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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)
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! Read more…

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Gowanus: Community Board 6 has rescinded its approval of a controversial residential development on the Carroll Gardens side of the fetid Gowanus Canal unless the developer promises — in writing — to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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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)

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)
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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 BrooklynPaper.com. 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)

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).
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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
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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

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Foxy fake out Comment

Your guide to civic meetings

Williamsburg: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. 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

‘Moore’ of market to come: BEDC takes reins of La Marqueta with five-year lease

Williamsburg: After months of speculation, it’s officially official: The Moore Street Market, known locally as La Marqueta de Williamsburg, will continue to exist. Comment

Velazquez weighs in on bike lane controversy

Williamsburg: Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who secured funding for the proposed Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, has weighed in on how to solve the problems along associated with the proposed Greenway and temporary bike lanes installed as placeholders. Comment

Three more sites get ‘super’ status

Williamsburg: The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) added three more sites in Greenpoint to the state Superfund list in late January, bringing the total number of possible originators of the Meeker Avenue Plumes to four. Comment

Residents happy to call Bklyn home: Survey finds a majority of Brooklynites satisfied, eager to improve their neighborhood

Williamsburg: A majority of Brooklynites are content to call the borough home, and are eager to get involved in making their neighborhood’s better. Comment

Remembering Montello

Williamsburg: Friends of Gerry Montello will present a benefit for the deceased Department of Environmental Protection worker in Bay Ridge, February 7 at 4 p.m. Comment

Preventing a heart attack

Williamsburg: February is American Heart Month. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” it is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Reduce your chance of developing coronary heart disease by taking steps to prevent and control risk factors. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes after having a heart attack. Comment

Pol lambasts mayor on school cuts

Williamsburg: A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment

Owners: stores still suffering: Business along Kent Ave. has not improved despite DOT’s efforts

Williamsburg: Despite some efforts by the Department of Transportation to ameliorate the situation, businesses along Kent Avenue still say they are suffering as a result of bike lanes the DOT installed in October as a prelude to the eventual Brooklyn Greenway. Comment

NYPD blues

Williamsburg: Police investigators are asking the public for help in their search for five bogus cops wanted for raiding a Williamsburg home back in October. Comment

New start for Williamsburg venue: Chez Bushwick to receive $150,000 cultural fund; looks to strengthen arts community

Williamsburg: Jonah Bokaer paces around the soft, well-worn hardwood floors of the East Williamsburg performance venue, Chez Bushwick, setting up pillows and chairs for the evening’s event, a film series on modern dance curated by Michael Kelley. Comment

Monkeying around

Williamsburg: Going ape over new arrivals is an occupational hazard at the Prospect Park Zoo where a family of Geoffrey’s tamarin monkeys is giving new meaning to the phrase, “monkey business” with the birth of baby BonBon, snuggled here betwixt proud parents, Cannoli and Napoleon. View the precious primates at the wildlife preserve’s Animal Lifestyles building, 450 Flatbush Avenue. Comment

Magnet information

Williamsburg: The New York City Department of Education will be hosting a free Magnet Information Session, February 12 and March 25 at 415 89th Street in Bay Ridge, fourth floor conference room, between 9-10:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Comment

Keeping cool in a wild market

Williamsburg: Investors should stay calm during the current financial crisis regarding their current investments, IRAs and 401(k) plans and adequately protect their finances, advised members of the Personal Financial Planning Committee of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Comment

Games and guises: ‘Idiotarod’ returns to nabe

Williamsburg: The past two years of the Idiotarod, the hipster-driven shopping cart marathon held every January in Williamsburg, have been dispersed by police officers before the race even began. Comment

Fire kills Holocaust survivor

Williamsburg: A 100-year-old Holocaust survivor died Saturday morning when the 144 Division Ave. apartment he shared with his family became engulfed in flames. Comment

Emegency mode: Protecting yourself from economic crisis

Williamsburg: The year 2008 has been a difficult one for many families. A once invincible economy has fallen into recession, unemployment has risen and the stock market is in the dumps. Heading into 2009, many families are justifiably edgy about their financial situation. Here are some financial moves that might help families make the best of these times, courtesy of experts from the Financial Planning Association. Comment

