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    May 2, 2013

    Mars Bar Location Becomes 12-Story Luxury Apartment Building

    As many longtime tenants on the Lower East Side say goodbye to beloved dive bars, others will be privy to living in a luxury residential building on the very same corner that used to house Mars Bar. The Wall Street Journal reported that nine tenants who live in two small walk-up buildings on Second ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Lemony Snicket is Over Bacon

    "The most overrated ingredient is bacon. It depresses me that in restaurants Brussels sprouts are now just the way bacon is conveyed to the table." Lemony Snicket creator and passionate home cook Daniel Handler tells the Wall Street Journal that he'd rather eat radishes [WSJ].

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    January 18, 2013

    South Ferry Station Repairs May Take 3 Years

    Hundreds of relays and thousands of feet of wiring will need to be replaced at the South Ferry subway station according to a Wall Street Journal interview with Wynton Habersham, the MTA's chief electrical officer. The repairs could take as long as three years, which coincidentally is exactly how lon ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Go to Canada and Drink a Toe

    We've heard of drinks with egg whites, Tabasco sauce, chocolate, and many other surprising secret ingredients, but a Canadian bar in Dawson City uses something a little... different in their signature drink.

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    November 17, 2011

    India's Wealth Drives Up Food Costs

    ​India's growing middle class doesn't just demand luxuries like TVs and cars. The subcontinent has grown wealthier in recent years, and richer people tend to eat better -- driving up food prices, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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    October 28, 2011

    Chipotle Founder Named 'Innovator of the Year'; Consumers 'Ripped Off' When Buying Fish

    ​Just in case you were wondering, "Montezuma's Revenge" has not been a problem for athletes at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. [Washington Post] Kosher food is becoming more conventional in Berlin, post World War II. [Reuters] Restaurants are getting ready to raise prices as ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Occupy! Gazette Flooding the Occupy Wall Street Print Media Zone

    Kickstarter​Because the Occupied Wall Street Journal apparently doesn't fill the print media needs of the movement, n 1 is following up their personals ads with the Occupy! Gazette. According to the project's Kickstarter, n 1 recruited Astra Taylor, the documentary filmmaker who made Zizek! an ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Terroir Aims for Wine Bar Domination; A Look at Cider Week

    ​An upstate New York small business owner is trying to break into the breakfast market with his product, Muesli Fusion, now available in health-food stores in four states. [NPR] With its third location in Murray Hill, the Terroir wine bar mini-empire is announcing its plans for domination, wh ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    'Occupy Wall Street Journal' Surpasses Kickstarter Goal

    Occupy Wall Street is starting to look less like an extended camping trip (kind of): It now has a mailing address, an info line, and it will soon have its own newspaper. The Occupy Wall Street Journal has surpassed its $12,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter and looks like it might actually be a rea ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    150-Year-Old Law Against Wearing Masks Used to Arrest Wall Street Demonstrators

    ​Yesterday we reported that seven people had been arrested for participating in Occupy Wall Street, the vaguely defined, relatively disorganized financial-district protest that's been going on (and dwindling down) for the past few days. Amid accusations of excessive police force, there was als ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Moms Fail Health Department Standards on Packed Lunches; Restaurants Are Shrinking

    ​Gordon Ramsay is trying to revive his struggling restaurant empire in the U.S. with a deal with Caesars in Vegas to launch three restaurants. [NY Post] A look at the lineup for the food-truck lot in Queens: Kimchi Taco truck, Taim, and Andy's Italian Ices one day; Eddie's Pizza, Desi Food, a ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Supermarket Chains Go Local; In John Turturro's Kitchen

    ​The New Orleans snowball maker SnoWizard has pissed off competitors by filing dozens of product patents. Now, the company is being sued for "attempting to manipulate the snowball market through a scheme to assert exclusive monopoly rights." [Wall Street Journal] Ever since Wal-Mart found it ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Tales of the Cocktail Recap; Priciest White Wine Ever Sold

    ​If you couldn't make it down to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail this year, here's what you missed. [Metromix] You can now get a drink in Utah, but the state's liquor laws, which are heavily influenced by the Mormon Church headquartered there, are still pretty complicated. [NY Times] I ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    New York Stops Calling Lakes the N-Word

