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Meet Fabrice Grinda, the Minimalist in the $6 Million LES Penthouse

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

As he rang in 2015, Fabrice Grinda, a 41-year-old tech entrepreneur from France, took stock of his life. He’d been living out of suitcases for the past four years, globetrotting and swinging between upscale hotels and top-notch Airbnbs. He decided it was time to “partially re-materialize.” Not settle down with a white picket fence (horrors!) — nothing drastic — but simply find a simple New York landing pad he could call his own.

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Food Delivery in 4 Minutes? We Tested Uber Eats vs. Munchery vs. Fastbite

Taim's falafel platter. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Taim’s falafel platter. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

David Chang’s new delivery service, Maple, has yet to make it up to the chef’s stomping grounds (it’s currently available only in the FiDi), but the Bedford + Bowery zone just got a few new delivery options that could give services like Seamless and Delivery.com a run for their money (or if not a run, a maniacal wrong-way bike ride). This week, Caviar added a service, called Fastbite, that promises to deliver restaurant meals to you within 15 minutes. It goes head-to-head with the recently launched Uber Eats, which promises meals in 10 minutes or less. Yet another new service, Munchery, gives you the option of ordering from chefs rather than restaurants, up to a week in advance. In short, there’s never been a better time to be lazy and hungry. We tried all three services to see how they compare.

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Uber Is Offering $2.75 Rides During the Infernal L Train Shutdown

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Congrats, L-train riders — you’ve almost survived the shitty shutdown of spring 2015. To make the homestretch a little easier, uberPOOL and City Council Member Antonio Reynoso have worked out a deal that’ll let you get between L train stops on Uber’s ride-sharing service for just the price of a subway ride. And unlike the subway system, which won’t let you enjoy one lousy churro, there’s a free ice-cream sandwich in this for you.

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Uber Wants to Give You Some ‘F.U., G’ Money

An earlier advisory. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

An earlier advisory. What once were weekend shutdowns will now be the daily norm. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

With the G train’s dreaded five-week shutdown set to go into effect tomorrow night, DNA Info has published a handy rundown of alternative ways of getting from Greenpoint to Long Island City. But they left this one out: the folks at Uber just e-mailed to tell us they’re offering free rides along the stretch of the G train that will be closed till Sept. 2.
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10 Funny Things Allison Williams Said at the Apple Store Last Night

(Photo: Natalie Weber)

(Photo: Natalie Weber)

Girls star Allison Williams did not come in character to her Q&A last night at Soho’s Apple Store. While we regretted the missed opportunity for a Marnie TED Talk, Williams was lovely — in a blousy, pink patterned dress, with black tights and heels — and her conversation with Harper’s BAZAAR executive editor Laura Brown was as silly as we could have hoped for. These were Williams’s best quips.
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