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Bodrum Mediterranean by Brian Scott Lipton
October 28, 2007, 4:07.19 pm ET

For two decades, New Yorkers have been thankful for the presence of chef Turgut Balikci, even if they haven’t known his name. But they’ve known his cooking at Bella Luna, Bella Sguardo, and Pasha, and now they have another chance to appreciate his talents at Bodrum, a small but lively eatery he’s opened with partner at Huseyin Ozer at the site of a former take-out chicken place.  more


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Brooklyn Vegetarian Week by Pamela Grossman
October 28, 2007, 4:05.28 pm ET

October, I recently learned, is Vegetarian Awareness Month. That's good news for cows, pigs, chickens, etc.--and good news for you, as a Vegetarian Restaurant Week has been declared throughout Brooklyn from now till October 27th, complete with some great-sounding deals.  more


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Andy's Chee-Pees by Pamela Grossman
October 28, 2007, 4:02.23 pm ET

I was walking down lower Broadway the other day, sadly contemplating a giraffe. Don't get me wrong, I like giraffes very much; they're lovely and adorable, and they seem sweet-natured. But this particular giraffe was the mascot for Toys R Us, which has taken residence where Tower Records used to be; and that makes me sad. Tower Records rocked in every way (good selection, great hours, casual and non-corporate attitude...). I miss it; and I fear for a New York that would not or could not sustain that store.  A few blocks later, I spotted Andy's Chee-pees, a new-and-vintage outlet.  more


Photo: Andy's Chee-Pees

Mauritius by Diane Snyder
October 28, 2007, 3:58.53 pm ET

Theresa Rebeck's characters may not be the sort you'd want to sit next to at a dinner party, but they're certainly amusing fodder when observed from afar. Whether it's the abandoned wife in The Water Edge, the self-absorbed New Yorkers in The Scene or the obsessed and occasionally maniacal philatelists who get involved with two feuding half-sisters and their valuable stamp collection in her latest play, her dramatists personae aren't especially likable, but they are fascinating and frightening real in their rancor.  more


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The Ritz by Lesley Alexander
October 28, 2007, 3:42.54 pm ET

From the words of a dying man, "Get Proclo," to a case of mistaken identity in a gay bath house circa 1975, the Roundabout's revival of Terrance McNally's tip of the hat to French sex farce, "The Ritz", is more than just a frothy bit of amusement. It’s a belly laugh full of fun.  more


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Market Table by Andrea Strong
October 21, 2007, 4:21.16 pm ET

It's a rat race of its very own genre, this food business of ours. And it can be tough to navigate. You want to eat everywhere, see it all, be first, find the best, have it all. I don't know about you, but some days I love it, and other days it's enough to make me want to escape to some small town in Vermont. But beyond the madness, past the scene, through the typecasting and the pigeonholing, there's Market Table.  more


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Pay to Shop by Pamela Grossman
October 21, 2007, 4:17.39 pm ET

Are there shoppers in NYC so dedicated that they’d actually pay to shop? When a shopping event also involves free drinks and other giveaways—and the vendors are really good—the answer turns out to be a resounding “Hell, yeah.”  more


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The East Corner by Thomas Rafael
October 21, 2007, 4:14.42 pm ET

A visit to The East Corner Company is like a visit to a museum. The shop specializes in Chinese antiquities and offers everything from Buddhist sculptures to rare jade and antique furniture.  more



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Yum by Thomas Rafael
October 21, 2007, 4:12.13 pm ET

These days Times Square is known for trendy restaurants that cater to the Broadway crowd. Think Blue Fin, Bond 45 and District. Then there are hideaways that we like to keep to ourselves, like Tintol. And, of course, there are some tourist traps. But if you're looking for a no frills, won't-bust-the-budget, wholesome meal, then we recommend Yum.  more


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Torre Quits
October 19, 2007, 7:59.24 pm ET

Joe Torre quits as Yankee Manager after being offered what amounts to a pay cut.  Do you think Torre was treated fairly.  Take our poll.  click here


Crave Ceviche Bar by Sam Sayegh
October 14, 2007, 5:29.27 pm ET

After milling about second avenue in the forties and low fifties one Saturday night, I realized the choices for a late dinner in this area are slim, especially after 10pm. Sure, you can opt for a tavern, or the blaring music of a nearby club. But if girls (and guys) dancing on tables are not your cup-of -tea, you may be fresh out of luck. That is until we the found ourselves in front of Crave Ceviche Bar.  more


