Brooklyn Courier

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Williamsburg

‘Maggie’ dog-napped

A six-month-old Yorkie puppy named “Maggie” was allegedly stolen by a man, who pulled up in a car and absconded with her off of a street corner in Marine Park. According to the family, the entire area has been thoroughly combed, posters have been hung all over the neighborhood, and the children are heartbroken. If you have any information on Maggie’s whereabouts, please calls Robin McKibbin at 718-859-0037 (home) or 212-276-1553 (work). Comment.
Williamsburg

Two cars collide on Flatbush Avenue

At least one person was rushed to the hospital following a harrowing collision on Flatbush Avenue Sunday. Police said that two cars collided right in front of the Marine Park Golf Course early Sunday. Firefighters had to shear off the top of one of the two sedans to free a motorist, who was rushed to an area hospital for treatment. The injuries the two drivers suffered were not considered life-threatening, officials said. It was unclear if any arrests or summonses were filed as a result of this accident as this paper went to press. Comment.
Williamsburg

Smack falls at his feet - 62nd Pct. cop of the month makes huge drug bust

A huge stash of drugs will never see its way to the streets of Brooklyn because of the efforts of one hardworking cop. Comment.
Williamsburg

Note-passing bandit hunt

Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment.
Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Left with Basquiat Comment.
Williamsburg

Cops make smack stop - 61st pct. crime-busters make big drug bust

A huge stash of drugs will never see its way to the streets of Brooklyn because of the efforts of one hardworking cop. Comment.
Letters

What free country?

When I first glanced the headline screaming across last week’s issue of your paper, “New Hours at Pier,” I was first shocked, then offended, to see once again how the role of government has changed so drastically in this once free country. Comment.
Letters

Thanks for the attention

We really appreciate the very nice coverage you gave our new art exhibition, ‘Spring Ahead,’ in the 24/7 section of your May 9. Comment.
Letters

Some real horse sense

Horses in America have always been held in high esteem. They have carried us into battle, plowed our fields and inspired us with their grace and beauty. Comment.
Letters

Out with the old

Re: “Summer forecast for Coney: Gloomy with a spell of despair” by Shavana Abruzzo, “A Britisher’s View,” 5-29 issue. Comment.
Letters

Cheers to Joanna

Re: “Potential Pres Running on Empty Mouth,” “Not for Nuthin’” by Joanna DelBuono, 5-29-08 issue. Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - SSDD – Same Story, Different Day

Tying the knot, jumping the broom, buying the cow or getting hitched — marriage by any other name is still a life sentence. Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - Why couldn’t they just stick to the religious stuff?

Chasing black street cred seems to be turning some whites into crud. Comment.
Williamsburg

Help dad tee of this year

This Father’s Day, give dad a gift that will keep him in the swing of things: a lesson with a golf pro. Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER - Warm weather fun

Nobody likes spending money they don’t have. That’s why you should check in with the Consumer Corner each week for the lowdown on some of the best places to shop in the borough. Here’s what we found this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your ticket to private gardens

Enjoy a self-guided Garden Walk through more than a dozen private gardens and nine community gardens in historic Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill during the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District’s (BBGD) 11th Sunday Garden Walk, June 8. Comment.
Williamsburg

Silent auction

Vacation in Jamaica, see a music or dance concert, get a much-needed massage or fly high in a hot air balloon —just a few of the many items up for bid in the BAX Spring Silent Auction, June 1-9. Comment.
Williamsburg

Roll ‘em, ladies

The Jewish Women’s Film Festival (JWFF) is calling for films. The films should focus on the experiences, aspirations, and accomplishments of Jewish women through the ages and throughout the world. Comment.
Williamsburg

Park Slope author revisits John Brown’s legacy

Although he has lived in New York for over a decade, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., has not strayed from the mind of John Michael Cummings, a 44-year-old Park Slope resident whose debut novel, The Night I Freed John Brown, is set in his hometown. Comment.
Williamsburg

