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Friday, Jan. 12, 2007

Diversity goes out the window- Many fear exploding growth is hurting nabes

In the last 15 years, Brooklyn has gained over 165,000 new residents. The U.S. Census Bureau says it is not only the city’s most populous borough, but the most rapidly growing. Every district has […] Comment

Benzene fumes spark fears: Many questions swirl around Whole Foods Market

Is it a case of another War of the Worlds-type scare tactic or published reports overstating facts? Either way, concerns regarding noxious fumes and chemicals coming from the Gowanus Industrial corridor […] Comment

Young scribes poised to win MLK essay contest

High temps force cherry blossoms to bloom: Weird weather changes everything; many left scratching their heads

There’s been no snow on Brooklyn’s tree branches, but a thick crop of pink-tinged cherry blossoms has left a frosting on trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) that, from a distance, may […] Comment

Neighbors strengthen bonds through giving

Hungry for branches, twigs, logs and leaves

Creative kids have fun swapping tales

Temps leave ‘em hot & bothered

Baby & the Beep: New Year’s tot shines

Tide comes in for Gowanus development: City begins hard look at rezoning area around fetid waterway

City planners will soon set their sights along the redolent shores of the Gowanus Canal, and elsewhere, as the beginning stages of a possible rezoning of the area get underway next week. The Department […] Comment

New governor mum on Brooklyn Bridge Park: Spitzer slaps gag order on ESDC

While opinions on several new aspects of the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park are swirling in the air, newly elected Governor Eliot Spitzer has put a gag order on the state agency holding an upcoming public […] Comment

Rookies ready for patrol duty

More condos, fewer schools: Some say luxury homes preclude new classrooms

Development is booming in Brooklyn but city officials believe they can build fewer new schools to handle the influx of additional residents. Speaking at a local Community Education Council (CEC) meeting, […] Comment

Andrews sitting pretty under Spitzer: Former senator poised for new post

Is former State Senator Carl Andrews working for the recently installed Spitzer administration? Kind of. “There has been no appointment made for Carl Andrews at this time,” said Spitzer spokesperson […] Comment

Chuck & Hil: No word when troops should return: Blast Bush, but won’t call for withdrawal

As the new Democratic Congress began session last week, Courier-Life Publications reached out to U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer for their views on the war in Iraq and federal initiatives […] Comment

Two-car crackup on Atlantic Ave.

Burglars hit Old Stone House

Cops are looking for the thief who raided the historic Old Stone House in Park Slope’s J.J. Byrne Park, plundering the museum’s basement of its sound system. Officials said that someone entered […] Comment

Oh, no! Say it ain’t so, Batman!: Holy double-cross, hero linked to crime

Community awareness helps take a big bite out of crime

Slowly but surely, it seems that Park Slopers are getting the message when it comes to securing their personal property. “We’ve made a lot of strides in the past year, particularly when it comes […] Comment

Brooklyn reps livin’ large in the House: Area lawmakers start the new year off in Democratically controlled Congress

The war in Iraq, increasing the minimum wage and working on immigration and health care issues are the top priorities for Brooklyn’s elected delegation as the nation’s 110th Congress opened […] Comment

Brooklyn’s gain, and the borough’s loss: Park Slope stands to lose with exploding population, say some

In the last 15 years, Brooklyn has gained over 165,000 new residents. The U.S. Census Bureau says it is not only the city’s most populous borough, but the most rapidly growing. Every district has […] Comment

Tourists make borough the hippest place on Earth

The lush rainforests of Brazil, the scenic landscapes and exotic cities of Morocco…and the hot dog- eating contest in Brooklyn? Brooklyn is not out of place in that trio. Really. In fact, the borough […] Comment

Wacky racers to hit streets: The Annual ‘Idiotarod’ is coming

Those wacky shopping cart racers are at it again. The 4th annual “Idiotarod” race – modeled after the famed Alaskan trek across the tundra – is slated for January 27 at a super-secret […] Comment

Make recycling work

Danger on the roads

No containers for Bklyn

Tourists make us the hottest place on earth: Brooklyn tops Lonely Planet’s ‘best’ list

The lush rainforests of Brazil, the scenic landscapes and exotic cities of Morocco…and the hot dog- eating contest in Brooklyn? Brooklyn is not out of place in that trio. Really. In fact, the borough […] Comment

Atlantic Yards - Phooey!

Whoo-hoo! for Stanley

Green thumbs up for the borough’s 11th annual mulchfest

Nabe tries for building protection: Residents band together to fight overdevelopment

The next step in Carroll Gardens’ fight against over development has been taken. That’s the pronouncement members of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Associat-ion’s Land Use Committee declared […] Comment

City’s first biodiesel plant to get fuel to grow

The city’s first biodiesel production facility in Red Hook received an injection of green this week. The New York City Industrial Development Agency (IDA) announced the approval of about $3.96 million […] Comment

Luxury housing sinks new schools

Development is booming in Brooklyn but city officials believe they can build fewer new schools to handle the influx of additional residents. Speaking at a local Community Education Council (CEC) meeting, […] Comment

Fear of benzene fumes sparks concern: Site of future Whole Foods Market holds unanswered questions for many

Is it a case of another War of the Worlds-type scare tactic or published reports overstating facts? Either way, concerns regarding noxious fumes and chemicals coming from the Gowanus Industrial corridor […] Comment

Ahoy! Give us a marina!: EDC looks to attract new development on the waterfront

If Red Hook’s waterfront is to one day become a postcard-perfect, maritime-themed destination area, it might be nice if a marina actually sets up shop there. That’s what the city’s Economic […] Comment

Annual ‘Idiotarod’ race set to take off: Organizers ready start; protest television portrayal of shopping cart race

Those wacky shopping cart racers are at it again. The 4th annual “Idiotarod” race – modeled after the famed Alaskan trek across the tundra – is slated for January 27 at a super-secret […] Comment

Tide comes in on Gowanus rezoning: City begins to take hard look at reshaping area surrounding fetid waterway

City planners will soon set their sights along the redolent shores of the Gowanus Canal, and elsewhere, as the beginning stages of a possible rezoning of the area get underway next week. The Department […] Comment

Local reps take up new posts in the United States House

The war in Iraq, increasing the minimum wage and working on immigration and health care issues are the top priorities for Brooklyn’s elected delegation as the nation’s 110th Congress opened […] Comment

Land use watchdogs bark, but don’t bite: Frustration on Community Board 2 as developers carry the day over objections

By all accounts, 2006 was a rough year for the land use committee of Community Board 2. First, the Purchase Building, a landmark structure on the waterfront of Fulton Ferry, was torn down. Despite the […] Comment

Quickly becoming the hottest place on Earth: Brooklyn tops Lonely Planet’s ‘best’ list for ‘07

The lush rainforests of Brazil, the scenic landscapes and exotic cities of Morocco…and the hot dog- eating contest in Brooklyn? Brooklyn is not out of place in that trio. Really. In fact, the borough […] Comment

Garden is out of whack!: Screwy weather forces early bloom

There’s been no snow on Brooklyn’s tree branches, but a thick crop of pink-tinged cherry blossoms has left a frosting on trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) that, from a distance, may […] Comment

Public hearing on new park: New governor is tight-lipped on developing designs

While opinions on several new aspects of the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park are swirling in the air, newly elected Governor Eliot Spitzer has put a gag order on the state agency holding an upcoming public […] Comment

A letter from the editor

Brooklyn gains, and the borough’s loss: Many fear influx of new residents will come at the cost of diversity

In the last 15 years, Brooklyn has gained over 165,000 new residents. The U.S. Census Bureau says it is not only the city’s most populous borough, but the most rapidly growing. Every district has […] Comment

Watchdogs: all bark & no bite: Developers win out over CB2 objections

By all accounts, 2006 was a rough year for the land use committee of Community Board 2. First, the Purchase Building, a landmark structure on the waterfront of Fulton Ferry, was torn down. Despite the […] Comment

Red Hook biodiesel plant gets fuel to grow

The city’s first biodiesel production facility in Red Hook received an injection of green this week. The New York City Industrial Development Agency (IDA) announced the approval of about $3.96 million […] Comment

