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Council member Levin sets sights on his administration

Brooklyn Heights: Newly elected 33rd District City Councilmember Steve Levin is vowing to hit the ground running - or at least with his eyes open. Comment

Gowanus and Newtown not created equal

Brooklyn Heights: What’s good for Newtown isn’t good enough for Gowanus — and some observers are wondering why. Comment

Violence in Vinegar Hill

Brooklyn Heights: Violence in Vinegar Hill Comment

Gowanus wall may get city protection

Brooklyn Courier: The city said this week it plans to investigate whether to landmark a revered Gowanus wall that some believe has a place in the annals of baseball history. Comment

Senesh courtyard to get city eye

Brooklyn Courier: The city is vowing to take a closer look at cars parked in the courtyard of a Carroll Gardens private school, a situation that has long vexed some in the neighborhood. Comment

Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District moves forward

Atlantic Avenue’s desire to form a Business Improvement District (BID) in the Downtown Brooklyn area is making serious headway. Comment

Crime fall: 2009 banner year for robbery reduction

Muggers avoided Brooklyn like the plague in 2009. Comment

Anno Domino: City Planning certifies waterfront project

Williamsburg: For Domino Sugar’s developers, it’s a sweet start to the new year. Comment

De Blasio takes office

Williamsburg: When he packed his bags and headed over to Centre Street in lower Manhattan last week, Bill de Blasio made sure he took a bucket full of Brooklyn moxie with him. Comment

Brooklyn brownstone rental market awakens

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s brownstone rental market began 2009 as a lamb, but left as a lion, according to a recently released report. Comment

Ghost (bicycle) riders in the sky

Williamsburg: They rest affixed to street signs, stark whitewashed bicycles locked on sidewalks near dangerous intersections where accidents have claimed the lives of cyclists and pedestrians. Comment

Atlantic Avenue deemed third most dangerous for pedestrians

Atlantic Avenue and Fourth Avenue have been deemed among the most dangerous for pedestrians in the tri-state region, according to a new report. Comment

Brooklyn Drinks Liberally

Brooklyn Courier: A new chapter has opened in Drinking Liberally’s rapidly expanding social network empire, and it is in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Committee OK’s Berkeley Carroll plan

Brooklyn Courier: A construction plan by a Park Slope private school received a passing grade from a community board committee this week, overcoming the first in a series of hurdles the controversial project must clear. Comment

FDNY Mobile CPR unit offers free training

Brooklyn Courier: The FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit will hold regularly scheduled free CPR classes the second Tuesday of every month at EMS Station 32, 347 Bond Street. Comment

Kruger’s challenger

Canarsie: Kruger’s challenger Comment

Food Fight!

Brooklyn resident and Food Network host Sunny Anderson has had it with Cablevision. Comment

Skating on thin ice

Crime: Skating on thin ice Comment

New York’s Managed Care Reform Act

Editorial: Managed care is fast becoming the health care delivery system of choice for tens of millions of Americans. Greater oversight and regulation has become necessary to ensure that consumers and providers alike are protected. In the 1990s, New York established new guidelines and requirements; however, as the system has since evolved, so must the regulatory process. For these reasons, the Assembly passed a law that I supported, effective Jan. 1, that will further bolster protections, expand consumer access and guarantee timely payment to providers (Ch. 237 of 2009). Comment

Jihadists beware! Citizen Braveheart to the rescue!

Perspective: Fugghedabout Homeland Security, John. Q. Public-the-avenger has arrived to save us from the evil clutches of terrorists. Comment

The Public Wades Into Newtown Creek

Williamsburg: While community leaders throughout North Brooklyn are encouraged about the eventual cleanup of Newtown Creek, many caution the federal agency about harming small businesses and endangering affordable housing projects during the process. Comment

Holiday B.B.s

Brooklyn Courier: Holiday B.B.s Comment

Murdered at pool hall

Williamsburg: Murdered at pool hall Comment

Happy ending for English family

Keaton Bishop, a 17-year old British teen “on holiday” with his family, expected to do the things all first-time visitors to New York do — sightsee, shop and take in a Broadway show or two. Instead of returning to college and his South Yorkshire home before Christmas, however, Keaton and his dad, Paul, experienced something else entirely: Brooklyn emergency medical care—and hospitality. Comment

PETA’s claws losing their point

Perspective: A left wing newspaper in a heavily Democrat county asked if PETA is still relevant. By 59% to 44% the voters shouted No! It is no longer relevant. Many readers want to know what nude women have to do with animals. I don’t know but some of us just love to watch and photograph those unclothed demonstrations. Comment