Nothing’s more surprising than the truth: Brooklyn Noir returns

In 1977, during the “summer of Sam,” a younger Tim McLoughlin was going to school part-time and driving for the neighborhood car service in Bay Ridge where he lived. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fort Greene fab

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winning neighborhood for the first ever Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative. And the winner is…Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cross-cultural connections

Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday explores cross-cultural connections on June 7. The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays event attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment each month. Thos month’s event features a rich cultural mix that melds traditional and modern influences from Bali, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Benin, Ghana, South Africa, and America. Comment.
Williamsburg

40 authors and you to talk about books, storytelling and all things literary

More than 40 authors will gather in southern Queens on the Rockaway peninsula, June 8, to participate in a series of panel discussions about books and writing. An evening film festival, presented on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, will round out the event. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your own hit parade: Brooklyn Music Wide Open

Connection Works presents “Brooklyn Music Wide Open,” an ongoing series of music presentations, workshops, and performances, June 7. Comment.
Williamsburg

This one’s all about American music

The Spring Concert of The Brooklyn Community Chorus celebrates the breadth of American music, June 7 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Stravinsky, plus

The final concert in the 2007-2008 Music at Ascension season will be held June 7 at 4 p.m. presented by The Church of the Ascension in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Mani, the series’ resident ensemble, will perform works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Britt. Comment.
Williamsburg

Provocative female Jewish artists

As the Brooklyn Bridge turns 125 years-old, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan is bringing the next exciting thing out of the borough and into Manhattan. Comment.
Williamsburg

META at Revival Reggae

Revival Reggae Sundays will host the African reggae group META and the Cornerstones, June 8. Led by lead singer Meta Dia, this afro-fusion reggae band is quickly taking the world by storm with their infusion of rock, hip hop, soul and African rhythms. Comment.
Williamsburg

Labor’s unsung heroines

The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus presents “We Were There,” the untold story of women in the American labor movement, June 13 at 8 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jazz from here all the way to Europe

On monthly Thursday evening performances, PLG Arts’ Jazz at the Ink Well presents emerging and mid-career Brooklyn jazz artists. This summer, the series continues exploring Jazz’s global influence and influences, presenting artists who hail from France, Germany, and of course New York. Comment.
Williamsburg

Earth Stomping Dance Traditions to make you sit up and take notice

Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts program presents Folk Feet Circle ’Round Brooklyn 3, a free afternoon of traditional dance workshops and performances from 3-5 p.m., June 8 in Fort Greene Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

Coney Island keeps inspiring

Gallery 364, “Bay Ridge’s First Art Gallery,” presents its June 2008 Art Competition, entitled “Coney Island.” Artists are invited to submit their works within the prescribed guidelines, using “Coney Island” as their guiding theme. Comment.
Williamsburg

Afro-Caribbean benefit concert

Brooklyn-based non-profit organization Transdiaspora Network, Inc. (TDN) celebrates its official launch with an Afro-Caribbean benefit concert at Williamsburg’s Rose Live Music, June 12 from 6-8 p.m.. The benefit features a free raffle and a performance by Cuban-born jazz legend and newest TDN board member Yosvany Terry. Comment.
Williamsburg

Acoustic sounds

Famed Red Hook Brooklyn bakery “baked” hosts an acoustic music series produced by fellow “Red Hookers” Beautiful Day Media. The performances will run through the summer. Comment.
Williamsburg

You know, Back in the Day

The Henry Gregg Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 226, presents “Brooklyn Back in the Day,” an exhibition of documentary photographs by six photographers whose careers began and first flourished in Brooklyn. The show runs through June 15. Comment.
Williamsburg

Time’s running out on ‘The Masters of Japanese Print’

The exhibit “Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print, 1770-1900,” is running at the Brooklyn Museum through June 15. It will feature over 90 hand-cut woodblock prints, primarily from the famed Utagawa School of Japanese printmaking. Comment.
Williamsburg

Players bring you Kit & Little and a lot of ‘Hope’

The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier Off-Off Broadway theater and Manhattan’s Engine37 Theater Company co-produce two new full-length plays to perform in repertory, June 6-21. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kingdom come for animals

