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Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met

One of our favorite things to do around Christmas is see the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met.

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met
In this annual event, a vivid 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene (embellished with diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and hovering, silk-robed angels) adorns a candlelit 20-foot blue spruce.

November 22, 2005 - January 8, 2006, Medieval Art, 1st floor, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue

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Posted November 29, 2005 09:50 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Christmas   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (1)


World's Most Expensive Restaurants?

Forbes has released its World’s Most Expensive Restaruant list. First, you will notice that there are no two restaurants from the same city. It seems the methodology was to choose a set of metropolitan centers in various countries and find the most expensive restaurant in each of those cities. The methodology excludes all American restaurants. I can think of more than a few New York restaurants with price tags well above most all of these restaurants.

"Forbes Names the World’s Most Expensive Restaurants," WineFetch, November 28th, 2005

The folks at Forbes have no idea what the heck they're talking about.

"The World's Priciest Meals? Hardly." Vinography: a wine blog, November 20, 2005

One fact the article reveals: Britain - once laughed at as a place for great food - now has some of the world's top restaurants.

"The world's most expensive restaurants 2005," Slashfood, November 19, 2005

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Posted November 29, 2005 09:11 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Restaurants   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Big Apple Blog Festival - November 28, 2005

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

Last week's Big Apple Blog Festival was hosted by mister snitch!.

Next week's BABF will be hosted by Harleys, Cars, Girls & Guitars ... if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ...

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The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com.

Posted November 28, 2005 12:45 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (2)   ·  TrackBack (2)

Travel blogs roundup

A Guy In New York is a member of the travel blog network at Blogads, a group of independent travel blogs. Check out some of this week's headlines from the network:


Posted November 27, 2005 09:31 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday catblogging

Loco and Luca on the stairs outside my apartment ... waiting very patiently for Grandpa Bill to visit us ... we heard he is staying at 48th Street, only 20 blocks away ...

Loco and Luca on the stairs waiting for a visitor

Life in the City is good ... warm place to live ... plenty to eat ... great company ...

Posted November 26, 2005 06:00 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

This Week in Reviews - November 25, 2005

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

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Did we miss your favorite review?

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Posted November 25, 2005 12:25 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (2)   ·  TrackBack (3)

Macy's Parade

gothamist has links to pics of the Thanksgiving Day parade balloons being inflated ... "Let the Inflation Begin!"

Macy's 79th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, November 24, 2005, 9am - 12pm

Parade route

"Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Event Details, Viewing Locations and Tips, and More," Pamela Skillings ...

NewYorkology has a roundup of many things to do ...

Posted November 24, 2005 05:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Thanksgiving   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (1)

Happy Thanksgiving

We're traveling and won't be posting for a few days ...

Posted November 23, 2005 08:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Thanksgiving   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Ice Skating in Bryant Park

Bryant Park, located between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues ... free ice-skating ... with the music of Frank Sinatra ... New York, New York ... my kind of town ... I love New York ...

Ice Skating in Bryant Park

Bryant Park, "one of the most sensual, graceful open spaces in New York City."

"Ice Skating in New York City," wired new york

list of ice skating rinks - from NYC Parks

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Posted November 23, 2005 06:46 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Bryant Park   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

Smart Cards coming to NYC subways and buses

gothamist reports:

One year after some talk that the MTA was considering bringing smart card technology to roost here, the MTA is actually going to pilot test smart cards.
MTA MetroCard

we use the SmarTrip card when using the Metro in DC, and it is a real time saver, much faster through the fare gates ... we also like being able to recharge it with a credit card and if we (or certain unnamed children) lose it reporting it to WMATA and getting a replacement ...

Posted November 22, 2005 10:25 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Subway   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Big Apple Blog Festival - November 22, 2005

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Last week's Big Apple Blog Festival was hosted by A Guy In New York.

This week's Big Apple Blog Festival is hosted by mister snitch!.

Some excerpts:

For much more, see this week's BABF for more.

Next week's BABF will be hosted by A Guy In New York.

To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form.

Posted November 22, 2005 08:33 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Fino Wall Street

Wall Street is a constuction zone, but a few jewels are still to be found and the crowds are minimal.

Last week I joined a group of professors from Cornell and Imperial College for dinner at Fino Wall Street (owned by the same folks who run Fino in midtown). Excellent selection of Chianti’s.

For appetizer I had the Vongole Oreganata - baked stuffed clams with herbs and seasonings. I ate a nice, fresh filet of fish picata with steamed vegetables.

