Brooklyn Courier

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009

Williamsburg

Chain gang busted

An area teen was rushed to the hospital last week after a group of thugs whipped him with a chain. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shooting on Election Day

A shooting occurred in mid-afternoon in Williamsburg, steps from a polling site where Councilmember Diana Reyna was encouraging registered voters to reelect her. Comment.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg Runs!

Bedford Avenue became Brooklyn’s loudest and longest block party this weekend, as tens of thousands of marathoners ran through the typically quiet streets of Williamsburg Sunday morning in the ING New York City Marathon. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn Bishop Blesses Vito, Candidates

Williamsburg residents received a higher calling last week: an automated message from Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio urging voters to support Assemblymember and Kings County Democratic Chair Vito Lopez and his candidates in the election this past Tuesday. Comment.
Williamsburg

TransGas Appeals to Albany

Like costumed zombies parading throughout Williamsburg on Halloween, TransGas Energy’s (TGE) power plant proposal may rise from the dead yet again, as attorneys for the energy company filed an appeal this week with the New York Court of Appeals. Comment.
Williamsburg

Nardiello needling

Now that everything is said and done, you have to admit one thing about Republican candidate Joe Nardiello: the man has chutzpah. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your weekly newsbriefs

If you’re conversant with iambs and dactyls, couplets and sonnets, and have made your mark as a poet from Brooklyn, Marty Markowitz wants to hear from you. Comment.
Williamsburg

Reggae party at Public Assembly

Trumystic, a six-piece dub reggae outfit fronted by Kirsty Rock, will perform at Public Assembly, 70 North Sixth Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, November 8,8 p.m., along with DJ Victor Axelrod aka Ticklah, J-San and the Analogue Sons, Subatomic Sound System. Comment.
Williamsburg

Meet the creators of “The Little General and the Giant Snowflake”

Join children’s book writer Matthea Harvey, illustrator Elizabeth Zechel, Tin House, and A Public Space for a cocktail party celebrating the publication of the children’s book, “The Little General and the Giant Snowflake,” November 9, 6:30-9 p.m., at A Public Space,323 Dean Street between Third & Fourth avenues in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tenants Grouse over Kraus Louse

Tenants of the Southside “Buff Houses” worried about the status of their housing were told to put their fears at bay. Comment.
Williamsburg

El Puente Garden Rises From the Dead

In most cultures, death is a somber affair, but in the Mexican tradition on one day a year, the Dia de los Muertos, the spirits of the deceased are revered with food, altars, and artwork. Comment.
Williamsburg

Sex, Death, and Curators at BETA Spaces 09

“Curator” is quickly becoming the buzz word of the fall, especially receiving a front page article in the New York Times Style Section on the use of the word beyond the art world. Comment.
Williamsburg

Reyna Wins Re-Election by 4,000 Votes

Williamsburg City Councilmember Diana Reyna has won re-election and a third term after a hard-fought rematch against her former colleague, Democratic District leader Martiza Davila. Comment.
Williamsburg

Petition Drive Underway to Fight Proposed New License Plate Requirement

Call it a license to get New York residents to dig a little deeper into their pockets. Comment.
Williamsburg

Campaign ‘tricks’ at former candidate’s home

Former City Council candidate Gerry Esposito may be the victim of campaign trickery, as his Williamsburg property on Conselya Street was vandalized in the early hours of October 30. Comment.
Williamsburg

Great gourds almighty! East River State Park hosts spectacular ‘Pumpkin Palooza II’

Budding eco-buffs had gourds of fun painting orange beauties, listening to music and learning about green energy during “Pumpkin Palooza II” at East River State Park. Comment.
BoroBeat

Youngsters revel in Cooper Park pumpkin patch

Bright-eyed youngsters shared the spotlight with an emerald empire sparkling with orange beauties when Cooper Park feted the young and the young-at-heart with a pumpkin patch. Comment.
BoroBeat

Witches walk in Williamsburg

Pint-sized witches and warlocks commanded the sidewalk, drawing “oohs,” “aahs” and “awwws” from doting pedestrians as they pounded the pavement during the Third Annual Williamsburg Witches Walk. Comment.
BoroBeat

Zombies on the loose in greenpoint

Call ‘em zombies on the run. Comment.
BoroBeat

Halloween day celebration

Chills and thrills reigned supreme in Greenpoint where trick o’ treaters headed to the Red Shed Community Garden for a Halloween spooktacle, brimming with family friendly activities for mom, dad and the kids. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

More than they bargained for

Two would-be thieves ended up behind bars last week when they decided to mug the wrong guy on Eighth Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Millman meaculpa: Pol tries to explain backing Heyer

