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Page 1: Here it is, folks, yet another collector’s edition of The Brooklyn Paper. But who wants to hunt around for our print edition? Why not click the link above and download our entire issue — all the pictures, calendars, charts, articles, features and tidbits that you love — onto your computer screen? It’s like the 1990s — only much cooler! Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Con Ed is sticking it to the little guy!

Red Hook: He may have been the victim of a crime, but Tommy Safian is the who is paying the penalty. Comments (8)
Election: Chapter three of our week-long series of candidates’ debate — a fight to be city comptroller — will air tonight at 9 pm on the BCAT TV Network. Comments (1)

And down the stretch they come! But will the Clones lead hold up?

Cyclones: The Mets’ owners sent a message to the Cyclones this week: championship or bust. And they’ve brought down some ringers to make sure it happens. Comment

Super Mario stumps for tall Bill

Election: Former Gov. Mario Cuomo, a giant in the Democratic party, on Wednesday endorsed Councilman Bill DeBlasio (D–Park Slope), a life-sized giant, in his bruising race for public advocate. Comment
Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper’s editorial board thinks there are better ways to spend $20 million in federal stimulus money than to prop up a failed shopping mall in Downtown. Comments (5)

GOP candidate has a criminal past — and present, say cops

Election: One Republican City Council candidate is not running on his record — his criminal record, that is. Comments (9)

Proxy battle in 34th District as Reyna fights Vito’s ghost over B’way Triangle

Election: The incumbent, a former protege of Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez, is making the Broadway Triangle rezoning a big issue in her race for re-election — even though the project is in the next district. Comments (6)

And from the mailbag...

Letters: A reader criticizes our story about how state Sen. Eric Adams said he would have arrested Henry Louis Gates in his home. Apparently, we’re anti-Obama. Who knew? Other letters are about airplane noise, movie filming and why Bob Zuckerman and Josh Skaller would be great members of the City Council (guess who wrote those letters!). Comment

The giants of soul will be at The Bell House

Music: The Brooklyn Soul Festival starts on Aug. 28 at the Gowanus music venue. Comment

‘Wett’ your appetite in Fort Greene

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: The best thing we ate this week was some Ethiopian chicken stew at Bati Comments (2)
Gowanus: Here’s GO Brooklyn’s exclusive first look at Brooklyn Boulders, the new climbing gym on Third Avenue in Gowanus. Comment
Fort Greene: Fort Greene Park is poised to get some real green from Congress — but even before the $300,000 federal grant is approved, everyone wants a piece of that pork-filled pie. Comment

Cartoonist shines a light on lamps

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming is not a big fan of the antique lights in Brooklyn Heights. Comments (2)
Dining: Kevin’s restaurant in Red Hook is having its first anniversary, but customers will get a nice gift: an all-you-can-eat, completely affordable clambake. Comment
Shopping: A new grocery store is usually not big news, but in Clinton Hill, where residents have long complained of limited access to fresh produce, the opening of Fresh Fanatic earns headlines. Comments (13)

Kenny Vance to play Brooklyn next month!

Music: The Dylan of Doo-Wop is back where it all started. Comments (1)
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Our 39th District debate is online — now!

Election: Who needs Tivo? The Brooklyn Paper and Brooklyn Independent Television’s exciting debate featuring the five men who hope to succeed Bill DeBlasio can be viewed just by clicking here. Comments (2)

Your land is their land

Your land is their land

Meet two farmhands who want to change Brooklyn forever — by farming its backyards. Comments (10)
Brooklyn Heights: A $2.7-million plan to install antique-looking lampposts will bring light to Brooklyn Heights — but it ain’t light on the wallet. Comments (8)
Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Bridge Park is finally being built. Comments (8)

It’s a wine-lose situation at Amin Indian — again!

