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    Serendipity 3 shut down by Health Department

    Thu Nov 15

    File this under GROSS: The Department of Health shut down dessert mecca Serendipity 3 after it miserably failed a second inspection. According to ABC news, "An inspector spotted a live mouse and mouse droppings, fruit flies, house flies and more than 100 live cockroaches" on Wednesday night. This isn't quite as bad as that time the Taco Bell in the Village was infested with rats, and we all had to see the photos over and over again. But still. Then again, we haven't been fans of Serendipity since we realized the minimum wait was usually over an hour. Seriously, the frozen hot chocolate isn't that good. For the best hot cocoa in the city, try one of these picks, instead.

    Can I still see _______ on Broadway?

    Wed Nov 14

    It's been four days and the Broadway stagehands are still on strike. But the real question is, "How does this affect you?" Well let's see, the Great White Way is dark with exception of eight shows (see the complete list here), and of those eight shows, only 3.5 are appropriate for kids. Say hello to Mary Poppins, Xanadu, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Young Frankenstein. But that's four shows, you say? Well, you're right, but Frankenstein is really only good for kids older than 10. If you're not thinking any of those options are so supercalifragilisticexpealidocious, keep in mind all off-Broadway shows are still open, as are many other kid-friendly performances. We've got a list of some of the best theater events in the city, just for you. You're welcome.

    Ten Worst Toys of 2007

    Wed Nov 14

    Roll out the red carpet! In the wake of the Aqua Dots fiasco (a PR nightmare if there ever was one), World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H) has released a list of the 10 worst toys of 2007. First up? The Go Diego Go Animal Rescue Boat, a colorful bath toy that's just coated in lead paint. Our only beef with the list is with the sixth item–the Spiderman 3 New Goblin Sword. Sure, a kid could easily whack someone in the head with it, but is it any more dangerous than those Lightsabers that come out every time a new Star Wars is released, or the hard-hitting water guns whose spray is so sharp, its impact at close-ranger is actually painful? Parents, what's the most dangerous toy you think you have in your home?

    Celebrity baby announcement

    Mon Nov 12

    Congrats to The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She and husband Tim, who's a quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals--and former Giants player, welcomed a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy on Friday. He joins big sister Grace, 2. The couple has yet to release the name, but rumor has it she'll make the big announcement today when she phones in to The View. Aww, we love celebrity babies.

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