Dems livin’ large in the House

The war in Iraq, increasing the minimum wage and working on immigration and health care issues are the top priorities for Brooklyn’s elected delegation as the nation’s 110th Congress opened […] Comment

New fear of benzene fumes sparks reaction

Is it a case of another War of the Worlds-type scare tactic or published reports overstating facts? Either way, concerns regarding noxious fumes and chemicals coming from the Gowanus Industrial corridor […] Comment

Nabe strikes back at developers: CGNA steps up campaign to rezone community

The next step in Carroll Gardens’ fight against over development has been taken. That’s the pronouncement members of the Carroll Gardens Neigh-borhood Associa-tion’s Land Use Committee […] Comment

Tourists make us the hottest place on Earth: Brooklyn tops Lonely Planet’s ‘Bluelist’ for best travel destinations in ’07

The lush rainforests of Brazil, the scenic landscapes and exotic cities of Morocco…and the hot dog- eating contest in Brooklyn? Brooklyn is not out of place in that trio. Really. In fact, the borough […] Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Fine Fare fiends Three gun-toting thieves raided the Fine Fare Supermarket last week, making off with over $600 in receipts, cops from the 76th Precinct said. Workers said that the suspects, described […] Comment

Screwy weather throws Garden out of whack: High temps force cherry blossoms to bloom in the dead of winter

There’s been no snow on Brooklyn’s tree branches, but a thick crop of pink-tinged cherry blossoms has left a frosting on trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) that, from a distance, may […] Comment

More people, fewer schools: Go figure

Development is booming in Brooklyn but city officials believe they can build fewer new schools to handle the influx of additional residents. Speaking at a local Community Education Council (CEC) meeting, […] Comment

‘Idiotarod’ mushers set to take off again: Organizers ready for start; protest CSI:NY portrayal of shopping cart race

Those wacky shopping cart racers are at it again. The 4th annual “Idiotarod” race – modeled after the famed Alaskan trek across the tundra – is slated for January 27 at a super-secret […] Comment

‘Big mutha trucker’ backlash: Safety advocate urges CGNA to back new ways to corral trucks

So far, nothing the city has done has been able to effectively stop heavily-laden trucks from barreling down prohibited streets in Carroll Gardens. But this week, a traffic safety advocate said that […] Comment

Anti-War protest held in Jackson Heights

The protesters held signs and chanted anti-war slogans outside the Army Recruiting Center at the corner of 82nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue in the hours before Bush's prime-time address to the nation. Comment

Tide comes in for Gowanus development: City starts to take hard look at rezoning areas around the canal

City planners will soon set their sights along the redolent shores of the Gowanus Canal, and elsewhere, as the beginning stages of a possible rezoning of the area get underway next week. The Department […] Comment

City:Marina should drop anchor here: EDC tries to lure developers

If Red Hook’s waterfront is to one day become a postcard-perfect, maritime-themed destination area, it might be nice if a marina actually sets up shop there. That’s what the city’s Economic […] Comment

Water tossed on fire sale: Reopen Engine 204, many say

You can’t sell it, because you might just need it. That was the resounding message members of Community Board 6’s Landmarks and Land Use Committee sent the city’s Department of Citywide […] Comment

Luxury condos sink new schools: Some blame lack of more classrooms on housing boom

Brooklyn’s building boom is standing in the way of the city’s plan to open more schools. So said a rep for the School Construction Authority (SCA) as he explained the process of building new […] Comment

City: Drop anchor at Atlantic Basin: EDC looks for new marina

If Red Hook’s waterfront is to one day become a postcard-perfect, maritime-themed destination area, it might be nice if a marina actually sets up shop there. That’s what the city’s Economic […] Comment

Fuel for biodiesel plant: Many benefits for production facility

The city’s first biodiesel production facility in Red Hook received an injection of green this week. The New York City Industrial Development Agency (IDA) announced the approval of about $3.96 million […] Comment

Fear of benzene fumes sparks reaction

Is it a case of another War of the Worlds-type scare tactic or published reports overstating facts? Either way, concerns regarding noxious fumes and chemicals coming from the Gowanus Industrial corridor […] Comment

Backlash over ‘Big mutha trucker’

So far, nothing the city has done has been able to effectively stop heavily-laden trucks from barreling down prohibited streets in Carroll Gardens. But this week, a traffic safety advocate said that […] Comment

Annual ‘Idiotarod’ road race set to take off: Organizers prepare for start as they protest CSI:NY portrayal

Those wacky shopping cart racers are at it again. The 4th annual “Idiotarod” race – modeled after the famed Alaskan trek across the tundra – is slated for January 27 at a super-secret […] Comment

City takes look at Gowanus rezone

City planners will soon set their sights along the redolent shores of the Gowanus Canal, and elsewhere, as the beginning stages of a possible rezoning of the area get underway next week. The Department […] Comment

Second DAughter Born to Addabbo

Addabbo announced Jan. 9 that his wife, Dawn, had given birth to their second daughter, Arianna, around 12 p.m. Addabbo said Arianna weighed in at 8 pounds 3 ounces. Comment

Police arrested 15-year-old in Kew Gds. Hills graffiti spree

Police from the 107th Precinct arrested 15-year-old "Zing," who lives in the area but whose real name was not released because of his age, Tuesday on 51 counts of criminal mischief after he allegedly graffiti-tagged a swathe up and down Main Street from 72nd Avenue to Union Turnpike, the precinct said. Comment

Supreme Team boss on trial for murder

McGriff faces the death penalty in the case. He is accused of ordering the murders of Troy Singleton and Eric Smith in 2001 in addition to running a drug-dealing enterprise, with a stash house in Maryland, that allegedly distributed cocaine, heroin and crack, prosecutors said. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007

Knight Moves: An inside look at no-frills college hoops in Queens

Coaches love to refer to a season, in any sport, as "a marathon, not a sprint." Sometimes, though, it's both. That's the case for the Queens College men's basketball team, whose East Coast […] Comment

Patriots fail to pull off upset

The Patriots, without the four Division I-caliber players they graduated last year and anyone taller than 5-foot-8, put a scare into the Vikings. They just got worn down - physically and mentally - and […] Comment

Statement or not, Holy Cross gets big victory over Royals

"A lot of people might have been surprised by the win," the 6-foot-5 swingman said. "But we just went out there playing like we were going to win."Landesberg had just four field goals, but finished with […] Comment

College Round-Up: Fresh Meadows product leading PC

Truth be told, neither is very easy.The 6-foot-5 guard from Fresh Meadows (his name is pronounced WAY-ME F-A-Juke-Oo) is third on the Friars in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game (10th in the Big […] Comment

Hilltoppers almost get Royal upset

"At one point, we were just a stop over to their next opponent," Lewinger said.But not any longer. Christ the King senior point guard Lorin Dixon called Mary Louis the best league competition the Royals […] Comment

The Butler Did It: Davis carves niche at Hall

What's the biggest transition from high school to Division I college ball?"It's the urgency of the game," Davis said, standing outside the Seton Hall locker room after the Pirates' loss at […] Comment

2006 TimesLedger All-Queens football team

Queens Village man files $10M civil suit against city

Simpson, a black 17-year-old Queens Village resident, claimed he was beaten by the plainclothes officers as he was crossing Murdock Avenue in Cambria Heights while he was on his way to his girlfriend's […] Comment

Brooklyn man dies after Taser shock

The key question is whether the stun gun shot led to Lassegue's death. "At this time the case is still pending," said Diane Markunas, a spokeswoman for the Nassau County medical examiner's office. […] Comment

Jamaica man who fled state gets 25 to life for bar shooting

William Patterson, who lived at 118-36 153rd St. when he was arrested following the shooting and is also known as "White Boy," was convicted in November on charges of second-degree murder, criminal possession […] Comment

Some question Jamaica rezone

John Young, the director of the Queens Planning Office, told Borough President Helen Marshall, Council members and civic activists Monday night that the rezoning represents a "comprehensive plan" to rejuvenate […] Comment

Rezone plan sparks uproar

Amid mutters of "not in my back yard" and "they're going to build a slum," residents at the meeting seemed united in their opposition to the plan that would line Hillside Avenue with buildings as […] Comment

103rd Precinct murder rate up

Blake also said that while there 30 shooting incidents in 2005, there was an increase to 40 in 2006."We really have to work harder in that area," Blake said.The 103rd precinct covers downtown Jamaica, […] Comment

