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De Niro partners with the Fairchild A closer look at the TriBeCa condos Amenities include the posh Shibui Spa and 22-foot high ceilings www.metro.us 7, 2009 Y, OCTOBER WEDNESDA Real estate Star neighbors voyeur

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t’s always nice to have a dad who works in the business. Such is the case for Raphael De Niro, son of actor Robert De Niro. Though he might not be starring in any blockbuster films, he’s a real estate broker with Prudential Elliman, and both he and dad are purveyors of TriBeCa Real Estate. Their most recent collaboration is with the Fairchild residence, a collection of 21 town homes,

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penthouses and lofts. For the project, the De Niros will bring the exclusive Shibui Spa amenities of their Greenwich Hotel (yes, the lantern-lit swimming pool, too) to the Fairchild. Also included are 22-foot ceilings, private balconies and a

bevy of terraces. So far, James Gandolfini is said to have purchased within the compound. And although he starred on “The Sopranos” — HBO’s highest grossing show in history — his pad pales in comparison to the new $23 million listing that combines five units, creating a 10,000-square-foot indoor space. Kitchen luxuries include a Poggenpohl gourmet kitchen and refrigerated grocery storage. Who knew the $20-million-andup crowd bought groceries in bulk? – Shira Levine is a freelance writer living in New York City. Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages.

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Good day: Justice reform Rockefeller Drug Law reforms hit the streets today. More than 1,000 people jailed for low-level, nonviolent drug crimes can petition courts for resentencing or release. Criminal justice reformers can celebrate, but others such as Police Commissioner Ray Kelly opposed the changes saying they will make cops’ jobs harder. METRO/AZ

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Thompson releases an attack ad

NEW YORK. Democrat challenger for mayor Bill Thompson is running his first attack ads today. The TV spots go after Mayor Michael Bloomberg overturning of term limits. The mayor “doesn’t think your vote counts” the ad states. Another ad accuses the mayor of burdening New Yorkers with taxes and fees. METRO

Percent of Americans who say they are less likely to watch David Letterman’s “Late Show” after revelations that he had sex with underlings. The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 63 percent said the scandal had no effect on whether they watched. METRO

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Tight market for rental apartments in NYC runs counter to national glut At least they’re cheaper — by up to 9 percent less Experts say record local rent drops likely won’t bottom out for a few more months J.B. NICHOLAS/METRO

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Rhodes As other cities eye New York’s law requiring restaurant chains to post calorie counts, scientists from New York University and Yale questioned the effects. Their study found half of customers noticed the postings. Of those, 28 percent claimed the information influenced orders. But their receipts showed it actually didn’t at all.

NYC rentals get squeezed

Mugger of seniors is guilty

QUEENS. A jury yesterday convicted Jack Rhodes of hate crimes for the violent muggings of senior citizens, including a 101year-old woman he repeatedly punched during a robbery. Rhodes faces up to 90 years in prison. METRO

A woman checks listings at Citi Habitats in the East Village.

As unemployment hits record numbers, more apartments sit vacant nationwide — but not in New York City. Nationally, vacancies rose to 7.8 percent this year, property research firm Reis Inc. found — the highest rate since 1986. In New York City, however, the vacancy rate is just under 3 percent. Realtors say high turnover keeps the city’s rental market strong. “I would look at NYC more like a hotel, with people coming and going,” said Issac Krispin, founder of Urban Sanctuary Realty. “It’s basically a small island that everyone wants to live in ... it’s not like people rent here for years.” But landlords everywhere are lowering rents. Average New York City rents dropped 6.8 percent from what they were this time last year and they’re

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expected to keep dropping. It’s those cheap rentals that helped buoy real estate firms after a bleak autumn last year. “It was an amazing summer,” Krispin said. “We did more rentals because the prices were down.” CARLY BALDWIN

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Find cheap rent Here’s how to stretch your dollar when looking for an apartment in NYC:

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Drive a hard bargain; Desperate to fill vacancies, some property owners are offering as much as four months free. Others are paying for moving fees for new tenants.

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Check online with the NYC Affordable Housing Resource Center, which gives information to the many “lottery” programs for below-market housing. Consider new, more affordable locations like upper Manhattan, Bushwick or Jersey City.

Get roommates. Many landlords are now even paying to install the partition walls for apartment shares. Before, that $1,000 cost would usually fall to the tenant.

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Metro question: Search for apps

History. Rings twice

The city yesterday launched it’s BigApps challenge to come up with new ways to make the data its agencies collect accessible online or on portable devices. Thirteen programmers will get cash prizes. The data, covering restaurant inspections to property records is a little dry.

Markowitz and Ritter ring the bell.

Metro asked New Yorkers what their dream app would be:

What’s your dream app? Chris Barba, 18, Manhattan, student

My dream application? Something that could figure out my life for me and fix it. Fix anything. I’m a freshman at college so right now everything’s confusing.

Chelsea Roe, 20, Manhattan, student

A “Make a Million Dollars-application.� An application that would tell me the lottery numbers. I could pay off my loans, buy my dream car and travel.

