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Balducci's Ruins Hanukkah; Dave Martin Can Paint, Too

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City Council Stands Up for Fast-Food Chains; Unlaid Eggs in Vogue

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Another MUD Truck Sticks It to the Man

The MUD Truck is no longer, as its Website claims, the “anti-establishment coffee machine of NYC’s East Village.” A similar machine will now be fomenting rebellion (in the form of unexceptional coffee) in the West Village, by Seventh Avenue and West 4th Street. Are there plans to roll out more trucks, mandated to shock the bourgeoisie in other parts of town? “We would love to expand into other neighborhoods,” MUD co-owner Nina Beerott tells us. “This our first attempt.” The expansion, she notes, might not happen right away. Hey, revolutions don’t happen overnight.