Williamsburg’s resolutions for the New Year

Williamsburg: A new year dawns in Brooklyn, and Williamsburg’s public officials, community leaders, business owners, and personalities have made their resolutions for a successful 2010. Comment

A bad sign for Brooklyn’s hometown crowd

Perspective: Where is the Leaving Brooklyn - Fuggedaboutitsign on the Belt Parkway?Who took it down and what misguided authority would have perpetrated such a heinous act? Comment

Super there, but not here

Brooklyn Courier: What’s good for Newtown isn’t good enough for Gowanus — and some observers are wondering why. Comment

Perk problems

Brooklyn Courier: Perk problems Comment

What gives on the Gowanus?

Brooklyn Courier: What’s good for Newtown isn’t good enough for Gowanus — and some observers are wondering why. Comment

All aboard in Downtown Brooklyn!

Brooklyn Courier: A soaring atrium offset by three stories of granite, glass and limestone grandeur is set to ease the ride of more than 50,000 Long Island Rail Road commuters as Metropolitan Transportation Authority brass joined borough officials for the grand opening of the new Atlantic Terminal Pavilion in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Participants from Brooklyn discuss Gaza Freedom March

Ted Auerbach and other Brooklyn participants will discuss their experiences during the Gaza Freedom March, including the response from Gaza, response to demonstrations in Cairo, and the new “Cairo Declaration.” Comment

Jets players ‘buddy’ up to Woodhull

Williamsburg: New York Jets players Tony Richardson and Dustin Keller scored a seasonal touchdown when they visited Woodhull Medical Center to hand out some extra special dolls as part of the Shadow Buddies charitable program. Comment

End of season bag sale at ‘Hip’ place

Brooklyn Heights: Children’s resale boutique Still Hip is purging its fall, winter and overstocked summer inventory, and will host its end-of-season bag sale, February 7, 12-3 p.m. at 283 Grand Avenue, just off of Lafayette, in Clinton Hill. Comment

Atlantic Terminal Pavilion debuts

Brooklyn Heights: A soaring atrium offset by three stories of granite, glass and limestone grandeur is set to ease the ride of more than 50,000 Long Island Rail Road commuters as Metropolitan Transportation Authority brass joined borough officials for the grand opening of the new Atlantic Terminal Pavilion in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Grand Army Plaza counts down to the New Year

Brooklyn Courier: The new decade arrived with a bang in Brooklyn. Comment

Norah Jones home sparks push for Landmark changes

Brooklyn Courier: It looks like the window of opportunity to have a glass-heavy landmarked home just like Norah Jones’ is closing. Comment

Elves make the very best firefighters

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s Bravest took time out of fighting fires to ignite the holiday spirit with a Yuletide revel for the community they serve at their Bensonhurst firehouse. Comment

Santa Claus drops by New York Methodist Hospital for the holidays

Brooklyn Courier: What Christmas would be complete without a visit from “the man in red?” Comment

‘New Lost City’ ushers in the New Year

Williamsburg: As the clock counted to midnight, more than one thousand revelers crammed inside two three-story warehouses in East Williamsburg to dismiss 2009 and welcome 2010 in glamorous fashion. Comment

Happy b’day Manhattan Bridge, don’t look a day over 99

Williamsburg: Often overlooked but rarely underappreciated, transit fans unofficially celebrated the centennial birth of the Manhattan Bridge on December 31, 2009. Comment

Cheers...um, you are over 21, right?

Cheers...um, you are over 21, right? Comment

Lotsa cooks in this kitchen

Brooklyn Courier: Mayor Mike Bloomberg takes his public service shtick seriously. Comment

End-of-Season bag sale

Brooklyn Courier: Children’s resale boutique Still Hip is purging its fall, winter and overstocked summer inventory, and will host its end-of-season bag sale, February 7, 12-3 p.m. at 283 Grand Avenue, just off of Lafayette, in Clinton Hill. Comment

2010 begins on the stoop in Park Slope

Brooklyn Courier: A brownstone stoop morphed into a sidewalk stadium for South Slope revelers, who rang in Year 2010 with a rip-roaring rock show — complete with a “ukulele drop” as the clock ticked towards midnight. Comment

$50K is the ‘Right’ stuff: grant helps power free car service

Brooklyn Courier: A Brooklyn-based non-profit organization has the right stuff. Comment

Councilman Williams: Let’s bring everyone together

As he looks forward to his first 100 days in office, Flatbush Councilmember Jumaane Williams wants to make sure that everyone, from the elderly tenant to precinct commanding officer, all sit at the same table. Comment