Police investigate death of Springfield Gdns. boy

Man leaves car running and it disappears: Cops

Flushing woman, 74, run down by SUV

Elmhurst resident loses wallet, phone to thieves

Police in Astoria bust man for reckless driving

Lady of the evening loses 5 clients to cops

Driver busted for beer, swerving over lines: Cops

Car rolls onto sidewalk as driver flees from cops

Man startled by police drops knife, tools: Cops

Vacant St. Joseph’s site to be drug rehab center

The Manhattan-based Cornerstone of Medical Arts Center Hospital, which now holds a 30-year lease on the building at Union Turnpike and 79th Avenue in Flushing, met with resistance from local civic groups […] Comment

Iraqi tots get heart surgery at Schneider

Hayder Obaid Mia, 4, of Baghdad, and 2-year-old Noorul Huda Hayder of Najaf, were born with fairly common congenital heart defects resulting in holes in their hearts. If the defects had not been repaired, […] Comment

Teen killed on tracks buried

Ari Simantov Kraft, 13, died when an eastbound train approaching Forest Hills station hit him on the LIRR tracks near 63rd Drive and Austin Street at approximately 5:40 p.m.Police said he and some friends […] Comment

Club got Padavan grant at illegal site

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said his office would scrutinize member items, which have come under fire as funding for lawmakers' pet projects. But Padavan defended the grants that fund the Whitestone […] Comment

Prison protest set for Springfield Gdns.

One year later, the prison is still there and residents will once again take to the streets to urge the Geo Group, a private prison company based in Florida, to pack its bags and leave 150th Avenue."We […] Comment

Queens Dem congressmen vow action on Iraq

The four House members reached - U.S. Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside), Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) and Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) - ranged from highly skeptical […] Comment

Fresh Meadows boy becomes Eagle Scout

As the fourth in his family to become an Eagle Scout, Robert is following in the footsteps of his brothers Michael, David and John, all of whom were members of the same troop which has met at Holy Family […] Comment

3 teens confess to attacks

At least 12 people were attacked in a spree targeting individuals walking alone in the park that began Nov. 20 and ended Christmas Day, according to information released by the police and the Queens district […] Comment

Resident begs city to curb accidents

"When you stand there and you watch them come, you hold your breath," she said.Two days before Christmas, Romano and her husband were cleaning up debris from an accident that had happened a week earlier […] Comment

Power shifts in Congress as Dems sworn in

It was a jubilant day for the borough's Democratic congressmen and the party in general, which marked its recapture of the House and Senate with a slew of receptions and optimistic rhetoric about […] Comment

Queens blacks seek action on Bell case

With a top official from the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) and Councilmen James Sanders (D-Laurelton) and Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) looking on, […] Comment

Two Ditmars banks robbed by Astoria teen: DA Brown

Chrystie Almestica, 16, of Astoria, was arrested Friday on charges of robbing the First Central Savings bank on Ditmars Boulevard by handing a teller a written note and then fleeing with $3,090, a spokeswoman […] Comment

Bayside residents clash with hospital on expansion

The hospital filed a certificate of need with the state Department of Health to build an estimated $52 million 80,000 square-foot expansion on the east side of its existing structure, according to Dr. […] Comment

Police seek armed woman bank robber

Meng aide indicted on fraud

Simon Ting, 42, of 140-14 28th Rd. in Flushing, was charged with offering a false instrument and procuring fraudulent documents to be used for voter registrations, the spokesman said.The DA spokesman […] Comment

Queensboro Hill residents slam city rezone proposal

It was standing room only inside the Lang Auditorium at New York Hospital Queens last Thursday, where many of the opponents to the rezoning wielded red signs that read "We Oppose.""The problem is, I don't […] Comment

Liu warns of health care scams targeting Flushing

Aggressive salesmen have taken to the streets in Flushing in an attempt to get seniors to switch health plans, leaving many who succumbed to their influence unable to visit their normal doctors, according […] Comment

Lancman sworn in amid much fanfare at St. John’s

Lancman fills the seat vacated by disgraced Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin, who announced a year ago that he would not seek another term because he wanted to devote more time to his work as head of the […] Comment

Creedmoor Civic drops plan to make schools K-8

Civic president Rick Duskiewicz said he was disappointed at the turnout of both his members and IS 109 parents at a civic meeting last month, where IS 109 Principal Shango Blake addressed the organization. […] Comment

Jamaica man guilty in child porn

Henri Fougere, 27, of 90-36 198th St., entered a guilty plea last Thursday to a charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child less than 16 years old on his computer and will likely be sentenced […] Comment

District 25 slated for 630 additional seats

Debra Perry, project support manager for the School Construction Authority, said 441 of the new seats will be created with the construction of PS 244, a pre-kindergarten to third grade school planned […] Comment

Flushing Boy Scouts balk at Dept. of Education fee

Troop 253 met in the gymnasium of Flushing's PS 20 for the past year before the city's Department of Education levied a $6,000 permit fee against the group, said Scout Master Evergreen Chou. He […] Comment

Police praise crime drop at CB 9

Piekarski said though the drop of 1.5 percent decrease over 2005 was modest, it is still impressive considering crime in the Precinct has dropped more than 70 percent in the last 13 years. "The hard work […] Comment

College Point Board of Trade seeks new leader

Board Chairman Tom Palma said Tuesday that although Mazzarello's death left the board without its most dedicated member, others within the organization have since picked up the slack in order to keep […] Comment

City revokes 88th Rd. home permits

The houses at 249-23 and 249-27 88th Rd. had drawn the anger of community residents, civic leaders and state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), who sent a letter to the Buildings Department calling for […] Comment

Landmarks eyed for parts of Bayside

"Folks are realizing that even with the change of zoning, teardowns are still happening," said Paul Graziano, the urban planning consultant whose study formed the basis of the zoning changes in northeast […] Comment

Burglaries up in 111th Pct.

The 377 burglaries the precinct recorded in 2006 represented an increase of almost one-third from the prior year. The 2006 level was about the same as in 2004.The 111th Precinct, which includes 9.4 square […] Comment

How’s Business? Mom’s food feeds success

I sat down with Richard Iavarone, the son of owner Josephine Iavarone of Josephine's Pizza & Restaurant located at 132-04 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach. The restaurant is now celebrating its […] Comment

Fundraisers

Step into his Guyanese getaway

The Guyanese native has been a resident of Ozone Park for more than 20 years, and said he not only expects his new business to be a success, but to set the bar to a new high for the West Indian establishments […] Comment

Business Calendar

Reel Truth

French director Jean-luc Godard once said that "film is truth at 24 frames per second." Many of the city's top critics will discuss their favorite films, which reveal the truth about a variety of […] Comment

Flushing Town Hall to hold 1st annual violin competition

The competition dates will be May 5 and 6 and the recital will be held on May 19. "The parents called and said they needed more time," says Knight. The children needed more time to choose their works […] Comment

Seoul Soondae: Korean cuisine entices in Flushing

The area surrounding the Murray Hill Long Island Railroad Station at 41st Avenue and 150th Street is one of Queens' most fascinating ethnic enclaves, dominated by Korean eateries. Seoul Soondae is […] Comment

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Maccabi USA hails its ‘MVP’

Shutterbugs shed light on recycling

Victory fights off death warrant: Hospital supporters laud judge’s restraining order

It’s not over yet. Supporters of Victory Memorial Hospital are hoping a recent court decision will stop the state from closing the facility. The ruling in question was made by a Bronx Supreme Court […] Comment

HeartShare does it again!

