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Build the arena — with fed money!

Editorial: Our editorial board says that the federal stimulus package has changed the equation and it’s now time to build the Atlantic Yards arena on Washington’s dime. A rare signed editorial by Publisher Ed Weintrob! Comments (58)
Digital editions: This is another unbelievable print edition of The Brooklyn Paper. We’ve got coverage of the metal detector ban in Prospect Park, an artist’s plan to live on a green barge this summer, the Museum of Modern Art’s Brooklyn invasion and all the arts, news and features you’ve come to expect from Brooklyn’s real newspaper. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…
Art: The Museum of Modern Art — with more masterpieces than an art history textbook — took a shot across the Bauhaus of the Brooklyn Museum this week, plastering a Downtown subway station with ads that will turn it into a month-long annex of the Manhattan institution. Comments (7)
In the wackiest work of aquatic art since Olafur Eliasson’s controversial “Waterfalls,” a team of local artists are planning to live aboard an eco-friendly floating habitat all summer long. Call it the “Freegan flotilla.” Comment
Park Slope: The city has quietly expelled treasure-hunting hobbyists from Prospect Park — but the metal-detecting motley crew is fighting to get back inside to search for the riches buried there. Comments (47)

It’s our bill! Two boro reps are all over stimulus package

Politics: Two Brooklyn lawmakers got their names — and maybe even their stamp — on the most important piece of legislation since the Great Society. Comments (1)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming takes a look at the Macy’s on Fulton Mall. Comment
Books: Williamsburg hipster chicks will eat you alive, says this graphic artist in a new collection of comic stories. Comments (1)

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual. The highlights this week include a missive about Steve DiBrienza’s attempt to win back his old City Council seat, plus letters on the Miss America pageant, Brooklyn Bridge “Park,” and campaign fundraising. Comment

Readers to Smartmom: Stop already

More readers react to Smartmom’s declaration that she will keep writing about her kids. Comments (1)

Valentine’s savings

Shopping: Retailers and restaurateurs on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope are putting their hearts on sale for Valentine’s Day. Comments (1)
Williamsburg: Williamsburg’s “People’s Firehouse” is one step closer to living up to its name. Comment

Big fat Greek feast

Big fat Greek feast

Dining: Park Slope restaurateur Spiro Hiotis named Athena Mediterranean Cuisine after the Greek goddess of wisdom (and, perhaps more important, his daughter) — and it seems that his newly opened eatery has been blessed with some divine intelligence. Comments (22)

Our exclusive family calendar!

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment
Park Slope: Abe Lincoln will soon be back where he belongs. Comments (2)

Que Syrah, Syrah! CB2 backs liquor license

Dining: Prohibition is over in Community Board 2! Comments (3)
Mean Streets: An SUV plowed into a pedestrian on Eighth Avenue during the morning rush on Monday, sending the 57-year-old man high into the air, witnesses said. Comments (9)

‘Warsaw’ no ghetto for record fans

Shopping: Just take those old records off the shelf and make room for new vinyl in your collection, because dozens of vendors are again storming Warsaw on Feb. 15 in what is fast-becoming a major musical event in the borough. Comment

Twitter ‘writers’ get their Pulitzers

Event: This article is too long to win a Shorty Award. Comments (3)

Lights, camera, accidents

Mean Streets: A string of traffic lights has turned a Dyker Heights drag into a demolition derby, according to neighbors who are calling on the city to remove the signals. Comments (3)
Shopping: Macy’s will be laying off thousands of workers nationwide — but the several hundred employees at the chain’s Brooklyn flagship on the Fulton Mall are safe. Comment

Bourbon joint on the rocks! LeNell’s to close...really

Shopping: LeNell’s, the Red Hook liquor store with more kick than downhome moonshine, will close on Feb. 21, but could possibly reopen near its Van Brunt Street location soon, its owner told The Brooklyn Paper. Comments (4)

The secrets of love…in one book!

