Sections

Shopping: Whole Foods renewed its commitment to opening a store on Third Avenue — a 180-degree turnaround from last week when a spokeswoman for the chain told The Brooklyn Paper that the company had abandoned its contaminated site along the Gowanus Canal. Comments (6)
Digital editions: Thousands of people are waiting at supermarkets, bank vestibules, restaurants, drugstores and diners for Friday’s print edition of our stunning Breukelen Paper special issue — but you can download and read the entire thing by clicking the link above. All your favorite stories about our staff’s trip to Holland are there in bright color. Read it all — now! Read more…
►Video

Exclusive video: Unknown hero saves the day on the Q train!

Transit: Why was the Q train delayed from beginning its run from Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island on Wednesday night? This shocking video, forwarded by our reader Nicky Huddy, shows why. Comments (2)

Edifice complex as two towers compete to be the boro’s biggest

Downtown plan: Is this Downtown Brooklyn or Downtown Dubai?!? Comments (5)
Park Slope: A pastor’s decision to fire a popular principal has sparked a schism in a Park Slope Catholic school — and his selection of a new administrator hasn’t quelled the holy war. Comments (11)

The Cyclones get back on the winning path

Cyclones: A gutsy win and some great pitching could turn the momentum back in the Cyclones’ favor. Comment

And from the mailbag

Letters: The lead letter this week is from a man who likes horse manure! Comment
Mean Streets: The city is hoping to fix Fort Greene’s famous “Seven Corners” intersection. Comment

Check out this old Dutch guy’s diary!

Art: He didn’t love Brooklyn — but, hey, it was 1679! Comments (3)

Arts and crafts for sale in Gowanus

Shopping: Monster bug sculptures? Made-to-order leather bags? Greeting cards created on an antique wood press while you wait? To-die-for quesadillas and hand-made chocolates? It’s all at the bi-weekly Makers Market at the American Can factory. Comment
Williamsburg: It started with rival protests and ended with a shouting match, but when the dust settled, the city’s plan to rezone a wide swath of South Williamsburg for low-income housing scored a major victory on Tuesday night. Comments (10)

It’s still Williams-burg!

Williamsburg: For the second straight week, there were lots of break-ins in Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comment

Truck stop! Calexico boys finally open their Brooklyn restaurant

Dining: Manhattan will still have its burrito trucks, but Union Street gets the first sit-down Calexico. Comments (1)

What Breukelen thinks of Brooklyn

Vox Pop: What does the Dutchman on the street think of us? Comments (4)
Happy Streets: And you think Broklyn is bike friendly? Go to Amsterdam to really see how a great city treats its cyclists Comments (4)

Wilco rocked Keyspan last night!

Awesome: Chicago’s favorite band tore through a blistering set in Coney Island. Comments (1)

Believe it: Teen Spirit has graduated from high school!

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom celebrates Teen Spirit’s graduation (yes, graduation) from high school. The kid did it! Comments (1)

Bridge debate to nowhere

Bridge debate to nowhere

The Breukelen Paper: The Brooklyn Paper’s Holland Bureau has come up with another scoop: Breukelen has grown too big for its bridges, er, bridge. Comments (1)

Lost weekend for Cyclones

Cyclones: The Yankees beat up on our boys. Comment

Even from Holland, The Brooklyn Paper stands by its Whole Foods story

Gowanus: Whole Foods is demanding a correction to our story that the grocer is abandoning its plans for Third Avenue and Third Street. But we stand by our story based on this shocking e-mail exchange. Read it for yourself in the comment section in our breaking story from last week. Read more…
Podcast: Nobody celebrates Brooklyn’s history — and we’re talking about our Dutch history — better than The Brooklyn Paper. That’s why our team is on the ground, right now, in Holland doing that and other things. Comments (12)

4th of July fireworks in Albany

Williamsburg: With the State Senate aflame in controversy, Albany could be a pretty good place for a Fourth of July barbecue. Comment

Letters to the Editor

Letters: PAVE Academy Comment

Wall Street: private sector jobs in Brooklyn rebounding

Williamsburg: After decades of steady decline, Brooklyn’s share of the city’s private sector jobs is slowly inching forward, a recent study determined. Comment

