The "$29 Ham and Cheese" Edition
An overpriced sandwich distracted us from our troubles this week, and The Briefly is selling a tote bag.
• The biggest story this week is the $29 ham and cheese sandwich posted to r/nyc on Reddit because collectively hating something is as New York as Junior’s cheesecake or getting harassed by the NYPD. (mauceri from r/nyc)
• I Ate the $29 Ham-and-Cheese Sandwich, proclaims Chris Crowley, who also notes •High prices are part of the deal in New York. Ripoffs don’t have to be•. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street || archived link)
• Gothamist's Phil Corso and Catalina Gonella jumped on the outrage machine with Why does this ham and cheese cost $29 at a Manhattan shop? An investigation. This one includes quotes from Eli Zabar, the Dr. Frankenstein of this tale, who tries to justify the price by saying you get two shitty sandwiches for $29. (Phil Corso and Catalina for Gothamist)
• E.A.T., has two stars on Yelp, so everyone already knows this place sucks.
• This is a great moment to mention my ZABAR'S SUCKS tote bag, mug, and shirt are currently on sale. Get yours today before someone challenges my first amendment right to parody.
• VP Kamala Harris is in Midtown today, so avoid Midtown today. (Arun Venugopal for Gothamist)
• According to 12seasons.nyc, we are currently in the Spring of Deception. (12seasons.nyc)
• It's officially bars on boats season. (Amber Sutherland-Namako for Time Out)
• The city's new rat czar is "excited to bring a science- and systems-based approach to fight rats," which differs from Mayor Adams's love of murdering rats individually. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)
• Photos: The rat-hunting dogs of Bushwick. CW: there's a photo of a successfully hunted rat. (Colin Schappi for Curbed)
• Mayor Eric Adams cements himself further as a 1966 Batman villain by buying multiple robots, including robot dogs, for $750,000 for NYPD use while cutting public library budgets. (Mat Troutman for Patch)
• Patrick Lynch, a more modern take on the Batman cinematic villain, is stepping down as Police Benevolent Association president. Good riddance. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• Every NYC park bathroom is getting a
sex shelf baby changing station by 2027. (Giulia Heyward for Gothamist)
• The circus around Trump's arraignment isn't over. Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg sued Rep. Jim Jordan to block Jordan's interference in Bragg's criminal case against Trump. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• The City Council sent a bill to Mayor Adams's desk that bans the sale of guinea pigs. (Haidee Chu for The City)
• The Miss Subways contest is making a comeback this year, taking place at the end of the month at Coney Island USA. Historically, the Miss Subways pageant was one of the first integrated beauty contests. The contest is open to anyone 18 or older with any gender identity or body type. You've got until April 18 to apply. (Aaron Ginsburg for 6sqft)
• What started as rescuing a "dog in distress" ended with pulling a coyote out of the East River. According to an NYPD spokesperson, "Preliminarily, there does not appear to be any criminality." What? (Spencer Cain for East Side Feed)
• Forest Hills Stadium revealed its 2023 season, celebrating its 100th anniversary. Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, Weezer, LCD Soundsystem, Willie Nelson, Duran Duran, and more. I'm just happy to recognize most of the names at this point. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)
• Governors Ball announced its food lineup, including The Pizza Cupcake, Japanese Flair, Dank Nugs, Dyckman Dogs, Big Mozz, and other vendors, but I could have said those were bands, and you wouldn't have batted an eye. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• "I don’t want to call it gentrification because was there nothing in these places, it was just full of fucking trash" - Christian McCann of Lef Field NYC, who is full of fucking shit and does not understand for gentrification works. Hipsters Take Ridgewood. (Andrew Karpan for Bushwick Daily)
• NYC is getting 53 more state-licensed recreational cannabis dispensaries. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)
• Governor Hochul's pick for the state's Court of Appeals could help determine which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives in 2024 and beyond, as the court is set to rule on the legality of the state's redrawn district maps, which had a hand in the Democrats' loss of the House of Representatives in 2022. (Jon Campbell for Gothamist)
• Home sales in Brooklyn slowed down year over year, and prices aren't budging. (Emily Myers for Brick Underground)
• Here's a real example of an office building converted into housing in the Financial District. Apartments should open in about two years, and good lord, they will be expensive. (David Brand for Gothamist)
• A BTS pop-up is coming to Hudson Yards later this month. You've been warned! (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)
• A Neapolitan Pizza food fight: Una Pizza Napoletana vs L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)
• Pastrami-inspired martini, anyone? (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• Apartment Porn: A $12.9 million Upper East Side duplex overlooking Central Park with 5,000 square feet, five beds, central air, a reception room modeled after a 16th-century Venetian palazzo, a wood-burning fireplace, leather walls, and more. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)
• How to get a one-day marriage license in NYC. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)
• The best bagels in the city. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)
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