City Council race heats up in Bklyn: Thies, Simon lead the way in fundraising as six candidates vie for Yassky’s seat

Williamsburg: Editor’s note: Due to a production error, the most up-to-date version of this story did not run in our Jan. 30 paper. Here is the correct version. We regret the error. Comment

Celebrating Brooklyn’s long-standing sweethearts

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife, Jamie Snow-Markowitz, will fête hundreds of Brooklyn sweethearts for whom “love and marriage” has gone together like a “horse and carriage” for 50 years or more, February 13. Comment

Braving the cold waters: Brooklyn-trained swimmers cross the Strait of Magellan

Williamsburg: At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment

Bracing for the cuts: Local pols react to Bloomberg’s proposed budget

Williamsburg: Brooklyn councilmembers braced for what promises to be difficult cuts in city departments and services as Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed the city’s preliminary budget last week in City Hall. Comment

Beware of gift card pitfalls

Williamsburg: Many people find gift cards to be a convenient and thoughtful way to allow friends and family to choose their own presents. While this may be true, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants warns of some potential pitfalls to be aware of when giving or receiving a gift card. Comment

Too soft on terrorism

Letters: Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I happen to agree with you wholeheartedly about the relaxation of wire tapping on calls from unfriendly nations. Comment

Earth to Shavana

Letters: I am responding to Shavana Abruzzo’s column, “Thank you Mr. Prez for a job well done,” A Britisher’s View, 1-15 issue. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Those temperamental home appliances

Williamsburg: Psst! I’m going to let you in on a secret. All new home appliances are sentient beings. When they’re in the store, they behave just like old ordinary appliances – docile, performing their task to the best of their ability just so you will be impressed and buy them. But as soon as they arrive in your home, they communicate with your other appliances and form a cohesive underground unit. Their purpose is to shut you down when you least expect it, or when the warranty expires, whichever comes first. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

18-month wait for operations in Toronto

Williamsburg: According to a very recent Rasmussen poll, 43% of American voters believe that health care in America will get worse if run by the government, 33% believe that the quality will improve. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Prez to terrorists: Puhleeze be our pal

Williamsburg: Softness is for toilet paper companies to manufacture — not the new leader of the Free World as he begins his dealings with religious terrorists, their sponsors and their mollifiers. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Williamsburg: Fortunately for consumers there are no shortages of places to shop in Brooklyn - if you’re willing to travel a little bit around the borough. But you might need some help finding out the best places to check out. That’s where the Consumer Corner comes in. Let’s see what’s out there this week. Comment

What’s happening

Williamsburg: After dark Comment

No easy ‘fix’ for venue

Williamsburg: Sound Fix Lounge, a popular music venue with a burgeoning underground comedy scene, is voluntarily closing its doors in late February or early March instead of fighting several pending charges of violations at an upcoming Liquor Control Board hearing. Comment

A lager with your love

Williamsburg: Who needs roses, dimly lit restaurants, and a tab so hefty that your credit card might get rejected? Comment

Shoppers win new auto in raffle: Couple walks off lot with the best deal of all

Talk about being in the driver’s seat with lady luck as a passenger. Comment

Low point for Lions team

Bishop Loughlin players slowly filed out of the road locker room, their heads down, shoulders sagging, eyes glazed over. Comment

Clippers play through ‘pain’

Jack Alesi knew basketball purists would cringe when Xaverian traveled to Fresh Meadows to meet St. Francis Prep Friday night. Comment

Lincoln’s Darwin Ellis commits to St. Francis College

Three years ago, Darwin (Buddha) Ellis made a name for himself by beating Boys & Girls at the buzzer of the Brooklyn borough championship game with a 3-pointer. Since then, he has won two city championships and two state Federation Class AA titles, serving as Lance Stephenson’s partner in crime. Comment

