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  • Hi everyone!

    This looks like it will be a pretty nice way to get to know our block - I barely know my own building. I haven't had a chance to try the coffee at that new window store - Chelsea something something (I don't recall the name) but their Italian Ice was delicious. Who else hates the new diner on the corner of 14th and 9th? Nick's was so much friendlier, but I guess my problem is I don't go there at 4 in the morning like the rest of the crowd.

    Balducci's is pretty nice - the employees are really friendly and most of their produce is much better than Associated's - but the price is outragous! I can't believe they expect me to pay $5 for a cheesecloth!

    I think Due Amici was better under the old ownership - who's with me?

    And what's with Lucy Barns? Her stuff is majorly overrated if you ask me.

    I hear Western Beef is closing - anyone else here this?

    And the old Strawberry Fields/Village Idiot is turning into a comedy club. That may be interesting.

    Anyone else work out at Curves (in the same building as that preschool)? It's been great for me so far.

    I am excited about the church bazzaar mangos on a stick. It's one of my favorite parts of spring/summer.

    What's with El Idola (that roach cart on the corner of 8th and 14th sometimes)? I always see lines outside of it, but I just can't bring myself to eat anything out of that truck. Anyone else try it?

    Alright, I am getting off here now - looking forward to meeting my neighbors on here.

    Later,
    Kell

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    Re: Hi everyone!

    I heard that the whole corner building that houses Western Beef was sold for 38m and that it will be developed into some amazing mega-retail/office center. Yet...there is a 'for lease' sign in the window above Markt with a jersey number.

    Anyone better-read?

    Buffy

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    • #3
      Re: Hi everyone!

      from the nytimes:

      On Tuesday Tom Colicchio will open his meatpacking district steakhouse, offering diners a vast array of options. For a New York strip steak you will have to decide between corn-fed Hereford steaks that have been aged 28, 35, 42, 49 or 56 days ($42 to $66) or Hawaiian grass-fed Angus ($39). Different kinds of cattle, including Wagyu in three grades, provide another six cuts. And that's before you get to the two dozen side dishes. The steaks will be seared and roasted, not grilled or broiled. The soaring room, done mainly in muscular, almost bar-code black and white, has a spacious bar and lounge, a raw bar with seats near the entrance, and, beyond a glass-enclosed two-story wine storage area, a 136-seat dining room;

      85 Tenth Avenue (15th Street), (212) 400-6699.

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      • #4
        Re: Hi everyone!

        this week's village voice:

        "Ladies, feel free to try anything on!" greets shoppers as they enter Laila Rose, a chain that in the last several years has spread its thrifty tentacles all over town. Costume jewelry is the big draw here—and shouldn't costume jewelry, which by definition is fake, be bought as cheaply as possible?—but there are other seductions, including a Marni-esque beach bag (it's a big season for Marni, authentic or not) with multicolored dots like a Wonder Bread wrapper. Laila Rose is not without competition: At Cinderella Club you are met at the door by people imploring you to take a tray, meant for stacking up potential purchases but also making it easy for the staff to monitor your selections, which might include rhinestone dog tags, curious necklaces that mix beads and fur balls (better than it sounds), and a wristwatch set in a chunk of silvery metal, reminiscent of Hermés, for around $20. Yet a third accessories shop, Spoon, welcomes customers not with trays but with a barrage of signs that read like the admonitions of a fussy schoolmarm: "Do not smoke or stand in doorway," "Do not try on earrings," "Shoplifters will be prosecuted." Though almost everything is reasonably priced—a faux Louis Vuitton Daumier check makeup case is $10 (stealing presumably only applies to shoplifters)—a large hobo bag covered in fishing mesh punctuated with stones and heavy beads, in the style of Oscar de la Renta, is a lofty $295.

        http://www.villagevoice.com/news/061...r,72980,6.html


        Lest you think $300 purses are wrecking even the down-market section of 14th, a visit to Dee & Dee, one of the last of the old-fashioned rock-bottom dens on the street, restores optimism. Al Green is singing on the sound system, whole families are lined up at the cash registers, baby carriages and wheelchairs crash in the aisles, and the shelves are full of items like $1 bunny mugs (for that price you also get a stuffed rabbit toy). A sleeveless denim button-down dress is, believe it or not, not half bad for $4.99, and the long pastel Indian crinkle cotton skirts, as presentable as anything on Eighth Street, are $7.99. Both of these items could be modified by a creative fashion student with sufficient attitude and a pair of cleverly wielded scissors.

