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Intelligencer: August 15-22

Bloodbath at Bendel's, the battle of the corporate bands, an anti-terror tax on stoners, and more.

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It Happens This Week
• Last Bryant Park alfresco movie: “Jaws.”
• Last SummerStage: Death Cab for Cutie and the Decemberists.
• This season’s last big meta-fictional beach book: “Lunar Park.”
• Neil Diamond at MSG vs. Michael Bolton at Brighton Beach.


Freddy Ferrer’s Shades of Green
Overconfident operatives pre-plan for victory.
The Democratic primary’s a month away, but some of Freddy Ferrer’s aides are apparently so confident of winning that they’re already contacting top undecided Dems to discuss post-primary strategy and enlist their help against Mayor Bloomberg. One Dem says a top Ferrer adviser called to discuss plans for a “unity” event with all the defeated candidates the day after Freddy’s apparently inevitable (to them, anyway) victory. “They’re saying to people who haven’t yet joined Freddy, ‘Why don’t you come?’ ” says the Dem, adding that it’s reminiscent of 2001, when primary victor Mark Green’s aides started planning their move to City Hall before losing to Bloomberg. “It’s like, Don’t you have to win first?” Ferrer spokesperson Jen Bluestein responds: “Ferrer is fighting to earn every vote and looks forward to a united Democratic fight after primary day.”
—Greg Sargent


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