Students, teachers bridge generation gap with seniors

$100K Lookout Hill makeover: Expect a better Prospect Pk

Lookout Hill, Prospect Park’s prime bird-watching hub and annual haunted roost for Halloween revelers, is a getting a $100,000 boost from the State of New York. The money will help the Prospect […] Comment

New Utrecht church bell chimes once again

City Tech reaches out to gay & lesbian students

A bumper crop for City Harvest

Seth Low shines as bright as B’way

P.S. 255 stages a holiday show-stopper

Roy H. Mann musicians strike up the band

St. Athanasius Church spreads the light

Talented P.S. 215 kids wow the crowd

Brooklyn reps livin’ large in the House: Area lawmakers start the new year off in Democratically controlled Congress

The war in Iraq, increasing the minimum wage and working on immigration and health care issues are the top priorities for Brooklyn’s elected delegation as the nation’s 110th Congress opened […] Comment

Dems urged to oppose Bush on Iraq war

The holiday lights glimmering at Grand Army Plaza cast anti-war activists protesting the 3,000th U.S. soldier killed fighting in Iraq in a sad, incongruous glow. Retired CPA and World War II veteran Milton […] Comment

Andrews sitting pretty under Spitzer: Former senator poised for new post

Is former State Senator Carl Andrews working for the recently installed Spitzer administration? Kind of. “There has been no appointment made for Carl Andrews at this time,” said Spitzer spokesperson […] Comment

Bensonhurst man marks 100th year

Temps leave ‘em hot & bothered

Top prizes for MLK essays

’07 Homeless head count begins: Latest effort aimed at getting more people off the city streets

On January 29th, volunteers in Brooklyn and around the city will spread out to count the number of homeless people living on the fringes of their communities. The count, dubbed the Homeless Outreach Population […] Comment

Downstate to screen ‘Ideas’

Dems do it right for kids

Hey, give that cop a medal: Special salute to 61st Precinct police officers

Members of the 61st Precinct put serving and protecting aside for a few moments recently to honor the men and women who helped the command celebrate another safe year. Holding their 2006 Medal Day ceremony […] Comment

Green thumbs up for Partnerships Academy: City program helps local green advocates sow successful seeds

Flushed with sales; no toilets

Bladders may be bursting in the city’s third largest commercial hub, but currently there are no plans to install public toilets in Downtown Brooklyn. And this was the loudest criticism at last week’s […] Comment

Cops: Beware what vans you ride

If a dollar van with out-of-state plates pulls over to give you a ride, it’s best to give it a pass. That’s the advice of Deputy Inspector William Aubry, the commanding officer of the 67th Precinct, […] Comment

Condos sink school construction: Some blame problem on luxury housing boom

Brooklyn’s building boom is standing in the way of the city’s plan to open more schools. So said a rep for the School Construction Authority (SCA) as he explained the process of building new […] Comment

Girl leads cops to alleged abuser

A brave Gravesend girl abducted by a convicted sex offender helped police track down and arrest her attacker, officials said this week. Officials said that although terrorized, the 12-year-old managed […] Comment

New Year’s diver dies of neck injuries

The Manhattan man who suffered a serious neck injury while celebrating the New Year with the Coney Island Polar Bear Club has died, his distraught family announced Monday. Mohan Senevirante, 32, succumbed […] Comment

Rabbi abused me, too, more allege: Lawsuits pile up against Yeshiva Torah Temimah educator

Wagons filled with discontent and outrage are circling Flatbush’s Yeshiva Torah Temimah as more and more students, both past and present, allege that the school did nothing to stop wayward sexual […] Comment

Golf course probed for mob ties: Colombos teeing off?

Was that Tony Soprano we saw whacking his ball out of a sand pit on the back nine? That’s the question some are asking ever since the City Comptroller announced last week that the newly refurbished […] Comment

Pol backs rescheduling Sept. 11 primary date

A borough City Councilmember has taken steps to ensure that the memory of those killed on September 11, 2001 would not be overshadowed by politics this year. Looking ahead at the calendar to see that […] Comment

Tourists make borough the hottest place on Earth

The lush rainforests of Brazil, the scenic landscapes and exotic cities of Morocco...and the hot dog- eating contest in Brooklyn? Comment

Foes Trash Waste Plan: Groups fear damage to Bay wildlife

If the city gets its way, Gravesend Bay could one day be known as Graveyard Bay, a galling possibility that environmental groups and a state lawmaker are actively trying to prevent. At issue is arrival […] Comment

Grave concern over Gravesend Bay

If the city gets its way, Gravesend Bay could one day be known as Graveyard Bay, a galling possibility that environmental groups and a state lawmaker are actively trying to prevent. At issue is arrival […] Comment

Victory tries to stave off demise: Supporters pin hospital hopes on new restraining order

It’s not over yet. Supporters of Victory Memorial Hospital are hoping a recent court decision will stop the state from closing the facility. The ruling in question was made by a Bronx Supreme Court […] Comment

HOPE begins with new homeless count: Volunteers fan out to track life on the streets

On January 29th, volunteers in Brooklyn and around the city will spread out to count the number of homeless people living on the fringes of their communities. The count, dubbed the Homeless Outreach Population […] Comment

Green thumbs for Partnerships Academy

Roy H. Mann Musicians Strike up the Band

St. Athanasius Church Spreads the Light

Move 9/11 primary date, says councilman

A borough City Councilmember has taken steps to ensure that the memory of those killed on September 11, 2001 would not be overshadowed by politics this year. Looking ahead at the calendar to see that […] Comment

Tourists make us the hottest place on earth: Brooklyn tops Lonely Planet’s best list

The lush rainforests of Brazil, the scenic landscapes and exotic cities of Morocco...and the hot dog- eating contest in Brooklyn? Comment

Beware of dollar vans: Cops warn against vehicles with out-of-state plates

If a dollar van with out-of-state plates pulls over to give you a ride, it’s best to give it a pass. That’s the advice of Deputy Inspector William Aubry, the commanding officer of the 67th Precinct, […] Comment

‘Rabbi abused me, too,’ more students allege

Wagons filled with discontent and outrage are circling Flatbush’s Yeshiva Torah Temimah as more and more students, both past and present, allege that the school did nothing to stop wayward sexual […] Comment

Paper ballots vs. touch screen voting machines

The City Council is poised to make its voice heard on the controversial issue of which voting machines the Board of Elections should choose for New York City. A resolution recommending that the Board […] Comment

Bergen Beach man averts fiery death: 96-year-old is hauled out in the nick of time

An area firefighter reminded everyone why the FDNY are New York’s Bravest last week when he raced into a burning apartment to rescue a 96-year-old Bergen Beach man too overcome by smoke to escape […] Comments (1)

Luxury condos sink new school buildings

Brooklyn’s building boom is standing in the way of the city’s plan to open more schools. So said a rep for the School Construction Authority (SCA) as he explained the process of building new […] Comment

A bad ‘dye job’ foils Midwood bank bandit

In the end, a bank robber’s success or failure rests in this sound -- ka-boom! That’s what one note-passing thief heard Thursday when the sack of loot he was carrying out of a Midwood bank suddenly […] Comment

Blaze drives CB14 out onto 16th Street

Community Board 14 staffers were smoked out of their headquarters Thursday after an all-hands fire erupted in the apartment above their office. Although District Manager Terry Rodie and Assistant District […] Comment

Clerk held up at gunpoint: Masked men pistol-whip worker and rob store

A recent robbery at a Flatlands bodega may signal the return of the gun-toting bandits sought for a series of brazen heists last year. Once a description of the thieves, as well as their trademark silver-plated […] Comment

Mob tees off in marine Pk: Golf course linked to crime family

Was that Tony Soprano we saw whacking his ball out of a sand pit on the back nine? That’s the question some are asking ever since the City Comptroller announced last week that the newly refurbished […] Comment

Bergen Beach crew rules Aviator ice: First year a new rink is a winner for local squad

A team of Bergen Beach police officers, electricians, videographers and construction workers iced bragging rights in Aviator Sports & Recreation’s inaugural season of adult hockey competition […] Comment

St. Francis Prep hoops it up at Aviator: They leave new tourney as champions

Yellow Jackets’ sting is lethal in overtime: Awesome action in the Brooklyn ‘A’ Division

Coming off an abbreviated schedule last week, the Brooklyn “A” East Division had limited action. In the game of the week, the Telecommunications Yellow Jackets and the Sheepshead Bay Sharks […] Comment

Robeson still forced to ride PSAL bench

Despite pleas for clemency as well as possible scholarships at risk, it doesn’t look likely that the PSAL will reverse its decision on forfeiting the rest of the Paul Robeson High School boys’ […] Comment

Railsplitters back on track: Lincoln beats Vikings

Coming off a bitter 19-day layoff, the Lincoln Railsplitters last played their game on December 14 against the Boys & Girls Kangaroos and lost. It wasn’t the fact that they lost, but they suffered […] Comment

AA Division leaves ‘Basketbrawl’ behind

As the second half of the Brooklyn “AA” Division is set to begin, the first half was both one to remember and to forget. The first half was marred by the infamous December 14 “Basketbrawl” […] Comment

Andrews poised for slot in Spitzer administration

Is former State Senator Carl Andrews working for the recently installed Spitzer administration? Kind of. “There has been no appointment made for Carl Andrews at this time,” said Spitzer spokesperson […] Comment

Tourists make us the hottest place on Earth: Brooklyn tops Lonely Planet’s ‘Bluelist’ for best travel destinations in ’07

The lush rainforests of Brazil, the scenic landscapes and exotic cities of Morocco...and the hot dog- eating contest in Brooklyn? Comment

That’s using your head!