Karen Gayle, 24, Brooklyn, works in real estate

It would be something that can help me pick out the perfect outfit every morning and help me with the makeup — how to do the perfect makeup. METRO

The bell of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and others rang an 1885 bell recovered from the waters off Coney Island. The bell, which is on display in Borough Hall through Oct. 23, is inscribed “James Gregory, New York, 1885� for the trapeze artist who founded the Gregory Brothers Circus. Diver Gene Ritter found the bell where it had dropped to the bottom after a 1911 fire destroyed the bell’s home at Dreamland Park and Pier, near where the N.Y. Aquarium now stands. METRO

Shaky jury threatens to unravel Astor trial Juror asked to be relieved of duties after threat from fellow juror Judge rejects defense request for mistrial After 19 weeks of testimony and 10 days of jury deliberations, the Astor fraud case was threatened with mistrial yesterday because jurors are fighting. Judge Kirke Bartley said yesterday he had received a note from a female juror, who “feels personally threatened by comments made by another juror.� The juror asked to be let go. The judge revealed the contents of the juror’s note — delivered to him on Monday — to the court yesterday. The jury had indicated to the judge that it was stalemated on the charges that Anthony Marshall and lawyer Francis Morrissey stole from Marshall’s mother, socialite and philanthropist Brooke Astor. The judge told the jury to “hang in there� and continue deliberations. One female juror, a

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lawyer with Bloomberg news, was sobbing at the time, according to reports. Finding the juror unable to serve would have caused a mistrial. Bartley yesterday rejected a defense request for a mistrial based on the revelation of the note’s message. Marshall and Morrissey are charged with taking advantage of Astor’s declining mental capacity. Astor, who had a fortune of some $200 million, died at age 105 in 2007. METRO

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Swine flu vaccine arrives in Bronx Weekly shipments of 68,000 doses spell shortage until the end of the October Health care workers, kids, pregnant get first priority No sign of flu in NYC so far “It felt watery,” a young vaccine recipient says GETTY IMAGES

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Some of the first swine flu vaccines to arrive in New York were quickly squirted up the nasal passages of health care workers and kids at the Children’s Hospital Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx yesterday. “It felt watery,” said Brandon Marti, 13, after he and his sister, Ashley, 9, received the vaccination. “I was surprised that it was so quick.” Health care workers, pregnant women, and kids

Also charged Hank Morris, former political adviser to ex-New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, and David Loglisci, the chief investment officer, were indicted in March over the alleged kickback scheme at the $120 billion state pension fund. Their lawyers have said the men are innocent of the charges.

“The vaccine available may be limited for the next two to three weeks.”

CITY HEALTH COMMISSIONER THOMAS FARLEY

are on the priority list. The first weekly shipment of H1N1 nasal mist vaccines began arriving Monday. The city is expected to be limited to batches of 68,000 per week through

October. Next month, more than 1 million doses are anticipated followed by 2 million in December. Only half of U.S. adults plan to get the vaccine, according to a Harvard University poll. Schools are to begin handing out swine flu inoculation consent forms for students to give their parents within a few weeks. Students should start receiving vaccinations by the end of the month. METRO/BLOOMBERG

Former Liberal boss pleads guilty Raymond Harding, the former chairman of New York’s Liberal Party who was charged with participating in a “pay-to-play” scheme involving the state pension fund, pleaded guilty yesterday in a New York courtroom.

Harding, 74, admitted taking $800,000 in fees as a placement agent for transactions with the state retirement fund. He said he would cooperate in Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s probe of corruption at the fund. BLOOMBERG

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All clear so far Influenza isn’t actively circulating in New York right now, as it is in most of the country, according to Thomas Farley, the city’s health commissioner.

“Hank Morris inserted me as a placement agent on certain investment transactions ... so that I could receive hundreds of thousands in fees to reward me for my political support of Alan Hevesi.” HARDING


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Most serious terror threat since Sept. 11

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Attorney General says recent bomb plot had al-Qaida connections Zazi’s plans could have resulted in ‘the loss of American lives’

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An alleged plot to set off bombs in the U.S. involving Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi was one of the most serious terror threats to the U.S. since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, said Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder, speaking to reporters yesterday at the Justice Department in Washington, said the case has connections to al-Qaida and everyone involved will be “brought to justice.” “This alleged plot was one of the most serious terrorist threats to our country since September 11, 2001,” Holder said. Zazi, a 24-year-old Denver airport shuttle van driver, pleaded not guilty to a conspiracy charge in the alleged bomb plot in federal court in Brooklyn last month. Prosecutors said he may have sought to explode a bomb in New York around the anniversary of the 2001 attacks. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in court papers that Zazi conspired with at least three others. “This plot was very serious and, had it not been disrupted, it could have resulted in the loss of American lives,” Holder said. BLOOMBERG

Zazi President Obama continues to deliberate over sending thousands more troops like these to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Another case A Jordanian accused of attempting to blow up a Dallas skyscraper will remain in custody after a magistrate ruled yesterday there was enough evidence to proceed with the case. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, was arrested and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction late last month. The charge carries a maximum life sentence. Smadi, who had been under FBI surveillance, was arrested near a 60-story office tower in downtown Dallas, after he placed an inactive car bomb at the location.

Minibus bomb kills nine in west Iraq FALLUJAH, IRAQ. A minibus

bomb exploded at a market in the western Iraqi town of Amiriya yesterday, killing at least nine people and wounding 31, a local official said. Five of the dead were police officers, Shakir al-Isawi, leader of Amiriya town council, told Reuters. Police said several cars were set on fire by the explosion. Amiriya lies about 15

“The area has been sealed off to bring the situation under control. This explosion carries all the fingerprints of al-Qaida.” SHAKIR AL-ISAWI

miles south of Fallujah in the western province of Anbar. REUTERS

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The U.S. will keep the pressure on al-Qaida and its leader, Osama bin Laden.

