Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Williamsburg: Games in McCarren Park are one step closer to reality. Comment
Williamsburg: When Hotel Williamsburg opens its 64-unit boutique accommodations next spring, guests will be able to enjoy a rooftop bar, a pool hidden from the public, and, most important, a restaurant featuring gourmet sandwiches inspired by street fair from around the world. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010

UPDATE! Tonight’s canceled Kenny Vance show is rescheduled!

Music: It’ll now be on Aug. 30. Comments (1)
Downtown: Another decade, another attempt to return streetcars to the borough that made them famous. Comments (6)

One track mind? Asked about baseball, Rudy brings up 9-11

Cyclones: Nothing brings back the terrible memories of September 11 for Rudy Giuliani like … a trip to MCU Park! Comments (12)

One of the worst games of the season

Cyclones: The Cyclones are crushed 8–2 in Hudson Valley. But on the plus side, Backman is ejected! Comment

Slump ends Ceciliani’s run at history

Chasing Maloof: Now we know why no one has hit .400 since 1971. It ain’t easy. Comment

Teen Spirit heads to college — and Smartmom ain’t sleeping

Smartmom: The second in a three-part series about the end of a six-year run as Brooklyn’s official smart mom. Comments (11)

A guacamole with some kick!

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: Even the best guacamole is a bland, one-dimensional paste. Comment

Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

Pool party saved! JellyNYC and Open Space Alliance reach deal to save Aug. 29 show

Williamsburg: The briefly canceled Pool Party is back on. Comment
BAM District: The Fort Greene impressario is back with a new plan, two years after the city condemned his original venue. Comments (13)
Carroll Gardens: Homeowners have turned their Carroll Gardens block into a “trailer park” by illegally using their front yards as parking spaces — and the city says it will finally crackdown on the brazen practice. Comments (16)

Here’s a list of all the ghost bike memorials in Brooklyn

Mean Streets: There are currently 27 “ghost bike” memorials in Brooklyn, eight in or near our coverage area. Here are the victims and the locations. Comments (3)

This hurts! Mounting injuries and mounting concerns at MCU

Barnstormin’: Might injuries end up doing what no team has been able to do — stop the juggernaut that is the Brooklyn Cyclones? Comment

Debate week begins! Round one: Jacobs vs. Adolphe!

Politics: It’s a barn-burner between three-decade incumbent Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs and challenger Michele Adolphe to represent Flatbush. Normally, we at The Brooklyn Paper don’t cover Flatbush, but this debate must be seen. Comments (2)
Gowanus: Lifeguard Luis Lecodet is not only this week’s “Hottie of the Double-D”— he’s also our first ever “Angel of the Double-D!” Comment

Thriller! Spike Lee honors the King of Pop again

Music: On Sunday, the filmmaker hosts his second annual “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson” party. Comments (2)

New Gypsy bar is the hole-in-the-wall you crave

Nightlife: Roaming bar-hoppers look no further — your new favorite hole in the wall is in Greenpoint. Comment

Kickball update: Rain didn’t slow down Brooklyn United

Greenpoint: It was the worst weather for kickball in nearly five years, but that didn’t stop several powerhouses from punishing rivals in mud-slicked McCarren Park. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010

Cops: We’ve collared one of two men in Driggs shooting

Williamsburg: Police arrested a suspect on Friday night in the shooting of a Williamsburg rabbi’s son that has rocked the neighborhood’s Hasidic community for two weeks. Comments (13)

Suspended game, with Cyclones up 8-7, still suspended!

Cyclones: It’ll now be played on Sept. 1. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010

Nothing scary about these Lake Monsters

Cyclones: Cyclones win big in Vermont. Comment

Friday, Aug. 20, 2010

City to Marty: Your concerts are too noisy!

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz’s concert series in Coney Island is in violation of a city noise law passed this summer — and opponents are calling on Mayor Bloomberg to honor his promise to shut down the controversial performances. Comments (14)

Grimm’s fairy tale? GOP candidate ‘too busy’ to debate rival

Bay Ridge: Michael Grimm refused our invitation to debate his GOP rival, Michael Allegretti, in the race to take on Rep. Mike McMahon. Comments (10)

Big come-from-behind win against the Yankees

Cyclones: The Cyclones win with two in the seventh. Comment

The bike lock vigilante — villain or hero?

Mean Streets: Last week, reporter Andy Campbell broke the biggest bike story of the year: A report that a secretive “bike crusader” was gluing cyclists’ locks all over Williamsburg. This week, the “crusader” speaks — though his message is countered by an opponent of his vigilante methods. Click below for both pieces.

