Ed Levine Eats, But Not As Much As You’d Think

Serious Eats mastermind Ed Levine jokes that his interest in food probably started because “when I came out of the womb I was hungry,” and Ruth Reichl once dubbed him “Missionary of the Delicious,” but Levine’s career didn’t always revolve around food. He wrote about jazz and pop from 1978 through 1986 for Rolling Stone and the Times, and in the early eighties did bookings for a club called Seventh Avenue South before beginning research on the guidebook New York Eats, his first foray into food writing. Today, Levine dedicates his time to extending the Serious Eats blog umbrella, which includes New York, Slice, A Hamburger Today, and dispatches from L.A., Chicago, and other cities Levine hopes will one day have their own URLs. With all the hands-on research that goes into canvassing the city for tasty bites, Levine decided earlier this year that he needed to shed some weight. In this week’s New York Diet, he navigates a week of what he refers to as “dangerous” food situations.

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The iPhone in Libraries – Metro PDA SIG, Nov. 29th

The next METRO PDA Special Interest Group meeting will take place on Thursday, November 29, 2007, from 3:00-4:30pm at METRO headquarters, 57 East 11th Street, 4th floor.

The topic will be: The iPhone in Libraries – Apple’s iPhone has been named “the invention of the year” by InformationWeek magazine. Is it really the handheld panacea it seems to be? Join the PDA SIG as we discuss the pros, the cons, and potential library applications for the iPhone and related devices. Linda Braun will on hand to demo her iPhone and share her experiences. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or some other new & nifty handheld device, please feel free to bring it and share your experience as well.

To learn more about the PDA & Handheld Computing SIG, visit our brand new wiki.

Upcoming NYC Electronics Recycling & Clothing Donation Events

Drop off your unwanted or broken electronics for recycling. Only the following items will be accepted:

* computers & laptops
* monitors
* printers & scanners (desktop only)
* keyboards & mice
* TVs
* VCRs & DVD players
* cell phones

Other kinds of electronics won’t be accepted. Only NYC residents (no businesses allowed*) may drop off material (limit five pieces per vehicle). The first 100 people to drop off electronics will receive a $5 Best Buy gift card.

All dropped off items will be recycled through contracted vendors and all data on hard drives will be destroyed; no scavenging will be permitted and no tax-deduction receipts will be given out.

While safe to use, electronics contain hazardous materials, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. Recycling your unwanted electronic equipment keeps these hazardous materials out of the waste stream and the environment.

Saturday, September 8, 2007
8am – 2pm
Staten Island Mall, Parking Lot F (near main entrance, 2655 Richmond Ave.)

Sunday, September 9, 2007
8am – 2pm
Union Square North Plaza (southeast corner of 17th St. and Broadway; cars enter at 16th St & Union Square West).

Sunday, September 16, 2007
8am – 2pm
Lehman College, North Lot (Goulden Ave., just south of Bedford Park West)

Saturday, September 29, 2007
8am – 2pm
St. John’s University, Alumni Hall Parking Lot (corner of Utopia Parkway & Union Turnpike, cars enter at Gate 3 on Union Turnpike & 80th Rd.)

Sunday, September 30, 2007
8am – 2pm
Keyspan Park, Coney Island (Surf Ave. & 19th St., take Cropsey Ave. exit off the Belt Parkway)

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A Hipper Crowd of Shushers

. . .Librarians? Aren’t they supposed to be bespectacled women with a love of classic books and a perpetual annoyance with talkative patrons — the ultimate humorless shushers?

Not any more. With so much of the job involving technology and with a focus now on finding and sharing information beyond just what is available in books, a new type of librarian is emerging — the kind that, according to the Web site Librarian Avengers, is “looking to put the ‘hep cat’ in cataloguing.”

When the cult film “Party Girl” appeared in 1995, with Parker Posey as a night life impresario who finds happiness in the stacks, the idea that a librarian could be cool was a joke.

Now, there is a public librarian who writes dispatches for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, a favored magazine of the young literati. “Unshelved,” a comic about librarians — yes, there is a comic about librarians — features a hipster librarian character. And, in real life, there are an increasing number of librarians who are notable not just for their pink-streaked hair but also for their passion for pop culture, activism and technology.

“We’re not the typical librarians anymore,” said Rick Block, an adjunct professor at the Long Island University Palmer School and at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, both graduate schools for librarians, in New York City.

“When I was in library school in the early ’80s, the students weren’t as interesting,” Mr. Block said. (more. . . )

Gluttony on the Go with a New York City Cabbie

Weekend Edition Saturday, June 2, 2007 · In New York City, David Freedenberg is known as “Famous Fat Dave.” But don’t confuse him with “Famous Dave” who cooks ribs in the Midwest and certainly not “Fat Dave” — a notorious Long Island gangster.

Freedenberg’s moniker comes from his passion for food, which he has managed to turn into a one-man tour company based out of his New York City cab. For tourists who want the inside scoop on the best neighborhood spots to eat, “Famous Fat Dave’s Five Borough Eating Tour on the Wheels of Steel” will take them there. (more. . .)

American Classics Concert: Gershwin, Glass & Adams,

It’s time for great American Music at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, May 23 , 8 p.m. , when the New York Choral Society will perform a concert version of “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin. This is the all-time American classic. Songs like “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’,” “Bess, You Is My Woman,” and “I Loves You Porgy.” It’s a program with soul. I’ve heard the soloists at rehearsal and they’re fabulously entertaining.

Plus there’s a piece by the contemporary composer Philip Glass called “Itaipu”. For those who don’t know his style, think a modern Bolero or Carmina and add the setting of a waterfall in the tropical jungle of Paraguay. Based on the creation myth of Guarani Indians, for whom the Parana River is the place where music was born. Believe me, you’ll know what I mean, after you hear this piece. It’s quite breath-taking.

Order tickets directly online. Tickets are $20-$75. Limited student rush tickets are $10 the night of the concert with valid ID.