South Shore makes statement with rout of Midwood

It didn’t take long for the South Shore girls’ basketball team to take over the game. Midway through the first quarter, Midwood had a four-point lead and then – as if they were shot out of a cannon – the Vikings were off, creating turnovers and turning them into fast-break point after fast-break point. Comment

‘It ain’t gonna happen’: Brooklyn pol lambasts mayor’s school announcement

Greenpoint: A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment

Tolls, express bus service in the works

Greenpoint: It’s not exactly the chicken and the egg, but the MTA boss came to Brooklyn last week and answered the borough-wide question: Which comes first -- tolls over the East River bridges or more express bus service to Manhattan? Comment

Toasting Brooklyn’s sweethearts

Greenpoint: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife, Jamie Snow-Markowitz, will fête hundreds of Brooklyn sweethearts for whom “love and marriage” has gone together like a “horse and carriage” for 50 years or more, February 13. Comment

Three more Superfund sites

Greenpoint: The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) added three more sites in Greenpoint to the state Superfund list in late January, bringing the total number of possible originators of the Meeker Avenue Plumes to four. Comment

P.S. 250 Feb. 7

Greenpoint: The Evangelical Movement Inc., in conjunction with the Christian Crusade Youth Ministry, will host a youth rally at 6:30 p.m., February 7 in Public School 250 the George H. Lindsey School, 108 Montrose Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment

Praise for Allocco: Honored for $50,000 donation to the community

Greenpoint: Greenpoint’s community leaders praised Michael Allocco of Allocco Recycling for his company’s generous $50,000 donation benefiting local organizations committed to creating and maintaining park space in the neighborhood. Comment

Meeker Ave. plume meet

Greenpoint: Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol invites members of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community to a meeting to learn about the Meeker Avenue Plume from the State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) and the State Department of Health (DOH). Comment

Marty blasted for Rent-a-Center ties

Greenpoint: Rebels against dodgy Rent-A-Center consumer practices took their fight to Borough Hall last week, where they claimed Borough President Marty Markowitz had taken money from the rent-to-own retail chain. Comment

Local meetings

Greenpoint: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. 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

Hobby ‘discrimination’: Metal detector enthusiasts react to Prospect Park ban

Greenpoint: In Prospect Park, city officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment

Hints at change for CB1: Abate: ‘I know what I’m going to do’ at Feb. 10 meet

Greenpoint: The protracted saga over the removal of Teresa Toro as Community Board 1 Transportation Committee hearing may be drawing to a conciliatory end. Comment

Happy to call BK home: New survey finds majority satisfied to live in borough

Greenpoint: A majority of Brooklynites are content to call the borough home, and are eager to get involved in making their neighborhood’s better. Comment

Games and guises: Idiotarod returns to nabe

Greenpoint: The past two years of the Idiotarod, the hipster-driven shopping cart marathon held every January in Williamsburg, have been dispersed by police officers before the race even began. Comment

Dream come true for local families: New homeowners in the Greenpoint Renaissance Center celebrate their success

With the help of St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corps and the city’s housing department, dozens of families can now call Greenpoint and Williamsburg home, permanently. Comment

Criminal Justice day at Gethsemane

Greenpoint: The Church of Gethsemane, a worship service led by formerly incarcerated persons from Gethsemane, will hold its annual Criminal Justice Sunday, February 8 at 1:30 p.m. Comment

BK-trained swimmers brave the Megellan Strait

Greenpoint: At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment

BK pols bracing for city-wide cuts

Greenpoint: Brooklyn councilmembers braced for what promises to be difficult cuts in city departments and services as Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed the city’s preliminary budget last week in City Hall. Comment

Bklyn remembers Gerry Montello

Greenpoint: Friends of Gerry Montello will present a benefit for the deceased Department of Environmental Protection worker in Bay Ridge, February 7 at 4 p.m. Comment

Hear writers at, natch, the library

Poets and writers in North Brooklyn have found a welcome place to share their latest work now that the Bushwick Avenue Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library has launched a reading series on the second Saturday of every month. Comment

