Features

December, 2012

Big Screecher

Carmine speaks from his pal Ed’s heart!

This week, it’s a very special Carmine. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

We’re to blame for gun violence — lock, stock, and barrel

Gun control is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough to address our epidemic of violence, sez our columist. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Instead of bans, let’s teach respect

This week, our columnist says we need to make sure our kids respect one another before we start banning guns. Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan has the Christmas’ numbers

This week, our columnist breaks down the holiday cheer. Comment.
Big Screecher

Dreams come true: Carmine visits Santa!

This week, Carmine knows who to talk to when he has a Christmas wish. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Who’s Psy-ed are you on? Inflamatory K-Pop singer praised while controversial filmmaker is jailed

A Korean-American rapper who wants to “kill those f------- Yankees” gets feted at the White House, while an Egyptian American sits in jail on trumped-up charges for making an anti-Islam movie. The double standard over free speech in the U.S. is gagging, says our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Get ready for Brooklyn’s biggest pat on the back! Comment.
Standing O

Kings Pharmacy owner Ron DelGaudio wins prestigious award.

Five packets go to owner Ron Del Gaudio, pharmacist-supreme, for winning the Health Mart® Diabetes Care Excellence Award. Standing O pal Ron is only one of five pharmacists across the country to have received this prestigious award, which was presented on Sept. 13. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

It might be the end of days, but Joanna still has to shop.

This week, our columnist contemplates the end of days. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan reminds us about Festivus!

It’s for the rest of us! Comments (3).
Letters

Speed bumps curb road hogs

Want to stop speeding on your street? Put in a speed bump, a letter writer says. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine hates it when newspapers waste space

This week, Carmine plays editor, and determines that editors aren’t doing their job right! Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Arab Spring has sprung, but it’s borne no fruit

Even after the Arab Spring, Muslim extremism has become an uncontrollable problem for the free world, writes our columnist. Comments (2).
Standing O

Standing O has the holiday spirit!

It’s ho, ho, ho for Toys for Tots and do gooding all around the town. Comment.
Standing O

Italian restaurant opens to rave reviews

Not for Nuthin’

FEMA’s excuse gives new meaning to lame

This week, our columnist says the Federal Emergency Management Agency should find a better lie. Comments (3).
Speak Out

Lou was a member of Kelly’s Kobras — and don’t you forget it

This week, America’s Columnist laments the folding of the newsletter that helped keep his old war buddies together. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan on pizza, latkes, and Chanukah gelt

Get ready for Stan’s annual Chanukah column! Comment.
Letters

Listen up, electeds, and do your job

Ian Randal Strock has a message for our representatives in Washington. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine warns: Don’t bite and drive

This week, Carmine can’t believe that a woman got a ticket for biting her nails while driving! Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Pearl Harbor should be a lesson for Bam

President Obama, being probed by the State Department for his mishandling of the Benghazi terror attacks, could learn a lot from the way another deadly assault on an American facility was handled by the commander-in-chief 71 years ago. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Judge Joanna rules on ‘nanny murder’

Not for Nuthin, but we all know she’s guilty! Comments (12).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan steers you to the Charity Navigator

This week, Stan talks about the best charities around. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

Carmine can’t believe what he reads

Carmine’s read something important — and he wants you to know about it! Comment.

November, 2012

A Britisher’s View

Palestinians are their own worst enemies

Our columnist outlines the growing violence perpetrated against Palestinians — by Palestinians themselves. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is thankful for Brooklyn!

We’re putting down our turkey leg (but just for the moment) so we can give a few special Brooklynites the atta boys they deserve. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Standing O

Thanks for the wheels

Wow, no wonder state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) was re-elected. He really comes across with the goods. He is so in tune with his constituents that he knows exactly what they need when they need it. And in the nick of time, no less. The good senator was able to secure a grant of 43,000 buckeroos toward a new emergency fire rescue vehicle for the Gerrittsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department when the venerable house celebrated its 90th anniversary. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

If you ban the nativity, you should ban nudity

This week, our columnist says she prefers donkeys to butts. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan has two gifts that keep on giving

This week, our columnist recommends magazine subscriptions as holiday gifts, offers advice on how to save on holiday cards, and explains how he became a philatelist. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine’s got a few words for a few things

This week, Carmine has a few things to say about a few things. So read it. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Israel’s offensive in Gaza is a necessary evil

Jews have contributed more than their fair share to humanity — despite being vilified – our columnist says. Comments (1).
Standing O

Xaverian Clipper is an All-American

Two touchdowns and a big Standing O to senior Laray Smith. The high schooler was selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl sponsored by the United States Marines Corps this January in Carson, California. Our pal Laray is no stranger to fame. The running back was named Junior All-American in the 200-meter dash last year and is a three-year football standout, averaging almost 10 yards per carry this season for the Clippers. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Not for Nuthin’, but enjoy that turkey

You guessed it: A column discussing things to be thankful for. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s thankful for many things, including O’Reilly

This week, Stan gives us the run down on Papa Bear’s books, and offers some Thanksgiving advice. Comments (3).
Letters

She’s got a finger or four for Gershbein!

Our letter writers chime in on President Obama’s reelection, and tell our columnist Stanley Gershbein what he can do with his prognostications. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine can’t wait for il Centro to open!

This week, the Screecher celebrates the completion of a new building 30 years in the making! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Bam’s herd of voters

President Obama can credit his re-election to a lack of American sensibilities, sez our columnist. Comments (1).
Not for Nuthin’

Don’t gobble up this last tradition

This week, our columnist says it’s not cool to go Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan on Sandy, Libya, and the news cycle

This week, our columnist wonders how things get pushed off the front page. Comments (9).
Letters

Plea for Veteran’s Day — no more war!

Our letter writers remember our veterans as well as those left rattled by Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

Kids plus candy equals one happy Carmine

This week, Carmine recounts how he and the Harway moms pulled off an impromptu Halloween party! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Are Americans chopped liver?

Uncle Sam pours bilions into foreign aid while Sandy’s ravaged victims continue to suffer in silence. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Standing O

Big man on campus

A big shout out to Christopher Warren. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Thank goodness they cancelled the Marathon

This week our columnist vents about the Marathon. Comment.
Speak Out

Hurricanes, power loss, transistors, and Lou Powsner

Lou remembers the days of radio, and how it continues to speak out! Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan has had it with polling

With the election just a day away, Stan tries his best to write a neutral column. Comment.
Letters

Brooklyn sounds off against Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy left Brooklyn battered and bruised, but unleashed a squall of sound bites from our cyber commentariat, check it out! Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine finds solace in family and food

Carmine spent the day before the storm of the century like he does just about every weekend: eating with his family. Comment.
Pigskin Prognosticator

Ida’s memories are frozen in time

Here’s Ida’s thoughts — and football picks — for the week. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Sheepshead Bay woman relives Sandy’s horror

She ignored a mandatory evacuation order, and was left homeless by the storm of the century. Here she relives the horror. Comments (1).
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Standing O

Vital Image celebrates 40 years in the hood.

