Apr 082011
 

The 311 hotline is supposed to be an easy way for New Yorkers to connect to the city’s vast bureaucracy. It was meant as one-stop shopping; a single place to direct questions and complaints to countless city agencies and more importantly, get answers. To many though, New York City’s 311 system is the telephone equivalent of the ‘walk buttons’ placed [...]

Apr 072011
 

The Bay Ridge Festival of the Arts opens up three weeks from today at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (7420 4th Avenue). Active for over 40 years, the festival promotes arts provides scholarships for high school students in the Bay Ridge community. Thursday, April 28, 2011 • 6:30 to 9:30 pm: OPENING NIGHT. Come and mingle with the artists! Friday, [...]

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Apr 072011
 

Editor’s note: Nick and I disagree as to whether the article mentioned in this piece is meant to be an April Fools’ joke or not. Any thoughts? Condé Nast Traveler April issue states Brooklyn is one of the 15 best places to see in the world right now, noting Brooklyn’s “trendy bars, restaurants, galleries and shops.” Condé Nast does not [...]

Apr 062011
 

The Wonder Wheel – it’s about the only thing that isn’t changing on Coney Island this year. Photo credit: Brian Hedden The Coney Island amusement parks open up on Saturday, April 16 – just ten days away – to take advantage of Passover and spring break at public schools. A lot has happened behind the scenes over the off-season. This [...]

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Apr 062011
 

For more than 30 years, Coney Island has had FREE summer concerts at Asser-Levy Park. However, this will come to an end because people found the concerts to loud. Opponents of Marty Markowitz’s amphitheater plans used the city sound ordinance to get the concert series evicted altogether. Not sure why people started bitching about this after all this time. Performers [...]

Apr 052011
 

The readers of this blog are reminded that this report is the result of speculation by school employees and has NOT been verified by anyone from the FDNY. A fire on the roof of I.S. 278 on Stuart Street in Marine Park this morning led many to fear the possibility of injured students, staff and faculty; as well as permanent [...]

Apr 052011
 

The Aquaduct Fleamarket was once a local, unpretentious gathering of weekend entrepreneurs. For years vendors hawked everything from T shirts and CD’s to beauty products and, of course, the mainstay of any swap meet, flea market, garage, yard or stoop sale from California to Maine: antiques, Americana and miscellaneous bric-a-brac. According to the NY Times, that’s exactly what the reincarnated [...]

Apr 042011
 

John’s pie is impressive… …but so is Grimaldi’s This is it. The culmination of countless afternoons spent devouring the best pizza we could find. This is the 5 Borough Pizza Put Down. In our never-ending quest to find the perfect pizza pie parlor, we’ll award points based on 5 categories: food, service, atmosphere, cost and value. In the short term [...]

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Mar 302011
 

After spending some time at Grillin’ On The Bay this past Saturday I realized that I needed a haircut, so I paid a visit to my favorite barbershop Joe and Bart’s. Joe was honoring the death of Elizabeth Taylor with a fitting final centerfold, carefully cut and pasted the old fashioned way onto the side of a metal room divider. [...]