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Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004

WESTERN COUTURE

Designer tans, cuts & sews hides in Brooklyn studio

Give him stingray, kangaroo or bullfrog, even mundane cow. If it has a hide, and you want a fashion statement made out of it, Shannon of Flatlands is your man. Comments (3).

BLING AT METROTECH

A deer in the middle of Metrotech? Comment.

PERFECTLY FRANK

Why do two childhood friends from Queens settle on Carroll Gardens to open their first restaurant? Comment.

SAND AND CINEMA

Beach season may have come to a close, but the fourth annual Coney Island Film Festival will lure you back to the people’s playground. Comment.

MUSICAL CHAIRS

For all of us living in the enlightened 21st century, there’s nothing more delightful than making fun of our uptight, repressed Victorian cousins. At first, Caryl Churchill’s "Cloud Nine," directed by Tom Herman at the Gallery Players, seems to fit nicely into this pattern. Comment.

LIGHT MOTIF

You know the feeling you get when you walk into an apartment and you know you’re going to rent it? Or you meet someone and after a few minutes you’re friends? Comment.

CHISHOLM TRAIL

"Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed," playing now at BAM Rose Cinemas, examines Brooklyn native Shirley Chisholm’s campaign to become the nation’s first black, female presidential nominee. It leaves the viewer wondering just how far we’ve come in including all Americans in the body politic and energetically demonstrates the difference one person can make when they participate in the process. Comments (1).

30 YEARS OF ANTICS

The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation has pulled out all the stops to make this year’s 30th anniversary Atlantic Antic street fair - this Sunday, Sept. 26 - one to remember. While the festival runs from 10 am to 6 pm along Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue, the party goes on until dawn at places like the Magnetic Field lounge between Clinton and Court streets. Comment.

’SECONDS’ COUNT

The Heights Players’ first production of the season, "45 Seconds from Broadway," directed by Susan Montez, is one of Neil Simon’s most recent plays, having been presented at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2001. Comment.

Marty gives thumbs down to Witnesses plan        

Calling it out of scale with the DUMBO and Vinegar Hill neighborhoods it would straddle, Borough President Marty Markowitz this week disapproved a plan by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society to build a major residential complex on a long-vacant lot at 85 Jay St. Comment.

Boards 2, 6 & 8 call for arena ULURP        

Atlantic Yards: It’s the largest Brooklyn development project in nearly three decades, but Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards basketball arena, office tower and housing project will not have to pass through city review. Comment.

Walentas tower worries council zoning chair        

Father-and-son developers David and Jed Walentas sat through a nearly seven-hour City Council subcommittee meeting Tuesday just to endure apparent failure in an application for rezoning to build a 16-story tower near the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO. Comment.

Ikea: We won’t promise Red Hook jobs        

Support for a plan by Ikea to build a big-box store on the Red Hook waterfront has been based largely on one factor — much-needed jobs for residents of the neighborhood’s public housing projects, where estimates have put the unemployment rate at near 20 percent. Comment.

Gentile staffer: ‘Vinnie pursued me relentlessly’

Four days after filing a sexual harassment claim with the City Council, an aide to Councilman Vincent Gentile broke his silence, revealing that he had been on the receiving end of “constant and unremitting” advances from the Bay Ridge legislator. Comment.

‘Sharks’ circle amid scandal        

News that the City Council would be investigating a sexual harassment claim against Councilman Vincent Gentile (see article) reached an inner circle of Bay Ridge politicos a week before the complaint was actually filed, say both Democrats and Republicans in the area. Comment.

VINNIE SEZ IT AIN’T SO       

A male aide to Councilman Vincent Gentile filed a formal complaint this week charging the Bay Ridge legislator with sexual harassment. Comment.

Short-rest ‘Cat hurler ices Clones        

Cyclones: A superb and gutsy performance by Tri-city Valley Cats right-hander Ronnie Martinez landed the knock-out punch to the Brooklyn Cyclones season, leading the Cats to a 6-1 victory in the semi-finals of the New York-Penn League playoffs on Sept. 10. Comment.

Three Cylones all-stars

Cyclones: Three Cyclones were selected to the New York-Penn League All-Star team: outfielders Ambiorix Concepcion and Dante Brinkley and pitcher Joe Williams. In addition, Concepcion was selected as the first Cyclone player to receive the league’s Stedler Award, given to the player thought most likely to go the farthest in professional baseball. Comment.

…and the ‘Clonie’ goes to…

Play’s the Thing: The entertainment industry has four prestigious awards: the Oscar, the Tony, the Emmy and the Clonie. The first three of the aforementioned awards are internationally known, but the Clonie, still known more in Bensonhurst than in Brussels, has a developing cachet of its own. Comment.

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