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N. Korea to return to nuke talks SEOUL. North Korea yester-

day signaled it could return to nuclear disarmament talks it had declared dead six months ago, but a report it was near restoring its atomic plant underlined the secretive state would keep the stakes high. Leader Kim Jong Il told Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that he first wanted talks with the United States. REUTERS

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President Barack Obama yesterday vowed the United States would keep relentless pressure on al-Qaida and ensure extremist networks, which he called a “principle” threat, do not find safe havens overseas. “We know that al-Qaida and its extremist allies threaten us from different corners of the globe,” Obama said in a visit to the National Counterterrorism Center. And that’s why we’re applying focused

Afghan battle NATO forces said yesterday they had killed more that 100 fighters in a huge weekend battle in eastern Afghanistan in which eight Americans died.

and relentless pressure on al-Qaida,” he said, citing intelligence-sharing, disruption of terrorism financing, and attacks on al-Qaida’s leadership. REUTERS

U.S. warns Iran may face sanctions WASHINGTON. Iran may face sweeping sanctions from the rest of the world if it fails to demonstrate that it is not seeking to build nuclear weapons, a senior U.S. Treasury Department official said yesterday. “The plan we are developing is comprehensive,” Stuart Levey, Treasury’s under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in prepared testimony.

The number of 6 world powers Iran last week agreed to

allow inspectors from into their uranium enrichment plant. “It takes into account that no single sanction is a ‘silver bullet.’ We will need to impose measures simultaneously in many different forms in order to be effective,” Levey said. REUTERS


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rejected an appeal yesterday to release from jail Roman Polanski, the film director arrested last month after fleeing the United States in 1978 to avoid sentencing in an underage sex case. REUTERS

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Wireless said it will sell two cell phones with Google’s Android operating system this year, part of a partnership that could boost Google’s efforts to challenge Apple in the fast-growing smartphone market. The first Android phones from Verizon Wireless will support the Google Voice software application which allows consumers to make lowpriced international calls. Google has said that Apple rejected Google Voice, while Apple contends it is still evaluating the software. REUTERS


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Madeleine Albright wears one of her trademark pins.

The first female U.S. secretary of state shares the secrets of her unique brand of brooch diplomacy and speaks on the rise — and danger — of powerful women

I AM WOMAN ALBRIGHT USED PINS AS NEEDLES Pins as a fashion statement for women. Boring? Not when Madeleine Albright wears them. For Albright, the former U.S. secretary of state, brooches are a tool of diplomacy. Albright made history when she became the United States’ first female secretary of state under President Bill Clinton. Today Madeleine Albright heads the Albright Stonebridge Group, which advises companies and governments on international issues. You often say that the purpose of foreign policy is to persuade others to do what we want, or even better, to want what we want. Are pins really a diplomatic tool?

I teach a course about what’s in the national security toolbox. The military is, of course, a very important national security tool, but I argue that pins belong in the toolbox, too. You once wore a pin of a snake to a meeting with Saddam Hussein. Why?

I often wore two pins, one dove and one eagle, in meetings to show that the U.S. was both willing to negotiate and to be tough. But Saddam had called me an unparalleled serpent, so I

About Albright Name: Madeleine Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelova) Born: Prague, 1937 Raised in: London, Prague, Belgrade. In 1948, the Korbel family fled to the United States. Lives in: Washington, D.C. Background: U.S. ambassador to the U.N., the United States’ first female secretary of state In the news: New book, “Read My Pins,” about her unorthodox jewelry diplomacy

wore the pin to send the message that I couldn’t be put down. I think it showed toughness, but of course I didn’t get a chance to ask him for his interpretation. Did your pins make any difference when dealing with Kim Jong Il?

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When do you use your diplomatic skills in everyday life? “When I negotiate with my grandchildren.”

At that time, the U.S. had no contact with North Korea. North Korea always said that the U.S. was terrible, despite the fact that we were sending lots of aid to them through the U.N. So when I met with Kim Jong Il, I wore a huge pin of an American flag. I think he got the message. You were the first female U.S. secretary of state, serving under Bill Clinton. How’s Mrs. Clinton doing in your old job?

The other day my 7-year-old granddaughter said to me. “Everybody keeps talking about how you were secretary of state. What’s the big deal?” That shows you how far we’ve come — for little girls it’s no longer unusual to see a woman as secretary of state. Hillary is doing a fantastic job; I thought we had a lot on our plate when I was secretary of state. Would the world be a better place if women were in charge?

It would be better if more women were in office, but as far as peaceful goes: Just remember what high school was like. ELIZABETH BRAW METRO WORLD NEWS IN LONDON


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More consumers are asking architects to make sure their homes are energy-efficient. Two-thirds of architects surveyed said clients increasingly demand better insulation and more are also requesting double- and tripleglazed windows, water-saving devices and solar panels. The prolonged housing downturn has led Americans to downsize their homes, too. According to the U.S. Census, the median home size dipped for the first time in 13 years last year, to about 2,200 square feet. REUTERS

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The AIA survey results come against a backdrop of an improving housing market. The trade group predicts the lower-end affordable housing segment will be the first to recover, as lower prices attract entry-level buyers. Luxury and vacation homes are among the weakest parts of the housing market, according to the AIA.

Home offices are gaining in popularity among real estate amenities.