50K grant gets it ‘Right’

Canarsie: A Brooklyn-based non-profit organization has the right stuff. Comment

NYPD brass salutes special 71st Precinct crime-buster

Canarsie: Congrats Mike! 71st Precinct Officer Michael Scarcella was given a special honor last week as he was named Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Cop of the Month. Comment

Police revise homicide stats

Call it a Patrol Borough Brooklyn South New Year’s miracle — two homicide numbers have been resurrected. Comment

100-year-old author celebrates publication

BoroBeat: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Comment

IS 278 supports the troops

BoroBeat: Troops overseas will be enjoying a bit of Brooklyn hospitality this holiday season thanks to the Marine Park Intermediate School 278’s Builders Club, which supported Boatsies Boxes, an organization that creates stockings and other care packages to sendto US Troops serving overseas to help them feel more at home while they are protecting freedom abroad. Comment

Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Center

Canarsie: Do you have a deep acute or chronic wound that just will not heal?Brookdale’s Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Center provides state-of-the-art wound healing techniques including ultrasonic debridement that can help. Comment

Ghost bullet

Flatbush: Ghost bullet Comment

It’s the%A0 age of Barrak in Brooklyn

Flatbush: A charismatic student leader has emerged at one East Flatbush high school and his middle name is, coincidentally, Barrak. Comment

A new ‘heartbreak hotel’

Flatbush: A new hotel in the borough, open and doing business for nearly a year, needs to get a special permit quickly to avoid being shut down, thanks to a Department of Buildings (DOB) misstep. Comment

P.S. 235K puts its talents center stage

BoroBeat: Budding Alvin Aileys kicked off the holidays with a rollicking dance performance at Public School 235K. Comment

Church offers year-end $5,000 donation

Lutheran HealthCare’s Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation was presented with a $5,000 year-end donation from the Fort Hamilton Presbyterian Church. Comment

FDNY Mobile CPR unit offers free training

The FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit will hold regularly scheduled free CPR classes the second Tuesday of every month at EMS Station 32, 347 Bond Street. Comment

New Year’s Eve mug

Crime: New Year’s Eve mug Comment

Families enjoy a Holiday Craft Night at PS 255

BoroBeat: To help get families into the spirit of the season, more than 300 children from PS 255 and their parents attended a Holiday Craft Night at the school. Comment

St. Francis DeSales Award for doc

Dr. John Celona, an integral member of Visitation Academy’s Father’s Club, and the school itself, was awarded the St. Francis DeSales Award during the celebration of Mass. Comment

Visitation Academy Mother

The Mother’s Club of Visitation Academy held its annual fundraising event at Gargiulo’s Restaurant, 2911 West 15th Street in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. Comment

The new ‘heartbreak hotel’

Bay News: A new hotel in the borough, open and doing business for nearly a year, needs to get a special permit quickly to avoid being shut down, thanks to a Department of Buildings (DOB) misstep. Comment

Cops revise homicide stats

Call it a Patrol Borough Brooklyn South New Year’s miracle — two homicide numbers have been resurrected. Comment

Beth Israel’s Kings Highway Division hosts Latke Party

Canarsie: Miriam Alexander, founder, Yehuda Memorial Center, and Beth Israel Chaplain Elaine Chan hosted a Latke Party at the Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division. Comment

CEC 20 Special Ed workshop

Canarsie: The Community Education Council of District 20 presents a Special Education Committee Workshop: “What Am I Looking For? Observing a Child, Looking at a School,” 9:30 a.m., January 22 on the fourth floor of 415 89th Street in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

Imagine that: snow sidelines Santa Claus

Bay News: It sounds like Santa was copping out of making his 2009 Rounds in Bensonhurst, but after 25 years of starting out of Bay 40th Street up 86th Street to get to 18th Avenue and 84th Street where my grandchildren anxiously await Santa, then traveling back to Bay 47 Street to greet another household of kids, the weatherman was the Grinch this year and Santa could not make it! Comment

Brass salutes local crime-buster

Bay News: It was a long time coming. Comment

Holocaust survivor, centenarian and author

Canarsie: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Comment

New commander takes the reins of Bath Beach precinct

If you’re one of those people who believes the old adage “You can never go home again,” then you should talk to Deputy Inspector James Rooney. Comment

School budget cut fears

Brooklyn public schools can weather budget cuts — but only for so long, according to a local parent leader. Comment

