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Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007

Cavataio commits to St. John’s

St. Francis Prep star Mike Cavataio has verbally committed to play Division I basketball at St. John's next year, the TimesLedger has learned. Comment

Friday, Jan. 19, 2007

84th Pct. C.O. stresses teamwork

The new top cop at the 84th Precinct knows he has big shoes to fill, and he’s asking for your help. “The partnership between the police and the community is a two-way street,” Captain Alan […] Comment

Bklyn wins MLK hoops challenge: LIU hosts basketball tourney

Brooklyn captured all three games in the eighth annual Brooklyn Basketball Challenge sponsored by the Forest City Ratner Companies on the floor of the old gym at Long Island University . The event, in […] Comment

Diners hungry for news about Lundy’s: Some fear famed Sheepshead Bay seafood restaurant may be closed for good

The lights may be on, but nobody seems to be home at the famous FWIL Lundy Brothers Restaurant, leading some to fear that the historic, yet beleaguered eatery has baked its last biscuit. Diners at the […] Comment

Borough kids left in a ‘school daze’: Middle school students still aren’t making the grade, new report states

Brooklyn middle school students are not getting the education they deserve, an alliance of parent organizations says. A new report released by the Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ) examines city […] Comment

Broken Angel saved from wrecking ball

With the wrecking ball looming in the distance, Clinton Hill’s Broken Angel got a last minute reprieve this week after artist Arthur Wood stuck an agreement with a local real estate developer. The […] Comment

City seeks new marina to drop anchor: Economic Development Corp. puts out call to upgrade Atlantic Basin

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

NYPD cadets start out here: Brooklyn College hosts swearing in ceremony

The future of the NYPD gathered at Brooklyn College last week to be sworn in as the first academy class of 2007. Nearly 1,150 recruits took their first oath of office January 10 inside Brooklyn College’s […] Comment

For these groups, it’s hip to be ‘Square’: Grassroots non-profit organizations benefit from handsome awards

Their dedication to improving their communities has left three non-profit organizations $50,000 richer. The cash prize came along with the Union Square Award that each group received in recognition of […] Comment

Beware of dangerous stalkers

It’s more common than you might think. Every year, more than 1.4 million women and men are stalked in the U.S. That’s why Safe Horizon, an organization offering support to victims of abuse and […] Comment

Ortiz wants to be NYS Comptroller

Although it’s a long shot, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz wants to be New York State’s next Comptroller. The Sunset Park legislator threw his hat in a very large ring that includes elected officials […] Comment

Keeping up with Judge Jones: Appointment of African-American jurist is hailed

Governor Spitzer’s decision to appoint a Brooklyn jurist to the New York State Court of Appeals is being hailed as a triumph for the borough as well as members of the Kings County Democratic Party, […] Comment

Tenants gutted on State Street: New renovation means they could find themselves homeless

About 20 rent-stabilized tenants in Downtown Brooklyn and Prospect Heights face eviction if their landlord succeeds in finding a loophole to get them out of their apartments. The Manhattan-based Penson […] Comment

Ratner foes to have their day in court: State Supreme Court to hear lawsuit against Atlantic Yards development

Opponents of Atlantic Yards are readying a lawsuit charging huge deficiencies in the draft and final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which they contend must be redone. The suit is expected to be […] Comment

Brooklyn is stage for the city address

A lowering of property taxes, eliminating city sales tax on clothing and footwear, and further revamping of the city’s school system highlighted Mayor Bloomberg’s 2007 State of the City address […] Comment

Uh, oh! Shop ‘til you drop at Lowe’s: Some say that big box store’s parking lot is unsafe for pedestrians

Critics of the Lowe’s parking lot off 9th Street along the Gowanus Canal are stepping up efforts this week to try and convince store operators that the massive parking lot is fundamentally unfriendly […] Comment

Barclays Bank brands Atlantic Yards arena: Nope, name won’t be Bklyn-themed

At press time, sources confirmed a New York Post story that London-based Barclays Bank has agreed to pay the NBA’s Nets hundreds of millions of dollars to name the proposed Brooklyn arena Barclays […] Comment

Body snatch suspect in coma: Joseph Nicelli suffers fall; could suffer brain damage

It appears that fate may have stepped in to judge the former owner of Daniel George Funeral Home. Joseph Nicelli, considered a major player in the mortician body-plundering scandal to rock Brooklyn last […] Comment

Nixzmary’s death 1 year later

If there is one thing that Nixzmary Brown’s tragic death over a year ago taught us is that more needs to be done to protect the most defenseless of our city – our children. A Brooklyn elected […] Comment

Beware of stalkers, experts warn

It’s more common than you might think. Every year, more than 1.4 million women and men are stalked in the U.S. That’s why Safe Horizon, an organization offering support to victims of abuse and […] Comment

Suspected ghoul in medical coma: Indicted mortician may suffer brain injury

It appears that fate may have stepped in to judge the former owner of Daniel George Funeral Home. Joseph Nicelli, considered a major player in the mortician body-plundering scandal to rock Brooklyn last […] Comment

Cops hunt Parolee in note-passing bank heist

A paroled note-passing bandit is being sought for robbing a Park Slope Commerce Bank Friday, only to rob the bank again two days later, officials said. As they narrow their search, cops said that the […] Comment

Troops out of Iraq by end of 2007

With many in the country questioning President Bush’s recent “surge” plan to win the war in Iraq, Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill in Congress last week that would stop Bush’s […] Comment

Gay marriage fence sitters: Many pols uncommitted on question

With a new, democratic governor in place, it seems that the issue of gay marriage coming to the floor in Albany is not just a possibility, but a fact. That being said, just who in the Brooklyn delegation […] Comment

Hunt for note-passing bank bandit: Cops say parolee tried to strike twice

Bklyn’s Old faithful

Dire warning: Less than a two day supply of some blood types

Capt. calls for your support

Shop until you drop: Some say Lowe’s lot is trouble for pedestrians

Critics of the Lowe’s parking lot off 9th Street along the Gowanus Canal are stepping up efforts this week to try and convince store operators that the massive parking lot is fundamentally unfriendly […] Comment

Barclays Bank pays big for arena name: Anticipated home of NJ Nets won’t be Brooklyn-themed

At press time, sources confirmed a New York Post story that London-based Barclays Bank has agreed to pay the NBA’s Nets hundreds of millions of dollars to name the proposed Brooklyn arena Barclays […] Comment

He’s tops in first year on the force: 84th Police Pct. hails young crime-buster

Just over a year on the police force, and Officer Francisco Tejada has already made a name for himself. This week, his name is now inscribed on a wooden plaque that reads “Cop of the Year.” […] Comment

Nets arena to be ‘Barclays Ctr.’

