Monday, Aug. 22, 2011

Seeing Green! Cee Lo headlines this weekend’s free Afro-Punk Festival

Music: You’d be foolish to pass up this two-day music extravanganza at Commodore Barry Park. Comment

Friday, Aug. 19, 2011

Mailbag groaning over our Brooklyn Bridge Park coverage

Letters: Man, Daniel Squadron is not pleased with us — but we’re big enough to let him tell you why (unedited!). Go get ‘em (er, us), Senator! Comments (6)
Bar Scrawl: Our Bar Scrawl goes to one of the soon-to-open bar’s floating parties. Comment

It’s a G-saster!

Weekend Watch: Pretty clear sailing — unless you ride the most-important train in the system, the G. Read on for all the transit news that affects your weekend plans. (Saturday, August 20 at 12:01 am to Monday, Aug. 22 at 5 am unless otherwise noted). Comment
Greenpoint: They want to turn a vacant lot into a lush public space — with your help (er, money). Comment

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

Bensonhurst: Bensonhurst’s beloved 18th Avenue Festival is on — and, yes, it will be 10 days long. Comments (11)
Fashion: Soon-to-blow fashion designers throw a party in Williamsburg on Aug. 24. Comments (1)

Dog daze! ‘Hipster Puppies’ invade DUMBO

Books: Bearded, plaid-wearing hipsters are coming to DUMBO this month — but don’t worry, these ones won’t lock you into a conversation about Slavoj Žižek or Animal Collective. Comments (3)

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

Mean Streets: The controversial Prospect Park West bike lane survived a legal challenge this week, as a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of well-connected neighbors on technical grounds on Tuesday. Comments (29)
A playful little Yorkshire Terrier has been stolen — the third dognapping in recent weeks. Is it a trend? Well, it’s been three... Comments (25)

Library chief gets more efficiency from workers — and uses it to add Saturday hours

The Brooklyn Public Library will restore weekend hours at more than half of its branches this September thanks to a rule change that will make union employees do basic work when the library’s actually open. Comments (1)

‘The mayor of Williamsburg’ resigns — and blames the mayor!

Checkin’ in with: Phil DePaolo, named by this newspaper as “The Mayor” of Williamsburg, is moving his family to the suburbs. He blames Bloomberg, but that’s only part of this epic story. Comments (11)
Theater: A new theater company devoted to performing Shakespeare’s classics in unexpected places is starting off on the right foot — with a production of “The Tempest” on a Greenpoint rooftop. Comments (2)
Kensington: Someone call the irony police! Comment

Buy-a-Run day returns, continues to challenge ethics of sport

Greenpoint: The winner in this kickball fundraiser is the Greenpoint Reformed Church. The loser? Nothing less than the integrity of the game. Comments (4)
Park Slope: It’s raining, it’s pouring, the city is snoring, say Fourth Avenue business. Comments (1)

Clone stars pace All-Star game win

Cyclones: The Cyclones dominated the New York–Penn League All-Star game on Tuesday night, with hot-hitter Daniel Muno scoring two with a double and the Brooklyn bullpen closing out the game in the ninth. Comment
Red Hook: A trigger-happy gunman opened fire on a young man at Columbia and W. Ninth streets in Red Hook on Aug. 16 — hitting his fleeing victim in the leg. Comments (1)
Event: Enjoy the Brooklyn Historical Society’s beer garden party one last time on Aug. 25 Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011


City wins Prospect Park West bike lane suit

Mean Streets: The city has won the Prospect Park West bike lane case, as a judged tossed a lawsuit by opponents who claimed that the Department of Transportation improperly installed the controversial cycle path last year. Comments (6)
Downtown plan: A Manhattan developer has plunked down $10 million to buy the first two floors of the Municipal Building, saying he’ll transform it from a lifeless office into a retail hub — and bring in an upscale restaurant. Comments (8)
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Buscemi wins! Sloper ceases his blog, ‘What’s on Buscemi’s stoop?’

