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Saturday, April 23, 2005

RAINBOW COALITION

While last year’s "Open House: Working in Brooklyn" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum made huge strides in introducing the borough to its diversity of artists, it’s possible that a new borough-wide art exhibit, "Project Diversity," helmed by gallery owner Danny Simmons, will expand on that theme while encouraging visitors to break through the boundaries of their own neighborhoods and cultural myopia. Comment.

HOT TICKET

Beginning April 28, esteemed actors Steve Buscemi, Meryl Streep, Hope Davis, Peter Dinklage, Philip Seymour Hoffman (pictured at the Brooklyn Academy of Music gala last month), John Goodman, Marcia Gay Harden and Brooke Smith will converge at DUMBO’s St. Ann’s Warehouse for three nights of readings. Comment.

STILL STRONG AFTER FORTY

With all the vagaries restaurants endure, it’s no surprise that their lifespans are often brief. So when an establishment is going strong after four decades, it’s a triumph. Comment.

LEIPZIG AT LIU

Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus unveils its new Humanities Building Gallery on April 27 with a reception for celebrated Brooklyn native Arthur Leipzig, a photographer who taught at the Brooklyn and C.W. Post campuses for 28 years. Comment.

RX FOR CHANGE

"For almost a century, the FDA has been the ’Good Housekeeping’ seal of approval, the Nobel Prize and Ivory soap (99 and 44/100 percent pure) combined," writes Park Sloper Fran Hawthorne in her latest book. "To say you have lost faith in the FDA is like saying motherhood and apple pie have gone rotten." Comment.

NEW HOME FOR BOUILLABAISSE

For those who remember the late, great La Bouillabaisse, chef Neil Ganic’s French bistro that opened in 1993 and closed in 2003, you’ll be happy to hear that Ganic is back with the sequel. Comment.

Red Hook’s going on cruise control

When the Carnival and Norwegian cruise lines begin to dock their mammoth ships at a newly renovated Pier 12 in Red Hook later this year, several thousand crew members will flood the shores of this small, industrial and residential Brooklyn enclave. Comment.

Pols call for city review of Ratner’s arena

Atlantic Yards: Taking their first unified stance on developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards plan, a delegation of City Council members from Brooklyn gathered on the steps of City Hall to call for a city-level review of the basketball arena, housing and office skyscraper project. Comment.

Experts: Arena will burden Brooklyn

Atlantic Yards: Planning, transportation and budget experts say developer Bruce Ratner’s proposed Atlantic Yards basketball arena, housing and office skyscraper project could overburden transit lines, clog streets with traffic and reduce pedestrian access. Comment.

AFTER PAPER STORY

The city’s turning away of international shipping business from the Red Hook container port infuriated Community Board 6 members who this week voted to send a letter to city officials demanding an explanation. Comment.

Mall plan makes waves in Coney

Plans to build a colossal indoor amusement and retail complex at Coney Island’s famed boardwalk were met by seaside locals this week with as much enthusiasm as a Nathan’s hotdog without a bun. Comment.

PASSING   THE BUCK

The only year-round active-use recreational facility planned for Brooklyn Bridge Park — an enclosed structure that would be built on a portion of Pier 5 — is not included in the project’s budget, planners said this week. Comment.

Chamber bows to Ratner

Atlantic Yards: Kowtowing to demands by developer Bruce Ratner, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce this week barred the public from an official Chamber function, a luncheon where Ratner’s controversial Atlantic Yards project was discussed. Comment.

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