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Multicultural Caroling in Ditmas Park: It's the New Trick-or-Treating

Bay Ridge: With its unsolved crimes and rampant development, is the Ridge what L.A. was like back in the noir-y, true-crime forties and fifties? Seems a little grandiose for us. [Bay Ridge Rover] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Okay, okay, it's not the richest hood, but couldn't they put up some holiday decorations? [Bed-Stuy Blog] Ditmas Park: If you want to carol at the tree-lighting next weekend, you'd better know your Christmas and Hanukkah songs, but you'll get extra credit if you can bring the Kwanzaa and solstice beats, too. [Ditmas Park Blog]

Where Is Sherri's Sketchy High-rise?

Next to the Methadone Clinic: Not only is The View's Sherri Shepherd insisting that Jesus predated the great classical civilizations, she's also looking at buying a condo in a high-rise "next to a methadone clinic." But where? Only that pre-Greco-Roman J.C. guy knows. [Curbed] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Lots of cute kitties here need a home. If you've already got enough cats, don't look at the cute pictures, or you may end up with more, you big softie. (Or is it that you just can't get along with people?) [Bed-Stuy Blog] Corona: First there was white flight. Now there's black flight. And when Martians land here, everybody-else flight will ensue. [Junction Boulevard]

Love and Herpes, in Greenpoint

Bowery: The first visitors to the New Museum this weekend were given candy, then yelled at for eating it. [Curbed] Dumbo: A black disabled woman is suing local megadeveloper Dave Walentas for shutting her out of a luxury rental, saying he excluded her based on quibbles like an outstanding cable bill of $1.61. [NYDN] Greenpoint: He wants her to know that his bedbug scare and her possible case of genital herpes are no reason they shouldn't have a torrid affair. Especially now that he's exterminated his bedroom. [Newyorkshitty]

Eight-Cent Falafels Worth Every Penny in the East Village; Chris Lee Has a Bigger Truffle Than Sirio Maccioni

Cobble Hill: Sahadi’s might have a fancy new sign to flaunt at Trader Joe’s, but are they cutting corners to compete? The Brooklyn Paper reports that customers are "fuming that the grocer has replaced the classic glass jars with generic plastic containers in the nuts, dried fruits and candies section." [Brooklyn Heights Blog] East Village: Next Friday, Tasty Falafel on St. Marks Place will sell sandwiches for 8 cents each from 4 to 9 p.m. and host a falafel-eating contest at 6. [Gridskipper] Lower East Side: A new wine bar is on the way, and Gino and Guido are now accepting applications in the TRE space at 173 Ludlow. [Eat for Victory/VV] Midtown East: Gilt has announced that chef Chris Lee has spent $8,000 on a 1.51-pound white truffle, which is “significantly larger than the truffle that Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque won in a highly publicized October bidding.” We wonder what GM Elli Jafari thinks about that tougher tuber. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch] Upper East Side: Serendipity 3 has pushed back its reopening from tonight to December 5, after being closed by the DOH. [Eater]

‘Heeb’ Parts River, Crosses to Dumbo

Bedford-Stuyvesant: On her recent Bed-Stuy cable show, the hood's buppie doyenne (and former Essence editrix) Monique Greenwood kept calling the Brownstoner blog "Brownstone." Like that nineties En Vogue ripoff group! [Bed-Stuy Blog] Dumbo: Heeb magazine moves here from Soho, perhaps launching an influx of snarky hipster Jews into the hood. If they're not already here. [DumboNYC] Forest Hills: According to this blogger, the rudest people around here are the white, non-immigrant ones. [Forest Hills 72]

Preppy Ladies Gone Wild?

