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Breaking news! Ratner wins a big Yards case

Atlantic Yards: One of the state’s highest courts has given Bruce Ratner a big court win. Comments (12)

Red Hook Ikea tops them all

Red Hook: Marty says it, so it must be true: The Ikea in Red Hook is already the busiest in North America. Comments (11)

Here she is! High-stepper is new Miss Brooklyn!

There she is — Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan. Comments (1)
Williamsburg: Rival moped gangs — yes, you read that right — are fighting over North Brooklyn’s turf. The Brooklyn Paper investigates these gangs’ strange ways and cultures. Comments (29)
Digital editions: We don’t know how we do it! This week’s print edition of The Brooklyn Paper features late-breaking news on Atlantic Yards, plus great local stories (including one about a pair of moped gangs — yes, moped gangs!). All check out our arts, entertainment, nightlife, family and civic calendars, plus all the regular features you expect from our award-winning GO Brooklyn section. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Explore the subcontinent — without leaving Brooklyn

Explore the subcontinent — without leaving Brooklyn

Kensington: The Oscars are over, but the excitement of the “Slumdog Millionaire” sweep lives on. But you don’t have to go Mumbai — or even Jackson Heights — to satisfy your South Asian obsession. Just head to Coney Island Avenue in Ditmas Park for a close encounter with the subcontinent. Comments (1)
Shopping: The long-delayed Whole Foods supermarket along the fetid Gowanus Canal showed some signs of life this month, as developers filed state paperwork that raised expectations that the controversial project will actually be built. Comments (19)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming thinks the federal stimulus bill won’t do the job. Comments (1)

‘Juno’ what we mean: Kimya Dawson to play Greenpoint

Music: Catch Kimya Dawson, of “Juno” soundtrack fame, at Club Europa on March 10. Comments (3)

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled to the brim — mostly with missives in support, and in condemnation, of our columnist’s debunking of the myth that the Park Slope Food Co-op was considering a ban on Israeli products. Comments (2)
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The economic collapse has claimed another victim — a Greenpoint condo project partly funded by former NBA great Magic Johnson has gone bankrupt. Comment

Slope is sandwiched by two new joints

Dining: Park Slopers are going to love this: A new sandwich shop on Third Avenue offers lasagna on a bun, while Hanco’s, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich joint, has opened on Seventh Avenue. Comments (1)

Neighbors to club: Studio B-have!

Nightlife: A notorious Greenpoint club is now under new management. Comments (2)

Call it ‘Mod-tague’ Street thanks to developer’s pre-fab bid

Brooklyn Heights: The owner of a one-story building on Montague Street is considering dropping three-stories of prefabricated housing atop his building. Comment
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I was right! Food Co-op is not considering Israel ban

Brooklyn Angle: The Park Slope Food Co-op had its meeting on Tuesday night — and as our columnist said, there was no discussion of a ban on Israeli products, despite international headlines reporting otherwise. Man, it’s stressful being right all the time! Comments (6)
Shopping: There are now nine “For rent” signs flying on Montague Street between Clinton Street and the Promenade right now — but the news may not be all bad. Comments (3)

McMahon on line 1: Ridge Rep. takes us inside the chamber

McMahon on Line 1: President Obama had just finished speaking to a joint session of Congress — and the excitement was still in Rep. Mike McMahon’s voice in his obligatory debriefing session with The Brooklyn Paper on Tuesday night. Comments (1)

He’s the ‘Top’ (chef)

Dining: Curly-topped “Top Chef” star Mark Simmons is now cooking at Get Fresh Table and Market on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

DUMBO’s future to be mapped out with rezoning

DUMBO: DUMBO residents and merchants are divided over a proposed city rezoning for a swath of the less-swank portion of the neighborhood east of the Manhattan Bridge that will allow old manufacturing buildings to be converted into residential lofts and let developers build new apartment buildings has high as 12 stories. Comments (1)
Park Slope: Read it and groan, Park Slope: The opening of the lavishly restored armory on Eighth Avenue as a recreation center will take just a little bit longer. Comments (2)
Politicrasher: Our columnist chews the fat — or was that the burger? — with Park Slope’s diner-loving councilman, Bill DeBlasio. Comments (2)

Checkin’ in with…a cemetery security guard!

Checkin’ in with: What goes on at Green-Wood Cemetery after dark? Wouldn’t you like to know! Comments (6)

Smartmom is still learning how to be a mom

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our Smartmom realizes that she’s not so smart after all. Who goes on a trip with four tweens yet fails to bring a Band Aid? Comments (3)
Cinema: The Academy Awards were taking place on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday night, but the real action was on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. That’s where one part of the team behind the Oscar-winning documentary, “Man on Wire,” watched the big show. Comments (1)

Lawsuit asks Ratner: So, how much profit will you make on Atlantic Yards?

Atlantic Yards: A key case against Atlantic Yards may turn on this simple question: Does Bruce Ratner’s expect profits overshadow a “minor” public benefit of Atlantic Yards? Comments (13)

Here she is! High-stepper is new Miss Brooklyn!