She probably knew that this day would come. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Top cops hailed by 78th Precinct Community Council

Two cops were honored last week by the 78th Precinct Community Council for taking an alleged gun-wielding thug off the street. Comment.
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Deadly auto crash

A 38-year-old woman was killed Tuesday by an unlicensed driver who, ironically, was already on his way to prison. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Improvements in store for Brooklyn Bridge ramp

By year’s end, roadway relief is in store for stressed-out travellers navigating across the Brooklyn Bridge, officials announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

John Liu elected to city comptroller post

In a landslide election, Queens City Councilmember John Liu (D-Flushing) was elected as city comptroller and the first Asian-American to win a citywide election. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Oceans 8 anniversary bash

Oceans 8 Sports Bar and Grill at Brownstone Billiards will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on Flatbush Avenue, November 10 from 6-9 p.m. at 308 Flatbush Avenue, for their longevity in the district and for their community work with an event hosted by the North Flatbush Business Improvement District (BID). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Quit smoking and be a winner at LIU

“Quit and Win,” a free program of the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn B’32 Academic Nursing Center at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb and Flatbush avenues in downtown Brooklyn, will prepare those who want to quit smoking, on November 19, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New York City College of Technology hosts open house

New York City College of Technology’s Fall 2009 Open House, November 8, from 1-4 p.m., in Downtown Brooklyn, is your chance to find out about the enormous opportunities available to students. The Open House will be held in the Klitgord Center Auditorium, 285 Jay Street (at Tillary). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Winter lights on Montague St.

The Montague Street Business Improvement District announced that more than 15,000 LED lights would illuminate Montague Street this winter. In a pilot installation of this ‘green’ technology, the lights will decorate a selection of trees on each block of the district. The installation will be lit during the first week of November and is expected to remain up through February 2010. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Surviving the Economic Downturn in Cobble Hill

The Cobble Hill Association’s fall general meeting, November 9 at 7:30 p.m., will feature a panel discussion, “Surviving the Economic Downturn in Cobble Hill,” and will be held at Long Island College Hospital, 339 Hicks Street at Atlantic Avenue in Avram Conference Room A. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lander wins seat

This morning there was a reprise of the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” at City Council nominee Brad Lander’s Park Slope homestead. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Slope’s 21123 mystery revealed

Local numerologists can stop wracking their brains — 21123 is not an arcane biblical prophecy of doom, but something a bit more mundane: the address of a new condominium development in the South Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Flatbush pol pushes for gay marriage

A new push to call the State Senate’s Marriage Equality Bill to a vote is coming from an unlikely place -- Flatbush. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

De Blasio wins in landslide to become Public Advocate

Brooklyn’s own Bill de Blasio was elected in a landslide to become the city’s next public advocate. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

$12M ‘gingerbread house’

A Bay Ridge popular landmark -- which is also an official New York City landmark -- has hit the market. Comment.
BoroBeat

Coven of witches discovered at Prospect Pk

Terrified screams, ghoulish howls and agonizing moans resonated through the emerald empire as trick a treaters put their most spooktacular foot forward for the annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Carnival in Prospect Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Drawer devil

A 47-year-old man was arrested last week after he allegedly attacked another man with...a dresser drawer? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Green near for Sponge Park

Sponge Park came one step closer to absorbing some cash last week, a federal lawmaker announced. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cobble Hill goes out of its gourd!

Mom, dad and the kids came dressed to thrill, celebrating the year’s most spooktacular day with an eye-popping amble in Cobble Hill. Comment.
BoroBeat

Public School 58 dresses to impress

Spooktastic Public School 58 students received an A-plus for creativity when they hailed the year’s zaniest day with a literacy parade. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Chase caper

A note-passing bandit scored a payday during a recent visit to a local bank. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Bridge Park picks up national honor

A national organization recently bestowed Brooklyn Bridge Park with an award for their Comprehensive Waterfront Plans. Comment.
BoroBeat

Halloween 2009: Brooklyn Heights is a howl

Bopping gourds tripped the light fantastic with Kermit the frog %u2013 and pretty princesses romped with ghouls %u2013 as the young and the young-at-heart hailed the year’s most whimsical day with a rip-roaring parade at the Brooklyn Heights Playground. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Williamsburg

Rapist search

Police are asking area residents for any information about a sex attack in nearby Greenpoint. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mom killer fights%A0“exigent search”

A man accused of killing his girlfriend and critically injuring the woman’s son in their Flatbush apartment has asked a judge to suppress the search where the slaying took place, even though cops busted in after they heard screams from inside the apartment and saw bloody handprints on the door. Comment.
Williamsburg

TV star hearts Brooklyn

He’s a TV star, author, executive chef and Brooklynite! Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklynite shines on

