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Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005

WRITE STUFF

As part of Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s "First Weekends New Performance and Discussion Series," three choreographers - Kelly Bartnik, Mare Hieronimus and Kayoko Sakoh (pictured) - will present their new works on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8. Comment.

’BEACON’ LIGHTS IT UP

With delicate features and a thin figure, Yanira Castro looks like a dancer. Comment.

MEMORABLE MEALS

People always ask me to name my favorite Brooklyn restaurant, but I can never narrow my answer down to just one. I have my pets, of course, but they change often. I’m not fickle, just lucky. Each week, I find something to love in a new cafe, a little hole-in-the-wall, or an established restaurant that keeps cranking out great chow. Comment.

DON’T FORGET

For those who missed Cynthia Hopkins’ "Accidental Nostalgia" at St. Ann’s Warehouse last season, there’s good news. The piece will return to DUMBO on Jan. 5 as part of the "Under the Radar" theater festival and continue for an extended run until Jan. 23. Comment.

BAM seeks arts groups for cultural district        

The Brooklyn Academy of Music Local Development Corporation is seeking arts groups to inhabit the first phase of its planned cultural district in Fort Greene. Comment.

OUT OF THE LOOP        

Red Hook elected officials, business leaders and community representatives were thrown for a loop this week to find out from a reporter that the city, without their consultation or notification, had significantly changed plans to bring cruise ships to Pier 12. Comment.

Report: Wal-Mart eying D’Town        

A published report last week had Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, looking to build a mega-store in Downtown Brooklyn. But Brooklyn business insiders feverishly denied the assertion, made in a Dec. 20 article in the Daily News business section, while city officials balked at the very suggestion. Ever since the plan to rezone Downtown Brooklyn passed city review last Comment.

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