The jig — the Irish jig — is up for the new Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan. Comments (1)

Craig is free! The 20-pound lobster returns to the sea

Dyker Heights: Leave it to Larry the vegan to save Craig the Crustacean. Comments (2)
Theater: Our critic raves about “The Winter’s Tale” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment

The Food Co-op is not — repeat not — considering a ban on Israeli products

Brooklyn Angle: For the record: The Park Slope Food Co-op is not considering a ban on Israeli-made or -grown products. Comments (32)
Park Slope: Talk of the Park Slope Food Co-op’s supposed plan to ban Israeli products has gone all over the world — everywhere except the Co-op itself, it turns out. Comments (6)

The new faces of the Cyclones

Cyclones: Meet the new coaching staff of the 2009 Brooklyn Cyclones. Comments (2)
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Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: A band makes the dangerous decision to be reviewed by our “Smash or Trash” team. How did it turn out? Click above! Comment

Oh, lord! Dan Zanes has found Jesus

Dooley Noted: Our kids music, mime and puppetry reviewer weighs in on Dan Zanes’s religious album. Comments (15)

Madoff leaves his mark on BK, too: Court papers reveal many local residents got caught up in $50 billion Ponzi scheme

Brooklyn Dodgers great Sandy Koufax isn’t the only native son to strike out with alleged $50 billion Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. Comment

Quinn’s Rx for the city

Brooklyn residents and small business owners could see income tax relief, less onerous governmental regulation, and the conversion of thousands of vacant housing units into affordable housing, as City Council Speaker Chrstine Quinn unveiled several new plans aimed at strengthening the local economy at her annual “State of the City” address last Thursday. Comment

BK women in jeopardy

Women living in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst are playing with their lives. Comment

Crime in Bklyn’s subways

The subway system in downtown and northern Brooklyn has seen an early spike in property thefts this year, but the amount of overall crime is similar to last year. Comment

Burning for solar power

Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG) President Ira Zalcman’s ambitious plan to transform the Manhattan Beach Bathhouse into a 21st century solar electric station capable of powering neighborhood homes has yet to burn out. Comment

New effort to clear the air

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 Brooklyn. Comment

Beep: Build, baby, Build! State of the Borough ’09

Borough President Marty Markowitz said last week that the time has come to build the Atlantic Yards project. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Bay News: Gunned down Comment

BK couple touches hearts, loses ring: Lovebirds compete in Zales competition

A Bensonhurst couple’s love story didn’t win them a $22,000 diamond engagement ring – but it did win them fans. Comment

P.S. 208 tackles the mechanics of science

Bay News: How does the temperature of a golf ball affect its bounce? Is water sweeter than saccharine? Do germs really grow on surfaces? Comment

Shift in day care challenged

“Just where are we going to go?” Comment

Co-op eyes Israeli ban: Members jeer Gaza policies

The Park Slope Food Co-op may be souring on products imported from the Land of Milk and Honey, this paper has learned. Comment

‘Tricky’ Toll Bros. irk CB6

When Community Board 6 gave its blessing in November to a massive residential housing complex near the Gowanus Canal, it did so with the belief that a sizable portion of the controversial project would include affordable housing.   Comment

Jefferson pulls it out against Boys, goes to boro finals

Devante Cutler saw an opening, made a move and got into the lane. With Boys & Girls down two points and only eight seconds remaining on the clock, the senior guard went up, drew contact from Jefferson guard Keith Spellman and missed the shot. But Cutler got the rebound and went up again, drawing more contact and a blocked shot from Joel Wright. Comment

CHSAA boys’ basketball round-up: Rice bounces back

After a stunning loss to Xaverian on Sunday, Rice got back on track Tuesday with an 80-49 victory against St. Francis Prep in a CHSAA Class AA league game Tuesday afternoon in Fresh Meadows. Comment

Stephenson sets scoring record, wins fourth boro title

All that’s missing now for Lance Stephenson is a PSAL record fourth city championship. Comment

Midwood hebrew school celebrates joys of Purim

Flatbush: Rites and revelry stepped off Purim celebrations at the East Midwood Hebrew Day School. Comment

L train tops clean list

Flatbush: It’s hip to be clean, a survey released last week confirmed. Comment

New tree backlash: Plan to plant thousands meets opposition

A plan to plant a million trees is being met with opposition from homeowners not in the loop on where they are planted. Comment

Back injury may end Spellman’s HS career early

His voice cracking and cheeks moist, Keith Spellman admitted his high school career may be over sooner than expected. Comment

Xaverian wakes up just in time to beat Holy Cross

For three quarters, the Xaverian basketball team was stuck in a Holy Cross-induced malaise. The Knights’ patient offensive sets nearly lulled the Clippers to sleep and resulted in a 12-point deficit for Jack Alesi’s squad heading into the final eight minutes. Comment

Lambert and Lucky receive two-game bans for altercation

If Transit Tech is going to upset top-seeded Lincoln, the Express will have to do so without steady point guard Josh Lambert. Comment

Collegiate edges Poly Prep in key Ivy League clash

It is a chant, like so many other chants, that starts with one solitary voice. But a second later, the packed, steamy shoebox of a basketball court at the Collegiate School sings and claps in unison, the crowd of about 200 sounding more like 20,000 and is clearly audible on the street three floors below. Comment

Second shot at solo row: AIDS activist plans incredible trans-Atlantic voyage

One man’s dream to row solo across the Atlantic Avenue from Africa to Brooklyn appears on track for the second time. Comment

Senior moments lead South Shore against Jefferson

Anwar Gladden knew it before the season started. The South Shore girls’ basketball team was only going to go as far as its seniors could take it. Comment

Francis sets national record, Ford places second

Phyllis Francis blazed through the 600 meters and had her own meet record in sight as she approached the finish line. But it was not to be. Comment

State okays sharp budget cuts, but more are still to come

Canarsie: The first round of state budget cuts and increased fees has been completed, with another, far larger deficit reduction package in the offing. Comment

Stimulus for Navy Yard: Bloomberg looks to fast-rack funding for BK projects

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

Ribbon cut on new rehab & stroke ctr.

