‘Staples’ center! Gospel legend Mavis to play the Bell House next week

Mavis Staples is the queen of reinvention.Mavis Staples at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], Jan. 18 at 7 pm. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door. For info, visit Comment

Ring in the New Year in style in these dresses

Nightlife: Almost as big a question as what you’re going to do on New Year’s Eve is, what are you going to wear? Of course, you can always forego your tired wardrobe and buy something new, and we found the perfect items in which you can ring in the New Year — dresses that are chic yet still affordable (well, there’s one splurge in there). Comment

A ‘Tempest’ with a superhero twist

If you always thought Shakespeare could use more ka-pow, this is the play for you. Comment

OTiS will elevate you this Saturday night at Southpaw

It only took 10 years, but Craig Schoenbaum finally has a band. Comment

Trucks — not shoppers — get parking spaces along Church Ave.

Flatbush: Shoppers will be banned from parking along portions of Church Avenue during weekday mornings as the city moves ahead with a plan to create truck loading zones along the commercial strip. Comment

Cops arrest suspect in three rapes

Flatbush: Cops have arrested a sexual predator who prowled a busy Flatbush Avenue intersection. Comment

Daniel Kitson is fantastic in one-man show at St. Ann’s Warehouse

Daniel Kitson is enviously entertaining. Comment

Love ‘Letters’! Dance work inspired by history’s greatest epistles

They’re words that move hearts — and feet! Comment

Crazy weekend on the rails

Weekend Watch: Here are the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, Jan. 15 at 12:01 am to Monday, Jan. 17 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comments (1)
Park Slope: Approve our hotel — or else we’ll bring low-class clientele to the Grand Prospect Hall, owners Michael and Alice Halkias seem to be saying. Comments (19)

Na zdrowie! Polish cafeteria to get beer license

Dining: Greenpoint’s best-kept hole-in-the-wall Polish joint is about to become the Next Big Thing. Comment
Coney Island: An iconic former Coney Island restaurant that’s now home to the freaks of the Coney Island Sideshow was designated a city landmark on Tuesday, a move to save a key site from ongoing redevelopment that is paving over the area’s glory days. Comments (2)

Our cartoonist is wide on the ‘Narrows’

Bar Scrawl: The latest installment of our new feature, Bar Scrawl, offers our cartoonists’-eye view of a Bushwick joint. Comments (2)

Got MLK? Brooklyn honors Dr. King on Monday

Event: Sure, we all take the time to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. this time this year on the anniversary of his birthday. Though few of us have as vivid a memory of the man as Jimmy Hayes does. Comment

Dog disappointed by snowfall

Brooklyn Heights: Sure, it was the perfect storm for Bloomy, but consider Zippy, the would-be snow dog. Comments (1)

Jed Walentas caught in ‘racial mess’

DUMBO: DUMBO developer Jed Walentas admitted that it was good that his supporters from “the projects” — and their political backers — didn’t show up and make a “total racial mess” at a 2009 hearing on his controversial Dock Street project. Comments (13)
Checkin’ in with: Pablo Airaldi sits down with Aaron Short. This is going to get interesting. Comment

‘Racial’ war at John Jay HS

‘Racial’ war at John Jay HS

Park Slope: More than 100 teachers, students and parents of John Jay HS in Park Slope — which comprises mostly minority students from outside the neighborhood — rallied on Tuesday against a city plan to site an “elite” public high school in the building. Comments (2)
Cleaning Our Waterways: Greenpoint has spoken — and it wants new wetlands, more trees and a new boathouse along the Newtown Creek. Comments (1)

Handyman slain at psychedelic gallery on Summit Street

Carroll Gardens: A carpenter renovating a new age art gallery on Summit Street was murdered on Monday. Comments (4)
Seventh Avenue near 92nd Street has become a truck stop, say angry residents who are demanding somebody tells the drivers who park there at night to move along. Comments (7)
Gowanus: Mount Rushmore. The Grand Canyon. The Gateway Arch. Yosemite. The Gowanus Canal? Comments (4)

Job market rebound? Hiring on rise, but gigs are low-paying

Brooklyn’s on its way back from the dead. Comment

‘Women’ on the verge! Heights Players prison comedy is a riot

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: There is something incongruous about seeing a production of “Women Behind Bars,” a 1975 Tom Eyen play that was a smash hit when it starred Divine and opened Off-Off-Broadway, in the former church on quaint (and historic) Willow Place in Brooklyn Heights that the Heights Players have called home since 1962. Comments (1)