Homebuyers get practical

Report: Frills such as home theaters and au pair suites being replaced by offices The functionality of working from home seen as key to value The long housing downturn has led homeowners to scale back both the size of houses and the amenities found within them, but consumers are still willing to invest in energy efficiency, according to a quarterly survey by an architects’ trade group. The survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) found budget-conscious Americans are less interested in having hobby or game rooms, media rooms, home workshops,

46% The percentage of architects who when questioned said that home offices are gaining popularity. This figure has risen about 5 percent from the same time a year earlier.

or suites for au pairs or inlaws. Exercise rooms and additional laundry space are also less popular than a year ago, as are three-car garages. The shift reflects worries about home values, tighter family budgets, and the threat of unemployment. “Affordability is a big concern,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. “Homeowners are not looking to spend more on their home for frills, particularly if they don’t think they can

recapture that when they sell it.” Home offices are the most popular special-function room, the survey found. Almost 46 percent of architects said home offices are gaining in popularity, up about 5 percentage points from a year earlier. The increase is due to the appeal of telecommuting and the growing number of Americans who are self-employed or who run small businesses that have had to give up office space. REUTERS

Calif. hotel foreclosures way up as travel plunges Hotel foreclosures in California more than tripled in the first nine months of this year as business travelers and vacationers cut spending. Foreclosures climbed to 47 in January through Sep-

tember from 15 a year earlier and properties in default more than quadrupled to 259, the Atlas Hospitality Group said in a statement. Declining occupancy rates and a dearth of credit for refinancing loans

taken out during the real estate boom is squeezing the travel industry. Hotel owners are struggling after adding rooms and properties from 2004 to 2007, when financing was easy to find. BLOOMBERG

“Urban areas are dependent on a mix of business, convention and leisure travel. There’s been a tremendous decline in business and convention travel.” ROBERT MANDELBAUM, RESEARCH DIRECTOR FOR PKF HOSPITALITY RESEARCH IN ATLANTA


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a farmer/cheese maker who runs the Bobolink Dairy in Vernon, N.J., in a rural corner of the state. “The coolest thing about my job is that I make beautiful food out of nothing but sunlight and rain. It is pure alchemy,” White says. Jonathan has been looking after his herd of happy grass fed dairy cows for the past 16 years. Aside from producing a variety of excellent organic cheeses, Jonathan and his wife Nina also bake their own organic bread in a giant outdoor brick oven and cure lots of different types of ham and charcuterie from their small herd of rare breed pigs. “And when we move into the new farm next year I’m thinking of growing my own hops and barley to brew our own organic beer too,” White adds with a grin. But Jonathan and Nina were not always farmers — far from it. Jonathan was an electronic engineer and Nina was a dancer. But the pair wanted to get out of the rat race and into a more sustainable life close to the earth. “And we wanted to make some really good cheese,” White says. It may seem completely outlandish to consider a career in agriculture when you live in a city like New York, Boston or Philly. But the organic and locavore food movements have led to an explosion of agricultural jobs in the past few years in areas much closer to large metropolitan centers

than you would ever imagine. The Whites sell a lot of their produce at the farmer’s market in Union Square in Manhattan, which has experienced a huge expansion in the last five years — another sign that a career in sustainable food production is a Quoted real alternative. But life on the farm “Organic and can be tough, with locavore food long days and lots of physical labor. movements “I would recomhave led to an mend anyone who is explosion of thinking about a lifestyle change such agricultural as the one we made jobs.” should probably seek out an internship on a farm for a few months to see how they like it, and then take it from there,” White says. Indeed, the Whites offer internships every year, but they fill up very quickly. For more information you can call Jonathan White at the Bobolink Farm on (973) 764-4888

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ow to spend it: The price of gold reached record highs yesterday, hitting $1,040.15 an ounce, besting the record set in March 2008. The reason for the big run up in price is simple. The dollar is very weak and its future strength is hard to predict because of the global economic down-

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the film “Wichita” in town to little-or-no fanfare, according to MSNBC. “People are more interested in the Red Sox,” says a local. Nicole Richie had a literal run-in with paparazzi

after a photographer’s car rear-ended her, reports People magazine. “[Richie’s] car sustained moderate damage. No paramedics were called to the scene,” a police spokesman says. Michael Lohan is afraid prescription drugs will harm his daughter, Lindsay Lohan. “You know

why Lindsay’s not acting in feature films right now? All the talent is hidden ... because of the prescription drugs,” he tells Radar Online. Twenty-two years is long enough for Claudia Schiffer, who says she’s retiring from the catwalk. “I’m finished with the runway. I won’t miss it,” the 39-year-old supermodel says, according to the Sun. NED EHRBAR

Jesse Eisenberg is just about fed up with amusement parks. After starring earlier this year in “Adventureland” as a theme park toiler, now the actor hits theaters in “Zombieland,” which sets its climactic battle between Ferris wheels and Tilt-A-Whirls. “It’s the most inefficient place to do a movie,” he gripes. In “Zombieland,” Eisenberg plays one of a handful of survivors of a virus that’s reduced most of the population to flesh-hungry monsters. “We actually planned the swine flu to coincide with the movie opening,” he jokes. “And, you know, there’s some collateral damage.” Though admittedly not a fan of the zombie genre, Eisenberg was impressed enough by what the writers conjured up to sign on. “All the kills were so creative,” he says. But the amount of gunplay involved with playing a survivor of the zombie apocalypse did give him pause. “There are too many

In “Zombieland,” Eisenberg uses guns for good (sort of).

guns in the world, so I don’t want to be part of that,” Eisenberg explains. “But I think the movie is pretty responsible in terms of the values that it promotes.” NED EHRBAR

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Next poke Eisenberg’s next job? Portraying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” which chronicles the creation of the hugely successful site. Eisenberg

hasn’t had a chance to chat with Zuckerberg yet, however. “I would like to,” he says. “I don’t know what I can say. He’s not involved in the movie. I suppose if I say anything else, I’ll be sued by the movie company and the Internet company.”


