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Cyanide Death in Park Slope

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A Department of Environmental Protection truck, cops and firefighters and “people in Hazmat suits,” were standing in front of a brownstone at 401 Fourth Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Brownstowner reported today. Detective Martin Speechley of the NYPD’s public information unit said that inside the home investigators found a dead [&hellip
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Journalist Ben Westhoff, Impersonating John Corbett, Accuses Darren Star of Editing Aidan out of ‘Sex and the City’ Movie

Written by Matt Elzweig on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Freelance journalist Ben Westhoff (pictured top left), 30, who writes for the Village Voice, New York magazine’s Vulture blog and the LA Weekly, has found an odd way to amuse himself in his spare time. He posts entries on his blog that falsely purport to be written by former Sex and the City actor John Corbett (pictured bottom left).
 
In his most recent posting under Corbett’s byline on Wednesday titled "Hold On To Your Hats", Westhoff wrote an extended post accusing Sex and the City creator Darren Star of editing Corbett out of the forthcoming Sex and the City movie directed by Michael Patrick King.  
 
Westhoff, writing as Corbett, went so far as to invent a phony role played by Corbett’s character, Aidan, in the SATC movie – in which his character saves the life of a subway jumper, and is invited by former flame Carrie Bradshaw for coffee.  As Corbett, Westhoff then claims that Star (the movie’s executive producer) forced King to remove him from the finished film.
 
Westhoff-as-Corbett then threatens to reveal the entire plot of the movie on the Internet unless Star restores his role.
 
 "...I am fucking pissed, nonetheless, because I cleared a big WHOLE in my schedule to do this shit, even passed up a part on Bones. And that's why I've decided to give Darren an ultimative and say that if he doesn't put me back in there, I'm going to spoil the whole movie. That's righty. I'm going to give out ALL the plot ALL over the internet, including right here at my bro-dawg Ben's site the Healthiest Mutherfucking Pimp in Park Slope."
 
That’s a reference to Westhoff’s blog, “The Healthiest Man in Park Slope,” where Westhoff has been posting as Corbett, off and on, for more than two weeks.
 
"It's not John Corbett. It's me posting as John Corbett," the Hoboken, New Jersey-based Westhoff acknowledged in a telephone interview.


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Gastropub Spitzer’s Corner Not Phased by the Guv’s Fall From Grace

Written by Matt Elzweig on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts

When brothers Will and Rob Shamlian opened Spitzer’s Corner on Rivington in the Lower East Side in August, then-Governor Eliot Spitzer had been in office 14 months, and few if any could’ve anticipated that a certain service for Very Important People would signal the end of his life in politics.  When the Times reported that [&hellip
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OPANA: A BRIEF HISTORY

Written by Matt Elzweig on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Opana – a powerful painkiller that went on the market less than two years ago – is twice as strong as OxyContin, with a potential for addiction that rivals the prescription drug that has ravaged the lives of thousands of abusers. Little is yet known about the potential for Opana abuse, because of its relatively [&hellip
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Washington Square Park Struggle Continues

Written by Matt Elzweig on . Posted in Politics, Posts

Unless neighborhood activists decide to lie down in front of the bulldozers, Manhattan L.P. will be celebrating its latest acquisition very soon: Washington Square Park. That’s because a Supreme Court judge dismissed a suit filed against the city by the activists who oppose a controversial redesign of the park yesterday. The petitioners had hoped to [&hellip
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