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‘Martial Law’ About to Hit the Hamptons?

While celebs shopped like mad at the Super Saturday benefit in the Hamptons, Starbucks were closing, Molly Sims was late for her own party, 'SATC''s Jason Lewis ran on the beach, and all the scarecrows fell down!

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Breaking: Giuliani May Have Billed Summer Weekend Flings to Taxpayers

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Rudy Giuliani, in the later years of his mayoralty, was in the habit of billing travel expenses to obscure city agencies. Politico.com's Ben Smith reports that among the expenses (hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth were racked up during Giuliani's aborted run for senator) are over $30,000 which might be related to the mayor's clandestine affair with Judith Nathan. In other words, taxpayers may have been paying the tab for part of his shenanigans. Starting in the summer of 1999 Giuliani began quietly billing visits Southampton (where Nathan kept an apartment and the Post reported he went to spend time with her) to offices like the Loft Board, the Office for People with Disabilities, and the Procurement Policy Board, even though none of the trips were on his official schedule. Bills were largely related to his constant police escort, which stayed in Southampton Inns (what if Paris Hilton needed a room?!) while he was there. Giuliani's marriage to Donna Hanover did not end until the spring of 2000. This is big, big news, but Giuliani's spokespeople aren't commenting. In that vacuum, we can't wait to see who does have something to say. We have some ideas… Giuliani Billed Obscure Agencies for Trips [Politico.com]

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Catherine Z-J Gets the ‘No Way’ From Rob Marshall

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Catherine Zeta-Jones won't star in the movie adaptation of Broadway musical Nine because the director wouldn't beef up her role. Eight staffers have left CBS' The Early Show because they can't stand working with hotheaded senior exec producer Shelley Ross. Paris Hilton thinks the guys in New York are "so much better" than the ones in L.A. Since divorcing his wife, George Soros has been hanging out with young girls in their twenties at his home in Southampton. Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad and ex-socialite (and ex-wife of Jets owner Woody Johnson) Sale Johnson may be getting married today. Anna Wintour controlled the seating arrangements at the $50,000-a-table 7th on Sale event at the Lexington Armory. (Speaking of Anna, Tim Burton says that Johnny Depp based the haircut of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on hers.)

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Long Island Oyster Boom; North African Bakery Heats Up Astoria

Astoria: Patisserie la Brioche D’Or has just opened on Steinway at 25th Avenue and is baking up some French pastries and delicious North African treats. [Joey in Astoria] East Village: Leaving the old classic Kiev sign above the new garish American Grill one is like a slap in to old schoolers who remember their old haunt. [Lost City] Fort Greene: Mo-Bay Caribbean joint has given up the ghost, and a wine bar is taking its place. [Eat for Victory/VV] Little Italy: San Gennaro’s fast-food frenzy ends today, but there are still a few restaurants in the area where you can eat a normal meal. [NYT] Midtown East: Shinbashi sushi restaurant helped introduce raw-fish consumption to New York in the seventies. Now it can be found in the former Savannah Steak space on 48th Street. [Restaurant Girl] Sagaponack: Townline BBQ impresses as being legitimately Texan, at least by Hamptons standards. [NYT] Southampton: Long Island oysters are plump and sweet and now being sought after by restaurants from the Hamptons to Manhattan. [Newsday]

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Bondage and Brownies Together at Last in Soho on Sunday

Astoria: Time Cafe at 44-18 Broadway will have a jazz brunch Sunday. [Joey in Astoria] Midtown East: In line with its plans for a New York expansion of immense proportions, Pret A Manger is opening a store on Madison at 49th Street. [Grub Street] Soho: Use up all your indulgences on Mercer Street this Sunday when the Treats Truck sidles up next to Babeland. [The Treats Truck] Southampton: You might consider dropping the name of Dune nightclub co-owner and cheesemonger Matt Schendell if you want to get in. [Down by the Hipster] Tribeca: The grand opening of the new pub and restaurant Harrison Tavern on Chambers Street at West Broadway has revealed drab lighting, green-checked tablecloths, and a extensive menu of bar food that includes a ranch-chicken pizza. [Grub Street]

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Hottest Club in the Hamptons Run by Cheesemongers

Chelsea: Izakaya Ten now serves weekend brunch featuring shrimp-fried-rice omelettes, wasabi Bloody Marys, and “Chu-Hais” made with shochu and citrus juices. [NYS] Southampton: The owners of a Murray Hill fondue parlor are behind the Hamptons’ hottest new club. [Down by the Hipster] Lower East Side: Spitzer’s Corner, having been spurned by Sam Talbot, has finally gotten around to installing a chef: Le Bernardin veteran Michael Cooperman. [Restaurant Girl] Union Square: Reserve a spot for Italian Wine Merchants’ Saturday wine tasting dedicated to women winemakers; Batali-approved antipasti are sure to be served. [Eat for Victory/VV] Upper West Side: The ten-year-old dining room at Jean Georges will close for renovations August 20 through 28. [NYT]

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Pegu Club Shaking More Than Just Cocktails in Soho

Forest Hills: The layout for Trader Joe’s coming to 90-30 Metropolitan Avenue. [Forest Hills 72] Midtown West: Sample cuisine from more than 50 restaurants including Aquavit, Buddakan, and Eleven Madison Park at tonight's Taste of the Nation at Roseland Ballroom; tickets are $200 and benefit the fight against childhood hunger. [Cakehead] Soho: Pegu Club accused of shaking down its customers by pouring drinks that haven’t been ordered. [Majikthise] South Hampton: Dune should pick up the slack where Cain left off. [Down by the Hipster] Upper West Side: The lobby lounge of the Mandarin Oriental now has a cart offering $75 flutes of Dom Perignon, but at least the price includes dried fruit. [NYS] Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe hopes to see a bidding war over Warner LeRoy’s Tavern on the Green between top “concessionaires” including Dean Poll of the Boathouse and Danny Meyer. [NYO] West Village: Awkward zoning prevents Camaje bistro on Macdougal Street from setting up outdoor seating, though it’s allowed for virtually all its dining neighbors. [NYP]

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Central Kitchen Down Until June in the West Village

Chelsea: The big pink cupcake may have gotten all the press up until now, but how do the cupcakes taste? [Blog Chelsea] A man who claimed to be the nephew of Dolce & Gabbana was arrested at Bungalow 8 and not by the fashion police. [Eater] Jamaica: Delta terminal 2 at JFK is getting a Balducci’s. [NewYorkology] Southampton: Cain drops its plans for the Hamptons. [Down by the Hipster] Upper West Side: P&G Corner Café getting harassed by its landlords; hence the no walls. [Lost City] West Village: New York toasts Italy this weekend. Maremma and Otto are among restaurants serving special tasting menus by the chefs. [Bene Magazine] A tipster says its lights out for Central Kitchen, but a message machine says they’ll be open by June. [Grub Street]

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