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Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006

PAIN-FREE GIVING      

Make no mistake about it: "Shopping is a sport," maintains podiatrist Lori Weisenfeld, spokeswoman for the Sunset Park-based footcare line ProFoot. Comment

CELEBRATE IN BROOKLYN      

This New Year’s Eve, forget Times Square and the claustrophobia of scarved and mittened bodies pressed tightly together like crayons in a box. Comment

GET TOASTED

A familiar sound following the excited New Year’s countdown is the distinct pop of a champagne bottle; it is the subsequent reaction to the first sip that will vary. Comment

THE JET SET

Looking for a last minute gift for the person who loves to travel? Or the spouse who’s a frequent flyer? Comment

FARM LIVING

One wouldn’t think that heavily trafficked, four-lane Flatbush Avenue would be fertile ground for a farm, but two restaurateurs saw the avenue’s potential. In July, Jason Scandinaro and Damon Gorton turned the former 2,400-square-foot Bistro St. Mark’s space into Flatbush Farm. They started with a bar, and then waited until September - when they hired chef Eric Lind to man the kitchen - to begin serving meals. Comment

Y2K FLASHBACK

As New Year’s Eve approaches, Park Slope author Kevin Shay reminds us that during a more innocent time - a time before 9-11 - some folks feared a catastrophic breakdown of civilization on Dec. 31, 1999. Comment

CORRECTION

The name of the chef of Lunetta restaurant was misspelled in "Northern Exposure" (Dec. 9, 2006), "Brooklyn Bites" (Nov. 4, 2006) and "A Decade of Good Eats" (Sept. 30, 2006). The correct spelling is Adam Shepard. We regret the errors. Comment

MEATING PLACE

Bar Minnow has been rechristened the Brooklyn Burger Bar. Comment

State pleads Yards’ case

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s boosters in Albany spent most of Tuesday trying to convince Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D–Manhattan) of the benefits of his Atlantic Yards project. Comment

APPROVED

Atlantic Yards: The political battle over the biggest real-estate development in Brooklyn’s history is over — and Bruce Ratner has won. Comment

A very Marty Xmas

We always look forward to receiving holiday wishes from Borough President Markowitz — if only so we can share the Beep’s Christmas card with the many Brooklynites not on his list. Comment

Oo-ooh, that smell to linger for 3 years

Bay Ridgites won’t get full relief from the stench of the Owls Head sewage treatment plant for nearly three years, city officials said at a raucous town hall meeting last week. Comment

The steal of the century

Editorial: Bruce Ratner won ugly. Comment

On Giving Wine

Sponsored Content: I’m often asked for recommendations on which wine to give as a gift. As with all gifts, I think that we should know something about the person whom we are giving to so that we can pick out a present that they will enjoy. Now, don’t panic and say “But, I don’t know what wines they like!” Wine is a very practical gift, and finding a wine that will delight your friends is actually pretty easy. Let me give you a few examples that should help you to select a bottle that will be Comment

New charges against Club Shadows

The tally of charges is now up to four against Club Shadows, the embattled Third Avenue nightspot whose future increasingly appears in doubt, according to City Councilman Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge). Comment

Crying in their beers

Atlantic Yards: Resignation — a little bitter, but mostly cynical — swept through Freddy’s Bar in Prospect Heights, the drinking hole of choice for anti-Atlantic Yards activists, who saw their last, best hopes dashed by Wednesday’s Public Authorities Control Board approval of the mega-project. Comment

Hurst’s living nativity scene hits half-century

You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a different century — say, the first one — what with the live sheep, the shepherds, a woman named Mary gazing lovingly at her baby Jesus in a hay-filled bassinet. Comment

New ‘smart’ meters actually dumb

Those new “muni-meters” on Atlantic Avenue are no-armed bandits, business owners and residents say. Comment

DeBlasio to Apple: Clean up this mess!

Many of our readers got brand new iPods and Playstations this Chrismukkah season — and if one Brooklyn lawmaker has his way, they’ll soon get to hand back their old ones to the companies that made them. Comment

Gowanus toxic plume targeting Park Slopers

An underground cloud of toxins that has already invaded the future home of the Whole Foods supermarket, is moving from the industrial neighborhood along the Gowanus Canal toward Park Slope, an engineer told state officials this month. Comment

Atlantic Yards scorecard

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner: He’s won the right to build his $4-billion arena, hotel, office space and residential Xanadu — and he’s gotten his pals in Albany to underwrite it with billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. Nice work if you have the connections to get it. Comment

Le divorce … bakery style

Ninth Street has become Park Slope’s de facto “Rue de la Patisserie” thanks to three French-style bakeries opening up recently — but now the strip is earning another name: “Rue du Divorce Acerbe.” Comment

Black officer picked for high Brooklyn post

Two brownstone Brooklyn lawmakers are crowing this week after Police Commissioner Ray Kelly named a person of color to a powerful borough command. Comment

Circus may parade into Coney Island

Coney Island: Running away to the circus might soon be as easy as taking the D train to Stillwell Avenue if Coney Island real-estate magnate Joseph Sitt has his way. Comment

Wal-Mart targets Albee Square … again

Development: Fulton Mall may be custom made for Wal-Mart. Comment

Bar Minnow is now ‘Brooklyn Burger Bar’

Bar Minnow, best known for its fish-and-burgers menu, has been rechristened the Brooklyn Burger Bar — at least if you can believe awnings. Comment

Mapping a way to the Bridge

It may take “practice” to get to Carnegie Hall, but to get to the virtually unmarked Brooklyn Bridge footpath takes keen eyesight, an internal GPS, and the willingness to ask for directions. Comment

Gentile bill will tackle raccoons

Brooklyn’s raccoons now have their very own Cruella De Vils: City Councilmen Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge) and Domenic Recchia (D–Coney Island), who have sponsored a bill that would require the city to remove the masked critters, whether they’re rabid or not. Comment

Senator St. a landmark

Development: Little pink houses for you and me — but not for Senator Street. Comment

Smartmom’s night in Hell with eight tweens

Smartmom: Smartmom thinks that slumber parties for children under the age of 35 should be banned. Why would any parent want to sacrifice his or her sleep and sanity for an all-night gathering of pre-teen girls? Comment

Pro-park people appeal their case

Bridge ‘Park’: Opponents of a state’s plan to build luxury apartments on the Brooklyn waterfront are appealing last month’s ruling that threw out their case. Comment

Hookers get block group

Red Hook: All the new moms along a once-lonely stretch of the Brooklyn waterfront didn’t just give birth to children — they also delivered a new neighborhood association. Comment