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Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006

Singing ’Soprano’      

Writer-actor Michael Imperioli to front La Dolce Vita in Park Slope

Music: When accepting the invitation to interview the thespian who plays murdering, recovering drug addict Christopher Moltisanti on HBO’s "The Sopranos" - the same character who sanctioned the terrifying slaughter of his own fiancée to protect his mafia family from the FBI - you take a moment to ponder the prudence of going to the meeting at his Manhattan theater without a few consiglieres in tow. Comment.

Marty’s humble opinion

Atlantic Yards: (Click here to download the unedited audio [13.8 MB].) Comment.

Taste of 2006       

Dining: It’s been another good year of eating. Comment.

Covering Atlantic Yards

Editorial: Over the last 12 months, no story has been as important to Brooklyn — and, as a result, to this newspaper — as Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development. Comment.

What’s in store      

Theater: All the world’s a stage - even your local kitchenware store. Comment.

Weird home saved by divine inspiration

The Broken Angel of Clinton Hill will be saved — as long as its owners chop off the top floors, do structural work on the lower floors, reconstruct the central stairwell, and stay off the premises until the work is complete. Comment.

Year in Yards

Atlantic Yards: The biggest real-estate project in the history of Brooklyn went from being a dream of a few politicians and a developer to a state-ordained reality this year. And every week, Bruce Ratner’s plan for a mini-city of 16 towers and an arena for the New Jersey Nets was in The Papers. Here’s a refresher course. Comment.

Skating in a wonderland

The Christmas music has finally been banished from Prospect Park’s Wollman rink, so we asked manager Karen LeRiche to tell us what songs she has in store for skaters. Comment.

‘Toxic’ worksite has Verizon employees fearing for lives

The union representing 150 Verizon workers has lodged a complaint against the telecommunication giant saying it had not done anything about cancer-causing benzene that is beneath their Gowanus Canal worksite. Comment.

Residents battle over sale of church’s garden

Development: If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. Comment.

Here’s to the winners

It wouldn’t be a year-in-review issue without handing out the coveted Brooklyn Papers awards. So without further ado. Comment.

Pro-war Vito vs. anti-war Rangel on draft

New York City’s sole Republican Congressman and most hawkish supporter of the war in Iraq is trying to stymie the city’s most anti-war Democrat in his efforts to reinstitute the draft. Comment.

Calf with a beef goes on the lam

“Herbie the Hereford” is enjoying a well-deserved rest in upstate New York as a new owner appears ready to give the wayward calf a permanent home. Comment.

NY Post truck totals car, loses reader

The city’s tawdriest tabloid has proven itself tight-fisted this holiday season, refusing to reimburse a Brooklyn Heights woman after one of its delivery trucks totaled her car. Comment.

Another politically correct year

It’s not for nothing that Park Slope has earned a reputation for political correctness. The Bobos, or “bourgeois bohemians,” with their Strand tote bags and expensive coifs, have a tradition of contorting themselves into unsightly shapes to avoid offending anyone. But 2006 saw the neighborhood take the PC-craze to new heights (or new lows, depending on your perspective). Here are some of our favorite moments. Comment.

2006: The Year in Review

Atlantic Yards: From the first fireworks of New Year’s Day to the state’s end-of-year approval of Bruce Ratner’s plans to transform a rail yard into a mini-Times Square, this year had it all. Here’s our highly subjective overview. 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.

Fightin’ 11th just part of wild year in politics

A five-way race for a rare open congressional seat was just part of the fun in this wild year in politics. Comment.

The Papers mourns

This year, Brooklyn lost some of its most important people and institutions. Comment.

Gap fireworks

What do exercise, fireworks and free food all have in common? They are all featured events at Prospect Park’s New Year’s Eve celebration, of course! Comment.

Who you callin’ stoop-id?

It’s the white-collar economy, stoop-id! Comments (1).

Cheap thrills

Anyone whose New Year’s resolution is to inject a little more culture and excitement into his or her life - without spending a fortune - might want to check out the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday series. Comment.

A Champagne Primer

Advertorial: New Year’s Eve approaches, and there is no better way to toast the coming New Year than with a glass of Champagne. Here is a quick guide to understanding this most magical of drinks! Comment.

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