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Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005

ROSIE GIVES BAM THE SCOOP

Actress Rosie Perez gave the crowd an earful at the BAM Rose Cinemas on Aug. 24, and they responded with applause and admiration. Comment.

ARTIST HAVEN

Few restaurants fit as seamlessly into a neighborhood as Paloma does in Greenpoint. Open since late May, the eatery attracts the spillover of Williamsburg’s young artists who want to live and dine in a like-minded community, but can’t afford the trendier neighborhood’s tab. Comment.

WHAT’S NEW

From Sept. 14-18, musician Brian Tate, artist Danny Simmons and the Fulton Mall Improvement Association present their second annual Brooklyn New Music Festival at indoor and outdoor venues around the borough. Comment.

HOT TOPICS

Mary Ruth Goodley, who heads the Gallery Players’ selection committee, says it’s always "about the work." This season "the work" includes dramas, comedies and musicals - with many tackling controversial topics. Comment.

THE TRANSFORMER

Starring on a TV show like "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is the ideal gig for an actor with Vincent D’Onofrio’s chameleon-like powers of transformation. While working on the popular crime drama allows the Bensonhurst native time to explore and develop a single character, the series’ annual hiatus offers him the freedom to explore a variety of new personas on the big screen, like the worried father in Mike Mills’ new film, "Thumbsucker." Comment.

HONOR THY FATHER

Windsor Terrace, the neighborhood between Park Slope and Kensington, has a lot to offer. But while quiet streets with pretty homes and friendly neighbors are a few of its advantages, it is not a destination stop for fine dining. Comments (1).

BASEBALL BLUES

BAMcinematek presents Jos de Putter’s 2002 documentary "Brooklyn Stories," about local fans sharing their baseball memories, - especially those of the Brooklyn Dodgers, on Sept. 13 as part of its "Double Dutch" series. Comment.

’ORLEANS AID

Artist Carri Skoczek and Tracy Causey-Jeffery, director of Ch’i contemporary fine art gallery, have organized an art sale to take place on Sept. 13 with the proceeds to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Comment.

IBO: Ratner plan brings less than $1M a year to NY

Atlantic Yards: A long-awaited analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office, released this week, finds that the Atlantic Yards arena project would bring $28.5 million in revenue to the city over 30 years. Comment.

Ikea plan key issue in 38th district race

The three Democrats vying for the City Council seat in Sunset Park and Red Hook have notably different opinions on the largest single development in their district this year — the planned Ikea. Comment.

Report rips NY Times on Ratner

Atlantic Yards: Charging that the New York Times has shied away from critical coverage of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards housing, office skyscraper and basketball arena plan because of its own land deal with the developer, about two dozen Brooklynites gathered outside the newspaper’s Manhattan headquarters last Thursday to draw attention to the issue. Comment.

RATNER DOUBLES DOWN Higher bid still far short of MTA site’s value

Atlantic Yards: Forest City Ratner this week doubled its bid for development rights over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Atlantic Avenue rail yards, but is still offering less than half of what the property is estimated to be worth, according to a published report. Comment.

Where did the time go?

Play’s the Thing: Just the other night, the Cyclones were losing 2-1. Edgar Rodriguez was up for Brooklyn with two out, bases empty, in the bottom of the ninth. The packed crowd was hoping for a miracle. They got one. Rodriguez hit the ball deep into the night, over the fence. Comment.

When losing  is winning

Cyclones: Down on the field at Keyspan Park this summer, the Cyclones won 22 times and lost on 16 occasions, but up in the press box, the biggest loss of all took place — one that could also be considered the biggest win of all. Comment.

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