Sunday, April 25, 2010

BoroBeat

Reflections on the Holocaust at Kings Bay Y

Poignant memories and sobering reflections drew survivors and mourners to a community-wide Holocaust memorial at the Kings Bay Y, where they packed the house for the annual commemoration. Comment.
BoroBeat

Poignant Holocaust memorial in Bergen Beach

Guest speaker Peter Stone moved the crowd to a hush with his harrowing account of being herded into a train as a 13-year-old, along with his family and other Jews from small towns in Hungary, and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau during a recent Holocaust memorial in Bergen Beach. Comment.
BoroBeat

They had a ball!

Dressed in crisp green and white uniforms, a cheery crop of little leaguers from St. Columba Youth Council stepped off the local season of the national pastime with a Mass and a march to Marine Park. Comment.
Flatbush

Top cop: Auto thefts on the rise, and we’re fighting back

Police are battling a rash of car thefts on the streets of East Flatbush. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Area Kids is robbed

76th Precinct Comment.
Canarsie

Canarsiens hungry for new business on the pier

The National Park Service is finally trying to get a tenant for the long vacant restaurant on Canarsie Pier. Comment.
BoroBeat

Rocking out for autism

Big-hearted boroughites made a beeline for St. Patrick’s School, where they rocked out with a stellar crop of music-makers to help raise money for children who face challenges in daily life. Comment.
Borough-wide

Stop light being considered for Gerritsen Avenue

Residents living off of southern Gerritsen Avenue are gunning for more traffic calming measures along the strip — but they keep hitting a dead end. Comment.
Bay News

Amphitheater critics give concert promoters an earful

The few concert promoters who actually showed up for last Friday’s public walking tour of Asser Levy Seaside Park heard a lot from the Parks Department about how great Borough President Markowitz’s plan to build a new $64-million amphitheater inside the park is going to be — but it wasn’t all music to everyone’s ears. Comment.
Borough-wide

Nabe worn down by tire thieves

A pinching pit crew has been leaving cars owners flat, police said this week. Comment.
24/7

Bloom county! Sakura Matsuri back at the Botanic Garden

Break out your kimino — Sakura Matsuri is back. Comment.
24/7

La Strada registers on the Mus-o-Meter

La Strada offered a glimpse of its romanticized indie sound in its 2008 self-titled EP. Now, the band has spent time in the studio and release a full-length debut this month, expanding from the EP to include poppier additions. But to really get a sense of what the new album, “New Home,” is like, we leave that up to our exclusive Mus-o-meter. Comment.
BoroBeat

Dance Party USA at Shell Bank

Budding boogie-meisters received an A-plus for transforming the auditorium into a rollicking show hall with their fancy footwork during a dance festival hosted by Shell Bank Junior High School for Special Ed youngsters from public schools across the borough. Comment.
BoroBeat

Budding sports stars score in Bergen Beach

Potato sack races, sprint dashes and other fun games had youngsters from PS 254 challenging mettle while enjoying some down time during a sports day at the Malone Center in Bergen Beach. Comment.
24/7

Indie rockers La Strada come ‘Home’ to celebrate at the Knitting Factory

Most bands don’t begin with just an accordion. But for James Craft, the old-world instrument was a launching pad for his band, La Strada. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

At least these thieves were polite

77th Precinct Comment.
Williamsburg

Jew got mail! Prominent rabbi sent slimy e-mail to undermine rival

Earlier during the public review process for the development, Rabbi David Niederman, an influential Community Board 1 member and supporter of Councilman Steve Levin, urged his fellow Hasidic colleagues to reject the proposal, known as Rose Plaza, because its developer is a key supporter of a rival social services organization. Comment.
24/7

Eat local? How about <i>farm</i> local? This guy did it

Manny Howard has been raising chickens in his Ditmas Park backyard farm since 2007. But he’s not only doing it for the meat. Comment.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Borough-wide

New real-estate numbers show that the worst may be over

Reports of the resurrection of the Brooklyn housing market have been greatly exaggerated. Comment.
Williamsburg

UPDATE: Jew gotta be kidding! Niederman ‘e-mail’ may have been faked!

A controversial e-mail from a Satmar Hasidic rabbi that urged opponents to vote down a divisive Williamsburg development project may have been fabricated! Comment.
24/7

Buy it at the Lyceum next weekend!

