New York’s City Council (Bloombuck$) voted the naming of the Queensboro Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Queens, to the Ed Koch/Queensboro Bridge. However not all New Yorkers are in favor of this. In 1978, the Marine Parkway Authority Bridge was renamed for Gil Hodges, the former star for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Brooklyn resident and manager of the Mets 1969 World Series winner. How would you feel if the iconic Brooklyn Bridge or the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge were renamed? And who would like one of these bridges to be renamed after?
1. More stories. If it’s in South Brooklyn, and it moves, we’re going to talk about it.
2. See #1.
3. We will tease The Brooklyn Paper less in 2011.
4. We are totally just kidding about #3.
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You see, while you may think Christmas is tomorrow, it is actually today to me. This is the day my son will be waking me up about an hour before sunrise – and three hours before I’ll genuinely be awake in any true sense of the word – to open presents (I hope the deli across the street has a fresh pot of coffee ready for me). This is the day of playing video games and Nerf gun battles all day long. This is the day of the home-cooked family dinner and playing Christmas songs from the Hyundai Hipsters.
Tomorrow is the day of Netflix and Chinese takeout.
If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have an excellent Christmas. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then I hope you have a really excellent Saturday. Happy Saturday!
Also: you’re awesome. I’ve said that before, but it bears repeating. You’re great people, plus you clearly have excellent taste in hyper-local web sites. You really are the ones that make this fun for me. On that, I think I can also speak for Nick, Stephanie, Joanna, and Arturo, who have made some excellent contributions to this site over the past year. Actually, those four have also made this fun for me. They’ve helped make this site better than I could ever do on my own. Thanks to you four. You’re awesome, too.
We’re all taking the week off from blogging here, so Happy New Year, too! Have some fun next week. Go to a cool NYE party or something. And be sure to come back here on Monday, January 3, because 2011 is going to be a great year for all of us.
Tell St. Nick what you want for Christmas or want you someone else to get.
Add to the list
President Obama – an accomplisment
Eliot Shitzer – Charlie Sheen’s black book
David Paterson – a spine
Mike Bloomberg – a clue
Jay Walder – a toupee with brains in it
Dave Gold – a recount (and Charlie Sheen’s book)
Pedro Espada – a cute cellmate
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov – a team that doesnt suck when it gets to Brooklyn
People of Queens – a team that doesnt suck
The people of South Brooklyn – Less government corruption, better/cheaper MTA, less taxes
Bronx cheer Andy – 5 min shopping spree to KurmaSutra in Sheepheads
Disco Dan – more open bars
AVP didn’t return to Coney this summer, but Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Show did. South Brooklyn had no express train to and from (plus sucky service). Rats! Animal Planet came to Brighton Beach and Happy Hour too! Wrestling in MCU Park, Biologists working with the federal Agriculture Department killed Prospect Park’s geese with lethal doses of carbon dioxide. Chestnut Wins with 54 Hot Dogs. Brooklyn is boiling!!! …Tough to remember a day that did not hit 90 in July 2010. The Cyclones made to the league championship, MTA Fare hikes, KamaSutra opened in Sheepshead Bay. Two synagogues filed suit against the city and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz believing the popular Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy Park is too loud. The wonder wheel was built in 1920 celebrated it’s 90th birthday. Feeling poorer? The median income in Brooklyn is at $43,166 compared to the citywide median of $50,033. Miss Brooklyn crowned, Christina Moore. Shoot the Freak, Ruby’s bar, Coney Island Souvenirs, Gyro Corner, Beer Garden, Cha Cha’s, Pio Pio Rico, Growhouse and Paul’s Daughter were informed that their leases would not be renewed as the leases expired at midnight October 31. A new study on New York City and drinking booze has stated an increase – The top drinking neighborhoods in Brooklyn are Bay Ridge and Greenpoint. Mayor Bloomberg went comic stated “Greatest mayor of all time.
Rumored celebrity hookups/breakups in 2010. Brian Hedden and “I did it all for the nookie” Snooki Nicole Polizzi, Nick Silver and Heidi Montag, Robert Segarra and Kim Kardashian, Bronx Cheer Andy and Cougar Linda Hogan, Disco Dan and Octomom Nadya Suleman, Dave Gold and Sarah Palin, BK Southie readers Tim Higgins and Fred Nesta.
The Chilean Miners should be TIME’s Person of the Year 2010 after that the list sucks except for maybe Mark Zuckerberg. The other sucky candidates include Julian ASS-ange, Lady Gaga, LeBron James, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. But who should be South Brooklyn’s Person of the Year 2010?? Brian Hedden BK Southie Publisher & Editor, Mallory Hagan, Miss Brooklyn 2010, “John” owner KamaSutra Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island Dancers, Robert Segarra Jack of all trades, Dave Gold politican and producer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, Luna Park Development Company The Zamperla Group, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Winner, Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman, Carol Albert former owner of Astroland amusement park. Maybe you have a nominee…so who is your choice???
Don’t drink and drive this Holiday Season! Cool Cat loves a good holiday party but he is smart…be like him. Take the subway, ride the bus, use a taxi, like Dave Gold call a limo service. You the Man, Ciroc Vodka and E! Entertainment are making it easy to get home safe by giving away 2,000 free $25 cab rides to use anywhere in the 5 boroughs. The cards can be used in yellow cabs and participating livery car services, or to buy rides on MTA, PATH, and NJ Transit. Taxi cards will be distributed at events throughout New York City on December 11, 17 and 31. For more information, visit www.cirocvodka.com or www.eonline.com. New Yorkers can also visit www.youthemannyc.org to find out when and where cards will be distributed.
Cool cat picture courtesy of Katrina at Cheezburger Network and more cat photos available at Cheezburger Network http://icanhascheezburger.com/
On Thursday, December 2, in observance of Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will help light Brooklyn’s official 29-foot menorah in front of the Supreme Court building in Columbus Park/Borough Hall Plaza. The ceremony will be led by Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin of Congregation B’nai Avraham, and holiday refreshments will be provided.
Recently I told you about binge drinking in NYC http://www.bksouthie.com/2010/11/brooklyn-are-you-drinking-more/ Recently Mayor Bloomberg told you not to smoke, drink sugary drinks and eat salt. Well now he is telling you not to drink…Your mother could have told you all this, but Mutha Mayor is. The NYC Department of Health has a new campaign this holiday season to curb excessive drinking. “Alcohol takes a devastating toll on our health and well being, New Yorkers are surrounded by ads selling alcohol, and the messages are enticing. Beer, wine and liquor may look like passports to sophistication and romance. But even two extra drinks can turn a good time into a disaster,” New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in a statement. Here are the ads your tax dollars are paying for…you may see them on subway, etc. http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/basas/basas-excessive-drinking-ads.shtml So when you are a holiday party will remember what the Mayor said? Recommended site http://nyc.myopenbar.com/