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BuzzFeed Writer Puts the Lust in Listicle

TheMeatballShopMatt Ortile, who works in editorial development at BuzzFeed and helps run the company’s Filipino-focused Twitter feed, pronounces his last name “or-TEE-lay.” And on this summer TGIF, he also is not ashamed to present himself as “HOR-nay.”

Under a tongue-in-cheek “Newsflash” headline and sub-hed ‘My Loins Are On Fire,’ Ortile slavishes manly praise on Michael Chernow, one half of the duo that owns New York joint The Meatball Shop. To fully complete Operation Must Sit Down, he plumbs the man’s workout regimen, Instagram account and J. Crew sideline gig.

The BuzzFeed tags for Ortile’s item are michael chernow, chefs, hot guys, restaurateurs who can get it, the meatball shop. But the author forgot one: lusticle.

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Santa Stops NYC Summer Traffic

We’ve written in the past about the increasingly ridiculous start at some radio stations of non-stop holiday music. Well, thanks to some Midtown shenanigans today, a new, even crazier Christmas calendar benchmark has been set.

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Per AP drama writer Mark Kennedy, St. Nick and 15 Rockettes were enlisted - spectacularly early – for some promotion of the 2014 edition of their annual extravaganza Radio City Christmas Spectacular:

The calendar says August, but that didn’t stop Santa Claus from visiting midtown Manhattan and snarling a section of Sixth Avenue, much to the bafflement of tourists and the frustration of drivers forced to idle their vehicles.

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Berlin Performance Artists Reveal Brooklyn Bridge Motivation

It wasn’t terrorism; it wasn’t vandalism. Rather, the recent swap of flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge was a 145th year anniversary shout-out to a late German-born architect.

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From the statement posted this week by Berlin performance art duo Wermke/Leinkauf (a.k.a. Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf), supported by a series of phone interviews with the New York Times:

In the night from July 21st to July 22nd, Wermke/Leinkauf hoisted two hand-sewn white American flags on the towers of Brooklyn Bridge. They were careful to treat the bridge and the flags with respect and followed the U.S. Flag Code. The return of the original flags is in progress…

John August Roebling and Washington August Roebling White American Flags refers to the German-born American architect of the Brooklyn Bridge, John August Roebling, who left his Thuringian hometown Mühlhausen in 1831 in search of a better future in the land of freedom and opportunity. He was a pioneer in the field of suspension bridges and his creations have become landmarks and unique architectural pieces of American history. Tragically, Roebling did not live to see the completion of his greatest work, the Brooklyn Bridge. He was injured in an on-site accident and died on July 22nd 1869. His son, Washington August Roebling, completed the masterpiece fourteen years later. He died on July 21st 1926.

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Hearst Editor Praises Hudson News Employee

Give that employee a raise!

HudsonNewsStorePer a feel-good blog post at the San Francisco Chronicle end, Hearst newspapers national photo editor Chris Preovolos is heaping praise on a JFK Airport newsstand employee. All because of the way the employee handled things after Preovolos paid for a copy of a competitor magazine and left his Samsung tablet at the counter:

By the time I landed in San Francisco, an employee at the store identified me as the owner of the tablet and emailed me with her contact information. She then handed it over to a manager at her company’s central office at the airport, who then offered to send me the tablet for free via FedEx Priority Overnight — this after I offered to pick it up from them upon my return to New York. They subsequently rebuffed my offer to reimburse them for shipping.

Hudson News lost money on this.

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Latest Yahoo Travel ‘Smackdown’ Takes Aim at New York

In the same vein as our weekly Cover Battles, Yahoo Travel likes to pit two destinations against each other under the heading of a “Smackdown.” We couldn’t help but take special notice of this week’s duel, as it throws Chicago and New York into the ring.

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Up first to make Chicago’s case is freelance travel writer Bill Fink. At one point, he drags our most august weekly magazine into the conversation:

New York City’s myopic, self-absorbed viewpoint is best seen in the famous New Yorker magazine cover created to compensate for its citizens’ miserable quality of life. Bad news for New Yorkers: Unless you’re a billionaire hedge-fund manager, you’re living in an unaffordable, closet-size apartment, scurrying to work on packed streets like rats in a maze.

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Moving Into the Old NYT Building: Guitar Center

Coinciding with the retail chain’s 50th-year anniversary, Guitar Center Times Square is in final rehearsals.

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The 28,000-square-foot location opens Thursday August 7 with a free evening concert by The Roots at the Best Buy Theater across the street. Free tickets for the show are being given away at various New York GC locations:

Housed in the original New York Times building at 44th & Broadway, the Times Square location fosters a hands-on environment and offers unique features including a Fender custom shop where craftsmen tailor guitars to specifications, a boutique pedal selection in a 360-degree display and The Platinum Club, which showcases top-of-the-line, high-end luxury guitars.

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Reverend Bud Green Says He Orchestrated Red, White and Blue Flags Switch

RevBudGreenFacebookWow. Per a report today by the New York Daily NewsJill Coffey and Tom Tracy, the news trail about the clandestine July 22 replacement of American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge just veered into Cheech and Chong territory.

From their exclusive:

Reverend Bud Green, 49, called the News on Thursday to say that the flag replacement was actually the first part of what was to be a two-part strategy, with another set of banners going up later. But the increased NYPD surveillance on the bridge put a kibosh on a second switch.

“It was interesting that nobody knew what to make of it,” Green said. “It was interesting that people took it as a terror risk. We believe in non-violent civil disobedience. The government has everybody scared s——s. Was Martin Luther King Jr. a terrorist? Was Abbie Hoffman a terrorist? The government is trying to silence people.”

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New York’s Da Vinci Hotel Cracks Reliable WiFi Code

SlashGear writer Nate Swanner has drawn our attention to a very clever and useful new website. Hotel WiFi Test ranks the quality and speed of wireless broadband offered by major city hotels:

The site works by travelers uploading their results, and a speed test can be done right from the site. Hotel WiFi also takes into account the time of day the test was taken, or if it was peak travel season when the hotel was likely to be full.

Even though data on the site is not yet exhaustive, when it comes to New York City, the results are rather surprising. At press time, the best Airbnb-alternate for your wired friends, business colleagues and relatives is:

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Kim’s Video Owner: ‘Netflix is the Winner’

headerlogoThe obituary has been written for the last standing location of Kim’s Video & Music. But like any good title in the zombie movie section, this East Village video store operation may rise again in some form.

From Tom Roston‘s New York Times piece:

Pressed by higher rents, [owner Yongman] Kim said he plans to close the First Avenue store at the end of next month, 27 years after he opened the first one, on Avenue A, in 1987. But this is more than a story of rising rents and the disruption wrought by digital streaming. It’s the tale of a downtown culture now largely lost, one in which clerks and creative types mingled, influencing one another and the scene as well…

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Brooklyn Bridge Flags Swap Has Social Media Aflutter

Who? Why?

Those are the questions being asked today after one or more unknown parties replaced a pair of American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge towers with a pair of washed out, faded white ones featuring faint imprints of the Stars and Stripes.

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