It’s been one heck of a trip for Sal Commisso. The sensational snipper has been creating beautiful haircuts since March 9, 1972 at Vital Image, where he worked side-by-side with his late brother Comment.

October, 2012

Not for Nuthin’

How I prepared for the storm, or Oreos are delicious

This week, our columnist goes on a quest to get the essentials necessary to weather a storm. Did she succeed? You decide. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

This week, Stan finds his notes to himself, and writes them all down for you. Comments (4).
Big Screecher

Carmine remembers the first World Trade Center attack

This week, Carmine gets some sad news, and the memories come rusing back. Comments (1).
Letters

Brooklyn ‘never stops loving’ Babs

That, and other letters from our mailbag. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

U.S. terror outrage ‘not optimal’

American outrage to war on terror is “not optimal,” according to our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering on Brooklyn!

It was a tough trek over hills and dales in a strange place called Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, but our girls at Bishop Kearney High School ran rings around the other schools at the New York City Mayor’s Cup Race. More than 48 teams, comprised of public and private schools, competed in the annual event, but guess who came out on top? Comment.
Standing O

From nurse to playwright

She went in as a nurse and came out a playwright. Kimberly La Force entered the nursing program with one year as a registered nurse in her cap with all intentions of continuing her medical career, but a funny thing happened on the way to the podium. Our pal took a creative writing course led by Prof. Jane Mushabac and the rest, as they say, is blockbuster Broadway history. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

A sob story — right up until the end.

This week, our columnist wonders if the banks will ever learn their lesson. Comment.
BoroBeat

Pick a pumpkin: PS 130’s fall fest is a blast for families, kids and pumpkin lovers

Think you could guess the weight of a giant pumpkin? Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan says PBS isn’t worth funding

This week, our columnist figures Sesame Street is too big to be subsidized, and that Joe Biden has a big mouth. Comments (12).
A Britisher’s View

East is East and West is West.

It’s time for a global convention on Islam and its human timebombs, claims out columnist. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine’s got a new printer — and it don’t work!

In this week’s screech, Carmine says can’t stand his new printer, but loves going to neighborhood events where the food is free. Comments (2).
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Standing O

Infertility and fertility medical offices open in Brooklyn Heights

The ribbon was snipped with care on Oct. 10 when Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York opened a new office at 26 Court St. Medical director and borough son Dr. Joshua Klein will lead a team of doctors, nurses, and technicians in offering patients the latest, state-of-the-art technology in the treatment of fertility, infertility, and comprehensive chromosomal screening. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Mexico is the place for Orlando Orea

This week, our national affairs columnist sounds off on the murder of Michael Jones. Comments (3).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan finds wisdom buried in his pockets

This week, Stan finds his notes to himself, and writes them all down for you. Comments (4).
Letters

How about a Dept. of Peace?

Our letter writers want our representatives in Washington to give peace a chance. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine wants stuff for free, just like those fellas at Occupy Wall Street

This week, Carmine once again points out his short arms and deep pockets. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Time’s up for the leader of the free world!

The most powerful man on earth roared in like a lion in 2008, but debated like a lamb last week, according to our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Jean-Paul Ho opens new real estate office in Boerum Hill

Snip, snip hooray and welcome to the neighborhood. Owner and broker extraordinaire Jean-Paul Ho opened a brand new real-estate office on the tony streets of Boerum Hill. Jean-Paul and wife Venus, along with staff and state Sen. John Sampson, (D–Canarsie), among others, celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 1. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Where is Ed Sullivan when you need him?

This week, our columnist breaks down the history of reality television. Comment.
Speak Out

Lou’s back, and he’s talking about radios!

This week, Lou returns with a tale of talkies and tunes. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan on the state of Israel

This week, our columnist reminds his readers how important he thinks Israel is. Comments (7).
Letters

‘Get one thing straight, Shav!’

One of our letter writers doesn’t like our columnist’s take on U.S.–Middle East relations. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine’s had it with Michelle Obama’s food policy

In this week’s screech, Carmine says the federal government shouldn’t starve school children! Comments (2).
A Britisher’s View

Hate speech is free speech in the U.S.

One person’s hate speech is another’s free speech, according to our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Standing O

Nurse receives award for her dedication

Kudos to Nereida “Nelly” Silverio, RN. The outstanding angel of mercy who gives out lots of TLC at Lutheran Medical Center was honored with the Daisy (diseases attacking the immune system) award for her dedication to her craft and depth of compassion that she gives to her patients. Our pal Nelly has been with the center for more than 13 years and received her degree in nursing in 2001. Comment.
Standing O

LICH employees donate supplies to PS 15 students

Pencils, paper, backpacks, books — no more empty desks, yeah! The staff at Downstate Long Island College Hospital went deep into their pockets to donate new school supplies for the children of Public School 15 at 71 Sullivan St. Everyday items, including pens, pencils, notebooks, calculators, crayons, and markers were on the list. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Step right up and get your Orgreenic!

This week, our columnist lets us praises of a new stick-free pan. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

This week, Stan lets you fill in the blanks

Stan went to see “2016: Obama’s America,” and wants to know if you can read his mind. Comments (3).

September, 2012

Big Screecher

It’s Carmine, freestyle style!

In this week’s screech, Carmine writes whatever comes into his head! Comment.
Standing O

Welcome to the men in blue

Standing O is giving a big bad “Bienvenue” to the city’s new boys in blue as fresh-faced grads from the latest police academy class joined the old pros at the 68th Precinct. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Obama is clueless on radical muslims

Muslim riots spell disaster for world freedom, and President Obama’s bid for re-election, says our columnist. Comments (1).
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Standing O

Leaf and Bean opens its doors again. Yeah.

Raise your mugs: Leaf and Bean is back. Slopers have had to endure the drought since January of this year when the specialty shop shut the doors on Seventh Avenue. But the beans are back in business and we can all stop and smell the aroma again. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Man, did the Emmys bite the big one

This week, our columnist says Jimmy Kimmel should stick to late night — because he is not funny, and she’s never awake when he is on. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan explains those quotes you might, or might not, have heard

This week, Stan gives his opinion on some of the things people say. Comments (1).
Letters

Walmart — still a ‘smart’ option

Walmart may not be coming to Southern Brooklyn, but our letter writers are still singing the big-box chain’s praises. Comments (4).
Big Screecher

It’s a cornucopia of Carmine for your enjoyment!

This week, the Big Screecher casts it out there — and you’ll swallow it hook, line, and sinker! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Where is the Muslim outcry over the anti-US mob attacks?

