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Health care circus comes to Bay Ridge on Tuesday!

Politics: Set your calendars and grab your tea bags — Rep. Mike McMahon is bringing the health care town hall craziness to Bay Ridge. Comments (2)
DUMBO: Did the developer play fast and loose with the zoning map to get his Dock Street project through the approval process? A new lawsuit says yes. Comments (3)
Park Slope: Don’t believe everything you read: The famous “Pink House” of Garfield Place is not for sale. Comment
Nightlife: Park Slope residents claim that Fourth Avenue’s sky-high Vue Restaurant and Lounge isn’t just on the roof — its noise levels are through it! Comments (10)
Williamsburg: A Williamsburg community board approved a liquor license for a surprisingly controversial upscale wine bar that an angry group of residents has bitterly fought on the grounds that the party neighborhood is oversaturated with watering holes — even though the opponents were silent when 19 other bars were rubber-stamped for the same licenses. Comments (9)
Books: The bard of Boerum Hill has turned his attention to the Upper East Side. Comment

And from the old-style mailbag…

Letters: A wide-ranging group of missives, from one complaining about our coverage of the Brooklyn Friends School plan on State Street to a letter from a man upset about Vito Lopez’s betrayal of the Democratic Party. It’s all good fun. Comments (1)
The famous forager finally has some female competition. Comments (1)
Atlantic Yards: If the seven judges of New York State’s highest court have any sympathy towards a small group of landowners suing to block the condemnation of their properties so Bruce Ratner can build a basketball arena, they had a funny way of showing it on Wednesday. Comment
Politics: It took 12 years, but John O’Hara finally beat District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comments (4)

Two years later, but grant winner finally opens her bookshop

Books: Greenlight Bookstore is here at last! Comments (6)
Atlantic Yards: One day before a climactic court hearing that could clear a major legal barrier for Bruce Ratner, opponents of the developer’s residential, retail, office and arena mega-project filed another lawsuit this week, this time challenging the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s mid-summer “sweetheart” renegotiation with Ratner. Comments (16)

Finally — you be the reporter!

We know you love The Brooklyn Paper — so now you get a chance to join the ranks of Senior Reporter Ben Muessig and Cub Reporter Will Yakowicz and write a Brooklyn Paper story yourself! In the spirit of the old Mad Libs game (though nothing like it at all because of legal reasons!), click on the link above and insert the parts of speech that you think will make our copy sing. Next week, we’ll print the funniest story in The Brooklyn Paper — so choose your words carefully! It’s fun for the whole family! Read more…
Dining: Crown Heights burger maestro Kyle Huebbe wowed The Brooklyn Paper with his horseradish-topped sliders, but his ground beef concoction couldn’t beat meaty offerings from some of the nation’s best chefs at the Burger Bash in DUMBO on Friday. Comment

There’s a Republican in the Food Co-op!

Politicrasher: Joe Nardiello is a different kind of Republican, but on a few issues, he’s not different enough. Comments (3)

BAM is showing the best films ever — all from 1962

Cinema: It’s a weird retrospective, but one of the best: 12 of the best films ever, all from 1962. Comment

Inspector Grabit

Fort Greene: Robbers pose as restaurant inspectors to make a big score on Fulton Street. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

How do you like them apples? Baked, preferably in a pie

Shopping: So, you picked apples all weekend. Sweet Melissa shows you what you can do with them Comment

Brooklyn singer needs cash for next album

Music: If you ever wanted a pop singer to write and record and album all for you, it’ll only cost you $5,000. Comments (5)
Transit: The F train is slower, dirtier and less reliable than other lines in the subway system, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority finally admitted in a bombshell report released on Friday. Comment
Williamsburg: A small, but angry, group of Williamsburg residents, claiming that the neighborhood is oversaturated with watering holes, picked an odd way of making its case on Thursday night by vehemently protesting a liquor license for an upscale wine bar while not making a peep as 19 other bars in the same neighborhood were approved for the same licenses by a Community Board 1 panel. Comments (6)

War is hell (of a book!)

