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Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010


Vito’s ‘Money Honeys’ get big salaries — subsidized by you

Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Brooklyn’s powerful Democratic party leader, steered more than three-quarters of a million dollars to both his campaign treasurer and his girlfriend, who work at the nonprofit he founded. Comment.

‘Animal Farm’ reimagined as an Orwellian circus

The circus and communist Russia never had much in common, but House of Yes is looking to change all that. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Brooklyn Courier

From sex toys to maternity clothes on Bergen St

You’d be hard-pressed to find vintage couture, hardware, maternity clothes, comics, vegan food, fancy restaurants, yoga and athletic wear, and even sex toys all on one block — unless you happened to be on Bergen Street between Fifth and Flatbush avenues, where the end-of-summer crowd experienced the best of Park Slope at the first Bergen Lot Party. Comment.

No surprises at all in local primaries

There were few primary election upsets in our coverage area, but that’s to be expected in New York City democracy. Comment.

Another high-rise to go up on the Southside of Williamsburg

A 15-story building will rise on a vacant waterfront lot on the edge of Broadway and Kent Avenue, adding another residential tower to Williamsburg’s fast-developing south side — though this one is mostly comprised of affordable units. Comment.

More money to turn ‘People’s Firehouse’ into town hall

A fledgling community center project in Williamsburg collected nearly $900,000 in commitments of public money from local officials on Monday — not bad for a day’s work. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Arrest in PS 107 computer caper!

Police have arrested a Sunset Park man for stealing more than 30 Apple laptops from PS 107 in Park Slope while the school was undergoing renovations in July. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Two more oyPhone thefts in Slope!

78th Precinct Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Man pulls knife on woman on Bergen

84th Precinct Comment.

NOSE-TORIOUS: Foul smell rising from Owls Head plant again

Pepe le Pew has nothing on the Owls Head water treatment plant. Comment.

The stink is back on Fort Hamilton Parkway

The noses of people living near Fort Hamilton Parkway and Marine Avenue are under assault — again. Comment.
Bay News

<b>SWEPT AWAY!</b> Cyclones really blew in the NYPL title series

The best-hitting Cyclones team in the history managed just three runs in a two-game sweep of the New York–Penn League championship series by the Tri-City Valley Cats, ending Brooklyn’s dream of its first title since 2001. Comment.
Bay News

Before this week’s debacle …

Before falling in the championship round, the Cyclones valiantly vanquished the Jamestown Jammers in the league semi-final series after losing the first game on the road upstate. Comment.

Chew on this! Man dumps gator at 88th Precincthouse

Cops in a Clinton Hill precinct became alligator wranglers on Sunday after a man dropped off this two-foot-long baby croc claiming that he had found it in a nearby park. Comment.

Cure for the summertime blues! Double-D Pool is safe for next year!

The city chased away the summertime blues this week, declaring that the Douglass-Degraw Pool is no longer on the budgetary chopping block — despite attendance figures that were worse than the numbers that forced the closure threat in the first place. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Web sigh! Heights bomb threat was just lyrics on a Facebook page

St. Francis College was briefly thrown into turmoil on Monday when cops rushed to the Remsen Street campus after a bomb threat — but the “threat” turned out to be nothing but song lyrics posted on a student’s Facebook page. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Newspaper lover rips off paper boy

77th Precinct Comment.

Red scared!

The voice of the people has been silenced by the state — and a lot of people are getting screwed. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crime at Red Hook Pool on closing day

76th Precinct Comment.

Use new name to honor parrots

As the proprietor of, I was among the first to suggest to Councilman Vince Gentile that the rebuilt “Dust Bowl” be renamed to honor Brooklyn’s wild Quaker Parrots. Comment.

Keep it the ‘Dust Bowl’

I named the park “the Dust Bowl” during the 1990s because it was full of dust. That was not a proper condition for a ball field. Comments (4).
Bay News

Bay News building to become a tower

An iconic Sheepshead Bay building is losing the “news” and gaining a “tower.” Comment.

Take a bite out of autumn with our restaurant preview

After a sweltering summer, it’s a safe bet that most of us are ready for fall. Here are our picks for fall’s dining musts. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Residents are Fourth and wrong as city tickets front yard parkers

Joe Anuta Comment.

Slope woman gets a cat scam as free felines are later sold!

Some villains flip foreclosed houses — one Prospect Heights lady allegedly flips pets. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Brooklyn Courier

More delays at Vanderbilt Playground

It took six years for the Vanderbilts to build the Biltmore Estate — now Windsor Terrace residents are hoping it doesn’t take that long to finish renovations of the Prospect Park playground that bears the family’s name. Comment.
Mill–Marine Courier

Stabbed in apartment!