Canarsie: New York Congregational Nursing Center hosted health care professionals from the Brooklyn community during a ribbon cutting ceremony opening of the newly renovated Rehabilitation Suite and Stroke Specialty Program. Comment

Synthetic fix for Coney boardwalk

Canarsie: There’s a giant hole in the Coney Island boardwalk. Comment

Religion, fine: but no sex education

Canarsie: Even if a plan to turn some Catholic schools into publicly funded charter schools becomes a reality, the Diocese of Brooklyn would want to continue teaching religion – but not touch sex education. Comment

SCHIP health plan finds smooth sailing through Brooklyn

Canarsie: Every single one of Brooklyn’s representatives in the House of Representatives voted in favor of the expanded children’s health insurance bill passed just a few days ago. Comment

Seniors Bring in New Year: Asian-Americans revel in the promise of the season

Canarsie: Two Metropolitan Jewish Health System agencies – Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC) and Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center (Adult Day) – both of which have significant populations of Chinese patients and clients receiving services, hosted Chinese New Year celebrations. Comment

Beep blasted for ties to Rent-A-Center

Flatbush: 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

BPL backs entrepreneurs

Flatbush: It’s not just books you get from the library these days. Comment

Cop loses fight for his life

Flatbush: A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment

Cops: crime down nearly 20% in 70th Pct.

Flatbush: So far, so good. Comment

Officials take aim at teenage dance parties

Canarsie: In the wake of a triple shooting that left one teenager fatally wounded, and two expected to recover, two Brooklyn lawmakers are drafting legislation tightening restrictions on teenage dance parties. Comment

UFT urges parents to oppose cuts

Canarsie: Teachers are asking parents to help save their jobs. Comment

‘09 Bloody Sunday march in Brooklyn: Demonstrators seek justice for slain Irish activists killed during massacre

Canarsie: There were more than one comment on the “luck of the Irish” February 8 as members of the Bay Ridge Irish American Action Association stepped outside to a balmy, almost spring-like afternoon as they began their annual Bloody Sunday march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Comment

‘State Senator for a Day’ essay contest

Canarsie: State Senator Martin J. Golden, a member of the State Senate Committee on Education, will be hosting his Seventh Annual “State Senator For A Day” essay contest, and has invited local junior high school participation within grades 6, 7, and 8, throughout District 20, 21, and 22. Comment

Teacher of the Year

Canarsie: National Dance Institute (NDI) presented Kathlyn Wilson, Visual Arts teacher at PS 235-The Lenox School, 525 Lenox Road in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, the NDI Sylvia Gilman Teacher of the Year Award. Comment

Help with Earned Income Tax Credit

Canarsie: The Taxpayer Assistance Center at 625 Fulton Street is among a dozen statewide Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax-help centers, which will expand their service to taxpayers eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by opening their doors February 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment

East 107th St. building to house two schools

Canarsie: The city Department of Education (DOE) has finally revealed how it will utilize the new school building on East 107th Street in Canarsie. Comment

Emergency readiness for older adults

Canarsie: Borough professional are invited to the conference, “Emergency Preparedness & the Aging,” in Bay Ridge, February 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment

Entrepreneurism by the book: BPL helps residents get their businesses off the ground

Canarsie: It’s not just books you get from the library these days. Comment

DOE forum on magnet studies

Canarsie: 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

Crying shame for centers-Brooklyn day care operators hit with charges of fraud

Canarsie: It’s a short trip from the rungs of a baby’s crib to the bars of a cell block for five Brooklyn day care center operators, who were all charged with defrauding special government-funded child care programs last week. Comment

Express buses and new tolls: MTA boss talks about ‘package’ deal for riders

Flatbush: 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

City Tech alum greets the president

Canarsie: New York City College of Technology (City Tech) alumnus Larry R. Felix, a 1980 graduate of the college’s liberal arts program, greeted President Barack Obama at swearing-in ceremony for new US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geitner. Felix was named director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing by former Treasury Secretary John W. Snow in January 2006. Comment

Cop dies after long coma

Canarsie: A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment

Filmmaker seeks Coney memories

Canarsie: Calling all Brooklynites – if you think you might have some old photographs or home movies of Astroland from the 1960s kicking around your attic or basement, documentarian JL Aaronson wants to hear from you. Comment

Flim-flam artists at the door

Canarsie: Con artists in utility company clothing are once again preying on area residents. Comment

LICH to hold diabetes wkshop

Canarsie: 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

Mayor uses ‘scary’ talk-Bloomberg suggests 15,000 teachers could be canned

Canarsie: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that 15,000 teachers will be out of a job is “just a scare tactic,” according to a state Assemblymember representing Brooklyn. Comment

Monkeying around

Canarsie: 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 between proud parents Cannoli and Napoleon. View the precious primates at the wildlife preserve’s Animal Lifestyles building, 450 Flatbush Avenue. Comment

Lennon’s legacy lives on in Brooklyn

Canarsie: Hundreds of public school children from National Dance Institute (NDI) presented a high-spirited mid-year performance at PS 235-The Lenox School, 525 Lenox Road in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment

Join the Genesis Lodge

Canarsie: Men 18 years of age and older are invited to join the Genesis Lodge #64, the Canarsie branch of the nation’s oldest non-sectarian fraternal order, the Knights of Pythias. Comment

Free heart screenings

Canarsie: There will be two free Heart Month screenings at Maimonides Medical Center this month, to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Comment

Heart disease awareness

Canarsie: Brooklyn Women’s Services (BWS) believes the key to prevent heart disease is through education, therefore, this month, in celebration of American Heart Health Month, BWS with offer a free educational event. Comment

MTA’s ‘package’ deal-Boss links express bus service with tolls on bridges

Canarsie: 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

Hurray! Iron fist!

