The River Café Loses Ground; Car Smashes Into Sbarro

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In order to connect the two ends of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a pathway will be built through the grounds of the River Caf. [Brooklyn Paper]

During the filming of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a car crashed into the Times Square Sbarro. [NYP]

The city's first FoodStat survey, which aims to show where in NYC health and nutrition problems are concentrated, found East Harlem has twice the obesity rate and twice the junk-food options as the Upper East Side. [NYP]

Daniel Boulud's forthcoming DBGB will include "a world tour of sausage making" with fourteen varieties on the menu. [Feed/TONY]

Starting tomorrow, Starbucks will offer its first-ever gluten-free product, a Valencia orange cake. [Grub Street]

Vodka gets a lot of grief from cocktail snobs, but the spirit is still found in excellent drinks, like the RTR at the Russian Tea Room. [NYT]

Both Pat LaFrieda and M Meatpacking are moving out of the meatpacking district, leaving the neighborhood with only one of its namesake companies. [NYP]

The nationwide rollout of McCaf, McDonald's Starbucks imitator specialty coffee bar, begins today. [Urbanite/amNY]

A map of organic farms in the United States reveals clusters in the Northeast, Northwest, and California a strikingly different distribution than conventional farms. [NYT]

Cookbook sales are up despite the recession, but many popular titles are impractical for the home cook. [WSJ]

Organizers estimate that 3,000 people attended this weekend's sustainability focused Brooklyn Food Conference. [Diner's Journal/NYT]

PETA using a series of new ads to pressure McDonald's to change the way its chickens are raised. [WSJ]

Two food bloggers have proposed a code of ethics for their ilk, which includes provisions like "We will reveal bias" and "We will be civil." [Food Blog Code of Ethics via Diner's Journal/NYT]