At press time, sources confirmed a New York Post story that London-based Barclays Bank has agreed to pay the NBA’s Nets hundreds of millions of dollars to name the proposed Brooklyn arena Barclays […] Comment

Heave-ho on the Brooklyn waterfront: NY & NJ Port Authority says container terminal still has to go

While the governor this week said Brooklyn’s waterfront is a “vital economic engine,” the agency he partially controls might soon let the air out of the tires. The Port Authority of New […] Comment

At the hands of dangerous stalkers: How to fight back against potentially deadly situations

It’s more common than you might think. Every year, more than 1.4 million women and men are stalked in the U.S. That’s why Safe Horizon, an organization offering support to victims of abuse and […] Comment

U.S. troops out of Iraq by year’s end: Nadler introduces bill to limit war funding

With many in the country questioning President Bush’s recent “surge” plan to win the war in Iraq, Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill in Congress last week that would stop Bush’s […] Comment

Gutted on State Street: Many face eviction: Landlord files to renovate building and bounce rent stabilized tenants

About 20 rent-stabilized tenants in Downtown Brooklyn and Prospect Heights face eviction if their landlord succeeds in finding a loophole to get them out of their apartments. The Manhattan-based Penson […] Comment

Accused ghoul put into medical-induced coma: Indicted embalmer falls; faces possible brain damage

It appears that fate may have stepped in to judge the former owner of Daniel George Funeral Home. Joseph Nicelli, considered a major player in the mortician body-plundering scandal to rock Brooklyn last […] Comment

1 year after Nixzmary’s death, children still need more protection

If there is one thing that Nixzmary Brown’s tragic death over a year ago taught us is that more needs to be done to protect the most defenseless of our city – our children. A Brooklyn elected […] Comment

Same-sex marriage scare: Many Brooklyn officials running for the fence

With a new, democratic governor in place, it seems that the issue of gay marriage coming to the floor in Albany is not just a possibility, but a fact. That being said, just who in the Brooklyn delegation […] Comment

Ratner foes to have their day in Supreme Court

Opponents of Atlantic Yards are readying a lawsuit charging huge deficiencies in the draft and final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which they contend must be redone. The suit is expected to be […] Comment

Gutted: Landlord seeks to evict tenants: Renovation could leave ’em homeless

About 20 rent-stabilized tenants in Downtown Brooklyn and Prospect Heights face eviction if their landlord succeeds in finding a loophole to get them out of their apartments. The Manhattan-based Penson […] Comment

Mayor in Bklyn for state of the city address

A lowering of property taxes, eliminating city sales tax on clothing and footwear, and further revamping of the city’s school system highlighted Mayor Bloomberg’s 2007 State of the City address […] Comment

He’s tops 1st year on the job

Just over a year on the police force, and Officer Francisco Tejada has already made a name for himself. This week, his name is now inscribed on a wooden plaque that reads “Cop of the Year.” […] Comment

84th Pct. changing of the guard: New commander stresses community partnership

The new top cop at the 84th Precinct knows he has big shoes to fill, and he’s asking for your help. “The partnership between the police and the community is a two-way street,” Captain Alan […] Comment

Cops hunt for note-passing bank bandit

A paroled note-passing bandit is being sought for robbing a Park Slope Commerce Bank Friday, only to rob the bank again two days later, officials said. As they narrow their search, cops said that the […] Comment

Thar she blows!

Dire warning about low blood supply

In the aftermath of Nixzmary: Officials warn much more needs to be done to protect children

If there is one thing that Nixzmary Brown’s tragic death over a year ago taught us is that more needs to be done to protect the most defenseless of our city – our children. A Brooklyn elected […] Comment

Gutted: State St. tenants face eviction: Landlord seeks to renovate building and toss rent stabilized residents

About 20 rent-stabilized tenants in Downtown Brooklyn and Prospect Heights face eviction if their landlord succeeds in finding a loophole to get them out of their apartments. The Manhattan-based Penson […] Comment

Accused ghoul is put into a coma

It appears that fate may have stepped in to judge the former owner of Daniel George Funeral Home. Joseph Nicelli, considered a major player in the mortician body-plundering scandal to rock Brooklyn last […] Comment

Gay marriage puts pols on fence: Elected officials in Brooklyn face same-sex question

With a new, democratic governor in place, it seems that the issue of gay marriage coming to the floor in Albany is not just a possibility, but a fact. That being said, just who in the Brooklyn delegation […] Comment

At the hands of a stalker: How to fight back and win

It’s more common than you might think. Every year, more than 1.4 million women and men are stalked in the U.S. That’s why Safe Horizon, an organization offering support to victims of abuse and […] Comment

Yards’ opponents to have their day in court: Suit filed in State Supreme Court challenges final Environmental Impact Statement

Opponents of Atlantic Yards are readying a lawsuit charging huge deficiencies in the draft and final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which they contend must be redone. The suit is expected to be […] Comment

Nadler: Bring troops home

With many in the country questioning President Bush’s recent “surge” plan to win the war in Iraq, Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill in Congress last week that would stop Bush’s […] Comment

Carroll Gardens holds tight to firehouse

With a unified voice, Community Board 6 last week told the city not to sell off the only remaining firehouse in Carroll Gardens. With a unanimous vote taken at its monthly meeting held at the Old First […] Comment

Mayor delivers state of the city address: Bloomberg chooses Brooklyn campus to issue Big Apple report

A lowering of property taxes, eliminating city sales tax on clothing and footwear, and further revamping of the city’s school system highlighted Mayor Bloomberg’s 2007 State of the City address […] Comment

Gay marriage puts area pols on fence

With a new, democratic governor in place, it seems that the issue of gay marriage coming to the floor in Albany is not just a possibility, but a fact. That being said, just who in the Brooklyn delegation […] Comment

Barclays wins name game: Atlantic Yards arena to carry worldwide bank’s Brand

At press time, sources confirmed a New York Post story that London-based Barclays Bank has agreed to pay the NBA’s Nets hundreds of millions of dollars to name the proposed Brooklyn arena Barclays […] Comment

Dirty work at IKEA site

Here it is – the ultimate dirty job. Police in Red Hook are investigating reports that over 500,000 pounds of dirt was pinched from the future home of Brooklyn’s first IKEA. Workers at the site […] Comment

Red Hook Terminal woes

While the governor this week said Brooklyn’s waterfront is a “vital economic engine,” the agency he partially controls might soon let the air out of the tires. The Port Authority of New […] Comment

Uh, oh...shop ‘til you drop!: Some say Lowe’s lot is dangerous to pedestrians

Critics of the Lowe’s parking lot off 9th Street along the Gowanus Canal are stepping up efforts this week to try and convince store operators that the massive parking lot is fundamentally unfriendly […] Comment

Bklyn stands up to Bush on war

With many in the country questioning President Bush’s recent “surge” plan to win the war in Iraq, Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill in Congress last week that would stop Bush’s […] Comment

Hunt for note-passing crook: Parolee sought in bank heist

A paroled note-passing bandit is being sought for robbing a Park Slope Commerce Bank Friday, only to rob the bank again two days later, officials said. As they narrow their search, cops said that the […] Comment

Shopping at your own risk: Some say Lowe’s lot is dangerous to pedestrians

Critics of the Lowe’s parking lot off 9th Street along the Gowanus Canal are stepping up efforts this week to try and convince store operators that the massive parking lot is fundamentally unfriendly […] Comment

Montgomery begins 11th term in senate

They’ve made merry, now they make mulch

Rubenstein hailed as ‘man of the year’

Brooklyn celebrates the life of Dr. King

The ‘dream’ that would change the course of our history continues, as politicians and entertainers from all over came to commemorate the birthday of the man known as Martin Luther King Jr. […] Comment

Terminal termination! Fears arise over Red Hook containers future

While the governor this week said Brooklyn’s waterfront is a “vital economic engine,” the agency he partially controls might soon let the air out of the tires. The Port Authority of New […] Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

EMT busted A city Emergency Medical Technician was arrested in Brooklyn Heights last week, officials from the 84th Precinct announced. Police said that FDNY/EMT Aubrey Lindie was taken into custody on […] Comment

He’s tops in 1st year on the force: Kudos to young 84th Precinct crime-buster

Just over a year on the police force, and Officer Francisco Tejada has already made a name for himself. This week, his name is now inscribed on a wooden plaque that reads “Cop of the Year.” […] Comment

Supreme Court to hear Yds. lawsuit

Opponents of Atlantic Yards are readying a lawsuit charging huge deficiencies in the draft and final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which they contend must be redone. The suit is expected to be […] Comment

Bracing the flames

Mike’s state of city: Mayor chooses Brooklyn to deliver 2007 report

A lowering of property taxes, eliminating city sales tax on clothing and footwear, and further revamping of the city’s school system highlighted Mayor Bloomberg’s 2007 State of the City address […] Comment

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007

City plans new school for Middle Village

Councilman Dennis Gallagher (R-Middle Village) said the city's School Construction Authority is planning to build a new, locally zoned school which will offer kindergarten through eighth grade at […] Comment

Propane tanker derails in Maspeth

One of ten tankers, each filled with 30,000 gallons of propane, fell off the tracks as a train was backing up around 9 a.m., said Gary Giordano, district manager of Community Board 5, which covers Maspeth. […] Comment

Cancer screen van coming to Jax Hts.

