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Koval’s departure

Editorial: Our editorial board sees a much bigger story to Marianna Koval’s resignation from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. The story: There is no park. Comments (2)

Death of a blogger — Robert Guskind, R.I.P.

Robert Guskind, the towering figure in the Brooklyn blogosphere who created the Gowanus Lounge Web site, died last week after an apparent drug overdose in his Park Slope home. He was 50. Comments (66)
Digital editions: From our coverage of next week’s World Series of Beard Growing to our great breaking news stories to our exclusive coverage of pork in the borough, this week’s Brooklyn Paper is a collector’s edition. Check it out by clicking the front page to the left. And remember to keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Hog heaven!

Hog heaven!

Dining: Politicians and pundits inside the Beltway are ranting and raving about all the “pork” in the stimulus package, but as far as we’re concerned, the more pork the better. Comment
Event: The New York City Beard and Moustache Championship, indisputably the most important contest to take place in Brooklyn since the 1956 World Series, is coming to Williamsburg — just in time for the recession. Comments (2)
DUMBO: The Beep’s vision for “saving” the Brooklyn Bridge would allow a taller, though thinner, Dock Street tower than David and Jed Walentases version above. Comments (1)

Dafriend or Dafoe?

Cinema: Our encounter with the beloved actor. Comments (1)

Demolition on Duffield clears way for fourth hotel on block

Downtown plan: A historic Duffield Street home believed to be a hotbed of Abolitionist activity in the 19th century is being torn down, possibly to make way for the fourth hotel on the Downtown block. Comments (11)

All drawn out

Bridge ‘Park’: Cartoonist Cristian Fleming looks at an abrupt departure at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Comment

I am the public face of philanthropy today!

Brooklyn Angle: Does seeing the face of our columnist make you want to make a contribution to Brooklyn playgrounds? The Prospect Park Alliance clearly thinks so. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: This week, our letter writers focused on Atlantic Yards, bridge tolls, bridge repairs and a public toilet for Grand Army Plaza. Comments (3)

Shul house rocked!

Brooklyn Heights: For the second time in a week, someone has broken into a Brooklyn Heights synagogue — and the fed up rabbis are certain that the thief is a former recipient of the temple’s kindness. 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 as high as 12 stories. Comments (1)

City goes full ‘Circle’

City goes full ‘Circle’

Mean Streets: The city is dreaming up solutions to the traffic nightmare at Park Circle, the hair-raising roundabout for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and horseback riders at the southwestern entrance to Prospect Park. Comments (2)

Breaking news! Koval out at Bridge ‘Park’ Conservancy

Bridge ‘Park’: Longtime Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy President Marianna Koval has resigned — officially to spend more time with her teenage daughter. Comments (1)
Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to reshape Coney Island’s ramshackle “People’s Playground” with rides, attractions, hotels and thousands of apartments collided with scores of critics in the first public hearing of the controversial plan on Tuesday night — but the biggest challenge could be the unrelenting standoff between the mayor and Coney Island land baron Joe Sitt. Comments (2)
Gowanus: Councilman Bill DeBlasio will support a controversial, mixed-income housing development along the fetid Gowanus Canal — the latest indication that the project is steamrolling towards approval. Comments (3)

We eat chitlins! A piggy preview

Dining: Join us as we down chitlins — on video! — as part of our exclusive coverage of pork around the borough. Comments (1)

A Tea Lounge for Brooklyn Heights!

Dining: Park Slope’s laid back, novel-writing, blog-posting, coffee-drinking culture may have finally found a beachhead in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Bug off! Flea market will return — but on Saturdays

Shopping: The flea market that filled the Bishop Loughlin HS yard every summer Sunday with arts, crafts, food and vintage tchotchkes — and angered a church next door in the process — will be back for a second go-round, but this time on Saturday. Comment

Three of stomachs! Ortine serves ‘em all

Dining: The problem with your favorite restaurant is that it excels only at one meal a day. But Ortine, which just opened on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, serves all three meals every day, and does it exceptionally well. Comments (1)

Picking up the pieces at Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: The massive Atlantic Yards development project inspires rage in some and hope in others — but in Guy Ambrosino, it inspires a twisted art installment. Comment
Gowanus: A controversial mixed-income housing project on the banks of the Gowanus Canal quietly passed another hurdle in the public review process when the Department of City Planning approved it with almost no fanfare two weeks ago. Comments (10)

In any language, Marty says ‘¡No!’ on tolls

Marty vs. Tolls: No one is more public about his opposition to East River bridge tolls than Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz. Here’s the second installment of The Brooklyn Paper’s daily update on Marty’s fight against the fee. Comments (6)
Politicrasher: He’s been out of politics for more than eight years, but former four-termer Steve DiBrienza held a clinic — call it “Campaigning 101” — for the six rivals for the Windsor Terrace seat he used to hold. Comment

Is the ‘Fix’ in at Sound Fix?

