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Frying Pan Secure for Next Five Years; Whole Foods Selling Flat Beer on the LES?

Chelsea: The Frying Pan has signed a five-year lease that will begin next May. [Chelsea Now via Eater] Clinton Hill: Get your Oktoberfest on with a beer, cider, and sausage fest at 55 Lexington Avenue on September 29. [A Brooklyn Life] East Harlem: Italian Americans are still mourning the August closure of Morrone & Sons bakery on East 116th Street. Especially the 72-year-old matron who opened the shop in 1956. [NYT] Fort Greene: Crisp artichokes make a great burger topping at 67, even when the beef is greasy and overcooked. [Eat for Victory/VV] Jackson Heights: Jackson Diner and Rajbhog Sweets are among some 85 restaurants participating in Queens Restaurant Week running September 17 to 20 and 24 to 27. [About.com] Lower East Side: Whole Foods should top off beer-container refills with CO2 if they care about customers getting home to find flat beer. [Eat] Park Slope: Frank Bruni was inundated with responses to his feature on handicapped-accessible restaurants, including one about his “beloved Franny’s” who wouldn’t slice “a pizza for someone who had just undergone neurosurgery on her (writing) hand because ‘the chef doesn’t do that.’” [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Soho: Barcelona’s artisanal-candy chain Papabubble has settled on a U.S. location at 380 Broome Street and an opening date of October 18. [Papabubble via Down by the Hipster]

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Women Chefs Congregate in Chelsea; Sam Mason Has Fans on the LES

Chelsea: 25 women chefs including Anita Lo and Del Posto pastry chef Nicole Kaplan will cook at a cancer benefit at Pier 60 on Monday. [Restaurant Girl] Related: Women Chefs Come Out in Force For Benefit Flatiron: Hill Country hosts 4-Foodies on September 18 for the online group’s second tasting event. [4-Foodies] Harlem: Mexican street vendors will prepare the fare at Restaurante La Hacienda on September 19 for a Tamale and Tequila Tasting organized by the non-profit group Esperanza del Barrio. [Uptown Flavor] Lower East Side: Tailor gets high marks from opening-night diners who may not have understood the menu, but appreciated the results. [Eat for Victory/VV] Midtown West: A food cart on 46th Street at Sixth Avenue is serving up special Ramadan “break-the-fast” boxes. [Midtown Lunch] Tribeca: Cognac week at Brandy Library means free tastings every night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday.

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Magnolia to Lure Cupcake Crazies to the Upper West Side

Chelsea: Trestle on Tenth launches weekend brunch this Saturday with a fall menu that includes bacon-and-onion rösti and banana-stuffed French toast with vanilla syrup. Fort Greene: IHOP is making more New York moves: In addition to taking on Times Square, the chain will open an outlet on Livingston Street near Bond Street. [NYDN] Midtown East: Bloomingdale's has moved tangy fro-yo pioneer Forty Carrots from the basement to a larger, more befitting seventh floor space. [NYT] Sherry-Lehmann wine store has completed its relocation to Park Avenue at 59th Street. [NYT] Red Hook: You may have missed LeNell’s absinthe tasting (she drinks it up by the way), but she’ll host a tequila tasting this Sunday in honor of Mexican Independence Day. [LeNell’s] Upper West Side: A second Magnolia bakery will open on 69th Street at Columbus this winter, and owner Steve Abrams thinks he can keep it a secret from tourists. [Eater] Juan Cuevas has left Blue Hill to be the chef de cuisine at Ed Brown’s Eighty One, which should open in December. [NYS]

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Rooms to Rent in the Chelsea Hotel! Sort Of.

Bushwick: Oh, God: Now the Offensive Gay Gentrifier is writing offensive haiku. ("Oh, the bodega/So many on each corner/Like ghetto Starbucks…") [BushwickBK] Chelsea: Once again, new management is advertising rooms at the storied Chelsea Hotel for the low price of $119 a night. "Subject to availability," that is. So are they really available? [Living with Legends] Clinton Hill: They're filming something in the hood today…and it's probably a Heineken commercial. [Clinton Hill Blog] Park Slope: That raccoon that attacked a woman in the park recently? It and its kind apparently like fresh, raw fish. Hm — sushi-eating attack raccoons. [Gowanus Lounge] Sunnyside: It's the new Astoria! Or so some are saying, based on slightly cheaper rents in this Queens nabe. [OuterB] Williamsburg: At the community-board meeting last night, it was all about the fate of the half-built Finger Building (just how tall should it be?)… that, and the faltering sewage system, that is. [Brownstoner]