Hadassah’s Festival of Lights

A B.I.G. Way to Rejoice in the Season

Joy to the World, Celebrate in the Nabe

LICH: The Best Prescription for People

Guild Enters into a Whole New Era

Area Students ‘chew on’ Good Health

Kids get a big hand for the Holidays

HeartShare raises over $100,000 to aid children

Golf course linked to crime family

Was that Tony Soprano we saw whacking his ball out of a sand pit on the back nine? That’s the question some are asking ever since the City Comptroller announced last week that the newly refurbished […] Comment

Torrid temps

Bklyn reps take up new capital posts

The war in Iraq, increasing the minimum wage and working on immigration and health care issues are the top priorities for Brooklyn’s elected delegation as the nation’s 110th Congress opened […] Comment

Disabled blocked!

A shallow step at a doorway may not be a big deal for most residents of Bay Ridge. But, a height differential of just an inch or two can make the difference between getting in or remaining on the sidewalk […] Comment

Wal-Mart eyes Brooklyn site, again: Sale of Albee Square Mall sparks new round of questions

Look out, Target. Rumors are again circulating that Wal-Mart is looking at the Albee Square Mall site to anchor Fulton Street. The rumors come as the Albee Square Mall is in the process of being sold […] Comment

Congress urged to oppose Bush on Iraq

The holiday lights glimmering at Grand Army Plaza cast anti-war activists protesting the 3,000th U.S. soldier killed fighting in Iraq in a sad, incongruous glow. Retired CPA and World War II veteran […] Comment

Race against cancer begins now: Bay Ridge Relay for Life gets a jump start on annual June event

The Bay Ridge Relay for Life will not be held till June, but organizers have already begun outreach for the popular annual event. On Tuesday, January 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the American Cancer Society’s […] Comment

Council looks for a bit more affordable housing in Bklyn

Attention, downtown Brooklyn developers: your breaks are over. Tax breaks, that is. The City Council this week voted in favor of adding downtown Brooklyn into a new, larger exclusionary zone where developers […] Comment

Police: Beware of out-of-state vans

If a dollar van with out-of-state plates pulls over to give you a ride, it’s best to give it a pass. That’s the advice of Deputy Inspector William Aubry, the commanding officer of the 67th Precinct, […] Comment

Victory fights for survival: Supporters hope temporary restraining order will stave off closure

It’s not over yet. Supporters of Victory Memorial Hospital are hoping a recent court decision will stop the state from closing the facility. The ruling in question was made by a Bronx Supreme Court […] Comment

Homeless head count: Volunteers fan out to track life on area streets

On January 29th, volunteers in Brooklyn and around the city will spread out to count the number of homeless people living on the fringes of their communities. The count, dubbed the Homeless Outreach Popu-lation […] Comment

Shuffle Sept. 11 primary, says Fidler: City Councilman introduces new resolution to reschedule this year’s vote

A borough City Councilmember has taken steps to ensure that the memory of those killed on September 11, 2001 would not be overshadowed by politics this year. Looking ahead at the calendar to see that […] Comment

Mob tees off in Marine Park: City Probes Golf Course Crime Links

Was that Tony Soprano we saw whacking his ball out of a sand pit on the back nine? That’s the question some are asking ever since the City Comptroller announced last week that the newly refurbished […] Comment

Brooklyn touted as Hot Spot for Travelers

The lush rainforests of Brazil, the scenic landscapes and exotic cities of Morocco...and the hot dog- eating contest in Brooklyn? Comment

Baby & the Beep: Marty visits New Year’s tot

Cops tell riders to beware of $1 vans: Watch out for out-of-state plates, they say

If a dollar van with out-of-state plates pulls over to give you a ride, it’s best to give it a pass. That’s the advice of Deputy Inspector William Aubry, the commanding officer of the 67th Precinct, […] Comment

Crowded field races to replace Clarke -Special election is a golden opportunity for many seeking public office

Victory Hospital fighting off ‘death warrant’

It’s not over yet. Supporters of Victory Memorial Hospital are hoping a recent court decision will stop the state from closing the facility. The ruling in question was made by a Bronx Supreme Court […] Comment

CB17 chair calls for new senior ctrs.

A dearth of services for senior citizens in central Brooklyn has one community board trying to bridge the gap. Lloyd Mills, the chairperson of Community Board 17, said that while there are a couple of […] Comment

Stewart, Parker to attempt switcheroo: Insiders say city councilman and state senator will try swapping seats

How do you keep a hold on an elected position, if –like many city councilmembers — you’re about to be term-limited into retirement? The easy answer is find another seat to run for, and, […] Comment

Rabbi abused me, too, more allege: Lawsuits against educator mount

Wagons filled with discontent and outrage are circling Flatbush’s Yeshiva Torah Temimah as more and more students, both past and present, allege that the school did nothing to stop wayward sexual […] Comment

Blaze drives CB14 into the street: Neighborhood offices are left with smoke and water damage

Community Board 14 staffers were smoked out of their headquarters Thursday after an all-hands fire erupted in the apartment above their office. Although District Manager Terry Rodie and Assistant District […] Comment

Race is on to fill Clarke’s Council seat

They’re off and running. With the announcement of the vacancy in the 40th City Council District by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on January 3rd, candidates for the seat vacated by newly elected U.S. Representative […] Comment

Exploding dye pack pegs suspect fleeing bank robbery

In the end, a bank robber’s success or failure rests in this sound — ka-boom! That’s what one note-passing thief heard Thursday when the sack of loot he was carrying out of a Midwood bank […] Comment

Gunmen beat clerk, rob store

A recent robbery at a Flatlands bodega may signal the return of the gun-toting bandits sought for a series of brazen heists last year. Once a description of the thieves, as well as their trademark silver-plated […] Comment

Letter from the editor

Paper ballots vs. touch screens: NYC Council mulls over new way for Brooklynites to vote

The City Council is poised to make its voice heard on the controversial issue of which voting machines the Board of Elections should choose for New York City. A resolution recommending that the Board […] Comment

Hospital Fights off Death Warrant

It’s not over yet. Supporters of Victory Memorial Hospital are hoping a recent court decision will stop the state from closing the facility. The ruling in question was made by a Bronx Supreme Court […] Comment

Andrews poised for post with new governor

Is former State Senator Carl Andrews working for the recently installed Spitzer administration? Kind of. “There has been no appointment made for Carl Andrews at this time,” said Spitzer spokesperson […] Comment

‘Money trail’ leads to Prospect Pk: Lookout Hill to get much-needed makeover in the coming year

Lookout Hill, Prospect Park’s prime bird-watching hub and annual haunted roost for Halloween revelers, is a getting a $100,000 boost from the State of New York. The money will help the Prospect […] Comment

Top prizes for young MLK essay scribes

Brooklyn lawmakers begin new posts in the United States House: Dems now rule the roost after sending Republicans packing

The war in Iraq, increasing the minimum wage and working on immigration and health care issues are the top priorities for Brooklyn’s elected delegation as the nation’s 110th Congress opened […] Comment

Flatbush BID brings the party home

Hey, Baby! welcome to the world in 2007!

Day in the life of Long Island College Hospital: Vital Medical Center prescribes the right dose of community caring

Seaview Jewish Ctr. programs

New call to shuffle September 11 primary date

A borough City Councilmember has taken steps to ensure that the memory of those killed on September 11, 2001 would not be overshadowed by politics this year. Looking ahead at the calendar to see that […] Comment

Bargain Huntings in the Bag!