A dirty strap to hang on

Williamsburg: Neat freaks take heed: avoid the R train at all costs. Comment

Homeland grants shield Jewish centers

Williamsburg: Three Williamsburg institutions are among 18 Jewish institutions boroughwide recently named to get a federal Department of Homeland Security grant of up to $75,000. Comment

It’s Only My Opinion

Perspective: And here, my friends, is more of − “America – By the Numbers” Comment

Summer Streets stretching out to seven sites

Williamsburg: Summer Streets, a citywide vehicle−free recreation program, is expanding to seven sites in Brooklyn this season, joining more than 1,500 free summer events throughout the city. Comment

High hopes for Lady Liberty’s return

Brooklyn Paper: Do you want to do something patriotic this Independence Day? Comment

Fuller starts, Powers finishes as Cyclones roll

Pedro Lopez wasn’t going to throw back Monday night’s rather comfortable victory. Or the five previous ones, all by at least four runs, that preceded it, sandwiched around a two-run loss. Comment

13th st. posts a perfect 10

Brooklyn Paper: Community cheer was on the menu – alongside bountiful barbecues – as residents turned up the heat and embraced the season of outdoor fun with a block party in Park Slope. Comment

B’way holy war

Williamsburg: Two Catholic churches in Williamsburg are at the center of a heated political dispute between North Brooklyn political rivals, leaving many parishioners addled and bewildered. Comment

After long wait, Lance Stephenson picks Cincinnati

The waiting is over. After months of speculation, Lance Stephenson has found a new home: Cincinnati, a school that entered his prolonged recruitment only recently. Comment

FDNY, NYPD band together to promote 2011 Games

The FDNY put a hurting on the NYPD in Coney Island on Sunday afternoon. Brothers Bill and Joe Miccio of the fire department routed police officers George Matthews and Joe Nolan, 21-9, in a one-set exhibition beach volleyball game preceding the AVP Coney Island Open men’s final. Comment

Make way for the dancing Giglio later this month

Parenting: Slender−shouldered hipsters will soon rub elbows with sturdy−shouldered true believers at the Feast of the Giglio, an annual week−long religious celebration in Williamsburg. Comment

Patterson, Loomis win their first AVP title in Brooklyn

Casey Patterson and Ty Loomis spent the entire AVP Coney Island final – heck, the entire tournament – whooping it up, celebrating like mad after every point and playing to the crowd. Comment

Bastille Day fun & games return to Smith Street

Parenting: The French have a saying for this time of year: “Let’s play Boule.” Comment

New referendum on term limits

Williamsburg: Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council may have skirted the city’s term limits law through legislating in a third term, but running for a fourth term may not be as easy. Comment

City Council deals a blow to Coney rezoning bid

Williamsburg: The comprehensive development and rezoning plan for Coney Island has already cleared several hurdles in the mandated Uniform Land Use Review Procedure [ULURP], but this week the chairman of the New York City Council’s Zoning and Franchises subcommission recommended that the entire application be shelved − at least temporarily. Comment

Support for Community Choice Act

Williamsburg: For City Councilmember Mike Nelson, the federal Community Choice Act is financially prudent, allows people more choice and is an issue with which he’s had personal experience. Comment

South 1st Street revels in summer fun

Williamsburg: Community cheer was on the menu – alongside bountiful barbecues – as residents turned up the heat and embraced the season of outdoor fun with a block party in Williamsburg. Comment

Lighting up the scene of a murder...

Williamsburg: Lighting up the scene of a murder... Comment

Special salute to Vincent Abate

Williamsburg: After 29 years of service to the Williamsburg and Greenpoint community, Community Board 1 Chairman Emeritus Vincent V. Abate had one more official duty to fulfill. Comment

Big−time win for Mr. Belsky

Brooklyn Paper: Finally, some respect! Comment

Getting out the Polish vote

Williamsburg: One of the first registrants in the Polish American Congress 2009 Voter Drive was the renowned New York musical director and composer Jan Sporek. Comment

“L” stands for long wait...