Four Americans, including an ambassador, have been killed in anti-U.S. violence spanning more than 20 Muslim-majority nations, yet Muslims Americans remain deafeningly silent. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Standing O

The prodigal boroughite returns

Welcome and bienvenu to Paul Bessire, a borough son who is coming home as deputy director for development at the Brooklyn Museum. Our pal Paul begins his tenure this month. Comment.
Standing O

Panera Bread spreads the dough to fight breast cancer

Three cheers to Panera Bread because its’ “Pink Ribbon Bagel” campaign is about to begin. The bodacious bakery has been in the pink for breast cancer research since 2001 when franchise owner Sue Stees first developed the pink ribbon-shaped breakfast staple, and has since raised well more than $1 million to combat the dreaded disease. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Gulp! I can’t stand the mayor’s soda ban!

This week, our columnist lets us know that banning Super Big Gulps is just another useless exercise. Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Man, how things have gotten worse since 5769!

This week, Stan lets you know why Obama must go. Comments (9).
Letters

‘Can’t-put-down’ article about deer hunter

A letter writer thanks us for a great article, then gives us lip for not giving her enough info about Brooklyn deer hunter Steven Rinella. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine says he pays his own way

This week, the Big Screecher lets you know what he thinks — just like he does every week! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

‘I joined a cult to see if I could be brainwashed’

The death of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon had our columnist remembering her brief stretch as an aspiring cultist — for the sake of a story, of course! Comments (2).
Standing O

Standing O does it again!

No one cheers on Brooklyn like Standing O! And this week, we do it again! Comment.
Standing O

Cheering on a Broadway debut

Applause, applause to Jason Gotay. This son of the borough is starring on Broadway in the roll of Randall, the love interest of Campbell, in “Bring It On,” the musical sensation sweeping the nation that tells the tale of high school cheerleading, competition and challenge. Comment.
Standing O

Scholarly fun at aquarium

Not for Nuthin’

The nest is empty, and this mama bird is feeling fine!

This week, our columnist lets us know how she’s been doing since her little one flew the coop. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Turn off WALL-E and turn on Stan’s numbers

This week, Stan does the math so you don’t have to. Comments (6).
Letters

‘Take Ed Greenspan off your letters page!’

Our letter writers love to go off on neighborhood politicians, city agencies, and our reporters. This week, they’re taking aim at one of their own. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine is funny, and this week he proves it!

This week, Carmines promisies to make you laugh or … your money back! (See, that was funny!) Comment.
A Britisher’s View

The aftermath of the terror attacks — 11 years later

The U.S. rose like a phoenix from the ashes after the Sept. 11 attacks — proving the best revenge is to celebrate a new day. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re patting everyone on the back — and our hands never get tired. Comment.
Standing O

Meet Brooklyn’s web crawler!

Hip, hip hooray for Catherine Walker, the soon-to-be senior at St. Savior High School, who just completed the Science Research Mentoring Program in Laboratory Skills nicknamed “Research Boot Camp” at the American Museum of Natural History. The program prepares students for a mentorship with a museum scientist. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Guidos and guidettes fade into the sunset

This week, our columnist says goodbye to the gang from the Jersey Shore. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Just one little English Muffin does the trick for Stan

This week, Stan discusses the miracle of Philly creamcheese on an English Muffin instead of an everything bagel — and why his pants are too large. Comment.
Letters

‘Dollar vans should be barred from Flatbush Avenue’

The dollar vans that zip up and down Flatbush Avenue shouldn’t be allowed on the road, our reader says. Comments (3).
Big Screecher

Carmine falls prey to interweb fallacies

This week, the Big Screecher learns why his editor gets the big bucks — and it isn’t pretty. Comments (1).

August, 2012

A Britisher’s View

Happy birthday to the internet!

The electronic highway turns 43 years old on Sunday — and our columnist reflects upon its virtues and vices. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

We’re boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

Boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Standing O

Kearney girls do it again

It’s Only My Opinion

In politics, life imitates the Junior High School

This week, Stan takes on childish politicans, and Mayor Bloomberg, too. Comment.
Big Screecher

Look, Carmine exaggerates for effect

This week, Carmine wonders what he has to do to get his grandkids to pay attention to him — especially since running them over is not an option. Or is it? Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Marriages cooked up by elders — not love - are a match made in hell

Switzerland is criminalizing compulsory nuptials — a move set to stir a hornet’s nest of troubles, according to our columnist. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Pilot to co-pilot, we are ready for take-off

This week, our columnist ships her only child to college — and tries to deal with an empty nest. Comment.
Standing O

Cable giant foots bill for new Learning Lab

Standing O

Another year older, but still smiling

It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s random thoughts aren’t so random

This week, Stan writes about some things that happened to pop into his mind, like Killadelphia. Comments (3).
Letters

‘Gov. Cuomo is Wimpy’

Our letter writers have plenty of opinions. One of them thinks Gov. Cuomo acts like a comic-strip character — and it isn’t Superman. Comment.
Big Screecher

Tornado down! Tornado down!

This week, Carmine has a tough time getting to a rally against a hated waste transfer station. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Doggone it! His Wagnificence deserves to be saluted on National Dog Day — and every day

Faithful Fido has loved, nurtured, and saved us throughout the ages — and National Dog Day is a time to celebrate this amazing creature. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

Boosting Brooklyn one boost at a time. Comment.
Standing O

Harvesting the good stuff

Standing O

Oh captains, my captains!

Not for Nuthin’

Mayor Mike is wary of Trojans bearing gifts

This week, our national affairs columnist sticks it to Mayor Bloomberg for taking away a vibrator giveaway. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan runs into himself at the dentist office

This week, Stan meets his match — in name only. Comments (1).
Sunday Read

Pineapple express: How one man changed Brooklyn produce forever

In this week’s Sunday Read, learn how 84-year-old Daniel Spitz brought exotic fruit to Brooklyn, and changed the borough in the process. Comments (4).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s in a rush to get to the Taj Mahal

This week, the Screecher makes the mistake of eating and drinking too much while en route to Atlantic City! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Shame on the International Olympic Committee

Our columnist gives the International Olympic Committee a tarnished bronze medal for treating Saudi Arabia with kid gloves. Comment.
Standing O

Revenge of the Standing O

Here comes another round of ‘atta boys! Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Gun control won’t stop those that want to kill

This week, Joanna says banning guns isn’t the answer. Comment.
Speak Out

Lou saw the light — and it fought crime

This week, Lou Powsner remembers how he and a bunch of Coney Island merchants took their streets back from criminals in the 1960s. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Smith & Wesson, meet Stan the Man

This week, Stan tells it like it is, but it’s only his opinion! Comments (5).
Big Screecher

It’s official, Carmine’s a hoarder!

This week, the Big Screecher comes to terms with the fact that he can’t throw anything out, but that’s okay, because he’s Carmine! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Ooooh-lympic fever!

The Olympics are so great that even sports haters love ‘em, our columnist says. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

A transit jobs is a thankless occupation, until now

This week, Joanna sings the praises of our transit workers. Comment.

