate an “architectural masterpiece” as a city landmark in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Habana Outpost crowd parties hearty

Brooklyn Heights: Fun and friendship shared the spotlight with sizzling attractions when the Big Apple’s first solar−powered restaurant shut down a portion of Fort Greene for one of the borough’s first block parties of the season. Comment

‘Topping out’ toast 400 feet over DeKalb Avenue

Brooklyn Heights: The star was a 9,000−pound bucket of concrete, hoisted 400 feet up in the air. Comment

No partridges in uprooted pear trees

Brooklyn Heights: Nothing lost, nothing gained. Comment

Key Food teams up with P.S. 154

Brooklyn Paper: Continuing a long−standing partnership with Public School 154, the Windsor Terrace Key Food on Prospect Avenue joined in helping the PTA of the school to have another successful annual “spring fling.” Comment

City Point Tower deal left to stall

Brooklyn Heights: From a massive 65−story tower with mixed retail⁄residential uses at the Dekalb⁄Flatbush intersection to a hole in the ground that threatens to blight the Fulton Mall. Comment

Strawberry Jam at Franklin’s

Brooklyn Paper: Join the Friends of Community Roots Charter School for the Second Annual Strawberry Jam at Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden, 618 St. John’s Place between Classon & Franklin avenues, June 5 from 6:30−9 p.m. Comment

Lutherans invite new members

Brooklyn Paper: Classes will be starting for Bay Ridge residents to join Bethlehem Lutheran Church, one of Brooklyn’s most active and growing Lutheran churches. Comment

African monument

Brooklyn Paper: The National Park Service invites members of the public to an open house, June 9 from 6−8 p.m. at Brown Memorial Baptist Church, 464 Washington Avenue between Greene & Gates avenues, to share ideas and expectations for the future of the African Burial Ground National Monument. Comment

Class is out and the carnival is in at P.S. 154

Brooklyn Paper: A fun−filled revel was on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers to kick off a carnival at Public School 154. Comment

Pre−K graduation

Brooklyn Paper: The American Italian Coalition of Organizations’ annual pre−Kindergarten graduation will be held at 9:30 a.m., June 5 at AMICO Court Street Children’s Center, 292 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Top cops put kibosh on ‘goth goons’

Brooklyn Paper: Two patrol officers nabbed a couple of thugs in the course of a day’s work and wound up receiving the 78th Police Precinct’s “Cop of the Month” award for their quick action. Comment

Summer street coming

Brooklyn Paper: Four blocks of Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians for Summer Streets on Vanderbilt Avenue, every Sunday in June (June 7, 14, 21 & 28) from 12−5 p.m. Comment

MetroTech Bid backs students

Brooklyn Paper: Last year, the MetroTech Business Improvement District initiated a college scholarship program, in which they created a fund that provided 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each for high school graduating seniors who were going to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Brooklyn fashionistas takes on homelessness

Brooklyn Paper: Celebrate an unwavering commitment to ending homelessness in Brooklyn at the annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends gala benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), June 2 at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment

It’s Psychedelic on Pier 5

Brooklyn Paper: Get psyched for Sunset Psychedelic on Pier 5, Furman and Joralemon streets in the future Brooklyn Bridge Park, from 6−9 p.m., June 4. Come celebrate the beginning of park construction and help kick−off a summer of fun on the waterfront. Comment

Hot wheels: car theft up

Brooklyn Paper: Crime in the Park Slope vicinity, including Prospect Park, is exactly at the same level it was last year. Comment

Tish outpaces challenger

Brooklyn Paper: Incumbent 35th District City Councilmember Letitia (Tish) James has caught up and surpassed her upstart challenger Delia (Dee) Hunley−Adossa in money−rasing for the September Democratic primary. Comment

Support group

Brooklyn Paper: New York Methodist will hold a Hepatitis C Support Group, June 2 from 6−7:30 p.m. at 501 Sixth Street in the Wesley House (across the street from the hospital), classroom 6A; take the elevator to the sixth floor and make a left. Comment

Modern Israeli politics through a rabbinical prism

Brooklyn Paper: Americans for a Safe Israel presents a lecture by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum on “Israel and the Nations: Understanding Prophecy and the Redemption Process” at 7:30 p.m., June 3 at Congregation B’nai Jacob, 401 Ninth Street between Sixth & Seventh avenues in Park Slope. Comment

City balks at ‘super’ rush

Brooklyn Paper: All we need, city officials implored the Environmental Protection Agency this week, is just a little patience. Comment

