Cookies for your sweetie

Send cookies from the Lower East Side Girls Club for Valentine's Day! Your purchase "supports programs that teach inner-city girls ages 13-18 culinary arts and business skills." Unfortunately, delivery is limited to Manhattan. If you decide to order, please list "Nikia" as the salesperson when you place your order. I am now volunteering every week at the Girls' Club as a mentor and Nikia is my mentee. She will get $1 for every order of cookies I sell. Nikia and I both thank you for supporting the Lower East Side Girls' Club.

Celebrity spotting II

Point of clarification: the celebrity spotting post below was not made because I was all gaga for having spotted a celebrity in NY, having a) spotted many already and more importantly b) wanting to respect their privacy because the one time I was "celebrity" spotted, it totally creeped me out. It was because it was funny; it's funny if you see a celebrity and overhear him/her slagging his/her own movie!

Forgotten New York City

Forgotten NY, "the infrastructure of a lost metropolis," is a trove of wonderful old New York City-related photos and details. With topics such as, "Old Advertising" (which is always one of my favorite things to see on the side of a building), "Streetlamps," "Cobblestones," and "You'd Never Believe You're in NYC," it's enough to keep me poking around for a long time. Very cool! [via Gawker]

New York bans cells phones

The New York City Council approved a bill to ban cell phone use at public performances in the City, not including sporting events. It includes places like movies, galleries, and lectures (but allows for emergency use). Does "I'm at the front of the line at the concession stand, did you want butter on your large popcorn?" count as an emergency? I agree it's annoying and obnoxious when someone's phone rings during one of these events, but is total prohibition the answer? How about something along the lines of driver's ed instead? Before you can buy a phone, you need to receive some sort of "phone etiquette" certification. Topics to be covered include: "Talking on phone OK before movie starts, talking on phone BAD once movie begins" etc.

Gawker’s going live

Gawker, "a live review of [New York] city news, and by news we mean, among other things, urban dating rituals, no-ropes social climbing, Condé Nastiness, downwardly-mobile i-bankers, real estate porn — the serious stuff," goes live today at noon EST. I've been reading this site for the past few weeks in its "beta" form and it's become one of my favorites already. It's a guilty pleasure, like reading InStyle on the airplane or a trashy paperback at the beach, but with a touch of the practical thrown in. Let everyone else quote the New Yorker, quippy Gawker references will make you the true talk of the town.