Books: Ben Karlin, a former “Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” writer, will read from his book about bad breakups on Feb. 13 in DUMBO. Comment
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Our critic raves about “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Gallery Players. Comment

Smartmom takes on her critics — including her daughter

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom Day on This week, our columnist reacts to the condemnation of her as a bad mom. Comments (31)

Simply the best! Brooklyn Paper wins five more top awards

Podcast: The award-winning Brooklyn Paper has added more trophies to an overflowing display case, picking up top honors in five editorial and design categories from the Suburban Newspapers of America, a leading newspaper professional and trade organization. Comments (1)

DiBrienza: I’m back, baby, I’m back!

Park Slope: Former Councilman Steve DiBrienza sent shockwaves through the race to succeed Bill DeBlasio, jumping into a race that already has six capable candidates. Comments (13)
Bridge ‘Park’: Mounting costs to build Brooklyn Bridge Park with no completion date in sight incensed critics during a presentation of long-sought budget figures for the controversial park-and-condo project on Thursday night. Comments (9)
Transit: Politicians, transportation activists — and a bagpipe player — buried the M and R train in a pre-emptive funeral service for the lines, which face severe service cuts under the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s proposed “Doomsday Budget.” Comments (2)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

Sound nix at Sound Fix

Sound nix at Sound Fix

Music: It will be remembered as the day the music died: After five years of free music, one year of free stand-up comedy, and lots of noise complaints, Sound Fix, a Williamsburg record store, is closing down its bar and live-music space. Comment

Fewer trash cans means less trashy streets?

Bay Ridge: There’s trash everywhere in Bay Ridge, and soon there won’t be a place to put it. Comments (4)
Greenpoint: Greenpoint is getting ready to get clean. Comment

No revenge, just rerun for Bishop Ford vs. Lutheran

GARDEN CITY, L.I. – Chaz Williams wanted to prove a point on Sunday. The Hofstra-bound senior wanted to show his Bishop Ford team deserved to be mentioned among the elite in New York City boys’ basketball this season. Comment

Led by Stukes, Rice cooks Bishop Loughlin

At one end of the court, James Stukes was hanging by the perimeter and dropping in soft, high-arcing jump shots. On the other end, he was nowhere near the 3-point line, but on the low blocks. Comment

Soused at the bar-20% admit to binge drinking

Brooklyn Paper: Downtown Brooklynites are getting their drinking under control. Comment

State of the City address-Mayor Bloomberg picks Brooklyn to deliver talk

Brooklyn Paper: Creating more jobs, a continued crackdown on crime, beer distribution in Red Hook, rezoning in Flatbush and a new Kensington library branch. Comment

Rezoning blockbusters!

Brooklyn Paper: Two major rezoning initiatives are expected to arrive before Community Board 6 a bit sooner than anticipated, officials said last week. Comment

LICH looks to cut cord-Emergency Dept. chief suggests break with Contnuum

Brooklyn Paper: Long Island College Hospital is in “serious” negotiations to shed one corporate parent for another, this newspaper has learned. Comment

Support for ‘Pozzallo Way’-Community Board 6 backs name change

Brooklyn Paper: Community Board 6 last week voted overwhelmingly to support the co-naming of Henry Street between Sackett and Union Streets “Citizens of Pozzallo Way,” a lasting tribute to the contributions of the people from this seaside Italian town. Comment

Pervs too close for comfort-Report raises security questions about community ctrs.