Fort Greene: Thieves burglarize a humble Indian restaurant — and clean out the wine cellar. This is just wrong, people. Wrong. Comment

And baby makes four! Candidate Skaller has a new constituent to feed

Park Slope: In the heat of the campaign to succeed City Councilman Bill DeBlasio, candidate Josh Skaller’s wife Kelly gave birth to the couple’s second child, a daughter named Selah, at New York Methodist Hospital on Aug. 7. Comment

All-Star game is a no-Cyclone contest

Cyclones: All six Cyclone all-stars played in Tuesday night’s midsummer classic, but none made an impact in the National League-affilated teams’ loss. Comment
Coney Island: History Project guy is now offering a free audio walking tour of the area’s frolicksome past. Comments (1)
Downtown plan: A comatose Downtown development got the breath of life last week, in the form of a $20 million in tax-exempt federal stimulus bonds to jumpstart the stalled plan to construct housing, retail space, and offices at Albee Square. Comments (4)
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Watch our 33rd district debate now — or whenever! It’s online all the time!

Election: There’s no need for Tivo! You can watch candidates for the 33rd Council District — currently occupied by David Yassky — debate right here, right now! Comments (4)
Election: Chapter two of our week-long series of candidates’ debate — a fight for the 39th district seat — continues tonight at 9 pm on the BCAT TV Network. Comments (4)
Cyclones: He pitched all of 13 innings as a Brooklyn Dodger, but Tommy Lasorda is now enshrined with the great Bums of the golden age. Comments (2)

Ridge locals collecting cash, stuff for fire victims

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge residents are banding together to help victims of a devastating July 30 fire that injured 28 people and left dozens homeless. Comment

This was a mean mugging

Park Slope: This week’s blotter opens with a particularly harsh mugging. Plus all the other crime from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment
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Catch Mugison at Pete’s Candy Store tonight

Smash or Trash: The Icelandic rocker is doing all five boroughs in one day — and Brooklyn is his last stop. Comment
Election: Set your Tivo! Our candidates’ forums begin tonight at 9 pm on the BCAT TV Network. Comments (4)
Election: One candidate announced in advance that he’d show up this morning — the other just showed up. Isn’t this subway system big enough for the both of them? Comment

One dimensional! Kent Avenue will no longer go both ways by the end of this week

Mean Streets: Kent Avenue was set to become a one-way street with a protected two-way bike lane by the end of this week, marking the official end of a botched roadway redesign that pitted cyclists against motorists in a fight for hegemony over the key link between Greenpoint and Downtown. Comments (25)

School gets in the way of OSFO’s summer reading fun

Smartmom: Smartmom’s daughter loves to read — but not the books on her schools “required” summer reading list. Uh-oh. Comments (7)

Two out of three ain’t bad

Cyclones: How was your weekend? The Cyclones had a good one at home against the Oneonta Tigers. Comment
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Frank talk about Joe Sitt’s Coney Island plan

Rhythm & News: The Bard of Bushwick is angry — or at least as angry as a folk singer can get! Comments (3)

Heyer: Fight MTA booth closings on Monday

Election: City Council candidate John Heyer has found an issue that he hopes to ride all the way to office. Comments (9)

Here’s how to watch our TV debates!

Election: It ain’t Lincoln vs. Douglas, but our television debates — a collaboration with Brooklyn Independent Television — are a great way to make an informed decision this election season. Comments (3)

Professional hockey returns to Brooklyn this winter

They are a new team in a new league with a new coach, but professional hockey returns to Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn this winter. Comment

Eigsti getting another go around with Cyclones

Jake Eigsti is back in Brooklyn…again. Comment

ATM scam backfires on four

It was so very simple, it was criminal. Comment

Brooklyn Post Offices to remain open

Rumors of several Brooklyn post offices’ demise are greatly exaggerated, postal officials said last week. Comment

Schumer lovin’ Levin

New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer endorsed the youngest candidate in the 33rd District City Council race, Steve Levin, on the steps of Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn, praising his work while serving as Chief of Staff to Brooklyn Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg). Comment

Holocaust survivors get federal funds

Two Jewish non-profit organizations are divvying up $300,000 in federal money to bring community support services to Brooklyn’s Holocaust survivors. Comment

Make a ‘hajj’ to Brooklyn next weekend!

Shopping: Even the most intrepid Brooklynite can feel that he hasn’t fully experienced the cultural riches of our beloved borough. Comments (1)

A big win for the Cyclones

Cyclones: A come-from-behind victory to take two of three from the league-leading Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Comment

Car and biker

Windsor Terrace: The only reported crimes in Windsor Terrace’s 72nd Precinct involved wheels. Comment

Almost done with Flushing Avenue

Williamsburg: It has been five years in the making, but fans of the Flushing Avenue reconstruction will have to wait until September for the completion of the $40 million Department of Design and Construction project. Comment

What the Beep?

