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Saturday, June 17, 2006

’WASSUP’ BROOKLYN?      

Borough gets sneak peek of Larry Clark’s latest film

Acclaimed filmmaker Larry Clark plans to celebrate the upcoming release of his new skater movie, "Wassup Rockers," at a block party Saturday in Bushwick. Comment.

WHAT A PARTY     

So many factors go into a great party. It takes someone with good organizational skills, the right venue, terrific food and booze and a convivial blend of people for an event to soar. All of those things came together on June 13, when many of the borough’s restaurants and wineries, artists and writers, fashion designers, models and partygoers, gathered for a spirited arts festival. Comment.

AFRICAN SOJOURN

Finishing its current season on a stylish note, One World Symphony will travel all the way to Egypt for its final 2006 concert. Comment.

REAL ’SURVIVORS’

"No signs of help, only chaos and this boat, wrong side up, a few pairs of hands gripping its keel in the dark and cold Atlantic," writes ABC World News Tonight producer and Brooklyn Heights resident Tom Nagorski in his debut nonfiction book, "Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack." Comment.

NEW CHICK IN      TOWN

The latest arrival on ever-changing Myrtle Avenue is Los Pollitos III, which had its grand opening on May 18. Among the VIPs who welcomed their new neighbor were Dr. Thomas F. Schutte, president of Pratt Institute and chair of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, and Azola O’Neil, representing state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery. These and other Brooklyn community officials nibbled on half-priced margaritas and appetizers while tapping their feet to mariachi music. Comment.

SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES      

A Jew from Brooklyn is charming Manhattan. Comments (1).

BACK TO ITS ROOTS       

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is back for the second straight year, and this time it promises to be even bigger and better. Comment.

CORRECTION

In the May 20 issue of GO Brooklyn, the photographer credit for "Lookin’ for love" was incorrect. Rachel B. Schwartz took the photo. We regret the error. Comment.

FUTURE ARCHAEOLOGY     

"Transformations," the 2006 edition of the Pier Show coordinated by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Red Hook, features the work of hundreds of local artists. A few of the pieces are well worth the trip, but visitors will have to sift through a lot of material to find the gems, such as Janice Mauro and Joanne Pagano Weber’s narrative installation, "The Man From Brancheville." Comment.

GIRL REVOLUTION

On June 23, the revolution comes to Williamsburg. Comment.

ROOM$ WITH A VIEW

Atlantic Yards: How much would you pay to see this view out your window? Too late: Someone already paid $2.4 million for it. Comment.

Yassky bill would push $3M to Ratner crony

Development: City Councilman David Yassky is under fire for asking city taxpayers to underwrite a promise that Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner made to a handful of community organizations. Comment.

My Best Buys for June

Advertorial: Is there a business that can seem snootier than the wine business? You know what I mean: that dreaded “wine snob” attitude that some shops seem to thrive on? Some clerk finds out that you aren’t conversant in, oh, let’s say the different soils of the right bank of the Dordogne River and he gives you “Are you sure you’re ready for a Bordeaux?” Give me a break! This is just so sad, because wine people whom I deal with, the grape growers, wine makers and importers Comment.

Birthday built for a teen

Smartmom: Teen Spirit turned 15 last week. Smartmom knew enough not to suggest a party, but she did ask if he wanted to invite some friends over. Comments (1).

The madness of Kings

Editorial: Brooklyn’s real-estate market — already red hot for the last 20 years — has gone truly insane. Here’s the latest evidence. Comment.

Bloomy to ‘park’ opponents: Sue me

Development: Mayor Bloomberg wants opponents of the current plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park to sue him, too. Comment.

RATS! Health Department closes ‘Chuck’

Chuck E. Cheese has a cute mouse for a mascot — and lots of dirty mice in the kitchen. Comments (2).

‘Bullet busses’ sought for Flatbush Av

Red Hook: Busses would speed down traffic-clogged Flatbush Avenue — or other congested routes — under a proposed “Bus Rapid Transit” program unveiled by city officials this week. Comment.

Cheaper by the dozen Former Cyclones haven’t found way to Mets

Cyclones: Where have you gone, Scott Kazmir? A Cyclone Nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Comment.

Walking tour of Bridge ‘park’

Bridge ‘Park’: Hop a fence with permission from the state. Comment.

Atlantic Yards ‘doesn’t work’

Development: One of the city’s most-respected urban planning organizations weighed in on Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards last week, saying it simply “does not work” for Brooklyn. Comment.

He’ll always be Murray to me

Brooklyn Angle: Let me explain. Yes, that’s your humble columnist above flanked by Gavin MacLeod — best known as Captain Merrill Stubing from “The Love Boat” — and Captain Andrew Proctor of the new ship, the Crown Princess. Comment.

Borough President Markowitz hospitalized

Borough President Markowitz is recovering at Maimonides Medical Center after experiencing harrowing chest pains that required the insertion of two cardiac stents. Comment.

Park voice canned     

Cyclones: The voice of Keyspan Park has gone silent. Comment.

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