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  1. Hey Big Spender
    Con Amore Cabaret Moves to Open in Red Hook, Sans Stripper PolesThe club’s owners swear the will keep things on the tasteful side.
  2. Nightlife
    First Look at the Haberdasher, 5 Ninth’s New Third-Floor DrinkeryBurlesque, Fellini films, and drinks like the Cockeyed Fedora.
  3. Openings
    First Look at Affaire, Where Short Ribs Bourguignon Meet BurlesqueThe old China 1 space is reborn as a French restaurant and lounge.
  4. Mediavore
    Food Pantries vs. Neighbors; The Caloric Horrors of Movie FoodPlus: American obesity grows, and Moldovans use alliums to ward off swine flu, all in our morning news roundup.
  5. Le Scandale
    Cops, Not Just the Neighbors, Are on the Box’s CaseThe Porcelain Twinz give their first interview after ratting out the Box on their MySpace page.
  6. Le Scandale
    Pervy Performers Accuse the Box of Everything Imaginable, and Then SomeBox honcho Simon Hammerstein is accused of abusing his dog, keeping in-house prostitutes, sexual harassment, and pressuring a couple of sisters into a threesome.
  7. Back of the House
    Cheap Lobsters, Dancing Girls Join Gordon Ramsay As Harbingers of DoomSigns that a seafood restaurant may be in trouble, in order of severity: adding a $20 whole lobster to the menu; adding a free burlesque show; having Gordon Ramsay come into your restaurant to torment you for his reality-TV show, Kitchen Nightmares. We knew about number three, but now it turns out, via Metromix, that symptoms one and two have appeared at Black Pearl, the troubled seafood restaurant across from Hill Country. And you know what? Conditions sound pretty damn entertaining. As long as Ramsay, the burlesque show, and the lobster aren’t physically connected in any way. Black Pearl Lobster & Burlesque Tuesdays [Metromix NY] Related: Gordon Ramsay to Inflict ‘Kitchen Nightmare’ on Black Pearl
  8. NewsFeed
    Neighbors Take the Riding Crop to Forty Deuce During an hour-long debate at last night’s Community Board 2 meeting, Ivan Kane didn’t get much love for Forty Deuce, construction of which he says he halted after the CB rescinded its initial recommendation to approve a liquor license. Among his statements that were met with jeers: “There are only eight bars within a 500-foot radius” (neighbors counted twenty), “The ticketed entry fee is sometimes $10” (“Your burgers are $10!”), “There are layers [regarding the dancers’ costumes]” (“What does that mean?”), “I felt this was a community that welcomed artists” (“Oh, please!”).