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Saturday, May 20, 2006

’SWEET’ MUSIC

AWASH IN ’SUNSHINE’

MINTY    FRESH 

If you didn’t sate your craving for contemporary design at last weekend’s “Brooklyn Designs,” another fix can be had at the third annual “Altoids Living Spaces,” beginning this Saturday. Comment.

She loves rock ’n’ roll

On May 9, punk rock idol Joan Jett journeyed to a Red Hook club, The Hook, to tape the video for her new single, “A.C.D.C.,” off her forthcoming Blackheart Records CD, “Sinner.” Carmen Electra — who told us she’s “a longtime Jett fan” — was also at the taping, playing an appropriately kittenish role in the film version of the gender-bending love song. Comment.

IT’S ELECTRIC

An opportunity to see a performance inside the Old American Can Factory — a century-old, 130,000-square-foot manufacturing and arts complex by the Gowanus Canal, is being offered by XO Projects this month. Comment.

Lookin’  for love

When you find yourself asking, “Where’s the love?,” it’s time to visit Williamsburg’s Baci & Abbracci. Pronounced Bah-chee and Ab-rah-chee, the trattoria’s name means “hugs and kisses” in Italian, says co-owner Paolo Cappiello (pictured left with bartender Satu Korpi). Comment.

Backers of waterfront park sue over site’s privatization

Even as work continues on Brooklyn Bridge Park, park advocates sued the Empire State Development Corporation on Tuesday claiming the agency broke the law by including private housing in a public park. Comment.

Brennan’s bonehead bill

Atlantic Yards: Assemblyman Jim Brennan certainly picked an odd time to become engaged on the topic of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development. Comment.

Bill: State should pay Bruce to build less at Atlantic Yards site

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner would get hundreds of millions of dollars in state funds if he builds less at Atlantic Yards, under a new state Assembly bill. Comment.

Flatbush life        

An old Brooklyn color line is fading. Comments (1).

Walentas: Call my new condo ‘House of D’

Some of the richest tenants in Brooklyn would share a sub-basement with the borough’s meanest thugs under a developer’s bold proposal for a new Brooklyn House of Detention (left). Comment.

DUMBO orchid man hides behind his plants

DUMBO artists are certainly an endangered species these days — but now one man is fighting eviction by claiming protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. Comment.

Loosen  your belts!

Let the gourmands begin! Comment.

So gallantly  screaming 

Brooklyn Angle: WHEN PRESIDENT Bush was asked last month about a newly recorded Spanish-language version of the National Anthem, he brusquely said the song “ought to be sung in English.” Comment.

I’ll Have Vouvray

Advertorial: Vouvray is another of those delicious and wonderful white wines, known to connoisseurs, often misunderstood by most, that breaks almost every wine stereotype. Vouvray can be bone dry, off dry (often labeled tendre) or nutty sweet. It is most often a still wine, but it can also be pettilant (just barely fizzy) or mousseau, sparkling. While the accepted wisdom is that white wines must be drunk while young, well-made Vouvrays can be cellared for Comment.

CHECKIN’ IN WITH...        

It’s not all that common for Hasidic rabbis to stand out, but Rabbi Simcha Weinstein of Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill and B’nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights, is certainly not common. Not only does he have a devilish sense of humor and his own web site — www.rabbisimcha.com — he also has a new book that is bound to be a hit far beyond the Talmudic bookstores of Crown Heights. “Up, Up a Comment.

Ratner $$ can’t buy love

Smartmom: Smartmom forgot that parents were supposed to dress up 1960s-style for the PS 321 Auction and Dance Friday night at the Brooklyn Museum. Comment.

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