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Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006

CREPE EXPECTATIONS

When the renowned Bay Ridge patisserie and bistro, Provence en Boite, closed in 2004, you thought you’d lost your chance to sample the chocolate tarts and crepes. "Pas aussi mon cher." After a much-needed rest, the Gallic husband-and-wife team of Leslie and chef Jean-Jacques Bernat re-established their boite on Smith Street. Comment.

FEELING SPENT

The current exhibition at the d.u.m.b.o. arts center, "Point of Purchase" (PoP), explores the American fascination with shopping. Curated by Gretchen Wagner of the Museum of Modern Art, the show features works in a variety of media by 13 artists, including Monika Sziladi. In her series "On Display," Sziladi mines window tableaux for inspiration. (A detail of her "Wired" is pictured at left.) Comment.

THE WRITE STUFF       

The borough’s aspiring playwrights are given a voice and spotlight with the birth of BrooklyONETheater, which launched with a party on Aug. 4, where they announced their upcoming festival of new, one-act plays. Comment.

To the Editor

Letters: We were pleased to read the title [“Healthy grains,” July 29, 2006] and see a photograph of our food in The Brooklyn Paper’s review of our Fort Greene restaurant, RICE. I’ve heard that “bad press is better than no press,” [but] I’m not sure that I agree in restaurant reviews. Comment.

MADE IN KOREA       

Somewhere deep inside them, in some pessimistic corner, the creators and fans are always anxiously waiting for the other shoe to drop. But so far the renaissance of South Korea’s cinema, which began in the late ’90s after almost three decades of doldrums, is holding strong. Comment.

HUNGRY 4 LOVE

While some women might settle for reading gossip mags for info about their celebrity crushes, East Flatbush resident Domenique Majors has decided to publicly crusade for the attention of Flavor Flav on his reality TV show, "Flavor of Love 2." Comment.

UNCOVERING A ’PEARL’      

In November, Bob Chobor opened Black Pearl in a former turn-of-the-century firehouse on Union Street. It’s a first-time venture into the restaurant world, and he’s made some smart choices. Comment.

Atlantic Yards hearing pits pro vs. con in historic battle for Brooklyn

Atlantic Yards: Supporters and opponents of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development clashed loudly and repeatedly during Wednesday’s state hearing on the project — and in doing so put forward two distinct visions of Brooklyn’s future. Comment.

Shillary!

Bridge ‘Park’: Who got to Hillary? Comment.

Clock block

Development: Brooklynites better start investing in their own timepieces, because that new scaffolding atop the Williamsburgh Savings Bank’s famous clock (above) won’t be going away anytime soon. Comment.

Developer on the ropes

Development: A developer who plans to transform the banks of Brooklyn’s Lavender Lake into a designer subdivision called Gowanus Village is facing a state investigation and legal complaints from construction workers and dozens of disgruntled condo owners. Comment.

Hepcat gets the old farm blues

Smartmom: What did Smartmom and family do on their summer vacation? She and the kids swam in a brand new swimming pool and Hepcat had to confront his past and accept change. That’s a tall order for anyone, but especially for Hepcat, who’s a stickler for times gone by. Comment.

Towns: Bush needs to apologize to the UN for war in Iraq

President Bush needs to beg the nations of the world for forgiveness if the United States is going to get out of the “mess” in Iraq. Comment.

Ratner’s bussed-in lovefest

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner bussed in basketball-loving kids, senior citizens and even a few of his New Jersey Nets stars for a pep rally minutes before Wednesday’s public hearing on his mega-development. Comment.

Some don’t get a say

Atlantic Yards: Scores of people hoping to testify about Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project never got their three-minutes of fame, despite signing up before Wednesday’s hearing even got under way at 4:30 pm. Comment.

Choosing wine in a restaurant

Advertorial: How do you make the average worldly, confident business executive or professional squirm? Hand him a wine list! For years I worked as a Sommelier in some very good restaurants, and I always took pride in helping diners choose a wine that they would enjoy with their meal. Many of my customers were successful business owners and executives: people who made plenty of money because they were decision makers, and their decisions were usually right. So many of them quickly lost their confident mien as soon a Comment.

Brooklyn, 2016

Atlantic Yards: Here’s what the area around Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development will look like if the 16-tower, arena, residential, office and hotel complex is built, according to new renderings created by a Brooklyn photographer. Comment.

Towns, Barron speak on Yards

Atlantic Yards: Two candidates for the 10th congressional district stopped by the offices of The Brooklyn Papers this week. Here is what they said about Atlantic Yards. Comment.

Fightin’ Eleventh candidates weigh in on Yards

Atlantic Yards: Two candidates for the 11th congressional district — which includes parts of Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Park Slope and Prospect Heights — support Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yard mega-development, two oppose it. Here’s what they said in a debate last week in the offices of The Brooklyn Papers. Comment.

City: Ditch fix is on the way

Development: The fix is in for the ditch. Comments (1).

Sham choice, process

Editorial: If you judge only by the state’s seven-hour public hearing on Wednesday night, there are just two sides in the battle over Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development: thugs and nerds. Comment.

Behind the scenes with Shakespeare

Play’s the Thing: It used to be called “Inside Baseball” — the subtle strategy behind the plays — before baseball too often became a game of waiting for three-run homers. Comment.

At All-Star game, celebration trumps sloppy American win

Cyclones: The New York–Penn League All-Star Game on August 16 in Aberdeen, Maryland, wasn’t much on the field, as the American League All-Stars beat their National League counterparts, 4–1, in a very sloppy game. Comment.

Clones rumble, stumble vs. Yanks

Cyclones: Video recap Comment.

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