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Saturday, March 19, 2005

DANCE FEVER

Aerobics instructor keeps fans with unique technique & humor

Even the most ardent proponents of exercise will admit that working out can be boring. But you’ll never hear that complaint from James Martinelli’s students. Comment.

LITE TOUCH

Whether your hair is cut for $20, or you run into Manhattan for a styling with $600 diva clipper Sally Hershberger, your appointment will happen in a salon. Comment.

ON ’ICE’

When Michelle Trachtenberg was a young girl growing up in Sheepshead Bay, she dreamed of being a championship ice skater like her childhood idols, Michelle Kwan and Oksana Baiul. Comment.

FREE YOGA

Teachers at DUMBO’s new Noodle Yoga want you to experience the mind and body benefits of yoga for yourself - and they’ll let you do it for free on April 6 in their 1,700-square-foot facility. Comment.

LET’S DISH

Fate came into play when Michael Izzo and Henry Arena opened Dish in December. They wanted a symbol for the Asian-French fusion restaurant’s logo. A beautiful Japanese character appealed to them; its translation - dish, hence the name. Comment.

HELL ON WHEELS

Were you the girl who beat up all the boys in elementary school? Do you consider yourself an overgrown tomboy? Are you strangely attracted to both miniskirts and mouthguards? If so, you may be ready to become the Brooklyn Bombshells’ newest "bad-ass chick on roller skates." Comment.

BOLLYWOOD WORKOUT

Brooklynites got a taste of the spicy spectacle that is Bollywood dance, with a performance by dance teacher Pooja Narang’s troupe at the Brooklyn Museum on March 12. Comment.

SHAKE AND SHIMMY

Were you ever amazed at a belly dancer’s ability to shake her hips, shimmy her shoulders, twirl her hands, twist and turn her stomach while glancing flirtatiously around the room - all at the same time? Comments (3).

SAMURAI STYLE

If you’re not afraid of swords and want to nurture your inner warrior while toning your outer body, head to Brooklyn Aikikai, a new dojo (martial arts school) in Gowanus. Comment.

CB6 has some ideas for Atlantic Yards review

Atlantic Yards: Community Board 6 has prepared a list of issues members hope will be considered in the anticipated environmental review of Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards plan, which proposes to build a basketball arena and 17 high-rise residential, office and retail buildings on a 23-acre site emanating from the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues and stretching into Prospect Heights. Comment.

BHA still silent on Bridge Park project

In the week following the first in a series of long-awaited public meetings showing off new plans for Brooklyn Bridge Park, civic groups and neighborhood associations penned letters of response to the commercial, residential and open space plan for the waterfront between the Manhattan Bridge and Atlantic Avenue. Comment.

Budget office greenlights Yards study       

Atlantic Yards: A spokesman for the city’s Independent Budget Office told The Brooklyn Papers this week that the agency finally has a starting point to analyze the public benefit of developer Bruce Ratner’s proposed basketball arena, housing and office development in Propsect Heights. Comment.

Shaya defies Ratner, moves ahead with Atlantic Yards hotel

Atlantic Yards: A developer is moving forward with plans to build a hotel smack-dab in the middle of Bruce Ratner’s proposed Atlantic Yards site. Comment.

Sunset Park seeks new zoning law

If plans for new residential development in northern Sunset Park proceed under the neighborhood’s current zoning code, the Goddess of Minerva at Green-Wood Cemetery risks losing a flirtation nearly 90 years old. Comment.

Ratner begins drilling at Yards

Atlantic Yards: To the surprise of many Prospect Heights residents, enormous drills have begun test borings of the earth below several sites within the 24-acre swath upon which developer Bruce Ratner plans to build his Atlantic Yards arena and high-rise development. Comment.

REC-U-U-USE      ME!

Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn’s sole appointee to the City Planning Commission, one of only two city agencies with an official role in the proposed Atlantic Yards arena, housing and office complex will have no voice, the city said this week. Comment.

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