For the past few weeks we've been locked in the basement at Yankee Stadium, subsisting on nothing but Bergen Bagels, listening to the best songs about New York City through headphones endorsed by Lou Reed. Our mission: to come up with a list of the 40 best songs ever written about our city, songs th ... More >>
Better Than: Being inebriated during mass at the Vatican. Is Interpol art? I asked myself that very question as I watched Paul Banks -- a ridiculously handsome man, in a black suit and tie with slicked hair a la Don Draper ('cause that's how he rolls) -- perform inside the Metropolitan Museum of A ... More >>
Summer is coming to a close, and the epic rager known as Labor Day Weekend is staring us right in the face. Consider celebrating all weekend long by checking out these events.
In the fifth season premiere of Mad Men, Jessica Paré as Megan Draper forced a roomful of jaws to drop with an unexpected performance of "Zou Bisou Bisou." The scene took place at Don Draper's apartment during his surprise birthday party; his young wife, Megan, turned the shock quotient up to 11 wh ... More >>
Alec Baldwin is done with all you tiny, pathetic ingrates. New York has just gotten too mean. A man can't live peacefully in this town anymore. The days when you were free to call people "queens" and "faggots" and "cocksucking fags" as you saw fit are over. Alec Baldwin bids you to say goodbye to ... More >>
What pops into your mind when you hear "Long Island City"? Maybe you picture less of a neighborhood, more of a character-free yuppie warehouse, where overpaid dullards stack themselves in gleaming condos, sucking the life force from yet another community's jugular. But you'd be wrong. That nonsense ... More >>
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Betty Has a Big Season Ahead of Her
By Joseph Lapin Because there are multiple decades of jazz, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time; the hip cats with their canes and cool shades will throw their used saxophone reeds in my direction and call me a young whippersnapper. But so many people out there, young or e ... More >>
Fifty years in, out of time
Mitt Romney sure did have a hectic weekend, having to balance heavy duty damage control -- that whole "stay at home moms need to learn the dignity of work"-thing -- with a "Saturday Night Live" bid.
One way to get a really nice apartment is to be a fictional character. They seem to live way better than we do, even when they don't make any more money than we do. Publicist Ronn Torossian has noticed this amusing disparity, so he writes: Watching the season five premier of Mad Men, I felt compe ... More >>
The above video demonstrating visual effects in movies and television proves what we've all secretly known for years: New York City doesn't exist. Times Square, the Hudson River, and the UN building are just post-production illusions. Instead, we live in a world made up of nothing but green walls.
Heavy promotion is planned this holiday season to showcase New York wineries. [USA Today] China is now one of the top five growers of grapevines in the world. And the local wines, it turns out, are improving each year. [Baltimore Sun] The French wine harvest concluded last week, with output ... More >>
Urlesque is officially closing up shop today. In an appropriate goodbye post, Jason Newman strung together the most popular memes of the last three years into a video backed by "The End of The Road" by Boyz II Men. Can you identify all of the memes in the video? Don't worry, we've got you covered wi ... More >>
Summing up 2010 in two little words
The Suburbs and Contra contemplate little pink polos for you and me
The sweet stuff at Hanson Dry.As yet more proof that Clinton Hill is the new Prospect Heights -- whatever that means -- Hanson Dry has finally opened its doors after a few false starts. The bar, located on Fulton Street a few doors down from the months-old Beny's Delice and a newish Subway, i ... More >>
The fourth season of Mad Men ends this Sunday, and while the show really doesn't really have much do with food (its occasional references to canned ham and historic New York references excepted), it's certainly enhanced our appreciation and revulsion for the way food was advertised during that era ... More >>
A new six-CD box makes the same case fellow jazz musicians have made for decades
Back in early April we stumbled upon a Philadelphia Inquirer trend piece all a-drool over the latest meme in man-style: the "Retrosexual." According to the piece, such a fellow, largely inspired by Don Draper, trounced about with a trilby atop his pomaded 'do, clad in a three-piece suit, ciga ... More >>
"Hipsters" who hate themselves.Science. In so many ways you are our friend. (Until you turn on us, but that's a story for another day.) In the latest of studies that we must bring to your attention, a couple of scientists named Zeynep Arsel and Craig L. Thompson have dug deep into the psychol ... More >>
zavracky.comJake ZavrackyJake Zavracky is living the dream: tending bar by day and making music by night. Or is it the other way around? In any case, when he's behind the bar at Lowlands, the beer garden that opened in Gowanus earlier this year, he aims to please. What's on tap that's season ... More >>
Yacht bring the bounce to the waterfront
If you don't watch Mad Men, well, here are your excuses. And if you do watch Mad Men, then you know that lead character Don Draper's living in Manhattan full-time these days. But where?
A toast to all the winners.Tales of the Cocktail, the annual convention for what has come to be known as mixology, culminated in the Spirited Awards ceremony held at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans on Saturday night. The theme was Mad Men, which meant that bartenders and spirits industry f ... More >>
Metrosexual? Retrosexual? Guy waiting for the subway?The Philadelphia Inquirer is drooling all over the "Retrosexual," a delightful new character in today's great "Menaissance." Think Don Draper-esque manly men with cigars and bespoke suits, pomaded and primped to dapper 1950s glory. Take Le ... More >>
The Rubin Museum's gone mad
Orpheus, Dick, and a little reefer: our annual round-up of the year's best
We recently published our Best of NYC issue, the Voice's annual opportunity to give out awards like Best World Music Venue and Best Alt-Museum. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. They are: Chris Principe, Stefan Lawrence, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff S ... More >>
Don Draper fans can barely keep their girdles on in anticipation of the new season of AMC's Mad Men, premiering this Sunday. If you're planning a viewing party (or you just want to play the 1960s ad man), make this tasty twist on a vodka martini, a popular cocktail of the time. It's made with ... More >>
photo via Street Carnage I would like to continue believing, for all eternity, that Don Draper rarely smiles, only orders Old Fashioneds, only consorts with comedians if he's hoteling their wives, and has never thumbed an iPhone. And then Jon Hamm showed up to the Knitting Factory on Monday night f ... More >>
Another round with the delightfully bizarre filler tracks from a classic album