Williamsburg: Dozens of Williamsburg straphangers found themselves stranded at the corner of Metropolitan and Union avenues Sunday as train repairs brought one of the borough’s hippest neighborhoods to a standstill. Comment

Board of Ed. rises from the dead; more cuts feared

Williamsburg: Mayoral control is over, the Board of Education is back, parents say city officials are still ignoring them — and classrooms could lose an additional $340 million. Comment

Car−free blocks

Williamsburg: Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue, from North 4th to North 9th streets, will be open to pedestrians, July 4 from noon to sunset, as part of a special Independence day Williamsburg Walks. Comment

Drink up, help the environment

Williamsburg: Who knew that switching your energy bills from fossil fuels to wind power was as easy as drinking a couple of beers? Comment

Annual NYC Gender Equality Fest

Williamsburg: Girls for Gender Equity will present the Fourth Annual NYC Gender Equality Festival, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cuyler Gore Park, bounded by Fulton and Cumberland streets and Greene Avenue. This year’s theme is “Brooklyn We Go Hard,” a tribute to women’s advocacy, resilience and leadership. Comment

Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

Williamsburg: The following is a list of 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. 2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment

A bicycle built for you

Williamsburg: With nearly 200 miles of marked bicycle routes created in the last three years, and an estimated 130,000 people riding in the city each day, is New York City ready for a bicycle−sharing program? Comment

Cruise to the rockets’ red glare on Fourth of July

Williamsburg: NY Waterway Tours offers the best seats in the house — the middle of the Hudson River — aboard its 4th of July Fireworks Cruise, boarding at 6 p.m. at the Fulton Ferry Landing at the foot of Fulton Street in Brooklyn, and departing at 7 p.m. Comment

Brooklynite at the helm of NYC Service agency

Williamsburg: New Yorkers aren’t brutish and short−tempered, and Brooklynite Diahann Billings−Burford aims to prove it. Comment

Brooklyn ground zero in measles outbreak

A virus that was almost vaccinated into extinction in the U.S. is making a comeback in Brooklyn. Comment

Mount Carmel pastor reflects on the Giglio

One week before the launch of the Festival of the Giglio, Monsignor Joseph Calise of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church walked down North 8th Street toward Havemeyer and stopped short at the curb, staring at a row of parked cars. Comment

Miss Manhattan calls Brooklyn home

There are plenty of beautiful women across the East River, but Miss Manhattan isn’t one of them. Comment

Coney deal on front burner

Intense wheeling and dealing behind the scenes in Coney Island could soon produce an end to the long stalemate between the Bloomberg administration and Thor Equities principal Joe Sitt, this paper has learned.  Comment

Party time after a year of hitting the books

Brooklyn Heights: Carnival−style amusements were among the crowd−pleasers when the Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters marked the end of the school year with a rip−roaring “celebration of students, summer and the Brooklyn community.” Comment

City hopes Grid can sidestep Superfund

Brooklyn Heights: The city is close to reaching a commitment from energy giant National Grid to take the first steps toward doing its part to clean the Gowanus Canal, a move that officials hope could thwart the waterway’s designation as a Superfund site. Comment

LICH docs kept out of merger loop

Brooklyn Heights: Doctors at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) have thrown a fly in the ointment over the hospital’s pending merger with the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Comment

Court to hear yards case

Brooklyn Heights: The state’s highest court agreed last week to hear the Atlantic Yards eminent domain case. Comment

4th of July fire on Wythe Avenue

A two-alarm fire ravaged a Williamsburg water tank maintenance company Saturday night, just as the Independence Day fireworks sparkled above the Manhattan skyline. Comment

Masked burglar hogties victim

Police are pulling out all the stops in their search for a burglar who surprised and then tied up a young woman inside her apartment before she could call out for help, officials said. Comment

Top cops take center stage

Cops are always on the job, even when they’re biding their time on a city bus. Comment

Two lives lost in freak accident

Dozens of mourners clogged the streets of Borough Park last week to bid farewell to a father and son killed in a tragic accident at a Queens sewage plant. Comment

Sternberg Park hosts Wednesday film series

“Hi! Come on in! We’re showing a film!” encouraged City Councilmember Diana Reyna, as an audience of 30 wandered into the handball courts at Sternberg Park (Lorimer and Boerum streets) Wednesday night to see the debut of what could become a summer tradition of outdoor screenings in Williamsburg. Comment