Brooklyn’s Micro Museum presents “2008 BIG Ideas with Animals In Your Kingdom,” 12-7 p.m., now to July 19 with an opening party June 7 from 8-11 p.m. with gifts, drinks, snacks and live music at 9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

For really sensational art check out...the library

Find the unexpected at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library. New art exhibitions present familiar sights in new ways. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk coming

The 2008 Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk celebrates its fifth anniversary by showcasing more than 200 artists in an interactive and participatory celebration of art along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, June 7-8 from 1-6 p.m. each day. Comment.
Williamsburg

Curators on the cutting edge: My Little/Membrane at NUTUREart

In a first for Williamsburg’s NUTUREart gallery, two curators will be curating the same show, My Little/ Membrane, opening at the gallery’s Grand Street location on May 9. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cancer fighter unleashes a torrent of provocative new art

After two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation proved ineffective, Brooklyn artist Cordula Volkening tried NovoCure, an experimental treatment that attacks her brain tumor with electrical currents. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bushwick buckles down for exciting Open Studios tour

Laura Braslow, Maggie Pounds and Chloe Bass of Arts in Bushwick have no idea what to expect during the second annual Bushwick Open Studios, which, held from June 6 to June 8, will coincide with Bushwick’s Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities. Comment.
Williamsburg

BAC explores ‘The Line That Connects You to Me’

BAC (Brooklyn Arts Council) Gallery announces “The Line That Connects You To Me,” a group exhibition curated by Dana Gentile featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed-media work by Brooklyn-based artists that opens with a reception June 5 from 6-8 p.m. (with free beer) during the DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk. Comment.
Williamsburg

Artists coalition puts out the welcome mat for you

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) hosts its ever-popular Red Hook/Carroll Gardens Open Studio Tour, June 7-8. This self-guided tour is an annual BWAC event which offers the public the unique opportunity to meet artists on an intimate level and view their original works firsthand. Comment.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Williamsburg

‘Underground’ art headed to tunnel - Abandoned Long Island Railroad pathway to host performance company LiveFeed

A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment.
Williamsburg

New effort to prevent ‘body snatchers’ - Senate approves bill prohibiting sale of body parts as charged looter awaits sentence

As one of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s body-snatching scam awaits his sentence, a local elected official has spearheaded changes to make sure that the ghoulish practice isn’t repeated anytime soon. Comment.
Williamsburg

HONORING PAST & PRESENT SERVICEMEN

A host of organizations teamed to host the 8th annual Greenpoint Memorial Day Parade, which took place on May 25, the day before Memorial Day. Comment.
Williamsburg

Healing photos

Brooklyn photographer Nancy Siesel knows hospitals. Comment.
Williamsburg

Headed to the big time - IS 318’s Senior Band to play on Carnegie Hall’s stage

The talented and hard-working Senior Concert Band at IS 318 (101 Walton Street) will soon take their act from Brooklyn’s Broadway Triangle to Carnegie Hall. Comment.
Williamsburg

Day care changes cause concern

A new funding system is jeopardizing the future of Brooklyn’s day care centers. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dive head first into this summer - Brooklyn celebrates beach openings at Coney Island and Manhattan Beach

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cyclones battle Yanks on day 1

The Brooklyn Cyclones’ 2008 season kicks off June 17, 7 p.m. at Keyspan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, with a game against crosstown rivals, the Staten Island Yankees. Comment.
Williamsburg

Budding writers the ‘real deal’- Brooklyn students pen screenplay debuting on Showtime this summer

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Williamsburg

Big $core for housing - Lopez secures record $300M in state funds

Assemblymember Vito Lopez secured a record $300 million for affordable housing programs in this year’s state budget, as Brooklyn housing organizations wait for the final allocations to be divvied out over the next few months. Comment.
Williamsburg

Annual Tour de Brooklyn - Local cyclists compete in 18-mile bike challenge

Mom, dad and the kids donned their helmets and put the pedal to the metal for the fourth annual Tour de Brooklyn bike ride, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives. Comment.
Williamsburg

