Long before David Hasselhoff became a Teutonic favorite, Germany gave us the cooked-meat puck known as the hamburger, and we think it's safe to say we came away the victors in that cultural trade-off. Yes, the hamburger is America's sandwich, and as an American, it's your Xenu-given right to stuff y ... More >>
What happens when F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson? Welcome to Kristopher Jansma's debut novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, a literary fun house that follows an unreliable narrator on his quest to write the next Great American Novel. The opening lines warn "I've lost every book I've ev ... More >>
The borough is where it's at
CMJ: So many shows (about 1,300), so little time (5 days). Poring through the schedule, separating the wheat from the chaff--and sorry, there's lots of chaff every year--and figuring out a plan of attack is time-consuming and headache-inducing. So to help you out a tiny bit, we've picked out 10 acts ... More >>
Secret Society Big Band Galapagos Art Space Friday, March 9 Better than: A certain big band that snoozed its way through the blues uptown a couple of nights earlier. Darcy James Argue's Secret Societyan impeccably appointed 18-wheeler of a jazz group in top shapemade only its second ... More >>
Take that, Hollywood! In the battle for Oscars, New York City is beating Hollywood by a long shot -- at least in one category. A study released today from the Center for an Urban Future, a New York City-based think tank, shows that half of the films nominated for an Oscar in the documentary-film ... More >>
Ghost Protocol lets Tom Cruise, the Bankable Movie Star, live another day
David Byrne's Tight Spot The Pace Gallery/The High Line Thursday, September 15 Better than: A designer pop-up shop. In just about any other context, David Byrne's Tight Spot would be breathtaking. Installed under the High Line tracks on 25th Street, just west of 10th Avenue, it is hard to ... More >>
A Cinn-a-Stack sand blast!Following in the steps of Shake Shack, the Chocolate Bar, Pinkberry, and cupcakes, IHOP is the latest US company to bank on the Middle East's appetite for all-American excess.
Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.
BenihanaGet out the knives! It's fight time!It's a good thing Yelp isn't popular in Kuwait. Because that would mean a lot of lawsuits would be coming up. Yes, Mark Makhou, a blogger in Kuwait, has been sued for $18,000 for writing a negative review of chain restaurant Benihana on his blog ... More >>
And can you blame him? The performance, set to take place on November 26th, was meant to follow this awful interview that Matt Lauer recently conducted with the rapper ("I want you to just look at his face..."), also on The Today Show. But if Kanye West has proved anything in 2010, it's that he do ... More >>
A woman was arrested in Yemen on Saturday in connection with the suspicious packages found on Friday, thought to be explosives sent by al Qaeda toward Newark and Philadelphia, ultimately meant for synagogues in Chicago, according to the New York Times. Yemeni officials confirmed the arrest as ... More >>
We're hearing reports of suspicious packages on UPS planes that have landed at Newark and Philadelphia Airports, as well as a suspected explosive device on a UPS truck in Long Island City, Queens, which the bomb squad is investigating.
Pretend you're Reshma Saujani, 34, dazzling, born to an Indian family expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin, a Harvard and Yale Law School grad who returned to Africa to help build Nelson Mandela's post-apartheid government. It's late 2009 and everything you've done in your professional life since its i ... More >>
Last night's Project Runway's eighth season premiere encompassed a seemingly rebellious enthusiasm in the constrictive fashion world: more is...well, not better, if the glacial stride of these 90 minutes were any indication, but somehow worth having. More is just more. Hear that, ye waist-wh ... More >>
Britain's health chief openly attacked Jamie Oliver for the campaign he inspired to make school lunches healthy, claiming that the number of kids eating school meals dropped since the menu overhaul. [NY Daily News] Paolo Urbani, known in Italy as "Re del Tartufo" -- the king of truffles -- d ... More >>
Basking in the sheer urgency of the polarizing 'Syrian techno' superstar
Saturday night: a smoking PathFinder clears out Times Square in what's now understood as a failed car bombing. Three days later: there's a suspect in federal custody. And that suspect just admitted his role in what's being recognized as a terrorist plot, and has now been charged as a terroris ... More >>
Will Akhtar Nawab's magic translate?Florence Fabricant reveals that Akhtar Nawab of the now-defunct Elettaria (and, before that, Craftbar and E..U.) will be the chef de cuisine at Zengo, a new upscale Latin restaurant by Richard Sandoval set to open next month in the space formerly occupied b ... More >>
Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6, future home of waterfront dining.The Post reports that the city's Parks Department is looking for a new waterfront restaurant for Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6. The restaurant is expected to be similar to the River Cafe, which sits adjacent to the Fulton Ferry L ... More >>
The Times says Obama's upcoming address will announce 30,000 fresh troops for the Graveyard of Empires -- but (headline voice) "Obama's Speech on Afghanistan to Envision Exit." The end is always in sight.
Shake Shack's future Miami homeBefore it travels to the Middle East, Shake Shack will test the tepid waters of Miami. According to a release, Danny Meyer is planning to bring his burgers and shakes to the city in the spring or summer of 2010, as part of a posh residential and "curated retail" ... More >>
You may know bass player Duff McKagan from his work in Guns 'N Roses, Velvet Revolver, or Neurotic Outsiders. Next Tuesday, May 19, he brings his band, Loaded, to the Gramercy Theater for their local debut. In honor of this milestone, Duff asked us if he could share some of his New York experiences ... More >>
When the United Arab Emirates recently denied a visa to Israeli player Shahar Peer, excluding her from a big tennis tournament, Congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner sent out a press release saying "Rep. Weiner to Blast Dubai for Banning Israeli Athlete." Then he blasted Dubai. Now the Co ... More >>
In "Taliban resurgence pushes troops to change tack,"
Lies we can believe in
Bushwick and Chelsea go head to head; whoever has more free beer usually wins
Charting the permutations of avant-something NYC rock with Social Registry
Saying she's treated no better than a stray cur, the fifth wife of 'Daddy's Girl' millionaire Bruce McMahan breaks her silence
A Russian arms merchant funnels money, guns, and dope through the United Arab Emirates
Director Stephen Gaghan talks about what didn't end up in 'Syriana'
Drearily Awaiting Death on the Front Line