Williamsburg: Eugene Myrick, the political Little Engine That Could, couldn’t hold back the rampaging locomotive known as the Marty Markowitz for Borough President campaign Monday as he was booted off the ballot for lack of legitimate signatures. Comment

Bring back trolleys: Candidate Bloomberg

Williamsburg: The city should consider restoring trolley service in sections of Brooklyn where streetcar service was once king, Mayor Bloomberg suggested this week. Comment

33rd District Candidate Profile: Evan Thies

Williamsburg: The vacant lots, surrounded by cheap spray-painted plywood and corrugated fencing, are a neighborhood nuisance and an intriguing policy opportunity for one City Council candidate. Comment

Parker plea involves apology, anger management

Williamsburg: He’s completely innocent, but if he can get a plea deal, that would be fine, too. Comment

Brooklyn will pick a peck of pickles

Williamsburg: Manhattan’s loss will be Brooklyn’s briny gain, an iconic pickle pusher predicted this week. Comment

Fireworks explode at comptroller debate

Williamsburg: Hometown favorite David Yassky responded to tough questioning at this week’s debate among the four City Council candidates running in the September Democratic primary for City Comptroller. Comment

Parks Department bleeds ‘green’

Williamsburg: While budget cuts have made their way into every major city department, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation remains optimistic about its future. Comment

Beadel Street shuns autos for good times

BoroBeat: There’s a block party in the neighborhood – and you’re all invited! Comment

Bonnies score five in the third, run into trouble in fifth

Justin Pupa has already done the most important part of his job: keeping his club in the game. But he just couldn’t quite finish it off. Comment

Bonnies survive mistakes to advance in LIBA playoffs

It was a stunning display of defensive miscues, but Herbert Cruz wasn’t surprised. After all, the Brooklyn Bonnies coach gave his team nearly a week off after a second-place finish at the AABC Connie Mack Regional in South Troy, N.Y. Comment

A bizarre standoff with police

Brooklyn Courier: A member of the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit went on a fire escape outside a home on Lincoln Place between Seventh and Eighth avenues as the team tried to take a woman into custody Tuesday. Comment

Free meals for kids

Brooklyn Courier: For the entire summer, New York City residents 18 years of age and younger, can receive free meals while school is out. Comment

Atlantic Yards faces more court challenges

Brooklyn Courier: Opponents of the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project are heading back to court in two separate cases. Comment

A fly in Coney Island ointment

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn lawmakers in Albany are just waiting for the city to button up its land acquisition deal with Joe Sitt and Thor Equities before they introduce bills that would allow the new zoning plan to move ahead — but don’t count on powerful State Senator Carl Kruger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to reach for his rubber stamp just yet. Comment

Seed money earmarked for Slope Park greenery%A0

Brooklyn Courier: Slope Park may soon be on level ground with more modern green spaces in the borough. Comment

Marty challenger bounced off the ballot

Brooklyn Courier: Eugene Myrick, the political Little Engine That Could, couldn’t hold back the rampaging locomotive known as the Marty Markowitz for Borough President campaign Monday as he was booted off the ballot for lack of legitimate signatures. Comment

Hogs & horsepower on 15th St.

Brooklyn Courier: Vroom! Comment

‘Kiss Our Annex’

Brooklyn Courier: It was reading, writing and rage at a Park Slope private school last week, as local residents expressed fury with the Berkeley Carroll School’s plan to rebuild a one-story building on its property. Comment

‘Saddle a seahorse’

Brooklyn Courier: Three of those lovable equine creatures of the sea, also known as seahorses, were captured and released by a group of city kids studying the aquatic life in the East River. Comment

Parker plea deal involves apology, anger management

Brooklyn Courier: He’s completely innocent, but if he can get a plea deal, that would be fine, too. Comment

Yassky: lets nix discretionary funding

Brooklyn Courier: Hometown favorite David Yassky responded to tough questioning at this week’s debate among the four City Council candidates running in the September Democratic primary for City Comptroller. Comment