    ​Upstate New York is a wilderness we usually try to ignore. Apparently, it's not just us because no one noticed that environmental conservation laws refer to remote bodies of water up there by the n-word. "It was a shock to us. The term is very offensive," said a scientist from Department of E ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Today Would Be a Good Day to Sit in Front of an Air Conditioner

    Flickr: Today Is a Good Day​Gird your loins, New Yorkers, or pack them with ice cubes. It will be hot, hot, hot today. Worse than yesterday, not least because yesterday is over, and today has only just begun. The Wall Street Journal reports with the usual stoicism that "summer heat will reach ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Pepsi Peddles Nutrition in India; ConAgra Sued Over 'Natural' Oils Labels

    ​PepsiCo may be turning its focus back to cola in some markets, but is looking to boost its health snacks business in India via its global nutrition unit. [Wall Street Journal] The owner of Fu Sushi in the East Village denies that his restaurant was open for business despite being ordered to ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Only One Person Has Been Ticketed in New York City's Great Smoking Ban

    ​New York's new smoking ban in parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas has been in effect for a little more than a month now. You can discuss how effective it's been based on the news that a single, solitary soul has been ticketed during that time. And that person was a newspaper photographer "w ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    40-Foot-Long Whale Washes Up on Atlantic Beach in Long Island

    via @EcoOutfitters​We're already had a number of shark sightings this summer, and now it seems we've moved on to dead whale sightings. Specifically, a poor, dead finback whale, gender unknown, estimated at 30 to 40 feet long, which has washed up on Atlantic Beach in Long Island. According to t ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    The Pill Might Be Making You Like Girly Men

    ​Birth control pills are something of a double-edged sword. On one hand, they keep you from getting pregnant, which is presumably a good thing if you're taking birth control pills. On the other hand, they are hormones, and might screw up chemical signals that attract you to the kinds of guys y ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    America's Nudists May Be on the Verge of Extinction

    ​Did you know that America is in danger of running out of nudists? Yep, they're dying off, and those who are still alive, hanging out, being naked, are more and more grayed and wrinkly every day. The Wall Street Journal reports on this unfortunate confluence of people getting old and young peo ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Salts of the Earth; China's Worst Food Scandals

    ​Behind the storefront of Japan Premium Beef is Bohemian, a hidden and secret restaurant that has managed to stay under the radar since it debuted two years ago. [NY Post] Remember those 10,000 menus the New York Public Library acquired to turn into a searchable database? Well, they're now be ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Sitting Still Will Kill You and No One Will Attend Your Funeral

    ​The Wall Street Journal and New York Times Magazine have some staggering news that we hope you're sitting down for: Sitting down may kill you. Oh, God, why did we tell you to sit? Health experts say that "when you are sedentary, muscle activity essentially stops, leading to a drastically lowe ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Strawberries Can Fight Cancer; World Food Prices Finally Drop

    ​Top Chef Masters premiered yesterday with several changes: fewer contestants, fewer judges, including Ruth Reichl, lower-profile chefs, and a new host. [NY Times] A new book follows the Pepper Trail of northern Mexico and examines how farmers are dealing with the effects of climate change on ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Olive Garden Remodels to Look More Tuscan; Hunts Point Produce Market to Relocate After Losing Lease

    ​Gwyneth Paltrow is everywhere these days and might be coming to a newsstand near you. The actress is rumored to be [groan] planning a food magazine. [NY Post] Olive Garden is remodeling 400 of its more than 730 locations over the next two years to look more like Tuscan villas. [Nation's Res ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Slackers: Better at Life?