Williamsburg: Marissa Nadler played the last live concert in Sound Fix Lounge on Saturday — or did she? Comment

The unthinkable! Smartmom catches a bad cold

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on This week, our Smartmom comes down with the flu and her whole family gets sick. Comments (1)

W’burg park reopens!

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The cash-strapped state parks department has reopened Williamsburg’s only waterfront park a month ahead of schedule — and just in time for winter. Comments (1)

Zipi Zape becomes Barberry in Billyburg

Dining: Small plates just got a lot bigger, thanks to the transformation of the tapas bar Zipi Zape into Barberry — a Mediterranean eatery. Comments (1)
You don’t need us to tell you that it’s snowing out there or that the public schools are closed, but how could we ignore the biggest “story” of the day? Return to for more updates on this and other news as our staff digs out. Comment

The fix is in: Bklyn Bridge repairs to cost much more

Major repairs to the crumbling Brooklyn Bridge, which are scheduled to begin this summer and close parts of the span for three years, will now cost up to $200 million more than originally anticipated. Comments (8)

Is the Beep all honk and no gas on bridge tolls?

Marty vs. Tolls: No one is more public about his opposition to East River bridge tolls than Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz. So, today, The Brooklyn Paper begins a new daily update on Marty’s fight against the fee. Comments (6)
DUMBO: Borough President Markowitz announced that he supports a DUMBO developer’s controversial residential tower, defying opponents who say the 18-story building would obstruct views of the Brooklyn Bridge — but his approval is conditional on a redesign of the building. Comments (4)

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team is back — this time “reviewing” Brooklyn-based quartet Cholo and the band’s new song, Just Aks. This one is a classic. Comment
Marty vs. Tolls: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s call for $2 tolls on the East River bridges is already dividing neighbor from neighbor — and pol from pol — in Brooklyn. Comments (21)

The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Saturday and Sunday

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

Free to roam the ocean floor

Freedom, while delayed, was nonetheless sweet for Craig the Crustacean, a 20-lound lobster, released last week from a Dyker Heights eatery into the cold, clear water off the coast of Maine. The overgrown […] Comment

Elmo and the evil imperialists

Reconfigured robotic toys performing military maneuvers in rigid choreographed formations are featured in a new artistic work, “A Re-enactment of The Battle of the Pyramids,” by New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech) Adrianne Wortzel, to be presented March 3, 7:30 p.m. at Light Industry at Industry City (, 220 36th Street (between Second and Third avenues in Brooklyn), fifth floor. Comment

No religion, principal sez- Head of Hebrew-themed school talks

The principal of a Hebrew-themed charter school insists that Judaism will be absent from the curriculum. Comment

Sam Horwitz dies at 90

Samuel Horwitz, a Brooklyn City Council member for 20 years, covering Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay, passed away last week due to natural causes. He was 90. Comment

Topless girls; clueless cb13-Board, dancers share building

A new topless bar complete with stripper pole and private theme rooms has opened one floor below the offices of Community Board 13 and down the block from P.S. 90 in Coney Island – but no one seems to be batting an eyelash. Comment

District 22 shake up

Zoning rules in School District 22 may soon change – and now’s the time for parents to give their input. Comment

Pressure on Parents- Educators urge action ahead of school rallies

Attention Brooklyn parents: it’s time to speak out. Comment

Coney ‘Prince’ closing shop-Mermaid Avenue butcher retiring after 60 years

The end of an era has come to Coney Island. Jimmy Prince -- the highly regarded and well-respected proprietor of Major Prime Meats on Mermaid Avenue -- says he’s ready to retire at the end of the month after more than a half-century in the community. Comment

Bare breasts, no questions

Community Board 13 District Manager Chuck Reichenthal concedes that the thumping music emanating from the Foxy Gentleman’s Club located downstairs from the board’s offices at 1201 Surf Avenue did not go unnoticed. Comment

Catholic cheers & jeers-Some schools to close this June, others to survive

It’s a mix of cheers and jeers for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Comment

Crooks rob schools

Two borough schools have been connected to a burglary crew’s growing list of targets, officials said. Comment

Co-op eyes Israeli protest

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

LIU continues home dominance in win over St. Francis

The Long Island University men’s basketball team was at home Thursday night. Naturally, the Blackbirds won going away, jumped on St. Francis (Pa.) form the start, built an early double-digit lead and prevailed, 85-71, at the Wellness Center. Comment

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