Tuesday: George W. Bush’s Rug Says ‘Optimism!’

  • President Bush learns about color and optimism on his first day of the job. Oh, and delegation. (Design Observer)
  • Steer clear of Times Square today as the tween-set gather, cheer and sing for the cameras at the 4th Annual Total Request Live Awards. (Gothamist)
  • Flushing, Queens gets recognized: “And now for the first time, the city neighborhood with perhaps the largest number of dumpling houses and phone-card stands per square mile is on the path to becoming a historic district.” (The New York Times)
  • “America’s largest home buyer” likes the ugly ones; they buy them fast and they buy them cheap.(The New York Times)
  • Some miles beyond Ascoli Piceno in Marche, Italy lies Villa Piediprato, an estate that dates back to 1435. It is surrounded by stone fortress-walls carved with the motto, “Here is quietness, peace and true joy”–all yours for about $26 million. (Forbes)
  • Sex advice from urban planners–seriously. (Nerve)
  • Coney Island is sad in the winter, but at least there’s room for parking. (The New York Times)
  • Thirty percent of residents in north and central Brooklyn are obese. Step up, Marty!(via Gotham Gazette)
  • A bar room so secretive and new in the East Village’s Blue Owl is actually, well, boring. (Eater)
  • - Riva Froymovich