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Friday, Aug. 26, 2011

UPDATED AGAIN! Entire transit system will close at noon on Saturday

Weekend Watch: Finally, an upside to the hurricane. Comments (5)

Is Fort Hamilton’s worth saving?

Perspective: The feds may close Fort Hamilton to save money — but locals oppose the move. Why? Here are two opinion pieces on the future of the city’s lone Army base.

Get rollin’! Unicycle Fest returns on Sept. 2

Dozens of unicyclists will take to the Brooklyn Bridge next month — but no, the circus isn’t in town. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: Foes of the Prospect Park West bike lane have had their day in court. Now, they must learn to live with the cycle path. Comments (45)

This week’s weekend reads — handpicked by your favorite bookstore

Books: See what the ladies behind WORD, Greenlight and BookMark Shoppe are recommending. Comment

They’ve got the beat!

They’ve got the beat!

Music: Ska legends The English Beat come to Brooklyn on Sept. 2. Get ready to skank. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

Event: Our reporter takes on the best grapplers in the world. How did he do? Watch the video! Update: This event has been canceled. Comment

The 21st century Navy Yards

The 21st century Navy Yards

Vinegar Hill: Curved buildings with mushroom roofs! Giant 3D printers spewing out ships! Swarms of high-tech workers making electric cars! It’s all part of “Super Dock,” a futuristic science park designed by radical eco-architect Mitchell Joachim. Comments (2)
Dining: Wood burning, thin-crust pizzas. Cupcakes. The locavore movement. Fifteen-dollar cocktails with exotic citrus and herb infusions. Gourmet Cup O’ Noodles? Comments (1)

This writer is appealing to a flier power

Books: Marianne Soberanis wrote a book — now she’s telling everyone by plastering the the whole neighborhood. Comments (9)
Nightlife: Arnold Schwarzenegger may be the ultimate macho movie star, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t do without some feathers and glitter. Comment

Rapes quadruple in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Sex crimes are soaring in Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct this year with 16 rapes reported — quadruple the number over the same period last year. Comments (6)

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

Construction Update: Developer Bruce Ratner moved forward this week with the construction of the first of his long-stalled residential buildings in the Atlantic Yards mega-project, filing city paperwork to begin a 33-story building adjacent to the Barclays Center. Comments (12)
Four minutes and 45 seconds holding out a beer mug. Amazing! Comment

Gays fuming over bias crimes

Greenpoint: More than 100 angry residents lashed out at police officials on Monday night about a spate of apparent anti-gay violence that cops are not doing enough to combat. Comments (6)

Pier 5 plan moves ahead

Pier 5 plan moves ahead

Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Bridge Park will get a major recreational facility on Pier 5 by the end of next year, city officials said on Tuesday. Comments (2)
Fashion: Three students skipped summer vacation to toil away with needle and thread. Now their artsy duds are at Urban Outfitters locations nationwide. Comments (1)

Cyclones lose a big game — but gain in the wild card

Cyclones: A real bad loss to a below-.500 team. Comment
Greenpoint: The city comptroller is scrutinizing the Bloomberg administration’s relationship with a Manhattan real-estate mogul who purchased four Brooklyn buildings with the intention of converting them into homeless shelters. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011

The Greatest Story Ever: Yes, that was an earthquake. Comments (17)
Bay Ridge: Members of Community Board 10 say more trash cans mean more trash on Bay Ridge Avenue, but the city says two new cans have made the area cleaner — and it intends to put more cans out. Comments (7)
An 18-pound lobster who was saved from the pot by a kind-hearted seafood company will live out his golden years at Coney Island’s New York Aquarium. Comments (4)

This ‘Court’ is in session

Greenpoint: Could the People’s Court finally be getting back into contention? The jury is still out. Comments (4)

Walk off homer keeps Cyclones’ playoff chances alive

Cyclones: Here’s the hero of the day: Amauris Valdez! Comment
Bridge ‘Park’: This event includes opera, music, film and wienerschnitzel. Comment
Bay Ridge: Businesses on 86th Street think they can use the power of the sun to help keep their street clean. Comments (7)

You tawkin’ to us?!

You tawkin’ to us?!

Cinema: Heights woman shows off documentary on the New York accent. Comments (3)

Monday, Aug. 22, 2011

Suit reveals depth of Momstrocity’s debt!

Cobble Hill: The PTA mom who stole more than $80,000 from her Cobble Hill school and failed last week to make the first court-ordered restitution payment also owes more than $40,000 in back rent on her Atlantic Avenue spa business. Comments (8)
Mean Streets: Opponents of the Prospect Park West bike lane — whose case against the world’s most controversial cycle path was thrown out last week — are now demanding that the city remove the bike route entirely or face another lawsuit. Comments (37)
Nightlife: Here’s a preview of the action on Tuesday at Der Schwarze Kölner’s annual beer-stein-holding contest — with a video of our own beer-stein-holding editor putting himself to the test. Comments (2)

Simply the best burger in New York City!

Prime Time: Joe wins the Macy’s “Battle of the Burger” contest — and now he tells us how to achieve grilling greatness! Comments (3)

Game over — suspended contest concludes with loss

Cyclones: It took two days, but the rain-suspended game is over in Coney — and the Cyclones lose, 7-4. Comment
Music: Who says old school print newspapers are good for nothing? Comments (4)

Let’s get ready to bend-genderrrrs!

Event: The Transman pageant is back! Comment

Divorce cracks his secure foundation

The Dad: A close family of our columnist splits up — and who knows what will happen next? Comments (3)

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011

Park Slope: Brooklynites have tried everything to stop bike thieves — locks, legislation, security cameras — but one Park Slope mom has a new approach: tears. Comments (23)
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Carmine faces Sophie’s Choice!

Sunday Screech: The Big Screecher has to choose between two great websites, and he doesn’t know what to do! Comments (9)

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011

Saturday in the park — What’s going on with all the water

Saturday in the park — What’s going on with all the water

Meadows of Shame: Two views on the flooding in our great greenspace. See below.

Worst loss in Cyclone history

Cyclones: The Cyclones strike out 16 times and get just one hit in a 3-0 defeat. Comment

Friday, Aug. 19, 2011

Shocker! Organizers cancel 18th Avenue Feast

Bensonhurst: Organizers have pulled the plug on this year’s 18th Avenue Feast, quashing a decades-old tradition with a surprise Facebook post on Thursday that blamed the city for the festival’s demise. Comments (25)
Fort Hamilton: Fort Hamilton should be transformed from a sleepy Army base best known for its private swimming pool into the city’s national security hub, politicians and base officials said this week. Comments (7)
Park Slope: One of the original coffee, bagel and gentrification joints will shutter in a rent dispute. Comments (15)

How hard could it be to hold a 1L mug of beer? Watch our video to find out

Podcast: On the eve of Der Schwarze Kölner’s annual beer-stein-holding contest, our own beer-stein-holding editor tried to win it all. He failed. Comments (1)
Ups & Downs: Yeah, but can he hit? Comment
Cyclones: The team is still tied for the wild-card berth, but closing in on the hated Staten Island Yankees. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

Cyclones begin second half with a big win

Cyclones: The team is still tied for the wild-card berth. Comment

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