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The Curious Case of Coco Henson Scales

February 17th, 2014 by The House

Hypocrisy

Dear New York Times,

I am a freelance writer currently working on a manuscript about the New York City fine dining industry. Included therein will be an account of bestselling restaurant “exposé” author and former “maitre d’ to the stars,” Abbe Diaz, who also alleges that she has been the victim of journalistic improprieties partly perpetrated by your organization. I quote from e-mails recently sent to Joel Stein of Time magazine, New York Times staff writer Charles Duhigg, and media blogger Jim Romenesko by this author:

“1. Mounting evidence suggests that in 2004, the (then) foremost New York Times restaurant columnist, the head editor of Gawker, and a New York Times photographer (and his sister, ‘Coco Henson Scales’) colluded to misappropriate the nonfictional story in my self-published book (diary of a hotspot hostess/ maitre’ d’), released mere weeks prior to a very similar but falsified essay ["My Year at a Hotspot"] which appeared in the New York Times, in an apparent attempt to garner a ‘book deal’ and/or ‘screen option’ for themselves.”

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Does the average restaurant owner see Seamless as a necessary evil…?

February 5th, 2014 by The House

Read Quote of Abbe Diaz’s answer to Does the average restaurant owner see Seamless as a necessary evil or as a product they love using? on Quora

 

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411NSIDER: Gusto Ristorante is CLOSED

January 2nd, 2014 by The House

 

Gusto Ristorante

New Year, New Life for 60 Greenwich Ave

On December 31, 2013 Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano, at 60 Greenwich Ave, served its last meal after a nearly eight year stint. It closed on January 1, 2014 to make room for a new yet-to-be-announced project by proprietor Sasha Muniak.

Muniak owns both the commercial and residential properties at the three-story building which housed the former Gusto Ristorante, as well as its adjacent three-story commercial property at 62 Greenwich Ave, currently the temporary home of Muniak’s Mangia corporate offices. Stay tuned for an additional project within this space as well, which in the past several years has attracted prospective seasoned F&B/Nightlife occupants such as Mark Baker, Paul Sevigny, Armin Amiri, and Omar Hernandez. Read more »

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Volume Ten (and PX Me) – COMING SOON

November 12th, 2013 by Dick Johnson

PX Me - Volume Ten

Volume Ten (and PX Me) – COMING SOON

OK OK we know, Volume Ten is late. Very very late; sorry! But, if you’ve been paying any attention, you know we’ve really had our hands full these days.*

On top of that, it seems that suddenly our nearly-decade-long conundrum is finally gaining some momentum. So now that has to be dealt with, as well.

As a concession, Volume Ten will be offered for FREE to anyone who can prove a purchase of any single one of the prior volumes. We also expect that PX Me (How I Became a Published Author, Got Micro-Famous, and Married a Millionaire) will be offered in its entirety immediately after the completion of Volume Ten. Hooray!

Thank you for your continuing patience, enthusiasm, and support. Please stay tuned.

 

*Make no mistake, PX This will not rest until Adam Wiercinski aka Adam Jamroz has been criminally indicted by the United States Attorney’s Office for fraud.

 

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Adam Wiercinski: Fraudster / Extortionist

November 6th, 2013 by The House

Adam Wiercinski MANGIA

Here is Adam Wiercinski aka Adam Jamroz (again). He was employed as a part-time delivery person for over 20 years at popular Midtown deli/caterer Mangia, where he recently attempted to defraud the company by thrice filing fallacious lawsuits. The strategy for his attempted six-figure extortion evidently includes the vilification of the company to intentionally damage its reputation and viability by advantageously utilizing the media, manipulating its gullibility and hunger for sordid controversy by exploiting the Jewish plight, deceitfully claiming he was the victim of racism and racial slurs. His malicious accusations include such venomous figments of the imagination as being called "little Jew," "stinking Jew," and "dirty Jew." In a particularly atrocious fabrication, Wiercinski/Jamroz concocted a repugnant scenario wherein a manager would "often pass gas in front of [him] and say, ‘here’s your Zyklon[sic]/Cyclone[sic] B, you stupid Jew.’"

Blah blah yeah yeah PX This, we’ve already seen this before, years ago. Why are we re-hashing all this again; what is your point? Our point is: we finally got our hands on the latest court transcripts, and oh man they’re a real doozy. Where do we even begin.

Well, you may recall we last left Adam Wiercinski aka Adam Jamroz withdrawing all his claims against his former employer (and thus, his lawsuit) in order to avoid prosecution for perjury. Wasn’t that a laugh riot.

Especially since immediately after his case was dismissed, he then turned around and tried to file the very same lawsuit, merely in a different district— despite its utter IMPOSSIBILITY. But that didn’t stop Adam Wiercinski aka Adam Jamroz from contacting as many press outlets as he could, claiming that he had indeed filed a lawsuit against his former employer for perpetrating all the aforementioned atrocious fabricated scenarios, when in actuality the lawsuit was at that point as much a delusion as all the "harassment" and "abuse" he suffered. Hmm– bitter, vindictive, and malicious much?

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411NSIDER: Wiercinski vs Mangia

October 30th, 2013 by abbe diaz

Mangia NYC

411NSIDER: Wiercinski vs Mangia

**UPDATED throughout** to include official court transcripts – (see links at bottom of article)

In keeping with Mr Wiercinski’s ongoing strategy to malign an innocent company, several media outlets have erroneously reported that Adam Wiercinski aka Adam Jamroz was awarded $900K by a jury after federal trial.

