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Best Bars on the Upper East Side?

Quick word association: When you hear “Upper East Side” what comes to mind? “Old New York,” “snooty,” “Park Ave.,” “old money” and “Central Park” might be wedged in there somewhere, but aren’t those just the warm-ups for “bars,” “bars,” “bars,” and, well, more bars?

With that in mind, 78thand2nd is working up a master list of the best and worst bars on the Upper East Side (59th to 96th, Central Park to East River), and we’d love to hear what you think. What are the best bars, worst bars, biggest dives, ones with the hottest bartenders, the worst bouncers, shittiest bathrooms, biggest dickhead hangouts, best ones for a date, for a quick drink after work, places for (fill in your favorite team) fans, best places for buy backs – and whatever else comes to mind.

Let us know what you think! Email us at 78thand2nd@gmail.com.

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Man who fell to his death on 85th was imitating Jim Morrison. [New York Daily News]
Bloomberg pushes New York Building Congress to press Albany lawmakers for approval of his environmental plan (which includes much debated “congestion fees”). [New York Metro]
Lawsuit against Manhattan House conversion on 63rd. [therealdeal.net]
Lota of UES crime (on 93rd, 83rd, 73rd) in the past week. [New York Post]

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Con Ed Prepares Us For Another Blackout?

I’m not trying to beat up on Con Ed, because it’s got to be tough to do your job when someone drives their truck into your workspace and causes two explosions, but I noticed the company posted a statement on their website, titled “Con Edison Prepares For The Heat,” which essentially seems to be preparing New Yorkers for an outage.

From Con Ed:

Con Edison will have extra crews available to respond to any service problems that may arise. Customers are urged to call 1-800-75-CONED or contact the company on its Web site at http://www.conEd.com promptly if they encounter any service difficulties. The company’s home page also provides a link to a new list of 100 energy- and money-saving tips.

So, with temperatures expected to climb into the 90s early this week, what are the chances we have another blackout?

Blackout poll is here.

Con Ed tips are here.

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Bloomberg Plan Includes Fees For Drivers Leaving City

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This one flew under the radar.
Back in late April, on Earth Day, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled 127 initiatives aimed at reducing the city’s negative impact on the environment – a key objective of the plan is to cut greenhouse emissions by 30 percent by 2030. A much publicized proposed initiative in the Bloomberg plan is to charge drivers coming into the city south of 86th street a congestion fee of $8.What hasn’t been much publicized is the plan to charge those driving OUT of the zone – including a majority of the Upper East Side – a $8 fee as well, according to the New York Times.

From the Times:

It might seem that anyone taking a car out of the congestion zone ought to be rewarded instead of penalized, but officials disagreed.

“We’re not trying to get people to leave the zone in their cars,” said Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff, who played a leading role in fashioning the plan. “Overall what we’re trying to do is get people to use their cars less.”

And later:

In seeking public support for the plan, city officials have not been emphasizing the fee that will be imposed on those driving out of the congestion pricing zone, perhaps in part because the fee would be levied on far fewer drivers than those who drive in every day.

But city officials also appear aware of the political sensitivity of the plan, and are counting on support from people residing inside the zone, who could be expected to benefit from the drop in traffic. Most opposition so far has come from the other boroughs, and the suburbs, where some residents see it as a financial burden and an elitist initiative that favors Manhattan.

The plan seems likely to go through. Approval on the state level would give New York a shot at mega-bucks — over a half billion — from the Dept of Transportation to help implement the overall plan. The Governor supports it and now the State Legislature is expected to make a decision in July.

A spokesman for the federal Department of Transportation, said it was unlikely that New York would get the money if the Legislature did not quickly approve the plan, according to the Times.

While I’m a fan of many of the parts of Bloomberg’s proposal, there’s this to consider — cars are like cigarettes with people, they can’t give them up.  So, you know what’s going to happen?  This will get approved. People will keep driving in and out of the city, and they’ll pay the congestion fee, and the road rage is going to sky-rocket.   

So, instead of almost getting hit by a driver who’s experiencing a meltdown about once a week, I’m betting that’s going to be a daily occurence.  I guess I should start wearing this when I leave the apartment:

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Breaking News: Blackout On Upper East Side

Apparently the mid-90s heat was too much for the electric grid to take — Curbed.com is reporting there’s a blackout on the Upper East Side right now.

From Curbed.com:

From a tipster: “My wife on 84th and Lex says power is out in the whole neighborhood. ABC7 just broke news that from the South Bronx to East 13th on the East Side is experiencing sporadic outages. My doorman says that a grid blew on the UES.”

Update 4:45:
Power Outage Cuts Trains, Traffic Lights in New York City [ABC News]
Officials: 375,000 Residents Without Power In NYC [NBC News]
Curbed is running rolling updates. [Curbed.com]

Update 5:45:
Power back on after outages; Subway service affected [ABC News]

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10021 Gets Overhaul

The Upper East Side’s zip code is getting an overhaul — 10021 will be divided into three zips, 10065, 10021, and 10075 —  effective July 1.  A postcard sent out by the post office attributes the zip code change to the increase in residents in the area:

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Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney has a list of FAQs on her website regarding the change.  According to the site, the new zips will cover the following areas:

(the borders on the west and east are 5th ave and East River) 

10065: East 61st Street through East 68th Street

10021: East 69th Street through East 76th Street

10075: East 77th Street through East 80th Street

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