Brooklyn Courier

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Williamsburg

Getting out the Polish vote

One of the first registrants in the Polish American Congress 2009 Voter Drive was the renowned New York musical director and composer Jan Sporek. Comment.
Williamsburg

New referendum on term limits

Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council may have skirted the city’s term limits law through legislating in a third term, but running for a fourth term may not be as easy. Comment.
Williamsburg

Special salute to Vincent Abate

After 29 years of service to the Williamsburg and Greenpoint community, Community Board 1 Chairman Emeritus Vincent V. Abate had one more official duty to fulfill. Comment.
Williamsburg

Lighting up the scene of a murder...

Lighting up the scene of a murder... Comment.
Williamsburg

City Council deals a blow to Coney rezoning bid

The comprehensive development and rezoning plan for Coney Island has already cleared several hurdles in the mandated Uniform Land Use Review Procedure [ULURP], but this week the chairman of the New York City Council’s Zoning and Franchises subcommission recommended that the entire application be shelved − at least temporarily. Comment.
Williamsburg

Support for Community Choice Act

For City Councilmember Mike Nelson, the federal Community Choice Act is financially prudent, allows people more choice and is an issue with which he’s had personal experience. Comment.
Williamsburg

South 1st Street revels in summer fun

Community cheer was on the menu – alongside bountiful barbecues – as residents turned up the heat and embraced the season of outdoor fun with a block party in Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

“L” stands for long wait...

Dozens of Williamsburg straphangers found themselves stranded at the corner of Metropolitan and Union avenues Sunday as train repairs brought one of the borough’s hippest neighborhoods to a standstill. Comment.
Williamsburg

Board of Ed. rises from the dead; more cuts feared

Mayoral control is over, the Board of Education is back, parents say city officials are still ignoring them — and classrooms could lose an additional $340 million. Comment.
Williamsburg

A bicycle built for you

With nearly 200 miles of marked bicycle routes created in the last three years, and an estimated 130,000 people riding in the city each day, is New York City ready for a bicycle−sharing program? Comment.
Williamsburg

Cruise to the rockets’ red glare on Fourth of July

NY Waterway Tours offers the best seats in the house — the middle of the Hudson River — aboard its 4th of July Fireworks Cruise, boarding at 6 p.m. at the Fulton Ferry Landing at the foot of Fulton Street in Brooklyn, and departing at 7 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

The following is a list of 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. 2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Williamsburg

Annual NYC Gender Equality Fest

Girls for Gender Equity will present the Fourth Annual NYC Gender Equality Festival, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cuyler Gore Park, bounded by Fulton and Cumberland streets and Greene Avenue. This year’s theme is “Brooklyn We Go Hard,” a tribute to women’s advocacy, resilience and leadership. Comment.
Williamsburg

Car−free blocks

Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue, from North 4th to North 9th streets, will be open to pedestrians, July 4 from noon to sunset, as part of a special Independence day Williamsburg Walks. Comment.
Williamsburg

Drink up, help the environment

Who knew that switching your energy bills from fossil fuels to wind power was as easy as drinking a couple of beers? Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklynite at the helm of NYC Service agency

New Yorkers aren’t brutish and short−tempered, and Brooklynite Diahann Billings−Burford aims to prove it. Comment.
Williamsburg

B’way holy war

Two Catholic churches in Williamsburg are at the center of a heated political dispute between North Brooklyn political rivals, leaving many parishioners addled and bewildered. Comment.
Williamsburg

Homeland grants shield Jewish centers

Three Williamsburg institutions are among 18 Jewish institutions boroughwide recently named to get a federal Department of Homeland Security grant of up to $75,000. Comment.
Williamsburg

A dirty strap to hang on

Neat freaks take heed: avoid the R train at all costs. Comment.
Williamsburg

Summer Streets stretching out to seven sites

Summer Streets, a citywide vehicle−free recreation program, is expanding to seven sites in Brooklyn this season, joining more than 1,500 free summer events throughout the city. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wall Street: private sector jobs in Brooklyn rebounding

After decades of steady decline, Brooklyn’s share of the city’s private sector jobs is slowly inching forward, a recent study determined. Comment.
Williamsburg

4th of July fireworks in Albany

With the State Senate aflame in controversy, Albany could be a pretty good place for a Fourth of July barbecue. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

PAVE Academy Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s Only My Opinion

And here, my friends, is more of − “America – By the Numbers” Comment.
Williamsburg

