"The Beastie Boys were just silly," says Dutch-based documentary maker Bram Van Splunteren. "You couldn't do a serious interview with those guys. They were just goofing around. We had them rap down the phone but I don't remember any kind of content from that interview."
Back in the mid-'80s, Splunt ... More >>
Yes, books and reading and anything that involves words on actual paper are totally screwed. But that doesn't mean New York City libraries aren't valuable!
That was kind of the message behind Mayor Mike Bloomberg's announcement this morning that he is expanding the city's efforts to help unemployed ... More >>
WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show did a segment on "The 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers" on its Martin Luther King, Jr. day show this morning. Audio of the segment is embedded below.
Our segment looked at the silly side of "power lists," and at the serious side of some of those we included on our pow ... More >>
Remember taking out books at the library as a kid? Remember the ensuing library fines when you couldn't get it together to return the books in time, and how you're pretty sure there are still never-returned library copies of Nancy Drew books from 15 years ago in your parents' house? In a nobl ... More >>
via @olidubYesterday, we reported that a woman was spotted strolling the Bowery topless. Yes, full-on topless, no bra, no shirt, just boob. Two of them. One photo suggests that the woman was getting a ticket from two cops, but some of you commenters pointed out that this lady had every right ... More >>
You can also watch porn at the Apple store, apparently.When we heard about the recent instance of "blows" (the fist kind) between a guy watching porn on a Brooklyn Public Library computer and a guy who wanted to use the Brooklyn Public Library computer that the first guy was watching porn on, ... More >>
It is apparently "okay"* to watch porn in the Brooklyn Public Library, on the Brooklyn Library computer. What is not okay is becoming impatient while waiting to use the library computer, probably because you have to update your resume or something actually kind of important, while it is being ... More >>
In the not-so-distant past, Brooklyn was filled with marijuana plants "as tall as Christmas trees" in vacant lots, as reported by the Brooklyn Eagle in 1951. Ben Gocker, a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, recently found clippings in a folder called "Crime: Drugs: Marijuana," which de ... More >>
Today is World AIDS day, which has been observed since 1987 in honor of the 25 million people killed by the disease. There are approximately 33 million people around the globe and 107,000 New Yorkers currently living with HIV/AIDS.
Runnin' Scared spoke to several New Yorkers -- from the Mayo ... More >>
Twenty years ago today, Rupert Murdoch's upstart network FOX aired the first-ever half-hour episode of The Simpsons, a holiday special in which a financially strained fatso dad named Homer ends up at the dogtrack, where instead of Christmas-present money, he and his son Bart walk away with their o ... More >>
In the week we got ourselves a whole new look, we celebrated by staring David Lynch and Kate Moss directly in their awesome, newly expansive faces.
This was a bookish week at SOTC: Brian Evenson soundtracked his novel, Last Days, Jonathan Lethem reintroduced L.J. Davis and his walls of mucus in P ... More >>
Michael D. AyersLive, onscreen, from the Brooklyn Public Library
"I only have one ticket left," says Meredith Walters, Manager of Adult Programs at the Brooklyn Public Library, to the couple standing in front of me. The last purple stub to get in was for a chance to watch NPR contributor/history ne ... More >>