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Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006

’LITTLE’ TIDBIT

With the birth of his own son this summer, Greenpoint actor Patrick Wilson says he understands a little better the stay-at-home dad he plays in the new film adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel, "Little Children." Comment.

COLD TURKEY

Carroll Gardens author Judith Levine asks provocative questions in her new book,"Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping" (Free Press, $25): "What do we do when we’ve got enough, or more than enough? How do we know? Who decides?" Comment.

WHAT’S IN STORE

Finding a good sandwich in Williamsburg, especially one made with house-baked bread, isn’t easy. So Dan Cipriani, the owner of the Lodge, a casual eatery in the neighborhood, and The Tainted Lady, a bar that sits beside it, thought it was time to give the locals what they craved. Comment.

OUT OF EGYPT

On Sunday, the Brooklyn Arts Council offers Brooklynites the opportunity to grab their neighbors’ hands and circle dance their hearts out. Comment.

LAST OF ITS KIND?       

Over the past decade, thousands of visitors have come to DUMBO’s annual "art under the bridge festival" each October to see the latest from this burgeoning artistic enclave. Now in its 10th year, the festival, held by the d.u.m.b.o arts center Oct.13-15, redefines itself by focusing on what has always made it unique - visual art. Comment.

MOBBED UP BILLYBURG      

Since legendary New York filmmaker Martin Scorsese is a notorious stickler for detail and authenticity, fans may be shocked to hear how much of his new Boston-set drama, "The Departed," was actually staged in Brooklyn. Comment.

NOSHER’S NIRVANA      

"Brooklyn Eats," the once-a-year gathering of restaurants, gourmet shops and caterers, wineries and beverage purveyors is billed as a "food- wine- and beer-tasting festival," which it is not. Brooklyn Eats is a bacchanal of glorious scale and, sometimes, gluttonous ruin. Comment.

Planners again consider Promenade ‘park’ link

Bridge ‘Park’: A controversial connection between the famed Brooklyn Heights Promenade and a proposed development along the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO waterfront is back on the table. Comment.

Call her Smart Grandmom

Smartmom: Move over, Smartmom. There’s a new mom on Seventh Avenue and she’s taking over your turf. And guess what? It’s Diaper Diva, your very own twin sister. Comment.

Badillo: Luxury apartments at Columbia piers

Red Hook: Republican insider and political power broker Herman Badillo has submitted a bid to turn Brooklyn’s last working port into a 1,500-unit housing development and a campus for charter schools and a college. Comment.

No joke! Bank for barristers

A lawyer walks into a bank. Comment.

Follow the Yards money

Editorial: All of Brooklyn owes a debt of gratitude to an umbrella coalition called the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods — not only because the group has put out the most detailed study of the state’s analysis of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project, but, in doing so, has shown once again the value of independent experts operating outside of Albany’s closed-door meetings and smoke-filled rooms. Comment.

Did You Say WHITE Burgundy? Part 2

Advertorial: Last week when we began to explore the white wines of Burgundy we started in the north with Chablis, just south of Champagne. Let’s see how the wines change as we travel south. Comment.

City: Time to make Loew’s fit for Kings

Development: City officials have raised the curtain on their latest effort to save the Loew’s Kings Theater — the historic-but-decaying movie palace where Barbra Streisand once ushered. Comment.

E-mail in the grass

Brooklynites can now watch pirated Borat videos on YouTube in the peace and comfort of Prospect Park. Comment.

Ex-Soviet won’t concede Dyker seat

The Board of Elections said this week that the razor-close race between two former Soviets for a Dyker Heights Assembly seat is officially over — but that hasn’t stopped the loser from fighting on. Comment.

Many problems with Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: The 73-day public comment period for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project ended after we went to press last week — and the Sept. 29 deadline brought about a flurry of reports, analyses and submissions from project opponents and supporters. Comment.

Clarifying last week’s Atlantic Yards coverage

Atlantic Yards: One of last week’s front page stories, Council of Nabes: Yards not so bad, reported that the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, a coalition of more than three dozen community groups, had found flaws with the state’s draft environmental impact statement for the Atlantic Yards project, yet not so many flaws that the DEIS needed to be scrapped. Comment.

Affordable housing plan for Hook, Slope lots

Development: Eight vacant lots in Red Hook and Park Slope will become homes to lower- and middle-income families, as part of a citywide effort to increase affordable housing. Comment.

Atlantic crash kills senior

A multi-car crash on Atlantic Avenue left one man dead and one injured on Wednesday afternoon. Comment.

Lose the trans-fats and lose the flavor

Brooklyn Angle: Last week’s Department of Health proposed ban on trans-fats in restaurants city-wide caused such a firestorm that I immediately called Brooklyn’s great chef Alan Harding to find out what it would mean for his customers. Comment.

Hello, neighbor!

Is Hollywood hottie and new mommy Maggie Gyllenhaal smarter — or just poorer — than Michelle Williams and Jennifer Connelly, her fellow sirens who have strollered down in brownstone Brooklyn? Comment.

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