July, 2012

It’s Only My Opinion

To flush or not to flush? Stan provides the wisdom

This week, Stan waxes poetic on the climate, Sen. Schumer, and his favorite mayor, Ed Koch. Comment.
Standing O

Check out these sensational Seapuppies!

This week, or borough’s biggest booster distributes some extra-special pats on the back. Comment.
Big Screecher

Guess what? Carmine’s not happy about Bloomberg’s sugary drinks ban

This week, Carmine blasts Mayor Bloomberg for trying to take away his bucket of Seven-Up. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

A rogue-cop case reminds us of Gerard Papa’s violent run-in with the NYPD

Bensonhurst resident Gerard Papa’s encounter with officers from the 60th Precinct changed the face of cop-civilian controversies forever, our columnist says. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Why is the question that we can’t answer

How far down the rabbit hole does a society have to go to produce an individual that harbors such intense violence? And how bad does the violence and madness have to be before the society wakes up and smells the coffee? Comment.
Speak Out

Alas, the bar is raised too low on Coney Island

This week, Lou laments Mayor Bloomberg’s plan for the People’s Playground. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan has the numbers, you do the math

This week, Stan tells it like it is, but it’s only his opinion! Comments (2).
Letters

Screech this! Carmine’s can’t be a GAVONE, our readers say

Our readers defend the Big Screecher — from himself! Comments (1).
Big Screecher

Carmine loves green markets, and here’s why

This week, the Big Screecher tells you how green markets remind him of a time when he was a not-so-Big Screecher! Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Stop-and-frisk is NYPD’s ‘Finest’ tool

City electeds should promote good citizenship, not invent racial tensions, writes our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

All hail the students!

Standing O is boosting the borough’s best again. Comment.
Standing O

Miss Susie celebrates 113 years

Standing O

Beth Israel honors the Phillippines

Not for Nuthin’

Eureka goes out the way it came in

This week, our national affairs and television columnist gives her take on the last episode of her favorite show, “Eureka.” Spoiler alert: You better watch it before you read this! Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Is the internet hazardous to your child’s health?

This week, Stan warns you about the dangers the internet poses to your kids. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

The Screecher gives you the numbers on cucumbers

This week, the Screecher let’s you in on a little-known fact: cucumbers are awesome. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Nets can’t bank on Barclays

Hoop fans trying to stay afloat in rough economic seas might be hard-pressed to patronize a sports venue named after a greedy one-percenter, says our columnist. Comments (2).
Standing O

Senator for a day

Representing Ridgites is not an easy job — just ask state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) — but somebody has to do it. This year our pal in Albany got a break when three industrious students took over the reigns as winners of the “State Senator for a Day” essay contest and sat in the hot seat. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Ban the donuts and full speed ahead

This week, our columnist wonders what Mayor Bloomberg should prohibit next. Comments (4).
Speak Out

Yes, yes, yes … I am going to rehab!

This week, Lou sings the praises of the Sheepshead Bay Rehabilitation Center. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan goes fast and furious with his questions

This week, Stan has more than a few queries about how Washington is run. Comments (3).
Letters

Linda Sarsour is a perfect choice for CB10

Our readers chime in on Borough President Markowitz’s decision to appoint conroversial Muslim leader Linda Sarsour to a Bay Ridge community panel. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

Carmine dines with Mermaids!

The Mermaid Parade was two weeks ago, but Carmine’s still talking about all the food he ate at the celebration. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Wimbledon made me a pro!

Our columnist started out wanting to be a tennis writer — here she waxes about her first assignment at the famed courts. Comment.
Standing O

Can you dig it?

Standing O is back with another round of ‘atta boys! Comment.
Standing O

Bank gives out more than toasters

Talk about a major mitzvah! Northfield Bank celebrated the opening of its newest branch on 13th Avenue, right here in our little burg, with a gala event — then sweetened the deal with a hefty cash donation to a local charity. Comment.
Standing O

Talk about a lifesaving measure!

It’s shiny, it’s new, and it’s all thanks to the generosity of Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Midwood). The Brooklyn legislator secured $125,000 in state funds so that Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps could purchase a brand new, siren blaring, road hugging ambulance. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

America is beautiful — but these guys aren’t

This week Joanna celebrates America, and bashes the politicians who let us down. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan knows who really won last year’s Wisconsin labor fight

This week, Stan gives the final word on last year’s collective bargaining fight in Wisconsin. Comments (6).
Letters

Simmering Ridge food vendor wars boil over

Readers offer some food for thought about the ongoing battle between street kitchens and brick and mortar restaurants. Comment.

June, 2012

Big Screecher

Carmine breaks down the back of a buck

This week, the Screecher shows you why he loves America, but hates parting with dollar bills! Comment.
Standing O

Swish! School’s parking lot is now a hoop haven!

A Britisher’s View

Is Borough President Markowitz Sar-serious?

This week, our columnist questions Borough President Markowitz’s decision to appoint a controversial Arab American civic leader to a Bay Ridge community panel. Comments (4).
Standing O

Self-taught musician is one of a kind!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting to the beat! Comment.
Standing O

One comfy donation

Husband-and-wife doctors Kiran Patel and Pallevi Patel gave a generous six-figure gift to the Brooklyn Hospital Center at its Founder’s Ball on June 6 — a $250,000 donation to have the hospital’s emergency room waiting area remodeled. We here at Standing O know that the only thing worse than waiting in an emergency room is waiting in an uncomfortable emergency room chair, so we personally want to thank Drs. Patel for their donation from the bottom of our hearts — and bottoms. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Fast and Furious? How about Dumb and Dumber?

This week, Joanna takes a bite out of stupidity and duplicity. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan sorts through the scraps of paper on his nightstand

This week, our columnist talks about the little bits of trivia sitting near his bed — and his addiction to 99-cent stores. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

Carmine says don’t believe the interweb!

This week, Carmine says he’s learned a valuable lesson the hard way: don’t believe what you read on the internet! Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Deport ‘Jaafarious’ Syrian — ASAP

Syrian henchman Bashar al-Assad’s former aide is now studying at Columbia University, which puts her in the same class as anti-American PS 90 Principal Greta Hawkins, and unpatriotic schools chief Dennis Walcott, our columnist says. Comment.
Standing O

Here they are — the best of the borough

It’s Thursday, and the Courier celebrates with some Standing Os! Comment.
Standing O

To the moon and beyond

Standing O

Brookdale knows how to be heart healthy

Not for Nuthin’

Will they start this trial already!

This week, our columnist says its time to get the trial of Khalid Skeikh Mohammed moving. Comments (1).
Speak Out

Lou’s back! And he’s speaking out about his days in the military

Lou Powsner returns with a tale of his days in the Air Force. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

America by the numbers

This week, our columnist spells it out for you — then adds it all up! Comments (3).
Big Screecher

Look, Carmine wants the damn B64 bus back!