This statement is in fact wrong. The $900K amount was a punitive award, which by its very definition asserts that it was not awarded to Mr Wiercinski but against Mangia Corp.
"punitive damages are not awarded in order to compensate the plaintiff…"Wikipedia

dailynews_mangia

Mr Wiercinski’s compensatory award was $1.00 (one dollar), which was a very important fact that was omitted by several media reports. Only the New York Daily News, on page 12 of its Friday, October 25 2013 print issue, reported the actual facts. And as you can see, their article is wholly lacking in the sensationalism that is prevalent in every other erroneous article.

"Compensatory damages, called actual damages, are paid to compensate the claimant for loss, injury, or harm suffered as a result of another’s breach of duty." – Wikipedia

By the very definition of compensatory awards, the jury has stated that Mr Wiercinski deserves one dollar to compensate him for loss, injury, or harm suffered. That is to indicate: the jury was unconvinced that Mr Wiercinski aka Mr Jamroz suffered any loss, injury, or harm. In other words, the jury did not believe Mr Wiercinski’s allegations.

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Just Saying

October 24th, 2013 by Dick Johnson

Justice is blind and therefore slow.

 

 

"Punitive damages are usually reserved for when the defendant has displayed actual intent to cause harm (such as purposefully rear-ending someone else’s car), rather than in cases of mere negligence…

Punitive damages are a focal point of the tort reform debate in the United States, where numerous highly publicized multi-million dollar verdicts have led to a fairly common perception that punitive damage awards tend to be excessive. However, statistical studies by law professors and the Department of Justice have found that punitive damages are only awarded in two percent of civil cases which go to trial, and that the median punitive damage award is between $38,000 and $50,000.

There is no maximum dollar amount of punitive damages that a defendant can be ordered to pay. In response to judges and juries which award high punitive damages verdicts, the Supreme Court of the United States has made several decisions which limit awards of punitive damages through the due process of law clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. In a number of cases, the Court has indicated that a 4:1 ratio between punitive and compensatory damages is high enough to lead to a finding of constitutional impropriety, and that any ratio of 10:1 or higher is almost certainly unconstitutional."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punitive_damages

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Chefs Galore at Henri Bendel

September 25th, 2013 by The House

HENRI BENDEL AND FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY COME TOGETHER TO HELP IN THE FIGHT TO END HUNGER WITH A STAR STUDDED FUNDRAISER

Who: Chris Fiore, President of Henri Bendel, Melanie Dunea, Photographer, Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City

*** Celebrity guests to include: Chef Mario Batali, Katie Lee, Selita Ebanks, Chef Eric Ripert, Chef April Bloomfield, Chef Anne Burrell, Kelly Bensimon, Stephanie March, Ruth Reichl, Chef Todd English, Chef Andrew Carmellini, Chef Cesare Casella, Chef Brad Farmerie, Chef Hung Huynh, Chef Madison Cowan and Carmen Marc Valvo *** Read more »

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In Memoriam (again): Keith A. Glascoe

September 11th, 2013 by The House

 

"… Rest peacefully, my Brother, I just came back from a 3 yr long assignment in Iraq, and I dare to say that Justice has been served. Farewell, my Friend, Farewell…"Damir [Palladium, Tunnel, Club USA]

 

 

 

The following is an excerpt from PX This:

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2001. 12:15PM

We got terrible news. A friend that B used to work with, “Big Keith,” is missing.

Such a nice guy, big and friendly and cute and good natured and happy. He’s a firefighter and I think nearly his entire squad is gone. Read more »

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Re: motorcycles in NYC

August 23rd, 2013 by abbe diaz

abbe diaz's Ninja 600

Quora asks:
Is it possible, and sustainable, to trade the subway for a motorcycle in New York City?

I am planning to buy a motorcycle in order to move in and around the city when the weather is favorable. How possible and sustainable is this? Are roads good enough for such thing? What about parking places? Are there any arranging plans? Is riding to work on a bike everyday in Manhattan only the privilege of Shia LaBoeuf in Wall Street?

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Producer Zainab Jah and director Tim Naylor are currently in pre-production for the first eight-episode season of PX This, created and co-written by Abbe Diaz, the "former maitre d' to the stars." The new web series is based on Diaz's [book] by the same title...

Producer Jah had heretofore intended to keep the project under wraps... until last week, when, on October 14th, 2008, she discovered an article in Variety... It seems CBS has just signed a development deal with Jason Jones and Samantha Bee (The Daily Show) to pen an as-yet-unnamed series about the "behind the scenes world of a celebrity chef... and the two women who run his cooking empire."

The series treatment for PX This (registered with the WGA on December 7, 2007) which has been making the rounds of several Hollywood agencies, is strikingly and undeniably similar to CBS's as-yet-unwritten concept.

"We are still hesitant to provide all the details," says Jah, "but do feel... proud to divulge some of the names involved," which include... Michael Imperioli, Steven R. Schirripa, John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos), and producer Brian Grazer...

"...will debut on PX This's site mid next year, assuming the producers can fine someone fierce enough to play Diaz. We can't wait to see how they cast the character that's 'loosely based' on Jean-Georges." - New York Magazine