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Saturday, July 30, 2005

LAVA THE NEW LOOK

Renovated Vesuvio erupts with pizzas, pastas & more

There are some restaurants that rise to the level of neighborhood institution. Bay Ridge’s Vesuvio is one of them. Comment.

HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS

On the surface, eating disorders might not sound like appetizing fare for a TV comedy. But Eric Schaeffer, the creator and star of the new FX series, "Starved," has set out to prove that it can be - if it is properly prepared. Comment.

GLORY DAYS

The inclusion of the 1969 film "Lions Love" in BAMcinematek’s retrospective, "A New World: Shirley Clarke," seems odd at first. After all, the meandering meditation on foiled Hollywood aspirations was directed by Agnes Varda, not Clarke herself. Comment.

’ODD’ SELL-OUT

The Celebrate Brooklyn concert on Aug. 4, featuring Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright (pictured) and Ben Lee, which is a benefit for the performing arts series, sold out last Saturday. This is great news for Celebrate Brooklyn, but bad news for those left without tickets. Comment.

MINNELLI MADNESS

Apologies to my readers who have no doubt been waiting with bated breath for this dispatch about one of the world’s most gossiped about performers, Liza Minnelli, who showed up in an enormous white limo to kick off the Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island on July 14. Comment.

LAST FIRST

The Brooklyn Museum’s monthly First Saturday series of free events continues on Aug. 6 with a Caribbean-themed lineup that includes the Young Dancemakers Company (pictured), performing original choreography at 5 pm. Comment.

ONLY HUMAN

Williamsburg’s new Delgado-Tomei Gallery jumps on the figurative painting bandwagon with its inaugural show, "Figuratively Speaking: A Group Preview." Comment.

GET YOUR LICKS

On July 2, Cold Stone Creamery opened on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge, less than two weeks after Brooklyn’s first Cold Stone opened at the Atlantic Terminal Mall. The stores join approximately 1,050 Cold Stone Creameries in the United States, with more to follow this fall in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Comment.

Pols to MTA: Not so fast        

Two Brooklyn elected officials this week called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to extend the bidding process for development rights over the Atlantic Avenue rail yards, saying the city should first be allowed to come up with an overall plan for the site. Comment.

Tish bows out of NY1 show        

Atlantic Yards: City Councilwoman Letitia James refused an invitation to appear on a special cablecast of news station New York 1’s “Road to City Hall” last week — live from St. Francis College and focused on Brooklyn issues — because of what she said was an unbalanced presentation by the show’s producers on the Atlantic Yards project. Comment.

BEER PIER NOT NEAR Brooklyn Brewery: City dragging feet on Pier 7

It seems as though most everyone on what remains of Brooklyn’s working waterfront is on-board to welcome Brooklyn Brewery, and its exclusive distributor, Phoenix Beverage, to Pier 7 — except the owners of the pier. Comment.

Ratner gets 45 days to up ante MTA talks exclusively with Bruce despite his low offer

Atlantic Yards: As it once was, so it shall be again, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board decided this week, when it cast aside the high bidder — who offered $150 million to develop the Long Island Rail Road storage yards at Atlantic Avenue — and instead voted to continue their exclusive negotiations with preferred developer Forest City Ratner. Comment.

‘Park’ to house 1,200 condos

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s sponsor unveiled a double surprise Wednesday night, announcing that state officials had approved a draft plan for the 1.3-mile waterfront development — and that it would include 1,200 units of luxury housing. Comment.

After all the years, Dodgers champs

Play’s the Thing: Brooklyn Papers Cyclones Coverage JULY 30, 2005 ISSUE Comments (2).

Old ‘bums’ sound off on a new field

Cyclones: Four members of the 1955 Dodgers were at Keyspan Park on Saturday, July 23, and shared their thoughts with the media in the Keyspan Park Gallery, and later with fans as the players signed autographs on the ballpark concourse. Comments (1).

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