Letters: Dear Stanley Gershbein, (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I would like to comment on two of your recent articles, but before I do that, let me say that you are one of the main reasons I continue my subscription to this publication. When I get my paper in the mail, the first thing I do is find your “It’s Only My Opinion” column. Comment

‘Incredible’ start to a safe 2009

Kings Courier: So far, so good. Comment

Sunday shocker: Xaverian edges Christ the King

With the talent that left from graduation and transfers, the prevailing thought coming into the boys’ basketball season was that the CHSAA Class AA league was wide open. Christ the King and Rice were slight favorites, but Bishop Loughlin was also a contender. Comment

Coaches vs. Cancer Round-up: Poly falls to Holy Child

Asking Poly Prep to guard Sophia Aleksandravicius just didn’t seem fair. Comment

‘Crafty’ families at Barbara Reing School

Kings Courier: At P.S. 255’s, Barbara Reing School, children and parents bond together over crafting. Each year they unite to make home made holiday presents. This year’s event, a walloping success, allowed over 200 parents and children to attend. Comment

Woman and dog reunited after fire

Kings Courier: Firefighters battling a blaze in a home on Avenue J near East 7th Street ran back into the flames to help rescue the homeowner’s best friend. The hero smoke eater from Engine Company 330 pulled the soot covered dog from the smoky blaze as the 10:30 a.m. fire raged on for ten minutes on February 3. With the frightened pooch clinging to one arm, the hero fireman brought the dog to its worried master, who couldn’t hold back the tears when her pet was in her arms. Firefighters said that the blaze started into the second floor of the three-story home. It took about forty minutes to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze was still under investigation as this paper went to press. Comment

Tolls and buses: MTA boss talks ‘package’ deal

Kings 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

Tree planting gets thorny

Kings Courier: A plan to plant a million trees is being met with opposition from homeowners not in the loop on where they are planted. Comment

Wild ride...

Kings Courier: Two police officers sacrificed their car as they tried to avoid an accident in Mill Basin last week, officials said. Police said that the cruiser was nearing the corner of East 53rd Street and Avenue N at 11:30 p.m. on February 6 when a black sedan crossing the intersection blew a stop light. The police car immediately swerved to the right, where it hopped the curb and slammed into a light pole. Officials from the 63rd Precinct said that the car’s air bags deployed. Both cops suffered minor injuries. The driver of the black sedan never stopped and was still being sought by authorities as this paper went to press. Comment

Without Pinkston, Bishop Loughlin rallies past Cross

With Jayvaughn Pinkston on the Bishop Loughlin bench, ruled academically ineligible, Trevon Hamlet knew he and his teammates on the boys’ basketball team had a chance to prove they could win without one of the most dominating players in the CHSAA. Comment

Jefferson girls’ basketball forfeits games

The Thomas Jefferson girls’ basketball team has forfeited at least 10 league games – all victories – because no coach on the bench during those contests had proper paperwork as per PSAL rules, sources told FiveBoroSports.com Tuesday morning. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

‘Sweet’ Sixteen: Ugh, it’s all too much

Perspective: In a column long ago, I complained about the excesses of “My Super Sweet Sixteen,” a reality TV show, that, to my dismay, is still running. The girls were all spoiled, self-indulged and had parents with too much money and not enough sense to know what to do with it all. Ha! I could tell them a thing or too, I proclaimed. Comment

Canarsie park to reopen-Spring to bring completion of rehab’s first phase

Canarsie: The first phase of the rehabilitation of Canarsie Park will finally be finished this spring. Comment

‘Islamic mayhem’

Letters: Re: “Prez to terrorists — puhleeze be our pal,” A Britisher’s View by Shavana Abruzzo, 2-5 issue. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Islam’s thugs are whooping it up to the mosque

Perspective: After 9/11 we needed justice but little was delivered, largely due to America’s political correctness. Comment

Heart Docs: safeguarding cardiac health

Williamsburg: The heart works hard from the second we are born until the moment life ends. Comment

Consumer’s Corner

Williamsburg: Love may be in the air for those who Cupid decides to smile on, but there’s also something else waiting through the streets of Brooklyn this week. No, not the trash - it’s the sweet aroma of savings. Let’s take a look. Comment

DCIC Business Institute: prepare for success

Williamsburg: Is this the year you’ll find success in the business world? Comment

Talented Free throw finalists hit nothing but net

Kings Courier: Budding Lance Stephensons soared to new heights when they challenged mettle in a basketball contest at St. Bernards’s Church, presented by the St. Bernard’s Council of the Knights of Columbus. Comment

SUV mows down boy

Kings Courier: An eight-year-old Flatlands boy was clinging to life Sunday after he was struck by a rampaging SUV and flung into the air, landing atop another car heading in the opposite direction. Comment

Two schools, one building: DOE reveals plans for two new small schools

Flatbush: The city Department of Education (DOE) has finally revealed how it will utilize the new school building on East 107th Street in Canarsie. Comment

Astroland movies/pix sought

Kings Courier: Calling all Brooklynites -- if you think you might have some old photographs or home movies of Astroland from the 1960s kicking around your attic or basement, documentarian JL Aaronson wants to hear from you. Comment