Eric Richmond has long envisioned the Brooklyn Lyceum as a Medieval town square. While the former bath house on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is often used as a venue for theater and dance, the owner’s vision comes true next month. Comment.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Borough-wide

Anarchy in the BK! Two rebels arrested at Thames Street ‘collective’ on eve of festival

Cops raided an “anarchist collective” in Bushwick and arrested two of the self-styled rebels on the eve of the community’s annual film festival — and the arrests have the anarchists feeling more paranoid than usual. Comment.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Williamsburg

It’s a wheely bad time on the Williamsburg Bridge

Pedestrians and bicyclists were at each other’s throats this week on the remaining Williamsburg Bridge bike path now that the city has closed the southern lane for repairs that will drag on through the entire spring biking season at least. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Minor change means big inconvenience on small Cobble-Carroll streets

Residents of three tiny streets in Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, long accustomed to separating their recyclables, will now have to separate the days on which they put them out. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rose in full bloom! Levin and developer ink deal on eve of Council vote

Williamsburg Councilman Steve Levin dropped his opposition to a controversial waterfront project after the developer agreed to increase the number of family sized apartments — and price all of the 74 large units at below-market rates — and the project sailed through a key Council vote hours later. Comment.
Borough-wide

Walter is one sick puppy — and he needs your help now

Walter, the severely injured pitbull pup of Park Slope, is on life support — and he needs your help! Comment.
Williamsburg

He was a one-man — make that one-teen — crime wave

Williamsburg has seen a spike in robberies in recent weeks, but police believe they have their man — or rather, their boy. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cops to bikers: Don’t make us clean up after you

Cops in Carroll Gardens are cracking down on bicycles chained to city street signs, vowing to liberate the neglected machines with the power of the law — and a good set of bolt cutters — on their side. Comment.
Borough-wide

Never mind the bollards! Barricade on Flatbush is coming down

One southbound lane of Flatbush Avenue that was eliminated after 9-11 to provide a security zone around the city’s emergency call center will soon be returned to drivers — and the new security for the building will come in the form of aesthetically reasonable bollards rather than the tomb-like structures that stunned Brooklynites when the Long Island Rail Road’s new Atlantic Terminal opened earlier this year. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

More burglary at Trader Joe’s

76th Precinct Comment.
Borough-wide

Blossoming celebrity

Jose Rosado can’t stop to smell the roses without being recognized. Comment.
Borough-wide

Issue Project Room opens new location in Downtown

Less than a year after the death of its founder, the Issue Project Room took one big step toward realizing her ultimate goal of an avant-garde music space firmly rooted in the heart of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New left-turn bans on Flatbush go into effect on April 15

Drivers in Prospect Heights and Park Slope will no longer be able to make left turns onto Flatbush Avenue starting on April 15, part of the city’s effort to calm the neighborhoods’ deadly Main Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bergen Street in Park Slope is this month’s ‘favorite’ block

Brothers Michael and Matthew Pintchik, the brains and brawn behind the Pintchik hardware emporium on Flatbush Avenue, have transformed the strip of Bergen Street between Fifth and Flatbush avenues — which they’ve owned for decades — into a little slice of some small town Main Street in just two years. Comment.
Canarsie

Brush fire rips across Brooklyn-Queens border

— Thomas Tracy Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A ‘lot’ of pain at Red Hook supermarket as grocer bans cars overnight

The free ride is over in a Red Hook parking lot — and it has some residents overheated. Comment.
Borough-wide

Nothin’ but nyet! Jersey lawmaker says Ratner’s savior is illegally in bed with Mugabe!

Bruce Ratner’s sale of his financially troubled Brooklyn-bound New Jersey Nets hit a major obstacle on Sunday as a New Jersey congressman brought a full court press of allegations involving the would-be new owner’s shady business dealings in Zimbabwe. Comment.
Borough-wide

Golden nephew arrested in bar brawl

It turns out that four of the five men arrested in last Friday night’s melee outside the Kettle Black bar in Bay Ridge are related to state Sen. Marty Golden — including the powerhouse pol’s nephew and three cousins. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Gorilla’ warfare as entire staff quits Fifth Ave coffee bar

A coffee war erupted over the weekend when employees at Park Slope’s beloved Gorilla Coffee staged a walkout, leaving java lovers jonesing for a caffeine fix — and the owners scrambling to find new baristas. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lookout, below! Choppers over Heights could actually cause brain damage

Could it be that Brooklyn Heights has finally won the battle of the chopper blades? Comment.
Williamsburg

Marty says Domi-YES!