Murky future for Canal

Brooklyn Courier: Roast chicken and Greek salad may have been on the menu, but developers had less palatable fare on their minds at a luncheon this week: the fetid Gowanus Canal. Comment

Bloomberg hops the F express

Brooklyn Courier: The mayor this week called for express service to be reinstituted on the F train, an overcrowded line whose popularity has soared over the past decade. Comment

New York City Council candidates

Brooklyn Courier: Citizens Union invites Brooklynites to a candidate debate for City Council District 33, August 11 in the St. Francis College auditorium, 180 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights. The debate will from from 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Comment

Clang! Bloomberg gets hip to restored trollies

Brooklyn Courier: The city should consider restoring trolley service in sections of Brooklyn where streetcar service was once king, Mayor Bloomberg suggested this week. Comment

26th Annual night out against crime

Brooklyn Courier: It was a sight to see: cops sharing donuts with happy kids. Comment

Advocating for an advocate

Brooklyn Courier: No blood was drawn as three of the four candidates for public advocate squared off in a forum at St. Francis College earlier this week. Comment

New peck of pickles for Bklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Manhattan’s loss will be Brooklyn’s briny gain, an iconic pickle pusher predicted this week. Comment

Stalled projects only benefit the mosquitoes

Brooklyn Courier: The vacant lots, surrounded by cheap spray-painted plywood and corrugated fencing, are a neighborhood nuisance and an intriguing policy opportunity for one City Council candidate. Comment

Metro Jewish Hospice training

Brooklyn Courier: The Metropolitan Jewish Hospice will be holding summer training sessions for new volunteers in August. Comment

12th Street posts a summertime ‘10’

BoroBeat: Park Slope revelers partied hearty as mid-summer festivities unfolded along 12th Street with a block party. Comment

Lawyer among four arrested in ATM withdrawal fraud

Kings Courier: It was so very simple, it was criminal. Comment

The Parks Department loses serious ‘green’

Kings Courier: While budget cuts have made their way into every major city department, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation remains optimistic about its future. Comment

Murder rate skyrockets here; killings up 33%

Kings Courier: Despite a sharp decrease in overall felony crime, murder on the streets of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South has jumped 33 percent so far in 2009, according to the latest official police statistics. Comment

Fidler in a walk

Kings Courier: A four-person race for the hearts and minds of voters in the 46th Council District was hacked in half during a petition challenge marathon conducted by the Board of Elections Monday. Comment

A little spit and polish

Kings Courier: With loving detail, city conservators undertook the tall task of preserving a pair of heralded statuaries at the entryway of Prospect Park as part of a municipal renovation program. Comment

Marine Pk on kidnap alert

Kings Courier: A recent report of a near-child abduction in Marine Park has prompted police to put continued patrols there, this paper has learned. Comment

Day care center sours on E. 38th St.

Kings Courier: It seems there is no room for a day care center on a Marine Park block united against its arrival. Comment

Fly in Coney ointment: rezone plan still faces challenges

Kings Courier: Brooklyn lawmakers in Albany are just waiting for the city to button up its land acquisition deal with Joe Sitt and Thor Equities before they introduce bills that would allow the new zoning plan to move ahead — but don’t count on powerful State Senator Carl Kruger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to reach for his rubber stamp just yet. Comment

Pol swats at land swap

Flatbush: Brooklyn lawmakers in Albany are just waiting for the city to button up its land acquisition deal with Joe Sitt and Thor Equities before they introduce bills that would allow the new zoning plan to move ahead — but don’t count on powerful State Senator Carl Kruger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to reach for his rubber stamp just yet. Comment

Cabbie booted off ballot

Flatbush: Petitions in the 40th and 45th city council districts were counted, weighed and measured, but the only one found seriously wanting belonged to an East Flatbush cab driver with dreams of trading in his hack license for a City Hall corner office. Comment

Star-power salute to Sara

Brooklyn Courier: In a star-studded gala held July 29 at the Tribeca Rooftop, González was honored by Children of the City as “The Children’s Champion.”Oscar-winning actor Gwyneth Paltrow was on hand at the event to present the lawmaker with the award. Comment

Beauty and the beasts in Bklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan, was recently honored as Guest Ringmaster at the Coney Island Boom A Ring, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Comment

