Sunday Story –The Art of Losing a Vespa

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My Brooklyn Dharma Bummer

By Laurel Casey

His beloved Vespa motor scooter had been stolen. We were staying a night in Northern Westchester County with a friend. I noticed it missing, early morning, when I let the dog out. I went back to the bedroom.

“Dharma, Are you awake? Your bike isn’t out back.”

“I know.”

“Where is it?”

“Stolen.”

He went back to sleep. When he got up he asked me to drive him to the train station. He had to get back to Brooklyn for his AA meeting.  More > >

Avella/Thompson Face Off in 1st Public Debate

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Photo: James Keivom

The night started off sweet, with Democratic mayoral contenders Tony Avella (left) and Bill Thompson (right) paying their respects to Sen. Ted Kennedy, whose passing swept the news in the morning. Then the gloves came off, and both candidates went swinging, their attacks landing not on each other, but on Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Avella, who was questioned first, threw the first punch, attacking Bloomberg for ignoring voters and overturning term limits. Thompson quickly followed, pummeling the mayor for ignoring the middle class and placing a heavy burden of new taxes on the backs of middle class New Yorkers. The audience responded to the verbal attacks of both contenders with heavy applause.

The first mayoral debate of the primary was moderated by NY1 political anchor Dominic Carter at the public library in midtown. NY1 News, NY1 Noticias, the Daily News, WNYC Radio, Citizens Union and Time Warner Cable hosted.  More > >

The Daily Photo + Links

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Photo: Nathan Kensinger

FEAST grantee Brooklyn Torch (money makers) on Brian Lehrer  [NPR]

Sound Fix is fixin’ to move to Berry & North 11, “bigger and better” [SoundFix]

CB #1 Transportation Chair Teresa Toro Opinion Post-Rezoning  [GreenpointStar]

FREE BIKE! When you sign up for any annual 3rd Ward membership [3rdWard]

Environmental group Times Up! hosting bike tour of Newtown Creek [Greenpointers]

Popular DJ killed in accident on Williamsburg Bridge [Gothamist]

Brand X 2009 / Love of Motorcycles TODAY

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Sunday, August 23rd at 168 North 14th Street  10AM to 6PM                                                          Art and Live Music Extravaganza: Action painting by Naoki Iwakawa and Total Eclipse                             Pig Roast, BBQ + Drinks

3rd Ward is also having a BBQ TODAY  4PM to 9M  [For more info click]