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Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

Our poll results are clear — fans want Wally to manage the Mets

Cyclones: Brooklynites have spoken, and they want the Cyclones skipper, Wally Backman, to pack his bags and head to Citi Field. Comments (2)

Catch the big one at this year’s fishing derby

Event: It’s has been widely said that if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. But if you teach a man to fish in the East River, he could win the Brooklyn Fishing Derby. Comment

Flea bitten? You won’t be with our new shopping column

Shopping: This market watch has nothing to do with stocks. Comment

Call it the new sharecropping

Commercial kitchens are expensive, but making food out of your apartment isn’t exactly legal or sustainable. So what’s a fledging food maker to do? Urban sharecropping. Comment

How to save our democracy — four solutions

Perspective: By any measure, Primary Day was a disaster for democracy. Voter turnout was low, challenges to incumbents were rare, and even the date of the election gave candidates little time to generate any post-summer excitement. As such, we asked four “good-government” advocates to offer solutions. Click below for their fixes.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Vito: It’s my party! Boss adds more hand-picked lackeys to Dem leadership

Politics: Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez has strengthened his control of the borough’s political establishment by more than doubling the number of hand-picked loyalists in party leadership positions. Comments (4)

Vito’s power plays cross the line

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper editorial board takes on Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s power base. Comments (2)

‘Animal Farm’ reimagined as an Orwellian circus

Theater: The circus and communist Russia never had much in common, but House of Yes is looking to change all that. Comment

You’ll crow for this ‘Rooster’

Nightlife: On the farm, cocks need room to roam. In Williamsburg, hipsters need room to drink — and now they have a whole lot more, in the form of the Old Rooster. Comment

Get some healthy juice this fall

Dining: The Green Pirate Juice Truck will be in Grand Army Plaza every Saturday. Comments (1)

Roofus: Vito runs a dirty office

Cartoon: Our cartoonist has a real problem with Assemblyman and Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

Oh no, Cono’s! Even Vito’s restaurant has closed!

Dining: As if things couldn’t get any worse for embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D–Williamsburg), now his favorite restaurant has closed. Comments (8)

Bikes in buildings law is a big flat tire in Brooklyn

Mean Streets: A much-ballyhooed law that is supposed to allow bicycle commuters to bring their wheels into their offices has gone flat in Brooklyn. Comments (5)

Final result is in — Restler beats Cohn

Williamsburg: But the real loser is Party boss Vito Lopez — but you knew that. Comments (11)

Van plan scam? ‘Dollar’ vans on former B71 route can go anywhere they want

Cobble Hill: A city proposal to provide shuttle service on bus lines killed by the MTA could flood area streets with dollar vans. Comments (2)

Janitor says Vito Lopez’s charity fired him for backing his rival

Williamsburg: A former employee at a nonprofit agency backed by Assemblyman Vito Lopez claims the Bushwick group fired him for backing one of Lopez’s rivals in last year’s election. Comments (2)

Rowback! City has not bailed on out-of-borough developer for G’point Hosp

Greenpoint: Apparently, hopeful local groups heard what they wanted to hear. This time, the city speaks more clearly. Comment

Unhappy ending at library as branches are slashed on weekends

The Brooklyn Public Library has quietly cut weekend hours on nearly half of its branches. Comments (6)

Our cartoonist says: ‘Get a dram at Dram’

Bar Scrawl: Here it is, folks — our new feature: Bar Scrawl. It’s your cartoonist’s-eye view of the nightlife scene Comments (4)

Get some ‘character’ at Galapagos

Music: A one-night musical revue spotlights our borough’s nuts. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Vito power! Lopez wins another term as county leader

Politics: Meet the new Boss — same as the old Boss. Comments (13)

Dog gone! Board barks over BID’s beg for puppy run

Downtown plan: Downtown is going to have to wait to get a dog run. Comments (14)

Tea but no sympathy for mosque

Bay Ridge: More than three dozen self-professed Tea Party members rallied next to the 9-11 memorial at the 69th Street pier on Sunday to condemn controversial mosques near Ground Zero and in Sheepshead Bay. Comments (13)

Coney Island Film Fest to honor Darren Aronofsky this weekend

Cinema: It’s time to get your celluloid freak on! Comments (2)

Our columnist atones for using caffeine suppositories!

