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Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006

KEEPS ’EM IN    STITCHES

As the fashion world’s fascination with the styles of yesteryear continues and Brooklynites remain passionate about knitting and vintage emporiums, the time is ripe for Stitchy McYarnpants’s cautionary tale, "The Museum of Kitschy Stitches: A Gallery of Notorious Knits." Comment.

GREAT VIEW, ITALIAN EATS       

If I were a real estate agent, I’d describe Pete’s Downtown as possessing "spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River." I’d mention its spot on a cobblestone street opposite the River Cafe. I’d point out the expansive walls of glass, and its roomy, tin-ceilinged dining room. Comment.

FLUSH WITH FALL COLOR       

With the changing colors of autumn leaves, summer clothing is exchanged for fall apparel, but what about your makeup palette? Comment.

WE HAVE ’LIFT’ OFF       

If doing what you love is the secret to success, Scott DiMiceli’s apres-snowboarding line of tees, hoodies and bandanas will soon be spotted at resorts all over the northeast. Comment.

GETTING CHEEKY

Melanie Schrimpe - an alumna of Baked in Red Hook, and the now-infamous cupcake source, the Magnolia Bakery in Manhattan - has opened her own bakery in Williamsburg. Comment.

FASHION MUSTS       

The fall fashion forecast is a bit dark and subdued, with occasional bright spots of color, according to industry experts who spoke at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch last month. Comment.

WEARABLE ART?

Alicia P.’s suede breastplate is one of the many remnants of the fall fashion frenzy that transformed New York City this week. Displayed in "Art Refashioned," an intriguing exhibit in the gallery at Harriet’s Alter Ego clothing boutique in Prospect Heights, this beaded, cranberry leather-and-suede top (pictured) is not simply a sexy piece of clothing, but a work of art. Comment.

STYLE ICON

Regular folk hoping to inject a little style and excitement into their lives needn’t try sneaking into those Fashion Week tents in Manhattan’s Bryant Park. Comment.

Low turnout at Ratner hearing

Atlantic Yards: One group of Atlantic Yards opponents boycotted, and another group of over-eager public speakers — elected officials — was otherwise detained, thanks to the Primary Election, so this week’s public hearing on the Atlantic Yards mega-development gave some real people a chance to be heard. Comment.

Who would play her in ‘Little Miss Smartmom’

Smartmom: The other night on the way home from the Park Slope Pavilion after seeing “Little Miss Sunshine,” Smartmom asked Hepcat which actress should play her if anyone ever makes a movie or a television series of her life. Comment.

Big win sends Hakeem to Assembly

Atlantic Yards: The race for an Assembly seat in Prospect Heights — the epicenter of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development — was won in a landslide by a supporter of the project. Comment.

Gaphattan builder: Stay small

Development: Manhattan architect Richard Meier — famed for his iconic, celebrity-filled glass-walled towers on West Street in Manhattan — celebrated his first Brooklyn building last week with a warning to his fellow master builders: Keep it small. Comment.

My Best Buys for September

Advertorial: There are some things that make each one of us proud that other people might not understand. Some wine merchants brag about the super-expensive “trophy” wines in their cellars. With me, I’m most proud of the values that I find for my customers every month. Sure, it’s easy to go for the “big bucks” wines, or the ones that some writer or critic has given a high score to: all you need to do is pick up the phone and place your order. That’s just not good enough f Comment.

Montgomery beats phantom opponent

Atlantic Yards: Hot on the heels of a two-to-one primary victory, state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D–Fort Greene) was happy to drill into the mysterious “campaign” of her Atlantic Yards–loving challenger Tracy Boyland, Comment.

Tenants hit Guttman with $36M lawsuit

DUMBO: A developer best known for fires has gotten himself into hot water. Comment.

Rep. Towns tops Barron

Leave it to City Councilman Charles Barron to spin a big loss into a win. Comment.

Minerva–Liberty wave saved

Development: The Goddess of wisdom and war has prevailed. Comment.

Whitman smokescreen

Editorial: This week’s 9-11 commemorations hit many of the right notes. Even five years after this generation’s “date that will live in infamy,” New Yorkers still yearn for their towering skyline, still crave the collective spirit that followed that horrific day, still want to think the best of their elected officials even when those officials try to control the legacy of the terror attacks for their own craven purposes. Comment.

Connor beats big spender

Anyone investigating the power of incumbency in New York State has a new case study. Comment.

It’s Clarke!

Atlantic Yards: City Councilwoman Yvette Clarke trounced Councilman David Yassky and two other rivals on Tuesday to win a promotion to Congress in an often-bitter campaign that exposed rifts between Brooklyn’s African-American, Caribbean-American and white communities. Comment.

…and the Clonie goes to…

Cyclones: The season ended on a sour note, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t awards to give out. So with no further ado, The Brooklyn Papers’ triple-threat coverage team of Ed Shakespeare, Gersh Kuntzman and Nick Pauly bestows this year’s coveted Clonie Awards. Comment.

This is the Clones year that was

Play’s the Thing: Let’s stop with all the kvetching already! The 2006 Cyclone season is over, and now Brooklyn fans might take a cue from former Mayor Ed Koch and ask, “So how are we doin’?” Comment.

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