Fresh color at art gallery

On a dark night in the middle of the winter, Factory Fresh’s “Anxiety Room” promises to burst and drip with color like a British candy factory next to the drab stretch of warehouses along Flushing Avenue. Comment

Violent crime decline: Ft. Greene numbers actually low

Brooklyn Courier: Year-end statistics for 2008 reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood of Fort Greene. Comment

Swimmers train here for Magellan challenge: Duo hits Coney Island’s frigid surf

Brooklyn Courier: At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment

7, not 11, on the waterfront: Phoenix beer distributor to debut on Red Hook pier

Brooklyn Courier: Before ever moving to Red Hook’s Pier 11, Phoenix Beverages has already been reborn – on nearby Pier 7, this paper has learned. The city’s Economic Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, American Stevedoring International, the container terminal that currently occupies Pier 7, and Phoenix have hammered out a bombshell deal that would bring the region’s largest beer distributor to Pier 7, according to information received by this paper. Comment

Mayor’s talk earns him flak: Bloomy’s judgment questioned following teacher remark

Brooklyn Courier: A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment

Fast-tracking funds for the BK Navy Yard

Brooklyn Courier: The Bloomberg administration appears to be fast-tracking federal stimulus money for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Comment

City Council moves to cut idling engine fumes

Brooklyn Courier: An idle mind may be a devil’s workshop, but idling buses create unwelcome air pollutants that can increase adult and child asthma rates throughout North Brooklyn. Comment

Bridge tolls, bus cuts coming

Brooklyn Courier: It’s not exactly the chicken and the egg, but the MTA boss came to Brooklyn last week and answered the borough-wide question: Which comes first — tolls over the East River bridges or more express bus service to Manhattan? Comment

175 years of Solemn worship: First Unitarian Church marks milestone

Brooklyn Courier: With great fanfare, one of the oldest congregations in the borough – the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn (First Unitarian Church), originally organized in a Brooklyn Heights living room in 1833 – celebrated its 175th anniversary. Comment

‘Sake Samurai’

Brooklyn Courier: Just call City Tech Professor Roger Dagorn the ‘wine warrior’ of Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

S’no mean feat!

Brooklyn Courier: Brrr -ave bathing beauty Laura Simon defies Mother Nature as she cavorts on the snow-clad sands of Coney Island with fellow thrill-seeking Polar Bears Tony Nastro, Louie Scarcella and Paul Glasser following their daring dip in the icy Atlantic (from left). Comment

Latest stats on violent crime: Numbers reflect gains & losses at neighborhood precincts

Brooklyn Courier: Elected officials may have gotten high media mileage after a recent rape in Fort Greene, but 2008 year-end statistics reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood. Comment

Larger pack chasing big Bill

Brooklyn Courier: The race for the 39th district City Council seat is becoming crowded as 7th Avenue on a Saturday. Comment

Humphrey backlash

Brooklyn Courier: A volunteer parents group sent a resolution to the city Department of Education (DOE) criticizing the closure of P.S./M.S. 27, the Agnes Y. Humphrey School for Leadership. Comment

From cha-cha to amore: Remarkable couple celebrates a half-century love affair

Brooklyn Courier: One fateful night in October 1957, William David Binn went to a dance for young single adults at the Infants Home of Brooklyn in Borough Park. The dance was a fundraiser, sponsored by a socially conscious group of young men and women to which Binn belonged, with its proceeds pledged to go for the support of 75 children living in the group foster home. Comment

Brooklyn: Arctic training ground for swimmers: Duo trains here before taking on Strait of Magellan

Brooklyn Courier: At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment

Bloomy talk draws flak

Brooklyn Courier: A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment

Toast to Brooklyn love birds

Letters: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife, Jamie Snow-Markowitz, will fête hundreds of Brooklyn sweethearts for whom “love and marriage” has gone together like a “horse and carriage” for 50 years or more, February 13. Comment