Jennifer Jones
You have to love crime coverage in New York. When two preppy ladies are caught going into open-house viewings at ritzy apartments and making off with pursefuls of trinkets, it's not a paragraph in the police blotter. It's a page-four story with the headline: "THELMA & LOUISE BUSTED!" Never mind that in the film Thelma & Louise, the two women drive off a cliff to their doom to avoid getting caught by police (as opposed to just driving into traffic away from a real-estate broker on foot), they also killed a man in a bar parking lot. But aside from this old-school take, the Daily News coverage of the string of apartment robberies is quite forward-thinking! They downloaded a picture of Jennifer Jones, one of the accused thieves, from Facebook.com. And she's doing yoga, no less! Now, the News clearly isn't one of Jennifer's 73 friends — otherwise you can imagine all of the Vampire applications they'd be using on her ("Start biting chumps!") — so we can't be sure whether the flexible woman in question is, in fact, a robber. But ever since Virginia Tech, when message boards on Facebook were often the only accurate listings of the missing and wounded, have you noticed that the Website has been adopted as an acceptable, reliable way for news outlets to research young people? Interesting, huh? Also interesting: the fact that Jennifer Jones is 33, and therefore way too old to be on Facebook in the first place. Two women arrested for posing as apt. buyers, then swiping luxury goods [NYDN]

Fancy Jell-O-Shot Movement Began in the East Village, Of Course

East Village: Looks like a haute-Jell-O-shot movement might be jiggling into town; Detour used to feature a seasonal special, and now avant-garde recipes like this one, which combines apple, bourbon, and bacon, are popping up. [Mouthing Off/Food&Wine] Hell’s Kitchen: If you want to share a dessert with a pal at Kyotofu, expect to pay a $5 toll, per person. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch] Midtown East: Alto did not disappoint Bruni like so many other fine restaurants, who’ve concluded many a meal by serving an even amount of petits fours to his odd-numbered party: “This is not a give-me-more-food complaint. This is a who’s-doing-the-arithmetic expression of befuddlement.” [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Upper East Side: Park Avenue Autumn will begin its winter transformations on November 27, and VIPs will get to taste the menu and see a sneak peek of the décor on that same night. [Zagat] West Village: There’s still time to book a Thanksgiving table, and now Anne Burrell has designed a special menu for Centro Vinoteca that includes brined-herb-crusted-turkey with polenta corn bread. [NYM]

Thor Loses Third Chef; Tribeca Can Thank Girl Scouts for the Completion of Ago

Chelsea: The old Bright Food Shop space will be replaced by Tommy’s Mexican Grill, seemingly from the owners of Tello’s, Mare, and Casa Havana, the latter of which is set to replace Havana Chelsea. [Blog Chelsea] Clinton Hill: Gnarly Vines boutique wine store has opened and is offering a promotional discount of 15 percent off full and mixed cases. [Clinton Hill Blog] Lower East Side: Thor’s third executive chef (after Kurt Gutenbrunner and Kevin Pomplun), Mark Spangenthal, has now abandoned the restaurant after realizing “that this marriage wasn’t going to work.” [Eater] Tribeca: One conjecture on De Niro’s source for the thousands of corks that protrude from Ago’s ceiling: They were acquired “from a branch of the Canadian girls scouts that collected and sold them for charity.” [Down by the Hipster] Upper East Side: The French Institute will host a Beaujolais Nouveau tasting party on November 15 in their new skyroom at 22 East 60th Street. [Zagat] The Pierre hotel will close at the end of December for an entire year during a $100 million renovation that includes revamping Cafe Pierre and its bar. [NewYorkology]

Chelsea, Now With Lap Pools!

Chelsea: New promo pics for the too-fabulous Yves (so French!) condo tell a smoldering story of love, lust, and on-site lap pools. [Curbed] Clinton Hill: Don't click here unless you're ready to see the dead, mutilated squirrel left in front of the home of this blogger. Revenge from a developer who got a snarky write-up? [Brownstoner] Downtown Brooklyn: The massive new real estate planned for the area may not be so massive overall...think 1.6 mil square feet of office space versus the 4.5 mil projected a few years ago. [NYO]