Katz proposes traps for pesky raccoons

Raccoons, not usually a feature of urban living, have been roaming the streets of Katz's district, tearing through trash bags, damaging property and acting like nature's hooligans. The councilwoman […] Comments (1)

Jax Hts. rally protests Bush Iraq war plan

"It is not a coincidence that the recruiting center is located here" in a moderate-income neighborhood like Jackson Heights, said Aaron Ameral, a law students and organizer of the 1-1/2-year-old Queens […] Comment

First female black judge Jane Bolin dies in LIC

Bolin, who was born in Poughkeepsie but lived in Queens at the time of her death, was also the first black woman to receive a law degree from Yale University in 1931, setting the stage for her historic […] Comment

Liu calls on state to draft human trafficking laws

Gloria Steinem, the renowned women's rights leader, was among those who addressed a rally against human trafficking last Thursday on Foley Square in Manhattan."We should become latter day abolitionists," […] Comment

State smoothing out GCP bumps for $100K

Workers began Nov. 15 smoothing out the graceful ridges, known as 'hummocks' that are brutal to the aging undercarriage of vehicles traveling at 60 mph. Nearly all the bumps are caused by water […] Comment

101st Precinct cops suspended over arrest

Police said an investigation is being conducted into whether or not the officers, whose names were not immediately released, ignored a claim made by a 15-year-old girl that Far Rockaway resident Eric […] Comment

Resolve to do martial arts

Chancellor drops by District 27

With dramatic changes in city education promised in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's state-of-the-city address Wednesday evening, the CEC27 President Andrew Baumann had some pointed questions for Klein, […] Comment

CB 5 to study road change

District Manager Gary Giordano said the board is considering transforming 78th Road between 80th Street and 83rd Street in Glendale into a one-way westbound street from a two-way street, following a complaint […] Comment

L.I. Home Depot scam foiled: DA

Moustafa K. Soliman and his son, Mohamed Soliman, both of 30-48 4nd St. in Astoria, were arrested Sunday and arraigned on nine counts of petit larceny after they allegedly received an estimated $5,445 […] Comment

Family faces eviction in Sunnyside

Daejan NY Ltd., which owns most of the units in the 59-unit cooperative building at 43-25 43rd St. in Sunnyside, raised Christopher Duckett's monthly rent from $1,175 to $1,600 in November, a 35 percent […] Comment

Angels fall to St. Edmund

It wasn't Kakavas' season-high 18 points that most impressed St. Agnes coach Rick Matzelle, it was her defensive effort on St. Edmund's Megan Davidson, who scored just 9 points after dropping […] Comment

Wright’s double-double leads SJU women to upset

Young Huskies put bite on SJU

"You gotta go in there and attack him, you gotta attack the rim," senior forward Aaron Spears said.The Red Storm did all night, but could never score on a consistent basis in a 68-59 loss to the 24th-ranked […] Comment

QC Knights drop three in a row, lose to Dominican

Castelli gets double-double, but QC women fall to Adelphi

Jemmott looks to spur biz in Cambria Heights

The block associations will help inform the development corporation about store owners on Linden Boulevard who want to sell their businesses and the corporation will seek out local residents who want […] Comment

Change not good for Molloy bowling team

"I haven't changed anything," the coach said. "It's all the same. Saturdays are all day; the intensity is the same. I will never change, because it works."It certainly does. After the Stanners […] Comment

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

There is nothing glamorous about being a walk-on on the Queens College men's basketball team. This isn't Duke or North Carolina, where saying "I'm on the basketball team" has its share of […] Comment

Great Neck Icettes take gold in Lake Placid

Golf Expo comes to Queensboro Community College

Forest Hills upsets Adams

"We don't worry about the fans," said Harrington, the Rangers' starting shooting guard. "We come in here knowing it's 10 players on the courts, two refs, that's it. I don't hear nothing. […] Comment

College Round-Up: Charles wins second conference honor

Royals clip Wings

But flying under the radar for the Royals is junior forward Ryan Pearson, who quietly scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Christ the King to a 74-63 win over Wings Academy in the first game […] Comment

CHSAA All-Queens boys’ soccer Player of the Year

CHSAA All-Queens boys’ soccer Coach of the Year

Wild league wide open

Need an example of how crazy things have been? Check out last week's results. Three days after upsetting Christ the King in front of a packed house at Holy Cross, the Knights traveled down Francis […] Comment

CHSAA All-Queens boys’ soccer teams

The Butler Did it: Kaiser honor long overdue

A few years ago, the school renamed Alumni Hall for legendary basketball coach Lou Carnesecca, an event covered by every city tabloid and television outlet. That's because for many, St. John's […] Comment

Sanders leads march against fed prison

With chants of "Geo must go," the group took to the streets on Martin Luther King Day and wound its way from Springfield Park on 147th Avenue to the jail, located a few blocks away amid warehouses and […] Comment

Boro remembers King with man who knew him

Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of North Shore-LIJ, said the message of the day was to keep King's dream of racial harmony alive."All of us here are from different backgrounds. […] Comment

Corona officials recall King legacy

About 50 people attended the subdued event to recall the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center at 100-01 Northern Blvd. in Corona.The speakers included […] Comment

Merrick Pk. church salutes life of King

Merrick Park congregants and local leaders celebrated "The Man, The Dream, The Celebration" in honor of King, who was nationally recognized Monday, at the church, saying his message of equality for all […] Comment

McGriff could face death in Jamaica murders

Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff faces the death penalty in the case, which began in federal court in Brooklyn Jan. 10.McGriff presided over the "Supreme Team," a drug gang that ruled the streets of southeast […] Comment

Downtown Jamaica plan rezones 2 miles of Hillside

The Jamaica Estates Civic Association has been outspoken about its displeasure with the plan, but other neighborhoods would also be affected. The western edge of the plan rezones the northern side of […] Comment

Tax firm preys on minorities: Comrie

The issue surrounds H&R Block's "Instant Money Advance Loans." The loans are supposedly offered by H&R Block based on a customer's anticipated federal tax return. According to Comrie, however, […] Comment

Marijuana link eyed in shootings

Haynes was speaking at the Cambria Heights Civic Association meeting Jan. 11. He said the incident was still under investigation.He also told residents that eight arrests have been made on the corner […] Comment

Cambria Hts. senior center opens

"It is a state-of-the-art senior citizen center," said Rev. Harding Dunlop, the director of the center, during a Jan. 11 meeting of the Cambria Heights Civic Association.Clark said she did not notify […] Comment

Murder rate plummets in 113th Pct. in 2006

Johnson, speaking at the first community precinct council meeting of 2007, said the number of shootings reported in the precinct also dropped to 47 in 2006 compared to 55 in 2005."It's still too many, […] Comment

Cash, computer, jewelry taken from Bayside home

Cop union prez helps nab car theft suspects

Douglaston woman says wallet taken at yard sale

Like a scene from a film, MovieWorld robbed: Cops

Insurance fraud charged for man not in LIC crash

Plumber stabbed man with razor knife: Police

Jamaica auto salesman killed in Nassau car lot

Nurse sentenced to jail for patient mistreatment

Forest Hills bank robber leaves without cash: Cops

A friend indeed ends up charged with theft: DA

Bayside woman missing cash from bank account

Boro Hall plan sparks ire

CB 8 member Bernard Diamond read the letter to EDC President Joshua Sirefman aloud at last week's meeting. Both CB 8, which touches Briarwood, and CB 9, which covers Kew Gardens, where the courthouse […] Comment

