Yesterday, Angelina Jolie revealed that she'd had a double mastectomy as a preventive measure against a family history of breast cancer, amidst worldwide kudos and admiration. But on Facebook and other places, some were not convinced. "Her breasts were sagging," said one ex "friend" of mine, "so s ... More >>
Better Than: Farmville "Why am I here?" That's the refrain that kept running through my head as I walked into Capitale on the Bowery last night, where Nas, 2 Chainz, Miguel, Elle Varner and a whole host of hip-hop and R&B artists emerged to celebrate the launch of Gig-IT, a new performance-based Fa ... More >>
Fornino Park Slope, the offshoot of the Williamsburg location, closed for renovations a few weeks ago, and promised to be back on February 4. But nothing has changed, the tables are still set, and the lights are out, reported Here's Park Slope. No one answers the phone, and the fairly active Faceboo ... More >>
Here's a hint: Those berry-filled pancakes came from the griddle of an intensely-seasonal Park Slope kitchen. The menu at this sweet Brooklyn spot is constantly rotating -- so go there soon, as the crepe fillings will change -- but the atmosphere is always cool and casual. Need another hint? Find ... More >>
Giardino D'Oro was deep in the heart of Zone A during Hurricane Sandy at 5 Gold Street. Even with 30 inches -- table height -- of flooding, they were able to redo the entire place after the devastating hurricane, and they reopened for business on December 3rd. But it took some help from SpacesTV.
If you're an Aziz Ansari fan (and, if you're not, watch this), then you probably know that the comedian is also very into food. His Park's and Rec character, Tom Haverford, is also a gourmand and regaled audiences a few years back with his epic food abbreviations monologue.
If pictures could talk, would this one explain why rapper Drake spent the weekend in the kitchen with Guy Fieri? The improbable friends look to be extremely focused on proper plating techniques -- because they're fancy, huh-- and not appearing overly studied in front of the camera. The Instagramed ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Robert Sietsema visits Nicoletta in hopes that chef Michael White had made amends to all of the negative press: "I took another bite of that disappointing crust, and my mind went back to college: It tasted like the Tombstone frozen pizzas once served in Wisconsin bars and warmed in lightbulb cabinet ... More >>
New York City hospitals are cracking down on junk food, according to Fox News. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recently successfully banished super-size sodas from the city, is now aiming to get rid of sugary and fatty foods from both public and private hospitals. Fox reports that though city hospital ... More >>
Wake up and smell the bacon, because you might not be able to get your hands on the stuff as often anymore. The National Pig Association reports that there will be a world shortage of pork next year due to drought conditions that decimated the corn and soybean crop. According to their release: New ... More >>
[See More Recipes: Grouper Santiagero From Havana Central | San Felipe Tacos From Rosa Mexicano | Chocolate-Rosewater Creme Brulee From the Baking Bean] Rosh Hashanah is coming up on Sunday and to celebrate, we have a Jewish holiday dessert from Chef Marc Taxiera off the Russian Tea Room's holiday ... More >>
[See More Edible News: Mountain Dew Wants You To Continue Doing the Dew Despite Bloomberg's Proposed Soda Ban | Buy Your Candy Corn Oreos At Target] A customer is suing Hooters after an employee of the chain labeled him "Chinx" on a receipt. Kisuk Cha was dining with his girlfriend in Fresh Meado ... More >>
The Brooklyn indiepop outfit (and 4Knots Music Festival alums) Hospitality have been at the forefront of the city's indiepop resurgence since their formation at the end of the naughts. The video for "Eighth Avenue," from their self-titled debut on Merge, pairs well with lead singer Amber Papini's pl ... More >>
[See More Edible News: Epic Manhattan Pizza Parlor Price War Finally Ends | Baskin-Robbins Introduces Ice Cream Nachos: "Think Nachos, Only Cooler"] According to a recent study by German researchers, the wonderfully gummy tapioca pearls that come in Taiwanese bubble tea drinks may cause cancer. Th ... More >>
[See More Recipes: San Felipe Tacos From Rosa Mexicano | Chocolate-Rosewater Creme Brulee From the Baking Bean] Today we're featuring a grouper from Havana Central. The selling price of this dish is $22.50, but no worries -- the restaurant has kindly provided us the recipe to make at home. It's a f ... More >>
Robert Sietsema says that Singaporean joint Masak is Asian rustic: "But instead of making diners dodge crab-shell fragments like at Fatty Crab, Masak delivers the primmer and more approachable chili crab dip." Tejal Rao heads out to DUMBO and eats at Governor, where she notes that the chef is both ... More >>
Fordham has been getting a lot of bad press for their nasty cafeteria food. We're not sure if a gluten-free menu is going to help or hurt their reputation, but they're launching one anyways. The station offers gluten-free grains such as quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, millet, and teff.
