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Saturday, May 1, 2004

BOLLY-BING!

Star of India, on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, may look like other traditional, Indian restaurants in Brooklyn - mirrors, paneling and linen-covered tables - but the food is a star or two above average. Comment.

HIGH-WIRE DAYS

The stars of the Moscow State Circus will pitch their tent at the Millennium Theater in Brighton Beach on May 4. Comment.

LURE OF ATLANTIC

From May 7 to May 9, Atlantic Avenue merchants will lure shoppers to the strip between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue, with three days of sales, tastings and live music. Comment.

THINKING PINK

With flower-covered boughs in their hands, turquoise kimono-clad Sumisuzu and her 9-year-old daughter Lina danced slowly and elegantly against a background of pale-pink, weeping higan cherry trees Tuesday morning. Comment.

SCREEN GEMS

The Town Hall in Manhattan will celebrate our town on May 3, with an extravaganza called "From Brooklyn to Hollywood." Comment.

BLONDE AMBITION

Las Rubias Del Norte will perform as part of the second anniversary celebration of Barbes bar and performance space in Park Slope on May 1. Comment.

PART-TIME LOVE AFFAIR

If I were blindfolded and led into Anytime, I’d know the second the sash came off that I was in Williamsburg. Everything about the recently renovated space - the cement floors, the chocolate-brown walls, the light fixtures made of circular pieces of shell, the gorgeous, and amazingly comfortable stainless steel banquettes - screams hip Billyburg. Comment.

Cruise ships due at Pier 7 or 12

Just days before the mammoth Queen Mary 2’s historic passage into New York Harbor last week, the city announced a major deal to keep the world’s largest cruise lines docking here. Comment.

On Red Hook’s waterfront, time’s running out for American Stevedoring

With the clock rapidly winding down on a lease for piers 6-12, American Stevedoring, which runs its containerport out of all but one of those piers, was still negotiating with the Port Authority as this went to press. Comment.

Council airs Nets arena on Tuesday

As developer Bruce Ratner moves forward with plans to build his Atlantic Yards development, the City Council has scheduled the first official public hearing on the 21-acre proposal. Comment.

Ikea review begins

With tensions still mounting over the future of Red Hook and the neighborhood’s waterfront, Ikea moved one step closer to becoming a local reality this week. Comment.

Downtown Plan overhaul

Atlantic Yards: It was targeted to be among the first to go, under the city’s massive Downtown Brooklyn rezoning and redevelopment plan, but this week the Institute of Design and Construction got a reprieve. Comment.

Support progress—reject the Downtown Plan

Weintrob: The “developers” and their tagalongs have their mantra down pat: Give them carte blanche to take whatever land they want, build whatever they want whenever they want, take whatever government subsidies they want, then rest assured — there will be jobs and prosperity for all. Comment.

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