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Cibo e Gente is Italian for "food for the people." Because none of its entrees are priced over $14.95, Cibo e Gente is an appropriate name for this new Smith Street trattoria. It has prices "the people" can afford. Comment


Two Brooklyn musicians have teamed up to record "Songs About You," a collection of 12 jazz standards and new works, on Iana Records. The second album by jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin, "Songs About You," is a collaboration with composer and pianist Charles Sibirsky. Comment


The Brooklyn Academy of Music raises the curtain on its "2005 Next Wave Festival" on Oct. 4, with a play by the Handspring and Sogolon puppet companies, "Tall Horse," at the BAM Harvey Theater and Philip Glass’ composition "Orion" at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Comment


After taking two steps into Song, the Thai restaurant on Fifth Avenue, I wanted to back out the door. The din of the place was deafening. Comment


Composer and sax player Marcus Strickland (pictured) will kick off the new "Brooklyn Jazz Series" at Water Street Restaurant & Lounge on Sept. 18. Comment


The focus of this year’s Atlantic Antic street festival - Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 am to 6 pm - is food, so bring your appetite for the trek along Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue. Comment

CB6 rips ‘park’

Following a public hearing on the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday, Community Board 6 called the state’s draft environmental impact study inadequate and asked for the planners to scale back planned private condominium development on the waterfront and provide more analysis of alternate active uses, transportation and parking. Comment

Mayor heralds a new Coney

Coney Island will be restored to its former glory within the next few years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Wednesday. Comment

Ratner seeks to house Katrina exiles

Atlantic Yards: With condominium apartments to spare, developer Bruce Ratner — who has bought out most of the loft owners within the footprint of his Atlantic Yards mega-development in Prospect Heights — may be seeking to use the empty dwellings to temporarily provide shelter for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Comment

RATNER GETS SITE With MTA’s blessing, Bruce leaves $10 million deposit on rail yards

Atlantic Yards: The cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday accepted developer Bruce Ratner’s $100 million bid for the development rights over 8.5 acres of train yards at the cusp of Downtown Brooklyn. Comment


The Wildlife Conservation Society will host "Dinner on the Sea," a benefit for the New York Aquarium, on Thursday, Sept. 22. The dinner and silent auction raises funds for the Aquarium’s wildlife preservation research and education programs. Comment

Now for the 2005 Clonies

Play’s the Thing: There is nothing like a Clonie Award — the annual end-of-season award presented by The Brooklyn Papers to a deserving Cyclone or a personage associated with Brooklyn baseball. Comment

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