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East River Cafe by Brian Scott Lipton
October 14, 2007, 5:26.39 pm ET

Few topics inspire as much debate in New York as pizza. Everyone has their favorite spots – John’s, Grimaldi’s, Lombardi’s, Nick’s, Dean’s, Patsy’s, Frankie’s, Joe’s – the list is practically endless. But one of the most interesting things about eating in New York is that great pizzas can be found in places that don’t make the dish its raison d’etre.  more




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Buckler by Pamela Grossman
October 14, 2007, 5:21.15 pm ET

I spent some time this weekend wandering through great spaces in the city that I, and others in the general public, don't normally have access to, as part of the terrific Open House New York program. So when I saw the entrance to Buckler--a doorway, an outfit in a display case, and a staircase leading down, but the store itself not visible at all from the street--it fit right in with my "hidden spaces" mood, and I had to investigate.  more


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Station Studios by Thomas Rafael
October 14, 2007, 5:05.54 pm ET

Now you can vibrate away the pounds in one of the trendiest parts of town. Station Studios, in the Meatpacking District, is offering total body conditioning with 15 to 30 minute workouts three times a week, using vibration technology. Developed by Russian scientists 40 years ago for the Cosmonauts, the technology is said to utilize 100% of the muscle fibers as opposed to 40% in a traditional workout.  more


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Grayz by Thomas Rafael
October 7, 2007, 5:22.50 pm ET


There's a glamorous new spot for cocktails and nibbles in mid-Manhattan. Grayz is located inside a maticulously restored 1800's town house, complete with exposed brick and four fireplaces. There's also a wine celler and a "harvest wall" of greenery on the private dining level.  more








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Accademia di Vino by Andrea Strong
October 7, 2007, 5:20.21 pm ET

Accademia Di Vino, the Upper East Side's newest Italian enoteca, restaurant, and pizzeria. The restaurant is a sharer's paradise. Chef Kevin Garcia's menu offers no less than half a dozen shareable ways to start a meal.  more


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Ramsey and Jade by Pamela Grossman
October 7, 2007, 5:13.40 pm ET

I received a fashion-show invite out of the blue a few weeks ago. I didn't know the design line that had sent it and wasn't sure how they'd found me; but, up for discovery, I was happy to attend. Good thing I did: The show turned out to profile several exciting designers whose work I'm glad to know about. I'll be spotlighting them over the next few columns.  more








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Golden Bay Seafood by Thomas Rafael
October 7, 2007, 5:05.59 pm ET

Brooklyn's Chinatown in Sunset Park continues to expand with two new mega restaurants. The first to arrive was Pacificana, and now another popular spot is emerging. Golden Bay Seafood features a huge dining room, artfully decorated with very attentive and friendly service.  more


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The Plaza Turns 100
October 2, 2007, 7:05.50 pm ET

Break out the champagne and the sex toys, a New York City landmark turns 100.  Eloise may not sleep at The Plaza anymore, but you can, with hotel condominum suites starting at $1.5M and "private residences" at $2.5M and up.  And if you're looking for something kinky, the New York Post is reporting that the lobby may include a Myla store offering sexy lingerie and adult toys.






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Death Row Update: Bay Ridge Victorians Destroyed
September 30, 2007, 9:36.47 pm ET



We're told it took just an hour to destroy these elegant Victorian homes in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.  This despite assurances from the developer, Basile Builders, that the homes would be preserved.   Residents told us they were coming down to make room for condos.

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Three Historic Bay Ridge Homes Bought by Condo Developer
Preservationists Fear ‘Fedders Houses,’ Developer Claims Plans for Restoration

By Odelia Bitton
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
BAY RIDGE — Rat poison signs on three, century-old, Victorian style homes in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn have recently been turning heads. When neighbors on 74th Street at Third and Fourth avenues noticed the signs and missing window curtains, they suspected there had been a change of hands.

Indeed, records show that the Basile Builders Group — who have completed four condominium complexes in Brooklyn, including two in Bay Ridge — recently bought the three contiguous properties at 318, 326 and 334 74th St.

But the condo builders, whose office is on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge, said they have a different plan this time around. “We’re restoring the Victorian homes,” said Rocco Basile. “They’re really in bad shape now.”

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It appears Basile lied, as evidenced by the pictures taken this past Saturday of the site on 74th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues.











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