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Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni was not a wunderkind like Orson Welles, Francois Truffaut or Terrence Malick, whose first films were instant classics. Comment

Grand Army Plaza: Park or thruway?

Development: Grand Army Plaza is grand in name only. Comment


"Un Ballo in Maschera" (or "The Masked Ball") is a typical mid-19th-century Italian grand opera: it has intrigue, romance, murderous conspiracies, and - best of all - the glorious music of Giuseppe Verdi ("La Traviata," "Aida"). Comment


CANNES, France - "This is nice, but it can’t compare to the view from Red Hook," said Kino head Don Krim, a New York film distributor, as he stood at the water’s edge in Cannes. Comment


Williamsburg’s Dokebi is not your typical 32nd Street Korean restaurant. There are no tables of men, with their ties thrown to the side, gobbling up hundreds of little dishes. The service is attentive without being fawning, and no cloud of barbecue smoke lingers in the air. Comment


At one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in the city, Brooklynites are invited to celebrate traditional song, dance, food and arts presented by 1,000 artists, performers and educators from North and South America. Comment


It took six years of wholesaling her cookies before Dawn Casale founded a retail outlet. She opened her Cobble Hill shop, One Girl Cookie, in November 2005. You’ll smell the aroma of her husband David Crofton’s baking goodies wafting down Dean Street several minutes before you spot the store’s pale blue exterior. Inside, the walls bear a mural of chocolate and cream portraits of her relatives, the original inspiration for the company. Comment


Earth is left behind as dancers explore outer space in a theatrical performance that actually started out as an idea for a theme party. Comment


In Shelly Reuben’s latest mystery, "The Skirt Man" (Harcourt, $24), it becomes tragically clear that a man should not be judged by his sartorial choices but by his actions. Comment

Downtown czar

Downtown plan: Mayor Bloomberg has called in a relief pitcher to help save the Downtown Brooklyn Plan. Comment

Let the market rule

Downtown plan: Don’t believe the hype. That’s the main lesson to be learned from the news that Mayor Bloomberg has created a new office to oversee commercial development in Downtown Brooklyn. The new “czar” will be charged with rescuing the Downtown Brooklyn Plan — a massive, high-rise-friendly upzoning that passed unanimously just two years ago. Comment

Court OKs Ratner demolition after the fact

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner has won the right to tear down buildings that he’s already demolished in the footprint of his proposed Atlantic Yards project. Comment

You call this art? Where’s the dung?

Brooklyn Angle: So this is what all the fuss was about? That art show that got banned by the Parks Department because it was “inappropriate” for children and veterans opened late last week in DUMBO — and I was first on line. Comment

Smartmom answers critics & kibbitzers

Smartmom: Writing teachers always advise newbies, “Write what you know.” But Smartmom learned first-hand the perils of that credo after last month’s article, Ratner $$ can’t buy love, angered many in the PS 321 community. Comment

Council goes to bat for ‘RR’

Development: A handful of Brooklyn City Council members doesn’t want the Underground Railroad to get railroaded. Comment

Port land becomes ‘park’

Bridge ‘Park’: One mile of waterfront land moved from one state hand to another this week when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey formally handed over four Brooklyn Heights piers to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation. Comment

Crying ‘wolf-pack’

Despite a flood of media reports that teenage gangs are waging violent attacks on visitors to Prospect Park, the level of crime within the leafy confines is roughly the same as last year, police officials told The Brooklyn Papers. Comment
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