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

‘Swap and shop’ at the BKLYN Yard this month

Canarsie: Talk about a recession special: Next weekend, the best things in Gowanus will be free. Comment

Your comprehensive guide to neighborhood civic meetings

Canarsie: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718−615−2500, ext. 332. Comment

Crime and the economy

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

New scholarships from 1800−wheelchair

Canarsie: A Brooklyn−based online business that serves disabled people in the U.S. and abroad is now accepting applications for its bi−annual college scholarship fund. Comment

Fashion takes on homelessness

Canarsie: Celebrate an unwavering commitment to ending homelessness in Brooklyn at the annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends gala benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), June 2 at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment

K−9 trouble at Canarsie park

Canarsie: Dogs running in Canarsie Park off their leash can be a danger, as one local resident found out. Comment

Showcase for talented youngsters

Canarsie: Bringing down the house… Comment

Canarsie salutes American veterans

Canarsie: If you love liberty, thank a vet. Comment

Berkeley Carroll upsets number 1 Poly Prep 4−1

Canarsie: Poly Prep had a sound strategy coming into the NYSAISAA championship game. The Blue Devils coaching staff knew Berkeley Carroll starter Phillip Seay had thrown 98 pitches in five innings on Sunday in the semifinals and tossed a five−out save on Saturday in the quarters. Comment

Area land deal is a real ‘steel’

Canarsie: With a unanimous vote, Community Board 18 last week approved the terms of a business agreement between the city and a homegrown business intent on expanding. Comment

Community Board 17 education forum

Canarsie: The Community Board 17 Education Committee is sponsoring an education forum from 2−6 p.m., May 30 at Samuel Tilden High School, 5700 Tilden Avenue and 58th Street. Comment

67th Pct. sees crime statistics fall

Canarsie: While it’s still an active precinct, crime continues to tumble in the 67th Precinct, which covers the streets of East Flatbush. Comment

Dining out for a Cure’ returning

Canarsie: Eating out is always a treat, even more so when you know that treating yourself to a wonderful meal will help raise money for a good cause. Comment

CPR and AED training awareness

Canarsie: National CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week, a nationwide initiative designated by the US Congress to promote the importance of CPR and AED training, begins June 1. Comment

Free or low−cost health insurance for kids and families

Canarsie: As layoffs continue to mount amid the recession, more New Yorkers suddenly find themselves unemployed and without essential health insurance coverage. Comment

Mill Island Civic Association laurels

Kings Courier: Rites and festivity were on the agenda when the Mill Island Civic Association held a gala awards night at El Caribe Country Club. Comment

New members of Arista at I.S. 234

Kings Courier: Ace students were given an academic salute during an Arista induction at from William Arthur Cunningham Intermediate School 234. Comment

Keep your stinkin’ arts

Kings Courier: The Department of Education is extending an olive branch to angry Marine Park residents — but parents aren’t interested. Comment

East Midwood Jewish ctr. fling

Kings Courier: The borough’s golden set sparkled on the dance floor as it tripped the light fantastic and toasted a new season with a spring fling at the East Midwood Jewish Center. Comment

Good scouts: salute to committee members

Kings Courier: Three Boy Scout Unit 238 committee members were awarded for “outstanding dedication” to the Troops during a Crossover Ceremony held at St. Edmund Church, in which the Cub Scouts become Boy Scouts. Comment

Board balks at temple expansion

Kings Courier: Community Board 18 last week turned down a synagogue’s expansion plans, arguing that the proposal would alter the nature and character of the community, adding traffic and parking congestion to the area. Comment

Standing tall on the hill

High School Sports: Opponents are likely to hear plenty from Kasceim Graham come the CHSAA Class A intersectional playoffs. Comment

Snappy salute: residents honor U.S. Veterans

Kings Courier: If you love freedom, hail a vet. Comment

Cops intercept curious trio, uncover illegal weapon

Kings Courier: Talk about getting more than you bargained for. Comment

Swine flu to return with a ‘vengeance’

Kings Courier: As more cases of swine flu are announced practically daily by various news bureaus, Beth Israel Medical Center on Kings Highway is working diligently to prevent future outbreaks, said Rhona Hetsrony, Beth Israel’s Vice President. Comment

Second annual track & field event

Canarsie: The Community District Education Council 18 will hold its Second Annual Track and Field event at South Shore High School field, 6565 Flatlands Avenue at Ralph Avenue, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment

Keep the Watch conference on Flatbush Av.

