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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Manhattan is a fightin’ word along these Boerum Hill blocks

Atlantic Yards: All Joe Chan wanted to do was bring a “Manhattan-style” condo tower to a run-down block in Boerum Hill. Comment.

Ratner buys friends

Red Hook: It turns out that Bruce Ratner is paying a lot more for his friends than we thought. Comment.

Grand Army Plaza madness

Atlantic Yards: Grand Army Plaza is such a tangled mess of cars, pedestrians, busses, monuments and trees that it’s going to take a European to fix it. Comment.

Blockbuster!

Development: Aimeriez-vous un morceau de fromage? Comment.

Red Hook rethinking the big tourist push

Atlantic Yards: Be careful what you wish for. Red Hook certainly is. Comment.

Yards racial fire

Development: The mud-slinging that surrounds the Atlantic Yards project returned to a classic wedge issue — race — this week, when the project’s loudest opponent made what some on both sides of the development divide interpreted as a racially insensitive remark. Comment.

Yards rivals on same ‘path’

Development: No need to clean your glasses — that is Steve Buscemi and Charles Gargano posing together. Comment.

Hey, Bruce, listen up!

Red Hook: Rocker Dan Zanes — the Bob Dylan of the under-10 set — packed an anti-Atlantic Yards benefit concert Saturday at Hanson Place United Methodist Church in Fort Greene. The former Del Fuegos frontman, a member of the celeb-packed Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn advisory board, performed his folk-tinged anthems after being introduced by fellow board member Steve Buscemi. Comment.

More charges hit architect

Atlantic Yards: The city has expanded its investigation of prolific Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano to include a charge of negligence involving the death of a construction worker last year. Comment.

Man arrested, but law’s heat is still on Guttman

Development: A homeless man was arrested this week for starting the massive fire that devastated a series of warehouses along the rapidly developing Greenpoint waterfront. Comment.