Sunday, April 18, 2010


Historic preservation — or gentrification? — on Conover Street?

A row of worn Red Hook cottages is on the road to restoration — but their path to architectural salvation might encounter a speed bump or two: the tenants currently occupying the homes. Comment
Bay News

Controversial decision has only helped Prince

Epiphanny Prince has been no stranger to drawing controversial headlines. Comment
Bay News

Brooklyn’s Stephenson leaving Cincinnati for NBA

Lance Stephenson, one year removed from winning a fourth straight PSAL title at Lincoln, is headed to the NBA. Comment
Bay News

Seton Hall-bound Okoloji happy to see journey land him in Big East

Anali Okoloji left Banneker for Charis Prep (NC) following his junior year to test himself against elite competition. Instead, the versatile 6-foot-8 forward found himself being tested in another way altogether. Comment

In their own words: Here’s why the staff quit

Here’s the full text of the e-mail that the “workers” of Gorilla Coffee, a Fifth Avenue java joint, sent out on Sunday. It may rank as one of the classic workplace gripes in the annals of labor-management relations. Comment

The wooden warrior’s ready to roll!

“You’re not from Brooklyn until you’ve ridden the Cyclone,” chastised a pal trying to woo me aboard the wooden warrior which I had always eyed with chills instead of thrills. Comment
High School Sports

Xaverian’s Soto in the ‘Zona

Glance at the Arizona baseball roster and something quickly stands out: nearly every one of the Wildcats’ 33 players come from four states renowned as baseball hotbeds – Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas. Just one player — Elmwood Park, NJ, freshman left-handed pitcher Jared Forestieri — hails from the Northeast. Comment
High School Sports

Errors, big inning again dooms St. Edmund

Rowena Motylewski hopes her team took note of what happened in the fourth inning against St. Francis Prep. For the second straight league game, her St. Edmund team had a meltdown in the field, where errors and miscues yielded big runs. Comment
High School Sports

Deep, experienced Madison ready to improve upon last year’s semifinal finish

Vinny Caiazza likes his starting rotation, offensively his Madison baseball team is deeper and more potent, and is typically sound in the field. These are the reasons many have pegged the Knights as a city title contender. Comment
High School Sports

Molloy tames Tigers for Preston tourney title

Dana Moss has not been particularly pleased with her performance at the plate of late. The Archbishop Molloy sophomore was striking out looking too much to her liking and felt there was something wrong with her swing during the three-day Preston softball tournament. Comment
High School Sports

Bushwick beaten, but not deterred

Sure, there were some costly errors. And yes, Bushwick had its fair share of mental lapses. But from where the Tigers have come from, an 11-5 loss to PSAL powerhouse Cardozo in a crossover league game last Friday afternoon was not a bad result at all. Comment

Our exclusive mus-o-meter registers Inlets’ ‘Inter Arbiter’

Sebastian Krueger started playing with My Brightest Diamond, but really wanted to be doing his own thing. In 2006, he released the EP “Vestibule” under the name Inlets, and now he has a new album out called “Inter Arbiter.” What’s it like? That’s a question best left up to our exclusive Mus-o-meter. Comment

Small craft advisory at the handmade calvalcade in Greenpoint

From clocks made out of bingo cards to card cases adorned with images of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Cyclone, the borough’s ingenuity will be on full display this month. Comment

It’s a ‘Mission’ quite possible: Good craft beer now

Put down that Brooklyn, Kelso or Sixpoint, craft beer lovers — Mission Dolores, the new Park Slope beer garden from the folks at Bar Great Harry, is here to salvage you from drinking the same ol’ beer. Comment

Aurora rising! New Italian joint in Williamsburg makes bold debut

Every Italian joint this side of Carroll Gardens has the standard vongole — but one Williamsburg restaurant’s menu is making its name as a one-of-a-kind, serious foodie destination. Comment

Saturday, April 17, 2010


‘Union’ busters! City considers plan to demap street near McCarren Park

McCarren Park is about to swallow a piece of Union Avenue. Comment

Friday, April 16, 2010

Kings Courier

Cops: This Julio Iglesias is a bad man

A bloodthirsty gunman with the same name as a renowned crooner was arrested last month is racking up a body count. Comment

