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Some Models, Apparently, Eat As Much As You Do

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Think models don't eat? If Missy Rayder — currently featured in Gap's khakis campaign — is any indication, that's hardly the case. Missy runs down her week of noshes in the new New York Diet, and we count mentions of "really greasy" French fries, lobster rolls, "the best brisket ever," and Heath bar ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery. That's not all. Find out what else she scarfed down this week on Grub Street. Model Missy Rayder Drinks Garlic and Eats 'Dragon Bowls' [Grub Street]

Speak, Models!

FASHION • Turns out models can speak — at least in Ridley Scott's new Prada movie. [Fashionista] • Bottega Veneta has designed the interior of a penthouse suite at the St. Regis. [British Vogue] • Model Paulina Porizkova has joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars. [Flypaper] • Naomi Campbell left Premier Models, where she's spent most of her career, for IMG. [All Company News]

Former Model Veronica Webb Reminisces at the Runways

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New York's Amy Larocca found former Revlon model Veronica Webb in the tents, wearing an outfit she chose "based on how warm I could be and how cute I could be at the same time." While modeling has changed since Webb walked runways in the eighties, some things are always the same. "I never felt like I was thin enough," she said. Watch the Video Look Book. Watch more videos from Fall 2007 Fashion Week.

Don't Blame the Naturally Skinny Models

Backstage at Rock & Republic on Saturday, model May Andersen talked with New York's Jada Yuan about anger management, annoying stewardesses, and, of course, skinny models. Thin models, says May, are getting lumped together with anorexic models — a completely different breed: "You're always going to have girls that are starving themselves, and that's not naturally skinny girls' faults." Of course not. Watch the video.

Waiters Getting Screwed in New and Unusual Way?

When Mr. Pink made his famous speech in defense of not tipping in Reservoir Dogs, he left out a very basic point. Waiters don't make the minimum wage; they live off our decency. Workers have more to worry about than European-style tippers, though: A group of them has sued the management of the Old Homestead Steakhouse, to the tune of $1 million, for skimming their pool of gratuities. That suit is small potatoes, however, compared to the massive class-action case against Fireman Hospitality Group, brought to our attention by the Restaurant Opportunities Commission.

Sam Mason: “It’s Like the Special Olympics”

Sam Mason, the former star pastry chef at wd-50, will be launching his own restaurant and lounge, Tailor, at the beginning of March. In the weeks leading up to then, he’ll take us behind the scenes of a hot restaurant opening.

You Bring the Booze, ‘Izakaya’ Brings the Grilled Ox Tongue

We like our yakitoris with Sapporo-splattered floors and burnt tinfoil walls, but the owner of this Ludlow Street newcomer ain’t having it. A designer who has also worked with Banana Republic outfitted the narrow space with dark wood paneling, mirror inlays of sakura flowers, and comfortable brown-leather bar stools. The opening menu is limited to grilled skewers like a heavily peppered black Angus beef in teriyaki sauce, capelin fish stuffed with roe, and kurobuta sausage, a baby bratwurst made from corn-fed pig and topped with mayonnaise dotted with fish roe. A dessert special consists of Jell-O stars made from osmanthus petals. Expect the chef to get still more fanciful when a full izakaya menu kicks in later this month. The restaurant has been awaiting a liquor license for eight months, and it may be a while longer before 30 types of sake are on offer; in the meantime, September Wine & Spirits is just across the street. — Daniel Maurer Yozakura Kushiyaki Bar, 168 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-226-2066

Last Call at Northsix

Clinton Hill: Lots of abandoned homes up for sale—for first-time homebuyers, that is, not folks looking to trade their tiny co-op for a spacious fixer-upper. [Clinton Hill Blog] Coney Island: Developing Coney Island isn't "financially feasible" without high-rise housing on Stillwell Avenue, says Thor Equities. [Kinetic Carnival] Harlem: That empty lot at 1405 Fifth Avenue will soon be low- and middle-income housing. [What About the Plastic Animals?] Prospect Heights: Turns out there are still five privately owned acres smack in the path of Atlantic Yards. [Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn] Prospect Lefferts Gardens: Would expanding the historic district help prevent new development eyesores? [Across the Park] West Village: Which fashion label will grace the N.J. Turnpike–size billboard being affixed to the Gansevoort Hotel? [Curbed] Williamsburg: Catch the last show at Northsix before the space closes to magically transform into the Music Hall of Williamsburg. [FREEwilliamsburg]

Spitzer, Announcing Budget, Looks to Steamroll Long Island, Too

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As Eliot Spitzer was onstage in Albany today running through the billion-dollar pie charts of his first budget proposal, the governor's cyber-self was sending an e-mail titled "Our Dialogue" to a 40,000-person mailing list compiled during his campaign. It's the debut of spitzer2010.org, a domain name Spitzer registered back in November, six days after winning the election. The e-mail spends several paragraphs reviewing administrative appointments and bureaucratic changes before getting to its point.

Model Jessica Stam Prefers Psychos and Mac 'n' Cheese

Name: Jessica Stam
Job: Model
Age: 20
Neighborhood: East Village Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Patrick Bateman from the book American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. "Don't just look at her ass, EAT IT." What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? Macaroni and cheese with truffles. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? I make clothes look good.

Model Karolina Kurkova Really Loves Green Juice

Name: Karolina Kurkova
Age: 22
Job: Model
Neighborhood: Tribeca Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? The Statue of Liberty. What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? Pure Food & Wine’s Raw Tiramisu — it’s the most amazing I’ve ever had. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? Create fantasy.

Model Gemma Ward Leaps Around and Gets Naked

Name: Gemma Ward
Age: 19
Job: Model-actress
Neighborhood: East Village, but on the move … Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Bob Dylan. What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? I have had my fair share of four-hour lunches at La Bottega at the Maritime Hotel, but it's a great hang and the margherita pizza is fantastic. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? Drink coffee and read the paper while getting hair, makeup, and nails done, get undressed, get dressed, pose, leap, laugh, get undressed, eat lunch, touch-ups, get dressed, get undressed, get dressed. etc. etc. etc.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

With Halloween around the corner, pumpkins are everywhere — on stoops, in soups, and, of course, at the Greenmarket. (Zoe Singer tells us which ones to buy this week in At the Greenmarket.) Some of the better restaurants around town are getting into the spirit and serving up pumpkin in its many forms. Here are a few we can get behind.

Tom Freston Gets Burned, Again

Tom Freston, apparently insufficiently charred by Sumner Redstone, got further roasted by his friends. A Met security guard once slashed a Rembrandt with a key. Howard Stern pissed off Pete Townshend; Towshend stormed out on Howard. Clint Eastwood had a drink, then went to a rock show. Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson are a couple. Petra Nemcova and Russell Simmons might be a couple. Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt used to be a couple, but she still likes his new movie. Sacha Baron Cohen (a.k.a. Borat) will play his Austrian fashionista character (a.k.a. Bruno) in his next movie. George Jones will play Carnegie Hall on Halloween. Debbie Rochon wants more recognition for her contribution to the horror genre. Cindy Adams discovered that London is expensive. Liz Smith discovered that Annette Bening had lunch. An Italian restaurant will stay open.

Of Course, They Can't Find the Moon-Landing Film, Either

This has almost nothing to do with New York, or with New York, except that we happened across it while looking for more information about the biblical floods scheduled to hit our city in 2050. Still, it's one of the more amusing editor's notes we've seen in quite some time. From NASA's media-relations Website:

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Hey, it's not like they're rocket scientists. Press Release Archive [NASA.gov]