Two killed in crash

Two killed in crash Comment

Proposed mosque causes concerns in community

The person behind the building of a controversial mosque on a residential street said he is surprised by recent racist remarks made against his faith. Comment

Questions swirl around who’ll fill Marty’s white dinner jacket

Someday, Borough President Marty Markowitz will have to hang up his signature white dinner jacket and say so-long to the concert stage. Comment

Manhattan Beach private security patrol to remain open

The call went out and the Manhattan Beach community answered in the affirmative. Comment

Board poised to back city effort to curb curb cuts

Flatbush: One local volunteer group is poised to support a proposal to revamp the city’s zoning to curb the proliferation of curb cuts and front-yard parking pads. Comment

Stirring the pot on Church Avenue

Flatbush: For many of the borough’s shopping strips, the trick — definitely easier said than done — is striking the right balance between the divergent needs of diverse populations living cheek by jowl to each other. Comment

Brooklyn voters will encounter electronic voting in September primary

Very soon, a rite of passage for many Brooklynites will be only a memory, as New York finally retires its venerable lever voting machines. Comment

Veterans visit Our Lady of Perpetual Help

On Veteran’s Day members of The Catholic War Veterans Post #5 visited Our Lady of Perpetual Help and gave out $500 in prizes to the winners of its third annual Veteran’s Day Essay Contest. The theme of this year’s contest“My American Hero,” had students writingessays about service people that have had an impact on their lives. Comment

Woman killed by forklift

Accident investigation officers look over the spot where a forklift struck and killed a 46-year-old woman Tuesday morning. Witnesses told police that Rosemary Pratt was crossing the intersection of Avenue M and East 14th Street at 7:40 a.m. on January 5 when she was apparently hit by the a piece of equipment jutting out of the back of the vehicle. There were quarters scattered all over the East 23rd Street resident, leading some to believe that she was running for the bus when the accident took place. Officials said that the 40-year-old forklift driver wasn’t arrested, but was given several summonses after several equipment violations were discovered.Photo by Arthur De Gaeta Comment

2009’s ups and downs

Canarsie: 2009’s ups and downs Comment

Opposition mounts to bus cuts

Local elected officials have joined residents on the warpath, opposing cuts to bus service planned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Comment

Fourth Avenue named a deadly street for pedestrians

Bustling Fourth Avenue, home to many restaurants and shops in Bay Ridge, has been deemed among the most dangerous for pedestrians in the tri-state region, according to a recent report. Comment

Police brass salutes crime-buster

Kings Courier: Congrats Mike! 71st Precinct Officer Michael Scarcella was given a special honor last week as he was named Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Cop of the Month. Comment

Fresh latkes for everyone!

Kings Courier: Miriam Alexander, founder, Yehuda Memorial Center, and Beth Israel Chaplain Elaine Chan hosted a Latke Party at the Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division. Comment

PS 255 students earn coveted honors

Kings Courier: A distinguished few of the little learners at Public School 255’s Barbara Reing School were cited with Student of the Month honors for “serving as exemplars in their schoolwork, their thoughtfulness, and their kindness for others,” according to the school’s Project Arts Liaison, Miriam Rankin. Comment

63rd Pct. bash-a-rama

Kings Courier: 63rd Pct. bash-a-rama Comment

New charter boats for Sheepshead Bay

Two new charter vessels are angling their way into Sheepshead Bay, this newspaper has learned. Comment

Joe Rollino: Brooklyn strongman, boxer and war hero dies at 104

As a grizzled reporter covering Brooklyn, it’s hard to be impressed by tales of exploits, but Joseph Rollino was truly a one-of-a-kind person. Comment

Three Southern Brooklyn Roads deemed pedestrian dangerous

Kings Highway, Ocean Parkway and Neptune Avenue have been deemed among the most dangerous for pedestrians in the tri-state region, according to a new report. Comment

Countdown to opening day for local supermarket

The long-awaited Key Food supermarket on Bay Ridge Avenue should finally be open next month. Comment

Anniversary of towers showcases collaboration in creating low-income housing

Canarsie: The Weinberg Council Towers, an attractive living community for low-income seniors created by Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and tucked away inthe Starrett City/Spring Creek section of Brooklyn, just marked its 10th anniversary. Comment

Support for curb cut relief

Kings Courier: One local volunteer group is poised to support a proposal to revamp the city’s zoning to curb the proliferation of curb cuts and front-yard parking pads. Comment

Helping their own: Gerritsen Beach opens their hearts to five victims

At first, Jim Donovan was surprised by the outpouring of support his neighbors have given the Hayes family as they recover from a devastating fire that left their lives in shambles. Comment