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

P.S. 198 holds gala arts festival

Parenting: Pint−sized Rembrandts and Michealangelos commanded the spotlight and shared their wondrous works with an admiring audience during an arts festival at Public School 198. Comment

Church ave. traffic fix

Flatbush: One−way traffic could be in Church Avenue’s future. Comment

Yeshiva of crown heights holds torah fair

Parenting: Students displayed their knowledge of all things Jewish during a Torah fair at the Yeshiva of Crown Heights. Comment

New face to come at Nostrand

Flatbush: Nostrand Playground is about to get a $1.9 million makeover. Comment

Cops to flood Brighton, Coney

Following a rash of violent crimes, the 60th Precinct covering Coney Island and Brighton Beach has quietly instituted an ‘Impact Zone.’ Comment

Red, white and blue salute to the armed forces

Against the thunder of a 21−gun salute, a sea of red, white and blue triumphed in Bay Ridge as flag−waving patriots took to the streets to recall the valor of America’s war heroes with a Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the United War Veterans of Kings County Memorial Day Parade Committee. Comment

Lutheran classes

Classes will be starting for Bay Ridge residents to join Bethlehem Lutheran Church, one of Brooklyn’s most active and growing Lutheran churches. Comment

DOE offers arts sweetener to charter school plan

Bay News: The Department of Education is extending an olive branch to angry Marine Park residents — but parents aren’t interested. Comment

Brave heart: Supporters honor late firefighter

The heartbroken family of a Brooklyn Bravest, who emerged from his retirement to help with the 9⁄11 rescue and recovery effort only to later fall prey to cancer, received a financial boost from big−hearted boroughites, who organized a fundraiser in Windsor Terrace in memory of Firefighter Anthony Incarbone. Comment

That’s a lot of shoe leather

Forty−seven years – and still going strong. Comment

A welcome ‘cover−up’

After years of holding their noses, Bay Ridge residents living near the Owls Head Water Treatment Plant may soon be able to sniff the roses. Comment

Bay Ridge Lions celebrates with lots of pride

A veteran grassroots gladiator added another feather in her cap of community work when the Bay Ridge Lions Club installed Patricia Killen as its new president. Comment

Five−star rating

Lutheran Medical Center has received a top five−star rating for spine surgery, and is best rated in the Brooklyn−Staten Island area for overall orthopedics, by HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings company. Comment

Justice Ctr. seeks to heal the wounds inflicted by violence

Whenever he gets the opportunity, it seems, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes makes a point of talking up his office’s Family Justice Center. Comment

Gowanus rezoning nears ULURP

Bay News: The city’s plan to rezone a large area near the Gowanus Canal inched forward this week in Borough Hall. Comment

YM−YWHA gives special salute to luminaries

Bay News: Those who make Brooklyn jive and thrive received plaudits galore at a community recognition night, presented by the Kings Bay YM−YWHA. Comment

Kids can learn how to play tennis for free

Bay News: The New York Junior Tennis League’s annual spring program is offering free tennis to youngsters ages six to 18 at various locations throughout Brooklyn. Trained coaches will provide a comprehensive schedule of instruction, practice and play for all levels. Comment

Sunset Psychedelic on Pier 5

Parenting: Get psyched for Sunset Psychedelic on Pier 5, Furman and Joralemon streets in the future Brooklyn Bridge Park, from 6−9 p.m., June 4. Come celebrate the beginning of park construction and help kick−off a summer of fun on the waterfront. Comment

Educator of the Year

The New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth & Citizenship Program announced that Madeleine D. Brennan, principal of Dyker Heights Junior High School−IS 201 has been named Educator of the Year. Comment

Lions exorcise Blue Devils for win

High School Sports: It looked like Poly Prep was finally getting to Phillip Seay. Comment

Thompson, Avella to square off here

Bay News: The American Heritage Democratic Organization (AHDO) will hold a forum for the Democratic candidates for mayor at 7 p.m., June 1 at The American Legion Hall, 345 78th Street (between Third & Fourth avenues), second floor in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

Outstanding volunteer makes auxiliary history

Bay News: 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

A bad bunch of hombres in Brighton

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

Sirico’s Caterers hosts annual amico awards gala

Bay News: Five community representatives were rewarded with plaudits and words of appreciation when the American−Italian Coalition of Organizations (AMICO) held its annual awards reception at Sirico’s Caterers. Comment