Jax Heights family faces deportation

Judge Merlanda Tadal, who could have ordered Shahina Parveen, 50, and Sanya Siraj, 19, out of the country, set their bonds at $20,000 for the mother and $15,000 for her daughter during a hearing Tuesday, […] Comment

S. Ozone man arrested in dog abuse

Oswald Jaudon, 51, of 131-07 135th Ave. was charged with one count of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, according to ASPCA Human Law Enforcement Assistant Director Joseph Pentangelo. If convicted, Jaudon […] Comment

Comrie wants epithet taken out of lexicon

The resolution, which Comrie acknowledged would largely be symbolic, lays out the history of the word and the various connotations it has carried throughout history."I think it will increase the level […] Comment

Top Dem leaders laud Smith at York ceremony

With the lower level of York's Performing Arts Center filled nearly to capacity, guests listened as U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Rev. Al Sharpton, Lt. Gov. David […] Comment

Franklin K. Lane student stabbed on J subway train

Authorities said 17-year-old Clarence Davis was taken to Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn in stable condition after being stabbed once in the chest shortly after 3 p.m. on Jan. 9. Hospital officials would […] Comment

Gioia fund-raising slows for ‘09

City Councilmen John Liu (D-Flushing) raised $1,002,771 and Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) raised $726,618 according to the latest filing which includes funds raised in the twelve months ending […] Comment

Fight for art

Basically Bach

Plant-O-Rama

Jezebel cares for the homeless

Hone your artistic skills at the Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum celebrates the wonder of it all

Aardvarks make beautiful music

Loads of family fun on tap

Young playwrights take center stage

City looks into Caffe on Green

A spokeswoman for the Department of Investigation confirmed that the agency is investigating the city Parks Department contract awarded to Franco in 1992 to operate the concession.Franco could not be […] Comment

Freedom Writers

Stomp The Yard

Now showing: Annual Bklyn Israel Film Fest

The inspiring depiction of a dreamer who refused to be defined by his physical limitations is the centerpiece of the Third Annual Brooklyn Israel Film Festival. Beginning on January 25 at the Kane Street […] Comment

Slumber Party Massacre: Pillow fighting goes adult

It could be the best idea to come out of Canada since socialized medicine and hockey pucks – cute girls in sexy outfits competitively bashing each other the head with big, fluffy pillows. Obviously […] Comment

Dimestore Scenario comes at ya with ‘The Gowanus Sessions’

Somewhere between the tree-lined streets of Park Slope and the end-of-the-world banks of the Gowanus Canal, Rachel Federman, Alexandre Perez and Joe Ciancimino – collectively known as Dimestore Scenario […] Comment

Four Scored: It’s ladies night at the Brooklyn Philharmonic

When Michael Christie, an award-winning, 32-year-old Buffalo native, became the conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic last year, he had a vision. By infusing orchestral performances with contemporary […] Comment

A free burial

Farewell, Seymour

The Gallery Players dream big time

Come and make yourself at home ‘In the Heights’

Boro pair busted in Picasso heist

Last week the New York City Department of Investigation announced the arrest of a man and his mother-in-law on charges relating to the theft last spring of two drawings by Pablo Picasso worth an estimated […] Comment

‘Book of Signs’

Use your illusion: Presenting prestidigitation at its finest

It’s magic time again! Hocus pocus aficionados are revving up for the welcome return of the annual “Night of Magic” show. The January 26 spectacle marks the event’s sixth annual production […] Comment

A misanthrope draws the line

Polish roots & American pop

Drawing on life from 1839 to 1936

Silent/Sensory

Faculty showcase plays the classics

Order up tasty music at BAMcafe

Just the right temps for ‘Winter Follies’

The next generation of folk music has arrived in Brooklyn

Misspelled signs removed

The answer would be similar for a concerned citizen seeking directions to a meeting of the 103rd Precinct Community Council or the Brinkerhoff Action Association, which take place at St. Benedict the […] Comment

Earth Awakened to Mother Nature’s music

Sing the praises of the anti-hero

Begin again with the Slope Singers

Right-wing hypocrisy

Outrage in New Mexico

A prescription for trouble

In defense of S’head H.S.

Weiner seeks plans to ease truck traffic

"We want New York City to grow and we want bustling commerce," he said. "But at this rate, we are going to choke on our success."Leaders in western Queens, where several of the city's worst intersections […] Comment

Impeach Dubya Now!

Release for Israeli captives

Find a place to park

No BS or lies allowed

Thanks for the attention

State revives bill to test cops for drugs

The bill, which will be debated in the near future on the floor of the state Assembly, was part of a legislative police reform package created by the Black, Puerto Rican, Latino and Asian caucus in the […] Comment

The gang finds a girl oasis

The East 98th Street kids learned of another oasis that was swarming with girls. We were now a little older and looking for more action than was available within our own neighbors. It could be that […] Comment

Little letters for Iran’s little man

mahmoud ahmadinejad. Say it three times fast. I dare ya’. Makes you sick, doesn’t it? Just hearing it once makes me nauseas. At this very moment at least one of you is ready to write to tell […] Comment

Bklyn principal deserves a dunce’s cap for her mean spirit

Sometimes, labels are meant to be ripped off. East New York eighth-grader Lamarre St. Phard was stuck in a class by himself – without support from those entrusted with his tutelage – when the […] Comment

It’s a ‘Jump ball’ in the AA Division: Teams jockey for position as playoffs near

With only six more games left until the playoffs in the Brooklyn “AA” Division, the action continues to heat up as the division is far from being claimed. The Boys & Girls Kangaroos, beating […] Comment

Sharks chomp, Jackets, Hornets swarm: Your weekly round up of PSAL action has all the scores and highlights

With only the cream of the crop in the division left, the Telecommunications Yellow Jackets, Midwood Hornets, and the Sheepshead Bay Sharks all played impressively in this week’s action. The Yellow […] Comment

Ambitious housing projects bring hope for revival of peninsula

Arverne by the Sea, a city-supported, sprawling 2,300-home development being built in the center of the peninsula, has community members and elected officials alike eyeing it as a centerpiece in a broad […] Comment

Prospect Park: Pretty dangerous: Report puts emerald jewel among top 3 most crime-ridden green spots in the city

Prospect Park has always been considered one of Brooklyn’s most sought-after summertime destinations, but now it has a new moniker – it’s one of the most crime-ridden. According to a City […] Comment

City Tech makes a science out of success: National Foundation invests almost $2 million in Brooklyn campus

Vanderveer Post Office to host passport fair

Downstate welcomes pain specialist

New clothes, new beginning: Clothing bank opens doors at Brooklyn Army Terminal

Maimonides: Consumer’s best

Chamber to vote on Building Bklyn awards: Nominations for ‘07 being accepted

Festive roots help HeartShare grow

Lifelines for Bklyn caregivers: Agencies offer many vital resources and needed support

Upcoming BWECC meeting

Kudos to a winner on and off the field: Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel honor ‘MVP’

Gentile at your local BPL

New reward for Empire gunman: Rink violence sparks outrage

Madonna laced up her skates there. Cher and John F. Kennedy, Jr. also spent boogie nights rolling around its smooth hardwood floor. Now the last large-scale roller rink in the city and birthplace of roller […] Comment

Dr. Eyal Levit: Advanced laser dermatology & cosmetic surgery

Look good and feel special this new year. If you have concerns about your skin, take them to Dr. Eyal Levit of Advanced Dermatology Laser & Cosmetic Surgery (1220 Avenue P, 718-375-SKIN). In addition […] Comment

Fab labs for st. Edmund kids

Undersea Life at Shellbank

Ailing 9/11 Bayside officer needs lung transplant to live

Cesar Borja, 52, was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital before Christmas for pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that scars the lungs. He was transferred to intensive care on Jan. 8. Borja is now hooked up to […] Comment

Bishop Kearney H.S. students ace Gordon scholarships

Rx for ailing Victory Memorial: CB11 chair urges community to patronize hospital

If you get sick or discover that you need surgery, don’t hesitate to visit Victory Memorial Hospital for treatment. That’s the message Bill Guarinello, new acting chair of the embattled Dyker […] Comment

Is it too hot or too cold?