Changes to TV

Letters: Soon, television transmission as we know it will end. Those, who do not subscribe to cable television, especially senior citizens, should be given immediate attention at this time, by their families, friends and neighbors. Comment

Seven, not eleven on the waterfront: Phoenix beer distributor coming to Pier 7

Brooklyn Heights: Before ever moving to Red Hook’s Pier 11, Phoenix Beverages has already been reborn – on nearby Pier 7, this paper has learned. The city’s Economic Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, American Stevedoring International, the container terminal that currently occupies Pier 7, and Phoenix have hammered out a bombshell deal that would bring the region’s largest beer distributor to Pier 7, according to information received by this paper. Comment

MTA links buses with tolls: ‘It’s a package,’ head honcho sez

Brooklyn Heights: It’s not exactly the chicken and the egg, but the MTA boss came to Brooklyn last week and answered the borough-wide question: Which comes first -- tolls over the East River bridges or more express bus service to Manhattan? Comment

Love blooms from the cha-cha: Over a half-century of marital bliss for this remarkable BK couple

Brooklyn Heights: One fateful night in October 1957, William David Binn went to a dance for young single adults at the Infants Home of Brooklyn in Borough Park. The dance was a fundraiser, sponsored by a socially conscious group of young men and women to which Binn belonged, with its proceeds pledged to go for the support of 75 children living in the group foster home. Comment

Lakeside center in 2011

Brooklyn Heights: 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

Killer crime stats: Precincts post gains and losses

Brooklyn Heights: Year-end statistics for 2008 reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood of Fort Greene. Comment

Ice, ice, baby: chilling out at the beach

Brooklyn Heights: Brrr -ave bathing beauty Laura Simon defies Mother Nature as she cavorts on the snow-clad sands of Coney Island with fellow thrill-seeking Polar Bears Tony Nastro, Louie Scarcella and Paul Glasser, following their daring dip in the icy Atlantic (from left). Comment

Funding faucet for Navy Yard

Brooklyn Heights: The Bloomberg administration appears to be fast-tracking federal stimulus money for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Comment

Brooklyn Aces skate hard against cancer

Brooklyn Heights: Aviator Sports & Recreation became an attack zone for a killer disease as it swayed the big-hearted to part with their cash — plus take in a game of hockey — during a benefit for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Comment

Bloomy bashed for comments: Mayor’s talk of firing 15,000 teachers sparks outrage

Brooklyn Heights: A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment

Bloody Sunday ’09: Brooklyn seeks justice for slain Irish activists

Brooklyn Heights: With today’s fiscal crisis looming over everyone’s heads, we’re all having our fair share of troubles. Comment

BK: Arctic training ground: Duo swam Coney waters in preparation for Magellan strait

Brooklyn Heights: At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment

Beep blasted for Rent-A-Center tie

Brooklyn Heights: Rebels against dodgy Rent-A-Center consumer practices took their fight to Borough Hall last week, where they claimed Borough President Marty Markowitz had taken money from the rent-to-own retail chain. Comment
SPEAK OUT

Are we banking on privacy or piracy?

Bay News: Here in Brooklyn, virtually each of our many branches of so many nationally renowned banks become day time anchors of our so many neighborhood shopping streets and malls. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

NRA makes you a target

Bay News: How come I don’t find it surprising that some Americans are more concerned with gun control than of terrorists? To prove my point look at all the flak Vice President nominee Sara Palin took over […] Comment

Straphangers blast MTA fare hike: Angry riders confront officials face-to-face at hearing

Bay News: In a raucous atmosphere reminiscent of an Isiah Thomas-coached New York Knicks game, hundreds of community members and dozens of elected officials from throughout the borough lambasted MTA board members over a flurry of proposed transit fare hikes and service cuts at a public hearing Wednesday night in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Riders cry foul over B-23 cut

Bay News: If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has its way, Brooklyn residents will take a direct hit with the loss of the B-23 bus. Comment

