GO Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Paper#8217;s essential guide to the Borough of Kings

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005


Director Susan Stroman says there were advantages to filming her movie musical version of Mel Brooks’s "The Producers" at Steiner Studios before work on the brand-new Brooklyn facility was even complete. Comment


Johannes Sanzin and Chelsea Altman have struck again. The co-owners of Fort Greene’s Pequena, a small, casual Mexican eatery, and Clinton Hill’s Maggie Brown, another casual bar and American bistro, have joined with new partner Dan DiMarti, to open their third Brooklyn restaurant, Olea. Their newest addition to Fort Greene is a gorgeous, pan-Mediterranean taverna and raw bar with a far-reaching menu that works. Comment


Finding a decent Thai restaurant in the neighborhoods surrounding Mai, the new Southeast Asian eatery that borders Fort Greene and Park Slope, is as simple as scoring a bowl of French onion soup in Park Slope. Satisfying a craving for Indonesian cuisine or the complex flavors of Malaysia is another story. That is, until Mai opened on Atlantic Avenue in September. Comment


If the term "craft fair" conjures in your mind two tables of stained glass ornaments and a creepy doll parts tent, you might rethink your presumptions. Craft fair meets holiday party as "Bust" magazine hosts a raucous, 12-hour "Holiday Craftacular" in Greenpoint on Saturday, Dec. 17. Comment


If you happen to get an earful of soul-stirring children’s voices raised in song while meandering through Downtown Brooklyn on Monday, Dec. 12, follow the sound to the source and enjoy the free, live performance by the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The group will perform a program of songs and carols for that evening’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall plaza. Comment

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