New York restaurant markets $350 steak
NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A New York steakhouse said it is offering a 12-ounce cut of real Japanese Kobe beef, which just recently became available in the United States, for $350.
Marc Sherry, co-owner of the Old Homestead steakhouse in the Meatpacking District, said many customers have already paid the hefty sum -- with some offering several times the price -- to reserve a steak, the New York Post reported Monday.
"We have a waiting list of people who want to have this beef," Sherry said.
"It's the most delicate, decadent beef in the world," he said. "It's like having July 4th in your mouth -- there is an explosion of flavors."
High-powered firm joins newsstand battle
NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A lawyer representing a New York newsstand operator in danger of being evicted said the city has obtained the services of a high-powered law firm.
Gil Santamarina, a lawyer for Astor Place news kiosk operator Jerry Delakas, said the city has obtained the services of international law firm Proskauer Rose as the case prepares to go before the state Court of Appeals, the New York Post reported Monday.
"This truly is David vs. Goliath," Santamarina said.
Delakas, who has appeared inside his stand in movies including "Sex and the City," has run the stand for the past 25 years by subleasing it from the family that held the license for the business. However, the city's Department of Consumer Affairs declared the arrangement illegal when the family's estate attempted to renew the license for Delakas following the death of the last relative.
"So, Proskauer, a firm whose lawyers charge upwards of $800 per hour, is lending their legal services for free for the purposes of rending a 64-year-old man unemployed, jobless," Santamarina said. "What this means is that while Proskauer could have used its pro bono time toward protecting battered women or saving someone from execution, deportation or eviction. Instead, that time was taken up assisting the city in conducting an eviction!"
A city Law Department spokesman said officials "must decide who can operate newsstands in a fair and evenhanded way. The fact that Mr. Delakas flouted the rules for so long cannot -- and should not -- be the basis for denying another vendor an opportunity that's rightfully his or hers."
Truck plows through building wall in Ohio
MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- It wasn't exactly the school of hard knocks, but the Marysville, Ohio, school Board of Education office building took a pretty hard shot Monday, police said.
A Michigan truck driver apparently flew through an intersection and slammed into the building, winding up in the lobby and leaving a gaping hole in the front wall, The Columbus Dispatch reported. A board employee narrowly avoided being hit, the newspaper said.
Another hour later and the building would have been full of employees and children would have been walking by on their way to school, a district official said.
Police said they had yet to determine why the Liquid Meter Services driver, Ernest William Otto II of Mount Pleasant, Mich., failed to avoid the building.
The school district secretary in the office when the truck hit was not injured. The driver was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.
Woman, 102, dotes on 82-year-old car
CANTON, Ohio, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A 102-year-old woman who brought her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster to an Ohio car show said she still changes her own oil and spark plugs.
Margaret Dunning of Plymouth, Mich., said at the 18th annual Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles at Glenmoor Country Club in Canton the car was in rough shape when she bought it in 1949 but it has since been restored with four upholstery jobs and 22 coats of hand-rubbed lacquer, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal reported Monday.
Dunning said she still often finds herself crawling under the car, which was the first vehicle to ever receive a 100-point score by the Classic Car Club of America, with a funnel and an oil pan.
"I love the old cars," she said. "I love the smell of gasoline. It runs in my veins."
"The lines of a Packard car are very artistic as far as I'm concerned. My family drove Packards, and I was very proud of the fact. I guess I got indoctrinated," she said.
Dunning, who has been driving since she was 8 years old and was about 20 when her Packard rolled off the assembly line, said motoring in her everyday car, a 2003 Cadillac, sometimes gets her in trouble for speeding.
"I have lead in my feet," she quipped. "It disturbs the policemen very badly, but it doesn't bother me at all."
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