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Friday, March 11, 2011

Parking war! Ridgites say city must attack those stealing parking spots

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s legendary parking problem is in the crosshairs of residents who say the city needs to punish the people who literally steal the few available spots. Comments (8)

Checkin’ in with … comic writer Jane Borden

Checkin’ in with: The new “It” girl of Brooklyn literature chats with our “It” reporter. Comments (1)

The great taxi op-ed package!

Mean Streets: The city is considering putting meters in livery cabs — and allow them to legally pick up street hails. Supporters say this will help taxi service in the boroughs, but opponents say it will actually make things worse. Who’s right? Click below for opinion pieces.

Rabbit Hole’s ‘Frankenstein’ is still a sexy beast

Theater: It’s alive — again! Comment

Diamonds on the souls of their shoes — Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Brooklyn next week

Music: They’ve come a long way from “Graceland.” Comment

‘It’s Always Sunny’ at the Bell House — on March 15

Nightlife: The Bell House loves it some television. Comment

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Full ‘Nest’! City withdraws plan to squeeze PS 32 autism program after outrage

Brooklyn Is Angry: City officials have withdrawn a plan to squeeze a charter school into a Carroll Gardens public school after parents complained that the move would severely undermine a well-respected and widely emulated program for autistic students. Comment

Web war over Prime 6! Online petitions reveal racism, fear-mongering, ignorance

Brooklyn Is Angry: The debate over a new music venue in Park Slope has devolved into an online petition feud that pits a woman who claims hip-hop is linked to “elevated crime rates” against neighbors who want her to take her intolerance and “move to the Hamptons.” Comments (9)

Oh, rats! Leftover winter garbage attracts vermin to East Williamsburg

The rat race has come to East Williamsburg. Comments (3)

Checkin’ in with … comedy writer Mike Sacks

Checkin’ in with: Another interview — and breakfast — with a great Park Slope writer. Comments (2)

Brooklyn Museum’s new show thinks ‘Big’ about design

Art: A new exhibit shows off the newest items in a great museum’s attic. Comments (1)

A divine ‘Comedy’ from Propeller troupe at BAM

Theater: Get ready for the ultimate piece of escapism. Comments (1)

Smoked out! Ridge lawmaker wants to keep kids from playing hookah

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge lawmaker is pushing health legislation that would crack down on the neighborhood’s 20-plus hookah bars and cafes. Comments (5)

You gotta see this ‘Hamlet’ at the Heights Players

Theater: Shakespeare is at the top of his game on Willow Place. Comments (2)

Frank Ferrante’s Groucho is right on the Marx

Theater: And he’s bringing his act to Kingsborough on March 19. Comment

Cops release new sketch of Fort Greene rapist

Fort Greene: The violent thug who tried to rape two women near the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Jan. 19 has been trolling for victims since early December, police disclosed this week. Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Java jolt! Coffee prices are boiling over

The life blood of Brooklyn is going to bleed your wallet dry. Comments (8)

Helter shelter! Now McGuinness Blvd building may become a halfway house

Greenpoint: A controversial shelter may be coming to Greenpoint after all — and it may be even worse than the original plan. Comments (15)

Dog gone! Pups booted from Barge Park

Meadows of Shame: The dog days are over — at Barge Park. Comments (7)

Pothole for Lafayette bike lane

Mean Streets: A city plan for a new bike lane in Fort Greene skid to a halt after community objections last month, the latest clash in a winter of discontent about bike lanes across the borough. Comments (25)

Could one-way Congress Street be the key to Brooklyn Bridge Park access? 

Mean Streets: The city is considering reversing the direction of a Cobble Hill Street make it easier for cyclists to pedal to Brooklyn Bridge Park — but critics say the move will be more hazardous than helpful. Comments (7)

Bench warfare! Ridge group will install seating to shoo away vendors

Bay Ridge: Small businesses in Bay Ridge are firing another salvo in their war against popular sidewalk food vendors, this time blocking them by installing benches to reduce the number of spaces available to the hawkers of cheap eats. Comments (18)

Irish ayes! If you want to celebrate St. Pats, you need this article

Event: Nobody puts together a comprehensive roundup like Bay Ridgite Michelle Manetti. Comments (2)