Thursday, April 15, 2010


‘Rose’ affordable units are in full bloom — but Levin still smells something stinky

The developer of a controversial waterfront housing project has hiked the number of affordable units in the project to 30 percent of the entire complex — but it’s still not enough to satisfy Councilman Steve Levin, who demanded more below-market-rate units. Comment
Mill–Marine Courier

Secure your belongings at Marine Park

Cops from the 63rd Precinct will be offering residents a chance to better secure their cars, bicycles and computers on April 11 during a special crime prevention day at Marine Park. Comment

New DUMBO mall has it all — minus the sweatpants!

Urbanites may scoff, shudder, or just yawn at the mention of those suburban things called shopping malls — but they’re flocking to one on Front Street in DUMBO. Comment

How about a beachfront house on Fulton Mall?

A key component of the long-stalled City Point project on the Fulton Mall in Downtown received a final greenlight from the Public Design Commission on Wednesday — setting up a ground-breaking this spring. Comment

Not hot for teacher

It’s time to Facebook the charges. Comment

Mini mall coming to desolate Williamsburg triangle

A desolate stretch in Williamsburg could soon become a new shopping center. Comment

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Brooklyn Courier

The Prospect Heights blotter is back!

77th Precinct Comment

Swing House rock!

Break out the fedora and practice your Lindy Hop: “Swing House” is back. Comment

And then we came to the dinner! Joshua Ferris to read at BAM

Joshua Ferris has had some big shoes to fill. Namely, his own. Comment

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Brooklyn Heights

First suicide at Brooklyn’s tallest building

A woman jumped to her death from roof of the Brooklyner — the borough’s tallest building — last week, police said. Comment

Levin still has thorns from Rose Plaza, seeks more ‘affordable’ units

A controversial developer has added more affordable units to his proposed complex on the Williamsburg waterfront, but not enough to satisfy Councilman Steve Levin. Comment

Lude awakening! Feds say they busted a drug plant in Greenpoint

Quaaludes are back and, apparently, popping up in Greenpoint. Comment

Go jump in a lake! To woo Google, Lentol says he’ll swim in Newtown Creek

Towns all over America are doing wacky things to win Google’s offer to install an ultra-high-speed Internet network, but none of them — so far, at least — have an elected official who’s willing to jump in a toxic waterway. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Red Hook cement plant is up and running

A controversial Red Hook concrete plant that will help rebuild the World Trade Center has quietly opened, dashing the hopes of stone-faced critics who vilified its arrival. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Bus-ted! Correction vehicles are cramming Court Street

The Brooklyn House of Detention is overflowing — but this time it’s not with criminals! Comment

Kuntzman: Being a Met fan makes me a better person

I’m not going to apologize for being a Met fan. Comment

Suit: Marty ran the Beep’s office like a frat-house

Borough President Markowitz turned his office into a macho frat house featuring sexist jokes, double standards and possible violation of campaign regulations, bombshell court documents revealed this week. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Forty year Smith Street legend, ‘Sal the Barber’ is dead

Giorgio Zocco, a staple at his Smith Street barbershop for decades, died on Sunday, ending 40 years of old-school dedication to his craft and his neighborhood. He was 70. Comment

A hoppin’ good time at the Easter Egg hunt

An egg-citing revel was in store for pint-sized worshippers on Saturday as they celebrated one of the Christian calendar’s happiest days with Brooklyn Heights’ traditional egg hunt at Pierrepont Playground. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

This construction project really stinks (no, really)

The Great Recession really stinks — and for one Park Slope family, it’s literal. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Cops now say that they identified themselves in shooting

The frenzied clash between a heavily armed felon and three undercover cops outside Green-Wood Cemetery may have been a case of mistaken identity for everyone involved. Comment

Councilwoman ends Tish-grace!

