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Digital editions: This is another unbelievable jam-packed issue of The Brooklyn Paper. In addition to stories about Brooklyn Bridge Park, Atlantic Yards, Coney Island and other major development projects, there are photos of our editor naked. Yes, naked. And we don’t even charge you for this. Amazing. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn. Read more…

Yes on Dock Street

Editorial: Our editorial board reiterates its support for Jed Walentas’s Dock Street proposal. Comments (17)

City: Rocket will soar again

City: Rocket will soar again

Coney Island: City officials accepted Astroland’s iconic rocket as a gift — and vow to include it in a revived Coney Island amusement park. Comments (1)
Brooklyn Heights: The holiday was kosher, but the return trip was a nightmare for one Brooklyn Heights synagogue, which lost a sacred Torah in a car break-in on Sunday night. Comments (1)

City budget whiz says Bruce’s Yards deal needs retooling

Atlantic Yards: Add another voice to the chorus of city officials who say that the city should renegotiate its deal with developer Bruce Ratner, whose Atlantic Yards mega-project is in jeopardy due to the economic crisis. Comment
Art: Got a deep dark secret? Why not post it on the front of a Park Slope vintage jewelry and clothing store? Comments (1)
Shopping: Everyone meet Bushwick: Williamsburg’s cooler sister who doesn’t wear as much make-up. Comments (2)
Cobble Hill: The cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital is selling a chunk of its real-estate portfolio to stave off its ongoing financial meltdown, reviving the controversy that nearly tore the hospital apart in 2008. Comments (1)

All drawn out

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming takes a dim view of our economic situation. Ooh, rough. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual with letters. The highlights this week include a letter from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, the guy who finished 48th on our “90 to watch in ‘09” list, and a woman who hates Park Slope’s entitled parents. Comment

Hams on a roll: It’s time for the Idiotarod

Event: Stupid is as stupid does. Comment

Six and the city (council)

Politics: Now that term-limit opponent Councilman David Yassky (center in photo above) has made stronger indications that he is indeed running for comptroller and not for re-election, the six candidates to succeed him (including Isaac Abraham, right) say the money will really start flowing into their coffers. Comments (6)

Make a ‘Stop’ for Stumptown Coffee

Dining: The Stumptown revolution continues! The Portland-based coffee purveyors that will soon open a roasting plant in Red Hook are now offering their gourmet grinds at the newly opened Second Stop Café in Williamsburg. Comment

Steel away

Event: Brooklynites who bleed black and gold won’t have to go far to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, because the Brownstone belt boasts some of the liveliest Pittsburgh Steelers bars around. Comment
Shopping: Brooklyn’s “wee flea” just got a wee bit bigger. Comment

‘Green’ school moves forward

Bay Ridge: A city plan to build an elementary school at the site of Bay Ridge’s now-demolished “Green Church” advanced last week, thanks to a nearly unanimous vote by Community Board 10. Comments (4)

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment
DUMBO: Opponents of a controversial residential tower proposed to rise next to the Brooklyn Bridge brought their case to Borough President Markowitz on Tuesday night, bitterly describing developer Jed Walentas’s project as bad public policy and a disastrous way to treat the fabled and legendary span. Comments (27)

‘Park’ costs go up again!

Bridge ‘Park’: The cost to construct — and operate — the troubled Brooklyn Bridge Park development has gone up again, but its planners say that the higher maintenance cost is actually a cut! Comments (1)

Update: Snubbed Miss New York tells us she’s not bitter

Brooklyn Angle: Miss New York speaks to her greatest champion, The Brooklyn Paper, about her stunning defeat in Las Vegas this Saturday. Comment
Fort Greene: A developer wants to transform one of Fort Greene’s most imposing and desolate blocks by building housing, a supermarket and — be still your beating hearts, pinheads — a bowling alley. Comment

Rape renews Fort Greene crime fears

Fort Greene: A high-profile rape in Fort Greene last Thursday unleashed pent-up frustration from neighborhood residents who say they feel the neighborhood is becoming dangerous — even though statistics show that crime keeps falling. Comments (1)

Port noise complaint! Authority says Red Hook too quiet for working piers

Red Hook: The Port Authority has revived the idea of moving Brooklyn’s only port operations from its historic Red Hook home to Sunset Park — less than a year after signing a new 10-year lease with the operator of the existing port. Comment
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The poser: Gersh Kuntzman is all nude!

