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Saturday, May 27, 2006

SEE RED (HOOK)     

For a neighborhood that merely a decade ago was mired in crime and poverty, Red Hook has undergone drastic changes recently. Comment.

SYMPHONY PLAYS U2     

For the final concert of its fifth season, Ditmars Park-based One World Symphony celebrates the memory of a passionate musical artist with the first James Coleman Young People’s Concert on June 2 at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity church in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.

THEY’LL MUV YOU     

Forget classical music. Comment.

REEL BEAUTY     

Among the 11 documentaries in competition at this year’s Brooklyn International Film Festival - which were culled from more than 560 submissions - is Amy Nicholson’s hilarious "Muskrat Lovely." Comment.

A NEW HOME     

Despite its diminutive size, the inaugural exhibit at the new home of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts packs a wallop. Works by 15 well-known Brooklyn artists, ranging from paintings to collage to mixed media to photography to sculpture, are on display in a 1,800-square-foot facility that’s more akin to a gallery in size than, say, the Brooklyn Museum. Comment.

KEEPING IT SIMPLE      

The woman at the counter was a regular at Helios, a Greek restaurant masquerading as a coffee shop in Park Slope. That’s probably why, after tasting her appetizer, she was comfortable saying, "This is the best f**king sausage I’ve ever had," a comment that elicited a roar of laughter from co-owner Aristos Tzammos. Comments (3).

MR. BUBBLE     

A tiny, pastel-colored jewel box of a sandwich shop is turning Boerum Hill patrons on to a new snack. Hanco’s, which opened in February, offers "bahn mi" (pronounced "bun me"), a Vietnamese hero of sorts. Comment.

CORRECTION

In "Splish splash" [GO Brooklyn, May 20] the restaurant Veliis was said to accept cash only. Veliis accepts MasterCard, Visa and cash. We regret the error. Comment.

FREAKS INSPIRE CLOTHING LINE      

Prak Productions will unveil its new collection, the "Coney Island Line," at the Virgin Megastore on May 31, from noon to 6 pm. The T-shirts (such as the one at left, featuring Madame Twisto) range in price from $21 to $26 and feature illustrations of current and former Sideshow by the Seashore performers by artist-in-residence, Marie Roberts. Comment.

A reunion beautification

Smartmom: On the day of the 30th high school reunion of the Walden School (a progressive private school on the Upper West Side that no longer exists), Smartmom spent many hours beautifying at the Frajean Salon on Seventh Avenue. Comment.

Home for actors, homeless

‘Park’ will be known for its buildings, not space
     

Buildings — not open space — will give the Brooklyn Bridge Park its identity, a member of the project’s design team said last week. Comment.

Bay Ridge man guilty in terror bomb plot

Jurors who convicted Bay Ridge resident Shahawar Matin Siraj this week for plotting to blow up the Herald Square subway station rejected the defense contention that Siraj had been entrapped by a paid informant and an undercover police officer who spied on the neighborhood’s large Muslim community. Comments (2).

Hurst to city: Save our neighborhood

Is the Bensonhurst that spawned the Three Stooges, Harvey Fierstein and Larry King a thing of the past? Comment.

YWCA squeezes Downtown geezers
     

A plan to build more affordable housing Downtown has caused a ripple effect that has left tots without a school and senior citizens without so much as a window. Comment.

‘Park’ to stay closed

The state has reneged on a promise to open up waterfront piers for recreation this summer — and, in the process, cost the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy $500,000. Comment.

More park, less pork

One would have to be a hopeless curmudgeon not to support the idea of a ribbon of parkland along the Brooklyn waterfront. Comment.

Off the Hook

Red Hook’s real-estate market is hotter than ever, but at least one developer wants out. Comment.

Ratner fence falls!

Bruce Ratner was fast — but his most vocal opponent was even faster. Comment.

The Enemies of Wine

Advertorial: When we built Red White & Bubbly we installed what I believe is the largest climate controlled room in New York City for fine wines. People often ask why we went to the trouble and the expense just to keep wine at 55 degrees and at 50% humidity, and if they need to keep their wines under those conditions at home. Let’s take a look at how wine can go bad and what we can do to prevent it, and see how that brings us to a better understanding of how to protect our bottles. Comment.

50 hot diggity dogs!

Brooklyn Angle: In an astounding triumph that could change the course of American history, a California college student has gone where no American has ever gone, eating 50 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes last week. Comment.

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