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Should NYC Postpone the Marathon? (UPDATED)

Today a battle wages on Twitter over what most would probably not consider a pressing issue: whether New York should proceed as planned with the ING New York City Marathon, currently scheduled for Sunday morning. The debate has turned bitter and divisive as pro and con camps make their cases.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others who think the race should happen argue that a postponement or cancellation would be devastating to the NYC-based businesses that bring in hundreds of millions of dollars each year thanks to the Marathon (this year’s race will include approximately 50,000 runners). Bloomberg pointed to the city’s quick rebound after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 as an example of crisis recovery, saying, “The city is a city where we have to go on.”

Anti-marathoners essentially argue that the race, which is a massive undertaking, will divert crucial resources from the city’s Hurricane Sandy clean-up efforts–and that travel disruptions will depress participation rates anyway. Quite a few suggested that runners should boycott the race and volunteer to help Sandy survivors instead–and they’ve even set up a Facebook page.

The latest spat concerns the generators required for the race–and the power they could potentially provide to homes devastated by wind and flooding. Some have predictably turned the issue into a partisan bludgeon to use against Bloomberg, who broke character yesterday to formally endorse President Obama for re-election. Drudge Report deemed the headline “Bloomberg Diverts Critical Supplies from Sandy Aid to NYC Marathon” worthy of a siren, while the New York Post ran with “Abuse of Power”. Coincidence?

Another complication: The race starts in Staten Island, one of the areas hit hardest by the storm (at least 19 dead, many homes destroyed, thousands without power). Postponement advocates argue that starting the race there belittles SI residents, many of whom already feel ignored by city and federal authorities. Yet Bloomberg insisted that the race will go on, and today he doubled down on that promise.

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Bloomberg’s Soda Ban Just Happened

Get ready to get angry, freedom fighters: The New York City Board of Health just passed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial ban on selling super-sized drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and everywhere else that people go to have fun (note: this statement may or may not be a slight exaggeration).

We have to say that we’re surprised by this event, despite the fact that the members of the board were appointed by the mayor himself. After Bloomberg lined up a few weight loss industry bigwigs to support his plan, we wondered whether he was truly set on passing the plan or just wanted to take every opportunity to call attention to the relationship between sugar and obesity.

But it’s happening: the vote was 8-0 with one abstention, one absence and one vacancy. Despite public opposition to the ban, it will go into effect in March–and fines will begin flying in June. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley called the vote “historic”; Bloomberg tweeted that the ban is “the single biggest step any gov’t has taken to curb obesity,” and that “It will help save lives.”

Expect lawsuits to follow; opponents are “are exploring all possible paths to prevent the new ban from taking effect next year”, and we are fairly certain that Bloomberg will embark on a big PR push to emphasize the potential benefits of this unprecedented development. Read more

Crisis Averted: Free NY Sex Party Back on for Tonight!

We got your weiners right hereYou just can’t keep a good New Yorker down. Trojan’s brilliant plan to hand out 10,000 free “sexual enhancement devices” (read: vibrators) from hot dog carts located around NYC hit a bit of a snag yesterday when the city’s “No Toys for You!” buzz Nazis shut the Flatiron party down, demanding permits and citing crowd size concerns. But fear not, sexual explorers: The orgasmic two-day tour continues tonight, climaxing with a 5-7 PM giveaway in the heart of the Meatpacking District.

Straight-laced officials may have forced Trojan to cancel their nighttime giveaway on Wednesday and handed the New York Post another reason to scold Nanny Bloomberg with awful puns, but company reps now report that all is well and that the second wave of pleasure will happen as planned this evening. The latest news, via the company’s Facebook page, advises Gotham pleasure seekers to stop by the corner of 14th Street and 9th Avenue between 5 and 7 to pick up complimentary “intimate massagers” of the Tri-Phoria and Pulse varieties.

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New All-Food PR Firm Launches in Manhattan

Check out the logo! Today in things you may not know: It’s tough to run a successful restaurant in New York City! For readers looking to open the East Village small plates-fusion gastropub of their dreams (you know who you are), look no further than the newly formed Metro Restaurant Marketing Group – they launched today in Manhattan, and they’re fresher than a well-made mint julep! These foodie Svengalis specialize in “social media, e-marketing and public relations” to help eatery clients stand out in a city with more than 24,000 of ‘em.

Of course, such things don’t happen in a vacuum: The heads behind Metro are also associated with Long Island’s masters of hospitality, WordHampton Public Relations. Restaurant owners and PR pros looking to enter the edible arena should keep an eye out. The rest us will practice using our Instagram filters just in case anyone actually DOES want to check out the sweet lobster rolls we ate last night.