Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

Page 1: Hope is alive in Brooklyn, thanks to the new president. The Brooklyn Paper provides full coverage of the local angle, plus major stories on Brooklyn Bridge Park and the mayor’s Coney Island plan (hint: Nathan’s could be torn down). This issue is packed, and features all the arts stories, listings and columns you expect from The Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn’s real newspaper for 30 years. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Smartmom’s kids: Write is so wrong

Parenting: Smartmom’s kids have dropped a momshell! Comments (24)
Coney Island: The iconic Nathan’s hot dog stand, which has been in Coney Island since 1916, has emerged as the test case in the city’s quest to spur a renaissance in the People’s Playground by rezoning the limping area. Comments (3)
Politics: From a packed assembly at a Clinton Hill elementary school to a full crowd at Borough Hall to even the apartment of a John McCain supporter, Brooklyn lived up to its adopted name — Baracklyn — on Tuesday, cheering as Barack Obama finally received his new title: president of the United States. Comments (1)

Make ‘park’ a real park

Editorial: Our editorial board calls for the Brooklyn Bridge Park development to be scrapped and reconceived as a real public park. Comments (8)
Fort Greene: One year into an ambitious, five-year, $300-million fundraising mission, the Brooklyn Academy of Music has already netted half of the coveted cash. But can the arts center raise the rest at in a time when other arts institutions are seeing sharp declines in donations? Comments (1)

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming offers his take on the mayor’s Coney Island plan. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual with letters. Obviously, people have a problem with some of our stories, like the lady from Kensington, who didn’t like our front-page story on “Stable Brooklyn.” Also, check out more angry mail about Gersh’s takedown of Peter Luger. Comment

Rock of aged: Bay Ridge bands never die — and they don’t fade away either

Music: Neil Young said that it’s better to burn out than it is to rust. Obviously, he’s never rocked in Bay Ridge. Comments (11)

Brook-vin opens tonight!

Dining: A new wine bar opens on Seventh Avenue — so lift a glass of the great house red. Comment

Council $eat becoming two-man race

Park Slope: Just-released campaign finance filings by the six candidates seeking to represent a broad swath of Brownstone Brooklyn in the City Council show a shift in momentum. Comments (1)
Williamsburg: The city is aiming to protect at least one Williamsburg block from the high-speed development that has forever changed the neighborhood’s shape. Comment
Art: The economy may stink, but that isn’t stopping the owners of two new art galleries. Comment

Eat here

Eat here

Dining: It’s on an unlikely block — yet Vinegar Hill House has become a destination restaurant almost overnight. Comments (3)

‘Circuit’ breaker

‘Circuit’ breaker

Shopping: Bay Ridge’s booming 86th Street is about to be unplugged. Comments (9)

Drunk drivers are no match for this cop

Brooklyn Heights: The only people not toasting police officer Larry Santiago are the drunk drivers he busts. Comments (1)

Our exclusive family calendar!

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comments (1)

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Cartoonist has gone country

Cartoonist has gone country

Music: One of the coolest acts to come out of Brooklyn’s music scene is a country-crooning Jewish cartoonist from the New Yorker magazine who has two creaky chords and a voice that sounds like it was run over by the kind of beat-up Dodge that rumbles through his songs. Comment

Care Bears on Fire are ready for prime time (even on a school night!)

Music: Finally, the Care Bears on Fire are not just for kids anymore. Comments (8)

Death claims woman — and pet store

Brooklyn Heights: It looks like the Tailored Pet is going to die with Serena Bellino. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Bridge ‘park’ housing now also on hold

Bridge ‘Park’: Yet another key part of the scheme for funding Brooklyn Bridge Park — housing units inside the “park’s” footprint — have been quietly shelved, one week after officials announced that they were no longer planning a hotel either. Comments (1)

Smartmom’s family hates her column

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, Smartmom says her family is revolting — revolting against her column, that is. Comments (10)
Bay Ridge: The plan to build a school on the site of Bay Ridge’s now demolished “Green Church” earned an A+ from an influential neighborhood group last week. Comments (6)

Monday, Jan. 19, 2009

Coney Island: The city’s plans for turning Coney Island into a year round tourist destination may lead to the demolition of the world famous Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand. Comments (9)

Yes you can — can watch the inauguration, that is

Event: Everyone keeps asking us, “Where can we watch the inauguration?” Well, here’s where. You’re welcome. Comment

Hotel is true bleu!

Park Slope: Something’s up at Hotel LeBleu on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope — but it’s not the occupancy rates, as this exclusive podcast reveals. Join Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman and Señor Editor Vince DiMiceli as they uncover the blue news at Hotel LeBleu. Comments (1)

Friday, Jan. 16, 2009

Theater: Our critic has a problem with the Sam Mendes-directed production of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” at BAM. Comments (2)

Ace of clubs! Author Henkin will visit your book group

Books: Call him the anti-Salinger. Call him a shameless self-promoter. Hey, just call him — he’ll show up at your book club! Comment
Nightlife: A look at Community Board 2’s strict approach to drinking. Comments (2)

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 nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

Methodist Hospital rolls a lucky seven with Park Slope Parents

Park Slope: New York Methodist Hospital has pacified the famously irascible Park Slope Parents. Comment

Most egg-cellent podcast! Paper team makes news on coldest day

DUMBO: The Brooklyn Paper’s “Stormtracker 2009” team hit the streets on the coldest day of the year to see once and for all whether you can freeze an egg on the sidewalk. The results — disgusting! Comment

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