Pols on the fence over gay marriage

With a new, democratic governor in place, it seems that the issue of gay marriage coming to the floor in Albany is not just a possibility, but a fact. That being said, just who in the Brooklyn delegation […] Comment

Chuck & Hill talk a good game: Remain vague on actually opposing Bush

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

Gavel to Gavel

Flatbush family: Bust was a bust A Flatbush family is suing the NYPD, cops and the City of New York for $105 million — plus punitive damages and legal fees — after they say cops broke down […] Comment

Ice Breakers mourn fallen winter warrior: Diver’s death saddens members of Coney group

Thanks...you’re all lifesavers

Accused body snatcher in coma: Joseph Nicelli suffers fall; could suffer brain damage

It appears that fate may have stepped in to judge the former owner of Daniel George Funeral Home. Joseph Nicelli, considered a major player in the mortician body-plundering scandal to rock Brooklyn last […] Comment

Army confirms fish safe from mercury at Totten

Investigators are now examining what remediation is needed on the landward part of the Coast Guard property.Tests of fish samples collected from Little Bay in September showed they had no more mercury […] Comment

Squeezing out more affordable housing: Developers will have to make room in order to get tasty tax breaks

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

NYPD rookies get their start in Brooklyn

The future of the NYPD gathered at Brooklyn College last week to be sworn in as the first academy class of 2007. Nearly 1,150 recruits took their first oath of office January 10 inside Brooklyn College’s […] Comment

Infant mortality is Brooklyn’s shame: Barriers to comprehensive health care seen as key factor in child deaths

A human tragedy continues to unfold in central Brooklyn. The communities at the heart of the borough persist as an epicenter of infant mortality, due in large part to the fact that access to quality, […] Comment

Bklyn stands up to Bush on war: New bill seeks to limit funding and bring troops home

With many in the country questioning President Bush’s recent “surge” plan to win the war in Iraq, Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill in Congress last week that would stop Bush’s […] Comment

Garden 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

Lundy’s locks out diners: Fears swirl landmark restaurant could be history

The lights may be on, but nobody seems to be home at the famous FWIL Lundy Brothers Restaurant, leading some to fear that the historic, yet beleaguered eatery has baked its last biscuit. Diners at the […] Comment

Barricade backers dig in heels

Barriers erected to thwart dollar van traffic by Kings Plaza must stand until the root of the problem is eradicated, a city lawmaker urged this week. For now, at least, it seems the precinct’s top […] Comment

Springing into new Coney era: Rezoning effort expected to pick up steam soon

A preliminary comprehensive rezoning of Coney Island is expected to happen by late spring 2007, this newspaper has learned. “The time frame right now is we hope to start the public review process […] Comment

NYPD swears in cadets

With a 16-percent drop in felony crime in 2006, the Sheepshead Bay precinct had the second-largest crime reduction in the city, Captain Vincent Stella, commanding officer of the 61st Precinct said last […] Comment

Business clinic aims at immigrants

In hopes of shedding some light on the business world of the borough, the City Bar Justice Center and Flushing Business Improvement District will host a free one-day legal clinic for small business owners […] Comment

As idiotic as they want to be: Shopping cart racers coming

Those wacky shopping cart races 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

Mayor mike In Coney country: Bloomy touts new Coney ctr., housing

Mayor Bloomberg came to the heart of Coney Island’s residential community to announce the imminent construction of a $56 million community center and affordable housing complex. “This community […] Comment

And the band (and chorus) played on: Murrow kids get in tune with audiences

Flatlands Civic update

College for seniors

Suspected ghoul in medical coma

It appears that fate may have stepped in to judge the former owner of Daniel George Funeral Home. Joseph Nicelli, considered a major player in the mortician body-plundering scandal to rock Brooklyn last […] Comment

Diners locked out of Lundy’s: Fears swirl landmark restaurant is history

The lights may be on, but nobody seems to be home at the famous FWIL Lundy Brothers Restaurant, leading some to fear that the historic, yet beleaguered eatery has baked its last biscuit. Diners at the […] Comment

Brooklyn stands up to Bush on the war: New bill seeks to limit funding and bring troops home

With many in the country questioning President Bush’s recent “surge” plan to win the war in Iraq, Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill in Congress last week that would stop Bush’s […] Comment

Railroad won’t condemn Bellerose, Floral Park land

An LIRR spokeswoman confirmed that the agency spoke to the three mayors but declined to say what was discussed because the project is still in the planning stages. The MTA is currently in the midst of […] Comment

61st Police Pct. knocks down felony crime: It’s the second-largest reduction in the city

With a 16-percent drop in felony crime in 2006, the Sheepshead Bay precinct had the second-largest crime reduction in the city, Captain Vincent Stella, commanding officer of the 61st Precinct said last […] Comment

Rookie class joins the ranks of NYPD’s finest

The future of the NYPD gathered at Brooklyn College last week to be sworn in as the first academy class of 2007. Nearly 1,150 recruits took their first oath of office January 10 inside Brooklyn College’s […] Comment

Chuck & Hil lambast Iraq war policy

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

Slap for faulty architects

Legislation that would impose penalties upon engineers or architects who wrongly self-certify building plans is under consideration at the City Council. The bill, Intro 309-A, which is co-sponsored by […] Comment

Barricades in, dollar vans out

Barriers erected to thwart dollar van traffic by Kings Plaza must stand until the root of the problem is eradicated, a city lawmaker urged this week. For now, at least, it seems the precinct’s top […] Comment

‘Idiotarod’ race set to take off: Nutty racers seek cure for winter blues

Those wacky shopping cart races 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

Mayor MIKE’S block party: Bloomberg touts new community ctr., housing

Mayor Bloomberg came to the heart of Coney Island’s residential community to announce the imminent construction of a $56 million community center and affordable housing complex. “This community […] Comment

Partnerships Academy helps give grassroots groups a helpful leg up

Doctor gets to heart of LIJ med center

Scheinerman, 50, is the new associate chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he is in charge of that department."The buck stops here," Scheinerman said Monday. […] Comment

LICH: the Right Prescription for the nabe

Meet the candidates at Vox Pop

Sour on school, sweet on extension: Many parents favor P.S. 135 expansion over new construction

District 18 will soon have another school building – but it’s not the one parents want. Members of the Community Education Council (CEC) representing schools in East Flatbush and Canarsie are […] Comment

Flatbush Food Coop toasts 30 years serving the community’s health

Barricade backers dig in: Blockades should stay and dollar vans should go, they cry

Barriers erected to thwart dollar van traffic by Kings Plaza must stand until the root of the problem is eradicated, a city lawmaker urged this week. For now, at least, it seems the precinct’s top […] Comment

Shoddy architects slapped: Council seeks remedy for self-certified construction woes

Legislation that would impose penalties upon engineers or architects who wrongly self-certify building plans is under consideration at the City Council. The bill, Intro 309-A, which is co-sponsored by […] Comment

As wacky as they want to be: Annual shopping cart racers return

Those wacky shopping cart races 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

Gun violence tears at the heart & soul: Grieving mom calls for an end to ongoing gun violence in the borough

To most of the media, the murder was just another senseless statistic on the hardened streets of East Flatbush. But to the victim’s mother, the first anniversary of Ronald Petgrave’s death is […] Comment