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Hitting the Road

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As a halfhearted cabbie strike made it easier to flag down a school bus than a yellow taxi during rush hour last week, the Big Apple did its best to keep moving forward. Hillary out-earned rivals Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani in the city during the second quarter — and bested Rudy in a poll asking which candidate people would most like to have riding shotgun on a long road trip — but hit a speed bump trying to maintain her distance from former six-figure fund-raiser and felon Norman Hsu, who skipped out on bail.

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Roosevelt Islanders Resent Their Frothy Moat

BoCoCa: The skateboarders terrorizing this Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens "compound" neighborhood are "light-skinned and Asian." Sound the alarm gong! [Brooklynian] Chelsea: The fact that Ethan Hawke has stepped up against the de-corporatization of the Chelsea Hotel does not keep denizens there from mocking his "experimental" film Chelsea Walls. [Living with Legends] Dumbo: Sounds like a few hard-core panhandlers continue to thwart the hood's evolution toward loftopia. Aw. [DumboNYC] Gowanus: The sleek new Hotel Le Bleu's opening is delayed again, now till October 1. Could they be cowed by their own nightly rates of up to $400 (for Gowanus)? [Brownstoner] Harlem: Keith Haring's 1986 "Crack Is Wack" mural in Harlem River Park is getting a makeover. You know what? We miss Keith Haring. [About.com] Roosevelt Island: The locals are griping that they have no way of gaining access to the water, even though they're surrounded by it — being on an island and all. [Roosevelt Islander] Williamsburg: Hipsters are getting mugged around here — and we don't mean in East Williamsburg (né Bushwick), we mean in the expensive, trendy part! [Brooklyn Paper]

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Red Hook Vendors Safe for Season; Fro-Yo Knockoff Welcomed in Jackson Heights

Astoria: Does Joey take a cut of Sicilian slice sales, or is Rose & Joe’s really worth a special trip? Let us know what you think of their square pies at grubstreet@nymag.com. [Joey in Astoria] Chelsea: Toast Timbo at a Pier 60 fund-raiser tomorrow night offering copious amounts of food and drink in memory of a young victim of Traumatic Brain Injury. [Timbo Fund] Dumbo: Blanc & Rouge pits Bordeaux against Burgundy in tasting on September 26. [Dumbo NYC] Greenwich Village: BBQ on University closed without warning last night, but there is hope its greasy treats and fishbowls of fluorescent libations will return to another Eighth Street space. [Eater] Harlem: There’s interest in pinpointing what’s lacking for restaurants in the nabe. [Uptown Flavor] Jackson Heights: The next shameless knockoff to touch down in Queens: Yogurberry. [Eat for Victory/VV] Red Hook: The Parks Department grants ball-field vendors extended permits letting them finish the season ending October 21. And maybe longer; Senator Schumer says that he “looks forward to eating goat tacos, ceviche and spicy corn on the cob at the ball fields for years to come.” [City Room/NYT] West Village: Centro Vinoteca has a full new lunch menu highlighted by polpette burgers and "cubano toscano" sandwiches.

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Brooklyn Raccoons Fighting Back at Last

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Property prices are coming down here. Is the checkered hood the first to feel the mighty real-estate market tremble? [Brownstoner] Chelsea: As the Chelsea Hotel faces possible big changes, denizens last week went through the trash in front of the hotel to salvage art books featuring, uh, the hotel. How poignantly meta-something is that? [Living with Legends] Dumbo: What's more exciting around here this week: Film-shoot sightings of that adorable Cameron and Ashton or news that Vinegar Hill will get its very own mom-and-pop pharmacy? You decide. [DumboNYC] Fort Greene: The city wants to use eminent domain to claim a liquor store turned just-finished arts venue as space for a dance company and new housing units. [Gothamist via Brooklyn Paper] Greenpoint: Edits on subway ads here for Tim Gunn's new fashion makeover show indicate that locals would like it to feature more fried-chicken-eating chicks with dicks. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: Columbia upperclasspeople want the newbies to know that Harlem is not that dangerous and worth checking out — even if, yes, 125th Street is kinda trashy. [Columbia Spectator] Park Slope: The park's geese, ducks, and raccoons are getting aggressive and biting residents. Maybe they're just stressed from trying to get their broods into the hood's top-ranked animal schools. [Gowanus Lounge]

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Someone Is Already Stealing Christmas?

