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--!> Eater is asking some of the best chefs in the country to flex their muscles in a cooking competition we like to call The Macaroni Project. The challenge: Turn a generic box of macaroni and cheese into a masterpiece. North End Grill...
--!> Eater is asking some of the best chefs in the country to flex their muscles in a cooking competition we like to call The Macaroni Project. The challenge: Turn a generic box of macaroni and cheese into a masterpiece. North End Grill's Floyd Cardoz is the first chef to work his magic on the mundane box of mac and cheese. In the coming weeks, other chefs will try their hand at the challenge in the hopes of winning the title of Macaroni Master of the Universe. Hit play on the video above to see Floyd thrown down the gauntlet. · All Videos by Eater Moving Pictures [~ENY~]
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The cuisines of the world are on display daily at Manhattan's myriad restaurants, and for one night you'll have the opportunity to sample many of them all in once place. The third annual Edible Escape takes over the gorgeous Angel Orsens...
The cuisines of the world are on display daily at Manhattan's myriad restaurants, and for one night you'll have the opportunity to sample many of them all in once place. The third annual Edible Escape takes over the gorgeous Angel Orsensanz Foundation, bringing international and local eats under one roof for an evening of multicultural feasting. Entrance to the breathtaking renovated LES synagogue, which was redesigned by the Spanish artist for which it's named, might be worth the price of admission alone; but you're also getting eats and drinks from dozens of local restaurants and vendors to boot. [ more › ]
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A group of New York's Most Valuable Citizens, including NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, David Koch, and Barbara Walters, met at Steve Schwarzman's Park Avenue home on Monday night (Steve lives there along with David and John and Vera, you k...
A group of New York's Most Valuable Citizens, including NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, David Koch, and Barbara Walters, met at Steve Schwarzman's Park Avenue home on Monday night (Steve lives there along with David and John and Vera, you know) to celebrate the twilight of Diana Taylor's time as our city's Discreetest First Lady. But don't let the laser-enhanced smiles in the slideshow fool you: The idea that New York might soon be run by one of those other people sent a shock through the soiree like the first sip of an overshaken martini. [ more › ]
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Steak Frites in Union Square is closed right now, and the vital signs do not look good. The gates are down, and last week the team appeared to be clearing out the interior. As one tipster noted, there was no liquor behind the bar. The re...
Steak Frites in Union Square is closed right now, and the vital signs do not look good. The gates are down, and last week the team appeared to be clearing out the interior. As one tipster noted, there was no liquor behind the bar. The restaurant's Facebook and Twitter is silent on the subject, but its OpenTable listing is inactive and the phone just rings and rings. Longtime readers may remember that this is the same Steak Frites that relocated to one of New York's cursed restaurant spaces, then shuttered, then re-relocated back into its original Union Square space. · All Coverage of Steak Frites [~ENY~]
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3rd Ward Philadelphia (Image courtesy of Laura Kicey/3rd Ward/uwishunu.com) The Observer reports that Brooklyn’s ever-expanding artist gym 3rd Ward has closed. The news comes seemingly out of the blue; just last year 3rd Ward just...
3rd Ward Philadelphia (Image courtesy of Laura Kicey/3rd Ward/uwishunu.com) The Observer reports that Brooklyn’s ever-expanding artist gym 3rd Ward has closed. The news comes seemingly out of the blue; just last year 3rd Ward just opened a second 27,000 square-foot space in Philadelphia (where according to Philly Mag, they’d hired around 150 people), were setting up a pop-up in Chelsea Market last month, and were soon slated to open a culinary space in Brooklyn. In an interview in January, 3rd Ward’s CEO Jason Goodman predicted that in five years, 3rd Ward would be “a household name.” Since 2006, 3rd Ward has been running shared studio spaces, jewelry, photo, metal, and wood shops in its Brooklyn space, where members could take art classes in anything from painting to business development. The culinary endeavors planned to replicate the model of community sharing and teaching, with hundreds of classes and a “food technology lab”. All of the recent expansion seems to be to blame for the forced closure. On its Fundraise page, 3rd Ward cites three factors in its recent operating losses: Our revenue at the Brooklyn location fell as a result of a change we made to one of our membership products earlier this year. The new location in Philadelphia is requiring more capital than expected to achieve profitability or reach cash flow break-even. The development of the Culinary project required advance spending. According to a tipster at The Observer, 3rd Ward plans to shut down all of its Brooklyn facilities tonight and cut the power by midnight. Thousands of members will need to grab their art and tools now.
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Is it any surprise that one the NHL's youngest, best teams with the brightest future is made up of all Stoolies? For sure not. Just further signs of Barstool's Global Domination as the Isles begin to dominate that NHL. Lets break down th...