Berkeley Carroll Plan Ignites Local Ire

Brooklyn Courier: It was reading, writing and rage at a Park Slope private school last week, as local residents expressed fury with the Berkeley Carroll School’s plan to rebuild a one-story building on its property. Comment

ATM scam backfires on ‘em

Canarsie: It was so very simple, it was criminal. Comment

Clang! Bloomberg gets hip to restored ferry service

Canarsie: The city should consider restoring trolley service in sections of Brooklyn where streetcar service was once king, Mayor Bloomberg suggested this week. Comment

Feds to BK: share your visions of Floyd Bennett

Canarsie: National Park Service employees were in front of the Aviator Sports complex last week at Floyd Bennett Field seeking the public’s input into how they want to see the Gateway National Recreation area developed over the next 20 years. Comment

Parker plea in the making

Canarsie: He’s completely innocent, but if he can get a plea deal, that would be fine, too. Comment

Your comprehensive guide to neighborhood civic meetings

Canarsie: 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 ‘wheel’ shot in the arm for Brooklyn cyclists

Canarsie: Bicycling Brooklynites will be able to pedal up to their offices and stow their wheels right next to their desks thanks to a bill approved by the City Council. Comment

SUNY chancellor tours Downstate Medical Ctr.

Canarsie: Nancy L. Zimpher, PhD, the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York, the nation’s largest comprehensive public university system with some 440,000 students, spent nearly a full day touring the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, meeting with a diverse cross-section of its staff, as well as with the elected officials and community leaders which the institution serves. Comment

Entrepreneurial aid

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation will hold its Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) beginning September 15. Comment

Whole new peck of pickles to pick

Canarsie: Manhattan’s loss will be Brooklyn’s briny gain, an iconic pickle pusher predicted this week. Comment

Beth Abraham Family of Health Services honors Brooklyn residents

Canarsie: Beth Abraham Family of Health Services honored Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Clari Gilbert, a Brooklyn resident, at the 10th Annual Golf Classic fundraising event, which took place at Century Country Club & Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, NY. Comment

Dems dashed off of ballot

Canarsie: A four-person race for the hearts and minds of voters in the 46th Council District was hacked in half during a petition challenge marathon conducted by the Board of Elections Monday. Comment

Mayor gets on board F express

Canarsie: The mayor this week called for express service to be reinstituted on the F train, an overcrowded line whose popularity has soared over the past decade. Comment

Tanning bed fans shrug off cancer risk

Canarsie: Despite dire warnings from international cancer experts, Gina Taliercio spent last Friday happily praying to a sun god called Hollywood Tans. Comment

Markowitz challenger tossed off the ballot

Canarsie: Eugene Myrick, the political Little Engine That Could, couldn’t hold back the rampaging locomotive known as the Marty Markowitz for Borough President campaign Monday as he was booted off the ballot for lack of legitimate signatures. Comment

Community day camp for kids coping with loss

Canarsie: At no cost to parents or guardians, Metropolitan Jewish Hospice is offering a community day camp, August 23, for kids and young adults ages 6-18 who are coping with the loss of a loved one. Comment

Auto Plaza Mall: keep those old clunkers coming

Canarsie: On Monday August 3, the ownership of Plaza Auto Mall on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn met with its banks and finance companiesto put a plan together in case the government ran out of money and was not able to continue the Cash for Clunkers program. Comment

Another round of hard liquor in supermarkets

Canarsie: State lawmakers are again reviving a measure that would allow the sale of wine and hard liquor in supermarkets and drug stores. Comment

Gillibrand smiles on Brooklyn

Canarsie: New York’s junior senator last week threw her weight behind four Brooklyn projects for federal funding. Comment

Swat at Coney land swap

Canarsie: Brooklyn lawmakers in Albany are just waiting for the city to button up its land acquisition deal with Joe Sitt and Thor Equities before they introduce bills that would allow the new zoning plan to move ahead — but don’t count on powerful State Senator Carl Kruger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to reach for his rubber stamp just yet. Comment

Celebrate with Sirico’s Caterers%A0

Canarsie: With so much talk about businesses that can’t seem to make it in today’s economy, it’s refreshing to find a local business that has been around since 1925. Comment

CB14 honors bklynites for ‘exemplary service’

