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Brooklyn Paper Removes Hillary Clinton From Situation Room Photo. Der Tzitung, an Orthodox Jewish paper, removed Clinton and counter-terrorism director Audrey Tomason from the photo. They say they never publish pictures of women for fear of being too “sexually suggestive” And let me tell you–with Hil’s new hair, I know exactly what they’re saying.

-KH

[HuffPo, h/t @FelixSalmon]

History-making Hickory.  She refused a medium steak at Sardi’s, visited the top of the Empire State Building, and made history by becoming the first Scottish Deerhound to win Best in Show in Westminster’s 134-year history.  And to top off her night, Hickory–who seemed tired but still posed for photos in our offices–appeared on tonight’s New York Nightly News.    

-KH

But times have changed: old New York and new New York remain in conflict, and old New York is losing.
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McSorley’s Ale House is the oldest bar in New York City and this week they had to clean the dusty wish bones that hang from the chandelier.  It seemed to pain the nervous bartenders to move the hanging bones, many that have been there since the bar opened.  The author of the Times story sees more to the decoration cleaning than, I think, he should–the battle between the old and the new lies in something stronger than decoration.  If the bar still stands–with or without the dust–then I think old New York still wins.  

-KH

[NYT]

Bloomberg thinks he’s stopping people from smoking. He’s just turning them onto loosies.
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So the New York Times just discovered the sale of “loosies”–and that’s one happy seller, Lonnie Warner, aka Loosie Lonnie, who illegally sells cigarettes (mostly Newports) by the pack and by the single smoke on the streets of Manhattan.  With cigarette prices up, and despite there being fewer and fewer places for a person to smoke, the sale of loosies has grown.  It’s grown beyond the usual bodega and late-night subway  where I’ve seen loosies dominate.  Warner said he usually makes between $120 to $150 a day, relentlessly selling despite being arrested over fifteen times.  His girlfriend complained that he mutters “Newports” in his sleep.

-KH

[NYT]

Fuggedaboutit! Marty Markowitz is the gregarious president of the borough of Brooklyn, who can usually be seen scarfing down a piece of Junior’s Cheesecake while wearing a Brooklyn Cyclones hat and pointing to the Brooklyn Bridge.  Somebody started this fake Markowitz Twitter account and it’s funny on it’s own until you realize a lot of what the Fake Marty is tweeting is stuff the Real Marty would say.  And at least this guy had the guts to find out if an Apple store will EVER come to the borough of Kings.   

-KH

[@BoroPrezMarty]

The NYT Paywall: We Know How This One Ends. Today the New York Times announced the specifics for their pay wall.  In 11 days, users will have to pay for any articles read beyond a 20 article limit.  This doesn’t, though, include articles found through social media, which is confusing and seems to beat the paywall.  Each click of a mouse will be so much more important now as it gets added to a list.  And do you really want to be unable to read that article on the Japanese economy because you read too many wedding announcements in Sunday Styles? No fear!  Vanity Fair released a cheat sheet for the endings of every NYT article, helping you decide, based on the headline, if it’s worth a further read.  That article that starts, “A Queens Neighborhood Finding Own Voice” will end, most likely, with “The Times regrets the error.”

-KH

[NYT, Vanity Fair]  

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The 20 Talk King Carmelo. The day before his Wednesday debut at the Garden, The 20’s Will Leitch and Brian Ries talk the big trade.  Do fans have a championship in their near future? Consensus is no. 

-KH

[@moneyries, @williamfleitch]

Rebecca Black Is Your New YouTube Star.  Truth: I had no idea who this girl was until yesterday.  It was a slow internet usage week for me, I guess.  I listened to the song last night and at first I swore it was an SNL Digital Short–turns out it isn’t.  It’s real.  She’s 13 and she tweets straight poetry. I have no right to judge a teen pop youtube sensation considering my first concert was *NSYNC at Jones Beach, but I just can’t wrap my head around why this girl’s song has had so many views.  Maybe I’ll watch it one more time to figure it out.

-KH

[@amandarykoff, YouTubeHuffPo]

LOVE Double Double. The New York Times has a story in today’s business section about the popularity and success of the Words With Friends application, but they buried the best part. In 2009, a woman in Chicago hit the “random” option when none of her friends were online to play. She was matched with a man playing all the way in Holland, who shared her word-making skill. They started playing regularly, then moved into talking about their personal lives, and soon, through the power of the internet, they fell in love. 

-KH

[NYT, @amandarykoff]

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Cabbie Crack Down.  As anybody not living on the island of Manhattan can attest to, getting a cabbie to take you over a bridge or through a tunnel to those outer-reaches of the city can be tough.  There are, of course, tricks to getting them to take you where you need to go: I personally like to look distracted by my phone when hopping in the back seat, tell the driver to go east" then, when approaching the Queensboro Bridge, just tell them to keep going.  And going.  The numbers of service refusal reports are on the rise by over 30 percent; between July 2010 and February 2011, the TLC received 2,887 reports, up from 2,128 for the same period a year earlier.  And now the city is doing more to crack down on these ride-refusers, releasing this undercover sting video of drivers denying passengers trying to get to Brooklyn and Queens.   

-KH

[NBCNewYork]

No.  Nobody Is “Overdue” for One of These.  Ryan Davis links out to a story on The Huffington Post from a Seismologist who says New York City is due for at least a 5-magnitude earthquake “anytime soon.”  The last quake to hit the city was in 1884, hitting in the water between Brooklyn and Sandy Hook, New Jersey—a time when there were far less large buildings to damage.

“We can expect it any minute, we just don’t know when and where,” the Seismologist, Won-Young Kim, says.  But hey, everyone in Midtown: enjoy the rest of your day. 

-KH

[HuffPo, @ryannewyork]