Is it any surprise that one the NHL's youngest, best teams with the brightest future is made up of all Stoolies? For sure not. Just further signs of Barstool's Global Domination as the Isles begin to dominate that NHL. Lets break down this 2013 Isles Yearbook Photo:
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The well-heeled Westchester woman busted for running a lucrative marijuana grow farm in a Queens warehouse is throwing herself on the mercy of the court. Andrea Sanderlin, who was arrested outside the warehouse in May, admitted in Brookl...
The well-heeled Westchester woman busted for running a lucrative marijuana grow farm in a Queens warehouse is throwing herself on the mercy of the court. Andrea Sanderlin, who was arrested outside the warehouse in May, admitted in Brooklyn federal court yesterday that she operated the facility between 2009 and 2013. The 45-year-old mother of two faces a 10-year minimum sentence for growing a plant that's legal to smoke in an increasing number of places across America. [ more › ]
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Photos via Neiman Marcus Well, we've made it about a week into October before the ritzy department stores started rolling out the obscenely expensive holiday fare, and Neiman Marcus, everyone's favorite peddler of totally unnecessary gi...
Photos via Neiman Marcus Well, we've made it about a week into October before the ritzy department stores started rolling out the obscenely expensive holiday fare, and Neiman Marcus, everyone's favorite peddler of totally unnecessary gifts—$100K Versailles chicken coop, anybody?—is leading the charge, having unveiled yesterday its annual holiday Fantasy Gifts guide. In previous years, this esteemed and gloriously mockable index has included $1.5M Dale Chihuly Pool Sculpture Installations custom-made for the swimming pool and $75K yurts outfitted with pillows made from 18th-century tapestries and hand-made crystal chandeliers. In its 87th holiday catalog? Oh, you know, a $150K "Bespoke Global Falconry Companion", a Neiman Marcus Aston Martin, a $2.64M outdoor entertainment set-up, and—the perfumed scented clouds part, a warm glow suffuses the scene—a single night at The Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Conn., which can be had for $30K. Johnson's 1949 Glass House is not just another utterly beautiful, privacy-eschewing glass residence, it's the modernist icon that made Connecticut a hotspot for architectural minimalism and a structure that became the textbook definition of perfect form and proportion. Johnson and his longtime partner, art critic and curator David Whitney, lived at the weekend retreat for 58 years, cultivating a pristinely edited collection of art and midcentury furniture, so what Neiman Marcus has on offer is undeniably an incredible opportunity, though at $30,000 for one night (plus the opportunity to invite 10 friends over for dinner), it's totally debatable whether this buy is anything approaching a value. That said, there's a good cause involved: all the proceeds of the purchase are siphoned directly to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. · Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts [official site] · All Neiman Marcus coverage [Curbed National] · All Glass House posts [Curbed National] · All Don't Throw Stones posts [Curbed National]
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Officer Wojciech Braszczok, 32, was arrested this week for his alleged role in the Sept. 29 beating of a sport utility vehicle driver on the West Side of Manhattan. Video of the incident was captured live from the scene showing a parade ...
Officer Wojciech Braszczok, 32, was arrested this week for his alleged role in the Sept. 29 beating of a sport utility vehicle driver on the West Side of Manhattan. Video of the incident was captured live from the scene showing a parade of bikers assaulting the SUV driver after a minor fender bender between his truck and a motorcycle, and the subsequent media coverage has caused the video to go viral and catapulted the story to becoming one of the most discussed events in recent weeks. The New York Times confirmed on Tuesday that Braszczok was arrested that evening and charged with rioting and criminal mischief, though more counts could be added in the future. As news reports circulate about his role within the NYPD, however, the officer has been accused by numerous sources as posing as an Occupy Wall Street activist during the course of the anti-capitalist movement that spawned a wave of peaceful protests around the world during the last two years. According to prosecutors, Braszczok acted anything but peacefully when he allegedly attacked the SUV driver last month while the victim’s wife and 2-year-old daughter watched in horror. The Associated Press has since reported that they have received video evidence showing Braszczok punching and kicking the vehicle. NBC reported that Braszczok originally came forward last week and admitted to being present at the Sept. 29 attack, but it’s not yet clear what capacity he was working at when he allegedly engaged himself in the assault. On Wednesday, a law enforcement official told NBC News on condition of anonymity that Braszczok spent the last five years of his decade-long stint with the NYPD as an undercover officer, including a period of time working closely within the Occupy movement. According to NBC’s source, Braszczok “attended meetings and essentially lived like a protester to provide information to the NYPD.” Early Wednesday, several New Yorkers began discussing over social media still unconfirmed reports that Braszczok was the same supposed Occupy activist who occasionally posted online using the Twitter handle “Evovillen” and identified himself at gatherings as “Al.” That Twitter account, though active since 2010, includes a handful of tweets related to demonstrations that occurred in New York City since the start of the Occupy movement