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Friday, September 13, 2013

The Weekly Roundup: The Feast of San Gennaro, A Tour of Washington Sq. Arch

  • 7 Ways Mike Bloomberg Changed New York City: Compared to Paris, say, New York has been stripping itself of history; compared to Shanghai, it's Miss Havisham." Here now, seven concrete ways Bloombergian development has defined post-9/11 New York.
  • In Conversation: Michael Bloomberg: In an in-depth interview with New York Magazine, Mayor Bloomberg has harsh words for Bill de Blasio, rebuts the charge that he’s in the tank for the wealthy, questions just how poor the poor really are, and considers (for the first time) what he might like named after him. As for door grades, he says the public overwhelmingly in favor. And the number of cases of salmonella in hospitals declined something like 14 percent. 
  • This Interactive Map Compares the New York City of 1836 to Today: Zooming out to view this 1836 map of New York in full, the map’s artistic merit immediately becomes apparent – the scrolled border and detailed views speak to a gentle use for this map. Unlike other, smaller maps, this map was less functional and more aesthetic: it was a wall map, used to adorn the walls of people’s private homes and offices. Rumsey remains struck by its beauty, explaining that it’s one of his favorite maps. “There’s a historian named Stokes who wrote six volumes on the history of Manhattan, and he called this map perhaps one of the most beautiful maps of Manhattan in the 19th century. It’s artistically quite amazing.
  • Shake Shack Creates “Cronut Hole Concrete": Shake Shack is proud to announce it is teaming up with Cronut™ mastermind, Chef Dominique Ansel, for a special edition Cronut Hole Concrete to jointly benefit the New York Police Department and Madison Square Park Conservancy. Available for one day only—Tuesday, September 17th—exclusively at Shake Shack’s original location in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park (MSP), this collaborative concrete treat will feature Shake Shack’s dense, rich and creamy Butter Caramel frozen custard blended with three delectable Cinnamon Sugar Cronut Holes, and a bonus Cronut Hole on top.

  • The 10 Most Exciting Emerging Cuisines Nationwide: Since every other restaurant these days is a barbecue joint, raw-bar specialist or vaguely related to "the New Nordic," allow us to draw your attention to some alternative options: cuisines that are just beginning to show their faces stateside, but which have all the markers of a craze in the making. 
  • Instagram Pictures Itself Making Money: Since Mr. Systrom created the app in 2010, Instagram has focused on attracting users, wooing them with a clean design and a simple way to share photos with an artsy patina. Instagram said it has more than 150 million monthly active users, a gain of roughly 128 million since Facebook bought the app last year. At that pace, it swiftly is closing in on seven-year-old rival Twitter Inc., which announced it had "well over" 200 million active users in March.


  • Mind-Boggling Former Real World House Asks $22M: Now this is a Tuesday Townhouse. It's got a wacky history, quirky decor, and a sizable ask of $22 million—plus, it was the filming location for the tenth season of The Real World, after which the owner opened it up for other film and photo shoots and events.
  • Oh, just another temporary underground Chinese steakhouse: Village new-Chinese spot RedFarm recently closed its doors to make some renovations, but never fear: while that's going down, they've taken over the former laundromat space beneath them (that wasn't a super-cool club that only played Nirvana's Bleach, it was an actual laundromat), and created a steak-centric version of the upstairs spot with some new dishes in a rustic, speakeasy-meets-hanging-gardens space all centered around a big communal table.
  • An Extremely Rare Tour Inside & Atop The Washington Arch: The 72-foot-tall Washington Arch marks the northern end of Washington Square Park and the beginning of the Manhattan grid. It also boasts a killer view—if you can get up on the roof. Though the structure's innards are off-limits to the public, I was recently given a tour by John Krawchuk, the director of historic preservation for the New York City Parks Department.

  • André Balazs checks in an outside investor: Funds will help fuel an expansion of his The Standard hotel brand, which in the process will pick up a portentous new last name, International. Mr. Balazs also put his Standard, High Line outpost on the block.

  • Torrisi and Rubirosa Return to the Feast of San Gennaro: The Feast of San Gennaro, a 10-day spectacle that is loved and loathed in equal measure, begins tonight in Little Italy. As they have done in years past, the team from Torrisi Italian Specialties will be serving an unusual assortment of comfort foods, including Tobasco tots, Chinese-style ribs, eggplant parm sticks, and a baos stuffed with Italian pork sausage. Head over to Grub Street for photos of Torrisi's San Gennaro dishes.
  • Torrisi Raises Lunch & Dinner Price to $100; Contemplates Service-Included Model: Torrisi, a Michelin-starred Manhattan restaurant that originally charged $45 for a progressive meal of Italian-American fare in a bare-bones environment, has moved even further in the direction of fine-dining, raising the price of lunch and dinner to $100. The longer 8-10 course menu is a $20 hike from this summer’s price of $80, or a $30 hike from the former lunch price of $70. 


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