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As anyone who has watched Chris Rock’s stand-up act, HBO show or guest appearances on TV chat-fests can attest, the comedian/actor is a smart, straight-talking Brooklyn guy with a fierce wit. Comments (1)


Brooklyn Arts Exchange is kicking off the first event of its 2006 "First Weekends New Performance and Discussion Series" with a visit from the Mob. Comment


Who is the B.P.M.? Comments (1)


In one of those ugly New York landlord stories, Diane and Joseph DiMeo (pictured) were forced to sell their cooking school, the Neighborhood Kitchen, on Court Street. Determined to make the best of a lousy situation, the couple created Soju, a cozy neighborhood restaurant on Atlantic Avenue. Comment


Below are a few "honorable mentions" that would have made the list if I had been allowed to name my Top 16, and several citations are awarded to places that could use a reality check. Comment


In the past year, more restaurants opened than I could possibly visit, and those in which I dined are raising the bar on what constitutes a great meal - at a tab that puts less evolved Manhattan places to shame. Comment

Gas station owner stuck in neutral Fears Ratner buyout off the table

Atlantic Yards: John Tsao may be out of gas. Comment

Keep your ’park’ thoughts brief

Want to put in one last word on the Brooklyn Bridge Park? Make sure to speak quickly or write in simple sentences because the development’s planners won’t have much time for close reading. The state agency overseeing the proposed $150-million commercial, recreational and residential development has given itself just over 12 hours between the close of the “public comment period” on Jan. 17 at 5 pm and a scheduled vote to approve the plan’s environmental impact statement. The plan for a two-mile waterfront development remains controversial because it includes luxury condos, a ho Comment

Hop on the DUMBO trolley!        

Now that Cadman Plaza East between Tillary Street and Red Cross Place has become a private, guarded parking lot for courthouse employees, it’s time for area residents to get something back. Comment

The new Brooklyn Public Library:        

Atlantic Yards: The building is clear, but who will pay for it remains murky. Comment


Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to curl up and relax with one good book - or nine, if you plan on attending every event in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s upcoming literary series. Comment

In Brooklyn, bowling strikes out

Brooklyn Angle: No one is likely to call the Mark Lanes in Bay Ridge “paradise.” It’s a bit cramped, the lighting gives everyone sullen, Steve Buscemi eyes and the woman behind the counter looks over newcomers like El-Al security guards. Comment

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