BK culture on thin ice: Zoos, museums, gardens face dramatic cuts

Kings Courier: The sign on the lily pond read thin ice. Comment

70th Police Precinct salutes terrific trio: Officers’ foot chase leads to busts, recovery of loaded gun and illegal drugs

Flatbush: A foot chase leading to a cache of illegal drugs, a loaded gun and several arrests netted a 70th Precinct anti-crime team “Cop of the Month” certificates. Comment

SUV slams into area family

Flatbush: An eight-year-old Flatlands boy was clinging to life Sunday after he was struck by a rampaging SUV and flung into the air, landing atop another car heading in the opposite direction. Comment

Lunar New Year shines: Asian-American seniors celebrate the season

Flatbush: Two Metropolitan Jewish Health System agencies – Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC) and Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center (Adult Day) – both of which have significant populations of Chinese patients and clients receiving services, hosted Chinese New Year celebrations. Comment

Rehab, stroke ctr. opens: NY Congregational Nursing Ctr. hosts ribbon cutting

Flatbush: New York Congregational Nursing Center hosted health care professionals from the Brooklyn community during a ribbon cutting ceremony opening of the newly renovated Rehabilitation Suite and Stroke Specialty Program. Comment

Bloody Sunday ‘09: Bk demands justice for the slain

Kings Courier: There were more than one comment on the “luck of the Irish” February 8 as members of the Bay Ridge Irish American Action Association stepped outside to a balmy, almost spring-like afternoon to begin their annual Bloody Sunday march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Comment

Brooklyn treasure hunters fight back: Members of metal detection clubs fight park ban

Kings Courier: City officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment

Public school 153 celebrates 100 years of academic achievement

Kings Courier: When Public School 153 first opened in 1909, a loaf of bread cost four cents, the national population was 90,490,000, New York Harbor had yet to be graced with the Statue of Liberty and the average American income was less than $1,000 a year. Comment

Scammers at the front door: Crooks are masquerading as utility workers, police warn

Kings Courier: Con artists in utility company clothing are once again preying on area residents. Comment

Seniors celebrate promise of a new year

Kings Courier: Two Metropolitan Jewish Health System agencies – Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC) and Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center (Adult Day) – both of which have significant populations of Chinese patients and clients receiving services, hosted Chinese New Year celebrations. Comment

Murrow musicians hit a high note on Avenue L

Kings Courier: Talented teens rang in Year 2009 by holding the audience spellbound with their musical skills during a winter concert at Edward R. Murrow High School. Comment

High-rise fire on Ocean Avenue

Kings Courier: Firefighters scrambled to a seven story high-rise in Midwood last week after a fifth-floor apartment caught fire. Officials said that the all hands fire erupted inside the Ocean Avenue building, located near Avenue O, at about midnight on February 2. Firefighters scaled ladder trucks to get to the fire, which was put out in a half hour. At least one person was taken to Lutheran Medical Center for medical attention, officials said. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was still under investigation as this paper went to press. Comment

Cop dies after 7-month coma

Kings Courier: A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment

Felony crime down 22%

Kings Courier: While everyone is crying the blues over the fiscal downturn, cops from the 66th Precinct are celebrating another downturn -- a criminal one. Comment

High-end retailers wanted in Bklyn

Flatbush: Forget the recession, Brooklyn’s going high end. Comment

Catholic schools in trouble: Five in Brooklyn could face shut down this June

Even if a plan to turn some Catholic schools into publicly funded charter schools becomes a reality, the Diocese of Brooklyn would want to continue teaching religion – but not touch sex education. Comment

Police Blotter

Crime: Gravesend raid Comment

Treasure hunters strike back-Members of metal detection clubs band together against park ban

Bay News: City officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment

Battle of the bottle rages-Budget remedy pits grocers against liquor store owners

While grocery stores may be raising a toast to a relatively obscure provision in Governor David Paterson’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, liquor store owners are up in arms at the proposal, which would allow grocery stores around the state to sell wine. Comment

Bklyn culture on thin ice-Zoos, museums, gardens face serious budget cuts

The sign on the lily pond read thin ice. Comment

Bloody Sunday march ‘09-Bay Ridge demonstrators demand justice for the slain

There were more than one comment on the “luck of the Irish” February 8 as members of the Bay Ridge Irish American Action Association stepped outside to a balmy, almost spring-like afternoon to begin their annual Bloody Sunday march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Comment

The MTA’s package deal-Boss links buses with tolls

Bay News: 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

Synthetic fix for boardwalk

Bay News: There’s a giant hole in the Coney Island boardwalk. Comment

Sonya Sky live at Avion

Bay News: Attention lovebirds: CUNY alumni and electronic-dance music sensation Sonya Sky is set to fire up the club crowd at Avion in Gravesend, February 14 — complete with a real jetliner on the dance floor. Comment

Stanley Givant, activist dies

Bay News: Community activist Stanley Givant, husband of Jeanette Givant, female district leader of the 47th Assembly District, which encompasses Gravesend and parts of Bensonhurst, has died. He was 80 years old. Comment

State okays cuts and fees

Bay News: The first round of state budget cuts and increased fees has been completed, with another, far larger deficit reduction package in the offing. Comment

Steering clear of heart disease

Bay News: Brooklyn Women’s Services (BWS) believes the key to prevent heart disease is through education, therefore, this month, in celebration of American Heart Health Month, BWS with offer a free educational event. Comment

Boos for mayor’s scary talk-Bloomberg jeered after saying 15,000 teachers could be cut

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that 15,000 teachers will be out of a job is “just a scare tactic,” according to a state Assemblymember representing Brooklyn. Comment

BRCC essay picks developing brains-Essay asks grade school scribes, ‘If I could change one thing, it would be...’