This week, Carmine demands the MTA return a much-needed bus line. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

A true-blue tribute to Flag Day

Today is Flag Day. It’s a time to honor the Stars and Stripes, whose might and right should be hailed every day, our columnist says. Comments (2).
Standing O

Everything is so green!

Standing O is back, telling you why Brooklyn is so awesome! Comment.
Standing O

Broadway-bound students hoof it up

Drama Club students at Marine Park Middle School headed off to the bright lights of Broadway to perform at the annual Broadway Beacon awards on June 4 at the Hudson Theater on 44th Street in Midtown. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

The What a Good Job You Did Generation gets a lesson in reality

This week, our columnist applauds David McCullough for telling it like it is. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s take on famous one-word answers

This week, our columnist reminds us of some famous one-liners. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

Carmine shows his soft side at Kingsborough

This week, we learn that the Big Screecher sometimes breaks down and cries for no good reason! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

It’s time to cut off aid to Pakistan

Our columnist says no American taxpayer dollars should go to a nation that has zero interest in capturing the bad guys. Comments (3).
Standing O

Another week, another bunch of the borough’s best

It was a tasty treat for longtime diner Lorraine Santino as she celebrated her 60th birthday with hubby Jimmy Santino and Alice Lin, owner of Tasty Tavern (this is the Year of the Dragon, after all). The trio celebrated the auspicious occasion by hoisting a glass, toasting yum seng, and wishing happy fortune cookies for many more birthdays to come. Standing O sends tasty tidings to Lorraine — shengri kuaile! Comment.
Standing O

Brookdale Hospital cuts the ribbon!

Not for Nuthin’

Banning the Big Gulp in the Big Apple

This week, our columnist takes aim at the Mayor’s “waste” size. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s trippin’ about the month of June

This week, our columnist warns you about the Post Office, and considers the meaning of the sixth month of the year. Comments (8).
Letters

There’s a street meat smackdown on our letters page

Readers spout off on everything from food carts in Bay Ridge to Coney’s ongoing boardwalk wars. Comment.
Big Screecher

Welcome back, Carmine

This week, Carmine heads back to his alma mater — Kingsborough Community College — to do what he does best: eat and talk. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Arabic in a public school? No thanks!

A United Nations-affiliated educational program being adopted by a public school receives an “F” with our columnist. Comments (2).

May, 2012

Standing O

Oh boy! Son saves mom’s life when she has heart attack

Standing O is back, and we’ve got cheers for just about everyone! Comment.
Standing O

She’s the hostess with the mostess — and a Salutatorian too!

Five Micheline stars to this year’s Salutatorian for City Tech, Keila Joann Jimenez. She loves hotels so much that she majored in lodging and is graduating summa cum laude in her class with a Bachelor’s in hospitality management. She told Standing O that every time she steps into a hotel, she “falls in love again.” Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

For Mayor Mike, bikes are better than parking

This week, our columnist takes on the Mayor’s plan to replace parking spaces with bike-sharing racks! Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s happy to be an American

This week, Stan reminds us what Memorial Day is all about. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

Here’s why Carmine is worried about the economy

This week, the Screecher sounds off on the delivery service’s inability to bring him a package. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Kennedy suicide reminds us of the silent killer

This week, our columnist discusses suicide — and how to prevent it. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O has been very busy this week

It’s three cheers for Sonia Valentin Fernandez. Comment.
Standing O

Twelfth grader burns the boards with the most hours

It’s a slam-dunk Comment.
Standing O

Ham, eggs and certificates

Not for Nuthin’

‘House’ finale leaves Joanna high and dry

This week, Joanna reviews the final episode of House. Comments (6).
It’s Only My Opinion

You want gripes? Stan’s got gripes.

This week, our columnist discusses the little things that drive him nuts. Comments (5).
Big Screecher

Carmine chimes in on the Relay for Life, and dog poop

This week, Carmine says he’s had it up to here with people not following the pooper-scooper law. Comments (4).
A Britisher’s View

Good riddance to Mr. Facebook — for dumping U.S.

The social netrowk titan jumped ship to Singapore to avoid paying capital gains taxes — ahead of his company going public. It’s a beastly bit of insider trading, sez our columnist. Comments (1).
Standing O

And the Oscar goes to Emani

Standing O is back, baby, it’s back! Comment.
Standing O

Hey batter, batter, batter

Standing O

Budding artist and essayist win first prize

Not for Nuthin’

‘Girls’ stinks, but Mother’s Day brunch was delicious

This week, our columnists tells you about the good and bad of Mother’s Day weekend. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan the Man give us the digits

This week, our columnist examines some of the nation’s most intersting phone polls. Comments (1).
Sunday Read

Floyd Bennett Field’s rich history

In this week’s Sunday Read, we harken back to a time when planes made Brooklyn their home. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine’s met his match, and it’s Congressman Michael Grimm!

This week, our columnist wonders what could have been had he just stayed in shape! Comments (1).
Op-Ed

Is Brooklyn fed up with food vendors?

The simmering feud between food vendors and brick-and-mortar businesses in Bay Ridge boiled over last week when a group of merchants banded together to displace the Middle Eastern Halal Cart, a popular gyro seller, while disseminating anti-vendor literature. The defiant cart continues to sell lamb over rice on Fifth Avenue, but merchants say this food fight is far from over. We asked two major players on this issue to give us their thoughts: Comment.
Op-Ed

Street vendors should be left alone

A shameful story is taking place in Bay Ridge. Comments (1).
Op-Ed

Food vendors are bad for business

Food Carts have evolved into kitchens on wheels that operate on the sidewalks — using grills fueled by gas and propane tanks with illuminated signage. These are stationary businesses with as many as three employees per shift — operating 20 hours per day. They employ a full-time manager and wear uniform polo shirts. This is a well-organized business that takes space on public sidewalks using the amenities, sidewalk cleaning services, and street furniture paid for by assessments levied to protect property and business owners. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

China’s crimes continue — unchecked

Last week’s trade talks between China and the U.S. ignored China’s gross human rights record for the sake of big business, says our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Here’s to Nikki-Jo and the power of good!

Put your hands together for the Borough’s bestest and brightest. Comment.
Standing O

Don the regalia and mortar board

Don the regalia and mortar board Comment.
Standing O

It’s green for green

Not for Nuthin’

To err is human, to scream vulgarities is wrong

This week, our columnist has a problem with how a fellow commuter chose to exercise his freedom of speech. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan gives advice on how not to become a ‘boomeranger’

This week, our columnist lists jobs that high school students should consider — if they want a job when they graduate college in four years. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Carl-amity for crooked Kruger

Carl Kruger can now add another title to his resume — convicted felon! Comment.
Standing O

There’s a new rabbi in town!

Our ecummenical Standing O is back. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Two and Half Men revisited

This week our columnist recounts her brief meeting with Charlie Sheen. Comments (9).

