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Saturday, July 15, 2006

CURRYING FAVOR

The Prospect Park Junior Committee invites revelers to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, rides on a canopied electric boat and the thrill of a silent auction at their fourth annual "Summer Soiree" in and around the park’s boathouse. Comment.

HIGH MAINTENANCE     

Character actor Paul Giamatti says living in Brooklyn Heights helped him understand the sense of community one has with his neighbors - a theme at the core of his new movie, "Lady in the Water." Comment.

ITALIAN KITCHENBAR      

It’s been a year or so since I’ve heard the word "gastropub," yet here it is again in the form of KitchenBar, a newcomer to south Park Slope. This restaurant/bar ups the ante as a gastropub-family-style-dining-restaurant-art-and-performance venue. Comment.

ARTFUL DISPLAYS     

Carissa Ackerman doesn’t use shelves or racks to display the latest collection in her Williamsburg boutique. She doesn’t need them. Dresses and women’s playsuits dangle from iron branches and hooks, shoes spill out from pails and open nightstand drawers, and tees lie draped over antique furniture. Comment.

ABS-SOLUTELY FAB       

To the delight of all who swoon over boys in uniform, the 2007 "New York City Firefighters Calendar" is now available for purchase. Comments (2).

FAIRWAY’S CHAT ’N’ CHEW

Few food-related events brought more euphoria to Brooklynites than the opening of the Fairway Market in Red Hook. Besides this culinary emporium’s carefully selected goods, the store now offers another perk: a walk and dinner with its newly hired "lifestyle facilitator." Comment.

REEL GAYS     

RED DRAMA?

Talk about breaking the fourth wall. "The Cradle Will Rock" the audience out of its seats and into the middle of Steeltown, USA. Comment.

OH HENRY!

Ever wondered about the man, immortalized in bronze, who you pass while on your way to the post office in Downtown Brooklyn? Comment.

On the cheap

Atlantic Yards: More than 2,000 New Yorkers lined up this week hoping for a shot at a cheap rental within Bruce Ratner’s proposed $3.5-billion Atlantic Yards development — but many left the developer’s affordable housing presentation disappointed by the harsher reality. Comment.

Zanes leads Sunday Ratner rant

Atlantic Yards: Kiddie rocker Dan Zanes will headline this weekend’s big rally against an even bigger development — Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project. Comment.

Brass tries to shakeup the lineup

Play’s the Thing: My first column of the year reviewed the Cyclones’ position players in a format modeled on the famous Abbott and Costello routine, Who’s On First? Comment.

A dog-and-pony show

Editorial: The timing could not have been more suspect. On the eve of a massive protest rally at Grand Army Plaza this Sunday and weeks before he will release an environmental impact statement, Bruce Ratner and his public-relations minions set up a dog-and-pony show to highlight the lone element of his mammoth $3.5-billion Atlantic Yards mega-development that could arguably be viewed in a positive light: 2,250 “affordable” rental units. Comment.

Lawsuit leaves dog owners fit to be tied

Brooklyn dogs will have their off-leash privileges curtailed — no more Frisbee in Prospect Park’s Nethermead, no more swimming at its Dog Beach, no more romantic walks in the Long Meadow — if a Queens community group has its way. Comment.

Fort Greene community board says ‘no’ to new 5-mile bike lane

Development: Community Board 2 wants to slam the brakes on the city’s plans to add more miles to an emerging network of bike paths — one of the first bumps in the road for Brooklyn’s increasingly powerful cyclist constituency. Comment.

Pavilion sold!

Development: A real-estate developer with no history as a movie theater owner has bought Park Slope’s Pavilion multiplex — and the sale has local movie-goers worried that he will convert the much-loved theater into a residential building. Comment.

I Hate Margarita Mix!

Advertorial: There: I said it, loud and clear. I hate Margarita mix! Now, I love a good, cold Margarita, straight up, salt the rim, please. It’s one of my favorite cocktails, and one that becomes even more popular when the weather turns hot. It’s potent without being overpowering, refreshing, and has a delicious balance of sweet and sour that keeps you coming back for just one more sip. But, make a Margarita with one of the mixes and you end up with something other than a Margarita. Take a minute to r Comment.

Champ can hold down dogs — and controversy

Brooklyn Angle: Look, I know what I saw. As the accompanying photo shows, something happened at the 10-minute mark of last week’s 91st annual Nathan’s hot-dog-eating contest at Coney Island. On the left is American record-holder Joey Chestnut, pointing at five-time world champion Takeru Kobayashi. On the right is newcomer Patrick Bertoletti, pointing at Kobayashi. Comment.

Flying solo

Smartmom: Smartmom has a dirty little secret: She actually looked forward to Hepcat’s trip to Indianapolis to watch some Formula One racing because it would mean three days without him. Comment.

Can you rob me now?

All those Cellular Island stores on Fulton Mall were no paradise for hundreds of customers who were bilked out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in an identity-theft scam. Comments (2).

Park Sloper beats Clones      

Cyclones: Park Slope native Adam Ottavino made a triumphant return to Brooklyn on Sunday, July 9, throwing six scoreless innings for the State College Spikes. Comment.

Hoping for extra innings Couple ties the knot on field after Cyclones game

Cyclones: The bride wore white, the groom wore a tux and the guests of honor wore dirty uniforms. Comment.

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