Bastille Day fun & games return to Smith Street

The French have a saying for this time of year: “Let’s play Boule.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Make way for the dancing Giglio later this month

Slender−shouldered hipsters will soon rub elbows with sturdy−shouldered true believers at the Feast of the Giglio, an annual week−long religious celebration in Williamsburg. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

13th st. posts a perfect 10

Community cheer was on the menu – alongside bountiful barbecues – as residents turned up the heat and embraced the season of outdoor fun with a block party in Park Slope. Comment.
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High hopes for Lady Liberty’s return

Do you want to do something patriotic this Independence Day? Comment.
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Big−time win for Mr. Belsky

Finally, some respect! Comment.
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4−year−old allegedly locked up inside bathroom

Never has a time−out been so... ugly. Comment.
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Dean st. stops traffic for summertime revelry

Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party along Sackett Street. Comment.
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Not done with Kent Avenue just yet

With the community weighing in on the Department of Transportation’s recently revised Kent Avenue bike lane plan, a network of local activists is engaging in a debate about how to best reduce traffic in Williamsburg. Comment.
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Flatbush Avenue − a stroller’s dream

Its role as a major traffic artery notwithstanding, Flatbush Avenue can also be a stroller’s dream−come−true. Comment.
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Block party fever grips sackett street neighbors

Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party along Sackett Street. Comment.
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Homeland grants help shield temples

Representatives from nearly 20 borough Jewish organizations thanked Rep. Anthony Weiner last week for getting them Department of Homeland Security grants. Comment.
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Pupnic is a howl for pooches and people alike

Tasty treats and a terrific time were on the woof−tastic agenda when Brooklyn’s canine community joined festive forces with its two−legged pals for a “Pupnic” potluck picnic at Prospect Park. Comment.
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Fall ball at the armory

The newly fashioned athletic facility in the Park Slope Armory will open its doors in September, it was reported this week. Comment.
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Clean & Green along the Gowanus

Grimebusters from the Gowanus Canal Conservancy help turn an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes during the inaugural ‘Clean & Green’ campaign to spruce up the banks of the famed inlet, beginning at DeGraw Street, between Bond Street and the canal. The group collected more than 20 bags of trash and planted wildflower seeds in the dirt along the canal. Comment.
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Guide to civic meetings

The following is a list of 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. 2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
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Smith Street replaces ‘sunday’ with ‘funday’

Joie de vivre was at every turn as Smith Street – from Bergen to Union streets – was “curated” into an eclectic marketplace during a merchandise showcase presented by the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation (SBLDC). Comment.
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Jazz and produce

There will be live jazz at the Park Slope Farmers Market, July 5. Comment.
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All−out search for local heroes

Earlier this year, Park Slope resident Michelle Vey, a hair stylist in downtown Brooklyn and recent film director, embarked on a quest to find heroic people. Her heart had been stirred by a growing concern for environmental issues, but her work as a stylist provided her no foundation to explore these feelings. This conflict inspired her to go out and search for people who were making a difference in the community and the world at large. Comment.
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5th Annual Afro−Punk Fest

This weekend, Brooklyn will celebrate the underground, DIY enthusiasm of Afro−punk culture, with everything from film to music to skating taking over downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
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First annual Park Slope Fifth Avenue Art & Photo Walk

Move over Museum Row, Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue may give Manhattan’s cultural hub a run for its money — at least until Labor Day. Comment.
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Park soaks up new funding

Sponge Park is set to soak up some cash, a federal lawmaker announced last week. Comment.
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One step closer to a ‘lower’ nabe

A Community Board 6 committee last week approved a rezoning plan for Carroll Gardens, a measure intended to preserve the neighborhood’s particular low−rise aesthetic. Comment.
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Summertime and the living is easy on 2nd place

All together now, let’s party. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

LICH docs kept out of merger loop

Doctors at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) have thrown a fly in the ointment over the hospital’s pending merger with the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Court to hear yards case

The state’s highest court agreed last week to hear the Atlantic Yards eminent domain case. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

City hopes Grid can sidestep Superfund

The city is close to reaching a commitment from energy giant National Grid to take the first steps toward doing its part to clean the Gowanus Canal, a move that officials hope could thwart the waterway’s designation as a Superfund site. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Party time after a year of hitting the books

Carnival−style amusements were among the crowd−pleasers when the Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters marked the end of the school year with a rip−roaring “celebration of students, summer and the Brooklyn community.” Comment.

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