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Hotel has no reservations

Tokio back in shape with ‘Humanoid’ Singer says he’s feeling better than ever after having vocal surgery CARLOS ALVAREZ/GETTY IMAGES

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After having surgery on his vocal cords last spring, Tokio Hotel singer Bill Kaulitz is ready to roar again. The German band’s new album is called “Humanoid,” but that has more to do with the music within than any medical improvements made on Kaulitz’s pipes. The new album is different from their previous ones, says the singer: “We have tried new things and taken our time. There is a lot of pre-recording and a little more electronic. But it is still rock, of course.” Are you afraid fans will find the new music too

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Fixing the scream “It was awful to let the fans down the way we did,” says Kaulitz about having to cancel 2008 tour plans for his surgery. It’s one of the worst things you can do as a singer.” Tokio Hotel promises a big tour in 2010 to make it up to fans. “I feel good,” says Kaulitz of his current condition. “Everything is like it was before.” different?

You can hear a difference, but we haven’t changed that much. And everyone’s afraid of change, but it can

Next week ... ‘VERY IMPORTANT PLECTRUMS’ AUCTION. Clothing company Ben Sherman is hosting this online auction of famous plectrums — it’s OK, we call them “guitar picks,” too — for music education charities. Bidding starts Sunday for round one, which features contributions from the Raveonettes, Joel Madden, No Doubt and Klaxons, among others.

Next month ... Sorry, abs not included.

‘RADITUDE.’ Whether you’re a Weezer fan or not, mark their new album’s release on your calendar — there’s no way Nov. 3 can’t be awesome

be for the best. We promise that this is the best album the fans will have ever heard. I get the feeling people either love or hate you.

Yes, but it’s not something new for us. Tom [Kaulitz, guitarist and Bill’s brother] and I grew up that way. As kids we inspired a lot of hatred, and we wouldn’t want to have it any other way. Why did people hate you when you were young?

We were outspoken kids, and that wasn’t so common. We stood out both with our looks and the way we behaved. ANNELI WIKSTRÖM METRO STOCKHOLM

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This holiday season ... ‘A VERY SUNNY CHRISTMAS.’ What says “good will on Earth” better than a gang of conscienceless, alcoholic misanthropes from Philly? Nothing, that’s what. The “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” crew have a Christmas DVD coming your way Nov. 17, and we’ve never been prouder to be on the naughty list. METRO


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Rock music conquered the realm of the T-shirt a long time ago, but now it’s time to kick it up a notch

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PINK FLOYD CONVERSE

Now more than ever, musical acts are trying to sweep audiences off their feet — with custom sneakers. The past 18 months have seen new shoes from the Grateful Dead, Missy Elliott and Eddie Van Halen. Hip-hop has long had an association with sneakers, even before Run DMC rapped about their 50 pairs in “My Adidas.” That company paid tribute to the trio’s late turntablist last year with their Jam Master Jay collection. 50 Cent collabo-

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rated with Reebok on the GUnit sneaker in 2003, and the company recently announced the Fabolous Reebok Classic Remix Collection. Eminem designed a collection of Air Max sneakers for Nike in 2006, and Kanye West’s Air Yeezy with Nike sold out this summer. But sneaker tributes to rock bands is relatively new, and they’re more ostentatious than the rappers’ lines, which are surprisingly subtle for a genre traditionally tied to bling.

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Last winter Converse announced a series of variations on their Chuck Taylor line with classic album covers from the likes of Pink Floyd, AC/DC and Metallica billboarded over the entire shoe, while Vans has manufactured shoes in the design of Kiss and Bad Brains albums. Even indie label Sub Pop is getting their feet wet with a Nike high top that came out earlier this fall. PAT HEALY

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Preachers find new crowds to convert Manic Street hitting the States for the first time in a decade Band talks about revisiting material by their missing co-founder

The Manic Street Preachers’ first American tour in 10 years celebrates a new album of lit-rock, “Journal For Plague Lovers.” But really, crossing the pond was a

Manic Street Preachers reunited “Journal For Plague Lovers” offers the opportunity to reassess Richey Edwards’ artistic legacy. His slashed arms and starved appearance, not

case of now or never. “If we didn’t go with this record, it was like we’re never ever touring America again,” says singer and guitarist James Dean Bradfield. to mention likely suicide, built him into a dysfunctional legend. “Richey’s words were always famous for being full of intent and no punctuation,” says Bradfield. “Sometimes you have to edit it. That’s only a small part of the process. Some songs I used all the lyrics that were on the page.”

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face Edwards again. “The prospect of doing it scared us. We had this responsibility toward Richey, but we had to wait for old feelings and trauma to subside,” Bradfield says. “Once we did it, I realized this is the closest I’d get to ever having the band whole again.” Manic Street Preachers Tonight, 7 Webster Hall 125 E. 11th St. $25-$30, 212-353-1600

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ REALITY. The Vegas callbacks begin, which sounds like a scene from “Showgirls” but really just features more ballet and b-boys. 8 p.m., Fox

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‘MythBusters’ REALITY. Can a person’s socks really get knocked off?