Tap into this new wine trend

Dining: Here’s a classy new twist to the keg party: kegged wine. Comment

A vegan croissant? Say it ain’t so

Foodie-in-Chief: Plus the rest of this week’s smoky, gooey, thick and delicious restaurant gossip. Comments (1)

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

Page 1: This is the space where we typically write a cutesy paragraph about what a great issue we’ve put out this week. And, let’s be honest, on normal weeks, it’s a bit of the ol’ ballyhoo. But this week, we have put together an issue so good, so strong, so hard-hitting, so powerful that just picking it up will be like a body blow from Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Click the link above to download this week’s truly outstanding print edition — one day before everyone else gets it on the street. Read more…

Only five hits in bad loss to Yanks

Cyclones: The Yankees open a two-game series with a win. Comment
Williamsburg: The city will start construction on a new Williamsburg ferry landing next month, a sign that long-troubled water taxi service may return to North Brooklyn — but underfunding by the city over the past few years has planners worried about the future. Comment

Roofus: Marty’s ‘chain gang’ is labor pain!

Cartoon: Here’s what our cartoonist thinks about Borough President Markowitz’s “chain gang.” Comment

On Tuesday, bring your dog to the game!

Cyclones: Though it’s unlikely that your pooch is as cute as our office mascot, Sid. Comment
Art: Brooklyn’s art scene doesn’t leave much to desired, thanks to dozens of galleries that stretch from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge. But why stay cooped up indoors when summer beckons you out into the sun (especially now that it’s a bit cooler) and there’s a mess of new public art all over the place? Comments (1)

Music legend Kenny Vance at Coney next week

Music: Kenny Vance still knows how to get them moving. Comment

Cyclones celebrate one really great moustache!

Cyclones: Brooklyn relief pitcher Hamilton Bennett may be playing in Single A, but he has a major league moustache — albeit from a decade far, far away. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

Vito’s ‘abuse’ of power! Lopez called city worker to get goods in political case

Williamsburg: Assemblyman Vito Lopez “abused” his office when he called a city employee and asked him to provide documents that he wanted to use in a bid to kick a political opponent off the ballot this year. Comments (8)
Meadows of Shame: Parks Enforcement Patrol officers have written zero yes, zero tickets for littering over the last 20 months while dog owners are routinely summonsed, new documents show. Comments (10)
Williamsburg: Cops spoke out against the infamous Bike Crusader this week, vowing to lock up the renegade if he injects any more bike locks with Krazy Glue. Comments (24)

Pool party pooper! JellyNYC’s cash woes sink free concert series

Williamsburg: The final concert of the free Jelly Pool Party series has been canceled because the promoter has run into financial problems. Comment
Downtown: Downtown Brooklyn planners are taking another crack at landing the borough’s first Apple store — and this time, they really (really) think it’ll work. Comments (7)

Cyclone heroes play key role in All-Star Game loss

Cyclones: You can’t blame the record eight Brooklyn Cyclones for last night’s loss in the All-Star Game on Staten Island. Comment

Hell on the el as thieves prey on J-train riders

Williamsburg: Straphangers riding the elevated J/M train have one more thing to worry about as they come home for the night — robbers. Comments (3)
Bay Ridge: The stink is back. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010

Williamsburg: Last week’s shooting in Williamsburg’s Hasidic Quarter may be part of a larger trend of bloodshed and drug activity. Comments (9)

‘Fare’ game! Downtown supermarket becomes Bklyn’s hottest restaurant

Dining: It’s like a private Food Network taping — with a tiny group of friends. Comment

Smartmom moves on! Beloved columnist ends her run

Smartmom: The first in a three-part series about the end of a six-year run as Brooklyn’s official smart mom. Comments (31)

‘Battle’ star! George Washington saved us all (so they say)

Event: Yes, it’s Battle Week again in Brooklyn. Comments (2)

‘Room’ service! Artist lets you stay in her teepee built from trash

Art: One of the strangest art spaces in Williamsburg is now available for overnight stays. Comments (2)

Mau Mau-ing the singles hitters! Low-ranked team beats Never Scared

Greenpoint: The rain came down Sunday, but the Mau Mau’s resolve never wilted, as it knocked off second-ranked Never Scared in the night’s — and possibly the season’s — biggest upset. Comment

Longest-serving aide to longest-serving lawmaker is dead

Fort Greene: Celestine Miller, The longest-serving staff member of the longest-serving Brooklyn legislator in Albany died on July 23 after a long illness. She was 89. Comment

Monday, Aug. 16, 2010

‘House’ divided! Brooklyn jail will reopen, but not double in size

Boerum Hill: The city has scrapped a plan to double the size of the Brooklyn House of Detention in Boerum Hill — but did vow last week to get the 759-bed jail operating at full capacity within a year. Comments (1)

Crime of the century! Bedbugs at the DA’s office

Downtown: A little villain is taking a bite out of the people who take a bite out of crime. Comments (3)

Long night’s journey into win!

