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Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006

State OKs Ratner’s ‘impact’

Critics cry foul

Atlantic Yards: Racing to give their approval to Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development before Gov. George Pataki leaves office Dec. 31, state officials have certified the project’s final environmental impact statement. There must be ten days between the certification and the final approval vote by the Empire State Development Corporation. Comment.

Tips, tools & advice from the pros on how to serve an elegant Thanksgiving meal        

Picture this: it’s Thanksgiving Day and your 15 guests are due to arrive in several hours. You’re hunched over your gourmet cookbook and your turkey. The day speeds effortlessly along, and then, boom! Comment.

VENGEANCE IS HERS       

Since French composer Darius Milhaud wrote hundreds of works at lightning speed, the bulk of his output is often considered lightweight, lacking in true artistry. Comment.

BIKING THE ANDES       

Reporter and thrill-seeker Matt Power grinned childishly while sitting in a small cafe in Prospect Heights. He probably had that same smile on his face while clutching the handlebars of his motorcycle and rolling 5,000 miles through the Andes, South America’s majestic mountain range. Comment.

MCKAY’S F/X

To celebrate the recent HBO premiere of "Angel Rodriguez," Jim McKay’s latest examination of race, class and culture in Brooklyn, BAMcinematek is presenting a series of free screenings of the acclaimed Park Slope filmmaker’s borough-set works. Comment.

DREAMS COME TRUE       

In 1982, Broadway actor Ben Harney took home the Tony for Best Actor for his performance in "Dreamgirls." This month, he has applied his professional experience - infused with his personal memories - to direct the same show at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.

CORRECTION

In "Hits the ’Spot’ " [GO Brooklyn, Oct. 21, 2006] the description of V Spot’s "Boardwalk fudge" was incorrect. The dessert does not come with ice cream, and it is not raw. The restaurant is waiting for its beer and wine license, not a liquor license. V Spot does have smoothies, but does not have fresh-squeezed juices. We regret the errors. Comment.

’COLDEST’ FOX

In 1946, when Europeans were leaving the Old World en masse, 22-year-old journalist Paula Fox sailed from her native New York toward the war-ravaged continent to work as a stringer for a British news service. Comment.

Beep guns for parrot poachers

The poaching of Brooklyn’s wild monk parrots from their perches on neighborhood streets has been ruffling the feathers of bird-lovers for months, and now, the borough’s parrot-owner-in-chief is taking matters into his own … er … talons. Comment.

And it’s all legal!

Downtown plan: A glitzy tower now in the works for Downtown Brooklyn will be even larger than its 400-foot-tall neighbors, thanks to a city subsidy to builders of affordable housing. Comment.

Divorce, Thanksgiving style

Smartmom: Thanksgiving: that most American of holidays. Pumpkin pie. Football. Divorce. Comments (2).

And it’s all legal!

Development: Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano is the consummate survivor. Comment.

In Park Slope, may the Schwarz be with you

Development: Park Slope’s pampered tykes might soon have one more reason to love life in Brooklyn. FAO Schwarz — toy store and child magnet since 1862 — said this week it might open a satellite shop in the Slope. Comment.

In land of Walentas, Mom & Pop are still king

Brooklyn Angle: That damn Starbucks still burns at David Walentas. The Starbucks is on the corner of Main Street and Front Street, in the heart of DUMBO. Comment.

Oh, brother!

Development: Fratelli Ravioli, family pasta business and Brooklyn institution renowned for fresh pastas and homemade sauces, died last week of acute franchise failure. It was 28 years old. Comments (1).

Avenue of death may be street of darkness

Development: Brooklyn’s Avenue of Death and Destruction might just get a little darker. Comment.

Thanksgiving Turkey Smackdown

We used two 12-pound turkeys for our smackdown. All cooking times and temperatures vary by the weight of the bird, and are usually found on the turkey’s packaging. Both recipes are courtesy of The Wombat. Comment.

CSI: DUMBO

Cue the theme music — it’s time for “CSI: DUMBO.” Comment.

Wines for Thanksgiving     

Advertorial: Matching wines for your family’s Thanksgiving dinner is really easier than you might think. Don’t get your head spinning by trying to match a wine with dishes as dissimilar as cranberry sauce, sausage stuffing, oyster dressing, Brussels sprouts, giblet gravy and creamed onions. Concentrate on the main course. Keep your mind on the bird — the glorious, American, roasted turkey. Also keep in mind that this is a holiday and a celebration, a time to simply have a drink and share in good c Comment.

Thanksgiving Turkey Smackdown

Does the thought of cooking a turkey make you groan? With Thanksgiving coming up, many people are in the throes of planning gut-busting meals featuring the difficult-to-cook bird in the leading role. Comment.

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