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Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005


If the sitcom version of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" hadn’t been such a flop, I’d suggest that a television writer head immediately to Spartan Souvlaki in Dyker Heights and start taking notes. The restaurant is the Brooklyn version of the show, with a twist: this family affair is a seven-year success story. Comment.


Restaurateur Giovanni Tafuri launched his latest venture, Sette Enoteca e Cucina, in May and named it for the Park Slope avenue on which it sits: sette means "seven" in Italian. The new eatery adds much-needed glamour - and a lot of good cooking - to a strip known for mediocre dining. Comment.


On Nov. 7, WNYC Radio’s Leonard Lopate will moderate "Brooklyn on My Mind," Brooklyn College’s reading series that examines the borough’s impact on writers and the American experience. Comment.


’ As part of BAMcinematek’s film series, "Gena Rowlands: An Independent Spirit," the acclaimed actress will participate in audience Q&As following the screenings of John Cassavetes’ films "A Woman Under the Influence" on Nov. 10 and "Opening Night" on Nov. 12. Comment.


After selling over 100 million albums worldwide, performing more than 2,500 concerts in 50 countries before more than 32 million people, rock gods Bon Jovi finally invaded DUMBO. Comment.


Before opening in theaters this weekend, Kevin Jordan’s indie film "Brooklyn Lobster" has already garnered both the "Audience Award for Best Long Island Film" at last month’s Hamptons International Film Festival and the heart of Borough President Markowitz, who proclaimed Nov. 1 to be "Brooklyn Lobster Day." Comment.


As part of its silver jubilee anniversary season, Balam Dance Theatre will perform at White Wave’s John Ryan Theatre in DUMBO this weekend. Comment.


The words of Portugal’s poets, rich musical collages and the choreography of Vasco Wellenkamp come together in a performance of "Amaramalia Abandono" on Nov. 11 at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Comment.

Freddie quibbles over Ratner       

Atlantic Yards: A dispute over the number of affordable housing units planned for Forest City Ratner’s proposed Atlantic Yards mega-development surfaced several times in a short speech given Oct. 28 by Fernando Ferrer, Mayor Bloomberg’s Democratic opponent in next Tuesday’s election. Comment.

Model suggests ‘park’ would kill bridge views

Brooklyn might lose its best necklace. Comment.

UN still eyes Bklyn move       

Later this month, the member states of the United Nations will vote on a plan that will decide key details of their impending five-year relocation — and it may still lead it to a temporary home in Brooklyn. Comment.

Dog lost in Prospect Park may be hostage

A missing Jack Russell terrier — who may have been dog-napped — prompted a desperate search of Prospect Park, an outpouring of help from Brooklyn dog lovers and a flood of bizarre telephone calls to the pup’s anxious owners. Comments (1).

Power of restraint

Play’s the Thing: Walk past the new Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese monument outside Keyspan Park in Coney Island, and you’ll see a moment frozen in time. Comment.

Power of restraint

Cyclones: Walk past the new Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese monument outside Keyspan Park in Coney Island, and you’ll see a moment frozen in time. Comment.


Cyclones: The long-awaited statue commemorating one of baseball’s most legendary moments was finally unveiled Tuesday morning outside Keyspan Park. Comment.