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Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004

EMPTY CANVASES

Surreal Cafe must improve look of entrees on the plate

If I were to name a cafe I wouldn’t choose the word "surreal." The title conjures up unappetizing images of dripping eggs and melting clocks. And, as it turns out, it is not a fitting name for the Surreal Cafe, a down-to-earth eatery that opened in August in Park Slope. Comment.

DESIGNING WOMAN

Park Slope native Adrianne Lobel has made a career out of making a scene. Or more specifically, of designing scenes. Comment.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACCIÓN!

Save yourself the airfare and enjoy contemporary films from Mexico in Fort Greene. BAMcinematek is screening "MexicoNow," a collection of 13 movies, running through Oct. 17. Comment.

MAMI DEAREST

A workman quietly measured a doorframe last weekend as we sampled dishes from the barely opened Le Dakar Restaurant & Cafe in Clinton Hill, the second outpost of chef Pierre Thiam, whose bistro Yolele in Bedford-Stuyvesant has earned a steady clientele and accolades from food writers. Comment.

JAMPROV BLUES

"You’re not wearing black." Comment.

MUSIC FIRST

One of Park Slope’s best-kept secrets is celebrating its 30th birthday the best way it knows how - with music and friends. Comment.

POWER PLAYER

Staging Shakespeare’s highly charged political play "Richard III" - with its duplicitous ruler lusting after more power at the expense of his trusting subjects - is another example of the Bard’s continued relevance, according to Prospect Heights resident Peter DuBois, who directs the play now onstage at the Public Theater in Manhattan. Comment.

SKATER BOYZ

In 1994, Williamsburg photographer Vincent Cianni focused his lens on a tribe of inline skating teens in the then-gritty neighborhood. The nearly 10-year fascination with the Hispanic boys as they demonstrated their jaw-dropping tricks on ramps, rails and jumps deepened into friendships, and now his decade-long study has resulted in a new book, "We Skate Hardcore: Photographs from Brooklyn’s Southside" (New York University Press, $24.95), published on Sept. 30. Comment.

BED-STUY TOUR

"Building on our dream" is the theme of the 26th annual Bedford-Stuyvesant house tour, which showcases both meticulously restored brownstones and those turn-of-the-century architectural gems still in the renovation process. With new shops blooming on the main drag of Lewis Avenue, the neighborhood has been undergoing a renaissance, so the Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant (the non-profit group organizing the tour) want Brooklynites to see first-hand how homeowners can help turn a place around. Comments (1).

DUMBO INVASION

When Joy Glidden organized the first DUMBO Art Under the Bridge festival in 1996, she aimed to bring attention to the sorely neglected neighborhood and reposition it as a sort of New York City-style Left Bank. Eight years later, DUMBO rivals the art scene in SoHo and Chelsea, and the three-day festival, beginning Oct. 15, is one of the largest and most important cultural events anywhere. Comment.

Council delays ‘bridge blocker’vote       

A City Council vote on a plan to build a high-rise apartment building on Water Street in DUMBO that could potentially block views of and from the Brooklyn Bridge was held over this week while the developers — the father-and-son team of David and Jed Walentas — amend their proposal, council sources said. Comment.

Expert eyes Underground RR site       

While tourists always come in a steady stream to New York City, most of them don’t come looking for signs of the Underground Railroad. Comment.

Anti-arena restaurant week      

Atlantic Yards: Calling it “The Brooklyn Dodge,” the anti-Nets arena group Develop-Don’t Destroy Brooklyn is hosting a restaurant week to raise money for the fight against developer Bruce Ratner’s planned Atlantic Yards project. Comment.

Markowitz testily defends himself at Park Slope Food Co-op meeting        

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Marty Markowitz subjected himself to questioning at the Park Slope Food Co-op last Saturday, much of it dealing with developer Bruce Ratner’s plan to build a basketball arena, apartment buildings and office towers in Prospect Heights. Comment.

Barron blasts ‘uninformed’ Ikea approval        

Councilman Charles Barron abstained from casting a vote at a Land Use committee hearing at City Hall on Wednesday based on his apprehensions about a commitment to the community by Ikea, the Swedish furniture company that has plans to develop a big-box store on the Red Hook waterfront. Comment.

Council panels OK Ikea on Red Hook W’front        

Atlantic Yards: When plans for a 360,000-square-foot Ikea furniture store passed unanimously in a City Council subcommittee hearing on Tuesday — despite a large turnout of project opponents — the plan appeared to be a shoo-in success for the Sweden-based multinational corporation. Indeed, the next day, the council’s Land Use committee followed suit, unanimously approving the plan, with one abstention. Comment.

Daughtry breaks with ‘God Squad’        

Atlantic Yards: Announcements of benefits agreements being forged between Forest City Ratner and the “community” over the development company’s plan to build a basketball arena, office towers and apartment buildings in Prospect Heights left many residents, activists and elected officials scratching their heads this week wondering, ‘Who is in this community and who represents it? Comment.

Marty: Nets ‘conflict’ could cost Dolly job        

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Marty Markowitz said this week that depending on the results of a determination by the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board, his appointee to the City Planning Commission will either have to divest of her interest in the New Jersey Nets or resign from the commission. Comment.

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