        Or put the needle and thread away and go the vintage route: The odoriferous Rags-A-Gogo is jammed with possibilities. Before you run out gagging, elbow the college students out of the way and examine the dress rack, where everything is $28, including a never-worn sailor-style shirtwaist printed with seafaring symbols and still sporting an ancient ILGWU label.

        As you continue west, the retail offerings thin out, giving no indication of what lies ahead, just across Ninth Avenue. The High Line, the rusting railway trestle soon to become a park, and the majestic river beyond become visible, but so do a group of people you have not encountered anywhere on your shopping trip thus far.

        Can these folks have dropped into the meatpacking district from a hot-air balloon? Surely there is no one like them anywhere else on 14th: a tiny woman ensconced in a bubblegum-pink leather trouser suit, a man with a perfectly trimmed beard resplendent in a white cashmere zip-front pullover, and yet a third shopper, soignée as a Hitchcock blonde, in a sable-collared tweed ensemble and carrying a Prada train case. Legions of svelte women in super-tight jeans are walking little dogs. Some are eating (though one assumes not much) at Markt, the unpronounceable restaurant on the corner of Ninth and 14th.

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        • #5
          Re: Hi everyone!

          from new york magazine:

          And Coming to Chelsea and the Meatpacking District . . .

          The ground floor is still plywood city, but we've been assured the space that formerly housed Pink Elephant Club will reopen April 10 as Manor. Once you're done admiring the $2 million makeover of leather floors and walls, light-box dioramas, and a D.J. podium done up in 24-karat gold, a flight of Escalades parked outside will take VIPs back home.

          http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nightlife/barbuzz/43545/

          Or assuming you have a membership card or are easy on the doorman's eyes, you can walk over to The Plumm, also set to open in mid-April. Noel Ashman, co-owner with celeb pals Chris Noth, David Wells, and Damon Dash is shrinking the capacity of the bi-level space formerly known as NA down to about 400 people; Ann Dexter-Jones and Michael Ault promise to help enrich the plum theme. Across the street, a 15,000-sq. ft. supermarket should rematerialize as the comedy club Comix by fall. Booker Wendy Curtis of Denver's Comedy Works hopes to bring major talent to the 350-seat performance space and two adjoining rooms with bars.

          Finally, a couple of Chelsea spaces have undergone sexual reorientation: This Friday, Aaron Tanner, the gay porn star turned naughty promoter opens his first club, Release, at Suede's former address (161 W. 23rd St.; 212-633-6113). An industrial look of steel and concrete will be warmed up by huge paintings by rotating artists. Slated D.J.'s include Eddie Baez, Alex Lauterstein, and Lady Bunny. A few blocks down, VIP NY has become a gentleman's club in a most pronounced sense. At Club 20 (20 W. 20th St.; 212-633-0934), currently open only on Sundays but newly armed with a liquor license, men are giving champagne-room lap dances in addition to getting them.

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          • #6
            Re: Hi everyone!

            There goes the neighborhood!
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            • #7
              Re: Hi everyone!

              I don't think Balducci's is living up to expectations & since they took so long to get the act together the well is almost dry.


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              • #8
                Re: Hi everyone!

                I LOVE Dee & Dee. I am currently wearing two articles of clothing I purchased from there. That place is my safe-haven.

                I haven't been into Rags-A-GoGo since about a year and a half ago when I saw they were selling tee-shirts for $15 (I can get a better price at Dee and Dee and they are brand-new!).

                I'll try Rags again. I have also purchased many pairs of pants at the Salvation Army thrift store on 8th and 20th (or near there).

