Friday, Feb. 20, 2009

Kings’ queens: The Miss Brooklyn pageant is back

Event: Coming off the (high) heels of former Miss Brooklyn Leigh-Taylor Smith’s near triumph at the Miss America pageant last month, organizers of the Miss Brooklyn contest this Sunday believe that they’ve created an enduring beauty queen franchise. Comments (2)

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

Page 1: This week’s Brooklyn Paper is another juggernaut. Just look inside our print edition to find stories on the victory by a stoop beer drinker, a 20-pound lobster at a Dyker Heights restaurant, more problems at Brooklyn Bridge “Park,” and an amazing interview with a 100-year-old lady. Plus, all the listings and features you’ve come to expect from Brooklyn’s real newspaper. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

Flush with success! City plans public toilet in Grand Army Plaza

Park Slope: The city is moving towards placing Brooklyn’s first official public toilet in Grand Army Plaza — finally bringing some relief to the heart (and other organs) of the borough. Comments (6)

Protect freedom of speech

Editorial: Our editorial board is sick of politicians making it harder for newspapers to distribute their editions. Comments (2)

CB6 to Toll Brothers: Put housing promise in writing

Gowanus: Community Board 6 has rescinded its approval of a controversial residential development on the Carroll Gardens side of the fetid Gowanus Canal unless the developer promises — in writing — to include below-market-rate housing in the 447-unit project. Comments (5)
Theater: Our critic raves about the funny take on Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Comment

Uncorked! It’s going to be a very good year for Hook winery

Shopping: It’s almost the days of wine and roses in Red Hook. Comments (2)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming was tickled by the story of the aborted rescue of the 20-pound lobster from a Dyker Heights restaurant this week. Comment
Bridge ‘Park’: Yet another revenue-generating component of the beleaguered Brooklyn Bridge “Park” development is on hold because of the faltering economy, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (8)

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled to the brim. This week’s highlights include yet another angry response to The Brooklyn Paper’s call for federal funding of Bruce Ratner’s basketball arena, a cheer for Steve DiBrienza’s attempt to win back his old City Council seat, and a letter from a metal detector who feels persecuted. Comment

Golden Gloves, golden temple

Fort Greene: The Golden Gloves tournament is coming to Fort Greene’s Masonic Temple. Comment
Music: Fresh from last year’s new album, “Walk It Off,” the Minneapolis-based quartet Tapes ’n Tapes will slam into Brooklyn with its hard-driving drum-backed twangy indie rock sound for a must-see concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, Feb. 26. Comments (2)

Angel in the classroom! Our Lady school is saved

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s Our Lady of Angels has been saved. Comments (2)
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Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Dyker Heights: The 20-pound lobster of Dyker Heights will have to wait a few more days for his freedom ride. Comments (4)

Was it arborcide? Man fingers workers in tree death

Carroll Gardens: The winds that slammed into Brooklyn last Thursday knocked down a beloved 120-year-old tree in Carroll Gardens — but it wasn’t the gusts that committed the crime; it was arborcide, the tree’s owner claims. Comments (3)

One-hit wonderful! Donna Lewis to play Southpaw

Music: The woman behind the international 1996 smash hit, “I Love You Always Forever,” will play at Southpaw in Park Slope on Sunday, Feb. 22. Comment
Music: Finally, a tribute to “Yacht Rock”! Comments (1)

Shirley Juris is 100! A very special Brooklyn Paper interview

Checkin’ in with: Meet Shirley Juris — former follies dancer, minor celebrity and all-around party girl. As she turned 100 last week, The Brooklyn Paper stopped by to talk about her great life and fast times. Comments (3)

Greenpoint becomes gunpoint

Greenpoint: More than a dozen gunshots turned a quiet Greenpoint corner into a combat zone early on Feb. 14, with bullets smashing car windows, tearing through residences, and leaving a 20-year-old woman bleeding on the street. Comments (4)

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

Stoop drinker wins his case — but on a technicality!

Prospect Heights: The case against a man accused of drinking beer on his own stoop has been dismissed, but before you go cracking open a Pabst or a Brooklyn Lager in celebration, be warned — the case was dismissed on a technicality. Comments (8)

A video tribute to Zeke Faux, beloved intern

DUMBO: Intern Zeke Faux has moved on after six months, dozens of front-page stories, plenty of honest-to-goodness legwork and not a single cup of coffee fetched for an editor. Here is our video tribute to him. Comments (1)
Books: The writing on the wall — “Building sold!” — scared some book lovers, but the good news is that Heights Books will live on. Comments (1)

OSFO gets the last, feisty, word

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on This week, the Oh So Feisty One delivers the last word: She doesn’t mind that Smartmom writes about her in public. So there! Comments (20)

Stop the presses

Gowanus: Owners of the Jewish Press building on the Park Slope side of the Gowanus Canal are betting the post-industrial wasteland is ready to burst with new life by putting the massive Third Avenue structure up for sale. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 16, 2009

It’s Presidents’ Day! We’re off!

It’s Presidents’ Day! We’re off!

We’d love to post lots and lots of breaking news stories today, but the offices of The Brooklyn Paper are closed today to honor our nation’s 44 presidents, including our current leader. Rest assured, Brooklyn, we’ll be back tomorrow. For now, enjoy this photo of President Obama by Park Sloper Scout Tufankjian, whose collection of campaign trail shots was compiled into the coffeetable tome, “Yes We Can: Barack Obama’s History-Making Presidential Campaign” (powerHouse Books).

Friday, Feb. 13, 2009


See the 20-pound lobster now!

Dining: This video and story will amaze you! It’s a 20-pound lobster! Comments (7)

McMahon on line 1: New Ridge Rep. loves the stimulus

McMahon on Line 1: Bay Ridge’s freshman Rep. Mike McMahon backed the nearly $800-billion federal stimulus package on Friday — he’s a Democrat, after all — and promptly called The Brooklyn Paper buzzing about his first truly historic vote. Comments (6)

Marty’s ‘state’ of mind! Beep mentions us in his annual speech

Politics: Borough President Markowitz delivered his “State of the Borough” address last night — a wide-ranging speech chronicling the highlights of 2008 and the challenges ahead that even found time to acknowledge our award-winning work. Comment

Drink and donate — but not at the same time!

Fort Greene: It’s the best trade you’ll ever make. Comments (2)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this Valentine’s Day weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment
Fitness: Scalebacks and delays at the proposed Lakeside Center in Prospect Park. Comments (2)
Brooklyn Heights: The mini-hurricane that blew through Brooklyn on Thursday morning sent a chunk of a Clinton Street building crashing to the pavement in Brooklyn Heights — though, miraculously, no one was injured. Comments (1)

Big price cuts at Toll’s W’burg tower

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: In the biggest Williamsburg slashing since last summer’s machete attack, the developers behind the skyscraping Northside Piers development cut the prices on some condos by a shocking 37 percent. Comment

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