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Mad. Sq. Eats for Spring 2016 is underway, and here are the vendors

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Madison Square Eats is underway again in the open space just west of Madison Square Park (around 25th Street and 5th Avenue), and this spring 2016 food market runs from April 30th until May 27th, from 11am until 9pm daily.

As most of you know, it features dozens of food stands offering up lunch and dinner takeaway options of all types of cuisine for about $8-$10 each. It’s perfect for an outdoor lunch, afternoon snack or casual dinner.

The event is hosted by UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

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Open House Alert: Amazing duplex penthouse in the heart of the Flatiron on 22nd Street

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hilaptJust listed by owner! This Sunday, May 8th, from 2:30pm-4:30pm, there is an open house for an amazing duplex penthouse loft right here in the heart of the Flatiron at 21 East 22nd Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South).

Penthouse J has floor to ceiling windows, great light and views, high ceilings, open kitchen with high-end appliances, washer/dryer, full-time doorman and two outdoor terraces! It is currently configured as a 2 bedroom but there are architectural plans for addition of third bedroom, according to the listing (

Check out the photos and stop by the open house on Sunday.

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Drone footage of devastating St. Sava Orthodox Cathedral fire just west of Madison Square Park

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The massive church fire at the 161-year-old St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral (25th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues) was reportedly caused by candles that were not fully extinguished, and not by some act of terror as feared when other Orthodox churches globally also caught fire on Orthodox Easter. The church was the first Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States.

Fortunately, no deaths were caused by the fire.

To see the extent of the damage, Slate has pulled together some drone footage showing the fire and its devastation.

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Le Coq Rico restaurant opens at 30 East 20th Street in the Flatiron

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French chef Antoine Westermann has opened a new restaurant, Le Coq Rico, at 30 East 20th Street in the Flatiron. You may recall this spot as being the home of the beloved neighborhood dive bar No Idea, which had a name night calendar each month where those of that name could get free drinks.

As you might imagine from the name, the emphasis here is bird, and specifically whole birds. Chicken and duck are pervasive on the menu from mousse and terrines to foie as well as whole rotisserie birds for 4. Cornish hens and Guinea fowl also make appearances. Some birds are even found in combination plates with seafood (Roasted Cod & Smoked Duck Breast, Maine Lobster & Chicken fricasseée), which reminds us of a Simpson’s episode in which Moe asks the waiter “Bring us your finest food, stuffed with your second-finest” and gets lobster stuffed with tacos. However Chef Westermann is no joke, earning 3 Michelin stars at prior restaurant “Le Buerehiesel” in Strasbourg, France and reportedly owns 4 restaurants in Paris, including a Le Coq Rico in Montmarte. Le Coq Rico is quite popular in Paris (4.5 stars on Yelp) and should do very well in the Flatiron.

We have not eaten there yet, but will certainly review it here if we do.

Here is the lunch and dinner menu:

And they also serve brunch:

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A Zuber luxury wallpaper showroom to open at 4 West 19th Street in the Flatiron

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We get word that the luxury wallpaper/fabric maker Zuber will open a showroom at 4 West 19th Street in the Flatiron. The space had been the site of restaurants Bazar Mediterranean Bistro and Nasha Rasha.

The French company has been around since 1797, and is said to hand print the wallpaper using the traditional wood block method of printing. You can browse some of their wallpapers at

Jackie Kennedy was apparently a big fan, and used Zuber wallpaper to decorate the White House. Something tells us we will see quite a bit of Zube wallpaper installed in condos around the Flatiron in the coming years.


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