Stabber sought Comment.
Mill–Marine Courier

Carl Fuschetto to get memorial bench

It seems that Carl Fuschetto may get a lasting tribute after all, but this one will be quite a distance from the spot where he died. Comment.
Kings Courier

Drunk on cash

Liquor looting Comment.

Blades and bad attitudes

Slashed on E. 19th Comment.

Two murders, one address

Call it the house of blood. Comment.

Jet Ro employees robbed

Jet Ro jack Comment.

A pizza the action

68th Precinct Comment.

Construction to begin on Rockaway Parkway bridge

Get ready for the pain, Canarsie. Comment.
Bay News

Car theft caravan

Mr. Thief’s wild ride Comment.
Bay News

BREAKING: Existential ‘No parking’ sign was a fake!

and Alex Rush Comment.

Carmine’s big adventureland

Like most parents, I’ve gone to my share of amusement parks with my kids. But unlike most parents, I’ve had the unique opportunity to write columns on the places throughout the states I’ve been to, like Hershey Park and local joints like the new Luna Park on Coney Island and the Gene Romano’s old Nellie Bly on Shore Parkway. So I’m sort of an expert on amusement parks — from Disneyland (in California) to Disney World (in Florida) to Busch Gardens (in Virginia). Comment.

St. Finbar’s turns 130th anniversary

When St. Finbar’s Church was established in 1880 -— not in the city of Brooklyn, but rather in the Town of New Utrecht — little did its worshippers know that 130 years later it would still be a thriving parish — and to some, the lifeblood of what would come to be known as the community of Bath Beach. Comment.
Bay News

Playoff Fever! Crucial Taunt is the first to advance to Round 2

A wet and wild playoff weekend captivated hordes of kickball fans, as the top seven seeds all collected victories to thrust towards advancing onto the quarterfinals. Comment.

Judge says amputee’s case must go to trial

According to court papers, Justine Adenekan had to have a portion of her left foot amputated after a bus ran it over. But eyewitness accounts backed the city’s claims that the accident may have been her fault as she was looking the wrong direction when she crossed the street. During her first attempt at a quick judgment in 2009, a judge wouldn’t rule, saying that a jury should determine the case’s outcome. Comment.

Should Ridge park remain ‘Dust Bowl’?

Last week, we ran a story about plans to rename — or retain the name of — the newly restored “Dust Bowl” in Leif Ericson Park in Bay Ridge. Some people think the current name is offensive to the historic tragedy of the Dust Bowl, which displaced millions of people during the 1930s. Here are two takes on the issue. Comment.
Bay News

Dangerous detour: Plumb Beach bikers riding on Belt

Thedilapidated Shore Parkway bike path near Plumb Beach has gotten so bad, some bicyclists have taken to riding on an exit ramp of the Belt Parkway to avoid it. Comment.
Bay News

City offers a timeless question in Sheepshead Bay

“No Parking Anytime” makes enough sense — but “No Parking Other Times”? Comment.

Chickens killings derided

A new fowl-friendly group has beef with an ancient Jewish ritual of killing chickens as a form of atonement on the eve of Yom Kippur. Comment.

Words cascaded like raindrops at the Brooklyn Book Festival

Talk about being brought down to earth! Comment.
High School Sports

‘Speedy,’ X-Men make short work of St. Peter’s

His given name is Kendall Thomas, but he is known by one simple, yet accurate nickname around Xaverian: Speedy. Comment.
High School Sports

Poly Prep has deep roster, high expectations

Gerry Stone doesn’t need to sit his team down and show them a tape of last year’s NYSAISAA title game loss to Dalton. Comment.
High School Sports

LaGreca promoted to AD, leaves girls hoops job at Midwood

Midwood’s Artie LaGreca, one of the most respected girls basketball coaches in New York City, gave up the position this week after being promoted to school athletic director over the summer. Comment.
High School Sports

Home sweet home: Lincoln opens new field in style

Between the packed crowd that gathered for the home opener of Lincoln’s new turf field, the large alumni presence on hand that included members of the 1993 city championship team and the preseason hype, Shawn O’Connor was a mess hours before kickoff. Comment.
High School Sports

Veteran Fontbonne ready to take next step

Fontbonne Hall has been the premier team in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens in recent years, claiming five of the last six titles. However, the last three seasons the Bonnies saw their year end a game earlier than they would have liked in the CHSAA state semifinals. Comment.
High School Sports

Erasmus edges Curtis in wild affair

Danny Landberg knew coming into the season that his team had talent. The Erasmus Hall football coach was just worried about leadership and guts — how the Dutchmen would fare going up against a traditional power on the road in a hostile environment. Comment.

Get ready to rumble as new style wrestling — chikara — debuts in Greenpoint on Sunday

Take the realism of Japanese wrestling, the high-flying acrobats of Mexican lucha libre, and tons of comic book imagery — and you get chikara. Comment.

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