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Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006

PARADE 2006

The West Indian American Day Carnival Parade returns to Eastern Parkway on Monday and is expected to again draw more than a million spectators and revelers. On Sept. 4, costumed dancers will fill the streets of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. Comment.

SMELLS SO GOUDA

’BABY’ STEPS     

For her first feature-length, fiction film, "Sherrybaby," Prospect Heights writer-director Laurie Collyer not only managed to snag the summer’s "It" girl, Maggie Gyllenhaal, as her leading lady, but she culled a pitch perfect performance from 7-year-old Ryan Simpkins, who plays Sherry’s daughter Alexis. Comment.

A PRETTY ’PIRATE’

It only shows once every two years, features spectacular blooms by the country’s best botanical artists and it’s free (with admission). Comment.

A NOD TO 9-11

The tragedies of September 11 will be remembered and memorialized through modern dance for four nights in DUMBO’s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. Comment.

THE NOUVELLE CABARET      

The best-kept secret in Staten Island - also known as "Brooklyn southwest" according to Borough President Marty Markowitz - is the new cabaret club inside the Hilton Garden Inn. Comment.

DOUBLE FEATURE

The Gallery Players are back for their 40th year! The 2006-’07 season opener is a double-bill of one-act plays by Christopher Durang: "The Actor’s Nightmare" and "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You." Comment.

ONE FOR THE BOOKS       

Borough Hall will transform into a literary mecca with the first annual Brooklyn Book Festival on Sept. 16. Comment.

SIMPLE LIFE     

Size matters

Atlantic Yards: State officials moved swiftly last week to deny they were negotiating behind the scenes with Bruce Ratner to decrease the size of his Atlantic Yards mega-development. Comment.

Two more chances to vent

Atlantic Yards: Stung by criticism that it hasn’t done enough to solicit public opinion on the Atlantic Yards project, the Empire State Development Corporation has set up another hearing on the mega-development. Comment.

Green-Wood revolution

For thousands of hard-core enthusiasts, the Revolutionary War is still happening. Comment.

City kicks in more Ratner cash

Atlantic Yards: The city will kick in another $29 million towards Bruce Ratner’s proposed Atlantic Yards, The Brooklyn Papers has learned. Comment.

A lot with a $17M view

Downtown plan: How hot is the Brooklyn real-estate market? Somebody just bought a parking lot Downtown for $17.6 million. Comment.

Bruce to the rescue?

Atlantic Yards: Big shots at the Brooklyn Public Library are eying developer Bruce Ratner as the key “partner” they need to jump start their long-delayed Visual and Performing Arts Library just two blocks from his proposed Atlantic Yards project. Comment.

For the Fightin’ Eleventh, David Yassky

Editorial: The retirement after 24 years of Rep. Major Owens has prompted a free-for-all for a rare open seat in Brooklyn. Residents of the 11th Congressional District — which spans from Brooklyn Heights to East New York and includes parts of Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights and East Flatbush — are fortunate to have an actual debate over who would best serve them, rather than the usual choice between an unaccomplished incumbent and an unqualified opponent. Comment.

As we went to press… Public comment period extended!

Atlantic Yards: Thursday afternoon, the Empire State Development Corporation announced that it had extended the public comment period on the Atlantic Yards draft environmental impact statement by one week. Comment.

A Sherry Primer

Advertorial: If I were to make a list of the most misunderstood wines of the world, I’d have to include Sherry. Sherry can be either dry as dust or sweet as sin, or almost anything in between. Sherry is a fortified wine, made stronger by the addition of brandy, and can age for years, or even decades. Sherry is a blended wine, made from wines of different ages. Sherry can be a mid-afternoon “pick-me-up”, a pre-dinner aperitif, a wine to enjoy with foods savory or sweet, or an after-dinner drink. On Comment.

Would Hepcat give Smartmom a kidney?

Smartmom: A few years back, it seemed that a lot of couples were either getting divorced, thinking about separating, or in a real funk. Comment.

Owens writes a new tune, but rivals have reasons to sing

Atlantic Yards: Chris Owens wants to take after his father in more ways than one. Comment.

Two gentlemen from Anderson

Play’s the Thing: This is a tale of two pitchers — Carl Erskine and Grady Hinchman — two gentlemen from the central Indiana town of Anderson who came to Brooklyn and wound up competing against Yankees, one in numerous World Series and the other, two generations later, in the New York-Penn League playoff race. Comment.

One up, one down vs. Bombers

Cyclones: Video recap / Gersh throws out the first pitch Comment.

For GM, hair today … and hair tomorrow!

Cyclones: General Manager Steve Cohen will keep his lush head of hair — thanks to the Cyclones’ stunning, come-from-behind win against their cross-Narrows rivals on August 29. Comment.

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