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Quinn’s Quandary, Shabbos Eelevators, Hyunh’s New LES Projects

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In the aftermath of President Obama's (tepid) endorsement of Bill Thompson, pressure is growing on City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to endorse, as well.

Are the Shabbos elevators kosher? A rabbinical ruling is causing puzzlement on Grand Street.

The Times looks at photographer Mitch Epstein's latest project, "American Power," an exploration of our country's insatiable thirst for energy production. Epstein was interviewed in his Lower East Side home and studio.

Eater chats with Vietnamese restaurant mogul Michael Hyunh, who recently opened Bia Garden on Orchard Street. He explained the idea behind B Clinton, a second LES outpost opening soon: "American/French/Asian. 29 dollars for three-courses. One of my
chefs, he worked at Town. He has a three-star reputation. He spent two
years with me in Vietnam." But wait there's more: Hyunh is opening a THIRD restaurant in the neighborhood. "A burger shop is next," he told Eater. "On Rivington and Ludlow. We're taking over the
Rush Hour space. It'll be burgers with an Asian touch. Everyone's
making burgers, so there's too much competition, but it’s gonna be fun"

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