BoroBeat: Just call ‘em rank-and-file wonders. Comment

Yards drama goes on

Brooklyn Heights: Opponents of the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project are heading back to court in two separate cases. Comment

City and feds remain at odds

Brooklyn Heights: Roast chicken and Greek salad may have been on the menu, but developers had less palatable fare on their minds at a luncheon this week: the fetid Gowanus Canal. Comment

Kids and Cops Fight Crime Together

Borough cops and community kids walked the beat together last week as they celebrated yet another round of successful National Night Out Against Crime celebrations. Comment

Beep Sucked into Broadway Triangle

Williamsburg: Playing the role of the wise King Solomon, Borough President Marty Markowitz presided over a land use rezoning hearing on the Broadway Triangle, which has divided the Williamsburg community for the past three years. Comment

Battle for president at District 18’s CEC

A member of School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) is trying to unseat the group’s founding president. Comment

Displaced Brooklynites at old Oak Hotel

At least two of the people now residing at the old Oak Hotel on East 12th street are the recent victims of a devastating fire in Bay Ridge, this paper has learned. Comment

Job Fair comes to Brooklyn

Despite the city’s high unemployment rate, Brooklyn residents were optimistic at a recent job fair in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Unhinged woman arrested after hammer attack

A member of the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit went on a fire escape outside a home on Lincoln Place between Seventh and Eighth avenues as the team tried to take a woman into custody Tuesday. Comment

Parks Department hemorrhages vital ‘green’

While budget cuts have made their way into every major city department, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation remains optimistic about its future. Comment

Nabe’s whistle already whet

A new wine bar is set to move into the corner of Driggs and Metropolitan avenues, but for nearby residents, it is one bar too many. Comment

Eastern District H.S. lives on in hearts of alums

No matter where you end up, most people have fond memories of high school. Comment

Funds secured to renovate local park

Slope Park may soon be on level ground with more modern green spaces in the borough. Comment

Williamsburg Turns Out as Crime Drops

As Brooklyn residents celebrated National Night Out this week at Continental Skate Park, some South Williamsburg residents said that police must do a better job in the neighborhood, even as two North Brooklyn precincts have seen a drop in major crimes this summer. Comment

Luncheon serves up Canal under microscope

Roast chicken and Greek salad may have been on the menu, but developers had less palatable fare on their minds at a luncheon this week: the fetid Gowanus Canal. Comment

It’s the pits for victimized pooch

Howls of fury echoed across Red Hook after news got out that a 19-year-old had hurled his big doe-eyed dog off the roof of his apartment building back in June. Comment

Spit & polish for Grand Army Plaza heroes

With loving detail, city conservators undertook the tall task of preserving a pair of heralded statuaries at the entryway of Prospect Park as part of a municipal renovation program. Comment

Cops make bust in ‘Miami Connection’

An investigation into two Bay Ridge drug dens is still bearing fruit. Comment

Hunger for a new food co-op in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge may soon be home to a food co-op. Comment

Bicycle-friendly city shifts into higher gear

Bicycling Brooklynites will be able to pedal up to their offices and stow their wheels right next to their desks thanks to a bill approved by the City Council. Comment

Parker plea in the making; photog jeers

He’s completely innocent, but if he can get a plea deal, that would be fine, too. Comment

Another round of alcohol talk

State lawmakers are again reviving a measure that would allow the sale of wine and hard liquor in supermarkets and drug stores. Comment

Clang! Mayor gets hip to restored trolley service

The city should consider restoring trolley service in sections of Brooklyn where streetcar service was once king, Mayor Bloomberg suggested this week. Comment

Murder rate skyrockets!