Daniel Kitson is fantastic in one-man show at St. Ann’s Warehouse

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Ignore the title; “The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church” is a thirill ride. Comment
Park Slope: Teachers and parents are fighting a city plan to put an “elite” high school inside the Seventh Avenue building. Comments (56)
Park Slope: The owners of the Grand Prospect Hall, one of Park Slope’s most venerable institutions, want to build a massive hotel on top of its Prospect Avenue parking lot — and they’re holding the neighborhood hostage for support for the controversial project. Comments (13)
Development: A new center at the southern tip of Flatbush Avenue is the latest Brooklyn location that could house a Walmart. Comments (31)

Recycle your obsolete old gizmos

Santa may have given you lots of new electronic toys this holiday season — but if you want to avoid his “Naughty” list next year, you’d better not let the old crap turn into new garbage. Comments (1)

Another suicide at the Brooklyner

Downtown: A man jumped to his death from the Brooklyner — the second suicide from the borough’s tallest building in a year — on Saturday afternoon, police said. Comments (4)

Finally, our predictions for the new year!

Editorial: “In 2011, the economy will get so bad that Oprah will change the name of her network from ‘OWN’ to ‘RENT.’ Mattel will release ‘Recession Barbie,’ complete with foreclosure papers on her Malibu Dream House. And when you ask her ‘Where’s Ken?’ she sobs. The Winklevoss Twins will sue Mattel claiming that they thought of ‘Recession Barbie’ first. A crafty New Yorker will invent and sell a beverage called ‘Hot Tranny Mess’ that combines caffeine, salt, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fat. Upon hearing the news, Mayor Bloomberg will faint and fall, ironically, into a snow bank.” Comment

Brooklyn welcomes 2011 with a bang

BoroBeat: Ratatatat-schplook-hisss-kaboom-splishhh! Comment

Complete lack of ‘Amity’

Brooklyn Paper: 76th Precinct Comment

City workers topple gravestones at Washington Cemetery

Snow-clearing city workers accidentally toppled at least 21 gravestones at an embattled Bay Parkway Jewish cemetery where more than 200 gravestones were vandalized late last year. Comment

The ball dropped — on him!

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Fort Greene is the star of this show

Francis Morrone is slowly becoming a borough expert, neighborhood by neighborhood. Comment

Cursed no more? New eatery in ‘Busy Chef’ space

Dining: The so-called “cursed” corner of 60 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights may finally see its first new restaurant in more than two years — owners just applied for a liquor license under the name Bevacco. Comment

Brooklyn beer — OK, and some history, too — at the Historical Society next week

Event: Urban tour guides David Naczycz and Cindy VandenBosch want to share a beer, and some history, with you. Comment
Theater: If you always thought Shakespeare could use more ka-pow, this is the play for you. Comment

OTiS will elevate you this Saturday night at Southpaw

Music: It only took 10 years, but Craig Schoenbaum finally has a band. Comment

Oh, brother! Grimm will work against Obamacare yet get full health care in Congress

Bay Ridge: Critics are howing at the freshman congressman’s fear of becoming a “burden” on society — but the tens of millions of Americans who really are a burden can forget about getting health care. Comments (18)

Pool party! Brooklyn Bridge Park seeks new swimming hole

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Bridge Park is one step closer to getting a pool. Comments (3)

Top of the hops! New music venue set for old brewery

Nightlife: Three former music executives at the Knitting Factory will open a cavernous indie music venue in a former 19th-century brewery on Meserole Street. Comments (6)
A museum of Coney Island history is making moves to ensure that it will be part of Coney Island’s future. Comments (5)
Music: It’ll be two hard days’ nights of Beatles on ukuleles this weekend at Brooklyn Bowl. Comments (2)

‘Staples’ center! Gospel legend Mavis to play the Bell House next week

Music: If you don’t catch Mavis Staples next Tuesday night, you’re making a big mistake. Comment

Pants on fire! Bottomless subway ride heats up the rails

Event: Our inside look at the 10th annual (legal!) pantless commute. Comments (2)

Keeping up with his ‘Modern Family’

The Dad: Our columnist confronts his daughters’ Facebook addictions. Comment

Burger time! Morton’s chef shows you how its done

Prime Time: The burger is an American classic — but it’s not always so classic anymore. Comments (3)