in September 2011. “Come join us in spring training by occupying the stock exchange today at 2:30pm. Hope to see you there,” Evovillen wrote April 6, 2012. Later that year in November, Evovillen — whose profile name appears as “Fastest”— asked for information about an Occupy general assembly in Lower Manhattan. Come join us in spring training by occupying the stock exchange today at 2:30pm. Hope to see you there — Fastest (@evovillen) April 6, 2012 The Evovillen Twitter account only follows 34 other users, and half of those persons boast openly on their social media profiles about being aligned with the Occupy movement. Evovillen only tweeted three times in 2013, but one of those messages advertised a “noise demo” at 500 Pearl Street, the location of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. A rally for imprisoned Anonymous hacker and activist Jeremy Hammond occurred that same day at the scene,. Hammond, 28, is currently awaiting sentencing for his admitted role in hacking law enforcement websites and pilfering email from Texas-based intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, that was later handed over to WikiLeaks and published online.  Noise demo 500 pearl st, ny ny, we need more ppl. So come by — Fastest (@evovillen) April 10, 2013 Jeremy Hammond is still in here and I hate that fact. Photo from April 9, 2013 #FreeHammond http://t.co/mBn5Q7ChIN — protected computer (@small_affair) June 25, 2013 A cursory Google search for the “Evovillen” screen name returned the SinglesBee.com dating profile for a 32-year-old man from Ridgewood — a neighborhood in Queens, NY — who categorizes his occupation a
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"What's the T" is a new 65-minute documentary by filmmaker Cecilio Asuncion. It profiles 5 trans women, 4 of whom live in the San Francisco Bay Area while one is in New York City. They seem to all be in their 20s (except for one who's mo...
"What's the T" is a new 65-minute documentary by filmmaker Cecilio Asuncion. It profiles 5 trans women, 4 of whom live in the San Francisco Bay Area while one is in New York City. They seem to all be in their 20s (except for one who's more mid-late 30s), are all very femme presenting and, in some way, have connections to drag or ballroom performance. The promotion materials for the film read as follows: "These women represent normality and abnormality, seamlessly, in their daily efforts to achieve a balance of feminine and masculine;" and"This film is not about middle-aged husbands wrangling strained marriages for the sake of identity. It's not about teenagers looking for identity or toddlers embraced by progressive families. And it's not about loners seeking medical solace. The ladies of What’s the T? are reality and self-assurance in identity."Got that? In other words, it's about a specific piece of the trans community which doesn't make it more representative of that community than any of the other genres of trans documentary from which it seems to be attempting to distance itself. Perhaps most importantly, it's a trans documentary made, written and produced by gay cis men. That the documentary is made by non-trans gay or lesbian filmmakers shouldn't come as a surprise. There are, in fact, only a handful of trans-themed documentaries actually made by people in the trans community. Most commonly, films about trans people are made by cis gay or lesbian filmmakers, presumably become of their assumed overlaps and connections to the trans community and its stories. As with every documentary, the subject matter is seen through the filmmaker and producer's lens: why did they choose this set of people to interview and what's the point they want to get across? The good news, in this case, is that the film focuses on several Asian trans women. There have been documentaries and films which have focused on Asian trans women's lives both in the US and overseas, but it's always good to see more. Asuncion, as a Filipino gay man himself, clearly has a specific viewpoint as to what part of the trans spectrum and community he's interested in. If they aren't pretty, aren't interested in a certain amount of glitz, makeup and clothes and don't frequently say the word "tranny"... he's not interested.The 5 women: Cassandra Cass, Rakash Armani, Nya Ampon, Vi Le, Mia tu Mutch, discuss their lives in relatively short snippets. There really aren't any long, thematic arcs in the film or showing them over prolonged periods of their lives or challenges. Several are dealing with school (including one who is pre med... a subject I'd have like to have seen expanded), one is a practical nurse (but we never see her doing her job) and performs in ballroom competitions in New York, one is a SF Youth Commissioner (but only gives a very cursory glance at what that job entails and why she was selected) and one who's a professional drag artist.Perhaps my biggest issue is with the inclusion of Cassandra Cass in this documentary. Cass is a raunchy, huge boobed, campy and entertaining interview... but she's hardly a new face or a new story. She's been in several other documentaries and "reality" tv shows (including some which, IMO, where highly insulting and objectifying views of the trans community). She lives in a gorgeous apartment in San Francisco's North Beach with million dollar views and talks about how her small dogs are her children (I found it offensive how she said most trans people don't have children... that's a huge piece of misinformation which does a disservice to the many trans parents in our community). The filmmaker interviews Harry Denton, a rather conservative, old school gay theme event promoter, who's Cassandra's boss for an overpriced Sunday drag show she does at one of SFs touristy hotels. In truth, by virtue of age and where she is in life, I couldn't help wondering why she was even interviewed in this documentary other than maybe the filmma
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