April, 2012

It’s Only My Opinion

Obama’s policies on gas and energy will change if he wants to get re-elected.

This week, out columnist speculates exactly what Presdient Obama will do to get re-elected. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s had it with bottles of aspirin

This week ol’ Carmine faces the biggest challenge of his life — the child-proof safety cap on his aspirin bottle. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Violent pill-poppers give us the blues

Americans are among the most medicated people in the world — and the results continue to be deadly for society! Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Like, can we stop with ‘like,’ pulease!

Our columnist is, like, really, like, upset about this. Like, really. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan once again cleans his pockets — and his mind

This week, our columnist takes on the Department of Homeland Security, Egypt, and perverts. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

For Carmine, it takes two to teach tango!

This week, the Screecher gives us the breakdown on how he teaches ballroom dancing — and it includes a stand-in for himself! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Shariah law in the US? Believe it!

Our columnist sentences trial court judges to a lifetime off the bench for allowing backward, foreign laws to rule here. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Eureka! My show is back, with Jack!

This week, our columnist tells you all about the season premiere of “Eureka.” Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Can’t get a job? Stan says stay home with mom and pop

This week our columnist considers the consequenses of not getting a job after college, and finds they are not that bad. Comment.
Letters

A concrete Boardwalk is unacceptable

This week our readers talk about a Brooklyn icon — the Coney Island Boardwalk. Comment.
Big Screecher

What’s the 411? Carmine is angry!

This week, our columnist unloads on the phone company! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

On Patriots’ Day, remember how awesome America is

This week, our columnist cheers the birth of a nation. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Oh, the drudgery! I’m on vacation, but still doing work

This week, our columnist figures out how much time she has spent in her life folding towels. And it isn’t pretty. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s ideas for seeing the new Hanoi Jane flick

This week our columnist considers Jane Fonda’s new movie. Comment.
Letters

Not for Nuthin’, but Joanna knows what she’s talking about

Sometimes our readers actually agree with our columnists. This is one of those times. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine’s had it with word counts

This week, the Screecher let’s his editor know he missed a great thing by cutting his story. Comment.
Standing O

Screeching out to the Screecher — and Mrs. Screecher

When it comes to saluting Brooklyn’s best, there’s no beating our Standing O column. Comment.
Standing O

Holy houses! New condos are a steal!

Standing O

Technical Career Institutes comes to Brooklyn

Not for Nuthin’

Let’s add ‘nonsense’ to the list of words banned by the Department of Education

Joanna offers an alternative to the 50 words that might offend. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Robert DeNiro, Michelle Obama, and racist bumper stickers

This week, Stan gives Bob a break, attacks racist bumper stickers, and offers tips on how to give all your money away. Comment.

March, 2012

Big Screecher

How do you throw a successful party? Make sure there is great food!

This week, the Screecher gives you the lowdown on the scrumptious food that was available during the cocktail hour at his Community Council’s annual gala Comment.
Features

Sign of the times?

Williamsburg’s Orthodox Jewish community railed against a plan to install a billboard in the neighborhood that questions the Jewish faith in both English and Hebrew. Hasidic leaders called the billboard inappropriate and cheered when a landlord stopped the sign from going up on his building — forcing it to be moved to Greenpoint. The atheist group behind the controversial advertisement claims the billboard wasn’t meant to be an insult to anyone, but instead was intended to remind atheists living in Williamsburg that others share their views. We asked two leaders embroiled in this fight to give us their thoughts: Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Man becomes ‘bird’ at Floyd Bennett Field

The place where Wiley Hardeman Post became the first man to fly solo around the globe is set to launch another record on April 1 — with the world’s first human-powered flight. Comment.
Standing O

Hip, Hip Hooray!

Students and teachers give Brooklyn a boost. Comment.
Standing O

Screen early — it saves lives

Standing O

Look what the stork dropped in

Not for Nuthin’

At any rate? How about the rate I agreed to?

This week, our columnist takes issue with her communications provider. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Graft in Chicago? Who would of thunk it? Oh, everybody

This week, our columnist does some research, and learns how its done the Chicago Way. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

It pays to screech!

This week, Carmine once again proves the power of his prose! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

There are no apologies in war — from either side

This week, our columnist says war means never having to say you’re sorry. Comment.
Features

Borough atheists need to know they’re not alone

What many people fail to understand about atheism is that it is older than religion. Comments (3).
Features

Atheists have no faith in what they say

In today’s society, “Freedom of Speech” is used to justify, excuse, and defend otherwise insensitive and often inaccurate statements. Comments (3).
Standing O

Frankie’s heroes help fight cancer

This week, Brooklyn’s Biggest Booster has a few things to cheer about! Comment.
Standing O

We can build it better, stronger

It’s the greatest class ever — when the students in third, fourth and fifth grade at PS 188 heard that there was going to be a robotics course offered, they ran over each other to sign up. The new Lego Robotics Program led by Evan Mirenberg, which began in January, teaches children how to build and program a robot. The course also provides a strong foundation for the students to succeed, reenforces how to work together, and prepares them for a techno future that’s only going to get more complex. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Get Barack’s face off the stars and stripes

This week, our national affairs correspondent — and banner expert — takes on what she thinks is flag desecration. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s tidbits keep you thinking

This week, our columnist cleans out his jacket and finds gold! Comments (1).
Letters

‘Nyet’ to Russian-friendly Storobin

Our readers chime in on Tuesday’s special election. Comment.
Big Screecher

The Godfather of columnists sounds off on ‘The Godfather’ — and negative Italian stereotypes!

This week, Carmine makes it clear that he is not in the mob. Comments (2).
A Britisher’s View

Betim Kaziu will rot in a cell!

The wannabe terrorist from Sheepshead Bay got his just desserts when a judge slammed him with a 27-year sentence for trying to kill Americans. Comments (2).
Standing O

Broadway comes to Marine Park with ‘Anne Frank’

Junior HS students perform to SRO crowd and knock it out of the park! Comment.
Standing O

Just what the doctor ordered

Beth Israel Hospital has just opened something suite! Comment.
Standing O

Let’s hear it for these Kearney HS scholars!

Standing O is back to honor Brooklyn’s biggest, brightest stars. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Rush Limbaugh was just as offensive when he attacked Italians.

This week, our National Affairs and Rush Limbaugh columnist takes another swipe at the radio host. Comments (2).
Speak Out

Concrete Boardwalk for Coney? Lou says ‘no way.’

This week, america’s oldest and most cherished columnist Lou Powsner says that in his nearly 93-years, he has never heard of anything as absurd as a concrete Boardwalk. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan backs up his talk with numbers

This week, our columnist gives us the good and bad, according to the latest polls. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

I can’t buy anything for a buck!

This week, the Screecher reaches deep into his deep pockets and pulls out another instant classic! Comment.
Features

Safe streets or lame lanes?

