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Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006

URBAN FARMERS

Could Ditmas Park be the next dining destination? Comment.

COMEDY ON ’TAP’      

Politicians will put on tap shoes and then tap your phone lines in Theater for the New City’s new summer production, "Tap Dance," performing free in parks from Aug. 5 through Sept. 17. Comment.

ORBITING BROOKLYN      

"Satellite" may have been an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival and recipient of a special jury prize at the Madrid Film Festival, but Jeff Winner, the independent movie’s writer-director, says he knows people are really getting his film because they are approaching him and telling him about their own "Satellite" moments. Comment.

DOO-WOP DADDY

Sirius Satellite Radio host Bruce Morrow, better known as former WCBS-FM disc jockey Cousin Brucie (pictured), discusses the heyday of doo-wop in "American Soundtrack: Doo Wop’s Best" premiering Saturday on Thirteen/WNET New York. Comment.

STREET SMARTS

Is the street you live on named after a politician, the color of dirt, or a family riddled with secrets and murder? Comment.

ROMANTIC RISTORANTE      

It’s that time again: My daughter has left for camp. My husband and I will miss her, of course, so we shared a moment of silence before opening a bottle of wine and deciding where to have dinner. Comment.

BEACH PARTY     

On Thursday, a stage in Coney Island will transform into the "Love Shack": a little old place where we can get together and rock out with the B-52’s. Comment.

Ratner renter revolt

Atlantic Yards: Rent-stabilized tenants living in buildings owned by Atlantic Yards mega-developer Bruce Ratner say they’ll sue the state to block the condemnation of their homes to make way for the project. Comment.

Discovery Wines for August

Advertorial: I love to discover new things! Life is just too short to limit yourself to a routine of the same old things, over and over. While I do have a few “old favorites”, when I’m in a restaurant and I see a dish I’ve never tried, I’ll order it. I’ll go to a gallery or museum to see the works of an artist I may have read about or heard of, but whose work I haven’t seen before. To me, discovery is one of the true thrills of life, one of the things that really makes me f Comment.

Spitzer: Let’s weigh Yards pros, cons

Atlantic Yards: Gubernatorial front-runner Eliot Spitzer — who said last year that Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development should be built “immediately” — is now calling for a delay to allow the public to more fully weigh the project’s significant environmental impacts. Comment.

Civic group robbed in apparent inside job

Atlantic Yards: The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, best known for its annual Atlantic Antic street fair every September, was robbed of more than $8,000 by an employee who took checks from the office and then made them out to a friend, cops said. Comment.

Local papers that pay off politicians?

Brooklyn Angle: Follow the money. That old journalistic mantra might be as applicable to Brooklyn’s competitive newspaper market as it was to Watergate, now that the Sheepshead Bay’based Courier-Life chain is revealed to have been giving thousands of dollars to the politicians it routinely covers. Comment.

Atlantic Antic takes Ratner cash

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Avenue merchants are blasting organizers of the annual Atlantic Antic for accepting developer Bruce Ratner’s sponsorship, especially after the state acknowledged the significant negative impacts that Ratner’s proposed Atlantic Yards would have on the avenue. Comment.

Affected community boards to hold public meetings on Atlantic Yards project Aug. 3

Atlantic Yards: The three community boards that converge where Bruce Ratner wants to build Atlantic Yards are mad as hell at being cut out of the public review process of the largest development in Brooklyn history — and they’re going to host a public hearing about it. Comment.

‘Righteous Moms’ throwing beans

Smartmom: You’ve heard of road rage. Now there’s “Mommy Rage” and there’s no shortage of it in Park Slope. Comment.

Flawed from the get-go

Editorial: While many Brooklynites have spent the past two weeks complaining that the Empire State Development Corporation ruined everyone’s vacations by releasing its 2,000-page Atlantic Yards draft environmental impact statement during the summer, some people have actually rolled up their sleeves and started analyzing the flawed document. Comment.

‘Park’ plan has its day in court

Bridge ‘Park’: A lawyer for the state-run Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation openly mocked a community lawsuit against the proposed waterfront development as “skullduggery” at a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday. Comment.

‘Tennis Mafia’ controlling court

Hipsters, beware: Brooklyn’s old-timers are protecting their turf. Or at least they are at the McCarren Park tennis courts, in Greenpoint, where a gang of 50 retirement-age ralliers — a de facto tennis mafia — calls the shots, swearing at those who try to uproot them from “their” two chosen courts. Comments (3).

Crime spikes in Clinton Hill

A recent spike in crime has residents of Clinton Hill worried about a return to the bad old days, when there were more bullets and fewer Bugaboo strollers on the streets. Comments (2).

‘Clucky’ brings luck as Brooks charge into first place

Cyclones: Call it “Cluck Luck.” Comment.

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