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Lately, Vanderbilt Avenue has become the home stretch for artisanal pizza. In addition to Amorina Cucina Rustica, which opened in March, dishing out the goods, there’s Graziella’s. It’s the perfect spot if you want to eat your pie and enjoy it on a roof-deck (pictured), too. Comment


You can describe Jennifer Connelly’s new movie, "Dark Water," as a psychological thriller, a tale of urban isolation or even a parable of maternal love - just don’t call it a "horror movie." Comment


"Remember him?" I asked my husband, nodding to the man seating guests at the restaurant Ici. Comment


For the opening night of its 41st annual season of Concerts in the Parks - in which the orchestra presents a week’s worth of performances throughout the five boroughs, Long Island and New Jersey - the New York Philharmonic performs July 12 in Prospect Park. Comment


Question: What filmmaker died at age 29 after making only one feature film - and did not even live to see it edited and released properly - only to become one of the world’s most influential directors? Comment


"Coney Island Last Stop," a new play by Michael Schwartz, is being staged as part of The Moral Values Festival at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, now through July 3. Comment


The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s sixth annual "Movies with a View" series in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, which kicks off on July 7, will screen movies involving water in honor of the magnificent waterfront that serves as the series’ backdrop. Comment

Ratner commits to select groups        

Atlantic Yards: More than 100 supporters of developer Bruce Ratner’s plan to build an arena for the New Jersey Nets basketball team and 17 residential and commercial high-rises in Prospect Heights showed up Monday at Fulton Ferry Landing to celebrate the completion of a community benefits agreement, or CBA, between the developer and community groups that have supported his project. Comment

Anti-Ikea suit tossed by judge        

A state Supreme Court judge this week dismissed a lawsuit brought by Red Hook community groups seeking to block construction of the city’s first Ikea home furnishings big box store. Comment

Bill paves way for a-PARK-ments        

A bill recently passed by the state Legislature is expected to pave the way for condominium development in the planned Brooklyn Bridge Park commercial-recreational-housing development along the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO waterfront. Comment


Who could resist an invitation to a party at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with a "Night in Havana" theme? Apparently no one, because last Thursday night’s soiree, hosted by the Garden’s New Leaders Circle (translation: young professionals), was sold out. Comment

Ratner execs move in on Freddy’s        

Atlantic Yards: It’s not that Frank Yost went out of his way to get involved in the fracas surrounding developer Bruce Ratner’s plans to build a basketball arena and skyscrapers in Prospect Heights. Comments (1)

It’s all about money

Weintrob: Whether Bruce Ratner gets to build his Atlantic Yards mega-project rests not on any eminent domain decision (he already owns much of the private property on the site) but on government’s willingness to put our treasuries at the developer’s disposal. Comment

Sandy’s nip-tuck ruffles feathers

Cyclones: Plastic surgery is all the rage these days, so it shouldn’t cause any surprise when even birds fly in to go under the knife. Yet, the apparent off-season cosmetic surgery on Sandy the Seagull, the Cyclones’ original mascot, has ruffled the feathers of more than a few Cyclones fans. Comment

And now you know the names

Play’s the Thing: The Cyclones are, as of this writing, a first-place ball club, and that’s great. But as a Clones follower, you probably can’t tell one Brooklyn player from another without a scorecard this early in the season. Comment

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