Later this morning, we’ll be headed over to the New Museum for the opening of The Last Newspaper, an intriguing exhibition exploring the ways artists approach the news. Look for a full report and photos this afternoon.
We get a break from the rain today but you better enjoy it while you can. Showers return around 7 o’clock tonight. Look for a high of 64.
In the news, more chatter about Carl Paladino’s war on Sheldon Silver. The Times reports the GOP’s candidate for governor had been trying to come across as less unhinged this week. But the mere mention of Sheldon Silver, who Paladino referred to as a criminal, apparently sent him over the edge.
Speaking of unhinged, Eddie Huang did not care for Time Out New York’s review of his new LES restaurant, Xiao Ye. The magazine calls him a “cocky pretender to the David Chang throne,” who’s really “just a kid with outsize ambitions.” Huang wasted no time firing back (in great detail), saying “if you can’t see that Xiao Ye is my attempt at defining a youth cultural American Born eating experience, then you won’t appreciate it… I’m guessing (the reviewer is) just another dude who can’t tell zha jiang from dan dan.”
Zagat is out with its 2011 New York restaurant survey. Tops in the food category on the Lower East Side (all with a score of 25): Sachiko’s on Clinton, Falai, Kuma Inn, Mole and WD-50. Meanwhile, Serious Eats weighs in with a review of one of the neighborhood’s newest restaurant’s, “Peel’s.” They find the midday sandwiches to be delicious, the burger excellent, but the fried chicken lacking in seasoning.
More ink this morning for the Museum at Eldridge Street, which is debuting its new stained glass window this weekend. “A New Window on the World” downtown, the Wall Street Journal says. Also online today, the Observer discovers the LES art boom: “In the blink of an eye, it seems, the Lower East Side art gallery scene has sprung up. Virtually nonexistent as a cultural hot spot five years ago, the neighborhood now boasts several dozen galleries and a handful of museums and nonprofits.”
And last (and also least) Gossip Girl is filming in the neighborhood. The blogs have photos of Taylor Momson and Ed Westwick getting ready yesterday.