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St. Mark’s Giant Dog Adopted, Re-Named

Written by Becca Tucker on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts

I was on the way to Kim’s Video on St. Marks Place this morning to return Brokeback Mountain (I made it through the final scene dry-eyed, but when the credits rolled and Willie Nelson’s voice sang “He was a friend of mine. Every time I think of him, I just can’t keep from cryin,” I sipped my beer and let the tears come.). I stopped for coffee and a croissant at 18 St. Marks. Truth be told, I passed the storefront – since I still associate the Clifford-sized plaster dog atop the awning with Good Dog, the Chicago-style hot dog joint that had until recently occupied the space – but I did a double take when I noticed it was once again open, now called Spot’s Café.

“What happened to Good Dog?” I asked the gruff, heavyset man clad in a maroon apron who seemed to be the owner.

“Just didn’t work out I guess.”

“But you kept the dog?”

“We named him Spot.”

I’d interviewed the owner of Good Dog and the artist who created the giant plaster dog back in March of 2007, when the dog was lying on his back, with his tongue hanging out like he wanted a belly rub, taking up the entire store.

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Ratzilla Meets the Press

Written by Becca Tucker on . Posted in Posts

When I bumped into the doorman of our Madison Avenue headquarters this morning, he was pointing his cigarette skyward. Towering above us was what looked like one of those huge inflatable rats, perched atop a black pickup truck. A rat! How delightful! "Nah, I think it’s a gorilla," said the doorman. Indeed, while the bloated [&hellip
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Communication Breakdown

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Warning bells had been sounding for months. Twenty complaints about the shell of the former Deutsche Bank had been logged against the building since February, when its floor-by-floor demolition began. On April 12, the building was cited for “bad house keeping” when it was discovered that plywood was being stored on external scaffolding and was [&hellip
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