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The Independent

Celebrity Sommelier charged with arson by setting nearby restaurants’ outdoor dining structures on fire

A celebrated New York City sommelier has been charged and arrested on two felony accounts of arson for allegedly setting outdoor dining sheds ablaze.Ganzer, who was once named a Food & Wine Magazine “sommelier of the year,” is a partner at the popular La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels wine bar on the Lower East Side, making his misdeeds all the more unsettling: Surveillance footage captured the Ganzer lighting at least two other Downtown restaurants’ sidewalk dining structures on fire this past year. It’s unclear what Ganzer’s motives were for starting the fires, though some outlets report that Ganzer targeted...
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New York City, NYElle

Lady Gaga Stepped Out in a Black Mini Dress With a Dramatic Lace Collar

Lady Gaga never misses a chance to show off her sartorial prowess. On Friday, she stepped out of her hotel in New York City wearing an Andrew Gn black mini dress with a dramatic white lace collar. The dress features studded buttons and structured shoulders and reportedly retails for $2,715. Per Just Jared, she was on her way to rehearsals for her concerts with Tony Bennett at Radio City Music Hall on August 3 and 5.
New York City, NYNew York Post

Illegal East Village dining shed a sign of what’s to come

A duplex Japanese dining shed in the middle of East Fourth Street? Next, how about a caviar pavilion with a rooftop pool?. The city for once acted swiftly in nixing a flagrant violation of outdoor dining regulations. The fiasco demonstrated the urgency to turn anything-goes rules into a rational, public-respecting framework worthy of the Big Apple. Thanks to the Open Restaurants program to give struggling eateries an alfresco lifeline, owners threw up every ramshackle structure short of a skyscraper to cram in as many bodies as possible. Many of them actually doubled the number of seats without costing owners an additional dime in rent.
New York City, NYNew York Post

NYC ‘Bunny’ biker sends East Side residents down rabbit hole

Some East Side residents were hopping mad after an eagle-eyed pedestrian posted a photo she took of a Midtown motorcyclist wearing an attention-grabbing “bunny” helmet cover in the middle of traffic. The hare-raising July 17 snap, taken at around 1 p.m. by Lori Gaeta at 51st Street and First Avenue,...
Bronx, NYNew York Post

DOE tempting PTAs with cash to push COVID vaccine

The city’s Parent-Teacher Associations could hit the jackpot — if they can get people jabbed. The Department of Education is pushing PTAs and Parent Associations to use the new “vaccine referral bonus” program, which pays out $100 to the groups for each person who cites them while getting vaccinated at a city-run site.
New York City, NYPosted by
The Nerdy Me

Events in NYC: What’s Happening This Weekend?

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out some of these events in NYC. From yoga classes to food festivals, NYC is buzzing with all sorts of events this weekend that you can attend for free or for a small entrance fee. So if you want to explore what your home city can offer, keep on reading.
New York City,

NYC Mayor Endorses Hip Hop Concerts w/ Remy Ma, Desiigner, Too $hort + More

Remy Ma and Desiigner are among two New York hitmakers welcoming Hip Hop fans back to concert life in the Big Apple. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) Executive Director and President Rocky Bucano announced on Thursday (July 29) a series of Hip Hop centric concerts to occur at outdoor venues in New York throughout the month of August. Titled “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC,” the shows will showcase Hip Hop, Latin freestyle, dance, funk and more. The series is part of city-wide programming during NYC Homecoming Week beginning on August 14.
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Gianna Baez

Lighting the Park for Dominique Alexander

Trigger Warning: Mention of violence, death, and lynching to a BIPOC individual. On June 9, 2020, a pedestrian found 27-year-old Dominique Alexander hanging on a tree in Fort Tryon Park. Given a long history of lynching in the U.S., coupled with the hanging of Robert Fuller in California a few days earlier and the fact that nooses were found in Van Cortlandt Park, many speculated that Alexander – who went by the nickname “Domo”– had been lynched. After conducting a 66-minute investigation, local authorities declared Alexander’s death a hanging by suicide. The quick investigation left his family and community members confused and full of questions.
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10 types of tomatoes we aspire to eat every day this summer

Every month, Melina Hammer, Food52's very own Hudson Valley correspondent, is serving up all the bounty that upstate New York has to offer. We have entered my favorite season: the season of gorging on tomatoes. I grow both hybrid and heirloom tomatoes at Catbird Cottage, and once the first fruits have ripened, after a gleeful harvest, there are BLT sandwiches and numerous batches of sauce and confit that follow. I clear the calendar to bottle my surplus, preserving the season so I can enjoy their exceptional flavor year-round.
New York City, NYWIVB

Musician Jason Mraz doubles as avocado farmer, Chipotle supplier

NEW YORK (WWTI) — Grammy award winning musician Jason Mraz is one of the avocado farmers making Chipotle’s guacamole possible. Chipotle released ‘extra facts’ about their restaurant in honor of National Avocado Day, where they offer free guacamole to their customers. Chipotle’s guacamole includes six simple ingredients; avocados, citrus juice, cilantro, red onion, jalapenos, and salt.
Point Lookout, NYNewsday

No sharks spotted yet, but swimming limited at Point Lookout

Swimmers were limited to waist-deep only at Point Lookout Saturday morning but — after no sharks were spotted — swimming was allowed without restriction at Long Island's state park beaches, officials said. "No sharks yet," George Gorman, the Long Island regional director for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and...