Chop stop! Flyboys are being hit with fines for hell-icopter noise

Brooklyn Heights: A Manhattan heliport operator has started enforcing the “No chopper” zone above Brooklyn Heights — and two tour pilots have already gotten slapped with $100 fines. Comments (2)

Don’t give up! It may be Lent, but here are foods that we won’t do without

Dining: Mardi Gras is over, so the faithful are about to give up something for the 40 days of Lent. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Suit: City lied about Prospect Park West bike lane

Mean Streets: The city threw pedestrians into the “lane” of fire by fudging Prospect Park West bike path data and colluding with rabid advocates to stanch opposition, a bombshell lawsuit alleges. Comments (56)

Here it is — first look at artist’s ‘gateway’ to Brooklyn

Downtown: Brian Tolle has given us the exclusive on his rotating sculpture for the top of Flatbush Avenue. Comments (10)

Another summer for Coney Boardwalk carnies

Coney Island: Old-school Coney Island will live on for one more season! Comments (8)

City plans to takes space from autism program at PS 32 for charter school

Brooklyn Is Angry: A city plan to squeeze a charter school into a Carroll Gardens public school will severely undermine a well-respected and widely emulated program for autistic students, opponents say. Comments (6)

Ridgites: No way trash is getting picked up six times a week

Bay Ridge: Locals say the city is lying when it claims it is picking up garbage from public trash cans six times a week, and the proof is piling up around trash cans in the neighborhood. Comments (2)

Tennis the menace? Parks Dept. pitches McCarren bubble tonight!

Greenpoint: Tennis anyone? Anytime? Comments (4)

Want greatness from your kids? Believe in them

The Dad: Our columnist learns a lesson on in parenting from the brutal attack on CBS News reporter Lara Logan. And it’s not the one you might think. Comments (4)

Think you know bees? You know nuttin’, honey!

But on March 14, you can learn all about it at City Tech. Comments (1)

Mugging near the Pratt Institute

Fort Greene: An early morning robbery. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (5)

It’s Purim — so get baking those hamantaschen

Our recipe makes it easy as pie (though these are actually cookies). Comment

Monday, March 7, 2011

Art attack! Woman destroyed his breast piece ever

Art: One man’s art is another woman’s porn — and it’s all on...”The People’s Court”! Comments (10)

Boom! Downtown population is exploding faster than the Sun Belt

Downtown: Take this, Sun Belt — our Downtown may be the fastest-growing community in the country. Comments (4)

Ship shape! Container unit flea market to fill empty Albee Square site

Shopping: A souped-up flea market is headed for Downtown this summer, filling the gaping hole where the Albee Square shopping center once stood. Comments (4)

Aviators-Whalers split first two games of playoff series

And now Danbury has the home-ice advantage. Comment

The roots of gentrification — it’s all in this new book

Books: Why do people hate Park Slope? The answer to that question goes back to World War II. Find out on March 14. Comments (4)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cops say this man is the Ridge sex predator

Bay Ridge: Meet the predator of 82nd Street. Comments (9)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lake of ire! Goose lovers will rally to stop this summer’s slaughter

Meadows of Shame: Wildlife advocates, politicians and kids will rally in Prospect Park on March 26 to protest the likely slaughter of the park’s geese. Comments (22)

Activists to install a ‘Tomb of the Unknown Cyclist’ at Boro Hall

Mean Streets: Seven “ghost bikes” to memorialize cyclists killed in accidents were installed this year in Brooklyn — and next week, a sixth white-painted shrine will be placed near Borough Hall to honor victims of unreported collisions. Comments (8)

Bloomy bans public puffing — so read our op-eds!

Perspective: So, the mayor has outlawed park puffing — a move that’s being hailed by anti-smoking advocates as great for public health, while smokers believe it’s the first step towards banning cigarettes everywhere. Click below for opinion pieces on both sides of this issue:

Pols: Army is bombing on Admirals Row

Fort Greene: The Army National Guard has backed out of a hard-fought deal to preserve two crumbling historic buildings in the Brooklyn Navy Yard — and local pols are furious at the betrayal. Comments (6)

A lot of wacky stuff

Weekend Watch: Here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, March 5 at 12:01 am to Monday, March 7 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comments (2)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Breaking news: Bank robbery in Windsor Terrace

Windsor Terrace: A brazen bank robber walked off with $7,000 after slipping a threatening note to an unsuspecting Windsor Terrace bank teller this afternoon. Comments (1)

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