Borough President Markowitz backed the controversial Domino Sugar redevelopment on Friday, praising the $2-billion condo plan at the abandoned waterfront refinery as “ambitious” and “vibrant” —even as he ordered up a few minor tweaks. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s a 10th Street freeze out for car owners

Everyone knows that Park Slope is a car thief’s paradise — but something about one quiet block makes it a crook’s nirvana! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Correction official admits: We bussed up — but it won’t happen again!

Looks like lunch time’s over at the Brooklyn House of Detention. Comment.
Borough-wide

Suit: ESDC lied to judge about Yards timetable

The state development agency leading the Atlantic Yards project got a favorable ruling in a key opposition lawsuit by withholding information about the mega-development’s construction timetable from a judge, a new appeal filed today charges. Comment.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Flatbush

Bat-wielding psychopath nabbed for murder

Murderer grab Comment.
Flatbush

Green signs get red light

It’s another sign of the times. Comment.
Canarsie

Immigrant fear returning census

Canarsie’s large immigrant population — both legal and illegal — are to blame for the neighborhood’s horrible census return rate,which is the lowest in the borough. Comment.
Borough-wide

If at first you don’t succeed: City to try again to revamp dangerous roadway

The city is coming to pay the piper. Comment.
Borough-wide

For 69th Street, two cans collect trash

The heart of Bay Ridge is clogged with garbage — and locals are blaming the Department of Sanitation. Comment.
Bay News

Two-year-old left on bus

The next time Roberto Isales gets on a bus, it might have wire mesh covering the windows. Comment.
Borough-wide

Driving Shotgun in a dollar van

With reggae music softly playing on the radio and a telephone headset strapped to his ear, dollar van driver Winston Williams scours the curbs for fares as he navigates north along Flatbush Avenue. Comment.
BoroBeat

Holocaust memorial

Misty eyes accompanied the remembrance of one of history’s darkest periods during a Holocaust commemoration at Temple Beth Abraham. Comment.
Canarsie

Search for missing boy reaches desparate levels

Cops are getting desperate in their ongoing search for little Patrick Alford. Comment.
Canarsie

Police, parents, neighbors tangle over double parking outsie PS 115

All hell breaks lose during drop-off and pick-up time at PS 115. Comment.
Borough-wide

If at first you don’t succeed: City to try again to revamp dangerous Dyker roadway

The city is coming to pay the piper. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hikind, Greenfield were making no Census at photo-op!

How easy is it to fill out your Census form? Just ask two Brooklyn lawmakers who got together last week for a Census “photo op” — and couldn’t even be bothered to finish the damn form! Comment.
Borough-wide

Bigwigs stall Coney Island bike path plans

Joe Maniscalco Comment.
Borough-wide

Marty’s amphitheater will leave room for little else in Asser Levy Park

Borough President Markowitz’s controversial plan for an amphitheater in a Coney Island park will seize nearly three-quarters of the park’s already insufficient area for active recreation. Comment.
BoroBeat

It’s a rainbow pageant!

Budding girl scribes took visitors on a wondrous word journey — wowing the crowd with their tender nuggets of observation and wisdom — during a Rainbow Pageant in Coney Island that called upon youngsters to pen their thoughts about human ideals. Comment.
Mill–Marine Courier

“Precious” pinch — Dognapper sought for stealing beloved Maltese

A dastardly dognapper snatched a fluffy pooch named “Precious” off an Old Mill Basin street, throwing the wandering canine into his trunk as her hysterical owner combed the area searching for her. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cover-up charged in suit against drunken police officer, NYPD

Claiming that an NYPD conspiracy may help the cop who ran their daughter down go free, the parents of 33-year-old Vionique Valnord have filed a civil suit against the city, the NYPD and the cop who ended their child’s life. Comment.
Borough-wide

Marty’s got an iPad — and now he wants a Brooklyn Apple store

There’s a Beep for that! Comment.
24/7

Brooklyn Museum to give up wall space to reality TV winner

Some reality TV stars give up their dignity. The Brooklyn Museum will be giving up its wall space. Comment.
Borough-wide

Anti-gay-marriage senator will at least let homosexuals mourn their dead

A state senator who opposes the rights of gay people to marry now says he will vote to give homosexuals the right to grieve a deceased loved one. Comment.

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