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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: Chefs' Refrigerators, Village Stories, General Tso's Chicken

  • Foods of NY Tours, Press: The Day We Ate New York: Foods of New York Tours: "New York City may never sleep, but it sure knows how to eat. The big apple has an endless array of delicious food. We tried navigating solo, but New York's food scene can be overwhelming. With so much to taste and so little time, we turned to Foods of New York Tours for a crash course on the best eats in Chelsea." 

  • Character, and Characters, of the Village: Newly Published Books on New York: Walking through the Village is to brush against immortality,” Ms. Stonehill writes. Perhaps the neighborhood is not as “creative and raffish” as it once was, she avers, but the capsule essays she collected, by mostly contemporary residents, from directors to restaurateurs, reveal its unique character in personal accounts that are “exuberant, poignant, lyrical, eclectic and captivating, just like the Village itself.” The contributors are, indeed, eclectic. They include Graydon Carter, Linda Ellerbee, John Guare, Nat Hentoff, Tony Hiss, Donna Karan, Wynton Marsalis, Thomas Meehan, James Stewart Polshek, Mimi Sheraton and Sean Wilentz.
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum Faces the Latest Hurdle: Its Opening: Nothing about the National September 11 Memorial Museum has been easy. Its location, its financing and its exhibitions have all been the subject of rancorous controversy and relentless negotiations. Now, with just weeks to go before its formal opening on May 21, the museum, beneath the World Trade Center plaza, has another potential political and emotional minefield to cross: the opening ceremony.
  • Browse 11 Sweet Maps From NYPL's Newly Digitized Archive: Cartographers and map enthusiasts, read on! An exciting announcement from the New York Public Library today: 20,000 historical maps—many of the city between 1852 and 1922—have been put online in hi-res and made free to use and download via Creative Commons. The library's Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division's new website and Map Warper allows users access to maps depicting everything from Central Park prior to Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux's 1870s redesign to a 1916 redraft of the 1616 Castello Plan that gave lower Manhattan its shape, says Open Culture.
  • Manhattan apt. sales smash multiple records: The median price in the first quarter hit $972,428, up 14% from the previous three months as robust demand collided with low supply. Sales of high-end units, including a five-bedroom penthouse in Chelsea which $51 million, helped drive the market.
  • Tavern on the Green debut brunch sells out: New York landmark Tavern on the Green booked 600 reservations for its debut weekend brunch on Mother’s Day, May 11, almost immediately. The long-shuttered, iconic, 1934-built restaurant, which closed in 2009 and is reopening under new owners, Philadelphia restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama, will hold a preview dinner April 24 and a grand opening gala May 12.
  • Test Your West Village IQ: Did You Know These Ten Little-Known Facts?: A Rescue, RuPaul, And A Rooftop Bar. (Set Sail for the Jane/A Safe Destination):Only in the West Village could you find a hotel that housed the survivors of the Titanic, where in the ‘80s and ‘90s RuPaul rented the turret-like penthouse, preserved and renovated—and reinvented it as one of the hippest and hottest and boutique hotels around. 

  • ‘You Probably Don’t Want to Look in the Crisper’": Inside the fridges of 11 top New York chefs. Many have Ronnybrook products!
  • A Woman’s Place Is Running the Kitchen: Barbara Lynch is one of the most accomplished chef-restaurateurs in America, but the fact that she remains largely a cipher outside Boston underscores a truth about the restaurant industry. Professional kitchens remain, as the San Francisco chef-owner Traci Des Jardins recently put it, one of “the last bastions of bad behavior” — and women don’t thrive in them. Earlier this month, Bloomberg News reported that it was less likely for a woman to be hired as a head chef than as a C.E.O.
  • April Fools' Day Pranks From Across the Food World: April Fools' Day is here and the internet is filled with jokes aplenty. The tricksters in the food and restaurant have been getting in on the action with grocery delivery service offering eagle-caught salmon and a Michelin-starred chef announcing a high end dining option for dogs. 


  • New bakery brings cakes and cannoli from Bleecker Street to Fourth Avenue: Bay Ridge has always had a small-town flavor — now it’s getting a taste of the Village. Pasticceria Rocco — a 40-year institution in Manhattan’s East Village famed for its cakes, cookies, and cannoli — is due to open a second location on Fourth Avenue between 94th and 95th streets next month.
  • Martha Stewart: A Visit To The Caves Of Murray's Cheese Shop (Video): For centuries, caves - being cool in temperature and high and steady in humidity - have been the perfect aging location for cheese.  As the cheese business expanded, so did Murray's Cave Aged Program and in 2013, a new set of caves was built in nearby Long Island City.  I recently had the pleasure of visiting Rob Kaufelt in this state-of-the-art facility.  

  • New lawn, rope-play feature open in Washington Square: On Monday, without fanfare, the construction fences around the lawn and play area in Washington Square Park’s southwestern quadrant came down, finally reopening this part of the park to the public. According to the Parks Department, the new park building is also nearly complete and will be opened “very soon,” which will wrap up phase three of the park’s multi-year renovation project. A date for a dedication ceremony to mark the work’s completion has not been set yet.

  • New York City's Chelsea Market: Chelsea Market has everything you could want, to dine out or be creative and make your own picnic. 
  • Bubby's High Line Is Adding an Old School Soda Fountain: Bubby's High Line is opening an old-fashioned soda fountain in the restaurant's coffee bar and takeout area next week. The menu includes all the classics, from housemade coffee sodas and cherry-lime rickeys to malts, shakes, brown cows, purple cows, and ice cream. 

  • Little Italy is on the brink of extinction: Rising rents and changing demographics have driven Little Italy to the verge of extinction. Once a teeming neighborhood stretching 50 square blocks, it now barely covers three blocks of Mulberry Street — and even that strip is under threat. “You can’t rebuild Little Italy,” said Robert Ianniello Jr., owner of the famed Umbertos Clam House. “If we go away, it will never be here again. You can’t build an Olive Garden and say it’s Little Italy.” Ianniello is battling a rent increase from a new landlord who bought the building last month for $17.5 million. He recently got a rent bill for $34,000 a month — more than double what he used to pay.
  • Peels Space Is Slowly Metamorphosing Into Bar Primi: Soon, the old Peels space will emerge from its plywood cocoon as a beautiful butterfly by the name of Bar Primi. This is the new casual pasta house from Andrew Caremllini, Josh Pickard, and Luke Ostrom. The Peels sign came down last week, and today, a segment of bright red fabric appeared on the awning. Taavo Somer, the restaurateur/designer/spirit guide behind Peels and Isa, is helping with the transition. 

  • Watch a Trailer for The Search for General Tso: Here's a fun trailer for the Chinese-food documentary The Search for General Tso, which will make its world premiere next week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film traces the now-ubiquitous dish's roots in China — where many Chinese citizens are unable to identify a photo of the bastardized American version — to how it ended up on every Chinese take-out menu in the United States.


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