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Vandalize This

Ingrid Calame's From #210 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River) defies Jackson Pollock's chance-driven splatter method by taking its inspiration from specific graffiti and paint spills found on city streets.

Grub’s Gold: The Best From Year One

Ah, how time gets away from us! It was only one year ago that Grub Street began. How we long for those innocent days of yore! We poked through our archives, and, while we had to put a few personal favorites aside, here’s our short list of Grub Street’s Greatest Hits.

Domino Sugar Factory: Double Your Hipster, Double Your Fun?

Greenpoint: Got a crack problem? Call the Crack Pros! [Newyorkshitty] Highbridge: After it demolished Macombs Dam Park to make way for the new Yankee Stadium, the city put up a replacement — but it's not easy to get to and pretty nasty once you get there. [VV via West Bronx Blog] Murray Hill: Looks like the SUNY-Binghamton biz-major girls with the blowouts finally have their very own East Side bar(f) guide. [East Village Idiot] South Slope: That Enrique Norten condo slated for Fourth Avenue and 6th Street won't happen after all … but another Norten proceeds apace nearby on Carroll. [Brownstoner] Upper East Side: Buttercream or vanilla-bean icing on that wedding cake? Roasted cod at Café D'Alsace? This poor UES gal faces hard choices that make Sophie's look silly. [Sex and the Upper East Side] West Village: Thanks to a new street plaza, you can lounge in the meatpacking district without spending $20 on a drink … if you don't mind mainlining car-exhaust fumes. [Streetsblog] Williamsburg: Redevelopment of the Domino Sugar plant could double the population within a quarter-mile radius. Twice the pseudo-hipsters, twice the fun! [Gowanus Lounge]

Vive Les Classiques at Payard on the UES; Snorting Not a Problem at the Waverly Inn

Dumbo: Pie Social! This Sunday at Bubby's! Noon to 3 p.m. [Dumbo NYC] East Village: Mo Pitkin’s gives up the ghost October 20. [Eater] Greenwich Village: One of the best places to get risotto in the city is … surprise! Risotteria. [amNY] Meatpacking District: The first rule of Clubland: "You must bring something to the party … Good looks, money, personality, or women." [NYDN] Upper East Side: Payard chef Philippe Bertineau is resurrecting classics like bouillabaisse and crispy pig’s feet for the restaurant’s tenth anniversary. [Restaurant Girl] West Village: A Radar mole tests the cocaine limits of popular nightspots and "here he is at Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn, where it is apparently completely okay to get your snort on." [Radar via Gawker]

A New Sofrito, Somewhere in Manhattan

Jimmy Rodriguez, the man behind the late, legendary Jimmy’s Bronx Café wants to open an outpost of his midtown joint Sofrito — same concept, same Puerto Rican menu. “I’m looking all over the city for something next year,” he tells us. He has considered a former club space in Chelsea, but he’s still open to anything below 96th Street.

Hillary Clinton Is the Undecider

Hillary Clinton
Last night we flipped on MSNBC, hoping to unwind with a little To Catch a Predator, but alas, the presidential debates were in full swing. We sure tuned in at the right time, though: Hillary Clinton, known for being the most well-rehearsed and cautious Democratic candidate, turned positively Rumsfeldian. She adamantly refused to answer “hypotheticals” — basically anything about what she would do as president. She dodged all difficult, potentially controversial questions through the rote repetition of universally agreed-upon generalizations (Hillary is for fiscal responsibility and fighting terrorism, in case you were wondering). But it was when she refused to answer a question about baseball that her reticence became truly absurd. When Clinton, a Chicago native, was pressed by host Tim Russert on who she would root for in a Yankees vs. Cubs World Series, she hedged her bets: "Well, I would probably have to alternate sides," she said. Jeez, lady. At least Bill knew he preferred briefs. Bush’s “The Decider” persona may suck, but Hillary’s “Undecider” routine is getting just as tired. —Dan Amira

The Invisible Touch

Genesis
Sometimes, in New York, concert tickets are hard to get. So hard, in fact, that music fans are forced to go to great lengths to get them. As one Daily Intel reader noted, this seems to be the case for one die-hard Genesis fanatic who is desperate to gain access to tonight's show at Giants Stadium. So desperate, in fact, that he put up a post on Craigslist, artfully titled: "I Will Blow You for Genesis Tickets."