Park Slope: Neighbors and the actor himself campaign for an end to the invasion of Buscemi’s garbage’s privacy. Comments (20)
Greenwood Heights: A subway vandal-turned-acclaimed graffiti artist has transformed a construction site into a canvas of spray paint — and neighbors in the South Slope are giving it mixed reviews. Comments (12)

The boy from aahhs! Kiwi chef Mark Simmons opens his own place

Dining: The former “Top Chef” competitor now has his own New Zealand-themed joint. Comment

Another crime in Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene: Plus a wave of iPhone thefts — along with all the other crime reports from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (18)

Owner of violent karaoke club speaks!

Bay Ridge: And he says his Crown KTV club — where five were stabbed over the weekend — is a plus for the community. Comments (3)
Nightlife: Nightlife gurus Gemini and Scorpio are at it again. Hope you like Bauhaus. Comment

Brooklyn’s finest! Fort Greene Park hosts literary heavyweights this Saturday

Books: Rick Moody, Bryonn Bain and Bernice McFadden are just some of the writers who’ll represent at an annual literary festival. Comment
Dining: An old Wythe Avenue diner is reborn again. Comments (3)

Monday, Aug. 15, 2011

Her kids go to camp — and she’s the one who stresses out

Fearless Parenting: Our columnist’s kids go to sleepaway camp — but she has the tough time adjusting. Comment

Coney welcomes the smallest brewery in the world

The freak show just got another freak show. Comments (3)

Kaboom! Battle Week begins this weekend

Event: The annual commemoration of George Washington’s retreat from Brooklyn — heroic or cowardly, you decide — is upon us. Comments (3)
Foodie-in-Chief: Williamsburg wins the “Hot Restaurant Opening” of the week, Park Slope is the queen of caffeine, and Clinton Hill makes a play for Brooklyn’s newest dining destination. Comments (3)
Red Hook: Look, everyone loves a classic sea vessel. Comments (2)

Catch a true jazz legend — and his seven-string guitar — on Thursday

Music: Charlie Hunter hits Sycamore. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011

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Carmine complains about having nothing to complain about

Sunday Screech: Want to show The Screecher a good time? Get him together with his old buddies! Comments (17)
Park Slope: The 8-year-old from Cobble Hill completes the treacherous course in under a minute — twice as fast as his nearest competitor (check those tires!). Comment

Elvis is in the building! African mask of The King joins the collection

Art: A new Brooklyn Museum exhibition features mask depicting the King, pompadour and all. Comments (2)

Another win in Ohio over the Scrappers

Cyclones: Now the surging Cyclones are tied for the wild-card berth. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011

Cyclones take the fight out of the Scrappers, 10-4

Cyclones: A big win on the road in Ohio — against the wild-card–leading team! Comment

Purbird ain’t no chicken little

Dining: Park Slope gets a great chicken shack. Comments (4)

Friday, Aug. 12, 2011

Bruce Ratner — taking on rats!

Construction Update: Prospect Heights residents will get free heavy-duty trash cans. Comment
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Hogan’s zeroes! Thieving PTA mom fails to pay back the money

Carroll Gardens: The former PS 29 PTA treasurer who stole more than $80,000 from school parents failed to make her first court-mandated reimbursement payment on Thursday — and prosecutors moved to toss out the controversial restitution deal that kept her out of jail in the first place. Comments (11)
Park Slope: Hooray! It’s not against the law to complain about your boss publicly! Comments (6)

Stanley Bosworth, founder of revolutionary St. Ann’s School, is dead

Brooklyn Heights: The eccentric educational iconoclast was 83. Comments (5)

Cyclones split twinbill in Batavia

Cyclones: After a mixed double-header, the Clones still trail for the wildcard. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

Big top fold up! Mom-and-pop stand in for Ringling Bros closes six weeks early

Vidbel Circus abruptly closes before its lease is up because the crowds did not materialize. Comments (5)

Road trip begins with a ‘slam’ and a win

Cyclones: Travis Taijeron slams the Muckdogs. Comment

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