An ace on the mound and in class

Hats off to this multi-talented grad. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

POLICE BLOTER

Open house Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Reel deal’ student scribes - Cable TV to produce work of young Brooklyn writers

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Moral’ author

To commemorate the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s 100th anniversary, BSEC will hold an Anniversary Lecture at 4 p.m., May 31 at the Poly Prep Auditorium, 49 Prospect Park West between First and Second streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘LiveFeed’ from deep inside the ‘lost tunnel’ - Performance group plans underground productions

A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment.
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‘Lit Match’ teen essay contest

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz invites Brooklynites ages 14-19 to submit stories, poems, essays, spoken word and raps for the third annual “Lit Match” teen writing contest, part of the Young Readers and Writers Program of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

TV star, singing CIA agent

What do you get if you cross Captain B.J. Hunnicutt with a singing spy? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Three bagged in robbery

Quick wits and good police work earned a civilian and two cops high praise and hearty applause at the 78th Precinct Community Council this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The ‘silent tsunami’

It’s been the leading story in major newspapers and TV news programs. More than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a “silent tsunami” of rising food prices, according to World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran. A dozen countries have experienced food riots and strikes. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sunset of mayoral control

Senator Eric Adams and the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID) will co-sponsor an education forum, June 1 at 3 p.m., called “NYC Education System after 2009 – A Change is Coming,” at the Union Temple on Eastern Parkway, next to Grand Army Plaza. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Soccer’s new field of dreams - McCarren Park facilities offer kids room to grow

Kids love soccer. The reason why it is the most popular sport in the world is not a mystery: Any kid can play the game; it’s simple to learn, easy to play, requires almost no equipment, doesn’t favor kids who are taller or stronger and every player on the field gets a chance to handle the ball, make plays and dream of the World Cup. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Soaking the middle class

Re: “Don’t Throw Out the Bath Water!,” “Not for Nuthin’” by Joanna DelBuono, 5-22 issue. Comment.
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Snow White show-stopper - St. Francis de Sales shines

The talented students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf staged an impressive version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” last week, delighting those who packed the auditorium at the 260 Eastern Parkway school. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Slain merchant fund

Beloved neighborhood merchant Kyung-Sook “Linda” Woo, who owned the Eden Dry Cleaners at 10th Avenue and Windsor Place in Windsor Terrace, was found dead in her store on the morning of May 16. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

See ‘Annie Jr.’ live

New Horizons Middle School Drama Club, in collaboration with Music Theater International Broadway Junion, the Shubert Foundation and the New York City Department of Education Office of Arts & Special Projects will perform their first annual musical, “Annie Jr.” at 7 p.m., May 30-31 in the PS 32/MS 442 auditorium, 317 Hoyt Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Protect yourself online

The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will participate in the first-ever Internet Week New York with Checking the Monitor: A Forum on Internet Safety, June 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Prospect Park southwest digs into the season

Green-thumbed Windsor Terrace dwellers joined forces with their neighbors to beautify their building by planting shrubs and flowers in time for the season of sun. Comment.
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Poetry, singing and signing

Barnes & Noble Park Slope is hosting a series of kids events throughout June. Events include. Comment.
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Playground triumph & tragedy - P.S. 124 dedicates new space to children lost in traffic accidents

A Park Slope school is paying tribute to three young children who tragically lost their lives. Comment.
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People’s summit

Area residents are invited to join Community Board 6 Board members Brad Lander, Elly Spicer, Bob Zuckerman and Craig Hammerman at the free People’s Accountable Development Summit, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pals pitch in for It’s my park day at Prospect Park

Nearly 300 people participated in “It’s My Park Day!” at Prospect Park, a half-day of park-wide volunteer projects to care for Brooklyn’s great landmark park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

On guard against a stroke - NY Methodist Hospital to hold special awareness campaign

