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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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What’s The Deal With: Old Chambers Store, Bodega On 73rd, 79th & York

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79th and York

Here’s a round-up of recent questions from 78thand2nd readers about neighborhood happenings.  If you’re in the know, please enlighten us all in the comments section.

1) 76th and 2nd: Robert writes “Any idea what is coming to the old Chambers store spot on 76th and 2nd? Heard a rumor that it is leased by the owner of Mo’s Caribbean…hope it is not yet another bank or cell phone store.”

2) 73rd and 1st: Michael asks “I was wondering if you knew what was going to take the place of the bodega that recently closed on the northeast corner of 73 & 1? i was out of town for four or five days, and on my return i noticed that my corner store was gutted. there wasn’t any notice.”

3) 79th and York: Ace reporter Adam writes in “something is brewing on the northeast corner of 79 and York, previously inhabited by the Chase bank that moved across York a few months ago.” Anyone have an idea what’s going in? (the doors of this space are pictured above)

If you can offer some info, hit the comments section! 

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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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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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Power Outage Hits UES Again

A power outage hit the Upper East Side yesterday, making that the second time in a week. The blackout was started by a manhole fire — which explains the work being done by Con Ed late last night — and mainly hit 78th and 79th streets.

From the N.Y. Post:

A manhole fire at 4:45 a.m. led to the afternoon outage for 650 Con Ed customers on the block bordered by First and York avenues on 78th and 79th streets, the company said.

The fire didn’t knock out power immediately – but by late morning, people in the area noticed air conditioners and other major power-consuming appliances weren’t working.

A manhole fire? It’s bad enough we have things like this and this and this going on up here – but now we have to worry about underground fires?

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Pool Time

Enjoy swimming with thousands of strangers? If so, you’re in luck, ’cause it’s pool time.

The city’s 52 outdoor swimming pools opened for the summer season today. That includes the John Jay on the Upper East Side. All the cities pools will remain open seven days a week through Labor Day, daily hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All the outdoor pools are free and open to the general public.

The UES pool:
John Jay
East of York Avenue on 77th St.
(212) 794-6566

The pool rules are here — and as always, no urinating of defecating in pools people:

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