A colleague had the pan-seared salmon with champagne, leeks, scallions and English mustard.


pan-seared salmon at Fino Wall Street

For desert we had the Tiramisu:


Tiramisu at Fino Wall Street

1 Wall Street Court, at Pearl and Beaver Street, 212-825-1924 [Love Chef]

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Posted November 22, 2005 06:10 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Italian   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Nice Restaurant - Chinatown

The Beijing Duck at the Nice Restaurant, rated in Michelin New York 2006!

Beijing Duck at the Nice Restaurant

Baby roast suckling pig, jelly fish and sliced cold beef on a platter ... the house soup with chicken feet and pig belly ...

Baby roast suckling pig at the Nice Restaurant

Also try the crispy pan-fried whole flounder ...

We had a dinner for eight with friends from Aquebogue ... Joyce writes:

Our appetizers of Spring Roll and Barbecued Beef were delicious. The entrees were outstanding - especially the crispy green beans which were fresh tasting and deliciously seasoned with minced pork. The Peking Duck was tasty and succulent. In addition to the great food, the service was excellent. Our waiter was helpful, personable and had a great sense of humor. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a totally enjoyable dining experience.

35 East Broadway, 212-406-9510 [NYT | Citysearch]
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Posted November 21, 2005 12:58 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Autumn

joe's nyc has an interesting pic ... of the Tower of Bowery through autumn leaves ...

Posted November 21, 2005 06:00 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  NYC photoblogs   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Travel blogs roundup: a perfect suite, super glue for medical emergencies

A Guy In New York is a member of the travel blog network at Blogads, a group of independent travel blogs. Check out some of this week's headlines from other travel blogs in the network:


Posted November 20, 2005 07:20 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday catblogging

Loco has found a great place to rest ... on the stairs outside my apartment ... he loves to sink his claws into the black industrial rug ...

Loco on the stairs enjoying the carpet

Life in the City is good ... a lovely supercatastic Autumn ... great carpets to knead ...

Posted November 19, 2005 01:20 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)

Today is last day of NYC Photobloggers "New Work, New York"

The New York City Photobloggers show, "New Work, New York," closes today ... Saturday, November 19, 2005, 11 am - 7 pm, at Chrystie Street Gallery, 167 Chrystie Street, 2nd floor, 917-687-3581 ... closing party 7 - 9 pm ...
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Posted November 19, 2005 12:15 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  NYC photoblogs   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

This Week in Reviews - November 18, 2005

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

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Did we miss your favorite review?

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Posted November 18, 2005 09:35 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

"Top 50 NYC Subways"

MignonMedia has a map showing the 50 busiest subway stations ... explanation here ...

via live from the third rail

Posted November 15, 2005 09:26 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Subway   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (2)

Cool Tool - 6GB Creative Zen Micro

The Long Tail explains why he picked a 6GB Creative Zen Micro instead of an iPod Nano ... the Creative Zen Micro has ... removable mini-disk ... a removable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives 12 hours of play per charge ... FM radio ... built-in voice recorder ... personal organizer that synchs with Outlook ... random shuffle ... for under $200 ... Rhapsody to Go is a music service (like iTunes) that works with the Creative Zen Micro ... for $15 per month ...

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Posted November 15, 2005 06:11 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Big Apple Blog Festival - November 14, 2005

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

Last week's Big Apple Blog Festival was hosted by Dave Friedman's Soul of Wit.

Next week's BABF will be hosted again by mister snitch! ... if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ...

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The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com.

Posted November 14, 2005 09:30 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

Travel headlines

A Guy In New York is a member of the travel blog network at Blogads, a group of independent travel blogs. Check out some of this week's headlines from other travel blogs in the network:

Posted November 13, 2005 07:50 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Book Review - "Help, It's Broken!"

"Help, It's Broken! A Fix-It Bible for the Repair-Impaired" is a must-have for every NYC apartment dweller ... written by Arianne Cohen "who has practiced her home-repair skills in apartments all over the world." ... lots of illustrations so you can call things by their correct name (especially important when describing parts to someone at a hardware store or repair shop) rather than by generic, and useless, names such as "dohickey," "thingamajig," or "gizmo" (which is a better name for a Yorkie, thank you very much) ...

Ms. Cohen has numerous tips, including what to do when an earring or ring goes down the drain, how to replace a broken tile, how to make your apartment more secure, what glues to use on which repairs, and much, much more ...

a perfect (and inexpensive) gift for a recent college grad moving into their first apartment ... or a friend who just bought their first condo ... or for anyone who lives in an apartment in New York ...

A colleague said that this book is great for "knowing when it is time to call for expert help, and teaches you how things work so you can figure out what needs to be done."

