Looking for the young, fabulous people ready to make their mark on the big city? Forget Brooklyn. It's all about Buffalo now. That's what this City Observatory report picked up by the New York Times suggests, at least. Since 2000, Buffalo has seen a 34 percent spike in the number of recent college ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs we have Dad sidekicks, $100 sketch kicks, jungle lasers, naked blazers, Buffalo kooks, Daisy Dukes and the world's greatest crowd work show. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Some law enforcement officers like to unwind from a tough week on the job with a nice drink. Apparently one Buffalo, N.Y. FBI agent prefers to unwind by unzipping his pants and seducing truck drivers. John A. Yervelli, a 48-year-old special agent for the FBI's Buffalo office, allegedly pulled along ... More >>
Is it possible that Rex Ryan could have looked at the Jets' 48-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills last week and not understood why the Jets won? It certainly seems that way after watching their season-deflating 27-10 loss to the Steelers Sunday afternoon. Against Buffalo, New York mixed up their of ... More >>
There's a new hero in the ongoing Bath Salt Apocalypse: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Apparently recognizing that synthetic drugs like bath salts bring out a person's inner-cannibal, Schneiderman has filed 12 lawsuits against head shop retailers across New York for violating the state' ... More >>
The picture-perfect beef on weck sandwich at Mile End Sandwich. It's something of a black eye that New Yorker City dwellers have never quite figured out how to make a beef on weck sandwich until now. Mainly because it's a particular specialty of our sister metropolis of Buffalo, New York -- both c ... More >>
Whoomp! There it is. When I'm making Buffalo chicken wings, do I reach for the Tabasco? No I do not. Sure it's great for zapping a gumbo or shaking on oysters, but it's too damn hot and vinegary for Buffalo wings. Use it, and it will climb right up your nose, eclipsing the chicken flavor w ... More >>
Here's the drill: Explain why Cyndi Lauper has inspired/entertained/educated you in 150 words or less, and send it to me at email@example.com by tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 11:59 p.m. In other words, tell me why you feel "she's so unusual" and amazing.
When the New York State Senate was torturing gay rights activists last month by putting issues dealing with Niagara Falls on their agenda before marriage equality, it seemed pointless. But maybe the two were connected after all! According to a press release from New Yorkers United for Marria ... More >>
Pity the prisoner. The one place seemingly protected from the 24-7 marketing blitz that is life in 2011, with all of its product-placement surround-sound digital marketed glory -- that is, jail -- has fallen prey to the great beast of advertising. Inmates at the Erie County Holding Center in ... More >>
A wedding comedy from the veteran playwright
If ever you wanted an excuse to truck out to Long Island's Nassau Coliseum, home to perennial NHL doormats the New York Islanders, this'd be it: Lil Wayne's I Am Music II tour, costarring Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Mixmaster Mike, and indomitable rapper accessory Travis Barker, is coming to town ... More >>
New Yorkers wade through the 1969 "Lindsay" storm.It's hard to tell if the New York Times is trying to celebrate or condemn all of this snow bitching. But a story on the paper's website today would like to remind you that whining about blizzards, and especially ragging on city officials abou ... More >>
In credence to the adaptability and resilience of the human spirit, Buffalo, hometown to the little governor that wasn't, Carl Paladino, is kinda okay with things. In fact, maybe they never loved him in the first place. And even if they did, they certainly didn't consider him "marriage materi ... More >>
• New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has bought a block of TV time with the three network affiliates in Buffalo and is expected to make a "major" announcement today at 5:13 p.m. Don't bet that he's dropping out. But is he still angry?[NYDN] • The stream of red, toxic sludge f ... More >>
Morgan SchweitzerCarl Paladino marked his pledge to turn down his bile dial yesterday by calling Shelly Silver a "criminal" - a word that even bothered the Post's editorial page which has been calling for Silver's head for years. Say this for Buffalo's Have-Mouth-Will-Travel Paladin: He's a n ... More >>
The Times and the Daily News ran stories yesterday exposing the shady conspiracy that is the Paladino For The People campaign. The $53,000 tax lien against campaign spokesman Michael Caputo unearthed by the Times got a taunting "so what" from Caputo himself. Stiffing the IRS just proved agai ... More >>
How many nuts win multimillion-dollar state leases?
Old Town Bar's buffalo chicken wingsIn a 1980 New Yorker article, Calvin Trillin attempted to get to the bottom of exactly who invented buffalo chicken wings, and when. There is no doubt that the snacks were born in Buffalo, New York, and the generally accepted story goes that the Bellissimo ... More >>
Hasn't America already doled out a terrible hand to the Indians already without trying to make them a part of their eugenics and assimilation? Apparently not. Today, the Seneca Nation Indians have to fight off New York State from taxing cigarette purchases made by non-Indians on their reserva ... More >>
James Cohan Gallery hosts the artist's Swing Shift
Brooklyn artist Elizabeth Demaray is feeding her red harvester ants McDonald's Happy Meals for 30 days instead of their usual seeds as part of an installation at Exit Art. [NY Times] Albany is starting to enforce a state tax law that calls for sliced bagels to be taxed (whereas whole bagels ... More >>
Lincoln Center mounts a story of stagestruck youth
Bourbon-glazed wingsOther than the wagon wheel hanging from the ceiling, a cow skull grinning from one wall, and a few other thematic touches, it's hard to see what's so country, or cowboy, or honky tonk about Branded Saloon, the new bar and snack spot on Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights.
Tom invites you to waste some money and get taken advantage of. I hate to say this, but I blame the Anchor Bar in Buffalo. Ever since reading a New Yorker article about the meteoric rise of the Buffalo wing, I'd been meaning to make a pilgrimage out to where it all began. Though controversy s ... More >>
A reader gently notes that we gave Buffalo businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino too many L's in his name. So we went to double check. And boy, are we glad we did.
Use of red light cameras -- which advocates say promotes safety, but is really just another way of shaking down motorists for money -- is being hugely expanded by the state legislature. The lawmakers approved them for use in Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and allowed N ... More >>
As New York's Democrats prepare to take charge, reform vows take a backseat
What's the matter with Buffalo? A journalist's personal take on the abortion war
They turned Uncle Sam's uranium into atom bombs, and the work made them sick. Now they've got a new championHillary Clinton
What rust belt city was it? It wasn't in the rust belt. That's why we left.
August precedents, timely details, and timeless novelties you will find nowhere else
Old dogs singin' slow songs and fairygodmotherfuckers for discerning dilettantes
Folkies Multiply in a Time When So Many Are Singer-Songwriters and So Few Admit It
They Call Me Bruce
Terrorism Investigators Risk Scaring Off Their Best Helpers
The U.S.-Canada 'Smart Borders' Accord Sells Refugees Down the River
Operation Rescue puts on a show in a slain abortion provider's hometown