Last week, we told you that the Westboro Baptist Church, a merry band of noxious trolls with questionable ties to Jesus, is returning to New York to picket the New York Times, Facebook, the Huffington Post, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It appears that the WBC has realized that picketing media outle ... More >>
Gov. Cuomo's plan to give tax breaks to startups on college campuses faces high costs, uncertain outcomes
A group of graduate students at the University of Rochester have devised a program that tells users which restaurants to avoid if they don't want to get food poisoning. But this ain't your run-of-the-mill Yelp for food-borne illnesses. The program, called nEmesis (heh), tracks tweets from dining est ... More >>
By now our lovely regular readers are familiar with Voice Places, the listings engine behind all of the Voice's restaurant reviews and calendar picks. Today that engine got a lot more powerful, with a new design that brings even more content to the fore.
Mayor Bloomberg has repeated time and time again that he believes New York City will be the next Silicon Valley. And, in some senses, his dream is coming true: SoHo has become a start-up assembly machine, Long Island City is attracting tech-hybrid manufacturers with its large, abandoned warehouses a ... More >>
Every year, the Village Voice hosts Choice Eats, our annual tasting event, in which we provide delicious dishes from all of our favorite restaurants. And now with that in mind, we've announced a partnership with Foursquare.
On average, an ordinary, freedom-loving American spends about eight hours a month on Facebook. That's sixteen minutes a day, seven day a week, ninety six hours a year. Simple math aside, Mark Zuckerberg has you under his watch for eight full days. And, if you have Facebook on your smartphone, well t ... More >>
Laura Murray, an FIT student by day and live music photographer by night, has a fascination with exposure: "Being able to show people things that are going on all over the world sounds incredible." She admits on her website that she has a "slight case of wanderlust" and her dream job would be a band ... More >>
And we were scared of a measly heat wave.At midnight Saturday, while the ConEd officials were facing off against its workers, the Earth's timekeepers (they exist!) held back the world's atomic time for exactly one second to keep it in line with the planet's rotation. The Network TIme ... More >>
Have you ever really nailed a tweet? After typing your message, you know you used those 140 characters to the best of your ability? Then you just wait for the RTs to start pouring in (if you don't use Twitter, we apologize in advance for this entire post).Well, the commander-in-chief has a new term ... More >>
Map enthusiasts and social media aficionados, rejoice! A website and iPhone application that is officially launching today is taking the concept of mapping to a whole new interactive level that might forever change your physical and virtual existence as a New Yorker. In all seriousness, though, ... More >>
via VH1VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul Hammerstein Ballroom Sunday, December 18 Better than: Whatever Ryan Seacrest is going to cook up for VH1 Soul. Last night's VH1 Divas taping existed both as a performance and self-contained, 24-hours-out advertising opportunity for its broadcast. (Tonight at ... More >>
Thursday! A wide-ranging media news kind of day. Ranging from Ashton Kutcher's murky Details editorship to Piers Morgan's failed interview of Christine O'Donnell to the everlasting travails of the dead News of the World, Thursday's Press Clips is all about conflict.
Jenn Pelly Julianna Barwick & Ikue Mori White Columns Gallery Thursday, July 14 Better than: Spending twelve hours in a tiny car driving to Chicago to watch Julianna Barwick play this weekend at Pitchfork Festival. (Oh wait...) The not-for-profit White Columns Gallery describes itself as " ... More >>
As part of Game Hack Day NYC 2011, a group of hackers combined Foursquare, Warcraft, Risk and Google Maps to create a brilliant new interactive game called World of Fourcraft. In Risk, players attempt world domination, but in the World of Fourcraft, players align with one of the five Burrough ... More >>
The makings of scintillating dinner conversation CBS News has discovered Foursquare, a "mobile application that allows its 10 million users to virtually check in from their smart phone when they visit a local business."
This week in food blogs... Eater enlightened us about 10 NYC food and dining trends that are officially dead. Grub Street discovered that Hugh Jackman has always been something of a foodie. Midtown Lunch tucked into a steaming pot of Pro Hot's Korean tofu stew even though it was a bajillion degre ... More >>
Rebecca MarxA year ago, Ray's Candy Store was in the news for all of the wrong reasons: business was bad, its landlord repeatedly threatened its owner, Ray Alvarez, with eviction, and Alvarez himself spent months fighting to get a green card and benefits. Things finally quieted down a bit, an ... More >>
Bloomberg looks at Foursquare, bikes [via]Michael Bloomberg is in the building. The mayor of New York City is not in the Village Voice offices, unfortunately, but he is in the historic building with our name on the front, a few floors above us, at the office of location check-in service Fours ... More >>
Foursquare 3.0's new "Explore" capability, which recommends places to try based on users' check-in history, is just another example of how social media has become the go-to marketing tool for restaurants. [Nation's Restaurant News] Tropicana has announced it will raise its prices on certain ... More >>
viaThis is going to be hard to hear, for everyone. Yesterday, the website Social Times, which touts itself as "Your Social Media Source," published an article called "Five Tips for Successfully Dating a Blogger," with a dash of humor and a healthy dose of no please stop this is so misguided. ... More >>
Good news for all you Foursquare enthusiasts who can't get enough of Terminal 5: On April 20th the cavernous Midtown spot will host none other than PJ Harvey, supporting her new record Let England Shake and possessed of a terrifying intensity perfect for making large places feel uncomfortably ... More >>
pic by Rob HarvillaFlorence, trying to unlock the Crunked badge with her mind at Terminal 5. Somewhat interesting: the music venue with the most Foursquare check-ins for 2010 was NY-concert airplane hanger Terminal 5, announced on the Foursquare blog earlier this week. This is a global ranking too, ... More >>
The food industry developed its own front-of-package nutritional labels, which have only earned tepid support from the first lady because they don't emphasize nutrients to avoid, like sodium, calories, and fat. [NY Times] Food services provider Sodexo, which feeds schools and hospitals aroun ... More >>
Better than a Girl Scout badge.Exciting news from the Department of Choice Eats: The Village Voice is partnering with Foursquare and introducing a special Choice Eats badge for this year's culinary tasting event.