Mega Food Weekend Takes Over Pier 94

Culinary events in New York are getting bigger all the time, and now comes word of a behemoth so immense that it’s going to require all of Pier 94. Cook. Eat. Drink. Live., to be held October 26-27th, will be a kind of vast, sprawling combination of a giant trade show (think the Fancy Food Show) as well as a giant dining event (à la Taste of New York), adding in fifteen cooking classes a day, five wine-tasting classes, and five mixology classes too, all with the likes of Will Goldfarb, Ilan Hall, Josh DeChellis, and Paul Liebrandt. Normally, this orgy of A-list epicureanism would cost $325 a day, but buy tickets with the NYMAG code for a reduced rate of $175 a day or $350 for the weekend, including all demos. Cook. Eat. Drink. Live [Official Site]

Oracle of Omaha Screws With Everyone's Head

FINANCE • Buffett to the rescue: The Oracle of Omaha may take a 20 percent stake in crisis-ridden Bear Stearns. If the deal goes through, Bear CEO Jim Cayne will have another new bridge partner to brag about. [NYT] • Goldman Sachs named Edward Forst as co-head of investment management, a troubled group with a mere $796 billion in assets. Forst takes the place of Eric Schwartz, who's retiring after 23 years with the bank. [NYP] • "The tears of Chuck Norris would supply enough liquidity to solve the credit crisis. Too bad he never cries." [Bloomberg]

Jerry Seinfeld Has Daddy Issues

Seinfeld's Time magazine profile suddenly turns dark when he candidly credits his father's death for his success.

Bloomberg's Got Mommy Issues

Bloomberg
The federal government filed a lawsuit today against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's company, Bloomberg L.P., after receiving complaints from three senior-level executives at the company and finding "a pattern or practice of wrongful discrimination against females based on their sex and pregnancy by decreasing their pay, demoting them, diminishing their job duties and excluding them from other employment opportunities when they become pregnant and when they return from maternity leave." According to a copy of the suit obtained by New York, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that after their pregnancies some of Bloomberg's female employees were demoted, isolated from meetings and other employees without justification, and told, "You are not committed" and "You do not want to be here" by their superiors. When Bloomberg's pregnant staffers complained, the lawsuit alleges, their complaints were dismissed. A Bloomberg spokeswoman could not be reached for immediate comment.
Geoffrey Gray Related: Baby Bust at Bloomberg? [NYM] Chairman Mike [NYM] UPDATE: From Bloomberg spokeswoman Judith Czelusniak: “We believe strongly that this lawsuit is without merit and we will defend the case vigorously.” (You can download a copy of the suit here)

‘Kid Nation’: Fresh Meat

The kids debate the ethics of killing animals and reach a consensus: They feel like chicken tonight.

Nino Selimaj Fights for Right to Display Picture of Regis

Nino Selmaj
Osso Buco owner Nino Selimaj, who recently received a threatening letter from Douglas Band, Bill Clinton's Fonzworth Bentley, that demanded he remove a photo of himself with Chelsea Clinton from the wall of his restaurant, has decided to stick it to the man. According to Selimaj, removing the photo would set a bad precedent. "We have Derek Jeter, we have Regis Philbin, we have Rudolph Giuliani, Danny Glover, Mariah Carey [and] Sopranos [castmates]," Selimaj told this morning's Post. Crazy though he may be, Selimaj seems to be legally in the right.

O'Reilly on Defense Over Sylvia's; Osso Buco Owner Won't Take Clinton Down

Bill O’Reilly says his comments at Sylvia’s were “cherry-picked” from a conversation about racial stereotypes. [AP] Nino “thousand-dollar-pizza” Selimaj tells the Post that he won’t take down a photo taken of him with Chelsea Clinton from one of his restaurants even though Bill Clinton’s lawyer wants him to since that would set a bad precedent for the other photos he's taken with boldfaced names: “We have Derek Jeter, we have Regis Philbin, we have Rudolph Giuliani, Danny Glover, Mariah Carey [and] Sopranos [castmates].” [NYP] Related: We Try a $1,000 Pizza, Maintain That We Aren’t Publicity Tools Tom Colicchio takes over Top Chef blogging duties from Bourdain and trades caustic commentary for a more scientific synopsis of what the contestants did wrong. [Tom’s Blog/Bravo]

Anna Faris's Dad Reads Vulture!

Last Friday we reported on the news that Anna Faris's next film will be a biopic on porn star Linda Lovelace, jokingly noting "Her parents must be thrilled!" It turns out we were right.

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld Are a Little Gross

Anderson Cooper talks to his young gay friends about AIDS. Jerry Seinfeld brags about the time Jessica Seinfeld touched a stick covered in urine to his bed pillow. Meanwhile, ex-Seinfeld producer Larry David couldn't be happier he's lost the ball and chain. Liz Smith finds Charlie Sheen more palatable than Denise Richards. Notorious PR pit bull Pat Kingsley has "FINALLY" resigned from PMK-HBH — or is she being "pushed out?" Donald Trump called both Mark Cuban and Dan Rather "losers" in the same day. That is, like, his favorite word.

Josh DeChellis Brings Special Beer and More Special Foods to BarFry

Josh DeChellis
When Josh DeChellis opened up BarFry, we were a little skeptical. It seems a waste of the chef’s prodigal talent to just be throwing stuff into a pot of oil, which is pretty much what we imagine tempura cooking to be. Well, not to worry. Like he did at Sumile Sushi, DeChellis is breaking out his brilliant composed dishes.