5 Things To Know This AM — Aug 23 2011

Cookie Monster was recently seen canoodling with a star-spangled Mickey Mouse in Times Square, perhaps expressing the love that Bert and Ernie are too afraid of? (The City Room)
Comedy Troupe "Improv Everywhere" has placed lecterns with megaphones around the city along with a placard that encourages passerby's to "say something nice." Of course for many New Yorkers, saying something nice means not saying something at all. (Boing Boing)
Despite the fact that there are traces of ibuprofen, caffine, and DEET in New York's water supply, you'd apparently have to drink tens of thousands of glasses of water a day in order to get a little lift from those substances. While that may be disappointing for those of you looking to get a cheap and easy trip, maybe this is the answer to why NY bagels taste so amazing? (Animal New York)
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Watch out for the launch of "Fashion Feeds New York" this September, when the likes of DKNY and other fashion companies will host trunk shows and in-store promotions to benefit the underfed through City Harvest. (WWD)
Is Brooklyn's Columbia Heights the most literary street in America? Norman Mailer, Betty Smith, Sigrid Undset, Thomas Wolfe, Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, and many other authors have called the street their home at some point in their lives. (The Daily Beast)
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