Shake Shack Opens Year-round; Five Guys On in Midtown

Flatiron: Shake Shack is hammering out a year-round plan that may kick off after the New Year and will include heat lamps. (It better!) [Eat for Victory/VV] Long Island City: Art-O-Mat sells nice neighborhood souvenirs like LIChocolate bars. [LIC-NYC] Lower East Side: New bar and restaurant Cafe Katja has earned some positive buzz for its touches like house-made pickles and sauerkraut and well-priced Austrian and German wine and beer. [Blog Chelsea] Midtown West: Five Guys Burger’s and Fries at 43 West 55th Street started serving today, a day ahead of schedule. [Midtown Lunch] Nolita: Katie Lee Joel’s favorite New York restaurant is Ballato’s on East Houston near Mulberry Street. [Restaurant Girl] Times Square: Top-notch steakhouse Del Frisco’s still has steak tips and mashed potatoes on its lunch menu for under $10, though the burger’s over $13. [Midtown Lunch] Upper East Side: Sassy’s Sliders at 1530 Third Avenue near 86th Street is the front-runner in this roundup of the city’s best mini-sandwiches, which also includes Burke’s burgers at Bloomingdale's and the Little Owl’s meatball version. [Gridskipper] West Village: The new bar replacing Luke & Leroy on Seventh Avenue South is having a soft opening tonight. [Imbible/Citysearch] Voyage has finally given up the ghost, and its prime Perry Street restaurant real estate with it. [Eater]

How About Some Gargoyles for Your Halloween?

Bay Ridge: If you see lots of nooses tonight, don't bug out and call Rev. Al. It's Halloween, people — the night when nooses are exempt from Jim Crow overtones. [Bay Ridge Rover] Harlem: Did you know that the gargoyles on this old building tell a story about chicken soup? Check them out, 'cause they're plenty creepy-lookin' for the holiday. [The Weblicist] Hell's Kitchen: Does the forbidding of a sax player from practicing in his apartment signal the morphing of Manhattan Plaza from an artists' enclave to a yuppie one? [NYDN]

The Lenox Room Re-creates Itself As T-Bar

Now that the Lenox Room has remade itself as T-Bar, a highly polished steakhouse on the Upper East Side, let’s have a moment of silence for its former identity. The Lenox Room was one of those very grown-up New York places. Opened in 1995, it wasn’t one of the top restaurants in town, but it was pure New York Establishment, thanks to owner Tony Fortuna, former manager of Lafayette (when Jean-Georges made his New York name) and Lespinasse (under the original stellar stewardship of Gray Kunz). Fortuna is one of those guys who really know how to run a restaurant, and although the times have called for a more casual, steak-centric approach, the restaurant still has something of the old cool. The food, a modern steakhouse menu with extensive fish, veal, and chicken selections, is as solid as before, no accident since the chef, Ben Zwicker, is still in place. But, as Fortuna says: “The Upper East Side is changing; it’s not where your father lives now. It’s gotten younger, and we needed a new vibe.” We liked the old one, but we understand.

Robert Chambers: Apartment Envy

Robert Chambers
The story of Robert "Preppy Killer" Chambers's drug bust has taken its inevitable turn into a real-estate saga. Would Chambers and his girlfriend, Shawn Kovell, have been so exposed to drugs had they not had the opportunity to move back to New York and live in Kovell's late mother's apartment? That's what one friend wondered — after all, they were clean when they were living in Georgia. Or, did the pressure of the $1,800-a-month rent drive them to selling drugs out of financial desperation, as Kovell's godmother suspects. We won't know until the trial, if ever, but what we do know is that whatever factor it played, their apartment was a killer deal (was that in bad taste? Oh, don't be mad. The Post would have said it!).

Target! Must You Brand Everything?

Bedford-Stuyvesant: It's nice that Target funded the beautiful redesign of this community garden … but obnoxious that they put all those big red dots up in there. [Bed-Stuy Blog] Dumbo: Sorry we didn't notice this the other day, but are they building a little penthouse atop the iconic clock tower of One Main Street? [Brownstoner] Forest Hills: Did you guys know that the hood apparently has a really cool, retro Adidas sneaker named after it? These are probably sooo what the homies were wearing in the Summer of Sam. [Overstock via Forest Hills 72]

Queer Femmes on Coney Island Get Their Own Calendar

Coney Island: Just when you realize the world really needs a female-controlled "queer femme swimsuit calendar" of the hot gals of Coney … boom, you get one. [Kinetic Carnival] Dumbo: Even boring old drugstores around here are cashing in on that whole down-under-the-bridge glamour vibe. [Dumbo] East Village: Some gays divided their time between watching Caligula and sneaking into sex booths at a new XXX-salon-type thing. [Gawker via Manhattan Offender]

Is The Hotel Pennsylvania Outta Here?