Hey folks, don’t look now but if you didn’t notice winter really is here. Now, that doesn’t mean you should go off into hibernation. There are some good bargains to be had, but you have […] Comment

Stewart, Paker to try swap: Insiders say councilman, senator will go for it

How do you keep a hold on an elected position, if –like many city councilmembers — you’re about to be term-limited into retirement? The easy answer is find another seat to run for, and, […] Comment

Weird winter temps leave ‘em hot & bothered

Curtain goes up on new ‘Ideas’: Film Spotlights Dr. Deas

Kids boxing program can’t be counted out

Exiled from a city-owned facility in Sunset Park, a popular boxing program has found a welcome mat in Red Hook. The Police Athletic League boxing ring—albeit a newer, smaller one—is now being […] Comment

‘Not one more dead U.S. soldier’: Activists urge Congress to oppose Bush on Iraq war escalation

The holiday lights glimmering at Grand Army Plaza cast anti-war activists protesting the 3,000th U.S. soldier killed fighting in Iraq in a sad, incongruous glow. Retired CPA and World War II veteran Milton […] Comment

Rabbi abused me too, many more allege

Wagons filled with discontent and outrage are circling Flatbush’s Yeshiva Torah Temimah as more and more students, both past and present, allege that the school did nothing to stop wayward sexual […] Comment

Homeless head count: Volunteers spread out for ‘HOPE 2007’

On January 29th, volunteers in Brooklyn and around the city will spread out to count the number of homeless people living on the fringes of their communities. The count, dubbed the Homeless Outreach Population […] Comment

Area golf course probed for possible ties to organized crime

Was that Tony Soprano we saw whacking his ball out of a sand pit on the back nine? That’s the question some are asking ever since the City Comptroller announced last week that the newly refurbished […] Comment

Welcome to your illegal home...Zoning quandary for many

Zoning may not be a sexy subject, but it sure can pack the house. Case in point: A standing-room-only crowd of Canarsie residents was on hand to listen to Department of Buildings Code and Zoning Specialist […] Comment

Brooklyn touted as hot spot for travelers

The lush rainforests of Brazil, the scenic landscapes and exotic cities of Morocco...and the hot dog- eating contest in Brooklyn? Comment

Cops say Beware of Dollar Vans

If a dollar van with out-of-state plates pulls over to give you a ride, it’s best to give it a pass. That’s the advice of Deputy Inspector William Aubry, the commanding officer of the 67th Precinct, […] Comment

A year of cops and robbers: 2006’s crime story by the numbers

A mixed bag of CompStat results released this week shows that as cops throughout Brooklyn celebrated a reduction in crime, not every precinct commander went home happy on New Year’s Day. All told, […] Comment

Bandit’s bundle goes ‘boom!’: Exploding dye packpegs fleeing suspect

In the end, a bank robber’s success or failure rests in this sound — ka-boom! That’s what one note-passing thief heard Thursday when the sack of loot he was carrying out of a Midwood bank […] Comment

CITY REPLACES AUDITORIUM SEATS AT PS 89

When Councilman Jimmy Vacca first toured P.S. 89 about a week after taking office last January, he said he was impressed by the Allerton school […] Comment

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR LEHMAN HS ADULT COURSES

Local residents now have until Saturday, January 13, to apply for a host of college-level adult-education courses set to begin at Lehman High School later this month. Comment

BOARD 10 PUSHES TO KEEP PEPSI TRUCKS OFF BRUSH AVE. AT NIGHT

Anticipating a surge of truck traffic upon next year […] Comment

TIRELESS TN ACTIVIST, LOUISE SCOPAC, 85

Louise Scopac, the tireless Throggs Neck activist who committed decades to an array of civic groups, from school boards to Community Board 10 to the 45th Precinct Community Council, died on Saturday, January 6, at Einstein Hospital. She was 85. Comment

ST. PAUL VS. BURR: PROPOSED TRAFFIC SIGNAL IRKS ALREADY DISTRAUGHT RESIDENTS

Nine months after the city reversed the direction of a one-block stretch of St. Paul Avenue to divert unwanted traffic, residents of neighboring blocks are saying the change has made their streets unlivable and are asking Community Board 10 to consider new options. Comment

CITY RESOLVES COUNTRY CLUB TICKET TURMOIL

Country Club Road residents are patting themselves on the back after clearing up an error by the Department of Transportation that resulted in a rash of unwanted […] Comment

JUDGE DELAYS WSMC

If the state commission that chose which hospitals should close by mid-2008 had taken popularity into account, Westchester Square Medical Center would have been in the clear. Comment

TWO BRONX GRASSROOTS GROUPS HONORED BY UNION SQUARE AWARDS

Two Bronx community organizations recently received recognition […] Comment

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION BREEDS STUDENT SCIENTISTS WITH NEW LAB

The students at Immaculate Conception School on E. 151 st Street began the school year with a brand new science lab, which promises to add an applied learning experience to their education. Comment

DEWITT CLINTON ADDS TO ADDAMS SLIDE, DESPITE ROSTER SHORTAGE

For Jane Addams, it was a chance to redeem itself after three straight losses and pull off a victory against the first place DeWitt Clinton. Comment

E. TREMONT AVE. 7-ELEVEN CHANGES HANDS

After nearly 10 years, the three well-liked owners of the 7-Eleven on E. Tremont Avenue sipped their final Slurpee last week, moving on to new business ventures but promising to always remember their loyal customers. Comment

PUNCHIN AT THE PARADISE II

After the recent success of Punchin at the Paradise on Friday, December 8, Star Boxing president Joe DeGuardia recently announced the second in a series of fights to take place at the beautifully renovated Paradise Theatre. Comment

FUTURE STAR COMPETES IN COLGATE

Hundreds of young female athletes from across the East Coast gathered at Brooklyn […] Comment

JAMES MONROE CAMPUS TO HONOR MLK AT BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. vision of non-violence, six Bronx high schools will battle it out on the hardwood courts of James Monroe Campus High School during a day of friendly competition. Comment

PRESTON HIGH SCHOOL VARISTY BASKETBALL TEAM LOOKS FORWARD TO 2007

For Theresa Amelio and Taylor Topping, 2007 represents the final year playing for Preston High School […] Comment

GREATEST SPORTS MOVIES EVER

The holiday break is over and now I can concentrate on what matters most: me. You should do the same. Comment

SLAM SENIOR EDITOR DISCUSSES GED STUDENT

The basketball season is in full swing in high school, college and the professional ranks and helping to make sense of it all is Khalid Salaam, senior editor of SLAM magazine, but when he is not covering the glitz and glamour often associated with b-ball, he is giving back, offering his words of wisdom to those who are facing a similar path in life. Comment

WINGS BEATS LEHMAN, BUT CAN

It was a chance for the Lehman Lions to make a name for itself in the Bronx AA Division when they took on the first place, undefeated Wings Academy on Wednesday, January 3, and that […] Comment

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

The Bronx Comment

1ST BIRTH 11:28 AM

Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital welcomed their first babies of the 2007 on New Year […] Comment

MOM AND DAD HIT THE BOOKS AT PS/MS 194

Most would agree that schools should focus mainly on their students, but there […] Comment

AFTER APPEAL, CITY BOOTS BUS STOP THAT BURDENED CI BUSINESS

One City Island business brought in the New Year with an […] Comment

AT PETE

With chain donut and coffee shops popping up on so many street corners, Throggs Neck residents don […] Comment

Weather melts icy hearts: Al Gore is right, say Arctic swimmers

B’hurst man toasts 100th birthday!

Hadassah’s festival of lights

A B.I.G. way to rejoice in the season

LICH: the best prescription for people

Guild enters into a whole new era

Area students ‘chew on’ good health

Kids get a big hand for the holidays

not for nuthin’: The ABC’s of the new math

Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of the mighty math, where parents and children struggle through the graph… In those halcyon days of pre-school, kindergarten, first and second grades, […] Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Gunning for purses Cops are looking for a gun-toting mugger who pressed the business end of his pistol to the head of a 19-year-old woman, police in Sheepshead Bay said this week. The victim, a Brighton […] Comment

Andrews figures to get Spitzer post: Former senator could get slot

Is former State Senator Carl Andrews working for the recently installed Spitzer administration? Kind of. “There has been no appointment made for Carl Andrews at this time,” said Spitzer spokesperson […] Comment

Just shop...but hold your water

Bladders may be bursting in the city’s third largest commercial hub, but currently there are no plans to install public toilets in Downtown Brooklyn. And this was the loudest criticism at last week’s […] Comment

big screecherS: New Year, new technology; But we still got Zorro!