P.O. ices longer hours: Plans to extend local operating times put on hold

Bay News: Your local post office might not be opening later after all. Comment

Local crime spike: Muggings and robberies surge

Bay News: Muggers and thieves were having a field day last year in Brooklyn, which saw a nine percent jump in robberies in some areas, according to recently released NYPD statistics. Comment

Lid put on P.S. 197 noise: Contractor promises to keep it quiet

Bay News: Steve Goldberg may have emerged from the rabbit hole. Comment

Human rights scores for pols: Justice group rates local reps

Bay News: Hey, we’re only human. Comment

Huge rent hike for CB18

Bay News: And you think your rent increase is bad. Comment

Black market in fake guns

Bay News: No matter what the fiscal climate is, black marketers are always, well, in the black. Comment

7, not 11, on the waterfront

Before ever moving to Red Hook’s Pier 11, Phoenix Beverages has already been reborn – on nearby Pier 7, this paper has learned.  The city’s Economic Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, American Stevedoring International, the container terminal that currently occupies Pier 7, and Phoenix have hammered out a bombshell deal that would bring the region’s largest beer distributor to Pier 7, according to information received by this paper.  Comment

Forest City nixes community input

Developer Forest City Ratner Companies has nixed several interim ideas that a community organization has suggested before the Atlantic Yards project gets underway. Comment

Treasure hunters banned! No room for metal detectors inside Prospect Park

In Prospect Park, city officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of  treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment

Oceana to get bigger

With a single dissenting voice, Community Board 13 approved a planned expansion of the Oceana housing complex in Brighton Beach. Comment

Bklyn slay time: Stats on violent crime

Year-end statistics for 2008 reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood of Fort Greene. Comment

‘Irrational’ Bloomberg

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Stabbed to death Comment

‘Jonathan’s Law’

Bay News: This past year, the Assembly Majority worked across party lines to advance a sweeping package of laws aimed at better protecting children with physical and mental disabilities in residential care. One piece of legislation amends Jonathan’s Law to extend the period for retroactive record requests by parents or legal guardians (Ch. 321 of 2008 amending Ch. 24 of 2007). Another enhances the protections provided to children in residential care by redefining abuse and neglect for children in residential care and strengthening the investigative process (Ch. 323 of 2008). Comment

‘Honest Abe’ in Bklyn

Bay News: ‘Honest Abe’ will celebrate his 200th birthday at New Utrecht High School, accompanied by the famous ‘14th Brooklyn Regiment’, and then revel on the grounds of a Brooklyn church built when he was just a teenager. Comment

Undetected cancer

Bay News: Many southern Brooklyn residents are not undergoing the procedure necessary to detect cancer. Comment

Toy gun ring busted

Bay News: No matter what the fiscal climate is, black marketers are always, well, in the black. Comment

Today’s women and heart disease

Bay News: Join with millions of women, as well as companies, organizations and cities across America on National Wear Red Day, February 6. By wearing red and making a donation, you’ll help the American Heart Association support ongoing research and education about women and heart disease. Comment

Toast to BK love birds

Bay News: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife, Jamie Snow-Markowitz, will fête hundreds of Brooklyn sweethearts for whom “love and marriage” has gone together like a “horse and carriage” for 50 years or more, February 13. Comment

These Coney Island Bears never hibernate

Brrr -ave bathing beauty Laura Simon defies Mother Nature as she cavorts on the snow-clad sands of Coney Island with fellow thrill-seeking Polar Bears Tony Nastro, Louie Scarcella and Paul Glasser, following their daring dip in the icy Atlantic (from left). Comment

The cha-cha leads to love: Brooklyn couple has been dancing together for 50 years

Bay News: One fateful night in October 1957, William David Binn went to a dance for young single adults at the Infants Home of Brooklyn in Borough Park. The dance was a fundraiser, sponsored by a socially conscious group of young men and women to which Binn belonged, with its proceeds pledged to go for the support of 75 children living in the group foster home. Comment

Taps blown for M, R lines

Bay News: At least at this ‘funeral,’ mourners didn’t just wear black – they wore a wry smile or two. Comment

Tall salute to burglar-busting cops

Bay News: A pair of curious cops were responsible for shutting down a burglary pattern that spanned two neighborhoods, officials said this week. Comment

Some see new charter schools as a threat

Bay News: Parents fear Coney Island schools will suffer when a charter school opens this fall. Comment

Rosemary Jewelry: the keys to her heart

Bay News: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you still haven’t picked out that perfect gift, it’s time to get moving. Comment

Retro rocket could rock passengers again

Bay News: The next time the Astroland Rocket returns to Coney Island, you might be able to get in and blast off to the moon. Comment

Red, white and tattoo!