Councilwoman Letitia James has quietly dropped her much-mocked personal injury lawsuit that sought unspecified damages from an itinerant laborer because she bumped her leg on a legal trailer hitch on the back of his legally parked car. Comment

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mill–Marine Courier

Mistakes — by thug <i>and</i> cops — apparently led to Green-Wood shooting

A case of mistaken identity led to a fatal clash between a heavily-armed felon and local cops outside of Brooklyn’s biggest boneyard. Comment

Cops shut down ‘illegal’ Market Hotel in Bushwick

Easter was the day the music died in Bushwick. Comment

Greenpoint food market returns on Saturday

Talk about getting a spring in your step. Comment
Kings Courier

Entenmann’s brings ‘defective’ cakes to Marine Park

The icing is wonky, the donuts are teeny tiny and the cakes are drowning in powdered sugar — but Brooklynites couldn’t be happier. Comment

Police talk down jumper

He’s all smiles now. Comment

Gun-toting goon roped in by dead-on sketch

Women in East Flatbush can rest easy — the pistol-packing purloiner targeting them is behind bars thanks to some perspicacious victims, a dead-on sketch and a little bit of luck. Comment

Man killed during gang attack

Stabbed to death Comment

Jesus saves...people hurt

Easter menace Comment


My undying, oft-requited, love for the New York Yankees has a very simple — yet rather strange — backstory. Comment

Baseball is back — but which hometown team is the best?

The Yankees and the Mets have finally christened the 2010 baseball season — and while it’s too early to tell which of our hometown teams will be left standing in October, everyone in the city has a strong opinion on the matter. As such, we invited our resident Met and Yankee fans — Gersh Kuntzman and Vince DiMiceli — to explain the roots of their fanaticism and, in the case of Kuntzman, to explain whether there is a cure for the terminal condition of being a fan of the (less-than) Amazin’s. Comment

New tickets to ride in Coney Island

They’re calling it Luna Park, but the new amusement park set to open in Coney Island next month will not be charging “Nickel Empire” prices. Comment
Bay News

Meshuggena magic in Coney Island

Did you hear the one about the two Jews who observed Passover at the local freak show? Comment

Some interesting questions — no answers necessary

Continuing with last week’s offering of questions to be pondered, here are more. Comment

Oportunidades revisited

“From Chalupas to Oportunidades,” was a column I wrote three years ago about Mayor Bloomberg’s plan for a new initiative modeled after Mexico’s Oportunidades, for the benefit of low-income families. Comment

Williamsburg Walks pedestrian event cut by one-third

Williamsburg Walks has been shortened to a crawl. Comment

Arrest ends burglary spree for career criminal

Michael Burnett is the prince of petty thieves. Comment

Read them to sleep!

Good-sport-Principal Linda Singer swapped her business duds for snazzy purple pjs and took her young charges on a twilight word trek at PS 255, March 25. Comment
Bay News

A Good Friday in Bensonhurst

Most Rev. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano led the congregation from local parishes through the mostly Catholic neighborhood on the most solemn day of the Christian calendar, marking Christ’s crucifixion. Comment

Bay Ridge egg-citement

A holiday hobnob with the Easter Bunny was in store for pint-sized frolickers who rose to Easter festivities at McKinley Park to celebrate one of the most egg-citing days on the Christian calendar. Comment

Students celebrate diversity

A rainbow of performances ignited the stage and a melting pot of traditional foods tickled the taste buds during a multicultural festival at the Christ Church After School and Youth Center, March 23. Comment
Bay News

Brooklyn targeted in search for Weiner “anthrax” sender

The Anthrax scare that shut down Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Queens office might have been sent from a home-grown Brooklyn nut. Comment

Atomic bomb in Coney Island?

and Joe Maniscalco Comment

Gravesend gals sell cupcakes for a cause

There’s nothing half-baked about Ashley Gentile and Jeannie El-Maadawy plan to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Comments (1)
High School Sports

Many challengers to Exodus NYC’s Rose Classic dominance

The high school girls basketball season might have just ended, but that doesn’t mean the players are hanging up their sneakers. Quite the contrary. Starting Saturday, New York City’s best will be competing in the Nike Rose Classic at JHS 113 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Comment

Math night at PS 212

Hey, mom, what’s least common multiple of 12? Comment

My wild ride with Mariah’s husband

Cannon ball! Comment

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