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Upper East Side Best Bars Poll

We’re getting to close to revealing our all-inclusive, neighborhood-wide, ‘Best Bars Poll’ – but you still have time to weigh-in with your thoughts.  Shoot us an email or hit the comments section here, and lets hear your picks for the UES’s best bars and worst bars, the biggest dives, hottest bartenders, worst bouncers, biggest loser hangouts, best for (fill in your favorite team) fans, best places for buy backs – and whatever else comes to mind.

We’ve been collecting opinions for a few weeks now, so here’s a little glimpse at some early favs: Blondie’s is making a strong case in the “Best Place To Watch A Game” category and, sorry American Trash, but you’re nearly an unanimous vote for “Worst Bar Ever.”

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Best Bars on the Upper East Side? [78thand2nd]

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Thanks Curbed

My stint hanging out as a guest blogger with New York City real estate blog Curbed ended on Friday — thanks to the Curbed guys for having me and making it a great experience. 

The comments my posts received were among the week’s highlights for me — some were intelligent and interesting, some were from some seemingly disturbed folks — below are a few worth checking out:

Where’s Chou: Demo For 78th and 1st?
Bike-Path War: 91st vs. 89th
Second Avenue Subway Scene: Phase I of Phase I Complete

There are some others as well – the full list of posts I took part in is here.

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Guest Blogging On Curbed

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Being a big fan of the NY real estate blog Curbed I jumped at the invitation to sit in and guest blog with them for a week — and that week is here.  Updates to 78thand2nd for the next 5 days will most likely consist of many links to the Curbed stories i take part in, as well as some additional, stand alone posts here.

So, as always, please hit me at 78thand2nd@gmail.com if you have any UES neighborhood tips (and for this week any REAL ESTATE or general NY tips).

And check out Curbed.

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Renee Linkweger

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  • Actress Renee Zellweger has shelled out $2.2 million for a condo on 82nd [Bergproperties]
  • Are restaurant chains killing the authentic NY neighborhood cuisine? [NY Press]
  • With that question in mind, is anyone besides me still hoping for an In N Out debut in the area? [Cory H, via Eater]
  • Best bars on the Upper East Side? We know you have an opinion [78thand2nd poll]
  • Have your pet fixed…in a car [NY1]
  • Little drunk driving, little car chase with the cops, little crash into an Italian restaurant [NY Post]
  • 2nd Ave Subway construction make for great fun in the East 90s [Curbed]
  • Sit-down with Gossip Girl creator (it’s a show debuting in the fall about privileged teenagers from the UES) [Popgurls]
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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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    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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    Freegans Eat Garbage

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     Dinner Time.

    Freeganism has been around for a while — the New York Press had an article over a year ago about the trend — but it seems to be gaining some interest lately, after the New York Times ran a piece in late June (not linked due to it being a pay article).

    Freegans might be best described via this website, Freeganism.info:

    Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.

    What does that mean on a day-to-day level?  It means they eat garbage.

    According to the N.Y. Press:

    (A group of people have organized “dumpster diving” in) various trash heaps and dumpsters of Manhattan to gather discarded food. The activity is part of a larger social movement known as freeganism, which views capitalism as the primary force in destroying the environment and avoids the capitalist structure through such practices as eating discarded food, squatting in abandoned buildings instead of paying rent and refusing to hold a job. Just as vegans are vegetarians who avoid animal products, freegans subsist only on free food found in the garbage as consumer waste. In Manhattan, there is plenty to go around.

    Raiding dumpsters isn’t actually new, it’s called being “homeless,” so I guess Freegans are just homeless people with some publicity spin.  Whatever, I’m all for it, if they’re into it.  And by “all for it” I mean that I wouldn’t jump into a dumpster to eat a meal because I think it’s disgusting

    According to Freegan.info, “the goods get fancier and fresher as you go south” and that comment referred to the Upper East Side. Some of their favorite targets, according to the site, are Key Food on 2nd Avenue and 92nd Street (“On our first foray, we found only some shrink-wrapped produce”), Patak’s Gourmet Deli on Madison Avenue between 89th and 90th Streets, Gristedes on Lex and 89th (“dairy and eggs galore”), Eli’s on 3rd between 80th and 81st (“most of their trash goes through a compressor, but on our first dive we found about five bags of uncompressed food including yogurt, almonds and butter”).

    Sounds delicious.  The full list of favorite Freegan dumpster dives in the city can be found here.

    More:
    Rubbish is happiness for freegan scavengers [Scotland on Sunday]
    Lesson Five: Become a Freegan [Cornell Sun]

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