New effort to honor the late Bob Buonvino

Bay News: During his lifetime, Bob Buonvino dedicated himself to many civic causes but none, arguably, was more important to him than the preservation of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, at 18th Avenue and 83rd Street. Comment

New effort to extend statute of limitations

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

Support for Walter L. Johnson renaming

Someday soon, a founding father of Dyker Heights may get the recognition he has long deserved. Comment

Garden of community delights at the narrows

Family frolics were on the agenda as mom, dad and the kids headed to Bay Ridge for a day of community fun at the Narrows Botanical Garden. Comment

DOE floats arts plan for I.S. 278

Bay News: The Department of Education is extending an olive branch to angry Marine Park residents — but parents aren’t interested. Comment

Set sail with other animal lovers

Parenting: Don’t miss the boat on this summer’s most fabulous animal rescue benefit — a luxury Mega Yacht Cruise aboard the Atlantis, departing from the North Cove Marina at the World Financial Center, June 4. Comment

Apply now to be the Greenest Block in Brooklyn

The deadline to vie for the coveted Greenest Block in Brooklyn title is fast approaching. June 1 marks the last day that residents and businesses who want to use the contest as a way to build greener communities can submit applications to enter the annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Comment

Girls plummet 12 feet after grate collapses

A freak accident in which nearly three dozen female students were injured in a 12−foot fall has prompted area legislators to demand that all schools −− public and private −− hold routine safety inspections of their properties. Comment

Welfare at the mansion

A Bay Ridge couple who lost a son in one of the most gripping organized crime dramas of the 1990s were taken into custody last week on charges that they scammed over $33,000 in welfare benefits from the city while owning and maintaining 13 properties throughout the borough and beyond. Comment

Inside peek at the new Kings Highway library

Parenting: The Brooklyn Public Library’s Kings Highway branch doesn’t open until June 11 but this paper got a sneak peek at the new digs. Comment

Community salutes veterans

If you love freedom, thank a vet. Comment

4−peat for Poly prep gals

High School Sports: Mildred Piscopo remembers well the first time Victoria Capozucca was in this position. The ace right−hander was an eighth grader on varsity at Poly Prep and in the circle for the Blue Devils against Marymount in the NYSAISAA championship game. Comment

Jefferson H.S. standout sets sights on Morgan State

High School Sports: Keith Spellman is without a school no longer. Comment

Russian cultural celebrations

Parenting: As part of the monthlong Seventh Annual Russian Heritage Festival, June 1−30, the Russian American Foundation is holding two community events at Asser Levy Seaside Park, Ocean Parkway & Seabreeze Avenue, in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn Comment

Asian Pacific Heritage Fest

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

More Brooklynites biking to work

Forget crowded subways or sitting in traffic. Brooklynites and all New Yorkers recently celebrated National Bike to Work Day, an unofficial holiday since 1956 that has gained traction in New York in recent years because of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to encourage cycling as a form of transportation. Comment

Flatbush Avenue Street fair coming

Parenting: The Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District Street Fair will be held May 31, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. Comment

Robberies linked to one crew

Workers at two auto parts franchises have been assailed by robbers in recent holdups – crimes that are hauntingly similar to another series of robberies that resulted in arrests. Comment

Local cops report drop in crime

Crime continues to be down by double digits in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. Comment

Students unveil Visionary mural at McKinley

Mighty Zeus must be giving them an A−plus from the heavens above. Comment

Standing for valor and courage

A 21−gun salute and static displays provided the pageantry when borough patriots flocked to Fort Hamilton Army Base to view a parade of ships as it sailed along New York Harbor, jumpstarting Fleet Week in New York with a bang. Comment

Some rev their engines for parking permits

Two state lawmakers from Brooklyn have drafted a bill that would allow the city to sell residential parking permits (RPP) to motorists with the revenue going to subway and bus improvements. Comment

Asser Levy showdown looming

Two competing impressions of the new amphitheater planned for Asser Levy Seaside Park — one fanciful, the other nightmarish — collided head−on in Coney Island last week at a contentious and often ugly meeting of Community Board 13’s parks committee, held at the New York Aquarium’s Education Hall. Comment

Thor equities goes topless

The tents on Stillwell Avenue were still missing this Memorial Day, but Thor Equities’ much ballyhooed “Festival by the Sea” made a go of it anyway. Comment

Swine flu to be back with a ‘vengeance’

As more cases of swine flu are announced practically daily by various news bureaus, Beth Israel Medical Center on Kings Highway is working diligently to prevent future outbreaks, said Rhona Hetsrony, Beth Israel’s Vice President. Comment