Bellerose biz district frustrated by Albany

But the Joint Bellerose Business District Development Corporation must first put up $130,000 of its own money Ð something it says it doesn't have Ð before getting the state funds known as […] Comment

Springing into Coney era: Rezoning effort expected to pick up steam

A preliminary comprehensive rezoning of Coney Island is expected to happen by late spring 2007, this newspaper has learned. “The time frame right now is we hope to start the public review process […] Comment

Mayor Mike touts new community center

Mayor Bloomberg came to the heart of Coney Island’s residential community to announce the imminent construction of a $56 million community center and affordable housing complex. “This community […] Comment

Many run, but few show up: Most candidates miss Flatbush forum

As candidates for the City Council seat newly vacated by U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke covered the neighborhood in search of petition signatures to ensure their place on the ballot, only a handful bothered […] Comment

Young & old forge friendships: Volunteering turns into win-win situation for all

Thank you for sending me an angel. Beatrice Sniper and Mimi Edwards certainly don’t think of themselves as angels, but to the homebound senior citizens they visit each week, they might as well have […] Comment

Grassroots groups give green thumbs up to Partnership Academy

Canarsie takes time out for kid stuff: Neighborhood youngsters treated to petting zoo, games, contests and much more

SUNY Downstate Medical Center welcomes back pain specialist

Brooklyn’s gain and the borough’s loss: Some fear influx of affluent 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

Bayside’s The Good Shepherd folds after 80 years

The congregation was formed in 1927 as a missionary group branched off from Messiah Lutheran Church in Flushing. But the Church council made the sad vote to close after membership had dwindled to under […] Comment

THREE MP MERCHANTS STEP UP TO REORGANIZE BIZ GROUP

Morris Park […] Comment

FAMILY MUSICAL HITS LEHMAN’S STAGE

Bronx parents looking for a wholesome evening out with their children are in luck. Comment

MSGR. RAIMONDO, FORMER PASTOR OF ST. CLARE’S, PASSES AWAY AT 92

St. Clare of Assisi Parish and the Morris Park community are mourning the loss of Msgr. Joseph Raimondo, who served as the parish […] Comment

FROM KARAOKE TO THE JULLIARD STAGE, TN SINGER FOLLOWS DREAM

It would be an achievement for any experienced singer to make it into the Juilliard School […] Comment

LOCAL KOMBAT FANATIC HEADS TO CALIFORNIA ON WINNING TICKET

Daniel Clark always knew he was a Mortal Kombat fanatic, but after he entered the national […] Comment

UNSIGHTLY CATCH BASIN WORK SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY SPRING

A Waterbury-LaSalle resident distressed about an unsightly construction site that city workers left behind recently will eventually see his curb rebuilt […] Comment

MOHAMMED ABDUL ALI, S&W MARKET MANAGER, DEAD AT 48

Mohammed Abdul Ali, a longtime community merchant who most recently managed S&W Market on E. Tremont Avenue, died in the early morning of Sunday, January 7, in his Throggs Neck apartment. He was 48. Comment

WHAT MAKES A SPORT A SPORT

Let me tell you something. It is hard to write a weekly column, especially when you try to focus in on local sports and keep it extremely Bronx specific. Comment

KENNEDY GYMNASTICS TO REBUILD

Gymnastics is back in full swing, but for Kennedy High School, the year will be a challenging one as the Bronx team looks to rebuild after losing many of its seniors. Comment

BROOKLYN DASHES BRONX HOPES FOR STORYBOOK ENDING IN BASKETBALL FINALE

The events that unfolded at the PSAL Alt. Basketball Championship on Thursday, January 11, at the Bronx […] Comment

MORRIS PARK PROMOTION SIGNS REALITY TELEVISION BOXING SENSATION

Joey Gilbert, former season one Contender reality television star and world-ranked middleweight boxer, has signed a promotional agreement to fight under the Star Boxing Banner. Comment

SPELLMAN GIRLS OVERCOME POOR SHOOTING TO BEAT PRESTON

As Spellman and Preston walked off the court, neither team had much to be happy about. Comment

JANE ADDAMS ENDS LOSING STREAK; TOUGH SCHEDULE AHEAD

There was a lot of good news surrounding Jane Addams High School last week and while coach Miguel Suarez was unavailable to comment on his team […] Comment

MYSTERIOUS SLAYING SPARKS INVESTIGATION

Without any leads or suspects, police are investigating the murder of a young Van Nest man stabbed and shot to death in broad daylight on Friday, January 5. Comment

PRESTON HIGH SCHOOL STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

It was prominently featured in both the classic movie, School Daze, and the classic series, A Different World, and now the feature film, Stomp the Yard, hopes to do for stepping what Drumline did for school marching bands. But if you want to witness the dance/sport hybrid of stepping up close and personal, Bronxites need only turn to Preston High School. Comment

WILLIAMSBRIDGE CHURCH BEGINS $10 MILLION COMMUNITY CENTER CAMPAIGN

The Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene launched a $10- million capital campaign for a new community center in early December, hosting a brunch to lure potential donors. Comment

NEW ORGANIZATION GUARANTEES BENEFITS FROM GATEWAY CENTER PROJECT

A year into the construction of the massive Gateway Center mall at E. 149th Street and River Avenue, the organization set up to ensure benefits to the surrounding community hosted two town hall meetings earlier this month to update residents on two upcoming beautification efforts. Comment

COUNCIL OKAYS FOUR NEW SCHOOLS FOR FORMER TOXIC PROPERTY

The City Council gave a green light on Tuesday, January 9, to the Department of Education […] Comment

VERIZON TRUCK RUNS AMOK, SLAMS VEHICLE

A Spencer Estate resident is fuming at phone company Verizon after a repair truck clipped and ripped the bumper of his parked car on Wednesday, January 10, then sped off. Comment

KLEIN WINS TOP SENATE SEAT

Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith tapped Jeff Klein to be his top deputy on January 9, placing the senator in a role he predicted would allow him to have a greater impact on statewide policy and deliver more perks for his sprawling Bronx district. Comment

ARREST IN KELLY KILLING

A year after local bartender John Kelly was fatally shot in front of the Bruckner Boulevard building where he lived and worked, police are charging one of the building […] Comment

SCAMMED HOMEOWNERS BLAST NO-SHOW CONTRACTOR

A Long Island-based contracting firm that local residents say demanded hefty deposits but rarely started work, and did a shoddy job whenever workers did arrive, is no longer licensed to take jobs in New […] Comment

BEHIND THE BAR REGULARS TRY HAND AT PATRICK’S PUB

In the crowded neighborhood bar scene, luring a popular bartender to your side can make the difference between Deadsville and a packed house. Comment

DOE EYES GRADE-SCHOOL ANNEX FOR PEACE & DIVERSITY ACADEMY

Parents calling for a permanent home for a small but space-starved academy based at Lehman High School got an offer from the city last month, but it might not be the one they were hoping for. Comment

FRANKIE APPRENTICE WATCH

Episode 1: The Car Wash Comment

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

One of the most significant undertakings of the men of the Columbus Alliance is to make this world a better place for some of the many children who go to school in the Bronx, and for whom Christmas Day is not usually the joyous day it is for all of us who are rich with family and friends. However, especially for the men of the Columbus Alliance, it is a day of good tidings and the joy of Christmas dinner. We all share the wonderful memories of past Christmas dinners including at least seven traditional kinds of fish, from baccala and fish salad, to lobsters fra diavolo, to grandma Comment

Advanced Dermatology Laser & Cosmetic Surgery

Look good and feel special this new year. If you have concerns about your skin, take them to Dr. Eyal Levit of Advanced Dermatology Laser & Cosmetic Surgery (1220 Avenue P, 718-375-SKIN). In addition […] Comment