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The poser: Gersh Kuntzman is all nude!

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist doffs his duds, does the full monty, drops his drawers, bares all, and twists the wick for a bunch of art students. A very special Brooklyn Angle column — and accompanying podcast. Comments (11)

Downturn, down spirits

Vox Pop: There was lots of doom and gloom at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce “Economic Outlook Breakfast” at the Brooklyn Marriott on Tuesday morning. Our reporter, Mike McLaughlin, button-holed some of the paricipants and found that some people are still looking on the bright side of these dark times. Comment

Port Authority seeks cheap power for idling Red Hook cruise ships

Red Hook: The Port Authority and Carnival Cruise Lines say they want to cut air pollution from docked sea-liners at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, but power companies could short-circuit the initiative. Comments (1)
DUMBO: DUMBO’s principal real-estate development company has spent more than $400,000 on lobbying over the past two years — a time period that corresponds to the company’s effort to persuade city officials to back a controversial plan for an 18-story residential building and public middle school. Comments (3)
Event: Brooklyn’s hottest summer concert series is warming things with a rare winter dance party at the Bell House on Feb. 7. Comments (1)

Smartmom decides to keep it real

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom Day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist gets criticized for writing about her kids — but it’s her writing, and her kids, so buzz off! Comments (19)

Shakespeare troupe wants Bay Ridge to be new Stratford on the Narrows

Theater: Something is rotten in Bay Ridge for an acclaimed Shakespearean theater troupe that is struggling to find home. Comments (5)

Update: Miss New York is wrongly snubbed!

Brooklyn Angle: Well, folks, the inevitable has happened: Miss New York — the former Miss Brooklyn, Leigh-Taylor Smith — was cheated out of the Miss America title on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Comment

Doom and gloom! Boro businesses are pessimistic

A wave of doom and gloom is rippling across Brooklyn’s business community — surprise! — according to a new survey of borough professionals released on Monday. And they have every right to be scared out of their minds, according to experts who gave a foreboding economic forecast the next day. Comments (1)

Press release of the week: Save energy by showering less

Politicrasher: The nation is in economic turmoil — and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny is on the case. Comments (2)

Five lies! Blogs wrong about Five Guys on Court Street

Dining: The popular hamburger chain Five Guys is expanding — but not to a location on Court Street in Downtown, as was wrongly reported by a number of blogs on Thursday. Comments (8)
Brooklyn Angle: Here she is, Miss America! Comments (3)

Coney residents: Asser Levy us alone!

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz’s pet project — a major concert venue in Coney Island that would be a physical legacy of his two (and perhaps three) terms in office — crashed into neighborhood opposition from critics who say it will be too big and too loud. Comments (13)

Herb Kaufman, Heights preservationist, dies

Brooklyn Heights: Herbert Kaufman, a prominent architect who was integral in preserving historic brownstones in Brooklyn Heights in the 1960s, died on Jan. 13 from an infection to his lungs. He was 92. Comment

In meeting of state champs, Lincoln falls short

The large crowd had filed in and the college coaches had taken their spots along the baseline. Electricity filled the Baruch College ARC Arena. Comment

McNally’s antics spark Poly Prep’s relentless defense

UNION N.J. - Calling Bill McNally animated on the sidelines is like saying Robin Williams is merely an energetic comedian. Comment

New York City duo teaming up as Oak Hill’s backcourt

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – It’s a small world, after all. At least that’s the case for star New York City-bred prepsters Doron Lamb and Lamont (Momo) Jones. Friends since elementary school, the backcourt duo has come together once again at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Comment

McNally’s antics spark Poly Prep’s relentless defense

UNION N.J. - Calling Bill McNally animated on the sidelines is like saying Robin Williams is merely an energetic comedian. Comment

Inside Job: Aloizos helps Stanners tame Tigers

Kyra Aloizos wasn’t shy when asked her mindset toward a rematch with Bishop Kearney, which had already beaten Archbishop Molloy this season. Comment

College round-up: Blackbirds sweep NEC awards

Junior Jaytornah Wisseh and freshman Julian Boyd the weekly men’s basketball awards handed out by the Northeast Conference, it was announced on Monday. Wisseh picked up his first career Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week award, while Boyd earned his third rookie of the week honor after the pair helped LIU to a 3-0 week and extend the team’s win streak to a season-high four games. Comment

