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Blame it on the poor acoustics of the chapel at the First Unitarian Church. Blame it on the renovations at St. Francis College Founders Hall, which necessitated the temporary move. Blame it on the decision to use minimal sets and no stage lights to reflect original Shakespearean productions, performed during the day in natural light or in the evening by candlelight. Comment


Enjoy a cheap night out full of priceless, joyful choreography performed beneath the stars with a performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Prospect Park bandshell on Saturday, July 17. Comment


No need to travel halfway across the world anymore for authentic Turkish cuisine. The Istanbul Seafood Restaurant has literally imported an entire menu and authentic furnishings for you to enjoy. Comment


Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment hosts a Gowanus Canal cruise aboard the Chelsea Screamer on Sunday, July 18, to introduce newcomers to this now legendary waterway. Urban educator Dan Wiley will share tales of the area’s environment, history and industrial architecture. Comment


Squealing guitars and thumping basses will once again rattle the Coney Island boardwalk this Saturday at the Fourth Annual Siren Music Festival. Comment


Pull out your linen blazers and your flowered frocks, because July 22 is the "Summer Soiree 2004," a junior benefit for the Campaign for Prospect Park. The soiree, featuring music spun by Southpaw DJs, dancing and hors d’oeuvres, will be held at the park’s 1905 Beaux Arts boathouse. Comment


At the ripe-old age of 25, pianist Steven Beck is already a seasoned veteran of the Bargemusic stage. Comment


Atlantic Yards: So just who is buying the New Jersey Nets? Comment


For awhile now, the Brooklyn Philharmonic has been far ahead of its more famous Manhattan cousin with respect to commissioning and playing new music by gulp living composers. Comment


Have you been wondering who that wild-haired man in the navy jacket with white polka dots could be? Perhaps you spotted him at a photo shoot at the Prospect Park bandshell on June 2 (left); or at the June 16 Celebrate Brooklyn concert rubbing shoulders with headliners Los Lobos (center); or you’ve seen him co-chair the Brooklyn Botanic Garden fundraiser "Passport to Summer" on June 24 (right)? Comment

Study: Ikea a traffic horror       

A proposed Ikea home furnishings mega-store in Red Hook would flood the neighborhood with 20,000 more cars each Saturday, a number that would force as many as 800 drivers to park along already crowded side streets, according to a report by an independent traffic engineer. Comment

CB2 OK’s Watchtower’s DUMBO towers        

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society moved one step closer this week toward realizing its vision of a major residential complex for its world headquarters on the edge of DUMBO. Comment

Brooklyn Brewery eyes piers       

Brooklyn Brewery wants to pack up its malt and hops and head for the waterfront near Atlantic Avenue, a company official told The Brooklyn Papers. Comment

Activists seek ULURP action for Nets arena, too        

Atlantic Yards: Reacting to legislation proposed by the Democratic leader of the state Assembly Monday that calls for city land use review of plans to build a Manhattan stadium for the New York Jets, activists in Prospect Heights called for the same consideration of developer Bruce Ratner’s plan to build a basketball arena in their neighborhood. Comment


Nestled among Brooklyn Heights brownstones, behind walls of ivy or modern plate-glass entrances, are old-fashioned bed and breakfasts. No sign marks their entrance to beckon tourists. One hears of such places from a friend of a friend whose sister stays there when she visits. Comment

Marty, ready to shop, OKs Red Hook Ikea        

Borough President Marty Markowitz this week said he wants an Ikea megastore to be built on the Red Hook waterfront, but he wants the Swedish home furnishings giant to bring something with it — daycare. Comment

Clones win on Papers’ Day

Cyclones: The Brooklyn Papers’ columnist Ed Shakespeare (right) throws out the ceremonial first pitch during Brooklyn Papers Day at Keyspan Park, where the Brooklyn Cyclones capped a 3-2 10th inning victory with a “bunt home run” by Derran Watts. Above, Watts scores the winning run after his bunt was misplayed into a four-base error on the Staten Island Yankees’ pitcher, who fielded the ball and threw it into right field. Comment

Monsters steal Ridge family’s      dog

Next to a pony, nothing could have made Anthony D’Alessandro’s three young daughters happier than a puppy. Comment

Millionth fan can’t throw K

Cyclones: Joe Gajdos, an unemployed machine shop worker, went to Keyspan Park with some friends for the first time in his life on July 13 — and ended up being the team’s one-millionth fan. Comment

Brooklyn’s baseball ‘Babes’

Play’s the Thing: Brooklyn baseball has long had its share of “Babes” — Babe Herman, Babe Phelps, Babe Dahlgren and even Babe Ruth, who was a coach with the Dodgers in 1938. Comment

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