Al Qaeda has contemplated using food poisoning as a way to attack the U.S. Apparently, it discussed slipping cyanide into salad bars and buffets at hotels and restaurants. [CNN] The food porn iPhone app Foodspotting has hit 500,000 downloads, just as Foursquare launches a similar feature to ... More >>
Paul Quitoriano Whenever we tell people what we do for a living we always get the same thing: "You must know what's going on in the city all the time," and "You must get invited to the best events." Well, yes and yes. But recommending events every freaking day of the year to you eccentric New ... More >>
The first annual Village Voice Web Awards ballots have been cast (we'll let you know how everyone fared later this week) but results are inconclusive on one very important matter: Blog Post of the Year. We still need your help. Please, email or tweet us your picks -- or let us know your thoug ... More >>
Election Day! It's the opportunity for We, The People to have our voices heard, as we vote for people who likely have nothing but contempt for us and self-interest at heart, who aren't even the best people for the job, because anyone with a functioning brain knows the Good Money and the Good ... More >>
Home Alone 2. North by Northwest. Crocodile Dundee. Arthur. Eloise and her motherfucking Pet Turtle!* New York City's landmark The Plaza Hotel has been home to many famous scenes over its 103-year history. Yet Charlie Sheen has managed to sully it, as it is now also home to the famous scene that ... More >>
It's been a while since our last horrifying footwear roundup, but it seems an urgent situation has arisen. People are wearing five-fingered shoes -- those running shoes that make purist assholes who run look like their toes are fingers -- around office buildings, on the subway, all over town. ... More >>
Out in San Francisco, CHOW has just published the results of its second-annual CHOW 13 Awards, designed to honor "the people pushing the food world in new and adventurous directions." While the list skews slightly towards the West Coast, it includes a few easterly types, including the Meat Ho ... More >>
Foursquare, the application that allows people to broadcast their location to others, is offering a digital "badge" for checking in at STD-testing clinics. The promotion is part of MTV's "GYT: Get Yourself Tested" campaign to take away some of the embarrassment of doing just that. The only pr ... More >>
via ostiko.comEvery time social media inches closer to our "real" lives, people recoil (and then share everything). Remember when people first started tweeting their mundane daily activities -- singing in the shower, burning scrambled eggs? So off-putting! And now? It's been largely put to rest b ... More >>
We bet this phone has a 212 number.If you have an iPhone 4, you're sort of cutting-edge, but if you have an iPhone 4 with a 212 number, you're a walking statement of ironic cool, one toe in the future with a nod back to the landlines of yesteryear, because 212 area codes are the techy rich ki ... More >>
"This is gonna be a really fun, interesting summer," Mark Zuckerburg noted a few minutes ago from a live, streaming press conference. He was not talking about the lead-up to The Social Network, the movie about what a not-nice person he is. What was he talking about? Facebook Places, which he' ... More >>
Farmers and animal rights activists in Ohio have reached an agreement to restrict the confinement of hens raised for eggs and meat, which could lead those in other states to follow suit. [NY Times] Russia, one of the world's biggest exporters of wheat, is experiencing its worst drought in 13 ... More >>
NY Tech MeetUp is a monthly event for the technology community in New York that allows emerging companies to demo their new ideas in front of a large audience of like-minded techies. It's a safe place for these tech geeks, but it's open to outsiders like us, too. We went last June as well, took J ... More >>
Frankie and the Outs Hey, look, it's another Kickstarter campaign! Local bikini-bashers Frankie and the Outs would like your aid in acquiring a tour van for their fall tour. Not just any van, but more specifically, one of the following: a "sweet" van, a "mini-van," or an "Astrovan." To illustrate h ... More >>
The New York-bred phenomenon known as Foursquare -- which is basically the Bros Icing Bros of Social Media -- has made its way across the Atlantic, where British people who clearly don't "get it" are currently being scared out of their "knickers" or whatever by it.
• The world knows all too well the potential for destruction surrounding gigantic oil tankers and unfortunately it was demonstrated again when at least 230 people were killed, and nearly 200 more injured, when an oil tanker flipped and exploded in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According ... More >>
Via NYC Capers.Have you heard of New York's infamous bar, Tom and Jerry's? It's on Houston and Elizabeth, right near the heart of NoHo, a stone's throw from the Bowery. At some point, everyone who works in media, social media, or "cool kids club" tech start-ups in New York City decided to pop ... More >>
Casual Bloomberg and his lady loveYou date and/or live long enough in New York City, and sooner or later you run into the complaint, usually expressed after numerous beverages, that there are "no good men in the city" -- you know, they're all taken, or married to their careers, or taken and m ... More >>
Are you hip to the cultural brainworm sometimes referred to as Bros Icing Bros? It involves Smirnoff Ice and humiliation, kind of like your third "real" girlfriend. Regardless: Last night at Cipriani Wall Street, a ceremony celebrating the greater cultural merits of the I CAN HAZ CHEEZERBURGE ... More >>
Foursquare, the shit-hot social networking site and software for mobile devices based on geo-location, makes going out a game. You "check in" to establishments, alerting your "friends" as to your whereabouts, earning badges in the process. If done with enough frequency, you can even be crowne ... More >>
Every week, as the clock strikes midnight and Monday begins, New York magazine releases its new issue online. Because the April 26 issue is about the internet, I went to the corner magazine store and bought it, hours before it's available for free. For some reason, though counterintuitive, th ... More >>