What others have said:

"If you buy just one basic home-repair book, get this one; I couldn't believe that it would actually come in handy, but when my college ring fell down the sink, 'Help! It's Broken' helped me save my jewelry and keep my sanity-- without calling a plumber. I would highly recommend this book for any new homeowner, renter, or college student; I'm planning on getting another for my friend's housewarming gift." --Amazon reader

"a fix it bible for the repair-impaired. Whether you live in a house or a 9x12 dorm room, everyone needs a book like this." --Josh Spear

"Each project guide begins with supplies required and walks painstakingly through each step in the process—even you home-repair idiots can follow these instructions, which include helpful definitions and diagrams where necessary. Remarkably, she keeps things interesting, employing a sense of humor throughout." -- Kirkus Reviews

Posted November 13, 2005 12:10 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Book and Web Site Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

"Olny srmat poelpe can"

aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.

"Olny srmat poelpe can," TEDblog, November 12, 2005

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Posted November 12, 2005 01:02 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Libraries and Research   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday catblogging

Luca coming back from a ride on his magic carpet ... it is soooooo quiet ...

Luca coming back from a ride on his magic carpet

Life in the City is good ... a lovely supercatastic Autumn ... flying carpets ...

Posted November 12, 2005 08:00 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

This Week in Reviews - November 11, 2005

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

  • Culinary Historians of New York will have a panel discussion November 17, 2005, 6:30 pm ... "The History and Impact of Restaurant Reviews on the New York Dining Scene" (pdf) ... Michael Batterberry, Bob Lape, William Grimes, Gael Greene, and Mitchell Davis ... Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 417 East 61st Street, in the Auditorium ...

    Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

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    Link to TWIR

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    Posted November 11, 2005 09:20 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

    Central Park - WWI Memorial

    Memorial to the Yankee Dough Boys who perished in France in WWI ... Veterans Day is November 11 ... I walk past this area daily between the West and East-sides ...

    307th Memorial, Central Park
    307th Memorial, Central Park


    307th Memorial, Central Park
    memorial trees planted for the fallen, who fell in France during WWI ...


    307th Memorial, Central Park
    Memorial to the 307th Infantry, A.E.F. (American Expeditionary Force) ... 11th hour, 11th day of the 11th month ... finally, the guns are silenced ...


    307th Memorial, Central Park
    The back of the stone memorial with a brass plaque inscribed with the names of all the dead from the 307th Infantry, A.E.F.


    Posted November 11, 2005 06:20 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

    "Ford unveils mini-fleet of hybrid NY taxis"

    Ford Motor Co. on Thursday introduced a mini-fleet of hybrid taxicabs to serve New York City, part of its push to promote cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

    Initially, only six Ford Escape hybrids will enter New York's taxi fleet. But city officials said the entire fleet of about 13,000 vehicles may be converted to gas-electric hybrids within five years.

    "Ford unveils mini-fleet of hybrid NY taxis," Reuters, November 10, 2005

    via Digitalicious

    Posted November 10, 2005 06:39 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Taxi   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Central Park - Fall Foilage

    The beauty of Central Park with Fall Foliage in full technicolor ... red, gold, brown and yellow ... Autumn, 2005 ... a great time to explore the Park with a bicycle ...

    Central Park, NYC, Autumn, 2005

    Central Park, NYC, Autumn, 2005

    Central Park, NYC, Autumn, 2005

    Central Park, NYC, Autumn, 2005

    Central Park, NYC, Autumn, 2005
    Sheep Meadow, Central Park

    Central Park, NYC, Autumn, 2005
    Sheep Meadow, Central Park

    Central Park, NYC, Autumn, 2005

    Posted November 10, 2005 09:40 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (3)

    A Wonderful Evening of Symphonic Music

    If you did not attend the free concert last Friday at the Manhattan School of Music, you missed a very wonderful evening of symphonic music conducted by Maestro Kenneth Kiesler, Prof. at the School of Music, University of Michigan ... Beethoven, Ben Britten piano concerto and Ed Elgar Enigma Variations ... simply wonderful conducting and performance from all the musicians ... so relaxing, too ... Ms. Chikage Yoshihara played Britten's piano concerto with such bravado and instensity ...

    Manhattan School of Music Calendar

    Posted November 10, 2005 09:12 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Cool Tool - Egg & Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher

    [T]he idea of being able to have perfect egg mcmuffins (without meat) at home was enticing. After making a couple, I'm hooked. The product does exactly what it's supposed to do, making sure both the egg and the muffins are perfectly done at the same time (it waits a while to toast).

