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Monday, June 16, 2003

WILLY B GOOD

The underdog over the East River celebrates its 100th anniversary

Despite growing up in the shadows of the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge has endured its sometimes inglorious history to reach the age of 100. And while the bridge’s physical beauty has always been a matter for debate, the importance of its contribution of linking northern Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Lower East Side has never been questioned. Comment.

TASTE OF SICILY

Scopello doesn’t look like other Italian restaurants in Brooklyn. Comment.

VENETIAN FIND

Marco Polo Ristorante in Carroll Gardens kicked off a two-week celebration of its 20th anniversary with a lavish, six-course dinner Monday honoring the last descendant of Marco Polo, Siro Polo Padolecchia of Monte Carlo, Monaco. Comment.

DON’T MISS IT

You may known them from "La Bamba," or from more than two decades of great albums and performances but don’t miss East L.A. Mex-rockers Los Lobos in a free performance June 19 at the BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival. Comment.

HARRY RETURNS

After three long years, lonely Muggles can finally get another fix of Harry Potter and his Hogwarts wizard school cohorts. The latest fantasy tome by JK Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (Scholastic, $17.99), with illustrations by Mary GrandPre, will go on sale at midnight on Friday, June 20. Comment.

GLOBAL WARMING

Fort Greene’s culinary renaissance continues: Restaurant Gia, an "American bistro," opened on Lafayette Street in February, adding to the area’s ever-expanding dining scene. Comment.

AFTERNOON FLING

"Rain and they shall come," could be the motto for 300 determined noshers who braved lousy weather for a day of grazing and boozing in Williamsburg. Comment.

DESIGNS OF THE TIMES

Whether you go for ideas on how to make the most of your home’s tight quarters, you go to hire the designer who can custom make the piece of furniture you’ve been fantasizing about, or you go just to order a set of mugs, Brooklyn Designs has something to offer anyone who has a home, office or home office. Comment.

When Mr. became Miss, a weekly was born

Weintrob: As I bicycled past the newsstand on Avenue M, a paper looking something like the National Enquirer caught my eye, a busty woman sharing its cover with the headline, “Boro Mr. becomes Miss.” Comment.

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