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Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005

SETTING THE SCENE

Director Stroman on shooting ’The Producers’ at Steiner Studios

Director Susan Stroman says there were advantages to filming her movie musical version of Mel Brooks’s "The Producers" at Steiner Studios before work on the brand-new Brooklyn facility was even complete. Comment.

VIVA OLEA

Johannes Sanzin and Chelsea Altman have struck again. The co-owners of Fort Greene’s Pequena, a small, casual Mexican eatery, and Clinton Hill’s Maggie Brown, another casual bar and American bistro, have joined with new partner Dan DiMarti, to open their third Brooklyn restaurant, Olea. Their newest addition to Fort Greene is a gorgeous, pan-Mediterranean taverna and raw bar with a far-reaching menu that works. Comment.

HE’LL WU YOU

Finding a decent Thai restaurant in the neighborhoods surrounding Mai, the new Southeast Asian eatery that borders Fort Greene and Park Slope, is as simple as scoring a bowl of French onion soup in Park Slope. Satisfying a craving for Indonesian cuisine or the complex flavors of Malaysia is another story. That is, until Mai opened on Atlantic Avenue in September. Comment.

CRAFTASTIC DAY

If the term "craft fair" conjures in your mind two tables of stained glass ornaments and a creepy doll parts tent, you might rethink your presumptions. Craft fair meets holiday party as "Bust" magazine hosts a raucous, 12-hour "Holiday Craftacular" in Greenpoint on Saturday, Dec. 17. Comment.

GETTING LIT

If you happen to get an earful of soul-stirring children’s voices raised in song while meandering through Downtown Brooklyn on Monday, Dec. 12, follow the sound to the source and enjoy the free, live performance by the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The group will perform a program of songs and carols for that evening’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall plaza. Comment.

‘Soho lofts’ on the way to Fulton Mall

Atlantic Yards: Is Fulton Mall the next Soho? Comments (1).

Mud is tossed over Williamsburg landmarking        

Who knew that protecting beautiful buildings was such an ugly business? Comment.

Become Ratner’s ‘Apprentice’        

The Bruce Ratner-funded nonprofit organization BUILD treated six Columbia University MBA students to lunch and a pitch for a summer internship aimed at helping small businesses get their piece of the $3.5-billion Atlantic Yards pie. Comment.

Less Vegas, more Coney Another new plan for beachfront Mecca scales down original

Reality has already hit Joe Sitt’s development plan for Coney Island. Comment.

‘Park’ towers shrink, grow        

Bowing to critics, planners of the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront development have proposed bringing down the height of some of the commercial buildings that would subsidize it. Comment.

Washing machine becomes a soap star

Brooklyn Angle: It is just a humble Wascomat Junior W74 double-loader, like millions of others across the land. But one particular Wascomat Junior W74 double-loader in one particular Brooklyn laundromat has become for tens of thousands of children what Graceland is to Elvis fans. Comments (1).

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