Astoria: Someone has stepped up and claimed a family tie to that recently sold "mystery mansion" on 47th Street. Yeah, the one with all the sculptures. [OuterB] Brooklyn Heights: Jeez, you'd think that after all it took to schlep that floating pool to Brooklyn Bridge Park they could leave it there at least a few weeks longer than this weekend. But no. And the pool goes to the Bronx next summer. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Chelsea: Residents in and near the London Terrace apartment block are dwelling on the bright side of long-term scaffolding: They can walk their dogs in the rain without their umbrella … ella … ella. [You Want a Piece of Me?] Greenpoint: In the city's Great Bedbug Scare of 2007, it's come to this: free sidewalk sofas claiming they're critter-free. Wow, free and uninfested. [Newyorkshitty] Maspeth: Who hired some guy this past weekend to cut down what serves as the area's beloved Christmas tree? And, as the mystery cutter said, is a replacement tree really en route? [Queens Crap] Park Slope: You can almost forgive Slopesters for being so smugly bougie-boho when you see how they rally behind someone like Andy, the local fruit-truck guy who's temporarily away after having a stroke. Get better, Andy! [OTBKB] Williamsburg: An e-mail leaked out of a city-council member's office complains of oil unearthed at a development site across the street from — you guessed it — the famous contaminated Roebling Oil Field! [Gowanus Lounge]

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Hill Country Delivers in Flatiron; Music Coffeehouse Comes to Chelsea

Astoria: “Restaurant/cafe/bar/club type establishment” Apollon has closed. [Joey in Astoria] Chelsea: Next Tuesday music production school DubSpot is opening a cafe on 14th Street at 9th Avenue that will feature La Colombe coffee. [Blog Chelsea] Flatiron: Hill Country’s now delivering from 21st to 31st Street between 8th avenue and Park, but if you order enough ’cue they’ll lug it anywhere. [Grub Street] Forest Hills: Shwarma destination On the Grill now sprinkles fried, lemony, Moroccan style jalapeños on its platters. [Gothamist] East Village: Il Buco is closed for yearly renovations, but will reopen September 5th. [Grub Street] Harlem: Canines and their humans can unite this Saturday for the first St. Nick’s Dog Park Coffee Bark of September. [Uptown Flavor]

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LES Crackdown; Yogurt Wars Expand UWS Front

Chelsea: Patricia Yeo is out at Sapa. [Eater] Lower East Side: Turns out La Esquina’s basement is illegal! [NYP] Midtown West: Get your Charlie Murphy fix at El Centro; it’s his favorite Mexican restaurant. [Gridskipper] Soho: Former 66 chef Josh Eden has taken over the kitchen at Goblin Market. [Strong Buzz] Upper West Side: Yogurt Wars update: Pinkberry takes over Excel Fine Art’s space on Columbus Avenue. [Eat for Victory/VV] West Village: Something's fishy about the seafood sister restaurant to the Spotted Pig: Diners at the original heard staff chatting about the location opening soon as the 10 Spot. [Down by the Hipster]

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Stay Off the Grass. No, Really.

Astoria: How cool would it be to rent an apartment in a house with secret passageways? (Scooby snacks not included.) [OuterB] Brooklyn Heights: You might want to stay off that swank new Astroturf in Cadman Plaza Park on hot sunny days, when the turf (allegedly) hits 125 degrees. Talk about smokin' grass! [McBrooklyn] Chelsea: Condo-in-progress the Caledonia will sport fancy glass sheathing to help distinguish it from the nearby projects. [Blog Chelsea] Long Island City: The guy who'd hold parking-lot spaces for folks in exchange for a cup of coffee, profiled recently in the Times, is being wedged out of that ad hoc job by — you guessed it — a condo. [Long Island City] Lower East Side: That mesh-y cladding for the new New Museum on the Bowery was supposed to be zinc-plated steel. But workmen are saying it's aluminum. What kind of a, uh, shell game is this? [Curbed] Rego Park: Devotees of the area's last kosher deli don't care that the Health Department just closed it. Seems that it beats a Russian pharmacy or a Bukharian plumbing-fixtures shop any day. [Queens Central] Washington Heights: Tonight, Da Heights becomes the latest hood to be sprayed down to prevent West Nile virus. Locals are warned to stay indoors and to clean their swimming pools and hot tubs. Because you know how many of those there are in these parts. [Gothamist]