Brooklyn Paper: Each day, children flock to the borough’s popular neighborhood community centers, not knowing that these buildings are being surrounded by registered sex offenders. Comment

Police Blotter

Brooklyn Paper: Robbery skip Comment

Clutch free throw shooting snaps skid for Kearney

Missed free throws had been a well-noted factor during Bishop Kearney’s seven-game losing streak, especially at its outset. The Tigers had chances to close out games, but couldn’t convert from the line. Comment

Xaverian wins second straight CHSAA B/Q bowling title against Molloy

Tom Agustino rolled a 246 and John Mosco had a 233 in the decisive second game to lead the Xaverian bowling team to a 3-2 win against Archbishop Molloy to win the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship for the second straight year Wednesday at Whitestone Lanes. Comment

Coaches mobilize against girls’ soccer season change

An agreement has been reached between the Department of Education and New York Civil Liberties Union to move the PSAL girls’ soccer season to the fall starting in 2009-10. Comment

Ford races out to huge lead, cruises vs. Xavier

With school out for Martin Luther King Day and snow falling outside, Bishop Ford boys’ basketball coach John Infortunio was concerned about his team’s level of enthusiasm heading into a CHSAA Class A league game against Xavier. Comment

City firm on Pier 11

Brooklyn Paper: Despite the appearance of a growing sentiment that Phoenix Beverages should relocate before ever officially moving to Pier 11 in Red Hook, the city seems unequivocal in its support for its original proposal. Comment

‘Give Kids a Smile’ Day

Brooklyn Paper: February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the Second District Dental Society, a component of the New York State Dental Association and the American Dental Association, has a strong commitment to improving the Oral Health status of the Children of Brooklyn and Staten Island ensuring that our children have healthy smiles. Comment

Bicycle parking

Brooklyn Paper: Community Board 6 last week voted unanimously to support a proposal that will make it easier for cyclists to find parking, at least in all large, new buildings. Comment

Lost tunnel tour excitement on tap

Here’s one way to stay warm this winter: Descend 30 feet below Atlantic Avenue during an upcoming tour of a once forgotten tunnel. Comment

Bloomy’s big promises to Brooklyn: Mayor Mike Bloomberg delivers state of the city address at Brooklyn College

Creating more jobs, a continued crackdown on crime, beer distribution  in Red Hook, rezoning in Flatbush and a new Kensington library branch. Comment

Youngsters witness history: New president’s ‘hope over fear’ speech inspires students

It was undoubtedly considerably warmer in the auditorium at Public School 315 than on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., but silence descended there, too, as the solemnity of the moment – the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th president of the United States – made itself felt to some of this country’s youngest residents. Comment

Brooklynites on the Mall

Thousands of Brooklynites were among the millions of Americans gathered on the Mall of America Tuesday to watch the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Comment

Emotional scene at Borough Hall

Tears of joy, pride and fellowship swept through the ornate Borough Hall courtroom as a packed crowd of Brooklynites watched on a large-screen television as Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation’s 44th President and delivered a compelling inaugural address. Comment

Astroland favorites not gone for good

Pieces of Astroland Amusement Park may be rapidly falling away on Surf Avenue this week, but the head of the Coney Island Development Corporation told this newspaper that the venerable Coney Island playground could one day be reconstituted somewhere within the community – if the city gets its way. Comment

Fallout from Taser death continues

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

BK puts bite on prez

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

Religious leaders alarmed: Raise security concerns with the 6-9

The shepherds of Canarsie met with the top dog of the 69th Precinct Tuesday during an intimate gathering about crime concerns and counter-terrorism. Comment

Sex offenders in our midst: Report shows many living close to community centers

Each day, children flock to the borough’s popular neighborhood community centers, not knowing that these buildings are being surrounded by registered sex offenders. Comment

Waste station fallout: Many allege ‘environmental racism’

Charges of “environmental racism” filled the air as hundreds of Canarsiens turned out for a public hearing on a proposed medical waste transfer station for the community. Comment

Circuit City shorts out: Brooklyn stores liquidated

Famed horror writer Edgar Allen Poe would have a field day with this one: A black bird perched atop the red circular Circuit City sign  in Canarsie’s Gateway Plaza Mall just days after the electronics giant announced that they were shutting all of their stores down. Comment

BK pols lobby prez for housing funds

Brooklyn Paper: President Barack Obama just took office this week – but several members of Brooklyn’s delegation in Congress are already angling for a slice of his stimulus pie. Comment

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