No this isn't a real snake. It's 100% cake. Baker Francesca Pitcher, of the UK's North Star Cakes, posted about the cake on her Facebook page on July 29 and it has since gone viral, doubling her Facebook likes in less than a week.
WQXR has just released a beautiful YouTube video of rocker/poet/memoirist/artist Patti Smith talking about her top five favorite operas. The list is pretty traditional (Wagner, Puccini, Verdi) in the Western European sense; and, given her close collaborative relationship with Philip Glass, it's a bi ... More >>
Jay-Z has added two more shows to his run of gigs at the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn arena that will serve as home to his imminently-of-the-borough Nets. A presale going for American Express cardmembers will last until 10 p.m. tonight; the rest of the tickets, including a bunch priced at $30, go o ... More >>
Kitty Pryde Knitting Factory Friday, June 15 Better than: Karmin. What do you want to know about Kitty Pryde's New York debut that you haven't already read? The Wall Street Journal told you Donald Glover was there somewhere taking pictures, as was Tao Lin, who was tweeting with Kitty backstage und ... More >>
To celebrate the memory of the late Adam "MCA" Yauch, Portland filmmaker James Winters enlisted his younger family members to recreate the '70s-cop-flick homage that is the Beastie Boys' video for "Sabotage." The tribute is really well-done, and as someone who used to just shout "COCHISE!" at her fr ... More >>
Hudson Street, 10:45am [click to enlarge]
Sleigh Bells, Brooklyn's favorite destructo-pop duo, are having a bit of a coronation month. There's been critical raves for their new album Reign Of Terror, they're on the cover of Spin, and tomorrow they'll play Saturday Night Live, where they will work hard to redeem the concept of internet-bre ... More >>
After being hidden behind plywood for months, signage is up at Maruko Sushi, a new Japanese spot set to open at 170 West 23rd Street. It looks like the opening is still a ways off, but the restaurant's Facebook page suggests that it will be inexpensive and somewhat fusion-y. Which sorta sounds like ... More >>
Randazzo's shines like a beacon on Sheepshead Bay, the last man standing from what was once a large population of Italian clam bars along the bay. Will it make our top 10? The city's most well-regarded and renowned seafood restaurants -- places like Le Bernardin, Molyvos, and Esca -- are big-ticke ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyLobster rolls? Yes, please.We've already highlighted the 10 Best Things to Eat on 23rd Street, but it looks like there soon might a new contender for good eating on the busy thoroughfare. Signage is up at the Claw, a soon-to-open lobster roll joint located at 269 West 23rd Str ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced today that Facebook is opening an engineering office in New York City. Though Facebook already has 100 employees in New York, this is their first engineering office outside the West Coast. It will open in early 2 ... More >>
The never-ending quest for the VIP room and other indignities
The Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration Lulu has been one of the more curiosity-inspiring releases on this fall's docket, thanks in part to what's been revealed so far: the grinding atonality (that veers on amusicality) of lead single "The View," the inscrutable 30-second samples that were loose ... More >>
Compiled by Matt Ealer, Josh Gallaway, and Brad Nelson Anton CorbijinLulu, the unearthly result of a collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, is composed of slow, meditative, minimal riffs and sometimes snaking, ambient horror over which Reed, in a sort of drained yet bold drawla ... More >>
Beyoncé's thrill-a-minute "Countdown" is one of the best songs of the year, riding a Boyz II Men sample, whirling drums, and a bravura vocal performance by the singerplus liberal usage of the heretofore-unknown-to-me lovers' appellation "boof"and zipping them all up into a giddy three ... More >>
Last night Lou Reed and Metallica released "The View," the first track to surface from their forthcoming collaboration Lulu. The breathless press release introducing the album cites its "graphic lyrics of jealousy, lust, violence and revenge, its grinding riffs and tantalizing tones," and, we ... More >>
The buzz is starting up again. Beyonce's got a bun in da oven. If the woman was really pregnant as many times as people said, she'd have a reality show.