Students at 22 area elementary and intermediate schools will be sharpening their pencils to compete in the annual essay contest sponsored by the Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC). Comment

Drill, baby, drill — someplace else-Grassroots effort to block contamination of water supply

A grassroots effort is afoot to prevent drilling for natural gas in the vicinity of the New York City watershed, in upstate New York. Comment

Emergency readiness

Borough professional are invited to the conference, “Emergency Preparedness & the Aging,” in Bay Ridge, February 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment

Flim-flam artists at the front door

Con artists in utility company clothing are once again preying on area residents. Comment

Idea for Pier pay toilet gets flushed

Some six months after the city announced that it would put Bay Ridge’s first automatic pay toilet on the 69th Street Pier, it turns out that the pier will not work for that purpose. Comment

Diabetes workshop

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

Cops squeeze alleged ‘juice’ joint

A Bay Ridge pharmacy which sidelined as a steroid clearing house was at the epicenter of a profitable illegal “juicing” enterprise that flexed its way through gyms throughout both Staten Island and Brooklyn, officials alleged. Comment

BRCC hails the community’s best-Group holds annual presidents luncheon

Bay Ridge activists were the center of attention at a recent luncheon honoring their efforts. Comment

Buckled up in Belgium-Teenagers get behind the wheel of U.S. Army simulators

Teenagers in Belgium are learning to drive in the rain, in the fog, and even on narrow mountain roads at night. They’re driving while their friends talk and laugh behind them, and even while their cell phones ring. But because of new technology, their lives are in no way at risk. Comment

Bugs chow down-Termites feast on Fort Ham. library

The discovery of extensive termite damage under the subfloor at the Fort Hamilton library is delaying the reconstruction of the structure. Comment

Cop loses fight for survival-P.O. Michael Weinstein fell into coma following accident

A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment

Smooth sailing for SCHIP in Brooklyn-Delegation unanimously backs health plan

Bay News: Every single one of Brooklyn’s representatives in the House of Representatives voted in favor of the expanded children’s health insurance bill passed just a few days ago. Comment

Short sparks nasty blaze on Cropsey Ave.

Bay News: An electrical short triggered a two-alarm fire that ripped through a pair of stores at the corner of Cropsey Avenue and Bay 50th Street last week, officials said. FDNY officials said that the blaze erupted inside Modern Cleaners just after 7:30 p.m. on February 4 and quickly spread to an adjacent grocery and an upstairs apartment. It took nearly an hour for firefighters to beat back the blaze. No injuries were reported. Comment

Bklyn culture on thin ice

Bay News: The sign on the lily pond read thin ice. Comment

Brighton 5-story building stuck in neutral

Bay News: A Brighton Beach developer is trying to lift a stop-work order on a five-story residential building. Comment

Brooklyn demands justice for Bloody sunday victims

Bay News: There were more than one comment on the “luck of the Irish” February 8 as members of the Bay Ridge Irish American Action Association stepped outside to a balmy, almost spring-like afternoon to begin their annual Bloody Sunday march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Comment

Catholic schools in trouble-Five in Brooklyn could face shut down this June

Bay News: Even if a plan to turn some Catholic schools into publicly funded charter schools becomes a reality, the Diocese of Brooklyn would want to continue teaching religion – but not touch sex education. Comment

BK cop dies after 7-month coma

Bay News: A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment

Beep blasted over Rent-A-Center ties

Bay News: 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

A new member of the troop

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 with proud father Napoleon. View the precious primates at the wildlife preserve’s Animal Lifestyles building, 450 Flatbush Avenue. Comment

An officer and an angel, too

Bay News: Sometimes policing has nothing to do with walking the streets and enforcing the laws. Comment

Astroland films/pix sought!

Bay News: Calling all Brooklynites -- if you think you might have some old photographs or home movies of Astroland from the 1960s kicking around your attic or basement, documentarian JL Aaronson wants to hear from you. Comment

A Valentine to the whole nabe

Bay News: Love struck pedestrians are sure to capture the spirit of the occasion when they pass by the Bensonhurst home of John Zammit, whose Valentine’s Day display has all the ingredients professed by Cupid. The plethora of eye-pleasers adorning the exterior of the house, 653 58th Street, includes heartfelt sentiments for civilians at home, and US troops abroad. Add floral displays, plus other Valentine fancies, and the nabe is ready to celebrate the calendar’s day of love — Zammit-style. Comment

Chess team makes all the right moves-Boody scores at 43rd annual state clash

Bay News: The chess team of David A. Boody Middle School’s (IS 228) won the novice level at the 43rd Annual Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships, marking the second year in a row that the squad has claimed that title. Comment

Coney Commons nears-Plan for new community ctr, apts. enters ULURP

Bay News: A community center and residential housing complex is one step closer to becoming a reality. Comment

Open meeting inside Lundy’s-SBPB Civic pow-wow to shed light on Cherry Hill plans

Bay News: Residents wondering what’s happening beyond the doors of Lundy’s landmark building on Emmons Avenue will get an insider’s view of the place on March 3 when the Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach Civic Association holds its next meeting there. “This is a great opportunity for our community to finally separate truth from fiction,” SBPB Civic Association corresponding secretary Barbara Berardelli said. “There’s been a lot of arguing between Cherry Hill and preservationists. Our association wants to get to the truth about the situation surrounding Lundy’s so we all can move forward and make an informed opinion about what is happening in our neighborhood.” Comment