    ​Here is your justification for being a slacker this chilly Friday. If you are a Type-A agro nerd, you're going to experience greater levels of stress and strain than the totally "whatever" Type C-/D , according to a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, says the Wall Street Journal. ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Food Court Trays As Filthy As Gas Station Toilets; Texas Drought to Raise Wheat, Beef Prices

    ​Frito-Lay has announced it plans make half its snacks sold in the U.S. with only natural ingredients by the end of the year. [Wall Street Journal] Restaurateurs complained to City Hall this week that it's too difficult and expensive to set up shop, despite efforts to make things easier. [NY ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Craft Brewers Collaborate on New Beers; U.S. Now Largest Wine-Consuming Nation

    ​All 400 cases of Australia's most expensive wine, a recently released Shiraz called Laird priced at $700 to $800 a bottle, have been sold. [Wall Street Journal] A number of good cocktailing options have cropped up around Times Square, including the newly revamped Rum House. [NY Times] The u ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Michelle Obama Writing a Healthy Food Book; Coffee The Musical Coming to Broadway

    ​Vikram Chatwal is being sued by the group that owns such Meatpacking spots as Abe & Arthur's over the deal he had allegedly promised them to run hospitality operations for his forthcoming Downtown Dream Hotel, which he later gave to the group that owns Marquee. [NY Post] Michelle Obama will ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    David Chang Expands On Toronto Venture; Sam Talbot Wants Us to Focus on Food, Not Face

    ​Rocco Ancarola has broken off his partnership with Greenwich Village gastropub Rabbit in the Moon and is now working with Lavo. Rabbit was quickly sold and renamed The State Room. [NY Post] More details on David Chang's Toronto venture: The first floor will feature "some type of rendition of ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Maybe This Is Why Married People Want to Live Vicariously Through Their Single Friends

    ​A groundbreaking new study has determined that the happiness of the person you are married to is linked to your own happiness, reports the Wall Street Journal. That means that if the person you're married to is always complaining and nagging and annoyed and depressed, you probably will be, to ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Orlando Is Fast-Food Heaven; Oscar-Inspired Cocktails

    ​Orlando has more McDonald's, Burger Kings, KFCs, and other fast-food restaurants per 100,000 residents than any other city in the country. [LA Times] Homes for the Homeless has launched the new Milk From the Heart initiative that will distribute free fresh milk to needy families. [PR Newswir ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    American Pets Are Almost as Fat as American People

    ​According to an article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, fat America is facing a fat pet problem. Dogs with the unfortunate names (because they're fat) of Hershey, Buffy, and Fridge are pigging out on steak and ice cream and beef and cheese snacks, and this is impacting their doggy waistli ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    The Recipe of Coke, Revealed?; Chef's Tables Are All the Rage

    ​An Atlanta radio show host recently revealed what he claimed was the original formula for Coca-Cola, a recipe that includes coriander oil and citric acid. [NY Times] In Nigella Lawson's kitchen, mugs live in a drawer so as not to waste head space in cupboards, and pegs are custom built for s ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Sidewalk-Raging New Yorkers Secretly Want to Punch Tourists in the Head

    via Mark Armstrong​In New York City, we have all sorts of rage that other people from other places don't get to have. Many of those rages are proximity-based. Because there are a lot of us, and we like to get to where we're going in a hurry. Damn right! The Wall Street Journal has dissected th ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Afghan Fried Chicken Fight; Whoopie Pie War

    ​Spot Dessert Bar won customers back after the blizzard by offering half-price hot drinks on Facebook, Twitter, and its blog. It also offers discounts to people who "like" the place. [Wall Street Journal] Abdul Haye, who owns the Kennedy Fried Chicken brand, is declaring war against all Afgha ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Restaurants Love a Monday Valentine's Day; Pepsi to Launch Skinny Can to 'Honor' Women

    ​McDonald's is getting its chipotle on with a new Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus burger priced at $3.99 and available through March 31. [Nation's Restaurant News] Restaurants are happy that Valentine's Day is on a Monday night because Mondays are usually slow for business. [Nation's Restaurant News ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Robert Parker Getting Out of Wine Reviewing; USDA Guidelines Say Some Booze is OK

    ​Robert Parker is quitting the wine reviewing game, passing most of his responsibilities on to his colleague, Antonio Galloni. [SF Chronicle] Joe Santos and Brad Estabrooke both make a Brooklyn gin (the latter is actually Breuckelen gin) and are locked in a trademark battle over the name. [NY ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Food Business Incubator Coming to Brooklyn; Cupcake Craze Goes Savory

    ​Maine lawmakers are trying to decide whether to make the whoopie pie the state's official dessert. The sole opposition is a Democrat worried about glorifying a product made with lard. [AOL News] A food-focused "business incubator" is planned for one of Brooklyn's lower-income neighborhoods, ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Is Chick-fil-A Anti-Gay?; Starbucks Wins Rights to Instant Coffee