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myentertainment And what are they doing walking around shoeless to begin with? The MythBusters team is determined to find out (well, at least the answer to the first question). Season premiere 9 p.m., Discovery

‘Secret Girlfriend’ COMEDY. “Secret Girlfriend” may be the pinnacle of inane slackerdom: Based on a Web series (a cult Web series, natch), this show stars you, without you so much as a lifting a finger (other than clicking over to Comedy Central, that is). A cast of actors led by two slacker Web series creators (we sense a pattern here) leads you through adventures around Los Angeles that mostly involve gorgeous women who, of course, take intense interest in you. We’re all for imagination, but sheesh, what happened to good ol’ Playboy? Series premiere 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central AMBER RAY

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Britney lingerie circa 2001 — announced the news via Twitter on Monday: “Today I am starting to design for my new clothing line!! My first pieces will be one of a kinds for our NY trip coming up!” We’re just going to assume that by “starting to design” she means “staring blankly at the real designers while updating her Twitter friends about the lasagna she’s making for Spencer.” Seriously — Heidi Pratt’s Twitter feed is a dark, dark place. – Today’s Word was written by Monica Weymouth.

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NOWADAYS, ONLY LAWS ARE ANTI-GAY When making a statement, most people don’t purchase a cargo van, a camera and organize a cross-country trip. The average person probably writes an e-mail.

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ut for Chris Mason — a 27-year-old political organizer — the open road beckoned: Starting in May, he made a 48-state, 16,000-mile trek to produce a documentary called “Driving Equality as a barometer of equal rights in America’s heartland.” And at a time when six states enjoy same-sex marriage while others lack even basic employment antidiscrimination laws, the trip is a pleasant reminder that the cultural landscape has shifted, even in places thought to be rock-ribbed conservative. “I was constantly surprised,” Mason remarked. “Most people are way ahead of the law, culturally.” Growing up in liberal Massachusetts, Mason assumed the worst about the Red states — a myth constantly debunked in rural places by the number of gay and lesbian people living openly, as well as the genuinely fair attitudes towards basic civil rights he discovered. While many remained opposed to same-sex marriage, Quoted there was near universal agreement for protections in em“There was ployment, housing and schools. near universal “People were almost incredagreement for ulous that in many states, could be fired simply protections in someone for being gay,” Mason says. And employment, these views were not among activists, but in chance encounhousing and ters — a “fairness” Mason atschools.” tributes to people having family members who are openly gay, also confirmed by reams of polling data over the past two decades.

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f course, Mason met opponents of gay rights, as well — but typically in interviews with conservative organizations rather than in confrontations with strangers along bucolic byways. There was the physician who provided medical treatments for “ex-gays” in Minnesota, and an unscrupulous signature-gatherer in Washington State tricking voters into signing an anti-gay rights ballot measure. But these characters remained the exception, not the rule. While Driving Equality is yet another story of the cultural successes of same-sex rights, its findings remind us that even basic laws lag far behind where most Americans stand. I’d love for universal marriage equality; but in the meantime, tangible legal protections for employment, housing and gender expression remain elusive where they’re needed most — in places, contrary to elite opinion, more ready than not to embrace them. – Mark Puleo is co-editor of the Brazilian Journal, a bilingual publication in Greater New England. Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages. Opposing viewpoints are welcome. Please send 400-word submissions to lettersmetro.us.


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New Joe Cool leads Yankees next dynasty Reloaded Bombers back with a vengeance after missing playoffs in ’08 Girardi has a chance to stamp his name on the beginning of the next dominant era Yankees choose Series A, will host tired Twins tonight GETTY IMAGES

Sean Quinn • New York Sports editor NYY over MIN LAA over BOS STL over LAD COL over PHL LAA over NYY STL over COL LAA over STL

Adam Smartschan • Boston SE NYY over MIN BOS over LAA STL over LAD COL over PHL NYY over BOS STL over COL NYY over STL

Joe Girardi may finally have a shot at first-name recognition in this town. The Yankees hope their crush-’em-all mentality not only ends in a World Series title but also begins a new dynasty. So long Joe Torre and the ’90s Bombers, say hello to a new Joe Cool and the most stacked Yankees team to date. “When you look at our team, we can kind of stack up against anybody in every aspect of what we do,” setup man Phil Hughes said. “So I figured after last season missing the playoffs, we were going to come back, get some missing pieces and at the same time we were hungry for another chance.” Girardi’s first chance begins tonight in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins. The first order of business in Girardi’s first postseason began with a sim-

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1 2 3 Girardi and the Yanks went 7-0 vs. the Twins this season.

ple decision. Girardi announced the Yankees would take Series A, which gives the Yankees a day off between Games 1 and 2. Then he announced his rotation: CC Sabathia, Burnett and Andy Pettitte. “We looked a lot of different things,” Girardi said. “We looked at home and

Cuddyer, Kubel, Nathan and Morneau are the only remaining Twins from the 2004 ALDS, which NY won, 3-1. The Yankees have won their last nine home games vs. the Twins and 23 of 26 here since 2002.

kees, who went 11-2 in the postseason, along the way. It all starts with three wins over the Twins. “We know what we have to do,” Johnny Damon said. “We know we have to win three games. That’s what we’re shooting for.”