Johnson and Johnson lift St. Raymond’s vs. Xaverian

Xaverian had just taken a 3-point lead on a jumper from the corner by Justin Exum midway through the fourth quarter. St. Raymond’s was desperate for a response and Ravens coach Oliver Antigua knew just where to go. Comment

Hall Good: Junior rescues Ford as Chaz goes down

It took one slight limp to turn the Bishop Ford crowd silent. Comment

Girls’ basketball round-up: Newman, South Shore defeat Kearney

Senior guard Baytania Newman had 24 points to lead the South Shore girls’ basketball team to a 60-56 win against hosting Bishop Kearney in a non-league game Thursday. Comment

Bklyn AA top spot up for grabs in Boys-Jeff showdown

At a Glance: PSAL Brooklyn AA league game Comment

Thomas leads Sheepshead Bay to heck of a day

John Thomas will certainly be ready for the next snow storm to hit New York City. The Sheepshead Bay junior bet his coach John Pabule that if he won the 300 meter at the 55th Annual Bishop Loughlin Games he’d give him a school sweatshirt in every color. Comment

Girls’ basketball round-up: Previlon, Midwood get revenge on Boys & Girls

Jessica Previlon had 20 points, 10 rebounds and three steals to lead the Midwood girls’ basketball team to a 53-47 home win against Boys & Girls on Wednesday afternoon in PSAL Brooklyn AA action. Comment

Battle helps Loughlin Lions roar past St. Saviour

Everyday Rocco Romano tells Ayanna Battle to go hard, reminding his center to give the maximum effort. The same was true when Battle was a non-factor early for the Bishop Loughlin against St. Saviour. Comment

Many call for Taser cop’s ouster

The family of a mentally ill man who fell to his death after being tasered by cops took to the streets Monday demanding that the NYPD sergeant who “shot” Iman Morales be fired and face criminal charges. Comment

‘Bridging’ the commute: Q riders contend with service disruptions along subway line

It may provide shelter with a view on cold and blustery winter nights, but straphangers that use the Sheepshead Bay subway station should not get used to the new bridge over the tracks between Brooklyn- and Manhattan-bound B and Q trains. Comment

Pens, books & sex: Misconduct at BK schools

There were nearly 600 complaints of sexual misconduct at local schools in 2008. Comment

Rape charge for Coney H.S. teacher

A Coney Island high school teacher was arrested on attempted rape charges  after he was nabbed  making lewd advances to an undercover cop pretending to be a 14-year-old girl, officials alleged. Comment

Olympian Oksana Baiul inspires youngsters in Coney Island

World figure-skating champion Oksana Baiul wowed the crowd with her fancy footwork and time-honored tips during an ice frolic at Abe Stark Rink in Coney Island. Comment

Aquarium left high & dry: Governor proposes gutting aid to BK institution

Sea life lovers in Brooklyn are hoping that, someday soon, they won’t be talking regretfully of the “one that got away.” Comment

Term limit win for Bloomberg

Term limits, shlerm limits! Comment

Schoolhouse merger looms: Parents bracing for changes

Two Catholic schools in Windsor Terrace may merge. Comment

Help find ‘Buddy’

Please help broken-hearted eight year-old Zak find his lost dog, a little Yorkshire Terrier puppy, who was last seen running into the bushes on Gerritsen & Cyrus avenues, December 29, 2008. Buddy is black and golden-brown, with a little gray, and he was last wearing a brown and light blue collar. Comment

Pols lobby Obama for funds

Although President-elect Barack Obama hasn’t even taken office yet, several members of Brooklyn’s delegation in Congress are already angling for a slice of his stimulus pie. Comment

Economy pounds Bklyn home values: Sale prices continue downward slide

The recession continues to pummel home values in Brooklyn, as median sales prices slid 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter, and sales activity slowed to a crawl, a recent report revealed. Comment

Skating on new ice — by 2011

By the winter of 2011, Brooklyn ice skaters can look forward to a brand new rink that would also enable year-round recreational use.  The new facility – dubbed “The Lakeside Center” – would replace the somewhat dilapidated Wollman Rink, which opened in 1961 and sits unused during the non-skating season. Comment

Going to college on ‘Posse’ scholarhip: Three outstanding students win awards

Three talented and enthusiastic students from Park Slope’s Secondary School for Law were chosen for the “Posse” scholarship last month, earning free college tuition in recognition of their outstanding leadership skills. Comment

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