                This place is becoming so trendy, I hate walking down my own block any time after 10pm on Thursday/Friday/Saturday night. Sigh . . . I guess it's just the nature of the beast.

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                • #9
                  Re: Hi everyone!

                  and, of course, i want to put this on every thread here: how's about the car horns at night at the corner of 14th and 9th? it never used to be like this. some nights i literally have to sleep with a pillow over my head and it still doesn't drown it out but it helps.

                  it's the five way intersection that confuses people, or the cabs who have no patience for people who can't figure out which way to turn, or whatever. but especially fridays and saturdays, it's insane. just continuous honking.

                  and no one can pull that "you knew what this neighborhood was when you moved here" because it wasn't like this 21 years ago. it was really quiet.

                  i remember when i would tell people i lived at 14th and 9th and they'd look at me like the RCA dog: 14th and 9th? what's over there? there was a time when people didn't really go past eighth.

                  but now: the horns! ayiyiyi!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Hi everyone!

                    Balducci's is a beautiful store, but I'm afraid it's just nothing special. Nothing there I can't get at Garden of Eden or Westside Market. They DO sell tomatillos though, which oddly enough don't seem to be available anywhere else other than Kitchen Market.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Hi everyone!

                      I like the Balducci's for hard-to-find things, ingredients that you can't find at the regular grocery, sort of a supplemental stop after doing the 'real' shopping. Where else can you get curry ice cream!? As for meats and produce, it's a little pricey.

                      On another note, has anyone checked out the Trader Joe’s in Union Square? Is it worth a visit, or is it still too swamped. I hear there were not only lines to get it, but lines to get out...

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                      • #12
                        Re: Hi everyone!(Western Beef)

                        That is too bad to hear about WB closing. Actually i just rediscovered them the other day and was shocked that I took home five (5) grocery bags loaded with food for $18 - whereas last week I paid $30 for one (1) bag of food at the Gristede's on 8th/21st.
                        Oh well!
                        xo
                        v

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                        • #13
                          Re: Hi everyone!

                          I went to Trader Joe's on Saturday at around noon and it was pretty busy but not lines outside (as I had heard there were). The wine shop though was basically empty. We picked up 4 bottles (3 Trader Joe's brand) for under $15 and they were all delicious.

                          As far as groceries go, I haven't had a real good look, it was just a little too busy.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Hi everyone!

                            Yes I read somewhere that Western Beef is definitely closing but will reopen on 10th Avenue I forget the exact location.

                            And speaking of missing fruit, I was at the Associated on 14th trying to get limes and lemons and lo and behold they didn't have them, weird got them at Balducci's. I noticed on Sunday Balducci's added and old fashion sort of candy bar. You know MaryJane's, Caramel chews Necco wafers, bottle caps Bazooka gum. I was excited until I saw it was $5.99 per per pound, yikes!!!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Hi everyone!

                              Originally posted by girlfriday
                              ...They DO sell tomatillos though, which oddly enough don't seem to be available anywhere else other than Kitchen Market.
                              I have found tomatillos at the Garden of Eden on 23rd, but Donna at The Kitchen Market usses them in the restaurant so I always try their first because hey are going to of a better quality & fresher. The Kitchen Market also sells them canned & if you are going to be cooking them, the canned will do just fine.

                              Try roasting fresh ones like a pepper on a ridged grill pan. Then peel & puree them & use instead of red tomato in a salsa. Use with The Kitchens fresh taco chips as a dip, or on scrambled eggs the next morning. MMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!

                              CD

                              PS I heard that Balducci's let 16 more employees go last week.

                              It won't be long now. Keep your eyes out for the clearence sale.

                              My fly on the wall tells me that Whole Foods in interested in the site. The basement has a great food preparation area.

                              There is a butcher's area, a seperate fish area, a soup kettle area (Way to big for what they are turning over) & a huge catering kitchen. All of which Whole Foods could use & get at a bargain basement price.

                              By the way if there is anyone out there with a spare $Mil or 2, I'd be happy to consult on how to turn that place into a real Mecca for food.

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