Cyclones: A four-hour, 14-inning victory keeps the Cyclones on top by nine games. Comments (1)

A great intern moves on — farewell to Ben Kochman

Podcast: Please enjoy our video tribute to the scrappy southpaw. Comment

Coney’s subway station finally gets its ‘Star’

Shopping: Lola Star is transforming the Stillwell Avenue subway station in Coney Island into a sparkly pink paradise. Comment

BKLYN Yard is back (sort of) as nearby lot hosts music and food on Saturday

Music: BKLYN Yard and the Greenpoint Food Market may both be gone, but that’s not stopping Asobi Seksu and the market’s artisans from doing their thing. Comment

In his element: Alan Harding leads dinner at Carroll Gardens spa

Dining: Here’s a new approach to health and well-being: a fabulous meal. Comment

Lipton tease! Ethan’s new songs will make you laugh

Music: Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra (OK, there’s only three of them) offer up sardonic wit at Barbes. Comment
Event: Justin Israelson and Gary Jonas aren’t so great at homebrewing. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010

Cyclones finally bust out for a big win

Cyclones: Darrell Ceciliani’s two RBIs lead the way. Comment
Crown Heights: Rep. Ed Towns was no meatball for a bunch of kids this Friday. Comments (1)

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Getting in bed with a Bravo television series winner fills a small gallery, but leaves our critic a bit empty. Comments (7)

More errors lead to an ugly loss

Cyclones: Three miscues hand the Crosscutters the game. Comment

Court Street accident is ugly, but cyclist is only slightly hurt

Mean Streets: Lady luck must love pizza! Comment

Friday, Aug. 13, 2010


Grimaldi’s is saved for now — but will be booted next year

DUMBO: Grimaldi’s won the battle, but pizza lovers have lost the war. Comments (22)

Pugilistic Parker’s trial date pushed back until after the election!

Politics: State Sen. Kevin Parker’s trial for assaulting a New York Post photographer has been delayed until after the September primary election, but this time the pugilistic legislator has a longtime political rival to thank for the hold up. Comments (2)

BROWNSTONE BATTLE! Long, painful, but ultimately happy saga of 374 Pacific ends

Boerum Hill: It took more than 25 years, but one of Boerum Hill’s most majestic brownstones will finally be resurrected. Comments (4)

JFK monument busts a move back to Grand Army Plaza

Park Slope: JFK is back and better than ever. Comment

With this Colombo, there’s no mystery

Gowanus: It doesn’t take a detective to figure out why Laurie Colombo won our coveted “Hottie of the Double-D” award this week. Comment
Mean Streets: Roadwork along the Fulton Mall is causing congestion on neighboring Livingston Street, as four bus lines have been diverted to the already busy Downtown corridor. Comments (1)

Drinking, old style, to help the Botanic Garden grow

Event: It was mallets aforethought at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, as guests garbed in the styles of a century ago gathered to celebrate the oasis’ centennial. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010

Bus drivers to MTA: We’ll provide service that you can’t

Carroll Gardens: Bus drivers who lost their jobs in budget slashing by the MTA could find themselves picking up their old riders thanks to a proposal by the Transit Workers Union to operate van service along the killed B71 route through Brownstone Brooklyn. Comments (2)

Hasidic man’s family blames cops — not anti-Semites — for shooting

Williamsburg: Family members of the Satmar man wounded on Tuesday refused to play the race card, demanding only more police protection. Comments (9)
Park Slope: Lenny Shiller is still having fun, fun, fun — and he doesn’t even have a T-Bird. Comments (2)

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010

Dancewave troupe wows them in Scotland

Park Slope: The Park Slope youth dance troupe that was robbed of $10,000, yet was able to re-raise that cash just in time to enter a prestigious dance festival in Scotland made its victorious return on Sunday, having been the only American representative at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Comment
Fort Greene: The national fight over how political campaigns are financed came to Fort Greene on Tuesday as community activists rallied at the Atlantic Terminal Target to protest the retail company’s $150,000 donation to an anti-gay rights gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010

Williamsburg: One Williamsburg grocery chain is so inundated with thieves that it’s taken to publicly shaming the offenders — by posting their pictures all over the storefront. Comments (8)

Here’s the beef! Brennan and Carr is simply the best

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: Any self-respecting connoisseur of roast beef absolutely must make the pilgrimage to Sheepshead Bay and visit the Mecca of slow-cooked meat, Brennan and Carr. Comments (3)

Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010

No money? No problem at this ‘free’ store

Shopping: Around the corner from a large abandoned condo building in Bed-Stuy, business continues as unusual at the Brooklyn Free Store, where there are no walls, no attendants and no price tags. That’s right, everything is free. Comments (3)

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