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Brooke Ellison, who at age 11 was hit by a car and left paralyzed from the neck down, has defied the odds. Despite her handicap, she graduated with honors from Harvard University in 2000 and her life inspired a film. Comment


A silver shovel that Mayor Fiorello La Guardia used to break ground at Brooklyn College’s Midwood campus in 1935 now stands erect in the center of the college library, like a statue commemorating the beginning of a celebrated legacy. Comment


On July 24 at 3 pm, the Coney Island Museum will host an artist’s reception for "Philomena Marano: (still) Under the Influence." Comment


The hills of Prospect Park are going to be alive with Robert Wise’s Oscar-winning 1965 film, "The Sound of Music," on July 29 at 7:30 pm. According to Celebrate Brooklyn’s Jack Walsh, the film will be shown in Cinemascope on the band shell’s 50-foot-wide, 22-foot-tall screen "as it was meant to be seen." Comment


"We all use each other and that’s what we think of as love," says Catherine Holly in Tennessee Williams’ "Suddenly Last Summer," The Sackett Group’s inaugural show at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse. Comment


Proving that a picture is truly worth a thousand words, a community activist and longtime supporter of the plan to build a Brooklyn Bridge Park set off a flurry of anxious e-mails this week when he distributed a computer-generated image of what he believes a planned 30-story condominium tower at the park’s southern end would look like. Comment


Watching the microphone-wielding cabaret singer, dressed in a black bow tie and white, double-breasted jacket, at the Triad Theatre in Manhattan Tuesday night was a blast from the past, indeed. Bay Ridge native Martin McQuade sang Bing Crosby songs from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, and even showed off the crooner’s merchandise from that time period: a vintage mousetrap and ice cream box. Comment


Albano Ballerini, one of the pioneers of Vanderbilt Avenue’s new culinary renaissance, has opened a second outpost, Amorina Cucina Rustica, across the avenue from his first idiosyncratic cafe, Aliseo Osteria del Borgo. Comment

U.N.-BELIEVABLE Seek permanent office space in Downtown Brooklyn

Borough President Marty Markowitz has been lobbying United Nations officials to relocate to Downtown Brooklyn during the planned reconstruction of the international body’s general headquarters in Manhattan — and the effort may be paying off. Comment

Halt on 160 Imlay condos ... again        

Call it the luxury condominium project that New York judges just love to hold. Comment

MTA won’t show hand Refuses to release bid info

Despite mounting pressure from community groups, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said this week it would not make public the details of two bids submitted by developers seeking to build over the Atlantic Avenue rail storage yards until the authority’s board had completed its review of them. Comment

Doctoroff: Brooklyn key to economy

Atlantic Yards: The future of New York City’s economy depends on Brooklyn, Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff said this week. Comment


What is a neighborhood restaurant? It depends on the neighborhood. In Park Slope, bistros abound; ditto for Smith Street in Boerum Hill. In Bay Ridge, locals have flocked to 101 Restaurant & Bar since its opening, 14 years ago. Comments (1)

Welcome home to ‘Oisk’ & da ‘bums

Play’s the Thing: Brooklyn Papers Cyclones Coverage JULY 23, 2005 ISSUE Comment

In Brooklyn, Long Island’s in the house

Cyclones: The Cyclones don’t have any players from Brooklyn on the roster this year, but they do have two players from Long Island, which makes them, well, semi-local. Comment

Strawberry ‘roves’ into Keyspan Park

Cyclones: Darryl Strawberry played for all four former or current New York City major-league clubs: The Mets, the Dodgers, the Giants, and the Yankees. But the slugging outfielder’s greatest success was with the Mets, World Series winners in 1986. Comment

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