Amphitheater critics anticipate hearing

Bay News: Opponents of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to construct a new $64 million amphitheater inside Asser Levy Seaside Park are preparing for an all-important public hearing on the project sometime soon - possibly this month. Comment

Avenue U garbage piles up

As garbage continues to pile up along Avenue U, local merchants are complaining the city’s Department of Sanitation is targeting them with an avalanche of summonses. Comment

So long Simcha, thumbs down to Dear

In a world where city politics is often seen as a blood sport, City Councilmember Simcha Felder is a class act. Comment

Free CPR classes on Bond Street

Bay News: The FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit will hold regularly scheduled free CPR classes the second Tuesday of every month at EMS Station 32, 347 Bond Street. Comment

Across one Senate district, over 600 locations cleaned of graffiti since May

An infusion of cash in 2009 has resulted in the diminution of an urban scourge — graffiti — across a swathe of southern and western Brooklyn. Comment

Battle for Coney Island

The new planks recently installed on the Coney Island boardwalk are already falling apart, area residents claim. Comment

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz collects coats to help the needy

Bay News: Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is working with Met Council and Madelaine Cleaners to collect winter coats for adult and children to be distributed to the needy. The coats may be brought to either Cymbrowitz’ office at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road or to Madelaine Cleaners, 1616 Avenue M between East 16th and East 17th streets.After being cleaned, the coats are given to Met Council and distributed to those in need throughout New York City. Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

Helping make the census count Comment

Food Fight!

Brooklyn resident and Food Network host Sunny Anderson has had it with Cablevision. Comment

Kearney emerges onto city scene with Jeff win

High School Sports: Taylor Raccuglia and Sam Retas were sitting together in the stands at Bishop Ford last Wednesday afternoon when their Bishop Kearney coach, Rocco Sellitto, came walking toward them, shaking his head. The two teammates were wondering why Banneker, the team they were supposed to face, was warming up for another opponent. Comment

Younger Cropper, Brooklyn Collegiate making waves in PSAL

High School Sports: Emonni Cropper had just put the Brooklyn Collegiate girls basketball team ahead three points with 14 seconds left. Then she hung around the baseline stealthily, picked off the inbounds pass and was fouled going to the basket. The sophomore guard’s two free throws all but sealed victory against Benjamin Banneker. Comment

Just as freaky as they want to be

BoroBeat: Freakin’ freaks — and proud of it — are Dick Zigun (left) Andrea Giaconi and “Xecutioner” Tom Dax as the keister-kickin’ triumvirate from the Coney Island Circus Sideshow takes a breather from eating glass, breathing fire and charming snakes at the Radegast Hall and Biergarten, 113 N. Third Street in Williamsburg. Comment

P.S. 216 salutes visiting jewish war veterans

BoroBeat: Pint-sized patriots at Public School 216 showed their true colors by offering a pomp-filled salute to local war heroes in honor of Veteran’s Day. Comment

Coach has the right Rx

High School Sports: It was loud, it was intense and it was R-rated. And no, it wasn’t the latest action flick playing down Flatbush Avenue at the Kings Plaza multiplex. Comment

Grace picks the Johnnies

High School Sports: Unlike so many other talented city products, Davontay Grace didn’t feel the need to leave the five boroughs when it came time to pick a college. Comment

Stingless Hornets lack offense in loss to Molloy

High School Sports: Artie LaGreca described it as “Lid on the Basket for Jewel Day.” It is the holidays after all. Comment

Ford rolls past Manhattan Center to fourth straight win

High School Sports: Shayra Brown is sick of hearing about it, but it never fails to rear its head. Every day, the Bishop Ford senior guard says, that someone brings up the Falcons’ loss to St. Francis Prep. It was the Terriers’ first league victory in two seasons and it came on the heels of Ford’s monumental win against powerhouse Christ the King. Comment

No Moore losses: South Shore salvages week

High School Sports: The motivation for winning was evident. South Shore was on the verge of a third loss in five days in what hasn’t been a very happy holiday break. Comment

Making the grade at the 6-0

Bay News: It was a long time coming. Comment

Domenic Recchia named City Council Finance Chair

Coney Island City Councilmember Domenic Recchia will be named chair of the Council’s finance committee, according to sources close to negotiations with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Comment

Board 7 chairman passes torch

Term limits may have forced Randy Peers to step down as chairman of Community Board 7 this week, but his descent was hardly a steep one. Peers, 39, will now hold the position of vice chairman. Comment