Pharmacists & friends-State Senator honors efforts to keep costs down

Bay News: New York State Senator Martin J. Golden presented a resolution to the Stop & Shop supermarket, 1710 Avenue Y in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, and certificates of recognition to the store’s two pharmacists in commendation of Stop & Shop’s free antibiotic prescription program. Comment

Run, Bill, Run: Dems back Thompson-Comptroller picks up support for mayoral run

Bay News: The comptroller of the city of New York got a warm welcome from Brooklyn Democrats, when he spoke before a local political organization. Comment

Senator essay contest

Bay News: State Senator Martin J. Golden, a member of the State Senate Committee on Education, will be hosting his Seventh Annual “State Senator For A Day” essay contest, and has invited local junior high school participation within grades 6, 7, and 8, throughout District 20, 21, and 22. Comment

Mayor’s ‘scary’ teacher talk-Suggesting 15,000 could be canned earns Bloomy jeers

Bay News: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that 15,000 teachers will be out of a job is “just a scare tactic,” according to a state Assemblymember representing Brooklyn. Comment

Marty: ‘We must build’-Borough president urges high-end shopping corridor

Bay News: Forget the recession, Brooklyn’s going high end. Comment

Emergency preparedness

Bay News: Borough professional are invited to the conference, “Emergency Preparedness & the Aging,” in Bay Ridge, February 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment

Fall in love on 5th

Bay News: You don’t need to travel to exotic places or even cross the bridge into that other borough to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Park Slope BID knows how you can show the one you love how much you really love them. Comment

Flim-flam artists on your front doorstep

Bay News: Con artists in utility company clothing are once again preying on area residents. Comment

Get your heart checked free

Bay News: There will be two free Heart Month screenings at Maimonides Medical Center this month, to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Comment

Inside new Sunset Pk high school

New details have emerged about Sunset Park High School. Comment

Iraqi vet walks road less traveled

Danielle Green-Byrd, a former basketball star from Chicago’s inner city, served in the Army and was injured in Iraq has learned that time does really heal wounds. Comment

In search of ‘Astro’ movies

Bay News: Calling all Brooklynites -- if you think you might have some old photographs or home movies of Astroland from the 1960s kicking around your attic or basement, documentarian JL Aaronson wants to hear from you. Comment

lunar new year shines on area seniors

Bay News: Two Metropolitan Jewish Health System agencies – Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC) and Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center (Adult Day) – both of which have significant populations of Chinese patients and clients receiving services, hosted Chinese New Year celebrations. Comment

Pols rated on their ‘humanity’

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

Treasure seekers strike back

Bay News: City officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment

Flim-flam artists at the front door: Crooks are masquerading as utility workers, cops say

Bay News: Con artists in utility company clothing are once again preying on area residents. Comment

Downturn in crime: 66th Precinct cops say stats show 22% decline

Bay News: While everyone is crying the blues over the fiscal downturn, cops from the 66th Precinct are celebrating another downturn -- a criminal one. Comment

Mayor’s ‘scary’ teacher talk: Suggesting 15,000 could be canned earns Bloomy jeers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that 15,000 teachers will be out of a job is “just a scare tactic,” according to a state Assemblymember representing Brooklyn. Comment

An officer and an angel: Cop is strong on showing soft side

Bay News: Sometimes policing has nothing to do with walking the streets and enforcing the laws. Comment

BK cop loses fight for survival

Bay News: A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment

Culture on thin ice

Bay News: The sign on the lily pond read thin ice. Comment

Tree plan proves thorny: City’s drive to go greener upsets some residents

Bay News: A plan to plant a million trees is being met with opposition from homeowners not in the loop on where they are planted. Comment

workers who don’t work

Bay News: Starbucks slashed 2,000 jobs last year and is cutting another 1,000 now. Microsoft will dismiss 5,000 employees over the next 18 months. Intel plans 6,000 pink slips. Home Depot — 7,000. Caterpillar […] Comment

Brooklyn cultural hubs on thin ice

Canarsie: The sign on the lily pond read thin ice. Comment

Brooklyn treasure seekers fight ban

Canarsie: City officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment

BWI can help you land a new job

Canarsie: Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) and Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) are nonprofit organizations, which can help you find work through their employment services and job training programs. All services are free to qualified New York City residents. Training programs include job readiness and job placement assistance. They have assisted hundreds of New Yorkers in obtaining employment. Comment

Beep blasted over ties to Rent-A-Center

Canarsie: 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

BAM sets the ‘stage’ for new theater

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

‘Bloody Sunday’ will not be forgotten

Bay News: There were more than one comment on the “luck of the Irish” February 8 as members of the Bay Ridge Irish American Action Association stepped outside to a balmy, almost spring-like afternoon to begin their annual Bloody Sunday march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Comment

X-press linked to tolls: MTA boss says buses & bridge fees are a package

Bay News: 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
BIG SCREECHER

Gun-control law fallacies

Perspective: In last weeks’ column I berated those who berate the NRA and the rights of citizens to bear arms. The reason was obvious, the treatment given Sarah Palin as well as the newly appointed Senator Kristen Gillibrand, as though they were responsible for all the gun crimes committed throughout the states. Hogwash, actually guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only law-abiding citizens. Here’s a little gun history lesson I picked up from the internet and what could possibly happen if the fanatics opposing the NRA get their way. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Gravesend raid Comment

