A taste of New York… in Sugar Land?

Construction is still ongoing, but over a year ago, a sign appeared near Cheesecake Factory announcing that Grimaldi's Pizzeria was coming to First Colony Mall. Having lived within walking distance of the Brooklyn location, I was intrigued but had doubts as to whether it was actually affiliated with the NY original. Not only is it the same, but there appear to be restaurants in Arizona, Nevada, and Texas as well. Gonna be a lot closer than Dolce Vita once it opens.

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Records: NYPD Held GOP Protesters Longer. City fails to hide details of its disgraceful behavior during the RNC.

A judge last month rejected the city's effort to keep secret most of the files and videotapes documenting the arrests, leading to their release.

Records show that arrested protesters on Aug. 31, 2004, were held an average of 32 hours before appearing in court, while those arrested on other offenses were held less than five hours.

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Mightier Than the Board.

In New York City, letters of recommendation are part of the hazing ritual known as a board package, whereby a buyer must convince a co-op board that he or she would make a worthy neighbor. But in this era of cellphones and instant messaging, formal letters of recommendation solicited from friends and associates can seem as quaint as cucumber sandwiches, with buyers and writers alike tempted to treat them as crustless formalities.


Huh. Kinda forgot that there's another hacker conference in NYC this year. Might actually miss it for once.

Mini is finally here as of this weekend. Tiny and cute, which is incredibly appropriate for its owner. Hee hee.

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'Grannies' Charged in Peace Protest Are Acquitted. Another anti-war protest is being held in Manhattan today. The apathy I find down here is disappointing. Seems like the only thing that gets people riled up these days is the rising price of gasoline.

Despite the judge's protestations to the contrary, the verdict was a rare victory for protesters at a time when they have faced uphill battles in other forums. Hundreds of people who were arrested and detained for demonstrating at the 2004 Republican Convention are still embroiled in federal litigation charging the police with false arrest and violating their civil liberties. And the police continue to arrest bicycle riders on charges of disorderly conduct when they participate in monthly group rides called Critical Mass.

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For the record, all log times going forward are CDT/CST as opposed to EDT/EST. I should fix this in the log generator. Ah well.

The Ultimate Luxury. Must stifle the urge to snicker mercilessly.

An everyday convenience just about everywhere else is a rarity in Manhattan, even in million-dollar apartments: the washer-dryer.

Yeah! Looks like we're finally on Yahoo maps and MapQuest. Can't look our street up yet, but the street is visible if you look up Carrollton 77459.


Argh, why am I still reading NY1 in the morning? Old habits...

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After three weeks, I'm back in NY. It's cold and dry, and I can't say that I missed being here. Very happy to see Mr. Kitty though, who hopped on my lap this morning like nothing had ever changed.

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Finally got around to taking one of the Gray Line double-decker bus tours around town yesterday. We did the uptown loop ($37, 2 hrs), which was pretty interesting, but the air quickly turned frigid bringing our excursion to a sudden end (not much fun in riding downstairs). I recommend the tour, but don't do it in the middle of winter...

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City Rebuffed in Trying to Bar Mass Bike Rides. Let 'em ride.

The judge said the city had wrongly argued that the Critical Mass rides were a form of parade or procession that required a permit because the riders "travel en masse." Following the city's reasoning, the judge wrote, "New Yorkers commuting over the Brooklyn Bridge on bicycles during a transit strike could be considered as 'bicycling en masse.' " Such a restriction, he said, raised constitutional concerns.

"Riding a bicycle on city streets is lawful conduct, as long as one observes the applicable traffic laws and rules," he wrote.

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