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Pizza Rat Returns in All His Former Glory — and More Intel

Plus, Marky Mark’s in town to hawk burgers

Pizza rat proves he has nine lives

New York’s most (only?) beloved rodent remains Pizza Rat, the pie-loving rat that stole New Yorkers’ hearts and even inspired a Halloween costume. Well, he’s back and this time he has gained super-rat strength to drag an entire bag of garbage toward his home, all with the goal of obtaining his favorite treat. Watch above.

Marky Mark charms the Upper East Side burger eaters

In town to amp up publicity — guess it worked! — for the new Upper East Side location of his mediocre burger chain Wahlburgers, Mark Wahlberg told the New York Daily News that the secret to his success was simple. “Never pretend like you know what’s going on if you don’t,” he said. “Because then you’re setting yourself up for failure. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” This won’t be the last word from former underwear model Marky Mark — a Times Square location is still in the works.

Cannes got a dose of the Four Seasons power scene

Cannes Lions screened a documentary about the final days at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Called “Lunch with George (Lois) and Ed (McCabe),” the film focuses on the power scene that existed at lunch in the restaurant, which is now carried into The Grill’s reboot of the space — which conveniently launches the midday meal today.

Essex Crossing’s Market Line will be populist

The Lower East Side is getting a 1.9 million-square-foot residential, commercial, and community space — Essex Crossing — and the New York Times is on it. The Grey Lady reports on the progress for the Market Line, the 150,000-square-foot food and market portion, which will also house the new Essex Street Market. “Our mantra has always been, ‘If the community shops there, everybody else will shop there,’” said Rohan Mehra, a principal of the Prusik Group, one of the commercial developers. “Markets are typically the most democratic shopping experiences. Everybody shops elbow to elbow.”

Gabrielle Hamilton waxes poetic on her blisteringly hot NYC youth

In her typical lyrical writing style, Prune chef-owner Gabrielle Hamilton somehow manages to invoke nostalgia for the unbearable suffering of a New York City summer without air conditioning. Her remedy? Ice-cold schav, or sorrel soup, for which the recipe is right this way.

The Four Seasons in all its former glory

It may now be The Grill, but look for yourself at the Four Seasons lunch in its heyday: