Thursday, March 3, 2011

This sucks! Humorless officials nix beer-pint-for-blood-pint donation drive

Clinton Hill: A Clinton Hill brewer who was set to generate gallons in blood donations by giving away pints of his beer as an incentive was snubbed at the last minute by blood bureaucrats who questioned the “taste” of his alcohol-fueled initiative. Comments (5)

She’s smokin’! But that’s the problem, as Park honcha must quit before May 23

The Greatest Story Ever: It’s the first installment of “The Great Stephanie Smokeout,” a new Brooklyn Paper column tracking North Brooklyn Parks administrator Stephanie Thayer’s struggle to quit before the city’s ban takes affect. Comments (9)

Cops bust Bushwick art space … for beer at opening!

Bushwick: Um, shouldn’t an art gallery be busted if there isn’t booze at an art opening? Comments (5)

It’s on! Fed League playoffs open Friday with Aviators poised to harpoon the Whalers

Hockey history will be hammered out on the ice inside Floyd Bennett Field’s Aviator Sports Complex this weekend as the New York Aviators skate into the playoffs with their eyes fixed on snatching the Federal Hockey League’s first championship trophy and, more important, crushing their hated rivals, the Danbury Whalers. Comments (3)

Hey, taxi! Brooklynites may soon get to hail metered livery cabs

Many here in the so-called “outer boroughs” are cheering a plan to put meters in livery cabs — and allow them to legally make street pick-ups. Comments (10)

British book night at BookCourt on March 10

Books: Check out Jonathan Coe and Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) next week. Comments (1)

Celebrate Egyptian freedom — at Gyro Station

Melting Pot: It’s a long way — literally and metaphorically — from Tahrir Square to Bay Ridge. Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chalk it up! Bloomberg would lay off more than 1,000 Bklyn teachers

Mayor Bloomberg is not hot for Brooklyn teachers. Comments (5)

That’s our Oscar! Brooklyn filmmaker wins the naked gold guy

Checkin’ in with: We sit down with newly minted star, Luke Matheny. Comments (2)

Cop’s Mustang never roams — even for alternate side

Brooklyn Is Angry: Rules are made to be broken — especially if you’re a cop in Williamsburg. Comments (7)

Bring them the head of Jose Gregorio! Bar wants its mascot back

Park Slope: Someone kidnapped the kitschy little statue that serves as the mascot and good luck charm at Barbes bar. Comments (2)

Stuff it! Hey, Brooklyn — this lady says you don’t know a thing about taxidermy!

Books: Sure, there are stuff animal shows all over the place, but Melissa Milgrom wants you to know about the real deal. Comment
Atlantic Yards: Fifth Avenue’s beloved old-man bar, O’Connor’s, will get a makeover and expansion just in time for the Barclays Center to open a couple blocks away — but the owner says his loyalties are to longtime customers, not the thousands of sports fans who will fill the arena next year. Comments (6)
Boerum Hill: Councilman Steve Levin had one heck of a bad weekend. Comments (4)

Finally, a restaurant in the old Monte’s space

Carroll Gardens: The King is dead, long live the King. Comment
Art: The Brooklyn Museum is shaking things up — way, way up. Comment

Purple Yam is one great place for Mardi Gras

Dining: Get the taste of the Caribbean this Carnival. Comment

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Coney Island: Coney Island won’t be “the greatest show on Earth” this summer. Comments (9)

Slopers are too late to stop Yards-area bar

Brooklyn Is Angry: First came the fight over Atlantic Yards — now comes the fight over all the bars it will attract. Residents stormed a community board hearing on Monday night to protest a liquor license for Prime 6 — but it turns out that the bar already has the booze permit. Oops. Comments (22)
Bay Ridge: Nick Nikolopoulos wowed the vice president with his edible seat of power. Comments (5)

Bribing friends and influencing people

Fearless Parenting: Her kid bribes his way back into his friends’ good graces. And what’s so wrong with that? Comments (1)

Sex predator on the loose in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge: A gun-wielding man sexually assaulted and robbed two women in the span of about 40 minutes on Feb. 25 on 82nd Street in Bay Ridge, cops say. Comments (9)

Black marks for schools chancellor on trip to Williamsburg

Brooklyn Is Angry: Hours after Mayor Bloomberg announced on Monday that 4,600 teachers would be laid off due to budget cuts, Schools Chancellor Cathie Black took her roadshow to Williamsburg, where she was verbally assaulted by nearly 200 seething Williamsburg parents and teachers. Comments (9)

Good golly, Miss Mali! Sway Machinery adds West African singer

Music: Sway Machinery has been a who’s who of the city music scene since forming six years ago, taking in members of Balkan Beat Box, Arcade Fire and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But for its sophomore album, “The House of Friendly Ghosts, Volume 1,” the band journeys to West Africa, recruiting Malian vocalist Khaira Arby to write and perform. Comments (2)
Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual meeting on Monday night was great fun (even when the group gave a “community service” award to our competitor!). Comments (1)

iPhone mania in Fort Greene

Fort Greene: At least two of the fancy smartphones are swiped. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (5)
Foodie-in-Chief: Great sandwiches, new burgers and a dearth of Aussie cuisine are part of Sarah Zorn’s menu this week. Comments (1)

New boxing drama at St. Ann’s lacks punch

New boxing drama at St. Ann’s lacks punch

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: “Beautiful Burnout” has some nice moments, but it’ll make you throw in the towel early, our critic says. Comments (1)
Music: Let’s face it, everyone loves “The Mikado.” Comments (3)

Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

BAM District: A building owner wants to sell a site across the street from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. But he wants a lot of money for it. Comments (4)
Shopping: By Laura Gottesdiener Comments (11)
Dyker Heights: And there was much rejoicing. Comments (2)

Vicious rape at Third Avenue bakery

Park Slope: A horrific rape and attempted robbery at a Third Avenue bakery on Friday has left merchants on the fledgling Gowanus business strip on edge. Comments (1)

Another Bay Ridge church to be demolished

Bay Ridge: Another one of Bay Ridge’s beloved old churches is going to be demolished for development — and locals aren’t happy. Comments (5)

Sharp benefit for Issue Project Room

Music: Steve Buscemi and his wife, Jo Andres, host benefit for the Issue Project Room on March 4 — and Elliott Sharp will perform. Comments (2)
Cinema: The French film legend will be a “Belle du Jour” for a month. Comments (1)

Get buzzed at the Brooklyn Booze Experiment on March 6

Dining: Nick Suarez and Theo Peck are at it again — this time, hosting a cookoff of foods involving booze. Nice. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011

Slopers will rally tomorrow night against sports bar near Barclays Center

Brooklyn Is Angry: First came the fight over Atlantic Yards — now comes the fight over all the bars it will attract, as residents will storm a Community Board 6 hearing on Monday night to protest a liquor license for Prime 6 NYC. Comments (40)

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011

State cuts kill hundreds of school seats in Bay Ridge and Dyker

Bay Ridge: The city has elminated nearly 2,000 new classroom seats across Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge, thanks to a 50-percent cut in school construction funds coming from Albany. Comments (1)

Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

Hey, taxi! Turkish automaker says it will build cabs in Brooklyn

We now have a rooting interest in the race to find “the taxi of tomorrow.” Comments (7)

Small town America comes to Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights: Yes, people, there’s now a Rotary club in America’s first suburb. Comments (2)

DUMBO prepares for its artistic close-up

DUMBO prepares for its artistic close-up

Art: Starting next weekend, DUMBO will be the center of the art world, when the Verve Art Fair comes to town. To prepare, we’ve done the normal art preview, but also tossed in a roundup of all the other important sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the neighborhood down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass. Click below for our full coverage.

Low-cost bottles? Start wining at Red White & Bubbly

Shopping: Adam Goldstein — wine store owner and wine maker — has done it again. Comment

The bike lane battle rages! Here’s our Op-Ed package

Mean Streets: The Prospect Park West bike lane is the story that just won’t die — but it’s a bigger story than just one local cycle path, but a tale that calls into question how the city goes about installing bike lanes and how they affect drivers, pedestrians and, of course, cyclists. We asked two foes to square off on the issue. Click below for their opinion pieces.
Dance: The name may be Brooklyn Ballet, but the game is fusion. Comments (2)

Rabbi denies molestation of pre-teen

Williamsburg: A Williamsburg rabbi pleaded not guilty last week to molesting a youngster over a four-year period. Comment

Come on, America — let’s honor ‘Honest’ Abe!

Letters: Honestly, America needs to honor President Abe Lincoln. Comment

It’ll be an L of a bad time

Weekend Watch: Here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, Feb. 26 at 12:01 am to Monday, Feb. 28 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comment

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

Exclusive: A much-hyped internship program for inner-city kids appears to be designed more to help local minority politicians than minority students. This story is going to go viral! Comments (21)

Dem ‘robo-calls’ target Bay Ridge Rep. Mike Grimm

Bay Ridge: Rep. Michael Grimm’s support of the GOP’s controversial spending bill has left the Marine and former FBI agent with a big target on his back. Comments (3)

First the anger, now the lawsuit over Greenpoint Hospital

Greenpoint: The city gave a chosen developer an unfair advantage over its rival when it awarded development rights to the former Greenpoint Hospital to a Queens construction company last year, a bombshell lawsuit charges. Comments (2)
Downtown: We’re with you. Comments (9)

Come on, feel the noise! Alma Lounge is so loud, it’s sending neighbors to the hospital

Brooklyn Is Angry: A raucous Williamsburg nightclub plays its dance music so loudly it sent its sleepless neighbors to the hospital. Comments (6)
Cleaning Our Waterways: Pig — meet lipstick. Comments (2)

‘Clock’ of ages! Arthur Miller’s Depression-era show returns for the recession

Theater: One of Arthur Miller’s lesser-known plays is finally getting its due. Comment

Give a pint (of blood), get a pint (of beer) at Kelso on March 4

Event: Now this is what we call fair trade. Comments (1)

Our cartoonist offers a wet kiss for Hanson Dry

Bar Scrawl: Bar Scrawl takes his cartoonists’-eye view into Fort Greene’s gastropub. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

‘Mass’ exodus! Zannah out as the Walentases’ cultural ambassador

Art: DUMBO has lost its art ambassador. Comments (1)

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