Chelsea: Few care that the 1919 McKim, Mead and White–designed Hotel Pennsylvania will likely come down to make room for a way-high office tower. [NYO] Greenpoint: Sassy blogger Miss Heather and a local named Bert are in a nasty e-fight over the whether Miss H's blog helps or hurts the hood. [Newyorkshitty] Greenwich Village: It's official … Gray's Papaya on 8th Street has endorsed Bloomberg for president, "because he walks the walk and talks the talk." Sure, but does he bite the dog? [Blog Chelsea]

Car Canoeing in Queens!

Brooklyn Heights: So the Coen brothers think they can disrupt the whole neighborhood for a month with their George Clooney film shoot and then make it up by donating to some community groups? We all know what the locals really wanted were backrubs from George. [Brooklyn Eagle] Chelsea: Twenty-nine years ago today, Nancy Spungeon was bludgeoned (by Sid Vicious?) in the Chelsea Hotel's Room 100 … an anniversary the inn's new corporate management likely won't be fêting. [Living With Legends] Cobble Hill: We hope the new owner of that building who tried to evict those two elderly sisters is happy now. Tragically, one's dead, and, more tragically, the other moved to Jersey. [Curbed] Corona: There's a lot of Dominican families here named Corona, but that's just a coincidence … as is anyone here getting wasted on Corona beer. [Junction Blvd] Greenpoint: Locals learn the hard way that if they want to instantly stop noisy after-hours construction, it's better to call the cops than the DEP. Uh … duh? [Newyorkshitty] Maspeth: Manhattanites won't complain about a few curbside puddles when they see these videos of cars swimming through the streets of Queens yesterday. Eau-trageous! [Queens Crap] Upper East Side: Unless those raccoons blocking your path as you run around the Central Park reservoir are foaming at the mouth, the Parks Department doesn't want to hear about it. [UES Informer]

New Café Boulud Chef a Young Buck

Boerum Hill: Lazy artists have nothing better to do with their time than wait in line for the unopened Trader Joe’s. [A Brooklyn Life] Chelsea: Next Tuesday Del Posto will host a Wine. Dine. Donate. dinner with Epicurious to benefit America’s Second Harvest. [Gothamist] Meatpacking District: The Inn Lw12 has a new fall menu. [Grub Street] Upper East Side: Café Boulud’s replacement for Betrand Chemel is 28-year-old Food & Wine Best New Chef for 2007 Gavin Kaysen who’s riding into town all the way from Rancho Bernardo. [San Diego Tribune via Eater] From now through Sunday, the Garden Court Café at the Asia Society will feature a special Indian-French menu from Vikram Garg, executive chef of D.C.’s Indebleu. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]

Missing the Old ‘Treats’ of the Meatpacking District

Chelsea: It used to be the tranny hookers on 14th Street who advertised as "Not too fancy, always delicious!" Now it's just the Treats Truck. [Vanishing New York] Crown Heights: If the Slope's old armory gets to become a swank new athletic center, why not the one here? That's what council member Tish James wants to know… [Brownstoner] Dumbo: Remember 2005, when it wasn't completely certain the neighborhood was going the way of a bourgeois, sanitized, amenity-rich enclave? Seems so long ago… [DumboNYC] Hell's Kitchen: Time Out New York learns that the hood ain't just for thugs and tramps anymore, scoring it higher than the East and West Village. [Hell's Kitchen NYC] Park Slope: OMG, the new debit-card machines at the food co-op actually work. That's so awesome! [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] South Slope: What would this fifties family think if they knew that the home they vacated to make room for the Prospect Expressway is now the site of a dumpy unused park? That's a shondah. [Icky in Brooklyn] Upper East Side: What we love most about this high-profile battle between a laundromat and a customer is that the launderer apparently changed his name from Todd Ofsink to Todd Layne. Isn't having "sink" in your name a good thing for a launderer? [78thand2nd]