Brooklyn Angle: Why was this night different from all other nights? Comments (5)

Toys for grown-ups

Shopping: Our comprehensive guide to the four best sex shops in the borough. Comments (1)

DUMBO Arts Fest bigger, better than ever

Art: A revamped name, numerous new art mediums, and a wide array of performances, installations, panels, and workshops, all promise to make this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival the largest and most spectacular to date. Comment

Mellencamps are surging! Former champs poised for kickball greatness

Greenpoint: All the action from Brooklyn Kickball from the dean of the Kickball press corps, Aaron Short. Comments (6)

Church hosts T.S. Eliot’s murderous play

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Spoiler alert! “Murder in the Cathedral” is about a brutal killing in church — but don’t worry, we didn’t just ruin the play for you. Comment

Faulty tower! Toren’s ground-floor supermarket falls through

Downtown plan: A hyped-up, high-end grocery store in one of Brooklyn’s best-heeled residential towers won’t be serving the community after all. Comments (8)

Lots of iPhones are swiped

Carroll Gardens: Three iPhone thefts lead the blotter this week. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment

Man loses leg in Eighth Avenue crash

Mean Streets: A wayward livery cab driver sparked a bloody car accident on Saturday that left three people hospitalized — one with a mangled leg — at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 11th Street. Comments (5)

Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Boss Vito: I have cancer — Party leader reveals health scare to insiders

Williamsburg: Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the most powerful politician in Brooklyn, has had his share of battles with political opponents throughout his career, but he is facing an even more formidable foe — cancer. Comments (13)

Democrats circle the wagons for freshman Rep. McMahon

Bay Ridge: Democratic Party officials are so concerned about the Republican Marine gunning for Rep. Mike McMahon’s Bay Ridge seat that they’ve put the freshman lawmaker in their “candidate protection program.” Comments (6)

Chipotle in the Slope? It’s not true!

Foodie-in-Chief: Plus all the food gossip from our “Foodie in Chief.” Comments (1)

Another flip-flop in Williamsburg district leader race

Williamsburg: Now Restler appears to lead! Comments (15)

The Atlantic Antic — one of the best street fairs — is back on Sunday

Event: The granddaddy of all street fairs is back. Comments (3)

Bike tour on Sunday opens up the Navy Yard fortress

Event: Hop on your fixie and explore one of the most exclusive spaces in Brooklyn this month. Comments (1)

Dance company takes out the trash, littorally

Dance: This dance performance is a piece of garbage. Comments (5)

It was a tornado! Feds confirm what we already knew

It was a twister! Comments (1)

Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Bump in the trunk! Jews rushing to get caffeine suppositories

Williamsburg: Talk about a bum’s rush! Comments (41)

Vito’s charity shakeup!

Politics: Ridgewood Bushwick under fire — and Vito’s campaign treasurer is at the center of it. Comments (7)

Wow, that was a crazy storm

A crazy half-hour storm ripped through Brooklyn yesterday afternoon sending trees crashing onto cars, news reporters scurrying to find anyone with amateur video, editors scrambling to find the definition (and spelling) of “tornado,” and sending at least one man to the hospital. Comments (2)

Flip flop! Now Restler is losing to Cohn

Williamsburg: The closest election of this year’s primary season is going to paper ballots and machine recounts. Oy vey. Comments (3)

And the Clonie goes to …

Barnstormin’: Here they are — our annual year-end awards. Comment

Man says we should stop drinking coffee! What, is he nuts?!

Checkin’ in with: This guy says that caffeine makes us fatter and more stressed out. Yeah, and what’s the downside? Comments (15)

Vox Pop gets carried away at state tax auction

Ditmas Park: Everything was up for graps at Vox Pop this week as the state taxman auctioned off pieces of the Cortelyou Road coffeehouse — former customers bought up statues, shelves, and books while hopeful restaurateurs carried away refrigerators, coffeemakers, and even the kitchen sink. Comments (3)

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010


What should happen to failed-but-beloved Cyclones manager Wally Backman

Cyclones: Take our survey now and send a message: Fire him, promote him, or let him finish the job. Comments (2)

Why the Cyclones fell apart

Barnstormin’: In this battle of David vs. Goliath, the giant turned out to have a glass jaw. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

Another high-rise to go up on the Southside of Williamsburg

Williamsburg: A 15-story building will rise on a vacant waterfront lot on the edge of Broadway and Kent Avenue, adding another residential tower to Williamsburg’s fast-developing south side — though this one is mostly comprised of affordable units. Comments (2)

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