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Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006

Ratner jobs fall short

Bruce’s malls haven’t met projections

Atlantic Yards: The number of retail jobs that state officials say will be created by Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development ignores the reality of his two existing shopping malls directly across the street, where job performance has fallen short, according to Ratner’s own data. Comment.

DRINK LIKE A     GENIUS

Legend has it that the inspiration for great art is substance abuse and "Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers" is a new book that delights in recognizing our country’s poets, screenwriters, playwrights and novelists while lionizing their concurrent abilities to put it away. Comment.

BETWEEN LINES

Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, a 24-year-old San Francisco company that appeared at City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival last month, is now bringing two New York premieres to Midwood’s Walt Whitman Theatre. Comment.

THE ’CANDY’ MAN       

Heath Ledger’s role in Neil Armfield’s new film "Candy" was a chance for the acclaimed actor to play a character whose lifestyle is the polar opposite of the Australian transplant’s reality amidst the leafy streets of Brooklyn. Comment.

CORRECTION

In "Good to Go" [GO Brooklyn, Nov. 4], we incorrectly listed some dishes that Chicory Brooklyn no longer offers. They no longer prepare loin of beef, marinated golden beets or sweet potato fries with a maple mayonnaise dipping sauce. The prices of sandwiches are now $5-$8 and the dinner entrees are all $13. On weekends, Chicory Brooklyn is only open for lunch and dinner but they do have breakfast items on the menu. We regret the errors. Comment.

’LUCKY GIRL’     

A musical marriage made in heaven: Capathia Jenkins and Louis Rosen’s debut album is the soulful and personal collaboration of the singer and songwriter’s lives. Comment.

ALMOST NANA’S     

I opened the menu at Mike’s Kosher Steakhouse and wanted to cry. Comment.

DRINKING FOR A GOOD CAUSE

The American Cancer Society in Brooklyn has devised an ingenious idea for mixing pleasure with fundraising. On Sunday Nov. 12, the organization has organized the first "North Fork Wine Tour," a day of seminars, sipping and snacking at three of Long Island’s most respected vineyards. Proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will go to providing vital transportation services to this borough’s patients while they undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Comment.

’LIFE’ SURVIVES

In 1939, the 22-year-old German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon fled Berlin for still unoccupied Vichy France only to be killed in a death camp four years later. Comment.

DOT’s numbers don’t add up

Development: The “Avenue of Death” is even more violent than we’d imagined. Comment.

At Toro, time to support the troops

Who said Brooklyn doesn’t support the troops? Comment.

Cross on red, or end up dead!

Development: Mom always told you to look both ways and wait for the light before you cross the street, but at one crazy Bay Ridge intersection, residents have learned that it’s actually safer to cross when the sign tells them to stop. Comment.

Lawn and order

The season is finally over for the Lawnmower Man of DUMBO. Comment.

You call THAT a Brooklyn pie!

Brooklyn Angle: You know what the main problem with Domino’s “Brooklyn-style” slice is? It stinks. Comment.

VITO VIDI VICI!

The city’s lone Republican Congressman, Rep. Vito Fossella, held onto his Bay Ridge-Staten Island seat even as Democrats stormed back into control of the House of Representatives this week. Comment.

Pols push for priorities on ‘park’ plan

Bridge ‘Park’: A coalition of Brooklyn elected officials is demanding that state planners build the open space at the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront development before building the high-rise condos. Comment.

Harrison loses other big race

Democrat Steve Harrison not only finished second in his race against Rep. Vito Fossella on Tuesday, he finished 26,498th in the New York City Marathon two days earlier. Comment.

Copter complaints go unanswered

More and more Brooklynites are complaining about helicopter noise, but no one is listening, The Brooklyn Papers has learned — the hard way. Comments (2).

Hooray for the Nouveau!      

Advertorial: Mark your calendars, and save the date: Thursday, November 16th is a day to celebrate! Wine lovers all over the world know that on the third Thursday of November, the Beaujolais Nouveau is released for sale! The first wine from the 2006 vintage will be here for us to enjoy! Comment.

City: Ward’s Bakery is not a landmark

Development: The city derailed a longshot attempt to block the Atlantic Yards development last month, rejecting a proposal to landmark a 95-year-old building that’s slated for demolition to make way for the project. Comment.

Red Hook’s ship is out

Red Hook: The Queen Mary 2 has set sail from Red Hook for the last time this season — and already Brooklyn longshoremen are calling for the one-summer-old terminal to operate year-round. Comment.

Don’t fuhgedaboudit

Editorial: Although many mocked it as a pointless junket, Borough President Markowitz’s fact-finding tour of England revealed the truth about how the world tourism industry views our beloved borough — and how much more work he and others need to do to put Brooklyn on the world’s tour map. Comment.

Hittin’ the head at Owl’s Head

Development: The other day in Owl’s Head Park, a group of teen “Skateboarders for Jesus” was handing out a pamphlet titled, “Where Are You Going?” Comment.

It’s Vito!

Rep. Vito Fossella, the lone Republican in the city’s congressional delegation, held onto his seat this week in a win over opponent Steve Harrison, garnering 57 percent of the vote, despite a Democratic takeover of the House, a hard-fought campaign by Harrison, and a murky episode involving Fossella’s brother chasing down pedestrians with a baseball bat. Comment.

Magic playing tricks

Development: Brooklyn’s tallest building is shrinking — at least for its future tenants. Comment.

City Council goes batty over wood

A City Council proposal to ban aluminum bats got a “standing O” from some baseball players, while others hoped the bill would go down on strikes. Comment.

Smartmom wants Hepcat framed

Smartmom: Smartmom was so impressed with the Annie Leibovitz show at the Brooklyn Museum — with its ravishing shots of Demi, Brad, Scarlett and a host of family and friends of the photographer’s — that she decided it was about time she had her very own digital camera. Comment.

No ‘Wonder’ about these hoopsters

Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn has its own professional basketball team, and Bruce Ratner had nothing to do it. Comment.

New EMS station

Development: First responders are getting first-class treatment, thanks to a fancy new EMS station in Carroll Gardens christened this week by Mayor Bloomberg. Comments (1).

Candy is dandy, but condos are fancier

Development: City landmarks officials finally signed off on a plan to build a four-story condo in the garden of the vacant Peaks Mason Mints factory in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.

Brennan cruises to another victory

Development: It’s hard to shake the idea that Assemblyman Jim Brennan kinda knew he wouldn’t be losing his job. Comment.