Kenneth Dolan Memorial 5k Run coming

The Belmont Stakes, the last leg of horse racing’s “Triple Crown,” takes place on June 6. The next day, the first leg of the “Brooklyn Triple Crown” will commence with the (two−legged) running of the Kenneth Dolan Memorial 5k run in Prospect Park. Comment

Here they are — your Police Blotters

Crime: If it’s Wednesday, it’s Police Blotter day on BrooklynPaper.com. Find your neighborhood below or click the link above to get a full list. Read more…

Brooklyn Business Summit coming to PolyTech University

Williamsburg: 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

Swine flu freakout

Williamsburg: The swine−flu scare has come to Williamsburg. Comment

Simon leads the fundraising pack

Williamsburg: Jo Anne Simon has surpassed Steve Levin as the leading fundraiser in the battle to replace David Yassky for the 33rd district City Council seat. Comment

Dad stabs his child in the head

Williamsburg: Cops keep watch outside a Jefferson Avenue home where a man recently stabbed his child in the head with a butter knife. Comment

Talking ‘money’

Williamsburg: The Kane Street Synagogue will present a Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Late Night Shavuot Study on “Money: Teachings from Classical Jewish Texts” May 28 at the shul, 236 Kane Street. Comment

G line to be extended

Williamsburg: The G train is coming to Church Avenue. Comment

New addition on McKibbin Street

Williamsburg: A new not−for−profit industrial center opened in Williamsburg this week, dedicated to retaining manufacturing in the community. Comment

Many are up the creek without a park

Williamsburg: A large group of North Brooklyn parks advocates marched on Saturday to call attention to the open space they say the city promised them in the 2005 rezoning but has largely not delivered. Comment

Say bye−bye to Black Betty

Williamsburg: On June 15, Black Betty, the popular Williamsburg Middle Eastern eatery and live music venue that was one of the first bars in the neighborhood to cater to the “hipster” scene when it opened in 1999, will close. Comment

Hero cops snatch troubled man from the brink

Williamsburg: Police officers aim to “protect and serve,” the old saying goes. Sometimes, this means protecting people from themselves. Comment

1800wheelchair.com announces scholarships

Williamsburg: A Brooklyn−based online business that serves disabled people in the U.S. and abroad is now accepting applications for its bi−annual college scholarship fund. Comment

Thousands flock to this year’s Graham Avenue Fiesta

Williamsburg: Despite an ominous forecast, the weather held out for Saturday’s Graham Avenue Fiesta, the annual introduction to summer presented by the Graham Avenue Business Improvement District on the bustling Williamsburg commercial strip known as the “Avenue of Puerto Rico.” Comment

Robberies, thefts drive spike

Williamsburg: Although crime is down 6.5 percent from its levels of this time last year, this past month has not been a good one for the 94th Precinct, which encompasses Williamsburg north of Metropolitan Avenue and Greenpoint. Comment

Murdoch donates $5.5 million

Williamsburg: 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

Cops probe site of shootout

Williamsburg: Looking for evidence... Comment

New effort to institute parking permits; Bloomberg administration isn’t buying it

Williamsburg: Two state lawmakers from Brooklyn have drafted a bill that would allow the city to sell residential parking permits (RPP) to motorists with the revenue going to subway and bus improvements. Comment

Burglars have hot time in the Burg

Williamsburg: While crime in the 90th Precinct remains significantly down from last year’s levels, the precinct has seen a spike in burglaries over the past month. Comment

You can park it with a permit

Brooklyn Paper: Two state lawmakers from Brooklyn have drafted a bill that would allow the city to sell residential parking permits (RPP) to motorists with the revenue going to subway and bus improvements. Comment

‘Keep on the Watch’ convention

Brooklyn Paper: 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

‘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

Fare−free commute: National Bike to Work Day

Brooklyn Paper: Forget crowded subways or sitting in traffic. Brooklynites and all New Yorkers recently celebrated National Bike to Work Day, an unofficial holiday since 1956 that has gained traction in New York in recent years because of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to encourage cycling as a form of transportation. Comment

Brooklyn Business Summit

Brooklyn Paper: 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

LIU holds stellar 2009 commencement exercises

Brooklyn Paper: Renowned filmmaker Ken Burns, music−industry giants Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, and award−winning journalist Ron Chernow were among the notables who helped students celebrate the culmination of a successful academic year with graduation day rites and festivities at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Comment

