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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Walentas has ‘Issue’

Downtown: Issue Project Room, a cutting-edge performing arts center, will leave its Gowanus Canal zone and create a theater inside the former Board of Education offices at 110 Livingston St. Comment.

Tale of two renderings

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner and his foes presented starkly different visions for the mega-project this week — one, a scaled-back, Frank Gehry wonderland, the other, a collection of bulky buildings and a basketball arena surrounded for decades by parking lots. Comment.

Bossert sold?

Downtown: The Hotel Bossert, the swanky Montague Street accommodation that was the site of the Dodgers’ knock-down, drag-out World Series victory party in 1955 and, more recently, was a dormitory for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, has apparently been sold. Then again, no one’s talking. Comment.

Writ large

Downtown: A heavyweight Manhattan law firm is transferring some of its back office employees to Metrotech, but the firm’s attorneys won’t dirty their white shoes in Downtown Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Tale of two rallies

Atlantic Yards: Union hardhats faced off against with stroller moms — and a half-dozen local elected officials — at rival protests in the footprint of the proposed Atlantic Yards project on Saturday. Comments (6).

Tale of the tape: Cory vs. Marty

Atlantic Yards: The mayor of Newark and the Beep of Brooklyn take their fight to win the Nets to the basketball court. Comments (2).

Ratner backer once a pimp

Atlantic Yards: One of Bruce Ratner’s boosters at the pro-Atlantic Yards rally on Saturday was a former strip club manager who testified that he arranged for dancers to have sex with NBA stars. Comments (17).

Three-alarm firehouse deal

Williamsburg: Two firehouses decommissioned amid intense protests in 2003 will be reborn — one as a home for the borough’s nomadic orchestra and the other as community center. Comment.