Mugged for snow shovel

Bay News: Snow job Comment


By Thomas Tracy Comment

The city has new and exciting ways to pick your pocket

Perspective: They’re finding new roads to our shrinking pocket books. Comment

Million dollar stand to be delivered

Crime: A famous dinner table centerpiece pinched from a German castle more than 60 years ago is on its way back to the “vaterland” thanks to a settlement hammered out in Brooklyn federal court. Comment

‘Plumbers’ rob granny

68th Precinct Comment

Bloody New Year

Kings Courier: Bloody death Comment

Tazmanian devil hits East Flatbush

Flatbush: Home wrecker Comment

2011: Canarsie’s year of living dangerously

Canarsie: Bad beginnings Comment

Finally, our predictions for the new year!

Editorial: A new year is upon us. In the grand old tradition, we asked borough luminaries to make some predictions for the next 12 months, and threw in some of our own for good measure. Some of these you can actually expect to happen, others are, well, fun guess work. So if any come to fruition, remember, you heard it here first! Comment

Eight-year-old boy killed in fire

The death of an 8-year-old boy in an early morning fire last Wednesday could have been avoided if his house had smoke detectors, fire officials said this week. Comment

Bicyclist shot!

Brooklyn Paper: 77th Precinct Comment

The days after the blizzard

Perspective: T’was the night after Christmas and all through the city Comment

Simone Dinnerstein’s instant ‘classic’ returns on Sunday

Brooklyn has its own certifiable mini-Carnegie Hall, and you have Simone Dinnerstein to thank. Comment

New Year naughtiness

Mill–Marine Courier: New Year’s panty raid Comment

Bernardi shoots Xaverian past South Shore

High School Sports: It took an upset stomach to finally halt Brian Bernardi’s hot shooting. Comment

Happy New Year, folks, now get to it

Perspective: Hope springs eternal from the word “new.” Comment

Lewis’ sparkling final minutes earn Ford thrilling victory

High School Sports: There was only a moment’s hesitation for Aaliyah Lewis. She took an outlet pass from Jeane Jennings off a missed free throw and went flying down the left sideline with her team trailing by three in the final seconds. Comment

‘Hotlantic’ goes cold for Jodi Arnold

Shopping: High-end boutique closes, citing lack of business for chic clothes. Comment
Brooklyn Is Angry: A pair of Manhattan bar owners want to transform a tranquil Williamsburg block into a cool dating destination — but its neighbors are organizing to keep them out. Comments (5)

Press release of the week! Joe Lentol saves a cat!

Greenpoint: Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D–Greenpoint) has built up 30-year record helping Brooklyn’s littlest, most defenseless constituents. Comments (3)

City demotes two Brooklyn snow chiefs in blizzard fallout

Brooklyn Is Angry: And a new storm is dumping more of the white stuff. How will the city do this time? Comments (2)

Grimm takes over — and first vote slams constituents, critics charge

Bay Ridge: Rep. Michael Grimm is sworn in as Bay Ridge’s new Congressman — and one of his first votes will allow Congress to raid a transportation trust fund and undermine local transit improvements, Democrats howled on Wednesday. Comments (12)

Taxicab confession! City to flip one-way Duffield to help cars find hotels

Downtown: City planners will reverse the direction of Duffield Street so out-of-towners can better access a group of fancy hotels near Fulton Mall. Comment

Vicious New Year’s beating

Fort Greene: And more crime at Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center — but this time the thief is caught. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (2)

Crazy fight inside a Fifth Ave. store

Park Slope: A woman beats up another woman — all because she wouldn’t buy her crap! Plus the other crime from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Complete lack of ‘Amity’

Carroll Gardens: Not a lot of crime from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct this week. The best item? A punch on Amity Street. Comment

Thief gets cash, vibrator

Williamsburg: This is one satisfying crime. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comments (3)

The ball dropped — on him!

Brooklyn Heights: A man’s car is cleaned out in DUMBO while he rings in the New Year in Manhattan. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights and Downtown’s 84th Precinct blotter. Comment

Bicyclist shot!

Prospect Heights: A cyclist is mugged and fired upon. Plus all the other news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment

No stoop is safe!

Greenpoint: A thief mugs a woman on her own front steps. Plus all the other illegal stuff from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comment

‘Plumbers’ rob granny

Bay Ridge: Two scammers gain entry by saying that the need to check a water leak. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights’s 68th Precinct. Comments (2)

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