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Saturday, June 3, 2006

REUBEN’S BURNING QUESTIONS     

In Shelly Reuben’s latest mystery, "The Skirt Man" (Harcourt, $24), it becomes tragically clear that a man should not be judged by his sartorial choices but by his actions. Comment.

SPACE CADETS     

Earth is left behind as dancers explore outer space in a theatrical performance that actually started out as an idea for a theme party. Comment.

SWEET!

It took six years of wholesaling her cookies before Dawn Casale founded a retail outlet. She opened her Cobble Hill shop, One Girl Cookie, in November 2005. You’ll smell the aroma of her husband David Crofton’s baking goodies wafting down Dean Street several minutes before you spot the store’s pale blue exterior. Inside, the walls bear a mural of chocolate and cream portraits of her relatives, the original inspiration for the company. Comment.

GOING NATIVE     

At one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in the city, Brooklynites are invited to celebrate traditional song, dance, food and arts presented by 1,000 artists, performers and educators from North and South America. Comment.

THE HEAT IS ON       

Williamsburg’s Dokebi is not your typical 32nd Street Korean restaurant. There are no tables of men, with their ties thrown to the side, gobbling up hundreds of little dishes. The service is attentive without being fawning, and no cloud of barbecue smoke lingers in the air. Comment.

SHOW ’EM THE MONEY       

CANNES, France - "This is nice, but it can’t compare to the view from Red Hook," said Kino head Don Krim, a New York film distributor, as he stood at the water’s edge in Cannes. Comment.

HAVING A ’BALL’     

"Un Ballo in Maschera" (or "The Masked Ball") is a typical mid-19th-century Italian grand opera: it has intrigue, romance, murderous conspiracies, and - best of all - the glorious music of Giuseppe Verdi ("La Traviata," "Aida"). Comment.

ESSENTIAL VIEWING      

Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni was not a wunderkind like Orson Welles, Francois Truffaut or Terrence Malick, whose first films were instant classics. Comment.

Grand Army Plaza: Park or thruway?

Development: Grand Army Plaza is grand in name only. Comment.

Downtown czar

Downtown plan: Mayor Bloomberg has called in a relief pitcher to help save the Downtown Brooklyn Plan. Comment.

Let the market rule

Downtown plan: Don’t believe the hype. That’s the main lesson to be learned from the news that Mayor Bloomberg has created a new office to oversee commercial development in Downtown Brooklyn. The new “czar” will be charged with rescuing the Downtown Brooklyn Plan — a massive, high-rise-friendly upzoning that passed unanimously just two years ago. Comment.

You call this art? Where’s the dung?

Brooklyn Angle: So this is what all the fuss was about? That art show that got banned by the Parks Department because it was “inappropriate” for children and veterans opened late last week in DUMBO — and I was first on line. Comment.

Court OKs Ratner demolition after the fact

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner has won the right to tear down buildings that he’s already demolished in the footprint of his proposed Atlantic Yards project. Comment.

Smartmom answers critics & kibbitzers

Smartmom: Writing teachers always advise newbies, “Write what you know.” But Smartmom learned first-hand the perils of that credo after last month’s article, Ratner $$ can’t buy love, angered many in the PS 321 community. Comment.

Council goes to bat for ‘RR’

Development: A handful of Brooklyn City Council members doesn’t want the Underground Railroad to get railroaded. Comment.

Port land becomes ‘park’

Bridge ‘Park’: One mile of waterfront land moved from one state hand to another this week when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey formally handed over four Brooklyn Heights piers to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation. Comment.

Crying ‘wolf-pack’

Despite a flood of media reports that teenage gangs are waging violent attacks on visitors to Prospect Park, the level of crime within the leafy confines is roughly the same as last year, police officials told The Brooklyn Papers. Comment.

Is it Dry?

Advertorial: There’s an old poem that I came across that only someone in the wine trade could truly appreciate: it’s the lament of an old man who has spent his entire life in the wine business, traveling, tasting, learning and buying. He knows the soil of the vineyards the grapes have grown in, he knows the cellars they were made in. He has worked with great Chefs matching wines perfectly with their dishes. He has filled his cellar with outstanding wines from the best vintages, cellared them so that th Comment.

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