Time for another Brooklyn Dreams public hearing

The date for a public hearing about a controversial charter school has been changed. Comment

Nelson: More buildings, fewer yards

With the city’s downzoning plan for Brighton Beach dead in the water, City Councilmember Mike Nelson says he’s pushing his own plan — one that would allow bungalow residents to construct larger homes instead of front and side yards. Comment

Romp with caution at Brooklyn dog parks

Here’s another reason to hate rats: Their pee could kill your dog. Comment

Summertime and the living is easy on 2nd place

Brooklyn Paper: All together now, let’s party. Comment

One step closer to a ‘lower’ nabe

Brooklyn Paper: A Community Board 6 committee last week approved a rezoning plan for Carroll Gardens, a measure intended to preserve the neighborhood’s particular low−rise aesthetic. Comment

Homeland grants help shield temples

Brooklyn Paper: Representatives from nearly 20 borough Jewish organizations thanked Rep. Anthony Weiner last week for getting them Department of Homeland Security grants. Comment

Pupnic is a howl for pooches and people alike

Brooklyn Paper: Tasty treats and a terrific time were on the woof−tastic agenda when Brooklyn’s canine community joined festive forces with its two−legged pals for a “Pupnic” potluck picnic at Prospect Park. Comment

Fall ball at the armory

Brooklyn Paper: The newly fashioned athletic facility in the Park Slope Armory will open its doors in September, it was reported this week. Comment

Block party fever grips sackett street neighbors

Brooklyn Paper: Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party along Sackett Street. Comment

Flatbush Avenue − a stroller’s dream

Brooklyn Paper: Its role as a major traffic artery notwithstanding, Flatbush Avenue can also be a stroller’s dream−come−true. Comment

Dean st. stops traffic for summertime revelry

Brooklyn Paper: Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party along Sackett Street. Comment

Not done with Kent Avenue just yet

Brooklyn Paper: With the community weighing in on the Department of Transportation’s recently revised Kent Avenue bike lane plan, a network of local activists is engaging in a debate about how to best reduce traffic in Williamsburg. Comment

Clean & Green along the Gowanus

Brooklyn Paper: Grimebusters from the Gowanus Canal Conservancy help turn an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes during the inaugural ‘Clean & Green’ campaign to spruce up the banks of the famed inlet, beginning at DeGraw Street, between Bond Street and the canal. The group collected more than 20 bags of trash and planted wildflower seeds in the dirt along the canal. Comment

Guide to civic meetings

Brooklyn Paper: The following is a list of 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. 2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment

First annual Park Slope Fifth Avenue Art & Photo Walk

Brooklyn Paper: Move over Museum Row, Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue may give Manhattan’s cultural hub a run for its money — at least until Labor Day. Comment

Park soaks up new funding

Brooklyn Paper: Sponge Park is set to soak up some cash, a federal lawmaker announced last week. Comment

5th Annual Afro−Punk Fest

Brooklyn Paper: This weekend, Brooklyn will celebrate the underground, DIY enthusiasm of Afro−punk culture, with everything from film to music to skating taking over downtown Brooklyn. Comment

All−out search for local heroes

Brooklyn Paper: Earlier this year, Park Slope resident Michelle Vey, a hair stylist in downtown Brooklyn and recent film director, embarked on a quest to find heroic people. Her heart had been stirred by a growing concern for environmental issues, but her work as a stylist provided her no foundation to explore these feelings. This conflict inspired her to go out and search for people who were making a difference in the community and the world at large. Comment

Smith Street replaces ‘sunday’ with ‘funday’

Brooklyn Paper: Joie de vivre was at every turn as Smith Street – from Bergen to Union streets – was “curated” into an eclectic marketplace during a merchandise showcase presented by the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation (SBLDC). Comment

Jazz and produce

Parenting: There will be live jazz at the Park Slope Farmers Market, July 5. Comment

4−year−old allegedly locked up inside bathroom

Brooklyn Paper: Never has a time−out been so... ugly. Comment

Keep it local!

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