Passport fair coming to Vanderveer Post Office: Residents to get help applying for ‘traveling papers’

Brooklyn College hosts swearing in of Police Dept’s class of 2007

The future of the NYPD gathered at Brooklyn College last week to be sworn in as the first academy class of 2007. Nearly 1,150 recruits took their first oath of office January 10 inside Brooklyn College’s […] Comment

Cutting off Bush

With many in the country questioning President Bush’s recent “surge” plan to win the war in Iraq, Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill in Congress last week that would stop Bush’s […] Comment

Rollicking tribute

Preserving the dream

Lundy’s Restaurant locks out diners: Fears swirl that landmark eatery could be history on Emmons Avenue

The lights may be on, but nobody seems to be home at the famous FWIL Lundy Brothers Restaurant, leading some to fear that the historic, yet beleaguered eatery has baked its last biscuit. Diners at the […] Comment

Gay Marriage sends pols to the fence: New poll finds many in the Brooklyn delegation undecided on same-sex question

With a new, democratic governor in place, it seems that the issue of gay marriage coming to the floor in Albany is not just a possibility, but a fact. That being said, just who in the Brooklyn delegation […] Comment

City names Francis Lewis January Park of the Month

Francis Lewis Park, the 16.8-acre stretch of land and water underneath the Whitestone Bridge, was named January's Park of the Month by the Parks department.Officials said the serene environment coupled […] Comment

Sail Away to Savings

Charmette Boutique is your one-stop shopping center for the prettiest dresses in town. Whether it’s prom night, a best friend’s wedding or just a special night on the town, Charmette Boutique has you covered in grand style. Accentuate your look with the right highlights. Come explore Charmette Boutique’s beautiful selection of fine jewelry and handbags. Select shoes are also on sale from $24.99. Mother of the bride, don’t fret, Charmette Boutique has the latest head-turning fashions for the modern MOB. Plus sizes are also available. Charmette Boutique is located at 8405 5th Avenue. Call them at 718-680-4578. Comment

Accepting nominations for Building Brooklyn awards

Reward for Empire roller rink gunman: Shooting outside popular spot sparks anger

Madonna laced up her skates there. Cher and John F. Kennedy, Jr. also spent boogie nights rolling around its smooth hardwood floor. Now the last large-scale roller rink in the city and birthplace of roller […] Comment

Gun violence tears a hole in the heart: Grieving mom calls for an end to killings

To most of the media, the murder was just another senseless statistic on the hardened streets of East Flatbush. But to the victim’s mother, the first anniversary of Ronald Petgrave’s death is […] Comments (1)

Barricade supporters dig in for long haul: Controversial dollar vans are what need to go, community activists maintain

Barriers erected to thwart dollar van traffic by Kings Plaza must stand until the root of the problem is eradicated, a city lawmaker urged this week. For now, at least, it seems the precinct’s top […] Comment

Cyclists lament loss; call for safer streets: Deaths show changes need to be made many on Canarsie memorial ride charge

Dozens of bicyclists rolled through Canarsie on a recent Sunday to remember two fellow road warriors and the tragedies that took their lives. As they marked their second annual bicycle memorial ride, […] Comment

Chuck & Hill talk, and talk, and talk: Plenty to jeer, but Sens. do little to oppose Bush on Iraq

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

Number 1 rating for Maimonides

Sour on new school, sweet on P.S. 135 growth: City’s construction plans leave many neighborhood parents cold

District 18 will soon have another school building – but it’s not the one parents want. Members of the Community Education Council (CEC) representing schools in East Flatbush and Canarsie are […] Comment

Ackerman cries foul over LGA trash site

"In what can only be described as an act of colossal stupidity, the New York City Department of Sanitation is seeking to place an 11-story marine transfer station fewer than 2,000 feet from LaGuardia […] Comment

Canarsie down-zoning can’t wait: Fast-track effort, many say

Now that the Department of City Planning (DCP) has committed itself to a rezoning of Canarsie, one local elected official is putting the pressure on the agency to get the work done by summer. At the January […] Comment

Shopping cart racers ready to hit the streets

Those wacky shopping cart races 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

This weather sure is bloomin’ odd

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

Exclusive with nabe’s biggest developer

With much of the Coney Island amusement park area now in control of Joseph J. Sitt, the principal of Thor Equities, his company has become a major player in the redevelopment of the entire borough. Among […] Comment

Springing into a Coney era: New rezoning effort expected to pick up steam

A preliminary comprehensive rezoning of Coney Island is expected to happen by late spring 2007, this newspaper has learned. “The time frame right now is we hope to start the public review process […] Comment

New center for nabe, housing, too

Mayor Bloomberg came to the heart of Coney Island’s residential community to announce the imminent construction of a $56 million community center and affordable housing complex. “This community […] Comment

Officials kept in a school daze: South Shore H.S. closure irks Canarsie

Area elected officials are coming down hard on the city’s Department of Education (DOE) for making decisions regarding the future of South Shore High School without consulting either the community […] Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Store raided Cops arrested two men wanted for holding up a cell phone store in Bath Beach. Police said that Rafael Matiasq and Freddy Rios were taken into custody a short time after the raid at 9 p.m. […] Comment

How in the world did we ever survive as kids?

I’m 71 years old, and every day I learn something new. The other morning I watched the Rachael Ray show and learned how to avoid colds. Actually, she had on a pediatrician who was responding to […] Comment

Gay marriage puts pols on fence

With a new, democratic governor in place, it seems that the issue of gay marriage coming to the floor in Albany is not just a possibility, but a fact. That being said, just who in the Brooklyn delegation […] Comment

Cops save Baysider trapped in smokey home

A home health aide caring for 77-year-old Maria Marcello called 911 just before 11 a.m. on Jan. 10 because the attendant was outside the home and no one was answering the door, according to Detective […] Comment

Chuck & Hil Criticize continuing war in Iraq: But senators remain vague in opposition

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

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

Screwy weather throws Garden out of whack: Warm temps force 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

Paper ballots vs. touch screens

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

‘Idiotarod’ has the cure for winter doldrums

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

Bloomy on the block: Mayor Mike touts new community ctr., housing

Mayor Bloomberg came to the heart of Coney Island’s residential community to announce the imminent construction of a $56 million community center and affordable housing complex. “This community […] Comment

SFC polo shows depth; 2 named All-Americans

Bayside woman killed in Long Island accident

Sharks chomp, Jackets, Hornets swarm- Your weekly round up of PSAL action has all the scores and highlights

With only the cream of the crop in the division left, the Telecommunications Yellow Jackets, Midwood Hornets, and the Sheepshead Bay Sharks all played impressively in this week’s action. The Yellow […] Comment

Bishop Ford: Nothin’ but net

Tenacious T: Terriers hang tough and take win

Winning ‘an away’ basketball game certainly gave the St. Francis College Terriers a big boost and confidence for the remainder of the schedule. Resting in last place in the 11-team Northeast […] Comment

Venerable old church bell tolls for Ford: 38th president of the United States is honored with ceremonial chimes

Green thumbs up for youths

End of the road for too many cyclists: 2nd annual memorial ride highlights dangers on neighborhood streets

Dozens of bicyclists rolled through Canarsie on a recent Sunday to remember two fellow road warriors and the tragedies that took their lives. As they marked their second annual bicycle memorial ride, […] Comment

Reward for rink shooter

Madonna laced up her skates there. Cher and John F. Kennedy, Jr. also spent boogie nights rolling around its smooth hardwood floor. Now the last large-scale roller rink in the city and birthplace of roller […] Comment

Kearney kids capture Gordon scholarships

Thanks...You’re all lifesavers

NYPD’s rookie class is sworn in

The future of the NYPD gathered at Brooklyn College last week to be sworn in as the first academy class of 2007. Nearly 1,150 recruits took their first oath of office January 10 inside Brooklyn College’s […] Comment

