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Thieves On The Upper East Side

Thieves are robbing the UES — of recyclables — according to the New York Sun.

According to the Sun:

A City Council official said the Department of Sanitation is picking up as much as 25% less in recycling materials on the Upper East Side than it was last year, due at least in part to people who are stealing bundles and cashing them in with recyclers.

The chairman of the council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, Michael McMahon, a Democrat of Staten Island, introduced a bill last month to increase the fine to a minimum of $1,000 and to impound the vehicles of anyone illegally picking up recyclables in bulk and hauling them away. “It’s an enormous problem,” he said, adding that it was important to address because the paper and metal collected help pay for the city’s recycling program. “The taxpayer loses,” a vice president of the 13th precinct community council, Jon Schachter, said.

Is this really a problem?

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Eats: Caffe Buon Gusto, The Boathouse

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Caffe Buon Gusto
236 E. 77th St.
(bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
Manhattan, NY
212-535-6884

Caffe Buon Gusto — serving straight-forward Italian cuisine — is the neighborhood gem. The interior of the restaurant had a makeover recently and if the plan was to make it less appealing, it worked. If you’re a fan of a color best described as “dull off-mustard” and Home Interior figurines, you’re going to be psyched with this place. But, ignoring the décor – the place is gold. Great food, good service, moderate prices make it the go-to for a night with a date, dinner with friends, or to grab a quick bite.
78th and 2nd tip – the back area gets BRUTALLY hot during the summer, stay away.
Seated quickly: Yes
Service/Staff: Quick, knowledgeable
Food: Great
Atmosphere: Not so much. It looks like my mother and grandmother teamed for their version of  “exquisite design.”
Probability A Frat Guy Will Start A Fight: Low. If frat guys are here, they’re lost and asking the waiter where Moe’s Cantina is.

 

Boathouse
Central Park, enter on E. 72nd St.
(Central Park Dr. N.)
Manhattan, NY
212-517-2233

Sure, it’s a bit of tourist trap but even if you’re a native it’s worth trying the Boathouse once for ambience and people watching adventure. The food is over-priced, but you can have a great time grabbing drinks and appetizers at the outside bar. The biggest problem – the bar and sitting area might hold 100, but about three times that many people have had the same idea as you. Get there early, plan on fighting for tables and seats, and then you’ll be able to relax over mimosas.
78th and 2nd tip– Scope out the tables closet to the small brick wall, near the outside bar. Proximity to the bar is key, and the wall can seat another 2 or 3 if you slide the table over to it.
Seated quickly: No. Seating is brutal.
Service/Staff: Overworked and hate you.
Food: It’s basically expensive bar food.
Atmosphere: This is what you’re paying for – great place to bring out of towners – so soak up the sun, the people.
Probability A Frat Guy Will Start a Fight: Low. If frat guys are in the park, they’re shirtless and hitting on girls on the great lawn. 

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