Vertical Farms Coming to New York?; Manhattan Immune to Starbucks Closings (for Now)

• Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer is apparently taken by the idea of “vertical farms,” skyscrapers that produce food, and is putting together a feasibility report for the mayor to review. [NYT]
Related: Skyfarming [NYM]

• Gael Greene traveled to France to attend a lunch made by Paul Bocuse, the legendary chef now in his 42nd year of cooking with three Michelin stars, in part because he wasn’t well enough to attend the Citymeals-on-Wheels benefit here last month. [Insatiable Critic]

• Sometimes Top Chef fans go too far. One of Spike Mendelsohn’s admirers drove almost an hour to try a burger at Good Stuff Eatery, and then he posted a note to Spike on Craigslist’s Missed Connections, asking, “Can i see for myself if the carpet matches the drapes?” Shudder. [Eater]

• Starbucks released a list of the first 50 stores it will close, and Staten Island, Central Islip, and Southold are the first areas to be struck. [Gothamist]

• Lunch appears to be the latest victim of the weak economy, as more and more people are bringing it from home. [WSJ]

• The owners of Greek restaurant Ammos have signed a lease to open a new eatery in a luxury apartment building in Hell’s Kitchen. [NYP]