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Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006

LUNAR LANDING     

Smith Street chef swaps his successful Japanese eatery for Italian ristorante

It was a sad summer day when I heard that chef Adam Shepard had closed his Japanese eatery, Taku. The food he served at the Smith Street restaurant, which he co-owned, was such a highly evolved, personal expression of the cuisine. But when I heard that he opened Lunetta - an Italian small plate and wine bar - in its place, I was surprised and hungry for answers. Comment.

SEW ORIGINAL

FINISHING TOUCH

Brooklyn Navy Yard-based artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, masterminds of the political art series "Pure Products of America," have collaborated on a new giftwrap just in time for the holidays. Comment.

ROCKING FOR GOD       

At first glance, one could mistake "Danielson: A Family Movie (or Make a Joyful Noise Here)," for a "This is Spinal Tap"-type mock-umentary. Comment.

Atlantic Yards moves forward

Atlantic Yards: The fate of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project is now in the hands of the three men in the room. Comment.

BAM BASH CAPS OFF HOT 2006       

Some may think 2006 is winding down, but GO Girl’s party-studded year hadn’t hit its noisemaker-blowing crescendo until she got her invitation to the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2006 Next Wave Gala. Comment.

A Major party for Owens

Atlantic Yards: We attended Sunday night’s farewell gala for Rep. Major Owens (D–Crown Heights), who chose not to run for a 13th term and will leave office on Dec. 31. As we sipped cocktails and downed the delicious oxtail stew at the Grand Prospect Hall, we asked Owens’s biggest supporters a simple question: What is Major Owens’s legacy? Comment.

SNL catches BCAT bug

If satire is the sincerest form of flattery, then “Saturday Night Live” gave a wet kiss to the would-be celebrities of Brooklyn Community Access Television [see video] last weekend. Comment.

A confused time of year

Smartmom: Monday night, Hepcat, Smartmom, and OSFO bought a Christmas tree from the gentle Canadian man, who sell trees in front of the CVS drugstore. Comment.

Ratner’s $500M slip is showing

Atlantic Yards: The Atlantic Yards project approved last week by state officials would generate almost $500 million less in tax revenues than its developer and its Albany boosters promised just five months ago. Comment.

The Top Ten Reasons For Buying My December Best Buy Four Pack:

Advertorial: 10. It’s less of a mess than three French hens, and sounds a lot less campy than “Seven Lords a-Leaping.” Comment.

Parks: Off-leash law will be official ASAP

The Parks Department moved quickly last week to write into law its 20-year-old informal policy allowing dogs to run off-leash in city parks, after a judge ruled that the agency does indeed have the right to do so. Comment.

State to holdouts: What’s yours is ours

Atlantic Yards: Dear interested party: Bruce Ratner is taking your home. Comment.

Festival of (low-watt) light

Brooklyn Angle: How many Jews does it take to screw in a light bulb? OK, hold your hate mail. That ain’t my joke. It’s the actual name of a campaign being waged by Reform Jewish congregations nationwide to save this planet one lightbulb at a time. Comment.

Atlantic Yards a losing bet

Editorial: If there was any doubt that Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development would be a bad investment of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, it was wiped away this week by new revelations that the project will generate far less tax revenue than promised just five months ago. Comment.

Civil War–era home is saved

Development: A Civil War-era mansion set to be torn down for luxury condos was saved Tuesday by a city landmarks panel after a month-long crusade by its Clinton Hill neighbors. Comment.

Revere’s ride comes to a crashing halt

Development: A historic factory on the Red Hook waterfront had its first appointment with the wrecking ball last week, the first step towards making way for a developer’s grand retail and residential vision. Comments (1).

Coney landmark to reopen

Coney Island: Coney Island’s “rendezvous of the elite” is on its way back. Comment.

Sing along to the song of the season

Two purse-snatchings within five days at two Atlantic Avenue malls prompted these humble lines of verse, sung to the tune of the holiday classic, “Jingle Bells”. Comment.

Hookers to get red light

A new traffic light will be installed at a Red Hook intersection where a pedestrian was struck and killed by a van earlier this year, Department of Transportation officials said this week. Comment.

DeBlasio: Kids like milk fat

City Councilman Bill DeBlasio hates to say he told you so — but he did: schoolkids are drinking a lot less milk ever since the city did away with full-fat and two-percent varieties. Comment.

Teacher killed by truck

Brooklyn’s legal establishment mourned a beloved Brooklyn Law School professor who was run down by a garbage truck while crossing Montague Street on Wednesday morning. Comment.

Madison Ave High

Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz, best known for marketing the borough, now wants to create a public high school specializing in advertising — and he’s already set aside $2 million to do it. Comment.

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