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The Scoop: Minnesota is cooking at the right time, winners of 17 of the last 21, including last night’s 6-5 12th inning win over the Tigers to get into the ALDS. The Twins have three guys hitting better than .300. The Yankees, though, have the games best offense (915 runs). X-Factor: Michael Cuddyer has hit .338 with eight homers and 23 RBIs since replacing injured superstar Justin Morneau at first base. Advantage: Yankees

The Scoop: Minnesota’s best pitcher during the regular season, Scott Baker, can’t go until Game 3. Ex-Yankee Carl Pavano could start Game 2, but the Twins are overmatched in every game. CC Sabathia, who went 11-2 down the stretch, opens things up, while A.J. Burnett makes his first postseason start in Game 2. Game 1 probables: CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37) vs. Nick Blackburn (11-11, 4.03) Advantage: Yankees

The Scoop: Joe Nathan is one of the league’s best and has more saves, 47, than the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera, 43, but Mo owns October. Jon Rauch was 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA as Minny’s setup man. X-Factor: Phil Hughes has allowed just eight runs in 86 innings as the setup man. If he keeps it up, the Yanks will be almost unbeatable if they are up after six or seven innings. Advantage: Yankees

Derek Jeter, SS .334, 18 HRs, 66 RBs, .309 postseason avg. Johnny Damon, LF .282, 24 HRs, 82 RBIs, .278 in 40 career postseason games Mark Teixeira, 1B .292, 39 HRs, 122 RBIs, .467 in four career postseason games Alex Rodriguez, SS .286, 30 HRs, 100 RBIs, .157 avg. last three postseasons Hideki Matsui, DH .274, 28 HRs, 90 RBIs Jorge Posada, C .285, 22 HRs, 81 RBIs Robinson Cano, 2B .320, 25 HRs, 85 RBIs, .245 postseason avg. Nick Swisher, RF .249, 29 HRs, 82 RBIs, .208 postseason avg. Melky Cabrera .274, 13 HRs, 68 RBIs

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road splits. We looked at matched up against a team. We look at left-rightleft. It was just a combination of things.” Girardi hopes the right combination adds up to the team’s 27th world championship. The Bombers wouldn’t mind one-upping the ’98 Yan-

The Twins are 2-6 in the playoffs against the Yankees. Current Met ace Johan Santana started both victories.

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Denard Span, CF .311, 8 HRs, 68 RBIs Orlando Cabrera, SS .284, 9 HRs, 77 RBIs, 2run homer yesterday to give Twins lead in the 7th Joe Mauer, C .365, 28 HRs, 96 RBIs Jason Kubel, RF .300, 28 HRs, 103 RBIs, solo homer yesterday Michael Cuddyer, 1B .276, 32 HRs, 94 RBIs Delmon Young, LF .284, 12 HRs, 60 RBIs, 1-for-5 yesterday Jose Morales, DH .311, 0 HRs, 7 RBIs, 6 2Bs, 14 runs Matt Tolbert, 3B .232, 2 HRs, 20 RBIs, RBI single in the 10th kept the Twins in it Nick Punto, 2B .228, 1 HR, 38 RBIs


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Diamonds in the rough | Baseball’s hottest significant others PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES

SP Cole Hamels, Phillies — 2008 World Series MVP married Heidi Strobel (of “Survivor” fame) on New Year’s Eve in 2006.

OF Nick Swisher, Yankees — He’s dating actress Joanna Garcia, who most recently appeared on “Gossip Girl.”

OF Matt Kemp, Dodgers — He’s rumored to have dated Zena Foster, a model who was once on an episode of “Entourage.”

OF Bobby Abreu, Angels — Was engaged to Miss Universe Alicia Machado until her reality show hookup in Venezuela. 1B Mark DeRosa, Cardinals — The utility man snagged former fashion model Heidi Miller and tied the knot back in 2003.

SP Josh Beckett, Red Sox — He’s been linked with Alyssa Milano (now married), Leeann Tweeden (Hooters girl) and country singer Danielle Peck. We once asked Tweeden about Beckett. She looked sad and said, “I’ll never date an athlete again.”

3B Alex Rodriguez, Yankees — He’s been frolicking around the country (Miami, Seattle, New York) with actress Kate Hudson.

SP Clay Buchholz, Red Sox — Dated a Penthouse Pet in 2008, but has downshifted to model Lindsay Clubine this year.

SS Derek Jeter, Yankees — His latest girlfriend is the best yet: Minka Kelly, the stunning actress from “Friday Night Lights.”

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C Russell Martin, Dodgers — Was linked to Alyssa Milano, but most recently dating model Marikym Hervieux.

HERE’S WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT IN THE PLAYOFFS The baseball postseason began yesterday afternoon with a play-in game: Detroit vs. Minnesota. The winner gets to lose to the Yankees in the first round. Instead of boring you with mundane stats and getting into a heated argument over pitching rotations, we thought we’d compile a team of wives and girlfriends of baseball players. Unfortunately, no second baseman in the postseason has had a moderately famous female on his arm. Step it up, Cano! JASON MCINTYRE

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The Scoop: L.A. hit .285 as a team, and got on base nearly as much (.350) as the walkhappy Sox (.352). Boston has more overall power. Advantage: Even

The Scoop: The Phils became the 12th team in MLB history to have at least four players reach 30 home runs. Advantage: Philadelphia

The Scoop: L.A. has the best batting average in the NL (.270), but the 3-4 punch of Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday will be too much. If Ryan Ludwick ever returns to ’08 form, in the 5 spot, it’ll be a quick sweep. Advantage: St. Louis

