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Contestants Turn on ‘Project Runway’

Has Project Runway gone stale? Season-four runner-up Jillian Lewis and winner Christian Siriano think so. Lewis tells WWD:

"Personally, watching it, they need to change the format or something to refresh the love people have for the show." … [Lewis] felt the show could last, "maybe another season or two. I love the show, but now it feels it's easier to predict what's going to happen."

Fugs on the ‘Project Runway’ Finale: Talented, Qualified Contestants Are ... Boring

After Christian Siriano was crowned the fiercest designer in the land on Project Runway’s fourth-season finale, we felt happy but slightly empty. Not because we didn’t think he deserved the win, but because we hadn’t gotten our dramatic fill. There was no fighting. No abject horror. Not even a whiff of impropriety. What kind of self-respecting reality show fields a finale full of talented, qualified contestants who neither sabotage each other nor do anything to make Heidi Klum want to vomit on her shoes?

Setting the Odds on the ‘Project Runway’ Winner

Thank God the Project Runway finale is upon us once more! It’s been nearly a year and a half since neck-tattoo enthusiast Jeffrey Sebelia was crowned last season’s winner and, at the very least, we’re jonesing for a new victim to insert into those terrible Saturn ads.

What Shall We Eat Now That It's Cold?

The rib-sticking cuisine of central Europe, with its spaetzles and schnitzels, comes into its own, of course, when the cold weather arrives. This week, Rob and Robin suggest five restaurants that will sustain you over the winter. About Trestle on Tenth, they write: "Start with the pork-shoulder crepinettes, and proceed directly to the roast lamb saddle with bacon sauce." Done and done! R&R also round up four new restaurants on East 50th Street that are giving midtown some much-needed "multicultural flair": Dos Caminos Third, Gyu-Kaku, I-Chin, and Tunisia Restaurant. Schlag Is Optional [NYM] Eats 50th [NYM]

The Soda Shop's Blast From the Past

Craig Béro and Linda Donahue, the egg-cream aficionados behind The Soda Shop, have just opened a private dining space that's perfect for small holiday parties — and getting a taste of Tribeca's history. After breaking through to a decaying, walled-off space next door, the duo was inspired to decorate the room with artifacts salvaged from the surrounding ten blocks, many from construction-site dumpsters. Twisted cedar branches climbing up the brick allude to the horse stable that was probably once there, and Béro believes that the original, rustic-style fireplace was used by members of a small community of freed slaves in the late 1700s. The space is almost eerie, especially when Béro, a brooding foodie historian, begins telling you that he's currently reading The Murder of Helen Jewett, the story of an eighteenth-century prostitute bludgeoned to death less than three blocks away. But fear not: Cheeriness returns in one sip of a strawberry milk shake. — Alexandra Vallis

Charmin's Times Square Toilets, Open for Flushing

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Charmin, the toilet-paper people, today opened their temporary promotion in Times Square, that suite of twenty neat-and-always-clean public restrooms, and, naturally, the Gothamist kids have photos, bless their panda-loving hearts. After a close examination of the pix, we're pleased to report that the stalls look as clean and homey as promised. (Remember that they're open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and that they're cleaned by an attendant after each use.) Finally, there's someplace other than the Crowne Plaza or the Marriott Marquis to add to our mental Rolodex of Times Square places to go when, well, we have to go. Have you been? Tell us about it (but not the gross parts, please). Charmin's Times Square Bathrooms Are Open for Your Business [Gothamist] Earlier: Finally, You May Squeeze the Charmin

News Corp. Stays Classy, Cancels O.J. Project

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Word is just out that News Corporation has canceled both O.J. Simpson's scheduled book, If I Did It, set to be published by Judith Regan's imprint of News Corp.'s HarperCollins publishers, and the accompanying two-part television special, to be hosted by Regan, for News Corp.'s Fox network. Because, of course, any time you have O.J. Simpson, Judith Regan, Rupert Murdoch, and Roger Ailes involved in a decision, you've got to expect them to take the high road. News Corp. Cancels O.J. Simpsons Book and TV Special [FoxNews.com]