Open meeting inside Lundy’s: SBPB Civic pow-wow to shed light on Cherry Hill plans

Residents wondering what’s happening beyond the doors of Lundy’s landmark building on Emmons Avenue will get an insider’s view of the place on March 3 when the Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach Civic Association holds its next meeting there. “This is a great opportunity for our community to finally separate truth from fiction,” SBPB Civic Association corresponding secretary Barbara Berardelli said. “There’s been a lot of arguing between Cherry Hill and preservationists. Our association wants to get to the truth about the situation surrounding Lundy’s so we all can move forward and make an informed opinion about what is happening in our neighborhood.” Comment

Coney Commons nears

A community center and residential housing complex is one step closer to becoming a reality. Comment

Pols try to clear the air-New legislation is aimed at combatting idling engines

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 Brooklyn. Comment

Recounting ‘The Troubles’

Anna Henry carries the memory of Hugh Gilmore on her shoulders as she mourns the 14 civil rights protestors gunned down by British soldiers in Derry, Ireland, on Jan. 31, 1973, a crucial moment in Irish history remembered as “Bloody Sunday.” During the 37th annual march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Bay Ridge, marchers demanded justice for the victims’ families and prayed for positive changes in Northern Ireland. See Page 26 for more. Comment

SCHIP sails through BK-Delegation unanimously backs health benefits package

Every single one of Brooklyn’s representatives in the House of Representatives voted in favor of the expanded children’s health insurance bill passed just a few days ago. Comment

Shopping on 5th

You don’t need to travel to exotic places or even cross the bridge into that other borough to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Park Slope BID knows how you can show the one you love how much you really love them. Comment

Peter Pace portrait unveiled

It’s a plain, unadorned painting -- just a general officer in service-dress alphas looking straight at you. But the portrait of retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace now hanging in the Pentagon captures the measure of the man. Comment

Navy’s Hi-tech tick-tock-Next generation clock keeps most accurate time ever

The ultra-precise timing technology that enables NAVSTAR Global Positioning Systems and high-speed Internet communication soon may resolve the measure of time to 100 trillionths of a second, according to the world’s authority in time-keeping and celestial observation. Comment

Leaving Kala gush

Every Friday, 60 to 70 Afghan children get shoes and socks at Forward Operating Base Kala Gush through the efforts of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Nurestan province. Comment

Making friends is never an easy thing-Moving from place to place presents families with constant challenges

When I was six years old, we moved to a new town on Long Island. It didn’t take long for me to notice that there was another girl my age who lived about a block away. I walked up to her one day and asked her if she wanted to be my friend. She said yes and so, for the next four years, Kathy and I were best friends. I’m not sure what exactly ended the friendship, but it was probably something earth shattering like who had cooler bell bottoms or a better chance of marrying David Cassidy! After Kathy, using my trusted method, ”the question”, I was able to make a new best friend, Pat. By then I’d gotten over David Cassidy and happily Pat and I are still close. Comment

Making life more livable at the FOB

Army Spc. Joseph Cook, a Carbondale, Ill., native serving in Multinational Division Baghdad leads an Iraqi work force that ensures daily maintenance and improvement for soldiers and others occupying the small northeastern Baghdad base. Comment

MTA boss talks ‘package’ deal

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

Specialist breaks all-male barrier

Soldiers are expected to adapt to any environment, and a Mississippi National Guard soldier here is living up to that expectation as she works outside her normal specialty. Comment

State okays cuts and increased fees

The first round of state budget cuts and increased fees has been completed, with another, far larger deficit reduction package in the offing. Comment

The MTA’s package deal: Boss links buses with tolls

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

Madoff’s trail of BK pillage: Court papers reveal long list of residents who lost their shirts

Brooklyn Dodgers great Sandy Koufax isn’t the only native son to strike out with alleged $50 billion Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. Comment

Grocers versus liquor store owners

Thanks to a relatively obscure provision in Governor David Paterson’s proposed budget, alcohol consumers may soon be able to get their favorite wines at the supermarket or even at the corner deli. Comment

Making a new life on the outside: Church of Gethsemane hosts ‘Criminal Justice Sunday’ with families of the incarcerated

The Church of Gethsemane, the Park Slope Presbyterian church (1012 8th Ave.) founded by formerly incarcerated persons, hosted a panel discussion last Sunday featuring those whose lives have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Comment

We must build, sez Markowitz

Forget the recession; Brooklyn’s going high end. Comment

The easy crime: Robberies, muggings up

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

59th Street pals back together

Meeting for the first time in more than 35 years, best pals from the old neighborhood – 59th Street between 11th & 12th avenues in Brooklyn – reminisce about the good old days during a fun-filled reunion at the Roadhouse Restaurant in Staten Island. Joann, Elaine, Mickey, Cookie, Tina, Lynn, and Millie (seated) laughed about their picnics, get-togethers, parties, and watching each others children grow up. Comment

Welcoming the New Year

Two Metropolitan Jewish Health System agencies – Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC) and Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center (Adult Day) – both of which have significant populations of Chinese patients and clients receiving services, hosted Chinese New Year celebrations. Comment

‘Preserving the vision’-Diocese may face fight with school plans

Even if a plan to turn some Catholic schools into publicly funded charter schools becomes a reality, the Diocese of Brooklyn would want to continue teaching religion – but not touch sex education. Comment

‘We must build,’ Markowitz declares

Forget the recession, Brooklyn’s going high end. Comment

Canarsie crime on steep decline

Canarsie: One month into 2009, crime is down a whopping 42.72 percent in Canarsie. Comment

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