Tax preparation services at Golden

State Senator Marty Golden’s office will provide free income tax preparation services, for the 13th year, to senior citizens and residents of his district earning less than $30,000. Comment

Happy ending for English family

Keaton Bishop, a 17-year old British teen “on holiday” with his family, expected to do the things all first-time visitors to New York do — sightsee, shop and take in a Broadway show or two. Instead of returning to college and his South Yorkshire home before Christmas, however, Keaton and his dad, Paul, experienced something else entirely: Brooklyn emergency medical care—and hospitality. Comment

Visitation Academy collects toys

Every year, the students of Visitation Academy collect toys for the children of US troops, to be distributed to them at the Fort Hamilton Army Base, Fort Hamilton Parkway and 101st Street. Comment

GOPers revel in Rudy’s rhetoric

Trying terrorists in Gotham? No way! Comment

Simcha Felder steps down to work for comptroller

In an unexpected move, popular City Council member Simcha Felder resigned his post to join incoming Comptroller John Liu as a Deputy Comptroller of Budget and Accounting. Comment

NETS and Health Plus Team up for Lutheran Family Health Centers

The Lutheran Family Health Centers, NETS Basketball and Health Plus teamed up to brighten the holidays for patients of the Sunset Park Family Health Center. Accompanied by Santa Claus, NETS dancers and NETS mascot, Sly, handed out holiday gifts to children. Comment

Military personnel of all ages revel at VFW holiday party

Veterans from every major US conflict, from WWII to Afghanistan and Iraq, and their families came together to honor the sacrifices made by those who have served andcontinue to serve during the Rankin Healey VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post#4785 of Bay Ridge’s holiday celebration. Comment

Police revise murder stats

Call it a Patrol Borough Brooklyn South New Year’s miracle — two homicide numbers have been resurrected. Comment

Skating on thin ice

Crime: Skating on thin ice Comment

Curb cut relief

They’re still thinking and reviewing, but members of Community Board 10 seem generally enthusiastic over proposed changes in the city’s Zoning Text that would tighten restrictions on the addition of curb cuts and front yard parking pads. Comment

Five-year-old left on freezing bus

A bus driver and matron were both in handcuffs Monday after they left a five-year-old mentally handicapped child in a locked, freezing-cold bus for nearly an hour and a half, area police said. Comment

Brooklynite vies to be TV’s ‘Worst Cook’

Bay News: She hasn’t hacked off a finger or made her microwave explode, but Brooklynite Rachel Coleman may very well be one of the “Worst Cooks in America.” Comment

Crooks targeting crooks

Bay News: Crooks targeting crooks Comment

Valley National Bank redeems stock shares

Bay News: Valley National Bancorp, the holding company for Valley National Bank, has received approval from the US Department of the Treasury for its request to redeem the final 100,000 shares of Valley’s Series A Preferred Stock outstanding and held by the Treasury under the Capital Purchase Program. Comment

PETA’s claws losing their point

Perspective: A left wing newspaper in a heavily Democrat county asked if PETA is still relevant. By 59% to 44% the voters shouted No! It is no longer relevant. Many readers want to know what nude women have to do with animals. I don’t know but some of us just love to watch and photograph those unclothed demonstrations. Comment

Steaming Jumanee

Steaming Jumanee Comment

A bad sign for Brooklyn’s hometown crowd

Perspective: Where is the Leaving Brooklyn - Fuggedaboutitsign on the Belt Parkway?Who took it down and what misguided authority would have perpetrated such a heinous act? Comment

New York’s Managed Care Reform Act

Managed care is fast becoming the health care delivery system of choice for tens of millions of Americans. Greater oversight and regulation has become necessary to ensure that consumers and providers alike are protected. In the 1990s, New York established new guidelines and requirements; however, as the system has since evolved, so must the regulatory process. For these reasons, the Assembly passed a law that I supported, effective Jan. 1, that will further bolster protections, expand consumer access and guarantee timely payment to providers (Ch. 237 of 2009). Comment

Jihadists beware! Citizen Braveheart to the rescue!