While the effects of stroke can be debilitating, this serious health condition is often preventable or treatable. In order to educate the public about stroke prevention and detection, New York Methodist Hospital hosted a free Stroke Alert Day. Comment.
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New charter school coming to P.S. 15 - Opening of PAVE Academy comes over vociferous objections of parents

In spite of parents’ objections, a new charter school will definitely open in P.S. 15 this fall. Comment.
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MetroTech scholarships - 25 awards to be given

The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mani Chamber Ensemble

Mani, a chamber music ensemble dedicated to using all art as a vehicle to develop a diverse, healthy, and compassionate community, will hold a number of shows throughout Brooklyn in the coming week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Livin’ large in poverty

Re: “Shopping when you should be working" (5/16 issue): When I lived in Brighton Beach, I heard that this is how it’s done: give a merchant $500 worth of stamps in return $450 or so in cash, do it a couple of times, then go buy yourself a nice fur coat. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lady Bird is not happy

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is a program, established by the late Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson in 1966. Lady Bird was the wife of the 34th President of the United States, the late Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kids in limbo - Many wait for DOE okay

The wait is almost over for parents of District 15 students. Comment.
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Hillary factor hurts Clarke - CBID withdraws support of Brooklyn congresswoman

A downtown Brooklyn Democratic club has decided not to endorse Rep. Yvette Clarke in this year’s election – and, no, it’s not because the president of the club lost to her back in 2006. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Giving auxiliary cops their due - Justice department to award death benefits to slain vollies’ families

Borough auxiliaries are applauding the United States Department of Justice’s decision to give the families of NYPD Auxiliaries Eugene Marshalik, 19, and Nicholas Pekearo, 28, $300,000 in death benefits. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Forces gather to fight glass tower

Well over 100 people packed the chapel of the Grace Reformed Church on Bedford Avenue last Tuesday night to protest construction of a 24-story glass tower in their community. Comment.
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Fifth Ave. BID gets the okay

The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment.
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Dr. Oz health fair

HealthCorps®, the innovative health educational and mentoring program founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, announces New York City‘s largest single day Health Fair spanning all five boroughs, rain or shine, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.
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Doll and Toy Museum’s 9th b’day - A treasure chest of fun to be opened

Marlene Hochman, founder and executive director of The Doll and Toy Museum of NYC, will host the museum’s Ninth Anniversary Celebration, June 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library 280 Cadman Plaza West, second floor. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dining on my dime

Stanley Gershbein, (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I really appreciate your addressing the use of food stamps to purchase more costly products than regular consumers can afford. I have been noticing it for the longest time and it makes my blood boil. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cyclists cruise through borough

Mom, dad and the kids donned their helmets and put the pedal to the metal for the fourth annual Tour de Brooklyn bike ride, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives. Comment.
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Crossing religious divides

A coalition of Christian and Muslim leaders, all members of a task force formed by the Office of Brooklyn District Attorney met with DA Charles J. Hynes to discuss issues that impact their community. Comment.
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Cops & kids team up - Collaborate on ‘Riot Act’

The Police-Teen Theater Project presents two showings of its newest production, “Riot Act!,” including both improvised and scripted material, all generated by the project’s teen and police officer participants. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Clean up your act

Section 163.19 of the NYC Health Code mandates - That the owner, agent, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person who manages or controls a building or lot shall be jointly or severally responsible for keeping the sidewalk, flagging and curbstone abutting the premises free from obstructions and nuisances and for keeping such sidewalk, flagging and curbstone clean and free from garbage, refuse, rubbish, litter, and other offensive matter or accumulation of water. Comment.
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City Tech graduates new class

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 68th Commencement Exercises, June 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Challenge to mayor’s CB cuts

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham joined district managers and chairs of Brooklyn’s community boards on the steps of Borough Hall to call on Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the proposed cuts to the city’s 59 community boards. Comment.
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Bust out the bikinis: BK beaches reopen - Parks commissioner ushers in ’08 season

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Building her American Dream - City Tech grad embarks on architectural career

“My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK battles as day care money dries up

