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How to Eat 24 Oysters in 29 Seconds: NYC’s New Sultan of Slurp Tells All

Oysters are no longer as abundant as they used to be in New York, but you can still find plenty of the bivalve delicacies at bars and restaurants on the Lower East Side. That was readily apparent Sunday as a host of local chefs and cooks showed off their shucking skills so that 24 brave souls could prove how quickly they could slurp down a couple dozen. We were there for all the shucking and jiving. Check out the techniques on display in our video– as well as some advice from current reigning champion, Terrence Ruggiero, who managed to eat almost one oyster per second. He finished his plate in 29 seconds.
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A Tour of Lady Gaga’s LES, Courtesy of the Guy Who Wrote the Book

Sullivan (and his book) on the Lower East Side (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sullivan (and his book) on the Lower East Side (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you caught Lady Gaga’s, well, Gaga-esque performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, you’d never think to describe her as “very short,” with a “very quiet voice.” But that’s how she was known to Brendan Jay Sullivan, author of a memoir out this week, Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side and the Prime of our Lives.
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