Checkin’ in with: Meet a man who wrote the book on war. Comments (1)

Hepcat is not taking this couch search lying down

Smartmom: Finally, Smartmom’s husband agrees to look at couches. For this marriage, that’s a huge step forward. Comment
Cleaning Our Waterways: Mayor Bloomberg put the money where his mouth is last Friday as he he announced the start of a city-funded $150-million Gowanus Canal clean-up plan that he claims would be speedier than federal Superfund designation — but opponents contend wouldn’t sufficiently clean the fetid waterway. Comments (8)
Development: Brooklyn’s wandering gays are one step closer to realizing a long-held dream of opening a permanent community center in the borough, thanks to a new pot of cash at the end of their rainbow. Comments (6)

It’s official: Lander swept both Park Slope and Carroll Gardens in 39th District win

He’s not just the bona fide winner: He’s the certified winner. Comment

Public money goes to private beach

You can’t beat Mother Nature, but a federal lawmaker is hoping that a few million greenbacks might at least appease her. Comment

Words of Bonds

When it comes to the Holocaust and slavery in America, the rallying call to ‘Never Forget’ is one of the major themes of the Brooklyn-based non-profit School News Nationwide (SNN). Comment

Hynes’ Thirteen: Over a dozen scammers busted for fraud

Thirteen Brooklyn con artists were pulled from a life of riches and luxury cars to a jail cell and a shared toilet after falling into Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes’ ever widening fraud net. Comment

Issue Project Room founder dies

Suzanne Fiol, the stylish, spirited artist and founder of Issue Project Room, the experimental music venue in Gowanus, died October 5 at New York Presbyterian Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 49. Comment

Canarsie midnight cop honored by chief

If they had the technology to clone cops, Captain Milt Marmara of the 69th Precinct would want Police Officer Matthew Woods at the front of the line. Comment

Churchgoers Disrupting Peace and Quiet on Canarsie Street

Nighttime activities at one Canarsie church have neighbors praying for peace and quiet. Comment

Billyburg! Mayoral Candidate Thompson Opens New Campaign Office

Amid a cheerful crowd spilling out onto the street and chanting “Eight is Enough!”, City Comptroller William Thompson, the Democratic nominee for mayor, officially opened his Williamsburg campaign office on October 2. Comment

Levin Lovin

Democratic City Council nominee Steve Levin is looking for a home for his new district office, and Boerum Hill appears to be the front-runner. Comment

Dirty Water: Pols Meet to Discuss Newtown Cleanup

After making an initial recommendation to put Newtown Creek, one of the most polluted waterways in the nation, on the federal Superfund list, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials noted that it will take approximately one year of testing to determine whether the federal government will begin cleaning pollution along the creek. Comment

Dude, it’s the 8th annual Big Lebowski fest

Williamsburg: “What do you do for recreation?” asks Maude Lebowski in an early scene ofthe movie, “The Big Lebowski.” Comment

Pop’s is pushed to the brink

Williamsburg: Pop’s Popular Clothing has been in business in North Brooklyn since 1949, weathering four wars, three recessions, and on rezoning. But the city’s constructions work on Kent Avenue, nearby the store’s 7 Franklin Street location, may force Pop’s to close its doors after 60 years on the waterfront. Comment

Coal tar probe begins near Maspeth Avenue

Williamsburg: Three industrial lots on a dead-end street off Maspeth Avenue in Williamsburg are the subject of an extensive environmental study for the presence of coal tar. Comment

A little piece of heaven here in the nabe

Williamsburg: The faithful turned frolickers as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with like-minded parishioners for a street festival in Greenpoint. Comment

Cop suffers concussion

Williamsburg: Flag this one under the old adage, “If he had any luck at all, it would be bad luck.” Comment

Hey, Bam...what do you say about Atlantic Yds?

