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Wily Chefs Surprise Wylie Dufresne

WylieDufresnePicNew Yorker reporter Sophie Brickman tells readers to think of the three covert days spent in Brooklyn by 20 world-class culinary artists as The Real World: Chef’s Edition. And that’s just the tip of the analogous iceberg. FishbowlNY while reading also saw visions of Real House Chefs of Williamsburg, Undercover Sauce, America’s Got Imported Talent and more.

Two years in the making, the top-secret 72-hour assembly of world class restaurant chefs was for the purposes of honoring one of their molecular gastronomy own, Wylie Dufresne (pictured), with a surprise birthday celebration. It all went down successfully last night:

They’d focus on three of Dufresne’s signature dishes: shrimp noodles, cold fried chicken and scrambled egg ravioli, a cube-like concoction made of scrambled eggs encased in a sheath of egg yolk. They’d form cooking groups, pick their dishes and converge at wd~50 on a Tuesday, when the restaurant was closed. At the appointed hour, someone would call Dufresne to inform him that the restaurant was flooded. When he came rushing over, he’d arrive to the party of his dreams.

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NYPD-FDNY Charity Brawl a Big Black Eye for New York

NYPDChetDogfanThe reason(s) for this hockey brawl must be especially embarrassing. Because per Time, neither the NYPD nor the FDNY cared to comment after their annual Nassau Coliseum charity match devolved into a Slap Shot-style free-for-all and 25-minute game delay.

However, judging by the YouTube recorded crowd chant “PD Sucks!”, the Finest ranks may well have been responsible for starting the fracas with their Bravest opponents. Either way, Daily News article commenters are rightly disgusted:

Sport-IQ Lives: Have you ever seen a fight at a “charity game”??? Me either… It’s not the same, they aren’t hockey players and could’ve kept their cool, to be positive role models… If anything, I’m looking at this saying “This was a charity game… What would a cop do to a regular Joe during a stop????”

Tommy Capone: Unreal at a charity event, every single one of them should be terminated as of today. Just disgusting how FD and PD behaved.

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Mandarin $28,000 Suite Has Art Curated by Whitewall Magazine

WhitewallMagazineLogoForbes contributor Ann Abel writes that it took extra effort to get a peek. But today, she has the scoop on one of New York’s most prized new temporary abodes – Suite 5000 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The rarefied space, opened last fall, occupies 3,300 square feet on the 50th floor:

The suite represents a Who’s Who of New York’s creative energy. Most prominent is the art collection on the walls, curated by Whitewall magazine. It’s already changed since the suite debuted in November and several guests have purchased artworks; right now it features an eye-catching Kenny Scharf Cosmic Donut, as well as work by Shelter Serra, the Campana brothers and Forrest Myers. (An in-room iPad allows guests to learn more about the pieces and artists.)

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Airbnb Sex Party Victim: It’s All About Finding the Outlets Most Likely to ‘Sneeze’ Your Viral Content

Talk about backing into some media outreach.

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Thanks to Inc. reporter Will Yakowicz, there is now a highly entertaining granular record of how Chelsea apartment dweller Ari Teman was able to recover from unwittingly airBNB-ing his place to a sex party organizer.

Teman, a stand-up comic, figures that the now-infamous “XXX Freak Fest” did $67,000 worth of damage to his place. Subtract the $23,000 he’s getting from Airbnb and that still leaves this tenant with a large amount of ground to make up:

From there, Teman commenced a calculated campaign to publicize the story. He started with Gawker, BuzzFeed and Gothamist and word quickly spread. The story has now been in 83 print and online publications around the world. Teman also has been a guest on 27 radio shows including Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony, and about a dozen TV shows like Fox’s Good Day NY, CBS’s The Couch and even news programs in Australia and Israel…

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Gawker Reviewer: I’m Going Back Only if ‘On the Brink of Death by Starvation’

GawkerLOXThe second installment of Gawker’s nascent series “The Best Restaurant in New York” is a mensch. Reviewers Caity Weaver and Rich Juzwiak offer up an oral history of their evaluation of The Jewish Museum joint LOX New York City.