Perspective: Fugghedabout Homeland Security, John. Q. Public-the-avenger has arrived to save us from the evil clutches of terrorists. Comment

Gowanus wall may get city protection

Brooklyn Courier: The city said this week it plans to investigate whether to landmark a revered Gowanus wall that some believe has a place in the annals of baseball history. Comment

Council member Levin sets sights on his administration

Brooklyn Heights: Newly elected 33rd District City Councilmember Steve Levin is vowing to hit the ground running - or at least with his eyes open. Comment

Gowanus and Newtown not created equal

Brooklyn Heights: What’s good for Newtown isn’t good enough for Gowanus — and some observers are wondering why. Comment

Brooklyn Drinks Liberally

Brooklyn Courier: A new chapter has opened in Drinking Liberally’s rapidly expanding social network empire, and it is in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

The Public Wades Into Newtown Creek

Williamsburg: While community leaders throughout North Brooklyn are encouraged about the eventual cleanup of Newtown Creek, many caution the federal agency about harming small businesses and endangering affordable housing projects during the process. Comment

Atlantic Avenue deemed third most dangerous for pedestrians

Atlantic Avenue and 4th Avenue have been deemed among the most dangerous for pedestrians in the tri-state region, according to a new report. Comment

Crime fall: 2009 banner year for robbery reduction

Muggers avoided Brooklyn like the plague in 2009. Comment

Local pols react to Paterson reform proposals

Brooklyn Courier: State lawmakers representing Brooklyn hadmixed responses to Gov. David Paterson’s “State of the State” address, in which he set forth sweeping proposals to root out political corruption in state government. Comment

Two killed in crash

Two killed in crash Comment

Murdered at pool hall

Williamsburg: Murdered at pool hall Comment

Williamsburgers’ 2010 Resolutions

A new year dawns in Brooklyn, and Williamsburg’s public officials, community leaders, business owners, and personalities have made their resolutions for a successful 2010. Comment

Brooklyn politics

Cheers...um, you are over 21, right? Comment

Senesh courtyard to get city eye

Brooklyn Courier: The city is vowing to take a closer look at cars parked in the courtyard of a Carroll Gardens private school, a situation that has long vexed some in the neighborhood. Comment

Green light for comedy at Fort Greene bookstore

It’s full steam ahead for comedy at the Greenlight Bookstore. Comment

Markowitz gives OK to Rose Plaza

Borough President Marty Markowitz unexpectedly approved the Rose Plaza development project this week, according to sources close to the applicants, Isaac Rosenberg. Comment

Clarett’s ‘Collection’ gets committee nod

A Community Board 6 committee this week threw its support behind a series of applications that would legalize the construction ofa massive Carroll Gardens residential development. Comment

Holiday B.B.s

Brooklyn Courier: Holiday B.B.s Comment

Bklyn’s in the house: De Blasio takes new Advocate position by storm

When he packed his bags and headed over to Centre Street in lower Manhattan last week, Bill de Blasio made sure he took a bucket full of Brooklyn moxie with him. Comment

Committee OK’s Berkeley Carroll plan

Brooklyn Courier: A construction plan by a Park Slope private school received a passing grade from a community board committee this week, overcoming the first in a series of hurdles the controversial project must clear. Comment

Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District moves forward

Atlantic Avenue’s desire to form a Business Improvement District (BID) in the Downtown Brooklyn area is making serious headway. Comment

Violence in Vinegar Hill

Brooklyn Heights: Violence in Vinegar Hill Comment

Ghost (bicycle) riders in the sky

Williamsburg: They rest affixed to street signs, stark whitewashed bicycles locked on sidewalks near dangerous intersections where accidents have claimed the lives of cyclists and pedestrians. Comment

Councilman Williams: Lets bring everyone together

As he looks forward to his first 100 days in office, Flatbush Councilmember Jumaane Williams wants to make sure that everyone, from the elderly tenant to precinct commanding officer, all sit at the same table. Comment

Stirring the pot on Church Avenue

Flatbush: For many of the borough’s shopping strips, the trick — definitely easier said than done — is striking the right balance between the divergent needs of diverse populations living cheek by jowl to each other. Comment

Brooklyn brownstone rental market awakens

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s brownstone rental market began 2009 as a lamb, but left as a lion, according to a recently released report. Comment

Brooklynite holds Court

Bobby Flay may have met his match on Court Street. Comment

Bensonhurst teach is tops

A physics teacher at John Dewey High School has made the grade. Comment

Woman killed by forklift

Accident investigation officers look over the spot where a forklift struck and killed a 46-year-old woman Tuesday morning. Comment

Hillbilly Hipsters Decamp in ‘Burg

TrailerPark Comment

2009’s ups and downs

Canarsie: 2009’s ups and downs Comment

New Lost City Found in ‘Burg Warehouse

As the clock counted to midnight, more than one thousand revelers crammed inside two three-story warehouses in East Williamsburg to dismiss 2009 and welcome 2010 in glamorous fashion. Comment

Brooklyn’s own Barrak makes a splash

A charismatic student leader has emerged at one East Flatbush high school and his middle name is, coincidentally, Barrak. Comment

Let’s Play Bridge!