Despite a sharp decrease in overall felony crime, murder on the streets of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South has jumped 33 percent so far in 2009, according to the latest official police statistics. Comment

Gillibrand backs Brooklyn projects

New York’s junior senator last week threw her weight behind four Brooklyn projects for federal funding. Comment

Extensive roadwork begins along the Belt Parkway

The DOT began a significant resurfacing project on the Belt Parkway’s approaches to the Mill Basin Drawbridge in Brooklyn. The work includes subsurface repairs and installation of new asphalt and pavement markings. Comment

Brooklyn to pick a whole new peck of fresh pickles

Manhattan’s loss will be Brooklyn’s briny gain, an iconic pickle pusher predicted this week. Comment

Myrick fails to get on the ballot

Eugene Myrick, the political Little Engine That Could, couldn’t hold back the rampaging locomotive known as the Marty Markowitz for Borough President campaign Monday as he was booted off the ballot for lack of legitimate signatures. Comment

Fly in Coney Island ointment

Brooklyn lawmakers in Albany are just waiting for the city to button up its land acquisition deal with Joe Sitt and Thor Equities before they introduce bills that would allow the new zoning plan to move ahead — but don’t count on powerful State Senator Carl Kruger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to reach for his rubber stamp just yet. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

Crime: New evidence prompted a judge to overturn a 13-year-old murder conviction. Comment

Police Blotter

A 37-year-old man had his arm sliced open when he didn’t hand his watch over to a mugger fast enough, cops in Gravesend said this week. Comment

The prof and the prez are the ones who ‘acted stupidly’

Bay News: The conciliatory sips of beer should have been accompanied by a public apology to Sgt. James Crowley, the Cambridge Police Department of Massachusetts and all of the country’s Finest. Comment

Borough Briefs

Besides destroying the English language as we know it, the art of texting is more dangerous than anyone realizes. Comment

Tanning salon warnings don’t faze Brooklynites

Despite dire warnings from international cancer experts, Gina Taliercio spent last Friday happily praying to a sun god called Hollywood Tans. Comment

Tips on healthy vision

Bay News: More than 20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss. While not all eye diseases can be prevented, there are simple steps that everyone can take to help their eyes remain healthy now and reduce their chances of vision loss in the future. Comment

Marty challenger booted off ballot

Bay News: Eugene Myrick, the political Little Engine That Could, couldn’t hold back the rampaging locomotive known as the Marty Markowitz for Borough President campaign Monday as he was booted off the ballot for lack of legitimate signatures. Comment

Kruger swats at Coney swap

Bay News: Brooklyn lawmakers in Albany are just waiting for the city to button up its land acquisition deal with Joe Sitt and Thor Equities before they introduce bills that would allow the new zoning plan to move ahead — but don’t count on powerful State Senator Carl Kruger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to reach for his rubber stamp just yet. Comment

Celebrate with Sirico’s Caterers

Bay News: With so much talk about businesses that can’t seem to make it in today’s economy, it’s refreshing to find a local business that has been around since 1925. Comment

Almost half of all eye injuries in the U.S. occur at home

Bay News: Home remains the likeliest place to suffer an eye injury, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Academy) and the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT). The annual Eye Injury Snapshot, a clinical survey of eye injuries across the U.S. found that nearly half (47.6 percent) of the 2.5 million eye injuries that Americans suffer annually now happen in and around the home in common places like the lawn, garden, kitchen or garage. Comment

Youths can get into the swing of tennis - free!

Bay News: A free tennis program, funded by Councilman Vincent Gentile, kicked off in Bensonhurst, and there’s still time to sign up. Gentile urges students between six and 18 to take advantage of the program this summer. Comment

Putting the threat of cataracts into sharp focus

Bay News: Almost everyone who lives a long life will develop cataracts at some point. As more Americans live into their 70s and beyond, we all need to know a few cataract basics: risks and symptoms, tips that may delay onset, and how to decide when it is time for surgery, so good vision can be restored. Comment

Don’t let glaucoma rob you of your healthy vision

Bay News: With today’s improved treatments, glaucoma patients no longer face inevitable blindness, but preserving vision depends on seeing an Eye M.D. (ophthalmologist) at the right time and carefully following a prescribed plan. Glaucoma remains a leading cause of preventable blindness because it often goes undetected---about half of the three million Americans who have the disease are unaware of it. Comment

Mike breaks (pizza) bread with masses

Bay News: The mayor this week called for express service to be reinstituted on the F train, an overcrowded line whose popularity has soared over the past decade. Comment

Roadwork on the Belt Pkwy

Bay News: The DOT began a significant resurfacing project on the Belt Parkway’s approaches to the Mill Basin Drawbridge in Brooklyn. The work includes subsurface repairs and installation of new asphalt and pavement markings. Comment

