“I’ll see that $7 latte and raise you $3″ said Budin, the new Scandanavian-inspired coffee bar, to themselves. Read More
Tale of Two Snowplows
Mayor Bill de Blasio took another step today to reverse the previous administration’s schools agenda, withdrawing nine co-locations approved last year, including three for Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academies.
“If there is one thing school communities should know, it’s this: we’re going to do things differently,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement. “Today, we are turning the page on the approach of the past. We are going to listen and be responsive like never before, and that will be reflected in everything we do.”
off the record
Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended his administration’s snow-clearing efforts, brushing aside allegations that plows skipped the Upper East Side in an act of political revenge.
“They’re just mistaken. No one was treated differently. We believe in a five-bough approach in everything we do,” he told reporters, taking questions during a storm briefing at a Brooklyn firehouse.
Last week, Clyde Haberman was let go from The New York Times. For the second time in his career.
changing of the guard
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has made another major hire, appointing Goldman Sachs’s Alicia Glen as his Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development.
Ms. Glen has spent the past 12 years heading the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs, which has committed tens of millions of dollars to funding projects in low-income neighborhoods across the city. She is also widely credited with helping to negotiate the deal that brought the Citi Bike bike share program to New York.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio offered a pointed critique of his predecessor today, saying Michael Bloomberg’s refusal to acknowledge the city’s growing inequality would mar his administration’s legacy.
The current mayor has spent the past week criss-crossing the five boroughs, touting his accomplishments in areas including job growth, affordable housing construction and his investments in new infrastructure projects, such as the new 7 train extension.
Stein’s pick: Jeff Systma’s work at The Elm is the perfect complement to Paul Liebrandt’s savory genius. His famous red fruit tart, which may now be in hibernation, is a thing of immense beauty and deliciousness: meringue chips, lemon-confit meringue lemon grass marshmallows, red plums. It’s meant for two, but I have eaten the whole thing myself. Forgive me. The plums were delicious, so sweet and so cold. Read More
Ozersky’s pick: I have to go with Carbone (above) here, just because the art direction is so perfect and because they employ great veteran waiters who predate the current era. No food writer can really talk about service, though, because we all get different treatment from civilians. That’s just a fact of life in the food media. Read More
Stein’s pick: One of the pleasures of watching Floyd Mayweather fight is how well he adjusts mid-fight. It’s a tough thing to do, to let go of one strategy and embrace another. Ignacio Mattos flamed out at Isa back in 2012. His food there was too weird, brilliant yet remote. After a brief hibernation, he opened Estela with Thomas Carter as a changed chef. Still brilliant, but now accessible, Mr. Mattos’ ability to evolve, to realize he could be true to his own vision while altering it, earns him Chef of the Year. Read More
Stein’s pick: There is an alarming dearth of modestly priced restaurants. As the middle class is squeezed, so too are middle-class restaurants. I’m brashly oversimplifying things here, but there are oligarch feeding troughs, cheap-o foodie finds and little in between. It could be—I’m open to admitting—that these modest restaurants fly under the radar, bereft of a P.R. budget and buzz-producing apparatus. But even if that is the case, that they are so silent and undiscussed is worrisome. Read More