Via Reddit, here's an example of What Not to Do times two: Don't loot. And don't take to social media afterward to brag or make jokes about it. The woman (or person pretending to be this woman, because it's so grotesque it may well be a hoax or troll account) who tweeted the following has since canc ... More >>
A 36-year-old Ogden, Utah, man named Jason Valdez has taken social networking to unprecedented levels by updating his Facebook status to reflect that he had taken a woman named Veronica hostage in a motel after the cops tried to give him a warrant for a felony drug offense. He then held her f ... More >>
via Meet Amber Marie Collins. The 26-year-old is a graduate of NYU, she's a pre-school teacher, and she is New York's representative in the Miss USA pageant, which concludes tonight. She is also working it.
Having already chewed up and spit out Greg Grossman, the media has started in on a second course of the little Andrews sisters.
Part of the fun of having all those faux-friendships on Facebook is that you can constantly tell people stuff like, "My friend Rihanna said..." Naturally, you don't add that you've never actually met the woman! So here's my query: Do you have any famous FB friends, and did you go after th ... More >>
Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have just hired a "hot" Chief Digital Officer -- Rachel Sterne, New York City's first -- but who better to explain social media to him than Mr. One Billion Dollars himself? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (no relation) sat down with the mayor while he was in town to a ... More >>
Via Twitter, the Donald's daughter Ivanka and hubby Jared Kushner have announced their procreative prowess. This is how the world works now. (She's also been talking up her news on Facebook.) In case you're keeping track, this is the third grandchild for Donald Trump & Co.
Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall last year. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Well, this will be great, if you can make it inside: the mighty Titus Andronicus are playing the extremely modest-sized Bar Matchless tomorrow night with the So So Glos, for free. It's a private show, but you can get in with ... More >>
Brace yourself for the hotter, blonder, Russian Anna: Anna Fermanova. The new improved Anna attempted to smuggle high-tech night vision googles (worth $15,000 and considered weapons) from the United States to Russia, and she now faces a federal felony charge, according to The Smoking Gun. Not ver ... More >>
Via Alexia T.Zuck bares all. Or at least his t-shirt. Click to enlarge. Facebook's young billionaire-in-charge, Mark Zuckerburg, is currently speaking in a discussion at All Things Digital's D8 conference, where -- as reported first by SF Weekly's Alexia Tsotsis -- Mark Zuckerburg took off hi ... More >>
AP• Israel is holding more than 600 activists from the Gaza convoy, and international criticism of the country is mounting, with the UN condemning the acts that on Monday killed 9 civilians -- many of them Turks, a country that had once been a friend of Israel -- aboard the flotilla that ha ... More >>
Lamb burgers coming to St. Marks. Flushing Mall favorite Xi'an Famous Foods opened its first Manhattan location late last year, to the great delight of Chinese food geeks citywide, from Anthony Bourdain to Joe DiStefano. And now, it's making its way uptown -- although not too far up -- to the ... More >>
"I can't go on anymore. I just hung myself." An unnamed man in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island put this and other disturbing notes on his Facebook page this afternoon, the Staten Island Advance reports. Friends saw the notes and, unable to reach him by phone, contacted authoritie ... More >>
If you Facebook or Twitter unseriously, says the Wall Street Journal, you may be ruining your friendships. Also you're a narcissist, according to one of her sources, a "manager for a chain of hair salons and spas in Seattle." You thought these things were toys or timewasters? Columnist Eliz ... More >>
Have you been reading Double X? It's Slate's recently-launched lady web site founded by three smart women, one whose bio proclaims that she "got her start in journalism at the New Republic writing contrarian essays." Last week Double X published Katie Roiphe's desperate cry for relevance, "Get Yo ... More >>