She’s got the moves! Comment.
Williamsburg

Huge turnout at KCC College fair

A-plus for attendance! More than two thousand students from across New York City seek the lowdown on higher education during a college fair at Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach. Photo by Paul Martinka Comment.
Williamsburg

‘In Pursuit of Freedom’

Remembering Brooklyn’s history in fighting off the evils of American slavery will get easier thanks to two federal grants totaling $1.336 million. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mr. Perfect: Brooklyn teen rolls 300 game

Just call him the Walter Ray Williams of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tricks & treats on parade

Howling festivities were the order of the day as mom, dad and the kids joined like-minded frolickers for a Halloween parade in Williamsburg, accompanied by the snazzy sounds of the NYPD Jazz Band. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn senior poses nearly nude

A 90-year-old borough native has become a pin-up in an upcoming 2010 calendar. Comment.
Williamsburg

Meeting on Newtown Creek Superfund status

The Newtown Creek Alliance has invited the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address their recent Superfund recommendation for Newtown Creek, one of the state’s most polluted estuaries. Comment.
Williamsburg

34th Race Hinges on Churches with One Week to Go

These council candidates are sending out a prayer. Comment.
Williamsburg

Guv Woes? No! K-Bridge A Go-Go.

Kosciuszko Bridge plans are moving forward. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your weekly newsbriefs

Add City Councilmember Domenic Recchia to the chorus of Coney Island watchers directing jeers at Broadway bigwig Andrew Lloyd Webber. Comment.
Williamsburg

Special delivery to%A0homebound neighbors

Homebound seniors won’t go hungry if Old Man Winter delays delivery of their meals %u2013 thanks to new emergency food program by Citymeals-on-Wheels. Comment.
Williamsburg

Caregivers resource fair

The Brooklyn Grandparents’ Coalition & Long Island University’s Department of Social Work, NYC Department for the Aging, Grandparents Resource Center present a Fall Resource Fair for Kincaregivers from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., November 6 in the Paramount Gym at LIU, corner of DeKalb and Flatbush avenues. Comment.
Williamsburg

The Pearl Room salutes America’s Wounded Warriors

The Pearl Room Restaurant, 8203 Third Avenue in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, will open up its doors for America’s wounded soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan, November 9 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Nestle Gives $350K for New Park Playground

One year after the State Parks Department revealed they would close East River State Park during the winter months, state officials announced that a new playground will be constructed along the East River in a public-private partnership with Nestlé USA. Comment.
Williamsburg

New York City Now Has Its Own Billy’s Law

Four years after New York State passed legislation to mandate oversight and accountability when developmentally disabled youngsters are sent out of state for education and treatment, the city has enacted its own legislation meant to protect some of its most vulnerable citizens. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn Brewery receives state funds

The bootlegging barons of the prohibition era must be smiling in their graves. Comment.
Williamsburg

Paper Garden Playground At 3rd Ward

3rd Ward Brooklyn (195 Morgan Avenue, Williamsburg) is quickly becoming the go-to venue for vibrant, multipurpose arts and music performances. Comment.
Williamsburg

Change they can’t believe in

Anti-war protesters in Brooklyn marked the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan last week with a rain-swept vigil outside Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bernard Kerik: from crime-fighter to crook

When a cop commits a crime, the corrupted line of blue makes law-abiders see red. Comment.
Williamsburg

Finding sisterhood inside ACIM’s warm embrace

There’s something to be said for women’s groups. Yes in the liberating 60’s, women wanted to get into men’s clubs. And I must admit as a youth I wanted that as well. Why shouldn’t women be allowed in -- we’re all equal, aren’t we? Comment.
Williamsburg

Didja misplace $20K too?

Brooklyn Courier

iGrab

Cops are looking for a fast-moving thief who swiped an iPhone from an area woman. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Halloween treat: 39th District race is - interesting!

Historically, Brooklyn politics are never looked at as an “anything can happen” paradigm. Usually whoever wins the Democratic primary wins the general election. That’s it. Case closed. End of story. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Black Solidarity Day at Tech

Accomplished scholar and historian Dr. Clarence Taylor and Abyssinian Baptist Church Reverend Violet Dease will discuss “Black Church, Politicsand the African American Community,” as part of “Black Solidarity Day” at New York City College of Technology, November 2, 11 a.m., in the Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary Street), Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Celebrity chef’s main ingredient - BK

He’s a TV star, author, executive chef and Brooklynite! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Chamber wary of%A0government regulation

Keeping an eye on government regulation over small businesses, continuing economic research on trends, and maintaining essential services was the mantra at the recent Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Annual convention. Comment.
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Living Off 5th Avenue

Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue Committee brought its board members and financiers on a Prevost bus this week for a tour of its latest construction projects, and its staff members were repeatedly greeted with the same question: When can we move in? Comment.
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Halloween trick or treating with social consciousness

The North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District celebrated its fourth annual Halloween Spooky-tacular event, hosted by the Pacific Street Bears Community Garden.More than 150 children from the Park Slope/Prospect Heights neighborhoods attended. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kid masks are no Halloween treats

Local teens from Starting Artists, a non-profit benefiting underserved Brooklyn teens through hands-on training in the arts and entrepreneurship, started an “Airborne Contaminants Masks” project at their local, artspace, 211 Smith Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, in response to their feelings about living near the polluted waters and banks of the toxic Gowanus Canal. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

St. Michael watches over Santo Matarazzo

One of the last wishes of “Mr. Brownstone” has come true. Comment.
BoroBeat

Shoppers serenaded along 5th Avenue

Music always makes it snazzy. Comment.
BoroBeat

Come See a muppet classic

Regal Entertainment Group will host a very Muppet evening with “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and special guest speaker Roscoe Orman aka “Gordon” from “Sesame Street” to help support the charitable outreach of the non-profit Puppetry Arts on November 12 at 8 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas Stadium 12, 106Court Street in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lobby looting

Two gun-toting toughs are being sought for a robbery on Baltic Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Curtain goes up on a Muppet classic

Regal Entertainment Group will host a very Muppet evening with “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and special guest speaker Roscoe Orman aka “Gordon” from “Sesame Street” to help support the charitable outreach of the non-profit Puppetry Arts on November 12 at 8 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas Stadium 12, 106Court Street in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
BoroBeat

Special delivery for the homebound

Homebound seniors won’t go hungry if Old Man Winter delays delivery of their meals %u2013 thanks to new emergency food program by Citymeals-on-Wheels. Comment.
BoroBeat

All aboard for a trip to the market

Welcome aboard the “Market Ride.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Curtain goes up on ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan’

Regal Entertainment Group will host a very Muppet evening with “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and special guest speaker Roscoe Orman aka “Gordon” from “Sesame Street” to help support the charitable outreach of the non-profit Puppetry Arts on November 12 at 8 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas Stadium 12, 106Court Street in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Heads up, tix coming

Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill residents have to start being on the lookout for traffic enforcement officers. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Shredding events sponsored by the Hoyt Street Association

Mark your calendar for two shredding events sponsored by the Hoyt Street Association: November 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hoyt Street Garden, corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue; and November 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the David Foulke Garden, Bergen Street, west of Nevins Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Woof, woof and trick or treat everybody

Happy Howl-a-ween! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Drunk drivers targeted in 84th Precinct

It’s never a good idea to drive while intoxicated — especially in the 84th Precinct, where chances are you’ll be caught. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Rubbed on the rails

A 37-year-old straphanger was arrested last week after he rubbed up against a woman on a local 4 train rolling through downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Top cop honored

Officer Cesar Valerio isn’t wasting any time. Comment.
Williamsburg

Project Envision Wants to Prevent Sexual Violence in Williamsburg

Overall crime may be down in Williamsburg, but a new study focusing on sexual violence indicated that 48 percent neighborhood residents surveyed in focused groups have experienced unwanted sexual advances after the age of 15, and 34 percent have before the age of 15. Comment.
Williamsburg

Down to the wire with Dave

Green Party candidate David Pechefsky may or may not be victorious in his bid for the 39th District’s New YorkCity Council seat next week, buthe’s sure injected some sorely-needed adrenaline into an otherwise anemic election cycle. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bare fiction: World’s Fastest Nudist isn’t real

The World’s Fastest Nudist is as fictional as Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, it was revealed this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Clarke urged to support Superfund

Despite most of her colleagues in local government offering an opinion on the designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site, Rep. Yvette Clarke has largely remained silent — and the Carroll Gardens Coalition for Respectful Development (CORD) is hoping she speaks up soon. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Heights residents fight tourist choppers

As this paper went to press, the Brooklyn Heights Association was set to meet with city officials over the helicopter tourist industry’s increase of traffic in their neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Carroll Gardens rezoning approved, 100th in city

The City Council this week unanimously approved a rezoning plan for Carroll Gardens, a measure intended to preserve in perpetuity the neighborhood’s charming low-rise aesthetic. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Third Street concerned over Slope Halloween parade

Everyone loves a parade, don’t they? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rep. Towns subpoenas documents dealing with sub-prime mortgage scandal

Police are continuing to monitor an assortment of gangs that continue to flourish in the Coney Island and Brighton Beach area. Comment.

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