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SAG-AFTRA Cuts the Lincoln Center Ribbon

Let’s start with this meeting space. Users in the coming weeks and months at SAG-AFTRA’s amalgamated Manhattan offices should be entirely forgiven if they are occasionally distracted by the Lincoln Center view.

Interiors of NYC SAG-AFTRA Office

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De Blasio Fork Will Be Auctioned Off for Charity

GoodfellasLogoThe so-called “Forkgate” saga has taken a new and delightful turn. Per an item by Staten Island DNAInfo reporter Nicholas Rizzi, the fork used last Friday at Goodfellas Pizzeria by Mayor Bill de Blasio will be auctioned off for a yet-to-be-specified charitable cause:

[Goodfellas co-owner Marc] Cosentino, a retired NYPD sergeant, got an evidence bag from one of his NYPD friends and put the silverware on display behind the bar. Some people have even stopped into the pizza joint just to take pictures of it, Cosentino said.

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New York Media Go to Town with #Forkgate

GoodfellasLogoLet’s start with a journalist stationed in the borough where this all went down Friday. Staten Island Advance reporter Jillian Jorgensen, in her first few paragraphs, cuts right to the cheese:

As a pizza was placed in front of the new mayor, he made a fateful move: He picked up a fork and knife.

The press corps noticed almost immediately. Within moments, there was a Twitter hashtag: #forkgate.

Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t stick strictly to utensils – he sampled three slices (one margherita, two “Smoking Goodfellas”) and began with utensils for each, before switching to the more conventional New York handheld style for finishing.

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Gearing Up for the GQ Barbershop

GQChris Mitchell, GQ vice president and publisher, calls it “the ideal intersection of style and entertainment.” Not to mention a cool place for NYC Super Bowl visitors to get that pre-VIP party trim.

The GQ Barbershop also has the early 2014 lead for most innovative HQ city elongation of a monthly glossy magazine. It opens Friday at the Barclays Center, in partnership with Fellow Barber:

To celebrate the launch, Brooklyn Nets player Deron Williams and former World Champion boxer Luis Collazo will be getting the inaugural cuts at our grand opening.

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Time Senior Editor Has Today’s Blizzard Timelapse

In real estate and when really scary weather hits, it’s often all about location, location, location. Time reporter Denver Nicks explains:

From our offices in New York, Time senior editor Jonathan Woods positioned a camera overlooking Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center to shoot thousands of photos between 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday in order to capture the snow accumulating — and New Yorkers busily moving through the storm — on the frenetic streets of midtown Manhattan.

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East Village Residents Continue to Rally Around Beloved Newsstand Operator

JerryDelaskyNew York resident Kelly King is arguably the biggest champion of Jerry Delakas, a 64-year-old whose Astor Place newsstand was shut down by the city of New York in December. Per a great summary of this saga by Kathleen Kiley on The Huffington Post, she has been posting “Save Jerry” signs around the East Village and passing out information daily to passers-by. She and other supporters of Delakas hope that new mayor Bill de Blasio will be able to help rescind what they feel is an egregious court decision:

Other residents, including Judy Rosenblatt, say losing Jerry and the Astor Place newsstand would be a blow to the community. “Jerry is a treasure to this neighborhood,” says Rosenblatt. “One day, I realized I had no money when I went to pay for my paper and I had to dash to an audition in Brooklyn. Jerry gave me 20 dollars so I could make it, otherwise I would have missed it.”

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Daily News for the NYE Story Win

Shutterstock_DalaiLamaIf the following plot elements were scripted in a Hollywood romcom, they would likely have critics rolling their bleary eyes. A couple meets on New Year’s Eve, 2008. Five years later, their second child arrives one second after midnight local time January 1 and is christened with a name suggested to the parents by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

That’s the gist of Ben Chapman‘s item today in the New York Daily News. If there is such a thing as a charmed New York life, Metok and Dorjee Choet­so‘s daughter Tenjin would seem to have a screaming head start:

To get the Dalai Lama’s recommendation for a name, the Queens couple phoned a secretary for His Holiness, who then asked the spiritual leader for a suitable moniker.

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At Least One Couple on Tap for Empire Steak House $10,000 New Year’s Eve

EmpireSteakhouseLogoNew York Post reporter Gary Buiso had a fun item over the weekend about the “Emperor’s Delight,” a five-course New Year’s Eve menu for two being offered tonight at the Empire Steak House on West 52nd Street. The meal starts with two pounds of Osetra caviar and ends with a bill for $10,000 (gratuity not included).

FishbowlNY was curious how the reservations were looking for this privileged, top-end option. A rep for the restaurant at press time tells us that one couple so far has made the gilded reservation.

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Sky News Profiles Trio of New York’s ‘Real-Life Superheroes’

“The NYDP doesn’t have an official policy on this kind of [citizen supherhero] activity…”  That wonderful line comes from Sky News New York correspondent Hannah Thomas-Peter‘s weekend report about members of Real-Life Superheroes, a group of NYC do-gooders who patrol the streets at night to break up bar fights, rescue abandoned animals and offer support to those recovering from substance abuse problems.

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Thomas-Peter met with The Prowler (Nicole Abramovici), The Dark Guardian (Chris Pollak, pictured) and Life (Chaim Lazaros):

Lazaros tours New York’s addiction centers and homeless shelters. He said: “The idea of the superhero allows me to explain very simply to them that I’m doing this purely as an individual, that I’m answering to my own authority, and that I’m doing this out of my own volition.

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Jeffrey Wells Tangles with NYC Movie Theater ‘Psychopath’

Every once in a while, Hollywood Elsewhere blogger Jeffrey Wells relates a nightmarish moviegoing experience.

HollywoodElsewhereLogoIn October, the colorful chronicler generated a torrent of angry reaction with his take on a Connecticut screening of Gravity disrupted by a youngster with Down Syndrome. This time around, Wells recounts the trouble caused by an African-American loud talker at a December 26 afternoon showing of The Wolf of Wall Street at the Loews 34th Street complex. Wells was accompanied by his two sons, Dylan and Jett:

After Dylan’s first verbal altercation I looked over and glared at the guy, and he glared right back and said, “What the f*ck are you looking at, man? Rude-ass mothahf*ckah… Guy givin’ me sh*t!” I knew then and there this guy was very possibly disturbed and beyond the reach of any appeal.

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