The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment.
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An ‘arresting’ performer at the piano - Gifted beat cop to play solo show at Brooklyn Music School

When you think of New York City Police Officers, classical piano might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A fashionable turn on Fulton - Event spotlights designers and helps fight homelessness

Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A better way to get to the Brooklyn Bridge - Borough welcomes debut of enhanced walkway leading to span

The Dumbo Improvement District unveiled an extensive public art project and upgrade to the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway as part of Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz’s five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. The permanent improvements feature wayfinding signage by Emphasis Design, and a public art lighting installation by Tillett Lighting Design and KT3D entitled “This Way.” Comment.
Greenpoint

Williamsburg does Memorial Day - Residents mark holiday with rooftop barbeques & acoustic sounds at Harefield Road

Memorial Day was never a holiday I really understood. I remember in high school it meant that I had to march around my small town in New Hampshire in the school band. It meant hot sweaty music in stale polyester uniforms and lots of group pauses in front of flower-covered memorials. It meant closing our eyes or looking down at our feet and pretending to remember war heroes we’d never met. Comment.
Greenpoint

1 more year for cb 1 chair - Vincent Abate, 91, sets date for retirement

Community Board 1 Chair Vincent Abate, whose tenure began in 1980 and spanned drastic changes in North Brooklyn and New York City, recently announced he will step down in June of 2009. Comment.
Greenpoint

Local students are the ‘real deal’ - Brooklyn residents write screenplay, which will debut on Showtime this summer

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Greenpoint

Healing photography at Woodhull

Brooklyn photographer Nancy Siesel knows hospitals. Comment.
Greenpoint

$ for affordable housing - Lopez secures record amount in state budget funds

Assemblymember Vito Lopez secured a record $300 million for affordable housing programs in this year’s state budget, as Brooklyn housing organizations wait for the final allocations to be divvied out over the next few months. Comment.
Greenpoint

Fight to keep rents low - MRNY vigil to prevent rent spikes, one block at a time

With the Rent Control Board hearings looming, Make the Road Members gathered for a vigil outside the Bushwick Playground near Putnam Avenue where a number of row house apartments are being removed from rent-stabilization protections. Comment.
Greenpoint

Body snatcher prevention

As one of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s body-snatching scam awaits his sentence, a local elected official has spearheaded changes to make sure that the ghoulish practice isn’t repeated anytime soon. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Veterans hold lone vigil at WW II memorial - Old soldiers warn that Memorial Day is losing its meaning

While there was plenty of fun in the sun at Cadman Plaza Park this past Memorial Day weekend, no one apparently went to the park to do what it was designed for – honoring the veterans. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Robbery gang is no match for 88th Pct. cops

The doubling of efforts to catch a small gang of robbers earned two patrol officers in the 88th Precinct “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment.
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MetroTech college scholarships - 25 $1,000 awards to be given to deserving students

The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
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Lakeside Center skates on thicker ice - More money allocated to make Prospect PK project a reality

About $35 million in the can and another $40 million or so to go before work can begin on Prospect Park’s proposed 26-acre Lakeside Center. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s a family affair at Fort Greene Park

Mom, dad and the kids joined peace-loving forces with their neighbors during a unity day at Fort Greene Park. Comment.
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Get it direct from farmer Sergio - Residents can sign up for farm fresh all-natural produce

Throw down a little seed money and you could be receiving cardboard boxes full of fresh vegetables. Comment.
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Felony crime drops - 88th Pct. records 33 percent decline

Despite a few problem areas, felony crime continues to go down within the confines of the 88th Precinct. Comment.
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Daycare funding woes

A new funding system is jeopardizing the future of Brooklyn’s day care centers. Comment.
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Cops hunt apologetic muggers

They were very sorry for what they did – just not sorry enough. Comment.
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City Council green light 5th Ave. BID - Merchants hope new business alliance will improve prospects

The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Call for stop work order

The developer of a controversial Clinton Hill building quietly continued construction on the 16-story, 49-unit luxury high-rise about two weeks ago. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Building on the American Dream