Starting pitching

Starting pitching

The Scoop: The Rockies became the first team since 2006 to have five starters with 10 wins, but the Phils’ front end is better. Game 1 probables: Ubaldo Jimenez (15-12, 3.47) vs. Cliff Lee (14-13, 3.22) Advantage: Philadelphia

The Scoop: Give us Boston’s top two (Jon Lester and Josh Beckett) over John Lackey and Jered Weaver any day. Game 1 probables: Lester (15-8, 3.41) vs. John Lackey (11-8, 3.83) Advantage: Boston

Bullpen

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The Scoop: With K-Rod gone, Brian Fuentes is the Angels’ closer. Jonathan Papelbon leads a deep Sox relief corps. Advantage: Boston

The Scoop: Neither ’pen inspires confidence, but Colorado has more upside. Key injuries: Phillies J.C. Romero (out), Jamie Moyer (out), Brett Myers (probable) Advantage: Colorado

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The Scoop: Terry Francona and Mike Scioscia offer totally different managerial styles. L.A.’s Scioscia has never beaten Tito when it counts. Advantage: Boston

Starting pitching The Scoop: The Cards boast two NL Cy Young Award contenders in Chris Carpenter (NL-low 2.24 ERA) and Adam Wainwright (NL-high 19 wins). L.A.’s rotation lacks experience and an ace. Game 1 probables: Randy Wolf (11-7, 3.23) vs. Chris Carpenter (17-4, 2.24) Advantage: St. Louis

Bullpen The Scoop: George Sherrill and Jonathan Broxton are as good as it gets in the NL. Advantage: Los Angeles

Managers Ryan Howard

The Scoop: Colorado’s Jim Tracy is a leading candidate for NL Manager of the Year. Charlie Manuel won it all last year. Advantage: Colorado

Managers Manny Ramirez

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Cabrera sorry for being drunk MINNEAPOLIS. Tigers slug-

ger Miguel Cabrera apologized for getting drunk before a game last weekend. Cabrera looked plenty sober when he put Detroit up 3-0 with an early homer yesterday.

De La Rosa out for Colorado PHILADELPHIA. Rockies

starter Jorge De La Rosa will not pitch in the NLDS against the Phillies due to a groin injury. The lefty 16-9 with a 4.38 ERA, but could be ready should they advance.

“I knew I was going to pitch one of the games, so for me it really didn’t matter.” Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee, on being named the team’s Game 1 starter over Cole Hamels. METRO

Looking for a cheap seat at the playoffs? Not even baseball is immune to an ugly economy. Resale prices for division series tickets are down across the board, according to numbers provided by Stubhub.com. As of yesterday morning, the average selling price for a ticket to an ALDS game at Yankee Stadium was $170. The team claims the ticket prices are less than those for equal seating the last time the team made the playoffs in

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2007. The ticket prices for seats outside of the suites and club sections, though, are increased by more than 80 percent from regularseason prices. In Boston, fans would have to cough up $167 at Fenway Park, compared to $177 last year. In Anaheim, the average price for a first-round ticket is $94, down from $103. “We’re already seeing ticket prices slightly lower,” Stubhub spokesperson

The average 99 price, in dollars, of a 2008 ALDS ticket in Tampa Bay — the only stadium under $100.

Joellen Ferrer said. The relative drop in price follows a regular season in which MLB saw a striking 6.65 percent drop in attendance, the biggest since 1952. ADAM SMARTSCHAN

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The scenario Here’s what typically happens, according to Daugherty:

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Backyard beekeeping Beekeeping has become increasingly popular in urban areas Starting your own hive isn’t as scary as it sounds Plus, how to get sweet with local honey GETTY IMAGES

With the media aflutter about colony collapse disorder (CCD) — the new, deadly phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive abruptly disappear — and the honeybee population in steady decline because of it, many people have started taking up the ancient art of beekeeping to keep pollination and honey levels up. “We estimate anywhere between 20 percent and 50 percent more beekeepers than in previous years,” says Dan Conlon, a board member of the Eastern Apicultural Society. While many cities have always had a small number of people who kept hives on rooftops or in backyards to help pollinate local plants, more people are stepping forward to talk about their hobby — and are organizing themselves in the process. In New York City, where the legality of beekeeping has been a hotly debated topic, interested keepers can join the 180-member New York City Beekeepers Association (www.nyc-bees .org), and take a low-cost class in urban beekeeping. Still, for those who don’t want to keep their own hives of bees (or do but didn’t yield all that much honey this year), buying local honey at farmers’ markets and supporting organizations that help honeybees is a great way to help. ANNEMARIE CONTE

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Go green for less: Texan house aims low to win contest Rice University solar house design emphasizes budget Teams to compete in Washington this month Looming U.S. regulations could boost the industry A solar-powered house built by a group of Texas students offers a blueprint for U.S. families to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and electricity bills on a budget. The Zerow House, built by students at Rice University in Houston, will compete against other solar homes as part of the Solar Decathlon. Unlike some competitors, which are integrating high-price features like tricked-out home entertainment systems, the Rice team’s aim is affordability. A quest for low-emission energy sources and loom-

The house is about the size of a NYC efficiency.

ing first-ever U.S. regulations on carbon dioxide emissions have sparked interest in solar power, which has been in an ex-

tended infancy in the States. Rice plans to donate the home to a low-income family. REUTERS

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