Williamsburg: President Obama may have weighed in on New York’s upcoming gubernatorial race, but he remains silent when it comes to commenting on Atlantic Yards. Comment

“Party Marty” Picks Bloomberg as Brooklyn Leaders Balk

Borough President Marty Markowitz’s endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg is not sitting well with Brooklyn’s Democratic leaders. Comment

Paul leads New Utrecht to upset of Tottenville

High School Sports: When Alan Balkan spoke glowingly about Jordan Paul in the preseason, the New Utrecht football coach knew what he was talking about. At the time, Paul had yet to win a varsity start, but Balkan saw something special in the kid who had been around the program for years. Comment

Special Aces Junior Tennis program to start

Canarsie: Starting in early November, the tennis bubbles at the Prospect Park Tennis Center will be filled with happy laughter and cheers of encouragement as children in the Special Aces Junior Development Tennis Program take to the courts. Comment

Rush hour: Viegas leads Farrell in Xaverian blitzing

High School Sports: Joe Colucci loved watching Michael Viegas run on the Monsignor Farrell junior varsity football team last year. Now that they’re varsity teammates, Colucci is having even more fun checking out the spry sophomore. Comment

Fontbonne girls soccer gets its revenge on defending champ Kearney

High School Sports: Katie Henderson played a cruel joke on her coach, Victor Popovsky, on Sunday night. The junior midfielder on the Fontbonne Hall girls soccer team sent Popovsky an e-mail saying she couldn’t make the Bonnies’ game against rival Bishop Kearney on Monday. Comment

“Party Marty” picks Bloomberg as Brooklyn leaders balk

Borough President Marty Markowitz’s endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg is not sitting well with Brooklyn’s Democratic leaders. Comment

Eaton keeps seat as GOP chair

GOP chair Craig Eaton was overwhelmingly re-elected to another term last week, besting challenger and longtime borough Republican politico Arnaldo Ferraro. Comment

GOP critic: ‘The worst our party has ever been’

Williamsburg: A leadership battle is brewing in the Kings County Republican Party. Comment

Fourth Annual ArtMart

Brooklyn Paper: PLG Arts presents its fourth annual ArtMart 11225 community arts and crafts market, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date: October 4) on Lincoln Road between Ocean and Flatbush avenues. Comment

‘Mom, this was the best night of my life’

Perspective: It’s done, the planning, the anticipation, the excitement - fini - it was the party of the century. At the end of the evening, my now mature, grown-up 16-year-old squealed with the delight of a six-year-old opening up a new Polly Pocket set, “Mom, this was the best night of my life,” she exclaimed, as she ripped off the dress, tore off the eyelashes and slowly transformed back into the child that we knew.  Comment

Castle Braid: loaded with ‘Artillery’

Williamsburg: North Brooklyn’s newest condo development is open for rent, but first, the artists are taking over. Comment

Be fashionable, be fake!

Brooklyn Paper: TyeakiaDesigns2010 will be presenting her collection of fake animals jackets, coats, and skirts in fake mink, zebra, and cheetah, as well as big belts, fitted sweaters, and African-inspired jewelry and art collage T- shirts during the opening of her showroom/ gallery at Brooklyn Art Studios, 276 Greenpoint Avenue, studio 1303, in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, October 3 from 3-10 p.m. Comment

From the fringe to the cutting edge

Brooklyn Paper: Serendipity pressed flesh with haphazard while spontaneous shared the spotlight with downright weird during the annual Art Under the Bridge Festival at the DUMBO Arts Center. Comment

Health care crisis solution

Brooklyn Paper: The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture presents, as part of its “Sunday Platforms” series, “The Health Care Crisis Has a Solution,” with Dr. Jaime Torres, president of Latinos for National Health Insurance, at 11 a.m., October 4 in the main hall of the Society’s Meeting House, 53 Prospect Park West in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment

Manhattan Bridge b’day

Brooklyn Paper: The Manhattan Bridge, the youngest of the four East River Bridges, will celebrate its 100th birthday October 4. The celebration, capped by a firework display by Grucci of NY that night, will include a parade of historic vehicles, walking and bike tours, and public discussions on the history and construction of the bridge. Comment

Finally — you be the reporter!

We know you love The Brooklyn Paper — so now you get a chance to join the ranks of Senior Reporter Mike McLaughlin and Less-Senior Reporter Ben Muessig and write a Brooklyn Paper story yourself! In the spirit of the old Mad Libs game (though nothing like it at all because of legal reasons!), click on the link above and insert the parts of speech that you think will make our copy sing. Next week, we’ll print the funniest story in The Brooklyn Paper — so choose your words carefully! It’s fun for the whole family! Read more…

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