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Just 9,680 More Signatures Needed to Preserve Coney Island

Chinatown: Tow-happy deputy inspector Gin Yee instills fear in government officials: no more double-parking for dumplings. [downtown express] Clinton Hill: The Pan Y Mas grand opening, and the 49-cent coffee it promised, has come and gone. [Clinton Hill Blog] Coney Island: Online petition to battle Thor Equities needs 9,680 more e-signatures. [Kinetic Carnival] East Village: Birdies chicken restaurant takes over Flor's space on First Avenue, panders to the stereotype that old ladies and chicken naturally go together. [Gothamist] Flatiron: Shake Shack open early! [Eater] Midtown East: Hip new Pod Hotel soon to have “bitchin’ roof deck” and bar. [Gridskipper] Upper West Side: Saigon Grill's delivery workers continue strike; “Fat Guy” implicates all of us. [egullet] West Village: A campaign backed by Virgin Atlantic, Tea and Sympathy, and celebs like Mischa Barton looks to rename part of Greenwich Avenue “Little Britain.” [Englishman in New York] Williamsburg: Almost all the ice-cream trucks involved in last Tuesday's Koolman garage fire were indeed damaged. [i'm not saying, i'm just saying]

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Another Year, Another March

War Protest
Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war and protesters across the country marked the occasion yesterday with marches from San Francisco to Washington. Here in New York, demonstrators moved through midtown, crossing 42nd Street (above) to walk north along Third Avenue. We imagine there was less drinking at this parade than at Saturday's Saint Patrick's Day event, but just as many cops.

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Hark! James Beard Award Nominations

After much speculation, the 2007 nominees for the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant world, are in. Adam Platt, Rob Patronite, Robin Raisfeld, and Grub Street all filled out Beard brackets (or at least revealed whom we’d like to see win) on Friday. Here's how the academy's coming down.

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