Wednesday News Links

It just keeps getting weirder and weirder in Albany. The deposed Democrats lock the door to the Senate chamber so the new GOP majority can't get in. The Republicans, for their part, plan to hold court in a park (not a great day for a picnic, unfortunately). And the story behind the coup: the upstate billionaire who just can't stand people who use blackberrys during meetings! Meanwhile, nothing that actually matters to the people of New York is getting done.

Tenant Planet.org says the 1st District City Council race is getting more interesting all the time.

More than 300 supporters of New York's community boards rallied at City Hall, protesting the mayor's budget cuts.

The Tenement Museum staff picks the tastiest treats in the neighborhood.