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NY’s Budget Battle, New Museum Lowers the Roof, Loving Shang

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This morning interest groups across the state are evaluating what Governor Paterson's deficit reduction package would mean to them. The cash-strapped MTA would have its budget cut $113 million. New York City would lose $223 million in school aid. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver praised the governor for addressing the problem head-on and vowed to move quickly on the budget crisis.

Bill Thompson and friends mark the day of infamy, the anniversary of the City Council's term limit hearings. The rally takes place at 1130am, City Hall.

(Via Daily Intel) Vice Mmagazine celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special issue recalling 1994, which includes gems such as: 

The Lower East Side of Manhattan is not a fashionable destination.
Populated primarily by dive bars, nodding junkies, and boarded-up
storefronts, the thought of anything even remotely related to
trendiness, fancy clothes, or art happening down here would be pretty
hard to believe.

In a story about the demands placed on museums by cutting edge, "in-demand" artists, the Wall Street Journal has some fascinating details about preparations for the New Museum's upcoming (Oct. 28) Urs Fischer show:

The contractors who built the New Museum's two-year-old, $50 million
facility on Manhattan's Lower East Side returned this week. Their task:
lower the second floor gallery's ceiling by 2 feet. The change order came from artist Urs Fischer, whose upcoming
exhibition requires the museum to upend everything from its lighting to
its architectural plans. Last-minute changes and delays have meant
shipping thousands of pounds of metal sculptures by airplane instead of
by boat, at the museum's expense, says the show's curator Massimiliano
Gioni… So far, Mr. Fischer and the New Museum have hired as many as 120
outside employees to help with architectural drawings, construction,
plumbing and expediting city building code approvals. A typical show at
the New Museum requires no outside contractors, Mr. Gioni says.

"Even though it costs $30 one way and takes forever to creep and lurch through traffic from the Upper West Side," Gael Greene can't get enough of Susur Lee's Shang in the Thompson LES Hotel. She's especially fond of: "the slaw, the potato dumplings, the taro puffs and my favorite dish of
all – steamed tofu custard with crab, shrimp, lobster, baby mussels and
air-dried scallops in Tanjin bouillon, a superior stock of duck, pork
and ham – sheer umami."

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