Now that we’re into the New Year, let’s hope that all the problems and troubles we’ve endured in 2006 are over. I for one hope that the city doesn’t use new technology to harass, fine […] Comment

Victory hopes to stave off demise: Supporters pin hospital hopes on new restraining order

It’s not over yet. Supporters of Victory Memorial Hospital are hoping a recent court decision will stop the state from closing the facility. The ruling in question was made by a Bronx Supreme Court […] Comment

Brooklyn golf course linked to crime family: Comptroller charges place is mobbed up

Was that Tony Soprano we saw whacking his ball out of a sand pit on the back nine? That’s the question some are asking ever since the City Comptroller announced last week that the newly refurbished […] Comment

In the dead of winter

HOPE starts with homeless count: Volunteers fan out to track life on Brooklyn streets

On January 29th, volunteers in Brooklyn and around the city will spread out to count the number of homeless people living on the fringes of their communities. The count, dubbed the Homeless Outreach Population […] Comment

Rabbi faces more charges of sex abuse

Wagons filled with discontent and outrage are circling Flatbush’s Yeshiva Torah Temimah as more and more students, both past and present, allege that the school did nothing to stop wayward sexual […] Comment

Grave fears for Gravesend Bay

If the city gets its way, Gravesend Bay could one day be known as Graveyard Bay, a galling possibility that environmental groups and a state lawmaker are actively trying to prevent. At issue is arrival […] Comment

Bklyn tops tourist list

The lush rainforests of Brazil, the scenic landscapes and exotic cities of Morocco...and the hot dog- eating contest in Brooklyn? Comment

What are they teaching?

Discipline is the key

Bring back NYC football

Going out with a gripe

Totally unacceptable

A ‘no’ vote for Kerry

What’s on the menu?

Religious readings

Bowing to big money

Not For Nuthin’: The ABC’s of the new math

Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of the mighty math, where parents and children struggle through the graph… In those halcyon days of pre-school, kindergarten, first and second grades, […] Comment

The ABC’s of the new math

Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of the mighty math, where parents and children struggle through the graph… In those halcyon days of pre-school, kindergarten, first and second grades, […] Comment

Farewell to a prince, and to a punk

This year my New Year’s column was so long I had to cut it into two. Even with that I still had so many notes left over on items that are worth mentioning. Here’s one. During The very last […] Comment

The new wave of change can’t lose perspective now

Gung-ho gumption has been replaced by wobbly knee-jerk submission as America’s War on Iraq re-defines itself for those who missed the point at its onset. Or, have since deviated from it. Three years […] Comment

2006 TimesLedger All-Queens football Coach of the Year

They breezed through undefeated and beat MSIT in the championship game. Comment

2006 TimesLedger All-Queens football Player of the Year

Kevin Williams had never played quarterback before, but when starter Danny Hussey suffered a season-ending concussion, Holy Cross's athletic leader stepped up to fill the void. Comment

Don’t replace one bureaucracy with another

Good-bye, Gov. Pataki, and please take your ads with you

When it comes to group homes, CB 11 is not the enemy

Traffic-ticketing cops welcome in Glen Oaks

No Child Left Behind Act penalizes our children

Not a penny

Clockwork Orange incident in Queens

Dial-a vigil

Our History: Flushing Remonstrance shines 350 years later

Known as the Flushing Remonstrance, it was an important turning point in our history. During this year, you will hear much about its history and significance.It was interesting for me to note during my […] Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Looking to boro past as a new year begins

Some 12 years ago, crime overwhelmed our communities, our city, and our country so completely that I asked the TimesLedger Newspapers to include a police blotter itemizing local crime. The editor invited […] Comment

The Civic Scene: St. John’s expansion slowed down by CB 8

Like New York Hospital in south Flushing, schools along 150th Street in Kew Gardens, Queens Hospital Center and development of the western waterfront of Queens, our city is growing.There is talk of a […] Comment

Dishing With Dee: Queens goes to D.C. for new Dem Congress

However, that perspective was challenged by a chance conversation with a reader who asked, "How can you claim to be unbiased when you sit on the board of directors of the North East Queens Republican […] Comment

South Queens Speaks: Library fashion display shows American trends

Eight contemporary artists with watercolor renditions demonstrate these fashions with various cloth materials hung in frames and actual displays of dresses from the 18th century. Juliana Driever curates […] Comment

Berger’s Burg: A-hunting I won’t go and I won’t eat Bambi

This column is about hunting. No, not hunting for a husband or a wife, a job or for the best Chinese restaurant in Queens. It is about hunting for animals, be they large animals such as deer and bear, […] Comment

4 teens stabbed, slashed, ran over Woodside man: DA

The 24-year-old victim was stabbed, choked, hit with a chair, run over by an SUV and threatened with a handgun, prosecutors said.Anthony Albaricci, of Woodside, survived the attack, but needed 100 stitches […] Comment

Cabbies claim GPS plan invades privacy

Some drivers said the costs of the credit card and debit equipment would reduce their profits and others protested GPS, suggesting such a thing could compromise their privacy. The planned changes in the […] Comment

Kew Gardens woman recalls story of survival

Bornstein named LaGuardia College assistant dean

Bornstein, who was the former director of economic development under two borough presidents, became the new assistant dean for economic development at the school in mid-December. "I love government and […] Comment

Far Rock man held in two rapes on peninsula

Queens DA Richard Brown said 37-year-old Eric McCoy of 147 Beach 26th St. was arraigned Friday in Queens Criminal Court after posing as a police officer when he approached three women, one of whom was […] Comment

Bronx man sentenced in 64th Pl. slay

John Montanez, of 765 East 163rd St. in the Bronx, pleaded guilty to manslaughter Dec. 4 and was sentenced before Queens Supreme Court Justice Randall Eng Monday to 14 years in prison with no eligibility […] Comment

Rangel takes office as Ways Means chief

L.I. man given 29 years in Red Cap payroll slay

Moments after Jerome Fletcher, 30, professed his innocence in his part in a payroll robbery plot that turned deadly at a Long Island City dry cleaners, Supreme Court Justice Robert Hanophy questioned […] Comment

Little Neck man in coma

Trio charged in park attacks

The assaults, according to police and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, began Nov. 20 and totaled at least 12. On Dec. 4 a Ridgewood man, Carlos Flores, 40, was murdered with a machete. The final mugging on Christmas Day left a 33-year-old Little Neck man in a coma.Two 17-year-olds ,Yovanni Rivera and Marcos Polanco, were charged with attempted murder, assault and robbery, the DA said. They were suspects in at least five other incidents.The third teen, Herman Gonzalez, 19, was charged with robbery in one of the assaults, which took place in various spots around the park.The attacks brought back memories of the gang rape of a 42-year-old woman in a secluded area of the park on Dec. 19, 2002, by a group of homeless immigrants. Comment

Big changes seen at MTA as Spitzer hits his stride

Elliot "Lee" Sander of Queens, who took over Jan. 1 as executive director and chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has made several appointments within the MTA. They include Susan […] Comment

Ozone Pk. teen still missing

Police said Josephine Garcia was last seen in front of her home at 94-16 84th St. around Jan. 2 at 4 p.m. She is described as 5 foot 3 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds. Police said she was last […] Comment

Maltese plans aid for businesses

No liquor license for Ivis: CB 4

The board voted down the application Jan. 2 for an on-premises license for Ivis Bar and Tavern at 102-03 44th Ave. in Corona, citing a neighborhood already crowded with liquor establishments,Richard Italiano, […] Comment

Jax Heights man gets 30 yrs. for terror plot

The next day, his mother, father and sister were detained on immigration charges and placed in removal proceedings, a spokesman for the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement said.Shahawar Matin Siraj, […] Comment

Rob couple cuffed in borough: Cops

Police said they arrested Patrick and Karen Kegel of West Hempstead, L.I. shortly before noon on Jan. 3 at the Surfside Motel on Cross Bay Boulevard after scouring much of Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau and […] Comment

A 36-year-old East Elmhurst man was fatally shot in a traffic dispute on 94th Street near LaGuardia Airport Tuesday night, police said.