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Hill Country Pits Graffiti Grows Worse Each Day

Hill Country was born old. The day it opened, its walls and air vents had been painstakingly smoked-stained, and its floors distressed to look as if 10,000 gluttons had waddled across it over the years. But the pits were brand-new. Not so anymore: After one summer of operation, they’re now signed with the regards of dozens of chefs, politicians, celebrities, and members of the barbecue underground.

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The Gays Have Found Forest Hills — or Maybe Not

Boerum Hill: Prudential Douglas Elliman is pissed at bloggers who write about how their Brooklyn properties won't sell. Good, because we're pissed at all brokers for taking our money and only showing us "studios with a nook." [Brownstoner] Chelsea: All that construction at the General Theological Seminary on Tenth Avenue is for a "Geothermic Well Field." Great Scott! [Blog Chelsea] Forest Hills: Gays in the Hills! "Or maybe more straight guys are wearing Abcrombie [sic] andFitch t-shirts and walking tiny dogs with their male friends." [Forest Hills 72] Lower Manhattan: Curbed has hot pics (literally) of the destruction of a T.G.I. Friday's downtown, to make way for the Fulton Street Transit Center. TGIF indeed! [Curbed] Union Square: If you need $100 a month, why not let this Internet wunderkind hang out in your apartment sometimes? [Zach Klein] West Village: Gothamist gathers all the info on one of our New York real-estate obsessions, the Northern Dispensary Building. [Gothamist]

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Whole Foods Plot Still Grimy in Gowanus; Tony Bourdain on Ina Garten

Whole Foods has only one more building to demolish to clear out its plot by the Gowanus Canal for its 2008 opening, but there are still no signs of environmental cleanup. [Brownstoner] Related: Has the Benevolent Whole Foods Betrayed Its Health-Obsessed Customers? Anthony Bourdain didn’t waste much time agonizing over the expulsion of Tre from Top Chef before laying into Casey, who slices slower the “Ina Garten on Thorazine.” [Bravo] Related: The Gay Side of ‘Top Chef’ Comes Out Amalia chef Ivy Stark hates chicken. So why is there chorizo-stuffed crispy chicken on Amalia’s menu? [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

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Someone Wasting Crystal Meth on Dogs in Chelsea

A Puppy
Channel 2 has picked up on an upsetting trend at the Chelsea Dog Run — hounds getting high on a mystery drug that some are saying is crystal meth. We're actually, astoundingly, not joking here. Three dogs have died and many more have fallen ill after consuming mystery substances while playing at the park on 22nd Street. The organization NYCdog has issued a warning to pet owners across the city. "After the first incident, it was believed to be an isolated case where an illicit drug may have fallen out of someone's pocket," a press release said. "But now, with nine reported cases, it appears to be the act of deliberate poisoning." The Channel 2 report said that some owners even saw a stranger feed their dogs before they fell ill. Many will probably think that the obvious culprits — those damn meth-loving Chelsea gays — are behind this, but if there's anything that gang treasures more than sleeveless tees, it's puppies. We smell a setup! Danger in the Dog Park: Is Someone Giving Your Pooch Drugs? [Channel 2]

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Retail Deaths ‘Happen’ Sporadically, and So Do Subway Renovations

Brooklyn: Brownstone enthusiasts have begun to weigh in on one of the most serious questions of renovation – round toilet bowls or oval? [Brownstoner] Brooklyn Heights: Uncommon Grounds coffee shop has closed for renovations – and will soon feature a full kitchen and expanded menu. They'll also host private coffee parties! That's so Brooklyn we could die. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Chelsea: The Noose, on 19th Street, is closing because its owner died. The gentleman behind the counter of the shop told a customer that she died in her sleep. "She wasn't old," he said. "These things just happen." Whoa. [Blog Chelsea] Columbus Circle: Progress is slow and unsure at the big station under the Time Warner Center. But the tiling, you know, looks nice. [Second Avenue Sagas] Dumbo: The price of the penthouse of One Main has been slashed by nearly a million, bringing it down to $7.8 million. Call this service journalism. [Curbed] Staten Island: Friends and neighbors remember fallen Bravest member who fought this weekend's World Trade Center fire. [Staten Island Advance]

