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What a ’body’

Spa: The brand spankin’ new, 10,000-square-foot Body By Brooklyn Spa and Lounge, which opened at 275 Park Ave., at Washington Avenue, in Clinton Hill in March, is remarkable for its size - 10 treatment rooms - as well as its attention to each luxurious detail. Comment

Healing hands

Spa: When she was a child in Guyana, South America, Rosa-Nicole Barclay’s grandmother told her she had magic hands. Comment

Bruno’s shine

Spa: I have to make a confession: I’m in love with Bruno. Comment

Happy birthday

For its April 1 concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, the Brooklyn Philharmonic presents "Love and Betrayal," a program paying tribute to composers celebrating milestone birthdays: Mozart’s 250th and Dmitri Shostakovich’s 100th. Comment

Rx for youth

Spa: "Hold these rubber chickens," advises laser technician Natella Davydova of Brooklyn Heights’s new Dermacare medi-spa. "You can squeeze them if there is a little pain." Comment

April showers

Spa: Mask-ing beauty Comment


Atlantic Yards: Woe, Canada — Freddy’s Bar has joined the boycott of Brooklyn Brewery beer and is replacing the hometown suds with Labatt Blue. Comment


Atlantic Yards: Despite months of delays and false starts in realizing his vision of building a Brooklyn arena for his New Jersey Nets, Bruce Ratner remains convinced that everything is going according to plan. Comment

State gives Ratner $33M        

Atlantic Yards: Legislators in Albany have handed developer Bruce Ratner his first public subsidy for his Atlantic Yards project, allocating $33 million for the still-unapproved mega-development. Comment

Jersey swamp people ready for Brooklyn invasion        

Atlantic Yards: Here’s an unanticipated downside to the New Jersey Nets’ plan to relocate to Brooklyn: Wave after wave of Garden Staters will come, too. Comment

State finds new lawyer        

Atlantic Yards: They swore in court that it couldn’t be done, but the state agency reviewing Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project has landed a new lawyer. Comment

Ratner’s rubberstampers        

Atlantic Yards: We like the mythical image of our lawmakers in Albany gathering daily in their oak-lined legislative chambers to heartily debate the weighty issues of the day. We prefer that to the stark reality — that most of our assemblymembers and state senators do little but rubber-stamp decisions made by their chamber’s leadership. This week, our representatives didn’t even chat before awarding $33-million in public subsidies for Bruce Ratner’s still-unapproved Atlantic Yards project. The money, inserted quietly into the $357-million Education, Labor and Family Assistance budget, is likely onl Comment

Cavern of delights

Spa: Nowadays, it’s all about the mix. Comment

Mommy   night out

Smartmom: Hepcat got a job, Harried Harriet is seeing a new man, Tall and Lanky’s house renovation was dragging on, and the war in Iraq entered its fourth year. Sounds like it was time for a “Mommy Dinner.” Comment
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Decanters & Decanting

When I teach aspiring Wine Captains about decanting wine, I tell them that there are three “Official” reasons for decanting, and one “Insider’s” reason: 1. Big bottles, such as double magnums, are awkward to pour from. It is easier, and you will spill less, if you pour from the bottle into a decanter, then fill the glasses from the decanter. I have always loved big bottles. They’re so much fun to open at a party, and they make an impressive gift. Opening a larger bottle seems to make it more of a special occasion, but pouring from such a heavy bottle can often lead Read more…

OH MAMA!        

Even in clay, Britney Spears is on the front lines in the Culture War. Comment

Brooklyn Spa Directory 2006

Spa: Listed below are Brooklyn spas and the services and products they offer. Unless otherwise noted, a basic facial and basic massage are one-hour treatments. Spa protocol Comment

Searching for good wine on Myrtle

Brooklyn Angle: He had me at Merlot. Of course, I was sympathetic towards Brian Robinson, a nice Brooklyn guy, even before he started plying me with spoiled French grape juice. Comment

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