Park assaults provoke memories of ‘01 rape

City study aims to ease burdened power grid

Western Queens is estimated to produce 60 percent of the city's power and elected officials and borough residents have long fought to prevent further construction of power plants in Astoria and Long […] Comment

Questions over landmarking

Judith Sloan, an independent radio producer who has rented in Sunnyside Gardens for 17 years, believes the relatively higher costs of maintaining a landmarks property may lead to increased rents in the […] Comment

Corona man saves life of falling baby

Pedro Nevarez, of Corona, and his friend, Julio Gonzalez, 43, of the Bronx, caught 3-year-old Timothy Addo, of the Bronx, after he dangled from a fire escape four stories above the ground and then fell, […] Comment

City Council floats ideas to improve nightclub safety

The recommendations stemmed from a nightclub safety summit which was held last fall by the Council and included law enforcement officials, legislators and nightclub owners."This report is a significant […] Comment

Cops mum too long on rampage: Leaders

City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) praised the Police Department for the arrests, but said the public was notified too slowly about numerous crimes in the park that occurred during November and […] Comment

Booth remembered as civil rights ‘drum major’

Mistress of ceremonies and WNET host Denise Richardson quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to summarize Booth's life: "If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; […] Comment

Woman kills newborn, dumps body in Jackson Hts.: DA

Lucilia Rojas, 25, was being held in custody pending arraignment in Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens, where she will be formally charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and disposing […] Comment

Astoria rapist gets 18 yrs. in sex attack

Joseph Gentile, of 21-60 46th St. in Astoria, was convicted in October of rape, assault and criminal possession of a weapon and sentenced to 18 years in prison last week by Queens Supreme Court Justice […] Comment

Development, political feuds marked CB 5 in ‘06

The first of several battles in CB 5, which covers Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth and Middle Village, began early in the year when the Juniper Park Civic Association fought to save the 159-year-old St. […] Comment

Crime drops in 114th Precinct despite rise in rape

The precinct, which covers Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Woodside and Jackson Heights, experienced an 8.2 percent decline in felonious assaults, an 18.8 percent drop in burglaries, a 7.3 dip […] Comment

104th crime falls, but rapes increase

Criminal activity in the precinct, which covers Ridgewood, Maspeth, Glendale and Middle Village, fell nearly 12 percent from the previous year with dramatic drops in all seven crime categories Ð […] Comment

St. Helen of Howard Beach wins holiday tourneys

SJU women fall to 4-10 after loss to Hoyas

St. John’s men fall to No. 25 West Virginia

Sanchez’s 15 not enough as Lady Knights fall

Marvin’s moments propel QC to win

"I was struggling the whole game, I had a couple of turnovers, but I tried to keep my head up," Lawrence said. "It's part of being a basketball player."Lawrence finished with four points and four […] Comment

Pioneers counter in controlled 2nd half

The first time Leonard and Duran fought, "Sugar" was content to go punch-for-punch with his dynamic opponent and lost. The second time around, Leonard - a counter-puncher - boxed his way and Duran, in […] Comment

Molloy hockey gets revenge on Fordham Prep

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007

Jazz up January with some of Brooklyn’s best

Flushing woman, 74, run down by SUV

Police from the 109th Precinct said the incident occurred around 10:44 p.m. Sunday. Comment

Baby left in Jax Hts. dumpster

Lucilia Rojas, 25, was being held in custody pending arraignment in Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens, where she will be formally charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and disposing of a body without a permit, according to the DA. Comment

Elmhurst resident loses wallet, phone to thieves

According to the police, two men knocked on the door of a residence at approximately 5:45 p.m. and displayed a handgun. Comment

Meng aide indicted on fraud

Simon Ting, 42, of 140-14 28th Rd. in Flushing, was charged with offering a false instrument and procuring fraudulent documents to be used for voter registrations, the spokesman said. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007

‘The View from Here’: Brooklyn artists take in the whole wide world

Bloom in winter

Get surreal with DIAVOLO dancers

It’s kid stuff, that’s art, too

The perfect songs for the weekend

88 keys, and tons of new piano music

Night at the Museum

Couple chew their way through the American food chain

Do you know where the food you eat comes from? That was the question that Brooklyn husband-and-wife filmmakers Lilach Dekel and Rod Bachar set out to answer, when they took to the road, across the U.S., […] Comment

Endwell reaches for the Third Rail, and a Brooklyn following

The last time Endwell found themselves in the borough of churches, they were at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, being lashed with howling winds and driving rain for the better part of the day. On January […] Comment

My Thai Cafe: Feast on Far Eastern fusion

Aunt Suzie invites you over to her place for brunch

Brunch has always been a wonderfully relaxing and appreciated innovation, a sort of very pleasant way to spend a weekend afternoon, and thus, there are many variations on a theme. But for the quintessential […] Comment

Excuse me, literary lion, can you please pass the potatoes?

Empty glass: Music gives Tom Moran the power to start over

Canarsie’s Tom Moran is the average Brooklyn boy. That is, if the average Brooklyn boy sinks to the depths of despair and then rises to the glory of the spotlight with a little guitar and a lot of […] Comment

Eyes on the prize!

It’s a great day in Brooklyn’s garden

Kids Cafe Fest

Catch a rising star

Enjoy chamber music evenings

Call goes out for perfect Alouette recipe

Stomp your old cowboy boots inside the Kings County Opry

When Park Slope musician Dock Oscar founded the Kings County Opry three years ago, he was determined to establish a new place for old-time music. At the time, Brooklyn offered no haven for country musicians, […] Comment

Last chance for silly sweethearts

Inside the mind of a choreographer

Let’s celebrate King’s dream with friends

Angels, accordions, tigers, muses & more

Jazz Underground thrives on this side of the bridge

Brooklyn’s best jazz artists are benefiting from an exciting new fusion of business and music. Ten of the borough’s top talents have joined forces to create the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, […] Comment

Ace actors have ‘07 mapped out

The Muse Fuse sets it off anew

Middle Passage saga stirs souls

Something dirty, something new

The Perch Cafe: Open up your ears, and let the sounds pour in

Behind the rich red façade of the Perch Café in Park Slope lies a carefully designed scene. Candles adorn warm wood tables and chairs, creating a sultry ambience. It is evident that it is […] Comment

‘Schooldayz’ are here again for new photog

Superfine work from Rosen

Take a step inside Brass Tree’s acoustic grove

Celebrate King’s fight for equality

Family mourns Rego Park boy hit by LIRR train

Ari Kraft, 13, was allegedly graffiti tagging the walls of the LIRR tracks at approximately 5:40 p.m. Friday when an eastbound train heading to Huntington, L.I., hit him near 63rd Drive and Austin Street, a few blocks from his home, authorities said. Comment

Monday, Jan. 8, 2007

Paerdegat Pk overflows with cheer

St. Finbar’s is in fine voice

Santa rides a horse and buggy

An extra special visit from St. Nick

Season’s Cheer around the tree of life

P.S. 153 welcomes St. Nick

Ave Z Jewish Ctr. hosts bond drive

Covered in holiday cheer

Holidays strike a chord with P.S. 207

Santa makes a special delivery to family

Mall makes merry with shoppers

Hey, Santa...what did you bring us?

A big way to rejoice in the season

Joy to the world, celebrate in the nabe

It’s ye olde fashioned way to cheer

I.S. 234 strikes a winter chord

William McKinley School 259 salutes wintertime

Teaming up for toy drive

Bay View Houses toasts the season

Merry, Merry, Mayhem with the Beep

Hey, Santa Claus, don’t you work in albany?

On top of Brooklyn’s giant Menorah

A VIP Hanukkah with Bloomy

2 charged in Flushing Meadows attacks

Yovanni Rivera, 17 of 54th Avenue in Corona was charged with the robbery and murder of Carlos Flores, 40, of Ridgewood, whose body was found Dec. 5 in a pond in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, prosecutors said. Flores had been killed with a machete, they said. Comment

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