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Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006

WING-O-RAMA    

In case this year’s Association of Volleyball Professionals Brooklyn Open isn’t enough to satisfy your hunger for intense competition on the Coney Island boardwalk, there is a competition that is sure to hit the spot. Comment.

SERVE! SET! SPIKE!      

Atlantic Yards: Get ready, volleyball fans and beachgoers. The Association of Volleyball Professionals league is making its first-ever tournament stop in New York, coming to Coney Island from Thursday, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 20. Comment.

SUN BLOCKS     

No one ever said Brooklyn in the summertime was bearable. Not when the humidity turns people’s clothes into wet laundry, and their hair, well, that’s too gruesome an image to commit to paper. Comment.

SMELL YOU LATER

While there are usually lots of wonderful reasons for visitors to breathe deeply at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden - like the heady scent of roses in June - this month, visitors to the garden’s bonsai museum are invited to smell an odor most foul. Comment.

DANCE FEVER

Dance companies from Brooklyn and beyond will kick up their heels in Von King Park as part of the CityParks Dance program on Aug. 12 and 19. Comment.

Hillary rips ‘park’ condos

Bridge ‘Park’: Senator Hillary Clinton criticized Brooklyn Bridge Park as “yet another luxury condo project” — and in doing so, became the highest-profile elected official to speak out against the housing, commercial and open-space development that’s being promoted as a park. Comment.

No electricity irks Hurst

Nostalgic for Old Brooklyn? Just take the D train to 8705 Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, where tenants have been living without proper electricity for two weeks. Comment.

Times in Bruce’s corner

Editorial: The New York Times, which is working with Bruce Ratner to build a new Times headquarters in Manhattan, continues to trumpet its enthusiastic view of its partner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development. In a City section editorial that capped a string of upbeat “news” articles and unreported stories, Times writers seemed to be working off a Ratner press release. As a service to our readers, some of whom may also occasionally read the Times, we present a more nuanced view. Comment.

On hot night, public vents about Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: Three community boards surrounding Bruce Ratner’s proposed Atlantic Yards mega-development held hastily scheduled, little-publicized and legally irrelevant public hearings last week to give Brooklynites a chance to vent. Comment.

Atlantic Yards: A new Battle of Brooklyn

Atlantic Yards: On Aug. 27, 1776, the Battle of Brooklyn, the first and largest in the War of Independence, was fought right here in what are now the streets of Gowanus, Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery. Comment.

Ratner’s Ohio family chips in

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner has called in the big guns — his cousins Charles and Albert — for a cash infusion just as his Atlantic Yards development nears state approval. Comment.

Get my August “Best Buys” and save $$$!

Advertorial: Richly flavored with honeyed notes, the secret to the complexity of this wine comes from aging the wine for a few months on Viognier lees! You’ll taste this dry, delicious white and get notes of honey and white peaches on the nose and palate. Crisp “green apple” acidity makes it a great summer wine. – $9.95 Comment.

Smartmom needs her own vacation

Smartmom: They call it a family vacation. Is that an oxymoron? Or are Smartmom and her extended family moronic to even give it a try? Comment.

‘Little’ developer slaps ‘big boys’ for collusion

Atlantic Yards: A self-admitted “unsympathetic” developer is battling the two titans of Brooklyn real estate — Bruce Ratner and Shaya Boymelgreen — whom he claims colluded to cheat him out of millions of dollars. Comment.

The survey says!

Atlantic Yards: In what is being billed as the “first comprehensive survey of local opinion” on the Atlantic Yards project, nearly 90 percent of residents of three Prospect Heights blocks oppose Bruce Ratner’s mega-development. Comment.

H2-Woe!

Brooklyn Angle: A Park Slope mom is throwing cold water on a hot-weather staple: bottled aqua — and no, she’s not crazy from the heat. Comments (1).

Yale on Hook: Park and park

Red Hook: What do you get when you put the future of Red Hook into the hands of some of the Ivy League’s brightest young architects? A big parking lot. Comment.

Pennant race heating upBrooks split with Yankees, remain one game in front

Cyclones: The race for the New York’Penn League’s McNamara Division’s crown heated up this week as the first-place Brooklyn Cyclones — fully recovered from their 0–7 season start — split a pair of games with their hated cross-Narrows rivals, the second-place Staten Island Yankees. Comment.

Mizell continues to show dad

Cyclones: Cyclones reliever Jeremy Mizell has been playing baseball as long as he can remember, but the first pitch he ever threw sailed over his father’s head and smacked into the tailgate of daddy’s truck. Comment.

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