Landowners oppose Superfund

Brooklyn Paper: A powerful coalition of landowners and developers has formed to battle a proposal to designate the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site, a plan they warn could stifle the area’s hard−fought progress. Comment

Neighborhood life is grand in Willowtown

Parenting: Good cheer, neighborliness and a nudge to the social conscience set the tone for an afternoon of simple pleasures in Willowtown where mom, dad and the kids joined festive forces with visitors to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the handsome, history−steeped red brick community in Brooklyn Heights with a special salute to its visionary – affordable housing pioneer Alfred Tredway White [1846−1921]. Comment

Kapur: Carroll Gardens ‘is working’

Brooklyn Paper: The city pledged last week to protect the low−rise nature of Carroll Gardens, initiating a rezoning aimed at preserving the neighborhood’s particular aesthetic. Comment

Tish now raises more money than Dee

Brooklyn Heights: Incumbent 35th District City Councilmember Letitia (Tish) James has caught up and surpassed her upstart challenger Delia (Dee) Hunley−Adossa in money−rasing for the September Democratic primary. Comment

Students go from the classroom to the stage

Brooklyn Heights: A rapt audience received a lesson in showmanship from starry−eyed drama students at New Horizons Middle School, who ignited the auditorium with their rollicking presentation of the Disney crowd−pleaser, “High School on Stage!” Comment

New meaning to ‘meter maid’

Brooklyn Heights: You get more than parking for your quarter on Montague Street these days. Comment

20 solid blocks full of Fabulous fun & games

Brooklyn Heights: Frolickers headed for a splash of spring fun as the “Fabulous Fifth Avenue Street Fair” got underway in Park Slope. Comment

Kick the habit with free patches, gum

Brooklyn Paper: With a pack of cigarettes rising to more than $9, the city is relaunching its efforts to encourage smokers to quit their deadly habit. Comment

Tenth Annual Metro SportsMed Awards

High School Sports: Metro SportsMed presents the Tenth Annual Metro Sportsmed Scholar Athlete Awards Program. Comment

Free or low−cost health insurance

Brooklyn Paper: As layoffs continue to mount amid the recession, more New Yorkers suddenly find themselves unemployed and without essential health insurance coverage. Comment

Swap meet coming up May 30

Brooklyn Paper: Talk about a recession special: Next weekend, the best things in Gowanus will be free. Comment

Jefferson star Spellman commits to Morgan State

Keith Spellman is without a school no longer. Comment

Swine could chase cons to Brooklyn

Williamsburg: In the wake of a swine flu outbreak at Rikers Island, city Department of Correction officials last week did not rule out transferring inmates to the Brooklyn House of Detention. Comment

CHSAA boys’ volleyball championship match preview

At a Glance: CHSAA boys’ volleyball championship match Comment

Polluted Gowanus Canal fouls up rezoning

Brooklyn Paper: A controversial proposal to designate the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site has left a ballyhooed plan to rezone the surrounding neighborhood stuck in the mud, this paper has learned. Comment

Bike path rethink urged

Brooklyn Paper: Community Board 6 last week urged the city to tweak its plan for a bicycle path along Prospect Park West, a roadway that will either be made safer or, critics say, more dangerous if the scheme is enacted. Comment

East meets west

Brooklyn Paper: The 100−foot long tunnel below Willoughby Street linking two sets of subway lines from across Brooklyn would do Indiana Jones proud — except workers found no lost tomb or buried treasure when digging it. Comment

NYRR Half−Marathon to wrap up in Coney

Brooklyn Paper: Nearly 10,000 runners plan to take part in the NYRR Half−Marathon Grand Prix Presented by Continental Airlines: Brooklyn, a 13.1−mile journey that starts in Prospect Park and finishes on the boardwalk at Coney Island, May 30. Comment

Mother⁄Daughter Health Day

Brooklyn Paper: The Girls for Gender Equality’s Fourth Annual Mother Daughter Health and Play Day will be held May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Pacific School −PS 38, corner of Nevins and Pacific streets. Admission is free. Comment

Nazi−era ‘runes’ put local authorities on alert

Brooklyn Paper: 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

49th Miss Polonia Pageant

Brooklyn Paper: 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

‘Yes’ or ‘No’ quiz separates candidates

Williamsburg: At Tuesday night’s 33rd Council District candidates’ forum, sponsored by the New Kings Democrats, most candidates agreed on most issues, which is par for the course for such events. Comment

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