Prospect Park’s new roadway redesign would give the same amount of space to cars, cyclists and pedestrians. Transportation advocates say it will make the street safer for everyone, but some park advocates argue the proposal will actually make the roadway more chaotic and dangerous. We asked two major players on the issue to give us their thoughts. Comment.
Features

New park lanes won’t curb the real problem — speeding

Prospect Park is being turned into a velodrome under the new bike lanes being proposed for the park. Comments (14).
Features

New lanes will keep everyone out of harm’s way

Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s backyard — and nobody wants drivers cutting through their backyard. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Keep your misogyny to yourself, Rush Limbaugh

This week, our columnist stands up for her gender, and takes a few swings at the radio talk show host she loves to hate. Comments (5).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan reads the fine print for you

This week, our columnist does what he does best: break it down so you don’t have to. Comments (2).
Letters

It’s a dog’s life for Sheepshead Bay’s captive canines!

In this week’s letters page, our loyal readers chime in on a few of our stories, as well as our op-ed page. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine’s shocked by Con Ed’s behavior

This week, the Screecher lets off some steam about annoying public utilities. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Media warriors ‘press’ on — until death

Reserve the highest honors for brave media members who dedicate their lives to uncovering the truth — sometimes paying the ultimate price. Comment.
Features

Should charters rule our schools?

Success Charter Network, one of Mayor Bloomberg’s favorite charter school operators, hopes to expand rapidly in Brooklyn in the coming months. The charter’s founder, former Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, argues that her schools can improve the quality of primary education in neighborhoods with struggling public schools. But many parents say Success schools — and other charters — will undermine public schools in their neighborhoods and lessen parental influence over education citywide. We asked two major players in the controversy to chime in. Comment.
Features

Success schools will be models of excellence

As a mother raising three young children in the city, I know how hard it is to find great public schools. That’s why I’ve dedicated my life to creating schools that I’d want for my own children — ones that are well-rounded, rigorous and diverse so that students can have the cross-cultural experiences they’ll find in the real world. Comments (10).
Standing O

How low can you go?

Standing O

They say it’s your birthday!

On Jan. 26, 1911 Glen Curtiss demonstrated the first amphibian aeroplane; on Feb. 17, 1911 Charles Kettering introduced the first electrical ignition system for automobiles, and installed it in a Cadillac; and just two days later on Feb. 19, 1911 Jose and Victoria Acevedo of Hato Tejas, Puerto Rico, had a little girl, who grew up to be our very own Standing O pal, Gavina, who married Juan Galfio Guadarrama and settled here to raise their family. Comment.

February, 2012

Not for Nuthin’

Jo’s got her finger on the pulse of ABC

This week, our national affairs columnist breaks down the Oscars. Comment.
Speak Out

Lou: The Gowanus Expressway was a mistake

This week, America’s oldest continuously published columnist rails against America’s worst highway. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan on the good, bad, and ugly of technology

This week, our columnist talks about some of his favorite — and least favorite — inventions. Comment.
Letters

Our letter writers hate Joanna DelBuono

Once again, retired teachers are lashing out against our Not for Nuthin’ columnist. Comments (4).
Big Screecher

Carmine has a thing or two to say about typos

This week, our columnist goes off on those little mistakes that drive us mad, then has some nice things to say about Connie Hamilton. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Free Ryan Jerome, DA Vance!

Our columnist demands that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance do the right thing and toss out the trumped-up gun possession charges against the retired, third-generation Marine. Comments (5).
Op-Ed

A ferry good idea, or are boats to Southern Brooklyn dead in the water?

At his State of the Borough address, Borough President Markowitz said he wants to expand ferry service along the East River to Southern Brooklyn. Yet the city says expanding the ferry service would be too costly. We asked two Southern Brooklyn community leaders to weigh in on the feasiblility and practicality of the proposal. Click below for two views. Comment.
Op-Ed

Gangway for southern Brooklyn ferries

A high-tech manufacturing facility, a cultural center and Coney Island casinos were all part of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s vision at this year’s State of the Borough address. But the thing that really got my attention was hearing my longtime colleague’s call to extend East River Ferry Service to connect Manhattan to Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, Canarsie and, most importantly, Bay Ridge! Comment.
Op-Ed

Parking needs to be assured before we sail away

I was a member of the committees for the rebuilding of the ten Sheepshead Bay Piers both times they were rebuilt, and when I was asked about the possibility of bringing ferry service to the area, I carefully detailed how I personally, and through my civic work with local organizations for more than 25 years, advocated ferry service to and from Sheepshead Bay and how Pier 10 was made wider than the others to make boarding and disembarking ferry passengers easier to manage. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Joanna breaks down her TV week

This week, our columnist fills you in on what’s good, and not so good, on her favorite networks. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

How we dealt a blow to Delta Airlines

This week, Stan learns how to fly to the “occupied Palestinian territory.” Or is that Israel? Comments (2).
Features

‘Shavana Abruzzo is an American patriot’

Our readers take a minute to cheer, then jeer, our Britisher’s View column. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s got no gripe with Priscilla

This week, the Screecher cheers a wonderful young lady. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Our troops are heroes — not zeroes!

There aren’t enough ticker tape parades in the world to thank our freedom fighters — but a few would at least let them know their efforts weren’t in vain. Comment.
Coney Island

Let’s light it up!

A century ago, Brooklyn had the largest and most popular resort in the world. Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Coney Island attracted millions every summer. Coney Island boasted three amusement parks, Dreamland (1904–1911), Luna Park (1903–1944) and Steeplechase Park (1897–1964). Astroland opened in 1962 and closed after the 2009 season. Comment.
Coney Island

Spend the money on the Boardwalk!

The Parachute Jump is a unique structure that deserves the landmark status it was granted in 1988. However, when funds are in short supply, they should be used to address the most pressing needs first. Rather than spending an additional $2 million, beyond the 1.4 million already spent, on making the lighting on the Parachute Jump brighter — a superficial concern — these funds should be spent addressing Coney Island’s most important and immediate need: preserving its iconic, world-famous wooden Boardwalk. Comments (3).
Not for Nuthin’

Verizon’s being deducted from my good list

This week, our national issues reporter haggles with a sales rep over iPhone insurance. Comments (4).
Speak Out

When the state should have rolled the dice on Coney Island

This week, our columnist says the People’s Playground — and other parts of New York — should have made gambling legal years ago. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan says these people have quite a nerve

Ever hear of chutzpah? This week, our columnist defines it for you through the actions of those who have it. Comments (3).
Features

Not for Nuthin,’ but Jo-Jo’s in a class of her own!

