Thursday, June 11, 2009

Page 1: This issue of The Brooklyn Paper is nuts — totally nuts! Check out our huge story about hamburgers (crazy)! Check out our feature story about feral cats (astounding!). And don’t miss our front-page editorial in favor of the Atlantic Yards arena (exclamation deleted!). And of course, every issue is jam packed with the best calendars, columns and features money can buy. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment
Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper editorial board restates its longtime support for the Atlantic Yards arena. Comments (58)

Lola Staar is losing her shirts thanks to the MTA

One of Coney Island’s most popular vendors is losing her shirt because she can’t sell her custom tees at the Stillwell Avenue subway stop. Comments (3)

Sam’s closing? Fuhgedaboudit! Legendary pizzeria quashes rumors (and, perhaps, our kneecaps)

Dining: You heard it here first, nothing is changing at Sam’s restaurant on Court Street, despite a whirlwind of rumors this week that the creator and head pizza chef, Mario Magliaccio, had retired and was moving back to Italy. Comments (19)

Rep. Mike likes ‘Cash for Clunkers’

McMahon on Line 1: The latest installment of our popular feature chronicling new Bay Ridge Rep. Mike McMahon’s first year in office reports on McMahon’s support for the “Cash for Clunkers” bill. Comments (8)

Hook, line and stinker! Ridge fishing pier is a smelly mess!

Bay Ridge: Summer must be coming — because Bay Ridge’s bustling 69th Street pier smells like dead fish. Comments (6)

It’s a burger bash!

It’s a burger bash!

Dining: You know you want it. The only question is, how. Comments (1)
Red Hook: A city crackdown on livery cab drivers who cruised for furniture-lugging passengers at the remote Ikea in Red Hook has led the Swedish home-furnishings behemoth to create a livery dispatch station for shoppers. Comments (7)

This month, every pol is your best friend

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming thinks politicians are a bunch of two-faced glad-handers. Comment

Born in horse-drawn era, Abate turns over CB1 reins

Williamsburg: The gruff-but-sometimes-lovable head of Community Board 1 has stepped down after 27 years. Comments (6)

Get your ‘Lear’ here! Gallery Players will do summer Shakespeare

Theater: Park Slope’s best local theater company is set to steal the spotlight from Manhattan’s annual summer Shakespeare festival this July with “King Lear.” And that’s just the beginning. Comment

Marty’s concert series rocks — of ages!

Music: Borough President Markowitz’s summer concert series lineup is out — and it features some big names…from the past. Comments (2)

Heights spine is Monta-go Street

Mean Streets: Brooklyn Heights residents: grab your walking shoes! For three Sundays in September, pedestrians will take over Montague Street. Comment

That’s helado good news

Dining: The calendar waits until June 21, but in Sunset Park, summer actually begins in late March. Comments (2)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

DUMBO: The City Council voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to give DUMBO developer Jed Walentas the rezoning that he needs to build a controversial 17-story tower next to the Brooklyn Bridge. Comments (8)
Election: Hopefuls for two hotly contested City Council seats in Brownstone Brooklyn kicked off the primary election season in that most democratic of traditions: standing on street corners asking you to sign your name on their petition to get on the ballot. Comments (4)
Checkin’ in with: Frank Gehry just got fired. It’s a good time to pick up the phone and talk to Brooklyn’s other notorious legend. Comments (4)
Park Slope: The short, but intense, battle for control of an athletic field in Park Slope was over faster than Gen. George Washington’s defeated troops could retreat across the same hallowed ground during the Revolutionary War. Comment

No beef here: City is satisfied with Arby’s plan

Downtown: The city signed off on a plan that will allow the fast-food chain Arby’s to open inside the landmarked former Gage and Tollner storefront on the Fulton Mall. Comment

Hip-hop festival returns to DUMBO

Music: The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is back — with bigger names and a second stage. Comments (1)

Who doesn’t love Jell-O — shaped like a stapler?

Event: It’s time to get jiggly with it. Comment

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Election: The former presidential front-runner (who eventually lost, by the way) has endorsed both Josh Skaller and Brad Lander for the City Council. Wow, that was helpful. Comments (6)

Scream team: Howard Dean to endorse Josh Skaller today

Politicrasher: The former presidential front-runner (who eventually lost, by the way) will endorse City Council candidate Josh Skaller. Comments (2)

Where in the world is Teen Spirit?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, Smartmom tries to help a friend with a troubled teen. Comments (3)
Awesome: David Byrne, the legendary frontman for Talking Heads in the 1980s, opened up the 31st annual “Celebrate Brooklyn” summer festival in Prospect Park in bright white style on Monday night, performing with his Latin-influenced band before a crowd of about 10,000 people. Comments (4)

Monday, June 8, 2009

So, Daniel, how was YOUR weekend?

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards’ biggest foe, Daniel Goldstein, headed to Cleveland this weekend to confront development company officials in the wake of the firing of architect Frank Gehry. Comments (25)

Coney’s big top

Coney Island: The Cyclone and Parachute Jump aren’t the only landmarks on Coney Island’s skyline anymore! On Friday, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey raised their big top in advance of next Thursday’s opening night. Comments (1)

Book her! Fort Greene woman inks lease on shop

Fort Greene: A would-be bookseller has moved one step closer to bringing an independent bookstore to Fort Greene. Comments (1)

The best thing we ate this week: The burger at Building on Bond

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: In these troubled times, you need simple pleasures. But the best thing we ate this week — the burger at Building on Bond — proves that simplicity doesn’t means compromise. Comment

Greenwood Heights man is not feline so fine

Greenwood Heights: Someone is dumping cats in this man’s front yard! Comments (7)
Transit: Ferry service returns. And there was much (or, at least some) rejoicing! Comment

Friday, June 5, 2009

Prospect Heights: Keep checking back during the day for updates on the big story: Bruce Ratner has fired Frank Gehry as the architect for Atlantic Yards. Comment

Our man Frank’s new tune!

Rhythm & News: In his latest “Rhythm and News” feature, the Bard of Bushwick, Frank Hoier, rips a song right out of The Brooklyn Paper police blotter. Comments (1)

Fray by the Bay! Capano takes on Gentile for Council seat

Election: Longtime Republican political backroomer Bob Capano will challenge Councilman Vince Gentile for his Bay Ridge seat. Comment

Park Slope says farewell to ‘Stroller Joe’

Park Slope: It was the last push for “Stroller Joe.” Comment
Park Slope: A beloved 44-year-old record shop in Park Slope has been saved from eviction, thanks to a lease from another landlord on the same Fifth Avenue block. Comments (2)

A tribute to our longest-serving intern EVER!

Podcast: Evan Gardner, a legend, has moved on. Join us for one last longing look back. Comments (1)
Transit: Ferry service returns. And there was much (or, at least some) rejoicing! Comments (1)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bruce to Gehry: You’re fired

Bruce to Gehry: You’re fired

Atlantic Yards: Chronic financial problems at Atlantic Yards have caused another casualty on the embattled project — Frank Gehry’s ambitious design for both the arena and the rest of the 16-building project has been scrapped for a cheaper and widely criticized blueprint. Comments (11)
DUMBO: A key City Council committee this afternoon backed — by a surprisingly wide margin — DUMBO developer Jed Walentas’s controversial bid to build a 17-story tower next to the Brooklyn Bridge, hours after Speaker Christine Quinn reportedly had given her OK. Comments (68)

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