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Lily Donaldson Is Wednesday’s Top Model

One of our favorite art students turned model, Sasha Pivovarova, hit the runway for the first time this week at Anna Sui. But it was Lily Donaldson (also known for dating Vladimir Roitfeld) who dominated the catwalk Wednesday.

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Five Things We Liked on Saturday

1. Ralph Lauren's longevity. It's his anniversary, and he showed in a setting — the Conservatory gardens — that salutes his swishy and elegant take on New York. As for a favorite dress, the white Spencer jacket over the white chiffon evening gown was stunning.

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More Actual Progress at Ground Zero!

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Could it be? Yes, it could. A mere three weeks after real, genuine construction started at ground zero — the concrete foundation was finally poured for the much-delayed Freedom Tower — there's set to be some more real, genuine progress today. Five years after it was badly damaged and rendered uninhabitable by the attacks, the long-shrouded Deutsche Bank building is finally coming down. The AP is reporting that the building's façade is being removed starting this morning; once that is gone, the steel-and-concrete infrastructure comes next. One of the new WTC towers is set to be built on the site, plus a new Greek Orthodox church. Don't start rushing to say your Greek prayers, though: It'll be a year till the current building is gone. Work Begins Friday to Take Down Damaged WTC Skyscraper [AP via Newsday] Earlier: Freedom Tower Construction Finally Begins, Boringly

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Epicurean Gentrification; New Orleans Fights Back; Kids Equal Liquor License

Essex Street Market not just for obscure South American root vegetables anymore: "Epicurean gentrification" under way. [NYT] Fire-struck Medina reopening after a year and a half; London sushi chain to land in financial district. [NYT] $4.25 mil gets you Hamptons hot spot Star Room. [NYP] Alan Richman now No. 1 on New Orleans shit list: "I'd like to throw him in the back room at Tipitina's with all the Neville brothers and see if he still thinks Creoles don't exist." [NYT] Related: Richman Kicks New Orleans While It's Down Grey Dog Coffee plays the kid card to clinch liquor license for new location. [Gothamist] Caterer Marcey Brownstein opens up a place in Chelsea; possibly the only time you'll see muffulettas and edamame on the same menu. [Strong Buzz]

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MetLife Stuy Town Deal Tripped Up by 50-Year-Old Fine Print?

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There's a major plot twist in the story of Stuyvesant Town's impending $5.4 billion sale, potentially the largest real-estate deal in history. As any good plot twist should, it begins with a lawyer, alone in a library after hours, poring over a dusty folio (or so we'd like to think). He's representing the megacomplex's tenants (who lost their own bid for the place to Tishman Speyer), and he has unearthed an obscure provision in the 1942 agreement between the city and MetLife, Stuy Town's owner. Under its terms, MetLife would get a 25-year tax break in exchange for a promise: The insurance company would keep rents low and, crucially, it would cap its annual profit at six percent. The tenants' lawyer has thus concluded that, should MetLife go on with the sale, it must either dissolve its subsidiary named in the agreement or fork over all excess profit to the city (yeah, right). MetLife, meantime, is of course shrugging this off as "a last-minute, desperate attempt to interfere." Tishman Speyer is staying out of the mess altogether. And the ball is now in the city comptroller's court, where the discovery may actually get some traction. Consider Comptroller William Thompson's original statement when the sale was announced: "I am deeply disappointed that Metropolitan Life rushed to sign a deal without giving serious consideration to the offer submitted by the residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village." Is this his chance to remedy that disappointment? MetLife Real Estate Deal Could Be Derailed [Crain's] Thompson Statement, 10/17/06 [NYC.gov]

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