    "Awesome, awesome, awesome," by Matthew Haughey, a whole lot of nothing, November 8, 2005 (via A Full Belly)

    Toaster, egg cooker, and meat warmer--this innovative unit combines all three functions into one easy-to-use appliance. The unit can be used solely as a full functioning toaster, or it can simultaneously toast bread, poach or steam-scramble an egg, and warm a pre-cooked slice of meat--or any combination of these three functions--to make the ultimate breakfast sandwich at home in just four minutes.

    Back to Basics TEM500 Egg & Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher, Amazon.com

    Posted November 10, 2005 05:30 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Tony and John Dragonas - street vendors

    Tony Dragonas at 62nd Street and Madison Avenue (a finalist in this year's Vendy Awards) in action over his grill ... when hungry for a stick of grilled meat (Soulaki) or a delicious charcoal grilled hamburger ... with his secret sauces ... mmmmmmmmmm ... preparing his chicken soulaki on pita bread and special yoghurt sauce ... mozzarella and procuitto sandwich ... grilled T-bone steak ... hot-dogs ... yummy ... for a very special lunch, walk across the street to Sherry-Lehman (679 Madison Avenue) and purchase a nice bottle of wine ...

    Tony Dragonas' street food-cart is located on the south-west corner of 62nd Street and Madison Avenue ... John Dragonas' cart is located on the south-west corner of 64th Street and Madison Avenue ... Sherry-Lehman is located on the east-side of Madison Avenue (679), between 62nd and 61st Streets ...

    Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
    Smile, Tony ... he finally turned around for a formal shot ...

    Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
    62nd Street and Madison Avenue

    Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
    Tony Dragonas ... smoking and grilling over the charcoal fire ...

    Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
    Tony Dragonas, the Greek soulaki chef ... cooking furiously on 62nd Street and Madison Avenue ...

    John Dragonas, street vendor, 64th Street and Madison Avenue
    John Dragonas, Tony's brother, in action at the south-west corner of 64th Street and Madison Avenue on Monday, November 7, 2005

    First Annual Vendy Awards, Thursday, November 10, 2005, 7:00 - 10:30 pm

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    Posted November 9, 2005 10:50 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Free Flight Tracking - FlightAware

    FlightAware is "A free and powerful flight tracker that will change how you think about flight status, tracking, and analysis."

    Check out this very cool movie ... "Animation of all flight movements tracked by FlightAware during a 24-hour period in September, 2005"

    Live Flight Tracking: "View schedule and track activity for any private (IFR) or commercial flight. See scheduled, enroute, and recent flight activity for any airport."

    via Lifehacker

    Posted November 8, 2005 12:05 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

    Still time to buy tickets to the Vendy Awards

    The First Annual Vendy Awards will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2005 ...

    Posted November 7, 2005 06:04 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Big Apple Blog Festival - November 7, 2005

    Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

    Last week's Big Apple Blog Festival was hosted by spinachdip nyc.

    This week's Big Apple Blog Festival is hosted Dave Friedman's Soul of Wit.

    Some excerpts:

    • Chad at Cake or Death reminds us that Greenpeace is sometimes its own worst enemy. Also check out his quote from Eisenhower: ""History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." I'm no fan of Eisenhower, though there is something to that quote that strikes me as true.
    • Mr. Snitch notes how Apple's new OS, which can be run on Pentium-based PCs, is creating a base of very cheap, very powerful computers that threatens the status quo in the PC market.
    • LawHawk informs the debate surrounding the rebuilding of Ground Zero:
        If there is any need greater than the rebuilding of Ground Zero, I'd like to hear it from the Mayor or anyone else. Bloomberg is yanking Silverstein's chain around for no reason other than because he can.

    See this week's BABF for more.

    Next week's BABF will be hosted by A Guy In New York.

    To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form.

    Posted November 7, 2005 11:53 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Chatham Restaurant - dim sum

    Recently Peter and I met at the Chinatown restaurant called Chatham Restaurant. It’s across from the Confucius statue on Bowery below Canal. The Chatham (formerly called Hop Shing) is one of those traditional spots where they serve fresh dim sum up through the lunch hour. You get seated right away if you don’t mind sharing a big round table with one or more Chinese families. Otherwise you can ask for a booth and wait until one frees up.

    The food is delicious and includes steamed or baked pork buns, dumplings of all kinds (chicken, vegetable, shrimp) pork balls, chicken feet, sticky rice, spare ribs etc. You get all these fresh off the cart as they roll around – or you can order from an extensive menu. It’s an opportunity to be adventurous and taste a lot of different dishes – so best go with at least a couple of friends.