4th generation on Botanical Gdns. board

It was a tradition that he always knew he would carry on."My first visit to the garden was when I was about 8 years old," Meyer said. "I went to my first spring charity there. I remember my dad was always […] Comment

Accused ghoul is put into a coma

It appears that fate may have stepped in to judge the former owner of Daniel George Funeral Home. Joseph Nicelli, considered a major player in the mortician body-plundering scandal to rock Brooklyn last […] Comment

Hungry for word on Lundy’s

The lights may be on, but nobody seems to be home at the famous FWIL Lundy Brothers Restaurant, leading some to fear that the historic, yet beleaguered eatery has baked its last biscuit. Diners at the […] Comment

Fab labs for St. Edmund kids

Hungry for branches, twigs, logs and leaves

Undersea life at shellbank

Fresh slate for Dyker Heights

New clothes for a new beginning: New York City Clothing Bank opens its doors at Brooklyn Army Terminal

Prospect Park: Pretty bad

Prospect Park has always been considered one of Brooklyn’s most sought-after summertime destinations, but now it has a new moniker – it’s one of the most crime-ridden. According to a City […] Comment

Brooklyn stands up to Bush: Nadler bill calls for U.S. troops to return home by year’s end

With many in the country questioning President Bush’s recent “surge” plan to win the war in Iraq, Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill in Congress last week that would stop Bush’s […] Comment

Bayside eyes historic district status

"The strongest thing that people are feeling is that we want to maintain the look of the community, and if this is what it takes, this is what it takes," said Paul DiBenedetto, a board member of the Bayside […] Comment

Latest accident sparks DOT study: City to act after five hurt on Narrows Ave. & 71st street

New traffic studies have been authorized for a neighborhood “crack-up corner” where five teenagers on their way to school were injured Friday. Officials from the city’s Department of Transpor-tation […] Comment

Shop ‘til you drop...just hold your water: Plenty of bells and whistles in downtown plan, but no new 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

GAVEL TO GAVEL

A Flatbush family is suing the NYPD, cops and the City of New York for $105 million — plus punitive damages and legal fees — after they say cops broke down their apartment door, cuffed them […] Comment

Senators sound off on the President -Chuck & Hill jeer White House policy, but remain vague on taking a stand

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

Tourists make us the hippest place on Earth: Brooklyn tops Lonely Planet’s ‘Blue List’ 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

Dems elect new club prez in Bay Ridge: Carroll’s win is razor thin

A Bay Ridge Democratic club has a new president, after an election tinged, perhaps, with just a bit of that old-time horse-trading type of politics that historically has marred the party’s efforts […] Comment

Shopping cart racers ready for return

Those wacky shopping cart races 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

Springing into Coney era- Rezoning effort expected to pick up steam

A preliminary comprehensive rezoning of Coney Island is expected to happen by late spring 2007, this newspaper has learned. “The time frame right now is we hope to start the public review process […] Comment

Gay marriage puts pols on the fence

With a new, democratic governor in place, it seems that the issue of gay marriage coming to the floor in Albany is not just a possibility, but a fact. That being said, just who in the Brooklyn delegation […] Comment

Auburndale declares war on development

Urban planning consultant and preservation activist Paul Graziano presented a proposal to the Auburndale Improvement Association to change the zoning in much of the area to the R2A designation he helped […] Comment

Building blocks for a new era: Mayor touts new center, housing, too

Mayor Bloomberg came to the heart of Coney Island’s residential community to announce the imminent construction of a $56 million community center and affordable housing complex. “This community […] Comment

Auburndale teen pleads guilty to Douglaston bias attack

DA Richard Brown said 19-year-old Kevin Brown, who lives at 196-40 45th Ave. and is the son of a police officer, pleaded guilty in Queens Criminal Court to beating John Lu and Reynold Liang, both 19, on Aug. 12 in Douglaston. The district attorney said the defendant also admitted that he attacked the men because of their race. Comment

Commission releases report on boro blackout

In its report, the PSC found that Con Ed was poorly prepared for the blackout, utility executives did not comprehend the impact of the outage on western Queens communities and the company did not adequately communicate with customers and elected officials during the blackout. Comment

Group homes concerns nothing to laugh about

Liu’s Chinese classes overcome ignorance

Immigrants should learn English

Schumer talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk

What exactly do our Queens elected officials do?

Oops! Onorato calendar wrong

Glen Oaks needs ticketing officers

Landmark status no cure for Broadway’s zone woes

Bruno should leave state Senate leadership

Banning the ‘N’ word

Bye-bye, mom and pop

A safer place to live

Our History: Flushing Remonstrance a beacon 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: Laurelton med center passes personal muster

It made me think back to earlier days in Laurelton, when my dad worked very hard on a civic organization formed north of Merrick Boulevard for the specific purpose of having sewers replace cesspools in […] Comment

I Sit And Look Out: Does Bush claim the divine right of kings?

To those who study history, that comment may cause a shudder of recognition. Is this the modern American version of the divine right of kings?Monarchs since time immemorial, including those in the Bible, […] Comment

The Civic Scene: Fresh Meadows salon delights the disabled

About 21 years ago, Paul was cutting his neighbor's hair at her house when he decided that little girls like Michelle, then 14, should receive beauty treatments like other children and adults in a […] Comment

Auto thefts remain high in 109th Pct.

"Hopefully, we'll see a decrease of cars stolen in the 109," Whelan told the community council meeting Jan. 10. Last year, the city's crime statistics showed car thefts rose only slightly in the […] Comment

Point of View: Trains, planes, ships vary in security levels

So yes, we have cause for concern. Thousands of people, including two of my friends, still suffer from flight phobia. They are reluctant to fly.Apparently the security consciousness is here to stay, unless […] Comment

Dishing With Dee: Although it’s January, borough parties go on

After all the well wishes from the community board members, the current chair Jerry Iannece made the announcement that his term was up and he would be stepping down in March. He said that he has really […] Comment

South Queens Speaks: Oxygen bars a big hit at SE Queens parties

No hospitals or doctors are required, just pure oxygen with uplifting aroma scents, such as lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint. Oxygen bars have been in New York City for the last two years, but have […] Comment

Berger’s Burg: Grieving for departed child is neverending

But, much too often it is a child who is taken first, deepening the tragedy. The following stories describe two family's anguish at the loss of their child. Jack and Eve Berger of Flushing, my brother […] Comment

Accused Valentine killer defends self

Prosecutors in the case of Tony Sexton described him as a manipulative freeloader who moved into the co-operative at 108-17 160th St. in Jamaica owned by his girlfriend Rosanna Rodgers and her 57-year-old […] Comment

Preservation group silent

The Sunnyside Foundation Inc., was founded in 1982 with the purpose of conserving the open spaces in the neighborhood, specifically the courtyards between the two-story homes in the neighborhoods, yet […] Comment

St. John’s raises curtain on new study-abroad program

Reach reporter Alex Christodoulides by e-mail at news@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 155. Comment

Lancman to fight St. Joseph’s drug center

Early this month, site owner Galway Properties leased the building at Union Turnpike and 79th Avenue in Flushing to Manhattan-based Cornerstone of Medical Arts Center Hospital to house a 150-bed inpatient […] Comment

Bald eagle called Claire dies after 15 yrs. at Queens Zoo

Former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman brought Claire to the zoo from Alaska with a broken wing about 15 years ago and had her nursed back to health by the staff, the Wildlife Conservation Society […] Comment

Parkway doctors eye other spots

Teen tagger suspect placed on probation

Police from the 107th Precinct busted 15-year-old "Zing," who lives in the area but whose real name was not released because of his age Jan. 9 on 51 counts of criminal mischief after he allegedly graffiti-tagged […] Comment

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