“My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Break out the bikinis & sun block - BK beaches officially open for ‘08 season

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK kids’ work to hit Showtime

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

5th Ave. BID gets okay - Students stage production of timeless children’s classic

The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Teen scribes are ready for their close up - Cable TV to produce the work of talented Brooklyn screenwriters

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

St. Francis de Sales students shine with ‘Snow White’ - Students stage production of timeless children’s classic

The talented students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf staged an impressive version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” last week, delighting those who packed the auditorium at the 260 Eastern Parkway school. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Some fume over Gardens rezoning

Carroll Gardens’ wide street text amendment is heading for a public hearing before the City Planning Commission this week with official support from both Community Board 6 and Borough President Marty Markowitz, but critics still want to put the brakes on it. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sixth graders on pins & needles waiting on DOE - Area families await middle-school admission letters

The wait is almost over for parents of District 15 students. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Runners test their mettle to the max

On your mark, get set, go! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Poetry and more

Barnes & Noble Park Slope is hosting a series of kids events throughout June. Events include. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Opposition to community cuts

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham joined district managers and chairs of Brooklyn’s community boards on the steps of Borough Hall to call on Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the proposed cuts to the city’s 59 community boards. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New MetroTech scholarships

The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

More seed money for Prospect ice rink - New Lakeside Center moves one step closer to becoming a reality

About $35 million in the can and another $40 million or so to go before work can begin on Prospect Park’s proposed 26-acre Lakeside Center. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Like it or not, Here’s PAVE - Charter school coming to P.S. 15

In spite of parents’ objections, a new charter school will definitely open in P.S. 15 this fall. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

How to safeguard yourself from a stroke - New York Methodist Hospital to hold free screenings for residents

While the effects of stroke can be debilitating, this serious health condition is often preventable or treatable. In order to educate the public about stroke prevention and detection, New York Methodist Hospital hosted a free Stroke Alert Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gowanus Goes Green festival

Lavender Lake will be decidedly green this weekend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Go out and get involved - Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Enhanced cardiac care in Brooklyn

The Mount Sinai Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center have agreed to enter into a clinical affiliation to offer premier cardiac care in Brooklyn. Mount Sinai and Lutheran have applied to New York State for permission to jointly operate the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Diagnostic Cardiology Center on Lutheran’s campus. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City Tech grad builds her American Dream - Bright architectural career awaits 29-year-old emigre from Ecuador

“My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Break out the bikinis - Beach season returns in Brooklyn

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bklyn International Film Fest returns

An upcoming film festival is looking to its host borough for inspiration—and finding it on virtually every street corner. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK battles as child care funding dries up

The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment.
Bushwick

‘Cinergistic’ film smorgasbord coming - 11th annual Brooklyn International Film Festival set to run May 30 to June 8

An upcoming film festival is looking to its host borough for inspiration—and finding it on virtually every street corner. Comment.
Bushwick

Tunnel tour to get new theatrical boost

A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment.
Bushwick

Taking it to the streets - Bushwick: ‘No more crime’

Bushwick residents are fed up with violence in their community and took to the streets to demonstrate against crime. Comment.
Bushwick

Prescription for fine art photography at Woodhull

Brooklyn photographer Nancy Siesel knows hospitals. Comment.
Bushwick

Officer recognized for gun arrests

Deputy Inspector John Bambury of the 83rd Precinct and the Ridgewood Times presented an award to Officer Rafael Belardo for his work making two separate gun arrests over a span of three days. Comment.
Bushwick

It’s ‘Showtime’ for 2 Bklyn teens

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Bushwick

IS 318 musicians to play Carnegie Hall - School’s Senior Concert Band to appear as part of annual PS Arts Week

The talented and hard-working Senior Concert Band at IS 318 (101 Walton Street) will soon take their act from Brooklyn’s Broadway Triangle to Carnegie Hall. Comment.
Bushwick

Day care funding formula could imperil Bklyn sites

A new funding system is jeopardizing the future of Brooklyn’s day care centers. Comment.
Bushwick