    ​Eddie Huang divulges his favorite picks for Chinatown eats, including Shanghai Cuisine on Bayard and Oriental Garden on Elizabeth. [NY Post] Cupcake Stop, Taco Truck, and Desserts Truck are among food trucks getting permanent addresses at brick-and-mortar locations. [NY Post] Taco Bell has ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Girl Scout Cookies Going Extinct; Little Italy Is Back

    ​Padma Lakshmi's custody battle with baby-daddy Adam Dell is heating up as Dell reveals the Top Chef mom had hoped billionaire Teddy Forstmann was Krishna's biological father. [NY Post] Gabriel Stulman of Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey's Grocery, and now Fedora has created not only a series of popul ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Why We Don't Mind Shelling Out for Fancy Foods; Vegas More Expensive Than New York for Diners

    ​Economist and Brooklynite Eduardo Porter explains why New Yorkers are willing to pay for certain things -- like fancy coffee and hundred-dollar meals -- but not others in his new book: The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do. [NY Post] Josh Ozersky manages to go ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    World's Oldest Winery Found; Clotted Whale Cholesterol is Latest Cool Cocktail Ingredient

    ​Lettie Teague considers the outrageous wine bottle upsell at some restaurants and asks just how much is too much. [Wall Street Journal] Scientists have discovered the world's oldest known winery in a cavern in Armenia, outside a village still known for its winemaking skills. [Wall Street Jou ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    The World's Most Expensive Bowl of Noodles; Food Trucks Hired to Cater Holiday Parties

    ​Apparently, the role of the cheesemonger involves more than sales -- it's also about calming our fears over the ickiness of cheese. [Wall Street Journal] Niu Ba Ba in Taipei serves the world's most expensive bowl of noodles for the equivalent of $324. It's made with beef from four countries ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    New Study Shows That Food & Wine Really Don't Mix; Ex-Google Chefs Start Catering Biz

    ​Steve Cuozzo offers advice on how to survive dining out during the holidays: for one, do not drive into Manhattan. Hear that, Jersey? [NY Post] The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer group, is suing McDonald's for using toys to market Happy Meals to young children. [CNN] ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    When the Restaurateur is the Face of the Restaurant; The Scene at the Food Allergy Ball

    ​Charles Masson of La Grenouille, Ken Aretsky of Aretsky's Patroon, and even Danny Meyer with his rounds at Union Square CafĂ© are among the city's last iconic restaurateurs who rule the dining room. [NY Times] Congress may have passed new healthy food regulations for school lunches, but Capi ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    The Runnin' Scared Gift Guide: 100 Presents for the Drunks, Exes, Neurotics, Sex Fiends, and Loved Ones on Your List

    #76, Golden Girls Xmas Ornaments​So many gift guides, so little time. But how many lists of gifts under $50, or gifts for moms-to-be, or gifts for boyfriends and girlfriends and dogs can you really look at before wondering, where is the gift guide to end all gift guides? Where is the gift guid ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Japanese Chefs Shun Gotham Water; Yet Another Egg Recall

    ​After restaurants with a "C" grade from the Health Department were outed, a number of diners are shocked and now say they will stop frequenting them. [NY Post] Japanese chefs at the Culinary Institute of America's three-day forum on Japanese cuisines refused to use local water and instead co ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Cops Less Likely Than Ever To Shoot You

    ​The Wall Street Journal says city cops aren't "trigger happy" after reviewing a new NYPD report that said police officers were involved in fewer shootings and fired fewer bullets last year since the department started tracking shooting statistics in 1971. So why are police keeping guns in the ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Albert Trummer Sued by Apotheke Partner; Bed-Stuy Teens Not Feeling Spike Lee's Brooklyn Absolut Vodka

    ​Albert Trummer's partner at Apotheke is suing him for ignoring orders to stop using booze to light up the bar for his signature pyrotechnic tricks. [NY Daily News] A new study in the U.K. claims that alcohol is more harmful a drug than crack. Of course, the study was authored by Dr. David Nu ... More >>

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