In New York state, the idea that adults and teenagers don't belong in the same prisons goes back a long, long way. In 1824, thanks to the efforts of Quaker reformers, our state legislators created one of the earliest versions of juvie, called the "House of Refuge." It was meant for poor children and ... More >>
No. 55: Ma po tofu fries from King Noodle.
At some point in your life, you may find yourself sitting in a minivan in rural Illinois, stressed out as you wear a metal butcher knife pendant around your neck. Your ankles are covered in mysterious goo and all of your beer is warm. It could only mean one thing --you're at The Gathering of the Jug ... More >>
Harley Streten blames Jersey Shore for the rise of EDM culture. "It seems like a trend," says the 21-year-old Australian producer, who records and performs primarily as Flume. Halfway through his eight-show run of his first South by Southwest-- which he describes as "CMJ on steroids"-- Streten was a ... More >>
Security and Cops Gettin' Wild: Look, I get it. Every drunken dickhead in town "knows someone" or thinks he has pull at the door, but that doesn't mean the hammer goes down on everyone. I was stopped by two cops who didn't want me to walk 50 yards from where the Smashing Pumpkins would be playing an ... More >>
For every insightful conversation I have heard or had at SXSW over the years, whether it was talking to Matt Pinfield while walking the streets of Austin talking about David Bowie, or telling The Clash's Mick Jones that he was in fact, in The Clash, I have overheard a thousand awful ones. See Also ... More >>
Actor Hamish Linklater makes his playwriting debut
In October, Lena Dunham signed a deal with Random House to publish Girls: The Book a memoir based on the lessons she's learned throughout her life. $3.7 million and a few months later, Gawker got its hands on the proposal for Not That Kind of Girl: Advice by Lena Dunham. As would be expected, Dunham ... More >>
The Incubator Arts Project hosts a piece by Sara Farrington
This week in food blogs ... Serious Eats eats 19 lobster rolls. [Serious Eats] Eddie Huang and Francis Lam talk about whether or not it is fair for chefs to cook other cultures' food. "A huge part of the reason I opened Baohaus is because everyone thought Momofuku pork buns were the original and ... More >>
Before the 2012 edition of South By Southwest blows out of town, allow Village Voice Media's editors to share their favorite moments from the festival's fourth, and final, day.
And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week. Should come with a warning label. Lauren Shockey heads uptown, and scouts the 10 best Upper East Side eats.
McDonald'sWhat's better than the McRib? Oh, we'll tell you what's better. If you haven't been watching television, reading any food blogs, or paying visits to McDonald's recently, you might not know that the cult favorite McRib sandwich is back. The sandwich stuffs a pork patty (sorry, no act ... More >>
Bondidwhat / FlickrLike this, but veganFor many, the whole point of a bodega is that you can get Doritos, cigarettes, and Gatorade all at once, but photographer Eric Hopf is looking to change that in the near future, setting his sights on opening what would be the city's first vegan bodega.
Rita Meade, the librarian behind the blog Screwy Decimal, who originally posted about one spunky little girl's vaguely threatening postcards to Mayor Bloomberg (an effort to scare him into keeping New York Public Library budgets intact) has followed up with the girl after budgets were, happil ... More >>
Whether you're sucked up to heaven or not tomorrow, Mayor Bloomberg has your back. Today, he announced that "If the world ends tomorrow, alternate side parking will be suspended." Also! "I don't think you have to worry about returning library books or parking tickets," he told John Gambling o ... More >>
The Daily News has this tidbit of slightly-related-to-Osama-bin-Laden info: Small plots of marijuana have been found growing in deserted lots on the perimeter of the formerly Most Wanted Terrorist's compound! Right next to good, wholesome vegetables like cabbage and potatoes! Does this mean B ... More >>
Crain's has published its annual 40 Under 40, a round-up of over-achieving types who have not yet had to grapple with the existential challenges of middle age. It includes three emissaries from the food world. One, unsurprisingly, is David Chang, who says he wants to transform his business in ... More >>
Hey, so, it's fine if you want to go for a while without drinking. That sort of thing is good for nearly everyone now and again, and we commend you, we really do. But we have to draw the line at you going to the bar anyway, taking up valuable real estate, and demanding the bartender's attenti ... More >>
Matt McCarthy is a commercial success
AdAge has a fascinating little piece on what TV shows you watch and how that relates to the brands you like, based on information from "psychographic" (eek) "ad targeter" Mindset Media. The data was self-reported by about 25,000 TV viewers across 70-plus shows, most of which ended up attract ... More >>
Fatigue sets in as we reach CMJ's halfway point, but buck up: Plenty of sweet bands left to see, plenty of priceless industry wisdom to absorb via this afternoon's slate of panels, helpfully listed below with brief, jaded, profoundly unhelpful commentary.
For a college course called Eng 444: Psychedelic Studies, someone named Heather was assigned what might have been a mundane multi-media project. Instead, she created a lively food tour of the American 1960's, year by year, each year represented by a food product that was introduced in that ye ... More >>
Which kale chips won't give you the green meanies? Kale chips, we've been told, are the next brave frontier in the snack food world, a healthy, vegan, raw alternative to the Frito Lays and Doritos that have for generations polluted vending machines and digestive tracts alike. On the face of i ... More >>
Over the weekend, parents who had flocked to Brooklyn Tech for the city's High School Fair were given the depressing news that 100,000 city children had applied for the 5,000 seats available in the 800 specialty programs around town. That makes the Specialized High Schools about twice as se ... More >>
It's Cinco de Mayo, and while Mayor Mike Bloomberg is basking in (more!) endorsements from Mexican community leaders today, one of his appointees has just resigned over slurs she made against Mexicans. In response to the swine flu outbreak, Betsy Perry, a member of Bloomberg's prestigious Commissi ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Branson's Country Music Cookbook Author: The gleamin'est stars in Branson's cubic zirconia firmament Publi ... More >>
This one's for you, Zeke. Jason Lytle (Home Slice Pizza) Explosions in the Sky (Auditorium Shores Stage) SXSW Saturday Afternoon, March 21 So I've got this Grandaddy fixation thing I'd just as soon not gas on about. (Anymore.) Suffice it to say that ex-frontman Jason Lytle remains a person of int ... More >>
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