Often overlooked but rarely underappreciated, transit fans unofficially celebrated the centennial birth of the Manhattan Bridge on December 31, 2009. Comment

Board poised to back city effort to curb curb cuts

Flatbush: One local volunteer group is poised to support a proposal to revamp the city’s zoning to curb the proliferation of curb cuts and front-yard parking pads. Comment

Battle for Coney Island’s boardwalk

The new planks recently installed on the Coney Island boardwalk are already falling apart, area residents claim. Comment

Brooklyn a big player as city takes number 1 spot as tourism capital of U.S.

A Brooklyn eatery that has benefited from the city’s tourism efforts took center stage as Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the success of the city’s tourism efforts in 2009, as well as kicking off two upcoming promotions designed to encourage travelers to choose New York for a winter getaway. Comment
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Windows 7 was Norah Jones’s idea

Cobble Hill: Score one — or make it three — for Cobble Hill preservationists in their war against Norah Jones’s windows. Comments (9)

It’s ‘Mission’ accomplished with pro-Soviet propaganda at BAM

Everyone loves a little Soviet propaganda from time to time. Comment
Music: Call it kitsch for the new decade or our world through cat-eye glasses, but the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players are now, officially, Bushwick-based. Comment

Roofus: It was the least wonderful time of the year

Shopping: Our cartoonist looks back at a weak holiday season. Comment
Art: A successful show about the future of Brooklyn will itself go into the future. Comment

Pols say ‘All aboard’ at new LIRR gateway

Fort Greene: The Long Island Rail Road restored a bit of grandeur to train travel on Tuesday, as pols and other officials cut the ribbon on a new $108-million terminal near the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues. Comments (4)
Brooklyn Angle: Why bother having the terror trials in a courthouse when we could have them at the new Long Island Rail Road terminal? Comments (20)

Organic Heights becomes Sun in Bloom

Dining: The name has changed at Park Slope’s favorite organic restaurant, but the mission is the same. Comments (5)
Rezoning: Brooklyn Friends School is a friend indeed. Comments (1)

Another crime at Perks

Carroll Gardens: Two weeks in a row for this Smith Street nightclub. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment
Dining: The much-loved French bistro Le Petit Marche has closed — but it will be reborn with a touch of Southern comfort. Comments (2)

This guy’s ‘Apostles’ are one dirty-mouthed bunch

Cinema: If Jesus’s apostles were from Brooklyn, the Bible would have been for mature audiences only. Then again, there would also be a lot more passages about friendship. Comments (6)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The proposed site of a Whole Foods store along the Gowanus Canal may remain nothing more than a hole, but at least it will be a decontaminated one. Comments (4)

Expansion and co-existence! Panel backs Berkeley Carroll plan

Park Slope: An elite private school in Park Slope got initial approval from a community board panel to proceed with a controversial new building and a rooftop play area that many neighbors said is too noisy and also out of character with the school’s existing landmarked space. Comments (2)
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The $1.2-billion redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar factory — which calls for several skyscrapers surrounding a historic refinery building with a glass-walled penthouse along the Williamsburg waterfront — moved forward on Monday, as city officials deemed it ready to enter the eight-month public review phase. Comment
Mean Streets: The notorious trench portion of the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway would be cleaned up and beautified under a less-than-ambitious proposal put forward by the city late last month. Comments (11)

In the winter, this farmers market goes indoors

Shopping: Fans of artisans and artichokes can rejoice now that homemade and homegrown products will finally be under the same roof, starting this Sunday. Comments (1)

Teen Spirit’s first ‘semester’ at Gap Year University

Smartmom: With all of Teen Spirit’s high school friends back in town on their winter breaks from college, it’s a good time to review how doing Smartmom’s boy is doing. Comments (10)

Could the Broke-lyn Philharmonic be back next year?

The Brooklyn Philharmonic may no longer be playing the blues. Comments (1)

Taxman reopens coffee shop after jolt of cash

Ditmas Park: A quirky, self-styled revolutionary coffeehouse that was seized and shuttered by the taxman last month has reopened. Comments (1)

Soaked two ways

Fort Greene: A woman’s apartment is robbed — while she’s in the tub! Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (4)

Here they are — your Police Blotters

Crime: If it’s Wednesday, it’s Police Blotter day on BrooklynPaper.com. Find your neighborhood below or click the link above to get a full list. Read more…

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