Bay News: Williamsburg “first fan” Brittany Selditch, 22, pays lip service to the nation’s 44th president after getting “Obama” tattooed inside her bottom lip – proving that Bam’s Brooklyn fans put their money where their mouth is. Comment

9 percent robbery rise! Precincts report surge from Carroll Gardens to Coney

Bay News: Muggers and thieves were having a field day last year in Brooklyn, which saw a nine percent jump in robberies in some areas, according to recently released NYPD statistics. Comment

Oceana to get bigger: CB 13 okays plan to erect new tower at complex

Bay News: With a single dissenting voice, Community Board 13 approved a planned expansion of the Oceana housing complex in Brighton Beach. Comment

MTA Brass bash: BK riders jeer fare increase

Bay News: In a raucous atmosphere reminiscent of an Isiah Thomas-coached New York Knicks game, hundreds of community members and dozens of elected officials from throughout the borough lambasted MTA board members over a flurry of proposed transit fare hikes and service cuts at a public hearing last week in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

LICH Diabetes workshop

Bay News: Diabetes is on the rise in the US, largely due to lifestyle choices. Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn, in conjunction with the Dodge YMCA at 225 Atlantic Avenue (between Court Street and Boerum Place), is hosting a community education workshop series about diabetes. Comment

Lean, fit and healthy hearts

Bay News: Staying lean and fit can dramatically lower the risk of heart failure in men, researchers report in “Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.” Comment

Human rights scorecard for pols

Bay News: Hey, we’re only human. Comment

Fatty acids in diets

Bay News: Omega-6 fatty acids – found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds – are a beneficial part of a heart-healthy eating plan, according to a science advisory published in “Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.” Comment

DOE info session

Bay News: The New York City Department of Education will be hosting a free Magnet Information Session, February 12 and March 25 at 415 89th Street in Bay Ridge, fourth floor conference room, between 9-10:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Comment

Dist. 22 CEC to hold election: Future of advocacy group uncertain

Bay News: School District 22’s Community Education Council (CEC) is asking parents to join the group “just in case.” Comment

Bloody Sunday march in Brooklyn: Protesters demand justice for Irish activists

Bay News: With today’s fiscal crisis looming over everyone’s heads, we’re all having our fair share of troubles. Comment

Blaze on Brighton Beach Ave.

Bay News: Firefighters scrambled to Brighton 3rd Street after a heavy fire ripped through a two-story home near Brighton Beach Avenue. Witnesses said that firefighters fought back heavy flames and smoke throughout the night on January 27 as the vacant wood framed house was turned into so much kindling. FDNY officials said that no injuries were reported. It was unclear what caused the blaze as this paper went to press. Comment

Benefit for DEP worker

Bay News: Friends of Gerry Montello will present a benefit for the deceased Department of Environmental Protection worker in Bay Ridge, February 7 at 4 p.m. Comment

BAM looks to set the (new) stage: Launches fundraising effort for theater

Bay News: Through both good and bad economic times, art continues marching forward to its own beat. Comment

Astroland time capsule lost

Bay News: The crew digging around at the base of Coney Island’s 270-foot tall Astro Tower with shovels last week wasn’t trying to uproot the defunct ride before landowner Joe Sitt could get his hands on it - they were digging for buried treasure. Comment

And the Bk survey sez...Happiness is a hometown affair, according to new report

Bay News: A majority of Brooklynites are content to call the borough home, and are eager to get involved in making their neighborhood’s better. Comment

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