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Saturday, July 22, 2006

’PLACE MATTERS’ COMES TO THE TABLE

Fort Greene-based dance troupe Urban Bush Women presents a 74-person strong show, "Place Matters: A Look at Displacement," at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus on July 29. Comment.

KING OF COMEDY      

Can a superhero have a healthy, happy relationship with a mere mortal? And, if it doesn’t work out, could he/she be counted on to bow out gracefully? Comment.

(DON’T) STOP THE PRESSES      

"Scoop" is not a great Woody Allen movie; it’s not a great reporter movie, either. But this good-natured confection is more likely to please moviegoers than most other entries in this summer’s never-ending parade of high-octane blockbusters, most of which are re-treads of familiar material. Comment.

SPLISH SPLASH     

This summer, Brooklynites will again be diving into the old McCarren Park Pool for fun, but they won’t be getting wet. Comment.

COOL FRONT     

Jazz trumpeter John McNeil points to his many years transcribing saxophone solos of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson as the foundation for his unique playing style and his original ideas. Comment.

WORDPLAY

One of the Brooklyn Public Library’s current exhibitions features work by a designer who literally makes art from words. Comment.

SUMMER LOVIN’

Julio Iglesias is inviting Brooklynites to spend a romantic evening with him on the beach. Comment.

FATHER OF INVENTION

Timothee Spitzer, a Parisian ex-pat, waited patiently for someone in his Greenpoint neighborhood to open the kind of patisserie that offered the fresh-baked croissants and bread he loved back home. Comment.

WALKING & TALKING      

On Monday, I spent a delightful evening in a supermarket. Comment.

SCARY MOVIE

If you think of Patrick Lussier’s film, "Dracula 2000," or Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 "Dracula" when you hear the word "vampire," it’s time you got a horror movie history lesson. For scary movie buffs, Tod Browning’s 1931 classic "Dracula" - starring Bela Lugosi - is must-see homework. And Celebrate Brooklyn is offering an opportunity to see the film on its big screen on July 27. Comment.

Yards protest rallies 2,000

Atlantic Yards: More than 2,000 people — all hot and bothered by Bruce Ratner’s plan to build 16 skyscrapers and an 18,000-seat basketball arena in Prospect Heights — assembled Sunday at Grand Army Plaza in the largest opposition rally since Ratner’s Atlantic Yards proposal was unveiled three years ago. Comment.

Chardonnay, California Style: Part 1

Advertorial: One of the current forms of wine snobbery is to refer to yourself as a member of “The ABC Club”: Anything But Chardonnay. When you press one of these people for an explanation and ask why they won’t drink a Blanc de Blancs Champagne or a White Burgundy, both made from 100% Chardonnay, they’ll usually say: “Oh, not those. I mean California Chardonnay.” Comment.

State big to Brooklyn: You’re Manhattan now

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards will cost more to build and benefit the public less than Bruce Ratner said it would — and carry with it environmental impacts that can not be mitigated, a state analysis disclosed this week. Comment.

Inside Ratner’s Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development would “transform a blighted area into a vibrant mixed-use community,” with affordable housing, a basketball arena and seven new acres of greenspace, according to a new state study — but the $4.2-billion, 16-skyscraper, hotel, residential and office space complex would also put a significant strain on the public school system, already-choked intersections, aging sewers and hundreds of residents who just want to see the sun. Comment.

Four-faced liar

The four-sided clock atop the Williamsburgh Savings Bank — easily Brooklyn’s most-recognizable building — is broken. And only time will tell when it will be back in business. Comment.

Gargano to B’klyn: Get big

Editorial: The Manhattanization of Brooklyn is now official state policy. That’s what Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Charles Gargano said this week, as his agency released a disheartening draft environmental impact statement for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project. Comment.

Super Rabbi!

Brooklyn Angle: Another major civil rights barrier will fall this week when a Brooklyn man becomes the first Hasidic rabbi to ever address the nation’s largest comic book convention. Comment.

Rally on!

Atlantic Yards: Thousands gathered at Grand Army Plaza on Sunday to protest Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project. Speeches were lengthy, so we thought it best to provide excerpts of the more-moving moments. Comment.

The battle for 4th Avenue

Development: “Kill the 12-story monster,” read a hand-painted sign sprouting up amid weeds and abandoned toys in a lot on Fourth Avenue and 12th Street. Comments (1).

The 9-year-old’s on her own in Slope

Smartmom: Smartmom thinks that the Oh So Feisty One, at age 9, is old enough to walk to the corner and cross the street. Comment.

Brooklyn and Wal-Mart: Perfect together

Editorial: There is one unavoidable conclusion written between the lines of this week’s Chamber of Commerce report on our local economy: Brooklyn needs Wal-Mart. Comments (1).

Academic joins fight to save ‘Underground RR’ houses

Development: An expert on the Underground Railroad has joined the crusade to save two Duffield Street houses that are facing demolition by the city. Comment.

In the spirit of ‘The Brat’ Rover instructor Rick Patterson shows Stanky’s passion

Cyclones: When the Cyclones played Williamsport on July 14, old school Brooklyn Dodger fans had a connection to Brooklyn’s baseball past. Comment.

Brooklyn’s ‘Hi,’ Sierra

Bridge ‘Park’: The 750,000-member Sierra Club — which normally concerns itself with global warming and the federal Clean Water Act — has backed a comparatively small local lawsuit claiming that the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park is actually a handout to real-estate developers. Comment.

Every group hates traffic

Development: A coalition of 28 community groups — spanning a wide swath from Bay Ridge to Greenpoint — are demanding that Mayor Bloomberg focus more attention on the traffic that is “blanketing our streets with cars and trucks.” Comment.

Clones take their show on the road

Play’s the Thing: Just when it looked as though things couldn’t get worse for the 7–13 Cyclones, the team headed out on a six-game road trip to the distant cities of Williamsport, Penn., and Burlington, Vt. Comment.