The Afternoon Wrap: Wednesday

You remember Punky Brewster? Well, she has kids of her own now and has traded primetime for pret a porter for children. Check out the top 10 shops owned by washed-up actor/models in the city. [The Resident]

The remaining mom-and-pop shops and ethnic restaraunts lining the Alphabet City stretch of 14th Street and catering to residents of Stuyvesant Town are having trouble staying afloat–and the $5,000-per-month rents are just the tip of the iceberg. [The Villager]

The city has commissioned architects to design sculptural security barriers evoking the history of Wall Street to protect against terrorism. [Tribeca Trib]

A DUMBO restaraunteur has come up with a possible solution to the war between singleton diners and the so-called stroller mafia: on-site babysitters at dinnertime. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Frank Bruni calls Bar Boulud "a terrine machine, a pâté-a-palooza," and a (delicious) signal of what is to come for New York’s restaraunt scene. [NY Times]

Only one original unit of 40 Bond Street is left on the market, but four that were sold earlier are already being rented out. [TRD]

In the 1970’s, the Temple of Dendur at the Met was dubbed the "Egyptian Le Cirque" because it was the most popular party location in the city. Back then museums that rented out space for parties were looked down upon, but now "external events" have become a fact of life for cultural institutions in New York. [NY Times] The Afternoon Wrap: Wednesday