Neither one of them is Jewish, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Twitter handle appearances to the contrary. And neither one of them was too impressed by the museum cafe, although the assignment did deliver a possible new personal catchphrase related to LOX’s “Signature Sandwich” of seasonal sake-infused lox, ricotta and farmer cheese spread, torched tomatoes and chopped onions on black bread:

Juzwiak: The sandwich was kind of… hard. It was cute when you asked me, while picking at my plate (which, for the record, I invited you to do), “Got any more loose onions?” Mostly because it reminded me of a time that a woman asked me, “Got any spare pants?” when I was in a parking lot of a North Philly mini-mart. “Got any more loose onions?” was my favorite part of my sandwich.

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Hachette Chief: ‘New York is No Longer a Bookstore City’

Julie Bosman‘s disheartening NYT look at the dwindling number of Manhattan bookstores is a Dickens of a downer. In this tale of two cities, the best-times scenario has been gradually giving way to a bookworm’s worst nightmare.

RizzoliBookstoreLogoThe Rizzoli and Bank Street bookstores are scrambling to find new digs; state data shows a 30% drop in NYC bookstore locations between 2000 and 2012. There are also depressing quotes from lifelong New Yorker/author Robert Caro and a book industry big wig:

With the closing of several Barnes & Noble and Borders stores, it is difficult to shop for new books in Midtown, the same neighborhood that houses Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and much of Penguin Random House.

“There are some great bookstores, but there aren’t a lot of them,” said Michael Pietsch, the chief executive of Hachette. “Compared to other cities, New York is no longer a bookstore city.”

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Oldest Man in America Gets More 21st Century Ink

AlexanderImichJewishPressPhotoA recent article in The Jewish Press about 111-year-old Upper West Side resident Alexander Imich came about thanks to the efforts of a much younger Brooklyn rabbi. Today, that rabbi – 30-year-old Pinny Marozov – gets profiled at chabad.org and provides more detail about this evolving friendship.

The response to the February 28 Jewish Press story was immediate; readers rallied to replace Imich’s recently lost hearing aids and buttressed visits, renewed home care. [Editor's Note 05/05/14: Please see reader comment below.] Marozov meanwhile affixed a Mezuzah to the Polish-born uber senior citizen’s apartment door and helped him put on a Tefillin for the first time in almost 100 years. The Canadian-born rabbi told Chabad contributor Mindy Rubenstein he is looking forward to more sharing of the faith:

Marozov said he plans to visit Imich again before Passover and bring him some shmura matzah — handmade matzah made from grain that is guarded from the moment of harvesting, so that no fermentation occurs.

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For Those Still Unsure, Columnist Explains Why San Francisco is Not New York

ShutterstockHoodieWe wrote last week about the clever and funny San Francisco Chronicle response to New York magazine’s rhetorical op-ed “Is San Francisco New York?” Today, there is a second noteworthy commentary from Nick Bilton in the New York Times.

The columnist and author begins by pointing out that as opposed to the Bay Area, there is no constrictive “company town” vibe flavoring our coffee shops. He also notes a crucial fine-dining difference:

In New York, you see people dressed to impress. In San Francisco, people take pride in wearing a hoodie and jeans to five-star restaurants (despite glossy magazine reports to the contrary).

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Marie Claire Spotlights ‘World’s Coolest Female DJs’

If you’re in the NYC nightclub and VIP party know, then you are probably already familiar with most if not all of these names. For the rest of the us, Marie Claire UK writer Jessica Bridgeman‘s rundown is a handy reference as well as a welcome reminder of the DJ world’s robust female ranks.

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DJs are in many ways the new superstars of the music world. On this list, the spotlighted superstars include Harley Viera-Newton, Leigh Lezark, DJ Kiss and Chelsea Leyland. Leyland also wins for most daring DJ booth pose (above):

With the likes of Valentino, Burberry and Fendi booking her to DJ at their parties, Chelsea Leyland is a firm favorite among the fashion elite. With playlists mixing classic rock, pop and punk, she took the jump from London to New York in her stride.

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Society Reporter Reacts to New York Post’s Sin of Omission

ScallywagAndVagabondLogoWe were amused over the weekend by “Meet New York City’s Notorious Party Crashers,” an item in the New York Post by Kate Briquelet. Today, we are even more amused by a response to the article at Scallywag & Vagabond.

While Scallywag does not name the name, it’s obvious from their piece that anyone who knows this freeloader world will immediately recognize the individual being inferred. For whatever reason(s), S argues, Briquelet chose to omit the acknowledged champion of such free-food-and-booze-fest practices:

There are many names missing on this list and one in particular that the author, an aspiring go-getter for the time being, has elected to omit. Then again sometimes we journalists are forced to make sacrifices to get something on tape…

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