Supermarket sale of liquor bill gains steam

Bay News: State lawmakers are again reviving a measure that would allow the sale of wine and hard liquor in supermarkets and drug stores. Comment

Make an unforgettable entrance with Vera’s dresses

Bay News: Everyone notices what you wear — and they all have something to say about it. Comment

Clang! Mayor gets hip to restored trolly service

Bay News: The city should consider restoring trolley service in sections of Brooklyn where streetcar service was once king, Mayor Bloomberg suggested this week. Comment

Funds for roads

Bay News: New York’s junior senator last week threw her weight behind four Brooklyn projects for federal funding. Comment

Bike-friendly city shifts into gear

Bay News: Bicycling Brooklynites will be able to pedal up to their offices and stow their wheels right next to their desks thanks to a bill approved by the City Council. Comment

Gateway to Brooklyn: share your vision

Bay News: National Park Service employees were in front of the Aviator Sports complex last week at Floyd Bennett Field seeking the public’s input into how they want to see the Gateway National Recreation area developed over the next 20 years. Comment

Brooklyn Politics

A veteran observer of borough politics is predicting the strong likelihood of runoffs in both the comptroller and public advocate races. The primary is Sept. 15 and the runoff is Sept. 29 — a two-week span that includes two of the holiest holidays in the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Comment

AMD and rapid vision loss

Bay News: Marilyn Gozdon can tell you from personal experience why it’s crucial to know your risks for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).Marilyn lost most of the vision in her left eye to “wet” AMD five years ago, before new medications revolutionized treatment of this form of the disease. Today Marilyn is fiercely committed to working with her Eye MD (ophthalmologist) to maintain the 20/40 vision she still enjoys in her “good” right eye. Comment

Shining bright in Vegas

Bay News: LAS VEGAS – The buzz around St. Anthony’s (N.J.) this past winter was how the addition of New York City transfers Devon Collier, Derrick Williams and Ashton Pankey were going to put the Friars right back on top of the national rankings. Comment

Versatile Caiazzo ready to step up for St. Saviour

Bay News: It’s a sight that takes some getting used to for those watching it for the first time – Alyson Caiazzo breaking a press and dribbling the ball the length of the court. Comment

Punchless Cyclones drop doubleheader to Yankees

Bay News: The Brooklyn bats have been quiet of late, an unsettling trend that continued during a doubleheader against the Staten Island Yankees. Comment

Cooper puts lost season behind him with MV Dodgers

Bay News: Eric Cooper didn’t handle adversity very well upon joining the Queens-based Midville Dodgers U18 travel team. After he allowed a hit or an error was committed behind him in the field, few as they may have been, his shoulders sagged and eyes became glossed over. Comment

Ford’s Brown learning about, improving her game

Bay News: This summer has been quite a learning experience for Shayra Brown. The Bishop Ford rising senior guard has seen the strengths and really learned the weaknesses of her game while playing her first season with the Exodus NYC AAU team. Comment

A ‘Right’ turn for ‘Lefty’

Bay News: Cherkira Lashley’s nickname is also her reminder. Comment

Brooklyn Children’s museum looks to the future

BoroBeat: Distinguished Charles E. Inniss Community Builder Youth Awards honorees and their guests joined the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in celebrating the museum’s 2009 gala, “Investing in the Future: A Celebration of Our Children.” This year’s student awardees were high-school seniors Andre Forsythe and Jelani Brown, both of the award-winning Museum Team afterschool program at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue at St. Marks Avenue. Comment

Knick, congressman team up for a good cause

BoroBeat: Former New York Knicks’ star hoopster Charles Smith and area Rep. Michael McMahon received a slam-dunk of a welcome when they visited Gravesend Library to kick off the National Basketball Association’s Read to Achieve literacy program. Comment

Prospect Park Statuaries get a good lather

BoroBeat: With loving detail, city conservators undertook the tall task of preserving a pair of heralded statuaries at the entryway of Prospect Park as part of a municipal renovation program. Comment

Lopez reminisces about errant pitch to Strawberry

Pedro Lopez remembers calling the wrong pitch to Darryl Strawberry and the result.   Comment

Bats go quiet again, Cyclones shut out by Renegades

The Brooklyn Cyclones early-season honeymoon is officially over. Comment

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