CB4 members take their seats - Board largely re-elected; community activists ‘humbled’ by support

Community Board 4 members reelected candidates for executive committee at the Board’s May meeting, held at Hope Gardens Multi Service Center (195 Linden Street). Comment.
Bushwick

Awards for nabe-minded cops

Members of the National Police for the Dominican Republic presented Detective Dennis Diaz and Police Officer Damarys Franco, Community Affairs Officers with the 83rd Precinct, with an award recognizing their work with the community. Comment.
Bushwick

A vigil for their homes - Streetside event to help save rent-stabilized apartments

With the Rent Control Board hearings looming, Make the Road Members gathered for a vigil outside the Bushwick Playground near Putnam Avenue where a number of row house apartments are being removed from rent-stabilization protections. Comment.
Bushwick

Affordable housing windfall

Assemblymember Vito Lopez secured a record $300 million for affordable housing programs in this year’s state budget, as Brooklyn housing organizations wait for the final allocations to be divvied out over the next few months. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Zoning challenge

Carroll Gardens’ wide street text amendment is heading for a public hearing before the City Planning Commission this week with official support from both Community Board 6 and Borough President Marty Markowitz, but critics still want to put on the brakes on it. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Moral Clarity’ author at BSEC

To commemorate the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s 100th anniversary, BSEC will hold an Anniversary Lecture at 4 p.m., May 31 at the Poly Prep Auditorium, 49 Prospect Park West between First and Second streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Vets warn their day is waning

While there was plenty of fun in the sun at Cadman Plaza Park this past Memorial Day weekend, no one apparently went to the park to do what it was designed for – honoring the veterans. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Teens scribes are the Real Deal - Brooklyn students to have their work produced on cable TV

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Skimping on child day care - Brooklyn advocates push back against efforts to reduce funding

The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

People’s summit on development

Area residents are invited to join Community Board 6 Board members Brad Lander, Elly Spicer, Bob Zuckerman and Craig Hammerman at the free People’s Accountable Development Summit, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pals pitch in for It’s My Park Day at Prospect Park

Nearly 300 people participated in “It’s My Park Day!” at Prospect Park, a half-day of park-wide volunteer projects to care for Brooklyn’s great landmark park. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

MetroTech BID college scholarships

The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lakeside Center skates on thicker ice

About $35 million in the can and another $40 million or so to go before work can begin on Prospect Park’s proposed 26-acre Lakeside Center. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Hillary backlash hurts Clarke

A downtown Brooklyn Democratic club has decided not to endorse Rep. Yvette Clarke in this year’s election – and, no, it’s not because the president of the club lost to her back in 2006. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the play we go...

The talented students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf staged an impressive version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” last week, delighting those who packed the auditorium at the 260 Eastern Parkway school. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Free Stroke Alert Day at NYM Hospital

While the effects of stroke can be debilitating, this serious health condition is often preventable or treatable. In order to educate the public about stroke prevention and detection, New York Methodist Hospital hosted a free Stroke Alert Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Foodies fight back against the scourge of cancer

Eat, drink and be hopeful. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fifth Avenue BID gets the okay

The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Crime falls in the Heights

For two seasons so far, crime continues to decline in the 84th Precinct. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cops storm block - Family held hostage on St. Marks Pl.

Cops converged on St. Marks Place between Third and Fourth avenues Wednesday morning during a bizarre stand-off with an area resident who refused to relinquish a child under his care to city authorities. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Civic meetings guide

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Charter school movin’ in - PAVE Academy to debut at P.S. 15 over parents’ objections

In spite of parents’ objections, a new charter school will definitely open in P.S. 15 this fall. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Building on the American Dream - Ecuadorian immigrant embarks on architectural career

“My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Break out the bikinis & sunblock - BK beaches officially open for ’08 season

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Ballooning BK Bridge PK - Price tag for project soars

While published reports state that the cost of Brooklyn Bridge Park has ballooned to $340 million, the agency charged with building the park refused to confirm the price tag. Comment.

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