Morning Links: OTB Lives, New Yorkers Imagine a World Without Doormen, Chastity Becomes Chaz
• The OTB has a second (ninth?) life. The board voted to keep operations open for at least another year, and will submit a plan on how they will restructure the company to the New York State Wagering Board.
• Two decades since the last doorman strike, people (with doormen) are once again freaking about who will open their doors, accept their packages, and operate their elevators... and bracing for -- ew -- "having to get to know the neighbors." The complications could come at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Workers want wage increases, while building owners hope to reduce benefit costs.
• A BBC poll suggests that the world is liking America a little bit better these days. The uplift coincides with the election of President Obama. In overall popularity rankings: Germany is the most favorably viewed nation, followed by Japan, the U.K., Canada, and France. Iran is the least favorably viewed nation, followed by Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, and Russia.
• The baby hawks (called "eyasses," who knew?) in Highbridge Park have hatched. Urban Hawks has video.
• Chastity Bono is now pretty much completely Chaz.