    Chatham Restaurant (it used to be called Hop Shing), 9 Chatham Square, at East Broadway, 212-267-0220 [MenuPages | New York Times | CitySearch]

    Our previous Chatham post

    post by Roger

    AGINY Good Value
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    Posted November 7, 2005 06:20 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    5 Star Anise and Tamiflu

    The five-star anise is the heart of the flu drug Tamiflu ... try Cantonese soy-sauce chicken with anise and ginger ... yummy ...

    The Chinese spice, star anise, provides the starting material for the manufacture of the anti-influenza drug Tamiflu, which is expected to be the first line of defense in a pandemic.
    Even if companies can make the drug, they might not have enough shikimic acid. That ingredient is extracted from the fruit of star anise trees, which grow in Southern China. Most of the star anise is now used for Roche's production, but it is also an Asian cooking spice and is used in herbal medicines and in the production of the liqueur pastis.

    Since demand for Tamiflu started growing recently, the price of shikimic acid from China has soared to more than $400 a kilogram, from $40.

    "Is Bird Flu Drug Really So Vexing? Debating the Difficulty of Tamiflu," by Andrew Pollack, The New York Times, November 5, 2005

    Other points from the article:

    the Chinese have been cooking chicken with five-star anise for centuries ... also, Dr. Andrew Weil has strongly recommended ginger for anti-inflammatory problems ... Chinese food is preventive medicine! ...

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    Posted November 6, 2005 10:35 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Gratuitous Central Park Pic

    Central Park ... Sunday, October 30, 2005 ...

    Central Park ... Sunday, October 30, 2005

    The Central Park Conservancy has photographs from each season ... here's the Fall Photo Gallery

    Our Central Park archives


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    Posted November 6, 2005 09:20 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Something is going around - Cornelius Bear and Bakerina

    We wondered why Cornelius Bear had not been posting much lately ... he has been feeling a bit under the weather ... he has a new diet ... and complains that "'Mrs. Dash,' a spice-based salt substitute ... does not in the least bit begin to fill Old Man Morton's straining, creaking hobnail boots." ... you'll have to read this post to find out why he says, "I had better not wear yellow." ... especially on a bicycle ...

    Bakerina has "a cold, and while it isn't bad enough to keep me out of the box factory, it was bad enough to send me nearly sleepwalking through the subway and directly to the lumpy armchair in the living room." ... "It was not, however, bad enough to keep me from discovering that we still had nearly half a chocolate-cherry bread from last weekend's market haul, or to keep me from buttering the little 8" square Pyrex dish, from beating together 5 eggs, 3 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of light brown sugar and a pinch of salt, from cutting that excellent loaf into cubes, from saturating it with the eggs and milk and sugar, or from baking it for 40 minutes in a slow oven (preheated to 350 degrees, then turned down to 300)." ... thank goodness she's not sick ... she might have forgotten to turn it down to 300 ...

    Posted November 5, 2005 08:47 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Humor   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Spaces for Writers in NYC

    We're aware of 4 membership-based spaces for writers in NYC ... let us know if there are others ... aguyinnewyork [AT] gmail.com ...

    Brooklyn Writers Space ... "Membership rates are paid quarterly: $250 per quarter for full time membership (24/7 access to the space); $150 per quarter for part time membership (weekday evenings after 6:00pm and anytime on the weekends); There is a one time $50 initiation fee and a $20 refundable key deposit." ... 58 Garfield Place, between 4th and 5th Avenues, 718-788-2697

    Paragraph ... memberships vary for full- and part-time ... Full-time: $132/month, $672/6 months, $75 initiaion fee ... Part-time: $100/month, $4802/6 months, $75 initiaion fee ... includes wireless Internet ... 35 West 14th Street, 3rd Floor, between 5th and 6th Avenues, 646-216-8407

    The Writers Room ... "Memberships vary from $350.00 to $550.00 per half year (payment is due on January 1st and July 1st). There is a one-time initiation fee of $75.00" ... 740 Broadway, 12th Floor, around the corner from Astor Place, 212-254-6995

    Village Quill ... 3 levels of membership ... Evening and Weekends - $109/month, $600/6 months, $1100/year ... Basic - $129/month, $700/6 months, $1300/year ... Full - $149/month, $800/6 months, $1500/year ... for monthly, "a 3-month committment is required. There will also be a one-time $50 administrative fee at sign up." ... 106 Franklin Street, between Church Street and West Broadway, 2nd Floor, 212-226-0442

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    Posted November 5, 2005 10:20 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Saturday catblogging

    Loco and Luca still sleeping on the American Colonial-style quilt bed-cover ...

    Loco and Luca still sleeping on the American Colonial-style quilt bed-cover

    Life in the City is good ... good company ... great bed ... great quilt ...

    Posted November 5, 2005 09:16 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)