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Gorge on BBQ in Chelsea This Sunday

Chelsea: Hill Country, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Mara’s Homemade are all taking part in the Hudson River Park Trust’s Blues BBQ on Pier 54 this Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. [TONY] East Village: Monday’s Regional Dinner at Mercadito will highlight Mexico’s southern region with a menu featuring banana-leaf-wrapped pork and tres leches cake. [Grub Street] Flatiron: Hill Country is hiring someone who can cut meat — must love high-energy restaurants. [Eat for Victory/VV] Lower East Side: Wylie Dufresne switched up the bread at wd-50 from black to white sesame-seeded flatbread. [At the Sign of the Pink Pig] Midtown West: Today is the last day of the Rockefeller Center greenmarket, but a farmer tells us there may be a deal to bring it back for fall. [Grub Street] Soho: The developer behind the new glass hotel that will overlook 60 Thompson is Brack Capital Real Estate. [Down by the Hipster] Times Square: Mickey D’s at 46th Street and Broadway is testing out a new Angus third-pounder that’s both thicker and juicier than their basic patty. [A Hamburger Today] West Village: Jarnac has reopened with a new paint job, but in a week they’ll shut down again for summer vacation. [Eater]

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Underground Railroad Landmarks to Become Underground Garage

Chelsea: This lost cat should be easily identified based on this accurate and lifelike illustration. Or, wait, is that a kangaroo? [Blog Chelsea] Coney Island: Was someone cyber-posing as a circus executive to undermine the Cole Brothers big top that came here recently? [Gowanus Lounge] Downtown Brooklyn: It's increasingly likely that those Duffield Street homes believed to have been stops on the Underground Railroad will soon be replaced by, among other things, an underground parking garage. Inspiring. [Brooklyn Eagle via Duffield St. Underground] Greenpoint: Looks like an open-air weekend art-and-antiques fair is coming to, uh, Grinpoint. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: A packed room at a community-board meeting was so opposed to Columbia's expansion in Harlem that even eminence noir David Dinkins, who supports the growth, was booed and heckled. [Harlem Fur] Lower East Side: Residents of the Rutgers Houses and Knickerbocker Village don't want all those Chinatown buses congregating on a two-block stretch in their midst. [Chelsea Now via Streetsblog] Soho: "If you had to find one word to describe Soho, it would be 'beauty,'" writes this flack-y blogger. Funny, that. We thought it would be "mall." [Weblicist]

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Manhattan Mini-Storage Ads Go Over Line, West Side Highway

Bushwick: It’s hard out there in the 'shwick … for a gay, twentysomething yuppie when he's waiting for the hood to gentrify so he can cash in on your property and leave. [BushwickBK] Chelsea: Manhattan Mini-Storage's ads can sometimes be annoying, but how excellent is it that this flagrantly pro-choice one, hangin' large over the West Side Highway, has NYC's six conservatives enraged? [Gothamist] Flushing: Brace yourself for a big, shiny new development here with a Home Depot, Target, and million-dollar condos for folks who, according to the developer, are "upscale, middle-income and multiethnic" … all at once! [OuterB] Gowanus: State enviro-honchos and Keyspan have reached an agreement on cleaning up the subterranean toxic goop at two sites in this area, plus at several others in the borough. [Gowanus Lounge] Kensington: Faced with choosing between two blights on society to fill a long-empty building — methadone users or law students — it seems locals will gladly suffer the latter. [Kensington Blog] Lower Manhattan: Is it an art installation … or the indoor bike-parking facility set up at 280 Broadway for city workers? Click and decide. [Streetsblog] Williamsburg: All the hipsters had a good, self-referential laugh last night during the McCarren Pool's screening of Bonnie and Clyde when the screen duo's sidekick C.W. Moss is scolded by his dad not for being a criminal but for getting a tat. Ha ha ha, movie stars, they're just like Us! [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn]

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