Our columnist has people talking — and writing letters. Comments (4).
Big Screecher

Carmine hails Coney Island’s ‘Dynamic Duo’

This week, the Big Screecher lauds “Couple of the Year” Salema and Don Marbury. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

NYPD ‘jihad’ film a vital anti-terror tool

Muslim New Yorkers should celebrate “The Third Jihad” as a critical weapon in oiur counter-terrorism arsenal, our columnist says. Comments (4).
Features

Line dance: State Senate redistricting debate rages on

Albany Republicans released a redistricting map on Jan. 27 that would change Brooklyn’s political landscape, giving state Sen. Marty Golden a lot more real estate, creating an “Orthodox district” in Midwood and Borough Park, and ripping disgraced state Sen. Carl Kruger’s district off the map. Republicans claim that the new lines make sense, but Democrats say that the entire map has to be thrown out and redrawn in a non-partisan way. We asked the two candidates vying for Kruger’s district to weigh in: Comment.
Features

We need to go back to the drawing board

And they wonder why people are so cynical about politics and politicians. Comments (1).
Features

It makes sense to draw ‘ethnic’ lines

A lot of noise has been made about the redistricting proposal submitted last week by the State Legislature. And, of course, most of the noise comes from people who have a problem with the plan. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

The greatest thing about the game — the commercials

Our national affairs columnist gives her top-10 Super Bowl spots. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan: The only thing transparent about the airline industry is that it’s hiding something.

… and those hidden things are new taxes! Comment.
Big Screecher

Awards season! And I ain’t talking about the Oscars!

This week, our beloved columnist gets ready for his annual awards dinner. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Long live the Navy SEALs!

The “men with green faces” are second to none when it comes to rescuing Americans in danger while protecting U.S. interests across the globe. Comments (1).
Brooklyn Heights

We should celebrate Brooklyn’s historic vitality!

Brooklyn Heights

New historic district will harm, not help!

The creation of a Downtown Brooklyn Skyscraper Historic District is unwarranted, and would add burdensome costs for local property owners and retail tenants. Comments (2).
Speak Out

Lou speaks out: Bring casinos to Coney

This week, our 92-year-old columnist says its time to bring gambling — and all its benefits — to the People’s Playground. Comments (1).
Not for Nuthin’

Tenure, schmenur, something’s gotta give

This week, our columnist goes off — again — on tenure for teachers. Comments (1).

January, 2012

It’s Only My Opinion

It’s Groundhog Day. Haven’t I heard that before?

This week, Stan discusses his favorite holiday — and movie. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s had it with bedbugs! (Not that he’s actually had them)

This week, our beloved columnist fills you in on his fear of blood-sucking creatures. Comments (3).
A Britisher’s View

Whizzing soldiers deserve Medals of Honor

There is no room for self-deprecation in the War on Terror, writes our columnist, and here’s why! Comments (6).
Op-Ed

The Cyclone will be ‘Faster Than Ever!’

It’s winter now, and Coney Island’s amusement parks are in winter hibernation, some wrapped in plastic tarps to protect their intricate machinery from the cold salty elements while they sleep. Comment.
Op-Ed

Let’s keep the Cyclone well-oiled and safe!

Change can be a bad thing, but in the case of the Cyclone, change can only be a good thing. It will assist in making the ride a more enjoyable experience for locals, and for the thousands who ride it from around the world. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Paula Deen, Anthony Bourdain, diabetes, and America

This week, our columnist delves into the pies being thrown by the food world’s biggest stars. Comments (11).
It’s Only My Opinion

The buried treasure at the bottom of Stan’s pockets

This week, Stan fills you in on his notes to himself. Comments (3).
Sunday Read

SUNDAY READ: Brooklyn’s ‘Nucky Thompson’ had his own Boardwalk Empire

This week, we take you back to the days when gambling and graft were business as usual on Coney Island. Comment.
Big Screecher

Same old same old for Carmine, and he’s not happy about it

This week, Carmine realizes that everything old is new again — much to his chagrin. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Clean up your act, Papa Jay-Z!

It’s time for the former crack dealer to become a man. Comments (11).
Boerum Hill

The prison has to be a good neighbor

Long-time residents of Boerum Hill have always known that the House of Detention would re-open one day, and now that day is imminent. To be sure, it will be a challenge to integrate our returning neighbor into a more densely residential environment. Comment.
Boerum Hill

The House of Dention is crucial to our work

The Brooklyn House of Detention, capacity 759 inmates, was built in 1957. Located in downtown Brooklyn, on Atlantic Avenue, the 11-story facility housed inmates steadily for nearly half a century before the city closed the building temporarily in 2003. This facility wasn’t the borough’s first city jail; there has been a city jail in Brooklyn since 1686, but performs crucial services that are critical to law enforcement and criminal justice. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Mayor Bloomberg hits another homer

Mayor Bloomberg is back in Joanna’s good graces — and it only took three terms. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan looks at the numbers, and does the math

This week, Stan breaks down America one digit at a time. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

Carmine heads to the city — for lunch, not art

This week, Carmine goes off on how much the city has changed since they put in that wacky-looking museum! Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Iran’s nukes are atoms away

A rogue regime courts a nuclear showdown. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Stamp out fraud with fingerprinting

This week, our columnist gets ink on her hands. Well, other people’s hands. Comment.
Speak Out

Gerrymandered Bensonhurst lacks leadership

This week, Lou waxes poetically about the neighborhood’s four-headed leadership. Comments (3).
It’s Only My Opinion

Sage advice on Internet scamming

This week, our columnist reminds you that things aren’t always what they seem. Comment.
Letters

Shucks, Chuck! More ‘useless’ proposals?’

Start the New Year the right way — by reading the offerings of some of Brookjlyn’s best spouters on our “Letters to the Editor” page! Comments (2).
Big Screecher

Carmine looks back on Christmas Pasts

This week, the Screecher wonders why he doesn’t get any toys anymore. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

NYPD’s blue line of entrapment

Law enforcers do themselves an injustice when they take the “sting” out of an undercover operation by deliberately targeting unsuspicious — and unsuspecting — civilians. Comment.
Features

Let the cops do their job!

As recently reported, New Yorkers again saw a decrease in crime in 2011 throughout New York City, and for that, we must commend the work of the New York City Police Department. Kudos to Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for their continued efforts and diligence in keeping New York City the safest big city in America. It was not too long ago that New Yorkers could only dream of their city earning such honors. Comments (5).
Features

NYPD ‘hell-bent’ on quotas!

I read with interest the recent news stories of the NYPD sting against fencing operations involving stolen electronic equipment. While the goal is laudatory, especially in light of the increase in grand larcenies this year, the news articles I read led me to believe that this police operation was focused on the merchants selling the stolen goods, i.e. bodegas, newsstands, barbershops, etc. Indeed, one of the articles quoted you as saying, ̶ Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Joanna dances into the New Year

This week, our columnist vows to get over her fear of the merengue! Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan has more quotes of the year

The title above of my column is It’s Only My Opinion, and last week I offered my opinion on some of the best quotes of last year. In the interest of space, I pared my list down. But now I am looking at several bonus quotes that are informative, entertaining, and sure to stimulate conversation when it slows down at your next cocktail party Comments (1).
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